Thursday, October 24, 2013

NaNo Revisited 2011: Poison in the Blood

Simon and his soul mate were the first Bad Witch characters I created, followed by Emily and Michael. I wrote a bit of a book with them during my last year at college but didn't get far with it. When I started Blood, Smoke and Mirrors, I knew Simon, Michael, and Emily had to be in it, and they stole scenes at every opportunity. I had so much fun writing about Emily and her undead peanut gallery that I decided to write a novella about how Michael and Emily fell in love, and that became The Importance of Being Emily.

I loved writing that story, and it became my best-reviewed book. (Dude. Seriously. RT gave it 4.5 stars and invited me to blog about it on their site.) So when NaNoWriMo approached in 2011, I decided to write the story of how Emily became a vampire.

Monday, October 21, 2013

NaNoWriMo 2013 Prep: Tips for Making Your Daily Wordcount

During NaNoWriMo, you have 30 days to write 50,000 words. That's about 1,667 words per day to hit 50k on November 30th. Some days that goal seems like a piece of cake, and other days every single word is agony. Here are a few tips to help you make your word count goal.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

NaNo Revisted 2010: Bad Witch Sequel 2.0

2010 was a busy year for me, author-wise. In April I attended the Chicago North Spring Fling and fangirled all over SB Sarah Wendell, and Blood, Smoke and Mirrors released in ebook in May. The book did rather well and received several good reviews. It went on to become a finalist in the Paranormal Romance Category of the 2011 EPIC eBook Awards and won third place in the Light Paranormal/Urban Fantasy Category of the 14th Annual PRISM Contest for Published Authors. Not bad at all.

But, as I mentioned, the second Bad Witch book had been rejected. Cue much authorial angst and despair.

Monday, October 14, 2013

NaNoWriMo 2013 Prep: What the heck is a trope?

My local RWA chapter has recently been discussing tropes and how to use them in our writing. Today I'm sharing some of my tropetastic findings with you, you lucky intarweb inhabitants. Complete with references!

What is a trope?

According to TV Tropes [i], “Tropes are devices and conventions that a writer can reasonably rely on as being present in the audience members’ minds and expectations.” In other words, a trope is a plot, character, setting, device, or pattern that the audience recognizes, like the unassuming farm boy hero, the rebellion against an oppressive government, or the wise mentor character [ii]. Tropes make stories run, and all stories have tropes. They’re kind of like the building blocks of genre fiction, or bits of basic structural code.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

NaNo Revisted: 2009, the Bad Witch that Wasn't

Every author dreams of what they'll do when they get The Call. In my case, it was The Email. On November 17, 2009 I received the offer from Mr. Sam Hain to publish my 2006 NaNo Blood, Smoke and Mirrors. There was SO MUCH REJOICING! At the time BFF Diana was also co-worker Diana, so she was the first one to hear the good news. We had the world's quietest celebratory happy dance of joy in her cubicle.

I was well into my 2009 NaNo, Bloodlines and Broomsticks, the second Bad Witch book, and visions of being a multi-published author danced in my head. I dreamed of being a best seller, of having legions of fans, movie deals, my own theme park...

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

NaNoWriMo 2013: Plotting, Pantsing, or Both?

Writers tend to identify as plotters, who plot their novels ahead of time to some degree, anywhere from a few notes to detailed outlines, or as pantsters, who "fly by the seat of their pants" and let the story develop as they write it. The official NaNoWriMo guide book is No Plot? No Problem! (and you can get an autographed copy of it from their store), so their love of pantsters is well known.

When I first started NaNoing, I was a pantster. However, as I wrote more novels I realized that pantsing wasn't for me. At about 30,000 words I would hit a wall of writer's block, give up on the project and walk away to find a newer, shinier idea. Converting to plotting allowed me to move past that block, because if I got stuck on a scene, I could skip it and move on to the next. I often use placeholders in brackets like [fight scene here] or [ninjas!] when struggling with a scene, and then fill the details in during a later draft.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

NaNo Revisited: 2006, the Birth of the Bad Witch

In the beginning, there was NaNoWriMo, and it was good.

