by Christine | Writing
I’ve been tagged by the fantastic Jami Gray to participate in this blog hop that introduces you to writers you may not know, and gives a little insight into each person’s writing process.
Jami is the author of the Kyn Kronicles, tales of the supernatural hiding in the shadows of the mundane world. I was supposed to tag 3 more people, but I couldn’t find any who hadn’t already participated and/or were already doing too many blogs, so there’s that…but you can check out Jami, and the other two writers that she tagged – Michelle Miles and Julian West.
Here are the four questions I was given.
What am I working on?
Whooo boy, that’s a doozy. I’m currently working on a YA novel set in the world of ballet; a contemporary romance series built around the StarTide Agency, straddling the music world and Hollywood; plus another series that hasn’t yet been accepted. Oh, and I really need to get book 3 done of the paranormal romance Caine Brother’s series. There just aren’t enough hours in the day. And this doesn’t even touch the plays I’m working on!
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
What makes any one book different from another? The author’s voice. I like to think that even across genres, when you pick up one of my novels, you can tell it’s my voice that wrote it.
To retrieve his soul, she’ll become fire…
Why do I write what I write?
I write paranormal romance because I can let my imagination take flight (and it can get pretty dark in there, lol). I write YA because I love teens, and I can tap into my own teen years with no problem whatsoever. And I write contemporary romance because I’m a total sucker for happy ever after – and yes, I do believe in it. I’ve been escaping into books since I was a child, and reading Harlequin romances since my early teens. Having a writer as a father and a storyteller for a mom, writing my own books seemed to be the best thing in the world.
How does my writing process work?
I am a pantser (I write by the seat of my pants) with a pretty solid idea of where I’m going in the story. While I don’t plot the whole book before I start, I usually know what I want to happen, plus some of the highlights (and low points), and the ending – though sometimes the ending can be foggy until I get there. First chapters are critical and in my first novel, Demon Soul, I rewrote that first chapter probably ten times after the book was finished (a couple of times, that meant a rewrite of the first three chapters to get details to have the right continuity). So, I have to say my writing process is as messy as my desk. Which is pretty messy.
Thanks so much for dropping by. Hope you have a terrific week!
by Christine | Contests, Writing
WELCOME TO DEMONS AND WITCHES AND FAERIES, OH MY! PARTY, A PART OF THE PARTY ‘TIL YOUR HEELS FLY OFF: MEGA AUTHOR BLOG HOP TOUR (JUNE 13-20)
1) HAVE FUN!!!
2) INVITE ALL OF YOUR FRIENDS!!! SPREAD THE WORD!!!
3) THIS TOUR STARTS: Monday, June 13, at Midnight (Arizona Time) THIS TOUR ENDS: Monday, June 20, at Midnight (Arizona Time)
Winners will be drawn and posted June 21st! ***
4) MEET AND MINGLE WITH ALL THE AUTHORS! EXPERIENCE A NEW PARTY DESTINATION AT EVERY STOP! PARTICIPATE IN EVERY BLOG CONTEST AND BE ENTERED FOR CHANCES TO WIN MULTIPLE PRIZES! EVERY BLOG VISITED IS ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY TO WIN!!
5) PARTICIPATION AT ALL BLOGS IS RECOMMENDED, BUT NOT REQUIRED. REMEMBER, THE MORE BLOGS YOU HOP, THE BETTER YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING PRIZES. EVERY AUTHOR IS WAITING TO MEET AND INTERACT WITH YOU, SO PLEASE BE SURE TO SHOW EVERY AUTHOR SOME LOVE!
6) DID I MENTION TO HAVE FUN? WHOO! HOO!! HERE WE GOOOOOOOOOOOO!
***Authors have full discretion to choose an alternate winner in the event any winner fails to claim their prize(s) within 72 hours of their name being posted or after notification of win, whichever comes first. Anyone who participates in this blog hop tour is subject to these rules***
So welcome to the DEMONS and WITCHES and FAERIES, oh my! Party! Helping me host y’all is Gabriel, the DEMON tribred; Maggie, the WITCH, and Serra, the full-blooded FAE. Gabriel and Maggie are in DEMON SOUL: Serra is the heroine of DEMON HUNT, upcoming in fall 2011.
Ask any questions about demons, witches, and the Fae and we’ll do our best to answer them, and keep you entertained along the way.
WINNERS: There will be winners! An eCopy of DEMON SOUL will go out to a lucky winner for every 20 commenters. My rules are simple: comment! If you follow me on Twitter OR subscribe to the blog, you’ll get your name added in a second (and possibly third) time to up your chances (but you can only win once). And of COURSE I’ll follow you back!
Gabriel Caine stands on the edge of the abyss. A vampire has stolen his soul and if he doesn’t get it back soon, his next step will be into Hell.
Rose Walters has been sent back from the dead to complete one task; save Gabriel Caine. She’s drawn to Gabriel on the most basic level, but restoring his soul may cost Rose her life.
THE CAINE BROTHERS SERIES
Full-blooded Fae Serra Willows has come to the Caine Brothers to help them shut down an open portal to the demonic Chaos Plane. But before she can properly introduce herself, she rescues Gregor Caine from a demon hell-bent on having him for lunch and is shocked that he hasn’t ever bothered to learn his Fae or demon gifts.
Gregor is not overly fond of Serra, no matter how sexy the irritating Fae may be. Add her prodding him to explore his bloodlines to her always-being-right attitude and that equals major headaches for the head of Caine Investigations. As they hunt the demons who’ve come through the portal, every woman who helps – including Serra – ends up marked in their palm with a bloody full moon, slowly undergoing a dark eclipse.
Serra is convinced the demon is a breeder, gathering as many women together as it can in order to plant their eggs and ensure survival. Gregor, unable to stay cool as his every conviction as well as his heart comes under fire, vows to keep her safe. Serra knows sometimes you have to fight and risk everything you are for a chance at love. On the night of the winter Solstice, the full moon and the eclipse, it will ultimately take the strength of the entire Caine clan to save their friends; but only Gregor can face down the demon and free Serra from its thrall.
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