Friday, August 29, 2008

Another New Cover

I've already shown you my October Blaze cover--now here's my Special Edition that's coming out in the same month....

FALLING FOR THE LONE WOLF is the third and final book in my Suds Club series. This time around, Jenny Hunter and Liam McCree, who seemed to thrive on verbally tangling with each other with every visit to the Suds Club Laundry, fall for each other. But there's a complication: Jenny has just gotten some bad news about her health, and she finds that Liam is the one she wants to turn to in this crisis.

I'm really happy that Special Edition was able to release this book during Breast Cancer Awareness month, and I hope her story reflects the bravery of everyone who's been affected by this disease....

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

OOTB Tour: RAZORGIRL

RAZOR GIRL by Marianne Mancusi

Molly Anderson is not your average twenty-one-year-old. It’s been six years since she and her family escaped into a bunker, led by her conspiracy theorist father and his foreknowledge of a plot to bring about the apocalypse. But her father’s precautions didn’t stop there. Molly is now built to survive.

Yes, Ian Anderson’s favorite book gave him ideas on how to “improve” his daughter. Molly is faster, stronger, and her ocular implants and razor-tipped nails set her apart. Apart, when—venturing alone out of the bunker and into a plague ravaged, monster-ridden wilderness—what Molly needs most is togetherness. Chase Griffin, a friend from her past, is her best bet. But while he and others have miraculously survived, the kind boy has become a tormented man. Together, these remnants of humanity must struggle toward trusting each other and journey to the one place Molly’s father believed all civilization would be reborn: the Magic Kingdom, where everyone knows it’s a small world after all.

ABOUT MARIANNE MANCUSI
When it comes to writing, award winning author Marianne Mancusi likes to play the field. From time travel comedies to kick butt speculative fiction romances to a Buffy’esque vampire series for teens, she’s published eleven books in three years, in a myriad of genres and styles.

In addition to writing, Marianne is a multiple Emmy award winning television producer, currently working for the nationally syndicated women’s lifestyle show Better TV. A Boston native and graduate of Boston University ’s College of Communications , she currently lives on Manhattan ’s Upper West Side . (But has NOT become a Yankees fan!) In her spare time, Marianne enjoys clubbing, cosplay, cheesy horror movies (especially those featuring zombies!), her dog Molly, and videogames.


REVIEWS

“Opens with danger and will grab your interest immediately. Stellar!”
--Huntress Reviews

“An increasingly intense, suspenseful edge-of-the-seat thrilling ride…stunning, cutting edge romance.”
--Merrimon Book Reviews

"Non-stop thrill ride from page one! Marianne Mancusi spins an eerily marvelous tale in her book RAZOR GIRL."
--Simply Romance Reviews

"Mancusi doesn¹t hesitate to take chances and innovate!"
--Romantic Times

"Marianne Mancusi has returned with an edgy all-new tale, Razor Girl, filled with fast-paced action and a heroine strong enough to mold her own destiny."
--SF Scope

Website: http://www.mariannemancusi.com

Monday, August 25, 2008

New Cover: GOOD TO THE LAST BITE

Cover preview alert! Here's what my next Blaze, GOOD TO THE LAST BITE, looks like:



This is the companion story to THE ULTIMATE BITE. In this book, Edward, the rogue vampire from ULTIMATE, hunts down the vampire Gisele, who turned him back into a vampire at the end of ULTIMATE. He's ticked off at her, and lots of bite-y stuff ensues....

BTW, my main site is back up, so enter yourselves in that contest!!!

Friday, August 22, 2008

Still a Chance to Win Books at Love Is An Exploding Cigar

Hey--the contest over at Love Is An Exploding Cigar has been extended until Saturday, so you still have a chance to win a copy of MIDNIGHT REIGN there!

Also, just a reminder that my Web site is down until early next week, so please hang in there. :)

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Website Down

Just wanted to check in to tell you guys that my Web site is down right now and won't be back up probably until Monday. You'll still be able to enter the contest, etc., and I'm sorry about the inconvenience. :)

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Love Is An Exploding Cigar

Hey, guys--tomorrow I'm going to be blogging over at Love Is An Exploding Cigar, and I'm giving away two copies of MIDNIGHT REIGN. But in order to win anything, you have to be signed up with the site, so you might want to go over there and prepare. Also, they have some fun blog entries posted, and it's fun to check them out if you have any time!

Hope to see you tomorrow....

Monday, August 18, 2008

Much Appreciation to Teagan!

I wanted to send a thanks out to Teagan Oliver, fellow author! She won a copy of MIDNIGHT REIGN at the NINC blog, and she's consequently been so very kind about my "Crossing Over" entry and more. (You can check that out here.)

