I'm over at Fictionistas today talking about Christmas Eve traditions. Come share yours!
Friday, December 24, 2010
Monday, December 20, 2010
Guess what's now on sale? That's right, The Perfect Dish, my latest contemporary paranormal romance!
Texas-born Kelly Spicer is not just one of Manhattan's hottest young chefs, he's also one of the city's most eligible bachelors. Desperate to help his grieving sister, Kelly uses the magic cookbook passed down through his family's generations to conjure up a recipe of chocolate-laced persuasion to enlist the aid of the only woman he thinks can reach his sister.
Psychologist Meredith Black has buried two husbands, an experience which has made her an expert in grief and pushed her to pen two books that landed her on the Oprah show and the best seller list. A cynic in matters of the heart, her success does nothing to ease her belief that she's a jinx. She vows never to love again and when she makes that sentiment public, dating Kelly becomes her best damage control.
For $2.99, you can grab a copy for your Kindle or Nook or find any other format at Smashwords. Or give it as a gift to anyone who might enjoy a sexy chef hero...
I hope you enjoy it!
Saturday, December 18, 2010
This year's batch of Christmas trees may be infected with a particularly silly species of gremlin - Caticus climbicus. Signs to watch for include the tree shaking when no one is touching it, strange branch rustling and ornaments being mysteriously dislodged. If you think you have a gremlin, try placing a handful of treats a few feet from the tree, then sit back and watch.
Should a gremlin appear, approach with caution. Sap in their fur can make them cranky!
Friday, December 10, 2010
Tuesday, December 07, 2010
Eight years ago today (yes, on Pearl Harbor Day) Hotrod and I said our vows. It was a lovely day filled with friends and family and promises.
I love you, Hotrod. You're the best husband a girl could hope for.
Saturday, December 04, 2010
Saturday, November 27, 2010
Friday, November 26, 2010
Saturday, November 20, 2010
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Friday, November 12, 2010
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Yes, that's me, tooting my own horn. Miss Bramble And The Leviathan got a great review yesterday so of course, I'm sharing! You can check out the review here. Fab, huh? Have you read it yet? You really, really should. Even my cats think you should, and they're never wrong.
Monday, November 08, 2010
Ever have that feeling like you have so much to do you don't know where to start? That's me. So instead of telling you the multitude of things on my To Do list, I'd rather hear what you've been up to. Have a book out? Participating in Nanowrimo (or whatever that's called)? Under deadline? Got an agent? Fill me in on what's happening in your world.
Saturday, October 30, 2010
Monday, October 25, 2010
Here's what's new and interesting in my world:
* RT Book Reviews gave Miss Bramble and the Leviathan 4 1/2 stars! You can read the fabulous review here.
* Bad Blood, book 3 in my new gothic urban fantasy series for Orbit Books, is done and out with my beta readers.
* Speaking of those Orbit Books, cover art is underway for that series (out next year) - and can I just say, prepare to be wowed. It's going to be unlike anything you've seen on an urban fantasy before. Awesome!
* Speaking of covers, the next book I'll be releasing on Kindle/PubIt/Smashwords is The Perfect Dish. I plan to release it early December. Here's the fabulous cover, done by the talented Kim Killion:
What's new in your world?
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Release week fun continues...
Ever wondered if you were "steampunk" or not? I've compiled a few fun and handy lists to help you figure it out. Stop by the Steamed blog and check out my guest post. Leave a comment and you could win a copy of Miss Bramble And The Leviathan!
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Miss Bramble And The Leviathan is officially on sale!!! You can get your copy here. Buy one for yourself and one for a friend! Nothing says I care like steampunk. ;o)
If you like a chance to win a copy, stop by Meljean Brooks blog today and leave a comment.
Here's the book's blurb:
The last thing she planned to steal was his heart.
The Company. Military institution, protector of Praeton and the nation of Grand Isle. Dirty rotten thief.
