Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Second Chances - BLOG TOUR


Second Chances is on tour and will continue to be on tour until December 20, 2012.




Please support the book, its authors: T. D. Green, L. J. Harris, DaNay Smith, Bette Browne, and C. C Lorenz, and Bottom Drawer Publications, by visiting some of the blog stops on this tour. Read what is being said about the book, and learn more from the authors in some wonderful interviews.

We'd love to hear what you think, so please leave a comment when you're there.

Also, there is the chance to win one of four copies of the book, plus discount vouchers to spend in our ever-growing store.

Find out more HERE at the Second Chances Blog Tour page.

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

2013 – Anthology Calls



Bottom Drawer Publications announces it full list of Anthologies for 2013. Please look HERE for full details, including descriptions, guidelines, and dates, for each anthology.




Love Sucks! ... until it doesn't

Submissions close:    Friday, 30 November 2012


Unconventional

Submissions close:    Sunday, 3 March 2013.

           
The Rules of Attraction

Submissions close:    Sunday, 2 June 2013


Geeky Boy Love

Submissions close:    Sunday, 1 September 2013



Disclaimer: Bottom Drawer Publications reserves the right to alter the details of any of the above at any time.

Sunday, 11 November 2012

The Secret Life of Avery O'Dea - BLOG TOUR

The Secret Life of Avery O'Dea is on tour and will continue to be on tour until December 6, 2012.



Please support the book, its author, Elise Marion, and Bottom Drawer Publications, by visiting some of the blog stops on this tour. Read what is being said about the book, and learn more from the author herself in some wonderful interviews.

We'd love to hear what you think, so please leave a comment when you're there.

Also, there is the chance to win one of four copies of the book, plus discount vouchers to spend in our ever-growing store.

Find out more HERE at the Blog Tour page.




Saturday, 29 September 2012

New Book Release - The Country Singer

Bottom Drawer Publications today announces the release of its latest book, "The Country Singer," by Robyn Lee Burrows.

"The Country Singer" is a tale of a love that reaches out from one generation to the next, all played out in the vastness of the Australian wheat fields.  This offering falls within our drama  range and we recommend you have a box of tissues handy ...


It’s been years since Gemma visited the small country town where she grew up. She probably wouldn’t have returned at all if it wasn’t for her father’s passing.  Seeing the dusty old buildings and the run-down house again remind her of events in her childhood that she’s tried to keep in the past, even though they colour her every decision in the present.


Memories of strained silences and reproving looks overwhelm her, as do fragments of things her mother said to her father before she died that have haunted her forever, “Why didn’t you let me go?”
Discovering a music score as she cleans through her parent’s belongings, she learns about a love story so heartbreakingly beautiful that it changes her mind about love.
Meg’s Song

A moment, a fragment, split second of time.
A dead love, a lost love, a step out of rhyme.

We woke to the birdsong, a bright yellow dawn
That shone through our lives, when the dark night had gone …

This is the story of her mother, Meg, and the love of her lifethe country singer.


"The Country Singer" is available to purchase on our website  -  here
And also at these booksellers for immediate download:
More bookstores coming soon:
Barnes & Noble, Apple iBookstore, Kobo, and Diesel ebookstore.

Bottom Drawer Publications
29 September, 2012 

Friday, 31 August 2012

Publication day has finally arrived ...

... and at Bottom Drawer Publications, we are very excited to announce the release of our first two eBooks.

Come and meet famous actress, Avery O'Dea, in The Secret Life of Avery O'Dea, a contemporary romance novella, by Elise Marion. 

     "If you're a contemporary romance addict, you'll definitely need to buy this book.  I highly recommend it. (Oh...and let me not forget that this book does have some steam to it.)" 
- FranJessca, Book Lovin' Mommas

Read everything that the Book Lovin' Mommas blog said in their review, here




And in Second Chances, a contemporary male/male anthology, absorb yourself in five wonderful stories about how love can be found again:




Non-Negotiable by T. D. Green
Jacob Kerns is due a promotion, but his ambitions are at risk when he learns his next contract will be handled by Alexander Corey, his ex. Jake tries to put personal feelings aside to do his job, but Alex won't let him. Will they find love again or is the whole thing non-negotiable?


