Saturday, January 7, 2012

Risking Eternity Review

Thanks to Laurie at Bitten by Paranormal Romance  , who gave a 4-howl review to Risking Eternity. Here's what she has to say:

"This novella took me by surprise. I really enjoyed reading it and I liked how Jack the Ripper was tied into the story. Now, from a paranormal romance reader stand point there are some issues. This reads more like an Urban Fantasy because there’s no Happy Ever After (HEA) or a Happy for now (HFN) ending. The thing is this is a trilogy so I hope to see more romance grow between these two in future books because I'm not feeling the love from these two like I’d like too. Now, I have you asking why I rated this 4 right;) The biggest reason is I loved the writing style and it's a darker romance than most that you don't get in most romance books. There are some loose ends that I think will be fulfilled as the series continues. This author has a lot of talent and I look forward to reading more of her work in the future.

While Valentin wants to deny his feelings and borderlines on hating Hayden he ends up getting all tied up with her while trying to catch the killer. When things get heated he just has to have her. Hayden is strong and wants to catch the killer, what she doesn’t know is she might be the one that is caught up in the middle more than she knows. I liked reading the characters even the villain. I recommend this to those who wants more hard core vampires."



I agree with what she says about the novella falling more into the urban fantasy genre. I'm not sure if I should be doing anything different in terms of publicizing the book....

Thursday, January 5, 2012

New Year's Blog Hop Winners

Below are the two winners commentators announced by Carrie Ann Ryan:

#192 from Malia Mallory's site - Lilaz won the Kindle Fire. I've already contacted her and her new Kindle should be on its way soon.

#2436 from VK Syke's site - June won the $80 Amazon GC. I've already sent it to her.

The winner of the e-book this blog offered is Orelukjpo. I will be emailing you shortly.

Thanks to everyone who participated. I loved reading about your memories.

Stop by again from February 10 to 16, when I'll be participating in the Vampires for Valentines Gift Hop, which also offers a Kindle as the grand prize.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

New Year's Blog Hop

Leave a comment about your favorite New Year's Memory and be entered to win a Kindle Fire or an $80 Amazon gift card, If you stop on all participating blogs and leave a comment, you'll be entered 65 times!

Here's the link to the list of participating authors. Thanks, Carrie Ann Ryan, for organizing this hop.

Okay...my favorite New Year's Memory...hmmm....when I tried to sit down last night and set down one memory I realized most of my good stories are about other holidays. There's the Halloween my friends and I followed the wrong car to a costume party. After driving down a creepy winding road that seemed to be leadng nowhere the car in front of us pulled over and the elderly driver got out. He took one look at our bizarre assortment of outfits in bewilderment and asked, "Why are you following me?" Then there was the Christmas Eve I spent on a bus with a crying baby when my plane flight got cancelled. Yep, definitely a keeper. Or the time a guy tried to pay me 10 bucks to stand on my blanket at the Hatshell on the Fourth of July. Last but not least is the Valentine's Day I spent in Paris....talking to a stranger who manufactured bras....long story, that one. And despite the fact that we talked about sexy lingerie, it was NOT romantic!

But New Year's? On New Year's things have usually been pretty tame. No Harry-Met-Sally-running-through-New-York declarations of love. No wild parties (okay, not recently).  So I'll write about this one.

It was 1999, on the eve of the Millennium. I was three months pregnant, just past the point where I'd begun to show, and I knew my life would change completely in the not-too-distant future. My fiance and I were hanging out in our apartment, watching Dick Clark and drinking champagne. Scratch that. He was drinking champagne. I was drinking OJ and I hadn't had coffee for more than a month, so it was a miracle I wasn't already asleep. Even though I hadn't planned on getting pregnant, I was thrilled. I remember smiling as I heard my father's voice on the other end of the line. He was calling to ask if I'd bought the canned goods he'd told me to, if I had flashlights and spare batteries. It seems crazy now to remember all the hype that went on. But I remember having a little twinge of doubt....was it possible that everything would just stop?

So what's your memory? Leave one here - or just a comment - and be entered to win the grand prize! Look forward to hearing from you.

Grand Prize - a Kindle Fire!


Tell me, what's your favorite or most memorable new year's memory? For those of you who do and leave your email addressyou'll be entered to win a copy of either of my novellas. Also you will be entered to win one of the Grand Prizes. A KINDLE FIRE to one winner and an $80 Amazon GC to a second winner !!!


So.....what memory should I talk about? When I tried to come up with a story to tell I realized most of my "holiday stories" are about other holidays. There was the Christmas Eve I spent on a Greyhound Bus from Washington to Boston when my plane flight got cancelled....

New Year's Blog Hop

Grand Prize - a Kindle Fire!


Tell me, what's your favorite or most memorable new year's memory? For those of you who do and leave your email addressyou'll be entered to win a copy of either of my novellas. Also you will be entered to win one of the Grand Prizes. A KINDLE FIRE to one winner and an $80 Amazon GC to a second winner !!!


So.....what memory should I talk about? When 

Monday, January 2, 2012

New Year's Resolutions

One of my top resolutions for the upcoming year is to post on this blog more. I'm a newbie to publishing and am finding it a bit challenging to balance blogging, twittering-and, last but not least, writing. Add to that the chaos of daily life...well, this sparse blog is the result.

But I do hope to write more here - and to post excerpts of my writing on a semi-regular basis. For the past week I've been busy editing my romantic suspense manuscript. The good news is that I heard from the editor of the line I submitted to and she "loved" my story. In fact, she wants to publish it. Hurray!

Sort of. :) She wants me to make a few changes this week before she passes it up the food chain for final contract approval. So for the past few days I've been poring through the manuscript in search of any discrepancies. I've also ended up adding a few scenes so the length is up to 70,000 words now. It was a complicated novel to plot - I'd never tried a mystery before - and I hope I've got all the little glitches worked out. If all goes well I should be done editing in another day or two and then I'll send it on...and wait.  Fingers crossed.

After that, I'll return to the second in the vampire series I recently started. And I plan to start working seriously on the second book in the Rakes & Rogues series. The second Rakes & Rogues novella is significantly longer - and more involved - than the first story. There is a ton of research involved, too, which slows things up. But I love Victorian England; it's one of my favorite eras.

So that's the run down for my writing over the next few months. Thanks for stopping by my blog and best of luck with your own resolutions.

I'm off to walk my husky,

Gwen

Sunday, January 1, 2012

New Year's Blog Hop

To kick off 2012, I'm participating in Carrie Ann Ryan's New Year's blog hop! Please stop back by next Wednesday, Jan 4th.

There are more than 65 participants with prizes and giveaways. We'll all be posting our favorite New Year's memories - and giving away copies of our books. If you leave a comment on my New Year's post, you'll be eligible to win a free copy of Risking Eternity: A Paranormal Vampire Novella OR Rescued by a Rake, which is #3 in Regency Bestsellers on amazon.

There are TWO grand prizes:

First grand prize is a Kindle Fire

Second grand prize is an $80 Amazon GC

Hope to see you here. :)

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