Tuesday, August 31, 2010

World Building Authors Are On The Way!

Two of my favorite authors will be appearing here in just a few days. Monica Burns arrives on September 2nd with a fabulous post about the marketing elements of paranormal novels (and novels in general).

I'm tickled to be one of the stops on Monica's blog tour for her September paranormal romance novel release, Assassin's Heart!

Plus Monica and Berkley Sensation are giving away a copy of the book to one lucky blog reader who leaves a comment on 9/2!!!

Then Tanya Michaels joins

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Saturday, August 28, 2010

Remember Adopted Greyhounds This Summer

In the dog days of summer don't forget your adopted greyhound is an inside dog! Our puppy loves to play fetch - usually around noon - so I've changed his schedule a bit to give him a good romp without risking his overheating. When we go out at midday, I keep it short and entice him back inside with the promise of an ice cube - his favorite treat!

Our oldest greyhound, Brody, likes to have his run in the mornings and sometimes he'll go a little wild after dinner. Either way, he always comes

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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Tanya Michaels Has A Deft Touch With World Building

Romance author Tanya Michaels, who also writes as Tanya Michna, gives classes on world building. If you're a paranormal romance writer, or writer of any genre and you have a chance to hear her speak - GO! No, she doesn't specifically write paranormal romance novels, but I'll say it again: it's best to learn from the best, wherever they may be.

This just in: Tanya will be HERE! on September 7th! With a wonderful post about world building - you won't want to miss it!

For me, as a fan of Mich

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Various Elements of Paranormal Romance Novels

There are so many details and factors that go into getting a book to the reader. And while I've often discussed the various elements of paranormal romance novels as the term relates to characters, world building, emotions, and romance, I'm thrilled to announce that next Thursday (September 2!) Monica Burns will be my guest to discuss novels, writers, and some marketing elements of paranormal romance novels. (and she's giving away a copy of her September release, Assassin's Heart too!)

For t

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Saturday, August 21, 2010

Congratulations Mary and Nicole, winners of the Veil of Justice giveaway on Goodreads! Books are in the mail! http://ping.fm/PsP17

Adopted Greyhounds Are Blogging Today

Adopted greyhounds are usually experts at adaptation, but they're also quick to bond, and those bonds are strong. If they had any say boarding school wouldn't be an option...

Saying goodbye to one of the family pack, from the adopted greyhound perspective:

Brody says, "Our oldest girl moved out of the house this week and we knew something was up with all the boxes and shuffling of stuff from her room to the dining room, then finally to the garage. We're not stupid, in fact out people know

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Friday, August 20, 2010

Two days left to enter the Veil of Justice giveaway at Goodreads! http://ping.fm/hDT2u

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Adaptation Is Key For This Paranormal Romance Writer

Okay, it's no secret the publishing industry is changing, and paranormal romance writers, just like other writers, have to keep up. For myself, I jumped into publishing the traditional way with the sale of my first novel Justice Incarnate. That was followed by another traditional sale, Invasion of Justice, which was released a year later. Things seemed to be on track with my career.

Then life intervened. Sales were slower than we expected (considering the amount of time I was putting into mar

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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

I Would Rather Be World Building For Paranormal Romance Novels

So maybe I spent my Sunday on my knees rather than at the keyboard, but it was one of those home repair scenarios that just makes you grateful for professional plumbers and strong husbands. And good friends who listen without judging.

My friend asked if, being an intelligent alpha female, I sat back and did some paranormal world building while the men in my life (husband and son) dealt with the wobbling, leaky toilet. No, silly me, I used my computer in an effort to help and wound up smack in

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Saturday, August 14, 2010

Adopt Greyhound Retirees For Fun And Networking

Adopt a greyhound retired from track life and you'll discover new horizons. It's true!

Greyhounds done with the training and racing life are among the best choices for pets. And with more and more track closures, there are always greyhounds in need of good homes where they can spread their joy of contentment and spread out on your couch.

