Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Mysticon is this weekend! (and a plea for suggestions)

This weekend I will be Roanoke, VA for MystiCon. Here is a quick look at my schedule for the event:

Fri

8:00 PM

Boardroom 1

How To Be a Dark Hunter

Determined to vanquish evil in the night. Join Sherrilyn and our other panelists as they discuss how you too can be a dark hunter and protect humanity from things that go bump in the night.

Sat

10:00 AM

Dogwood 2

Sympathy for The Devil - Liking the Bad Guy

We all love to hate the bad guy. The best villains keep fans yearning for more. What makes them so intriguing and how do you write the villain without him/her becoming a caricature.

Sat

1:00 PM

Signing Table

Kalanya Price Signing

Sat

6:00 PM

Restaurant

Koffee Klatch

Readings by several of our authors.

Sat

8:00 PM

Boardroom 1

Where's the Line? Handling Potentially Offensive Topics in Your Work

How do you decide how far to go with humor, language, violence, sex and other situations? Do creators have a responsibility to police themselves, or does anything go?

Sat

9:00 PM

Boardroom 1
When True Crime Meets the Occult
What happens when the savvy police investigator meets a zombie? How much do paranormal PIs share in common with crime and forensic novels? Join authors from both sides as they discuss the similarities and differences.

Now you see that first panel I'm on? The "How to be a Dark Hunter" one? I  found out today that I'm moderating that panel. I don't moderate often and don't think I'm particularly good at it because it means I have to interpret the description and lead the discussion. And this one? That's a a doozy. What is a writing panel with four authors on it about when the description is: "Determined  to vanquish evil in the night. Join Sherrilyn and our other panelists  as they discuss how you too can be a dark hunter and protect humanity  from things that go bump in the night." 


What do you think? Does that make it a "how to write a dark hero/heroine" panel? Something else entirely? What would you expect if you showed up to the panel? What kind of topics would you want the writers to discuss? I need to walk into that room with a couple questions and topics so we don't end up all staring at each other. LOL.

So what would you ask? Where would you take the panel? (By the way, the panelists are Sherrilyn Kenyon, Alethea Kontis, Faith Hunter, and well, me of course. ^_^)

Okay, that gets the panicked plea for suggestions out of the way. (You did know authors are nervous up there at the front of the room, right?) Now back to the Con as a whole. So who is going? I hope to see you there!

Friday, February 17, 2012

Reminder about Event Tonight!




Just a reminder that tonight NYT bestselling author Faith Hunter and I will be at Barnes and Noble on Forest Dr tonight from six until eight pm tonight. We'll have a short talk and Q&A session followed by a signing. I hope that you'll join us. We'd love to see you!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Grave Memory cover copy and other news

Today I'm very happy to share with you the back cover copy for GRAVE MEMORY. So now all of those who have been asking me what the book is about, I can now tell you!


Grave Memory: An Alex Craft novel by Kalayna Price
When the dead need to talk, Alex Craft is always ready to listen…

As a Grave Witch, Alex solves murders by raising the dead—an ability that comes at a cost, and after her last few cases, that cost is compounding. But her magic isn’t the only thing causing havoc in her life. While she’s always been on friendly terms with Death himself, things have recently become a whole lot more close and personal. Then there’s her sometime partner, agent Falin Andrews, who is under the glamour of the Winter Queen. To top everything off, her best friend has been forever changed by her time spent captive in Faerie.
But the personal takes a backseat to the professional when a mysterious suicide occurs in Nekros City and Alex is hired to investigate. The shade she raises has no memory of the days leading up to his brutal ending, so despite the very public apparent suicide, this is murder. But what kind of magic can overcome the human will to survive? And why does the shade lack the memory of his death? Searching for the answer might mean Alex won’t have a life to remember at all…

And, speaking of Grave Memory, I've now created a countdown widget. You can see it at the top of the right column if you are reading this in blogger. But just in case you are reading this elsewhere, here is the countdown:







Please feel free to take it and re-post it where ever you see fit!


In other news, I sent February's newsletter off today and somehow a glitch occurred and several subscribers reported missing images. I'm so sorry about that. You can find a copy of the newsletter (with images) HERE.

Okay, that's it for me today. Happy Wednesday everyone!

Monday, February 06, 2012

Winners!

Thank you everyone who helped me get the word out about the UK release of GRAVE DANCE! The random number generator has spoken, and we have winners.

Congratulations to: Melliane and jbon! If you will write me with your shipping information and who you'd like your book signed to at Contests (AT) Kalayna (DOT) com I will send you your book and handmade bookmark.

To those who didn't win, I'd still love to thank you for helping me get the word out by sending you something. How does bookmarks (sorry, not handmade) and a signed bookplate sound? If you're interested, send me an email at Kalayna (at) Kalayna (dot) com  with the subject line Get the word out! Be sure to include your shipping information and who you'd like the bookplate made out to and I'll get them in the mail.

Thank you again everyone who helped get the word out!
Have a great Monday.

Thursday, February 02, 2012

GRAVE DANCE goes overseas! And a contest!

Hello United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand! Did  you know that GRAVE DANCE hits your shores (and e-readers) today? It's true! 

In Alex's second adventure, something foul is afoot in Nekros City, but as Alex begins investigating the murder case, it quickly becomes apparent that the only thing someone wants her to find is a dead end--her own. 
To read an excerpt click HERE.  (Note, excerpt contains spoilers from book one. If you haven't checked out GRAVE WITCH yet, you can read and excerpt HERE)

As the official release day for the UK version of GRAVE DANCE, the second Alex Craft novel,  I think it's a good time to do a "get the word out" contest: UK version.

Entering is easy. Simply tweet, blog, google+, facebook--whatever social media you like--the news about the release and include a link back to this blog post, to the excerpt (HERE) or a site selling the book (Amazon UK HERE, iBooks HERE, Book Depository HERE,  or anywhere else books are sold) Once you share the news, just stop back by the blog and share a link to where you helped get the word out. Each place you share the news will get your one entry into the contest.

Of course, it wouldn't a contest without a prize. So what am I giving away? Two signed copies of the UK version of the first book, GRAVE WITCH each with a ribbon bookmark handmade by me! The two winners will be drawn using a random number generator, so the more places you share the news, the higher your chance of winning!

The contest will close Sunday at 11:59 pm EST and I'll announce winners on Monday February 5th. This contest is open internationally (obviously). So please help me get the word out about the Grave Dance's release!