Reading for the Weekend (September 6)

September 6, 2013 § 4 Comments

September 6, 2013

I finished Fifth Grave Past the Light over the Labor Day weekend just like I’d planned. Whew! There is a lot of Reyes in this book. A lot of Charley and Reyes. Together. A lot of seriously sexy times. Holy mother of—

5th Grave

I also caught up a little on my comics stash. Not just Batman, but Smallville Season 11 as well. I finished the “Haunted” segment, the one with Impulse/Bart Allen. Then I wandered around in a daze for awhile.

I started reading Someday, Someday, Maybe, the debut novel by Lauren Graham–yes, that’s right, Lorelai Gilmore from Gilmore Girls. I’m really enjoying it so far. It is well-written, relatable, and funny. The year is 1995, and Franny is on a self-imposed schedule to get her first real acting gig, with just six months to go. As many of us goal-oriented souls know, six months can go by in a flash, leaving us on the ground, dazed, and looking around going “Wha happened?” Or maybe that’s just me. One tidbid of note-I just watched Before Sunrise for the first time over Labor Day. Then, on Tuesday, I’m reading the book on my lunch break and there is a reference to Franny going to the movies with her roommate to see Before Sunrise. I know, right? What a coinky-dink.


What are you reading this weekend?

Tidbits from LERA at the SW Book Fiesta

May 14, 2013 § 6 Comments

Darynda Jones dished on her NYT best-selling Charley Davidson series, and LERA authors talked love and sex at the romance panel.

The Land of Enchantment Romance Authors (LERA) participated in the Southwest Book Fiesta on May 10- 12, 2013 in Albuquerque, NM. It was a great opportunity to get the scoop on some of my favorite topics, including Charley Davidson, Reyes Farrow, romance, and sex. Sweet sex, spicy sex, you name it.

Audio book star Clifton Chadwick interviewed Darynda Jones, author of Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet and Death, Doom, and Detention.

Clifton and Darynda

I am happy to announce that Darynda announced that books six through eight in the Charley Davidson series have sold. Woot! Fifth Grave Past the Light will be released July 9, 2013. Cannot wait!

Clifton asked how Darynda came up with the character of Charley: “I wanted a smart-aleck, sarcastic, tough female detective living in a paranormal realm. Then one morning I woke up and there she was, in all her glory.”

Guys will also like this paranormal romance series, Clifton said. “They’re funny. They’re fast-paced. They have a lot of action. And they have a lot of action.

Now that Darynda is a full time author of two popular series, both the adult Charley Davidson series and the young adult Darklight series, she has to handle the business side of being an author, and it is often a challenge to actually get the writing done. She has a new incentive program, a pact she made with her husband. If she doesn’t write 5,000 words in a day, he will administer some sort of punishment. “And that’s as much as I’m going to say.”

“Well,” said Clifton, “we’ve read your books.”

Darynda SW Book Fiesta

In answer to a fan’s question on whether we will see more of Reyes, Darynda said: “Yes. Yes. In Fifth Grave, you’re going to love me. You’re going to email me how much you love me, and I will know why.”

Let me just say, Hallelujah!

Authors from LERA  answered questions at the Romance Writers panel.

Samantha Ann King’s debut erotic romance Sharing Hailey was nominated for the RT Reviewer’s Choice award in the category of E-Book Erotic Romance.

“I’ve had people say my book was sweet. I’ve had people be offended by it, too.”

Parks, Berkley, King SW Book Fiesta

(l-r) Lydia Parks, Shea Berkley, Samantha Ann King

Jeffe Kennedy, author of the Facets of Passion series, got started writing erotica with Petals and Thorns after seeing a call for erotic fairy tales. “So I came up with the idea of a kinky Beauty and the Beast. Because, come on, what really happens in the castle at night?”

(l-r) Jeffe Kennedy, Darynda Jones, and Barrett.

(l-r) Jeffe Kennedy, Darynda Jones, and Barrett.

Lydia Parks had to rewrite her first erotic book a couple of times after her editor said “no, this is just spicy sex, not erotica.” She eventually got it right. The publisher’s note on the back of her book Devour Me reads: “Warning. This is really hot.”

So what is the difference between erotic romance (romance with hot sex) and erotica?

Lydia Parks: “Spicy romance is focused on the romantic connection, on how the couple is coming together sexually. Erotica is just about the excitement of sex. With erotic romance, you have to have an HEA [happily ever after]. With erotica, you just have to have happy sex.”

Jeffe Kennedy: “In erotica, the heroine’s journey is about her sexual journey.”

