Monday, July 25, 2011

Immortal Guardians Music Monday

I can't remember if I've mentioned this, but I come from a family of musicians.  As a result, I love and listen to music from all eras and most genres, so I thought I would integrate that into my blog.  Hence my new segment: Immortal Guardians Music Monday.

I don't know if this will be a weekly, bi-monthly or monthly segment.  It all depends on what my schedule allows.  But it will include music that either appears in my Immortal Guardians series in some form or other or music that I listended to while writing or editing the series.  I might also throw in some music my facebook friends (I'm talking about you, Krissy!) posted that reminded me of the series.  So, here is the first installment:

Disturbed's Down With the Sickness appears in Darkness Dawns as Seth's ringtone.  I thought it appropriate since the enhanced vision, hearing, speed, etcetera that Vampires and Immortals posses are a result of a virus.  Because this is the official video, it begins with a commercial you can skip after a few seconds.  It's a bit of an annoyance, but I thought this would be the best version to post because the "Mommy" stuff at the end of the full version might offend some.  Hope you enjoy it!

Warning:  This music video contains explicit lyrics.

Have a great week!


Friday, July 22, 2011

Follow My Book Blog Friday

It's been a while since I searched the blogosphere for new-to-me book blogs that intrigue me, so I'm once more participating in Feature and Follow Friday, also known as Follow My Book Blog Friday, hosted by Parajunkee's View and Allison Can Read.

Today they're featuring We Fancy Books and have posed this question:

Name 3 authors that you would love to sit down and spend an hour or a meal with just talking about either their books or get advice on writing from?

My response is:

1.  Stephen King.  I learn something new about writing every time I read one of his books, so I would love to discuss writing with him.

2.  Alexandra Ivy, one of my favorite romance authors.  I love both her paranormal and historical romances and would love to chat about writing in different sub-genres with her.

3. Gena Showalter, another favorite author.  Her books are so much fun I can't help but think  talking books and writing with her would be the same.

What about you?  What authors would you like to chat with?  

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a great weekend!


Thursday, July 14, 2011

And the Winner is . . .

I thought I'd take time out from going over Night Reigns proofs to say:

Congratulations, Jennifer B.,
winner of a signed copy of Darkness Dawns in
Reading Between the Wines Book Club's

There's still a chance to win a signed copy of Darkness Dawns at Paranormal Haven's Bookish Haven Summer Vacation event.  The contest ends tomorrow.

Have a great weekend!


Saturday, July 9, 2011

Night Reigns Cover & Blurb Reveal

Dianne Duvall portrays a world of temptation, loyalty, and 
heartbreak . . . a world where danger and desire 
walk hand in hand . . .

Ami isn’t much for trusting strangers.  She has a hard 
time trusting anyone.  But she’s no coward, and she’s no 
pushover in the protection department either.  So when 
she comes across a mysterious warrior taking on eight 
deranged vampires on his own, she doesn’t hesitate to 
save his bacon.  Of course, that was before she realized 
what one little rescue would get her into . . .

Marcus Grayden has been an immortal protector of 
humanity for eight hundred years, and at the moment 
he’s not interested in backup.  From the moment Ami 
arrives in his life, he can’t deny that she’s strong, smart, 
and extremely skilled at watching his back.  But she’s 
also destroying his protective solitude and stirring 
desires he can’t bear to awaken.  After all, whatever her 
secrets –– how can she defeat death itself?

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Catching Up

Hi, Everyone!

I hope you all enjoyed the holiday weekend!  Hope you enjoyed a safe holiday weekend.  We're experiencing the worst drought we've had in 50 years here, so I admit I was a bit worried someone in the neighborhood might ignore the fireworks ban and end up starting a fire, but no one did.  Not here at least.  Some teenagers started a grass fire across town.  It was actually . . . not eerie, but weird . . . not hearing fireworks for the first time ever on the 4th.  Fireworks, I believe, have always been banned here in the city, but people often manage to sneak them in anyway and put on shows in backyards.  This year?  Nothing.  Residents must really have taken the fire hazard seriously.

So how did you spend the 4th?  At the beach?  Barbecuing?  A family gathering?  Attending parades?  Curling up with a good book?

I spent it with family.  My facebook and twitter friends may have noticed I tend to disappear entirely from the internet on most weekends because I deem weekends family time . . . which is one of the reasons I can never seem to catch up on email, facebook, etc. *sigh*

I have BIG NEWSTantor Audio is publishing my Immortal Guardians series!  Woohoo!  Darkness Dawns is scheduled for release on July 25th.  (You can Pre-Order it from Amazon.)  It will be read by Kirsten Potter:
Kirsten Potter has won AudioFile Earphones Awards
for her reading of The Snowball by Alice Schroeder and
her performance as Barbara in George Bernard Shaw’s
Major Barbara. Her reading of Madapple by Christina
Meldrum was a Booklist Editors’ Choice for Best
Audiobook 2008.

I'm also currently participating in TWO big blogging events: 

I'm blogging about the importance of choosing the right names for one's characters in romance novels over at Reading Between the Wines Book Club for Writing Romance week.  I'm also giving away a signed copy of Darkness Dawns.  The contest lasts through July 8th, so I hope you'll join me!

I'm also blogging about paranormal brotherhoods (love them!) over at Paranormal Haven for Bookish Haven Summer Vacation.  I'm giving away a signed copy of Darkness Dawns for this one, too.  The contest lasts through July 15th.


Other than that, I'm watering my veggie plants like crazy to help them survive the drought and hoping to get some reading time in soon.

What's happening in your corner of the world?