Why I Am Not My Own Publicist

Posted: September 18, 2014 in Uncategorized

Anyone who’s coming to this blog looking for regular content is probably pretty quick on the realization that I don’t use it very often. Why is that? Well, the easiest guess is that if I’m blogging HERE, I’m not working on writing anywhere else, which is where my focus should be right now. My name is out there, sure, but the Internet is a reeeeeeeeeeally big place, and the better way to get it more out there is to keep writing more and keep submitting more.

So why not maintain this blog on the side? Plenty of other people do too, right?

To be honest — and I’m not sure I can be more honest than this — I’m not a blogger. It’s not where I want my attention to go. I’m a storyteller, not a journalist (by which I mean I don’t keep a journal).

Secondly, people use blogs, and Twitter, and Facebook, and God only knows what else to market themselves. It’s kind of a sad thing, in my opinion, to use one’s Twitter account to blast book sales and then retweet other people’s book sales in the hopes that they’ll blast your own back to everyone else. And — in the interest of full disclosure — for a little while I did just that. I joined the Twitter echo chamber and tried to make it mine.

Why did I quit? Because there has to be more to writing than passive-aggressive begging people to pimp out your own books for you. It might be old fashioned of me, but if someone does or doesn’t like my books, it’s hopefully because they tried READING THE ACTUAL BOOK. Call me crazy, but isn’t that the way it’s supposed to work? I hear your book is good; I buy it; I say if I like it or not. I don’t like it; I tell people; they don’t buy your book, either. I don’t care how hi-tech this world gets, even in 2014, word of mouth matters.

I’m going to keep writing for word of mouth. I’m going to keep writing for people who read an old book of mine and think they might like a new one. I’m going to keep writing because I should be writing instead of blogging, or tweeting, or whatever. I do an occasional tweet or two over on the Twitter account, but I adamantly refuse to beg people to buy what I write or hope for lightning in a bottle — if I’m ever fortunate enough to still be writing, it’ll be because enough people like what I write and want more of it, not because I opened up the proverbial trench coat and shook my goodies for everybody to see.

I’ll still keep this blog up, and I’ll still write on it when time permits and when more people want more content on it. Until then, there’s more important work to be doing.

The Bride and the Iron Hand

Posted: December 23, 2013 in Uncategorized

It’s been a long time coming, but I’m finally free to make the announcement that’s been almost a whole season in waiting –

My follow-up to The Iron Hand’s Good Wife is finally published, and here’s a twist: it’s a prequel. The Bride and the Iron Hand takes us back to Hugh Isarnon, the strong-handed hero of the first book, as a younger nobleman. King Edgar, whose death was a catalyst for the plot of the book, is still alive and well and in search of a bride. Hugh is swept up into this plan by a fellow nobleman and friend, Aethelwald, and before he knows it, Hugh is caught up in the struggle between both men and the one woman they lust over — readers of Good Wife might know just who wins that particular struggle, but it’s my hope that they won’t feel cheated by knowing too much ahead of time. I also hope that watching the burgeoning relationship between a younger Elena and Hugh might give a glimpse into the foundation they build together, and the romance that slowly blossoms over both novels.

The Bride and the Iron Hand is available from Blushing Books, and can be bought direct at the links below. I hope that readers will be willing to return to my little slice of Anglo-Saxon England and the characters that have come to life there — for them, and for myself.

Buy it from Blushing Books: http://www.blushingbooks.com/index.php?l=product_detail&p=2650

Buy it from Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Bride-Iron-Hand-C-Masterson-ebook/dp/B00HHYMYQU/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1388024349&sr=1-1

Buy it from Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-bride-and-the-iron-hand-blushing-books/1117804977?ean=2940149001033

The Bride and Iron Hand - Cover

The Bride and Iron Hand – Cover

So the place has gotten a little dusty over the last few months, hasn’t it? That’s just the way of things, I suppose — this is a place I’m intending to use for current news. If there’s no news, then there’s really nothing current to talk about, is there?

I’ve been kicking around a blog post on this for months, but I’m not any closer to writing it now. Maybe someday.

But seeing as there is current news to share, what better time than now?

Things are still in the beginning stages, but with any luck, I’m hoping to make a sale on a second project very soon. I wish I could say more, but until things are signed and certain legal thingamajigs are handled, I don’t want to spoil anything. However, I can say that it’s my hope that fans of The Iron Hand’s Good Wife will be very happy with what’s coming.

That’s all from the underground for tonight. Party on, party-on-ers.

Hey, I’m on the Internet!

Posted: June 14, 2013 in Uncategorized

No irony here, I assure you. Just a fun little detail I noticed yesterday — I was checking one of the old Wikipedia articles I used while researching The Iron Hand’s Good Wife and noticed this little addition:

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My apologies if it’s hard to read. My book is listed on the “Æthelred the Unready” page under the “Cultural References” page and gives a brief mention of his role in the book. That’s kinda cool, right?

Just something worth noting. Carry on.

Who Likes Free Stuff?

Posted: May 7, 2013 in Uncategorized

It’s not shameless pandering for hits if I’m actually letting the truth … right?

Anyway, for anyone who might have seen the new Collaborations link at the top of the page, Sara Peal (one of my Blushing Mischief co-authorettes) and I are putting our own short erotica stories up for sale. Just putting ourselves out there, trying to offer some good stuff for cheap, in the hopes that we can contribute to a few happy endings, as it were.

The third of these, called “Unspoken Rules,” just went up a few days ago. To mark this occasion, we’ve decided to put it up for a free promo: for the dates of May 8th and 9th (that’s 05/08/13 and 05/09/13, if you’re curious), the book will be absolutely free.

So download it, take a look and see what you think. If you like it, maybe a certain novel about good wives and iron-handed men might be up your alley too, mm?

Here’s the link: http://www.amazon.com/Unspoken-Rules-Fantasies-ebook/dp/B00CMX7XVM/ref=la_B00C2EZUMA_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1367973372&sr=1-6

The song’s now playing in your head in the background while you read this. You’re welcome!

Blushing Mischief’s next anthology is out, which we’ve called A Spank in Time II: The Spanks You Missed. Here’s the cover:

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It’s in the usual style of our Blushing Mischief releases, so you know a little bit of what to expect. My story in this collection, “Painting Venus,” inspired an upcoming project I’m hoping to start very soon, so that’s some very exciting stuff.

The Amazon release will be right around the corner, so here’s a link to the publisher’s website: http://www.blushingbooks.com/index.php?l=product_detail&p=2395

There’s more news coming soon, with luck.

Party on.

 

Release Day

Posted: April 27, 2013 in Uncategorized

The day is finally here, when my book is out and it’s time for the reading public to make up its own mind about my little story about Saxon kings and sarcastic Scotsmen.

… what? It has those things.

A couple of things about it have changed, the most obvious of which is the title. The original short was called “A Good Life,” but the full title of the book is now “The Iron Hand’s Good Wife.” Bit of a mouthful, but that’s the way it goes in this business.

The book itself has been available on Blushing Books’ website for about a week now, but I’ve been waiting for the Amazon page to show up as well. The links are posted below –

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Iron-Hands-Good-Wife-ebook/dp/B00CK0V606/ref=sr_1_cc_1?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1367115565&sr=1-1-catcorr&keywords=iron+hand+good+wife

Blushing Books: http://www.blushingbooks.com/index.php?l=product_detail&p=2381

Thanks for your time and attention everyone. Now to figure out what the next project will be!

Party on.