The winner for the Queen of Swords e-book is Michele, comment #6 on Katee’s post. She did not leave an email address.
Michele – please email me at email@example.com so I can put you in touch with Katee!
My guest today is Denise Grover Swank and she’s giving away a $10 Amazon gift card. Usual rules apply, 1 week for comments, winner announced next Friday! Take it away, Denise!
I’ve been writing off and on my entire life, but I got serious about my writing about six years ago.
Oh dear. A lot. Some mornings I wake up in a bit of a panic wondering if I’ll get everything done that day. I have six kids, but only four my time and attention. The oldest has moved out and my twenty-one year old son is self-sufficient. Writing is my work now, but I consider it two full time jobs. There’s the business side and there’s the writing side. It’s tough trying to balance the two some days. Then there’s the running a house full of kids as a single parent. The house gets messy at times. Thank goodness I just hired someone to start cleaning my house every other week!
My newest release is Sacrificeand it just came out last Friday, March 23. It’s the third book in my The Chosen series. Chosen and Hunted, the second book, have done better than I ever hoped for! I hope Sacrifice is loved just as much.
And then I’m re-launching my humorous southern mystery, Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes with its new cover. It also has paranormal aspects. Rose, the main character, sees visions which land her into a heap of trouble at the beginning of the book. I’ll be running a two day free promo on Amazon on April 5 and 6.
4) It looks like the majority of your books have a bit of the paranormal, though I do see a couple which look to be mysteries as well. What is it about the two genres that you like so much?
I have three series with different genres right now—urban fantasy (The Chosen series), a young adult science fiction romance (On the Otherside series) and a humorous southern mystery series (Rose Gardner Mysteries). All three have these things in common: There’s some type of mystery, thriller moments (less so in the Rose Gardner Mysteries), romance and a fantasy element. The Chosen and On the Otherside series are more in common than Rose. They are darker while Rose is laugh out loud funny. But I like writing the two extremes. After my soul goes to deep and dark places, it’s like someone threw open the windows to air it out a bit.
Why both paranormal and mystery? Hmm… I love to daydream as a kid and my daydreams were fantastical. I also prefer some type of fantasy or paranormal to the books I read. I’m not much into contemporaries. I read and write to escape my contemporary life. I think my childhood daydreams carry over into that. Why mystery? I think it’s because I love to question things. I love to try to figure things out. When I wrote my first mystery (an unpublished mess chained to my hard drive) I wondered if I could do it. It was a challenge for me. Now everything I write has some type of mystery element.
I won’t say I won’t write another genre, but I don’t have any plans to right now. (I do have an unfinished middle grade urban fantasy on my hard drive I’d love to pick back up someday.)
I’ll be starting a new series in May, which will be an urban fantasy with a romance. My main character Eli will carry throughout the series. I’m still getting to know her in my head, but so far I am loving her and can’t wait to get started writing. At the moment, I’m struggling with whether to write it in third person (like The Chosen series) or in first. I’m leaning toward first.
I decided to self-publish my first book, Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes, because no one wanted it. I’d get requests, but they always came back with very generic rejections. “Great voice/great plot/great characters but not for me. I had no idea what to fix, yet my twenty-plus beta readers LOVED it. So, in the spring of 2011 I decided why not try to self-publish it and see what happened? It was a TON of work. More than I anticipated, but I am so thankful I took that scary leap. I released Twenty-Eight in July 2011 and I’ve sold nearly 8000 copies so far. I hope to really boost sales with my new cover and putting it for free on Amazon on April 5 and 6. Twenty-Eight has 50 reviews on Amazon with an average rating of 4.7.
Then there’s my The Chosen series. I published Chosen after receiving multiple rejections that said “Love the story but don’t think I can sell it.” Yet again, my beta readers loved it like rabid dogs. After I had success with Twenty-Eight the very first month I released it, I decided to publish Chosenand its already written second book, Hunted. I released Chosen in September and Hunted in November. I’ve sold over 32,000 copies of Chosen in six months and 18,000 copies of Hunted in four months and I’ve had one foreign rights offer. I just released the third book in the series, Sacrifice, last week.
Deciding to self-publish was one of the best decisions I ever made. I’m building a reader base. I get to know my readers on Twitter and Facebook (my platform) and I’m not only making money, but significant money I wouldn’t have made if I’d sold either series in a traditional book deal.
