December 20th, 2011


Dreamspinner offers, the 12 Days of Christmas

12 Days of Christmas Presents for you!

12 Days = 12 Presents

Visit the Dreamspinner Press store each day for the rest of the year for a new discount or free download.

Here are the first six.

Day One - 30% off Historicals

Save 30% on all ebooks in our Historical Genre all day on Dec. 20.

Day Two - Free Download

Infected Prey by Andrea Speed

Download Infected: Prey by Andrea Speed free all day on Dec. 21.

In a world where a werecat virus has changed society, Roan McKichan, a born infected and ex-cop, works as a private detective trying to solve crimes involving other infecteds.

The murder of a former cop draws Roan into an odd case where an unidentifiable species of cat appears to be showing an unusual level of intelligence. He juggles that with trying to find a missing teenage boy, who, unbeknownst to his parents, was “cat” obsessed. And when someone is brutally murdering infecteds, Eli Winters, leader of the Church of the Divine Transformation, hires Roan to find the killer before he closes in on Eli.

Working the crimes will lead Roan through a maze of hate, personal grudges, and mortal danger. With help from his tiger-strain infected partner, Paris Lehane, he does his best to survive in a world that hates and fears their kind… and occasionally worships them.

Day Three - 30% off Westerns

Save 30% on all ebooks in our Western Genre all day on Dec. 22.

Day Four - Free Download

Bounty of Love by Scotty Cade

Download Bounty of Love by Scotty Cade free all day on Dec. 23.

The night before his wedding, Zander Walsh, his parents, and his husband-to-be are all shot when they return home and interrupt a mysterious robbery in progress. After three weeks in a coma, Zander wakes up to find out he is the only survivor, and his perfect life falls apart in an instant.

Hunky FBI Agent Jake Elliot is investigating the case, and he eventually apprehends the killer—who soon escapes. Following six months of searching, Zander and Jake realize they’re being stonewalled by the FBI... and that they have slowly formed an unbreakable bond that is beginning to turn into much more.

Once they embark on a journey to apprehend the killer for the second time, they’ll discover that one terrible night was much more than just an interrupted robbery. Can big business and politics cover up the truth, or will Zander and Jake’s quest to unravel the mystery be the end of their newfound love and their lives?

Day Five - 30% off Mystery/Suspense

Save 30% on all ebooks in our Mystery/Suspense Genre all day on Dec. 24.

Day Six - Christmas Day!

30% off Holiday

Save 30% on all ebooks in our Holiday Genre.

2008, 2009 & 2010 Advent Calendars $49.99

Christmas Dreams
Mistletoe Madness
Naughty or Nice
red carpet

Sno Ho Christmas fun from Ethan Day

Christmas brings many delights - not the least of which is a short story treat from the lovely and very talented Ethan Day ♥

A Summit City Christmas
by Ethan Day

Available Now from MLR Press
Click Here to Purchase

Holiday’s with friends and family are never dull and Boone’s first Christmas in Summit City is no exception to that Yuletide rule.
You are cordially invited to join Boone and Wade for a Christmas Eve extravaganza, including many of your other favorites from the Summit City - Sno Ho series.


Our attention was quickly diverted from Donny’s footwear as the front door burst open and my parents came rushing in, or my mother to be exact—dragging Rocky along as he held onto the Dixie-train for dear life.

My mother was fully painted for war, her make-up perfectly applied, despite having more of it on than any one individual ever should, her dark brown hair piled up on top of her head, teased into a poofy bouffant.

“What are y’all doin’ sitting around half dressed?” she asked, as if we’d all lost our minds. “We’ve got dozens of cookies to get iced. Hop to!”

“Geez-uz woman,” Rocky said, huffing away like she’d forced him to climb the mountain on foot…while carrying her. He was still sporting that same Rick Springfield style hair cut that he’d had since the mid eighties. All the stress of the holidays had never suited him well, conflicting with his free-spirited, laissez-faire nature. “Settle yourself down ‘fore you give yourself an aneurysm.”

