Up From The Grave

UpFromGraveCOV-186x300Jeaniene Frost, who is my BFF, has a new release out.  It is the final book in Cat and Bones series.  I watched this book grow as she wrote it and talked about it.  It was a very unique experience.

I have been a part of a series end before with the Edge, and it is bitter sweet.  I was ready to let the characters go for creative reasons.  I was tired.  But when I look back at it, it was four years of my life.

Cat and Bones have been with Jeaniene for a very long time.  You know that the final book in their series would have to be spectacular and I think it is.  I am biased, of course, but I think you will really like it.

Amazon, B&N, BAM, Powells, Indiebound.

Learn more at Jeaniene’s website.

Heads Up: Magic Breaks

Magic-Breaks-sm It has a page and the page has a link to a long excerpt.  The excerpt is provided as a sneak peek and will contain grammatical and punctuation errors.  Once again, it’s provided as is.  Read at your own risk.

Because it’s a permanent page, the comments are disabled on the excerpt, so if you would like to discuss it, this is the place.

:)

The List of Stuff

The List of Stuff

People are making up the lists of things they are to do in the new year.  This is my attempt at one.  Here are my tasks for the year in no particular order.

1.  Finish Magic Breaks.

There is a lot of pressure, it being the end of  one story arc and beginning of another.  On one hand, I am excited.  I think Anne Sowards, our editor, put it best.

So much good stuff!

But getting all of the good stuff to line up into the story is a little challenging.  After so long with the characters I have hard time figuring out when things go too dark or too light.  I really like working on the book – I hate the book itself – but I will be glad when we move on to the next one which will be lighter, funnier, and more “every day” rather than saving the world.

2.  Finish the Avon Book.

I really like the Avon Book. I feel like I keep having to stop and work on something else, and it’s driving me a little nuts.  I also worry because when you become this fascinated with something, you lose perspective. But Gordon likes it too, so it can’t completely suck.

3.  Start Innkeeper 2.

We are debating on the format of the Innkeeper 2.  Right now the plan is to post it just like the first book, but use a moderator for the comment section.  It gets a little unruly sometimes and labor intensive.  Gordon will likely oversee the comments as well.

4.  Attend Romantic Times.

It’s almost an annual tradition now.  This year RT is in New Orleans.

5.  Go to one day writing workshop in San Angelo, Texas.

We’ve been invited to run a one day writing workshop in San Angelo.  We are thinking maybe a lecture format, some simple writing lessons, a solid Q&A, and a one-paragraph critique depending on how many people would show up.  We are not sure how much to charge.  We probably would be donating the fee to charity anyway.  Right now we’re are considering maybe February-March for it.  We don’t typically teach, so this will be interesting.

6.  Comicon.

We are considering going to Comicon this year.  It depends on the schedule, but it would be nice to go.  I’ve never been, but Gordon has gone a number of times.

7. Sort out newsletter.

We need to get the monthly newsletter rolling.

8. Write Kate 8.

9. Write Avon 2.

10.  Release a story collection.

This actually really means write a short story and bundle it with the other two.

11. Write a novella for Ace.

OMG, I wish we hadn’t agreed to this.  I have no clue what to write about. Or when. Or how. I just want it off my plate.

12. More Curran POVs.

Gordon says he hopes to work on more.  Speaking of POVs, we probably need to figure how to upload Curran POV Collection to Kindle and Nook.  It will either go up for 99 cents or free, if we can finagle it.

13.  Resolve audio and French editions.

::stares:: Oy. This is something, hopefully, our agency will take off our shoulders and handle themselves.

That’s about it.  On a personal front, both of us hope to move more, sit less, eat better (don’t we all), and be better parents.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

Thank you guys so much.  This was an amazing year for us as authors, and a sometimes trying one as parents.  We hope that everybody had a good year and that you all have a wonderful holiday, whichever one you choose to celebrate. This is our gift to you.

