December 5, 2011
Okay, first up, I want everyone to notice … it’s snowing in Blogland! More than anything that reminds me it’s really December! Must. Go. Shopping. Although, I’ve already made major progress on my gift list by shopping on-line, which frankly is my preferred shopping mode.
And since it’s December, I call your attention to this pretty, little badge, which says I am an official NaNoWriMo Winner once again! Yay! I crept past the 50K mark after midnight on the 29th, which means I had whole hours to spare. Sheesh. But I did it. Got lots and lots of Vampires stories told and made an excellent start on Lucas’s story, too. And, speaking of Lucas, I’m falling in love all over again. I’m so damn fickle.
And as for my latest love, Duncan the delicious premiered on the Fictionwise.com overall bestsellers list at #4 (and now he’s even better at #2 overall) ! And #1 in Dark Fantasy. Thank you to everyone who made that happen!
I’m also guest blogging at Bitten by Paranormal Romance today. There’s a hot excerpt, plus a giveaway, so drop by and say “hello.”
I’m guest blogging this Friday, December 9, too, at RomCon’s Paranormal Blog. Yet another giveaway going on there, so drop in and WIN!
And last, but definitely NOT least, my writing partner Michelle Muto’s wonderful book, DON’T FEAR THE REAPER has received great (and well deserved) reviews. And the book has now been chosen as Sizzling Reads Indie Limelight Choice for December. Stop by, take a look, then go buy the book, because it’s a terrific YA story of love, loss and redemption.
Hmm, looking around, I find that’s all I have to say this week. I’ve been in a post-NaNo coma for the last couple of days, but I finally emerged today and started getting things done!
Have a wonderful week, and I’ll see you all next Sunday night, same time, same place.
November 28, 2011
Hope everyone who celebrated had a Happy Thanksgiving with lots of great friends, family and food. My turkey was delicious this year. I tried a new recipe and it worked out really well. I am now officially sick of turkey, however, and longing for a good burger.
DUNCAN received a wonderful review this week from FRESH FICTION. They called Duncan’s story … “SENSATIONAL! Non-stop from page one! This story sizzles off the pages!!”
Isn’t that great?
And today, Monday, November 28, PARANORMAL HAVEN will be posting their review of Duncan, plus I’m guest posting there today, too. My post is a little behind-the-scenes snippet of When Cynthia Met Emma, and it might surprise you. There’s also a giveaway, so be sure and stop by PARANORMAL HAVEN soon.
In distribution news, FICTIONWISE.COM listed DUNCAN this week, and he’s already a bestseller. In fact, if you look at Fictionwise’s Bestsellers in Dark Fantasy, five of the top six are my books. How cool is that?
As of the time I’m writing this, BN.com is still only taking pre-orders. I have no idea why, unless their warehouse is just really slow, because Amazon has been shipping for a long time, and so has ImaJinn. Of course, I don’t have my author copies yet, so those of you waiting to receive your books can take solace in knowing that I’m waiting too!! For the book,anyway. Obviously, I know the story.
And, finally, NaNoWriMo is almost over (thank the gods.) I’ve only about 4000 words to go, so barring some major crisis in my life, by this time next week, I’ll be a NaNo winner once again, and my life will have returned to normal! Of course, normal is a relative term when you’re a writer, especially when combined with holiday shopping. But I’m hoping to work a spa vacation into the month of December somewhere, and my darling husband has promised to go with me.
Okay, time for me to get working on those 4K words I still have to write. No hardship there, because I’m writing Lucas, and he’s a honey to work with.
See you all next week. Here’s hoping we all get some great deals on Cyber Monday!! Wheeeeeee!
March 21, 2011
I got the go ahead this week on the back cover blurb for SOPHIA, so I’ve posted it here to give you a hint about the story. My editor wanted the blurb to focus on Sophia and Colin, so there’s no mention of Raphael or Cyn. But astute observers will notice that the story takes place (mostly) north of Seattle, and we all know whose territory that is, don’t we? I’ll give you a hint … his name begins with R.
I’m working on revisions and lining up all sorts of guest blogs/interviews/promo spots. There will be a contest with almost every one of my promos, so stayed tuned. I’ll post the links just before the events, so you all can drop in and maybe win something. None of these will be before the April 15 release, though, so there’s lots of time yet.
Going on right now, by the way, is a big giveaway on my publisher’s website. ImaJinn Books is giving away two Kindles, one this month, one next. Entering for the giveaway is as easy as signing up for their newsletter. Stop by their website and check out the details.
Also, just a reminder that I’ll be at the RT Booklovers Convention in L.A. in April and would love to see some of you there. I’ll be at various workshops and signing books at the Book Expo, too.
