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Less than a week left to win Velocity (3 giveaways closing soon!) #mm #romance #gay #ebook #freeread #giveaway

There are presently three giveaways running for Velocity, all of which close soon:

Lisa at The Novel Approach will be giving away a copy this weekend, and she also has her 4.5 star review posted. Comment there to enter.

For those of you over at who like paperbacks, I’m also giving away a paperback copy of Velocity at GoodReads. To enter, follow the directions here.

Finally, Chris at StumblingOverChaos is hosting a giveaway as well. Just comment here to enter!

Good luck! 4 more days to release!

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Velocity is available for pre-order at Kobo!

If you’re looking for epub format, Velocity is now available at Kobo for pre-order! Enjoy!

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Lisa is hosting a Velocity giveaway over at The Novel Approach (and she shares her thoughts about the book as well!) Check it out!

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Love, like fire, cannot subsist without constant impulse; it ceases to live from the moment it ceases to hope or to fear – Francois La Rochefoucauld.

Ladies and gentlemen, the results are in…

Lukas is a rat bastard. That is all.

What? You didn’t think I was going to tell you about those other results did you? Nah. For those results, you have to read the book, which I highly recommend you do if you’re at all invested in Gavin and Derrick’s relationship.

Yes, Gavin’s ex is back to cause no small amount of problems in this final episode of the Impulse series, as if Gavin didn’t already have enough on his plate to worry about. Lukas is around just to make sure he heaps a little more grief on that whopping pile of anxiety Gavin’s already burdened with, preying on the man’s doubts and fears, as well as manipulating…

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So if you’re REALLY desperate for Velocity

Due to the way things worked out when I approved the proof on CreateSpace, the paperback went immediately up for sale. The Kindle and other ebook versions won’t be available until release date (or shortly before if they are processed early on the sites which have to approve them) but if you want the paperback, you can buy it at Amazon now.

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Turning the day around — Look what a year has done!

So, as mentioned in my previous post, my day had a rocky and rather craptacular beginning in which a lot of my anxieties got triggered. Things seem to have calmed down and improved now, and as my less vocal, rational brain suspected, it was indeed mostly a case of atrocious word choice and the reality isn’t nearly so dire.

I also made lasagna today! Not sure I’ll be able to eat it with this stomach virus, but it looks delicious and I feel accomplished.

But what has really turned my day around was taking a glance at a stack of books on my dresser. My books.

See, yesterday I got my proof for the paperback of Velocity, so now I have print copies of three books all with my name on them. And all three of them were sitting there. Real. Tangible. They actually exist. I can touch them.

I have published three books.

This time last year, I had a manuscript. A manuscript which had to be 40-50% rewritten once I finally found an editor (with whom I wouldn’t make contact until March 23.)

That’s it. That’s all I had.

What do I have now?

Now, one year later, I have three books published (well, the third won’t be out for another nine days, but it’s pretty much a done deal. I could publish tomorrow if I wanted to.)

I have a lot of overwhelmingly positive feedback from readers and reviewers.

I have two more novels (each of which are nearly or more than twice as long as any of the three I’ve already published) written and submitted, both of which are some of the finest writing I’ve ever done, and a short story also written and submitted.

I am 21K and a lot of research hours into my next manuscript.

I set myself a goal of writing a million words this year, which means I need to average ~2800/day. So far my daily average is 3375, and that doesn’t include material trimmed out and rewritten in edits.

So. Looking back I’d say the last yeah has been extremely successful, at least on the productivity front.

In the weeks to come, I hope to be able to deliver more news on my upcoming projects but that is still up in the air at the moment. Stay tuned, though, for when I finally update about Strain and my latest project.

Meanwhile, if you want a hint of what might be coming down the pike, allow me to introduce you to my visual inspiration for Darius and Rhys from Strain.

Idris Elba as Darius

Jakob Bertelsen as Rhys

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Velocity giveaways!

Stumbling Over Chaos is hosting a giveaway for Velocity which will end on Release Day, March 2. To sweeten the pot, I’ve offered to throw in copies of Inertia and Acceleration for those who don’t already own them. This giveaway is for ebook copies of the book(s). Just comment here to enter!

For those of you over at who like paperbacks, I’m also giving away a paperback copy of Velocity at GoodReads. To enter, follow the directions here.

Finally, keep an eye on The Novel Approach. Lisa will be hosting another Velocity ebook giveaway this coming week!

Happy Wednesday!

