It’s official! The latest RT Magazine is out and JABRIL, Book Two of Vampires in America, has won the 2010 RT Reviewers Choice Award for Best Small Press Paranormal Romance. This is HUGE and I’m so happy!

Even better, the awards will be given out at the upcoming RT Booklovers Convention in L.A. This will be the first RT Con I’ve been able to attend, because they’re usually held on the other side of the country. Too cool!

I can’t say “Yay, Jabril,” because he’s an a$$hole. So, I’ll say “Yay, Cyn!” for reasons anyone who’s read the book will understand.

This is definitely a squeeeee moment!

DBR

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I’m happy to say the SOPHIA revisions are done and back to my editor. One more galley proof and SOPHIA will be a book!

I’ve had lots of questions about pre-orders and wondering why SOPHIA isn’t up on Amazon yet. This is how it works … The big publishing houses schedule and print their books well in advance of the release date, so Amazon (and other retailers) usually have the books in-house weeks before the scheduled release. That’s why some bookstores used to have bestselling titles out on display several days before the official release date. The publishers cracked down a while back and bookstores had to stop doing that (for the most part — there are still some who sneak the occasional title in early.)

But my publisher, ImaJinn Books, is a small press. And small press publishers work a much tighter schedule. My manuscripts are delivered months in advance, but the final editing and proofing is not finished until much closer to the release date. This means Amazon, for example, won’t have SOPHIA in stock until after April 1, and even then it will be days before they update their inventory to show the books available in their warehouse. Which means for you the reader … no preorders.

But I never post a firm release date until I’m pretty sure it’s going to stick. I hate telling my readers a certain date, then having to back off of it. And that’s definitely not going to happen with SOPHIA. We are totally on schedule for this book’s April 15th release!

In fact, we’re so on schedule I’m already looking ahead to the next Vampire Vignette!!

So, SOPHIA will be here very, very soon and I can hardly wait! I love this story and hope you will, too.

I’ll be updating my What I’m Reading Now page later this week. I’m making a list of what I’ve read lately. It’s so much easier with my Kindle!! I just love this thing. I even bought it a new “skin” this week, and I’ve got something like FIVE books which will all hit on April 1st, and then there’s the new Black Dagger Brotherhood book which will show up on my screen at 12:01 on March 29th! Woohooooo!

::cough:: Sorry. I got a little carried away there! 😀 Okay, I’m going back to DUNCAN. The break to revise SOPHIA took me out the story a bit, so I’m reading what I’ve written for DUNCAN so far. Have I mentioned what a great guy Duncan is? ::sigh::

See you all next week!

DBR

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.
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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!

DBR

Yep, it’s that time again. I’m hard at work on SOPHIA revisions. Nothing too bad this time around, but as always there’s never enough hours in the day! So my late nights are filled once again with SOPHIA.

But this is GOOD news, because it means SOPHIA will definitely be out on schedule. So the groan is only halfhearted!

And the other GOOD news is FREEBIES! Yes, at long last, I got my act together and I now have freebies in the form of autographed bookplates and some bookmarks, too. And I’m giving them away to all of my wonderful readers. Basically, you just send me a SASE and I sent you stuff back, but I’ll be putting up a FREEBIES page later this week with specific directions, including my mailing address. So keep your eyes open!

In other exciting news, my critique partner Michelle Muto released her first YA Paranormal this week on Amazon. It’s called Book of Lost Souls and it’s now available for Kindle download. This is a G rated YA, no sex! But lots of fun, mystery and a hunky demon love interest (in a teenaged sort of way, of course.)

One final note before I call it a night (or a very early morning) … we’ve all seen the heartbreaking images from Japan. I know all of our thoughts are with the people there as they struggle to survive and recover from this terrible disaster. But if possible, and I know sometimes it’s not, please donate whatever you can. There are many relief organizations rushing to help, but here’s CNN’s webpage with links to a variety of relevant agencies if you’re interested.

Well, that’s it for me. It’s late and tomorrow (er, today) there are more revisions waiting for me!

See you next week!

DBR

First things first, my beautiful, blue-eyed vamp has been nominated for Best Paranormal Romance 2010 by The Romance Reviews (TRR)!

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!

DBR

It worked for me!

Sorry, while I was working on putting Chapter Two up, I made the link “Private” and even though I updated, I never switched back from “Private” to “Public” visibility.

But it’s there now.

SOPHIA

Sorry.

DBR

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.

DBR