Wednesday, May 26, 2010

BOOK REVIEW: The Demon's Lexicon

The Demon's Lexicon The Demon's Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan


My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I'm completely enamored with Sarah Rees Brennan's Nick. I loved this book so much that words fail me. At least... words that would give away too much of this amazing story away. You just have to go and read it.

Summary: Nick and his brother, Alan, have spent their lives on the run from magic. Their father was murdered, and their mother was driven mad by magicians and the demons who give them power. The magicians are hunting the Ryves family for a charm that Nick's mother stole -- a charm that keeps her alive -- and they want it badly enough to kill again.

Danger draws even closer when a brother and sister come to the Ryves family for help. The boy wears a demon's mark, a sign of death that almost nothing can erase...and when Alan also gets marked by a demon, Nick is des-perate to save him. The only way to do that is to kill one of the magicians they have been hiding from for so long.

Ensnared in a deadly game of cat and mouse, Nick starts to suspect that his brother is telling him lie after lie about their past. As the magicians' Circle closes in on their family, Nick uncovers the secret that could destroy them all.

This is the Demon's Lexicon. Turn the page.


What I liked about this book: Hmm... let's see, it's got brothers who hunt demons... AWESOME! It's got a brother (Nick) who's just not bothered by the slaying of the demons that marked his brother for death. Hmm... what's not to like about THAT? Oh and let's not forget the feisty girl with the pink hair whose gay brother is also marked for death and just knows how to lighten the mood and bring a little humanness to the demonic ride of magic, illusions, large swords and gun-wielding kick-ass big brothers.

Seriously. Go buy it right now and be sure to pick up her sequel The Demon's Covenant: The Demon's Lexicon Trilogy #2.

What are you still doing here? Go get this book! Like NOW!

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Friday, May 14, 2010

Call for Submissions - Amber Allure Anthologies

Series: Working Stiffs

The Hired Man Series Type: Gay (M/M) - Blue-Collar Love Affairs

Novella Length: 18,000 to 39,999 words

Heat Level: 3+ (Love scenes should be extremely explicit and contain graphic language. Stories may also contain sexual situations or storylines that push the envelopeóheavy bondage, spanking, as well as mÈnage, domination and submission, multiple sexual partners, etc.)

Note regarding sexual content: Although subplots featuring hetero (M/F) or mÈnage (M/M/F, M/F/M, etc.) pairings may be acceptable for secondary characters, they should not take up more than a small percentage of the overall story. The heroes (the main focus of each novella) must be strictly gay and not bisexualóthey should have no sexual desire for females. For storyline purposes, your heroes may have a history of heterosexual or bisexual activity, but generally, they are now either fully out of the closet or will be fully out before the story concludes. Your heroes, however, may participate in gay mÈnage (M/M/M) or all-male group sex. Again, all "female" involvement within the story should be kept to a minimum, and when it comes to your heroes, all sexual content should be M/M only.

Specific Guidelines: Each novella for this "picture/series" should feature at least one blue-collar hero (regardless of industry), who's a hard-working laborer considered "good with his hands" both at work and at play, and tell the tale of his love affair with a man of his own social class/standing (or maybe notóthat's entirely up to you). Although stories should have a contemporary setting only, they may also be sub-categorized as romantic comedy, suspense or thriller, action and adventure, as well as BDSM. But once again, please keep in mind that at least one of your heroes must be "blue-collar" worker, just the sort of hero depicted in the above photograph. Moreover, all stories should have a "happily ever after" ending, or at least what is considered a "happily for now" conclusion.

Important notes: Amber Allure will not consider any previously published stories, therefore each novella should include only new material. Additionally, the submission should not be part of a series published at another house. Only completed manuscripts will be accepted for consideration. Please also include a detailed synopsis of the manuscript as well as a query letter. And finally, no simultaneous submissions please.

Deadline for Submissions: June 1, 2010 (no exceptions)

Email Address: After preparing your documents according to the "General Submission/Formatting Info" listed above, please submit the full manuscript, synopsis, and query letter to: submissions_workingstiffs@amberquill.com


Series: Hot Summer Daze

The Hired Man Series Type: Gay (M/M) - Summertime Love Affairs

Novella Length: 18,000 to 39,999 words

Heat Level: 3+ (Love scenes should be extremely explicit and contain graphic language. Stories may also contain sexual situations or storylines that push the envelopeóheavy bondage, spanking, as well as mÈnage, domination and submission, multiple sexual partners, etc.)

Note regarding sexual content: Although subplots featuring hetero (M/F) or mÈnage (M/M/F, M/F/M, etc.) pairings may be acceptable for secondary characters, they should not take up more than a small percentage of the overall story. The heroes (the main focus of each novella) must be strictly gay and not bisexualóthey should have no sexual desire for females. For storyline purposes, your heroes may have a history of heterosexual or bisexual activity, but generally, they are now either fully out of the closet or will be fully out before the story concludes. Your heroes, however, may participate in gay mÈnage (M/M/M) or all-male group sex. Again, all "female" involvement within the story should be kept to a minimum, and when it comes to your heroes, all sexual content should be M/M only.

