Monday, December 21, 2015

Cover Reveal for RED WEDDING

Cover reveal! (Yes, another one, LOL.)

I'm hoping to have RED WEDDING, the sequel to TERROR ISLAND, out by the end of January, but I'm putting it up for preorder soon. This is the second book in my Final Girls thriller slasher mystery series, and this creepy cover was designed by a talented graphic designer named Valdas Miskinis...


Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Another Cover Reveal--THE HUNTRESS

My first vampire urban fantasy is going to be reissued soon!




I love this cover! Jaycee Delorenzo at Sweet n Spicy designed this, and she did a killer job!

Back in 2005, THE HUNTRESS came out under the Silhouette Bombshell imprint--and under my "romance" pen name Crystal Green. The reason it wasn't pubbed under my "Chris Marie Green" name is because "she" didn't exist at that time. (This was pre-Vampire Babylon.) Since this is one of my faves, I'm really excited to have the publishing rights back.

At the moment, I'm busy typing the book into my computer and tweaking certain details so it can be uploaded to Amazon, iBooks, Nook, and Kobo. I'm hoping to get this on sale soon after Christmas or the beginning of the year, so fingers crossed...

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Christmas (Chocolate!) Dessert Recipe!

Come on over to the Authors' Billboard blog to get this really easy--and incredibly yummy--chocolate peanut butter cup recipe!

Happy Holidays to you...


Thursday, December 10, 2015

Reissue of "The Girl with No Name"

Once upon a time (two years ago), I decided to spin off a character from the Vampire Babylon series, sending her on a journey from villain to dark heroine. Why not, since I had been asked to write a novelette (no more than 12,000 words) for the urban fantasy KICKING IT anthology?

Now I have the rights to print the story on my own, and here it is...



A young woman wakes up in a strange hotel room in New Orleans with no memory of who she is, where she’s been, or what she’s doing there. All she has are a pair of boots that she can’t seem to take off. As she takes steps to uncover her identity, she realizes that she might’ve stolen the shoes, and the bad-boy psychic she’s enlisted could be luring her into the clutches of a powerful, very ticked-off backwoods sorceress who wants them back....

"The Girl with No Name" is ***FREE*** at:





Monday, November 16, 2015

Holiday Recipe!

Hi, all! Looking for a holiday recipe? I guest posted on the Authors' Billboard with a yummy vegetarian meatball recipe over at the Authors' Billboard, so join me!


Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Book signing!

If you're in the Atlanta area on Saturday, I hope you can come see me from 4:00-5:30 at:
Atlanta Marriott Northwest at Galleria
200 Interstate North Parkway SE
Atlanta, GA 30339!

Sunday, September 27, 2015

11 Spicy Christmas stories for .99 on pre-order!!!

Are you ready for Christmas yet?


I've been ready since I wrote Naughty and Nice, my novella contribution in the Spicy Christmas Kisses set. This is a Rough and Tumble story, and it features Jesse Navarro. If you've read the series, you know that Jesse is a tough nut to crack, but his Secret Santa is just the woman for the job. :) If you haven't read the series, this is a great entry point for you!

There are ELEVEN different holiday novellas for only .99! You can't beat that for a deal, and the set is available at:







Nook







We're also on Goodreads, so visit us there!

We'll be doing a lot of celebrating for this set, and our blog, Spicy Christmas Kisses, will be shouting out all the giveaways, parties, and news! 

Friday, September 25, 2015

What We're Reading

Oh, wow, I've been a bad girl about keeping my reading to myself! But I've been on another YA tear, and here's what I'm currently absorbed in:

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard


How can you not dig this cover? This is one of those books where the artwork just pulled me in, first and foremost. It's a YA cross between royal X-Men meets The Hunger Games, and I'm only referring to the latter because of the revolutionary stuff that's involved with this storyline. Red Queen starts out with a very HG-like gladiatorial set up but then soon switches to the elites versus the subjugated masses theme. With a superhero twist.

BTW, have you all noticed that revolutions have been a huge YA theme for a while now? Do you think it's just because "teens like to revolt against authority" or because of something bigger that's happening in this world? Interesting thought.


Looking for Alaska by John Green


Yes, I am on the John Green train (and, no, I am not related to him. I have been asked this before. ). I love his wit, and I can't tell you how many times I've laughed during my reading. I hear it's gonna be a movie (duh), and I'm sure it'll be just as light and lovely and charming and then heart-tearingly dark as The Fault in Our Stars was.


Cinder by Melissa Meyer


I haven't actually started this yet, but come on--like I'll be able to resist a retelling of Cinderella in which she is a robot.

