October 17th, 2006
Chat TONIGHT!!

Tonight at 6pm pacific/9pm eastern, the Maverick Authors are going to
be chatting over in the chat room on our website.

Come on by and say hello. I’ll be giving away your choice of DL from my backlist and Lauren is giving away an ARC of Cascadia
Wolves: Tri Mates. I’m sure Megan will be giving something away too.

Come by for fun, prizes and bawdy tawk!!

October 15th, 2006
All about the ergonomics

Oookaaaay, I understand now. I bow to the God of Erognomics and pay my penance with the back pain of a thousand exploding stars.

I have seen the error of my ways and foulness of my past practice of bad posture. No more will I sit Indian-style on my chair, or slouch with my feet up as I type.

I offer you, O God of Erognomics, these sacrifices of lumbar support pad and sloping butt pad thingie with tail bone cut out.

Be appeased.

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October 14th, 2006
I’m in the ninth circle of sciatica hell.

It’s messing with my sex life and it’s making me cranky.

It is marginally better today. At least I’m not suffering the pain of a million exploding stars when I sneeze anymore. I can also get in and out of bed without needing my husband to help me, thus making me feel as though I’m about 95 years old.

But I do smell like Ben Gay. And I’m wearing my rumpled PJ bottoms, slipper socks and sweatshirt from yesterday. And I haven’t brushed my hair or washed my face. I am totally HAWT. Fear me.

And you will only pry the Tylenol and my heating pad out of my fingers when I am dead and cold. Tylenol and a heating pad ROCK.

So, since I’m all bolted in place for the day, I thought I write up a FAQ of sorts. These are some answers to some frequently asked questions:

1. Will Rowan from Ordinary Charm ever get a book?

I do plan to write her story. I have a few other things in the pipeline first, but I have always wanted to explain what was happening to her while her sister, Serena, was off hunting down demons and having hot witch sex with Cole.

2. Will Killian from A Change of Season ever get a book?

I don’t actually plan to write his story at this time. I wrote five books in the world the Seasons of Pleasure series was set and I got a little burned out on it. I needed to move on to other places/series.

That doesn’t mean that one day I might not get up a wild hair and decide to tell his story, but there’s no plan for that right now. In my head he went off after the end of A Change of Season, found the perfect woman and settled down.

3. What’s going to happen to Dray from Blood of the Raven and Blood of the Damned? Will he get a book?

I really want to write his story. Obviously, I have much on my plate, but I enjoy Drayden very much. I think because he’s a redeemable bad guy and I LOVE my bad guys…esp when they’re redeemable. At the moment he’s in a not-very-nice place, paying for his past sins. Hopefully I can get him out of there and tell his side of things one day.

4. When’s Adam getting a book?

He’s next up. I do plan to start his just as soon as I can. It’s this little matter of too many books to write and not enough time. He’s on the docket, though.

5. When does your first Berkley Sensation book come out and what is it about?

The release month has been switched around a little. Right now it’s scheduled for an August 2007 release. I’ve been saying “summer of 2007”.

Witch Fire features Mira, a witch who never knew she was a witch. Mira has some extraordinarly powers that a group of warlocks want to steal for themselves. To thwart their attempts, Jack, a fire witch, is sent in by the Coven to act as a bodyguard to Mira.

Jack has many secrets and a past that intersects with Mira’s. They also share an explosive sexual attraction that complicates just about everything.

Obviously, that’s not the official blurb. I’m just blathering on. One day I’ll have an official blurb and it will be SO MUCH better than one. The book is a paranormal romance and it’s spicy hot.

6. When does Blood of the Damned [or other title] come out in print?

I have absolutely no information on this at all. If you want to help get Blood of the Damned out quicker, write to Ellora’s Cave and tell them so. 🙂 service@ellorascave.com

In the meantime, check out all the titles I do have in print.

7. Do you feel like killing someone because of the sciatica?

With a powerful will. (Okay, I just threw that one in there.)

8. Where do you get your ideas from?

Oh, god…everywhere and nowhere. I come up with the characters first. I define them, get to know them. Then they tell me their stories. Sounds crazy? Yes, yes…I know. At least I’m not hearing any voices in my head…yet.

Thank you so much for all your emails and comments. I savor each and every one. 🙂

October 13th, 2006
Pain & Books

Personally, I prefer books.

I pulled a muscle in my left hip. Well, I guess I pulled a muscle in my left hip. All I know is that something in my left hip is shooting searing jolts of pain as bright as freaking solar flares down my left leg when I : 1. move wrong, 2. bend over, (oh, that’s a BAD thing to do right now), 3. laugh, 4. sneeze (also really bad. There is the white-hot pain of a thousand, million suns when I sneeze), 5. exist and/or breathe.

It started yesterday and caused me an extremely restless night. It’s worse this morning. I have NO IDEA what I did. I must’ve moved wrong or something. Sitting here in the computer chair is painful, but it’s a tolerable pain. Hopefully it won’t affect my writing today. If the pain is still there tomorrow I suppose I’ll have to schlep myself into the doctor’s office.

