Thursday, November 29, 2012
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Mel Teshco has a new cover for Lusting the Enemy. It's a fantasy (dystopian) novella releasing with Ellora's Cave on December 19th.
What she never expects is to succumb to the wild ecstasy in his arms, a pleasure that threatens to expose her inner cat even as it transcends anything she’s ever felt from one of her own kind.
Falling in love with a human enemy was never part of her plans, but maybe there’s more to Judas than meets the eye.
Wednesday 28th Nov - Tote Bags n Blogs + Giveaway
Wednesday 28th Nov - Romance Writers of the Apocalypse - Apocalyptic Avenging Archangels
Thursday 29th Nov - Dark Side DownUnder + Giveaway of a copy of Archangel of Mercy
Friday 30th Nov - Friday Feast with Cathryn Hein - Archangel of Decadent Delight + Giveaway
Friday 30th Nov - Novel Adventurers - The Lost World of Archangels - + Giveaway
Monday 3rd Dec - Shelley Munro - Interview & Excerpt + Giveaway
Monday, November 26, 2012
Sunday, November 25, 2012
Mon 26 Nov - Winner of the Keziah's giveaway announced
Tues 27 - GOOD NEWS DAY
Thur 29 - MAGIC THURSDAY with Christina Phillips and giveaway of Archangel of Mercy
Sat 1 Dec - DARKLIGHT ON... Adina West
Other blogs our DarkSiders have visited this week.
Anna Hackett - Kylie Scott's blog
Christina Phillips - Eleni's Taverna
Cathleen Ross - Romance Writers of Australia
AP Castell - Jennie Jones Romance Blog
Check out Christina Ashcroft's blog tour for Archangel of Mercy.
20th Nov Tina Donahue Spotlight & Giveaway
21st Nov Dark Side DownUnder – A Bite Of…
26th Nov Paranormal Haven Interview & Giveaway
28th Nov Romance Writers of the Apocalypse & Giveaway
28th Nov Tote Bags & Blogs & Giveaway
29th Nov Dark Side DownUnder & Giveaway
30th Nov Cathryn Hein’s Friday Feast & Giveaway
30th Nov Novel Adventurers & Giveaway
Other group blogs with DarkSiders as members
Hot Down Under - This week: Keziah Hill, Shona Husk
Romance Writers of the Apocalypse - this week: Shona Husk, Tracey O'Hara
Hotter than Hades - JL Addicoat, Khloe Wren, Imogene Nix
Time for a cycling through the Facebook links
Check out Nicola E. Sheridan's latest book trailer for her first release, Magical Gains.
Love the tune!
Thursday, November 22, 2012
As you may know, last week was a big week for me. I was one of five launch authors for Escape Publishing, a new digital imprint (can you have an imprint if you don’t print?) from Harlequin Australia. Open to all authors and readers, Escape wants to bring Australian voices to an international audience.
The launch was amazing. A big cocktail party at East Circular Quay (I even had a cocktail named after my story!), a day of glamming up and LOTS (and I mean LOTS) of photographs.
All of this flurry of activity was a wild ride. Apart from enjoying it immensely even if it was a little stressful, it’s given me a great sense of validation. Validation can be something a little thin on the ground for a lot of writers.
We hunch over our computers most of the time, tapping out words we hope someone will like. Many of us, particularly if we are RWA members, enter competitions and when we get feedback, we focus on the negatives instead of the positives. If we submit to agents and publishers we live with frequent rejection. We work in an industry that is fairly ruthless in the way it deals with us. Often not deliberately, it’s just the nature of the beast.
So getting some validation is priceless. But I was struck by something Kate Cuthbert, Escape’s wonderful acquiring editor said on the launch day about why she likes working with Australian romance authors. We have a sense of camaraderie and support for each other which is not always that common in other genres and in other countries. That’s certainly something I’ve always experienced since joining RWA in 2004. Through some hard writing times, my writing mates in RWA have provided support and encouragement when validation was non-existent.
Now to a give away. Make a comment and go into the draw for my novella Familiar Strangers.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Can you, in less than five words describe your book, Archangel of Mercy?
What inspired you to write it?
A chance remark from our very own Eleni (pop back tomorrow for more on this!) The more I thought about writing an archangel book the more the idea appealed to me. It took me years of rewrites and shoving the half-finished manuscripts in a cyber drawer before I managed to get to the heart of Gabriel and discover why, despite my first vision of him flying at the edge of the universe, he didn’t possess wings. Once I understood that essential element, he began to slowly open up. The final spark of inspiration came from my editor who was keen for me to write an erotic archangel book. I took up her challenge J For some more details on the inspiration behind the world of my archangels, have a peek at the recent post I did for the Enchanted Orb segment.
