Baltimore Book Festival: I’m going; are you?

Baltimore Book Festival, fantasy author, Jill Archer, Noon Onyx

I’ll be at the Baltimore Book Fest this weekend. Details on my scheduled events are below. The rest of the time, I’ll likely be wandering around, checking out everyone else’s events. If you’re going, it would be great to meet you! Stop by my Friday night panel and/or Saturday’s Meet & Greet. Tell me whether you’re a writer, reader, or both. Let me know if you’re a Noon Onyx fan. Or wish me and my husband (who will be there too) a Happy Anniversary (it’s our 17th!). There will be a limited number of all three Noon Onyx books for sale at the festival — and I’m offering special pricing! If you haven’t yet purchased a Noon Onyx novel, now’s your chance to buy one at a discount and have me sign it. 😀 Come on, don’t make me lug my books home from the festival! If you live in the Baltimore/Washington area, help me sell out! (I’m also happy to sign books you’ve previously purchased if you want to bring them.) Hope to see you there!

Friday 9/26/14 6:00-7:00

Writing Dark Fantasy

So you’d like to write dark fantasy, horror fiction, or paranormals, or demons, angels, post-apocalyptic, and genre-bending fiction that puts you on the edge of your seat. Meet with writers of these genres to talk about what’s trending, what publishers are doing, and what tips our panel of authors has to offer.

Panelists: Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Jill Archer, Em Garner, John Maclay, Sunny Moraine

Where is it?

This event is at the Science Fiction and Fantasy Stage (SFWA’s tent), which is on the Key Highway side of the harbor between the Science Center and the Visionary Art Museum. Click here for a map of exhibits at the Baltimore Book Fest.

Saturday 9/27/14 5:30 -7:00

Reception and Meet & Greet

(Authors, Music, and Food!)

Join the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America at our reception, autographing session, and Meet and Greet with our program participants at the Baltimore Book Festival.

Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Jeanne Adams, Jill Archer, Catherine Asaro, Jack Clemons, Brenda Clough, Scott Edelman, Charles Gannon, Ronald Garner, Em Garner, Herb Gilliland, Anne K Gray, Elektra Hammond, Justina Ireland, Jim Johnson, Alma Katsu, Cheryl Klam, L. Jagi Lamplighter, John Maclay, Marrisa Meyer, Sunny Moraine, Christine Norris, Ellen Oh, Sarah Pinsker, Caroline Richmond, Don Sakers, Karen Sandler, Peggy Rae Sapienza, Rori Shay, Alex Shvartsman, Dawnyell Snyder, Bud Sparhawk, John Tilden, Mike Underwood, Jean Marie Ward, Fran Wilde, Ilene Wong, Karlo Yeager

Where is it?

This event is at the Science Fiction and Fantasy Stage (SFWA’s tent), which is on the Key Highway side of the harbor between the Science Center and the Visionary Art Museum. Click here for a map of exhibits at the Baltimore Book Fest.

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Winners and Wrap Up

 

This week I interviewed six new adult SFF authors. (Tuesday: Sarah Harian and Summer Lane; Wednesday: Juliana Haygert and Karen Duvall; Thursday: Rebecca Hamilton and Carrie Butler). We discussed some great topics and showcased some of their novels. To thank participants, I offered one free book (chosen by the winner from among the featured books) and a $10 eGift Certificate to the bookstore of the winner’s choice.

My incredibly high tech method of drawing winners...
My incredibly high tech method of drawing winners…
My elder daughter picked the winners. THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO COMMENTED.
(Enlist elder daughter’s help).
THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO COMMENTED.

FREE BOOK WINNER => Ruth
$10 EGC WINNER = > bn100

I’ll be in touch about prizes by Monday!

I hope everyone found the interviews and posts as interesting and informative as I did. Surprisingly, my opinion is not much different than it was last year at this time: New Adult is a category that, like its characters, is full of potential. Whether it ever reaches that potential will be up to NA writers and their readers.

