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What did you read in 2016?

I read 65 books in 2016. Below are listed 62 of them. I re-read quite a bit this year, including a number of Janet Evanovich and some Sir Terry Pratchett. I think my favourite books this year were a couple of witty/serious middle grades: “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian,” “Husky,” and “Wonder.” I hear “Wonder” is being made into a movie this year.

In writing news, I wrote one book and published one book, RE-INVENTING LOVE. I have another underway.

I look forward to reading a bunch more in 2017. And also some writing and publishing.

What did you read in 2016?

2016
1 Alexie Sherman The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian YA
2 Andrews Jesse Haters YA contemp
3 Archer Jodie Archer & Matthew Jockers The Bestseller Code non-fiction
4 Barkley Linwood Never Saw it Coming Thriller
5 Barton Fiona The Widow psychological thriller
6 Blake-Hall Karen (ed.) Villainous Vacations crime antho
7 Blume Judy Are you there, God? It’s Me, Margaret YA
1 Byrne Arthur Killing Hemmingway YA
2 Campbell Colin Free Days with George Memoir
3 Chilton David The Wealthy Barber Returns non-fiction
4 Delany Vicki Valley of the Lost, Const Molly Smith #2 Mystery
5 Delany Vicki Winter of Secrets, Const Molly Smith #3 Mystery
6 Delany Vicki Negative Image, Const Molly Smith #4 Mystery
7 Delany Vicki Among the Departed, Const Molly Smith #5 Mystery
8 Delany Vicki A Cold White Sun , Const Molly Smith #6 Mystery
9 Delany Vicki Under Cold Stone, Const Molly Smith #7 Mystery
10 Delany Vicki Unreasonable Doubt, Const Molly Smith #8 Mystery
11 Ernest Cline Armada sci-fi
12 Evanovich Janet Visions of Sugar Plums Parnormal Mystery
13 Evanovich Janet Plum Lovin’ Parnormal Mystery
14 Evanovich Janet Plum Lucky Parnormal Mystery
15 Evanovich Janet Plum Spooky Parnormal Mystery
16 Evanovich Janet Lean Mean Thirteen funny mystery
17 Evanovich Janet Fearless Fourteen funny mystery
18 Evanovich Janet Wicked Charm Parnormal Mystery
19 Evanovich Janet Tricky Twenty-Two Mystery
20 Evanovich janet Top Secret 21 Mystery/comedy
21 Evanovich janet The Chase,  Fox and O’Hare Series 3 Funny Thriller
22 Evanovich janet The Shell Game (E-Short),  Fox&O’Hare Series 4 Funny Thriller
23 Evanovich janet The Job, Fox&O’Hare Series 5 Funny Thriller
24 Evanovich janet The Scam, Fox&O’Hare Series 6 Funny Thriller
25 Evanovich janet The Pursuit, Fox&O’Hare Series 7 Funny Thriller
26 Evanovich janet The Caper Funny Thriller-short
27 Evanovich janet The Heist,  Fox and O’Hare Series 2 Funny Thriller
28 Evanovich Janet Curious Minds Knight & Moon 1
29 Fallis Terry Poles Apart Literary humor
30 Ford Deborah The Dark Side of the Light Chasers non-fiction
31 Gilbert Elizabeth Eat, Pray, Love Memoir
32 Gino Alex George YA
33 Hawkins Paula The Girl on the Train literary thriller
34 Hiaasen Carl Flush light YA
35 Hiaasen Carl Bad Monkey Absuridist mystery
36 Hiaasen Carl Basket Case Mystery
37 Hiaasen Carl Chomp Mystery
38 Hiaasen Carl Lucky You Mystery
39 Hiaasen Carl Sick Puppy Mystery
40 Hiaasen Carl Star Island–Skink 6 Abusurdist Thriller
41 Howell Simmone Girl Defective YA
42 Leib Josh I Am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to Be Your Class President funny MG
43 Lemon Lisa The Big Stiff funny mystery
44 Leonard Elmore Cat Chaser Mystery / Thriller
45 Levitan + Cohen David + Rachel Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares YA conemp
46 Lynch Margaret Tapping Into Wealth non-fiction
47 Moore Christopher Secondhand Souls Absurdist UF
48 Murphy Derek Shearwater YA UF
49 Palacio R.J. Wonder MG contemp
50 Patterson James Honeymoon Thriller
51 Patterson James First to Die (#1 Ladies Murder Club) Mystery
52 Patterson James Along Came a Spider (Alex Cross #1) Mystery / Thriller
53 Pratchett Terry The Colour of Magic humourous scifi
54 Pratchett Terry The Light Fantastic humourous scifi
55 Pratchett Terry Guards! Guards! humourous scifi
56 Robertson Robbie Testify autobiography
57 Sayre Justin Husky MG contemp
58 Sincero Jennifer You are a badass self-help
59 St. James Simone Lost Among the Living Paranormal Thriller
60 Wendig Chuck Zeroes contemp sci-fi thriller
61 Wolfe Inger Ash The Door in the River Mystery
62 ? The idiots guide to money management non-fiction

 

 

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Added bonus: Will Wheaton!

