“Embracing the Demon” Blog Tour Final Stops + Last Day of Giveaway!

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Well guys, we’ve come to the end of the road. It’s officially the last day of the Embracing the Demon book tour.

Once again, I’d like to thank Roxanne Rhoads of Bewitching Book Tours for putting this together. Bewitching Book Tours really has been awesome, and I highly recommend them to anyone in the urban fantasy/paranormal romance realm looking for a blog touring company.

These last few days have been crazy busy…

I guest blogged at Urban Fantasy Investigations talking about what kind of playlist you’d put together if you found out you were a demon and having a bit of existential angst about it.

I also guest blogged at Fang-Tastic Books talking about some of the coolest “fantasy” places that exist right here in the real world!

My piece about my creepy stay at Greensboro’s most haunted hotel–the night I got felt up by a dead prostitute–was shared on All Things Halloween.

And Dale Highland herself came out of hiding to do a blog about how to survive life on the run over at Rose Shababy.

I also did an interview over at The Book Junkie Reads about whether writing is an ingrained process or something that can be learned, future creative projects, and how I’d spend a week with Jessica Fletcher to prove that she really is a cold-blooded killer…

Embracing the Demon was also featured on Sapphyria’s BooksLisa’s World of BooksT’s Stuffand Ramblings of a Book Nerd.

And even though the tour is over, you can still enter the giveaway for another 27 hours (which I think equates to 11:59pm Eastern Time tomorrow, July 3.) If you visit any of these amazing websites, you can enter the giveaway through Rafflecopter.

“Embracing the Demon” Blog Tour, Days 3-6 + Giveaway

First of all, I’d like to apologize for being MIA for a few days during the blog tour. Some personal things came up, which I’ll explain at the bottom of this blog if you’re interested. But in the meantime, the blog tour continues, and there’s been some great stuff coming out over the last several days. Remember that each of these tour stops links to a Rafflecopter giveaway for The Demon Within, open to U.S. residents.

I wrote a guest blog for I Smell Sheep about being felt up by a dead prostitute in Greensboro’s most haunted hotel.

I was interviewed over at Mythical Books about cover design, the best and worst of urban fantasy, and whether I believe in happily-ever-afters.

I was also interviewed at Authors’ Secrets Blog about what inspired me to write the Dale Highland series and what I would do with a time machine and a cloak of invisibility.

Embracing the Demon was also featured on Jazzy Book ReviewsDark Treasury, and Teaser Addicts Book Blog.

Okay, now on to what’s been going on.

My husband and I had to euthanize our eldest cat, Annabel. I mentioned last week that, after we got home from Kennywood Comic Con, Annabel was sick. Our cat sitter had taken her to the vet, but unfortunately she didn’t get better. She spent two days in the hospital. We got a call from the vet late Thursday afternoon saying that, in spite the fluids, antibiotics, and supplementation she was receiving, her blood work was getting worse, and the vet did not think she would make it. Thursday evening, we went into the hospital and held her as the vet put her down.

AnnabelI will probably write more about this, and about Annabel, after the blog tour is over, but suffice it to say that this was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. Annabel was my kitty long before I met my husband, and she had been there for me during the most difficult period in my life. I feel sad and heartbroken and irrationally guilty. Annabel was a 14-year-old cat with a myriad of health issues (kidney disease, diabetes, gall bladder issues, a heart murmur, high blood pressure, pancreatitis, and a history of urinary tract and ear infections–but who’s counting?) If she had shown any sign of improvement, I probably would have kept on fighting. But she didn’t. I know, logically, that we did the right thing. But when you take these creatures into your life, you promise to take care of them and protect them…and euthanasia feels like anathema to that–even though I know that’s not true.

At any rate, I’ve been a mess for the last several days, and I’m only beginning to emerge from the fog now. So again, I apologize for going MIA in the middle of the blog tour. But death, unfortunately, waits for no man, woman, cat…or blog tour.

Happy Book Birthday to “Embracing the Demon!”

