THE DOG DAYS OF SUMMER

September 19, 2011

I looked up to see what that phrase means. I mean, I know what the “dog days” are, but where did it come from? Turns out the name comes from the ancient belief that Sirius, also called the Dog Star, was in closest proximity to the sun at that time of year and thus responsible for the hot weather. So, strictly speaking, the dog days of summer are supposed to be the hottest days of summer. I sometimes think of it differently—not the hottest days of summer, but the slowest days, the days when nothing happens. That fits, though, because when it’s really hot, one doesn’t feel like doing much.

Hmm, well, that was a long way of saying nothing much happened this week. The Twitterverse and Facebook are quieter, my writing boards are quieter. True Blood has finished its season, none of my favorite shows, like Supernatural (my sexy Winchester boys!) have started yet. Although, there is Strike Back, which is some consolation. But basically, the days are pretty slow.

Add to it that I still don’t have my DUNCAN cover and these are definitely the dog days of summer. 😦

I am busy writing, though, which is all to the good. Lots of projects, vampires and not. And NaNo’s just a few short weeks away, so I’m already planning for that, figuring out which of my many projects will make up my 50K this year.

And when I’m not writing, I’m continuing my Buffy obsession. I’m on Season 5 — The Initiative is history; Spike is chipped, so he can only hit bad guys; Buffy and Willow have stopped wearing those awful, ugly skirts; Buffy has acquired her mysterious sister, Dawn; I think Joyce is about to be diagnosed with a brain tumor; and Riley’s suffering the pangs of insecurity. btw, NO ONE can do smug, like Angel does to Riley! 😀 So far, there haven’t been any episodes I haven’t seen, although there must be some coming up soon. Maybe not until Season 6, though.

Okay, I’m rambling. Just one final note … I went to a birthday party yesterday with a bunch of five-year-olds, aka plague carriers. I usually end up sick after these things. While I was there, my niece (who’s a tad older than 5) coughed on me, then assured me it was just bronchitis, that she wasn’t contagious. And then she said, “You’re probably going to blog about me, aren’t you?” 😀 So, there you go, Heath! If I get sick, it’s all your fault! LOL

All right, have a great week and I really do hope I’ll have a cover to show you soon!

DBR

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! 😀

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

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. Reynolds’ 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 ‘5 An Alpha Howl’, but RAJMUND, gets the Top Bite Award. Move over Raphael, there’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

THE WEEK THAT WAS

July 19, 2011

Sorry about missing my usual Sunday night posting. But remember how this week was going to be the one where I relaxed after sending DUNCAN off to my publisher? Maybe accomplish a few of the many things on my to-do list?

Well, my darling husband (DH) went into the hospital on Wednesday, completely unexpected. I’ve spent the last 5-6 days at the hospital with him, except for a brief visit home each day to shower/change/bring in the mail. Very little sleep in a chair by his bed, lots of stress.

But GOOD NEWS! Today he’s home again, back to our own bed, our own house, our own space. I was so happy I could have cried. In fact, I think I did. Hospitals are necessary, they do a lot of good, but there’s nothing like home to make you feel better. And my DH is better, too. Not fully happy or himself, yet, but getting there.

I did manage to do some work in the middle of the night while I sat awake, unable to sleep. I worked on LUCAS’s outline and sketched out the new Vampire Vignette. I haven’t looked at those notes, yet, so I can’t say if they make any sense. I was awfully tired, and by last night, my brain simply refused to function. But tonight I shall sleep well and tomorrow that to-do list is still waiting for me!

I might have an interview up on Black Nailed Reviews this week. It’s scheduled, but I’m not sure it’s going to show up. I’m checking and I’ll let you know when I know.

In the meantime, hope this week is way less exciting than last week. And I hope the same for you all, unless the excitement is the fun kind! See you next week!

DBR

IGNORING THE WORLD …

January 17, 2011

Because I’m writing!

I can write almost anywhere. I don’t listen to music when I write because it’s too distracting, but then I don’t listen to anything when I’m writing, not even what’s going on around me. I can sit in the noisiest place and tune it all out. Nothing exists for me but my characters and my story.

Of course, that’s sort of frustrating for the people who have to live with me! It might take a repetition or two for them to get my attention. Heh, heh.

So … Duncan (cool, calm, enigmatic hunk that he is) has just met the lovely Emma. And … What’s that? You’re hungry? Wait. You mean, you expect ME to cook? Well, darn. ::sigh::

Speaking of writing, I received some very positive feedback on my YA NaNo project this past week, so I’ll be doing some work on that over the next couple of weeks to finish the story and polish it a bit. I’ll be writing YA in the daytime and Vampires at night … seems fitting somehow.

