First, let’s get the bad news out of the way. As you can see by the countdown to the right, UNFORGIVEN’s release date has been moved to October 10. I received a phone call on Friday to let me know that there’d been an irrecoverable snafu in the production cycle. I was unhappy mostly for my readers who’d been promised a novella on October 1, and after waiting a whole year! Anyway, despite everyone’s best intentions, there’s no way the schedule can be recovered, so …
The good news . . . UNFORGIVEN won’t be ready, but I want my readers to get something new on 1 October, so I’m pushing up the date of the next Vampire Vignette. I’d originally planned this story as a flashback to UNFORGIVEN, but it works even better as a prequel. And since I wrote the story for Paranormal Haven’s annual Halloween at the Haven—which is where I’ll be on October 31 this year—I’ll just have to write something brand new for the Haven event. Which means, dear readers, you’ll get an extra story to compensate a little for the delay in UNFORGIVEN’s release.
In more good news, I’m told that UNFORGIVEN will be available for preorder from Amazon, which is cool. It’s already been posted to GOODREADS, so if you add it to your GoodReads “to be read” shelf, you’ll be notified as soon as it’s available.
You’ll notice, btw, that there’s no cover yet—other than this pretty little tease which I smuggled in just for you. The cover is finished—I know this, because I’ve seen it!—but ImaJinn is planning a cover reveal on GoodReads for the 19th, with the UNFORGIVEN preorder launching at Amazon on the 24th, which happens to be the dark of the moon. A good night for Vampires and those who love them.
You might also notice that I’ve added a countdown widget for VINCENT up above. I’ve been ASSURED that VINCENT will release ON SCHEDULE on 1 November, and will also be available for preorder, though I’m not exactly sure about when the preorder button will happen. I’ll let you know. But VINCENT is also UP ON GOODREADS (albeit without a cover) so if you add it to your “to be read” shelf, you’ll be advised as soon as the cover is released AND when it goes up on preorder. Or so I’m told. This process is new to me, so I’m learning along with you. Even MORE good news … I’ve been advised that JABRIL’s recording has been completed, and I’ll have the proofing copy very soon, with the audio release expected in 3-5 weeks! Yay!
And finally, just for good measure, DECEPTION is up on GoodReads, too. This is way, way early. I mean, I’m still writing it! But you can put it on your “to be read” shelf, and it will motivate me even harder to watch the numbers grow.
I think that’s it for this week. Kind of a lot. But it means I need to get back to writing, since I need a new story for Halloween plus I need to finish Cyn & Raphael’s story for DECEPTION.
Oh, and … in a total fan girl squee moment, tonight I’ll be at the Hollywood Bowl, watching and listening to LINKIN PARK, THIRTY SECONDS TO MARS, and AFI! Squeeeeeee! (I did warn you about the squee.)
See you back here next week and I’ll tell you all about it!
A quiet week in the Canyon, catching up on sleep. Although in my life, a quiet week means I’m back to staying up all night with Cyn and Raphael, whose book also includes a brand new love affair for a familiar character, which affair is just about to heat up. And, no, it’s probably not the character you think. There will, however, be a fresh Vignette in late October, and, yes, that probably will be the character you think.
Before we move on to the snippet, though, I want to call your attention to a terrific book by a fellow Belle Books, Inc. author, Diana Pharaoh Francis. TRACE OF MAGIC is the first book of her new Diamond City Magic series, and it’s really good. If you love Urban Fantasy, you should definitely check it out.
And finally (and let’s face it, this is what you’re waiting for) I hinted last week that there might be a snippet this week. UNFORGIVEN is less than a month from release, and VINCENT only a month after that. Which makes this the perfect time for some snippage. Then I had to decide what to snippet, since there’s UNFORGIVEN, and VINCENT and DECEPTION. I’d like to say I put all the names on a target and threw darts, but no. UNFORGIVEN is a novella, and I’m always reluctant to snippet novellas. DECEPTION is still too raw and very much in progress … which leaves VINCENT—full-length novel, fully edited, and with lots of potential snips.
So now, a snippet of VINCENT. Enjoy!
Jerry and Vincent both emerged quickly, with Jerry coming over to stand next to her, while Vincent joined them a moment later.
“We’re a little over a quarter mile from the truck, as the crow flies,” Lana told him. “Unfortunately, we can’t fly . . .” Her words trailed off and she studied Vincent. “You can’t, can you?”
“Of course, not,” he said, appearing offended at the question. As if she hadn’t just seen him whammy a man with nothing but his voice and crash through a bolted door with a flick of his fingers. Not to mention the whole ripping out the throat part, but she supposed any strong man, with an equally strong stomach, could have done that.
“Just asking,” she said mildly, secretly pleased to have finally irked him. “Okay, so with this terrain, our walk is probably closer to a mile, and at night like this, it will be fairly rough going.”
