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Apr
16

Authors After Dark: 2014 Charlotte

Authors After Dark: 2014 Charlotte Authors After Dark is coming QUICKLY and OMG this year is going to be INSANE! I’ll be attending AAD once again this summer and can’t wait to attend some of the awesome events that are planned. I hope you will join me. Here is some information about AAD Charlotte: As always AAD is about the readers, and the amount of awesome we have put together for you this year, you would be INSANE not to attend…   First, our amazing Master of Ceremonies is none other than Alexandra Ivy! She will be doing a cool little event to celebrate your favorite gargoyle, Levet on Friday! Wanna know more? Check out the FB group where Alex will be talking about the awesome that she has going on!   Torquere and authors BA Tortuga and Julia Talbot will be Sponsoring our Welcome event, the Midnight Rodeo… And it looks like we will have some VERY COOL goodies and… Riding… happening… *SNICKER*   How about Parties? This year we have a special event called the Leather and Lace Ball! Curious? We thought so! Take a ride on the wild side and let your inhibitions fly with five New York Times Bestselling Authors of erotic romance. Cuffs and corsets encouraged. With: J. Kenner, Liliana Hart, Carly Phillips, Janelle Denison, Jasinda Wilder and Lorelei James The ladies will be talking more about this on the FB group starting soon!   New for 2014 is the Paranormal Party! Join over 20 Paranormal authors who will be giving away goodies, some books and hanging out with you to snack and chat! Wanna know what authors are involved? You will have to join the FB group to see! And of course, we have the amazing Masquerade Ball! This year it’s the SINS AND VIRTUES BALL! Are you a sin or a virtue? Join us for a wild costumed event! Prizes for the best costumes, including a 200$ gift certificate to Lori Ann Costumes!   Your Sins and Virtues Sponsors: Sin Lust Boone Brux Opal Carew Sin Pride BA Tortuga Andrew Grey Sin Envy Stella Price TJ Michaels Sin Gluttony Desiree Holt Saranna DeWylde Sin Greed Ann Mayburn Heather Long Sin Sloth Lizzie T. Leaf Julie Morgan Sin Wrath Stacey Kennedy Marianne Morea Virtue Charity Kerry Adrienne Trista Ann Virtue Chastity Jenn LeBlanc Annabel Jospeh Virtue Humility Milly Taiden Donna McDonald Virtue Kindness CJ Ellisson Alexandra Ivy Virtue Temprance J. Kenner Sidney Virtue Diligence Denise Grover Swank Jenna McCormick...
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Sep
12

Author Guest Post & Giveaway: Amanda Bonilla

Author Guest Post & Giveaway: Amanda Bonilla Please help me welcome urban fantasy author, Amanda Bonilla, to That’s What I’m Talking About. I had the privilege of meeting Amanda at Authors After Dark in August this year. She is here today to share her Top 5 moments from AADSAV. She’s also generously giving away one (1) e-copy of her new release Vengeance Borne. Details of the giveaway are below. It is open internationally! Take it away, Amanda… My Top 5 Authors After Dark Moments Thanks so much to Jen and the rest of the crew for having me as a guest today! Until AAD Savannah, I was a conference virgin. There aren’t many events for authors in my neck of the woods and very few in the northwest at all. So I jumped at the chance to attend AAD this year and I’m so glad I did! Now I’m totally addicted and trying to figure out what organs I can part with to pay for future trips. No one needs a liver…right? 😉 And since I’m pretty sure you don’t want to read through my top 100 AAD moments, I narrowed it down to five.   The Ghost Tour I was lucky enough to fly over with my pal, Amanda Carlson and our first night in Savannah was a busy one. Right off the plane, then to dinner, and straight to the ghost tour we braved the rain with a bunch of great ladies. Though the tour wasn’t quite spooky enough for me, we did have a few laughs and I had a great time. Vampire Ball The Vampire Ball was great! I loved seeing everyone’s costumes (in fact, the costumes at all of the events were impressive!) and the food was delish! I do recall someone saying they wanted to bathe in the pecan pie. I can’t remember if that was me or not. 😉 My most memorable part of the night had to be telling Kristen Painter that she looked like an ass kisser rather than ass KICKER which was what I’d meant to say. I swear, sometimes my mouth just doesn’t work right. LOL   The Book Signing I was so nervous for the book signing. I mean, what if no one stopped by my table? What if the seller was unable to get my books? I had zero swag and I’m pretty sure Amanda Carlson brought extra sharpies to everything because she knew I’d come totally unprepared! But luckily, they did have my books and people...
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Aug
24

