I first heard this on the radio and it sounded just like a typical version until they started singing the days out of order and intermixed other Christmas songs into it. What really sold me on this song was the very end. Anyone that can set the Twelve Days of Christmas to the tune of Africa by Toto has my vote! Watch this awesome video. Ten million other people can't be wrong. :-)
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Saturday, December 5, 2009
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
1. Mace, what made you want to become an FBI agent?
I know this may sound corny, but I really wanted to fight crime. I considered becoming a police officer but love challenges and I knew it was a challenge to get into the FBI. I can't resist a challenge whether it has to do with my job… or getting the attention of an attractive female.
2. How long have you done it? Is it in your genes?
Right out of college. I obtained my B.S. in Criminal Justice with a minor in Spanish.
Since I speak Spanish it didn’t take much to learn Italian. I sort of look Italian so the agency thought I’d fit right in with the Mafia. Manni Spinozi is one of the worst mob bosses out there. After three years of being a junior agent, I went undercover to infiltrate the Spinozi family.
No, it’s not in my genes. My father was a college professor. No one that I know of in my family was in law enforcement.
3. Have you ever shot anyone?
Yes. I’ve shot several subjects. I’ve killed one out of self-defense. He was actually Spinozi’s brother. He shot me first when I was “made” by the family. Half of my thigh is gone. It’s an ugly injury and put me out of commission.
4. So you are out on disability right now? How do you like that forced vacation?
Yes. I am doing physical therapy, trying to redevelop the remaining muscle in my thigh. I walk with a slight limp when it is bothering me. I want to work my way back to full strength so I can get back to work.
I needed a break, so I’m not complaining too much. But I wish it was just a vacation and not a “recovery.” I was getting pretty worn out physically and mentally playing the role of a mob thug 24/7.
5. Are you glad to be home?
Yes, I was gone – deep undercover – for two years. So it’s nice to be back home, being myself and not having to act a part.
Though I came home to find a stranger in my house.
6. A stranger? Who was it?
Yes, I had no idea someone was living in my house besides my sister. It has made being home a little more interesting. And that’s putting it mildly.
You’ll have to read Banged Up, which is my story, to find out who she is.
7. Do you have any siblings?
Yes, one sister, Maxi. She was living in my house while I was away undercover. But I came home to find out she had married and went on an extended European honeymoon. Apparently, she let this stranger live in my house while she is gone.
8. How about love interests?
A man doesn’t kiss and tell. But if you really want to know, again, you’ll have to read Banged Up which available now at Liquid Silver Books.
9. What do you think about a story that was written about you?
I found it interesting… I can’t complain about the steamy scenes and I really liked the ending.
Find out more about Mace Walker in Banged Up by Jeanne St. James – available NOW at Liquid Silver Books (www.tinyurl.com/bangedup). You can read about Banged Up, including an excerpt, at her website at http://www.jeannestjames.com/.
Keep up to date with erotic romance author Jeanne St. James by checking out her blog at http://jeannestjames.blogspot.com/, her MySpace page at www.myspace.com/jeannestjames, her Facebook page at www.facebook.com/jeannestjames. And she Twitters at www.twitter.com/jeannestjames.
Jeanne also has a m/m erotic novella, Rip Cord (http://tinyurl.com/phze-ripcord), available now at Phaze as part of their “rebel” themed Heatsheets (http://www.phaze.com/rebel.html) and a m/m/f interracial ménage a trois, Double Dare, releasing at Loose Id in January.
Monday, November 30, 2009
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Then I was off to Author Mania. Here's a pic of me with the lovely and fun Natasha Moore. We were scheduled for the same time slot for signing. All the G-Ms were together.
I spent the afternoon attending workshops. The first was about the Author/Editor relationship cast as an arranged Victorian marriage featuring Raelene Gorlinsky (in the top hat) and author brides: Lynn LaFleur, Samantha Kane & Kristin Daniels.
Thursday, October 8, 2009
I also had a chance to sit and chat with Natasha Moore for awhile. We knew each other from online groups (EC and RWA) so it was fun to connect a face with a name and get to know her. She has a brand new book out from Samhain Publishing, Bound By Design - be sure to check it out.
