Wednesday, November 26, 2008

A DROP OF RED cover!

Here it is....



On shelves, March, 2009.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

HEROES, 11/24

So instead of having a "What would happen if we looked into the future?" episode, we had a "What would happen if the heroes lost their powers?" episode. I only say that because I'm 99.9% sure that after the eclipse is done, everything will reset and we'll be right back where we started: Claire will be okay and Sylar will escape yet again.

Business as usual.

Here's the recap:

* I see HRG and I think, "Please tell me he'll have something to do this episode!"

* "Everything's going to change today." - Papa Petrelli
My hopes... They are raised.
(But soon they are laid to rest, yet again.)

* Maybe I've just been acquainted with the wrong ten-year-olds, but how many kids of that age do you know who hop up and down like a five-year-old when they have to pee? This Hiro is not funny at all.

* So Elle turns Sylar into a baddie again that quickly? Her teasing him into badness smacks of Marty McFly syndrome. Remember in the BACK TO THE FUTURE movies when someone would call him a chicken and he would lose all characterization and do something he'd normally not do?
Yeah.

* Love HRG calling out Claire! There he goes! Man, if this show featured him more, I'd be really on board.

* Mama Petrelli, take Tricy DOWN!

* Lucky Nathan and Peter were flying over a lake (swamp? something?) during that eclipse....

* Dude, even the newly intelligent Peter made the eclipse connection without the benefit of Mohinder's "scientific" studies. I guess even the show is admitting that Suresh is a dimbulb.

* LOL for Parkman trying his powers during the eclipse and failing. That particular bit worked nicely.

* I should be feeling anxious about Claire's injury but...nah. As I mentioned before, things will just reset after the eclipse. (Unless the show is going to surprise the heck out of me. That'd be awesome.)

* Good twist with Daphne!

* And next episode? Just as HRG shoots, the eclipse will end and Sylar won't be hurt.

Sigh.

Let's cross our fingers for Bryan Fuller's return, you all. I'm going to miss the heck out of PUSHING DAISIES, but in this case, lemons can become lemonade....

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Big Announcement!

Penguin has contracted me for another series in addition to the Vampire Babylon books!

I haven’t written the novels yet, but the series is tentatively entitled BLOODLANDS, and my pitch (which was announced in Publisher’s Marketplace) said that it’s a paranormal “Shane meets Mad Max.” I’m really excited about this, and even though I don’t have a release date just yet, I’m eager to get started....

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

HEROES, 11/17/08

I’m finally back on track for viewing this show. But is HEROES back on track? Sometimes I think so, but then this whole New!Improved!Sylar thing happens and I lose all hope. Still, with all the staff shakeups, I wonder what the future holds.

But on to tonight’s play by play….

* So does Ando get those future lightning powers via a Papa Petrelli transfer? It might be kind of fun if Papa shuffled all the powers amongst the characters. But it might make this program fifty times even more confusing and I don’t think we need that.

* Oh, great. Now Hiro gets the opportunity to act even more intellectually stunted.

* As I mentioned before, I’m not on board with the New!Improved!Sylar. He was fairly interesting in season one, but the whole HANNIBAL RISING “He was made into a baddie, not born one” switcharoo erases anything that made him even slightly intriguing in the first place.

* Claire Face Plant = Awesome

* Another reason to nominate Mohinder for Scientist of the Century: he thinks that it’s merely a coincidence that most of the powers came about during the last solar flare. Way to discard a promising lead, Braintrust.

* Those waffles at the bowling alley look amazing. Weird that I'm fixating on those instead of paying attention to anything else.

* Is this Elle/Sylar scene supposed to be…sexy? I’m getting the vibe that they’re being made into an even more warped version of Bonnie and Clyde, but all I can think the entire time is, “Nooooooo.”

* Good to see that Peter is smarter without his powers.

* Cool glimpse inside Parkman’s head with the Mama Petrelli captive thing. That was a good sequence…

*…but Daphne loves Matt? Wha…? Huh…? When…? How…?

Anyway, let’s cross our fingers and wish for the stars. Maybe we’ll get super lucky and Bryan Fuller will return or Grant Morrison will agree to write some episodes….

Monday, November 17, 2008

Win a Copy of BREAK OF DAWN at NINC Site

I'll be doing a HEROES blog again, but I wanted to direct you guys to the NINC site, where I blogged about using travel as research. I'm giving away a signed copy of BREAK OF DAWN, Vampire Babylon, Book Three, so there's a chance you can win if you comment!

