Friday, February 26, 2010

Interview (YA Style!) With Courtney Allison Moulton

Warning: Nicole has taken into her (slightly mushy) brains that Incredibly Inappropriate Things would make for great YA . . . so be forewarned. Earlier today she was overheard asking the werechupacabra, “Is felching considered middle grade?” --never a good sign.

Nicole: Hi folks! Nice to see you here, again, for our second and last installment of YA week. During the last interview, Victoria Schwab (an EXPERT, mind you!) said that I can totally fucking swear in YA as long as I have, and I quote, a “plot go to with my potty mouth.”

I’ve been thinking hard on Victoria’s words, and one of the plot devices I think I could successfully bring to the YA table is . . . sex! Gratuitous sex! I mean, how many books for teens have you read where the main character is banging everybody he or she meets? NONE, right? Totally original! The publishing world will fall to its knees and beg for more. . .

So I’ve brought in Courtney Allison Moulton, another debut YA novelist, so that I can run my ideas past her. Hi Courtney! Go ahead and introduce yourself!

Courtney: I’m a twenty-three-year-old YA author agented by the fabulous Elizabeth Jote of Objective Entertainment. My debut YA urban fantasy trilogy, beginning with MY SOUL TO REAP, has sold to Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollins. When I’m not writing, I’m riding my horses, horse showing, taking pictures of my friends at horse shows, drawing, and collecting 80’s My Little Ponies. When I was just a wee goblin, I harassed my mom into buying every single Goosebumps, Fear Street, and Animorphs book off the shelves and decided I wanted to be RL Stine when I grew up. I wrote my first 70k word book when I was 16. I’m also a member of the YA Rebels, a vlog chain group made up of the coolest and most courageous YA authors you will ever meet.

Nicole: Sounds like a super full life, lady! I loved My Little Ponies when I was wee, too. Now, why don’t you tell us about your project?

Courtney: MY SOUL TO REAP was my 2008 NaNoWriMo book. It’s about a seventeen-year-old girl named Ellie who is the reincarnation of an ageless warrior and the only one able to wield angelfire and protect human souls against the reapers, monstrous creatures who devour souls and send them to Hell to rebuild Lucifer’s army of the damned. She doesn’t remember her past lives or understand exactly what she is, but her soul remembers one thing: her Guardian and sworn protector, Will. As she uncovers the terrifying secrets of her previous lives and of Will’s mysterious past, a powerful reaper has discovered a weapon which may be able to destroy Ellie’s immortal soul forever, ending her reincarnation cycle and unleashing Hell upon Earth.

Nicole: That sounds like a fabulous book! But let me ask you . . . do Ellie and Will have The Sex at any point during the book? Is it hot and raw and nasty?

Courtney: Haha! Oh my, you aren’t forward at all, are you? Sorry to disappoint, but there is none of The Sex in *this* book. Oh yeah, see what I did there with that ambiguous response? What are you going to do about it?

Nicole: I like it! You’re leaving yourself open to anything! Maybe a Great Big Immortal Orgy for book four . . . who knows? Well played, lady! Now, why did you want to write YA?

Courtney: When I wrote my first book, I didn’t know there was a difference between fantasy books for teens and adults, so I just wrote about characters my own age. It wasn’t until I tried to get published that I learned about the young adult genre. I still write for teens these days because it’s a lot of fun and I think it's what I'll always write. Teens are full of so much passion and there's so much going on in their lives that I still relate to, being only a couple of years out of the teens myself.

Nicole: Exactly! They’re full of passion . . . and hormones! So I think they’d LOVE some sort of Barbarella for teens . . . but with better outfits and orgies! Maybe some couture sex toys! I bet Ed Hardy would make a totally fresh strap on. Why are you looking at me like that? Whatever. Moving on . . . how is writing YA different from writing for adults?

