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And the winner is…..

TJBrown

TJ said… I am so excited to read it… it’s the next on my list!Teri

TJ, if you can email me at shilohwalker@gmail.com, I’ll get you in touch with Jaci.

Thanks everybody!

PS..Blogger is being a pain and won’t let me load the cover pic of Surviving Demon Island. Guh.

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She’s all curves and combat boots.
He’s six feet of lean, dangerous male.
Join them in a game of survival
That’s as real—and hot—as it gets.
What’s America’s top female action star doing on a tropical island shrouded in secrecy? To Gina Bliss, competing in a survival-type reality show is a nice change from fending off on-screen villains. Until she meets real-life action hero Derek Marks. A survival specialist in a tight black T and sexy stubble, he’s arousing every bad-boy fantasy she’s ever had…and testing her survival skills to the max.
Martial arts, jungle warfare—Derek’s done it all. But his latest mission is more dangerous than a stick of dynamite. Try telling that to the sexy, adrenaline-pumped actress who’s got his libido racing off the charts. As the heat rises between them and real-life violence erupts, suddenly Derek and Gina are on the run…and when they uncover a secret so explosive it could blow the lid of their so-called reality show, these two unlikely heroes are about to discover what surviving’s really about….


Did I tell you that I got to read SDI early? :O) It’s excellent.

If you’re wondering what SDI is about, I talked to Jaci about it and here is some of what she told me.

(shi)
Where did the idea for SDI come from?

(jaci)
I actually got the germ of the idea when I was watching an HBO special on the the making of Mr and Mrs Smith. Angelina Jolie did her own stunts in that movie, and thought…hmmm, what if an actress who was very physical, did her own stunts and loved action and adventure was put on an island for a reality show and came up against something paranormal, like demons? Then I matched her up with a demon hunter, and Surviving Demon Island was born.

(shi)
How many books are in the series?

(jaci)
Not sure yet. It depends on how well the series does, but there are a LOT of demon hunters, so it could be a lot of books. *grin*

(shi)
Can you tell us what the next one is about? And naturally… when do I get it…*G*

(jaci)
wellllll, I don’t want to give away too much about the second book or the characters in that book until people have read the first one. But the second book takes place in Australia, one of the demon hunters is a lead character, and you’ll get it when it finishes copyedits, of course *g*

(shi)
You’ve written some books with your husband. How did that come about?

(jaci)
I made him write the first one with me, with encouragement from some of my readers. We really enjoyed it so wrote another one together. Despite the constant nagging and fighting, it’s fun to write with Charlie.

(shi)
What else are you working on right now?

(jaci)
Too many things to count. I’m doing revisions on the second Demon Hunters book, working on a single title Berkley Heat, and a novella for Samhain Publishing. Ack

Thank you, Jaci!

Jaci has generously offered to give away a $10 gift certificate to Amazon, so if anybody has any questions or comments… I’ll draw a winner from those commenting sometime in the next day or so. Jaci will drop in to answer any questions! You can check out her site here

Shi
http://www.shilohwalker.com

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Merry Christmas!

A day late…hope all of you enjoyed a wonderful holiday with your families and loved ones.

The last of the faves contest, $15 to My Bookstore and More and a free download of any of my Samhain books…

The winner was Ddiane

I love ebooks because I can buy it now and don’t have to wait or go to a bookstore. I have them all on my palm handheld which is a godsend because with multiple doctor appointments, I’m never without a book.

Ddiane, email me at shilohwalker@gmail.com and I’ll get the info for your prizes to you.

Thanks everybody for playing and make sure you check back periodically~alot of free books given away here.

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interview Lucy Monroe!!

Hey Peeps! Merry Christmas Eve!!!!!!!!!
Hope you all enjoying family and friends. I want to wish you all a terrific Christmas season and thank you all for the wonderful support. Your enthusiasm for my O’Fallon series overwhelms me. Thanks a bunch!

As a real treat today…

Here is an interview by our own Lucy Monroe. Gives you a chance to see what makes Lucy tick and find out about her great family and faith. Lucy Monroe is a real inspiration and very neat author.

1.) What inspired you to start writing paranormal stories?

I had this scene in my head. It’s the final scene of Ty and Frankie’s story in UNLEASHED. And anyway, I couldn’t let it go. I knew I had to write their story. So, I carved some time out of my writing schedule and did it. Once I got going in their world I realized it was a place I wanted to spend a lot of time and pitched the idea of writing paranormal historical romance to Berkley and my editor was really keen for me to do so and that’s how MOON AWAKENING came about.

2.) Now that you have released books in three different genres, which is your favorite?

I really love them all. Each sub-genre of romance gives me an opportunity to explore different themes, characters and storylines. If I had to give one of them up I’d cry. I really would. LOL

3.) If you could switch places with one of your heroine who would it be and why?