When Pandora Bramble steps aboard the Company’s premiere airship Daedalus it’s not for the exclusive VIP tour. It’s to secure proof that the Company stole the regulator valve her father designed—even if it means tearing the engine apart. Foiled by the unexpected appearance of a handsome crew member, she despairs of ever getting another chance—until he kisses her.
Captain Theolonius Hatch, sentenced to engine room duty for refusing to take part in the Company’s fleet week activities, never dreamed a woman like Pandora existed. Her brains match her beauty, a combination that adds up to more trouble than he ever expected.
As Pandora allows Theolonius to sweep her into a whirlwind courtship, her wildest dreams come true. As do her greatest fears, leaving her to decide what matters most. Loyalty…or love.
The clock is ticking.
Warning: This book contains airships, mechanical owls, women who are good with tools, men in and out of uniform, steam generated by engines and people, and some hot carriage scenes.Now go forth and purchase!
Monday, October 18, 2010
My steampunk romance, Miss Bramble And The Leviathan, comes out tomorrow from Samhain, which is very exciting, but that's tomorrow.
Today is all about work. Layering. Polishing. Tweaking. Revising. You know how it goes. Also, laundry. Ick.
What's on your plate today?
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Friday, October 15, 2010
Saturday, October 09, 2010
Wednesday, October 06, 2010
Heart Of Fire is now available for the Nook!
Check it out here. And ya know, feel free to snap up a copy or two. *wink wink*
Besides that, let's see what else is new...
I'm under deadline. Nope, not new.
My steampunk romance comes out from Samhain on the 19th. That's kinda new.
What's new with you?
Saturday, October 02, 2010
Friday, October 01, 2010
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
A real man is a woman's best friend. He will never stand her up and never let her down.
He will reassure her when she feels insecure and comfort her after a bad day.
He will inspire her to do things she never thought she could do; to live without fear
and forget regret. He will enable her to express her deepest emotions and give in to
her most intimate desires. He will make sure she always feels as though she's the most
beautiful woman in the room and will enable her to be the most confident, sexy,
seductive, and invincible....
No wait... sorry... I'm thinking of wine.
That's what wine does...
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Friday, September 24, 2010
Yesterday, Hotrod and I went to Universal and had a day of silly fun. It's the best kind really, riding rides, watching shows, eating stuff you're not supposed to, you know.
One of the things we got to do was visit the new Harry Potter section of Universal's Islands of Adventure. The Forbidden Journey ride, a 50 minute wait while the rest of the park's rides were 15 minutes tops, was worth it. (The wait was made especially interesting due to me pointing out to Hotrod that one of his socks was on inside out, and then his insistence on fixing it in the middle of the line. *sigh*) Once you get inside the building, you're entertained with talking portraits, giant statues (Hotrod asked me if Portugal was the natural habitat of griffins. I swear that man is losing his mind.) and 3-D holographic images of Harry, Hermoine, Ron and Dumbledore that look amazingly real. Also, it snowed on us. In the building. Awesome!
The ride itself, despite an over abundance of large, spitting spiders, was pretty good. I commend Universal for making the ride nice and long. It's a good payoff for the wait, IMO.
After that it was lunch time and we headed to the Three Broomsticks to eat. We had fish and chips (tasty!) and butterbeer. I had a frozen one and Hotrod had the non-frozen. It's completely non-alcoholic in case you're wondering.
Butterbeer, which I believe is only available at Universal, might be Hotrod's new favorite drink. It tastes like rootbeer made from shortbread cookies and butterscotch, minus the root. It was good, but very sweet and not that thirst-quenching on a hot day. And it's definitely better frozen. There was a table of kids next to us who had their picture taken with their butterbeer mustaches, something almost everyone drinking the stuff had because of the thick foamy almost ice cream like head on the stuff. Dessert in a cup, really.
We had a great day. I love Universal. No matter how many times we go - and we go often because we're season passholders - we always find something new to do or see and have a great time.
