NEWS: Escort to Insanity is Contracted!

Sometime last winter, around November time, my editor approached me with a propostion.

“Hey,” she said, “we’re thinking of making a winter anthology for December 2012. We want you to be the headliner. You interested?”

“Sure,” I said. Coz I was.
So then I had a problem. I’d agreed to provide a story. But I had no story.

Last time they asked me for an antho submission, I gave them a Holloway Pack short.

I couldn’t do that this time.

Because, due to the fact the anthology will be released the same day that Blue Moon launches, I have no Holloway Pack happenings that will fit into that slot time-wise.

About that moment, when realisation sank in, my head kinda went ‘Eeeeeeeeeeek!’

Because it meant I had to write a new story. One at fairly short notice. One with an unfamiliar plotline. One set in a ‘world’ I’d had no time to get to understand. One with new characters I knew absolutely nothing about.

But I panicked not. Okay, not much.

I simply took a singular idea that popped into my head … wrote down around 300 words to solidify that said idea would be where the story would start … and kept going back to it and playing around with the folks like they were Barbie and Ken on a bender … and voila …

ESCORT TO INSANITY was born.

It’s different to Holloway Pack. Different cast. Different tone. Different (dare I say it?) supes.

And I just recently signed a contract for it.

So it’s official.

I’m heading up a winter anthology.

MAKE BELIEVE is coming December 2012.

You can find out about the other contributing authors at: Jennifer M. Eaton | Jenny Keller Ford | Terri Rochenski | Kelly Said | Lynda Young

Exciting, no?

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COVER REVEAL: Call of the Sea by Rebecca Hart!

When good friend and pirate obsessive Rebecca Hart recently signed for her novel, Call of the Sea, I was very happy for her. With published short works under her belt, Call of the Sea was Rebecca’s first novel submission, and will be her first unshared publication, due to release June 21st 2012. So I was only too happy to participate in her cover reveal.

And as you’re not here to listen to my waffle (for a change), I’ll move right on … I give you Call of the Sea by Rebecca Hart:

Aaaaaaaaand the blurb:

There’s no denying the call of the sea.

Elysandra Winters has always yearned for a life of adventure on the rolling seas and is willing to do whatever it takes to fulfill her dream. When her Privateer father continually refuses to allow his only daughter to sail, Ellie defies him, disguises herself as a boy, and goes in search of a captain who will give her a chance to prove her worth. 


Thanks to the cursed selkie blood coursing through his veins, Daniel O’Rourke needs the sea to survive. After giving up on his humanity and spending three years in seal form, he decides to give his human side another chance. Daniel goes in search of a job and a sense of normalcy, earning himself a position aboard Captain Winter’s ship, The Surf Runner. However, his new captain’s first assignment has nothing at all to do with sailing, and everything to do with his headstrong young daughter.

Years later, when the leader of a band of bloodthirsty pirates murders Captain Winters, Daniel and Elysandra’s lives come crashing back together with the force of a hurricane. Both experts in deception, they must find a way to trust each other if they are to have any hope of hunting down the captain’s killer.


SO … WHAT DO I READ? #WWReadathon

A week from today is the Wonderfully Wicked Read-A-Thon, scheduled to run from the 21st to 23rd October.

And this nutter (crazily) signed up for it. Thirty-six hours of pure reading!

The only problem now is I have NO idea which books to read for it.

So I thought I’d ask for some help. From you guys!

Below is a list of books on my Kindle, as well as one or two paperbacks. Skim through. See if anything catches your eye. And stick it in the comments. If I get a tonne of suggestions, I’ll probably go with the first suggestion from each commentor before moving on to the next recommendation. Cheers (VERY MUCH) in advance.

Here’s my list:

1) Fire Bound—a Belador Short – Sherrilyn Kenyon/Dianna Love     2) Five – Christie Rich

3) The Arranger – L.J. Sellers     4) Strange Neighbours – Ashlyn Chase     5) Nightshade – Andrea Cremer

6) Night Life – Caitlin Kittredge     7) Enclave – Ann Aguirre     8 ) Kitty and the Midnight Hour – Carrie Vaughn

9) Shine – Lauren Myracle     10) Friday Night Bites – Chloe Neill     11) Hades – Alexandra Adornetto

12) Nevermore – Kelly Creagh     13) Night Rising – Chris Marie Green     14)  Leaving Paradise – Simone Elkeles

15) Wolf at the door – Christine Warren     16) Forgive my Fins – Tera Lynn Childs     17) Abandon – Meg Cabot

18) First Grave on the Right – Darynda Jones     19) Dark Time – Dakota Banks     20) Bad Taste in Boys – Carrie Harris

21) Airborne – Constance Sharper     22) Queen of Shadows – Dianne Sylvan     23) Last Wolf Standing – Rhyannon Byrd

24) Marked – Elisabeth Naughton     25) Touch the Dark – Karen Chance     26) Dragon Actually – Gena Showalter

27) To Catch a Spirit – Carrie Pulkinen    28) Jacob – Jacqueline Frank     29) Halfway to the Grave – Jeanine Frost

30) Fantasy Lover – Sherrilyn Kenyon    31) Storm Front – Jim Butcher     32)  Amaretto Flame – Sammie Spencer

33) Embrace the Darkness – Alexandra Ivy     34) On the Prowl – Karen McInerney     35) Fangs for the Memories – Kathy Love

36) Deadworld – J.N. Duncan     37) You Slay Me – Kate MacAlister     38) Full Moon Rising – Keri Arthur

39) Bad Blood – L.A. Banks     40) Sold to the Highest Bidder – Donna Alward     41) Blue Moon – Lori Handeland

