Did you survive Valentine’s Day, kitten? I did… but it was a close thing. Holy fuck. Key among things I have learned this week:
DO NOT launch two titles in one week.
This is a variant of last spring’s lesson, in which I learned – DO NOT launch two titles six weeks apart. You’d think this year’s lesson would be implicit in last year’s lesson. But no, apparently, I had to learn it all on my own, again.
I ended up having possibly the most insane, intense week of my life
So, to catch you up…
DELAYED VALENTINE, the second episode in TEXT ME, CUPID launched! We cracked some top-1000 and top-200 lists and categories, so I was pretty happy about that (#perspective—there are 4,000,000+ books on Amazon right now—“We’re #1000!” is actually not so bad). I had an insane 12-hour Facebook Party in the Indie Readers Party Room on February 13. It was crazy. It was fabulous. It cemented for me that my dirty mind is NOTHING compared to your dirty minds. But I love it. I love your dirty minds. 🙂
In honour of the launch of Delayed Valentine, Messy Christmas (episode one) was free all week. If you’re here on February 17—today’s the last day! Go get it!
GET MESSY CHRISTMAS (free until Feb 17)
On February 12, the YYC Queer Writers and I launched SCREW CHOCOLATE. And we had… are you read for this? Ok, so this is a launch party of a little niche anthology on a cold February night during the COLDEST winter Calgary has seen in decades. We didn’t just had a full house, we had standing room only.
We are ridiculously happy.
Here’s us being ridiculously happy:
And here are the links to our book:
- AMAZON, Screw Chocolate 1: e-book & paperback
- AMAZON, Screw Chocolate 2: e-book & paperback
- Kobo, Screw Chocolate 1: e-book
- Kobo, Screw Chocolate 2: e-book
- Also available at CHAPTERS Indigo and hopefully all the other usual places
In Calgary, swing by Owl’s Nest to get your copy!
On Valentine’s Day proper, Beatrice Aucoin, one of the contributing authors to Screw Chocolate (who also has a brilliant piece in Queer Christmas in Cowtown), talked about our project with CJSW 90.9 FM’s DJ Andy on their Phono Synthesis Show. You can listen to it here—we’re at the 23 minute mark:
And here we are taking pictures in the studio, because we are 12 and we don’t get out much:
In the evening of Valentine’s Day, I was part of the Bloody Offensive #grabback event at Owl’s Nest.
It was an exhilarating night featuring women authors being… offensive. Or rather… outspoken. Honest. Raw.
Which, sadly, is too often interpreted as offensive.
I practiced reading an excerpt from Messy Christmas for the event—the first part of the “Sex, Stick and Carrot” chapter, you know?—but at the last minute, I decided that my piece “Therapy,” from Queer Christmas in Cowtown, would work better.
The evening’s readings were filmed, so I’ll share a link to that with you as soon as it becomes available.
Here’s a snap of me and the other silver-tongued femmes:
Left to right: Natalie Vacha, Robin van Eck, Sarah L. Johnson, M. Jane Colette, Naomi K. Lewis and Laurie Zottmann
Finally, I come bearing two invitations and an opportunity.
If you missed my (insane, it really was) FB launch party for Delayed Valentine, please come to the Delayed DELAYED VALENTINE Facebook Launch Party happening on Saturday, February 24:
ADDRESS + RSVP FOR FACEBOOK EVENT
I throw great parties, don’t miss it! SAT FEB 24 – noon to 4 pm in my time zone (MST), featuring guest appearances by these sultry and sweet authors: Phoebe Alexander, Cameron Allie, Jenna Howard, Red L. Jameson, Shelley Kassian, Jan O’Hara, Alyssa Linn Palmer, Amanda Siegrist, and Jennifer Snow.
CHERRY PIE CURE IN REAL TIME!
This month, I’m celebrating the one year anniversary of the birth of Cherry Pie Cure and in preparation of the launch of the new MISTRESS OF HER OWN DOMAIN novellas… Susan has her own blog. And Cherry Pie Cure is releasing on it… blog post by blog post. I’m so excited! It’s a great way to give your friends a taste (mmmmm) of the book. Will you? Please and thank you?
WIN A FREE E-READER (AND BOOKS!)
Finally, to help celebrate the release of Delayed Valentine, I’ve teamed up with 45+ fantastic authors to give away a huge collection of romantic comedies and chick lit novels to 2 lucky winners, PLUS a brand new eReader to the Grand Prize winner!
Oh, and did I mention you’ll receive a collection of FREE ebooks just for entering? ;D
You can win Cherry Pie Cure, plus books from authors like Tara Sheets and Kristan Higgins. (Excuse me—OMFG, I’m in the same giveaway as Kristan Higgins, I just DIED.)
Enter the giveaway by clicking here: http://bit.ly/lovelaughs-feb2018
This contest ends… Monday? I think Monday. Monday or Tuesday. You know what? To be safe–enter today.
To be honest, kittens, I’m fucking exhausted and mostly I want to sleep for a week. But I just had this really good idea, so I don’t think that will happen… I’ll tell you about it soon. 🙂
Be naughty, but safe.
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