Courtney: Teens are just now discovering themselves and the world around them, whereas most adults have already experienced first love, high school drama, experimentation, parental angst, ect. There’s something exciting about discovery, and I think that’s why writing and reading YA really pulls at our heartstrings. My books tend to be a lot edgier in terms of action, romance, and violence than most YA, but they don't go as far as many adult urban fantasy books go.

Nicole: See?! They’re discovering themselves! Experimenting! Sometimes with blowing the football team! So I think it’s time books reflected reality . . . I will not only bring an edge, I’ll bring a razor’s edge! Use it to work in some blood fetish stuff! Okay . . . maybe blood kinks are too much . . . society has to have limits, after all, right Courtney?

Courtney: Uh, in your case, I suppose society can be flexible. *mutters* crazy person…

Nicole: Crazy like a FOX! But I haven’t even written my runaway success YA story yet, and already I’m setting limits for myself . . . no blood sports . . . or water sports, realistically. What are some other special considerations you have to remember when writing YA?

Courtney: Never automatically equate youth with immaturity or lack of intelligence. Many teens are very mature and understand complicated issues. They also love twisted, intricate plots, so authors should never “dumb down” a story in order to make it YA. Another thing to remember when writing YA is voice. A character’s voice has to feel honest and authentic, and the hardest thing about accomplishing that is keeping the voice current. Every generation of teens is different and so heavily influenced by pop culture. Your teen characters shouldn’t talk like how teens did when you were their age. They’ll see right through it.

Nicole: Very interesting. Keeping slang current is obviously important. Do kids these days still say, “tap that ass?” Yes? Good. Now, how do you think your voice “shifts,” or does it, when you write YA?

Courtney: My voice doesn't shift for YA, it shifts for each character. For example, Ellie in MY SOUL TO REAP is very down-to-earth and quirky, and she and her friends talk like my friends do. But not every voice is like that, just like not every real person is like that. I have other narrators who are the same age as Ellie but are more serious in nature, and I'd like to think that they wouldn’t be considered "adult lit" voices for that reason. They just aren't the kinds of girls who would name their first cars after sugary confections and that doesn't make them any less YA.

Nicole: Ellie sounds great! Can’t wait to meet her. And your last question . . . besides hot, orgiastic sex (which is my idea! Don’t steal it!), what do you think the next new thing will be for YA?

Courtney: Reapers, duh! In all seriousness, 2011 looks to be the year of angels. I would advise against writing for the current trend, because by the time you finish that book, find representation, and sell that book, the trend will have come and gone. Write something different. When I wrote MSTR in 2008, there were no books about reapers in YA and very few about angels. It is harder than ever to get published these days and if you write about the same thing everyone else is writing about, you’ll never stand out.

Nicole: Words to live by, Courtney. When my agent receives my Sadean take on high school, she’s not going to know what hit her. Ka-ka-ka-ching! And thank you, Courtney! That was a great interview, really inspiring, and I’m very grateful for your time. I really appreciate you coming over to League headquarters and talking with me. But if you steal my idea to bring hard-core sex into YA I’ll slit your throat with a rusty nail. Air kisses! Buh bye!

And that, my friends, concludes Nicole Peeler’s portion of YA Week at the League of Reluctant Adults. For the love of all that is pure and holy, may she never put pen to paper to write real YA, ever. In case of emergency, contact the League. They have already set aside the “Rumpus Room,” (it’s padded) for incarceration purposes. And do give a huge round of applause to Victoria Schwab and Courtney Allison Moulton for being such tremendous good sports.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

You Say YA, I Say Why-A

So I promised Dr. Peeler I'd post on the topic here, Thursday and here it is...Thursday. Well, Thursday night actually. As many of you know (or maybe you don't), I've been working on a young adult novel for several months now and it's been slow going miserable work to say the least. I figured I'd break it down for you 5-w-style. Cuz I'm structured like that.

Actually, I'm not, but it seems as good a format as any since I'm bloated from sushi, reheated coffee and blurry-eyed from revising the damned thing (aka Velveteen my Why-A).

