July 30, 2014
And Karenna Colcroft continues her blog takeover. Since it’s the release day for my contemporary novel Love Like Vampires, you guys probably want to see an excerpt, huh? There’s one posted on my website, but I’ll save you a bit of trouble. (Though if you want to go over to my site, you could sign up for my monthly newsletter and get a free PDF short story. The story is hetero romance, though.)
This is from the beginning of the book, and I think gives a pretty good sense of Shane McCarthy and Thaniel Robichaud, my main characters. If you like it, you can get your copy of the book in ebook or print from Dreamspinner Press.
The roar of adrenaline and rush of the crowd. Or something. High from excitement and fame, Shane didn’t even care whether he had it right. He and his band, Love Like Vampires, had just finished opening for Jareth frigging East, one of the biggest names in the business.
A small-time band from Maine had played the show of a fucking lifetime. How could he care about something as menial as a cliché?
And the audience had loved every second of it. They had screamed. They had danced. A couple of cuties in the front row had even tried to grab Thaniel, the lead singer, when he leaned toward them during the band’s ballad “Your Love Staked My Heart.”
It wasn’t an unusual response, but they weren’t at their usual little club. They were at TD frigging Garden in Boston. Opening for Jareth East. If Shane repeated that to himself enough, maybe he would be convinced this wasn’t all a wonderful dream.
As Love Like Vampires left the stage to let Jareth’s crew set up, Shane felt like his feet barely touched the floor. His heart raced and he was panting for air. He was so soaked with sweat his hair dripped, but none of it mattered.
The show had been fucking amazing. Every note, every lyric, every beat had been perfect. Not a single mistake. Other than Bryan, their drummer, they’d all been nervous as fuck before the show. Thaniel had almost had a goddamn panic attack sitting out in the van, and Shane had had to score him some weed from one of Jareth’s roadies so the singer could calm down.
Then again, stage fright for Thaniel wasn’t unusual either. Once Thaniel walked onstage he loved it, but every single time they had a show, he freaked out beforehand. Only the guys in the band knew, and only Shane realized how bad Thaniel’s panic truly was. He kept the secret, along with never letting on to Thaniel how much he admired him for pushing past the stage fright and putting on damn good shows.
In the end, the nerves hadn’t mattered. They’d played their best show ever. And watching Thaniel work the stage and the audience was even better. Shane could have stared at the singer all night. Half the people who’d watched probably wished Thaniel would drag them into bed, and Shane definitely counted himself in that group.
Even in the postshow haze, he had to roll his eyes at his fucking ridiculous crush. He’d had a thing for Thaniel for years. It was never going to happen. By now, he should have gotten reality through his head. They were friends and Thaniel was straight. End of story.
Backstage, Thaniel grabbed Shane in a bear hug that would have been a hell of a lot more pleasant without the sweat soaking both of them. “Holy fuck, man, that was amazing!” Thaniel jumped up and down, still holding Shane.
“Hell yeah.” Shane grinned and pulled away. The sweat was bad enough. The fact that excitement, adrenaline, and being held against Thaniel’s wiry body made him hard was worse. He just hoped Thaniel wouldn’t notice.
“They motherfucking loved us! Yes!” The keyboard player, Jace, tried a chest bump with Thaniel. Thaniel stepped back and Jace almost fell flat on his face. Shane stifled a laugh. The kid always got way too hyper after shows, and sometimes before and during them. And often during rehearsals. There were times Shane wanted to clobber him, but the band kept Jace around because he was a damn good musician.
They were all damn good. That was why Jareth East had personally invited them to play.
“Cool it, Jace.” Todd set his bass guitar on their equipment cart and frowned at the younger guy. “Professional, remember?”
“Fuck professional,” Jace muttered. “Famous people celebrate too. We were awesome, you guys. What am I supposed to do, a fucking golf clap?”
July 30, 2014
Okay. Karenna Colcroft has had more coffee, and is now back to babble–I mean, share more about my new contemporary romance release Love Like Vampires, available in ebook or print from Dreamspinner Press.
As I’ve said, Love Like Vampires is about a rock band trying to make it big, and more specifically about Shane McCarthy and Thaniel Robichaud, the guitarist and lead singer of the band, who have been friends–and have been hiding crushes on each other–since elementary school.
You would think that writing a story about a band, I would have listened to lots of music. But I can’t actually listen to music when I’m writing. I find it too distracting. So unfortunately, I don’t have a playlist to share.
