Winner, winner

Chicken dinner! Actually, it’s e-readers & books.

Rules: You must contact me within one week of this announcement with your full name & shipping address, or I will redraw on your prize. E-reader winners, tell me what brand you want: Sony, Kindle, Nook, etc, and I will buy it and ship it to you.

And away we go. Here’s the list of winners!

Jamie (username Jamie on Amazon, #51 in numbered comment) won the Enclave faction e-reader, plus a $25 Amazon gift certificate from Alison Kent.

Lisa O. (username O. Lisa /Nightreader on Amazon, #104 in numbered comment) won the Grimspace faction e-reader, plus a $25 Amazon gift certificate from HelenKay Dimon and a copy of of the Carina holiday antho, Holiday Kisses, in choice of e-format

The Deuce Rocks T-Shirt: WickedLilPixie (pls include size in email)

The Jax Rules T-shirt: Kimberly Bea (pls include size in email)

Books!
Signed copy of Too Hot to Touch by Louisa Edwards
jaymzangel

Signed copy of Truth and Dare by Candace Havens
rissatoo

Signed copy of Lord of Rage by Jill Monroe
Jackie U

Signed copy of Blood Rights by Kristen Painter
Aurora m

Signed copy of Intertwined by Gena Showalter
Bethany C

Signed copy of Face of Danger by Roxanne St. Clair
erinf1

Signed copy of The Secret History of the Pink Carnation by Lauren Willig
Deborah Previte

ARC of Control Point, signed bookplate, and a challenge coin, courtesy of Myke Cole
Charles Le Blanc

A copy of Kindling the Moon (anywhere Book Depository ships, some countries may not be served), courtesy of Jenn Bennett
Adrianne

Copies of God’s War & Infidel, courtesy of Kameron Hurley
Sullivan McPig

Signed book of winner’s choice from available backlist, a gift certificate, and a charitable donation in winner’s name, courtesy of Shiloh Walker
Lisa Stafko

Five ebooks in reader’s format of choice (any of author’s backlist), courtesy of Moira Rogers
E.L.F.

A copy of Season for Temptation, courtesy of Theresa Romain
Kenneth Simon

Two e-books of reader’s choice in any format from author’s backlist, courtesy of Sierra Dean
Kara

Signed copy of FLESH AND FIRE and HARD MAGIC (1st book of each series), paperback, courtesy of Laura Anne Gilman
Qwill

Signed copy of Cargon: Honour & Privilege, courtesy of Kimberly Gould
Eva P.

One ebook from author’s backlist, reader’s choice of title (formats include mobi, epub or pdf), courtesy of Nadia Lee
Michelle Lovejoy

Signed copy of The Cloud Roads, courtesy of Martha Wells
Erica

US / Canada only
A copy of Devil’s Kiss, courtesy of Zoe Archer
rissatoo

The Crystal Locket series, courtesy of Julia Nielsen (US only)
Anne R

And that’s all. Winners, you have seven days to email me or the loot goes to a new winner. If you don’t like your luck, blame random.org. Maybe next time! And happy holidays to all.

Big Honking Holiday Contest

This is a two-parter.

I know you love the title of this contest. Who doesn’t? So here’s the scoop. The holidays are awesome and what-not. It’s been a long time since I did one of these mega-giveaways, and this is the right time of year for it. This will run from now until Dec 15. Why? Because it’s a random date in the holiday season, kinda smack in the middle of everything, regardless of how you celebrate your happy days or what you call them.

Let’s get down to the the nitty gritty.

Part One: Thunderdome

First, I’m offering a chance for Jax fans to go head to head with Deuce fans. That’s right; I went there. Who do you love? It’s time for some girl on girl action, a regular cat fight! Right now, Grimspace has 88 reviews on Amazon. Enclave has 182. If you can get Team Jax to 100 or Team Deuce to 200 before December 15, a random commenter from the winning faction will receive … the ebook reader of his/her choice. For real.

Kindle
Nook
Sony

I’ll also have a custom T-shirt printed up that reads DEUCE ROCKS or JAX RULES, depending on which faction wins. If BOTH factions reach goal by Dec 15? Then I guess I have no choice but to give out two e-readers, one to each faction, and two winning T-shirts. Feel free to trash-talk each other in the comments. Yeah, girl fight is gonna get ugly. There’s gonna be hand-slapping and hair pulling… ehm. Anyhow.

