Monday, January 28, 2013

Is Adair Getting To Be a Softie?

Still thinking about the Witch Sisters... I saw the first review posted for it on Amazon. The reviewer said she was surprised that, in the story, Adair wasn't quite the same badass that he was in The Taker and she (I'm assuming the reviewer is a she, maybe that's sexist of me) was wondering if this was inconsistent with his nature.

I don't see it as an inconsistency, no. One thing you should remember is that we don't hear Adair in his own words in The Taker. We only see him through Lanny's eyes. You first get his point of view (or POV) in The Reckoning and now again in the novella. I think if you look back over his behavior in The Reckoning, you'll see that he believes himself to be quite logical and even fair-minded. Once he forms an opinion on a matter, however, it's very hard to get him to change his mind, and when someone does something contrary to what he thinks is right, that's when the trouble starts. But he doesn't see himself as an ogre or a badass. He knows he loses his temper, and sometimes regrets it.

I will add, as an aside, that the book blog Paranormal Book Club chose him as the Best Villain of 2012. Yes, we are very proud.

Tell me what you think about Adair. Do you like getting his POV in The Reckoning? Was there anything that surprised you?

(By the way, an alert reader, Michelle, pointed out that The Witch Sisters is also free on Kobo.

If you'd like to see Amazon drop the price on Kindle, you can help by reporting it to their price-matching department. The link to that is in the Product Details section of the Witch Sisters page, right before Customer Reviews. You can use the Kobo link as proof that it's being offered for free elsewhere.)

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Want to read a NEW novella set in the Taker world? THE WITCH SISTERS is available on my website. It tells the story of Adair's tangle with a pair of sister witches in the fens area of England, an encounter that will come back to haunt him in the third and final book in the Taker trilogy, THE DESCENT. It's a little racy--fair warning.

It's available free on my website, Smashwords and Scribd. It's 99 cents on Amazon (I'm hoping they'll drop the price to zero through price matching, so check back!)

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Why Eat McD's When You Can Have Filet?

My husband is a musician. While he's played (and continues to play) some very accessible music of all kinds (pop, rock) he prefers avante-garde stuff. John Hassell is his current favorite musician; Bill Frisell was another inspiration. So we have lots of discussions about art, and in particular trying to find your audience.

I am constantly amazed by how much really cool, interesting stuff is being made. Filmmakers, musicians, artists and yes, even writers. Cool, out-of-the-box stuff that will knock your socks off, make you see the world in a different way, maybe even change your life--but nobody pays attention to this stuff. Why? It blows my mind. Why don't more people seek this stuff out?

He just showed me the trailers for a couple movies he's heard about that look absolutely fascinating. We haven't watched them yet, but we plan to. One is Samsara, a visual documentary. Scenes of amazing things from all around the world. Even a two-minute clip was overwhelming. The other is Catfish, a pseudo-documentary about a guy who falls in love with a woman through Facebook and--wait for it, it's not what you expect--goes to meet her in person and stumbles across a horrible secret. (If you've seen it and hated it, feel free to let me know).

There are probably a couple people sniffing at the fact that I am writing on this topic. I'm sure lots of people consider my writing to be completely commercial. Well, there's always someone willing to one-up you on the I'm-hipper-than-thou scale. Fine, if that's your thing, knock yourself out. If anything, I've suffered from trying to walk the line between being commercially accessible and telling the story that I want to tell which--if you've actually read one of my books--tend to be bleak and dark rather than the shiny, HEA, don't-make-it-too-unpleasant thing that's so popular now. I'm more Thomas Hardy than Charles Dickens--and even Dickens had his dark moments.

But I digress. I wanted this to be a post about discovery. Those are the next two movies hubbie and I are going to see. What about you? Can you recommend a really good artistic experience, something you'd done lately, be in movie, music, book, visual artistry. What has blown your mind recently?

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Win The Taker AND The Reckoning!

The trade paperback edition of THE RECKONING is being published on January 22 and to celebrate we’re going to be giving away signed copies of both The Reckoning AND The Taker, the first book in the series!

