13 Jun 2014

Slasherazzi: Blog Tour Stop #3

The Slasherazzi blog tour is well underway, and today I've over at Joyfully Jay sharing an exclusive excerpt from the book. As always, there's more chances to win an ebook copy, so get on over there and check it out.

You can view the full post here.

12 Jun 2014

Slasherazzi: Blog Tour Stop #2

Today I'm over at MM Good Book Reviews, talking about my inspiration for Slasherazzi...

A few people have asked what made me want to write this story, so I figured that would be as good a place as any to start.
The whole idea began back in 2010. I’d recently finished writing the first Daeva book, and I was complaining on the NaNoWriMo boards about needing something to write. That was when a good friend offered me a prompt in the form of a single sentence. Her task to me was to write 1,000 words. The original sentence has been lost over time, but it was along the lines of ‘I stood above the body, clutching the knife in my hand’.

That one sentence could have gone in so many directions. Who were these two people? What motive did the man have for being there with a knife? Were they enemies, or friends?

Continue reading the post at MM Good Book Reviews, along with a short excerpt and the opportunity to gain more entries in the giveaway. Also included is a 5* review from Lisa, which does contain some minor spoilers.

11 Jun 2014

PSA: Slasherazzi on the loose!

We interrupt your regularly schedule Internet browsing to bring you this shocking story. It has been confirmed today that Tampa's newest serial killer, nicknamed the Slasherazzi, has killed yet again. This brings his current kill count to five, and there is no sign of him slowing down.

On the contrary, our inside informant reports that the killer is escalating. Analysis of the images
leaked to the press shows that the latest victim was tortured alive before being killed. And this horrifying development may only be the start of things to come.

When questioned, Captain Blake of the Tampa Police Department, refused to comment on whether or not they were getting any closer to solving these heinous murders. He did, however, state they will be doing everything in their power to track down the killer before any more innocent people fall prey.

With the killer still at large, there are major concerns over public safety. Over the next two weeks, we will be running a series of blog posts across the Internet in an attempt to arm you, the readers, with everything you need to prevent becoming the Slasherazzi's next victim.

Below you will find a schedule of the posts to come, and we will be posting links to the host sites each day from Facebook, Twitter, and this blog. Make sure you spread the word so we can get this information out to as many people as possible. Contributors to the cause will be in with the chance to win ebook copies of 'Slasherazzi'. You'll find all the details for this at the bottom of the post.

Be sure to not walk alone at night, and keep your windows and doors locked at all times. This has been Daniel A. Kaine, reporting for Wilde City News. Stay safe!

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About Slasherazzi:
Recently promoted to Detective, Alex is out to prove himself and the Slasherazzi case is the perfect opportunity. Mutilated corpses are showing up across Tampa, and when the team discovers the newest victim was tortured alive, Alex becomes more determined than ever to stop the crazed serial killer before the horrific stabbings escalate further.
With the return of Alex’s ex-boyfriend and journalist, Vince, the investigation takes a dangerous twist: the killer starts showing a personal interest in Alex. Can he stop the murders and salvage his relationship with Vince, or does he risk letting both men get away?

Can't wait to get stuck in? Click here to go the publisher's website.

10 Jun 2014

UK Meet 2014 - Bristol (Part 2 of 2)

Welcome back to the UK Meet write-up. If you missed part 1, you can read it here. To recap, I concluded the last post with the bookfair on the Saturday evening. We chilled out for a short while, before the next event was up. Quite a few people got dressed up for an evening meal with entertainment from a drag queen, lesbian choir, and the almost-naked waiters you've probably seen posted around Facebook over the last couple of days, whose only clothes were a black apron.

I stayed for the free champagne, of which I had more than a couple of glasses, and then moved on to a round-the-world buffet, with Poppy, Val, and Patrick Darcy. A small group of us then decided to head for some drinks at one of the local gay bars, O.M.G.

The first thing we noticed upon entering was a mechanical claw game that included some rather interesting prizes. As well as the usual stuffed bears, there were condoms, vibrators, and... Well, I'll just show you the picture. You can't miss the jackpot prize!

We were also shocked by the inclusion of a unisex toilet. Val made quite the discovery on her first visit. There was no toilet attendant at that time, and apparently a couple of guys had decided to take advantage of that by doing some very naughty things in the corner. Shame I missed it.

The night was filled with many drinks, and a lot of dancing. Marc Fleischhauer and I left the club at around five a.m. This time, I did not make it up for breakfast that morning. It was eleven a.m. by the time I ventured out into the land of the living and rejoined the conference to listen to a panel on things to beware of when signing contracts.

After that I helped out for a while at the Wilde City table selling books and talking to a few readers. We were then treated to the comedy stylings of Aleks Voinov as he gave his keynote speech, and then the closing panel, during which the attendees gave their feedback. Once more I was overwhelmed with the number of people who commented on how much they enjoyed the BDSM panel.

With the final event finished, there were many hugs and farewells as many of us prepared to leave the hotel. Some of us went home with lighter suitcases, though in Violet's case she had a much heavier load from all the books she bought.

We set off for the drive back to Liverpool, making a quick stop at a service station along the way. I slept over at Val's that night, before being driven to the train station for lunch and a final farewell this afternoon. And then it was really over. I loved every minute of it, and I'll be eagerly awaiting GRL when I can meet back up with friends, old and new.

Now, to mention some of the great people I've met who haven't yet been mentioned:

- Dani Elle Maas - It was a pleasure to meet you, and I look forward to many more interactions in the future. Talk to you soon for the blog tour.

