Magic, Steam, and Dickens

Yeah, Yeah, I know! I go from almost never writing a post to bombarding you for more than a week straight, and here I am again. In my defense, it's Christmas!

Last year at about this time I shared Drawing Penises—a holiday flash followup to my freebie novella Almost But Not Quite. I had written it on my way to the in-laws. Something I rarely do because I have a tendency for motionsickness. But when inspiration hits, it hits.

Since, at the moment, I don't know if inspiration will hit again on my travels, I thought I would share the holiday reads that have kept me company this year.

A diverse group if there ever was one!

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Nobody's Butterfly

Claire Davis and Al Stewart write so beautifully. It's this mixture of poetry and social-consciousness, but it's so much more than that. Very few writers can invoke such emotion in me. I honestly envy the hell out of their talent. 

Nobody's Butterfly is everything I love in a Christmas Story. It has the darkness of reality, but that darkness is illuminated by the magic and the hope and the beautiful language, and a perfect happy ending.

A magical, YA romance for the holiday. And it's for a wonderful cause! 

With proceeds going to Children In Need

Recommended for romance readers of all ages.

You can purchase it directly from Beaten Track Publishing, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and other online retailers.


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Eight Feet of Magic

This is my first actual steampunk world read and I was absolutely sucked in! 

Ofelia Gränd is an author with a wonderful ability to create these dark realities. In these darker stories, she kind of disregards traditional expectations. Okay, she kind of flips traditional expectations off. LOL

Here we are given someting a little more traditional, but not.

Gränd does a wonderful job of creating a dirty, smog-filled world that is also weird and wonderful, woven together with traditional Norse mythology, piracy and magic.

Romantic, sentimental and sweet—I know! I'm gobsmacked!—and yet stressful, exciting and a bit shocking. 

A great story that shows us there is still magic to be found in even the darkest places. You just need to know where to look. ♥

Recommended for readers who like unsual in their romance.

You can purchase it from Amazon and Barnes and Noble and other online retailers.


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Christmas Can Kiss My Dickens

In the fine tradition, Hunter Frost gives us an MM retelling of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. Being a huge fan of the book—I reread it ever year—all the movies—yeah, even the one with Lionel Barrymore—I was completely on board!

This time with a fully grown, Tiny Tim—wheelchair bound and...well, bitter!

Much like Ebenezer, Tim's world has narrowed down to his work, and his own lonely existence. 

But there’s someone that sees past his prickly—read: asshole—exterior. But it will take more than a pass to make Tim realize what he's missing and what could be his.

Life is more than the cards we're dealt, it's what we make of it. 

Recommended for romance readers that like a little something sexy with their Christmas tinsel.

You can purchase it from Amazon and Barnes and Noble and other online retailers.


There you have it! A few reading ideas as we head into Christmas! I know I have a  half dozen other Christmas stories just waiting for the long holiday weekend to begin! 

Merry Christmas, safe travels and happy reading! 


Happy Holidays


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🌟🌟 Cover Reveal 🌟🌟 & the Winners of the Dreamspinner Press Gift Card Drawing!

It's finally here! The day of the big reveal, the day That Rat, Carter Janson is finally available for preorder, and the day we announce the winners of the Dreamspinner Press gift card drawing!

Thanks to everyone who's played along! And thanks for the comments and the support. When I first started writing almost four years ago—it was part of a New Years resolution—I didn't know where it would lead, or if I'd continue writing after I finished that first story. But thanks to lots of readers and the support of many very talented people, I'm still plugging away.

Now down to business!

I was a little leery having someone else design my cover. It's something I've always done myself. And after spending so many months writing a story, it's hard to let someone else take control. But I could not be more pleased.

I can't thank the talented designer Brooke Albrecht enough. Make sure to check out some of her other work on her website and like her Facebook page. 

And now... it's time for the cover! And with it a visual introduction to Felix! I have to say, the designer got him just right!

 

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That Rat, Carter Janson

Blurb

Every man has secrets, but some are bigger than others….

Felix Peake escaped a shady past to carve out a successful career as an expert in Mesopotamian art and gain the respect of the Chicago art community. But when an assistant curator—a man Felix could easily see himself falling for—asks him to reauthenticate a cuneiform tablet to avoid a looming scandal, Felix’s carefully constructed life could crumble.

