Sunday, March 22, 2015

Launch party

This afternoon and evening there's a launch party on Facebook for the Lucky Stars Box Set, with each author filling a one-hour slot. I have to work the closing shift tonight and won't be able to be there live, but I wrote up a bunch of posts a few days ago, which one of the others will use to fill my time slot. There'll be bits of background info on my story in the set, my other works, my approach to writing, some fun stuff, and giveaways of copies of my previous works (plus giveaways from the other authors, as well).

Just a few samples ...











Hope you drop by, join in the fun, and enter the contests for some free ebooks. :D

Monday, March 16, 2015

Going live tomorrow



Thank your lucky stars…

Seven romantic novellas take the reader out of this world and into worlds of sexy heroes and strong feisty heroines. From the stars in futuristic sci fi, to wolf shifters, to Greek gods, to ancient curses and fairy tales, seven of today’s hot romance authors take you on journeys of the heart where the only rule is a happily ever after.

Lucky Charms by Louisa Bacio
Get Lucky with the Unluck of the Irish

Made for Love by Kim Carmichael
She thought she was made for duty when she was really made for love.

The Last Date by Solera Winters
How many dates will it take for her to find love?

Thorne’s Rose by Christine Ashworth
When the rose blooms, love has found its way.

Taming the Beast by Erzabet Bishop
Only true beauty can tame the heart of a beast…

Mission to Bellatrix by Fred T. Kerns
A young adventurer takes the first step on a journey into the unknown.

Submit to Him by Sascha Illyvich
Can Theresa surrender her heart to the alpha strong enough to care for her?

Available for purchase from Amazon, release date March 17, 2015.

Check out the Goodreads page for advance reviews.

Also, support the box set on Thunderclap.

Included in this set is my own story, Mission to Bellatrix.

Kolya Mason, a young adventurer with a badly scarred face, has been hitchhiking on starships for several years. Now, she boards a ship leaving Terran-controlled space for the first time, joining a science team investigating the reappearance of a long-lost spacecraft. She's accompanied by a gorgeous young man who insists on tagging along ... but what's he up to? Is he genuinely attracted to her, or does he have some other agenda?

Features several characters introduced in Game Over.

To be expanded into a full novel.









The wait is almost over ....

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Coming soon

Only five more days until the release of the Lucky Stars Box Set. A Goodreads page has been set up, and the set is available for pre-order.

Thank your lucky stars… 
Seven romantic novellas take the reader out of this world and into worlds of sexy heroes and strong feisty heroines. From the stars in futuristic sci fi, to wolf shifters, to Greek gods, to ancient curses and fairy tales, seven of today’s hot romance authors take you on journeys of the heart where the only rule is a happily ever after. 
After Cornelius’s family is jinxed, he suffers from the unluck of the Irish. Forced to spend every St. Patrick’s Day with green hair—and more—Cornelius must convince Jenna of his love when she’s unable to remember him. 
Out for a good time and some green beer, Jenna sustains disbelief of not-so-little green leprechauns when she discovers Cornelius’s really big curse. -Lucky Charms by Louisa Bacio
When Isra (Citizen 24178) of Sustenire is selected to take part in her planet’s population expansion program, she is proud to be the first chosen to be with the mysterious humanoids from the planet Terra. From a society who shuns social contact and emotion she is shocked to learn she is allowed to communicate with her match before they meet for their designated copulation appointment. Since he has never connected with a female from his planet, Damek of Terra is more than intrigued with the idea of learning about this strict, staunch society. However once he begins exchanging messages with Isra he finds himself intrigued and enchanted with his match, and longs to show her a universe long denied her, starting with the pleasures of mating. With her heart now opened to new sensations and feelings, she must decide if she is made for duty or made for love. -Made for Love by Kim Carmichael 
When Vikki Godwin is dumped at a bar on her fifth date, she’s ready to give up on finding love. Enter Anteros, the god of unrequited love, who must convince her to take a chance on a one night stand. -The Last Date by Solera Winters 
Emmalee wants her great-grandfather’s journals in order to solve a family mystery. But to get them, she has to convince the wildly sexy Hollister Thorne to help her search his family’s library. 
Hollister just wants to break the curse on his family, which is why he hired the great-granddaughter of the woman who cursed his ancestor. 
Together, Emmalee and Hollister learn that love knows no boundaries of time… -Thorne’s Rose by Christine Ashworth 
Allyse Montlake is a BBW witch with some unusual skills. When a chance job interview lands her a part on the wildly popular Extreme Bachelor television special, she finds herself face to face with Soren Rochester, the hottest man she has ever seen. Puppies, passion and a hot seat on camera await Allyse as she discovers the secrets of the heart can have thorns deeper than the most vibrant rose. -Taming the Beast by Erzabet Bishop 
Kolya Mason, a young adventurer with a badly scarred face, has been hitchhiking on starships for several years. Now, she boards a ship leaving Terran-controlled space for the first time, joining a science team investigating the reappearance of a long-lost spacecraft. She's accompanied by a gorgeous young man who insists on tagging along ... but what's he up to? Is he genuinely attracted to her, or does he have some other agenda? -Mission to Bellatrix by Fred Kerns 
Feeling uninspired and unwanted, Theresa must make a decision when the strong willed Alpha of the local pack comes on to her. Can she submit to him, give in her entire being to this man or will he scare her off? -Submit to Him by Sascha Illyvich

