Wednesday, July 31, 2013

THE BIG WIENERS!

RAFFLECOPTER HAS SPOKEN.



So that's: 

Lee - Shadowman Comics
Sharon S. - CARNIEPUNK
Laura C. - WICKED AS THEY COME
P.J. McCracken - WICKED AS SHE WANTS
Joe A. - Your name in a book
Marlies - Bottle of FOLLOW ME BOY
Buzea - You get to choose a scene!

Emails will go out shortly. Congratulations, everyone!

And thanks so much for helping to spread the word on FOLLOW ME BOY!

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

WIN A BUNCH OF AWESOME STUFF.

Let me cut to the chase: 

I want you to read my e-novella SHADOWMAN: FOLLOW ME BOY.


Why? Lots of reasons.

For one, I think it's a great story and I'm proud of it. For another, I'd like to write more in the comics world and for Amazon, and getting a good reception for my first foray into this medium is a great way to show I've got the chops to do it. And three? Because Shadowman is an AWESOME COMIC that you should be reading anyway. Oh, and also because royalties can buy me cake.

And even if you don't want to read it? I hope you'll tell your friends. You might just have a comics fan in your Facebook feed or Twitter list who digs voodoo and comics and kickass action, and I'd love for *them* to read it.

So let me reward you with more than just four-leaf clovers.

HOW ABOUT A BIG OL' GIVEAWAY?

a Rafflecopter giveaway

If you have questions, please ask them in the comments.

I really hope y'all give this story a shot and let me know what you think. It's different from Sang, and yet it's got dark whimsy, hard-hitting action, and just a hint of horror.

It also has a monkey in a top hat, which I dwell on because my first book also has a monkey in a top hat. I knew from issue #3 of Shadowman that I would love it for this very reason. I hope y'all will, too.

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Sunday, July 14, 2013

Want luck? I'll send you some!

So my e-novella SHADOWMAN: FOLLOW ME BOY is now available on Amazon Kindle Worlds, and I'd love to see some ratings and reviews pop up because I'm a regular person who can't make her bangs work and I NEED THIS KIND OF VALIDATION.



Ahem.

So here's the deal.

If you read the e-novella and leave a review, I'll send you a word of thanks on my personal stationery, along with drawings of bludbunnies and a monkey in a top hat. I'll also tape on a genuine four-leaf clover from my collection.

Rules:


  1. You have to read it first and say something real. Because otherwise, what's the point?
  2. You are in no way required to lie or say anything you don't mean. Reviews are about your honest feelings, and I'm not one of those authors who picks fights with people who don't like her work. Then again, if you didn't like it, Y U WANT MY CLOVERS? They're tainted. Still, honesty. I don't expect everyone to like everything I ever do, and that's totally fine.
  3. USA only, because I hate going to the post office. I think it's only available in the USA, anyway, so that should narrow it down.


If this sounds like the best deal ever and you need some luck, just email CriminyStain (at) yahoo (dot) com with a link to your review or your review name on Amazon and give me your home address. Soon, you'll have luck and murderbunnies!

In any case, I'm really proud of this story and hope you like it. It has all the dark whimsy of my usual work, but instead of a female-centric romance, you have a kickass comic book hero dedicated to avenging wrong. There's one kiss, but it's... really disgusting.

Happy reading!

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Saturday, July 13, 2013

On writing: WE'RE CLOSED.

Right now, I'm in the middle the ultra-big-final edit on an entirely new book. It's unlike anything I've written before, and it's taken several revisions to get it right. From the moment I wake up-- at 6am? Really, brain? To the moment I fall asleep, I'm thinking about this book.

And you know what? I haven't read another book in weeks.

I'm not looking for new music, I don't want to talk to anyone, I wear the same pajama pants for a week, I'm not on Twitter a ton (for me), and I had to walk away from my first viewing of season 1 of The Legend of Korra because the story was taking up too much headspace.

The neon sign behind my eyes says CLOSED.

And that's okay.

When writers give advice on writing, they often tell you to take in a ton of media. Stephen King supposedly writes four hours a day and reads four hours a day. Soaking up bad media helps solidify your feelings about what's important, and gorging on good media opens up your mind to new ideas and primes the pumps for good storytelling and excellent characters. Some of my best ideas have come from TV shows, internet articles, and photosets from Tumblr.

