Wednesday, January 31, 2007
As you know, I have a book coming out next month. Bound By Marriage is a short contemporary set in New Zealand. It's a different book from my paranormals but it rocks (but then I would say that, wouldn't I?).
Here's your chance to decide for yourself. I'm going to give away several copies - all you have to do to be in to win is leave a comment on this post within the next twenty-four hours. I'll pick the winners tomorrow and put up their names later on in the day.
I know some of you have already got the book or ordered it (you are awesome!). If you win, I'll happily send you a copy of one of my other Sil Desires.
A note of interest for those of you aiming to write for Sil Desire: this is the first one of my Desire books to come out under the new guidelines.
Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Chris Marie Green
Ace, February 6, 2007
Welcome to Hollywood—after dark…
Stuntwoman Dawn Madison is a girl with attitude—and a lot of issues, mostly about living up to the legacy of her mother, a world famous movie star whose untimely death left Dawn to be raised by her dad Frank, nobody’s notion of single-father-of-the-year. Now that she’s grown up, she and Frank aren’t on the best of terms, to say the least.
Still, he is her dad, and when he vanishes while investigating the bizarre sighting—caught on film—of a supposedly long-dead child star, she comes home to Tinseltown to join the search for him. Working with his colleagues—a psychic short in stature but big in dreams, a beautiful Latina techno-geek, and the P. I. firm’s never-seen boss—she discovers an erotic and bloody underground society made up of creatures she thought existed only on screen.
They are devious. They are deadly. And some of them are dangerously attractive…
Book teaser link
ABOUT CHRIS MARIE GREEN
Chris Marie Green also writes as Crystal Green for Silhouette Bombshell and Special Edition, plus Harlequin Blaze. Her first vampire book, THE HUNTRESS, allowed her to indulge in her love of horror movies and novels. NIGHT RISING is book one of the Vampire Babylon trilogy.
Night Rising – Vampire Babylon is the first book in a new trilogy set in the exciting world of paranormal Hollywood…. Described as a noir-mystery-fantasy series, it is dark, erotic and compelling reading – Amanda at Lovevampires.Com
Green's storytelling prowess is hitting on all cylinders in Night Rising: a brilliantly developed plotline; compelling, realistically drawn characters; and enough ghoulish antagonists, horrific murders and erotic encounters to satisfy fans of all genres. Regardless of categorization, Green's latest is pure, unadulterated storytelling gold. Highly recommended. -Paul Goat Allen, Barnes and Noble
Chris Marie Green does a wonderful job of bringing this gritty, dark novel to life…. If this is the first installment of the VAMPIRE BABYLON series, I can’t wait to see where [the author] takes the rest of the books. – The Best Reviews
Monday, January 29, 2007
Okay, that's me. What's new in your neck of the woods?
Sunday, January 28, 2007
#10: Jennifer L.
Email me your addresses at nalinisinghwrites @ gmail.com and we'll get them in the mail to you. Hope you all enjoy the book!
Friday, January 26, 2007
Me, hmm, if I wasn't already madly in love with this book I'm writing, I think I'd be up for a western - with a prim heroine and a larger than life cowboy hero. There would be sparks, frontier stuff and lots and lots of passion!
Thursday, January 25, 2007
But at the same time, I've heard a lot of people worrying about the lack of completely stand-alone books. I must admit, there does seem a shortage of them - in the paranormal arena particularly. As an author, I think part of that is because most paranormals require intricate world-building, which means you can't explore everything in one go. Therefore the series. Personally speaking, I am loving writing a series because I get to develop both my world and my characters, as the series continues.
However, I also love stand-alone books because of the feelings of closure, of a definite HEA. (Though I do occasionally feel compelled to imagine more of a future for them than is shown in the book.)
So, how about you? Do you want more stand-alone books, or do you love interconnected books? What's the appeal (of either/both)?
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
Read the full details of the giveway here, but basically, if you win, I'm asking that you please do a review somewhere in the week of Feb 26-March 3.
FYI: I'll be giving away more than one ARC this week :) Winners posted on Sunday!
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
Today I've got an Out of the Blogosphere tour book for you. Check out the details below. The cover is amazing!
PROTECTOR OF THE FLIGHT by Robin D. Owens
Luna February 1, 2007
Fans of Anne McCaffrey and Mercedes Lackey will appreciate the novel's honorable protagonists and their lively animal companions.
If horses could fly...
Then Calli Torcher might ride again. But a devastating accident left her in such pain, she thought the chimes and chanting in her ears were a hallucination...until she found herself transported to another world, and met the Lladranans who had Summoned her.
Lladrana was a parallel, magical earth filled with exotic creatures, noble humans and magic– all threatened by an encroaching evil.
