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Word on a Wing by Jamie Craig

by on Jun.05, 2010, under New Releases

Word on a Wing by Jamie Craig

Title Word on a Wing
Author Jamie Craig
ISBN# 978-1-60820-156-3 (print) $14.99
978-1-60820-157-0 (ebook) $6.99
Release Date April 2010
Cover Artist Deana C. Jamroz
Paperback: 248 pages
Available At: MlrBooks (ebook)
Amazon.com (paperback)
Barnes & Noble (paperback)

Young, directionless Casey Eller is the perfect bait for a trap Sheriff Kirkland’s been laying for fifteen years. On Christmas Eve, he uses Casey to stage incriminating photos of the most powerful man in town, a brutal sadist who takes his pleasure from torturing his subs. A man whose cruelty has only grown since Kirkland subbed for him.

When Casey ends up hurt, Kirkland realizes his mistake. Ashamed of himself, he treats Casey’s injuries and offers the unconditional acceptance and devotion that a slave craves from his Master. Kirkland knows he can’t give Casey a lifetime, but will two days be enough for either of them?

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CHAPTER 1

The car speakers blasted David Bowie’s Station to Station, the highway was empty except for the occasional oncoming headlights, and the yellow lines seemed to extend all the way to the stars. Casey drove with the window down, the wind cool enough to keep him alert, despite the dime bag he had split with Ned. Everything was elastic and free, and Casey couldn’t imagine a more perfect night. His fingers tattooed a rhythm against the steering wheel, and he murmured along with the well-known lyrics, singing under his breath, soaring higher with each verse.

Casey thought he could drive forever. He was almost tempted to do just that. He had a full tank of gas, a wallet full of hundred- dollar bills, and enough pot under the seat to get him through the week. If he did keep driving, nobody would notice he was missing. The wheels humming against the pavement kept time with the music, hypnotizing him into his own daydreams. By dawn, he could be on the other side of the state. By the following night, he could be hundreds of miles from the shitty town he called home, from his shitty family, from his shitty friends. (continue reading…)

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Bound To Please by Kimberly Gardner

by on Mar.13, 2010, under New Releases

Bound To Please by Kimberly Gardner

Title Bound To Please
Author Kimberly Gardner
ISBN# 978-1-60820-044-3 (print)
978-1-60820-045-0 (ebook)
Release Date February 2010
Cover Artist Anne Cain
Paperback: 332 pages
Available At: MlrBooks (ebook)

Brought together for pleasure, bound together by love.

Jason doesn’t do monogamy, and as a much sought-after Dom he doesn’t have to. But when he gets the chance to play with Benny, his sweet young assistant who wants only to please him, Jason holds back.

Benny’s no sub, but for a chance to be with the sexy Dom he’s sure he can change. Except he’s only fooling himself, and deep down he knows it.

Enter Rain, a sexy badboy who’s got a taste for the lash and pretty young things, like Benny. What’s a man to do when the two men he lusts after are determined that even a hook-up is not in the cards? Why, orchestrate one single night of pleasure, of course.

But when the whip comes down, and one night isn’t enough, it’s love, not leather, that’s bound to please.

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Chapter One

“Jason, are you sure these ropes will hold me?” The young man’s slender body swayed in the rope harness. To and fro. To and fro.

Benny gulped and averted his eyes. Not for the first time, he wondered how the models stood it, hanging there like that, sometimes for an hour or more, motionless, while Jason took roll after roll of pictures.

“They’ll hold.” Jason peered through the viewfinder at the blue-haired young man suspended in an elaborate crisscross of brightly colored ropes, his ass mere inches above the point of an evil-looking torture device.

“I just don’t want to end up with that point up my ass is all. What did you say that thing was called again?”

“It’s a Judas cradle. They used to use it to torture people during the Inquisition. The person’s own body weight was used to drive the point home, so to speak. Now, stop squirming, baby, or I’ll never get this shot right.” Jason frowned and made some adjustment or other to the camera.

The model was naked except for the red and purple ropes cradling him. The colors were perfect, contrasting beautifully with his pale skin. His hair fell in a luxurious sweep like a bright blue waterfall. (continue reading…)

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Writers should write

by on Jun.14, 2009, under Author Posts

I write books. I think I’m pretty good at it. A lot of people have told me they like my novels, and a few publishers have put their money on the line believing the same thing. But that’s the extent of what I offer in the process of making the actual book. When I hand my finished ms over to my editor I know it’s not done. In fact, this is only the beginning of the journey. My editor will go over it and send it back to me with observations on what does or does not work. It’s up to me then to work on fixing or making it clear why I don’t think something should be changed. Then the ms goes to my copyeditor who looks at a lot of issues and also offers suggestions for change. All of these people have one goal in mind, to help me produce the best book possible.

While this is going on a cover is worked on. I have very little to do with this beyond making some suggestions on what I want the book to look like. I make no attempt to design the thing, or create any of the graphics or title text or layout. I enjoy the chance to collaborate with the chosen artist, but this is not my area of expertise. I’m a firm believer that covers are key to book sales – especially if you are an unknown name. J.K Rowlings doesn’t have to worry about what her covers look like, she has only to put her name on it. Few of us have that luxury. So I want the best cover possible.

A few authors who take on the roll of editor, graphic artist, publisher and book marketer are successful at it. The vast majority are not. They waste their money and the paper used to print their books on. The world is full of more badly written, badly edited books today than ever in the history of publishing. Why? Because anybody can publish a book today. Harsh words, but true. Everybody who owns a computer has some kind of word processing software. Having the software does no render the user capable of creating good fiction. Owning a web cam or movie making software does not make a person a film maker. Owning desktop publishing software does not make someone a graphic designer. Like bad books, I think there is a surfeit of bad book trailers out there on YouTube.

I’ve spent the last month or so studying the trailers that people are producing and had pretty much decided not to bother trying to make one. Almost all the ones I saw were simply not exciting. They didn’t catch my attention and I couldn’t see why they would create any kind of interest in the book they were selling. Then I saw some that did work, and when they did, they were phenomenal. I’m now sold on book trailers as another marketing tool, IF THEY ARE WELL MADE. No, maybe there’s no quantitative statistics on how much they boost book sales. But then I don’t think there’s any data on how much anything we do boosts sales. Ads in the New York Times don’t sell books, TV ads don’t sell books, book tours sell a few books, but I doubt if any of them pay for the travel expenses. Reviews alone don’t necessarily sell books. In fact no one know what sells books. Not the big publishers, not the book stores, not the man on the street. I use all the tools available to me in my price range to get my name out there. In the end though, all I can do is write a damn good book and hope it finds its readers. I’ll leave all the other tools I want to use in the hands of the experts who know what they are doing.

Pat Brown’s latest release Geography of Murder is now available in ebook from MLR Press.

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