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Audio Book for Lord Ruin! — Want a Review Copy?

Sunday, June 29th, 2014
Cover of the Audio Book for Lord Ruin

Cover of the Audio Book for Lord Ruin

The Audio Book for Lord Ruin is all done and uploaded and ready for purchase. Kate McDermott narrated the book, and I’ve loved listening to her bring the story to audio. Woot!! I have myself only recently gotten addicted to audio. It sneaks up on you. I was surprised.

I have coupons for anyone interested in a review copy … Have a listen, post a review on Audible. And Amazon, I guess. If you’d like a review copy, leave a comment and I will email you the necessary information until I run out of coupons.

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Dys-trope-ian?

Friday, June 27th, 2014

I ended up hate-reading the book I blogged about yesterday and managed to get halfway through. I think I’ve punished myself enough. This is a DNF.

In happier news, I’ve been reading a series I like a lot better. Marcus Sakey’s Brilliance series. It’s very well written and though it is fully male-focused, the portrayal of women is at least not completely depressing.

So, look, I recommend the series. I’ve enjoyed reading it. But I have major issues with it — of the “heavy sigh” sort.

Mostly what I notice is that all the character archetypes that are traditionally male in real life are, in this series, also occupied by men. What I feel is that Sakey does a better than average job with his female characters — as far as he takes them. When he thinks about women, he at least gives them some complexity.

What’s distressing to me is that this is heads and shoulders above most books where the reader is assumed male. It is really great that one of the major movers of the story is a woman–even though she’s also a love-interest.

But, you know, there are actually no female characters of agency in the story that are placed there without an explicit, non-imagined sexual/procreative relationship to men. Meaning, they are wives, girlfriends, daughters or sexual partners of other male characters.

What I mean is that, there are major male characters in the story who are only men. While we might imagine they have wives, girlfriends, or daughters, those characters do not exist on the page. For every such woman, the male-partner (as it were) is present in the pages.

It’s as if Sakey could not create a female character who has a significant impact on the fictive world without also placing her in the male sphere– we see the husband or sexual partner in the pages of the book. And this is not true of the male secondary characters.

There is no portrayal of those characters as husbands, fathers, or sons to any other characters — other than a reference or two to the fact that one or two possess wives, daughters or are sexually serviced by a woman.

All the significant female characters orbit at least one man in a relationship capacity. All of them.

Not one of the major secondary impactors in the 2 books so far is a woman. And I kept thinking, huh. How hard would it have been to make one of these characters female? In a world of a new genetic “brilliance” not one of those major secondaries is a woman. Not the data guru, not the scientist, not the Revolutionary, not the two characters who have carved out political and defensive space.

Apparently, women can be brilliant– we are told that, but they have no actual presence in the series without also being positioned relative to their availability as sexual partners (wife, girlfriend, or prostitute) or the result of a man’s procreative efforts.

I am looking forward to reading the 3rd book in the series. I know it will be a great book. But I also know the world of the book will have a male gaze.

There is a problem with this. Because the not really subtle message is women don’t matter unless they’re connected to a man.

But you know what? I’d rather read this that someone who ripped off Sherrilyn Kenyon and plopped in every distasteful, horrific trope about how a man completely controls the woman he loves — and that’s OK because LOVE INTEREST. Sakey does NOT do that.

I say go read his series. And sigh over what it might have been.

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Humbled by Extraordinary People

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

Yesterday, I gave a talk about writing Romance to the Berkeley Kiwanis Club. I never met so many nice people in my life. And you know what? I knew, but did not really know, what an amazing group the Kiwanis are. They give their time and money to wonderful projects. There was a gentleman who played the violin (and it was obvious that he was not just good, but very very good) to the singing of God Bless America, and Happy Birthday. It was so fun!!

I brought books to give away, but they all wanted to pay, and I told them fine, make a donation to your club or one of your club’s projects, and you can have a book. And they overpaid by lots.

I also met Ed Levitch. He is a thoroughly delightful, charming man. Here is a picture of us after the meeting. He’s just as nice as he looks. As you can see, I dressed down for the meeting in order to wear an on-point shirt.

Edward J. Levitch with Carolyn Jewel.

Edward J. Levitch and Yours Truly

Ed is a Holocaust survivor. And he has written a memoir about his experience. He was amazed and then delighted when I whipped out the iPad and bought his book and had it on my Kindle in 30 seconds.

Here’s a small bit from the back blurb, written by author Fran Rowe:

Edward Joseph Levitch conducts us through a life of beginning again, again and again, which few of us could survive, but a life which is at the absolute heart of the 20th century.

Prof. Vasa D. Mihailovich translated his poetry.

Cover of Edward Levitch's From Beginning to Beginning

From Beginning to Beginning, by Edward J. Levitch

You should buy his book. It’s $2.99. I did not find it at Kobo or Google Play.

Amazon
iBooks
B & N

Never forget.

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Alphas Unleashed: Pre-Order Your Copy

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

Alphas Unleashed, an anthology of smoking hot SciFi and paranormal romance, is showing up for pre-order at various vendors. Yay! For those of you so inclined, a pre-order is an awesome thing. You’ll be able to read the anthology right away.

