Just the Way You Are : Release Party. 1

April 18, 2015
Just the Way You Are, E E Montgomery

Just the Way You Are, E E Montgomery

Hello Everyone, E E Montgomery here ready to chat with you all. I’ll be with you for the next few hours talking about my latest novel, Just the Way You Are, which was released on 17 April 2015.

Just the Way You Are is the fourth book in the Just Life series. You can find the copy here: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=6274 and the print copy here: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=6275   They’re both on sale at the moment so what a great time to have a release!

Of course, if I spend the next few hours talking only about the novel, you’ll probably have the whole story and not need to read it afterall. That won’t do, so I’m going to tell you about some of the things I did and thought about while I was writing Just the Way You Are and I’ll share some of the other things I’ve been doing in between.

First, though, we have to admire Catt Ford’s Cover. Don’t you love it? It’s not anything like what I thought I’d asked for, but it’s exactly what I wanted. I don’t know how she did it, but she managed to symbolically represent Jonathan’s journey from his dark past to his enlightened future with little more than a torso and a beautiful flower. What do you think of it?

What Happens in Vegas… with Andrew Grey

April 17, 2015

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Hello, I’m Andrew Grey and I’m here today to give you the skinny on my latest release The Price. This story is somewhat of a departure for me, but I really love it. I was recently planning a trip to Las Vegas and spending a lot of time on various sites when I happened to see a link for escorts. Of course being a good writer and well… a guy… I clicked on it. Man oh man the men were gorgeous. Anyway I didn’t spend much time on the site. (giggles a little… much….) Once I put my tongue back in my head, my mind began to work and the character of Hunter began to take shape. I could see him in the club at the beginning of the story, dressed in leather pants and a leather jacket with nothing underneath. Of course my temperature began to rise and boy was I happy that Dominic came home about that time. (There are some real perks to this job, let me tell you.)

There’s a lot of myself in Grant. My aunt was a school teacher and I have always thought that teaching is something I would be good at. So once I had made that decision, I had to figure out the connection between Hunter and Grant. There had to be something other than two people meeting and getting to know each other. Hunter was not a normal guy. He made his living dating men and he wasn’t going to be swayed by a pretty face, no matter what. Then I remembered Tom and I gasped.

When I was in high school, Tom was the star of the JV football team. Nothing could stop that kid on the field. But off it, well he wasn’t so gifted. But he was nice enough and I sat next to him in English class. I understood the material easily, but he struggled with every concept. We both also had a free period afterward, so after a few weeks, he approached me and asked for help. At the time I didn’t understand how hard it was for him to do that, but now I do. He and I ended up doing our homework together in study hall for the rest of the term. So I brought that forward with Hunter and Grant. They knew each other in high school. Grant had helped Hunter pass a class and Hunter had shown Grant one of his gifts, teaching.

At that point I had my characters and the story stretched in front of me. As writers we often sprinkle our stories with people we meet and those we’ve loved. Everyone who touches our lives, good or bad, is still inside us. Sometimes they come out right away and just flow onto the page. And other times, like with Tom, it takes over thirty years. (God that makes me seem too damn old) So I hope you enjoy reading Grant and Hunter’s story in The Price as they join the pantheon of characters I’ve created.

I’m going to have a contest and I’ll give away an electronic copy of the Andrew Grey story of the winner’s choice. All you need to do to enter is comment on this post and tell me the Andrew Grey character or characters that have touched you and why.

Email me at andrewgrey@comcast.net

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Blog Release Party! A Most Unusual Courtship & A Most Unusual Wedding

April 16, 2015

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I’m sorry to say, but this is my last post for the lovely Dreamspinner blog! I’ve enjoyed writing about my Victorian guys with all of you and hope you’ve enjoyed the glimpse into their alternate world. So one last time, A Most Unusual Courtship is out, and free, right now! You can download it right this very moment, if you so wish! You’ll have to wait the agonizing three days to get ahold of A Most Unusual Wedding, though. If I may say so, it is definitely worth the wait! :D

What to write, what to write? I wish I could ask you guys live what you might like to see… A-ha! How about a wee interview with the boys? It’ll tide you over until the novel comes out.

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The Starbucks doors opened to admit a large man with brown hair and oddly pretty, amber colored eyes. Dressed simply in dark pants and a loose-fitting brown shirt, he looked around the crowded coffee shop before turning to face someone behind him. “I don’t know, Leo. This is quite a strange tavern.”

“If you let me in, I can make sure there aren’t any Dark mages lying in wait.”

