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CONTEST! A non-hobbit birthday

Win a book!

Though I may be shaped like a hobbit, I’m not actually one…however, since my birthday approaches (Saturday!), I’ve decided to follow hobbit custom and give out presents to my fans/friends.

Comment below (or on my LiveJournal) on what you’d like to see happen to any of my characters (or how you envision the future) and you’ll be entered to win one of the following: (your choice)

A copy of BLOOD KIN
A copy of BLOOD HEAT (hot off the presses on 10/26/10)

Contest will run through September 15, 2010. Winners will be chosen via random drawing.

Other cool news

For those of of you who follow my non-fiction work, I am pleased as all get out to announce: Whedonistas: A Celebration of the Worlds of Joss Whedon by the Women Who Love Them. Edited by the same wonderful team who brought you Chicks Who Dig Time Lords, Lynn M. Thomas and Deb Stanish. My essay: “I am Joss Whedon’s Bitch” is included in the anthology, along with essays by such fabulous writers as: Elizabeth Bear, Sharon Shinn, Jeanne Stein, Emma Bull, Nancy Holder and many more.

Whedonistas will be out March 2011 via Mad Norwegian Press, but is available for preorder now. Amazon B&N. The book is not yet listed at Indiebound, but I’m sure it will be shortly.

Hope all my US and Canadian buddies have a fabulous Labor/Labour Day weekend!! Please make sure to tell all your friends about the contest.

Friday fribbles: this is not a post about packing or moving

(though the packing & moving is still happening!)

A few things that may be of interest:

The upcoming anthology, A Taste of True Blood is now available for preorder. Link goes to BenBella’s site, but it can be preordered wherever books are sold. My essay in the book is about Merlotte’s, titled: Home is Where the Bar Is. It’s all about how Merlotte’s is like True Blood’s version of Cheers, Ten Forward and all those great TV show neighborhood hang outs…and why that’s important. (Double thanks to all of you guys that helped me with names of hangouts!)

My bibliography page is now updated.

I just saw the first draft cover for Blood Heat and I am psyched! I’ll share with everyone as soon as I can.

Simon & Schuster has updated my author page. There’s now a photo plus the listing for Blood Heat.

Hope everyone is having a great Friday!!

Writing, reading and Kindle

I spent today writing, napping, reading and writing some more. BLOOD KIN has broken 52,000 words and today’s word count was just under 3,000. Yay for me!! I even like the new direction the story’s taking. It was a tough writing week, but the mojo seems to have returned (Thanks, Toni!!)

I have to admit, I totally succumbed to the new Kindle2 shine. I ordered mine on Monday, before midnight, so it’s supposed to arrive on 2/26 (2 day shipping). Even though there’s no SD port, the 2GB storage is WAY more than enough. I just backed up all my files on my current SD card and Kindle, and 776 files later, I only had 253 MB. LOADS of more room on the new Kindle. Plus, it seems to be better designed. Yippee!!

Also of the good, thanks to a heads up from storm_grant, both my current books are on the fantasy bestseller list on Fictionwise.

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The (re)Birth of a Series

My story: I will tell you it.

In 2000, I moved to the DC area from San Antonio, TX. That’s when I began writing fiction seriously.

In 2004, my first short story, The Butler Didn’t Do It, was published in Chesapeake Crimes I, and garnered an Agatha Award nomination for Best Short Story.

In 2005, version 1.0 of Matters of the Blood was published by the same publisher that did the anthology. A few months later, said publisher fell off the map and many authors were angry because we never got paid…I had a 3 book contract. ::grrr arrgh::

In 2006, thanks to John Betancourt’s attending my panel @ Malice Domestic, Juno acquired Matters as a reprint. The trade paperback edition came out in March 2007.

In 2008, Matters was once again reborn, as a mass market paperback, followed by the 2nd in the Blood Lines series, Blood Bargain.

Now, in 2009, the Blood Lines series will once again be reborn as part of Juno/Pocket – as per the schedule below.

