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Limited preorder - Meatworks

In the past year or so, several readers have asked me about preorders. I checked out all my sales channels and found that only Smashwords would allow me to sell pre-orders. (Theoretically preorder capability should also trickle over to iBooks, Kobo and other places I distribute via Smashwords...but I didn't upload quick enough.)

Anyway, if you have the urge to preorder, you may do so at Smashwords.

And I have no idea how that works! I've never done it myself!

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krondr
Jun. 28th, 2014 02:24 am (UTC)
Ok I just logged on to smashwords and I could "add to library" but obviously no download yet, it didn't ask for payment though. Hmm.
jordan_c_price
Jun. 28th, 2014 10:45 am (UTC)
Thanks for being my guinea pig! Maybe Smashwords will send you an email when it comes out. Let me know.
thrace_adams
Jul. 1st, 2014 12:54 am (UTC)
Cool! I'm not familiar with Smashwords /o\
sharpeslass
Oct. 15th, 2014 05:49 pm (UTC)
Meatworks

I just finished chapter 24 of "Meatworks." I'm covered with goosebumps and I wanted to let you know this is the first time you've actually made me cry (and not subtly: fist to mouth, whimpering slightly).

You've always been fantastic with world-building and plotting, but your characters are just gaining in depth and realism with each progressive book. I thought the last Mnevermind installation was the apex. Clearly you've got much more to show. Don't ever stop.

Damn my stupid job. I want to finish this book NOW.

And I AM going to leave reviews on amazon. This weekend. I promise...

Edited at 2014-10-15 05:50 pm (UTC)
jordan_c_price
Oct. 15th, 2014 06:17 pm (UTC)
Re: Meatworks
Thank you so much, it means a lot to me to hear you became so emotionally involved in the story.

I keep thinking "the next book will be easier to write" and they keep getting harder and harder and harder. It's frustrating. I think I'm really due to write more of a romp at some point so I get to experience writing something fun again.
sharpeslass
Oct. 15th, 2014 06:36 pm (UTC)
Re: Meatworks

Just know that hard work is paying off big time. I'm betting if you didn't write stories with gay protagonists you would be a bestseller - and there would be a huge void in many lives, because no one does what you do as well as you do it; your imagination staggers me.
sharpeslass
Oct. 15th, 2014 07:54 pm (UTC)
Re: Meatworks

Also, last word for a while - promise: I want you to know that, as a 44 year old, sick to death of the ageist mainstream entertainment tropes, I deeply appreciate the fact that not every one of your main characters is under 30 years of age. Diversity means appreciating people of all ages as well, after all. *hugs* (And I'll buy your romp when you write it as well, just don't forget about Mnevermind!!)
jordan_c_price
Oct. 15th, 2014 09:12 pm (UTC)
Re: Meatworks
Thank you, that's so kind of you to say! I'm 46 and find people closer to my own age more interesting than people young enough to be my children. I relate to them better. The problems I had at 20 were scads different than the problems that I had at 40, you know? I'm sure when I'm 60 or 80 they'll be different still. (And also that I'll be an eccentric old lady who does / wears / says whatever she wants because she no longer cares what others think.)
sharpeslass
Oct. 15th, 2014 09:54 pm (UTC)
Re: Meatworks
LOL!! Amen to age and eccentricity: picking flowers out of other people's gardens, etc. :)
sharpeslass
Oct. 15th, 2014 06:02 pm (UTC)
meatworks

Sorry; it's me again... I'm still feeling haunted. I'm wondering if it was as upsetting to write that scene as it was to read it. It had to have been...

(Hoping he ends up with Jim and not Corey; in my experience there is only room for one fuck-up in each relationship).
jordan_c_price
Oct. 15th, 2014 06:18 pm (UTC)
Re: meatworks
Chapter 25 was the worst one for me. I remember somewhere around Chapter 2 or 3, my crit group saying, "So this is rock bottom for him, right?" and me telling them, "Er, no. It gets worse. Lots worse."
sharpeslass
Oct. 15th, 2014 06:39 pm (UTC)
Re: meatworks
Oh, noes. Now I'm afraid to keep reading... (I can't be stopped though).
sharpeslass
Oct. 16th, 2014 12:45 am (UTC)
I lied. I am writing again.