I’ll admit that, sometimes, I wonder if we shouldn’t be going in the other direction. If we shouldn’t just jettison the sub-genres and kick the category labels to the curb. There’s so much genre blending these days, maybe those of us who write stories set in imaginary worlds should just label all of our work “speculative” and call it a day.

But I only consider that for a moment. Because today’s publishing world is abuzz with words like “discoverability” and “metadata” and labels matter. Why? Because they help readers find books that are similar to other books they’ve liked.

A few other thoughts

Just to be clear, for anyone who’s been following this who may be new to my work, I think DARK LIGHT OF DAY qualifies as a “new adult” novel, although it’s not a contemporary college romance. It’s got a boarding school setting, a significant romance plot, and a youthful tone. DARK LIGHT OF DAY is also an urban fantasy with deep worldbuilding. In fact, that’s how it was marketed, which is fine. It shares as many characteristics with UF as it does with NA.

FIERY EDGE OF STEEL is neither NA nor UF, although lots of people consider it urban fantasy. I think that speaks to UF’s inclusiveness more than anything else, which is nice but less helpful to readers. It’s a river adventure with romance and mystery elements. That’s why I started calling my work “genre-bending fantasy.” Ha. A cop-out for not coming up with a better label? Maybe.

WHITE HEART OF JUSTICE is a similar adventure story to FIERY EDGE OF STEEL, but this time Noon’s adventure is on land… in a colder, lonelier, harsher environment. It’s more of a quest than a mystery. And, even though Noon’s still a student and one of her biggest motivations in the book is that she wants the right to forge her own career path, I don’t think it’s NA. The character has moved past her earlier NA struggles.

So I continue to label my Noon Onyx series as “genre-bending fantasy.” 🙂

And I continue to follow the development of NA literature with interest. 😀

If you enjoyed this Q&A series, please consider supporting my work by pre-ordering WHITE HEART OF JUSTICE:

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After years of denying her abilities, Noon Onyx, the first woman in history to wield waning magic, has embraced her power. She’s won the right to compete in the prestigious Laurel Crown Race—an event that will not only earn her the respect of her peers but also, if she wins, the right to control her future.

However, Noon’s task is nearly impossible: retrieve the White Heart of Justice, a mythical sword that disappeared hundreds of years ago. The sword is rumored to be hidden in a dangerous region of Halja that she is unlikely to return from. But Noon’s life isn’t the only thing hanging in the balance. The sword holds an awesome power that, in the wrong hands, could reboot the apocalypse—and Noon is the only one who can prevent Armageddon from starting again…

And finally…

This week’s series started with one writer’s question, left as a comment on one of my random blog posts. If you have a question about books or writing, lemme know! Who knows? I may do another series of posts in the future to try to answer it. 😀

Thank you to everyone who participated, both authors and commenters. You are all awesome! Best wishes for the weekend, everyone!

The Business of #Writing: Books and Writer’s Groups

This is day #4 of my week-long “mini-series” of posts where I mull over my 2013 writing expenses and share my thoughts. New writers, feel free to ask questions! Seasoned writers, your take on these topics is always appreciated. Readers, these posts give you a peek at what many authors do behind the scenes to support their work. There are questions for everyone at the end.

BOOKS!

Our favorite topic! In 2013, I bought about 25 books (this doesn’t include my books; this expense category represents the amount of money I spent on other people’s books – about 6% of my total expenses).

What kinds of books did I buy? Fantasy, romance, historical, mystery, new adult, young adult, general literature, anthologies, and some non-fiction. I bought hardbacks, trade paperback, mass market paperback, and electronic versions. I paid $0.99 for some to over $25.00 for others (not many). I bought them from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and my local independent bookstore.

Did I read them all? I wish! I’ve mentioned before that one of the downsides of becoming a published author was a decrease in personal reading. That hasn’t really changed for me since I first groaned about it, although I have been able to binge read from time to time and I’m trying to get better about carving out more consistent reading time into my schedule.

