|JCP News • Issue 23 • November 2009
Beautiful, Mysterious and Bizarre: M/M Horror & Urban Fantasy by Jordan Castillo Price
MY DULCET TONES
Do you listen to podcasts?
I find that most people I talk to either listen to a bunch of podcasts or none at all. There doesn't seem to be much middle ground.
I've been putting out Packing Heat for a couple of years now and there's a lot of material there. The main focus is advice for erotica writers, but other creative writers and even visual artists have contacted me to let me know my show helps them to stay motivated. (Yay!)
It's free, and you don't need special equipment to listen. If you have iTunes, you can subscribe to the show and it'll appear on your computer. You can play it there or transfer it to an MP3 player or even a CD to listen to it elsewhere.
Or you can listen from within your web browser. Go to the Packing Heat blog and look in the show notes--there are little media players there you can click on, kinda like YouTube.
Packing Heat had nearly 25,000 downloads in October 2009 (BIG YAY) with the illustrious Clare London's interview being the segment that drew the most direct traffic. Yes -- I have interviews too! Go look!
And if you're already a Packing Heat listener, I have a huge favor to ask of you. Please, please, please go to the iTunes store and give me a nice rating. (A review would be fab too, but some 5-star ratings would really help me out!)
Packing Heat 76:
How do you keep on writing when your life is spinning out of control? Running around screaming "Agh!" might feel good, but once you get that out of your system, what's the next step?
Packing Heat 77:
There is an art to critiquing your partner. Do you want to be cute, or do you want to help them improve their writing? Consider your words before you hit the send button.
Packing Heat 78:
Are you always reinventing the wheel? Is there a checklist you can make to keep yourself moving forward on certain multi-step tasks?
Packing Heat 79:
Tools and techniques can sometimes drop away like old friends who've fallen out of touch. Are any of your old methods worth revisiting? Maybe with a few tweaks you can rediscover something to inspire your writing.
Big Bucks No Whammies!
We have winners -- yay! Congratulations to TJ, who won a copy of Sympathy on Reviews by Jessewave!
Wow -- Tam and Mandi won paperback copies of Channeling Morpheus for Scary Mary on Reviews by Jessewave.
Fantastico! Carrie-Ann won a copy of Hemovore for opening my October Newsletter.
Ta-da! Mike won a copy of Camp Hell for opening the Body & Soul quick link.
Sweet! Zoe won a copy of Sympathy from opening the Sympathy quick link.
Uh-oh. Shannon and Pia Velento won copies of Sympathy at Well Read, but they haven't claimed their prizes. Get in touch, ladies! I need your email addresses.
Jordan on the Web
From Zero Hour
Ernest had never heard anything so heretical in his life. Not since Will had taught him how to swallow.
Greetings and Salutations, *|FNAME|*!
I've been talking a heck of a lot about myself this month.
What inspired me to start writing? Why paranormal? How do I keep track of all this stuff?
Find the answers to these burning questions and more at Well Read.
I had so much to say we broke it into two separate days!
It occurrs to me that I assume everyone magically knows anything they could possibly wish to know about me via some mysterious telepathic link. This not being the case, if you have a question for me you think would be fun for the newsletter, send it to me at jordan (at) psycop.com with "Question for Newsletter"* as the subject line and you'll get your answer in about a month!
And I had a lot of new subscribers sign up when my interview at Well Read was posted, so a big welcome to the newbies!
*the fine print: if you have "Question for Newsletter" in the subject, that means you give me permission to use your email in JCP News!
A little bit about Sympathy, which debuted two weeks ago....
Halloween is my favorite holiday. I love writing a special book for each Halloween. And so with this story, I gathered up all the elements for what I thought would be a traditional horror story: a haunted house, "voodoo dolls", The Hook, and some hidden gravestones.
Reviews for Sympathy:
Sympathy is rich in delights. The lively dialogue has a masculine, blue-collar flavor, especially between Anthony and his brothers. Anthony is a compelling narrator, a sensitive, brooding type who has deep perceptions that he is too inarticulate to express. Read more at Obsidian Bookshelf
This is quite a deceptively simple story made up mostly of verbal and non-verbal interaction between Tony and his brothers and Tony and David. This led to a number of emotionally intense scenes where more is said in a few words or gestures than some authors take pages to produce. Read more at Well Read
I think Sympathy indicates once again what a multi faceted writer Ms Price is and that she does not need to scare readers for them to enjoy her books. ... The prose is excellent and her characters are three dimensional and vibrant. Read more at Reviews by Jessewave
David doesn't look at Tony like a broken man, he looks at him like a fine piece of meat he can't wait to taste. And Tony is both excited than perplexed. David comes to him in a so strong way, that Tony is almost scared: has David an hidden agenda that Tony can't find out? Read more at Elisa Rolle's LJ
Want to sample Sympathy yourself? Read the first chapter at GLBT Bookshelf
Buy the novelette at JCPBooks
Last month I told you about Kindle going international. Now you can read Kindle books on your PC, and they say Mac compatability is coming soon.
