January 16, 2012
Yep, 2012 is definitely starting on a quiet note. My darling husband was finally released from the hospital, which means I got to sleep in my very own bed, thank all the gods! I think we slept about 15 hours that first day home. But then it was a mountain of laundry, a mini-mountain of paperwork (still sitting on my desk, though the laundry at least is done.)
I want to thank all of you again for your thoughts and prayers for my DH’s recovery. It helped me get through some of those long, sleepless nights, and days, too.
My DH is very happy to be home at last, happy to have his books and his newspapers (he never did understand why we couldn’t send someone out for the daily paper–I think he confused the hospital with a fine hotel on some days – LOL!) And I’m happy to have my own kitchen and refrigerator, not to mention my own bathroom and shower. Plus, my elliptical. The exercise routine definitely suffered, but between meal deprivation and stress, I’m pretty sure I lost rather than gained weight, so no worries there. My back is very happy to be exercising again, gotta keep those muscles loose, and, of course, sleeping in a bed is much easier on my back than in a chair!!!
So, feeling very productive today. I put in a couple of hours on the new blog site. Getting very close to being finished. The design was done weeks ago by someone far more skilled than I. But I’ve got to transfer all of the old posts and pages, plus I’m reorganizing, and html code can be a troublesome thing. Still, it won’t be long now.
Working on the blog tonight, I somehow ended up with an Ugly Betty marathon on TV, and was too preoccupied to locate the remote and change it. Fortunately, the sound was down, but really … an Ugly Betty marathon?? I did finally change the channel and right now I’m looking at an extreme close-up of Spike’s gorgeous cheekbones, having found a Buffy marathon instead. btw I discovered several new shows while wandering through the hospital’s very limited TV offerings. Don’t you think if one is going to be trapped for hours and hours in a hospital bed that they could at least offer satellite TV? Of course, that might just be me.
I read lots of books, but can’t recommend any of them so far. Currently reading Kresley Cole’s Lothaire. I love her Immortals After Dark series, and Lothaire is the latest. It’s too soon to tell, but I will say that the sex in this one is HOT. I did read PRIVATE #1 Suspect by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro, the second book in a non-romance, non-paranormal, straight thriller/mystery series which I really enjoy. I’ll post more on that later.
Hmmm. No new reviews this week, no new promo appearances–saving all of those for February and my very first Vampire Vignettes Anthology! Woohooo! But lots of writing going on as I finish off the Vignettes and get back to the Cyn/Raphael novella which is up next. And after that, I’ll finally turn all of my attention back to the ever-so-charming LUCAS whose story is dying to be told. The boy does have an ego, but then, don’t they all?
Hopefully, next week I’ll have some cover art for you–it’s so pretty and sexy, too. But in the meantime, I guess I’ll count my blessings that it was a quiet week, and get back to work on my Vignettes.
See you next week.
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!
November 21, 2011
Let’s start with DUNCAN (yes, please!) DUNCAN is now available from Amazon in PRINT and KINDLE. They haven’t dropped their print price yet, and probably won’t until BN.com starts shipping. BN.com’s price is lower, but they’re still only offering pre-orders. I expect that to update soon. I also expect Fictionwise to update eventually, but Fictionwise has that weird update schedule, so I just have to keep an eye on it.
In the meantime, though, lots of you have read DUNCAN and so many of you have posted or e-mailed to let me know you loved him. I have the best readers in the world!!
I also received my first reviews for DUNCAN this week. First from Dot at La Deetda Reads. Dot has been a wonderful supporter of my Vampires from the very beginning, and I’m happy to say she loved Duncan and Emma. You can check out her review HERE, but here’s a taste …
Reynolds takes us on a roller coaster of emotions and delivers reading satisfaction. She can write rings around so many of today’s authors. She develops her characters to the point where we live in their skin.
D.B. Reynolds is on a roll I could not put Duncan down it was full of thrills, humor and of course romance. I strongly suggest you read not just Duncan but every book in this series you will not be disappointed.
By the way, I’m doing an Interview and Giveaway at RomFan today. The giveaway is any one of my books, winner’s choice, print or Kindle, and it’s open internationally. There’s a tiny hint about LUCAS in the interview, too, so DROP BY and say “Hi!”
In other news, SOPHIA has been nominated for Best PNR – Vampire (2011) by The Romance Reviews. The competition is really stiff in that category, as always, but it’s nice to be nominated. You can cast your vote for SOPHIA HERE. You’ll have to page through the other categories, but it’s BEST PNR – VAMPIRE (2011)
On a more practical note, there’s been some question about the PDF version of DUNCAN sold by the ImaJinn Books site. Apparently, readers objected in the past that including the cover art made the file too big and too slow, so ImaJinn stopped including the cover in their PDF’s. But for DUNCAN, some readers were unhappy at not getting the cover art (‘cuz he’s so handsome!) My editor wanted me to pass this on to you … If you received a version without the cover, and you’d like one WITH the cover, you can send ImaJinn your order number and they’ll send you a link to download the book with the cover. You can email ImaJinn at email@example.com.