And without further delay, here's the excerpt!
He was gorgeous. He knew it and had no compunction in using it to his advantage. She hitched in a deep breath, tore her gaze from his and glared at her clenched hands. To her relief the hypnotic imperative to plaster her body against him and offer herself like a sacrificial slave crawled back into the murky depths of her libido.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
C.T.Green is a finalist in the paranormal section of the Spacecoast Authors of Romance “Launching a Star” Contest! Winners will be announced at a later date. Congratulations!
Will Carver, is more than man, he's a verwolfen and he wants nothing to do with the dangerous beauty who drives him to the very edge of control. But when he finds Lena in possession of a coded letter, he realizes she's in a world of trouble. To protect her, he'll have to seduce the truth from her before it's too late.
Mel Teshco has a new cover for Lusting the Enemy. It's a fantasy (dystopian) novella releasing with Ellora's Cave (no blurb or release date yet).
S.E.Gilchrist is one of our Dark Siders writing for the Hot Down Under line with Momentum. Her short story, Paying the Forfeit, is out December 1st.
For Leila, the role of second choice is not an option.
With the sapphires in her possession, Leila must decide – pay up now, or keep silent and take one long, hot night with the mate of her heart.
C.T.Green is also launching her Hot Down Under short story, Dream Lover, with Momentum on December 1st.
Shona Husk's Saved by the Trickster is out now from Ellora's Cave.
Zander is a fallen Celestial warrior. Cast out of heaven, he’s been given one month to earn his way back. When he meets Lysanna, he knows what she is. What he doesn’t expect to discover are the pleasures of being human, and the burning lust he finds in the Trickster’s bed. Returning to heaven begins to lose its appeal, but he’s sworn to fight the Darkness, to stop it from consuming the world—which means possibly choosing between duty and Lysanna.
Shona Husk's Dark Secrets will also be out in audio book in February 2013.
Wednesday 21st Nov - Interview at Eleni's Taverna - Writing Buddy Wednesday
Wednesday 21st Nov - Bite of... Archangel of Mercy at DSDU Blog
Friday 23rd Nov - Black Friday Hop - Giveaways Include Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet
Monday 26th Nov - Interview at Paranormal Haven + Giveaway
Monday, November 19, 2012
Sunday, November 18, 2012
- Denise Rossetti's Gift of the Goddess (with Mr Wonderful on the cover) is on Amazon for free - check it out HERE.
- We have done over 500 blog posts!!! Wow. Go us!
Saturday, November 17, 2012
- Brain Oompa-loompas: Oh, go on, don’t pretend you don’t hear little voices talking in your head while you’re scrubbing the toilet or whatever. Might as well make some money out of the little brain Oompa-loompas by writing down what they say.
- Life and other random sh*t: Sometimes you see something, or hear something, and it just sticks with you, you can’t get it out of your head and it’s fun to play with that image or snippet or whatever and see if you can’t build it into something else. To give a fairly crass example, I love those random story generators and the idea of trying to make a go out of an idea like: a laborer who seems insane falls madly in love with a snide performance artist. Oh the hours of fun.
- Things that don’t happen in real life but should: We’re all familiar with reality, the rich marrying the rich, beautiful people dating other beautiful people, justice not being served, and the undeserving being rewarded. Well, my fictional world is the place where I get to set that sh*t right. In my stories, it’s the plain, very narky girl who gets the handsome man (and boffs his brains out something severe). Sometimes she even gets two handsome men, woo-hoo! And if someone grows a pair of fangs, or wings, or slays the undead in between the boffing and the romance then I’m really happy because that stuff just doesn’t happen enough either.
- The love of words: I confess, I’m a word slut. The most random words excite me (fug, thrombosis, berm, rapacious, malachite) and give me ideas to write about. In fact, sometimes I just want to do it with the dictionary all day long.
- Silly conversations with other writers: You know how these go.
- Cate: We should write a three-volume epic about a virgin warrior vampire colosseum.
- Rhyll: OMG, you’re a genius. Let’s start now!
Friday, November 16, 2012
Welcome to the November What We Are Reading column. Today, we have Mel Teshco and Jenny Schwartz.
Time Thief by Anna Hackett:
I bought this e-book (novella) after reading the excerpt on Anna's blog and thinking what a great start to the story it was. It only got better. The heronine, Bay North, is a tormented soul after watching her family murdered by a drug lord wanting to gain the 'gift' she now uses to make him pay. But when he sends Sean Archer, a bitter ex-navy seal to kill the time thief--one of the same 'gifted' people who murdered his team--she makes him realize the drug lord was the one behind the murder of his team and they join forces to exact revenge. Lots of action and a bit of down and dirty - great read.