Other than that, it’s been a fairly uneventful week. January is frequently like that. The holidays are over and everyone’s waiting for Spring.

I’m still catching up on Season 5 of Supernatural while I exercise and hoping they’ll rerun the whole Season 6 on TV, so I don’t have to wait for the DVD!!!! I need to know what’s happening with my favorite brothers.

And I’m sinking into my make believe world of beautiful vampires (and sorcerers for the YA) every chance I get so I’ll have more stories to tell all of you!

Have a great 3-day weekend if you get one. Try to stay warm. And I’ll see you next week.

DBR

First things first, Vignette #2 has now begun its two week re-run—Valentine’s Day in December!

And, drumroll please, I have officially “won” the 2010 NaNoWriMo, having written just over 50K words on my YA project. Now, of course, I have to go back to the beginning and start editing, and then I have to write another 20K words or so before I have a workable manuscript. But I’m way ahead of the game, so I’m happy.

More business, my publisher ImaJinn Books is having a holiday sale. 40% off all print books purchased through the Imajinn Books website.

My publisher also tells me all of my books will be available from Amazon in Kindle format before too long, so that’s exciting! That Kindle button usually means more sales … music to my writer’s ears.

And I was flipping through Google, wasting time while taking a break from NaNo and discovered two new reviews of my books! Fun! Ezinearticles.com and Cat Walks Fantasia.

Also while wasting time with Google, I discovered yet another p2p site which is offering free downloads of my books! Booooooooooooooo. I’m happy to say, however, that this particular site was recently seized by the FBI. Yaaaaaaaaay! My publisher employs a company that does nothing but search for sites offering these free downloads. They notify the site of a copyright violation and file a request for takedown. The sites pretend they have no idea anyone was violating copyright – really? What a joke. It’s a huge problem and one that affects all authors, big and small.

On to much nicer things … Duncan. Need I say more? 😀

Today is cyber-Monday. But, you know what? I finished all of my cyber shopping yesterday! My holiday shopping is done! Which leaves me more time to write my new Vampire Vignette! And also a guest post I’ve got coming up on Fresh Fiction, but I’ll tell you about that later.

See you all next week!

DBR

COMFORT BOOKS

March 8, 2010

Long before I was a writer, I was a reader. I still am. There’s little I enjoy more than tucking myself into a cozy corner with a good book and no obligations to take me away from it – I can read for five minutes or five hours, whatever I want. That, for me, is heaven.

And because reading is so important to me, it’s usually a book I turn to when I’m feeling lost or down. And when I feel that way, I don’t want something new, no matter how good it might be. What I want is an old friend, a book whose characters have touched me in some way, one I can read over and over again even though I know everything that’s going to happen. Because it’s not the plot that makes me want to revisit the story, it’s the people.

There are a lot of books, a lot of authors whose books I always buy and always read, but those books and/or authors are not necessarily the same books/authors on my comfort shelf.

So, what are my comfort books? Here’s a few of them, beginning with the ones I read years ago and moving to the present …

Kate Elliott’s Prince of Dogs — This is actually the second book in her Crown of Stars series and I love the whole series. But this second book touched me more than the others. I love the development of Sanglant and Liath’s relationship in this book. Well, actually, I think Sanglant is one of the best fantasy characters ever written, but I especially love this book.

Patricia Kennealy’s Keltiad: Tales of Aeron. The Copper Crown (1984),The Throne of Scone (1986), The Silver Branch (1988). Kennealy’s characters are powerful and her mythology compelling. My favorite of the three is actually The Silver Branch which, although it was the last one published, is actually the first of the stories chronologically.

Linnea Sinclair’s Finders Keepers Again the characters. I love the relationship between Rhis and Trilby, the way it develops, is challenged and grows stronger.

Eileen Wilks Tempting Danger The first in Wilks’ World of the Lupi books, this starts the series with the meeting between Lily Yu and Rule Turner. Chosen by the Wolves’ Lady to be partners, the two must reconcile their forced intimacy with their own feelings for one another while trying to save the lives of people they care about. What a great concept! And Wilks does it so well.

Kelley Armstrong’s Bitten Again the first of a wonderful series, this book introduces the wolves of Armstrong’s Otherworld, and most importantly Elena, the only female werewolf, and Clay, one of the most intriguing characters I’ve ever read.

