Writer Wednesday

Okay, first here’s the Booklinker Amazon Link of the latest title, click on it before Booklinker starts sending me emails that I didn’t put it to good use and I’m missing sales. Since I have no way to unsubscribe to those, I’d rather you just click on the damn link so they’ll shut up.

I’m doing it for all the new titles, but sometimes I set it up before I actually publish the title on the Publisher Page, and so a week goes by before the link actually goes live and I get those silly reminders. I wonder what happens when I start making the links for the old books. I guess I’ll make a post with all of them and kindly request you to click on them even if you don’t have a Kindle or an Amazon account! πŸ˜‰

So, Amazon Fall is slowly coming out on all retailers. I’ve had sore throat and fever over the weekend, so I’m late in uploading (and there’s a holiday in Canada, so Kobo is slower than ever). I guess I’ll let the publisher announce it properly along with whatever else is planned for the site! πŸ˜‰

Putting back my writing hat on – current WiP is definitely a novel. Part 1 is around 45K (and I’ll have to change slightly that map I posted on Saturday) and then there’s part 2 that I think will be around 20K or 30K. So the whole novel will come out after the summer, I guess. Part 1 will be in the Tales of the Nortern Kingdoms (volume 1) and Part 2 in More Tales of the Southern Kingdoms (volume 2) as well.

With the Blog Hop I didn’t have time to check other blogs, but on a mailing list I was sent these two links on how Amazon works, so I thought I’d share them with you: part 1 and part 2. Now I better send out that prize for the Blog Hop.

I will give a special mention to one reviewer who wrote a very poignant blog post for the hop – I assure you that I will always write the stories I want to write, not the stories that sell! πŸ™‚ I will probably have more ACE characters from now on, except on Silvery Earth they don’t have those labels, so you’ll have to look for them! πŸ˜‰

Have a great week!

EDIT: blog hop winner contacted with special thanks to Random.org. Thanks to all who stopped and left a comment during the hop!

Blog Hop Special Post


Hello visitor! This post will be sticky for the duration of the blog hop!

Since I assume you’re new to this blog, let me tell you a little about myself. I’m a writer, sometimes an artist, and of course a goddess on earth, since being a world-creator that’s what I am, haha! I have two series – a fantasy series of standalone books sent on Silvery Earth and a science fantasy series with some kind of reading order called Star Minds. Both are QUILTBAG friendly.

There is more, but not specific to this blog hop – unless you count the body switches that have some gay characters. When I’m not writing in those two worlds above, I like to dabble in m/m (not necessarily romance, though).

I like to talk about characters who are outsiders or outcasts and either try to fit in or just stay out of whatever society they live in. I’m an ACE, so one lucky commenter will have an e-copy of my book Yash&Ryo Lost in the Milky Way, which is the first story with an official ACE character (although on Silvery Earth they don’t have all those labels, besides same-sex love, therefore none of those characters would never ever call him/herself asexual).

Yash is asexual and traumatized, Ryo is gay and smitten.
Yash runs away from his home planet, a matriarchal world where men have few rights, to escape abuse.
A short-lived rush through the Milky Way with Ryo of Xi-kong, a mob-boss son who is not very loved on his patriarchal planet.
Getting away from the Star Nations might be the only way out – or certain death at an early age…
Part one is included in Star Minds Interregnum.
This is the story the Star Nations never get to know.

It’s practically a standalone. So leave a comment with your email and I’ll send the winner a coupon code for a free download from Smashwords at the end of the blog hop!

Now head back to the main blog and continue the hop. Happy hopping!



Blog Hop

Hello Visitor!

Welcome to the Hop Against Homophobia and Transphobia (HAHAT). This post will remain up here for the duration of the blog hop, so if you’re a regular visitor, please scroll down for newer posts after May 17.

2013 2Today is the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia and being a member of the QUILTBAG myself (letter A, in case you’re wondering), here I am! I might have not been a victim of any phobia (except maybe being considered “weird”), but I know what it means to feel like an outsider or an outcast in this crazy world of ours. I’d love to see more… LOVE and less hatred around – in general, not only towards QUILTBAG members. I have many gay friends (for some reason not as many lesbians…) and I enjoy the beauty of diversity – as long as one remains civil. Fanatics of any kind and color irk me, even if they hide behind the excuse of religion or (worse) society.