I've blogged before about my NaNo journey. I was even featured on the official NaNo blog once (there was so much happy dancing about that, you guys). So I won't rehash the story again here...I'll just sum up. I discovered NaNo as it kicked off in 2006. I had no plot--really I had nothing, other than the idea that the heroine was called into the restaurant where she worked to hear the bad news that someone important to her had been murdered.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

NaNoWriMo approaches. Will you answer the call?

It's that time again. The most wonderful time of the year--National Novel Writing Month! Or at least it soon will be. As November approaches, I'll be discussing my NaNo plans as well as sharing snippets from NaNos past.

Some of you love NaNoWriMo, some of you hate it, and the rest are probably wondering what the heck NaNoWriMo is. It's very simple: you have 30 days to write 50,000 words of a new novel. Succeed and you're a winner, and can bask in the glory of victory. Fail, and the world will end and zombies will devour us all. I always knew it was writers who would bring the zombies...

Friday, September 20, 2013

SFR Brigade Presents: Nightfall, Cy'ren Rising Book 1

Greetings! The SFR Brigade Presents is back, and I'm very excited to be a part of it this round. I'm sharing a bit from the opening of my space opera romance, Nightfall. In case you missed me squeeing about it, Nightfall recently won second place in the Fantasy/Sci-Fi category of the 8th Annual Passionate Plume Contest. w00t!

Please stop by and visit the other blogs featuring SFR Brigade Presents this week:

Here's a Nightfall excerpt:

They hurried through the corridors and down to the docking deck. Crew members passed them, but due to the busy dinner hour most were too wrapped up in their own concerns to notice anyone else. Talena’s palms grew slick with sweat—either from fear or pheromones, probably both—and she furtively wiped them against the skirt of her work dress. Dack exuded an aura of calm, looking as though nothing was out of the ordinary. He moved without pain, and that was impressive, for the wound in his side must be agonizing.

When they reached the docking level, Talena hesitated at the door leading into the terminal. “This is as far as I can take you.”

“Come with me.” Dack placed a hand on her shoulder, and she shied away as though the contact burned.

Tempting, far too tempting. She licked her lips as she resisted the sudden desire to kiss him, stepped back and bumped into the wall behind her. “No. I’m happy here. At least I was, until you showed up. Now go.”

“Don’t you want to be free?”

Talena frowned. He thought she was still a slave? “But I—” she began, but was interrupted by the flare of a laser bolt exploding near them.

“The door,” Dack shouted as he drew his weapon and returned fire.

Talena slapped her palm against the scanner as a volley of bolts hit the walls around them. The door opened and Dack grabbed her arm and hauled her with him as he charged through it. More shots followed as they rushed into the arrival area, and crew and passengers scattered. The door shut and Dack blasted the scanner, jamming the lock and keeping the security team from following.

They hurried on into the terminal and more shots zinged their way, this time from ahead of them. Dack skidded to a halt next to an arrival counter and ducked behind it, pulling Talena down with him.

“Let go of me,” she demanded.

Dack peered around the corner of the counter and jerked back as a bolt scored the floor near him. “Malenson’s between us and my ship.”

“That’s your problem. Let go!”

“I can’t leave you here. They’ll arrest you.”

“You put a gun to my head. I think they’ll understand.”

The computer screen on the counter above them exploded, raining pieces of plastic over them. Dack grimaced. “The Eppes aren’t real understanding.”

Panic gripped Talena, and she struggled to breathe past the fear. He could be right—she didn’t know about this mysterious Eppes group, but the authorities might not care if she was coerced. She’d helped a runner, and now she was as guilty as he was.

“Stay behind me. I’ll clear the path, you get the door. Ready?” he asked.

No, she thought, but she nodded. Better to get it over with before she fainted from terror.