Heart of Glass by L. J. Harris
When Zack Doherty comes to Australia on a working holiday, he is uncharacteristically forward in pushing Heath Connors, a man he barely knows, for a date. Heath, who has only recently begun to live life his way, wonders if Zack will be the one to mend his heart of glass.


Better Together by DaNay Smith
Greyson Welles followed Dominic Nash to Baltimore for his dream job, putting his own on hold. Dominic can see that Greyson's unhappy, but never expects him to turn down his proposal and return to New York. Will Greyson be gone forever or will he decide they're better together?


Dirty Martini by Bette Browne
When Daniel Fletcher runs into his ex with the man he caught him in bed with, vodka seems like the answer. Nathan Smith is used to men drowning their sorrows at the bar he tends, so the connection he feels to one is unusual.  Will a means to forget turn into something more?


Notice to Appear by C. C. Lorenz
Josh Campbell is handed a notice to appear in court for a traffic offence, but his humiliation is complete when he comes face to face with his schoolboy crush, Carter Sullivan, in the court room. Could this be the start of something with Carter now that age is not an issue.

For longer excerpts of all the stories in Second Chances, visit us on our Facebook page. Please make sure to like the page while you are there.

You can also find more information about both books in the previous two blog posts.

Both books are available now through our website: bottomdrawerpublications.net

or here:

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Wednesday, 22 August 2012

New Book Release - Second Chances Anthology

Bottom Drawer Publications is proud to announce the second of two books we will be releasing on August 31, 2012: Second Chances, an anthology of male/male short stories on finding love again.

Non-Negotiable by T. D. Green
Heart of Glass by L. J. Harris
Better Together by DaNay Smith
Dirty Martini by Bette Browne
Notice to Appear by C. C. Lorenz



Book Trailer 


Summaries


Non-Negotiable by T. D. Green

Jacob Kerns, the advertising director for a small national greeting card company, is due for a promotion. His ambitions for advancement are jeopardized when he learns his next big contract will be handled by none other than Alexander Cory, his ex-lover from college. Seeing Alex again opens the old wounds of that long ago betrayal, but Jake endeavors to put personal feelings aside to do his job. If only Alex would let him! When Jake's boss falls ill, secrets come out. 

Will Jake find love again or is the whole thing non-negotiable?


Heart of Glass by L. J. Harris

Days after arriving in Australia for a working holiday, Zack Doherty is blindsided by the connection he instantly feels to Heath Connors, but circumstances don’t work in their favour.  Zack is uncharacteristically forward in pushing Heath to accept a date when fate gives him a second opportunity.

Heath has only recently had the courage to admit his true self, walking away from his marriage and a good job when he could no longer lie to himself. The attraction he feels for a stranger that fleetingly crossed his path confirms he made the right choice.

Will Zack be the one to mend Heath’s heart of glass?

Better Together by DaNay Smith

Greyson Welles moved to Baltimore so that his long-time partner, Dominic Nash, could fulfill his dream of an internship at John Hopkins Hospital. It's been four years though, and Greyson is becoming increasingly unhappy. He never gets to see Dominic and his own promising art career is on hold, instead he paints family portraits for a living.

Dominic can see that Greyson is unhappy with the long hours he puts in, but when his solution is to propose to the love of his life, he is surprised that not only does Greyson turn him down but leaves to pursue his own career dreams in New York.

Five years later Greyson can only think of one man able to soothe his wounded pride when there's a less than stellar response to his latest collection - what will he do?

Dirty Martini by Bette Browne

Daniel Fletcher knocks back his third vodka of the night after running into his ex out with the same lover he had found him with in their bed two months before. He'd ended their relationship that night but coming face to face with them still together makes the pain of the breakup still very real.

Nathan Smith has seen more men than he count drowning their sorrows in a bottle at his bar. He understands - he's been there himself. One night a handsome brunette with sad blue eyes makes Nate want to assure him that everything will be okay. The connection he feels from a fleeting touch, as he walks the man out of the bar, shakes and stirs him in ways that he never expected.

What starts out as a means to forget might just be what they both need.

