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

Beholding Beauty by Sam Singer

June 28, 2012

Craig wants more with Dee than his role as escort allows, but is Dee willing to consider something beyond one-night stands? Beholding Beauty by Sam Singer, available form Dreamspinner Press.

Craig Ryan’s modeling dreams crashed and burned on the streets of LA. Still, a man has to eat, and the escort biz pays well, and the sex isn’t bad. Actually, Craig enjoys his new job and benefits. That is, until a client called Dee hires him. Dee is a mystery. He keeps his face hidden and prohibits touching, even when touching his mouthwatering body becomes Craig’s fantasy.

Falling for a customer was never in Craig’s plans. But wrapped inside Dee’s peculiar requirements, there’s a sense of loneliness and pain that strikes deep within Craig, awakening his own need for something more—something with a future beyond one-night stands.

Length: Novella
Genre: Contemporary

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Bishie Sparkles by Karenna Colcroft

June 27, 2012

When a yaoi character comes to life, Grant must find the words to keep him there forever. Bishie Sparkles by Karenna Colcroft, available from Dreamspinner Press.

Long-time yaoi fan Grant didn’t expect to be so attracted to the main character of his latest purchase—and he definitely didn’t expect to wake up next to him one morning. But that’s what happened. Even the sparkles, hearts, and small animals from the manga follow Teruo around Grant’s apartment. If Grant weren’t so distracted by lust, he’d find it really annoying.

When Teruo announces that he intends to stay with Grant because he has nowhere else to go, Grant is both pleased and terrified. Grant has been alone too long, and even with the sparkles, Teruo has made his way into Grant’s heart. But if Grant can’t find the words to tell Teruo how he feels, Teruo might vanish as suddenly as he appeared.

Length: Novella
Genre: Contemporary Fantasy

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Love Means… Renewal by Andrew Grey

June 27, 2012

Will busy lives and foul play separate Eli and Geoff forever? Love Means… Renewal by Andrew Grey, available from Dreamspinner Press.

A Love Means… Story

Eli Henninger is stretched a little thin.  He teaches riding classes, conducts therapy sessions, takes care of his son, and helps manage the family farm. He’s tired and overworked, especially because lately, no one else seems to do anything right.  He and his partner, Geoff, haven’t had time together in so long, he’s beginning to forget what his longtime love feels like.

Geoff is just as busy with the farm, the business, and working through a complicated land purchase. He and Eli labor from sunup to sundown and then some. He knows taking care of their responsibilities is preventing them from taking care of each other, but he doesn’t see anything he can do about it. To make matters worse, they’re accused of behaving improperly toward some of the children in their riding programs.

Then Eli becomes ill and the investigators suspect foul play, forcing Geoff to reevaluate his priorities and hope fate will give them another chance.

Length: Novella
Genre: Western
Series: Love Means… by Andrew Grey

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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).

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Inside the Beltway by Ellen Holiday

June 26, 2012

Will secrets from Davis’s past ruin his chance at the presidency and at love? Inside the Beltway by Ellen Holiday, available from Dreamspinner Press.

Senator Davis Hudson has a silver tongue that has so far kept the stress off those lesser political organs, the heart and the brain. But he’s just made a political speech that will transform him from a Senate back-bencher to a public figure and presidential contender—whether he’s ready or not—and suddenly he wants his words and actions to mean something. It’s a crucial time in his political career, and Davis needs all the publicity he can get. He just doesn’t expect the highlight of his first CNN interview to be the conversation he has with makeup artist Kurt Lamb.

Kurt is smart, politically savvy, and uninterested in being part of a congressional sex scandal, which is why he tolerates being Davis’s dirty little secret. Despite the poor timing, Davis falls for him hard.

But Kurt isn’t the only skeleton in Davis’s closet. Davis’s ex-wife isn’t happy that he’s pursuing the presidency now, after all her years of hard work, and he has at least one more enemy on the Hill. Between them, they have all the tools they need to ruin a presidential candidate—and maybe his shot at happiness too.

Length: Novel
Genre: Contemporary

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A long song goodnight

June 25, 2012

#8

It’s been a very long day, and I think it’s time for me to say goodnight. But before I go, I wanted to give out a couple of awards (of sorts) for coming along with me on this journey.

Firstly, I’d like to snail-mail an autographed copy of The Prince and The Program to the first person that can decode the pattern behind the names of all supporting employees at Mordred’s workplace, Electric Kindren. Just send me an email at mercer[at]technomance[dot]com with your idea – I’ll post the results in the comments of this page. No math required, I promise.

Secondly, I’m in the middle of working on the second book of the Mordred Saga – Josephus Counting. The title comes from a mathematical sequence (what else?) but I’m in a bit of a bind at the moment. Picture a scene where a cohort (bushel? bunch? cavort?) of Faeries and a squadron of Cyborgs get caught up in a spell, resulting in a Bollywood style danceoff. It’s one of the saddest scenes of the book, believe it or not. Now picture the fact that none of those Faeries or Cyborgs have names! Terrible, isn’t it? Especially because they’re all important people, one way or another. Pick a name, and a side. Then put it into a comment on this post . I’m going to pick the five best ones (why five? *grin*) I get from you on each side in the novel. Then, as the release date of Book 2 approaches, I’m going to set up a (virtual) danceoff, complete with custom avatars, and you’ll get a chance to crush your opponents live, and in full view of the entire internet. Sounds like fun? Let me know.