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LESSONS? This is the first year I’ve tracked this as a business expense. (To be clear, I’m not saying that this is a deductible expense – or that any of these expenses are. That’s for you and your tax adviser to figure out.) Could I cut back? Absolutely. Will I? Ha! I doubt it. I like supporting other authors, booksellers, and books in general by buying books. Sometimes, I feel guilty I don’t buy MORE. It’s wise for authors to read as widely as they can, to keep up with the market, to know what’s being published, and to know the quality of work that your peers are putting out. And all writers started as pure unadulterated readers. Books => bliss!

So instead of finding a way to cut this expense, I’d settle for finding a faster way to get through my TBR pile. 🙂

WRITER’S GROUPS

There are all sorts of writer’s groups out there: big ones, little ones, informal kitchen table-type ones, and ones with bylaws, elections, national conventions, etc. Some writers will say you don’t need a writer’s group – and, of course, you don’t – but I think they’re worth the investment. For the record, the amount I paid for writer’s group membership fees came in at #9 out of #10 on my list of Top Ten Writing Expenses, which represents about 4%. Too high? Maybe. And, truth be told, this is an expense I carefully consider every year.

I belong to two main writer’s groups: Romance Writers of America (RWA) and Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA). They are both nationally organized, well-funded, and have vast caches of institutional knowledge.

RWA was founded in 1980 and has more than 10,000 members and almost 150 chapters. They allow both published and unpublished members to join. They host a national convention every year where their highest award, the Rita, is presented to winners in various categories.

SFWA was founded in 1965. To become an active member, you must be published, but unpublished authors can benefit from their Writer Beware site. They host the Nebula Awards and have about 1,800 members.

Both RWA and SFWA have had “controversial moments.” (I leave you to your internet searches. I don’t want to rehash; I only want to acknowledge that the groups aren’t perfect). Each has caused me, from time to time, to question whether I still want to be a member. And yet, year after year, I re-up. Why?

Because the writers I interact with – many of whom I’ve met through these groups – are, for the most part, wonderful. Writing is a lonely business. I used to work in an office. I had colleagues, an assistant, and clients. I talked to people all the time. I was on the phone, in meetings, chatting in hallways and other people’s offices. I was having lunch. And then I became a writer, which I love. But I’m no longer talking to people all the time. It’s a quieter business, ya know? 😀 So I like having a group I can turn to if I have a question, need advice, or simply want to say hi.

There are other benefits to being in a large writer’s group, such as advocacy (both on a group and individual level) and early access to industry news. But each writer has to decide for themselves if the cost of membership in these groups is a good trade for the benefits they might receive. My hope is that big, institutional writers groups like RWA and SFWA will evolve in positive directions as the publishing climate continues to change and the myriad ways in which writers can connect and receive information continues to grow.

LESSONS? MANY. But no change here.

So those are my thoughts on books and writer’s groups. Now, I’d love to hear from you! Answer any! Answer all!

Books:

Do you try to diversify your book buying habits so that you purchase books from a variety of different sellers or do you prefer to do your shopping in one main place?

Do you like a variety of formats (hard cover, trade paperback, mass market, digital) or do you prefer one over all others?

Do you buy more books than you read? Does that make you happy or sad?

Have any fun or quirky advice on how to plough through a TBR pile and/or add more reading time to an already packed schedule?

Writer’s groups:

Writers, which groups do you belong to? Which groups would you belong to if cost or membership eligibility weren’t an issue? What are some of the benefits you expect from a writer’s group in return for your membership dues?

Readers, had you ever heard of RWA or SFWA before this post? How about the Rita or the Nebula? Does the fact that a book won a major award make it more likely that you’ll buy it?

Thanks, everyone! I’ve really enjoyed reading commenters’ contributions so far.

Tomorrow I discuss… Everything Else! 😀

Weather and Writing: Part II (How Building a Backyard Ice Rink is Like Writing a Novel)

It snowed today… AGAIN!!! And temps are low… AGAIN!!! Thursday, it’s supposed to get into the single digits… AGAIN!!! So I’ve decided, no matter what, this will be my last winter post. (I’m going to will spring into being!)

