Monday Feature

Friday, March 31, 2017

RELEASE: The Mystery of Nevermore audiobook



Good morning, everyone!

The Mystery of Nevermore (Snow & Winter Book One) hit audio shelves yesterday afternoon! It has been narrated by the very talented Derrick McClain, and is available at Audible and Amazon. Stay tuned for an upcoming interview with Derrick as well! I’ll be asking him questions about the ins and outs of narrating, and we’ll learn about his process in voicing Sebastian and Calvin.

And good news for those who have been asking about The Mystery of the Curiosities. A contract has been signed for Book Two to go into audio, and we can expect that summer of 2017!

Thank you for your support!

C.S.
xo

Monday, March 27, 2017

Monday Feature: Elizabeth Noble



C.S.: What do you write?
Elizabeth: The romance genres I’m partial to writing are suspense/thriller/mystery, scifi, contemporary romance and urban fantasy. I also write scifi, urban fantasy and espionage thrillers.

C.S.: Why do you enjoy these genres?
Elizabeth: One little phrase: Action/adventure. I gravitate to the same sort of story whether I’m reading or watching. While I adore character interactions and relationships, for me, adding some element of danger or adventure is like the icing on the cake. My particular favorite is the ‘man against man and the elements’ sort of story.

C.S.: Tell us about your writing space.
Elizabeth: I LOVE my writing spaces. Yes, I said spaces. Nowadays I share my home with a dog and cat, so my writing space is sort of the whole house. In the second bedroom I created my office—a.k.a. The Rabid Fangirl Room! I paneled and stained and faux painted it all myself. All my movie posters, Star Trek paraphernalia (I still have to hang the big model of the Enterprise) and Supernatural collectables are in there living quite peacefully together. This room also is home to framed prints of my book covers.
In the warmer months I have what I refer to as my outdoor office. It’s the patio in my backyard. Full sun never hits it so it’s a pleasant writing space.

C.S.: What sort of work-related items do you keep at hand?
Elizabeth: I’ve lived in this house going on twelve years now. About nine or ten years ago digital content was taking off. That’s I decided to go digital or I was afraid my first floor and basement were going to meet because of all the books, movies, CDs and magazines I had.
All my work-related items are digital and therefore always with me! I use OneNote and Trello for notes, to keep track of ideas and what I’m doing in general. When I collaborate I use Google Drive. Since there are aps as well as desktop and website versions there is nowhere I go that I don’t have my writing tools.
I do have a few thesaurus, word finders and reference books in a number of subjects sitting on the shelves.

C.S.: What’s the weirdest item you keep nearby that’s not at all beneficial to writing?
Elizabeth: I won’t say they’re not beneficial, but I have the ashes of a dog and cat who’ve passed away. They always laid in my office while I worked, so they’re still here.

C.S.: Do you have any ‘good luck’ charms?
Elizabeth: Yes, I do! I have a collection of crystals and stones sitting on my shelves. I like them because they’re pretty, but I’ve been told some have the power to attract and center energy. What sort of urban fantasy/scifi writer would I be if I didn’t believe just a little bit in their powers?

C.S.: What’s easily the most distracting item in your writing space?
Elizabeth: Not much really. My office is set up to be a comfortable work-space and I’m happy sitting in there for hours getting new chapters written or existing works edited.

C.S.: Do you have any bad habits when you write?
Elizabeth: I get distracted when I stop to research. No matter how hard I try to do complete research before I begin writing, it never fails that I need to do more.

C.S.: What time of day are you most creative?
Elizabeth: There is no particular time. I do a lot of writing at night, out of habit mostly. When my children were little that the only time I really had. Now, that’s when I’m not working my day job, but if I’m not at work I’ll work on projects at all times of the day and night.

C.S.: Do you have any ‘helpful’ pets?
Elizabeth: My dog, Rosie and my cat, Murphy.

C.S.: What do you do to de-stress or enjoy that’s unrelated to writing?
Elizabeth: I garden when the weather is appropriate. I’m a big astronomy buff. Exercise is a good way to de-stress, so Rosie and I walk at least a half mile most days. Finally, odd as it may sound writing and research are also ways I unwind.

