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The Hunters book

Cross posted from my personal blog…

First off…got the cover for my ebook coming out from EC in Feb.   This is a Hunter’s world story. belonging_msr

An excerpt was posted a few days ago, but if you missed it, here’s the link.

Now…about the Hunter books.  This is one of my more popular series.  I know a lot my readers really enjoy it and I’m so grateful for all the support you have given me.  If it wasn’t for how many people were buying the ebooks, chances are my editor at Berkley wouldn’t have heard about them and decided to check me out…which means I may not be writing for them.

All that support means the world and I thank you.

I’ve mentioned a few times that I’m going to put a different focus on these books. Hopefully, you’ll continue to support me as I make the change.

Basically, as things stand now, Belonging will be the last Hunter book released in ebook.

Future Hunter books will come out from Berkley. These will be longer books.  The stories will be more in depth and more intense, hopefully they will be as good as the original stories.

Right now, there is a Hunter book coming out in print in 12/09.  There’s another one in the works that will be out in 2010 or early 2011.  I’m not going to be putting them out as often, and I’m sorry but the world is just getting more complicated.  More complicated tends to need a longer length, they require more time.

Again, I appreciate all the support I’ve gotten from those who like my Hunters.  I love writing them and I plan on writing much more within that world.

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Love notes?

hotmail Do any of you have love notes tucked away somewhere??? Hubby and I went to high school together, but then were separated during our freshman year at two different colleges. We wrote a letter to each other every day until I tranferred at the beginning of my sophomore year to the college where he was enrolled. Twelve months after that, we got married. 🙂 Graduated together two years later.

Somewhere in our basement there is a box (or maybe two) with all of those letters… two sets …. Can you imagine? From time to time I’ve thought about digging them out and reading them, but I am afraid they might be embarrassing.

My book that just came out three weeks ago, HOT MAIL, involves letters of a different kind. Jane and Ethan were good buddies for years, but never dated. When he got engaged to another woman (thankfully for not more than about fifteen minutes), Jane decided to cut her losses and move on. But five years later, she hasn’t found Mr. Right, and she still has the hots for yummy Ethan.

On a lonely New Year’s Eve she decides to send him a series of erotic valentines, all the way up until February 14th when she will reveal her identity and hopefully win him over. But fate intervenes when her stationery store is vandalized and assistant police chief Ethan comes to the rescue.

Now, suddenly, they are back in each other’s lives… but Jane sticks to her original plan. Ethan is intrigued by the valentines, but not as much as he is fascinated by Jane and their newly resurrected friendship.

Jane finds herself in the position of being jealous of her alter ego.

Sex, humor, and a dollop of danger bring the two lovers closer and closer until in the end, they both realize that a new relationship might be just what they need and want.

I’d love to hear about any of your “secret” love notes. And one lucky poster will receive a set of heart-shaped candles that look like those candy conversation hearts… which actually play a part in HOT MAIL.

I’ll draw a winner at 10PM eastern on Monday night (the 26th).

Good luck,
Janice

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Hey guys!  We’ve got a guest with us today…Michelle Lauren.  Michelle has a book coming out from Liquid Silver in the near future and she’s also a finalist in the AMERICAN TITLE V.

Hope you enjoy her visit with us!

V&S: Okay…standard questions all us writers get asked.  😉  Which came first…oh, wait.  Wrong question.  When did you first start writing?

Michelle Lauren: I first started writing professionally six years ago as a freelancer. At that point, I wasn’t sure what facet of the publishing world I wanted to go into, but I knew it needed to be challenging yet allow me to flex my creative muscle.

My big break came in an amusing way. I’d been trying (unsuccessfully) to get one of my articles published. On a fluke, I interviewed an literary agent who was also a member of my RWA Yahoo group. When the editor of Romance Writers Report, the monthly magazine for Romance Writers of America, passed on my article, I offered to provide my literary agent interview on spec. She accepted and that’s how I got my recurring gig as the Agent Spotlight columnist.

At the time, I thought “on spec” meant pro bono; so getting the first check in the mail was a BIG surprise! But it was a welcome one. After that, I worked as an editor at Cobblestone Press, which was so fun and educational. Working as an editor helped me hone my writing skills and I’ll be forever grateful to the wonderful staff for taking a chance on me.

V&S: Is there any story that you wish you hadn’t written? Is there any story that someone else wrote that you wish you’d thought of first?

Michelle Lauren:

To the first question: Absolutely not. Every story – even the duds – taught me something. Not to say that I’ll publish everything I write (some of my early novels make me cringe in hindsight). It’s like that adage: you have to go through the hard times (in this case, the dud manuscripts) to appreciate the good times.

To the second question:

This is a tie for me. It’s between A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket and L.A. Banks’ The Vampire Huntress stories. Both books are so unique and creative; they pushed boundaries on what was expected from stories in those respective genres – children’s/intermediate fiction and paranormal fiction. That’s what made them memorable and so enjoyable.

V&S: What kind of stories do you write?

Michelle Lauren: I write multicultural urban fantasies. I adore this genre because it allows me to blend my favorite things: the fantastical elements and action of comic books with the happily ever after of romances.

Two of the books I’m most proud of are Starstruck and How to Tame a Harpy. Starstruck (coming in 2009 from Liquid Silver Books) is about a love shy celestial star that crash lands on earth, where her kind are hunted for their life-prolonging energy. Rescue comes in the form of a jaded hero whose touch melts her resistance, but whose past threatens to destroy them both.

How to Tame a Harpy (a story about a love shy harpy with a temper that has a mind of its own, and a genetically-enhanced bad boy with the ability to shapeshift into stone) is a finalist in Romantic Times magazine’s American Title V competition, a contest based on the popular show American Idol. Except instead of winning a record deal, the winner receives a book contract with Dorchester Publishing.