I’m a writer and I love putting all kind of characters in my stories – no matter the genre. Gay “angels” (called Sila on Silvery Earth), lesbian cyborgs (Star Minds) or anything inbetween (mostly M/M, though) – past, present or future, I’m very character-oriented and I like diversity, feeling quite often an outsider or an outcast myself. I’m probably not writing better worlds, but I like watching my “different” characters interact with whatever is “normal” in their society – which often distracts me from my own life, but my husband, Mr Writing, is very understanding, since I give birth to our babies! πŸ™‚

This blog participated also last year with a simple giveaway of one title. This year I’m hosting also my other pseudonym, B.G.Hope, who doesn’t have a blog, but is as QUILTBAG-friendly as Barbara G.Tarn. And we published a few titles in 12 months, so this year’s giveaway comprises a choice among the following titles:

Smeraldo and Kyrio (Death of Queen Amazonia)

Smeraldo and Kyrio (Death of Queen Amazonia)

Silvery Earth (adult fantasy by Barbara G.Tarn): The Death of Queen Amazonia.

Star Minds (science fantasy by Barbara G.Tarn): Technological Angel (or any other of the series, if you already have the first).

body switch by B.G.Hope: new release Ciaran&Harith.

Or you can have her anthology of M/M romance Variations on a theme.

To win the ebook version in the format of your choice (Smashwords coupon for free download) please leave a comment on this post – not on other posts, on the Goodreads event or on Facebook. Only comments on this post will be entered for the giveaway. Specify the title you’d like to “win”, especially if you’re already familiar with my work.

The last day to enter is May 27 (end of the blog hop). And because I love you guys so much, I’ll give away one copy of each. The 4 Winners will be contacted by e-mail before the end of the month (you need to leave your e-mail to comment if you’re not a WP user anyway – leave a working e-mail, thank you!).

Thank you for stopping by. Feel free to continue the blog hop with the neat linky link below (the link works even if you can’t see the image – click on the red X)!

Writer Wednesday is… the Next Best Thing!

So this is a special Wednesday! I was tagged by Steve Evans and decided it was time to introduce the next longerish title by B.G. Hope! She doesn’t talk much and doesn’t have her own blog, so here’s her only spotlight, LOL!

Here are the ten questions she’s supposed to answer for the Next Best Thing:

What is the working title of your book?
“Six Months”. First and final title. Sometimes I struggle with titles, sometimes I don’t. In this case, I didn’t. The original screenplay was written in 2007. This is the prose version, slightly revised and adjusted to novel form.

Where did the idea come from for the book?
Finding love after 40. Having a happy bachelor being forced to marry and falling in love with a stubborn old spinster – ahem! A lovely single woman who was doing just fine on her own until he came along. Relationships and war of the sexes – the usual stuff!

What genre does your book fall under?
Romance, although I don’t follow the genre’s rules. But it’s definitely a love story. The movie was labelled romantic comedy.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Chris is Keanu Reeves and Helen… Aishwarya Rai Bachchan – if she can make her comeback without Hubby Abi. Although by the time this movie gets made, she’ll probably have come back anyway, LOL! (And yes, I can hear the Caricaturist‘s comment about my choice for the lady, spare me, please! Dhanyavaad or shukriya, mere dosto! ;))

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
A workaholic exec has six months to find love and marry in order to secure a much desired promotion.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
Agents, no thank you (see Kris Rusch’s post on agents and you’ll know why I don’t want to hear about them)! Unicorn Productions will put it on Amazon, Smashwords and Kobo, with a print version coming the new year (can’t order proofs in December, they get lost in the mail). But you can definitely have the e-book for Christmas!

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
The screenplay went through 4 drafts, based on Hollywood coverages. The first prose draft was written in about two weeks, longhand (that’s my average speed anyway). Typing and revising took another couple of weeks (I was slowed down by other writerly stuff and PC crashing at the worst times, sigh), and I’m currently revising and expanding before sending it out to betas. It’s a short novel or a novella – the size of Johnny&Marian.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Agh! Dunno. Like I said, it’s not a typical romance. I can pair it only with the aforementioned Johnny&Marian – because it came out of a screenplay and deals with love and relationships. Being a former screenplay, I could compare it to a movie: Harry meets Sally!

Who or What inspired you to write this book?
Hollywood’s hottest bachelor according to Barb and the author herself! I might do a printed version that includes the original screenplay just for me and him – wouldn’t be the first time! Watch out, Mr Reeves! πŸ˜‰

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
It’s my reflection about today’s world and relationships. Any big city where two people might meet and fall in love in spite of themselves. I guess there’s a lot of me in Helen, but also in Chris – that’s the beauty of being a prolific author with multiple personalities, LOL!

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And now onward to more great authors who will post their answers on Nov.28! Or you can visit all those wonderful ladies, like, right now! πŸ™‚

Michelle Davidson Argyle

Sarah R. Yoffa

Alice Charles

Cat Woods

Writer wednesday – blog hop results

So, it was so intense I didn’t have time to watch any movies, LOL! But I did have fun reading the 280 blog posts of theΒ Hop Against HomphobiaΒ Β and have piled up a few more titles (as if I didn’t have enough to read already, LOL).Β  And I won 3 e-books, yay!

