Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Susan Kearney Jordan Contest winner!

First, let me say thanks to Susan Kearney for taking the time to write that wonderful post (and for hanging in there with me with all the stupid roadblocks I hit around it). I so appreciate you gracing me with your kind presence and patience, Susan! *big hugs*

Second. We have a winner!! *drum roll and trumpets please*

Our winner is......

Julie!

Congratulations, Julie.

I've sent you an email already with the pertinents, so we're ready to go...And you should have a copy of Jordan in your box, asap.

ATUF guest Laura Bickle

I failed to mention this yesterday, so I hope it's not too late, but there is an interesting post, over at Abigail's fine All Things Urban Fantasy with Urban Fantasy author Laura Bickle concerning her upcoming debut novel Ember, and the cute minor character (ahem, a salamander). Go on over and take a peek, if you have a chance.

Oh, and my friend Julianne at Writing the Renaissance has a post on Francois I who, it looks, had a similiar thing for salamanders. :) Check it out here.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Guest Blogger: Susan Kearney

Today we have a special treat for you: Romance author Susan Kearney, author of several titles, including the latest series, the fabulous futuristic SF Romance The Pendragon Legacy, has a little guest post concerning what she loves about both genres, and how she came to write this series. So, grab some coffee, make sure the Tribbles are all locked up, ;) and enjoy this special presentation. :)

I like to write futuristic romance because it combines two of my favorite subjects: Romance and Science Fiction. Obviously lots of folks who enjoyed Avatar, Independence Day and the Star Wars sagas agree. I believe the appeal of this genre is the element of what if? What if we really could go into space? What will we find out there and who will we wish to spend our lives with in this new universe?


To me one of the most exciting times in life is when we find the right person for us. The person. The one we want to share our future with. That person is not always the one we imagined. For example in JORDAN, the title and hero of this story, has already lived for centuries. He doesn’t want to fall in love. He has no intention of falling in love . . . and yet. Falling in love is not always a choice. Sometimes, it just happens. And that’s what is so much fun about writing these kinds of books. We can find love anywhere—even when we aren’t looking.

And sometimes shared danger can up the old human hormones, creating that special chemistry that might not have sparked and ignited under different circumstances. In Jordan, the heroine is a self-made woman who builds spaceships. Under ordinary circumstances she wouldn’t fall for one of her employees, but when the two of them are thrown together under the most dire of circumstances, they must unite to succeed—for the sake of everyone on Earth. Working together, placing their lives in one another’s hands, creates a level of trust . . . a trust that’s oh so necessary for them to succeed.

As for the science fiction elements, as a child I watched Star Trek and read extensively in the genre. So combining the elements of love and space exploration is a natural. Tying those elements together with Arthurian legend was a bonus. Yes, it taxed the imagination. And let’s be real, this isn’t the kind of fiction that’s ever going to happen. But, the Pendragon Legacy series of LUCAN, RION, and JORDAN entertained me for months while I wrote them. And I hope they will entertain you as you read them. For a free excerpt and a few video go to http://www.susankearney.com/.

PS. On my interview page, you can see me in space. :)

Thank you, Susan, for sharing with us today! We wish you all the best of luck with JORDAN, and whatever comes your way, in the future! :)

Want to see something nifty? How about some covers:
and would you like a few videos? The trailer for LUCAN:




And one for RION, starring Susan Kearney, herself. :)





  And, if you'd like to leave a comment for Susan, a copy of JORDAN will be given away to one of the lucky ones. :) (I'll pick the winner tomorrow) So, read, view, comment, and we hope you enjoy all this, and of course, the whole Pendragon series! :)


On the giveaway, folks, there's a couple guidelines:
--if you have google connect, or a blogspot, please sign up to be a follower.

--if you have twitter, facebook, or a blogspot blog, or livejournal, please link to this post.


Other important guidelines (Hatchette's):

-Only residents of the U.S. or Canada are eligible to win

-No P.O. Boxes, please.

And please leave me your email address so I can get in touch with you, for delivery details! Again, we hope you've enjoyed this little special presentation, enjoy the books, have a great day, and... good luck all!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

my WW28 contribution for this week

The book of choice for this week's WW28 is: The Cougar Club by Susan McBride.
On page 28, the first sentence is a half-sentence from page 27, so the next full one following that is:

The 'do highlighted the square Maguire jaw and made Megan appear older than thirty-eight.

Waiting on Wednesday?

