Sunday, February 19, 2017

Crocodylus Acutus cover updated

In my continuing quest to self-publish my back catalog, I have fiddled with Photoshop and created a new cover for Crocodylus Acutus.  The fonts are FullSans from FontSpring and Gigi from PhotoShop, with stock images from Adobe Stock.

Free at Smashwords!

Let me tell you, researching all the right licenses and legalities of cover art took more time than creating this cover did, but I had fun playing around in Photoshop and trying out some of the techniques from the hours of tutorials I've been watching.  It's a pretty simplistic cover, and I'm definitely not entering it into any contests soon, but I intend to do more advanced ones for my non-free reads.  Consider this a warm-up that hopefully isn't as hideous as the previous cover.

Next on my list is Courting -- I'm going to make a series cover for each short story previously published and then release them individually as freebies. I plan to spend some time on the anthology version, which will have new stories added to an omnibus format for a modest price.

Until next time...
-J

Saturday, February 4, 2017

February 2017

So I'm sick (again) with some sinus crud, where I feel like I'm doing somersaults while sitting on the couch (good times).  The low-key illness thing happens pretty frequently to me, so we generally just roll with it and I veg out until I'm good to go again.

That means I'm parked on the couch today, discovering new apps like Moodica (kittens! puppies! nature!) and watching The Great Courses app channel (up now, The Science of Information with Dr. Ben Schumacher).  I also have a dog on my lap that has figured out she can manipulate my touch screen computer with her nose :(

What have I been doing writing-wise that people might care about?

I've been prioritizing my back catalog for re-publication, looking at potential new publishing venues, and playing with photoshop (new logo!) to create new covers for the stories I'm planning to self-publish.

So first up, new cover for Puppy Tax and new content being added to the story (if I'm giving you a new cover, I'll make it worth your while to download it again...).  Also, a new cover for Crocodylus Acutus.  Woot!

I've also decided that, if I self-publish a story, it will be through my Smashwords account.

I'll keep you guys up to date on any new news! :)

-J

Monday, January 16, 2017

January 2017

Hey, hooligans!

If you're reading this as a long-awaited update, thanks for sticking with me! If you're a new hooligan just discovering my work for the first time, welcome!

So you may have noticed a few things over the last year: I haven't produced anything new; I've been mostly active on Tumblr, and that's been reblogging hockey and various fandom related content; All Romance eBooks and Torquere Press closed at the end of December; and I deleted my LiveJournal.

I have to admit, Torquere closing has left me very much saddened by how things turned out. I started reading Torquere ebooks in 2004, had my first novelette published by Torquere in 2006, and helped with the annual charity drive for a couple years. While life has left me less and less time to write since 2012, I still tried to keep up with my favorite Torquere authors and those who had moved on from Torquere to other publishers. When Torquere changed owners, I pretty much resolved to find a new publishing house, but to see it end badly is heartbreaking. Others have written about the situation, and I'm not going into it here, but I recommend a quick Google search if this is news to you.

This confluence of 2016 events, along with finishing my graduate program, means that I'm hard-core revising my website and social media platforms, reviewing all my previous work, planning my future publication goals, and generally re-engaging with my entire process of being a writer. What this also means is that I will finally start using all that image editing software I bought in a fit of emboldened hope last year and failed to use.

Additionally, I resolve not to over-promise, but to also be more consistent with my updates. Expect more news as I move forward with the changes to my sites and my quest for new publishing opportunities.

May 2017 be better than 2016!
-J.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

2014 Round-up

So...

Yeah, 2014 happened.

From the writing side, things were pretty quiet -- which is totally my bad. I've been working on a few stories, and intend to publish some of my out of print ones at Smashwords, so keep an eye out for that. I've also been contemplating dipping my toes in the world of YA books, which might require another pseudonym and additional website. Ah, planning.

From the personal side, the year was pretty rough. We lost one of our furry children after a two-year battle with cancer, and lost a grandfather, a stand-in grandmother, two uncles, and one aunt. So a lot of this past summer and fall was spent traveling and Mr. Bay reaching official pall bearer status.

