The Big Easy

on March 19, 2012

First, before I forget, starting Tuesday I’ll be posting a quick blurb from Tempted each day on my facebook page as we count down the week until Max’s story is released…so make sure you click ‘like’ below.  I thought this would be a fun countdown in addition to driving my friend at eBookObsessed crazy with the teasers.  🙂  Isn’t it fun to be my friend?

Now, I’ve been promising pictures from New Orleans since I returned, and instead of blogging, I’ve been playing catch-up with Book 5 of the Dark Protectors (Kane’s story).  I have a moment to breathe now and thought I’d post those pictures.

I loved New Orleans!  Loved the people, loved the city, really loved the food.  I want to go back right now.  I was there for the FF&P conference ( Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal Special Interest Chapter of RWA) along with several of my friends.  The workshops were fantastic.  One of my favorites was a workshop about music and your muse given by Danica Avet – I took great notes and am ready to rock.  Liz Pelletier from Entangled Publishing gave another wonderful workshop all about the publishing process – and I learned tons.

The keynote luncheon speech was given by Maggie Shayne, and she was beyond spectacular.  She made us laugh, made us cry…then made us laugh again.  If you ever get the chance to see her speak, GO!  She was that good.

The ghost/vampire tour was full of thrills and chills – and I know more than a couple of us came up with future story ideas.  How could we not?  We also saw a werewolf with a saxophone, a haunted house, a bar so old there isn’t electricity…and some crazy drunk people getting busy in a truck.  I could’ve done without the last part.

We also hit Bourbon Street, which was already crazy as of 5:00 pm on Saturday night.  And when I say crazy…I mean crazy.

Danica and I sat by each other during the book signing.  She looked lovely…and I looked puffy.  We were pretty tired by Sunday morning.  I loved Nolo, though it’s good to be home.  🙂

Scavenger Hunt – win print books, e-books and ARC’s!

on September 2, 2011

Hi all!  Sorry about the dual post today – I don’t usually do that.  But…had to let you know…there’s an awesome scavenger hunt going on today and tomorrow where you can win tons of stuff.  Several of us paranormal authors have formed a group blog called DARKER TEMPTATIONS, and we’re starting things off with a bang.  GIVEAWAYS!

Go to the blog for directions on how to win.  To tease you, here’s a list of prizes:

  • From Sayde Grace – two digital copies of her books
  • From Cynthia Eden – an ARC of Angel of Darkness or a digital copy of Never Cry Wolf
  • From Danica Avet – digital copy of any one of the Veil series and a set of Romance Trading Cards
  • From Rebecca Zanetti – signed copy of Fated
  • From Kristin Miller – digital copy of Intervamption
  • From Marcella Burnard – signed copy of Enemy Gates
  • From Katie Reus – digital (or audio) copy of Deadly Obsession and a digital copy of Destined Mate when it comes out in October
  • From Erin Kellison – signed copy of your choice from the Shadow series

Interview and Giveaway with Danica Avet!

on March 7, 2011

UPDATE:  Congratulations to Yadira and Brans for winning the beautiful masks!!!

Today I was fortunate enough to interview my friend, Danica Avet, who I met in Orlando last year.  Danica is a spunky sweetheart…as you’ll see.  She born and raised in the wilds of South Louisiana (that would be somewhere around Houma) where mosquitoes are big enough to carry off small children and there are only two seasons: hot and hotter. With a BA in History, she figured there were enough fry cooks in the world and decided to try her hand at writing. For eight years she played at writing, but in 2008, she decided to get serious and began down the rocky road to publication.

Okay, admit it girl.  You like the alpha male.  And while Gerard Butler is, ah, taken, I’m sure there’s one out there for you.  What’s the draw?

I beg to differ, Rebecca, Gerard is my man! We have a connection that can’t be denied. I’m so sorry 😉  As for the Alpha male…hm. I think modern women have so much pressure on them to be just as successful, motivated, and powerful as men that the fantasy of a man who’ll make decisions and take the burden off our shoulders (in the name of love) is what draws us. To be honest, I’m not sure I could handle dealing with an Alpha male in real life. I’m too bossy and independent, but if I didn’t have to mess with it every day? Hells yeah, bring on the alpha!