Notice to Appear by C. C. Lorenz

Josh Campbell has had the date from hell - the food was mediocre, as was the company, and to top it all off, he finds himself in strife with the law. When he thought the situation couldn't get any worse, he comes face to face in the courtroom with his schoolboy crush, Carter Sullivan. Now, not only has he got to pay a hefty fine, he has been humiliated in front of the one man he's never forgotten.

Could the date from hell suddenly turn into the start of something new with Carter, now that their age difference is not the issue it was back in high school?



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August, 22 2012




Saturday, 9 June 2012

The big debate: Print verses electronic?

To print, or not to print, that is the question—and it’s a question that has been asked of us at Bottom Drawer Publications: “Why are you only publishing eBooks?”

People have a hard time grasping the concept of an eBook only reading environment—not that I believe we will ever be devoid of books—and that is because readers love books. Readers like the tangible aspects of holding a book in their hands, the reverence that is felt when turning well-worn pages over and over.

Believe me, I understand that. I don’t just love books; I have a passion for them. Books and reading have been a part of my life since my earliest memories, probably since before I can remember, and until recently it was always with paper pages in my hands.

I love the smell of books. I love the covers, some designed with utter simplicity and others with amazing complexity. My bookshelves are overflowing with well-loved tomes, and I have boxes of “less-loved” ones hording up my garage, much to my husband’s chagrin. Recently, I even took on the very difficult task of choosing which books from my children’s extensive collections to “donate” to charity. Now, that was hard. I wanted to box up nearly every single one, but not to give to goodwill. I wanted to put them away for my kids to enjoy when they are adults, maybe even in the hope that they will share them with their own children.
This never-ending collection of books is part of where the problem lays. Where do we keep all of these books?
I am not blessed to own a huge purpose-built library, and even if I did have one, many of the books in my collection would not be ones I would chose to display. Why? Because even though I may have enjoyed them when I read them, they are not what I would go back and reread. They are disposable reads. Yes, I realize the irony in me struggling to give them away. But the fact is that they build up and up.

Are e-Readers the solution?

They certainly are to me—to a point. I was never very taken with reading on my desktop computer. I like to relax when I read, and sitting in a chair at a desk, scrolling through a PDF file isn’t my idea of enjoyable. It makes it seem too much like “work.” So when that was my only option, I will admit I didn’t read many eBooks. A laptop didn’t improve the situation either for me—still far too bulky and hot. Better, but still not my preferred choice.

Then came my savior in the form of a small music device called an iTouch. Of course I loved it for music, but apart from pretty pictures and being able to swipe my finger across the screen, which at the time it was very novel and a lot of fun, initially it didn’t offer me any more than my previous iPod had. That was until I worked out how to really “use it,” that the Wi-Fi worked and I was actually able to access the Internet from it. Reading on a mobile device became my drug of choice. I could download a few books and read whatever, wherever, and whenever I wanted.

This of course progressed though to my ownership of a smartphone. I didn’t even require Wi-Fi anymore; I had Internet access courtesy of my telephone provider. I truly could “read” anywhere. I had instant access to almost any book I wanted at any time of the day or night. I do love these devices, with all their “apps”—the Kindle app, the iBook app, the OverDrive app, et cetera, et cetera. I’m not limited to any one format; I am totally free. And now that I am the proud owner of a brand new, shiny white iPad—sigh—honestly, I am in reading heaven. I have spent more money purchasing books to read on it recently than I ever would have done if I was buying paper books from a bookshop, and I have read more than I would have if I’d made my way to the public library to borrow them—which I did with incredible regularity before, dozens at a time in fact. I don’t think the sweet lady behind the desk would even recognize me anymore. Without my eReader it would never have been possible to finish Mary Calmes’ Matter of Time Vol 1, which I did just the other day and I loved it, and immediately download its sequel so that I could follow Jory and Sam’s journey and not miss a beat.

Which in a round about way brings me back to this: “Why is Bottom Drawer Publications only publishing eBooks?”  I may certainly be enamored with the technology of eReaders and eBooks, but shouldn’t readers have the option of being able to buy a hard copy of any book they love? And shouldn’t authors have the option to publish their manuscripts and be able to hold the fruits of all their hard work in their hands? Possibly—but our decision stems from more than that.

