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2011-02-16 07:46 am

Valentine's Day Scavenger Hunt - Winners!

Congratulations to both [personal profile] taffimai and [livejournal.com profile] lisamariedavis who have each won a free copy of The Demon Catcher. [personal profile] taffimai got in within an hour of me announcing the Scavenger Hunt, and so won the "first reply" round, while [livejournal.com profile] lisamariedavis won "most amusing" because she recognised that the way to my heart (and my funny bone) is a GIANT CHOCOLATE COCK.
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2011-02-14 08:32 am

Valentine's Day Scavenger Hunt - Two Copies of The Demon Catcher to be Won!

Hey folks! To celebrate Valentine's Day I'm giving away two copies of The Demon Catcher, my m/m romance novella published with Dreamspinner Press.

In order to win a copy, you need to take part in the scavenger hunt below -- one free copy will go to the first person to complete the hunt, and the second free copy will go to the person whose responses to the hunt are the most amusing. Entries will be open for so long as it is still Valentine's Day somewhere in the world. Please be aware though, that every item must be different. If somebody has already used an item in their response, you can't use it again.

If you don't have a Dreamwidth account, you can comment here using Open ID, OR you can comment anonymously -- but if you do that, then you MUST leave me some way of contacting you. If I can't contact you, then you can't win a prize.

And now, for the hunt itself! In honour of Valentines Day, I would like you to find me the following five items:

1. Something that starts with the letter V
2. A representation of the number 14
3. A heart
4. A picture of February
5. Chocolate

You can simply copy/paste the URLs of your findings into your response, OR you can embed pictures (find the html code here). Please be aware that the responses to this post may very well be Not Safe for Work.

Good luck!
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2011-02-12 01:59 pm

Just FYI

This weekend (Feb 12 & 13), Rainbow eBooks has taken 20% off the price of all Dreamspinner Press titles. That means that you can buy The Demon Catcher for US$3.19 instead of its usual $3.99.

Titles by m/m romance writer Andrew Grey are also 20% off this weekend, and if you buy one of those, you go into a draw to win a free copy of one of his books. In addition to that, you can also download Andrew's short story Copping a Sweetest Day Feel for free.
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2011-01-10 08:47 am

Meet the Author Interview

Yesterday, I had the privilege of participating in a Meet the Author event on Dreamspinner Press's Facebook Page. in order to promote The Demon Catcher. The heart of this event was readers (and potential readers) posing interview questions for me -- I got some great questions, and hopefully, I gave them the answers they deserve. So that it doesn't get lost beneath the inevitable Facebook updates, I'm reposting the interview here -- along with answers to one or two questions that I missed yesterday.

Feel free to pose more questions in comments (anon commenting is enabled).


Question from Sarah Madison
What are the things you look for when creating a hero?

Answer )

Question from @lbcubbison on Twitter
How did you decide to move toward original fiction?

Answer )

Question from Lisa Marie Davies
Do you plot everything out before you start writing or do you just start writing and let the story flow from there?

Answer )

Question from Sarah Madison
What was it about Euan [protagonist of The Demon Catcher] that made you empathize with him?

Answer )

Question from Martha Casey
I loved the story of Euan and Leon - are you planning on writing any more stories featuring them? Or in their universe? I'd love to know more about how their world fits together.

Answer -- contains minor spoilers )

Question from Phoenix Emrys
Where does the inspiration for the names of your characters come from?

Answer )

Question from Opal Trelore
One aspect of Demon Catcher that I really enjoyed was the setting. It felt very real. What do you like best about creating fictional worlds?

Answer )

Question from @ryanloveless on Twitter
What is the first story you ever wrote? Maybe something as a kid?

Answer )

Question from @ChallyZatB on Twitter
What were the main challenges you encountered in writing the story [ie, The Demon Catcher]?

Answer -- contains spoilers )


Thank you to everyone who took the time to ask me questions. I really enjoyed answering them.
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2011-01-05 07:33 pm

The Demon Catcher: Now Available for Purchase!

Wonderful news, people! My novella, The Demon Catcher, is now available for purchase from Dreamspinner Press, for US$3.99.

Art by Paul Richmond

Make sure you keep an eye on the Dreamspinner Blog on January 6th, from 5:30pm EST (US) onwards, for a series of posts about the novella -- some musings on how I ended up writing it, an excerpt, and, most importantly of all, a competition that gives you the chance to win a free copy of the novella for your very own!

Thank you so much to everyone who has supported me during this process!