Okay-- I'm doing something different today. I'm going to type this right into blogger instead of cutting and pasting. I keep finding new things to add and if I don't start writing, this entry will never get finished.
Let's start with the good news/bad news.
Good news is Blood Drive, second book, is in bookstores now. Since I haven't received my author copies yet, I didn't even see the finished book until Sunday at the Elaine Viet's Stand In Signing at Murder by the Book
. Mario told you about that on Monday. Anyway, it was a thrill to see it and hold it. I'm a little terrified of the sophomore slump I keep hearing about though I beat the odds on a previously small pub'd book never being picked up by New York. Why shouldn't I beat this, too, right?
Bad news is I've lost all the e-mail addresses from my website. No one knows how it could have happened. All I'm told is that however it happened, the data can't be retrieved. Not to worry, though, my mail is intact and that means all your votes have been safely tallied and preserved for posterity.
Which leads to a reminder: if you haven't voted yet, you still have a few hours left. This could be the beginning of illustrious writing careers for our lucky finalists. AND, you may add the tag: award winning author when your first books are published. So either vote by comment below or by going to my website
And if you've got a completed synopsis, remember that Media Predict.com
book proposal contest I mentioned last time? I'm told they don't have anything in the urban fantasy category so check it out.
For Buffy fans, or more specifically Spike fans, James Marsters, our favorite vamp, is currently filming for the second season of a Dr. Who spinoff, "Torchwood." The title is an anagram of Doctor Who and Torchwood
is a secret task force dealing with extra-terrestrial and supernatural stuff. Kind of sounds like a British X-Files. But with Spike on board, how bad could it be?
Got this from Shelf Awareness who got if from the New York Times. It's a bookcase
with a built in "cave" to curl up in. I'm just not sure how comfortable it would be.
Kind of like curling up on a park bench. But since it retails for about $7,000, I imagine comfort has been taken into consideration.
Got an RWA alert about Triskelion Publishing going out of business on July 2. I know of several authors who signed with them and my sympathies go out to them. It's an author's worst nightmare. Finally land a contract and then have your publisher go out of business. RWA suggests authors send a notice to Triskelion terminating their contracts and requesting immediate release from their agreements. Correspondence should be sent via certified mail or other receipted delivery service.
Okay, let's end on an upbeat note-- Check out the Romance Novel
on YouTube. This should make you smile.