Wednesday, March 30, 2011

A Book, Some Breathing Room, and More Books

First, The Book:
Books are such odd creatures. With the possible exception of the cover, which I love but isn't grayscaling well, I have all the necessary ingredients for the release of Darkness painstakingly assembled. Returns from trusty readers, edits, lovingly scattered versions, rigidly organized versions, even some pictorial versions; clearly, this book has been loved. And so, with a small break upon me, I'm going to take a little bit of breathing room before release in the hopes of avoiding what I call pre-launch insanity. This is a real phenomenon around the Keire household when releases loom near. Here's the actual post from back in December, when I launched Gifts of the Blood, my first novel:  Pre-launch Insanity  Not. Pretty. So I'm going to do the world a favor and take an internet break until ROW80 starts back up again, which really isn't all that far away. A week? Which brings me to thing two:

If you haven't signed up already, you can do so here. It's going to be a lot of fun! Maybe we'll be on the same team. We can have a secret code, pull pranks, and get matching satin jackets. No, wait. The satin jackets are for my girl gang. Darn! Oh, yeah, and writing goals! There's those, too. Very cool.

Some fantastic current and impending releases to check out between now and then:

Stacey Wallace Benefiel's Dormant is out! This is the third in her line of more adult- oriented novellas. They take place in a world where witches and angels rebel against corrupt gods, a theme of which I never tire. It's a highly imaginative, fun and sexy world, and I really like Stacey's choice of the novella to explore it. We get to know an ever-expanding cast of characters, yet they're all part of the same tightly woven plot. In a sense, it's like seeing the same dystopic society from extremely varied points of view. At any rate, it's worth checking out at the low price of $1.29. Glimpse, the first book in her ever-popular Zellie Wells series, is .99 cents for a limited time, so its a great time to snatch that up, too.

Flora’s twin sister Fauna and her boyfriend Clark are fiercely committed to the rebellion and to each other. When Bartholomew, the Head Guardian Angel, takes control of their souls and tries to rewrite their history, that commitment wavers. Can Fauna and Clark find their way back? To the rebellion? To their bodies? To each other?
Does your soul remember who you love, even if your mind doesn’t?
Buy Dormant on Amazon here

It's hard to beat free, right? Both Kait Nolan and Susan Bischoff have two shorts available:

Kait's Blindsight, Mirus Short Story: 
Isla's ability as a Seer has made her a life-long captive of a paranormal crime lord. Fae assassin, Ransom, offers her a chance at escape, but when she touches his hand she sees only blood, horror, apocalypse. What reason can Ransom have for wanting to rescue her, and can she possibly trust a man who deals in death? 

Available for free on Goodreads, which is where I got mine. There are various other sources that you can access by going directly to the source, Kait's page for Blindsight.

and Susan's Impulse Control:

In the world of the Talent Chronicles, kids born with supernatural powers are taken from their families and forced into government research facilities called State Schools. At one such school, a dangerous experiment has killed two young inmates and threatens others. Ethan, a shape-shifter, is reluctantly recruited by his best friend Karen, a telepath, and Elle, the unique Talent he has a crush on, to thwart the faculty's plans. If they’re caught they face Detention, and Detention at a State School has a whole different meaning. 

Available for free on Smashwords, where I got my copy thanks to a head's up from fellow ROW80'er Andrew Mochete. (Thanks Andrew!)

Both "Blindsight" and "Impulse Control" are available in the Kiss Me, Kill Me anthology. This anthology is only .99 cents, and features short stories from lots of popular paranormal authors. Best of all, all profits go to charity!
H.P. Mallory , Zoe Winters , Susan Bischoff , Lori Brighton , M.T. Murphy , Kait Nolan, Toni LoTempio, Daniel Arenson , Stacey Wallace Benefiel 

And finally, there's the much anticipated impending release of
                             J.L. Bryan's Tommy Nightmare. 

Can you tell I'm excited about this book?
I had the chance to read it early, and I think I'm annoying people because I won't shut up about it. Because really, it's annoying if all you can say is, "It's soooo goood" over and over again. Which is all I can say because, well, that's the nature of impending release.
It's not quite as bad as reading the very first civilian copy of Melissa Marr's Darkest Mercy seven months in advance. That was seven months, after all. But it's almost that bad.

Here's the Goodreads summary:
While Fallen Oak recovers from the Jenny pox, someone new is hunting Jenny. 
Like Jenny, Ashleigh Goodling belonged to a pair of opposites with powers that mirror each other. 
Now Jenny and Seth must face the opposite of love...

I read Jenny Pox in five or six hours straight, then went through a glove phase all that winter. The line "Daddy was a Handy Man, when he wasn't Drinking," became a cherished catch phrase among some of my friends, most especially when they were drinking. 
I fully expect similar delights from this second installment in the Jenny Pox series, which I describe elsewhere as "a mix of Gothic, horror, pathos, acerbic wit, polymorality, love, a distinct sense of place, all blenderized into some kind of contemporary, somethings-under-the-bed but it stole your PS3 first and just might kick your ass at Killzone before it eats you kind of thing. " My kind of monster, people.
I know there are other fantastic releases out there, and if I've forgotten yours, I do heartily beg your pardon. I know there are other fantastic releases I have yet to discover. If we had but world enough and time...  


  1. Not trying to feed the insanity, but read the old entry you linked. Pirates still DO kidnap people in the 21th century.

    It's not pretty. :/ For example there's a Danish family, that has been kept hostage for quite a long time now.

  2. Oh, that sucks. I was being hyperbolic and thinking sexy Johnny Depp type pirates. Actually, back in December, I wasn't thinking very clearly at all. It's a terrible situation all around, and a good lesson in the importance of perspective.

  3. Thanks for the mention! I'm ready for a Darkness in the Blood/ Tommy Nightmare double feature! Much to look forward to. :)

  4. I do not support this delay. I have been patiently waiting for your next book!

  5. Oh, the Darkness in the Blood cover looks awesome! Can't wait!

    I had no idea I'd coined a drinking catchphrase. Awesome. I also love your 100% spoiler-free advance comments about Tommy. I'm anxiously awaiting the day I upload it.

    Stacey pointed out that I could spend this downtime catching up on the massive TBR pile. Which I can. But I'll have to buy a new Kindle, because my wife swiped mine, and this appears to be a permanent condition.