This past weekend I attended Siren’s first conference in Dallas, TX. As some of you may know I’ve been having some craziness in my working life, and debated for some time whether I should go to this event, if I could afford it, or if I should save the money for the future when I might be unemployed. After having attended, I am so grateful I choose to go.
Starting on Friday with an awesome writers event that could have continued for hours past closing time, we learned about what’s hot in the genre and what’s not, how to market and promote your writing, and we got to pick the
brains of the top bestselling authors with Siren for how they got where they
are. David and Diana, the publishers, discussed the future of Siren-Bookstrand, and I have to say, I’m thrilled to see the expansions they plan to make. Siren will most definitely be keeping up with the times, and quite possibly surpassing them.
But the most exciting part of the conference was getting to meet so many authors that I have conversed with online or emailed with, and to finally put faces to names. One of the most exciting for me was meeting Berengaria Brown, who was the author that encourage me to submit to Siren, which I couldn’t be happier about. I also met Tymber Dalton, Sophie Oaks, and Dixie Lynn Dwyer, who was my table mate at the book signing and just awesome to talk to about her experience. The funniest part of all, turns out
Dixie and I live about an hour away from each other. Who knew I’d fly all the way to Dallas to find a neighbor. I also got to meet a ton of great readers, including attending a reader’s panel where they got to tell us why they wanted.
Over all it was an awesome event, and really revitalized my energy and passion for writing. Writing can be such a solitary activity, on the rare occasions when we actually get to meet and talk it’s truly a blessing. It was fantastic to be in a room filled with others that I could talk to about my craft and have understand me, not just understand the terminology (when we say mfmm we all know what we’re talking about, but I did wonder on a few occasions what the hotel staff thought of us) but also about the issues of trying to fit writing into life, or how to deal with characters that just won’t
All and all I came back from the weekend inspired to do more. During our author session, Diana asked all the authors who wrote full time to raise their hands, and I was in awe of how many hands went up. Many of my siren sisters are living their dreams, to write full time, and I’m newly inspired to think one day that could be me. I came home, arms full of swag, determined to put their words and advice into action, and I’ve already started to. Maybe sometime in the next few years, I can be one of those with my hand in the air saying, yes I live my dream, every day.
I want to say a big thank you to Diana and David, and all their staff for their work on this event. It was truly amazing. Siren really is one of the best publishers out there, and I am so thankful to be a part of their team.
Next year San Antonio! I can't wait!
Today, I'm talking about the expression, turning lemons into lemonade
, and why that expression has never made any sense to me. And the expression I've made up to replace it, that makes a lot more sense to me. Stop by to see what it is and let me know if you agree with my new turn of phrase.
If you get some time, head over to my friend Delaney Diamond's blog to read our responses to the statement "He owes me jewelry if..."
Be prepared to laugh, we all had such a great time completing that sentence. What we posted was only a tip of the iceburg. Leave us your own response to the statement. We'd love to hear it.http://delaneydiamond.com/2011/04/04/he-owes-me-jewelry-if/
Also, since you're already there, take a look at Delaney's releases. She's got some hot hot hot books featuring some even hotter latin men. Definitely worth the gander.
My buddy Em has another book releasing today (and she wonders why I say I need a second job to keep up with her releases :P She's a writing machine). This is the second book in her Immortal series, and is sure to be full of lots of steam menage sex. I'm sure a copy will find its way to me soon, one way or another ;)
If you get a second check it out.
TREFOIL-by Em Petrova
Buy Link: http://www.eredsage.com/store/product859.html
the husband Lillian LeClair has been bound to since World War II takes her on vacation which turns out to be a tour of cemeteries, she is bombarded by glimpses into a mysterious man's soul as well as memories of her life as a mortal. Once she realizes this mystery man is tracking her, she is frantic to escape. But the phenomenon known as the Calling has her in its grip and Lillian is aboard the runaway train which will inevitably link them.
