Archive for December, 2012

Cover Reveal: Night Vision by Yasmine Galenorn

Posted December 23, 2012 By Jennifer

HOLY WOWZA!!!

I love the Indigo Court series by Yasmine Galenorn… well, actually I love both of her series. If you haven’t checked them out, you need to go… right now… and buy either NIGHT MYST or WITCHLING to get yourself started. So, so good!!

However… today is all about the NEW COVER Yasmine recently revealed on her blog for her July 2013 release, NIGHT VISION. I’m in awe, yet again, of the amazing talent of Tony Mauro. See for yourself…

NVisionLarge

Cicely and Grieve are absolutely stunning. I love that it has an almost romantic feel to it, while also demonstrating that there is some ass-kicking on it’s way. Tony is a master of the craft, and he captures Yasmine’s characters fantastically.

So… my lovelies… what do you think?? Have you read the first three books in the Indigo Court series?? What do you think of this new cover, does it fit the feel of the books to you?

2 Comments so far. Join the Conversation

“BLANK” Makes Me Happy with Shawntelle Madison

Posted December 6, 2012 By Jennifer

Well, hello there 🙂

I love days when we see books and music meet. My weekly “Words & Music Monday” posts show that, but sometimes awesome authors like Shawntelle Madison allow us more time to see just how important that partnership is. Shawntelle joins us today as part of her KEPT (Coveted, #2) release blog tour, and I’m so excited to have her here!

ShawntelleMadison_72dpi_800px

Good Music Makes Me Happy

There’s just something about music. It could be that particular song, that plays again and again in my head and brings scenes to mind. That was the way I was with when I wrote Coveted and Kept. Whether I’m working on something dark or light—whimsical or brooding, I prefer to have music in place to help set the mood. Not to say I haven’t written in silence, but if I have my protagonists beating up bad guys I most certainly wouldn’t use some let’s-hold-hands-and-make-world-a-better-place music.

To be honest, my tastes are eclectic. During high school I lived in a small town in Iowa. During my freshman-sophomore year, I remember reading science fiction to an oldies rock station. (If I hear Cream’s Sunshine of Your Love, I always think of a particular set of science fiction books. It’s rather neat how the mind associates music with books.)

Reading and writing though are two different activities. I found that I couldn’t work with my standard set of songs. It took a certain kind of music to evoke emotions that compelled me to write scenes—or even whole books. Unfortunately, the classic rock I listened to during high school didn’t give me those write romance/urban fantasy/ummm whatever genre feeling. I write paranormal, so I need that creepy, dark, let’s get-it-on with a hot werewolf dude stuff. One of my favorites–I love her music, is Me’shell Ndegéocello.  Favorite tracks below:

Her music has such raw feeling and I’m just compelled to write. Another one I enjoyed was Massive Attack. They do a lot of trip hop. Sometimes I don’t feel like writing, but all it takes is the right song at the right time and I feel something that makes my fingers want to get the scene out. Even if it’s a song I would not listen to while in the car, if it has that “vibe”, I’m more than willing to listen to it to fall into the moment. =)

Do you have a playlist in your head when your head when you read certain books? I’m always looking for new tracks to add to my playlist! Check out my playlist for Kept and Coveted. Share some of your favorites.

Kept_h180

So… ladies and gents… leave a comment below with a song that reminds you of a particular book or series. Or… if you’ve already read COVETED, do you have a song that Shawntelle should add to her playlist?? One commenter will win either COVETED or KEPT (please specify which in your comment, also specify if you’d rather have ebook or print). Contest runs through Sunday night, Dec 9th, midnight pacific! Can’t wait to hear all your suggestions! Good Luck!!

5 Comments so far. Join the Conversation

Words & Music Monday with Jessa Slade

Posted December 3, 2012 By Jennifer

Jessa Slade is the author of the urban fantasy Marked Souls series, and has just begun the new paranormal romance Steel Born series. I soooooo cannot wait to read these books!!!! In the mean time, Jessa’s stopping by to share a little about her musical influences, which are a little “closer to home” than some, lol. Thanks, Jessa! (And stay tuned at the end for a couple of awesome giveaways!)

WordsAndMusicMonday

Thank you, Jennifer, for letting me post with you today!

Because I live with a musician, music plays — so to speak — a special role in my writing life. Most nights, while Jessa Slade is in her aerie (a.k.a. the second-floor spare bedroom) writing up a storm, Rainstick Cowbell is in his jam room (a.k.a. the basement) coaxing stories from his guitar. Somewhere around midnight, we meet in the middle (a.k.a. the kitchen) for a late-night snack and a kiss.

There are great joys in living with another creatively passionate person.

  1. No one understand the ups and downs of the creative process like another artist.
  2. It’s super easy to schedule brainstorming sessions.
  3. There’s a legitimate reason why the dog hair blowing in the corners has collected into a felt throw rug: I was CREATING!