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Just in time for Velocity: 30% Kobo ebooks this weekend! code 30WEEKEND

Here’s another chance to get caught up on Inertia and Acceleration at a discount before the release of Velocity!  Remember, Velocity comes out March 2, just two more weeks!

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Just in time for Velocity — 50% rebate on Inertia and Acceleration at All Romance Ebooks!

Today, All Romance Ebooks is offering a 50% rebate today in honor of Valentine’s Day, so this is a perfect time to get caught up on Inertia and Acceleration, just in time for the release of Velocity!

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Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest for Romance: Second Round http://www.amazon.com/abna

This probably isn’t nearly as exciting as I find it to be, but still.

I entered Acceleration in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest in the Romance category. Today they announced the 400 books in each category that are moving up to the next round, and mine was one of them!

Of course, the chances of me getting into the 100 quarter-finalists for the next round probably aren’t that good, but STILL! I’m very excited!

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It’s here! VELOCITY cover reveal!

My lovely cover artist, Kerry Chin, and layout designer, Michael Hart from Booknibbles have been hard at work to get the Velocity cover ready by the end of the month. But here it is and I’m absolutely IN LOVE with it!

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REACHING OPTIMUM SPEED

For Detroit handyman Derrick Chance and his lover, Gavin Hayes, the holiday season is filled with the promise of new beginnings. Gavin’s officially moving in, and after the New Year, they’ll begin house hunting. But they both know all the talk of gift exchange, whose holiday ornaments go where, and what repairs and remodels will be needed to put Derrick’s house on the market is only a smoke screen.

Before the month is over, Gavin will have the final verdict on whether or not his dangerously delusional ex, Lukas, infected him with HIV. No matter how good Gavin’s chances appear with the three-month hurdle already passed, neither he nor Derrick knows what the future holds for them.

The holidays have always been a time of loss and mourning for Derrick, but now he has to stay strong as Gavin’s own fears and doubts assail him relentlessly. And when Lukas returns, unexpectedly penitent amid troubling revelations, Gavin has to ask himself whether he can offer Derrick the future he deserves, or whether these first few months of happiness are the best they will ever get.

COMING MARCH 2, 2013

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Less than 36 hours to go to Acceleration!

In the wee-small hours last night, I sent to final proof of Acceleration to Michael at Booknibbles to be formatted and converted. Since the upload and approval process for Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Kobo takes 24-48 hours, I will begin uploading it as soon as he has it back to me (hopefully tonight.)

What this means is that there’s a chance that Acceleration will actually be available for purchase at various times the day before the official release, since I have no control over when the file actually gets approved and posted to the various sites. I don’t know what time zone All Romance Ebooks is in, but I know it’s at least an hour or two ahead of me, so if you bought Acceleration on pre-sale there, it will be available perhaps midnight Central or Mountain time (maybe even Eastern, I dunno.) I plan to upload it and have it live at Rainbow Ebooks and SmashWords around the same time.

I will be posting buy links as they become available.

It may be another week or two for the paperback to become available, as that process takes considerably longer due to the need to ship and approve physical copies.

Now, for those of you who are interested, a little insight into the life of a self-published author.

I don’t usually bother saying stuff like this, because I want readers to buy from the website that is most convenient for them, which is why I have it available at so many places. But, if you’re indifferent to where you get the file and want to know which sites are the most profitable in me (thus enabling me to continue writing once my kid is in school full-time rather than getting a day job) here’s the breakdown of the royalties I get from the various sites:

SmashWords: 85%
Kobo: 80% through Nov 30, then 70% after
Amazon: 70% minus a few cents for the file transfer fee
Barnes & Noble: 65%
All Romance Ebooks, Itunes and Rainbow Ebooks: 60%

So SmashWords definitely pays me the best, though if I had to express a preference for where people buy, it would actually be Amazon and ARe, even though I get lower royalties there. The reason? Because they have bestseller lists (Kobo, Itunes and B&N probably do, too, but my sales on those sites are practically non-existent so I’m not going to hit them anyway, and SmashWords just doesn’t move the volume for it to matter if I’m one of their best sellers.)  If I end up on the bestseller lists for Amazon or ARe, however, I will get a lot more exposure and sell a lot more books.

The same principle applies to the paperback. I make about $3 more on a paperback sold through the CreateSpace website than I do on one sold through Amazon, but sales on CreateSpace aren’t going to boost my rankings, thus giving me more visibility and sales.

Of course, the question everyone is going to be asking once they’re done with Acceleration is “When does Velocity come out?”

