VIGNETTES AND OTHER STUFF

August 29, 2011

Vignette #5 is up this week, a change of pace with Raj and Sarah. It continues their story beyond the end of their book. I wrote it because Raj’s book ended up about 20K words shorter than what I wrote. Some of it I posted on the blog as deleted scenes, but not all of it was that simple. As I said last week, I’ve always felt Raj was a bit misunderstood, so I wrote this Vignette to explore the next step in Raj and Sarah’s relationship. We’ll be seeing their wedding in a future Vignette, not sure which number yet. But, for now, here’s Vampire Vignette #5, featuring Raj and Sarah.

Next week will be a brand new Vignette, the last one until after DUNCAN’s story makes its debut in December.

Several people have asked about the previous Vignettes again this week. Unfortunately, because of copyright issues, I can’t post more than one Vignette at a time. But I’ve had so many questions about it over the years, that I’m looking into the possibility of publishing all of the existing Vignettes, plus some new ones, in an anthology. It will probably be early next year before I get it all together, but I am exploring it.

A new review of RAPHAEL came out this week at Reading the Paranormal. I love it that I’m five books in and new readers (and reviewers) are just discovering RAPHAEL and my Vampires in America.

Apart from writing the new Vignette, exploring future stories, and working on revisions for the blog … I’m still on my Buffy rerun kick. David Boreanaz was such a hunk. Well, okay, he still is, but he’s just so damn sexy in Buffy. And now Spike has made his appearance and I’m reminded why I’ve always loved the bad boys best. And, of course, all of my guys are the baddest boys of all!

Whoa, John Ritter just appeared. No spoilers, but don’t eat the cookies! ๐Ÿ˜€

Okay, I’ve got to turn off Buffy and get some work done before I sleep, so that’s it for me this week. Remember, next week, a brand new Vignette. See you then!

DBR

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Okay, so Vignette #4 is up as promised. For a brief time this weekend, #3 and #4 shared the spotlight, but we’re back to one lonely Vignette at a time. So, this week it’s #4. Only a couple more weeks and a brand new Vignette will appear.

In the meantime, Bitten by Paranormal Romance has posted a new review of RAJMUND. This is just part of what their reviewer, Cynthia, had to say …

Ms. Reynoldsโ€™ Vampire in America Series is one you must put on your TBR and/or Keeper Shelf. I started reading the series a bit backwards; reading the last book, SOPHIA, first and then continuing on in the correct order. I have rated all of the books โ€˜5 An Alpha Howlโ€™, but RAJMUND, gets the Top Bite Award. Move over Raphael, thereโ€™s a new Lord in town.

Yep, my beautiful, blue-eyed vamp gets a Top Bite Award. I have a soft spot for Raj. I think he’s frequently misunderstood, which is my fault as the writer. But, I’m always happy when someone loves him as much as I do.

In other news, I’ve been working on a revamping (no pun intended) of my blog. Mostly organizational stuff — when I started I only had the one book, but now with what will soon be five (5!) books out there, I need to change things up a bit. I’m not sure when I’ll have it ready. I’ll be compulsively checking and rechecking everything a million times before it goes live, but hopefully it will be in time for DUNCAN’s debut anyway.

And speaking of DUNCAN (and don’t we all want to?) it’s hard to believe, but I’m already scheduling a few promo appearances for his book! Amazing. I’m on pins and needles for this one. I can hardly wait to get a cover, and I can especially hardly wait until the book is out.

Okay, that’s it for this week. Gotta go watch tonight’s True Blood episode! We still have family in town, so this is the first chance I’ve had to sit down and watch it. Thank the gods of harassed authors and vampire fans for DVR technology!!

See you all next week!

DBR

Okay, let’s start with first things … or third … Vignette #3 is up. For those of you who’ve never read it, #3 is the first of a two-part Vignette, the only one I’ve done that way. But no cliffhangers! ๐Ÿ˜€

And I’ve been killing my to-do list this week! I can actually walk into my spare bedroom without taking my life in my hands. ๐Ÿ™‚ Woohoo!

But not all is to-do list in my life. I’ve also been working on Vignette #6 and the outline for LUCAS. Give me a couple of weeks and I’ll be writing Book 6! Hard to believe.

And speaking of televisions programs (we were, weren’t we?) I watched the new Cinemax series Strike Back this week. I’m a big fan of action/adventure Bourne type movies with lots of hut-hut action. And I loved this new series! They’re previewing Episode 2 on-line, so I didn’t have to wait ’til next week. Cool. Good looking, shirtless and/or naked guys running around with guns. Yay!

Hmm, also, I added a DUNCAN page up top, but it basically just gives the release date. I know what the book is about, obviously—and my critique partners loved it, by the way – yay! — but I have to figure out a tagline that doesn’t give away the story, because my publisher and I are keeping this one close to our vests (and our hearts!)

