Posts Tagged ‘Second Nature’

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Natural Family Disasters is available!

July 31, 2013

Natural Family Disasters 800 Cover reveal and PromotionalI’m happy to announce that my shape-shifter short story collection, Natural Family Disasters, has just been published.

The two main characters of this anthology, Jorie Price and Griffin Westmore, first met in my novel Second Nature. The events in Second Nature took them on a wild chase from a tiny town in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to an off-the-books poker game in Detroit and then into the council chamber of the most powerful shape-shifters in Boise, Idaho.

Running for their lives didn’t leave Jorie and Griffin much time to enjoy their families’ company or to share romantic moments. This anthology gives them a chance to do all of that. I hope you enjoy sharing some peaceful times with Jorie and Griffin too.

For now, Natural Family Disasters is available as a DRM-free e-book on Amazon, but it will soon also be available on Smashwords, Bella Books, and other online retailers, plus it will be published as a paperback too.

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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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LFRC Award — favorite book cover

October 25, 2010

The LFRCA (Lesbian Fiction Readers Choice Award), a program with annual awards for favorite lesbian fiction and favorite lesbian fiction book covers, just announced the results for the awards for favorite book covers of 2009.

Second Nature was one of the book covers that received the most votes.

The other favorite book covers of 2009 were:

Everafter




The Sublime and Spirited Voyage of Original Sin




Thief of Always




Veil of Sorrow




Warming Trend

Congratulations to Sheri, the graphic artist who created the cover of Second Nature, and thanks to the members of the LFRCA.

By the way, the LFRCA is a yahoo group that anyone can join.

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The Gender Genie

October 12, 2010

There are a lot of cool Web sites for writers out there. I blogged about Wordle before, but now I have discovered another fun tool.

The Gender Genie uses an algorithm to predict the gender of a text’s author.

The reasoning behind it is that women communicate in a connective, “involved” way, so they use more possessive pronouns (my, our…), while men write in a more informative and concrete way, so they use more articles (a, the) or quantifiers (two, some…).

Apparently, the Gender Genie has an accuracy rate of 80 percent. It works best on fiction and with longer entries (well over 500 words).

So I tried it out with “Babysitter Material” and “Second Nature,” since both stories have scenes written from a female and scenes written from a male point of view.

For chapter one of Second Nature, which is told from Jorie’s POV, the Gender Genie says:

Female Score: 2108
Male Score: 1400

The Gender Genie thinks the author of this passage is: female!

Chapter 2, written from Griffin’s POV:

Female Score: 8361
Male Score: 7383

The Gender Genie thinks the author of this passage is: female!

For one of the scenes written from Cedric’s POV, the result looks like this:

Female Score: 684
Male Score: 883

The Gender Genie thinks the author of this passage is: male!

I got the same results for Babysitter Material. The scenes written from a female character’s POV were judged to be written by a female writer, while the scenes in male POV were judged to be written by a man.

I was pleased with the results. I take it to mean that I apparently change my style and voice to fit the POV character.

But it made me wonder… what about Luke? I mentioned before that some of my test readers consistently called her “she,” while others used “he,” and some test readers switched between male and female pronouns when talking about Luke.

So I tested the scenes which were written from Luke’s POV in Hidden Truths.

Interestingly, most of the scenes came back as written by a female author, especially those scenes in which Luke interacts with her family or with Tess. But for two scenes in which Luke is riding with her ranch hands the Gender Genie judged them to be written by a male author.

Interesting.

Try it out with one of your chapters or stories. What does the Gender Genie say?

By the way, this is what the Gender Genie had to say about this blog post, so take it with a grain of salt:

Female Score: 515
Male Score: 552

The Gender Genie thinks the author of this passage is: male!

🙂

 

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free short story

September 22, 2010

My publisher, L-Book, offers a free short story sequel to Second Nature.

The title of the short story is Babysitter Material. Some of you might have already discovered it on my Web site, but now you can download it as a free e-book (epub, mobipocket, or Adobe pdf).

If you haven’t read Second Nature or any of the other short stories, you could still read Babysitter Material, but I suspect you’ll enjoy it more if you have read the previous stories.

Here‘s the correct chronological order (top to bottom).

Enjoy!

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“Goldie” short list

April 13, 2010

The GCLS (Golden Crown Literary Society) is beginning to post the short lists for the 2010 “Goldie” awards. Not all categories are up, but Second Nature (speculative fiction) and Backwards to Oregon (historical romance) are both on the short list for their category.

Congrats to all other authors whose novels were shortlisted.

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cultural difference 5: colors

April 11, 2010

No, the colors themselves are not different in Germany. But in some idioms, we use different colors or the colors have different meanings. For example, “to be blue” means to be sad in English, but in German, it means to be drunk! “Blau machen” (to “make blue”) means to skip work, usually due to being hung over. And apparently, bruises have a different color in the US 🙂

Here’s a list of color idioms:

English German translation
bruised = black and blue grün und blau green and blue
green with envy gelb/blass vor Neid yellow/pale with envy
black eye blaues Auge blue eye
until you’re blue in the face bis du schwarz wirst until you turn black
pink slip blauer Brief blue letter
to see pink elephants weiße Mäuse sehen to see white mice
green about the gills blass um die Nase pale about the nose

When I was writing Second Nature, I also noticed that there are many different ways to refer to the color of a cat’s coat. Will, one of the cats in Second Nature, looks like this:

I would personally refer to him as a red cat, but most of my US test readers said he’s an orange tabby or a ginger tabby. Or they used the term “Marmalade.”

So, what would you call him? Other than “cute,” that is 🙂

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