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Saturday, December 5th, 2009
Snippet Saturday: Secondary Characters

I do love writing secondary characters. Sometimes it gives me an opportunity to explore the hero or heroine of my next novel just a little, letting me get to know him or her before I write their story.

That was the case with Aeric O’Malley who appears as a secondary characters in my upcoming release, Wicked Enchantment. I got to know Aeric pretty well while I wrote Wicked Enchantment. It helped me gear up for Aeric’s story, Cruel Enchantment, which will release in the summer of 2010.

Here’s a short snippet from Wicked Enchantment (January 5th, 2010) with Aeric in it. Just a little taste. 🙂 I can’t post a longer snippet because I I want to avoid spoilers. This book hasn’t release yet, after all.

Excerpt from Wicked Enchantment, first book in the Dark Magick series.

When he reached the top of the winding staircase, Aeric O’Malley, one of his only friends, leaned in the doorway leading out onto the roof. He crossed his brawny arms across his chest and lifted a dark brow. “You’re late and the souls are restless. We almost left without you.”

Aeric, long ago and in another world for the fae, had been a blacksmith with an ability to forge magickal weapons that had given a whole new dimension to the battles in which they’d been wielded. These days there wasn’t much call for magicked battle weapons, though Aeric still found work here and there, making charmed restraints and the occasional illegal charmed club or sword. Now Aeric was a part of Gabriel’s host and one of his best friends.

Some called it the Furious Host, but Gabriel thought they were only mildly annoyed. Probably more so than usual since he’d been making them wait.
“I’ve been busy. I’m doing something for the Shadow King over in the Rose.” Gabriel said, reaching the door.

“The Rose?” Aeric pushed off the doorframe fell into step beside him. His longish dark blond hair was tied at the nape of his neck and he wore a pair of battered jeans, steel toed boots and a T-shirt that strained over his chest. He wasn’t a blacksmith anymore, but he still had the build of one. “What’s it like over there?”

“Boring.” Except for Aislinn. She was a spitfire. He’d tell Aeric all about it, but Aodh wanted it under wraps. “Are the rest of them here?”


“Yeah. We’ve been waiting for the last hour.” His voice came out an angry, low growl.

Emerging on to the roof he saw the rest of his host reclining on the shiny black quartz top of the tower. The mystic horses roamed aimless. There were six tonight, which meant a healthy amount of souls to reap. Abastor was Gabriel’s black quarter horse and was the only mount that appeared nightly. A headstrong horse only Gabriel could control, Abastor led the hunt. The sleek black Netherworld hounds, Blix and Taliesin, also roamed, sniffing what there was to sniff when they weren’t tracking needy souls throughout the city.

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Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009
Tempest Rising

I just finished Tempest Rising, by Nicole Peeler, and loved it!

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About Tempest Rising.

Usually it’s the characters that make or break a novel for me. They have to engage me and I need to care about what happens to them. That doesn’t necessarily mean that they have to be “nice” characters or “good” people. I’ve found gray and downright black characters to be extremely engaging in some of my favorite series (Joe Abercrombie’s The First Law series comes immediately to mind).

That said, Jane True, the heroine of Tempest Rising, is likable in a genuinely good way. She’s the kind of character I could identify with immediately. Sympathetic without being wishy washy, Jane engages you from page one and makes you care. She’s strong in a quiet, internal way and amusingly self-deprecating. That brings me to the other main thing I loved about this novel, the author’s awesome sense of humor. I laughed out loud often (sometimes every page) while reading this book, much to my husband’s dismay since I usually read late at night, in bed, while he’s sleeping. 😉

I’m really looking forward to seeing how her character evolves and grows throughout the series and can’t wait for Tracking the Tempest. There’s a definite question who Jane will end with romantically speaking–will it be the classy vamp or the reclusive, mysterious barghest? I know who I’m rooting for! Peeler has made my auto-buy list with this fast-paced, sexy read and I can’t wait to see where she takes things from here.

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009
Tech help?

Cats and computers don’t mix, as I’ve said before. Synja, my generic sweetheart of a feline knocked hot tea on my laptop last month. And last night….? She SAT on my keyboard and somehow deleted everything from my desktop. *sigh* I was able to recover most of it from my trashbin and move it into documents.

Normally I keep my “files of the moment” on my desktop for easy access, but whatever my cat did (Sigh!) made it so I can’t save anything to the desktop. This isn’t a totally critical thing. My files are all still there and I can still get to them, it’s just freaking inconvenient. I’ve done a systems restore and that didn’t work. I’ve also messed around with the settings for hidden files and folders, thinking that maybe the desktop stuff is still there on the desktop and I just can’t see it. Anyone have any suggestions for me? I’d appreciate advice. I’d rather not have to tote my laptop back down to the Geeksquad this week if I can avoid it.

Between Synja sitting on (and dumping steaming hot tea on) my laptop and Wiggle drooling all over it, it’s amazing the poor thing is still functional. Surprisingly, my three year daughter leaves it alone. Thanks for small miracles.

*deep breath*

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009
Winner of my Thanksgiving Contest!

Sorry I’m a day late in posting this, my satellite internet connection was down yesterday.

With no further ado….the winner (chosen by random drawing) is: Jessica K! She said, “I’m also thankful for TREES! and AUTHORS! because without those two very important pieces to a great book. Then again, I also love digital books. ;)”

Congrats, Jessica! Drop me an email at anyabast (at) gmail.com and we’ll organize your prize. 🙂

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009
Happy Thanksgiving!!!

I’ve been quiet lately, but for good reason! I finished JEWELED yesterday. Whew. Just in time for Thanksgiving, and I’m giving THANKS for that.

I have lots to give thanks for this year (as I do every year). I’m an incredibly lucky person and I don’t take my blessings for granted. One thing I’m thankful for is YOU, my reader. Thank you so much for supporting me, buying my books, sending me emails, and talking me up. I can’t even say how grateful I am to ALL of you!

To show my appreciation, I would like to hold a Thanksgiving Contest. Reply to this post with something you’re thankful for and I’ll give you the choice of a book from my stock (I’ll tell you the titles I have on my shelf and you can pick one). I’ll draw a winner on Monday, November 30th. This contest is open to all entrants, but is VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.

As for the ARCs of Wicked Enchantment…I had so many wonderful blogger/reviewers contact me that I wish I had about twenty more ARCs to give away than I do. In order to make it fair, I had to draw names at random. I have contacted some of you to let you know to expect ARCs, but I have NOT contacted all of you yet (my book deadline made me put everything on hold for about a week).

I also plan to dig into the twenty five million emails that have been piling up now that I have some free time. So if you’ve sent me an email lately, I’ll be getting back to you soon.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, all of you!!! If you don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, here’s to a wonderful Thursday. 🙂

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009
Looking for a Few Good Blogger/Reviewers

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I have six ARCs of Wicked Enchantment and I would like to give them to readers who have well-maintained blogs (ones that are regularly updated) to read and review. The only catch is that you agree to read and post a review of the book sometime during or before the week of January 5, 2010.

Are you one of these people? Drop me an email with your blog link and I’ll pick six. 🙂 anyabast (AT) gmail (DOT)com

Thursday, November 5th, 2009
A Contest and an Appearance

Want a chance at winning an ARC of Wicked Enchantment? Watch this book video for the novel and email me something you liked about it — anyabast(at)yahoo.com. The contest will end at 5pm(est) tomorrow (Friday, November 6th). This contest is open to all entrants, but it is VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.

Good luck!

Also, I’ll be at the Kentucky Book Fair on Saturday in Frankfort, KY. Stop on by if you can!! The date is November 7th at the Frankfort Convention Center, 405 Mero Street, Frankfort, KY. Hours are 9 to 4:30 p.m. Admission is free.

Saturday, October 31st, 2009
Snippet Saturday: Horror

Happy Halloween! Today’s excerpt for Snippet Saturday is in the spirit of the day — horror. I love writing icky, gorey, scary scenes. They’re a ton of fun. In an alternate reality I’d lay money that I’m a horror writer.

Here’s a scene from Witch Fury in which my heroine is battling one of the almost impossible to kill daaeman. Enjoy!!

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Excerpt from Witch Fury, by Anya Bast

Just as she reached the small lane that led from the main part of the land to the road, she heard a whoosh, pop, behind her. Suddenly Bai was there. He’d jumped from his last destination to here, probably figuring where she’d be headed. His face and arms were badly burned, the fabric of his shirt curled and melted. Yet she could see he was already healing.

The bastard.

He reached for her, but she swung her sword first. The tip of the blade sliced his throat. Acidic blood gushed, but it wasn’t deep enough of a cut to send him down. All it did was piss him off.

Bai stood for a moment, stunned, his hand to his throat and blood seeping between his fingers. Then he fixed his gaze on her and growled low.

Sarafina stepped back and tripped on a fallen branch. Using the tip of the sword on the ground to maintain her balance, she continued backward. Bai advanced on her, power gathering around him like dark clouds.

Daaeman magick sizzled and sparked in the space around his body. Sarafina was certain it was enough to kill her where she stood. Perhaps he’d decided she was more trouble than she was worth.

The power exploded and Sarafina dove to the side, literally leaping into the air as though she thought she could fly. She came down hard on her side and rolled away from the daaeman, coming to her feet still gripping the sword. Thank god for all the training Theo had given her.

Every square centimeter of her body ached.

She’d missed the killing blast, but Bai still leapt on her. His blood dripped onto her chest and she screamed, fighting against him. It was like trying to beat up a brick wall. She gouged his eye and that was not a brick wall–it was soft, squishy and vulnerable. Digging deep, she took advantage.

Bai yowled in pain and pushed away from her. She sprang to her feet and swung the sword, cutting deeply into his side. The daaeman roared in pain and back handed her. Sarafina went sprawling to the ground again, pain exploding through her face.

The Atrika followed her, looking as though he intended to simply rip her apart and bypass magick completely.

Seeing an opportunity to end this right now, Sarafina angled her sword upward. Bai fell heavily against the tip, his momentum driving the hilt deeper into his body than Sarafina could have ever hoped to achieve on her own.

She let go of the handle as Bai rolled away from her, the sword still deeply embedded in him. He came to a rest on his side in the deadfall. His body twitched and shuddered, low moans coming from between his thin, white lips. His blood coursed from his wounds, making a dark and smoky puddle in the dirt.

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