Okay, I’m going to do the help part first, because it all comes together in the contest part. As I posted a couple of weeks ago, my werewolf novella HEART OF THE WOLF will be e-published in July. I’m very excited about this, because I LOVE my werewolf characters and hope to write more with them. Anyway, the publisher wants me to come up with several questions/answers (essentially interviewing myself) to go along with my author listing on their web site, and they don’t want the same ol’, same ol’ questions.

Now, I’ve done a whole bunch of interviews over the last year while I was promoting RAPHAEL and JABRIL and there were some VERY good questions. I’ll be borrowing liberally (and shamelessly) from those interviews, too. But I thought maybe all of you might have a question or two that you always wanted someone to ask, but no one ever did. Remember, these questions are supposed to make a potential reader want to read my books. So, don’t ask me the name of my dog. First of all, I don’t HAVE a dog, but secondly … Well, you get the picture.

Which brings us to the contest part. Enter your questions in the comments part of this blog post. I might use your specific question, I might not, BUT, everyone who posts a question (and let’s TRY to be inventive, people) will get her/his name in the hat for a giveaway drawing. The winner will get his/her choice of an autographed copy of any one book … either RAPHAEL, JABRIL or RAJMUND. RAJMUND, of course, will be a promise for the future, the copy to be mailed after the book’s release later this summer.

This contest will only run through the end of March, but I’ll be starting a new contest in April. The prize will be the same, but the entry requirement will be different.

So, get those questions in now!


FACTS, VIDEOS and AMUSING LINKS: Tooling around the Internet, actually looking for photos of Northwestern Washington state, I happened across a website called Atlas Obscura, which describes itself as “A Compendium of the World’s Wonders, Curiosities and Esoterica — sort of the Internet version of a Renaissance era Wonder Cabinet. Here’s the Wiki listing for Wonder Cabinet for anyone who’s never heard of it. So … back to Atlas Obscura, there’s all sorts of cool stuff, but I LOVE these photos of a place called Kjeragbolten in Norway. It’s a GIANT bolder suspended over a 1000 meter abyss! Amazing. My favorite is the picture of the sheep — second row, second from right. I wonder if she jumped there on her own or if there was some human connivance involved?

There are lots more cool photos of this on Flickr, if you’re interested.


March 15, 2010

Excellent news this week, a new review of JABRIL was posted at Paranormal Romance and it’s a good one! I was so excited to get on the PNR web site. This the same web site where I’ve been nominated for a PEARL award for RAPHAEL! You can read the review HERE. I also have it on good authority that a review of RAPHAEL should be turning up soon, which is great news, because all those readers who see RAPHAEL’s nomination, but haven’t read the book (!!), can see the reviews now and get a little extra incentive.

I also noticed there’s a new FIVE STAR review of RAPHAEL up on Amazon, and the books continue to sell, so all of these reviews must be helping!

In the meantime, I’m writing away on SOPHIA. She’s just met the “inestimable” Duncan and made a play for Raphael (as if!), but that’s all just maneuvering for power at this point. Colin’s about to drop into her life and wreak a little havoc.

I’m also TRYING to find out when RAJMUND will be released! I can promise you a good story and it’s the longest one yet. And my critique partners tell me it’s the best one yet, too. As soon as I know something, you’ll know! I promise.

Hmmm. Okay. Back to work for me. I’m writing a complex scene with lots of dialogue and multiple characters, including Raphael and Cyn. It’s an important scene and I need to get the dialogue just right, because it sets the stage for a lot of what follows. Trust me, the previous bit would make sense if you knew what I know. (LOLOLOLOL) Sorry. ::cough:: Don’t mean to be cruel. 😛

In the meantime, Happy St. Patrick’s Day, Happy Ides of March, and Happy Spring Break to those of you who get to enjoy one!




December 16, 2009

The Falcata Times is doing a feature on me today, with a new Interview and reviews of both RAPHAEL and JABRIL. (They like me, they really like me!)

I would have sworn I sent them a picture of me, but …


And for your holiday enjoyment, here’s some tacky Christmas trees. Yikes!

I’ve been waiting awhile for this review of RAPHAEL from Bitten by Books, and it was worth the wait. Four tombstones and an excellent review!

I’m celebrating right now, but you can check it out here!



December 8, 2009

As promised, I’ve got winners to announce. I literally put names in the hat, shuffled them around and pulled out the winners. I did this twice, once for each separate contest. And the results
are …

First, the winner of the book giveaway at Over The Edge is … Razlover! Razlover has a choice of an autographed copy of either RAPHAEL or JABRIL, or the PDF version of same.

And … drumroll, please … the winner of my November contest, the winner of naming rights for a character who appears in both RAJMUND and the as yet unnamed Book 4, is … mecano!

And for those of you who didn’t win …
I’m sorry. 😦
But there will be a new contest in January! 🙂

In other news, I should have the release date for RAJMUND very soon, and I’ll also have the title and some early details on Book Four, with my first female Vampire Lord. I’m working on it now and my brain is beginning to itch, so long hours of late night writing can’t be far behind.

In the meantime, I’ve got a big week coming, just in time for the holidays — a new guest blog next Monday at Paranormality , and then a feature interview and review at Falcata Times on December 16th. I’ll post the specific links as soon as they’re up.

