You’ll recall that the opening story of the anthology is called Dual Citizenship, and it’s a very short short by me, Storm Grant!
From the Rainbow Awards page: “The editor [Sheela Lambert] did a superb job of representing the often-overlooked B in QUILTBAG. I’ve never read such a colorful, balanced, and engaging anthology—a collection that, by and large, demonstrates the short-story form at its finest. Each plot was unique and inventive, with a distinctive tone; each presented bisexuality in some unexpected instead of banal way. Main characters (and, in many cases, supporting characters, too) were so well-developed, they seduced me into accepting their realities. Settings were varied—in place, time, and cultural context—and vividly portrayed. Each subgenre (contemporary, paranormal, fantasy, historical, even a touch of YA) was represented. I was enchanted, as if each tale took me on a trip with fascinating people whose company I rarely tired of.”
I woke up at 4:00 A!M! again today. I was sure once I started self-publishing, I wouldn’t wake up stressed each day, but then I set myself these crazy deadlines. And the problem with being your own boss? You can’t quit!
The 4 re-leases are written and ready for formatting–that is, they’re formatted in Word, and ready to go to Jutoh. I’m struggling with the print versions, but don’t need those right away.
Then it’s uploading to Kobo, Amazon and iTunes. Then adding in the buy links from one to the other in each book. (That is, the Amazon version can only link back to Amazon. You can’t include buy links to other etailers. Which means 5 books x 3 etailers = 15 ebook versions + print. The I have to figure out how to get on Barnes & Noble since they only let American taxpayers upload directly and I’m Canadian.) You have to upload the books to get the buy links, then reformat the Jutoh/Word versions to include the buy links, then re-upload. No wonder people are willing to pay for author services!
Lost Boys 2.0 is half edited. I’ve told myself that if I finish the editing by Monday, I can go to Value Village’s 50% off sale. Now that’s writing incentive!
I’ve already done a couple of chapters this morning. Now back at it.
And just in case you want to invite me for a guest blog or review, here’s the info graphic again:
And I’m planning a MASSIVE MULTI-BOOK RELEASE for GBLT (male/male) novels, novellas and stories! A book a week for 5 weeks beginning September 1! Some you haven’t seen for a while and one you’ve never seen!
REVIEWERS AND BLOGGERS: Want to entertain your readers and followers? Give me some play on your blog or site! Interviews, guest posts, or reviews. Comment or email me at email@example.com to schedule. Let’s give away some books!
You’ll laugh! You’ll cry! You’ll flinch!
The delightful Lexxie at Unconventional Reviews gave FEW ARE CHOSEN 4 stars.
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.
Thank you, Lexxie. You are awesome!
This third book in the series has all the fun Kirsty action that I loved about the first two. The humor and heart is still in the story as the reapers take on a new challenge. I love these books to itty bitty bits, and eagerly tear through each one. They are like little treats filled with oodles of wordplay goodness.
Having set herself up for trouble by not following one of the key reaper rules (don’t touch someone else’s scythe), Kirsty is forced to head back to the “coil” to hunt down the seemingly unstoppable Conrad. Sadly, Kirsty and Dante are still trying to figure out their working relationship and this leads to a lot of jealousy and arguments. On the upside, we get to learn a lot more about Kirsty’s one true friend, Shannon, and how they all ended up in this crazy mixed-up situation.
These short reads are such a joy. They are fun and witty, while also filled with a ton of heart. If you’re looking for a read that will make you smile — this is the series to check out.
Thank you, Carrie Reads A Lot!
Few Are Chosen by Storm Grant is a short story about apprentice warrior Blake St. Blake and apprentice wizard Shadow. Both are Chosen One’s raised by two different ancient orders to defend the world against evil. When a reflux demon is sighted in a local cemetery, Blake is sent off to his very first battle, armed with his sword, his super-senses and a few well-rehearsed one-liners. Yet Shadow gets in Blake’s way. While the boys argue about who’s the more chosen of the two, the demon escapes. While Blake wanted to be angry with Shadow, they realize they both have a lot in common. Furthermore, Blake can’t help but think how Shadow’s cute and that the wizard’s skills as well as other aspects of the male 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 the other how they feel?
I enjoyed this short story quite a bit…this was a very good story that left me wanting more and hoping that Storm Grant creates a much longer book that involves these two characters. If so, I would definitely buy the full length novel to read.
Thank you, Terri of Night Owl Reviews!
Have you got your copies yet?
5.0 out of 5 stars What a journey through hell!, October 10, 2013
I started reading this book, curious what it might have in store for me. What happened to Kirsty d’Arc, the main character, is so unique, I couldn’t stop reading! Her journey through hell was written vividly, and I felt for the naïve young woman who was accidentally reaped and wants her life back. I liked Dante, her reaper, from the beginning, and loved them growing closer step by step. On her way through hell, Kirsty meets mythical characters, and I recognized some of them. I chuckled my way through this book, enjoyed the puns and wordgames. Now I’m looking forward to reading SCYTHE DOES MATTER, the next book in the series.
THE RELUCTANT REAPER has an unusual storyline and is worth reading!
This series sounded like a new interesting concept. It didn’t disappoint. I’ve always wondered what being a reaper was like. Dante is a hot guy! Kirsty has real spunk. As soon as I finished, I had to go get Scythe Does Matter!
“Leaves me wanting more” July 24, 2013
I read the first 50 pages the day it came out and then I got distracted.
Today I finished the last 127 pages in a little over two hours.
It was a quick and fun read with characters I’ve grown attached to.
In the first book the main character Kristy was just getting into the grove when the book ended. In the sequel she is all in and ready to do.
I highly recommend this book as well as the previous one. My only complaint is that it isn’t long enough. I would have gladly slogged through another hundred pages or more.
The third book can’t get here fast enough.
Five stars from “I Heart Books”!!! I’m pumped. Or possibly stoked. I’m moved to employ grammatically incorrect punctuation!!!
Kris from I Heart Books says:
I was looking for a quick and quirky read in the paranormal genre, but also wanted something different than anything I’d read before. Picky aren’t I? Well, The Reluctant Reaper… NAILED IT!
Thank you, Kris!
No, not any any Amazon or Goodreads list. (Yet! The book doesn’t come out till June 17) But a very astute (meaning one who liked my book) reviewer listed me as #1 on her list of …
(Okay, so she says “in no particular order,” but look. It clearly says #1 next to my awesome book cover.)
1) The Reluctant Reaper by Gina X. Grant has to be mentioned, because I’m sure I’ll find it on my kindle if I’m in need of a good laugh, some hot romance and lots of wordplay! I have rarely laughed so much while reading! It is also a quick read, which is sometimes just as important as the humor and the romance if I’m feeling a little down. I will check out other books written by her as well – that’s how much I loved this one!
Thank you Lexxie!
I am keeping her entire list because she obviously has excellent taste. Or at least taste similar to mine.