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Sep. 6th, 2020

choccy ianto

I wish I didn't have to do this


I'm sure you are all aware of the privacy issues that have been surrounding live journal in the last week.  It's been one thing after another and quite frankly I'm fed up with clearing up after somebody else's mess.

From today, 6 Sept 2010 all entries on this journal are FLOCKED.

All new fic will be posted to an open post at my Dreamwidth account and crossposted to here.
 
I can honestly say I never thought I would flock this journal but I can not stand by and let people make decisions for me and take no regard for my feelings in the matter.

To any readers I lose because of this I'm sorry.  If you still wish to read my fic and you can find no way of getting into either site please pm me and we will sort something out.

If you friended me and I never friended you back please pm me and I'll ensure I do that so you can still read my posts.


Jul. 7th, 2014

choccy ianto

Free Read

 Originally posted on Lillian Francis - Author of gay romance. Happy Endings guaranteed...eventually.

Well, the UK Meet was a month ago and I've still not written up a report of my time there or actioned any of my plans but I'll talk of those in another post (maybe, you know how flaky I can be in my blogging).
 
Today I bring you a ficlet, originally written for my little corner of the UK Meet's USB which was provided to delegates. Since many of my friends couldn't attend I decided I would share it with you here.

This free story was written for the UKMeet 2014, so I though it only fitting to revisit with Tomak and Jerome from Waiting for a Spark, which originally appeared in the Lashing of Sauce anthology.

‘When the boat comes in’ catches up with Tomak and Jerome about 6 months after the events in WfaS.

 

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Waiting for a Spark can now be purchased as a standalone story from JMS Books.


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Apr. 18th, 2014

choccy ianto

Cleaning out my closet




Originally posted at http://lillianfrancis.blogspot.co.uk/

 
How many of us have a huge 'to read' pile? Some books languishing at the bottom of the pile for months, maybe even years, as new, cheaper, more hyped books come along to bury them. I'm ashamed to say that I have.

What's the solution? Read them, obviously, but how to get the drive to read something buried for so long?

Well, the girls over at Boys in our Books have the answer. (taken from their facebook page)


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JOIN US! We're having SPRING CLEANING WEEK at BoiB.

Here's what to do: find the ONE book that's been on your TBR shelf the longest. Commit to FINALLY reading & reviewing it! Our entire review team, along with a bunch of guest reviewers, will be participating.


EVERYONE who joins us will be eligible to win a $25 gift certificate for books. Sign up RIGHT HERE in the comments (tell us the book & the date it was added to your TBR) or comment on ANY of our posts during Spring Cleaning Week, April 21 - 27!


Let's dust off and organize those shelves!


If you don't have a facebook account (or hate the site with a vengence, as I do) look out for their posts on the blog during Spring Cleaning week.

I'll be signing up once that first post goes live, check out my cleaning out my closet shelf at Goodreads to find out what I intend to read. See what I mean, Dangerous Ground is on there, I've been meaning to read that book in forever.

Any books buried at the bottom of your e-reader you've been itching to read?

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Jan. 31st, 2014

choccy ianto

Broken Promises

Originally posted at Lillian Francis - Author of gay romance. Happy Endings guaranteed...eventually.
 

I had semi-planned a post on flashbacks for this week, linking it in to Lovers Entwined and reminding people that there were several more hours to get a 30% rebate over at ARe on all books on the site published by Ellora's Cave.
 
However, earlier today I watched the last two episodes of Whitechapel series 4 in an effort to clear some space on my recorder for several new series I want to watch. For some reason these last few episodes had been hanging about on the box for ages; don't know why because I love the show, even though it can be creepy as f**k.
 
