The day has finally arrived. (I was beginning to wonder if it would ever get here.;) PIT FIGHTERS: CAGE is officially available for preorder/released. (Some of the places have it up for preorder, while others have released it. Sigh) Anyway, the .99 price will be changed on Wednesday, so get it while you can.
Dh is reading through the manuscript one final time, then Cage will be off to my lovely proofreader. I do not have a release date yet. It honestly depends on when I get him back from everyone. But it will be out this month. I hope by next week. In the meantime, I’m working on learning Vellum so that I can convert my own manuscripts. It seems pretty straightforward. I’m practicing on my early Atlantean books since I just got them back from my proofreader. If I can get them figured out, then Cage should be pretty easy. (Fingers, toes, and eyes crossed.)
Next up will be the super secret project that I’m doing with some friends. If you’ve subscribed to my newsletter, you’ll soon know what I’m talking about. After I finish that project, then it’ll be onto Pit Fighters: Control. Can’t wait. Zeph is one naughty jaguar.
On the reading front, I’m currently re-reading the Everlasting Bad Boys anthology. I’ll probably re-read Belong to the Night anthology after that, then Bear Meets Girl by Shelly Laurenston. I think I’m doing pretty well with my reading challenge. Still a long way to go before I hit 55 for the year, but I’m trying.
I heard the news today that Leonard Nimoy had died. I’ve always been a big fan of Spock. He was my favorite Star Trek character. Was lucky enough to see him at comicon. Because of that, I looked into the man behind the character. What I found was even more fascinating. He was poet, a singer, a fan of literature, and art of all kinds. His interest made him a Renaissance man in the true sense of the term. What surprised me though, was the depth of sadness I felt after hearing of his passing. I have spent the last few hours crying on and off. I realize that’s silly. I didn’t know the man personally. We weren’t friends. Yet, I feel like the world lost something important today–someone important. The character he played represented so much more than what was gleaned from the movies and television shows. In many ways, he represented the ideal future. He was what we hoped we’d be if given the chance to travel to the stars. I love that his last tweet was poetic and ended with Live Long and Prosper. I think that was rather fitting for the man and the iconic character he created through the writing of Gene Roddenberry. I’ll miss you, Mr. Nimoy. Goodbye Mr. Spock.
I didn’t know a lot about Paddington bear, when I went to see the movie last night. It wasn’t part of my childhood. But my significant other is from Scotland and Paddington was a big part of his growing up. So I went into the movie with no clue what to expect. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. The story was rich, heart-felt, and thoroughly entertaining. The most interesting thing was that the CGI was so good that after a few minutes you forgot you were watching a partially animated film. You just simply got swept away by the story. The way they gave a nod to the author in the movie was utterly charming. Sigh. We plan to go see it again. If you have kids, I cannot recommend this film enough. If you’re a kid at heart (like we are), GO! GO! GO! You will not be disappointed. Heads up to all the Whovians out there, the Doctor is in the film.
It was hard to decide what book three of the Goodreads reading challenge should be. I flitted around like a moth in a light shop. I finally settled on the Night Shift anthology. I’m currently reading Lisa Shearin‘s story…now that I’ve read Ilona Andrews‘ story TWICE. Yes, I loved it that much. I know I’m skipping around. I am a Nalini Singh fan. She’s terrific, but I’m a mega-fangirl to Ilona’s work. Love, Love, LOVE IT!!! Anyway, so far, I think Lisa’s story is very funny. I like the sense of humor. A LOT! I’ve never read anything by her. I’m embarrassed to admit that I’d never even heard of her, so I’m grateful to get this introduction to her work. (Correction: I looked her up and saw that I did recognize some of her book covers, but I didn’t recognize the name.) I’ll eventually read the whole thing, then I will only have 52 books to go. Woo Hoo!
Lately I’ve been keeping my head down, working on craft, and trying to finish a horror short story. (Mission accomplished on the last part.) Whether it will see the light of day is anyone’s guess, but I did my best. Anyhoo, that’s not what I wanted to talk about. On a couple of lists I belong to, there’s been a lot of conversations about indie authors versus traditionally published authors. Since I’m both, I don’t tend to join in. I can understand the excitement that comes from indie publishing. The rules have been tossed out the window, you don’t have any gatekeepers (not necessarily a good thing), and you reap whatever profits you make (always a good thing). Everything is AWESOME…or so the movie says. Which is why I don’t understand why some indie authors attack traditionally published authors and their publishing houses (Yes, I’m aware that it was just the opposite a few years ago. Some traditionally published authors did verbally attack the indies. That doesn’t make it right.). This is not a THEM vs. US game. It NEVER has been. Perhaps it’s to someone’s advantage for us to believe so, but it’s simply not true. Thinking it is frankly shows your immaturity and lack of experience. I certainly don’t want the publishing houses to fail. That would be VERY bad for indie authors. Anyone who thinks otherwise is wrong.
I chose to go Indie a few years ago because I was at a crossroads and didn’t know what I wanted to write. I’m glad that I did, but I did not choose indie to ‘stick it to N.Y.’ That kind of thinking is childish and bad for my business. That’s right, the first decision to go indie may have been made out of confusion, but the rest are business based. Now I know part of this division is due to what occurred between Amazon and N.Y., but not all of it. I think the bulk comes from fear. Fear that we’ve made a wrong decision–no matter what side we come down on in the debate. It’s time to let go of the fear and get back to standing together. Everything else is a waste of energy.
Speaking of getting back to it, I have a book to chart out and write. Carry on.
I was thinking back the other day about the books that got me reading certain genres. I’m sure all readers have these books shelved in the back of their minds. I decided to share my list, since I am doing a Goodreads reading challenge this year. So in no particular order, here are the books that got me reading these various genres. (And yes, I realize I’m missing several genres. I just haven’t found the books to introduce me to the other genres yet.) What books got you reading a particular genre? Do you still re-read them or have you moved on?
Historical Romance (I’m starting here because it’s the easiest.)
Ghost Fox (Not a romance at all, but I thought it was.) by James Houston
Prisoner of My Desire by Johanna Lindsey
The Hawk and the Dove by Virginia Henley (She’s written some of my favorite historicals.)
Desired by Virginia Henley
A Rose in Winter by Kathleen Woodiwiss
The Flame and The Flower by Kathleen Woodiwiss
Devil’s Bride by Stephanie Laurens
Dark Prince by Christine Feehan
Secrets Volume 2 by Angela Knight et al.
Taming the Beast by Lora Leigh (Ellora’s Cave edition)
One Bite with a Stranger by Christine Warren (Ellora’s Cave edition)
Contemporary Romance (This for me is harder because I can’t remember specific books, but I remember the authors.
Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K. Hamilton
Something from the Nightside by Simon Green
Storm Front by Jim Butcher
Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice
Lightning by Dean Koontz
Edgar Allen Poe
It by Stephen King
Sci-fi/Fantasy (This will lean more toward fantasy because I prefer my Sci-fi to have some romance in it.)
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
Going Postal by Terry Pratchett
Pattern Recognition by William Gibson
Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
Sphere by Michael Crichton
Ice Station by Matthew Reilly
Amazonia by James Rollins
All these books have lead me toward so many writers. My favorites these days are Ilona Andrews, Jeaniene Frost, Cynthia Eden, Larissa Ione, Tessa Dare, Patricia Briggs, D.B. Reynolds, Karen Chance, and the list goes on and on and on.