I know it’s hard to believe. Feels like we just celebrated New Year’s, but it’s February already and Valentine’s Day is around the corner. So, I’m going to celebrate with a Valentine’s Giveaway that’s designed to thank my longtime readers.

I’m giving away the chance to name a character in the next Vampires in America book, which will be Book #14 (14!) I don’t have a name yet, though I’ve begun the early plotting of it. But first I have to write Dragan (Stone Warriors #4,) so Vampires in America #14 won’t be out until next year. I’ll start writing it later this year, though, so this is the perfect time to create a character. The giveaway does NOT include the right to name any of the main characters, or the book itself, but your character will be more than just a walk-on, which means you’ll have dialogue. The character can be human or vampire, your choice. The winner will be mentioned in the Acknowledgments, and will receive a signed, print copy of the book. The entry rules follow:

1. Send an email to with VALENTINE 2019 on the subject line.
2. Return email address MUST BE A VALID EMAIL ADDRESS.
3. Include your first and last name in the body of the email.
4. All entries must be received by midnight, February 10, 2019.
5. One winner will be selected at random from among the entries received by the deadline.
6. The winner surrenders all rights to the character they submit, both financial and literary.
7. The winner will be notified by return email and will have five (5) days to respond, after which a new winner will be chosen.
8. One entry per person. All duplicate entries will be deleted.

There’s no need to describe your character now or when you enter. If you win, I’ll let you know everything I need to know about your character, with plenty of time to respond.

And that’s it! I figure only people who love my Vampires will want to have themselves (or someone they love or simply make up) in the books. Be sure to follow the entry rules exactly!

A few other things before I go back to LACHLAN’s revisions …. I’ve been taking the occasional break this weekend, resting my brain by watching SUPERNATURAL. I recorded the whole season and haven’t watched any of it, so I have plenty to watch. At first, I was a little confused at the trailers for “upcoming” movies like Avengers: Infinity Wars and Deadpool 2, which are obviously already out and widely available. But then I remembered that the episodes were months old. lol I’m enjoying the season, so far, though I’m nowhere near the end.

I also started A Discovery of Witches on Sundance Now ( It took me some time to find it, but I persevered. And I’m so glad I did. They’ve done a wonderful job of it. The chemistry between Matthew Goode, as Matthew Clairmont, and Teresa Palmer, as Diana Bishop, is just fantastic. I’m not through Season 1 yet, but I’m already disappointed that I have to wait until 2020 for Season 2. Whether you’ve read the books or not (the All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness) you should enjoy this TV series.

And now I’m going back to LACHLAN. Hope you’re all staying warm and dry. I’ll see you next week.