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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Snow & Winter 1 year anniversary!

Today is the anniversary of The Mystery of Nevermore being published with DSP Publications. Sebastian Snow and Calvin Winter have been bringing murder, mystery, and true love to readers for one year now. The first two books of this four book series have been made available as ebooks, paperback, audio, and soon to be translated into French.

None of this would have happened without readers like you. So thank you for your support and belief in one sarcastic, crotchety sleuth and his ever frustrated but loving boyfriend.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Monday Feature: Anne Barwell

C.S.: What do you write?
Anne: I write MM romance across several genres: contemporary, fantasy—urban, contemporary, and high—historical, and have dabbled in SF.  Often my books cross over genres too.

C.S.: Why do you enjoy these genres?
Anne: I enjoy them for different reasons, and also because I write what I like to read.  I love exploring what ifs, which is what fantasy and SF is all about.  I also love historical and the research that goes with it—I’ve learnt a lot about the time periods around WWI and II, and love exploring the way that wars bring out the best and worst in people.  My reading and writing is very character driven, and sometimes I want something a bit lighter, and more slice of life, and contemporary romance fills that gap nicely.

C.S.: Tell us about your writing space.
Anne: It’s usually a lot messier than it is in the photo, but I tidied up for the photo shoot. I usually tidy between books but with several books coming out close together this year, that hasn’t happened. I write at my dining room table, which works well for me as I can multitask and cook and bake at the same time. It also gives me a nice view of my backyard—ignore the weeds—and the Orongorongo Ranges in the distance.

C.S.: What sort of work-related items do you keep at hand?
Anne: Notebooks, pens, diary, and my stash of todo lists.  I often have a stack of reference material close by too, depending on what I’m working on.  And the all important cup of tea, of course.

C.S.: What’s the weirdest item you keep nearby that’s not at all beneficial to writing?
Anne: A calculator.

C.S.: Do you have any ‘good luck’ charms?
Anne: Not as such but I collect plushy dragons which sit on my printer.

C.S.: What’s easily the most distracting item in your writing space?
Anne: The internet.  I often get distracted by oooh shiny, and I chat online while I write, always have done. I used to do that when I wrote uni assignments too.

C.S.: Do you have any bad habits when you write?
Anne: I’m easily distracted by the internet. It often takes me a while to get into the zone on a workday, and then just as everything is flowing, I need to stop as it’s time to go to work.

C.S.: What time of day are you most creative?
Anne: My hours at work at the library are 12-8.30pm so I write in the mornings, and on my weekend.  By the time I get home after 9pm I’m too tired, so I use that time to put up hosted blog posts and things of that ilk.

C.S.: Do you have any ‘helpful’ pets?
Anne: I have two cats, Kaylee and Frappy.  Kaylee likes a good amount of attention, and although Fraps is more laid back, she protests when I spend too much time on the computer.

C.S.: What do you do to de-stress or enjoy that’s unrelated to writing?
Anne: I read, have several TV shows I’m following, meet up with friends for movie nights, and am a member of a SF club. I also play violin for a local community orchestra; we rehearse one evening a week and perform three concerts a year.

C.S.: Do you drink or snack while writing?
Anne: I usually have a cup of tea on the go, either black with a spot of milk, or herbal. I don’t usually snack per se, although I work through breakfast and lunch, and stop for afternoon tea if I’m home.

C.S.: Listen to music? If so, does the soundtrack change with projects?
Anne: Yes. I always have either the radio on, or a CD playing. Often the soundtrack does change, depending on what I’m writing and what music I associate with the characters I’m writing.

C.S.: Question from the audience: What are a few of your favorite books that you wish you could re-read for the first time and experience all over again?
Anne: It’s difficult to choose as there have been so many.  ‘Dark is Rising’ by Susan Cooper, ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ by Madeleine L’Engle, ‘Cross Stitch’ by Diana Gabaldon, ‘Libriomancer’ by Jim C Hines, and ‘Force of Nature’ by Suzanne Brockmann.




