New PsyCop short from Jordan Castillo Price

Coming from the so-talented pen of Jordan Castillo Price SOON!!!! See her news below:

A Taste of Memento

A new PsyCop short, Memento, is coming on Friday the 13th (mwa ha ha) of November. The audio version narrated by the fabulous Gomez Pugh is in production and I expect it to be available by the end of the month.

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Subtlety is lost on Vic. Ironic, since his come-hither signals require the training of a federal investigator to be perceived. His idea of making a pass involves leaning in my general direction, and on a bold day, maybe clearing his throat. “Before you brave the elements…” I dropped my voice low, which was cheesy, but at least he’d get the gist, “better make sure you’re good and…warmed up.”

He paused at the precipice of a slurp, froze, and cut his eyes to me. I leered. He lowered his cup slowly and turned away, but not before I caught that shy smile of his, the one that makes my heart skip a beat. “I dunno,” he drawled. “I’d hate to wear myself out before I even got started.”

“Statistics show that men with active sex lives have better stamina when it comes to household tasks.”

“Uh huh.”

“In fact, they report more efficiency and productivity, and greater satisfaction once the chores are complete.” He likes it when I make up fake statistics. Especially the part where he humors me. We’re probably insufferable around civilians by now. “Fewer injuries, too.”

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Latest News from Jordan Castillo Price

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In the Dark

It’s newsletter time! This month, I’m heading to Seattle for the Gay Romance Northwest Meetup. Find out where I’ll be and what’s on the agenda!

Characters: must everyone really be perpetually 30? Judging by the feedback so far, my readers sure don’t think so.

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All this and more at this month’s JCP News.

More Charmed and Dangerous authors

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Charmed and Dangerous

The Authors

Did you get to see the interviews I did with Rhys Ford, Charlie Cochet and Jordan L. Hawk a couple weeks ago? Find them here! And now for three more fantabulous fantasy authors…

Astrid Amara

I’m so jazzed Astrid Amara could be a part of the anthology because I was positively haunted by the protagonist in her Irregulars story No Life But This, and her stunning characterization resulted in a nice beefy anchor piece to finish off Charmed and Dangerous and reinforce my assertion that novellas can indeed be satisfying reads.

Hi, Astrid! When I first read The Trouble with Hexes, your leading men Vincent and Tim felt so concrete and well rounded to me, I thought they were existing characters from a series I didn’t know about. How do you convey nuanced character in a brand new novella-length story?

Of course it helps to have a clear idea of the kind of character you wish to convey. I wanted a smart ass PI who is a softie at heart, and an artistic, sensitive guy who is trying to hide his hurt.  And because they knew each other beforehand, they could have a kind of natural banter that helps establish the characters.
Tim and Vincent are an ex-couple, and they’re both still smarting from their breakup. What influenced you to approach their relationship in that way, rather than having two characters meet for the first time on-page?
I think its always easier (and maybe a bit of a cheat) to start off a romance with characters that already have history – they don’t have that whole awkward “getting to know you” part of the story, they already know each other so well. I prefer characters with background when trying to keep a story short. Which clearly did not work in this case, ha!
I can’t help but mention the fact that I suggested a 5- or 10,000-word story and you sent me a 30,000-word behemoth! (And I was in heaven!) Are you a fast writer or was this story just itching to be told? What’s your writing routine like?
THIS story (and its absurd length) is the product of record snowfalls on the east coast. I was at a work conference in Portland Maine at the start of March and all flights home to Seattle were cancelled, and I couldn’t get another flight home for four DAYS. As a result, I was trapped in a hotel room in Portland for four days with negative 20 degrees outside, about $30 in cash, and nothing else to do. This story started as a novella and really took off there, and so I blame the length entirely on Maine. 
NORMALLY I write in spurts – I won’t touch a story for two weeks and then go on a binge and thousands of words a day. My schedule has definitely slowed in the last few years – having adopted several lap dogs, I no longer can write at home, it’s just too hard to have a laptop and lapdog vying for my attention. So now I have to schedule specific writing times out at coffee shops a few times a week to get manuscripts done.
If I love a story, it just flows. And this one did.

Andrea Speed

I was absolutely thrilled when Andrea Speed said she could contribute a Josh of the Damned story to the Charmed and Dangerous anthology! This horror/comedy series is unlike anything else I’ve read in the genre, and I absolutely love that I can’t pin any expectations on what the heck is going to happen next. So I don’t—I just sit back and enjoy the ride!
Andrea, do you have trouble classifying your writing in a particular genre? If you could make up a new category to reign over, what would it be?
 Oh yeah, I’m never sure what genre my stuff belongs in. I like throwing them all in a bucket and seeing what happens. I love so many genres, from mystery to horror to science fiction to comedy and action thrillers, I have a hard time pulling them apart. As for what I’d call it … I don’t know. Genrebending? Neo-freak out? Strangecore? Punkenstein? 
Josh is a particularly convincing convenience store clerk. What inspired that job choice? Have you held any particular jobs that helped you write the Quick-Mart with such flair, or is it all just from your experience as a customer?
Oh dear me no. I’d be a terrible clerk. I can barely interact with people I know; interacting all the time with strangers would push me to the breaking point. Truthfully, I sat down and thought of what profession I would consider hell, and the midnight convenience store clerk was the first thing that popped into my head. (My sister did work in a convenience store for a while. This did not influence my thought that it was hell, but my understanding is it wasn’t fun.) 
And finally, I’d love to hear more about your writing process. Walk us through what happens from your moment of inspiration through “the end.”
The funny thing is it depends on the story. I don’t have one consistent process, which may or may not show. Sometimes I’ll have an idea that occurs to me as a random thought in the bath, or when I’m half-asleep, or sometimes I’ll read something and think “What if ..?” Then I just sit down and write, and see what happens. Usually I’m pretty lucky, as the characters are just there, and hardly need me to do anything but transcribe. They have a good idea of what’s supposed to happen, even if I sometimes lose the plot. They know where we’re going. And when they say we’re done, I’m done.

