#MySexySaturday Blog Hop – NIGHT TRAIN TO NAPLES – Book 1 in the Night Train Series

HERE’S THE COVER REVEAL!

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COMING THIS SEPTEMBER FROM MLR PRESS

Cover Design by Lex Valentine of Winterheart Design

[The previously free single, Savage Lust, has been included in this revised and lengthened version.]

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EXCERPT:

1316 CE:  Athens, Byzantine Empire

In the mellow evening air, someone called, “Zeibekiko, Alexandros!” It was a warrior’s dance performed by one or, rarely, two men.

He shook his head. Only when the slow rhythmic clapping of his friends’ hands and the strings of the lute joined in did Alex reluctantly rise. The dance, supposedly, was a tribute to the ancient god Zeus.

As he spread his arms and began the controlled, sensual footwork and measured turns of the improvisational solo, he lost himself in the beauty of movement. The others watched, and the clapping ceased as he executed the steps. He smiled inwardly because he knew he had them in the palm of his hands. As he continued, Alex forgot about “having them.” Now, he poured his passion and loneliness into the kneeling, turns and steps, always keeping his arms out, his hands often making brief expressive motions.

He could have danced all night, but the lute’s music gradually slowed as the fingers of the player obviously tired. Alex dropped into a final pose—on his knees, body and head bent back almost touching the ground, arms still wide, palms open to the sky.

The music faded and was gone. There was silence, and then the partygoers clapped and cheered.

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INTROUCING WOLVES AGAIN INTO YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK

By the turn of the century, the wolves in the park were extinct, having died by natural causes or been killed by men. Since elk were the prey of wolves, their number skyrocketed.  They were eating all the fresh shoots of young trees, bushes, and grasses, devastating the health of the ecology. For a time, the elk herds were culled by shooting. This brought a strong protest from animal rights activists. Finally, some smart person realized the answer was to reintroduce wolves. Elk were their prey, and it would be a natural thing for these predators, rather than people, to thin the herds. So far, it is working.

Contrary to my story, wolves don’t normally attack people. They’re shy animals rarely seen by visitors.

Until releases this week from Science Advances, it was believed there were two species of of wolves in the United States: gray wolves (Canis lupus) and red wolves (Canis rufus). Gray wolves were brought in from Canada to repopulate Yellowstone Park. DNA studies have now determined that the only true species of wolf in the US is the gray wolf. The red and Eastern wolves are gray wolf-coyote hybrids.

Hybrids are rarely protected as a species, but since the red wolf is in immediate danger of extinction, some steps are being made to reinstate its protection.  Coyotes are too numerous to probably ever worry about them becoming extinct.

Gray wolves come in many colors. In Awakening the Alpha, my villain is a black shifter, but Blaze Canis, my hero, has a gray coat mingled with white and a bit of brown and fur tips of  black. As a species, both are gray wolves. When I visited Yellowstone National Park some years ago, they had offered refuge to a gray wolf pack raised for a Hollywood movie that never happened. The ranger told us the alpha was female, and he also pointed out the weakest wolf…the one at the bottom of the pecking order. Frankly, these were not the gorgeous animals you see in the wild.

Since Awakening the Alpha’s ex-Navy SEAL is a secret gay werewolf, I named him Blaze Canis, thinking Canis meant wolf. Recently, I read it means dog in Latin. So I guess the laugh is on me. It happens.

I’m now working on a sequel to this story. Although this may change, its working title is Awakening the Alpha: Flute, Rattles, and Drums. Right now Blaze and Logan are at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian where Logan is being honored for his art.

Please note: In some instances, the word “Indian” is an acceptable substitute for Native American. It is freely used in other countries, and the museum covers exhibits from Indians in the Americas (plural), not just the US. In my story, you’ll see I’ve correctly identified the cards a Native American may carry as a Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood. The same is true for the Smithsonian’s museum.

Have a great rest of the week!

Carolina Valdez

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From notes I took some time ago, but which I think are still accurate:

Do you know what the numbers in an ISBN mean? Let’s take this number: 1-9891237-018-4
1 = Identifies the country or geographic group of publishers
989201437 = Identifies a particular publisher within a group. Each time a publisher purchases ISBNs, this number will change to reflect the group of publisher’s numbers they purchased. No other publisher will have that number.
018 = A particular title or edition of a title
4= A check digit that validates the ISBN

Note: X can be used in place of 10 as a check digit—I.E.ISBN-X:

 

 

 

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#MySexySaturday – AWAKENING THE ALPHA by CAROLINA VALDEZ

Two very sexy men meet, feel a strange, mystical connection, and come together in a hot, passionate and deeply intimate relationship.

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AWAKENING THE ALPHA

Scheduled for release June 6, 2016 from Loose Id

I don’t know what growing pains WordPress is going through, but I’m finding it difficult to post any more and have it come out making any sense.

I wanted to share that I’ve just returned the final edits on Awakening the Alpha and am excited to see what the new cover will
be. I love some of those on their website, and I was asked for suggested designers who might turn out something out that would fit my story. Unlike some writers, I’m artistic but not an artist. Even providing tips for a designer is tough for me. Readers may not realize that big presses do not let authors have control over their cover. To an extent, smaller presses do.

I’ve found that juggling more than one publisher’s editorial guidelines guidelines can be a bit confusing. If I write “baskets, napkins and utensils” do I put a comma after napkins or not? It’s publisher’s choice. Most publishers I’ve had contact with lean on The Chicago Manual of Style (CMoS)and a copy of a dictionary published by by Merriam-Webster. For instance, which compound words do you hyphenate? Check out the dictionary and/or the CMoS. I’ve always been fairly good with grammar and punctuation, but figuring out the written rules blows my mind.