“If you must.”

Gerald stepped aside and a shorter man with long blond hair braided back walked into the Starbucks. His clothes were a… vibrantly purple silk shirt, snug black pants, and a golden vest that somehow matched the bigger man’s eyes. He muttered something in a foreign language and a gold mist slid through the open space. Bright blue eyes sparked with mischief and he said, “Perfectly safe, darling, so long as you don’t mind a horrific cuppa.”

Gerald made a face. “Really?”

“Sadly yes,” Leo confirmed.

“Over here, gentlemen! I have your tea ready and waiting.”

Both men walked over to the corner table where a short, dark haired woman waited, beaming at their approach. Leo quirked an eyebrow at her and said, cutting, “I suppose we’ve you to thank for the shenanigans going on all around the wedding?”

Taken aback, her hazel eyes widened and she gaped at him a bit.

Gerald frowned at him and said, “Leo, love, be nice. Hello. I’m Gerald. Sorry, he’s just a bit miffed.”

“No, no. It’s quite all right. I understand. That was rather a lot of goings-on. Please, have a seat. I promise you’ll love the tea.”

Leo made an unconvinced noise, but sat. “So. What do you want to know?”

“It’s not me so much me as the readers! They wanted to meet you.”

Gerald nudged Leo and smiled. “As if you’d miss out on something like this.”

She cleared her throat and said, “Yes, well. Just a few questions as we don’t have a lot of time, I promise. Firstly, are you two keeping out of trouble these days?”

“I say,” Leo exclaimed, “that’s hardly fair, coming from you! If we’re getting into trouble…”

“If, love?”

“…then it’s your fault. As if we wanted to encounter a murder on our honeymoon. I had so many delectable plans and they all involved Gerald’s lovely, big…”

“Leo!”

She blushed a little. His words left very little to the imagination. “I see. Well, despite the murder, I hope the honeymoon went well?”

Gerald covered Leo’s hand with his. “Very. I won’t go into details, but we met some wonderful new friends and… well. That would be spoiling I think.”

“How are things with your uncle, Leo?”

Leo’s gaze darkened and the temperature instantly dropped several degrees. “Another subject, please.”

“Right. Ah. Any future plans you can discuss?”

Gerald beamed and said, “Leo’s working with an American! Or, he will be shortly. It should be very interesting. I’ve never met one before. Oh, aside from you of course.”

“No problem. Actually, we’re out of time. But I wanted to say thanks so much for the excitement you bring into my life.”

Gerald smiled widely. “Quite our pleasure, honestly. Do you mind if we stay and finish the tea?”

“Be my guest. They’re closing shortly, but feel free. It was wonderful to meet you in the flesh. Er, so to speak.” She stood and they echoed the movement immediately. Her small hand was engulfed by Gerald’s large one and even by Leo’s smaller elegant hand. “Have a lovely trip back to London.”

“Safe travels,” Gerald said.

Leo huffed in amusement. “Yes, yes. Good luck with the writing. And if you can manage to embarrass my uncle at some point in the near future, it would be greatly appreciated.”

“I’ll see what I can do.”

She walked to the door and then looked back just before opening it to find them seated again, holding hands, with their heads bent close together. It was a sight that tugged at her heartstrings and she quickly left the Los Angeles Starbucks to hurry and catch the bus home.

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Hope that wasn’t too silly for everyone! And I hope you all enjoy Courtship and Wedding! Love to hear back from you about both. :D

Blog Release Party! A Most Unusual Courtship & A Most Unusual Wedding

April 16, 2015

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Hello Hello! Nancy back again with some more tidbits about A Most Unusual Wedding (out 4/20/15) and its prequel, the novella A Most Unusual Courtship (out – and free – now)!

Now let’s see… so far we’ve talked about where Courtship and Wedding came from as well as my little music ritual while writing. We should totally talk about the supporting cast of characters! Sometimes it’s the supporting roles, so to speak, that really make the movie or novel come to life. I’m a huge believer in character first, from the heroes to the villains and everyone in-between. What this means is I spend time writing out a bio for each of the characters important enough to get a name; sometimes this even means really minor characters like repeat waiters or butlers and the like. Why yes, I do overthink things now and again, why do you ask?

