Thursday, December 30, 2010

OK vote on what you'd like to see!

So, I'm going to be partaking in an anthology that should be due out around March. As such, I'll be writing a short story for the anthology and I wanted to know which you would prefer:

1. The back story on Sinjin and Christine

2. Dulcie interviewing Sinjin

Let me know and I'll write whichever one gets the most votes!!!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Ok now for a happy post! LOL--Win a new Nook Color!

So, a fellow indie author and friend, Tina Folsom (awesome author btw) is offering a NEW NOOK in color! Just visit her blog and enter her contest. More info here:

http://authortinafolsom.blogspot.com/2010/12/win-nook-color.html

Definitely check it out and check out Tina's books--they are very sexy and I think you will really enjoy them!!!

Irritated with Amazon

So, one of the things that irritates me about Amazon is the fact that there is really no control for the author over reviews. I'm not talking about someone who bought one of my books and happened to just hate it--I am fine with those reviews and I think they absolutely have a right to be there.

What I am talking about is people who clearly haven't read the book, didn't purchase it and are just trying to skew my ratings. Those are the people who have no right to be leaving reviews and it drives me nuts!

As an author, I really rely on my ratings. Many people will buy a book based on what rating it received as well as reviews. And when I get stupid reviews (such as: a warlock can't be considered a hero and a warlock isn't a male witch), it actually does hurt me because it drops my overall ranking.

So, the reason I'm irritated today (LOL) is that the same person who left me a review saying warlocks can't be witches, left another one under the guise of a different person. The review basically says the same thing--warlocks can't be witches...what? Have you read the definition of a warlock??? Hello McFly! I did a bit more research on this particular reviewer who seems driven to drop my rankings for some reason and found that all this person's other reviews were also 1 stars. I think this is just wrong. This hurts authors and I don't think it should be tolerated by Amazon.

Again, if you purchased a book and hated it, definitely leave a bad review. You are completely justified in doing so. But, don't leave a review just to skew someone's ratings, especially when you haven't read the book. That is just wrong.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Wow, Fire Burn featured on Joe Konrath's Blog!!

So, for those of you who don't know who Joe Konrath is, he's a humongous indie author. He's really one of the big guns who paved the way for the rest of us. By becoming an indie and selling a ridiculous number of books (over 100,000 so far), he proved that indies can be just as good as our traditionally published counterparts! And, in the process, he also became a traditionally published author (but still maintains indie books as well).

Now that you have background on Joe, here's the fun part. He recently put out a blog post listing those indies who are selling more than 1,000 books per month and I'm on the list! YAY!
Here is the link:

http://jakonrath.blogspot.com/2010/12/holiday-ebook-buying-guide.html

Be sure to check it out because there are some fabulous indie books on there and you can add a bunch to your reading lists. And the genres are totally different so you'll have lots to choose from.

Happy Holidays, everyone!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Wow just surpassed the 20,000 mark!

Wow! What can I say but that I'm amazed!!!
I have sold more than 20,000 books since July for Kindle and October for Nook. Amazing.
I am humbled and beyond thrilled.
Thank you to everyone who has taken a chance on me and my books.
Your support means the world to me and I wouldn't continue writing if not for all of you!!!
Thank you from the bottom of my heart,
HP

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Wow, people defending my reviews on Amazon!

So, I almost never spend lots of time looking at my negative reviews because they just bum me out. I mean, who wants a bad review, right?

Well, today I was looking at some of my one star reviews and I couldn't believe it but people were commenting on them and defending me! What an awesome feeling that was!!! (Commenting on the ones that were just pretty dumb...Like a 1 star review because a warlock can't be considered a hero? What?! LOL) Those reviewers who just didn't happen to like the story for whatever decent reason were left alone which is how it should be. To each her own...

I can't even begin to tell you how great it made me feel to read people's messages defending me against the more inane reviews. Wow. That there are people out there who love my books so much that they would defend them just amazes me. So, thank you to all my champions!!

And to anyone who ever comments on negative feedback defending a book you really loved, I am thanking you for all authors out there. You are our knights in shining armor!!!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Fire Burn character survey winners

Hi All,
So as most of you know, I did a survey with pictures of people I thought represented the characters from the Jolie books and all of you voted. Well, I posted the winners on my website.
Check it out:

http://www.urbanfantasynovels.com/For%20Fun/funcharacters.html


You can still take the survey and I have noticed that the winners do tend to fluctuate so I'll probably have to update my website again. Here's the link to the survey:

http://www.urbanfantasynovels.com/Survey/survey.html

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Become a character in my next book part 2!!!