Now, for my part. A very special thanks to the 100+ visitors that showed up on my blog (pretty down the line, so I’m sure most didn’t make it this far) and the 10+ who left comments. I actually did two drawings, so I have two winners.

First I had a manual draw because 1 comment was on the wrong post and Joleene had 2 (WP glitches…), so I wrote down the names and had my innocent, non-English-speaking 7-year-old nephew do the drawing.

Here’s the result. But as Joleene already knows my work (we didn’t cheat, my nephew can’t even read her name properly and my mum didn’t really help him as she can’t speak English either, LOL), I decided to do another drawing with Random.org.

So here we go, comment #8 is… Shadow Sterling! I’ve had trouble generating Smashwords coupons all of yesterday, but this morning I finally managed to do it, so I sent the coupon to them… and then I hope they’ll enjoy their copy of Allan de Sayek and give a honest review on Smashwords, Amazon, Goodreads or wherever else they can leave reviews! πŸ™‚

Now, to new releases: the body switch is out, sorry it was late for the blog hop. Maybe next year I’ll have B.G. Hope participate and give away either one of her m/m romance stories or this novella – switch between married woman and young gay man. Go check it on Smashwords and Kindle. One copy is sold before the announcement – on Smashwords (thank you, dear reader, whoever you are – I assume you saw it on Facebook or browsing Smashwords!).

I have a few writerly links as well, with my comments, of course. Kris Rusch on the “brutal” 2000-word day – I don’t know what my daily wordcount is because I handwrite first drafts, but I am (mostly) on schedule with my publishing year. OK, CVE3 will probably be late, but as in June I’ll publish only short stories, I can relax a little with the wordcount! πŸ˜‰

For those of you who constantly check your Amazon ranking, here’s a post on the algorythm.Β  Personally, I’m too busy writing to bother checking. I know I might not see that Amazon check this year either, but I’ll keep writing. OK, maybe after the summer I’ll have 100$ of royalties and will see that check and frame it! πŸ˜‰ Anyway, I’m not really experimenting with price either, except for the double shorts of my other pen-names (two stories for 2.99$ instead of 1 at .99$)Β – well, it’s not really an experiment, as I don’t plan on changing it again anytime soon… Anyway, check also David Gaughran’s analysis of the whole matter.

And finally an excellent post on the changing politics of the self-publishing stigma.Β  Again, who are the writers’ fiercest enemies? Other writers, of course. That’s what I noticed in many critique partners I had – they wanted me to write like them or like some writing guru who wasn’t even a fiction writer said we should.Β  Now the book world is in the hands of readers at last. Let the readers judge you. You write for them and yourself, not for some bestselling writer you’ll never be able to emulate.

One final link is David Gaughran’s open letter to the DoJ. It’s probably gone by now, but still worth reading. I should have gone and signed it when I first heard about it, but it was a busy week last week, sigh.

Now I’ll go back to work and check your blogs and just keep writing. If it weren’t so rainy, I’d be inking SKYBAND 11 at work, but I don’t want it to get damp! πŸ˜€ Have a great week!

UPDATE about the Open Letter to the DOJ: I wrote David this morning asking if he had already sent it – he hasn’t, so if you would like to add your signature to that wonderful letter, drop him a line at the address he has given on the post! Let’s make a difference! From all over the world! πŸ™‚

Random Friday

Found it? Easy to scroll down? Well, it’s been some time since my last blog hop – I did the Blog Jog twice (in May and November 2010), then a fantasy blog hop (link expired) once, and now it’s the M/M romance only blog hop. Fun! I got to meet other great writers at those blog hops, and sure hope to find more this time. Oh, and I’m not commenting on regular visitors comments on the blog hop (because they would count as comments or whatever) so you know it’s only because of the giveaway – but Jo, I appreciate your first comment and maybe you could join next year! πŸ˜‰

Actually, the linky link is not closed. When I started the hop I printed a list of 257 participants. By the evening it was 275, so maybe this morning it’s over 300. Granted, some links don’t work or weren’t active when I tried (no hop-related post) – shame on them. I’m not redoing the rounds because some bloggers forgot to schedule on time. And so far not too many problems leaving comment, but I’d be grateful if Blogger users took of the stupid Catchpa from their comments forms. Some already have, but not all. As for WordPress, don’t forget to uncheck the little box OR change the settings from your dashboard as explained here – I got flooded by unwanted WP e-mails because I forgot to uncheck that little box (if you do the same mistake, simply follow the link on the email itself and delete all the blogs added to your “follow” list).