When a wounded runner stumbles into her workshop, sculptor Talena Spenser’s comfortable, quiet life is shattered. Aiding the escaped slave risks losing more than just her freedom. She is in phase, when Cy’ren females are overwhelmed by the drive to mate.

Mordacki Loren, shadow sword of House Nightfall, knows the pain of losing a mate. He never intended to take another. But Talena, raised by humans with little knowledge of Cy’ren ways, leaves him no choice. As the mating lust consumes them, Dack promises to honor her wishes—even if that means letting her go.


Scarred and hardened by a munitions accident that sent her Alliance career up in flames, Carmen Hawke joined the Cy’ren resistance as captain of the flagship Talon. When old flame Dack returns from a mission with Carmen’s childhood friend and first love, Talena, in tow, the temptation to allow someone—or two someones—close to her again cracks her emotional armor.


Pursued by an unknown enemy, the trio works together to discover the secrets of Talena’s past, and to uncover a threat that could destroy the fragile peace of the Cy’ren homeworld.


Warning: If the epic space battles, gunfights and swordplay aren’t enough to get you going, strap yourself in for a male-female-female threesome that’s scorching enough to fire your engines into overdrive.

Nightfall is available in print and ebook from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Samhain Publishing.

Friday, September 6, 2013

You Can't Take the Sky From Me

When I was in seventh grade, I won second place in Congressman Lipinski's All-American Boy and Girl Awards. Finalists were interviewed by a panel of judges, and I'm convinced that the answer that got me into the top three was my response to the question, "If you could meet anyone in history, living or dead, who would you pick and why?"

I picked Gene Roddenberry.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

On Bewitched, Blooded and Bewildered

Kids, if you haven't entered the LASR giveaway yet, there's still time! Click on the banner, and go forth and win phat loot. Thus far this week I've discussed my tattoos, my hatred of volleyballs, and how BFF Diana and I have awesome singing voices (in the car).

In other news, there is still time to enter the Goodreads giveaway of Bewitched, Blooded and Bewildered!



Goodreads Book Giveaway

Bewitched, Blooded and Bewildered by Robyn Bachar

Bewitched, Blooded and Bewildered

by Robyn Bachar

Giveaway ends August 31, 2013.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter to win

Again, LASR had great things to say about it. Here's a quote from their review:
Having loved the first book in the series, this installment shouted “Read me!” I’m so glad I did.

I loved Cat and Lex in Blood, Smoke and Mirrors and was thrilled to get to review Bewitched, Blooded and Bewildered.

...

I love how Ms. Bachar blurs the lines of good and evil in her characters. Like real people, no one is just one thing. Everyone has motives and, happily, in this story, the motives make sense. I particularly appreciated how “good” people in Bewitched, Blooded and Bewildered occasionally make bad decisions, and how sometimes the best intentions have bad results. Best of all, “bad” creatures can actually be good, or at least better than those labeled good. It makes for a complicated, yet realistic world. Very fun to read.

Ms. Bachar does a fabulous job creating three-dimensional, quirky, secondary characters with unexpected loyalties which I especially enjoyed.

Keep ‘em coming, Ms. Bachar, I’ll have my eye out for future installments.

--Long and Short Reviews, 4.5 book review

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

On Blood, Smoke and Mirrors

The LASR celebration continues at their site, and many questions have been answered. (Yes, I do in fact have four tattoos, and the cats have tried to murder me to get at my tuna sandwich.) There's plenty of time left to enter the giveaway, so you should stop by. :)

LASR was one of the first reviews I received for Blood, Smoke and Mirrors, and to this day it still makes me smile. They loved it! Here's a quote from it:

Blood, Smoke and Mirrors contains all the things I love the best in books, great internal and external tension, quirky or slightly flawed protagonists, great dialogue, and a captivating story line. It also has a wonderful world. I really connected with Cat. She made the type of mistakes I could see myself making in the same circumstances—not that there’s any chance of that, but still...