The simple fact is that publishing, and sales of electronic books (eBooks), is experiencing growth at a phenomenal rate; sales of electronic devices for reading these electronic books have skyrocketed. People are flocking to buy eBooks for many reasons: convenience, price, immediate gratification; they are green and space saving; they also give a sense of anonymity so that we can read every type of story, regardless of whether or not it would be appropriate to be seen doing so.

As I’ve said before, I don’t believe we ever lose the brilliance of words printed in a book, nor would I want that to happen. I will continue to make sure I add new favorites to my “real” library—favorites that I hope will be dusty on my shelves in twenty years and that I will treasure and turn the pages of with regularity. But it won’t be my only library. If I’m clever and keep my electronic one secure by backing it up and keeping the files safe, I hope that in the future those books will also be there for me, with the added bonus that I may be able to pull them from my handbag for whenever I want to revisit them.

And as an endnote, Bottom Drawer Publications has not ruled out publishing to print. Even though our attention will be directed towards the eBook-only market for now, we do reserve the right to consider printing on demand for any book if demand dictates it.

What’s your reading preference?


Sam
Bottom Drawer Publications 
June 2012




Friday, 13 April 2012

Can we learn anything from the writing preferences of the great novelists?



As I was writing the last blog post, perched on my bed with my laptop on my knees and papers scattered around me, I wondered if I’d be more productive writing at a spot actually dedicated to writing … like a beautiful antique desk with minimal clutter, a collection of artistic photos framed on the wall in front of me, and ambient lighting pooling over my laptop.

Were my thoughts more or less disorganized because I share my writing space with my sleeping space, the clothes on the end of my bed that I’ve not yet had a chance to fold and the television talking at me in the background?  I have a perfectly good study area that is quite large, but to be honest I do my more technically boring work there so it tends to be utilitarian, and to be frank, the chair I have is not comfortable and makes my rear end ache after a while.

I have been known to craft a line or two at the dining room table, on the train, on the couch in front of the television (although that is more to appease the family so that I can say that I’ve hung out with them for a while). I’ve even been known to take a few moments at my desk at work, when an idea just grabs me and I HAVE to get it out.  Basically, I write wherever and whenever I can find a spare moment.

To satisfy my rampant curiosity, and to have something concrete to write about, we did a twitter poll.  The question we posed to writers was: Where do you write?  The answers eerily mirrored my own—on a laptop in bed, at the dining room table, or on a couch with the television on—so maybe writing well is less to do with where you write than I thought … or made excuses for. 



So it got me thinking—where did (or do for that matter) the great novelists of our time write?

What I found is that most successful writers are shockingly similar to me and any fledgling writer.  PD James and Stephen King both get up early and write, usually at the desks in their studies—nothing earth shattering there. 

But there are also notable exceptions to the norm: Ernest Hemingway and Vladimir Nabokov both wrote standing up, Nabokov going one step further and writing only on index cards that he could mix and match later. Robert Frost apparently wrote on his shoe while riding the train, D.H. Lawrence wrote while sitting under a tree, and Ben Franklin wrote in the bathtub.  Mark Twain and Truman Capote wrote lying down on a couch or in bed. J.K. Rowling famously wrote on the back of napkins in a coffee shop, and Marcel Proust wrote from midnight to dawn in a cork-lined bedroom. 

Stephen King

P.D. James

J.K.Rowling


Mark Twain


So, apparently the location in which we write has no bearing on what we produce—the great writers are no different to us “newbies” in that respect.  What has struck me though as I’ve been doing this research, is that a common thread has been creeping through as I read interviews with authors about their writing habits.  Although the location of where writers write may vary, one thing did not.  Each and every successful writer set aside an amount of time each day to write something.  Be it an hour every morning before the household awoke, or to reach a goal of a pre-determined number of words or pages. 

The key it seems to me is to be consistently writing something.  And then editing … lots and lots of editing.

Bottom Drawer Publications 
12 April, 2012



Friday, 6 April 2012

What is Steampunk and why we love it so much ?

I stumbled upon the phenomenon known as Steampunk a few months ago after watching the movie, Dorian Gray, starring Ben Barnes and Colin Firth. I didn’t know the movie had steampunk overtones until I googled the movie and its soundtrack, loving the sound and feel of the production, and the word steampunk kept coming up.  

