Thursday, 23 October 2014

When my fanfic funny bone is tickled again.


I'll be honest, I don't have the time to write fanfic again. But just occasionally I come across a pic which tickles my fanficcer funny bone. This one from Hawaii Five 0 did just that. It isn't even my fandom but it is cute.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Die Lyon Road - Tierärzte Serie

 Hairy Harrys Autositz (Die Lyon Road – Tierärzte 1)


Peter Mitchell hat zwei Dinge aus seiner Ehe mitgenommen: einen Koffer und Hairy Harry, den Familienhund. Als Harry krank wird, muss Peter sich der schwersten Entscheidung stellen, die er je zu treffen hatte—seinem besten Freund auf Wiedersehen sagen. 

Evan Wells ist der Vertretungstierarzt, der sich um Harry kümmert, und Peter ist überrascht, wie schnell sie Freunde werden. Bald freut er sich auf Evans abendliche Telefonanrufe und die gemeinsamen Mahlzeiten. Er weiß, dass Evan schwul ist, aber es stört ihn nicht, bis Evan ihm seine Zuneigung gesteht. Peter muss zugeben, dass er der Möglichkeit gegenüber nicht so abgeneigt ist, wie er es erwartet hätte, und das stört ihn. 


Bob, der Zerstörer von Leinen (Die Lyon Road – Tierärzte 2)

Bob, ein Beagle mit eigenem Kopf, hat eine sehr schlechte Angewohnheit. Er zerkaut jede Leine, die sein verzweifelnder Besitzer, Will Duffy, kauft. In einem Moment läuft er brav bei Fuß, im nächsten ist er ein freier Hund, der triumphierend die Straße hinunterrennt während Will ihm nachjagt.

Es ist ein tolles Spiel für Bob, bis zu dem Tag, als er Leine Nummer Zehn zerbeißt. Er läuft über die Straße und wird von Lawrence Taylors Auto angefahren. Bob ist bewusstlos und hat ein gebrochenes Bein. Will muss Lawrence bitten, sie zum Tierarzt zu fahren—und sich den ganzen Weg seine Schelte anhören. Noch schlimmer, er findet heraus, dass Lawrence ein Hundetrainer ist. 

Bob bekommt einen Gips und muss den Kragen der Schmach tragen. Will bekommt eine saftige Rechnung vom Tierarzt und vom Hundetrainer ausführlich die Leviten gelesen. Lawrence denkt, dass Bob und Will in die Hundeschule müssen. Bob hat noch keinen Trainer gefunden, mit dem er nicht fertig geworden wäre. Ist Lawrence Manns genug für den Job? 

Hazel übernimmt das Kommando (Die Lyon Road – Tierärzte 3)

Nach dem Tod seines geliebten Hundes Harry, weigert sich Peter Mitchell, die Anschaffung eines neuen Hundes auch nur in Betracht zu ziehen. Davon abgesehen, hat Peter schon alle Hände voll zu tun mit seinem Partner, Dr. Evan Wells. Der Tierarzt ist erstaunlich rücksichtsvoll in Bezug auf Peters Gefühle und nervt ihn nicht wegen eines neuen Haustiers. Natürlich sind ‚nicht nerven‘ und ‚nichts unternehmen‘ zwei völlig unterschiedliche Dinge, zumindest Evans Meinung nach. 

Als man Peter ein kleines, rothaariges Fellbündel in die Arme legt, erkennt er, dass der Tierarzt den Familienzuwachs geplant hat—und noch schlimmer, er hat ihr bereits einen Namen gegeben. Peter mag zwar keine Wahl haben, was ihren Hund betrifft, aber er wird sich in Bezug auf ihren Namen durchsetzen. Zumindest hat er das vor. 


Ein homoerotischer Liebesroman für Erwachsene mit explizitem Inhalt. Dies ist der dritte Band der Serie und die Handlung knüpft an Evan und Peters Geschichte aus Buch 1, Hairy Harrys Autositz, an. 

Norman startet durch (Die Lyon Road – Tierärzte 4)


Über Jahre hinweg war Dan Jesses Partner, und immer da, wenn Jesse von einem schwierigen Einsatz zurückkehrte. Als Jesse jedoch sein Versprechen, nicht wieder zu gehen, bricht, muss er erfahren, dass auch Dan seine Grenzen hat. Als er dieses Mal, körperlich und geistig am Ende, nach Hause zurückkehrt, findet er sein Haus verlassen vor—und Dan in den Armen eines anderen Mannes. 

Um sein Leben zu bereichern, entschließt sich Jesse, einen Hund zu adoptieren. Seine Freunde und Nachbarn begleiten ihn bei der Auswahl eines Welpen. Was Jesse allerdings nicht erwartet, ist, dass Norman ihn auswählt. Als Jesse mit Normans Hilfe einen neuen Job annimmt, stellt er fest, dass Dan nicht weit weg ist, und dass er ihn noch immer liebt. Dan lebt jetzt sein eigenes Leben—aber kann Jesse das auch? 

Sunday, 19 October 2014

When Professionalism is on the line

Over the last twenty-four hours author, bloggers and readers have endlessly discussed the Guardian article by author, Kathleen Hale, on confronting 'her number one online critic'.

 Illustration: Anna Parini for the Guardian
You know what? I'm tired. It's late on Sunday evening, I don't want to go into authors/bloggers behaving badly or how Goodreads is a den of iniquity or what the hell did the author think she was doing.

