book log: Hyouta Fujiyama — Freefall Romance

May 3, 2011

38) Hyouta Fujiyama — Freefall Romance

Yaoi manga, and a Did Not Finish for me, mostly because I was half way through when I found some torn pages with large sections of the page missing, and when I was filling out the Amazon returns form I realised I wasn’t sufficiently interested in finishing it to request a replacement copy and wait a couple of weeks for it rather than just getting my money back. That I can no longer remember anything about the plot a couple of weeks later tells you how much impact it had on me, whether for good or bad. But I think this was a case of it simply not being a good match to my taste rather than it being a poor quality story — I’d have been perfectly happy to finish it without the returns issue. I did like the artwork, I remember that much.

LibraryThing entry


International Pixel-Stained Technopeasant Day

April 23, 2009

I was too tired last night to edit and upload something, so nothing new this morning. I may get a chance tonight, but am not promising anything. In the meantime, there are already quite a few free pieces on my website, including my first profic novel series, and a couple of shorts from a current series.

http://julesjones.com/fiction/downloads.html


5 copies of my books up for grabs

February 8, 2009

LibraryThing has just added a Member Giveaways programme, which amongst other things allows authors to give away review copies themselves rather than having to prod their publishers to join the Early Reviewers programme. I have put in five copies of Lord and Master, but am happy to change the book to one of my other solo titles from Loose Id at the winner’s request. The draw on mine closes on 22 Feb.

There are some other interesting titles up as well, and the giveaways aren’t just restricted to people in the US. You need to be a member of LibraryThing to register for a book draw. The FAQ for Early Reviewers and Member Giveaways is here:
http://www.librarything.com/wiki/index.php/Early_Reviewers
and the list of currently open Member Giveaways is here:
http://www.librarything.com/er/giveaway/list

You can filter the list by country, and by who’s giving away the books (author, agent, publisher, reader, etc), and sort by number of copies offered, start date or end date of the draw.


Full Syndicate series now on the website

December 21, 2008

I’ve just uploaded the draft page of The Syndicate: Volume 2, which means the whole series is now available as free downloads on my site. I haven’t finished updating the rest of the site to match yet, so you may need to use the links below for the moment to find the pages:

Volume 1
Volume 2
Volume 3
Four Leaf Clover

Volumes 1 and 2 are actually parts 1 and 2 of a single novel constructed as a fix-up. Volume 3 is a sequel which follows on immediately from the end of Volume 2. Each volume is around 40,000 words. Four Leaf Clover is a novelette set some time after the end of Volume 3.

Here’s the blurb for the paperback edition of volumes 1&2:

When making life hell for the poor twitching users isn’t any fun for the sysadmin, what’s a geek to do? Run away to space, of course.

Allard’s current job is a nightmare. He’ll do anything to find another–including joining the slightly nutty crew of the Mary Sue, who have an even more malevolent attitude to traditional management structures than he does.

The crew and joint owners of the spaceship Mary Sue were looking for an IT expert who shared their political ideals. That’s not Allard, but that doesn’t bother him as long as he’s left out of it. He’s just looking for a working environment where he likes the people and the job. He’ll be pleased if they like him in return, although he’s not betting on it.

He gets all that and more. New friends, a non-organic quasi-son.

And then there’s Vaughan. Tall, gorgeous, inconveniently sexy, given to expansive gestures and talking far too much–which Allard plans to tell him as soon as he can get a word in edgeways.

Or at least as soon as he can get Vaughan’s tongue out of his mouth.


Taking Work Home now at Fictionwise

November 11, 2008

My latest book, Lord and Master 2: Taking Work Home, is now also available at Fictionwise — with a 15% discount in the first week. There’s an excerpt at Fictionwise, but you can also find more excerpts and free short stories from the series on my website.


Out now: Lord and Master 2: Taking Work Home

August 19, 2008

Lord and Master 2 cover art

Lord and Master 2 cover art

It was just an office affair, with wonderful sex. Young scientist Mark Paulson liked older men, especially tall, dark, and very handsome men like his new boss. Self-made millionaire Steven Frost had no trouble finding sex, but what he needed was a friend who shared his interests; someone like the young assistant he’d just hired. What started as simply great sex between friends has become much, much more, and now they’re engaged.

