June 27, 2011
Well, I survived the family wedding weekend this past week, including up close and personal contact with lots of miniature plague carriers. They lure you in with those adorable faces and chubby arms, and then you’re doomed! So far, no symptoms, but we’ll see if I can make it through the week!
A brand new review for JABRIL this week at Bitten by Paranormal Romance! 5 Alpha Howls for Cyn, Raphael and the gang. And there are new reviews coming in all the time on Amazon, too. Most readers love the books, a few don’t … that’s life as a writer. I don’t love every book I read either. (Which would be why I haven’t updated my What I’m Reading Now lately, since I don’t review, I recommend. So, if I can’t recommend what I’ve just read … the list doesn’t get added to. I do have one to add this week, though–Shattered by Karen Robards.)
Moving on to Auctions, as I wrote last week, L. A. Banks, author of the Vampire Huntress series, is critically ill and uninsured (who says we need healthcare reform?) Several people at RT Book Reviews have gotten together an auction on EBay to help Leslie and her daughter offset the huge medical bills. There’s all sorts of cool stuff being auctioned, including the opportunity to name a character in my 6th book (LUCAS). The auction winner will be named in the acknowledgements section and receive an autographed copy of the print book upon release. You can check it out HERE. Bidding has started, although in my experience, the real bidding doesn’t take place until the last day of auctions.
And now for giveaways, the Paranormal Haven giveaway and character interview is still live, so you can still check that one out (until July 15th.) And I’ll be doing a few more after I send DUNCAN off to my publisher.
On a related noted, the wonderful Adrian Phoenix is doing a ton of giveaways for her upcoming Black Heart Loa, which is the second book of her Hoodoo series. The book releases this week and I’ve already preordered my Kindle copy. A great series from a great author, so I encourage you to drop by her website HERE’S THE LINK, and check out the many giveaways, which include books and these really cool book thongs. I already have the full set!
A reminder again that I’ll be writing a new Vampire Vignette after I turn in DUNCAN (and after I’ve slept for about a week!) And I’ll be rerunning the whole set at the end of summer, before posting the new Vignette.
I think that’s it for this week, although I did want to mention that I’ll be reformatting the blog in a few weeks (as with everything else, post-DUNCAN. That post-DUNCAN list is getting very long!) Mostly cosmetic and an address change, but it won’t affect anyone’s bookmarks.
See you all next week, by which time I expect to say … DUNCAN’s story is complete!
June 20, 2011
I’m not a father, nor have I ever played one on TV … but I have lots of family, friends, and readers, too, who qualify, so Happy Father’s Day to all the fathers out there, wherever you are. Hope you had a great day with the people who love you.
For those of you who are wondering (as if) I’m rounding the final curve with Duncan’s story. I expect to finish this week, actually, and I think I’m going to miss him once we’re finished. Duncan will still be around, of course, and he’ll hit center stage later this year, but I’ve spent so many late nights with him over the last few months, it will seem strange not to. Of course, being the fickle writer I am, some other vampire (or perhaps an entirely new sort of creature) will soon be spending the nights with me, instead. But for now, I’m getting a little nostalgic in advance.
Although, it would probably be better if I actually FINISHED Duncan’s story before I started missing him.
And speaking of excellent writers (we were, weren’t we?), many of you are probably already aware that L. A. Banks, author of the wonderful Vampire Huntress series and more, is gravely ill. A group of her friends and fans are putting together a fundraising auction for her, to help pay some pretty crushing medical bills. The auction will be held on e-bay, beginning June 21st and run through July 1st. There’s some amazing stuff already posted and more to come. If you’ve loved her books, she could surely use some of that love right now.
Also, I’ve been getting lots of questions about my ever popular Vampire Vignettes, as in, where can I read the first ones? Copyright issues prevent me from posting more than a single Vignette at a time, and readers who have been around awhile know that sometimes I don’t have any posted up there at all. There’s too much piracy in the publishing world. BUT … I will be writing a new Vignette for later this summer, and, as always, I’ll do a re-run of all the Vignettes, beginning with #1 and ending with the brand new Vignette. I don’t know the specific dates yet, just that it will be in late summer. Once I get DUNCAN put to bed (and, oh, the images that conjures) I’ll take a look at my calendar and post the schedule. But until then, just know there will be a new story coming late this summer.
