Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Name that band...

Help a writer out...

I need a name for a crossover/alternative country band out of Austin, TX. Their music is along the lines of Reckless Kelly, Mike McClure Band, or Cross Canadian Ragweed. The band's founders are all young, about 21. They started in college (University of Texas) as sort of a country garage band sort of thing, but now they're playing dance halls and bigger bars.

I could just call them the Joe Smith Band (that seems to be the theme with bands of this subgenre), but I thought it would be fun to throw this open for idea from my readers. Heck, I've no name for the front man so you can name him yourself if you want. (I know girls can front country rock bands, but for the purposes of the story, gotta be a guy.)

Any ideas? I'll put the ones I like in a hat and draw one out.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Fun Stuff Friday

Fun stuff today.

First off, I'm blogging at Fresh Fiction today: Warning: this book may be hazardous to your diet. Comment and win prizes. Whoot!

And just because I haven't been obnoxious about it in a day or two, just a reminder that I have a book signing tomorrow (Saturday, September 12th) from 2 - 4 pm at the Hurst Barnes and Noble (near North East Mall). Even if you hate me and you don't want to buy my book, you should come, because the first booksigning is always full of my author friends. It's a great time to meet other local writers.

The official B&N Site about the event is here.

And my page with the details and a map to the location is here.

On the rest of the country front: People are telling me that some of their stores are already sold out of The Splendor Falls! If you go to your local bookstore and they don't have it on the shelf, be sure and ask for it. They may have copies in the back, and they can always order it for you.

My readers rock!

In a completely unrelated to books note: I've been saving this link for ages. I don't know why I think it's so funny, but I do. And since there are a lot of contemplative posts today, with it being September 11th and all, I thought maybe it was time for a funny one. What Stormtroopers do on their day off.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Field Trips and FenCon

I'm blogging all over the place this month, so you'll be getting a lot of field trip assignments. First is my agent Lucienne Diver's blog. She's also a talented author, and if you're not reading her blog, you should. It's full of good stuff, including this post on strong heroines and how you have to aim your rocks at their soft spots.

Then there's this interview at Hooked on Romance. There's a NEW EXCERPT from The Splendor Falls there, so if you're still waiting on your copy, go read it. It's one of my favorite moments, and I saved it for their blog because Nikki is such a doll and made sure I got on the right plane home from DC when I was a complete space case thanks to euphoria, lack of sleep, and just a little bit of anti-anxiety medicine. (Just a little.) (Note: The authors on this site write quite steamy romances, but there's nothing racy on the link above.)

Finally, here's my preliminary schedule for FenCon next weekend. This is much for my reference as yours. The whole schedule should be on the website soon.

Friday 5:00 pm Trinity 1/2
Non-Genre Shows We're Watching (M)

Description: There are plenty of TV programs out there, and they don't all have to be space opera to be enjoyable. We'll discuss what else fans are watching these days.

Friday 8:00 pm Trinity 1/2
Reboot to the Head: The New Star Trek

Description: There's a new Star Trek now, and we discuss if it's a revitalization of the "Trek" enterprise, or a bad mistake. What can we expect to see in the future?

Friday 10:00 pm Trinity 3
Liars Panel

Description: Round out your evening with tall tales from convention veterans. Once the door closes, don't believe anything you hear.

Saturday 10:00 am Director's


Saturday 11:00 am Trinity 1/2
Sword and Sorcery Movies: The Good, the Bad, the Downright Terrible

Description: Admit it - for every good one there are three bad ones. What we love about Sword and Sorcery movies, and what...could have gone better.

Sunday 12:00 noon Trinity 1/2
Trek vs. Who (M)

Description: Which is better, Star Trek or Doctor Who? Our panelists discuss why one is the greatest Science Fiction show ever while the other is just rubbish. It's all for fun, so come and see which show wins!

Go forth and comment on my guests posts! It's called networking.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Book Birthday Party!

The Splendor Falls comes out today! 

I hope Amazon delivers your pre-orders and bookstores are obligingly stocked with copies!  I haven't been out to make the rounds yet, because I LOST A DAY this weekend. Seriously, I got up thinking it was Monday, went to check my mail and couldn't figure out why I had an inbox full of congrats on my release. Because it's TODAY not TOMORROW.

Not only that, but if you are cheap like me, and haven't picked up your own copy of the award winning book HELL WEEK, you're in luck.

Hell Week comes out in paperback today!

That's two books!  It's like having twins.

I know that most of you want to RUN out to your bookstore to either buy your copy while they still have some, or harangue (nicely!) the bookseller for not having it in stock. But if you're in the DFW area, you might want to wait for Saturday, because I'm having a...

Book Release Party
Hurst (Texas) Barnes and Noble
(at North East Mall)
Saturday, September 12th
2 - 4 PM

Can't make it that day?  Here are some other events I have coming up:

FenCon -- September 18-20
Booksigning at the B&N at the Parks Mall -- October 10
Buns 'n Roses Literacy Fundraiser -- October 11
Booksigning in Little Rock, AK with many other spooky book authors -- October 24
Texas Book Festival -- October 31

I'm also doing a bunch of guest blogs, interviews and giveaways in the next few weeks, so I'll keep you posted!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Q and A Day

Okay before I give you the answer to today's question, you have to go read the interview I did over at Body Count, Inc, the blog of the funny and ferocious Jacqui Jacoby. We met at RWA Nationals, where she was a Golden Heart finalist and was teaching a workshop on Plotting lessons learned from Firefly. Awesome.

Are you back?

Okay, so the question was from the comments in that interview, in regard to The Splendor Falls. (Which comes out in seven days. FYI.)

Q: Was it hard stepping out of Maggie's world (to write the new book

A: As far as the world is concerned, not really. Maggie world is much like Buffy and Supernatural, more overtly magical (for all that it's hidden). The magic is softer in The Splendor Falls. The theme is on hidden, secret things. It fits strongly into the gothic tradition that way. I loved writing that part of it.

The challenge was in changing the voice. Maggie is a very natural character to slip into. Her voice is really conversational, and she's so open--if she thinks it she 'says' it. She's in touch with her feelings, and doesn't leave the reader guessing about them. Those of you who follow this blog MAY have read me whining about how Sylvie is... not any of those things. Her humor is darker, and she's more complex and complicated, and I love that about her. But boy, she did not way to open up about her feelings--she didn't even acknowledge them to herself!

It was a challege to get at what was inside her tough shell, but (eventually) it was all the more satisfying because of that. I hope readers will love her as much as I do.