Its Valentine’s Week and Love is In the Air! This Week at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

Standard

valentines-day

Its Valentine’s Week and Love is In the Air!

Tuesday is Valentine’s Day and surely Love is in the Air!  All those hearts, balloons, and boxes of chocolates and other signs of romance all around are making me think of so many things, like the best love stories in movies and of course, in books (cue the soundtrack to Doctor Zhivago)!  We can all remember the traditional love stories, meaning het of course! I’m sure they are popping into mind even now.  Romeo and Juliet, Lancelot and Guinevere (Arthur got a raw deal I think), Mark Anthony and Cleopatra, Paris and Helena,Tristan and Isolde…most ended unhappily I know.  But ah,  how bright their love and passion burned!  We can even think of our happy love movies.  Love Actually is played constantly during the holiday season (love has so many faces).

But how about LGBTQIA love?  Is Brokeback Mountain the first movie that comes to mind?  How about Shelter or Big Eden or Latter Days?  They didn’t have big names attached to them but the romance and love left you smiling instead of feeling torn apart.  Perfect for Valentine’s Day watching!  What’s your recommendations for Valentine’s Day binge watching?

I can remember my very first novel, outside of fanfiction (K/S among others) that was not only M/M but had a happy ending.  That was The Catch Trap by Marion Zimmer Bradley.  I still have my hardback copy.  It was a revelation.  The idea of m/m romance and love with the possibility of a future in some way. The Catch Trap was published in 1979 which was when I first read it so a future then is markably different then the way in which LGBTQIA romance (and marriage) is regarded today (bigotry not withstanding).  Some of my comfort reads are also my favorite love stories but not all. Some of my favorite couples also had pain, loss and suspense attached to their stories as well.  Here are some of those.

lovefor-valentine-day

Some of My Favorite Couples and Their Series in no particular order:

Ty and Zane of Abigail Roux’s Cut & Run series (some written with Madeleine Urban)

Lucky and Bo of Eden Winter’s Diversion series

Jory and Sam of Mary Calmes’ A Matter of Time series

Jin and Logan of Mary Calmes’ A Change of Heart series

Adrien and Jake from The Adrien English Mysteries by Josh Lanyon

Jonty and Orlando from Charlie Cochrane’s Cambridge Fellows Mysteries

Jim and Griffin as well as Evan and Matt from Tere Michaels’ Faith, Love & Devotion series

And this is without adding in those couples from my comfort list books!  There’s more as well.  Do you have your favorite couples?  Tell me which ones I missed!

Goodreads has its own Listopia: Best Gay/Lesbian Fiction With Happy Endings (140 books).  You might check out this list too.    But back to your favorite couples and your favorite love stories.  What love stories jump into your mind when I say  “Romance”!  That love with a capital L story where “one swims the oceans, fights all the fights, does everything they must to be with the one they love” story.  Give us your list and see if you come up with Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words Valentine’s Day gift card!

rainbow-hearts

Valentine’s Day Love Story Challenge.

Yes its time for the Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words Valentine’s Day Love Story Challenge.  Give us your list of either top couples and their story or top love stories with your email address. One random reader will be chosen to receive a $10 gift certificate by midnight next Sunday, February 18th.  This is a quick contest so get your lists in this week.  Must be 18 years of age or older to enter.

And as a reminder, our Comfort Reads Giveaway also closes on the 17th.  So here is two chances to win a gift certificate.

📚Comfort Reads Giveaway from Last Week!

Send us your List of Comfort Reads!  Your Snuggle Up To, Comfort Blankey Books!  One random reader with a List will be chosen to receive a $10 gift certificate from Dreamspinner Press.  Contest ends February 17 at midnight.  Please leave your name and email address where you can be reached if chosen.

Now for this week’s schedule.

This Week at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

letters-from-cupid-by-ari-mckaytoo-soon-for-love-by-kimberly-gardnerblossom-of-the-samurai-by-sedonia-guilloneflaunt-by-e-davies

Sunday, February 12:

  • Its Valentine’s Week and Love is In the Air!
  • This Week at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words
  • A MelanieM Review:  Flaunt by E. Davies

Monday, February 13:

  • DSP GUEST POST Ari McKay on Letters from Cupid
  • DSP GUEST POST Tara Lain on Fire Balls
  • Release Day Blitz The Start of Something New by Tamryn Eradani
  • A Caryn Review: Too Soon For Love by Kimberly Gardner
  • A Lila Release Day Review: Jerricho’s Freedom by Jake C. Wallace
  • A VVivacious Review: The Start of Something New by Tamryn Eradani
  • An Ali Audiobook Review: Empty Net (Scoring Chances #4) by Avon Gale and Scott R. Smith (Narrator)

Tuesday, February 14 (Valentine’s Day):

  • DSP GUEST POST Evelise Archer on Jaeger
  • DSP GUEST POST Lila Leigh Hunter on Dating in Retrospect
  • Jared’s Family by VS Morgan Release Blitz and Giveaway
  • A MelanieM Release Day Review: Yes, Professor by Renae Kaye
  • A PaulB Review: The Atherton Pack 4 by Toni Griffin
  • A Stella Release Day Review:  Letters from Cupid by Ari McKay
  • An Alisa Releases Day Review: Warlock in Training by TJ Nichols

Wednesday, February 15:

  • DSP PUBLICATIONS GUEST POST TJ Nichols on Warlock in Training
  • Release Blitz Clare London – How The Other Half Lives
  • A Barb the Zany Old Lady Review: The New Wolf (Building the Pack #1) by RJ Scott
  • A MelanieM Release Day Review: Blossom of the Samurai by Sedonia Guillone
  • A MelanieM Release Day Review:  Poppy’s Secret by Andrew Grey
  • A Stella Release Day Review:  Dating in Retrospect by Lila Leigh Hunter

Thursday, February 16:

  • DSP GUEST POST Remmy Duchene and BLMorticia on Wounded Pride
  • Release Day Blitz Learning to Want by Tami Veldura
  • An Ali Audiobook Review: Where There’s Smoke by Cari Z and Nick J. Russo (Narrator)
  • An Alisa Review: What the Cat Dragged In by Kate Steele
  • A Lila Audiobook Review: Hanging The Stars (Half Moon Bay #2) by Rhys Ford and Greg Tremblay (Narrator)
  • An Alisa Audiobook Review: Behr Facts (Foothills Pride #3) by Pat Henshaw and David Ross (Narrator)

Friday, February 17:

  • Suki Fleet – Foxes Tour and Giveaway
  • RIPTIDE TOUR and Giveaway: Half by Eli Lang
  • A Stella Review: Half by Eli Lang
  • A Paul B Release Day Review: Skythane by J. Scott Coatsworth
  • A Caryn Review: How The Other Half Lives by Clare London
  • A Free Dreamer Review: Foxes by Suki Fleet

Saturday, February 18:

  • A MelanieM Review:  Necessary Medicine by M.K. York
  • A MelanieM Review: Danced Close (Portland Heat, #6) by Annabeth Albert

danced-closehalf-by-eli-langpoppys-secret-by-andrew-greywarlock-in-training-by-tj-nichols

What Are Your Comfort Reads and This Week at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

Standard

 book-blanket

What Are Your Comfort Reads?

I know, I know.   Its February and I could have so much more to talk about.  Its Black History Month, Valentine’s Day and Love Stories and so much more. And I may get to those next week. But the truth of the matter is that I’m heart sore these days.  With all the news and politics and a President determined to see us and our rights thrown back to the fifties and nations at war, my heart and head feels like its being plundered, torn into pieces daily.

You do what you can, you speak up, sign petitions, march. But at night or whenever you need it, I know that I need to escape into my books and my comfort reads.

I’ve been falling back into some of my early stories from many authors, ones that have remained my “go to books” when I need that instant book blankey.  Don’t tell me you don’t have those.  A story that means an instant smuggle for you.  So you tell me yours, I’ll tell you mine.  Let’s see how they mesh if at all.  Some of mine include an entire series:

MelanieM’s Comfort Read’s (partial and constantly growing)

  • Amy Lane’s Keeping Promise Rock
  • Red Dirt Heart Series by N.R. Walker
  • Faith, Love & Devotion Series by Tere Michaels
  • Change of Heart series by Mary Calmes
  • Collision Course by K.A. Mitchell
  • The Shearing Gun by Renae Kaye
  • Frog by Mary Calmes
  • No Going Home (Home #1) by T.A. Chase
  • Home Series by T.A. Chase

I think B.A. Tortuga’s new series, The Release, may find its way onto this list.  Too soon yet. But I wouldn’t be surprised.

That’s for starters, ones that just popped up without giving it any thought.  I know there’s more to come.  So pull up yours.  I want to know the stories you reach for when you want to feel good, happy.  We certainly can do with so much more of that these days.

bookbed

📚Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words Giveaway!📚

Send us your List of Comfort Reads!  Your Snuggle Up To, Comfort Blankey Books!  One random reader with a List will be chosen to receive a $10 gift certificate from Dreamspinner Press.  Contest ends February 17 at midnight.  Please leave your name and email address where you can be reached if chosen.

