Monday, February 28, 2011

A new release!!! Come out and check it out!

NEW RELEASE: The Summoning by Tatiana Caldwell, from Liquid Silver Books.




Everything comes with a price …



Gailyn Bridges is a psychic who is ready to end her troublesome career as a private investigator. For the last time, she summons a powerful spirit to help her close a final case.



However, the mysterious entity who answers, Malak, is no ordinary spirit. He’s more than willing to help Gailyn save the would-be victim of a violent crime.



But who’s going to save Gailyn when Malak returns to collect payment for lending her his power?



Read a free excerpt and buy the book here.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Self-sabotaging the next submission.

Recently I got back the word from a story I'd submitted to Carina Press. I'd almost expected the 'sorry, we enjoyed it but it doesn't fit. Publishing is a subjective industry..." so on and so forth. I read it, read it again, and then archived it.

After some consideration it hit me. I was numb, then I got upset, then mad...and then I finally said to myself that finding a home that fits the story is vital. A great story needs a great home...and my writing style is very much outside of the cookie cutter mold. Was this story one I wanted to go to that house? Yes. Did I have a back-up plan for it...no, not really.

It was only when I got the big "R" that I realized that I'd been looking for that rejection. In a way I'd already anticipated and  accepted getting it. Basically, I shot myself in the foot, subconciously at least. Doesn't necessarily mean that I knew it...heck I went in anticipating the 'Yes we love it' but my reaction when I didn't get it was different.

Rattling around in my head has been the question of "Why?". Why wasn't I more upset, more tears and tissues, recriminations and tantrums? Why did I simply look elsewhere to send the novel? So far I haven't really come up with an answer. Though when I do, I have a feeling that it'll be akin to a kick in the gut, because it'll be on my shoulders. Not the pubs, not the editors, nope - this will be all me.

Self-doubt and insecurities can lead a person to do some really odd things. This is one of them. Perhaps, in my own way I was telling myself that I needed to  take smaller steps, to look at my goals and asperations for my career. Sadly, I have no answers at the moment.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Etopia Press's Latest Calls

Special Submission Calls




Shift into Summer…

The call of the wild on a cool desert night, the crisp ocean breeze exciting the pack… whatever does it for your shifter heroes or heroines does it for us. Give us your hottest erotic shifter stories, your most romantic tales of conflict and passion, all rolled into your sexiest summer setting and make us howl with joy! Keep them predatory and sexy… the werehamsters may have their own call at a later date. Books over 40K will be released in print and e-book; the best of the shorter works will be selected for a print anthology as well as individual e-book release. Submission Deadline: May 1, 2011



Word Count: 10K through novel length.

Genre: Erotic paranormal romance featuring male or female shifters (m/f, m/m, ménage, IR/MC/BBW/OW, you name it)

Format: individual release and anthology; print and e-book

Address submissions to: ShiftIntoSummer@etopia-press.net



Don't Turn Off the Light…



We're looking for traditional and cutting-edge horror, the kind that's scary, not simply graphic depictions of death. Hauntings, rural backwoods horror, urban noir, the madness that lies within… it's all good, as long as the mood is dark and there's plenty of tension to drive the characters to the limit. If it's a more traditional tale, make sure it hasn't been done to death (graphic or otherwise). We want character-driven stories that will keep us up into the wee hours…to avoid turning off the light. Books over 40K will be released in print and e-book; the best of the shorter works will be selected for a print anthology as well as individual e-book release. Submission Deadline: June 1



Word Count: 25K through novel length

Genre: horror, all sub-genres

Theme: any theme, as long as it's scary.