Not all of 2014 sucked, though -- I also started a new grad school program this Fall, working toward my M.S. again. We had a few pleasure trips in between, including a nice B&B stay for our anniversary out in the Shenandoah Valley (wherein we discovered that, while a lack of cell phone reception is nice for the first 12 hours, we cannot exceed 18 hours without losing our minds), and we made good use of our Virginia Wine Pass for local day trips. We also attended several performances at Synetic Theater, including The Island of Dr. Moreau and Beauty and the Beast, and saw Three Decembers at UrbanArias, which may have made us Opera fans after all, since we'd been disinclined to see another after Cosi fan tutte.

So for 2015, I resolve to post here more often, even if it's just reviews, and have a more consistent writing/publication schedule. You can always find me skulking about on my Tumblr account, where I reblog pretty people and places.

Here's to a productive and healthy 2015!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

I may have taken another hiatus without announcing it...

So last year when I was all "Yay! End of hiatus!" after all the health hoopla of the rest of my family, it turned out that I needed to take another hiatus to sort out more of my own health issues.

But! I'm over a month out from abdominal surgery and things are looking good, so I'm hoping to get back into my writing groove. I just need to sit down with all my files and decide on my priorities...

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Charity Sip Blitz is HERE!


2013 Charity Sip Blitz Complete Package
By: 26 Authors

$49.99

Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=79_111&products_id=4012

Blurb:
Get all 25 Sips for just $49.99, 15% off the regular price of $58.74
This package is available in PDF format only.

Welcome to the 2013-2014 Sip Blitz, which is all about all of those who proudly serve and protect all of us!

Who can resist a sexy uniform? From military to medical and police to paramedics; from soldiers of history to starships of the future; from simply sweet to scorching hot, these stories about those in uniformed service -- and those who love them -- will make you laugh and cry in all the best ways.

And since the authors have generously volunteered to donate their proceeds (an amount which Torquere Press will match) to the OutServe charity organization, you get to feel good about this collection before you've even cracked the cover!

**This is a very large zipped file. Please be patient while downloading.**


Start Something New
By: J. Rocci


24 pages / 6300 words
$2.49

Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=79_111&products_id=3989

Blurb:
Sergeant First Class Matt Ridley adopts a new puppy and joins his HOA Board thinking it will get him out of the house more; otherwise the alternative is his well-meaning brother signing him up for online dating sites. Through HOA business, Ridley meets Brett Isaacs, a civilian Army security guard at the base where he works, who also shares his destructive dog woes. A yard planning session with beer and pizza turns into a profession of mutual attraction and a very satisfying ending as they agree to embark on something new.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

RADIO LOVE SONG now available at GoodReads!

So imagine my surprise when Radio Love Song went live this morning :)

If you don't have a GoodReads account (or aren't a member of the M/M Romance Group), you can track the story's availability at the new M/M Romance Group website that was created in response to a change in GoodReads' file posting policies.

If you're new to the M/M Romance Love Is Always Write events, how it works is that a reader chooses a picture and writes a prompt for it, which an author then claims and writes the story. The awesome volunteers at the M/M Romance group edit and post the stories all on their own time (and dime) so everyone can read. Seriously, we're talking over a hundred free stories a year!

Go check it out!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

End of Unexpected Hiatus

SO I took an unexpected hiatus this last, oh say, YEAR. But I'm back now! Promise!

What started out as a bad knee injury for me turned into a new day job, a cat with an amputated leg, a husband with a broken knee, and various family members and friends with other health issues, including me. I'm hoping the rest of 2013 will cut us all a break :P

But I've started to get back into the writing groove lately, and I have two charity stories to announce:

Radio Love Song will be released this summer as part of the GoodReads M/M Romance group's 2013 Love Has No Boundaries event. Stay tuned for a release date!

Start Something New will be released later this year as part of the Torquere Press Charity Sip Blitz! Woot!

SEPTEMBER - OUTSERVE CHARITY SIP BLITZ
Every year, the great authors at Torquere Press put their money where their mouth is, donating their time writing stories for our chosen charity. Those same authors donate any royalties earned on their stories to the chosen organization, with Torquere matching those donations 100%. In the past we've raised $5000.00 for Lambda Legal, over $3000.00 for the Matthew Shepard Foundation, and more than $10000.00 combined for organizations such as NOH8 and Doctors Without Borders.

For the 2013-2014 Charity event, which will premiere in September 2013, we've chosen OutServe-SLDN as our donation organization. OutServe is an non-profit that provides legal services and support to LGBT military individuals and families, working toward equal representation and benefits.

This year's theme for Charity Sips, or short stories, is "In Uniform". Who doesn't love a man, or woman, in uniform?