January 9, 2012
This will be the first real work week of the New Year for a lot of people. Most kids went back to school last week. One lovely teenage relative of mine even had to go back to school last Monday, which hardly seems fair. It’s not the students’ fault that there was a freakishly early snowstorm on Halloween! And a pop quiz on top of it? That’s cruel and unusual!
But for many of us, this week marks the official return to the routines of life. No holidays, no days off, no last few days of winter vacation. Just the long wait for Spring. Used to be the months between the winter and spring holidays really dragged, but TPTB have inserted a couple of one day holidays in there to lighten the wait for those of us in the U.S. Still, it seems like a long cheerless slog until summer.
But not if you’re a lover of my vampires! (cool transition, huh?) I’ve been working on my Vignettes anthology this week. Volume 1 and very exciting. This first anthology will include all of the Vignettes posted so far, plus a couple of brand new and much longer ones that you won’t see anywhere else. I’ve seen the cover concept and it’s gorgeous, plus I’ve now revised and finalized all of the stories, except for a few final touches on the the very last Vignette, which is Raj and Sarah’s wedding story. As can be expected, not everything goes as smoothly as one might wish! After all, where would be the story in that?
The Anthology is expected to release on Valentine’s Day (naturally) and should be available in both e-format and print, although obviously the e-format will be much less expensive. Also, it’s expected to release for all of the e-platforms. Details will follow as we get closer to the event, and I’ll post the beautiful cover as soon as it’s finalized.
I’ve also been working on the launch of my new blog site. That’s been slowed to a crawl by my darling husband’s recent illness. I’ve had to prioritize, and obviously, he comes first (and pretty much second through tenth, too.) But after that, I’ve had to choose writing over blog prep, so work on the new site has been all but non-existent for the last few weeks.
I want to thank everyone who sent wishes and prayers for my DH’s quick recovery. It’s been a stressful and exhausting time, for him more than anyone else, but we’ve made it through and I’ve hopes he’ll be coming home for good this week. Gotta get the guy back home and fatten him up a bit! Hospitals are bad for your health.
In other news, Night Owl Reviews gave DUNCAN 5 of 5 stars and named him a Top Pick this last week.
This is the fifth book in the Vampires in America series; while you can read this as a stand-alone, I highly, highly recommend you read all the books in the series. Reynolds’ writing style is smooth and packs one heckuva punch.
In more exciting news, DUNCAN made a couple of top ten (or six) lists for 2011. Stephanie at Paranormal Haven included DUNCAN on her list for Favorite Books of 2011 …
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, PNR fans must give this series a try. It has a ‘real’ feel to it and the writing is fantastic. Duncan has been one of my favorite characters since book one and I was very happy with how his story was told. One of the best installments and again, I highly recommend this series!
And Dot at La Deetda Reads puts DUNCAN on her list of Best Reads of 2011.
And last but definitely not least, Were Vamp Romance is still running my interview and giveaway. This event got lost in the hospital shuffle, but the contest is still open through today, so please stop by, read my brilliant interview and take a chance on winning any one of my books, winner’s choice, in either print or Kindle format, unless you choose Heart of the Wolf, which is only available in the various e-formats.
And I think that’s it for me this week. Hopefully next week I’ll be back to say my DH is happily home and getting fat, and I’ve finished the Vignettes and moved on to the new Cyn/Raphael novella. Another first for my vampires and very exciting!
See you next week!
December 12, 2011
Well, truthfully, I’ve been doing more than shopping the last couple of weeks. I’ve been doing a lot of promo stuff, like guest blogs and interviews. And since I can’t turn off my brain, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking and note taking about LUCAS and other upcoming projects, too.
BUT … my holiday shopping is officially o.v.e.r. Packages will go off in the mail on Tuesday (because today is the busiest shipping day of the year … did you know that?) I still have to wrap the local presents, or rather put them and a bunch of tissue in some gift bags, which are one of the greatest inventions of all time. I’m a terrible wrapper. Even my mom thought I was terrible and she had no patience for wrapping at all!
But I’m still back on the writing track as of this evening. Vignettes, novellas and sweet, sweet LUCAS (who’s not always so sweet…irritating male.)
That doesn’t mean the fun stuff stops, though.
I also have two guest spots coming later this week. This Wednesday, December 14th I’ll be doing an interview and live chat with Literal Addiction and Book Monster Reviews. The interview will be at both Literal Addiction’s Author’s Corner and Book Monster Reviews with a separate giveaway for each venue.
