Archive for February, 2008

Sven, Sven, Sven!

February 29, 2008

Ok, is everyone as excited as me about Sven starting tomorrow? Granted, I’ll be hanging around the Torrid Readers Loop all day tomorrow for the kick off to the big bash, but LORD am I excited to get back to writing!

Who all is participating this time? Are you ready?

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Whiskey Creek Press Anniversary Press Release!

February 28, 2008


Ebook Publisher Whiskey Creek Press Celebrates Fifth Anniversary with Weekly Free Ebooks and Huge Scavenger Hunt for All Customers During March 2008

Industry leading, award-winning ebook publisher Whiskey Creek Press celebrates its fifth anniversary during March 2008 with weekly free ebooks for all customers, books on sale, a huge scavenger hunt featuring many author sites and prizes, and great new releases.

Casper, WY (PRWEB) February 28, 2008 — Come join the fun and find great books by award-winning authors as Whiskey Creek Press celebrates its Fifth Anniversary this March 2008! Free ebooks will be given away every week during March to all customers!

Our Fifth Anniversary celebration can be found at both our websites, the all-genre General Line at www.whiskeycreekpress.com and the erotic and sensual Torrid Romance Line at www.whiskeycreekpresstorrid.com. Whiskey Creek Press published its first two titles in March 2003, including The Sweetest Gift by award-winning author Janet Mills, and has since published nearly 700 titles by over 250 authors. Whiskey Creek Press has been named the Publisher of the Year by Fallen Angel Reviews and has also been named “Favorite Publisher Top Five” for three consecutive years in the annual Preditors and Editors Readers Poll.

Besides great new releases at both sites and many books on sale at big discounts, Whiskey Creek Press is giving away a different Free Ebook novel every week during March, and this free ebook is available to ALL customers. We are also sponsoring a huge Scavenger Hunt featuring dozens of WCP authors and prizes during our March Anniversary.

Here’s the schedule of Free Ebook Full Length Novels for each site, available to all customers:
WCP General Line Free Ebook Title, Dates Ebook Title Is Free (March 2008)
1) Travis Pass by Annette Snyder, Saturday March 1 through Saturday March 8
2) No Worries by Lauren N Sharman, Sunday March 9 through Saturday March 15
3) AEthereal by Christopher W Wilcox Sr, Sunday March 16 through Saturday March 22
4) No Ordinary Love by Karen Wiesner, Sunday March 23 through Monday March 31

WCP Torrid Line Free Ebook Title, Dates Ebook Title Is Free (March 2008)
1) A Wolf’s Tale by Honey Jans, Saturday March 1 through Saturday March 8
2) Hostage Moon by Emma Wildes, Sunday March 9 through Saturday March 15
3) The Love Machine by Michelle Marquis, Sunday March 16 through Saturday March 22
4) Internet Bonds: The Rebirth of Rachel by Christy Poff, Sunday March 23 through Monday March 31

A Whiskey Creek Press Anniversary Scavenger Hunt will be featured at each site in March, with a link for details on each Home Page. These Scavenger Hunts will include dozens of author sites and many great prizes and will certainly be a hunt to remember!

Whiskey Creek Press LLC is a Wyoming company and its Publisher and Executive Editor is Debra Womack. Senior Staff members include Torrid Romance Line Executive Editor Jan Janssen, General Line Senior Editor Marsha Briscoe, Torrid Romance Line Senior Editor Chere Gruver, and Review Coordinator Kate Scott. Website design and maintenance is by Diana Hatch, Wolfden Creations. You can find Whiskey Creek Press at our two great websites:
www.whiskeycreekpress.com
www.whiskeycreekpresstorrid.com

Writing…

February 25, 2008

It’s almost time for Sven. I’m getting in the habit of writing on a regular basis so I can keep up. I probably won’t write as much as some people, but so long as I meet my goal or surpass it, it’s all good. And I will do that. I’m psyched.

I’ll be getting edits back from my agent (the Lovely Laura) soon, so I’ll be tackling those when they come in, but until then, I’m working on the untitled–the serial killer. I love it. It’s challenging and different and so different from anything I thought I’d ever write.

Have I mentioned I love this story?

