Monday, November 21, 2011

Vote on your favorite title for the next Dulcie book!

Wow, were there some incredible suggestions! Thank you all for participating!
I've narrowed it down to just 6 titles so please vote on your favorite! I'll announce the winner this Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011!
Thank you all again!

Vote here: http://www.zoomerang.com/Survey/WEB22DSZJKWERG

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Online Book Signing and Video Chat!

Hi All!

So I'm super excited to announce that I'm going to be having my first ever online e-book signing and video chat this coming Friday, November 18, 2011 at 6 pm PST/ 9 pm EST!

I would love it if you all wanted to stop by and say hello or ask any questions you might have!

Oh, and if you haven't purchased Great Hexpectations yet or if you want a signed copy, you can purchase the book during the event and I'll sign it for you on camera! Woo Hoo!

OK, so how does this work? It's actually pretty simple:

1. go to: www.spreecast.com and once there just click the box at the top of the page that mentions my name

2. After you click, you'll be able to view my webcam as well as the webcams of those people orchestrating the event.

3. If you want to ask questions or make comments, you can do so in two ways--first, you can simply type your question and I'll answer it or if you'd like
to use your own webcam, you can do that too but you just need to make sure you have the most recent version of Flash installed which you can find here:
http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/

Hope to see you there!!
HP

Monday, November 7, 2011

Contest: Please name the next Dulcie Book!

I'm at it again!!! Enter this contest to name the next Dulcie book!!!

Because the last contest I ran was so successful (Great Hexpectations being the winner by Caitlin Boberg) I wanted to run another one!

Here are the guidelines:

The title needs to be a play on the title of another famous book. For example:

To Kill A Warlock was a play on To Kill A Mockingbird

A Tale of Two Goblins was a play on A Tale of Two Cities

Great Hexpectations was a play on Great Expectations

I'll run this contest for the next two weeks--so end date will be November 21, 2011 and then I'll pick my 5-10 favorites out of all the entries and you guys can vote on which one is your favorite.

Oh, and the winner will get a $50 gift certificate to Barnes and Noble or Amazon and a thank you in the acknowledgements section of the new Dulcie book as well as the ability to read the book before it's released!

To enter, please just comment on this blog post and include your proposed title for the next Dulcie book.

Good luck and can't wait to see what you come up with!!!

HP

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Release Day!!!

I'm super excited to announce that today is the release day (2 days early) of the third book in the Dulcie O'Neil series, Great Hexpectations!

I really enjoyed writing this book and I hope all of you will enjoy reading it! I definitely think Knight and Dulcie get much closer in this book and they are put through many trials and tribulations!

Please be sure to join me on Facebook on Halloween, Oct 31, 2011 from 10-11 PST for my online release party where I'll be answering questions, posting excerpts from the book and giving away a free e-book of Great Hexpectations every 10 mins!

Hope to see you there and have a very HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Love,
HP

Saturday, October 1, 2011

The Winner of the Become A Character in Great Hexpectations Contest!

Well, it's that day!!!

Thank you so much to everyone for entering.


Just a reminder as to what the winner will get:
*A part in Great Hexpectations
* The ability to read Great Hexpectations before it's released to the public
* Added to the Acknowledgments page of Great Hexpectations
* Interviewed on my blog
* A signed (with dedication) paperback copy of Great Hexpectations

So the winner is (picked at random by random.org)...(drum roll)


CARESSA BRANDENBURG

Congratulations to Caressa!!!!

I also am going to be adding another character from a previous contest (the blog contest put on by Bels (Bookish Snob) to Great Hexpectations. Initially Alexandra was going to appear in a Dulcie short story but I haven't had the chance to pen the story so thought it would be better just to add her to Great Hexpectations! And that winner was ALEXANDRA FIELDS GARRITY!

Thank you again to everyone for participating and please congratulate Caressa and Alexandra!!!

Love you all!
HP

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Become a character in my next Dulcie book, Great Hexpectations!

Become a Character in my next Dulcie book, Great Hexpectations!!!!

Back by popular demand! Please enter and I will pick one winner who will become a decently large character in the next Dulcie book!

Here are the contest parameters:

Enter to be written as a character in my book, Great Hexpectations. I'll create your character using your name, description and personality (I'll send over a questionnaire, etc. to find out all about you!)

The winner will get:

* A written part in Great Hexpectations
* The ability to read Great Hexpectations before it's released to the public
* Added to the Acknowledgments page of Great Hexpectations
* Interviewed on my blog
* A signed (with dedication) paperback copy of Great Hexpectations


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)
* Purchase either of the other Dulcie O'Neil books (To Kill A Warlock or A Tale of Two Goblins) and get extra points! (+5 points per book--simply send me an email to hpmalloryauthor at yahoo dot com and tell me what the first sentence of chapter twelve is in either Warlock or Goblins 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 17 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 fifth awesomest contest ever! I have a total of 8 points for commenting on your blog, friending you on facebook, tweeting about your contest and purchasing your book!

This contest is open until September 30, 2011 with the winner announced on October 1!

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 books, To Kill A Warlock, just .99 ebook! and A Tale of Two Goblins (Also available in paperback)

Good luck!!!!

