Yes, but what’s Close Quarter about?

I’ve posted other people’s blubs… but not my own. Time to remedy that!

On a transatlantic cruise to New York, sculptor Rhys Matherton struggles to piece his life back together after losing his mother, inheriting a fortune, and finding out his father isn’t his father after all. He spills a tray of drinks on a handsome stranger, then he finds himself up against a wall getting the best hand-job he’s ever had. And for the first time in his life, he feels whole.

Rhys enjoys the company of Silas Quint, but for the eerie way no one pays attention to them even while they kiss in a crowded bar. Silas explains he’s a forest fae able to glamor the room around them—and more importantly, that he’s on the cruise to hunt vampires. Rhys thinks Silas is full of it, until he discovers vampires are real, and he’s part of the main course.

Silas Quint can’t be distracted by a human lover, even one as lovely as Rhys. Stuck in the middle of the ocean, he has barely enough of energy to hunt the vampires he’s been sent to destroy. Rhys is full of the one thing Silas needs needs most—the element of living plants. Only sucking energy from Rhys would make Silas as soulless as the creatures he hunts. How can he keep Rhys safe, without becoming like the very monsters he hunts?

Goodreads and some Good Reads

Close Quarter on GoodReads

First, Close Quarter is now listed at Goodreads! Click here to go to there.

Good Reads from fellow SHU WPFers

Second, three other ladies I know Seton Hill’s Writing Popular Fiction MFA program (from which I graduated) have books that have just come out or are coming out from Loose Id. I wanted to share the two that have been released with you. These ladies are wonderful writers and it’s been neat to watch all of our books appear in the Coming Soon section of the web site, then, one by one, get released.

Levade

First to be released was Evey Bret‘s Levade,  a sequel to her book Capriole.

Felipe’s world is shattered when he receives word his lover Lukas is dead, presumably swept away at sea. Grieving, he struggles to control the psychic gifts he was born with and trains to become a Warden—someone who hunts incubi and protects their sexually voracious half-human offspring. Despite erotic temptation and misadventure, Felipe never loses hope of reuniting with the man he truly loves.

Aided by Lukas’s herd of Lipizzans, Felipe learns that Lukas is alive and initiates a rescue. Their reunion does not go well. Lukas can’t remember Felipe nor can he answer questions about where he’s been. Despite Felipe’s repeated seduction attempts, Lukas’s condition deteriorates until he’s more horse than man.

Heartbroken, Felipe is afraid that unless Lukas can come to terms with the devastating truth of who—and what—he is their love will be lost forever.

Blood Bound and Beautiful

Next to be released was Kierstin Cherry’s Blood Bound and Beautiful.

Returning to reclaim her vampyric kingdom, the exiled queen Vladja is determined to defeat her usurper brother, Decai, and his unliving forces at any cost. Before she can claim sovereignty, Vladja must first solve the dark riddle of the Throne of Bone. When the riddle demands she forsake and betray her human lover, a Lady who wields the hand of a god, Vladja is torn between duty and desire.

The more she tries to stay away from the Lady Grace, the more she wants her. With their passions flaring out of control and Decai’s forces bearing down upon them, Vladja and her Lady embark on a desperate plan to unleash their passions upon the Throne and break its power once and for all. But will their love and lust prove strong enough to defeat the ancient dark magics or will the Throne of Bone consume them with the deadly power of the Marrowing?

If you hop on over to Jessica Freely‘s blog before November 13th, you have a chance to win a copy of Blood Bound and Beautiful.

His Own Devices

Speaking of Jessica Freely, in slightly more than two weeks (on November 20th), her novel, His Own Devices, will be released. More on that later!

Close Quarter Release Date

The lovely Jessica Freely reminded me today that I haven’t posted the release date for Close Quarter.

Ahem:

November 13th, 2012!

I’ll put up an official blurb when I have one, but for now I’ll say that it’s a paranormal romance featuring Rhys, a grieving sculptor, who meets Silas, a jaded forest fae, while on a trans-Atlantic crossing. Silas is there to hunt vampires. Rhys doesn’t believe it, until he discovers that he’s the one on the menu.

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Cover art for Close Quarter

I received the cover art for my Loose Id debut. And I am completely blown away by it:

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It’s just perfect and fabulous. The artist is April Martinez. Some how, she managed to read my mind and find models that match my image of the characters almost exactly.

The redhead is Rhys, and yes, he would totally have that expression. The dark-haired gent in the back is Silas.

And there’s my name and title. Someone pinch me, ’cause I must be dreaming.

Edits away! Until they come back!

Last Friday, I received my editor’s first round of edits on Close Quarter. Yesterday, I turned in my revisions. Between those two dates, I typed madly, fixed descriptions, and added a scene.

The editing that editors do isn’t just fixing typos. It’s catching consistency issues and noting boring parts. It’s also noting when the author (me, for instance) needs to dig deeper and give the reader more. More emotion, more feelings. (After all, this is romance, and erotic romance, at that.) Better description. Fix those loose ends

I know I have a blind spot when it comes to my work. I know the story. I know who the characters are and what they feel during scenes.

I sometimes forget that the book doesn’t come with my brain attached. (eww.)

Hopefully, the changes I made will add those elements the readers need and deserve in a good story.

Time will tell… as will round two of editing.

In the meantime, here’s another photo of a sight I saw while writing Close Quarter, the island volcano of Stromboli, near Sicily.

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Photo taken by me while cruising the Mediterranean, Fall 2011

My bookmarks, let me show them to you

So here’s a bit of fun… some of the sites bookmarked to reference for my forthcoming novel:

How to travel between Europe & the United States by sea: Queen Mary 2, the Atlantic ferry

Roman Gods

Gladius

Sun or Moon Rise/Set Table for One Year

I also happened to be on a cruise part of the time I wrote the novel, though in the Mediterranean, not in the Atlantic.

Still, Here’s a pretty photo I took on that cruise of a sight my heroes really hate: Sunset.

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Sunset, somewhere in the Mediterranean Sea, photo taken by me, Fall 2011.