Nicole Kimberling

I’m super stoked to chat with Nicole Kimberling today! Not only is Nicole a Lambda award winning author, but she’s the editor of Blind Eye Books. I was tickled pink she was able to contribute to Charmed and Dangerous.

Magically Delicious is a sequel to the Irregulars story Cherries Worth Getting. Not only does it stand alone perfectly, it also doesn’t spoil the first story, for anyone who might read them out of order. I was over the moon when you told me you’d be visiting Keith and Gunther again because I loved their first escapade. Nicole, had you been considering a follow-up for a while, or did the idea for another story flood you all at once?

I had been considering revisiting Keith and Gunther for ages, but I hadn’t managed to find a solid idea for it. Plus I knew I wanted to write a shorter piece to give an additional glimpse into life beyond the end of the first story, Cherries Worth Getting. So for me this anthology came along just at the right time.

Keith Curry is an everyman among an assortment of magical beings. Not only does he lack magic powers of his own, but at one point in the story, he even has his weapon taken away. What appeals to you about writing from the mundane character’s point of view in a magical setting?

Well, first I think that his lack of fancy powers makes him more approachable and relatable as a main character. I think everybody has, at one point or other, felt like everybody else was outshining them, you know? Keith feels that way all the time. But does he run home crying? No. He just keeps fighting because that’s the kind of guy he is. And from a narrative standpoint, having a main character with no extra-human powers raises the tension and stakes because he’s always at a disadvantage when dealing with any magical creature at all—particularly his boyfriend!

When I read your work, I always feel like there are themes supporting it beneath all the characterization and magic and clever dialog and comedy, a really sturdy yet subtle structure that no one ever really notices because it just does its job. What were you thinking about thematically when you were working on Magically Delicious?

Aw, thanks Jordan! In fact, I am completely incapable of writing a story if I can’t develop an underlying theme. Largely I think this is because without a unifying idea I have too many options. In Magically Delicious I was thinking about families—specifically parents and children. So scenes like the family dinner naturally emerged from that notion, as well as Carrot Beard the leprechaun masquerading as Keith’s son. I like to arrange the scenes so that the characters can think about and discuss an issue. It gives the story cohesion as well as providing the characters with non-expository, yet still relevant thoughts. To me it helps to enrich the characters.

Six authors down and three to go. Stay tuned for more Charmed and Dangerous interviews! And if you’re curious about my approach and process, check out Santino Hassell’s fantastic in-depth talk with me at Binge On Books.

Grab Your Copy of Charmed and Dangerous

Take a cauldron full of magic, add a pinch of humor, a dash of snark and a huge dollop of m/m goodness, and what do you get? Charmed and Dangerous: Ten Tales of Gay Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy. This all-new collection is packed with arcane action and intrigue, and every story will whisk you away to a fantastical world where the hero finds his prince and the paranormal investigator always gets his man.

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Jordan Castillo Price – always an entertaining newsletter

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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?

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Jordan Castillo Price – new release!

Jordan Castillo Price‘s new book is out! I loved the start of this series – a fascinating, spooky and enchanting premise with her usual beautifully-written, sympathetic, complex and adorable characters. I can’t wait to read this follow-up! All the details are below.

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Forget Me NotForget Me Not
Mnevermind Trilogy #2

No two people are exactly alike, but Elijah Crowe is very, very different.

Elijah is on the autism spectrum, so the tasks of day-to-day life most people breeze through are a challenge for him. His career suffered because he never got the hang of schmoozing, and now he wastes his talents teaching classes at the mall. His social circle is limited to his ex, his therapist, and a structured inclusion group at the Rec Center. The one bright spot in his life is the memory science of Mnemography.

Although he loves nothing better than devouring the latest research and tinkering with all the specialized equipment, he never clicked with any other experts in the field until he met Daniel Schroeder. Daniel runs a memory palace—he even writes his own mnems—and that shared interest alone would make him fascinating. But Daniel and Elijah met under unusual circumstances, where the statement, “I like you, and I think you like me,” held some surprising nuances.

Now Elijah suspects he’s gay, but the few prominent people in his life are less than supportive. Some are downright hostile. Elijah might not be neurotypical, but he’s plenty smart. Surely there’s some way to get people to accept him for who he is. If only he could figure out how.

(New to the series? Check out Mnevermind 1: The Persistence of Memory)

Click here read an excerpt of Forget Me Not

Available now at JCP Books in Mobi, PDF and ePub
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Paperback version coming next month