Archive for the 'Contests' Category

Wednesday, February 27th, 2008
Book Blogging and a Contest! (because I’m all about the contests lately)

I’m peeking my head up from Deadline Hell to talk a little bit about some recent books I’ve had in my TBR pile. I feel like I’ve been talking about Witch Blood non-stop. Oy. It’s time to talk about other people’s books for a change.

Meet Sirantha Jax, a woman with the rare ability to “jump” ships through Grimspace. Unfortunately this little skill just might get her killed. This is a gritty story, laced with action, adventure and a little bit of romance. It’s one of those books that make you stay up waaaaaay too late so you can finish it. Jax is complicated and layered, emotional and snarky as all hell.

I loved this book and Jax too!

Isn’t that a fantastic cover? Christine Clavel is just an astounding cover artist. *sigh*

Okay, now for something completely different. This is A Spell for Susannah, a fantasy romance from Samhain Publishing. I pronounce it SOW-WAYNE, how do you pronounce it? Now, make no mistake, the author is a friend of mine. In fact, I critiqued this book a long time ago when it had a different title. I also love this author’s writing regardless of our friendship. Jody Wallace is a skilled, polished and very talented writer.

Meet Susannah in this twist on the tale of the twelve dancing princesses. She’s discovered a secret castle filled to the brim with dancing princes. In a kingdom where the nobles have been cursed to only bear female children, this is quite a surprise. She and her sisters enjoy this delicious secret to the fullest up until Susannah’s parents hire Jon Tom, a detective, to unravel Susannah’s wily ways and discover what their offspring have been up to.

I’m liking this new Nocture line. One of the books I’ve picked up is Scions Resurrection, by Patrice Michelle. I know Patrice’s books from Ellora’s Cave. They’re hot and have a lot of heart. They’re action-packed and written in a way that allows you to clearly see the plot unfold in your mind’s eye–kind of like a movie in your head. Scions Resurrection is no exception.

Ariel, the heroine, is an author of vampire fiction. Too bad vampires are real and it’s caused their eye to be drawn to her…. I found this to be a wonderful and engaging book that let me slip into its world for a time.

And another about face. This one’s horroresque. I’ve been a fan of Adrienne Jones for a while. The Hoax was awesome. Gyspies is irreverent and humorous, the story of Joe, an aging punk rocker, who has a time demon living in a calendar on his wall. The demon is pressing him to honor a suicide pact he made with his former bandmates. They’re all supposed to kill themselves on their fortieth birthday. In order to save his life, Joe is going to have to face something even more horrifying than the demon in the calendar…himself.

I read this book in one afternoon. Joe caught me up from page one and didn’t let me go. Definitely a great way to spend some reading time.

Here, have some genre whiplash.

At least this cover is better than the one on my version, which is really, reeeeaaaaallllly clinchly. The title too. Oy. Lord of Scoundrels. But I’m telling you that this is one of the best romances I’ve ever read. It’s a classic of the genre and I’d heard of it so often and in such glowing terms that I finally bought it, even though I’m not a big reader of non-paranormal fiction.

Oh. My. God. All the praise? Totally warranted.

This book is a twist on the tale of the beauty and the beast. The characters just fly off the page and I completely want the heroine to be my best friend. She rocks like crazy. If you love romance, (I don’t care what your preferred sub-genre may be), read this book.

Okay, here’s the contest (one of a couple I’ll be running here within the week). What have you read lately or what are you planning to read? Just talk about your current reading/TRB list a bit and you’ll be entered in a contest to win your choice of one of the above novels. This contest/blog will be posted a couple different places and all entrants will be compiled for the drawing. Contest ends on Wednesday, March 5th.

Sound cool? Fire away.

Thursday, February 14th, 2008

The winner of the Witch Blood ARC, bath goodies and chocolate is SWEET! Congrats, Sweet. The winner was drawn by random drawing, but I really did love your quote.

Witch Blood -- March 4, 2008

I loved SO many of them. I’m a huge Buffy and Firefly fan. It was was great to see lots of quotes from those shows. There were lots and lots of Princess Bride quotes too.

Thanks so much for playing, all!

Wednesday, January 30th, 2008
Witch Blood ARC Contest!

I have one ARC of Witch Blood left. I will give it away, along with a selection of bath goodies and chocolates, to one lucky winner!

