Tuesday, December 30, 2008

New Year

Time to reflect, time to look back, time to take stock in everything about life.

I'm thankful for the things that might seem basic, but are actually everyday miracles in themselves: the happiness I get from my nephew and nieces. The support and comfort of my family. The fact that I still have a roof over my head and a job.

I'm thankful that I'm allowed to do what I love for a living--writing--and that there are wonderful people like you who read my stuff. Thankful that I've got freedom.

On a less important scale, I'm thankful that Bryan Fuller is coming back to HEROES and that we've been gifted with MAD MEN, DEXTER, and LOST. Thankful that I enjoy watching movies out of the theater (which has become a place I've avoided. Do you know that, before yesterday when I was dragged to see DESPEREAUX--which was actually pretty good--that the last movie I saw in a cinema was THE DARK KNIGHT?).

As for next year, there are plenty of items I'd like to work on, chief among them time management. And I'd like to be more optimistic, although I have to say that having a dark side has provided me with good material for writing.

Most importantly though, I hope that the coming year is kind to every one of you who is reading this.

Happy New Year, you all. :)

Sunday, December 28, 2008

FIRST BLOOD on Pub Weekly Blog

Cool--I found out yesterday that the FIRST BLOOD anthology was mentioned in Barbara Vey's Publisher's Weekly blog. To check it out, go here!

Hope your holidays are shaping up to be great....

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas!

I won't be on the computer tomorrow, so I wanted to wish you all a very Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays! I hope you're safe and warm with your loved ones...and that you have time to read a great book as you relax by the fire.

And just a reminder--you could still win two of my books over at the eHarlequin Special Edition blog at http://community.eharlequin.com/content/just-comment-chance-win-two-books#comment-131774.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Recipe at eharlequin.com

Hey--I posted at the eharlequin Special Edition blog site today, and if you click here, you'll have the chance to win a couple of books, plus you can add the yummy recipe I posted!

Have a great week.

Friday, December 19, 2008

It 'Twas a Fun Signing

I told you guys that I had a signing last Saturday at the wonderful Cheesecake and Crime mystery bookstore in Henderson, NV. If you're near the shop, I highly recommend you check it out, as it's the perfect place to spend a rainy, snowy, or sunny day, resting in the comfy chairs, reading a new mystery, and thoroughly enjoying the amazing cheesecake. (Seriously, this is the best cheesecake, and I'm not just saying that.)

We had a great time there the other night. Vicki Pettersson, who writes the urban fantasy Zodiac series (which is a must read), is hilarious. Although sitting next to her gorgeousness makes me feel like a troll, we nonetheless conducted an interview session with each other. Then we took questions from the audience. Then we signed.

I think a good time was definitely had by all, and afterward, a few of us went out to a nearby Greek place to chow down and smoke a hookah pipe. Wheeeeee!

Hope you all are ready for Christmas. I'm not, but that's nothing unusual, LOL. I'll eventually tear myself away from the computer and get my rear in gear....

Monday, December 15, 2008

HEROES/CHUCK, 12/15/08 and NINC Blog Giveaway

First off, I just want to point out that I’m blogging over at the NINC site today (Tuesday). I’m talking about how watching TV has actually become a part of my “writing process.” Sounds weird, I know (surprise, surprise), but I think you’ll understand where I’m coming from after you’ve read it. Also, I’m giving away a copy of my latest vampire Blaze, GOOD TO THE LAST BITE, to someone who comments….

So it ends up that I did ½ CHUCK recap tonight and ½ HEROES. Let’s start with the Chuckster, shall we?

I wasn’t sure about this episode at first, but it turned out to be one of the best episodes so far, IMHO. We’ll get to the reason shortly.

* Best part of Big Mike’s Santa suit is the splotchy blush on his cheeks. Excellent, sad detail.

* I did not need to see Morgan in tights.

* Hee! It’s the DIE HARD cop! I predict a Twinkie joke in this episode. (Am I remembering that movie correctly? It’s been a long time. Wasn’t there something about Twinkies?)

* Aw for Chuck, Sara, and the bracelet.

And this is where it starts to get magnificent….

* Hey, why can’t girls play football, too? Anna’s totally kick-ass, yet she was left on the sidelines. Boo.

* But yay for Team Awesome!!!

