Friday, December 24, 2010
Ho ho ho!
See you next year!
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Bromance isn't a real word, is it? Is it?
Here's a sample, shamelessly lifted from the Time newsfeed:
chillax calm down and relax
turducken a roast dish consisting of a chicken inside a duck inside a turkey (Emmeline: We're only just thinking of this?)
bargainous costing less than is usual or than might be expected; cheap or relatively cheap (I'm so using this one.)
staycation holiday spent in one's home country
fussbudget a fussy person (This wasn't a word? Huh.)
vuvuzela long horn blown by fans at soccer matches
national treasure someone/thing regarded as emblematic of anation's cultural heritage
buzzkill a person or thing that has a depressing or dispiriting effect
social media websites and applications used for social networking
microblogging the posting of very short entries on a blog
netbook small light laptop
dictionary attack an attempt to gain illicit access to a computer system by using a very large set of words to generate potential passwords
paywall an arrangement whereby access is restricted to users who have paid to subscribe to a website
freemium a business model, especially on the Internet, whereby basic services are provided free of charge while more advanced features must be paid for
automagically automatically and in a way that seems ingenious, inexplicable, or magical (Love it!)
carbon capture and storage the process of trapping and storing carbon dioxide produced by burning fossil fuels
geoengineering manipulation of environmental processeses in an attempt to counteract the effects of global warming
toxic debt debt which has a high risk of default
deleveraging the process or practice of reducing the level of one's debt by rapidly selling one's assets
overleveraged having taken on too much debt
quantitative easing the introduction of new money into the money supply by a central bank
exit strategy a pre-planned means of extricating oneself from a situation
overthink think about (something) too much or for too long
catastrophizing view or present a situation as considerably worse than it actually is
soft skills personal attributes that enable someone to interact effectively and harmoniously with other people
matchy-matchy excessively colour-coordinated
LBD little black dress
frenemy a person with whom one is friendly despite a fundamental dislike or rivalry
cheeseball lacking taste, style, or originality
cool hunter a person whose job it is to make observations or predictions about new styles and trends (Awesome!)
steampunk a genre of science fiction that typically features steam-powered machinery rather than advance technology
tweetup a meeting organized by means of posts on Twitter
bromance a close but non-sexual relationship between two men
wardrobe malfunction an instance of a person accidentally exposing an intimate part of their body as a result of an article of clothing slipping out of position
defriend another term for unfriend (remove someone from a list of friends or contacts on a social networking site)
Interweb the Internet
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
The schamozzle that is geographic restrictions.
It would be blissful, aside from the fact that I live in Australia, not the US. Which ordinarily isn't something I dwell upon. Until I want to buy a new ebook. Lots (read, most) new eBooks aren't available to us here in Oz. I can order the print book and have it mailed, no worries. BUT I WANT IT NOW! :)
This blogpost from Jane at Dear Author went a long way to dousing my grump. Thank you Jane. There is hope, hopefully. I await the day I don't ever, ever require giving over headspace to something such as this.
Take care all, E x
PS 07.11.10 - Jane's next instalment Geographic Restrictions, Take Two.
Sunday, October 31, 2010
The official launch of the Dark Side...DownUnder!
The best thing about this Halloween is the official launch of our new Aus/NZ spec-fic author blog:
Click on the banner to reach the new Darksiders blog, and comment to be in the running for one of two prizes.
Awesome! There's also a rundown of how the blog will work, and tips on what you can win, when. (Thanks Eleni!)
So, come on over to the Darkside!
Saturday, October 30, 2010
The Darksiders cometh!
Prepare for the following to pop into your PC:
Rowena Cory Daniells
Michelle de Rooy
Nicole R Murphy
Nicola E. Sheridan
As THIS SUNDAY--Halloween, people!-- is our launch date, ready yourselves for the virtual onslaught of fiction gore, ghosts, blood, vamps, aliens, spaceships, corpses and, oh yes...
Many thanks to Eleni and Keri for readying the DARKSIDERS TO GO!
