Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Free Short Vampire Babylon Horror Story!

Hi, you all!

A few years ago, I wrote a short story called "Soul Stains" that was published in a horror anthology called THOSE WHO FIGHT MONSTERS. But I wanted to post the entire story on Wattpad, a writing community, for a while, making it free and accessible to those who want to read it before I bundle it with two other Dawn Madison stories: RAISING THE DARKNESS and IN BAD SPIRITS (which are already available at Amazon, Kobo, and Nook)! I *really* wanted to have it out there for those who purchased RAISING and SPIRITS, though.

The collection will be called MONSTER HUNTERS, and here's a cover preview...

Once "Soul Stains" is bundled, it'll take a permanent vacation from Wattpad and only be available in digital form for a while, so you might want to read it soon by clicking here!

I hope you "enjoy" this scary story. (Although I'm not sure "enjoy" is really the word for horror!) The events take place after the sixth book in my Vampire Babylon series (DEEP IN THE WOODS) and just before RAISING THE DARKNESS.

Happy Hunting...

Monday, February 24, 2014

My Writing Process--Progressive Blog

Hi, all! I’m doing something a little different today—a progressive blog about “My Writing Process.” Thank you to Wendy Etherington (http://www.wendyetherington.com/www.wendyetherington.com/Welcome.html ) for inviting me. You can see her Writing Process entry from last week at http://jenniferstgiles.com/content/jenni-musings/wendy-etheringtons-writing-process-blog/ !

So here we go with the questions I need to answer for the blog! First of all, I’ll tell you what I’m working on now—the second book in my new “Crystal Green” Rough and Tumble “hot romance” series for Berkley’s Intermix Digital First line. This book already has a slot (October, 2014) and a title (Down and Dirty), so it’s a contracted work with a deadline—and it’s a lot of fun to write. You could call it a “What Happens in Vegas Doesn’t Necessarily Stay in Vegas” book, a romantic romp. I have six more chapters to go—whoo!

Second, this progressive blog calls for me to tell you how my work differs from others of its genre. If we’re talking about my current WIP, I would say that I’ve created a place/world that definitely belongs to the Rough and Tumble books alone—the stories center around a dive bar on the outskirts of Las Vegas and the rough-edged men who hang out there. The bar—a saloon, actually—has a lot of history and Old West dust to it, and so does the lazy, small town it’s in.

Third—why do I write what I write? Well, if you all are familiar with me, you know that I have more than one pen name. Currently, I have a new urban fantasy series out as Chris Marie Green: Jensen Murphy, Ghost for Hire (book 1 is called Only the Good Die Young). I also write some new adult/chick lit books under this name (The She Code and connected novellas). Lastly, I write romances as “Crystal Green.” So why do I write such different things? Probably because I’ve always been an eclectic reader.  Additionally, I write quite a few books per year, and these different types allow me to stretch my creative wings—every project is exciting because it’s not like the one before.

Finally, how does my writing process work? Oddly, this also depends on what I’m writing—or how I’m selling a certain project. If I’m selling on proposal, I first brainstorm the story, interviewing my characters, using Goal, Motivation, and Conflict charts to plot as well as a Hero’s Journey grid. Then I write a synopsis, plus blurbs for any other books I’d like on the contract. Then I go for the first three chapters, which completes a proposal. Normally, it takes a little time to sell, so I’ll move onto another project, coming back to this one after a contract is in the works. However, if I’m doing something for self-publishing or if I’ve already sold the book off of a pitch or a blurb, I’ll use “the sticky method.” This means that I go through all my prep work (charts, interviews, etc.), but I won’t do a sales synopsis. Instead, I write every scene I think I’ll need on a sticky and arrange them on my closet door. After actually writing each scene, I get the satisfaction of tearing that sticky down and saving them in my folder.

As for a day to day writing process, I do what needs doing—usually I take care of promo and/or editing in the morning and write a chapter at night, splitting my day in two. It used to be the opposite, but nowadays, the business of writing has become so important that I can’t concentrate while the business day is happening!