Life’s never that simple, of course. Other people have an interest in Steven’s welfare and Steven’s money, and they’re not about to let the pretty little PA half his age take control of either. There’s a reason why Steven was still single at the age of forty-four, and some of his family are intent on ensuring that Mark finds out about it the hard way.

But Mark already knows — true love is about more than champagne and roses.

To read an excerpt, visit: http://www.loose-id.com/JJLoAMa2ex.aspx.

Genre: LGBT Erotic Contemporary
Length: Novel
Price: $5.99
http://www.loose-id.com/detail.aspx?ID=765

More excerpts and a free prequel story at http://www.julesjones.com/fiction/details/takingworkhome.html


More Lord and Master bits on the site

August 12, 2008

[This went up on my LiveJournal on Sunday. Nobody has reported anything broken, so I'm spreading it further afield now.]

This weekend’s project was updating the website for the forthcoming release of the new Lord and Master novel. If you find any broken links or other glitches, please let me know. New material added:

free novelette Old Age Creeping Over Me

details page for the new novel, Taking Work Home:
http://julesjones.com/fiction/details/takingworkhome.html

three excerpts from the novel, linked from the details page

series information page, with a timeline, some background information, and links to the CafePress shops for the cover art:
http://julesjones.com/fiction/seriesinfo/lordandmaster.html
(I’ll probably add more information to this over time.)

And I created a CafePress shop for the new book’s cover art, which is probably mostly of interest to me, but if anyone else fancies teeshirts or prints of that pretty cover art, that’s where you’ll find it. I’ve also created a cover art calendar that uses the three pieces of cover art [info]annecain has done for my books (L&M, L&M2 and Dolphin Dreams). It is very, very pretty and I am regretting that postage to the UK makes it impracticable to get myself one any time soon.


Book review: Masara Minase — Lies and Kisses

August 8, 2008

Wealthy young executive Tatsuya Soga is trying to trace the younger half-brother he hasn’t seen since they were both children, when their father divorced his second wife and threw wife and child out of the house. While Tatsuya’s waiting for the detective’s report, he goes to a friend’s bar for the evening, and has a bad case of love at first sight when he sees a young waiter playing the bar piano. Haru seems interested in him in return; which isn’t surprising because as rapidly becomes clear to the reader, Haru knows who Tatsuya is and still hero-worships his adored older brother while being convinced that the Soga family must hate him. Tatsuya quite innocently proceeds to seduce Haru in the belief that the attraction is sexual on both sides, leading to much angst the next day when he finally gets that report with a recent photo and the current name of his long-lost brother…

Emotional ups and downs follow as Tatsuya tries to protect Haru from the knowledge that they’re brothers, while resisting Haru’s attempts to get him back into bed. It gets all the harder when he discovers the shabby conditions in which Haru lives, and feels he has to take Haru to live with him. There’s more than one twist to the tale before reaching an ending that’s more or less happy and leaves them together.

This is a single-volume story, so the plot’s not that deep, but there’s still a solid story that’s got more to it than just an excuse to throw two pretty young men together and spice it up with a suggestion of incest. And it’s well set up, with the nine year age gap between the men making it plausible that Tatsuya wouldn’t recognise the 17-year-old he last saw as a child, and Haru having a good reason to be in that bar.

The characters are interesting and pleasant people. Tatsuya is a decent, kind man who cares about other people, and while he’s pushy when he first seduces Haru, it’s an honest case of mis-reading signals rather than refusing to take no for an answer. Haru’s believable as a teenager who’s pretending to be older than he really is, but who’s still vulnerable inside. There are also some good supporting characters, in particular Haru’s older step-brother from his mother’s third marriage.

This one has plenty of explicit sex, but it’s there to serve the story, which is good news if you find sex boring without a story to go with it. It’s not as graphic as in some manga, but it’s erotic as it is.

The artwork is excellent, and apart from the colour cover there are also two very nice colour plates inside. The physical production quality is extremely good, with heavy paper and crisp reproduction of the art.

The subject matter’s going to squick some readers, but if you can handle that, this one’s well worth a look.

Lies & Kisses at Amazon UK

Lies & Kisses at Amazon US

LibraryThing entry


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