A young girl reading a book under the covers with a flashlight

This Week At Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

wolfmannyat-attention-out-of-uniform-2-by-annabeth-albertwhat-remains-audiobookthey-walk-among-us-by-ta-chase

Sunday, February 5:

  • A Free Dreamer Review: Wasted Youth by H.B. Kurtzwilde
  • A MelanieM Review: Calling His Bluff (Club Raven #3) by B.A. Tortuga
  • What Are Your Comfort Reads?
  • This Week at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

Monday, February 6:

  • INTERLUDE PRESS TOUR Storm Season by Pene Henson
  • Cover Reveal for No Regrets by Nicky James (excerpt and giveaway)
  • RIPTIDE TOUR Working It by Christine d’Abo (giveaway)
  • A Paul B Release Day Review: Wolfmanny by Julia Talbot
  • An Ali Audiobook Review: What Remains by Garrett Leigh and Craig Beck (Narrator)
  • An Ali Review: Working It (Ringside Romance #1) by Christine d’Abo
  • An Alisa Review:  They Walk Among Us by T.A. Chase

Tuesday, February 7:

  • HARMONY INK PRESS GUEST POST: Sherrie Henry on Flag on the Play
  • RIPTIDE TOUR Embers by Kate Sherwood (giveaway)
  • DSP GUEST POST Ingela Bohm on The Seventh Flower
  • A Stella Review: Storm Season by Pene Henson
  • A VVivacious Review: The Puritan Pirate by Jules Radcliffe
  • An Ali Review:They Walk Among Us by T.A. Chase
  • A VVivacious Review: THE MUTT: AN ORDER SHORT STORY by Kasia Bacon

Wednesday, February 8:

  • DSP GUEST POST: Julia Talbot on Wolfmanny
  • HARMONY INK PRESS GUEST POST: Jo Ramsey on Midnight Chat
  • A Jeri Release Day Review: Fire Balls by Tara Lain
  • A Jeri Review: Off Base by Annabeth Albert
  • A Stella Release Day Review: The Seventh Flower (World of Love) by Ingela Bohm
  • An Alisa Release Day Review:  Buyout by Dev Bentham

Thursday, February 9:

  • DSP GUEST POST: Jake C. Wallace on Jerricho’s Freedom
  • DSP GUEST POST:  Dirk Greyson on Darkness Rising
  • A Lila Review:  Tempted to Taste by Shawn Lane
  • A PaulB  Review: Descent of Kings: Books BUNDLE by Maria Albert
  • A Caryn Review: When Irish Eyes Are Smiling by Matthew Robbins
  • An Alisa Review: Fire Triangle by Iyana Jenna

Friday, February 10:

  • *FLAUNT by E Davies 2 week blog tour and giveaway
  • DSP GUEST POST Dev Bentham on Buyout – A Love Story
  • DSP GUEST POST Mason Thomas on The Shadow Mark
  • Release Day Blitz: Leaning Into Love by Lane Hayes
  • A Paul B Review: Sealed With Acceptance (Signed, Sealed, Delivered #5) by Caitlin Ricci and A.J. Marcus
  • An Ali Release Day Review: Jaeger (Order of the Black Knights #4) by Evelise Archer
  • An Ali Release Day Review:  Shifting Views (The Carlisles #4) by Meg Harding

Saturday, February 11:

  • A MelanieM Review: At Attention (Out of Uniform, #2) by Annabeth Albert
  • A MelanieM Review:  Necessary Medicine by M.K. York

the-seventh-flowerjaeger-by-evelise-archersealed-with-acceptance-by-caitlin-ricci-and-aj-marcusbuyout-a-love-story

More Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words Best of Lists for 2016 and This Week’s Schedule

Standard

books-into-snowpath

More Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words Best of Lists for 2016

We are still in the process of looking over all the great stories and covers of last year as there were so many.  I know its so hard to choose favorites.  How to pick a favorite story when one may be a comedy and one a drama?  When one had you bent over laughing so hard your stomach ached and the other left you sobbing with an empty tissue box?  So hard I know.  I have the hardest time, that’s why my list will be on the last Sunday of the month.  I’m still mulling mine over, adding, subtracting…its crazy.  But most of the reviewers here have been far better at it than I.  Here is Lila’s list.  Plus we still want to hear from our readers, there’s a giveaway associated with your comments.

person reading stacks of books

 

STRW 2016 Best of Giveaway

We will pick one random reader who leaves a comment with their year end Best of (along with their email addresses) to receive a $10 DSP gift card.   Contest ends January 29, at midnight.  Must be 18 years of age or older.

 

Lila Icon

Lila’s Best of 2016

Favorite Book of 2016

Bitter Legacy by Dal Maclean


Favorite Short Stories

Pride Weekend by Charlie Descoteaux

Loud and Clear by Aidan Wayne

Guardian by Jordan Taylor

Favorite e-Books

Trailer Trash by Marie Sexton

Rock N Soul by Lauren Sattersby

The Pirate of Fathoms Deep by Megan Derr

Favorite Audiobooks

The President’s Husband by Michael Murphy

Good Boy by Anne Tenino

Trust by Ella Frank

Worth Mentioning

Enemies of the State by Tal Bauer

Risk Aware by Amelia C. Gormley

Ghosts by Jackie Keswick

Murderous Requiem by Jamie Fessenden

To the Highest Bidder by Caitlin Ricci

Murder Once Seen by J.T. Hall

The Scholar’s Heart by Antonia Aquilante

The Assassin’s Pet by Nana G.

Favorite Covers

Horsefeathers by Caitlin Ricci – Designed by Natasha Snow

I Love You More Than Pierogi by K.A. Merikan – Designed by Anna Sikorska

Heartscapes by M.J. Williamz – Designed by Sheri [Graphic Artist 2020]

i-love-you-more-than-pierogi-by-k-a-merikanheartscapesHorsefeathers

snowflake

This Week At Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

extrasensual-perception-by-rayna-vausethemightyhavefallen_postcard_front_dspcamouflage-by-jon-keys permanent-ink-by-jaime-samms

Sunday, January 15:

  • COVER REVEAL for Dating in Retrospect by Lila Leigh Hunter
  • A Free Dreamer Review:  The Little Crow by Caitlin Ricci
  • A Melanie Release Day Review: Extrasensual Perception by Rayna Vause
  • More Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words Best of Lists for 2016
  • This Week At Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

 Monday, January 16:

  • RIPTIDE TOUR Finding You Feet by Cass Lennox (giveaway)
  • DSP GUEST POST Aidee Ladnier
  • Release Day Blitz: Delayed Gratification by Tamryn Eradani
  • DSP GUEST POST Jaime Samms on Permanent Ink
  • Review Tour – Clare London’s Chase The Ace (London Lads #1)
  • A MelanieM Series Review:Jack of Thorns, Knight of Flames & Lord of Ravens *
  • A Stella Release Day Review:  By the Numbers by Chris Owens and Tory Temple
  • A VVivacious Review: Delayed Gratification by Tamryn Eradani
  • An Alisa Audiobook Review:  What’s in a Name? by Pat Henshaw and David Ross  (Narrator)

Tuesday, January 17:

  • DSP GUEST POST Marina Ford on Lovesick
  • Blog Tour  – Max, Brad, and Maisie Mystery Series by L.G. Fabbo-Gonnella
  • Review Tour – Silvia Violet’s Revolutionary Temptation
  • A Lila Audiobook Review: Undercover Boyfriend by  Jacob Z. Flores and Rusty Topsfield (Narrator)
  • A Lila Review: Revolutionary Temptation by Silvia Violet
  • An Ali Audiobook Review: Winter Oranges by Marie Sexton and Nick J. Russo (Narrator)
  • An Alisa Review:  Hanukkah Gifts by  Jacob Cheyenne

Wednesday, January 18:

  • RIPTIDE TOUR Afraid to Fly by L.A. Witt (giveaway)
  • DSP GUEST POST Kim Fielding on Love Is Heartless
  • A Caryn Release Day Review:  The Mighty Have Fallen by Bonnie Dee
  • A MelanieM Release Day Review: Cemeteries by Moonlight by Hunter Frost
  • A Stella Release Day Review: Permanent Ink by Jaime Samms
  • A VVivacious Release Day Review: In Your Court by Reece Pine

Thursday, January 19:

  • DSP GUEST POST Ariel Tachna
  • DSP GUEST POST Elizabeth Noble on “Quarry
  • Blog Tour Schedule – Max, Brad, and Maisie Mystery Series by L.G. Fabbo-Gonnella
  • Nachos & Hash (Mary’s Boys, Novella One), Brandon Witt Guest Blog/Giveaway
  • Release Blitz & Review Tour – Anna Martin – The Impossible Boy
  • A Jeri Review: Afraid to Fly (Anchor Point #2) by L.A. Witt
  • A Lila Review: The Impossible Boy by Anna Martin
  • A Paul Review: Max, Brad, and Maisie Mystery Series by L.G. Fabbo-Gonnella

Friday, January 20:

  • An Interlude Press Tour “Lunch With the Do-Nothings and the Tammy Dinette by Killian B. Brewer
  • DSP GUEST POST Jon Keys on Camouflage 
  • DSP GUEST POST Rayna Vause on Extrasensual Perception
  • A Jeri Review: Please Don’t Go by Felice Stevens
  • A Lila Audiobook Review: Suddenly Yours by Jacob Z. Flores and John Solo (Narrator)
  • A Stella Review: Do Not Disturb by Chris Scully
  • An Alisa Release Day Review: Camouflage by Jon Keys

Saturday, January 21:

  • RJ Scott….The First Wolf Tour and Giveaway
  • Release Blitz & Review Tour – Watching and Wanting by Jay Northcote
  • A Jeri Review: Dare You To by Riley Hart
  • A MelanieM Review: The Prince of the Moon by Megan Derr
  • A MelanieM Review:  The First Wolf by RJ Scott

 

afraid-to-fly-by-la-wittplease-dont-go-by-felice-stevensundercover-boyfriend-audiobooksuddenly-yours-audiobook

Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words Best of Lists Continue along with This Week At Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

Standard

2016-2017-sign-posts

STRW Best of Lists for 2016

Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words Best of Lists for 2016 continue this week.  I love how we are showing so many different authors and stories in our year end lists.  That’s a great thing in a year where there was so many wonderful books, covers, and authors to choose from.  We include best covers because they continue to play an important role for the readers.  We love them, hate them, feel meh about them and still choose our books based on them.  We love them to draw our attention, for the covers to speak to us, to be be unusual enough to make us want to read the those tales or listen to that story. And want to know more about those characters and their relationships!  The covers our reviewers have chosen have done their job and their artists have made such an impression it stuck with us all year long.  Do you have favorite covers?  Let us know which ones and why?

We are also delivering our best of stories, whether they are in eBook or audiobook format, or both.  Sometimes a great narrator makes us discover a story we’ve read before and makes us look at it anew.  We hear things when a book is narrated by a wonderful narrator that maybe we glossed over when we read it.  Over the emotions carry through more forcibly when beautifully acted.  Whatever the reason, a great narrator can make an audiobook sing and stay with us as these have all year long.  What audiobooks have done that for all of you?  Send in your choices for Audiobook of the Year or Audiobooks of 2016?  And your favorite narrators!