And when the might volarans stopped obeying the Chevaliers, the flying horses' unexpected rebellion had thrown Lladrana into an uproar. In desperation, the sorcerers had sought help from afar - and gotten Calli. If she could fulfill this mission perhaps she would also finally find all she had longed for – a mate, a home, a family. But against this great darkness she had no battle experience, no strategy plans. She had only a bond with horses...
ABOUT ROBIN D. OWENS
Robin D. Owens has been writing longer than she cares to recall. Her fantasy/futuristic romances finally found a home at Berkley with the issuance of HeartMate in December 2001. She credits the telepathic cat with attitude in selling that book. Since then, Heart Thief was a launch book for Berkley Sensation in June 2003, Heart Duel was published in 2004, Heart Choice in 2005, and Heart Quest in 2006. Her Luna Books series includes shape-shifting fairies and average American women Summoned into another world to fight monstrous evil.
Owens has an easy and engaging writing style which, when combined with her intriguing characters and interesting setting, makes for a fast and compelling read.
This is among the most joyful series of novels in any genre...when the ending page arrives, YOU feel the Snap, pulling you reluctantly back to the real world. Ms. Owens has mastered characterization, interweaving the lives of previous main characters with those of the new expertly, so you meet new friends and catch up on the old. – Amanda Killgore, Huntress Reviews
Monday, January 22, 2007
Like Julie Garwood, a lot of authors change sub-genres during their writing career. Some change direction completely, while others write in several. I'm a case in point, writing both short categories (hypnotic suggestion: you want to preorder Bound By Marriage *g*) and single title paranormals.
As readers, how far would you follow an author? Would you give their first 'different' book a shot and see how you felt? Or would it depend on the genre? Would you follow them into an arena where you wouldn't usually read?
Sunday, January 21, 2007
Friday, January 19, 2007
As of today, I'm putting my head down to work on the 4th book in the Psy/Changeling series, so my blogging may leave something to be desired. Keep me company - tell me what you're planning to get up to this weekend.
Thursday, January 18, 2007
Okay, that's my happy news. Time to share yours!
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
The full details are here, but basically, if you win, I'm asking that you do a review somewhere in the week of Feb 36-March 3. Simple!
I'll draw this week's winner on Sunday morning.
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
Is hooking up with someone 20 years your junior like tapping into your own personal fountain of youth? Or, are you better off with someone who actually gets your references and doesn't think Watergate is the latest brand of bottled H2O?From an interesting article about age differences in relationships. The article's about the real deal, but applying it to fiction, do you find it easy to swallow a May-Dec relationship? Is there a cutoff after which the difference becomes too much?
Monday, January 15, 2007
The emotions between Declan and Gwen are very intense, and the fact that they have a history together further raises the tension. I was sucked in from page one (when Gwen's fiance runs off with both hers and Declan's money!). Intrigued? Check out the blurb here.
I've been reading a lot lately (as you can tell from all the book-related posts) but I think that's about to slow down as I set myself to completing the first draft of book 4 in the Psy/Changeling series (after doing the final edits on Caressed By Ice and Beat of Temptation (novella)). My first drafts tend to be very rough but I love doing them. It's such a rush to get the whole book out there. Then I get to play with it for months! :)
That's what I'm up to. You?
Sunday, January 14, 2007
Congratulations! If you haven't won yet, don't worry, I'm still giving them away till the end of January. And for the last week, I'll see if I can drum up more than one ARC so you have more chances to win.
Saturday, January 13, 2007
Friday, January 12, 2007
Here's the blurb:
She must choose between her people and her freedom...I know exactly why people were so excited about this book. It's a fresh new world, with great characters. Keir is a wonderful warlord of a hero. And Lara is a heroine you want to cheer on as she finds her way through the warrior camp of an enemy.
Xylara is the Daughter of the Warrior King, Xyron. With her father dead and her incompetent half-brother on the throne, the kingdom is in danger of falling to the warring Firelanders.
Before she was old enough for a marriage-of-alliance, Xylara was trained as a healer. She can't usurp her brother or negotiate a peace--but she can heal the brave ones injured in battle.
But not only her countrymen are wounded, and Xylara's conscience won't let Firelander warriors die when she can do something to save them. She learns their language and their customs and tries to make them as comfortable as possible, despite their prisoner-of-war status.
She never expects that these deeds, done in good faith, would lead to the handsome and mysterious Firelander Warlord demanding her in exchange for a cease-fire. Xylara knows must trade the life she has always known for the well-being of her people, and so she becomes..
Their developing relationship is beautifully drawn and sucked me in from the start. Lovely book. Anybody else read it? Opinions?
Thursday, January 11, 2007
Second, if anyone knows Robin Snodgrass (ARC Winner #4), can you let her know she won? Otherwise, I'll have to redraw.
Entries are now open for the Visions of Heat ARC contest. Full details here. Basically, if you win, I'm asking that you do a review somewhere in the week of Feb 26-March 3. Easy!