Before Wade or I had so much as an instant to respond she’d descended upon us, slapping us both on the ass. “Get up those stairs and for the love of God take a shower. You two smell like a sweaty, dried up come rag that’s been left lyin’ on the floor for a week.”

The twins both burst out laughing

Wade’s entire upper body turned blood red and he laughed, but a little uncomfortably. “Your parents know entirely too much.”

I winked at Wade and turned, opening my arms to my mother. “Come on mumsey, Monkey wants a hug!”

“Boone Daniels, don’t you come anywhere near me, you stink to high heaven!” Dixie squealed.

I continued to advance on her and she turned, beginning to run in the opposite direction.

“I will slap you into next week just to ask you about the weather…so help me, Boone!” Dixie warned, pointing back at me with a long painted red nail.

“Need…mommy love!” I hissed doing my very best Gollum impersonation. “Squeeze the mommy!”

Rocky was now bent over with his hands on his knees, laughing his ass off as Dixie let out a panicked, blood curdling scream just before I took hold of her.

Wade wrapped one of his thick arms around my waist and began pulling me away from her.

“Love the mommy!” I added, arms flailing as Wade dragged me toward the open staircase off the living room.

“Oh, and stop using that creepy voice,” Dixie said, her fears subsiding now that Wade had a solid hold on me. She shook her head at Rocky. “Quit that laughing. It’s your fault that boy has no class whatsoever.”

I was thinking they were each equally guilty for that as I winked at my dad. Wade bent down and tossed me over his shoulder.

“So butch, isn’t he?” I asked, as he easily lifted me up off my feet.

“You could do me a favor and have a few less bags of chips every week,” Wade quipped.

The twins were snickering as Wade began climbing the stairs.

“Shit head,” I mumbled at him. “I don’t recall you complaining any other time about my size.”

“Difficult to lodge a complaint when you have your dick shoved down my throat,” Wade whispered, obviously not wanting my parents to overhear that particular comment.

“We’re gonna go butt fuck each other now!” I yelled at the top of my lungs, waving like a newly crowned Ms. Teen Queen as I hung upside down dangling from Wade’s wide shoulder.

“We are not!” Wade said, slapping me on the ass.

“There’s no time for that,” Dixie said, not the least bit phased.

“Spank me, Daddy!” I said, after yelping from the pinch he gave me. “I’m calling the abuse hotline, you rat bastard.”

“Ha!” Wade spat out, obviously unimpressed. “Serves you right…incessant trouble maker.”

“Such a hypocrite.” I sighed. “You don’t mind doing it, just talking about it in public.”

“Don’t you let him take a bath either, Wade Walker, you hear me?” Dixie yelled at the top of her lungs. “We’ll never get him back out!”

“Yes ma’am,” Wade shouted back as he cleared the last step up into the loft bedroom.

“You people are no fun at all,” I said.

“Don’t pout, baby,” Wade said, carting me into the bathroom. “I’ll service you in the shower if you like.”

“Sweet! Daddy’s gonna feed me some meat.” I sighed, my eyes widening as his fingers yanked my thermal undies down, exposing my ass to the cool air in the room. I could see him smiling though our reflection as we passed the large mirror. “I’ll stuff you good-n-full, till you can’t take anymore.”

“It’s a Christmas miracle,” I said using my best, truly horrible British accent. “God bless us one and all."


Five things you can give your favourite authors for Christmas (and they won’t cost a penny)

Originally posted by josephinemyles at Five things you can give your favourite authors for Christmas (and they won’t cost a penny)

I’ve been thinking lately about ways I can let my favourite authors know how much I appreciate them, and things I can do to help them boost their sales – but without spending any money myself because it’s not in plentiful supply right now. Here’s what I’ve come up with so far:

Sending fan emails

There are few things nicer than opening up an email to discover a letter from a reader saying how much they enjoyed one of your stories (or all of your stories!) I always get a bit embarrassed writing them in case I come across like a deranged sycophant, but I’m getting over that and making an effort to write them more often. Feel free to ask questions about the story – most authors will be delighted to talk about them in more detail.