And yes, our great stories of 2016.  There were so many of them that its always hard to bring our lists under control.  So many that made you laugh, cry, nod your head in acknowledgement of some shared history or experience.  Perhaps its the beauty of the author’s language that got to you, or the imagery of the scenes?  Whatever the reason, these stories had staying power.  They stuck to your heart and mind, rising above all the others you read during the year.  Where  do yours fit in with some of our lists?  Do you share some of our choices?  Do you have different ones?  Our lists won’t be finished until the end of January.  So chime in with yours. Let us know which ones you would include.

STRW 2016 Best of Giveaway

We will pick one random reader who leaves a comment with their year end Best of (along with their email addresses) to receive a $10 DSP gift card.   Contest ends January 29, at midnight.  Must be 18 years of age or older.

 

Alisa’s List for Best of 2016

 

fiveminuteslonger_v2love-and-snowball-fightsDreamers' Destinypower-bottom-by-rowan-mcallister

 

 

 

 

 

 Alisa’s Best Covers of 2016

Five Minutes Longer by Victoria Sue, cover artist AngstyG

Love and Snowball Fights by J.R Loveless, cover artist Bree Archer

Power Bottom by Rowan McAllister, cover artist AngstyG

Hounded by Love by Pia Veleno, cover artist April Martinez

Dreamers’ Destiny by Tempeste O’Riley, cover artist Reese Dante

hounded-by-love

 Alisa’s 2016 Top Stories

 Alisa’s Best Audiobooks of 2016

Jeri’s Best Stories of 2016:

 books-into-snowpath

Now for our reviews and blogs this week.  We have so much going on. We still have winter along with holiday stories finishing up. We have our Release Day Reviews and Recent Release Reviews as as well as audiobooks.  So check them all out to see what you might want to add to your TBR or TBL  list this week.  Authors are here with interviews, guest blogs and giveaways, offering insight into their writing and characters.  You won’t want to miss out on those posts too!  We  have a full week here.  Stay with us every day to see what’s going on!

I hope everyone is keeping warm these days.  Its snowing here, a great time to be reading, listening and typing up more lists for all of you.  Mine’s still to come!

snowflake

This Week at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

finding-forever-by-shawn-lanelove-is-heartless-by-kim-fieldinglunch-with-the-do-nothings-at-the-tammy-dinetteswitched-by-nr-walker

Sunday, January 8:

  • Release Blitz & Review Tour – Amelia Faulkner – Lord of Ravens
  • Release Blitz Request – Matthew Robinson – Irish Eyes
  • Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words Best of Lists Continue
  • This Week At Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words
  • A Caryn Review: Silent Night by Erin E. Keller
  • A VVivacious Review: Dare To by AKM (Miles +Dare’s Christmas Gift – Bonus short story)
  • A VVivacious Review: Reconnecting Christmas by Megan Slayer

Monday, January 9:

  • DSP GUEST POST T.A. Chase
  • Release Day Blitz January 9th for Off Base by Annabeth Albert
  • Wayward Secret by K. Renee Blog Tour
  • A Barb the Zany Old Lady Review: Lagniappe by Mercy Celeste
  • A MelanieM Review: Off Base by Annabeth Albert
  • A Jeri Release Day Review:  There Has to be a Reason by Kate McMurray
  • An Ali Review: Light Up The Dark by Suki Fleet

Tuesday, January 10:

  • DSP GUEST POST KA Merikan on Writing and I Love You More Than Pierogi
  • Blog Tour for Exile Volume 1 by AF Henley (guest post and giveaway)
  • A Paul B Review: Breaker (Exile #1) by Kelly Wyre and A.F. Henley
  • A Caryn Review: Boyfriend Goals by Clancy Nacht
  • An Ali Audiobook Review: Between Ghosts by Garrett Leigh
  • An Alisa Review: Quarry by Elizabeth Noble

Wednesday, January 11:

  • DSP GUEST POST Hunter Frost on Cemeteries by Moonlight
  • Release Blitz – The Road To Frosty Hollow – RJ Scott & Meredith Russell
  • RIPTIDE TOUR Assassins: Nemesis by Erica Cameron (giveaway)
  • A Lila Review: Finding Forever by Shawn Lane
  • An Alisa Release Day Review: The Applicant (Busted Labs #1) by Aidee Ladnier
  • An Alisa Review: The Gift of Casey by Shawn Lane
  • A MelanieM Review: Wild Bells by Charlie Cochrane

Thursday, January 12:

  • DSP GUEST POST Bonnie Dee on The Mighty Have Fallen
  • Cover Reveal Blitz: Volley Balls by Tara Lain
  • A MelanieM Review: DRAMA CRUISE by Joe Cosentino
  • An Ali Review: Bullet by Garrett Leigh
  • A Stella Release Day Review: Lunch with the Do-Nothings at the Tammy Dinette by Killian B. Brewer

Friday, January 13:

  • DSP GUEST POST Lynn Lorenz
  • Blog Tour: Painted on My Heart by Kindle Alexander
  • Blog Tour: Kayleigh Sky on Doll Baby
  • A Free Dreamer Release Day Review: Love is Heartless (Love Can’t Series #2) by Kim Fielding
  • An Ali Review: Doll Baby by Kayleigh Sky
  • An Alisa Review: Night of the Blue Moon by Cassandra Pierce
  • A MelanieM Recent Release Review: Ash into Fire by Tully Vincent

Saturday, January 14:

  • DSP GUEST POST Tara Lain on Volley Balls
  • A MelanieM Review: Switched by NR Walker

ash-into-firenight-of-the-blue-moon-by-cassandra-piercebetween-ghosts-by-garrett-leighboyfriend-goals-by-clancy-nacht

November is Ending and So Is STRW FF Writing Month ~ This Week At Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

Standard

write-fortune-300

November is Ending and So Is STRW FF Writing Month

There are still four days for people to get their entries in.  Four days…to write anywhere from 300 to 1000 words.  What to write about?  Anything and everything.  Any trope, any genre.  From science fiction to contemporary, from romance to horror.  Draw from your feelings about the present day events or something you dream about.  Its up to you.  Its micro fiction…let your thoughts and imagination run free.

Here’s a recap about what flash fiction is:

What is Flash Fiction? Generally speaking its any fiction under 1000 words, although even that seems to vary with definitions from 1200 to 100 words.  Its micro fiction.  Here’s a couple of articles to help you all out:

Earlier our reviewer, Paul B, read and reviewed Flight: Queer Sci Fi’s Third Annual Flash Fiction Contest (QSF Flash Fiction #2), an excellent anthology of flash fiction for science fiction lovers and those who love the short story format.  Flash Fiction, while not new, is steadily gaining in popularity and here is your chance to try your hand at writing a flash fiction story of your own and perhaps make a comment on recent events.

writer-605764_640

We will start with our flash fiction entries next week.  So be on the lookout for those announcements and stories!

Remember you have until midnight on November 30th to send in your entries to scatteredthoughtsandroguewords@gmail.com!

Here is the link to the post with all the rules .

free-snowman-clipart-holiday-clip-art-of-a-festive-winter-snowman-decorated-with-colorful-christmas-tree-lights-on-white-by-djart-6340

~Holiday Stories This Week~

Now also this week, its December!  So its also the beginning of our reviews of Dreamspinner Press’ Advent Calendar stories!  Just like the calendar, we will be reviewing one a day just as they are released!  So if you are a fan as much as we are, stay with us all month long for stories of the holidays in all traditions.2016-advent-calendar-daily-delivery-package-bah-humbug I’ve highlighted them in blue for easy locating for our readers.  But they aren’t our only holiday stories this week.  We have others like Two Ruined Christmas Eves by Chris McHart, The Santa Hoax by Francis Gideon, and Jay Northcote’s A Family for Christmas just for starters.

Want to know what’s behind these  stories?  The inspiration?  The locations and more?  Check out our author guest blogs where they share insight about their stories, writing and much more!  There’s so much going on this week you won’t want to miss out on a single day!  So stay with us, check out our giveaways as well as our reviews!

ninestar-press-celebration

NineStar Press is having its first anniversary today.  And they are giving away a chance for a year of free books!  Leave a comment on their post and check out their website for more information!

Finally, don’t forget to send in those flash fiction!  We’re waiting to hear from you.

two holly berry branches

This Week at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

checkingittwicefs_v1the-santa-hoaxtwo-ruined-christmas-evesarchitect-of-love-by-john-charles

Sunday, November 27:

  • November is Ending and So Is STRW FF Writing Month
  • This Week at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words
  • NineStar Press’ 1st Anniversary ~ Come Celebrate with Us! (giveaway)

Monday, November 28:

  • The Closet Boy by Sean Micheal – Guest Post
  • Release Day Blitz  for You Are Not Me (’90s Coming of Age, #2) by Leta Blake (giveaway)
  • Two Ruined Christmas Eves by Chris McHart  blog tour and giveaway
  • An Ali Release Day Review: Checking It Twice by Meg Harding
  • A Lila Release Day Review:  The Sorcerer’s Guardian by Antonia Aquilante
  • A PaulB Review: Surviving Elite High: The Next Generation by John H. Ames
  • A Stella Review: A Family For Christmas by Jay Northcote
  • A Stella Review: Two Ruined Christmas Eves by Chris McHart

Tuesday, November 29:

  • In the Spotlight: Frostbitten by Charlotte Stein (Riptide Publishing Tour & Giveaway)
  • Truly a Miracle by Derrick Knight  Excerpt Tour and Giveaway
  • Dreamspinner Press Author Guest Post by Nicki Bennett and Ariel Tachna
  • Retro Review Tour – Serendipity Series – Liam Livings
  • A VVivacious Review: Serendipity Series by Liam Livings
  • An Alisa Review: Not Your Average Man by Edward Kendrick
  • A MelanieM Review: Arctic Fire by Keira Andrews

Wednesday, November 30 (End of the FF Contest!):

  • Riptide Tour: Angel Voices by Rowan Speedwell (giveaway)
  • Review Tour and Giveaway: Julie Bozza’s The ‘True Love’ Solution
  • He’s Behind You  from Series Recap Tour – Treading The Boards Series – Rebecca Cohen
  • A Lila Review:  Enemy of My Enemy (The Executive Office #2) by Tal Bauer
  • A Stella Review: The ‘True Love’ Solution by Julie Bozza
  • A Stella Release Day Review: Where We Belong by Tia Fielding
  • A Paul B Review: Enemy of My Enemy (The Executive Office #2) by Tal Bauer