I'll try to keep you posted about what happens this weekend. But you know...what happens in the Cave stays in the Cave!
Sunday, October 4, 2009
NOTE: I had a couple of things wrong. Hint for all of you out there - always CHECK on things before you leave. Saturday is "Authormania" where the authors hang out and meet with readers. We can also sign books that people have brought with them. Then on SUNDAY is the official book fair where they will be selling books and authors will sign.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
EC authors have been sharing confessions of their "secret lives" in the lead up to Romanticon. My secret was revealed on Monday.
Today, on Jeanne St. James blog, I reveal "the rest of the story" so drop by and find out how I was able to hit a cop with a nightstick yet not be arrested!
Friday, September 4, 2009
When they announced this fun idea, we (EC's Authors) were told to provide a tantalizing secret to share that would introduce us to our readers. I think this is a totally cool concept. Yes, it could end up under the category of TMI - too much information - but so far it hasn't.
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
The review reads:
"It's good to see two strong but imperfect protagonists find perfection with each other. This historical with paranormal overtones features passionate love scenes that are frequent and inventive, but still tender. Readers will enjoy the dominant protagonist who requires a submissive spouse in the bedroom but supports her confident nature outside their sexual encounters."
She liked it. The reviewer really liked it! Yaaaay!
Monday, August 24, 2009
The library was as impressive as I expected it to be. The staff who led the tour were very nice and extremely knowledgeable. All the buildings in DC are beautiful, but I looked around the library and tried to imagine working in such a beautiful location. I'd never get anything done.
Yes, the image is as shiny as it looks to the right. The gold is...I think...real gold. It sure looked like it to me. This art piece is astonishingly beautiful and it's huge.
Sunday, August 23, 2009
In my preparations for Romanticon, I wanted to get a book video completed for Protect and Defend. I wasn't sure how to complete one myself so the kind and talented Fran Lee created a wonderful one for me.
She did a wonderful job with it. I hope you like it.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
I just went to the Jasmine Jade site to see what books were available on sale...MINE IS!!! Protect and Defend is out in trade paper and on sale for $15. OMG. I can't believe it. Like wow!
Protect and Defend in trade paper at Jasmine Jade Enterprises.
Friday, July 10, 2009
The RWA National Conference is quickly approaching and I'm nervous and feeling out of sorts. I haven't really gotten myself together and I leave on Sunday. Robin Rotham is going to pick me up as she passes through Iowa and by the end of the trip we will either adore or loathe one another. :-) I'm voting for the former. I think Robin is a pretty cool chick AND an excellent writer.
Still, when I attended RWA two years ago I was so much more organized than I am this year. I feel like a chicken with my head cut off...flopping around mindlessly while people wait for me to wind down before they throw me in the pot for supper. Yeah - it's a rather grim kind of metaphor but it fits.
I'm looking forward to touring Washington D.C. though. I've never been in the nation's capitol before so I'm planning to hit all the sites. Or as many as I can get to between conference sessions and parties. I'm planning to visit the Library of Congress and the Holocaust Museum. I want to see all the monuments. Washington, Lincoln, VietNam, WWII, etc. If I can manage it, I want to visit the National zoo too. Not sure about that one though. I'm going to take a ton of pics - that much is certain.
Saturday, July 4, 2009
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
I want to welcome my guest today, Delilah Marvelle. She's the author of Mistress of Pleasure and the soon to be released, Lord of Pleasure.
When I was in high school, I had a dream. I was going to be the next Stephen King. Heh. Yeah. Stay with me. Please. I knew my ideas were fabulous and I knew all it would take is for an editor to look at it and they would offer me up the moon and the stars and best of all, a contract. I had my girlfriends read everything I wrote. And they kept telling me, “This is fabulous! It's SO funny! Hilarious!” Seeing it really wasn't supposed to BE funny, I immediately changed course realizing I actually had a better handle on being funny than scary. I also figured adding a romance into it would even make it better since that is what I loved to read.
