Cynthia Eden provided a cover quote for CLAIMED!

on May 17, 2011

As you probably know, CLAIMED has a very cool cover and now I have coverflats!  What you don’t know, is that the fabulous Cynthia Eden was kind enough to give us a cover quote.  Here it is:

CLAIMED is paranormal romance at its best! With intense action, fiery hot scenes, and a hero worth dying for–literally!–CLAIMED is a book not to be missed.

If you’ve read my blog, you know Cynthia is one of my favorite authors.  So receiving such an awesome quote from her is exciting…and humbling.  I just can’t thank her enough for taking the time out of her very busy, multi publishing schedule to not only read CLAIMED but to write a quote.

Here’s the back cover:

A DARING RESCUE

Emma Paulsen is a geneticist driven by science.  But she’s also a psychic, so when a dark, good-hearted vampire frees her from the clutches of the evil Kurjans, she realizes he must be the man who’s been haunting her dreams.  But with a virus threatening vampire mates, Emma may discover a whole new meaning of “lovesick”…

A DEADLY DECISION

As King of the Realm, Dage Kayrs has learned to practice diplomacy.  Still, it’s taken three hundred years to find his mate, so he’ll stop at nothing to protect her–even if it means turning his back on his own kind…

So…how about we give away a cover flat of CLAIMED along with a bookmark for FATED?  I’ll leave the contest open for a week or so.   Just leave a comment–about anything you want.  If all else fails, just say ‘hi.’  🙂

Win the First Signed Coverflat for CLAIMED

on April 26, 2011

UPDATE:  Congrats to Danielle Gibbs and Judy C. for winning the signed coverflats!  Yeah, I gave away two.  🙂

Hi All!  The Magnificent Megan sent me some coverflats for CLAIMED this weekend – I’d love to sign one and send it off to you.  So leave a comment at the end for a random chance to win. 

The wonderful Cynthia Eden provided a cover quote for us, saying that CLAIMED is a “paranormal romance at its best!”  Here’s the back cover copy:

A DARING RESCUE

Emma Paulsen is a geneticist driven by science.  But she’s also a psychic, so when a dark, good-hearted vampire frees her from the clutches of the evil Kurjans, she realizes he must be the man who’s been haunting her dreams.  But with a virus threatening vampires’ mates, Emma may discover a whole new meaning of ‘lovesick’…

A DEADLY DECISION

As King of the Realm, Dage Kayrs has learned to practice diplomacy.  Still, it’s taken three hundred years to find his mate, so he’ll stop at nothing to protect her–even if it means turning his back on his own kind…

So leave a comment for a chance to win.  If you need a prompt…what do you like about vampires, shifters and/or witches?  Or, in the alternative, how is your spring going?  It snowed here last week.  🙂

FATED releases today

on February 22, 2011

Hi all!  So, today is the release of FATED.  The e-edition will be available on March 1st for kindle, nook, sony, etc.  For anyone in the area, we’re having a launching party tonight at the Gourmet Way from 4:00pm to 7:00 pm…regardless of the winter storm warning just put out.  🙂  I hope to see you there!

I’ll post tomorrow or the next day about the launching and how it went.  Today I need to go help unpack books for the launching, and I thought maybe I’d drop by Hastings and Borders to see, ah, my book on the shelves.  I’m also over at Savvy Authors talking craft in the terms of layering and lasagna.  And…I have some friends with releases today:  (And for the life of me, I can’t get the books to be of equal size!  WordPress is being difficult today.)

 

A DEADLY Interview and Giveaway with Cynthia Eden…

on February 2, 2011

UPDATE:  Congratulations to Stacie for winning a copy of DEADLY LIES from Cynthia!  Thanks to everyone who commented for a chance to win. 🙂

Today I was lucky enough to interview one of my favorite authors and fellow-Brava writer Cynthia Eden, who besides writing dark, sexy paranormals for Kensington also writes the Deadly romantic suspense series for Grand Central.  Being the absolute sweetheart that she is, Cynthia has offered to give one commenter a copy of either DEADLY HEAT or DEADLY LIES!  I’ll draw a name later this week.

1)      You are such a kind person and you write so well about dangerous, deadly people, even serial killers.  Why do you think you’re attracted to the dark side?

LOL, aw, now you’re just being nice!  I think beneath my soccer mom exterior, I may have the heart of a killer.  🙂  Wait, no, that probably doesn’t sound right, does it?  The truth is that I’ve always liked darker books.  As a kid, I loved to watch horror movies, but unlike others, I always cheered for the monster. As I grew up, I kept cheering for the monster because I realized, we aren’t all 100% good. Everyone has a darkness inside. With “monsters”—well, they just can’t hide that darkness as well as others can. 