Title: One Word
Release date: November 6, 2017

Blurb: A Hidden Places Story
Ethan Leavitt arrives in the idyllic village of Oakwood to search for a missing friend. Having always prided himself on his ability to find rational explanations, Ethan’s trust in concrete evidence and logic is tested by the mystery of Oakwood and Tomas and Cathal’s disappearance.
Donovan Campbell’s happy, sometimes flippant, exterior hides a past he’d rather forget. As he struggles with his memories and to hold on to the inn he owns with his best friend, the last thing Donovan needs is for some guy he’s only just met to start getting under his skin. When a bank robbery escalates into a dangerous situation, Donovan must embrace a part of himself he can no longer ignore in order to save a future that might never have the chance to exist.
Ethan learns that often the person you’re looking for is not the one you find. But have he and Donovan both realized that too late….

Cover reveal and pre-order sales begin with Dreamspinner Press on October 3, 2017.



Author bio: Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand.  She shares her home with two cats who are convinced that the house is run to suit them; this is an ongoing "discussion," and to date it appears as though the cats may be winning.
In 2008 she completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher, a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra.
She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as "too many." These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of "spare time" is really just a myth. She also hosts other authors, reviews for the GLBTQ Historical Site “Our Story” and Top2Bottom Reviews, and writes monthly blog posts for Authors Speak and Love Bytes.
Anne’s books have received honorable mentions four times and reached the finals three times in the Rainbow Awards.  She has also been nominated twice in the Goodreads M/M Romance Reader’s Choice Awards—once for Best Fantasy and once for Best Historical.

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Monday, August 21, 2017

Monday Feature: Lex Chase

C.S.: What kind of projects do you focus on?
Lex: Primarily, character design is my jam. Creating a character’s look, and creating a story to go with them. Some authors pick out actors for their characters, I take it a step further and actually draw them. Also, when I get a chance, I love to participate in the Hannibal fan art events that run throughout the year. To be honest, I’m really just Hannigram trash.

C.S.: Why do you enjoy these projects?:
Lex: It’s actually the conversations I find myself in. The greatest joy would always be drawing in public and someone tells you how good it is and they can’t even draw a stick figure. It’s something that’s uniquely yours. Unlike people telling me as an author that they want to write a book too.
But like writing, drawing is a skill that anyone can learn. It just that ethereal “it factor” that lets a person take it to the next level.

C.S.: Tell us about your work space.
Lex: I have an office with two desks, one designated for writing by hand/crafting, and the other is where I work digitally with my laptop and Wacom tablet. I have a shelf with my collection of silly toys like a plushie lymph node and plush anatomically correct heart, and action figures. With a designated section for Hannibal. Because Reasons. And a bookcase filled to the brim with reference books from role playing games, to anime art books, to concept art. Also a poster of Director Orson Krennic from Star Wars: Rogue One, better known as Director Daddy Orson Krennic, because I am trash.

C.S.: What sort of art-related items do you keep at hand?
Lex: I keep a sketchbook with some Papermate Flair pens to keep my hands busy while binging on Netflix. Mom and I are currently finishing up The Walking Dead and omg Season 6 is soooooo frustrating. I offer 10 minute off the cuff sketches while watching, because let’s be real, TWD can get fucking depressing. And of course the prerequisite laptop, which runs Photoshop, and my Wacom Intuos Pro. And of all things, my phone for looking up tutorials while I’m away from the keys.

C.S.: What’s the weirdest item you keep nearby that’s not at all beneficial to making art?
Lex: I have a giant plushie bass from Bass Pro. It was a gift from my brother. My office is also decorated with Christmas lights. Seriously.

C.S.: Do you have any ‘good luck’ charms?
Lex: The first isn’t in my office, but hanging in my bedroom is an autographed copy of a slash comic I made for the TV show Lost. Josh Holloway, who plays Sawyer, signed it.
It’s kind of a funny story. The comic was called Mechanical Rabbits, and it was the first Lost slash comic to exist. At the urging of my college professor, I sent a printed copy to Josh Holloway and Naveen Andrews, and promptly had a panic attack. And lo’ Josh sent his copy back, signed, and an autographed photo of him. I about passed the hell out. And then the local media called, where I ended up on the Lost Season 2 DVDs bonus features.

C.S.: What’s easily the most distracting item in your space?
Lex: I wouldn’t call it an item so much, but a game. Dream Daddy has consumed my soul. Aaaawww yiiiiisss. Robert has my heart. I love me some Bad Dad. *swoon!*

C.S.: Do you have any bad habits when you work?
Lex: Falling into the Tumblr hole and poking around at whatever Hot Daddy of the Day I’m obsessed about. Aidan Gillen is the current Smokin’ Hot Daddy of the Day. I’ve never even seen a single ep of Game of Thrones but I’m living vicariously through these Lord Baelish gifs. Can’t spell Baelish without Bae!
(I don’t have a thing for daddies. Nope. Nuh-uh. How dare you!)

