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Nov. 6th, 2010

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Get What You Need up for Book of the Week!

Lady Scarlet at BlackRaven Reviews selected Get What You Need as a Recommended Read and gave it , which puts it in the running for "Book of the Week" at their site.

If you read the book and enjoyed it, would you please take a minute to vote for it?

Click here: BlackRaven Reviews Book of the Week Poll

Voting is today and tomorrow (I think it ends at midnight on Nov 7th).

Thank you! And here's the link to Lady Scarlet's whole review.

Oct. 27th, 2010

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Sometimes you see a face...



I know I've repeatedly said that I like for readers to be able to "cast" my characters from their own imaginations, and that's why I'm such a fan of the headless torso, but if you wanted to picture this guy as Jay Hinshaw, the lead in Get What You Need, well, you'd be pretty much right on the money.

Oh, my. *fans self*

(If he looks familiar, he played Ben Bass -- Kevin Sorbo's beach-lovin' son -- on this week's Hawaii Five-O.)

Oct. 14th, 2010

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An alternative to HEA or HFN... FOH!

Last winter, I posted an entry about my philosophy on Happily Ever After vs. Happy For Now endings. I'm not a fan of the term "Happy For Now", since it seems to imply with that ominous "for now" part that trouble lurks beyond the next bend (or perhaps the next bed?). So I was thrilled when wrenboo posted her review of Get What You Need at GoodReads, which is short enough that I'm going to include the whole thing: "I loved this. Not a terribly long story, but packed with a lot of feeling. Jay and Patrick were both very strong men, physically and mentally. Their coming together the first time was powerful. The second time, the sex was intense, the emotions they shared were deep and complex and surprising. I was glad that other reviewers mentioned that the end wasn't HEA or even HFN, so I was steeled for that. But it was FOH (Full Of Hope) and perfectly suited to the story. I am really hoping for more about these guys!"

Full Of Hope! *bells ring, confetti explodes, champagne corks fly*

YES! Yes, thanks to Wren Boudreau, I now know exactly how to describe how my stories end. If I've done my job right, they should be Full Of Hope. Maybe the guys aren't declaring undying love or picking out matching rings. But they're sure as hell not tripping over some other guy's dick, either. I like strong guys; I'm pretty unapologetic about that. But it's not just biceps, people. I want strength of commitment and recognition of the value the other person holds.

So what do you think? Does FOH rate right up there with HEA and HFN? Can we add it to the m/m lexicon?

Oct. 13th, 2010

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Turning the tables on Shae Connor

Fellow Dreamspinner author Shae Connor does this nifty thing where she asks authors Seven Questions. Today, I'm turning the microphone on Shae, on the occasion of the release of her debut novella, Model Student.

So without further ado... Seven Questions with Shae ConnorCollapse )

Thanks for giving us a peek into what makes you tick as a writer, Shae! And best of luck with your new release!

Oct. 8th, 2010

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Facebook Chat: Sunday, Oct. 10, 1 - 6 pm

I'll be doing a Meet-the-Author Chat at Dreamspinner's Facebook page on Sunday, October 10th (or, because it's just too fun: 10/10/10) from 1 pm - 6 pm. I'll be giving away copies of all four of my novellas, including the new release, Get What You Need, and a one-time twofer of Maritime Men and Anchors Aweigh.

I'll also be turning the interview tables on readers and asking them a variety of interesting (and possibly titillating!) questions. I hope you'll stop by and say hi!

Oct. 2nd, 2010

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Dreamspinner Books 20% off at Rainbow eBooks


This weekend ONLY you can pick up all Dreamspinner Press titles at
Rainbow eBooks for 20% off.

Click on the button below or the link above to go straight to Rainbow eBooks.

Here's my page at Rainbow eBooks, where all my titles, including the new release, GET WHAT YOU NEED, are discounted today and tomorrow.

They're also offering some FREEBIES from Abigail Roux, Marie Sexton, Andrew Grey, Mary Calmes, and Ariel Tachna. Go see what kind of mischief you can get up to! :)

Sep. 29th, 2010

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Contest Winners, Interviews, Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My!

Okay, there aren't really any lions, tigers, or bears, but we do have contest winners (and a lot of delicious-sounding cocktail recipes), and interviews!

Congratulations, slavetopassion and stone_flame! Your names were chosen from the hat this morning to receive a free copy of Get What You Need. I'll send each of you a private message with a request for your e-mail address and which ebook format you prefer: ePub, HTML, PDF or PRC.

I'm happy to report that Get What You Need is now available for sale at Dreamspinner Press. Whee!

In other release-day news, I've done a couple of short interviews -- one with Terry Kate from Naughty in the Backseat, which you can find here: Interview with Author Janey Chapel, and one with Shae Connor, who gives authors Seven Questions to answer and then posts the results. You can find that interview here: Seven Questions with Janey Chapel

In a couple of weeks, I'll turn the tables and ask Shae herself Seven Questions. Stay tuned!

Sep. 28th, 2010

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REMINDER: Contest to win a free copy of Get What You Need

If you'd like to be in the drawing for one of two free ebook copies of Get What You Need, go here and leave a comment along with your favorite cocktail recipe (alcoholic or non!). I'll draw two names tomorrow morning and post the winners!

Sep. 26th, 2010

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CONTEST: Get What You Need

In anticipation of the release of Get What You Need on Wednesday, I thought it might be fun to run a little contest for a couple free copies of the book!

So between now and Wednesday morning, leave a comment here or at my Facebook with the recipe for your favorite mixed drink (hey, there's a legit connection: one of the main characters is a bartender!). I'll choose two winners at random first thing Wednesday morning and post their LJ names. At that point, I'll request e-mail addresses from the winners so I can send the book in the ebook format of their choice. If you're a teetotaler, fret not: just post the recipe for your favorite Shirley Temple or other non-alcoholic drink!

Just to get things rolling, here's my favorite mixed drink ever:

The Classic Cosmopolitan:

2 oz vodka (the better the vodka, the better the drink)
1 oz Triple Sec
1 oz Rose's® lime juice
1 oz cranberry juice

Shake vodka, Triple Sec, lime and cranberry juice vigorously in a shaker with ice. Strain into a martini glass, garnish with a lime wedge on the rim, and serve.

Source: DRINKSMIXER.com

Sep. 12th, 2010

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Author Trivia Contest

The good folks at Dreamspinner Press are holding a trivia contest to celebrate signing their 200th author! Here are all the details:

We’re celebrating at Dreamspinner Press because we’ve signed our 200th author! And because we like to share our joy around, we’ve designed a trivia contest for our readers. Each day for the rest of September, we’ll post a trivia question or quote from one of our authors’ bios for you, our readers, to go searching for. If you find the author in question, e-mail your answer to ariel at dreamspinnerpress dot com. At the end of each day, Ariel will draw a name at random from all the correct entries and the winner will receive an eBook copy of their choice of any title by the featured author.

Authors have been selected randomly from all authors that meet the following three criteria:

1) Authors must have at least three titles published through Dreamspinner Press.
2) Authors must have at least one title published in 2010.
3) Authors must have at least one title that isn’t part of an anthology or collection of stories.

Any questions?

Then here we go!

Today’s question: Which Dreamspinner author teaches students the wonders of science?

Email in your answers by midnight tonight. The winner and the answer, along with the next question, will be revealed tomorrow morning!

You can follow all the fun at the Dreamspinner Press Blog.

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