C.S.: Do you drink or snack while writing?
Elizabeth: Oh, heavens, yes. Coffee, tea, iced tea, fruit, pizza, Chinese and sometimes a whole meal.

C.S.: Listen to music? If so, does the soundtrack change with projects?
Elizabeth: I do, but I generally don’t have any particular soundtrack. I either set my music to shuffle and play or I pick a genre through my Echo Dot. My computer monitor is large enough I can split the screen between a document and a player so I’ll sometimes watch a show or movie while I work. I can’t concentrate in silence.

C.S.: Question from the audience: If you were stuck on a desert island, and could take one romance and one genre book (of your choice) with you, what would they be?
Elizabeth: Black Beauty by Anna Sewell and a book called He, She and It by Marge Piercy, which isn’t a traditional romance at all!

 
Release Date: 1/17/2017

Blurb: The members of the Vampire Guard—Jonas Forge, spy and soldier turned cop; computer hacker extraordinaire Blair Turner; Declan, thief, con man, and ex-pirate; and medical examiner and werewolf Dr. Lucas Coate—face a dangerous and elusive enemy.

And this time, it’s personal.

Over the course of three hundred years, a man has touched each of their lives in ways they are only just realizing. When a hunt for a psychotic killer in the present resurrects memories and clues from the past, they discover how they have been affected and are bound by the existence of a ruthless vampire criminal. Now, while preventing a heist at a high-tech art show and thwarting several large-scale explosions, the team must employ their unique blend of science and supernatural abilities to put an end to the machinations of the man toying with their lives.

This time, he won’t slip through their fingers.

This time, it’s more than a case. It’s a hunt, and Forge, Blair, Declan, and Lucas won’t stop until they’ve captured their quarry.




 
Author Bio: Elizabeth Noble started telling stories before she actually knew how to write, and her family was very happy when she learned to put words on a page. Those words turned into fan fiction that turned into a genuine love of M/M romance fiction. Being able to share her works with Dreamspinner is really a dream come true. She has a real love for a good mystery complete with murder and twisty plots as well as all things sci-fi, futuristic, and supernatural and a bit of an unnatural interest in a super-volcano in Wyoming.
Elizabeth has three grown children and is now happily owned by an adorable mixed breed canine princess and one tabby cat. She lives in her native northeast Ohio, the perfect place for gardening, winter and summer sports (go Tribe and Cavs!). When she's not writing she's working as a veterinary nurse, so don't be surprised to see her men with a pet or three who are a very big part of their lives.
Elizabeth received several amateur writing awards. Since being published several of her novels have received honorable mentions in the Rainbow Awards. Her novel Jewel Cave was a runner up in the 2015 Rainbow awards in the Gay Mystery/Thriller category. Ringed Love was a winner in the Gay Fantasy Romance category of the 2016 Rainbow Awards.




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C.S.
xo

Monday, March 20, 2017

Monday Feature: Jordan Castillo Price



C.S.: What do you write?
Jordan: Speculative, dark M/M fiction with strong hooks and quirky characters. I’m a big fan of interesting setups and fun worldbuilding.

C.S.: Why do you enjoy this genre?
Jordan: I enjoy the combination of character and action. Having a bunch of characters who don’t engage me is boring to read, so action in itself isn’t that exciting if I don’t care about who’s acting. And characters who sit around and think about their feelings bore me too. I need that character/action balance to be drawn in to the story.

C.S.: Tell us about your writing space.
Jordan: I prefer to work at a desktop computer, but I have a tendency to set up multiple offices in my space. (I’m not sure why…someone could probably psychoanalyze me and find a fascinating root cause.) Right now I have two sitting desks and a standing desk. I can’t work in public or with music. I need total concentration.

C.S.: What sort of work-related items do you keep at hand?
Jordan: Post-its, Post-its and more Post-its. You wouldn’t think having a Post-it holder would make a difference, but oh yes, it most certainly does.

C.S.: What’s the weirdest item you keep nearby that’s not at all beneficial to writing?
Jordan: I currently have a pair of glasses I never wear and a lava lamp I never turn on within arm’s reach.

