Friday, December 30, 2011

Passion & Prose Event in February

This is a great event that I'm happy to be a part of!

The Passion & Prose romance writer and reader event will feature 50 authors, including Christina Dodd and Meg Cabot and Gail Carriger. It's put on by the fabulous Mysterious Galaxy Books.

When: Saturday, Feb 25 - 9am -3 pm
Where: Westin Long Beach - 333 East Ocean Blvd. Long Beach, Ca. 90802
Reg: $125.00 pp includes buffet breakfast, lunch, drawings, goodie bags,
and the full day of events
50 romance authors to mingle with. Speed dating with the authors.
Huge book sale and book signing event.
Some of the proceeds go to charity.

+ Other questions" Call Susan McBeath - (619) 300-2532 or email Susan
at = susan@passionandprose.org

For more information and sign up: http://www.passionandprose.org/

Hope to see you there!!!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas

Thank you for always being there.

Thank you for the constant appreciation that keeps me writing.

Thank you for buying books, because not only are you supporting my habit, you are upholding a wonderful activity that enlightens and entertains.

Thank you all for being you, and I hope the New Year brings amazing love and happiness!

Merry Christmas, you guys. You're my heroes. :)

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Oh, Yeah, Baby--Here's the Game of Thrones Season 2 Teaser



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sBrsM_WlfV8&feature=youtu.be

If you read the books, you know what that horn at the end means. Three times...bad news comin'.

Real bad news.

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

RWASD Blog

My RWA, San Diego, chapter is starting a new blog. Today, Mary Leo's fun Christmas tale is featured: http://rwasd.wordpress.com/2011/12/06/new-release-romancing-rudy-raindear/

Monday, November 21, 2011

Monday, November 07, 2011

Conception of an Idea

Sometimes ideas for new books/series are slow in coming. They evolve, pieced together bit by bit--a magazine article here, an experience you've had in life there...

And one day, it coalesces, and you flesh it out until it's ready to hit your editor's desk.

Then there are some ideas that run you over like a freight train.

That's what happened to me last week, while I was at the World Fantasy Con in San Diego.

As a superstitious person, I'm not going to spill the beans about just what it is. But I will tell you it's a ghost story (Whoo! Love!) and it's an urban fantasy (Double whoo!).

How did this one happen? Well, my fellow paranormal writer Linda Thomas-Sundstrom and I were having lunch with a wonderful fantasy author who shall remain anonymous when we got into a powerful conversation about the death penalty. When Linda and I were walking back to the workshop area, we exchanged thoughts, as you do, then veered into a related subject: true crime books, like the ones written by Ann Rule. I asked Linda if she had read any John Douglas books, in particular THE CASES THAT HAUNT US. I told her about the stories in it--Jon Benet Ramsey, Jack the Ripper, OJ Simpson.... Linda paused, then referred back to the title of the book as well as our main topic, saying something that jerked me toward this new idea (and, yes, I am remaining vague here on purpose. ).

I blurted out the concept of the book, because it was triggered that quickly, and Linda and I stared at each other for a second then started laughing maniacally. She said jokingly, "If you use that, you have to acknowledge me." I said I would dedicate the book to her, LOL.

Then the idea started to get fleshed out in my head. The next morning, I just happened to have breakfast with my Ace editor, Ginjer Buchanan, and I pitched the idea to her. She wants a proposal. :)

Fingers crossed, you all. I hope to have an outline and three chapters done by the end of the year!

Monday, October 31, 2011

Interview and Giveaway!

Happy Halloween, everyone. :) Bloodlands giveaway and an interview over at http://getlostinastory.blogspot.com/ today. Come on over!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Booksigning tomorrow!

So I'll be at the 567 North Stephanie, Henderson, NV, Barnes and Noble tomorrow from 12-2pm signing Bloodlands books! Hope to see you there. :)

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Another Bloodlands Giveaway--and a blog about Legend Tripping

I'm giving away signed copies of the first two Bloodlands books (and blogging about things like Legend Tripping) over at http://suburbanvampire.blogspot.com/2011/10/guest-post-giveaway-christine-cody.html !

Thursday, October 06, 2011

Finally--Twitter for Crystal

If you want to follow my romantic fiction pen name, Crystal Green, I just set up a Twitter page. I'm under CrystalGreenMe. : )

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

The Bitten By Books contest is up and running!

Come on over to Bitten by Books for a chat and a chance to win that $40 Amazon gift card!

http://www.bittenbybooks.com/?p=47757

Want to Read a Twisted Urban Legend?

Besides the Bitten by Books contest today, I've got a "twist on an urban legend" Bloodlands story & giveaway at http://darkfaerietales.com/spooky-legends-christine-cody.html#comments . (Psst--it's the "Humans Can Lick, Too," story, one of the creepiest tales out there....)

Monday, October 03, 2011

Last Bloodlands Bitten by Books Event--$40 gift card prize!

There's one more Bloodlands/Bitten by Books $40 Amazon gift card event tomorrow! RSVP and get 25 extra contest points at http://www.bittenbybooks.com/?p=47705

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Contest Winner

Congratulations to Tim Younger, the winner of last month's Crystal Green $25 Amazon Gift Certificate contest!

There's another $25 gift certificate up for grabs this month, so you can head on over to www.crystal-green.com to enter. : )

BTW, if you're looking for signed copies of the Bloodlands books (and some Chris Marie Green Vampire Babylons), Barnes and Noble in Oceanside is all stocked up. I stopped by yesterday to sign a bunch of Bloodlands, Blood Rules, and In Blood We Trust copies!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Release Day for IN BLOOD WE TRUST!

Today's the day that the third Bloodlands book, IN BLOOD WE TRUST, comes out!


Also, if you're free this Friday night, I'll be signing all three of my Bloodlands books at 7pm at Mysterious Galaxy!

http://www.mystgalaxy.com/event/christine-cody-signs-san-diego-0930

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Bloodlands Series Hints: In Blood We Trust #4

Here's your final hint about In Blood We Trust before it comes out Tuesday! : In classic cowboy movies (which Bloodlands uses as a template), endings are often bittersweet….

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

New Blaze cover!

Here's the cover of my November Blaze release....

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Nic Cage = Vampire Babylon?

You guys, when Judy Duarte, my critique partner, sent this to me, I almost died laughing.

http://social.entertainment.msn.com/movies/blogs/the-hitlist-blog.aspx?feat=5010722a-37e9-4921-a576-4ec5fbb85229>=28130

Those of you who've read my Vampire Babylon series will know the reason!

Friday, September 16, 2011

What Am I Reading?

I'm at the What Writers Are Reading blog talking about the A Song of Ice and Fire series!

http://whatarewritersreading.blogspot.com/

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Bloodlands Series Hints:In Blood We Trust #3

Time for another In Blood We Trust, Bloodlands #3, hint! Mariah just might have the chance to find a sense of closure re: her traumatic attack in Dallas….

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

My Interview with Smooth Drama Radio

My interview with Smooth Drama Radio is On Demand! http://www.blogtalkradio.com/smoothdrama/2011/09/14/smooth-drama

I start at the 17:46 mark.

This was my first radio interview ever, and as you can imagine, I was *nervous.* But Dick Hugger and Ms. 100% were great at putting me at ease and asking interesting questions. (They'd obvious done their research.) I'm really glad I did this. :)

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

My First Radio Interview!

I'll be on Smooth Drama radio in about 25 minutes, but the interview will be available On Demand! http://www.blogtalkradio.com/smoothdrama

I'll update you on where to access the On Demand later....