This is year 2 for our backyard ice rink. Last year, when my husband came up with the only slightly insane idea to build an ice rink in our backyard, I reminded him that we live SOUTH of the Mason-Dixon Line. And, truth be told, last year’s rink was short-lived, but not this year!

HOW BUILDING

A BACKYARD ICE RINK

IS LIKE WRITING A NOVEL

1. You have to lay a foundation, but it can be a flexible one.

We built our back yard ice rink from a kit. The company sent us the frame, liner, and building instructions and we supplied our own wood for the sides. Laying the foundation required some measuring and planning – not unlike the researching and outlining I do for my novels. But, like an author experimenting with technique from novel to novel, we’re able to tinker with our little rink’s building specs. Last year, its life was cut short by a huge wind storm. So this year we asked Boreas to spare it… and we reinforced the frame with rebar! 😀

2. It takes time to set up properly, which makes it a labor of love.

My husband starting building the rink just after the holidays. Since we have to rely on the weather to keep it frozen, our skating season is short – six weeks if we’re lucky. It usually takes him two weeks of working nights and weekends to make it operational. But all the work is worth it because it’s something he enjoys doing. Writers spend far longer than two weeks on a novel, but I think all of us would agree that spending four, six, or twelve months on a novel that we enjoy writing – which is then enjoyed by everyone else for another twelve, eighteen, or thirty-six months – is a pretty good deal.

3. It’s social and fun.

Once the rink is ready, we invite our friends and family to come skate. Like publishing a completed novel, this is the best part! Sharing the products of your work with others is its own reward. And, of course, it doesn’t hurt that ice skating, drinking hot chocolate, and reading novels are three of winter’s greatest pastimes.

So how about you? Did you go skating this year? Snow tubing? How about sledding or skiing? Are you a fan of hot chocolate? How about spiked cider or Irish coffee? Are you sick of winter yet? Or are you one of the lucky ones posting about seeing signs of spring? Regardless of where you live or what the weather’s like, hope you’re all having a great week!

Bewitching Book Tours Sizzling Summer Giveaway!

I mentioned before that I was participating in Bewitching Book Tours Sizzling Summer Giveaway and I promised more information on it. This post tells you everything you need to know to enter to win some really awesome prizes (including books, prize packs, and a Kindle Fire HD 8.9” screen with Wifi and 16GB). Over thirty Bewitching authors joined together to offer FOUR separate giveaway packs. Check them out below. Giveaway ends July 21st.

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Rafflecopter Giveaway One:

Kindle and swag packs

  •  1 Kindle HD -30 authors joined together to offer a spectacular grand prize A Kindle Fire HD 8.9” screen , Wifi ,16GB $269 value Open to US shipping, if outside US you can receive an equal value Amazon Gift Card
  •  1 huge package of book swag from Bewitching Book Tours filled with fun goodies from Bewitching Book Tours, owner Roxanne Rhoads and numerous Bewitching authors including a Starbucks giftcard from Gina Conkle
  •  4 packages of book swag from Bewitching Book Tours- filled with fun goodies from Bewitching authors
  •  1 mixed swag pack of various book swag from Milly Taiden
  •  1 book swag from Constance Phillips
  •  $15 Amazon gift card from Sky Purington

CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE RAFFLECOPTER FORM FOR GIVEAWAY ONE.