A water witch, Isabelle Novak has always led a chaotic, nomadic existence. But her life spins out of control when her sister—her only friend and emotional anchor—is killed by a demon. Driven by grief and a desire for revenge, she turns her back on the Coven and the rede they hold sacred: Harm thee none…

When Isabelle first encounters Thomas Monahan, she’s running on pure rage and sorrow, channeling her pain into power—and trying to freeze the life out of a warlock she holds responsible for her sister’s death. Together, they form an uneasy alliance to hunt and destroy a demon of tremendous power. As head of the Coven, earth witch Thomas must thwart Isabelle’s dark impulses, but his very presence stirs deeper desires she never knew she had…

Have a copy of Witch Blood before anyone else! Here’s your chance.


Witch Blood ARC, bath goodies, candy…not bad, right?

All you have to do is reply to this blog and you’ll be entered in a drawing. I’ll announce the winner on Thursday, February 14th — Valentine’s Day.

If you read this blog, you’ve probably read about my love of movie quotes. So…give me some! In the comments section, please share with me your favorite quote from a movie or TV program. If you don’t watch movies or TV (really?), share your favorite quote no matter the source.

I’m looking forward to reading them!

Note: Please make sure you leave your email address, so I can get in touch with you if you win. Only one entry per person, please. This contest is open to non-US entrants. Enter away!

Saturday, January 12th, 2008
A contest and a chat!

I’m always struck at how on some days I am only able to write 500 words and some days I can write 5k. Yesterday was a good day, I wrote about 3k. Since I have deadlines looming, that’s a positive thing. I am well over halfway done with Witch Heart and I’m in that place where things are zipping along because I’m gathering momentum toward the climax. It’s a good place to be.

We just had some renovations done to our living room. In the process, we had to move the BAJILLION books I own. I’m actually not much of a pack rat, so I’ve decided to get rid of over half my books to make the house a bit lighter. I’m giving most of them away to the local women’s shelter, but I definitely have some to spare for a contest or two. I have everything from Linda Howard to Kresley Cole to Jacquelyn Carey. SO…I can’t guarantee what books you’ll get, but if you leave a comment you’ll be entered to win a mail sack full of used paperbacks. Kind of like a readerly grab bag. You can comment about anything you want, from what you’re doing this weekend, to what you’re reading right now, to whether or not YOU’RE a pack rat. 😉

I just sent out a bunch of stuff, btw, so if you’re waiting on a prize from me it’ll probably be there within the next couple days.

Lastly, Jacquelyn Frank is holding a day-long party today to celebrate the release of Elijah and I’m hosting from 12-1pm (eastern). If you can, stop on by and say hi! I’ll be doing some contests for prizes and stuff. The chat room is HERE.

Friday, December 7th, 2007
Friday Morning & A Contest

I’m running a blogwarming contest over on Maverick Authors until the first of the year. You can win books from Lauren Dane, Megan Hart and me. Go on over to the entry titled Blogwarming Contest and enter! It’s super easy. All you have to do is talk about books.

It’s early on Friday morning and I’m up having some coffee and worrying about my husband driving on icy country roads. My daughter’s occupational therapist will arrive in a couple hours and I need to clean my house! It’s a mess. See, right now, I have Book Brain. Like I wrote about in a previous blog post, it’s when the novel takes over and I can’t really think straight anymore. Cleaning? Bwahaha! Ain’t happening when I have Book Brain.

What’s good about having Book Brain right now is that I’m entering the middle section of Witch Heart. The middle is always the hardest part of the book for me to write. I have my strategies to get through it, and I usually revise the hell out of it before I write the end. But, still, the Dreaded Middle. Ugh. However, the pacing of this book is so that entering the middle isn’t that bad. So Book Brain right now is a very good thing. Hopefully it will carry me over the hump of the middle and start me down the slope toward the conclusion.

Last night I wrote about 2k on Witch Heart. That’s actually pretty good for me in one sitting. I also wrote 2k on a sooper seekrit story I don’t want to say anything about. So, 4k for the whole day. Not bad.

This morning I’m itching to get started on Witch Heart again. I have all kinds of things to write and I can’t wait. But, life, you know. She gets in the way.

Saturday, February 17th, 2007
And the winner is…..

The winner of my V Day contest is Caity_Mack!

Thanks to all who entered and I hope you had a lurrvely Valentine’s Day.