Sin's Dark Caress by Tracey O'hara:
This is the 3rd installment of Tracey's Dark Brethren series, and possibly my favourite. The hero isn't your normal hero (love that) and the dragon is a cool addition.
Bianca Sin is a witch who'll never reach her full potential powers -- that is until a dragon egg hatches and becomes her familiar. She'll need all the power she can get to fight the sudden wave of brutal murders sweeping the city, a dark magic that sees homeless girls impregnated then ripped apart. Assigned to work with surly, drug addicted homicide detective Lancelot MacManus doesn't make her job any easier. But against all odds they make a great team and track down the evil Dark Brethren, confronting the chilling menace none would dare face.
I'm currently reading Dodger by Terry Pratchett . Terry Pratchett is my author hero.
I finished Gather the Bones by Alison Stuart a few days ago. It is a fantastic post-WWI novel with a paranormal element. Just lovely.
And Peta Crake has set her debut paranormal romance (with all the fun and attitude of chick lit) in my hometown, with lots of gods and goddesses dropping in. Harbinger promises a great new series.
Thursday, November 15, 2012
About three years ago I re-discovered writing poetry. I say re-discovered because like most people I did poetry at school. I knew about this form of writing and I had written poems before. But back then poetry hadn’t captured my attention or imagination like writing a novel length story had and I left poetry behind when I left school.
The love of writing and story telling has always been with me and when I decided to write for publication I began investigating different ways to extend my writing. I found poetry, but I didn’t really know what was involved in writing a poem, and I didn’t remember much about poetry from school, other than poetry seemed to always rhyme and I wasn’t good with rhyme.
To help reconnect with how to write a poem I went to a workshop on writing poetry. It was a disaster. The teacher told me I was blocked (which was true, but didn’t help me to get unblocked) and I left not wanting to write poetry. I didn’t write poetry for about a year. But poetry wasn’t finished with me, and it came up again through a writing friend/mentor. I decided to give writing poetry another try, face my fears and unblock myself. After all I only had to play with words and have some fun. I was only trying to improve my writing craft not become a Poet or have my poems published. I managed to write a few poems, but I had no idea if they were any good, or if I had written them correctly.
To help me continue on this journey I found a poetry editor and sent him five of my poems to critique. He was very gentle with his red pen and gave me some advice: ‘Go and read some modern poetry.’ I wondered if it could be as simple as reading poems that would improve my poetry. If it was then I decided I’d better get reading.
I bought some poetry anthologies and read them. I discovered modern poetry, and free form poetry with no rhyme, and I learnt how to handle metaphors. Ideas bloomed in my mind and I wrote more poems. I had found the joy of writing poetry and I wanted to write more poems. I couldn’t stop if I wanted to. I was falling in love with words (I even wrote a poem about my relationship with words, in my collection ‘Creating Wings’).
I sent another five to my editor to get some more direction on how to improve my writing. This time I got something unexpected. The poems were returned with a few red marks and a comment ‘… four of these are publishable…’
A whole new world opened up for me. I learnt about cover letters, and places to submit to who were supportive of new writers and I joined a poetry group. I sent my poems to newspapers, magazines, and anthologies without really knowing if these poems would really be published or just rejected.
The first poem accepted for publication in The Independent Weekly (Adelaide newspaper) was ‘The Creation of Wings’ which is in the collection ‘Creating Wings.’ I didn’t receive any money for the publication, but I did get a complementary book of poetry, and in a time when digital publications were becoming more common I saw my poem in print. I was excited, and I was learning about the industry of writing. I had fun sending out my poems to see if any would be accepted. I thought of my poems as feathers I was sending out into the word for others to enjoy. Without realising I became a Poet, and in between writing short stories and novels I had managed to write enough poems for a collection; ‘Creating Wings.’
More importantly, I continued to write poems, and despite rejections I sent them out into the word on a breath of my hope that they might get published. I no longer cared if I was going to get paid or not, I was having too much fun.
Poetry was a world that came to me and I’ve learnt how to play in this environment. I’ve learnt how to write economically, to play with words and combine them together in new ways to describe universal themes of life and death we are all familiar with. I’ve learnt poetry can be easy to write and it can be accessible and not highbrow or academic. And it can be fun. It’s helped me to be free and uninhibited when writing – maybe that’s why wings are such a theme in my poetry!
