Friday, April 18, 2014

Contracts, Buy Links, and General Insanity

So things have been a bit...busy in Casa de Bell recently. Between some evil health issues, preparing for the Romantic Times Convention and the Lori Foster Reader/Author Get-Together, and buying a new house (yes, I will post pics), I've been going steadily insane.

So what's the best way to add to the insanity? Why, signing multiple contracts at one of the busiest times of the year!

Here we go! Coming in October, we have:

Maggie's Grove Book 3
Ashton and Selena
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Length: Novel

Selena Giannone was kidnapped and tortured by Van Helsings, experimented on and injected with something that is seriously messing with her powers. Now she’s being haunted by darkness, and her powers are useless against it. In desperation, she calls on the one man she knows will protect her no matter what: Ashton Ward.

Ash takes the chance Selena gives him to woo his reluctant mate. When the shadows attack his mate he’s just as helpless as she is. How can you kill something with no form, that strikes from darkness and leaves bleeding wounds? He’ll need the help of the witches of Maggie’s Grove, and that of his friends, to eliminate the threat once and for all.

But it’s never that easy, and they’ll soon discover that there is more hiding in the shadows than they thought.

Warning: This title contains explicit sex and graphic language.

And, surprising me, they offered me a contract on the next book in the series!

Maggie's Grove Book 4
Greer and Mollie
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Length: Novel

My website doesn't have much on this book because hey! I haven't written it yet! I'll be starting it once I'm done Never More, the next Gray Court novel.

For those who didn't see, I've also gotten a contract on the next True Destiny Novel:

True Destiny Book 5
Magnus, Skye and Slade (M/M/F)
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Length: Novella

Tortured for centuries, Slade Saeter has longed for the day when he could claim the two people he knows are his mates: Magnus Tate and Sylvia Grimm. But nightmares still plague the son of Loki, and he fears his lovers will believe him too fragile for the mating he dreams of.

Magnus Tate never thought he'd be able to get his cake and eat it, too, but Slade has convinced him he can have both. Magnus has always known he loves both men and women, but the one woman he's dreamt of for years was broken by his own father, her heart shattered by Thor's infidelities and their ultimate divorce.

Sylvia Grimm has never been one to stay down for long. Her heart has long since healed from the betrayals of her husband, but can she really accept her own stepson as one of her bonded mates? 

It will take all three of them time to realize that they might be bent, but they definitely are not broken. Time they may not have...

Warning: This title contains explicit sex, graphic language and only two people who know for sure if Slade really is hung like a horse. (They aren't talking.)

So I'm going to be busy for a while.

On the writing front, it's been slow going on Figure of Speech, but I've broken the 30% mark and that makes me feel much better. I'm going to start outlining Never More after I return from New Orleans, and I'll be working on edits for Of Shadows and Ash very soon. I've filled out artform paperwork for Siren's Song, but since that won't be coming out until... probably late summer into fall, I don't expect to see edits until mid-year. I'll let you know once I have a date.

Last but not least, I've seen a mock-up of the cover for The Fire Within, and it is smokin'. I should be able to share it with you within a week or two. I'm just waiting for final confirmation from the cover artists. 

Speaking of conventions, I finally have my full schedule up for both the Romantic Times Convention and the Lori Foster Reader/Author Get-Together. I've decided not to hit any of the off-site gatherings at RT due to my scooter being a pain in the butt. I'm going to hit the bar in the hotel on Mardi Gras night, and maybe get some rest. I've got a great costume for the Samhain Saints and Sinners party, and I'll be at the Harlequin Dance on Saturday night.

P.S. Have I mentioned it's Spring Break? And my kids are already driving me crazy?

Monday, March 10, 2014

Q&A on Coming Soon

I've been getting a lot of questions recently about my release schedule for this year, so I thought I'd try and answer them all in a single blog post.

I have less information than you may be happy with, but I do have some. Bear with me, because some of these I have a season, some a month, and some an actual date.

In eBook:

The Wizard King (Heart's Desire 3): Comes out June 17th.

The Fire Within (The Nephilim 2): Comes out in June, but I have no exact date or cover art yet.

Siren's Song (Gray Court 5): Should be coming out very late Summer into Fall. Not sure of exact date.

Not Broken (True Destiny 5): Just got a contract; I believe it will be late winter, no exact date set. I don't even have a page on my website for this one yet.

In Print:

Hecate's Own (Heart's Desire 2): Comes out April 1, 2014.

Bear Naked (Halle Shifters 3): Comes out February 3, 2015.