When Courtship came out a few years ago, I think some of the best compliments I got were about Daniel Smithson, Gerald’s grandfather. He’s a sprightly eighty-three year old man, which was rather unheard of back in Victorian times. The average life expectancy was around forty, if you can believe it! Talk about harsh. Fortunately in my world of magic, people tend to live a lot longer whether due to having magic themselves or the care received from doctors with magic, often both. Daniel carries around a cane more to whack people with than for support, in my opinion (and poor Leo’s opinion, too). He’s very quick to express his displeasure with the cane and woe betide any shin within range! I had sooo much fun writing all of his scenes.

Next up in the character department is Harry. Lieutenant Harold Bickley of Her Majesty’s Navy is a cut-up, quite free with his *ahem* affections, and somewhat of a ne’er-do-well in his personal life. But he’s also one of the best sailors you’d ever want to rescue you from pirates. He’s also got power and has been at sea most of his life, rising from cabin boy to lieutenant the hard way as well as coming late to his powers. Harry and Gerald have been best mates since long before Harry went off to join the Navy and have remained so through the years. Harry does his best to get Gerald to let loose whenever Harry’s on leave, much to Gerald’s repeated regret.

Unfortunately, Leo doesn’t really have a best mate outside of Gerald. He’s got family, acquaintances, and rivals. If he had to pick someone, it would probably be Gregory Framingham. The older gentleman is a mentor of Leo’s and back in the day he convinced Leo that the best way to learn the fullness of his powers would be to go walkabout. He was always there when Leo needed a champion and taught Leo a lot about how to be himself in a world of deceit and power, both political and magical.

And then there’s the Harris family. One of the greatest thorns in Leo’s side is his own uncle, Mark, who is head of the family and named Leo as his heir. In his vast wisdom (read: sarcasm), Mark’s decided that Gerald is no good for Leo and wants the marriage called off. He’s determined to find a proper spouse for his heir.

What kind of characters are your favorite to read about? Do you like ones who know who they are or still have some growing left to do? Soft-hearted or stubborn? Wild at heart or a stay at home fussbudget? And do you like your romances to be more of the “opposites attract” style or “complementary in nature”?

Blog Release Party! A Most Unusual Courtship & A Most Unusual Wedding

April 16, 2015

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Hello again! Nancy here continuing my first ever blog release party for my novel A Most Unusual Wedding (out 4/20/15) and its prequel, the novella A Most Unusual Courtship (out – and free – now)!

One thing that I’ve always found to be helpful while I write is music. I simply can’t write without it! (I mean, okay yes, technically I can, it’s just not nearly as easy nor does it flow as fast) But it’s not just listening to music that completes my writing ritual. I have to wear headphones so the music is concentrated directly to the brain. I think it’s probably a subconscious focusing trick. I ‘blame’ my mother and grandmother for always having music or the television going on in the kitchen when I got home from school and had to do my homework. ;0) There was a lot of noise going on in my house growing up and I got used to it, and now it helps with the creative process.

I’ve found in talking to other authors that it’s 50/50 when it comes to listening to music while writing. Of those who do listen while writing, the genres run the gamut. One of my friends only listens to classical; she feels that having words flying at her while trying to write is too much. Me? I’m often inspired by music and I definitely have “soundtracks” or albums/artists I listen to for different works-in-progress.

For Wedding, I listened to a variety of musicians, but for the majority of writing, I listened to Adele, Arctic Monkeys, and Lifehouse. On one hand, the lyrical quality of Lifehouse and Adele that helped me go back to a quieter time of life. While Victorian London was filled with the everyday noise of life, they obviously didn’t have the same constant background of cars, planes, trucks, radio, television, headphones, elevator music, etc., etc. And on the other hand, with all the crazy shenanigans going on in the novel itself, Arctic Monekys was both BritRock and invigorating, which definitely got me in the mood for the guys.

Novel tidbit: I named Leo’s mother after Adele because I was listening to her when I had to name Leo’s mom. Funny how that works, isn’t it? ;o)

The particular tracks that I just set on repeat and wrote Wedding to:

Adele

He Won’t Go

First Love

Hometown Glory

Rolling in the Deep

Lifehouse

You and Me

Nerve Damage

Broken

Arctic Monkeys

Balaclava

Brick by Brick

I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor

Riot Van

I also listen to music when I’m reading so maybe my brain is just wired that way, I don’t know. But how about all of you? If you’re a writer of any sort, do you listen to music while writing? And if you’re a reader, do you need the strains of a familiar ballad going on in the background while you read or must there be a library-esque silence? Taking it a step further, do you find the words fly by in the complete solitude of your fave recliner at home or is a comfy coffee/tea shop more your scene?

