Monday, November 24, 2014

Fall Blog Tour and Author Spotlights Come to an End #FallingInLove

So in case you've been wondering if there was a limit to the blog tours as of late... this is it.  At least for now.  I'd like to thank all of the authors that participated.  Hopefully this exposure will help all of us.  Thanks especially to Tina Gayle for setting most of this up and giving me the info to get into contact with the other authors.  I hope to do this again in the near future.

After Geek Galaxy and Beyond!

Geek Galaxy has come and gone, but what's next for The BulletProof Ghost?

If you read this blog or frequent the Twitter feed, you'll know that last weekend, I took The BulletProof Ghost to Geek Galaxy.  GG is a local comic convention, which is in its first year.  The picture above shows my booth, which had all types of neat swag, including the actual novel, The BulletProof Ghost: Prototypes.

The con itself went about how I expected.  I didn't sell a ton of books, but I made several solid social connections, some may even lead to other work.  One in particular may lead to short stories of mine appearing in a comic anthology.  Which is neat.

This was my first convention and therefore a learning experience.  I wasn't looking to strike it rich and several people heard about the book that came to the booth.

The next six months will have several developments.  First off, the second book, The BulletProof Ghost: In Spades, will be released by then.  A free preview for In Spades will be posted here before Christmas, is all goes well.  The next week will give me a bit of free time and I really need it.

The other big event will be EvilleCon.  This is an anime convention that I've gone to once before, but as a consumer, not an exhibitor.  I personally talked to one of the people running EvilleCon (calls himself The Ox King, and he looks the part).  He said that there will be several authors there, so hooray!

I may have a store up, but after GG, I may not.  The demand for the non-book merch is a little low at the moment, so I'll wait until that picks up before putting in the effort.

Thanks for the support.  Be sure to follow me on Twitter for current updates @TheBProofGhost and keep an eye on the website as well.  Stay tuned.

-Jake dh

Monday, November 17, 2014

Pics from Geek Galaxy 2014

My update yesterday turned into an Author Spotlight, which was my bad. Geek Galaxy made it slip my mind.  Here are all of the pics from my phone.  More from Sarah's phone to come!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Author Spotlight: Linda McLaughlin / Lindi Lamont

4 Angels...”a scintillating mix of lust and sexual exploration... Ms. Lamont has done a very nice job of bringing a bit of the exotic into her writing.” - Dawnie, Fallen Angel Reviews 

A marriage contract, nothing more...until darkly handsome Evan Channing and demure Lydia Blatchford meet. Yet the rules are simple for an arrangement such as theirs. There should be no misunderstanding, no illusions of anything more. But the rules are about to change. 

Lydia wants the kind of love and romance she reads about in books. Fortunately, she hasn't specified which book, and Evan has a copy of Richard Burton's new translation of the Kama Sutra, with its ancient wisdom on love and courtship. Evan sets out to win his high-born bride, blending seductive heat with exotic lessons in love-making. 

Lydia is prepared to tolerate this man she’s been sold to, but his scorching kisses send her pulses racing. Can an arranged marriage lead to love? 

(Previously published under the title Love… By the Book) 

** Includes an excerpt from A Marquess for Christmas by Vivienne Westlake. 

Disclaimer: This is a short 30 page romantic short story with bonus material** It is not a full-length novel. Contains scenes of Victorians breaking society's rules, marital sex and ancient wisdom from the Kama Sutra.

