07/12/2014 In My Writing
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Andrew
Jul 12, 2014

Updates and a Book Recommendation

It’s Official:

Yesterday I got word—contracts are a word(s) right—that Dreasmpinner Press, specifically their ‘DsP Publications’ line, has accepted the The Eye and the ArmChampion of the Gods Book Two.  This is actually very cool, much cooler than just they bought my book.  DsP Publication is a non-romance focused LGBT press.  Dreamspinner has invested time and money into creating a line – and a marketing plan—for books that might have an MM Romance element, but the focus is on something more. Fantasy, Sci-fi, Paranormal, Historical, etc.  Stories that have something other than romance as the main conflict and tension.

As part of the release of The Eye and the Arm, DsP Publications is going to re-release The Last Grand Master. Also, I have a semi-firm release schedule for the rest of the books.  I’ve agreed to get the first chapter of Book Three—as yet untitled—ready to go in the back of The Eye and the Arm. My plan is to also have a couple short stories—things related to the books that either didn’t make it into the books or are mentioned in the books that would make good back story.  These will be give out as part of the run up to the release (re-release) of the books.

As I said, very cool indeed.  The only draw back is that fantasy/sci-fi review sites, blogs, marketing channels, etc require about four months once the book is ready in order to accept an ARC- so The Eye and the Arm won’t be out until April of 2015.  Ah well, the rest will be out every six months after that, so once the wait is over, they will come out on a regular schedule.

Work In Progress Update:

I would say I’m about 75% finished with Harp Strings, my new contemporary story.  I’ve kinda written mostly linear, but have parts of the end 1/3 already written.  I’m hoping to have that out by late 2014.  That will be coming from Wayward Ink Publishing.

And Now a Book Recommendation:

Some people who read my blog know I’m friends with J. P. Barnaby – beyond being just a wonderfully giving person, she’s also quiet a talented author. Her newest release – A Heart for Robbie is about—well let me give you the blurb then I’ll be back:

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Blurb:

Waiting for someone else’s child to die so yours can live is the worst kind of Hell.

Celebrated Young Adult author Julian Holmes pits the heroic characters in his Black Heart series against all different kinds of monsters. But when a critical heart defect threatens his son’s life, he finds he has no champion. No amount of books, classes, or practice can prepare Julian for the fight to save his beautiful son’s life.

Suddenly there are hospitals, transplant lists, and the nightmare of insurance red tape to navigate. In the midst of his trouble, Julian meets Simon Phelps, the insurance coordinator for Robbie’s case. Simon lives so deep in the closet he might never find his way out, but he dreams of exactly what Julian has. Then one night, drunken need and desperation brings them together, and a new fight begins.

 

Buy Links: 

Dreamspinner Press

Amazon

So I started to read this on the Metro yesterday.  J.P. sent me a text saying don’t cry on the train, it’d be embarrassing.  My reaction was—yeah no worries there—and I started to read.  I made it about fifteen pages and had to stop until I got home.

This book is personal for J.P. if you read her blog and her posts about the book you’ll learn more about how she lost her daughter to the same condition that is portrayed in the book.  That she could write this book amazes me in itself.  But if you read it—and you really should—you’ll be blown away by the strength one depth of the writing. You are immediately drawn into Julian’s pain and hurt.  I won’t reveal the ending—I’m not finished yet so it’d be hard unless a skip to the end and I don’t plan to do that—but this is a must read.

 

 

 

6 Comments

  1. Bill Cox says:

    Yea! Looking forward to more Champion of the gods!

    • Stay tuned Bill, I’m going to do a few shorts before the re-release of Last Grand Master so I’ll get them out and I want to do another world building set of blog posts before book two comes out. Thank for the note – appreciate the encouragement.

  2. Hey that’s very exciting news. Congrats and well done!

    • Thanks Larry, maybe one day I’ll be half the writer you are and get nominated for a Lammy – I’m not even going to pretend I’ll get to the finals. lol

  3. Carolyn says:

    Glad to hear the news. Congrats! You’re the only author I’ve heard from about the DSP line. I think it’s a wonderful idea, for authors and readers. Thanks for the rec, too. I’m not in the frame of mind right now to read it, but I eventually get around to all of JP’s stories because it always feels like she puts a lot of heart and thought into her storytelling, and I appreciate that.

    • Carolyn

      You are so Right about JP. This one is really quite amazing – not that the others aren’t, but this is a tad different then she usually writes.

      As for DsP Publications, quite a few of the fantasy, distopian, paranormal and sci-fi titles are going to be reissued – Andrea Speed’s Infected series- which is great, Augusta Li – Blessed Epoch are among the ones I know for sure are going to be part of the new line as well as all future books in the series. I know Gus just signed up for the next installment of the Blessed Epoch with them so it’s a really great idea.

      Thanks for stopping by.

      -AQG