carolecummings: (Bang Head Here)
So, life goes whacko for a while and it seems my brain takes that as a sign that it must generate a bazillion new story ideas that must be written right now omg! and then I get all flustered and have to slouch down to my cave for a while until life calms down and The Muse stops whipping plots at me like darts through her bony fingers. Life has not exactly calmed down, but I’ve been working steadily on one story for a while now, when I can, so I’m taking that as a good thing.

Now, usually I don’t name a story until it’s finished. I go with a horrible computer filing system wherein my WIPs are labeled stupid things like ‘#515’ or ‘Mage with scar’, but at least they’re all in one place now (I used to have them scattered all over my computer and had to search random folders just to find the one I wanted to work on; I found one once in a folder labeled ‘recipes’ so go figure) so that’s an improvement. But this one has ended up with a name-- Blue on Black. There is a reason for that, and it does have something to do with the plot and the characters, but I have to confess that the main reason I went against my usual (stupid) system was because I realized that if I allowed this story to name itself Blue on Black, I could then call it BoB. So I am currently writing a steampunky fantasy involving a train and I call that story BoB. Thank you, yes, I realize my head makes no sense to anyone who lives outside of it.

Anyway. Oh, look--more clowns! )
carolecummings: (Joker Grin)
To celebrate Halloween, Dreamspinner is inviting people to come trick-or-treating at our web site. Thirty-one of our fantastic authors have donated free short stories. Search through the different pages on the web site for Gary the gargoyle. Each time you find him, click on him for a free download by the author whose page he's hiding on! And make sure to check out the end of each story for a discount code good any time in the next year.

Dreamspinner Press

You guys remember Crepuscule Monstrum? The one with the painting and the monster? That one is up on my page, but you should know that one of my go-to authors, PD Singer picked up where that story left off with Crepuscule Monstrum Part II, and I promise, you won’t be wanting to smack her when you’re done reading. Just go to the Dreampsinner Author Index, follow the link to PD Singer and find Gary the Gargoyle on her page.

And then poke about some more. Lots of terrific authors there, including Eden Winters and Chrissy Munder. Free stories, discounts, great writing, sexy guys—what more could you want?
carolecummings: (Hey!)
It's a Saturday sale! We're offering 15% off your purchases from now through Monday night at midnight (est). Just put 'satnov2010' in the coupon code box when you check out at Torquere Books ( to get 15% off your order.

Sale good now through Monday November 15 at Midnight (est).


And because I've been meaning to review the Torquere authors from my f-list whom I've read and enjoyed (which is why they're on my f-list ;), and just haven't been able to get it together yet (hey, it's not much of a life, but it keeps me too bloody busy!), I would like to point you to:

Eden Winters, specifically Angel of 13th Street:
The Angel. That’s what the young hustlers call Noah Everett, the man who’ll help them get off the streets. Once a hustler himself, Noah doesn’t take his own good advice, which is, “Don’t let this ruin your life.” Haunted by the past and those he couldn’t save, Noah carefully keeps others at bay until his self-imposed loneliness is shattered by determined, ambitious, but homeless eighteen-year-old Jeremy Kincaid.

A ruthless pimp has targeted Jeremy, but if Noah will fight to get anonymous young men out of the life, he’ll fight harder to keep Jeremy from getting in, even if it means a return to old stomping grounds to make a deal with the devil. To save Jeremy, Noah risks more than just his body. He risks his soul as well, because Willie Carnell, pimp, was once Billy Cordell, Noah’s lover.

Kara Larson, specifically Bait:
Playing "bait" isn't a new task for Edric; he's used to doing whatever Father Osmer asks in their hunt for those subverting the will of the church. If he isn't being seduced by fey or testing the old legend about falling asleep under an apple tree, Edric's forced to investigate the most dangerous of church enemies: little old ladies living in the countryside. This one particular village reminds Edric of everything he tried to escape from: poverty, mud and livestock. What he doesn't expect to find is the most magical creature of all -- someone he loves, and someone willing to help him break free of Father Osmer.

Lee Benoit, specifically Master of None: The Eight of Pentacles:
Adiún has terrible luck with lovers. One has died, the other has been traded away to help the village, and he has no one left. Joining a troupe of acrobats, Adiún leaves his village in search of Devi, his old lover and best friend, hoping to save him from whatever fate has befallen him since he was sold.

He searches in brothels and slave pens with the help of his new friends, but when he finally finds Devi, Adiún is afraid too many bad things have happened for Devi to trust again. Can he find a way to convince his lover that they can have a life together?.

PD Singer, specifically anything in her 'Mountain' series, which begins with Fire on the Mountain:
When Jake signs up for a season as a forest ranger in the high country of Colorado, it seems like a great way to take a break before continuing his education. The mountains are beautiful, he gets to live in a cabin near a small lake where he can fish, and his partner Kurt is coaching him in archery. It’s heaven, with the occasional forest fire.

Kurt’s a good partner -- confident, competent, experienced, just what a rookie like Jake needs. He’s also good looking, not modest, and always around. Jake’s living in the closet, not just in the great outdoors, but is Kurt trying to get him to come sniff the fresh air? Jake can’t tell, but when a small fire whips out of control, things could really heat up!.

And, of course, Clare London, whom I have actually rev'd before, and I haven't actually read the ones she's published through Torquere, but I've read several others, and think you're safe taking your pick. ;)

(I've also got the non-Torquere authors to get to -- Chrissy Munder, Josh Lanyon, and Tessa Buxton -- but no one says you have to wait for me to give them a try! If you want to know which works of these three authors I've actually read, let me know, but actual reviews will have to wait for now.)

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