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Shameless self-promotion of my writing skills or lack there of.

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Open Thread

I’m hereby declaring this an open thread. What does that mean for you? It means you have the reigns for the day. You got a beef? Let’s air it out. Are you a writer? Pimp your work or that of a friend. Are you a reader? Why don’t you share a little bit about a book you’ve really enjoyed? Please provide links if at all possible. It doesn’t have to be limited to just books though. Have you seen a good movie lately? Tell us about it.

My only request is that you don’t flame each other. Good hearted ribbing is one thing, but don’t get mean over anyone’s opinion. Remember everyone has an opinion and some of them have two…

I’ll start us off with a bit o’ self-pimping.

I know by now most of you know about The Dance, but have you read this yet?

It’s a gritty little tale about sex, death and rock and roll… and of course angry forgotten Gods. You can learn a lot from the writing on the men’s room wall.

So come on, don’t be shy. Sing from the rooftops or swing from the chandeliers. Let’s hear what’s on your mind.

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At 4:40 AM, Blogger G-Man said...

Galen Haynes
Vic Canever Chevrolet
Fenton Michigan..
Lookin for a Chevy? I'm your man!!I've been at the same location for 21 years...
You mean THAT kind of pandering James?

(V-Stars are great bikes, they don't leak oil, and they'll NEVER leave you stranded..)

At 4:42 AM, Blogger G-Man said...

...Don't get me started.
Have a GREAT DAY...G

At 4:45 AM, Blogger James Goodman, Author said...

lol, that will work, g-man. :D

Oh, yeah... the not being stranded is truly awesome compared to some of my previous bikes. :D

Yep, you got yahtzee, but I left you a little present over at Lime's, lol. :D

At 4:48 AM, Blogger Ric said...

Wow, somebody from my area actually blogs? I'm impressed. Go G-man.

At 5:02 AM, Blogger James Goodman, Author said...

And a talented blogger at that, Ric. You should check out some of his Friday 55s.

At 5:16 AM, Blogger Max Griffin said...

James, I saw your posting on the OSFW group and thought I'd take an opportunity to post my website...

I'm another Oklahoma author -- somewhat of a novice -- who shares an interest in science fiction and horror. I'm new to blogging, so I'm afraid my blogspot is mostly just a spot at the moment!

Thanks for the open thread!


At 5:24 AM, Blogger James Goodman, Author said...

Thanks, for stopping by Max.

Max Griffin currently has a book out in ebook format. The Frog King.


At 5:27 AM, Blogger lime said...

lime here, the object of the yahtzee wars of blogland, (makes me sound kinda like helen of troy that way...howzat for shameless self-promotion?), purveyor of drivel, meme queen, bear whisperer, and conductor of the mom taxi express.

after reading a series of either heavy emotional non-fiction, or history books with a buttload of info to absorb I am now lightening it up a bit with "No Touch Monkey!" by Ayun Halliday. It's a humorous travelogue. Not half bad.

At 5:33 AM, Blogger James Goodman, Author said...

lol, I have to be on the look out for strange wooden horses showing up at my door. :D

That book sounds great, I just checked out the link. I'll have to add it to my TBR pile. :D

At 5:43 AM, Blogger Desirée Lee said...

How generous of you to allow the rest of us to hijack your blog today! Thank you!

I got home from a trip last night and found this nice little message from my publisher.

Carpe Noctem,

You can now pre-order your copy of my upcoming book Brothers at Arms today at All Romance Ebooks! Woo hoo!

I'm so giddy.

I've never
had a book available for pre-order before! *silly grin*

Carpe Noctem,

Brothers at Arms

Part of the Dark Tarot line coming in June from Tease

For 250 years, the Arcée brothers have been in conflict. The vendetta between these two powerful vampires has shown no signs of resolve or waning. The concession made between the two is that the location of their ongoing war is moved every five decades to help prevent hapless mortals from discovering them. It was determined that the new locations would be chosen by a delegated Keeper, symbolized by a custom-made tarot card. Where the card goes, so do the Houses and also the war.

When the card changes hands, each house sends out Seekers, specially trained vampires who race against each other to be the first to discover the card’s new location. The first one to find the card and take control of the new Keeper has the upper hand in the battle for that duration as they gain first foothold in the new city.

This year is a Turning Year. Julio Mendoza receives the card in the mail, unaware of its meaning. When he learns of the history of the card, he realizes he has been thrust in to a war that holds nothing for him, yet he cannot escape his fate. Still he will not accept his role meekly.

Michelle Bryson is a Seeker for the House of François Arcée. She is pitted against a ruthless rival from the House of Pierre Arcée to get to Julio first. Michelle is a young Seeker and if she fails to capture the Keeper, her life may be forfeited. What Michelle did not plan on was to find the Keeper to be a sexy, rebellious man who has a spirit in him unlike any Keeper she has seen in the past.

