Oh Ho! Talk Like A Pirate Day Sale + Scavenger Hunt

September 19, 2012

Ahoy, matey!

Avast! It’s Talk Like a Pirate Day. Time to celebrate with loads of booty. So polish up your best pirate lingo and set sail for the Dreamspinner site.

Arrr! Get our pirate anthology “Cross Bones” at 50% off and all other available ebooks at 25% off.

If that’s not enough to shiver ye timbers… for all ye true pirates out there, we’ve hidden chests o’ treasure around the site. Find them all and win a pirate book of your choice.

Instructions for the scavenger hunt:

We’ve hidden chests o’ treasure around the site (http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/). Find them all and win a pirate book of your choice. The treasures be hidden among pirate related booty so be clever! Find 25 chests and then mail the fair wench julyssa[at]dreamspinnerpress.com listing where you found the treasure. You have until midnight today (Wednesday) to send in your answers. Everyone that finds 25 chests wins.
Avast! Some treasure is better than no treasure so if you don’t find all 25 chests, make your list and send it in. We’ll take the top 10 entries that come close but don’t make 25 and crown them winners as well.

Arrr! Weigh anchor and hoist the mizzen you brave pirates!

Open Calls for Submission: Snow on the Roof

September 2, 2012

Snow on the Roof
Edited by Anne Regan

“Just because there’s snow on the roof, doesn’t mean the fire’s gone out in the furnace.” There’s something to be said for maturity and experience, and in all of these relationships, at least one of the lovers is over forty. Whether it’s a May/December romance, a second chance at love, or finding a soul mate later in life, these stories prove that it’s never too late for love.

Editor’s Note: At least one of the couple must be age 40+.

Submission Deadline: Nov. 19, 2012

Publication Date: February 2013

Single-book anthology story length: 3,500 – 12,000 words

Manuscripts shorter or longer will be considered but will have to be extraordinary.

Follow general Submission Guidelines for instructions and formatting.

Send all submissions to anneregan[at]dreamspinnerpress.com. List the anthology title in the subject line of your e-mail. Ex: OLDER MEN anthology submission

Open Call for Contract Editors and Proofreaders

September 2, 2012

Call for Contract Editors
Issued by Editor in Chief Lynn West on 8/28/12

Dreamspinner Press is expanding its Editorial Department services. We are now accepting expressions of interest from editors with a minimum of one year’s proven experience editing and crafting fiction.
Dreamspinner publishes gay romance stories in lengths of 5,000 to 150,000+ words in a wide variety of genres. We edit to The Chicago Manual of Style conventions, and experience with CMOS standards is strongly preferred. Editors must sign a confidentiality agreement and will serve out a trial period to evaluate skill levels. You may be asked to take a skills test.
For more information, e-mail submissions[at]dreamspinnerpress.com. Please include “CONTRACTOR” in the subject line of your e-mail for proper consideration. A resume/CV and summary of applicable experience is required, as are a minimum of one work sample and two references.
Expressions of interest will be accepted for a limited time.

Call for Proofreaders
Issued by Editor in Chief Lynn West on 8/28/12

Dreamspinner Press is accepting expressions of interest for proofreaders to process M/M romance publications in lengths from 5,000 to 150,000 words. Proofreaders should be able to read for misspellings, punctuation errors, typos, logic problems, and formatting errors. Dreamspinner Press edits to The Chicago Manual of Style conventions. While experience writing, editing, proofreading, and/or using CMOS is preferred, it is not required.
Proofreading is an unpaid contractor position. Contractors will receive proof galleys at no charge and a discount at the company store in exchange for quality services. Deadlines are set according to length of the work, ranging from five to ten days. Proofreaders are not at any time obligated to accept an assignment. Interested persons must sign a confidentiality agreement and will serve out a trial period to evaluate skill levels.
For more information, e-mail submissions[at]dreamspinnerpress.com. Please include “CONTRACTOR” in the subject line of your e-mail for proper consideration. Please include a summary of any applicable experience and/or a resume/CV.
Expressions of interest will be accepted for a limited time.

Rodney Ross TV Interview

August 21, 2012

Our own Rodney Ross was interviewed by ‘Good Morning Florida Keys!’.

He spoke about his latest novel, The Cool Part Of His Pillow, and other topics.

Check out the video below!

Open Calls for Submission – Evergreen

August 16, 2012

“Evergreen” 2012 Advent Calendar – A Story a Day in the Month of December

Edited by Lynn West

When it comes to romance, ageless images are carried forever in your heart: A candle in the window burning bright. Warmth billowing from an old stone hearth. Snowflakes falling from the night sky under a full moon. Twinkle lights glinting in a lover’s eyes. Romance during the winter holidays is evergreen, and these stories will get you in the mood for love. Your Christmas present to yourself!

Editor’s Note: Because of the packaged nature of the set, all stories need to stand alone. No sequels to or spin-offs of previously published works, please.

Submission Deadline: Sept. 1, 2012

Publication Date: December 2012

Story length: 5,000 – 18,000 words. Manuscripts shorter or longer will be considered but will have to be extraordinary.

Follow general Submission Guidelines for instructions and formatting.

