Monday, April 19, 2010

Romantic Times Are Nearly Upon Us!

So I recently sent a press release off to the RT Book Reviews magazine people...

The League of Reluctant Adults, a sinister cabal of paranormal romance and urban fantasy authors who occasionally blog, make filthy jokes and prowl the halls of conventions with switchblades (or naked wit, which is just as sharp and safe in carry-on luggage), are converging on the Romantic Times Booklover's Convention in Columbus bearing gifts!

This year, the League is offering RT attendees the chance to travel the world of wit and repartee with the limited edition Passport to Snark! Get your passport and snark-hunting badge ribbon from Club RT on either Thursday at 11:00 AM or Friday at 11:00 AM and stalk your prey! Errr... authors. Collect your visa stamp, sticker of snark, or just some dirty joke from each attending Leaguer to complete your world tour of crass humor before RT is over for another year. It’s like Pokemon with pointed language: gotta get ’em all. Fully-stamped passports win their bearers a nifty-ass ribbon and the right to tell the world, they can match wits with the best. We're also giving away books and junk, so, c'mon.

This year’s attending Reluctant Adults: Mario Acevedo, Michele Bardsley, Dakota Cassidy, Carolyn Crane, Mark Henry, Stacia Kane, Jackie Kessler, Caitlin Kittredge, Richelle Mead, Nicole Peeler, Kat Richardson, Michelle Rowen, Diana Rowland, Jeanne C. Stein, and Jaye Wells.


That just about says it all. So who else is going?

Sunday, April 18, 2010

The Scary Routes Around My Brain

People ask where authors come up with their ideas. Here’s an example of the strange and tenuous connections that can result in a story.

Yesterday, I went to SOKY Book Fest in Bowling Green, KY. While I was there I met several romance authors who will be attending the Romance Writers of America national conference in Nashville this summer. During the conference, several of the writers were talking about past job experiences, which for me, included a former colleague who made my life kind of difficult. We also talked about our inspirations, which includes my mother. We got back from Bowling Green, got the kids settled down. I noticed that the fridge was looking like a bad science project, so I’m going to need to clean it out soon.

So all of these elements mixed together while I was sleeping and became the following dream: My former co-worker was loading his stuff into a van because he was going to have to drive down to Nashville with my mom (who was glaring at him like she could make him burst into flames with the power of her mind.) And the whole time, I was packing dirty Tupperware into the van.

And that's how my mind works. (Shudder.)

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Winner of the All Caps Shades of Gray contest

And the winner, picked at random, of the ALL CAPS SHADES OF GRAY ARC contest is...

WickedLilPixie said... Loved Cat Woman, I mean who else could look so damn good in that cat suit! And Ertha Kitts voice, wow!

Congratulations!!! Please email me at J A X aht J A C K I E K E S S L E R daht calm with your postal address, and I'll send you BLACK AND WHITE and the ARC of SHADES OF GRAY.

Monday, April 5, 2010

More author sightings

As mentioned in my previous hasty post, tonight my husband and I went out to see an author extravaganza. My pals Mark Henry, Jeanne Stein, and Jaye Wells had a Q&A and signing at University Bookstore tonight. Author Cory Doctorow was also part of the event, and though I'd never met him before, he proved to be as entertaining as the rest of them.

I must This was a super intellectual author talk! Those guys were discussing some pretty deep topics. I think I'm spoiled by my readers going easy on me with questions about movies and what inspires me to write Dimitri. These guys tonight talked about the future of ebooks vs. paper books and how this economy has helped build urban fantasy. There was also some debate on the iPad's usefulness which made me kind of sad for the store's Apple department that was like ten feet behind us.

Anyway, it was good times, and afterward, some of us went out for drinks over at Chapel--everyone's favorite mortuary-turned-bar. It's a pretty sweet place with a massive and creative drink menu, and we had a great time. My author pals seemed particularly enchanted by the old baptismal font. Here, Jaye, Mark, and Jeanne are looking heavenward, but I'm not fooled by those angelic expressions.

Mark kept trying for an angelic shot, though.

For us girls, no effort was required. We're the perfect picture of sweetness and innocence.

It's been super fun having Jeanne and Jaye in town, and I'm sad to see them go! Tomorrow they head back to Denver and Dallas respectively, and I wish them safe journeys. Fortunately, I'll be seeing them (and many others) in a month at the RT Convention, so many more author shenanigans are to come.

Sunday, April 4, 2010


Gosh, look at this small box of SHADES OF GRAY advance reading copies. I don't need them, because hell, I know what's in the book.

Guess that means I should do a contest or something...

Who's your favorite superhero (or supervillain) -- and why? I'll pick a winner at random on Wednesday, April 7, 2010. And I'll even throw in a copy of BLACK AND WHITE.