The rules are simple. If you already posted a review for one of these books, that’s one entry. If you posted for both, well, you’re a bi-factional reader (and I adore you and think you’re cute), plus you get TWO entries. Obviously I don’t mind if you’re bi-factional, and it increases your chances to win. Likewise, reviewing one or both books nets you one or two entries after the contest starts, for a total of two. DO NOT create dummy accounts to post fake reviews. If you rally people in support of your faction, that’s fine, but don’t spam people’s Facebook walls or inboxes, please. Reviews should be honest. Post a comment telling me which book you reviewed (or both) and what your username is on Amazon. That’s all to enter! Oh, and mark your total entries for me.

+1 if you tweet about the Big Honking Holiday Contest
+1 if you put it on your Facebook wall (but don’t put it on other people’s, please!) So final tally could be, like so:

Reviewed Enclave & Grimspace. Username: Imtoosexyformypants. 2 entries. Tweeted for +1, Facebook for +1. Total of 4 entries.

And that’s it for part one. Which brings us to…

Part Two: Electric Boogaloo

Prizes:
(International shipping)
Signed copy of Too Hot to Touch by Louisa Edwards
Signed copy of Truth and Dare by Candace Havens
Signed copy of Lord of Rage by Jill Monroe
Signed copy of Blood Rights by Kristen Painter
Signed copy of Intertwined by Gena Showalter
Signed copy of Face of Danger by Roxanne St. Clair
Signed copy of The Secret History of the Pink Carnation by Lauren Willig
$25 Amazon gift certificate, courtesy of Alison Kent
ARC of Control Point, signed bookplate, and a challenge coin, courtesy of Myke Cole
A copy of Kindling the Moon (anywhere Book Depository ships, some countries may not be served), courtesy of Jenn Bennett
Copies of God’s War & Infidel, courtesy of Kameron Hurley
Signed book of winner’s choice from available backlist, a gift certificate, and a charitable donation in winner’s name, courtesy of Shiloh Walker
Five ebooks in reader’s format of choice (any of author’s backlist), courtesy of Moira Rogers
A $25 Amazon gift certificate & a copy of of the Carina holiday antho, Holiday Kisses, in reader’s format of choice, courtesy of HelenKay Dimon
A copy of Season for Temptation, courtesy of Theresa Romain
Two e-books of reader’s choice in any format from author’s backlist, courtesy of Sierra Dean
Signed copy of FLESH AND FIRE and HARD MAGIC (1st book of each series), paperback, courtesy of Laura Anne Gilman
Signed copy of Cargon: Honour & Privilege, courtesy of Kimberly Gould
One ebook from author’s backlist, reader’s choice of title (formats include mobi, epub or pdf), courtesy of Nadia Lee
Signed copy of The Cloud Roads, courtesy of Martha Wells

US / Canada only
A copy of Devil’s Kiss, courtesy of Zoe Archer
The Crystal Locket series, courtesy of Julia Nielsen (US only)

Damn, that’s a lot of loot.

Here’s what you need to do for part two. Answer the following question in comments: What’s your favorite holiday memory? (Yes, it can be any holiday. Feel free to wow us with Arbor Day awesomeness.)

Yes, you can enter both contests, but the part one entries should be posted in a separate comment from the part two. Part two will have multiple winners, obviously. Part one, a single winner gets the e-reader. Unless both make goal. In which case, TWO big winners. ZOMG, it’s too much excitement.

Yes, you can use the +1 for contests tweets and +1 Facebook wall posts. The same NO SPAMMING rule applies. Tell people about the Big Honking Holiday Contest but don’t annoy them.

Sample entry for part two:

My favorite holiday memory is when Uncle Albert drank all my mom’s cooking sherry and set his toupee on fire. I tweeted & facebooked the contest. Total of 3 entries.

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My problem with epublishing

In the wake of the pie in face closure of Quartet Press, I am left shaking my head. Not at the closure — I think it was probably wise to shut down before wasting a lot of time and money if the plan was flawed. That’s not what leaves me gobsmacked.

I was mostly offline working when Angela James announced she was moving to QP from Samhain, but even in my writing cave, I heard the angry murmurs and mutterings. It was not altogether clean or painless, I think, although I am far from an insider on the situation.

