January 31, 2011
As promised, I’m opening a new contest this week. And this one’s for readers only, because if you haven’t read the books, you won’t know the answer.
But some other business first! I received the SOPHIA cover concept this week, and Sophia is beeyutiful! There are still a few tweaks to be done here and there, but I should have the final cover very soon.
I’ll also be teasing the first chapter of SOPHIA soon … maybe for Valentine’s Day! Yeah, that sounds good.
And I’ve been looking at wedding gowns all over the Internet, searching for the perfect dress for Sarah. We’re going to see her wedding at some point, though I’m not sure if it will be in a book or a Vignette. It all depends on how DUNCAN winds to a close, which I haven’t decided yet. I mean I know how the story ends, but not how the book ends. That makes sense, right?
Okay, and now to the contest … answer the following question and e-mail your response to me at email@example.com with CONTEST in the subject line.
Everyone who gets it right will go into a drawing. I’ll accept submissions until midnight on February 19, and I’ll announce the winner on February 21st.
NOTE that I’ve changed my e-mail address from aol.com to live.com, which is Hotmail. But don’t worry, I’m still picking up mail from aol so nothing will get lost.
Here’s the question … Duncan has a last name. What is it?
But wait! What’s the prize? The winner of the drawing–and you have to guess the answer correctly to go INTO the drawing–will receive an autographed copy of any one title, up to and including SOPHIA (although for SOPHIA you’ll have to wait until its release in April) AND a $10 Amazon gift certificate.
Don’t forget … e-mail your response to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and be sure to put CONTEST on the subject line. I’ll accept responses until midnight February 19th.
Oh, also, I updated my What I’m Reading Now page, and Kindle continues to wreak havoc with my book budget. Geez.
Okay, good luck with the contest, and I’ll see you next week!
January 24, 2011
And I can prove it!
I wrote a very sad scene today. When I do it well, the emotions carry over from fiction to reality and affect the way I feel. It’s almost as if I’m the one who’s suffered the loss, not my character. And it’s not just writing that affects me this way either. It’s reading, too. It’s why I really don’t like the book Gone With The Wind. Because to this day I have a very vivid memory of reading that book in high school and getting so completely depressed by it. Everything was so hopeless! Well, that and the fact that I never really liked Scarlett, and I thought Ashley was a simp, plus I never thought Clark Gable was good looking and even though he only played Rhett in the movie, I couldn’t get his face out of my head. But mostly it was the bleakness of it all.
But I can’t blame Margaret Mitchell for today. Today it was all on me. On the other hand, the scene just totally killed and Duncan is coolness personified. Uh huh.
But back to why I’m not a sociopath … not that anyone has accused me of it … lately. It’s because I have feelings! I feel for my characters, I have felt in real life the emotions I write into fiction. I have lost people I loved, I’ve had my heart broken (more than once) and I’ve been (and still am) in love.
Goodness! Where’d that come from? Okay, on to cheerier topics, I feel a contest coming on. I think I’ll announce it next week and it will be for my readers, because in order to win, you’ll have to have read the books and paid attention to detail! Mwaahhahahahahahaha. (cough, cough, hack, hack)
For now, though, I’m going back to my laptop and my ice cream drumstick (that’s my reward for being a good writer and buckling down to work!)
Have a wonderful week and be sure to come back next Monday for the new contest! There will be a prize, because what’s a contest without a prize? Just another effing pop quiz.
January 17, 2011
Because I’m writing!
I can write almost anywhere. I don’t listen to music when I write because it’s too distracting, but then I don’t listen to anything when I’m writing, not even what’s going on around me. I can sit in the noisiest place and tune it all out. Nothing exists for me but my characters and my story.
Of course, that’s sort of frustrating for the people who have to live with me! It might take a repetition or two for them to get my attention. Heh, heh.
So … Duncan (cool, calm, enigmatic hunk that he is) has just met the lovely Emma. And … What’s that? You’re hungry? Wait. You mean, you expect ME to cook? Well, darn. ::sigh::
Speaking of writing, I received some very positive feedback on my YA NaNo project this past week, so I’ll be doing some work on that over the next couple of weeks to finish the story and polish it a bit. I’ll be writing YA in the daytime and Vampires at night … seems fitting somehow.
Other than that, it’s been a fairly uneventful week. January is frequently like that. The holidays are over and everyone’s waiting for Spring.
