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JCP News • Issue 29 • May 2010
Beautiful, Mysterious and Bizarre: M/M Horror & Urban Fantasy by Jordan Castillo Price


JCP News
Issue 29 - May 15, 2010
C O N T E N T S



'Tis I

WISCON ANYONE?

Stop by and say hi this Memorial Day at WisCon, the world's leading feminist science fiction convention. You can meet me at the following panels:

Saturday, June 29 4 pm
The Fearless Vampire Slayers

The changing image of the vampire in popular literature is eliminating the "traditional" vampire as a valid figure, replacing it with either protagonist–vampires separated from evil or science–fiction ones separated from the supernatural. Is this AGoodThing™ or ABadThing™? Where do we go from here?

Saturday, June 29 10:30 pm
Internet Publishing: The Graduate Seminar

Authors who have been selling fiction directly to the public via the Internet talk about their experience: start–up learning curve, teamwork, the role of volunteers, working the social network, staying sane and writing through it all.

Sunday, June 30 8:30 am
Madison Vampire Coven Reading

I'll read from Hemovore, which just came out in print this month! The reading is at:

Michelangelo's Coffee Shop 114 State Street
Madison, WI USA
608-251-5299

Find out more about WisCon at their website.

 


PSYCOP, PETIT MORTS & MORE ARE AT

All romance ebooks
All Romance eBooks now carries JCP Books titles!

When you leave good reviews and ratings at ARe, you actually help me promote the books--and it makes a huge difference!


PACKING HEAT

Packing Heat is a podcast I've been putting out since 2008. My goal is to help other writers stay motivated, and to encourage them to take their writing to the next level. You don't need special gadgets to listen; Packing Heat plays in your browser, like YouTube. Or you can subscribe (and leave me glowing feedback) at iTunes!

RECENT EPISODES

Packing Heat 100:
Relearning Reading
In looking into ways in which to improve my reading speed and comprehension, I made some discoveries that challenged many of my most basic assumptions.

Packing Heat 101:
Double Duty Details
How do you decide where to spend your "detail budget" in a scene? What sorts of details should you provide, and when should you back off and move the story along?

Packing Heat 102:
Fleshing Out
Normally, you write "big" and then edit out all the extraneous stuff to make your story lean & mean. But what if you need to make your story longer? What if it's lacking detail? How do you flesh it out?

Packing Heat 103:
Titles
After a few years of hit-or-miss titling, I've formed a few rules for myself about titling new work.

Full archives of the show all the way back to #1 are at the Packing Heat site.


Winnah!


Who's won the latest freebies from JCP?

Molly won a copy of Sleepwalker for opening the April Newsletter!


Jordan on the Web


JCP Books

Catch-all Site: JordanCastilloPrice. com

Previous Issues of JCP News

Official PsyCop Site

Official Channeling Morpheus Site

Packing Heat: Erotica Writing Tips and Techniques

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Jordan's LiveJournal

Jordan on MySpace

Jordan's Yahoo Group


From Zero Hour


Will reached into the shifting pile of grit and dust, pulled out a handful of debris, and waved it at the sensors on Ernest's chest. "Is this what you've got us digging for? Is it?"

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Happy May!

Are you the type of person who turns into a housecleaning whirlwind the moment spring is in the air? Are you dashing through your house, airing out stale rooms and flipping the mattresses? Okay, I'll admit, I'm not overly prone to housekeeping. But I am looking at my newsletter mailing list and I see some things I can clean up!

I've added a new option called Weekly Sales from JCP Books. Now that I can concentrate full-time on this writer gig, I want to take advantage of the fact that I have my very own storefront where I can make up contests and coupons and bundles. Starting this summer, I plan to do a new thing every week, so if you want to get a quick email letting you know what the weekly special is, click here to pull up your list preferences and checkmark Weekly Sales and Coupons from JCP Books. [NOTE, THESE UPDATE LINKS WON'T WORK FROM AN ARCHIVED OR FORWARDED NEWSLETTER. EMAIL ME AT JCP.HEAT(AT)GMAIL DOT COM AND I CAN MAKE ANY CHANGES YOU'D LIKE. -JCP]

Also new, I'm adding a few checkboxes for countries. My hope is to alert subsets of my list to specials in that particular country. (Because you never know when Amazon's going to decide to offer one of my paperbacks for less than 10 bucks or something. I guess they like to keep me on my toes.)

Here's the thing: you don't have to live in a certain country to check the box. So if you live in Switzerland, for instance, and postage is pretty good from Germany, go ahead and check the Germany box and I'll let you know if I spot a good deal on Amazon.de. Of course you don't have to opt-in to any of these, but my hope is to be able to pass on specific info you can use rather than blanketing every list subscriber with every little thing.