HP

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Interview with Paranormal Romance author, HT Night!

Hi All!
I have a special guest on my blog today! His name is HT Night and he's an indie author of paranormal romance. I think you all would really enjoy his books so I wanted to get him on my blog! So, without further ado...here's HT!

HP: Hi HT and welcome to my blog. Thank you for being here and I'm so excited to get to know you better!


HT: Thank you for having me. I am very excited to speak with you. I have admired you for some time.


HP: Ah, thank you! So, your first question, what would you say your books are about? Are they a series?


HT: My main series is Vampire Love Story. It's about a young man who gets thrown into a paranormal world and discovers himself in the process. It's about his journey and all that he is not to force to deal with. Along the way, he makes great friends.

I think it's an extremely different kind of paranormal romance. It is told from a male's perspective, but I believe it still appeals to women because he's very passionate about everything. The series is about friendship and love as well as vampires and werewolves.


HP: How many books do you have out right now?


HT: As of today, I have five novels and one screenplay out.


HP: Which of your books would you recommend for my readers to start with?


HT: I would recommend Vampire Love Story or Werewolf Love Story to start with. Vampire Love story is told through Josiah Reign's eyes and it will give the reader a foundation of all the characters and where they are going. I would also recommend for a reader to start with Werewolf Love story if they wish because the story takes place five years earlier. The book is through Josiah's best friend Tommy's eyes.


HP: So, not all my readers know that your brother is the paranormal bestseller, JR Rain. Have you guys worked on any books together?


HT: Yes. He is my brother. J.R. is a beast. He has been pursuing a career in writing since he was thirteen years old. We used to write Choose Your Own Adventure books when we were kids. J.R. inspires me and encourages me on a daily basis. He is my main reason why I have decided to to this full time. He has always believed in my story telling abilities and I think he is a brilliant writer. Scott Nicholson, he and I are writing a book called 'Night School' together. My brother and have also been talking seriously about writing a paranormal book about William Shakespeare.


HP: Can you give us an average day in the life of HT Night, vampire author?


HT: It depends on the day. Over the past two months, I wrote Werewolf Love Story and Forever and Always(Vampire Love story book #3) simultaneously. So the last two months have mainly been about writing. I get up around 6:30 a.m. and go for a walk for about an hour. Feed my eight year old son, and then we usually snuggle and watch cartoons or play video games. Then I take my son to his Nana's house (my mom) and then I drive over to B'Daulton Bookseller in Riverside. I sit down at their cafe and write or edit for three to four hours. I love writing there because it inspires me being around all those great books. They also make great soup. After that, I pick my son up and go back home and spend the rest of the day writing and editing at my house. Usually in the evening, I take my son to the park or the pool. I like to end my day by walking or doing something physical.



HP: Do you believe in ghosts?


HT: That's an awesome question because that speaks to the core of me. It's my analytical brain versus my spirituality heart. I'd say most days I do believe in ghosts, because it is my belief that there's so much we don't know. Ask my brother J.R. about the time we burnt a book because we thought it was possessed as kids.


HP: What did you do before becoming an author?


HT: I was teacher. I taught elementary school and then I was a CEO of an after school company. We would teach drawing, acting, writing, board games and sports.


HP: Are any of your characters modeled after you or people you know?


HT: Tommy and Josiah are a lot like my brother and I. Tommy has my sense of humor and Josiah physically looks like my brother and I did in our early 20's. Yari is a mixture of all the tough women I have dated over the years. Lena (Vampire Love story) and Maya (Werewolf Love story) represent the kind of women I have always fallen for.


HP: What do you love most about being an author?


HT: I love creating characters that I fall in love with. I love it when I'm writing a scene and it consumes me. I'll be writing it for a couple of hours straight and then I look up at the clock and I feel like I had just experience everything I just wrote. It's like I just lived it, then I need a good snap back to reality. My son is good at giving me those.


HP: Would you ever consider becoming a traditionally published author?


HT: Definitely. I would love to someday be have a series or two in bookstores.


HP: What is your favorite book?


HT: 'Ender's Game' by Orson Scott Card. I also love... wait for it. Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller. I think both books are styles I try to emulate. I love a good action scene, but I'm a sucker for romance.


HP: Who has had the biggest influence on you in terms of your writing career?


HT: Like I said earlier. My brother is bar none my biggest influence. Sometimes I read chapters of his and I'm in awe of how he constructs his thoughts so it has a fluidity that is similar to a melodic scale. J.R. Rain in my inspiration as a writer and as a human being. There is no one more generous and or as thoughtful and caring as he. He's a good man. Oh by the way, he is available ladies.


HP: Do you have any advice for other authors out there or people who are thinking of becoming indie authors?


HT: Follow your own style. If it's something you were meant to do, you will find an audience. Also, don't allow your worth to be translated in what people write about you.


HP: Thank you so much for spending some time with us! I really appreciate it! I can't wait to meet up with you at our August book signing in Seattle! Thanks again, HT!!!!!


HT: Thank you H.P.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

And the winner is...