No new giveaways this week, although I am hosting a craft chat at Savvy Authors this Tuesday. It’s open to all Premium (i.e., paying) members. And the Paranormal Haven interview and giveaway is still active until July 15th. I do have a few new interviews lined up for AFTER my July 15, DUNCAN deadline, but I’ll talk about those when it’s a bit closer. And don’t forget to check out my Cool Book Trailer. Beautiful vampires and hard driving music … good for the soul as we begin a new week.
Okay, I’m going to spend some more time with Duncan tonight, then get some sleep. And then, get up and do it all over again tomorrow!
Have a great week and see you all right back here next Sunday (or Monday, depending on your perspective!)
June 13, 2011
Yes, that’s right, Duncan and I are still spending our nights together, although it’s getting a little crowded now that he’s hooked up with his true love … his true love after ME, that is. The story is rounding the final curve, which induces two emotions in me … the first is relief, because I have a deadline I want to meet so my readers (i.e., all of you) get Duncan’s story on schedule. But the second is raw panic, because when I’m this deep into a story I can’t see the whole of it anymore. Until I write that last word, and then go back and read it again from start to finish, I won’t really know if it all works or not. But, not to worry, I will finish it, and just in case I don’t know what I’m talking about, my wonderful critique partners will be their usual brutally honest selves. ::sigh:: (Just kidding, guys!)
I did take a break earlier this evening to watch an hour (or so) of TV, partly because my eyes are sore, and not just from staring at the computer screen. We had so much rain this winter that there’s tons of springtime allergy stuff floating in the air of my very green canyon. It reminds me of that movie Legend with Tom Cruise. Terrible movie, but I remember there was so much stuff floating around that forest, I couldn’t believe the actors didn’t choke on it. Weird.
Anyway, the OTHER reason I took a break was because I wanted to watch The Game of Thrones on HBO. Curse you, Lannisters!! But Winter is coming and you’ll pay! (hee, hee) I’ve read these books and they’re doing a GREAT job of bringing it to the screen. The casting is also just excellent, and for once, they actually make family members LOOK like each other!
But now it’s back to DUNCAN, after I send my weekly missive to all of you, of course.
Let’s see I have one giveaway still in progress, and that’s the SOPHIA/COLIN interview over at Paranormal Haven’s Bookish Haven Summer Vacation spectacular. That giveaway ends July 15th, so plenty of time to get in on it. And you definitely want to read what Sophia and Colin are up to.
I’m also doing a brand new guest blog on Wednesday this week, June 15, at Bitten by Paranormal Romance. I’ll post the link on Facebook and Twitter once I have it on Wednesday.
I think that’s it for this week. I’ve had my Game of Thrones break and my time with you all, and now it’s back to my slave driving muse who wants me to FINISH!
See you all at Bitten by Paranormal Romance on Wednesday, and right back here next Sunday.
June 6, 2011
I’m excited to say I have an official Book Trailer! It was designed by the very talented Dee Tonorio, and it looks (and sounds) great. Check it out, and let me know what you think! And if you like it, tell all your friends! I have a long way to go to catch up to the piano playing cat!
In other exciting news, Sophia and Colin sat down for their first ever interview with the intrepid Huff and Puff reporter. The interview was featured at Paranormal Haven this past Saturday, and you can still check it out here. There’s a giveaway, too, but you have to leave a comment, so we know you were there!
More good news, RAPHAEL received a 5 Alpha Howl and a terrific new review this week from Bitten by Paranormal Romance. I’ll be guest blogging there in a couple of weeks, too.
On the reading front, I updated my Books I’m Reading Now section once again (doing a very good job of keeping up this time!) I added Magic Slays (Ilona Andrews) and Kiss of Snow (Nalini Singh), two books I really looked forward to, and they didn’t disappoint.
On the writing front, DUNCAN is coming along very nicely and will be ready for his close up! I’m already searching the image files for the perfect Duncan. There are thousands, so I search while I watch TV with my husband, which drives him nuts!
And speaking of DUNCAN, for those of you who follow me on Twitter, I slipped the name of Duncan’s love interest into a tweet recently.
One more thing before I go, notice the Summer Fun button up above. That’s a special promotion/contest being run by Night Owl Reviews. Tons of cool prizes and some fun thrown in. It’s a scavenger hunt kind of thing. Click the button, check it out, and then come back here to look for my personal secret icon!
See you next week!