What're you reading? 

Monday, September 07, 2015

Cover Reveal for Spicy Christmas Kisses!

Starting on October 1, this Spicy Christmas Kisses novella box set will go on pre-order! (Release date is November 3.) We've got 11 hot stories for you all, and mine is a Rough and Tumble sexy bad boy romance! (NAUGHTY AND NICE, featuring Jesse Navarro.)

Cover reveal time...


For more info, check out the blog or our landing page! 

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

What We're Reading

Another reading freak post!

I'm still reading The Devil in the White City. It's going to take me forever because the print is teeny. But I've added a couple YA titles and one thriller to my list!

1. Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter

I'm still at the very beginning, but who can resist this title? Bonus: Gena Showalter wrote it. I still can't get over that she was name checked on Orange is the New Black.

2. Firelight by Sophie Jordan



I actually didn't know what this one was about, but I'd heard good things about Jordan's books, and the cover is very cool. I should've known it was about dragon-type creatures! (See the girl's scales?) That makes this super intriguing to me, and Jordan has a poetic style that I like.

3. Those Girls by Chevy Stevens


I was writing the sequel to Terror Island, and I was in the mood for a thriller, so I checked this out. (Wouldn't you know it--the sequel is on hold for the moment as I write a secret proposal!) Anyway, this author is supposed to be pretty great, and I don't even know what this book is about. Do you sense a theme to this blog entry?

Have any of you read these books? What are you reading?

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Moonlight and Magnolias

I'll be the keynote speaker at this year's Moonlight and Magnolia's conference!

It's October 1-4, and I'll be keynoting at the Saturday luncheon from 12:00 - 1:50pm. Then I'll be signing at the bookfaire from 4:00 - 5:30pm.

Check here for more details!


Thursday, August 13, 2015

What We're Reading

Hello, again!

Are you all being good readers? I finished LUCKIEST GIRL ALIVE, and it was worth the read. Some very controversial stuff in there that might be upsetting, but polarization can make a book popular. And this one sure is. I think it's interesting that we have this trend—I don't know...is it a trend?—in which every book with "girl" in its title features an unlikable heroine. Gillian Flynn is a master at pulling this off, enrapturing readers while we perhaps even despise the heroine, and while I'm slowly making my way through the "Girl" books (GONE GIRL, GIRL ON THE TRAIN, LUCKIEST GIRL ALIVE), it's fascinating to see what other authors do with this tricky characterization.

P.S. Some readers might never connect with the LUCKIEST GIRL ALIVE, so be warned.

Anyway, this week, I've added three more books. I can't keep track of how many I'm even reading anymore. (Er...#hyperchick?)

1. LEAN IN by Sheryl Sandberg


The wonderful Stephanie Bond recommended this book. It's written by the COO of Facebook, and it's not so much a memoir as it is a statement of encouragement to women to be more assertive. It explores reasons we won't "sit at the table" (and you'll have to read the book to get that reference/story, although you can probably infer that it has something to do with men sitting at the big table while women chose not to. It's a stunning anecdote.) Very enlightening and startling.


2. IMMORTAL POSSESSION by Cassi Carver


Okay, urban fantasy fans, here's something right up your awesome alley! This novella appeared in a box set I was in, SEDUCTIVE SUPERNATURALS (not avx anymore), and it's fantastic. Cassi can really build a world, and this one is sort of a post-apocalyptic keep-society-in-line agency world. The heroine is unlike any I've read before--she's a smart paranormally inclined doctor who is vulnerable to spirit possession--and that's refreshing. I've got Cassi's other UF books, so I'll be glomming pretty soon.


3. THE DEVIL IN THE WHITE CITY by Erik Larson


Technically, I haven't started this yet, but it's sitting here right next to me staring. Pick me up now, it is saying. I'm telling it to hold its horses until I finish this blog. Yeesh, a little patience, please?

Anyway, maybe this book has good reason to be snapping its fingers at me because it's been on my TBR shelf (shelves?) for years. In spite of recommendations from friends, it somehow got lost amongst the other million books. You know what made me snatch it up? The news that Leonardo DiCaprio will be starring in the film version for Martin Scorsese. I love to read books well before the movie is out because I'll remember the overview but not the smaller details--those will surprise me all over again come cinema time. Yes, I'm simple.

In case you haven't heard, this book is about the man who is supposed to be America's first serial killer. (Yeah, not my kind of book at all!) He got busy during the World's Fair in Chicago. That's all I know and that's how I like it.


Are you reading anything fun? Share!