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Bloodlands Series Hints:In Blood We Trust #2

Weekly hint about IN BLOOD WE TRUST, book 3 in the Bloodlands series! Even during a victory over bad guys, there's trouble when the victors can’t agree who’s in charge now…

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Another Bitten By Books event

Since BLOOD RULES (sequel to BLOODLANDS) came out yesterday, I'm doing more giveaways and blogs. Bitten by Books is having a mini-event tomorrow in which we are giving away a $25 Amazon gift certificate. You can RSVP to increase your chances to win by clicking here: http://www.bittenbybooks.com/?p=45988

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Blood Rules is out today!

Blood Rules, the sequel to Bloodlands, is out today (w/a Christine Cody)!


Also, we have a winner for my most recent contest (Neko Press print plus all six Vampire Babylon books):

Jody Faltys

Congrats! And you all can head on over to the new contest, which features a $25 Amazon gift card. www.crystal-green.com

Monday, August 29, 2011

The Page 69 Test

Today, an excerpt of Bloodlands has been posted on The Page 69 Test site, which takes page 69 of a book and analyzes it to see how the story might hold up.

See what to make of my Page 69 here!


Saturday, August 27, 2011

Bloodlands Giveaway and Q&A

Check out the Blood of the Muse site if you'd like the opportunity to win a copy of Bloodlands or if you want to read a fun Q&A about the series!


http://www.bloodofthemuse.com/2011/08/book-giveaway-bloodlands-by-christine.html

http://www.bloodofthemuse.com/2011/08/interview-with-christine-cody.html

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Bloodlands Series Hints: Blood Rules #4

Here's your final hint about what to expect from Blood Rules before it comes out next Tuesday (3/30)! For this hint, it doesn't matter whether you've read Bloodlands...


For any Vampire Babylon readers out there, you might recognize a character from that series during a cameo appearance….

5 more days!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Excerpt from Blood Rules

It's almost time for the second book in the Bloodlands series to come out!

Next week, Blood Rules will hit the shelves (Tuesday, August 30). Here's an excerpt of an early chapter (Note: If you haven't read the first book yet, I'd advise you not to read this! It's the same chapter that's included at the end of Bloodlands as a teaser....)


Mariah


Even though the moon hadn’t been full for a few nights now, I was seething, my bones shifting in what felt like a brutal melt, my skin hot as it stretched during the fever of were-change.

The murky midnight sky flashed by, blue swishes in my emerging monster sight, while I sprinted over the New Badlands, trying to get away—

But he was right behind me.

“Mariah!” he yelled, his vampire voice gnarled.

A fractured second later, Gabriel crashed into me, driving me to the dirt near a cave in a hill, my chin and palms skidding on the ground and abrading my skin to rawness.

Backhanded, I swiped at him, but he caught my half-human hand, which was more like a claw. Everything was starting to happen as if I were watching from a near-distance, remote.

I panted like the animal I was becoming as we struggled, him flipping me to my back as I arched, growled, snapped at him. His eyes blazed against his pale skin, his fangs sprung.

“Stop it, Mariah!” he said.

“Can’t…”

My voice was just as warped as his own. Hollow beast voices.

Before I could bite at him again, he grasped my head, looking into my eyes, slipping into my mind. My thoughts went watery, as if I were suddenly a pool and he’d dipped into it.

Peace. He was trying to give me the peace, and I opened myself fully, still panting. My temperature was already cooling in the hope of receiving his calm.

Easing. Serene.

As he infiltrated me, my vision wavered; he was on the top of water and I was under it. I felt the flow of his sway over my skin, smooth and numbing.

Thank-all, I thought as my bones started flexing back to their human shape.

I floated in sensation for a few more moments, almost afraid of it ending. I sucked in the dragon’s breath air, which was still hot during late spring here in the nowheres.

Gabriel kept looking deep into me, and I breathed some more, letting him take the place of my turmoil. Then…

Then I saw it in his eyes--the resentment. The stifled hatred for what I’d done to the woman he’d come out here to find nearly two months ago.

Abby.

As soon as her name entered my head, it seemed as if the water that’d been calming me boiled. And I could feel it in him, too—he was thinking about how I’d killed her.

The boiling intensified, the water parting, splashing out in a roar that I felt in my own lungs—

Our peaceful connection shattered, my body straining against itself again with the start of another change, my breath rasping. I could also feel the scrapes on my chin and palms healing with preter speed.

“Get…off…” I growled.

But Gabriel kept pinning me, putting more effort into giving me the peace. With his stronger sway, my body whipped back toward humanity—the watery hush of it, bones and muscle slipping and sliding. For a second…then two…then more, I stayed in my good, human shape, whimpering because I ached. Ached so bad.

As he pushed me toward that better place, I hurt some more. Were-change had been natural when me and the rest of my community had been taken by the full moon. My neighbors had chained me up in our new homestead, and, afterward, I’d thanked them for keeping me restrained. They hadn’t dared let me run free after what’d happened with Abby and the rest.

Natural moon change was so much better than the turning that consumed a were-creature because of emotional upheaval. Anger, passion…it all hurt a lot less during those three or so nights a month when the darkness combined with the moon’s peak to compel a were-creature to madness and terrible hunger.

Gabriel whispered, “There you go, Mariah…”

I grunted. A tiny fever still had hold of me.

“Just a little more,” he said. “Come on.”

My teeth were still long, and I bared them at the vampire, not because of any innate hatred or a need to war against a different breed of preter, but because my wildness just couldn’t stop itself.

Yells and barking arose in the background. More than one person was running, no doubt also keeping to the shadowy, hiding cover of the Joshua trees and standing rocks. I didn’t want them to see me like this.

My dog came to a dirt-spraying halt next to me in the sheltering cove.

Mariah? he asked. Running over open ground…why…?

Even in the hazy near-completion of my change cycle, I thought that Chaplin sounded inarticulate for an Intel Dog. I growled, flashed my teeth at him, too.

Chaplin barked at Gabriel.

What set her off this time?

Gabriel could translate Chaplin’s sounds because they were communicating mind-to-mind, vampire to familiar.

Although Gabriel was still pinning me, he wasn’t breathing heavily, like a human, because vampires didn’t breathe. “I don’t know what it was, but the peace isn’t working so well anymore. I can’t soothe her like I used to.”

At the mention of something so personal, I turned my face away. It helped not to look at Gabriel, even though my breaths still came hollow and deep, my sight still a little blue-tinged. I just wished he’d get off me, because it reminded me of the first time he’d given me the peace, with his body flush against mine. We’d done sex, and with him being a vampire and me being a were-creature, something strange had happened.

We’d imprinted on each other in some way. I could calm him and he could calm me. It seemed we weren’t so much monsters anymore when we were intimate.

But that had been before I told him the truth about the woman he’d loved—how Abby had been a fellow werewolf who’d attacked me, challenging my place in our secretive were-community. Now Gabriel’s hatred of me polluted the peace, and I was flailing without it.

Then again, I’d never been the most stable of werewolves. I’d been bitten, not true-born, and my violent initiation had screwed me up but good. I hadn’t had much control over my changes—not until Gabriel’s peace.

And without it, now? I was back to being a disaster.

By this time, more of the community had arrived. I closed my eyes and willed myself to go all the way human. My bones and muscles obeyed grudgingly, making me buck beneath Gabriel and moan while my skin undulated with the chaos beneath it.

God-all, Chaplin had been right about my running over open ground nowadays. The group was usually so much more careful while in were-form, but I’d taken off, so upset, that I’d just run as fast as I could without thinking about keeping to cover….

When I opened my eyes, breathing shaky, my sight had adjusted to filter in the regular ominous gray cast of a New Badlands night. I saw Pucci first, his bulky chest and grinding teeth belying his true-born were-elk form.

“What the tar is it now?” he asked.