And speaking of the holidays, here’s some clever CGI holiday lighting. This one’s been around before. I’m pretty sure I saw it last year. But it’s pretty and has a surprise ending, so hang in there! It’s too bad this is CGI, it’s a cool house. 😛



Yes, RAPHAEL is no longer the #1 Dark Fantasy on Fictionwise.com. It has fallen out of the top three, behind Charlaine Harris and some chick named Stephenie Meyer or something. LOL Of course, for something like 6 plus weeks, RAPHAEL sat in the #1 spot OVER said Stephenie Meyer books. Pretty cool. And I’m still getting lots of “great” reviews, so I can’t complain.

I’m hard at work on Book #3 and will probably finish a first draft this week. Of course, my first drafts aren’t really first drafts since I edit compulsively as I go along. I’m writing the last few action-packed scenes now. Oh, wait. No, I’m not. I’m typing away on this blog when I SHOULD be writing the last few action-packed scenes! Darn.

The great muffin contest is still going on, so don’t forget to send in your entries, with the word “Contest” in the subject line. Details on the right.

Okay, back to those action-packed scenes I was talking about. 🙂


RAPHAEL is still holding the #1 spot over at Fictionwise.com for Dark Fantasy, which is amazing to me. And if that’s not great enough, I received another 5 Star review from Book Movie Reviews. Drop over and check it out! It certainly made MY day brighter. And be sure and stop by my Squidoo page created by Michael Moore. Leave a comment when you visit, so Mike knows you’ve been there!

In honor of all the good news, I’m starting a new contest. Since I’m getting a late start, this one will run through June and be something slightly different. It’s a trivia contest based on RAPHAEL, a way of thanking my loyal readers. I tried to think of something only those who’ve read the book would know . . . so here goes. The question is: How many calories in Cyn’s housekeeper’s home-baked muffins? I’m not looking for scientific accuracy here, just the number Cyn is convinced each of the sinfully good muffins must contain. E-mail the answer to me at dbreynoldswriter@aol.com and put the word CONTEST in the subject line. At the end of June, I’ll take all the submissions with the right number and pull a winner.

What’s the prize, you say? A $25 Amazon gift certificate — which you can then use to buy JABRIL at the end of July! Ha, ha. No, you can use it to buy anything you want. I’ll be starting a new contest in July that will begin giving away copies of JABRIL.

Okay. Back to writing. I’m in NaNo mode this month, determined to have a revised, first draft of RAJMUND completed and ready for my crit group . . . so they can tell me everything that’s wrong with it. 😦


Creepy Fact for Today: In Brazil, there’s a species of cockroach that eats eyelashes, usually those of young children while they are asleep. The hungry little insect is attracted to the minerals and moisture from the tear ducts.

Popin won April’s giveaway and a signed copy of RAPHAEL is on its way to her. There will be something different for May/June since so many of you have read RAPHAEL by now, and I’m going to have to come up with something new as a prize! Hmmmm. It’s too early for JABRIL giveaways yet, so I’ll have to put some thought into this. I’m thinking Amazon gift certificate. That ought to stir up some interest.

And speaking of Amazon, they’ve added a note to the RAPHAEL listing . . . “Order now, only 1 left (more on the way.)” Which means Amazon is just about sold out of their first RAPHAEL order! That’s got to be good, right? Of course, for all I know, their first order was only ten books! LOLOLOLOL But I’m thinking positively.

And speaking of positive thinking about good books, I read a great book over the weekend. Rob Thurman’s Deathwish, the latest in her Cal and Nick Leandros saga. This was rumored to be the last in the series, although they’ve put that rumor to rest by saying there will be three more books. I have to say, folks, that I thought Deathwish was just about the best book yet. I recommend this series to anyone who likes Urban Fantasy.

I hear the crack of the whip, which means back to writing.


Is is May already? Where did April go? I need MORE TIME! I’m hard at work writing RAJMUND, which means late nights spent typing away on my laptop while other people sleep. I’m a definite night owl and do my best thinking, and writing, after midnight. My circadian rhythm tells me that 4:00 a.m. is just about the perfect time to call it a night (a day?) and go to sleep. Of course, the Real World doesn’t run on my clock, so I expect to be tired for most of the next couple of months.

And since you’re probably wondering about that headline, Michael Moore, a professional ghostwriter from Ontario,Canada, has written a review of RAPHAEL, and created a “lens” for the Vampires in America series on Squidoo. Squidoo is a popular on-line publishing platform and community with nearly 900,000 personal “lenses.” Lenses are pages, kind of like flyers or signposts or overview articles, that gather everything the lens creator knows know about something and, as they say, “snaps it all into focus.” Hence the term “lens.”

It’s a pretty interesting concept, and, may I say, a good review! I also did an interview with Mike, so experience something new and different and go on over to Squidoo, read Mike’s review and my interview and let him know what you think. Here’s the link to RAPHAEL’s Squidoo page!

I’m tallying the April comments now and will draw the monthly winner later today. There will be a new contest for May, just as soon as my brain catches up to the reality that it REALLY IS May!

Thanks to all of you out there who continue to buy and read RAPHAEL. This is a dream come true.


Creepy Fact for Today: Truffles are actually more valuable than gold, going for thousands of dollars an ounce. The Italian recordholder was expected to go for more than $200,000. This is creepy because there’s actually someone out there willing to pay more than $200,000 for a MUSHROOM!

Based on data gathered within the last 20 days, RAPHAEL is now the #1 Dark Fantasy Best Seller at Fictionwise.com!! Whoohooo.

It’s also #12 in overall Fictionwise e-books, which can’t be a bad thing.