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Friday, March 20th, 2009
The Phantom Queen Awakes

This is beautiful cover is for The Phantom Queen Awakes, a dark fantasy anthology releasing from Morrigan Books on October 31st, 2009. All the stories feature the Morrigan (Celtic triple goddess) as a central character.

Here’s the table of contents:

Rising Tide: Ruth Shelton
Kiss of the Morrígan: Anya Bast
I Guard Your Death: Lynne Lumsden Green
Gifts of the Morrígan: Donald Jacob Uitvlugt
Cairn Dancer: C. E. Murphy
Washerwoman: Jennifer Lawrence
The Raven’s Curse: Sharon Kae Reamer
Ravens: Mari Ness
The Lass from Far Away: Katharine Kerr
The Trinket: Peter Bell
The Dying Gaul: Michael Bailey
The Children of Badb Catha: James Lecky
Plain of Pillars: L. J. Hayward
The Silver Branch: Linda Donahue
The Good and Faithful Servant: Martyn Taylor
White Heifer: T. A. Moore
She Who is Becoming: Elaine Cunningham

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009
New Cover and a Possible Contest

Hoooooly hotness. I want this guy for Christmas. My husband wouldn’t mind, right?

This is the cover for the late September, 2009 release of Hot for the Holidays. My story is titled Sweet Enchantment and will kick off (though will be a stand alone) a new series I’m writing for Berkley Sensation.

As soon as I get Wicked Enchantment sent in to my editor (I’m soooooo close), I’ll talk a little more about this new series. Right now I feel like I’d be jinxing myself. Who, me? Superstitious? Yeah, a little bit.

Also…it’s almost May, which means it’s almost time for the release of this book. I have an idea brewing in my head for a BIG contest, something along the lines of the month long affair that I did for The Chosen Sin. My idea is still unformed at the moment, but I need to form it quick ’cause time’s a-wasting.

Tell me, please. What sort of contests do you like best? What kind of prizes do you like the best? Books, of course, I’m sure. How about GCs? To bookstores or another type of store? An iPod Touch? An ebook reader? I dunno…give me a place to start. I think my brain is deadline-fried at the moment.

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009
Things that suck your brain

Cross-posted from The Bradford Bunch.

Things that suck your brain = things that are frivolous and a time suck. Stuff you just can’t look away from.

Twitter sucks my brain pretty frequently these days. You know how some social networking apps you take to and others you really just don’t? I have taken to Twitter. At least, for now. Myspace and Facebook are not sites I took to easily, although I interact on both because I have readers who communicate with me through them.

For personal use, I like Twitter and Livejournal the best. I spend a lot of time on each.

I think I know why. Unlike Myspace and Facebook, Twitter and Livejournal allow me to talk to others the easiest and the best. People post ideas or anecdotes and I can respond to them as well as post my own. It’s very interactive that way. You can do that on Myspace and Facebook too, but it requires a bit more effort. Myspace and Facebook are more a static type of application. Myspace more so than Facebook. People have to make a point to go to your page to talk to you, or you have to make a point to go to theirs. With Twitter and Livejournal it’s all right there, all the time, no special effort required.

What social networking apps do you like the best and why?

Other things that suck my brain these days….The Celebrity Apprentice. I know, I know. *hangs head in shame* I love watching the train wreck that is this show. I mean, it’s irresistible. Get a bunch of B list celebrities together, separate them into teams and make them compete in tasks that require things like teamwork and a suppression of their egos. It’s like crack.

And Survivor. I probably shouldn’t admit that I’m a Survivor fan from waaaay back. In fact, I’ve never missed a season. I think it appeals to the psychologist-I-would’ve-been if I hadn’t pursued writing. I love watching all those personalities interact. It’s fascinating. Knowing, of course, the show has been edited in a way to slant things for ratings. Still, I love it.

Other shows that suck my brain are Dancing with the Stars and Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. If either of these are on, I’m snagged and my eyeballs are glued to the TV. It’s really very sad.

So, tell me, what sucks your brain?