I’ve learnt to throw away the rules of poetry forms and find a modern twist, and that poetry is everywhere, in songs, hip hop, text messages and even Twitter. And I’ve learnt to bring the rules back to give myself a challenge.
I can even leave out the grammar in my poems. There are a lot of things for me to play with when writing poems. This has all fed into how I write short stories and novels, and has enriched my story telling skills. And my love affair continues.
Writing a poem means some of my ideas, the smaller ones, get attention. This somehow helps me to connect more strongly to my muse and the ideas keep popping into my mind – the good the bad and the ugly, which inspired another poem (‘Ideas’) I’ve written in ‘Creating Wings.’ Being able to write a poem about almost anything (forgetting whether or not this poem is going to be published or is in a state to be publishable) has helped me connect with my creative flow so that I’m writing and not blocked, and I am getting better at discerning between good and bad ideas as well as searching for those gems of ideas the hide in the darkness.
Writing poetry helps me to embrace the unknown, because I don’t always know the ending of the poem when I start, but by playing with words I find a way through to the end. It helps me feel a little more comfortable when writing longer pieces when I’m not sure of the ending I know that I do have the ability to find it, all I have to do is to keep writing, and edit later!
Sometimes I use poetry to help me capture an idea or emotions so that I can come back and use the poem to remind me of a story I want to tell in a longer form. Poems have helped me to shape the theme I want to write about in a novel. For a young adult novel I’ve written ‘Untangling Roots’ I wrote down ten words to describe the novel.
dusty straight road
These words could form a poem. Poetry can be this simple. Maybe this poem isn’t publishable, but for this exercise it doesn’t matter because through these words I found the larger story to write and had guidance when editing. And I had fun with words.
When I don’t have time to write for long writing poems is quicker than writing a short story or novel, which means at least I have time to write a poem, or the first draft, and that means I’m doing what I love despite how busy I may be, which is of course writing.
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Erica also has Redemption, a dark apocalyptic/urban fantasy/romance, released 5th March 2013 with Berkley Sensation.
And this assignment’s personal: Dragonfly murdered her closest friend, and she’s in no mood to show him mercy. Even getting stuck with the partner from hell—Malachite, her sociopathic ex-lover and the Empire’s most dangerous agent—can’t dampen her relish for the kill.
With Carrie’s expert weapons skills and penchant for cracking codes, insinuating herself into Dragonfly’s confidence should be easy. But is he the ruthless killer she was led to believe? Or has her precious Empire deceived her? With Malachite watching her every move, the slightest flinch in loyalty means death.
Carrie is soon racing to uncover an audacious treachery that will shock the Empire to its core … if she can stay alive for long enough to expose it.
Nicola E.Sheridan's latest release, Magical Redemption (Bk#3 Magic series), was released this month with Eternal Press.
Lucian is being hunted by the Magical Mafia, otherwise known as the "Family". Years ago he pledged himself to serve, but in a moment of weakness betrayed them. Now, unable to live or love freely, Lucian finds himself falling for Jinx, but knows a future between them is impossible. As they hide from incredible and malevolent Magical Beings they search for a way to be together before fate and the Family separate them forever.
Eleanor Maine's Hunters of the Nile, an erotic time travel historical romance novella set mostly in ancient Egypt, was released in November on Amazon (in print and Kindle) and Smashwords (in all formats including i-books and Kobo).
She also has A Gargoyle for the Hotel Gothica, a paranormal romance novella about gargoyles and inheritances, released in November on Amazon (in print and on Kindle) and Smashwords (in all formats including i-books and Kobo).
Secondhand Sweetheart, is Madeleine Torr's contemporary romance novel about leaving one love behind and finding another in the face of assisted misunderstandings. It was released in October on Amazon (in print and on Kindle) and Smashwords (in all formats including i-books and Kobo).
And C.M. Simpson's dark fantasy novel with elements of romance, Fisherpriest, was released in October on Amazon (in print and on Kindle), Smashwords (in all formats including i-books and Kobo), and DriveThruFiction.com (in PDF).
- 1st Nov - 2nd Dec - Goodreads Giveaway of a copy of Archangel of Mercy
- 15th Nov - Magical Musings - 2012 The End of Days with an International Giveaway of a copy of Archangel of Mercy
- 16th Nov - I Smell Sheep Interview in the Dungeons & Giveaway
- 19th Nov - Riverina Romantics Heroes with Wings with an International Giveaway of a copy of Archangel of Mercy
- 20th Nov - Tina Donahue Spotlight with Excerpt & Giveaway