Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Favorite Things 2009

Every year I think back over the new things I fell in love with over the previous twelve months. Past lists have included butter bells, bag balm, frozen pizza, and UGGS. Anyway, here are the things I loved in 2009:

~Snuggie – this is a recent acquisition…I just got it for Christmas. But I already love it! It’s surprisingly warm and soft.

~iPod Nano – My iPod was on my 2007 list, but this year I got a new one. It’s shiny pink, and the new features like the video camera are just awesome. I LOVE my new iPod!

~Sunbeam Electric Blanket – yeah, how sad is it to get excited about a bed blanket, but this is one of the dual control ones, so I can heat up my side of the bed and my husband doesn’t have to die of heat on his side. I love that!

~GPS – I kept telling my husband that we didn’t need one. He bought one anyway. And guess what? Yeah, I’m eating crow (tofucrow, cuz of the vegetarian thing,) because I adore the little device. It’s so awesome to enter in an address and have it guide you right to your destination. It’s also great for looking up places to eat and shop, which has come in really handy now that we’re new to the area.

~Just The Cheese Chips and Popcorn – OMG, it’s cheese! But crunchy! These little baked cheese rounds and nuggets are pure cheese (some with flavorings) so they’re low-carb and just totally yum. The popcorn cheese is phenomenal.

Okay, so that’s it for this year. Is there anything you got, used, or ate in 2009 that has become a “favorite thing?”

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

AAD is open for registration!

The Authors After Dark event is coming, and we want YOU to attend and help us make it the best convention of 2010!

This year will be held at the Harmon Meadow Holiday in Secaucus, NJ on September 16-19. As with last year, this is an event for READERS by AUTHORS, and is guaranteed to give you a weekend you wont soon forget!

Join your hostess, Jacquelyn Frank along with the Authors After Dark bloggers and friends for a wild weekend sure to delight the reader in you! This year, we will be opened to all genres of romance, as well as including a GLBT track!

Registration is now open! $140 gets you 5 meals, access to all the parties, mini events, classes and goodies! Rooms are $109 a night, double occupancy.

We are happy to announce these publishers and retailers as our fantastic sponsors: Kensington, Ballentine, Tease Publishing, Black Phoenix Alchemy Labs, Changeling, Phaze, MLR Press, Total E Bound, All Romance E books, Pretty-Scary.com, Dorchester and many more!

New this year, AAD will have a Con Suite, filled with gift bags, goodies, snacks and other such sundries, as well as a full Vendor room with 10 vendors! Also, several awesome workshops including Bellydancing, Meditations, Intuitive work and pod casting!

Saturday will have both a mass author signing, and a Masquerade ball! For more information, check out our website!

For up to the minute author participation, info on mini events, sponsors, publishers and all else, check out our website: http://aadromanceunlimited.com

Sunday, December 20, 2009

A Wonderful Year

Wow, I can't believe the end of the year is fast approaching :( It must be true that the older you get the faster time flies...which is a a very bad thing considering how much I need to get done! It's been a fabulous year with many surprises and a great deal of happiness. As Christmas and the New Year approach I like to take time to count my blessings. And at the very top of my list are my lovely readers who have made my dreams come true! Thanks to all of you and my wish for a wonderful holiday season and a New Year filled with peace, happiness and security...oh, and a ton of fabulous books!!

Best,
Alex

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Weresnakes are Sssexy! Help us prove it!


Hey All!

Well with January on the horizon, Audra and I are gearing up for our new release, Entwined by Fate, the first in our American Ophidians series. And what are we doing? TONS of fun stuff, and if you feel so inclined, you can help!

First, we have made some awesome sprouts for the book release. One is a countdown sprout, the other, a button sprout. Both are snatchable, and we are hoping you will take them and put them on your blogs and FB to show your support.





Second, how would you like to get promo goodies for the books in the mail? Well I'm starting our snail mailings this coming week! If your interested in getting goodies, send me your address to stella@stellaandaudra.com and I'll get some goodies out to you!

Third, and this is the most important, Buy the book January 19th! Don't worry, I will remind you guys, but this is paramount. See, we were told this book was a marketing risk, mostly because the reading public isn't ready for this kinda work, apparently they would, in the eyes of publishers, rather read the unending chain of werewolves and cats, and wouldn't wanna try something new, fresh or imaginative. So we would LOVE to prove them wrong, and you can help. On January 19th, please consider buying the book in print from Amazon.com (if we had the distro, it would be available in your bookstore, which is what we are trying for next book) and post to your friends and family about this book. This is NOT a self published book... but being with small press makes it REALLY hard to get the print out there. So please, help us change things, and get this book out there.

Until January, talk about the book, Make comments on the blogs that have done reviews, write about the different kinda romance out there on your own blogs, and talk about it in chats. Every word written and uttered about this book will help us reach our goal.

So guess what? We are running a HUGE contest giveaway as well! To help celebrate this awesome release, we are giving away tshirts, mugs, totebags, notebooks and print books of our other books to readers that havent ever heard of us or read us. How to win? For starters, post the sprouts anywhere and leave a link in the comments here.. For ever link, you get an entry.

If you blog about this book in anyway, post about it in the comments here as well. For every comment for that, its one entry.

When you buy the book, on the January blog post, post a comment, and you will get 2 entries for buying the book! We have over 50 goodies to give away, and 15 print books so there will be a LOT of winners!

Help us spread the word and win! Thanks to everyone!

Monday, November 30, 2009

Another fantastic review for our weresnakes!


So we got another review for the new snake novel and this time from Smoking Hot Books Blog. I'm happy to say I woke up to this awesome review, that has a CONVERSATION going on about it, and it tickles my insides.

See, I know that everyone isn't going to like this book, and I know that people have an unholy fear of snakes. I can fault them, I'm scared of the gingerbread man *shrug*. But the fact that so many reviewers agreed to review it and while they are trickling in, they all have one thing in common so far: THEY LOVE THE BOOK.

This is awesome to us, because we were told by several publishers that this book is not marketable. to that I say BULLPUCKY. I'm a firm believer that if the author works at it, pretty much anything can be sold, but I digress. This book is marketable, and will have readers. It does now, and they like it.

Anyway, Heres a little snippet of the review we got this morning:

I found myself captivated by their world and watching reruns of the MTV music awards when Brittany came out on stage with a boa constrictor. Lucky girl. I want my own snakie to rub my fantasy scales with! Move over werewolf’s there’s a new game in town.

Seriously? That's one hell of a review. Thank you tons K.C. for giving the book a chance and seeing that it is readable, and people would want to read it. You can read her entire review HERE and get in on the conversation as well. I would love for you to weigh in as well.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Who is ready for AAD 2010?