I see London, I see France… with Zahra Owens

April 15, 2015

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Good day to you wherever you are. My name is Zahra Owens and I’m writing this behind my desk in Antwerp, Belgium. My latest novel, Conflict of Interest, is available right now!

I’ve been accused of being a bit eclectic when it comes to the choice of subjects for my books. I know (and have enjoyed works by) worse offenders, though. At least I stick to mostly contemporary romance.

I agree that jumping from the diplomatic corps, to fashion designers and bodies-for-hire, to cowboys is playing the field a bit, but like my bio states, I’m a globetrotter and that means not only do I travel quite a bit and have seen a large part of the world, my interests vary as well.

So my next novel, Conflict of Interest, takes place in London, England, which is one of my three favorite cities to travel to (next to New York and Paris). It’s also a tribute to all the great British detective series the wide variety of British TV stations have produced in the last thirty years or so.

I’ll freely admit I have a thing for The Great British Detective. They are invariably staunch, sturdy, reliable men who get the crook into court within the time-span of their sixty or ninety minute story (no commercial breaks!). Although they rarely crack a smile, they are not devoid of (British) humor. Some of them stick to the book (which always seems like a thicker tome than their American counterparts need to adhere to), others are delightfully anarchistic and only seem to live by their own rules. They both get there in the end, because the series revolves around the cunning detective, which means he needs to be ready for another round next episode!

Conflict of Interest’s DS Tommy Drummond is made of that same cloth. He’s a hard-working man of the street, ambitious and determined to drag himself out of his council flat. He’s your typical (if there is such a thing) working class Londoner, son of a single mum and—thanks to a youthful indiscretion—father to a teenage daughter. With his thirty years, he’s also quite a bit younger than your average Great British Detective (think Inspectors Morse or Lynley). That doesn’t mean he isn’t as efficient as his (also) fictional counterparts.

I added love to the mix, though. Love in the form of a certain Crown Prosecutor, definitely not working class, and most certainly living in much nicer quarters than our Detective. Which will come in handy when Tommy’s more basic digs end up in a scorching heap and he’s out on the street. But won’t their different upbringing toss a spanner in the works?

So here’s my question to you. I know many a British detective series has been shown around the world. So are you a Sherlock fanatic? Or do you prefer the old school detectives like Inspector Morse (and Sergeant Lewis) or the more upper class antics of Inspector Lynley? What about the women?

Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple perhaps? Inquiring minds want to know.

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Of course there’s something in it for you. A lucky commenter will get a free book from my backlist. This includes all eBooks, short or long, including all translations, published by Dreamspinner Press between 2008 and 2014.

But there’s more. I can understand if you already own everything I’ve published (“Thank you”—tongue firmly planted in cheek), so here’s a chance for some exclusive content. Sign up for my newsletter and get the Conflict of Interest prequel exclusively in your mailbox. This is the story of how Finn and Tommy met and the spark first ignited. It’s hinted at in the book, but only Newsletter Subscribers (you deserve those capitals) get to read that deleted scene! Go to my website (zahraowens.com) and click on “Newsletter” or take this direct link.

If you want to look around first and get to know me, I understand. Apart from my website, I hang around Facebook, manage my Facebook Page, stalk my favorite actors on Twitter, and waste some glorious time on Pinterest.

Don’t forget to post your answer(s) to my question below!

Claw Anthology Release Party – Jamie Fessenden

April 13, 2015

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To celebrate the release of the Claw (Gothika 3)  anthology today, the authors will be sharing with you a little glimpse behind each of their stories. 

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Isolation began its life as a screenplay. In 2008, my husband and I were still making micro-budget indie films (http://dunkirkstudios.com/) and submitting them to film festivals. We had some small successes—our first horror film showed at Gaylaxicon 2005 and Necronomicon 2005, a short called Packing premiered at Eerie Horror Film Festival, and our drama, Boundaries of Attraction, showed in film festivals in LA and Austin, TX. I was cranking out screenplays, many of them horror shorts, and I’d been in love with werewolves since I was a kid.

The trick was to write one I could film. That meant I couldn’t show the werewolf much—maybe in silhouette or a quick close-up of a snarling mouth or something. I have talented friends who could make cool props, but we couldn’t afford an animatronic werewolf suit. I also figured if we just had one location, that would make our lives easier. So I wrote a story about just two actors… uh, men… isolated in a cabin in the woods.

