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 I loved the idea of Dulcie, who is so withdrawn and doesn't trust anyone, having to constantly battle the fact that these three men clearly have the hots for her and aren't shy about it!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!

Interview with Dia Robinson from A Tale of Two Goblins

So, as most of you probably know, I run contests before the release of each of my books and the winners of the contest become characters in my books!

Well, A Tale of Two Goblins was no different and the winner of this book was the lovely Dia Robinson. I wanted to interview her about winning the contest and this is what she had to say:

Hi Dia and welcome to my blog! I'm so excited you won my character contest and it was so much fun writing your character in Goblins and wondering what you were going to think of you! LOL So, I had some questions for you about the whole process. So, here goes!

What was going through your head when you realized you won my character contest?
Well, the first thing I did was I screamed, which made two co-workers come rushing into my room so they figure out what was wrong with me. The second thing that was going through my head was “OM-Freaking-G I won! This is so cool! The third thing I did was call all my friends and family and explained to them that I am going to be a character in a book and that they will have to buy the book to see how I come out!

Were you happy with your character in the book?

Honey, I was very happy with the character. I don’t think I have laughed at myself like this in a long time!

What is your favorite part about your character?

My favorite part about my character is that she is true to what she is and she does not apologize for it. She is a tough cookie, but also a loving one, once you get past her walls.

Do you feel like your character is a good representation of who you are like in real life?

I think the character represented me well. It had hints of all my different sides that I carry. I love seeing my bubbly and outgoing side and I like seeing my no non-sense do it and your dead side come out too. Overall, I was happy with everything.

Do you have any advice for Dulcie?


I would tell Dulcie to not let her past relationships dictate her future ones. Sometimes, we lose so much of ourselves in one person that when they leave us, we don’t know what to do or how we are going to function without them. I would say to her take some time and learn about herself. Find out who and what you are. What are your strengths, weaknesses, what brings joy and peace? Learn to fall in love with yourself so when the next man comes along, you will be able to be true to yourself and stand with them or without them.


What about Knight?

Hmmm! I would tell Knight to continue being sexy, but open up more. Yes, a sexy man with a hot body is nice, but women like men who can talk to them also. Don’t be scared to share how you truly feel about someone and for him to remember the past is the past. It helped shaped you, but it does not define you, only you can define yourself.

Would you be opposed to showing up in future Dulcie books?

HECK NO! LOL I would LOVE to be in another Dulcie book. It was so much fun. I was very honored to have been given the opportunity to be in one and I loved every moment of it.


Are you Team Knight, Team Quill or Team Bram?


Well, right now I am Team Knight hands down… Now, Bram is hot, but I don’t know… I feel like he's got a hidden agenda and Quill is the boy next door gone wrong, which in itself is sexy, but I think Knight is the right one for Dulcie.

What is your favorite scene of your character's?


My favorite scene has to be the one when I was telling Dulcie about my bird Tweety
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What is your favorite line your character says?

Wow! There are so many of them, but majority come from pages 53 and 54 (Nook) …

“Well, hello to you, tall, dark and handsome…”
“Today isn’t my birthday so what can I do for you?”
“Ah, I thought you looked important…And I do like important men.”
“Honey, I’ll answer to anything as long as it’s coming from you.”

11. The section about Tweety was actually based on your bird. Can you tell everyone about Tweety?

LOL! Sure, * I can see my mom rolling her eyes now* LOL. I had Tweety for 13 years and really for a cockatiel that is a very long time. I loved that bird; I mean there was something peaceful about having him around me. He was stationed in my bedroom and it was nice to hear him whistling in the mornings and to see him dance when I would turn on some music. I would open his cage and he would come out and just fly around the room and when he was done he would land back on the cage and go in whenever he was ready. He wouldn’t let anyone touch him, but me and I would take my finger and rub the orange spots on his head and he would hum while I was doing that. When I was sad or upset it’s like he knew it and he would sing which would calm me and bring me peace. Again, I loved that bird, so when Tweety died it broke my heart. I was with him the night he passed away and it killed me, because there was nothing I could do to save him. I cried like a baby for two days because to me I didn’t lose a pet, but a close friend. I am very thankful that his memory and my love for him will live on forever in the written world.

You are a writer, yourself, can you share with us what you write?