When I click a Google link, I am invariably drawn down a path of discovery, clicking link after link in a quest for knowledge; my initiation into “steampunk” was no different. I got lost: steampunk art, steampunk music, steampunk fashion, steampunk movies, and for a voracious reader like me, the Holy Grail, steampunk fiction.

I don’t know exactly what it is about “steampunk” that drew me to it, but it was love at first sight.  I love the eclectic-ness of the fashion, the idea of bringing the inside out reflected in much of the art, the quirkiness of the music, the dark undertones in the movies, and something that is a little out of the norm in the fiction.
From left to right, clockwise - Clockwork Universe by Tim Wetherill, Telectroscope aperture at London City Hall, a "steampunked' cell phone, scene from the movie The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, steampunk band Abney Park.

Yes, but what exactly is steampunk, you say.  Hmmm, well that is a difficult question, which many struggle to answer, so I’ve borrowed from Wikipedia’s definition in this instance to do so …

Steampunk is a genre which came into prominence during the 1980s and early 1990s and incorporates elements of science fictionfantasyalternate historyhorror, and speculative fiction. It involves a setting where steam power is widely used—whether in an alternate history such as Victorian era Britain or "Wild West"-era United States, or in a post-apocalyptic time —that incorporates elements of either science fiction or fantasy. Works of steampunk often feature anachronistic technology, or futuristic innovations as Victorians might have envisioned them, based on a Victorian perspective on fashionculture, architectural style, and art.

As you can see steampunk is not a new idea, it’s been around for a while with many people citing the works of Jules Verne and Mary Shelley as the pre-cursors for this genre.  Wikipedia cites a letter from K.W Jeter, a science fiction author, to Locus, a science fiction magazine, which they published in their April 1987 issue, as the source of the name. Jeter suggested the name "steampunks" to collectively refer to a group of writers wanting to publish books in this style.

What is abundantly clear from following link after link is that it is a theme that appeals to both men and women pretty much equally.  When we added the steampunk genre to our list of works that we will be publishing, the husband of my publishing partner zeroed straight to that anthology cover and asked, “What is steampunk?”  The answer interested him enough to check steampunk out a bit more.  But why?

The genre has elements that appeal to the inner scientists and inventors in men (and women) who love to tinker with machinery and contraptions; artists and appreciators of art are drawn to the eclectic re-use of bits of machinery and industrial flotsam, often bringing the intricate inside workings to the outside for appreciation of its beauty; and the fashions have an element of the modern mixed with Victorian themes. It’s different and quirky and appeals to men and women alike. 

Movies incorporating steampunk themes have been around for a long time but seem to be making a revival in recent years and appealing to men and women, old and young alike. Take for example the recent Oscar-winning Hugo, the latest forays into the tales of Sherlock Holmes, The Golden Compass and Van Helsing.  They all have themes that have universal appeal: an alternative reality or a mechanical mystery, heroes and heroines that are on the outskirts of society for being a bit different, and usually a theme to right the wrongs against that society. A little shot of romance or attraction between the leads doesn’t go astray either.

Now I give you a challenge, go to your search engine of choice and type "steampunk" and check it out.  But be prepared, only click the enter key if you’ve got plenty of time on your hands and nowhere to be early the next morning.

Sue
Bottom Drawer Publications
5 April 2012

Links:

If you’re already an aficionado of steampunk and love to write it, we are calling for short story submissions to include in a steampunk anthology, Steamworks, to be published in July 2012. For more information check out our submission calls here on our blog or here on our website.

If your interest has been piqued, here are some videos that reflect the steampunk themes:

1. Abney Park - Steampunk Revolution music video

2. Steampunk exhibition at the Oxford Art Gallery

3. A peek into Hugo, the Oscar winning movie




Sunday, 1 April 2012

Fifty Shades: Seducing women's grey matter


Have you been intrigued by the hype surrounding the release of Fifty Shades of Grey, and the other two titles from the Fifty Shades trilogy, by E L James?

We have!


What is the attraction to this story? Why has it garnered discussion on everything from morning TV and chat shows such as The View in the USA, to newspaper columns in Australia, and blogs everywhere else—all around the world?

Women who would never have admitted to reading anything like this are now talking to all their friends. They are reveling in the delicious allure that is Christian Grey. Secretly wishing they could have just a moment with someone like him.

