Thursday, February 28, 2008

ONE FOR THE ROAD Cover


Here's next month's cover! It's got my first shirtless cowboy. Saddle up!

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Signings This Weekend

If any of you are in the Las Vegas/Henderson area this weekend, I'll be signing MIDNIGHT REIGN at two stores:

Saturday, 3/1/08 at 2pm
Borders
1445 W Sunset Rd.
Henderson, NV 89044
(702) 433-6222

and

Sunday, 3/2/08 at 2pm
B. Dalton in the Galleria Mall
1300 W Sunset Rd.
Henderson, NV 89014
(702) 434-1331

Have a great week!

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Chinese Food and Oscar

Up to about three years ago, I used to get totally geeked for Oscar night. My family and I would sit oursevles in front of that TV hours before the actual ceremony, enthralled by the beautiful dresses and red carpet interviews. About a half hour before the first award, we'd carry out another part of our traditions by having Chinese food delivered, and we'd be sure to have the voting ballots I'd typed up all filled out and ready to go.

But something happened between there and here.

I lost interest. Sure, there's still Chinese food on Oscar night, but there are no ballots and not nearly as much excitement.

Is it the movies that have been nominated in recent times? Is it because, after researching and then writing about Hollywood in the Vampire Babylon books, the sheen was stripped from the entire scene for me?

Tonight I will watch the show, but I haven't even seen any of the nominated movies. I'd love to see JUNO, but as for the rest of them? DVD. And that's so sad because, in the past, I would've had all those movies watched on a big, beautiful cinema screen before this big night.

Is it just me or do you feel the same way about what's been happening with the movie scene in recent years...?

Friday, February 22, 2008

Blog at Fallen Angel Reviews

Today my blog is at Fallen Angel Reviews, where I'm giving away a signed copy of NIGHT RISING! Click here to be whisked away....

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Being Sick Rocks

Ever have one of those months? Deadlines are in a pile in front of me and, of course, this is the perfect time to get the flu *and* to have major connectivity issues online. So before I either keel over or lose connectivity, here's a short blog with links to new reviews for both NIGHT RISING and MIDNIGHT REIGN....

http://ck2skwipsandkritiques.com/nightrising_debbie.html

http://ck2skwipsandkritiques.com/midnightreign_debbie.html

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Paranormal Romance Review

Busy weekend... The signing at Mysterious Galaxy was great, with a few new readers and good friends who stopped by. Thank you, you all! This is a bookstore that focuses on sci-fi and fantasy, and I couldn't get out of there without buying more books, of course! And in case you're interested, they're selling my signed books online.

Also, here's a link to a review of MIDNIGHT REIGN at Paranormal Romance!

Friday, February 15, 2008

Mention in the New York Times blog! Interview!

Whoa. A good friend, Cheryl Howe, emailed me yesterday, wondering if I knew that MIDNIGHT REIGN had been mentioned in the New York Times blog, Paper Cuts.

"Wha?" I said.

"Here," she said, giving me this link and assuring me that I had nothing to fear in reading it.

I don't know how this happened, but someone out there read the book and thought quoting a nice chunk of it was worthwhile. Things like this never happen to me! Yay!

And just to usher in the weekend, here's an interview I had with the wonderful Debbie Meredith. Enjoy this as well as your weekend!

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Playhouse: THE SEVEN

It's been a while since I've gone to the La Jolla Playhouse for a performance, so last night was a treat. It especially interested me because what we saw was a "flipping" of Aeschylus' SEVEN AGAINST THEBES.

First, let me explain that quoted term. According to the play's book-and-lyric scribe, Will Power, "flipping"is a hip-hop term that "[takes] something and [keeps] the essence and the quality and the feel of it, but you make it something different." We're used to hearing "flipped" songs, where old music is sampled and turned into something new, and this is what Power did with this play, which is about the cursed sons of Oedipus.

The purpose of "flipping" a story that might not seem to have much relevance today is to create relevance, and Power does that by using the driving theme of being unable to fight fate. (Oedipus has cursed his sons, foretelling that they will destroy each other, and the sons spend the first part of the play denying it'll ever happen. You can guess what happens after that--it does happen and, in spite of themselves, they fall into fate's clutches.) They way I saw this play, this theme is applied to issues in the black community, echoing the question of whether a person is always going to have a defeatest (or as they say in the play, "slave") mentality or whether they're going to overcome it. The updated language is pop, but the message is just as strong as it was when Oedipus' sons were first cursed on paper.

Personally, I thought it was all brilliantly done: this work isn't only entertaining with its mix of hip-hop and classical, but it's got a lot of power as an educational tool. The play also got me thinking about my own work, because I've got a backburner project that "flips" a classic story, as well. With all the talk right now about copying ideas and words, I was wondering where my backburner work fit in-- is it coyping? Or is it what composers like Mozart do when they create variations on a theme?