The good news is, I’m much more knowledgeable about the process going into Velocity than I was going into AccelerationInertia was a whole other animal. No one was expecting it, I hadn’t done any marketing beforehand or generated any sort of anticipation. There was no timeline except when I felt it was ready to be released.

I’m actually a bit embarrassed at my own naivete there. 🙂

It didn’t take me long to realize Acceleration would be different, because people were expecting it. I had to set a release date. I had to set target times for cover art and edits and such to be done and ARCs to be released, because people were watching and waiting for it. I didn’t plan ahead enough (for instance, I didn’t lock in my reservation for when my editor would be available until after I had the manuscript written, which meant that a lot of the delay was simply the manuscript gathering dust because it couldn’t go anywhere until my turn in her queue came up. Likewise, the cover art reveal was a little rushed and haphazard because I didn’t schedule a slot for my artist to work on the art until much later than I should have.

What this meant was that if I wanted to get the book released before the holidays (which I’ve since learned wasn’t really necessary as apparently ebook sales aren’t great in December–I imagine it’s actually after the holidays, when everyone is cashing in their bookstore gift cards, that ebook sales take off) I was really cutting it way too close. But even without the factor of the holidays, there was the fact that people were demanding Book Two and I really needed to get it out there before people lost interest and I fell off the map.

I’ve learned my lesson with Velocity and hopefully have my ducks in a much neater row. I’ve scheduled my slot with both my cover artist and editor well in advance this time. I hope to have the cover art by the end of December, preferably for a January cover reveal. The turn-in date for the manuscript to go to my editor in mid-December and I’ll have it back in mid-January.

So when will Velocity be out? Well, if you’re looking at that banner up top here on my blog, it says March 2013. At which point in March depends on how extensive the revisions I need to do once I get my edits back. If the revisions are minor, I hope to have ARCs available at the beginning of February and will release at the beginning of March. If the revisions are more extensive, we’re looking at mid-to-late February and March, respectively. I’ll have a better idea once I have my edits back in mid-January.

So. Keep an eye out. We’re in the final stretch of the wait for Acceleration. If you would like your chance to win a copy, the drawings at Stumbling Over Chaos and The Novel Approach are still open, so be sure to go register. And also, I’m doing my first GoodReads giveaway, too! I’ll be giving away a paperback of Acceleration at the end of December. Be sure to go enter!

Finally, for those of you who are interested, because it’s being released on November 30, Acceleration will still qualify for the Members’ Choice Awards over at the GoodReads M/M Romance group! Nominations close December 5. The award I’m most concerned with there is the Cover Art award, because Kerry and Michael’s hard work deserves to be recognized. Inertia has been nominated there, but Acceleration has not. If you want to know what other categories Inertia and Acceleration might qualify for, I will list them here:

Nomination – Favorite All Time M/M Romance Book (Inertia or Acceleration)
Nomination – Favorite All Time M/M Series (Impulse)
Nomination – Favorite All Time M/M Author (moi)
Nomination – Favorite All Time M/M Character(s) (Derrick and/or Gavin)
Nomination – Best Debut Book (Inertia has already been nommed)
Nomination – Best Cover (Inertia has been nommed, Acceleration hasn’t)
Nomination – Best Title (Inertia or Acceleration)
Nomination – Best Couple/MC’s (Derrick and/or Gavin)
Nomination – Best Sex Scene (take your pick from either Inertia or Acceleration)
Nomination – Best Side/Supporting Character (Miss Ingrid, LeeAnn, Andi, Devon or Hannah)
Nomination – Best Tearjerking scene (there’s one from Acceleration that just might qualify. You be the judge)
Nomination – Best First Time (this would be Inertia naturally, though honestly, after having read the first time in Frat Boy and Toppy by Anne Tenino? Hoo doggies! I don’t stand a chance.)
Nomination – Funniest Quotes/Best Lines (take your pick)
Nomination – Best book of the year (take your pick)
Nomination – BDSM (sex content) (probably Acceleration more than Inertia)
Nomination – Contemporary (genre) (take your pick)
Nomination – Hurt/Comfort (theme) (maybe? I dunno.)

So. If you decide you want to participate (and this is not meant to be pushy: as I’ve said, the only one that will break my heart to not see the books get the nod is the Cover Art category) check out the rules for the contest, and you have until December 5 to make your nominations.

So excited for people to start reading Acceleration! It’s almost here! Whee!

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