The funny thing about this is that I just really started calling myself a writer. It’s like there something you always wanted to do, but you never thought you would be good at it. Well, that’s what writing was to me at the time. I always wrote poetry and I would perform my poetry as a slam artist and I always told stories and monologues while acting, but writing was something I never really saw myself doing. Until, one day I took a chance and signed up for a creative writing class at one of the community colleges in town. Then I started buying books on writing and devouring ever single lecture that I could, just so I could know how to put a story together. Then one day I did the one thing that would change my life. I actually sat down with a pencil and paper and started to write a story. Like many of you know, it’s like a whole new world opens up and you see your characters alive in your head. My muse, which I call the “Diva”, starts pouring ideas, emotions, scenes into you and its hard sometimes to keep up. I realized after trying different genres that I like to write what I read, which is paranormal romance and urban fantasy. I have a thing for hot men with flaws that can shift into something else, strong kick ass women who take no prisoners, ,but can love the hell out of you and scenes that would make you hot and scream for more. Right now on my blog I have a miniseries going on called “Just One Last Taste”, which is a prequel to a mercenary novel series that I am developing. Please feel free to check me out at www.diapatrecerobinson.blogspot.com and all comments and constructive criticisms are welcomed.

What is your favorite scene in the book?

My favorite scene in the book is in chapter 4, when Knight is massaging Dulcie. That was such a great scene because it was sensual and honest. Dulcie is a good one cause honey, there is in no way, shape or form that I could have went to sleep while a sexy man is massaging my back. Nope, it couldn’t happen.

How are you different from your character?


I am different from my character because I am very silly at time and I love to laugh. There are moments when I prefer to be by myself and even though I look confident I can be a nervous wreck inside
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What was the reaction to your winning the contest from your family and friends?
My reaction was to start screaming and then I forward the post to all my friends and family. I told them that they are going to buy the book because I’m not sharing. My friends and family were very supportive and happy. They figured since I am a dramatic person anyways that I would make a fun character. Which made me give a few of them the *shifty eye* for calling me dramatic. LOL!

Thanks so much, Dia! You are AWESOME!!!!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Win an Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Certificate for $100!

So, before I get to the good part of this contest, the fact that I'm giving away a $100 gift certificate to either Amazon or Barnes and Noble, you're going to have to suffer through my emotional story first! LOL

I guess the best place to start is to explain why I'm hosting this contest--yes, it's true, I'm very fond of giving things away but this contest is especially close to my heart. Why? Well, since July, 2010, I've sold over 100,000 ebooks between my three books, Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble, Toil and Trouble and To Kill A Warlock.

I'm not sure if that sounds like a big number or not to all of you but to me, it's astounding. Especially because I hoped to sell 500 when I first uploaded Fire Burn. Eight months ago, I never would have imagined I'd be writing this post today. And, it's even more special because today is the release day for my fourth book, A Tale of Two Goblins.

Maybe I should go back and explain why this is such a big milestone for me...

I've always wanted to be a writer, ever since I was little. I became an English major at UCLA and dabbled here and there and then life sort of got in the way. Finally, about four years ago, there was a story in me that demanded to be written. So, I did it--I wrote my first book about an average girl living an average life, a girl who wasn't super impressed with herself but was happy enough. Then one day a warlock walked into her life and changed her world. And the girl came to realize she was pretty amazing, after all. That book was Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble. I'm very proud of this book--it took a long time to write, to figure out what my voice was--how I wanted to tell the story. And there is so much of me in it...

I was able to get an agent and I thought the world was my oyster. That is until the rejections started pouring in, one after another. Publishers saying they didn't like this and didn't like that. One would say there were too many paranormal creatures in the book and another would say there weren't enough! Well, needless-to-say, the rejections hurt and after the publishers and my agent gave up on me, I hate to say it, but I gave up on me also.

For four years.

Then I read an article about self publishing and I thought, what the heck, I had nothing to lose and might as well try it and see what happened. So, on July 7, 2010, I uploaded Fire Burn and my second book, To Kill A Warlock to Amazon. Then, in Oct, 2010, I uploaded them both to Barnes and Noble. And, wouldn't you know it, people started buying them. As the weeks rolled by, my sales steadily climbed and I was stunned--amazed that readers actually liked the books. Somehow I hadn't imagined they would, figuring since the big guys in New York thought the books weren't worth anything, no one else would. But, the big guys were wrong!

Once I came out with the second book in the Fire Burn series, Toil and Trouble, in December 2010, my sales spiked and I started getting emails from readers saying how much they loved Jolie, Rand and Sinjin. I can't even begin to explain what an incredible feeling it is when someone loves something that is so close to you--something you really put your all into, something that really becomes a part of you.

