I trust all of you in the U.S. are having a great Memorial Day weekend. It’s the first long weekend of the summer season, even though Summer doesn’t actually begin for almost a month yet.

But while you’re enjoying your weekend with family and friends, maybe at the beach or the lake, having a barbeque or just quiet time at home … don’t forget the real reason for this holiday. And that is to remember all of those men and women who paid the ultimate price to make your enjoyable weekend possible. And while we’re remembering our honored dead, let’s not forget those who lived, but whose lives have been forever changed by the wounds they brought home with them, and those still in harm’s way around the world, and especially this year in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Take some time this weekend to remember and say thank you in your heart, if you can’t do it in person.

Okay, I’ve brought tears to my own eyes, now, so I’ll try to lighten the mood.

In the fine tradition of long weekends, my publisher, ImaJinn Books, is having a book sale. They’re offering 20% off of a $20.00 order; 30% off a $30.00 order; and 40% off $40.00 or more. The sale is on now and goes through June 1st. So, here’s your chance to stock up.

And just a reminder that Vampire Vignette #1 has one more week on its current run. After that, I can’t say when it will appear again. Vampire Vignette #2 will begin its rerun appearance next Sunday … and I will post earlier in the day this time. Sorry about last week. I do most of my work late at night and sometimes forget not everyone runs on my weird clock.

And finally, I found this while wandering around the Internet. It’s adorable animals … so cute … who are actually terrifying. The pictures are cool (and sometimes ugh) and the text is really funny. So, if your weekend’s over and you’re back to work, maybe this will lighten your day. Warning: If you play the vids, some of the sounds (actually ALL of the sounds) are pretty damn weird. Clicky-clicky.

See you next week.

DBR

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PhotobucketDon’t forget to drop by TODAY, May 26th, at the 9 Days of Darkness Event. There’s a new (and glowing) review of RAPHAEL, a new interview and I’ll be there answering questions between 10 am and 4 pm PST, and giving away a signed copy of one of my books (winner’s choice.)

See you there!

DBR

PS And be sure and drop by TOMORROW when ADRIAN PHOENIX will be the featured author for the 9 Days of Darkness Event.

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I’m in excellent company over at Demon Lovers Blog this week! It’s 9 Days of Darkness with a different author every day! I’ll be there on Wednesday, May 26th. There’s a new interview, a review of Raphael, and I’ll be on station between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm PST to take questions. I’ll be checking in all day and all week, but during those hours on Wednesday, I will be sitting right here at my computer, ready to talk. As usual, I’ll be giving away an autographed book. The promo says it’s Raphael, but if the winner wants one of the other books, that’s fine with me.

I’m the lead-in for Adrian Phoenix, by the way. Not bad, huh? Adrian will be there on Thursday, the 27th, and she’s giving away a whole set of her Maker’s Song books.

So plan on dropping by BOTH days to say hello. Or, heck, drop by all nine days!

And, of course, as promised, if you look above you’ll see Vampire Vignette #1 is making its rerun appearance for the next two weeks. Back by popular demand. LOL

For me, it’s been another week of revisions. I received the copy edit/revisions on my werewolf e-novella, Heart of the Wolf, this week, so I’ve been working on that. And I expect to receive the copy edit/revisions on Rajmund any day now. In the meantime, I’m writing away on Sophia (book 4) and I’m more than halfway home on that one, too.

And when I’m not doing those, I’m doing some research on a new series. I’ll still be doing my vampires, and hopefully, my werewolves, too, but I’m looking for something new. I don’t want to give anything away yet, but I’m kind of excited. And as long as I’m researching a new series, is there any particular paranormal you all would like to see more written about?

DBR

Vampire Vignette reruns, that is. Here’s the plan. Each of the three already posted Vampire Vignettes will run for two weeks only, followed by Vampire Vignette #4. And, of course, in July will be the release of both RAJMUND (available on Amazon, 15 July) and my werewolf e-novella over at Siren-Bookstrand (July, but I’m not sure of specific date yet.)

Once these re-runs are over, I can’t say when these Vignettes will appear again, so make a note if you’ve missed any of them!

The Vignette schedule will be …
May 23 – June 6 … Vignette #1
June 6 – June 20 … Vignette #2
June 20 – July 4 … Vignette #3
July 4 ………………. Vignette #4

Vignette #4 will probably remain posted through at least August, since I’ll be busy with promos on RAJMUND and HEART OF THE WOLF. And you all will be busy reading them!

And finally … I’m a long-time fan of Science Fiction. I started reading it in high school and never stopped. And that makes me a big believer in our space program, and for me, that means a MANNED space program. I’ve always believed humans need to expand off their home planet and into space. It’s a matter of survival. So, it saddens me that the current NASA budget and plan doesn’t include manned space exploration. For the first time since Alan B. Shepard, Jr. became the first American in space in 1961 — John Glenn was the first American to orbit the Earth, but Shepard was the first in space — American astronauts will be hitching a ride with Russian cosmonauts in order to get into space. ::sigh::

The shuttle Atlantis blasted off this past week, its final journey into space. There are only two more shuttle flights left before the program closes down. I saw the shuttle land once at Edwards Air Force Base. It was amazing. I’m sad to see it go. Here’s a few photographs of this incredible program that is about to become history.

DBR

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS!