In other news, I LOVE Market Spice Tea. It’s incredibly yummy. Especially when it’s 30 degrees outside, like it is now. I brought some back for my mother, but now I wish I’d brought some back for everyone. It’s a very strong tea, kind of cinnamony and citrusy all at once. It doesn’t need milk or sugar. Lovely stuff.

I bought it when my husband and I went to Seattle this past weekend to hang out with Lauren Dane. Naaah nah!! I got to hang out with Lauren Dane and you didn’t! *blows raspberry* because I’m sooo mature like that.

Anyway, I discovered this new tea and now I’m addicted. Must. Have. More. Market Spice tea!

In bookish news…I just finished Dead Man Rising, by Lilth Saintcrow. It’s a sequel to Working for the Devil (I suggest reading in order). It was very good. It made me cry! I finished it up on the plane coming back from Seattle on Sunday and whimpered my way to the end. There’s one more in the series to be released and I can’t wait for it.

Right now I’m reading The Hoax, by Adrienne Jones — This is speculative fiction. Well-written, intelligent and surreal. My favorite combo. I love the characters. They grabbed me from the first page.

Other books I recently purchased: (There’s even some romance in there. Funnily enough, I don’t read a lot of it because I write it.)

Anansi Boys, Neil Gaiman
Seduced by Magic, Cheyenne McCray
Witching, Yasmine Galenorn
Master of Swords, Angela Knight
Black Powder War, Naomi Novik

NOW I’m off to write, if my left hip will let me.

October 12th, 2006
Plogging, blogging, life and housecleaning

So I started “plogging” today over on Amazon.com, something I’ve been meaning to do for a very long time. Plogging made me think of blogging, so now I’m doing that too. Erm…plogging really IS blogging, right? Yeah…thought so.

So it’s a beautifully chilly fall day. My favorite kind. I’ve got quite a list of things to do today. I need to take our desktop computer, just returned from the Geek Squad after two weeks of them “fixing” it, back into be “fixed” again. Grrrr. I think I have to get my bitch on this time. I hate getting my bitch on.

I need to clean my house! Well, okay, I want to clean my house and, you know, even romance writers have to scrub their toilets. It’s cold outside, I have candles burning, and I’m nesting. I feel all domestic and have a yen to make chili and old fashioned chocolate cake for dinner.

Can I mention how much I love my washing machine? I can stuff our entire king-size comforter in there, which means I don’t have to schlep all the way to the laundromat and be assaulted by cute children who want to rip keys off my AlphaSmart and steal my quarters (which is exactly what happened the last time I was there).

I also plan to write at least 3k on my new proposal for Berkley Sensation. This book is the sequel to Witch Fire (releasing next summer). I’m itching to get my hands on this book and there are chores standing between me and it. Somehow I think the chores need to go bye-bye.

Witch Fire is finished and turned in. It’s the story of Mira, a witch with extraordinary magickal gifts. When a group of warlocks hunt her with the intent to steal her power, Jack, a fire witch, is sent in to be her bodyguard. You’ll have to read the book to see the kind of heat they generate.

The next book has the bland working title of “Earth Magick”. It probably won’t stay Earth Magick, but I need to call it something. I adore my characters in Witch Fire and, as Thomas and Isabelle bloom in my mind, I can tell I’m going to love them too.

So, through the course of this blog I’ve realized the Geek Squad can HANG, the house can get messier and we’re having tomato soup for dinner. My writing fingers itch. 🙂

October 10th, 2006
American Title II Fionalist — Cathy Pegau!

One of my crit partners, Cathy Pegau, recently finalled in RT’s American Title II competition with her wonderful novel Haunted!!

Watch this author because you’ll be seeing her often in the future. I can say with all assurance that her writing is delectable. To boot, she’s a witty, humble, friendly author with a great sense of humor. (Her heroes are very yummy too).

Check out her recent introductory blog post over on the Title Wave blog!

September 23rd, 2006
I Luuuurve This!!

Some of my covers in a slideshow:

September 21st, 2006
Doggie Rescue

Some friends of mine rescue neglected/abandoned/abused animals and they have some very special dogs for adoption right now. I’ve met them and I must say they are all exceptional pooches — very friendly and affectionate. I just love them all!!

They have been neglected in the past (but not abused). These days they’ve been pampered, seen to numerous times by vets, spayed/neutered, and microchipped. They’re all healthy, happy and looking for Forever Homes!

If you live in Southern Indiana, Southern Illinois, Southern Ohio, Kentucky or Tennesee and might be interested in adopting one of these dogs, email me at anyabast (at) yahoo.com and I’ll get you in touch with the proper folks. They can tell you more about each individual dog.

These dogs are looking for stable, loving homes where they will always have enough to eat, people to scratch their bellies and take them for walks. They want people who will commit to them seriously. So please don’t inquire unless you are able to give them that!!!!

The foster parents have spent a lot of money on vet care, so that part is finished. They are also willing to drive them to their new homes, though you would probably want to make the trip to visit the dogs first!

Without further ado…
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Slacker

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Raja — (this one is SUCH a love sponge)

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Pixie

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Emily

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Minnie