I’m still catching up on Season 5 of Supernatural while I exercise and hoping they’ll rerun the whole Season 6 on TV, so I don’t have to wait for the DVD!!!! I need to know what’s happening with my favorite brothers.
And I’m sinking into my make believe world of beautiful vampires (and sorcerers for the YA) every chance I get so I’ll have more stories to tell all of you!
Have a great 3-day weekend if you get one. Try to stay warm. And I’ll see you next week.
January 10, 2011
As if. Of course, I know who Duncan is. The challenge has been, who’s Duncan apart from Raphael’s lieutenant? Well, I’m now thoroughly immersed in Duncan’s story, and … I think I’m in love. And it’s still early days! Imagine once I’ve written the whole thing!
Duncan’s place on my buffet of beautiful men is definitely secure.
Speaking of beautiful men in books, have I mentioned how bad a Kindle is for one’s book budget? It’s just so eeeeeeasy to get more books. Fortunately, I received a gift certificate among my holiday gifts, so that’s offset the damage a little, but Oh. My. God. I shall have to be strong. Which I haven’t been so far.
For example, and while we’re still talking about beautiful men (and why not?) the first book of Larissa Ione’s Demonica series has been on my paperback TBR pile for a while now. I don’t know what took me so long, but I finally picked it up, loved it and … zap! In an instant, I had the rest of the series on my Kindle and ready to read. Great series by the way—hunky alpha demons, vamps, weres … very tough females for the alpha males and very bad bad guys. I highly recommend it. I’ve read a bunch of other books, too (so much for a budget) so I’ll be updating my What I’m Reading Now page tomorrow. Tonight I have to write!
Is it a wonder I get so little sleep? I stay up ’til all hours writing DUNCAN and then convince myself I’ll just read a chapter before going to sleep … two hours later, I finally turn off the light. What a way to go, though, huh?
Let’s see … right, Vampire Vignettes. As always when I put up a new Vignette, I’m getting requests for the previous ones, asking where are they?!! I can’t keep them all up all the time because of copyright issues and the prevalence of digital piracy, but I do rerun them on a regular basis and eventually, someday, I’ll have enough of them to put out an e-book or something. But not yet. In the meantime, we’ll all have to wait for the next rerun, and I don’t honestly know when that will be right now.
My focus is on the release of SOPHIA, and I will definitely be posting a teaser at the end of this month.
Okay. Duncan is calling, and when Duncan calls … I pretty much run (in his direction, of course.)
See you all next week!
January 3, 2011
2011. Wow. I started this blog in February 2009 just in time for the release of RAPHAEL. I was recovering from major surgery, hoping to find the energy somewhere to finish the edits/galley proofs for RAPHAEL and then do it all over again for JABRIL. It was my first book and I had no idea what I was doing.
It’s been two years since then, and thanks to all of you I’m still here, and SOPHIA, Book 4!, will soon be a reality. It just doesn’t get much better than that.
I trust all of you had a good New Year’s celebration, whether quiet or noisy. For me, this new year means the start of a new book. As I posted on my writing group earlier, for the next few months, it will be all DUNCAN all the time. As always when I begin a new project, I’m very excited to get going. But this time it’s even better, because, well, it’s DUNCAN! WooHoo! But also because I’m ready for some good old-fashioned, bloody violent vampires and S.E.X. Y.E.S! Bring it on, baby!
Feels good, already.
A couple of notes before I go …
I was very, very happy to see RAJMUND listed as one of Stephanie’s Favorite 10 for 2010 at Paranormal Haven. It makes me so proud of my beautiful blue-eyed vamp! And Athenna has decided that since I show such excellent taste in finding Dean (Supernatural) to be the hunkier of the two Winchester brothers, my books must be read! Not that my preference for Dean should surprise anyone. I’ve made no secret of liking the bad boys better.
Also for anyone planning to attend the RT Booklovers Convention in Los Angeles in April, I will definitely be there. I’ll be signing at the Book Expo for sure, and floating around the rest of the time. I’m a backup author on a couple of panel groups, so there’s always that possibility, but I’ll be there every day regardless. They have so many great authors scheduled, I’m excited to be there as a reader, as well as a writer.
One last thing, don’t forget to read Vampire Vignette #5 while you still can. I don’t know how long it will last!
Okay, guess I’ll go get some work done on … DUNCAN! Squeeeeeee!
See you next week.