Go ahead, say what you're thinking: But, Mark, you've built a career on filth! How can you reign in that dirty mind for the youth of America and beyond? Right? The truth is it isn't easy and some days I'm not kidding when I say it's absolutely miserable. I was never big on fiction geared towards children and adolescents, even as a child and adolescent. I was reading adult fiction in elementary school and so never had a good sense of what was appropriate, because, to me words could NEVER be inappropriate. Violence and stuff, yeah, that's bad, but words weren't. Even if those words began with F's, C's and S's. Nor were ideas. Luckily my parents were like minded, instilled that shit in me early. So when I think of YA, I don't distinguish between what I write for adults and what I write for teens. If it gets gross, crass or nasty, it just does. The other thing, it's not me, I've got to write them under a pseudonym, especially since the third Amanda book, BATTLE OF THE NETWORK ZOMBIES (in stores now), turned out to be a smutstravaganza.

So the world I've built is a wacked out view of Purgatory, with commandos and angsty teen romance and souls that look like ashy aliens (the kind from space and not the swap meet). It's been something I've been thinking about for a few years now and has undergone lots of changes. LOTS!!! Don't want to talk too awful much about it because it's not sold yet. That's one of the problems with this business, as Heidi Klum says, one day you're "in" and the next you're our. There are no guarantees and since I don't have the sales with my Amanda series to do what's called "Selling on Proposal," I've been busting ass to get the motherfucker done (how's that for YA talk?) to go on submission. We're talkin' tomorrow, bitches!

I'm not sure how to answer this one. July? I guess. I've got a short story (set in the same world as the novel) coming out in an anthology (Kiss Me Deadly). So yay! What's weird about the whole thing is, the more that I look at YA authors and their discussions and online stuff, the less interested I am. It scares me. Bad. I don't feel like I have a lot in common with them. Don't have a child protective bone in my body and that's coming from a child and adolescent psychotherapist. I mean, seriously, I think kids have been protected to the point of disabling them at this point.

::shrugs:: At my kitchen table?

This is the big question. And initially, I think I took up the task because I wanted to write something that my goddaughter could share with her friends, brag about even. That's not to say this precocious young girl hasn't already read Amanda, she has. But sharing Amanda around the 7th grade and shit isn't going to get her any bonus points with the nuns I don't imagine. So that can't be it. And it sure ain't the money, what with advances drying up quicker than rest home pussy. So I guess it boils down to this, don't write a YA unless you've got a story to tell. Trend hopping is for shit. I just happen to have one that's been bouncing around my head long enough I figured I should get it out before it turns malignant.

So that's that. YA my way.

Now see how I avoided giving out my pseudonym? I'm a tricky bastard like that.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Interview (YA Style!) With Victoria Schwab!

Warning: If you don’t like swearing, please don’t read the following. Nicole Peeler drops f-bombs like she’s a fucking bomber during the fucking blitz. It’s a fucking travesty! Needs her mouth washed out with fucking soap, she does . . .

Nicole: Well, hello everybody! Welcome to YA Week here at the League! I’ve been intrigued by how many UF and Para-Rom writers are now writing YA (including many of our residents here in the League Asylum), and I want to understand what’s the pull. After all . . . you can’t fucking swear as much when you write YA! You may not have noticed, but I have a bit of a potty mouth, and my mind is boggled by the idea of not fucking swearing! How can people NOT SWEAR? Is it just me? I mean, “drat” or “shucky darns” is NOT cutting it for me, people.

To help me explore these issue, I’ve invited the lovely and vivacious Victoria Schwab. She’s going to tell us about her own journey to YA authordom, and maybe she’ll help me locate my OWN vat of inner YA aspirations . . . Fuck yeah! Let’s rock this shit!

Hi Victoria! First of all, can you tell us a little about yourself?