When's the last time you took a day off in the name of fun?
Monday, September 20, 2010
For some reason, more than ever, this weekend felt really, really short. Like we missed a day somehow.
As a result, I have so much to do today I'm afraid to look at my list. Because I have so much to do, this is short and sweet. Well, maybe not sweet. It's not like you get chocolate for answering.
Here are a few random questions for you...
Why is laundry never done?
Why can't men find the trashcan, dishwasher or hamper, even when it's 3 inches from the item they discarded?
Also, why do men think one sheet of toilet paper on the roll means they don't have to change it?
How do they make gummy cola bottles taste like cola?
Why hasn't someone come up with a healthy brownie that doesn't taste healthy?
Where is my assistant?
When does this ride stop?
Saturday, September 18, 2010
Friday, September 17, 2010
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
You can now pre-order my steampunk romance, Miss Bramble and the Leviathan! How cool is that? And at $2.80, it might be the bargain of the year. (Unless you count Heart Of Fire, which can currently be had for $2.59.)
Seriously, who wouldn't want a little steampunk romance in their life? Go get it, kittens! And if you don't have a Kindle, try downloading Kindle for PC. It's free!
Monday, September 13, 2010
We've all seen the fools that parade around with their underwear hanging out, but it occurred to me last night that these nutjobs might actually save the rest of us in case of zombie apocalypse.
See, I figure since they can't run more than a few steps without tripping on their pants, they'll provide a great distraction to the approaching zombie hordes, allowing the rest of the population a chance to get away while the zombies nom them like potato chips.
Isn't it natural selection for the weak and slow to get culled anyway? The only downside is that since zombies eat brains, they may not find the slack-witted gray matter of these saggy pants-wearing individuals that satisfying if smarts equals taste. I guess we'll just have to make the most of the distraction they provide.
If you see someone exposing their underwear this way, thank them for being willing to die for you. It's a real sacrifice to live such a short life and look ridiculous.
Saturday, September 11, 2010
Monday, September 06, 2010
Saturday, September 04, 2010
Friday, September 03, 2010
Wednesday, September 01, 2010
Today is my dad's birthday. If you know my dad, you're a fortunate person. If you don't, well, at least you know me. People who know us both say I'm a lot like him. I take that as a compliment. (Except for the impatience part which admittedly, we both need to work on.)
My dad is the hardest working, most honest, straight-forward guy you'll ever meet. He's a man of few words, but unending support. He's one of those guys who can't go anywhere without running into someone he knows. These places include Times Square on New Year's Eve and a deserted beach in Antigua.
He wasn't born with a silver spoon in his mouth (if anything it was tin and stolen from the neighbors) but he and my mom made a life for my brother and I that I wouldn't change for all the pasta in Italy.
He is a real life hero. I love you, dad. Happy Birthday!
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Today is the release day for the sequel to Gena Showalter's Intertwined and Louisa Edwards' Just One Taste!
For once, sixteen-year-old Aden Stone has everything he’s ever wanted:
The girl of his dreams.
Too bad he’s going to die…
Since coming to Crossroads, Oklahoma, former outcast Aden Stone has been living the good life. Never mind that one of his best friends is a werewolf, his girlfriend is a vampire princess who hungers for his blood, and he’s supposed to be crowned Vampire King – while still a human! Well, kind of.
With four – oops, three now -- human souls living inside his head, Aden has always been “different” himself. These souls can time travel, raise the dead, possess another’s mind, and, his least favorite these days, tell the future.
The forecast for Aden? A knife through the heart.
Because a war is brewing between the creatures of the dark, and Aden is somehow at the center of it all. But he isn’t about to lie down and accept his destiny without a fight. Not when his new friends have his back, not when Victoria has risked her own future to be with him, and not when he has a reason to live for the first time in his life…
Find out more here!
Just One Taste:
He has a hungry mind.