Rafflecopter Giveaway Two:

Print Books

  •  1 set of Bleeding Hearts (Demimonde #1) and Blood Rush (Demimonde #2) by Ash Krafton- US Shipping
  • 2 sets of Her Dear & Loving Husband and Her Loving Husband’s Curse by Meredith Allard open to US Shipping
  •  1 Kidnapped by Maria Hammarbald us shipping
  •  1 ROGUE ORACLE and DARK ORACLE by Alayna Williams- us shipping
  •  1 EMBERS and SPARKS by Laura Bickle- US shipping
  •  1 Fall of Sky City by SM Blooding US Shipping only
  •  1 signed set of DARK LIGHT OF DAY and FIERY EDGE OF STEEL by Jill Archer
  •  1 Life After the Undead and Death to the Undead by Pembroke Sinclair- US shipping
  •  1 DiSemblance by Shanae Branham
  •  1 Shield: Allie’s War, Book Two by JC Andrijeski (or Revik: Allie’s War, Early Years) by JC Andrijeski
  •  1 signed copy of VICIOUS CIRCLE by Linda Robertson (or any other title written by her if winner already has VC)
  •  1 DiSemblance by Shanae Branham open to International Shipping
  •  1 The Necromancer’s Seduction by Mimi Sebastian open to International Shipping
  •  2 print copies of The Chosen by Annette Gisby, US/Canada and UK entrants
  •  1 Print or ebook Copy of Night Hawk by JE Taylor to US residents or ebook (mobi or epub) for international folks. If US resident would prefer ebook – that can be done as well.
  •  1 Print or ebook Copy of Hunting Season by JE Taylor to US residents or ebook (mobi or epub) for international folks. If US resident would prefer ebook – that can be done as well
  •  1 Winner’s choice of print or digital (.mobi or .epub) of Royal Street or River Road by Suzanne Johnson, in either U.S. or U.K. editions; open to international.
  •  1 Winner’s Choice of print, audio, or digital (.mobi only) of Redemption, Absolution, Omega, or Storm Force by Susannah Sandlin open to international.
  •  1 All three books in the Phaeton Black, Paranormal Investigator series The Seduction of Phaeton Black, The Moonstone and Miss Jones, The Miss Education of Dr. Exeter by Jillian Stone. Print or eBook any format, reader’s choice Ebook open international

CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE RAFFLECOPTER FORM FOR GIVEAWAY TWO.

Bewitching Giveaway Three:

YA Books

  • 1 Signed print copy Portal by Imogen Rose- US Shipping
  •  1 Signed print copy of INITIATION by Imogen Rose- US Shipping
  •  1 print copy Hollow’s End by Marianne Morea- US Shipping
  •  5 print copies Visionary Unleashed by N. Dunham US shipping
  •  1 THE HALLOWED ONES by Laura Bickle- US Shipping
  •  1 print copy The Ifs (middle grade book) by JD Pooker
  •  1 print set of Reckoning and Relentless by Molly Hall- US shipping
  •  1 ebook copy of Soul Meaning by AD Starrling
  •  1 ebook copy of King’s Crusade by AD Starrling (
  •  1 ebook copy Hollow’s End by Marianne Morea
  •  5 ecopies Visionary Unleashed by N. Dunham
  •  5 ecopies of Portal by Imogen Rose
  •  5 ecopies INITIATION by Imogen Rose

CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE RAFFLECOPTER FORM FOR GIVEAWAY THREE.

Bewitching Books Tours Summer Giveaway Four:

