Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Link Fiesta

Another one I haven't done for a while. I'm not sure what happened last year,  but folks weren't really talking about writing so much, or maybe I just wasn't paying attention.

Now that numbers are being crunched for tax season, I'm starting to hear that most people didn't have good years so that may be it. That makes sense because we tend to only write when we find new techniques and strategies that work. Why blog about stuff that's not working?

But that seems to have changed. Here are some links:

Kit Rocha has a writing podcast (30% chance of chicken coop talk) and it's fantastic.

Lindsay Buroker had a bunch of posts on process and audiobook options.

The SFF marketing podcast had a couple of good episodes. Here are my favorites: urban fantasy (apparently now a "useless" category which is good to know), writing in a niche genre (and finding your tribe), and using Instafreebie to build an audience (plus some great advice on how to track your reader data). They also had a fantastic 2016 wrap-up podcast with lots of advice for 2017.

And a whole bunch of author Facebook groups have popped up, and most are dishing out great advice. Check out LoveKissed's guide for tribe-seeking newbies, if you haven't already.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Twitter Writing Advice

Wow, I hadn't posted one of these in a while. Well, here's Melissa Blue with an interesting thread. I took a screenshot but you should check out the whole thing because a lot of romance writers popped in to discuss the state of the market. https://twitter.com/mel_thegreat/status/849435424737153024

BTW, following Melissa Blue on Twitter falls under the category of "great writing advice."


Wednesday, April 5, 2017

New Book Alert! - J R Pearson's Boss Me, Fang


"Sin in a suit." How can you resist that?

I'm really excited about this new paranormal rom com series. Monster Haven is set on the fantasy island of Grimstone and it promises to have just the perfect mix of humor, magic and romance and looking for.

I just bought it and wanted to share my purchase with you. How cute is that cover?

Here's the blurb:

WELCOME TO THE ISLE OF GRIMSTONE! 

Two seemingly different supernaturals are about to shake up the small island in this new office romance that's guaranteed to leave you thirsty for more.
Secret glances, a hot elevator encounter, and lots of cupcakes! Boss Me, FANG is not your average steamy--romp in the conference room--type of romance.

No, it's got a little moooore...bite to it. ;)

*Veronica

I can't deny my boss is one hot motherf*cker. His tornado, rude attitude is a big ol' billboard sign telling me to stay far in my lane.
However, there's no avoiding the magic that surrounds Keeland Elwood, nor his natural allure of sex appeal because I literally can't. 
I'm his assistant.
And apparently, I'm the only who can tame the beast behind the desk. Shit is going down in the office (Sorry, I don't mean him on me just yet.) And hopefully the stunt I'm trying to pull will save a deal gone horribly wrong and NOT cause Keeland to destroy a small village and end my career.

*Keeland

There's so much a man can do to steer clear of a woman who is the star of his every hot and sweaty fantasy.
It takes even greater strength when the woman in question is his assistant.
For the next seventy-two hours I'm about to be left in the midst of two battles.
One of which i'm on the verge of losing that involves my company and the other?
Well, that assistant I was talking about?
She's a dark mistress, a wicked woman who's sure to leave me on my knees.

And I'm okay with not getting back up.

☆•☆Contains SEXUAL content and EXPLICIT language and dialogue.☆•☆

You can buy it on Amazon. I just did. :)

Monday, March 20, 2017

Some Like it Witchy is out!

The third Main Street Witches book is out!

Some Like it Witchy is up on Amazon! 
Fire witch (and candlemaker) Fiona Hart is one of my most heartfelt characters. She's warm and vulnerable and not at all susceptible to the Fire Chief's charms. She's also one of the most powerful witches in town, and the only one who arrives knowing all about her powers...and determined to never use them.

Gavin McCay is one of my favorites heroes. As you can imagine, leading the Banshee Creek fire brigade isn't easy but Gavin is just the right man for the job. He knows there's something really strange about the town, but he doesn't let that interfere with his job.

These two are pretty combustible together as they team up to solve the town's latest mystery, a mysterious death during the May Day pagan festival. I really hope you enjoy their book. You can read the excerpt here.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

12 Days of Christmas Book Blast!!

Twelve Days of Christmas 99cent Romance Book Blast 
& Kindle Fire + $25 Giveaway!

Yes, that's right, from December 14th through to December 25th, Christmas Day, we have some gift giving to do!

