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! 😀 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! 😀

See you all next week with Vampire Vignette #2!

DBR

I was looking at the calendar this week and realized that summer is almost over! The stores are already having back-to-school sales. And what this means to me (and you) is the coming of a new Vampire Vignette! 🙂

But before we can get to the new Vignette, it’s time to revisit the old ones. So, beginning next Sunday, I’ll be starting with Vignette #1 and posting them one per week, leading up to the newest one. Here’s the schedule …

July 31 – #1
August 7 – #2
August 14 – #3
August 21 – #4
August 28 – #5
September 4 – New Vignette

Unlike my regular posts which post late, late Sunday night, I’ll make every effort to post the Vignette reruns on Saturday night, so they’re available all day Sunday. Each Vignette will be available for one week, and then will be replaced by the next in line, until the brand new #6 posts on September 4.

In other news, my darling husband (DH) is home from the hospital and feeling much better, as am I. There’s much to be said for a good night’s sleep in your own bed! I want to thank all of you who took the time to send well wishes and thoughts. It kept me going through some pretty rough hours!

One final note, a new interview with Black Nailed Reviews posted last week. You should check it out, because as always, there’s a giveaway and it’s open until July 27th. Here’s the link.

Okay, I’m going back to work on my new Vignette, plus the outline for LUCAS and a few other things.

See you all next week, when my very first Vampire Vignette will begin its return engagement!

DBR

Well, I survived the family wedding weekend this past week, including up close and personal contact with lots of miniature plague carriers. They lure you in with those adorable faces and chubby arms, and then you’re doomed! So far, no symptoms, but we’ll see if I can make it through the week!

A brand new review for JABRIL this week at Bitten by Paranormal Romance! 5 Alpha Howls for Cyn, Raphael and the gang. And there are new reviews coming in all the time on Amazon, too. Most readers love the books, a few don’t … that’s life as a writer. I don’t love every book I read either. (Which would be why I haven’t updated my What I’m Reading Now lately, since I don’t review, I recommend. So, if I can’t recommend what I’ve just read … the list doesn’t get added to. I do have one to add this week, though–Shattered by Karen Robards.)

Moving on to Auctions, as I wrote last week, L. A. Banks, author of the Vampire Huntress series, is critically ill and uninsured (who says we need healthcare reform?) Several people at RT Book Reviews have gotten together an auction on EBay to help Leslie and her daughter offset the huge medical bills. There’s all sorts of cool stuff being auctioned, including the opportunity to name a character in my 6th book (LUCAS). The auction winner will be named in the acknowledgements section and receive an autographed copy of the print book upon release. You can check it out HERE. Bidding has started, although in my experience, the real bidding doesn’t take place until the last day of auctions.

And now for giveaways, the Paranormal Haven giveaway and character interview is still live, so you can still check that one out (until July 15th.) And I’ll be doing a few more after I send DUNCAN off to my publisher.

On a related noted, the wonderful Adrian Phoenix is doing a ton of giveaways for her upcoming Black Heart Loa, which is the second book of her Hoodoo series. The book releases this week and I’ve already preordered my Kindle copy. A great series from a great author, so I encourage you to drop by her website HERE’S THE LINK, and check out the many giveaways, which include books and these really cool book thongs. I already have the full set! 🙂

A reminder again that I’ll be writing a new Vampire Vignette after I turn in DUNCAN (and after I’ve slept for about a week!) And I’ll be rerunning the whole set at the end of summer, before posting the new Vignette.

I think that’s it for this week, although I did want to mention that I’ll be reformatting the blog in a few weeks (as with everything else, post-DUNCAN. That post-DUNCAN list is getting very long!) Mostly cosmetic and an address change, but it won’t affect anyone’s bookmarks.

See you all next week, by which time I expect to say … DUNCAN’s story is complete!

DBR

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

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

I’d like to say I’ve been busy all week working on DUNCAN, but alas, most of my time has been spent setting up promo events, writing guest blogs and answering interview questions. It takes more hours than you might think. Although I did manage to spend some quality time with Duncan … and Lucas, too. Scenes for Lucas are beginning to pop into my head at odd times. Believe it or not, that’s actually a good sign.

But not to worry, Duncan and I will be spending all of our time together from here on out. Are you jealous? You should be. (heh, heh)

But back to promos, first up … On TUESDAY this week is a brand new interview and book giveaway with Annette over at RomFan Reviews. Drop by, read the interview, ask a question or leave a comment, and you could win a signed copy of either RAJMUND or SOPHIA.

Annette also posted a review of SOPHIA this past week, so check it out.

I have a couple of other things scheduled for later in the week, but I’m confirming the dates before listing them here. I’ll let you know here and on Facebook. You can find me on Facebook by following the tab above or simply searching for D. B. Reynolds. I love new friends.

In other (not good) news, it’s hard to believe, but SOPHIA has yet to appear on Fictionwise. They changed their update schedule sometime in the past year. It’s a bit odd and unpredictable, but I have hopes they’ll include SOPHIA soon. I hate that my Fictionwise readers are having to wait so long. I can tell you for sure the book was uploaded to them at the same time as it was Amazon, which was weeks ago.