When I finished Blood, Smoke and Mirrors, I immediately Googled Robyn Bachar in search of a sequel or a prequel. ... Sign me up for book two.
--Long and Short Reviews, 5 Book review
It's a strange and scary thing to me when I see reviews from people who aren't related to me. On one hand, as a published author I hope that people will read my books, but it's still weird to me that people actually do. Awesomely weird, but still weird...I'm babbling now, I'll stop. ;)

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

On The Importance of Being Emily

This week LASR is celebrating their anniversary, and I thought I'd share some highlights from the reviews I've gotten from them. First up is Emily. Oh, and for those of you who prefer your books in print form, The Importance of Being Emily will be included with the print edition of Poison in the Blood (out next June!). Two books in one, no one can live at that speed! ;)

This is an interesting world, filled with magic and mystery, and Ms. Bachar has written a delightful romance, mixed with suspense and danger. The characters are all well defined, and multi faceted, and the book, though short, is a very satisfying experience.

Emily is a strong willed, intelligent young woman. She is a little bored with her life, and wants to do more than just use her magic to make matches. With the murder, she blossoms, and is able to use her gift and visions to do much more. She has secretly loved Michael Black for some time, knowing that she can never have him, as he is destined to become a chronicler, and is shocked to discover that he is her one true soul mate. I liked Emily, for her independent spirit, her superb intelligence, and her fearless nature.

Michael Black is a librarian, apprenticed to become a chronicler after his ‘death’. He is strong, loyal and extremely handsome. But Michael has a secret, one he has kept to himself for a while: he loves Miss Emily Wright, and has for some time. But like Emily, he sees no way for them to be together. So when given the chance to work along side her to help clear his mentor’s name, he is delighted to do so. I like Michael, although I do believe he could have found out more about his future responsibilities before believing all was lost.

The mystery of who the real killer is unfolds at the perfect pace for this short book. I enjoyed watching the romance between Emily and Michael blossom, and I was delighted to see Emily try to fight for the man she wants. I smiled at her jealousy of the mentor who she felt was taking what should be hers, even as she tries to clear his name to make Michael happy. And as the romance between these two would be lovers explodes into heated passion, the story opens up to possibilities not explored before now. There are several surprises in this one, and they add greatly to the overall reading experience.

There is a marvelous and surprising conclusion to this one, and I highly recommend it to all who love mystery, magic and heat.

--Long and Short Reviews, 4 Book Review

The Importance of Being Emily and its sequel, Poison in the Blood, are both available now in e-book.

Monday, August 26, 2013

LASR's 6th Anniversary Party


Long and Short Reviews is celebrating their 6th anniversary with daily author interviews and a ginormous contest. Go forth and win prizes!

In other contest-related news, I'm giving away 5 signed copies of Bewitched, Blooded and Bewildered over at Goodreads. The giveaway runs until the end of the month, so there's still plenty of time to enter.


Goodreads Book Giveaway

Bewitched, Blooded and Bewildered by Robyn Bachar

Bewitched, Blooded and Bewildered

by Robyn Bachar

Giveaway ends August 31, 2013.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter to win

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

To the Vampires, to make much of Time

The Emily Chronicles, or How One Little Seer Changed Magiciankind
 
It all started with Simon, in more ways than one. I started Simon's story before writing my first Bad Witch book, Blood, Smoke and Mirrors, so it was inevitable that he showed up in that book, and Emily and Michael came with him. The three of them kept stealing scenes the moment I wrote them, from comments from the undead peanut gallery to the brick in Emily's handbag. I knew I had to write more about the adventures of Simon, Emily and Michael, and thus The Importance of Being Emily came about.

In TIoBE, I was able to go back in time to Emily and Michael's mortal days in Victorian England to introduce the story of how they fell in love, despite the fact that Michael was already to committed to becoming an immortal member of the Order of St. Jerome. While I love letting these characters loose in the modern world of the Bad Witch books, the Emily Chronicles allows me to share where they came from, and, more importantly, how that journey affected the modern-day plot.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Leah Braemel's Birthday Bash

One of my favorite authors, Leah Braemel is celebrating her birthday by giving away presents to you lovely people. ;) You can get the complete list of prizes at her blog, but here's a photo of part of what's included:

Why yes, I did sign that fabulous Samhain bag!

