Happy New Year!

Here’s hoping 2017 turns out better than 2016. Wishing you good times, good friends and wonderful memories. May you have a very happy 2017!

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The All Romance Fiasco

If you’ve been following the All Romance ebook retailer scandal, here’s a thorough blog post that gives good information on what’s happening.

All Romance Steals

 

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All Romance eBook Closure

I’ve copied and pasted the following from Debbie McGowan’s blog. If you’ve purchased any of my books from ARe and can no longer access them on ARe, please contact Beaten Track Publishing for your book.


Today, All Romance eBooks, LLC announced the closure of their site and services on 31st December, 2016.

If you have purchased any Beaten Track titles via All Romance eBooks and have been unable to download them, please forward your receipt to us (email store at beatentrackpublishing.com), along with the format of ebook you require (epub, mobi, PDF), and we will send your ebook.

Beaten Track Publishing titles are no longer available from All Romance eBooks.

Many thanks for your support.

EDIT: This is an edit from information I’m getting from other authors. If you’ve preordered books from All Romance and the book was published by a different publishing house, you can present your receipt to those publishers, like Dreamspinner, Less Than Three Press, NineStar Press, and they will honor the books for you. Many authors will also do the same thing. But please check this information out for yourself to be sure it’s correct.

 

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Merry Christmas

Christmas is almost here in my part of the world. I’d like to wish all of you Happy Holidays for whichever holiday you may celebrate. I hope you are surrounded by good people, happy times and whatever else your heart desires.

Merry Christmas, from me to you!

 

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Free 12 Days of Christmas ebooks

Each year there are a few online ebook sellers that gift free ebooks for the twelve days leading up to Christmas. The two I’m watching this year are, All Romance, and Forbidden Fiction.

For All Romance, each book they offer is available for two days, then a new one replaces a previous offer. Just go to ARE’s homepage and click on the moving banner when it shows a free book. You should see two free books. Today’s offer is only one because it’s the first day. Here’s the link to All Romance Ebooks

Forbidden Fiction lists all their 12 books on one page. Each book has a code under the book. When the day arrives for your freebie, click on the book’s image and it’ll take you to the page for that book. Add it to your cart and use the code they provided. Their link is here: Forbidden Fiction 12 Days 2016

If you know of any other generous ebooks sellers gifting books this holiday season, feel free to share their links in the comment section.

Happy 12 Days of Reading!

 

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Holiday Spotlight 2016 – K.C. Faelan

Books,Coffee & Captured Moments

K.C. Faelan

a-little-christmas-magic-k-c-faelan-mm-holiday-delights-2016-boughs-of-evergreen-holiday-anthologyTitle: A Little Christmas magic
Series:  Boughs of Evergreen: A Holiday Anthology
Author:  K.C. Faelan
Publisher:  Beaten Track Publishing
Publication date:  December 1, 2014
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Genre: LGBT, Holiday, Christmas, Contemporary Fiction, Romance, Short Story
Length: 90 pages
Characters:  Ryan Forsyth, Boone Ainsworth
Summary:  It’s the day after Thanksgiving and Ryan Forsyth is helping his friends decorate for Christmas. Little does he know that the weekend will usher in a profound change to his life, a chance for happiness if he isn’t too afraid to reach out and grasp it. Boone Ainsworth has been friends with Ryan since junior high, ever since their mutual friend Greg Hayes introduced them. Since the day they met, no one has stood a chance at claiming Boone’s heart except Ryan, but Ryan is so deep in the closet, he hasn’t got a clue. Their happily ever after is just a step away…

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Holiday Spotlight 2016 – K.C. Faelan

Today the blog, Books, Coffee & Captured Moments, has started posting holiday books for it’s 2016 M/M Holiday Delights Reading List. If you’re looking for some holiday books to read, keep an eye on this blog and you might find a book that catches your attention.

My Christmas story, A Little Christmas Magic, with Ryan and Boone, is featured today along with three other authors. Take a look, A Little Christmas Magic

Books,Coffee & Captured Moments

K.C. Faelan

a-little-christmas-magic-k-c-faelan-mm-holiday-delights-2016-boughs-of-evergreen-holiday-anthologyTitle: A Little Christmas magic
Series:  Boughs of Evergreen: A Holiday Anthology
Author:  K.C. Faelan
Publisher:  Beaten Track Publishing
Publication date:  December 1, 2014
Cover artist: 
Genre: LGBT, Holiday, Christmas, Contemporary Fiction, Romance, Short Story
Length: 90 pages
Characters:  Ryan Forsyth, Boone Ainsworth
Summary:  It’s the day after Thanksgiving and Ryan Forsyth is helping his friends decorate for Christmas. Little does he know that the weekend will usher in a profound change to his life, a chance for happiness if he isn’t too afraid to reach out and grasp it. Boone Ainsworth has been friends with Ryan since junior high, ever since their mutual friend Greg Hayes introduced them. Since the day they met, no one has stood a chance at claiming Boone’s heart except Ryan, but Ryan is so deep in the closet, he hasn’t got a clue. Their happily ever after is just a step away…

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Why you can’t read gay romance and support Donald Trump

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I had to make a few regrettable unfriend decisions on Facebook today. The “Whoo Trump!” people are long gone, but these are people who said, stop posting hate, let’s come together, let’s respect each other’s opinions, and if you can’t do that, unfriend me.