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

What We're Reading

Remember a few weeks ago when I shared the five books I was reading with you? Well, I'm down to four now, although I anticipate getting another Overdrive audio book any day now. (Yeah, I'll be sure to shout that out when I actually get it. Can you feel the anticipation in the air?)

1. THE SUMMONING by Kelley Armstrong


I'm still on that young adult kick, and this one's a paranormal by a bestselling author. Due to life's little happenings, I had to put it aside for a bit, but it's easy to get back into. Basically, it's about a girl who thinks she's schitzophrenic because she's seeing dead people. Since this is a paranormal book, we know there's not a thing wrong with her (besides the dead thing). The writing is snappy and fresh, so I'm enjoying it.

2. SECRET PLEASURES by Cheryl Howe


Full disclosure--a good friend of mine wrote this, and I'm loving it. I grew up reading historical romance, and I've never given up the habit. This one's a historical regency, and how can a girl not adore scenes set at glittering (and some naughty) parties? How can a girl not feel for the disgraced heroine as she navigates her way around the snotty ton?

A girl cannot.

3. ON A NIGHT LIKE THIS by Barbara Freethy


We actually received this book at the RWA conference, but I discovered that I already had it on my Kindle. I'm not far into it yet, but I can see why Freethy's a bestseller--she's created a heroic family populated by firefighters and community givers, and they're very appealing.

4. LUCKIEST GIRL ALIVE by Jessica Knoll


I just started this one. It's supposed to be the summer's big read, so I'm feeling very hip and with-it. After chapter one, I'm waiting to see where this leads, but I see that this is drawing comparisons to Gillian Flynn books, and that's a high bar to meet. The similarity to Flynn is pretty obvious, though--this book continues this newish trend of featuring unlikable but compelling female characters (in the tradition of GIRL ON THE TRAIN and, oh, every single Gillian Flynn book).

What are you all reading?

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Post-RWA

Exhausting. And good.

Maybe that's how you've described conferences, too, because most writers are "introverts pretending to be extroverts" at these events. When you spend a lot of time in front of a computer not using your voice box, the act of talking and networking and constantly being "on" can drain you!

And that's always the case with the Romance Writers of America conference, which was held in New York this year. BTW, if you think you can take a breath of alone-time air outside, think again.


But you gotta love it all.

I had a great time on the Surviving Hybrid panel with Tera Lynn Childs and Shana Galen, and was happy to meet audience members who came up to us afterward. The Berkley signing was fantastic, and I got to meet Kelly Collins, a fellow member of an upcoming box set we're both in. I also met readers of the Jensen Murphy, Ghost for Hire series--woot! Your comments were all heartfelt and appreciated!

The workshops were, as always, informative and inspiring.

Yet what would a conference be without coming face to face with old friends and writers I admire? Big thank yous to Christie Ridgway, Stephanie Bond, Barbara Freethy, and Kristen Painter for taking the time to honestly and kindly offer advice. Mary Leo and Erin Quinn, you are awesome conference partners! And I finally got to meet up with my constant critique partner Judy Duarte.

Lastly, there are the parties. Ahhh, the parties! Big thanks to Berkley for their Bryant Park Grill shindig, which offered enough food to keep my tummy full and happy for a couple days afterward. (Check out this dessert table)


After the conference, I was able to have a New York Day, which consisted of walking at least four miles over the city streets. I kid you not because, yes, I am a major walker, and I enjoyed every second. (And you wonder why I say I'm exhausted?) I had brunch at Perilla and visited Eataly with Mary Leo, but Eataly was about as crowded as Comic-Con.

Still, it had a cheese counter that made me want to dive face-first into it.

So that was my big summer vacation! What did you all do this summer?

Monday, July 20, 2015

WET AND WILD is out today!!!


Looking for a hot romance to steam up your summer? Here you go!

Wet and Wild is a prequel to the three existing Rough and Tumble books from Berkley InterMix--and it's priced lower than the other stories in the series, too. Yes, it's a 50,000 word novel, not 85,000 like Rough and Tumble, Down and Dirty, and Hot and Bothered, but you'll still get a full romance. (The difference is that Wet and Wild doesn't feature a subplot.)

You'll see a few characters from the core books, so Cash Campbell is hanging around the saloon, along with Kat the bartender, troublemaking Jimmy Beetles, and the Burton brothers from Hot and Bothered (Rochelle's wild cowboy cousins)!

Here's a taste of what's it like to get Wet and Wild...