Woo Hoo! Another Contest to become another character!

Remember how I hosted a contest for two winners to become characters in Toil and Trouble? And Mercedes Berg and Christine Trum won? Well, I'm at it again! This time for the next Dulcie book. I'm thinking it will be titled "A tale of two goblins".

Here are the contest parameters:

Enter to be written as a character in my book, A tale of two goblins (maybe the title as of now but might change). I'll create your character using your name, description and personality (I'll have to send over a questionnaire, etc. to find out all about you!)

I already know which character you'll be and without giving away too much, this character is:

* Integral to the storyline
* A kick butt type of person
* A "good guy" aka not a jerk wad or a character you wouldn't want to be

The winner will get:

* A written part in the next Dulcie book
* The ability to read the next Dulcie book before it's released to the public
* Added to the Acknowledgments page of the next Dulcie book
* Interviewed on my blog
* A signed (with dedication) paperback copy of the next Dulcie book
* A signed paperback copy of To Kill A Warlock

To enter, you can simply comment on this blog post. To get more entries, you can do the following:

* Leave a comment on this blog post (+ 1 point)
* Follow my blog (+ 1 point)
* Follow me on Twitter (+ 1 point)
* Tweet about the contest (+ 1 point)
* Friend me on Facebook (+ 1 point)
* Mention the contest on Facebook (+ 1 point)
* Mention the contest on your blog (+ 1 point)
* Join my Yahoo Group (+ 1 point)
* Purchase To Kill A Warlock (+5 points--simply send me an email to hpmalloryauthor at yahoo dot com and tell me what the first sentence of chapter eighteen is in To Kill A Warlock to verify that you purchased it. Please don't leave the first sentence in the blog post--just mention that you purchased the book and email me separately!)

Do all of the above and you'll get even more chances to win with a total of 13 possible points. Just mention in your blog comment how many points you earned (and how you earned those points). A sample comment could look like this:

Hey, HP, enter me in your second awesomest contest ever! I have a total of 4 points for commenting on your blog, friending you on facebook, tweeting about your contest and joining your yahoo group!

This contest is open until January 30, 2011 with the winner announced on Jan 31!

Contest Rules:

* Total your points in the comments field of this blog and tell me how you earned your points.
* The winner will be drawn at random (the more points you have, the more entries you'll get)

Want the whole background story of your character? Read my book, To Kill A Warlock just $2.99 ebook! (Also available in paperback on Amazon)
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Sunday, December 12, 2010

Introducing Christine from Toil and Trouble!

So, as you'll recall I recently did an interview with Mercedes who played the prophetess in Toil and Trouble. Well, I also had another winner, Christine, who played Pelham's sister and the reason for the bad blood between Sinjin and Rand! Yay! LOL So, I wanted to interview Christine and this is what she had to say:

HP: Christine is German and one of the most fun parts about writing her character was adding all the German characterizations. So, I have to ask, Christine, how did I do? LOL Did everything make sense the way I wrote it?

C: Yes, it made perfect sense! It was so much fun to read about some of our traditions in your book! Especially the Christmas scene was very accurate! You´re sure you haven´t spent one over here in Germany? :)


HP: Nope, never have although I would love to! I'm really excited that you were one of my winners. What was going through your mind when you entered?

C: It´s no secret that I really like your books, so when I read about your contest I just had to enter. Doesn´t everyone wish you could be a part of one of the stories you love to read?

HP: What was going through your mind when you won?

C: Well, at first I was absolutely speechless. Than I did my embarrassing happy dance routine, thank god I was alone when I found out. Then I called like everybody I know to brag about how my character would rock the Urban Fantasy world! :)

HP: Christine is a book blogger and reviewer. How long have you had your blog and why did you decide to start it? Incidentally, it's a fantastic blog and can be found at: readingonthedarkside.blogspot.com

C: I've had my blog for about half a year now, and I have enjoyed every day of it. Sadly, I´m the only one among my friends who loves to read Urban Fantasy and the fact that I read mostly in English makes it even harder to find people who share my love for the genre. So after a few months of reading around in the blogosphere I decided to go for it and try it as well. Since then, I have made so many great friends, talked to some of my favorite authors and met new ones I now absolutely adore.


