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Our filthy thoughts been rekognized

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Kat Richardson and Mark Henry were mentioned in the X-Y pairings.  And in the Biting-Edge.

Win a Copy of Three Days to Dead!

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Come on down and check out Kelly Meding discussing what it's like to be a debut novelist, and enter to win a copy of her Three Days to Dead! All hosted by moi, here!
And, in the meantime, CONGRATULATIONS KELLY!!!!!

WAY TO GET PUBLISHED! *huge hugs and a whisky drink*

Bitten By Swag

I'm not normally a "click here" kind of guy, but I just found out Bitten By Books is talking about STAKED today and giving away free stuff, so feel free to click here and join in the fun. :)

Advice on the Big Day

So it has come down to me. The last of the League of Reluctant Adults to have her cherry popped. Er, not that cherry. The debut author cherry. Yep, in two days I am the last Leaguer to finally become a published, book-in-stores author!

I feel a bit like the little sister asking her crazy older cousins for advice. I've done pretty much all of the promotion I can at this point: blog, website, free serialized short stories on Suvudu. I've guest blogged all over town, done interviews, and have even scheduled a book signing.

All that's left is Tuesday. I have the day off. I hope to sleep in. After that...?

So my wise friends, what do you suggest I do on Tuesday to celebrate? My fellow Leaguers, how did you spend your release day? Sleeping? Working? Shaving your head and panting it blue?

Bueller?

Playing With Stairs

At my last signing, we sat next to the escalator. Which was, maybe, a good move. After all, anybody who wanted to get to the Sci-Fi/Fantasy section had to go upstairs. So did the kiddies headed to the Wizard of Oz Tea Party. But, honestly? I think most of them were more interested in the magical escalator.

Who wouldn't be? Personally, I think the ability to climb to a second story without once lifting your knees (and vice versa) gets you as close to up-up-and-away as you're likely to go without benefit of a jet pack. In fact, when I was in sixth grade, my buds and I were so enamored of the escalator at the museum we were supposed to be exploring that the security guard threw us off it, forcing us to resort to the elevator for our kicks.

Hubby doesn't understand the attraction--surely we would've had more fun checking out the mammoth bones? I figure I'm just easily entertained.

Which is why, without benefit of dancing clowns or spiked punch, I'm still havin…

Peer Pressure!

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Who thinks I should get this . . .
Tattooed on my person?

Da Winner!

Thanks to everyone who dropped by to read about the Red Dirt Book Festival (waving hello to Pioneer Librarian Cindy Stephens and that werewolf-loving Steve Wedel for visiting the League). I especially appreciate all the love you showed for me and for chocolate. You all rock!

The random number generator has spoken: SAYCHEESEPEASE won the Red Dirt Festival tote with all those books and swag inside it. CONGRATS! (Email me your mailing address at michelebardsleyATyahooDOTcom).

If you want a chance to win a $10 Best Buy gift card, mosey on over to my blog, and leave a comment about your favorite Christmas memory or drama.

I don't know about you, but I need more coffee. A lot more.

Now go back to your David Boreanaz naked viewing.

Me, too--

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Hey Molly-- thanks for the head's up...otherwise I'd have never known. Now, who is going to start the naked James Marsters club?


I'd give anything to have those...ah...cheekbones.

BTW, there's still time to catch Molly's interview at Marta Acosta's blog here.

Ducking Lightning

Though I know I may be stricken dead at any moment for moving naked David Boreanaz down a spot on our esteemed web page, I had to letcha know that Nicole Peeler's skipped on over to my place for a little Q & A today. And, yes, we are insured.

Membership has its privileges...

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You have to love Marta Acosta, author of the CASA DRACULA novels. Not only does she do fun author interviews, like the one with yours truly here, but she heads the Naked David Boreneaz Club, of which I am now a proud member. OK, sure, I picked on David Boreanaz for starring in that horrid Crow sequel, but surely my years of devotion to Buffy, Angel and Bones qualify me for membership.

I'm pretty sure this will qualify me for some sort of stalkers' watchgroup.

The Lowdown and Dirty on the Shreveport Smackdown

See the carnage unveiled here, in all it's shameful truth.
And enjoy.

Get the dirt on the Red Dirt Book Festival

I attended the Red Dirt Book Festival in Shawnee, Oklahoma last weekend. Shawnee is a small town about 45 minutes from Oklahoma City. The Festival is run by the Pioneer Library System, which means I spent a lot of my time with librarians. Those librarians have a wicked sense of humor and a love for all things books. Also, they know how to throw a party.

So. A few cool facts about Shawnee:
* It is the birth place of Brad Pitt. Bet you didn't know ol' Brad was an Okie, did you? His family still lives there, and he visits on occasion flying in by private jet. There's a little air strip in Shawnee. (That's not a cool fact, just a regular fact.)

* The Mabee-Gerrer Museum houses the only mummy in Oklahoma. I saw her, and her sarcophagus, and you know how I feel about Ancient Egyptian artifacts. They had quite a collection of items. The Thursday night reception was held at the museum, so I not only got to wander away and look all at the fabulous art, I got to eat delicious food …

Author Interview: Kelly Gay

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Who knew that when my initial release date was pushed back by a month, it would give me the chance to "meet" fellow debut author Kelly Gay? Her urban fantasy, THE BETTER PART OF DARKNESS, releases November 24 from Pocket. Kelly is not only an awesome writer, she's funny, smart and brave enough to take time out and do an interview for the League.

Welcome!



--According to your website, you began your writing career with screenplays and won quite a few awards. What made you switch from screenplays to writing novels?