Unfortunately, though finding a cabin in the woods had seemed like an easy task in rural New Hampshire, we soon discovered it wasn’t so easy. We were never able to locate a site, and building sets seemed prohibitive on our budget. Also, the technicalities of building werewolf prosthetics were starting to frighten our props and makeup “department.” So the screenplay was shelved. But I loved the story and the thought of writing it as a short story or novella took root in the back of my mind.

In the early days of planning the Gothika anthology series with Eli Easton (mostly her idea, with some input from me—Eli is a creative dynamo), I knew I’d want to adapt this screenplay for our “werewolf” (sort of) volume. It turned out to be a challenge. I already knew I’d have to fill in description of characters, locations, and actions around the dialog I already had written, but I hadn’t realized just how shallow screenplays are. Not only do we not hear the characters’ thoughts, but we know very little of their past experiences—especially in a short film. With the help of several beta readers, I had to go back over the story several times, adding inner dialog, expanding upon character interactions, and constructing a shared past for Sean and Jack to not only explain where they were now, but also compel them to make the choices they make at the end. It was a fascinating exercise and a terrific means of learning more about writing different forms of fiction.

Here’s an excerpt of a passage that originally was just a few lines in the screenplay, as they discuss the contents of Jack’s bookcase:

 

Jack glanced over and then took the time to dry his hands on the dishtowel before replying, “I like horror.”
“Especially werewolves. You’ve got three shelves on them.”
Jack came close to him and peered over his shoulder at the book. They were both shirtless, thanks to the muggy summer evening, and Sean was intensely aware of the heat coming off Jack’s skin and the mingling of their sweat as his chest brushed Sean’s shoulder.
He could feel a soft puff of breath against his neck when Jack spoke. “When I was a kid, I used to think it would be so awesome to be a werewolf, running free in the forest.” He chuckled, a low, sultry sound. “Naked. Far away from people….”
This was a childhood fantasy Sean had never been informed of. At least all the stuff about werewolves. He’d always known Jack had an affinity for the forest, even before that odd night of the whispering. They’d spent a lot of time camping together in the little pup tent Jack’s father had given him for his eleventh birthday. During the summers they’d practically lived in the woods. Jack had seemed to belong there, and he’d talked about going off into the forest to live someday. Sean hadn’t been quite so enthusiastic about that idea, but he’d always felt he belonged with Jack, wherever that might be… until he’d panicked and run away.
“Well, you figured out the ‘far away from people’ part, at any rate,” Sean said with an awkward laugh, closing the book and slipping it back onto the shelf.

 

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Jamie Fessenden

Jamie Fessenden set out to be a writer in junior high school. He published a couple short pieces in his high school’s literary magazine and had another story place in the top 100 in a national contest, but it wasn’t until he met his partner, Erich, almost twenty years later, that he began writing again in earnest. With Erich alternately inspiring and goading him, Jamie wrote several screenplays and directed a few of them as micro-budget independent films. He then began writing novels and published his first novella in 2010.

After nine years together, Jamie and Erich have married and purchased a house together in the wilds of Raymond, New Hampshire, where there are no street lights, turkeys and deer wander through their yard, and coyotes serenade them on a nightly basis. Jamie recently left his “day job” as a tech support analyst to be a full-time writer.

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Claw Anthology Release Party – Eli Easton

April 13, 2015

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To celebrate the release of the Claw (Gothika 3)  anthology today, the authors will be sharing with you a little glimpse behind each of their stories.

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I’m a horror fan from way back. It was my first obsession. From the time my brother-in-law handed me a paperback of “Carrie” by Stephen King when I was 12 years old, to the time I graduated high school, I read horror, horror, horror.

If there was a ‘monster’ in the story, I always felt sorry for it. Maybe it wasn’t all bad. Maybe it was just misunderstood. This was especially true if the monster was of the furry variety. How can you not love a werewolf?

“Claw”, the third volume of the “gothika” anthology, gave me a chance to tackle my second ever werewolf story. My first, “The Beast Within” was written in the 90’s under Jane Jensen as part of my computer game career. Even in “The Beast Within” there was a lot of sympathy for the werewolf. “The Black Dog” goes a step further. I love my terrible beastie!

There’s some scary stuff in this story—misty Scottish coastlines, mysterious deaths, ancient legends of the supernatural, and terribly unfortunate sheep. But despite the fear and dread, I’m rooting for my slavering shape-shifter from word one.

Our hero, Constable Hayden McLairty, is the lone policeman responsible for a good chunk of isolated area in the north of Scotland. It’s a quiet place with the occasional thru-hiker and tourist. He’s never been very interested in the local legend of The Black Dog, but when the monster is seen by reliable witnesses, and livestock and people turn up dead, he has to investigate.

