My alter ego’s new short is released today. It’s the first of a series of short stories, but can be read as a standalone. More details below:
Flynn’s new boss is so hot he can’t wait to get home to tell the chatroom how much he wants Dom’s cock down his throat. By Friday, he’s shared quite a few thoughts on what he’d like his boss to do to him. But he’s not as anonymous as he thinks, and Dom’s intent on disciplining him for breaching company policy on social networking. Dom gives him a choice of put up or shut up: he can play out the fantasy in real life, or he can walk out of the office without a word to HR as long as he never talks that way about Dom again. Flynn chooses “put up”—but he’s forgotten about one of the things he said he wouldn’t mind doing.
Series: In Like Flynn 1
NineStar Press (where you can find an excerpt)
Amazon: Australia ¦ Brazil ¦ Canada ¦ France ¦ Germany ¦ India ¦ Italy ¦ Japan ¦ Netherlands ¦ Spain
Or search on your local Amazon using ASIN: B01MZ2891M
Barnes & Noble
Hey, look – book log! Less than four months after reading the book! Posted only two months after writing the notes!
(Disclosure: I don’t know the author particularly well, but I’ve long admired her work as an editor, and have submitted material to her publishing house in the past. This hasn’t had any impact on my reaction to the book, other than I wouldn’t have known about a promo deal on the new edition and run off to buy it if I didn’t have her blog on my LiveJournal feed.)
Erotic fantasy novel which is quite openly inspired by Harry Potter. “Inspired by” means “loving homage”, not “rip-off”; this is a worthy novel in its own right, and could be enjoyed as such by someone who’s never read any of Rowling’s books (or indeed any of the other speculative fiction Tan pays homage to). But it’s most easily described as what would happen if Harry Potter was an American taking up a scholarship at Harvard University, and on arrival walking into the admin office of a faculty housed in buildings which aren’t findable by most people on the campus, to the confusion of himself and the faculty administrators. Since we’re dealing with undergraduates here, there’s sex. Lots of sex. Sex for actual plot purposes, no less, and all the better for it. For there is indeed a plot, concerning the covert presence on campus of a siren, what that is, and the dangers it poses to the students. It’s intertwined with various other plot threads, most of which are resolved satisfactorily while leaving openings for further stories about next year’s adventures. While I think there’s some room for improvement, it’s well written, by someone who understands her material. I liked it a lot, enough to want to read the next one in the series (a quartet of novels plus a collection of short stories). If that brief description sounds like something you’d be interested in reading, I’d recommend you try it out — the prologue and first chapter are available as free samples on Amazon and other online retailers.
I’ve been experimenting with self-publishing some of my old short stories that have gone out of print. After much angst, I’ve managed to upload “One Size Fits All” to Smashwords, and am awaiting the results from feeding it into the maw of Amazon.
This one’s priced at 99c, but I have also been playing with the coupon code generator on Smashwords. Plug the code RE95K into the appropriate place (ooh er, missus) before Monday, and get 100% off. And all I ask in return is for some feedback on whether the file actually works in your viewing device of choice…
You can find the book at https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/376309
Blurb: Hugh’s everything that Gavin could ask for in a lover. Everything, apart from his taste in underwear. Nothing wrong with the underwear, you understand, but that’s the problem. It’s boring. So Gavin decides to have a rummage through Hugh’s underwear, just in case there’s anything more interesting tucked away. And what he finds is so interesting that he tries it out for size…
m/m erotic romance, very mild kink, 3000 words.
… but alas, my trib copy of The Mammoth Book of Quick and Dirty Erotica has been mangled by a minion of Royal Mail, who shoved it into my letter box without regard as to whether it could actually fit through without tearing the envelope and contents. I may have to write a letter of complaint tomorrow. And yes, I will be only too pleased to display the damaged item if need be. Anyway, my contribution, “A Sparrow Flies Through”, amounts to 4 pages out of 554. But there are 119 other stories for your entertainment contained within this volume, so if you wish to make a lot of authors and their editor and publisher very happy, you can pre-order it now at Amazon UK, Amazon US, and other fine book emporia. Official release date is 18 April, at least in the UK (US Amazon is showing a June date).
Today’s cat vacuuming has been learning how to use SmashWords by uploading my shaving erotica short story “Naked”, which you can now find in a variety of ebook file formats at:
It’s been on my website as a basic html page for a long time, so many of you will have already seen it, but I’d appreciate any comments about whether the shiny new file formats actually work. Also, it now has cover art. :-)
When Bill found a porn mag at the back of his boyfriend’s cupboard, it wasn’t just any porn mag. Bill hadn’t known until then that Kevin was into shaving — or that it might turn him on too. Now he’s finding out what it means to be… completely naked.
The big news in the romance blogosphere yesterday was that Harlequin/Mills&Boon are opening a digital-only press, Carina Press, which will cover a much broader range of genres than the print divisions do. They’ll be publishing more than romance, and in romance they’ll be publishing material that wouldn’t fit into the print lines. While it doesn’t explicitly say so on the website, apparently that will include LGBT, multiracial, and other “non traditional” romances that have already proven popular at the established digital publishers. It will also include things which you might think at first glance would be perfectly traditional Mills & Boon fare, but which don’t actually fit into their existing lines — e.g., if you’ve got a cross-genre, it won’t be necessary to ramp up the romance to make it fit. The other print-related restriction that’s gone is story length — they’ll consider a much wider range of manuscript lengths.
Part of the big news is that they’ve recruited Angela James, former editor-in-chief at Samhain. This is a smart move. Angela has several years of experience at one of the biggest players in the current digital publishing market. This matters, because while Harlequin have been doing well at digitising their print lines, what this represents is a direct move into a different style of digital publishing. Carina Press is digital-only, DRM-free, and following the model of no advance but high royalty rate — the same model that has become a flourishing niche market over the last decade by being able to cater to genres with a readership too small for mass market but large enough to support excellent small press sales.
Will it succeed? Maybe not. But this is Harlequin we’re talking about. They’ve survived in business for a century by giving the market what it wants, and they’ve already got good experience in what it takes on the technical side to put together an ebook and sell it. I want to see their royalty rate and contract[*] before signing on the dotted line, and I want to see them in business long enough to look viable before I risk a full-length manuscript with them, but yes, I’m interested.
[* Harlequin is an actual example of “big publishers screw over their authors too”. They’ve improved over the years, under pressure from the RWA and others, but their contracts have at times been examples of Publishing Evil.]
ETA: apparently I can’t read, in spite having read the guidelines looking for *and* *expecting* *to* *find* a statement that LGBT was welcome. It’s certainly there now. Insufficiently caffeinated this morning, obviously.