Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Sign up for the mailing list for an exclusive preview of "NIGOU." and a giveaway!

The record-length breaking novel "NIGOU." is slated to release late this month, and I want to spoil all my readers with some EXCLUSIVE previews on my mailing list!  Within the next 24 hours I'll be sending out the monthly newsletter, full of "NIGOU." exclusives including, blurb, cover, and a preview before anyone else will get to see it.

But that's not all. I'll be doing a mailing list exclusive giveaway for a FREE copy of "NIGOU." in any ebook format of your choice. How do you sign up for the giveaway? You'll have to be on the mailing list to find out!

For those of you who still don't want to sign up, don't worry, I'll be posting the above items - including a separate giveaway - in the coming weeks, just like I always do. :)

Have a great day! I'm off to pick a juicy excerpt to show off tomorrow.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Behold! I Hath Returned! Praise Technology!

When my main computing machine died at the end of February, I had no idea what a pain it would be. Most of my files were backed up (save for my VERY IMPORTANT paperback interiors, apparently!) and I had my netbook to run my business (and you know, Internetz) from, but the world decided that the netbook wouldn't be powerful enough to let me do, you know, stuff, and Lenovo, from whom I purchased my new computer, decided to sit on their asses for a month before shipping the damn thing.

WELL IT'S HERE. It's also probably a little queer, because God knows it's gonna be full of lesbians. (No not that way get your mind out of the gutter. We can't all have that.)

Behold my new Lenovo Y510p, a very nice little machine that I am so far pleased with, minus WTF USB port placements. IT GLOWS RED.

With no flash! (Yuck!)
With flash! (Also yuck!)
I have named it RANJU, to match my netbook REON. You're either going to get that or not. Hint they're named after Takarazuka actresses. My last two matching machines were named AYUMU and MEGU so this naming my computers after real people is not new, haha.

Having a new and speedy dedicated computer means I'm going to be around a lot more often now. Especially since I just finished up edits on NIGOU and thus have a lot more time again. Woo! To celebrate, I will be releasing some info the coming days, including maybe a coughcoughgiveawaycoughcough so be sure to stick around for that!

Now excuse me, I have The Sims 3 to install.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Weekly Writing Check-In: Well This Is Embarrassing

Whoa, where the heck have I been? I admit, I have been so busy with life that I have completely forgotten about blogging! On one hand I don't want this blog turning into nothing but promotions - come to think of it, I have another self-publishing tips post to make - but on the other work keeps me so busy that I often forget about this.

But that means things are chugging along! I said earlier this year that this would be a, well, big year for me. I am making plans to relocate my life elsewhere sometime this summer, which takes time to prepare for. I also have three, yes THREE writing projects going on. Sometimes four at once! It's how I like to work, but it tends to eat up all the hours in the day. By the time I go to bed, there's a bunch of stuff I still haven't done because I got sucked into something. I think most people can relate to this.

Yet I didn't want a WHOLE MONTH to go by without posting anything! Maybe I will diligently post about Camp Nano next month to keep things going. On that note, it's time for me to get back to work! This draft of Nigou isn't going to edit itself! (Man, if only...)

Friday, February 28, 2014

OUT NOW: "USOTSUKI." A Ren'Ai Rensai: Gaiden Novel

The REN’AI RENSAI: GAIDEN (Another Story) series is a companion piece to the main Ren’Ai Rensai series focusing on alternate views to stories you’ve already enjoyed and couples deviating from the series’ norms.
"USOTSUKI."
Approximately 76,000 words
Fate struck Haruka and Kaori one warm spring day not so many years ago. Without question they accepted their destiny, swearing to love each other and to forge a new life built on their unwavering devotion for what they had.

Kaori, the dutiful career woman who always has her eyes on the next stage of her life; Haruka, the easy-going musician who will do anything to support her girlfriend’s ambitions. One of them is lying. Maybe they both are. It’s these amassing lies about their families, their friends, and their jobs that will lead them to discovering who is the biggest “usotsuki,” or liar, between them.