Having finished the two episodes and totally hyped up and eager to watch more, I took to the web to find out how long I would have to wait for Series Five, only to discover this tweet:
 
Sorry to be the bearer of bad news everyone but ITV don't want any more Whitechapel. That's all folks x
 
 
NOOOOOOO! I all but screamed (I was eating my dinner at the time--very bad form to have a tablet at the table but I had to know--and didn't want to spray pasta around the room). I surfed some more, just to verify the fact but it appeared to be true. No more Whitechapel! Why? They hadn't tied up all the loose ends, not to my satisfaction. Who was the creepy lady? Why was she targeting the team? Would the crime scene lady ever have her baby? Would Kent finally get into Chandler's well-tailored trousers?
 
I haven't been this disappointed by the cancellation of a show since the plug was pulled on Lois and Clark. Even after more than a decade my overriding memory of that last episode is the final shot with the words 'To be continued...' in bold white letters across the bottom of the screen. Liars!
 
It got me to wondering about author's who write series books. All I've researched suggests that this is the way to make sales. Readers will get behind a series, buy into the characters and keep coming back for more. Except how long can you continue to write about the same characters before it is time to finish their story. I think this question is especially valid in romance where a main feature of the storyline is the relationship. Few people want to see their heroes falling out of love once they've finally got their happy ending. Yes, I know life if is like that, but I don't don't read romance for the reality factor. I read it to get lost just for a few hours,safe in the knowledge that no matter what crap our heroes wade through, everything will turn out all right in the end. My definition of all right is dependant on the book and the characters, I need hope that they are travelling the road to a happy ever after, even if we don't see it. What I don't want is foreshadowing that could put doubt on the relationship you have already convinced me is, not only, for real, but hopefully, forever.
 
So did the characters in Whitechapel get their Happy Ending? Since the programme could in no way resemble a romance, is that even a valid question. There was foreshadowing a plenty for the series to come (which will never be) and, as you can see from above, plenty of unanswered questions. But each of the main characters had personal issues addressed to a certain degree and the writers appeared to be leading them to places where they could be happy. I have to wonder if the writers would have done anything differently had they known they were writing the last ever episode. Maybe not; neatly tied parcels of all the loose ends hardly seemed their thing.
 
At least they made me no promises.
 
To be Continued...
 
Bah!
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Jan. 4th, 2014

choccy ianto

First Blog of the Year

Originally published at lillianfrancis.blogspot.co.uk
 
and I guess I should start by wishing everybody a Happy New Year.


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Colourful 2014 in fiery sparklers (christmasstockimages.com) / CC BY 3.0


I noticed that many of my favourite authors are posting their resolutions. I don't do resolutions, or at least I try not to but unfortunately it is too easy to be swept away by the good intentions of others. I do have a couple of goals for the year as far as my writing goes.

Blog more often. Once a month at least. Last year I set myself an unrealistic blogging target considering how much free time I get.

Try to post articles on other people's blogs. I'm well aware how little foot traffic this blog gets. Posting elsewhere will help get other people to see me. (I'm the author in the corner, too self conscious and unsure to come and play with the cool kids)

Get at least one book published this year. Maybe I'm being too picky with...everything. My writing. The publishers I submit to. The stories I tell. Why can't I write a series? Or short stories? Or about shifters, or men in uniform, or men with kids? Hell, if I could only write a series about a cop werewolf finding his mate, who has a small and adorable child in tow, and manage to keep the stories under 60K. Oh well, each to their own, you can only be true to the voices inside your head.

And just to contradict the statement I have just made about being too picky.
It's your story. Tell it the way you want it told. If you don't agree with the changes you've been asked to make, then don't change it. Is it worth making changes just to get the story published? For some I know it is. Me, I don't do it for the money (thank goodness or we would be living in the gutter), so if it doesn't feel right don't change it.

Get more people to buy Lovers Entwined. It's a better book than my sales figures give it credit for, I know it is.

To that end, did you know that All Romance ebooks are offering a 30% rebate on all Ellora's Cave books during January. And who publishes both Lovers Entwinedand Lesson Learned? Yep, you've guessed it. So pop over there, read the blurb and see what you think. If you buy, then you can earn yourself credit to spend on other books. Win win.

And of course, let me know what you think, I'm always around on Goodreads, where you can rate and review (and I promise not to take any comments personally).