Caitlin Boberg with her fantastic title, Great Hexpectations!
I love this title and I'm so excited about it.
And a huge shout out to Jenny Wilson for her awesome title, For Whom the Spell Tolls!
Thank you all for entering and more to come about the next Dulcie book, Great Hexpectations, soon!!!
HP

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Please vote for your favorite title for the next Dulcie book!

Hi All,

I know I said I would run this contest until June 15th but I got so many amazing suggestions, I decided to end it today and post my favorite 5 suggestions, ahem 10 suggestions. Seriously, they were so good, I couldn't narrow them to 5 so here are my top 10.

Please just vote for one title.

And, I have to say how much I love you guys! Your suggestions were so impressive--they just bowled me over and I laughed out loud repeatedly. Because you all are much better at this than I am, I'm going to make a tradition out of this contest for each new Dulcie release.

Thank you all so much!

Now....let's vote!!!

Name That Dulcie Book

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Introducing Indie Author, Scott Nicholson

Hi All,

I have a special interview today with an indie author who I have always looked up to. When I first became a self-published author, Scott's name was always thrown around as one of the indies who had really made it--someone who could write and had fabulous stories. Luckily, I had the distinct pleasure of getting to know Scott and I've enjoyed it immensely. So, I wanted to introduce Scott to all of you who might not know of him and urge you to try some of his books.

Scott Nicholson is the author of 12 or so novels, including the Top 100 bestsellers Liquid Fear and Disintegration, as well as seven story collections, six screenplays, four comics series, and three children's books. He's also put out The Indie Journey: Secrets to Writing Success.

HP: Hi Scott, welcome to my blog and thanks so much for stopping by!

S: Thanks, HP, I'm honored to be here. I've watched the way you've built your success and it's inspiring.

HP: So, the first question I have for you is all about how you got started as an indie author. For those of you who don't know, Scott's name was always one I heard when I just started out as an indie. He was definitely recognized as someone who was a fantastic writer and a success. I'd love to know how you found yourself on the road to indiedom?

S: Equal parts inspiration and desperation. I'd been through New York and agents and all that but I'd hit a dead spot in my career where I couldn't get much traction. I had the rights back to my first novel The Red Church and was looking at ways to get it back out to readers. Luckily, it coincided with the e-book explosion. After six months and the same old agent "I can't sell this," I decided I should put up every novel I'd been shopping and start looking for readers instead of that one editor who might like it. I haven't looked back since. I'm humbled and grateful for this rare opportunity.

HP: What is the easiest and hardest part about self publishing?

S: The easiest part is just doing it, which is also the hardest part. You really need creative drive at every level, from writing to product development to marketing. But you have to enjoy the writing first. I see indies who are already giving up, because they read blogs that suggest all indies will be millionaires. The truth is, few are going to win the lottery. That's why it's a lottery. For most of us, this is just a job in the arts, where you work hard and maybe 10 or 15 years later your small business starts turning a profit if you're lucky.

HP: Can you tell us about your books? Do you write series or standalones and which would you say would be good ones for my readers to start with?

S: Every book I write has an out for a sequel. The Red Church has a loose sequel with a recurring main character in Drummer Boy, and Archer McFall will be the third in the series when I have time to write it. I am currently writing the Liquid Fear sequel, Chronic Fear, and there's a third in that series as well. Your paranormal fans might enjoy October Girls, in which a teen witch and her dead best friend employ trailer-trash magic to save the world from the unborn twin of James Dean. Other books I write will depend on what readers want. I'll write whatever they support the most, because they are my boss in every sense of the word.

HP: I think you've co-written a book with JR Rain? What is the name of the book and is it available? How was that process--did you find it difficult to write with someone else?

S: We have three: Cursed! and The Vampire Club were from old first drafts J.R. had written and I revised and sprinkled Scott dust on them. Ghost College was kicked back and forth in alternating chapters, and we're doing the same thing in a round-robin with vampire star H.T. Night. J.R. is an amazing storyteller and his warmth and humanity really come through. I tend to be a little harder-edged with a little dry humor, so it's a fun blend. Working with him has definitely made me a better writer.

HP: What advice would you offer other aspiring authors?

S: Write every day. I've always said that. Be open to possibility and don't get caught up in the "Indie vs. Trad vs. Amazon vs. Apple vs. BN" stuff. Do what's best for you today and be prepared to change tomorrow, because change is the only constant I've seen in the digital revolution.

HP: What is one fact about yourself that would surprise your readers?

S: It's funny to me that people assume I am "dark" or "violent" just because I indulge in certain kinds of make-believe. I'm a gardener at heart, patient, persistent, optimistic.

HP: Would you ever consider becoming a traditionally published author or would you prefer to stay indie all the way?

S: I've been there with six books, so I know the downsides, and there are many. I know the upsides and downsides of indie pretty well, except of course the uncertain future. I am open to trying anything at any time, because tomorrow will not be like today. The great thing for indies is they now know what they are worth and they have options that didn't exist five or 10 years ago. I just wrote an article at indiereader.com. about how none of us are truly indies because we all need other people.

HP: What is your favorite movie?

S: Varies, but today I will go with The Princess Bride.