There are downsides too, of course, in a household of artists.

  1. No money.
  2. The embarrassment of undignified wrestling over who can be more angsty.
  3. No money.

Like many writers, when I write I can’t listen to music with words. (Which is why my sweetie and I are separated at distant ends of the house when we are working.) Other people’s words seem to get in the way of my words. So when I’m writing, I listen to a lot of instrumental albums, movie soundtracks, and foreign musicians who might be singing words but I can’t understand them.

A few of the albums currently on rotation are:

As you can hear, most of the music is fairly intense. The songs that aren’t dark and very atmospheric (which fits well with my stories) are still vivid and driven. Although I have to admit, even though the music is powerful, when I’m writing, entire albums can go by and I’ll suddenly realize I haven’t heard a single song. I love when that happens since it means I probably got a lot of words done! Even when I get distracted (blessedly) by my writing, I believe having that rich sensory support in the background adds to my productivity and helps color my blank white page.

When I have the opportunity to sing along to my favorite music with words (like, when I’m finally sweeping up the aforementioned dog-hair rug) I still gravitate to songs with deep moods. I’m also a fan of great art in music videos. Here are a few of my favorites.

This last one is a particular favorite of mine, not just because it’s from my very own house musician, Rainstick Cowbell, but I was the cameraperson.

Mad at the Megalith, by Rainstick Cowbell

Because I was such a spectacular cameraperson (despite whining incessantly about having to drive out to the Maryhill Stonehenge at o-dark-thirty in a biting cold wind to shoot during the “golden hour”) Rainstick Cowbell wrote a theme song for my Marked Souls series. And as a thank you to commenters today, I stole have a copy of Rainstick Cowbell’s Self, Assemble album which features Seduced By Shadows, my theme song! Did I mention there are advantages to sleeping with a musician? 😉

For a chance to win the album, leave a comment about any song that has touched you on some level, whether it captured a whole episode of your life or just made you dance on a dark day.

I’ll also give away a copy of my new Marked Souls Christmas novella, THE DARKEST NIGHT, and start the comments by saying Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s Christmas Eve Sarajevo always rocks my holiday.

Both contests open until Sunday, Dec 8th, at midnight pacific. GOOD LUCK!

***

cover-darkest-night-smlrTHE DARKEST NIGHT

A Marked Souls Christmas Novella

Jessa Slade

Wishing you a demonic Christmas…

Possessed by a divine entity, Cyril Fane fought rampant evil and the pain of more private losses with a fiery golden sword…until he was beaten and left for dead by a malevolent force. Now exiled from his angelic brethren, he reluctantly joins the Chicago league of talyan—immortal warriors possessed by repentant demons—as his only chance to reclaim his sword and his place in the holy sphericanum.

Bella McGreay, mysterious mistress of the Mortal Coil night club, has also danced around an uneasy affiliation with the talyan. She has secrets of her own to keep, and as the days shorten toward the winter solstice, shadows are deepening all around. Even as she barricades herself against the joys—and terrors—of the Christmas season, she’ll have to decide whether the shadows or her secrets are more dangerous.

Bella and Cyril have good reason to fear evil when an old enemy returns to torment them and the Chicago league. But only together will they find a way to the light after the darkest night.

***

Jessa Slade is the author of paranormal romance, urban fantasy romance, and science fiction romance. Basically, anything with woo-woo and woo-hoo. She and her musician live in Portland, Oregon (living the Portlandia stereotype!) with a dog who should be naked by now, judging by dog hair in the corners. You can find her online at:

Website http://jessaslade.com

Twitter http://twitter.com/jessaslade

Facebook http://www.facebook.com/jessaslade

Goodreads http://www.goodreads.com/jessaslade

rainstick-cowbell-self-assembleFor more Rainstick Cowbell music, visit http://rainstickcowbell.com and tell him Jessa Slade sent you so she can force him to write a new theme song, a science fiction romance one this time. Heh heh.

6 Comments so far. Join the Conversation

4 Hours To Help Raise Money For Animals!!!

Posted December 1, 2012 By Jennifer

The lovely, talented, and generous Yasmine Galenorn (author of the Otherworld Series, Indigo Court Series, and many others) is having a “comments = donations” drive on her blog today. I was out and missed most of the day, but I’m SURE some of you will see this in time to comment before the deadline at midnight, pacific.

The donations will benefit three charities:

  • Northwest Harvest (food bank)
  • Meow Cat Rescue
  • Seattle Humane Society

Please pop over to HER BLOG POST, AT THIS LINK… and leave a comment. It’s such an easy way to help people and animals in need this holiday. You’ve got 3 and a half hours from RIGHT NOW to get your comment in… go… now… comment… now… GO, lol!!!

And if you’re curious about the next installment of Yasmine’s books… click the image below for info about Camille’s newest book, coming in January.

hauntedmoonbanner

1 Comment. Join the Conversation