April 15th, 2007
Okay. I’m probably the only one really excited about this, buuuuut….

The cover for Witch Fire is finally up on Amazon.com. Finally.

I swear I’ll be back regular-like soon. I have houseguests AND a new baby right now. It makes for some hectic. I just hadda pop on and squee about the cover for a moment.

April 9th, 2007
I’m Baaaaaaack…..

Where was I? Dude, I was halfway around the world in Asia. Half. Way. Around. The. World! I have hella jet lag, I can’t even tell you and, oh, by the way…I’m a mommy now. 馃檪

So, yes, I’m back and blogging again but bear with me while I get my inner clock readjusted and I get my mommy legs under me.

March 21st, 2007
Leave of Absence

For very, very GOOD (and joyous!) reasons, this blog is taking a brief leave of absence.

I’ll be back, though. I always come back. I’m like a boomerang that way.

March 15th, 2007
Thursday Thirteen!

 

Thirteen Things I can’t live without (or wouldn’t want to, at least). (not in any particular order or importance)

 

1. Writing — I think I’d go crazy without the ability to write. The thought of one day having arthritis sends me into paroxysms of fear.

2. Reading — My one most pleasurable past time. I can’t sleep at night if I haven’t read at least one page of a page. It’s something my husband (a non-reader) just doesn’t get.

3. Sex — Enough said

4. A cat — I need a feline in my life. I’m lucky enough to have been chosen by 7 of them. They help me cope with life by cuddling with me, purring at me and making me laugh every single day.

5. A sense of humor and irreverence — I couldn’t get through this life with these things. Sometimes, when things seem their darkest, you just have to laugh. You just have to. This life is far too mysterious and complicated to take seriously.

6. The ability to live moment-by-moment — see above. Another coping strategy. If you can concentrate on this moment right here, you can get through most any kind of stress.

7. Meditation — It does a body (and mind) good.

8. Water — I love water. Show me a pool or bathtub full of warm water and I’ll show you a happy Anya.

9. Dark chocolate — I know, it’s such a cliche. All the same, I love me some fine dark chocolate, the kind that’s so dark it’s almost bitter.

10. Wine — Mmmmm. Red wine. I love the red wine that comes from the C么tes du Rh么ne the best.

11. Good food — Cheese. I love all kinds of cheese, but not the truly stinky stuff like Limburger. Unfortunately, my husband likes those. Bleh. I’ll do any variety of the rest, though — Camembert, Brie, Bleu, plain old cheddar. I love the big gourmet olives, and well, the culinary list goes one.

12. Pajama pants, slipper socks and soft, many-times-washed sweatshirt — my official writing uniform. I would also put well-washed Gap jeans on here too.

13. Lingerie — I’m a lingerie fanatic. Victoria’s Secret knows me well.

Links to other Thursday Thirteens!

1. Christine

2, amy

3. Shiloh Walker

4, Ingela F. Hyatt

5. L-Squared

6. Qtpies7

7. Lauren

8. Raggedy

9. Robyn

10. Anni

11. miladyinsanity

Get the Thursday Thirteen code here!The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your Thirteen in others comments. It鈥檚 easy, and fun! Be sure to update your Thirteen with links that are left for you, as well! I will link to everyone who participates and leaves a link to their 13 things. Trackbacks, pings, comment links accepted!View More Thursday Thirteen Participants

March 12th, 2007
Release Date for Whisper of the Blade!

Whisper of the Blade will release on May 16th! This book is a M/M + F — that means it’s a menage with sexual contact between the men. This book also dovetails with Lauren Dane’s Sword and Crown, available April 25th. Both Whisper of the Blade and Sword and Crown are part of EC’s new Torrid Tarot series.

Once I have cover art, I’ll post an excerpt.

Blurb:

Emmia feels the emotion of all who surround her. Her Talent is empathy
and it’s more curse than blessing. She employs her skill as a justice
mercenary, discovering criminals and meting out punishment.

Magnus didn’t kill his lover, Caith, the way everyone suspects. Now he
is lord to a keep filled with suspicious, angry people.