I then entered college as an English major. I was going to be teacher and write during the summers. Even then I was a smart girl who knew I wasn't going to make jack and that I needed a job to support the “creative” one. Throughout all of college I wrote historical romances. One right after another. And kept submitting. And submitting. And submitting. And kept getting rejected and rejected and rejected. In the meantime, I got married. I had two kids. I joined RWA. I got critique partners. I did honed and honed and honed the crap out of my writing. And kept writing and getting rejected. I eventually racked up over 200 rejections and had written over 40 books in those 11 years of trying to get published.
When I finally sold my first historical romance, MISTRESS OF PLEASURE, and my second book, LORD OF PLEASURE, I was beside myself. It didn't feel real. To FINALLY arrive at a destination I had been traveling toward for 11 long years seemed like a mirage. Which fortunately, I quickly snapped out of. Because after all, most of my friends are all published and unpublished writers and the stories they all have told me throughout the years made me realize I had to fight with fists up for myself every step of the way. I knew publishers did little to no promotion for their authors, so I spearheaded my own promo, ready to be more than just an author. And even though I was budgeting very well and spending countless hours networking and promoting on websites and blogs, doing tons for free, I still ended up spending $7,000 on my first book. Which was way more than my advance. But hey, every business starts in the red. Right?
Then the reviews started coming in about my series set in 1830 London England about a school that educates men on the topic of love and seduction. People loved it! Wow. It got nominated for awards. Wow. Readers are e-mailing me raving. Wow. Readers from France, Austria, Poland, South Africa and from all over the U.S and the world.. Wow. It just kept getting better and better. I was beginning to feel as if every penny I spent was all worth it (even though my family and I weren't going on any vacations and were eating out of cans). Because all that mattered was that my publisher loved me and my readers loved my series.
Come contract time, I'm ready for whatever they wanna throw at me. Or so I thought. Mistress of Pleasure, though completely sold out and unavailable anywhere (unless it's a used copy, some going for a ridiculous amount of $40.00), hadn't done as well as my publisher had hoped. So without waiting for the second book to come out to see if the series was even worth saving, I get a rejection from my own editor citing lack of sales.
I have to say this rejection felt more personal than any of the other two hundred and some rejections I'd received. Because it was no longer “Your book isn't good enough” it became “Your sales aren't good enough.” Since when is an author supposed to be a market guru AND a fabulous writer? Eck.
I love this series. The men in it make me laugh and it broke my heart to think that my readers will never get a chance to read about Lord Brayton, my glorious male virgin. The only alpha virgin I've ever written about. Then I realized something, why I am letting a publisher decide what is worth holding on to? Shouldn't that be a reader's job?
Ah. Herein lies the purpose of my post. I am challenging everyone, be they readers or writers to help me do something that's never been done before. Save a series from a death sentence given by a publisher. Can it be done? Who knows. But I eat challenges for breakfast and I hope you do to. Please join me in saving my series. Come August 4th, tell everyone you know (yes, even your 72 year old grandfather) to buy the book, Lord of Pleasure. In doing so, you'll have a chance to win one of three $50 Visa Gift Cards. How? Check out my website for details at http://www.delilahmarvelle.com/
That said, thank you for all the support and love everyone has already shown me by allowing me to blog about this. Feel free to post and repost this to everyone under the moon and the stars. To all you readers out there, thank you for supporting us writers. To all you writers out there, don't ever give up on your writing. The moment you do, you give up on yourself. Which is why I'm not giving up on my series.
Cheers and much love,
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Friday, June 19, 2009
I found out about a new Yahoo listserv for those interested in making a difference.
Please retweet or forward the info below to any writer interested in affecting a real change.
In response to the debacle that was Diane Pershing's response regarding the current high-level position on digital publishing, a group has been started.
If you think digital publishing has a place in our world
If you think digital publishing needs a voice in RWA
If you think digital published authors deserve education on the ins and outs of specifically digital publishing
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Friday, June 12, 2009
Bitten by Books reviewer Megan said some really cool things about my first book.
"Francesca Hawley wrote Protect and Defend so well that you can actually feel the emotions that the characters went through coming off the pages."