Embracing the Demon front coverHAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY TO ME! Embracing the Demon is officially out in the world.

This book was both easier and harder to write. Easier, because I had a better road map of where I wanted to go with it, and with the series. Harder, because expectations. This is the first book I wrote knowing that it would be published. It’s the first book I wrote on a deadline. For the first time as an author, I was answerable not just to myself, but to my editor.

But that will be contemplation for another day. Lots of stuff going on in honor of the release. It’s day 2 of the blog tour, and Embracing the Demon is being spotlighted at Simply Kelina. You can also enter The Demon Within giveaway from there. Once again, thank you to Bewitching Book Tours for putting this together.

Also today, I’m guest blogging at Scandalicious about the challenges of writing strong female characters.

I’m also guest blogging at Lost in a Book about why demons are so super awesome (and not just because I write about them)!

It’s been a busy day!

Embracing the Demon Blog Tour, Day 1: Creatively Green and Fangtastic Books

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First day of the blog tour. Today I’m guest blogging at the Creatively Green Write at Home Mom blog, and Embracing the Demon is being featured on Fantastic Books.

Read about how I manage my writing time by breaking all the rules here.

And read a little bit about Embracing the Demon and a short excerpt here.

Attached to both of these blogs is a Rafflecopter giveaway. Three copies of The Demon Within are up for grabs. Giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.

Once again, thank you to Bewitching Book Tours for putting together this whole shindig.

As for me, it’s been an eventful weekend. Yesterday was Kennywood Comic Con, which was a lot of fun. I met some great artists there, and I got to spend the day talking about The Demon Within and Embracing the Demon in the shadow of the Racer roller coaster.

But then this morning I got a phone call from the cat sitter. Annabel, our 14-year-old calico, was acting very lethargic and didn’t want to eat. The sitter took her to the vet. Twelve hours and a $600 vet bill later, we’re still no closer to knowing what’s wrong with her–and unfortunately she has not improved. So I’ve spent the day stressed and weepy.

So send some good vibes her way. Tomorrow will bring more blog tour stops…and hopefully better news.

Blog Tour for “Embracing the Demon”

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I’m going on tour! Well, a blog tour that is.

From June 18-July 2, I will be embarking on a blog tour. I’ll be doing some guest posts, some interviews, and there may be a new excerpt or two in there somewhere. Special thanks to Bewitching Blog Tours for setting this up. I’m super excited!

There’s also a giveaway involved, so stay tuned…

Here’s the schedule:

June 18 Fang-tastic Books
http://fang-tasticbooks.blogspot.com

June 18 The Creatively Green Write at Home Mom (Guest Blog)
http://creativelygreen.blogspot.com/

June 19 SImply Kelina
http://simplykelina.blogspot.com/

June 19 Roxanne’s Realm
http://www.roxannerhoads.com/

June 20 I Smell Sheep (Guest Blog)
http://www.ismellsheep.com/

June 20 Jazzy Book Reviews
http://bookreviewsbyjasmine.blogspot.com

June 21 Dark Treasury
https://www.audenjohnson.com/

June 21 Teaser Addicts Book Blog
https://teaseraddictsbookblogblog.wordpress.com/

June 22 Mythical Books (Interview)
https://mythicalbooks.blogspot.ro/ 

June 22 JB’s Bookworms with Brandy Mulder
https://jbbookworms.blogspot.com/

June 25 Authors’ Secrets (Interview)
http://www.tenastetler.com/category/authors-secrets-blog/

June 26 Stacking My Book Shelves!
http://stackingmybookshelves.blogspot.com

June 27 Other Worlds of Romance (Guest Blog)
Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Paranormal Romances
http://lindamooney.blogspot.com/

June 27 Paranormalists
https://paranormalists.blogspot.com/

June 28 Saph’s Books
https://saphsbooks.blogspot.com/

June 28 Lisa’s World of Books
http://www.lisasworldofbooks.net/

June 29 Urban Fantasy Investigations (Guest Blog)
http://urbanfantasyinvestigations.blogspot.com/ 