Amanda from The Real Deal, because Simon reminds me so much of my dh and he’s the only man I want to be with. 😉

4.) What is the most fascinating paranormal creature for you and why?

Definitely the shapechanger because there’s this wonderful mix of human sophistication and the primitive. My alpha hero has a reason for being so instinctive and not always led by logic. My heroine can be stronger physically than normal and still vulnerable to her mate. It’s all just very delicious to me.

5) Lucy, are you going to write any more historicals?

My current plan is to write historical paranormals. However, I do have one last straight historical release to be published by a smaller press at the end of next year. Annabelle’s Courtship is about a feisty bluestocking and the rather clueless (but incredibly sexy) Scottish nobleman that decides she’ll make the perfect wife.

6) How do you juggle the diff genres that you write?

I try to take some time off between each book, though that doesn’t always work. The hardest thing to juggle is time spent promoting the books, not the writing itself. I’m always telling stories in my head and writing them is such a joy to me – but the business side of writing can overwhelm me sometimes.

7) How many hours a day do you write? How many hours do you devote to promo?

Not enough any more and too many. Not kidding.

8) What does your family think of your writing?

They’re very supportive and proud of me. It’s an absolute blessing!

9) What is the thing you love most about writing? What do you like least?

I love most spending time with my characters and seeing their stories unfold in my head. I like least not having enough hours in the day to write all the stories I want to.

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The winner from Thursday’s faves contest is Cherie.
Cherie said…
Guardian of Honor by Robin Owens which hooked me on the Lladrana series
Cherie, if you can email me at shilohwalker@gmail.com, i’ll get your prize out to you!
Today’s contest is more books, specifically ebooks.
I love ebooks. Yes, I love print, too. I love holding the book in my hand and I love bookstores, going and picking out the books.
But I also like ebooks. Why?
Several reasons. With ebooks, when I find the book I want online, I don’t have to wait for it to be delivered. I don’t have to worry that it’s out of stock or that the bookstore hasn’t put it out. With ebooks, I can carry 100 of them in my purse. Can’t say that with print books.
So yes, I love ebooks. I have a pocket pc that I carry with me and it’s loaded with probably forty unread books and a couple of old faves. I don’t have to worry that I’ll finish one book and have nothing else to read while I’m waiting at the doctor’s office…the books are right there at my fingertips.
So who here reads ebooks? Why or why not?
If you haven’t ever read ebooks,t oday will be your chance to try. I’m giving away a gift certificate for $15 to Mybookstoreandmore, as well as a free download of any of my Samhain books. To enter, just tell me in the comments whether or not you read ebooks. If you do, tell us why… maybe we can convince some of the non ebook readers to give them a shot.
Contest open until hmmmmm… well, I’m not going to get online to check things out or draw a winner on Christmas, so we’ll let it run thru Christmas Day and end at midnight, EST Christmas night. I’ll draw the winner Tuesday.

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Character careers


A lot of you know Kathy Love and I have created a fictional vampire band, The Impalers, http://www.vampireband.com/. The band will be written into our future books, and the character Ren D’Antoni will actually be the hero in Kathy’s fifth vampire book, due out in early 2008. We both absolutely love music, and are thrilled to be able to play in our fictional world of musicians, but generally speaking, there is resistance from publishers to have musicians as heroes in romance novels. They also aren’t always thrilled to see professional athletes, artists, models, celebrities, and things like chefs.

Yet if you’ve read Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Rachel Gibson, or Lori Foster, you know athletes make amazingly sexy heroes!

The reason usually given to steer clear of the above is that it’s hard for the reader to relate and empathize with someone in such a different lifestyle, and that creative professionals tend to be moody and difficult to live with. I suppose there is also a fidelity issue, since musicians and athletes are on the road so much. Personally, I see it as more of a challenge to write heroines in the above professions- it’s a little hard for the average woman to dredge up sympathy for the rich and beautiful model who just can’t be happy. Or is that just me? LOL.

But on the flip side, one of my favorite books I’ve written, and one of the best received by readers, is Heiress For Hire, where the heroine is rich and beautiful and spoiled. But I think what Amanda showed was that it’s easy to be a brat when you’re raised the way she was… but at the core of it, she is a very loving and giving person. That is her achievement as a human being.

So for me, I think it’s all in the execution, and all in who the character shows themselves to be as a person. I don’t care what they do for a living.

Are there certain professions or settings you just wouldn’t want to read about? Would a musician or athlete for a hero turn you off a story? What about a hero in a traditionally female profession?

Have a great holiday everyone!
Erin

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And I forgot it was Thursday and time for the Thursday 13.