The fact is, we're supposed to be professionals. We get paid to be professional and we don't cross that fucking line. It doesn't matter if you get 5000 1 star reviews. We paste on a smile and write the next book.

That's my opinion and I'll leave it there.
Goodnight,

Sue


Saturday, 11 October 2014

Luke's Present

Luke's Present


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Lost Cow Ranch foreman Simon Bryan is worried about Luke, his boss and possessive partner of 12 years. Reeling from the flood that took his horse, Luke has postponed surgery on his knee, and his nightmares have been escalating. Worse, he is pulling away from Simon emotionally. Desperate to help his lover cope, Simon plans a special Christmas gift, but it is Luke's present that changes their relationship forever.


Thursday, 9 October 2014

The Sapphire Ranch Wolves

The Sapphire Ranch Wolves
COMING SOON
Book #2 The Hidden Wolf


Sheriff Milo Clarke has met his mate, Eli Watkins, and now they're conducting a long distance relationship while Eli runs the Cavalry, the security firm protecting Joe and Cal at the Sapphire Ranch from the hunters. The long distance loving is hard on all three of them, Eli, Clarke and Clarke's wolf, who is becoming more restless as Clarke refuses to shift. When Clarke going to give into the other side of him and how will Clarke and Eli resolve the distance between their lives?

Book#1 The Last Wolf


Buylinks:

Blurb:
The only good predator is a dead one, as far as Joe Lowther is concerned.

That is until the day he shoots a wolf, only to watch the animal turn into a naked Callum Pope. Cal is being hunted by a group of humans who eradicate shifter packs for sport.

Joe makes a decision to help Cal and discovers a deeper connection with the young shifter. One which he’d like to explore. If they live that long.


Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Commenting on Social Media

 Let me ask you a question. Okay, maybe more than one.

  • Are you male or female?
  • Are you gay, straight, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, asexual or pansexual?
  • Are you monogamous or polyamorous?


The chances are if you’re reading this you’re either female and straight or male and gay. Of course that’s a total assumption on my part, and probably wrong.

And that’s how I feel sometimes when I read odd comments on social media. People make assumptions without thinking who might be reading it. KJ Charles wrote a blog about the Ten Ways Authors Fail on Social Media. In it she talks about the three circles of people you may forget you are sharing your posts/comments/tweets.
  • Fans
  • Wider potential readership
  • People who aren't going to read your books or share your content 
Here I’m really talking about the first two circles for anyone on social media. I see three types of comments from people who aren’t thinking about who could be reading it.
  • ·         Supporting your friend because someone has upset them. Your friend puts out a pity-me post because someone (usually unnamed) online has upset them, and suddenly there are fifty comments saying “Poor you. People are horrible. Ignore the bitch”. We all do it. We want to show support. But what happens when ‘the bitch’ is also your friend? You’ve made a random comment and they could be reading it. How does that make them feel about you?
  • ·         Supporting an author who can’t write sex/plot/long books/short stories/fast/short etc. There will be comments supporting the author. Of course you want to support them. But why do you have to say “Authors who write XYZ are crap” or something similar. Chances are there is an author reading your comment who writes the complete antithesis of the person who needs support, and you’re telling them they are inadequate.
  • ·         And finally, because this is something that bugs the living hell out of me… we write about men, we post pictures of guys, we talk about actors/celebrities/porn stars etc. For most of you men are your subject of interest but you know some of us like girls too. Seeing a comment like “God, I hate seeing photos of women. It’s only the men we’re interested in” or PMing someone to scold them for posting pictures of women because we should only show men really makes me feel like hey, women are just second-class - again. Also making a derogatory comment about women in general. Just no. Think about it.

I’m not saying don’t support your friends. Just think about what you’re saying. Are you putting someone else (who could well be reading it) down in your eagerness to be a good friend?


Sunday, 5 October 2014

Interesting Blogs: Compromise

This last year has been difficult for me. Two major family issues arrived at the same time and neither have been resolved. Both have affected my time to write, and for a while, caused writer's block that I didn't think was going to end. You may think that not writing for a few months doesn't matter, but when you rely on every last penny of the royalties just to get through the month, believe me, it matters.

The other effect for me is the length of book I can produce. Whilst I would like to produce constant lengthy books, in reality 30k/month is about my limit. I have had to compromise on word count and at times, it has hurt my writer's soul. However this is my day job and I know that I learn from each story. You can say as much in 10k as in 100k. The trick is making each word count.

Trawling through some blogs today I saw a couple on compromise that I thought I'd share. The first is on artistic compromise by Josh Lanyon and aimed at authors.



"And this is where you must be honest with yourself. If you define “success” as making money writing or having a lot of people read your work, then you must be realistic about whether your stories are commercial. You must accept that you liking something is not automatically the same as being commercial. You must analyze and evaluate the books in your chosen genre that are commercial, and you must consider what these books have that yours do not. And no, “lots of sex” is not usually the answer. As comforting as this is to believe."

The second is a personal testimony from RJ Scott (who linked Josh's blog) on Compromise and Success.



"I've said it before and I will say it again - The Fireman And The Cop was a compromise. At the time I desperately wanted to write another Texas book, but I couldn't because it was tied up in the Silver mess. Also I was hit so hard by that financially, that I needed a commercial success. But, as soon as I sat down to write a formula that would sell - my characters yanked me away from the edge. So yes, I have the fireman, yes I have the cop, but they have complicated back stories, and their romance whilst quick, is fraught with danger."