I also want to point out that on her Web site, she has a really cool section called "Pub Crawl," where she rates pubs. How sweet is that? The only neat pub that I normally visit is The Field in downtown San Diego.

Stay tuned this week because I'm going to be giving away two more copies of MIDNIGHT REIGN over at Samantha Hunter's blog, Love Is An Exploding Cigar. That'll happen on Thursday, and on Friday, I've got a sneak peek of my October Blaze cover, the sequel to THE ULTIMATE BITE....

Friday, August 15, 2008

Day Four at RWA

Saturday at RWA was the first time I was actually able to make it to a PAN (or other) workshop that wasn’t sponsored by one of my publishers. It’s funny, because I used to hit so many workshops at conference, but now it’s tough to fit them in. Not that I would trade my schedule now for anything, but I’m just sayin’.

Anyway, I went to a workshop about independent pub houses, then one about how to work with your in-house publicist. Both enlightening, although I left the latter one early to go to lunch with my Silhouette editor, Susan Litman. She took me and Judy Duarte to a really delicious meal at the nearby W Hotel, and I predicted it’d be awesome, merely based on my experiences at the W in Times Square, which houses The Blue Fin, one of my fave restaurants. But at this San Fran eatery, I had an incredible pizza with caramelized onions and a fried egg in the middle. Heck, I’d never imagined a pizza like that, but it was great—and the egg was the tastiest part when paired with the dough and toppings! And it was great to catch up with Susan; we’re both pop culture fiends, so you can imagine how we talked about everything from TOP CHEF to LOST.

Afterward, we dropped in on the extremely crowded Harlequin/Silhouette forum, where the top brass answered questions from the authors. It was a positive meeting, but I do wish I hadn’t needed to sit on the floor the whole time. :) :(

Then it was off to say hi to some old friends before I met up with Susan Allison, the editorial director from Penguin. We went to the lounge on the 39th floor, and what a view! I really enjoyed meeting Susan and talking to her about everything from opera to THE WATCHMEN to my Vampire Babylon releases next year.

I stopped by the Orange County RWA Chapter’s suite to hang out there for a while, and it reminded me of how much I miss being able to attend the meetings. I’m still a member, but a long-distance one. It’s such a great chapter, with so many incredible authors, and back in the pre-pubbed days, I really benefited from their library, as well as all the workshops they put on. (Same with San Diego, but luckily, I’m able to attend meetings there more often.)

At any rate, I then got to go out to dinner with my wonderful critique group, Judy Duarte and Sheri Whitefeather. We went to Roy’s, and if you haven’t had their chocolate cake, you should go for it (melty in the middle—the very best kind!).

Both Judy and I had early flights, so we were off to our homes just after the crack of dawn. As you might guess, my vampires were waiting to be transferred from the ether of my mind to the computer, and that’s what I’ve been doing ever since. I’m writing a really fun chapter for PATH OF RAZORS, Vampire Babylon, Book Five, today--I get to include stuff about Elisabeth, Countess of Bathory.

Love me some of that gory research….

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Day Three of RWA

Back, with a skim of Day Three of the RWA conference!

I’d planned to go to the PAN (Published Author Network) presentation for how to get your book made into a movie but, man, it was a fight to get out of bed. I always regret sleeping at conference, because I can do that when I get home, right? However, my body wages a major argument against that idea, and it always wins.


But I was up and ready for a field trip to the offices of Locus Magazine.



Our new agent at the Knight Agency, Lucienne Diver (who is actually my twin sister—shhhh, it’s something we totally keep under wraps) was kind enough to take us to Oakland for this adventure. Thanks to the efforts of the wonderful Elaine Spencer, we cruised over in a limo.

Yes, a load of female urban fantasy, fantasy, and sci-fi authors all stylin’! (Wish I had pictures, but I’m so not a picture person. If I were, though, you’d see people like Marjorie Liu and Rosemary Clement-Moore waving to the camera.)

I had no idea that Locus was located in a private residence that perches among lots of trees on a hilltop. I feel incredibly lucky to have been a part of this, since we got to meet the great Charles Brown and have a tour of all the art and objects he’s culled from years of travel. And you should see all the books in his vaults! You don’t even know what it was like for seven authors to wander the maze of his collections. We were salivating dogs.

Then it was off to lunch with my agent, Pamela Harty. Ah, the life of a glamorous author, huh? We ate at this delish little cafĂ© that had some amazing chocolate mousse. (I’m sorry to say that I was even inspired to hunt down a recipe and attempt to make some myself when I got home. Ack—the calories! But it tasted so very yummy.)

Afterward, I did a Mary-Tyler-Moore dash back to the conference to get there in time for my first Berkley Author Signing. I loved it. So much energy in that room, and I guess that makes sense when you have readers who love free books (Don’t we all?).

