Topic potpourri

As the subject line states, I have no central theme for today’s post. Just different items. First up, I’ve added one more appearance to my 2015 schedule. I will now be attending the Romance Writers of America (RWA) convention in New York, NY from July 22nd through July 25th, at the New York Marriott Marquis. I don’t have a specific schedule yet, but once I do, I’ll post it. Right now, all I know is that I’ll be at the mass signing (open to the public) on July 22nd. If you’re attending RWA, hope to see you there.

Loki Jan 2015Yesterday, I found out that my youngest dog, Loki, will need to get double-knee surgery on his hind legs to repair his knees. How does a dog who’s just turning 3 end up with bad knees, you wonder? Apparently it’s a birth defect where the “grooves” that are supposed to hold his knee caps in place are smooth instead of grooved, so his kneecaps have a tendency to slip out of their socket. I feel guilty because we had no idea that there was a problem until a few days ago, when we saw Loki periodically hold up his back right leg when he walked. On the plus side, Loki is so young that his runaway kneecaps haven’t caused any arthritis or tendon shredding, so there’s no permanent damage. I, as a worried dog mommy, will be a bundle of nerves as we await confirmation from a specialist and then go about scheduling the first of his two surgeries. Poor little guy, he has no idea that he has some rough roads ahead until this can get fixed. Here he is in January, guarding the stuffing from the toy he’d just de-fluffed.

J and J at ApollyConIn totally random news, I need to get a new, “official” author photo. The one I had been using was from 2011, when my hair was longer and I’d gone with blond highlights. Now, my hair is shorter and auburn, as evidenced from the photo to the left from last month, when my sister and I dressed up in our Greek-themed costumes for ApollyCon. I think I’ll stick with shorter and auburn for a while, or until I grow bored, whichever comes first. I’ve bounced back and forth between light brown (my natural color), red, auburn and blondish for the past twenty years and I see no reason to stop now. I might be too chicken by the permanence of a tattoo to get one of those, but I can play with my hair color when I want to change things up a bit. The only color I haven’t tried is black. I’m so pale, people would think I was going for a goth look to match my vampire novels, and I already get that from all the black clothes I wear when in reality, that’s just laziness. Black goes with everything, so that’s why it’s a main staple in my wardrobe.

Finally, if you didn’t see my post last week, I announced that the next character in my vampire series to get his own novel with be Ian. I also opened the floor to guessing who the heroine would be. If you more details, including hints as to the heroine’s identity, then go here.

That’s it for me :). Hope you’re having a nice weekend, and hope you have good week next week!

Thanks, and about that bribe…

Thanks to everyone who voted for Up From The Grave in the DABWAHA competition! Our bracket had a record turnout, however, Up From The Grave did not advance. Still, it was really cool to have it in the contest at all, let alone to have it make it past the first round. Plus, I loved the book that did advance (Magic Breaks) and it was written by my bestie, Ilona Andrews, so I am very happy for her. If you’re following DABWAHA (and it’s a great way to get reading recommendations) be sure to vote for Magic Breaks and Burn For Me in the coming brackets! If you haven’t read them, I highly recommend both because Ilona’s books are as fabulous as she is :).

Some of you might be wondering, what about that bribe you offered if you won? Since you didn’t, are you not going to write an Ian book now? *grin* As I mentioned, Ilona’s one of my BFF’s, so when she Tweeted this during our fake Twitter fight, she was right:

 

After I finish the Night Prince series, the next front runner for  a vampire book is Ian. As many of you know, I’ve said for years that Ian is moving closer to his own book, and if I didn’t already have a story in mind for him, I wouldn’t have offered his book as a bribe. However, as mentioned, I still have to finish the Night Prince series (one more book), plus the Broken Destiny series (two more books) so, an Ian book is still a little ways off. You will see him pop up in the final Night Prince book as a side character, though, and having Vlad and Ian interact together should be a lot of fun to write.

Before you ask, I’m not revealing who the heroine is for Ian’s future book yet. To give you a hint, she has appeared in the Night Huntress series before. That’s all you’re getting out of me at the moment, so you are welcome to take your best guess, but I will neither confirm nor deny any of them yet ;).

That’s it from me. Thanks again, happy speculating, and hope you’re enjoying your Sunday!

My DABWAHA bribe

ETA: Today is the day! Vote for Up From The Grave here on March 21st between noon and midnight only, Eastern Daylight Time.

