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A little heads-up about an exciting promo month that's just around the corner now. My blogging day is January 16th, but as you'll see there's a heap of Aussie and Kiwi authors participating, so it promises to be great!

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For the entire month of January, Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words is showcasing 28 authors from Australia and New Zealand. Journey by way of these authors stories and settings through the mountainous regions and rocky coasts, and cities of New Zealand, or the vastly different and beautiful territories of Australia! Get to know the authors and let them act as your travel guides, introducing you to faraway countries, places they call home.

Think everyone in the US, CAN, AUS, and NZ all speak the same English? Oh the joy of discovering what an “esky”, “chilly bin”, “jandals”, “mozzie” or even a “woop-woop” is. Each day brings a new author, new books, new giveaways and, yes, new surprises.

In addition to these wonderful authors and their novels, Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words has multiple event prizes to be awarded to readers who participate in the Down Under Author Showcase Scavenger Hunt. Visit each author’s page in January, search out the Scavenger Hunt word or phrase, and then follow the directions on the Showcase page at our website.

For all the details and information for our first January Down Under Author Showcase, visit http://scatteredthoughtsandroguewords.com

Check out our participating authors below (in no particular order):

N.R. Walker * Christian Baines * Anne Barwell * Nic Starr * Renae Kaye * Meredith Shayne * John Terry Moore * John Wiltshire * Lily Veldon * Barry Lowe * L.J. LaBarthe * Beany Sparks * Jack Byrne * Nicki J. Markus * Michelle Rae * A.B. Gayle * Lisa Harris * Isabelle Rowan * N.J. Nielson * Bette Browne * Lisa Henry * Toni Griffin * Pelaam * RJ Jones * Penny Brandon * Cecil Wilde * Ellen Cross * Maggie Nash

Plus Down Under publishers:
Wayward Ink Press * BDPublications
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My Cutting Out blog tour has now come to its conclusion, with the following posts:

I talk about Australia versus New Zealand at Two Men Are Better Than One (and highlight a HILARIOUS video from a Flight of the Conchords episode)

At My Fiction Nook, there's an exclusive excerpt from the book, plus a 4-star review from Sandra, who says:

I loved the descriptions of the landscape, loved how the author didn't shy back from showing the reality of shearing, working with sheep, and how hard these men work for the money they make. The writing is crisp, straight-forward, realistic and organic. A wonderfully rounded story, a character study of two men, and a romance that is, while quiet, also strong and enduring.

 

I'm also delighted to report that Cutting Out has been nominated in two categories in the Goodreads Member's Choice Awards - Best Contemporary/Mainstream and Best Blue Collar. Thanks so much to those who nominated it!

You have to be a member of the group to vote, but if you are, the topic at the group is here. Voting opens November 28th.

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The Cutting Out blog tour continues! Over the last few days I've been getting around the place with some interviews and blog posts. At all these blog stops, the giveaway is running, so don't forget to enter! You can find the posts at the following links:

- I answer some great interview questions from Gen at SydneyGen Reads

- I talk about shearing competitions at Erotica For All

- The Novel Approach gets some of my gushing about Queenstown, plus some photos of the gorgeous Otago-region scenery

- The Aussie accent and slang is the subject of my blog post at Zipper Rippers

- I talk about the life of a New Zealand shearer at Hearts on Fire Reviews

- Finally, CJ Baty interviews me over at her blog. I manage to talk about my love of reality TV once again!

 

 

 
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So I've been tagged by the lovely Nic Starr to participate in the Meet the Character Blog Hop, where those of us who are so inclined talk a little bit about the characters from our latest books. Nic introduced us to Dave Simpson, from her upcoming release A Day at a Time. You can read more about Dave in Nic's post here. A Day at a Time will be out on October 29th, and you can preorder it from Dreamspinner Press here.

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Blurb

Sean Vargos is quiet, well respected, and dedicated to his job. But Dave Simpson sees Sean as more than a coworker. He's fought his attraction to Sean for months but can't get him out of his thoughts.

They tentatively embark on a relationship, but Sean isn’t all that he seems. He struggles to put his past behind him and overcome his fears.

Dave, with his good looks and open nature, accepts that sometimes Sean’s doubts get the better of him and he runs. Dave just wants the chance to show Sean he can be trusted and the past doesn't have to dictate their future.

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Now it's time for you to meet Shane, from my newly released novel, Cutting Out.

What is the name of your character?

Shane Cooper, Coop to his friends. "That Aussie bastard" to people who are not his friends. :)

Is he a fictional or a historic person?

Most definitely fictional.

When and where is the story set?

Cutting Out is a contemporary romance set in New Zealand, mostly in the shearing sheds of various sheep farms across the country. Queenstown and Christchurch also feature.

What should we know about him?

He's Australian, something that is rare enough in New Zealand that everybody constantly comments on it. He's been in New Zealand for 10 years, after leaving Australia for reasons that he never talks about. He's a shearer at the top of his game, earning the title of gun shearer without breaking a sweat. He turns 40 during the course of the story, and all he sees when he looks in the mirror is the grey in his hair and the crows feet at the corners of his eyes.

