Rust Red: Galvanized a recommended read at ARe

November 16, 2011 at 6:55 am | Posted in Promotion, Rust Red: Galvanized, Torquere Press | Leave a comment
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I’ve had quite a few good things to wake up to this morning which will make getting through my Wednesday a little easier. One of those is that Rust Red: Galvanized is a recommended read at the ARe cafe at the moment, which is fantastic. Check it out here if you’re so inclined.

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Eyes Wide Shut now available for free at Smashwords and ARe

October 5, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Posted in Color Box, Eyes Wide Shut, Rust Red: Galvanized, Torquere Press | Leave a comment
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Yes, I’ve finally got my act together and uploaded Eyes Wide Shut to All Romance ebooks, and in celebration of that fact I’ve decided to make the book a free read at both Smashwords and ARe. You can grab yourself a copy from Smashwords here and ARe here.

 

Of course if you enjoy EWS you can grab yourself a copy of the sequel, Rust Red: Galvanized, available now from Torquere Press or ARe.

/shameless self promotion.

Rust Red: Galvanized is out

September 29, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Posted in Rust Red: Galvanized, Torquere Press | Leave a comment
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Rust Red: Galvanized is finally out, yay! It’s available at the Torquere Press website and All Romance ebooks, and I hope you enjoy it.

Torquere Press release party at TRS

September 28, 2011 at 11:25 am | Posted in Color Box, Promotion, Rust Red: Galvanized, Torquere Press | Leave a comment
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Torquere Press is having a September release party over at The Romance Studio’s party website, and since Rust Red: Galvanized is released tomorrow (woo!), I am participating.

Since I am also full of the giveaway love, I’m also running a competition to win a copy of Rust Red: Galvanized. As always, everyone who comments on one of my posts over there (currently here and here) will go into the draw to win a copy. And since Rust Red: Galvanized is a sequel to Eyes Wide Shut, if the winner doesn’t already have a copy of Eyes Wide Shut I’m going to throw that in as well.

Just one more thing…FYI, you might have seen the excerpts I’m using before, around and about the place. I’ve been talking about the book a bit, you see, and I can’t use the whole thing for excerpts, otherwise no one will buy the thing. At least if you comment you can possibly win one and get to read the rest of it!

Competition links and Eyes Wide Shut at Smashwords

September 25, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Posted in Color Box, Promotion, Rust Red: Galvanized, Torquere Press | Leave a comment
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The competition to win a copy of Rust Red: Galvanized is still going on at the Torquere Social LJ; if you comment on any of my posts, which are here, here, here and here, you’ll go in the draw to win. I’ll do that tomorrow so that everyone in the Southern Hemisphere has a chance to stick their oar in too.

Eyes Wide Shut is now out of print at Torquere, but since it would be ridiculous of me to let a rights-reverted manuscript gather dust on my hard drive when there’s a sequel to it coming out in a few days, I’ve put it up for sale at Smashwords here, with a snazzy new cover designed by LJ LaBarthe, because she is a lifesaver who is sadly all too used to my last-minute ways. Hopefully some people will find that useful, since I’ve spent practically the entire day uploading files, fiddling with the cover image, and changing links, and now I’m cross-eyed and exhausted.

Competition to win Rust Red: Galvanized

September 25, 2011 at 4:36 am | Posted in Color Box, Promotion, Rust Red: Galvanized, Torquere Press | Leave a comment
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I am over at the Torquere Social livejournal today, talking about my upcoming release, Rust Red: Galvanized. Everyone who comments on one of my posts there gets to go into the draw to win a copy of the book once it’s released next Wednesday. I hope to see you there!

Coming soon: Rust Red: Galvanized

September 7, 2011 at 9:42 pm | Posted in Color Box, Novella, Rust Red: Galvanized, Torquere Press | Leave a comment
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This time next week, I will be in America. This time in 3 weeks, I will still be in America and yet the world will be filled with sunshine and puppies and rainbows, because my Torquere Press Color Box will be out. Woo hoo! As my subject line implies, it’s called Rust Red: Galvanized, and you have no idea how difficult it is for me not to type “my Torquere Colour Box, Rust Red: Galvanised” every time I talk about it.

Seriously, America, you kill me with your Zs all over the place and your lack of Us where Us should be, you really do. As if me facing another 6 weeks of driving on the wrong side of the road wasn’t bad enough, you also have to curb my natural inclination to spell properly.

Joking, Americans! I love your country. You have Junior Mints.

Anyway. The new book is a novella of about 17,000 words, give or take, that continues the story of Adam and Chris, who we met in Eyes Wide Shut. The cover art and an unedited blurb are below the cut.

