Sunday, November 29, 2009

Our filthy thoughts been rekognized

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

Monday, November 23, 2009

Win a Copy of Three Days to Dead!

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. :)

Sunday, November 22, 2009

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?


Wednesday, November 18, 2009

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 having a blast meeting Jazfans at every stop along my Great Midwestern Book Tour (Plus Tennesee)! The last stop is this Saturday in Aurora, Illinois. Details below....hope you can make it! In the meantime, I would so love to hear stories of what you've been thrown off--or out--of. I'm sure they beat mine by miles!

Jen’s Saturday Book Signing!
Date: November 21, 2009
Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Location: Waldenbooks
Street: 2272 Fox Valley Ctr
City: Aurora, IL

Peer Pressure!

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.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Me, too--

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.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

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.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Membership has its privileges...

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 and drink wine. (Told you those book babes know how to par-tay!)

* The Mabee-Gerrer Museum also houses a portrait of one of the Popes. It's the only one not hanging in the Vatican (though there is a copy there).

Out-of-town participants stayed at the Hampton Inn, which offered three things authors need: decent beds, terrific coffee (with real creamer options), and free Internet. Plus, there was an IHOP and a Cracker Barrel on either side. So, no Denny's or Awful House ... er, I mean Waffle House! The hotel also served a full breakfast every morning, and all the employees were super nice. I wish every conference hotel was like this one (you hear that, RT Convention?).

The Festival was free. If you wanted to attend a lunch or a dinner, you bought tickets, but all the programming was no charge. Some of the other authors in attendance were Jordan Dane, Sharon Sala, Mel Odom, Sandra Soli, and Charles Sasser. I've known Sharon since way back, and I adore her. Also attending was Mary-Theresa Hussey, an executive editor with Harlequin, and we had a great time hanging out. Of course, I would like her anyway 'cause she's a chocolate addict same as me. I also met Carol Dean Shreiner and her sister, Althea, who were both delightful. And here's a shout-out to ghostlorist Randy Russell, who cracked me up.

My panel was called Vampires, Werewolves, and Demons---The Sexy Side of Paranormal. My fellow panelists were Steven E. Wedel and Crystal Inman. OMG. They can so take a joke, and we had a great time. Steve tried to throw down with me about vampires vs. werewolves. He can take a punch ... line. Heh. Crystal was a bundle of energy, and hilarious.

I bought a Red Dirt t-shirt, which is made with real red dirt. Thank goodness Carol and Althea saw me buy it and told me to wash it a couple of times. Apparently the red dirt in the shirts have been known to turn the wearers orange. That would've freaked me out. LOL.

I had such a great time! This festival is the best kept readers secret in the mid-west. The next one is in 2011. Everyone should invade Shawnee to go to Red Dirt. It's pure awesome.

Now, two years is a long time, I know, but to give you a taste of Red Dirt, I have a tote FULL of books. Some are even autographed, including those from Jordan Dane, Sharon Sala, Steven E. Wedel, Carol Dean Shreiner, and Billie Letts. There is also an assortment of other goodies I had leftover from my swag haul at RT.

All you have to do is leave a comment. Tell me about your favorite meeting an author experience or your favorite library event or how much you love chocolate.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Author Interview: Kelly Gay

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.



--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 the brevity of screenwriting and would always return to what I knew. But once the burn-out set in and I had this patch of time to myself, I decided to sit down and write a novel, start to finish. Just to see if I truly had it in me. I guess it was the right time in my life.

I started and finished in three and a half weeks. It was seriously bad stuff. But I proved a point to myself. And I learned that delving deeper, getting into the mind of my characters – something you can’t really do extensively in screenwriting – opened a lot of doors creatively. From that point on, I switched gears and started focusing on fiction.


--How did The Better Part of Darkness and heroine Charlie Madigan come to be?

The title came first, followed closely by the vision of a city where the supernatural is a known and a common part of life and putting a single mom heroine into that world where she'd have to make huge sacrifices and choices. I remember sitting at B&N with my CP, Jenna Black, back in ’04, I think it was, and brainstorming her Morgan Kingsley series, and mentioning just this kernel of an idea. It sat for a while, stewing, as I finished two more manuscripts, a paranormal romance and then a YA fantasy. But once those were done, Charlie’s story was ready to be told.

--What was the publishing process like for you? Fast and furious, or long and torturous? What surprised you the most?

The actual process from the time I got an agent and sold wasn't too long. Five or six months, maybe. The whole ‘Kelly Wants to be a Working Writer’ thing – that took over a decade and several screenplays, plays, and manuscripts. Because I’d been trying for so long, I was pretty familiar with the publishing process, so I wasn't really surprised by too much. If anything, I’d say I’m surprised by the amount of work I’m doing promo-wise. Not the work itself, but the time it actually takes to get that kind of work done. It’s fun work, though, and it’s making me a better time manager, for sure!