That’s because I just finished your book. No disappointment; I loved it and the ending was perfect for the story.

I love Desmond as well. I'm pretty sure I wouldn't want to date him. But as a character? In spite of our vastly different lives and experiences, I felt like I understood him and what motivated him (or, more aptly, left him completely without motivation). I empathized with him. As often as I wanted to shake him, I wanted to hug the hell out of him too.

Novels, especially romance novels (which I realize this wasn't, but if one wants m/m, one reads her fair share of them), are full of characters who make their own problems. They make stupid decisions and take asinine actions, and you often think, "who would do/say/act-like that?" And those characters never really feel real. Their dumb choices aren't informed by, nor do they inform, the character; they just keep the story going a bit longer.

Desmond, on the other hand, was real and when he deepened or created his own troubles, it wasn't to drive a weak plot. His decisions were inevitable; they were who and what he was, and they evolved with him as he evolved, becoming a person who was starting to pay attention to other people, to look out as well as in and in doing so, discover who he really was (and you pulled off this transformation largely by showing instead of telling. Do you have any idea how rare that is??).

I didn't see him as a "selfish schmuck," so much as a "damaged little boy" (regardless of his age). From the very beginning I was rooting for him to come of age (regardless how late), and to find his reasons to recognize and know himself, and to fucking try even when it was so, so much easier to just give in to inertia and alcohol. Then, when I finally found out what his subconscious was housing and how much he'd literally internalized that pain and betrayal and probably unknowingly let it influence his perceptions of himself... basically, my heart just broke for him.

Desmond was flesh, and blood, and bone (and metal and silicone); flesh and blood and guts and bone aren't pretty, but that's what we all are inside. I really think that most people (most interesting people - people with character) have a little slice of Desmond's flaws inside of them, even if it's shoved down deep: a little bit of lazy, a little bit of stupid, of solipsism, of self-pity, of weakness, of a fear that trying might lead to a failure that changes your view of yourself for the worse and forever, of a sorrow that begs, cries and threatens until you find a way to drown or self-medicate it away for even a little while.

Finally:
I love that, while it was a motivation for change, LOVE wasn't ultimately what saved him; Desmond saved himself (in his own convoluted way: "swimming upstream") just like we all have to, at least if we want to stay saved. I also love that you ended his story without total fairytale perfection, with some regrets, but still with a beautiful - more beautiful for being more realistic - warm glow of hope.

I can see why this one was hard to write. It never ever read like you were struggling - not for a moment – but it seems like you bled on those pages. What you created as a result was fascinating, horrifying, heartbreaking, beautiful and inspiring. (And clearly entertaining, as it was impossible to put down, even in the office in the middle of a workday, when I was supposed to be editing articles on directed trusts and the Alter Ego doctrine).

Thank you for telling these stories. I hope you’ll never ever stop.

jordan_c_price
Oct. 16th, 2014 03:04 am (UTC)
Re: I lied. I am writing again.
It was so generous of you to write this post and let me know you got all this from the story. The novel was hideous hard to write but I was driven to do it. And I thought my readership would hate it and my name would be mud, but I was compelled to publish it too. The people who hate it REALLY hate it but the people who REALLY reveled in the story made it worth the potential backlash.

I love that you see pieces of Desmond in you. They're in me too, even though I'm successful and well adjusted. More or less.

Thank you so much xxoo
jordan_c_price
Oct. 16th, 2014 12:08 pm (UTC)
Re: I lied. I am writing again.
PS may I repost this to my FB page? I want to brag about it.
sharpeslass
Oct. 16th, 2014 01:54 pm (UTC)
Re: I lied. I am writing again.
God yes. Be my guest. I'd be honored! I'd give you my FB name, but I've been hesitant to start an FB account due to privacy issues (maybe something else I have in common with Desmond?). You can use my LJ handle though, if you want a name to attach.
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