HP: OK, so how cool was it to see your name in a book?

C: For a book-a-holic like me, it was the best thing that happened to me this year. Like Christmas and birthday on the same day. I just couldn't remove that stupid happy grin from my face!

HP: One of my favorite scenes with Christine was when she gets Bruno for Christmas which was, of course, based on truth. What I didn't realize was how close to the truth I came with this section. Christine, can you tell us the story behind Bruno and how he became your cat?

C: I actually got him a day before Christmas and he was given to me by my father. Bruno, along with his mother and three of his brothers and sisters was left in a barn not far from our house, where we would pass by everyday when we took our dog for a walk. I have a very soft spot for everything with fur, so when I saw and realized that they didn´t belong to anyone, I wanted to help them immediately. Unfortunately, they were too afraid of people and wouldn´t let us touch them. We fed them as it was winter and they all looked very weak, but I wouldn´t have thought we could ever catch them. I can´t imagine how much effort it took my father to catch not only one but actually three of the cats. When I came home from school that day before Christmas, he was smiling like crazy, I knew someting was up, but when he showed my the tiny, fuzzy and slightly smelling bundle that used to be Bruno back then, I couldn´t help but shed a tear or two. One of his brothers also stayed with us but was hit by our neighbors car only one year after we got them. His sister lives with my grandmother now, but the last kitten of the litter and Bruno´s mother didn´t make it. It was simply too cold this December. So I guess I have a very special relationship to Bruno and it made me so happy to have him along with me in the book!

HP: What are your favorite aspects of your character?

C: It´s hard to tell. She´s an incredible character, I loved the way she came to life on paper! Even though she is not exactly like me, we do share some character traits and it was so much fun to read how you brought her or rather me to life in a period of time that is so different from my own and like I said, you did an incredible job!

HP: So, I had asked Christine back in August if she might be interested in reviewing my books and she was gracious enough to agree and read Fire Burn first and reviewed it. Christine, have you read any other indie authors?

C: I have read quite a few of them actually! I read and reviewed books by Felicity Heaton, Lori Brighton, J.L. Bryan and right now by Kris Sedersten. I think Indie authors should get the same support as other authors, that´s why I´m always glad if I can help!

HP: What were some of your favorite parts in Toil and Trouble?

C: Hmm, where to start? I´m a huge fan of Jolie, she´s kind, funny and down to earth, someone I would love to be friends with (and am now, at least fictionally!). I love the fact that you story is set in England, it´s atmospheric and different, as most of the other popular series are set in big cities. Plus, there is the fact that it not only has one but two hotties in it! ;)

HP: I'm sure it was hard for Christine because I kept asking her all these questions about her character and would drop little hints here and there about who she was going to be. Things like "your character is the reason for the bad blood between Sinjin and Rand." So, with all my leading questions, did you have any ideas about which character you would play?

C: I had no idea, really. Of course, I would daydream about some hot scene between me and one of the guys. You can´t blame a girl for dreaming, right? But I´m so glad about how my character turned out!

HP: So, as you know, I also had one other winner of my contest and that winner was Mercedes, the prophetess. Was it fun reading Mercedes' character and realizing she was real also?

C: Mercedes is such a great addition to the story! If I wouldn´t have known she won, I wouldn´t have guessed! I am a bit jealous though, that she gets to be in the next book as well, but I´m also happy for her!

HP: What did your friends and family think about you entering this contest?

C: *sigh* Like I said, most of my friends unfortunately don´t share my passion for reading. So their reaction lacked somewhat the enthusiasm I would have hoped for. My parents found it very cool to see their daughter´s name printed somewhere. The only one who really seemed as excited as me was my sister.

HP: Okay, and the question we are all waiting for...Are you Team Rand or Team Sinjin?

C: I might have switched team during reading Toil and Trouble a few times, just like Jolie. There were scenes when I was angry at both guys, and other where I loved them both. But in the end, there was no doubt: Team Rand, they are just meant for each other! Sinjin should have stayed with my character! :)

HP: I love that answer! LOL So, what did you think about the fact that your character was the reason behind the feud between Rand and Sinjin?

