Tuesday, September 28, 2010

mailbox

I didn't get a chance to check my mailbox this week...but last week (or the week before, I apologize for forgetting which) I did receive Kim Knox's latest from Carina Press, a little SciFi Romance called Gambit. I shall get that reviewed soon, time and circumstance permitting.

So what'd y'all get?

(This meme brought to you by Mailbox Monday)

Sunday, September 26, 2010

New Carolyn Crane release coming tomorrow

Congrats on the Book Birthday, Carolyn! :)


Friday, September 24, 2010

My guest post at Writing Magick

Hi folks. *blush* Well, a little more business..... I just wanted to let y'all know, if you're at all interested, I have a little ole guest post today over at Debra Glass and Elissa Wilds' blog, Writing Magick.

All about my writing, the short stories, what fires my imagination and so forth. if you'd like to read, it's here. Enjoy!

Burning Up and Meljean Brook's new Iron Duke novella

Here There Be Monsters
by Meljean Brook
A novella available in the Burning Up paranormal Romance anthology
published by Berkley Sensation
cover art:Vladmir Wrangel, Kellie L. Folkert, Ferrin (all Shutterstock)
review copy sent to me by Velvet of VVB32Reads and Ms. Brooks.

In "Here There Be Monsters", a novella in the Burning Up paranormal romance anthology, author Meljean Brook has just released a steampunk novella about Ivy, a Blacksmith a young woman living in a slightly skewed version of our world during the Victorian age, a world where the mysterious Horde was just beaten back by “The Iron Duke”, but things aren’t quite normal in Ivy’s world, she is desperate to leave London and so approaches Mad Machen, a pirate captain, who she has little idea has been pining away for her love, all these years. He promises to take her anywhere she wants to go—for a price. Her, in his bed.



Well, Ivy’s not about to agree to that, and she runs.


Two years later, Mad Machen and crew find Ivy in a Norwegian town, tending to the town’s automatons, and he kidnaps forces her to build a steel kracken and to sleep in his bed. She isn’t fond of either prospect. But all she can really refuse is what he’ll do to her in his bed, by bargaining with her last few coins to keep her virginity. But, as they travel back to England, Ivy begins to realize that she’s falling in love with the tough ole pirate (as if the fact that she’s more than once offered to help him with his squeaky old mechanical leg isn’t enough?), just as Machen becomes soft enough to decide to let her go.


Will they come to their senses and admit they’re *ahem* made for each other? You’ll have to read to find out.


This is just a (very hot) taste of the new world Meljean Brook has created for her forthcoming Steampunk Romance series, The Iron Duke, the first novel of which is due out in October, and it is a hot story, and an intriguing world, filled with steam-powered machines, automatons, nanobots, old rickety pirate ships (she even throws in zombies)--heck, what's not to love there?
 My rating? The story was intriguing, and the world, very well drawn, so ....



If you’re interested, "Here There Be Monsters", or any of the other interesting reads in Burning Up the book can be purchased through all the usual venues (Amazon, Barnesandnoble.com, borders.com) Do check it out!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Kathy Lane debuts a romance that's out of this world

Bloodsworn: Bound by Magic
by Kathy Lane
published by Faery Rose/The Wild Rose Press
cover art by Tamra Westberry
review copy sent to me by the author.

Tampa romance author Kathy Lane’s debut novel, a Science Fiction Romance novel titled Bloodsworn: Bound By Magic*, introduces Avera St. John, a research scientist with a violent past, who finds herself the recipient of strange gifts from a secret admirer. Then a new tenant moves in across the hall from her, one Devlin Kel, an investment banker, and she’s smitten with him, sure he’s the one sending her the gifts (the most interesting of which is a glowing ball she takes for a nightlight).


Turns out she’s partially right—about the gifts anyway. Devlin Kel-Tragar is actually a prince from another world, where magic, and magic wielders are normal. So why did he come to Earth? Well, because of Avera, who is his prophesied bride, and more, his Starmate (that is, soulmate).

But she believes in nothing that she can’t quantify scientifically, magic other worlds, and instantaneous intergalactic travel, are not in that category. Men that show up trying to kill her, on the other hand, and are an entirely different matter.

But how can she trust Devlin, when he’s done all the wrong things to gain her attention? And leaves her clueless so that she ends up with her own Bloodsworn warrior when she was only trying to render a little first aid?

Can they ever stop bickering and get down to the business of falling in love? You’ll have to read to find out.