Thursday, December 1:

  • Nicky and Noah are Back in Drama Cruise (Nicky and Noah Mystery #3) by Joe Cosentino (Release Day Guest Post, and Excerpt)
  • Scotty Cade Guest Blog for Dreamspinner Press
  • Antonia Aquilante on The Sorcerer’s Guardian (Dreamspinner Press Guest Post)
  • An Alisa Review: Architect of Love (Fated Soulmates, #2) by John Charles
  • A MelanieM Release Day Review: Catching Heir by Julia Talbot
  • A Free Dreamer Advent Calendar Day 1: Title Surprise!
  • A Caryn Release Day Review: The Santa Hoax by Francis Gideon

Friday, December 2:

  • Harmony Ink Press Guest Post Francis Gideon on Writing and The Santa Hoax
  • Author Guest Blog: Lissa Kasey on Painting with Fire
  • Audiobook tour for Snowed In by Teodora Kostova
  • A Caryb Review: You Are Not Me (’90s Coming of Age, #2) by Leta Blake
  • A Stella Advent Calendar Day 2: Title surprise!
  • An Ali Review: Painting with Fire by Lissa Kasey
  • An Alisa Release Day Review: Five Minutes Longer by Victoria Sue

Saturday, December 3:

  • Wild Bells by Charlie Cochrane Tour Blog
  • A Barb Advent Calendar Day 3: Title Surprise!
  • A MelanieM Review: Elemental Ride by Mell Eight

 

catching-heir-by-julia-talbotwhere-we-belong-by-tia-fieldingenemy-of-my-enemy-by-tal-bauerthe-sorcerers-guardian

STRW Flash Fiction Contest and This Week At Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

Standard

 

write-fortune-300

STRW Flash Fiction Contest

 

As the deadline for the end of our flash fiction contest approaches, there’s still plenty of time to get your entries in.  Flash fiction or micro fiction is just, that a tiny story.  It can be in any genre, any trope, and for this contest and always for this blog, it must be LGBTQIA.

Even a short time ago, I would never have thought we would be entering the sort of political times, rough waters nationally that seem to be ahead of us. Maybe I’m wrong but I think we find ourselves moving along a scale of emotions, ranging from disbelief to shock to horror to anger and anywhere in-between.

Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words tries to stay away from politics and concentrates on books (although with subject matter those can intertwine).  But this may be a time when an overlap occurs.

Need to give voice to your emotions?  Write about it and send it in.  We are going to be running our entries here for everyone to read. Story rights remain with the authors.  We are still awarding gift certificates to the first 5 entries.  Our deadline is still November 30th at midnight EST.    All flash fiction should be sent to scatteredthoughtsandroguewords@gmail.com.  You are only limited by your imagination and the fact that you should be 18 years of age or older. Open to everyone! Now get writing.

writer-605764_640

We have a wonderful week ahead of us, filled with great tours and giveaways.  We are reviewing several audiobooks and many new books getting released just this week, some I’m sure you’ve had on your  TBR list.

Its also the start of the holiday season so more and more holiday stories will be making appearances here.  This week we having Barb the Zany Old Lady reviewing A Christmas Hex by Jordan L. Hawk and Stella reviewing Merry Christmas, Mr Miggles by Eli Easton to launch our holiday reviews.  Starting December 1, Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words will be reviewing the Dreamspinner Press Advent stories as we did last year but more on that later.

For now,for those Americans, living in the U.S. and expats abroad, have a wonderful Thanksgiving.  Be safe,  be happy, and many wonderful books to you!

Happy-ThanksGiving-Images-Free

This Week at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

save-of-the-game-audiosummer-lessons-by-amy-laneghost-shipa-christmas-hex

Sunday, November 20:

  • STRW Flash Fiction Contest
  • This Week At Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words
  • Release Blitz  Tour – A Family For Christmas by Jay Northcote

Monday, November 21:

  • Juliann Rich’s Gravity – Virtual Book Tour (giveaway)
  • In the Spotlight: Andrew Grey on Writing and his release The Playmaker (Dreamspinner Author Guest Blog)
  • Love Mythology & Romance? Check out Labyrinth by Alex Beecroft (giveaway)
  • Release Day Blitz  for Tow Trucks & New Year’s Kisses by Lila Leigh Hunter (giveaway)
  • A Lila Release Day Review: Built for Pleasure by Thursday Euclid
  • A Melanie Release Day Review:  The Straight Boyfriend from Renae Kaye
  • A Stella Review: Tow Trucks & New Year’s Kisses by Lila Leigh Hunter

Tuesday, November 22:

  • Riptide Publishing Tour and Giveaway: Just Drive by L.A. Witt
  • In the Audiobook Spotlight:  How to Deal by T.M Smith and Narrated by Joel Leslie (tour and giveaway)
  • A MelanieM Audiobook Release Day Review:How to Deal by T.M Smith and Narrated by Joel Leslie
  • A Barb the Zany Old Lady Review: A Christmas Hex (Hexworld #2.5) by Jordan L. Hawk
  • A Paul B Review: Beautiful Goodbyes (The Connelly Chronicles #2) by N.J. Nielsen
  • An Ali Audiobook Review: A Kind of Romance (A Kind of Stories #2) by Lane Hayes and Seth Clayton (Narrator)

Wednesday, November 23:

  • Tricia Owens  on “The Bucket List” and Writing (guest post)
  • An Alisa Audiobook Review: THE NAKED PRINCE AND OTHER FAIRY TALES by Joe Cosentino and narrated by Joel Leslie
  • A Caryn Release Day Review: All the Way to Shore by CJane Ellliot
  • A Lila Release Day Review: The Soldati Prince by Charlie Cochet
  • A MelanieM Review: Ghost Ship (Mahu #10) by Neil S. Plakcy

Thursday, November 24 (Happy Thanksgiving to those in the US and abroad):

  • Release Blitz and Giveaway for Sue Brown’s Alpha Barman
  • Release Blitz and Giveaway for The Copper Horse: Love & The Copper Horse Box Set by KA Merikan
  • Eli Easton Author Guest spot on  Merry Christmas, Mr. Miggles
  • An Ali Review Sunset on Turtle Lake by Carol Lynn
  • An Ali Audiobook Review: Save of the Game (Scoring Chances #2) by Avon Gale and Scott R. Smith (Narrator)
  • A Stella Review: Merry Christmas, Mr. Miggles by Eli Easton

Friday, November 25:

  • In the Spotlight: Checking It Twice (The Carlisles #3) by Meg Harding (guest blog and giveaway)
  • Dreamspinner Press Author Guest Post: Built for Pleasure by Thursday Euclid
  • Secrets in My Scowl by AE Via – Guest Blog for Dreamspinner Press
  • A Barb the Zany Old Lady Release Day Review: Open Hearts by Logan Meredith
  • A Lila Review: Secrets in My Scowl by AE Via
  • An Ali Release Day Review: Summer Lessons (Winter Ball #2) by Amy Lane

Saturday, November 26:

  • NineStar Press Blog Tour – Stone and Shell by Lloyd A. Meeker
  • A Stella Review:  Stone and Shell by Lloyd A. Meeker
  • In The Spotlight: Santa Baby by Heidi Cullinan (author interview & giveaway)
  • A MelanieM Review: Santa Baby (Minnesota Christmas # 4) by Heidi Cullinan

a-kind-of-romance-audiobookmerry-christmas-mr-migglesbeautiful-goodbyessanta-baby-by-heidi-cullinan

Launch Time for STRW FFWriting Contest and This Week At Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

Standard

write-fortune-300

Its Launch Time for STRW FFWriMo

Last week, we told you that November was National Novel Writing Month or NaNoWriMo as its called and gave you all the links to the contest and the details.  It goes on every November each year. Its for you or anyone who actually had the thought “hey, I wonder if I could write a story”. Write…50,000 words. In one month. Chart your progress. Meet tons of people on line just like yourself. The end goal? To complete a novel by 11:59 PM on November 30.

Well, maybe that’s daunting for some.  And for others, a tad too late to get started this year.

So last week we came up with STRW FFWriMo.  Starting today, write a Flash Fiction story.  That’s a small, no micro tale…tiny fiction.  You have until the end of November.  That’s midnight, November 30th to get your flash fiction story into us.

What is Flash Fiction? Generally speaking its any fiction under 1000 words, although even that seems to vary with definitions from 1200 to 100 words.  Its micro fiction.  Here’s a couple of articles to help you all out:

Earlier our reviewer, Paul B, read and reviewed Flight: Queer Sci Fi’s Third Annual Flash Fiction Contest (QSF Flash Fiction #2), an excellent anthology of flash fiction for science fiction lovers and those who love the short story format.  Flash Fiction, while not new, is steadily gaining in popularity and here is your chance to try your hand at writing a flash fiction story of your own and perhaps make a comment on recent events.

I would love to get a flood of stories.  Maybe enough in the future to put out a charity anthology of our own if the authors are agreeable. Its something to think about.

STRW FFWriMo Contest

What to write about?  Last week I said we would choose topics but I’m throwing that out the window based on recent events.  I’m leaving the subject matter up to each writer.  It can be contemporary, science fiction, horror, supernatural…its up to you.  It must be LGBTQIA.  And it must be Flash Fiction.  You must be over the age of 18.  Those are our only restrictions other than the time constraint.  Have your story in by midnight, November 30, EST.

Prizes: $25 Amazon gift card for the one chosen by our guest judge, and for the first 5 ppl getting in their stories $10 gift cards (their choice Amazon or Dreamspinner Press).  Rights to these stories remain with the authors.

Again here are the rules for STRW FFWriMo:

  • Can be any topic and any genre as long as its LGBTQIA.
  • Must be flash fiction (under 1000 words, presumably 300)
  • Story must be finished and into us at scatteredthoughtsandroguewords@gmail.com by midnight, November 30th EST.
  • The author must be 18 years of age or older.