Yaaaay! She liked it. She really liked it!
"Ms. Hawley is a new to me author and i found her writing style to be easy – very edgy with an underlying element of fun. It has a “expect the jack to jump out of the box at any minute” feel and this sort of tension filled expectation continued a good way through the book. I really like it and it was a pleasure to be surprised."
Breaking News - Protect and Defend will be release in print from Ellora's Cave later on this year. I don't have a release date as yet, but I think it will be sometime in August or September. I'll keep you posted!
Thursday, June 11, 2009
June is promo month for me. Today, I'm blogging over at Embrace the Shadows about what inspired me to find the perfect heroine for Eaduin Kempe. Please join me to leave a comment. One commenter will win a copy of my book, Seeking Truth. Hope to see you there!
P.S. My apologies if you see this post more than once today.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Today my guest is Toni Andrews.
She is the author of a number of books and writes as both Toni Andrews and Virginia Reede. I've really enjoyed following her Cry Mercy Tour because she's funny and shares a lot of herself with her readers, which is VERY cool. Because many of her visits (like the one here) are virtual, you can go back and get caught up with how the month has been going for her. All of her virtual interviews are posted on YouTube. Visit Toni's YouTube page to find out more!So without further ado - or chattiness from me - Here's Toni!!!
Blurb - Cry Mercy
I just want a normal life…even if I'm not entirely sure I'm human.My name is Mercy Hollings and I'm a successful hypnotherapist in Balboa, California. The problem is, my good fortune is dependent on a dark secret. I can make people do whatever I want using telepathy, a power I call "the press." And that ability has hurt some people I never wanted to hurt, so I try to keep it under wraps.
I also try to keep people at a distance…at least, I used to. Recently a group of fearless characters broke through my self-imposed walls and became my friends: Sukey, my receptionist-turned-P.I.; Tino, a Chicano gang leader; Hilda, a wealthy society widow; Grant, a retired millionaire—and Sam, my sexy-as-hell ex-boyfriend.
But with friends comes drama. Tino has inadvertently led me into the dark world of gang violence, and Sukey has pushed me into searching for my biological parents, the only people who can finally tell me who—or what—I really am.
Where to find Toni and her book!
Toni's web site: http://toniandrews.com/
Where to send your Self Addressed Stamped Envelope to get a signed book plate for your copy: http://toniandrews.com/CryMercyTour.htm
Toni's Blog: http://tinyurl.com/ToniBlog
Toni's TV show: http://toniandrews.com/SoManyBooks.htm
Cry Mercy Trailer: http://tinyurl.com/75vl4s
Book Rx, Toni's "Book Doctor" service: http://toniandrews.com/BookRx.htm
Links to purchase the book:
Mira Books (discounted while they last!) http://tinyurl.com/oe8tkd
Amazon Link: http://tinyurl.com/CryMercy
Amazon UK Link: http://tinyurl.com/prh6ej
Barnes and Noble: http://tinyurl.com/pxrx9f
Indigo Books (Canada): http://tinyurl.com/qcycaf
Rendezvous Romance (Australia) http://tinyurl.com/r4g56z
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Saturday, June 6, 2009
Friday, June 5, 2009
Arwen Lynch did a tarot reading for the hero of my latest book, Seeking Truth. Stop by to see Eaduin's responses at: http://tarotbyarwen.com/blog/?p=1812 . At first I had trouble getting back into Eaduin's mind (I've been spending a lot of time with Joe Blackwolf lately). However once I got back into Eaduin's POV, the responses were pretty fascinating.
Stop over at Arwens to comment, because one lucky commenter will win a copy of my book! Hope to see you there!
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Friday, May 29, 2009
This is it! Today is the day!
Seeking Truth is available for purchase from EC today.
To celebrate my release day, I'm blogging about medieval sexuality and research over at History Undressed. One lucky commenter will receive a copy of my book hot off the e-press from Ellora's Cave.
I hope you drop by to share this special day with me, and I very much hope you enjoy the book when you read it!
Friday, May 22, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
In a week and a day, my second book will be released by Ellora's Cave. I'm so excited! I hope everyone enjoys reading Seeking Truth, because I really loved writing it. Eaduin Kempe is one of my hottest heroes.
