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Today’s post is a plethora of advertisements for the stuff I’m doing or did. I mean, c’mon, it’s Cyber Monday, which to an old internet hound like myself who’s been out here on the net since the early 90’s, doesn’t really conjure up thoughts of sales but of ahem, sex. Still, Cyber Monday is indeed a day of sales so I have a bunch of ads for you!

First off, my 30 Days of Christmas giveaway event is in full swing. We’ve already given away ebooks and paperback books and today, I have a really special treat for readers. Today is the release day for NightShift, the newest book by Kate Douglas. Kate is a prolific and amazing author. She’s also a really great person and I’m thankful to have her as a friend. Kate’s giving away two signed copies of NightShift on my Lex Valentine blog today so go on over there and leave a comment so you’re entered to win.

Next up is the great holiday story event happening at MLR Press. Forty six books! That’s right, there are forty-six holiday stories that are out or coming out. My story Breath of Heaven is scheduled for December 15. You’ll find the video for this heart-warming holiday story right here on this blog. I’ve already read some of these and they are amazing stories. Mia Watts’s story is touching and funny and incredibly hot! Z.A. Maxfield’s story is heart-warming and sweet. DH Starr’s story is a serious tear-jerker with a belly laugh ending. And Derek Adams’s story will send you up in flames.

We all have the same cover art over at MLR Press but when it goes to the third party distributors some of us will have individual covers in order to distinguish between the stories. Cover art is the first thing a reader sees when they are browsing titles and if all the covers look the same, you might get passed over because the reader thinks they already have that book. So a handful of us did an alternate cover. I did covers for Ethan Day, Z.A. Maxfield and myself. We’re not alone though. I believe there’s other authors doing the same. Here’s the covers I created for the three of us. You can also see these over at Winterheart Design.

I’ve got one other Christmas story coming. This one is Cupid Christmas which is the last of the Christmas Cowboys stories I’ve done for the past few years at Pink Petal Books. I can’t think of another couple so it’s time to end the series of Christmas Eve hookups and HEAs at Forbes Ranch with this one last story.

This week I’m launching a new project called Lords of Aether on December 1. This is a serial story, a really special serial story. It’s by myself and authors KC Burn, Charlie Cochrane, Jason Edding, Stephani Hecht, ZA Maxfield and Jaime Samms. It’s a gay steampunk serial. None of us have any experience with steampunk so we’ve been slowly building our world and characters. I’m the only one with serial story experience and it’s been fun teaching them all about how the dynamics work. I’ve missed The Bar a lot so the Lords of Aether will help me not miss it as much. They aren’t the characters I loved so well at The Bar and they aren’t the same group of writers, but the camaraderie and sense of creating together is the same so it goes a long way to easing that little hole in my heart.  I kick off the story on December 1 with a post about my character Anthony Banning whose former lover, Imperial spy Jack Starr, has looked him up because he needs help finding his missing current lover. As you can imagine, Anthony’s a bit offended.  Here’s a trailer for Lords of Aether. I whipped this up last night so I hope you like it.

And now, since I can’t remember what else I’m supposed to be advertising (I was doing a 2 for 1 book trailer sale for this past weekend at Winterheart Design, but no one took me up on it!) I suppose it’s time to post a Marcus and head on out to work. Since I’ve been doing retro Marcus’s (ie photos I’ve posted before) I thought today I’d post my favorite Marcus photo ever.

Oh yum. I love that photo! If any of you know Nikki aka Motley aka my kid, stop on over at her Facebook page. She’s got a bit of a political protest going on on her wall.

And that’s it for my big ole advertisement post this Monday. Have yourselves a wonderful Monday and don’t forget to keep checking my Lex Valentine blog every day through Christmas Eve. Posting a comment enters you for a chance to win that day’s books. Happy Holiday Season Monday!

 

Two Pimps & a Jimmy

I have to pimp two books. Two really diverse books. But I’m sure that somewhere in my readership these two books will spark someone’s interest. The first book is something my friend David from Bella Daddy pimped out. I had to go check out the guy’s blog since David was raving about him.

Outnumbered is the blog. The guy is Jason Mayo and the book is Do Witches Make Fishes? Yes, it’s a children’s book! And all the profits go to charity. In fact, the charity is one that is partnered with a charity I used to work for. So this is legit and it’s for a good cause and I hear from David that it’s a wonderful book. So all of you with little kids need to go check this out. Oh, and check out Jason’s blog. He’s a cool guy!

The other book I have to tell you about is waaaaaay at the other end of the spectrum in terms of genre. KB Alan writes some of the hottest stuff out there. She’s a fellow EC author and I love her work! (Yes, I’ve actually bought and read her books. I’m not just pimping to pimp.) Her newest book is on my TBB list and come payday will be residing in my Nookie. If you like hot, sexy paranormal romances, you have to get Keeping Claire. KB is one of those authors who is a must read.

