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! 😉

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)! 😉 It goes well with the blue embroidery! 😀 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! 😉

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! 😉 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 the  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! 😉

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Six Sentence Sunday


One last bit from Allan de Sayek just to let you know of Nazir’s fate… continuing from last week.

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Allan gaped. Nazir… a slave? “To whom? To do what?” he panicked.

“He’s chained to row in a galley. You will not see him, ever, again.”

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Wanna know more? Allan de Sayek is out on Kindle and Smashwords.

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Six Sentence Sunday


Continuing from last week’s post – from Allan de Sayek, m/m romance set on Silvery Earth…

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“Thank the Gods!” Allan joined his hands and looked at the painted ceiling, relieved.

“But I did punish him and will also punish you,” his father continued.

“You haven’t hurt him… physically, have you?” Allan worried his father could have made a eunuch out of his lover.

“No, I sold him as a slave.”

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Allan de Sayek is out on Kindle and Smashwords.

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Six Sentence Sunday


From my newest release Allan de Sayek, a fantasy m/m romance on Silvery Earth.

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When he awoke the sun was high and his father stood next to the bed, arms folded over his chest, wearing a frown that didn’t allow much hope.

Allan pulled himself up, gathering his wits. “Father, where is Nazir? Please tell me you haven’t killed him, as I am the one to blame.”

Prince Ahmed’s lips twitched as if he had repressed a smile. “No, I haven’t killed him, Allan.”

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Allan de Sayek is out on Kindle and Smashwords.

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Six Sentence Sunday


In CVE – The Spell, Desiderio finds himself 100 years in the future… with only Brendan to guide him.

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“You know, my lord, you have a wonderful name,” Brendan said, breaking the silence. “Desire is all that you inspire!”

“Excuse me?” Desiderio glared at him.

“You’re gorgeous.” Brendan blushed and smiled.

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CVE – The Spell is available on Smashwords and Kindle.

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Six Sentence Sunday


Continuing from last week, Chronicles of the Varian Empire – The Spell.

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“Welcome to the Varian Empire,” Brendan said.

“Empire?” Desiderio’s heart sank and he stared at Brendan as if he were from another world.

“Yes, year 50 to be exact. It used to be a kingdom. Half a century ago.”

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Chronicles of the Varian Empire – The Spell is out on Kindle and  Smashwords.

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Six Sentence Sunday


From my latest release Chronicles of the Varian Empire – The Spell – Desiderio discovers what the spell did to him.

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“Vittore, what’s going on?” he exploded, bringing a smile to that Brendan’s lips.

“You’re not when you think you are.”

Desiderio scratched his head. “This is Havenstock Castle, right?”

“Yes,” Brendan grinned. “But your name is legend.”

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Chronicles of the Varian Empire – The Spell is now out on Smashwords and Kindle.

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Six Sentence Sunday


Hello, Sunday visitors. I’m participating in a blogfest this weekend, so I’m posting six sentence from the WiP I’d like to be considered in the blogfest. Six sentences from Chronicles of the Varian Empire – The Left-handed Warrior.

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The Varian ships were allowed to berth in the harbors of the Amazons Country, but the crews were forbidden to leave the trade area that divided the port from the proper town. Slaves were transferred in a big warehouse until the sale.
Kurt disembarked with the other prisoners, unable to catch a glance of Beth. He began to worry for his friend’s health, but he doubted the captain had killed her. He must rescue himself first, though, then he could think of hunting down the Varian captain and free her as well.
He waited to be on put on sale, wondering who would buy him and how he could get away from his master.
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Like the previous post from this WiP, it’s a six sentence scene. There’s only two of them, though, so that’s all! 🙂

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Six Sentence Sunday


Hello, Sunday visitors! Did you miss me during the past two weeks? I certainly missed joining the fun…

So, without further ado, from my latest release Chronicles of the Varian Empire – The Spell, six sentences about the spell of the title.

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She was sick of tricking him into her arms by assuming someone else’s look. He was right, he’d never know her real face. But he could grow fond of “good old Pearl” if only…
Then she had an idea. What if she sent him in the future, when his Human friends and relatives were all dead and she could be the only face he knew and could turn to? It wouldn’t make much difference for her and she could end her life with him…

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Chronicles of the Varian Empire – The Spell is out on Smashwords and Kindle.

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Six sentence Sunday


Six sentences standalone scene from my WiP “The Left-handed Warrior”.

Silverstar stared at the dark-haired girl, pondering. She was definitely Kurt’s sister, but she had a humility and sweetness he totally lacked. In spite of the almost ten years gap between the Genn and the Human girl, their minds were at the same age level. But she was already pregnant, marked by adulthood like he wasn’t yet.

Silverstar felt pity for her. Kurt’s pale shadow quietly entered his heart.

This WiP is the second book of the Chronicles of the Varian Empire and should come out in April.

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