HP: Do you believe in ghosts?

S: I believe in the possibility. I've been a ghost hunter and I hosted two paranormal conferences at haunted locations, which inspired my novel Speed Dating with the Dead. But after all the EVPs and EMFs and seances, I still don't think we're any closer to understanding what is essentially an article of faith.

HP: Who has influenced you the most in your road to becoming a self published author?

S: In writing, Vonnegut, Hemingway, Shirley Jackson, Ray Bradbury, and Stephen King were people I wanted to be. The problem was I wanted to be all of them at the same time, so it took a lot of rejection slips to hammer out what I suppose is my style. I've known self-publishers as long as I've been writing, but it was people like J.A. Konrath and Zoe Winters that helped educate me on the new era.

HP: Thanks so much for visiting with us today, Scott! It was so much fun chatting with you and getting to know you. And to everyone reading this, please be sure to check out Scott's books!! Scott, where can my readers learn more about you? Do you have a website? Thanks again!

S: My website is www.hauntedcomputer.com and I'm also "hauntedcomputer" on Twitter and Facebook. My monthly newsletter has contests, giveaways, and advance copies so sign up at scottsinnercircle-subscribe@yahoogroups.com. Thanks HP for sharing your living room with me!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Contest: Help me name the next Dulcie book!

So, I think I'm contest crazy. LOL

Here is a new one I haven't done before...

Help me name the next Dulcie book (which is due out in Summer 2o11)

So, the only guidelines I have is that the title needs to be a play on the title of another famous book. For example:

To Kill A Warlock was a play on To Kill A Mockingbird

A Tale of Two Goblins was a play on A Tale of Two Cities

I'll run this contest for the next two weeks--so end date will be June 15th and then I'll pick my 5 favorites out of all the entries and you guys can vote on which one is your favorite.

Oh, and the winner will get a $50 gift certificate to Barnes and Noble or Amazon and a thank you in the acknowledgements section of the new Dulcie book as well as the ability to read the book before it's released!

To enter, please just comment on this blog post and include your proposed title for the next Dulcie book.

OK get those creative juices flowing!!!

HP

The Winner of My Become A Character in My Book Contest!

Well, it's that day!!!

Thank you so much to everyone for joining. This was the biggest contest in terms of responses that I've had yet!


Just a reminder as to what the winner will get:ten
*A part in Be Witched
* The ability to read Be Witched before it's released to the public
* Added to the Acknowledgments page of Be Witched
* Interviewed on my blog
* A signed (with dedication) paperback copy of Bewitched


And remember that this contest was extra special because Be Witched will be released by Random House which means the winner will show up in stores all over the nation! Woo Hoo!

So, I'm sure you all are eager for me to get to the point...LOL

The Winner (picked at random at random.org) of my 3rd Character Contest is.....


KLAASJE HELGREN

Congratulations to Klaasje!!!!

Please note that I'll be posting the next character contest pretty soon--it will be for the next Dulcie book. I'll actually be running two contests--one where you can become a character and the other to name the book!!!!!

Thank you again to everyone for participating and please congratulate Klaasje!!!

Love you all!
HP

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The Last Day to enter to become a character in my next book

Just a reminder that today is the last day to enter my contest whereby you can become a character in my next Jolie book, Be Witched!

If you haven't entered, there is still time!
Just enter here

And I'll be announcing the winner tomorrow.

Good luck to everyone!

PS I've noticed some people are having trouble leaving comments on the blog post. If you have trouble, just email your post to me at hpmalloryauthor at yahoo dot com

Friday, May 20, 2011

Winner of my blog stop contest!

Hello All,
I'm a little late in announcing this and I apologize!
The winner for my blog tour contest, sponsored by The Bookish Snob,
is Alexandra Fields Gerrity!
Congratulations to Alexandra who will become a character in a Dulcie O'Neil short story anthology.
Thanks again to everyone for entering!!!
HP

Friday, May 13, 2011

Become a Character in my next Jolie book Contest!!!!

Become A Character Contest!!!

I'm at it again! Become a character in my next Jolie Wilkins book, Be Witched!

The super fun part of this contest is that Be Witched will be published by Bantam Books which means your character will show up in stores all over the place! Imagine that!!!

Here are the contest parameters:

Enter to be written as a character in my book, Be Witched. I'll create your character using your name, description and personality (I'll send over a questionnaire, etc. to find out all about you!)

The winner will get:

* A written part in Be Witched
* The ability to read Be Witched before it's released to the public

* Added to the Acknowledgments page of Be Witched
* Interviewed on my blog
* A signed (with dedication) paperback copy of Bewitched


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)
* Purchase either of the other Jolie Wilkins books (Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble or Toil and Trouble) (+5 points per book--simply send me an email to hpmalloryauthor at yahoo dot com and tell me what the first sentence of chapter eighteen is in either Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble and/or Toil and Trouble 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 17 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 fourth awesomest contest ever! I have a total of 8 points for commenting on your blog, friending you on facebook, tweeting about your contest and purchasing your book!

This contest is open until May 31, 2011 with the winner announced on June 1!