Monday, March 16th, 2009
Spring into Writing Kentucky Romance Writers Workshops

Hi all — Are any of you in the Lexington, Kentucky area? If so, you might be interested in this, a booksigning and day of workshops coming up soon. Here’s the official web site, but I pasted the details below. 🙂

AUTHOR SIGNING

Date: Friday, March 27, 2009, 6:00-8:00 PM:
Location: Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 1932 Pavilion Way, Lexington, KY (I-75 & Man O’War)

AUTHORS ATTENDING
Jan Scarbrough
Maddie James
Magdalena Scott
Sheryl Brennan
Sloan Seymour
Teresa Reasor
Tracy Preston
Sophia Danu
Anya Bast
Tia Fanning
Renee Vincent

Dinner afterwards at Malones beginning at 8:30 p.m.
1920 Pleasant Ridge Drive, Lexington, KY (I-75 & Man O War)
Informal Discussion on craft issues

Spring into Writing Kentucky Romance Writers Workshops

Date: Saturday, March 28, 2009, 9:00 AM – 5:00
LOCATION: Hyatt Place
Cost $20 for Members / $30 for non-members

9:00-1:00 PM
RITA winner and editor ALICIA RASLEY
Channeling Your Characters for a Dramatic Plot with the Story Journey

Break

1:45 – 2: 30
TERESA REASOR on Story Boarding: A story board is an aid used to help the writer visualize the different elements of their plot. It can be used to insure the character arcs are realized, the turning points in character development are reached, and can also be used to maintain forward momentum of the plot. With the use of brainstorming, post-it notes, and colored markers, you can plot an entire novel and tie up all your loose ends and insure your plot doesn’t falter.

2:30-3:15
MADDIE JAMES on Writing Dialogue: Dialogue
That Fits. One good piece of advice about writing dialogue is to write like you talk. That’s great if the character is you, but how often is the character in your book YOU? Maddie takes some of our favorite dialogue exchanges from books, movies and life, and analyzes for tips for your own writing.

Break

3:30-4:15
ANYA BAST on Moving from E-Pub to Print: National bestselling author Anya Bast discusses moving from epublishing to mass market print publishing and the differences and the similarities between the two.

4:15-5:00

LEIGH COLLETT Owner of Resplendence Publishing:
Brief overview of the e-industry (i.e. how it differs from NY in print practices/and e-sales) as well as, market trends and the “do’s and don’ts” of submissions and queries. Leigh will be available for pitches. Contact Kathy Logan (859) 229-9737 or
klogan@insightbb.com to schedule an appointment.

HOST HOTEL: Hyatt Place, 2001 Bryant Road, Lexington, KY
I-75 & Man O War
(859) 296-0091 – call for reservations and mention the KYRW Workshop Rate if you want to spend Friday night

Saturday, March 14th, 2009
Blame Ann Aguirre.

It’s all her fault.

Holy Snapping Duck Do! I just had a cup of tea and realised I have not updated this since Hammertime was in the charts… You would not believe that I’d been abducted by aliens. Apologies to my regular readers! Even the little blue ones!.

I am so busy with setting fire to people wearing Crocs, homeschooling five children, just generally being a biatch to the servants, my day is full to bursting from the second I am woken by murderous Teletubbies to 11pm at which point I fall asleep on the couch. I am not complaining though. it will be fun fun fun till they take my TBird away.

I make a solemn vow I will make more of an effort to blog more often. What? I mean it!.

Made with The Lazy Bloggers Post Generator.

Monday, March 9th, 2009
Updatednessish

Yep, I’m still quiet. I’ve been busy working toward the deadline for Wicked Enchantment at the end of the month. Also? I’ve been busy being sick. *lip curl* In the last two and a half weeks I’ve gone from sick to almost okay to okay (for a day) to SIIIIIIICK. Now I’m on the mend again, but I’m day two of almost no voice. An event that’s probably making my husband pretty happy. 😉

So here is a clearing house blog post of sorts of a couple interesting things around the net and some reviews. I have nothing interesting to say on my behalf unless you want me to either cough in your face or walk around in a zombie-like daze of deadline brain in front of you. It ain’t pretty, guys, it just ain’t.

Or I could tell you all about the super weirdo cold med induced dreams I’ve been having… nah. Let’s hear about some contests and stuff.

Hie thee to Bitten by Books for a contest they are doing on author team Moira Roger’s behalf to a win an iPod Touch. (too cool)

Don’t forget to check out Barbara Vey’s second birthday bash at Beyond Her Book. They’ll be giving away prizes all week, I think.

And here are a few reviews I’ve received lately, too.

For Witch Heart:

Lyda at Bitten by Books says, “Anya Bast uses words like Monet used paint. It‘s vibrant. It’s alive. Readers will be able to see the story come to life as it just leaps out of the pages.”

Anthonette Dotson at Romance Reviews Today says “Ms. Bast has done a fine job of delivering an equal mixture of action and love that will quench even the most selective reader’s thirsts. I highly recommend WITCH HEART to paranormal romance lovers everywhere.”

