Monday, June 28, 2010

Carnal Moon: Accepted!

Ellora's Cave has accepted my werewolf quickie story, (10K word count) Carnal Moon. This story was offered a contract by another publisher, which I eventually declined. Ellora's Cave is a stellar publisher, and this story will find a great home there =)

I've also been busy working on a new werewolf story, which I'm hoping will be accepted by Nocturne Bites. This one's working title is Moon Thrall, though I hold little hope that title will be kept!

Now I'm looking forward to finishing off Believe with my co-author Kylie, and pitching it as a single title book at the conference! Damn though, the time is ticking a million miles an hour, and still so many words to go! Fingers crossed we get over that finish line!!

Friday, June 25, 2010

Book Piracy

A controversial subject, with two very different reasonings.
*The readers who download our books are likely not to be the people who'd read our books anyway - does this make it right!??
*The people downloading our books for free are putting the readers up in arms who are legitimately buying them, giving them the reasoning of why should I be paying for this when all these people aren't? And yes, creating even more pirates.
There's a great post by Ellora's Cave author, Tracey Cooper-Posey who gives a very valid argument about this sensitive subject.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010


I've read not even one full category book these last two months - let alone a big, juicy paranormal or fantasy book - unbelievable for me. I easily read two or three books a week, I *make* time if need be. Plus it's a great way to make me tired before I drift off to sleep.
Between writing my arse off (and getting seemingly nowhere) until midnight or so and having Miss Two wake up at least a few times a night, my will to read has greatly diminished LOL!!! Don't get me wrong, reading is my favourite pasttime...and I can't wait to start reading my TBR pile very soon! Fingers crossed =)

Saturday, June 12, 2010

June: Qoute of the Month

There are three rules for writing the novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are ~W. Somerset Maugham

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Walking Vs Gardening

I admit it, I hate walking. Walking somewhere new where I've never been before - lovely, but walking the same old road/street day after day in the name of fitness and not looking like a blob - not-so-lovely.
Gardening is my new exercise of choice...yes, even I'm surprised. But Miss Two can potter around with me and there's a great sense of achievement to see my wild and woolly green leafy thing-a-ma-jigs (oh, they're trees) looking lovely and pruned, the ground free from the resident gum's cast-off limbs and the thousands of coco palms sprouting up everywhere.
I've also discovered it's good thinking time (dragging branches to the fire pile does that) kinda clears the mind from the mess of characters/plots/ideas/intermittent ramblings going on in there.
And now my lone, rather dejected looking parsley sitting behind the shed, reminds me it's probably waaay past time to start that vegie patch...

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Supernatural Underground

A great blog has been started by a best-selling group of Harper-Collins authors who write Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance under Avon, Eos and Harper Teen imprints. There are some amazing authors here, Melissa Marr, Jeaniene Frost, Pamela Palmer, Jocelyn Drake, Kerrilyn Sparks and so many more, which includes great witing pal, Tracey O'hara.
I left a comment the other day and was stoked to win a copy of debut author, Sara Creasey's SONG OF SCARABAEUS - can't wait to read it!
Pop on over to Supernatural Underground for some fascinating posts and lots of chances to win some fabbo books!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Special Blog Guest: Christina Phillips

I'm so pleased to have Christina Phillips as my special blog guest! Her hot, historical novel, FORBIDDEN, is released September 2010 through Berkley Heat, and I for one cannot wait to read it!!

Hi Christina,

Welcome to my blog!

Thanks for the welcome, Mel!

First off, I would love to hear a little about yourself and your journey that led to you becoming a writer.

Well, I'm married to my childhood sweetheart (OK I was fifteen when we met... almost a child... lol!) and we have two daughters and one son. All of whom tower over me (even when I'm wearing stilettoes). We moved from the UK to WA three weeks before Christmas 1998, and I decided to get serious about my writing at Easter 1999. I started off targetting HM&B and it was over at the eHarlequin boards I hooked up with my incomparable CPs. Five years later I tried writing first person chick lit and began the daunting task of researching agents. When chick lit bottomed out I wrote a couple of paranormal romances, then to stretch my writing muscles (and also because my CPs said I should!) I wrote an erotic novelette. Foretaste of Forever sold to The Wild Rose Press, followed by another novelette, Touch of the Demon. These sales gave me a much needed boost to my confidence in my writing ability and so I decided to really step outside my comfort zone and write a full length erotic romance. And an ancient historical at that!

A *huge* congratulations on your two book deal with Berkley Heat! Could you fill us in on the call story?

