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I Might Be a Tad Over Dramatic But…

It’s been a week since Light has come out.  The good news is that people have read it.  The better news is that no one has gone blind.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m *extremely* proud of my book and feel that I put out the best version of that story I had in me.  But reviews are a fact of life, and they won’t all be glowing.  And when I dislike a book, I tend to go over the top and say that it was attacking me or at the very least I want to file paperwork and demand a life refund.

I’m sure there will be people who are equally as colorful about my work — I like to hold up the fact that I think the movie Titanic is about 3hrs too long and hackney, while many people I know think it’s one of the most romantic movies of all time — I know I have to be prepared.  After the train wreck of an author behaving badly this past week, it just drives the point home.

I can admit that I’m anxious about reviews.  It’s too early for the review sites to get to Light, but with things like Good Reads, I can already see how people are reacting to the book.  So far it’s been mostly positive, but I know at any moment someone could post that I should be launched into Deep Space sans suit and my laptop set on fire.  I’m not looking forward to that moment (well, maybe a tiny bit in the get-it-out-of-the-way sort of way), but I know I can roll with it.

Sasha

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The Downside of Publishing…

I should be thrilled. Buzzing even. Dancing on clouds. I’ve completed my next book, Forsaking Eternity. I’m being published for the second time.

So why am I not thrilled? Well, part of me is. I’ve made a sale. My next angel is going to be coming out… er, and it’s an m/m, so he’s really coming out… and I’m going to qualify as multi-published. But between now and then comes…

*GASP*

The paperwork.

As I write this blog, I’m up to my eyeballs in sorting contact forms, hunting down new forms, going over my cover art form, and trying to figure out of there are any other forms that need to go with all of these. The legalese, with all its T crossing and I dotting, leaves me feeling more than a little lost on the best of days. I think i need a little lawyer fairy who presents me with forms, tells me to sign here and there, and then sends them to the right place for me. Why? Because I am convinced I’m screwing everything up and selling the book to martians when I have to figure it out myself. I’m a creative person. All this contract stuff conflicts with creativity.

Unfortunately, there is not lawyerly fairy. I have to slog thorugh all the contractual information myself. But the good news is that by the end of the day it will all be done and Forsaking Eternity will be taking that first step on the road to you.

If I can get the paperwork figured out.

Voirey

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Guest Blogger Annie Nicholas and the Power of Three

My friend, Annie Nicholas, is joining us today to talk about her new book, Catch, available from Liquid Silver Books

Menage a Trois

Though the idea of being part of threesome sounds enticing, in reality I think it quite a challenge. Keeping a stable relationship between two people is tough without insert another personality to the equation. How do you keep feelings from getting hurt and jealousy from blooming?

I’ve never been part of such a relationship, though I’ ll admit to the fantasy. Many romance books have started including ménage a trios and my next release has one but I didn’t want to write about it blindly.

Did I go out and have a ménage? LOL. No, my husband is too alpha possessive to believe in sharing and to be honest, so am I. Instead, I asked. Lots of people are open about their relationships and I gathered as much info from this treasure trove as I could.

From what I learned, there seems to be two different kinds of ménages. One where there is the central couple who asks a third to join them for sex but with very little emotional attachment. The other is where all three are equally involved with each sexually and emotionally.

Of course, I decided to give myself a migraine and chose the second option. Love triangles can be a mess but if a resolution can be found it could be just so much sweeter.

Caught between two vampires, Connie is torn between Rurik, the one she loves and Tane, the one she’d love to stake.

Hunger burns in Connie Bences’ soul–she craves the blood of her vampire lover, Rurik, but it’s not satisfying her needs anymore. It’s driving her insane. Desperate to find help, Rurik brings her to Rio De Janeiro, where Tane rules the vampire nation.

The back-stabbing vampire almost killed her and Rurik when they’d first met, then used them to obtain his crown. She would rather stake him, but the small drop of Nosferatu blood he’d forced her to drink in Budapest is blooming into a bond, one which ties her life to his. One he won’t hesitate to manipulate.