But… I DO have a contest. To enter to win a PDF copy of Love Like Vampires, respond in the comments to this question:
If you were going to write a story about a band, what is one song that would HAVE TO be on your playlist? I’ll draw the winner tomorrow at noon Eastern (to allow time for those who aren’t reading this in real time to enter).
July 30, 2014
Karenna Colcroft is back. One of the fun things I’ve been doing lately is creating memes of quotes from some of my books to share on social media. Since today is the official release of my contemporary novel Love Like Vampires, I figured I would share the memes I’ve created for the book off and on today.
You can find an excerpt from the book, and from my other books, on my website, where you can also, if you’re so inclined, sign up for my newsletter and receive a free PDF short story (which is hetero romance, fair warning). Or you can like my Facebook page for more current info about what I’m working on or have coming up.
July 30, 2014
It’s Karenna Colcroft again, still in control of the DSP blog. Mwahahaha! And since I forgot to be all linky earlier… If you’re interested in finding out more about me, my books, and what I’m working on, I hope you’ll visit my website, where you can subscribe to my newsletter and get a free PDF short story (the story is hetero romance, though…), or like my Facebook page.
And obviously I still haven’t had enough coffee…
My new release Love Like Vampires is about two guys, friends since childhood, who formed a rock band ten years earlier and are struggling to make it big and to keep the band together. You can find the book in ebook or print on Dreamspinner’s website.
Back in 2006, I was substitute teaching at the high school in my town. A few students at the school had started a band, and I was hearing good things about them from other students. That summer, one of the band’s members was a counselor at the town’s recreation department day camp that my daughters attended.
They graduated. And then they started recording. And making videos. And getting recognition.
The band has gone through a few incarnations, but Sparks the Rescue is still around. And their song “We Love Like Vampires” gave my fictional band–and the novel–their name.
The video for “We Love Like Vampires” was filmed in the town the band is from, where I was living at the time. What do you think of it?
EDIT at 7:30 a.m…. I tried to embed the video in this post. Clearly that didn’t work, so here’s the YouTube link for “We Love Like Vampires”.
July 30, 2014
Happy Wednesday! (Unless… wait. I get time zones messed up. Is it still Wednesday everywhere?)
Karenna Colcroft here, uncaffeinated and slightly confused, but very, very excited about the release of my second Dreamspinner book, Love Like Vampires! It’s been a while since my first DSP release; that was Bishie Sparkles, back in June 2012.
Love Like Vampires is a contemporary friends-to-lovers romance about two guys in their early twenties who grew up together as best friends, and formed a rock band when they were in middle school. The band might be right on the edge of hitting it big–if they can avoid homophobic managers, survive the wrath of their bass guitarist’s baby mama, and keep the band from completely imploding.
I’m going to be sharing a couple of excerpts, a couple of memes I’ve done from the book, and a few other things. For now, the cover and blurb:
All Thaniel Robichaud has ever wanted is for his band to hit the big-time. All Shane McCarthy has ever wanted is Thaniel.
Friends since childhood, Thaniel and Shane started making music together while still in junior high school. In the ten years since, they’ve taken their band, Love Like Vampires, from struggling over chords in Thaniel’s basement to headlining at clubs, and recently they opened for one of rock’s biggest names. Along the way, Shane stunned Thaniel with a proclamation of love, and when Thaniel returned his feelings, their relationship gave them the strength to weather the rough patches. But with the band about to break apart, it may not be enough to hold everything together. Their dream is slipping through their fingers just as they’re perched on the cusp of success.
July 22, 2014
Hi all! Angel Martinez one last time – just popping in to announce the winner from yesterday’s launch party:
Our winner is Susan! (skadlec1)
Susan, please pick a backlist book of mine that looks good to you (make sure it’s not one of the free reads, ’cause you don’t need me to give you those) from my website:
(the front page has a quick guide to all the work sort of halfway down)
Email me with your choice, preferred file format (if I have it, I’ll send it) and where to send!
firstname.lastname@example.org (my email)
or PM me on Facebook
Congratulations and thank you so much to everyone who stopped by!
July 21, 2014
One more post from me – thank you to Dreamspinner for allowing me to hijack, er, borrow the blog all day!
Thank you to everyone, my wonderful readers and hopefully curious new readers, for joining me and reading all my silliness!
Thank you to Elizabeth for taking us on (me and my boys) to Erika, my incredible editor, and to Anne for the fabulous cover!
Don’t forget to enter the giveaway – it’s the post that says “Contest”
Gravitational Attraction is available in e-book and paperback at :
And in ebook at All Romance
(Amazon to follow soon!)