Victoria: I'm a 22-year-old YA author, and I write magical realism/fantasy. My stories are based in a world very much like, if not identical to this one, as opposed to one requiring a map. I distinguish between my kind of fantasy and paranormal, mostly because my stories have a bit more of a fairy-tale feel.

Nicole: That sounds awesome, Victoria. Really FUCKING awesome.

Victoria: Haha, why yes it is! Or at least I think so. I just kind of write the books I want to write, and then hope to hell other people want to read them, too!

Nicole: Now what can you tell us about your awesome fucking project?

Victoria: The aforementioned ‘awesome fucking project’ is called The Near Witch, and it's about a small village (named Near) in which a stranger arrives one night, and on subsequent nights the children of the village begin to disappear. Here's the unofficial pitch:

There’s an old ghost story in the town of Near. It tells of a Witch that lived on the edge of the village, and gobbled up all the darkness, and sang the hills to sleep, and loved the children almost as much as the garden she kept beside her house.

Sixteen-year-old Lexi Harris, the daughter of a tracker, has heard the stories her entire life, first from her father, and then from old Magda and Dreska, who might be Witches themselves. Everyone loves to tell the story, but everyone knows a different ending. Some say that the Near Witch blew away on a gust of wind. Others tell of darker things. Of murders and curses and buried bones.

To Lexi, they’ve always been stories, nothing more. But when a strange and silent boy walks into the village of Near, and then the wind begins to lure children from their beds at night, she starts to wonder if there’s any truth in them. Could the Near Witch be more than a ghost story?

Nicole: That sounds so cool! I love that title! Did you ever consider calling it The Near Fucking Witch? Or The Fucking Near Witch?

Victora: Well, Fucking Witch would have been a different genre altogether! And Fucking Near Witch sounds kind of aggressive. :p So I decided to keep it simple.

Nicole: Huh. Good point on “Fucking Witch” and genre expectations, I’ll have to keep that in mind. I ran into similar troubles when I proposed, Jane Does Rockabill, as the title of my own first book. Then I hit on, Tempest Rising Right The Fuck Up Out Of That Water, but Orbit thought that lacked a little . . . je ne sais quoi. Which is French for “fucking something.” Anyway . . . How did you know you wanted to write Y fucking A fiction?

Victoria: I didn't really want to write YA, or rather I didn't know that I did. I just started writing stories. After some fiddling, I figured out that my "voice", which I've been told has a lyrical quality to it (due in part to a background in poetry) lent itself well to fairy tales and stories with a more timeless/whimsical feel. I didn't know I was writing YA until my agent told me so. :p

But now that I'm here in the YA world, I wouldn't dream of leaving. I have so much fun, and the readers and bloggers are the more enthusiastic and supportive bunch in the world. I feel right at home.

Nicole: That’s really fucking interesting about the tone defining your genre rather than your intention defining your genre. I’m thinking that might preclude me from writing YA . . . my tone is a bit fucking adult, and shit. What else makes YA different from adult fiction, do you fucking think?

Victoria: I'm probably not the best person to answer this, given the above answer, but I'll say the immediacy of the story. In YA, the story has to grab you, the voice has to be strong, in order for readers to stay engaged. You can't get away with meandering prose and you don't have room to sit and wax poetic. If you like your writing pretty and lyrical, as I do, you'd better find a way to pull it off and keep the reader from getting bored.

Nicole: Fascinating. Really . . . fucking fascinating. How about me, then, Victoria? Would you call my tone lyrical?

Victoria: Haha I’d call it more staccato, as compared to poetic. But the key is voice. You definitely have a defined one of those!

Nicole: You are fucking sweet, you are. Glad to have you here. Okay then . . . moving on. Do you think there’s anything that’s off-limits in YA? Besides fucking swearing.

Victoria: I don't think so, to be honest. Maybe writers of realistic YA will weigh in differently, but I have yet to find a topic or aspect of adult fiction that's totally off-limits in YA. It just has to be done well, and it has to be authentic. The worst thing in YA is a book that pulls punches, and the second worst is a preachy one.