He admits to binding her so Rurik would have to remain at his side, but their timing couldn’t be any worse. The betrayer finds himself betrayed. Tane’s rule is in upheaval and he’s forced to place his trust in two people who owe him no allegiance—her and Rurik. In the middle of a power struggle, Connie fights to keep her lover, but didn’t plan on Tane slipping into her heart.

Vampire slayers mourned those of their ilk who got caught. While most died a true death, some of the very things they hunted lured them to cross over and they became creatures of the night. Or in my case, blood bound with one. Colby and Red, my former comrades-at-arms,
treated me as if I was dead, but I never felt more alive.

Jardim Botanico was a botanical paradise famous for its peaceful landscapes. Minutes away from my hotel, it sat in the heart of the south side of Rio de Janeiro. I’ d spent the night sneaking along its gardens, ponds and well-manicured lanes, desperate to escape the predator who stalked my trail. Every time I got close enough to make a run for the streets, he’ d pop out from hiding, almost as if daring me to try.

Bloodsucker.

An envelope of silence surrounded me as I hid under the dark green leaves of a tropical plant. The scents of nutmeg and cinnamon lay thick in the air, I hoped they covered mine. My heart raced and sweat made my curls stick to the nape of my neck, not only from the heat, but from anticipation of the chase. I’ d been smart this time, wearing a black sleeveless t-shirt, sport-shorts and water bottle clipped to my hip so the Brazilian weather wouldn’ t sap my strength. My hair color, though, gave me away most of the time. So pale and yellow, sometimes it seemed like a neon sign saying ‘ here I am’ .

I’ d gotten pretty good at running away from vampires. Connie Bence, live bait extraordinaire, was my last job, but I quit and tonight wasn’t a trap.

It was a game.

The night blanketed everything. I thought a city like Rio would be up at all hours, people partying in the streets, especially on New Year’ s Eve. I was right. They were. Just not around here. The Copacabana Beach probably swarmed with people. One nervous human and one lusty vampire were the only creatures roaming the botanical gardens tonight.

A humongous, lighted Christmas tree floated on the central lagoon as a landmark. From the hotel window, I could see it to the northwest. This meant I needed to go southeast. Or did I? Ah shit, I suck at this stuff. Don’ t throw me in the woods, no matter how manicured.

Laughter drew my attention and I peeked through the leaves. The street was ten yards in front of me through a small stone archway. The noise drifted closer.

I’ d been waiting for a witness. It sounded like a group celebrating, probably heading to the beach where the fireworks would be going off in a few hours. If I could make it to them, my vampire wouldn’t be able to finish the hunt.

He had to keep his people’ s existence a secret. If he broke that law, the big nasties would come and punish him.

Even vampires had nightmares—the Nosferatu.

I crouched under the foliage and did my best imitation of an Olympic sprinter waiting for the start pistol. My adversary strolled out from the shadows next to the archway. Clenching my teeth, I swore under my breath. Dirty, freaking bastard knew what I was going to try.

With his hands clasped behind his back, he whistled a little Hungarian ditty. He wouldn’t kill me, this wasn’t about life and death. It was about winning.

The small group of people, my would-be rescuers, appeared.

My vampire blocked the exit with his body, waved at them and called out something in Portuguese. They laughed. It appeared they found him hilarious.

I didn’ t find it funny.

The muscles in my legs trembled with the strain. They wanted to take off and run with all their might. It took some effort to make myself relax and slow my breathing. Rurik, the vampire, knew I was close, not my exact position or he would have taken me by now. How did he follow
me? Maybe the blood bond we shared gave my location. If that were true, shouldn’ t I sense something about him, too?

For once, I’ d like to win this game, just once. Make it to our hotel before he captured me. It would mean he’ d finally submit to my whims, instead of the other way around. The irony that I couldn’t dominate him without his consent wasn’t lost on me, but I’d make do.

He now stood in the center of the exit, his arms extended to touch the stone walls of the archway. The dim light from the streetlamp outlined his lean muscled frame. “ Run, Rabbit, run.” The softly spoken words sent shivers down my spine. “ Try to get away.” He’ d named me Rabbit
when we’ d first met in Budapest a little over a year ago. Only he could call me by that nickname, he had earned the privilege. No one else had my permission.