And that’s the scoop, my friends. J

Next week on March 3, I’ve invited three more authors to talk about their writing process, and I hope you’ll visit them on their blogs! Here is their information:

Beppie Harrison is a former non-fiction writer, living in Michigan, releasing her first novel, The Broken Heart, in March--the first book of a Regency trilogy set in Ireland.
Beppie’s writing process will be found at http://RomancingtheEras.com

E. B. Purtill is a writer living in San Francisco. The Lamb is her first book, coming out in March. She studied law and arts at the University of Western Australia and is now married and has a daughter. Her site is at www.ebpurtill.com

Nancy Warren is a USA Today Bestselling romance author known for her funny, sexy contemporary romances. Her latest releases are Game On for Harlequin Blaze and Kiss a Girl in the Rain, book 1 in the Take a Chance series. http://www.nancywarren.net. You’ll find her blog at http://www.nancywarren.net/category/blog/


Tuesday, February 18, 2014

FREE Kindle read!

FIRST LOVE, TRUE LOVE, a two-book collection about finding the perfect guy, went FREE on Amazon! Thank you to everyone who reported it--you had a *huge* impact. Now get a free read!


Friday, February 14, 2014

New Giveaway at Goodreads!

Happy Valentines Day. :) This is a good time to tell you that there's another Goodreads giveaway going on! Ten copies up for grabs of THE SHE CODE...

https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/81237-the-she-code



Good luck, and have a great weekend. :)

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Bitten by Books--prizes! chat! ONLY THE GOOD DIE YOUNG!

The launch party for ONLY THE GOOD DIE YOUNG has started over at Bitten by Books!

Here's the link: http://bittenbybooks.com/?p=72784

and here's a link to the Rafflecopter contest entry page:

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/share-code/ODJlMmZkN2E1MTJhNDQwNWU0YmYzNDMxNTI5M2FjOjE0OA==/

I'll be there all day having fun with everyone and chatting. Hope to see you!


Thursday, February 06, 2014

Release Party at Bitten By Books!


Release party for ONLY THE GOOD DIE YOUNG next Tuesday, 2/11!

You'll want to click on this link to RSVP for the party because it gives you more points to win the giveaways. I'll be there that day to chat and answer questions about my new series Jensen Murphy, Ghost for Hire, so I hope you can stop by!

http://bittenbybooks.com/?p=72565



Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Launch Day! And a Great Reading Blog...

Today's the day!

ONLY THE GOOD DIE YOUNG is on sale now. I'll be hitting three great blogs, starting today, with one about what I've been reading lately. (If you don't follow this blog, I hope you begin to. It's awesome!) Go to http://americareads.blogspot.com/2014/02/what-is-chris-marie-green-reading.html .

Tonight, from 6-8 Pacific time, I'll be hosting a launch party on Facebook, and I'd love it if you could come! There'll be some giveaways and lots of fun at https://www.facebook.com/events/206947489506561/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming...

If you want to get the book, here are some links for that, too. It's available across a wide variety of platforms:


  



Happy Reading!

Monday, February 03, 2014

Spotify Playlist for ONLY THE GOOD DIE YOUNG

1 day until ONLY THE GOOD DIE YOUNG is out! Here's a Spotify playlist with songs Jensen might've listened to before she died--and songs from the ghost party house.

Below is a direct link, but I'd like to post the reasons I included each song afterward...

https://play.spotify.com/user/12128639750/playlist/1hZYLQHomfhH5CgMU8zgVJ

1. Video Killed the Radio Star - This Buggles tune is mentioned right up front in the book. What better song to usher in the birth of the 80s and the death of something else?

2. No One Lives Forever - Jensen was a big Boingo fan back when they were called Oingo Boingo. Also? Creepy, fun song.

3. Destroyer - Jensen refers to this Kinks song several times, thanks to its "paranoia" theme. But why would a ghost be paranoid in Boo World? (Lots of reasons...)