Will there be more? Oh, yes. Be patient with me – I have a lot of series work going on, but I’m getting back around to this one
July 21, 2014
It’s a funny thing, SF heroes. Sure, you get the same archetypes you do with any other heroes. You get your big, grunty badass:
You get your sexy, leading man types:
You get your sexy, blue alien types:
Hey…wait a minute…I don’t get those with my Regency stories…
Okay, fine. One does get a little more variety with SF heroes. I’ve messed with the human genome several times to get what I needed for different environments and situations. Heck, as a reader, one of my all-time favorite heroes is a vertically challenged, brittle-boned hyper maniac.
Who’s your favorite SF hero?
July 21, 2014
When I was little, televisions were pieces of furniture. They often came in wood and cloth consoles, reception was through antennae, and one changed the channel by (gasp!) getting up and turning the knob. There were perhaps four channels, or possibly five, depending on the signal.
The arrival of cable in our house was a cause of much excitement (on our part) and trepidation (on my mother’s.) Suddenly, there were several more choices. Cartoons! Movies! Really bad commercials! With this sudden invasion came Channel 17 out of Philadelphia and, on Saturdays, Wee Willy Webber’s show. For those of you not from back East, Mr. Webber was a radio personality and then TV host of several shows on many channels over the years – one of those voices that was soothing, friendly and entertaining all at once. The show in question was a Saturday Matinee sort of affair where he showed old Science Fiction and Horror movies – a little intro, sometimes a little serial short (Flash Gordon, Buck Rogers) – and then the MOVIE!
A friend recently asked me if classic SF movies had influenced my writing. Yes and no. Obviously, I’m interested in more advanced science than 1950’s cinema, but the fact is that these movies from childhood seeped into my brain. I know that. The images, the feel, the atmosphere all stayed with me, consciously or not. Sure I loved classic horror. The Boris Karloff Frankenstein, (“It’s alive!”) Bela Lugosi’s Dracula, The Mummy, The Invisible Man, adored them all. But I loved the weeks best when Mr. Webber’s movies were about space and radiation, mutants and time travel.
Early influences are inescapable, whether we acknowledge them or not. Some of the underground scenes from my novel, Gravitational Attraction, owe a great deal to Forbidden Planet, to that sense of awe and wonder I felt at finally seeing the alien underground installation. Visions of cityscapes in Vassily the Beautiful have much to do with those early futuristic city skylines in Metropolis and The Shape of Things to Come. And my need to return to cold landscapes, in the case of Sub Zero, even Arctic? Ah, there are echoes of The Thing there, not so much the terror of it but the isolation and eerie beauty.
I don’t consciously channel those old movies I love so dearly, but they’re in there, the images curled around my gray matter. And it wonderful.
July 21, 2014
Recently, I asked a group of friends to pose questions, anything at all they might want to know about my work and so on. There were some fabulous ones and some that surprised me. This is in response to the question asking if I was “into SF as a child” and what was it like growing up in a science fiction world of make believe.
That brought a flood of memories. I was interested in the universe at large when I was small, as most children are, but science subjects occupied a lot of shelf space in my room. My indulgent parents purchased a working microscope for me, bought books on stars and planets, on animals and weather, on anatomy and the moon landing. I was only five years old at the time of the first moon landing, but I think it sparked something in my imagination so fiercely, it never quite went away.
I wasn’t the only one, of course. A slew of movies and television shows built around speculation about space, both serious and silly, cropped up in my early childhood – Lost in Space, My Favorite Martian…
It’s easy to make fun of the original ST, with its low budget sets, its primitive special effects, its tendency toward over-acting, (in certain cases) and its occasional disregard for the laws of physics, despite Mr. Scott’s protestations. But it was original, the characters interesting and accessible, and the themes important ones, explored in environments that removed them from the politics and strife of Earth.
Yes, my best friend and I played Star Trek. I admit it. She was Captain Kirk and I was Mr. Spock, because that’s how our personalities fell and because Kirk and Spock were best friends, too. Of course. The question of gender never entered our minds, nor the question or Kirk and Spock’s actual relationship. We were too young and our minds were filled with aliens, distant planets, tricorders and phasers. Sometimes we tried to have other friends join in, but they never really got it and we’d end up playing dress up or something equally distasteful to us. More often than not, it was just the two of us, transforming the landscape of shelves and boxes in our parents’ basements into alien terrain and starship corridors.
Eventually, my friend outgrew her SF phase. Me? I’m old enough to be someone’s grandmother – and I never have.
Of course I ended up writing SF. How could I not?
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