My options for escape narrowed. The garden contained more gates, but I didn’t know where. We’d been playing since sunset and he already prevented my leaving three other times. If I gave up he would be disappointed. I understood his need to hunt, yet I grew tired of losing, too.
I eyed a wide Banyan tree by the fence. Long vines hung from the branches, waiting to root themselves one day. Before Rurik bound me to him, I wouldn’t have considered the crazy plan formulating in my head. The blood we shared made me faster and stronger. I healed quicker and didn’t get sick. Best of all, I stayed young. Worst of all, if he died, so did I.

Marriage vows seemed weak compared to that. So if he needed a little hide-and-seek in the dark, I played with him.

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What is your opinion in the ménage a trios?

Leave a comment and be entered to win a signed print copy of BAIT, book one of The Angler series.

On Halloween weekend my group blog Paranormal Romantics,
www.paranormalromantics.blogspot.com , is having a Blog-a-Thon. Every hour or so a new blog will go up with a contest. The grand prize from PR will be Nook filled with Books. So come join us starting Oct. 30.

Annie Nicholas
www.annienicholas.com
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Inez scrambled and Kiss of the Rose

Yeah, I know, I have been AWOL. You know me. I go brain dead after a few months of working like a three-legged dog in a room full of fire hydrants. I completely flaked out the last couple weeks. I have a good excuse!

Check this out.

In April, I moved(with less than 6 weeks notice) over 600 miles with 3 kids. THAT right there deserves a freaking medal. JINXED came out in print the week I moved. (I love my friends who helped me promo that soooo much). I unpacked and found schools, pediatricians, grocery stores, my new bedroom and that NONE of my Christmas decorations made it on the move. Grrrrrr

In May, I realized that things were still in boxes and I was knee deep in edits. I hit both like tornado.

In June, SALOME AT SUNRISE was released during the Carina Press launch month. I did a massive blog tour, sometimes posting up to three places in one day. (never never never again).

Then Mother Nature got pissy and jacked the heat up to Hell-level. The real estate lady said we wouldn’t need air-conditioning this far north. She lied. Major fat freaking lie. I melted.

MYLA BY MOONLIGHT came out in print on July 6th from Samhain Publishing.  TALK DIRTY TO ME released from Carina Press on July 19th. Promo for both of those plus oh yeah, I have another release in August called COMING CLEAN.

Did I mention I also did edits on my November Samhain release titled LIPSTICK ON HIS COLLAR? No? I did. I also contracted a story titled MONSTER LOVE with Carina for release in January 2010.

There was a bit of writing that occurred during all this, too. Sadly, not a lot of housework was accomplished. I am thrilled to have so much of my work out there but the brain cells did crash.

So while my poor little brain regroups and plans it’s next wave of words, I leave you with a MUST READ.

First in a sexy new series that takes a bite out of the court of King Henry VIII

Desperate to defeat King Richard III and gain the English crown, Henry Tudor made a pact with the Druids that bound him and his heirs to the Druid’s deadly struggle against the Vampires. Ever since, the Llewellyns, an ancient Vampire slaying family, have been in the permanent employ of the monarchy.

Now Henry VIII is on the throne, and his father’s bargain has almost been forgotten. Until corpses drained of blood start turning up in the most inappropriate of places, including the king’s bedchamber. But are these people the victims of the Vampires-or of the Druids?

To save the king from a nameless assassin, Rosalind Llewellyn, Vampire hunter extraordinaire, must form an uneasy alliance with a known Druid slayer. Sir Christopher Ellis hails from a family that has protected the Vampires for centuries, yet Rosalind has no choice but to rely on his help. And with her life threatened and her loyalty tested, Rosalind may even have to acknowledge the unthinkable. This sworn enemy may be her soul mate.

Click here to purchase. For more information on Kate Pearce, visit her website or blog.

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Grab a handful of magic!

Myla by Moonlight is available from Samhain Publishing in PRINT today!

I’m having a contest over HERE so come check it out.

Buy from amazon or MBaM or B&N


Magic bites… and its name is Myla.

