Nah. I’d rather get the bad news out of the way first! The PEARL nominations are out from PNR Paranormal Romance, and I didn’t make the short list for Best New Author. 😦

BUT THE GOOD NEWS!!!!!!! RAPHAEL is one of the finalists for the PEARL Award for Best Vampire Romance 2009! Yay! Voting eligibility goes back to December (I think it’s December) to avoid ballot stuffing after the fact, and everyone who’s eligible should have their ballot link by now. But IF you’re eligible, please remember me when voting in the Vampire category!

Besides that, I’m STILL waiting to hear from my publisher about a RAJMUND release date. So frustrating. I know they’re reworking the entire release calendar for the year, but I’m soooooo anxious to find out!!!!! I want you all to read about Raj NOW! I’m already well into SOPHIA, which picks up right where RAJMUND leaves off. I’m so eager to share, but I can’t!!

::sigh::

And finally, a picture to make you gasp . . . and then smile. It’s both one of the most frightening pictures I’ve ever seen and one of the most touching. Check it out.

DBR

Happy Valentine’s Day! To celebrate the day of love (or at least lust) I’ve posted a brand new Vampire Vignette for your reading enjoyment. A little Valentine Gift of my own to all of you.

And don’t forget to check out my Interview at Paranormal Haven. There’s still time to comment and get a chance at the book giveaway. The winner will be drawn on February 22nd.

XXOO

DBR

NEW INTERVIEW UP TODAY!

February 12, 2010

And a book giveaway, too! Click over to Paranormal Haven for my latest interview. I’m doing my usual book giveaway, along with the interview. Post a comment, ask a question and enter the drawing.

And Sunday’s Valentine’s Day, so you know there’ll be something special here on my blog for that, right? Stay tuned.

DBR

WEREWOLVES!!

February 8, 2010

Not in Raphael and Cyn’s world, though. Not to worry.

I sold a werewolf novella this week to the e-publisher Siren-BookStrand. I’m very excited, because I love my wolves and I’m so happy people will get a chance to read about them. The story is scheduled for a July 2010 release and I’ll let you know more as the details emerge … details like cover art. I’m always so nervous about cover art!

I was reading one of my many writers’ loops this morning and someone had a link there to a video tribute to the Sunscreen Song. The song came out about ten years ago, I think. It’s a spoken song that reminds people to take life as it comes and make the most of it, and it opens with the advice to wear sunscreen. Let me second that advice! I’m a blue-eyed, blonde who grew up in sunny Southern California. My friends and I spent most of our free time on the beach, practically living there during the summer, and once I got my own apartment, I DID live there. Which meant more days spent under the sun (and the moon, too, but that’s another blog post, heh, heh.)

Anyway, I’m off this morning to have some skin cut off my poor nose because of too much sun. ::sigh:: I hope my doctor will be kind. I hope he reads my blog. LOL

Okay. Gotta go. Keeping with the sun and fun on the beach theme, I leave you with a link to some spectacular ocean/wave photography by Clark Little. Check it out here, and, oh yeah, don’t forget your sun screen!

DBR

FEBRUARY ALREADY?

February 1, 2010

I better write faster! Actually Book 4, SOPHIA, is well underway. I’ve detailed the personalities and descriptions of all my major and not so major characters and completed a very comprehensive outline with all the plots and sub-plots spelled out and resolved. And now the writing has begun. I’m a fairly linear writer. I sketch out 20-30 scenes before I even start writing, pretty much drafting the scenes in full with quite a bit of detail, but then I start at page one of the book and work my way through, plugging in and changing those scenes when I get to them, as the narrative requires.

Of course, there are A LOT more than 20 or 30 scenes in my books! But once I’ve got my outline, the writing goes pretty fast. I sit down with my laptop and sort of immerse myself in the story, and fortunately I’m a fast typist, so my fingers can keep up with what I see in my head.

As with every story I write, I’m loving my characters and their lives and can hardly wait to live with them for a while. Raphael and Cyn are in this one, as is Duncan, of course. And then there’s my female Vampire Lord Sophia and her hunky human, former Navy SEAL, uber alpha male Colin. When those two clash (er, I mean meet) sparks aren’t the only thing flying!

And so … February. I’m not sure where January went, but I know I got a lot done, so all in all I can’t complain. And this January was definitely an improvement over last January, believe me.

Still no word on the RAJMUND release date, but my publisher assures me she’s working on the schedule, so . . . 😦

In the meantime, I refer you to of all things a Bud Lite Commercial which will NOT run during the Super Bowl. I thought it was hilarious, and anyone who’s ever worked in an office should certainly relate to it. Plus, I figure anyone who reads my books won’t be put off by a little pixelated nudity!! Enjoy!

DBR