You can enter here!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Ding! Winner!

I was not able to attend the RWA National conference this year (or any year, really), but I do have awesome news from the conference. The winners of the 8th Annual Passionate Plume contest were announced at the Passionate Ink party at RWA, and Nightfall won second place in the Fantasy/Sci-Fi category! w00t!

Here are the winners in the category (with links, so you can enjoy their fabulous books as well):
  1. Unleashed by Crystal Jordan
  2. Nightfall by Robyn Bachar
  3. FrankenDom by Robin L. Rotham
  4. Tangled Web by Christa McHugh
  5. Other Oceans: Book 2 of the Hook and Jill Saga by Andrea Jones
  6. Mayan Inferno by A.S. Fenichel
To celebrate, I'm sharing an excerpt from Nightfall for your enjoyment, and a teaser from Morningstar, the next book in the Cy'ren Rising series.

Monday, July 8, 2013

And the Nightfall giveaway winner is...

Random.org has spoken, and the winner of the signed copy of Nightfall is: Jennifer Mathis! Congrats! I'll be emailing you shortly about the details.

There's still a chance to win the Goodreads giveaway! It run until Friday.


Goodreads Book Giveaway

Nightfall by Robyn Bachar

Nightfall

by Robyn Bachar

Giveaway ends July 12, 2013.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter to win

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Nightfall Print Release Party

Nightfall is now available in print and ebook! I'm celebrating with a few giveaways, but first, here's the blurb:

Her heart says "never". Her body says "now".

When a wounded runner stumbles into her workshop, sculptor Talena Spenser's comfortable, quiet life is shattered. Aiding the escaped slave risks losing more than just her freedom. She is in phase, when Cy'ren females are overwhelmed by the drive to mate.

Mordacki Loren, shadow sword of House Nightfall, knows the pain of losing a mate. He never intended to take another. But Talena, raised by humans with little knowledge of Cy'ren ways, leaves him no choice. As the mating lust consumes them, Dack promises to honor her wishes—even if that means letting her go.

Scarred and hardened by a munitions accident that sent her Alliance career up in flames, Carmen Hawke joined the Cy'ren resistance as captain of the flagship Talon. When old flame Dack returns from a mission with Carmen's childhood friend and first love, Talena, in tow, the temptation to allow someone—or two someones—close to her again cracks her emotional armor.

Pursued by an unknown enemy, the trio works together to discover the secrets of Talena's past, and to uncover a threat that could destroy the fragile peace of the Cy’ren homeworld.

Warning: If the epic space battles, gunfights and swordplay aren’t enough to get you going, strap yourself in for a male-female-female threesome that's scorching enough to fire your engines into overdrive.

Friday, June 21, 2013

And the winner is...

Random.org has spoken, and the winner is... Maria D.! Woot! Congrats, I'll be emailing you shortly about your copy of Poison in the Blood.

Remember, there's still time left to win the signed copy of Bewitched, Blooded and Bewildered at Goodreads!



Goodreads Book Giveaway

Bewitched, Blooded and Bewildered by Robyn Bachar

Bewitched, Blooded and Bewildered

by Robyn Bachar

Giveaway ends June 28, 2013.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter to win

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Posion in the Blood Release Day Party

It's release day! Yay! To celebrate, we have not one but TWO giveaways! No one can live at that speed!

When we last saw Emily and Michael in The Importance of Being Emily, they were on their way to marital bliss. Now, a few years later, Michael has finally become a chronicler, and things will never be the same...

She is honey to his throat...but one sweet taste could part them forever...

Banished from home while her husband adjusts to life as an immortal, blood-drinking chronicler, Emily Black is homesick, heartsick and struggling under the constant sensory barrage of a city drenched in ancient magic. When an old friend asks for her aid in solving a string of murders, she welcomes the distraction, despite the danger.