“Darkness isn’t a problem for Jerry and me. Neither is the terrain. How about you?” he asked, eyeing her up and down.
“I’ve survived a hell of a lot worse,” she told him flatly, hoping he understood that the hell of a lot worse part included present company, namely him.
Vincent’s half grin told her he understood perfectly and rather enjoyed it. “Let’s get going then. You set the pace, Lana.”
I believe I mentioned a few months back that Lana enjoyed tormenting Vincent with her lack of interest. (heh, heh) I think we all know how that’s going to turn out.
Okay, back to Cyn and Raphael and the as yet unidentified lovers. Although, obviously I know who they are, it’s just all of you left in the dark.
Have a great week.
Yep, they released us from the hospital at last. Well, really, they released the DH, but it always feels like we’re both locked up. It took forever to get checked out, but when we finally got downstairs and I brought the car around, he was in the car, I was in the car, and we both looked at each other and said, “Let’s get the fuck out of here!” I hit the gas like we were afraid they’d drag us back upstairs if we didn’t escape! lol Sure felt good to be home, though. Sleep, sleep, sleep. Hospitals are noisy!
Anyway, so we’re back on routine. I turned in some draft cover copy for UNFORGIVEN and VINCENT, then went back to work on DECEPTION (Book 9.) Things are picking up in that story. As Kelley Armstrong says in her class on outlining, the call to action has been sounded and now for the middle part. I love writing Cyn and Raphael. I know them so well, and I love the way they love each other, because I’m a romantic at heart.As for UNFORGIVEN and VINCENT … every conversation and/or email I exchange with my editor these days begins with one question … COVERS??? Hopefully soon. I’m guessing the UNFORGIVEN covers will look something like this …
I did finally update my GOODREADS READING CHALLENGE, and I’m ten (10) books ahead! Yay me! I’ll need that margin once the copy edits come in on UNFORGIVEN and VINCENT, plus the blog tours and stuff. And finishing DECEPTION. Wow, I have a busy 4th quarter coming up.
Speaking of good books, however, I finally read the first two books of KRESLEY COLE’s ARCANA SERIES. I love Cole’s writing, but had been doubtful about this one, because it’s a YA series, and I generally don’t read those. But some friends strongly recommended it, so I finally caved, and I’m so glad I did. Cole’s writing is always great, but the story surprised me. Other than Evie’s somewhat whiny personality, I loved the story. And, generally speaking, you forget that the characters are only teenagers, because they’re hunting and killing each other! Fascinating world building, too.
Speaking of fascinating worldbuilding, the DH and I sat down to watch a movie and ended up with The Hobbit 2 – The Desolation of Smaug. How did we end up there, you ask? Good question, because the DH is not normally drawn to fantasy. But he said I could choose … And he surprised both of us by enjoying the movie. Shocker! I’d seen it once before, of course, but it was brand new for him. I think I enjoyed it more this time, maybe because I didn’t worry about details, just enjoyed the story. So the details I hated about it the first time didn’t bug me this time.
And with that, I think I’ve recounted my week. Lots of post-hospital sleep, lots of late night writing with Cyn and Raphael, and hopefully soon some covers! Especially since UNFORGIVEN will be out on 1 October!!
Happy Labor Day weekend to my fellow Americans, last blowout of the summer!
See you all back here next week. I’m thinking it’s snippet time. How about you?
Just a quickie this week (and I mean that in the most non-sexual way.) The DH ended up back in the hospital a few days ago. He’s feeling better now, and we hope to have him back home tomorrow. But long days in the hospital and short nights of sleep don’t make for a very clever blogger.
I do have a few things to report. First (and most importantly) the revisions to VINCENT are finished and back with my editor. I’d forgotten how much I like Vincent, especially Vincent with Lana. I’m adding this picture just to remind us all what a sweet hunk he is.
And before the DH started feeling poorly, we finally saw GUARDIANS of the GALAXY! Yay! I loved it! Chris Pratt is perfect, Zoe Saldana is amazing, and Vin Diesel actually brings personality to Groot (with some help from the CGI guys.)
I also read a bunch of books. I haven’t updated my GoodReads Challenge yet, but I have a lot of books to add. Some good, some not so good, but one really stands out, and that’s UGLY LOVE by Colleen Hoover. I’d never read anything by her before, but the title intrigued me, and I’m so glad I picked this book up. It’s a Contemporary Romance, but so much more. It’s about love and unbearable loss and pain and joy. Hoover’s approach to the story is so unusual and so taut that I ached right along with the characters, and right until the very end I didn’t know how she was going to finish it. If you read Contemporary Romance, and even if you don’t, you should read this book. It’s terrific.