Sure I could mention greyhounds are the hypo-allergenic of dog breeds. I could tell you they don't bark and love to go on long walks. I could even say, 'F

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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Layers of World Building For Paranormal Romance Novels

Just like it takes a village to raise a child, it takes many elements, aspects, and yes - layers to build a world worthy of a paranormal romance novel. Setting is always important to good storytelling. Doubt me? Just try to tell a ghost story on a sunny day in Disney World.

Taking that initial place, time, or structure in which your characters will play and layering in the details to amp up the mood will only help you with the world building for a paranormal romance novel. As readers and writ

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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Build A World of Paranormal Romance Novels

It may be the 10th, but Friday the 13th is looming! Which means it's a great week for lovers of paranormal romance novels! Paranormal romance author E.J. Stevens is having some serious Friday the 13th fun - all week long - with a MONSTER GIVEAWAY!

Visit her dynamic website, From the Shadows for information and details on FIVE (yes 5!!!) different prize packages for readers.

Just to tempt you...in addition to a copy of my very own Invasion of Justice paperback included in Paranormal Prize

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Sunday, August 8, 2010

Cue spooky music! It's day 1 of Friday the 13th week at From the Shadows. http://ping.fm/ONLDH

Saturday, August 7, 2010

It's a gray and blah sort of morning, but with coffee, it's been really productive writing time! =)
Still time to enter the Veil of Justice giveaway at Goodreads! http://ping.fm/5sx5V

Retired Greyhound Is Storm Savvy

Boo is, ironically, the most fearful of our adopted greyhounds. Oh, she's brave enough when someone comes to the door, she greets, wags and smiles happily at new people. She's brave enough on a walk to glance at a dog and follow the leash right up to the human on the other end.

But any inkling of thunder - I'm talking a rumble so far away that human ears can't hear it - and Boo runs for her storm shelter: the half-bath downstairs.

Like most half baths, this one is small and Boo, being slig

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Thursday, August 5, 2010

Light and Dark Elements of Paranormal Romance Novels

It takes all kinds of books, stories and authors. Even in a genre like paranormal romance, the varieties are as endless and lively as the individual paranormal romance authors with both wild and mild tales to tell.

Most people wouldn't label Nora Roberts specifically as a paranormal romance writer, but she frequently adds elements of the paranormal to her romance novels. She's done specific trilogies with witches (Donovan family and Three Sisters Island) as well as vampires, but she also adds

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Tuesday, August 3, 2010

God Worthy World Building for a Paranormal Novel

Okay, he's not paranormal romance writer, but Rick Riordan sure has perfected the art of world building for paranormal novels.

Riordan's latest young adult release, The Red Pyramid, The Kane Chronicles Book 1 came out in March, but I just got a chance to read it and I enjoyed the ride from the first word to the last!

Once again, Riordan superimposed a mythological network on the modern world (Egyptian this time) creating an unforgettable adventure that takes a brother and sister glob

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Monday, August 2, 2010

Enter to win a copy of Veil of Justice at Goodreads! http://ping.fm/oFqGF

Adopted Greyhound Gives Alpha Female a Boost

In the ongoing effort to redefine what it means to be the alpha female of my world, our adopted greyhound puppy Bandit has proved inordinately helpful.

Typically when Bandit goes out into the yard, he does his thing, pokes around a bit, then comes back to the door and yips for someone to come out and play with him. That someone is typically me, the alpha female of his pack (besides I’m the one who works at home)

In earlier posts I’ve told you Bandit quickly learned I couldn’t play tug when I got injured, but he refuses to let me feel too useless. On most days I can still go out and toss one of the backyard toys for him.

His favorite is the floppy yellow cowboy our foster greyhound Hank carried out one morning. (our general rule is if a toy goes outside, it stays outside, so Bandit thanks Hank for this).

Smart pup that he is, Bandit doesn’t ask me to bend over and pick up the cowboy. He simply brings it to me (for which I’m glad he’s so tall) I throw it and he brings it back. It’s fun, even when the occasional throw is rather lame, Bandit is the forgiving sort and does his best to affirm my place as alpha female of his heart.

You can read more about Bandit’s arrival and what makes greyhounds such greyt pets in the Adopt A Greyhound Guide. (50% of proceeds go to help greyhound adoption and rescue groups).

Live the greyhound adventure!