Blogging At The Bradford Bunch…

February 18, 2008

about writer’s block…when your muse takes a snooze.  Stop by and give me your thoughts.  I’d love to hear from you!

Grimspace by Ann Aguirre

February 17, 2008

Publisher: Ace
(February 26, 2008)
ISBN-10: 0441015999
ISBN-13: 978-0441015993

BLURB:

By all accounts, Sirantha Jax should have burned out years ago…

As the carrier of a rare gene, Jax has the ability to jump ships through grimspace—a talent which cuts into her life expectancy, but makes her a highly prized navigator for the Corp. But then the ship she’s navigating crash-lands, and she’s accused of killing everyone on board. It’s hard for Jax to defend herself: she has no memory of the crash.

Now imprisoned and the subject of a ruthless interrogation, Jax is on the verge of madness. Then a mysterious man breaks into her cell, offering her freedom—for a price. March needs Jax to help his small band of rogue fighters break the Corp monopoly on interstellar travel—and establish a new breed of jumper.

Jax is only good at one thing—grimspace—and it will eventually kill her. So she may as well have some fun in the meantime…

THOUGHTS: I haven’t read much Science Fiction up to this point, truthfully none, and Grimspace was the perfect place to start.

In Grimspace, Ann Aguirre takes the reader on an amazing journey to different worlds, different, I guess you’d call them races as they weren’t all different species, and so many different “abilities” within those races. I absolutely LOVED it.

I enjoyed Sirantha very much. She’s a kick-ass heroine who doesn’t put up with anybody’s crap. She faces things head-on, no wussy-girl here. I love her strength and her resolve.

Then there’s March. Wowza. He’s been through some bad stuff and done some really bad stuff in his life, but there’s something about Sirantha that calls to him on a deeper level, something that allows her to touch him on a deeper level. He doesn’t put up with her crap either, and I really like that about him. Who wants a hero who lets the heroine overpower him? So not my cuppa. He finds what he needs for the present and future with Jax and I love that. Absolutely love it. Together they are amazing.

I so totally love that Sirantha and March can communicate telepathically and in a way that no one else has ever been able to do with him. That is so awesome and very sexy. They can see deep inside one another and that is a level of intimacy I never even pondered. Again, unique.

Dina was a hoot… “You stupid bitch. I don’t need you dying for me. I need you to stick around because… you’re my best friend.” Gotta love her.

I liked Vel very much too. I queried Ms. Aguirre and it turns out that, yes, Vel will be in the next book. Woot!

The world Ms. Aguirre has created is unique, very exciting and so different from anything I’ve ever read. She took me to a place I didn’t know existed, a place that was unlike anything I could ever imagine. Amazing. Truly amazing.

OVERALL GRADE: A.

Grimspace comes out on February 26 and I highly recommend picking up this book and venturing on journey like no other.

Read an excerpt here.
Pre-order the book here, here, here, and here.


The next book in the series, Wanderlust, is scheduled to release in September 2008.

Blurb:

Sirantha Jax doesn’t take chances…she jumps at them… Sirantha Jax is a “Jumper,” a woman who possesses the unique genetic makeup needed to navigate faster than light ships through grimspace. Jax has worked for the Farwan Corporation her entire career. But now the word’s out that the Corp deliberately crashed a passenger ship, and their stranglehold on intergalactic commerce has crumbled—which means that Jax is out of a job.

She’s also broke, due to being declared dead a little prematurely. So when the government asks her to head up a vital diplomatic mission, Jax takes it. Her mandate: journey to the planet Ithiss-Tor and convince them to join the Conglomerate.

But Jax’s payday is light years away. First, she’ll have to contend with Syndicate criminals, a stormy relationship with her pilot, man-eating aliens, and her own grimspace-weakened body. She’ll be lucky just to make it to Ithiss-Tor alive…

Read an excerpt here.

Happy Valentine’s Day! And other such blather…

February 14, 2008

Hubby and I don’t actually celebrate this day, and I’m very thankful for it. It’s enough for me to have to think about what to get him for our quasi-anniversary in March, his birthday in May, our wedding anniversary in September, and then Christmas. Add another day to it? I think not.

