Saturday, January 17, 2015

January Reader Appreciation Day: The Prize List!






Hello, everyone! This Saturday, January 17th, is Reader Appreciation Day and Open Excerpt Day over at The Sweet Spot. It's been a while since we've hosted RAD. We've decided that we'll now be holding it every other month, rather than each month. Thank you so very much to all the authors who have donated to the giveaway for January! There are links with each prize listed, so just click on those to learn more about the books or authors.






Any author who would still like to donate a prize is welcomed to. All you have to do is send out an email to: thesweetspotmm@gmail.com  Please state what you'd like to donate for the January giveaway, include a link to your work and a cover art pic. Reader Appreciation Day is also an Open Excerpt Day, so all M/M authors are invited to stop by the Yahoo group, share excerpts and your latest news!

Readers, be sure you swing by and see what some of your favorite authors got going on! We put on this day all for you! And don't forget to enter in the giveaway on the Yahoo group!

The prize list will be posted throughout the day at The Sweet Spot Yahoo group, starting at 8:00 am EST. To enter in the giveaway, all you have to do is reply to one of the Giveaway emails. Reader Appreciation Day wraps up about 8:00 pm EST, with the winners announced shortly thereafter. Authors who have donated a prize will be contacted after the giveaway closes with their winner's information so you can send your prize personally. 

Hope to see everyone tomorrow at The Sweet Spot!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

New Year Writing Plans

Happy 2015, everyone! The new year has been underway for nearly a week now and has already been a busy one. With every new year, I think about the books I hope to write. I've been pondering on this post for a while, wondering where 2015 will take me with my writing and this year, things are starting off a bit differently.

Toward the end of 2013, I had a very set schedule for 2014 in regards to writing because of having contracts with Ellora's Cave that needed to be fulfilled. Those books were set to be written, each had a deadline and those deadlines were pretty tight. I had to keep my head down and write, write, write throughout the end of that year and the first half of 2014 to meet those deadlines and fulfill my obligations. Of course, right after I turned in the last book to meet those obligations, things started to get sticky with Ellora's Cave. Admittedly, it did throw some of my writing plans (and motivation) a bit out of whack.

But as I've learned in my years of working with horses, when you're thrown, you get back up, shake it off, grab the reins, and get on again. And so toward the end of 2014, I began work on a new novella for MLR Press, Acting on Love, a story featuring Brandon Alexander and Shunichi Miyamoto from the Conquest series. As Jesse will tell anyone, those two need some resolution in their relationship ;-) I handed in that story at the end of November and as it looks now, it will be my first release in 2015. I don't have a release date yet, but that story coming out is one absolute book related thing that'll happen for me in this shiny new year. 

Now, for the rest of the year. I don't have anything already contracted. I don't have any stories due in by a certain time. Really, I'm free to go in any direction I want with what I work on and the path I decided to take after handing in Acting on Love was to go back to the Instincts series. I'm currently working on a story putting Daniel Valente and Ryunosuke Kimura back in the lead. Ryu's also had some unfinished business hanging out there for a while and it's time to work on that now too.

Once that story is finished, my next plan is to go back to Terra for Book 3, which is Lark and Zane's story. So you see, it's looking like 2015 will be the year of me returning to my series, whereas 2014 had me releasing a lot of stand alone titles. And I'll admit, I'm thrilled to be getting back to my familiar friends with all my series and working with them again :-D

There is one other story that I have, which is a stand alone title. I'm happy to say that one of the books that had been contracted by Ellora's Cave has been given back to me. This story had not yet been published and the working title was Heart's Gamble. As some of you may recall, I had requested rights back on the four books that I had with Ellora's Cave, three titles that are published, one that had yet to be published. While Ellora's Cave is still considering returning my rights back to me on the published works, they did go ahead and give me back the rights on this not yet published manuscript. They have also issued two more payments to me, and at this moment, have paid me up through August 2014. So there has been positive developments there. There's a chance I might work to get Heart's Gamble out this year, but really, I need to let the story sit for a while, then go into with a fresh mind and do some rewriting. Still, I wanted to give an overall update on things with EC and me.

