#MusicMonday #bandslash blog tour – my interview is up!

February 25, 2013 at 9:33 pm | Posted in Dreamspinner Press, Metal Heart, Promotion | Leave a comment
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The last February interview of the #bandslash blog tour is up, and it’s mine, over on Clancy Nacht’s blog.

I talk about writing, music – obscure Australian bands of the 90s for the win! – and Metal Heart. Feel free to head over there for a chat.

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#bandslash blog tour, Goodreads chat

February 13, 2013 at 7:11 pm | Posted in Dreamspinner Press, Metal Heart, Promotion | Leave a comment
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The #bandslash blog tour continues on Jet’s blog with Piper Vaughn & Mj O’shea’s ‘Lucky Moon’ rockstar series!

Go here for the interview with Piper and MJ

 

On Saturday, at 3pm US EST, I will be at the Dreamspinner Press Goodreads group doing a chat. It’ll be Sunday morning for me, so if you come and talk to me you’ll get to see what I’m like when I first wake up, so that’ll be fun! I will be doing a giveaway during the chat, the exact details of which have yet to be decided, but I’m pondering it. I’ll post the link to the chat when I have it. I hope to see you there!

Metal Heart freebies!

February 5, 2013 at 6:42 am | Posted in Dreamspinner Press, Metal Heart, Promotion | Leave a comment
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It’s obviously the week to get a free copy of my book!

First of all, you can win a copy of Metal Heart via the #bandslash blog tour, if you comment on the first post at Babes in Boyland.

If you go here, to Reviews by Jessewave, you can sling your name into the hat to win another free copy. Have at it, kids!

Bandslash blog tour

February 4, 2013 at 9:07 pm | Posted in Dreamspinner Press, Metal Heart, Promotion | Leave a comment
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Welcome to the first of the promotional doo-dads happening for Metal Heart, ladies and gents!

From Cocktales and Hot Sauce

#bandslash Blog Tour

on #MusicMonday
 

Collected for your wicked delight, a knock-out line-up of M/M Romance authors, male/male slash and erotica writers, all giving you exclusive VIP access to their new ‘bandfic’ releases/rock band series, and what inspires their stories!

Welcome to #bandslash

The tour kickstarts with an awesome FREE giveaway, and will end in 8 weeks time with yet another fantastic giveaway of FREE ebooks from the authors. Don’t miss this chance to enter; check out the free-to-enter competition on the Babes in Boyland blog, going live on Monday 4th February 2013. See below…

Tour Dates!!

Monday 4th February – Check out the Babes in Boyland blog who are hosting Jet Mykles (Heaven Sent/Indigo Knights series) and kickstarting the tour with a fabulous ebook giveaway!

(Ebook prizes from: Jet Mykles, Piper Vaughn & Mj O’shea, Meredith Shayne, and BL Morticia!)

Monday 11th February – Jet Mykles hosts co-authors Piper Vaughn & Mj O’shea (Lucky Moon series).

Monday 18th February – Meredith Shayne hosts co-authors Clancy Nacht & Thursday Euclid (Black Gold series).

Monday 25th February – Clancy Nacht hosts Meredith Shayne (Metal Heart).

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Monday 4th March – SJ Frost hosts BL Morticia (The Wretched series).

Monday 11th March – BL Morticia hosts SJ Frost (Conquest series).

Monday 18th March – ZAllora Allora hosts Melanie Tushmore (Crucifox series).

Monday 25th March – Melanie Tushmore hosts ZAllora Allora (Dark Angels/Made In China series), and final giveaway Wrap Party with your chance to win FREE ebooks from the authors!

(Ebook prizes from: SJ Frost, Clancy Nacht & Thursday Euclid, ZAllora Allora, and Melanie Tushmore!)

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And be sure to follow all the #bandslash authors on twitter for up to date news, and join in the chat.

Don’t forget to use the hashtag #bandslash !

@jetmykles

@pipervaughn

@mjosheaseattle

@meredithshayne

@clancynacht

@thursdayeuclid

@SJ_Frost

@coreyPWretch  or  @rawiyamikembl

@melanietushmore

Metal Heart is out!

January 28, 2013 at 7:58 pm | Posted in Dreamspinner Press, Metal Heart, Writing | Leave a comment
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So, it’s January the 28th in most parts of the world now, which means that Metal Heart is now officially for sale! You can find it at the Dreamspinner store in ebook or paperback formats, at All Romance ebooks and Amazon, although for some reason it’s currently only in paperback there. I’m sure it’ll be available at the Kindle store very soon.

I have a couple of promotional things planned for the book, including participating in a massive rock star-related blog hop in February which I will tell you about very soon.

As befits a book release day where I also have the day off (thank you, Auckland anniversary day), I have spent the day making a soundtrack for Metal Heart; since I always rabbit on about how music is instrumental to my writing process, I decided to finally pony up a playlist for you, which is fitting for a book about musos.

Not every song I listened to during writing is on there, but there’s enough there for you to get a flavour of it:

Here it is if you’d like to take a listen.

I even uploaded some obscure Aussie rock for you, so prepare to be baffled by that! 🙂

I also made ice cream today but since I can’t pass any of that through the Internet, you’ll have to content yourself with some music instead.

Metal Heart available for pre-order

December 30, 2012 at 8:32 pm | Posted in Dreamspinner Press, Metal Heart | 2 Comments
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It’s all happening Metal Heart-wise – the book is now on Dreamspinner’s Coming Soon page, with a release date of January 28th. This means it’s available for pre-order. There’s also an official blurb, which I’ll post below to wet your whistles:

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Scott King swore off rock stardom after his band, King Phoenix, crashed and burned. Now in his forties, Scott lives a quiet life as a music producer and session guitarist. But in a box hidden in his wardrobe lie the relics of the past he left behind—a past filled with drugs, booze, and broken hearts. For sixteen years, Scott has had no contact with his former bandmates, so when he’s asked to play at a benefit gig for King Phoenix’s old sound man, his world turns upside down. A King Phoenix reunion means a run-in with Scott’s ex, Ash Walker—and sixteen years ago, believing Ash wanted to leave the band, Scott OD’d and almost died. 

