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Date: 2015-09-03 11:30
Subject: Taking the Lead: Rock Star BDSM Romance now up for pre-order
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Tags:writing news

I just noticed that TAKING THE LEAD is now up for pre-order most places! (In fact Amazon has the paperback at 25% off right now, which means B&N does, too.)

Pre-orders are important to authors especially at B&N and iTunes because all pre-orders count toward the FIRST DAY of sales in those stores, which can really help a book hit the bestseller lists in those stores! And sometimes getting onto one of those lists will help new readers find it which will then help keep those books on the list if they enjoy the book and tell their friends about it!

Note that you can use the IndieBound bookstore finder to find an independent bookstore near you where you can pre-order it: Taking the Lead at Indiebound

Amazon and B&N.com are happy to take order for either ebook OR paperback:

  • Amazon: paperback or ebook

  • Barnes & Noble: paperback or ebook

    And of course there are a bunch of ebook-only stores:

  • Kobo: ebook only

  • iTunes: ebook only

  • Google Play: ebook only

    etc…

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    ceciliatan
    Date: 2015-09-03 10:00
    Subject: Yesterday Girl
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    Mirrored from the latest entry in Daron's Guitar Chronicles.

    (Only 6 days left on the DGC Book Seven launch meme contest to win a $25 Amazon gift card & pack of swag! We don’t have much in the way of entries, guys, so make a meme and send it in! Full rules here: http://blog.ceciliatan.com/archives/2459)

    Digger did show up at the party. Not a big surprise. He weaseled his way in some way or another, whether through connections or sneaking up the fire stairs, who knows.

    But I would not have predicted that he wasn’t the uninvited guest who would cause the biggest ruckus.

    That would be a woman named Janessa. Do you remember that name? I don’t blame you if you didn’t, because I didn’t.

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    ceciliatan
    Date: 2015-09-01 10:00
    Subject: Don’t Get Me Wrong
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    Tags:carynne, forum, los angeles, remo

    Mirrored from the latest entry in Daron's Guitar Chronicles.

    (Welcome to September! We’re back on our Tuesday/Thursday posting schedule! And don’t forget the deadline for the meme contest —click for details— is September 9th! -ctan)

    So the thing about live music is that it’s live. It’s not always predictable. And shit happens. A cracked toilet at the venue makes a flood that shorts out the lights. A dog gets loose and jumps into the grand piano and knocks it out of tune. People get sick or injured. This is one reason why, to me, it’s so important to stay sharp and not just fall into a rut of expecting it to be the same all the time. Because something is always going to make you change or adjust.

    On this particular night some kind of a lighting problem hit us just at the end of a song, right before we had planned to do “Wishing Well,” and to get us and Louis and the show in general back on track we skipped it and decided to insert it later in the set. Fran was fine. Once the show started any nerves she had were blown away and she had given me that circle motion with her hand that meant “move on.”

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    ceciliatan
    Date: 2015-08-30 00:19
    Subject: Magic University Book Four: Cover’s here, launch is 9/15!
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    Tags:general blather

    All righty folks! I’m gearing up for the big finale of Magic University at last. THE POET AND THE PROPHECY goes live on September 15th and can already be pre-ordered at Amazon and Smashwords, with other ebook sellers coming online this week.

    The big cover reveal was Friday at Tor.com and they published the image with my essay on What #FanworksTaughtMe and all the fandom connections in the series, from the inspiration for writing it, to my beta readers, to the fans who wrote Magic U. fanfic themselves, to the cover artist who has done such incredible covers for me! (Check out her store: Art by Fox) Head over to Tor.com to read the essay and see the cover in beautiful full size: http://www.tor.com/2015/08/28/digging-into-fandom-cover-reveal-for-the-poet-and-the-prophecy/

    Bloggers, if you want to get involved in launch events, Rock Star PR is handling the blog tour and everything. Signups are here: http://rockstarlit.com/content/the-poet-and-the-prophecy-magic-university-book-four/

    On launch day I’ll be hosting a Facebook party from 4-5pm and 11-midnight, with other new adult college-setting authors in the hours in between: https://www.facebook.com/events/1647147665517621/

    And I’ll likely do a livechat on my Youtube Channel, exact time TBD!
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    ceciliatan
    Date: 2015-08-27 10:00
    Subject: The Wonderful World of Webcomics. Recs by Lenalena
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    Mirrored from the latest entry in Daron's Guitar Chronicles.

    In this last one of my contributions to the Daron fanposts this summer, I will present you with a few free LGBT-themed webcomics (earlier, we’ve done free short original fiction and free epically long original fiction). There are many, many, many LGBT webcomics, and I encourage you to explore as many as you can. There is a great, comprehensive, list (though not complete, new ones start every day, after all) right here, or you can poke around on Smack Jeeves, for instance, where you can do searches for BL (boy’s love), m/m, gay, transgender, or any other flavor of the rainbow spectrum.

    New webcomics get started every day, many of which will be works-in-progess (WIPs) for a long time. Many sadly get abandoned, and some actually finish.