Still, I hope to get a traditional book deal. That’s why I’m writing a new series for my new agent (who found me and approached me because of Chosen’s success) to shop to traditional publishers. I’d like to grab the attention of readers who don’t buy their books on Amazon. I’d like to see my book on a Barnes & Noble bookshelf. It’s a business decision. A calculated one. I suspect I’ll lose money on the books I sell in a traditional deal, but I’m counting on the payoff of new readers.
Chocolate! Vanilla is wasted calories. (TM – I thoroughly agree)
Everything Emma loves has been ripped away—Jake, Will, and her unborn baby. Within minutes of confronting her new reality, Emma is thrust in the middle of a war between two supernatural beings and she’s the prize. Raphael convinces Emma that Will is dead and that he’s the only hope for saving her son, but she resents Raphael’s dangerous supernatural hold over her. After a revelation from Alex, Emma suspects the only way to escape Raphael’s control is to find the fourth element—Water.
He was losing his mind.
The Vinco Potentia thinks Will knows something about a woman he doesn’t remember. Will’s only memory of Emma is their few minutes together in the forest, but he is consumed with emotions for her—love and belonging. When James shows up and helps Will escape, his story seems off and Will wonders what he’s hiding. So while James wants to find way to sever Will’s connection to Emma, but Will’s not convinced he wants to be free.
You are not bound to destiny.
The book stolen from the Vinco Potentia holds the key to a new set of rules and everyone involved will stop at nothing to get it. Torn between her destiny and her desires, Emma will face her biggest sacrifice yet.
Rose realizes she’s wasted twenty-four years of living and makes a list on the back of a Wal-Mart receipt: twenty-eight things she wants to accomplish before her vision comes true. She’s well on her way with the help of her next door neighbor Joe, who has no trouble teaching Rose the rules of drinking, but won’t help with number fifteen– do more with a man. Joe’s new to town, but it doesn’t take a vision for Rose to realize he’s got plenty secrets of his own.
Somebody thinks Rose has something they want and they’ll do anything to get it. Her house is broken into, someone else she knows is murdered, and suddenly, dying a virgin in the Fenton County jail isn’t her biggest worry after all.
Hi, everyone! It’s been a bit since I just did an update on, well, just stuff in general, so I thought I’d do it here and now!
Finally crested the 10k views mark this past weekend, woot! Definitely been an upsurge in interest the last few months, and for that I greatly appreciate everyone!
My twins turned 1 last Thursday and we did the cake thing this weekend. I just can’t not share a couple of these pictures.
You can guess which is the “before” and which is the “after” pictures. I put the whole “Twins Meet Cake, Cake Meets Doom” series up on my facebook page. Friend me and check it out if you’re interested!
I’ve been blessed with some absolutely FABULOUS reviews.
Happy Monday, everyone! My guest today, Tamaria Soana, comes to you through Sizzling PR and she’s got a fantastic sounding book out called Obsession. Hope you enjoy meeting Ms. Soana!
Since I was a child I dabbled in it. About 3 years spinning actual stories
I’m a stay-at-home mom. So finding time to write can be tricky, not to mention cleaning and errands. I need like 10 more hours in each day. LOL
Obsession released on March 19th
Alexandria Stevens is a New York Times best-selling romance novelist. After she makes a guest appearance on a popular TV talk show, she creates a Twitter account. Within a few short weeks she meets a fan, and they become fast friends…or that’s what Alex thinks. When Alex finds herself being stalked, the person she least suspects is her new friend Jillian. What she doesn’t know is that Jillian has been obsessed with her for years. She wants everything Alex has, even her husband.
I never thought I would. This story just needed to be told.
My future publications will be romance/erotica
Alex went into her study to answer some emails and go over the script for her movie again when the doorbell rang. Knowing Hudson was on a conference call, she went to answer it. She looked out the window to find a deliveryman with a long, white box. Her heart melted, Hudson had flowers delivered for her. He was always so romantic and thoughtful. God, she loved him.
Alex opened the door and signed for the flowers. As she took them to the kitchen to place them in a vase, her mind wandered to all the ways she could thank Hudson properly after his conference call was over. Her favorite one involved her being down on her knees. Alex couldn’t wait to see and smell the beautiful flowers. Giggling, she untied the ribbon and anxiously lifted the lid.
