Friday, November 28, 2014

Whatever Friday

I'm not someone who rushes to the stores on Black Friday. I hate malls on a good day and bargain-mad crowds freak me out. Consequently, this is the day when I rather don't even leave the house. Perfect day for reading and sipping hot cocoa.

Fortunately for those of use suffering from chronic mob-aversion, nowadays you can shop in the safety and your privacy of your home, wearing pajamas and fuzzy slippers, and still not miss out on the deals. All Romance eBooks is having a HUGE sale. Two of my own books, Dead Man and the Restless Spirits and Dead in LA are FREE for the day.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Gobble, Gobble

My plan for today is to make hot apple cider and cheese straws and go over to my friends' house later. I usually bring desert, but I suspect there will be pie overload, so I had to find alternatives.

To be honest, while I don't hate pumpkin pie, it's not on the top of my list of deserts. I have a pretty easy but delicious recipe for and apple-cranberry pie, which I probably got off from a can of cranberries or such.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Wednesday Word: Cantrip

cantrip |╦łkantrip|noun Scottish, archaica mischievous or playful act; a trick.ORIGIN late 16th cent. (also in the sense [witch's trick]): of unknown origin.

I came across this word recently in Mike Carey's novel, The Devil You Know. The book was a mixed experience--nice prose, but by Jove, the story moved like molasses. I was listening to the audiobook and my mind kept wandering off. That never happens when the story is interesting.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Vintage Monday: Football

I know football season has started because it's Thanksgiving this week. Yeah, you can guess how much attention I pay to this sport. I once went to a Notre Dame game but left at half time because I was bored out of my skull. Honestly, rugby seems far more exciting. Men in short shorts tackling each other. Mmm....

Monday, November 10, 2014

The Monday After

BentCon was a blast, but now I'm exhausted and have a ton of shit to catch up with. Will try to give a better report later. Roger, out.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Come see me (and other, more interesting authors) at BentCon this weekend!

I'll be at BentCon this weekend. It's my second time at this event, but last year I popped in as a visitor, to test out of the waters. The event is what ComiCon must've been when it just started out--small, loosely but enthusiastically organized. Oh, and bent, of course.

LE Franks and Rhys Ford have taken it upon themselves to present the m/m contingent under the Inkslingers umbrella. We'll have a booth, sell books, participate on panels. I don't envy them for having to herd unruly cats like yours truly. Scroll down this page to see who will be there.

Stop by if you're from LA. It's a cool, informal event and the tickets are dirt cheap.

I'll be womanning the booth at these times:

Friday 3-5pm and 6-7pm
Saturday 5-8 pm
Sunday 2-5 pm

I'll be on the Scify, Fantasy, and Supernatural Panel 5-6 pm on Friday and Surviving Self-Publishing 1-2 pm on Sunday.

I'll be floating about the other times too, but don't try to catch me 12-5pm on Saturday--I'll be going to series of panels during that time.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

French Kiss

Mort Sous Le Soleil went live on the sites of various French retailers yesterday, and it's doing rather well on the French Amazon. Briefly it was #1 in the Kindle Fantasy category, and is doing well in the overall fantasy category--#4 at the moment. When I looked at that page I was surprised to find my little book in the company of stockier books by George R.R. Martin, J.R.R Tolkien (what's up with all the Rs?), and Robin Hobb.

Of course, I have no idea what it means in actual sales. For all I know, there are five people in France reading the genre. I don't care. For now I'll just bask.