Monday, June 30, 2008

A HEROES Huh?

Some of you might have already seen these, but I can't figure out what's going on in these sneak HEROES photos, within the context of the HEROES world or personally, with Hayden and Milo....

http://www.celebrity-gossip.net/celebrities/hollywood/hayden-panettieres-got-a-gun-204657/

Are we getting an alternative world with the third seasons' "Villains"? I kind of hope not, seeing as there's so much already going on that needs to be addressed in the "real" HEROES universe. And I'm really behind on all the gossip but Milo and Hayden are dating?

Squick.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Enneagrams

Last weekend, I had the pleasure of seeing one of my friends, Laurie Schnebly Campbell, for the first time in a long time, and to double the delight, it was because she was in town to give a writing workshop.

I got to know Laurie because she's a fellow Special Edition writer, and her books always have fabulously constructed characters who weave in to their plots to maximum effect. Laurie is a master at craft, and she's released a book called BELIEVABLE CHARACTERS: CREATING WITH ENNEAGRAMS to enlighten others about her methods.

Enneagrams are people "types": a list of nine general categories that describe everything from a perfectionist to a peacemaker, and using these qualities really lends to an in-depth character on the pages. Her workshop about how to use enneagrams when creating character is one of those light-bulb experiences that greatly aid during a work in progress; what I mean is that instead of merely taking notes, I sat in my seat while listening to her, actively applying everything to *my* new characters, hopefully enriching my own work.

If you stop by Laurie's site at www.BookLaurie.com, you'll find a treasure trove of writing gems, among them tip sheets and a constructive journal reflecting the progress on her latest book. If you're in need of a craft boost or you just want to sharpen your skills, I highly recommend exploring it....

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Upcoming Events

July is going to be busy, especially the last couple of weeks.

Basically, I'll have Comic-Con, then a mini-book tour up the coast until I reach San Francisco for the RWA National conference. If anyone is able to makes these events, I'd love to see you--and please keep checking this blog for any updates.

Here's the scoop so far:

Thursday, July 24, 12pm - signing in Comic-Con, San Diego's Exhibition Hall at the Penguin/Mysterious Galaxy booth. There'll be a limited amount of free copies of NIGHT RISING being given away!

Saturday, July 26, 1:30pm - I'll be appearing on a "Things That Go Bump In The Night" panel at the Con. Participants haven't been verified yet, but let's just say I'm totally nervous to be in the company of these people! Afterward, at 2:30pm, there'll be a signing in the Autograph Area.

Monday, July 28, 2pm - signing with Ann Aguirre (GRIMSPACE) in Santa Barbara's Barnes & Noble on State St.

Tuesday, July 29 - possible signing with Ann Aguirre in San Luis Obispo (check back for more details as they're confirmed)

Wednesday, July 30, 5:30-7:30pm - signing at the RWA National Literacy Event

Friday, August 1, 3pm - signing at Berkley open house

And then it's home to sleep. :)

Monday, June 23, 2008

Another Good Bet

Speaking of books to read, I'd like to put another suggestion out there for you guys.

I was chasing one of my little nieces through the library when I spotted a Cathy Yardley book on the shelf. Amazingly, it was one that I had not read yet--COUCH WORLD, a Red Dress Ink. I'm already halfway through it, and I love Yardley's trademark wit and pop culture depth. She also puts together fast-paced stories that feature "different" characters. What I mean by this is that she dares to write about people the reader might not necessarily like...but maybe you'll understand where they're coming from by the end of the story. I just love that.

The other day, I also picked up her newest release in the store.


I'm always a sucker for a new take on fairy tales (and just remember I said this when A DROP OF RED comes out in March, 2009!). CRAVE is an erotic twist on the Snow White story, and I'm really looking forward to getting into this one, too!

Hope you all are reading some great summer books....

Friday, June 20, 2008

Alphabet Erotica

Strange title, eh? But here's the deal: I was in a Barnes & Noble when I saw these gorgeous books lined up on the shelves. They featured sleek white covers with vintage painting-versions of old sassy Bettie Page-type photos, and each book had a title containing a letter from the alphabet. I picked up A IS FOR AMOUR, totally drawn in by the packaging and thinking I'd read in order.