And that’s all the words that are in my brain tonight. I’m massively sleep deprived, and I’m going to grab a few hours before hopefully heading back to bring my darling home where he belongs!
Until next week. Hug the ones you love.
And now, let’s talk about winners! The two winners in the RAPHAEL Audio Book giveaway are …
SUE S. email@example.com
CHRISTINE R. firstname.lastname@example.org
Sue and Christine, you now have five (5) days to reply to the email I’ve sent to each of you! Or you can contact me at email@example.com to confirm your winning status and email address. After which I’ll send you the download code and instructions for your RAPHAEL Audio Book!
And if you’re not Sue S. or Christine R. (and let’s face it, most of you aren’t) don’t worry. With UNFORGIVEN and VINCENT both on the horizon, there will be plenty of giveaways coming up.
Speaking of UNFORGIVEN and VINCENT, guess what I’m doing this week? Yep, revisions! UNFORGIVEN is completed and now it’s VINCENT’s turn. And you know what that means … their release dates are closing in FAST! Woohoo!
I also wrote a whole bunch of new words on Book #9 — Did I mention that Book #9 has a title? It’s DECEPTION. I’m so used to calling it Book #9! lol But DECEPTION has me eyeing the cave. I have to get through a couple of thing first, but the darkness is beckoning. I’m not quite ready yet, though the writing is moving along quickly, but despite what my friends and family might think, I really do enjoy the occasional bout of sunshine … with proper sunscreen, of course.
No movies yet. We’re expecting more family to visit this week—did I mention my family is large?—so, I had to do some prep for that. Oooh, I did score some great tickets for Linkin Park! Very excited about that one. And I read even more terrific books to add to my GoodReads Challenge. I’ll need to update again soon, but I’m sure I’m still ahead of the curve. Yay me! On the small screen, there was, um, nothing. Except for The Strain. Why does no one listen to Eph or the rat catcher????
Now there’s a good closing line for you … why does no one listen to Eph or the rat catcher? lol
Can’t beat that, so I’m going back to work. That family visit is likely to cut into my writing time a bit, so I have to get as much done as I can before then.
R.I.P. to the wonderful Robin Williams—this one brought tears to my eyes. As Jimmy Fallon said, “Oh Captain, my Captain, you will be missed.” And to the beautiful and sexy Lauren Bacall—one of the greats.
Take care of yourselves and the people you love, and I’ll be back here the same time next week!
We barely made it this week! My site got a bad update and I wasn’t sure I’d be able to blog on schedule. But my tech guy came through and here we are.
First up this week is some news. Untitled #9 is untitled no longer. Book #9, which will star Cyn and Raphael, will be titled DECEPTION. This is the first book of a new story arc which focuses on the coming war between the North American vampires and the invading European vampires. There will be new characters introduced and new romances with both new and old characters, but the eight vampire lords we’ve come to know and love (and their mates)—hmmm, well you don’t know Vincent and Lana yet, but you will soon. Anyway, our favorite eight will feature prominently, so a new title sequence for a new story arc.
In more news on the series, the art department is hard at work on covers for UNFORGIVEN and VINCENT, and I can hardly wait, especially for VINCENT!
Also, while waiting for my website to come back up, I updated my GoodReads Challenge, and I’m now 5 books ahead of schedule! I’ve posted reviews for some of them, so you can check those out too. It was easy to make progress with all the new books coming out this month, many by some of my favorite authors. Right now I’m reading Downfall, Rob Thurman’s newest Cal and Niko Leandros book. As always, I’m loving it, but I’m getting a little worried about the guys and Robin Goodfellow, too!
We’re getting close to the end of summer. Kids are back in school this week and there’s not much on TV. LONGMIRE had a rather shocking, but excellent, finale. THE STRAIN is continuing and still creepy, getting sort of frightening as one imagines how impossible it would be to stop a contagion like this in real life. And I’ve become sort of addicted to shows like FORENSIC FILES and HUNTED. They’re good distractions while I torture myself on the damn elliptical, and it’s intriguing and honestly appalling at the things people will do to each other.
Note that the Rafflecopter is still live for the RAPHAEL audio books giveaway. About three days left, so make sure you get your entry in.
I’ll see you back here next week!
My publisher has provided some copies of RAPHAEL’s audio book for a giveaway, so let’s do this! I’m giving away TWO copies. You can enter via the Rafflecopter below. Giveaway will run through August 12 to give everyone plenty of time to enter.
I’ll be adding books to MY GOODREADS CHALLENGE in a couple of days. It’s showing I’m a little behind right now, but once I add the latest books, I’ll be ahead again. My Kindle came alive last week with a bunch of books that I’d pre-ordered, so I’ve read some terrific books this week, including the fabulous Ilona Andrews’ latest MAGIC BREAKS, Susan Andersen’s latest hot contemporary, NO STRINGS ATTACHED, and the first of Angela Addams new Order of the Wolf series, the novella CURSED. So many great books, so little time!