She screamed and dropped the box. It was filled with a dozen black roses, a purple plastic butterfly attached to one stem. Fear rocked through her body as she remembered the note left on her car. Like a butterfly, a wild butterfly. I will collect you and capture you.Alex fell to the floor and wrapped her arms around herself.
“Alex, oh my God. Are you okay? What happened?” Hudson asked as he placed his arms around her trembling body.
She pointed to the black roses. “I thought you sent me flowers,” she stuttered in between her sobs.
Hudson looked at the roses with confusion, then Alex pointed to the butterfly and told him about the note she’d found on her car and how Colleen said it was nothing, probably a sick prank.
“You should’ve told me, baby. I’m calling your father, this isn’t just a prank.” Hudson dialed Anthony, Alex’s father and a police detective. Hudson held her tight and assured her that he wouldn’t let anything happen to her and they would find out what was going on.
Anthony was at his daughter’s side within fifteen minutes with two policemen in tow. He asked a few questions and took the flowers for evidence. Alex just clung to Hudson as her father lectured her for not telling anyone about the note that had been left on her car. He was upset that the note had been destroyed, because there could’ve been forensic evidence on it that would help them figure out who was doing this.
Alex looked into her father’s eyes, he looked both angry and conflicted. She knew this had to be hard on him. He had to be both her father and the detective on the case. He assured them he would try and keep a lid on it for as long as possible. Alex let out a moan knowing what would happen if the media found out about it.
Hudson asked Anthony about the possibility of the police providing some sort of security for Alex. She objected, saying she didn’t want to be babysat. Her father quickly dismissed her objection, stating it was a good idea and he would arrange regular patrols of the street. He swore to her that he would catch the psycho who was stalking her. He hugged her before he left, which took Alex by surprise because he never showed emotion.
When everyone was finally gone, Hudson got Alex some water and two sleeping pills. Soon she was in bed wrapped in Hudson’s arms. Although she was both emotionally and physically exhausted, she felt safe next to him. She sighed and snuggled as close to his warm body as she could as she wiped away a tear and drifted off to sleep.
Alex woke to her cellphone ringing over and over again. Who the hell keeps calling? She moaned as she grabbed her phone from the bedside table. When she looked at the screen and saw who the caller was, she rolled her eyes.
“Oh my God, Alexandria, are you okay? Why do I have to find out from the media that someone is stalking my daughter?”
Alex just let her mother rant—no good would come out of trying to stop her and explain things until she had it all out of her system.
“And a movie deal? Why am I the last to know everything? Well, I’m waiting.”
“I’m sorry, Mom. I was going to call you today. Things have been a bit crazy. What do you mean you heard it from the media?”
“It’s all over the entertainment news.”
“Christ!” Alex took a deep breath. She needed to focus and find out what was being said. “Mom, I have to go. I promise I’ll call you later and fill you in on everything. I need to find out exactly what has been leaked.”
And there you have it, ladies and gentlemen, the fabulous Tamaria Soana! I loved her excerpt, how about you?
Don’t forget, today’s the last day to comment on Katee Robert’s post for a chance to win a copy of her book, Queen of Swords.
Heh – sorry, ladies and gents. Emiros is the determined winner of the Kallypso Masters giveaway, but she did not include an email address.
Emisros/Mary – if you’re listening/reading this, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org so I can get you in touch with Kally.
Today’s guest is Christine Warner, a friend of mine from the Enchanting the Muse crit group. Her debut novel, Some Like it in Handcuffs, comes out tomorrow. So, join me in giving a nice, warm welcome to Christine!
I’ve always wanted to write, but life seemed to get in the way with family, kids, jobs—you know…the norm. About 3 years ago, my sister pushed me into giving it a try and going for what I’d always talked about. And here I am J
My kids are older now, so they don’t take up as much time, I gave up on pressuring myself to keep a perfect house and my job consists of power working for 2 or 3 days a week and that affords me 4 to 5 other days of the week off to write and get all the other things that need attention done. I have to admit, even though I work long shifts each weekend, I’m lucky to have so much time off during the week.