Toward the end of the panel, the topic turned to how hormone levels can help or hinder the joy of writing sex scenes. Darynda said a writer friend of hers recently had to start taking physician-prescribed hormones, and suddenly she “can’t stop writing sex scenes!”

Which left a lot of us wondering, “How do we get some of her hormones?”

Land of Enchantment Romance Authors at the LERA booth.

Land of Enchantment Romance Authors at the LERA booth.
(l-r) Jeffe Kennedy, Samantha Ann King, L.M. May, Robin Perini, Barrett, Shea Berkley,           Shelly Alexander, Shannon Yvonne Moreau, Lydia Parks.

“Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet” Book Launch Was a Party at Bookworks

November 4, 2012 § 9 Comments

The book launch party for Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet by Darynda Jones was held at Bookworks on October 30, 2012, the day before Halloween. So totally fitting.

Darynda (wearing the hat) signed with fellow New Mexico authors Gabi Stevens and Katie Lane. Katie brought the hat.

The three authors took turns reading from their books. Katie Lane read the first few pages of her debut novel Going Cowboy Crazy.

“What kind of a brute owned it, anyway? Obviously, the kind who thought it went with his large pe—”

Katie stopped reading. “Are there any kids in here?”

The audience erupted with laughter.

“You don’t have to buy my books, but you do have to come up and touch them,” Katie said, referring to the model on the cover with his shirt hanging open. My advice—buy the book, too. It is every bit as enjoyable as looking at the hot cowboy. (Read my review here.)

Me with contemporary romance author Katie Lane.

Fantasy romance author Gabi Stevens said she acted before she wrote. Strike a pose, girl!

Gabi’s spirited reading from her latest book, Wishful Thinking, inspired me to pick up the first book in her Time of Transition trilogy, The Wish List.

Gabi shows how a bracelet she has owned forever matches the one worn by the heroine on the cover of her first book. This was not planned. This is magic.

Darynda Jones is a born storyteller. As a kid, she used to go around her neighborhood, knocking on doors and inviting people to come to her plays.

Katie Lane said she loved rooming with Darynda at an RWA conference because Darynda told bedtime stories and lulled Katie into sweet dreams.

I am really excited to start reading Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet. This is Darynda’s follow-up in the Charley Davidson series to Third Grave Dead Ahead, which was phenomenal. Read my Third Grave review here.

Thank you, Bookworks of Albuquerque, for throwing this launch party. It was a blast!

From left to right: Darynda Jones, Gabi Stevens, and Katie Lane.

Week Nineteen: Books on Mom’s Day, LERA, and TV Season Renewal

May 14, 2012 § 4 Comments

May 13, 2012

I had my mom over for Mother’s Day and I was babbling to her about something, then realized she wasn’t paying the slightest bit of attention because she had started reading my copy of Darynda Jones’ Third Grave Dead Ahead, which I had sitting on my coffee table. After I gave Mom her Mother’s Day present, I lent her First Grave on the Right. She’s got to start at the beginning, after all.

Cover of "The Power of Myth (Illustrated ...

I now own a copy of The Power of Myth, the transcripts of the Bill Moyers interview with Joseph Campbell that aired on PBS in 1988. I am so stoked. I have wanted this book for a long time, and I won it at a Land of Enchantment Romance Authors (LERA) meeting, which leads me to— 

“With symbolism, we create myth.”—Sarah Shade, at her talk “The Secret Language of Words”

I attended my first LERA (Land of Enchantment Romance Authors) meeting, and the speaker for this month, Sarah Shade, talked about how symbolism creates powerful universal connections that turn stories into myths. So when I was watching Howl’s Moving Castle on Sunday for the fifth time, I saw all kinds of symbolism. The fire demon! The doorways! The boy! The dog! The bird! The scarecrow! The tunnel in Sophie’s dream with the monster at the end of it! I must get a book on symbolism.

Many of the LERA members are successful, published authors who know the business, and they enthusiastically answered my shop questions, even though I was a first-time guest. I got to sit next to Darynda Jones, the New Mexico author who writes the wonderful Charley Davidson series, and I ran into a fellow writer I hadn’t seen in months. The meeting discussions were lively and interactive and encouraging. I do believe I have found my new writing group.

In TV news, I am so excited:
Nikita—renewed for season three—yes!
Scandal—renewed for season two—awesome!
The Vampire Diaries—a killer season finale with lots of twists, turns, and tears. Read this article on TV line about TVD writer Julie Plec crying onto her keyboard. I know how she feels.

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