What is the main conflict? What messes up his life?

Meeting a young shearer by the name of Lachlan Moore. Fifteen years Shane's junior, when we meet Lachie he's a bit of a party boy, but then he suffers a personal tragedy during the Christchurch earthquake that changes his life forever. Shane wants to get to know Lachie more than he's wanted anything for a while, but Lachie's issues build a sturdy, almost-insurmountable wall between them.

What is the personal goal of the character?

To have a quiet, peaceful life. He's ready to settle down and find someone who's more than just a one-night fling.

Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it?

The book is called Cutting Out, and it's available now from Bottom Drawer Publications

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Blurb

A twenty-year veteran of the shearing shed, Aussie Shane Cooper loves his job, and the home he’s made for himself in New Zealand. If he’s a little lonely, he’s got good mates to keep his spirits up. When a hot, cocky young shearer named Lachlan Moore catches his eye at a competition, he’s content to look but not touch, knowing the young man is out of his league.


Lachie wouldn’t mind a piece of Shane, but the gorgeous gun shearer from Australia is soon forgotten when the Christchurch earthquake hits, and tragedy strikes Lachie’s family. Lachie deals with it the best he can, cutting himself off from all he knows. A year later and he’s back in the shearing shed, out of practice and lacking confidence. That Shane’s there to watch him flounder doesn’t help his nerves.


As Lachlan struggles to re-acclimatise, Shane can’t resist giving him a hand to get back on his feet. As they move from friends to something more, Shane finds himself wanting to know everything he can about Lachie. But Lachie’s got secrets he desperately wants to keep, and when things come to a head, those secrets might just mean the end of them before they’ve truly begun.


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Now to introduce you to the two authors who I'm handing the blog hop baton to. Both of these lovely ladies will be posting on November 3rd, so watch out for their posts. Enjoy the rest of the blog hop!


LJ LaBarthe (Blog: http://misslj_author.livejournal.com/)


A long-term friend of mine, LJ has just released Mythica from Bottom Drawer Publications.


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Caiden Jones is part-selkie and lives an idyllic life by the sea in South Australia. He’s had his fair share of disappointments, like being kept out of the Navy due to his mythica status, but overall he’s got a pretty good life. Until he’s in the wrong place at the right time.


Cai steps in to subdue an out-of-control minotaur and in the process suffers a serious injury to his ribs. As Cai struggles to breathe, a gorgeous suit-clad sy’lph with mesmerising blue eyes races to his rescue. When it’s learned that the minotaur was poisoned, the sy’lph, Gray, makes it his personal mission to keep Cai and his family safe.


Cai has always harboured some resentment towards the sy’lph because of their easy acceptance into the community, so the attraction he feels for Gray takes him by surprise. But how can they find out what this might mean when the lives of Cai and his family are endangered by someone closer than they realise?


Renae Kaye (Blog: http://renaekaye.weebly.com/renae-blogs)


Renae is a woman after my own heart; that is, she likes to write about shearers. Her new release, The Shearing Gun, is available from Dreamspinner Press.


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Blurb


At twenty-five, Hank owns a small parcel of land in Australia’s rural southwest where he supplements his income from the property with seasonal shearing. Hank is a “shearing gun”—an ace shearer able to shear large numbers of sheep in a single day. His own father kicked him out when his sexuality was revealed, and since no one would ever hire a gay shearer, Hank has remained firmly closeted ever since.


Elliot is the newbie doctor in town—city-born and somewhat shell-shocked from his transplant to the country. When a football injury brings Hank to Elliot’s attention, an inappropriate sexual glance and the stuttered apology afterward kickstarts their friendship. Romance and love soon blossom, but it’s hard for either of them to hope for anything permanent. As if the constant threat of being caught isn’t enough, Elliot’s contract runs out after only a year.
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I've spent a teeth-grindingly frustrating afternoon formatting Truce for publication through All Romance ebooks for those of you who like to have your freebies in ebook form, and eventually came out victorious. I have now confirmed that section breaks are a tool of Satan. Not that I didn't know that before.

Anyway! Truce now has a pretty cover, courtesy of my good friend LJ LaBarthe, and is available in PDF, Mobi and ePub formats here, still absolutely 100% free.

I did my best to check all the formatting, but there's only so many times you can read something and still see the things that are wrong with it, so if there's any formatting that makes you want to stab your eyes out in any of the file formats, please let me know and I'll do my best to fix it. Proof of bleeding eyeballs not required.
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The #bandslash blog tour continues on Jet's blog with Piper Vaughn & Mj O'shea's 'Lucky Moon' rockstar series!

Go here for the interview with Piper and MJ

 

On Saturday, at 3pm US EST, I will be at the Dreamspinner Press Goodreads group doing a chat. It'll be Sunday morning for me, so if you come and talk to me you'll get to see what I'm like when I first wake up, so that'll be fun! I will be doing a giveaway during the chat, the exact details of which have yet to be decided, but I'm pondering it. I'll post the link to the chat when I have it. I hope to see you there!