Okay, exciting news and business out of the way … I’m still pounding away on my NaNoWriMo project. I got a little behind early in the month, because of DUNCAN’s release, but I’ve caught up with that now, and am right on track to finish my 50K. Of course, after that, I’m going to need to take the month of December off, but what the heck, right?
And Winter has officially landed in my neck of the woods. A little early, I know, but we’ve had three rain storms in as many weeks, and I’m typing this with my fingerless gloves on to keep my hands warm. I even brought my patio chair covers in last night, which makes it official. Summer is over. And apparently, so is Fall, I don’t care what the calendar says.
And finally, this week is Thanksgiving for those of us living in the U.S. I’m actually cooking this year … what was I thinking? But I’m ready (almost.) I’ll do my final grocery shopping on Tuesday — gotta avoid Wednesday at all costs. It’s a zoo. And by Thursday, I’ll be cooking turkey and stuffing and my favorite food in all the world, mashed potatoes. Yum.
I wish all of you a Happy Thanksgiving, and if you don’t celebrate it, then I wish you a very happy Fall, wherever you are.
See you all back here next Sunday!
September 25, 2011
And that’s not all! I’ve added the back cover blurb, too! Check it out!
I figure that’s enough for this week, but WAIT, there’s more! Once you’ve finished drooling over Duncan, you can check out the Banned Books Blog Hop at Bea’s Book Nook. The blog hop is all over the blog-o-sphere and on Facebook and Twitter, too. But I’ll be posting next week over at Bea’s, encouraging everyone to read a banned book!
See you later this week at the Banned Books event (I’ll post a reminder on Facebook and Twitter) and right back here next week … although it’s gonna be tough topping Duncan!
September 11, 2011
Kind of a weird, sad weekend. Lots of TV and Internet coverage of 9/11, which made me very sad. Add to that the fires in Texas with all those homes destroyed — something I can relate to, living where I do in one of L.A.’s coastal canyons. We’ve been evacuated twice for fires in the many years we’ve lived here, and waited through a lot more fires than that. It’s a terrible thing. But then you think about 9/11, and all those lives lost, both on the day and in the wars that followed, and you realize the only thing that really matters is that everyone gets out safely. Most things can always be replaced, people can’t.
Okay, enough sad talk. Let’s talk about DUNCAN. I’ve been working with the artist this week and we’re very close to a cover. I’m excited to see the final product. I’m also working on the back cover blurb! Once my publisher okays it, I can put that up, too. None of it’s quite ready yet, but soon!
In the meantime, my vampires have received some very nice reviews this week! Joyfully Reviewed posted a review of JABRIL and then I discovered they’ve actually posted reviews of all my books, which was nice!
Soulswallo at Reading the Paranormal reviewed JABRIL, too. Another good review!
Overall, these reviews make for a very happy author. And that’s good, because I’m getting ready to start some serious writing! Although, I’m still obsessed with Buffy reruns! I’m up to Season 4 – Angel has gone off to L.A. (and his own show – LOL), Buffy’s in college (filmed at my alma mater UCLA – go Bruins!) and Wesley and Cordelia have exchanged the most awkward kiss in history! Cool. Riley (cute enough, but no Angel) has made his appearance and Faith’s in a coma. The good thing is that at about this point in the original airing of the series, I missed many of the episodes, so I’m hoping for a few I’ve never seen before!
I’ve updated my What I’m Reading Now with a couple of books, including the latest by Nalini Singh, Archangel’s Blade. Great book – the best in the series, so far, IMO. Dmitri is far sexier than Raphael (the archangel, not MY Raphael!)
Hmm, okay, they’re advertising the perfect meatloaf pan on TV – some pretty gross looking meatloaf.
Speaking of ads, there’s a button down and on the right for Night Owl Reviews’ Halloween Hunt. It’s a bit of a scavenger hunt (remember those?) with lots of cool prizes. You can get all the details HERE.
All right, that’s it for me this week. Hopefully by next week I’ll have something more definitive on DUNCAN’s cover and blurb. Sweet!
Have a great week and see you all then!
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!
February 28, 2011
Bitten by Books has just posted a review of JABRIL and given it 5 Tombstones!! I’ve been waiting a while for this one, but it was definitely worth the wait. FIVE TOMBSTONES!!
I’m gearing up for the release of SOPHIA, won’t be long now. The next month will be busy with last minute revisions and proofing and then the day will finally be HERE!
In case, you missed my middle of the week posting, you’ll see the lovely cover of SOPHIA off to the right. I love it. I sit at my computer and stare at it. The house is dusty? Too bad, look at my pretty, new cover! The husband is hungry? But honey, look at my pretty, new cover! (hee, hee)
And if you want to see the full size image of my pretty, new cover, Click here. Just float the cursor until you see the + sign and then click it for full size.
Hmm, what else have I been doing besides staring at my pretty, new cover? Well, dealing with my insurance company and filling out DMV forms and figuring out which body shop to take my poor, battered car to.