* WOW. Sara. I’m glad she did what she needed to do because letting the Fulcrum agent go would’ve been foolish (or should I say it would’ve been a really Sydney Bristow thing for her to do?). Letting him live would’ve come back to haunt Chuck in a big way.

* And THEN her action leads to a deeper complication rather than the more superficial one that’s been keeping Chuck and Sara apart.

Wow. Bravo, CHUCK people.

HEROES recap. Better than usual but CHUCK makes it suffer by comparison, and that’s wrong. I want to watch this program on its own merits but… Man, it’s hard with that kind of lead in.


* LOL for Daphne stealing Suresh’s formula and Suresh getting predictably whiny about it.

* I do like Peter much better without powers. (And at the end when he regains him? I say “sigh”. Round two.)

* Um. Okay. Super soldier sure didn’t last long.

* “And I’d like to give [Sylar] a good spanking,” says Claire. Can you all just see those fanfic boards going crazy right about now?

* HRG—the man with a cunning plan! (Gotta love him.)

* Gosh, they’re cleaning house tonight, huh? Tricy even gets to take out a “villain.”

* Listen to Gramma, Claire. But…no. Sylar corners his little mouse.

* Betting time: how many episodes into “Fugitives” until Sylar “miraculously” shows up? I say three.

What do you all think of the set up for the next volume? I’m not feeling Nathan’s whole “we must hunt them” vibe. Maybe it’s because the characters have gone back and forth with their motivations and personalities all season….

Hope everyone has a fun holiday time and you have a chance to stop by the NINC blog! ;)

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Signing in Henderson, NV, Tonight!

Don't forget--if you're in the Las Vegas/Henderson area, I'll be signing at the Cheesecake and Crime mystery bookstore tonight from 4-6 with Vicki Pettersson. Here's the web site for extra info:


Have a great one, you all.

Thursday, December 11, 2008


I finished my Special Edition proposal and am now prepping to write the rest of the first BLOODLANDS book. To get in the groove, I’ve been renting scary movies—mainly C-grade, cheap things because, frankly, I’ve seen many, many scary movies and I’m running out of them.

But last night, I came upon one that was a bit of a gem.

It’s called BEHIND THE MASK: THE RISE OF LESLIE VERNON. The title doesn’t really tell you just how fun this movie actually is: it’s a “mockumentary” about a wannabe serial killer (a la Jason or Freddy or Michael Meyers), and it’s being “filmed” by a na├»ve crew of university journalists. As usual, I’m not going to go into a lot of details, because discovering them is a great part of the movie. But the killer, Leslie, has studied all the rules and conventions of FRIDAY THE 13TH and HALLOWEEN, and he shows off his preparations to the crew as he leads up to the “big kill” night when a bunch of victims will be gathered in one of those places that movie killers often haunt.

Sounds kind of boring? Yeah, it does, but the execution and, surprisingly, the acting make this movie go places you wouldn’t expect. However, this film will probably be most enjoyed by those who’ve watched hundreds of scary movies—people like me, who have those rules and conventions down cold and can laugh at how they’re utilized in a script that’s pretty clever. In fact, just when you think there’s not going to be a third act, the creators bring one, and it becomes an application of all the lessons the script has just turned upside down. (Okay, you can see the twist coming, but it falls together with everything that comes before, and that makes it a bit awesome.)

Rent with popcorn and company!

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

HEROES, 12/8/08

One more episode this year! (The exclamation point is to mark my overwhelming relief, not a wail of grief.) I keep hearing that if Bryan Fuller does come back, he'll have a hand in only about the last three episodes of the season. This fills me with sorrow.

Since I must be happy, I will briefly comment on CHUCK first.

Weeee! An installment chock full of double crosses and con games. Fun! Sara's dad is a real piece of work, and Gary Cole makes him extra interesting. He's one of those people who makes me laugh just when I look at him because you know there's some kind of devilry going on behind that grin. And a huge ROFLOL for the "Oh, Yeah"/Ferris Bueller treatment of the Delorean and the General Lee. This show is geek paradise.

Now...onward to the HEROES stuff:

* LOL for Hiro and Claire talking at the same time--that was well done.

* I see a beach, debris... Oh, my word, have I stumbled onto the first new BATTLESTAR GALACTICA of the season??? Alas, I have not, because Sylar's mug interrupts my joy. And lest we still wonder if Elle is really dead? Looks like it. (Although there's a pretty heavy healing element to this episode and it makes me wonder if it's foreshadowing anything with Elle. [Hey, maybe there are some Elle molecules leftover? Maybe?] Frankly, if they're going to have this "shocking death," I wish they'd stick to it, although I doubt the same will hold for the other "shocking death" that occurs at the end of this episode.)