Been looking around for some new stuff to read, and found some great titles. I only wish I had more expendable cash!  I particularly like the look of Eileen Rendahl's Don't Kill the Messenger.

Anywho, made up a little article about some of the new books out. It's up over at the Examiner if y'all care to take a look.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

A Q and A with Roxanne St. Claire

If you read Romantic Suspense at all, you know the name Roxanne St. Claire--or I hope you do! She is the author of the fabulous Bullet Catchers series. Well, recently I got to meet Ms. St. Claire and this very nice, busy lady, consented to do a Q and A with me, for the Examiner. *happy dance* She's written a ...ton of novels in that series and is now moving on to a new series, coming out in November, so, if you love her, if you're curious about here, feel free to read the full interview over at my Examiner page. Oh, and if you missed it, my review of her novel Hunt Her Down was posted last week, which (if I do this right!) you can read here. I hope you like them!

In the mail--Monday

Yes, I realize it's Tuesday, but I had to be away from the computer yesterday....That said. :( I didn't get anything new in the mail, this week, or time to hit the bookstores. So, I've got nuffing in this regard. Oh, well...hopefully I will have something by this time next week.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Rhonda Stapleton alert

YA author (and really nice gal) Rhonda Stapleton is chatting over at Bitten By Books, right now. Go here, to see it, and a chance to win her latest novel!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

New Layout

For all those that pointed out something wrong, thank you! :) I hope this layout fixes the problem.

A little plug for a friend.

And if you love YA, my girl Eleni at La Femme Readers is running a contest for some great books (Maggie Stiefvater's Linger, Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead, and a few other really great ones): here. Good luck to all!

I totally missed the chat with Estevan Vega. But the result is still up at her twitter page if you want to go see it, and she's done a fine review of his novel, here.

Susan Kearney addendum

Yikes! I totally forgot to mention this, but Patricia's Vampire Notes is giving away a copy of Susan Kearney's Jordan. The contest ends tonight at 11:59PM.
 :( Bad me. Go here to try for it.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday

For me, it's this one:
The Native Star by M.K. Hobson
September 2010 from Bantam Spectra
Genre: Fantasy 
Witches, trains, and danger....What's not to love? It'll be neat to see this, and I hope, Ms. Hobson does well. :)

Beautiful Blogger Award

:) I have received an award! :)



From The Book Guru Girl

Wow! Thank you!

Now, as per her instructions,

Passing this on to 15 people.
Abigail  at All Things Urban Fantasy
The Book Smugglers
Maureen  at Mystical Magical Moments
 Shelia at One Persons Journey through a world of Books
 Anna  at Lose Your Heart In a Book
Kristin at The Fantasy Cafe
Lisa at For the Love of Books
Jessica at A Great Read
Briana at The Book Pixie
Angela at Dark Faerie Tales
Casey at A Passion for Books
Leslie at That Chick That Reads
Amy C at Romance Book Wyrm
Queen of Romance at Ramblings on Romance
Marissa at Marissa's Booklair (Beltated happy birthday, Marissa! :))
Anna from Anna's Book Blog
Seven things about me.
1) I love to read (not surprising, is it?)
2) I'm an aspiring writer.
3) The first novel I ever wrote was a contemporary romance about a motherless girl and a Frenchman (And I hope very hard no one ever finds that manuscript! ;))
4) I once fell in a canal, and went down, curious and without batting an eye til a family friend yanked me out.
(which I don't know if I could ever do again!)
5) I wanted to be a rock star (ala Stevie Nicks and Heart), when I was younger.
6) I think Michael Shanks (the guy that plays Daniel Jackson on the series Stargate SG:1) is really cute
7) When I was a child, I tried to dig a hole to China.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Mailbox (and others) Monday

Also, this weekend I received (Thank you, Martha!) a copy of Carol Berg's 2003 novel, Song of the Beast.
Make Her Pay by Roxanne St. Claire (mass market copy from the author's collection)
and About That Night by Jeanie London (from the author's backlist for participating in workshop)
and The Irish Duke by Virginia Henley.   (ARC from the author)
Thank you ladies for the copies! I'll get to them all asap. :)

What I'm reading Monday

As found at One Person's Journey through a World of Books



My reading hasn't changed much from last week. Today, I am working closer to the end of Susan Kearney's Jordan! Romance fans, you must have heard of this one, by now. It's the fabulous third (*sniff* final )volume in Ms. Kearney's Science Fiction Romance Pendragon series--one that I'm personally very fond of. :) After that... I'm also working on Erica Ridley's Too Wicked To Kiss, Patty G. Henderson's Ximora, and Susan McBride's The Cougar Club. So, that's the answer to that question, today. :)

