Shooting a muse sounds like fun!

28 07 2008

I need a break…heck maybe a vaction, on a beach, with cabana boys to be at my beck and call. *sighs* Why you may ask? My muse has upped and pulled a disappearing act right in the middle of a major push for a manuscript that I need to finish ASAP! Add in characters that are just bickering and making me want to tie them to a tree and leave them there to writing over 3,ooo words and coming the next day to have to throw them out because, basically, it sucked! I am ready to bang my head against the wall in frustration and anxiety.

Can it really get even worse? Not sure but I am determined to finish this Manuscript this week even if it means writing all night long while honey and kids are asleep with a pot of tea next to me. These characters are going to fall into line or else I am going to shoot them in the foot. *grins manically*

And here I though Jax would give grief to Rodrick in Haunting Magic. Oh no, instead I get it from them both and I am ready to scream!

*shakes head*

I need to go make dinner and do laundry. Maybe that will calm my nerves and clear my head. This stress is making me sick and annoyed. 😦

Thanks for listening!

Raine D.

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A Fiery Contest going on now!

25 07 2008

 

 

On July 4, 2008 Raine Delight will dazzle us with a new addition to Devon Falls!  Devon Falls: Fiery Magic will captivate you till the last page.

Will run till end of August 2008 

In honor of this release Raine Delight and Phoenix Rising Promotions will be holding a scavenger hunt for a wonderful Sapphire Dragon statue.  Visit Phoenix Rising Promotions at www.phoenixrisingpromotions.com and roam through the list of authors websites.  Locate the picture of the dragon and find the lines to the riddle there after.  Locate the entire riddle, the URL¢s they were found at and then solve the riddle for your entry into the drawing for the gorgeous Dragon Statue. The picture below is what you are looking for in addition to the riddle on the sites at PRP.

Send your entry to rainedelight@gmail.com or phoenix@phoenixrisingpromotions.com with “Raine’s Dragon Contest” in subject line. Make sure your snail mail addy is included in case you win.

Happy Hunting & Good Luck!





In the Spotlight: Maryann Miller

24 07 2008

A diverse writer of columns, feature stores, short fiction, novels, screenplays and stage plays, Maryann Miller has won numerous awards including being a semi-finalist at the Sundance Institute for her screenplay, A QUESTION OF HONOR. More recently she placed in the top 15 percent of entries in the Chesterfield Screenwriting Fellowship with the adaptation of her mystery, OPEN SEASON.  ONE SMALL VICTORY, a women’s novel, was released in June 08 from  Five Star  Publishing and PLAY IT AGAIN, SAM is a July 08 release from Uncial Press. Visit Maryann on Web at MaryannWrites.com

 

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Getting to know Maryann:

Tell us about your upcoming release and what you hope readers will enjoy about it. 

MM: Play It Again, Sam is a novel about a woman who must rebuild her life after her husband of 25 years decides he no longer loves her. The challenges are myriad. Can she build a life without him? Will her daughter always blame her? Can she ever trust a man again? And what is she going to do about sex?

         I think readers will relate to Sam’s story. Many who have read advance copies have said that they, or someone they know, has gone through similar experiences. But because this is a romance novel, there is some guarantee of the ending. That doesn’t happen in real life.

 

 

What do you like to do when you’re not working?

MM. I live out in the country on five acres and love to play farmer. There is always something to do with my critters or my gardens and being outside for a while really feeds my soul. Also, I have been very active at the local Art Centre, volunteering and directing plays.

 

What season is your favorite and why?

MM  I love the fall here in East Texas. We have spectacular colors when the leaves start to turn and after a long hot summer, the chill mornings are refreshing.

 

What would we find on your bookcase if we looked? What is one of your favorite authors?

MM. Gosh, you’d find a wide selection of books, as well as all kinds of knick knacks and do-dads. I’m somewhat of a packrat and have stones and shells from trips in little glass jars, as well as small statues and family pictures. It’s hard to pick a favorite author as I enjoy the work of so many. But high on my list are Anne Lamott, Anne Tyler, Laura Castoro, Toni Morrison,  Fayrene Preston, Jonathan Kellerman, Harlan Coben and Dennis Lahane.

 

What was the last book you read (e or print) and did you like it?