More GoodReads news … I’m now participating in their Ask the Author feature. My readers can always email me if they have questions, but now you can also ask questions through MY GOODREADS PAGE.
Also this week, I was very excited to discover that RAPHAEL had been selected as BOOK OF THE MONTH at TMV CAFE! How cool is that? And I owe it all to Sharon Stogner at I SMELL SHEEP who nominated my delicious RAPHAEL.
No movies. ::sigh:: One of these days I’ll get to the theater again. I so want to see Guardians of the Galaxy. On the small screen, though, I’m still following THE STRAIN. It’s tense and creepy, although a couple of things in this week’s episode drove me nuts. SPOILERS! First, when Ef and Emma are doing the autopsy on our poor infected pilot, they’re sort of gowned up, but THEY’RE NOT WEARING ANY MASKS!!!! WTF? And second, Ansel’s wife—Ansel is the guy with a wife, two kids, and a dog named Gertie who really tries to protect his family from whatever’s happening to him—anyway, Ansel’s wife has no survival instinct whatsoever. lol
On the writing front, Untitled #9 (I’m getting closer to a title) is going really well, moving as fast as I can type, which is pretty damn fast. So, I’m going to get back to it now. Don’t forget to enter the giveaway for RAPHAEL’s audio book (below) and I’ll see you all next week.
It’s too early to move into the cave, but let’s just say I’m camping on the threshold. Book #9 is progressing really well, moving fast. Now if only I had a title. I’ve selected and discarded a few, leaving me back with Untitled #9. Let’s hope I come up with something before I’ve finished writing. How do you feel about Untitled #9 as a title?
I’m hearing nothing but good things from readers who’ve listened to RAPHAEL on Audible so I’m excited to let you know that JABRIL is in production, with Traci Odom as narrator again. It takes time to put it all together, but I’ll let you know as soon as it’s available.
In the meantime if you’re looking for a great new series, CURSED by the talented Angela Addams goes on sale tomorrow, JULY 29. You can pre-order it now and be ready to go. It’s the first story in Addams’s The Order of the Wolf, which are all terrific tales of werewolves and rock & roll, two of my favorite things all rolled into one! The second story of the series, WOLF SLAYER will be out in October 2014, and you can pre-order that as well. These two titles are novellas. The third title will be a full-length novel.
No new movies this week, just a couple of old ones. But my sister’s back from vacation and I’m hoping I can persuade her to see HERCULES with me … or maybe LUCY. Or maybe both! On the small screen, I’m really enjoying THE STRAIN, creepy and very well done. SPOILERS! The very idea of curly little worms slithering into bodies and turning them into vampire-like things with huge, long tongues. Yeech! I knew those Nazis were up to something! I’ve also become somewhat addicted to FORENSIC FILES on CNN/HLN. They’ve become my go-to programs to watch while exercising. First, because there are so many of them, but also because I’m a geek. Although it is troubling how many different ways people find to kill/maim each other, and for such petty reasons!
Also on the small screen and always running when I’m working is, of course, BUFFY. The most amazing thing is that I still occasionally see scenes I’ve never noticed before. Must be because most of the times it was running, I was looking at my computer screen.
I’ve also added a few books to my 2014 READING CHALLENGE and, in fact, I’m a few books ahead of schedule for a change! Woohoo! Little victories, people, little victories!
Okay, back to the campfire in front of the cave. Untitled #9, i.e., Cyn & Raphael, are calling.
Have a great week!
What do Raphael and I have in common with the luscious Dean and Sam Winchester? We’re all on i-Tunes! (insert crazy laughter)
Of course, we all know that wherever Raphael goes, so goes Cyn. So I’m happy to report that JABRIL is now in audio production. It takes time, but I’ll let you know as soon as it’s available.
More news of luscious men, although, on this one I’m so confused! I’m certainly no expert on Marvel’s superheroes, but … how can Thor be a woman?
I’ve been working hard on Book #9 (still untitled, though I’m working on that, too) so no movie-going this week. I did watch Guillermo del Toro’s fabulous new TV show, THE STRAIN. It looks terrific, of course, but the story is also great. And since it’s FX, you can always catch up if you miss any episodes, since they repeat their shows over and over again.
Speaking of highly anticipated shows, OUTLANDER is coming to TV August 9. I haven’t read the books yet. I have the first one on my Kindle, and I’m trying to decide if I should read it before watching the series. I’m thinking not, because there’s always such a difference between a book and a TV show or movie, that if you’ve read the books, it can be frustrating and disappointing, too. What do you think?
Okay, back to writing for me. Have a great week!