All through dinner, she was aware of his presence at her side. His quick smile, pleasant manners, his long, long fingers that occasionally brushed her hand. Then there was his deep voice murmuring in her ear during the meal. It mattered not what he said, the very sound of his voice sent alternate waves of heat and cold through her. She was barely been able to eat a bite, though she’d drained her wineglass more than once before the champagne toast was served. She drank that as well.
Now, feeling a bit woolly-headed, she walked out onto the balcony for some fresh air where a slight breeze cooled her heated face. The men were still having their port in the dining room while her mother and Phoebe sat and visited with Mrs. Channing. Lydia knew she should go back inside and converse with her future mother-in-law.
Lydia was eager to learn more about Evan’s childhood. She knew his father had died when he was a babe in arms, murdered during the Sepoy Uprising, and that Mrs. Channing’s Indian in-laws had protected her and the infant Evan from a similar fate. She must have loved her husband greatly, for she had never remarried.
It was a tale worthy of one of her favorite romance novels, but she wasn’t in the mood to be sociable. Thank heavens it was a small gathering, just her immediate family, Evan, his mother and his uncle Frederick. She’d never have been able to deal with a crowd tonight.
When the men entered the room, her gaze flew to Evan. He looked around the room, frowning, until he spotted her standing by the open door. A smile creased his face as he headed straight for her. She clutched the doorjamb as her heart started pounding.
“There you are,” he said, stopping in front of her. “I feared you’d left.”
“I just needed some fresh air,” she explained.
“Are you well?” he asked, taking her hand solicitously. Heat radiated from him, shooting up her arm.
“I’m fine, just a bit warm.”
“I am, too,” he said, guiding her to the railing looking over the small garden at the back of the house. The scent of roses and honeysuckle wafted up.
“Since our engagement is official, I’ll send the announcement to the Times tomorrow, and then speak to the vicar about having the banns read. Shall we set a date now?”
She stiffened, staring straight ahead. Official. The word pounded in her head. Once the announcement was published, there would be no backing out. She closed her eyes, not knowing what to say.
Gently, he grasped her chin and turned her head toward his.
When she looked up, his expression was concerned.
“What’s wrong, my dear?”
Everything. But she could not say so. In truth, she was afraid of the weeks to come. Of what this marriage would mean.
How it would change her life.
He moved his hand to her shoulder. “Are you apprehensive?”
She managed a jerky nod.
“So am I,” he whispered.
She stared at him in astonishment. “Truly?”
“Truly. This is a big step for both of us. I realize we don’t know each other very well. If you’d like a long engagement—”
“No. Waiting will just make things worse.”
He quirked a dark brow. “How so?”
Taking a step back, she spread her hands. “It will just give me more time to dread—”
She broke off at the injured look on his face. “Forgive me, but surely you understand this marriage was never my preference.”
He turned away from her and ran a hand through his hair.
“Yes, I know, but I hoped you had become resigned to it.”
“I have. At least I have tried to be,” she said, the words tumbling out of her mouth. “That’s why I think it best just to plunge ahead. Once the banns have been read thrice, we can wed almost immediately.”
He turned back, a frown still marring his forehead. “Will that give your mother enough time to plan?”
She shrugged. “All I need is a new gown.”
“But won’t society think it odd we married in such haste?”
She looked him in the eye. “Let me make one thing clear. I do not give a fig for what society thinks. If you supposed you were marrying a social butterfly, let me banish that notion right now.”
He smiled at her. “Harry said you were sensible, but this surprises me. I’m happy to agree to a short engagement.” He stepped closer, towering over her. “The sooner I can make you mine, the better.”
Her heart pounded and her breath caught as he lowered his head and touched his lips to hers for but a second before backing away. She drew in a deep breath. Her first kiss and it had been over almost before it was begun. She didn’t know whether to be relieved or disappointed.
“Shall we go inside and discuss the wedding plans with your parents?”
“Not yet. There is something else I’d like to say.” It was now or never.
“Yes, my dear, what is it?”
She licked her lips then plunged ahead. “I know how these things work. Arranged marriages, that is. I won’t expect fidelity from you.”
His shocked expression surprised her. “Is that what you think, Lydia? That I’m marrying you with the intention of cheating on you?”
“Perhaps not now,” she said. “But in a few years… It’s not as if ours is a love match. I won’t cut up a fuss if you decide to take a mistress. As long as you are discreet.”
“How very… sophisticated of you,” he said, his tone dry enough to parch a desert.
She took a deep breath before continuing. “And once I’ve produced the requisite heir and spare, I assume I’ll be free to seek my pleasure elsewhere.”
The thunderous look on his face startled her and she stepped back.
“You will do no such thing,” he said fiercely, reaching for her.
“Ours may not be a love match now, but I fully intend to see it turns into one.”
With that, he pulled her into his embrace, trapping her arms between them as his encircled her shoulders and waist.
Covering her mouth with his, he kissed her with a heady combination of passion and anger. Her resistance crumbled in the face of his onslaught. She clutched at his lapels and returned his kiss, even parting her lips when his tongue probed them. Overwhelmed by the sensations his lips provoked, she let her eyes drift shut as she clung to him.
When he let her go, he was still visibly upset. “There will be no more talk of infidelity. Have I made myself clear, Lydia?”

USA Today bestseller!
Eleven romances from New York Times, USA Today and bestselling, award-winning authors.

The blockbuster box set with more than 100,000 copies sold is back for more! We've got a lonesome cowboy, a spurned bride-to-be, a heartbroken widower and an unexpected pregnancy, along with a tasty smattering of intrigue, murder and suspense. Almost half a million words and two thousand pages of strong heroes and daring heroines who'll do anything for a second chance at love.

Lindi Lamont

Lyndi Lamont is the racy alter ego of romance author Linda McLaughlin. Writing sexier stories gives her a license to be a little naughty, at least between the pages of her books! She has written several full-length novels plus numerous short stories and novellas, ranging from historical to futuristic. She believes that love is unending and universal, and enjoys transporting her readers into a different world where her characters learn that, in the journey of life, love is the sweetest reward. 

Twitter: @LyndiLamont

Monday, November 3, 2014

Geek Galaxy is Only 12 Days Away!!

Ad Created by Susan Hayes (inspired by James Price's design).

So, Geek Galaxy is rolling up.  I just ordered another batch of The BulletProof Ghost: Prototypes.  They will be here before the Con.  I'm working on getting shirts made.  The light colored ones will look like this:

Get your's at Geek Galaxy!

These will be for sale at Geek Galaxy for $12 ($14 XL and up).  There will be a limited number, so get yours as soon as you arrive!

I wanted to sell a black t shirt, but I will not have the money to buy them.  Not to bore you with the details, but I'm getting the white/grey ones at a cheaper price.  I may run an IndyGoGo to promote the second book, once it's out.  The promotional side of this has been far more costly than I thought.

There will be license plates to buy.  

Both of these are already made and will be available in limited supply at Geek Galaxy, so get yours as soon as you get there.  These will be on sale for $7 each.

We will also be selling button pins, which I do not have a picture of yet.  I also don't have a price yet.

The books will be on sale for $7 each and signed for free by me, Jake dh.  If you have a copy you've already purchased, bring it and I'll sign it for free.  

There should be posters as well, but I can't 100% confirm that as of yet.

This will be an experience, considering I'll be promoting a not illustrated novel, which is a little out of place, but it is a Geek convention.  A ton of Geeky things start out as books and BPG may become a graphic novel in the future, soooo.... fuck it.

Thanks for the support and I hope to see you there!