C: I was amazed to read about it!!! Honestly, when I entered I thought if I´d win I would be some minor character which alone would have be major cool. But that such an important detail of the story was in connection to my character made me incredibly happy!

HP: Did you like Toil and Trouble or Fire Burn better?

C: That´s like asking a mother to decide between her children! They were both great. But thinking of it, I might have liked Toil and Trouble a little bit more. Not because I was in it, but also because the characters really grow in this story. Plus, I really liked the hot and sexy scenes between Jolie and Rand!

HP: Thanks so much, Christine! I really enjoyed writing your character and I don't know what all my readers think, but I believe the German nuances really shaped Christine's character and really added depth to her character. I think it made her character feel very 3 dimensional and I can't tell you how much fun I had writing all about Christine!

C: Thanks so much for having me here and for giving me the incredible chance to be part of your work in the first place! I couldn´t be more happy about how my character turned out! I hope your readers enjoy Toil and Trouble and my little part in the story!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Introducing author and my critique partner, Lori Brighton!

OK, I want to introduce everyone to someone I should have introduced you to a long time ago! Where was my brain? LOL Meet Lori Brighton, published author and indie author of historical romance, paranormal romance and young adult paranormal romance. Incidentally, Lori is also my critique partner and has been for oh, the past three years I think it is.

Lori, has it been three years?

L: I have no idea! I’m getting old. The day’s just sort of blur together now. I do remember getting that email from you though, asking if I wanted to be critique partners and I was thinking, hmm, who is she? I never told you this, but I totally googled you before saying yes. lol. Hey, can’t be too careful.

HP: So, I want to first let everyone know that Lori had a humongous part of helping me edit and shape Fire Burn into what you all read so I will be forever grateful to her for that. And, she’s read and critiqued Warlock and Toil and Trouble. Lori was with me when I got my first agent and when that agent took me all of…nowhere! LOL and it was Lori who first told me about self publishing on kindle. So, needless-to-say, I love Lori!!!! Now that all the gushing is out of the way, I want to introduce you all to Lori’s books. OK, Ms. L, what books do you currently have available and give us a little blurb about each one.

L: Awww, I love you too!

As of right now I have a historical with a bit of paranormal available through Kensington Publishing, Wild Heart. But that book has been out for over a year so I’ll talk about my newer releases.

The Ghost Hunter, a contemporary paranormal romance, is my first self published book. Here’s a blurb:

When Ashley Hunter inherits the Inn where her father mysteriously vanished years ago, she jumps at the chance to finally uncover the truth about his disappearance. But soon after taking ownership of the decrepit building, Ashley realizes she’s in for far more than she bargained. Not only has she inherited answers to many sought-after questions, she’s also inherited spirits, demons and even fallen angels! Then Cristian arrives, a gorgeous man who insists he merely needs a room to rent. She believes him, until one by one her ghosts start disappearing...

As a fallen angel destined for a life of servitude, Cristian Lucius is relegated to protecting earth from unwanted spirits. But he can’t accomplish this daunting task alone. He requires assistance from the very woman who frustrates him as much as she intrigues him. Cristian is determined to ignore his intense attraction for Ashley, and focus on his mission. If they don’t work together, they won’t have a chance in hell of defeating the demon threatening their lives. The problem is getting Ashley to trust him. No easy task, considering Cristian is the very man responsible for her father’s disappearance.

And just the other day I released my first Young Adult, The Mind Readers, a paranormal. Here’s the blurb:

Cameron Winters is a freak. Fortunately, no one but her family knows the truth …that Cameron can read minds. For years Cameron has hidden behind a facade of normalcy, warned that there are those who would do her harm. When gorgeous and mysterious Lewis Douglas arrives he destroys everything Cameron has ever believed and tempts her with possibilities of freedom. Determined to embrace her hidden talents, Cameron heads to a secret haven with Lewis; a place where she meets others like her, Mind Readers.

But as Cameron soon finds out some things are too good to be true. When the Mind Readers realize the extent of Cameron’s abilities, they want to use her powers for their own needs. Cameron suddenly finds herself involved in a war in which her idea of what is right and wrong is greatly tested. In the end she’ll be forced to make a choice that will not only threaten her relationship with Lewis, but her very life.