42) Touched by Angels – Peggy Webb     43) Quick Bite – Lynsay Sands     44)  A Ripple in Time – Julia Hughes

45) Shadow Touch – Erin Kellison     46)    Sleeping with the Fishes     47)  Lonely Millionaire – Carol Grace

48) Deadly Sanctuary – Sylvia Nobel/Christy Moeller     49) Bitten &Smitten – Michelle Rowen

50) Throwaway – Heather Huffman     51) Slave to Sensation – Nalini Singh     52) When the Devil Whistles – Rick Acke

53) Covergirl – Maura Moynihan     54) Masked by Moonlight – Nancy Gideon     55) Bright Young Things – Anna Godbersen

56) Broken Wings – Sandra Edwards     57) Divine by Mistake     58) Ill Wind – Rachel Caine

59) Covet – J.R. Ward     60) Succubus Blues – Richelle Mead     61) Rosemary & Rue – Seanan MacGuire

62) The Devil Made Me Do It – Amelia James     63) Tempest Rising – Tracy Deebs

64) Unholy Ghosts – Stacia Kane     65) Isaac – P.H. Dillard

66) Cutless & Musket—Tales of Piratical Skulduggery (anthology)     67) Kiss of Crimson – Lara Adrian

68) Riding the Storm – Sydney Croft

See? See why I need help choosing?

And if you’re participating in the Read-A-Thon yourself, but struggling with what to read, why not grab yourself a copy of my E-Book Fated Encounter. It’s FREE! And it’s SHORT (so it’ll be a notch on your bedpost with little time used to achieve it).

For E-Reader, click HERE!

Or for Kindle, you can nab yourself a copy HERE!

How about you? Are you signed up?

See you all next week!

FATED ENCOUNTER IS HEEEEEEEERRREEEE! #freebie

Roll up! Roll up!

On 8th August, I made the announcement that Fated Encounter was going to be unleashed on the world. I also made the declaration that I’d written it with the intention of it being free and that, after I’d shared it with my editor, J. Taylor Publishing were only too happy to support my goal and help me to achieve it.

As promised, Fated Encounter is now available.

Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

If you’re wondering if it’s any good, why not check out Ambur’s review of the ARC I sent her at BurningxImpossiblyxBright to see what she thinks—she’s also hosting a giveaway of Darkness & Light.

For those too impatient, just grab your FREE copy of Fated Encounter for E-Reader, by clicking HERE!

Or if you have a Kindle, you can nab yourself a copy HERE!

Well, wotttaya waitin’ for? Go get ‘em! Now!

Psssssst, and feel free to spread the word. 🙂

Darkness & Light is available at the following outlets:

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

WHSmith & Waterstones

BOOK SERIES: WHAT’S SO SPECIAL ABOUT YOU, THEN?

Goodreads. I love it!

That isn’t what this post is about, but it is the major source of the information for it. I joined as a reader, got upgraded to an author, though I have to admit the time I spend on there is definitely reader orientated even if my reading habits reflect otherwise.

What am I talking about?

Research, my friends.

As a paranormal romance/urban fantasy author with a debut novel, which just happens to be a first in a whole set of stories I hope to share with the world, I am IMMENSLEY intrigued by what keeps a reader returning to the same author and characters, book after book, year after year.

I’d only been on Goodreads a matter of weeks when invitations started rolling in to join various Groups. I thought I was being strategic by joining all the PNR and UF Groups. I had a shock when I got there. Conversation after conversation rolled on and on … about books and authors I’d barely heard of, let alone read. I kept creeping on in, reading what people had to say, found myself awed by the passion with which these readers spoke of the stories (that I’d never heard of) … and man, my curiosity nearly burned a hole in my brain.

Yes, the reader in me so wanted to be able to be a part of these conversations. But the writer in me was totally overtaken by a desperate need to know why these certain series’ are so popular with the mass readers of the genre(s).

So what did I do?

Well, I went on a whacko book ordering frenzy.

But not before I’d asked for a couple recommendations.

The moment I did, I was accepted into the fold. People of Goodreads: you are amazing!

They nudged me in the right directions. Told me where to start. Told me what they loved about the books and why and convinced me I’d fall in love with them, too.

I was dubious. I always am when someone I don’t know tries to convince me I’ll love something. My dubiousness was short lived.

Yes, I needed to know what was so special about these books. Yes, I had to understand why readers keep coming back for more. Yes, I wanted to ‘feel’ the passion that provokes so much discussion of one series.

And I may actually be getting to the bottom of the mystery. Because I have found some great reads.

Sure, there have been some series where I’ve bought the first book and wondered what all the fuss is about.

So I head into my groups, type out words along the lines of: I don’t get it.

Like vultures, the groupies (ha! Sorry, GR friends) jump up and yell, no, the first isn’t the best story, you need to keep on, please keep reading, please don’t give up, listen to us we know what we’re talking about.

So I listen to them. I am an author. These people are readers. I have to trust they know what they like or I’m doomed … right?

And every time they have made me read on ‘because it only gets better’, they have been so totally right!

Thanks to listening to readers, I have stumbled across some amazing series’. Series that have left me hungry for more (or not—but the encouragement of others has swept me along). Series that I have been unable to put down. Series that I have fallen in love with.

And I shall be sharing my thoughts on these series with you. I’d love for it to be every week, but alas, I just can’t read an entire series that fast AND write new stuff to send to my editor for publication. So I shall aim for once a month. The second week of every month (starting 12th September), I shall be chatting about series I have been introduced to by readers and what I think brings folks back for more.

What about you? Are there any book series’ you’ve fallen in love with that you’ve just had to read because you’re not ready to say adios to the characters? Any you’d care to recommend?

Darkness & Light is available at the following outlets:

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

WHSmith & Waterstones