Bad-boy chef Wes Murphy dreads his final semester cooking class—Food Chemistry 101—until he meets the new substitute teacher. Dr. Rosemary Wilkins is a feast for the eyes, though her approach to food is strictly academic. So Wes decides to rattle her Bunsen burner by asking for her hands-on advice—on aphrodisiacs . . .
She’s got love down to a science.
Rosemary is a little wary about working with Wes, whose casual flirtations leave her hot under the collar. But once they begin testing the love-enhancing power of chocolate, oysters, and strawberries, it becomes scientifically evident that the brainy science nerd and the boyish chef have some major chemistry together—and it’s delicious . . .
Find out more here!
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
I've never been a runner. I always thought it seemed like a cool thing to do and a great way to burn calories and get in shape, but every time I tried it, I collapsed into a red-faced, heaving heap. I couldn't breathe and I felt like throwing up.
Not really incentive to keep going.
But I'm a determined soul and about 4 months ago, I started running on the treadmill. Two minutes was about the most I could do without passing out. But I kept at it, doing run/walk intervals. The first time I ran for five minutes without stopping, I felt like I could conquer the world. When I ran for eight, I was pretty sure I had conquered the world (or at least a small section of my neighborhood.)
Then at RWA's National Conference during the end of July, I ran my first mile. Twelve minutes! A whole mile! Did this achievement make me a runner? I wasn't sure, but it felt like I was on the verge of something. A point of no return. A precipice.
This week I ran 1.25 miles. Fifteen minutes without stopping. I'm pretty sure I'm officially a runner. And by the end of next month, I hope to be running 1.75 - 2 miles. When the weather cools, I'll be taking the show outside - something I'm really looking forward to.
I sure didn't start out running a mile, but now that I have, I feel like there's no holding me back. I've even briefly entertained looking into the possibility of doing a 5k. I know! Who am I?
Writing a book is a lot like learning to run. It takes time, desire and constant work. Stop writing for a week and see how easy it is to get back into your rhythm. It's not. Just like running. You've got to keep pushing forward. So go. Push. Run. Write. If I can do it, anyone can.
Saturday, August 21, 2010
Friday, August 20, 2010
Monday, August 16, 2010
I have a truck-load of stuff to do today including going to the bank and post office, two things I hate to do only because it means leaving the house. I'm not agoraphobic or anything, but leaving the house means getting myself together and when I'm in the thick of writing a book, that's just time I don't have. Chances are good "getting myself together" today will mean a ball cap and sunglasses. Ah yes, the fashion friends of a writer on a deadline.
Besides those errands I have to work out, vacuum and write. All things I wish someone else could do for me. Don't get me wrong, I like my writer job. But I don't love the fresh writing. I like revising an already written page, not creating a fresh one. Some of you are nodding. Some of you are raising an eyebrow. Hey, it's a process. At least I already got the kitchen floor mopped. I thought it best to do that before I was really awake and could argue myself out of doing it.
There's a new group blog in the neighborhood: Girlfriends Book Club. Check it out if you like women's fiction.
Have a great Monday! I'm still accepting applications for an unpaid intern. Just saying.
Saturday, August 14, 2010
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Just some random observations about this year's RWA Nationals Conference:
* Pubbed authors want to learn as much as unpubbed authors
* The more published you get, the more your priorities change
* There's no way you'll get to see everyone you want to see or do everything you want to do. The sooner you figure that out and become okay with it, the faster you'll settle into the rhythm of the conference
* Don't be nervous about approaching a RITA winner on Saturday night and congratulating them. They always have time for that!
* There's a fine balance between dressing for a long day and looking like you don't care.
* Conference is not the place to test your alcohol tolerance. Do something stupid and people will talk.
* Some people really do have to work/write/edit while at conference. Let them.
Feel free to add your own observations in the comments!