- Rachel Maybury - So nice to put a name to the face I've seen all over my Facebook feed for the last couple of months. Hope to see you again soon.

- Marc Fleischhauer - Had a lot of fun on the Saturday night, and was glad to have company for my night out. No one would stay out until 5 a.m. with me last year!

- Charlie Cochrane - Thank you for the codeine, as always. I know I can always count on you for medication.

- Liam Livings - I know we met briefly last year, but it was nice to sit down and have a good chat with you. Wishing you the best of success with your recent release, and many more to come I'm sure. You're gonna be fabulous.

- Beverley Jansen - Nice to finally meet you in person. Maybe next time you'll join us for the night out :)

And there are many others I've talked to throughout the weekend. You're not forgotten, and I hope we'll get to see each other again soon. Until then, stay safe.

Just as a quick sidenote, I wanted to do a subtle bit of self-promotion. Okay, maybe not-so-subtle then. Slasherazzi is due out tomorrow, and I'm so excited that I'm going to be visiting a number of blogs over the next two weeks to share excerpts, and posts about the book. I will be posting the schedule tomorrow on release day, as well as kicking off the first of two giveaways. I hope you'll join me there to celebrate.

And with that, I bid you all farewell from The Kaine.

9 Jun 2014

UK Meet 2014 - Bristol (Part 1 of 2)

This weekend was the UK Meet 2014, held in Bristol. I've just got back home to my babies, who were excited to see me after almost 5 days away. I think the girls are ignoring me for a bit though. This is my punishment for leaving them. I've had such a great time at the meet, and I wanted to share with you some of my memories and thoughts. I'll apologise in advance for the lack of pictures. My phone battery was perpetually running flat.

It all started on a train. Three and a half hours of train, actually. I was greeted in Liverpool by a lot of hugging from Poppy Dennison, my head scratcher and second adopted mom, and Val Hughes, the most special awesome editor I've met. After a relaxing evening of food and Val's awesome lemon madeira cake, we retired for the night.

The next morning our road trip party was completed by the addition of Violet Joicey-Cowen. We loaded up the car and began our drive down to Bristol, with the assistance of Gladys, Val's SatNav--not to be confused with GlaDoS, though with some of the directions she was giving us and the tone of her voice after going round the same road for the third time, I'm sure homicidal thoughts were close to the forefront of her CPU.

We managed to make it to the hotel in one piece, and met up with the rest of the early birds. Among them was my first adopted mom Blaine D. Arden, Clare London, Anna Martin, M.J. O'Shea, and many others. One surprising realisation I made that day was Jordan Castillo Price does not look like JCP without her signature hat. I had to do a double take when Clare introduced us. Jordan? No, it can't be. You look different. Wait...  it's because you don't have your hat on!

That night a few of us skipped the meal and went out to an Italian restaurant for food and drinks. We had a good chinwag, and I even mistook a female waiter, who was determined to put pepper on someone's dinner before the end of the night was up, for an emo guy. There was some discussion on the table about this, and apparently I was the only one to make this particular mistake.

After that, I travelled down to Old Market for a tour of the gay bars with Anna Martin. We only stopped for drinks at one, but I got a good look around. For once I got to bed on the Friday night before midnight, and even woke up on the Saturday without a hangover.  I bet Charlie got a surprise there.
Books were already flying off the table before we finished setting up!

The next day we were up early for breakfast, and a fun-filled day of events. The day started with the usual filling of the swag bags and the introduction session, which was followed on by the 'Novel Openings' panel. My admiration goes out to all the authors who volunteered to read the first 150 words of their novel as I certainly wouldn't have had the courage to stand up there in front of all those people and read my work.

After a quick recess, we dove straight back into things with two more panels on demystifying publishing and marketing, the latter led by the awesomesauce Susan Lee, who has given me some great things to think about.

Next up was a lovely lunch, though the fish looked absolutely disgusting. Luckily, I'm not a fish-eater anyway. I have to qive a quick kudos to the hotel here as the food was really good considering the amount of people they were cooking for, and we never found ouselves lacking in drinks.

For once I actually like my picture!
I skipped the first afternoon panel for an impromptu planning session with my co-panelists (TJ Masters and Anna Martin, with Jo Myles presiding) for the BDSM Workshop. Those forty minutes passed so quickly, and next thing I knew I was sat in front of a group of people introducing myself to talk about being safe within the BDSM lifestyle, not just with meeting people, but also during sessions too.

Then I was stood at the front of the room, with TJ Masters pulling out lengths of bright blue rope from his bag of equipment. I was a bag of nerves by that point. But I have to say that I had a lot of fun working do it. TJ was an absolute star, and I'm impressed by the level of quality in his ropework, too. As more and more ropes were wrapped around me, I began to feel more and more secure, and I'm glad to say that it wasn't just me having fun. We got so many comments throughout the rest of that day, and the Sunday too, thanking us for a great experience. I have to say a big thank you to the audience as well. Not only were they very well-behaved, but they were eager to engage with us and ask questions. We even had one person come up to try the wrist cuffs on. Seriously guys, you helped make that workshop the success it was, and I hope we can do something similar next year on a different aspect of the BDSM lifestyle.

The day wound down slowly after that, with the keynote speech from Belinda McBride, and then the book fair. I'm so honoured that people came to buy my books, and I am happy to say I had none left to put back in my suitcase. Thank you to all of you, and I hope my books don't disappoint.

In the interest of not making this post too long, I'm going to pick back up tomorrow for part two where I'll cover the second half of the conference, and also menton a few of the awesome people I've met. Hope you'll be back tomorrow.