Thursday, July 31, 2014

Let the Blog Tour Begin!!



What's up for grabs?

1st Prize: Wolf Necklace, signed bookmark, e-copy of Cursed (picture below)
2nd Prize: Signed bookmark, e-copy of Cursed
3rd Prize: Signed bookmark, e-copy of Cursed


All you have to do is follow the links on the days listed and enter to win!
(Links will go live starting on the day of the blog stop)











The Paranormal Haven contest is now over - the winner has been emailed and will be announced in a wrap up post mid-August.  

STOMP vs ROMP

I'm over at Rabid Reads talking about kick-ass heroines! Come on over and vote for TEAM STOMP! Enter to win the prize pack below including an e-copy of Cursed! 



Tuesday, July 29, 2014

IT'S RELEASE DAY!!!






Her biggest mistake comes with fangs…and a nose for tracking her down.

It's release day for Cursed! YAY!!! 

It seems like it's taken forever to get to this day and I'm going to celebrate by giving away some prize packs and e-copies of Cursed!

All you have to do is follow the blog tour over the next week or so and play along with the contests. Or if you just can't wait, and haven't already done so, go ahead and click the link on the side panel of my blog to buy a copy of Cursed

The first stop on my Cursed blog tour is at Paranormal Haven! Hop on over and check out an excerpt and contest there! 

Prize Pack: Wolf Necklace, Signed Bookmark, e-copy of Cursed!



Cursed
The Order of the Wolf, Book 1

Wherever there’s a lying, cheating scumbag who’s broken a woman’s heart, Vengeance Dealer Darcy Wells is there. So what if she isn’t the most skilled witch around? She’s only using one spell, which leaves the hapless male suffering tormenting lust for one woman. Her.

The beautiful part? This curse comes equipped with a blinding agent, allowing her a clean getaway. Unrequited lust, coming right up! As far as Darcy is concerned, it’s justice served. Her next target: Raven Glock, rock band bassist and drop-dead-gorgeous sex god.

When Raven lays eyes on the luscious Darcy, he gives her what he promises all the starry-eyed groupies who toss their panties at him—one unforgettable night in his bed. Sex with Darcy is so epic that he forgets his cardinal rule: to get her out before morning.

At the crack of sunrise, Darcy serves Raven a face full of cursed ash. But something goes horribly wrong…and she finds herself magically tethered to one pissed-off werewolf.

Worse, breaking the spell could cost her everything…maybe even her life.


Warning: Sexually explicit language, tattoos, piercings, and giant…um…feet. Wet panties are a given. Author assumes no responsibility for spontaneous ravishment of significant others, pool boys, or local pizza delivery personnel.


Thursday, July 24, 2014

Interviews, Blog Posts and Contests!!



There is lots and lots going on leading up to the release day for Cursed (July 29)

If you didn't get a chance to read my interview over at Darke's blog follow the link. I talk a bit about writing, inspiration, and other fun stuff.

I'm also featured on J Thorn's blog this week talking about creative inspiration.

Also, Cursed got it's first review!! Very exciting millstone! Read it here.

And now for the CONTEST info!

Starting on release day July 29, you'll have the opportunity to win one of these prize packs. A wolf necklace, signed bookmark and e-copy of Cursed, (pictures below) as well as a few other opportunities for an e-copy of Cursed. All you have to do is follow the blog hop (links and dates listed below) and enter!



Wolf necklace, signed bookmark, e-copy of Cursed



Wolf necklace, signed bookmark, e-copy of Cursed



Blog Hop Prize Pack: 
1st Prize: Wolf necklace, signed bookmark, e-copy of Cursed
2nd Prize: Signed bookmark and e-copy of Cursed
3rd Prize: Signed bookmark and e-copy of Cursed
Follow the links for chances to enter. 

