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Monday, March 21, 2011
8:01 PM | Posted by Maureen | | Edit Post
* Hey, Hector!
* Yes, Chance?
* Think the Bo’sun’s gonna mind, we hijackin’ her day?
* Doubt it, remember, she’s a bit…busy…today. Probably a relief!
* Okay, good. Me alter ego needs ta chat ‘bout her new stories…and show off the covers. What do ya think? This is the first one…
* That is really lovely! The ship is a bit small and blue hair?
* Well, there be a reason fer her blue hair… You should read the book. Remember that night I jumped you? I’d jus’ finished it…
He grins * I do like it when you read books like that!
She snickers * This is the second one, it comes out on Friday…
* Two men? I’m not going to share.
* Yeah, I bet you’d go for it if it were me and another woman!
He looks a bit preoccupied. * Perhaps…
* Dream on!
Enough frivolity. Yes, I have two new novellas out from Decadent. The first was released last Friday, the next is this Friday. And I’m still promoting The Kraken’s Mirror. I was so ready for that book to come out. I had months to prepare, to set up blog guest spots, buy advertising…I chatted about it, blathered here there and everywhere.
And now, these shorts! I feel caught by surprise! I mean, The Kraken’s Mirror came out January 31st. The Ship’s Mistress came out March 18th. The Sister’s Story is March 25th! And I’m still talking about The Kraken’s Mirror!
Man! The whirlwind of e-publishing!
I made plans to promote all three books at RT. Have promo material, etc. But suddenly, I have a new short out and I don’t know what way to turn! Before I can do much more than set up on blog with it…the second one is coming out!
As I wrote to the Bo’sun yesterday…
I wish I'd been more on top of promoting this short. I'm going to have to ramp up slow and steady, and how the hell do you figure out which to promote when you have two stories out? Soon, three? I mean, honestly!
So, here I am…wondering how to manage this juggling act. I feel like I’m starting a race ten minutes later then the rest of the runners…
(That metaphor would work better if I ran…but you get the idea!)
Okay, better late then never...added after the fact...blurbs for the two books!
The Ship's Mistress
Jahari gave herself to the starborne Etwa to save her little sister from life in a foul brothel. Ironically, tests reveal an aptitude for sensual service and Jahari is trained as a high court slut. A contract of seven years runs out on the planet Mentari but the powerful Basba is determined to keep her. She escapes swearing to see him reported to the Etwan authorities.
Toseman is the captain of the Sea Horse, sailing the seas of Mentari. Several days from port a stowaway is brought before him. Her bright blue hair betrays her high slut identity and puts his secret at risk. Drawn to her, he accepts her offer to serve as ship’s mistress and promises to see her to the nearest Etwan spaceport.
They are pursued by her former master as the two join forces and with the help of the Sea Horse crew, they seek Etwan justice.
(Slut: (noun) In the common vernacular a word denoting a man or woman of great sexual prowess, strength and knowledge. A high slut is one considered extremely valuable and treasured. Once a word with a far different meaning among the human population, used to denigrate and deride a woman with a strong sexual appetite. Still in use on the more primitive patriarchal worlds under Etwan influence, a condition the Etwan strive to eliminate.)
The Sister’s Story/Sari's Search
Sari lives on the Etwan world of Verdant. A student for twelve years, the Etwan have helped her learn control of her telepathic abilities. She is sexually experienced, a bright woman with a past that is a blank slate. As she approaches her 18th birthday, her desire to know more of her background grows.
Haunted by bits and pieces of a world she barely remembers, she hears a name at a trader’s fair. Her faint memories begin to rise. Determined to discover more, she seizes the clues fallen her way and leaves for the world of Mentari, where she hopes to meet the woman who may have sold her to the Etwan.
On this journey she is accompanied by two men, J’reem and Dell. The three of them find a deep connection on the journey, reveling in the physical and mental bond that develops. But trouble awaits her on Mentari, riding with the Etwan ship. She reaches Mentari and sees the ocean, but whether the high slut Jahari will acknowledge her is something she may never discover.
Any suggestions? Do I try to even up the promo? Do I stick with the first figuring that will lead readers to the others? Or vice versa? Help!
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