Sunday, June 29, 2014

I Put the Pro in Procrastination

Guess what I'm doing today?


Yes, that's right. I'm editing Of Shadows and Ash.

There are times when the edits are going well, and you feel...well, sort of like Maria. The book is alive with the sound of words, right? Nothing can stop you, and you're on top of the world.


And then there are days when edits make you feel...well...


So here I am, on the second round of edits for Shadows, the third Maggie's Grove book. It's a Sunday, and I spent Saturday running errands and, of course, editing. So today I wake up early, make my coffee, settle down in front of my computer, and by page ten I was holding a pillow over my face to muffle my screams.


All right. I'll be honest here. Part of it may be that it's a Sunday, and I'd much rather be playing video games. It could be that the stuff being edited was brand new material and needed to be gone over with a fine-tooth comb, meaning more work on a day I usually call Jammie Sunday. It could also be my new meds, which make me sleep like a zom-zom.



Or, it could be that I'd rather be playing video games.




Come to think of it, I could totally go for some pizza right now too.



Damn it. Is it lunch time already?


Ugh. I need to get myhead back in the game, right? So... hot guys?


I think my brain is trying to tell me something.



 No, brain! Not now. I... must... EDIT!


Sigh. Back to work.


Tuesday, June 17, 2014

New Release and New Look

First off, let's address the new look! Ms. Kendra of Creations by Kendra made me a beautiful new logo.

You like? I do!

Now, because I'm not nearly as good as she is, my blog is kind of...messed up. I'm working on figuring out how to fix it, so bear with me while I remember my HTML. Trust me, I hate that tiling background thingie as much as you do. I want a nice, smooth background like my website has.

I'll figure it out. It might involve some cursing, chocolate, and lots of sobbing, but it will get done.


Second, I have a NEW RELEASE TODAY!

Heart's Desire Book 3
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Length: Novel
ISBN: 978-1-61921-975-5

The toughest battle he’s ever faced is convincing her she’s the queen of his soul.

Gareth Beckett takes the wizard throne in three days, and the woman who stole his heart is missing. Hoping with everything in him that it will call her back to his side, he casts the Beckett mate spell.

One minute, Genevieve Godwin is knocking on Gareth’s door to tell him she’s had a vision warning of a threat to his life. The next, she’s pinned to his sofa, trying to explain her recent absence to one very irate werewolf wizard.

Ever since Gen was forced to use her warlock powers to save him, he’s barely made eye contact. And now he wants her to be his queen? She’s a Hecate’s Own, not a princess. Her place is on the trail of evil—especially her own brothers—to bring them to justice, not sipping tea and making small talk.

Gareth is determined to keep her at his side, and not only to keep her safe. Between scheming courtiers, the threat of the Godwin brothers and Gen’s insistence that she be allowed to continue her work as one of Hecate’s Own, Gareth is about to lose his mind. It will take a powerful combination of witch, wizard and warlock to stop the magical coup d’├ętat that could destroy them all.

Warning: This title contains explicit sex, graphic language, and a king who can't live without his queen.

As far as I can tell all of the buy links are live!

Monday, June 2, 2014

Where The Hell Have You Been?

Short answer: MOVING.

Long answer:

Dusty and I had a house built that's more handicap friendly, so we've been unpacking, and building furniture, and getting the pets used to their new home, and setting up our offices, and working, and...



Add in two cons, plus edits, plus writing Figure of Speech, and I've been a busy little bee.

Oh, here's the new office. My desk hasn't arrived yet (it's backordered...of course), but other than that it's mostly set up. I even have a fireplace in here you can't see because my back is to it.


Not the neatest space in the world, but that's how Dana do.

(Yes, I've been watching way too many Zefrank videos on YouTube in between insane boughts of do-ing. Also, remember, people. Eat your vegetables, or you too will look like a freaky, freaky little tarsier.)


So basically, the level of insanity has been ramped up in Casa de Bell, possibly because of the freaky little tarsier. I mean, look at him. That's the same look my kids give me when I ask if they have homework while they're playing video games.

OH! Before I forget: LORI FOSTER READER AUTHOR GET-TOGETHER! I'll be at the Friday night book signing!

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?





Favorite Quotes

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

"So let me get this straight. You want me to kill the little guys, kill the big guys, crowd control those I can't, buff the team, debuff the boss, keep myself alive, AND keep you alive, all while waving a stick and dressed in a towel?" - Anonymous Role Playing Gamer

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

"Why is it all claws and guns? Can't we piss off a fuzzy planet? Still dangerous, but hey. Bunnies." - Joker, Mass Effect

"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


"I swear by my pretty floral bonnet, I will end you." - Capt. Mal Reynolds

"It is only when you fall that you learn whether you can fly." - Flemeth, aka The Witch of the Wilds, Dragon Age 2

"The very existence of flamethrowers proves that sometime, somewhere, someone said to themselves, 'You know, I want to set those people over there on fire, but I’m just not close enough to get the job done.'” - George Carlin

"I hear there's a wild bridge tournament down the street. And you know Bridge. It's a lot like sex. If you don't have a great partner, you'd better have a good hand." Barry Weiss, Storage Wars

"You know, I used to think it was awful that life was so unfair. Then I thought, wouldn't it be much worse if life were fair, and all the terrible things that happen to us come because we actually deserve them? So, now I take great comfort in the general hostility and unfairness of the universe." - Marcus Cole, Babylon 5, "A Late Delivery From Avalon"

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

"Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid." - Albert Einstein

“If you think you can or think you cannot, you are correct.” - Henry Ford