Thursday, September 30, 2010

Which cover do you like better?

For some reason, I can't seem to nail the Warlock cover exactly as I'd like to. I changed it up a bit and finally came up with something I'm decently happy with. I know some of you really liked the first version so which of the two do you like better?

Version A:

Version B:

Finished Samson's Lovely Mortal

So, I finished a great book last night, Samson’s Lovely Mortal by indie author, Tina Folsom.
It was a great read and I would have finished it way sooner if I hadn’t had to make corrections
To the two hard copy proofs of each of my books.

Here’s a quick blurb about this book:
Vampire bachelor Samson can't get it up anymore. Not even his shrink can help him. That changes when the lovely mortal auditor Delilah tumbles into his arms after a seemingly random attack. Suddenly there's nothing wrong with his hydraulics - that is, as long as Delilah is the woman in his arms.

His scruples about taking Delilah to bed vanish when his shrink suggests it's the only way to cure his problem. Thinking all he needs is one night with her, Samson indulges in a night of pleasure and passion.

However, another attack on Delilah and a dead body later, and Samson has his hands full: not only with trying to hide the fact he's a vampire, but also with finding out what secrets Delilah harbors for somebody to want her harm.

I really enjoyed the characterization of Samson. He’s hot, possessive, jealous and very caring.

The beginning is great—really enjoyed the mixup of Delilah as the stripper and Samson’s reaction to her. And the other vamp who comes off as super scrumptious is Amaury. And, guess what? He has his own book, Amaury’s Hellion. So, I’ll be sure to check that one out as well.

The writing flows really nicely and there aren’t any dull moments. There’s also a whodunit to the story which is always fun to try to figure out. So, definitely check this one out. Really enjoyed it!!!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Fun anecdotes about Halloweens past

I really love October. And second to Christmas, Halloween is my favorite holiday. Ever since I was little, Halloween always had something magical about it. When my brothers and I were growing up, mom would always decorate our house to the nth degree with all sorts of Halloween decorations. The one I’ll never forget was this horrible plastic poster thing that was maybe 4 feet high by 3 feet wide and it was a picture of two men on horses on some desolate background and one man was holding a sword in one hand and in the other hand, the other dude’s head! It was like the worst, most horrible picture in the world and every year she hung it in my brothers’ room. My brothers are twins and at the time they must have been about 12 (4 years younger than me) or so. I was scared to death of it and I think they were too. Crazy mom!

Aside from the hideous poster, we also celebrated each Halloween by watching those Halloween classics like Garfield’s Halloween adventure, Disney’s Sleepy Hollow and Charlie Brown and the Great Pumpkin. We dressed up each year of course. The best year costume wise was when my mom dressed my brothers up as nerds when they were maybe 6. But, they weren’t just nerds (funny masks with crazy hair) but they were super nerds because she made each of them a cape. LOL. I went as a princess but wasn’t very princess-like because I’d just had a bout with lice and mom had cut off all my hair so I looked more like a confused boy. That year we went trick or treating with my cousin who was my age and he was dressed as GI Joe and my brothers were so not happy about being super nerds. Course, today, their costumes are the ones that stand out and are ridiculously funny.

What about all of you? What are some of your greatest Halloween memories?

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Indie Urban Fantasy Website

Hi All,

It's nearly time for us to send out our newsletter over at my sister site, Indie Urban Fantasy so if you haven't signed up to receive it, make sure you do.

There's all sorts of great stuff in it like contests, first chapters, short stories, new releases, etc.

Here's the link to sign up:

http://www.indieurbanfantasy.com/contact/contact.html

Release date for my next book

OK, so drum roll....LOL

I have a release date for Toil and Trouble, the next book in the Jolie Wilkins series...and that date is Jan 1.

I've just finished chapter 12 and that puts me just about halfway through.

The thing I've found with Jolie's stories is that they are pretty complicated. LOL. Dulcie's story is more a whodunnit and because of that, it's maybe 70,000 words I think. Fire Burn was 115,000 words so significantly longer. Toil and Trouble should come in around 100,000 I think.