Julio knows the vampires are coming for him. He knows that he cannot hide forever. When the Seekers find him though, he cannot deny his attraction toward Michelle – an attraction that they will both pay dearly for if the Seeker from the House of Pierre Arcée has anything to do about it.

©2008 - Desirée Lee

Click here to Pre-Order Brothers at Arms

Desirée Lee
Putting the Romance Back in Necromancy

At 5:50 AM, Blogger James Goodman, Author said...

No problems, Desiree. Thanks for contributing. :D

I love a good vampire tale and this sounds like a great read. I'll have to check it out...

Congrats on the pre-order status.

At 6:05 AM, Blogger David Niall Wilson said...

I figured I'd stop by and mention my new collection, ENNUI & OTHER STATES OF MADNESS

And my upcoming horror novel from Full Moon press: MAELSTROM

Both are due this summer. More info of course over at Macabre Ink as well as interviews, book reviews, and more. Soon there will be an interview with our buddy James added to the pile!


At 6:21 AM, Blogger James Goodman, Author said...

Hey, Dave. Thanks for stopping by. Having read a good deal of his books, I can say with conviction that he is one helluva writer. You guys are missing out if you haven't read any of his stuff. I'd also recommend you check out This is my Blood or Deep Blue as well as the ones he linked to above.

At 6:31 AM, Blogger lime said...

ok, back to add a thread on the important topic of forsythia pruning...

allow it to grow kind of wildly so it looks like yellow flames licking up toward the sky in early spring, or trim it into neatly shaped hedges.

i always feel somewhat sorry for the neatly trimmed forsythia.

(see i warned you about my propensity toward drivel...now maybe we could build a large wooden badger...)

At 7:00 AM, Anonymous Sara Saint John said...

Thanks for sharing your blog, James! You're a sweetheart. :)

My name is Sara Saint John and I have a new e-book release.

TRUST THE NIGHT by Sara Saint John
ISBN: 1-59998-913-1
Length: 68,395 words
Price: 5.50
Genre: Paranormal Romance

Bullets won't stop this killer. It'll take a vampire.

In homicide detective Beth Andrews’ eyes, “Mad Jack” is committing the ultimate abuse against women—murder. She’ll stop at nothing to bring him to justice. The sexy criminal psychologist she’s been paired with is a distraction she doesn’t need, but he’s getting under her skin in more ways than one.

Sam Jordan knows he is two things Beth doesn’t trust: A shrink, and a man. But Beth needs his help more than she knows, because like the killer they hunt, Sam is a vampire.

Revealing himself could destroy her fragile trust--and make her the killer’s next target.

Coffeetime Romance gave Trust the Night 4 cups!
Literary Nymphs gave it 5 nymphs!

At 7:03 AM, Blogger jillie said...

I am reading a book now Eat, Pray, Love...it's so so and I have this thing that no matter HOW much the book sucks, I have to finish it. I have 3 books now that I have been trying to read over the past 5 years...lol!!!

I can usually rifle through a book of about 350 in a day. I will get through it because I REALLY REALLY want to buy The Dance and read it. You have my curiosity struck on that one!

At 7:13 AM, Blogger James Goodman, Author said...

lol, Lime. That is great advice. One can never know too much about the proper pruning techniques of forsythia. :D

Hi, Sara and your quite welcome. :D Oh, another Vampire tale... I feel my TBR pile growing by the second. :D It sounds like a fantastic read.

Oh, I know what you mean, Jillie. I used to read to the end no matter what, but any more... if it doesn't have me in a grip by page 100 or so, I put it away. I have too many books in my TBR pile to waste time on something that's poorly written.

Ah, I hope you enjoy The Dance when you get the chance to read it, Jillie. Thank you so much. :D

At 8:07 AM, Blogger Kelly Kirch said...

Woo hoo!!!! An open thread to do with as I choose!!

I'm dancin'. I'm spinnin'. See me dannnnnnncin'. la la la la laaaa!

Whew, I'm dizzy. Gonna stop now.

But hey, y'all should check out www.ohgetagrip.blogspot.com for my take on Furries, fetishes, and predators.

At 8:10 AM, Blogger ciara said...

i just finished the book double cross by james patterson last week. i've alway enjoyed the cross series. my mil gave me some books and i've tried starting the overlook by michael connelly.

i guess there seems to be a lot of praise on the eat, love, pray book, but i don't think i could get into it from the sound of it.

i have nothing to shamelessly self promote cuz i don't do squat lol but someday, maybe i'll try writing. who knows? lol

At 8:16 AM, Blogger James Goodman, Author said...