The live chat will also take place this Wednesday, December 14th, at 5:00 pm Pacific (8:00 pm Eastern.) The chat forum is HERE, below the fold. You should check in early to be sure your JAVA is up to date and to create a log-in, if necessary. Again, the CHAT log-in is below the fold.
Also, this week is RomFan Reviews’ Holiday Blog Hop. I’ll be guest posting there this Friday, December 16th, with another giveaway.
And I’ll be linking to all of these events and their giveaways on Facebook and Twitter as they unfold.
More wonderful reviews came in this week, too. DUNCAN’s release has introduced new readers to the series, so I’m getting reviews not just of DUNCAN, but of all the previous books, too. So nice!
SOPHIA was reviewed by
The Romance Reviews and named a Top Pick in addition to having already been nominated as Best PNR 2011.
And … my new laptop computer arrived this week! Squeeee! I wasn’t expecting it until the 21st, and I’ve been so busy that all I’ve done so far is plug it in. Sheesh.
So…despite the absence of thousands of words, it was a great week! And the coming week promises to be equally busy and equally fun, plus…some words, too.
I hope to see you all at my live chat on Wednesday, and I will see all of you back here next Sunday/Monday night!
August 22, 2011
Okay, so Vignette #4 is up as promised. For a brief time this weekend, #3 and #4 shared the spotlight, but we’re back to one lonely Vignette at a time. So, this week it’s #4. Only a couple more weeks and a brand new Vignette will appear.
In the meantime, Bitten by Paranormal Romance has posted a new review of RAJMUND. This is just part of what their reviewer, Cynthia, had to say …
Ms. Reynolds’ Vampire in America Series is one you must put on your TBR and/or Keeper Shelf. I started reading the series a bit backwards; reading the last book, SOPHIA, first and then continuing on in the correct order. I have rated all of the books ‘5 An Alpha Howl’, but RAJMUND, gets the Top Bite Award. Move over Raphael, there’s a new Lord in town.
Yep, my beautiful, blue-eyed vamp gets a Top Bite Award. I have a soft spot for Raj. I think he’s frequently misunderstood, which is my fault as the writer. But, I’m always happy when someone loves him as much as I do.
In other news, I’ve been working on a revamping (no pun intended) of my blog. Mostly organizational stuff — when I started I only had the one book, but now with what will soon be five (5!) books out there, I need to change things up a bit. I’m not sure when I’ll have it ready. I’ll be compulsively checking and rechecking everything a million times before it goes live, but hopefully it will be in time for DUNCAN’s debut anyway.
And speaking of DUNCAN (and don’t we all want to?) it’s hard to believe, but I’m already scheduling a few promo appearances for his book! Amazing. I’m on pins and needles for this one. I can hardly wait to get a cover, and I can especially hardly wait until the book is out.
Okay, that’s it for this week. Gotta go watch tonight’s True Blood episode! We still have family in town, so this is the first chance I’ve had to sit down and watch it. Thank the gods of harassed authors and vampire fans for DVR technology!!
See you all next week!
April 11, 2011
First things first, the lovely SOPHIA is garnering rave reviews from early readers, which means those on Kindle and those who downloaded the PDF from ImaJinn. I’m hopeful the print version will show up on Amazon and BN.com this week, but I’ll keep an eye out and let you know the MINUTE it’s available. And Fictionwise usually runs a week behind, but I’ll keep an eye out there, as well.
In the meantime, I truly appreciate all of the e-mails and posts, both here and on FB and Amazon, telling me how much you loved SOPHIA. It’s a nerve wracking thing to release a new book and it’s such a relief to know my readers love it.
Of course, now everyone wants to know when DUNCAN will be out! I’m taking a few days to bask in the glow of SOPHIA (and catch up on my sleep from RT) and then it’s back to working hard on Duncan’s story, which is already halfway finished. When I do get back to him, it will be pure pleasure, ‘cuz Duncan is MmmMmmGood.
And, of course, RT was this week! The big excitement was picking up my RT Reviewer’s Choice Award for JABRIL. No one warned me I’d be giving an acceptance speech, so I had to come up with something on the fly. But I managed not to fall down on the way to or from the stage, so it’s all good. And the award is beautiful, isn’t it?