The registration for AAD is now open!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

And yes, we will have a promotional junket started in December to get more attendees (a video, a sprout and a blog post to post about)

We have some fantastic authors joining us this year including Susan Sizemore, Caridad Pineiro, S.J. Day, Elizabeth Amber and Emily Bryan! More authors will be signing on every day to keep watch to the website!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Great News

For those of you who didn't hear my shrieking (I can't imagine there's anyone in the northern hemisphere who missed it :) Darkness Unleashed debuted #24 on the New York Times Bestseller list and #120 on the USA Today Bestseller list.

I have to admit I'm still buzzing with excitement since I never truly dreamed this would happen. My writing career has been far more the lesson of the tortoise than the hare. It took almost ten years of submitting to to publishers before I sold my first book. It took another five years to move from the short, sweet regencies into the more mainstream historicals. Then came the paranormals and five books to reach the bestseller lists.

I hope that those who dream of one day seeing their writing published will take heart from my story and realize that for every writer who is an overnight sensation there are far more of us who have stood in the trenches, writing and perfecting our craft for years before ever being given an opportunity. And most of all, I hope I can inspire others to put aside their fear of failure and go for their goals, whatever they may be. I have stacks and stacks and stacks of rejection letters, some of them assuring me that I am a talentless hack that should keep my day job, but I never let them take my dream.

Don't let them take yours either. Just go for it :)

Happy Thanksgiving to All!
Alex

Monday, November 16, 2009

AAD blog hunt winners!

Ok.. we had some great entries, and we have 2 winners!

Jennifer Mathis

Afshan

So congrats!

But guess what? We have another wild card winner. they wont get as much stuff, but they do win some goodies!

Mortal Sinn

So congrats and email me at blueflamesabove@yahoo.com with your address and I shall be sending you goodies in a week or two.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Mixing Things Up...

Dragons are perhaps my favorite characters to write. Why? They're playful, smart, strong and sort of mysterious. At least my dragons are. Then there are the dragon shapeshifters. My dragon princes are half human/half dragon. They've got all the cunning and power of the dragon and Alpha maleness to the Nth degree. Hubba hubba. ;-)

As it happens, I have a new dragon book coming out in ebook formats on the 17th. It's called DRAGON STORM and it's not only a fantastical visit to my dragon world, but it's also a dimension-travel tale that brings twin dragon princes to our modern world where they meet their destined mate (yes, it's a very naughty menage!) and bring her back to their medieval-ish world. Yes, I'm really mixing it up in this book! It will be in print from Samhain Publishing sometime next year.

But I've got something even more daring coming at the end of next month. Zombies. Yep, I said zombies! Not a word you'd normally associate with romance, but like I said, I really like to mix things up. ;-) I'll post more about it next time, but keep an eye out for a duology called HALF PAST DEAD from Kensington Brava. It's my first-ever release from a big "NY" publisher and it contains the novella that will launch a series of military paranormal romances I'm calling Guardians of the Dark.

The first novel in the series will release in March, titled ONCE BITTEN, TWICE DEAD. The heroes in the series are all special ops military dudes and their task is to fight the zombies alongside some cool women who come into their lives. The heroine of the first novella is a Navy doctor. The heroine of the first novel is a county cop. There will be at least three more of these stories - one more novella that will release later in 2010 and two more novels.

Zombies may not sound sexy, but believe me, the men who fight them are super hot. *fanning self* When I was asked to write about zombies, my first thought was "Huh?" But then I thought about it a bit and I realized it was the next logical step for the paranormal genre. It pushes the boundaries, which is something I'm used to doing and it was definitely a challenge. Hopefully you'll like the mix of menacing zombies and heroic protagonists who are tasked with saving us all. I wouldn't call these books "horror" but they definitely have some suspenseful moments here and there, in between a whole lotta romance.

I can't wait to hear what you all think of not only the zombies, but my latest dragon adventure. Have I gone too far mixing things up yet? LOL.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

1,2,3 GO! The Blog hunt is ON!


The AAD blog hunt is underway!

So how do you win the goodie bag filled with AAD stuff? Simple. Visit the following blogs and answer this question for each blog: What is (authors name)'s AAD blogpost about?

Send your full list to info@authorsafterdark.net before the 10th of November. Please note, ONLY FULL AND COMPLETE LISTS WILL BE COUNTED TO WIN.

Sunny
Bianca D'Arc
Rosemary Laurey
Madeline Oh
Georgia Evans
Cat Johnson
Leigh Ellwood
Selena Illyria
Kayleigh Jamison
Mima
Teresa Noelle Roberts
JoLynne Valerie

Only the BOLD names will have blogs. Now for the disclaimer: Contest open to US residents ONLY. Sorry guys but I'm not sending stuff overseas!

Good Luck to everyone and come and see all the awesomeness for yourself next year! Details for next years event will be made public very soon!


Sunday, November 1, 2009

Holiday Season!!!!!!

It's started!!!!! Yes, I get a little excited by the holidays. I actually consider the holiday season to start on Halloween. So...yay!!!!

I'm also really excited because my holiday season, for the first time in three years, isn't packed with deadlines.

Oh, I have stuff to do -- I have a novella proposal to write up, a Sydney Croft book to write, and revisions to work on for the fifth Demonica novel, but I don't have anything actually due between now and Christmas.

So I'm TOTALLY going to enjoy these next two months.

What about you? Are your holidays looking to be crazy, or do you have a little breathing room?

Friday, October 30, 2009

A fantastic weekend and an amazing contest coming!


Hey All!

The AAD weekend was a rousing success. All the authors and readers had a fantastic time, and the food was great too. Sadly, Jacki missed much of the weekend, but on the upswing, we are going to have AAD again next year! So all shall be redeemed!

I'm sure you are going to see lots of pictures of the weekend if you havent already, and I bet your all envious about the goodies that were given out. What? you dont know what they were? Well Attendees received at least 6-8 free books from Dorchester, Tease Publishing, Jacki Frank, Changeling Press and others, goodies bags, wax lips, a tshirt, a pocket mirror from Tease Publishing, lots of promo goodies, a cooler from Phaze books, and Ooh yeah over 5000$ in door prizes were give away this weekend too!

So we decided, why not let the ones that stayed home win something, and get pumped for next year? Well... Starting November 5th, you will get your chance!

On November 5th, there will be a post on this blog with the blog homes of almost all the authors involved in this years AAD weekend. To win a prize, simply visit the blogs, read the blogs, and then answer this question for each blog: "What did (insert authors name here) blog about for the AAD weekend?"

We will be posting the email address to send these answers to on the 5th as well. PLEASE put all answers into ONE email. You are only elligible to win if you have a answer for EVERY author on the list, no partial lists will win.

So what do you win? How about a welcome bag filled with stuff from the event? And guess what? we have 5 of these bags to give away, though sadly, they wont have everything give away at the event. If you would like that, you need to come to the event next year in September, LOL.

So who is excited for the 5th! the Blog hunt will be on!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Authors After Dark Weekend was awesome!


My day to blog and i've literally just walked in the door from the fabulous Authors After Dark weekend.