Why bother downloading an application that will allow you to read Kindle books on your desktop or laptop if you've already got an ebook reading method that works for you? Two words.
I love 'em. Absolutely adore 'em. And with Kindle, you can download the beginning of every book absolutely free and try it out. How cool is that? (I'll tell you. Very cool.)
Kindle on your PC will synch to your kindle device--if you have one (I use my iPod touch)--so that you pick up reading wherever you just left off.
I made the entire PsyCop series available as native Kindle format books and they're selling pretty well. Right now 5 of the top 25 Kindle titles in the "ghost" category are the PsyCop ebooks! And yesterday eleven of the top 100 erotic horror books (print and Kindle) were by me! My hope is that Amazon's magical algorithms will cause more people stumble upon Vic and Jacob (and Crash, and Lisa, and Carolyn....)
If any of you feel reviewish, I'd love it if you left reviews for the stories on Amazon, or even if you went in and clicked on some of the "tags" on the stories to help them show even better in peoples' searches.
Reports of Vic's Death Have Been Highly Exaggerated
Book six is in the works now. No title or cover yet, but if all goes well I hope to have it out in spring 2010.
There was movement behind the door, shuffling and footsteps, and then the door opened a couple of inches before a security chain stopped it. One of Crash’s eyes appeared in the space, and his single-eyed gaze raked me up and down. “Where’s your polyester suit?”
“I’m not working today.”
He closed the door, undid the chain, and opened it again. “Good. I need a hand with this display. And you brought lunch. The day’s looking better and better. Set it on the counter for a sec.”
When I stepped into the store, the incense smell was mellow, like Crash hadn’t burned any copal since the night before. The store’s vibe, its island of calm in the static of life, sank in right away -- and when I thought about it in that safe haven, the trip to the theme park felt more like some kind of life lesson than a reason to hate all children forever more.
I set the McDonald’s bag on the counter and had a look around, but I didn’t see Miss Mattie. I even lingered briefly, but she wasn’t there. I hurried back to the front of the store since I didn’t want to seem too obvious. Crash gets annoyed when I visit his dead neighbor rather than him.
I joined him beside the front door. We were both in jeans--his were holier. Both in T-shirts--his cooler, with a mostly washed-off Cramps logo and the sleeves cut off to showcase his ink. To top it off, he had on a pyramid-studded belt with a skull and crossbones belt buckle. He could pull it off. I couldn’t. Not anymore.
He looked me up and down again. He was chewing gum, and somehow he managed to do it critically. “Don’t tell me you tried a tanning bed.”
“No. I went outside.”
“Uh huh. You’ve got that milky white, blue-eyed Irish thing going on. There is such a thing as sunscreen, you know.”
Did I have Irish blood in me? I’d never given it any thought. “I was wearing sunscreen.” I snuck a quick glance at the counter to see if Miss Mattie was there yet. She wasn’t.
“How long did you stay out of your cave?”
“I dunno. All day.”
Crash blew a small bubble, then cracked it loudly. “Right. Live and learn. Here, hold this chair so I can reach the ceiling.”
The chair in question was so rickety it would have made a better tripod. “Don’t you have a stepladder?”
“Yeah, I have a whole collection, I just dig standing on chairs ‘cos I like to live dangerously. What do you think?”
He probably didn’t want to know what I thought. I decided to cut my losses on that particular portion of the conversation and hold his damn chair for him.
Hm...I detect screams through the aether. That'd probably be the Crash-haters howling in frustration and the Crash Fan Club squealing with delight.
Zero Hour - Chapter 23
The railroad itself was a lot larger up close than it looked. Ernest wasn't accustomed to working directly with big machinery. In fact, he'd done most of his work from inside L0U15E. He'd even become accustomed to the quirk of her finger-scanner that necessitated pausing as he entered the hash mark character. Ernest wasn't even sure how to interface with the patched-together computer that ran the railroad.
He was gazing at the wheels when Audrey approached and stood beside him. Her eyes and nose were red and swollen, and her fuchsia hair hung in stringy clumps. "So...you think you can fix this."
"If you have an interface. Yes."
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