I’ve posted a few more pictures on my Facebook page. I didn’t take that many. I was too busy looking at stuff and finding my way around. There were so many fantastic panels and books, books everywhere!!
And it was so great to meet in person so many people I “speak” with on-line all the time, including Adrian Phoenix, D. P. Lyle and Rachel Caine, to name a few, along with Mertianna Georgia, who’s a new ImaJinn author. And I was surprised at how many of my readers were there, including Mary (aka Amy) who won the name a bar contest for SOPHIA, and so many others—from all over the world, especially from Down Under!!—who made a point of coming up and telling me how much they loved the books! It made my week!!
I’m sure there’s more I want to say, and probably stuff I’m SUPPOSED to cover this week, but I’m still recovering from four days of non-stop RT. I slept 10 hours when I got home and I’m looking forward to sleeping some more tonight. By tomorrow night, though, I’ll be back on schedule and working hard.
So, see you all next week, if not sooner. Hopefully I’ll have word of the SOPHIA print version before then. Fingers crossed!
April 4, 2011
Ms. Reynolds did an excellent job of introducing two very strong characters. Cyn is a very confident and sharp as nails woman. Raphael is tall, dark and sexy! Together they are a great pair that make the story seem more real and not farfetched. The chemistry was extremely hot! With the sex scenes even hotter! If you are looking for a new author to follow, here is a great one! D.B Reynolds is going on my To Be Watched for Pile!!
Here’s the link to the whole review, if you’re interested.
Cool. I love good reviews!!
And speaking of good reviews, if y’all love my vamps and if you bought from Amazon, I would really appreciate it if you’d write a couple lines of review. Especially for my beautiful, blue-eyed Rajmund who sells books, but doesn’t always get the love he deserves!
This week, of course, is the big RT Booklovers Convention! I’ve wanted to attend one of these for the longest time, but they’ve always been far away. Finally, they’ve come to L.A. and I’ll be there! I’ll be signing at the Book Expo, giving away bookmarks and other goodies, and even better I’ll be picking up my RT Reviewers Choice Award for JABRIL! So exciting! I’ll be bringing my camera along, and I might even remember to use it!!
And leading up to RT, Literary Escapism has been profiling authors who will be attending the convention–and they are many and illustrious–but they included me in the listing, too. Here’s a link to that one, if you’re interested. It’s kind of a mini-interview, although the first paragraph sounds like I’m talking about myself in third person. Awkwaarrrrd!
And finally this week … SOPHIA is on her way! The book is edited and polished and at the printers and soon to be uploaded to BN.com, Amazon and Kindle, as well as Fictionwise and, of course, ImaJinnBooks.com. It will naturally show up on ImaJinn’s website first, in print and PDF download, but I’ve said before that if you’re ordering a print version, and especially if you have Amazon Prime, you’re probably better off waiting the extra few days and ordering from Amazon, because ImaJinn uses media mail for shipping. Although, ImaJinn is holding a contest this month and next, so if you DO order from them, you get a chance at a free Kindle.
I’ll be keeping a close eye out and I’ll post here and on Facebook as soon as SOPHIA becomes available from the various retailers. Amazon and BN.com usually come up at the same time, and Fictionwise is typically the last one up, because they have a very weird inventory update schedule.
Okay. I’m going to get some sleep tonight. What a novelty! And then I have to start getting ready for Wednesday and RT!! Yay!
See you … well, hopefully a lot sooner than next week, but we’ll see what happens!
March 7, 2011
We’re in very good and VERY competitive company—J.R.Ward, Kresley Cole, and just about every other bestselling author in the genre—so the odds aren’t good, but it’s worth a whirl.
You can vote for RAJMUND HERE and thank you!
And now for Read an Ebook Week! There’s a website set up for this event HERE and they’re having all sorts of contests during the events.
But even more exciting, my publisher, ImaJinn Books is celebrating Ebook Week by giving away free books! (no, not mine) But they’re adding two new titles every day this week, so keep checking back to see what you can download for free! Both PDF and Kindle/Kobi formats will be available.
Also, ImaJinn is giving away TWO free Kindles in future contests, but you can qualify for the contest NOW. Make any purchase on the ImaJinn Books website in March or April and you’re automatically entered in both contests. You can also mail in an entry, but you’ll have to check the website next week to get the details on that.