2)      What do you like better:  when you’ve just started writing a book or when you’ve just finished one, and why?

I love the thrill of just starting a book. The pages (empty ones, granted) are full of possibilities. Anything can happen. Love and danger wait!

3)      You’ve been writing paranormal romances for awhile and just added romantic suspense to your list in the Deadly series (which is AWESOME).  What was your thought process here?  Did you have any worries about your readers following you to the new genre, or was it all smooth? 

Thank you! So glad you enjoy the DEADLY series.  As for my thought process…I noticed that when I wrote my paranormal romances, suspense elements kept sliding into my stories.  So the more I thought about it, I realized that I truly enjoyed writing those suspense aspects. I decided to try writing a straight suspense (meaning no vampires or werewolves) and DEADLY FEAR was born.  In my Deadly books, my monsters are real-life serial killers, arsonists, and kidnappers, and I’ve discovered that those real-life monsters can be just as scary as demons. 

My DEADLY books contain the same heat level, action level, and intensity that my paranormal books have, so the transition between sub-genres was a pretty smooth one. If readers like my paranormals, then they should (hopefully!) enjoy my romantic suspenses, too.

4)       You write for two publishers, are active on the internet and have a wonderful family.  Any tips you’d like to share for time management?  In other words, how in the heck do you do so much…and do it all so well?

I don’t sleep! Ack! Actually, I think I may have gotten better at juggling my schedule.  It’s all about finding a pattern that can work. For me, I wrote late at night for years (around first my work schedule and then around a baby—night was the only quiet time). My son is older now and in Pre-K, so that means I have quiet hours in the early morning. I get as much done as I can during those hours, then, yes, later when he goes down for the night, I hop on my computer again. I still enjoy a variety of late night hours.   

I make page goals for myself, and I stick to those goals.  Staying motivated is key to balancing my day. 

5)      What’s next for you?

The third book in my DEADLY romantic suspense series releases very soon—yay! DEADLY LIES will be in stores on 3/1/11. 

On the writing front, I am currently writing a Fallen Angel series for Kensington Brava. The first book in the series, ANGEL OF DARKNESS, is slated to release this December.  These books are about Angels of Death—dark, very dangerous angels.  

6)      If you weren’t an author, what career path would you choose?

I’d be a teacher. Before I started writing full-time, I taught history. I loved working with the kids. They always brought excitement and fun to my day. 

7)      How long did you submit work before being accepted by a publisher? 

Oh, jeez, let’s see. I wrote my first novel when I was 18 and submitted it to Silhouette. That novel was terrible! Terrible! Very correctly, they rejected it. I wrote off and on after that as I went to college, got married, started working…and then one day I realized that I’d let my dream slip away from me. Writing was what I’d always wanted to do, and I made myself find time for it. After I got serious, I sold my first book to the small press, ImaJinn Books within a few months. Then I kept writing and I signed with Literary Agent Laura Bradford.  And well, I’m still writing! And feeling very lucky that my stories have found good homes.

8)      Is there any advice you have for new writers?

Yes, never give up on your dreams. Rejections will come at all stages of your career. Deal with the rejection, let it hurt, and move on.  Stay focused and write the best story that you possibly can.

Thanks so much for taking the time to interview me, Rebecca!  You’re awesome. 🙂

So, leave a comment for Cynthia and we’ll enter you in the drawing.  Thanks for dropping by today!

FATED releases this month!

on January 31, 2011

So, the time has come.  Tomorrow is February and FATED will be released on the 22nd.  I’m excited and a bit nervous.  Being compulsive, I googled my name and reviews are popping up all over…and Target is carrying the book.  Who knew?  I thought FATED would only be at book stores until (and if) it goes mass market…then it goes to Target.  Shows what I know!

This month I’m blogging and being interviewed all over the place – if you look to the schedule over to the right, you can see where I’ll be.  On several of those places we’ll be giving away a signed copy of FATED, among others.

For my blog this month, I thought I’d bring in some of the experts and talk about books.  Here’s the schedule:

** 2/2/11 ** Interview with the mult-talented Cynthia Eden about writing for two publishers and why the darkness appeals to us all.

** 2/7/11 ** Interview with the amazing Bonnie R. Paulson about her new sale to Carina Press and how she manages to get it all done.

** 2/10/11 ** Interview with my excellent critique partner Sayde Grace, who writes about sexy cowboys and dangerous werewolves…for different publishers.

** 2/12/11 **  Valentine Blog Hop – win lots of prizes and books if you take the whole hop.

** 2/16/11 ** Interview with the fabulous Megan Records from Kensington Publishing…what did she buy last year and what’s she looking for now?

** 2/22/11 **  RELEASE DATE FOR FATED