I've added checkboxes for Germany, UK, India, Australia, France, Canada, Mexico and Japan. I haven't spotted deals in all of these places yet, but you never know! Or I may create some myself in my store ;-)

In the near future, I'll be asking for your input on both the fun weekly specials and the dealspotting.

Click here to add these new preferences! (If the link gives you any trouble, email me and let me know what you'd like to change and I'll do it for you.)

Then send me some nice, fresh, spring-like thoughts...before the cat hair tumbleweeds bury me!

xoxo

Jordan

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What's New with Jordan?

Upcoming JCP Books Releases
Betweentimes Sweets to the Sweet Sleepwalker
May 23
Contemporary Short-Short
June 10
Paperback Collection
June 20
Thriller
Novella

A Sneak Peek at Sleepwalker

I can't wait for you to read Sleepwalker! Here's the beginning of the story to whet your whistle:

How much time actually passes in five minutes? Depends what you're doing, I guess. Staring into the eyes of a guy you're about to get naked with, five minutes probably seems like it's there and gone in a heartbeat—but when you're wandering through a hundred thousand square feet of dead animals and crushed dreams, five minutes can stretch to fill an eternity.

Read More

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Exclusive Newsletter Content

The Starving Years

Thank you to all of you who voted! Because of the sense of both randomness and collaboration, I'm especially excited to begin work on our new story.

Starving years wins by a nose

In 1960, a superfood was invented that ended world hunger. But now the second generation of post-foodies are exhibiting startling side effects that no one could have anticipated.

Look for the first chapter in July.

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Zero Hour

Zero Hour - Chapter 29
(click here for whole story starting at chapter 1)

Ernest paused to consider Charlie's urgent command to evacuate. "What is it?" Will said.

It didn't occur to Ernest to lie, exactly. Though he did use a tone much less urgent than the AI. "Radiation. Charlie just picked it up. He only has enough processing speed to perform a few scans at a time, and he was busy looking for copper."

Will turned toward a gap in the wall and held out a hand. "Come on, let's get out of here."

"Wait a minute…." Ernest recalled a datastream he'd cleaned up a couple of years ago that had something to do with radiation levels. "Two point two sieverts isn't immediately fatal."

Charlie said, "This is not negotiable."

click here for the rest of chapter 29 (worksafe)

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Books and Stories
PsyCop Paperbacks:
PsyCop: Property (Paperback, contains Body & Soul and Secrets)
PsyCop: Partners (Paperback, contains Among the Living and Criss Cross)
Camp Hell: A PsyCop Novel (Paperback)

PsyCop Ebooks:
Among the Living - PsyCop Book 1
Criss Cross - PsyCop Book 2
Body & Soul - PsyCop Book 3 (2nd edition, 10/23/09)
Secrets - PsyCop Book 4
Camp Hell - PsyCop Book 5
Thaw PsyCop Short 1.1, FREE!
Striking Sparks PsyCop Novelette 2.1
Many Happy Returns PsyCop Short 2.2
Mind Reader PsyCop Short - PDF ebook, FREE!
Stroke of Midnight PsyCop Short, FREE!

Petit Morts Ebooks:
Hue, Tint, and Shade

Slings and Arrows by Josh Lanyon
Moolah and Moonshine
Other People's Weddings by Josh Lanyon
Spanish Fly Guy

Channeling Morpheus Ebooks:
Payback

Vertigo

Manikin
Tainted
Rebirth
Heaven Sent: a Channeling Morpheus Short

Sweet Oblivion Ebooks:
Brazen

Snare
Fluid
Swarm
Elixir

Channeling Morpheus Paperbacks:
Channeling Morpheus for Scary Mary (Paperback, contains Payback, Vertigo, Manikin, Tainted and Rebirth) - Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.de, Amazon.fr, Amazon.co.jp, Flipkart, Amazon.ca

Other Stories:
Sympathy a standalone contemporary romance - novelette
Hemovore a vampire thriller - novel
The Art of Dying paperback - novella anthology with Josh Lanyon
The Art of Dying ebook - novella anthology with Josh Lanyon
The Serpent in the Garden - m/f short
Starlight
Verdant (PDF, HTML, Mobi, Lit) more formats at Smashwords
The Voice (PDF, HTML, Mobi, Lit) more formats at Smashwords
Kindred Spirits

Kindle Editions:
The PsyCop series, including the Crash shorts Striking Sparks and Many Happy Returns, can now be purchased in the Kindle Store.
Many Happy Returns (Kindle Edition)
Starlight (Kindle Edition)
Kindred Spirits (Kindle Edition)
Striking Sparks (Kindle Edition)
Verdant (Kindle Edition)
The Voice (Kindle Edition)
Any of the mobi ebooks on JCPBooks.com will also work on the Kindle!

Downloading direct to your iPhone or iPod?
Try the Smashwords tab in the Stanza app; many JCP Books titles are there--even some freebies!

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