|JCP News • Issue 21 • September 2009
Beautiful, Mysterious and Bizarre: M/M Horror & Urban Fantasy by Jordan Castillo Price
Ha ha, the punk band I was in at 17 had a song called "social disease" -- like we knew anything about anything! I'm so glad I'm not young anymore.
Anyway, diseases aside, I'm going to be co-teaching a class on social networking for beginners next week, and I'm seeing that social networking is a difficult thing to explain to someone who's never done it -- someone who sees no use for it.
(I also just had a co-worker tell me with a vapid and condescending smile that she just doesn't "get" Twitter. Obviously, some of us do -- so don't talk down to us, girly-girl.)
I think I'm on the low-to-middle end of social networking. I've joined stuff, but I don't post daily. I tend to follow a few friends, but if people post too often, I might de-friend them because my time is extremely limited and I can't keep up. Some flavors of social networking hold my interest more than others. I've never liked MySpace much, but I do mirror-post my LiveJournal entries there because some of my readers prefer that interface -- and I will say, they've made some changes at MySpace that make it feel more like an email program, so I am liking the new features.
I noticed when going over my stats that someone had come in from Goodreads and bought one of everything at JCP Books, so of course that piqued my interest and I decided to take a look. Weirder still, when I got there, an identity was already sitting there waiting for me, that I suppose readers had set up. (Thank you, o anonymous social networking elves, whoever you are. I do appreciate it!) Rest assured, it is actually me who stepped into the spot, and not some greasy older man with a mustache who's messing with your heads.
If you do look me up on Goodreads, you will probably be surprised that I mainly read business and marketing nonfiction. Y'know, all the stuff I was too "cool" to care about when I was young. I am leaving reviews as I go, though. The m/m community there is really warm and welcoming. So feel free to friend, follow, or whatever.
As an incentive to sign up for Goodreads, check out the lovely copy of Channeling Morpheus for Scary Mary you can win!
Jordan on the Web
From Zero Hour
"Get the strong one." The leader's voice grew hoarse from shouting. "I have this puny one under control."
Damn it, *|FNAME|*, summer's over.
It didn't seem long enough. It never does. But lately it seems like the days have been flashing by at the speed of light. We did get a fantabulous day on the Mississippi River yesterday -- yay, here's a photo -- and I'm really not prepared to let summer go, but no doubt it will be snowing here before I know it.
I've got a million and one projects, as usual. I'm looking into the possibility of producing some audio books. I thought I'd start with Striking Sparks and see how completely and utterly uncomfortable I could make the narrator!
In all seriousness, I thought Striking Sparks would work well because it's written in 3rd-person, which is unusual for me, so if the narrator's voice doesn't "match" the character voice most readers have in their heads, it won't ruin the audio experience for them.
I've written for audio before, though only one story is still available online. It's a gritty, 17-minute long m/f piece called Sweat, and you can find it -- and listen to a sample of it -- at A Woman's Goodnight.
In other news, I added a Coming Soon page to jordancastilloprice.com, I finished writing the Channeling Morpheus/Sweet Oblivion series (today!), I had a really popular Packing Heat episode on choosing what you want, I upgraded the memory on my iMac myself, I'm plugging away on PsyCop 6, and I lost a hubcap last weekend. More on Wild Bill and Michael below....
Channeling Morpheus ebooks 1 through 5 are now available in one gorgeous paperback. There was definitely a learning curve involved with working with this printer, but I'm really pleased with the quality and will be excited to embark on future projects with them.
To celebrate the release of Channeling Morpheus for Scary Mary, I have freebies and giveaways!
US residents can enter to win a copy of Channeling Morpheus for Scary Mary on Goodreads through the end of September.
Everybody (and their brother) can download a free wallpaper for computer or iPod touch/iPhone at my Channeling Morpheus page.
Click here for links to Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, and JCP Books (where flat-rate shipping might be cheaper than you think -- and the books are autographed!)
I finally finished edits on Sweet Oblivion 5: Elixir literally today. This story was a bitch to write. I'm not kidding. Pages and pages of longhand notes and freewriting. Stuff I wrote, then threw away. False starts. False everything.
I even threw my boyfriend out and covered the living room in brown paper so I could mind-map all over it and see what the heck the deal was.
The deal was, I didn't want to stop writing about Michael and Wild Bill. I love 'em both too much.
But I had a deadline, I had a commitment, and I needed to get the story out. I did...eventually. It was hard for me, though.
I do have another Michael/Wild Bill idea in me, but I also have some other projects I'm looking to launch early next year, and readers have been getting antsy for PsyCop 6, so I still don't know if a third Michael/Bill saga will ever get beyond my own imagination. If it doesn't, I think the end of Elixir is a deeply and surprisingly satisfying note for the story to end on.
Elixir - coming October 2 at Changeling Press - sign up for Quick Links at JCP News if you haven't already so you don't miss it! (If you normally get a short email newsletter from me with a only book release in it, then you are already signed up.)
Val Kovalin from Obsidian Bookshelf wrote a killer review for Channeling Morpheus for Scary Mary on Amazon.com. I love how she talks about the cohesion of the paperback itself as a whole.
If you've read and enjoyed the series, I'd be so grateful if you could give me some review-love at Amazon. Lack of reviews, or stinky reviews from crotchety readers like I seem to be getting lately, are not conducive to me getting the books sold that will allow me to write full-time someday and get more of this stuff out of my head and onto your ereaders or in your little brown corrugated care packages from Amazon! There are no reviews at all on Amazon.co.uk.
Your reviews make a huge difference -- really!
The Channeling Morpheus page at Amazon (with Val's Killer review!)
Zero Hour - Chapter 21
The security ops' smudged white uniforms stood out pale against the green foliage. Two of them, both taller than Will, emerged silently from the undergrowth with Tasers raised and ready. Ernest pointed and Will turned, careful not to spill what was left of the water. His caution snapped off like a servomechanism when he saw the ops, and he swung the sawed-off POD roof in a wide, strong arc that took the security op by surprise. It hit the op's head with a dull thud that seemed disproportionately quiet, since the blow knocked the man to his knees.
Leaves rustled and branches snapped as the attackers had no more need of stealth. A deep voice bellowed, "Stand down!" Ernest whirled. Three more ops approached from behind, all of them tall and muscled, with shaved heads, square jaws and hard eyes. One of the ops--probably the one who'd yelled--had a W3 link at his temple. It wasn't blinking. They were too far from the grid to pick up a signal.
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