|JCP News • Issue 6 • June 2008
Beautiful, Mysterious and Bizarre: Erotica by Jordan Castillo Price
BECAUSE WE ALL NEED EVEN MORE REASONS TO SURF THE 'NET
I'm taking part in the Rainbow Reviews Scavenger Hunt! Over 40 authors of GLBT fiction are participating. To play, you've got to find the Rainbow Reviews icon on the websites of at least 25 of the authors.
The more you find, the more chances you have to win. Every author has donated eBooks. One lucky winner will get THREE books from Blind Eye Books. (OMG, you need these books. Trust me.)
If you provide your mailing address, you also get a goodie basket full of swag.
Hurry! You have until the end of the month to play.
SHOUT IT OUT LOUD!
Did you know you can leave reviews on the eBooks I've published at LuLu.com, or on Amazon? I'd love it if you took a moment to weigh in on some of my stories!
Likewise, if you enjoy any of my self-published stuff, it would be especially cool if you mentioned it to your friends, or on your blog.
I think that word of mouth is the best advertisement a writer can hope for!
Jordan on the Web
From Zero Hour
Sweat prickled Ernest's forehead and back, and his respiratory rate was elevated. He could feel his heart beating. He darted into the concrete enclosure.
Color me shocked. It's June already. When did it get to be June? Here's all I know...my air conditioning is running. (And I am pleased that it does indeed work.) Also, the tornado sirens went off today. That's Spring in the Midwest for you.
June is a particularly release-heavy month for me, with both a PsyCop and a Channeling Morpheus story coming out. (I was planning to have PsyCop: Property out in paperback at the end of the month, too, but I hit a little snag. Never fear, I'm working on it!)
In Weird News, a spambot took over my MySpace account and sent "friend" requests out to over 400 men. I changed my password and then asked customer service for help in deleting all those requests, and they assisted me by COMPLETELY DELETING MY MYSPACE ACCOUNT. Now that's what I call service. (Sarcasm)
So if you see someone like me on MySpace...it ain't me! Accept no substitutions.
Top Ten Reasons You Should Read Channeling Morpheus
1. When you hear that vampires have been done to death, your eye twitches
2. And then you wonder if you can spin something hot & dirty out of the phrase "done to death"
3. You're not scared of a little blood
4. You're not scared of a lot of blood
5. Maybe you find blood kinda...sexy
6. You'd rather ponder over shades of gray than to have your hero pointed out to you in a big, white hat or other cliche plot device
7. You could go for some marathon, no-holds-barred, super-freaky sex (with vampires)
8. You like your urban fantasy gritty
9. Men in eyeliner, leather and tattoos turn you on
10. The second story in the series, Channeling Morpheus: Vertigo, is available NOW! (And a new story will come out every couple of months, just like clockwork. If you have a vampire clock, anyway.)
Read a sample or buy the ebook at Changeling Press!
Congrats to Ana Maria, who won a copy of Striking Sparks just by filling out a 3-question survey.
Here's a screenshot of the results:
As you can see, there's a clear preference here. This is why Crash gets his own spinoff books, whereas Jackie The World's Most Annoying Hooker Ghost, does not.
(I'm personally a big fan of the Victor/Jacob/Carolyn/Lisa Dream Team. I can see I didn't offer that as an option, though.)
It's gratifying that everyone who participated in the survey was a reader and no one was just out for a freebie.
What Goes Into a Novel?
At 56,000 words, Secrets is a shortish novel, but a novel nonetheless (and it's about double the length of Among the Living.) What goes into writing a novel?
Lots and lots of paper! Here you can see my basket-o-novel in action.
I printed Secrets out in a two-column layout with the paper turned horizontally, so it would read a little more like a paperback, and I wouldn't have to track words all the way across an 8.5" page. Then I stapled each chapter together. (And yes, some of the paper is ballerina pink. It was free.)
How 'Bout Those Mobis?
I released Secrets: a PsyCop Novel as a PDF eBook at my LuLu store this month. And then I began to get emails asking me when it would be available as a mobi file, so people could read it on their Palms, their iPhones, etc.
Dang. I hadn't thought of that.
Never fear, I'm pursuing the mobi format. It's just taking me a little longer to get my paperwork in order than I had thought (Note to self: 15 business days to process a block of ISBNs. Apply sooner next time.)The paperback will also be slightly delayed...but I guarantee, it'll be worth the wait!
It's a little early to say, but all signs point to PsyCop 5 being done by the end of the year. I've got over 12,000 words written already, and scores of computerized index cards. I won't spoil the title for any of you who haven't read #4 yet, but it is revealed at the end of Secrets.
Zero Hour - Chapter 6
Ernest watched lights flicker over L0U15E's interior viscreen. "I can't imagine why you'd want to go anywhere with your blood sugar so low," she said.
"You haven't taken my blood sugar level. You don't know that it's low."
"Because you haven't shunted in! What's the matter, Ernest? Pretty soon I'll be able to detect ketones in your breath, and then I'll go into override and bring you straight to the health monitor. Why do you want it to come to that?" Images of skeletal men appeared on the screen. Ernest noted they all just happened to have dark eyes and shoulder-length brown hair like he did. A.I.s didn't understand subtlety very well. "Look at what can happen."
"How long did it take them to starve? Access free public feed on starvation, please."
The data streamed down the screen, overlaying the images of starved men. Ernest's eyes flicked over the characters. "The body doesn't even enter starvation mode for three weeks. Three weeks! I've only got twenty-two days left; it doesn't matter if I ever shunt in again."
Email me at jordan (at) psycop (dot) com
JCP News • Jordan Castillo Price • PO Box 153 • Barneveld, WI 53507