Thursday, 31 January 2013

Guest post: Justin Carroll

Here at Goddess we're always happy to help out fellow indie authors, so delighted to welcome Justin Carroll to talk about his debut book, Everything's Cool.

The debut novella by Justin Carroll

Tell us a little about Everything’s Cool…
Everything’s Cool is a dark, paranoid and occasionally funny story about a strange, paranoid and obsessive man called Stan and his efforts to prevent an apocalypse he has dreamt of for most of his life. He’s totally insane, but does that mean he’s wrong?

Who are your main influences and who are your target readers?
In general terms, Neil Gaiman inspired me to write again, which you certainly wouldn’t get from reading Everything’s Cool, though perhaps you would from other things I’ve written. When it comes to this novella, I think I was pretty heavily influenced by Easton Ellis and Vonnegut, and I think readers would likewise be interested in the psychological, the darker side of the human mind, though not necessarily the violent, immoral side as such.
Everything Cool is a novella – do you think digital publishing is opening a lot of doors for books that are non-traditional in length?
Absolutely. Digital publishing, the internet in general, and the increasing ‘ease’ of self-publishing, mean people are able to experiment a lot more – from novellas to tweet-length short stories. Of course, the rise of the novella in mainstream fiction (On Chesil Beach, for example) is also a great step forward for those of us who might write in these less traditional formats.

What made you decide to go down the self-publishing route?
A couple of reasons: I grew tired of agents telling me that novellas simply cannot be published, regardless of how good they might be, if they responded at all. And I promised myself I’d be published in 2012, so I decided to make that happen.
Your book is in hard copy and digital – why did you decide you wanted to do both?
When I first thought about self-publishing, I thought about hard copy only. I have a Kindle, I love my Kindle, but I’m still someone who thinks of books as paper and ink. So, if I was going to have a book I wrote out there, it had to be paper. Only, when I told people I was going to publish Everything’s Cool, every single one of them asked if it would be available on Kindle. So, I figured why not have both?

What advice would you have for other indie authors who are just starting out?

The internet is your friend. In fact, it’s vital if you want to get your book out there. I’m not particularly gifted when it comes to making the most of the internet, but Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads etc are all valuable tools in getting people to read what you write. 
If you decide to self-publish, read a lot about it first – there are a lot of hurdles I didn’t know that I found out the hard way.
And, as advice to authors, I’d pass on the advice I was given by my literary hero: ‘Finish Everything’.

What’s next for you?
Apart from continuing to spread the word about Everything’s Cool, I’m writing a children’s Victoriana-Steampunk-Mystery, which I’m hoping to have completed in the next couple of months.
Justin Carroll

Author bio: Justin Carroll graduated with a degree in English Literature and Language from King’s College, London in 2004. In between writing and marketing, he fritters away his time doing all sorts of geeky things. Shortlisted for several short story competitions, Justin was a finalist in the 2010 British Fantasy Awards. Everything’s Cool is his first published novella. You can follow Justin on his blog or check out his Goodreads page here.
Everything's Cool is available on  Amazon here (the Kindle edition is only 99p!)

Sunday, 27 January 2013

Geek romance from Stella My Star

Sometimes, I really want a boyfriend. Mainly, I admit, when I've watched a Sandra Bullock movie, tried to open a jar of olives, or attempted to fix anything in my house. But sometimes it's just because being in a couple seems to exponentially increase the amount of geeky stuff you can own. I know I have blogged about Stella My Star before - not sorry, because she's a friend and I also really, really love her stuff - but she's kinda torturing me with all the cool Valentine stuff on her site right now. I love this Han and Leia locket, and the card is super cute. Never mind, for those of us currently condemned to solo adventures, the Henry Jones Jnr locket is nicely inspiring...

All images below courtesy of Stella My Star

Han and Leia locket by Stella My Star
Henry Jones Jnr by Stella My Star

Card by Stella My Star

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Jade Kerrion Double Helix Blog Hop

I'm delighted to be one of the hosts on Jade Kerrion's Double Helix blog tour! Her Perfection Unleashed is on offer for a mere 99 cents for the duration of the tour, making it the perfect time to check out this intriguing sounding series....

Love Triangles in the Double Helix

Love triangles abound, at least in fiction. We love to take sides and to root for one team or another. The Double Helix is a science fiction/urban fantasy series; it isn’t specifically a romance, but love is universal and forms the core of this story. Let’s take a look at the key players in this love triangle.   

