As always when I’m buried deep in writing a book, especially when I’m in the second half of a book and the action has picked up and things are happening, I don’t surface much for anything else. So this week wasn’t a particularly busy one, other than writing, of course.

I did update my What I’m Reading Now section, since I’m always reading something, even if it’s only for an hour before I fall asleep every night (morning.) There are a couple of great books releasing today, by the way. In fact, they’re probably already on my Kindle—Nalini Singh’s Kiss of Snow, which is Hawk’s story, and Ilona Andrews’ Magic Slays. My only problem will be deciding which one to read first!

And there are still two giveaways open … at Parajunkee’s View, until June 6, and especially at Black Lagoon Reviews, until June 3. There are hardly any entries on the Black Lagoon site so far, so if you want a signed copy of one of my books, this may be your best chance. All you have to do to enter is comment, although you can gain extra entries by doing other stuff. Also, as I mentioned last week, anyone reading this blog who wins one of the giveaways can email me at dbreynoldswriter@live.com and let me know if they want any other book instead, including DUNCAN, and I’ll substitute. Of course, if you choose DUNCAN, you’ll have to wait for his release. Note, this is only for readers of this blog, so please don’t share. Be DO rush over and enter! 😀

SOPHIA did get a new review this week. Actually I’m not quite sure when it posted, but I happened upon it this week. It’s at Nocturne Reads, and SOPHIA earned the full 5 hoots, which makes me very happy.

SOPHIA also continues to hold the #1 Dark Fantasy spot at Fictionwise.com, as well as ranking in the top ten overall, plus my guys are holding down four of the top five spots for highest rated Dark Fantasy, also. As always, these are the latest rankings as of this posting.

So, business out of the way and on to pleasure. I’ve begun to contemplate my next Vampire Vignette in the off hours when DUNCAN lets me rest. I’ll be turning DUNCAN in to my publisher the middle of July, so I’m planning a Vignette re-run for the middle of Summer, culminating as always in something brand new. I haven’t decided what it will be yet, but if you read Cyn’s interview at Parajunkee’s View, you know Raj and Sarah’s wedding isn’t too far off. I just haven’t decided if they’ll get married before or after DUNCAN. But either way, there will be a new Vignette this Summer.

And speaking of character interviews, SOPHIA and COLIN will sit down for their first ever interview for Steph and Athenna at Paranormal Haven on June 4th. It’s part of their Bookish Haven Summer Vacation extravaganza and, as always, there will be a giveaway involved! I’ll be posting the interview to Facebook and Twitter once it goes live, plus I’ll remind you all about it next week, too.

By the way, if you want to catch me on Facebook and/or Twitter, there are links up above to friend, follow and/or subscribe if you’re so inclined.

Finally, today is the official recognition of Memorial Day here in the U.S., the day we remember those men and women who have given so much so
the rest of us don’t have to, and especially those men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice. I have many readers in the military, and even more who have friends and family serving here and overseas. I thank every one of you for your service and wish you a speedy and safe return home to your loved ones.

See you next week …

DBR

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Hmm, okay. This was a busy week! I had two separate guest blogs/giveaways and some wonderful reviews came in, plus as of this writing SOPHIA is STILL the #1 Bestselling Dark Fantasy at Fictionwise.com. And My vampires are not only four of the top five bestsellers in Dark Fantasy, but four of the top five highest rated in that category, as well. My guys (and gals) rock!

And just to get the bragging out of the way before the giveaways, SOPHIA continues to receive great reviews. Beginning with Bea’s Book Nook, then a FIVE STAR plus review from Dot at La Deetda Reads. Dot was one of the very first reviewers of RAPHAEL way back when and has been wonderfully supportive of my vampires ever since!

But wait, there’s more! Bitten by Paranormal Romance has given SOPHIA a 5 rating Alpha Howl, and I’ll be there in June with a brand new giveaway, too. And finally, Heather at Fresh Fiction says …

“Remarkably fresh and stunningly beautiful! Sophia is as enchanting as she is dangerous!”

