I want to give a HUGE shout out to Michael Oblowitz of Minus Zero Films (Michael Oblowitz) who I met at the HYDE concert in LA. He’s got a fantastic film coming out on June 13th, a special one night release thru Fathom Events. Go see it! It’s about Nathan Fletcher and the complicated relationship surfers have with the ocean and its power.
It was fantastic to meet and talk with Michael not only about his work but also about Japanese Rock which he’d come to experience for the first time. And a great choice for a first time…. Hyde. Great conversation and incredible to end up talking to someone who surfs down at Makaha, not far from where I lived for a few years as a kid. Great perspective from an interesting guy and having met him, I can totally see how he’d deliver an honest, raw account of someone’s journey.
Go check the film out if you can!
Ivo’s story is coming to you on September 17th but Hellion is up for preorder NOW on Dreamspinner! Grab your copy (and don’t forget where you got it… because I’ve ordered stuff twice on different portals) and be ready to watch Ivo fall in love with the guy who is perfect for him but oh so wrong.
415 Ink: Book Three
From the moment SFPD Detective Ruan Nicholls meets Ivo Rogers, he knows the tattoo artist is going to bring chaos to his neat, orderly life. A hellion down to the bone, Ivo is someone Ruan not only doesn’t understand, he’s not even sure he needs to. Everything about Ivo is vibrant, brash, cocky, and arrogant, and Ruan wants no part of him.
Or at least that’s the lie he tells himself when he damps down his desire for the social wild child life tosses into his path.
For Ivo Rogers, life revolves around two things—his family and 415 Ink, the tattoo shop he co-owns with his four brothers. His family might be stitched together by their battle scars from growing up in foster care, but their brotherhood is tight—and strong enough to hold Ivo together during the times when he falls apart.
Now Ivo faces a new challenge when he falls for a cop with an old-school mentality on how a man looks and acts. Ruan is the promise of a life Ivo thought he’d never have, but their clashing perspectives threaten any chance of a relationship. Being the family’s hellion makes it easy to be misunderstood, yet Ivo has faith Ruan will not only embrace who he is but love him as well.
Life has literally just been a bunch of adulting and small little things to take care of. Like the dog has a boo-boo under his eye so that means cleaning the spot with wipes, adding drops to his eye and then a salve on the area. He’s been a champ about it but man, I need to get him on a dog walker’s list.
Badger has gotten even bigger. Seriously. He weighs as much as a bag of rice. A large bag of rice. The kind of bag non-Asians ask me why I’m buying if they’re shopping with me.
I also somehow ran out of ramen so I think I’m going to get dinged by my ancestors.
I have enough shoyu though and got some kimchee furikake I’m in love with.
Oh, and I’ve been writing. This book is giving me a headache but I’ve reached the point where I hate it and everything so that’s normal. *grins* Always happens.
I have to do a book culling because my shelves are way too stacked so I expect that will happen soon. Watch this space for details!
Today is the day!
Go see the cover to Ivo’s book, Hellion and enter to win a Dreamspinner Press gift certificate…only at It’s About the Book!
And this means…. ALL of my DSP Publications books are on sale!
Grab all of the Kai Gracen series, Ink and Shadows and Devil Take Me for VERY low prices up until May 9th!
I’ve been head down in Word so I’m not even sure what day it is most of the time. It’s both a good thing and a bad thing because it means I’m working on stuff but I’m also not doing good life-work balance. So I’m taking Friday morning off to go see Avengers.
I haven’t even been playing Jurassic World Alive and they’ve just rolled out mammals into the game. That’s the highlight of my life at the moment… mammals. Prehistoric mammals.
Sadly, the game’s really jacked and the servers are down so it’ll be a bit before I get logged on.
I think that’s something people have to remember to do… take some time to breathe and disconnect but not so much that you don’t get any work done. Writing does tax the brain.
Ramen Assassin is out in a month and change. I’ll be doing a blog tour… hopefully… and I’ve got to figure out exactly what I’m doing there.
Oh, and there’s a possum that uses the top of our fence as a roadway to the other side of the hill. The dog is DETERMINED to go outside and bark at it. The possum could literally give no fucks. He moves along his road and ignores the barking mass of fur down below. Not like the dog would do anything to the possum even if they did meet. He’s afraid of the cat.
Okay, to be fair, the cat’s a bit of an asshole.
Updates are pretty much going to be the same until I get this book done. Words are being written. Cat bellies are being rubbed and the dog has to be protected from Badger’s bully behaviour.
The Firebird is in the shop getting its carb rebuilt. One of my secondaries wasn’t operating properly and so it would bog down when punching out of first. This is extremely problematic when trying to merge onto a SoCal freeway. That’s when you need that power. Changing lanes and then having the car drop 20 mph instead of accelerating is dangerous. So, my mechanics are hard at work bringing Tengu back up to speed (no pun intended).
Ramen Assassin drops in two months and I’m very excited to see how that’s received. I’ll be doing the standard ARC lottery in my Facebook and reaching out to blogs to see if they want an ARC for review. I’ve got a list. A lot of review blogs get books directly from Dreamspeinner but I do like to send out a few to those I know.
I’ve been having cravings for kalua pig so… that looks to be in my near future.
As you can see, her life is very rough.