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If you're curious about what's going on with me or my work, I would LOVE to send you a newsletter! I send a few different types of email newsletter. JCP News is the monthly big email with articles, links and recommendations that comes out the 15th of each month. The Quick Link email will alert you if I have a new book out. Saturday Snippet is a fun quickie with a story quote, deleted scene, flash fic or other small goodie that I'll send on a Saturday (but not the same week as the monthly JCP News so as not to bombard you.)  The Weekly Coupons is a bit of a misnomer, since I actually run coupons for JCP Books on the 5th and 25th nowadays. And the News about Majenta is for those of you interested in my m/f erotica!

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Young at Heart

I was at the library yesterday looking for some recent anthologies to study their layout and typography. Weirdly enough, I could only find anthologies in the Teen (YA) section of the library. I noticed while I was there that the sensibility of teen books really screams out to me. The titles, the cover design, the typography. All of it grabs me by the guts and says "READ ME." But then when I read them, I find myself wishing the characters were more my age, dealing with issues other than peer pressure or school or growing up. The teen series I enjoy most are the ones with the most vestigial appearance of parents, teachers or other teen authority figures and just show the protagonist basically being an adult.

It would be interesting to figure out which buttons of mine are being pushed by the current style of marketing for Teen books.

I'm working on a novella that's an adult coming-of-age. Maybe my relationship with the types of books I'm attracted to has something to do with what I'm compelled to write.

Newsletter Archive, updated

I do my best to make my newsletters fun to read, and I think I'm pretty good at it. However, I'm not so good at archiving them.

I just updated my archive! Yes! I've caught up, now you can too :D

Find archived goodness here.

Whoops, wrong link

Aaaand, here's a working link to my June Newsletter :D
This month I answered reader questions in the June edition of JCP News!

Michael Martinez asked, “What has been your favorite story or character to write so far?” Find this answer and more.

You are getting very sleeepy....

I've always been fascinated with hypnosis. Last year I treated myself to some sessions with a professional hypnotherapist. That was quite the experience.

But here's where the interest started. Back in the 80's, I helped out a friend by participating in a study where they gave everyone a personality test, then had us listen to two types of self-hypnosis relaxation tapes. One was a guided visualization and one was called "Isometric Squeeze," where you squeezed and relaxed different muscle groups. Then they assessed which type of tape was more effective for which type of person.

I don't know how the results came out. But listening to those tapes (It was a week or two apiece daily) ended up building a lifelong habit. In the 80's, those cassette tapes were pretty pricy. But nowadays with MP3s ... wow, it's like Christmas in June.

I found this freebie today for writers that I really liked, you can grab it here. The recording quality is good, it's short and to the point, and what he's saying resonates with me.

And speaking of hypnosis, there's some pretty heavy duty hypnosis in Camp Hell. When we produced the audio, I asked my narrator Gomez Pugh to listen to one of my favorite 80's hypnotists, Dick Sutphen, to prep for the role of Stefan!

Dick Sutphen is still practicing. He even has a downloadable Writer's Series.

Great, how?

My apartment overlooks a parking lot (it's pretty unobjectionable with lots of trees and a dog walking area where I watch people walk their dogs.) Now that it's June, my windows are all open and I get to hear snatches of conversation.
I was sitting in my living room and, loud and clear, a guy says to another guy, "Well, your hair looks great." And then a muffled reply.
So I rush over to the window to see this great hair, and they're gone.
Now every time I see someone, I'll think, "Are you the one with great hair?"

Better Every Day

Tomorrow will mark two weeks since I had my hysterectomy. I'm really excited that I've had the surgery, it's done, and I'm healing. I've had problems with it my whole adult life.

Dealing with this issue was one of my major goals for 2015, and I looove accomplishing goals!

But I'm realizing I need to be careful not to overdo. I'm easing into writing and editing again. It feels right. But I'm also not being the insane taskmaster that I was pre-surgery. That new pace feels right too.


Body Art, now in audio

Body Art

Narrated by Gomez Pugh

Does everyone have a certain “type” they end up with…whether they want to or not? If Ray Carlucci’s ex is anything to go by, Ray likes his men gorgeous, rebellious, and chock-full of issues. But now that Ray is single again, he has a shot at a fresh start—a very fresh start, since his tattoo shop was gutted by repo men and he can fit all his belongings in the trunk of a taxi.

Ray’s shiny new chauffeur’s license lands him a job as a driver for an elderly couple on Red Wing Island. It’s a cold fall, and since the Michigan island is the summer home to snowbirds who fly south for the winter, it’s practically deserted—save for Ray’s new household and a sculptor named Anton Kopec, who works day and night twisting brambles and twine into the distorted shapes of macabre creatures. Compelling, bizarre, and somewhat disturbing…not just the sculptures, but the artist, too. Ray has a feeling Anton is just his “type.”

Despite their scorching chemistry, when a dead body is unearthed by some workers and a freak ice storm traps them all on the island, Ray can’t say for certain that his new flame isn’t capable of murder.

Buy the audio at Audible, iTunes or Amazon

The music cut. The door opened, and there he was—Anton, framed like a vision in bright yellow light. I’d been worried that maybe the light of the full moon had played tricks on me, that maybe once I got a really good look at him, the spell would be broken and I’d see that he was just some guy. A guy with black hair down to his shoulders and finger bones dangling from his porch, but just a guy, nonetheless.

I’d been wrong. Up close and well lit, Anton was a wet dream.

The ebook version of Body Art also got spiffy new cover art. If you already own it, you can re-download it from the site where you purchased it (and if you bought it direct from, let me know and I can replace your old copy.)

Find the Body Art ebook at Amazon, Amazon UK, BN and Smashwords

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