Yesterday royally sucked. After getting 4 inches of snow overnight on Tuesday night, we woke up to sleet. Ok, not so bad. But then it POURED POURED POURED all day, until everything was absolutely flooded. I had one of those moments on the way home where I was watching the cars in front of me to see if they made it across this sudden LAKE in the middle of the road. Since there were other smaller cars chancing it (I have a Corolla, so I watch those little cars), I decided to chance it myself. I managed to get across, praying the whole time that I would make it. I didn’t want to be one of “those” people who are idiotic enough to cross a lake with their car. Plus, since I’m pregnant, I didn’t want to get stuck in freezing water!

In other news, I cannot WAIT until April 1st! Why? It means the online party I’m planning for Whiskey Creek Press will be over! LOL. I have so many excited authors participating in the party, but it’s SO much work to plan it all, and I’m doing it on my own. I’ll have to see if it’s worth it on April 1st. 😛

I’ve also decided to join up for another round of the 70 Day of Sweat. The first round went REALLY well, and though I joined the second round, I petered out after only two weeks because work got crazy and well, I got pregnant, lol. The fatigue that accompanied the first trimester made it hard to even get through the day, much less add anything additional to it. But I REALLY want to finish this book before baby comes to get it sent out to agents, so I need a big motivator to do it.

So, that’s what I’m up to. No TT today, as I’m completely out of ideas for it. But what are you all up to? What’s on your plate this Valentine’s Day?

Fab 5 Contest

February 13, 2008
Permission to forward granted:

 

FAB 5:  Only 16 days left until deadline, March 1st, 11:59 PM CST.  Wisconsin Romance Writers of America (WisRWA) sponsors this contest for unpublished writers or writers unpublished in novel length fiction in the last five years.

 

Get those first 10 pages of your ms. polished and spit-shined to grab the attention of our first round judges.  If you final, those same 10 pages will land before an agent or editor as the final judge. 

            Historical, Shauna Summers, Senior Editor, Bantam Dell Publishing.

Series Contemporary Long/Short, Wanda Ottewell, Senior Editor, Harlequin SuperRomance.

Single Title, Deb Werksman, editor, Sourcebooks Publishing

Women’s Fiction, Hilary Teeman, editor, St. Martin’s Press

Romantic Suspense, Kim Whalen, agent, Trident Media.

              Paranormal/Fantasy/Futuristic/Time Travel, Nephele Tempest, agent, The Knight Agency,

Erotic Romance, Diane Carlile, Senior Editor, Wild Rose Press.

 

New this year:  accepting electronic entries and paper.

 

See the WisRWA website www.wisrwa.org for rules, entry form, and sample scoresheet.

 

Mary Jo Scheibl

Fab 5 Contest Coordinator

I’m annoyed at Zokutou

February 12, 2008

So you see those pretty little bars on the right side of the page that show our word progress? Yeah. If you click on them, they bring you to the zokutou page where you can create your own progress bar. Yay! But when you try to enter anything in, it doesn’t work. Site has apparently been down for weeks and it won’t work.

Not a big deal as I can figure out percents by myself, but I want to change the colors and it won’t let me. Pooh.

Aaand, I’ve gotten back on the writing bus! The total next to my Boss Me book isn’t correct, I’ve added almost 2K to that, but I’m too pissed off at Zokutou to change it and figure out the percents. But those will come.

This unbelievable slowing in my full-time job has given so much more time to get stuff done, and I’m doing it! In addition to writing, I’m also editing up a storm. Also, I’ve started the darn “nesting” period of my pregnancy, which is actually killing me. I want to clean out the guest room, which is going to be the nursery, but it’s filled with 100lb moving boxes that I can’t lift because I’m pregnant. Hubby’s work is crazy right now so he doesn’t really have the energy when he gets home to move stuff around for me.

Anyone have any advice on how I can cope with this crazy nesting thing?

Other than that, the pregnancy is going well (I officially hit the halfway point this week!), and I’m getting WRITING done! Woot!

Accountability and Sven

February 11, 2008

Well, I promised to be accountable for my writing and write at least one page a day, and I’ve been doing that. Now Sven is back and ready to kick some ass… well, I’ve got to stop him and do some ass kicking of my own. Heh.

Blogging…

February 10, 2008

Over at The Bradford Bunch today.  Stop by and say Hi!