Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Storm Moon Press is making me a gorgeous cover for the pdf release of this. It's available through their website and it's totally free. Free! Yay for free awesome! The link is just below.
My goodreads story In All Your Ways is up today. Go read and tell me what you think! Here's the prompt and details, to entice you.
Find it here: http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/880130-cari-z-in-all-your-ways
PHOTO DESCRIPTION: A nude angel with white wings kneeling before another man, only seen from the chest down, armed with a katana
One angel, one demon. Ancient enemies. Lifetimes of yearning. For millennia the demon Renat has loved the angel Emiel from afar. One kiss was all they ever shared, ages and ages ago. When Emiel is captured and imprisoned in Hell, Renat knows he will risk anything to rescue Emiel and return him to Heaven, even if it means facing the wrath of Satan himself.
Please find a way for this lonely demon to save his angel and get his long-awaited happy ending
tags: angels; demons; hurt/comfort; soul mates; graphic violence; first time
content warnings: religious themes; graphic violence
Thanks again to Jordie for an awesome prompt with a great photo. I saw it and just had to have it.
Monday, May 28, 2012
So, release week is over, for both Changing Worlds and Reclaimed. For all of you who followed my visits and posts, entered the contests and bought the books to read, I truly, truly appreciate you. Writing is what I want to do with my life, it's what I spend my free time on and where so many of my aspirations lie, and the people who support me are, in a word, awesome. You mean a lot to me.
If you feel moved to do it, I would love a rating or review. I don't really care where, but one place you can find my stuff is on Goodreads here: Cari Z. I'm on Twitter too if you like soundbytes. I don't say much, but that may change as my Luddite status slowly fades: https://twitter.com/#!/author_cariz.
Okay, that's done! What's coming up next...well, my free story for Goodreads Love is Always Write event should be out this Wednesday. It's called In All Your Ways and has demons and angels and hell and resurrection and redemption and gore! And sex! But not at the same time. Anyway, it's fun, and I'll post a link here when it comes out. Also, Storm Moon Press is giving this story a real cover and making it downloadable in PDF form, so I'll add a link for that too if you like things pretty. Which, don't we all?
I've sent in stories to several different anthologies and hope to hear back soon. More info if they pan out. I've got 2 parts left to Cinders, I think (maybe 3, but I hope just 2) and want to get them to you asap. I'm sweating bullets writing out query letters for my mainstream novel, and I've decided I can't synopsize for shit. Um. Think that's pretty much it. My weeks of nonstop mania are over now that my folks are back in Germany and my sister is safely graduated from med school and off to her residency, so perhaps things can finally relax.
Until I turn 30 next month, at least. At that point I fully intend to lose my mind for a while. Should be fun!
Friday, May 25, 2012
Notes: OMG, that was a hell of a week. Don't get me wrong, I'm happy to do promo for my novel, I want it to be a success. But daaaaamn. Stressful. And I totally owed you guys this part and it took forever to buckle down and do it, but here it is, so forgive me and enjoy. This ended up being a pretty fast chapter, honestly. Lots of fun dialogue:) We're getting so close, guys! Maybe two more parts?
PS--if you read either of my new releases, please let me know what you thought of it/them!
Part Ten: Prep Me
Saturday, May 19, 2012
If you didn't win, there are giveaways going on all week as well as interviews and excerpts. I'll post the schedule of events below, in case you want to come visit these blogs and read my odd answers to questions:). Come visit me! The interviews are really fun:)
May 21st - Top 2 Bottom Guest Post: here!
It's a giveaway too, guys, just comment for a chance at the ebook.
and finally - Storm Moon Press blog: here! It's already out, come read what I have to say about the vaaast difference between short stories and novels.
Monday, May 14, 2012
Every week should be release week, it gets me so excited!
Okay, mind out of gutter, back to the not-quite-straight and narrow. This week I have two new releases coming out:
Reclaimed from Pink Petal Books on Thursday the 17th, TODAY!!!, and you can find here: http://pinkpetalbooks.com/Reclaimed-by-Cari-Z..html.
This is the third novella in the Treasured series and features Daniel and Reese, two of my favorite boys, with a healthy helping of mistaken identity, miscommunication, close calls and, of course, mad hotness. Because I can:) It's a really fun novella, pretty long at almost 25k, and I try to make it readable for newcomers and loyalists alike.
