Thursday, January 24, 2013

What's Happening?

So, I'm currently doing the promo circuit for Analyzing Emory, and I wanted to make sure I let everyone know where to find me over the next few weeks.

First, in case you missed it, I guest blogged on ARe Cafe a few weeks ago and talked about how I started writing M/M Romance. Last week, I wrote about the importance of cover art at Pants Off Reviews.

Tomorrow, January 25, I can be found at Joyfully Jay. I'll be talking a bit about Analyzing Emory and sharing an excerpt.

On Friday, February 8, I'll be at Chicks and Dicks blogging about what exactly is romance. Yup. You read that right. I'm a M/M romance writer asking the question, "What is romance?".

Then, on Wednesday, February 13, I'll be guest posting at Coffee and Porn in the Morning. Be sure to come back that Friday, February 15, because I'll be giving away a copy of Analyzing Emory.

Phew. So, that's it for now. Hope to see some of you as I make the rounds to some of my favorite blogs!

Also, Dreamspinner is currently having a mega sale through January 27th... 20% off everything! This would be a great time to stock up on all those books you've been eying! ;)


Monday, January 14, 2013

The Next Big Thing Bog Hop!!!

In case you aren't familiar with The Next Big Thing blog hop, it's basically a bunch of us writers running around screaming "Tag you're it!" at each other, and once you're tagged you're required to answer the following ten questions about your current work in progress (i.e. your Next Big Thing). 

First things first, I was tagged by the lovely L.C. Chase, Skylar M. Cates, Lex Chase and Jacob Flores. Please be sure to check out their great posts!

Now, down to business. My brand-spankin’ new release, Analyzing Emory, is a contemporary romance. So to spice things up, I’m currently working on something a bit different at the moment. :)

1.    What is the working title of your book?

How to Survive a Dinner Date with a Vampire

2.   Where did the idea come from for the book?

The attack of the plot bunnies actually happened when a friend gave me a super cute and funny children’s book for fun. It’s called A Vampire Is Coming To Dinner! and follows the story of a young boy who gets word that a vampire is coming over to his house for dinner. The book then outlines the 10 (hilarious) steps the boy needs to take in order to make the evening a success.

Somehow my brain went from children’s story to: What if there was a similar story for adults? And, what if it was a dinner date? And if vampires really did exist, how would you go about dating one without being scared out of your mind?

3.   What is the genre of the book?

M/M Paranormal (slightly humorous) Romance

4.   Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

This is challenging because of course I want my characters to look exactly like I pictured them in my head, so it’s hard for me to pick an actor and say, “Yup! That’s him exactly!”. But, I’ll do my best.

I reeeallllly don’t want to fall into a True Blood cliché here, but Alexander Skarsgård (with long hair) would kind of be perfect to play Norwegian vampire, Aleskander Riestad. 

As for Ted, the slightly skittish, nerdy librarian who is being pursued by said Sexy Vamp, I had some trouble coming up with someone, but if you geeked him up a bit, I think Jackson Rathbone might fit the bill. (And yes, it’s not lost on me that Jackson has also played a vampire before… but in this movie, I just need him to be human. :))

5.   What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

A mild-mannered librarian, who doesn’t quite want to admit that vampires actually exist, gets asked out on a dinner date by an exceedingly handsome vampire and must decide if he’s capable of getting over his fear and giving love a chance.

6.   Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency/publisher?

*crosses fingers and toes* I hope it will be picked up by a publisher.

7.   How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

*cough* *looks around sheepishly* I’ll let you know when I finish it… *cough*

8.   What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

Uuug… I hate comparisons. Do I have to answer?

Hmmm, well, I don’t think my blog will explode if I skip…. So there!

Moving on…

9.   Who or what inspired you to write this book?

I kinda feel like this question is similar to Question 2. I certainly have to give some credit to my friend who gave me the children’s book (since that was the plot-bunny-inducing trigger). But I’ve always thought vampires were sexy and I’m also completely in love with HBO’s True Blood. So, I was intrigued to try my own take on: Present-day world, add vampires and other supernatural beings coming out of the closet, shake and serve (with a generous helping of humor on the side).

10.  What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

If things go the way I’m hoping they will, this may become a series with each book exploring the relationship between a different human and supernatural pair in the same small town.

I’m tagging Andrew Q. Gordon. Be sure to stop by and check out what he’s working on!


Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Guest blogging at ARe Cafe!

I currently have a guest blog up at ARe Cafe! My post actually went up Tuesday, but somehow I'm just  now getting around to mentioning it here. Clearly my day job is taking up far too much of my time.

Some of you may be aware, but my background is actually in biological sciences and public health. I do health consulting work now, but back a few years ago, when I first tried my hand at writing, I was actually still working as a laboratory scientist. My post over at ARe Cafe explores how I got into the M/M romance genre and how the hell I decided to try to write a story of my own in the first place. I also talk a bit about Analyzing Emory and some of the things that influenced it.

Did I mention that if you comment on the post you're in the running to win $10 Omni Bucks? That'll get ya a few things off your TBR list. ;) Contest is open through Friday.


Friday, January 4, 2013

Analyzing Emory-- It's Release Day!!!

It's finally here!
Analyzing Emory is out today!!

I'm so so SO excited!!!

I'm over at the DSP Blog today holding a little release party, so please stop on by to find out more about Analyzing Emory and read some excerpts. I'll also be giving away an ebook copy to one lucky commenter!