Archive for February, 2014
ATTENTION: WE FOUND OUT AS THE BOOK WAS PROCESSING THAT ANOTHER GROUP OF AUTHORS RELEASED AN ANTHOLOGY WITH THE SAME NAME TODAY. SO THE NEW TITLE WILL NOW BE: LOVE’S FIRST BITE.
I’m so excited to be a part of this anthology. You have no idea. :o) Some of the links will be available by the end of the day. Woo Hoo!!!
900 page of vampire goodness from six bestselling authors who can bring the heat and the darkness.
The Wolf Within by Cynthia Eden – FBI Special Agent Duncan McGuire spends his days–and his nights–tracking real-life monsters. After a brutal werewolf attack, Duncan begins to change…and soon he becomes one of the very beasts that he has hunted. Dr. Holly Young is supposed to help Duncan during his transition. It’s her job to keep him sane. But the growing desire between them could be a very dangerous thing…because when a vampire and a werewolf mate…their dark need may become an obsession that could destroy them both.
The Vampire Affair by Vivi Anna – Mak, an unconventional journalist, risks everything including her job to get the goods on billionaire businessman Jonathan Devane, a man who enthralled her for a single passionate kiss months prior, a man who makes her blood race, a man with dark secrets…
The Dark’s Mistress by Michele Hauf – Beguiled by the devil Himself, her only hope was the vampire who could not love her dark and tainted heart.
Blu and Creed’s daughter, Kambriel has come to Paris to ‘find herself’ and finds more than she bargained for when the man who seduces her with extravagant gifts and fine things reveals his true nature. Now she is desperate for freedom.
Johnny Santiago falls for the beautiful vampiress singing at Club l’Enfer, yet he doesn’t expect his rival to be the devil Himself. Can he rescue Kam from the dark prince before she loses her soul and forgets everything and everyone she has ever cared for?
A Taste for Passion by Patrice Michelle – Rana Sterling finally meets the man of her dreams and boy does he know how to push all the right buttons. Only, Mr. Tall, Dark, and Too-Good-to-Be-True turns out to be just that–he’s beyond her world.
After searching seventy years for his reincarnated fiancé, Lucian Trevane finally finds his mate in Rana, but with time working against him and a vengeful vampire determined to destroy the one ray of happiness he’s found, Lucian will have to call upon all his vampire skills and beyond in order to protect Rana and draw her fully into his world.
Captured by Erica Stevens – Captured, taken from her beloved family and woods, Aria’s biggest fear is not the imminent death facing her, but that she will be chosen as a blood slave for a member of the ruling vampire race. Aria’s world is turned upside down when the vampire prince Braith steps forward to claim her. Torn between her loyalties to the rebellion, and her growing love for her greatest enemy, Aria struggles to decide between everything she has ever known, and a love she never dreamed of finding.
Paris After Dark by Jordan Summers – NY homicide detective, Rachel Chang is on a forced leave in Paris grieving over the loss of her partner, when she comes upon a violent attack outside the walls of Cimetiere du Montparnasse. A simple domestic dispute quickly turns into something far more sinister, when Rachel ends up on the wrong side of some very sharp fangs.
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Right now, I am switching between two fiction books, BURN FOR ME by Cynthia Eden and IMPULSE by Steven Gould and two non-fiction books, HOW NOT TO WRITE A NOVEL by Howard Mittelmark and Sandra Newman and WRITING FICTION FOR ALL YOU’RE WORTH by James Scott Bell. I’m really enjoying all of them. Each one is an entertaining read. I was expecting the non-fiction books to be dry, but have been pleasantly surprised. HOW NOT TO WRITE A NOVEL is actually kind of funny.
Next up on the reading front will be TWICE TEMPTED by Jeaniene Frost. I absolutely loved the first book in the series, ONCE BURNED and cannot wait for book 3’s release. No idea when that will happen, but I live in hope that it’s soon. (i.e. this year.;) I’ve actually held off reading TWICE TEMPTED because I wanted to wait until book three was on the horizon.
I’m enjoying BURN FOR ME so much that I plan to pick up ONCE BITTEN, TWICE BURNED, when it comes out in April. I am a little mad at Barnes and Noble though. I went into the store to buy the paperback version of BURN FOR ME–so I could put it on my keeper shelf–and they didn’t have any of Cynthia Eden’s books. Like NONE! I glared at the bookshelf, but that didn’t seem to help. And they wonder why people order online…sigh.
On the work front, I am currently re-editing my YA. Since it finaled in a contest, I am paranoid and want it to be perfect. I’ve also started work on a MOONLIGHT KIN novella. This will be Nic La Croix’s story. He was the mechanic that worked at Aidan’s estate, who had a crush on Jenna Dane (i.e. Aidan’s Mate). So far I’m really enjoying the story. He’s sworn off human females and is nursing a bit of a broken heart. His determination and behavior to stay clear of humans left me no choice but to throw one in front of him that he couldn’t resist. Too bad she’s kind of clueless when it comes to men. Her nose is always buried in books. She’s more at home with the animals she has rescued. (She’s a vet student that puts Dr. Doolittle to shame. *ggg) I can’t wait until Nic goes to her home and encounters her one-eyed cat, her three-legged dog, her ferret, her two smart-mouthed parrots, and her frog collection. They’re going to take one whiff of him and all hell is going to break loose. LOL! Anyway, this story isn’t going to write itself. Time to get back to work.
I watched this interesting Moby interview the other day. It was actually done back in 2011, I believe. Anyway, he was discussing the changes happening in the music industry and how they affected musicians and the record companies. What I found interesting about the interview was how closely it paralleled the publishing industry. The whole thing got me thinking about what it means to be a writer, what it means to be a musician, and what it means to be an artist.
Ease brings laziness. What I mean by that is the digital revolution has made creating ‘art’ (for lack of a better word) MUCH easier to do. This is both good and bad. The good comes from creative types having access to audiences they might never have connected with otherwise. There are very few gatekeepers now, so the playing field is level for the first time. You can download musical programs that don’t require learning how to play an instrument. You can create songs and throw them up online for the world to hear. Are they great songs? Most of the time the answer is no. The same thing is happening with drawing. There are programs that help you produce art. Does Renoir have anything to worry about? No. The changes in the publishing industry have allowed people to write stories and immediately publish them without ever thinking about learning craft. There is an innate laziness that comes from ease of use. I think as creators we have to fight the urge to take the easy way out. Creating ‘good’ art is hard work. And frankly, it should be. You should have to work for every note, every brush stroke, and every word on a page. Your audience will appreciate it and you’ll take pride in your creation.
The old saying, “If it was easy, then everyone would do it”, doesn’t apply anymore. Because everyone IS doing it–thanks to the ease of access. The only saving grace about this major shift is that all work is NOT created equal. The people who put in the time to learn their craft will always end up in a better position. It may take them a little longer, but this isn’t a sprint. It’s a ultra-marathon.
I can draw a comic face, but that doesn’t mean I’m an artist.
I can sing, but that doesn’t mean I’m an entertainer.
I can play clarinet, but that doesn’t mean I’m a songwriter.
Here is a quick definition of an artist: Artists are persons having superior skill or ability, or who are capable of producing superior work.
If you’re not trying to become the definition of an artist, then you’re being lazy. And lazy will only get you so far.