And that’s my problem with epublishing. It’s not that I question its validity or that I think digital is an invalid form of publication. It’s none of these issues. It’s the fact that it is, at base, still for the most part a cottage industry, run by people who get too emotionally invested in the process. It’s crazy that anyone would be offended that someone takes a better job.

I mean consider the insurance game. If an agent goes to work for State Farm, do you really think the Geico people are like, “OMG, we HATES Ron Jones now! Traitor!! He crossed over!” It’s just not like that in any other business venue I’ve seen, and it makes no sense at all. It’s that kind of behavior that makes it impossible for larger publishers to take the indie presses seriously. It becomes about ego and one-upsmanship instead of professionalism.

So now that QP is no more and Angela has posted her reaction, I’ve seen some perfectly hateful buttmonkeys muttering that she got what she deserved. Really, people? REALLY? To take the insurance analogy one step further, do you really think Ron Jones’s former coworkers at Geico would be gleefully pissing themselves with bitter schadenfreude over the fact that his State Farm office closed? Nuh uh. Number one, they just don’t care that much because it’s a job, not their lives or their religion.

This behavior keeps people on the outside viewing a select chunk of you as hormonal, hysterical women, who couldn’t get publishing contracts in NY and so opened your own companies to peddle your own work. Rightfully or wrongly, that is the perception, and by acting like a gaggle of angry Tasmanian she-devils, you’re only confirming the stereotype.

If the independent digital publisher has any hope of surviving and thriving, it has to be staffed by people for whom it is a job, first and foremost, not a red wagon to wheel around their bloated egos. Get over yourselves, people, and realize you’re being assholes before it’s too late.

Like a Thief in the Night

Like a Thief in the Night
As soon as I realized yesterday was Bettie Sharpe’s release day, I headed over to Samhain and picked up my copy of this novella. And though I had other things I really needed to be doing, I sat down and read it right then.

Why? Well, if you’d read any of her work, you wouldn’t need to ask. See, Bettie has a visceral quality to her writing. She sinks a fist into your gut and won’t let go until the roller coaster stops. Yet she also possesses a certain literate elegance in her use of language. World-building? Check. She gives just enough detail in a novella that we have a sense of place, but without anything like an infodump.

But enough esoteric stuff.

In Like a Thief in the Night, neither protagonist is terribly likable. In fact, I suspect some readers might be put off by the level of violence and the way the hero and heroine relate to each other. I’m not going to give away any details that will spoil, but if you read it, you know exactly what I mean.

But it worked for me. This is a kickass futuristic story, no doubt about it. The action left me breathless, and the dialog is top-notch: quick, witty, and oh-so-smart.

I loved Arden. I also loved that Ms. Sharpe didn’t turn her hardcore heroine into a spun sugar princess, transformed by the power of love. The hero was a match for the heroine, but honestly, this was Arden’s book. Usually it’s the hero I’ll remember, but not in this case. Arden is fierce, people, downright feral in some instances, and Ms. Sharpe conveys the difference in her psyche with a deft, masterful hand.

She also imbues this hard-edged story with a surreal, almost mythic atmosphere. I can’t quantify anymore, except if I were giving it a series title, I might call it something like Grimm’s Cyberpunk. I find myself hoping she’ll write Jack’s story — Arden’s protégé is definitely intriguing.

In conclusion, Ms. Sharpe is an author to watch. If you like gritty, dark, dangerous stories where the threat is real, and things really do go thump in the night, then you want this novella.

Well, what are you waiting for? Go buy it!

Squee!


I’m probably the last person to find this site, but…

Have y’all been to Ereader.com? It’s a veritable garden of delights! Here, I can buy almost any book I want, discounted if I subscribe to the newsletter, and I get it right away. I can stash it on my Lifedrive to be read anytime I want. Which is immediately.

I just read an Elizabeth Hoyt book. On my Lifedrive! Another cool thing — they have packages, where you can buy whole series together. I’ve got my eye on the Linda Howard MacKenzie pack, I tell you. Five books for less than twenty bucks? It’s a bargain!

I’ve long been at the mercy Amazon for any bestseller I want to read, and boy, do they get me on shipping. If I buy $100 in books, I pay that much getting the books here. That chaps my ass. But now, I can get that same book on Ereader. No waiting!

Cue the hallelujah chorus.

Keep posting on Pepper’s guest blog. There are prizes to win, and I’m not sure when the contest expires.