It’s a really cool contest because it gets readers involved in voting for their favorite book. Each round of voting is themed. Round 3 (Best Story Summary) starts January 19th – February 1st, 2009. To learn more, visit my site: www.michellelaurenbooks.com.

V&S: What is one thing about you that surprises people?

Michelle Lauren: I think I’m most surprised when people behave cruelly or do vindictive things.
V&S: Name five books you think every romance reader should read.

Michelle Lauren:

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston. This is an unconventional love story that delivers in every aspect: passion (the exchanges between Teacake and Janie are both steamy and cathartic); humor; voice; and making a social statement. This is a December-May romance, with Teacake being the younger man and Janie being a woman twice married but never divorced (ponder that for a moment; yeah, she was ahead of her time).

Shakespeare. So many modern stories and movies rehash his tales that it pays to know them well.

A Dance Through Time by Lynn Kurland: No matter how many times I read this book (and it’s been many), I never get tired of this. It’s a time travel romance where a contemporary woman travels back in time to Scotland and falls in love with the cranky but gorgeous Highland laird. This is a PG romance, and one of my favorite stories.

This is All I Ask by Lynn Kurland: Ms. Kurland has a knack for sweet romances that keep you coming back for more. This book features an unconventional romance between the Dragon of Blackmour and his unlikely bride. I’m a sucker for jaded men and heroines with inner strength. I also loved that the hero of this book is blind. And he still kicks butt in an utterly believable way

The Taming of Jessi Rose by Beverly Jenkins: What can I say about Ms. Jenkins except that she knows her craft and never disappoints? This book is a Western and isn’t exactly a May-December pairing; the indomitable Jessi Rose is 32 to Griffin’s 25, but I liked that aspect of their relationship. Both are fighters and their chemistry is undeniable.

Michelle, thanks for coming by! For the readers, you can read more about Michelle at her site

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Inauguration

Hi Everyone,
 
Even though I watched the inauguration from my office, I felt as though I was right there–minus the cold weather.  I thought it was absolutely fabulous.  I have page proofs for one book, just mailed off another, and just picked up my young adult to see if I can get a fast draft done before I start my next contracted book, plus I have Rita entries to read.  But yesterday I didn’t work on any of that.  I mean, how many times do we get to see history in the making? 
 
I didn’t actually just watch TV, though.  I had 650 e-mails clogging my mailbox so I whittled them down to 39, filing the most important and getting rid of the junk.  I also pulled out excerpts from books for a flyer that Karl is going to do for me.  I’m getting so good at multi-tasking.
 
And I’m starting the year off right by getting organized one step at a time.  I started this a couple of years ago.  Hey, I never said I was fast *smile*  I can actually see my desk!  Yes, I know, it’s absolutely amazing.  LOL  I’ll admit, I probably clean off my desk a few times a year, but it always piles up again.  I never said I was perfect.
 
I also have extra copies of Southern Comfort and Bad Boys With Expensive Toys.  If you’d like one, I’ll draw two names at the end of the day from the comments (10pm central) for your choice.  Just tell me, are you organized or not.  If you are, give all us unorganized people a tip on how you do it.  And if you’re not organized, what’s your problem area?  
 
Good Luck,
Karen Kelley
 
She needs a place to hide
He needs a ghost exterminator
What could possibly go wrong?
MY FAVORITE PHANTOM
JANUARY 2009
www.authorkarenkelley.com

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Inauguration

Hi Everyone,
 
Even though I watched the inauguration from my office, I felt as though I was right there–minus the cold weather and crowds.  I thought it was absolutely fabulous. 
I have page proofs for one book, just mailed off another, and just picked up my young adult to see if I can get a fast draft done before I start my next contracted book, plus I have Rita entries to read.  But yesterday I didn’t work on any of that.  I mean, how many times do we get to see history in the making? 
 
I didn’t actually just watch TV, though.  I had 650 e-mails clogging my mailbox so I whittled them down to 39, filing the most important, and getting rid of the junk.  I also pulled out excerpts from books for a flyer that Karl is going to do for me.  I’m getting so good at multi-tasking.
 
And I’m starting the year off right by getting organized one step at a time.  I started this a couple of years ago.  Hey, I never said I was fast *smile*  I can actually see my desk!  Yes, I know, it’s absolutely amazing.  LOL  I’ll admit, I probably clean off my desk a few times a year, but it always piles up again.  I never said I was perfect.
 
I also have extra copies of Southern Comfort and Bad Boys With Expensive Toys.  If you’d like one, I’ll draw two names at the end of the day from the comments (10pm central) for your choice.  Just tell me, are you organized or not.  If you are, give all us unorganized people a tip on how you do it.  And if you’re not organized, what’s your problem area?  
 
Good Luck,
Karen Kelley
 
She needs a place to hide
He needs a ghost exterminator
What could possibly go wrong?
MY FAVORITE PHANTOM
JANUARY 2009
www.authorkarenkelley.com

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Somebody told me I needed to get on facebook.

Can’t remember who.  But they need to be punished, and punished severely.  That site is way to addictive, and so much nicer than myspace.

Anyway, so I can at least pretend I’m working while I’m over there, I set up an author page and I’d love it if you would ‘fan’ me.  In effort to make it a little more appealing…I posted a nice long excerpt from FRAGILE in the ‘notes’ section on my author page.  You can check it out here…

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cross posted from my personal blog…

Okay guys…one more excerpt.  The ebook releases today from Samhain~as I mentioned a few days ago, more than likely this will go into print at some point, just not sure when.

Word of warning…this is definitely one of my more erotic romance, however it’s also got some tear-jerker moments.

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