Justine Dubois is grateful for a seer’s help, and more understanding than anyone of Emily’s plight. As a guardian, Justine commands respect; as a woman, her magic is considered inferior. Together, they are determined to prove their worth to London’s magicians, starting with solving these murders—with maybe a bit of matchmaking on the side.

Long before he met his soul mate, Michael Black made a commitment to join the Order of St. Jerome. He will live forever, forced to watch the woman he loves age and die. As Emily hunts the murderer, Michael struggles to protect her. But if he loses control of his hunger, the greatest threat to her safety could be Michael himself.

Warning: Contains tortured soul mates, scheming faeries, vampire debauchery, deadly parasols, illicit blood-drinker relations, and adorable plot moppets.

It's available now from: Samhain Publishing, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, and of course from the iTunes store.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Signed Copy Giveaway and an Emily Excerpt



Goodreads Book Giveaway

Bewitched, Blooded and Bewildered by Robyn Bachar

Bewitched, Blooded and Bewildered

by Robyn Bachar

Giveaway ends June 28, 2013.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter to win

Poison in the Blood comes out on Tuesday. As part of the new release celebration, I'm giving away a signed copy of Bewitched, Blooded and Bewildered over at Goodreads.

As Poison in the Blood is an Emily novel, here is an Emily-centered excerpt from Bewitched, Blooded and Bewildered.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

2013 Lori Foster Reader and Author Get Together: Part Two

First, I want to state for the record that I met and/or chatted with a ton of people at the RAGT, way more than I can put into coherent blog-post form. If I didn't mention you here, it's because I have the memory of a goldfish when I'm tired (and trust me, I was exhausted, because there's so much that goes on at an event like this that it's like a hurricane). It's not you, it's me.

Monday, June 10, 2013

2013 Lori Foster RAGT: Part One

This was my third time at the Lori Foster Reader and Author Get Together. As always, it was a great experience, and first let me say a big thanks to all the organizers and volunteers who make the RAGT an awesome event. They always work incredibly hard to make sure everyone has a great time. (And Lori managed to pull it all off with one arm tied behind her back! Well, in a sling, actually, which makes it even more impressive.)

An extra special thank you also goes out to my fearless partner-in-crime, BFF Diana, who puts up with my shenanigans on a daily basis but was especially forgiving on this trip. (I may have borrowed her back to sign books and promo on. A few times. I kept expecting she would stab me for this, but no, she was very good natured about it.)

Monday, June 3, 2013

My RAGT Reading Challenge Results


This is my third year attending the Lori Foster Reader & Author Get Together. It's a great time, and I always come home with a stack of books signed by my favorite authors. This year I heard about ABGR's Reading Challenge for the Get Together, and I decided to give it a shot. It gave me the opportunity to catch up on reading a few things on my TBR shelf, and introduced me to authors I hadn't read before.

These were the levels for the challenge:
  • Love Bites Level: 0-3 books
  • Bad Boys of Summer Level: 4-6 books
  • Buckhorn Level: 6-11 books
  • Men Who Walk The Edge Of Honor Level: 12 or more books
And my total was (drumroll please): 13 books! Victory is mine!

Here, in alphabetical order, are the authors and books I read:

Maddy Barone, Sleeping with the Wolf. I picked up a (signed!) copy of this at the last RAGT, and I'm looking forward to acquiring more this year. This book is the first in Maddy's After the Crash series, and it has a bit of everything--shapeshifters, time travel, post-apocalypse, and a singer/songwriter.

Dana Marie Bell, Dare to Believe. This is the first Gray Court book, which I actually read after the second book. I love this series. I have a (signed!) poster of the Artistic Vision cover above my desk. And it was definitely entertaining to read on the bus (as in, "Is it warm in here? Oh my!").

Lori Foster, Hard to Handle, and Run the Risk. Action! Suspense! Romance! Good times. :-) After reading Run the Risk, I'm very much looking forward to picking up a copy of Bare it All, because I loved Reese and Alice. They were adorable.