These books are actually erotica anthologies compiled by Alison Tyler. What a smart concept. And the stories are naughty, yet not toally overboard. In fact, Anais Nin writes about more taboo stuff and leaves you feeling much deh-tier.

Check them out for a lazy-weekend read!

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Update

Hey, all!

In case you're waiting for the contest winner announcement, I'm waiting myself for the winner to confirm. Just a reminder--if I send you an email, you've got two weeks to claim the prize, per the posted contest rules. I've got lots of cool stuff coming up to give away, so hang in there for more!

Meanwhile, I have only three chapters left to write on the Japan Blaze. Things are getting intense between the main couple and the subplot couple (You know I love to write those subplots for Blaze. It's one of my favorite reasons to write for the line.), and I just want them all to get it together and have those happy romance endings!

Monday, June 16, 2008

What's Doing?

I've having a load of fun writing a book at the moment. (Does that somehow sound sarcastic? Well, it isn't. Bet you didn't expect that.)

I'm 2/3 of the way through a Blaze that takes place in Japan, and I get to go back through all my journals and Web notes (Crystal's Hyperchick Japan Adventures Part 1 and 2), and it's bringing back great memories of my trip there. Thank goodness I was detailed in my descriptions--I thought that one day I might be writing a book with this setting, so I noted everything via the five senses, plus quirky stuff that happened to me. Everything from the food, "snack bars," my visit to Atami, the colors and textures of a bar we found literally underground... They're all there, and I'm longing for another visit.

I should finish this near the end of June, then it's on to Vampire Babylon, Book 5. Actually, I already plotted that sucker out; I also wrote the first two chapters before I needed to shift to the Blaze.

Okay, it's back to Japan now....

Saturday, June 14, 2008

So Happy This Is Not Me

Here's a funny little sketch to start your weekend. Let's all thank the powers that be that we don't have to work this way. At least I hope you don't!

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Want To Watch Something SuperCute?

I know--I'm so behind the times.

I have only joined the cult of WONDERFALLS.

Took me long enough, huh? But I kept hearing about the awesomeness of this series, whose life was cut so tragically short by the trigger-fingers at Fox.

But, hey, you lucky bunch--you can see all 13 episodes on DVD!

Basically, we've got a twentysomething Ivy-League school graduate who can't bring herself to get a real job so she works at a souvenir store in Niagara Falls. Jae (I think that's how she spells her name.) is shiftless. She loves to mock. In fact, she is kind of mean to everyone, but in a funny, maddeningly grow-on-you sorta way. And in at least one of the thirteen precious episodes, her whole Gen-Y attitude is skewered, so the series in itself is devastatingly and hilariously self-aware.

Oh, and I should mention that the premise centers around the fact that those souvenir stuffed animals and collectibles in the shop talk to Jae. But get this--there's actually a real sweet love story (or two) brewing under all the quirkiness and froth.

Also, Bryan Fuller was behind the show. You know--the guy who made the first season of HEROES lovable? The guy who brings the same adorability to PUSHING DAISIES? (You'll even recognize Lee Pace, the Pie Maker, in this show. I've got a thing for him.)

I'm actually in a bit of withdrawal right now, knowing I won't get any more episodes. However, I found this little video on YouTube (where else?), and it'll show you excerpts and establish the darling yet edgy tone of this cult show.

I love this song. I even watched the credits just to hear it every time.

Enjoy!

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

What's That? ANOTHER Giveaway???

I have a guest blog up at Shelfari.com today. Sherry was very graciously invited me there because she just read NIGHT RISING and really enjoyed it. Yay, Sherry! ;) I'm giving away a copy of MIDNIGHT REIGN, but I believe you have to be a member of Shelfari and the group to enter. (Both are easy, especially if you want to chat with other like-minded vampire-lovin' readers.)

Here's a link:

http://www.shelfari.com/groups/24945/discussions/51548/Chris-Marie-Green----Offical-Blog-Thread

Friday, June 06, 2008

OOTB Booktour: MOONSTRUCK

Here's a futuristic romance to go out and buy for a great weekend read!

MOONSTRUCK by Susan Grant
HQN Books, June 1, 2008

PEACE IS FOR LITTLE GIRLS.
And Coalition starship admiral Brit Bandar is one tough woman. A mere intergalactic treaty could never get her to trust the Drakken Horde. There was too much bad blood between the Coalition and the Horde and, for intensely personal reasons, Brit wasn’t sure that she was through spilling it! But now a peaceful accord has made Finn Rorkken, a notorious Drakken rogue, second-in command on her starship – and through some grand cosmic irony – front and center in her thoughts…and her heart.