I need to add my new release date to my website!!!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Graphic Novel Update

So, I think most of you probably know I've been toying with the idea Of creating a graphic novel of my book, To Kill A Warlock. Think a comic book more for adults.

Well, I’m pleased to announce that my idea hasn’t been killed as of yet. I found
A fantastic artist and he’s created some sketches of my characters that are amazing.
I think Warlock will lend itself well because there is a ton of action in it. I’m trying to imagine something along the lines of the Anita Blake graphic novels.

So, what we are thinking is that we will release the graphic novel in stages, like
Episodes. Why? Because it takes a really long time to draw out each chapter.
So, there are a total of 22 chapters and we were thinking of releasing about 3-4 chapters as a time, as episodes. Then, once all the episodes are finalized, we’d release them as one book.

What are your thoughts about reading graphic novels? It seems like the industry might
Be heading that direction with books like Twilight and Anita Blake being turned into
Graphic novels. I’ve always thought they were kind of cool…

Sinjin in his own series?

So, I've received lots of interest from readers regarding the vampire, Sinjin, from Fire Burn. And some people have gone so far to say he deserves his own series. So, that got me to thinking...

I've never written a book in the perspective of a man and for urban fantasy or more so, for paranormal romance, how do you suppose that would fly?

I think Sinjin is interesting enough to warrant his own series but I wonder how difficult it will be for me, a woman, to write in the eyes of a man. But, I'm interested!!!

Thoughts??

Monday, September 20, 2010

More reviews and interviews

Hi All,

I have some more reviews and interviews and contests to share with you!

First off, Misha over at My Love Affair with Books is hosting a contest for my books and an interview. Visit her site here: My Love Affair with Books

Tara, at 25 hour books, posted a review of Fire Burn: 25 Hour Books

Rebecca, at Dirty Sexy books is hosting a giveaway and interview: Dirty Sexy Books

Roxanne, at Fangtastic Books is also hosting a contest and interview: Fangtastic Books

Then at All the Days Of, Chrizette posted a review of Fire Burn: All the Days of

Stephanie, at Paranormal Haven, posted a review of Fire Burn: Paranormal Haven

Phew!

So, the paperback saga begins...

OK I got my proof the other day of Fire Burn--I might have posted about this already but anyhoo...I was so excited! Until I started reading it...I had uploaded the wrong version with all sorts of mistakes. ERGH! And I can't find my correct version. So...I spent the last two weeks reading the book and making fixes and all day yesterday updating my document so now it should be perfect!!!!

So, here's where the saga begins...I'm publishing through createspace which basically allows you to print your books on demand. Apparently Amazon owns it and it's pretty cool, right? Well, what has me worried is the price of the book. Fire Burn is a pretty hefty book--it's 385 pages or something in a 6 x 9 which is not a small book. So, because of the fact that it's such a big book and based on the way createspace works, I have to price the book at 13.50 to cut even. That's with me making basically nothing per book. And that doesn't bother me--what bothers me is that that is a freaking lot of money!!!

What are your thoughts? Would you buy a print book for that much? And I should probably expand that question--would you buy a print book from a basically not well known author for that much?

Warlock is a shorter book--probably 280 pages so it's more around the lines of $9.99 but even that seems a lot to me. Ugh, I'm really stuck though because I don't have any other options at this point...

Thursday, September 16, 2010

I'm interviewing Amanda Hocking!

Hi All,

Just a quick note to let you know I'm interviewing indie author sensation, Amanda Hocking over at my sister site, indieurbanfantasy.com.

Be sure to check it out! Here is the direct link:

http://indieurbanfantasy.blogspot.com/2010/09/interview-with-amanda-hocking.html

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Working on paperbacks of each of my books

So, yesterday I received the proof of my paperback version of Fire Burn and I was so happy! Talk about an amazing feeling when you can hold your book in your hand! It was beautiful! I published it through createspace and they did such a great job.