Famous and centuries-old sculptor Nathan Halbrook is on the receiving end of Lillian's Call, and is tormented to discover the woman he's waited years for is the wife of another man. As Nathan and Lillian come face to face, they find themselves embroiled in the puzzling events surrounding her delivery into immortal life. With the holes of her memory plugged, a sacrifice is made to keep her Walking and in the arms of her immortal mate.
My friend and idol Joely Sue Burkhart's novella Lady Doctor Wyre released today. Check it out. It combines steampunk, menage and BDSM with some upside down regency tropes. Definitely a recipe that could only be Joely. I'm going to be picking up my copy very soon.
A dangerous technology could conquer the universe. Love could set it free.
A Jane Austen Space Opera, Book 1
Charlotte, Duchess of Wyre, once held the Queen's highest confidence--and the technological secret that keeps the royal heart beating. Fearful of what atrocities that Britannia might commit with her research, Charlotte turned to the galaxy's most infamous assassin, Lord Sigmund Regret, to stage her own death.
Even without the simplest of luxuries, seven years hiding in the Americus colony is preferable to one day in the Tower of Londinium. Until a bounty hunter's bullet forces her to revive her research. Now the same nanobots that keep the Queen alive also run rampant in Lord Regret's body. Making his yearly Solstice visits increasingly...intimate...and complicating her courtship with the safe and honorable Sheriff Gilead Masters.
When the Americus colony declares independence, and her humble sheriff makes a shocking confession, Charlotte has had enough. Weary of running, tired of living without tea and silks, she fires a warning shot across Britannia's bow: cease hunting Lady Wyre, or lose the technological power the crown holds so dear.
Her next task isn't so simple. Somehow she must keep the two men she loves alive--and prevent them from killing each other.
Product Warnings: Ladies in positions of power, stylish spaceships, BDSM. A ménage a trois featuring a duchess on the run, a gentlemanly assassin, and a rough-and-tumble sheriff willing to gun down anyone who gets between him and his lady. http://store.samhainpublishing.com/lady-doctor-wyre-p-6286.html
My dear friend Em Petrova has another release coming out today from the amazing Loose Id. If you get a chance please check it out. I know I will be soon...
Buy Link: http://www.loose-id.com/Isoldes-Wish.aspx
With a wild boar on her heels and a naked man before her, Princess Isolde has no clue which danger is greater. When she trips and falls into the dirt at the feet of the axe-wielding warrior, giving her a very close encounter with his manhood, she battles her undeniable awareness of the sculpted man even after she finds he has a price on his head for attempting to assassinate her father, King Adlard.
The bold son of the man executed for sleeping with the king's wife, Sadler attempted to avenge his father at a very young age. Now he's faced with the temptation of King Adlard's daughter and presented a fresh opportunity to right his failed assassination attempt.
But when he learns a powerful earl seeks the princess's hand in marriage, Sadler realizes his passions run deep. Desperate to keep her from the arms of his enemy, he plans to steal her away from the kingdom and make her his own.
There's a bunch of things going on today worth celebrating (besides that its Friday :D)
First off I interviewed Berengaria Brown over at Tabitha's Nocturnal Nights. Stop on by here all her theories about writing and her guilties pleasures. http://tabithablake.blogspot.com/2011/01/author-interview-of-berengaria-brown.html
Also my friend Em Petrova has two releases today!!
Tattoo Dreams now avaliable with Breathleass press and Bachelorette, which is part of a great new Valentine's anthology call My Sexy Valentine with Renaissance Ebooks Sizzler Editions. If you get a moment today, check out these two great works.Tattoo Dreams
Sascha and Van are happily married. Their successful tattoo parlor should be enough to keep their lives full and enriched, but they both sense a void that only a third in their marriage could fill. Sexy waitress Maggie seems to be just the one they've been looking for. At the risk of ruining their friendship with Maggie, the couple makes the move to get her into their tattoo chair, with the hopes of getting her in their bed.Bachelorette
A spirited woman is deserted by her fiancé, but five delectable Frenchmen have a plan to comfort her out of her Valentine's Day blues—and bridal garments.