Archive for May, 2013

Saturday, May 18th, 2013
Star Trek 2

Just got back from seeing Star Trek 2. Frankly, I thought it was awesome. It picks up a couple of years after the first one. James Kirk is leading his crew on one adventure after the other, breaking rules left and right. Eventually he’s told he has to pay the ultimate price for his lack of discipline, then everything goes to hell in the most spectacular way. The movie is a fast paced, space opera spectacle that only slows down long enough to bring you to tears before shoving you into oncoming traffic again. I LOVED IT!!! I truly cannot wait to see it again…and perhaps again. I’m thinking three times might do it before I buy the Blu-ray. 😉

Now I’m just counting down for the final episode of Doctor Who. (No spoilers, please.)

Friday, May 17th, 2013
Gearing Up For Phoenix ComiCon

I have my schedule for Phoenix ComiCon. Friday, I’m hoping to catch up with my friend, Melissa Marr. I believe I owe her a drink. 🙂 I have a couple of panels and a photo op I purchased with John ‘Captain Jack’ Barrowman. Don’t have a lot going on throughout Saturday (other than in the morning), which is okay because dh might be coming in for the day. It’ll also give me more time to work the signing table. That’s actually a lot of fun because I get to talk to people and look at all the costumes. I know I’ve said this before, but Phoenix ComiCon has become my FAVORITE Con out of all those I attend. There’s just something wonderfully magical about ComiCon. Everybody comes out to play.

I will be bringing paperback copies of my Phantom Warriors’ anthologies. Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore will be selling them. Trying to decide if I’m going to bring even older books, since several are out-of-print. The question is: How much do I want to carry? :-O

Saturday, May 11th, 2013
Aidan’s Mate

MOONLIGHT KIN 2: AIDAN’S MATE is officially out–though it may take a few days before it hits Kobo and Apple. Right now it’s available at BARNES & NOBLE and AMAZON. 🙂


Friday, May 10th, 2013
Working On A Page

Aidan’s Mate is officially with the formatter. Fingers, toes, and eyes crossed it comes back quickly. The book came out to be 51260 words, a nice mid-length novel. I’ve added another 2450 word excerpt (ie chapter one) of Moonlight Kin 1 to the back of the book. Aidan’s Mate is a standalone title that references A Wolf’s Tale. I’ve added a NEW excerpt and I’m playing with the webpage layout because I’d like to have larger covers on the individual pages. (I’m actually having difficulty right now because I can’t figure out how to get my blurb to appear beneath the cover the same way it does when it’s above the book cover.) Fun times!!!

Next up, I plan to finish re-editing RED. If there is a deity, I’ll be done by the end of this month. I want to get it out before I leave for the UK. It’ll be my last release until the end of summer/beginning of fall. I only plan to release one other romance this year after I finish with the above (unless I can suddenly write a LOT faster). That book will be BAYOU HEAT, which tells the story of Ex-Special Forces’ Sniper Luc ‘Gator’ Moreau and Chloe Dupont, the woman who broke off their engagement. Should be fun and suspenseful. 🙂

On an entirely different note, I’ve been getting into Doctor Who’s 50th Anniversary. To help celebrate the Doctor, I picked a few things up. I cannot wait until THIS, THIS, and THIS ships. As if that wasn’t exciting enough, I just found out that John Barrowman, who plays Captain Jack Harkness in Doctor Who and Torchwood, will be at Phoenix ComiCon this year. To say I’m excited by this news is an UNDERSTATEMENT! Squee!!!

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013
Romantic Times Convention 2013

Today I’m feeling a little bit more human. Going to conferences/conventions wears me out. I’m not used to so much socializing. I went to a lot of social networking talks. Yes, the irony is not lost on me. Actually got a lot of good information from them. Ways to approach social networking that I can personally live with, since I’m not the Queen of the Social Network Universe.

I participated in the Indie/Ebook signing with my paperbacks. Yes, you read that correctly. The interesting thing I noticed during the signing was that the books that did the best were niche genres. Male on male romances sold the best by far. I was pleasantly surprised to see such a large gay and lesbian reader turnout. Of course, their presence didn’t help me much, since I write hetero romances. I did have several people stop by my table to ask if I wrote M/M romances because they loved my Phantom anthology covers. No surprise there. Those cover models are hot guys. I did enjoy talking to the lady next to me. She was a lovely author named, Carla Swafford, who kept me giggling the whole time. I was also seated next to Damon Suede, who was incredibly popular at the signing. He writes M/M romances (at least I’m pretty sure that’s what they were). Damon had the most amazing set up, including a massive billboard-like poster behind him. Readers flocked to him. He was a lovely gentleman, who stripped down in front of me, then gave me some wonderful advice. His grandpa told him to make sure that anything you give away (swag wise) should have decent weight to it. One or two pounds is perfect. People equate weight to quality and aren’t as likely to throw items away if they weigh more. Actually makes sense if you think about it. Stripping aside, he was very, very good at promoting his work (presentation wise and with his choice of items).

I attended a talk by several Montlake authors. It wasn’t as good as I’d hoped because unfortunately most of the time was taken up by the authors explaining how they ended up publishing with Montlake, so there wasn’t much time left for questions. The only thing that I found out was that they seemed happy, even though they were giving up a large chunk of their distribution, because they believed that they were still reaching a greater number of readers overall. Which makes sense. They have author assigned reps that work specifically with each author. Anniversaries and milestones are celebrated in a big way. They also have input when it comes to covers, etc. That was about all that was answered before the session ended. I’ve thought about submitting directly to Amazon, but I was never sure if it was worth giving up the added distribution.

Other than that, I really just enjoyed seeing some of my friends (J.A. Templeton, P.T. Michelle, and Kathy Love) and getting to meet authors I’ve talked to over the years, but never met. I’m looking at you Shiloh, Ilona, Rachel (I actually met Rachel a long time ago, but it was nice seeing her again.), Lauren, Erin (Who I’ve also known since the Lori Foster Kensington Brava contest), Christine, and Jeaniene.

Went to see Iron Man last night. It was fun. Not as good as the first one, but entertaining enough to watch a couple of times. Will probably go back again this weekend, since next weekend is reserved for Star Trek. Yes, I already have tickets. 🙂