Format: individual release and anthology; print and e-book

Address submissions to: DontTurnOffTheLight@etopia-press.net



Black Cat Tales



Or tails… or whiskers… or whatever other black cat bits you can fit into a Halloween-themed story. This call is open to all genres and categories--literary fiction, romance, erotic romance, urban fantasy, horror, SF--whatever best suits your tale, as long as it involves a black cat as a significant story element. More than that, we're not going to say. Just make sure they cross our path by June 1, 2011. Books over 40K will be released in print and e-book; the best of the shorter works will be selected for a print anthology as well as individual e-book release. Submission Deadline: July 1, 2011



Word count: 15K through novel length

Genre: all

Themes: Halloween, black cats

Format: individual release and anthology; print and e-book

Address submissions to: BlackCatTales@etopia-press.net



In the Line of Fire



Do you write your romance splashed with a liberal amount of suspense? Do you think a nice, safe story is just boring without a hefty dose of danger? Do you love keeping your readers guessing who done somebody wrong? We're looking for your hottest romantic suspense stories, heavy on conflict and adventure, with tough-guy heroes to die for and feisty heroines who don't need anyone to save them, thank you very much. If this sounds like your book, we're dying to read it. Books over 40K will be released in print and e-book; the best of the shorter works will be selected for a print anthology as well as individual e-book release. Submission Deadline: September 1, 2011



Word Count: 25K through novel length

Genre: romantic suspense, all heat levels from sweet to erotic

Theme: all

Format: individual release and anthology; print and e-book

Address Submissions to: InTheLineofFire@etopia-press.net



Ho-Ho-Holiday Heat…



We're shopping early for your best erotic romance novellas for our Ho-Ho-Holiday theme. Are you on Santa's naughty list? Stranded in a little too much snow on Christmas Eve? Working some special Solstice magic? Anything goes, as long as it's hot, hot, hot! M/M, IR, MC, BBW, BDSM, ménage… all the better. Submission Deadline: September 1, 2011



Word count: 15-35K

Genre: erotic romance (m/f, m/m, ménage), all subgenres, standard heat ratings of 4 or 5

Theme: winter holidays

Format: individual release; e-book

Address Submissions to: HolidayHeat@etopia-press.net





How to Format Your Submission and Where to Send It

*** A Note on Following Guidelines***



Please follow these guidelines exactly when submitting to us. We're not trying to make you jump through hoops, but without the information we need where we need it, we can't log your submission into our database and shuffle the parts where they need to go. Yes, I can open all the parts and collect all the information and type it into your documents myself--if it's all there. Sometimes it isn't. So if I open up the submissions box to find a bunch of nice shiny submissions that are all ready to go, and a bunch with no info that I know are going to be a pain, which ones would any sane, rational person do first?



Your submission should include:



1. A standard submission cover letter in the body of your email.



Start the email by writing the following in the top left corner: Real name, address, phone, email address, title of the work, pen name if any, genre or category, and the word count of your manuscript according to MS Word.

After that, you can put whatever you want in your cover letter. Adding your web or blog URL and any publication credits you may have will be a definite plus.

And don't forget the most important part - that short blurb that will pique our interest and make us eager to read more. Or at least give us your best attempt. We'll still read your manuscript even if the blurb isn't perfect



2. Complete manuscript, attached as an .RTF file



3. Short synopsis (2 or 3 pages). Set it up just like the manuscript document: same information in the top left corner, no headers or footers, same line spacing and fonts, etc. This you will also attach to your email as an .RTF file.



We accept email submissions only.



Important: If you're submitting to one of the special submission calls described above, please use the address that's listed with the call. Otherwise, your submission will end up in the general box and might not find its way to the call in time to be considered. If your submission is NOT for one of the special submission calls, email it to submissions@etopia-press.net



Response Time

We'll send you an autoreply just so you know we've received your submission. These autoreplies often get caught in spam filters, so if you don't get one, send us another email to let us know, and we'll manually confirm receipt of your manuscript. After that, you should hear from us in about four weeks...if you at least made a valiant effort to follow the guidelines above. If you didn't, it could take longer.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Please welcome our special guest...

Mrs. Frances MacKenmy, late of Virginia.
Welcome Mrs. MacKenny

F: Just call me Frannie, most folks do.
Me: Okay, so Frannie, tell us a little about yourself? Where are you from?