Have at it!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Author road trip to Portland! With biscuits!

Cross-posted from my blog because stuff this good can't be contained in just one place.

First up, thanks so much for all the people getting Succubus Shadows and giving reviews/feedback! I'm so glad people are enjoying it, and it's great from a publishing side to have the opening week clustered with sales. So, thanks again for everyone's support.

Speaking of support, I rode down to Portland last night to go to Mark Henry and Jaye Wells's signing at Powell's Books in Beaverton. It was a very strategic operation, involving me getting Jaye at the airport (she's from Dallas), then us meeting Mark at his place, and then Mark driving us all down to Portland (which is about 3 hours from Seattle). The schedule was pretty tight to make it on time, but as you can see, we had good omens leading us:

Jaye and Mark were every bit as entertaining as you might imagine, though Mark struggled a bit to find a semi-safe excerpt to read (some teen readers of my books were there!) and even tried reading Tori Spelling's Mommywood instead of his own books. Even that sounded dirty when he read it, so he gave up and switched back to his stuff...with a little censoring.

After a Q&A involving gross but delightful candy prizes (cherry-flavored blood!), they signed some books. The Beaverton Powell's staff is always great, and they ran everything beautifully. They even let me sign some of my own stock on the side.

We had grand intentions of going downtown afterward to show Portland's nightlife to Jaye, but we lost a little of our momentum when--yes, I'm going to say it--Mark got us lost driving to our hotel. We ended up out on some dark country road with alpaca farms and solitary houses that looked like they contained serial killers. When we finally turned around and made it back to civilization (thanks to the GPS on my phone), we opted for drinks near our hotel and dramatic readings back in the room.

Mark gallantly slept on the super uncomfortable fold-out couch, giving Jaye and me our own beds. While getting ready for sleep, I noticed in the bathroom that we had all neatly laid out our dental cleaning supplies side by side. Can you guess whose are whose? Even if you can't, I think it's obvious we take our dental care very seriously.

This morning, after Mark and Jaye had fed their Twitter addictions seconds after getting up, we had breakfast and went and did stock signings around Portland. Naturally, Powell's famous downtown flagship store was on the list. I signed their stock over in the children's section. It's a sign of how short I am that that little kid's table really doesn't look as miniature as it should.

Meanwhile, Jaye got to go through a right of passage and sign the store's SF/F author post--a post protected and kept under glass when not being signed. It might even have lasers around it.

We rounded out our stock signings over at Jan's Paperbacks in Beaverton, whose staff was super nice. So, for Portlanders wanting autographed copies of our books, I'll sum up where we left them: Jan's, the Beaverton Powell's, the downtown Powell's, and the B&N at Washington Square. If you want to pick up something, call first to make sure they've still got that book.

After all that signing, we worked up an appetite--and needed someone else to shake things up. So, we met up with the awesome Lili Saintcrow and had lunch at Pine State Biscuits, which is a tiny, tiny restaurant that was jam-packed with people. The place is insanely famous for its Southern menu, filled with fried stuff, sweat tea, and yes, biscuits. Gravy is literally ladled out from a vat and then poured liberally on food.

That's Mark's lunch. Mine was a biscuit sandwich containing fried chicken, pickles, honey, and spicy mustard. I never thought that combination would have worked, but it was great. It also made me feel dirty afterward (and want to go to the gym), and I can't even imagine how our arteries felt. It was one of those so-good-it-has-to-be-bad-for-you places. It was delicious, so go visit Pine State when you're in Portland if you can handle it.

We stopped for some cleansing tea (I just opted for cleansing), and then it was time to go.

We parted from Lili and headed back up to the Seattle area. For those also in Seattle, Jaye and Mark are going to be at Norwescon this weekend signing and doing panels, as will another of my favorite people: Jeanne Stein. The three of them will then be signing at University Bookstore on Monday at 7pm. Good times will ensue.

And now that I'm home, it's back to Iron Crowned and lots of gym time.

**Excessive exclamation points are used in this post because I know Jaye likes them.

Official Pre-Launch Launchie Launch of Tracking the Tempest

It's April 1, people. Which means it's THREE MONTHS until my sequel, Tracking the Tempest, releases. Can you believe it? I can't, to be honest. But I'm gonna rock it.

So in true rockstar (read, geek) fashion, over at my site I've vlogged some fun news, as well as a READING of an excerpt from Tracking! So get yourself a teaser taster here, first. YAY!

I'll be vlogging more excerpts the first of every month until you can hold Jane once again . . . And there'll be contests in future. Hot, hot contest. ;-)

Today I thought new Jane was enough of a treat. She's so cute I could just squeeze her!

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