Saturday Conversations: AADSAV

Saturday Conversations: AADSAV Authors After Dark 2013 Today I’m hijacking the Saturday Conversation spot to bring you a recap of my trip to Authors After Dark 2013: Savannah Nights! I had another wonderful time at AAD, and if I had to summarize in one word this year compared with the previous two, it would be MELLOW. The entire trip had a much more low-key atmosphere for a few reasons. First: the weather. It rained A LOT–almost the entire time we were there. It made it difficult to get out of the hotel and see Savannah. Second: the hotel. We were a little isolated from the attractions of Savannah, and with the rotten weather, we were pretty much stuck at the hotel. In addition, the hotel didn’t have a great bar area (the one that they had was only open until 10:00 PM). Lastly: repeat trip. This was my third AAD, and the fan-girl newness of the entire event has worn off. I was there to visit and socialize, to hear from great authors and such. I wasn’t as crazed about being everywhere at once, getting autographs and stalking authors. I was more mellow. With that said… I did have a great time, and the more mellow atmosphere was much needed. I had a great time with my roommate, Teresa D’Amario, who hosted a book launch party for her upcoming title, Visions of Fire and Ice. The party, on Friday evening, featured a belly-dancing troupe, complete with lessons. They were also applying henna tattoos, which I participated in. I met some new-to-me blogging buddies. I spent a lot of time with fellow Jennifer, The Book Nympho, as well as Laura from Little Read Riding Hood, Chelsea from Vampire Book Club, and Jenese from Readers Confession. I also connected with some of my more long-term peeps who were there. In addition, I always look forward to stalking spending time with my favorite authors and having the opportunity to meet new-to-me authors. Once again, AAD did not disappoint on this front. I had the chance to spend quality time with several of the authors, each of them so wonderful and gracious. I just love that! Over the week, I attended several panels, mostly on the paranormal and urban fantasy track. My favorite panel was probably the one on gods and magic, which featured Joey W. Hill, con organizer Stella Price, Kendall Grey, Tilly Greene and Erin Kellison. I love hearing how authors take a known...
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Aug
17

Saturday Conversations: Violence in Urban Fantasy

Saturday Conversations: Violence in Urban Fantasy Thresholds for Violence in Urban Fantasy Books Greetings to you all from Authors After Dark 2013: Savannah Nights! I am having a wonderful time connecting and reconnecting with authors, publishers, readers and bloggers. Although the weather hasn’t been great, we’ve been living it up here at the hotel. On Friday, I attended a fabulous panel discussion titled KICK ASS, TAKE NAMES, featuring Amanda Bonilla, Jeri Smith-Ready, Kendall Grey, Kait Ballenger, Amanda Carlson and Dianna Love. The panel focused on having a “kick-ass” heroine, and they discussed questions like “Do you enjoy writing fight scenes?” and discussed what aspects of their characters, other than physical strength, make them strong women. But there was one question that piqued my interest more than the others… “Do you (the author) have a limit or threshold for violence in your book?”   I found it interesting, with answers ranging from “My editor told me I had to tone it down and cut back on some of the violence,” to “My vampire hunter didn’t pick up a weapon until the third book.” Some authors love putting their heroines through hell, while others prefer keeping it less violent. This got me thinking… do I have a violence limit to what I’ll take in my reading? And I realized – yes, yes I do. While I don’t mind gritty, dirty and bloody, I don’t really care for violence just for the sake of fighting. If the scene calls for self-defense, saving another, or protecting someone… I am so into kicking ass. I love a great fight scene, and I don’t need the heroine to win in order for me to enjoy it. Details are good because it helps me visualize the scene, like a moving playing in my mind. However, if the heroine, or someone close to her, is being tortured… I have a tough time. I have had to put down a couple books during or after a rough torture scene. I have DNF’d a book because I felt the main character was subject to too much torture. I have limits in violence when it comes to torture. However, as a few of the authors pointed out, and I completely agree with, torture of a character is usually used for and needed to develop a storyline emotionally. Books that have “successful” torture scenes are ones that create an emotional investment in the heroine. They also deal with the outfall from the violence. It doesn’t just go away,...
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Aug
27

Contest Winners – AADNOLA Books & Swag

Contest Winners – AADNOLA Books & Swag I would like to thank everyone for stopping by That’s What I’m Talking About for my recap of my adventures at Authors After Dark and entering the giveaway. A special thanks goes out to my new and continuing Google Connect Followers.   The Winners as selected by Rafflecopter: a Rafflecopter giveaway CONGRATULATIONS!! The winners are in order of the prizes 1-5. I am sending the winners an email to contact me with their full name and mailing address. Please email me at twimom227 (at) gmail (dot) com with your information so I can send you the books. You have until Wednesday September 5, 2012 (end of day) to contact me. If I don’t hear from you by then, I will draw another winner.  Thank you and Happy...
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Aug
20