Send all submissions to submissions[at]dreamspinnerpress[dot]com. List the anthology title in the subject line of your e-mail. Ex: Advent Calendar anthology submission

Greg Hogben – Radio Interview

August 12, 2012

Greg Hogben, author of The British Devil, was interviewed by Stonewall Live! this pass thursday, August 9th. He talked about why he wrote The British Devil and other topics.

Listen to internet radio with StonewallLive on Blog Talk Radio

Be warned, you will swoon by Greg’s delightful British accent.

A Video chat with J.P. Barnaby and Ariel Tachna

July 10, 2012

Tomorrow night, Wednesday, July 11, 2012, J.P. Barnaby and Ariel Tachna will be at Shindig for a live, interactive video chat. To register for the event, go to EventBrite. We look forward to seeing everyone there!

Call for Submission Reminder

June 28, 2012

The deadline is approaching for submissions to the Don’t Try This at Home anthology on July 16.  This one should be a lot of fun, and honestly, who doesn’t have a bad sex story to tell?

Don’t Try This at Home
Edited by Anne Regan

Bonked heads. Rough carpet. Burned dinner. Awkward silence. Bitten lips. Startling length. Spilled wax. Pinched fingers. Shattered wineglass. Closet quickie. Flat souffle. Broken bedframe. Shower sex. Overzealous spanking. Embarrassing ex. Lost wallet. Terrible taste. Sore shoulders. Noxious odor. Absent date. Unbelievable girth. Kitchen canoodling. New toy. Stained sheets. Backward compliment. Stifling pillow. Locked handcuffs. Aching ass. Missing keys. Torn seams. Wrenched back. Angry cat. Overeager pass. Uncooperative zipper.
Something always goes wrong in real life. Fortunately, love blunts the edges so that romance trumps adversity.

Editor’s Note: Humor a plus, no rape/nonconsensual situations, contemporary genre only.
Submission Deadline: July 16, 2012.
Publication Date: October 2012.
Single-book anthology story length: 3,500 – 12,000 words.
Manuscripts shorter or longer will be considered but will have to be extraordinary.

Follow the general Submission Guidelines for instructions and formatting.

Send all submissions to anneregan[at]dreamspinnerpress.com. List the anthology title in the subject line of your e-mail. Ex: DON’T TRY THIS anthology submission.

Feel free to share this if you know of other authors who might be interested.

Best regards,

Anne Regan
Dreamspinner Press
www.dreamspinnerpress.com

Ariel Tachna Video Interview During BEA

June 26, 2012

Our own Ariel Tachna was interviewed by Martini Productions during this year’s BEA (Book Expo America).

http://martiniproductionsnyc.com

Mysteriously Disappearing Ancient Civilizations…

June 25, 2012

#6

Wherever could they have gone?

The Neanderthals

Ancient red-headed hominids, taller and more powerful than humans, predating human settlement in Europe by millennia…could they have made their way into early European mythology? Perhaps. Some links point to the “Jotuns” – Frost Giants – as being a remnant of prehistoric myth about the Neanderthals. At least, that’s what I was playing with in The Prince and the Program as I created House Yoten.

House Yoten is led by the Lord of the Gnashing, Jormungandr Lokisson.

The City of Petra

John William Burgon’s Poem Petra describes the ruins of a city in Jordan, rediscovered in 1812:

It seems no work of Man’s creative hand,

by labour wrought as wavering fancy planned;

But from the rock as if by magic grown,

eternal, silent, beautiful, alone!

Not virgin-white like that old Doric shrine,

where erst Athena held her rites divine;

Not saintly-grey, like many a minster fane,

that crowns the hill and consecrates the plain;

But rose-red as if the blush of dawn,

that first beheld them were not yet withdrawn;

The hues of youth upon a brow of woe,

which Man deemed old two thousand years ago,

match me such marvel save in Eastern clime,

a rose-red city half as old as time.

Romans, earthquakes, decline of trade routes…whatever. The people of Petra simply decided to find a more… permanent solution to their financial woes, and moved to the Sunless Planes. House Petra deals in all things financial, and is one of the houses still firmly connected to human civilization on Earth.

House Petra is led by the Lord of the Counting, Gamil a’Petra.

The Builders of the Yonaguni Formations

In The Prince and The Program, the Yonaguni formations were created by House Kamigawa – terrifically technological, very, very Japan, and creators of the Cyborgs.

House Kamigawa is led by the Lady/Lord of the Building, Kamigawa hass and Kamigawa amansaeru.

Crete-That-Was

The myth of the Minotaur is something far darker, and more primeval, than a simple botched offering to Posidon the Greek Myths make it out to be. And we have the problem of Linear A, an undeciphered script and language possibly dating to pre-Minoan times. And so we have House Moyen, the last of Crete-that-was, in The Prince and the Program.

Experts in genetic manipulation and microbiology, House Moyen is led by the Lady of the Mirroring, Lady Ariadne.

And of course, there is always the Lord of the Waiting, not to mention the rest of the Thirteen Houses that govern the immortals of the Sunless Planes, in unique Symbiosis with their semi-sentient virus & the Lifestream.

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This post is part of the blogLaunch for The Prince and The Program, a Science-Fiction/Fantasy Romance featuring Prince Mordred and Alan Turing.

The first post in the series can be found here.

A downloadable Excerpt and information about the $1000 Easter Egg Hunt can be found at www.technomance.com.

The Prince and The Program Cover
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