    Eventually.

    I have selected a few that have managed to keep my attention for several years.

     

    Ones that are Finished.

     

    For those of you that hate WIPs (really? And you’re reading Daron?)

    The Less than Epic Adventures of TJ and Amal by E.K. Weaver

    In the span of a single day, Amal calls off his arranged marriage, comes out to his conservative parents, promptly gets disowned, goes on a bender… and wakes up the next morning to find TJ, a lanky, dreadlocked vagrant, frying eggs and singing Paul Simon in his kitchen.

    TJ claims that the two have made a drunken pact to drive all the way from Berkeley to Providence. As it happens, Amal promised his sister he’d be there for her graduation from Brown University. And TJ, well… TJ has his own reasons…

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    ceciliatan
    Date: 2015-08-27 09:00
    Subject: Hormones, Caffeine, or Writing a Romance novel?
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    Tags:hachette, writing, writing talk

    Right now my nerves are on fire, I’m jittery as hell, and yet I’m also so exhausted I can barely move. I might be about to cry, or scream, or maybe pass out. Why do I feel this way?

    It might be that I gave in to my intense chocolate craving today and had far too much of it than is healthy (plus lots of tea), so perhaps this is caffeine overload.

    It might be that my erratic hormone cycles are about to coalesce into something.

    Or maybe it’s merely that I’m deep in the guts of the rewrite for TAKING THE LEAD, my next romance novel for Hachette/Grand Central/Forever…

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    ceciliatan
    Date: 2015-08-25 09:00
    Subject: Drifting, Falling
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    Tags:ziggy

    Mirrored from the latest entry in Daron's Guitar Chronicles.

    The Digger drill had been depressingly predictable, though I guess there’s a comfort to be found there. Since I wasn’t surprised by anything he said, I also wasn’t deeply affected or hurt by it, merely annoyed as shit.

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    ceciliatan
    Date: 2015-08-20 10:00
    Subject: The Other Side by Chris
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    Mirrored from the latest entry in Daron's Guitar Chronicles.

    Based on Daron’s Guitar Chronicles, Chapter 38 “You’re All I’ve Got Tonight” by Cecilia Tan

    He stood staring into his closet as if it held the secrets to the universe. Would choosing the right outfit really make a difference to what he had planned? He glanced over his shoulder at his bedroom. He had a comfortable bed, currently occupied by his big furry dog. Various hair and skin products littered the dresser. A small jewelry tray sat on top of the chest, filled with a combination of necklaces, earrings, bracelets and watches. Hats and shoes were liberally strewn around the room. Everything seemed so normal.

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    ceciliatan
    Date: 2015-08-18 09:00
    Subject: Crowded House
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    Tags:bart, los angeles, ziggy

    Mirrored from the latest entry in Daron's Guitar Chronicles.

    (Quick announcement! Meme contest! I’m giving away a $25 Amazon gift card and DGC swag as grand prize in a contest for MORE DGC MEMES to celebrate the release of ebook Volume Seven. All the rules and details are posted over here: blog.ceciliatan.com/archives/2459 -ctan)

    There were some press people there during soundcheck and I think possibly to impress them Remo had us do a couple more songs than usual. Which is to say it was one of the few soundchecks where he actually ran the soundcheck instead of me. It being Remo “running” the soundcheck meant he said some things like “Hey, what do you think about running through such-and-such?” and “Why don’t we take another song for a spin.” Like in New York, in LA there were always a lot of extra people around: hangers on from the record company and people with connections and who knows what else.

    Fran was in fine voice but she seemed a little nervous, and Clarice’s reaction to that was to tease her mercilessly about it. “Look at you, you’d think you never saw a microphone before. It ain’t going to bite you,” that kind of thing.

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    ceciliatan
    Date: 2015-08-11 09:00
    Subject: California Uber Alles
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    Tags:los angeles, ziggy

    Mirrored from the latest entry in Daron's Guitar Chronicles.

    (Site news: If you missed it last week, we launched a contest for more memes! Grand prize winner gets a $25 Amazon gift card and a pack of DGC swag and books, plus 5 runners up get swag bags. Details here: Meme Contest Rules -ctan)


    Confession time. (I know, I know, that’s all the time. But this one is special.) I had a little bit of a fantasy from time to time that without me Ziggy was leading an out of control diva workaholic life, in which he was being slowly driven insane by the pressures of fame and the alienation, from which of course the only rescue or relief was to be found in my arms. This was partly how I explained to myself stuff like, oh, him showing up solo at a random airport hotel seemingly just to see me: that was him escaping from his celebrity tabloid life and getting a good solid dose of down-to-earth Daron medicine.

    I know there were times he was trapped behind the wall of his entourage, or by his public facade. I liked the idea of coming to his rescue.

    I’ll let you decide who came to whose rescue, though, that particular morning in Los Angeles. I woke up with with my arms full of him and for a while I couldn’t remember where we were or why we were there or where we needed to be next.

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