Another Pride Giveaway for Moonshine!

Another Pride Giveaway for Moonshine!

Had some trouble logging into my site the past couple of days, but here I am now!

There’s another giveaway for a paperback copy of Moonshine courtesy of my publisher, Angry Robot. Same rules as last time: follow me on Twitter and RT this tweet to enter for a chance to win. The winner will be selected at random, and it is open to international entries. For this round, all entries will be counted through June 30.

Happy reading, and Happy Pride!

Pride Giveaway

Pride Giveaway

June is Pride Month, and wouldn’t you know it, I wrote a book full of queer characters. (Well, I’ve written a few books full of queer characters, but only one of them has pubbed this year so that’s the one I’m focusing on now.) To celebrate, I’ll be doing a giveaway for a signed paperback copy of Moonshine! Here are the rules:

  • The giveaway is being held on Twitter. To enter, follow my account @jas_gower AND retweet this post.
  • The contest goes through June 21.
  • Winners will be selected at random and contacted via DM.
  • The giveaway is open to international entries!

I had some other Moonshine stuff planned for Pride, but the timing just wasn’t right to get that all put together, but things should be calming down here a bit for me now and, at the very least, I at least shouldn’t be as squirreled away in a dark cave as I have been lately. So keep an eye out here for other news and updates!

A Brief Check-In…

A Brief Check-In…

…since things have been a little quiet from me recently. If you follow me on social media, you might have seen me mention here and there that it’s has been a particularly brutal school term for me this spring, and I’ve had a couple of physical and mental health issues going on that are, oh, not entirely unrelated to that. So I’ve been unplugging a little more (at least from the internet–I’m still playing as many video games as I possibly can) and trying to focus on my schoolwork and writing projects.

Thankfully, I’m starting to get my feet back under me and the end of spring term is in sight. I do have some fun Moonshine-related stuff planned for Pride, but unfortunately, I don’t think I’ll have everything ready in time for June 1st. That said, I’m still hoping to share that fun Pride stuff a little later in the month once things are fully calmed down for me, so keep checking back here for that.

Upcoming Appearance and LT3 Anniversary Sale

Upcoming Appearance and LT3 Anniversary Sale

Here are two cool things happening now or soon that might be of interest:

First, if you haven’t heard, I’ll be in Stayton, OR (the small, mid-valley agricultural town where I went to high school) for the Stayton Public Library Local Author Fair on May 5th. The fair goes from 11:00 AM – 3:30 PM when regional authors will be selling books, and I’ll be doing a reading at 1:00 PM, so if you’re taking an afternoon in the Willamette Valley countryside (or if you’re one of the few people who live in that area), you can stop by to see me. All of the details are on my Upcoming Events page.

 

 

My second bit of reiterated news is that Less Than Three Press (the publisher of my novellas, For All the Gold in the Vault and A Study of Fiber and Demons) is having a sale to celebrate their 9th anniversary throughout the month of April. They’re celebrating with a discount on all titles, plus daily $0.99 deals, and a raffle. If you want to grab my novellas or other excellent queer romances from them, the sale lasts until the end of the month, and you can check their Twitter to see which books are $0.99 each day.

Review Project & Other Updates

Review Project & Other Updates

Well, I had a productive week finishing my first draft of my current main WIP, so now I’ve got a few days of spring break left to work on some other stuff, like my review project. But first:

  • Catch me on Lawrence Schoen’s Eating Authors feature, where I talk about haggis, the traditional Scottish dish so delicious that it’s literally illegal.
  • I’ve updated my author bio. I’m paying a lot of money to go to grad school so I might as well brag about it, right?
  • And I’ve updated my Goodreads author profile (also with that new bio), and I’m hoping to do a little more on Goodreads going forward aside from just keeping track of my reading progress. It has a couple of cool features for authors that I really should get more into using.

Now, back to the book reviews. I’m now caught up on my list of books from the past few months that I’ve been needing to write reviews for, so my next step is to copy over all of my other Goodreads reviews to Amazon. In the meantime, here’s a look at the books I tackled for this project and some excerpts from the reviews I wrote:


Kojiki by Keith Yatsuhashi

“…Keiko is a relatable young woman who embodies a dichotomy of youthful uncertainty and driven passion to do what is right.”

(I’ll admit that I didn’t write as detailed of a review of this one as I wanted because it’s been too many months since I read it and I don’t remember enough of the details.)

 

 


Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

Every Heart a Doorway is a poetic story about growing up in a world that does not make room for you, an especially poignant theme given the queer representation in the book.”


Through a Dark Glass by Barb Hendee

“The story takes care to show how Megan, too, changes as a person depending on the events of each scenario, which is probably the most compelling aspect of the book’s premise.”


