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Happy Halloween!

I do believe that Halloween ranks up there with my favorite holidays. Six tubs of stuff come up out of the basement to decorate my home, and when they go back down empty, it feels like I have room for at least another tub or two. This year I didn’t decorate much outside, and now I’m kind of glad because it is shaping up to be one of Michigan’s cold, windy Halloweens where you have your snowsuit on over your Power Ranger costume. One year we went through 16 bags of candy, though admittedly it was a weekend evening, not this miserable mid-week, coldness. This year, I expect fewer kids, though quite honestly, I don’t think the kids care how cold it is. I never did. ūüôā

But traditions must be followed despite adversity, new ones created sometimes because of them, and I’m wearing my brand-new pumpkin socks today. The spooky pumpkin cookies are baked, and there is a dish of candy corn out. Tonight we’re having stew, and my mom is bringing over doughnut dough to fry up after Tricks-or-Treats is done. I do believe she has just started a new tradition. I hope so.

A-a-a-a-and some good news for those of you who enjoy a little visual presentation with your literature, Blood Crime finally hit the shelves yesterday! Ta-da! I’m so pleased with it. If you’re not familiar with the first graphic novel Blood Work, these two stories showcase Rachel interning under Ivy at the I.S. before Dead Witch Walking takes place. They are from Ivy’s point of view, and we get to see a little more into the vampire mythology/trap, not to mention her fall in love. If you’re still mourning Kisten, he is in there, though I’ll be honest in that he never looked the way I saw him in my mind’s eye. Blood Crime should be available just about anywhere they consistently shelve my books, but here’s a link to my website for more info and a few places that will have it if you are having trouble. BLOOD CRIME

I’m also pleased to tell you that¬†Blood Work, the older sibling,¬†just now made it to the e-world, meaning you can read it on your Nook. I believe the rest of the platforms will follow soon. (link to e-Blood Work)

Tomorrow, I’ve got news about Perfect Blood¬†making the list for Goodreads choice awards for best paranormal fantasy for 2012. Contest is running now, and I’ll give you all the particulars tomorrow, but if you know what I’m talking about already, you can find¬†Perfect Blood¬†in the paranormal fantasy category.


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Graphic novel Blood Work now available as an ebook!

Did you know?  Neither did I! But as I walked through the booths at Comic Con, I found this card at the nook booth!

Now, it’s bent and nasty from spending a week in my suitcase, and apparently my scanner is older than I thought, but you get the idea. What I like is that this is one way they will be selling ebooks at your brick-and-morter store if they’re not already. You pick up the 5 X 8 card (which is way cool for collecting) and take it to the front and you walk out of the store with your new ebook, a collector card, and a social experience that we all miss by sitting at home or office clicking buttons.

I just thought it cool when I saw it up there on the stands, and the best part? It means that the Del Rey technology for graphic novels has improved such that you can get Blood Work for your nook. The rest of the platforms such as Kobo and Kindle are sure to follow. It’s only a matter of time.

Blood Work ebook B&N

And just in time, too, because the sequel to it, Blood Crime, is out the day before Halloween. If you’ve missed me talking about the graphic novels, this is one way to get your Kisten fix. They are set before the regular books start in that golden year where Rachel interns under Ivy in the I.S. These are near to my heart as we get to see Ivy begin to fall in love and fight between what she’s been told she wants and what she really does. I scripted both books, meaning I wrote the dialog and said what I wanted in each box. I also helped pick out the artists. They were truly a breath of fresh air for me, and I was able to work with texture, color, and perspectives in a way I can’t in the regular books. If you get a chance to look at one, I hope you like what you find. Kisten never looked the way I saw him in my mind, but Rachel and Ivy were spot on as was Piscary.



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Friday wrap-up (and thank you!)

Yesterday I got some links to an interview and some reviews revolving around Blood Work, and I want to pass them on to you. ¬†Along with them, I want to pass on my heartfelt thanks to all of you who have gone out to find BLOOD WORK. ¬†As I mentioned when it came out, it hit the number one spot on the NY Times Best Seller list for hardcover graphic novels. ¬†It dropped that second week, and I thought we were moving off, but I found out that it’s back at the number two spot for the week of Aug 21, so that is very, very cool. ¬†Thank you. ¬†I spent a summer trying to figure this new medium out, and I learned a lot. ¬†Knowing that you, the readers, appreciated the results, is gratifying.

So, the interviews! ¬†This first one I remember giving at Comic Con. ¬†She transcribed my words verbatim, it looks like, so you can almost hear the background noise and chaos of the crowd in my words. ¬†Ain’t it Cool News¬† (review and interview)

Huntington News review

Arts Beat New York Times review

Tulsa World review


Monday we’re having a manic monday for mini-mugs. ¬†I’ll have info at 8:00, but don’t order until noon EST. ¬†I’ve got 50-100 of these to move out, so we should be able to keep taking reservations for at least an hour or two. ¬†ūüôā


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Blood Work takes the # 1 spot this next week!

