Monday, August 27, 2012

Formatting Camp for GothicScapes

So Nancy, Linda, and I survived our formatting camp!

You guys, I never knew it was such work to format.  I mean, all this time with print pub, I've been just writing my books, making sure there are no egregious mistakes in them, and sending them off to New York where, POOF!, magic happens.  I've never had to deal with spaces at the ends of paragraphs and junk like that.  Something I learned during formatting camp (BESIDES *EVERYTHING*?): I need to start getting used to italicizing instead of underlining, as New York has us do with words and thoughts that need to be emphasized.

Let's not even talk about what to do with ellipses!

During lunch, Linda, Nancy, and I talked about price points and some promo.  We decided that we're going to spring our beautiful UNDEAD FOR A DAY cover on the world in mid-September.  And we talked about going to the Romantic Times convention since we'll be on two panels together.  (I'll also be at the Harlequin Reader event and Club RT, so I hope you'll look me up if you're going in 2013!)

Within the next couple of days, Linda, who has been working her butt off with "the book work," will be putting the manuscript together, then sending it off to Formatting Guy, who lives in England.  I'm just dying to see the final product.  We even put together a "Coming Soon" page that's going to be at the end of the book, complete with teasers about what you can expect from our second GothicScapes release, STRANGE SPIRITS in December!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Happy GothicScapes Campers

So this week has been kind of a "clean up week."  What I mean by that is that I sent information for the art work for a Fortunes of Texas Special Edition book (w/a Crystal Green) to my publisher.  Then I polished the actual book itself, getting it ready to turn in.  Today and tomorrow I'm polishing the second GothicScapes Vampire Babylon novella (w/a Chris Marie Green) so it'll be all shiny for my freelance editor and then its December release.

But Friday?  Ah, Friday will be the day that Nancy Holder, Linda Thomas-Sundstrom, and I will be having the ultimate clean up--a "format camp" for our first GothicScapes release in October!

See, one thing I didn't really get is that digital work must be formatted before it's actually formatted.  What I mean is this--before the magical guy who will be posting our work formats the book for publishing platforms such as Kindle and Smashwords, etc., we have to make sure that we do things like have only one space between periods and the beginnings of new sentences.  (Yes--I am old school and, out of habit, I still do two spaces.  I have to train myself to stop it.)  Also, you have to have certain quote marks throughout the manuscript and we have to streamline all chapter headings.

You know--maybe I should retitle this whole blog.  Something like, "The Adventures of a Complete Doofus in Digital Self-Pubbling"!  That's sure what I feel like.  But I'm sure things will smooth out after this first release.

Oh--by the way... I'll be posting the cover for UNDEAD FOR A DAY, GothicScapes #1, soon!  We lovelovelove it.  I couldn't have asked for a better cover!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Blog post and giveaway!

Hi, all!

I've got a guest blog up today at Tote Bags 'n' Blogs at  I'm talking about the new GothicScapes urban fantasy venture--plus I'm giving away a signed first edition of my very first urban fantasy written as Crystal Green, THE HUNTRESS.

I hope to see you at the blog!

Friday, August 10, 2012

Want to know what the first GothicScapes Vampire Babylon novella will be about?

Here's the "back cover" blurb!

In “Raising the Dead” by Chris Marie Green (A Dawn Madison Vampire Babylon novella), former hunter Dawn Madison hasn’t been the same since she retired from the life.  She’s tired and drained from injuries sustained during the team’s last stand against the dragon, but when the clock strikes twelve on Samhain, everything changes.  It seems that someone has sent raised-from-the-dark creatures after her, and they’re out for blood—as well as Dawn’s life.

Undead!  Revenant!  

Big trouble for Dawn and the team.

Stay tuned for word on Nancy's story and Linda's story and more news (and maybe even the cover???)!

Sale date: October

Thursday, August 09, 2012

Top Secret Project Revealed!!!

I've been hinting for a while about the Top Secret Project I've been working on with a couple of other authors.  And that it has something to do with new Vampire Babylon novellas.

I can finally tell you what's going on!

Nancy Holder, Linda Thomas-Sundstrom, and I are working together to digitally self-publish novella anthologies, and we're so excited.  We're calling our group GothicScapes.

Our tagline is "Urban Fantasy (x) 3."
3 authors.
3 novellas per anthology.
And hopefully 3 releases per year!

We're planning for our first release to come out in early October--in fact, we're shooting for an October 1 date, but since this is our first endeavor, we're not sure of the exact timing yet.  (We'll be more on target as we go along.  )  The second release is planned for early December, 2012, and the third in early April, 2013.

Now that I can freely discuss this, there's so much to talk about.  We were working on trademarking our group name because we thought it'd be a good idea to have a brand to identify what we're doing.  We had to come up with a connecting premise for each release after deciding when our schedules would allow us to write the stories.  And we've had to do fun little things like deciding who's going to do what duties (accounting, book formatting, proofing, etc.).

At first, I thought of this as a "fun" project, but there's a whole lot more involved, LOL.  But what excites me the most is experimenting with digital publishing...and being able to write Vampire Babylon again!

My novella in the first anthology will be a sort of reboot of the VB series.  Dawn and the team are at different places in their lives now that they "captured" the dragon during DEEP IN THE WOODS, book 6.  But the dragon is actually *inside* Dawn now, and this presents a problem or two, as you can imagine. To make matters worse, as an ex-vampire (Recall that she briefly became one in BREAK OF DAWN to help Costin.), she's got a "soul stain" in her--a dark mark that's full of dark feelings.  If the dragon spirit inside Dawn gets to that soul stain, it'll feed him, making him stronger, so this is a constant danger for Dawn.

So that's the set up.  And, believe me, there are a lot of stories to be told!

As I said, the first novella will come out in October, and it'll be in a GothicScapes collection called UNDEAD FOR A DAY.  The action centers around Halloween/Samhain (Hence the October release, .)  And, you guessed it, all three of our stories will use the theme of the undead/resurrection.  I'll be talking more about my Vampire Babylon novella in the future, but let's just say that you'll see some familiar characters, like Kiko, Costin, Jonah, Natalia, and... Well, there'll be a familiar villain for those of you who read the second trilogy in London.    And if you haven't read the short story I wrote for a collection called THOSE WHO FIGHT MONSTERS, you might want to catch up with that, too, since it'll give you an idea of Dawn's state of being since the close of DEEP IN THE WOODS....

Just a hint about Nancy Holder's and Linda Thomas-Sundstrom's novellas.... Nancy is writing about witches (and if you read her and Debbie Vigue's WICKED series, you'll know that she's a kick-ass witch writer!) and Linda's story centers around a gargoyle (I can't wait for you to read this, too!).

Man,you guys, there's just so much going on, and I haven't even touched on the December collection.  I've already written that novella, as well, and it was pretty emotional.  If you've read the whole VB series, you might feel the same way after you're done, too....

Anyway, can you tell I'm energized???

More to come!