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JCP News • Issue 47 • November 2011
Beautiful, Mysterious and Bizarre: M/M Horror & Urban Fantasy by Jordan Castillo Price


JCP News
Issue 47 - November 15, 2011
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Blog posts, Updates and Recommendations

Post:
Thoughts on writing Magic Mansion and the romance genre on my LJ post Romantic Mansion.

Post:
Guest post on Packing Heat: Three Self-Publishing Challenges I didn't Expect by Jessica M. Broughton

Recommendation:
David Duchovny's looking just as vulnerably hot as ever in The Joneses. The way this film plays with the notion of authenticity/reality reminded me of Magic Mansion.

Recommendation:
More cool stuff to do with Scrivener: import your own .csv files for custom name generator lists. Read more on my LJ.

Recommendation:
In case you haven't heard of it, Random.org is a great way to pick a random number! It's how I award the free ebook prizes to subscribers who open their emails ;)

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The following readers won ebooks of their choice for opening their newsletters!

Dawn, for opening the October issue of JCP News

Gena, for opening the Quick Link to the Petit Morts bundle

Jaclyn, for opening the Quick Link to the Petit Morts series



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Dear reader,
Petit Morts has wrapped, and what a whirlwind it was for me to produce a seven-novelette batch this time around! But now that the dust has settled, a few readers have asked me what I'm up to now.

Magic Mansion takes up most of my writing time, though now that I have a little breathing room while readers peruse the next section and get their votes in, I'll begin my great attempt to get The Starving Years rewrites going. I see a few spots that need a lot of work so I'm dreading it a bit, but hopefully once I roll up my sleeves and dig in, I'll find my flow and it won't be too painful.

Since I like to think of myself as a well-rounded person who actually has hobbies (and a life outside writing), I began gravitating toward a new hobby...which turns out to be dangerously close to my writing "day job" anyway! But since my interest is drawn there, I'm pursuing it. My work on Magic Mansion has led me to discover some historic magic texts that I'd really love to share with the rest of the world, so I created an imprint of JCP Books called Prestidigital Press for magic, games and oddities.

One historic document I'm itching to re-release is a series of 1930's promotional magic trick pamphlets sponsored by Armor Meats...so you'll see a couple of card tricks, for instance, and then an ad for ham! I'm excited because I finally scored the last two pamphlets just this week, and I can begin scanning and OCRing the documents. The line drawings will look gorgeous on the Kindle.

Over-and-Under mazeAnother project in the queue is a series of maze books I'm hoping to have ready by Christmas. As a friend of mine was telling me how much she looks forward to sitting down with her sudoku puzzle every night, it occurred to me that people still enjoy games on paper--and my personal favorite was always the maze. Only they're not usually challenging enough to be very engaging, so I've created a collection of mazes that should stump even grownups.

But back to the writing...hopefully longtime readers will be happy to hear that once The Starving Years is complete, I'll embark on the initial draft of PsyCop 7! While I know it's satisfying to read PsyCop back to back and a few people would prefer I worked on nothing but Vic's story (chained to a typewriter in a dark basement on amphetamines so I don't need to waste time sleeping), the ideas do need to simmer for a few months in between installments. I think I'm just about ready to lift the pot lid and begin stirring up book #7, so it's perfect timing!

Until next month,

Jordan

Whats New

Sweet Pumpkin Coconut Soup

Speaking of pot-stirring.... Thanksgiving is almost here, and I've just created this soup that would be perfect for a little something "different" that also feels very Autumn-y. It's actually a combination of two different soups I love. First, a sweet coconut soup (Indian) that they serve at Maharaja Restaurant in Madison, and second, a pumpkin soup (Polish) that my grandmother used to make. Gram's soup had drop-noodles in it, and since I've never once successfully made those, I substituted brown rice. Also, Gram's soup had milk in it, added at the table so it didn't curdle. By using coconut milk instead, I make it less fussy that way. (And also vegan, I'm now seeing.)

I couldn't find a pie pumpkin so I made it with a green squash that looked pretty much like a pumpkin, but maybe tasted a bit more squashy. Evidently LAST month there were pumpkins out the wazoo in Wisconsin...here's a picture I took while I was out and about in October. I also thought I had cardamom in the pantry but apparently I didn't. Next time I'll make sure I have some.pumpkins

2-lb winter squash or pie pumpkin
1 cup dry rice
1 14-oz can coconut milk
1/2 tsp coconut extract
1/2 tsp ground coriander seed or cardamom (start with less, then add more if you want it)
1 tsp salt
1-2 tbsp sugar, to taste
1-2 tsp grated fresh ginger to taste (or 1/2 tsp dried if you don't have it)

Prepare the pumpkin
Slice the pumpkin or squash in half and scoop out the seeds. Leave as much of the stringy stuff in as you can. Roast it face-down in a pan with 1/2" of water in it for about an hour at 350 until it's soft enough to scoop out. It's okay if it's still a little hard, since you'll be boiling it. Let it cool enough to handle, then scoop out the flesh and chop it coarsely.

Prepare the rice
Make the rice according to the directions. I use brown rice so it takes almost as long to cook as the pumpkin.

Combine the ingredients
Here's the easy part! Put it all together in a pot with water to cover, maybe 4 cups depending on how thick you want it, and simmer for about 1/2 hour so the pumpkin makes a broth. That's it, you're done!

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Magic Mansion

I'd love it if you told your friends about Magic Mansion! It's free...and there's VOTING!

Please spread the word and link to it in your blog, Twitter, FB, etc. or post about it to any of your groups.

 

Magic Mansion

Where Reality is More than it Seems

 

Chapter Sixteen: Manual Labor

Last time, on Magic Mansion….

Our winning magicians were treated to a day at the spa, but some of the treatments were anything but relaxing.

“No, seriously, let up—it really hurts.” -CRYING-

Meanwhile, the losers spent the day cleaning up after their teammates.

“I don’t care if you’ve got a puppet on your hand or not. I am not scrubbing out the toilets myself.”

Once the teams were reunited, they discovered that two of them…had been eliminated. One of them will be dearly missed…

“Chip Challenge has been awesome…like the kid brother I never had…”

“Thank you. Thank you very much.”

“Are you -BLEEP- kidding me?”

…and one of them…will not.

“This mansion is a joke!”

“I felt that damn dummy looking at me all night!”

“It’s bullsh-BLEEP-!”

The magic continues... (worksafe)

 

Magic Mansion Voting

I think this month is the first time I successfully anticipated who would get voted out!

I love hearing this:

Hooray! It's newsletter day! Loving the tension of the enforced separation in Magic Mansion. Thanks so much for giving us this delicious story.

Although this comment haunted me:

Really enjoying this Jordan. I'm wondering about Ricardo's makeover. What are they going to offer him? A chest wax? Some manscaping? Hell, anal bleaching?

The last suggestion, just...ew. :D

Okay, but less about me and more about the vote. It seems it wasn't an easy choice for many of you.

This was hard to decide. I was sympathetic to both of them.

oooh - tough one. I like them both. I only voted for Ken because I feel that Fabian will be good for John if he sticks around a bit.

Too hard to pick this time. I like them both.

Read on to see who got booted out!

 

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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
Happily Never After
London Eye by Clare London
Spirits and Second Chances by Sean Kennedy
Just Desserts by Josh Lanyon
Loose Change by Sean Kennedy
Media Naranja by Clare London and Jordan Castillo Price
Immortal Coil
Petit Morts Batch #2

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