Once I have official release dates I'll update them on my website and the sidebar of my blog. I'll also post them to Facebook, Twitter, and if I remember, Tumblr and Pintrest. For monthly updates in your inbox, you can join my Yahoo!Group newsletter. It's set up so that I am the only one who can post, so you won't get spammed from it. You will have to become a member, but you do not need to have a Yahoo! email address. My copy of the newsletter goes to my Gmail account.

As for what I'm currently working on, I've just started the next Halle Shifter novel, Figure of Speech, featuring Jim and Chloe. It's going to be delayed by a week while I finish up some edits on The Fire Within, but I should have it to my editor no later than the end of May. I'll be submitting the synopsis for it next month. You can check my weekly progress on my website.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Sound Effects

Dusty was recently diagnosed with tinnitis, a condition where he hears sound when none is present, accompanied by mild hearing loss. ("See, dear? I really CAN'T hear you ask me to take out the trash!")

Most of the time he can deal with it, but at night, when all is quiet, it can get very annoying, to the point it interferes with his ability to fall asleep. His doctor recommended that he try white noise generators. My husband went looking for "white noise" and found two he really likes that seem to work.

One is the sound of rushing wind that makes me think of snowstorms. Since Delaware can get very windy, this doesn't bother me in the least.

The other one, though...

The other one...

Well, let's just say that there are certain consequences to being over forty.

The other night Dusty found it difficult to fall asleep, so he turned on the other noise. So I'm cuddled under the blankets, half asleep, when I hear the faintest whisper, the dulcet tones, the sound of the life-blood of the world.

Yup. Water.

Do you know what happens to an over-forty woman when she's curled up in bed, half asleep, and hears water? It goes something like this:

Well, that's pleasant. I can sleep to that.

I should probably ask him to turn it down. It's a little loud.

There's this sudden pressure...

A slowly growing need...

One that cannot be denied.

Damn it. I have to pee.

Of course, you argue with yourself. You just went, what, ten minutes ago? Not even a tiny pee-sized bladder could fill that quickly. But, no. The urge is there, and you'd better get your butt out of bed and on the toilet, because it's not going to let up any time soon. You certainly aren't going to sleep until your bladder is appeased. So off you go, grumbling under your breath, park your behind on the freezing toilet seat and learn that trickle down doesn't only apply to economics, because really, bladder? Really? You bugged me for six drops?


So you clean up, climb back under the nice warm covers, and soon...

Duuude.. You have got to be kidding me.

Meanwhile, your husband is lying there, wondering why the hell you're cursing his family to the umpteenth generation, totally forgetting they're your kids, too, because when you gotta go, you gotta go, but damn it you just WENT! 


So it's off to the toilet once more, where, suprise, suprise, the only thing that happens is you stub your toe on the cat.

You climb back into bed, wondering how quickly you'll be hopping back out again, when the hubby says, "You know, I can't sleep. I think I'll try the other noise."

Ah, the sweet sound of wind, sweet, sweet... wait...

As you turn over, you stare at your beloved and ask, "Did you just fart?"

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Winner and New Release: Bear Naked

The winner of an ARC of Bear Naked is...

Halle Shifters Book 3
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Length: Novel
ISBN: 978-1-61921-838-3

To win a frightened heart, you have to bare your own.

Any woman would be eager to be Ryan Williams’s mate. Any woman but Glory Walsh. The sexy bear shifter is beautiful, strong and persistent, she’ll give him that. But Glory’s past taught her one simple truth: people leave. She can’t get past the fact he left her once before. Okay, so he had a good reason, and he did come back. Try convincing her emotions.

When Glory finally agrees to a date, Ryan feels like shouting hallelujah. He only left his mate to hunt down the man who’d shot her, but convincing the stubborn woman she has a permanent place at his side is tougher than he thought.

Their date takes a turn for the bizarre when Glory thanks Ryan for the series of romantic gifts—gifts Ryan never sent. It seems her past is coming back to bite her, and before it has a chance to sink its teeth in and tear her out of his life, Ryan will have to bare it all, right down to his soul, to protect the woman he loves. Even from herself.

Warning: This title contains explicit sex, graphic language, a blue-haired heroine, and a hero who isn’t afraid to get all kinds of naked.


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"I had the right to remain silent, but I didn't have the ability." Ron White

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"I think that statue over there is a statement on modern life. The statement is, "Well, shit." - Varric, Dragon Age II

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"Last night, I lay in bed looking up at the stars in the sky and thought to myself, "Where the heck is the ceiling?" - Dilbert

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"Silence is golden. Duct tape is silver." - Unknown

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