For your amusement, I have copied and pasted the Twitter “fight” that Ilona Andrews and I had last night, whereupon we used our rapier wits (heh!) to insult each other’s books, all to vie for your votes. For the full reason (with Ian book bribe included!) on why I think I should win instead of Ilona, read below the Tweet fight :).

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In case you haven’t heard of it, DABWAHA is a fun book competition run by Dear Author and Smart Bitches, Trashy Books every March to coincide with March Madness. In similar style, books are paired off against each other, with the winner advancing to the next bracket, and so on, until there is only one. I have a special place in my heart for the Smart Bitches blog because many years ago, they gave me the very first book review I ever received on Halfway To The Grave. So, you can imagine how flattered I was to see my final Cat and Bones novel, Up From The Grave, make it into the DABWAHA competition this year. It’s like the universe was closing a circle somewhere.

Up From The Grave made it through the first round on DABWAHA. On March 21st from Noon to Midnight (EDT) only, the polls will be open to see if it advances again. However, it’s up against a very excellent novel by my longtime friend, author Ilona Andrews. I, of course, upon seeing this, decided that I couldn’t possibly ask my readers to help me defeat a novel by one of my BFF’s…..wait, what did Ilona post on her blog?

Oh no she didn’t! 

Ilona was offering a bribe to her readers to crush my book? All right, then! *takes off gloves* It’s ON, bey-otch! :)

So, what bribe shall I offer you to entice you into voting for Up From The Grave at this link TODAY, March 21st, from noon to midnight? Hmmm, what about….if it beats my now-former BFF’s book, then…

The next vampire spinoff novel I write will feature Ian as the hero.

That’s right, Ian lovers, he can be all yours, if you help me show my vote-hungry friend that she might have started this with the bribes, but I will finish it! *insert “Spartans, prepare for glory!” war cry here*

So, readers, if you’re Team Ian, vote for Up From The Grave on March 21st between noon and midnight EDT. Then, spread the word on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Goodreads, whatever. We only have a 12 hour window to make this happen.

Besides, Ilona has another novel in this year’s DABWAHA competition anyway ;).

 

 

Disclaimer: This bribe-off and all corresponding smack talk is purely in jest. Ilona is my BFF and always will be :).

UK sale and what I am/have been reading

Guess what, UK readers? Remember all those times I’ve posted about US ebook sales and you’ve bemoaned the fact that the sale wasn’t honored overseas? Well, this one is just for you! From now until the first week of April, Amazon UK has the ebook edition of The Beautiful Ashes, Broken Destiny book one, as a Kindle Monthly deal, so you can pick it up for only $.99US readers, so far Amazon hasn’t matched the deal, but they did lower the ebook price to $4.99, so if you haven’t started Ivy and Adrian’s story yet, it’s available now at a reduced price.

Speaking of Ivy and Adrian’s story, I’m cruising along writing the second book, The Sweetest Burn, which will release around the end of the year. If you missed my earlier post about it, I have the description available here.

On one of my other recent posts, I blogged about a book I’d blurbed, and a few of you asked me to compile a list of all the books I’d given official quotes on. I really like this suggestion, but it’s going to take a little time since I’m going back over a 7+ year period and I’m not the most organized person :). Plus, as mentioned, writing has been going well, so I’ve been giving that my full attention instead of digging through emails. In the meantime, please allow me to share some books I’ve recently enjoyed. Let’s start with what I’m reading now:

Rock HardROCK HARD by Nalini Singh

In New York Times Bestselling author Nalini Singh’s newest contemporary romance, passion ignites between a gorgeous, sinfully sexy man who built himself up from nothing and a shy woman who has a terrible secret in her past…

Wealthy businessman Gabriel Bishop rules the boardroom with the same determination and ruthlessness that made him a rock star on the rugby field. He knows what he wants, and he’ll go after it no-holds-barred. And what he wants is Charlotte Baird.

Charlotte knows she’s a mouse. Emotionally scarred and painfully shy, she just wants to do her job and remain as invisible as possible. But the new CEO—a brilliant, broad-shouldered T-Rex of a man who growls and storms through the office, leaving carnage in his wake—clearly has other plans. Plans that may be equal parts business and bedroom. If Charlotte intends to survive this battle of wits and hearts, the mouse will have to learn to wrangle the T-Rex. Game on.