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 books, Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble, just .99 ebook! and Toil and Trouble (Also available in paperback)

And, remember, this contest is extra special because this book will be published by Random House so your character will show up in stores all around the Nation!!!!!!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

All of my books on sale for .99 each!

Hello everyone!
I've decided to run a Spring sale! LOL
For four days only, all of my books are priced at just .99 each (for both Kindle and Nook!)
So, if you can think of anyone who might enjoy them, please spread the word!!
Thank you in advance,
HP

Saturday, May 7, 2011

The Last Stop of My Blog Hop

So, today is the last stop in my blog tour and it has been so much fun! Thank you to everyone who hosted me--I really enjoyed writing guest posts, answering interview questions and posting excerpts from A Tale of Two Goblins.

And a huge thank you to Belinda from Bookish Snob Promotions for organizing the blog tour and doing such a fantastic job. If there are any authors out there, definitely get in touch with Bels and have her organize your own blog tour! It's so much fun and really helps to get the word out there about your books! Here is more information...

Bookish Snob Promotions

Okay, now for the fun stuff! As you all probably know, I love contests! So, to end this blog tour with a bang, I am hosting a contest whereby the winner will be written into a short story starring the Dulcie O'Neil set of characters. I don't have a release date yet for this story but I'm thinking sometime in Summer. It will be a short story in an anthology with other indie authors in paranormal romance.

To enter, you just have to answer some questions about my blog tour! Questions can be found here:

A Tale of Two Goblins Blog Tour Quiz

If you need some help with where to find the answers, all answers can be found in my blog tour. Here is the list of blogs who hosted me:
Link
Blog Tour List

Just answer the questions and a winner will be randomly selected from all entrants. This contest will run for two weeks and a winner will be announced on May 22, 2011 so be sure to check my blog or facebook friend me to find out if you won!

Friend HP on Facebook

Thanks again to everyone who participated and I hope you had as much fun as I did!!

HP

Monday, May 2, 2011

Interview with author, J.R. Rain!

I had the pleasure of recently becoming acquainted with bestseller in paranormal romance, J.R. Rain. Not only is Mr. Rain a Mr. (so fun to read the male perspective!) but he's also extremely friendly and very talented (can we say three books on the kindle bestseller list?!)

I'm sure many of you have already read his vampire for hire series (Moon Dance, Vampire Moon and American Vampire) and if you haven't, I hope you'll check them out.

J.R. was kind enough to offer to do a Q&A for my online book club in about two weeks' time (final date to be announced). So, if you aren't a member of my online book club, please friend me on Facebook and you can access it there.

Here's what J.R. Rain had to say!

HP: Hi, JR, and welcome to my blog! Thanks so much for taking the time to answer my questions. I'm really excited to introduce your books to my readers! So, I have to admit that I haven't yet read one of your books but they are next on my list. I've heard nothing but glowing reviews about them from my readers! I'm really excited to delve into them. Is there a particular book I should start with?

JR: First of all, I already love all your readers. And second, that’s a good question. I would imagine many of your readers would want to start with Moon Dance, which is the first in my “Vampire for Hire” series. But I’m also currently writing eight other series, three of which are with the great Scott Nicholson! Moon Dance is my most popular book by far, and is a great introduction to my writing, I would imagine. It has some mystery, humor and lots of supernatural.

HP: So, I read on your website that you used to be a private investigator which sounds incredibly interesting! Can you tell us about the craziest thing you ever encountered? Or is that top secret?

JR: It’s all top secret and I’ll probably go to jail, but what the hell...I’ll take my chances! Kidding. Let’s see, my craziest case was probably going undercover at a big department store on the West Coast, where we uncovered a massive theft ring that extended to many different countries.

HP: How did you decide to write paranormal romance?

JR: I never did! I swear. My books just ended up there. Actually, I always think of myself as a mystery writer first. I wrote Moon Dance back in 2003, back when Anita Blake was just getting popular, and way before Twilight was published. Actually, I had never heard of another mystery series that featured a vampire as a lead, and so I ran with it. My inspiration for Samantha Moon was “Bewitched,” truth be known. (Get it, Sam?) I was always so intrigued that a full-blown witch could secretly live in a suburban neighborhood. So I asked myself what steps would a vampire need to take if she were to live in a typical neighborhood...and Moon Dance was born. Interestingly, it never occurred to me that I was doing something unusual by writing from a female’s perspective. I just knew that the book would be more interesting if she was a soccer mom, private eye and vampire. Back in the day, many publishers rejected it because there wasn’t enough romance in it, and I would always say, “That’s because it’s a mystery novel...and how could there be much romance in it if she’s trying to hold together a marriage that’s falling apart?” Well, publishers are interested in it today, but I have no desire to sell it. I’m quite happy publishing my novels straight to Kindle (and other ereaders) and having total control.

HP: What type of dog do you have?

JR: She’s a basenji/doberman mix. Basenjis are the barkless dog from Africa, the ones that look a bit like a dingo. Her name is Sadie, but her nickname is Booger Butt.

HP: If you weren't a writer, what other job would you want?