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Click the gift to see what’s in the box.

Clean Sweep Available on CreateSpace

Clean Sweep, dead tree version, is now available on CreateSpace. It will soon pop up on Amazon as well. Before I link it, I wanted to make it absolutely clear what this edition is.  It comes with the following warning:

***Notice: This is a special Collectors Edition, trade-paperback volume, which includes Black and White original illustrations. It is a short novel, of approximately 60,000 words in length/227 pages***

1) This is a Print-on-Demand edition, which means that it costs more to print the book, which in its turn drives up the price, which is why this edition costs $10.99. We will be getting about $2.50 from each copy sold through Amazon.  :)

2) To keep the cost down, we had to go to black and white illustrations. Black and white illustrations can be printed on regular paper.  Color illustrations have to have special paper.  POD creators lack the ability to do special paper inserts, so to have color illustrations, the entire book would have to be printed on the special paper.  It would cost over $50.  :(

3) Because it’s a POD, the format of the book is more of a Trade Paperback than a mass market.

Gordon and I know that many of you would like to support us, but Clean Sweep has already sold incredibly well in e-format. We never had a book stay in top 100 on Amazon for so long.  It sold so well, we can afford to hire someone to do an audio version.  We are absolutely thrilled that you liked it so much.

So, just to be clear: this is a version for people who either don’t like to read in electronic format or who just want to have a printed volume to keep as a keepsake or to give to someone as a gift.  It is expensive, beyond what I personally would consider a bargain, and is about 2/3 of the length of Magic Burns. It is exactly as described, a collector edition.  We are probably going to get some for giveaways, and because I just want one, but we don’t really count on the POD version to pay our bills. Don’t buy it to help us, buy it if you really want one. ;)

Here is a link.

Clean Sweep: it’s alive!

Clean-Sweep-Cover-SmallFunny thing happened.  Instead of taking forever and a half to upload things, both Amazon and BN have CLEAN SWEEP up, which caught me totally off-guard. So this is the official release post.  The paper version is coming shortly.

Amazon | BN | Amazon UK | Additional retailers, including Amazon UK, iTunes, etc, will be added as the upload goes through

Doris made some really awesome wallpapers.  Check them out here.

Synopsis

This is a short novel, about 60,000 words.

On the outside, Dina Demille is the epitome of normal. She runs a quaint Victorian Bed and Breakfast in a small Texas town, owns a Shih Tzu named Beast, and is a perfect neighbor, whose biggest problem should be what to serve her guests for breakfast. But Dina is…different: Her broom is a deadly weapon; her Inn is magic and thinks for itself. Meant to be a lodging for otherworldly visitors, the only permanent guest is a retired Galactic aristocrat who can’t leave the grounds because she’s responsible for the deaths of millions and someone might shoot her on sight. Under the circumstances, “normal” is a bit of a stretch for Dina.

And now, something with wicked claws and deepwater teeth has begun to hunt at night… Feeling responsible for her neighbors, Dina decides to get involved. Before long, she has to juggle dealing with the annoyingly attractive, ex-military, new neighbor, Sean Evans—an alpha-strain werewolf—and the equally arresting cosmic vampire soldier, Arland, while trying to keep her inn and its guests safe. But the enemy she’s facing is unlike anything she’s ever encountered before. It’s smart, vicious, and lethal, and putting herself between this creature and her neighbors might just cost her everything.

Amazon | BN | Additional retailers as the upload goes through

Click here to read excerpt

 

Publishing Date for Magic Breaks

coming-soon-Magic-BreaksAvailable July 29, 2014

Right now only Amazon preorder is up.  The book will be released through all the usual suspects, but Amazon puts preorders up earlier than others.