On release day - May 29, 2009 - I'll be a guest blogger at History Undressed where I'll be discussing medieval sexuality. Stop by and post a comment. All of my commenters will be included in a drawing. The winner will receive a copy of Seeking Truth for their very own!
To whet your appetite until then, here's an excerpt:
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An Excerpt From: SEEKING TRUTH
Copyright © FRANCESCA HAWLEY, 2009
All Rights Reserved, Ellora's Cave Publishing, Inc.
She moaned when he dropped featherlight kisses over her face. His mouth covered hers softly, growing more forceful and intimate with each successive kiss. He teased her mouth open, dipping his tongue inside her parted lips. Vérité jumped, her eyes opening as his tongue explored her mouth. As he lifted his head, his dark eyes seemed lit with an inner fire.
“Do I frighten you?”
“Nay, I’ve just never been kissed this way.” Vérité’s eyes unfocused as desire filled her.
“Have you been kissed in other ways?” His expression darkened, and she saw the glow around him change slightly.
Vérité blinked as she realized she could read his soul, though she hadn’t concentrated on her gift to do so. His spirit reddened with passion, but as he asked his question, parts of the spirit halo surrounding him darkened. She didn’t know whether to feel pleasure or dismay at seeing the jealousy flash through him.
“Only chastely by my brother.” The glow of his aura lightened to a brighter red again, indicating the strong desire he felt for her.
“And your father?”
“Nay, my father never showed me affection.”
“I’m very sorry, Vérité. I understand. Truly. My father never showed me any affection either, but I’m heartily sorry for the lack in your life.” He kissed her and again his spirit lightened, reflecting a glow of gold and white at his genuine concern.
She didn’t understand how she saw his glow without consciously focusing on it. She saw very few people’s spirits without effort. Only her mother’s and her brother Falc’s. Ah, but there had been two others—she’d forgotten. The spirits of Lord Osweald and Lady Annys had all but assaulted her, which is why she sickened in their presence. Perhaps it was the Kempe bloodline that spoke to her, though Eaduin did not make her sick, quite the opposite.
When Eaduin kissed her neck, her thoughts stilled in favor of the sensations surging through her. His mouth teased her skin while his rough cheek sensitized her. The contrary textures increased her need for Eaduin’s warmth. His touch. His possession. She wanted more but didn’t know how to ask him for it, so she clung to him reveling in the exploration of his mouth, her gasps quickening with excitement.
She drew back to look up into his face. “I don’t know. I just know I don’t want you to stop.”
He smiled. “Good, for I don’t want to stop any more than you want me to. Come, let us remove your garments.”
Eaduin unbuckled her girdle, letting it fall to the floor, then he released the lacing at her sides to loosen her kirtle. Vérité swallowed hard as he gathered the voluminous fabric of her overdress into his hands, lifting it upward over her head. He tossed it onto a nearby chair as he stared at her then he groaned, shifting his hips.
Though she still wore her underdress and shift, she felt naked and vulnerable before his desire. Heat rushed into her face. Eaduin licked his lips, his hands clenching and his muscles tight while his gaze made a leisurely tour of her from head to foot. If she questioned his hunger before, seeing him thus erased all doubt. Fire filled his eyes as he fought to control his need for her. All those years ago, he’d looked at Mistress Emma similarly, but never had she hoped he might look upon her with such need. Vérité exulted in it.
She walked over to him with more confidence than she felt. “And you, my lord? We should make you more comfortable as well.” He caught her hands as she reached for his belt, her gaze flew to his.
“My lady, I stand on the edge of a knife. Push even slightly and I’ll tumble, taking my feeble control with me. I have no wish to frighten or hurt you.”
“Has it been so long since you’ve had a lover, then?”
“I have been alone far longer than I care to admit.”
“I wouldn’t think a man like you would spend his nights alone.”
“A man like me?”
“A handsome, powerful and wealthy baron. Any one of those traits might incite lust in a woman.”
“Do you think so? Is it my power and wealth that attract you?”