Continue Reading Coming soon: Rust Red: Galvanized…

Rust Red Color Box teaser excerpt

August 14, 2011 at 9:22 pm | Posted in Color Box, Eyes Wide Shut, Novella, Rust Red: Galvanized, Torquere Press, Writing | 1 Comment
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There are three lines published by Torquere Press that I find endlessly inspirational: the Color Box, Spice it Up and Birthstones lines. God I love a theme like that. So when the opportunity to write a Color Box came up, I jumped at the chance. The colour I chose was rust red, and I did that for a very specific reason.

About a year ago I wrote a little story called Eyes Wide Shut, that was part of the Healing Hearts Charity sip blitz in 2010. The characters from that story – Royal Flying Doctors Service physician Adam Taylor and his mining engineer boyfriend Chris Barker – stuck with me, as did the red landscape of the WA outback, and when the call for Color Boxes went out and I saw what had and hadn’t yet been taken, lo, the idea for a sequel to Eyes Wide Shut was born. I’m quite pleased that Adam and Chris’ story gets to continue.

It’s called Rust Red: Galvanized, and it will be out at the end of September.  It’s quite a bit longer than Eyes Wide Shut, clocking in at around 17,000 words. Even though I wrote it a while ago, it’s still early days, since there isn’t even a blurb for it yet. However, I’ve gotten my edits back, so I’ve decided to post a little teaser (although obviously since it’s still in edits, this may or may not appear like this in the final version).

The story picks up 6 months after the end of Eyes Wide Shut. In this excerpt, Adam and Chris are in Surfer’s Paradise visiting Adam’s family. It is Schoolie’s Week, a time when about a million teenagers are in Surfer’s celebrating the end of high school by getting roaring drunk and generally making pests of themselves. The boys have just had their morning nookie interrupted by Adam’s mum. Heh.

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Chris had recovered enough from his trauma to come out of the bedroom after breakfast, and he even consented to a dip in the pool in full view of both Adam’s parents, who were reclining in the shade of the verandah. He lay on his stomach on an airbed, his wet hair glistening in the sunshine, and ignored Adam, who swam slowly around him, much like a shark stalking its prey. That was what interrupted sex did for Adam, but he was doomed to not get any satisfaction that day.

Adam completed another circuit around Chris’ airbed, and this time Chris cracked open an eyelid. “Go away.”

“What? I’m not doing anything.”

“Yes, you are. You’re lurking. Plotting.”

Adam rolled his eyes. “Plotting what? My parents are just over there.”

“I don’t know. Something.” Chris rested his chin on his arms. “I wouldn’t put anything past you today.”

Adam rolled his eyes. “Talk about paranoid.” He swam around the airbed once more, and when he came up to Chris’ head again, Chris was still watching him. “Let’s go out tonight, just you and me.”

Chris was silent for a minute. “Where do you want to go?”

Adam shrugged, hanging on to the end of the airbed. “I don’t know. Out to dinner. There are some nice restaurants on the main strip.”

Chris made a face. “Won’t there be a lot of kids out there tonight?”

“Yeah, but we don’t have to go to any pubs. We’ll just go to a restaurant and come home.” Adam tugged on the edge of the airbed. “We’ll just have a nice meal, that’s all.”

“Okay. As long as we go somewhere with as few teenagers as possible.”

Adam nodded. “Deal.” He watched Chris for a moment, then smiled, slowly tugging the airbed around so that Chris’ back was to his parents. He glanced over at the verandah; his father was reading the paper, and his mother was on her feet, heading into the house. “Give us a kiss.”

Chris’ eyes narrowed. “Why?”

“Because I want one.” Adam tugged the edge of the airbed a little. “Come on. We were so rudely interrupted this morning…”

Chris looked over his shoulder, then turned back. “All right, but just a quick one.”

Adam grinned and moved in. “I knew you couldn’t resist me for too long.”

“Whatever. Get over here.” Chris grabbed the back of Adam’s head and kissed him firmly, then tried to push him away. Adam resisted, kissing him again, softly, turning it into something to linger over. It was Chris’ turn to resist that, but after a moment he gave in, his fingers on Adam’s head turning gentle as they stroked through the hair at the nape of Adam’s neck.

“Lunch is ready, boys!” his mother called from the doorway of the house.

Chris groaned quietly, and Adam laughed into Chris’ mouth. He broke the kiss and leaned his forehead against Chris’ as Chris’ fingers tightened around his neck. “It’s just that kind of day today. A frustrating one. This is why we have to get out on our own tonight.”

“We’ve got to do something on our own. Like have cold showers,” Chris said, letting him go and tumbling off the airbed and into the water.

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