C.S.: What time of day are you most creative?
Lex: Mostly night time, because the house is quiet, and I’m not hearing my parents shouting over NASCAR. *shudder*
“KESLOWSKI WRECKED!”
“WHAT?”
“WRECK!”
“I HEARD THAT! WHO WAS IT?”
“KESLOWSKI!”
Rinse, lather, repeat. Ugh!

C.S.: Do you have any ‘helpful’ pets?
Lex: My cats will have you know they are very helpful! Extremely helpful! They’re very helpful at letting me know it’s dinner time while trying to climb the shelves. Or let me know that they don’t approve of their entree by climbing the shelves.

C.S.: What do you do to de-stress or enjoy that’s unrelated to your artwork?
Lex: I cook like a beast when I’m avoiding something. But I also love trying out new recipes. Mom and I binge watch a lot of Netflix, like, omg. But one of my greatest joys is springing something on her that she normally wouldn’t even give a shot and she ends up loving it.
After working on her for about a year, I sat her down in front of Hannibal. First thing she says is “You didn’t tell me this was an FBI show! I love FBI shows!” I’m like….yeah…FBI show…yeah…sure. *snerk*

C.S.: Do you drink or snack while working?
Lex: I keep a 24 ounce mason jar of water on hand, sometimes Crystal Light, and sometimes grapes with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar. I’m hella boring that way.

C.S.: Listen to music? If so, does the soundtrack change with projects?
Lex: Yes! They change with the tone of the project. Is it about a toxic relationship? Then I have a lot of angry hate-fucking songs mixed with heartfelt melancholy tunes. Is it an adventure? Lots of film scores. Particularly Hans Zimmer and Michael Giacchino. Sci-fi? Lots of techno and industrial, particularly VnV Nation, The Covenant, Assemblage 23.


C.S.: Question from the audience: What do you enjoy about being commissioned? Alternatively, what do you most enjoy about creating art for yourself?
Lex: For commissions, I love collaborating with clients with whatever ideas they have. Some people have a simple request of “Make it not suck.” And others have very specific ideas of what they want. I’ve drawn everything from swoony yaoi pirates, to clockwork hearts, to adorable chibis, to naughty Christmas cards.
Okay, well, it was my Christmas card that I made to give away, but…y’know. Wait until you see the one for this year.


Commissions are open! Looking for a book cover? Or something a little extra for promo? If you’re gearing up for start of the year cons like Coastal Magic, or just want a Christmas card that is just a little bit saucy, get in touch!



Artist Bio: Pop culture, comics, anime, and...cannibals?
These are a just a few things that go through Lex Chase’s head at any given moment. As an author, she specializes in stories of action, adventure, and broken yet true love. As an artist, she makes no apologies for drawing Hannibal’s Hannigram all the time.
Writing about boys who put the “massively fun” in massively dysfunctional, and drawing characters with questionable morals—or the precious cinnamon roll with questionable morals—gives her great pleasure. Lex knows everyone has a vice, and she’s willing to put stylus to tablet for yours.
Lex is open to all kinds of commissions from promo art, to swag, to social media graphics, covers, branding, posters, prints, and gifts for fans or yourself!
Contact her at lex.a.chase@gmail.com with “COMMISSION REQUEST” in the subject line!


Saturday, August 19, 2017

Auction: one-n-ten LGBT youth center

The one-n-ten LGBT youth center in Phoenix, Arizona was recently the victim of an arson. In order to help them raise funds to recover and continue the incredible work they do with the community, a wonderful PA decided to start an auction and collect donations from authors, artists, bloggers, designers, and more within the community. The bidding has been going strong for a week now, and tomorrow (Sunday, August 20th) will be the last day to try and nab some amazing items and donate to a cause in need at the same time.

I have two small bundles available in the auction, which include signed paperbacks, a Snow's Antique Emporium button, and The Mystery of Nevermore themed jewelry. If you haven't yet checked out the over 100 donations available, go ahead and join the Facebook group here. You can search the photos for all of the items and their latest bids.

Thank you for helping us raise money for one-n-ten!