“My pleasing features, then?”
“Nay.” Vérité blushed at the lie, her body always betrayed her in some way when she told a total falsehood and this was one of those times.
“Truly, my lady? Your blush belies your denial.” She shivered as his finger brushed her cheek.
“Well, I must admit your handsomeness appeals to me but neither power nor wealth can sway me. Wealth and power can be a blessing or a curse. It depends on the use made of them and position is the same.”
“True enough. I accept you enjoy the way I look, for I must admit I feel the same for you. Your beautiful hair is but a fitting crown for your luscious form.” He pulled his red velvet bliaut over his head, tossing it to where her gown rested, leaving behind a fine white linen undertunic.
“There. Now we are equally bare.”
“Ah, but I have on one more layer than you, my lord.”
“So you do. Your underdress is a lovely golden color but let us remove it.” Eaduin helped her ease it off so she stood before him in only her shift. She trembled under his gaze. “The linen of your shift is so fine I can see your tight, pink nipples and your red nether hairs.” She shivered with excitement listening to his soft murmur.
His fingers traced her skin along the neckline of her shift, dipping between her breasts so her nipples strained toward him. Vérité whimpered, waiting for him to finally cup her breasts, but he didn’t. Instead, he drew close to her, dipping his head so his lips could follow the tingling path his fingers had left in their wake. His arms encircled her to pull her against his hard body while he pressed his hips into the curve of her thighs. His erect manhood thrust against her lower belly, so she spread her limbs to allow him nearer.
Vérité moaned. Her eyes closed and her head fell back as she wrapped her arms around him. She lifted her leg to hook around his, groaning when he ground his pelvis into hers. He cradled her bottom to hold her in place and hissed with pleasure, his breath tickling her sensitive skin. When his tongue snaked out to taste her, she nearly collapsed in his arms. He kissed the curve of each of her breasts as their hips undulated together, her breath harsh with need. Vérité clenched her fingers in his undertunic, dragging him against her. She wanted his lips pressed to her breasts, his mouth open as he sucked her nipples. More. She wanted everything.
Monday, May 11, 2009
I'd gotten stuck on a love scene. It wouldn't go anywhere and I tend to be a very linear writer. A linear pantser - not an easy combo. Well, I was whining and complaining to Paris and she said. "Francesca, why don't you skip the scene and come back to it. You have all of these other scenes in your head. You need to write them down."
Maybe I'm dense, but I'd not really considered skipping a scene before. I had discovered I'd left a scene out and had to go back to add it. But I'd never intentionally said, skip it. I'm moving on for now. And you know what? It worked. I discovered tons of stuff about my characters and the story is moving fast. I'm excited to sit down at my computer again and I love that! I'll keep you posted, because eventually I'll have to go back and insert the skipped scene. At least now, I know the elements that should be in that all-important love scene.
Sunday, May 3, 2009
Yesterday was a full round day. I worked at the library and we were hopping so I didn't manage to get lunch. All seemed normal as we closed up. I shooed people out the door, checked the library and locked up. We turned off the lights and my two co-workers left for the day. I had a bit more to do, so I went around to all the printers and added paper then I headed to the back office.
I sat down at my desk to catch up on some email. Someone yelled, "Heeeellllloooooo." I looked up and thought what the hell is that? Again I heard, "Heeeellllloooooo." Which needless to say scared the crap outta me. Then one of the exit door alarms went off. I'm sitting at my desk looking out through the glass trying to figure if someone was still out there.
I stand up like I'm gonna take a walk around the library, then I decide NOT to be the stupid heroine in a horror movie. You know, the one that hears a noise and goes to investigate with nothing more lethal in her hands than a pair of scissors? So I called 911. Now, I was pretty sure there was no one out there, but I was so creeped out I was not gonna clear the building myself. I figured I'd let big strong people - in this case dudes with guns - do what they're trained to do.