Weighing in at over 370 ebook pages, it’s quite a hefty tome, and while it is 99% science fiction and romance, at times, it does tend to add in other elements that make it almost feel a little like a slipstream novel. But all in all, it was very good. So my rating?
 

If you’d like to try Ms. Kathy Lane’s intriguing debut into the SFR field, Bloodsworn: Bound By Magic, (which has only just been released--or technically tomorrow), you can find this Faery Rose release in ebook or softback version, at The Wild Rose Press website.
 
(There's also a different version of this review over at the Examiner. Could you please be so kind as to give it a click? If so, it's here. Thanks!)

Release day! :)

It's *****here******

Yep. I'm doing my happy dance!  I have sold a short story, to the pagan arts and letters zine, Eternal Haunted Summer. The full issue is now available for your reading pleasure, here:
http://www.eternalhauntedsummer.com/index.php?p=1_58_Autumn-Equinox-2010



My short story contribution is a dark fantasy short story called "A House of Cards". The direct link to it, is:

http://www.eternalhauntedsummer.com/index.php?p=1_68_A-House-of-Cards



*Insert Snoopy dance here*

OK, it's just a short story, but I am tickled because it is my *first* real for-cash sale. :)


Anyway, I had to share. I hope y'all enjoy the story, if you read it!

Monday, September 20, 2010

A converstion with Kimberly Llewellyn

Kimberly Llewellyn is the author of five best selling romantic comedies, she also divides her time between giving writing workshops, writing articles, and she’s even been known to show up on television now and then! So we were pleased when she took time out of her busy schedule to give us a few minutes of her time. So as always, without further introduction we present another author's visit…


Hi, Kimberly. Thanks for taking the time to visit today. I know you’re busy today, so let me just jump on in. You’re better known for your romantic comedies, what made you write I Want to Be An Author?

Kimberly: I spoke to so many beginning writers who had the same burningquestions on how to get started. I recognized a need for a compact, easy-to-follow primer and so I Want to Be an Author: Now What? was born.




Ah. I see, paying it forward a little. Cool. Judging by your bio, it looks like this has been sitting in the back of your mind for a while. On your website, your bio says you’ve worked in all sorts of fields in writing (Publishing project coordinator, corporate writer and editor. Etc); can you tell us how you got started in those fields and how they may have helped your fiction?





Kimberly: My love of writing and editing led me into publishing-related jobs in the corporate world. I was an English major with a concentration in Media. My college didn’t offer Journalism, but that was okay, because I always knew I wanted to write novels. In my job searches of the past, I kept my eyes and ears open for writing-related jobs that I’d enjoy, would pay the bills, and let me write fiction in my spare time. This included advertising/marketing, coordinating publishing projects, editing, proposal writing, and working on corporate publications). Writing as a day job teaches you to "show up" at your computer every day, keep a deadline, and just "write"...whether your muse shows up or not. That has transferred over well to my fiction. The key to writing success is sitting in that chair and putting down the words. Every day, if you can.





Are there any particular non-fiction authors that influenced your work here?



Kimberly: My favorite nonfiction authors all happen to teach the craft of writing! Dwight Swain (Techniques of the Selling Writer), Jack Bickham (Writing and Selling Your Novel), and Donald Maass (The Career Novelist, Writing the Breakout Novel) have all influenced me as a writer. Which brings up a very good point. A writer must be a reader! Read everything you can. Fiction and nonfiction!


You heard her! ;) Get thee to the library, ladies and gents!


Now that I Want to Be an Author, Now What? is out, what can readers and longtime fans expect from you next?



Kimberly: Ohhhh, my newest WIP is a secret!

Aw, please? A hint?



Kimberly: Think, "a dash of mystery, a bit of suspense, lots of intrigue, and plenty of whirlwind romance!" It’s a bit of a departure for me, but I am loving it. And yes, wedding stuff will be in there, too!



But all in all, it’s a new endeavor for you. Cool! We’ll be looking forward to that.


If you weren’t a writer, what career might you have pursued instead?



Kimberly: Supermodel. Heiress. Or wedding planner. Then again, anything in the wedding field, I would have loved. I did work weddings at a banquet hall as a part-time gig for years, and it was a party every weekend!



That does sound like fun!


Are there any other writing secrets or tidbits, maybe something not included in the book that you might like to share with aspiring romance authors?


