Yesterday I sent out a whole bunch of packages through Canada Post. Some were copies of Light, from the Goodreads Giveaway and for a prize for donations given to an organization in Montreal, and some were copies of The Lavender Menace, also from the Goodreads Giveaway. It was actually quite fun, and not just a little bit magic.
I should mention, again, that if you click that link for Light you'll notice that even though the novel doesn't release until the 15th of October, you can get it right away from Bold Strokes at their website. And hey, if you pair it up with anything else, you'll likely break the $25 mark, which means you can use the code to get a discount (go to the home page to see the code deal). Ditto for the ebook versions - everything is available right now, and if you pick up a couple of books from Bold Strokes, you can even get a deal.
Have I mentioned that a few people have told me they bought it already and are reading it? Talk about terrifying.
"Magic Lantern," by William Holden
Speaking of magic and terror, the next story up in Tricks of the Trade is William Holden's darkly erotic tale of a London man, his employer, and a magically inspired crusade against the evils of sodomy.
It's a period piece, like many of Holden's stories, and the time and place of the tale act like another lens on the story - one that shows us at least one man who issues with his own desires taking on a man who would "save" others through fear and trickery.
As always, Holden manages to put a darker edge on the erotic story and yet leaves the reader as titilated as they are disturbed.