I started listing to the audiobook of Ernest Cline’s ARMADA. Having loved READY PLAYER ONE, I was delighted to find it available from my library (via Overdrive). I’m already on phase 8 (of 26), because I multi-task: walk the dog, play Pokemon Go and listen to an audiobook. Go, me!

The absolute icing on the cake was to discover it was narrated by Wil Wheaton, who is a terrific voice actor.

I’ve had such great luck with audiobooks lately:

Christopher Moore’s SECONDHAND SOULS, the sequel to one of my all-time fave books, DIRTY JOB.

Then Simone St. James’s latest “between the wars” ghost story, LOST AMONG THE LIVING. If you haven’t tried one of Simone’s books, you definitely should. It’s like “Murdoch Mysteries” with ghosts.

Then I listened to an older book by Carl Hiaasen, BASKET CASE. And now, ARMADA.

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What did I read this year?

In addition to studying self-publishing, publishing 4 backlist books with 2 more ready to go early in 2015, and writing three new books, I also read.

In 2014, I read 68 books in a mixture of formats. I did some re-reading because I couldn’t find anything I wanted to read. Where’s all this content everyone’s raving about? I start a lot of books and then abandon them if they don’t grab me.

But what did grab me?

In non-fiction, I loved “Write. Publish. Repeat.” If you read no other book on self-publishing, this is the one. And that book led me to read “Fat Vampire” by one of authors of WPR, Johnny B. Truant. I quickly downloaded and read all six books in the Fat Vampire series. And gave ’em all 5-star reviews. The Kindle edition of “Fat Vampire” appears to be perma-free. Check it out if you’re looking for a fun urban fantasy with a truly engaging character.

In November, I decided to read a thriller. Since urban fantasy (what I write) is said to differ from high or epic fantasy because it moves “at thriller pace,” I figured I should actually read a thriller. I started downloading audiobooks from the library of Lee Child’s “Jack Reacher” series. I’ve listened to 16 audiobooks in about 6 weeks!

What did you read in 2014 that really struck you?

Fat Vampire

 

Joel Friedlander calls SHIFT HAPPENS’ cover “fantastic!”

I submitted the awesome cover art for SHIFT HAPPENS, designed by Willsin Rowe, Coverage Designs, to marketing guru Joel Friedlander’s monthy cover round-up.

Here’s what I wrote: “Readers tend to expect male/male books to be erotic romance. SHIFT HAPPENS is a more of a paranormal action adventure. To address this, we used illustration rather than photos. The author name and rainbow bar are used across all my books to indicate GBLT themes and my branding.”

Here’s what Joel had to say:

“Fantastic illustration style for an ebook cover, I’d love to see more like this one.”

Awesome right? I know!

But then he added: “I can understand the rainbow is important to your branding, but it’s on the border of intrusive.”

And that surprised me. We’re not talking art here, we’re talking marketing. It’s a sales tool. It’s packaging. The convention for m/m romance is to show two men on the cover, often of the naked-torso variety. Not all, of course. Established authors can move into other designs, but I wanted it easily recognizable. Hence the rainbow.

And when all the books in the series are lined up, each one uses the same sparkly background picked out in a strong colour from the rainbow. I think they look awesome and that it works as a marketing tool. The bright colours and use of illustrations rather than photos makes them stand out among GBLT covers. What do you think?

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And now my books are on Apple iBooks, too!

Only hours after I ticked the little box, my books are all on Apple iTunes now, as well. Thank you, Draft2Digital!

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New and improved

As I learn more about indie publishing, I go back and improve the eBooks I’ve created. Today I uploaded new and prettier files (content not changed) to Kobo, Amazon and AllRomanceEbooks.

I also uploaded to Barnes+Noble via Draft2Digital. Still waiting to find a friendly Mac I can borrow to upload to iTunes.

Then I headed over to Createspace. Hard copy coming soon!

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It’s alive! And only 99¢!

AssumeThePosition_200Get ASSUME THE POSITION now: Amazon.com / Amazon.ca / Kobo / AllRomanceEbooks

Just 99¢!

Sex, drugs, and a blinding reaction. Can false arrest lead to true love?

Detective Tyler Colt meant to arrest the rent boy—really, he did—but finds himself taking the pretty young man home instead. Then Det. Colt meant just to kiss the boy, just once. Just to calm him down. But one thing leads to another and the next thing he knows… Colt’s naked and blind! Just what has this kid done to him?

