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JCP News • Issue 45 • September 2011
Beautiful, Mysterious and Bizarre: M/M Horror & Urban Fantasy by Jordan Castillo Price


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Issue 45 - September 15, 2011
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I missed my calling

Blog posts, Updates and Recommendations

Update:
I was able to take a few day-trips in the past month. Circus World was a must, since it informed not only Magic Mansion, but bits of Petit Morts as well. It's comforting to know I may have a future as a stationary unicycle rider if this writing thing ever gets old.

The restaurant connected to the National Brewery Museum in Potosi, WI served the best food I'd had in ages, and my GPS sent me there via a gorgeous country road full of switchback turns.

And Old World Wisconsin was a blast; one of my pals from art school met me there. We saw an Ossabaw Island Hog who was a big cutie and also learned which properties are rumored to be haunted, though I guess that's a secret. We stayed from open ’til close and only got to see about half of the place. I found an inkwell there for my pen collection, too! Score! (No, I didn't steal it from the schoolhouse...it was in the gift shop!)

Recommendation: It's back to school time, which means office supplies are dirt cheap. Now is the time to treat yourself to some new notebooks, new pens, maybe even a new laptop if you find a good sale.

I limited myself to small supplies since my real need for supplies is quite modest and the office supply arena tends to be one where it's easy to overdo, but the BIC Atlantis ballpoint pen is worth mentioning. I hate gel pens because I think they soak into the paper too much. This pen writes as smoothly as a gel pen, but with a regular ball point. I'm really loving using it. It practically writes by itself. I wish they made one with a heftier barrel. Maybe I'll experiment with taking one apart and stealing the ink for another pen.

Post: a quick tip on renaming files on the Mac OS without accidentally opening them.

 

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Hi there!

Alert readers send me things...and often they're so cool I just gotta share.

In January I ran some links to building your own walking desk, and Julie actually bit the bullet and made one! I just checked in with her and she says she's still enjoying it, and is surprised at what a big difference it's made, even using it at low levels of intensity. I've been remiss about using my standing desk lately and need to get back to it.

More great news: I did a podcast for over three years called Packing Heat. For non-podcast listeners, think of them as talk radio shows that you download and listen to on your computer or MP3 player whenever you want. Over 100 episodes can be found at www.packingheat.net and at iTunes. Michelle was so inspired by the show about creating a five-year plan that she decided to go back to school to be a massage therapist, and she just emailed to let me know she's almost done! I usually gave listeners "YAY"s on the show for their accomplishments, but since I'm not producing it anymore, I wanted to give her a big, fat YAY in the newsletter.

YAY, Michelle! I'm so honored to have contributed to your inspiration.

Carl Lundgren's ChanceAnother email that blew me away came from Karan, who owns an art print that looks just like a certain someone who will be featured next month in the final batch of Petit Morts stories. The title of the print is "Chance."

Creator Carl Lundgren is is an American artist and illustrator, primarily known for his 1960s-era rock posters and fantasy art. I scooped up a print immediately, and I'm now hunting around for a good frame.

Click here to see the large print in all its glory in the gallery on Mr. Lundgren's site—and buy a copy for yourself if you love it as much as I do.

Thank you, Karan, for sharing this print with me and your touching story of how you came by it.


Until next month,

Jordan

Chance © Carl Lungren, image used by permission of the artist

Petit Morts Batch 3A New Voice in Petit Morts

by Clare London

I feel like the New Girl joining very late into the school year. All the lessons have been scheduled, places in the classroom have been allocated, friendships have been made. Then in I come! I know the timetable, I’ve hopefully got the right grades—I’m just not sure my pencil case is the right colour…

Enough of the daft school metaphors. It’s just a way to describe my huge excitement and respectful apprehension at joining the established Petit Morts team. Of course, I’m already a published author, I’m a team player (when I need to be *g*) and I’m definitely a big fan of Chance. Still, I was beyond thrilled when Jordan accepted my story into the latest series.

Ever since I started reading the Petit Morts series, and Chance began travelling the world, I’ve wanted to see him in London. I loved the thought of mixing his rather wicked, worldly and sexy manipulations with the prim British reserve. And I wanted to share my city with him, where he could meet our characters, suffer our indomitable spirit, and learn some new, rather odd slang!

The Petit Mort series is a fabulous adventure. The world is unmistakably and deliciously Jordan’s, but the clever way she’s constructed its underlying mystique to overlap with the characters’ routine allows other authors to bring their own entertainment to the party.