So now get writing. You can do it.  Inspiration  isn’t far away these days.  I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with.  Lets hear you roar!

writer-605764_640

Now for this week at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

freckles-by-amy-laneseven-card-stud-by-ava-drakeheart-soul-by-shae-oconnorcounterpoint_audiobook2400

Sunday, November 13:

  • Launch Time for STRW FFWriMo
  • This Week AT Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

Monday, November 14:

  • In the Author Spotlight with J.R. Loveless and their latest release ‘You Belong With Me’ (author interview and excerpt
  • Amy Lane on Facebook for Dogs and her release ‘Freckles’  (guest blog and giveaway) (part of Riptide’s 2016 Holiday Charity Bundle series)
  • A Barb the Zany Old Lady Release Day Review:  Freckles by Amy Lane
  • An Alisa Release Day Review: Trust and Control by Remmy Duchene
  • A Barb the  Zany Old Lady Review: Heart & Soul by Shae Connor

Tuesday, November 15:

  • Check out ‘A Chance for Us (New Vampire Justice #2)’ by Jake C. Wallace (excerpts and giveaway)
  • In the Spotlight: Blank Spaces (Toronto Connections #1) by Cass Lennox (giveaway)
  • Montana Series Recap Tour:  A Cowboy’s Home by RJ Scott (excerpt and giveaway)
  • Book Blast and Giveaway: Nobody’s Home by Dev Bentham
  • A Barb the Zany Old Lady Release Day Review: Seven-Card Stud (Wild Cards #2) by Ava Drake
  • A MelanieM Release Day Review: Seven-Card Stud (Wild Cards #2) by Ava Drake

Wednesday, November 16:

  • Remmy Duchene on Trust and Control (Dreamspinner Author Guest Blog)
  • Release Blitz – Brina Brady’s Master Cleary’s Boys
  • A Caryn Release Day Review: Andre in Flight by Laura Lascarso
  • A MelanieM Release Day Review: When the Dust Settles (Timing #3) by Mary Calmes
  • A Paul B Review: Gyrfalcon (Taking Shield #1) by Anna Butler

Thursday, November 17:

  • Double Dealing by Nicole Colville Blog Tour and Giveaway
  • Release Blitz & Review Tour – Snow & Secrets by RJ Scott writing as Rozenn Scott
  • A Lila Audiobook Review: Counterpoint (Song of the Fallen #1) by Rachel Haimowitz and Narrated by Craig Beck
  • A Paul B Review: Heart Scarab (Taking Shield #2) by Anna Butler
  • A MelanieM Review: Murder Between The Pages by Josh Lanyon

Friday, November 18:

  • Laura Lascarso on Writing and Andre in Flight (Dreamspinner Press Author Guest Blog)
  • A MelanieM Release Day Review: Snow & Secrets by RJ Scott writing as Rozenn Scott
  • An Alisa Release Day Review: Why I Love Geeks by T.A. Chase
  • A Paul B Review: Makepeace (Taking Shield #3) by Anna Butler
  • A Jeri Release Day Review: The Playmaker by Andrew Grey

Saturday, November 19:

  • In the Spotlight:Learning to Want by Tami Veldura
  • Release Blitz & Giveaway- J M Snyder’s Not Another One Hit Wonder
  • A MelanieM Review:  Not Another One Hit Wonder by J.M. Snyder
  • A Jeri Review: Double Dealing by Nicole Colville

andre-in-flight-by-laura-lascarsomurder-between-the-pages-by-josh-lanyonheart-scarab-by-anna-butlerwhen-the-dust-settles-by-mary-calmes

National Novel Writing Month Has Started! A Special Contest! This Week at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

Standard

write-fortune-300

 

National Novel Writing Month Has Started! A Special Contest!

Its official.  November is here and so is NaNoWriMo  or National  Novel Writing Month.  Actually we are about 4 days behind.  What is National Novel Writing  Month?  Well, its for you or anyone who actually had the thought “hey, I wonder if I could write a story”.  Write…50,000 words. In one month.  Chart your progress.  Meet tons of people on line just like yourself.  The end goal?  To complete a novel by 11:59 PM on November 30.

Haven’t you ever thought about writing…maybe just a tad?  Do you write journals?  Have some diaries stuffed away somewhere?  Why not give this a try?  As they say on the site “The World Needs Your Novel”.  Here’s more:

National Novel Writing Month

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. 

On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30.

Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought about writing a novel.

   Sign In – National Novel Writing Month

Let me know if any of our readers participates.  We would love to hear how the month and your writing goes.  Don’t be surprised if you come across many recognized authors participating as well.

Ah, November.  So many other things are crammed into this month. Not mentioning elections.  Need one day away from that. Its Native American Heritage Month as well as National Adoption Month. Its Aviation History Month as well as National Diabetes Awareness Month.  November is home to 14 different specific honors for the month, 2 for the week and, get ready, 73 different days of the week celebrated for different things this month.

Bet you thought it was only Thanksgiving (11/24) for the US didn’t you.  Nope.  So much more.  We’ve already had the Day of the Dead, Guy Fawkes Day (11/5), our Veterans Day (11/11) is coming up. and for young book lovers, its Young Readers Day on the 8th. Yes, you knew about those.  Did you know about Chaos Never Dies Day on the 9th?  I think not.  Or how about National Indian Pudding Day (13),False Confession Day (21),All Our Uncles are Monkeys Day (24),Make Your Own Head Day (28) or even Red Planet Day (28).  There’s so many others.  I was just skimming off the top there.  Surely some of those are deserving of a place in a story.

See how nicely I tied that in?

Turns out November is full of surprises.  Its the celebrations of Diwali which stretches into mid November in India, Calan Gaeaf in Wales, the first day of Winter on November 1,  its Culture Day in Japan (11/3) , its Independence Day (11/3) in Dominica, Panama, and Ecuador and so many others.  All you have to do is look past our calendar and out into the world to see who and where and what people are celebrating.  Maybe even center a story around it!Happy November!

writer-605764_640

Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words Flash Fiction Writing Contest!

We have readers from all over.  I’d like to know how you are spending your November.  Hmmm.  That’s giving me an idea.  Maybe a Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words Flash Fiction contest? 300 words and a prize waiting at the end of the month? How does that sound?  I’m liking that idea.

Sound off people… give us a topic!  Flash fiction to be finished by the end of this month!  Prize?  Hmmm.  How about $25 Amazon gift card?  Ok,  We have this week to get our topics in. Maybe choose something in the November list. Send them in. Writing starts next Sunday.  That’s the official start date.  STRW FFWriMo is on and open to everyone!   And I mean everyone!  Excerpt you must be 18 years of age or older.  Sry about that!

Judging?  I’ll see if I can get a author or two to judge….more on that later.

Contest Winner!

closetboythefs_v1

Sean Michael picked a winner for his cover reveal giveaway.  Congrats to H.B.  H.B. will be receive a copy of The Closet Boy (Iron Eagle Gym #4) by Sean Michael.  H.B. has been notified.  Sean tried to respond to all the comments but something went wrong and his replies got lost.  I just wanted to let you all know!  Thanks, Sean!

Now for this week’s schedule at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words.

This Week at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

wolfsong-audiobooktricks-and-bidswhiskers-of-a-chance-audiobookhanging-the-stars-by-rhys-ford

Sunday, November 6:

  • National Novel Writing Month Has Started! A Special Contest!
  • This Week at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

Monday, November 7:

  • Cover Reveal Blitz: Cowboys Don’t Come Out by Tara Lain (cover reveal and giveaway)
  • J.K. Pendragon on Editing and Writing:Junior Hero Blues by J.K. Pendragon (guest post and giveaway)
  • Brandon Witt on Titles and Mapping the Forest (author guest post)
  • A VVivacious Release Day Review: Black Snow by EAB
  • A Paul B Release Day Review: Running Blind by Kim Fielding and Verona Keyes

Tuesday, November 8:

  • In the Spotlight: Take Me Home by Lorelie Brown (Riptide Tour and Giveaway)
  • Blog tour:  Once Upon a Time in the Weird West: Venona Keyes
  • A Stella Review: Full Circle by TA Webb
  • A VVivacious Review: Before Lovers by Wayne Mansfield
  • An Alisa Review: Safe Haven by Caitlin Ricci

Wednesday, November 9:

  • In the Spotlight:Love & To Cherish by Addison Albright  (excerpt and giveaway)
  • M.A. Church on “A Country Boy At Heart” (Guest Post)
  • A Melanie Release Day Review: Blind Love. By Sedonia Guillone
  • A Lila Audiobook Review: Let the Wrong Light In by Avon Gale and Derrick McClain  (Narrator)
  • A Jeri Review:To Love and To Cherish by Addison Albright

Thursday, November 10:

  • Author Guest Post:Why I Love Geeks by T.A. Chase
  • In the Spotlight:Obscura Burning by Suzanne van Rooyen (guest post, excerpt and giveaway)
  • A VVivacious Review: Ownage by Dale Chase
  • An Alisa Review: Tricks and Bids by Jacqueline Grey
  • A Lila Audiobook Review: Marriage of Inconvenience by M.J. O’Shea and John Solo (Narrator)

Friday, November 11:

  • Release Blitz – Falling Down by Eli Easton (excerpt and giveaway)
  • An Ali Release Day Review:  A Chance for Us by Jake C. Wallace
  • A Stella Review: Stroke of Luck by Posy Roberts
  • An Alisa Audiobook Review: Whiskers of a Chance by Tempeste O’Riley and Craig Beck (Narrator)
  • A Barb the Zany Old Lady Audiobook Review: Wolfsong by TJ Klune and Kirt Graves (Narrator)

Saturday, November 12:

  • A Melanie PreRelease Review: Hanging The Stars (Half Moon Bay #2) by Rhys Ford
  • A Melanie Review: Death Mask by Lexi Ander

 

a-chance-for-us-by-jake-c-wallaceownage-by-dale-chaselet-the-wrong-light-in-audiobookstroke-of-luck

Here’s Reading You ~ An Author’s POV (Part IV) and This Week at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

Standard

ereader-on-a-bookshelf

Here’s Reading You ~ An Author’s POV (Part IV)

Today, we are going to finish up our authors perspective on writing and publishing eBooks with two authors familiar to readers here at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words.  Elin Gregory, author of wonderful M/M historical novels and Joe Cosentino, author of the Cozzi Cove and Nicky and Noah Mysteries among others.  They kindly consented to answering our questions about writing, writing eBooks and publishing.