The only reason I never attacked his ass was that, in human-form, he could easily take me. But in monster-form, another were-creature’s blood was like poison, so I had an aversion to his blood—I sought out much more appealing prey instead of turning on the weaker were-creatures. So we were all one big, happy family, except without the happy part.

Another true-born, Hana, had the decency to pretend I was lucid enough to answer. “Mariah, what upset you?”

I couldn’t find my voice as I glanced up at her and her mule deer brown eyes and skin, the African-inspired robes and scarf she wore over her head. Hana and Pucci’s animals used to be herbivores in the years before the world had changed, but with the lack of plant life, regular elk and deer had died off, and only the were-creature versions had lived on because their digestive systems had long ago adapted. Same with every other were-form I knew of—like me, they craved blood, which also gave water out here in the nowheres. When we were in regular form, we didn’t have were-powers, so we didn’t go after blood then.

Gabriel saved me from everyone’s interrogation. “I’m not sure chatting about this is going to improve the situation.”

But now that I could think more clearly, I wanted to talk. I’d spent so much time keeping my rage bottled in that airing it out seemed safer than exploding. My neighbors deserved at least that much from me. They’d let me stick round. Actually, no one had the power to kick me out, except maybe Gabriel, and he was giving me the chance to redeem myself.

I finally found my voice, tangled as it was. “I was unpacking, and I found my dad’s journal. I couldn’t help it—everything came rushing back…”

My dad’s grief after the attack in Dallas, the death of my mom and brother, the fallout from what those bad guys had sicced on me. They’d used a werewolf, and that was when I’d been bitten. Because of that, my dad had smuggled me to our first home in the New Badlands—the one we’d had to leave a little over two months ago. When he’d been alive, he’d taken care of me as well as he could until Abby had come along and we’d had our showdown. After that, Dad had given up on trying to cure me, taking his life and leaving me alone to deal with it.

Oh, Mariah, Chaplin said, as if he were exhausted because of me, too. Then he turned to Gabriel. I thought we buried sensitive items for the time being.

“Did you think I wouldn’t stumble on them?” I asked. “I spent a lot of time camouflaging the entrance to the cavern, so I’m familiar with every speck of dirt and sand near it.” I held my tongue as my last bone locked in place. Then I breathed a bit easier. “I found those journals, Dad’s old pipe, his collectible geek dolls without hardly even trying.”

Hana had bent to me, running a hand over my forehead, murmuring a foreign chant that she’d learned as a new-age science nurse before having to go underground. Her voice helped me as I tried to stay in control.

Gabriel still held me down while Chaplin and Pucci hovered, ready to take me on. Smart, because I didn’t trust myself, either.

“I shouldn’t have come with you all here,” I said as Hana pushed back my hair. “After I found this new homestead, I should’ve kept to my original plan and struck out on my own--”

“Do not say such things,” Hana said. “If we do not help each other, what is left of the world will surely fall apart.”

Chaplin put a comforting paw on my shoulder. And God-all knows the world’s crumbled enough. I wasn’t about to leave you behind.

It was true that he’d eventually persuaded me to come with the community when we’d moved, but that was back when Gabriel’s peace had been working. Before his resentment had grown and trashed our connection.

Although Hana couldn’t translate what Chaplin had uttered, she must’ve sensed that he was consoling me. She added, “Johnson Stamp is still out there, and we need to see that he never catches up to any of us.”

“Yeah,” Pucci said. “If Mariah had broken off with us and Stamp caught up to her, he’d probably have tortured our new location right out of our pet psycho. Might as well have her here where we can keep an eye on what she says and does. Unless, of course, she turns into a werewolf and runs all over the place like she’s inviting someone to catch her.”

His concern would’ve been heartwarming if I knew Pucci had any love for me.

Chaplin barked, then muttered and whined. Let’s get inside. We can’t afford to get caught by anyone, especially if Stamp made it back to the hubs to announce we’re out here.

He didn’t have to add that you never knew when Stamp might be round, either, if he’d survived his confrontation with us.

Stamp, who’d been a Shredder, or government-sanctioned hunter, before the powers that be had deemed preternaturals under control years ago, had almost died while accosting our community. Out of defense, we’d killed all his employees except for him and his female lieutenant, but he’d been so torn up that his wounds might’ve proven fatal.

As I said, you just never knew with Shredders.

Gabriel translated Chaplin’s words. Then Pucci turned to me.

“How many times is it going to take until you really do us in, Mariah?”

Gabriel shoved him away, warily backed off from me, then retreated, keeping to those shadows.

I watched him go, my throat tight.

Hana helped me to a sit, and I made a low sound of unease because of the tweak of my bones and joints. She checked me over, seeming to ignore the rips in my clothing, then peered into my eyes. But since they weren’t glowing with the fever, I passed her inspection.

Pucci yanked on her robes, almost dragging her up so that she followed him as he walked away, both of them taking care to seek cover, too.

I watched Pucci’s treatment of Hana, who never fought back. I could never figure out how such a strong-minded woman loved such a jerk. She always seemed to hold her own against him but she never left when he seemed to give her good reason to.

As I stood, my legs wobbled, and I sucked in a breath at the piercing reminders of the shift. Chaplin nudged me into a shaky walk, keeping up with my unsteady pace as we sought the boulders, then other camouflage.

Chaplin, my remaining friend. I knew that he also resented me sometimes, but we’d been through a lot together, including the Dallas attack and my dad’s death. Hell, my father had trained Chaplin as an Intel Dog in the lab, way back when Dad had still been a scientist, so we’d both lost a father.

“Then there it is,” I said quietly so the rest wouldn’t hear, although maybe Gabriel would pick up my words because of his heightened vampire hearing. “I didn’t mean to put us in danger.”

You had a moment, and it’s over, Chaplin said. We’ll need to watch those visz screens to see if anyone comes round, but we’re very well hidden, Mariah. You’ve just got to be more careful.

“Right. I just had a moment.” But there’d be more and more moments as the years wore on, and we both knew it.

The metal-gray of the sky made Chaplin’s brown coat look drab as we darted out of the shadows and into the safe cover behind rocks or more Joshua trees.

It’ll be a long time before everyone forgets what happened back at the first homestead, Chaplin said, chewing on his words.

“My lack of control made us vulnerable to Stamp, so I earned the wariness.”

Before the big showdown, I’d killed a few of Stamp’s men when they’d encroached upon our territory, threatening us. We’d suspected they wanted our aquifer-enhanced dwellings and, in my anonymous were-form, I’d made sure they didn’t get them. Then Gabriel had appeared one night, wounded, and Chaplin had invited him into our home. My dog had been under his sway, but Chaplin had overcome it, manipulating Gabriel into confronting Stamp for our sakes. But I, and the rest of the community, hadn’t been able to stomach his sacrifice, and we’d gone to the showdown to defend him.

So if you went right back to the beginning, the death and destruction had all been because of me.

Mariah, there’s always… Chaplin began, then cut himself off.

I wasn’t dumb enough to believe that my dog had an unfinished thought. He was luring me into something. Intel Dogs had been genetically bred and trained to be practical and lethal when the time called for it. He was my best weapon and, sometimes, my worst.

“Spit it out,” I said. A sand-rabbit leaped out of some brush in front of us, causing a rustle.

Everyone ahead of us startled toward the sound, even if they were under the cover of the shadows, but when they saw it was only a little flit of an animal, they moved at a faster clip. Anything could be a Shredder or even another preter who’d deserted the hubs. We didn’t need to be discovered by either one.

My heart was blipping in my veins because of the interruption. “You gonna say it, Chaplin?”

I could’ve sworn my dog smiled at my vinegar. It meant that I was fully back to being human. For now, anyway.