Happy New Year, my friends. Let's make it a good one.
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Aug. 1st, 2013

choccy ianto

Review & Giveaway

Lovers Entwined has been been reviewed over at The Armchair Reader today.

Cole has agreed to do a giveaway as well, so if you want to win a copy head over there and leave a comment.
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Sep. 7th, 2012

choccy ianto

Lillian Francis update

So what has my alter-ego Lillian Francis been up to over the summer?

Well, my second novel, which was tentatively titled
‘Undying Love’, went through many title changes but has now become ‘Lovers Entwined’.
It was accepted by Ellora’s Cave and will be released in their Blush range. I believe I’m still the only author to offer m/m in this range.
Is that a good or bad thing, I’m not sure?
I’m finally coming to the end of edits, so hopefully a release date will be imminent. As you would have seen from my previous post, the cover has been finalised and is available for your perusal.





My Christmas story, 'When Love Flue In', was accepted for publication by Silver publishing. It will be available at some point in the month of December; however I don't have the exact release date as yet.

I'm currently working on a story set in an animal reserve in South Africa. It was originally written as a short story for an anthology publication but was too long. Me, go over a word count? Surely not! Well I did and it was subsequently rejected on the grounds of length. As it turns out that was probably a good thing because the lads have a much longer (and more angsty) story to tell.

Lesson Learned has been out for 6 months now. It's had some good reviews on Goodreads and is still averaging above a 4 star rating which I'm really pleased about.
I also had a decent review from
NightOwl Reviews
. 3.5/5. Excerpt from the review... After page 35/36 the book gets amazing. So I suggest you give it a chance like I did. I do not regret reading this book and neither will you!

 
I wish I had some choccygrl news but unfortunately there is nothing forthcoming from choccy's brain at the moment. If this situation changes you guys will be the first to know :D This entry was originally posted at http://choccy-grl.dreamwidth.org/115621.html. Please comment there using OpenID.

Jan. 23rd, 2012

choccy ianto

To UK Flisties

Originally posted by de_nugis at To UK Flisties

If you're from the UK and you believe in freedom of speech and an uncensored interenet, you really need to sign this petition. There are others floating about, but that particular one is the best way to ensure that your voice gets heard. It's hosted on the directgov website and addresses parliament directly. If it gets more than 100,000 signatures, it becomes eligible for discussion in the House of Commons.

Everyone's been getting so worked up over SOPA -- and rightly so -- that ACTA seems to have slipped under the radar. This is hugely problematic, because ACTA is a similar bill, but it has the potential to be far more damaging than SOPA ever could be.

Some people seem to have this misconception that ACTA is the 'European SOPA', but that simply isn't true. It's a global treaty, and it's already been signed by eight countries, including the US, Japan, New Zealand and Singapore. Europe votes on Thursday. If they vote 'no', the bill will have to be taken back to the drawing board and reformulated, which should buy us some time at the very least.

If you think this doesn't affect you, you're wrong. If ACTA passes, it could well signal the end of the internet as we know it, and that isn't an exaggeration. It's not just about watching movies and television online. If ACTA passes, sites like YouTube, Livejournal, Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook and even Google and Wikipedia could become impossible to maintain. ACTA would allow ISPs to monitor your net activity and cut off internet access for your entire household if one person is suspected of breaching copyright. Think Big Brother is Watching. I don't think I need to emphasise just how damaging it can be to be without internet access in this day and age, when we rely so heavily on technology.

It's not only bloggers and fandom that would be affected, either. Small businesses, independent film-makers and unsigned musicians who have previously found their niche online would also suffer hugely, and would be at risk of being bullied into submission by Hollywood and multinational corporations under accusations of copyright infringement. All those artists who found fame by uploading covers of songs to YouTube would never have had the opportunity to do so under ACTA, as those cover versions would be prohibited.