Juno/Pocket schedule for 2009:
* June 2009: Amazon Ink, Lori Devoti (first of series)
* July 2009: Vicious Circle, Linda Robertson (first of a series)
* August 2009: Demon Inside, Stacia Kane (second of series)
* September 2009: reprint Matters of the Blood, Maria Lima (first of a series)
* October 2009: reprint Blood Bargain, Maria Lima (second of series)
* November 2009: Blood Kin, Maria Lima (third of series)
* December 2009: Vampire Sunrise, Carole Nelson Douglas (third of series)
* January 2010: Hallowed Circle, Linda Robertson (second in series)

I’m a very lucky woman.

Oh, the e-book version of Blood Bargain is now available at Fictionwise.

Some news that can now be told: Pocket Books in Co-Publishing Agreement with Juno Books

Folks – I’ve been sitting on this for WEEKS! I found out at Xmas and wasn’t allowed to make it public until Simon & Schuster sent out their press release. Which they did. Yesterday afternoon. After the inauguration. How freaking cool is that?

Press release:


New York, New York (January 19, 2009) – Louise Burke, Executive Vice President and Publisher of Pocket Books, has announced a new co-publishing agreement with Juno Books, best known for contemporary fantasy novels that emphasize strong female protagonists in richly imagined contexts. Juno will become an imprint of Pocket Books, publishing one title per month with the first release, AMAZON INK by Lori Devoti, slated for June 2009.

Juno Books began its publishing program in Fall 2006 and quickly became noted in the fantasy fiction genre for such breakout successes as Carole Nelson Douglas and Stacia Kane and garnering critical acclaim for many of their titles.

“Pocket Books and Juno Books are a great fit,” said Louise Burke. “We’ve seen great growth in this category, are delighted to now have a dedicated line, and look forward to helping to cultivate a wider audience for Juno’s terrific roster of authors.”

Juno Books Editor Paula Guran said: “I’m tremendously excited about the opportunity to help take Juno to the next level through our association with Pocket Books. Both Juno and fantasy readers in general will gain immensely by sales and marketing reach of Pocket Books and Simon & Schuster, while still getting the best of our editorial sensibility.”

Pocket Books Senior Editor Jennifer Heddle will work in concert with Juno Books Editor Paula Guran.
[end release]

What this means for me:
— the Blood Lines series will be published by Pocket Books/Juno from now on
— copies of the current 2 books may be hard to find right now as the agreement went into effect January 1, but my understanding is that both books will be reprinted at some point later in the year.
— Blood Kin will be out in November (book 3)
— because it’s Pocket Books, those of us with Juno will more than likely get a great deal more exposure in the bookstores

So, much with the yays!!!

Dead People: still being written

So, book 3 (as yet untitled) is still in the thinky planning stages. Part of it is that I’m waiting for final editorial on Blood Bargain, which may or may not affect things in Book 3. Ah, the woes of an author. ::g::

I’ve updated my book page to include the cover and ISBN for In the Hunt: Unauthorized Essays on Supernatural, one of the fabulous SmartPop series by Benbella books. My essay, Another Roadside Attraction, The Role of the Trickster in Supernatural will be published in the book (due out March 2009).

I’m very excited about this, as those of you that know me, know how much I enjoy fannish meta. To be able to do this for Benbella was a dream of mine, ever since I read Seven Seasons of Buffy, several years ago. Now, it’s coming true!

One update to my schedule: I am *not* going to be at Creatures ‘n’ Crooks on August 23. Seems I’ve overbooked myself and had to bow out. I will, however, definitely be at Bouchercon.

I’m hoping to figure out a way to make it to Calgary for World Fantasy this year. I enjoyed myself so much last year, I want to attend. However, 2 trips to Western Canada in as many months might just not work out. Keep your fingers crossed.

(xposted from website)

Joy of Joys

I may be home with a massive sinus headache, but the gods they are good to me.

Sean, chief editor of Wildside Press has posted my final book cover on his blog.

I spent the greater part of the weekend fighting off some sort of sinus something. It won and I am home from work with the headache that would not quit, but I don’t care, because my book cover is fab and, if the printing gods are good, I shall have copies in my hot little hands next week for my event at the Alexandria Public Library.

Now, back to bed.