Everyone at the Rough & Tumble Saloon has a secret…

When Reece Marlow, the ex water polo Olympian athlete, hit Las Vegas, he hit it hard—gambling, carousing, and making it a point to have sex at every Sin City landmark. Some might say he’s trying to play away the emptiness he feels from leaving his superstar career behind, but Reece is fending off even bigger secrets—ones that could potentially ruin his high-flying, endorsement-filled life.

When he meets Talia McCarter at the Rough & Tumble, he doesn’t know that she’s fighting her own inner demons, but these two are bound to light the desert nights on fire with their hot romance—and maybe find love in the flames…


It's available on
Kindle
iBooks
Nook
Kobo (upcoming)

Hope you like--and watch for Rough and Tumble novellas in the near future, including Naughty and Nice, which will feature Jesse Navarro from the Pink Ladies Gentlemen's Club. It'll be included in a to-be-named Christmas box set going on pre-order in October...

Sunday, July 19, 2015

RWA Bound

It's been a few years since I've been to an RWA conference, and two days beforehand, I already can't sleep because I'm so excited!


If you're going to be at the Marriott Marquis for the conference, I'm hoping I'll see you at:

* The Berkley Book signing in the Westside Ballroom on the 5th floor from 1-2:30pm on Friday, 7/24

* The Surviving Hybrid panel in the Gramercy and Olstead room on the 7th floor from 11-12pm on Saturday, 7/25 (I'll be on the panel with Tera Lynn Childs and Shana Galen.)

Unfortunately, I didn't get into the Literacy Autographing on Wednesday night, but I'm going to be hanging out with my good friend Judy Duarte, so you can say hi at her station! I'll be around until about 6:45.

Happy travels!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

How Am I Reading Five Books at a Time?

How did this come to pass?

I've always been an eclectic reader, or maybe calling myself a "multi-reader" would be equally accurate. It's just that I get so excited about books that I go all buffet on them--I can't help piling more than one on my plate. In the past, they've been from different genres, and sometimes they have definite purposes, such as research for my writing or advanced reader copy blurbing. Sometimes a due date at the library will even dictate what I'm reading (as you will soon see).

But five at a time? That's ridiculous, even for me!

Maybe it's because this is *summer.* Magical, there-are-hardly-any-TV-shows-on-now summer. Maybe it's because I spazzed out at the library and put too many things on hold. Whatever the case, let's see what's on the buffet line these days, shall we?

1. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
The Why I Am Reading This:
My friend Tera Lynn Childs recommended this book to me. Those of you in the know are chuckling and thinking, "Yeah, Chris, this has only been on the YA bestseller lists for, like, three years." (That's what Tera said, LOL.) So I'm a little behind, but I wasn't going to let being passe stop me from reading about a girl who committed suicide and sent cassette tapes to thirteen people who played a part in her demise. I'm listening on audio from the library, so there's a due date and, hence, a rush to finish. The story is a tragic mystery, and as I near the end, my emotions are going nuts. I'm pissed at Hannah, the girl who took her life, but that's all I'm going to say because...spoilers. I wouldn't do that to you!

2. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

The Why I Am Reading This:
The Skimm told me to. Also, are you sensing a pattern here? (YA, anyone? You'll see why I'm YAing in #3.)

So far, this book (a library Kindle loan--told you all my library books came at once!) reminds me of what an old Jay McInerney story would be like without the drugs and debauchery. We'll see how Less Than Zero it gets, if it even does.

3. The Rules by Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguie

The Why I Am Reading This:
a) Nancy Holder is a good friend. b) I had an idea for a YA thriller and was dismayed to find out that my good friend had written one before I did. Oh, well! c) It's inspired by movies like Scream, and you know I'm not going to pass that goodness up.

Surprise! This is not a library book.

4. And Then Forever by Shirley Jump
The Why I Am Reading This:
I was lucky enough to be asked to read an ARC for Shirley Jump's new contemporary romance series. Yay! I am an ARC hussy, and I can't wait to give this a blurb. (It'll be released later this month.)

And...

5. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
The Why I Am Reading This:
Um, who isn't reading this? If you're not, I suppose you'd better get on the psychological thriller wagon. Er, train. This is an audio loan from the library, which, now that I'm thinking about it, must've taken a perverse pleasure in making all my requests available at *at the same time.*

The less I say about this book the better, because again--spoilers. Just know that it starts out very Rear Window-y and is basically a psychopath's version of a catfight at this point.

Yeah, you're totally checking it out now.

And there you go. BTW, I frequently tweet about what I'm reading on Twitter, so join me on #amreading @ChrisMarieGreen and @CrystalGreenMe!