I know that opinions on the seriousness of copyright infringement and online piracy vary wildly, but that isn't really the point. Internet giants such as Google are opposed to this bill, and it's pretty safe to say that they're not in favour of copyright infringment, as anyone who's ever had a fanvid taken down from YouTube will be painfully aware. Whatever your stance on copyright, this isn't the way to go about dealing with it. This is dangerous legislation that impeaches on some of our most basic human rights, such as the right to privacy and freedom of speech.

So if you're from the UK, please, please sign the petition. If you hail from elsewhere in the world, there may well be similar movements in your own country, but I think the most effective thing anybody can do right now is to keep talking about this. Talk about it on Livejournal, on Twitter, on Tumblr, on Facebook, and anywhere else you can think of. Make sure this issue is never far from people's minds. The internet is an amazingly powerful tool: let's utilise it while we still have the chance.

Please repost and spread the word :)

SAY NO TO ACTA!

Please consider reposting this, especially if you have a large proportion of UK flisties. And please consider spreading the word via other platforms: Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, your own personal network.

Jan. 20th, 2012

choccy ianto

Seems I Am Not The Only One....

Originally posted by morgandawn at Seems I Am Not The Only One....
......who feels the need to take a break from an increasingly dysfunctional relationship.

Black March - Thursday March 1st 2012 to Saturday March 31st 2012 With the continuing campaigns for internet-censoring litigation such as SOPA and PIPA, and the closure of sites like Megaupload under allegations of 'piracy' and 'conspiracy' the time has come to take a stand against music, film, and media companies' lobbyists. The only way is to hit them where it hurts. Their profit margins. March 2012 is the end of the First Quarter in economic reports world wide. Do not buy a single record. Do not download a single song, legally or illegally. Do not go to see a single film in cinemas, or download a copy. Do not buy a DVD in the stores. Do not buy a videogame. Do not buy a single book or magazine. Wait the four weeks to buy them in April: see a film later, etc... Holding out for just four weeks, maximum, will leave a gaping hole in media companies profits for the first quarter, an economic hit which will in turn be observed by governments world wide as stocks and shares will blip from a large enough loss of incomes. This action will give a statement of intent: "We will not tolerate the Media Industries' lobbying for legislation that will censor the internet."
Original image and campaign source: reddit.

Edited to add my own thoughts (not part of the original reddit call for action) And if you do not feel like taking a total break and perhaps want just a trial separation or couple's counseling, then perhaps consider Black March Lite 2.0 = spend, but spend money on those content creators and independent retailers who came out against SOPA/PIPA.  And tell them why you're buying their products in March.  There are many of them.

And for those who favor the more targeted boycott, you can find info  here.  But no matter which,  you can participate and you can tailor your level of participation.  We have the tools, the will and the strength to take a stand.


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Black March - Thursday March 1st 2012 to Saturday March 31st 2012
With the continuing campaigns for internet-censoring litigation such as SOPA and PIPA, and the closure of sites like Megaupload under allegations of 'piracy' and 'conspiracy' the time has come to take a stand against music, film, and media companies' lobbyists.
The only way is to hit them where it hurts.
Their profit margins.
March 2012 is the end of the First Quarter in economic reports world wide.
Do not buy a single record. Do not download a single song, legally or illegally. Do not go to see a single film in cinemas, or download a copy. Do not buy a DVD in the stores. Do not buy a videogame. Do not buy a single book or magazine.
Wait the four weeks to buy them in April: see a film later, etc... Holding out for just four weeks, maximum, will leave a gaping hole in media companies profits for the first quarter, an economic hit which will in turn be observed by governments world wide as stocks and shares will blip from a large enough loss of incomes. This action will give a statement of intent:
"We will not tolerate the Media Industries' lobbying for legislation that will censor the internet."
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Jan. 4th, 2012

choccy ianto

Original Fiction - Blogspot


I've been working on a blogspot site for Lillian Francis.

I figured it will cover me until I can get a proper website up an running.

Check it out here and let me know what you think.

lillianfrancis.blogspot.com/

How can I improve it? What do you want it to tell you? Any other ideas. Share your ideas with me.

Edit - I've played about with it a bit. Is this better?
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