So I did. Because this is not Pepsi vs Coke. I’m gay. I’ve got chronic illness and (obviously lol) mental health issues. I’m a loud and proud atheist. I’m everything they want to kill. And if you support those who want to kill me, or even think I should just lie down and respect their opinion on the subject of kicking me to death, I’m done with you, because clearly you don’t have skin, so to speak, in the game. Or, worse, you do and you have your head in the sand.

And if you enjoy reading gay romance? Let me give you a little taste…

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A Chronicle of the Amazon Page Flip Controversy: Or, how to piss off a ton of your vendors all at once

I don’t use KU, but for those authors who do, you might find this blogpost interesting.

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For the past several weeks (and in some case months), authors publishing through KDP Select have been noticing a massive decrease in pages read (KENP = Kindle Edition Normalized Pages). I blogged about his before here and here, mostly about how it has hit me personally. In this post I would like to attempt a summary of what’s been going on and what the authors affected think might be causing it.

Most of what I know comes from a discussion thread on Kboards, a forum for indie authors. The thread was started on Oct. 2, and authors quickly began chiming in with information on decreasing numbers of pages read on Amazon. A few authors said they had seen no decrease, but the vast majority have observed decreases of between 30% – 90%.

Naturally, once we noticed that we weren’t the only ones taking a huge hit to the…

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Pantser or Plotter and How That Fits into NaNoWriMo

To outline or not to outline, that is the question. But where to start? Do I wing it or scribble down an outline for this blog post? And how can I work in info about my own writing process and NaNoWriMo at the same time? Talk about multitasking! Here goes, I’m going to wing it with no outline. Sort of like going commando.

I’m sure many of you have heard of Pantsers and Plotters and the question, which are you? I personally don’t think any writer is 100% either. For myself, I probably lean towards the plotter side, but when I first started writing I thought I was a pantser. That was because I don’t write down an outline. For example, when I wrote Metamorphic Heart with Alexis Woods, I read the prompt request, and conjured up Kase almost immediately in my head. Later I added in Alexis’ poem, and more scenes appeared which I wanted in the story.

I’ve read that some people use cards to shuffle around scenes and some writers use blackboards. One thing I learned while working with Alexis, was that I needed to write down the sequence of events so that the scenes she wrote would let her know what outline I had in mind. I would write the overall general scene with step by step bullet points as to their order and if I wanted certain dialogue, I would also add that to the outline and Alexis would put her spin on it, then we’d discuss it. Things like what we needed more of or what we could take out. Other than when I was in school and outlining was mandatory, that’s the first time in years that I wrote down a plot. I prefer shuffling and moving the scenes around in my head.

One part of a story that I need first or at least pretty quickly before I start writing is the ending and some semblance of a beginning. It’s like bookends on a shelf. No ending, and there’s no stability to the story. No goal to aim for, just a never ending path. I may not have the exact words for the end, but I will have a pretty good idea how it will finish, where the MCs will be, the actions they will be taking, and often the general gist of the dialogue. Which is ass backwards for pantsers since they go with the flow, and enjoy not knowing where the story ends up. That should’ve given me a clue that I wasn’t a pantser.

What does all this plot talk have to do with NaNoWriMo you many be wondering. I wrote a flash fic that I’d like to expand upon. I don’t have a plot, just some vague ideas, but believe it or not, I already have over 1k of the ending written, including dialogue. At the time I wrote the ending, I didn’t have any idea of the characters’ personalities, but it emerged as I typed. So I suppose you could call that pantsering. I had a general idea about the scene, but then the characters took over and wrote it for me. Of course, this ending may not be the actual ending, it might be followed by a short epilogue, which I’m feeling is the right way to go. Now that I have the ending, the story is likely to play out.

While waiting for NaNo to start, I’m checking out some blogs looking for posts on outlining. I’m going to see if outlining can help me, or whether it stifles me. If anyone of you readers knows of some good blog posts that discuss outlining and their techniques, without me having to purchase someone’s book, then please, provide a link in the comment section below.

In the meantime, how about sharing if you’re participating in NaNo and if you’ve got a specific plan for your story or are you going to wing it? Maybe you’re just going to write blog posts everyday, which is also a great way to keep writing. Maybe you’ll write short stories instead of one novel, which is still great. Let me know what you have planned for NaNo.

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