Quinn, part three of the menage a trois that ended in Caith’s death,
wants only to set things right and resume the loving relationship he
once had with Magnus. He seeks out Emmia and employs her.

In a sexual tangle…

But both Magnus and Quinn are drawn to Emmia, just as they are drawn
to each other. All three of them become lost in a weave of scorching
and erotic desire coupled with emotional need.

Soon Emmia is balancing the two men like swords to uncover the truth
and not be hurt in the bargain…

March 10th, 2007
Chat Tonight!

The Maverick Authors are having a chat with literary agent Laura Bradford of the Bradford Literary Agency in our chatroom tonight (march 10) at 5 pm pacific/8 pm eastern. Laura is a very accessible and friendly person, so come on over and ask her some questions!

March 10th, 2007
Writing Meme

I couldn’t resist nipping this one. I tag Lauren Dane, Megan Hart & Patrice Michelle…and any other writer who wants to do it. Of course, don’t do it if you have issues posting bits of your WIP the way I sometimes do. 馃檪 I didn’t today, I guess.

Turn to page 123 in your work-in-progress. (If you haven’t gotten to page 123 yet, then turn to page 23. If you haven’t gotten there yet, then get busy and write page 23.) Count down four sentences and then instead of just the fifth sentence, give us the whole paragraph.

I’ll give a few paragraphs instead. From Witch Blood…

He turned to the oven with the plate of chicken in hand. He put both the chicken and the asparagus over a low flame in a wide skillet. Soon the gentle scent of basil chicken wafted to her nostrils and made her mouth water. As the chicken and asparagus warmed, Thomas found a bottle of champagne in the fridge and popped it.

She bit into another slice of avocado and watched him. “Are we celebrating?” She didn’t see anything worthy of such at the moment.

Thomas only lifted a brow, theatrically shot his cuffs and then poured a few drops of the Veuve Clicquot into an oyster.

Isabelle curled her lip and tossed the half-eaten slice of avocado to her plate. “Ugh. That is such a waste of good champagne.”

March 7th, 2007
Books! Books! Books!

First, our word of the day…just because I like it.

lum路pen路pro路le路tar路i路at (lmpn-prl-t芒rt, lm-)

n.

1. The lowest, most degraded stratum of the proletariat. Used originally in Marxist theory to describe those members of the proletariat, especially criminals, vagrants, and the unemployed, who lacked class consciousness.

2. The underclass of a human population.

 

So the next time you get in an argument with someone you have a new insult at your disposal, (sounding like a total noob using it is just a bonus). “You, sir, are an utter lumpenproletariat!” It’s bound to kill their response right in their throat.

 

Books I have read/are reading….

 

Ain’t She Sweet, by Susan Elizabeth Phillips.

 

I know this is an older book, but I’m just getting around to reading it now. I’m new to Susan Elizabeth Phillips and, wow!, I like her. Here’s the thing about this book…it is chalk FULL of “gray” characters, characters who aren’t good or bad, but flavored purely human. They do horrible things sometimes out of fear and selfishness, yet the author takes these people and manages to make them all sympathetic. I don’t normally read non-paranormal contemporary romance, but I was intrigued by the main character of this story, Sugar Beth Carey, a girl I would’ve hated with passion in high school. (I definitely knew a few Sugar Beth Carey’s in my day) Phillips made me like her by page twenty. That’s saying something.

 

Hitting the Mark, by Jill Monroe

 

I just started this one, so I can’t give a full review of it yet. Mostly I wanted to talk about her book trailer, which you can see here. GREAT book trailer. I probably would not have sought out this book at the bookstore had I not seen it. Totally sold me. I love books about con artists (even ones who aren’t but appear to be at first blush) anyway. Again, I don’t normally read non-paranormal contemporary, but I love Blaze. They’re like irresistible dark chocolate candies. Mmmmmm.

 

Blood Bound, by Patricia Briggs

 

I’ve been waiting for this one for a long time. I really enjoyed it. It’s more urban fantasy than anything else, but I love fantasy of any kind. I don’t have a whole lot specific to say other than, dude, buy it. (Sequel to Moon Called)