* I think I figured out one more reason HEROES isn't exciting me. I've noticed that the colors they're using lately are constantly dark and murky. However, they aren't creating any kind of evocative tone--creepy, ominous, whatever. The big picture only feels dreary and without soul, and I believe this is wearing on me, along with the lack of much forward progress altogether.

* Been meaning to ask--what's going on with Hayden's hair? Is that a wig? Is she okay?

* With everything Sylar does (including this "semi-shocking death" of the office worker), I couldn't care less. I just want him to be over.

* LOL with the two versions of Hiro echoing each other's moves.

* Please, Hiro's Mommy--heal him! Strike out that ten-year-old! Do it, DO IT!

* Convenient flag pole placement for Hiro.

* My bet is that Arthur Petrelli will be cruising around, all self-healed, by the end of next episode. It'll be the big "cliffhanger" when he pops back up and says something like, "Come to Pah-pa."

And there it is.

Thursday, December 04, 2008

For Jo Leigh

Some of you have been reading Jo Leigh's great Blaze books for a while, but what you might not know is that, earlier this year, her husband passed away. To add to that, his sickness resulted in some hefty medical bills.

Several of Jo Leigh's friends have gotten together to create an auction, where you can bid on everything from author critiques to signed books and beyond. If you check out
you'll find all this great stuff, which will result in aiding a truly nice person....

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

HEROES, 12/1/08--and a chance to win FIRST BLOOD

First, let's talk about the chance to win a signed copy of FIRST BLOOD.... Lori Devoti, who is a kick-ass writer for Nocturne, interviewed me, and she's posted the results at her site. If you comment there, you can win the book, but you can also chat with me about Dracula's brides and Vampire Babylon because I'm in and out of the comment area. So drop by, okay?


Second, I still love CHUCK. Please watch it so it doesn't get cancelled. You will be rewarded via its endearing characters, hilarious continuity, geek in-jokes, and fun plot lines. And Adam Baldwin.

Now, for the main event....



Tell me you didn't kill off Kristen Bell--yet another amazing guest star who had tons of possibiity that was squandered. I realize that there is a call for some "real death" in the storylines, but why do away with the most interesting, charasmatic characters instead of things like Maya?

Just...grrr. I used to be so excited to watch this show, and I think my last thread of hope is about to snap. The only thing keeping it together is the glimmer of Bryan Fuller returning.

Pay-by-play recap:

* We do get more HRG time, and he is back to being awesome. For that I am happy!

* Mohinder has Maya's address? Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo...!

* LOL about Hiro at the comic store, sitting down with that giddy smile while combing through the issues. I can relate, as I'm sure you can, too.

* (Side note: Have you been watching the BENJAMIN BUTTON previews? I can't believe I'm emotionally touched as well as totally creeped out at the same time.)

* I am pining for the return of adult Hiro. Please come back to us!

* Why does it feel like a lot is happening, but nothing is really happening? Lots of running around, but there's nothing in motion.

* Whoa--I thought for sure that the eclipse would end before HRG slit Sylar's neck. But something tells me that Sylar will still be faintly alive when the eclipse returns and he'll heal right back up.
And HRG? You are a man to reckon with, and that's why you're my fave.

* Claire's "dead."

* Claire's not dead. Shocker.

* Eclipse premise = useless

* (Another commercial comment: When is Christian Syriano--or however you spell his name--going to leave me alone? PROJECT RUNWAY is over, my friend.)

* (And isn't it sad that I'm paying way more attention to the commercials than the show? I'm actually kind of relieved when they come on.)

* Sylar's not dead, too. Wow--I'm stunned. I mean, I'm just... Not stunned.

* Yay--Hiro takes Sylar!!! That was awesome. More. More!

* Heh. LOL for the urban legend the comic geek heard at the convention. If you've never hung out with geeks, you'd think this is a weird conversation. But in reality? Nope.

* And the curse of the talented casting coup lives on with Kristen Bell. Can someone tell me why Elle just sat there and let Sylar slice her? What happened to those lightning powers that messed up Sylar before?

Hope to see you guys over at Lori's site!