|JCP News • Issue 22 • October 2009
Beautiful, Mysterious and Bizarre: M/M Horror & Urban Fantasy by Jordan Castillo Price
A KINDLE FOR THE REST OF THE WORLD
I've been selling my short stories on the Kindle since 2007, but only recently have I actually seen what my Kindle stories look like. Not because I've treated myself to a Kindle, but because there's a FREE Kindle app available for the iPhone/iPod touch that lets your iPhone do many of the things a Kindle does.
Can't imagine reading on that tiny little screen? The resolution's so amazing, it's surprisingly easy. And of course you can scale the text and change the color however you like. Another cool thing about reading on the iPod is that the ebooks are in color, whereas the Kindles, with their "electronic paper" technology, are black & white.
But the best part is, Kindle is no longer US - only. I've been saying for months now, "I'm sure they're working out some deals," and I was right! It's available in over 100 countries next week (click the dropdown menu to see the particulars of your country ), and I would bet they're trying to work out deals with everywhere else. (Two notable exceptions are Canada and New Zealand. Keep your fingers crossed, Canucks and Kiwis. Say what you want about Amazon, they're business savvy. I'm sure negotiations are happening; I don't think they'd leave potential customers behind.)
If you do end up getting a new Kindle or iPod, maybe you'll consider breaking it in with some PsyCop. I'll have the whole series available at Amazon in Kindle format by the time the International Kindle launches!
There's a very fun "try a sample" feature on Kindle, so even if you already own the PsyCops and don't want to buy them twice, you can download that sample and admire the cover art! (In full color on the iPod. Can you tell I'm totally partial to the iPod???)
As always, I'll need your reviews to help make this venture a success. If you've ever reviewed a PsyCop book, I'd be so grateful if you posted that review on the Kindle edition over at Amazon once the ebooks are up.
Ding! Ding! Ding!
We have winners -- yay! Congratulations to Amy, who won a paperback copy of Channeling Morpheus for Scary Mary from me on Goodreads!
Yippee -- Ana won a free copy of Among the Living for opening the September Newsletter.
High five! (Or maybe a bump. I suppose that's more this-century.) Star won a copy of Elixir for opening the Elixir Quick Link email!
Jordan on the Web
From Zero Hour
"And when I talk about going back to Reclaim, well, it just so happens he's been there too."
"He was looking for his POD, you twit. He thinks it's his mother."
Trick or Treat!
Close your storm windows and get that candy ready. It's almost Halloween. Unless you live in the Southern Hemisphere, in which case we'll let you leave your storm windows open.
Today was a month of many ups and downs. Elixir, the final installment of Sweet Oblivion came out, and man, I'm hardly prepared to say goodbye to Wild Bill and Michael. You can read the beginning of Elixir or buy the ebook at Changeling Press. And so I don't have to bid them adieu quite yet, this month's JCP News interview subject is Michael.
The m/m romance community on Goodreads voted Hemovore the October Book-of-the-Month, along with Ally Blue's Love, Like Ghosts. There's still time to get in on the discussion. Haven't heard of Goodreads? It's a social networking site that's all about books! Check out my Goodreads page (woefully underfilled with books...I'm a very slow reader. I say all the words in my head.)
The low point of the month was when I discovered my first novella, Among the Living, had been plagiarized by a fanfic writer on LiveJournal. The plagiarizer has since locked down all the illegal posts so only her friends can see them, but before she did, some vigilant members of the fanfic community took screen caps to document what was going on.
It got me to thinking about what the difference is between an homage, fanfic, infringement and derivative work. Wave (of Reviews by Jessewave) graciously invited me to post about it on her site. Keep your eyes peeled -- she's also letting me guest post on October 23!
Then, a warm & fuzzy moment -- on Packing Heat, I was able to chat with one of my longtime listeners, Jessica Broughton, about the film industry, the magazine business, and the downlow on writing web content for money.
I'll have a new novelette called Sympathy out this Halloween...because I can't resist writing a Halloween story! If you're signed up for Quick Links emails, you'll get an alert when it hits the virtual shelves.
Whew! I'm exhausted just thinking about the unchecked explosion of my to-do list. Pass me a fun-sized Milky Way, wouldja?
I'm elated that Body & Soul, PsyCop #3, will join the rest of the ebook series next week at JCPbooks.com! What's new? A new cover (yay!), fresh typesetting, error corrections, continuity corrections, and general spiffing up.
By the end of October, I'll have the entire series available for the Kindle. Have you ignored Kindle news in the past because it was only available in the US, and only for owners of the Kindle device? Then have a look at the sidebar. As of this month, Kindle is now in over 100 countries, and you don't even need the stinkin' Kindle anymore! You can get the content on an iPhone or iPod touch!
Meanwhile, I am also hard at work on PsyCop #6. If all goes as planned, you'll see it in the spring!
Channeling Morpheus Springs Up Worldwide
Channeling Morpheus for Scary Mary is now available in paperback in all these countries:
More Michael to Love
The release date was so recent I haven't heard much about Elixir from reviewers yet, but so far readers are giving me the big thumbs-up on the wrapup of the Sweet Oblivion leg of Bill's and Michael's journeys. Reviewer Ann Somerville, the first to take a stab at the final Oblivion, says, "If you want everything nice and tidily sewn up in a Castillo Price book, you haven’t been paying attention. We’re left with dangling possibilities, with Bill and Michael continuing an apparently hopeless, peripatetic existence, but with their relationship deepened and strengthened." Read the rest of her review on her blog.
I do plan a paperback version of Sweet Oblivion -- the five novellas that I think of as Wild Bill's story arc -- but I haven't slotted it into the to-do list quite yet. I figure we'll let the ebooks breathe a while before I go back to that project. Right now, after over a year of turning out Morpheus/Oblivion novelettes and novellas every other month like clockwork, I've got a few other projects I've been itching to bring up from the backburner.
Zero Hour - Chapter 22
Abraham strode back toward the railroad with Will directly behind him. Will was still hollering, demanding that Abraham see reason. Abraham was calm and quiet.
Ernest crouched beside Audrey and put an arm around her thin shoulders. He wondered why it had occurred to him to touch her, but she leaned into him and cried, and he supposed she would topple forward if he let go now. He said, "I don't think Benjamin knew what happens in Reclaim. I found him in the lobby, so maybe he never really saw what was going on. And even the ops who work the machine, they only see the loading end of it. Or maybe he did know about Reclaim...but even if he did, I don't think he understood. Not like Elizabeth. Not like me."
Elizabeth stirred, and turned on her side. She looked at Martha, and said, only, "How?"
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