There’s always hope for a cure, he said.

And that was all, but that final word had the power to give me pause.

A were-cure—that was what he meant, and he’d been mentioning it in private ever since we’d moved into our new digs. He hadn’t ever expanded on his thoughts, but it was as if he’d been watering a seed every time he muttered it. Although it was a ridiculous idea, his comments had made me think. They also made me ache that much more, and not in my joints and muscles, either.

“There’s no cure for monsters.” I’d discussed this with Gabriel before he even knew what I was, and Chaplin had been in the same damned room. Obviously, this rebuttal bore repeating. “Stories about cures are just legends, and every bad guy who doesn’t believe that monsters were eradicated probably uses the rumors to lure what’s left of our kind into the open. That way, they can beat the location of any hidden preter communities out of the idiots who take the bait.”

What if you’re wrong about there being a real cure? Chaplin asked.

And there it was—he was about to grow that seed into something I’d have to confront right here and now, fresh after losing control to the point where I hadn’t even thought to hide while I was running outside.

“Dad tried every panacea he could think of on me,” I said, “and nothing worked. And if he couldn’t figure it out, who could?”

He wasn’t the only scientist round, Mariah. Maybe Gabriel was right when he said that there was such a sharp drop in preters in the hubs because a cure was found.

Up ahead, hills rose out of the ground like the curves of a serpent’s spine. Pucci and Hana had already run ahead to access a trapdoor to a tunnel that led to our homes, but it looked to me as if Gabriel had slowed down before going inside. The moonlight skimmed over his beaten white shirt and pants. His close-cropped hair looked darker than I knew it actually was, and his face, with that slightly crooked nose, had gone back to its normal stillness--like the fa├žade of an abandoned house, the windows gray and cloudy.

His head was cocked. Was he listening?

His possible interest lit something in me. Hope.

Actual hope.

If I improved my disposition, would that make him look at me differently? Would he feel whatever he’d started to feel for me back before the truth about Abby had come out?

Sorrow and anger began to simmer deep in my belly, but I tamped it down before it resulted in another change…and in more trouble.

More than anyone, I needed some kind of cure, and the only one I could think of right now was for me to end my life. I’d already tried that after Gabriel had found out the truth about me, but he’d stopped me for some reason. Now, I still figured he would’ve been better off.

I realized that, maybe, Chaplin was really going at this subject right now because Gabriel was near, and my response might be affected by that. It was also becoming more obvious that my dog might’ve asked me to come to this new homestead not only because he loved me, but because he’d wanted to lead me to accept the idea of a cure, all while making it seem as if I’d agreeably arrived there with minimal assistance.

Too smart for his own good, this dog.

If there is a cure, Chaplin said, what would you do to find it?

“If it were true, I’d do anything.” The comment was out before I could even think, but I knew with all my heart that it was what I’d been feeling for a long time now.

And if the cure required more than just swallowing the contents of some vial?

“What do you mean?”

I mean, what if it involved conditioning, Mariah? Ultra shock therapy. Mental tooling—

I recalled how Gabriel had tried to slay me after hearing about Abby’s death. How, beneath his words and actions, he hated me even now because I was a killer who couldn’t help herself.


I suppose, in life, there’s always a moment where you run into the wall of yourself. That was what I was feeling now, the crash of knowing there’s nowhere else you can go because you can’t turn back.

“As I mentioned,” I said, “I’d do whatever it takes.”

Up ahead, Gabriel glanced partway over his shoulder until he met my gaze.

His eyes…red glows in the night.

I held my breath then used my energies to think to him, willing his vampire mind to pick up my inner voice.

Believe me, Gabriel. I want to be better.

His only answer was to turn round and slip into the cavern entrance, leaving me behind with an Intel Dog who gave me a sympathetic look, then stranded me, too.



From the book: Blood Rules, A Book of the Bloodlands (Book 2)
By Christine Cody
Ace Mass Market
Publication Date: August 30, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-441-02076-8
Copyright: 2011


Bloodlands Signing in Vegas Area!

I've scheduled a Bloodlands signing in the Vegas area! Saturday, Oct. 15, 12-2pm at the Barnes and Noble on Stephanie in Henderson, NV. I'll be posting reminders as we get closer to the date. Hope I see you there!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Bloodlands Series Hints: Blood Rules #3

Every week, I'm giving you hints about what you'll find in the sequels to BLOODLANDS. Here's another one (and you can read this one even if you haven't read BLOODLANDS yet): Gabriel’s “young vampirism” starts to take him on some dark twists and turns in BLOOD RULES, book 2….


Wednesday, August 17, 2011

More Bloodlands reviews!

Living in the New Badlands isn’t for the weak. It’s the only place left in what was the United States that isn’t under the control of a thoroughly corrupt government. It is the last place to go where there is still a chance at freedom away from dishonest men. For Mariah Lyander, it is her home and sanctuary. Having recently lost her father, she is quietly surviving among a small group of outcasts. But, when a stranger shows up begging for a place to rest while his injuries heal, Mariah takes him in. And her world crashes down around her as she never expected it to again.
Gabriel is a vampire in need of a safe haven. Following the trail of his lost love from the Southeastern part of the country to the New Badlands, he runs into some trouble of his own before trying to make a home for himself among the strangers who have taken him in. When a powerful enemy threatens his new neighbors, he must choose between running and fighting, and realizes he has more to lose than he bargained for.
I’m always excited when I get to read the first story in a new series, and this one didn’t disappoint. Like most novels in this genre, the focus is on the conflict within the plot, rather than the main characters’ chances of a happily ever after. Instead of detracting from the narrative, however, Cody’s restraint as a storyteller makesBloodlands a compelling mystery as well.
There are, however, many fictionalized warnings about where our society could be headed that are planted throughout the novel. From the consequences of allowing blogs to pass themselves off unchecked as real news, to the majority of the villains who speak “text,” Cody’s visualization of such a future is highly detailed and pervasive.
For all the starkness of the novel, Mariah and Gabriel are wonderful together. So much so, that watching them fall apart was closer to a shock than surprise. Their attraction for one another didn’t in any way feel forced, and I’m very thankful there’s another novel to look forward to in the hope that they get another chance at happiness.Bloodlands isn’t a romance novel, but is a rich page-turner of a story all the same, and I’m eager to find out what Cody has up her sleeves next.


http://www.twimom227.com/2011/08/review-bloodlands.html

Set in a future where technology and white-collar villains destroyed the planet as we know it now, Mariah and a bunch of secluded folks are hiding in tunnels underneath the New Badlands, trying to escape the madness… That is, until Stamp came along, wanting to claim their territory for his own. Gabriel, as vampire looking for his runaway girlfriend, will also interfere in his quest to find her… and redemption along the way.
Try and imagine a dystopian set-up with bad guys, mutant creatures and talking dogs and add to it a healthy dose of Western atmosphere and you’ll get a good idea of what to expect in Christine Cody’s Bloodlands. I really enjoyed this dry and hostile territory where water is the most valuable resource. Monsters are roaming the earth, and Vampires aren’t the only ones out for blood. Mystery is also a thick veil over this inhospitable land and the author really keeps us in the dark until the end.
Even though the whole set-up was the star for me in this first novel of the Bloodlands series, the characters were also quite amazing. Mariah is hiding in the tunnels, afraid to go out and trying to run from a terrible, yet very mysterious, past. She was convinced by her Intel Dog (a talking mutant dog) to help Gabriel, a man who showed up at her door, bloody and dying. She has no idea of the trouble she's letting in… Her attraction to him will prove hazardous and I enjoyed their struggle in this very unlikely relationship. Both are figuratively haunted and their personal bogeyman might just catch up to them.
The bad guys are bad, yet when you compare them to the good guys… the lines gets blurry. Not everyone are what they seem in this terrible landscape and your allegiance may deceive you.
The tempo is rather slow even though it’s spiked with bursts of violence and the end is the apogee of this marathon. It will surprise you and completely challenge the perspective you had of the whole plot. Christine tied-up the story very well, no deadly cliff-hanger to speak of, yet I’m very excited for the second installment, Blood Rules, to be released on August 30th.
I would definitely recommend this book to Dystopian and Urban Fantasy fans. It’s a very original tale, not to be missed!
Oh and that cover? Down right amazing.. just sayin’.

http://www.tyngasreviews.com/2011/08/bloodlands-by-christine-cody.html

Friday, August 12, 2011

Bloodlands Series Hints: Blood Rules #2

Last week I started to drop hints about what you can expect in Blood Rules (Bloodlands, book 2) and In Blood We Trust (Bloodlands, book 3). Here's your second hint (This one is more than a mild spoiler though, so read at your own risk!).