--Who are some of your favorite authors/books, and how have they influenced you as a writer?

Oh, geez, the list is miles long. Anne Rice, Diana Gabaldon, Mary Stewart, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Emma Bull... There are so many more, but the thing I always take away from these writers are the complexity of their characters and worlds. The worlds might be paranormal in some way, there might be magic or vampires, but it’s all so grounded and so real that, while you’re in that world, you believe it. And the characters are full of contradictions and flaws and everything that makes us who we are. I think it’s the ability to relate to a character that really draws readers in…to care for a character, to root for them, or, hell, even strangle them. All my favorite writers are amazing at doing this.

--What can we look forward to from you in the future? Anything in the works outside of Charlie's world?

There’s a second Charlie Madigan book scheduled for release sometime in 2010. And I have a Young Adult series I’m hoping will find a home soon…

--Five Quickies for you:

Outline or No Outline? Depends on the book. Sometimes I plot, sometimes I pants-it, and sometimes it’s a combination of both.
Vampire or Werewolf? Vampire
Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate
Star Wars or Star Trek? Star Trek
Hard taco or soft taco? Hard

And most importantly: Any good (*cough*) stories from your days in Hollywood that you can share?

You mean, like the time I saw Queen Latifah jogging down the sidewalk in Beverly Hills? Oh, yeah. I have some stories . . . They should have some kind of disclaimer on actors. “Actors are smaller in real life than they appear on screen.”  Everyone I met was so much shorter than I thought they’d be!

Thanks so much for having me and my ramblings at The League!


Thank you for stopping by, Kelly!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

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

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

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

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




Thursday, November 5, 2009

Interview with Thriller Author JC Hutchins!

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 advances for forthcoming books.

OK, does every understand the plan? Good. On with the show.

MH: So, JC, tell us a bit about yourself- Your hometown, where you're living now, your newspaper background... college friendships with feisty, freakishly tall girls who changed the way you see the world...

JCH: I grew up in Louisville, Kentucky. I was a very introverted, daydreaming, awkward blonde-haired boy with a chili-bowl haircut. I now live in South Florida ... and my hairline's receded just enough for me to quietly pine of that lush, chili-bowl mop.

I think what tugged me out of that snail shell was indeed journalism. I wrote for my high school paper, then went to college to study newspaper and magazine writing. When you're a reporter, you can't afford to be shy for long -- you'll blow many an interview if you don't follow up on your curiosity and instincts. I finally began to become comfortable with myself, and managed to find the beginnings of my writerly voice.

And yes indeed, while I was attending Western Kentucky University, I met a freakishly tall girl whose beauty was eclipsed only by her brilliance! She was a fantastic writer, a dogged reporter, and a wily movie-line-quotin' marvel. I think she went on to become a novelist. Something about vampires and librarians...?

(Editor's Note: I don't know about dogged reporter, but the rest of that stuff is totally true.)

MH: You went about getting published in an unconventional way. Could you describe your path to authorship for the nice readers?

JCH: My path to publication could be charitably described as "circuitous," though I prefer the term "ass backwards, in a good way." I began writing my high-tech thriller novel, 7th Son, back in 2002. Ignoring all common sense -- and industry norms -- I set out to write a story that rivaled Stephen King's The Stand in length and scope. Three years later, I presented this monstrous manuscript to agents and, predictably, received universal rejections. I thought the system would make an exception for me. I was wrong.


Ahem. So there I was, heartbroken and despairing at the realization that this book that I loved -- a book about human cloning, personal identity, nature versus nurture, government conspiracies and science run amuck -- this book I'd crafted to with commercial sensibilities in mind, would never, ever be published. But also during that year, I began listening to podcasts (think downloadable internet radio) and discovered a few authors who were recording and releasing their unpublished manuscripts as free serialized audiobooks. These dudes were getting buzz in the small-but-growing podcasting community.

I smelled an emerging trend and reckoned that if I couldn't sell 7th Son, I could be like these authors and share it. So I chopped up the manuscript into thirds and began recording the first act of that epic story as "Book One: Descent." If people liked the book, I reasoned, I could record the other acts (now books) -- and if they didn't, I wouldn't be committed to recording the full 1,200-page manuscript. Thanks to some savvy zero-budget marketing by me, and a whole heckuva lot of evangelism by my fans, my audience grew into the tens of thousands. I released the 7th Son trilogy from 2006 to 2007.

I leveraged that audience size and enthusiasm to snag an agent. Eventually, I connected with St. Martin's Press and we banged out a deal for Descent, the first novel in the series. It hit bookstore bookshelves last week, and is selling well. The trilogy has also been optioned by Warner Bros.; it is now in development with the producers of The Lord of the Rings saga.

