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Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

Prom Nights From Hell

Stephenie Meyer, Kim Harrison, Meg Cabot, Lauren Myracle, Michele Jaffe

In this exciting collection, bestselling authors Meg Cabot (How to Be Popular), Kim Harrison (A Fistful of Charms), Michele Jaffe (Bad Kitty), Stephenie Meyer (Twilight), and Lauren Myracle (ttyl) take bad prom nights to a whole new level—a paranormally bad level. Wardrobe malfunctions and two left feet don’t hold a candle to discovering your date is the Grim Reaper—and he isn’t here to tell you how hot you look.

From angels fighting demons to a creepy take on getting what you wish for, these five stories will entertain better than any DJ in a bad tux. No corsage or limo rental necessary. Just good, scary fun.

Amazon Page

Have you read it? Did you love it? Hate it? I’d love to hear!

Update: Progress Report, Blood of Eden and The Contest.

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

First, I’m thrilled to report I am ALMOST FINISHED with the first draft of Blood of Eden (yayyyyyy!) It isn’t due until September first, so I will have a full month to edit, edit, edit. That’s exactly how I like it!

And now, the news I’m sure everyone has been waiting for…

First, the title that received the most votes:  A Dark Skye Novel, which narrowly beat out A Sloan Skye Novel.

And the winner of my Pick a Series Title Contest (selected by a random number generator) is….

tonni06@gmail.com

Congratulations to the winner! And thank you all for your suggestions!

Please check back often! I’ll be running a new contest soon!

My alter ego, Tawny Taylor, is guest blogging today!

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

Check out my guest blog post on the Smutketeers! There’s a prize up for grabs!

Times, they are a-changin’

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

What am I talking about? Book publishing, of course.

If you receive any kind of e-newspaper/magazine, you may have read that book industry is seeing a swift shift from its old (wasteful) system of distributing paperback and hardback books to one that is lean, green and much more profitable. We’re talking about eBooks. Depending upon the source, you might hear that anywhere from 50 to 75 percent of books sold and purchased in the US will be ebooks within as few as ten years. For readers, that’s great news. I’m seeing more books published, in a broader variety, thanks to lower cost (aka lower risk) to publishers. However, it may come at a dear price. The days of wandering your local Borders bookstore, inhaling the scent of freshly-printed books may soon come to an end.

If you don’t believe me, check out this article,

E-Books Top Hardcovers at Amazon,

published by The New York Times.According to the article’s author, ebooks are now selling at a rate of 143 Kindle ebooks for every 100 hardcovers. And Kindle’s bookstore has only been open for 33 months.At this point, paperback sales still outnumber eBooks. But for how long?

By the way, for all you hardcover enthusiasts out there, this doesn’t mean hardcovers are dead…yet. Sales industry-wide increased 22% this year, according to the American Publishers Association.

Want to read the entire article? You can find it here: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/20/technology/20kindle.html?_r=2

10 Paranormal Romance novels on my Keeper Shelf

Thursday, July 1st, 2010

This past week, I joined Goodreads under my erotic penname, Tawny Taylor. After taking care of the basics, I spent hours inputting my list of fave reads. It is a time-consuming process, tedious. But it did bring back memories of all the great books I’ve read and enjoyed. Today I thought I’d list the top ten on my keeper shelf (arranged in no particular order). Maybe you’ve read them; maybe not. If not, I hope you’ll discover a great new-to-you author! Without further ado…

My Top Ten Paranormal Romance Keepers


1. JR Ward’s Dark Lover

2. MaryJanice Davidson’s Undead and Unwed

3. Katie MacAlister’s You Slay Me

4. Gena Showalter’s The Darkest Night

5. Katie MacAlister’s A Girl’s Guide to Vampires

6. Kresley Cole’s A Hunger Like No Other

7. Nalini Singh’s Slave to Sensation

8. Michele Bardsley’s I’m the Vampire, That’s Why

9. Kim Harrison’s Dead Witch Walking

10. Julie Kenner’s Carpe Demon

UF/PNR novels releasing July 7-13

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

The second week of July looks like a quiet one for fans of urban fantasy and paranormal romance fiction. I found quite a few releasing the first week and the last but not many in between :(

Releasing between July 7-13:

My Demon’s Kiss (Lucy Blue)

10 Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance novels releasing July 1-6th, 2010

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

July 1-July 6

Blood Law: A Novel (Jeannie Holmes)

Unholy Magic (Stacia Kane)

Chains of Ice (Christina Dodd)

In Other Worlds (Sherrilyn Kenyon)

Undead and Unfinished (MaryJanice Davidson)

Demon Blood (Meljean Brook)

Bonds of Justice (Nalini Singh)

Cupid Cats (Katie MacAlister)

My Way to Hell (Dakota Cassidy)

Zombie Moon (Lori Devoti)

A FREE way to make a difference

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

Trying not to sound Spammy here, but the issue of literacy is important to me.

Copied from www.theliteracysite.com

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Bookshelf Porn

Monday, June 7th, 2010

IMO, there aren’t very many things more perfect or more beautiful than a wall of full bookshelves.
For those of you out there who agree with me, there’s Bookshelf Porn. My personal fave: this hidden door bookshelf, leading to a room full of books.

Bookshelf door

I just had a bookgasm :)

I WANT

Sunday, June 6th, 2010

Available now at Amazon!.
Emily Fenwick, former NYPD, is now reluctant defender of 1890 New York. Unfortunately for Emily, who hates “the creepy stuff,” she ignored her inner voice, went to a carnival in Central Park, and entered a Victorian tent in hopes a psychic would have some encouraging news about her woefully boring love life. The guarantee she receives of meeting a tall, dark, and handsome stranger comes with a huge catch–he lives in an alternate dimension of the past.

Jack Pettigrew leads a quirky band of lost souls in a battle to save New York circa 1890. Nightmares have come alive and threaten to terrorize a fragile era. Jack leads the “punks,” who have been sucked back in time through a vortex. Each has a fleeting memory of their own death–or near death–and must determine for themselves why they have been chosen for this mission. Is Steamside their Purgatory? Could an Egyptian obelisk in Central Park be the cause of the time rift, or is Emily herself to blame for the goblins, zombies, and other nightmarish scenes plaguing them?

If the Punks want to return to 2010, they must ensure there’s going to be an 1891. If they conclude they’re really ghosts, then it might be time to party like it’s 1999.

Dear Reader, Please note that while this book has some adult content, it is not ultra steamy romance. If you prefer hardcore gadget laden steampunk–look away. While this book has some steampunk elements, it is primarily a fantasy romance. Best wishes!