July 31 The Smutty Kitty
August 1 KrissysBookshelf
August 4 You Gotta Read Reviews
August 7 Literary Nymphs Hotlist
August 9 Reading Between the Wines Book Club
August 11 Books Make me Happy
August 12 Dawn's Reading Nook
August 13 Sallie's Book Reviews and More





Monday, July 7, 2014

Blog Hopping...On Writing Process



When the wonderful D.B. Reynolds tapped me on the shoulder to participate in a blog hop with her I was like, hell yes, motherfu....um...I said, yeah, sure, I'm in. ;-)

Answering four questions about my process, starting.....NOW:

1) What am I working on?

I'm currently working on book 6 of The Order of the Wolf series that's launching with Cursed on July 29 (Woo!!) It's tentatively titled Wolves' Bane 2...lol...obviously not the permanent title but easy for me to identify when I'm filing stuff on my computer. It takes place immediately after book 5 (which happens to be Mayhem's book) and not only carries on the plot that rolled out in Wolves' Bane (set for release Jan 2015) but also introduces some new and totally awesome characters and mythology.

2) How does my work differ from others in this genre?

I'm working with a mythology and a series that shows both sides of a war between werewolves and werewolf Hunters, at the center of which are the Huntresses: powerful female warriors who must choose a side to fight on, becoming enemy to the other. Beast or Hunter: it's a pretty heavy choice and one that doesn't always come easy especially when a warrior's heart is involved.

I like to explore the hero, anti-hero and villain from a variety of perspectives, seeing how their motivation can be perceived totally differently depending on what side you're viewing it from.

3) Why do I write what I do?

I can't not write paranormal stuff. I've tried, believe me, and it doesn't work. I've been obsessed with all things supernatural since I was a kid. Writing about it just came naturally.

4) How does your writing process work.

Ironically, I just blogged about this last week so without boring you all and becoming repetitious, I'll move us along to the next phase of this blog hop....

Hop on over to the next blog featuring the amazing Krista Walsh, whose fantasy novel Evensong was one of the most interesting I've ever read.  The sequel, Eventide is newly released and on my TBR pile as we speak!



Bio:
Known for witty, vivid characters, Krista Walsh never has more fun than getting them into trouble and taking her time getting them out. After publishing a few short stories and novellas in various anthologies, she has now released her own anthology, the serial collection Greylands. When not writing, or working at her day job, she can be found reading, gaming, or watching a film – anything to get lost in a good story. She currently lives in Ottawa, Ontario.





Author Jeff Powell wakes up to find the impossible has happened. He is within his own novel—summoned into the fictional world of Feldall’s Keep by a spell he didn't write. One the House enchantress hasn't figured out how to reverse. 

When the villain he's been struggling to write reveals himself, unleashing waves of terror and chaos, Jeff must use more than his imagination to save the characters he created—and the woman he loves. 

Trapped within a world of his own creation, he must step outside the bounds of his narrative to help his characters defeat an evil no one anticipated, even if he must sacrifice his greatest gift. In the end, he has to ask: are novels really fiction, or windows into other worlds? 

Buy it here:

Find Krista here:
twitter: @krista_walsh


Monday, June 16, 2014

Birthing a manuscript...sounds gross, I know



I had someone ask me recently what my writing process was so I thought I'd do a little post about it, you know, because it's fascinating and all.

Step 1: I usually get an idea about the next book while I'm working on the current book. It's almost always some fabulous scene playing out in my mind, just like in a movie. This sucks a lot because new ideas are shiny and exciting and, well, new...but priority must go to the current wip, so....

Step 2: I jot down a rough plot. And by rough I mean really rough, usually beginning, middle and end in a few point form sentences. I also try to get the details of the scene down just in case it disappears (which it usually doesn't...but better safe right?) I then proceed to dream about the shiny new idea...I'm not joking, new idea tends to spawn other new ideas which typically come to me in dreams or at random, odd moments of the day. Sticky notes are my best friend.

