Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Why No NaNo?

So you're probably wondering why I haven't been obsessing over NaNoWriMo this year. I did have a NaNo project planned, in fact it was a joint project with BFF Diana, but we didn't get it off the ground. We're still planning on working on that project together at some point, but we're focusing on other projects instead. (She has her first novel out on submission, and can use good vibes sent her way.) (I'm very proud of her. I love that book. I have my fingers crossed for her.)

I continue to be a huge fan of NaNoWriMo. Blood, Smoke and Mirrors was my very first NaNo novel in 2006. Bewitched, Blooded and Bewildered was my 2010 NaNo novel. And now my 2011 NaNo, Poison in the Blood, has just been contracted by Samhain and will be out in 2013. NaNoWriMo has been a huge part of my life, and I think everyone at the Office of Letters and Light deserves major kudos for everything they do to make NaNo awesome.

In the meantime I've been working on the next Bad Witch book, which is Simon's book. (I just dropped a ceiling on him. He'll be okay.) And of course I've been promoting Fire in the Blood, and I'm also working on a fantasy series, and the next Cy'ren book. I also spend a lot of time yelling at cats to get down off of the counter.

So, what are you kids working on? Anyone about to achieve NaNoWriMo glory? Shopping for the holidays? I'm about to embark on my epic Christmas cookie baking soon.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Fire in the Blood VBT: Week One Recap

Last week flew by (largely due to the holiday) and it's all a blur. So I thought I'd recap the stops from the first week of the Fire in the Blood virtual book tour. (Again, you can find a list of all of the tour stops here. You can enter the giveaway at any of these stops for a chance to win the $50 Amazon gift card.)
You can buy your very own copy of Fire in the Blood at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, the Samhain store, the Kobo store, or the Sony Reader store. (All of my books are also available through the iTunes store.)

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Giving Thanks

Authors usually attempt to squeeze all of their thank yous into a dedication, frantically trying to sum up all the people you're grateful for in a few lines of text. If you're really lucky you might get an Acknowledgments section where you can use a page or two to try to do that. But there's an enormous amount of work that goes into writing, editing, proofreading, publishing and promoting a book, and there's never enough time or space to adequately thank people for that. As today is Thanksgiving here in the States, I wanted to take a few moments to say thank you.

  • To my family. My parents are my biggest fans, and I am so grateful for their love and support. My mom carries rack cards in her purse and hands them out wherever she goes, anywhere from in line for groceries at Jewel to coming home on the El from the Cubs game. My dad once informed me that he hadn't read a book since college until he read Blood, Smoke and Mirrors, and now I have to keep writing so he can keep reading. My brother brought me to tears the other day by simply saying that he was proud of me. I'm very fortunate to have them, and the rest of my family.
  • To my friends. I'm constantly talking about BFF Diana, who I am really blessed to know. In addition to being my best friend, she's also my roommate, writing partner, beta reader, and general partner in crime. Karrin is another important person in my life who stood by me through a tough time and always supports my writing. I could go on for pages about the people who've helped me, both over this past year and along my path as an author, which is why I usually leave it at "my friends," because you know who are you.
  • To my critique group and my RWA chapter. Because there's nothing quite like being able to talk about writing with other writers. I always learn something new from them, and I'm eternally grateful for their support.
  • To my beta readers. I always try to thank my beta readers in the dedication. My typical betas include Diana, Karrin, Rebecca, Brian, Devin, Elizabeth, and Phyllis. They are all made of awesome.
  • To my editors, and all the people at Samhain who've helped make my books better. (Like Kanaxa, who creates gorgeous covers. So cool!) I've always believed that editors are very important to writing, because everyone can use a fresh set of eyes to go through your story and say things like, "Hey, what happened to this plot line?" There would be so many more secret baby storylines in my work if I didn't have people to stop me. ;)
  • To my readers. I totally geek out every time someone tells me they liked my books. I'm grateful for everyone who stops to take a moment to say, "Hey, I liked this." And just that you read my stuff in general. As a reader I appreciate the time it takes to put into reading someone's story--it's a big thing. I joke about how you don't just watch an epic movie, you devote a portion of your life to it (like watching the extended editions of the Lord of the Rings movies, that'll eat up a whole weekend). Reading is kind of like that. Being a fan is kind of like that. So thank you.
Now go forth and enjoy some turkey!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Fire in the Blood Release Day

Fire in the Blood is out today! Yay!

And there's a lot going on to celebrate. (Like pizza!) (Okay, maybe not pizza. Unless BFF Diana agrees to pizza for dinner, in which case, pizza!) Today I am blogging all over the place, people. That just sounds wrong...

I'm talking about buying Christmas presents for Harvey over at the Samhain blog. I'm interviewed at the Write Way Cafe, which is run by two lovely ladies from my RWA chapter. And I'm discussing Self-Rescuing Princesses over with the awesome ladies at Nine Naughty Novelists. And I'll be posting excerpts at the Samhain Cafe today. And, you know, I'll have to go into the office in the afternoon and bug the kids in the lab with my Pandora stations, but that's a normal day for me.

The Official Fire in the Blood Virtual Book Tour kicked off yesterday. For those dates, go here. You want to do that, because you want to enter for a chance to win the $50 Amazon gift card. It's like the gift that keeps on giving, except for that whole $50 limit thing.

Anyway, moving on...

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Fire in the Blood Book Tour

I'll be doing a month-long tour to celebrate the release of the newest Bad Witch book, and at the end of it I'll be giving away a $50 Amazon gift card to one lucky, random commenter. (Just in time for the holidays! I was going to give away cookies, but a gift card is easier.) (You still get cookies if you're a relative. Cookies are compulsory.)

So many links!

November 19: Love To Read For Fun and Krystal's Enchanting Reads
November 21: Avril Ashton's Blog
November 22: Deb Sanders' Blog
November 23: Immortality and Beyond
November 25: Sapphyria's Steamy Book Reviews
November 26: Nomi’s Paranormal Palace
November 28: Celestial Reviews and Blooding Book Reviews
November 29: Carly Fall - Where Fantasy Meets Romance
December 3: Books & Other Spells
December 5: Book Addict
December 7: Vivi Dumas' Blog
December 8: The Creatively Green Write at Home Mom
December 13: Marsha A. Moore's Blog
December 14: Fangs, Wands & Fairydust
December 15: Erzabet's Enchantments and Smart Mouth Texan
December 16: Roxanne’s Realm
December 17: Tour Wrap Up at Fang-tastic Books

Be there, or be square. Or something. You get the idea.