Next up are handcuffs, hospital visits and a heartfelt apology. Given their rocky start, can our two guys live happily ever after?

A sexy m/m contemporary cop romance (previously published as Lust in Translation in the charitable anthology I Do from MLR Press)

Short story, approx. 55 pages. Available in digital format.

REVIEWS

Particular favourites include… Assume the Position by Storm Grant (where a hooker isn’t entirely what he seems and a cop gets rather more than he bargained for)… Anne Brooke

Assume the Position is the best story for the anthology…. What a fresh and original story. The story had great characterization, not only just filled with some steamy sex scenes and overall just a great piece. This is another author to look out for. Rainbow Reviews

This story contains a lot of good qualities such as strongly written action scenes, vivid sensory detail, and male characters who seem like believable men. Obsidian Bookshelf

From a one night stand to something more is only a brief path, in a very nice and mostly funny story. Elisa Rolle

EXCERPT

His years working Vice led him by habit through the dirtiest sections of town, the parts the tourist brochures never mention, but the tourists often found anyway.

Neon signs advertising pawn shops and discount liquor stores glowed dimly behind metal grates. Boarded-up, burned-out buildings lined one entire block. Shot-out streetlamps stood uselessly like blind watchmen. Great lakes of rainwater formed on the road where clumps of wet garbage blocked the sewers. The smell of rotting filth overpowered the pine-fresh scent of the little air freshener dangling from the mirror. Neither hooker nor john ventured out on a night like this.

Tyler white-knuckled the steering wheel, his SUV hydroplaning around the corner. “Goddamn it!” He cursed the road, the SUV, the weather and most of all his Goddamn friends who’d convinced him to meet them for drinks and then begged off. “You’re all a bunch of wimps!” he yelled at the road.

He drove cautiously through the storm, unable to remember the last time he’d seen weather this crappy. Must have been a couple years back, at least. He’d been on stakeout and—

He slammed on the brakes so violently his seatbelt locked, knocking the air from his lungs. The car fishtailed wildly out of control. Skidding sideways, the vehicle finally came to a stop just inches from the bedraggled guy meandering in the street in front of him. The drunk or whatever staggered straight into his SUV even though he’d come to a halt. He careened off the bumper only to wander into the other lane.

Continued . . .

I’m a tri-brid author!

So what’s up with me?

I’m about to be officially a tri-brid author. Yes, I did make up that word. It means I’m:
1) e-published,
2) traditionally published, and
3) about to go indie (self-published.)
I’ve got several backlist books returned to me as well as two brand spanking new books I’m editing.
Here’s a comprehensive list:

TITLE Word Count Genre Tagline Status Links
 

GBLT books by Storm Grant

1 Re-Inventing Love 60,000 Steampunk historical, new adult, gay romance with paranormal elements The road to love is paved with good inventions NEW–to be e-published Coming soon!
2 Lost Boys 2.0: Book #2 in The Chronicles of B.O.O. series 66,000 New adult, gay, contemporary, paranormal multicultural mystery with romantic elements A man trapped between life and death must partner with Secret Agent Peter Pan to save a new generation of Lost Boys. NEW–to be self-pubbed Summer 2014 Coming soon!
3 Shift Happens: Book #1 in The Chronicles of B.O.O. series 80,000 Contemporary Fantasy m/m–Won a Rainbow Award A change is as good as a quest. reprint–to be self-pubbed Summer 2014 Coming soon!
4 Tart & Soul 15,000 Humorous m/m contemporary It’s a business doing pleasure with you. reprint–to be self-pubbed Summer 2014 Coming soon!
5 Assume the Position (formerly “Lust in Translation”) 9,000 Sexy, humorous m/m contemporary Can false arrest lead to true love? reprint–to be self-pubbed Summer 2014 Coming soon!
6 Gym Dandy 56,000 Humorous m/m contemporary A gay tale of seduction and denial, humor and sweat. reprint–to be self-pubbed Summer 2014 Coming soon!
7 Dual Citizenship 1,000 Humorous m/m contemporary Putting the “B” in LGBT! Available in the Best Bi Anthology Available from Circlet Press Link
8 Sucks & Blows 4,500 wacky urban fantasy No greater love has a vampire than for his dentist. Available from Riptide Press Link
9 Few Are Chosen 13,000 urban fantasy, multicultural, YA–Won a Bookie Award Sparks fly between virgin teenage demon hunters when the Chosen One turns out to be… the Chosen Two? Available from Riptide Press Link
10 Be Prepared 1,100 m/m romance In the Coming Together with Pride anthology Available on Amazon Link
 