I finally updated my What I’m Reading Now page. I’ve actually been reading a lot of books, but since I only post the ones I can recommend … well, let’s just say a lot of the books I’ve read lately didn’t make the cut. But this week they did!

Hmmm, okay, one of my weird satellite channels has a Buffy marathon going on. I think I’m becoming a TV addict. This is not good. I better start writing soon! ๐Ÿ˜€

See you all right back here next week!

DBR

For those who missed my post last night, look above and you’ll see Vampire Vignette #2 has begun its one week rerun. The Vignettes are written between the books and are designed to carry the overall story forward, which means they take place at times of the year which definitely don’t correspond to our present day reality. So, #1 is New Year’s Eve, Cyn and Raphael’s first New Year’s Eve, which is now more than a year in the past, likewise Vignette #2, which is their first Valentine’s Day.

Each of the Vignettes can be placed relative to the existing books. The new Vignette, which will appear on September 4 this year and be #6, will chronicle events which take place between the books SOPHIA and DUNCAN. Which reminds me, I should probably finish writing that! ๐Ÿ˜€

In other news, The Romance Reviews published a wonderful review of JABRIL this past week, naming it a Top Pick! Check it out!

And in still other news, the early reports from those few who have read DUNCAN, i.e., my wonderful critique partners, are excellent! Which makes me very happy. I started working on the cover with the artist last week–a process I’m sure she’s dreading, since I KNOW I’m a pain the in butt. But I’m excited to see Duncan’s cover taking shape.

Having successfully delivered DUNCAN and having my darling husband well and back home again, I tackled my long neglected “to-do” list and actually got some things done around the house and yard! Amazing. Not to worry, though, there are still plenty of items on the list to keep my busy, and my brain is already turning over ideas for LUCAS. It won’t be long and I’ll be back in writer mode once more.

I’m going to go read a book now. Yep. I’m going to stay up late, reading a good book. Cool.

Have a great week, enjoy the story of Cyn and Raphael’s first Valentine’s Day, and I’ll see you all right back here next Sunday.

DBR

As promised, Vignette #2, for one week only!

A reminder that these short stories are my sole copyright and are not to be printed and/or reprinted for any reason. Please read and observe the copyright notice at the beginning of the Vignette. Thanks!

Enjoy!

THE VIGNETTES ARE BACK!

August 1, 2011

As promised, I posted Vampire Vignette #1 last night. It will be up for only ONE week, so be sure and catch it now! It used to be I could give each Vignette a two-week run, but there are many more of them now. When I wrote Vignette #1, I didn’t know they would prove to be so popular. It was just intended as a freebie short story to fill the long space between book releases. But now, the Vignettes have become a part of the stories themselves. It’s pretty exciting, because I love writing them.

In other news, there’s a new interview up today with WereVampsRomance. There’s a giveaway, and there should be a review posted soon, too. I want to thank Christy M. who recommended me for the site. I’m her Readers Choice! Too cool, Christy!

And speaking of reviews, RAPHAEL received a terrific review this week from THE ROMANCE REVIEWS! Some readers are still just finding my vampires, so I love it when a review site like TRR puts out such a great review!

On the WTF front, my aol address book was hacked. I don’t use that account anymore, but I still receive the occasional mail from someone who doesn’t know better, or who does know better, but simply refuses to change their own address book, so I’m not sure how it happened. But I posted yesterday as soon as I knew about the fake e-mails, and I’ve completely emptied my address book there now. Hopefully that will prevent such a thing from happening in the future. Pisses me off!!

On a completely non-writing front, we had family visiting from out of town last week, and did the touristy thing by going to Universal Studios. I haven’t been there in years, because, well, I live here! But having just visited, let me offer my review of the major rides for anyone considering a visit … the King Kong 3D on the Studio Tour is pretty cool. Lots of jerking around, but pretty cool. The rest of the tour is sadly dated, but it’s a nice relaxing 40 minutes or so if you want to get off your feet! ๐Ÿ˜€ The Mummy ride is a dud. A five minute roller coaster ride in the dark that’s even shorter in reality, because it goes forward and then backward over the same route … all in five minutes. Very disappointing. Jurassic Park, on the other hand, was a blast! They have warnings about getting wet and even sell ponchos going in, but we thought … how wet could it be? Very wet. There’s just no way you can stay dry. Dinosaurs are constantly spraying and splashing water at you, so no matter where you sit, you’re gonna get wet. And then there’s the 85 foot waterfall plunge at the end. Soaking wet! Loved it!

And that concludes the roller coaster portion of our blog this week! LOL We have more family visiting in a couple of weeks, though, so who knows where we’ll go next?

I’ve been updating my What I’m Reading Now pretty faithfully, so, if you’re interested, you might want to check in there. In the meantime, I have a Vignette to work on, and a cowboy vampire to dream up. The things I do for my readers! ๐Ÿ˜€

See you all next week with Vampire Vignette #2!

DBR