I have to admit, I get really busy and I forget to do stuff. I keep missing posting Jimmy on Thursdays not because Jimmy’s not the hottest thing next to Marcus but because I lag and I forget. So I put Jimmy in my Outlook. He just seems the type that belongs on a calendar, doesn’t he? Someone needs to organize that. The Jimmy Thomas calendar for harried authors who like to drool. Here’s today’s offering:

Need a Jimmy for your website, banner or book cover? The website is romancenovelcovers.com. Don’t forget your drool bib.

That’s it for me this Thursday. It’s off to the office where I am knee deep in month end activities. Oh joy! Have a great Thursday!

Hot Off the Press

You know it’s gonna be a crappy week when the temperature for Monday hits 107. That was last Monday. And my co-worker  was sick. She was sick for a couple of days poor thing. But it was a commissions and month end week for us in accounting and I spent two days alone powering on in the horrid 100+ degree heat getting stuff done. On not much sleep cause you see, I have no AC at home. Oh yeah. Talk about hot off the press. Oy.

But despite the heat and my pal Jojor’s illness, I got it all done ON TIME. Yes. On time. Man, I felt like a superstar. More month end duties today but if I can survive last week, this week should be a breeze.

In addition to what I was dealing with at the day job, I had a deadline for MLR Press. And Afterburner went to Kris Jacen pretty much on time. I’m wriggling with excitement too because these heroes are two of my favorites so far. On top of finishing Afterburner, I finished my edits for Rock My World. Ahead of schedule. I hope I made my editor Jilly happy with that!Then I made the cover of my Christmas Cowboys story for 2010. I’ll show that off on Thursday though.

Yesterday, just to make my feelings of accomplishment rise even higher, the sixth book of the Tales of the Darkworld released early. Yep Hot off the Press for real! Sunstroked is a M/M story, not quite as long as the last few books, but it’s hot and sweet and the heroes were introduced to readers in the other books in the series. And yes, to make the icing even sweeter on my cake, Common Ground will be going to print later this month! I’m so excited with all the stuff going on right now that even the high temps and high humidity we’ve had have not wilted my enthusiasm!

I’ve got lots of promo type stuff going on all month too. The first one I want to mention is the Raven Scavenger Hunt. You all loved having Mandy and Michelle guest here and now they’re having a month long scavenger hunt of which I am part. There’s lots of prizes to win so check it out!

On to a Marcus for this first Monday of October!

Oh yeah. Marcus in motion is like a work of art!

Wishing you all a cool scavenger hunting Monday!

Not Mine, Still Hot

This cover is not mine. It’s still tres hawt. AND it’s a Jimmy Thomas cover which means it’s Thursday! Where the heck did the week go? I’m off tomorrow, taking a vacay day. Gonna write my fingers to the bone on Afterburner.

Before I leave you looking at this very hot cover let me tell you that the story inside is very hot too! And it’s a great story! Brought tears to my eyes and you all know what that means…I LOVED IT! Go get it. Read it. Smile. Laugh. Fan yourself profusely. And maybe shed a tear or two. Regina done good with this one! And YAY for Jimmy on the cover!

Ya’all have yourselves a great Thursday!

Yay Marty!

I love this guy. He is always there with a kind word. He’s the most supportive of friends. He’s smart and funny and makes you wish he wasn’t married. *wink* Now, he has something happening that he’s always longed for… to be a published fiction author. Marty’s first fiction release is due out January 26!

Last year, I inherited at project at Wild Child Publishing.  An editor left and the project fell to me in terms of finding authors and stories for it.  I wasn’t quite sure how to go about that. After all, I don’t usually hang with authors who write horror.

Weirdly III is an invite only anthology of horror stories. It’s full of twisted paranormal stories in the Twilight Zone genre. Finding freaky stuff to suit the book was just… freaky.

It became a labor of love, however, as I grew to enjoy the creepy stories that landed one by one in my Inbox. As I went along, counting word counts with an eye toward having 70K so the book would have a shot at coming out in print eventually, it dawned on me that I knew writers outside of the world of romance and erotic romance.

So I sent Marty an email and asked him if he was interested. And he was. Now, months after this book suffered many a set back, it’s ready for publication and there is Marty’s name on the cover. Oh, my name’s there too, but I’m not nearly as excited about that as I am to see Marty there!

I really loved Marty’s twisted story about a singer who wishes he could be in more than one place at one time. It was exciting and creepy at the same time and Marty did a great job learning how to write for a publisher. (No head hopping! *wink*)

On January 26, take a run over to Banal Leakage and congratulate Marty on his release day. Then head on over to Wild Child Publishing and buy yourself a copy of Weirdly III. You will not be sorry you did!