Monday, September 26, 2016

Bloggy Alchemy

So the Alchemiya Blog Tour is out in full force now, and there's still lots of time to enter the giveaway for gift cards! Drop by any of the posts and check it out. And may I recommend yesterday's stop at Love in a Time of Feminism (a site both Eugenia and Olivia would love, tyvm), where they posed an excellent question for my guest post:



Great stuff, huh?

While I still haunt tumblr daily--and twitter most days--I'm still pretty facebook-shy. The circle of friends on there is great, but the site has always rubbed me the wrong way with a lot of its policies. I get most of my blogging out here or at tumblr, but there's something slightly stand-offish about both. That's why I decided to start an Imzy community--which is really just a personal blog. There, I'm going to be blogging a lot more as-I-write kind of stuff, slightly more personal than what happens here. Imzy will be the place for tl;dr stuff, basically, which I tend not to post here because... well, tbh it's the stuff I doubt is of interest to most.

But if you are someone who enjoys talking about the process of writing, seeing how others write, participating in random fandom stuff, or if you just feel like keeping up with me on a slightly more personal (read: seeing me fangirl) level, check it out and friend me!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Alchemiya - the Book Tour~

Hello, hello! I'm so excited, because today is the beginning of the ALCHEMIYA book tour. I'll be hopping around the net dropping excerpts and guest posts like they're hot. Plus, there's a big giveaway for three gift cards!

Check out the starter day party at I ♥ Reading, and follow along from there for more fun.



September 20th: Starter Day Party @ I Heart Reading
September 22nd: Book Excerpt @ Books, Dreams, Life
September 24th: Book Excerpt @ Maari Loves Her Indies
September 25th: Guest Post @ Love in a Time of Feminism
September 26th: Book Excerpt @ The Broke Book Bank
September 28th: Book Excerpt @ The Bookworm Lodge
October 1st: Book Excerpt @ Just Books
October 2nd: Book Excerpt @ Bayou Book Junkie
October 3rd: Guest Post @ Bright Street Books
October 4th: Book Excerpt @ Silver Dagger Scriptorium
October 4th: Book Excerpt @ Mocha Girls Read

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Alchemiya Extras and Giveaways!

The Alchemiya fun has just begun, and there are already two giveaways for gift cards! Even better (>.>), get some playlist love over at Prism Book Alliance and an exclusive bonus excerpt at Joyfully Jay.

Still a few days left on those giveaways, so hop in and let me know what you think.

And since it's a FAQ: Yes, ALCHEMIYA is the first in a series of the same name. It'll be a short one, likely three books, but the SSA has so much more to offer...

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Cute girls kissing (also alchemy, family intrigue, and marriages of convenience)!

Cover by Natasha Snow

Alchemiya is here, and jam packed with all the fun things mentioned in that subject line, I assure you. Check out the page here at the Superpowered Love site, or hit it up at Loose Id for more excerpts. There will be more fun later in the week, and then in the month. But for now, check it out!

~~ALCHEMIYA~~


Eugenia was born to privilege in the Ratna clan, nobility famed for their alchemical jewel production. Eugenia’s a talented alchemist herself--but the patriarchy insists her less able brother is the heir to the family secrets and property. As if that weren’t insult enough, an accidentally public tryst with another woman means Genie is shunned by polite society altogether.

Enter the gorgeous Lord Oliver Plumtree, scion of one of the oldest alchemical families in Chrysopoeia and master of the foreboding Waldgrave Abbey. But Lord Oliver is actually Olivia, and on the lookout for a wife--one who requires an escape from the same crushing social mores that have forced Olivia to masquerade as her own long-dead brother to keep her family’s estate intact.

Genie and Liv seem a perfect match from the get-go, and things heat up quickly between them. But before they can carry off their marriage of convenience, Waldgrave Abbey reveals more secrets. Jealous Plumtree relatives and Liv’s association with the Secret Society of Alchemiya, rumored to be a dark and sinister arm of the patriarchy, might just ruin Genie and Liv’s chance at their unlikely happily ever after.

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Now available at Loose IdAmazon Kindle StoreAll Romance eBooks. (Watch this space for more~)

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Coming this week: Alchemiya!

It's time, it's time! I've been keeping quiet about this one so I could announce it as a fait accompli. Now all that all the pieces are in place, let me tell you just how excited I am about my new f/f novella, the beginning of a new multi-ship series: Alchemiya.


Cover Art by Natasha Snow

Isn't she gorgeous? :D Here are the details:

Eugenia was born to privilege in the Ratna clan, nobility famed for their alchemical jewel production. Eugenia’s a talented alchemist herself—but the patriarchy insists her less able brother is the heir to the family secrets and property. As if that weren’t insult enough, an accidentally public tryst with another woman means Genie is shunned by polite society altogether. 
Enter the gorgeous Lord Oliver Plumtree, scion of one of the oldest alchemical families in Chrysopoeia and master of the foreboding Waldgrave Abbey. But Lord Oliver is actually Olivia, and on the lookout for a wife—one who requires an escape from the same crushing social mores that have forced Olivia to masquerade as her own long-dead brother to keep her family’s estate intact. 
Genie and Liv seem a perfect match from the get-go, and things heat up quickly between them. But before they can carry off their marriage of convenience, Waldgrave Abbey reveals more secrets. Jealous Plumtree relatives and Liv’s association with the Secret Society of Alchemiya, rumored to be a dark and sinister arm of the patriarchy, might just ruin Genie and Liv’s chance at their unlikely happily ever after.

Alchemiya is based in a universe where, rather than nobility being indicated by land and title, it's indicated by a family's alchemical knowledge. But there are layers to peel back on how and why it's that way, and how just the set up really is. Leave it to Eugenia Ratna to discover the truth--while in the middle of arrangements for a marriage of convenience.

