Jordan Castillo Price – always an entertaining newsletter

Have you signed up for Jordan Castillo Price’s newsletter???? There are always snippets of fiction, fascinating chats, news of new releases, and chances to WIN freebies.

Here’s some highlights from the latest newsletter (and please excuse the wacky formatting because I copy and pasted LOL):

Daytripping

AKA many hours on a bus

Yesterday I hopped down to Chicago to meet up with fellow author Chris Owen who was taking in the sights. Some readers have been reading m/m for years, while others are new to the party. I try to explain the length of my genre tenure by pointing out that my first m/m short (a forgettable story called West Side) came out in 2004. On CD. When you could count the number of m/m authors on your fingers and toes. This was before the Kindle device even existed. FIVE YEARS before the Kindle device even existed.

So Chris Owen? Her full-length novel Bareback, a beloved m/m classic, came out a year before that!

I bussed my way down from Madison to Union Station, where a stranger promptly asked me for money, so I knew I’d arrived. I met up with Chris and we started our adventures in Greektown. The store that Crash’s shop is loosely based on is still there. Weirdly enough, it still looks and smells exactly like I remember it, too. While we were there, a Chicago cop came in and asked the clerk about a statuette of St. Joseph to help him sell his house. All the while the police radio on his belt was muttering away.

Chris found a bar of High John the Conqueror soap, the very stuff that gave Vic a rash in Secrets. She couldn’t resist buying one. I decided the mere smell of it was turning my stomach, but I did treat myself to some Florida Water soap, which had a fragrance that was somewhat more intriguing than nauseating.

We then took an architecture tour on the river. As we floated along baking in the sun, drinking literally the best Corona I have ever tasted, I noticed several spots where I thought, “I don’t really remember that,” and I lived in Chicago for thirteen years. Then the guide would announce when the building was completed—after I left—and I’d think, “Well, that’s why.” There seemed to be a lot more to do along the river, and a lot more places that were friendlier to walk around or hang out in general, than I remembered.

Chris and I got along famously. We had so much to talk about and the day felt too short. Before I knew it I was searching on my iPhone for the correct bus to get me back to Union Station. (This is insanely new too. As was the fare payment system. When I lived in Chicago, smartphones didn’t exist, it was all paper schedules, and the buses and El still accepted tokens.)

In a way, hanging out with Chris in the Loop was like unearthing a time capsule. We were both a little stunned about how much things have changed: ourselves, the genre, the saturation of new authors, the advent of self-publishing. Connecting with her helped me to realize how much ground I’ve actually covered on my writing journey.

Coming Soon

Charmed and Dangerous: Ten Tales of Gay Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy releasing August 25

Preorder ebook atAmazon, iTunes, BN,Kobo

Also coming soon in paperback.

à venir

Corps et âme : un roman court PsyCop (PsyCop 3, French Edition) releasing August 19

Preorder today at
Amazon.fr – Amazon.comiTunesBN.comKobo

Writing isn’t the only thing subject to trends. I see changes in stock photography too. About fifteen years ago, the fad in stock photography was to shoot models from an angle that made their head look disproportionately huge. After that came the gritty, high contrast HDR look. Nowadays, the hot look is a washed out low contrast with prominent sun flares. (Basically, like an Instragram filter that’s meant to allow digital to mimic film photography.) I was pretty tickled to catch some cool sun flares with my little point and shoot yesterday!

Change

I think of myself as an observant person—I’d bet most people probably see themselves that way. At least until we notice something that changed a while ago and think, “Ugh, since when?”

I was looking at some coins this morning and thought, “What the hell kind of play money is that?” Apparently the penny has a new back with a big shield on it. And apparently it’s had this for the past FIVE YEARS.

While I do pay for everything with a debit card, still, you’d think I would’ve noticed.

Oh, and apparently they’re not even called pennies.

Free-ish

In an attempt to do a kind of Netflix model for ebooks, the site Scribd was offering an ebook subscription. Recently they changed their business model and discontinued carrying certain beloved genres and certain popular authors who were costing them too much money. I was one of the discontinued authors, unfortunately. Just call me Ms. Popularity 🙂

I’m still intrigued by the idea of making my work available for subscription. Right now I’ve enrolled the Petit Mortsseries and one of my favorite standalone novels The Starving Years in Kindle Unlimited so they can be read for free. I also signed up for a free 30-day trial to see how it all works from a reader’s perspective…I will probably end up keeping it for a while to really see how I like it!

Now you can follow my Amazon Author Page! I’m not sure what that’ll result in, but hey, why not?

Follow me here!

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About clarelondon

Clare London took her pen name from the city where she lives, loves, and writes. A lone, brave female in a frenetic, testosterone-fuelled family home, she juggles her writing with her other day job as an accountant. She’s written in many genres and across many settings, with award-winning novels and short stories published both online and in print. She says she likes variety in her writing while friends say she’s just fickle, but as long as both theories spawn good fiction, she’s happy. Most of her work features male/male romance and drama with a healthy serving of physical passion, as she enjoys both reading and writing about strong, sympathetic, and sexy characters. Clare currently has several novels sulking at that tricky chapter three stage and plenty of other projects in mind... she just has to find out where she left them in that frenetic, testosterone-fuelled family home. Clare loves to hear from readers, and you can contact her here: Website: http://www.clarelondon.com E-mail: clarelondon11@yahoo.co.uk Blog: www.clarelondon.com/blog Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/clarelondon Twitter: https://twitter.com/clare_london Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/clarelondon Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/author/clarelondon/ Google+ : https://plus.google.com/u/0/+ClareLondon/posts

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