MM. I just finished  The Fifth Horseman  by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro, and I liked it. I don’t often read Patterson as I usually don’t care for his writing, but the Women’s Murder Club series is good. Maybe it’s the influence of the co-writers as I don’t find some of the annoying mistakes in these books that are in some of his others.

 

What makes a good book? MM: For me character and a strong plot make a good book. The people have to be engaging; otherwise I wouldn’t want to hang around to the end of the story. And the plot has to surprise me, as did part of The Fifth Horseman. I also really appreciate an author who crafts beautifully written sentences that make me pause and read them again. I love it when I discover a gem such as this one from a book I am reading right now for review,  “A sea of umbrellas burst into somber bloom as funeral attendees stepped out of cars….”

 

What’s the most interesting thing you’ve ever done? MM: I had the privilege of directing one of my plays at the Art Centre here several years ago. Not sure it was the most interesting thing I’ve done, as I’ve directed a number of plays, but it was one of the biggest thrills of my life to see my story come alive on stage. I stood in the back to watch the first performance and had tears running down my face.

 

What was the last movie you saw (DVD or in theaters) and did you like it or not?  – MM: We are not close to movie theatres or video stores, so I don’t see a lot of movies unless they are old classics. Just watched a blast from my past, “With a Song in Her Heart”  a movie from the  50’s. Made me appreciate how far we have come in filmmaking, although I did enjoy the nostalgic trip. My mother and I went to see this when I was a little girl and I dreamed of being a famous singer for months afterward. J We go to live theatre much more often and see some pretty good productions in small theatres in the area. –

 

Is there a little bit of you in your characters?  

 MM: I think so. After all, they came from my subconscious. I think this is true for all writers and the trick is to go back in the second draft of a book and work at giving the characters their own lives.

 

Ben Affleck or Matt Damon to save the world?  

MM: Matt Damon, hands down. Prior to the release of the first “Bourne” movie I wondered about the casting, thinking he was too boyish looking to play that role, but he quickly won me over. He still has boyish good looks, but he can also kick butt.

 

What else would you like readers to know about you or your work?

MM: I have another book, Open Season, the first book in a proposed series under consideration at Five Star – the publisher of One Small Victory, which came out just before Play it Again, Sam. I am hoping to hear something soon about that. Open Season deals with racial issues and features two women homicide detectives in Dallas, one white and one black. They are thrown together as partners under less than ideal circumstances and they have to work through a lot of problems in the first book.  I like exploring social issues in my stories and got the idea for the Season’s main characters after reading about racial issues in the Dallas Police Department a number of years ago. In fact, most of my stories, whether novels or plays, start because I am interested in what happened to a real person in a real situation, and I just let imagination take over from there. Play It Again, Sam was based on the experiences of a friend of mine, and One Small Victory was inspired by a true story.

 

 

Where are you published?

MM:  I have a number of nonfiction books with The Rosen Publishing Group in New York. One Small Victory is with Five Star Publishing, and Play It Again, Sam is with Uncial Press. I am also the Managing Editor for WinnsboroToday.com  and Online community magazine here in East Texas.

 

Thanks for coming! J

 

 





WOWSERS! Fiery Magic is #6 on Fictionwise!

23 07 2008

I just checked the Fictionwise AMP page and Fiery Magic moved up to number 6! WOO HOO! Check it out and hey while you are there, grab it!

http://www.fictionwise.com/eBooks/AspenMountainPresseBooks.htm?cache





In the Spotlight: Kara Griffin- A Sexy and Sassy Book Tour

22 07 2008

Tell us about your upcoming release and what you hope readers will enjoy about it.

My latest book release is Cosmic Hearts, the first book in the cosmic series. It’s a sci-fi romance filled with laughs, sexy scenes, character’s you’ll come to love. Cosmic Hearts is the story of Chance, who must find a new planet for his people. He chooses Vestalumbria a planet full of women…and the sexy Valeen. Now he’s in a race to get her to accept him in order to save his people and his heart.

 
If you could have one special super or magical power, what would it be?

One magical power… it would have to be the ability to make things move. I’d love to point my finger and have things magically move…putting themselves away or performing…like mopping or perhaps have dishes load themselves in the dishwasher!

 
What do you like to do when you’re not working?

I’m always working, except when I’m sleeping. I do love to read and so when I’m not writing I can usually be found reading. Can’t help it, I’m addicted to romance.

