Since this post will be my last before Thanksgiving rolls on by, I have to pause for a second and give thanks.
Thank you to the random couple arguing in front of Safeway this morning. Your tiny bout of violence gave me inspiration for a scene or two in my next novel. Thank you to the makers of the Settlers of Catan board game for livening up my Tuesday game nights. Thank you to the fanatical Facebook YouTube posters, for allowing me to mooch off your internet discovery skills. I just don’t have time to find the good stuff myself. Thank you Biggest Loser. I’m inspired to get my behind back to regular spin classes…just not yet. And the biggest thank you of all goes to my Western Highland Terrier puppy, Bailey, who decided to roll in chicken manure before coming into the house for the night and crawling into bed with me. I needed to clean my sheets anyway, so…thanks. Really.
Sarcasm aside, I’m thankful for everything. For our home. (Which is nearly done being remodeled, by the way. Click here to see the “before” pictures. “After” pics will come Thursday after next. ) I’m thankful for my husband and children. For the air in my lungs. Not a day goes by that I don’t look at my family and think how unbelievably blessed I am.
I also have to give a huge, warm-hearted Thank You to my readers. I never dreamed I could write…let alone do this crazy gig for a living. I’m floored that there are people who read and love my work, and email me wanting more. I am humbled by the support of total strangers. In light of that, I’m going to give away one print or kindle copy of InterVamption (winner’s choice) to a randomly drawn commenter. I’ll make the cut-off Saturday at midnight and announce the winner in a quick Sunday post.
So…what are you thankful for?
I don’t know about you, but I get hand-sweating, knee-shaking nervous when I meet new people. You wouldn’t think it—me being an extrovert and all—but it’s true. Since I took the first step toward publication three years ago, I’ve met so many wonderfully talented writers that I’m now blessed to call friends. Along the way I’ve learned that great writers are amazing, yes, but they’re people made of skin and sinew just like me. They have fears of failure and hopes of topping the lists. They chew over sentence structure and mull over layering character development. It’s easy to forget that all writers struggle when I’m sitting in my chair hacking away at my keyboard (absolutely positive that my words are shit) while I stare at a perfectly printed bestseller smiling from my bookshelf.
Knowing all that, I still freak out at that first hand shake. The first “nice to meet you” exchange with an author I’ve put on high. Like the time I met one of my writing heroes Jayne Ann Krentz. She came to my neck of northern California for high tea and signing at Kepler’s.
Can you see my smile faltering from nerves? No? Good.
I freaked the first time I met my agent, my editor, and the president of my publishing house. (Oh, that’s another great story for another time.)
Despite my lip twitching, palm sweating, knee buckling fears, I know that to survive in this business, you have to reach out to others. (I’m the President of the San Francisco Area RWA and attend the national conference every year.) You have to put yourself out there—and not just through social media, although that is the wave of the future. (I blog at http://www.pararomance.blogspot.com and here, with these fine ladies!) You have to submit your work to writing peers and listen with an open heart. (I have a handful of critique partners that I’m so blessed to have.)
I’m not saying you have to volunteer your time to your writing community or blog away your inspiration. Not at all. Remember there’s no golden rule to writing and publication. You have to do what’s comfortable for you and your career.
So here’s my introduction after the few facts I managed to slip into my post: I’m a wife to one fine example of a hero and a mother of two. (They act more like a wolf pack than I want to think about at the moment.) I live in northern California and have been writing for three years. My first novel, a romantic suspense titled Dark Tide Rising, was published from The Wild Rose Press in February 2011. InterVamption, my dark and gritty paranormal romance novel from Avon Impulse, released July 26th.
The second in that series, Vamped Up, is slated to release December 6th, 2011. I love Starbucks more than I should and the gym less. Chocolate can always be found in my purse, along with a paranormal romance novel… and a pocket knife. A girl can never be too prepared.
It’s nice to meet you. 😀
Hello everyone! I closed the contest during the wee hours of the morning. I am so excited to announce the winners which I will later in this post. I’ll post winners in two groups, check back later for the second group! Yes, I am being difficult! It’s just the way I roll 🙂 And you will learn I am totally full of bull and love picking around! You’ll either love me or hate me 🙂
The first order of business though is for me to introduce myself. After the scavenger hunt I am guessing you all realize that I also write a lot of stories about cowboys. Its true. I love writing stories about the west and handsome strong cowboys. But my first love as a reader came in the way of a demon. Being from the south, the Bible Belt, I was beyond shocked to find I loved reading about demons struggling to be good. I mean demons are bad!! Really bad, we aren’t supposed to cheer for them! On top of that, I was even more confused when I read my first novel where the evil vampire loved being the evil bad guy and I loved him for it. That is not supposed to happen right? Wrong, the guy was just such a good bad guy that I had to admire him!