HP: I have read all of Lori’s books and loved them. Most my readers are paranormal romance readers so I’m sure you will love love love The Ghost Hunter. And, even though I don’t really read young adult (because I like the naughty scenes in adult books too much). Wait, did I just say that? LOL Anyhoo….I LOVED the Mind Readers. This book will make you think your going down one path and then pull the path right up from under your feet. It is awesome. A total page turner. And, for those of you who love historical romance (with paranormal elements), Wild Heart is awesome. Leo, the main hot dude, is insanely alpha and sexy as all get out. OK, back to you, Lori, when did you start writing?

L: No really, please feel free to continue talking about my work J. I started writing about nine years ago. I never thought I’d be an author, my goal was to be the female Indiana Jones. But now I can find adventure by writing and sitting on the couch and eating…wow, really not doing much for that stereotype of the lazy American.

HP: Tell us why you decided to become an indie…

L: I had The Ghost Hunter sitting on my computer. I’d had a lot of interest from editors in N.Y. but they all wanted changes or there was something they didn’t like. When I heard about how much other authors were making by going Indie, I decided to give it a try. Like I said, it was just sitting on my computer so why not? I really had nothing to lose.

HP: What is your favorite of all your books?

L: Whichever book I’m working on at the moment. lol. Honestly, I feel like all 4 (the 4th will be out with Kensington in March) are so different and offer such a different take and characters that it’s hard to pick. But I do think they all have one thing in common, suspense or adventure.

Okay…if I had to pick I’d go with my YA The Mind Readers because I’m really excited to see where this book goes and excited to start book 2.

HP: Who are some of your favorite indie authors? And, of course, you can mention me. LOL

L: I’ve been so busy writing I have no time to read! Of course you’re my favorite, H.P.! Edie Ramer is the author who introduced me to Epublishing and Amanda Hocking is great.

HP: Can you tell us about your current projects? Note to readers: Lori is like an octopus, she has about 3-4 projects going at a time and I admire her for it. Me, I can only work on one at a time.

L: lol. True! I just put up The Mind Readers, and now I’ll be working on a short story for an anthology with a variety of other Indie authors, including your very own H.P.

My short story will be a spinoff of my first and second Kensington book, so a historical paranormal. Then I want to work on another historical paranormal. And of course write book 2 to The Ghost Hunter and The Mind Readers. And I have another contemporary paranormal that I started awhile back….

HP: OK, I really want to talk more about your next paranormal historical…can you tell us about that?

L: Yes! Funny enough, it’s with a N.Y. editor right now. Of course I’d be happy if she wanted it, but on the other hand, I love Indie publishing so much that I would have to think long and hard before I’d accept another N.Y. contract.

I wrote this historical probably 3 years ago, maybe 2. Just recently I realized it would work great as paranormal. As for what it’s about… I’d say it’s sort of like a more suspenseful and darker version of Pride and Prejudice if Darcy was a vampire. It’s not at all a revamp to P&P but it does have similar elements.

HP: Vampires or werewolves?

L: Vampires! Werewolves would get fur all over the house and I’ve already got one dog to clean up after.

HP: When you aren’t writing, what keeps you busy?

L: We like to hike and travel as a family. I love the beach! I also like art; drawing, painting, photography, although I don’t do much.

HP: Where can my readers find out about you on the web? Do you have a facebook page they can join?

L: My website is www.LoriBrighton.com where you can find links to my blog, my poor blog that has been sadly neglected. And yes, I’m on Facebook and Twitter somewhere.

HP: Thanks for stopping by today, Lori! Oh, and Lori is going to be offering a giveaway of Ghost Hunter and Mind Readers to two lucky winners so just leave a comment on this blog and we will let you know if you won! This is going to be a pretty short contest and the winner will be announced Monday. Oh, and Ghost Hunter is only .99 on Amazon and Barnes and Noble for a limited time so do yourselves a favor and pick it up!

L: Thanks so much H.P.!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Interview with Mercedes Berg, my muse for the prophetess!

Hello to everyone in blogville! I have a fun post today!

I interviewed Mercedes Berg, the lovely lady who entered my "become a character in Toil and Trouble" contest and won! I'm really excited to have Mercedes here today and wanted to ask her a million questions about herself so you all can get to know her better! First off, Mercedes really helped me develop her character (the prophetess) and I was thrilled to find that she is such an interesting person--that really helped to shape my portrait of her character in the book. Ok, so without further ado...Hi Mercedes!

