Sunday, June 29, 2008

Blogging Today at Writers At Play!

I'm blogging today at WRITERS AT PLAY about a few "behind the scenes" tidbits regarding my latest release, A Match Made In Hell.

Stop by and tell me a "behind the scenes" fact about yourself for a chance to win one of two free copies that I'll be giving away!

Saturday, June 28, 2008

E-Readers: The Future Is Now

Any Star Trek fans out there? *Terri unashamedly raises her hand* (It has nothing to do with my crushes on Mr. Spock, Captain James T. Kirk, Ensign Chekov or Jean-Luc Picard, I swear!)

It was all about the technology (that's my story and I'm stickin' to it). Remember how Mr. Spock always had a book-sized computer in his hand, that told him everything he needed to know at the touch of a button? How some attractive young female ensign was always bringing Captain Kirk an electronic pad that required his electronic signature? The idea that so much information and data could be encapsulated into something that small was simply mind-boggling, and yet here we are, in the new millenium.

This is a picture of a Sony E-Reader, and those that have them claim they've revolutioned the reading world. There's more than one version of them: Amazon Kindles, Palm Handhelds, Toshiba Pockets, and more. For $299 to $399, you can download books instantly into these devices - up to 200 paperbacks can be stored at one time! Certainly cuts down on the need for shelf space! If you're traveling, and you find the book you're reading on the plane to be a stinker, you can just switch to another! E-book downloads are pretty much standard on Amazon now (including my own titles).

My agent and editor tell me that Sony E-readers have changed their lives - no more bulky manuscripts to lug back and forth on the subway, on trips, etc. Which is why I was particularly tickled to get a phone call the other day from my agent, telling me that Sony and HarperCollins have decided to join forces in a promo effort in which my books are involved! Yay!

At the Romance Writers of America's annual convention next month, Sony will be giving away 250 FREE E-Readers (not sure of the details, but I think involves drawings). Each E-Reader will come with "bundles" of three books. The winner of the E-Reader will get to choose between a bundle of three historical romances, a bundle of three paranormal romances, or a "mixed genre" bundle.

Guess who's book is in the "mixed genre" bundle? Yep, my newest release A Match Made In Hell will come pre-loaded onto a Sony E-Reader. I'm pretty tickled to be included in the "mixed genre" bundle, because that'll expose my writing to people who might not otherwise pick up a paranormal romance.

Now if only that adorably pointy-eared Mr. Spock came with the deal. *sigh*

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

A Match Made In Hell is in stores now!

Woo-hoo! My new book is officially released today!

A Match Made In Hell is the sequel to last year's Dead Girls Are Easy, and continues the story of Nicki Styx, ghostwhisperer extraordinaire.

What's the deal with that previously unknown twin sister, hm? Do Nicki and Joe find happiness together, or is there a new man in her life? Are demons truly a ghoul's best friend?

Pick up A Match Made In Hell, and find out! (Unless you really don't like spooky stories, quirky characters and lots of twists and surprises - yeah, I guess there are some people like that.) :-)

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

How Bad Do You Want It?

First of all, this movie is meant as a JOKE (although I suspect that, as with all good jokes, there's a grain of truth in it *tee-hee*). I've talked about the RITA awards here on my blog before (I'm up for TWO of them, baby!), but the ladies on this video are all finalists in the Single Title Contemporary Category. They decided to do a little tongue-in-cheek teasing by making a video for YouTube called "Trash Talking Romance Novelists: Bring on the RITAs, baby!"

I have to admit I find it hilarious, though I'm glad I'm not in direct competition with any of these ladies! Enjoy!

Sunday, June 08, 2008

Harlequin Mills & Boon Medical Authors Guest Blogging Today at Writers At Play!

Are you a fan of Gray's Anatomy? E.R.? House? General Hospital? If so, sit back and take a peek into the world of medicine delivered by the talented Mills & Boon Medical Romance authors today at Writers At Play!