JR: I would have been an archaeologist...or would have just kept working as a P.I. I have a degree in anthropology, and I always thought it would have been cool to work in a cultural museum. But not as cool as writing about vampires and ghosts.

HP: I read on your website that you used to write screenplays? Which do you prefer, screenplays or books?

JR: Ultimately, books. But screenplays do have their place, too. For me, the structure of screenplays allow for tons of action, which can be a lot of fun. I might write more screenplays someday, and just publish them directly onto Kindle. Kindle is a new market for screenplay authors, many of whom are great writers, too, but you would never know it because their original screenplays were badly botched by producers, other writers and actors. And what about all those great screenplays that never got made or never sold because of a silly temporary trend? So screen writers...publish your screenplays on Kindle! There’s a market for them. I’m proof.

HP: Can you tell us about your Vampire for Hire series?

JR: It features Samantha Moon who works the night shift as a private investigator. She used to be a Federal Agent for HUD, which is a little-known agency that tracks down loan frauds and such, especially those frauds committed against low-income families. But when she encountered a “change” in her life, she was forced to quit her day job and work nights. I once dated a federal agent, and boy oh boy did I hear a lot of great stories. (Of course, I think she liked some of my stories, too.) Basically, the stories are about her coping with her new life, all while tackling some pretty wild cases.

HP: What’s your favorite part about being a writer?

JR: Day hikes in the woods. Seriously. Which boils down to: Freedom.

HP: If you had to be one of your characters, who would you be and why?

JR: Ha! Well, I’m already one of my characters. Jim Knighthorse is based on me...except, as I like to say, he’s bigger, badder and better. He does the things I always wished I could, says the things I always wanted to say, and kicks the ass I always wanted to kick.

HP: Are you a night owl or an early riser?

JR: I am an early riser; that is, if I want to get my best work done. Without discipline, I would stay up until 5:00 a.m. and then sleep all the next day, which isn’t a good recipe for personal development and success.

HP: Do you have any advice for other authors who are just starting out?

JR: Treat writing seriously. Learn the craft. Buy books on writing. Take writing classes. Writing classes are a blast. You get to hang out with other writers and talk shop. Give yourself a self-education in the art of writing. Practice with short stories. Then graduate to longer stories. Read like crazy. Mimic your favorite writers in the beginning, and then branch out once you discover your own voice. With Amazon and Nook you no longer need to go with traditional publishers, but that also means your writing will be instantly critiqued by readers. So make sure you’re putting out there the best possible product. And the way you know you’re putting out the best possible product is to properly teach yourself the craft.

HP: How did you get started writing?

JR: I always wanted to work for myself, even back when I was a kid. I was always making stuff, trying to discover what it was that I wanted to keep on making for the rest of my life. I built everything from skates to skis to furniture. It wasn’t until I “made” my first book when I was 12, that I realized that I was onto something. I never thought of it as “writing” in the beginning. In the beginning, I made books as surely as I would have made a wooden fruit bowl, which I made a few of back in the day, too, haha. I was hooked on writing from the beginning and my fruit bowls fell by the wayside, although I think there are still a few of them out there.

HP: Do you have a particular favorite of your books or series?

JR: I guess I would have to say my novel The Body Departed. It’s a short novel about a ghost looking to save his soul, and it came out far better than I could have possibly hoped.

HP: Can you describe an average day in the life of JR Rain?

JR: I wake up at 6:30, feed my dog, make coffee, eat breakfast, walk the dog, meditate, and then start writing at about 8:00 a.m. I will write off and on all day long until about 7:00 p.m. During the day, I will always go to a coffee shop and read and drink another coffee, along with a scone (a pastry product that I like to poke fun of in my books). I may also take my dog on a hike in the woods or a walk along the beach. I will also squeeze in about a 30 minute nap somewhere. I generally write between 6-10 pages a day, although that number can go as high as 15 on a good day. I hit the hay at midnight every night.

HP: It seems like you've written a million books, LOL. What is the final count?

JR: Ha! I don’t know...let me count, hold on...15 novels, 3 short story collections, and 2 screenplays. I also have about 10 omnibuses (which are collections of my own books or books with other writers). I have 9 books scheduled to be written this year. Oh, and I also have 9 children’s novels that I will be publishing in 2012. I wrote these novels between the ages of 12-19. So I’ll clean them up and publish them under a pen name.

HP: Thanks so much for taking the time out to talk with us, JR! I wish you tons of luck (like you really need it) with your career and I look forward to reading your books soon!

JR: Thank you, H.P. You are awesome, and so are all your fans. :)


Sunday, April 17, 2011

Guest post from Toni LoTempio!

Hi All,
Please welcome my friend and fellow author, Toni LoTempio! She's here to chat about one of her new releases!
Welcome, Toni!

Hi, HP and thanks for having me! I met HP three years ago when we shared the same agent – and boy, does that ever seem ages ago! J A lot’s changed in publishing in those three years – thankfully, for indies, in a positive way!

