Monday, June 21, 2010

When In Vegas...

You should fall passionately in love with a completely unobtainable guy:

Enjoy fine wines:

Watch a volcano erupt:

See the Eiffel Tower:

Visit the canals of Venice:

Admire the Vegas Strip at night:

And see a comedy/juggling show like this one (watch it until the end - the guy's fabulous!):

Monday, June 07, 2010

Upcoming Signings and Events

The year's half over, and the busiest part of it lies ahead, at least for me.  I've got some conferences coming up, and if you're anywhere in the area while they're going on, please stop by and see me!

In July, I'll be in Denver for the RomCon Conference, a three-day readers/writers extravaganza hosted by Borders Books, which takes place July 9-11th.  I'll be signing books, chatting with readers, participate in reader roundtables and various Q&A sessions, plus taking part in various delightful silliness such as "Speed Date An Author".  Before the conference, I'll be spending a few days exploring the Rocky Mountains, hiking and white-water rafting (woohoo!).

Home for two weeks, then it's time for the annual Romance Writers of America Convention, being held  in Orlando, FL July 28-31st at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin hotel (yep, I'm going to Disney World!). This conference is the biggie of the industry: workshops, meetings, multiple booksignings, meetings with agents, editors and other industry professionals, and the ever-popular RITA and Golden Heart Awards. (Can't wait to see who wins this year!)

While I'm there, I'll be participating in a panel called "Why Be Normal When You Can Be Paranormal?: The Ongoing Appeal of Books That Go Bump In the Night" with best-selling paranormal romance/urban fantasy authors Jeaniene Frost, Kelley Armstrong, Joss Ware, Pamela Palmer and C.L. Wilson.

I'll also be signing books on Wednesday, July 28 from 5:30 - 7:30 pm at the "Readers for Life" Literacy Autographing, which is open to the public, and signing again on Friday, July 30 from 9:45 - 11:15pm at the Avon Book Signing.

In October, I'll be attending yet another conference, Necronomicon 2010, a science fiction, fantasy and horror convention being held in St. Petersburg, FL, Oct. 22 – 24th. I've never attended a conference like this one before, but it promises to be fun: panels, workshops, costume parties and ghoulishly themed get-togethers like the Eye Scream Social, a Scavenger Hunt, and Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along-Blog.  Sounds right up my spooky little alley, doesn't it?
Anyway, I'll be doing quick updates on Facebook and Twitter during all three conferences, so if you're in the area, give me a Tweet!

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Join Me In The Supernatural Underground for Books That Go Bump In The Night!

Hear that creaking noise?  Is the door to an ancient crypt, or the slow opening of a coffin that's lain hidden for centuries? Shhh... that whisper... is it the wind, or the voices of lost and lonely souls, clamoring for your attention?

Nah, you guessed it... it's the gates to the Supernatural Underground, and I am SO excited to throw them open and let you all inside!

I've recently joined a group of best-selling HarperCollins authors, writing Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance for adults and teens under the Avon, Eos, HarperTeen and William Morrow imprints, who've decided to band together to share our books and our love of the supernatural genre with like-minded readers.  After meeting each other at conference events, booksignings, cocktail parties and book tours, we discovered that not only did we actually like each other, we admired each other's work, and truly understood all the time and effort that goes into the writing life in a way perhaps no one else could.

Join us as we step from the shadows, ready to share our love of books that go bump in the night with you, the reader, in a series of individual author blogs in which we discuss our writing processes, our characters, our upcoming and past releases, our lives, our inspirations, our frustrations, hopes, plans, dreams... and maybe even our favorite brand of chocolate!  (Aw, c'mon... you knew there would be chocolate, right?)

We write about what we love, and for many of us, that love is rooted in our childhood...fairy tales, favorite books, horror movies, television. Take a second and think: what is it that first drew YOU toward the dark side?

Head on over to the Supernatural Underground, leave us a comment and let us know. We're kicking off the opening of the Supernatural Underground with a plethora of paranormal goodie giveaways starting with vampires, ghosts and post-apocalyptic romance:

An autographed set of Jeaniene Frost's NIGHT HUNTRESS series, complete with bookmarks!

An autographed set of Terri Garey's NICKI STYX series, complete with bookmarks!

An autographed set of the first three books in Joss Ware's ENVY CHRONICLES!

How do you enter?  It's easy, and there's tons of ways to earn extra chances at winning!  All the details can be found HERE.

Winners will be announced tomorrow, June 2nd, 2010, so get busy and spread the supernatural word! Open to US and International.

Stop by often throughout the month, as we'll be giving away more goodies on a daily basis than you can shake a gargoyle at, including books by Melissa Marr, Jocelynn Drake, Pamela Palmer, Vicki Petterson, Kerrelyn Sparks, Tracey O'hara, and many more!