I’ll update this post as additional links become available.

Five hot heroes, four amazing stories from S.E. Smith, Mina Khan, Carolyn Jewel, and Michele Callahan.

Cover of Alphas Unleashed

Cover of Anthology

Orders/Pre-Orders

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Amazon

Barnes & Noble

Google Play

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About Alphas Unleashed


A Warrior’s Heart: Marastin Dow 1.1, by S.E. Smith

Ben and Aaron Cooper’s lives have always been a fight for survival, first on Earth then later in space after they are kidnapped by an alien trader. The only thing keeping them going is the hope of one day finding freedom. That hope dies when the freighter they are on is captured by the Marastin Dow, a Spartan-like species. Evette and Hanine Marquette are members of the Marastin Dow crew who are fighting for their own survival. What happens when two human males find love with two women who are afraid to believe in it? Can they convince these to warriors that their love is genuine or will they all die before they have a chance to capture their Warrior’s Heart?

Sealed with a Kiss (A Djinn World Novella) by Mina Khan

Rayez, a smoking hot chef and fire djinn in exile, lands himself in deep trouble (at the bottom of a beer bottle) when he tries to help a mysterious beautiful woman.

Selene is pursued and desperate. She’ll do anything to keep her brother safe—including capture a djinn.

While deception brings them together, dangerous enemies make them unlikely allies. Can one wrong lead to two rights and true love?

Dead Drop, A My Immortals series novella, by Carolyn Jewel

The demon Palla is a warlord’s enforcer, a stone cold killer. Wallace Jackson is a pacifist witch with a dangerous power. He wants nothing to do with humans until he needs Wallace to help him free his former lover from a living death and release her spirit from unimaginable suffering.

Dead Drop is set in the My Immortals series world where demons and magic-using humans called the magekind are not quite getting along. Most people have no idea they’re living in what amounts to a magical war-zone. The novella is about 30,000 words (120 pages).

Read Chapter 1

Chimera Born: The Beginning (Book 1 of the Chimera) by Michele Callahan

Aron of Itara, Forbidden Son, has been a prisoner of fate since before he was born. Captured as a child by the evil Triscani, it’s been centuries since he’s felt the sun on his face or the tenderness of a woman’s touch. Determined to help humanity break the elusive but powerful Itaran Triads’ hold on Earth, Aron escapes with one goal, to find the one man who can help him save humans from an eternal prison. After that, he’ll fight to the death, but he’ll never go back in the cage.

Zoey Williams watched her sister die at the hands of monsters, and no one believed her. She’s spent the last five years using her journalism skills to track aliens, investigate paranormal activity, and hunt for answers. But she got too close to the truth, and now it’s not just monsters hunting her, but her own people. Zoey doesn’t believe she needs a guardian, but once Aron finds her he can’t leave her to the vicious hunters that would turn her to ash or to the power-hungry humans who seek to silence her. In fact, he discovers that he doesn’t want to leave her at all….

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Lord Ruin – Audio Book Outtakes

Friday, June 6th, 2014

As I get down to the wire with A Notorious Ruin, the long-awaited sequel to Lord Ruin, I have some news!

I managed to get my act together for an audio book of Lord Ruin.

I’m waiting for the cover for the audio book and then I can approve the final files and get it on sale.

While we’re all waiting for that, I thought you’d enjoy listening to some outtakes from the audio book put together by Maya Kuper, the book’s producer.

The narrator is actress Kate McDermott and she’s done a really wonderful job on the book. The audio is about 10 minutes and the file is a little over 8MB.

WARNING!! Spicy language and swears. Also, funny!

Lord Ruin Audio Book Outtakes

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Mein geliebter Dämon

Monday, May 26th, 2014
Cover of German edition of Free Fall: Mein geliebter Dämon

Cover of Mein geliebter Dämon (Free Fall)

übersetzt von Kira Licht für Agentur Libelli
(Translated by Kira Licht for Libelli Agency)

Novelle
Anwältin Lys Fensic hat ihr Leben lang darum gekämpft, ihre übersinnliche Begabung zu verstehen und zu beherrschen. Aber als ihr Ex, ein Magier, ihr versklavte Dämonen auf den Hals hetzt, die sie töten sollen, geraten ihre magischen Fähigkeiten außer Kontrolle. Es gibt nur einen, der ihr jetzt noch helfen kann: der geheimnisvolle Telos Khunbish. Doch ist der ein Magier, wie sie immer dachte, oder am Ende etwas viel Gefährlicheres?

 

Amazon.de


Amazon.com

I’ve uploaded to Apple and will provide those links when it’s live. Other vendors coming soon!

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In einer Sternennacht

Sunday, May 25th, 2014
The German cover of One Starlit Night

Cover of In einer Sternennacht

Here’s the cover to the German translation of One Starlit Night — In einer Sternennacht. Translated by Wolf-Dieter Alfinger, Agentur Libelli.