I hope you'll give it a try, and I hope you enjoy Genie. She's a lil ball of sass. And Livvie isn't too shabby, either. It's all happening this Tuesday, September 6th, at Loose Id. For more info and excerpts, check out the Alchemiya page right here at Superpowered Love. ♥

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Happy Birthday, Babies + A Giveaway

I happened to be looking up my publications today, just to get a complete list, and of course I started with Equilibrium. It was my first ever published novel--for any of my pen names or genres.* It all began because I was having a rough year, or couple of years, I guess, and I had been writing strictly horror and dark fantasy--with queer protags, obvs. My best friend, Tara, said to me, "Why don't you write something for me?" Because I guess she didn't like me giving her nightmares or whatever--can you imagine? Some friends had gotten me into romance as a genre (I've always been into romance in general) a few years previous, and so I said, "Yeah, I can totally do that."

And Equilibrium was born. Because superpowers + a character for Tara (Sam is totally Tara's) + fast and hot romance sounded like an awesome idea to me. So five years ago, on August 23, 2011 Loose Id was cool enough to publish it, and the surprising saga of Superpowered Love began.

It's been a wild ride, lemme tell you. Oh, the things I didn't know back then. I made mistakes with Equilibrium, but I'm still really proud of it and think fondly of Sam and Hansen. I knew before I finished it that I had a lot more to do in their weird little world, and I'm also kinda proud it's still going. I'm near to finishing Superpowered Love Book 8 now. Book 8. How even.

So now, I want to reflect on things I've learned since that first, wonderful experience with Equilibrium. Because, hey, it's a blog. That's what they're for, right?

Thing 1: Say the words. Bisexual, trans, asexual, queerplatonic, whatever it is, say it outright. Not only is it empowering to read, but not seeing it there looks like pussyfooting around or hedging bets--and is hurtful. My own specific experience with this relates to "bisexual"... mainly because I was unaware of the gross and bi/pan-erasing "gay for you" trope when I started out writing romance, but that's a whole other thing.

Thing 2: Write it, because someone out there needs it as much as I do. Everyone knows that m/m romance, particularly when it relates to cisgender dudes, is the most popular when it comes to LGBTQIA romance. People have discussed this extensively. When I started out, I was afraid that adding in f/f stories to a series that had primarily been m/m would piss people off. I mean, it probably does... but they're not the ones I wrote it for. I wrote it for the ones like me.

Thing 3: Don't be afraid, just be diligent. So many of my very, very first books contained... so many white, cisgendered protags. There is absolutely no excuse for it. I've tried hard to do better, and I know I'm going to fuck up now and then, but I also know that if and when I get told, I will listen and ask (when appropriate) and I will do better still. And I will work super, super hard not to fuck up, in the mean time. 

Thing 4: People are great. Writers tend to burrow, seeing as many of us are introverts and derive our powers from the dark energy from alone-time. But being around book people, writers, readers, publishers, editors, whatever, be it in virtual or meatspace--it's great. The vast majority of people I've met on this wild ride are so supportive and open-minded, and so many of them have become true friends. People are all right, after all.

Thing 5: Hard work pays off. At least in this field, it does. It took me a long time to go from nothing published, to a few shorts, to enough novels that I sometimes forget my own count. It's not luck, though. It's working hard, striving to be better, accepting help, learning from mistakes, and pushing through obstacles. Sometimes it hasn't been possible, due to health or family or whatever, but when it was I worked, and that paid off. Good to know, because sometimes, you have to wonder, right?

Okay, five years, five things. Maybe after ten years I'll be back with five more... okay, no, I'll never remember to do that. It's a nice thought, though!

You know what, if you read through all that, you deserve a prize. Leave a comment here with a way to reach you--or retweet/reblog it so I can see--and I'll give away a print copy of Equilibrium/Riot Boy to someone at the end of Friday, August 26. Because hey, that's my birthday... and I'm a lot older than 5... ♥




*KV Taylor sold Scripped first, but it was published later, so Equilibrium gets the prize~

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Aelfwear and the Scuffed Shoes

So now it's been out there for a while, here's my story about writing Aelfwear:

I had a vague idea for a story for the Enchanted Soles collection as soon as I saw the call for stories. Bisexuals and magic shoes? Some of my favorite things! The triangle with Frida--our elf who makes the magic shoes; Angie--the beautiful businesswoman who needs her help; and Morgan--Frida's ex and Angie's current fiance, was set in my mind, ready to explode. 

But how could Angie piss off Morgan, her asshole would-be husband? What could Frida do to help her?

There's a bar down the street from my house where I like to work sometimes. (This is not a subject change, I swear, I'm going somewhere with this.) It's usually empty mid-day, or almost empty, with just a few people there for lunch or who just got off an early or late-late shift. The music is good and the bartenders know my drink, so it's cool, and I can work in peace and use their wifi.

So one day I was working on an early draft of Aelfwear--or more accurately, I was staring off into space wondering what the fuck I was going to do with Aelfwear. The bartender, the one I know best, was standing nearby and asked me if I needed anything. So I asked her:

"What is something that would drive you absolutely batshit about a date? Like, if they did this one thing, you'd never go out with them again?"

And she thought for a second, then said, "I hate when peoples' shoes are untidy. Like scuffed up, like they don't take care of their things. I don't know why but it's a huge turn off."

BOOM.

So thanks, Kaleigh, my fave bartender in the world, for the help. And for giving me permission to use it in my story.

Oh, also, I finished writing Aelfwear sitting at a very small desk in my niece and nephew's playroom in Chennai, with the air conditioner cranked to eleven. Occasionally one of them would come in and "help" me. So thanks, Adu and Abhi, for the help.

Check Aelfwear and Enchanted Soles out here, or head straight to the shopping cart!