Kimberly: The secret to writing a romance novel is this: it is all about emotion. The emotional journey between the hero and heroine and how they grow. They must grow and overcome their resistance to love if they are to get together in the end. Are you up for the challenge?

I dunno. What do you say, my dear readers? Gonna try it?

Thank you, Kimberly for taking the time to speak with us today, and good luck with I Want to Be an Author: Now What? And in all you do. We’ll be watching out for you!

Folks, if you’d like to know more about Kimberly’s work, see her website at http://www.kimberlyllewellyn.com/; and don’t forget to check out our review of her latest book I Want to Be an Author: Now What?   Until next time, then, good writing, good luck and thanks for reading! Or if you'd like to get the book, you can find it at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or any of your local versions of those stores. If it's not on the shelves, they should be able to order it for you.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Meg Cabot's Insatiable introduces a quirky vampire love story


Insatiable
by Meg Cabot
Publisher: Harper Collins
cover art: Harper Collins/Ricky Mujica/Mumtaz Mustafa

My review copy was graciously provided by the fine folks at Harper Collins.

Longtime readers know I get all giddy and fangirly about Meg Cabot, so this review should be no surprise. Her latest release, Insatiable, will be a little bit of a surprise to her regular readers. Herein she has decided to take her quirky heroines in an altogether new direction, with the introduction of Ms. Meena Harper, who spends her dreary days as a script writer for a popular soap opera, Insatiable, pining away for the love she writes about, and lusting after a particular red Marc Jacobs tote bag, with a diamond encrusted dragon emblazoned on its surface, and sharing an apartment with her brother, and her steadfast little canine companion, Jack Bauer.

Aside from her own ability to predict the manner of someone’s death, she doesn’t believe in the supernatural, and barely registers the news that girls have been turning up dead in Manhattan parks, with bite marks on their necks, other than to wonder if she predicted any of those deaths—because she can.

Then her bosses at the network decide they want to add something to Insatiable’s story line to spice up the ratings: vampires.

Meena can’t stand the idea.

But all these niggling worries pale when she meets a real live prince, one Lucien Antonescu, who deftly saves from her an attack of (wait for it) bats. Though he would feel better, for her own safety, if Meena remained ignorant of his existence, the two keep getting thrown together, and the inevitable ensues: Meena is soon in love with Lucien and vice versa.

But how will she take it when she learns the truth, that he’s not just a professor of Romanian history, in Manhattan to attend a friend’s lecture? That yes indeed, he is a real live prince, all right. . .

(wait for it)

That he is, in fact, the prince of vampires? In the middle of a vampire war, of which those bats were just one volley?

And how will Lucien keep Meena from ending up the next woman to turn up dead in the park? Killed by his vampire enemies?

And oh, good lord, how will they both, ever keep from (God forbid) *gulp* falling in love?

Well, I'm not telling. ;) You'll have to read it for yourself.

If you have at all been following my blog for any length of time, you know that I am a big Meg Cabot fan, I always look forward to a new Meg title. While it's different than anything one might expect from Ms. Cabot, while it could seem she’s jumped on the Vampire bandwagon (and I admit, I wondered why she would), it is different than most those popular right now, in that her contribution harkens, if you will, back to the original vampire love story: Dracula. No these bad boys don’t sparkle. Not a bit! But Meg Cabot's prose does, as ever.

Also, Ms. Cabot has added just enough history of Vlad the Impaler, to flesh out her vampire tale, and of course the quintessential Meg Cabot flavor is here. All serve to make this another entertaining read—even her vampire hunters are clever, witty, and, well, damn it, I’ve said it before of her, and I say it again, all her characters have some quality that make them downright endearing. but … I warn you, this is no Twilight. Lucien has a dark side to him, and could give Edward a run for his money, I think--but girls, I dare you not to fall for Lucien. I did, and I hope there will be another volume in this story, but if not. I’m happy all the same with Meg’s latest offering. If you are looking for a different spin on the vampire genre, do give Insatiable a look. :)

My rating for this one? Well, since this one goes on my keeper shelf, without doubt: 

You're not surprised, are you? ;)

If you'd like to, you can find it at Amazon, barnesandnoble.com or borders.com, (or if you like you can get it through my amazon store here) and of course any of your local versions of these stores should have a copy. Enjoy!

(There's another version of this review up at my Examiner pages if you'd be so kind as to give it a hit. :). You can do so here. Thanks!)