Stella did an amazing job and I think everyone had a really great time! I know I did.

I arrived on Friday just in time for the Pantheon mini event, which was the perfect opportunity to reconnect with old friends and start meeting new people. After the mini event we took to the ballroom for a very nice cocktail party and everyone got to ooh and ahh over the raffle baskets. I love that part. :)

Before you knew it, it was time to change into our PJ's for the ice cream social. Immediately I was already falling in love with the festive and casual vibe of the conference. I wore Halloween themed PJ's and even brought my stuffed bear Licorice.

Saturday was busy with standing room only panels about vamps, witches and faeries. The readers had lots of great questions and I loved being on the elemental panel and sitting next to Joey W. Hill. The signing went well with many readers picking up the Pentacles of Magick series and the Pantheon anthology.

Saturday night was dinner and the masquerade party. Many attendees went all out with costumes and again the party was fabulous. Carol, a fantastic reader and aspiring author did an outstanding job as usual on her costume as Jane Austin, Vampire. She inspires me every conference with her creations.

Sunday we enjoyed a hearty breakfast (again, Stella did a great job with all aspects of the weekend and the meals were wonderful) while the tickets were drawn for the raffle baskets. Alas I did not win the Joey W. Hill or Mark Henry baskets I so desperately wanted, lots of folks took home incredible goodies.

The last panel of the weekend was a combination of the shifters and demon panels because we went over on time for the raffle but the casual semi circle of amazing authors was great. I'm always impressed with the beautiful and elegant Sunny, and Rosemary Laurey entertained readers with tidbits about a golden cock in one of her books.

My plans to tweet the event live got thwarted a few times by my stinky cellular provider when I kept getting error messages when I hit send. I still managed to get quite a few pics up over the weekend and you can see those on either my Twitter or Facebook page.

I'm already looking forward to next year and as soon as the official dates are announced, i'll be adding it to my "must attend" calendar. Will we see you next year? I sure hope so.

On a completely different note, in the last month i've had a new paranormal release. Obsession of Jayde from Loose Id. Here's the blurb:

When Jayde returns to Hickory Falls to settle her grandmother’s estate she finds a mystery and a destiny she's not sure she wants. It starts with an antique puzzle box with a necklace and a note that only says Beware of the Obsession. It also includes a bakery everyone is anxious to see reopened despite her inability to cook, and a pair of hunky, too-good-to-be-true tenants living in the same building.

Marc and Anthony are lovers waiting on their third to complete them, the Guardian they have sworn to protect. When Jayde finally arrives they are anxious to get her into their bed…until they see the necklace around her neck. It serves a powerful warning to them -- and to her if she knows what it means. Now they have to take things slow, seducing her before they reveal the duty she has been called for.

When the Guardian denies her calling, the protectors will do anything in their power to convince her, but in the end it has to be her choice. Free will is a bitch, but so is their obsession with Jayde.

Read more here

Take care,

Eliza

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Enjoy!


Although I'm green with envy for everyone attending AAD I hope you have a fantastic time! I fully intend to try and make it next year :)


This year, however, I'm swamped with deadlines and trying to prepare for the release of Darkness Unleashed. It should be hitting the shelves on November 1st, although Barnes and Nobel are already shipping it. I have a booksigning at the Borders in DeKalb, IL on Nov. 7th starting at 5:00 PM if any happens to be in the area, I would love to have you stop by and just say hi. I'll also be doing some guest blogging and giving away copies of the book, so I hope you'll go to my web site and keep up on the action.


Oh, and I received the cover for Beyond the Darkness (Salvatore's story). It certainly has a werewolf vibe :)


Sunday, October 18, 2009

Countdown: 5 days!


Yes...

Its almost here! Im getting last minute things in the mail from everyone, and finally packed my own stuff completely, and got the extra stuff done and packed as well. I try not to leave anything to chance.

For those of you attending, WOW, I really cant wait to see what you guys think of what we set up. Jacki and I have been wild with the last minute details, and making sure everything for the hotel is 5x5.

Everything jumps off at 3pm, registration starts rocking, and all the goodies start going out. I have decided Aud and I and the fam are staying at the hotel Thursday night, to start getting stuff done and out of the way. I gotta start bringing the stuff thats been living at my house for the past 9 months. Its like I'm giving birth, LOL.

Ooh and If you Twitter, we will be twittering from the event this year, as well as posting twit pics to get everyone's jealousy up. But dont worry, we will be doing an AWESOME contest in November for AAD09-10. So stay tuned.

Thats it from me, Im off to shower and get my ass to moving shit to the hotel. See you all on Friday!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

AAD countdown! Who is excited!?


Ok. So we are literally DAYS from the event, and I'm a nervous wreck. I'm hoping the readers are going to have a good time, and if they don't it wont be from lack of trying. The amount of amazing promo that has been sent, as well as free books (especially from the amazing DORCHESTER) these readers are going him laden with amazing goodies! Coolers, t shirts, pocket mirrors, pens, candles, and books not only from Dorchester, but from Tease Publishing, Changeling Press, Linden Bay Romance and Kensington!

Audra will be here soon, and I'm excited to say shes doing well. Those of you going will get to meet her (like some of you did at RT 07) and She cant wait to meet everyone! Just a quick note: Audra and I look nothing alike except our nose. Hell my brother and I don't look much alike either. Actually I look more like my mothers sister then anyone.LOL.

So on the 15th we are having a free for all radio show for about an hour and a half, where the authors will be calling in, and hanging out in our chat room. It will be from 8pm to 930 on air, and another half hour in the chat room. You NEED to come and hangout, especially if your coming to AAD this year! Check it all out HERE

So I am on my way to AlbaCon tonight, Here's hoping Friday rocks this year. Im doing my promotional workshop, and a few panels and signing, so it should be fun. For those going, I will be signing Fire in His Eyes, Masquerade and London for the Holidays, and some of our older works.


So I will see everyone at AAD on the 23rd! Cant wait to meet everyone! Ooh and check back here on the 28th of October where we will tell you about the big AAD contest we are running in November!

Monday, September 28, 2009

Just Released, and a sweet chance to win!



JUST RELEASED: OF CRIMSON AND COLLARS (American Satyrs book 1)

A prince without a kingdom, and a princess without a master. A Satyr's passion knows no bounds.

As a princess of the Satyr confederation, Minerva has been coddled, spoiled and revered, as well as taught and trained just how to serve her Satyr. Beautiful, sexy and a prize in herself, she's anxious to meet the man that will become her lover, master, and reason for living.

Esben Chambers, a half demon, half something else orphan lives on earth with few cares or ties. His family partially unknown, he's embraced his Strigo, or time demon, heritage, though some of his powers are well out of the scope of the lords of time.

When an Imp shows up at his estate and claims he's the only living Satyr prince to clan Tempest, Ben realizes there might be something to figuring out just who his father's people were, and agrees to go to New York for a Convergence Summit. He's counting on figuring out why he was left alone in the world.