Specific Guidelines: Each novella for this "picture/series" should tell the story of a hot and steamy summer affair. Whether your heroes meet at some exotic resort, on a luxury cruise, or even while hanging out at their neighborhood pool, a red-hot romance should develop between them and turn their lives upside down. Although stories should have a contemporary setting only, they may also be sub-categorized as romantic comedy, suspense or thriller, action and adventure, as well as BDSM. All stories should have a "happily ever after" ending, or at least what is considered a "happily for now" conclusion, so show us how the summers will sizzle once your heroes get together and realize what they have is a whole lot more than just a meaningless fling.

Important notes: Amber Allure will not consider any previously published stories, therefore each novella should include only new material. Additionally, the submission should not be part of a series published at another house. Only completed manuscripts will be accepted for consideration. Please also include a detailed synopsis of the manuscript as well as a query letter. And finally, no simultaneous submissions please.

Deadline for Submissions: July 1, 2010 (no exceptions)

Email Address: After preparing your documents according to the "General Submission/Formatting Info" listed above, please submit the full manuscript, synopsis, and query letter to: submissions_hotsummerdaze@amberquill.com

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Call for Submissions - Samhain Publishing Anthologies

[Direct from the site]



Does the thought of winter give you the chills? How about a red-hot novella with a sexy hero (or two) to warm you up?

I’m very pleased to announce an open call for submissions for a new, yet-to-be-titled Winter 2011 Red Hot anthology. I’m looking for winter-themed contemporary stories that are hot enough to melt the snow outside. I’m open to having some paranormal elements, some suspense or comedy thrown in, as long as the stories are red hot! M/F, M/M or multiples thereof are all welcome, but the story must have a happily ever after or happy for now.

The anthology will include novellas from 20,000 to 25,000 words in length and will be released individually as separate eBooks in January 2011 and will be combined as one print title for Winter 2011 print release.

Submissions are open to all authors, published with Samhain or aspiring to be published with Samhain. All submissions must be new material—previously published submissions will not be considered. Additionally, manuscripts previously submitted, whether individually or for past anthologies, will not be considered either. Please be aware that manuscripts submitted to this anthology cannot be resubmitted at a later date unless by invitation from an editor. However, submissions with merit for possible publication at Samhain are and will be passed to interested Samhain editors even if not chosen for the Red Hot Winter Anthology.
To submit a manuscript for consideration please include:
The full manuscript (of 20,000 to 25,000 words) with a comprehensive 2-5 page synopsis. Please include a letter of introduction/query letter. Full manuscripts are required for this as it’s a special project.

Also, when you send your manuscript, please be sure to use the naming convention RedHot_Winter_Title and RedHot_Winter_Title_Synopsis.

Submissions are open until June 1, 2010 and the final decisions will be made by June 30, 2010. Please send your submission to editor@samhainpublishing.com and include Red Hot Winter Anthology in the subject line.

Questions can be addressed to Heidi Moore at heidi@samhainpublishing.com
Please note, we are not accepting multiple submissions for this anthology. However, if you already have a manuscript under consideration as a general submission with Samhain and would also like to send in a submission to this anthology, please do so.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

It's a digital world

If you can make it here... you can make it anywhere!

We have so many opportunities today to make a name for ourselves that the world is literally becoming smaller and smaller. With the advent of YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and social networking within the Blogosphere, we have created overnight sensations like Susan Boyle, Lin Yu Chun and now Greyson Chance. Through the digital medium we can get Betty White on SNL, be the first to hear about Icelandic volcanoes erupting and have "conversations" with celebrities who are suddenly approachable.

The digital market has also made it possible for authors to expand their horizons... to look at opportunities to share their works with a demographic that was probably completely out of their reach in the past. Today, we have more men reading novels and kids turning to their handhelds for books than ever before. The digital explosion is happening right before our eyes and it's pretty awesome to be a part of it.

One of the questions I get repeatedly is "but when will my book be available in print?"

My answer is... I'm an ePub Agent, I sell to ePub first and believe me... if you're as good as I believe you are, you'll not only sell well in ePub, you'll also sell well in print. It takes time but it's truly worth it!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Call for Submissions - Dreamspinner Press Anthologies

Making Contact
Edited by Lynn West

We want stories of love that is literally out of this world! Give us galaxy soldiers, space pirates, traveling aliens, intrepid explorers, and more. We're looking for romance among the shooting stars, love that matches the glory of the spheres, and passion that burns like the largest of suns, where making first contact takes on a whole new meaning.

Length: 3,500 - 12,000 words (manuscripts shorter or longer will be considered but will have to be extraordinary)

Call for Submissions: March 15, 2010
Submission Deadline: May 14, 2010
Publication Date: Aug. 2, 2010

Follow the general submission guidelines for short stories.
http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/pages.php?pID=6&CDpath=0