I’m being interviewed today over at the My Books, My World blog. It’s a really in-depth interview, and it talks about my books, my writing process, and my greatest accomplishments (making the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs, natch). Big thank you to Amy Bernal for having me!
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…
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.
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.
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.
I 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.
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
June 18 The Creatively Green Write at Home Mom (Guest Blog)
June 19 SImply Kelina
June 19 Roxanne’s Realm
June 20 I Smell Sheep (Guest Blog)
June 20 Jazzy Book Reviews
June 21 Dark Treasury
June 21 Teaser Addicts Book Blog
June 22 Mythical Books (Interview)
June 22 JB’s Bookworms with Brandy Mulder
June 25 Authors’ Secrets (Interview)
June 26 Stacking My Book Shelves!
June 27 Other Worlds of Romance (Guest Blog)
Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Paranormal Romances
June 27 Paranormalists
June 28 Saph’s Books
June 28 Lisa’s World of Books
June 29 Urban Fantasy Investigations (Guest Blog)
June 29 T’s Stuff
July 2 Rose Shababy (Guest Blog)
July 2 Ramblings of a Book Nerd
July 2 The Book Junkie Reads (Interview)
Hey guys! I know I’ve been MIA lately; I’ve been hard at work on my revisions for Embracing the Demon, which are due at the end of this month. (As in, a few days from now. Cue freakout.)
But I did want to let you know that I am being interviewed on the Attic Ghost blog today, talking about my writing, why I gravitated to the urban fantasy genre, and (of course) my cats!
Thank you to author Kathy Finfrock for featuring me!
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!
Today I am being interviewed by Fanboy Comics, talking about The Demon Within, my writing process, and the Mr. Miyagi-esque character I found myself unexpectedly identifying with. Thank you to Barbra Dillon for taking the time to interview me.
Read it here.