What he doesn't count on is the enchanting woman he sees in a floor show, the woman that makes his blood burn to possess her.


Audra and I are extremely excited to have this book out finally and love that it is with Total E Bound! To celebrate the release, we are giving away a fantastic gift basket! This gift basket contains a t shirt with the awesome cover on it, as well as a tote bag with the cover, a set of playing cards (cover on the top) a signed cover flat, other promo, print book OF READERS CHOICE and a one of a kind set of earrings created for the book release in sterling silver, fire opal, smoky quartz and crystal.



So how do you win? buy the book today, and email us (Stella@stellaandaudra.com) with the answer to this question: What is the name of the first girl in the book? You have until September 29th to get your entry in!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Details, details

Hi, all! This is my first post at the blog. Back in . . . oh, July-ish, the lovely Stella invited me to post here "whenever I had time." Hahaha!

So, here it is, nearly October, and I STILL don't have time. But I'm going to post anyway, because it's a very cool blog and I wanted to post at least once before someone shuts the door in my face after the Authors After Dark convention.


For the regulars here who don't know me, I'm Cathy Clamp and write paranormal romance and urban fantasy for Tor Books, along with my co-author C.T. Adams. You'll see that my screen name here is "Cat Adams" and that's because it's our NEW name for the same great books. It's just a little easier to find in the bookstore. We write the Tales of the Sazi and Thrall series and will be coming out with a brand new urban fantasy series called The Blood Singer next year. Cold Moon Rising is our latest book in the Sazi world, out last month, and next up, in March, 2010 is Serpent Moon, in the same world.



Our first book under the Cat Adams name was Magic's Design, which came out in March. It's a stand-alone novel, not part of a series, and if you like urban fantasy, you'll really enjoy it!


I've been spending a whole bunch of time working on details lately. Editing is mostly about details, in reality, and it forces you to really think about all those weird, esoteric things that you truly believed you made clear in a book, but which the editor firmly informs you that you didn't. This last month has been especially challenging because of all the projects that have had overlapping deadlines. Mostly, it's because I have a hard time saying no to really cool projects (I mean, how could you say no to an antho called Chicks in Capes?! This is a proposed cover by the way, one of two. Interestingly, they'll release BOTH covers, which is very fun!)

Little by little, I took on new projects. None of them were big, and I gave myself plenty of "room" to get them done. Or so I thought. But what wound up happening was this:

New Anthology story in existing reality due September 1st.
New Anthology story in NEW world due September 4th.
New Anthology story in ANOTHER new world due September 8th.
Non-fiction essay about favorite author due September 1st.
Second book of new urban fantasy world due September 1st.
New Proposal for new paranormal romance world due September 4th.

SHEESH! And then came . . .


Edits for Serpent Moon, due September 15th.
Copy edits for Serpent Moon, due September 28th (we had delays early.)
Edits for Anthology story #2, due pretty much immediately.
Edits for non-fiction essay, due September 10th.

And just arrived this week are . . .

Edits for Anthology story #3.
Finish up book Second book of new urban fantasy world (which we had to get extended---hmmm, I wonder why.)

As you might guess, even with a wonderful co-author who's taken on half the load, I'm getting a little twitchy. Each kind of writing (new or editing) has its own challenges and forces an author to 'shift gears' to a new mindset. But the back and forth between the various worlds and the various kinds of editing/writing has me either totally ignoring, or micromanaging, every other aspect of my life.

Take the Authors After Dark convention. I signed up and got my room, but OOPS! I forgot to . . . um, pay for the registration. [blush] Then, since I seldom get to New York, I decided it might be a good idea to make plans to meet with my agent and our brand new editor in Manhattan. So I booked an early morning flight and have been figuring out the details of arriving at New Jersey-Liberty, hopping over to Manhattan and then popping up to Suffern. Now, for those of you who are gasping and choking at the potential for those events in a single day, remember that I live in TEXAS, where it takes about an hour of driving, one way, just to get to the grocery store. Twenty minutes on the AirTrain from the airport? Pfft! Nothing. Another half hour of walking when I get to Penn Station? Easy. Then it's just a short hop back to Penn Station and an hour on the train to Suffern, a cab ride to the hotel and poof! Lots of missions accomplished!

Details, details. And speaking of which, I think I'm out of my micro-managed time to write this first post. Can't wait to meet you all next month---if I haven't keeled over by then. :D

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Copy edits and new book


I have to admit I'm a summer gal. Give me sunshine, a beach, and a good book and I'm in heaven, but living in the midwest means that autumn is slowly creeping towards us. The only good thing about the end of summer is the approach of Halloween which I LOVE!! I've already got out my pumkins and ghosts and devilish demons :) I'm also deep in copy edits for Beyond the Darkness (which is Salvatore's story and should be hitting the shelves in April). It was a fun book to write and I think you'll enjoy the bad boy Were!



I also wanted to remind everyone that Seduce me by Chirstmas, my historical book under the name Deborah Raleigh should be hitting the shelves the first of Oct. followed by Jagr's story under the name Alexandra Ivy which is due to be released the first of Nov.


Have a fantastic fall!!
Alex

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Life & New Covers

Gonna keep this short and sweet. My mom is ill and will be having surgery toward the end of the month so any good vibes, thoughts and prayers would be greatly appreciated! The docs aren't really sure at this point what's wrong with her but they seem to be trying to rule out cancer, so as you might guess, the whole family is distraught. My parents are staying with me for the duration because my house is near a very fine hospital, thank goodness.

Needless to say, I'm not getting much new writing done at all. At this point, I'm treading water, just trying to meet my editing/proofing deadlines and such. Once my emotions begin to settle down, perhaps I'll be able to write again. Wish me luck. ;-)

And now for some happy stuff... I've got some new covers! It's for my next dragon book, titled DRAGON STORM, which will be out in ebook formats on November 17th from Samhain.

I also have the most awesome cover EVER, from Kensington Brava for my first big-time, NY-published novel, ONCE BITTEN, TWICE DEAD, which will be officially released in March 2010, but is already available for pre-order from Amazon (and a few other places). How cool is that cover? I LOVE it!!! :) Thank you, cover gods!!!

I've also spent a little time working on my website the past few days. (It's mindless work that I can do while I sit with my Mom.) I've updated most of the splash pages (the individual indexes to each sub-section of the site) and added new buttons for all sorts of online booksellers on my homepage side bar. It might be getting a little too complicated at this point, so if you have any troubles loading it, please let me know. It's hard to find the right balance between too much and not enough. ;-) Until next time...

Monday, September 14, 2009

New Look for a New Season

Seems every few months or so I yearn to change the look of my website. Luckily because I now use a content management system that makes changing themes easy I can do just that without too much hassle. So over the weekend I gave LeighEllwood.com a facelift, which you can see right now. I like the front slide show in particular, which offers a quick breakdown of what's new, what's coming, and what's best to see while you're visiting.