June 29 T’s Stuff
http://www.tsstuff.net

July 2 Rose Shababy (Guest Blog)
http://therealroseshababy.com/

July 2 Ramblings of a Book Nerd
https://booknerdramblings2015.blogspot.com/

July 2 The Book Junkie Reads (Interview)
https://thebookjunkiereadspromos.blogspot.com/ 

 

Worldbuilding in Contemporary Fantasy at Geek Girl Authority

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So when we think of worldbuilding in fantasy, what do we think of? Tolkien’s Middle Earth? George R. R. Martin’s Westeros? Maybe even C.S. Lewis’s Narnia? But how does one incorporate worldbuilding into your work when your fantasy is set in the real world? Is it even possible?

I’m over at Geek Girl Authority today talking about that very thing.

Thank you to Audrey Kearns for giving me the opportunity to blog at Geek Girl Authority again!

 

Two Reviews, and an Interview with Dale Highland

The Demon Within got two really awesome reviews recently:

ZombieJoe at Wicked Lil’ Pixie blog gave the book 4.5 stars, saying the book had an “excellent, punchy opening” and that he was “deeply entrenched in the story.”

Michael D. Griffiths at SFReader gave the book 5 stars–his first five star of the year!–saying, “If you like Dark Fantasy, I’m not sure if you would find a lot of downsides here.”

Finally, ZombieJoe at Wicked Lil Pixie also interviewed Dale. You get to find out whether she’s Team Batman or Team Superman, what her favorite curse word is, and what her dream demon-power augmented job would be.

I know the blog has been inundated of late with promotional stuff. I will have a non-promotional post up very, very soon, I promise!

 

 

 

Guest Blogging at Geek Girl Authority

WritteninRedI am being featured over at the Geek Girl Authority blog today talking about five kick-ass women of the urban fantasy genre. The complex, compelling female characters–I hesitate to say “strong female characters” because that’s become a loaded term–are one of the reasons I was drawn to urban fantasy, both as a reader and as a writer, and I’m so glad I’m finally getting a chance to talk about some of my favorites. Check it out: 5 Kick-Ass Women of Urban Fantasy.

Special thank you to Audrey Kearns for giving me the opportunity to write for her blog.

Jenn Bennett Blurb, and Other Cool Stuff

Jenn Bennett, the author of the Arcadia Bell urban fantasy series and the Roaring Twenties paranormal romances, blurbed The Demon Within. (Basically, think of how, on most books you read, you’ll see quotes on the front that say things like, “This is the most amazing book since sliced bread!” — says Important Author.)

She said, “Engaging, old-school urban fantasy. Will appeal to readers hungering for spirited supernatural action with a dash of forbidden romance.”

This is my very first blurb, so I’m doing happy tap dances over here. Better, it comes from an author whose work I already love. The Arcadia Bell series is high-stakes and consistently fun, and it has one of my favorite book couples of all time: Cady and Lon, whose relationship always struck me as sweeter and more realistic (not to mention more equal) than a lot of other romances in the alpha-male dominated UF market. The Roaring Twenties books I actually read much more recently, and I loved them. Great characters, great world building, and a unique setting (1920s San Francisco). I had been hungering for historical sci-fi/fantasy that was NOT steampunk. Not that I dislike steampunk, but I’ve been seeing so much of it lately that no longer has that unique feel that made me love it in the first place. So the Roaring Twenties books really hit the spot.

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The old City Hall subway station in New York City, which has been abandoned since the 1940s and is featured in The Demon Within.

 

In other news, I am being featured today on the AndiLit Blog giving some tips for scene building and “setting the stage.” As a writer, this is one of the most difficult things for me to do. I tend to focus more on character and plot than on stage setting. It was also one of the things that my editor from California Coldblood pushed me hardest on during the revision process. I had to come up with some strategies to compensate for my lack of visual imagination. I talk about a few of the strategies I’ve learned to use. Thank you to Andi Cumbo-Floyd for hosting me 🙂