Reflecting back,  while many authors see the eBook format as one that’s here to stay, other points of view vary widely.  Here are two more to add to our picture of the eBook as it matures into an established book format and method of getting one’s  story heard and out to readers world wide.  

Elin Gregory

✍From Elin Gregory, author of On a Lee ShoreA Taste Of Copper, and many more:

  • As an author, what has your experience been publishing ebooks?  Especially self published ebooks?  Did you start off that way?  Was a traditional publishing house not the answer?  Or if it was, why? 

I’ve been writing fiction for as long as I can remember but very much took on board the message that proper books were written by ‘posh folk’. Impressions that you form as a child can be very difficult to shake off as an adult so, although I wrote many novels, it was always as a cheap form of amusement rather than with any intent. In my thirties I did show a friend what I had written. She was a deeply thoughtful and serious reader and a rollicking Regency romance with a bisexual hero really wasn’t her thing. Her reaction was so negative that I went back into the writing closet. It wasn’t until the rise of the internet and online writing fora that I tried sharing things again, to a much better response, and a friend who was a published author encouraged me to try ebooks. This was in the early 2000s before ebooks were widely available and I didn’t follow it up at the time. I wish I had.

  • How has the ebook industry changed since you started publishing?  How do you view these changes?

It hasn’t actually changed that much other than fewer publishers, more opportunities to self publish and OMG huge numbers of authors. The consequence of this is that I think it’s getting harder to be published by one of the ebook houses – which isn’t bad. As a reader I appreciate feeling that publishers are striving for excellence. But as an author, whether with a little house or as a self pubber, it’s very hard to be ‘seen’ when there are hundreds of new books each month.

  • Have you as an author benefited, are indifferent, or has it made your job more difficult to get your books out there?

I’ve benefitted in that I don’t believe I’d have ever been picked up by an agent. The competition is FIERCE. So ebooks have given me a terrific opportunity to share my work. The difficulty is in writing books that don’t properly fit the main categories so never really being sure how to describe them. Tagging them M/M won’t work because M/M is, in many readers’ minds, synonymous with erotic romance.  They aren’t really romance, lacking that focus on the relationship. I can’t describe them as gay fiction because that, to me, specifically refers to books written by gay authors. I can’t call them LGBT+ fiction because they mostly only cover the G. Tagging is really important in order to allow readers to find you.

  • What things would you change if you were starting over?

I wish I had been braver and had submitted the short novel I finished in 2005. It might have sunk without a trace but people might have liked it. Who knows?

If I was starting now – probably not much. I don’t think I have the steely core of self esteem you need to be a successful self publisher/self promoter. When ones natural style is to say  “Oh by the way, there’s this book I wrote … no, forget it. You probably wouldn’t like it” you’re not going to sell much.

  • What has been your biggest challenge?  And biggest victory as an author – other than publishing that is? Is it see your genre  expand?

Biggest challenge – LOL marketing! Biggest victory – ummmm, not sure. I’ve had a few lovely reviews and when you’ve been doing something for well over 50 years and someone thanks you for it, oh, how the heart lifts!

But expanding the genre is happening and it’s FANTASTIC. I can buy books that are genre first now – sci fi, thriller, historical, kitchen sink drama and all the rest – with amazing, complex characters and deeply interwoven plots. Books to really sink my teeth into by authors I just want to cheer, authors I aspire to emulate! More choice has to be a good thing.

  • Where do you see ebooks and yourself in the future?

I think we will carry on a pleasant low key association, like the type of friend you might not see for a couple of years but the relationship picks up where you left off. I would like to publish a bit more frequently but one does what one can and if nobody wants it – well markets change. No point worrying about it until it happens. I’ll be writing anyway.

Joe Cosentino

✍From Joe Cosentino, author of the Nicky and Noah Mysteries, the Cozzi Cove series, The Naked Prince and Other Tales from Fairyland, and many more

  •     From being touted as the death of the printed format to the savior of reading to everything in between.  As an author, what has your experience been publishing ebooks?  Especially self-published ebooks?  Did you start off that way?  Was a traditional publishing house not the answer?  Or if it was, why?

 

As an actor and playwright, I did the happy dance on my desk when Dreamspinner Press agreed to publish my novella adaptation of my one-act play, AN INFATUATION, loosely based on my high school years and high school reunion. That inspired me to write another novella, A SHOOTING STAR, loosely based on my years as a theatre major in college. The staff at Dreamspinner Press was amazing. I received a main editor, four assistant editors, a cover artist, and a publicity manager. The head of the company, Elizabeth North, answered my emails quickly, cordially, and completely. We even shared a hilarious late-night email exchange about my funny Italian family. The two novellas started out as e-books. They did so well that Dreamspinner Press gave me my own paperback anthology of the two novellas, which just recently won a Rainbow Award Honorable Mention. We are now planning an audiobook for those. We are also planning audiobooks for my other two novellas: THE NAKED PRINCE AND OTHER TALES FROM FAIRYLAND (my gay take on my favorite fairytales like Cinderella, Pinocchio, Jack and the Beanstalk, Goldie Locks and the Three Bears, and The Snow Queen) and A HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS (my romantic novella set on the gorgeous and magical island of Capri, Italy), both being performed by the amazing and versatile actor Joel Leslie and releasing in November and December respectively. In addition to the things I have already mentioned, the benefit of having a publisher is the assurance that your books are getting out into the market, and that you are part of a family of authors who support you. I’ve met so many generous authors who have given me advice, featured me on their blogs, and read my books. The advantage of publishing an e-book is the lower price and easy availability, though some readers prefer the paperback and/or audiobook. I assume the e-books are less expensive to publish, though print on demand has greatly reduced the cost and need for bookstore returns for publishers of paperbacks.

 

  •   How has the ebook industry changed since you started publishing?  How do you view these changes? Have you as an author benefited, are indifferent, or has it made your job more difficult to get your books out there?

 

Though I have eleven published novels and four more written and being released over the next several months, I’ve only been writing novels for two years. As my mother says, “Don’t you have anything better to do than write novels?” Hm. I wonder if Stephen King’s mother asked him that. In any case, during the short time I’ve been writing, the only change I’ve seen is the increased number of readers in all venues. Some swear by ebooks. Others want to hold the paperbook in their hands. And the rest want to hear the book performed by a skilled narrator while they exercise, drive, or rest. The more formats available for a book, the easier it is to promote.

 

  •  What things would you change if you were starting over?

 

I wouldn’t worry so much about whether or not my books would be published. I’ve been lucky enough to find the right publisher for each of my series. For example, Lethe Press publishes my comedy mystery series, the Nicky and Noah mystery novels, loosely based on my life as a college theatre professor (though thankfully nobody has been murdered at my college). DRAMA QUEEN (Divine Magazine’s Readers’ Poll winner of Favorite LGBT Mystery, Humorous, and Contemporary Novel of 2015) is available as an ebook, paperback, and audiobook performed by the amazing Michael Gilboe. DRAMA MUSCLE (Rainbow Award Honorable Mention) is available as an ebook and paperback. An audiobook is in the works. DRAMA CRUISE releases in ebook and paperback on December 1. Steve Berman of Lethe Press sees the value in offering his customers ebooks, paperbacks, and audiobooks. He also enjoys humor and a good mystery with a surprise ending.

 

  •  What has been your biggest challenge?  And biggest victory as an author – other than publishing that is? Is it to see your genre expand?

 

My biggest challenge has been working as a college professor/department head while I write and help promote so many books. My biggest victory is receiving so many wonderful messages from readers who tell me my books made them laugh, cry, feel romantic, and see their lives differently. For example, I created the Jana Lane mystery novels with straight leading characters and gay supporting characters, and found many straight people loving the gay characters as their favorites, and claiming that thanks to those books their positions changed on equality. The series about an ex-child star making a comeback while she solves murder mysteries on sets is published by The Wild Rose Press in ebooks and paperbacks: PAPER DOLL, PORCELAIN DOLL, SATIN DOLL, CHINA DOLL, and RAG DOLL which releases on November 13. Since the series takes place in the 1980’s, the beginnings of AIDS is featured in the novels, and also Jana’s best friend and agent are gay and partnered. The series attracts a different readership to my other novels. I am delighted to expand in that way. I also love shocking the readers each time with the surprise endings.

 

  •  Where do you see ebooks and yourself in the future?

 

I think ebooks are here to stay. However, I also believe paperbacks and audiobooks aren’t going anywhere, as I’ve witnessed many readers who continue to prefer them. As for me. I spent part of the summer writing teleplays of some of my books. I think they would all make terrific television series, especially my Cozzi Cove series published by NineStar Press as ebooks and paperbacks: COZZI COVE: BOUNCING BACK, (Divine Magazine Honorable Mention and TBR Pile Book of the Month), COZZI COVE: MOVING FORWARD, and COZZI COVE: STEPPING OUT which releases in January. The stories of ex-football player Cal Cozzi and his guest bungalows in a gay resort on a gorgeous cove on the New Jersey Shore is ripe for television. Hear that producers. Make me an offer!

 

Looking back over all our wonderful authors interviews, I begin to see certain similarities stand out.  All expect the eBook format to continue, as well as all forms of printed formats and audiobooks.  Most wish they had been braver, started to write or publish sooner. Wish they had listened more to their own voices instead of perhaps someone else telling them that what they were writing wasn’t what would sell or that the public wanted to read.

Its been wonderful to have all these authors opinions for the last two weeks.  My thanks to Parker Williams (Of Love and Corn Dogs), Wulf Francu Godgluck (Tooth, Claw, and Horn Chronicles), and Jay Northcote (Housemates, Nothing Serious ), Elin Gregory, and Joe Cosentino for appearing in this series.  Your participation has been invaluable.

Have you learned something from our authors?  Still have a question or two to ask?  We have a giveaway for our readers below.  Leave a comment or question to be entered.

And Happy Halloween and Samhain everyone!

We will be  switching things up for November as we start to roll into the holiday seasons.  We will get back to our publishers at a later date.  Thanksgiving is coming here in the States.  Hmmm…what will be our topic next? Only a wild turkey might tell….

spooky-treehouse

Giveaway

Elin Gregory is giving away a eBook copy (pdf format) of her M/M historical novel, A Taste of Copper, as well as our own giveaway of $10 of Dreamspinner gift certificates to 4 lucky readers.  To win, leave a comment and an email address where you can be reached on how reading eBooks has impacted you.  Could be the amount of books you buy, what type of books, where you buy them.  Anything.  Winners will get to choose their prize, first come first served.  Contest ends November 8th at midnight.  Must be 18 years of age or older.