Just leave a comment to be entered. If you've entered previously and didn't win, you're still entered. :)
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
Tuesday, January 09, 2007
Bantam/Dell December 26, 2006
She's all curves and combat boots.
He's six feet of lean, dangerous male.
Join them in a game of survival.
That's as real - and hot - as it gets.
Martial arts, jungle warfare - Derek's done it all. But his latest mission is more dangerous than a stick of dynamite. Try telling that to the sexy, adrenaline-pumped actress who's got his libido racing off the charts. As the heat rises between them and real-life violence erupts, suddenly Derek and Gina are on the run...and when they uncover a secret so explosive it could blow the lid of their so-called reality show, these two unlikely heroes are about to discover what surviving's really about....
Jaci Burton was born and raised in
Big applause goes to
Fantastic reading is in store for paranormal fans with Jaci Burton’s new series about fighting demons. It’s a great good vs. evil story that will leave you breathless at times with the chills and thrills, and ready to take a cold shower at others as two of the neatest hero’s and heroine’s pull out all the stops as they get beneath the sheets, and behind their weapons. – Reader to Reader Reviews
Monday, January 08, 2007
2. Typed in 3000 words on book 4 of the Psy/Changeling series. (I write most of the first draft longhand). But I was feeling exceptionally lazy this weekend so not much got inputted. I'm still nutting out ideas so don't ask me what it's about yet!
3. Finished an email interview, sent in info for another, answered the three million emails I had to let build up last week because of other life factors.
4. Spent wayyyy too much time catching up on the blogs I read.
5. Slept in.
6. Ate chocolate biscuits, a chocolate bar and french-vanilla ice-cream.
7. Watched an episode of Child of Our Time.
As you can see I had a very *ahem* energetic weekend. So, what did you get up to?
Sunday, January 07, 2007
Congratulations! Email me your address at nalinisinghwrites @ gmail.com and we'll get that in the mail to you.
Saturday, January 06, 2007
I think Reese Witherspoon is an awesome actress (mental tangent: have you seen Election? Trust me, it's hilarious) and though I haven't seen much of Mark Ruffalo's stuff, he was great in this. They had onscreen chemistry and most important, they had the emotion. Loved it!
Seen it? What did you think? Any other movie recommendations?
Friday, January 05, 2007
The Jan udates for my website have been done.
Editor Lucia Macro talks about what she does When At Work.
Author MJ Rose talks about how the "audio book revolution is ripe to take off".
Gena Showalter is giving away a copy of The Nymph King.
Bookslut has up it's Best Covers of 2006. From my quick glance, I see no genre books in there, so let's hold our own poll - what covers did you love this year?
And finally, you gotta hand it to those Aussies. Apparently a library in Oz has introduced:
...speed-dating nights for lovers of classic texts.
The state library of Victoria in Melbourne introduced dating with a literary twist after the idea was raised at a staff party.
Those who attend must bring a book they either love or loathe as a conversation starter, ensuring there are no uneasy silences during the series of five-minute dates.
I love it! At least you'll know your date can read ;)
Thursday, January 04, 2007
You can find the full details here, but in basic terms, if you win an ARC, I'm asking you to do a review in the week of Feb 26-March 3. Easy!
I'll pick a random winner Sunday morning my time. Leave a comment anytime before then to be entered into the draw.
Wednesday, January 03, 2007
Here's the blurb for Goddess of Spring:
Lina's trendy bakery in Tulsa is proving to be less than lucrative, and she must come up with a plan. When she stumbles upon an Italian Goddess cookbook, Lina can't help but think she's found the answer to her problem even if it means invoking a goddess to save her business.What I love about the heroine in this book is that she's so sensible. That doesn't sound very exciting, but Lina is a fabulous character. She's thrown out of her element, but she makes the best of it. She's sympathetic, funny and shows the sense of wonder any one of us would probably feel if we were thrust into the world of the Gods.
Soon enough, Lina finds herself face-to-face with Demeter, who has a plan of her own. She proposes that Lina exchange souls with Persephone, the Goddess of Spring, who will breathe new life into the bakery. In return, Lina must set order to the Underworld.
Before all this, Lina's problems mostly involved sourdough and second dates. Now that she embodies the enchanting Persephone, Lina has weightier things on her mind, like the formidable task of bringing Spring to a world of spirits. But when the handsome,brooding Hades kindles a spark in her heart, Lina wonders if this Lord of the Underworld might be the man of her dreams.
Hades as a hero is plain yummy. Can you get any more tall, dark and handsome?
I loved everything about this book. Recommended thrice over!
Tuesday, January 02, 2007
Not only do they have an awesome video review of Meljean Brook's Demon Angel (me want!) but they have an interview with the fabulous Cindy Hwang (my editor at Berkley (whom I absolutely adore)!).