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


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. :)

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, 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 and runs to 12:00 central, April 13, 2011. Please join us at:

Here's the link:

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

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.

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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!