After another month or so, I thought hmm, I should probably get an agent again and I managed to land my dream agent, one of the best in the business! And then the unthinkable happened, Random House contacted me after seeing Fire Burn and Toil and Trouble in the bestseller list! I ended up signing with Bantam (a division of Random House) to do 3 books in the Jolie series which will be out in 2012.

Around the same time, I quit my job and decided to become a full time author...

I'm so incredibly happy--I can't even begin to explain what it feels like to live your dream--to be able to write stories that make people happy.

So, to finish, I just wanted to say thank you. Thank you to all of you out there who believed in me and continue to believe in me. Thank you for loving Jolie, Rand, Dulcie, Sinjin, Knight, Bram and Quill as much as I do! Thank you for your emails and your facebook posts. Thank you for taking a chance on a nobody and thank you for giving me the opportunity to be where I am today.

I could never have made it without you, my readers.

Having said that, I wanted to host another fun contest! And this contest is for my readers only.

Here's the fun stuff:

What will you win: A $100 gift certificate to Amazon or Barnes and Noble (if you want to do $50 for you and $50 for someone else, I can do that too!)

How do you enter:

Simply comment on this blog post and because this contest is only open to my readers, please email me at hpmalloryauthor @yahoo.com and tell me what the first four words are of Chapter 15 in any of the four books (Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble, Toil and Trouble, To Kill A Warlock or A Tale of Two Goblins).

To get more entries, you can do the following:

* Have read one of my books (+1 point)
* 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)


Do all of the above and you'll get even more chances to win with a total of 8 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 third awesomest contest ever! I have a total of 4 points for commenting on your blog, friending you on facebook, tweeting about your contest and following your blog!

This contest is open until March 31, 2011 with the winner drawn at random and announced on April 1, 2012!

And, thank you all again for giving me the chance to live my dream!!!!!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Author Discovery Post 3: Sinjin Sinclair

So, I started out my author discovery posts with Rand and Jolie so now it seems fitting to write about that cad we all love, Mr. Sinclair.

As you all know, Sinjin is a vampire and as such, I wanted him to be shrouded in mystery. To me, vampires are the most seductive, manipulative and mysterious of Underworld creatures and I didn't want Sinjin to stray from this model very much.

I wanted you, the reader, to question his motives--is he good or is he bad? Does he truly love Jolie or does he want something from her?

But, while Sinjin is a constant question mark, I also wanted to give glimpses into his personality that might make him appear softer, compassionate and caring. When writing Toil and Trouble, the most important character to me was Sinjin. Even though Rand plays a huge role, of course, this is really Sinjin's book--it's his chance to tell his story, to allow the reader a bit more into his thoughts.

I think one of my favorite scenes I've ever written was the one with Sinjin and Jolie in Sinjin's tent. I wanted him to come off as pure sexiness in that scene and hopefully he did!

As to an image of Mr. Sinclair, I didn't really have an actor in mind. As with Rand, I feel almost as if Sinjin defies categorization. He really is whatever appeals to the reader most. But, most people think I'm copping out when I say this (LOL) so if you want a picture, this guy looks pretty close to my idea of my vampire. Gotta love the eyes!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Contest!

So, I just realized that I'm a few thousand off from hitting 100,000 sales of my three ebooks. I'm absolutely and totally amazed.

Once I hit 100,000 sales, I'm going to host a contest for all my readers where one winner will win a $100 gift certificate to either Amazon or Barnes and Noble so please stay tuned...

The countdown to 100,000 sales is on!

So amazing to be able to say that!!!!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Kiss Me, Kill Me now available!



Hi Everyone,

Sorry I've been sort of MIA lately. Been going through a lot of stuff...

Anyway, just wanted to let you all know that the anthology I've been talking about, Kiss Me, Kill Me is now available! It features 9 indie paranormal/ fantasy authors! And best of all, it's only .99 and all proceeds will be donated to GreaterGood.org.
So far it's been selling like crazy--we made it to the Barnes and Noble bestseller list this week! Woo Hoo!



Here are the purchase links:

Amazon

Nook

I know I mentioned that my anthology story would be about the history of Sinjin, Rand and Christine but this story actually features Dulcie and Knight. Don't worry, I'm planning on turning the Sinjin/ Rand story into a novella so it will be much longer than a short story. I need to find out when the Rand/ Sinjin story will be hitting Amazon and B&N!

Hope you all are having a great week! I'll be back into facebook, blogging and tweeting soon, I promise!