F: Why I was born right here in Virginia. Born, raised, married...and murdered. This plantation was one of the largest cotton producers in the 1850's, at the peak of production we had one hundred slaves. Pappa kept the cotton selling and made a handsome profit. Kept the family name blemish free, for the most part.

Me: Married and murdered? But you're flesh and blood - aren't you?
F: Goodness no. I was married on a beautiful June day in 1859 to Robert MacKenny. It wasn't a match of my choosing, but I did as my father bid me. Wed the cad and on our wedding night he and the harlot he married after my death poisoned me. Imagine if you will feeling your life ebbing away as you watch your younger sister and your husband embracing. I was rather angered by it. When I woke, I was here, in this place, with no escape.

Me: It appears you're rather insensed by it.
F: If that low down sneaky man were to step before me I'd shoot him. Still, I suppose in his own way it was an act of kindness. If I hadn't died that night I'd never have met Logan. That's a man well worth the years of isolation and upheaval.

Me: How did you meet Logan?
F: He bought the plantation from the government a few years ago. Once he'd moved in he began to rebuild and refurbish, really brought life back to the mansion. Of course he also brought plenty of those stupid tarts in here. May I say, I've never known anyone whose as randy as he was. Caught him rutting more than once.

Me: So, how did you manage to tame him?
F: You'd never believe me if I told you. It was no easy task, had to have the help of a self-obsorbed goddess, the descendent of my killer, and no small amount of luck and love. Knowing what I know, I must say there's no regrets. 

Me: Can't give us any hints?
F: LOL, now why would I do that? You can read about it in that wonderful book, Phantom Pleasure. Why I'm so glad, Patricia wrote my story, else people would certainly never have any idea of the power of love.

Me: What do you mean?
F: Love was the catalyst to death. Robert killed me because I loved a simple, common man. I spent decades here in this mansion alone and miserable. The Logan came along and for the first time in so long I felt the sensation of life within me. The greed and deception killed Logan. I chose death rather than mortal life...and in that found my strength. Logan loved me enough to pull me from the despare I was in. Without his love, I'd be as corporeal as the air. And you wouldn't be chatting with me.

Me: If you had one piece of advice for any woman out there what would it be?
F: (Big smile) Fight for your man. If he's the one, don't let anyone tell you different. Money and prestige don't keep you warm at night, or please you between the sheets. Let your heart guide you and you'll have more success and love than you've ever dreamed.

Me: Sounds like good advice.
F: I hope your readers understand the message within it. For now, my time here has come to an end. I really do have to be getting back. My plane is very differnt than yours - I'll ask my Logan if he'd be willing to pop by for a chat one day...but not tonight. *wink* we've got plans.

Me: Thank....you. Wow,  when she says she's got to go, she really has to leave.
Thanks to everyone who stopped by. Hope you can join us next time as we talk to Logan Harris...rake, rambler, and ghostly lover!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Yay, congrat's on the release.

Buy It Now





My Boyfriend's Back



A Short, Sweet Romance

by Chrissy Olinger



Paranormal/Fantasy Romance only .99

15,826 words



Available on Kindle

from Amazon.com -- BUY IT NOW



"Fear not! I bring you tidings of... DAMMIT!"



With those few words, Jack Lynch's world was turned upside-down. Once the nerd everyone loved

to torment, he has returned to his home town for his twentieth reunion. Now a multimillionaire, Jack has everything but the one thing that matters: his

true love. Twenty years ago he let her slip away. Now he's back, and determined to win her heart.



But screeching tires on an icy road change everything. If being temporarily dead weren't bad

enough, Norman— an angel in training— returns Jack's spirit to the wrong body— the class bully, John Lydon.



With the rockin' hot bod of his former nemesis, the help of a nerdy angel, and his own wits,

Jack has to get Rori to see him, love him, and bring about a miracle... without revealing this true identity. The clock is ticking, and he only has three days.





Jack's got the brains; his new body has the brawn; and Norman's got his back. What could possibly

go wrong?