E-books

  • 1 ebook copy Flashback by Maria Hammarblad
  •  10 ebook copies of Shield: Allie’s War, Book Two by JC Andrijeski (or Revik: Allie’s War, Early Years)
  •  1 Tyrant of Tarsit (Time travel romance) by Holly Hunt
  •  2 ebooks of New Zealand with a Hobbit Botherer by John Gisby (international)
  •  1 each Bleeding Hearts (Demimonde #1) and Blood Rush (Demimonde #2) by Ash Krafton
  •  2 copies each Her Dear & Loving Husband and Her Loving Husband’s Curse by Meredith Allard
  •  1 Winner’s choice Caged Heat or Wolf Protector by Milly Taiden
  •  1 ecopy Resurrecting Harry by Constance Phillips
  •  1 The Cat’s Meow by Stacey Kennedy
  •  1 Stavros is giving away 1 of each- eBook copies of Dead Girl: A Romantic Zombie Tale of Revenge, Blood Junky, and Love in Vein
  •  1 Murder on Mars (A New Orleans Mystery) by MM Shelley
  •  1 Little Red Riding Wolf by Jessica Aspen, mobi or epub available
  •  1 Cindy Spencer Paper is giving away an E-book – winner’s choice of any available on her website.
  •  1 eCopy of The MacLomain Series Boxed Set by Sky Purington (Books 1-4), PDF or gifted to Kindle
  •  5 free copies of DRAGONSTONE by Paula Millhouse : pdf, emobi, ePub
  •  5 ecopies of THREE WISHES by Paula Millhouse pdf, mobi, ePub
  •  1 ecopy SMOKE AND MIRRORS (The Gifted, Book 1) by Marie Treanor
  •  1 ecopy SERAFINA AND THE SILENT VAMPIRE (Serafina’s, Book 1) by Marie Treanor
  •  1 BLOOD GUILT (Blood Hunters, Book 1) by Marie Treanor
  •  1 Annie Nicholas is giving away Reader’s choice of any ebook from her backlist winner’s choice of .pdf, epub, mobi.
  •  1 one e-book set of the first two books in the Seven Seals Series (Seal of Destiny and Seal of Surrender) by Traci Douglass
  •  1 ecopy Wucaii by Pembroke Sinclair
  •  2 ebooks of Silent Screams by Annette Gisby (international)
  •  2 ebooks of Shadows of the Rose by Annette Gisby (international)
  •  3 EBOOKS (one set): THE CROSSE HARBOR TIME TRAVEL TRILOGY by Barbara Bretton
  •  1 More Than Friends by Jessica Jayne (.epub, .pdf, .mobi)
  •  1 In Flames by Jessica Jayne (.epub, .prc and .pdf)

CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE RAFFLECOPTER FORM FOR GIVEAWAY FOUR.

Good luck, everyone!

2013 SPRING INTO SUMMER ROMANCE: Terrific Guest Posts + Awesome Giveaways

Starting tomorrow, I’m hosting another group of authors who write romance. Last spring, I hosted a similar series and it was FUN! This year the group is just as diverse as last year. We’ll hear from authors who write paranormal romance, fantasy romance, historical romance, contemporary romance, romantic suspense, and women’s fiction. Some of these women have published one book (like me!) and others have published many, including one author who is a NYT bestseller. And they’ve published their work in a variety of different ways: Big 6, small press, and self-pub. I’m really looking forward to seeing what new romances will be out this spring and early summer and I hope you are too! To make the new guest blog series EVEN MORE FUN, I’ll be adding my own giveaways =>

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Print Book Giveaways!

For those of you that live in the U.S., I’m going to be offering a chance to win one new or gently used print book during each Spring Into Summer guest blog post. My bookshelves are bursting and I want to share the overflow with you. Most of these books I received at conferences and some are duplicates of ones I already own. I’m a bibliophile but not so much that I want to hoard two copies of the same book — because someone else could be reading it!

So I’m going to give away one book per post. You can enter to win by commenting on the post and including your e-mail address. Two additional entries for:

  1. Sharing the link on Twitter (please include my Twitter handle @archer_jill)
  2. Sharing the link or Facebook (please tag me in the FB post)

I’ll e-mail the winner the list of possible choices and then, once their choice is made, will mail the book off to its new, loving home.

There are 20 possible choices for the winners to choose from, including books by Sherrilyn Kenyon, Diana Gabaldon, Tess Gerritsen, Steve Berry, Vicki Lewis Thompson, Julie Kagawa, Gena Showalter, Lili St. Crow, Jill Archer — 😀 – and many more!

In fact, I’m going to start the giveaway right now! (Why not, right?)

So if you’re excited about this new Spring Into Summer Romance guest blog series, want a chance to win a great book, or just want to help me spread the word about the upcoming series, then please comment below + SHARE THIS POST!