Their relationship might just survive it

"USOTSUKI." takes place from May, 2010 - September, 2013

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EXCERPT



             The woman picked up the cup with both hands and blew the steam off the top. The way her lips made a delicate O shape, pushing that pink gloss outward, was too enticing for Haruka to stare at directly. She kept her eyes on the white saucer on the counter as the customer sipped the tea… but Haruka made the grievous mistake of looking up as the woman swallowed.
            “Oh, that is lovely,” came a satisfied voice. “How much is it?”
            Haruka told her the price, and the woman quickly made the decision to purchase a small package. She rang her up on the register, taking the woman’s money while trying to keep her hand from passing over those manicured fingers.
            “By the way,” the woman began again, taking her receipt and her bag by the handles, “is that Ephemeral’s latest CD?”
            Haruka’s jaw nearly fell off her face. “You know Ephemeral?” The rock tunes held a steady undercurrent to their conversation, the lead singer’s scratchy vocals belting out a chorus about a crimson-colored love affair.
            The woman nodded. “They’re one of my favorite bands.”
            No way. This dainty looking woman, with the pressed outfit and perfect hair and make-up? She was into rock music like Ephemeral’s? “They are my favorite band right now,” was all Haruka could say.
            “Are they?” The woman clutched her bag to her chest. Her curving chest, as Haruka couldn’t help but notice. This was the kind of day that could only get better or worse, depending on if she lived in a comedy or a tragedy.
            “Yeah… did you hear that they just transferred to a major label?”
            “Absolutely. Everyone in their fan club heard about it.”
            “You’re in their fanclub?” Not even Haruka bothered with that. Sometimes her favorite bands came and went so quickly that she learned to not join fanclubs until she was sure they would be around for a while – or that she would be interested in them. “I only heard about it online, on their website.”
            “Uh huh…” The plastic handles of the bag tumbled in the woman’s hands, stretching as her skin turned red. Is she nervous? Haruka hid her hands behind her back, so the customer couldn’t see her nervous habits, like flicking her fingernails. “Actually,” the woman then continued, with a meek voice, “I have tickets to their show this Saturday. The fanclub only live celebrating their anniversary and getting onto a major label… I have an extra ticket… but nobody to go with…”
            Haruka nodded. Then the words sank in.
            The entirety of her thoughts, feelings, and words were lodged in her throat, blocking her ability to swallow or speak. Is she asking me out? That pretty side-glance, that charismatic smile, those fluttering lashes… this felt like something straight out of a teen drama, where the (bluntly heterosexual) female lead waited for the good-looking hero to ask her out. Does that make me the good-looking hero?
            Behind her, the lyrics from Ephemeral’s song about knee-shaking love played out. “Take the one you love by the shoulders and tell them that you love them.” That was the lead singer’s way of expressing that sort of desire. Haruka, however, would not take this young woman by the shoulders and scream, “Yes!” even though she wanted to. Instead she said, “I hope you can find someone to go with.”
            A flash of disappointment covered the woman’s complexion. “Maybe…” It was replaced with deep, churning red. “Are you available Saturday night?”
            She’s asking me out! Heart pounding so hard that it almost bruised her ribs, Haruka’s mouth went dry. Say yes, idiot!
            “I’m, uh… Douyoubi kana…” Haruka scrambled to remember what she was possibly doing that Saturday. She had to work during the day, and at night her father was hosting a small party with his friends, but… Nothing important. Still, how could she blurt out yes to a complete stranger? She didn’t know this woman from the Empress. There were friends of Haruka’s who would have no problem saying yes – many of them foreign and from countries where being forward like that was permissible. But Haruka still had it pounded into her head that she should be demure, in a fashion. Like this woman before her, who managed to ask her out while looking like a sweet thing who knew not what she did. I am pretty sure she knows.
            “Oh, you must be busy. Please forget I asked.” The woman turned and took a step.
            “No, wait!” Haruka lunged across the counter, one hand extended toward the woman. “I mean… I’m not busy. If you really can’t think of anyone else to go with…”
            The woman glanced over her shoulder, relieved. I almost ruined her day. And almost ruined her own.
            A cell phone came out of the woman’s purse. “Let me get your number… Miss…”
            “Huh? Oh!” Haruka pulled out her phone. “My name is Haruka. Haruka Kitamoto.”
            The woman typed into her phone. “Nice to meet you, Haruka-san. My name is Kaori.”
            Kaori. Haruka remained in a daze as she inputted the woman’s name and number into her phone. That’s a pretty name. It evoked the word for “scent,” perfumed, laced in lavender, like the tranquil moments after a bath when everything was clean. But the wink Kaori gave her as she waved goodbye and left was anything but clean.
            “See you Saturday, Haruka-san,” she said, hand over the doorknob. The bells jingled as the door opened. “I look forward to it.”
            Haruka stood as if living in a dream. When her father returned minutes later, he asked her what was wrong, and all she could say was, “I hope you don’t need me Saturday night.”
 

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Another One Bites The Dust

Computer, that is.

So, this past Monday, as I was finishing up the blurb for "USOTSUKI." and its ebook formatting, my dear four-year-old desktop replacement laptop decided it was a good time to shut down for good. (Yeah, great timing. Thanks!) One of the hard drives is dead, and while I COULD just get a new one I guess, that laptop had a bunch of other terrible problems (its love for bluescreening, a dead touchpad, an aversion to all things ~touchpad~) and I am going to get a new one in the next couple of days. I've known this day was coming for a few months now, so it's not a huge surprise, but could it pick a worse time???

What does this mean for the new releases coming down the pipeline? You'll be relieved to know that I have everything backed up in 1000 places (or so it seems) so no super crucial files were lost. While using my backup/travel netbook here to format ebooks and upload them to retailers is definitely not ideal (don't do it! argh the slowness! the tiny screen!) "USOTSUKI." is in no danger from my end in being late to release this Friday.

However!

I lost some files, it seems, regarding the photo guide. Not any of the pictures (but I do get the endless joy of organizing them all over again) but I lost my notes of how I wanted to organize it and my credits I had amassed. This puts me back about another month of putting it together! :( Granted, I am expecting it to come out in the second half of 2014 toward the end of RR's run, but this ain't fun for me!

So, that's the issue over here! Just a gripe and RIP to my dear old laptop that  traveled with me around the world and helped me start up and run my business. A moment of silence. Okay, silence over. Now to go drop a bunch of money on a new one for me to get attached to. Sigh.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Friday, February 14, 2014

Cover Reveal For "USOTSUKI."!

The first REN'AI RENSAI: GAIDEN book is due to drop at the end of the month, so it's time to reveal the cover for Valentine's Day! "USOTSUKI." follows Haruka and Kaori's relationship from their first meeting until it catches up with the current REN'AI RENSAI timeline. About three years to cover!

Behold the cover! Blurb to come.

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Fun fact~ this is the first cover to have both lovers featured since the freebie short "ROUMAN." over a year ago. (It's a total pain finding relevant stock art, let me tell ya.)