The second new release is:
Changing Worlds from Storm Moon Press, the sequel to the short story Opening Worlds, on Friday the 18th. You can find it here: http://www.stormmoonpress.com/books/Changing-Worlds.aspx.
The cool part? You get Opening Worlds included in the release, so new readers can get the whole picture and the rest of us have an easy reference if we need to look back.
This is a huge deal for me, my first novel ever! It makes me want to overuse punctuation I'm so excited!! The story picks up where Jason and Ferran left up, getting ready to go live on Perelan as the planet's very first interspecies couple, which for a place as xenophobic as Perelan promised to be challenging. It's a sci fi, m/m, erotic, tender love story...with sword fights and shuttle crashes and carnivorous plants. Score!
So what's the contest already, right? It's very simple. All you have to do is comment on this blog post. Just say hi, tell me what's up and let me know which ebook you'd like from me. If I pick your random number next Sunday (the contest closes on Saturday the 19th) then you get the book. If you've already ordered them, then you get to pick something else I've written.
The best thing? The more commenters there are, the more copies I give away. Five or less, one book. More than five, two. More than ten, three. One lucky person will get both, because I'm a lover, baby:)
I'll post reminders for these books on Thursday and Friday, but the only post that counts for the contest is this one, so put your comment in here before you go and say hi to me there.
PS-if you're looking for the latest part of Cinders, #9 is just one post down.
Sunday, May 13, 2012
Notes: Happy Mothers Day!!! This isn't a good part of the story when it comes to mothers, but at least it's another part! We're almost to the ball, ladies and gentlemen. Gird your loins!
Part Nine: La La Land
Thursday, May 10, 2012
I'm doing a blog tour/series of interviews starting May 19th for Changing Worlds, the day after the release. There will be giveaways with goodreads, ARCs were sent out to review sites, they got me signed up on twitter...goddamn. Twitter. Me. Really?
Apparently, yes. If anyone wants to follow what promises to be some admittedly erratic and funny tweets as I figure out what the hell I'm doing, you can find me here: https://twitter.com/#!/author_cariz.
I should have the next Cinders post up in a few days, definitely before my new releases. I can tweet about Reclaimed too, if I can figure out how:). I'll have a couple of contests going here, and my website (which desperately needs an update, and will get one asap) will have the first complete chapters of both of them and an updated list of my free reads on Literotica. Shit is getting done, my dahlings. At least 50% of that is due to the girls at SMP, so mad props to them.
Saturday, May 5, 2012
Soooo...any South Park fans out there?
If there are, then you've probably seen the episode where they go to Casa Bonita in Denver for Cartman's birthday. Casa Bonita, land of cliff divers and roaming mariachi bands and Black Bart's Cave! Designated by numerous travel magazines as one of the top roadside attractions in the US. How could anyone not want to have that experience?
Last night, I finally experienced the wonder that is Casa Bonita. Casa Bonita, where the cheese comes out of a can and the chicken looks like cat food! Casa Bonita, where everything is better when you don't ask yourself what that smell is! Casa Bonita, where the waitstaff's efficiency rivals that of James Bond, and you get as many free sopapillas as you can choke down after dealing with the famously descriptive horrors of their entrees!
Actually, the place is so incredibly kitschy that there is an undeniable element of fun to it. There are cliff divers, there was a fire juggler (a kind of lame one, but whatever, I can't do that), there were live shows that happily fed the lowest common denominator of humor (we're talking stuff the scads of kids there needed to be able to understand, and they did, so success!) and there were all kinds of other minor attractions, from a caricature artist to an old Frogger game to safety-minded pinata breaking.
If you have small children, they will absolutely enjoy themselves at the Casa. If you want a unique experience in a place made-up to imitate a sprawling Mexican villa/village, then you'll get a kick out of it too. If you want to pay a truly ridiculous amount for what is some of the worst food I have ever eaten in an American restaurant, then by God, it's worth it!
Feel free to share if you've eaten someplace that rivals this icon of awesomeness. I just like knowing these things...
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Notes: This particular post is more PWP than anything else, folks. *blushes* After the last couple parts being so dark, I felt like it was time for something light and easy and smexy. We're nearing the end of the story, and all the heavy lifting is behind us, but here in particular I just wanted to have fun. So enjoy!
Part Eight: Focused