Hayden gets some help in the form of Simon Corto, a visiting author who has studied the history of The Black Dog in the hopes of writing about it. Simon has some theories about what causes The Black Dog to appear and what it really is. Hopefully, between the two of them, they can figure out where the beast is coming from and remove the threat before anyone else gets hurt. And if huge, patient, almost-ginger Hayden MacLairty falls for Simon along the way, and they engage in a little extra-investigation activity, I don’t think any of my readers will complain.

I hope you enjoy “Claw”! Our next gothika volume, “Spirit”, has a ghost theme and will be out for Halloween 2015.

You can read an excerpt from “The Black Dog” on my website here: www.elieaston.com

 

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Eli Easton

Having been, at various times and under different names, a minister’s daughter, a computer programmer, the author of paranormal mysteries, a game designer, an organic farmer, an avid hiker, and a profound sleeper, Eli is happily embarking on yet another incarnation as a m/m romance author.

As an addicted reader of such, she is tinkled pink when an author manages to combine literary merit, vast stores of humor, melting hotness and eye-dabbing sweetness into one story. She promises to strive to achieve most of that most of the time. She currently lives on a farm in Pennsylvania with her husband, three bulldogs, three cows and six chickens. All of them (except for the husband) are female, hence explaining the naked men that have taken up residence in her latest fiction writing.

http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/AuthorArcade/eli-easton

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Claw Anthology Release Party – Kim Fielding

April 13, 2015

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To celebrate the release of the Claw (Gothika 3)  anthology today, the authors will be sharing with you a little glimpse behind each of their stories.

 

Hi there! This is Kim Fielding, and I’m so excited about the third book in the Gothika series. I think I might even have invented a new genre for my story, “Transformation”: pioneer Gothic.

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Here’s the backstory. My family has lived in Beaverton, Oregon since the 1930s. Which means I went to Beaverton High School, and yes, our mascot was the beaver. Sigh. Nowadays, Beaverton is a suburb of Portland. It’s full of shopping malls, chain restaurants, and subdivisions. The residents can hop in their SUVs and—assuming no traffic jams on Sunset Highway—be in the city within minutes.

But back in the nineteenth century, Beaverton had, well, beavers. The Native Americans had already been either killed by disease or forced to move to reservations elsewhere. Then the trappers came and caught the beavers, and farmers came and drained the beaver ponds.

I set my story in Beaverton in the 1880s. A train line connected Beaverton to Portland and soon the town would be incorporated. Although it was still a very rural area, I think this was the point when the wilderness lost and civilization began. It was only a matter of time until Starbucks got there. So the 1880s makes the perfect time for a man exiled from New York City and unsure what his place is now in the world. Will he chose civilization? Or… something else?

I had a lot of fun researching “Transformation”. You can read about Beaverton here, if you like.

And here’s a little secret, just for you. I’ve written a series of shifter books set in the Portland area during the modern era—the Bones series. One of the main characters in that series is Dylan Warner, a hipster architect werewolf. He turned into a were as a result of a one-night stand gone bad. But how did shifters get to the Portland area to begin with? Read “Transformation” and you’ll find out. I’m pretty sure we could trace Dylan’s wolf lineage back, bite by bite, and we’d end up on a farm in Beaverton in the 1880s.

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Kim Fielding is the bestselling author of numerous m/m romance novels, novellas, and short stories. Like Kim herself, her work is eclectic, spanning genres such as contemporary, fantasy, paranormal, and historical. Her stories are set in alternate worlds, in 15th century Bosnia, in modern-day Oregon. Her heroes are hipster architect werewolves, housekeepers, maimed giants, and conflicted graduate students. They’re usually flawed, they often encounter terrible obstacles, but they always find love.

After having migrated back and forth across the western two-thirds of the United States, Kim calls the boring part of California home. She lives there with her husband, her two daughters, and her day job as a university professor, but escapes as often as possible via car, train, plane, or boat. This may explain why her characters often seem to be in transit as well. She dreams of traveling and writing full-time.

Kim’s author page: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/AuthorArcade/kim-fielding

 

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Jewel Cave virtual release party winners!

April 12, 2015

Su was chosen as the winner of an eBook copy of Jewel Cave. Angela was my backlist pick of eBook winner. I’ll be sending you emails shortly. Congrats and thank you so much for joining in my release party!

Read On!

Elizabeth