Tuesday, August 14, 2018
Monday, August 13, 2018
Tuesday, August 7, 2018
Today is a bittersweet release day: Kindling the Darkness is the last in my Sisters in Sin series from Harlequin Nocturne, which closed in early 2017. The three half sisters of the Carlisles—Laurel, Rowan, and Rosemary—were destined to take things to their conclusion—and possibly change the world. Maybe at some point in the future, I’ll decide to revisit their stories, but for now, I’m happy to have the series finale tell the story of Lucy Smok—twin sister of Lucien Smok, aka the Prince of Darkness.
From a young age, she’s had to take on too much responsibility, taking the brunt of her father’s authoritarian abuse while Lucien played the irresponsible rake. At only 25, already having spent years managing the family’s paranormal consulting business and now the head of Smok Pharmaceutical in the wake of her father’s death, she finds it impossible to make human connections. Lucy is used to having one-night stands for practicality’s sake—scratch the itch when it’s needed so she can get back to concentrating on business. Feeling betrayed by her father and abandoned by her mother—and left holding the bag when Lucien descended to Hell’s throne—she’s resorted to dangerous coping mechanisms, including projecting a cold, caustic personality. Her one pleasure is hunting down Hell’s escapees—and choosing her favorite gun to do it. Frankly, she’s a mess. And I can totally relate to her.
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Jane Kindred is the author of the Harlequin Nocturne series, Sisters in Sin, and the epic fantasy series The House of Arkhangel’sk, Demons of Elysium, and Looking Glass Gods. She spent her formative years ruining her eyes reading romance novels in the Tucson sun and watching Star Trek marathons in the dark. She now writes to the sound of San Francisco foghorns while two cats slowly but surely edge her off the side of the bed.
Saturday, August 4, 2018
The Man Behind the Typewriter
The Heart of a Writer
It looked like an ordinary room to most, but I knew that it held the heart of the writer where Ernest Hemingway sprinkled secrets of his life between the pages that were only known to him alone.
What We Leave Behind
What Do You Hope People Will Say About You?
Thursday, August 2, 2018
- Are you a good witch or a bad witch? Compare your sign of the Zodiac with my Zoraida Grey characters. Go to my Witchmageddon Page to see all the links.
- Enter to win a unique handmade birthstone pendant, signed print copies of ZG1 AND ZG2, e-copies of Zg1 and 2, Tarot Readings by yours truly, a bundle of books by award winning authors. Entry Form Below.
- Get Zoraida Grey and the Voodoo Queen for a reduced price for a limited time.
- 99¢ SALE on the first book in the series, Zoraida Grey and the Family Stones, until AUGUST 3. Go HERE to grab your 99¢ copy.
This week is the big book launch of Zoraida Grey and the Voodoo Queen. As the second book in the series, I think it’s pretty good but it was a witch to write. My publisher wants all books to stand alone so I had to sum up book 1 in the beginning without being too boring and leave the ending open-- since there is one more book to come—but not too open.
I packed it as full of adventure and a specific quest for the main character to complete within the confines of the one book as possible. It still ends with a cliffhanger some readers may not like. Personally, I love books that end on cliffhangers—as long as the next book is coming soon. Heck, I’ve waited years for the next Outlander book and the wait does not spoil the enjoyment in any way.
As it happens, I have the last book in the series nearly ready to go to the editor, so I hope to have the series complete and published by late 2018 or early 2019. In the middle of fall, I have an anthology of short stories about the Zoraida Grey characters to while away time between big book launches. Then I’ll be on to something else—several stand-alone books before I start a new series, I think.
While I’m anxious to start something new, I’m going to miss these characters. I’ve spent the last three years getting to know them. I already feel as if I’ve just wished bon voyage to one of my kids.
Tell me your stand on cliffhanger endings. Are you for ‘em or agin ‘em?
Here is the blurb and a little excerpt from Zoraida Grey and the Voodoo Queen. Don't forget to scroll down to enter the Witchmageddon Giveaway.
Magic may save Zoraida’s skin, but what about her heart?
Zoraida Grey needs help. With the witchy Logan clan holding her best friend hostage in a haunted Scottish castle, she can’t trust anyone—certainly not beguiling but dangerous Shea Logan. And Al, her overprotective boyfriend, doesn’t believe in magic.
Only one creature strikes fear in the blackened hearts of the Logan witches. Trouble is Jock disappeared five centuries ago leaving a trail of destruction across the Gulf of Mexico. Now he’s stepped into a steaming pile of Voodoo.
Can Zoraida drag wayward Jock back to Scotland? And what’s she supposed to do with two men who promise completely different futures?
A Scottish wizard, stripped naked and painted blue—a Voodoo priestess bent on immortality—a yacht-load of Caribbean pirates. What can possibly go wrong?
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Sun-bleached gravel crunches as we step from the soft bracken of the path onto the rocky river bank. Translucent waves of heat rise from the simmering sand. A cobalt blue sky and looming gray bluffs reflect in the rippling, slow moving stream. From his perch on a locust tree beside the stream, a kingfisher surveys us with a bright black eye. Shea kneels by the stream’s edge, splashing his neck and arms.
Eddies in the stream play with leaves and twigs, swirling around stones and water lilies. I jog past Shea and wade straight out into the creek, clothes and all. My hair billows into a wispy cloud as I sink through the spring-cold waters toward the rocky streambed. If only the current could wash away the damned fog that settled over me as soon as I caught sight of Castle Logan—or was it when I caught sight of Shea Logan? But the cold water can’t perform miracles. My lungs scream for air, and I resurface no better off than before.
