Friday, March 27, 2015

What I'm Reading

Currently reading Spirit Rider by Cotton Smith. Old West, I’m loving it.

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1. Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett — so far, loving it. So damn funny.

2. The Best Horror of the Year Volume Six, edited by Ellen Datlow — there wasn’t a single story where anything happened. So frustrating.

3. Indian Cooking Unfolded by Raghavan Iyer — great narrative, interesting recipes, but not for a foodie, for someone who wants the very basics. 

4. A Morbid Taste for Bones by Ellis Peters — lovely little mystery

5. A Homemade Life by Molly Wizenberg — absolutely charming and made me cry

6.  Joyland, a Hard Case Crime by Stephen King. Loved it.

7. Shadow Man by Cody Macfayden — I have to admit by the end I was furious and screaming. This could have been exceptional. It was not.

8. The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook by Martha Davis — nothing I didn’t know, but I needed the reminder.

9. Writing the Cozy Mystery by Nancy Cohen — very interesting. This one’s a keeper.

10. Writing Mystery and Crime by Marg McAllister — for a beginning writer more than an experienced one, I think.

11. The Year of Pleasures by Elizabeth Berg — beautifully written, a lovely, warm read that’s like a hug. Gave me a lot to talk about with J.

12. Fermented Vegetables by Kirsten Shockey — cookbook, not the best read, but decent recipes

13. Borderline by TA Chase — loved it. Think the wife will love it, too. 

14. In Cuba I Was a German Shepherd by Ana Menendez — a fabulous collection of short stories set in Cuba. 

15. Poe by J. Lincoln Fenn — clever as hell, not scary, but viciously clever.

16. The Magpie Lord by KJ Charles — quite adored this one. Clever and utterly charming.

17. Wolf’s Desire by Ambrielle Kirk — Uh. Not my thing. At all. Whoa.

18. Controlling Parker by Sean Michael — KINKY

19. Dark Carnival: An Anthology of Horror, Edited by Jolene Haley, Kristen Jett and Jessi Shakarian — nothing happened. Ever.

20. Blue Collar by Sean Michael — adorable, sexy and sweet

21. Guarding January by Sean Michael — I love the depth of characters in this one

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Monday, March 16, 2015

What I'm Working On This Week

What I'm Working On

Hey, y’all. My daddy had a stroke and I’ve been out of pocket. I’m getting back in the saddle, though. I promise.

 

Writing:

Tipping the Barrel -- f/f YA novel — Cried a lot.

Musician. Bodyguard. Werewolves. 

Wedding Vase — m/m contemporary. These boys are breaking my heart.

 

In edits/rewrites:

Ace/Kitty in rewrites.

Coke/Dillon in rewrites.

 

At beta:

nothing

 

At proofing:

nothing

 

Subbed:

Go Ask Alice to Hamony Ink

Articles of Release to Dreamspinner

Short story in for Mythologically Torqued.

 

Next week's plan?

Try not to panic

Saturday, March 14, 2015

What I'm Reading

I’m about 3/4 through with Dark Carnival, which is a horror anthology (so far, nothing has happened in any story and the grammar is rough).

***

1. Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett — so far, loving it. So damn funny.

2. The Best Horror of the Year Volume Six, edited by Ellen Datlow — there wasn’t a single story where anything happened. So frustrating.

3. Indian Cooking Unfolded by Raghavan Iyer — great narrative, interesting recipes, but not for a foodie, for someone who wants the very basics. 

4. A Morbid Taste for Bones by Ellis Peters — lovely little mystery

5. A Homemade Life by Molly Wizenberg — absolutely charming and made me cry

6.  Joyland, a Hard Case Crime by Stephen King. Loved it.

7. Shadow Man by Cody Macfayden — I have to admit by the end I was furious and screaming. This could have been exceptional. It was not.

8. The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook by Martha Davis — nothing I didn’t know, but I needed the reminder.

9. Writing the Cozy Mystery by Nancy Cohen — very interesting. This one’s a keeper.

10. Writing Mystery and Crime by Marg McAllister — for a beginning writer more than an experienced one, I think.

11. The Year of Pleasures by Elizabeth Berg — beautifully written, a lovely, warm read that’s like a hug. Gave me a lot to talk about with J.

12. Fermented Vegetables by Kirsten Shockey — cookbook, not the best read, but decent recipes

13. Borderline by TA Chase — loved it. Think the wife will love it, too. 

14. In Cuba I Was a German Shepherd by Ana Menendez — a fabulous collection of short stories set in Cuba. 

15. Poe by J. Lincoln Fenn — clever as hell, not scary, but viciously clever.

16. The Magpie Lord by KJ Charles — quite adored this one. Clever and utterly charming.

17. Wolf’s Desire by Ambrielle Kirk — Uh. Not my thing. At all. Whoa.

18. Controlling Parker by Sean Michael — KINKY



Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Guest Post from Michele Fogal!

 

King of Rain FINAL

Enter to WIN a free e-book of Michele's upcoming release! Thanks for having me BA Tortuga! What a pleasure to be here and I'm especially excited to connect with a fellow book lover AND music lover!