It felt like forever before they arrived at the back door. I told them to come there because I KNEW the back office was clear. They went through the building to verify we were empty and gave me the okay to go turn off the door alarm. They left and I left right after I called my library director to leave a "heads up" message on her answering machine cause no way was I staying in the building at that point. They probably think I'm a nut job, but better that than sliced and diced by a mad serial killer-who was probably just a freaked out reader. I mean, how do you sit around reading while people make announcements and the lights go out without noticing that the lights have gone out and NO ONE is left in the building?
Thereafter I indulged in a little retail therapy...I went shopping. I didn't spend too much money but I did get a nice pair of sandals. So how was YOUR Saturday?
Sigh. What a day!
Thursday, April 30, 2009
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
There are few things more satisfying than to see your book page set up at your publisher's Web site. Happy sigh.
So if you want to see the new page and read the excerpt, visit the Ellora's Cave Web site at:
Monday, April 20, 2009
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Yup, I took the plunge and joined Twitter- follow me at http://twitter.com/francescahawley
I have been putting off joining this one because I worried that it might be a time sink or that I might get totally lost. Yesterday, I attended an IRN meeting and our speaker was Cheryl Corbin who gave us all a presentation about Twitter and how you can make it work for you as an author. It was really helpful so I decided to try to enter this whole new world. I'm reserving judgement, but I think it looks kind of fun. So please, tweet this newbie bird over at Twitter and make me feel at home!
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Thursday, March 26, 2009
As soon as the magazine is available on newstands, I'm buying three copies. My book is also featured in a gorgeous color ad in the magazine too! Life is pretty darn good.
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Also, on Saturday I didn't blog because I didn't have anything to whine or rant about. Things are going pretty well with me. I received my royalty check yesterday and was able to deposit it. The only thing to complain about now is the time it takes for the check to clear. But it's where it needs to be and I'm a happy camper.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
On Saturday, I'll be adding my weekly contribution to The Otherworld Diner. For the next two weeks we whining. I'm not sure what to whine about really. I guess I'll surprise you...and me. Hope to see you there!
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Now I just need to figure out what to do next. I've had several ideas for my next project. The rock singer isn't going to happen right now. So I've been messing with ideas and I found a shapeshifter idea I'd gotten a good start with and I think I can get it written soon.
A female packleader needs a mate to placate her nervous pack. A shapeshifter orthopedic surgeon needs a mate to impress the head of his practice. They're matched by Predator-match.com - and the sparks fly - True Mate style. While the two alpha True Mates fight for dominance in the bedroom, the doctor has to fight his dominating instincts and follow his packleader.
I like what I have written so far. I'll let you know how things go!
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
I figured - hey the story is 121, 032 words. Nooooooo problem. Yeeeeeeees, problem. I like words. In fact, I love words. Especially mine. The good news is that I've been rereading the story so that I can find words to cut and ya know...I REALLY like it. I've fallen in love with my hero (Eaduin) all over again. My heroine (Vérité) is spunky - in a good way. The sex scenes are smoooooookin' hot. The scenes I wrote to make people cry - well, they made ME cry. I think I just might be a pretty good writer. How's that for modesty! LOL
I'm down to just 119 words left to cut, but now I'm confident I can get there. It's just a bit painful slicing and dicing my "baby". I've received the word from my editor though that we can move forward with the REST of the editing as soon as I get the words out. I'm on fire now. I want to get this book edited and out there for everyone to enjoy - not just me.
I'll keep you posted.
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
I'm so excited and happy, I can't tell you. To have one book released and another shortly on the way is a real dream for me. The other thing that's really neat is that this is a medieval romance - one of my favorite kinds of romances to read - when they are done right. By which I mean well researched. I worked very hard to make sure I'd done my research with Seeking Truth and it must have paid off.
I felt lousy this weekend - on Thursday night, I fell down went boom! Ouch! But this was definitely good for my emotional well-being. My contract is winging its way to EC as we speak so I hope I'll be able to get on the docket for a release date soon. When I have a release date...and a cover...I'll let you know!
Here is the current blurb for Seeking Truth...
Pain. Baron Eaduin Kempe has experienced enough of it to last him a lifetime, yet again it stalks him. Judith, his beloved foster mother, suffers in agony which cuts like a blade to his own gut. He'll do anything to ease her pain, even if that means that he, a man of dominant, fierce passions, must marry an innocent, convent-raised healer to obtain her services.
