Updates and a Book Recommendation
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 Arm – Champion 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:
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.
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.