HP: Can you tell us a little bit about you?

M: Well let’s keep it short and sweet! I’m 32 years old, I live in California. I adore all things Vampire related, and I love reading!


HP: I'm really excited that you entered my contest (and won!). What was going through your mind when you entered?

M: You know I owe a lot of it to my husband and friends. I got a new Kindle for my birthday this year from my hubby and an Amazon gift card from some good friends of mine. I was searching through the Kindle Bookstore when I stumbled across an interesting looking book called “Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble”. It looked good; it had some great reviews so I decided to give it a chance. It was the first book I read on my Kindle. Before I was even done with the book I downloaded your other book “To Kill a Warlock”. I was keeping close tabs to find out when your next book when I saw on your blog that you were running this awesome contest. I was at work when I found out and just knew I had to enter then and there. Lucky for me I’m the boss, so I took some time and entered. My fingers were crossed the whole time, which makes typing difficult, lol.

HP: OK, now I have to know, what was going through your mind when you won?

M: Ooohh, it was funny. It was Halloween and I was having a scary movie marathon with some family and friends. I was the only female in the house at the time. I was checking my email for something else and I see a note that H.P. Mallory posted on my Facebook wall. I was like, what is that about. I logged on to my Facebook account and went nuts.. I won.. Every guy in my house looked at me like I was crazy. They just couldn’t understand. I had to put it in guy terms.. I said it was almost like being written into your favorite Star Trek episode. I saw that they were getting it, but didn’t share my enthusiasm. I knew I had to call a fellow female reader. I called my Mom, who was just as excited as I was. I spent the next few days walking on air!

HP: Were you worried at all about who your character might be? Was it scary to wonder what your character would be like?

M: It wasn’t scary at all, but I was darn curious. Was I going to be in a love triangle, was I going to be evil, a trouble maker, was I going to get to make out with Sinjin, lol. I do have to say though that I loved how my character ended up..I am still not opposed to making out with Sinjin in writing though!

HP: So, in the book, I talk quite a bit about your rituals when your character does her magic. To everyone in blog world, all of that was actually based on information Mercedes told me. Mercedes, can you tell us a bit about when you used to be Wiccan?

M: As I said earlier I am from California, and I actual live one town over from a very Wiccan/Pagan friendly city. For quite a few years this was my religion. I was very into Candle magick, and very basic simple magick. I haven’t given up completely because I still do smudging, I still have my candles, blessing oils, and tarot cards. I have just incorporated some of my Christian beliefs as well. I mean to be honest when you think about certain magick rituals, there are a lot of similarities with Catholicism and Christianity. I guess I have taken the best out of all of them. What’s important to me know is being a good person, and trying to put forth good works.

HP: OK, so how cool was it to see your name in a book?

M: Amazing, I was like a kid every time I saw my name. I stopped everyone I knew and was like look, that’s me!

HP: Is paranormal romance your favorite genre of book? Who are some of your favorite authors?

M: Although I read a lot of different books, I do tend to go for the Paranormal Romance genre the most. I’m a big fan of Katie MacAlister, Lynsay Sands, Mary Janice Davidson, and yea I will totally admit to loving the Twilight series.

HP: What was the best part about being the prophetess?

M: The power of course. Who doesn’t want to be this kind of all knowing powerful witch?

HP: What are your favorite aspects of your character?

M: I love that she’s straight forward and doesn’t really take any of Jolie’s back and forth. She Jolie know this is the way it has to be done, no ifs, ands or buts about it!

HP: What were some of your favorite parts in Toil and Trouble?

M: Believe it or not there is one part that is my absolute favorite above all others. **Spoiler Alert** It takes place after Jolie changes her appearance so that she can travel with Sinjin to join the battle. Sinjin is introduces his companin to Rand like this:

“This is Tallulah,” he said in a mocking voice. “I have just feasted on her blood, thus she is quite scattered.”

Tallulah?? WTF?? I swear, Sinjin existed merely to piss me off. I exhaled a long breath and tried to contain the hurricane of anger that was currently plowing through me. Regardless of what Sinjin did or said, I had to maintain my composure. There was just too much riding on my ability to dupe Rand. So, that’s what I focused on.

I literally laughed out loud and startled my hubby. Just imagining this scene is hilarious!