Until then, mwahahahaha!
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Monday, October 18, 2010
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
I'm in! Check my pride badge...
Despite my best efforts to confuse everybody by mailing in my application to RWA just prior to the conference, I'm in!
What a fabulous place! I've caught up on the RWA's official journal, Hearts Talk, editions I've not read (grab a membership, and you too can read them!) and I've jumped on the loop, where everyone was very welcoming. I'm also toying, in a very small way, with entering a comp or two this year. We shall see.
Joy of joys, I found RWA has a dedicated paranormal/speculative fiction crew, too. They've just given themselves a name, and...it's all very exciting! More to come.
My last post, you know, the one about Christina Phillips' new release from Berkeley, FORBIDDEN, remember that? I won a signed copy! Yay for me! It's on the top of the TBR, and many thanks and best of luck to the lovely Christina! Mwah!
I've been having a bit of a reading-fest at the moment - the kids are home on school holidays, and really, who gets anything constructive done then - so I've been gobbling a few up on the iPad Kindle app. (Amazon) Kindle has this sample option which is very cool. I can elect to send the sample to whichever app I want (or your actual honest-to-God Kindle, too, I imagine), and I'm loving it. The best of the recents? All the Kresley Cole IAD series (she's brill.). The only thing about buying eBooks is the geographic restrictions, which makes me want to pop my head in the toaster and push the lever.
I must, must, must get a hold of Joey W Hill's mermaid series (Daughters of Arianne). They're restricted in eBook for Australia, but I can get it via Amazon or the like, as they consider the US the purchase point when you buy print books. Anna Hackett has a thing about scales and slime, but she loved Joey W Hill. Check out her blog post. Oh, and DARK SIREN gets a mention! Thanks Anna, mwah!
Speaking of Anna, she's anticipating the arrival of her fifth Nocturne Bites, called ONE NIGHT WITH THE WOLF. I gotta tell you, I'm not a big wolf chick, but I loved the hero in this one. Num. There's a stunning forest/chase/wolf scene that you have GOT to read. As soon as she gets a date, we'll pass it on.
I've also got a stack of Jenny Crusies here in paperback I'm working through. I thought FAKING IT was great. She's extremely talented (her dialogue makes me drool), but I always feel a little like I connect more with the heroes than the heroines. Although, MANHUNTING has a heroine I really enjoyed, and Tilda in FAKING IT was a great character. Davy, however was a con-artist who really made my boat float. :)
Finally, DARK SIREN has been in NY a little over three months now. I'm not stressing it, though. I like to have something ready to send straight back, and the current wip has to go to Rach and Anna before I can fix it up and mail it off, so we're at least a month or more away.
As far as the new story goes, I'm thinking I might have a go at something lighter, more paranormal romantic comedy. I've been thinking about voice, lately.
But more on that next time. :)
Take care, all! E x
Saturday, August 28, 2010
I'm not dead - and Christina Phillips' FORBIDDEN blog party!
Reading: RWA's LITTLE GEMS Topaz Anthology & Kristan Higgin's ALL I EVER WANTED
Working on: Paranormal romantic novella
I'm slightly ashamed of the fact that I nearly always have to open my blog posts with some proof of life.
Yes, I'm still breathing! I haven't been spending my time doing my nails, or polishing the hubcaps on the Kluger, either. I'm nearly done with the dirty draft for HIS DEADLY ECHO, a prospective Nocturne Bites submission. And while the end is nigh, I cannot say 'dirty' enough. It's a bit of a hot mess, but it's definitely getting there.
Otherness, this is winging its was around the blogosphere, and I thought I'd rock the party, too. I think this is one of my fave covers going around at the mo'... something about him holding her upper arms, and her fingers splayed on her thigh. Pretty. Oh, and there is talk of signed book giveaway.