But.

Sometimes, you have to close all that down, lock the shutters, and hunker in the skull bunker while you work through your story.

Sometimes, you need darkness and quiet.

Sometimes, you get selfish with your headspace.

Sometimes, you eat nothing but capicola and cheese for two weeks because thinking about food is pretty annoying when you could be thinking about your story.

I think this fact can get lost when so much writing advice is about opening yourself up to possibility and staying malleable and curious. But being CLOSED is a big part of my writing cycle, especially in the last big edit, when I'm making sure that every Chekhov's gun shows up in a drawer later, every i has its jot, and that opening line still makes sense compared to the last line. There's a time to be out in the world, experiencing things. And there's a time to be only in your story, using every bit of your resources to make it as great as it can be.

Sending your story off to its next level is an amazing thrill, but it's also generally a little terrifying. Whether you're querying agents, sending it to critique partners, or are lucky enough to just shoot that bouncing book baby off to an agent or editor, chances are, you feel a rush of adrenaline as it leaves your hands. WILL THEY LOVE IT WILL THEY HATE IT DOES IT MAKE ANY SENSE AT ALL OH GOD, etc.

And the best way for me to celebrate that feeling is to finally switch that sign to OPEN, give my brain the day off, and pick up the book I've been dying to read. It's my reward for the hard work, and it's the equivalent of opening the windows on the first day of spring after a long winter.

I would also suggest taking a bath and eating something besides charcuterie at this point, too, but you don't have to take my word for it. If the cats are following you around with their mouths open like they're smelling a dead skunk, you'll know it's time.

Open up. Be free.

And, seriously, take a shower.

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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Introducing: FOLLOW ME BOY!

Remember when I showed you a picture of my new boyfriend, Jack?

He's finally here!



FOLLOW ME BOY is a 70-page e-novella commissioned by Amazon Kindle Worlds as a tie-in with the Shadowman comic from Valiant Entertainment. When I was offered this gig, I went straight out and bought a stack of comics--every Shadowman in Valiant's latest reboot. And I was instantly hooked.

New Orleans boy Jack Boniface is the Shadowman, cursed with the spirit of a voodoo loa to change into an invincible hero every night, avenging wrongs and ensuring that no dark spirits run too rampant. He's witty, loyal, conflicted, and totally boss. And he looks suspiciously like Vale Hildebrand, the romantic hero in my third Blud book, WICKED AFTER MIDNIGHT.

No wonder I love him, right?

My story includes a cursed vial of perfume; a sunken plantation house inspired by the Monster Plantation ride at Six Flags Over Georgia; a crazy old swamp witch; some nasty voodoo; a trip to the underworld; three characters facing their greatest fears; Shadowman's general asskickery...
and a monkey in a top hat.

Because when a comic includes a monkey in a top hat and a zombie vampire rabbit named Hossenfeffer, you know I'm going to be all over that.

It's available now on Amazon for $1.99, and I hope y'all dig it. And if you dig it, I hope you'll leave a review. And then I hope you'll go out and buy the whole series from Valiant, because it rocks.

There's no romance and tons of comic violence, but my dark whimsy is there, promise.

And did I mention the monkey in the top hat?

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Monday, July 1, 2013

Win an ARC of CARNIEPUNK!

Step right up! There's a new adventure in Criminy's Clockwork Caravan, and it's part of a veritable smorgasbord of CARNIEPUNK deliciousness!

And you can win an advance copy!



CARNIEPUNK is out July 23 with Gallery Books with a KILLER lineup of amazing urban fantasy and paranormal romance writers, including Rachel Caine, Jennifer Estep, Kevin Hearne, Seanan McGuire, Jaye Wells, Rob Thurman, and many more. Including me!

My story, THE THREE LIVES OF LYDIA, is a Sangish take on Lydia the Tattooed Lady. This one includes many of your favorite characters from Criminy's caravan, including the darkly sexy ringmaster himself. It also includes a secret alluded to in Wicked as They Come and explains why Charlie Dregs is such a strange young man.

So, want to win it? Here's how to enter!


a Rafflecopter giveaway