1) Stardoc by SL Viehl

2) Irish Jewels Trilogy by Nora Roberts (yeah, that’s 3 books, I know)

3) Endurance by SL Viehl

4) Natural Law by Joey Hill

5) Elizabeth’s Wolf by Lora Leigh

6) Dream Shadow by Mary Wine

7) Lover Eternal by JR Ward

8) Mage Winds trilogy by Mercedes Lackey (yeah, that’s another 3)

9) Stephanie Plums books (okay, that’s… 12? yep, 12 books)

10) Blue Moon by Laurell K Hamilton

11) Dream Man by Linda Howard

12) Ceremony in Death by JD Robb

13) Passion by Marilyn Pappano

If you want me to add your blog to today’s 13, just leave a link to your 13 in comments and I’ll add you in.

Other TT places to visit…

Sci Fi Chick

Milady Insanity

Erin (the not so innocent… *G*)

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The winner from Tuesday’s contest is Joye. She commented My mother who is 82 is hard to buy something for because she has just about everything-doesn’t cook anymore, doesn’t wear fancy clothes. I need Joye to email me at shilohwalker@gmail.com with the words FAVE THINGS in the subject line.
Today we’re going to talk about my favorite books. Have I mentioned that I love books? I don’t always get to read as much as I’d like. I have little kids, a husband that recently switched to night shifts three days a week and it seems like my list of things to do grow longer every day. Now deadlines play into my reading time. When I’m under the gun, I’m too frazzled to focus on reading that much.
Even when I’m not hearing the ticking clock, I don’t always read as much as I should. There are times when I’m so worn out from looking at words all day, relaxing with them didn’t sound that much fun. But then I realized my brain was getting creatively tired. A writer needs to read almost as much as she needs to write. Plain and simple. It recharges the brain batteries.
I had to take some time off from writing this year because I had to have surgery on my hand. It was probably a blessing in disguise. It freed up several weeks for me to do nothing but read. I finally got some books out of my TBR pile. Some went on my keeper shelf. Some didn’t. I did some rereading of old faves.
I’m going to give away a couple of those faves…
For today’s Fave Things contest,
Stardoc by SL Viehl
For the record, my favorite series EVER. I think everybody who can read should read it.
Elizabeth’s Wolf by Lora Leigh
Very hot, very very good…my fave from her.
Dream Shadow by Mary Wine
her Dream series is excellent, especially if you like kick ass heroines
The Fifth Favor by Shelby Reed
Shelby writes some of the most beautiful romances. I adore her, even though I’m jealous ;o)
Surviving Demon Island by Jaci Burton
Because I’m such a sweet, loving girl, *choke* I got an early read of this. Okay, okay, stop laughing, I’m as far from sweet as they come, but Jaci loves me anyway and let me read early. It’s awesome. Mortal Kombat meets Survivor, Jaci style.
And since I’m talking about faves, I’ll also give away a copy of my fave from my own books, Touch of Gypsy Fire.
To enter, just tell me the name of a book that you would give away. Not because you didn’t like it. But because you loved it and want to share. What’s the book and why would you give it to someone? What made it so special? Post the answer in the comments section and I’ll draw a winner Saturday.
Contest open until 12/22/06, midnight EST.

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Favorite Things

Bookmarks and lotions and dark chocolate kisses…ebooks and red hots and signed books from a friend… these are a few of my favorite things.
Okay, so I’m no song writer, but you get the idea. These are some of my favorite things. I love buying them for me. I love getting them. And today I’m going to take a page out of PBW‘s book and give away some of my favorite things.
Be sure to check back in every couple of days~for a couple of reasons. To see if you won, because you have to email me to claim your prize. And to see if there’s another contest. I have three planned.
Today’s prize is candy from one of my favorite stores, a little locally owned place called Schimpff’s. And since I reckon I ought to promote my Christmas book, I’ll also send you a signed copy of All She Wants, from Ellora’s Cave and Pocket Books.
To enter, tell me who is the hardest person on your list to buy for. Or just leave a name in comments if you don’t have a hard person. Contest is open until midnight, EST, tomorrow, 12/20/2006. Next contest will start on Thursday and it involves some of my favorite books…

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Seasons Greetings!


Mornin’ Scamps and Vamps… this is a momentous occasion. 🙂 My last blog of 2006. When I write this next time it will be January 1, 2007. Hard to believe!

We have a houseful of company right now… I’ve included a photo of our immediate clan at the top of this blog. We were going to open presents tomorrow morning, but there was a mass revolt… I was outvoted, and now we’re opening all the loot in just a little while.

But first we have to eat the coffee cake that’s getting ready to come out of the oven. Yum!

This blog goes out with a special wish to all my online and “in the flesh” friends for a very Merry Christmas…

And to my Jewish friends – a Happy Hanukkah…

Part 2: Well, I didn’t get finished… had to stop for opening presents. Now the livingroom floor is buried under paper.

It is beautiful here today… blue skies and very warm. Doesn’t feel like a white Christmas, but it’s great for “playing” outside.

Hope everyone gets lots of good books for Christmas, and more importantly – lots of time to read them!

Happy Holidays to one and all!

Janice Maynard

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