Nicole: True fucking dat. I hate a fucking preachy book. They’re the dogs bollocks. All right . . . here’s my last fucking question. What do you think is the next big thing in YA?

Victoria: Witches, of course! But in all seriousness, I think witches have a shot at being the big thing for 2011. One thing that's wonderful about them is that unlike some of the other classic mythological-creatures-turned-hot-things, there are so many different ways to write witches. In my book a witch's powers are very element-centric, with wood witches and wind witches and stone witches. But I am friends with three other authors who've written witchy books, and they've all taken on witches very differently. So if witches DO get to be the next big thing, at least there will be some creative and varied interpretations.

Nicole: Witches are the shit! That’s fo’ sho’. So . . . now that we’ve talked, what do you think my chances are of making into young adult fiction?

Victoria: Hmm, I think you’d do fine, as long as you have a plot to go with that potty mouth!

Nicole: That is great advice! And speaking of plot, I DID just come up with a great idea! But I’ve taken up enough of your time. Thank you so much for being with me here in the League Lounge, Victoria. I very much look forward to reading your debut! Congrats again!

And that concludes today’s interview. Stay tuned for Friday, when Nicole runs her Amazing Plot Idea past her next victim . . . I mean, interviewee, Courtney Allison Moulton. Lovely Jubbly! Fuckity-bye!

Monday, February 22, 2010

Because We Put the Adult in YOUNG ADULT!

Hey YA’ll! It’s YA Week, here at the League! So that’s why I said YA’ll! Get it? YA’ll! I don’t have this PhD. for nothing, bitches!

First of all, don’t be frightened. Just because it’s YA Week, here, doesn’t mean we’re going to be any less, immature, inappropriate, or snarky. In an adult way. But there’s tons of crossover, right now, with YA, Para Rom, and UF. Many fans are reading both; many of us authors are writing both--so I thought we should take a week and talk about YA.

To keep things moving along, I’ve interviewed two YA, debut novelists who have been absolute stars. Needless to say, I have Many Fine Ideas about what I should do to break into the world of Young Adult fiction and they have listened to all of them. And not punched me once.

So stay tuned for my interview with the lovely Victoria Schwab, Wednesday, and the adorable Courtney Allison Moulton, for Friday.

But I’m not the only one playing along! Granted, I am often talking to myself, but sometimes other people answer.

(I bet some of you thought I was going to say something about playing with myself, didn’t you? DIDN’T YOU! Preverts!)

One post I know is coming, and to which I am very much looking forward, is Mark (speaking of perverts) discussing his OWN battle with having to De-Mark Henry his writing in order to produce YA. Fascinating! And how does he do it? I mean, Mark Henry not being filthy is like ice cream not being delicious.

But YA week is certainly not the only excitement this week. Running concurrently with this theme week is the fact that there are FOUR, count ‘em . . . FOUR!, releases from Leaguers this week. That is some hot League action. So keep checking in for updates, pimpage, and posts!

And if you’d like to WIN ALL FOUR of these releases, come take part in the contest over at my site! Now THAT is a contest!


Friday, February 19, 2010

I want to be her when I grow up....

Hey did you guys know Cherie M. Priest has been nominated for a Nebula Award?

Yes my lovelies our very own Cherie has been nominated for Best Novel for Boneshaker!

And to think we knew her when she was just wee...

Way to Go Ms. Priest!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Two cool things

Oh, wow, the leaguers are setting the world on fire. Chairs are going through plate glass windows. Mannequins being beheaded and danced with. Sometimes they are danced with, and THEN beheaded.

Okay, maybe not, but at least, keyboards are blazing. No part of the world is safe from our blazing keyboards!!

