Hey! I'm doing a Sale!

Apr. 24th, 2017 10:25 am
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On Sale for one week only on Kobo!
A Delicate Shade of Rust - $0.99
A Lone Red Tree - $0.99
An Unrepentant Bastard - FREE!
Assumptions of Debt - $0.99
August Highs - $0.99
Blood Worms - $2.99
Clash of Lines - $0.99
Consort - $0.99
Crumbling of the Soul - $2.99
Finding a Way - $2.99
Infinite Joys - FREE!
Orange Thief - $0.99
Running From The Immortals - $3.99
Tales of Wonder - $3.99
The Eternal Librarian - $0.99
The Heat of the Thorn - FREE!
Please check these out and leave reviews.
I have so few reviews, guys. Seriously. Like none. Please, I'm desperate here. Get some cheap or free books and give me reviews. I don't care what you say. You can say it sucks, just leave a review.
*sad puppy eyes*
Also, if you see something that you'd like to read that's not on sale let me know so I can put it on sale in the future.

The Expanse 2.08 - 2.13

Apr. 23rd, 2017 04:03 pm
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I got behind on The Expanse, just as it was getting great. Which it is! Everyone should watch it!

The Expanse 2.08 Pyre )

The Expanse 2.09 The Weeping Somnambulist )

The Expanse 2.10 Cascade )

The Expanse 2.11 Here There Be Dragons )

The Expanse 2.12 The Monster and the Rocket )

The Expanse 2.13 Caliban's War )

And for book readers, does anyone know where we are in the series? I'm curious to know how fast they're going through the source material.

This week in writing, 4/23

Apr. 23rd, 2017 07:19 pm
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Getting into that dangerous area where I’m like “my WIP list is so short!! WHAT SHALL I START WRITING NEXT?” 

*facepalm*

WIPs currently active: 5, because I finished another thing! And posted it! And a bunch of you read it, you brave people. ILU.

Words written this week: 3,786

WIPs that got no words this week: 1 - Slavefic #5

WIPs that did get words this week:

Codename: Aluminum Bastard (aka broken dick epic): 187, many of them about emoji.

Born in the Blood: 446, many of them about Steve freaking out.

Things We’d Held in Secret (formerly known as Loving and Overall Really Mostly Consensual and Well-Intentioned Cannibalism): 643, done and posted!!

Dragon!Bucky/Tribute!Steve Cap Reverse Big Bang Story: 943, and I think I have finally figured out the arc of the story. Or. The arc of this part of the story, and how it fits into the much larger arc of story I have, inevitably, plotted out for this universe because of who I am as a person.

Less-Sad Sequel to “Ring the Bell Backward” (Which is Semi-Officially the Saddest Story in All of Not Without You, out now in PDF and coming soon in hardcover!!):  1,511

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Apr. 22nd, 2017 08:51 pm
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My mom is here visiting for a few days. I expect that my word count's going to be low because of that. Disappointing but hey, it's my mom! :D

I got 1400 words written today along with doing two loads of laundry, cooking BBQ ribs, going on a grocery run and replacing both of the shower heads in our bathrooms. The new shower heads work way better. I'm very happy with them.

Door in the Wind is now available on Kobo, Smashwords, CreateSpace and Amazon as both ebook and print.

Ebook is $2.99. Print is $5.99.

Do please check it out. This is my new epic fantasy short story series I'm having so much fun writing.

Goals for tomorrow include going to the mall with my mom (I need Lush!), taking care of the hubby who's still sick, getting the current short story done, and getting more things fixed on Kobo. Probably won't get that last one but I'll try.

Off to bath and bed for me--goodnight everyone!

Iron Cast by Destiny Soria

Apr. 22nd, 2017 09:55 pm
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Iron Cast

3/5. Boston on the brink of prohibition. Two girls – one black, one white, one the poor daughter of immigrants, one the daughter of wealthy socialites, one an empath through her music, the other able to bend reality with poetry – exercise their powers for good and for profit as the political tides turn against them.

I liked this. And, unusually, I liked it more the more I thought about it. I did spend the first third grumbling to myself about why this wasn't the queer romance it so clearly should be, but ultimately both of the male love interests turned out to be acceptable. Well . . . 1.5 of the love interests turned out to be acceptable.

This is jazzy and a bit flimsy to start, with more speakeasy! Gangster! Atmosphere than, you know, actual book. But it grows and turns and deepens as our heroines start to question themselves and the things they do. I mean, it could have deepened a lot more – for a book partly about bigotry, this one comes down awfully hard on the personal responsibility side of the scales, without giving adequate shrift to the role being the object of discrimination plays in a person's choices. But. I liked this.