MH:Your podcast is a huge internet phenomenon-
JCH: Noooo.
MH: Don't deny it.
JCH: I must, lest my crimson cheeks spontaneously combust!
MH: Stop blushing. Exactly how many people have joined your clone army? How does it feel to have such devoted fans? And are any of them interested in dual membership in a clan of vampire librarians? Just thought I'd ask.

JCH:It's hard to say exactly how many listeners 7th Son has had over the years. The first episodes of the 2006 version of Descent have been downloaded more than 50,000 times, so at least that many people have been exposed to the story in some form. The series has had more than 5 million episodic downloads, and still generates around 100,000 episodic downloads each month. I have an online street team called "The Ministry of Propaganda" that's at least 240 members strong, and have about 1,800 folks on my mailing list.

How does that feel? Stupefying and humbling. I never thought this book would find an audience, much less the kind of audience it now has. Numbers aside, my fans are amazing. They evangelize my work to friends, family and strangers ... they cheer me on, and provide invaluable feedback on my work ... and now that Descent is in print, they're supporting the print novel. It's nothing short of miraculous.

We've built a pretty remarkable community around this book, and its characters. Here's an example of how much love and passion exists for 7th Son: One fan purchased 100 copies of my novel. One hundred copies! I don't know what 100 of anything looks like! He did it to support the book, and me as an author. Try to wrap your head around that. And try to think of the last time you heard a Stephen King or Dan Brown fan do something like that.

These folks love my book ... and I love them right back.

MH: Could we talk about some of the guest stars you've scooped up for the podcast? How did that happen? Exactly what sort of bribe would be involved for me to get Nathan Fillion's cell phone number?

JCH: Yes! During the release of the 7th Son trilogy, I invited several celebrities to appear in brief cameos in the podcast. I invited them to read "previously on 7th Son" recaps, and in exchange for their time and effort, they could promote anything they wished.

Yep, the very handsome and dashing Nathan Fillion -- star of the sci-fi show Firefly, and now Castle -- read a recap, as did Battlestar Galactica's Richard Hatch, Firefly's Ron Glass, Farscape's Gigi Edgely, and others. I knew my listeners were hardcore sci-fi fans, and tried to dazzle them week after week with these celebrity cameos. I also had bestselling sci-fi novelists, comic book writers and movie directors come aboard to read recaps. It was a blast.

And no. You can't have Nathan Fillion's phone number. You'll have to do what every other sefl-respecting, smitten, squeeing fangirl does: stalk him.

(Editor's note: I have no problem with that.)

MH: And there are already sequels in the works for 7th Son, right?

JCH: The sequels -- which were originally Acts Two and Three of my original book -- are released as free serialized audiobooks in 2006 and 2007. However, these books have not yet been picked up by my publisher. The company is being appropriately prudent and taking a "wait and see" approach regarding the release of 7th Son: Descent. If Descent does well, the sequels will earn the right to get the print treatment. If Descent is a sales disappointment, things get messy for me.

Did I mention that it's available for sale in bookstores and online?

MH: You have to go about writing in a different way than most authors since most of us are working ahead, writing stuff that won't be published for years. Could you describe how you're working "in the now?"

JCH: Since I have an engaged online fan community that hungers for Hutchins-crafted content, I'm often working on fiction or non-fiction stuff for them to consume. I've written a podcast-exclusive novella and short story anthology to keep my peeps well-fed, and will sometimes release interviews with creative types -- like the one I did with you!

I'm releasing serialized audio fiction via my site right now -- a new recording of 7th Son: Descent's "print edition" manuscript, serialized PDFs of the full novel, and even songs "written and performed" by a character from the book ... all for free. The full text of the novel is also being serialized for free at, one of the Top 5 most-popular blogs in the world. I want longtime fans and newcomers to be entertained, and to be empowered to make an informed purchasing decision. Giving it away also ensures 7th Son will be exposed to people who would never have heard of the book, and will generate sales that never would have occurred otherwise.

I'm also currently committed to promoting 7th Son: Descent to anyone who will listen, which pulls me away from writing. In addition to firmly believing that creators are ethically obligated to promote their work, I must vociferously champion this book because it was brought back from the dead ... it shouldn't be in print. The very fact that it is, is ultra-special. I dare not jeopardize the sequels' fate by half-assing my promotion.

It took me seven years to get here. I've got one shot. You can bet that I'm putting my back into it.

MH: Do you consider yourself a sci-fi writer, a horror writer, or "shut the hell up and stop trying to define me by genre" writer?

JCH: I consider myself a thriller writer. I've written novels -- 7th Son and a another book titled Personal Effects: Dark Art -- that can be easily chucked into the sci-fi and horror genres, respectively. But I don't think either novel is firmly steeped in these genres. I try to write fiction that has mainstream sensibilities, that doesn't deep geek on sci-fi elements, and doesn't gross you out with gore.