There were a few factors in making the switch. I was getting burnt out writing screenplays. I was in L.A., had an agent, had gotten some work, and made some awesome contacts, but never that spec sale I’d been working toward. I was away from my family, had a lot of downtime, so I started rethinking, started going through several unfinished manuscripts I had on the computer – all those novels I’d tried to write and never got beyond the first few chapters. I loved th…

Christmas and Vampires: These Are a Few of My Favorite Things...

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I don't knit. Anything that involves hand-eye coordination and counting is not for me. My friend, Brandi, however, has always been crafty. She's never been able to just sit still, which has resulted in many a handmade scarf and pillow. And she came to the Kentucky State Book Fair on Saturday and presented me with this Christmas ornament:



And if that wasn't cute enough, check this out:



I am ashamed to say I've never even thought of "Season's Bleeding," but now I think I'm going to sign all my Christmas cards like that.

Brandi makes these felt (non-monster-related) Christmas ornaments and sells them at her online store found here.

The vampire ornament is available by special order if you contact her at bluegirldesigns AT gmail.com.

Sweet Jesus. Don't Make Me Wait...

Okay. So I'd pay money to see this...



Hmm?

Hmm?

Seriously?

Interview with Thriller Author JC Hutchins!

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I was lucky enough to meet author JC Hutchins in college. He was the kind of friend that always listens, understood, nay, expanded my pop culture references, and didn't make fun of the fact that I used to drink Zima infused with Jolly Ranchers. Yes, really. Over the years, we've both tinkered with writing projects, e-mailing chapters to each other on occasion and offering encouragement during the soul-sucking querying process. And somehow, against every law of probability in the publishing universe, we both ended up with publishing contracts.

Meanwhile, I have watched in awe as JC's 7th Son podcast has grown into an internet phenomenon with legions of followers (Hello, loyal clone army.) I am very proud to say, "I knew him when." JC's new book, based on the podcasts, 7th Son: Descent, hit bookstore shelves last week. And I wanted to introduce him to you guys, so you will like him as much as I do, buy his books, and force his publisher to offer him ridiculous a…

I'm Plotting

I can't even begin to tell you how much I love that word. It makes me think of shifty-eyed alley dwellers who prefer the fire escape to the elevator. And when I begin a new book, I'm one of them. Creating a web of intrigue, romance, and horror meant to envelop you so completely that by chapter two you are at the mercy of my characters and their edge-of-sanity decisions.

Come into my parlor, darlings. Book eight in the Jaz Parks series is spinning on my wicked wheel. And hell just wouldn't be the same without you. Mwa-ha-ha-ha-ha.

Come Get Your Blood

I know you've all been dying to find out who won the delicious blood candy. Well, fear not, my lovelies, we have a winner.

And that winner is:



(wait for it)



Unseelieme!

Email me at jayewells(at)gmail(dot)com to claim your sweet, sweet abomination!

Bring it!

Kelly Meding and I need YOU! We're both up on Bitten By Book's new November poll about which new releases you're most looking forward to! And we're getting STOMPED by Kenyon and MacAlister! Realistically we will continue to be stomped (as even I voted for MacAlister), but you can help us LOSE WITH DIGNITY!
There's also a new interview/contest with me and TR up here. :-) Thanks! And don't forget that my own selkie hunt contest is still very much alive! Send in those photos to win!

You're all winners to me!

But Zita is the one walking away with the $10 gift certificate. THANKS to everyone who commented on Jeff Strand's Halloween blog!

If you were one of the 39 who didn't win, here's some consolation:

I'm giving away new releases by fellow Leaguers: BITE MARKS by Jennifer Rardin and HOT SPELL by Michelle Rowen. You just have to leave a comment on my blog. Not here. THERE.

This month, I'm writing a story about Zombie Larry at the Broken Heart website. Readers will decide each week the direction of the tale. Majority rules. Check it: http://www.BrokenHeartOK.com

Now, don't you feel better?

Want to know how to make Jane's Mama's Pot Pies?

I mention chicken pot pies throughout the Jane Jameson series. Jane’s mother believes that if she gives her daughter enough of them, Jane will just forget about this silly blood-drinking thing and go back to a solid diet.

I received a few e-mails asking whether I have a good pot pie recipe. My mother-in-law gave me a great one, which I tweaked a bit because I am physically incapable of following a written recipe. (I once made a microwave spontaneously combust while baking a potato, I don't want to go into it.)

I keep a few of these in the freezer for those nights I don’t feel like cooking, but feel too guilty to feed my kids fast food. And since we’re heading into the colder weather, I thought I’d share it with you.

JANE’S MAMA’S POT PIE
(makes two pot pies.)

4 frozen deep dish pie shells
2 pounds cooked, diced chicken
2 cans cream of chicken soup
1 can cream of celery soup
1 can cream of onion soup
1 can of Veg-All, drained
1 cup shredded cheese
2 tbsp minced garlic
½ tsp dried thyme
½ tsp cel…

I've Been Released! WOO HOO!

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Hello my friends! Today is the official release of my debut novel, Tempest Rising. It's all very exciting, and I'm celebrating by going crazy . . . with work! For book three is due in a few months, and I'm having WAY too much fun writing this thing. I think I am finally getting the hang of this fiction dealie, and Tempest's Legacy is coming on a treat.
In the mean time, don't forget there's still a contest in the works over at my site, and TWO $25 gift certificates are still up for grabs!
I've also been keeping track of all the reviews that are posted of TR, here, so if you're not sure whether or not you want to read it, maybe these opinions will help.
There's also going to be some more cool stuff coming at my site, including some shenanigans with the AMAZING Gail Carriger, author of Soulless, the book to most recently rock my casbah. I'm also planning a rather outrageous contest with prizes donated by my awesome colleagues here at the league, with…