How did this book leap from free fan fiction less than 18 months ago to #1 on the New York Times E-Book Fiction Best Seller List and land a deal with Universal Pictures and Focus Features to adapt it for the big screen?

Regardless of whether you think it’s right to publish reworked fan fiction or not, this story generated a whole lot of interest in its free form, garnering unheard of reader numbers.  Released in chapter format over the course of many months, each chapter was eagerly anticipated, and as soon as the posting went live on fanfiction.net, readers literally dropped everything to read the latest installment about the relationship between a na├»ve young college student and a slightly older, emotionally damaged billionaire who was into kinky sex.

As soon as each chapter was posted, office workers mysteriously disappeared in droves, housework was put on the backburner, some even pulled over to the side of the road to read it.  News of each chapter spread like wildfire in social media circles and then each chapter was discussed, dissected and sighed over.

When little known independent publisher, The Writers Coffee Shop, released the first story, quickly followed by the two sequels, many fans of the free form followed the author and purchased the "official" version. Following that with reviews on sites such as Amazon and Goodreads, generating interest in the book for new readers who’d never even heard of fan fiction.   The publisher couldn’t keep up with the demand and the print books became scarce … suddenly the cry went out, “Where can I get a copy of Fifty Shades?”

What is the "secret ingredient" of this book, and books like it, that has so many people hooked?

The Fifty Shades trilogy is seducing women through words … sensual, erotic words that stimulate their brains as much as they titillate their bodies.  Women need more than visual stimulation to get turned on, unlike many men who can simply glimpse a nice cleavage or a bit of leg and be ready for some action, hence the popularity of "girlie mags" for men.  Fifty Shades, and books like it, are a woman’s equivalent.

Gone are the days when you would hide your cheap romance novel in the bottom of your handbag, only daring to bring it out when there was no one else around. Gone are the days of openly denying any enjoyment of the genre, but secretly loving the romantic plots lavished with sexy male leads and quietly submissive femme fatales.

The choice of book covers for the trilogy is genius too.  Without a chosen picture of the characters on the cover, just a well-tailored business suit with a designer tie, it has allowed the reader carte blanche on how they visualize Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele.  And imagine they do …

Fifty Shades opens the door on what women want, or more to the point, what they are willing to do and ask for in the bedroom. Sure, not everyone who reads the book and loves it secretly wants to have kinky sex themselves, but reading books like these in many ways gets the point across to women that it’s okay to experiment in the bedroom.  Time and again we hear how this book and others like it has revitalized many readers' sex lives … and saved more than one marriage.

We caught up with a friend for coffee recently and, as per usual, our conversation turned to what we’d been reading.  We’d never really discussed personal things on more than a superficial level before, but as she excitedly told us she’d read Fifty Shades of Grey and was onto Fifty Shades Darker, she said this:

“… I’m so loving this book, girls. I can’t put it down, except to molest "Dave" (fictitious name to protect the satisfied husband). We’ve had more sex in the last week than all of last year. He’s reading the first book right now. I can’t wait to get home and see what he thinks.”

Knowing that others love and appreciate the sexy sensuality of a story like Fifty Shades, and are openly discussing the story and sex in general, is bringing romantic and semi-erotic literature out of the closet too.

Add to this increased appreciation of semi-erotic literature, the new ease to which readers can enjoy it—eBooks and eReaders.  The advent of the eBook, and the prolific sale of eReaders in the last twelve months, is making it possible for independent publishers (like ourselves) to compete with the big guys on this platform.  Not only is access to books in this format fast and convenient, and cheaper, but it allows the discretion some people still feel they need to openly enjoy their renewed passion of books like Fifty Shades of Grey.

Has Amanda Hayward from The Writers Coffee Shop publishing house paved the way for small publishing houses to publish their own Fifty Shades? 

Random House certainly seems to think so. Nikki Christer, their publishing director, recently said in an interview printed by the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper that she expects to see more publishing from the bottom up.

"Books are emerging from everywhere so the possibilities of finding new authors is really opening up," she said.

Links:

Universal Pictures and Focus Features win Fifty Shades of Grey

Our website - publishers of romantic and erotic eBooks

Bottom Drawer Publications 
1 April, 2012