Shea crouches on the creek bank like a woodland satyr—Pan himself, maybe. He squeezes water from his black hair and shakes it loose against the dusky skin of his shoulders. The hint of a smile tugs the corners of his lips, and I lapse into a dream of kissing them until they are swollen. But Zhu’s life depends on what I do next, and Shea Logan remains an unknown quantity.
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Sorchia Dubois writes paranormal romance and mysteries from her upstairs office overlooking a piney Ozarks woods.
Her books delve into the occult—reincarnation, psychic powers, mysticism, ancient cultures, and good old fashioned “ghosties and ghoulies and long-legged beasties and things that go bump in the night.”
A proud member of the Ross clan, Sorchia incorporates all things Celtic (especially Scottish) into her works. She an often be found swilling Scotch at Scottish events. Online, you can find her at www.SorchiaDuBois.com.
Tuesday, July 31, 2018
Monday, July 30, 2018
That's it. Not even international Amazon users could buy it. It was a sad time for many of my readers.
But then, glory be! Amazon decided to close Kindle Worlds and give authors the rights to their books back!
What does that mean? It means Made for Her, my vampire romance set in S.E. Smith's Magic, New Mexico, isn't just for Amazon US anymore. If you use B&N, iTunes, Kobo, or Amazon International, you can finally buy a copy of this book.
And, bonus, the print copy will be be available in time for the holidays (or sooner, if I can swing it.)
But wait! There's more! Many other Magic, NM series books also re-released and are available wide. Yay! <tosses confetti>
Here's da info, my peeps:
Donnie McAllister’s dream job turns into a nightmare when she discovers her boss isn’t as human as he seems. Racing against time to return a legendary dagger to the land of the Fae, she must rely on a dangerously sexy vampire to navigate a world she never knew existed. Because if she doesn’t deliver, it’ll cost Donnie her life and leave the ancient weapon of untold power in the hands of her corrupt, venomous boss.
Four hundred years ago one man destroyed everyone vampire Mikhail Cherneski held dear. Now his nemesis is after Donnie, the human woman whose blood calls to Mikhail like no other. For she means more to him than a simple snack to satisfy his despicable eternal thirst. When Mikhail comes face-to-face with his enemy, he must risk his immortal life or watch Donnie suffer the same fate as his family.
Another bewitching story from Magic, New Mexico.
Saturday, July 28, 2018
Friday, July 27, 2018
Wednesday, July 25, 2018
It would be nice if the creative process was predicable and on command. You’d sit down at the keyboard and there it would be, just pouring from your poetic soul onto the page. Yeah, right. How often does that happen? Writing is mostly hard work, herding those slippery, evasive words into an intelligible format one sentence at a time - kinda like cat wrangling. But ideas, those little buggers, can pop up at any time, lightning across the blank heavens of your thoughts, blinding, illuminating, and gone in a flash.
How to catch them before the sizzle fades, that’s the trick. The biggest trick of our stock and trade as writers.
We all remember exactly what we were doing at some momentous event in our life time. The impressions are still as rich and fresh as they were then. Why can’t inspiration be like that, instead of that spark that fires and fades before we can capture it?
"Be prepared!" That all inclusive Scouting motto serves a writer well. Expect the unexpected. If you get those bolts from the blue at a particular (and inconvenient) time, be ready with that Mason jar to trap them while the light’s still bright. When you’re in bed? Keep a flashlight and a notepad on your night stand. In the car? Use the record app on your phone or keep a small notepad in your console to make notes – at the next stop light! At the kids’ events? Again, carry a notepad with you - At All Times! Or send yourself an e-mail or text message (again, NOT while behind the wheel of a moving vehicle!) so you can refresh your memory later.
Post-It notes are my best friend! They’re my Mason jar of ideas, bits of dialog, topics for that next pesky blog post. And they come in great colors to excite my OCD/ADD soul. The inside of my purse looks like a murder board, with bits and pieces stuck all over it. They’re small, light, re-stickable and your new bestest ever inspirational friend. When plotting, I’ll use the inside of a file folder and begin sticking Post-Its with scenes, characters or dialog along a timeline (you can use a color for each - if you're REALLY OCD!). Nothing fancy and completely portable, giving a visual overview of your mental process as it's ticking happily along. Just tack additions in, move them down the timeline, make adjustments wherever and whenever necessary.
My "favorite" place to get inspired is in the car on the way to work in the morning, during the long open stretches along MSU farmlands from Lansing to Okemos. Peaceful, quiet (except for my CD songtrack for the current WIP) and just enough coffee to stir the ole brain pan. Yesterday, I was driving in, bemoaning the end of the last book in my four-book House of Terriot series that will lead to the last in my 10-book By Moonlight series. Ten years of my life. What to do next . . . I didn’t want to leave these vivid characters behind . . . and there it was. That sudden bolt from beyond, whispering, “Next generation YA/NA . . .” Needless to say, I was scribbling like mad when I got into the office, even before I turned on all the lights! Those Post-Its are in my purse as I type.
And just in case you're in the mood for a little escape from the barrage of work thoughts, let me offer a getaway . . . the rerelease of my w/a Dana Ransom contemporary, TOTALLY YOURS, is on sale for just $0.99 until month's end. A vacation for the mind if the body and bank account can't afford to take one.