Sunday, August 08, 2010
There was much talk about promotion this year at RWA Nationals, as there is every year really, and it probably surprises no one that much of that talk focused on Twitter and Facebook. One of the most valuable workshops I attended was given by Louisa Edwards, Roxanne St. Claire and Teresa Medeiros. To be honest, I grabbed a seat in that audience at first because Louisa and Rocki just happened to be my suitemates, but the truth is it turned out to be a smart move because there was some great information to be had and it reaffirmed what I'm already doing. Not saying I'm ahead of the curve, but hello, I am SO not behind it either.
Facebook Fan Pages are The Thing. I have one (here), as do Roxanne St. Claire, Kresley Cole and Gena Showalter, just to name a few of my fav authors. Fan pages are a great way to stay in touch with not only the author themselves but other readers who love the same books. Once you establish a fan page, make sure you get a customized URL - the idea is that it reads like this: http://www.facebook.com/KristenPainterAuthor instead of like this: http://www.facebook.com/38743897439879845784 - much easier to list on websites, business cards, etc.
Once you establish your page, start routing friend requests there. This is going to be much easier if you're a published author. Unpubbed writers may have a harder time convincing people to like them when they don't really have any work to like.
Your mission today is clear. Go out and set up your FB fan page. Right after you "like" mine. ;o) If you already have a FB fan page, feel free to post a link in the comments!
Saturday, August 07, 2010
Friday, August 06, 2010
Tuesday, August 03, 2010
I think that's what I'm suffering from. RWA Nationals were amazing, but I can't seem to get back into the swing of my normal routine. Today has to be better than yesterday. Plus I need to work out.
I met some great writers at conference and missed hanging out with a few, but the days go by so fast and every year my schedule holds more appointments. There's only so much time in the day!
I'm already excited about next year in New York City. If I could just recover from this year's...
Saturday, July 31, 2010
Saturday, July 24, 2010
Friday, July 23, 2010
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Not forking out the dough for the RWA Conference this year, with evening wear, suits, high heels and whatever "business casual" means?
Not to worry! Romance Divas is hosting the
The Conference You Don't Have to Get Out of Bed For!
From July 28-31, come hang out with some terrific, savvy authors -- and you don't even have to brush your teeth (although, seriously, good dental hygiene gets you extra points.)
We'll be hosting panels on:
The Power of Three: A crit group tell-all (Paranormal)
Dayna Hart/Rowan Larke
The Lolitas of STEAMED! Present Writing the Steampunk Romance -more than leather corsets and brass goggles!
Whips, Chains, Slings, Oh My: It Really Isn’t About the Toys (BDSM Erotica)
The Great Big YA Panel
Register for free at Romance Divas, then come join us on the forums for the discussions, as well as some terrific prizes:
Eden Bradley/Eve Berlin:
1) erotic e-books, THE SEEKING KISS and TEMPT ME TWICE.
2) a synopsis critique in any sub-genre of erotica/erotic romance.
1) erotic e-books, DEVIL'S HEART and BRUSH STROKES.
2) book cover design or banner ad
copy of her e-book, ALL FIRED UP
1) STUPID CUPID YA Book trilogy
2) a proposal critique (1st 3 chapters and synopsis) for any genre of book, romance or not
1) The choice of one of her e-books: PERFECT FORMATION, ALPHA TURNED or BOUND BY SUNLIGHT.
2) A $25 Barnes and Noble gift card.
Robin L. Rotham: Signed copies of BIG TEMPTATION, ALIEN OVERNIGHT, and ENEMY OVERNIGHT
AJ Chase: copies of e-book CAT AND MOUSE
1) e-book package of both MYLA BY MOONLIGHT and SALOME AT SUNRISE
2) The complete Dirty Laundry Series (3 e-novellas) co-written by Ginny Glass aka Wordsugar and Inez Kelley
1) a three chapter ~and~ synopsis critique-any erotic romance, paranormal romance or historical romance.
2) Winners choice, in either print or e-book format (if available), of a set of the Simply series (there are 5) ~or~ a set of the Cowboys (there are 3) ~or~ a copy of KISS OF THE ROSE-readers choice.