Besides Some Like it in Handcuffs (releasing March 23rdin print and ebook—shameless plug…lol) I have 2 other books coming out. Two-Timing the Boss is also coming out with The Wild Rose Press but I don’t have a cover or a release date yet. And I also have an ebook coming out with Entangled Press from their Indulgence Line with Lori Wilde. That book is titled Blind Date Billionaire, and as of yet, no release date or cover there either.
Here’s a blurb for Two-Timing the Boss:
Farah Smith is on a mission: secure the funds for her twin sister’s surgery. She’ll do whatever it takes to succeed. Even if that means putting her values aside to work for a man she finds morally bankrupt. But when the real Farah meets her new boss, she wonders if she’ll be able to resist his sexy advances long enough to help her sister.
From the blonde wig, to the stilettos strapped around her ankles, Farah’s a clone of Keller Donovan’s harem of past assistants. She can’t believe she’s let herself be talked into the disguise, let alone working for the man planning to demolish the hospital her sister so desperately needs, but the salary he offers is the only way she’ll be able to afford her sister’s surgery. The moment Farah meets Keller she realizes her most daunting task isn’t typing, spreadsheets or organizing travel arrangements, but fighting the growing attraction toward a man whose ruthlessness is legendary in the boardroom as well as the bedroom.
Determined not to end up in a disastrous marriage like his divorced parents, Keller believes all relationships should have a shelf life of sixth months or less. But when he meets Farah, all bets are off. He not only wants her to continue as his personal assistant, but his own private bed warmer. Unfortunately, his offer of an affair doesn’t sit well with her fairytale dreams or the strangled hold gripping his heart.
I’m going to be naughty (TM – oh you naughty girl, you) and give you a quickie one sentence teaser for Blind Date Billionaire:
Her professional reputation tarnished, her life in turmoil, Jill Adgate is given sixty seconds by Chet Castle—an attractive, womanizing, sexy business tycoon—to make the decision of a lifetime.
I love romantic suspense as well as contemporary romance (which is what the other 2 books are) mainly because I love reading stories that could actually happen. I like that they are set in today’s world with today’s possibilities, obstacles and challenges.
For now I think I’ll stick with contemporary and romantic suspense, but have tossed around the idea of writing erotica. J…I feel rebellious and naughty just saying it…lol Don’t know if I will, but it’s something to consider for down the road.
I like sweet and sour…my mouth is already watering just thinking about it. Lol
I actually like vanilla with chocolate syrup on top J I also love Mint chocolate chip. Oh, don’t even get me started!
I’m with you on the Mint Chocolate Chip. Oh lord, that sounds good.
Sunny Kennedy, the only female in a family of blue blood male detectives, is determined to prove testosterone isn’t the only qualification required to solve a cold case. Handcuffed while undercover then taken to the precinct by an attractive detective, her domineering family demands she work with Detective Judson Blackwolf, or she’s off the case.
Judson Blackwolf thinks women in law enforcement should work behind the scenes. The prospect of working with his Captain’s sexy daughter doesn’t thrill him. He only agrees in hopes of solving the murder of his one time mentor’s daughter. Once the case is over, he’s moving to Montana to heal his wounds from the loss of his last partner.
But when their investigation takes a dangerous turn, Sunny and Jud soon realize their feelings for each other cannot be denied.
Well, I got a nice lil’ surprise, and given I’m still procrastinating when it comes to working on In Dreams (working title for Book 3 in the DWW series), I just have to participate. The awesome Doris O’Connor nominated me for this.
Now, like Doris, my current WIP (the poor, neglected In Dreams) isn’t long enough yet. I’ve got like 7 pages. Hehe. So, I guess I’ll just have to use Blood-Mage Rising. So, here they are:
“Thanks.” She felt her cheeks heat as Jordanstudied the mix of patrons waiting in line to get in. Overall, they were pretty dull for the ‘Cor, thus far. Only one was naked. Luckily, the stairs to the second floor were just inside the second set of double doors to the club, and she bolted up them, forcing him into a jog to keep up. She didn’t intend to discuss the patronage of the club if she could help it.
A rope blocked off the small second staircase to Donovan’s tiny one-bedroom apartment atop the club.
Now for my tags:
So, there you have it. My seven sentences! Woot. Don’t forget to comment on Kallypso Masters’ post for a chance to win one of her books. Tomorrow’s the last day to comment. The winner of Carrie Ann’s swag bag has been drawn – just waiting for Carrie Ann’s go-ahead to announce it. 🙂
Have a great day!