If you've been there lately, you'll know that my next release, Don't Dare the Reaper, is coming next week! I'm very excited to have another Halloween story out with Phaze Books, and I hope it won't be the last. In the meantime, I'm working on something special for Phaze's anniversary. The imprint will turn five on November, and already a few authors have contributed free reads for the occasion. I will as well, only it won't be just a typical story. You'll have to wait and see what it is, though. :)

So I'm off to enjoy the coming fall weather. Hope to see you in New York next month!

Friday, September 11, 2009

WHO ME?

I seem to be finding myself in uncharted territory a lot lately. The most recent surprise--Albacon.

Albacon is a Science Fiction convention held annually in Albany, NY. This year they are making history by including a romance day. Friday, October 9th, will be made up of panels from 9am-3pm, followed by a book signing from 3-5pm.

I have been invited to participate, not just as a guest, but as a panelist. I'm treating this kind of as a warm-up for the Authors After Dark Weekend. Perhaps by AAD I will stop saying, "But I don't really write paranormal" which is exactly what went through my head when I received the email informing me which 2 panels I'd be sitting on at Albacon.

Creating Worlds

Panelists: Jessica Andersen, Inanna Arthen (M), Cat Johnson, Susan Hanniford Crowley


Using Mythology in Stories (panel)

Jessica Andersen (M), Cat Johnson, K.A. Laity, Bianca D'Arc, Janice Dumas


My first reaction was, "Wait a minute, I can't speak on world building." Then I stopped and realized, yeah, I can. For the three Greek God stories I have out with Tease Books for the Pantheon series of course I had to world build. I created Mount Olympus as I see it in my head. I researched mythology and crafted tales combining myths, fiction, fantasy, the contemporary world we live in and the world of ancient lore.

Today I'm celebrating the Samhain re-release of my contemporary cowboy menage, Rough Stock, but alongside my contemporary career, I have to remember, though I keep forgetting, yes, I'm a paranormal author too. When you see me at Albacon and AAD and I have a dazed look on my face, give me a poke and remind me, will ya? Thanks!

In other news... on the AAD weekend front, we know we said registrations were closed, however, the hotel has given us more time to give them the final numbers so registration is BACK OPEN. Check out www.authorsafterdark.net for more info if you want to come. But don't delay, we don't have forever, just until the 20th of September.

Cat Johnson

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Registration is reopened! get set up now!

Due to a glitch with the hotel, we were able to reopen registration till Sept, 20th! And I know you guys have been thinking about coming to the Authors After Dark Paranormal weekend, and nows your chance to come and hangout with me for this first years event. So many fantastic authors have signed up to come, give away goodies and sign on saturday that you are going to miss out on something amazing if you don't attend.

Registration is 175$ and includes 4 meals, 2 parties(a candy shoppe PJ party and a Masquerade ball), a cocktail hour, a slew of reader focused events, Author lead mini events and tons of free books and goodies! And we are even doing a charity raffle to benefit the ACN and a local no kill shelter, Pets Alive! we have over 25$ gift baskets too!

Your room is 99$ a night, double occupancy, and can be booked through the info on the AAD website on the Registration page.

So who is going to be there? Well...
Jacquelyn Frank, Sunny, Joey W. Hill,Stella and Audra Price, Bianca D'Arc, Rosemary Laurey, Jennifer Armintrout, Madeline Oh, Georgia Evans, Mechele Armstrong, Samantha Sommersby, Cat Johnson, Cathy Clamp, Eliza Gayle, Diana Castilleja, Leigh Ellwood, Tilly Greene, Selena Illyria, Stephanie Julian, Judi Fennell, Kayleigh Jamison, Donna Grant, Robin T. Popp, Linda Mooney, Mima, Teresa Noelle Roberts, and JoLynne Valerie

The authors are fantastic, the goodies are fantastic, the books are beyond a doubt amazing. We got the Authors, and the books, and the amazing events. All we need is YOU!

To register, join us at http://www.authorsafterdark.net/register.html We are looking forward to having you hangout with us this year and hope to see you there!


Info and a contest... you know you wanna enter!


Wow One more month till 2009's Authors After Dark paranormal Weekend. Im freaking out because its going to be so much fun, PLUS Audra is going to be here for a week. SO EXCITED!

So what will be doing? At our cool little mini event on friday afternoon, we will be doing a 6 degrees of Cassiel game, some trivia and a lot of Q and A. Readers coming will have a chance to ask the questions they wanna ask, and get answers! No no, none of that "read the books..." BS. Yes we want you to read them but what kinda fanatics of our own work would we be if we didnt talk about it? Stingy ones thats what. If your coming, your going to have one HELL of a time.

So today we are posting about our fantastic and fun new contest! This contest is designed to get the word out about our upcoming release with Total E Bound. Its going to be a doozy, as its about Satyrs, and their naughty little society. So who wants to win a American Satyr prize pack, a one of a kind pair of earrings and a 25$ gift card from the online retailer of choice? Yeah I thought you would be interested.

Click on the button and find out how. Good luck and we hope you enjoy the book!



So Yeah, we hope you will help us our and post post post, about this great and naughty book. Its the first in the series. Of Crimson and Collars comes out on the 28th of September. Are you are excited as we are? And thanks for all the support, you guys mean the world to us!

Sunday, September 6, 2009

New Things!

Mainly, a new series! I knoiw, PLEASURE just came out and you might still be trying to catch up on your Shadowdwellers, but I am very excited about the new The Gatherers series so I have to share. It's not related to the Nightwalkers world at all, which made me happy on a creative level because I was ready for a departure. Sort of like taking a vacation. Besides, I never want to become old hat or predictable.

That's not to say I don't love my Nightwalkers. I do! In fact I am currently writing book six of the NIGHTWALKERS series and I have plans to write book four of the SHADOWDWELLERS series as well. After all, we have to see what happens to Ruth, what happens for our strong-willed Jasmine, and what of Malaya's brother Tristan? I hope to answer all those questions in my next coming projects. But first you will meet THE GATHERERS and their extra-ordinary world and then I dip into the world of science fiction with a series from Ballentine publishing.

Have I shown you the cover for HUNTING JULIAN? This is book 1 in THE GATHERERS series.
I just got the ARCS for it (Advanced Reader Copies) and will be giving them away at my event in October to some lucky attendees! I will also have a ton of other books from other paranormal authors. Those who are attending the event are going to walk away with bunches and bunches of goodies! Wait til you see the surprise I have for the pajama party!

But back to HUNTING JULIAN. Want to read the back cover copy? Here goes!

Jacquelyn Frank, New York Times bestselling author of the Shadowdwellers series, invites readers into a dazzling new world of unstoppable desire and danger.