And there we go! What I'm thinking at the moment of working on 2015. My deepest gratitude to everyone for all your support through not only this past year, but for all years that you've been sticking with me on this storytelling journey. I'm sending out good wishes to everyone for a new year filled with happiness and many good books to read!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Free Books!

Now that's what every book lover likes to hear! I know I do! Especially when they're FREE BOOKS by some incredibly talented authors and at an awesome publishing house. Starting December 13th, MLR Press is offering a book for free download through the 24th in celebration of the holidays and to give a little back to all the readers who give their support all year long.

Check out all these great books and authors!


And yep, on the 18th, Conquest is going to be available for free! So be sure to stop by MLR Press every day to get a free book, and maybe even discover a new favorite author :D

About Those Ellora's Cave Titles

In my last blog post about my new website layout, I said I put my Ellora's Cave books back on my website and I'd get around to explaining why soon. I do apologize that's taken me so long. Life keeps moving faster and faster, I swear.

With me putting the titles back on my website, and eventually I'll get them up here again too, I'm afraid it does not mean all is well between me and Ellora's Cave. They've issued two payments to me and as of this moment that I'm writing this, they've paid me up through June. So on that front, there's been a small bit of improvement. Not much, though. They're still behind in payment. When/if any checks do arrive, I count it more of a surprise than having any expectation of getting paid regularly. So money isn't why I put those titles back up again. What's more important to me is I don't want my actions to have a harmful effect on anyone else.

When you're with a publishing house, you're connected to the other authors, even if you don't know them personally, or may have never spoken to some of them. At least, that's how I view it. I'm not saying to buy Ellora's Cave titles. I'm not saying to not buy them. That's a personal decision that each person has a right to make on their own. For me personally, what it basically breaks down to is I don't want my negative experiences to have repercussions against anyone else. Granted I'm not alone in my negative experiences, after all, I'm not getting paid regularly either, but I'm just trying to make sure I'm not harming anyone else as I'm dealing with the negativity. Enough people have already been harmed.

It also hit me when we had the last Reader Appreciation Day at the Sweet Spot, that if I do a giveaway offering a title from my backlist, and someone goes to my website to see the books I've written, if those books aren't up there, then they may not know they can select them for a prize. I'm okay with giving the books away as a prize ;-)

And there's also the fact that payment aside, the editing (or lack thereof in regards to line editing and proofing supplied by Ellora's Cave) aside, I'm proud of the actual stories themselves. I love my guys in those stories. And I worked damn hard to write those books, so whether I'm getting paid or not, they're still my work. Even if Ellora's Cave won't give me my rights back, they're still MY books.

Now, do my reasons make sense? I honestly have no idea, but there's not a lot about the whole Ellora's Cave situation that does. All I know is, I'm still hoping for the best with all the authors, editors, reviewers, and readers who've gotten tangled in this.


Monday, November 24, 2014

New Website!

Well, I suppose it's not really new. It's still the same url, but my website, http://www.sjfrost.com/, has a new look now. It all came about because my host server decided to no longer support the platform my website was originally built on. Which, at first was annoying and it took a lot of hours to rebuild the site, but I think I like it better now, so it actually worked out for the best! The new site might still have a kink or two in it, but I think for the most part, I've worked them all out. I decided to go with a pretty clean and simple design, and I picked blue for the color because...well, it's Jesse Alexander's favorite color! So the color is for him :-) 

When I was rebuilding, I was going through my character stats and saw there are probably a few more characters I could do some basic stats on, such as Renart Bellerose and Troy Raines. But I also wanted to say, if there are any characters who don't have a stat page and you'd like to see one for them, please do feel welcomed to let me know! You can post it here, hit me up on Facebook or Twitter, or email me. And if there's a little fact about a character that you'd like to know (such as favorite color), let me know and I'll see if I can work that into their page. 

Also, if you're checking out the site, you'll notice that I put my Ellora's Cave titles and excerpts up again. I'll be getting them up here eventually too. That's a whole other post on why I've decided to do that, and I'll get to writing it up about my decision and posting it soon.

And so, there we go! I just wanted to give a head's up that things are a little different on my website, and hopefully, a little more user friendly too. Hope everyone likes it!