Hint #2 for Blood Rules: One of the characters from Bloodlands will be staying permanently in the New Badlands.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Hope to see you at the Knight Agency chat tonight! I'll be there at 6pm Pacific/9pm Eastern time!

http://t.co/iv5VhoE

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Freebie Tuesday!

Leave a comment & win at copy of BLOODLANDS by Christine Cody: http://bit.ly/o6dYfL (Plus find out info abt her chat this THURS @ 9pmET!)

Saturday, August 06, 2011

Vampire Writing Contest

There's a fun writing contest going on over at http://www.awordwithyoupress.com/
2011/08/06/literati-of-the-night-our-new-contest/
!

You have until August 28 to write 217 words about a "different" kind of vampire.
A Word With You Press was kind enough to create this contest to promote Bloodlands, so 3 finalists will get signed copies of Bloodlands. If you leave comments on the blog, I believe you'll be entered to win a $20 Barnes and Noble gift card. Not bad!

Friday, August 05, 2011

Bloodlands Series Hints: Blood Rules #1

Every week throughout this month and the next, I’ll be dropping hints about what you can expect in Blood Rules (Bloodlands, book 2) and In Blood We Trust (Bloodlands, book 3). These will be merely mild spoilers, so if you haven’t read Bloodlands yet, I won’t be ruining any twists or turns….




Hint #1 for Blood Rules: the Bloodlands world is really going to open up…. You’re going to be seeing the infamous “urban hubs” in action!

Thursday, August 04, 2011

Another Review for Bloodlands

Hi, all!

I just want to thank all those who've already bought their copies of Bloodlands! Without you, I wouldn't be able to keep writing and selling. :)

Here's another very nice review for the first book!


http://www.booklistonline.com/Bloodlands-Christine-Cody/pid=4949462
The first book in a new series by the author of the Vampire Babylon novels takes place in the New Badlands, a desolate, water-starved area in the west that emerged after the U.S. collapsed. It is now home not only to outlaws and a few paranoid survivors but also to monsters on both four and two legs. Then the vampire arrived. Gabriel, while searching for his lover’s murderer, turns up wounded at the door of Mariah, one of the survivors. She reluctantly helps him out. Then a self-styled monster-slayer comes after Gabriel. Cody has drawn a fascinating and believable world, and her characterization is top-notch. The plot, based on classic westerns, is something different in vampire novels. There is action—a great deal of it—but not in your face, and the beginning of an intensely realized romance. Bloodlands should appeal to just about all paranormal adventure fans.
— Frieda Murray

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Booksigning!

There's a Bloodlands booksigning tonight at Barnes & Noble, Oceanside, CA! 6pm

store-locator.barnesandnoble.com/event/3107436

Monday, August 01, 2011

Next Bloodlands Blog Stop: Dark Faerie Tales

More giveaways on my Bloodlands blog stop! Today, I'm over at Dark Faerie Tales, where you could win copies of Bloodlands or all six signed copies of my Chris Marie Green Vampire Babylon series. I also wrote a tricky scene of what Bloodlands might've been like as a fairy tale....

http://darkfaerietales.com/

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Final July Blog Stops for Bloodlands

Two more stops today!

First, there's a mini-interview about Bloodlands at The Book Pushers. http://thebookpushers.com/2011/07/28/new-series-spotlight-bloodlands/

Second--and this is one of my favorite posts--you can see how I would cast a movie of the Bloodlands at My Book, the Movie!

Remember, you still have until tomorrow to try and win 1) the Amazon gift cards at Bitten by Books and 2) all six signed mass market copies of my Vampire Babylon series at the Vampire Book Club!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

More Giveaways! Today's Bloodlands Blog Stop: Vampire Book Club

Yet another stop on the Bloodlands blog tour, with a 6-book signed mass market Vampire Babylon giveaway! I also blogged about my favorite books and how they relate to Bloodlands....

Vampire Book Club

You still have lots of time to enter the Amazon gift card contest at Bitten by Books, as well....

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

The Amazon Gift Card Giveaway for Bloodlands is underway!

Even if you didn't RSVP at Bitten by Books, you can still enter to win the $100 or one of two $25 Amazon gift cards at http://t.co/G9HFlci ! I'll be popping in and out all day to chat, so I really hope to see you there (That is, unless you're busy buying Bloodlands, which comes out today, LOL.)!



Also, I posted a blog at Tote Bags 'n' Blogs today, and I'm giving away a signed mass market copy of NIGHT RISING. http://authorsoundrelations.blogspot.com/

Thanks, and happy hunting!

Monday, July 25, 2011

RSVP for a Bitten by Books Giveaway!

Hi, all,

I'm still gearing up for the release of Bloodlands (tomorrow!), and the biggest blog stop on my tour is finally here! If you're familiar with the excellent site Bitten by Books, you know that they have amazing giveaways. I'll be taking part in one--a giveaway that includes

1st prize: $100 Amazon gift card
two second prizes: $25 Amazon gift cards

To increase your chances of winning these prizes, BBB asks participants to RSVP a day in advance, so later today, you can earn extra win points by checking in at:

http://www.bittenbybooks.com/?p=44808

Tomorrow they'll post the big contest as well as a character interview I did with Gabriel, the hero of Bloodlands!

I'm also at Literal Exposure today, writing about two of the most frequent questions I get asked as a writer:
http://literalexposure.com/2011/07/24/guest-post-with-author-christine-cody/

I hope you all take advantage of the Amazon giveaway!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Bloodlands is a Comic-Con exclusive!

By this afternoon, there should be signed copies of Bloodlands (1 week early!!!) at the Mysterious Galaxy booth, 1119, at Comic-Con! If you're going, I hope you drop by to buy a copy. I'll be tweeting whenever I'm hanging around the booth, but today is a Ballroom 20 day. I've said before, I'd better get into the GAME OF THRONES panel or my heart will be a broken one. : ) or : (

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Next Blog Stop: Bloodlands giveaway!

Over at All Things Urban Fantasy, there's a great giveaway going on. They have *three* copies of Bloodlands they're giving away, plus an arc of book 2, Blood Rules! How's that? Plus, they asked each of us authors to write a sort of tour of the setting of our books, based on a main character's point of view.

Come on down!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Next Blog Stop: another big giveaway

I did something really fun with the WereVampsRomance blog: I interviewed one of my main characters, Mariah. Come on over to see it, and to enter to win all 6 books in my Vampire Babylon series!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Blog Stops for Bloodlands: My Bookish Ways

Another stop!

If you all haven't discovered the My Bookish Ways site, you're in for a treat. This is where to go for great reading recommendations. Today, there's a Q&A about Bloodlands and me. Want to talk about books you're reading now? Books that have influenced you?