Here’s how it works: I’ll give away a set of both paperbacks to one person a week for the next three weeks (2 US sets, 1 UK set). To be eligible, leave a comment below. Winners will be chosen at random from that week’s comments, so come back and enter every week. The first two weeks will be open to US only (you must provide a US mailing address to receive the prize) but week three will be open internationally!

Not familiar with the books and want to know what the story is about? Keep reading:

“The Taker opens on the midnight shift at a hospital in rural Maine, where Dr. Luke Findley is expecting another quiet evening of frostbite and the occasional domestic dispute. But the minute Lanore McIlvrae—Lanny—walks into his ER, she changes his life forever. A mysterious woman with a past and plenty of dark secrets, Lanny is unlike anyone Luke has ever met. He is inexplicably drawn to her . . . despite the fact that she is a murder suspect with a police escort. And as she begins to tell her story, a story of enduring love and consummate betrayal that transcends time and mortality, Luke finds himself utterly captivated.
“Her impassioned account begins at the turn of the nineteenth century in the same small town of St. Andrew, Maine, back when it was a settlement in the wilderness. Consumed as a child by her love for Jonathan, son of the town’s founder, Lanny will do anything to be with him forever. But when Jonathan fails her in her time of need and she’s exiled from town, Lanny is taken in by a man with mysterious, otherworldly powers named Adair. He uses his powers to give her eternal life, but Lanore learns too late that there is a price for this gift: to spend eternity with him. And though he is handsome and charming, behind Adair’s seductive facade is the stuff of nightmares. He is a monster in the flesh, and he wants Lanore to love him for all of time. And all she wants is Jonathan. She steals Adair’s magic to bind Jonathan to her so they can spend eternity together, learning too late that she’s doomed them both to a terrible fate for all eternity. It’s up to Lanny to figure out how to stop Adair and save them both—though she seems condemned to pay for her betrayal of Jonathan for the rest of her life.
“In the second book in the trilogy, The Reckoning, Lanny believes she’s finally free of both Adair and her hopeless love for Jonathan. She’s trying to atone for her sins by giving away the treasures she’s collected over her many lifetimes in order, purging her past and clearing the way for a future with her new lover, Luke Findley. But, while viewing these items at an exhibit at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, Lanore suddenly is aware that the thing she’s been dreading for two hundred years has caught up to her: Adair has escaped from his prison. He’s free— and he will come looking for her. And she has no idea how she will save herself a second time from a man who is truly unstoppable.”
That’s the official copy. If you were to ask me what genre these books are, I still couldn’t answer you, even after two years of the books being on the market. Is it a romance, horror, historical, paranormal, fantasy? Yes, yes, yes, yes and yes, and no, no, no, no and no. It’s a little of all that and more besides. It’s a story about the terrible power of love, and about the struggle between good and evil that goes on inside each person.

Here’s what readers have told me they like about the books (I’m paraphrasing): The story is not what you think it is. It’s like nothing you’ve ever read. It’s dark, surprising, and twisty. It’ll keep you turning the pages, it will stay with you for days after you’ve finished reading it. If you want to read something different that will shake you up and stay with you, you should read this book.

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Sunday, January 13, 2013

Procrastinating on a Sunday Afternoon

Sometimes when you have deadlines thundering down on you like the four horsemen of the apocalypse and your vision is still blurry from surgery and writing inspiration is like something unpleasant being fed to you slowly through a hospital drip, it seems perfectly sane to clean out the hall closet in order to make a tidy space to stack up copies of your books and your swag, thinking you'll get it all nice and neat to make it easier to mail things out in the future.

 I actually saw another author not only write about this but display pictures of her swag closet on her blog. Nope, you won't be see any of that here. It's not completely bonkers in this case.

No, it makes a bit of sense considering the books are about to come out in another format--varying paperback editions--over the next few months and that means giveaways, lots of giveaways and promotions. I feel prepared for it now, like a momma bird prepping the nest in anticipation. I did notice, however, that I'm shockingly low of swag and we're about to hit high swag season--RT Booklovers Con in early May and four other big conferences after that--plus launching the fan program The Companion Club. So I am coming to you, dear readers, with the eternal question: what kind of swag makes your heart go pitter-pat? What little freebie do you most like to receive?