Created at Prince Taric’s birth, Myla is a spell, an enchantment designed to appear and protect him when he needs it most. She has always been content to do her duty…until one night of forbidden passion leaves her longing to experience life—and love—as a mortal woman. Yet the risk is too great. Even if her blood runs as red as his, she can never give him the one thing he needs: a child.

Taric’s blessing—and his curse—is knowing the kingdom’s future depends on his producing an heir to continue the bloodline. His bond with Myla has always been that of protector and protected. When it suddenly becomes something much more, he unwittingly sentences his people to certain death.

An old enemy is plotting to destroy all he holds dear: his lands, his people, his father, and his lover. And this time, even if they fight tooth and blade, their shared magic may not be enough to save them…
Click here to purchase in ebook.


JOYFULLY REVIEWED calls MYLA BY MOONLIGHT a keeper!

Myla by Moonlight takes you on an emotional roller coaster ride that has many happy endings. A story that I can firmly say you will want in your fantasy/paranormal library to be re-read many times.

COFFEE TIME ROMANCE AND MORE give MYLA BY MOONLIGHT 4 Cups

Readers will love this action-packed fantasy adventure.

LONG AND SHORT REVIEWS gives MYLA BY MOONLIGHT BEST BOOK, Voted BEST BOOK OF THE WEEK(Dec. 20-26, 2009) and nominated for BEST BOOK OF 2009

Myla by Moonlight is one of the best books I’ve read in a quite some time. The author has brilliant talent. Not only was I drawn in completely by this magical story as it unfolded, but I was impressed with how beautifully it was composed.

THE ROMANCE STUDIO gives MYLA BY MOONLIGHT 4 1/2 hearts!

I highly recommend Myla by Moonlight for readers who enjoy sensuous tales loaded with magic and suspense that will keep you turning pages.

FANTASY BOOK REVIEW (Non-romance site) gives MYLA BY MOONLIGHT 7 stars

Perfect for whiling away an afternoon on the beach while you make your husband occupy the kids and have some well deserved ‘me’ time. Your husband may thank Ms Kelley for the sex scenes later…

SMEXYBOOKS gives MYLA BY MOONLIGHT 3.5 stars

Myla by Moonlight has a solid villain and a very sweet, sexy, and at times heartbreaking romance.

REALMS ON OUR BOOKSHELVES gives MYLA BY MOONLIGHT 4 Rosettes

With MYLA BY MOONLIGHT the love shined in all its facets, that of a parent for his child, the love between two friends and at the center of it all the encompassing love of two heartmates, the love of Taric and Myla. I inhaled it all as the voracious romance reader that I am!

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Happy Birthday Elise!

My friend and fellow author is turning *slaps hand over mouth* Okay, let’s just say it is her birthday and leave it at that. She is throwing herself a cyber party with prizes, cake and beefcake too.

It also marks the release of her new book TWICE AS HIGH. Filled with Russian crime, two blazingly hot winged aliens (not the illegal kind and certainly nothing like E.T.) and a menage plot that has brains as well as balls, it is a helluva good read.

Slide over to the party and say Inez sent you. No gift needed, just don’t lick the beefcake…much.

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Salome is here!

SALOME AT SUNRISE by Inez Kelley and Carina Press!

It’s not nice to piss off Mother Nature…

Bryton Haruk sets out on a suicide mission to stop the bloodthirsty Skullmen from terrorizing the war-weary Land of Eldwyn. Consumed by guilt over the death of his wife, Bryton seeks revenge and reunion in the afterlife with his lost love. His purpose is determined, his bravery unmatched, until the queen casts a spell to save Bryton from himself.

Salome is that spell. A bird-shifter, she can harness the earth’s breeze and take the form of a beautiful, innocent woman. Her challenge is to harness Bryton’s pain and guide him to peace. She entrances and irritates him, tempting Bryton from his mission. Even as he gives in to the passion between them, Bryton insists on mounting a solo attack on the brigands’ compound, and Salome fears her love won’t be enough to save him…

Celebrate Summer Solstice.

Salome at Sunrise from Inez Kelley and Carina Press.

Seize the day.

Buy it now.

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