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JCP News • Issue 44 • August 2011
Beautiful, Mysterious and Bizarre: M/M Horror & Urban Fantasy by Jordan Castillo Price


JCP News
Issue 44 - August 15, 2011
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Blog posts, Updates and Recommendations

Update:
I found a "lot" of pen nibs from an estate sale where the photo just showed them in a crappy little pile, and the stash I ended up with was beyond my wildest dreams, 150 antique nibs of about 20 varieties. There were a dozen Spencerian gold-plated nibs which are popular today, and sell for about $2 each. But even better, there were also some really unusual nibs, several types I'd never seen before, and that's what was truly exciting. And I got the whole thing for about 15 bucks, score! I'll be adequately-nibbed for quite a while now. More Nibs

Recommendation: I had a successful trial run of the New Trent bluetooth keyboard today. The keyboard clicks onto an iPad 2 and allows you to rotate the iPad either vertically or horizontally, and while it feels at first as if it's flimsy and it'll never support itself, the moment you lower the iPad into place, everything's stable and good. I was working on my lap, and the backing was a bit grippy, so it stayed put. While the keyboard is as small as a netbook keyboard, I had no issues at all with typing on it after a few minutes of adjustment--whereas with a netbook, the cursor was always flying all over the page and erasing huge chunks of text. If you have an iPad 2 and need to do a lot of typing, this keyboard's pretty sweet!New Trent Keyboard

Recommendation: I'm on a Venture Brothers kick so I picked up creator Doc Hammer's latest album (his band's name is Weep) and I love that too. I also feel a bit envious that he writes and voices a popular cartoon, plays in a band and is also a talented oil painter. Makes me want to take up another hobby! Anyway, here's a free download from the album! Yay! (Weird, the girl on the cover looks a lot like Michael on Manikin.)

Weep - Worn Thin

Recommendation: I picked up a Leinie's summer variety pack and the Sunset Wheat was my favorite, though I couldn't quite name the flavor I was tasting. Turns out it was coriander! On those cooking shows, I always think the blindfolded chefs who can't figure out they're tasting iceberg lettuce or something obvious like that are really pathetic, but I guess I can't really name what I'm tasting without looking it up, either! The lady at the store said beer drinkers practically wrestle each other for the Summer Shandy flavor, which is a limited-edition witbier spiked with lemon.

Mmm..Beer...

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Happy August!

One of the old saws you hear in writing is that you're supposed to chase your protagonist up a tree...and then throw rocks at him. It's not a bad bit of advice. After all, a book in which everything goes the protagonist's way would be a pretty boring book indeed!

Today I was reading Thanks, But This Isn't For Us, which said, "If it's a scorcher in mid August, make sure your protagonist's air-conditioning breaks down or he's forced outdoors under a blistering sun. Make him exhausted, craving a cigarette or a drink. But don't offer relief until the last possible moment. Get him tangled in an argument when he's trying to fall asleep after an exhausting day, break the key off in the lock when he's desperate to get inside, and send him out on a moonless night so finding his way in the dark is treacherous and dangerous. ... In other words, use every element of fiction to say no to your protagonist."

I couldn't help but think of poor Victor Bayne and laugh.

If there's any chance of him dropping something edible on his jacket, falling down, taking the wrong drug, or talking to the wrong person, you know it's gonna happen.

But regardless of what I might have thrown at Vic, from incubi to astral scaries to paranoid guys with kitchen knives, I never gouged out his eye!

I sometimes wonder how freaky it must be for a model to see himself starring on the cover of my paranormal thrillers...but it must be even weirder for him to see his eye gouged out! (I believe that's the shot I used for Camp Hell.)

This show Fantastic Flesh is available on DVD from Amazon, and also is streamable on Netflix. The Vic model is not actually in the show, but it's got some cool footage from famous zombie flicks.

Until next month, keep your eyes where you can see 'em.
Jordan

Zero Hour

Gorgeous PL Nunn CoverZero Hour in Paperback

Recently, I approved the production of the novel that had its birth in this very newsletter, Zero Hour! The printer is offering a new matte-finish cover that I'd been eager to try, and the results were absolutely stunning. The interior illustrations came out crisp and clean and gorgeously-printed as well.

It's a final book I'm tickled to have my name on!

Zero Hour paperback at Amazon.com, Amazon.ca, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.de, Amazon.fr, Amazon.jp

Zero Hour paperback at B&N

Zero Hour should be available at The Book Depository soon!

Also, 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.

Vertigo CoverManikin: Channeling Morpheus novelette #3, second edition

Marushka loves pretty things: lace and velvet, porcelain and pearls. She sews elaborate costumes for all of her dolls, and she spends hours arranging their hair just so. Her collection is growing; she’s added a very pretty trinket, and his name is Michael. She can’t wait to dress him up.

Michael always suspected mentally ill vampires grew worse and worse as the years went by. He’d never realized how unhinged they could get.

Now Michael is in way over his head. Will Wild Bill save him? Or was it only wishful thinking on Michael’s part that their connection ran deeper than sex… or blood?

Available now in PDF, Mobi, Lit and ePub at JCPBooks.com

At Amazon for the Kindle

At B&N for the Nook

I'd love it if you could click the category tags on Manikin's Amazon Page. Here's what tags look like. I'd especially love it if you left a review! (Thank you, Val and Andi, for leaving yours!)

Also...I don't think I've ever seen two models with prettier lips than the Michael model and the Wild Bill model. *sigh*

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Magic Mansion

Magic Mansion

Where Reality is More than it Seems

 

Chapter One: A Final Performance

Magic might not be as popular as it had once been, back in its golden age—but it beat watching soap operas or reading mangled comic books with missing pages, and nipples drawn in ballpoint pen on the costumes of all the lady-characters. And it beat getting your temperature taken, or your blood drawn. And it especially beat swallowing those big, nasty pills.

The audience might not be enthusiastic, but they were there. And that was enough.

They sat in their molded plastic chairs, four children in all. A young boy, badly burned—something to do with crystal meth and a back door that was nailed shut. His pain was constant. A teenager who’d shattered his foot, and his clavicle, and five bones in his hand on a skateboard. He was too old for magic, or so he thought, but his bones knit faster when he was in its thrall. A boy whose brother had shot him in the leg with the family’s gun—a semi-automatic with its serial numbers filed off, which his mother said they kept for protection. And maybe they did. Their neighborhood hadn’t been fit to live in for years. A girl with pneumonia who’d had too many “uncles.” She was better off in the hospital.

John—stage name, Professor Topaz—had carefully enticed the children to abandon their skepticism. First, he presented himself as a consummate magician: coiffed hair, immaculately groomed goatee, starched shirt, impeccable silk tie, and a spotless black suit—which was beginning to go shiny around the seams, but in the current lighting, it shouldn’t be detectable.

Step Into Magic Mansion... (NOT worksafe)

 

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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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