Lora Leigh, Bengal's Heart, and Stygian's Honor. This was my first time reading about the Breeds, and I really enjoyed these. A lot. Seriously, people. I loved that the Breed heroes in these two books were big, tough alphas, and their heroines were even tougher and never backed down. The action, intrigue, and holy cow page scorching love scenes had me instantly sold.

Linnea Sinclair, Gabriel's Ghost, and Shades of Dark. (I'm also currently reading Hope's Folly, but I don't think I'll have it finished by Thursday.) I'd taken an online workshop from Linnea Sinclair before, so I knew she was made of awesome. The Dock Five books are just further evidence of that awesome. Because, DUDE. So good. It was one of those "Can't talk now, must read this" situations.

Shiloh Walker, If You Hear Her, If You See Her, If You Know Her, The Missing, and The Departed So I began my Shiloh Walker journey by reading The Departed. It quickly turned into a desire to READ ALL THE THINGS! Instantly hooked. I tore through the Ash trilogy in a few days, because I was just mesmerized. She's officially one of my new favorite authors.

I can't wait for the RAGT! See you in Cincinnati!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Nightfall Giveaway



Goodreads Book Giveaway

Nightfall by Robyn Bachar

Nightfall

by Robyn Bachar

Giveaway ends May 31, 2013.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter to win

My new, shiny author copies of Nightfall have arrived, and to celebrate I'm giving a signed copy away on Goodreads!

Nightfall is currently available in ebook, and you can pre-order the print version from Amazon and Barnes and Noble. I'm also going to bring a few copies to giveaway at the Lori Foster Reader & Author Get Together in June.

Here's the blurb:

Her heart says "never". Her body says "now".

When a wounded runner stumbles into her workshop, sculptor Talena Spenser's comfortable, quiet life is shattered. Aiding the escaped slave risks losing more than just her freedom. She is in phase, when Cy'ren females are overwhelmed by the drive to mate.

Mordacki Loren, shadow sword of House Nightfall, knows the pain of losing a mate. He never intended to take another. But Talena, raised by humans with little knowledge of Cy'ren ways, leaves him no choice. As the mating lust consumes them, Dack promises to honor her wishes--even if that means letting her go.

Scarred and hardened by a munitions accident that sent her Alliance career up in flames, Carmen Hawke joined the Cy'ren resistance as captain of the flagship Talon. When old flame Dack returns from a mission with Carmen’s childhood friend and first love, Talena, in tow, the temptation to allow someone--or two someones--close to her again cracks her emotional armor.

Pursued by an unknown enemy, the trio works together to discover the secrets of Talena's past, and to uncover a threat that could destroy the fragile peace of the Cy'ren homeworld.

Warning: If the epic space battles, gunfights and swordplay aren't enough to get you going, strap yourself in for a male-female-female threesome that's scorching enough to fire your engines into overdrive.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Bewitched, Blooded and Bewildered Print Release

For those of you who prefer your books in dead tree form, B,B&B is now out in print! It's very shiny. I hugged my ARCs. Hopefully one of you won a copy from the Goodreads giveaway, but if you didn't, I have a few copies left and I may be persuaded to do another giveaway at some point in the future.

But for now, you can buy your very own shiny copy for 40% off from Amazon and Barnes and Noble, or directly from Samhain.

In case you missed it, here is the blurb:
It’s better to be a bad witch than a dead one.

One thing stands between Catherine Duquesne and happily-ever-after with her soul mate Lex—her unwanted bond with billionaire vampire Zachary Harrison. Married life is hard enough without adding an uninvited vampire to the mix, and being tied to Zach endangers more than just her relationship. If Zach dies, she dies, and with his new seat on the necromancer council being challenged by older, more powerful masters, his life expectancy is dwindling fast.

Vampire politics is only the beginning of Cat’s problems. Hunters are stalking magicians, abducting entire families and killing anyone who resists. As the current Titania and Oberon, Cat and Lex must protect their people, but Cat’s dark past keeps the victims from seeking their help. Worse, the former Titania’s granddaughter wants to oust Cat from the job, believing her vampire ties make her unfit.