For Taken (still in the top five at My Bookstore and More over a month after release!):

Mickey at You Gotta Read says, “Ms. Bast is at her best writing erotic fiction, combining her gift for penning steamy love scenes with crisp and snappy dialogue. The book is interesting and engaging, only Anya Bast could and would envision an alien kidnapping and somehow make it thrilling, exciting and sensuous all at the same time.”

Chrissy at Romance Junkies says, “Anya Bast’s TAKEN delivers on all those ‘out of this world’ fantasies woman possess… I was expecting a fun read when I selected this story but in no way did I anticipate the emotional impact it’d have. Caleb, Van and Anne are a trio that truly capture the imagination and leave you salivating for more.”

Monday, March 2nd, 2009
Mammoth Book of Paranormal Romance

It’s out already in the UK. The US release day is March 3rd, but it’s already shipping from Amazon.com. I contacted the editor and she was kind enough to send me the table of contents.

THE TEMPTATION OF ROBIN GREEN by Carrie Vaughn
SUCCUBUS SEDUCTION by Cheyenne McCray
PARANORMAL ROMANCE BLUES by Kelley Armstrong
JOHN DOE by Anna Windsor
TAKING HOLD by Anya Bast
HOW TO DATE A SUPERHERO by jean Johnson
DANIEL by CT Adams and Cathy Clamp
LIGHT THROUGH FOG by Holly Lisle
THE TUESDAY ENCHANTRESS by Mary Jo Putney
TRINITY BLUE by Eve Silver
GRACE OF SMALL MAGICS by Ilona Andrews
ONCE A DEMON by Dina James
NIGHT VISION by Maria V. Snyder
PELE’S TEARS by Catherine Mulvaney
PACK by Jeaniene Frost
WHEN GARGOYLES FLY by Lori Devoti
THE LIGHTHOUSE KEEPER AND HIS WIFE by Sara Mackenzie
BLOOD SONG by Lynda Hilburn
THE PRINCESS AND THE PEAS by Alyssa Day
AT SECOND BITE by Michelle Rowen
BLUE CRUSH by Rachel Caine
THE WAGER by Sherrilyn Kenyon
IN SHEEP’S CLOTHING by Meljean Brook
THE DREAM CATCHER by Allyson James

Not a bad line up, huh?

My story is called Taking Hold and here’s a little except for you.

Lily screamed. Plummeted. Frigid water closed over her head, stole her breath and heartbeat. She went motionless with shock for a moment before terror set her limbs to thrashing. Panic jolted through her veins. She couldn’t even think. The cold stole everything away.

Weight. Dragging her under.

She struggled to lose her pack, then pushed up. Her head breached the surface and she took a ragged gulp of air, her lungs and major organs burning, burning.

Under again. Heavy coat pulling her down.

Quiet. So cold that the shock leached from her body, leaving numbness behind. The numbness was nice, almost warm. Silence. Stillness.

Floating. Would it be so bad just to let go?

Hands grasped her arms and yanked her up, the sweet tranquility broken by a cold wind. She ate air in small razor-sharp bites. The strong grip pulled her over the ice lip of the pool, dragged her across the frozen surface of the lake. Above her she saw only white. Her teeth chattered so hard, for sure she’d break them.

A face entered her line of sight. Eyes as light and icy as the frozen water. Face as jagged and hard. His mouth moved but she heard nothing.

Then she saw nothing.

Thursday, February 26th, 2009
Hot for the Holidays

The Hot for the Holidays anthology recently went up for pre-order on Amazon.com and at other outlets, so I feel like I can finally talk a little about my novella. This anthology of stories will feature Lora Leigh, Angela Knight, Allyson James and me.

My offering is titled Sweet Enchantment and will kick off what I hope will be a new paranormal romance series. (Don’t worry, you won’t need to read this novella to understand the rest of the series. They will all be stand alone.) It’s fae-based and I drew the worldbuilding for the series largely from Irish myth and legend, weaving in fae myth and legend from other countries. It’s contemporary set and the myth/legend I drew from is twisted in the way only my brain can twist things (which is pretty damn…well, you get the picture).

For years Ronan Quinn has loved Bella, knowing he could never have her. Uncaring of his own life if Bella is not in it, he agrees to do something that will guarantee his death–pull a burglary job for the Phaendir, a group of druids responsible for the downfall and imprisonment of the fae races in the modern world. Once he’s imprisoned and awaiting execution, Bella appeals to the fae queen to save him, letting Ronan know Bella still carries a spark of emotion for him.

Ronan will do anything to fan that spark to a raging inferno, and nothing will stop him. Not prison, not the possession of the powerful artifact he stole, not the Phaendir, not even the powerful Summer Queen who wants his head to roll.

This anthology will release September 29, 2009.