Friday, November 14, 2008

Interesting Take on Publishing

I'm finishing up a deadline today (Putting a manuscript in the mail! Yes!), so I'm providing a link to a great entry on a blog that's "written by an industry pro." Among other things, it offers a very appealing idea about how to keep the book industry going....

http://editorialass.blogspot.com/2008/11/crash-flow-or-what-went-wrong-in.html

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Booksigning in San Diego

If any of you are around San Diego this Friday, I'm going to be at the Mira Mesa Barnes and Noble with Lori Foster, Christie Ridgway, and Helen Kay Dimon for an "event." It starts at 7pm, and you can click on the link below for more info:

http://storelocator.barnesandnoble.com/eventdetail.do?store=2984&event=22752350

Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Sorry...

Sorry about this, guys, but you know I missed HEROES last night. I am now experiencing technical difficulties because the program 1) didn't record 2) and I'm someplace where the computer isn't hooked up for sound, so I can't even watch www.hulu.com.

Gah!

I don't know how long it'll be before I see HEROES, but I'm pretty sure it won't be before next Monday.

Anyway, I'm coming to the end of my latest book, a Special Edition continuity. I wrote the last chapter today and I'll be polishing tomorrow. Then I'm going over the MS one more time before tucking it in the mail so it arrives on time in the New York office. After that, I'm taking a few days off to read, baby! Then I'll be doing a Special Edition proposal for a new miniseries idea.

I'll see you in a couple of days, and tune in next week for a HEROES recap, yes?

Monday, November 10, 2008

Update: HEROES

Just dropping by to tell you that I won't be able to watch HEROES tonight, but I should have the recap up at some point tomorrow! Happy watching....

Thursday, November 06, 2008

OOTB Tour: DARK MAGIC


DARK MAGIC
by Cheyenne McCray

THE WAR BETWEEN GOOD AND EVIL
Jake Macgregor has his hands full. As San Francisco’s Captain of the Paranormal Special Forces unit, he and his team are facing a powerful enemy that threatens to bring down the city. With the weight of the world already resting on his broad shoulders, the last thing Jake has time for is romance. So why—after a long, hard day’s fight against evil—are his nights filled with dreams of Cassia?

IS ABOUT TO GET A WHOLE LOT HOTTER…
Cassia is a D’Anu witch whose birthright ensures power and honor beyond imagination. It also forbids the one thing Cassia wants the most: the love of mortal Jake Macgregor. When she intervenes in a skirmish to save his life, the consequences are inescapable—even though the magic they make together is too luscious, and potent, to resist…



Excerpt: http://cheyennemccray.com/books/magicseries/darkmagic-exc.html
ABOUT CHEYENNE McCRAY

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Cheyenne McCray has a passion for writing urban fantasy, paranormal, and suspense novels. Among other accolades, Chey has won the prestigious Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award for “Best Steamy Romance of the Year.”

Chey penned her first poem in kindergarten, and has been writing ever since she can remember. She always knew one day she would write novels, hoping her readers would get lost in the worlds she created, as she did in her favorites.

Now, she gets to write full time and loves what she does. For St. Martin's Press, she writes the bestselling "Magic" series. She also writes suspense novels, including the upcoming “Lexi Steele” series, starting in February 2009 with The First Sin. In June 2009 Demons Not Included blasts off a new urban fantasy series.

Chey has three sons, three dogs, a messy house, and she will do anything to get out of cleaning, which may be why she writes so much.


REVIEWS for Dark Magic

4 ½ Star TOP PICK!
“McCray does a stellar job layering the danger, passion and betrayal. Awesome!”
~Romantic Times BOOKreviews.


5 Stars “What an absolutely stunning conclusion Cheyenne McCray has penned for her ‘Magic’ series. “Dark Magic” is everything I would have wished for and couldn’t have imagined!”
Goodreads

“[McCray]…delivers in a spectacular way.”
Night Owl Romance


Website: http://www.cheyennemccray.com

Monday, November 03, 2008

No HEROES Tonight, But...

NBC is having some endless election thing on, so there's no HEROES tonight. (Worst of all--there's no CHUCK! Ngggh.)

In case you all haven't seen this Entertainment Weekly article, here it is. Interesting take on how to fix HEROES, and I think most of them are solid (except for when it comes to Sylar).

Read it here: http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,20235213,00.html?iid=top25-20081024-%27Heroes%27%3A+Five+ways+to+fix+it