4. Angel - Aside from the title, this song had to be included because Jensen quietly loved Madonna, even though it wasn't super cool for a beach/surf girl to be on that mainstream bandwagon.

5. Accept Yourself - This Smith's song represents Jensen's love for the band, and the type of song that one of the best radio stations in the country, San Diego's 91X, would've played back in the day.

6. A Forest - Another 91X, alternative song by The Cure. Listen to the words and imagine Elfin Forest, where Jensen died. Coincidence, anyone?

7. That'll Be the Day - Major tone shift in the playlist here! But this Buddy Holly song is one of the first songs Jensen hears when she visits the Happy House--a cabin in the woods that a bunch of ghosts like to gather and party at. Just for kicks, they have music wars, conjuring tunes out of the air. As you'll see from this portion of the list, we've got all kinds of tastes and eras running through this haunted house. This would be a song that Scott, the 50s ghost, would love.

8. El Zipilote Mojado - Mexican party folk song! Since this book takes place in San Diego, there are "Old Town" ghosts in residence, and they do like their party tunes.

9. In the Mood - There are a couple ghosts from the '40s here, too, and Glenn Miller would be their thing!

10. Moonlight Serenade - Another Glenn Miller, but this is a slower song, good for two elderly ghosts who love each other, even in death, to dance "cheek to cheek" to.

11. Mammas, Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys - Yup, there's even an old cowboy ghost (who was buried in the land under the cabin) who likes him some Waylon Jennings.

12. You Should Be Dancing - What's a ghost party without a 70s ghost playing some Bee Gees disco?

13. Human Fly - Even Jensen learns how to conjure some of the music floating on the air from radio waves. She digs this strange Cramps song.

14. Spellbound - What were the 80s without some Siouxsie and the Banshees? Jensen had to share this one, too.

15. Jessie's Girl - If you read the book, you'll see that Twyla, a Valley Girl ghost, will take any opportunity she can to fly in Jensen's face. Slinging some Rick Springfield at her would be the perfect volley to Jensen's alternative stuff.

16. I Still Believe - Boo World can be very dark, but The Call brings us some hope as we come to the end of this playlist...

17. Only the Good Die Young - Thank you to Billy Joel for the title. :)






Sunday, February 02, 2014

2 More Days Until ONLY THE GOOD DIE YOUNG!

2 days until ONLY THE GOOD DIE YOUNG!

Remember when I mentioned that the Jensen Murphy, Ghost for Hire series was heavily influenced by old scary movies? Here’s more on that…

When Jensen died in the 80s, she left behind people she loved—her best friend, Suze Field, was one of them. These days, Suze is in her early 50s, but back in the day, she was a high school cheerleader, a girl-next-door just like Jensen. I wanted one of the most wonderful best-friend heroines of all time to represent here.

Sue Snell from CARRIE!

Suze's first name clearly refers to "Sue." Her last name, Field, is an homage to Ginny Field of FRIDAY THE 13th, PART 2 fame. Suze starts to play a much bigger role in book 2 of the series, but for now, let us gaze upon good Sue Snell and reminisce about the bad old days…




Saturday, February 01, 2014

3 Days Until ONLY THE GOOD DIE YOUNG!

3 days until ONLY THE GOOD DIE YOUNG is out!

The past couple of days you've met a couple of Edgetts, members of the family being haunted in this first book of the Jensen Murphy, Ghost for Hire series. Here are two more...

First, we have Wendy Edgett, a fifteen-year-old who was adopted into the family. I didn't have a movie-star inspiration for Wendy, but she might've looked like this, with a pink streak down the front of her hair. Wendy is rather sensitive to Jensen's presence in the house, and since she's grown up with ghost shows all over the TV, she just might know a few tips about how to ghost hunt...




The following picture is a generic one for Noah Edgett, another adopted teen. A younger Jay Hernandez with longer hair would be perfect!





BTW, you guys do know that poltergeists are said to center around teens who are emotionally disturbed, right?