My take: I’m reading this now and I love it! In fact, I was tired when I first picked it up, but I was soon so engaged in the story and characters that I kept reading until my vision became so blurry that the words were too fuzzy for me to go on. I have work and family today, but tomorrow, I have a date to finish this novel and I can’t wait.

 

beguile a beastTo Beguile A Beast by Elizabeth Hoyt

CAN A WOUNDED BEAST . . .

Reclusive Sir Alistair Munroe has hidden in his castle ever since returning from the Colonies, scarred inside and out. But when a mysterious beauty arrives at his door, the passions he’s kept suppressed for years begin to awaken.

TRUST A BEAUTY WITH A PAST . . .

Running from past mistakes has taken legendary beauty Helen Fitzwilliam from the luxury of the ton to a crumbling Scottish castle . . . and a job as a housekeeper. Yet Helen is determined to start a new life and she won’t let dust-or a beast of a man-scare her away.

TO TAME HIS MOST SECRET DESIRES?

Beneath Helen’s beautiful façade, Alistair finds a courageous and sensual woman. A woman who doesn’t back away from his surliness-or his scars. But just as he begins to believe in true love, Helen’s secret past threatens to tear them apart. Now both Beast and Beauty must fight for the one thing neither believed they could find-a happy ever after.

My Take: Such a great romance with a Beauty and the Best twist! While sexy and totally alpha, the hero definitely isn’t your cookie-cutter type: his face is heavily scarred and he wears an eye patch over his missing eye. The heroine also bucks tradition by being a former-mistress-turned-single-mother on the run. Watching them fall in love while healing themselves inside and out was a heartfelt, delightful treat.

 

FrozenFrozen by Meljean Brook

A paranormal romance novella

For a year and a half, Olivia Martin has tried to forget Erik Gulbrandr, the glacial man who’d scorched her mouth with a single kiss. But when Olivia finds herself snowbound with Erik on the winter solstice, she discovers that the man who set her body aflame is cursed by abominable needs — and a desire that might destroy them both…

My Take: Just because my first two books were contemporary and historical, you didn’t think I’d stopped reading paranormals, did you? :) Of course not! This paranormal element featured a twist on the Norse Frost Giant mythology that I found inventive and interesting. I’m also not usually a fan of novellas versus novels, but I really liked this one and didn’t feel cheated at all by its shorter length. If you’re a fan of Meljean Brooks, you won’t want to miss this. If you’re new to her, this novella is a great way to sample her excellent storytelling skills.

That’s it on my end for now. Wishing all of you very happy reading!

My “Dear Me” letter

Note: This post has nothing to do with books, appearances or publishing news, so skip if you only want professional updates.

I saw on the news that a Twitter hastag has been going around called #DearMe, where women are encouraged to Tweet advice to – you guessed it – their former, teen selves. I started thinking about what I would say to Teen Jeaniene, if a wormhole in time opened up and I had the chance, and I quickly realized that the list would be too long for Twitter. Every so often, I talk about personal things on my blog. Many of you have said that you enjoyed getting a glimpse into the person behind the books, so I thought I’d write out the things that I wish I could tell my young, teenage self, especially during some of the most difficult times. So, here goes. For illustration, I dug up some pictures of me from age thirteen through seventeen. These were taken Before Digital Era (yes, such a time did exist :)) so I had to line them up and then scan them in order to post them. As you can see, these could also be called the Perm Years. Thankfully, I grew out of that phase, too.

teen yearsDear Me:

First off, it’s going to be okay. I know it doesn’t feel like that some days, but it will. Even better, the things that make you so upset and angry now are going to fade into memories where the hurt becomes shadows instead of sledgehammers. Some things, you’re even going to laugh over. That sounds impossible now, but believe me, it will happen. You won’t laugh over everything later, but the things that hurt the worst will be the tools that shape you into someone stronger. Even the ones that don’t make you stronger have a purpose because they’ll make you able to empathize with others, whether their struggles were similar or different. Pain is pain, after all, in whatever form it takes.