WARLEADER. PIRATE.
Either title sat easily on Finn’s battle-hardened shoulders. Though second-in-command to “Stone-Heart” Bandar? That would take some getting used to. Peace required as much sacrifice as war, so he’d comply even if his reaction to the gorgeous admiral fell decidedly outside protocol. But would he end up kissing or killing her if the galaxy’s tentative truce turned into all out war?

Cover: http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/514Ay5Ag9BL._SS500_.jpg
Excerpt: http://www.susangrant.com/books/moonstruck.htm

ABOUT SUSAN GRANT
RITA award winner and NY Times best-selling author Susan Grant loves writing about what she knows: flying, adventure, and the often unpredictable interaction between the sexes! When she’s not writing romances set in far-flung locales, Susan pilots 747 jumbo jets to China, Australia, Europe, and many other exotic overseas destinations where she finds plenty of material for her novels.

REVIEWS
4.5 stars! The quick pace and compelling characterization make this space adventure riveting! --reviewed by Jill Smith, RT Magazine
[A gripping storyline, fascinating characters and great writing. Susan Grant has an immense talent for writing this special brand of romance. --Tanzey Cutter, Fresh Fiction."[A] can’t-put-down read that draws you in from the first page and doesn’t let go until the tension-filled final chapters!" -- Linnea Sinclair, RITA award winning author of THE DOWN HOME ZOMBIE BLUES
This tale packs a punch! Fans of the Honor Harrington series (by David
Weber) will thoroughly enjoy Brit and Finn's story. I could not help but give a spontaneous high-five when I finished this gem. -- Detra Fitch, Huntress Reviews,

This book kicked serious butt. Susan Grant can write more like this and I'll be ready to devour them at a moment's notice! -- Kathy Boswell, The Best Reviews


Website: http://www.susangrant.com
http://www.the-borderlands.com

Winner!

Time for a winner, and it's CHRISTYJAN!
Congrats, and thanks to all of you who participated!

Christyjan, can you please email me at chris@crystal-green.com to send me your snail mail addy? :)

Hope you all have a great weekend.

Thursday, June 05, 2008

More Giveaways!

Today, my guest blog at Five Scribes continues, and if you leave a comment, you'll be entered in a little contest where I'm giving away signed copies of MOMMY AND THE MILLIONAIRE and ONE FOR THE ROAD. You can still enter yesterday's contest there, as well, and the prize is a signed copy of MIDNIGHT REIGN. Go to
http://fivescribes.blogspot.com/2008/06/when-heroines-throw-down-or-meet-chris.html !

Of course, you still have time to enter this blog's ART OF DESIRE giveaway (scroll down to Monday's entry)!

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

My Interview at Five Scribes, Where There's Another Giveaway!

Click here for the first part of an interview I did with Kerri-Leigh Grady at Five Scribes. Today, I'm chatting about some aspects of craft. Tomorrow, I'll be talking mainly about Vampire Babylon and fun stuff. Both days, I'll be giving books away....

http://fivescribes.blogspot.com

Monday, June 02, 2008

Book Giveaway: ART OF DESIRE

Maybe you've heard that my friend/critique partner's first single title book is out now. Cherie Feather (AKA Sheri WhiteFeather) wrote a story that I think is absolutely hot and amazing and incredibly moving, and I hope all of you read it.
ART OF DESIRE features a contemporary main plot, and the sex absolutely sizzles. If you've read Cherie/Sheri's books before, you know that she can write love scenes like nobody's business. She takes things to an even hotter level here. But that's not even my favorite part of this book: she uses a historical subplot to heighten the emotion between the main couple, and I'll bet you that this subplot will have a lot of readers in tears by the end. And if you love Cherie/Sheri's Native American heroes, you're going to love Atacar and how he sweeps the historical heroine off her feet.

I'm so excited about this book that I'm going to give away a copy this week, and here's how it'll work: by Friday afternoon pacific time (6/8), I'm going to choose a winner from one entry in the comment section for this posting. You guys can post one contest entry per day until the drawing on Friday. Okay?

Good luck!