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Siren Song news

Just a reminder, The Wicked City is still free right now at all retailers, and will be until June 5th! If you like urban fantasy and want to get a taste of the Siren Song series, this is the perfect opportunity. Click below for more details and the links to all retailers!

Also, the third book in the Siren Song series, The Burning City, will be released on July 5th and right now it’s up for grabs on NetGalley if you’re a reviewer. Click the cover to pick it up!

Get some free books and have a great weekend!

Siren Song news

Each of my Siren Song novels has a little news to go with it today! I’m happy to share:

The Wicked City is just 99 cents right now at ALL retailers. This will be going on until the end of the month. So if you wanted to get the first book in the series you can do that right now, cheap!

 

 

 

The Bloody City got a wonderful five star review at The Romance Reviews and was also chosen as one of their top picks. They seem to like me and my work a lot over there, and I’m super grateful for it! Also, if you have interest in becoming a book reviewer, it’s a great site to start on. When you sign up for an account you can also ask to be a reviewer.

 

 

The Burning City now has a sneak peak available. You can find and read the first chapter here! A warning though–there’s some pretty big spoilers if you haven’t read the first two books.

 

 

 

Today is also the opening of the A-Z Challenge sign-ups! Since I got a great deal of my blog followers from that challenge, I can’t wait to participate again and meet a whole bunch of new folks this year. The challenge last year also got me into blogging more regularly and I had a blast doing it.

Are you doing the challenge this year? Are you as excited about it as I am?

Now on tour

Today I start two book tours, one for each new publication. So I’ll try not to blabber on about myself on this blog too much this week! Below is a list of places I’ll be each day for the individual tours, along with what I’ll be discussing, so you can stop by and say hello if you like. Both tours will include gift card prizes and the more you participate, the more chances you have to win.

Today: The Reading Addict – Overcoming the greatest obstacle on my path to publication.

Tuesday: Christine Young – Interview. AND It’s Raining Books – Five things readers would never guess about me.

Wednesday: Books Chatter – Interview/playlist for my book. AND Cover 2 Cover – World building in urban fantasy/book review.

Thursday: No post due to Thanksgiving, however, I will have a stop on the other tour (since the company is UK-based).

Friday: Unabridged Andra – The love triangle in fiction. AND Love That’s Out of This World – Interview.

This tour will include a $20 Amazon gift card giveaway.

 

Today: All I Want And More – Writing for the City Nights series.

Tuesday: Houston Havens – What makes a hero sexy?

Wednesday: Romances With A Little Kick – Writing erotic romance.

Thursday: Muffy Wilson – I’m thankful for erotica!

Friday: Erotica For All – The thrill of the forbidden–why I write erotic romance.

This tour will include a $10 Amazon gift card giveaway.

As a reminder, I’m also still on this tour and will be until the end of the month (all posts are either spotlights or reviews):

So that’s where I’ll be this week. If you want to listen to me talk about myself, writing, and my books, and maybe win a prize–come follow me around. I love groupies!

Updates, contests, review copies

Today’s post is an update post, to make sure you guys don’t miss out on some contests and other things that will be ending soon. But first! I’m overly excited about something that might seem rather silly. A few days ago I got my publicity materials for The Bloody City (which will be releasing November 10th) and I found out my publisher put me in a real life magazine ad! The Bloody City is featured in an ad in the November 2015 issue of RT Book Reviews. I found a digital copy online (which you can access for free here, for a limited time) just to see what it looked like. Of course, I ordered myself some paper copies–I have to hold it in my hands!

It’s a big deal to me…I’m in a magazine! I’m worth throwing advertising money at! Yay!

 

And now, so you don’t miss anything:

Time is running out to enter to win a copy of The Bloody City on Goodreads. You have three days left if you want to enter. Go, go, go!

You can also request The Bloody City for review from NetGalley, from now until release day. If you run a review site and you want to review it, please contact me and I will send you a direct download link for NetGalley.

Last of all, I only have three days left to obtain four–JUST FOUR–nominations in order for The Wicked City to move on to the voting round of The Romance Reviews Readers’ Choice Awards. I should clarify, this is NOT the contest itself, but merely a nomination round to get into the contest, and I’m so, so close! If you think I’m worthy, I would deeply appreciate your nomination. You have to sign up for the site to nominate, which  you can do here (you can also easily sign in with Facebook, G+, or Microsoft). And then click on the banner below (or here) to nominate the book by clicking the blue button above the cover. Easy! Everyone who gives me a nudge into the voting round is greatly, greatly appreciated!

My dark side is my best side

Though I sometimes write contemporary romance and a little bit of erotica on the side, I’m largely an author of paranormal romance and urban fantasy. I like spooky things. I also used to write erotic horror for a now defunct small press, which might seem strange but it’s an actual genre!