One of my first pieces of advice is to please, stop making yourself throw up. You’re only chasing an illusion and a lie. People who are thin, pretty and popular are not automatically happier. They’re dealing with their own problems, and their “everything is great” attitude is as much of a camouflage as you running the water in the bathroom so that no one hears you purge. You will never be happy until you realize that happiness has NOTHING TO DO with outward appearances. Stop punishing yourself for not being the size that you think you should be, or for not having as many friends as you’re “supposed” to have, or any of the other things you feel like you’ve failed over. None of them are a magic ticket to a better life, and the awful things you tell yourself as you’re bent over that toilet bowl are shredding your soul. You are worth immeasurably more than other people’s opinions. You just don’t know it yet.

Speaking of that, you don’t need to get drunk at parties. You don’t even like the taste of beer, wine or shots, and they make you sick, anyway. Plus, you’re doing it for the same reason that you’re bulimic: you’re trying to be someone you’re not in order to fit in. Guess what – so are most of the people around you. In fact, it will take all of your twenties to get over who you pretended to be in your teens, and when you finally realize who you actually are, you’re going to be okay with that. You’ll even wonder why you wasted so much time, energy and pain on trying to be anyone else, because you won’t even be able to remember the names of the people you were so concerned about fitting in with back then.

wedding photoThat brings us to the guy you’ve off-and-on dated. He isn’t The One. In fact, he’s going to cheat on you with one of your best friends, and you’re just lucky you didn’t get caught when you keyed his car for it. Even his cheating will turn out okay, though, because afterward, you’re going to go out with one of his best friends just to piss him off, and guess what? That guy is The One. You’re even going to marry him at nineteen, watch your friends and his make bets on how fast you two will divorce, and laugh about it over twenty-two years later as you celebrate your latest anniversary together.

Know what else you’re not going to believe? That faith will see you through every rough road as well as every smooth one. I know; you don’t believe in God, and even if you thought He did exist, you’d expect Him to be chasing you with a lightning bolt in one hand and a list of everything you’ve done wrong in the other. Well, you’re partially right. He is chasing you, only He’s doing it with open arms and more love than you can imagine because He’s already forgiven everything you’ve ever done as well as everything you will ever do. All He wants is for you to turn around and see Him so that you’ll know that. One day, you will, then faith will give you the strength to stop basing your self-worth on what other people think. It’ll give you courage, too, and with that courage, you’ll chase your dream of being an author even though you’ve never gone to college, never took a single writing class, and generally have no idea what you’re doing. If I told you how blessed your career turns out to be, you won’t even believe me. It’s okay. I didn’t believe it at first, either. In fact, I still insist that my editor sends me copies of bestseller lists whenever my books are on them, because until I see it with my own eyes, it still seems too incredible to be real.

So, Teen Jeaniene, don’t give up. You’ll make it through, and more importantly, you’ll be okay. Here’s a hug from across the years. After you’re done with it, pass it on to the people around you. They need it, too.

Oh, one final piece of advice: Stop sunning yourself topless on your roof. Yes, it gets rid of tan lines, but the neighbors can totally see you.

Broken Destiny book two news & Apollycon!

Many of you have been asking me about the next novel in the Broken Destiny series featuring Ivy and Adrian. I’ve been mum on the subject because (1) Bound By Flames’s recent release has taken center stage, and (2) my publisher and I were still working out some details, but now I have some news to share. First up, it has a title! The next novel in the Broken Destiny series will be called…

THE SWEETEST BURN

And there’s more! I also have the back cover copy to share with you, so here it is below:

The breathtaking second novel in New York Times bestselling author Jeaniene Frost’s Broken Destiny series finds Ivy and Adrian rekindling their alliance – and passion – as the struggle for the fate of the world begins . . .

Conquering a supernatural realm turned out to be easier than getting over a broken heart. But her initial victory has made Ivy a target for revenge, forcing her to reunite with the dangerous – and dangerously sexy – Adrian. Ivy isn’t sure which will be harder: finding the hallowed weapon that will repair the crumbling walls between demon and human realms, or resisting Adrian, who’s decided that come hell or high water, he will make Ivy his.
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At first, Adrian tried to resist his feelings for Ivy. Now, determined to break the curse that dooms their love, he’s vowed to save her and to have her. If only he can persuade her to forgive his past sins.  But defying destiny—and surrendering to the smoldering desire between them —will bring consequences and sacrifices they never imagined…
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The Sweetest Burn will release around the end of this year. No pre-order links yet, but once I have those and a firm date, I will let everyone know. Same deal with the cover. I already had the very difficult task of deciding between four equally hot men to determine which one of them would be on the cover. Yes, it’s a dirty job, but someone had to do it *wink*.