And finally in very BIG news for me and mine, my critique partner Michelle Muto, who contributes so much to the quality of MY books, has her own first book releasing later this week. It’s a Paranormal YA with witches, werewolves, vampires and demons … oh my! I’ll be posting the Amazon link as soon as it’s up. If you know any YA readers looking for a good paranormal tale, I can recommend this one.
For those of you who might have missed it, the second chapter of SOPHIA is now available. Read through (or scroll down) Chapter One and you’ll see it. It’s under the SOPHIA tab above, or you can click HERE.
Don’t forget to VOTE FOR RAJMUND and I’ll 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.
December 6, 2010
What do those two things have in common?
Well, me, apparently.
I just found out this week that a story I wrote and entered into the Emily contest, which is sponsored by the West Houston RWA chapter, has finaled in the Story w/Romantic Elements category. The winners won’t be announced until February, but right now I’m just thrilled to have finaled in a very competitive category.
And as for Kindle? My publisher contacted me this week with the news that she hopes to have all of my books available in Kindle format by Christmas! Yay! Apparently, the Kindle is a veeerrry popular gift this year, so my publisher definitely wants my stories available to all those people shopping for books to buy for their new Kindles after the holidays. Actually, a member of my writing group tried to buy a Kindle this week and was told there’s a six week backorder. That’s Amazon-Canada, though, so it might not apply in the U.S.
I’ve fully recovered from NaNo and have begun editing/revising my project. In the meantime, I’m working on Duncan’s outline, with scenes popping into my head left and right. I’m also still getting the occasional scene for the book after Duncan. I have the story for that one, too, and just this week, I mentioned to my husband that I needed a name and he came up with the perfect name on the first try! What a man! I have to check in with my publisher to be sure there are no objections, but I think it’s perfect!!
As of Sunday, Raj is STILL holding onto the number one Dark Fantasy position at Fictionwise.com, with Raphael and Jabril moving in and out of the top five. Sweet!
Vampire Vignette #2 is in its second re-run week now. I’ll put #3 up next Sunday, and yes, I’ll put it up Saturday night (Sunday morning), so it’s actually available on Sunday. My bad.
Here’s the rest of the Vampire Vignette schedule …
November 28th — Vignette #2 — A Vampire Valentine
December 12th — Vignette #3 — The Invitation
December 19th — Vignette #4 — The Party
December 25th — Vignette #5 — to be announced.
Oh, yeah, and I’ve started writing Vampire Vignette #5! It’s going to be very special! Uh huh.
I almost forgot! I’m blogging on Fresh Fiction today and giving away a signed copy of Rajmund! All you have to do is comment and your name goes in the drawing. Here’s the link!
See you next week!
November 8, 2010
Yes, I had a major, jaw-dropping, heart thumping whoo hooing squeee moment this week. RT Book Reviews Magazine announced their 2010 nominees for the Reviewer’s Choice Book Awards and JABRIL was nominated. You can check it out here – RT Book Reviews 2010 Nominees.
I wasn’t expecting it. I didn’t even KNOW about it until the fantastic reviewer from Fresh Fiction (Hi Heather!) e-mailed to congratulate me. Winners will be announced at the RT Convention in April, which is nice because the convention’s in L.A. this year and it’s the first time I’ve been able to go. Of course, it would be lovely if I won, but it’s an honor just to be nominated. (Yeah, right. Everyone says that, no one means it. I mean it’s great to be nominated and I’m totally thrilled … but I’d be even more thrilled to WIN!!! LOL)
Anyway, so that definitely put a nice spin on my week. I’m thoroughly entrenched in NaNo — my word count as of this writing is over 17,600, which is not at all bad for the first week. I always like to start strong, because you never know what might slow you down at the end.
And, as promised, I’m posting the re-run schedule for the Vampire Vignettes. Notice that the first two vignettes will get a bit more face time, because I think more people have missed those two. But all four will run for at least a week before I post a brand new vignette to celebrate the winter holidays.
Here’s the schedule:
November 15th — Vignette #1 — A Vampire New Year’s Eve
November 28th — Vignette #2 — A Vampire Valentine
December 12th — Vignette #3 — The Invitation
December 19th — Vignette #4 — The Party
December 25th — Vignette #5 — to be announced
So that means the re-runs begin next Sunday, and this will be the last re-run for at least six months since I’ll be doing the run-up to SOPHIA after the first of the year!! Whoo hooo!
Okay, I’m going to get some more words in on my NaNo project before it’s time for sleep.
See you next week!