Saturday, August 28, 2010

Murder, Hate, Love, Envy...what more does it have?

Icy Snow Blackstone, Class Act Books author, will be dropping by Romancing the Pen to discuss her latest book Brother Devil. A sequel to Bargain with Lucifer.

The story begins with a funeral…Michel’s wife Clarice is being buried after attempting to kill Luc and accidentally killing herself. She has not only left Michel a bewildered widower at the age of twenty-eight but also made him the nominal parent of a child who is possibly Luc’s son. Torn now between trying to reconcile with his brother in spite of his wife’s obsession with Luc and the question of the baby Michel-Clair’s paternity, Michel finds the problem partially solved when Luc returns to Texas, placing himself in therapy to save his own sanity as well as his marriage. Left with a plantation to run, a child to raise, and a sister-in-law to look after, Michel is overwhelmed by everything that has happened and only one thought surfaces in the turmoil of his mind: He’s now free…Luc is nowhere in sight…and there is an entire parish of women just waiting to be introduced to the other half of the Notorious Deveraux Boys. Married at the age of twenty and consequently stifled and frustrated in that marriage because of his wife preoccupation with Luc, Michel is ripe for a downward plunge into sexual excess and an overindulgence in the senses. He’s headed for trouble and enjoying all of it, and then… He meets a woman who looks like Clarice, and his fall is over. But is it too late for Le Ange to regain his halo? Or is he going to usurp his brother as Orleans Parish’s new diable?

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

How do you stand out in a crowd?

A recent radio interview made me think about the numerous amounts of books published each year. What does it take to make your book stand out in a crowd: book stores and virtual. Is it promotion, quality of writing, publisher or what? And why do we even try anyway?

Please visit my post on Savvy Authors and find out what I really think.

Friday, August 20, 2010

The LoveStruck Novice

Sarah Simas has invited me to guest blog at The LoveStruck Novice. Please drop by, and leave a comment.

I don't think I've ever had anyone ask me what would my book blurb be before. It was quite an enlightening experience for me. If you've never done it. I truly suggest you give it a try. You might be surprised to discover what you find. I was ;-)

Monday, August 16, 2010

Have you ever wanted to strangle your muse?

Well, I wish she'd pop out of my head right in front of me, then she and I could have a real knock down drag out fight ;-)

Gracen Miller, author of Elfin Blood, visits Romancing the Pen to discuss just how to drag your muse kicking and screaming to the tips of your fingers.


Scorned by her own kind for her half-breed elf status, Julija lives a lonely existence among her Ivory Elf kin. She is the only one the elves can trust when a magical book in elf lore is stolen. Relegated to steal the Book from the vampire thief, Landau Jamieson, she’s surprised to discover he has the ability to walk in daylight. Refusing to be deterred by developing setbacks, she’s committed to executing the heist for an Ivory King who grows more desperate to possess the Book. Nothing about the vampire is as it appears and Julija begins to doubt her mission. Worse, she begins to worry she won’t have the strength to guard her heart from her sworn enemy.

Landau is fascinated by the elf stalking him and baffled by the potent hunger she elicits after ten thousand years of celibacy. Soon he discovers the lovely sprite is a pawn in a dangerous game–orchestrated by none other than a reviled enemy from his past. While blind-sided by her beauty and her magical powers, the least of which is the spell she casts on his heart, the sinister plot unfolds. What started out as folly to catch a thief, blossoms into a love that casts aside bloodlines and forges all boundaries.

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Saturday, August 7, 2010

Promoting 101

Okay, as a new author or not, trying to understand the what, when, where, and how to of promoting is difficult. When I received the news that my first book Love's Chance was going to be published by Red Rose Publishing, I had no idea of what that really meant for me. Cover artists, copywriting, radio interviews, blog interviews...all while you are still trying to write.

It all feels so overwhelming and daunting in the beginning, but after a few mistakes and wrong turns you begin to understand what you should be doing or at least you hope so ;-)

Visit Romancing the Pen where Kim Smith, author of the Shannon Wallace Mysteries, joins me to discuss promotion for authors.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Isabel Roman

Read Dark Desires of the Druids: Sex & Subterfuge available now in bookstores! And be sure to check out Isabel’s free story!

A master magicker, Morgana Blackthorne has a tenuous hold on her following. When a strange Englishman arrives on her doorstep with news of other druidic magickers, and magicker problems, she’s intrigued but suspicious. There hasn’t been contact between the American and European druids in over a hundred years. Plus she has her own worries and doesn’t need the handsome earl adding to them.

Lucien, Earl of Granville, left England to seek out the Blackthorne Druid line and discover what they’ve been up to since contact was lost. Once he and Morgana meet, their mutual attraction distracts him from his purpose. Embroiled in her problems, he finds himself more concerned with her welfare than is practical for a passing affair.

When I invited you into my bed, it never occurred to me I wouldn’t want you to leave.

There are darker forces at work and the hunger of a weak magicker desperate for power. Will Lucien convince Morgana of his true feelings before things spiral out of control? Or will the surrounding subterfuge tear them apart?

Visit Romancing the Pen to find out more about Isabel Roman.