Saturday, 19 July 2014

Free stories are awesome!

In case anyone doesn't know about it yet, there is a MM romance group on Goodreads which hosts an annual free story event. Readers submit picture prompts, writers write amazing stories, and then they're all uploaded free!

Here are the stories on the group page, or if you're not a member of the group you can see them all on Goodreads here, or download them directly from the MM Romance Group site.

I really love this event. I love that it's free: I can feel that every story I read was written simply out of joy at storytelling, and a need to share stories with others. I love that all the stories are treated equally, regardless of the experience of the writer. I love finding new writers to enjoy in the future.

If you're interested in the stories I have personally read, you can see them all here. Nowhere near as many as I would like to have read - I am actually an astoundingly slow reader! But when I do get to finish a story, I enjoy it :) For a beautiful week there, before real life took over again, I was able to read every story as it came out. That was an incredible experience!

From the stories I've read, here are some I'd recommend:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22586077-the-case-of-the-insufferable-slave

The Case of the Insufferable Slave by Gillian St. Kevern

The Case of the Insufferable Slave is a slavefic, so it's not everyone's cup of tea. But it's also a stunningly well-written hardboiled detective story, with astounding control of language. It was very difficult to put this story down so I could go to work, let me tell you! 

To make an amazing story even more amazing, it's the author's first published work. I can't wait to see what else they have up their sleeve :)

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22385896-carte-blanche

Carte Blanche is a slow-building sweet story of a recluse falling for his friendly neighbor. The characterization in this story is just divine. Everyone is lovable and believable. I could quite easily read more about this pair, and I'm certainly interested in reading more by this writer!
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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22401386-mr-jaguar

Mr. Jaguar byK.A. Merikan

Mr. Jaguar is an enemies-to-lovers novella about a down-on-his-luck mechanic being dragged into richness by the school nerd he used to bully. The main selling point for me is the angst of the jock character. His shame at the start of the book is hearbreaking and perfectly described.

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Also, stay tuned for my own contribution to the event! I wrote a werewolf novel, and I'll update when it's posted :)

Friday, 18 April 2014

Come and Read Me Writing too Much!

I did an interview with Ten Minute Interviews and you can read it here.

TMI is a site for interviews with creative people. Also, Too Much Information.

Included in my interview: writers I love, writing love, loving writing, and teasers for upcoming stories.

To avoid an all-words post, here is a tiny wooden elephant by Urban Star:

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

MM Romance Group prompt: Secret werewolf!

The M/M Romance Group over on Goodreads have a free story event. This year it's called Love's Landscapes. Authors write stories to fit prompts submitted by members of the group.
My prompt is amazing. You can check it out if you're a member of the group.

Two best friends at college who are fated to be together by a werewolf bond. Except only one of them is a werewolf, or even knows werewolves exist. The other just knows he's in love with his best friend and is too shy to tell him.
Both men have a secret and both secrets need to be shared. But both secrets seem too big to be expressed. What's a (totally hot and tattooed) boy to do?

In total there will be 200 stories for the Love's Landscapes event. They will be coming out in June, July and August and they'll all be free for download. There are some fantastic prompts this year, so you should be excited!

Sunday, 29 September 2013

Words I didn't know

Among other projects, I'm working on a story called Dictionary, Unillustrated which (as the title suggests) features a dictionary as a central motif. In writing it I've reignited my interest in unusual words so I thought I'd share some with you.
If you're one of those people who likes to 'test their knowledge', go ahead and crow about knowing all these words - I didn't!

Palaver: Prolonged and idle discussion

Avocation: Hobby

Shyster: Slang for someone disreputable or unethical, especially in law or politics

Celerity: Swiftness of action or motion

Peccadillo: Small, relatively unimportant offense or sin

Scuttlebutt: Gossip. Scuttlebutt was the tap on a ship, so it's like the old-school water cooler conversation!

Galling: Causing extreme irritation or chagrin

Parsimony: Preciousness with money

Those are all words I've read recently but couldn't supply with an exact definition. It came as a shock to realize just how often I take meaning from a sentence without actually knowing all the words!

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Tonight the lights are rainbow

Gay marriage officially became legal here in New Zealand on the 19th August.
In celebration, several public fixtures were lit up with rainbow lights.
This is not the photo I took. I wish I took photos like this.
I stopped to take a photo of a rainbow Sky Tower. Behind me I heard an electronic shutter clicking.
I turned to see another woman taking the same photo of the rainbow Sky Tower. Our eyes met. We grinned at each other.
Is that the start of a great romance or what?

Friday, 19 July 2013

Animal Magnetism

Andrea Speed and I wrote a story for the Love Has No Boundaries event, a free stories event with the MM Romance group over on Goodreads.

What you see above is a gorgeous cover by Madison Parker, kind of a fan art surprise which is awesome and makes me very happy.

You can read or download the story over on Goodreads, and check out the other LHNB stories while you're there.

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Pretty show-off tools

I got hooked on showing off about my WIPs. Here are word meters from Critique Circle. Blurbs for most of these stories are here.

















I've grouped them in the rough order that I intend to finish them. Though what I need is a second bar which indicates how much editing I've done - Dictionary, Unillustrated and Exploding Engine Diagram are technically finished in terms of writing and into the revision phase but that takes me much longer than writing the first draft.

I spent the weekend planning out books 3, 4 and 5 in the same series as Vicky's Rules and my excitement over that world* has caused me to nudge Vicky's book higher in my list of priorities.
Let's be honest, though: Before I finished more than 2 of these WIPs I'll be starting something new. I threw out the goal of not starting anything new until older works are done and instead am trying to focus on only starting shorter works before anything older is done.

I hate writing 'The end' but I love writing 'I suppose it all began when'.

*By 'world' I mean a tattoo parlor and all-ages hardcore venue and the scene surrounding them