Winners choice of any two e-books from her Samhain or Ellora's Cave back list
Critique of 1st chapter & synopsis-paranormal or contemporary romance
Shelley Munro: Winners choice of any one her backlist books from Ellora's Cave or Cerridwen Press
Ciar Cullen: Winner's choice of any one e-book on her website.
Voirey Linger: A copy of her e-book RISKING ETERNITY
1) a submission package critique (letter, synopsis and 3 chapters)
2) e-books! (details TBA)
1) 1st chapter and synopsis critique
2) One copy of any e-book off her Samhain backlist (http://samhainpublis.../crystal-jordan)
3) One copy of IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT (print or electronic, winner's choice)
1) a first chapter critique, any genre
2) an official BUTTERFLY SWORDS souvenir charm
Elise Logan: Winner's choice of any e-book from her backlist
1) A critique of an m/m story
2) Signed copies of her m/m vampire trilogy MY HEART IS WITHIN YOU, HAUNTED BY YOUR SOUL and OUR SACRED BALANCE
One jar of home made body or face scrub, customized to the winner's preferences and skin type.
For example: Orange Spice Oatmeal, Coffee-Cocoa, Citrus Salt, Lavender Mint, Honey and Flax
Sela Carsen: a copy of her e-book CAROLINA WOLF
1) a copy of her sweet fantasy romance ebook, EVERLONG.
2) two five dollar MBaM gift cards
Copy of her two e-books, LOVE TO DECLARE and ROCK STAR'S RETREAT
Cynthia Justlin: (Golden Heart Finalist!) Proposal Critique (3 Chapters and synopsis)-any genre other than erotic
1) signed copies of her contemporary romance, THE TROUBLE WITH TESSA and her chick lit romance COZUMEL KARMA
2) Proposal critique (3 chapters and a synopsis) any genre except Steampunk
Tina Burns-Publisher-Liquid Silver Books:
1) a critique of 1st 3 chapters & synopsis
2) 3 be-book prizes for 3 different winners! Winners choice of any one e-book download from LSB library.
Winner's choice of one e-book from her backlist-see her website for booklist.
Taneasha: handmade jewelry by our own Taneasha-details to come!
1) Winners choice of one e-book from her backlist-see her website for booklist.
2) Critique of up to 20 pages of either M/M, or M/F romance or erotic romance in various subgenres (contemporary, historical, paranormal or suspense/mystery)
A copy of his ebook BEAUTY AND THE BASTARD
3 print books TBA (whatever she finds at the RWA Conference)
Signed copy of SCANDAL SHEET
Jennifer Leeland/Jennifer McKenzie:
1) copy of her e-book MARKED FOR PLEASURE (Kindle version available upon request)
2) copy of her e-book MARKED FOR DESIRE (Releasing June 29th) (Kindle version available upon request)
3) copy of her e-books The Command Series (Trilogy)
4)copy of her BDSM e-book series (3 from TWRP and 1 from Samhain)
1) Critique of novella-length (up to 30k) manuscript; any time period, m/f, menage, f/f (m/m not her area of expertise)
2) signed print copies of her anthology: MATING CALL, DRAGON DANCE and DRAGON BOUND
3) e-book copy of CHANGING THUMBELINA
1) Signed copy of her erotic historical novel, ON THESE SILKEN SHEETS
2) Critique of first thirty pages of any Regency (erotic or non erotic fine, but m/m outside my area of expertise)
1) copy of her e-book The Twilight Deception
2) copy of her e-book The Shadow Unveiled
1) Critique of a synopsis
2) Winner's choice of any e-book from her back list.
1) copy of her e-book SOUL STEALER
2) copy of her e-book CATCH ME IN CASTILE
1 pair of hand made writing mitts or gloves-style and color TBD by the winner
Winner's choice of one copy of any of her books available in e-book format