In fact, there's a lot of genre-blurring in my work, which folks really seem to like. I incorporate investigative procedural elements into my books, a little bit of fright, a little bit of science, a little bit of romance, and a LOT of cliffhangers and thrills. I want you turning those pages, man.
I write books I'd like to read. I'm blessed to say others seem to want to read them, too.

MH: A good number of the people who read this blog are paranormal romance fans, and, also, women. What's in your books for the ladies?

JCH: Some of 7th Son's biggest fans are women, actually. My male readers are always commenting about the plot twists and violence -- and make no mistake, there's plenty of both in my work, R-rated stuff. But my female readers seem to dig the characters and the story's subtext.

In the end, 7th Son: Descent is about seven men who are kidnapped on the same day, and brought to a secret government facility where they learn that they are human clones -- unwitting participants in a government-sanctioned experiment. Not only do they have identical flesh ... they also have identical childhood memories. Worse still, they've been brought together to stop a chaos-hungry psychopath who happens to be the very man they were cloned from.

These clones -- the story's good guys -- reel from these revelations, and each one reacts in a different way. The priest has a crisis of faith, the "everyman" frets over the fact that his life has been a lie, and so on. My female readers seem to really dig how I represented these internal conflicts, and how realistic those reactions seemed to be. And yes, they also enjoy the cliffhangers and the action and suspense.

I honestly didn't think women would gravitate to this book -- especially considering its all-male cast and lack of romance. But they have, and they're some of my biggest supporters.

They might also think I'm cute, or have a sexy "audiobook" voice. But that's probably wishful thinking on my part.

No, wait. That's definitely wishful thinking on my part.

(Editor's Note: JC is, in fact, adorable, and has a very nice voice... except when he's doing his impersonation of this creepy PE teacher he knew in college. And according to this photo, there are like, an extra half-dozen, of him now.)

MH: And now I must ask the question required in all writing blog interviews: Plotter or Pantser?

JCH:I was a Pantser for about half of 7th Son, and became a proto-Plotter for the second half. I'd plot about three chapters ahead, hit the end of my outline, and then plot another three chapters or so. Rinse, repeat.
These days, I'm mostly a Plotter. My daydreamy chili-bowl-haircut inner child bristles at this formality and structure, but I've found that it makes the actual writing process go more quickly for me. There seems to be an efficiency in front-loading a lot of the twists and turns ... but I always give myself plenty of wiggle room for on-the-fly creative decisions.

MH: What's next for you?

JCH: It's promote, promote, promote 7th Son: Descent until 2010. Then I nap. Then I start working on The 33, a free serialized podcast fiction project -- it's another genre-blending thriller: tech, paranormal, magic, action -- and start plotting out another high-tech thriller novel. I also have two screenplay treatments I need to polish for my film agent. I have lots of ideas, and I'm hyena hungry to do this for a living. And the only way to do it, is to do it.

MH:How can people find all this Hutchy goodness online? Please list blogs, websites, amazon links, etc.

JCH: Your awesome readers can find links to my free serialized fiction -- including 7th Son: Descent -- and links to purchase the book at my site,

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

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.

Monday, November 2, 2009

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)


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:

Now, don't you feel better?

Sunday, November 1, 2009

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.

(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 celery salt

Mix soups, veggies, chicken, cheese, garlic and spices in a large mixing bowl. Split the mixture evenly between two pie shells. Invert the remaining shells over them.

If you’re freezing the pie, leave the top pie pan on, and wrap the whole thing in aluminum foil. To bake, work the top pie pan loose and let the crust collapse over the pie.

Bake a frozen pie at 350 for an hour covered in aluminum foil, then addition 30 minutes uncovered until the crust is golden. Bake a thawed pie at 350 for an hour uncovered.


I've Been Released! WOO HOO!

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 Dakota Cassidy hosting. Finally, for those of you in the Arklatex area, don't forget that Jaye Wells and I are kicking it old school here at the Shreveport Barnes and Noble on November 7th. There will be cookies, snark, prizes, some readings, more snark, and then a signing! Which can involve snark, at your request. Come on over and see us!

So Tempest Rising is launched! Let the count down to Tracking the Tempest Begin!

Who the HELL Do We Think We Are?

We're a bunch of paranormal romance and urban fantasy authors who occasionally blog, make filthy jokes and prowl the halls of conferences and conventions with switchblades!

Current roster: Mario Acevedo, Michele Bardsley, Sonya Bateman, Dakota Cassidy, Carolyn Crane, Molly Harper, Kevin Hearne, Mark Henry, Stacia Kane, Jackie Kessler, J.F. Lewis, Daniel Marks, Richelle Mead, Kelly Meding, Allison Pang, Nicole Peeler, Kat Richardson, Michelle Rowen, Diana Rowland, Jeanne C. Stein, K.A. Stewart, Anton Strout, and Jaye Wells