“Straight” books by Gina X. Grant / Storm Grant

11 The Reluctant Reaper: Book 1 in The Reluctant Reaper Series 62,000 wacky urban fantasy Death is what happens while you’re making other plans. Available from Simon & Schuster Link
12 Scythe Does Matter: Book 2 in The Reluctant Reaper Series 46,000 wacky urban fantasy Be careful what you wish for, it just might get you! Available from Simon & Schuster Link
13 Esprit de Corpse: Book 3 in The Reluctant Reaper Series 50,000 wacky urban fantasy Hell is where the heart is. Available from Simon & Schuster Link
14 One Scythe Fits All: Book 4 in The Reluctant Reaper Series 30,000 wacky urban fantasy So a Grim Reaper, an insane murderer and a 700-year-old poet walk through a portal. Stop me if you’ve heard this one. WIP Coming soon!
15 Creep 6,000 m/f erotic romance, horror Typical folk tale—only the narrator remains to tell the tale. Available from Excessica Publishing Link
 

Freeeeee! Stories by Gina & Storm

16 A Wolf in Cheap Clothing 700 Contemporary Fantasy A naked werewolf story Free! Link
17 Click Click 300 Autobiography An alarmingly abridged autobiography Free! Link
18 Continental Divide 1,200 Future History A future history of sorts Free! Link
19 Grapes 300 Contemporary Crime A dark tale of murder by inaction Free! Link
20 Lost and Found 750 Contemporary paranormal A spooky dog story Free! Link
21 Sea Monsters 750 Contemporary paranormal horror A horrific tale of seduction and body-snatching Free! Link
22 Wheels 175 Contemporary m/m not romance A sad tale of insecurity Free! Link
  PSSST. Stormy Stormheller’s fanfiction is available here: Sentinel, Due South, Stargate Atlantis, etc. Free! Link

 

Awesome review of FEW ARE CHOSEN by Storm Grant

The delightful Lexxie at Unconventional Reviews gave FEW ARE CHOSEN 4 stars.

Published by: Riptide Publishing, on 20 February 2012
Genres: LGBT, Paranormal Romance, Young Adult, [Multicultural, Humor]
Pages: 45, Format: [Available in all formats]
4 Stars

Review: Few Are Chosen – Storm Grant

Few Are Chosen

Sparks fly between virgin teenage demon hunters when the Chosen One turns out to be the Chosen . . . Two?

Apprentice warrior Blake St. Blake is the Chosen One, raised by an ancient order to defend the world against evil. Well, maybe not the whole world, but at least his neighborhood in downtown Detroit. When a dreaded reflux demon is sighted in a local cemetery, Blake is sent off to his very first battle, armed with his sword, his super-senses, his black leather duster, and a few well-rehearsed one-liners.

But another Chosen One gets in Blake’s way—an apprentice wizard named Shadow. While the boys argue about who’s the more chosen of the two, the demon escapes.

Blake wants to be angry, but it turns out he and Shadow have a lot in common. Besides, Shadow’s pretty cute, and Blake can’t help but think that the wizard’s skills (and hands and lips and other bits) might make the perfect complement to his. Blake and Shadow are brave enough to challenge the reflux demon in a second battle, but will they have the courage to tell each other how they feel?

*I received a free copy of Few Are Chosen from the author in exchange of an honest review*

Few are Chosen is a sweet paranormal young adult story where two boys meet and fall in love under pretty strange circumstances. There are demons, fights, and a creepy cemetery. As many other teenagers before them, both Blake and Shadow think they know better than the adults, and they are pretty sure they can fight their fights on their own.

It was a little funny to see how differently they have been raised, even if they’re both basically demon-hunters. Blake thinks he is The Chosen, whereas Shadow has always known that he’s the chosen one from his coven. When they fight a huge and disgusting demon together, they also check each other out a little, and their timidness is really cute. Written in first person from Blake’s point of view, it brings out both his sense of humor and his insecurities,

I would definitely read more about these two, it could be a prequel to a series, and I’d pick up the series in a heart-beat. There are some pretty hot scenes in a mausoleum towards the end, but I still maintain that Few Are Chosen is a YA story – everything happens in the dark.

He laid his hand on top of mine, and stared deep into my eyes. I glanced down at where his hand covered mine. Even in the near dark, I found the contrast of our light and dark skin tones exciting. To be honest, I found everything about him exciting.

“I can’t hold it much longer,” Shadow panted. “Slay the fucker. Now!”

He pulled away an inch or so, but I reached up and cupped my hands around his shoulders and pulled him back toward me. Our noses bumped when we both turned the same way, but we worked it out on the next try, and our lips met again, more firmly this time.

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Thank you, Lexxie. You are awesome!

 

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