Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Links to free and sale books!

I hope that everyone is having a very happy holiday season! In the next couple days I'll probably do a post on some of my favorite books of 2011, but for now, I'd like to point you in the direction of some free and or/sale books by some of my favorite authors as well as a special promotion on one of my own books. I've, unfortunately, not had time to read most of the novellas I'm linking to yet, but like I said, favorite authors, so I have a lot of confidence in their quality. 

First up is a free Kate Daniels novella by the writing team published as Ilona Andrews. Someone just directed me to it, and I haven't had time to read it yet, but it's a limited time offer, so I wanted to go ahead and link everyone. (I imagine that has spoilers for those of you not familiar with the series).

Next on the list is the novella Easy Pickings written by Faith Hunter and C. E. Murphy. They both have a special fan discount on their sites. Which you can find HERE (Faith) or HERE (C E Murphy) This is a cross over novella for only 1.99 by two amazing authors.

Karen Chance, author of the Cassandra Palmer and Dorina  Basarab series has an entire page of free short stories and novellas. She offers warnings of which fall where in the series and will contain spoilers, so definitely go check it out!

Lastly, I'm not sure if I mentioned this before on the blog, but for those of you who haven't checked out my Haven novels yet but are interested and members of Amazon Prime, the kindle now has a new lending library, and ONCE BITTEN is on it! So, if you'd like to 'rent' ONCE BITTEN, it is now available.

Enjoy everyone. I hope you're having a happy and safe holiday!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Prince Charming

As many of you know if you've seen me at events (or seen pictures from events), I like conversation pieces on my table. It started with a tombstone I picked up before the release party of Grave Witch and has slowly expanded since then. All of the items I display I can justify as tying into my books in some manner (though sometimes it's a stretch). From the tombstone fitting because Alex is a Grave Witch to my adorable little vamplet because of the vampires in the Haven novels, I consider them appropriate. But I've never actually had a table piece that tied directly into any of the books.

Until now.

Recently I commission artist Angela Woodruff to create a stuffed version of PC from the Alex Craft novels. We had several discussions about what he looks like and his personality before she started working and the end results just arrived today.

What do you think? Isn't he adorable!

I'm thrilled with the results, and he will definitely be making appearances at my upcoming events. I hope you'll stop by and check him out at my table (though he's not a toy so pet him gently. LOL).

If you'd like to look a more of Angela's work, check her out on facebook at Rabid Rags.

Happy Thursday everyone, and for those of you heading out for the holidays soon, safe travels to you.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Hallo Deutschland!

There are milestones in every career. In publishing, the first of these milestones is probably the very first time you write the magical words "The End" followed by new markers at each stage of your career. Each is new and exciting, and I'm very happy to announce that today I've crossed one of those milestones.

Today my very first foreign language book hits shelves!

DER KUSS DER EWIGKEIT is the German language version of ONCE BITTEN, the first novel of Haven. As has probably become apparent in previous posts, I don't speak a word of German, so I'm using a translator. But,  to my new German readers who stumble on this post, I just want to say:

Vielen Dank für das Lesen der Kuss der Ewigkeit! Ich hoffe, Sie genießen das Buch! 

(That should translate to "Thank you for reading The Kiss of Eternity. I hope you enjoy the book!" --or at least I hope that's what it says and that I haven't announced I'm a jelly doughnut. ^_^)

Have a great Monday everyone! 

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Reasearch: Folklore

Hey everyone. This is a fly by post as I am counting down the hours (and words) until a looming deadline.

I've received a lot of questions recently about the research books I use in my writing, particularly for my Faeries and magic. Of course, I make a lot of things up (I am a writer after all) but especially in the Alex Craft novels, I like to incorporate some traditional folklore. And as I can't run off to the UK to hear these stories first hand (those that are left in the oral tradition, that is--so much has been lost). My main source for research is from books.

 I've slowly been scanning my research books into goodreads (love their iphone bar-code reader--though some of my books are too old to have bar codes) and I've finally managed to get a decent number of my folklore books scanned into the goodreads system.  Which means I can share them with you!  The ones I recommend most have the highest star ratings, but just because I haven't added stars yet doesn't mean I don't like the book--it might be that I haven't decided yet or just haven't had time to review it recently enough to to make my suggestion (as a whole, I only have a few complete flops on my shelves, but I don't think I scanned any of them into this list).

Anyway, for those looking for more information on Faeries and Folklore, here is a decent list to start perusing.  Enjoy!

Kalayna's bookshelf: folklore

A Dictionary of English FolkloreThe Fairy Faith in Celtic CountriesBritish Goblins: Welsh Folklore, Fairy Mythology, Legends, and TraditionsThe Welsh Fairy Book:Irish Fairy TalesBloody Irish

More of Kalayna's books »

And, for anyone curious, here is my wishlist of books I'm hoping to get my hands on in the futre (at least, the ones listed on Amazon). As I haven't actually read any of them, I can't vouch for their quality, but they do look interesting: Wishlist .

And that's a look into one aspect of my research reading habits. I hope this helps those looking to learn more about classic folklore!

Thursday, December 08, 2011

A Signing and the German cover for Grave Witch

Hey everyone. I have two exciting bits of information to share today. The first is that I will be participating in the Booknack's annual Author Festival this Saturday (December 10th). There will be authors signing books throughout the day, and I'm slotted to sign between 5 and 7pm, so if you're in the Rock Hill or surrounding area, I hope to see you there!

As my second bit of news, I'm very excited to share that a facebook friend linked me to the German cover for Grave Witch (yes, a friend found it before I did, these things happen).  According to Babel Fish translator, the German title is Of death entices. (If you speak German and that translation is wrong, please let me know as I'm trusting a computer translator and they tend toward unreliable.) I thought that title sounded skeptical. Thank you Mary Lee for the correct translation of the title as Seduced by Death.  (Gee, I wonder which character the German editor likes best. LOL)

So what do you think?

Personally, I think it's a striking cover, and the model is definitely cute--but I have no idea who he is supposed to be. No dark haired, blue eyed, mustached hunks in this particular book. That is a kickass tattoo though. ^_^

Okay, that's it for me today. I hope to see you this weekend at the signing!