Each book in my West Coast Boys series, published by Dreamspinner Press, has its own Soundtrack, and Book 2, King of Rain is no exception.

 King of Rain by michelefogal on Grooveshark

The stories are all Male/Male love stories, set in the diverse West Coast culture, against a backdrop of snowy mountains and temperate rain forests.

A consistent theme in the series is how we mix urban technology with wilderness access. Listening to music while running across a suspension bridge is just one example of how these elements can fuse into a new kind of wealth - personal empowerment. We forget how connecting with nature and connecting with art have so much in common, and technology can be the tool that brings things together.

Here's an excerpt scene with its accompanying song (although, hmmm, there is no bridge in this scene, but there are some iconic Vancouver-isms).

Story background: Jeremy has just been dumped by his boyfriend Skyler over the phone, or rather has just realized HOW over their relationship really is, and has decided to go running to escape his own reaction.

Enemies by Hannah Georgas on Grooveshark

Here's the link in case the player doesn't work for you -- http://grooveshark.com/s/Enemies/4PYnLW?src=5

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I turned off Davie Street pretty quick, though, because it was crowded and ran downhill towards the beach through some low-rise apartment buildings, pushing my body and blanking my mind. The seawall wasn’t packed because it was February and drizzling, but there are always some people there. The seawall pathway has lines to keep the bikes and the runners in their own lanes, and tonight there were enough people to make the lines useful. I set off towards Stanley Park and ran with my tunes cranked and just tried to enjoy looking out over the ocean. The big freighters are always parked in English Bay, like toy battleships in the misty air, and the gut-deep sound of their foghorns stretching out two long notes did something to calm me.

The good thing about running is your mind gets freed up.

The bad thing about running is your mind gets freed up. And it did, of course. I thought about the night I’d first picked Skyler up at Celebrities, his innocent face wide open as he took in the oldest gay dance club in Vancouver.

“Enemies” by Hannah Georgas blasted into my earbuds talking about cuts too deep to mend and making enemies. Is that what me and Sky are now? I ran a little faster.

I thought about the way he’d learned to dance without holding back when we went out together, him with his cute fake ID. God, he was just a sweet kid, and I’d taken him. Yeah, he was in grade 12 and I was only four years older, but they were big years. I’d figured it all out—how to style my hair, how to dress, how to talk, how to smile, when to grind up against someone and turn them on. Had Skyler really had a choice in the face of my onslaught?

And I loved that, didn’t I? The power of knowing I could seduce and take what I wanted? Wasn’t that the best feeling?

I ran harder, wanting to sweat him out of my skin, wanting to stop picturing his smooth skin stretched out on my bed. I hadn’t cared about sharing him. Sure, I didn’t want him to play around without me, but why hadn’t I worried about losing him? Was it because I just assumed he was mine? Some couples played around because their love was so strong that nothing could shake it. That certainly wasn’t it for me. I think I just had this morbid fascination with finding out where his boundaries were. God, what if he’s with a guy we hooked up with! Wouldn’t that just serve me right?

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You can also see the playlist here: http://michelefogal.com/soundtrack-king-rain/ King of Rain is coming out Mar 13, 2015 so check my website for more on other stops on my Blog Tour, Give-Aways, Excerpts and more.

Comment to Enter: Please comment if you'd like to enter into a draw for a free e-book!

I'd love to know which song you like best on the Soundtrack or what you think about overlapping story and music. I'm always on the look out for love songs, so let me know your favourites too!

Heart! Michele

Monday, February 16, 2015

Losing it All

So, I lost a hard drive last week. No big deal, I thought. I had backed up the night before. No worries.

None.

Except that the backup corrupted and I lost everything.

I mean everything. Every email from the last 15 years. Every WIP. Every photo. All the pictures of my wedding. All the files for all the books. 

Everything’s gone.

When I figured it out I threw up. Then I cried a little. Then I started to breathe again.

In my family, we’ve lost a house to a fire, to a tornado. When I left an abusive relationship, I had twenty four hours to figure out what to leave and what to take. 

Does it hurt?

God, yes.

But.

There’s a freedom in starting over again. What’s gone is gone and there’s no sense wishing for it. Moving on is one of my superpowers, which is damn handy, given I have to do it, every now and again.

Much love (and CHECK YOUR BACKUPS), y’all.

BA

Sunday, February 15, 2015

What I'm Working On

Had a disastrous hard drive and back up failure last week. Still trying to figure out what I’m going to do.

 

Writing:

Tipping the Barrel -- f/f YA novel — Cried a lot.

Musician. Bodyguard. Werewolves. 

Wedding Vase — m/m contemporary. These boys are breaking my heart.

 

In edits/rewrites:

Ace/Kitty in rewrites.

Coke/Dillon in rewrites.

 

At beta:

nothing

 

At proofing:

nothing

 

Subbed:

Go Ask Alice to Hamony Ink

Articles of Release to Dreamspinner

Short story in for Mythologically Torqued.

 

Next week's plan?

Try not to panic