If you haven’t read The Beautiful Ashes, book one in the Broken Destiny series, it is available now in ebook, paperback, and audio. Speaking of the paperback version, it originally released in Trade (the bigger-sized version of a paperback), but the mass market paperback will release in September. To celebrate the mass market edition’s release, The Beautiful Ashes is getting a hot new cover and a updated description that’s more in line with the tone/content of the book. Some readers confused the NA (New Adult) designation with YA (Young Adult) and thus erroneously thought that this was a “children’s” series. Um, NO. New Adult means that there is definite adult content and it is not intended for young readers, so the new cover / description will (hopefully) make that abundantly apparent. Once I’m allowed to post the updated cover and description, I will.

Apollycon_banner_pngNext up is Apollycon! If you’re in the Philadelphia, PA area on Saturday the 28th, come on out. Even if you missed your chance to get a ticket to the VIR or Party event, there are still a few tickets left for the signing, and the signing is free. ApollyCon is a multi-author event, and check out the lineup of authors that will be there! Jennifer L. Armentrout , Mary Ting , Tiffany King , Kristen Proby , Mary Lindsey , Susan Dennard , Sophie Jordan , Katie McGarry , Chelsea M. Cameron , Page Morgan , Cora Carmack , Jay Crownover , Kristi Cook , Amalie Howard , Rachel Harris , Wendy Higgins , Jeaniene Frost , Laura Kaye , Sarah J. Maas , Jamie McGuire , Megan Erickson , Rachel Hollis , Ann Marie Frohoff , Katee Robert ,Tessa Bailey , Jen McLaughlin , Alexandra Bracken , Tina Reber , Jamie Shaw , Riley Edgewood , Cristin Terrill and Elizabeth Briggs.

That’s all for me. Hope to see some of you at ApollyCon tomorrow!

Book rec: The Return

Calling all paranormal romance lovers: I have a new book recommendation for you! I first read The Return by Jennifer L. Armentrout a few months ago. How did I do that when its official release date was only yesterday? Well, one of the cool perks of being friendly with other authors is getting the occasional early look at an upcoming release. Do I shamelessly use this to try to get early looks on books that I want to read? Ah, YES (don’t judge me – you would, too! :))

Here is the cover and description for The Return, book one in the Titan series:

THE-RETURN_ARMENTROUT_Oct2014cover-300x450The Fates are cackling their bony asses off…

It’s been a year since Seth made the deal with the gods that pledged his life to them. And so far, the jobs they’ve given him have been violent and bloody–which is kind of all right with him. But now Apollo has something else in mind for Seth. He’s got to play protector while keeping his hands and fingers off, and for someone who really has a problem with restraint, this new assignment might be the most challenging yet.

Josie has no idea what this crazy hot guy’s deal might be, but it’s a good bet that his arrival means the new life she started after leaving home is about to be thrown into an Olympian-sized blender turned up to puree. Either Josie is going insane or a nightmare straight out of ancient myth is gunning for her.
But it might be the unlikely attraction simmering between her and the golden-eyed, secret-keeping Seth that may prove to be the most dangerous thing of all.

Because history has once again been flipped to repeat.

Order from: Amazon, B&N, iBooks, BooksAMillion, Powells, Downpour, Audible.com, or your favorite store.

The Return is a fun, sexy blend of modern times and Greek mythology. For all of my readers who’ve lamented the fact that I don’t write from the hero’s point of view, you’ll be pleased to know that this book features both the hero’s and the heroine’s pov. I loved The Return so much that I blurbed it, and what might not be commonly known is that I’m a stingy blurb-er (my editor and agent can attest to this, and it’s probably been the cause of a few at-work alcohol shots for them over the years.) To get an “official” endorsement from me, I don’t just have to really like a book, I have to loooove a book. When I finished The Return, I had that happy-from-a-great-book-glow, mixed with an impatience to read the next in the series, which is why I had this to say about it:

“Sizzling, forbidden romance and non-stop action make The Return an addictive read. Sign me up for the sequel – I am now officially a Seth-aholic.” Jeaniene Frost

But don’t just take my word for it. Here’s what Publishers Weekly had to say: “As Seth learns to restrain his violent instincts and Josie trains hers up, the romance and danger both escalate at a feverish pace. Armentrout dives deep into the psyches of both hero and heroine, deftly switching from one point of view to another, while creating a drum-tight sense of suspense and sexual tension from the first page to the last. This is a very promising start to the series.”