Thank you! It all happened quickly, in publishing terms. The night I signed with my agent she asked if I had considered turning my Roman set historical into a series. She suggested writing the story of my heroine's best friend, and wanted to know if I could complete some revisions she had for FORBIDDEN and develop two outlines for subsequent books by the following Thursday (she was going away on the Friday and wanted to sub to a couple of editors before she left).

Of course I said yes!!! And spent the next five days in a complete frenzy of editing, brainstorming and writing. I'm not sure if I remembered to feed my family or not, in fact I don't remember very much of that week at all! But by the Wednesday I sent everything off to my agent and thankfully she loved it all and subbed the following day. Three months later, on New York's Friday and my Saturday morning, I received an email saying we had an editor interested. I was insanely excited!I had to wait until the following Tuesday before we had confirmation that Berkley Heat wanted to buy. That was a very long weekend!!!

I love the title ‘Forbidden Princess’, can you tell us a little about the characters and the storyline? (Blurb and extract pasted below)

I love the title too! It was originally called His Forbidden Druid, but my editor wanted to change it to Princess and that also fits the story perfectly, so I was very happy. A couple of weeks later she asked if I minded shortening the title further to FORBIDDEN, and I loved that too!

It's set during the Roman invasion of ancient Wales circa AD 50. My hero, Maximus, is intrigued by the Celtic woman who shows no fear before him and refuses to accept his word as law. He soon discovers that although Carys may look fragile, she possesses an iron will to match his own, and if she decides she wants something, nothing is going to stand in her way.

My heroine Carys, a Druid princess, and her people escaped into a magical enclave created by their High Druid, Aeron, supposedly to gather their resources before driving the enemy from their lands. Aeron, however, has his own plans, which include once again taking Carys as his lover. Only this time he doesn't intend to let her go.

You already have two shorts published by The Wild Rose Press — ‘Touch of the Demon’ and ‘Foretaste of Forever’ — are the flavour of these stories similar at all to your Roman book coming out with Berkely?

This is such a great question, Mel. I asked my CPs what they thought, and here's their verdict:

Sara Hantz: Yikes that's a toughy. Your style of writing is similar... very evocative, descriptive... And your use of language is second to none. As for the flavour, I think the latest ones you've sold are more romantic, and clearly have more depth because they're longer. And the setting is different, and explored in much greater depth.

Amanda Ashby: I think you actually found your voice with those two novellas so I do think that your voice is the same, but obviously the setting and the scope of the story in Druid is different.

Is there any advice you’d like to share with any writers just starting out?

I've received so much support and friendship from the RWAus and RWNZ, I highly recommend joining a writer's organisation if you possibly can. Not only will you learn heaps about the business itself but there are also opportunities to join critique groups, undertake writing courses and enter contests to help improve your craft. Plus of course there are the annual conferences which are invaluable and a real highlight in the writing year!

One more thing - I'm sure everyone is sick of me quoting Galaxy Quest, but it really does put everything in a nutshell: Never Give Up! Never Surrender!

What is the hardest and/or worst thing you’ve discovered since publication?

Rejections still happen and they still sting, lol. Sucky reviews sting too but you can't please everyone all the time.

Thanks Christina! Just one thing before you slip off into deadline realm (g), what can we expect from you and your books in the future?

I'd love to explore more of my ancient Roman/druid world. That would make me very happy!

Thanks so much for having me on your blog today, Mel!


He was a master of seduction - but no match for the magical allure of the woman he wanted most.

Carys knew from the moment she first spied on Maximus in his naked barbarian glory that he was a dangerous Roman centurion - his taut, battle-scarred flesh marking him as a fearless warrior. But her desire for him was as undeniable as it was illicit.

Charged by his emperor to eliminate a clan of powerful Druids in Britain, Maximus never expects his mission to be thwarted by the clan's ethereal princess, Carys, his daring voyeur. Falling under her spell, he doesn't realize her true heritage - until he captures her heart as well as her body.

As Carys's loyalties are twisted, and freedom is no longer her single-minded obsession, an avenging former lover threatens to crush Maximus's people into oblivion. Now Carys and Maximus must overcome the devastation of war and face the ultimate sacrifice if their forbidden love is to survive.




Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Pet Photos

Ellie the dog features on this week's Catwalk Wednesday over at the Lovecats Dowunder blog. If you want to share a photo...

Lovecats wants YOUR pet to feature on its Catwalk Wednesday.
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Dahlia, Dragons of Riddich

For those of you waiting on book 4 - Dahlia, the wait is almost over!! I'm finishing off the last few chapters - and hoping to get t...