Because *that's* flipping, and I'm fascinated by the possibilities here: the ability to take echoes from the past and turn up the volume to broadcast what's happening all around us today....

Saturday, February 09, 2008

Signings

Quick post to tell those of you in the San Diego area about two signings:

Sunday, 2/10/08 at 2pm with Mary Leo and Michele Scott
Borders #341
878 Eastlake Parkway, Ste. 710
Chula Vista, CA 91914

and

Friday, 2/15/08 at 7pm
Mysterious Galaxy
7051 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., Ste. 302
San Diego, CA 92111
858-268-4747
(more information at http://mysteriousgalaxy.booksense.com/NASApp/store/IndexJsp?s=storeevents&eventId=364801 )

Hope to see you there!

Friday, February 08, 2008

OOTB Tour: SOLAR HEAT

Another offering from Out of the Blogosphere!

SOLAR HEAT by Susan Kearney
(TOR Books, February 5, 2008)

WATCH the book video here: www.susankearney.com

Is she an indispensable ally. . . or his worst enemy?

When Intersolar Mining entrepreneur Derrek Archer rescues Azsla from her emergency sleeping pod, he's confounded by his desire for her. An inexplicable desire. An irresistible desire that causes Derrek to wonder if he's been drugged or hypnotized.

Is she better off with him . . . or without him?

Azsla's attracted to the sexy asteroid miner, but she fears getting close to Derrek might compromise her mission and reveal her secret. A secret that she's an enemy spy and her facade hides a complex and powerful woman—one capable of enslaving Derrek and destroying everything he holds dear.
Will Azsla's devastating secret destroy them . . . or save them?
When a cataclysm of deadly proportions threatens Derrek's world, they must overcome their distrust, suspicion and opposing loyalties. But while uniting forces might save a planet, working together might tear them apart or bring them together. Forever.

Excerpt: http://www.susankearney.com/solar_heat.html

ABOUT SUSAN KEARNEY
Susan Kearney used to set herself on fire four times a day, now a USA TODAY BESTSELLING author, she does something really hot—she writes paranormal romance. With over 50 books in print, she can still apply the old rule of "write what you know" and never run out of ideas for characters and plots. An All-American and professional diver, expert in martial arts, sailor, real estate broker and owner of a barter business as well as women's fitness and three hair salons, she has enough material for a lifetime.


REVIEWS for Solar Heat

Romantic Times 4 ½ Stars Top Pick

Susan Kearney writes futuristics as good as anyone in the business. Her world building is fantastic, but yet doesn’t overpower the characters or the inherent love story. Sparks fly off the pages of SOLAR HEAT, be careful you don’t get burned.—Cat Cody


Susan Kearney has written another great futuristic romance. The characters reach out to the reader, even through the galaxies. SOLAR HEAT is definitely hot! -- Lori Sears


"A hot and sexy sci-fi fantasy set among the stars."
Reviewed by Mandy Burns Fresh Review
SOLAR HEAT is one sensual roller coaster that will speed up any reader's heart rate. I give Solar Heat 5 Moonbeams.

Veronica
Strictly Romance Reviews


Website: http://www.susankearney.com

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Fun Blog Convo

Hey, as I posted, I guest blogged at Dionne Galace's site, and we've been having lots of fun coming up with "weird crushes." As you can imagine, I have a whole list of them. But these aren't run-of-the-mill crushes, you guys. These are people you might be embarrassed to admit crushing on.

Come on over!

www.dionnegalace.com

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

MIDNIGHT REIGN is out!!!


But, again, you knew that. Here are some places where I've blogged: Dionne's blog is a little different from the norm and Selena was kind enough to throw a party for me at "her place"!

http://dionnegalace.com/wordpress/


http://knightagency.blogspot.com/


http://freshfiction.com/blog/

http://selenaillyriasthoughts.blogspot.com/2008/02/chris-marie-green-on-midnight-reign.html

Have fun!

Monday, February 04, 2008

In Case You Didn't Know...

In case you didn't know that MIDNIGHT REIGN, Vampire Babylon, Book Two, is being released tomorrow (heh), I'm reminding you! Here are two neat reviews that make me happy:

One from Romance Junkies.

And one from Fallen Angel Reviews.

Such a relief to hear this!
Until tomorrow....

Friday, February 01, 2008

Enter to Win a Copy of MIDNIGHT REIGN!

Happy Friday!

I've known Sheri WhiteFeather/Cherie Feather for years now--she's always been a great critique partner and friend, and I'm really excited about her first trade single title release in June. ART OF DESIRE is hot, hot, hot, but it's also highly emotional. That's a bonus in an erotic romance, because the emphasis here isn't just on providing steamy sex. There's a truly touching love story at the heart of the novel, and I think everyone is going to love it as much as I did.

Sheri/Cherie is kindly giving away MIDNIGHT REIGN this week (the deadline for entry is Feb. 8), so if you'd like to dash on over to enter click here, and enjoy Cherie's site!