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JCP News • Issue 32 • August 2010
Beautiful, Mysterious and Bizarre: M/M Horror & Urban Fantasy by Jordan Castillo Price


JCP News
Issue 32 - August 15, 2010
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'Tis I

Hello. Frankie here.

You may not have realized the extent of my literary contribution to JCP Books, since I'm too humble to accept a citation on the JCPbooks.com "about us" page with the other crew members, but rest assured, the high caliber of Jordan's projects is always at the forefront of my mind. In this photo, for instance, you'll find me hard at work paper proofing this month's chapters of The Starving Years.

About the three pages of PsyCop 6 I deleted. It's all a matter of quality control. I'm striving to ensure you get the best possible ebooks we can create.

A quick note from Jordan: PawSense is a software utility that helps protect your computer from cats. It quickly detects and blocks cat typing, and also helps train your cat to stay off the computer keyboard. (From the PawSense website)

I bought this. It's only available via snail mail, and boy-oh-boy, I can't wait to receive and install it. And don't go thinking that maybe Frankie's a pill, but Puffy's an angel who just sits placidly by while I type. Both of them love to prance around on the keyboard.

Puffy, however, didn't delete several pages of my novel. He just types stuff like 2333332lkjjjjjjjjjjjj3 in random spots throughout the text.

Is anyone else as baffled as me that "cat typing" is an actual term?


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PACKING HEAT

Packing Heat is a podcast I've been putting out since 2007. 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 113:
Creative Limitations
Sometimes the big, blank piece of paper is just too daunting to even get started. How about a few limits to spur your problem-solving process into action?

Packing Heat 114:
Taking the Leap
Steps to take toward quitting your day job. It's never to early to start putting things in place.

Packing Heat 115:
Don't Cut Your Own Hair
There's no reason for self-publishing to be synonymous with not-edited, crappy cover, lousy typesetting. Grownups don't cut their own hair; there's no reason (other than cheapness) for self-published writers to try to edit their own work and create their own covers.

Packing Heat 116:
Easy Peasy
If your manuscript has been rejected time and time again, self publishing might seem like an easier option. Self publishing is many things, but it ain't easy!

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

I've also added a tag cloud to make it easier for you to find shows on subjects relevant to you.


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These lucky folks won an ebook this month

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Hello, dear reader!
You'll probably be pleased to hear I'm coming down from a heady week of writing, a time when the words were flowing like water. With all the upheaval I've been through this year, it was a welcome time--a phase I've been waiting, hoping, wishing for. One I haven't experienced in many months.

Sadly, the ship has now sailed, and I'm once again feeling like it's a huge, unfulfilling strain to write even a few pages per day. I think that's the way of things. There's an ebb and flow to the world, from the phases of the moon to the cycles of the tides. Maybe the next time I have a flow-day, I'll make note of what phase the moon is in, so that in the future I can ensure I don't have a similar day slated for administrative work!

At least while the writing mojo was here, I totally ran with it. You'll note I've posted three chapters of The Starving Years for your reading pleasure. I also made significant headway on the next PsyCop novel!

Here's hoping you find the flow in all your favorite endeavors!

xoxo

Jordan

What's New with Jordan?

Vic, Vic, Vic...Shopping News

If you're like me, you find sales, specials and discounts hard to resist. Every week I create a sale or special at JCP Books. The current special, valid through August 23, is designed to save on credit card processing fees and put that savings back in your pocket.

MORE THAN ONE IS MUCH MORE FUN

Some people like to buy things one at a time. Buy a book. Come back in an hour. Buy another book. Come back in an hour. Buy a book...you get the idea.

That's a great way to make sure the credit card processors don't go hungry! They charge a fee for every transaction.

I'd rather encourage you to put more stuff in your cart and bump the savings back to you.

This week's special

Buy at least 3 items and receive 10% off your cart using the coupon code MULTI. Offer not valid on wholesale paperbacks.

Enjoy the savings until 8 am CST on Monday, August 23.

Want to make sure you don't miss any specials? Add JCP Books Weekly Sales to your newsletter subscription, or subscribe to the RSS feed in your feed reader.

(Note, for security reasons you can only change your subscription from within your email program. If it gives you trouble, just email me at jcp.heat at gmai dot com and let me know how you want it!)

Free Shipping

If you end up buying things you don't want just to get the free shipping at Amazon, consider shopping at The Book Depository. Shipping is always free, and, get this: shipping to more than 80 countries worldwide is free, too! What a deal!

Use this special link when you shop at book depository and I will earn a commission. Clicking through the Book Depository banners on jordancastilloprice.com and psycop.com will also give me credit.

Please consider leaving ratings and reviews at Amazon, The Book Depository, or Barnes and Noble for my novels and ebooks! If just 5% of my newsletter subscribers left ratings and reviews, I'd have 40 reviews for each title. A new-to-me reader would be much more likely to take a chance on one of my stories if it had that many good ratings.

A New Partner

Rainbow EbooksRainbowEbooks.com now carries titles from JCP Books! Right now I've added the PsyCop series and some standalone shorts to their store. I really love the idea of an exclusively GLBT ebook seller, and hope our partnership contributes to their growth and success.

You can win a Kindle just by friending RainbowEbooks on Facebook by August 19!

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Exclusive Newsletter Content

You Picked It!

This month I've opted to write an additional chapter rather than doing extensive commentary about the "making of." I will say that initially I was bummed that readers chose to stay in Nelson's POV, however now that it's all written, I can see that going against my own tendencies turned out to be a blessing in disguise. By keeping Javier's POV on hold, not only does it make him much more mysterious, but I was able to shift into TIM'S POV to build sympathy for him right away so he doesn't feel like so much of an interloper to the story, coming in later than everyone else. Using him to describe Nelson gave a much better result.

I'm glad enough people voted to keep Randy. Although if they hadn't, undoubtedly he would have bobbed up to the surface somewhere down the road.

Go to the story's page to check out everything: current installment, prior votes, current votes, and commentary.

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The Starving Years

The Starving Years, Chapter 3

It might have been something other than gunshots—for instance, maybe a car was backfiring. Even Nelson, who normally couldn't resist exploring every possibility, no matter how far-fetched, didn't bother coming up with more examples of what else those bangs could possibly have been. Three sharp pops—crack, crack, crack—followed by a single, thin, faintly audible wail.

Something ugly just went down.

click here to read The Starving Years 3-5 (worksafe), and to vote for next month

Voting for next month's installment will be open until 8/25

 

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

With free worldwide shipping at The Book Depository

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 2.3 - PDF ebook, FREE!
Stroke of Midnight PsyCop Short 3.1, 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

With free worldwide shipping: The Book Depository

Other Stories:
Sleepwalker creepy museum thriller - novella
Betweentimes funny standalone short
Sympathy standalone contemporary romance - novelette
Hemovore 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, LLC titles are there--even some freebies!

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