The Return is also currently rocking a 5-star review average on Amazon, so if you’re in the mood for something new to read, I highly recommend that you check it out.

List news, more travel, and a sad goodbye

Small BBFFirst, a huge thank-you to you, readers! Because of your support, Bound By Flames, Night Prince book three, rocked the bestseller lists in its first week out, hitting at:

#6 New York Times mass market fiction, #9 New York Times ebook fiction, #10 New York Times Print & Ebook combined, #12 USA Today, #6 Wall Street Journal ebook, #10 Wall Street Journal combined fiction, #34 Amazon general ebook fiction, and #24 Publishers Weekly mass market fiction.

I am tremendously awed and humbled by the above. Vlad, the arrogant vampire, would of course think that he deserved all of it ;). So, you get big, thankful smooches from me, an electric high-five from Leila and a fiery hug from Vlad for showing Bound By Flames all the love during its debut week. If you haven’t gotten your copy yet, you can order from  AmazonBarnes&Noble,BooksAMillion, MalapropsPowells, Indiebound, iBooks, Audible.com,Downpour or your favorite book store.

Malaprops picAs I mentioned in my previous post, I traveled for BBF’s release. First stop was Malaprops Book Store in Asheville, NC. This store usually hosts my releases and I had a wonderful time as always. Thanks to all the brave readers who ventured out on a frigid January evening to celebrate the release with me! Here’s a photo from that night, courtesy of Kim at Paranormally Yours Twitter feed. You may notice that I look a little different in these pics than in my “official” author picture. Since then, I’ve cut my hair, changed the color back to red and maybe gained a pound or two *wink*. The hair color and cut I’m keeping; the pounds I’d like to lose. Ah, carbs. I love you with a mad, reckless love, as my hips can attest.

Next up was Avon Book’s KissCon in Saratoga, FL. This was a multi-author event and it was more than a signing. Readers who attended were treated to an hour of wine, treats and mingling, then a panel with trivia question and giveaways, and finally, the group signing. I’ll come right out and say that I like group events more than single-author ones. For one, it’s more fun for me to have someone else (or several someones) to talk about books with, and two, I think readers get a lot more out of hearing and meeting many authors versus just one. I know I learn a lot from these group discussions – like Julia Quinn announcing the second-most-common motorcycle injury…OUCH! – and I assume that readers do, too. Here are some pics from that event.

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KissCon2My next stop to celebrate Bound By Flames’ release will be ApollyCon in Philadelphia, PA on the 28th. This is another multi-author event, and check out the lineup!

Tickets for the VIP event and the Party are sold out, but a few tickets to the group signing (free of charge but ticket required) are still available, so be sure to get yours here if you want to come out. Hope to see some of you there!
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Finally, on a sad, personal note, I also traveled to Memphis to pay my last respects to my great-uncle, Bob Colegrove, who died at the age of 90. He and my Aunt Dottie were married for over 68 years, which, as I said on Twitter, is about as close to a happily-ever-after as reality allows. I had dedicated Bound By Flames to my aunt and uncle, but he died before he could see that. My Uncle Bob had been one of my biggest fans, which was a testament to his love for me because steamy paranormal romance was not his genre of choice. Since his death, my Aunt Dottie has reminded me of what strong heroines are made of, because while her heart is broken, her spirit is not. Here is picture from the last time we were all together. Rest in peace, Uncle Bob. You will be greatly missed.
Aunt Dottie Uncle Bob with J

Bound By Flames playlist, tour appearances and more

Small BBFBound By Flames is now available! Order your copy from  AmazonBarnes&Noble,BooksAMillionPowells, Indiebound, iBooks, DownpourAudible.com or your favorite retailer. Learn more about Bound By Flames here.

I have lots of things to cover in this post, so let’s get right to it. First up, I’m traveling this week to celebrate Bound By Flames’ release, so if you’re in NC or FL, I might be in your neck of the woods.

 

Wednesday, January 28th, 7pm

Malaprops Book Store

55 Haywood Street
Asheville, NC 28801
828-254-6734

Can’t make it? You can still order a signed/personalized copy here until the 28th.