My second favorite part? Finding out I was the prophetess!



HP: Before you read the book, did you have any ideas about which character you would play?

M: I knew she would be some sort of witch, but beyond that not a clue.

HP: So, as you know, I also had one other winner of my contest and that winner was Christine. Was it fun reading Christine's character and realizing she was real also?

M: Absolutely. I wondered how much the character was like Christine and what she thought of her part.

HP: What's your favorite color?

M: It’s a tie, Green and Black

HP: What did your family think about you entering this contest?

M: My Mom loves the same types of books I do, so she was happy and a little jealous.

HP: Are you Team Rand or Team Sinjin?

M: I am Team Sinjin. I know everyone loves Rand. His character is great, but Sinjin, is part bad boy, part teddy bear!

HP: You had told me about a time when you lived in a house that was haunted. Can you tell us about that? Incidentally, it gave me shivers!

M: I lived in a 2 story house where the second story was just a bedroom. Mine. I first noticed something was up because of the TV I had. This TV was OLD. It didn’t have a remote just a panel on the front of the TV that listed different channels. So if you wanted channel 10, you had to press the number 10 in order to change to that channel and it would light up and stay there. Anyway I was watching something on TV when it changed on its own. A few days went by with nothing else happening. Then it started again. The channels would change on their own. I had a friend staying over one night and it happened while she was there. I finally had a witness, but nothing I could do about it. So I just put up with it. After a couple of weeks it got worse for me. I went to take a shower (luke warm) and in the middle of my shower you could see the hot water knob turn on its own. I ended up with a few scalding showers. I had no idea what to do. I tried smudging, but that did jack crap. I finally decided to move out of my room and into another in the house, and I never had another problem. Stupid ghost just didn’t like me, lol!

HP: Did you like Toil and Trouble or Fire Burn better? (I guess that is sort of a silly question considering you're in TNT! LOL)

M: I loved them both. I did like Toil and Trouble better and not just because I was in it. You learned so much of why Rand is so stubborn, and you got to see a caring gentle side to Sinjin. I was also stoked to get to learn more about Pelham!

HP: Have you read any other indie authors?

M: I was blown away by the quality of your work that I have started to open myself up to other indie authors. I have picked up a couple books from indieurbanfantasy.com

HP: Thanks so much, Mercedes! We will definitely be seeing you again in the next Jolie book. In fact, you'll be playing a huge part in the next book in the series! So, you'll be getting lots more emails from me with tons of questions! LOL I can't tell everyone how happy I was with the way Mercedes' character really shaped out. I think she really added depth to the character and the book! So, keep your eyes out for more from Mercedes, the prophetess!

M: I can’t wait either! I love the series, and I am anxious to see what’s in store for my character. I also want to see what the future holds for Jolie, and to find out is she Team Rand or Team Sinjin! I am sure most followers will have read the book by now, but if you haven’t you better. It’s got everything you could want in a book. It’s got magick, Hot Guys, Adventure, Hot Guys, time travel, and did I mention Hot Guys?? Thanks again H.P. I truly enjoyed this process and was honored to be picked the winner in this contest!


Monday, December 6, 2010

Take a poll about who should play who in the Jolie series

I just put together a survey with pictures of people I think could be the characters from Fire Burn and Toil and Trouble. Would love to know what you think!

Take survey

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Toil and Trouble Available on Kindle!

Here is the link for all you kindle owners!

http://www.amazon.com/Trouble-Paranormal-Romance-Wilkins-ebook/dp/B004EHZTHO/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&m=AG56TWVU5XWC2&s=digital-text&qid=1291266505&sr=1-2

Toil and Trouble Released!!!

Hi All,

Just a quick note to let you all know, I've released Toil and Trouble. It's still uploading to Amazon so I don't have a link for it there yet but will post as soon as I do.

I do, however, have a link to Nook and to the E-book version (pdf, etc.).

Here you go:

Nook: http://search.barnesandnoble.com/books/product.aspx?ean=2940011844416

Ebook: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/31713

Be sure to check out my website, because I've added a fun section about both Toil and Trouble and To Kill A Warlock. That includes stuff like songs, pictures of cars, pictures of characters and for Warlock, also includes a sample of the first page of the graphic novel we're working on.

www.hpmallory.com

I hope you all like Toil and Trouble!!!