Since then, Scott has ruthlessly suppressed his feelings. As a result, he’s completely unprepared for the impact of seeing Ash again, or for dealing with his emotions about the band’s demise. He definitely didn’t expect Ash to want to start up where they left off. Now Scott has to decide between his safe existence and the twenty-year-old love song that could cost him his sobriety—and his heart.

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So, there you go. 🙂 If you like the sound of that, then you can pre-order the ebook here, and the paperback here. Only 4 weeks to wait now!

For Christmas, Santa gave me cover art

December 28, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Posted in Dreamspinner Press, Metal Heart | Leave a comment
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Well, Christmas is over for another year, and we are staring down the barrell of 2013. 2013! How on earth did that happen?

I got various things for Christmas, the most exciting of which is my cover art for Metal Heart. Done by the wonderful Anne Cain, it’s all I could have wanted in a cover for my Aussie rocker boys.

MetalHeart_450

Beautiful, no?

Good news

July 4, 2012 at 10:02 pm | Posted in Dreamspinner Press, Equilibrium, Metal Heart, Novel, Reviews | Leave a comment
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I am pleased to announce that Dreamspinner have accepted my novel Metal Heart for publication early next year, in January/February. That’s a few months away still, so the excerpts I posted here and here will have to tide you over until then. This novel is close to my heart for several reasons, which I’ll talk about closer to the publication date, but for now just know that I am delighted that it’s seeing the light of day.

In other book news, Elisa Rolle has given Equilibrium a really nice review, of which my favourite part was this:

The incursion of modern life, i.e. evil big city, is sudden and almost frightening, Michael will understand that his self-imposed exile is also his safe-shelter, and that there is nothing in the big city that he cannot find in small town, on the contrary, small town has more options for him than any other place in the world.

Aww. That last line just kills me. Thanks to Elisa for the lovely review!

Lucky seven meme

June 19, 2012 at 10:07 pm | Posted in Metal Heart, Uncategorized | 1 Comment
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I’ve been tagged!

Here are the rules: The ‘rules’ are: Go to page 7 or 77 of your latest work. Read down to the seventh line and then post online the next seven lines or sentences. Then head off and tag seven more writers.

This is from page 77 of Metal Heart, which is at this present moment still on submission:

 

Covered in sand, no taxi would pick them up, so they walked, getting directions from keen early morning beach goers and joggers. They got back to the hotel at 9am to find a furious Dean waiting for them at the door of their room.

“Where the fuck have you been?” he hissed at them. “We’re supposed to be checking out in an hour, for fuck’s sake, and fucking look at you, you look like—is that sand?”

Scott started laughing, pressing his face into Ash’s shoulder as he started laughing too, and they curled into each other before Dean’s glare penetrated the fog of intoxication and made them try to straighten up and school their expressions. Ash cleared his throat.

“Yes. It was a very nice night for a swim.”

 

I’m going to be a total wowser and not tag anyone except for LJ Labarthe, because that’s the way I roll, but anyone who fancies it can feel free to participate.

Rumours of my death have been greatly exaggerated.

May 21, 2012 at 9:11 pm | Posted in Links, Metal Heart, Novel, Promotion, Reviews, Rust Red: Galvanized, Writing | Leave a comment
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Hello blogland, long time no speak! While I admit that I am a terrible blogger under usual circumstances, I am not generally this bad. But when your book suddenly decides that it wants to be 20,000 words longer than you originally thought, and you’d like to get it done before the end of the century, there’s no choice but to put your head down, your bum up, and not stop until the very last word is written. I’m thrilled to be able to report that the last word was written last night, and it has been submitted. After I submitted it I felt a lot like how I used to feel when I was at Uni, after all my exams were over: like a weight had lifted from me, and I was free at last, free at last. Tonight I feel a lot like how I felt when I submitted my PhD: vaguely nervous, somewhat unsettled, and like I should be doing something instead of lollygagging about. Every time I remember that I’m finished and I’ve given myself a couple of weeks off writing, it’s a little bit of a shock.

So, anyway. The novel is called Metal Heart, it’s around 88,500 words, and it’s the same story that I talked about in this post, when I posted a little snippet of it.  I’m not very good at waiting, but hopefully I’ll hear whether it’s been accepted soon. Cross your fingers and toes for me, poppets!

In other writing related news, my good friend LJ Labarthe interviewed me for her blog, and the interview is posted here, so you can have a look at that if the mood takes you. I do a fair bit of waffling about being Australian, and about Brokeback Mountain, and also say why I am a cactus. Who wouldn’t want to know that, I ask you?

Brief Encounters reviews also reviewed my Torquere Press Color Box, Rust Red: Galvanized, here, and gave it a B, so yay to that! In her review, Tam says:

I really enjoyed this follow-up, watching the guys work it out, seeing Chris’ fear but his determination not to be that guy who nearly lost Adam in the first book. I liked the author’s voice, and those who enjoyed the first one will equally enjoy this glimpse at the guys.

Which is very nice of her. And let’s not forget that the prequel to Rust Red: Galvanized, Eyes Wide Shut, is available as a freebie in various places, and freebies are always good.

Right, that’s me done, I’m off to read a book, because I can do that now, and hopefully it won’t be another two months before I post again!

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