Another giveaway

One Person's Journey Through A World Of Books is giving away a copy of David Cristoforo's The Girl She Used to Be. Go here to check it out!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Carrie Vaughn interview at ATUF

All Things Urban Fantasy if you haven't seen it has an interview with Fantasy author Carrie Vaughn (I'm *so* jealous! ;)) Go read it here. Kudos to ATUF for scoring this interview! ;)

Friday, March 12, 2010

Denise Verrico at Fang-tastic Books

Fang-tastic Books has an interesting interview with author Denise Verrico. Her new book, Cara Mia looks awesome: (vampires and Science fiction, what's not to love?) She's also giving away a copy of Cara Mia, and that closes March 16, so time's ticking. Get on over there and check it out!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Some nifty cool news!Author visits!

We've got a surprise for y'all. We've got a few scheduled author visits forthcoming this month. First up: Science Fiction Romance author Susan Kearney.

Then we'll be hosting YA and Women's fiction author Susan McBride!


Unfortunately, I don't have firm dates yet, but soon...before the end of the month. :) Keep an eye out!

How far can a modern novel "reference" a classic before it becomes derivative?

From Truth, Beauty, Freedom, and Books

She asks: How far can a modern novel "reference" a classic before it becomes derivative? What are some books you think were successful or unsuccessful at referencing or using classic literature? OK, to answer her question.

While I did like Jane Austen Book Club, I don't like rewritten stories, generally, ever. But if we have to do it, it can be done well. Bridget Jones' Diary for instance covered her references to Pride and Prejuidice well. I don't care at all for things like P&P&Zombies. There's too much leaning on Austen there, for my comfort. I'd rather see the author write something original.

Local booksigning alert

If there are any Tampa area residents reading this blog, there is a multi-author booksigning going on this weekend. You can read about it here.

Steampunk week at Book Smugglers

I apologize for not getting to this sooner--but in my defense, when I went by earlier, there seemed to be some technical difficulties: If you have not seen The Book Smugglers' Steampunk week, and if you like/are curious about the genre, you really should hop on over. There are various explanations of the genre to enlighten you, and some great book and movies reviews. You can find them at http://thebooksmugglers.com/.

Do go check it out. :) I'm sure you'll enjoy the visit!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Roxanne St. Claire's Hunt Her Down

Hunt Her Down
by Roxanne St. Claire
Pocket Books, 2009
Available at Amazon
Barnes and Noble
Borders

In Florida Romantic suspense author Roxanne St. Claire’s 2009 novel, Hunt Her Down, her PI group, the Bullet Catchers, are out on the trail of some habitual drug smugglers. They’ve dealt with these men before, or at least one of them has: Dan Gallagher has a history with this group of thugs that comes back to haunt him. When one of them is released from prison, he must find Maggie Varcek, the girl with whom he was involved at the time, and make sure she is safe; and he has to do so before the thugs, Alonso Jimenez and his son Ramon, come after her, exacting payment of their own. But the Bullet Catchers are on the case, and maybe between them, they can figure out just what it is that Alonso and Ramon want from her, and keep her from the hands of their slimy drug syndicate in the process….

Roxanne St. Claire presents an exciting, easily readable story in Hunt Her Down, one that doesn’t slow down from the first shots. In fact, it had the excitement and feel, for me—running as it did from Miami to Venezuela—of a script for a well-done episode of, say, Miami Vice. I’m relatively new to this genre so I can’t make direct comparisons; but maybe . . . This is comparable to a . . . Suzanne Brockmann? You can probably, as I did, find this in any local store, and I’m glad I did! I personally look forward to reading more about the Bullet Catchers, and have to say, if you’re looking for a wild ride, something a little exciting, a little spicy, do check out Roxanne St. Claire’s Hunt Her Down. You won’t regret the hunt for this little gem!

and my rating (sorry, I forgot to add this earlier):


There's a longer version of this review at my Examiner page. If you feel up to it, please give it a look?

Monday, March 8, 2010

Erica Hayes at All Things Urban Fantasy

Author Erica Hayes is guestblogging over at All Things Urban Fantasy today. Go take a peek, and have fun!