#AADNOLA Recap and Giveaway Part 2

#AADNOLA Recap and Giveaway Part 2 I have to admit, writing a recap of my six days and five nights in New Orleans at the 2012 Authors After Dark con is a bit daunting. I did so much and met so many new people… How could I possible capture all of that in a simple recap?! But I will try my best to give you an idea of the trip. You can also see all of my photos from the trip under the PHOTO TAB HERE.  Also, I came home with SO MANY books and swag – keep reading to find out how you can win some of my loot! This posted ended up being wicked long, so I’ve broken it up over a couple days… be sure to check yesterday’s Part 1. Day 4: Friday Aug 10 Friday started with a lovely breakfast at Cafe Beignet with Kate, Carolyn Crane, Teresa and Ann Mayburn. These women were definitely some of my favorites at the con. We laughed and I listened as they all talked in “author-speak.”  Once again I attended a number of author panels. Two of my favorites were the Dark Humor panel (see photo, below – I was laughing the entire time) and the BDSM panel. In every single panel I attended the authors were so friendly and open to “group discussion” with the audience. There was another luncheon on Friday, and I sat with authors Katie Reus and Cynthia Eden. What an enjoyable duo! These women were so friendly and I wish I could have spent more time with both.  In the afternoon, I attended the Steampunk Tea. It was great to see so many people dressed up; however, I did not have anything special to wear, so I felt a little out of place. I did win an awesome prize pack from PJ Schnyder for participating in an old fashion gun fight.  Later that evening, I attended an open bar reception hosted by two wonderful authors: Kris Cook and Melissa Schroeder. I adore both and enjoy chatting with them on twitter. I spent a lot of time visiting with some of my favorite authors and friends (see the photo tab for lots of pictures). The evening ended with a wonderful meal and dancing. Let me tell you – there are some great movers and shakers out there! I finally got to spend time with one of my favorite tweeps, MamaKitty and her friend, MamaMoon. I also visited with author Sasha White, who was hilarious.  Me & MamaKitty...
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Aug
19

#AADNOLA Recap and Giveaway Part 1

#AADNOLA Recap and Giveaway Part 1 I have to admit, writing a recap of my six days and five nights in New Orleans at the 2012 Authors After Dark con is a bit daunting. I did so much and met so many new people… How could I possible capture all of that in a simple recap?! But I will try my best to give you an idea of the trip. You can also see all of my photos from the trip under the PHOTO TAB HERE.  Also, I came home with SO MANY books and swag – keep reading to find out how you can win some of my loot! This posted ended up being wicked long, so I’ve broken it up over a couple days… the second part of the recap is HERE. Day 1: Tuesday Aug. 7 I arrived in New Orleans (NOLA) Tuesday afternoon about the same time as my roommate, Teresa D’Amario. The two of us headed to our hotel, The Royal Sonesta, which is located in the French Quarter, right on Bourbon Street. The hotel and staff were AMAZING! Now, if you haven’t been to NOLA before (which I hadn’t), let me say a word about the infamous Bourbon Street… It’s obnoxious – strip and sex clubs, bars, restaurants and booze EVERYWHERE. After 6:00 PM, the street is blocked to traffic and people wander from club to club, bar to bar, drinks in hand. I am glad we stayed here for the con, but it’s NOT a place to take the family! After we checked in and got freshened up, we met up with some of the others who arrived early. The best was meeting Jen (@RedHotBooks) right away because she is a local and was able to show us around NOLA. Lead by Jen, we went to dinner off the beaten path – I had my first taste of real jambalaya (YUM) and then we walked around Jackson’s Square.  Teresa D’Amario, Carolyn Crane, KatieBabs, Jen (RedHotBooks), Monica (@ObsuredVixen) We hit the famous Cafe DuMonde for some of their beignets and then topped the evening off with Hurricanes at Pat O’Briens. I had managed to hit several of the key French Quarter “must dos” in the first night! Day 2: Wednesday Aug 8 The con didn’t officially kick off until Wednesday evening, so Teresa, Kate (@KatieBabs aka KT Grant) and I did a little looking around and shopping. We were caught in a torrential downpour, and I had left the umbrella & raincoat I purchased...
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Jun
14