And my most recent Comfort Book … Adrian Phoenix’s A Rush of Wings in which we’re introduced to Dante Baptiste, one of the most beautiful, seductive, powerful and frighteningly vulnerable characters ever created. I’ll spend an evening with Dante and his friends any time.

I know there are more on my shelf. And there are some that used to be there, but have lost their place because of what the author did with her/his characters in later books — things that destroyed even the early books for me, because it made me see the characters in a different light. But these are the ones I read the most, the ones I’m most likely to reach for.

You must have comfort books, too, dear readers. I know I’m not the only one out there!

DBR

One final note … anyone who’s read my books knows I believe in a well-trimmed bikini area. But THIS woman takes it to a whole ‘nother level. Her ex-husband? While driving? To meet her boyfriend? WTF

WRITING IS EASY!!

March 2, 2010

I was having a conversation with someone this past weekend–someone I don’t know well, but we have a mutual acquaintance. So, there we were making dinner party conversation and we started talking about my writing. My darling husband is a University professor, so we have a lot of friends who are academics. This guy isn’t a “friend,” but he IS an academic. He’d heard from someone else that I was a writer and had published fiction. And he commented something along the lines of, “Well, but that’s easy. You just sit down and write whatever’s in your head, right?” As opposed to REAL writing which is apparently what HE does, involving research and footnotes and such.

As if the words just trip off my fingers onto the computer screen, fully formed and perfect in every way. No research involved, no planning, no plotting, no character development. And then no revising, no editing, no sending my darlings off to be rejected by cruel editors!

First of all, I’ve done my share of academic/analytical writing involving far more footnotes that I care to remember. And second, NO, IT ISN’T EASY! And I don’t just write whatever’s in my head!

Not that I haven’t encountered this sort of attitude before, especially when they discover that what I’m writing is not the “great American novel,” but Paranormal, Sex and Romance. THEN they assume that the entire book is just one big sex scene, like some sort of bad porn flick with cheesy music playing as the characters switch partners for the next round of body fluid swaps.

Some of the best writing I’ve ever read is genre writing. Some of the best writers I’ve ever read write fantasy and romance and science fiction. And good sex scenes are hard to write. I’d like to see THAT guy try writing one.

Unfortunately, courtesy (not to HIM, but to our HOSTESS) prevented me from telling him what a jerk he is. So, I just smiled and moved on, and lucky YOU, you all get to hear my rant instead!

On a more positive note (and God knows we could use a positive note about now) I wrote a wonderful scene with Sophia and a male blood slave. Very sexy and sensuous! It’s so different writing a sexually dominant female! Of course, that won’t last once she crosses Colin’s path. Colin is nobody’s slave.

One thing I will say … Writing may not always be easy … but it sure is fun! LOLOLOLOLOLOL

DBR

And just because I thought this one was funny, here’s an episode of The Elevator.

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

THIS is a new year?

January 18, 2010

The big excitement in my life this week? … The palm trees are on the attack. You’ve all seen the pictures and film images of those tall, stately palms lining the streets of Southern California, right? They’re everywhere. Even places they shouldn’t be, quite frankly. And they propagate. Little tiny palm trees sprouting up in the middle of my azaleas. The fiends. Well, this week they clearly decided on a frontal, or er vertical, attack.

About thirty palm fronds decided to drop on my house this week. All at the same time. About 4:00 in the morning. So what, you say? Palm fronds, big, leafy things. No big deal. Hah! First of all, they’re not big, they’re HUGE! Like 9 feet long. And they’re not leafy! They’re pointed and sharp and hard like a plank of wood! Imagine thirty 9-foot 2 x 6’s dropping on your house and yard at 4:00 in the morning.

So, okay. We recovered. But the suckers are still sitting there in a big pile, because now it’s raining, which means no gardener until next week. The good news is, the ones actually ON my roof slid off because of the 50 mph winds we had. Although, at least that happened during the day.

Okay, so that’s MY new year so far.

Yeah, yeah, you say. But what about RAJMUND? And what about Book 4? I’m still waiting for word from my editor on the RAJMUND release date. But I AM hard at work on Book 4 . . . SOPHIA. Look out, men of the Vampire Council, the lady has arrived and she’s bringing her very own human hunk to sip from!

And now from the ridiculous to the even more ridiculous, I found this video series on YouTube. All I can say is . . . my vampires are definitely sexier than this guy.
Enjoy . . . Harold the Vampire

DBR