Witch. Lady Vérité de Sauigni fears this accusation more than any other, because of her psychic gift to see truth. A convent should be a haven for service to God, but her father made it her prison. Vérité will do anything to escape, even marry a sensual, handsome man who only wants her for her healing skills.
Vérité's healing skills, though prized in her new home, can't save her from charges of witchcraft when King Stephen and His Court arrive at Kempe Castle. Will Eaduin honor the vow she extracted from him to kill her so she won't suffer under questioning? Or will he do more? Will he risk his life for love?
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Saturday, January 31, 2009
I can't believe it but today is the LAST day of January. Where did the month go?
January 7th was the best of times and the worst of times (to quote Dickens). My book was released and someone dropped by my buy page the same day to say something negative. Talk about getting your bubble burst in a major way. But you know, when I posted here readers took up my challenge to decide for themselves whether they like my book. And you know what?
I've received some wonderful feedback and comments from my web site and I want to thank all of you for taking the time from your lives to share with me that you enjoyed my book. It means SO much. I thank those readers who went to my buy page over at EC and left positive comments too. You folks are the total best. I'll try my hardest to keep you in reading material in the future!
I want to thank the groups who've invited me to blog with them. On January 20th, I was the featured author at The Raven Happy Hour Web site and blog. I had a great time over at the Star-Crossed Romance blog. Be sure to check out my post there from Monday, January 26. I'll keep you posted as my future guest spots and features happen!
I've also been buying in to advertising. One of the first places I bought an ad was an EC shared ad for Realms of Fantasy Magazine. This week, ROF announced that the April/May issue (in which we bought an ad) will be the last issue of the magazine. The Locus Magazine Web site and the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Inc. confirmed the news. I'm so incredibly sad. I've read the magazine off and on for years and it's a great vehicle for fantasy authors to get their work published. If you have a Facebook account - there is a "Save Realms of Fantasy Magazine" group there. Please join and offer your support. There is also a group over at LiveJournal as well.
I've bought advertising in Romantic Times too - both the May and July issues of the magazine will feature my cover (along with eleven others) in a full color ad. So keep an eye out for my book. Also, I'm keeping my fingers crossed that my book will be reviewed in the May issue. If it is, I'll let you know. Then I'll either be floating in happiness or down in the doldrums. The good news is that regardless of the rating, a whole LOT of people will see the book.
Speaking of reviews... I have two very good ones which I'd like to share with everyone. These two have made me really happy! Yup - they are GOOD reviews. LOL
Tina at TwoLips Reviews gave me Five Kisses. Count 'em...FIVE!
In part Tina says, "Francesca Hawley has a brilliantly crafted novel in Protect and Defend. I loved the blend of the cops and robbers mystery and the hot spicy romance. I truly could not put Protect and Defend down."
Wow. Happy dance.
The Romance Readers Connection also reviewed Protect and Defend. Gloria Gehres rated my book a 4. I looked around the site and I'm REALLY thrilled. There are not a lot of 4 1/2 and 5 ratings, so a 4 is excellent. Yaaaay. More happy dancing. I'm kinda getting tired and my face hurts from the smiling, but I'll survive.
Gloria says, "PROTECT AND DEFEND is a wickedly erotic shape shifter novel. Francesca Hawley gives us strong, lovable characters, and a story line that leaves you believing, that when you least expect it, fate will steps in and give you a helping hand." She says some other very nice stuff too. More wow.
Yeah, I know. Authors aren't supposed to care about reviews, but I guess because this is my first novel length baby, I kinda do care. A lot. I'll get more blase with future ones, I'm sure. Just like second, third and fourth kids have fewer and fewer pictures taken of all their milestones, I'm sure I'll calm down. This is my time to document each little hiccup and grin. To run across the room with the diaper and shout, "Look, baby poohed!" You know...stuff like that.
My baby (book) is taking its first steps and I'm a seriously proud mama. I know it isn't the same as a CHILD, but this is my version. For now. Or as Diarmid would say, "Indulge me."