And if you're not a fan of the world of medical drama, but still love a good romance, or just want to win one of many prizes that'll be given away throughout the day, come join us as the Harlequin Mills & Boon Medical Authors share the ins and outs of writing Medical Romances.

Saturday, June 07, 2008

Amberkatze's Book Blog Contest

Amberkatze is a kewl chick who describes herself as a "bookaholic". She has a totally awesome book blog (I love the look of her template, spooky chick that I am!). She was kind enough to contact me yesterday to tell me how much she enjoyed my new paranormal anthology, WEDDINGS FROM HELL.

She liked it so much that she's holding a contest, giving away a copy of WEDDINGS FROM HELL as the prize! Pop on over to Amberkatze's Book Blog for your chance to win!

And if you win, come over here and leave a comment that you won - I'll send you an autographed bookmark to go with it!

Thanks, Amberkatze!

Friday, June 06, 2008

A New Title, and "The End" Is In Sight!

I'm a bit psyched today, because I'm working on the LAST chapter of Book #3 in the Nicki Styx series! I should be typing the words "The End" within the next few days (even if I don't actually type them - it's just a figure of speech!) :-) The full manuscript is due to my editor on July 1st, which means I'll have time to take a breather, then go back and read it from start to finish with a fresh eye before I put it in the mail to NYC.

The original title for this book was IF YOU GOT IT, HAUNT IT, but after going back and forth with my editor the last couple of weeks, we've decided on a brand new title which (thankfully) I love even more! Look for YOU'RE THE ONE THAT I HAUNT on bookstore shelves in April 2009.

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

First Reviews for A MATCH MADE IN HELL

Reviews are beginning to come in for my July book, A MATCH MADE IN HELL, and I'm very happy to report that so far, they've been great! YAY!! When you've spent nearly a year of your life writing a book, it's really nice to hear that you didn't waste your time. Please bear with my "horn-tooting" today, and let me share my good news. Believe me, my head can still fit through the door - after this, I have to go do laundry. :-)

I found out this weekend that Romantic Times Magazine gave me Four Stars, and had this to say:

by Terri Garey

RT Rating:

Publisher: Avon
Published: July 2008
Type: Paranormal Fiction


Ghosts, long-lost identical twin sisters and haunted mansions, oh my! The second Nikki Styx novel can stand on its own. Although it flirts with being too light a novel, the twists the story takes keeps it entertaining from start to finish.


Summary: After Nikki died and was brought back to life by her hunky doctor turned boyfriend, she thought her biggest problem would be keeping her day job while also helping spirits cross over. But suddenly she's juggling the appearance of her long-lost adopted twin, who happens to be the wife of Nikki's boyfriend, and the ghostly presence of their birth mother, who keeps giving Nikki mysterious messages. If that weren't enough to make a girl crazy, there's a new cutie in town who wants Nikki all to himself, but he might just be the devil! (AVON, Jul., 373 pp., $6.99) HOT

—Whitney Kate Sullivan


I also got Four Cups from the reviewers at Coffee Time Romance, who said this:

This second Nicki Styx story is just as involving as the first. Nicki and Joe’s relationship has grown even though Nicki has yet to tell Joe she loves him. The Devil, aka Sammy, has a great time planting discord in the relationship. Kelly and her poor me attitude wore on me at times; she has all of Nicki’s stubbornness and none of her style. Bijoux and Odessa are unusual characters to say the least. The Spider character made a nice romantic interest for Kelly, but the most compelling character was Sammy and his plaything, known as Psycho Barbie. Nicki tries as usual to be selfish, but is driven to do the right thing. Kelly seems to be the opposite at times, selfless on the surface, but is really self-centered. The plot has some very interesting twists and turns and I could not put it down for a minute.

I really had a lot of fun writing this book - I even took a trip to Savannah to make sure I captured the atmosphere properly. These characters were so much fun to write! (So much so that they show up again in Book #3). Anyway, if you like spooky stories with quirky characters and lots of unexpected surprises, I hope you'll check out A MATCH MADE IN HELL when it hits the bookstores shelves the end of this month.