Anton Strout and Amber Benson at Babel Clash all this week and next

The two authors discuss science fiction, fantasy, and more - with all kinds of interesting little bits related to reading and culture and they reveal things like where the League of Reluctant Adults name came from. And whether Anton is secretly writing serious fiction and passing it off as Chik-fil-A. And what is the one thing that has kept Amber Benson sane?

The conversation has been really fun to follow already, and it's only day 2!! Check it out; running the week of Feb 16th and the week of the 22nd.

Paranormal Roundtable! Today, 2/17 at 4 pm ET at Suvudu

Diana Rowland and I will be chatting LIVE with a group of very talented Paranormal and Urban Fantasy authors: Kelley Armstrong, Jenna Black, Lucy Snyder and Alex Prentiss.

We'll be dishing on Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, the writing life and biz, what's up with the trampy gals on the covers, and all sorts of other stuff. Judging from our dry run, it should be lively and highly entertaining.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Cover ARTS! And . . . a WARNING!

First of all, come see my cover arts for book three, Tempest's Legacy! YAY!

Secondly, if you're wondering where I've been, don't worry. For you will get a lot of me soon . . . I've wrangled some YA authors and am launching a little fun here, soon. BE AFRAID. BE VERY AFRAID. Watch this space for more details!

Reality vs Fiction

I haven't been able to run for a while due to snowy conditions, which means I've had to resort to indoor forms of exercise. This requires room I really don't have, so picture me attempting a Pilates workout while snaking my arm through the rungs of a dining room chair, and twisting just far enough to miss the kid's tower of Xbox 360 games. It's a challenge that, more often than not, leads to flying figurines and bruised shins.

Which lets me know I could never be like Jaz and Vayl. If I tried to sneak through somebody's house--a place I'd never been--with the idea that I wouldn't make a single sound to alert them, I'd be toast before I made it to the halfway point. Most of the time I imagine myself tripping over the coffee table, falling into the ottoman, and being enthusiastically humped to death by the family Shih Tzu. Yes. I know that if I worked as a CIA assassin it would, at minimum, lead to certain torture and the divulgance of my safety deposit box key's location. And yet I keep writing about them. Probably because they never walk into walls or get BBQ sauce on their favorite sweaters.

You got any interesting characters (real or fiction) in whose footsteps you know you'd probably stumble and sprain an ankle, but you can't get enough of them anyway?

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Vale-Lunar-BirthDay!

Or something like that.

Yup, went out and did X-rated things with Mr. Kat for a combined birthday/Valentine/Spring Festival celebration. There was also food, movies, and whiskey (that weren't x-rated.) And chocolate (which should have been but wasn't.)

No, you can't have details. Make it up.

I do.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Eight League myths you should NOT believe

Whew! It has been a real whirlwind two weeks since my entry into the league! I didn’t know it would be so much work, but I wouldn’t trade it for the world.

Newbie duties: completed.
I have finally completed the required paperwork denouncing Minneapolis and adopting Seattle as my “true spiritual and psychological home” as demanded by Richelle Mead, and purged my closet of all pink clothes per Kat Richardson’s instruction, and I am finally done cutting the hundreds of individual letters out of different magazines “ideally bought at garage sales” asked for by six of the league members for their “collage projects.”

Learning the truth
I will admit that before I was a member, I believed pretty much whatever I heard about the league. Now that I am in, I would like to dispel some of these myths that have been floating around about it. It just goes to show, you shouldn't believe everything you hear.

Eight League Myths: Do not believe everything you hear!!

MYTH #1: Mark Henry wears a red and black silk Rasta hat, with a matching red and black silk kimono, and he affectionately refers to the kimono as “Sir Alvin the chipmonk.”
Note: Think about it. Who would name their kimono “Sir Alvin the chipmonk”? Also, that's not even how you spell chipmunk.

MYTH #2: If you analyze the books written by leaguers, you will find that 99% of them borrow their deep structure directly from the Brady Bunch “Hawaiian episode.”
Note: Absolutely not.