As an Gatherer for his colony, Julian Sawyer travels to Earth to bring back the Chosen—women who possess energy potent enough to help revitalize his people. The stunning, silver-clad beauty who strides into his club one night radiates a sensual magnetism unlike any he’s encountered, and Julian realizes that Asia Callahan is not just Chosen, she is his kindra: his one true mate.

For months, Asia has tracked the beautiful and mysterious Julian across the country, convinced that he’s behind the disappearance of her sister and a dozen other women. She’s prepared to believe he’s a ruthless killer, but when she presents herself as bait, she discovers that the truth is far more shocking. Taken to a strange, hazardous realm she never knew existed, Asia will face the ultimate choice—between abandoning the life she’s always known, and forsaking a passion as dangerous as it is powerful.



So? What do you think? Let me know and I'll give away an ARC to one lucky commenter on this blog. :) Otherwise, I'd say you are all up to date on what I'm up to. Oh! I am also attending Lora Leigh's RAW weekend in September. That promises to be a lot of fun! This year I may even be healthy enough to dance!

I wanted to take a moment to thank all of my loyal readers. Thanks to you I am #13 on the New York Times list with PLEASURE. Needless to say, my publisher is ecstatic to know the SHADOWDWELLERS series is a great success. I truly hope you are are enjoying Sagan's story and Malaya's story. For those of you who don't know, PLEASURE is a two for one book. Two stories in one book! Both are integral to one another and we simply needed to put them together for you. It smooths out the series perfectly.

Well, enough of my chatter for now. I will pick a winner for the ARC next month when I blog here again. If you hadn't noticed, I blog here around the fifth of each month. (I missed last month because I was on vacation!)

See you next month! (or sooner on my homepage blog at www.jacquelynfrank.com!)
Hugs and Kitties
Jacki Frank

Monday, August 31, 2009

Starting September

Well, I have to say...that was about the fastest summer I've ever experienced. Seems like yesterday when my son was getting out of school, we were moving, and then voila! September is here.

The good news is that once school starts, I tend to get into a good writing routine, and I generally get a LOT more done than I do in the summer. And this year, since we live within a stone's throw (literally) of the YMCA, I've signed up for exercise classes three days a week, which should really help spark my mind. I've gotten a little...flabby...over the summer.

So anyway, excited to usher in Fall, and even more excited for winter to get here.

What about you? Are you glad to see the end of summer?

Oh, and don't forget -- today is the last day to enter my website launch contest!

Prize Pack Winner

Cyberclipper.

Congrats. You win a eververse goodie pack. I dont know whats in it yet, Since I havent gotten all my new promo in, but if you email me at stella@stellaandaudra.com your addy OR you have the choice of choosing three free e books. Lemme know!

OOh and guys watch for my next post... I got some great info coming!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

End of Summer

Wow...can't believe that school is starting and summer is coming to an end. It always makes me a little sad, but this year I'm really too busy to take much notice :( There's just a couple of months until Darkness Unleashed will be hitting the shelves so I'm working on promo (I'll be doing some blogging and giving away a few early copies of Darkness Unleashed so check by my web site for details) and Levet has been out and about. He did an interview with the lovely Stella, stop by here and take a look: http://stellaandaudra.blogspot.com/ I did finish up Salvatore's story (whew) and I'm getting ready to plunge into the new anthology. I'm still debating whether or not Levet should be getting a role...he's such a prima donna :) Let me know what you think!

Enjoy these last days of summer,
Alex

Saturday, August 15, 2009

New Books from Bianca D'Arc

I've got two new releases this month! First, GRADY'S AWAKENING will be debuting on August 18th from Samhain Publishing.

It's the story of Grady Prime, an alien super soldier who is beginning to learn what it means to be human. The story brings him together with Gina, a martial arts champion and spy, and her other true mate, Jim, the leader of a ragtag band of human survivors. Together, the three of them figure out how to live and love in the post-apocalyptic world where only the strong survive. You can read an excerpt online by clicking here.

Then I have another menage story coming out later this month. It's a short story that will hopefully be the start of a new series. It's called TAG TEAM and it will be released by Total-E-Bound on August 24th.

TAG TEAM is the first of my Gemini Project stories. The Gemini Project is an experiment to produce psychically enhanced warriors, who are able to share their thoughts in teams of two. They are invaluable as special operators, but what happens when they fall in love?

Check them out if you get a chance! I'm also happy to show off the cover for my first Kensington Brava release, a 2-author anthology called HALF PAST DEAD, coming in January 2010. Isn't the cover awesome?

My story in the anthology is called SIMON SAYS and it features a military hero battling a medical experiment run amok. Zombies are attacking people in the woods near a military base and it's up to Simon and his ex-girlfriend, a Navy doctor, to stop the killing and bring the situation under control. Of course, they didn't count on falling in love along the way...

I'm busy writing my first full-length zombie novel right now. It should be out in March 2010 from Kensington Brava. More news on that as it becomes available. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy the new books this month! And don't forget to check out the contest we're holding for an ebook reader. Details are on my blog.

Monday, August 10, 2009

The heroes I love. Releases we have.

Ok so I figured I would post today about Heroes. Why? because on the whole, most heroes are cookie cutter and rub me the wrong way. Or, even worse, they are predictable as hell. So Imma list my favorite heroes here, for all the world to see, as an homage to my favorites. You should love them too.

First and foremost, Zarek from Kenyon's Dance with the Devil. PERFECT scarred hero, who even though he finds redemption (the best HEA in the series I think), hes still an asshole. Nothing changed him, and she remained true to the character. I love him and I live for his cameo's in her books.

Next, I love love love Bowen from Cole's Wicked Deeds on a Winters Night. Now I hate werewolves, but he is such a perfect hero, and I wouldnt even mind the wet dog smell when he came in from the rain. Just a completely fantastic character, and the lengths he went through to make her love him...

I also loved, back when he was still a human, Butch from the BDB books. Now, I dislike him greatly. What made his fantastic was his humanity, and the fact that he just didnt give a flying fuck if he lived or died. Tourtured soul, all the way, just the kinda guy you root for and fall for. Then turning him into a vamp was a little much and killed the kinda character he was. Still, early Butch, I loves you.

Also, Im in complete love with Devlin from Joey W. Hill's A Vampires Claim. Now lets throw aside the fact that hes major hung, but hes a FANTASTIC character. Hes thoughful, sexy, cheeky, an Aussie, and a bushman. Cant beat that. I'm in total love with him. Though I feel I have to mention Jacob as well, from the first too books in the Vampire Queen series. Jacob is the epitome of everything a woman wants in a man. Loving, loyal, hardcore, and he never lets her walk away mad. he's got a special place in my heart.

Ooh and I love love love Viper from Alexandra Ivy's Guardians of Eternity series. Why? Good lord hes a hottie, and he lets his mate keep a gargoyle around the house. *BTW, Levet is amazing, I love him too* and hes hot. did I mention that? Bonus.