After a few years of reading everything I could get my hands on(well romance wise) I began writing my own stories. The first ones sucked and I still struggle to keep the new stories from sucking, but I’ve managed somehow to become a published author. During the process I’ve found I’m a blender, no you can’t stick ice in my mouth and tap me on the head to grind it up. What I mean is that while some authors tend to write in one genre I write all over the place. I love blending my cowboys with demons or making my shifters vampires too! Creating new and exciting characters, settings, and worlds are just a few things I love about being a writer.
I enjoy writing paranormal stories because you can create so many different scenarios for your characters. In my latest series, Gabriel’s Army, a select group of angels and demons are led by the Angel Gabriel to harvest souls of the earths most wanted, good or evil beings. The angels and demons in this army must transport souls to the Haven where the souls are judged and sent to heaven or hell. It’s all very dramatic at the Haven, because both want as many souls as they can get to tip the balance of the age old fight between good and evil.
To become a soldier in the elite army the angels and demons must first live as humans, born into the world with a soul until Gabriel comes for them. Oh the complications of being a human! Gabriel must take their humanity and soul when the time comes and take them from their life as humans. Each member loses the ability to feel human emotion so they can harvest souls without prejudice or remorse. But what happens when one soulless soldier is reminded of what it was to have a human life and be loved? What happens when he comes face to face with the woman he left behind and the child he never knew he had?
Being a blender, I made sure to bring my demon Kipling a little western flair. He’s an ex bull rider 🙂 and currently a soulless demon! His is the first in my series and I’m looking forward to bringing you many, many more sexy complicated stories.
But we all know what you want, the list of who won what!! I know, I’ve rambled on long enough about my new series, but I’m really excited dang it!! And I will post the answers along with the second group in the next few hours. I believe I have a picture coming from a pizza place and one of our authors. Ok, enough. Here you go:
Group A winners are:
Nicki who wins Kristin Miller’s Intervamption!
Danny who wins Sayde Grace’s Voodoo, I Do
Renee Bennett who won her choice of Erin Kellison’s Shadow series books.
Susan Nystoriak who won a signed copy of Rebecca Zanetti’s Fated.
Diane who won Marcella Burnard’s Enemy Gates.
Winners, if you didn’t post your email addy in the comment you left please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment in this thread so that we can get you those prizes!
Hello everyone!! Before we get started with the party I just want to give a huge thank you to all the wonderful authors who have decided to participate in this blog. Today and Saturday you all will have the chance to win lots of terrific prizes. How you ask? Well simple, just scroll down and look over the list of questions and websites to visit. Comment with the answers and you will be entered to win digital books, ARCs and many other prizes. The Scavenger Hunt will run Friday- Sunday night at midnight pacific time. Monday the answers will be posted along with the winners! So lets get started, remember to read the question and then click on the websites to hunt down that answer! Please leave your answers here in the comments. Thanks.
- What was the career path that Danica Avet shot down?
- In Rebecca Zanetti’s CLAIMED, what is the heroine Emma Paulsen’s profession?
- Which author on this blog was once a rodeo queen?
- In DESTINED MATE, Katie Reus’s upcoming release, what is the heroine’s name?
- What is the name of Kristin Miller’s favorite pizza place in Arcata?
- What is the name of the hero in Cynthia Eden’s upcoming novel, ANGEL OF DARKNESS?
- In Erin Kellison’s September release, SHADOWMAN, what does the hero build?
- In Marcella Burnard’s ENEMY GAMES, who’s missing?
HERE are the PRIZES:
- From Sayde Grace – two digital copies of her books
- From Cynthia Eden – an ARC of Angel of Darkness or a digital copy of Never Cry Wolf
- From Danica Avet – digital copy of any one of the Veil series and a set of Romance Trading Cards
- From Rebecca Zanetti – signed copy of Fated
- From Kristin Miller – digital copy of Intervamption
- From Marcella Burnard – signed copy of Enemy Gates
- From Katie Reus – digital (or audio) copy of Deadly Obsession and a digital copy of Destined Mate when it comes out in October
- From Erin Kellison – signed copy of your choice from the Shadow series
HINTS (Though these are super easy, y’all don’t need no stinking hints!):
All right everyone, go forth, scavenge and have fun!!!