Saturday, March 6, 2010

New title

So, I didn't quite like the name of the blog...I hope this one's better. :) Trying to tidy up here, since I have some new nifty stuff forthcoming! :)

Friday, March 5, 2010

Rhonda Stapleton giveaway

YA author Rhonda Stapleton is giving away a copy of her second novel Flirting With Disaster. Go check it out! It's up on her blog here.

Five Fabulous Friday giveaways

We need some good news today, don't we? So I thought I'd look around for something nifty for my readers. Lo and behold, look what I found! Swag!

Plot Monkeys is giving away an Amazon gift card:
http://www.plotmonkeys.com/2010/03/05/friday-contest-2/

La Femme Readers is giving away an ARC copy of Tricia Rayburn's Siren.
http://lafemmereaders.blogspot.com/2010/03/arc-giveaway-of-siren-by-tricia-rayburn.html

All Things Urban Fantasy is giving away a copy of NUM8ERS by Rachel Ward.
http://allthingsurbanfantasy.blogspot.com/2010/03/review-giveaway-3-copies-of-num8ers-by.html

Fang-tastic Books is giving away a copy of Ellen Schreiber's Manga Blood Relatives Vol. 3.
http://fang-tasticbooks.blogspot.com/2010/03/welcome-guest-ellen-schreiber-author-of.html

Vampire Wire is giving away a copy of Skyler White's new novel And Falling Fly
http://vampirewire.blogspot.com/2010/03/interview-with-skyler-white-contest-for.html

Good luck to all who try for these goodies! :)

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Kage Baker R.I.P.

I'm sorry to say, I've just read the news that award winning, beloved Science Fiction luminary Kage Baker passed away in January (January 31 to be exact).
(No!!!!!)

Yes, sad to say.
*fangirl moment of silence*

Ms. Baker's work was lush and made her what some might call an aunt of Steampunk, with the Company novels. Her short story works were published in everything from Asimov's to the Pirate anthology published by Night Shade Books Fast Ships, Black Sails, to the Women of Nell's Gwynne published last year by Subterrean Press. You can see her full bibliography at her site, here.

The full story is over at SFWA. R.I.P. Kage. You will be missed!

***
*sigh* We're just losing icons left and right. :(

New author alert: Erica Ridley

Ok, I'm sorry, I only just found out about this, but there's a debut author at Plot Monkeys right this moment. Her first Regency/Gothic romance has just been released and I really think we should give her some support. :) Do go check out her post, and with a chance to win her novel, I think you will enjoy this. You can find it more about her, and the Plot Monkeys visit, here.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Monday's question of the day

Well, I didn't see this one until this morning, but we'll just pretend it's still Monday. My friend Eleni at La Femme Readers posted this question on her fabulous blog:

Question: Which type of YA genre do you prefer, dark and edgy or fun and light-hearted?


Personally, I'm not as well-versed in YA as Eleni, but I like fun and lighthearted in a YA book, ala Meg Cabot; but then I adore Tamora Pierce's YA Fantasy novels too, but I'm not sure I'd call them Edgy and dark, or light-hearted, definitely fun, for an old fashioned Fantasy lover like me, but not the other two. So, fun and light-hearted. I'm mainly a happy endings girl, what can I say? :)

Monday, March 1, 2010

The Brotherhood Challenge

Jessica Rabbit created The Brotherhood Challenge. The goal? To read the J.R. Ward Black Dagger Brotherhood Series. You can read about her challenge here. And about J.R. Ward's series here. To be entirely frank, I've heard odd things about the author's style, so I'm curious to see more, and how far I'll get through it; thought this might be the year to give it a shot. :)

Juli's Books

Available at Amazon. Some also available at Audible, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords and Createspace.
Frigga's
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Victorian romance, historical romance, Juli D. Revezzo, historical romance, read free with Amazon Prime, Kindle Unlimited
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Lady of the Tarot by Juli D. Revezzo, Gothic romance, historical romance, tarotHouse of Cards, Reign of Tarot book 1, by Juli D. Revezzo, pagan paranormal fiction, witch fiction, tarot-themed fiction, Gothic fiction, supernatural horrorPassion's Sacred Dance, Celtic Stewards Chronicles, book 1 by Juli D. Revezzo, fantasy, romance, pagan paranormal romance, read free with Kindle UnlimitedDruid Warrior's Heart, Celtic Stewards Chronicles, book 2 by Juli D. Revezzo, fantasy, romance, pagan paranormal romance, read free with Kindle Unlimited
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