Eigentlich hatte Crispin Hope, Viscount Northwood, gedacht, zehn Jahre sollten reichen, um seine Jugendliebe Portia Temple und ihre leidenschaftliche Affäre zu vergessen. Doch da hat er sich wohl gründlich getäuscht. Denn als er seinen Freund, Portias Bruder, besucht und erfährt, dass sie einen anderen heiraten will, trifft es ihn mitten ins Herz. Obwohl er weiß, dass er nicht das Recht hat, sich in ihr Leben einzumischen, kann er nicht anders, als genau das zu tun – mit Worten, Küssen und einer Liebe, die nie geendet hat.

I will be uploading to other vendors shortly.

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Alphas Unleashed – Paranormal Anthology

Friday, May 23rd, 2014
Cover of Alphas Unleashed

Cover of Anthology

So, here’s the cover for the paranormal romance anthology, Alphas Unleashed from authors S.E. Smith, Michele Callahan, Mina Khan, and Yours Truly. My contribution is Dead Drop, a My Immortals novella featuring a demon named Palla and a heroine named Wallace Jackson. Target release date is June 15.

Dead Drop, A My Immortals series novella, by Carolyn Jewel

The demon Palla is a warlord’s enforcer, a stone cold killer. Wallace Jackson is a pacifist witch with a dangerous power. He wants nothing to do with humans until he needs Wallace to help him free his former lover from a living death and release her spirit from unimaginable suffering.

Dead Drop is set in the My Immortals series world where demons and magic-using humans called the magekind are not quite getting along. Most people have no idea they’re living in what amounts to a magical war-zone. The novella is about 30,000 words (120 pages).

Dead Drop will appear in the paranormal romance anthology Alphas Unleashed, releasing June 2104. All the novellas in the anthology will be available individually by October 2014.

Read Chapter 1

Chimera Born: The Beginning (Book 1 of the Chimera) by Michele Callahan

Aron of Itara, Forbidden Son, has been a prisoner of fate since before he was born. Captured as a child by the evil Triscani, it’s been centuries since he’s felt the sun on his face or the tenderness of a woman’s touch. Determined to help humanity break the elusive but powerful Itaran Triads’ hold on Earth, Aron escapes with one goal, to find the one man who can help him save humans from an eternal prison. After that, he’ll fight to the death, but he’ll never go back in the cage.

Zoey Williams watched her sister die at the hands of monsters, and no one believed her. She’s spent the last five years using her journalism skills to track aliens, investigate paranormal activity, and hunt for answers. But she got too close to the truth, and now it’s not just monsters hunting her, but her own people. Zoey doesn’t believe she needs a guardian, but once Aron finds her he can’t leave her to the vicious hunters that would turn her to ash or to the power-hungry humans who seek to silence her. In fact, he discovers that he doesn’t want to leave her at all….

Sealed with a Kiss (A Djinn World Novella) by Mina Khan

Rayez, a smoking hot chef and fire djinn in exile, lands himself in deep trouble (at the bottom of a beer bottle) when he tries to help a mysterious beautiful woman.

Selene is pursued and desperate. She’ll do anything to keep her brother safe—including capture a djinn.

While deception brings them together, dangerous enemies make them unlikely allies. Can one wrong lead to two rights and true love?


A Warrior’s Heart: Marastin Dow 1.1, by S.E. Smith

Ben and Aaron Cooper’s lives have always been a fight for survival, first on Earth then later in space after they are kidnapped by an alien trader. The only thing keeping them going is the hope of one day finding freedom. That hope dies when the freighter they are on is captured by the Marastin Dow, a Spartan-like species. Evette and Hanine Marquette are members of the Marastin Dow crew who are fighting for their own survival. What happens when two human males find love with two women who are afraid to believe in it? Can they convince these to warriors that their love is genuine or will they all die before they have a chance to capture their Warrior’s Heart?

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News! Actual News!

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

I finished my novella for the upcoming paranormal romance anthology Alphas Unleashed and thus, the fork is out!

Fork against a blue sky with white clouds

The Fork

Just in time, too, because edits are back for A Notorious Ruin!

Folks, if you read my last post, you know that I started this novella, Dead Drop, on April 15. Today is May 15, and it is not only done, it’s pretty damned good.

About Dead Drop

Read Chapter 1

Here’s a teaser:

Palla was halfway in the kitchen, and that made her nervous, that he was bothering to come this close. She wasn’t sure about Tau’s job, but Palla was an enforcer. Literally. He worked for a demon warlord, and it was his job to scare people into staying in bounds and to take care of the ones who didn’t. Just about all of the demon warlord’s inner circle were killers. They had to be these days, but yeah. She was a bit too aware of that right now. You broke the rules, you paid the price, and there stood the guy who took all your money.

What else? Dead Drop will appear first in the anthology. It will be available individually sometime in October.

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Risky Sampler

Sunday, May 11th, 2014
Cover of the Risky Sampler

You Want This. Tots.

A sampler of chapters from books by authors of the Risky Regency blog. Free. Totally free.

Ammada McCabe

Diane Gaston

Elena Greene

Carolyn Jewel

Janet Mullany

Gail Eastwood

Susanah Fraser

Megan Frampton

Download the version of your choice. And please let me know if you have any trouble with the files. This should work, but hey.

Kindle (mobi)

All Other Readers (ePub)

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