Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Post-RWA

Exhausting. And good.

Maybe that's how you've described conferences, too, because most writers are "introverts pretending to be extroverts" at these events. When you spend a lot of time in front of a computer not using your voice box, the act of talking and networking and constantly being "on" can drain you!

And that's always the case with the Romance Writers of America conference, which was held in New York this year. BTW, if you think you can take a breath of alone-time air outside, think again.


But you gotta love it all.

I had a great time on the Surviving Hybrid panel with Tera Lynn Childs and Shana Galen, and was happy to meet audience members who came up to us afterward. The Berkley signing was fantastic, and I got to meet Kelly Collins, a fellow member of an upcoming box set we're both in. I also met readers of the Jensen Murphy, Ghost for Hire series--woot! Your comments were all heartfelt and appreciated!

The workshops were, as always, informative and inspiring.

Yet what would a conference be without coming face to face with old friends and writers I admire? Big thank yous to Christie Ridgway, Stephanie Bond, Barbara Freethy, and Kristen Painter for taking the time to honestly and kindly offer advice. Mary Leo and Erin Quinn, you are awesome conference partners! And I finally got to meet up with my constant critique partner Judy Duarte.

Lastly, there are the parties. Ahhh, the parties! Big thanks to Berkley for their Bryant Park Grill shindig, which offered enough food to keep my tummy full and happy for a couple days afterward. (Check out this dessert table)


After the conference, I was able to have a New York Day, which consisted of walking at least four miles over the city streets. I kid you not because, yes, I am a major walker, and I enjoyed every second. (And you wonder why I say I'm exhausted?) I had brunch at Perilla and visited Eataly with Mary Leo, but Eataly was about as crowded as Comic-Con.

Still, it had a cheese counter that made me want to dive face-first into it.

So that was my big summer vacation! What did you all do this summer?

Monday, July 20, 2015

WET AND WILD is out today!!!


Looking for a hot romance to steam up your summer? Here you go!

Wet and Wild is a prequel to the three existing Rough and Tumble books from Berkley InterMix--and it's priced lower than the other stories in the series, too. Yes, it's a 50,000 word novel, not 85,000 like Rough and Tumble, Down and Dirty, and Hot and Bothered, but you'll still get a full romance. (The difference is that Wet and Wild doesn't feature a subplot.)

You'll see a few characters from the core books, so Cash Campbell is hanging around the saloon, along with Kat the bartender, troublemaking Jimmy Beetles, and the Burton brothers from Hot and Bothered (Rochelle's wild cowboy cousins)!

Here's a taste of what's it like to get Wet and Wild...


Everyone at the Rough & Tumble Saloon has a secret…

When Reece Marlow, the ex water polo Olympian athlete, hit Las Vegas, he hit it hard—gambling, carousing, and making it a point to have sex at every Sin City landmark. Some might say he’s trying to play away the emptiness he feels from leaving his superstar career behind, but Reece is fending off even bigger secrets—ones that could potentially ruin his high-flying, endorsement-filled life.

When he meets Talia McCarter at the Rough & Tumble, he doesn’t know that she’s fighting her own inner demons, but these two are bound to light the desert nights on fire with their hot romance—and maybe find love in the flames…


It's available on
Kindle
iBooks
Nook
Kobo (upcoming)

Hope you like--and watch for Rough and Tumble novellas in the near future, including Naughty and Nice, which will feature Jesse Navarro from the Pink Ladies Gentlemen's Club. It'll be included in a to-be-named Christmas box set going on pre-order in October...

Sunday, July 19, 2015

RWA Bound

It's been a few years since I've been to an RWA conference, and two days beforehand, I already can't sleep because I'm so excited!


If you're going to be at the Marriott Marquis for the conference, I'm hoping I'll see you at:

* The Berkley Book signing in the Westside Ballroom on the 5th floor from 1-2:30pm on Friday, 7/24

* The Surviving Hybrid panel in the Gramercy and Olstead room on the 7th floor from 11-12pm on Saturday, 7/25 (I'll be on the panel with Tera Lynn Childs and Shana Galen.)

Unfortunately, I didn't get into the Literacy Autographing on Wednesday night, but I'm going to be hanging out with my good friend Judy Duarte, so you can say hi at her station! I'll be around until about 6:45.

Happy travels!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

How Am I Reading Five Books at a Time?

How did this come to pass?

I've always been an eclectic reader, or maybe calling myself a "multi-reader" would be equally accurate. It's just that I get so excited about books that I go all buffet on them--I can't help piling more than one on my plate. In the past, they've been from different genres, and sometimes they have definite purposes, such as research for my writing or advanced reader copy blurbing. Sometimes a due date at the library will even dictate what I'm reading (as you will soon see).

But five at a time? That's ridiculous, even for me!

Maybe it's because this is *summer.* Magical, there-are-hardly-any-TV-shows-on-now summer. Maybe it's because I spazzed out at the library and put too many things on hold. Whatever the case, let's see what's on the buffet line these days, shall we?

1. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
The Why I Am Reading This:
My friend Tera Lynn Childs recommended this book to me. Those of you in the know are chuckling and thinking, "Yeah, Chris, this has only been on the YA bestseller lists for, like, three years." (That's what Tera said, LOL.) So I'm a little behind, but I wasn't going to let being passe stop me from reading about a girl who committed suicide and sent cassette tapes to thirteen people who played a part in her demise. I'm listening on audio from the library, so there's a due date and, hence, a rush to finish. The story is a tragic mystery, and as I near the end, my emotions are going nuts. I'm pissed at Hannah, the girl who took her life, but that's all I'm going to say because...spoilers. I wouldn't do that to you!

2. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

The Why I Am Reading This:
The Skimm told me to. Also, are you sensing a pattern here? (YA, anyone? You'll see why I'm YAing in #3.)

So far, this book (a library Kindle loan--told you all my library books came at once!) reminds me of what an old Jay McInerney story would be like without the drugs and debauchery. We'll see how Less Than Zero it gets, if it even does.

3. The Rules by Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguie

The Why I Am Reading This:
a) Nancy Holder is a good friend. b) I had an idea for a YA thriller and was dismayed to find out that my good friend had written one before I did. Oh, well! c) It's inspired by movies like Scream, and you know I'm not going to pass that goodness up.

Surprise! This is not a library book.

4. And Then Forever by Shirley Jump
The Why I Am Reading This:
I was lucky enough to be asked to read an ARC for Shirley Jump's new contemporary romance series. Yay! I am an ARC hussy, and I can't wait to give this a blurb. (It'll be released later this month.)

And...

5. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
The Why I Am Reading This:
Um, who isn't reading this? If you're not, I suppose you'd better get on the psychological thriller wagon. Er, train. This is an audio loan from the library, which, now that I'm thinking about it, must've taken a perverse pleasure in making all my requests available at *at the same time.*

The less I say about this book the better, because again--spoilers. Just know that it starts out very Rear Window-y and is basically a psychopath's version of a catfight at this point.

Yeah, you're totally checking it out now.

And there you go. BTW, I frequently tweet about what I'm reading on Twitter, so join me on #amreading @ChrisMarieGreen and @CrystalGreenMe!

Friday, July 10, 2015

Comic-Con, Friday

Today was opposite day at the Con. Whereas yesterday was all about doing the most popular things possible (Hall H, peoples!), today was about just kicking around the exhibit floor, mostly in the spaces where smaller artists hang out. I had two younguns with me, so I didn't even get to drop by *my* booths to say hi to those I know!

One member of our party bought a righteous fake sword at a "weapons" booth, so that was major. The second was on a serious search for the Hannah Lynn booth: she's an artist who creates gorgeous renditions of everything from mermaids to ballerinas. In other worlds, every girl would love Hannah's work! (Including me. )

Of course, no trip to the Con would be complete without attending the TEEN TITANS GO! panel. Always hilarious. Then we decided to see what was going on outside of the convention center, in the "interactive zone" by Petco Park. You don't need a badge to go in here, so if you want to get a taste of the Con, you can visit for free.

Warner Brothers had a big presence with SCREAM QUEENS (which gave us free strawberry "blood" ice cream--and it was good!--and took pix of us looking horrified). 91X, the alt radio station that provided the soundtrack to my younger years, was there, along with the PEANUTS MOVIE and food trucks. It was actually more pleasant than the Con exhibit floor, which is always so crowded that you find yourself almost eating the hair of the person in front of you.

Hmm--it doesn't sound like we did much, but we did. Honest. And I'm absolutely sleep-hammered now...

Thursday, July 09, 2015

Comic-Con, Thursday

Comic-Con threw me a curveball today!

It's extremely tough to get into Hall H these days. Like, it's probably easier to find a unicorn tooting rainbows than it is to get into Hall H. But what do you know? A half hour before the MOCKINGJAY, Part 2 panel, Twitter told me that people were waltzing right in.

So we waltzed, and we saw this striking and powerful teaser, along with a trailer...and lots of the cast! Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, and Willow Shields were there with Francis Lawrence (the director) and Nina Jacobson. JLaw, Josh H, and Liam H were having the most fun.



We also hung out for Trailer Park and the DR. WHO panel, plus got some swag from the MTV booth: a SCREAM t-shirt, buddies!

Monday, July 06, 2015

Thank God for Netflix During the Summer

The dividing line between the rest of the year and summer for me isn't a change in the weather. It comes during that final week of TV programming when all the season finales happen. Immediately afterward, it's like...poof! Nothing more to entertain you, minion.

Thank God for Netflix, because that's when binge-TV watching becomes my life.

I'd been saving Bloodline for summer, and it's the perfect series for this time of year: it takes place in the Florida Keys, where the water comes in different, vivid shades of blue and the sand is white and pure. You can almost feel the humidity on the skin of the characters as they wear their sweat-soaked tank tops and hang out at dusk at beachside bars. But Bloodline offers so much more than just atmosphere--it has a grimy noir feel that weaves itself in and out of a dysfunctional family, leaving you dwelling in more than one layer of darkness, just like those different shades of water-blue.

There're family secrets. Love dramas. And death.

It is awesome.

The only problem is the big hole left in the center of me now that I've binge-watched the heck out of Bloodline. I'm actually starting on The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt to feel happier.