My friend Linda Carroll-Bradd, an author who edits freelance and for The Wild Rose Press, tells me she has always loved that stuff. Wish it were true for me. My point is that an editor’s job, as I see it, is to make your story the best it can be. Thank heaven, for good editors!

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WHAT IS YOUR GENDER?

Your gender identity is what you know it to be.

It may not be not what is written on your birth certificate.

It is not how you dress.

It is what you know it to be.

Have a great weekend!
Carolina Valdez  (Cisgender. Pronouns she and her)

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Coming Soon – Awakening the Alpha from Loose Id

 

SCHEDULE FOR RELEASE JUNE 6, 2016

I've just returned the final edits and am excited to see what the new
cover will be. I love some of those on their website, and I was asked
for suggested designers who might turn out something out appropriate
for my story.

Unlike some writers, I'm artistic but not an artist. Even providing 
tips for a designer is tough for me. Readers may not realize that big
presses do not let authors have control over their cover designs. To an
extent, small presses do. 

After writing for only one publisher for twelve years, I've discovered
juggling more than one publisher's editorial guidelines lines can be
a bit confusing. If I write "baskets, napkins and utensils," do I put a
comma after napkins or not? It's the publisher's choice.

Most publishers I've had contact with lean on The Chicago
Manual of Style (CMOS)and a Merriam-Webster Dictionary.

Where do commas go? Which compound words do you hyphenate? Check out the dictionary and/or the CMOS.

I’ve always been fairly good with grammar and punctuation, but figuring out the written rules blows my mind. My friend Linda Carroll-Bradd, an author who edits freelance and for The Wild Rose Press, tells me she has always loved that that stuff. Wish it were true for me.

My point is that an editor’s job, for poor souls like me, is to make a story the best it can be. Thank heaven, for good editors!

Have a great weekend!

Carolina Valdez
Cisgender; pronouns she and herl
http://www.CarolinaValdez.com Cisgender; pronouns she and her http://www.CarolinaValdez.com (This is being adjusted to reflect the removal of some of my Amber Quill Press stories) http://www.twitter.com/carolina_valdez http://www.facebook.com/author.carolina.valdez

WHAT IS YOUR GENDER?
Your gender is what you know it to be.
It is not what is written on your birth certificate.
It is not how you dress. It is what you know it is.

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NIGHT TRAIN SERIES – HOORAY!

MLR, the man-love-romance press, has picked up this series. And I’m on a roll! If you recall,  Savage Lust, a 5k short story prequel to the series, was free. Since it chronicled what Alexandros was like as a young man and how he was turned into a vampire, it’s been added to the opening story—Night Train To Naples. It also contains his character arc.

I think I speak for all the former Amber Quill Press authors when I express the loss we feel that we’ve not only seen our books disappear, but all the online friendships we formed over the years are going as well. Christiane France set up an AQP Alum Yahoo group to share tips and support each other. Some have decided to self-publish all their AQP stories and a few have stopped writing altogether because it seems so daunting. Others, like me, refuse to give up. As I approach new publishers I’ve found it helps to mention that my stories have placed or been finalists in romance contests. Mentioning that some have been top sellers on All Romance eBooks is a boon, too.

As I re-read my stories, it comes to me how good they are.

“So why aren’t more people reading them?” I asked my husband.

“Could be you’re just a little prejudiced?” Clever man.

We had a good laugh over that.

This has been a tough year. The El Nino expected to relieve California’s drought didn’t materialize, Amber Quill Press closed, Spieth choked on the last nine to fall short of the green jacket at the Masters, and Kobe Bryant retired from the Lakers. . .”My body has given all it can to the game.”

Well, my body’s not the same as it once was, but I am not giving up.

Have a wonderful week!

A word to the wise: DO NOT purchase the Night Train paperback so outrageously over-priced at $93 and $119 on Amazon. Authors received nothing from sellers like these, and, frankly, although I consider my books beautifully crafted, they are not worth that kind of money now and never will be.

Carolina
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EXCITING NEWS – LOOSE ID HAS PICKED UP AWAKING THE ALPHA

On March 30th, Amber Quill Press, L.LC. will cease all sales operations. The site will disappear, and soon all its books on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, All Romance eBooks, Kobo, and Apple will disappear too.

To an author, our books are like our children—born in travail, loved, and presented happily to the world. Although it’s been difficult for all the owners and authors, I’ve learned that losing my publisher is not the end to my writing career.

I’m happy to announce that Loose Id has accepted what is now Awaking The Alpha, and, with some revisions (they want the sex hotter!) and extensions by me, will release the new version in May. I’m eager to see what title and design for the new cover they choose. This story was a favorite of mine. And of readers, too. It hit #10 on the All Romance eBooks Top Ten Best Sellers. Thanks to everyone who bought it. Hurry, hurry if you want to get it!

For the cover of the original version, I accommodated Trace Edward Zaber, the designer for all the Amber Quill Press titles, by hunting for a photo of a contemporary American Indian.  It wasn’t fast, but I found one…a happy man who has also lived in the white world. When the books are removed from all the sales sites, that cover will still be in my computer. A reminder of happy times.

Meanwhile, you’ll find Unmasked and Amen To Love, with their original covers, cropping up on my website. I decided to indie publish them rather than shop them around, and I purchased the rights to the covers from Trace because I’ve always liked them.

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Can two stubborn men come to terms with the real definition of “home”?

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Blades on ice might have kept them together, but while one man is open about what he does, the other still hides behind a mask long after the masquerade party has ended.

Have a great year, people!

Carolina

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Did you know Carolina is pronounced car-oh-leena? And that the emphasis in Val-dez is on the first syllable? It’s a Spanish thing.