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Femslash Con – today!

July 21, 2013

Yesterday, the online community celebrated the 6th International Day of Femslash.

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For those of you who have never heard of it: Femslash is fanfiction featuring relationships between two women (who, most often, are straight in the canon universe of the TV show/movie).

They always hold an online FemSlash con on the nearest weekend, discussing various fandoms, pairings, and writing-related topics. That convention is taking place this weekend, and I’ve been asked to be a panelist on the original fiction panel, which is today. The other panelists will be Shira Glassman and Zelma Blitzreiter.

Here’s a synopsis of the panel:

Writing fanfiction has its own problems and difficulties, but once we make the leap to original fiction, the world created becomes entirely our own. No longer will we have set universes with fleshed out characters to work with. Original fiction means starting from scratch and relying entirely on your own imagination. How difficult or easy is that to do? What makes original fiction work? Let’s talk about what it takes to make it as a writer of original fiction.

The original fiction panel starts today (Sunday, July 21) at noon (EST). It will last for an hour. Check the starting times for other time zones here.

Come join us for some interesting discussion!

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Second Nature is out!

July 11, 2013

Second NatureAfter months of revising, rewriting, tightening, hair-pulling, and editing, the second edition of Second Nature has finally been published.

While my first republished novel, Backwards to Oregon, has mainly just been cleaned up and improved on a sentence level, Second Nature underwent major revisions. And when I say “major,” I do mean MAJOR.

I tightened the beginning considerably, because it was dragging a little in the first edition, but extended the ending so that readers could enjoy the romance between Griffin and Jorie more fully. I wrote a handful of new scenes—including a new opening scene for Griffin—and completely changed the course of other scenes.

As a result, Second Nature reads much better now. At least that’s what I think and what my beta readers are telling me. If you want to check it out for yourself, head over to Smashwords or Amazon or to my publisher’s blog to read an excerpt.

Here’s a short description:

Novelist Jorie Price doesn’t believe in the existence of shape-shifting creatures or true love. She leads a solitary life, and the paranormal romances she writes are pure fiction for her.

Griffin Westmore knows better—at least about one of these two things. She doesn’t believe in love either, but she’s one of the not-so-fictional shape-shifters. She’s also a Saru, an elite soldier with the mission to protect the shape-shifters’ secret existence at any cost.

When Jorie gets too close to the truth in her latest shape-shifter romance, Griffin is sent to investigate—and if necessary to destroy the manuscript before it’s published and to kill the writer.

For the moment, Second Nature is available as a DRM-free e-book on Amazon and Smashwords, but it will soon also be available as a paperback.

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Thank you!

July 3, 2013

I was suaarprised and honored by so many people volunteering to beta read for me. Having all of you beta read True Nature would have been a bit overwhelming, so I couldn’t pick all of you, but I still wanted to say thank you to everyone who took the time to send me an e-mail.

I am also planning on revising and republishing two of my other novels, Conflict of Interest and Hidden Truths, in the near future, so if any of you still want to volunteer for beta reading one of those novels, please let me know at jae_s1978@ yahoo.de (remove the space after the @).

Thank you!

Jae

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Looking for beta readers

July 2, 2013

I’m in the midiStock_000013866156XSmalldle of getting my latest novel, True Nature, ready for the editor, and I’m looking for one or two people who would be willing to beta read for me.

True Nature is a paranormal romance novel taking place in my shape-shifter universe. You don’t necessarily need to have read Second Nature, since True Nature is featuring new main characters.

Here’s a description of the story:

When wolf-shifter Kelsey Yates discovers that fourteen-year-old shape-shifter Danny Harding is living with a human adoptive mother, she is sent on a secret mission to protect the pup and get him away from the human.

Successful CEO Rue Harding has no idea that the private teacher she hires for her deaf son isn’t really there to teach him history and algebra—or that Danny and Kelsey are not what they seem to be.

But when Danny runs away from home and gets lost in New York City, Kelsey and Rue have to work together to find him before his first transformation sets in and reveals the shape-shifter’s secret existence to the world.

I’m looking for someone who can tell me what is and isn’t working plotwise, where the story is dragging or not making sense, and where scenes need to be extended in order for readers to fully enjoy the novel. Also, being able to point out spelling and grammar mistakes is a plus.

I’m working on a deadline, so I’m looking for people who have enough time to beta read a 130,000-word novel within about three weeks. I prefer to have my beta readers use MS Word’s track changes and/or the comment feature.

While I can’t offer payment, I usually sent a free e-book and a signed paperback of the novel to my beta readers once its published.

The first half of the novel is ready to be beta read, so if you’re interested, please let me know via my e-mail address jae_s1978@ yahoo.de (delete the space after the @)

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Writing hours in June

June 30, 2013

I spent most of June with my shape-shifters. Fictional ones, of course. I finished the last revisions of Second Nature, wrote a new short story for Natural Family Disasters (a shape-shifter anthology), and started revising True Nature, the sequel or rather spin-off to Second Nature.

I put that manuscript aside when I had the idea for a short story in summer 2011… One year later, that short story had turned into a full-blown novel titled Something in the Wine. So it’s been two years since I last looked at True Nature and can now take a more objective look at the manuscript. I still like the story and the characters very much. There’s a lot of work ahead of me, but it’s worth it.

So here are my numbers for June:

Writing
Editing
Research
January
46 hours 14 hours
February
44 hours 19 hours
March
82 hours 15 hours
April
71 hours 4 hours
May
105 hours 5 hours 25 hours
June
135 hours 10 hours
TOTAL 483 hours 67 hours 25 hours

Check back next month to see the hours for July. I hope to be a lot further along with True Nature this time next month, and I will also start editing two great manuscripts. More about that soon.

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The Morning After

June 21, 2013

TMAJust in time for the beginning of summer here in Germany, my publisher released my short story The Morning After as a single. It has been previously published in the anthology Connected Hearts, but we thought we’d make it available to readers who don’t want to buy the whole anthology.

The story has about 10,300 words, so it’s not too short.

The cover makes me want a Piña Colada and a loooong vacation at the beach 🙂

Here’s a short description of the story:

After a friend sets her up on a blind date from hell, Amanda has enough of dating. A spur-of-the-moment decision to attend an Anti-Valentine’s Day party leads to an unexpected encounter. She wakes up to a hangover and a surprising complication…

The Morning After is available as a DRM-free e-book from Amazon and Smashwords.

I hope you enjoy the story and your weekend!

Jae

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Walking the Labyrinth

June 13, 2013

cover_walking-the-labyrinthMany years ago, long before I first started writing in English, I read Coming Home by Lois Cloarec Hart. It was actually one of the first lesbian romances I read. To this day, it’s still one of my favorites. I was so impressed by this heart-felt novel that I sent Lois an e-mail, practically begging her for a sequel or maybe a “spin-off” featuring my two favorite minor characters, Dana and Lee.

This year, I was honored to have Lois as a fellow Ylva author and even more honored to edit her newest book, Walking the Labyrinth, a novel that is told from Lee’s point of view. So I got my sequel in a very unexpected way.

Gaëlle, the novel’s other main character, would probably say that the universe works in miraculous ways.

I’m not sure what I expected when I first started reading Walking the Labyrinth, but probably something entirely different. What I got was another surprise—but in a very good way.

Most of the time, the main characters in lesbian romances are twenty-somethings. The main characters in Walking the Labyrinth are in their sixties. And it’s so much more than just a romance novel. It’s a story about love, loss, and spirituality.

If that sounds a bit too “hooey” (as Lee would say) for you, give this novel a chance anyway. I promise it’s worth it.

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