Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Shameless campaign pandering

This week, BittenbyBooks.com is holding the first of 5 rounds of reader polls to choose who will be the Favorite Paranormal Author of the Year in 2009. Several of your favorite League members, including myself, have been nominated.

The poll is on the right hand side of the site and each participant gets two votes! You guys can read more about the poll and leave a comment by clicking here.

And now the bait... The lovely people at BBB are offering a big bag o' author swag to one random commenter each week!

The polling for round 1 ends this Saturday evening 10/3/09 at 10:00 pm PDT. The top two authors moving into the final round will be announced by Monday.

Thanks all!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Cover Copy for Nice Girls Don't Live Forever

Apparently, amazon.com has listed the Nice Girls Don't Date Dead Men summary on the page for Nice Girls Don't Live Forever. I've been asked to clarify what the third book in the series is about. So here you go:


Nothing sucks the romance out of world travel like a boyfriend who may or may not have broken up with you in a hotel room in Brussels. Jane Jameson’s sexy sire, Gabriel, has always been unpredictable. But the seductive, anonymous notes that await him at each stop of their international vacation, coupled with his evasive behavior over the past few months, finally push Jane onto the next flight home to Half Moon Hollow — alone, upset, and unsure whether Gabriel just ended their relationship without actually telling her.

Now the children’s-librarian-turned-vampire is reviving with plenty of Faux Type O, some TLC from her colorful friends and family, and her plans for a Brave New Jane. Step One: Get her newly-renovated occult bookstore off the ground. Step Two: Support her best friend, Zeb, and his werewolf bride as they prepare for the impending birth of their baby . . . or litter. Step Three: Figure out who’s been sending her threatening letters, and how her hostile pen pal is tied to Gabriel. Because for this nice girl, surviving a broken heart is becoming a matter of life and undeath...

Also, just to put your minds at rest, the title doesn't mean I'm killing Jane off. She'll be just as undead at the end of the third book as she is now... Think on that for a minute. :)

Friday, September 18, 2009

Paducah signing

Hey all,

I will be having a signing at 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday (Sept. 19) at Market Square Coffee in Paducah. (Next door to Kerchoff's, across from the Market House Theatre.)

I'll be doing a reading and door prizes. (Did I mention I will be coffee-and-cookie adjacent?)

Hope to see you there!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Me and my Quirky Names

I've been known to pick some weird names for my characters in the Jane Jameson series. Jettie Belle, Dick Cheney, Jolene. And people have asked where the heck I come up with them. So I thought I'd provide a helpful key glossary of explanations.

Jane Jameson: I wanted Jane to be an everygirl. She's a plain Jane. She's a little shy and a lot neurotic. And I knew I wanted her to have an alliterative name like the comic book heroes: Peter Parker, Lois Lane, Clark Kent. And I used Jameson because it allowed Dick Cheney to make a joke on their first meeting that said a lot about his personality and sort of set the tone for their whole relationship. This is a family blog, I probably shouldn't go into it here.

Gabriel Nightingale: Gabriel is Jane's savior, so I wanted to name him after an archangel. And yes, I do realize I misspelled Nightingale. I just like it better that way. And Nightengale was a nice dark counterpoint to Adam Morrow, the boy that captured Jane's heart in high school. Get it, Nightengale vs. Morrow. Night vs. Day. I'm not one for subtlety.

Dick Cheney: For some reason, it just struck me as funny to have a vampire named Dick Cheney. He's been Dick Cheney for more than 100 years and all of the sudden this Republican politican comes along and the late-night hosts start making jokes about heart attacks and accidental shootings. Poor guy. Dick is my favorite character. I love all of my characters, but he's just so much fun to write for. He gets all the best lines.

Zeb Lavelle: Zeb is my sister's middle name. My sister, Manda, is one of my closest friends and I wanted to honor her. Also, it's a family name. Manda was named after our great-grandmother. And as much as we loved her, both Manda and I agreed that we weren't naming our kids, "Zeb." So this was a way to pass the name along without actually passing it along to another generation. And my favorite character on Buffy, Xander's, middle name was Lavelle.

Jolene McClaine: Jolene the werewolf comes sweeping into Jane's life and basically steals her best friend. So I got Jolene from the Dolly Parton song, "Jolene, Don't Take My Man Just Because You Can." Jane doesn't have romantic interest in Zeb, but she still feels threatened by Jolene. And McClaine is from Die Hard, my favorite action movie. Hey, I have layers.

Jettie Belle Early: Jettie Belle was a many-times great relative on my mom's side whom I'm said to resemble. Really, you put the pictures of us next to each other and it's uncanny. So there you have it, a little window into my rationale. I hope that helps!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Check out this month's BAZOOKA

I've known Crystal Galloway since sixth grade. It did not surprise me when she started her own independent, slightly subversive local newspaper, BAZOOKA. Because Crystal herself is independent and slightly subversive.

And I was fortunate enough to be featured in her August issue. The interview was fun and showed exactly how well this woman knows me... which is sort of scary. And she arranged the rather fabulous photo above, in which I'm staking two redneck vampires. (Photo by Jill Tanner)

You can find copies of BAZOOKA at various restaurants and businesses around Paducah(Fat Moe's, Roof Brothers, di Frat's, Maiden Alley Cinema, etc.) or download the PDF.