The tablet is a fake, and Felix is intimately familiar with the artist. Master forger Carter Janson—Felix’s ex and first love—disappeared from his life six years before without a word of explanation. Now, to hold his world together, Felix must find the original tablet, steal it back, and replace the forgery—all before the museum exhibit debuts. It’ll mean slipping back into a role Felix wanted to leave behind and risking his promising future. But even then, he can’t do it alone. He’ll have to confront that rat, Carter Janson.


And now for the winners of the Dreamspinner Press gift cards! I wish I had a prize for everyone. :(

DRUM ROLL PLEASE ...

First Place $25

Susana Perez 

Second Place $15

Lee Todd

Third Place $10

Jovan

I'll be contacting the winners in the morning, but if you're here and haven't heard from me already, feel free to let me know the email address to send your prize! PM me on Goodreads, message me on Facebook or email me at amyspector(at)yahoo(dot)com

Thanks again to everyone who took part in my cover reveal countdown! I hope to see you all again here on my blog, on Twitter or Facebook. And if you happen to pick up That Rat, Carter Janson, let me know if you enjoyed it.

Happy Reading! And have a wonderful holiday! 


Happy Holidays, Everyone!


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Dreamspinner Press Gift Card Giveaway 🌟🌟 Day 2 🌟🌟 Cover Reveal Countdown!

Welcome to day nine of my Cover Reveal Countdown and Giveaway!

Tomorrow is the big day! And today is everyone's last chance to add a final entry into the giveaway of the Dreamspinner Press gift cards drawing!

Just after midnight tonight, I'll be drawing the winners and including them in Tuesday's blog post! When possible, I'll also send a message directly to the winner.

So, with our last day, I'd thought I'd share the Rat himself! And my favorite character of them all! ♥︎♥︎♥︎

Remember, don't forget to comment below to be entered into the drawing for one of three Dreamspinner Press gift cards. And just in time for Christmas!

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Just joining us? There's still time!

During my Cover Reveal Countdown, we'll be giving away three Dreamspinner Press Gift Cards!

First Prize - $25

Second Prize - $15

Third Prize - $10

The rules are easy!

Starting December 10th, every day I'll be posting a little something about one of the characters from my upcoming book. If you know my writing, you know I love my secondary characters. I'll share a pic, an excerpt or a quote, maybe even a little more.

Comment on the countdown post here on my blog, on Facebook, or Twitter. One comment per site. One entry per comment.

Yes! That means you could comment on Facebook, Twitter and directly on my blog, and you'll get three separate entries into the giveaway. And you can do that every day! 

On day 10, December 19th, we'll reveal the cover, and I'll also announce the randomly drawn winners of a $25, $15, and the $10 Dreamspinner Press gift cards! 

If you're like me, I can never have enough books in my Dreamspinner library! 

Maybe the winners will even want to pick up That Rat, Carter Janson!

😄


That Rat, Carter Janson

Blurb

Every man has secrets, but some are bigger than others….

Felix Peake escaped a shady past to carve out a successful career as an expert in Mesopotamian art and gain the respect of the Chicago art community. But when an assistant curator—a man Felix could easily see himself falling for—asks him to reauthenticate a cuneiform tablet to avoid a looming scandal, Felix’s carefully constructed life could crumble.

The tablet is a fake, and Felix is intimately familiar with the artist. Master forger Carter Janson—Felix’s ex and first love—disappeared from his life six years before without a word of explanation. Now, to hold his world together, Felix must find the original tablet, steal it back, and replace the forgery—all before the museum exhibit debuts. It’ll mean slipping back into a role Felix wanted to leave behind and risking his promising future. But even then, he can’t do it alone. He’ll have to confront that rat, Carter Janson.

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Carter Janson

Side Note:

When I originally submitted my manuscript to Dreamspinner Press it was under the name That Rat-Bastard, Carter Janson. Due to obvious reasons—well, admittedly it hadn't occurred to me—we changed it shortly into edits. I've almost gotten used to the new name. Almost.


Check back tomorrow for the cover reveal & the names of the giveaway winners!


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