AAD Author Spotlight & Giveaway: Jess Haines

AAD Author Spotlight & Giveaway: Jess Haines Hello Readers! Today I bring you author Jess Haines. Jess says she is a workaholic who loves coffee and chocolate and can’t survive without books.  She’s originally from New York, but she currently lives in Los Angeles because it is suitably weird enough for the time being.  She enjoys karaoke and bad movies, and have a menagerie of animals to keep her company when she’s not writing.  As for her background, she’s worked office jobs from the bottom to the top of the corporate food chain.  She’s spent far too much time in the field of law.  Currently her day job involves technical writing. That pays the bills, while writing fiction keeps her (relatively) sane. She’s proud to call herself a gamer geek, and probably would have wormed herself into that industry eventually if she hadn’t turned herself into a Real Life Author. Jess is a featured author attending Author’s After Dark in New Orleans. For more information about AAD2012, click HERE.  Also, keep reading to learn more about Jess’s upcoming release, Stalking the Others, and enter to win a copy! GIVEAWAY details are below. Please help me welcome Jess to That’s What I’m Talking About. STALKING THE OTHERS BLOG TOUR Guest Post Stop 8: Vampiric Behavior – Part 2 By Jess Haines Hello there!  Jess Haines here.  I’m the author of the urban fantasy H&W Investigations series (HUNTED BY THE OTHERS, TAKEN BY THE OTHERS, DECEIVED BY THE OTHERS, and the upcoming STALKING THE OTHERS).   Shiarra has been having a pretty bad time of things lately. She’s here with some of her friends (and otherwise) to tell you about it. The H&W gang are going to continue grilling Royce about some common misconceptions about vampires. (Head over to A Great Book is the Cheapest Vacation if you missed the first part.)  Over to you, Shia! ***** Shiarra: I don’t think you were very forthcoming with that last question. Royce: You’re not wrong about that. Sara: It’s funny how he thinks being obtuse is the same thing as being mysterious. Arnold: I maintain my position that he should be truthful about this stuff for science. The people deserve to know! Royce: Mage, you, of all people, should be more educated than the rest of this lot about my kind. Didn’t your mentor teach you anything about other supernatural creatures? Arnold: Of course, but the focus was on the ones I was going to be interacting with on a regular...
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Jun
14

Contest Winner – Melanie Card

Contest Winner – Melanie Card I would like to thank everyone for stopping by That’s What I’m Talking About for my AAD Feature Author Spotlight and interview with Melanie Card, and I want to specially thank Melanie for stopping by and Entangled Publishing for graciously giving away one (1) e-copy of Ward Against Death. Every person that commented was entered into the contest – one entry per person. The winner were selected using random.org. The Winner is: Froggy CONGRATULATIONS!! I am emailing the winner. Please email me at twimom227 (at) gmail (dot) com to verify your email address so that the publisher can email you the book directly. If I do not hear from the winner/s by Sunday June 17, 2012 by the end of the day, I will select another winner. Thank you all so much for coming by and Happy...
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Jun
11

AAD Author Spotlight & Giveaway: Melanie Card

AAD Author Spotlight & Giveaway: Melanie Card Hello Readers! Today I bring you author Melanie Card. Melanie has always been drawn to story telling. In fact, she says she can’t remember a time when she wasn’t telling a story in her head or on paper. In grade school, she had journal writing time which she turned into story telling time, weaving tales of magic and adventure that mimicked the fairy tales and myths that she loved to read. It was there, with the help of two very special teachers, that she nurtured this love and started her journey as a writer. Melanie writes fantasy, paranormal romance, and everything in between, seasoned with a good dash of adventure and mystery. Join her on her tales of magic, adventure, and romance. Melanie is a featured author attending Author’s After Dark in New Orleans. For more information about AAD2012, click HERE.  Also, keep reading to learn more about Melanie’s release, Ward Against Death, and enter to win an e-copy! GIVEAWAY details are below. Please help me welcome Melanie to That’s What I’m Talking About. Twimom: Melanie, welcome and thank you for stopping by. Melanie: Thank you so much for inviting me here today. Twimom: You’ve recently started a new YA/Adult paranormal series, Chronicles of a Reluctant Necromancer, with the first book, Ward Against Death. Can you tell us a bit more about this intriguing world you’ve created? Melanie: The story takes place in a world reminiscent of 16th century Europe in Brawenal city. Brawenal is a major hub for culture, politics, industry, commerce, religion, and crime. The port city sits on the side of a dormant volcano, in tiered rings down to the sea and has an ancient history that’s left a maze-like sewer system beneath it and a strange cemetery on it’s outskirts. In this world there’s magic and mystery, assassins and necromancers. Twimom:  And what is up next for the Reluctant Necromancer? Melanie: Book two, Ward Against Darkness, where Ward and Celia get into even more trouble with more undead creatures and evil necromancers and there relationship gets even more complicated. Twimom: Do you enjoy writing genres outside of the fantasy and paranormal genre? If so, what other genres do you enjoy writing? Melanie:  I haven’t written outside of the fantasy or paranormal genre. I’ve tried, but something magical always seems to slip in. The thing I love about fantasy and paranormal is that there are elements of other genres within it. Certainly there’s action and adventure, in...
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