Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Writing Contest + Giveaway

Back when I read Evernight by the lovely and talented Claudia Gray, I was floored by how much I loved it. The world was complex and real, the plot was surprising, and the characters. Especially Balthazar.

And now, he has his own book.

For hundreds of years, the vampire Balthazar has been alone—without allies, without love.

When Balthazar agrees to help Skye Tierney, a human girl who once attended Evernight Academy, he has no idea how dangerous it will be. Skye’s newfound psychic powers have caught the attention of Redgrave, the cruel, seductive master vampire responsible for murdering Balthazar and his family four centuries ago. Now Redgrave plans to use Skye’s powers for his own evil purposes.

Balthazar will do whatever it takes to stop Redgrave and exact his long-awaited revenge against his killer. As Skye and Balthazar stand together to fight him, they grow closer—first unwillingly, then undeniably. Balthazar realizes his lonely world could finally be changed by her. . . .

In a story filled with forbidden love and dark suspense, one of the most beloved characters in Claudia Gray’s New York Times bestselling Evernight series will captivate readers with his battle to overcome his past and follow his heart.

This is a must read for every Evernight fan of course, but this is definitely a book that people who haven't read Evernight can still read.

Anyway, enough gushing...

CONTEST TIME


I'm giving away an ARC of Balthazar to one lucky person!

Here's what you've have to do.

Write a story, one hundred words or fewer, using these words:

Vampire
Eternal
Love
Death
Evil

Bonus Points if your story is not actually about vampires.

Contest open internationally. It starts NOW, and runs through midnight Friday March 3rd. Post your entry in the comments section. Enter as many times as you want.

Happy Release Day!


Cat Hellisen's debut novel When the Sea is Rising Red is out today.

And Allison Pang's second novel in her Abby Sinclair urban fantasy series, A Sliver of Shadow, also hits shelves today!


Thursday, February 23, 2012

My Current Obsession

I have recently fallen in love. Everyone told me it was going to happen, but I didn't quite believe them.  Then last weekend, while perusing my Netflix, it happened.

I started watching Downton Abbey.


Several clients, editors, and even the Sharkly one herself, had told me about Downton (I believe Janet described it as Rambo but with words), and sure enough, after just one episode I was insanely hooked.

It's a beautifully written show. The dialogue is some of the best on TV, and the characters are all so complex and interesting.

In short, everyone should check it out. It really is amazing.

But the reason I decided to blog about it is that an editor I know and love recently sent me these videos (below). And if you are in love with Downton Abbey, like me, you must watch them.




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1. I drink so much orange soda, it's probably running through my veins. I've been known to go through a twelve pack of diet sunkist in a day.

2. I'm legitimately nocturnal (or a vampire). I will be so exhausted at two pm that I'm falling asleep standing up - it has happened before, at Six Flags no less - but as soon as the sun goes down I'm wide awake.

3. I have a gorgeous unused $6000 Reem Acra wedding dress hanging in my closet, and it showed up on my doorstep the same day my (now ex) fiance broke up with me. And thank God for that. I wouldn't have wanted to waste that dress on him.

4. Social anxiety plagues me daily. I write a script and practice in front of the mirror when I have to make a phone call, but most people who interact with me have no idea how nervous I am (or perhaps they lie) because I've worked so hard to try to overcome it.

5. I'm actually worried that I will never love my children (when I do have them in the far off future) as much as I love my dogs. I just like animals better than people - they're sweet and innocent and soft and furry - is that so wrong?