And I’ve been busy sending out contest books — a spate of prize winners, not just here (Congratulations, Vicki!), but some other on-line events. Which reminds me, I’ll be in full promo mode once SOPHIA releases. I’ll keep you informed about my various guest blogs and interviews, because there WILL BE giveaways, as always. And I’m planning something special towards the end of April, my first ever on-line release party!
And just to keep you all on the edge of your seats, I’ll be posting Chapter Two of SOPHIA next week — that means LATE, LATE Sunday night/early Monday morning. Remember, I’m a night owl. My brain doesn’t really start perking before 11:00 pm or so.
I think that’s all the news for this week. I’ll see you back here next week with SOPHIA, Chapter TWO!!
And in the meantime, Go check out my pretty, new cover again! LOLOLOLOL
February 23, 2011
Yeah, I know I said I was going to post this next Sunday, but I got the go-ahead from my publisher and had to share.
You can click here for the Full Size Image. Just float the cursor until you see the + sign and then click it for full size.
Isn’t it pretty? I just love this cover! It makes me really wish April was HERE already!!
February 21, 2011
The entries have been tossed into the hat, the name has been drawn and the winner is
Vicki, you have until midnight PST on February 28th to respond to my e-mail and provide the requested info, so I can send out your prize. If you didn’t get my e-mail, check your SPAM folder. If that still doesn’t work, let me know.
Many of you got Duncan’s last name right. It’s MILFORD, by the way. Duncan reveals it for the first time when he goes to the police lockup with Cyn to interview Todd (page 186 of the print version.)
I want to thank everyone who entered. It made me feel all warm and fuzzy to know how many of you loved the books enough to remember (or to search for) Duncan’s last name. So, my sincere thanks to all of you.
In more exciting news … There’s more? Yes, there is … I received the final cover for SOPHIA! Yay! Just one tiny tweak and it’s done, so I should have it this week. It’s so purdy!! Sophia is beautiful and Colin is handsome and tough looking. Perfect.
In other news, I had a near death experience last night. Well, okay, near death may be exaggerating a little bit, but when my car was sliding across four lanes of California freeway, with no traction and rain pouring all around, it surely did feel near deathish. I saw all those headlights bearing down on me and thought for sure I was dead. But all props to California drivers. They make fun of us, but not a single car hit me or anyone else despite the sudden appearance of a spinning car in front of them — although one guy in the carpool lane (aka HOV or commuter lane) came close at the very end. But close doesn’t count. No one hit me. And there were no pile-ups in my wake, either.
I want to assure you, however, that the manuscript for SOPHIA is all done, so even if I’d bitten the big one, you’d get the latest installment of Cyn, Raphael and the gang. Of course, there’d be no DUNCAN, which would be a shame. Not to mention the whole me being dead and all. This is me whistling in the dark, new lease on life and all that. I shall devote myself to writing diligently henceforth.
Let’s see … new contest winner, SOPHIA cover’s almost here, I’m definitely still here … That’s about it for this week, I guess.
Oh, right, one last thing, Adrian Phoenix’s Etched in Bone, the latest in her Maker’s Song series comes out this week (February 22.) This is a great series, Urban Fantasy at its very best. It’s an intricate and compelling story and I recommend it highly.
See you next week. I expect to have the cover for SOPHIA for you, and, by the way, it’s going to be dry and sunny in L. A. all week long!! Yay!
February 14, 2011
First of all, yes, the SOPHIA teaser is up! <–that's the link, or you can just click the SOPHIA tab above.
We’d hoped to have the cover art for today, but the wonderful and talented Trish, who did all of my covers so far, is home sick in bed. So I’ll beg your patience a bit longer and send my hopes to Trish for a speedy recovery.
Also, I want to let you all know I’ll be chatting TODAY, FEBRUARY 14th, at DemonLovers Books and More between 5:00 and 6:00 pm PST, and they’ll be giving away a signed copy of RAJMUND during DemonLovers’ Blogoversary celebration. You can drop in and say hi or ask a question. If you can’t make it precisely during that hour, I will check back during the night (and you know my nights are late) to answer any questions I missed.
In other business, my first three books continue to sell very well in the Kindle store and RAPHAEL even got a couple of new reviews this week, one was 5 stars, too! (does happy dance, then sits down hoping no one noticed.)
Writing news … DUNCAN is proceeding very, very nicely. And we just discovered that beneath that calm exterior lies … Oh, wait. Don’t want to give everything away.
But speaking of the inestimable Duncan, there’s one week left to run on the contest to tell me his last name. Here’s the post with all the details, so get your entry in to me soon. I’ll announce the winner in my next Sunday night post.
I’ve updated my What I’m Reading Now list to add a couple of new authors I just finished reading. And I’m soooooo excited that the newest Kresley Cole Immortals After Dark will be out on Tuesday!! Woohooo! I’m all preordered on my Kindle, too.
Okay, I’ll leave you to read my SOPHIA chapter, while I go back and write some more DUNCAN.
Happy Valentine’s Day to all of you! Hope you spend it with your own true love, and if not, I say go ahead and buy yourself some chocolate. The good kind, not that crap in the heart boxes. Sometimes, you just gotta go for it!
See you next week!