SOPHIA has been getting great reviews, though! I’m so grateful to all the readers who have contacted me, letting me know how much they love the story. And, so far, review bloggers like it, too. All that love makes the hard work worthwhile. It also makes the writer very, very happy. (And a happy writer is a productive writer ::cough, Duncan, cough::)

Okay. I’ve spent the evening writing guest blogs, so I’m going to take my last hour tonight (or rather this morning) and spend it alone with Duncan. Me and Duncan. Alone. Just us. In the (mostly) dark. 😀

See you later this week with more promo news.

DBR

A brand new review again this week, this time for RAPHAEL! Scoring 5 out of 5, which makes it a Top Pick, Missyb from Night Owl says …

Ms. Reynolds did an excellent job of introducing two very strong characters. Cyn is a very confident and sharp as nails woman. Raphael is tall, dark and sexy! Together they are a great pair that make the story seem more real and not farfetched. The chemistry was extremely hot! With the sex scenes even hotter! If you are looking for a new author to follow, here is a great one! D.B Reynolds is going on my To Be Watched for Pile!!

Here’s the link to the whole review, if you’re interested.

Cool. 😀 I love good reviews!!

And speaking of good reviews, if y’all love my vamps and if you bought from Amazon, I would really appreciate it if you’d write a couple lines of review. Especially for my beautiful, blue-eyed Rajmund who sells books, but doesn’t always get the love he deserves!

This week, of course, is the big RT Booklovers Convention! I’ve wanted to attend one of these for the longest time, but they’ve always been far away. Finally, they’ve come to L.A. and I’ll be there! I’ll be signing at the Book Expo, giving away bookmarks and other goodies, and even better I’ll be picking up my RT Reviewers Choice Award for JABRIL! So exciting! I’ll be bringing my camera along, and I might even remember to use it!!

And leading up to RT, Literary Escapism has been profiling authors who will be attending the convention–and they are many and illustrious–but they included me in the listing, too. 😉 Here’s a link to that one, if you’re interested. It’s kind of a mini-interview, although the first paragraph sounds like I’m talking about myself in third person. Awkwaarrrrd!

And finally this week … SOPHIA is on her way! The book is edited and polished and at the printers and soon to be uploaded to BN.com, Amazon and Kindle, as well as Fictionwise and, of course, ImaJinnBooks.com. It will naturally show up on ImaJinn’s website first, in print and PDF download, but I’ve said before that if you’re ordering a print version, and especially if you have Amazon Prime, you’re probably better off waiting the extra few days and ordering from Amazon, because ImaJinn uses media mail for shipping. Although, ImaJinn is holding a contest this month and next, so if you DO order from them, you get a chance at a free Kindle.

I’ll be keeping a close eye out and I’ll post here and on Facebook as soon as SOPHIA becomes available from the various retailers. Amazon and BN.com usually come up at the same time, and Fictionwise is typically the last one up, because they have a very weird inventory update schedule.

Okay. I’m going to get some sleep tonight. What a novelty! And then I have to start getting ready for Wednesday and RT!! Yay!

See you … well, hopefully a lot sooner than next week, but we’ll see what happens!

DBR

Bitten by Books has just posted a review of JABRIL and given it 5 Tombstones!! I’ve been waiting a while for this one, but it was definitely worth the wait. FIVE TOMBSTONES!!

I’m gearing up for the release of SOPHIA, won’t be long now. The next month will be busy with last minute revisions and proofing and then the day will finally be HERE!

In case, you missed my middle of the week posting, you’ll see the lovely cover of SOPHIA off to the right. I love it. I sit at my computer and stare at it. The house is dusty? Too bad, look at my pretty, new cover! The husband is hungry? But honey, look at my pretty, new cover! (hee, hee)

And if you want to see the full size image of my pretty, new cover, Click here. Just float the cursor until you see the + sign and then click it for full size.

Hmm, what else have I been doing besides staring at my pretty, new cover? Well, dealing with my insurance company and filling out DMV forms and figuring out which body shop to take my poor, battered car to.

And I’ve been busy sending out contest books — a spate of prize winners, not just here (Congratulations, Vicki!), but some other on-line events. Which reminds me, I’ll be in full promo mode once SOPHIA releases. I’ll keep you informed about my various guest blogs and interviews, because there WILL BE giveaways, as always. And I’m planning something special towards the end of April, my first ever on-line release party!

And just to keep you all on the edge of your seats, I’ll be posting Chapter Two of SOPHIA next week — that means LATE, LATE Sunday night/early Monday morning. Remember, I’m a night owl. My brain doesn’t really start perking before 11:00 pm or so.

I think that’s all the news for this week. I’ll see you back here next week with SOPHIA, Chapter TWO!!

And in the meantime, Go check out my pretty, new cover again! LOLOLOLOL

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