I’m getting lots of questions about my Vampire Vignettes, mostly … where can I read the first four? As many of you know, I don’t keep the Vignettes up due to copyright issues, but I do re-run them on a regular basis. The next re-run will probably be in early Summer, but I’ll let you know plenty of time in advance, so you won’t miss anything. And, as usual, at the end of the re-run will be a brand new Vignette. I haven’t decided what yet. I’m still working on SOPHIA and DUNCAN!!
And speaking of SOPHIA and DUNCAN, it’s time for me to go back to work. I’m finishing up revisions on SOPHIA, sneaking in a chapter or two of DUNCAN in between messages from my editor. Woot! SOPHIA is nearly here!
See you all next week!
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!
March 6, 2011
Hey! I’m posting this early, because I have a lot of stuff to cover in my weekly post later. All of it good!
I’ve posted Chapter Two immediately following Chapter One (what a concept!) under the SOPHIA tab above, or you just just click HERE!
Enjoy it, ‘cuz the next thing you read will be … SOPHIA, the book!
I’ll be back later for my usual middle of the night Sunday/Monday post.
October 19, 2009
A little, somewhat edited, snippet to introduce my new favorite vampire. Rajmund (pronounced RYE-mund) is just about 200 years old and very powerful. Rajmund, (Raj, to his friends, with a soft “g” like in Roger) is lieutenant to the Vampire Lord Krystof Sapieha who rules the Northeast. We first saw him in RAPHAEL at the Vampire Council meeting when Raphael is listening to his host Krystof’s quaking voice. Rajmund is the powerful young vampire standing behind Krystof who meets Raphael’s gaze from behind their respective sun glasses.
This snippet is the first meeting between Cyn’s friend Sarah Stratton and Raj.
So, this was Raj, their host for the evening. He was dressed in elegant formalwear, a tuxedo jacket and pants, and a crisply white formal shirt with smooth, flat pleats. But the neck of the shirt was open, the top button undone, as if he’d just whipped off the formal and too confining tie. He was big, like Raphael, but blond, with clear blue eyes in a face so stereotypically Slavic he defined the word. High, flat cheekbones, slightly narrow eyes, a strong jaw and a beautiful smile filled with white teeth, but no fangs, she realized. None of their party was flashing visible fang. Probably some sort of protocol thing, like not bringing your guns to the peace table.
Raj stopped just short of Raphael’s security and gave the massive Juro a grin that managed to be friendly and challenging at the same time. The pressure against Sarah’s chest increased minutely and she wondered if she’d survive the greeting portion of the night, much less whatever came after. Juro blinked, then stood aside with a small nod. Raj took a single step forward and bowed slightly. “My lord.”
“Rajmund,” Raphael acknowledged.
Obviously vampires didn’t waste words, Sarah thought, somewhat frustrated and wondering how much longer this would take. Her new shoes were spectacular and the four inch heels did wonders for her legs, but they were never intended for standing around.
“And who is this?”
Sarah looked up and found her gaze neatly captured by a pair of icy blue eyes. A frisson of energy sparked and every nerve in her body suddenly woke up and began to hum happily. She forced herself to move, to offer a handshake. She felt the strength of his fingers as they wrapped around hers, dwarfing her hand. “Sarah Stratton,” she said, somewhat breathily. He smiled—a slow, lazy smile that sucked away in a millisecond the little bit of air left in her lungs, leaving her gasping for breath and trying not to show it. Something in his eyes told her he knew it anyway, and she was suddenly struck by vivid images of naked bodies in a darkened room—or no, not in the dark. He’d leave the lights on, so those icy eyes could drink in every tremor of her body as she writhed beneath him. Jesus, Sarah, get a grip!
This, she told herself, this was a vampire. Suddenly she understood what Cyn had been talking about all these months, what it felt like to have all that power and energy focused on only you. He was not just tall, but big. His shoulders, his upper arms and chest were massive, tapering to narrow hips and muscular thighs and . . . oh my. Sarah had always liked big men. Of course, most men were big compared to her, but she liked big men, the kind who gave off heat, an imminence, as if they could spring into action at any moment.
She jumped a little when he spoke, aware she’d been staring. “Rajmund Gregor,” he said in a rich, unhurried voice. “Raj, to my friends.” His words were deep and resonant, starting way down in his diaphragm and making the long journey up through that wonderful chest to her ears.
His eyes glinted with humor and Sarah realized she was still staring. She bit her lips against the urge to get even closer to him, to feel that big body wrapped . . . What was wrong with her? She swallowed hard and managed a weak smile. “Nice to meet you, Raj,” she said lamely. “I’m Cyn’s friend, Sarah Stratton.”
His eyes warmed briefly in fresh amusement and she realized she’d already told him her name. She felt herself blush again and cursed her pale skin. He laughed cheerfully and placed his huge hand at the small of her back. “Let’s get you seated,” he said, propelling her across the floor in Raphael’s wake.
Definitely . . . to be continued!