 

ebook-and-printed-book-together

This Week at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

love-on-location-audiobookthe-senators-secret-audiobooklightscameracupid_audiobook-1julios-wolf-by-ac-katt

Sunday, October 30:

  • Here’s Reading You ~ An Author’s POV (Part IV)
  • This Week at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words
  • A Paul Review: The Wolves of Daos 5 by Rebecca James

Monday, October 31 (Happy Halloween – Happy Samhain):

  • In the Spotlight: The Queer and the Restless by Kris Ripper (Riptide  Publishing Tour/Giveaway)
  • Alisa Release Day Review: Spell Cat (The Aloysius Tales #1) by Tara Lain
  • A Caryn Review: Faded Into You by Remmy Duchene
  • A Lila Audiobook Review  Running Wild by SE Jakes and Narrated by Dorian Bane
  • A Stella Review: Coffee Boy by Austin Chant

Tuesday, November 1:

  • Quinn Anderson on the Challenges of Writing and her latest release, Hotline (Riptide tour/giveaway)
  • Release Blitz & Review Tour – Romancing The Wrong Twin – Clare London
  • A MelanieM Review: Romancing The Wrong Twin by Clare London
  • A Barb the Zany Old Lady Review: Pansies by Alexis Hall
  • An Alisa Review: Crashing Waves by CJ Baty

Wednesday, November 2:

  • L. Rockwood Talks Dark Fantasy and “Defiant Revival” (Author Guest Blog/Book Release)
  • Tara’s “Spell Cat” Book Blast and Review (linked to the post)
  • A Melanie Releases Day Review: After the Sunset (Timing #2) by Mary Calmes
  • A Paul Review: Julio’s Wolf (Werewolves of Manhattan #6) by A.C. Katt
  • Alisa Release Day Review: Private Dances by BA Tortuga

Thursday, November 3:

  • Summer Season from Series Recap Tour – Treading The Boards Series – Rebecca Cohen
  • In the Spotlight:  Posy Roberts on her latest release Stroke of Luck (author guest post, excerpt )
  • A Melanie Release Day Review: Summer Season by Rebecca Cohen
  • A Barb the Zany Old Lady Audiobook Review: Love on Location by Lucy Felthouse and Joel Leslie (Narrator)
  • A Lila Audiobook Review: The Senator’s Secret by K.C. Wells and John Solo (Narrator)
  • An Alisa Audiobook Review: Lights, Camera, Cupid, the Bluewater Bay Anthology

Friday, November 4:

  • Cover Reveal  for Nobody’s Home by Dev Bentham
  • Honeymoon Their Way by Morticia Knight Blog Tour and Giveaway
  • Black Snow by EAB (Dreamspinner Author Guest Post)
  • A Lila Review: Twice in a Lifetime by Shawn Lane
  • A Stella Release Day Review: Mapping the Forest by Brandon Witt

Saturday, November 5:

hanging-the-stars

after-the-sunset-by-mary-calmes-ii96c54-spellcat400x600mapping-the-forest-by-brandon-witt

 ebook-images

~About This Sunday’s Contributing Authors~

About Elin Gregory:

Taste of copper 400x600Elin Gregory lives in South Wales and has been making stuff up since 1958. Writing has always had to take second place to work and family but now the kids are grown up it’s possible she might finish one of the many novels on her hard drive and actually DO something useful with it.

Historical subjects predominate. She has written about ancient Greek sculptors, 18th century seafarers but also about modern men who change shape at will and how echoes of the past can be heard in the present. Heroes tend to be hard as nails but capable of tenderness when circumstances allow.

There are always new works on the go and she is currently editing a novel about spies in the 1920s, finishing one set in 6th century AD England and contemplating one about the Second World War. Any excuse to buy more books!

You can reach  Elin at:

About Joe Cosentino:joe-cosentino

Bestselling author Joe Cosentino won Divine Magazine’s awards for best mystery novel, best humorous novel, and best contemporary novel of 2015.

Amazon Bestselling author Joe Cosentino’s books were voted Favorite LGBT Mystery Novel, Favorite LGBT Humorous Novel, Favorite LGBT Contemporary Novel, and Second Favorite LGBT Romance Novel in Divine Magazine’s Readers’ Poll. Many of his books have won Rainbow Award Honorable Mentions, and one was voted TBR Pile Book of the Month. Joe wrote In My Heart: An Infatuation, A Shooting Star, A Home for the Holidays, and the Naked Prince and Other Tales from Fairyland (Dreamspinner Press); Drama Queen, Drama Muscle,  and Drama Cruise Nicky and Noah mysteries (Lethe Press); Paper Doll, Porcelain Doll, Satin Doll, China Doll, and Rag Doll Jana Lane mysteries (The Wild Rose Press); andCozzi Cove: Bouncing Back, Cozzi Cove: Moving Forward, and Cozzi Cove: Stepping  Out Cozzi Cove beach novels. He has appeared in principal acting roles in film, television, and theatre, opposite stars such as Bruce Willis, Rosie O’Donnell, Nathan Lane, Holland Taylor, Charles Keating, and Jason Robards. Joe is currently Head of the Department/Professor at a college in upstate New York, and is happily married. Joe was voted 2nd Place for Best LGBT Author of the Year in Divine Magazine’s Readers’ Choice Awards for 2015. http://www.JoeCosentino.weebly.com

Here’s Reading You ~ An Author’s POV! (Part III) This Week At Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

Standard

ereader-on-a-bookshelf

Here’s Reading You ~ An Author’s POV! (Part III)

Last week Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words finished up our reader’s thoughts on eBooks, how they use them, where they find them and the authors that  write them.  This week, its the authors turn.  From hardback and paperback or even the graphic novel to the eBook, what does writing and publishing eBooks mean to an author?  Has it helped them find an audience? Made it easier to publish a novel? Made it harder to find time to write because they are so busy promoting themselves and their stories? And is the eBook industry changing?
I know…what a lot of questions to dump onto an author already burdened with so much to do these days.  But I thought it might help us understand eBooks from their perspective and maybe let us appreciate those stories that we read just a little more when we consider the author’s point of view.   Maybe you as readers have questions you want to ask our authors?
That’s why we are dividing our authors blog section into two parts, one this week and into the next.  If you have questions, please comment below and all week long.  If we use your questions?  See the contest at the end of this blog for your answer!
The  authors participating this week are Parker Williams (Of Love and Corn Dogs), Wulf Francu Godgluck (Tooth, Claw, and Horn Chronicles), and Jay Northcote.  Thank you all for participating and taking time away from your busy schedules to answer my questions.

  ebook-and-printed-book-together

 ~ Authors On Ebooks~

Parker Williams

As an author, what has your experience been publishing ebooks?  Especially self published ebooks?  Did you start off that way?  Was a traditional publishing house not the answer?  Or if it was, why?  

No, I started out being published by Harmony Ink (the YA arm of Dreamspinner Press.) A friend encouraged me to try it, and even helped me get the book ready to submit. Hitting that ‘send’ button was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do, because I grew up thinking that writing wasn’t for me (thank you, Dad!)


How has the ebook industry changed since you started publishing?  How do you view these changes?

I’m not sure how much the industry has changed since I started in it. Self-publishing has been a terror for me, because I’m not sure what the heck I’m doing. I pay a company to format my books, because the rules for each site are wide and varied.
 
Have you as an author benefited, are indifferent, or has it made your job more difficult to get your books out there?
I’ve had to be more creative to get my book noticed. My saving grace was running Pride Promotions, because I had a list of bloggers who I already worked with who were willing to help me. So to them, I am exceptionally grateful.
 
What things would you change if you were starting over? 
If I were to start over, I would be less hesitant about some things that I thought would turn people off. Haven’s Creed, for example. I was so certain no one would buy it, and even more certain that I would get pilloried for publishing it. As is the came with most books, it has some who loathed it, but surprisingly a lot of people seemed to enjoy it. It gave me the courage to explore some other things I might not have done otherwise.
 
What has been your biggest challenge?  And biggest victory as an author – other than publishing that is? Is it see your genre  expand? 
My biggest challenge is not knowing what I’m doing with self-publishing. I wish I could understand it, or find an easier way to format, because I feel silly having to ask for help. My biggest victory? The very first letter I ever got that told me my writing made a difference to someone. Knowing that even just one person thought my story was worthwhile.
And I would *LOVE* to see the genre expand. I think too many people see M/M or F/F literature, and automatically shuffle it off to the side without even giving it a chance. There are some stellar storytellers out there that they’re missing out on.
 
Where do you see ebooks and yourself in the future?
I hope to be writing until the day I die. When I go, I want to have my collection of books buried with me, so I have something to read while I wait for eternity to pass.

✍From Wulf Francu Godgluck, author of the Neon White, and the Tooth, Claw, and Horn Chronicles and more:

As an author, what has your experience been publishing ebooks?  Especially self published ebooks?  Did you start off that way?  Was a traditional publishing house not the answer?  Or if it was, why? 

I have self-published all my books and don’t think I would change that anytime soon, you have more freedom as a self-published author but you also have to carry the cost and the risk thereof: Publishers already have an established readership, whereas if you are an author just starting out and self-publish your first book, you need to build that readership first, you also run the risk of plagiarism and piracy, where unfortunately you don’t have a legal team to back you up. But again you would earn more royalties on each individual copy sold, you determine the price of your book but you also run the risk of loss if you do not sell enough copies to compensate for the cost of getting your book published.
I guess it all depends on where and with what you are more comfortable. The only reason I self-published in the first place is publishers tend not to like my books because of the tone of my writing, as it tends to be a bit on the dark side.