Friday, August 11, 2017

Excerpt: Southernmost Murder

I'm reading through the proof of Southernmost Murder today. This is it! The final round of production before the novel is packed up and prepared for pre-order. Are you excited? I'm excited. Very excited! I can't wait for you all to meet Aubrey and Jun (although if you read The Mystery of the Curiosities, you have an understanding of Aubrey already.) And since there is some crossover between this book and the Snow & Winter series (don't worry, you don't have to read that series to understand Southernmost) I thought, why not share another little excerpt...
Be sure to add Southernmost to your Goodreads shelf so you can stay updated on the cover reveal and buy links!
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“I’m pretty sure even Seb won’t fly down to the Keys to sleuth around for a lost skeleton—crazy as he may be.”
“Let’s keep it that way. I’ve no interest in making a call to—Winter, was it?—to come fetch his wayward assistant.”
Jun knew of Sebastian because his beau, homicide detective Calvin Winter, had been the one asking for FBI intel on a cold case. I didn’t think Jun had an issue with either of them, but you know… federal agent versus a metro detective. It was always a whose-dick-is-bigger contest.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

30% off C.S. Poe's backlist

In honor of National Book Lovers Day, Dreamspinner Press and its imprints are having a store-wide sale! From August 8-13th, my entire backlist is 30% off.

For my mystery-romance Snow & Winter series, hit up DSP Publications.

If you want some contemporary romance like Joy, or penguin(!!) shifters in Love, Marriage, and a Baby Carriage, check out Dreamspinner Press.

Happy reading!

Monday, August 7, 2017

Monday Feature: CJane Elliott

C.S.: What do you write?
CJane: I write contemporary romance with m/m MCs and a cast of LGBTQ characters.

C.S.: Why do you enjoy this genre?
CJane: I love romance because it’s the genre of hope and happy endings. I like exploring people’s inner barriers to love and what it takes to overcome them. But these days I have a love/hate relationship with the contemporary genre because of what’s been happening in our country since 45 took over. My LGBTQ characters have to be affected by the assaults on their rights, so the question is how I weave that into a romance book.

C.S.: Tell us about your writing space.
CJane: My writing space tends to move around. I’ve written sitting in bed, in coffee shops, and in different places in my house. The one place I’m not writing is in my home office even though I got a wonderful standing desk several years ago, certain I’d stand at it to write. Um, no. I currently write sitting on a loveseat in my bedroom or on the living room couch.

C.S.: What sort of work-related items do you keep at hand?
CJane: I used to write in longhand on yellow legal pads and at that point the kind of pens I used were important. Now I draft everything in Word on my trusty laptop. I have a portable lap desk that I set on my lap with my computer on top. I have my iPod and headphones for when I need to listen to music as I write. Coffee is necessary! Candles are nice.

C.S.: What’s the weirdest item you keep nearby that’s not at all beneficial to writing?
CJane: This strikes me as funny because it seems like everything becomes beneficial to writing one way or the other. But my sister loves to send me Halloween-related birthday gifts, so here’s a picture of my skeleton flamingos.

C.S.: Do you have any ‘good luck’ charms?
CJane: I have a ‘cave’ in which I keep all sorts of talismans. Every week I pull three ‘angel cards’ for guidance and set them out. Also you may have noted the skeleton sock monkey on my loveseat (another gift from my sister). His name is Oscar and he keeps me company.

C.S.: What’s easily the most distracting item in your writing space?
CJane: My husband! He loves to talk to me, which is nice, but not while I’m trying to write.

C.S.: Do you have any bad habits when you write?
CJane: Looking at Twitter and Facebook. I have to disconnect from the internet when I’m really out to accomplish anything with writing.

C.S.: What time of day are you most creative?
CJane: It’s hard to say because I work 32 hours a week, so I have to cram my creativity into Saturday-Mondays. Creative breakthroughs do come to me often in the shower!

C.S.: Do you have any ‘helpful’ pets?
CJane: No, just a ‘helpful’ husband!

C.S.: What do you do to de-stress or enjoy that’s unrelated to writing?
CJane: I do Nia, which is a delicious dance exercise class that blends dance arts with healing and martial arts. I highly recommend it! I enjoy binge-watching TV shows or watching movies on Amazon and Netflix. I live in a university town with a great local music/arts scene and my son has two bands so I go to concerts and shows frequently.

C.S.: Do you drink or snack while writing?
CJane: I drink coffee or water. I sometimes snack but it’s hard to type and eat at the same time. Although I love a glass of wine or two in the evening, I try to finish my writing before because I get too sleepy.