Growing up, I was the kid who loved horror movies and scary TV shows (though my mother wouldn’t always let me watch them) and when I got to high school I was the girl reading Stephen King, Clive Barker, and Anne Rice. In my high school (waaay back in the day) we’d carry whatever novel we were currently reading on top the textbooks we toted from class to class, and believe me, everyone was judging each other on their choice of reading material. High school kids are like that. While the other girls were reading VC Andrews and Danielle Steele, I was the freak with the unabridged version of The Stand, which is the size of the ‘S’ encyclopedia and unholy heavy to carry around.

I started writing in high school, largely because I wanted to be like Stephen King. I wanted to be a horror writer, someone who could ‘humanize’ the scary and make the story as much about the characters as the monster lurking under the bed. Obviously, what I write has changed over the years–I like writing about sex now too–but the horror element still creeps in to my work. Urban fantasy is one of the best genres for me to play in, because it often combines both the fantastical and the sexy.

Of course I write non-scary romance and erotica too, but if you like things that go bump in the night, I’m the author to come to. Pull up a seat, we’ll chat about werewolves and the women who love them…

Did you like spooky things? Do you like a little shiver down your spine for multiple reasons?

I also have a few announcements to make:

Right now you can enter to win a copy of my upcoming urban fantasy The Bloody City on Goodreads! You have until September 30th to enter:GRgiveaway

Also, if you’re a reviewer, you can request The Bloody City for review on NetGalley. If you are a serious reviewer and would like the direct invite link to download it without having to request it, please contact me.

A blog tour for One Night In Chicago!

The first week of June, I’ll be on tour…sadly, not in Chicago. But you can stop by these places and get a taste of the Windy City anyway, and possibly win a prize!

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June 1st – Guest blog at K D Grace

June 2nd – Interview with Mary Quast

June 3rd – Guest blog at Casey Sheridan

June 4th – Excerpt and review at V’s Reads

June 5th – Interview with LocGlin

Tour will include a $10 Amazon gift card giveaway!

I hope to see you on my tour stops!

The dreaded R word: no, not rejection.

IWSG badgeThis post is part of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group blog hop. The first Wednesday of every month is Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. The awesome co-hosts for the February 4 posting of the IWSG will be Gwen Gardner, Dolorah, Sarah Foster, and M. Pax!

Reviews.

The word sends a chill down a writer’s spine. You’ve spent months, years, millenia (or at least it feels like it) working on your book/novella/story. You’ve clipped and snipped and fleshed out. You’ve edited and rewrote. You’ve gotten feedback and advice from people you trust. You’ve polished that baby until it shines.

Now you’re going to set it down carefully, gleaming and beautiful, before the masses, to gawk at. Your baby. Your precious, glistening darling. The outpourings of your heart, so sweetly woven onto the page with just the right words.

Inevitably, someone is going to make a face and stick their tongue out at it.

As the first pre-pub reviews of some of my work roll in, I’m torn between checking Goodreads and book review sites every ten minutes with big, pleading eyes like a dog begging for a table scrap, and hiding underneath the covers on my bed, not wanting to know, and never ever coming out again, ever.

No matter what, someone is going to hate my writing and they’re not going to be afraid to tell the world. Someone is going to pick my work apart and then shake it off like something gross clinging to their fingers. On the flip side, someone will probably (hopefully!) love it and won’t stop gushing about how much they love it. Sending your book out for review is like wearing a new dress to a party: someone might say “wow, she looks like a cow in that!” while someone else says “wow, that fits your curves beautifully!” Everyone has different tastes. Everyone sees from a different perspective.

If you’re going through the hell of ‘getting reviews,’ or you will be in the near future, here is my advice to you:

  • Breathe. Breathe a lot. But don’t hyperventilate!
  • Drink: coffee, soothing tea, or an entire box of wine, depending on your mood.
  • Practice saying “I’m still published, no matter what you say about me.”
  • Remember that a bad review is just someone’s opinion…and so is a good review.

The most potent remedy for a review, bad (after which you cry) or good (after which you can’t stop admiring how clever you are) is to get your nose back to the grindstone and write. It helps ease the nerves and tension. And also, you want more stuff for people to point and laugh at, right?

A personal anecdote: two weekends ago, my best friend and I went to Chicago for a visit. We both desperately love Chicago and try to visit as often as possible. My Siren Song series of books is set in Chicago and the first one is coming out in March–she has read an advance copy. During dinner our first night there, unprompted, she suddenly expresed to me how much she loved a description of Chicago in the first book and how true she felt it was.

I will treasure that more than a thousand five star reviews. Always hold close the opinions of people you love, above all other’s.