Five star Amazon reviews

These can have a real impact on sales, as for many authors (especially in our genre), a signficant portion of their sales will come through Kindle editions. Because of the way Amazon works out its rankings, four and five star reviews have far more impact than a lower star rating with a glowing review. It can also help if you tag the book with as many relevent tags as you can think of, as this will help it show up more often when customers are idly browsing.

Reviews and ratings elsewhere

Amazon might be the biggie, but reviews on Goodreads and other bookseller’s sites can be valuable too. If you bought a book from Fictionwise, All Romance eBooks or elsewhere, have a check to see if you can leave a review/rating. Reviews don’t need to be long. Even just a couple of sentences saying why you loved something can be valuable in attracting new readers.

Listopia/Listmania votes

You can create a Listmania list on Amazon with your top ten favourite books with a specific theme. Goodreads have the Listopia system where you can create your own lists or add a book to an existing one. You might want to check if a favourite book is already on any Listopia lists (detailed on the Goodreads page for that book) and add your vote to help bump up its ranking.

Blog/Tweet/Facebook with links

Anyway you can get the word out about a favourite book or author will help them in some way. It’s even more valuable to them if you include links to their blog and/or website, as incoming links help boost their search engine rankings, meaning more new readers might discover them when browsing.


Anyone else have any other good ideas? I’m going to be working on getting more of my reviews transferred over from Goodreads to Amazon over the next few weeks. As far as Christmas presents to my favourite authors go, it’s about all I can manage this year :)


Challenge #10: A Perfect 10

Ten years of A Picture is Worth a 1000 Words - it celebrates its anniversary this year!

I only discovered the challenge 4 years ago, but it's been brilliant fun, every year. Why don't you join up and try for yourself? especially if you're interested in trying out some original fiction, or writing in a different genre or style, or you just have THAT SCENE stuck in your mind you want to get down on paper/screen...


Originally posted by slodwickat Challenge #10: A Perfect 10
Getting a slightly later-than-usual start this year, but hopefully people will still be interested?

The 10th (!) Annual 'A Picture is Worth a 1000 Words' Challenge: A Perfect 10

So, It's Like This...

The challenge goes as follows: each participant is assigned a picture that will serve as the inspiration for a story (how you define "inspiration" is up to you). The catch is that each story must be exactly one thousand words in length, no more, no less - and trust me, it's not as easy as it sounds!

Everyone gets one picture to start. It's called a challenge for a reason, so you may need to get creative. Just remember, especially this year: the picture itself need only serve as inspiration, not necessarily be a literal part of the story.

If the muse strikes, you may write more than one story based on your picture, but each must be a completely separate story of one thousand words. (In other words, your entry/entries can be part of series only only if each story can stand on its own.)

Once you have written at least one story for your first picture, you may request a second picture, but again, each picture should equal at least one free-standing story of exactly one thousand words.

Any fandom, pairing, rating or genre (including real person and original fic) is welcome. Stories won't be due until February 28, 2012, which means two full months to write! Woot! :D

The Twist

Every year I add a theme to the challenge. This year, the theme is "A Perfect 10", in which each participant will be assigned a photograph of something the photographer considered "perfection". Again, this need only serve as inspiration. Stories do not need to be explicitly about the photograph, and the subject does not need to appear in the story itself.

Sign Me Up!

Ready to play? Comment here no later than Saturday, December 31, 2011.

I will post assignments here in the comm on January 1, 2012, so you'll probably want to friend the community, if you haven't already.

Please feel free to spread the word wherever you want. The more, the merrier, and everyone, in all fandoms, is welcome to play! Tell your friends, pimp at will, etc.

If you have any further questions, don't comment here. Send me a private message or email me at instead. Thanks!