Saturday, January 31st, 1pm – 4pm EST

KissCon Sarasota, hosted by Avon Books

Florida Studio Theater, Court Cabaret
1265 1st Street
Sarasota, FL 34236

Description: Avon Books and Bookstore 1 Sarasota are teaming up for a multi-author event with Katharine Ashe, Maya Banks, Lena Diaz, Megan Frampton, Jeaniene Frost, Laura Lee Gurhrke, C.J. Kyle, Julia Quinn, Kerrelyn Sparks and C.L. Wilson. More info and tickets here.

Next I have the first 38 pages of Bound By Flames available online courtesy of my publisher, Harper Collins. I know; it used to be the first 20% but they changed it. To read the first three chapters, go here and then click “Read A Sample” under the cover.

Finally, here is the playlist of songs that I listened to while writing Bound By Flames. As many of you know, writing to specific music helps put me in the right frame of mind because I’m conditioning myself to write a particular story whenever I hear those songs (not saying this will work for every writer, but it works for me). That being said, there’s no hidden meaning for the book in these songs. Some of these are recommendations that you, readers, have given me, so thank you again! Remember: Music tastes are as personal as reading tastes, so if you don’t like some of the bands/songs, no problem. Just please don’t tell me that I shouldn’t like them, because if a song/band is listed, then I like do, and no arguing on your part will change my mind :).

Layout is band name: songs (if more than one from the same band). Bands are in alphabetical order for ease of listing.

Alanis Morissette:  Underneath, Madness.

Banks: Brain, Waiting Game, This Is What It Feels Like.

Bon Iver: Hinnom, TX.

Chad Valley: Now That I’m Real, Shell Suite, I Want Your Love.

Coldplay: Always In My Head, True Love, Midnight, Another’s Arms, A Sky Full Of Stars.

Delta Spirit: Yamaha.

The Fray: Love Don’t Die, Hurricane, Our Last Days, Break Your Plans, Same As You.

Glen Morrison (featuring Islove): Goodbye.

The Goo Goo Dolls: Come To Me.

Hardwell (featuring Matthew Komo): Dare You.

Jilette Johnson: Torpedo.

Kari Jobe: Forever.

Katie Herzig: Walk Through Walls.

Keane: Is It Any Wonder.

Lana Del Ray: Born To Die, Young And Beautiful, Ride, West Coast.

M83: I Need You, Wait, Oblivion (featuring Suzanne Sundfor).

Motorcycle: As The Rush Comes.

Muse: Madness.

The Neighborhood: Honest.

O.A.R.: Peace.

Our Lady Peace: Somewhere Out There.

P!ink: Just Like A Pill, Just Give Me A Reason (featuring Nate Reuss).

Phillip Phillips: Gone, Gone, Gone.

Phosphorescent: Song For Zulu.

Sarah McLachlan: Flesh And Blood.

The Script: Six Degrees Of Separation.

Shakira: Empire.

Sharon Van Etten: Afraid Of Nothing, Taking Chances, Your Love Is Killing Me, You Know Me Well, Break Me.

Sia: Chandelier, Big Girls Cry, Eye Of The Needle, Elastic Heart, Free The Animal, Dressed In Black, Fire Meet Gasoline*.

Taylor Swift: I Knew You Were Trouble.

Tiesto (featuring Icona Pop): Let’s Go.

 

* After I read the lyrics to Fire Meets Gasoline, I thought that Leila could have written them about her relationship with Vlad. Hope that all of you enjoy the new book continuing their adventures!

Final BBF giveaway winners

Wow, are you guys ready for the next Vlad and Leila book! I thought that limiting the time frame for the final contest would pare down the number of entries, but 925 of you disagreed. Since I only had six more books to give away, that means I’m about to disappoint most of you, and for that I’m sorry. At least you only have to wait one more week for Bound By Flames, and January 27th will be here before you know it. Also, if you want to order a signed paperback, Malaprops Book Store has them. Go to their page here to pre-order, and when I’m at Malaprops next week, I will sign your copy and Malaprops will ship it out to you. They even ship internationally, how cool is that?

If you haven’t already seen my event schedule for Bound By Flames, go here. Maybe I’ll be in your area soon!

All right, now let’s get to the six winners! They are:

Pamela Venini, Christina Malave, Kristin Russell, Crystal Scarfo-Harris, Jessie Studie, and Kristen Spina.

Congratulations, ladies! Please check your inbox for instructions on how to receive your book.