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! πŸ˜€

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 β€˜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

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! πŸ˜€

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

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! πŸ˜€ 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! πŸ˜€

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! πŸ™‚

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! πŸ™‚

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! πŸ˜€

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