Come on over!

http://www.mybookishways.com/

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Blog Stops for Bloodlands

I'm starting to do a blog tour for Bloodlands, and we're well on our way, with fun posts and giveaways!

Over at SOS Aloha, Kim Adams is giving away a copy of Bloodlands (until June 16), and there's a game of 8 Degrees of Separation going on. http://sosaloha.blogspot.com/2011/07/aloha-to-christine-cody-and-bloodlands.html


Today on the Bloodlands tour: an interview with The Qwillery, where we're giving away all 6 Vampire Babylon books! http://qwillery.blogspot.com/2011/07/interview-with-christine-cody-and.html

Monday, July 11, 2011

Review for Deep in the Woods, Vampire Babylon, Book Six

Some of you know that Deep in the Woods was just rereleased in mass market format. Chere at PNR reviewed it, and she has some wonderful, kind things to say! To check it out, you can go to

http://www.paranormalromance.org/reviews/review.php?id=33797

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Another Cool Bloodlands Review!

Here's a nice review from Fresh Fiction:


Not only did Gabriel want to find Abby, the woman who'd run from him, he wants to find solace from the crazy world. However, with governmentally-trained agents called Shredders seeking to kill all the preternaturals left in the country, this lone vampire knows his possibility of redemption or even a semblance of humanity is slim to none. Injured by local hoodlums in the vast Western wasteland, he is reluctantly taken in by Mariah, one of a small underground community. He hopes the members will know something about Abby, but they are more than normally paranoid about outsiders. They're being harassed by someone known as Stamp, a cold man who asserts that he just wants to be good neighbors, even as his wild associates torment everyone in their paths. Even though Chaplin, Mariah's Intel dog, vouches for Gabriel, he finds it difficult to chip away their protective armor. Despite his attempts to stay aloof from their troubles because of his determination to move on once he discovers what happened to Abby, the frenzied passion and fear boiling beneath Mariah's surface intrigues him and draws him dangerously closer.

An excellent novel that touches on a dystopic potential future, BLOODLANDS depicts the gritty nature of survival and secrecy and sets fire to a fabulous new series.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Cool Mention in PW for Bloodlands!

Just thought I'd share this piece of coolness: In the most recent issue of Publisher's Weekly (June 27), there's a short article on page 60 about speculative fiction and how there are a lot of books coming out that can't be easily classified. Bloodlands is one of them! They call it a postapocalyptic supernatural western that subverts all three categories.

Big smiles. : )

Monday, June 27, 2011

Tuesday: Re-issue of DEEP IN THE WOODS

Hey, all!

Ace is re-releasing the final book in the Vampire Babylon trilogy tomorrow (Tuesday). DEEP IN THE WOODS will be on the shelves in mass market format now!


Just as a reminder, this release is in anticipation of my new trilogy launch under the name Christine Cody. Hang in there for the last week in July, when the first Bloodlands book arrives!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Starred PW Review

The reviews for Bloodlands are starting to come in, and I'm happy to say that I got my first starred review from Publisher's Weekly. Here's what they have to say:


Cody (a pseudonym for Chris Marie Green, author of the Vampire Babylon series) effectively merges science fiction, horror, and the classic western in this spectacular trilogy launch. Near-future America has shattered into isolated human sanctuaries while government-sanctioned Shredders hunt the preternatural monsters that haunt the wilderness. A lone vampire, Gabriel, arrives at an underground refuge deep in the Badlands, where a group of desert homesteaders are being threatened by a wealthy new settler, Stamp, and his gang of thugs. Wary, traumatized Mariah Lyander and her sentient canine companion reluctantly offer Gabriel shelter. His attraction to Mariah draws him into conflict with Stamp, at the risk of revealing the vampire nature he is determined to suppress. Ingeniously subverting traditional themes, Cody skillfully builds near-claustrophobic suspense, finally revealing the true nature of monstrosity. (Aug.)

http://www.publishersweekly.com/978-0-441-02062-1

Stay tuned, because Comic-Con announcements are coming soon!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Whatcha Readin'? 6/14/11

I've started a new project (my paranormal epic fantasy--whoo!), so I'm currently doing a lot of research. But I've picked up a couple of paranormal stories, too, just to get me back in that frame of mind....

* Chosen by Blood by Virna DePaul
I just started this, but I like the world, which consists of vampire clans, vampire royalty, and other assorted paranormal creatures. I hear things get pretty hot in this book, as well, so I'm looking forward to that.

* Archangel's Kiss by Nalini Singh
This is the second book in the Guild Hunter series. Just started this one, too, but I'm already steeped in angels and vampires and danger...oh, my.

I have Game of Thrones on deck, but I'm waiting to start until after the season finale on HBO next week. (I don't want to be spoiled!) After last week's shocker of an episode, I'm dying to know what's going to happen next. I wouldn't be surprised if I made a great effort to read all the books that exist in the series right now during the summer.

Any good stories you all are reading?

Monday, June 06, 2011

The Texas Tycoon's Baby

Just a reminder--the last book in my Billionaire Cowboys, Inc. miniseries, THE TEXAS TYCOON'S BABY is on shelves now!




Also, I've got a new multi-book prize contest running. (The winner of the last contest is Cynthya Petzen--congrats!)

Click here to go to www.crystal-green.com so you can go to the contest page and enter!

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Fantastic Paranormal Summer Event!

Those of you who are paranormal lovers, please check this out (I'm going to be blogging here, too, but look at all the other books. Eeee!)

Deadly Destinations

Friday, May 27, 2011

Signing and Panel at Vista Strawberry Festival

If you're in the San Diego North County area this Sunday, I hope you stop by the Vista Strawberry Festival. Not only does it offer lots of food and fun (cooking demonstrations!!! Love.), it's going to host four great panels from my RWA, San Diego, chapter. I'll be on the paranormal panel at 12pm, but before that, I'm going to be signing in the booth with my good friend and critique partner Judy Duarte (10am-11:45am).

http://vistachamber.org/strawberry-run-2010/strawberry-fest-romance-authors-workshops/

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Book Giveaway and New Blog!

I blogged about Bloodlands today at Denise Agnew's site. Giving away a signed copy of Night Rising, too.... http://deniseagnew.com/blog/

Friday, May 20, 2011

Whatcha Readin'? 5/20/11

I finished my last round of books, so here I am diving into another!

- Heat: An Amateur's Adventures as Kitchen Slave, Line Cook, Pasta-Maker, and Apprentice to a Dante-Quoting Butcher in Tuscany by Bill Buford
I just started this one on audio. You guys know how much I love foodie books, and the author has a great sense of humor, so I Like.

- 1776 by David McCullough
Another audio. Actually, this is a research book for me, since it has to do with background building and characterization for a new paranormal project I'm working on. (I'll be writing the chapters as soon as I finish a revision for a Special Edition, and I've been dying to write something for this project!)

- Turning Japanese by Cathy Yardley
Cathy is a friend of mine, and I lovelovelove her books. Somewhere along the line, we discovered that we had both written a story about girls who aspired to be comic book pencilers, although her heroine was pursuing manga. This is Cathy's published book, and it takes place mostly in Japan. Very fun fish-out-of-water story with the usual deft Yardley comic touch.

I'd love to hear what you guys are into right now...

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Bloodlands excerpt!