 
Bad boy/girl or perfect gentleman/woman to write about?

Hmmm…I like writing both/all. I do think writing the bad boy is my favorite though, like Jack in Cosmic Chemistry. He was so easy to write. Maybe I’ve met him sometime in my life.

 
If you could visit any time and place, where and when would it be and why?

Oh, (dreamy eyes)… I would love to visit Scotland in the 13/14th century. I suppose it’s because I find the Scots romantic people and their ways fascinating. I would love to stand in one of their homes and really see what it was like. To hear their gruff voices, and to well…I’ll keep that fantasy for myself. lol. One day I will visit in the future of course.

 
If you could be a shapeshifter, what form would you take and why?

Ooooh a shifter. I’d have to say a sexy female lion. To me they are the ultimate female animal. They do it all…keep their young safe, satisfy their men, take care of themselves….the dominate female. Definitely a lioness!


Where are you published? Where can readers reach you?

I’m currently published at Aspen Mountain Press and Midnight Showcase. I love to hear from readers so please visit my website http://www.karagriffin.webs.com or my myspace where I frequently blog http://www.myspace.com/karagriffin or email me at karagrif66@comcast.net

 
What else would you like readers to know about you or your work?

My cosmic book series will be coming out at Aspen Mountain Press this summer/fall and more in 2009! I can’t wait to share all the stories in these sexy sci-fis. I’m also doing an anthology in the Vamptations 2 coming out at Midnight Showcase in October. It’s my first vampire story, which is sure to be sexy and thrilling.

A Sneak look into COSMIC HEARTS:

Would he kiss me already?

She craved a kiss from him, her first kiss from a male. Her body would fit nicely, molded against his. She’d never imagined wanting to feel a male’s body against hers, but his muscular length would feel so sinful. Before she could react, he covered her mouth with his.

At first, she was shocked at his lips touching hers, but when he moved his tongue in slow motions, it ignited her desire. Her tongue didn’t move at all, but she wasn’t certain how to respond to his gentle movements. He continued to move inside her mouth, twirling his tongue around hers. She savored the taste of his tongue.

His body brushed against hers, and his erection came in contact with her upper thigh. Something moved inside her, perhaps longing. A subtle ache throbbed between her legs, and then her breasts joined the frantic desire to be uncovered and touched.

Valeen lost all sense of righteousness. Kissing Chance set her blood to heat [R1] and[KW2]  her mind to slush. She enjoyed the warmth of his tongue touching hers. In the pit of her stomach, a tightening sent familiar pulses through her. The emotions her sexual service machine usually aroused came on full-fledged, awakening an urgent need within her.

Getting the hang of kissing, she began moving her tongue as his was. Mimicking his movements, she concentrated on the taste, scent, and hardness of the masculinity which engulfed her and sent ripples of heat to her vagina.

She enjoyed the personable sensation of the touching between two people. Not that her SSM didn’t do it for her, but admittedly, she longed for something more intimate.

This night, she’d found it—males.

He pulled back to her displeasure, but she smiled. “Stars, Chance, you are some man.”

“Your lips make me want to kiss you all night. I want to taste you and feel you against me.” He sounded as if he intended to do exactly that.

“Do people do this often? Can we do it again?”

Chance chuckled at her plea for more. He caressed her face and used his free hand to hold her against him. She smiled at the way he tugged her possessively.

“Let’s see if I can improve with the next one.”





Meet and chat with Nancy Haddock at Bitten by Books today!

21 07 2008

The wonderful author of La Vida Vampire, Nancy Haddock, is at Bitten By Books today so come on over and post a few questions, see what BBB had to ask her and enter into a few contests. You might win an autographed copy of this wonderful book or even a Gift Card to Amazon. So come on over and chat with this fabulous new author that is garnering great praise for her unique Vampire book. 🙂

http://bittenbybooks.com/?p=673





New reviews are in for Fiery Magic & Red Hot Magic!

20 07 2008

PnR Reviewed Fiery Magic and I am thrilled that Dee loved the story. Check out the review here and see what Dee had to say in it’s entirety!

Love Romances & More also reviewed Red Hot Magic. Val gave it a 3 heart review. Check out the full review here and read what Val had to say in it’s entirety.