Technically, Six Sentence Sunday is also a blog hop, but I’ve given up on that one (although I saw a few Sixers specializing in M/M romance on the still running blog hop). At the beginning (January 2011) there were less authors and it was easy to do the rounds, and everybody visited everybody. But now there are too many people signed up and I don’t think anyone does the rounds, or I’d have 100+ visits on Sundays (when I sign up for SSS, of course) – which never happens. Maximum visits were around 40 with 100+ blogs registered. So I don’t think I’ll sign up again before the summer. In September we’ll see. I don’t think readers want only six sentences of any book, although it might sound like an excellent trailer/pitch. But again, no sales from SSS, so why bother.

Jumping to unrelated topics (it is Random Friday, after all!), Bad Housewife here managed to turn her white hoodie into a baby blue one, by washing it with a blue thing (and I didn’t throw in my jeans because I thought “No, they’ll make the hoodie blue!”). Yay me – I hated the fact that it was white, now it’s not anymore, LOL! Maybe I’ll wash it with more blue stuff next time, so it will become really blue (color unavailable on Zazzle)! πŸ˜‰ It goes well with the blue embroidery! πŸ˜€ Or I could have washed it with red stuff to turn it pink… too late, if I do it now it will become purple and I hate purple! πŸ˜‰

I was sent a link (no longer working) on Amazon’s study on the most well-read cities in the US. Someone said in that list there are all cities that have a university. What struck me is this, though: how come the Publishing Mecca is not on the list? Maybe publishers don’t read? Mmm? And they expect to know readers’ tastes?

And then Amazon strikes again by changing the rules of reviews. Baaaad Amazon! Bad for who? Publishers, of course. I’m very happy my reviews are from my readers. I don’t write for publishers, I write for myself and my readers. I don’t care what a literary critic thinks of my prose (it’s not literary, therefore it must suck), but I care what a reader has to say. Dear professors, lament the loss of real criticism all you want, but I’m not looking for your approval. Nor would I read any of your reviews (OK, I don’t read reviews, but I think readers shouldn’t care about Highly Acclaimed Literary Critic’s review either – especially genre readers like me, we know what HALCs think of our favorite books)…

Now I’ll keep this post short because I still have to do the rounds of the bloghop – 50 blogs a day and today I do have to go to DayJob in the morning, sigh. I hate wasting those 5 hours in an unappreciative environment, but it’s too early to give it up. It still pays the bills and the travels! πŸ˜‰ I also hope to be able to review something new soon (yes, uneducated review by a writer who is not a native but loves to read English fiction books). But I keep adding titles to my Kindle or my Smashwords library and sometimes I feel I’ll never read them, sigh! 😦 I also have 2 DVDs left to watch that match theΒ  theme of this weekend’s blog hop – a Bruce La Bruce title and Brotherhood (which I already saw in theaters when it came out)… so here’s to a gay weekend! πŸ˜‰

Extra post – Blog Hop Against Homophobia!

And it’s going to be sticky until the end of the hop! Welcome, visitors of the Hop Against Homophobia!So today is International Day Against Homophobia, and here I am, supporting the cause. A special thank goes to the organizers of the Hop Against Homophobia and their neat little badge – and I apologize to them for joining so late and without much advertising.

Now I’m supposed to say something about today (May 17): I’m a fantasy writer, but this doesn’t mean I’m not aware of homophobia. You’d think one could use fantasy to create a world without homophobia, right? Well, sometimes one creates a world same-but-different from ours precisely to think about issues we face every day… So, Silvery Earth has lots of homosexual characters, and most of them aren’t really liked by the rest of the world. Well, at least the Humans, as the Magical Races are wise enough to know that love – true love – knows no boundaries of gender or race. I could have set those stories today on our world, but I preferred make up one with a medieval feeling and magical beings that could oversee our foolishness – not very successfully, unfortunately. So I guess Silvery Earth’s homosexuals have the same problems that ours have. I would like to dedicate this day to all my homosexual friends out there *waves at them* – I’m with you in spirit, if not in body! πŸ™‚

I don’t write only M/M romance, but for the purpose of this blog hop, I’ll give away one e-book copy of my only (at the moment, stay tuned for more!) M/M romance story set on my fantasy world of Silvery Earth, Allan de Sayek. It’s the only story that centers on M/M love, but if you’d like to know more about the world and its colorful characters, feel free to contact me.

To win a copy of this e-book, leave a comment below. A random winner will be chosen after the blog hop. The giveaway is open worldwide (don’t you love e-books?) and consists on a Smashwords coupon for a free download of the above title in any format you wish – including good old PDF to print out if you don’t own an e-reader! πŸ™‚ The winner will be announced during my Writer Wednesday post on May 23. As you must leave an e-mail to comment, I’ll contact you if you’re the lucky one! πŸ˜‰

Now move on to the next blog on the hop and… happy hopping! *scuttles off to check the other entries*

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