Finally, though certianly not the last ever on my list, I LOVE Lorne from Larissa's next Demonica Book. Now we all met him in Wraith's book, but I have been fiending for this book since the second I found out it would be his. Audra and I have been arguing over him, she lurves him too, And neither of us can wait to get a piece of him... Ecstasy Unveiled cant come fast enough.

So these are my personal top pics. What are yours? I'm going to give away a small Eververse prize pack for the winner *drawn at Random* on August 30th. You got 20 days. Show me what you got.

Today we have a book releasing, the third in our snake series A Gift Of Daybreak. Its the final installment on the novella series, and We hope you will enjoy it. I'm looking forward to seeing what you guys have to say about the book, mostly because Audra and I aren't 100% sure we love it.


Saturday, all the goodness that is the Eververse series returns in the 4th novel! Masquerade will be available in both print and ebook on Saturday and we can't wait to see how our readers feel about Oscar and event Drake, whom you guys know I love. Check our bloggy On Saturday to enter to win some goodies from the Eververse to celebrate this release finally being available. And Yes, we will have Masquerade at AAD for sale.

Now that thats outta the way, I figured I would let you guys know that Audra and I are doing a special mini event on Friday at AAD. What is it? an hour meet an greet with us, for those who read up. Expect lots of talk about the characters, and goodies galore. Audra and I cant wait to actually meet and thank the people that have read us and helped in getting the books out there. Expect some wine too. LOL.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Getting Ready to Party!



October 21-23 in Suffern NY is the First Annual Authors After Dark Paranormal Weekend and some Samhain/Linden Bay authors are going to be there! It is an incredible list who will be attending, some I haven't met before, and can't wait to do so.

Did you know with three months to go, we're already knee deep in preparations? Oh yes, maybe even waist deep, but we are so excited about it all, we decided to go into the Samhain Cafe and drop some hings of what's going on.

So, come on over tomorrow, Thursday, August 6th, from 4-9:00pm est, and play. The hostesses with the mostest have given us permission to take over the Cafe and we intend to spread so fun.

Hang on, I keep saying "we" - who are the "we" that will getting ready to party in October?

Bianca D'Arc, Cat Johnson, Leigh Ellwood, Samantha Sommersby and me, Tilly Greene.

See you all there!

Tilly Greene
WARNING! Red hot romances ahead!
www.tillygreene.com

Monday, August 3, 2009

Beloved Vampire – Mason and Jessica’s Emotional Tango


I’m the type that, when I start to read a romance, I get irritated pretty quickly if I’m mired in pages of action, politics and world building. Introduce me to the characters from the very beginning, pull me into their minds, hearts, yearnings, and then build the plot around that. I’m like that weird Kohler commercial, where she wants the architect to build her house around her faucet choice – laughter. However, I think for romance, the relationship and character building is way more than one fixture – it’s the structure/frame of the house.
I’ve been writing paranormal erotic romance for the last few books. While paranormal does have the pesky problem of requiring politics, world-building and/or action scenes, it’s still quite possible to make romance the focus. It’s just a bit trickier. However, the beauty of a series is that, after a few books, you’re at home in that world, and sometimes the muse gives you characters on whose relationship you can focus far more exclusively.

Beloved Vampire, the fourth in my Vampire Queen series, offered that pleasure. Oh, and before you stop reading, yes, it can be read as a standalone, though there will be guest appearances by characters from the previous books. That’s another delightful side effect of writing series – those previous characters tend to jump into plots of your other books. Good friends who show up and say “What’re you doing today? Can I join you? Need any help? Can I add additional word count?” (laughter)

Let me tell you a little bit about the story. Lord Mason is a vampire who’s haunted the Sahara for three hundred years, guarding the tomb of his lost love, a young Bedouin girl. When someone breaks into the tomb, he’s more than ready to let them know the consequences of pissing off a nine hundred year old vampire. However, he finds Jessica, a fugitive from his own world.

For five years, Jessica was forced to be a second-marked servant to a brutal vampire master. She escaped him, but she is dying as the result of a partial third-mark he tried to inflict upon her before she killed him. While she had no control over any of that, she is determined to control one thing – where she dies. An archaeology student before her capture, Jessica wants to finish her life in the tomb of a Bedouin girl who sacrificed everything for love. While Farida’s story is reputed to be mere fanciful legend, her unwavering faith in Lord Mason’s love resonates with Jessica, because she lost her own fiancé to her vampire master.

It isn’t until she finds the tomb that Jessica realizes the tragic irony – her desire to die in the tomb has led her right back into another vampire’s hands. Though of course, she’ll find that Mason is an entirely different kind of vampire – one that a woman might trust and yearn to call Master in the end.

While all my work is character-driven (if I’ve done it right), every once in awhile, the characters lead even more than usual, the strength of their emotions, past pain, and intense need for one another centering the story on them even more tightly. Mason and Jessica were those kind of characters.

I love writing erotic romance because every story is like dancing a tango for the first time—the complex give and take, the provocative footwork, between two strong people falling in love. I hope you’ll enjoy dancing with Mason and Jessica. You can find the official blurb and a free excerpt at my website, http://www.storywitch.com/, under the Vampire Queen series link. Oh, and you’ll notice there’s a TwoLips scavenger hunt icon there – Two Lips reviews site is having a month long scavenger hunt with bunches of prizes available from over a hundred participating authors, and my giveaway is a signed copy of Beloved Vampire.

Counting the days until I get to meet you all at the Authors After Dark conference. Until then, happy reading!

Friday, July 31, 2009

Advice To The Future Published Authors

Just because I feel like making lists, and because I get a lot of emails asking for advice of the "Things you wish you knew before you were published," variety:

1. Always add a month longer to your deadline than you think you'll need. Really.

2. When you get published, you will lose friends. When you hit milestones, you will lose more. But you will gain awesome ones too.

3. Don't sweat the small stuff. It's annoying when the hero's hair color is wrong on the cover, but really, that's a very small thing and not worth an ulcer over.

4. Make time for the family. It can be very easy to get caught up in deadlines, the fun of writing, the social interaction on blogs, Facebook, and Twitter. But if you don't have a strong family foundation and support, writing can become a chore.

5. This is a very unstable business -- you have very little control over anything, but you DO have control over your writing. So keep learning the craft, keep improving, and let your writing be your strongest promotional tool in your arsenal!

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Arcady is up for a hero award!

Hey guys. So Arcady is in the Hero Competition at TRS. I would seriously like to win this. Wanna pop by and vote for him? HE will make it worth your while...

http://theromancestudio.com/summer2009/hero.php

Thanks!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Vampires are everywhere!