A brief note about any giveaways offered by the guest bloggers: Guest bloggers may offer their own giveaways. If they do, they select the winner and arrange for delivery of the giveaway.

The chance to win a book from this post ends at midnight EDT on April 11, 2013. Good luck and best wishes, everyone!

Looking for Guest Bloggers for 2013 New Year #NewAdult Book Blast

Reading by the window in winter
Do you write New Adult books? If so, I’d love to hear from you!

A little over a week ago I ended my “Fall Into Winter Darkness” Book Blast. As with my “Spring Into Summer Romance” Book Blast, I had a lot of fun hosting fellow writers and getting to know more about them and their work. I want to give a final shout out to all of the authors who participated in my fall guest blog series. They are listed below in the order in which they posted or were interviewed.

For the next book blast I’d love to host authors who write “New Adult” books. Many of you have probably heard the term New Adult by now, but for those of you that haven’t, New Adult is an up and coming genre that’s getting increasing attention. Definitions vary (which is part of the reason it’s such an exciting topic), but basically NA fiction features protagonists who are slightly older than the typical YA character (18-24) and who grapple with the momentous life decisions that often occur early in one’s adult life (career choices, partner choices, finding one’s adult identity, path in life, etc.) I wrote a blog post about it, which posted here at Brinda Berry’s site, during my blog tour for Dark Light of Day. I enjoyed talking with other writers who write in this emerging genre and I thought it would be fun to host a New Adult themed book blast, which would start shortly after the New Year. So… if you write New Adult fiction and are interested in participating in my 2013 New Year / New Adult Book Blast, please contact me!

Thanks to the 2012 Fall Into Winter Darkness Book Blast Participants!

Hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving! 😀

2012 Fall Into Winter Darkness Book Blast!

Fall into reading
If she can do it, so can you. What’s your excuse for not reading more? 😀

Starting this Saturday, I’m going to be hosting another round of guest bloggers interspersed with an author interview or two.  Darker days means darker stories and I’m happy to report that this round of writers is just as diverse as the last. If all goes well, we’ll be hearing from authors who write urban fantasy, dark paranormal, horror, even non-fiction — one author has compiled a collection of local ghost stories to share. Morgan Keyes, author of Darkbeast, a middle grade fantasy that was just released from Simon & Schuster yesterday, will get us started. She’s going to be giving away a copy of Darkbeast to one lucky commenter.

Hope to see you here this weekend… and throughout the fall!

2012 SPRING INTO SUMMER ROMANCE BOOK BLAST!

Books: Portable entertainment since the mid-15th century. Ever evolving. Always our favorite means of escape!
A dozen authors contacted me about doing guest blogs or author interviews this spring and summer. They represent a microcosm of the romance fiction publishing world right now: indie authors, small press authors, traditional print authors, bestselling authors, authors who are just breaking in, writers who have written dozens of books, others who’ve written just a few. They write in varied sub-genres, which illustrates the healthy diversity and reader choice that’s being offered in romance fiction today: Paranormal romance, urban fantasy, erotica, YA fairy tales, historical romance set in both the Victorian and Regency periods, time travel, and epic fantasy. Topics, too, will hopefully be just as varied. I can’t wait to see what they come up with! So get ready, readers and fellow writers, for the…

2012 Spring Into Summer Romance Book Blast — Starting Tomorrow!

Book Blast Fine Print: Some guest bloggers may be running contests or giving away prizes. Those contests and giveaways, if offered, are solely the responsibility of the guest blogger. (Any contest or giveaway I run will be described on my “Contest” page — I’m not currently running a contest or giveaway, but plan to later!) Okay, yada, yada, yada, that’s it. 🙂

7/3/12 UPDATE: I’m giving away a limited number of free Ace/Roc Science Fiction and Fantasy 2012 samplers. I’m also giving away one $10.00 Amazon eGift Card. To enter to win the eGift Card, tweet about the sampler giveaway. To request a sampler, and for details on the eGift Card contest, please see my “Giveaway & Contest!” page.