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JCP News • Issue 43 • July 2011
Beautiful, Mysterious and Bizarre: M/M Horror & Urban Fantasy by Jordan Castillo Price


JCP News
Issue 43 - July 15, 2011
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Blog posts, Updates and Recommendations

Update:
My Lasik surgery was a success! After five years of trying to make monovision work and finally admitting that it just didn't, I now have both eyes the same. The procedure's still pretty fresh and the lasik will be settling in over the next three weeks, but I'm already thrilled with the results. I bought reading glasses but haven't needed to use them yet. I remember having big problems with glare when I had the first eye done, but I don't notice it with the second eye. It just works. That's how I like it.

Request: I'd love it if you could click the category tags on Zero Hour's Amazon page. It will only take a few seconds. Here's what tags look like.

Post: I'm gathering ideas on how we waste time when we'd rather be working toward a goal. If you have any personal experiences you'd like to share, come leave a reply.

Post: Puffy had a successful oral surgery and is doing awesome. No more surgeries allowed around here. We've had plenty for one month.

Post: Monday morning might not be the best time to go grocery shopping...and chicken-flinging ensues.

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A few months ago I gave my old craft supplies to my friend's kid. And you know how nature abhors a vacuum? Guess what--I've figured out yet another art supply to collect! (I'm sure none of us are particularly shocked.) It's pens!

Puffy helpsSpecifically dip pen nibs. When I was producing the final ebooks and paperback for Zero Hour, I decided that since the story had a kind of Alice in Wonderland quality, it would really be cool if it had some illustrations. So I broke out the ol' pen and ink gear and got to work trying to shake off the dust, since I haven't done a whole hell of a lot of drawing in years. Here's Puffy helping me with some lettering. View the graphics here if your email program is stripping them out.

Once I got past the initial few awkward drawings that I pretty much expected would be unusable, I drew something I liked. And something else I liked. And I was encouraged. But there was something else, too....

I wanted more nibs.

PenstaffsFirst I hit the craft store. I settled for a small packet of assorted Leonardt nibs from England that I bought at the local Michael's Crafts, since the Leonardt Hiro nib in my existing collection, also known as "the blue pumpkin," was my favorite. Apparently they don't sell these things individually like they did back in art school. You have to get a carded grouping of them and they come with a penstaff--but since the Leonardt penstaff is actually my favorite one I'm not complaining. (It's the brown holder on the left.)

Then I decided to look online, since the local selection was pretty paltry and I couldn't just buy a handful of blue pumpkins. Oh my. eBay didn't exist yet when I was in school! Nib auctions are potentially dangerous! I did let a "lot" of over 500 nibs slip through my hands--because I figured even if I burned through one nib per week, I still couldn't justify 500 of them.

nibs

Since I was hankering for something unusual I bought a 1980's box of nibs from Hong Kong. They are really surprising, a very fine, very regular and precise line, and they never seem to run dry even though they're so tiny they can't possibly hold much ink. And I got another box of various nibs--the box is from 1936 but the majority of the nibs don't match the box. It doesn't look like any of the nibs are rare or even uncommon, but even though they're 75 years old they're still useable. That's a hiro blue pumpkin in the middle.

Ernest from Zero HourI have resisted the Soviet-era Russian nibs with the cool designs on them. So far. They're a little pricey.

See the product of my beloved blue pumpkin nibs, the Zero Hour drawings, for yourself! (This little drawing of Ernest isn't in the book, I just did it this morning!) Ebook available at JCP Books, Amazon for the Kindle, and B&N for the Nook. Paperback coming very soon!

"Lots" of luck in your own rediscovered pursuits...
Jordan

Vertigo CoverManikin: Channeling Morpheus novelette #3, second edition

Coming early August!

Bathtubs. Shaving. Corpses. Decapitation. Frotting. It's everything you ever wanted in a vampire story, and so much more!

I'm re-releasing a spiffed-up second edition of all my Channeling Morpheus stories, one every other month. If you're subscribed to my "Quick Link" email, you'll get an email when the second edition of Manikin: Channeling Morpheus 3 comes out.

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Magic Mansion
The magic begins! Watch this space for our next serialized JCP News story, Magic Mansion!

One of the things I did to prep for the novel was go check out the Rick Wilcox Magic Theater in the Wisconsin Dells. I was struck by how much fun Rick and Suzan Wilcox were having. You know how some people smile with just their mouths? When Rick and Suzan smiled, they smiled with their eyes, too.

As I was considering how they seemed to love what they were doing, I thought to myself, "Why wouldn't they? They're entertaining a bunch of people. They don't have to show up at some stupid office or do a stupid grunt-job. Plenty of people dream about being magicians, but so few people go for it. They must've had to work hard to get here to the point where they have their own business and their own act and their own theater, but look where they are now. They're living their dream."

And then I realized that if I substituted "author" for "magician," I could have been basically talking about myself. It was a good wakeup call because some aspects of this career can be frustrating. Seeing Rick's and Suzan's smiles was a great reminder of how good I really have it.

I told a friend about the smiles, and the epiphany I had, and then later that day she was telling me about how nasty and crabby her dermatologist was when he basically told her to check her own damn moles. I thought about it for a while, then said, "Maybe he should have been a magician."

 

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Books and Stories
PsyCop Paperbacks:
Psycop: Property 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
GhosTV: 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
Secrets - PsyCop Book 4
Camp Hell - PsyCop Book 5
GhosTV -PsyCop Book 6
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, FREE!
Stroke of Midnight PsyCop Short 3.1, FREE!
Inside Out PsyCop Short 0.1, FREE!

Petit Morts Paperbacks:
Petit Morts 1: Sweets to the Sweet Amazon - Book Depository
Petit Morts 2: Food of the Gods Amazon - Book Depository

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
Pretty Ugly
Sort of Stranger than Fiction by Josh Lanyon
One Less Stiff at the Funeral by Sean Kennedy
Critic's Choice by Josh Lanyon
Wishink Well

Petit Morts Batch #2

Channeling Morpheus Ebooks:
Heaven Sent: a Channeling Morpheus Short
Payback (2nd ed)
Vertigo (2nd ed)
Manikin (2nd ed)
Tainted
Rebirth
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

A Bitter Taste of Sweet Oblivion (Paperback, contains Brazen, Snare, Fluid, Elixir, Swarm) - Amazon.com, Amazon, co.uk, Amazon.de, Amazon.fr, Amazon.co.jp

Standalone Stories:
Zero Hour: a Dystopian Adventure - SF Novel
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
The Voice
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! Buying the epub versions and importing them via iTunes works too.

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