Like the new look?

I decided that after all my hunting I didn’t like the one column blog style, so I broke out the CS3 and used up my about to expire credits at istockphoto.com and voila! Now just to get the entry page done 🙂

I’ve had quite a rush of people emailing me over the last few weeks asking about Huntingdawn 3, and just what is going to happen with the prophecy. Well, I can’t tell you that now, can I, but I’ve finally (big heaving sigh of relief) finished off the follow on from Curious Intimacies (tentatively titled Subtle Domination) and despatched it to my editor, so on to Huntingdawn 3 it is!

I’ve already gotten a couple of thousand words into Dave and Betty’s story – an odd pair of names, right? Originally Betty was supposed to be a dragon… I sooooo wanted her to be a dragon, but the editor nixed that idea *sob*. A dragon, named Betty, mated up to a bobcat Were called Dave… hilarious, no? So I had to come up with a different beast with wings.

I think the working title of The Owl and the Pussycat might give away where I’m heading 🙂

How about a very rough excerpt to give you a little taste of the heroine and her entry into Rockville.

Betty eyed the small green sign that announced the city limits of Rockville, population approx thirty-five thousand and wondered if it was a federal offense to kick it to the ground and stomp on it with definite intent to do bodily harm.

“Knowing my luck lately, it would be.” Instead, she parked her butt against the upright of the sign, leaned over and dug around in her shoe for the Rock-of-Gibraltar-sized stone that had worked its way in there. She put her foot back down with a sigh of relief, and opened her hand to inspect her evil nemesis, The Rock, only to find it was nothing more than a piece of gravel—a tiny one at that.

“Damn it!” Limping back to the middle of the barely two-lane road she turned, snarled at the sign and launched her petty turn of revenge. Tiny as it was it only made a tinny clink against the metal, not a nice, resounding clunk, but it was enough to satisfy a portion of her indignation.

“Why-oh-why did I have the radio so loud?” With her hand up, shading her eyes, Betty peered back along the road trying to see her abandoned car. Nothing. Not even a glint off the flaking chrome bumper. If she hadn’t been enjoying the day, windows down, wind in her hair, rocking out to music she might have caught the knock-knock noise sooner. Like back near a garage, not four-miles-from-anywhere sooner. It’s not like she shouldn’t have expected it—the radio and speakers were the only thing not original on the damn car.

If wishes were horses… Who am I kidding? I’m allergic to horses, I’d still be walking. And while she did have another option, the need to keep a low profile ruled that out.

Aching legs and ankles protesting she swung back around to the city sign and gave it a final one-fingered salute before resuming her trudge toward the city dragging her bag behind her.

OmniLit.com

I’ve made no secret that I think the folks over at ARe do great things for authors, so I thought I’d post their latest endeavour – OmniLit.com

All Romance Announces the launch of OmniLit™, Bringing eBooks Directly into the Homes and Digital Devices of Readers of All Genres
Palm Harbor, FL (PRWEB) July 21, 2009 – The owners of All Romance™, an independent on-line bookstore specializing in the sale of romance eBooks, announced today the launch of OmniLit.com, a new site dedicated to the sale of fiction and non-fiction eBooks.

“The overwhelming success of the All Romance site spurred the expansion,” said Barbara Perfetti, the company’s Chief Financial Officer. “The publishing world is poised on the brink of an eBook explosion and we want to be ready on the forefront to meet that demand.”

OmniLit will offer genres currently not available on the All Romance site, including best sellers from some of the biggest names in publishing, as well as offerings from small, midsized, and indie presses. Customers will be able to select from hundreds of thousands of titles, everything from mainstream, children’s, and speculative fiction, to books on health & fitness, cooking, travel, and business.

“Readers used to the convenience of All Romance’s easy to navigate site and unsurpassed customer service can expect to find the same at OmniLit,” said Chief Operating Officer, Lori James. “Our goal is to hold on to what we believe are the best qualities of both the larger chain bookstores and the smaller independents, then offer that in digital. OmniLit’s customers will have the advantage of choice and a technically streamlined shopping experience, but t hey will also receive personalized service and support.”

All Romance eBooks, LLC was founded in 2006, is privately held in partnership, and headquartered in Palm Harbor, Florida. The company owns All Romance (allromanceebooks.com), which specializes in the sale of romance eBooks and OmniLit (omnilit.com) which sells both fiction and non-fiction eBooks.

2010 EPIC’s eBook Competition

EPIC is ramping up for our annual EBook Competition, one of the premier contests in the e-book and e-publishing world. Please be sure you read ALL of EPIC’s 2010 EBook Competition Guidelines as some of you may be surprised by the changes that have been made to the competition this year:

  • Codes and Divisions: Please be sure you understand how this might affect your entry.
  • Entries must be an “as sells” e-book with a publication date between October 1, 2008 and May 31, 2009.
  • Entries must be submitted in non-DRM PDF format.
  • This competition is inclusive for GLBT (Gay, Lesbian, Bi, and Transexual) works; meaning EVERY category is open for this style of writing.
  • EPIC’s EBook Competition will open for submission entries from July 15, 2009 through August 15, 2009 midnight (CST) ONLY.

Mark your calendar for March 4 – 7, 2010, and come join us in New Orleans, Louisiana for EPIC’s Annual Conference. This is an excellent opportunity to mingle with artists, authors, publishers, and industry professionals while learning more about e-books and the e-publishing world. You can be one of the first to learn the competition’s NEW name and see winners accept their awards at EPIC’s Annual Conference Gala Award Ceremony banquet.

Please check www.epicauthors.com for more information.

And remember: the competition opens 12:01 am, July 15th and closes to entries 12:01 am, August 16th.

Blogtalkradio – the interview

The Interview:

I’d not done a blogtalkradio slot before, it was quite fun (and I didn’t even sound too dorky, but I rambled a bit…ask anyone I have a habit of doing that).

I think I’ll have to look out for another opportunity to participate with Blogtalkradio again!

Blogtalk Radio – July 2nd

A little late in the piece, I know, but I totally flaked on remembering to post about this.

Along with Debi Sullivan (Chair of the EPIC’s eBook Competition), I will be talking about the the EPIC’s eBook Competition and this years change to be totally inclusive of GLBT  with Lara Zielinsky on her Lesbian & Bi BlogTalkRadio show.

It won’t start to late EST, but if you’d like to find out more please feel free to surf over and listen at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/Lara-Zielinsky

Hopefully we won’t get lost in the ‘land of not understanding a thing Anne says’ because of the Kiwi accent! 🙂