That’s my Sophie!! 🙂

But on to the giveaways! There are still three giveaways open, and one more coming up this week. For most of them, you only need to comment to enter and my contests are always open internationally. I’m giving away a signed copy of either RAJMUND or SOPHIA on each, but just for my readers who check out this blog, if you win any of the giveaways and would rather substitute a different book, including DUNCAN, let me know and I’ll make the switch. You have to enter the giveaway and WIN, and then let me know you read it on this blog. Be aware that if you choose DUNCAN, you’ll have to wait until his release later this year to receive your book.

The current giveaways and their ending dates are …

Bea’s Book Nook ending Midnight EST, Monday May 23rd.

Larissa’s Bookish Life ending May 28, 2011.

Black Lagoon Reviews ending June 3, 2011.

Each giveaway has slightly different rules. Be sure and read all the rules and remember, you have to let me know AFTER you win if you want a different book. You can email me at dbreynoldswriter@live.com. DO NOT put it on your contest entry comment. This offer is only for readers of MY blog.

And one more note for THIS week …some of you may remember an interview with RAPHAEL which posted on Paranormal Haven last October. Here’s a link in case you missed it. Anyway, our intrepid Huff and Puff reporter has done it again, in a manner of speaking. She hijacked Cynthia, who’s in New York for Sarah’s wedding preparations, and snuck in a few questions. You can read the interview on Parajunkee’s View starting sometime tomorrow. And, yep, there’s another giveaway. I’m not sure what time it will go up tomorrow, but I’ll post it on Facebook and Twitter as soon as it (and I) am up.

And speaking of character interviews, Sophia and Colin will be dropping by Paranormal Haven the first week in June for their Bookish Haven Summer Vacation special event, a joint extravaganza of Paranormal Haven and Larissa’s Bookish Life. Sophia and Colin are settling into their new digs in Vancouver, so it should be interesting!

Is that everything? I think so. Lots going on. But on top of all that, I’ve been working away on DUNCAN, making excellent progress which my publisher was happy to hear, and maybe some of you are too? Duncan and Raphael met for the first time last night … and I mean the FIRST time they met … ever. It was … interesting.

Okay, DUNCAN is calling me and when Duncan calls, I come a runnin’.

See you next week!

DBR

My darling girl SOPHIA is killing ’em over on Fictionwise.com! The latest rankings as I went to press with this blog had SOPHIA as the Number THREE overall bestselling title AND even better, the Number ONE bestselling Dark Fantasy title. In fact, if you look closely, you see RAPHAEL, RAJMUND and JABRIL ranked numbers 3, 4, and 5 respectively. Apparently, I’m not the only one who loves my vampires!

And speaking of loving my vampires, I’ll be over at Bea’s Book Nook tomorrow with a new interview and a review, plus a giveaway contest. And then on Friday, I’ll be at Black Lagoon Reviews with a guest post about what makes my vampires the bloody, beautiful creatures they are! And there’s another giveaway, too.

There’ll be even more guest spots and giveaways coming soon. I’m still in promo mode, still giving away books. In the coming weeks, I’ll be doing a couple of character interviews, just for something different. I won’t say who will be interviewed, but it should be interesting. (And no, it’s not Duncan! No peeking at DUNCAN!)

I’ll be posting all of these guest spots and giveaways on Facebook and Twitter, just to remind everyone. And speaking of Facebook and Twitter, don’t forget to choose your poison, or take both, and friend or follow me as appropriate. I’ve put links in the right hand column above to make it easier for you.

There are also updates on the What I’m Reading Now page above, in case you follow my reviews. I also post my reviews on GoodReads, and, to remind you, I only review the books I like. As a writer, I know how much work goes into a book, so I don’t do bad reviews. If I don’t like a book, I simply don’t review it.

Am I forgetting anything? SOPHIA #1, the guys right behind her, promo spots for this week, facebook/twitter, new reviews … let me think … what else have I been doing this week?