It was time for a change of clothes at that point, because I had come to the cocktail part of the day. Donning a halter dress that had some breeze and flow to it (Oh, I do love my party dresses.), I attended the Berkley Cocktail Party, where I was able to mingle with my fellow Berkites. After a couple of hours, most of us also write for Harlequin/Silhouette trooped down to the Four Seasons, where H/S was throwing their own shindig.

Food, San Fran-inspired decorations, drinks, dancing, and awesome author friends—all there and accounted for. And to top off the night, I received a milestone pin for writing 25 books for H/S. :)

Monday, August 11, 2008

Day Two at RWA Conference

Day two at RWA was a crowded one (but just you wait until we get to Friday, LOL). I went to the Annual General Meeting, where nothing earth-shattering went down. How could it we there wasn’t enough of a quorum to conduct “real business”? It was interesting, though, to hear debate and board views about the hottest topics in RWA at the moment: a RITA category for erotic romance, a redefinition of the standards for acknowledged publishers, what to do about piracy. What strikes me most when I attend these meetings is how thoughtful and articulate everyone is. It’s truly impressive.

And, what do you know, I actually got to attend a conference lunch! This hasn’t happened much lately, and I was happy to sit at that round table and meet people from far and wide. Best way to make new friends at conference. Oh, and I ordered the vegetarian plate, and my veggie lasagna looked waaaaay better than the chicken that was generally served. (Then again, I inhaled a great deal of carbs at that meal, so who had the last laugh?)

Unfortunately, I had to leave before Victoria Alexander’s speech. Fortunately, it was because I was set to attend Harlequin’s digital workshop. I used to be a big participant at eHarlequin, but the more contracts I signed, the less time I had to spend there. I’ve been hoping to get in the swing of the site again, and based on what the eHarlequin team is doing on the digital front, I need to get started. Truly, these ladies are kicking some major butt with their promotions and ideas for marketing. I’m ashamed to say I didn’t even know what a “widget” is, but now I do. The workshop added many more “to do” things to my list.

After that, Judy Duarte and I stopped by the Harlequin Meet and Greet down the hall, where we chatted with more friends. I couldn’t stay long because Brenda Chin and Kathryn Lye were hosting a Blaze dinner down a couple blocks at Bucca di Beppo. If you’ve visited one of these restaurants, you know the food is yummy and plentiful, and the vittles just kept coming. Seriously, we had so many courses that our tummies weighed us down by the end of it. And I got to see Birgit Todd-Davies, who purchased and edited my first Blaze, too, so it was all good (very, very good!).

I got a little downtime in the room while I got ready for the Knight Agency party at a nearby wine bar. (And can I note that, for those of you I didn’t get to bitch to, I was on antibiotics and I couldn’t drink until Saturday? Boo! Still, fun was had.) The splendid agents put on a grand soiree every conference, and the agency is growing yearly; recently, they added Lucienne Diver and Melissa Jeglinski from Silhouette to their numbers. Yay, girls!

Stay tuned for Friday at conference….

Friday, August 08, 2008

Adventures at RWA

Day One

After Ann Aguirre and I traveled up the coast, we arrived at the RWA Conference just in time for me to attend the Librarian's Luncheon. I met some really cool people, including Donna who runs a project that gets books to Afghanistan for our military to read, and I listened to Stephanie Laurens give a really interesting speech about how we shouldn't be worried about the success of genre fiction in hard times. Positive vibes to start off the conference.

Then it was time to schmooze at the Bookseller Event, where you go to a room and chat with industry professionals. By the time I got there, it was mostly authors hanging around, but I'm always up for meeting other writers. I got excited about a book that's coming out at the end of the year by Carrie Lofty (WHAT A SCOUNDREL WANTS). It's about Will Scarlet from ROBIN HOOD. Awesome. Totally, totally looking forward to it.

The literacy signing was as fun as always: I sat between authors I've never met before (Hey, Kim and Abby Green!) and I got lots of visits from friends and readers.

Here's a pic of Michele Cwiertny, who comments on this blog, and me....

Stay tuned for more as the days go by!

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Break of Dawn Book Teaser!!!

This just in: I received the book teaser for BREAK OF DAWN, Vampire Babylon, Book Three this morning, and here it is!



You guys are seeing it early, before it premieres on my site in September and before I post it other places.

And, BTW, at www.ninc.com 's blog, I'm giving away a copy of MIDNIGHT REIGN. I'll choose the winner Friday, so you might want to go on over there ASAP!

Back!

I'm back from RWA now, and I'll be posting more about it this week. But first, during my Comic-Con posts, you might've noticed that I skimped on talking about my "Things That Go Bump" panel. Since I was scheduled to write a blog entry for the www.ninc.com site, I saved the subject, and now you can read a little bit more about my experience here!