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Shadowfire Press (Release date currently May 20)

January 21st, 2010


10:48 am - To be flattered, or not to be...
Yep. Five weeks since previous post again. This says something about my life.

I have been pirated! Yes, it's irksome. Yes, that's royalties down the tube. On the other hand, they did notice the book was out there, which is something. For all ye other published sorts, look out for http://astatalk.com. They have a perfectly dandy search engine, so it won't take more than a minute to find out if they've filched your copyrighted material. Getting them to take it down may take rather longer.
Current Mood: indescribableindescribable

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December 13th, 2009


03:14 pm - Review!
First, an apology. The Home page says I haven't updated for five weeks. Sorry! Various and sundry life events keep me from sitting at the computer for more than the odd quick email check or visit to Absolute Write.

The big news, though, is that Curse of the Wizards' Guild has a berth at Rainbows Reviews from the lovely and talented kassa_rvws . Small world? Apparently she liked the spicy dragon story, too. Anyway, I'm reasonably satisfied with the review, even if my stronger bond to one character than the other appears to have shown through. That gives me something to work on with Serpent Priestess, because really, who wants a perfect review on their first book? I'd much rather have room to grow than high expectations to try to match again... (Well, no, not really, I'd love to be brilliant and perfect from start to finish, but that's hardly realistic.)

So -- Serpent Priestess. I did add a couple of paragraphs of smut between interruptions quite recently, and don't appear to be plagued with anything but someone else's football addiction right this minute, so thus motivated I may as well hop to it.
Current Mood: contentcontent

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November 5th, 2009


02:41 pm - Okay, It's Real Now

http://shadowfirestore.com/

Blurb:

Turak is a barbarian by trade, breaking down doors, scaling walls and occasionally even rescuing a puppy. A sword-carrying professional hero, he is comfortable in his skin, easygoing and partial to men. But even heroes can hide darkness inside.

 

Gazriel is a wizard trained by Thallia's Guild, sworn to scholastic endeavors and celibacy, doomed to spend his life clawing for precedence within the cutthroat politics of the Guild. His dark secret is his street-urchin past, doing whatever he had to if it kept him alive.

 

Set up to become enemies, they find themselves sharing a meal--and adventures. Their trail of broken rules soon puts them on the path to assassins, quests, and a tavern brawl or two.
 

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It's official, it's up on the store page, and tomorrow it's available for purchase.  Ye gods!


Current Mood: ecstaticecstatic

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November 4th, 2009


11:34 am - "Mostly about..."

"Mostly about erotica," says my subheader, but the politics are more interesting sometimes.  Today's link to educational materials: http://freedomsudan.webs.com/whoweare.htm.  Enjoy!   I'm going to go make posters, if lucky.
Current Mood: cheerfulcheerful
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October 30th, 2009


12:02 pm - News
Also, should post that the release date on Curse has been moved up: Nov 6.  Link to Shadowfire is in the sidebar!
Current Mood: happyhappy

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11:45 am - Branding
Somehow this wasn't covered in the creative writing classes (or anywhere else I've ever plonked my rear and listened to a teacher, oddly enough). Apparently to sell books effectively there should be a V. Greene brand.

Now, I am aware I'm supposed to be thinking "brand" as in breakfast cereal, personal lubricant, or whatever marketed product one likes to consider. However, I cannot help thinking that I'll end up with a ShadowFire Press emblem of some sort burnt onto my flank. While I haven't taken marketing classes, I have spent some time with livestock.  Moooo!

The question is, what exactly does V. Greene offer to the reading public? S&S? m/m? Edgy fantasy which tackles not only gay sex but drug addiction and other such non-fantasy topics? -- to raise the issue of the WIP and which authorname goes on it. If it's even publishable, of course! And if it's ever finished. It seems early in the career to have to decide. Writing identities seem like things which should have room to grow and change. On the other hand, this identity was created specifically to let another avoid the m/m pigeonhole.

Yep. I admit it. This isn't my real name, as most of the flist already knows!
Current Mood: amusedamused

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September 27th, 2009


09:36 pm - Serpent Priestess, and other ventures

I find that sometimes I have to refill the word reservoir.  Or something.  The other metaphors are gas tanks and digestive systems, and neither seems quite right.  However it works, if I try to read too much more than I'm writing, or write too much more than I'm reading, the imbalance can actually get painful.  How this works with the theory that the pressure to write comes from the temporal lobe, I cannot figure.

And yes, I'm currently refilling on a second read-through of The Midnight Disease.  Good stuff.

Anyway, I ditched a beginning that wasn't working for me and went ahead with plunging straight into a sex scene pretty early on.  Now I have to decide how well the table is going to stand up to the abuse, and just where exactly the boys are in this created world of mine anyway.  I could make a certain editor very happy by putting them back at her favorite tavern, but I'm not sure they're quite ready to drift back into their home country yet.  Not that it matters too dreadfully much, as they'll be headed out and onto a new quest in another few pages regardless.

I also write weird.  I have patches of the middle written.  The end is pretty well settled in my head.  Right now, it's a matter of connecting up the islands or stringing the beads together or Insert Metaphor Of Your Choice.  Sometimes in linking up the odd bits I discover something interesting, sometimes not.  Meanwhile, I'm aware that it would be nice if each of the fellas gets a bit of a courageous moment, something badass to do, and some proper blood and gore.  "Good old-fashioned sex and violence" does, after all, require at least a little violence.  So far, the main violence has been committed by the snake on one of the little islands of actually-typed words.
Current Mood: tiredtired

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September 24th, 2009


03:41 pm - Random bit of trivia
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September 18th, 2009


12:57 pm - Linkie for a Good Read

Best.

Authorbio.

EVER.

http://www.vjbanis.com/bio.php
Current Mood: geekygeeky
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September 17th, 2009


10:05 pm - A Pleasant Surprise

So, after finishing up with the tedious details of the day, I hopped over to the Shadowfire Press website to look at the upcoming-releases page.  And I found this:

http://www.shadowfirepress.com/excerpts_2009/SS1_Curse_of_the_Wizards_Guild_vg_excerpt.html

I am happy.  This makes the release date ever so much more real!  (Me, a newbie?  Yes, and I'm reveling in it.  You only get one first book release, after all.)
Current Mood: optimisticoptimistic

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