Just for the holidays, a group of authors got together and put their books on sale for 99 cents! 
And, cause 'tis the season of giving, one lucky giveaway entrant will win a Kindle Fire + $25 Amazon Gift Card to get them started! 

So, ladies and gents, click the link below to be swept off to the magical place where all these books are yours to grab and the giveaway is just waiting for you to enter! 
http://www.kikiandgina.com/2016/12/twelve-days-of-christmas-99cent-book.html

Special Thanks To All The Contributing Authors
Gina Kincade
Kiki Howell
Angelica Dawson
Bethany Shaw
Laxmi Hariharan
Muffy Wilson
Dominique Eastwick
Aubree Lane
Cecilia Dominic
Michele E. Gwynn
Trim and Julka
Cara Wylde
C.E. Wilson Author
Aurora Woodlove
Kharma Kelley
Leilani Love
Angel Lawson
Elle Boon
Lucy Leroux
Olivia Arran
Michelle Fox
Nancy Corrigan
Jamie Magee
Michele Bardsley
Rinelle Grey
Erzabet Bishop
Ani Gonzalez
Elianne Adams
Savannah Verte
Lisa Blackwood
Crystal Dawn
Calinda B
D.j. Shaw

Enter the Giveaway before you rush off to the book page.
(Though it's there, too)

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Stevie Nicks Concert!!!


Last night we attended the Stevie Nicks concert with The Pretenders. It was my first Stevie concert and I was really excited, but I really didn't know what to expect.

It was amazing. There were intriguing visuals (mini-movies screened on the back wall with ornate frames, dropping chandeliers, light changes, iconic images like goddesses and owls), fantastic solos, and vintage Stevie details and trademark eccentricity.

She wore the Belladonna throw and went on a ten minute spiel about how it was made from silk chiffon and was practically indestructible. She talked about her days in Fleetwood Mac and her solo career and how she always wanted to be a part of Tom Petty's band, but he didn't let her because "there were no girls in Tom Petty's band." She performed a moving, heartbreaking tribute to Prince.

There was a crescent moon, and squiggles, and faeries. Yes, the pic sucks, but it was wonderful. Trust me.

Her style was impeccable and her signature blonde mermaid hair did not move throughout the performance. I don't know, how she managed that. Was it magic or did she glue her bangs to her forehead.

Rhiannon definitely was magic and her Landslide practically made me cry.

I know I've overused the word "magic" twenty-thousand, but, really, no other term fits. "Enchanting" is not strong enough. "Thrilling" does not really do justice to the enthralling spectacle. It was, quite simply, magic.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Dr Strange Movie Review



This movie was insanely good. I've been a Dr. Strange fan since childhood and that may be coloring my perception, so take my review with a grain of salt, but, as far as I'm concerned, this movie was perfection.

The special effects were OUT OF THIS WORLD. Yes, most of it we've seen before in Inception, but in this movie it actually makes sense. The plot was tight. The emotional arc was steady (not an easy feat with one of the most bizarre origin stories in comicbookdom--from surgeon to master sorcerer, really?) Even the romantic arc was perfectly appropriate. My favorite part, though, was the magic. Dr. Strange has a pretty complicated magical system based on parallel dimensions, artifacts, and relics. The spell casting consists of hand gestures and fire sigils which resemble old-fashioned Spyrograph designs. It's a far-fetched hodgepodge and yet the movie made sense of it all.

Benedict Cumberbatch's performance was spot on, but the real star of the show were the visuals. This Dr. Strange universe is a tough one to translate to screen with its odd mix of seventies psychedelia, beatnik mysticism, and Salvador Dalí weirdness. I mean, look at this panel.




You know the Lucasfilm techies hit the bottle hard after they saw that.

Needless to say, I was very skeptical about this movie. I really expected it to end up as a big flop, the final code to the Fantastic Four and Howard the Duck fiascos. Even Cumberbatch couldn't make me optimistic about this film. When Tilda Swinton was announced as The Ancient One, i just about gave up hope.

But I was completely wrong. Well, not about Tilda who was the weakest part of the movie, but I was wrong about the rest. The film was witty, visually arresting, and exciting. For us longtime fans it was two-an-a-half hours of pure joy. When Dr. Strange puts on the cloak in this scene, the audience in my movie theatre broke into applause.


Go see it. It's fantastic.