Six Sentence Sunday--better late than never, I guess.

So I missed the deadline for signing up for Six Sentence Sunday--AGAIN! But the always awesome and enormously talented Alanna Coca and Dee Carney  encouraged me to post this anyway. Thank you, ladies. You rock!

This is from the brand-spanking-new, as yet unreleased second book in the Children of Night series, Old Sins, Long Shadows, for which I have just been offered a contract.Can you tell how excited I am about this?

An instant later, however, even curiosity deserted him under the weight of a momentous discovery. Damian’s lips seemed to fit Conrad’s mouth so perfectly it was as though they’d been divinely crafted for just that purpose. Made for me. The thought was so alien it would have shocked him had he still been able to think clearly, but Damian’s tongue darted between Conrad’s lips and hunger churned anew. Thinking clearly was no longer a possibility. He was made for me. 

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A Buggy Kind of Day

I think Mary Chapin Carpenter said it best: "Sometimes you're the windshield, sometimes you're the bug." And I'm having a buggy kind of day...week...month...whatever. The kind of day when *gasp!* even chocolate doesn't help. A nice, hot bubble bath might, but my new tattoo is still healing, so no baths for me.

You ever have one of those days--days when even the smallest things annoy you; days when the good news you're waiting to hear or the new books you're hoping will arrive...doesn't/don't come?

It's one of those days when I feel like Mike in this scene from Let Me Count the Ways (available HERE): 

“Claire.” Mike groaned in response. He pulled me close once more, muttering between kisses, “You don’t know what it does when you say those things. These last weeks have been hell. I couldn’t eat, couldn’t sleep, couldn’t think straight.”

Huh? Bracing my hands against his chest, I pushed him away a little. “Why’s that?”
“Because! I didn’t know where I stood with you, or what you wanted. You were so vague when I asked about seeing you again. And you left so quickly.”

What the hell? “Mike, I was perfectly clear. I said it would be nice, didn’t I? Or something to that effect.”

He groaned again. “That’s just what I mean. Too vague. Too polite. I wanted a simple yes or no.”

Amused now, I couldn’t help but murmur, “Really? You’d rather I’d said no?”

Yep, that's me all right. I don't really want the answer I'm waiting for to be "no," but at this point it would almost be a relief. I guess I just want the suspense to be over. 

So, what about you? Ever have days like this? Is there anything in particular you do to make yourself feel better? If there is, I'd love to hear about it!

Meanwhile, here's Mary singing today's theme song. Enjoy!


When is a Serial More than a Serial?

When is a multi-part serial story posted on a blog more than just another free read? When it's the Zillionaire Vampire Cowboy's Secret Werewolf Babies--that's when!

Not sure if you believe me? Well check out the awesome trailer:

Starting tomorrow--September 9th--and continuing every Thursday until January 6th, the Nine Naughty Novelists invite you to join them in beautiful, bucolic Bloodsuck, Texas for a story that some of us have described as "laugh out loud funny" "stupendously hysterical" a "steamy western paranormal category multi-part romance mashup and "the most historically accurate vampire-cowboy-werewolf-baby story ever penned."*

* Important Announcement: recent FTC guidelines regarding endorsements, testimonials, etc. may require us to make the following Critical Disclosure.  The opinions expressed in the previous paragraph may have been solicited by us and from us. However, they were based solely on the opinions of us...not that we'd ever be biased or anything.  In addition, these opinions do not, in any way, shape or form have anything whatsoever to do with our having gotten to read the free story for free. We double-dutch pinkie swear and totally cross our hearts on that!

But wait! It gets even better! The Zillionaire Vampire Cowboy wants to give you a little nookie...er, we mean a little nook.

Here's how it works: Every Thursday we post a new chapter and you post new comments. Every blog comment you post (one comment per chapter), and every tweet/retweet using the #bloodsuck hashtag (tweets/retweets are unlimited, check here for details) enters you in our contest and puts you in the running to win a free nook.

Every blog comment you leave earns you 5 entries.

Every time you tweet something about ZVCSWB using the #bloodsuck hashtag you earn 2 entries.

And every time you retweet something about ZVCSWB using the #bloodsuck hashtag, you earn an additional 1 entry.

Could we have made things any more complicated and given our Contest-Mistress-slash-Entry-Aggregator even more work to do? Yes. Would we? It's possible. Don't tempt us.

So come early, come often. Welcome to Bloodsuck. Have some wine.


Labor Day Blog Hop

Hello, blog hoppers and welcome to stop #12 on our tour! 

If any of you have wandered in here accidentally and are wondering how to get back to the start, it's simple. Just click on the banner at the top of this post and you'll be taken back to the beginning.

If previous tours are anything to go by, you're in for a lot of fun this weekend. There'll be gorgeous eye candy to entertain you along the way and lively chats and fabulous prizes awaiting you at the finish.

In keeping with the Labor Day theme, I've selected a few hard-working specimens for your approval.

Hard working men come in many different forms...and, yeah, I know, no one worked harder than James Brown..

Some men do work that's extremely demanding in a physical sense.

Others, not so much...

Some get paid for the work they do...

Others...well, let's just say their work is more of a labor of love.

What? You don't think he loves his car?

Finally, I'll leave you with a commercial...just because.

Have fun on the rest of your tour and don't forget our chats (7PM Friday, 5 PM Saturday, Noon on Sunday and 7 PM Monday--all times Easatern) at http://www.gemsivad.com/chat/

And if you're looking for more fun this holiday weekend, check out the Nine Naughty Novelists for a sneak peek at our hilarious upcoming serial, which debuts September 9th.

Theirs was a love nature never intended. Bigger than Texas. Hotter than Hades. Weirder than...a lot of other stuff you might have read...



There's a lot happening this month! This weekend I'll be taking part in a Labor Day Blog Hop. Details can be found HERE: http://www.liquidsilverbooks.com/forums/showthread.php?t=11943

And then, starting on the 9th of the month and continuing until January, The Nine Naught Novelists and I will be presenting one of the funniest little parodies I've ever been privileged to read--and participate in! 

Do I have a great job, or what?

Info on the serial can be found on our blog starting today. Go here for details: http://ninenaughtynovelists.blogspot.com/2010/08/soopersekritproject-revealed.html