I’m still at Comic Con, having a great time of it. ¬†I know I said I wasn’t going to post, but I have a nice bit of news! Blood Work has hit the number one spot on the New York Times list. ¬†To say I’m excited is a huge understatement. ¬†Comic books have a completely different writing style, and it was a daunting task to try to figure it out within such a short span, but my editor at Del Rey, (Betsy Mitchell) made it easy.

So I’ll be doing the happy author dance all day today as I
1  give away signed posters of the Hollows Insider at the Harper booth 1017 from 2:30 to 3:30,
2  give my spotlight panel presentation at room 5AB from 4:30-5:30, and
3  sign everything and anything from 6:00 -7:00 pm (AA3)

4 ¬†I’l also drop by a Del Rey panel at 8:00 pm room 23 ABC.

Hope to see you there! ¬†I’ll be giving away tons of stuff at my spotlight panel. ¬†ūüôā


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Release Day

That’s right! ¬†It’s Tuesday, and all across the US, a handful of authors are grinning ear to ear, waking up with the words on their lips, “It’s out today.”

This time, it’s my turn, as Blood Work¬†finally hits the shelf. ¬†This has been a labor of love for me, and I put a lot into it, trying on a new tool belt in more ways than one. ¬†I could not have done it without the patience and even hand of my editor at Del Rey, Betsy Mitchell. ¬†(If you’ve not seen it, I’ve got a page at the website on “the making of”.) ¬†We are already applying ourselves for the sequel, so there will be at least two stories from Ivy’s POV. ¬†It was a wonderful chance to see things from her direction, and if you are a fan of hers, you might want to pick it up and give it a glance. ¬†If you’re looking for it on a real shelf, you will find it in the graphic novel section most likely. ¬†If you’re looking for it online, I’ve got a couple of sources here:

Barnes and Noble
Indi Bound Books 
Kim’s books at Del Rey¬†
Mysterious Galaxy in San Diego
Borderlands in San Francisco
Rendezvous РThe Romance Bookstore  Australian outlet to help curb the shipping cost.
Infinitas Bookshop – science fiction, fantasy and horror booksAnother outlet in Australia.
SFBC (The Science Fiction Book Club)

Today is the last day to enter for the boots on the cover that my editor at Del Rey is giving away. ¬†Five runner up’s will receive a signed copy. ¬†Signed copies are also available to win at the blog tour posts. ¬†(I’ve got them on yesterday’s post if you’ve not entered yet.) ¬†But today, I’ve got a short interview with Shawn over at suvudu. ¬†Five-Questions

Me? ¬†As exciting at today is, it is a work day for me, and I’ll be sitting at my desk pushing through the second editorial rewrite of A PERFECT BLOOD. ¬†I was expecting this second rewrite since I made so many major changes in it the first time. ¬†But yes, it is stronger, whether you like what happens or not. ¬†-grin- ¬†I swear, the most interesting things happen in the editorial rewrite. . .


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Book Trailer goodness!

Happy Friday! ¬†Wow, after a week of painstakingly going through the world book one last time, I’m ready for it. ¬†But look at this!!

My editor at Del Rey plopped this on my desk yesterday. ¬†It had me doing the happy dance, and I had to share. ¬† (Feel free to put on your own site and spread the word.) ¬†How cool is that? ¬†Just a handful of days left until this hits the shelf, and I’m so ready for it!

By the way, I took a closer look at the blog tour sites I gave you yesterday and noticed that the entry rules to win the signed books from each site are different. ¬†(head hits desk) ¬†Some are comment to enter, some are email your name and address to them. ¬†So if you posted and left, you might not really be entered in all of them. ¬†My apologies. ¬†(wince) ¬†I’ve been distracted lately . . . ¬†The contests run until the 12th, I think, so you should be okay. ¬†If you missed them, here they are again:

Graphic Novel Reporter. Why I wanted to write a graphic novel.
Smart Bitches, Trashy Books. Blood lust–how do you show an emotion?
Fantasy Book Critic.¬†Rachel and Ivy–how they met.
Comic Beat. Team player? Loved it.

And the link to win Ivy’s boots . . .¬†(rules, regs, how to enter)

The robin that nested on our porch is at it again, and we’ve got another batch of four eggs incubating. ¬†Here’s hoping they have better luck this time. ¬†I’ll have pictures after they hatch. ¬†Right now, it’s not much different from the last photo of four eggs. ¬†They look a bit bigger is all.


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