I've posted an entire chapter from the first Bloodlands book on my site (which is going to be revamped very soon)!

http://ow.ly/4WyPR

BTW, after the revamp, the music will be gone, but if you want to turn it off now, there's a small "music off" button near the upper right side of the page. :)

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Mysterious Galaxy B-Day today

Crazy about books? (Who out there isn't?) Today, you'll want to be at Mysterious Galaxy, if you're in the San Diego area. They've got featured authors and those who are going to pop in throughout the day (like me--I'll probably be there around 12:30 or 1:00 to browse all those lovely books and pick out a few).

http://www.mystgalaxy.com/event/mg-18th-birthday-bash

Hope to catch you there!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Book Giveaway: The Huntress

Want to enter to win my very first vampire book? The Huntress (which was a Bombshell written by Crystal Green) is up for grabs at http://networkedblogs.com/hIpMf

Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Advanced Quotes for Bloodlands!

Advanced quotes for Bloodlands are starting to come in. Huge thank yous go to Susan Sizemore and Jeaniene Frost for taking the time to read the book and create copy to recommend it! Here's what they have to say:

“A great, edgy, fresh twist on paranormal romance. Brilliant!”
-Susan Sizemore, Vampire Primes series

"The Old West meets a post-apocalyptic future! Edgy and engrossing,
BLOODLANDS features a unique world filled with compelling characters and
an action-packed plot." --Jeaniene Frost, author of THIS SIDE OF THE
GRAVE.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Whatcha Readin'?

I haven't done this in a long time, so I'm excited....

What're you reading?

On my front, I've lately been immersed in line edits and proofs, mostly for my upcoming Bloodlands series as Christine Cody. Since the books are coming out back-to-back-to-back (August, Sept., Oct.), I've been receiving the copies one right after the other. I've also been doing my October Montana Mavericks line edit and am waiting for my November Blaze. Oh, *and* I've been polishing my "geek lit" She Code, which I hope to publish online in the future. (I'm shooting for sometime next year, and it's only so far off because I have to figure out how the supporting art work and comic panels are going to translate to an e-screen.)

Still, I'm going a little nuts with my reading right now. I usually like to dive into more than one book at a time, plus I listen to an audio book during my walking binges. Here's what's on:

audio: Blood, Bones, and Butter (I think that's what it's called, LOL) by Gabrielle Hamilton.
This is not a paranormal story, just a chef memoir. I'm about 3 hours into a 10 hour reading, and it's fine so far. When I read a foodie book, I like to roll around in lots of food and kitchen description, and I'm at the beginning, where there are mainly stories about her childhood. It should get more decadent, though, as she grows older.

paper books: Naughty Bits (Spice Briefs, various authors)
Ribald short stories. Easy to get into, fun to read. Pure entertainment.

Santa Olivia Jacqueline Carey
I picked this one up because of the west post-apocalyptic setting with slightly paranormal elements. (My Bloodlands series, as you know, is post-apocalyptic western fantasy, and I freak out every time I discover a book that might be in any way similar to Bloodlands, LOL. Not that the subgenre is super fresh--Priest got there a long time ago--but still. Paranoia.) The writing is elegantly simple, the story intriguing, and it takes it's time to develop its world.
I'm into it.

G is for Gumshoe by Sue Grafton
I'm reading this because I had a total craving for a good mystery, and it's been a long, long time since I read the last book in this series. I LOVE the way Grafton writes--she's a master of detail--and I can relate to the sometimes-prickly Kinsey Millhone.

I've also finally given into the Kindle app. Yup--it happened. I downloaded a few books, and I intend to start an H.P. Mallory story very soon....

Anything anyone would like to share?

Monday, April 25, 2011

Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

I've been doing a lot of thinking about what's happening with publishing. Truthfully, I can barely even keep up with what's going on. It seems that, every day, a ton of information is coming at us about new e-book gadgets, future gadgets, and how that gadget you just purchased is already out of date. Information about how e-publishing is changing traditional publishing as we know it.

I've been trying to figure out just how I'm going to fit into this new e-paradigm just as much as traditional publishing houses and agencies are trying to determine how they're going to stay in business, as well. I can't speak for them, but with Kindle and Nook and etc./etc./etc., it seems as if there's a new freedom in the air for an author in particular.

And freedom can be scary.

I say that because there are so many directions a person can go. Which way? Why? And will it end up being the wrong way?

But freedom is...freedom. In the future, an author can determine her own release schedule. She won't have to wait to get the okay on a series. She can start a project when her passions for it are exploding.

There's a cost to that, though. With all this self-determination, there's also more responsibility, like making sure a manuscript is competently edited, securing an eye-catching cover, and (the hardest thing of all, in my view) marketing that book or books.

Intimidating, to be sure. But also exhilarating.

This is an exciting time, and a scary one. But I'm glad it's here....

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Ciara Knight's blog

Ciara Knight is recommending NIGHT RISING as an A-Z Challenge read on her blog!

Thank you, Ciara. :)

http://www.ciaraknight.com/2011/04/15/n-is-for-night-rising/#comment-2946

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Bitten by Books Giveaway!


Hey, everyone,

There's a Bitten by Books event today and tomorrow. A bunch of paranormal authors are promoting the THOSE WHO FIGHT MONSTERS short story anthology, and we're answering your questions as well as having an online book giveaway!

BBB Special Bonus:

ONLY for the "Those Who Fight Monsters: Tales of Occult Detectives" Online Launch. Any person who purchases a copy online today of "Those Who Fight Monsters: Tales of Occult Detectives" through one of the Bitten by Books links will receive, absolutely F*ree an e-book version of the EDGE new spring title "Chilling Tales: Evil Did I Dwell; Lewd I Did Live", edited by Michael Kelly". The "Chilling Tales: Evil Did I Dwell; Lewd I Did Live" authors will be celebrating our online launch at Bitten by Books on April 19th, 2011

How it works: Once you have purchased your copy through the BBB link, send an email with proof of purchase to events@hadespublications.com, with PROOF OF PURCHASE in the subject line. We will then send you a download link for Chilling Tales. This special bonus is only valid until noon April 13th, 2011.

The event starts at 12:00 central, April 12th, 2011 at www.bittenbybooks.com and runs to 12:00 central, April 13, 2011. Please join us at:

Here's the link:
http://www.bittenbybooks.com/?p=40227

Hope to see you there!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Bitten by Books event!

There's a Bitten by Books event tomorrow for THOSE WHO FIGHT MONSTERS. I'll be in and out, so I hope I see you there! To RSVP, go to

http://www.bittenbybooks.com/?p=40126

Romantic Times Rundown

Whoo--has it really been that long since I've been to a conference?

I feel like I packed a month's worth of information and networking into less than a week, LOL. Fun was had, and I've got enough to mull over now to keep my head exploding for the next month!

On Tuesday, before RT even officially started, Judy Duarte and I did a workshop about dialogue for the pre-pub program. Wednesday was pretty much "marketing day" for me, as I sat in on a couple of panels that addressed this issue. (Does anyone else out there feel as if they're always going to be behind in marketing, even if you're caught up?) Thursday was reader event day, and if I had the privilege of meeting you at the Harlequin bash, Club RT, or the COS event, I just want to say thank you for introducing yourself! The same goes for the book signing, where may lovely friends stopped by not only to buy books, but to chat. You guys make my days! And when I get feedback about the books or how Amazon has the wrong pen name up for Bloodlands or *any* type of information you can share, I'm truly grateful.

Right now, I've got about 20 business cards with notes written on them ("Met in the graphic novel workshop," "send bookmarks," "fellow urban fantasy author"--and those are the legible notes!), and I'm going to be following up on those contacts within the next week. Lots to do, along with two line edits, a revision, and *major* thinking about self e-pubbing and how I fit into that new wave....

Monday, April 04, 2011

Romantic Times Convention

Hope to see you at the Romantic Times Convention if you're going! I'll be at Club RT Wednesday at 3:30 then Thursday at 1:30. I'll also be at the Harlequin party on Thursday (There'll be lots of giveaways and fun!) as well as the huge signing from 11-2 on Saturday at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in LA.