At least for me they are. lol Between my obsessive need to watch True Blood 3 or 4 times a week, the book i'm writing, the books i'm plotting and my print book coming out in August, they literally are everywhere. lol

The current work in progress is a short story that is going to kick off two separate ideas that I blended together for this one book. Hopefully to whet the appetite for more no matter which direction I go in first. I hate to be so vague but for now this is my super secret project that I will eventually divulge when the time is right. lol It's paranormal and yes there are vampires amongst many other potential supernaturals. :)

On August 28th (which just so happens to be my birthday. Squee!!!) my first Vampire story, Awaken, will debut in print in the final edition of the Vampire Oracle series at Cobblestone Press. This is still one of my favorite stories. The heroine is a singer and the song she sings in the book is an original piece written for me on my birthday 2 years ago by a long time high school friend. So it's obviously special to me.

I may be busy with my vamps but I haven't forgotten my beloved shapeshifters, they've just been put on hold since the publisher they are with is closing soon. I thought 2009 would be the year of the Black Cougars but it looks like 2010 is more like it.

It feels kind of weird to have so many series going on at once but the cougar trilogy is written and my secret vampires have been pushing at me for over a year now so I am finally giving them the time they deserve.

Good thing here at AAD we embrace the paranormal in all it's varieties because for a scatterbrain like myself, I like to have multiple things going on at once.

Take care,

Eliza

Monday, July 20, 2009

Make it Stop

Wow, summer is screaming by and I can't quite figure out where the heck its going. Why is it that warm days always pass a lot quicker than cold snowy days :) I did sneak some time to check out the new Harry Potter movie~ I loved it, but my sons thought there was too much romance. Boys...what do they know? I'm also thinking about going to GI Joe. I love action movies with mindless plots and lots of shooting.

On the work side, I'm trying to finish up Salvatore's story and thinking about the plot for my novella. I just received a box of ARCs for Darkness Unleashed that's scheduled to be released in November, so I intend to hold a few contests in the next few months. I'll be sure and post when it's coming up!

Hope all is well with you!

Alex

Thursday, July 16, 2009

CONFESSIONS OF A CONTEMPORARY AUTHOR



First, an admission. I'm a born worrier. I'll worry about anything, even things that no person in their right mind would be concerned about. For instance, my irrational fear of helium balloons flying away while I'm holding them. Yeah, I know. Crazy.

Anyway, in my writing I worry too about things that are at least a little more logical. Such as, are my characters realistic? Are their motives understandable? Do their actions follow what any reader would do in a similar situation in real life? Such are the pitfalls of writing straight contemporary romance. That is why I found writing paranormal such a refreshing change. Now, after writing and releasing "Erato" for Tease's print anthology Love's Immortal Pantheon I, and the short eBook for ARe "Eros' Valentine", the third story I've written in the paranormal erotic genre, Bacchanal, is no less thrilling for me as a writer.

I must confess that being able to create characters that have no qualms about anything was a very freeing experience for me. I find the ancient Greek gods fascinating. More, I found being able to write about sex without worrying about character motivation or social mores incredibly erotic. These all-powerful beings eat when hungry, sleep when tired and have sex when it pleases them. They are the walking, talking, breathing personifications of the id hidden inside all of us; those raw desires that we all suppress.

Attending the Authors After Dark event and being able to celebrate my paranormal works with others who love the genre will be a pleasure and I look forward to it greatly. Though unlike Dionysus in "Bacchanal" I won't be attending the parties oiled and nude except for a mask, I still intend on having a hell of a lot of fun.

I hope to see you there!
Cat




My newest god story, Bacchanal, released in eBook July 15th.

Excerpt and Buy Link at All Romance eBooks

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Bianca Makes the Big Time

Well, in the publishing industry, getting a "New York" contract is a big deal. I got the contract, but somehow it didn't feel real until I saw the first cover for my upcoming Kensington Brava release, HALF PAST DEAD. The book is an anthology containing two stories - my military paranormal called SIMON SAYS and an historical paranormal by Zoe Archer. Both stories features zombies in some way. Here's the blurb from the back of this gorgeous cover:


Special Forces soldier Simon Blackwell ended his affair with Mariana Daniels three years ago, but he hasn’t stopped protecting her. Mariana has no knowledge of the dark, deadly creatures that lurk in the forest surrounding her clinic, or of the mysterious powers that make Simon the only one who can defeat them. But soon he’ll have no choice but to reveal the truth, and urge her to trust in an explosive passion that never faded….


The book is slated to be out on December 29th of this year. Now I can't wait to see what they come up with for my first solo novel with Brava, ONCE BITTEN, TWICE DEAD, scheduled for release in March 2010.


In other paranormal news, INFERNO is now out in ebook. It's a cross-over vamp/were story with a little fey magic thrown in. There are some very naughty bits in this love story that follows the path of Dante d'Angleterre, a vampire we first meet in another of my paranormal books, LORDS OF THE WERE. In that book, Dante starts out as a bad guy with questionable motivation. We learn more about what makes him tick in INFERNO and are introduced to the werewolf girl who's been sent to spy on him.


It's a real action/adventure kind of tale complete with a vampire ball, selkie shifters who are also Navy SEALs (get it? LOL) and a whole lot of very hot lovin' - some scenes with multiple partners. Hey, what can I say? This is one of the more wicked Bianca D'Arc books. LOL!


If you're interested in any or all of the above, check INFERNO out from Samhain Publishing at MyBookstoreAndMore.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Erotic Romance with Cowbell!




With this Halloween short, coming in October from Phaze Books, comes an interesting left turn through Dareville. Like Dulce, which only alluded to characters in the series (and I may bring back the principles of that story for something new), this story should not really be considered part of the Dareville canon. In terms of chronology, it will be set after the events of A Winter's Dare, and if you're paying attention that would put this work in October of 2006.

I understand when readers are into a contemporary, there comes the tendency to apply the action to the current day. Because Truth or Dare released in 2004 and the subsequent novels are set almost immediately after each other, time passes more slowly in Dareville. Nobody is Twittering quite yet, and W. is still the President. I have to be very careful with cultural references when writing these stories so everything remains accurate. If you read the Kinsey Millhone mysteries by Sue Grafton, you'll notice it's set the same way. A is for Alibi came out in 1982, and Grafton has it set so subsequent stories are happening one right after the other. Of course, it doesn't make sense for a detective to work only one case a year. I'm assuming Kinsey doesn't use Twitter, either.

Eventually I'll have Dareville catch up to the rest of us, don't worry.

Another point about Reaper that sets it apart from the rest of the series is that this one is sort of a paranormal. I'll let you figure it out from the blurb in progress:

En route to a sexy Halloween soiree, Cal and Sue Briscoe are involved in a car accident and...die?

Stranded between layers of the veil, they cling to each other with the hope that whatever happens, they will stay together. As the Grim Reaper - a handsome fellow introducing himself as Gil - tries to discern their fate, the Briscoes take advantage of the moment out of time to celebrate what could be their last chance for love...or the beginning of a new life.

Still tweaking it, I hate blurb writing. I will say this, however: it ends well.