C.S.: Listen to music? If so, does the soundtrack change with projects?
CJane: I do listen to music but tend to listen to the same soundtrack over and over. It used to be George Michael’s Greatest Hits. Currently it’s Daft Punk.

C.S.: Question from the audience: Which book of yours did you most enjoy writing? Which was the most difficult to write?
CJane: I most enjoyed writing my current book, In Over Our Heads, and its predecessor, All the Way to Shore. I’d conceived All the Way to Shore as a tropey Harlequinesque story and had the best time with it. And In Over Our Heads features my favorite character from that book, Anthony Vallen, in his own second chance romance. The hardest book for me to write was Aidan’s Journey. Aidan, the MC, is involved in an emotionally abusive relationship for much of the book and also experiences a major depression. I was so damn happy to get him to his HEA!


All the Way to Shore takes place before
In Over Our Heads. Both are standalones.
Title: In Over Our Heads
Release date: October, 2017

Blurb: Anthony Vallen is the life of any party. Full of energy and fun, Anthony adores romance and enjoys playing matchmaker for his friends while dancing the night away with a series of Mr. Right Nows. But he’s given up on his own happy ending. A bad breakup years ago made him a secret cynic about love… until he runs into Walter Elkins—the boy who broke his teenaged heart—on a scuba-diving vacation in Key West. Suddenly, Anthony’s reasons for shunning romance no longer hold much water. Being with Walter again forces Anthony to get serious—about himself, his worth, and his heart’s desires.
Brilliant and self-contained, scientist Walter Elkins prefers deep thoughts to other people. He’s a good boss and a model citizen, but Walter doesn’t let anyone get close. After a tragedy drove him out of his science career, Walter landed in Key West and became owner of a dive shop and a bar. Things are fine until Anthony Vallen—the only person who ever penetrated his defenses—shows up, and Walter’s calm, controlled life capsizes. He and Anthony have a second chance for love, but Walter must confront the old fears that threaten to torpedo their happiness.

Pre-order begins in September at Dreamspinner Press.

Note: This is a standalone, but follows the story of All the Way to Shore, available at Dreamspinner Press and Amazon.


Author Bio: After years of hearing characters chatting away in her head, CJane Elliott finally decided to put them on paper and hasn’t looked back since. A psychotherapist by training, CJane enjoys writing sexy, passionate stories that also explore the human psyche. CJane has traveled all over North America for work and her characters are travelers, too, traveling down into their own depths to find what they need to get to the happy ending.
CJane is an ardent supporter of LGBTQ equality and is particularly fond of coming out stories. In her spare time, CJane can be found dancing, listening to music, or watching old movies. Her husband and son support her writing habit by staying out of the way when they see her hunched over, staring intensely at her laptop.
CJane is the author of the award-winning Serpentine Series, New Adult contemporary novels set at the University of Virginia. Serpentine Walls was a 2014 Rainbow Awards finalist, Aidan’s Journey was a 2015 EPIC Awards finalist, and Sex, Love, and Videogames won first place in the New Adult category in the 2016 Swirl Awards and first place in Contemporary Fiction in the 2017 EPIC eBook Awards.

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C.S.
xo

Friday, August 4, 2017

RELEASE Audiobook: The Mystery of the Curiosities

The audio for The Mystery of the Curiosities is here! Book Two in the Snow & Winter series, with Derrick McClain returning as the voices of our heroes, Sebastian and Calvin. The audio is available at Audible, Amazon, and iTunes! You can check out a great sample of Chapter One here.

Blurb: Life has been pretty great for Sebastian Snow. The Emporium is thriving and his relationship with NYPD homicide detective Calvin Winter is everything he's ever wanted. With Valentine's Day around the corner, Sebastian's only cause for concern is whether Calvin should be taken on a romantic date. It's only when an unknown assailant smashes the Emporium's window and leaves a peculiar note behind that all plans get pushed aside in favor of another mystery.
Sebastian is quickly swept up in a series of grisly yet seemingly unrelated murders. The only connection tying the deaths together are curiosities from the lost museum of P.T. Barnum. Despite Calvin's attempts to keep Sebastian out of the investigation, someone is forcing his hand, and it becomes apparent that the entire charade exists for Sebastian to solve. With each clue that brings him closer to the killer, he's led deeper into Calvin's official cases.
It's more than just Sebastian's livelihood and relationship on the line - it's his very life.