To help celebrate the release of Forbidden, Christina Phillips's debut Roman/Druid Ancient Historical Romance from Berkley Heat, she's holding a launch party with lots of amazing authors and fabulous giveaways! In addition, Christina's giving away a signed copy of Forbidden to one lucky person who helps spread the love. All you have to do is mention the party (you can copy and paste this blurb), being held from 1st to 6th September at http://christinaphillips.blogspot.com. You can Tweet about it, blog, Facebook, MySpace or anything! And then drop her an email at ChristinapPh @ gmail dot com (no spaces) to let her know. Please put Forbidden Launch Party (or something similar) in the subject line. The winner will be drawn for that on Monday 6th September.
And if you'd like to also put the trailer up on your sites, please do!!! The YouTube link to embed is here.
I'd love to put the Youtube clip on, but something's hinkey (probably me), so I'll just put this:
"I dare you to put down Forbidden until you reach the last page. Compelling, passionate and fascinating." Anna Campbell, author of CAPTIVE OF SIN
Nice one, Anna!
Fellow SARA, Eleni Konstantine will be there, as well as a number of totally cool people.
Speaking of Eleni, I've just finished reading the Little Gems Topaz Anthology, which features Eleni's cover design, as well as more SARA's--Bronwyn Stuart and Maggie Mundy. Hit the link above to order yours, or go to Christina's party, Eleni is giving one away!
Take care, all. E x
Monday, August 2, 2010
Getting up to speed...
The biggest, excitingest news from the last few weeks is that one of my lovely CP's, the very talented Anna Hackett has sold another Bites! It's a fabulous wolf story that Rach and I critiqued. The hero is majorly drool-worthy. Huge congrats, Anna! More when it comes to hand...
I've been working on my next potential Bites sub, working titled HIS DEADLY ECHO, for the most part. I did my usual "write four thousand words to start which will ultimately be binned" thing again. Not sure why I don't just write 5k and call it notes, then start the real thing. Nevermind. It seems to work for me. It's at about six K now, and I'm only just at the first kiss. I shall hack and slice at it later.
Had a SARA meeting on the third Wednesday of July, this time we spoke about online presence. It was all quite interesting, especially the bit about buying dot coms. Mmmmm.... To my neverending (for a few moments, anyway) shame, I didn't make my 6k goal for that meeting--only four--but I am well on the way to getting four for the next meeting. In my defence, a rogue Palm Cove holiday presented itself, so I lost a week or two whilst enjoying that.
Lots of SARA ladies are fired up about the RWA Conference. Have a great time!
Been reading. Gobbled up a few Showalters recently. THE PLEASURE SLAVE and THE STONE PRINCE. Not my fave GS, but seriously good, nonetheless.
I've just recently re-discovered podcasts, too. I was listening to one today, whilst pruning my roses (read: spliter torture at home). I think I like them, I had the Harlequin Nocturne one, plus Smart Bitch Sarah and Jane from Dear Author. Do you listen to industry-related podcasts? Any comments/recommendations? Thanks. :)
On a completely personal and possibly slightly self-congratulatory note, I also hit a weightloss goal this week. Not quite half way through that journey. I've rewarded myself with Chamilia bling. Purrrty. :)
Oh, and I got an iPad, from which I am posting. Works well, doesn't it?
Monday, June 21, 2010
I just had to let you know I've just hit send on my latest Nocturne Bites sub, DARK SIREN.
Just got the acknowledgement email, which didn't exist last time I subbed. Very cool to know my MS is in NY!
Wish me luck! E x
A bit of SARA love...
Monday, June 7, 2010
Stoopidness and Mountains.
Another thing to consider… The journey is damn important. I know the thought of being published is the dangling carrot that keeps our mulish self plodding forward, one page at a time. But I believe writing is more than a means to an end. I believe writing is an act of self-discovery. Each page you write is a testament to your strength, your courage and your perseverance.
"Great works are performed not by strength, but by perseverance." –Samuel Johnson
While much credence is given to those who can do everything from Dance With The Stars to Surviving on Creepy, Crawly Bugs in this Reality-Show driven decade, few of those characters could ever accomplish what we do. We Write Books. This is our mountain. Every time we complete another novel, we are planting a flag. Visualize those flags fluttering in the breeze and feel a tingle of pride because We Are Writers. Damn, but we're lucky.