Zara Itani is a Lebanese-Venezuelan assassin. Sultry and beautiful, she is lethal with blades and guns, and her attitude is more abrasive than steel wool. Her relentlessly practical, take-no-prisoners style results in her having little patience for people who will not tackle a problem head-on. Strong-willed, an alpha female in every possible way, Zara respects strength and courage. She also has a deeply hidden streak of compassion that she will deny to her deathbed. She is “a catalyst of events, most of them cataclysmic.”

It should come as no surprise that, on a whim, she frees Galahad, the lab-created perfect human being from his laboratory prison. Galahad is Zara’s perfect match. He possesses more than an incisive intellect, impeccable manners, and stunning good looks. He’s the only one who can beat Zara in a fair fight. Everyone wants him, but Zara has him. Zara and Galahad are clearly made for each other.

 When could perfection possibly not be good enough? When you can compare perfection to its imperfect source, of course.

Danyael Sabre is an alpha empath and the genetic source of Galahad’s physical template. They have the same pale blond hair, the same striking dark eyes, the same sculptured features. Physically, they’re identical. In every other way that matters, they’re not. After twenty-five years of imprisonment in the laboratory where he was created, Galahad is eager and impatient to seize the world. On the other hand, Danyael, after a traumatic childhood as an undiagnosed alpha empath, wants nothing more than to be left alone to do his job as a doctor in a charity clinic in poverty-stricken Brooklyn neighborhood. 

 Zara’s impulsive action in freeing Galahad upends Danyael’s hard-won normal life. Inevitably, Zara and Danyael meet, and just as inevitably, she dislikes him. Danyael’s psychic shields, designed to deflect attention, are partially to blame, but she would have found fault with him anyway. She thinks he’s evasive and a coward, unwilling to face his past or embrace his empathic mutant powers. He thinks she’s an interfering troublemaker with a ruthless and cruel streak, but is too polite to say so. When she finally falls in love with him, they are not certain if she did so on her own accord or whether she was influenced by his emotion-altering mutant powers.

 No question, Zara and Danyael are made for each other too.

Who will Zara choose? The perfect human being who wants her and everything that life can offer him, or the alpha empath who watches silently from the sidelines of life? One thing is certain; being loved by Zara isn’t safe. On a normal day, Zara can wreak more havoc with love than most people can with hate. Good luck to the unfortunate guy Zara chooses, because he’ll need it.

You can follow the Zara-Galahad-Danyael love triangle, beginning with Perfection Unleashed, the first novel in the award-winning Double Helix series.

Author Bio:

 Jade Kerrion unites cutting-edge science and bioethics with fast-paced action in her award-winning Double Helix series. Drawing rave reviews for its originality and vision, and described as “a breakout piece of science fiction,” Perfection Unleashed, and its sequels, Perfect Betrayal and Perfect Weapon, are available in print and e-book through Amazon and other major retailers.

About The Double Helix series: 

His genetic code sourced from the best that humanity offers, Galahad embodies the pinnacle of perfection. When Zara Itani, a mercenary whose abrasive arrogance exceeds her beauty, frees him from his laboratory prison, she offers him the chance to claim everything that had ever been denied him, beginning with his humanity.

Perfection cannot be unleashed without repercussions, and Galahad’s freedom shatters Danyael Sabre’s life.

An alpha empath, Danyael is rare and coveted, even among the alpha mutants who dominate the Genetic Revolution. He wields the power to heal or kill with a touch, but craves only privacy and solitude—both impossible dreams for the man who was used as Galahad’s physical template.

Galahad and Danyael, two men, one face. One man seeks to embrace destiny, and the other to escape it.

The award-winning Double Helix series, consisting of Perfection Unleashed, Perfect Betrayal, and Perfect Weapon, will challenge your notions of perfection and humanity, and lead you in a celebration of courage and compassion. Science fiction, urban fantasy, and action-adventure readers will enjoy this thrilling roller-coaster ride as it twists and turns through a world transformed by the Genetic Revolution.

Social media and buy links:

Connect with Jade Kerrion: Blog / Facebook / Twitter

Perfection Unleashed: Amazon / Amazon UK / Smashwords

Perfect Betrayal: Amazon / Amazon UK / Smashwords

Perfect Weapon: Amazon / Amazon UK / Smashwords


Wednesday, 2 January 2013

Not so random reads at the Book Tart

I've talked about the Book Tart before - seriously, she's adorable. We like the same things (Dean Winchester, mainly) and she's also super stylish, which you know I like. So I was delighted to discover she'd done this V-blog about Dark Dates... pop over and check it out!

I was also thrilled that Fangs for the Fantasy's Renee named Dark Dates her Top Indie Pick, and Bookgirlie voted it one of her Top 5 Reads. It's been really great to get so much positive feedback for the books in 2012 - here's hoping for a stellar 2013!