PS. I think I forgot to post the original #bandslash post here. If you click on this link it'll explain everything. The first giveaway is done and dusted though, alas, but there's still one to go, and lots of interesting interviews in between!
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It's obviously the week to get a free copy of my book!

First of all, you can win a copy of Metal Heart via the #bandslash blog tour, if you comment on the first post at Babes in Boyland.

If you go here, to Reviews by Jessewave, you can sling your name into the hat to win another free copy. Have at it, kids!

Sales!

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Various places where you can find my books are having sales at the moment:

JMS Books are having 30% off ebooks all weekend (Reasonable Force).

At Torquere Press you can get 15% off your order all weekend with the code memday2012 (Rust Red: Galvanized)

Dreamspinner are entering the final week of their 5th birthday celebration, and that means that you can get my DSP books for 20% off until May 31st (Equilibrium paperback and ebook, and Tinsel and Dust)

Happy shopping!
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Hello blogland, long time no speak! While I admit that I am a terrible blogger under usual circumstances, I am not generally this bad. But when your book suddenly decides that it wants to be 20,000 words longer than you originally thought, and you'd like to get it done before the end of the century, there's no choice but to put your head down, your bum up, and not stop until the very last word is written. I'm thrilled to be able to report that the last word was written last night, and it has been submitted. After I submitted it I felt a lot like how I used to feel when I was at Uni, after all my exams were over: like a weight had lifted from me, and I was free at last, free at last. Tonight I feel a lot like how I felt when I submitted my PhD: vaguely nervous, somewhat unsettled, and like I should be doing something instead of lollygagging about. Every time I remember that I'm finished and I've given myself a couple of weeks off writing, it's a little bit of a shock.

So, anyway. The novel is called Metal Heart, it's around 88,500 words, and it's the same story that I talked about in this post, when I posted a little snippet of it. I'm not very good at waiting, but hopefully I'll hear whether it's been accepted soon. Cross your fingers and toes for me, poppets!

In other writing related news, my good friend LJ Labarthe interviewed me for her blog, and the interview is posted here, so you can have a look at that if the mood takes you. I do a fair bit of waffling about being Australian, and about Brokeback Mountain, and also say why I am a cactus. Who wouldn't want to know that, I ask you?

Brief Encounters reviews also reviewed my Torquere Press Color Box, Rust Red: Galvanized, here, and gave it a B, so yay to that! In her review, Tam says:

I really enjoyed this follow-up, watching the guys work it out, seeing Chris’ fear but his determination not to be that guy who nearly lost Adam in the first book. I liked the author’s voice, and those who enjoyed the first one will equally enjoy this glimpse at the guys.

Which is very nice of her. And let's not forget that the prequel to Rust Red: Galvanized, Eyes Wide Shut, is available as a freebie in various places, and freebies are always good.

Right, that's me done, I'm off to read a book, because I can do that now, and hopefully it won't be another two months before I post again!
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Dreamspinner are having a "12 days of Christmas" promotion at their website from now until December 31st. The specials are being advertised in the DSP newsletter, but since the newsletter with the first lot of specials has gone out, here are the first 6 days worth of goodies:

Dec. 20 - 30% off all historicals

Dec. 21 - Free copy of Infected: Prey by Andrea Speed

Dec. 22 - 30% off all Westerns

Dec. 23 - Free copy of Bounty of Love by Scotty Cade

Dec. 24 - 30% off all Mystery Suspense

Dec. 25 - All ebooks in the Holiday Genre 30% off, all past Advent Sets discounted to $49.99

To take advantage of the final 6 specials, just sign up for the newsletter at the DSP site (Log in to your DSP account, go to "My Bookshelf", and under Email notifications, choose "subscribe or unsubscribe from newletters". Under "My Newsletter Subscriptions", check the box next to "General Newsletter").
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I've had quite a few good things to wake up to this morning which will make getting through my Wednesday a little easier. One of those is that Rust Red: Galvanized is a recommended read at the ARe cafe at the moment, which is fantastic. Check it out here if you're so inclined.
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From September 15-30, All Romance ebooks are offering a 25% rebate on all Dreamspinner titles. The rebate comes in the form of ebook bucks, ARe's in-store currency, which get credited to the customer's account. If you click on the banner above you'll get to all Dreamspinner's titles; if you want to pick up a copy of Equilibrium, you can go here. :)

Speaking of Equilibrium, I'm pleased to announce that I've sold a short story that's a mini-sequel to Equilibrium. It's a Burreela-based Christmas story called Tinsel and Dust, and it will be out in December, just in time for Christmas. :)
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To win a copy of Eyes Wide Shut, the prequel to my upcoming Torquere Press release Rust Red: Galvanized, take a mosey on over to The Romance Studio and comment on this post.
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I've got some posts up at The Romance Studio talking about Equilibrium, and anyone who comments to one of those posts will go into a draw to win a copy of the book. The posts are here and here, and I hope to see you there!
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This weekend I'll be joining a whole bevy of fabulous authors at The Romance Studio's End of Summer Bash. I'll be giving away a copy of Equilibrium, and a copy of Eyes Wide Shut in anticipation of the releast of Rust Red: Galvanized. Hopefully I'll see some of you there!

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