Thanks so much to Toni from Fangirl Moments and My Two Cents for making Max one of her top reads in 2016 :D
Curious about the inspiration for Max? Want to know more? Check out the interview here.
The Novel Approach:
We have a special guest visiting today to help celebrate our 5 Year Blogiversary. Author Bey Deckard couldn’t join us, but Max–have you met Max yet? Trust me, you’d remember if you had–has offered to take Bey’s place. And, there’s also a giveaway involved, so be sure to check out the details below.
If you’ve been waiting to purchase a non-mobi copy of Kestrel’s Talon or Max, this is a great time. They’ll both be going exclusive to Amazon for the next 90 days (and in KU) starting tomorrow :)
*readers get store credit
Originally, I was going to publish Max later on in October, but the planets aligned and everything was ready quickly, so I sent it live early… and promptly got really fucking sick. cough sneeze
The stress of finishing a book (hey, it’s stressful) on top of all the stress I’ve been under concerning the pit bull ban in Montréal means I got hit harder than I normally would. Thankfully, I am on the mend. (Also, for those who haven’t heard yet, a judge from the Superior Court of Québec, at the SPCA’s behest, suspended the pit bull ban until the actual court hearing is held [which could be in a few months]. HOWEVER, the fucking mayor is now vowing to appeal. shakes head)
SO! Max quietly went live and I have to say that I’m really happy with how it turned out. It’s the first book I wrote that really covers some of my own stomping ground (The Complications of T was also set partially in Montréal but they never really went out heh) and that was incredibly fun. Almost all the locations are based on real ones, and I tried to convey a sense of Montréal-ness in the use of language and names of things throughout the book: French/English coexistence, crime syndicates, marchés, the metro, the fireworks over the water…
Hey, I love my city… :)
Is it a dark book? Some say yes, some no. It’s certainly twisted and covers dark themes overall. Don’t expect anything resembling a healthy relationship in it. Mostly it’s suspense… or a thriller. I think it’s a rollicking fun psycho romp. I had a good time throwing in references, both subtle and blatant, to my favourite movies and I put together a soundtrack that has some songs that I loved dancing to back in my goth club days.
I’ve got three signed paperbacks to give away. All you have to do is answer the following questions and you’ll be entered to win (international entrants welcome). Send your answers to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject: Max Paperback Giveaway.
Good luck! I’ll draw three names on Halloween.
Question one: What movie is this from?
I see angels, Mickey. They’re comin’ down for us from heaven. And I see you ridin’ a big red horse, and you’re driving them horses, whippin’ ’em, and the’re spitting and frothing all ‘long the mouth, and the’re coming right at us. And I see the future, and there’s no death, ’cause you and I, we’re angels…
Question two: In the soundtrack, I used one song that was used in a TV show. What is the name of the show? (hint: it features a serial killer)
Question three: What movie is this from?
Early seemed harmless. Primitive, but harmless. Of course the fact of the matter was he had killed his landlord less than an hour before we met him. He was even wearing the guy’s ring. Who knows what he did with the finger?
Question four: Why was Montreal once called (and sometimes still referred to as) “Sin City”?
Question five: What movie is this from?
I’ve no plans to call on you, Clarice. The world is more interesting with you in it.
“Intimidation? I’m not trying to intimidate you, Dennis. See?” Max dropped down to his knees and stared up at Crane, his cheek dimpled. “I’m as harmless as a kitten.”
The Blogger Girls: ★★★★★ “It is one heck of a jam-packed exciting ride.“
Buy it now:
Amazon – http://geni.us/MaxZon
Smashwords – http://geni.us/MaxSW
ARe – http://geni.us/MaxSW
iBooks – http://geni.us/MaxiTunes
B & N – http://geni.us/MaxBN
Kobo – http://geni.us/MaxKobo
CreateSpace – https://www.createspace.com/6595825
Add it to Goodreads – http://geni.us/MaxGR
Enter the paperback giveaway – https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/206234-max
Listen to the soundtrack – http://geni.us/MaxOST
Since I’ve received numerous emails over the weekend about Devil, I thought I’d lay out the answers here :)
Q: Why is there a paperback but no ebook on Amazon?
A: Two different review processes. Paperbacks go through Createspace and they don’t seem to scan for content, only technical specs. Once Devil was accepted in paperback, I figured I’d try for the ebook too – originally I wasn’t going to bother because I didn’t think it would pass review. I was right. The file was rejected because it violates their submission guidelines.
Q: I thought Smashwords accepted everything. Why is Devil banned there?
A: After some email exchanges with the Smashwords team, it was decided that it violates their guidelines. Their exact wording was:
“We have been reviewing your book in greater detail, and the decision was that it is not a good fit for us. It will remain unpublished on Smashwords.”
Why? Too murdery.
Q: So where can I get it?
A: See this post for all the links :)
A huge thanks to everyone who’ve been sharing links/recommended Devil! Much appreciated :) I’m very happy that it’s getting to readers!
It’s October 1st in parts of the world… why don’t we pretend we’re all over there so I can launch this puppy, eh?
The TL;DR of this post is: read the warnings, m’kay? I don’t want people going into this unprepared. BUY links are at the bottom of the post.
Listen to the soundtrack
Better the Devil You Know – a new psychosexual horror novel by Bey Deckard
Novel (40 000 words)
Genre(s): Horror, torture, paranormal, serial killer
Tags: graphic torture, forced incest, rape
Byron is tall, handsome, well spoken, wealthy, and has outstanding taste in wine and food. You’ll be impressed by his impeccable attire and eloquence in conversation, ranging from Baroque art to the newest advances in pharmacology. With his charming smile and elegant manners, Byron truly is the perfect date… and who doesn’t love a man who appreciates opera?
What’s the catch, you ask?
Just this: if Byron finds you suitable, he will subject you to utterly depraved forms of torture.
No, I’m not talking about S&M.
Byron will mutilate, rape, and then kill you. Don’t think that you will survive the encounter, because you won’t. He has a perfect record.
Intrigued? Would you like me to arrange a rendezvous? It has to be in the next few days because he’s leaving on a trip south to much warmer climes, and his calendar will be completely full.
Yes? Very good. I will make a reservation for two under the name of Smith.
Who am I? I’m Gloria, his personal assistant.
Ok – I really hate trigger warnings. I do. However, I really need to stress that this book is not for everyone. Hell… I don’t even know who this book is for. Me… yes. But you? Will you like it? Maybe like is the wrong word. Or… is it? :)
I’ve been sort of vague about what the book is about. That’s because it’s hard to talk about it without spoilers. I’ve had a few questions:
Is it romance? No.
Is it m/m? It’s only male/male in the sense that it features organs traditionally thought of as male.
What is it? A psychosexual, paranormal thriller.
Still want it? You have two options at the moment.
You can buy it (Mobi, ePub, or PDF) via Payhip (promise that it’s secure) or you can buy it through All Romance eBooks. I’m still waiting on the verdict from Smashwords, but it doesn’t look good. Oct. 1 update: officially BANNED at Smashwords. We won’t even talk about Amazon. Oct 4. update: ebook BANNED at Amazon but NOT the paperback (So how do I get it for my kindle?)
Feb. 14, 2017 update: Amazon has relented and reversed the ban… as long as it’s listed solely under “horror” :)