Like HP, I like to write paranormal romance, although my books tend to have a lot of mystery and suspense thrown in. (Sometimes more so than the romance LOL) I’ve been writing since I was twelve – the first thing I wrote was a book of fairy tales called TWELVE TALL TALES. I even had another girl in school who was good at drawing illustrate them! (too bad I can’t find what I did with that manuscript- but after 30 years and a ton of moves I’m afraid its GWTW) I got hooked on horror from my dad, who used to take me to horror movies (Black Sunday starring Barbara Steele was the first) and, of course, I was a HUGE Dark Shadows fan growing up – I even ran a fan club for it in High School. I can’t wait for the Johnny Depp remake!

Anyway, I write a lot of different books, some of which have been published by Whiskey Creek Press, but I like to think I saved my best work for the indie market J My first indie, NO REST FOR THE WICCA, is about a ghost-whispering girl with a mix of Wiccan and Voodoo in her background. She’s a special agent, and she’s got a hottie Inheritor Vamp for a partner. I also did a YA fantasy, MY SUPERHERO SISTER, about a mortal girl whose father and sister have super powers.

Which brings us to my latest: RAVEN’S KISS.

Some people might not like Raven at first glance. She’s a moral girl who was turned into a Shapeshifter from a demon’s bite, and she’s a little bitter, to put it mildly. When her boss suggests she take a little “vacation” she runs smack dab into a mystery that she hopes will lead her to finally capture the demon who turned her. Raven discovers a portal that leads her into parallel time – a world where the people she knows lead vastly different lives.

She also meets the Recovery Captain in that world – a six foot redheaded Scotsman named Finn McPhee. (fun fact: I named this character after HP Mallory’s son). Although they butt heads at first, they can’t deny their attraction to each other, an attraction that deepens as they get closer and closer to unraveling the mystery surrounding the connection between Raven and a rash of serial killings…..

I’m also a bit in awe of my cover for Raven’s Kiss: it was designed by a girl named Kimberly Killion, and I think she’s fantastic! Kim’s site is : www.HOTDAMNDESIGNS.com. I’m doing an interview with Kimberly this week on my blog, www.catsbooksmorecats.blogspot.com, so come on over and check it out!

We’re also hosting a fundraiser for the charity KIDS NEED TO READ on the blog during the month of May. All proceeds from the sale of MY SUPERHERO SISTER will be donated to the charity, so come and check that out as well J And if you have a teen/tween you need to get an e-book for, it’s only $1.99 and for a very good cause!

I’m also the suspense reviewer/columnist for NIGHT OWL REVIEWS digital magazine! So if any of you out there are suspense authors with a book you’d like reviewed and spotlighted in the magazine, do drop me a line at tlotempio@aol.com and put “Suspense Author” in the header. I’m always on the lookout to sponsor new talent (and so is my editor). One author I found, Traci Hohenstein, is an indie author as well. Her book, BURN OUT, and an interview with Traci will be featured in my column, DARK STREETS in our May issue.

What’s in store for the future? I have a few more novels I’ll be releasing, another YA and adult, toward the end of the year. So if you want more info, stop by either the blog: www.catsbooksmorecats.blogspot.com or the website: www.tonilotempioauthor.webs.com

For more info (although the blog stands a better chance of getting updated LOL)

You can find links to purchase all the books on my blog and website, but here are the ones for Raven’s Kiss:

B&N: http://search.barnesandnoble.com/RAVENS-KISS-A-Paranormal-Romance/Toni-LoTempio/e/2940012328755/?itm=1&USRI=raven%27s+kiss

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/RAVENS-KISS-PARANORMAL-ROMANCE-ebook/dp/B004W9CMII/ref=sr_1_11?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1302776455&sr=1-11

Do come visit, and I hope you’ll consider supporting our fundraiser for KIDS NEED TO READ in May. Thanks again for having me, HP!

Friday, April 15, 2011

My blog tour has started!

Hi All,
Be sure to check out my blog tour for free book giveaways, interviews, guest posts and excerpts! At the end of the tour, I'll be giving away the chance to be a character in a short story!!!

Here's where it starts!

http://www.starshadowblog.com/2011/04/tale-of-two-goblins-ebook-giveaway.html

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Guest post from my friend and author, Linda Welch

Hi Everyone,
Hope you are doing well!
I just wanted to introduce one of my writer friends, Linda Welch.
She is a fellow indie author and she's written some really fab books I think you'll all enjoy. I read her first book, Along Came A Demon, and I loved it! I would describe it as urban fantasy and you'll be on the edge of your seat the entire time!
So, without further ado...here's Linda!!!

It’s polite to thank the gracious hostess when you go to a party, so I’d like to say a few words about HP Mallory, who is one of the most gracious people I know.

I met HP on the Kindleboards last year. We emailed back and forth. I remember her asking about my Kindle sales. When I told her how many I sold per month, she said something like, “Wow! I would be over the moon to sell that many!”

Just months later she’s sold 100,000. I’m eating her dust.

It doesn’t surprise me. I read To Kill a Warlock and thought, wow, this lady can write! I knew she would make her name as an author. She’s incredibly talented, energetic, enthusiastic, a genuinely nice person, and she loves her fans as much as they love her. HP is destined for greatness and I couldn’t be happier for her. She works hard for it. She deserves it.

