Wednesday, 27 April 2011
Monday, 25 April 2011
Friday, 22 April 2011
Thursday, 21 April 2011
There's another contest going on over at Suzanne Adair's blog. Follow the directions and win a copy of her historical mystery Paper Woman.
Also, you can win a Kindle. I'm all over that! lol
Plus there's other cool historical prizes.
So, head on over and check out Suzanne's blog.
Wednesday, 20 April 2011
1. We tell tall tales and are not sent to the corner;
2. Writers are chick magnets (at least that is what they tell me); (My Note: In the case of female writers... hot guy magnets. Heh.)
3. People will buy drinks for us;
4. We can dress like slobs and people will think we are just quaint.
5. When we get drunk and start quoting Proust incorrectly, people think we know something they don't know;
6. It's better than digging graves for a living;
7. We get to scribble our names in someone else's book and they don't get mad;
8. We can smoke a pipe and not look stupid;
9. I have a corduroy jacket, pants, and shirt (true);
Yeah, Philip, I've got more!
10. We get to choose our own uniforms (aka pajamas - or naked, if we want).
11. We can sleep until noon and call it our "process".
12. People think we can live glamorous lives and know lots of celebrities.
13. No one can tell us we're "wasting time" by daydreaming.
14. Chocolate is brain food. So is wine.
15. Reading is "research" so you can write off things like books.
So, how about you? What's your reason writers are way cool?
And while you're at it, check out Philip's novel Falling Star over on Amazon.
Tuesday, 19 April 2011
Sunday, 17 April 2011
Saturday, 16 April 2011
Friday, 15 April 2011
Ebooks are the #1 selling book format in the US.
Don't take my word for it. Check out these posts by publicist and publisher Robin Sullivan and writer David Gaughran.
We live in interesting times, people.
Personally I can't wait to see what happens over the next few months, let alone the next few years. And I'm going to be right there where it's all happening.
My editor has promised to send me her questions, comments and screams of moral outrage this weekend. My cover artist is going to have my cover done mid-May. My aunt, the IT guru, has sent me links for sites on how to format the manuscript myself. Everything's set for Kissed by Darkness to be available on Kindle sometime at the end of May, early June at the latest.
Hang on to your seats, boys and girls. It's going to be one heck of a ride!
These are the books I dream about. The books I revisit time and again. The stories that make other stories look dull and unimaginative by comparison.
My first such book was John Christopher’s Tripod trilogy. For months I could think of nothing else. I even tried to write my own version. It's such a simple story, too. Planet gets invaded by aliens, world gets destroyed, kids kill off aliens and save world. Awesome.
I ended up obsessing about the Tripod Trilogy for years, until one day I hunted the whole series down on Amazon, bought them, and reread them, including the prequel. I still love them today just as much as I did at eleven.
It probably won’t come as much of a surprise that the next novel that so
profoundly affected me was Stephen King’s The Stand. In this case, I actually saw the four hour film with Gary Sinese first. I loved it so much, I bought the book. The unabridged author’s version of all things. I couldn’t put the darn thing down. To this day, I obsess over that book. I don't know what it is about post-apocalyptic tales that get my juices going. Perhaps it's the hope for a better future?
Last year there was one book that seriously blew my mind. I resisted reading it for months because the critics said it was good. As far as I’m concerned the critics are usually full of hot air. Fortunately a friend of mine recommended it to me. And she was right. The Passage by Justin Cronin rocked my world. The fact that part two doesn’t come out until 2012 irks me beyond belief.
Lest you think the only books that have the power to move me are those where the world ends, consider Sarah Addison Allen’s Garden Spells. I honestly can’t remember why I decided to read it. I think someone over at SmartBitches mentioned it (A good example of how marketing works and word of mouth works better.). It’s so not my usual trope, being more of a vampires from outer space kind of girl, but I fell into her
Then there’s Grimspace by Ann Aguirre. It reminded me so much of Firefly. I loved the dark humor, the action, the sex, and, of course, spaceships. Who doesn’t love spaceships?
There are, of course, many other books I’ve adored over the years. Dara Joy’s Ritual of Proof was pretty groundbreaking in its time. Dan Brown’s DaVinci Code, Nalini Singh’s Angel’s Blood amazed me, MelJean Brook’s Iron Duke. And the list could go on….
I only hope one day I can write a book that enthralls my readers like these books have me.
What books rock your socks?
Tuesday, 12 April 2011
Author Ann Aguirre (Whose books totally rock the casbah, by the way.) is running a contest over on her blog. She's giving away copies of The Hollow, The Hidden and The Haunting by Jessica Verday.
Go on, check it out, sign up. And while you're there, check out Ann's books too. I'm totally in love with her Sirantha Jax series.
Sunday, 10 April 2011
Friday, 8 April 2011
Some of the big name indie authors like JA Konrath highly recommend their cover artists. Which is great, but I don't have $500 floating around. I wish.
So instead of doing my own and ending up with a Hot Mess, I hit deviantART which is a fantastic site to find great art. I did a quick search for "urban fantasy" and found some beautiful artwork by a girl over in Belgium who has done over 300 ebook covers for both indie authors and established epub houses. She's good and she only charges $75 for an ebook cover.
Rock on, Betty Lou.
Hopefully in the next few weeks I'll have an official cover for my first novel. Oh, baby!