UPDATE: The winner is…Nancy Ku!
Why do I do this?
Tomorrow, Stranded releases! And it’s hard for me to convey how excited I am about this book!
For one, I LOVE curating short story collections. I began putting them together for Cleis Press, and “graduated” to editing and publishing my own, with the help of my sister, Elle James. Why do I love doing this work? It’s my baby, start to finish. I come up with the concept, I advertise like crazy to entice authors to submit, and then I get to read tons of great stories while sifting around to find “the ones” that fit together best.
This is work I’d love to do for the rest of my life—along with writing fun, action-packed, sexy tales of my own, of course. It’s another hat to wear. A change of pace.
If you look at the right-hand column of this blog, you can see all the collections I’ve curated. They are varied, although of late, I’ve been having a blast with the “bad boy” theme. Rogues, Blue Collar, Pirates… They’ve been so much fun. And Conquests, while not officially part of the series, started me out on the “bad boys”.
Another part of what I’m trying to do with these collections is to get all my authors read and discovered. I’ve been in this business for a really long time. I love that I’ve helped authors along the way find an audience. By offering all the collections for a pittance, my hope is that readers take a chance and read the books. This isn’t about making money. Seriously. It’s about being read and discovered.
The book is already out in print, so if you need to hold a book in your hand, you can order your copy now. If you love reading on your iPad or cellphone, the eBook drops tomorrow!
Over the next however long it takes, I, along with some of the authors, will be giving you glimpses inside the stories in Stranded, as well as sharing a bit about ourselves and our inspirations. And there will be contests with prizes–signed books, gift cards, some free downloads!
We hope you’ll join us, and if you don’t want to miss a thing, subscribe to this blog!
Just because I want to start your reading habit here and now,
I’ll offer one $5 Amazon gift card to a lucky commenter.