C.S.: Do you have any ‘good luck’ charms?
Jordan: Like a special notebook or favorite pen? Not really, though I have some tumbled semiprecious gemstones sitting nearby to remind me of the novel I’m currently working on, in which the protagonist sells that sort of thing.

C.S.: What’s easily the most distracting item in your writing space?
Jordan: My neighbors. Good god. I think they flail themselves against the wall for fun.


C.S.: Do you have any bad habits when you write?
Jordan: This is so ridiculous, but apparently sitting with my foot tucked under me while I’m at the computer desk has done a number on my knees. So now I’m supposed to sit with both feet on the floor.

C.S.: What time of day are you most creative?
Jordan: I am such a morning person. I’ve tried to shift gears but it’s impossible. I spring out of bed raring to go and the brain starts fogging up by mid-afternoon. If I have another obligation during the morning, it blows my writing time for the day.

C.S.: Do you have any ‘helpful’ pets?
Jordan: My half-siamese Frank tends to hang out in the same room as me, but he’s not a lap kitty. Occasionally if I’m writing by hand he decides he really needs the pen, but my computers don’t interest him.

C.S.: What do you do to de-stress or enjoy that’s unrelated to writing?
Jordan: I find cooking very creative. It doesn’t feel frivolous, because creating meals from fresh ingredients is so good for you, but it’s also something I have no desire to monetize. Plus it’s kind of private since I don’t often cook for company, so if I have a bizarre kitchen disaster, no one needs to know.

C.S.: Do you drink or snack while writing?
Jordan: I might grab a water or soda when I need to get up and walk around and figure out the next thing. And as for drinking “adult” drinks, not at all. Alcohol shuts down my writing brain like flipping a magical switch.

C.S.: Listen to music? If so, does the soundtrack change with projects?
Jordan: Only if the neighbors are flailing against the wall particularly violently or a dog is barking. And then I’ll just find an ambient sound that best matches the pitch and masks the noise.

C.S.: Question from the audience: What was the craziest research you’ve ever done for a book?
Jordan: Visiting a taxidermy studio when I was writing the novella Sleepwalker was freaking awesome, especially interviewing the taxidermist, but even better was the bizarre taxidermy collection at Cress Funeral Home. (It was auctioned off in 2014). So glad I got to see it in person. http://www.cultofweird.com/curiosities/cress-funeral-home-taxidermy-wisconsin/


Release Date: February 7, 2017

Blurb: A storefront. You've never noticed it before. It's small, unassuming, and yet there's something about it that draws your eye. And the scent drifting out, dark and aromatic, so enticing. How could you have overlooked it? It must be new.

So why does Sweets to the Sweet look like it's been there for ages? And the pale man behind the counter...certainly you'd remember him.

Much like love, chocolate can be rich and heady, distractingly sensual, sweet and bitter. Just ask Chance. He’s been the catalyst of many a relationship over the years, though he himself scoffs at the notion of a happily ever after. But sometimes a mere hint of sweetness is all it takes.

Follow Sweets to the Sweet as it alights across the globe in twelve novelettes by Jordan Castillo Price, Sean Kennedy and Clare London.

Previously released individually as the Petit Morts series, now available together for the first time in this sweeping omnibus anthology.


Note: Check out Hue, Tint and Shade, the first novelette in Bittersweet Candy Kisses, by signing up for Jordan’s newsletter: https://www.instafreebie.com/free/3YYXh




Author Bio: Author and artist Jordan Castillo Price writes paranormal sci-fi thrillers colored by her time in the midwest, from inner city Chicago, to rural small town Wisconsin, to liberal Madison. Her influences include Ouija boards, Return of the Living Dead, "light as a feather, stiff as a board," girls with tattoos and boys in eyeliner.

Jordan is best known as the author of the PsyCop series, an unfolding tale of paranormal mystery and suspense starring Victor Bayne, a gay medium who's plagued by ghostly visitations. Also check out her fascinating psychological M/M thriller, Mnevermind, where memories are made...one client at a time.


 
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C.S.
xo