No matter how much the paranormal politics of Atlanta change, one thing always remains the same: if there’s trouble, Kate Daniels will be in the middle of it…

As the mate of the Beast Lord, Curran, former mercenary Kate Daniels has more responsibilities than it seems possible to juggle. Not only is she still struggling to keep her investigative business afloat, she must now deal with the affairs of the pack, including preparing her people for attack from Roland, a cruel ancient being with god-like powers. Since Kate’s connection to Roland has come out into the open, no one is safe—especially those closest to Kate.

As Roland’s long shadow looms ever nearer, Kate is called to attend the Conclave, a gathering of the leaders from the various supernatural factions in Atlanta. When one of the Masters of the Dead is found murdered there, apparently at the hands of a shapeshifter, Kate is given only twenty-four hours to hunt down the killer. And this time, if she fails, she’ll find herself embroiled in a war which could destroy everything she holds dear…

Magic Breaks is coming out in hardcover, so you’re looking at hardcover prices: print $21.33 and Kindle $12.99.  The Kindle price will go down when paperback version will release a few months after the hardcover.  Also, I don’t know what Amazon is going to do in terms of discounting.  I usually know about discounts after one of you emails me.  :)

So this is the official Bitching Space for the bellyaching about the price.  Feel free to post comments and be displeased.  :)

Magic Breaks Cover Not Reveal

MB_CurranI’ve come to the conclusion that there isn’t a cover in the world that you guys won’t complain about, send me emails about, demand changes to, and offer your own version of. Even the Innkeeper cover, which is gorgeous, has somehow displeased several of you.  Next time you’ll get a blue rectangle with the title on it. ;P

I have Magic Breaks cover, but I am not revealing it.  RT blog graciously agreed to take it off my hands.  They will reveal it on October 31, I will post the link, and you can hate with the passion of a thousand suns over there, where I won’t have to look at it.  :)  There, it has Curran on the cover.

Poor Curran.  Kate really does put him through his paces.

“Don’t die on me.” He kissed my face, pulling off his jacket.  “Don’t die on me.”

Hehehe.  <—-Evil Author Laugh.

I think that’s why I like working on Avon book so much – the heroine is so different from Kate and it gives my brain a much needed break.  Well,  the magic goodness, new cast of side characters, and a fun new world helps too.  Kate sees a giant world-devouring terrestrial octopus and gets her sword.  Isabella has a family to take care of.  She is pretty grounded.

I raised my hands in the air and backed away, toward the exit, making sure the camera in hotel lobby had me in plain view. Behind me the door hissed as Liz made a break for it.

“It’s over, Mr. Rutger. I’m not a threat.”

“You nosy bitch. You and that harpy are in it together.”

At the desk the concierge frantically mashed buttons on a phone.

If I were on my own, I’d turn and run. Some people stand their ground no matter what. In my line of work, a stint at the hospital, coupled with a bill that you can’t pay because you’re not working, cured that notion really fast. Given a chance, I ran like a rabbit. But I had to buy Liz time to get to her car.

Still working on query hooks.  More on that tonight.

 

 

Clean Sweep Cover Reveal

Clean-Sweep

There is an empty spot on the bottom where it needs a quote.  We are planning to release it in time for Christmas.

We are both really thrilled with the cover.  The artist is Doris M. and she can be found at Disanthus.com.

 

Kate Daniels: How Many Books?

QC_KateDuring the beta first read, it became apparent that there is some confusion about how many books will be in Kate Daniels series and who they feature.

To date there are six books published in Kate Daniels series: Magic Bites, Magic Burns, Magic Strikes, Magic Bleeds, Magic Slays, and Magic Rises.  There are four more books under contract: Magic Breaks, Magic 8, Magic 9, and Magic 10. ALL of these books feature Kate as protagonist.  Again, just to be sure: none of these books will be written from view point of other characters.  This is all Kate.

There is only one book that features a different character: Gunmetal Magic, which stars Andrea.  There is a number of novellas and short stories told from the point of view of other characters, but no full novels.

Kate story doesn’t end with Magic Breaks.  Magic Breaks is not the final book of her adventures.  :)