To break the bond Cat must broker deals with devils on a journey that will take her to hell and back—literally. Freedom comes at a high price, but Cat will risk anything to save her people and her marriage.

Warning: This book contains explicit language, faerie shenanigans, a field trip to hell, even more magician sex, and gratuitous violence against vampires, demons, hunters, helicopters and the kitchen sink. And if you want to know how the very sexy Lex swept Cat off her feet, check out Blood, Smoke and Mirrors.

Please enjoy this excerpt from the book:

The group stopped a few feet to our right, and we all focused our attention on the faerie council. As always, Cecelia of the Silver Crescent sat in the center chair, quiet and serene, her silvery wings moving languidly behind her. Horatio, an earth faerie, sat to her right, and the fire faerie Laertes to her left.

“Greetings,” Cecelia said with a very faint smile. “Since the inception of Faerie, conflicts between our two worlds have been mediated by our liaisons, who became known as Titania or Oberon. In all that time, a situation such as this one has not arisen. As such, we were uncertain how to proceed.”

Great, our little Titania drama had stumped the faerie council. I wondered if we’d get a prize for that. At least a T-shirt.

“It is the decision of the council that Riley and Jeremiah will be put through three tests, just as Catherine and Alexander underwent. Should the challengers pass all three tests, then a final test will occur with all four of you.”

“Lady Cecelia, we were told that Riley would have a year to challenge for the position,” the Emerald Willow spoke up.

“Under normal circumstances, yes, she would have a year from the death of the former Titania. However, due to current…difficulties, this matter must be decided as soon as possible,” Cecelia explained.

“What difficulties?” Lex asked, and I nodded in curious agreement.

“The problem of the hunters. Magicians have not been hunted on this scale in many years, and all the clans are upset at the loss of their blooded children. Our children are all we have.” Cecelia sighed, and though I may have been imagining it, I thought I saw her slender hands shaking where they were folded in her lap. Had she lost someone? A few someones? Portia patted my arm, and I glanced at her. There was deep sadness in her eyes, and I wondered if she was thinking about Tybalt.

“We’re doing the best we can,” I said.

“I know, and we understand that. This is not a criticism of your performance, but rather a need to resolve this situation. We cannot function while so divided.”

“‘A house divided cannot stand’?” I quoted, and she nodded.

“Precisely. That is why Riley and Jeremiah must begin the process now.”

“Both of them?” I asked, confused. Riley’s claim was through blood—Maureen was her grandmother. Jeremiah was just her boyfriend.

“Yes, both of them, because they are soul mates,” Cecelia replied.

I blinked, and then glanced at them. I was expecting…something. I’m not sure what. Hearts? Flowers? A swelling of dramatic music? Though judging by their expressions they, too, were surprised by the information, they merely took each other’s hand and stood together, a unified front. I turned back to Lex and elbowed him in the ribs. Big jerk. If he’d been that accepting when our soul-mate bombshell was dropped, we wouldn’t have had a fight, I wouldn’t have been alone when Faust came calling, and I wouldn’t have my Harrison problem.

“If they don’t win, how many times do we have to go through this? Maureen had a ton of grandkids,” I pointed out.

“The others won’t be challenging,” Riley replied. “They don’t know that they’re magicians. I’m not going to tell them until they’re ready to hear it.”

Cecelia nodded at Riley. “Very well. Your first test will begin now.”

The pair vanished, leaving their faerie companions alone. I wondered what Riley and Jeremiah would face. Another dragon? I almost felt sorry for the dragon. Who knew what shapeshifters would do with a dragon? Eat it?

Monday, February 11, 2013

Giveaway for Bewitched, Blooded and Bewildered

Bewitched, Blooded and Bewildered is out in print in March, and to celebrate I'm giving away 3 copies at Goodreads. Here's the info:


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Bewitched, Blooded and Bewildered by Robyn Bachar

Bewitched, Blooded and Bewildered

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