Today I’ve got the privilege of hosting my first person from Bewitching Blog Tours, talented author Katee Roberts, who’s here as part of her promotions for two books, The Queen of Swords and The High Priestess.
I’ve been dabbling in writing for my entire life (I still have my first story telling the adventures of a shark, a dolphin, and a killer whale), but I’ve been writing with the goal for publication for about four years now.
Oh man…Three? Four? Most days of the week I work full-time, then come home to my wee ones and do all necessary Mom duties. Once they’re in bed, I carve out time for writing. It makes me tired just thinking about it, but I get through it via a combination of coffee and wine. Okay, and I make lists. Lots of lists. I’ve found that if I don’t write things down, they disappear into the ether.
My sci-fi romance novella is out this month. It’s the story of Marianna and Gerald, who are about as opposite as two people can get. She’s a Diviner, a species that uses Tarot cards to commune with their goddess. He’s a lieutenant of Sanctify, a hate group who has a nasty tendency of torturing and burning anyone not pure human. They share a hot kiss before everything goes to hell and Gerald takes Marianna captive. She comes up with a crazy plan to seduce him into setting her free…but things don’t quite go as Marianna plans.
I love the possibility of sci-fi. Anything that you can dream up, you can create. It’s similar to paranormal, though without the use of magic. One of my favorite inventions at this point is the InstaChef—an instant meal available at the push of a button. It would be nice to have that around some days.
There’s also an element of the Old West in sci-fi. On the out edges of space, one can bend the rules and smugglers and pirates are still in evidence. Because, really, who doesn’t love a pirate?
I love horror and paranormal romances, so I’ll most likely dabble in those as well (I have a paranormal western romance calling my name rather insistently), but I don’t think I’ll ever totally leave sci-fi romances behind. I love them too much.
Both! I have a borderline-worrisome obsession with Sour Patch Kids
Chocolate. Always chocolate. *happy sigh*
Wow, I’m actually typing this up on Friday night, rather than waiting until I’m half asleep (or tipsy) late Saturday evening, or (more common recently) drowsily skimming my WIPs at 3 in the morning on Sunday.
Today’s post comes from Blood-Mage Rising, which is going to be out on April 12! It takes place early in the book, and is an exchange between Chris and Jordan. They’re negotiating whether or not she’s going to help in the search for his wife’s killers, and she’s trying to limit just how long she’ll be stuck working for him.
“I have a life. Put a time limit on this.”
Now that’s just cold. I have a life. Just because it didn’t involve a lot of people didn’t make it any less of a life.
And there you have it! Hope you’ll check out other posters from SSS. They can be found HERE.
Don’t forget – tomorrow’s the last day to comment on Carrie Ann Ryan’s post for a chance to win a swag bag! And we’re still going strong and hoping for more love shown to Kallypso Master’s post. Just by checking it out, you can get a code to get a copy of her first book, Master at Arms, for FREE! Plus, one lucky winner can pick any of her books as a prize.
Have a great week and while you’re here, why not check out my post from yesterday. I included an excerpt from Blood-Mage Rising to hopefully interest you.
Well, here we are, 26 days out from the release of Blood-Mage Rising, and other than the snippets I’ve used for Six Sentence Sunday, I haven’t shared much with you from it. So, in the spirit of hoping to whet your appetite for what’s to come next month, I present the prologue and part of the first chapter to Rising.
For the record, I highly recommend you read Blood Rage first, though it is not required to understand. If you have, know that parts of Rising will overlap with Rage. In case that interests you, here are the buy links!
Without further ado, here we go.
If you’re mage-born, you shouldn’t even be looking at this list. The Circle outlawed blood-mages two thousand years ago, and they won’t bend the rules for you.
If you choose to disregard the above, know an execution order for you and whatever stupid sap converts you will be issued as soon as the Council and/or the Circle gets wind of it.
Since the universe didn’t see fit to answer, she slunk toward the exit to retrieve her truck. So much for her faint hope that she could go exercise her horses. If the murders dragged Xan out of Egypt, Chris couldn’t afford playtime before starting on her assignment. And maybe do a quick search on the internet to see if she could ferret out just why Xan was interested in that hideous amethyst. The woman never even wore jewelry.