Buffalo Solider by Maurice Broaddus

“While the story contains quite a bit of action, its shining moments are with the steampunk alternate history world-building, the mystery of the agents Desmond meets and the tension that arises as he tries to puzzle out their identities, motives, and possible benefits to his own goals, and the secret behind what makes Lij so important to these different groups hunting him down.”


The Red Threads of Fortune by JY Yang

“While the story is fantastical, action-packed, and romantic, perhaps its most compelling aspect is how it reflects upon the nature of grief and trauma, and how these feelings shape our relationships with other people, with our role in the world, and with our perceptions of ourselves.”


And, finally, a book that wasn’t on my backlist for review but that I actually finished this spring break:

Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

“With a fun, creepy, high-action plot appropriately paced with moments of quiet, and imagery that is both modern and mythic, Certain Dark Things is a highly recommended read for those looking for a fresh revival of the urban vampire genre.”

The Spring Review Project

The Spring Review Project

I’m done with my grad school finals for this term, so now I’ve about a week and a half of spring break to look forward to. One of my goals is to finish drafting my WIP, but I’ve also had my mind on the topic of reviews recently, and I’d like to continue something I haven’t had a chance to work on since the end of summer.

Last summer, I was trying to commit more to leaving reviews on books that I read and enjoyed. I was pretty successful in that endeavor, but since the summer, I’ve fallen behind on that task. That means that I have a few books that I’ve read in the past year that I have not yet reviewed, and I’m hoping to catch up on those over the break. Thankfully, I think there’s only 5 books on that list, and 4 of them are novellas, so it shouldn’t be too much work.

I also typically only leave reviews on Goodreads rather than Amazon, just because I don’t spend a lot of time on Amazon. And although Goodreads is owned by Amazon, they don’t transfer over the Goodreads ratings to a book’s Amazon page for some reason, even though reviews are generally more useful to a book on Amazon than they are on Goodreads. So, my plan is to also go back over the Goodreads reviews I did write last year and duplicate them on Amazon. Then, ideally, for any books I read in the future I will write reviews more immediately after I finish them and post the reviews to both sites at the same time.

I’m not entirely sure how much of this I can get through in only a week and a half (especially considering that my drafting is first priority), but I know I can at least get a start on this. And, of course, if anyone is interested in joining me in increasing their book review efforts (especially for books that don’t have very many reviews on Amazon!), I highly recommend it.

Emerald City Comic Con Plans

Emerald City Comic Con Plans

A quick link before I get into my ECCC details:

Now, for more about my Emerald City Comic Con plans. As I’ve mentioned before, I’ll only be there for Friday, March 2nd, but I’ll be around the Angry Robot booth for most of the midday (particularly, 12:00 – 6:00 PM), so hopefully I shouldn’t be too elusive for anyone hoping to see me. I also have a book signing at the AR booth scheduled for 2:00 – 3:00 PM, so if you pick up Moonshine on Thursday or Friday morning, that’s a great time to bring it by.

Angry Robot will be located in booth #1816 on the main show floor (a stone’s throw from the big Dark Horse booth), so if you’ll be attending ECCC, please stop by and pick up some excellent books.

 

Back From Seattle

Back From Seattle

The book signing at the University Book Store in Seattle went without a hitch, aside from the aforementioned violent far right group in the area earlier that day that left the neighborhood a bit of a ghost town. Thankfully, I didn’t see any of that nonsense and had a lovely time at the University Book Store. I am, however, a bit wiped from the drive up and down to Seattle.

Here are some pictures (courtesy of my friend, Audry) from the event:

And just a quick reminder that I will be up in Seattle AGAIN for Emerald City Comic Con on March 2nd!

UPDATE: Signing good to go with obvious caveats

UPDATE: Signing good to go with obvious caveats

I was made aware late last night about this notice sent out by the UW President yesterday. The site of the planned far-right rally is only a few blocks from the University Book Store, and obviously I have multiple concerns about both the University’s warning and their handling of the whole situation. I am trying this morning to reach out to the University Book Store for more information and will update as soon as I know more about how this could affect the event. Of course, regardless of any potential changes to the event, please avoid the University of Washington campus today if you feel unsafe.

Again, I will update once I’m able to contact the Book Store staff and obtain more information about the situation.

UPDATE (11:13 AM): I spoke to the Book Store staff and they were able to clarify the security situation. They advised that the store should be far enough away from campus and late enough in the day that it should not be impacted by the planned rally. They also have security staff present who are aware of the security threat on campus. Everything is still in order to proceed with the signing, and they didn’t appear to anticipate any problems at the store.

That said, again, please avoid the University of Washington campus area today if you feel unsafe. On that note, if I arrive and find that the area appears unsafe, I will be in touch with the Book Store again and cancel tonight’s event.

For those still interested, the signing begins at 6:00 PM tonight at:

U District – University Book Store
4326 University Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105