Well, you know, most writers do live in a dream world.  If Gerard is in yours, I guess that’s okay.  So long as we both know that reality is a different story.  So, you will soon have two books in the wild:  RUBY:UNCUT AND ON THE LOOSE and SUCCUBUS IN WAITING.  Tell us what is different about your two heroines.  Do they share any characteristics in common?

Wow, that’s a great question! Ruby is physically tougher than Piper is. She’s an Amazon, after all 😉 Piper, on the other hand, is more open and out-going than Ruby. If they share any characteristics though, it would be their independence and ambition. They know what they want out of life and they’ll risk everything to have it.

I love an independent heroine!  Makes for such sparks when dealing with those alpha-males. How about your heroes?  How do they differ, and yet, why am I going to fall in love with both of them? (Gerard doesn’t mind.  He’s quite the free-thinker).

Again, Gerard needs no other woman when he has me waiting for him 😉 But…there are lots of differences between my heroes. Lucian is a bit wild, untamed, and ambitious. He won’t let anything get in his way (unless it’s Ruby). Connor, even though he’s a werewolf, is more cautious (except where Piper’s concerned), scholarly, and weighs himself down with responsibilities. I loved both of these guys. I don’t think I could choose between them because no matter how they act in the beginning of their relationships, they’re complete marshmallows when it comes to the women they love. And yeah, Connor was based on Gerard 😉

That is SO sweet of you to base your Alpha on Gerard.  I’ll be sure to let him know.  If you could be anyone in the world for just one day (living or dead), who would it be and why?

Mais, what a question! I really don’t know! I keep flipping through women and men of great historical significance and then I keep remembering how they died because with my luck, the one day I became them would be the day they kicked the bucket. Hm. Okay, I’d be Gerard Butler *laugh* because then I could lead him right where I want him – like to my bedroom 😉 *snickers*

Okay…I can’t think of a response to that one.  🙂  If you could’ve written any book out there (except yours or mine) what book would it have been and why?

Gah, another one! You’re killing me, Smalls! This question makes me flat out giddy to even think about. Any book…wow. Okay, it would have to be Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. I had to read this damn book about a million times in high school and college and hated it, but you have to admire Mary Shelley. She was a very young woman (18) when she wrote this book and she managed to turn out a story that has survived over a century. This book has helped spawn movies, songs, games, and even more books. How could you not want to have that kind of influence on the world? And yes, I’m terribly jealous that she wrote this book at an age when I was more concerned about the drummers I was in band with in college. *cough*

With me it was the bass guitarist.  Always the bass guitarist.  Good choice with Mary Shelley!  I wonder what she dreamt about at night?  So, my friend, what can readers expect next from you?

My next book, Lifestyles of the Fey and Dangerous will be released by Siren in April. I’m really looking forward to that release. It’s about Noelani “Lani” Fayard and Malachi Cromwell – if you’ve read the other books, you’ll recognize Malachi 😉 That book is so different from the first two in the series; slightly darker, although I still have a good bit of humor in the story. It was a therapeutic book for me to write, so I hope others will experience the same spiritual release I felt when I wrote The End.

Thank you so much for being here today–this was a lot of fun!  Danica can be found at her website: http://www.danicaavet.com/ where you can link to her blog…which has more delusional dreams about Gerard Butler.

Here is a blurb for the awesome Succubus-in-Waiting:

It isn’t easy holding onto your virginity in a succubus Pleasure House, but Piper Foxgrove has managed for decades. As a rare succubus/weretiger, Piper dreams of true love to the consternation of her mother. Forced to work with a bad-tempered, good-looking werewolf looking for his nephew, she’s determined to ignore his sexiness. Unfortunately, her succubus half decides he’s the key to unlocking her powers, while her recently awakened weretiger half thinks he’s perfect mate material.

Connor Griffin needs to find his nephew. The Veil can be dangerous and worry makes him take drastic measures. His brother died because of one of the “soul suckering” succubi so he doesn’t trust them. But something about Piper calls to his wolf and has him doing things he never thought he’d do: like work with a succubus, or lust after a succubus, or fall in love with a sassy, sexy succubus with tiger-striped hair.

And…the fabulous Danica has offered to give away a handpainted Mardi Gras mask made especially for Piper’s book to one lucky commenter!  We’ll randomly draw a name in a couple of days.  Good luck!  If you’d like a question to answer…if you could be anyone in the world for just one day, living or dead, who would it be?