Blog hop September 19

Book Blogger Hop


The weekly blog hop. The question of the week concerned our favorite book blogs. Let's see, for me, that's easy. Just take a look at all the one's I follow! :) There's Abigail's lovely All Things Urban Fantasy, Jessica's cozy little rabbit hole, Jessica Rabbit's Corner, there's Sweet Vernal Zephyr's little playroom with all her sexy bartenders wandering her library, you know it's a repeat visit, and Eleni's fine Le Femme Readers, which always leaves one with, if not a good new title for the TBR lists, something to think about, or a smile, and Marissa's Sizzling Hot Book Reviews always has something interesting to read. :). And Dragons, Heroes and Wizards.  Heck, there are so many I love, and not enough space for you all. Thank you for all you do!

A few new one's I've found interesting this week are as follows: Reading Without Restraint and Splash of our Worlds, and The Cozy Reader.

Friday, September 17, 2010

A little help for Aspiring Writers

I Want to Be An Author: Now What?
by Kimberly Llewellyn
cover art: Tara Kearney
review copy provided by Kimberly Llewellyn

The task of the new writer can sometimes seem daunting. So many things to accomplish and think about: first one must decide what he or she wishes to write about, what genre they wish to write in—literary, science fiction, fantasy, romance, mystery? Historical novels maybe? Then the writer should—must—learn his or her craft. After that, when the writer has produced a work he or she can be proud to call theirs (not as easy as non-writers might think!) the job’s not finished as the budding author now must wonder what to do with that finished product. There’s proper manuscript format to worry about, crafting a proper query letter, finding just the right agent and/or publishing house to submit your baby to.



So much to think about, how do successful authors go about all this? Well, Tampa based Romance author Kimberly Llwellyn has produced a little guide to help the budding author sift through all this. Titled I Want to Be An Author: Now What? her newest little work offers a primer on how to get into print, with advice for every aspect of the journey from sitting one’s butt in the chair and getting that novel written, to tips on revision, and query letter writing, as well as where to look to find the most respected national writing groups (like the Romance Writers of America, or the Mystery Writers of America), to suggestions how to determine your genre, to the ever-pesky “Mistakes” committed by novice writers and how to spot and avoid them, to other more intermediate subjects such as how to interpret a rejection letter—or a revision letter, and what it all means.


Sure there are a lot of writers guides to choose from, from various magazines like Writers’ Market and Writers’ Digest, to how-to books written by authors, agents and writing teachers of many kinds, covering any genre you can dream up. But Kimberly’s has the bonus that the author has worked on both sides of the writing front lines, in publishing houses and as a published author herself. Her perspective may help you, if you’re just sticking your toes in the writing pond.

My rating for this one? Well,


If you’d like to take a look and see how her advice might help you in your road to publication, you can find a copy of Kimberly Llewellyn’s I Want to Be an Author: Now What? at any local Barnes and Noble or Borders, and if not, you can ask them to order it for you. Or you can get a copy at Amazon. Enjoy and good luck on your journey!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Stella!

Just a little plug for a friend. I'm very happy to see she's doing so well:

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Mailbox

As usual, I got so busy I forgot to do my mailbox again. So...this week, (Or rather the last week), I got a few goodies:

Loretta Rogers' book Bannion's Brides (*waves* Thanks, Loretta)

From Grand Central, Sins of A Highland Devil by Sue-Ellen Welfonder and Roxanne St. Claire's forthcoming (ARC! :)) Edge of Sight

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Tuesday Teasers

Teaser Tuesday is hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading, but got the idea from Minx at Loose Knickers & Window Lickers. Anyone can play along! Just do the following. Grab your current read open to a random page. Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page. BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

From debut romance author Kathy Lane's forthcoming SFRomance novel Bloodsworn: Bound By Magic
(This one is due out September 24th from The Wild Rose Press)

p. 99: "All she could think about was the charming man


she’d only met twice, yet whose image she couldn’t

get out of her head. One day and she already missed

seeing Devlin’s indigo eyes and mischievous smile.

How high school was that?"
 
(If you're interested in a little excerpt or to pre-order, you find an excerpt, and pre-order the paperback version here.)

Friday, September 3, 2010

New Q and A ...

I have a new Q and A up, at the Examiner, with debut Harlequin Author (and Florida girl) Leigh Duncan. You can see it here, if you like: http://tinyurl.com/23pny5r


I also have a few other articles up this week if you wouldn't mind giving them some click love. :) Thanks, y'all. Enjoy!

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