Step 3: Once I can devote the time, I start really plotting out the wip. I like to use Scrivener for my initial rough draft because I can organize my files separately and I can very easily create character profiles with pictures. I know everyone has their own process here and some of my author friends like to fully flesh out the details in this stage. I'm not like that. I don't know if it's laziness or what, but I do some basic character profiling and have about a page worth of plot notes at this stage.

Step 4: I start writing. When I start writing I like to set quotas for myself. It depends on the time of year and what's going on at the day job but it's typically a number like 10K per week. This method works really well for me as I'm quite goal oriented and like to compete with myself...you know...cause that's normal. I typically try to exceed whatever my word count was the week before kind of thing.

This is also the stage where a lot of staring into space happens in my real life. My brain is constantly working out plot problems or adding details so I zone out a lot, sometimes even during conversations. My friends and family know me well enough to catch the moment I enter my fictional world. I get teased about it of course, but this is the world of a writer, we're weird folk I tell ya.

Step 5: Once the novel is finished I try to let it sit for a bit. If there are other things to do like editing another project or catching up on day job stuff, I'll leave the wip for a while. If there's nothing else to do, I typically dive back in for the first round of editing and sometimes rewriting.

Step 6: Editing...ugh...time wise, I think I do more editing than actual writing. My first draft is usually very rough...I type without stopping a lot of the time so there are spelling mistakes and typos and plot issues...etc. I will do two to three edits in Scrivener then compile (I hate the compiling stage because I can never get it formatted right) to Word. I then do another one or two edits to fix the formatting issues.

Step 7: I send it out to my fabulous critters for editing/critique. These women are the best of the best and you'll find their names repeatedly mentioned in my acknowledgments page of my published books. They don't let me slack or get away with lazy tricks. They are honest and make fun of me and I love it.

Step 8: Once I get the critter comments back I edit again...usually doing two or more passes and then a final read-through to catch any lingering mistakes.

Step 9: I write the blurb and summary and then I send it where ever I need to send it. At this moment it's to my amazing editor at Samhain but there are other places that things sometimes go. ;-)

And that's it, my bloody, mucous-filled, sometimes painful, sometimes blissful birthing of a novel/novella.

Don't forget, my series The Order of the Wolf begins in July with the release of Cursed (on sale for pre-order) and followed by Wolf Slayer (also available for pre-order). Go ahead, buy them...I dare ya ;-)



Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Time, Timing and Other Stuff.



Been busy working on stuff....day job stuff, writing stuff. Lots and lots of stuff. I've got some irons in the fire happening and I've been doing a whole lot of saying no at the day job...which is VERY hard for me to do. I've talked about being type A in other blog posts and with that comes the need to agree to all the great projects that get thrown my way. I hate missing opportunities and I always like to learn new things. BUT I also need time to write and until my writing world starts paying the bills, I'm stuck doing the day job which is time consuming in and of itself. So, be proud of me, folks because I've already said no to three new projects at work and plan to do a whole lot of writing in place of that.

On deck is the sequel to Wolves' Bane (due for release January 2015). I've got an interesting plot playing out in my head for that one...and an unexpected character who is being insistent about taking the MC role. She's pushy as all hell. I like her already.

I wrapped up some projects, got a lot of editing done, and am waiting on some bits of information before I proceed with the next phase of my plans. This is the timing piece of my world with lots of pondering about paranormal romance/ urban fantasy and what readers want right now. I'll be blogging about this later.

I plan on doing a few contests in July and August to celebrate the release of Cursed so keep your eyes open for that.

That's all for now, my lovely readers. :-)


Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Cover Reveal...I'm truly spoiled...seriously



As you all know by this point, I have a series called The Order of the Wolf starting at Samhain Publishing in July. Not only have I been gifted by the world's best editor BUT I have also landed the world's best cover artist as well.




This is the fourth book in the series, Spell Weaver, due for release in April 2015. The first book in the series, Cursed, is available for preorder at: Amazon Kobo Samhain


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