MYTH #3: Nicole Peeler can say the word “cunt” and make it sound way dirtier than anybody else in known existence can.
Note: A total rumor.

MYTH #4: After dinner at the league clubhouse, members of the league yell “Snarkilicious!” when the boy comes around with people’s antipsychotics and various sleeping medications and vitamin D supplements.
Note: This is so not true.

MYTH #5: Anton Strout wears a monocle that has a telescopic lens because it “helps his creativity.”
Note: Not.

MYTH #6: Half the league members are really into needlepointing scenes from the movie Titanic, except super weird and shockingly dirty. They call it “slashpointing” and they think it will catch on.
Note: Total myth.

MYTH #7: Certain league members think it’s funny to go out to bars in a really super convincing Stephanie Meyers disguise and get kicked out for lewd and lacivious behavior while screaming, “I am Stephanie Meyers! You can’t kick me out!”
Note: This is a total rumor.

MYTH #8: Both Jeanne Stein and Rob Thurman have giant mechanical claw hands that can rip through solid rock.
Note: Pure myth.

Thank you. I hope that this sets the record straight.
Carolyn Crane

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Release Day Plus One

**x-posted from my blog**
Yes folks. Release Day/Week/Month/59 Days is upon us. Happy Hour of the Damned is trickling into your back pockets from bookstores all over the place (or so I'm reading on twitter and such). And there are tons of events going on to promote the release. Yesterday's Twitter explosion was very nearly overwhelming thanks in large part to Rob Thurman's big giveaway and so many retweets I was left reeling.

But it's not over yet! Today, I'm over at Bitten By Books for a 24 hour event full of Vlogs (count 'em 4!) and so much filthy interaction you'll all be in need of a shower. I'm also interviewed at Chez Casa Emma Petersen, with contests at both places so head on over and comment, interact, maybe later we can make love.


Speaking of Bitten By Books, you might notice a certain banner ad over there for the next month. In prime position. Thanks much to Rachel and my good friend Renee George for making that happen. I love it...


Now feel free to swipe that shit and put it on your blog, website, ass. Anything helps to spread the word. In fact, here's some more places to shout and enter to win stuff...

Unbound (buy Happy Hour and win the next two books in the series!)

Funny paranormal romance author Dakota Cassidy is offering up a chance to win the book of your choice if you pick up Happy Hour!

Zombie Joe has an offer you can't refuse (particularly if you live near him) and sums up what's going on with Save Amanda Feral nicely.

If you want to meet my stalker, swing by Nicole Peeler's blog for a run down of why she loves me and Amanda!

Stacia Kane is offering up cover flats of her soon to be released Demon Possessed and Unholy Ghosts!

Last, but certainly not least, Michelle Bardsley has a rockin' contest running. Check it!!!


That's it. Get to it. I figure we've got about 59 days before the reorders stop at some major retailers. Please show my publisher you want more Amanda Feral by picking up the mass market paperback of Happy Hour of the Damned. Don't wait. In a couple of months the decision will be made and done.

Here's a handy list of retailers if you'd like to shop online. If you're heading out to the stores and don't see it on the shelf, ask the bookseller about it. Hell, have them order it special. That will put it on their radar.

Oh! And two more things!

1. Don't forget to sign up for the
League Reading Challenge at Literary Escapism. In an attempt to get people reading new authors in the genre, the League has teamed up with Literary Escapism and ponied up tons of prizes. Go. Sign up. Now!!!

2. I'm still fouling up copies of my books at
University Bookstore. So while you're Saving Amanda Feral you can get something out of it for yourself: personalized snark in every book you buy! You know you want to.

That's all!

Monday, February 1, 2010


So I'm sure by now you've heard that Amazon has come to the conclusion that Macmillan has a monopoly on Macmillan titles. (If you haven't heard that...yeah, well, that's it. Amazon concluded this.)

This is so utterly brilliant. And it makes me wonder...

What do YOU have a monopoly on?

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