Oh, right. DUNCAN. Sweaty, smooth-muscled, half-naked Duncan. Hmmmm. I should probably get back to that. 😀

See you at Bea’s tomorrow, Black Lagoon Reviews on Friday, and right back here late, late next Sunday!

DBR

First up, Happy Belated Mother’s Day to all of the mothers, grandmothers … and step versions thereof, many of whom do a hell of a job, too. I hope you all had a wonderful day with those you love.

Moving on to the Win A Book part … My guest post on The Vampire Wire finally came through! The contest to win a signed copy of SOPHIA runs for ten days (starting last Thursday), so there’s still plenty of time to enter. All you have to do is comment and/or ask a question and you’re in! The contest is open internationally.

And speaking of SOPHIA, my loveliest vampire lord debuted at #1 in Dark Fantasy over at Fictionwise.com. And you’ll see Raphael still sitting there in the #3 spot, too. In fact, if you look over at the Highest Rated Dark Fantasies, you can see Rajmund, Raphael and Jabril occupying three of the top five spots. We’ll see how it shakes out when they update tomorrow, but it’s looking good for Sophia!

I might have another interview/giveaway up this Friday, but the date is in flux, so I’ll post it here and on FB and Twitter if it ends up being this week.

Which brings up another interesting development from this past week. I’ve surrendered to the dark side and am now on Twitter. You all will be treated to my random thoughts at irregular intervals instead of just once a week, for which I apologize in advance. 😀 I’ll soon be having a contest on Twitter, too, so if you get a chance, follow me now!

I’ve installed buttons for Facebook and Twitter up on the sidebar, along with the e-mail subscription link. But in case you don’t want to look that far, here are the links …

FACEBOOK

TWITTER

And finally, I’ve added a few books to my What I’m Reading Now section. I’m trying to be better about keeping that up to date, so I’m just adding the books as I read them and hoping that will work.

And in the meantime, I’m back with Duncan, hard at work telling his story. As I’m sure I’ve said before … it’s tough job, but someone’s got to do it! 😀

See you next week and don’t forget to drop by The Vampire Wire and maybe win!

DBR

UPDATE!! The Vampire Wire blog will appear on Thursday, May 5!

I spent all this week writing Duncan when I wasn’t chatting live with readers. And thanks, by the way, to everyone who came by the Bitten by Books party. I hope all of my giveaway prizes go to some of YOU! I have no control over that whatsoever, but a writer can hope.

But today I turned to writing guest blogs, to get the word out about SOPHIA and the rest of the guys.

First off, I’m guesting on The Vampire Wire this week. I’m talking about how I came up with my Vampires’ world, and I’m giving away a signed copy of SOPHIA. All you have to do to be eligible for the drawing is leave a comment, and as always it’s open internationally. I’m not sure when the post will go up. My fault–May snuck up on me, and I was late getting it in, but it should be Monday sometime and the giveaway will be open for comments for ten days, so plenty of time.

I’ve also written a couple of writerly essays, one on the FF&P chapter blog. That’s the Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal chapter of the RWA, of which I’m a member. The essay discusses where my ideas come from and how I turn them into something I can actually write with. Here’s the link in case you missed it.

The other was a short blog on the question of titles and how I stink at them! It’s at The Book Boost, if you’re interested.

I’ve got more interviews, more guest blogs and more giveaways coming up later in the month, and I’ll post them all here. You know, I need a third column on this blog. Damn.

And finally, I usually avoid politics of any kind on my blogs. But, just as I was getting ready to write this blog, word came down that a small group of U.S. Special Forces personnel had conducted a raid on a house in Pakistan and finally brought down Osama bin Laden. The man who laughed at the image of the Towers falling, at the knowledge that 3000 people, citizens of nations from all over the world, had died in New York, in Washington, D.C. and in a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania—that man is finally dead. This isn’t politics. This is a small measure of justice for all of those people and the loved ones they left behind, and on this day I wanted to remember them here.

Have a wonderful week, and I hope you’ll stop by my various guestings.

DBR