Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Summoning Darkness Cover

Here's the cover for my YA romance, Summoning Darkness. MuseItUp's newest cover artist, Kaytalin Platt, came up with three different covers based on my description and excerpts. I really liked two of them for their simplicity and also artistic beauty. One had a couple of feathers falling down, the other had a couple in silhouette kissing. My mother loved the feathers, I liked the couple. So I thought, why not combine the two? Luckily for me Kaytalin went along with it and hence the cover for Summoning Darkness was born.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Submission Call: Harlequin

Harliquin's Nocturne Bites line appears to be changing. Harlequin are transitioning their Nocturne Bites line to Nocturne Cravings. The interesting thing about this for me is the word count. Bites were always limited to about 15K. Cravings can reach 25K. As I can't seem to write a short story to save myself, I never managed to get together anything to submit to Bites. But 25K? that's doable.

Here are the guidelines:

Length: 15,000–25,000 words
Senior Executive Editor: Tara Gavin
Associate Senior Editor: Ann Leslie Tuttle
Harlequin Nocturne is looking to acquire bold, exciting, erotic paranormal romance short stories for its eBook program, Nocturne Cravings. These stories should be fast-paced paranormals with strong erotic fantasy and danger elements. Authors should feel comfortable exploring any and all sexual scenarios and shouldn't shy away from graphically sensual situations. In fact, the short stories should contain many erotic scenes that compel and bind the characters together. Strong, emotional characters that grab the readers imagination are also essential.
We are looking for stories of vampires, shape-shifters, werewolves, psychic powers, etc. set in contemporary times. Stories should deliver a dark, highly sensual read that will entertain readers and take them from everyday life into an atmospheric, complex world filled with characters struggling with life-and-death issues. A strong alpha hero is of utmost importance—he should be powerful, mysterious and totally attractive to the heroine. While action-packed and mission-oriented, the scope of these stories should be more contained, with additional focus placed on character development and erotic situations.
All stories should be capable of standing alone; all loose ends need to be tied up, and the relationship between hero and heroine should resolve itself in a satisfying manner.
For published authors, this line is a great way to explore more erotic scenarios and different fantasy elements. Unpublished authors are welcome as well.
Only complete manuscripts submitted electronically will be considered from unpublished authors; no partials or queries, please. Submissions should be sent as a Word-compatible attachment. Submissions should also follow standard formatting guidelines and should be double-spaced and typed in a clear, legible font on numbered pages. Author name and title should appear as a header or footer on each page.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

New Release Contest

I'm celebrating the release of my Urban Fantasy novel, the Chameleon's Bite, with a contest!

Not only could you win a copy of my novel, you could also win a $20 Amazon voucher!!

All you have to do is help me decide what I should write next.

Should I write:

A) An urban fantasy novel involving greek gods?
B) A young adult horror?

I'll choose a winner at random over the next week. Don't foget to include your e-mail in your answer so I can send you the prizes if you win.

New Release: the Chameleon's Bite

 The Chameleon's Bite


All part goddess, part vampire Jade Carver wants is to slay the bad guys. Having an indestructible sword should help. If only it would show up when she wants it to. Being able to see the bad guy coming would be even better.
A deadly Chameleon terrorises the city.
Capable of not only blending into its surrounding – it becomes its surroundings. The Chameleon has noticed Jade and it wants a taste of her.

As if things aren’t bad enough, Jade Carver’s love life is about to get a whole lot worse. Jade soon discovers the man she falls in love with, Dark Elf assassin, Aeron Blake, has been sent to kill her.

Jade might find love in the arms of the mysterious elf. All she has to do it survive his deadly elf blades first.