How has the ebook industry changed since you started publishing?  How do you view these changes?
In my honest opinion a lot, and not for the better, new books pop up every day now and the problem is the writing of these books is becoming poorer and poorer. Because the problem we are facing today is the lack and misunderstand of literacy, I don’t have enough fingers and toes to count the number of authors and readers that still does not get the concept of showing and not telling, the difference of just simply reading what is actually written and then to thinking about what was said in that sentence as to what is actually conveyed, then there’s lack of using beta readers, and yet these books still sell? And more often than not it’s self-published books. So the bigger question we need to ask ourselves is; can readers really differentiate between a well-written book and a poor one, in all honesty, it seems that the poorly written books these days are the ones selling. Why? Because readers deem this poor quality of literature acceptable.
Why readers? Because it’s a vicious endless cycle – poorly written books are read by readers- reader becomes authors- produces poorly written book because of reading poorly written books.


Have you as an author benefited, are indifferent, or has it made your job more difficult to get your books out there?
 
Assuming this question is based on the previous answers, yes it has made my job more difficult: anyone can tell a story, not everyone can write a novel. It took me five years to even feel ready to show my first novel to readers, and that’s not from reading a lot, that came from writing, learning how to write, learning the difference between showing and not telling a story, learning how to convey the right words in the right way to paint the picture I want to portray inside the reader’s mind and the emotions I want to invoke inside the reader’s heart. It came from endless rewrites- first drafts, second drafts, and third drafts. From taking a step back and thinking about what I am writing, and from working very closely with my beta readers and editors and mentors who have been in the industry for years. And lastly evaluating myself and my writing as to how much I, as an author, has grown from the first piece I wrote to the current piece I have published.
Now, I, and many other authors have to compete with books, that are almost in a sense mass produced and that are deemed acceptable pieces of literature. That does make an author feel a bit dejected, that does make us question ourselves and whether or not the time, effort and blood placed into a manuscript is even worth it. Reader so easily voice, that we don’t write fast enough or that a particular author is only capable of publishing a novel once a year: And there is a very good reason for that, good things take time, we want to make sure we don’t push out something that’s going to be flat, one dimensional and unemotional.
And we are in the losing side here, because I see it so often when a really good book gets bashed down and really bad one gets praised. There are so many authors out there both new and experience that does not get the praise their work deserve.

It’s like a very good friend of mine said, “good writing should be like a movie for blind people.”
 
But we are also pressured against reader’s demand: Am I going to risk losing readers, and take the time to produce a novel to the best of my abilities, however long that may be- or am I going to give into the demand of the industry and produce something flat, quick and easy, with no flavor or substance? 
 
  
What things would you change if you were starting over?
Not a lot, I would for one spend more time establishing a readership and interacting with more readers before I released my first book, but again it comes back to time. Writing a novel takes up a lot of time, establishing a readership and maintaining that readership via social media is a whole job in itself, so where do you draw the line, where do you find the balance? Authors are still people, they still have families, jobs and responsibilities outside of the writing world. Even as a full-time author I find this very difficult to balance. So now as the industry has changed; it crucial for any new author to establish a readership before they have their first book out in the publics’ hands.

What has been your biggest challenge?  And biggest victory as an author – other than publishing that is? Is it see your genre expand? 
 
Biggest challenge: Making sure my next book exceeds the one before it, Good, great, I’ve written a good book I can be proud of, now comes the next novel. Reader’s expectations. This always guts me during the writing process. The fear that this new book might not live up to the hype of its predecessor. And it’s both real and healthy, it encourages me to strive for better, to work harder, not to have the plot run away with me and high-jack the story to a point where it can’t be saved, and lastly writer’s block and writer’s burn out. 
 
Biggest victory as an author: I’m discovering who I am, learning more about myself and what I am capable of, how talented I am and recognizing myself worth, but still be able to stay humble throughout this process because trust me, it can go to your head. 


Where do you see ebooks and yourself in the future?
 
To grow more as a writer, to one day hopefully become a full-time writer in the horror genre and be successful in it.
As for ebooks in the future, one can only hope that we find some way to better protect our work against piracy and plagiarism, as with the advance of technology, there are its disadvantages; illegal distribution of books and selfishly stealing others work is a  threat to both writers and the industry. With ebooks being so easily distributed as they are in the numerous ways they can be scattered throughout the big web. It’s hard to keep track of where they end up and how to protect
them.

Jay Northcote

✍From Jay Northcote, author of Nothing Serious and the Housemates series and many more:

My first experiences in publishing were with Dreamspinner Press almost three years ago. They published in paperback and eBook format, but the vast majority of my sales were eBooks.

I made the switch to self-publishing about a year into my career as an author. With it being so easy to self-publish eBooks in particular (although it’s also easy to publish paperbacks through Createspace) I didn’t see that there was much benefit for me to stay with a publisher once I had a readership.

Even in the relatively short time that I’ve been publishing, the industry has changed a lot. The market for our genre is growing, but is also getting exponentially more crowded. It’s hard for authors to get noticed. Kindle Unlimited and the huge number of indie authors have driven prices down—which has a knock on, negative impact on author earnings. However, the rise in popularity of eBooks has allowed me to have a career as an author that I would otherwise never have had. I don’t believe that I would ever have considered writing as a full-time job if it hadn’t been for the boom in the e-book market and the subsequent growth of small presses and Indies. I count myself extremely lucky to have found my readership and to be able to do this as my job. I’m grateful to all my readers for making this possible.

It’s hard to predict the future in such a volatile and rapidly changing market. Ebooks are here to stay, and I think subscription services like KU are too. Personally, I would like to see more consistency in eBook pricing across the industry. The 99c novels that dominate the charts are making it harder for authors to earn a living. But I’m hopeful that as long as I work hard and stay focused, I will be able to keep writing full-time for the foreseeable future.

As you all can see, their experiences run the spectrum, from self publishing to working with established publishers to using both methods of getting their stories to their audience.   All see the ebook as a format that’s here to stay.  But how will the market change? And how will the authors and publishers have to adapt to the changing market?  That remains to be seen.

More authors next week.  Do you have questions for these or any authors?  Send them in.  I will forward them on and use them in our blog next week or the week after.

Giveaway:  From the readers leaving comments I will be choosing 3 more winners to receive $10 gift certificates from Dreamspinner Press.  Contest ends at midnight, November 3rd.  Must be 18 years of age or older to enter.

 And now for this week’s schedule.

books-falling-into-kindle

This Week at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

night-train-to-new-orleansinterborough_600x900818f0-teresa2b252812529germ-by-april-kelley

Sunday, October 23:

  • Here’s Reading You ~ An Author’s POV! (Part III)
  • This Week At Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words
  • A Paul Review: The Beginning (Sirius Wolves #6) by Victoria Sue

Monday, October 24:

  • Release Blitz & Review Tour – Con Riley’s Must Like Spinach
  • Riptide Blog Tour: Change of Address by Jordan S. Brock
  • Alisa Audiobook Review: Corey: The Atherton Pack 3 by Toni Griffin
  • A Free Dreamer Release Day Review: Changing World by Cari Z
  • A Paul Review: Germ by April Kelly

Tuesday, October 25:

  • Reclaiming Hope by Shell Taylor Tour with Guest Post
  • Riptide Blog Tour and Giveaway: Interborough by Santino Hassell
  • A Stella Review: Different Names for the Same Thing by Francis Gideon
  • A Caryn Review: Interborough by Santino Hassell
  • An Alisa Review: His Scar by Erin E. Keller

Wednesday, October 26:

  • Cover Reveal and Giveaway: The Closet Boy by Sean Michael
  • Blog Tour and Giveaway: Full Circle by Victoria Sue
  • Contact, Gothika Volume 5 Tour with Guest Post and Giveaway
  • An Alisa Review: Night Train to Orleans By Carolina Valdez
  • A Paul B Review: Full Circle by Victoria Sue

Thursday, October 27:

  • Cover Reveal – Alpha Barman by Sue Brown
  • In the Spotlight:On Fire by Alicia Nordwell (Guest Post)
  • An Alisa Review: Open Omega and His Bitter Bear By Susan Laine
  • A Free Dreamer Review: 18% Gray by Anne Tenino
  • A Release Review: Touchdown (Game Day Book 1) by T.S. McKinney

Friday, October 28:

  • In the Spotlight: Make Someone Happy by Hank Fielding (Guest Post)
  • A Stella Release Day Review: Murmuration by TJ Klune
  • An Alisa Review: Of Paws and Pet Rocks by J.D. Walker
  • A Lila Review: A Sip Of Rio by Teodora Kostova
  • A MelanieM Review: Too Many Cases by Julia Rancourt

Saturday, October 29:

A MelanieM Review: Shield of the Dragon by Megan Derr

murmurationchanging-worlds-by-cari-zthe-beginning-by-victoria-sueshield-of-the-dragon

 

About the Authors:

Parker Williams can be found at his Goodreads blog

Wulf Francu Godgluck

They come to me in the night, creeping into my head. Their voices are all different, their stories all dissimilar, but they keep saying the same thing…

“Show us, tell us to the world. Bring us into yours, and make us known.”

Then I sit and they take over. They tell their tales of love, loss and sinister misfortune, not all of them get a happy ending, but they are pleased when their part is written.

I sometimes find myself lost in my own mind; a world very similar to our own yet so different. Things don’t go bump in the night—they squeal, and crawl under your skin, making you grind your teeth, and your stomach turn over and put your nerves on edge. Then there’s the drama. Oh, the drama!

I write because I must! There is so much inside of me that needs to get out. So many stories to tell, characters that want to be heard, and hearts lost and won. Words and art are my way of bringing my world to others. I enjoy telling tales of the human condition but working in elements of the supernatural. Werewolves, Vampires, Zombies, Witches and the unexplainable all set against the human world or worlds of their own.

I was born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa, grew up in a working class family and enjoy writing, cooking and spending my husband’s money! Yeah I’m a cocky little brat too 🙂 (and proud of it, spankings included.)

You can find Wulf at his website

Jay Northcote

Jay lives just outside Bristol in the West of England. He comes from a family of writers, but always used to believe that the gene for fiction writing had passed him by. He spent years only ever writing emails, articles, or website content.

One day, Jay decided to try and write a short story—just to see if he could—and found it rather addictive. He hasn’t stopped writing since.

Jay writes contemporary romance about men who fall in love with other men. Jay has five books published by Dreamspinner Press, and he also self-publishes under the imprint Jaybird Press. Many of his books are now available as audiobooks.

Jay is transgender and was formerly known as she/her.

Contact Jay at: