Friday, November 30, 2012

Virtual book tour - halfway mark!

Here are the links to my book tour stops for the last two days!

Thursday's Blog:
Realmantic Moments

Friday's Blog:
Black Velvet Seductions

Be sure to follow along to be able to read the first two chapters of Dracula's Desire. :)

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

The Next Big Thing! (Week Twenty-six)

This is Lori. Isn't she cool?
Last week, I was asked by my fellow eKensington author, Lori Sjoberg, (visit her here), to participate in the Next Big Thing blog game.

Rule 1: Answer these ten questions about your current work in progress on your blog. 
 So here we go!

1- What is the working title of your book?

Dracula Unleashed

    2- Where did the idea come from for the book?
In Dracula’s Secret and Dracula’s Desires (the two previous novels),  I know that I had to have my heroine face  her past one last time before she could truly relax and be happy with her two male partners and her new baby.

    3- What genre does your book fall under?
Paranormal romance

    4- Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Daniel Craig for Lance Soleil, a non-sexist Dean Martin for John Janté,  a dark haired Lucy Lawless for Valerie
Hello, Mr. Good Guy!

    5- What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
There are no parenting books for vampires.

    6- Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
This book will be published by eKensington and released in March of 2013.

    7- How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
I had five months to write the entire story.

    8- What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Emma Holly’s vympr series combined with Laurell K. Hamilton’s Merry Gentry

    9- Who or What inspired you to write this book?
My characters,  John, Lance, and Valerie, were all very clear that they had more to say.

    10- What else about your book might pique the reader's interest?
Hot, uninhibited sex, heroes who want to save the world, redemption, and quite possibly the most confused mother on the planet.

Now, there was a Rule 2: Tag five other authors to play and link.

Well, due to life constraints, I wasn't able to tag five other authors.  (Sorry Lori! I suck). However, I was so inspired by this blog game, that I emailed my female friends who make a living in the arts (not just writing), and we will be playing a variation of this game next week.

Entrants include:
Nancy Crampton-Brophy, Indie Book Author
Saqra, Master Belly Dancer
Kim Sakkara, Clothing Designer
Jessa Slade, Author of the amazing Marked Souls series.
Grace Constantine, Belly Dance Instructor


Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Day Two of the Virtual Book Tour

The countdown begins - today is day two of fourteen for my book excerpt blog tour.

Today, it is over at the Night Sky, Dark Star blog. Come on over to read another teasing bit of Dracula's Desires. :)

Click HERE to read.

And don't forget, if you comment, you will be entered in a chance to win a one of kind, hand painted fan (to keep cool when reading the book).

Monday, November 26, 2012

Virtual book tour

Part of being an e-published author is the difficulty in doing a traditional book tour. Instead, I will do a virtual book tour.

In this tour, you'll be able to read the first three chapters of Dracula's Desires (here) in daily installments over the next two weeks.

I am also giving away one of my handpainted fans as part of this tour.


Get Set...

Click here! 

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Quote of the Day

Wise advice from The Charming Man:

"Don't drink and brachiate."

(for those who haven't had their coffee yet, the definition of brachiation can be found here)

Dracula's Secret

Dracula's Desires

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

It's my birthday, and I'm giving away a gift!

I have a pretty big wrist and it fits me.

 Ok, so you have to turn your head sideways to see it, but this is a fabulous bracelet made of a classic skulls and flames motif.

I'll pick a random commenter here at my blog!

Detail of those bad-ass skulls.

Dracula's Secret, Book One of the Blood Wings series can be bought here.

Dracula's Desires, Book Two of the Blood Wings series can be bought here.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

The Saga of the Backyard.

The Charming Man and I never spent much time in our backyard, even though we had an enormous deck and a plethora of shady trees. It was always full of unpleasant insects and lacked any privacy.

This summer, we decided to renovate the back yard as a memorial to my beloved Grandmother. On the hottest day of August, some of the Charming Man's co-workers were kind enough to come help rip up part of the deck. Now the rest of it is gone and we are beginning on the journey to construction.

Here are pictures of what our back yard looks like now- your basic mud pit, but full of promise.

Soon it will be a Middle Eastern style retreat.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Overheard in the Charming-Mercury household:

Me to The Charming Man: "I know you are a keyboard slut. And I'm ok with it."

Thursday, November 8, 2012

The Ultimate Muse

Happy Birthday, Bram Stoker!
Thank you for a wonderful book that has inspired so many. My passionate Valerie would not exist without you.