Content notes: Some frankly disturbing depictions of institutionalization, medical torture, medical experimentation, etc.

Kinda Like Brothers by Coe Booth

Apr. 22nd, 2017 09:28 pm
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Kinda Like Brothers

3/5. It's all well and good for our protagonist's mom to take in foster babies. But the most recent baby comes with the baggage of an older brother, and that just doesn't work for our protag thank you very much.

I think this was a disabilityinkidlit rec? It had to be a rec from somewhere because I don't pick non-specfic YA lit without a prompt these days. But this is great. Well, okay, it's cringily great. Our protagonist is terribly eleven – he's convinced everything is criminally unfair and he's a little shit roughly 90% of the time, with the other 10% being overwhelming sweetness. And he's eleven, and this book is super honest, so there's enough social embarrassment going on here to make me use my one-minute audio skip button more than once.

But really, it's great, particularly if you have a thicker skin than I do. Non-traditional families of all sorts, relationships that don't fit a tidy box, complicated adults doing their best. And there's a lot in here about being a community of color, from the overt – a totally wrenching scene in which an older man teaches a roomful of pubescent black boys how to act when they are stopped by the cops because it might save their lives one day – to the more subtle work embedded in the unfolding of everyone's backstories. I'd definitely buy this for a kid.

P.s. The commercial audio is A+++. John Clarence Stewart is hilarious and pissy and sad and just perfect.

Ow. Ow-ow-ow.

Apr. 20th, 2017 08:45 pm
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Spending about 5 hours in one day to completely retag and reprice all the stories I have uploaded to Kobo is painful. I'm going to have such a terrible RSI flare from it. But Kobo's done, other than fixing the ebooks for 5 titles (they've gotten messed up somehow).

Also, just to warn everyone, Kobo's implemented a way for authors to put their books on sale for specific periods of time for whatever price they want. I'm testing it out next week. There'll be a couple of things free, a bunch of things dramatically reduced and a few half off. I'll post the list when it goes live on Monday. Here's hoping it gets me a little traction on Kobo because I just do not sell over there and I'd like to.

Didn't get my steps but I did scrub the kitchen floor which had gotten profoundly gross. So the steps are bit off compared to the exertion.

...I really need to scrub the kitchen floor more than once every few months or so.

Goals for tomorrow include writing the rest of my newest short story, getting this week's short story uploaded (too sore to do it tonight), exercises, work and fixing the remaining ebooks for Kobo. Plus grocery shopping.

Off to bath and bed for me--goodnight everyone!
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So... the Oregon Library Association started yesterday/today. Yesterday was pre-conference, and I was working registration. There was a pre-conference class on legal reference for public librarians. A smart job prospector would think, hmm, I could probably show up and announce my status as a LAW LIBRARIAN IN NEED OF A JOB and I bet at least a couple people in attendance would be in need of another reference librarian and would love to have a subject specialist...
From how I phrase this, you already know I looked and saw "legal reference basics" and made no connection between their needs and my abilities. Because I'm just that awesome.

Meanwhile, my brother tells me that he and the missus are leaving on a trip, and I'm welcome to use their place if I want. It is about 5 minutes closer, so not an issue, but then again, they have a shower, and I only have a tub. So I decide that I'll just stop over each morning and grab a shower, do my makeup, and bug out. This morning, I pack up my stuff and head over.

Wait, hold on - I'm skipping some parts of the story.

First I get in the car, then realize I don't have the key to Bro&SIL's place. I go back inside.

The key is in the car. I get back in and start the car.

Then I remember that I'm going to a conference in a hotel and hotel ballrooms are notorious for being either ovens or iceboxes, and I need a better scarf to layer.

I go in, then back out.

Where's my phone?

I put on my bluetooth, which tells me it's ready to pair, which means it can't find the phone.

I go back inside, but I can't find the phone.

I go back outside and search through my purse and find it beneath my laptop, which was blocking the signal.

I finally head over to Bro&SIL's.

There's a car in the driveway and the lights are on, but maybe they just like to leave lights on while they're out of town.

SIL is in her bathrobe and asking wtf. I had the dates wrong, and they're leaving today.

It's official: I can't even.

MCU Fic: Things We'd Held in Secret

Apr. 19th, 2017 11:46 pm
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I guess this the upside of all those WIP update posts, I can just say: Hey look it's the cannibalism one at last!