Hi, Kelly. I was dancin' with you. :D Yes, I just read the post on furries it was quite fascinating... do drop by to check it out.

lol, Ciara it doesn't have to be self-promotion, you can pimp out anything you want. :D The mention of the two authors in your post was a good start. :D

At 10:13 AM, Blogger Maddie James said...

Well, hey there Dark Prince! Thanks for opening it up for us all today. I feel sorely like a fish out of water with all this horror stuff going on but I'll offer up my little grown-up fairy tale for the taking. Ever wondered what happened to Little Red Riding Hood when she grew up? Well...

Check out Red: A Seduction Tale at http://www.resplendencepublishing.com

Quick read, ebook, a little wolf, a little moonlight, a lotta sexy....


At 10:19 AM, Blogger James Goodman, Author said...

Hey, Madz. Not a problem, I'm glad you decided to contribute. :D

With a tagline like that your bound to pique some interest. :D

Oh, and I have to mention Maddie also has a book out called The Curse. It is a fantastic read, you may have read my review about it here a few weeks ago. Another of those extremely talented authors I'm lucky enough to count as a friend. :D

At 10:28 AM, Blogger Maddie James said...

Ah, sweetie, I am the lucky one. Thanks so much for your kind review. The Curse is a book of my heart and so glad you liked it. I'm working through The Quest as we speak, the third book in the series. Oh, didn't mention, The Cult is already in print. LOL Looks to me like there will be a book 4, The Chosen and we'll see from there...

I know you've been pounding the keyboard religiously the past week. Wanna tell us what you are working on?


At 10:38 AM, Blogger James Goodman, Author said...

The Cult is already in print? I must've missed the announcement or the info was pushed from over taxed brain when the muse sunk her claws into me, lol.

I'm putting the finishing touches on Tuttle's House of Horror even as we speak. I hope to have it ready to send off in the next couple of weeks. I have to run it by my beta readers first. :D

It's about a group of kids who decide to put on a haunted house in the old Tuttle Mansion. Nothing big there, except that the reason they chose the house is because eleven years ago it was the locale of the biggest masacre to ever darken the world of smalltown Oklahoma (the story takes place in Owasso). Suffice it to say, things don't go as planned and there will be blood... oh yes, there will be blood. lol.

At 11:15 AM, Blogger Maddie James said...

ewe... the sounds of that one does curdle the blood a bit. Oh, you know, I misspoke. The Cult is soon to be in print, so your brain is just fine (albeit a bit warped LOL) and mine is the one that is taxed...or tazed...or something....

Will keep you posted.


At 11:25 AM, Blogger James Goodman, Author said...

lol, rumor has it that I am one sick puppy. :D Cool, definately keep me posted, you know I'll snag a copy. :D

At 11:37 AM, Blogger Akelamalu said...

How generous of you James!

I'm reading a great book at the moment called "Dying Light" by Stuart Stuart is a recent find of mine, this being only the second of his books I've read, I can really recommend him as an author.

At 11:40 AM, Blogger James Goodman, Author said...

lol, I do what I can, AK. I haven't read any of his work. What is the book about? It may be something for me to check into. :D

At 12:42 PM, Blogger Anny Cook said...

Jimeneeeez, Cool idea, James.

So first: Reading Compulsion by Jonathon Kellerman on my digital reader. Great book.

Second: Have a new book coming out July 18 from Ellora's Cave--Kama Sutra Lovers. For more info??? www.annycook.com

Third: For more blogging check out www.ohgetagrip.blogspot.com or www.annycook.blogspot.com

James, have a great day!

At 12:47 PM, Blogger James Goodman, Author said...

Thanks, Anny. It seems to have drawn a good turn out. My TBR be overflowing, lol. :D

At 2:51 PM, Blogger Lillian Feisty said...

I'm just trying to figure out why a person would Google "bouncy christine."

I keep getting hits from that keyword on my blog. Why? Why?

At 2:58 PM, Blogger James Goodman, Author said...

lol, Lillian... that is a conundrum. :D Maybe it is a combination of words you used in two completely unrelated posts?

At 7:08 AM, Blogger Mark Rainey said...

Well, you axed for it! ;)

OTHER GODS, by Stephen Mark Rainey, due later this month from Dark Regions. Features 16 stories of supernatural terror, released in three editions -- signed, lettered hardcover; signed, numbered hardcover; and signed trade paperback.

Check it out at http://www.darkregions.com.

Thenk you verruh much. :)


At 7:16 AM, Blogger James Goodman, Author said...

lol, Mark. I did indeed axe for it. :D

I look forward to reading this. Thanks for the contribution. :D


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