My lovelorn couple—buttoned-up, bemused city gent Oliver and happy-go-lucky, impoverished Des—are true Londoners. Both in trouble and a little lost for different reasons, they’re in need of something—and someone—new in their life. Add in Chance’s job at Café Mystique, under the looming watch of the London Eye, his seductive chocolates and Billy, his insolent Irish assistant - and the young men are set for a culture change extraordinaire.

So, I’ve enjoyed every minute of creating “London Eye”. It was a treat to walk the London streets, drink British coffee and say arse to my heart’s content. I hope the readers enjoy the story, and many thanks to Jordan for inviting me in!

And what would Chance say? He’d just wander up the classroom aisle, pat me (maybe?) affectionately on the head and tell me to get over myself. Or something like that.

Petit Morts' final 7-story batch will be ready for consumption late October. Read the first chapter of Petit Morts stories number 1-10 at JCPbooks.com, and find out more about our latest Petit Morts author at ClareLondon.co.uk

More details about the final lineup and a pre-release special coming in next month's JCP News.

Zero HourZero Hour: 5+ Stars at ReviewsbyJessewave.com

I was tickled to find Zero Hour rated "Desert Island Keeper" status at Reviews by Jessewave.

She said:

The book had a lot of highs and lows: The highs—how a small band of disorganized warriors can outwit those who try to control them; love and friendships that rise above self interest; the human (and non human) desire for survival; Ernest’s love for his AI Louise which was heartwarming. The lows: Death and betrayal.

Read the whole review here

Purchase Zero Hour at JCP Books

There's also a discussion of the book happening in the comments section, and it's never too late to add a comment! So if you're interested in chatting about the book, do stop by and put your two cents in.

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Magic Mansion

Thank you to everyone who voted in the first round of Magic Mansion. Participation was at an all-time high, which I find phenomenally inspiring!

 

Magic Mansion

Where Reality is More than it Seems

 

Chapter Six: Surprise Announcement

“We’re here in front of Jia Lee’s home in Oakland.”

“Cut.” Marlene Perez glanced down at the script, and re-read it to herself in Monty Park’s Australian accent. There were an awful lot of ‘E’ sounds in that line—we’re, here, Jia, Lee—and if it were delivered in the middle of a segment, she’d let it slide. But you couldn’t open with something like that. Not in that accent, you couldn’t.

Sometimes it seemed like Monty was hamming up his pronunciation for the camera—not that she blamed him. Anything to differentiate him from the sea of other handsome blond, bronzed him-bos on the audition tapes. She tapped on her earpiece and said, “Can we get a writer over here?”

It would have made more sense to have Topaz host the damn thing, since he had a kind of magician-y Tim Gunn vibe—but that was one of the many suggestions in which she’d been steamrolled. The executive producers insisted he wasn’t a big enough name. Pen & Teller, who’d almost signed on, ended up taping a special in Japan that conflicted with the first four episodes. David Copperfield’s rates would have blown the budget for the entire show. And The Amazing Jonathan hadn’t even read the pitch. So they’d picked Monty—although he was even less of a household name than Topaz, in the States, at least. Apparently he’d played an illusionist in some artsy fartsy film down under. Though the film had won the AFI award for Best Costume Design and Best Sound, she’d be shocked if more than a handful of viewers in Magic Mansion’s key demographics had ever heard of it, let alone seen it.

Even so, the execs had dug in their heels, and she was stuck with Monty Brand and his piercing vowel sounds.

Good thing he was so easy on the eyes.

The magic continues... (worksafe)

 

Magic Mansion Voting

Who won the focus group vote—bumbling Francis West or slimy Kevin Kazan? Here are some sample comments from the poll:

A member of Team Francis said:
Hmmm, Kevin or Francis? This is a hard choice because they're both substantial characters with a lot to offer. Kevin is machiavellian and Francis is so needy, weird, and whiny. Both could add a lot to the plot, but Francis is especially fun to read about, so I'll vote for him.

A Kevin-voter said the following:
My choice to keep is Kevin Kazan; not because he’s likable, but because he would bring a different slant to the magic competition. He seems more like the modern magicians and a clash between the modern style of magic and the more classical and “real” magic sounds great. I don’t know if Kevin has real magic or not, but I think he’d make a great character you’d love to hate.

And some other fun general comments were:
Like that the characters are not twenty-somethings for once,
and, Ricardo is definitely hot.
(Yay, glad you guys think so!)

Read on to find out who won a spot in the mansion!

 

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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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