Five more days ...

Monday, March 9, 2015

Advance Copies

Copies of the Lucky Stars anthology -- which includes my story "Mission to Bellatrix" -- are going out to reviewers. If you'd like to read it and then post a review when it goes live on Amazon March 17, fill out the form here.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Press Release

The press release for Lucky Stars, the paranormal/sci-fi romance anthology which includes my novelette "Mission to Bellatrix" ...

Los Angeles, March 17, 2015— Lucky Stars, a Box Set of romantic scifi and paranormal novellas, releases March 17, 2015 on Amazon. From leprechauns to aliens to gods, ghosts and shifters, this collection of stories from some of today’s hottest new authors provides entertainment for readers who like a dose of the supernatural in their romance.
Lucky Stars features stories from Louisa Bacio, Kim Carmichael, Solera Winters, Christine Ashworth, Fred T. Kerns, Erzabet Bishop and Sascha Illyvich.
Irksome Rebel Press’s Director of Operations, Scott Evans says, “We’re proud to follow up our successful box set, Three Times Lucky, with another collection of romance stories guaranteed to satisfy anyone needing a bit of romantic luck.”
And here's a look at the cover:






And the cover of my story:


Eleven more days ...

Monday, March 2, 2015

Uh-huh. Download THIS!

This afternoon I (along with several other authors and Chaser's publisher, Keith Publications) was informed of a website called E-Bookdownload, which has tons of books that can be downloaded for free. Some of KP's authors discovered that their books, published by KP, had been uploaded there without permission and were being downloaded without the authors, editors, cover artists, etc., receiving any compensation. I took a look at the site and found Game Over listed there, and at that time it had been downloaded over 700 times.

That book has been on sale through Vook and has only sold three copies so far. If it's been downloaded that many times without anyone paying me for it, and I find out who uploaded it, that person will be sued into oblivion faster than they can say, "Oh shit!"

The authors in question requested that their books be taken off the site, and I did the same. I then investigated further and found a half-dozen more of my books there as free downloads. My first book, Load, had been stolen over 900 times. I followed up by filing another copyright complaint for all of them. After checking again a few minutes ago, all of my books were gone. The books from other authors mentioned above were also removed.

KP sent a cease-and-desist to the site, and posted a warning on its Facebook page. The FB page has been disabled. It's possible the E-Bookdownloads site might not be around much longer.

Still, here's a heads-up to any other authors who might see this post. Probably be a good idea to check that site and find out if any of your books have been uploaded there without your permission.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Brief thoughts on Leonard Nimoy

I heard about Leonard Nimoy's passing yesterday, but it's taken me a while to process this.

I never had the opportunity to meet him, having grown up in a tiny, horrible town near the Oregon coast, too far away from the nearest convention centers with too little money to afford such a trip. But he and Star Trek were always there throughout my childhood and long after. Star Trek was one of the first TV shows I ever started watching. I don't even remember how old I was. Probably four or five.

I actually started learning how to tell time by noticing where the hands on the clock were when Star Trek started -- 4:00 weekday afternoons on KPTV Channel 12 from Portland. I don't want to give the impression that I had a horrible childhood, but school was often almost impossible to endure because every day I was the target of every bully in sight -- but I could always come home, turn the TV to Channel 12, and be carried away to other worlds, and for an hour I could forget what I'd had to put up with all day.

Star Trek was always there as I was growing up, and Leonard Nimoy was an inseparable part of it. The show, and the character he played on it, just wouldn't have been what it was without him.

He was always there. And suddenly, he's gone. As with the other cast members who have died, James Doohan and DeForest Kelley, the thought of never seeing him again, except in things he's already done, is both sad and unsettling. Each time this happens, it feels like a part of my own foundation has been lost.

But then, to quote a line from The Wrath of Khan, spoken by Dr. McCoy: "He's really not dead, you know ... not as long as we remember him."