May 10, 2010

Okay, a while back, I had to come up with a list of questions for myself to answer, which would then go on my author profile for my upcoming werewolf novella on Siren-Bookstrand. I asked my readers for help and got a lot of great questions. I used several of them, sometimes combining and/or tweaking them a little.

But there were several I couldn’t use, either because I just didn’t have room, or because they dealt with my vampires. And since my vamps are from a different publisher …. well, I’m sure I needn’t explain. 😉

Anyway, I thought it might be interesting to take some of those questions and answer them here, because they were all good! So, here goes …

Q – have you ever written a character, then realized that some aspect of them was based on someone you knew even though you hadn’t planned it that way?

A – I’ve never done that by accident, but I’ve definitely done it on purpose. Not in terms of appearance, but rather personality traits and modes of behavior. People rarely recognize themselves, though. I guess we see ourselves differently than others see us.

Q – Are you asked to do re-writes/tweaks by your editor/publisher before publication or is your manuscript finished when submitted?

A – I’m definitely asked for revisions by my editor/publisher. A lot of technical stuff, but some substantive edits, as well. Like logical problems in motivation or sometimes my vamps get too brutal/bloody minded and she reins me back in.

Q – How many books do you plan to write in your Vampires In America series?

A – I get this question a lot. There will be eight books, one for each of the North American territories.

Q – Do you know the entire plot of your book when you start to write it?

A – Pretty much. I do a fairly thorough outline before I start writing. But sometimes, as I write the book, I discover a whole different way of doing something, a different motivation for my character or an interesting sub-plot and then things do change.

Q – Will your vampire and werewolf series ever cross?

A – Probably not. Because, once again, different publishers. Although, my readers should look for subtle crossovers between the books. There won’t be anything up front, but if you pay attention, you might see something.

Q – Who is your favorite vampire in your series?

A – Favorite? I don’t have favorite. I love them all. The good guys, anyway.

Q – Do you “dream cast” your characters, either for fun or just to have handy reference models?

A – You know, I don’t do that, especially not for my lead characters. I have a very firm picture in my head of what they look like, but it’s not based on any particular person.

Q – What made you came up with their names: Raphael, Cyn, Jabril, and Rajmund’s name and in fact the name every main character in the book? What’s the reason, the philosophy behind them?

A – There’s no philosophy, per se. But the names are important to me. I know who my characters are–their personalities, their histories and motivations–before I name them. And then I have several name generators I use to search for the right name. Sometimes, it’s limited by their ethnic background, sometimes not. I just know the name is right when I see it. The one exception is Raphael. I needed a name for him that was not only right for him, but that was consistent with having the Russian monk name him after his vampire rebirth.

Q – How/Where did you get the ideas for Vampires In America series? How did everything started and why?

A – Everything started with that opening scene in Raphael. With a female vampire being kidnapped and her statement to her kidnappers that “he” will kill you. That scene just flashed in my head one day and stuck. And I started writing from there.
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Okay, interview over! If your question wasn’t answered here, it might be because I used it in my werewolf interview, or it might have gotten combined with someone else’s question. In any event, I’m always happy to answer questions, so post away.

Finally, I want to let you all know about a great opportunity for both readers and writers to contribute to a good cause while bidding on some great stuff. Author Brenda Novak holds an auction every year for the benefit of Diabetes Research. There are some incredible items up for auction, and there are inexpensive random drawings, too. So I encourage you to check it out. Here’s the link.

Hope all of you who celebrated yesterday had a lovely Mother’s Day and have a great week!

DBR

WHAT A WEEK!

May 3, 2010

Well, Blogmania was a bit overwhelming, wasn’t it?

But, we now return to our regularly scheduled program . . . and the WINNER OF MY REGULAR APRIL CONTEST is Dannigrrl. Danni wins a copy of any of my books, autographed and everything. Pick a title, Danni! Even Rajmund, although you’ll have to wait until July for that one.

I’ve been working all week on Rajmund revisions. I’m so excited about this book! I turned it into my publisher so long ago, and I’ve been working on my werewolf novella and other projects, as well as my 4th Vampire book for so many months now, that I’d forgotten just how much I love Rajmund! I can hardly wait for the release date!

Also, I’ve received quite a few requests for the first two Vampire Vignettes from readers who’ve just discovered my blog. In honor of Rajmund’s release, I’m going to re-run the first three Vignettes, one week at a time, and then post Vignette #4. I’ll be posting the schedule here on my blog, so stay tuned if you’ve been looking for the first two.

We’re into May already. Amazing. But that means a new contest. The usual rules apply, post a comment during May and your name goes into the hat for an autographed copy of any one of my books.

That’s it. I’m back to revisions for Rajmund. Almost finished now and it’s getting wonderfully tense over there! I LOVE this book!

DBR

PS I’ve added a “subscribe” button over on the right, beneath my current and forthcoming titles. That’s in response to a few blogmania queries — people wanting to subscribe and not knowing how. So, there it is!

Yep. We have a winner for my Blogmania giveaway.

KATIE won the $25 Amazon gift certificate and an autographed set of my first two books. Katie’s already been notified and confirmed her giveaway win, so …

CONGRATULATIONS, KATIE!!!!

And thanks to everyone who participated in Blogmania and, especially, everyone who commented on my blog. Come back soon, because I give away books every month!

I’ll be announcing the winner of my regular April contest later tonight in my usual wee hours of the night Sunday post.

DBR