Monday, July 16, 2012

Short SBD

I'm going through all the Rhage and Hhorror and Ihmpohtence books. Yay J.R.Ward! It's a fun world, kinda flat, kinda odd with the rules which bend and stretch, except when they don't. But still, creative as can be and addictive. I like the fact that there aren't excuses made for bad behavior. Reasons for it, yes, but no one lets anyone get away with bull in the stories. This is not high literature and it is perfect summer stuff--assuming you don't mind a lot of dead bodies (they're not real people though. The usual dead guy is an evil minion called a Lesser, which means he smells like baby powder--a scent which JR Ward apparently HATES--and has black blood and has no soul so, ok. Dead is good.)

Here is your basic hero: I'm a tough male who wears shitkickers and a wife-beater and leathers and I do fist bumps wit my bros. I don't act like a nancy [which makes me wonder -- Is JR English? Nancy? Plus all the talk of going to the loo.?] I kill cartoonishly bad (but so satisfying) evil Lessers. Two seconds to a half hour after I  meet a particular hot female/woman, I give off dark spices and am filled with the need to mate and come a whole lot. Lots and lots and lots of sex and coming and coming and . . . wait a sec! I am now attached to a female/woman. My eyes prickle??! I might be crying! I am a nancy! whereupon some brother bonks me longside the head so I don't have to feel all girly and shit. Phew. But really. MY woman is ALL. Rar. (also I will need to be reminded of this every few books when some other tough male mates up)

Going through a series nonstop, you tend to see things that are repeated (like males grabbing females' hands and rubbing on the erection and saying "see what you do to me?" any time some woman says "you don' wan me," that's what the guy does.)

Does it sound like I hate them? No. I do not. I am wading through them like the series is the only chocolate bar in the world and I am a PMSing woman. I swear, I don't understand why I love them so, but that's for a day when I am not gorged on chocolate. The only fear I have (should be Pheahre) is that I'll start writing or talking like those characters. That is not what I want, thank you.

To clarify: I am not not a snob. It is just that Ward's style is so distinctive, I can see it rubbing off ( like that dark mating spice the guys rub on their gals). She's one of those writers whose imitators are easily spotted. Also, to be perfectly honest, some of the slang annoyed me

Monday, July 09, 2012

But then again. . .

I am still loving this Charlaine Harris book.

SBD might have to give up this one...or not

I'm listening to Jack Higgins, Bloody Passage, and this thing is dated. Not only does everyone smoke and drink all the time -- I got no problem with that -- but the gay character is called an "it", the one woman is gross, the other woman, the sister, delicate and blind and incapable of caring for herself. The main character a jerk. (I imagine the gross woman will end up falling under his spell.) I don't mind alpha, to a degree, but this guy is an uber-cool, superhuman strong and a proficient pill. The whole smart-ass thing got old with Spenser, too, and he was usually funnier.

I've just done a few JR Ward books recently and they're the same kind of guy. Honestly, they strike me as one-note humans. They also smoke too.

It's not badly written, better than the Pattersons I've read.

I'm guessing this was written in the 70s. I have to check. be back.  Umm. Whu? 1999? But it seems like the Soviet Union is still operating. Really? That recent.

I did like the start of the thing: he's being shot at and gets annoyed when the sharpshooter breaks the wine. I should wait it out a bit.

Friday, July 06, 2012

hey! free book! go get it while you can.

My new book (as described in the previous entry) is now free! Go on and get a copy. 

 You don't even have to read it, although I don't mind if you do--unless you hate it. In that case, we'll both pretend you never saw  it, okay?**

Turns out I'm doing this freebie thing wrong. I should have finished the next book in the series, put a bit of that at the end of the book1 novella and then immediately put book 2 up for sale at the same time  I did the freebie for book 1.

The thing is, I haven't finished book 2. I know it looks like I turn/churn these things out, but really, I don't. Next time I'll know better. In fact, I am working on a series with Linda Gayle. We'll be experts at putting out the books by then.

**actually, after all this time, I really am ok with bad reviews, as long as they aren't ad hominem.

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

My new book!

Hey, check it out! Summer has a new ebook, Elemental Man, and here's a description of it:  

A novella about a superhero. 
Caleb is an ordinary guy...except for his bizarre ability to adapt to any situation. Really. Anything goes. Fire and water are no problem for him.

Someone is shoving innocents into dangerous situations and Caleb is forced to act again and again. It's up to him to stop the person who's trying to draw him out. He already suspected his attractive neighbor is his stalker and then she demonstrates the rare ability of seeing him as he adapts.

After Caleb confronts her, he has another problem on his hands. He's told the innocent civilian Melinda far about himself and she apparently has some extraordinary skills herself. Her rare skills might make Melinda a target of the stalker who's after Caleb.

And, thanks to his mistake about her identity, the nuisance of an agency that controls his life has been alerted to her existence as well. Caleb decides he has to protect and hide her from his friends and foes. Maybe she won't notice he's pretending they've got a future

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For a limited time, only available at Amazon.

If you've gotten this far, here's something else about the novella: it'll be free for a couple of days, starting Friday night.  

This is a self-published book. I also just signed a contract with Samhain for a new m/m contemporary.

Monday, July 02, 2012

I miss this blog and SBD (Ilona Andrews)

I miss it the way you miss someone you see at work every day who vanishes. Your world isn't changed because this isn't a close friend, only someone you nod to. It's all part of the ritual of your morning and when it's gone, you feel slightly bereft, for maybe ten minutes the first time, five the second time, and then it's just an almost unnoticeable ache at the bottom of a single breath.

That's like most of the jobs I've had--when it's time to go, I gently remove myself from them. I reduce hours, cut back days and then, eventually, slip away. It's less jarring than the big goodbye party. Not sure why I do it that way, but that's how I operate. Unless I get hit by a bus, I imagine that's how I'll slip out of existence.

Lucky for me, I can just come by and say hi here. I keep forgetting that. This ritual nod only requires me. It's a look in the mirror.

SBD I'm doing Ilona Andrews. I love the unabashed bloodthirstiness of the characters. I like the writing--definitely smooth even with two people doing the work.

I'm ready for the next book but now I've run out of them. Good thing. If it kept up, I'd have to just hand my next royalty check over to Andrew and Ilona. I'm avoiding the other series they wrote because contrary to what you might think, I do have a life, sort of.

Chances are I'll mix up Frost with Andrews, with a couple of other writers of urban fantasy. But I think, at the moment, I like Andrews best. The world is amazing, the whole magic on/off is fun and, like I said, no apologizing for creating corpses. If we're going for a whole new world, might as well let the old rules go. This is definitely a video game life. Also Kate (fine name) is changing through the books. She's growing up and is less act first think later now. That's okay. Also I like the easter eggs. Lots of Princess Bride and other things thrown in there. Kate's a heck of a lot more intriguing than old Buttercup.