So, I do have some changes to make to it but overall, I'm thrilled. I am hoping to finish up my changes today and get it printed asap. It's a pretty big book--6 x 9 so not your usual paperback size. And lots of pages too--330 or something.

I'm really excited! I'll be sure to blog about both paperback books once they are available for purchase and I'll include links as well.

So fun!

More Reviews and some Interviews

Hope you all are having a great afternoon! I have some more reviews and interviews to post!

Belinda, over at The Bookish Snob, reviewed Warlock and gave it 5 stars! Read that review here: The Bookish Snob

Natasha, at Wicked Lil Pixie, reviewed Fire Burn and gave it 4.5 stars! Read Natasha's review here: Wicked Lil Pixie

Jo-Anne, at Strange Candy Reviews, reviewed Fire Burn and gave it 4 stars! Read Jo-Anne's review here: Strange Candy

And Roxanne, over at Fangtastic Books is hosting an interview with me! Read that interview here: Fangtastic Books

And a reminder that Amanda is still running the contest to win one of my books at her blog, Glows Novel Addiction!

Monday, September 13, 2010

New reviews and contests!

Hi All,
Hope you had a great weekend. I did--the hubby and I are renovating our house and we went and got about 6 trees this weekend and planted them yesterday. I love trees!

So, wanted to share some new reviews and contests out there for my books!

Over at Glow's Novel Addiction, we are giving away a copy of one of my books: Glows Novel Addiction

Then, at Paranormal Romantics, Stacey gave Fire Burn a glowing 5 stars! Read that review here: Paranormal Romantics

And today I'll be blogging over at my sister site, Indie Urban Fantasy, about the history of vampires! So check it out!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

New reviews!

So, I just can't tell you how cool it is when you see your book up in lights on someone's blog! LOL And it's even cooler when that someone actually really likes your book.

I just wanted to share the most recent reviews of my books. And I wanted to thank all my reviewers. You are really such a huge part of getting the word out there for indie authors so thank you!!

Amanda over at Glows Novel Addiction reviewed Fire Burn and gave it 5 stars! YAY!! read Amanda's review here: Glows Novel Addiction

At Bewitched Bookworms, Danny and Pushy reviewed both Fire Burn and Warlock: Read their review here: Bewitched Bookworms

Danielle, at Romance Book Junkies, reviewed Fire Burn and gave it 5 stars! YAY! LOL
Read Danielle's review here: Romance Book Junkies

Melanie at Melanie's Random Thoughts reviewed Warlock and gave it 4 stars! Read that review here: Melanie's Random Thoughts

Cid reviewed Fire Burn over at Book Addicts. Read that review here: Book Addicts

Danielle from Alpha Reader reviewed both Warlock and Fire Burn. Read her reviews here: Warlock and Fire Burn

Thank you to everyone!!!

Friday, September 3, 2010

Interview and giveaway

I just wanted to thank Evie for the interview and giveaway of Fire Burn and Warlock over at her website: www.paromantasy.com

Evie had really glowing things to say about my books and I always hugely appreciate it.

As an indie, we are reliant upon marketing ourselves so it's always a huge deal when someone spreads the news about our books!

So, check out Evie's awesome website and enter the contest!

http://www.paromantasy.com/2010/09/author-spotlight-q-and-giveaway-with-hp.html

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Awesome Review of To Kill A Warlock

Thank you to Lori, blogger over at Escape Between the Pages, for the very positive review she wrote of To Kill A Warlock!
Check it out here: Escape Between the Pages, Warlock Review
If you haven't seen Lori's blog, you should! It's incredibly well done and she offers lots of fantastic reviews of all things urban fantasy and paranormal romance.
Thank you, Lori!

Never feels good when someone doesn't like your book!

Kind of a dumb subject line, I know, but thought I'd throw it out there.
Even though you tell yourself not to take things personally, it always stings when you get a bad review!
And I know the old adage "different strokes for different folks" is a good one but we writers take our reviews to heart! LOL
So, you writers out there, how do you deal with unflattering reviews??