"It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves." ~Sir Edmund Hillary
Friday, May 21, 2010
RWA'S RTN aka Romancing The Novel aka Rockin' The Noggin.
Friday, May 14, 2010
Romancing the Novel - SA Roadshow is nigh!
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
The earth moved...
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Finish line in sight!
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Review - HER DARK LORD - Mel Teshco
When dhampir Kia Montana takes a man home, she isn't looking for names or a relationship—she only wants someone who could satisfy her lust for both sex and blood. But Kia's new mission is to find Sean Maximillus, Lord Vampire and the lone being capable of curing Kia's mother. Kia thought she found the key to success with Ronan, a mysterious man who promises to take her to Maximillus...and who shares a carnal passion with Kia even bloodlust couldn't match.
But Ronan also seems to know too much about Kia...things she never told him. And as she is drawn deeper into Ronan's world, he reveals secrets that will change Kia's life forever...
This is Mel's first ever Bites - you might recall that I last read STONE-COLD LOVER that Mel released with Ellora's Cave. It was a great short read, and I looked forward to fellow-Aussie Mel's next offering with held breath.
One thing that does get my goat (this doesn't happen often, so look out!) is when I read reviews of short stories at places like goodreads, and the reviewer says something like, "I liked the storyline, but felt the relationship between the main characters should have been explored more."
Ah, no. In fifteen thousand words, you probably don't have time. You want drawn-out, read WAR AND PEACE.
I love Bites for precisely what they are - short action-packed, emotion fuelled reads that are like a ghost train ride - you begin, entering a completely different world, and a short time later you emerge out the other side into the sunlight, your heart pounding, your clothes slightly rumpled, but feeling much better for your visit to unreality.
HER DARK LORD delivers.
I was wondering how it would shape up after reading STONE-COLD LOVER, and Mel does beautifully.
Right from the first fresh-out-of-the-silk-sheet-encased-bed scene to the hero's final bombshell, it's a great read.
The heroine, struggling to reconcile herself with her dhampirism is nicely tormented and sexy, and the hero is ancient, wise and nummo. :)
And it's set in Australia. Really, what more could you want?
Nice one, Mel!
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Week two's winner announced at Anna & Mel's celebration-fest!
Monday, March 15, 2010
Romancing the Novel - SA Roadshow
Thursday, March 4, 2010
If you're a fan of Aussie Nocturne Bites...
Mel Teshco's vampire Bites, HER DARK LORD, is OUT NOW! Congrats, Mel!
But Ronan also seems to know too much about Kia...things she never told him. And as she is drawn deeper into Ronan's world, he reveals secrets that will change Kia's life forever...
And then, Anna Hackett's HUNTER'S SURRENDER is out next month. (Yay, Anna!)
A desperate need to ruin her reputation had forced Dominique to seek out the hunter known as The Darkness. But she hadn’t expected Rand to be so captivating and compassionate…. Soon a very different sort of need drove her desire to take Rand to her bed. And with Dominique’s survival depending on it, she would have to use all her skills of seduction to make this strong hunter surrender to passion….
The common link? It's all about the vampires!
Anna and Mel have joined together to celebrate their releases and are giving away a NOCTURNE BITES EVERY WEEK for the next TWO MONTHS on their respective blogs! How massively cool is that? I'm gonna be all over it...
This week, until Sunday (oztime), Mel is giving away HER DARK LORD at her blog, and next week, Anna has Michele Hauf's THE VAMPIRE'S TANGO up for grabs.
Hit the blogs (names are linked up there...) and comment to be in the running!
Saturday, February 27, 2010
A review - NIGHT'S COLD KISS, Tracey O'Hara.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Romance novel covers - revamped.
I challenge you to peruse these creations from Mark Longmire, and not laugh yourself daft.
Monday, February 15, 2010
How do you deal with your Inner Editor?