*This book contains some mild language, no strong sexual content, and an excessive amount of silliness.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Chizofrenia: Crazy is an Art Form.

Writing is Therapy


Everyone has their coping mechanisms, the things that when stressed or upset or angry can help them calm down, relax, and have a fresh perspective. Writing is one of mine, my coping mechanism. Everywhere I go I have a notebook, or three, on my person, in my car, you name it, it’s a security blanket of sorts. I need to be able to put pen (or rather fine tipped sharpie in any color but black or blue) to paper whenever the mood strikes. If I’m upset or angry being able to write it down just takes the emotion out of my head and releases it on paper. And no, typing on my laptop does not offer the same sense of relief though I am sure it does for some.

While the act of writing these things down doesn’t mean they are gone completely, it usually gives me a better perspective and allows me to be in control of my feelings rather than the other way around. It takes the edge off. The wonderful by-product of this exercise is I keep all my notebooks and can’t tell you how many times I have went back and been able to pick out situations to put in my writing. That’s how the idea for my book, Chiczofrenia – crazy is an art form came about. I was re-reading entries I had previously written and realized that maybe someone else would find it as entertaining as I did.

We all get emotional but to carry a lot of emotion around with you isn’t healthy and can be draining. Finding a way to get it out and deal with it so you can move on is important.

The other piece of writing that is therapy for me is when done I feel a sense of accomplishment. Not that I have achieved some great life goal but rather I have created something out of that emotion. There is a tangible output. For me it helps me feel less like I have wasted time on feeling and more like I have done something productive. Even if the writing never goes anywhere outside my notebook I know it’s there.

Try it next time you feel sad or angry. Grab a notebook and don’t think, just write. See how it makes you feel.

Laina

Chizofrenia: Crazy is an Art Form.

Chiczofrenia – crazy is an art form – released January 2011.

Chiczofrenic is the term for the woman who is purposeful and intentional in how crazy her life may be. The goal with this book is to recognize many women drive themselves crazy, intentionally, by trying to be all they can. I firmly believe we can have it all. A great relationship, being a great mom, keeping a good house (if that’s important to you), being a career woman, following your dreams, working out, eating right, and many more. Women seem to have the knack for how to manage it all and not go crazy. Women seem to always take on more and more…and are successful at it.

Women have tried forever to pretend they fit in the norm even when the norm wasn’t what they wanted. I want women to embrace that more - without caring what anyone thinks. Learn to laugh at your own craziness and be cool at the same time. Be the strong individual you want to be while looking like a million bucks.
Being a woman is difficult and is a constant evolution and journey of self discovery. It’s not always an easy journey and through the process you realize everyone has her own issues. Her own brand of crazy, which is my own kind of normal. Crazy but embracing it.

ISBN: 978-0-578-07034-6

Book: $14.95 Available on www.lainaturner.com

E-Book: $9.95 Available on Kindle and Smashwords

Monday, February 7, 2011

Yay Rita congrat's on the new release











Falling Hard And Fast by Rita Sawyer





very sensual/light erotic contemporary holiday romance





novella $1.69





Cover Art by Pink Petal Books and Winterheart Design


ISBN# 978-0-9832624-7-3



Suzie Ricker has been fighting her attraction to Tim Elknit for months. He's constantly popping into the office where she works and watching her with those dreamy brown eyes of his, but she's been able to resist his charms…so far. Then she runs into him in the market, knocking them both to the floor in a tangle of arms and legs. Embarrassed Suzie runs out of the store.











When Tim shows up at her house with her groceries, he's determined to explore their mutual attraction. After all, he couldn't mistake the way her body had reacted to his when they'd literally fallen for each other.









Suzie knows she's falling hard and fast for Tim, but he's the one worried about being left alone on this Valentine's Day






Read more HERE   Or watch the trailer HERE

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

CUPID PARTY

Please join us starting today as eTreasures Publishing releases its special project
the Cupid line and enjoy a free read.  eTreasures Blog