Written for [tumblr.com profile] latenightliar for [tumblr.com profile] fandomtrumpshate! Thanks to brighteyedjill and Sevvie for beta/encouragement!

Title is from "Psalm 40:2" by the Mountain Goats. Alternate summary: John 6:53.

Things We'd Held in Secret (11146 words) by Dira Sudis
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Marvel Cinematic Universe
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: James "Bucky" Barnes/Steve Rogers
Characters: Steve Rogers, James "Bucky" Barnes
Additional Tags: Cannibalism, Unknowing cannibalism, consensual cannibalism, Super Soldier Serum, It's Nice Really I Swear, Blood and Gore, Cuddling & Snuggling, Rituals, Catholic Subtext, It's not that far sub the text
Summary:

Steve and Bucky were trapped together behind enemy lines in 1944. Bucky was badly injured, and for days Steve fed him the only way he could with no supplies on hand but a sharp knife. Bucky didn't understand what was happening at the time, and afterward there was never a good time to tell him--but now that Steve knows what he really did for Bucky, the secret is going to have to come out.

Lovely.

Apr. 19th, 2017 08:37 pm
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The hubby appears to have caught a cold. Not sure if it's con crud or just a general worn down and caught a cold thing. Either way, he's coughing and I don't want to get it. I've only got 6 1/2 hours of vacation left to last until May 27th. Ugh!

Got another short story done today. One of my favorite writing instructors is offering to do a thing where you write 30 short stories in 30 days (or 30 in 60 days, one every 2 days) and he'll read them and give basic reader feedback. It's $600 and if you do the 30 in 30 challenge you get two classes free, which makes it basically a free thing.

I don't have $600.

So I'm cursing and pouting a lot. That'd be seriously awesome to have the feedback for 30 short stories.

Anyone want to volunteer to be a first reader for 30 to 60 days? *hopeful look*

Other than that, I made homemade pizza tonight and it was yummy. A bit crispier on the bottom than I normally like but still quite tasty.

Also got another Muirin short into the new POD format. Tomorrow I'll give it a proper cover. Oh, and I got City of the Ladies new cover done. Always provided I end up deciding that this is good format. We'll see.

Goals for tomorrow include writing a new short story, getting Fitting In into POD format, getting Fight Smarter's cover redo done, uploading the latest short story (Door in the Wind) and exercises. Plus work.

I have far too much to do.

Off to bath and bed for me--goodnight everyone!

Now Available: The Heat of the Thorn

Apr. 19th, 2017 04:24 pm
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Descriptiion:
Xun stopped, panting. She ached. Climbing the mountian to the Valley of the Thorns was hard enough without her new teammates.

Keanu Marchetti was as cheerful as Garnett Daughterty was dour. Demigod and Mage matched with Xun's gardening.

Together, they should have the skills necessary to rescue Prince Cyrille Notariano and his lover from the ancient God Dorji Kita.

If not, they were all dead.

Find This Story:

On Kobo $2.99 ebook

On Smashwords $2.99 ebook

On Amazon $2.99 ebook or $5.99 POD

On CreateSpace $5.99 POD

...

Finally! It's a Now Available post! Not the big one I need to do but hey, it is the most recent story I've released.

...I have so many Now Available posts I need to make. *dies a little*

Anyway, this is the start of a new epic fantasy short story series. It's kinda creepy but not too bad, filled with Gods and monsters and women being awesome and unstoppable as they save the boys. :D

Because what's not to like about that?

Hope you enjoy it if you choose to read!

Sucess!

Apr. 18th, 2017 08:31 pm
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I got words written today, 850 words, and I got this week's story fully ready for publishing. Plus I got The City of the Ladies into the new POD format which makes me happy. It's just under 70 pages which means I can start working on the new branding for the covers. I really hate to change the old covers MGNemesi did out but I have to rebrand them all to match. Finally. Several years later.

*sad sigh* I really love those covers.

In addition, I made fried zucchini and tilapia for dinner--that was super yummy and I have some for lunch tomorrow. Everyone is going to hate me for nuking fish but I'm nuking that fish. Then I made a breakfast quiche with broccoli and mushroom for the next week or so.

Not much else happened today. Just work being work. Eventually the new computer system will calm down. Not yet. Sadly.

Goals for tomorrow include homemade pizza for dinner (yay!), writing, getting more Matriarchies of Muirin stories updated, figuring out the new Muirin cover branding, exercises and that's about it.

Off to bath and bed for me--goodnight everyone!

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