PS - I'm hoping you haven't dropped by to see how my Bites pitch effort went. Erm, it didn't. I was a bit behind anyway, and life got in the way. I had a fabulous blurb, but didn't want to send in a sub-standard story. I'll finish it up and send it in via the usual channels...
Monday, January 25, 2010
No, I'm not dead...
HAPPY AUSTRALIA DAY! Wishing all Aussies much vegemite, lamb, sunburn and beer for tomorrow!
Wow. I haven't been here to post since November. Someone shoulda told me that it had been so long! I have been making it a practise to take December and January off writing - it's better for my family, but I still feel like I neglect the cyberworld when I do that. Just call me ham (of the ham sandwich - get it? Er, right.).
Happy 20-10 to everyone!
I'm calling this the year I get published. Which I did say last year, I know. That's the beauty of unfulfilled yearly goals. They're re-useable. And I've got a bagful of the sodding things.
Wanna hear about goals for 2010? Sure you do. Yes, nice save. Okay, here goes... In no particular order...
1. Write 3 x 15 novellas to submission-standard. This will require me sticking to a timetable, which worked well in the last part of last year.
2. Lose 20kgs. Blah. That sounds horrible - a cliche. I'd love to say I'm one of those people who doesn't need to get fit, but I'm not. I've been blaming the having of three kids, but I think it's probably just me. I lost a bit from October to December. Which I promptly re-discovered in the bottoms of numerous wine bottles over the silly season. PLAN: Walk four times a week. Time to get out the audio books!
3. Keep a daily journal - going well so far...
4. Blog fortnightly - fear not, dear readers!
5. Attend SARA meetings.
6. Spend time with my eldest child - she has some learning difficulties.
7. Spend time with my second - she's just starting school.
8. Spend time with the baby - because, well, he's a baby, and they can't fend well for themselves.
9. Spend time with Mr L. A man of great gorgeousness...
10. THE BIG ONE - Find balance between the aspects of my life, which is essentially all of the above.
Sound good? Okay. Goals out of system.
Now for some news:
Anna Hackett had a great start to 2010 - she sold another Nocturne Bites on the first day of the year. It's a fabulous novella called HUNTER'S SURRENDER, out in April this year.
Check this little teaser from Anna's blog, Midnight Confessions.
Sixteen days later, I got my second R from Nocturne Bites for 'Firestarter'. It was quick this time - only two and a half months. Luckily, I was still a bit inebriated after searching for all my misplaced weight in those bottles and it didn't sting. Much. :)
I'm reader judging for the R*BY again, RWAs Romantic Book of the Year. They should be here at the end of next month.
Nocturne Bites is running another Pitch Contest! I'm having another go this year. Last year's winner, Nicola, has her winning entry, THE PROPHECY, coming out next Month, under the pen name Nina Croft. Connie Hall also has TIME JUMPER available then, too.
Mel Teshco has a name for her Bites coming out in March - HER DARK LORD. Mel's working title was "Blood Chance", which we all loved, but you know the title gods...
The Nocturne Authors have a new website. It's so pretty! Is it just me, or does the guy on the top banner look a hell of a lot like Hugh Jackman? Maybe I wish...
Finally, Anna and Mel (and loads of other fab authors) are part of a cool eplace called LoveCats DownUnder, a blog for Aussie/NZ authors of category romace. It's a fun spot, go have a look!
In Australia, Intrigue Nocturnes in stores now are:
BEAST OF DESIRE - Lisa Renee Jones
MIND GAMES - Merline Lovelace.
(Am slightly peeved I was on holidays when these came out and I missed them! Would have loved the Lovelace. Phooey.)
Nocturnes coming out in print in February are:
LAST WOLF HUNTING - Rhyannon Byrd
SCIONS: INSURRECTION - Patrice Michelle
LAST WOLF WATCHING - Rhyannon Byrd
DARK DECEIVER - Pamela Palmer
Right. Well. That pitch I mentioned is having some difficulty writing itself. I'll go give it a hand.
Take care, Em x