Till then, goodbye, and good night. It’s been one hell of a ride.

-Aldous

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There are far too many people I have to thank, without whom everything would have fallen apart. The following list is neither comprehensive nor sufficient, but it’s a start:

Elizabeth North – for believing and being there every step of the way, and for not whacking me upside the head with a baseball bat when I told her about the things I would need to make the Golden Egg challenge happen. For going the extra one point six kilometers, when she didn’t have to.

My editor - forensic grammartician extraordinaire, patient cutter-of-defects, valiant wader-through-demon-infested-waters, and the very first person to Get It.

My other editor – who looked up the average amount of blood in a household goat, and corrected the number of carcasses I specified in text.

The Editor-In-Chief - who took personal interest when she didn’t have to, and spent time and sweat to ensure that every goddamn space and comma was exactly right.

Anne Cain – who patiently put up with my poking in Photoshop, and fallen electrical poles, and produced an absolutely beautiful cover despite it all.

The Technical Director – who listened, understood, then fracking debugged my code.

The Art Director – again, for not whacking me upside the head, and putting together a product that blew me away.

The Associate Editor – whose masterful massaging of text will sell the book.

The Social Media Director – who answered hastily-written emails at 3AM, and Sundays, and Made Things Work.

Julyssa Diaz – for giving me the opportunity to have this launch party, for the last-minute emails, and the enthusiasm and the assistance.

All the other people I don’t know by name – the proofreaders, and the post-production magicians, and everyone else.

Thank you.

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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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Cockles and Mussels

June 25, 2012

#7

Molly Malone
Waltons’ Piano and Musical Instrument Galleries, Souvenir Album of Irish Music, Dublin, no date, possibly 1930s-50s.

Facing a trial on charges of gross indecency, his work and his freedom in jeopardy, Alan insisted on playing “Cockles and Mussels” on the violin for the police officers who came to take his statement.

Another Alan-centric Easter Egg, count five (a number of special importance to all Demons) characters (punctuation and spaces included, newlines/line-breaks ignored) to left of each time the name “Mori” (Latin: to die) is mentioned in the book.

Cockles and Mussels Sheet Music

The lyrics are also rather appropriate:

…she died of a fever,
And no one could save her,
And that was the end of sweet Molly Malone.
Now her ghost wheels her barrow,
Through streets broad and narrow,
Crying, “Cockles and Mussels, alive, alive oh!”…

Sinéad O’Connor has done a beautiful version of the song, if you want to hear it: Sinéad O ‘Connor’s Cockles and Mussels

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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.

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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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The Prince and the Program by Aldous Mercer

June 25, 2012

Mordred falls in love with Alan, but the man of his dreams is something less—or more—than he anticipates. The Prince and the Program by Aldous Mercer, available from Dreamspinner Press.

The Mordred Saga: Book One

Mordred Pendragon, the Bastard Prince, has done a Bad Thing—again. Exiled to Canada for seven years, he has to find a job to pay his bills. For reasons he refuses to reveal, Mordred decides “Software Engineer” has a nice ring to it. And though experience with “killing the Once and Future King, my father” and “that time in feudal Japan” makes for a poor résumé, he is hired by a small tech startup in Toronto.

In the midst of dealing with a crippling caffeine addiction and learning C++, Mordred thinks he has finally found someone to anchor him to the world of the living: Alan, the company’s offsite lead developer. Except that Alan might not be a “living” entity at all—he may, in fact, be the world’s first strong AI. Or a demon that mistook a Windows install for the highway to Hell. Or, just maybe, the ghost of Alan Turing, currently inhabiting a laptop.

Mordred’s attempts to figure out his love life are hampered by constant interference from the Inquisitors of the Securitates Arcanarum, corporate espionage, real espionage, a sysadmin bent on enslaving the world, and Marketing’s demands that Mordred ship software to the Russian Federation. Then Alan gets himself kidnapped. To save him, Mordred must ally himself with the company’s CEO, who will stop at nothing to rescue her lead developer so he can get back to work. But the Prince doesn’t just want to rescue Alan, he wants a Happily Ever After—and he will travel beyond Death itself to get one.

Too bad Alan is perfectly happy as a computer.

Length: Novel
Genre: Science Fiction, High Fantasy, Humor
Series: The Mordred Saga by Aldous Mercer

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Aldous Mercer is celebrating the release of The Prince and the Program over at the Dreamspinner Press blog. There’s a $1000 Codebreaking Challenge – a cash award for the first person that cracks the Golden Egg that spans the entire length of the novel. There’s no time limit, the prize will be awarded whenever the Egg is cracked, now or ten years from now. Join Aldous through the day as he reveals some of the Eggs (helping you rule out some leads), plays a little bit of music for you, and talks about The Prince and The Program.