Click here for more info:

Saturday, April 02, 2011

Signing Today!

If you're in the Oceanside, CA, area today, I'm on a paranormal writing panel at Barnes & Noble (2615 Vista Way) at 2pm!

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Third Cover for Bloodlands!

You've seen the first two covers for my Bloodlands series--now here's the third, IN BLOOD WE TRUST, to be released September 27!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

New Cover for second Bloodlands book!

I've already posted the cover for the first Bloodlands book, now here's the second...



Love!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Another Giveaway: Dark Faerie Tales

I'm over at Dark Faerie Tales, telling you much more than I ever have about the Bloodlands series (starting July 26 from Ace) and giving away signed copies of NIGHT RISING.

http://darkfaerietales.com/

Monday, March 21, 2011

Newest Cover!

Here's the cover for the third Billionaire Cowboys, Inc., book from Special Edition:



Coming at you in June!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Blog and Book Giveaway!

Over at the Tote Bags 'n' Blogs site, I've posted an entry about the differences between writing a longer book (urban fantasy), a category book, and short works (short stories and novellas). If you leave a comment, you could win a signed copy of DEEP IN THE WOODS, Vampire Babylon, Book 6. Come on over--I'd love to hear from you!

http://authorsoundrelations.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Winner at Selena's Site!

Mardel, you're the winner of DEEP IN THE WOODS, from Selena's blog site! If you're out there, let me know and we'll get contact information....

Thanks!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Win a signed DEEP IN THE WOODS

Today, my blog post at Selena's blog has gone active, so if you make a comment about sidekicks (like Kiko or Breisi), you could win a signed copy of DEEP IN THE WOODS, Vampire Babylon, Book 6. Come on down!

http://selenaillyria.com/2011/02/heroes-villains-and-in-between-chris-marie-green/

Friday, March 11, 2011

Giveaway this weekend!

My sidekick Kiko/Breisi post is already up on the http://selenaillyria.com/blog/ site, but there's going to be an added giveaway on Sunday, the 13th--remember to stop by!

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

RT Info

I'm gearing up for the Romantic Times conference, and I'm hoping that I get to meet some of you there!

So far, I'm scheduled to be at Club RT on Wednesday, 4/6, at 3:30 and Thursday, 4/7, at 1:30.

There's a Harlequin Party where I'll be taking part in the fun and giving away books on Thursday.

Then there's the huge booksigning Saturday.

Click on the link below the button for more schedules, and stay tuned for any updates!



http://www.rtconvention.com/index.php

Thursday, March 03, 2011

New Releases


First, congrats to Sherry Haut for winning the last contest! I'm giving away 12 surprise books (4 from my backlist, 8 others) for the next contest, so enter away at www.crystal-green.com!

As some of you know, I've got two releases this month. The first is TAMING THE TEXAS PLAYBOY, book 2 in the Billionaire Cowboy, Inc., series.

The second is THOSE WHO FIGHT MONSTERS, which contains a short Vampire Babylon story written by my alter ego Chris Marie Green. It seems there's a glitch in the release with this one at the moment--Amazon and Barnes and Noble are apparently posting that it's not available until next month. This is the deal: the book was published by a Canadian small press, EDGE, and is available up north at the moment. However, it looks like there's been a glitch in the shipping and distribution to the U.S.

But never fear--the book *will* be available, even if you just pre-order it on Amazon.

Sorry for the confusion. : )

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Blog about Sidekicks (Kiko and Breisi)

Today I posted on Selena's site, which is featuring a marathon re: heroes, villains, and sidekicks. I couldn't resist writing about Kiko and Breisi, and if you comment on my official blog day (March 13th), you'll have the chance to win a signed copy of DEEP IN THE WOODS, Vampire Babylon, Book Six (trade edition)!

http://selenaillyria.com/blog/

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Cool Blogging Marathon

Over at Selena Illyria's blog, there's a great marathon happening: authors are talking about "Heroes, Villains, and In-Between." I'll be talking about sidekicks there pretty soon, but in the meantime, there are some fun entries to check out (as well as some giveaways):

http://selenaillyria.com/blog/

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Join in the Conversation!

There's a conversation about my Vampire Babylon books over at Bitten by Books! Won't you join us? http://www.bittenbybooks.com/?p=36589

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

ConDor, San Diego Schedule

If anyone out there is attending ConDor, the fantasy convention in San Diego during the last week of February (25-27), here's where I'll be!

2pm, Saturday

How I Learned to Love My Monsters: How different fantastic creatures inspired &
influenced me
- Kiersten White, Linda Thomas-Sundstrom, Chris Marie Green, Michael Dubisch,
Cody Goodfellow

5pm, Saturday

Date Them Or Destroy Them?: Relationships in urban fantasy and paranormal
romance - Chris Marie Green, Nancy Holder, Linda Thomas-Sundstrom, Laura Luchau

1pm, Sunday
Autograph session in dealer's room

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Text Speak

So I'm reading the news this morning when I see a link to an article that makes me go, "OMG"!

This story is about how our every day speech is starting to sound more and more like how we text.

Well, wouldn't you know it--in my new Bloodlands books (coming out August-Oct. 2011), that's how some of my characters talk in the post-apocalyptic future. They call the dialect "Text." No joke.

I turned in that first book about a year and a half ago. The second almost a year ago. The third several months ago. How many people will notice this "Text trend" by the time the novels are released?

How many people will already be talking in Text?

Monday, February 07, 2011

Best Superbowl Ad...Are You Surprised?

You all know I have a STAR WARS thing, so are you shocked that the Mini Darth Vader was my favorite commercial? Here's the longer one-minute version of it. LOL loud at the poor dog trying to get away from the Force...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R55e-uHQna0

Friday, February 04, 2011

Another Book Giveaway: Suburban Vampire Site

Cathy at the Suburban Vampire site interviewed me, and there's a giveaway, too. The interview features the first bigger inkling of what my Bloodlands series will be about....

http://suburbanvampire.blogspot.com/2011/02/interview-contest-with-chris-marie.html

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Bloodlands Cover!



This is a mock-up cover, and in the conversion from pdf to jpg, the BLOODLANDS title on the bottom has been darkened--it won't be like that in the final version.

But here it is.

And I love it!

Monday, January 31, 2011

Announcement about Bloodlands

Things are starting to rev up for Bloodlands!

I saw a mock-up of the cover they want to use, and I love it. It focuses on the hero, and the model is perfect. I'll be sharing it just as soon as I have permission....

Here's the most important piece of news though: since this trilogy is in a different sub-genre and since the books will be coming out mass market (as opposed to trade edition), Ace would like me to use a different pen name. Hence, these books will come out under the name Christine Cody.

Yes, it's still me--Chris Marie Green. But writing as Christine Cody. She's just another facet of my personality, one of my three public faces. :)

Stay tuned for that cover!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Today the Giveaway Starts!

Come to My Bookish Ways, where I'm doing a guest blog and giveaway (win Break of Dawn!)....

Click here.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Night Rising Review

There's a great new review for NIGHT RISING up at My Bookish Ways, where I'll be blogging and giving away a signed copy of THE PATH OF RAZORS tomorrow.

Here's the link!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

New Cover!

Here it is for my March Special Edition, book two in the Billionaire Cowboys, Inc., series!

Monday, January 03, 2011

NIGHT RISING in Russia!


Click to see NIGHT RISING in Russia...

http://www.mdk-arbat.ru/bookcard?book_id=1309934


(And how do you like Dawn on that turbo bike with that tarty outfit?)