Thanks for having me here, HP.

As for me, I’m an Englishwoman who was lured to the States by an American in the USAF. We ended up in Utah, where we live in the Wasatch Mountains near a tiny town called Eden. I’ve been writing since I was – oh, fourteen, I think. My first story was written in school when some school mates and I decided to jot down our fantasies involving our big-screen idols. We’d just got through the sex-education class, which we thought hilarious, and our stories were, well, crudely explicit. Unfortunately, my mum found mine, so my very first masterpiece ended up in the fireplace.

I think I’ve honed my writing skills since them.

I write the Whisperings series. My readers describe Whisperings as a blend of urban fantasy, paranormal romance, mystery and humor. I call it paranormal mystery with a splash of humor and dash of romance.

ALONG CAME A DEMON, THE DEMON HUNTERS and just published DEAD DEMON WALKING revolve around Tiff Banks. She’s mildly snarky, impatient, and suspicious by nature. Tiff sees and speaks to the ghosts of those who died violently. If not for their frozen expressions and whispering voices she would have difficulty distinguishing them from the living. These ghosts, or as she calls them, “shades,” are helpful when Tiff is assisting her local police department in their investigations. The dead are all around and they’re always watching, they can do nothing else, and they tell Tiff what they see and hear. She also lives with two shades who have become her family, even though they sometimes drive her to distraction. Tiff also sees through the glamour of demons to what they actually are. They’re not really demons, but Tiff calls them that. In her opinion, anything that can charm a person for the purpose of sensual and sexual gratification is definitely demonic.

In ALONG CAME A DEMON, Tiff has to solve the mystery of why the shade of a woman is able to break the rules of the afterlife to seek her and what happened to the woman’s son, but first she must convince the police that the son does exist. Having a partner foisted on her does not make Tiff happy, particularly as Royal Mortensen is a demon. A loner, she doesn’t expect much from life except failed relationships and does not know how to react to a man who seems to assume they are destined to be together. Trying to solve the case while distracted by her un-Tiff-like feelings for the handsome detective turns her life upside-down. Royal seems perfect – he even cooks! But is he?

More about the Whisperings series and links to the books, electronic and paperback, can be found at http://lindadwelch.com.

Thanks for listening. And again, thanks HP!

Thank you for visiting my blog today, Linda, and I really appreciate your very kind words!

I hope all of you will check out Linda's books because I really think you'll enjoy them!!!!

HP

Friday, April 1, 2011

Winner of the $100 Gift Certificate Contest!

Hi Everyone and happy April 1st!

So, today is the day I announce the winner of my gift certificate contest.

As a reminder, the winner will receive a $100 gift cert to either Barnes and Noble or Amazon.

Thank you all so much for entering and I really appreciated all your very kind words!

My readers are the best!!!! Love you guys!!!!

OK, the winner is...Nicole with email address beginning: Andrexeae

Please wish Nicole congrats and I hope you all have a fabulous weekend!

Lots of love,
HP

Monday, March 28, 2011

Author Discovery Post: Dulcie O'Neil

So, I think sometime ago I said I was going to try to be more active on my blog. Well, this is me trying. LOL

I thought it would be fun to talk about my favorite dysfunctional fairy especially since A Tale of Two Goblins is now available!

So, let's chat about Dulcie O'Neil. As you are probably already aware, these author discovery posts are really about the background of the characters--where did they come from, why did I write them the way I did, blah blah blah.

Dulcie is the bad ass, kicking butt and asking questions later fairy in the To Kill A Warlock series. I wanted Dulcie to be very different from Jolie, the heroine in my Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble series. While Jolie must learn what it means to love herself, Dulcie is fine on the confidence level but she needs to learn what it means to trust.

I wanted to write a heroine that is strong to her very core--Dulcie is a crime fighter and she's tough as nails. But, as you all have probably noticed by now, I don't like perfection in my characters. Why? Because perfection doesn't exist and more so, it's pretty boring! LOL I like my heroines and heros to be flawed--and Dulcie is no exception. Due to the fact that her ex-boyfriend cheated on her, she has major trust issues and tends to prefer her own company aside from that of her best friend, Sam.

I love the fact that Dulcie says whatever is on her mind and acts without necessarily weighing the consequences. She's a very emotional person and would go to hell and back for people she loves.

Physically, I wanted Dulcie to be beautiful but not necessarily fixated on her beauty. In fact, she isn't really even aware of it. Granted, she doesn't like her pointy ears but that really is the only indication (aside from a few comments regarding her hair) that we get of her being even aware of her physical attributes.

I also loved the idea of having Dulcie at the center of quite a bit of male attention, coming from Bram, Quill and of course, Knight. I loved the idea of Dulcie, who is so withdrawn and doesn't trust anyone, having to constantly battle the fact that these three men clearly have the hots for her and aren't shy about it!

I'm really excited about getting to know Dulcie and her world better as I continue her story and I find myself really enjoying writing about her. She is so unlike me that it's a bit more difficult to characterize her than it was to characterize Jolie, for example.

I hope all of you have enjoyed Dulcie's story so far and look forward to more of her adventures!