This Saturday, July 7th, I’ll be chatting with readers LIVE from 2-3pm EDT (Washington, D.C. time) at Literal Addiction Paranormal Book Club. In addition to answering your questions about the Ferals, Vamp City, and the Esri, I plan to reveal a few fun teasers from my upcoming Feral Warriors novel, A Love Untamed. AND I’ll be giving away books!
I promised to post a recap of my recent book tour with the fabulous Julia Quinn, Rachel Gibson, and Elizabeth Boyle. I also promised to take pictures and didn’t…again. I’m not sure what it is about pictures, but I always forget to take them! Fortunately, others took them, so I still have them to post.
The tour started out a little shaky, or maybe I should say a little stormy. Huge, nasty thunderstorms and tornado warnings in the DC area Friday night, and me with a 9:40 pm flight to Tulsa. I knew it was unlikely the flight would take off, but I had to go to the airport anyway, just in case.
Anderson's Bookstore Tea
They kept telling us the flight would be on time, then just delayed. The aircraft was there, they were simply waiting for the crew. But at 11:00 pm they cancelled the flight and told us to head to the United Service Center line to be rebooked. When I hit that line, there were easily seventy people in front of me. They’d been canceling flights all night. At 2:00 am, I finally got through the line with a seat on a 6:00 am flight out of a different DC airport. Thank goodness I hadn’t checked my luggage. I ran home, showered and changed to my Saturday book signing clothes, then left for the airport at 4:00 am.
Tulsa Library panel: JQ, me, Rachel Gibson, Elizabeth Boyle
No make-up. I figured I could do that later (and did, in the Houston airport restroom hours later.) That flight was on time, but by the time I reached Tulsa, via Houston, there was no time to run by the hotel and drop off my suitcase. I took a cab straight to the signing, luggage and all. At 1:00 am that morning, I’d heard people saying all the morning flights were completely booked, so I was afraid I was going to miss my first event. But I made it!
The Tulsa Library put on a fabulous event, inviting local news anchor Karen Larsen to moderate our panel. She was wonderful. More than eighty people attended as we read excerpts from our latest releases, answered questions, then signed books.
Rachel Gibson and me at Anderson's
Afterward, we had a lovely dinner with our hosts, then headed back to the hotel. I was exhausted, running on no sleep, but some days aren’t meant to be easy. When I pulled out my toiletries baggie, my shampoo bottle had come open and spilled completely. None left and it was all over everything else. Uhn. While I was cleaning up that mess, I got a call from the front desk that my business credit card hadn’t gone through. I started laughing. None of it was that big of a deal, but all I wanted was to crawl into bed, which I finally did.
Me, Elizabeth, Sarah, Rachel, Julia
The next morning, the four of us met in the lobby at 6:00 am for an early flight to Chicago where Sarah MacLean joined us. Fortunately, that plane was on time and we had a chance to settle into our hotel and change before our 2:00pm event at Anderson’s Bookstore in Naperville. The crowd was even bigger here, over a hundred, and a fun group!
Early the next morning, Sarah MacLean and I were picked up and taken downtown Chicago for an appearance on WCIU-TV’s You and Me This Morning. They mic’d us up and we went on the air shortly after their rescue dog segment. The pup roamed the set freely after his introduction, so you’ll see him in the clip. I’ve included the link for our short segment, below.
Anderson's panel: Rachel, me, JQ, Sarah, Elizabeth
That evening we had one more event at the Frankfort Public Library, another great crowd. All three venues hosted really nice events with refreshments for the guests and speakers. The Frankfort Library thrilled us with cake pops! We got a late dinner at what appeared from the outside to be a Scottish pub and turned out to be a Scottish Hooters sports bar. Ha! I think we were the only women in the place other than the hostesses and waitresses. The next morning, Tuesday, we headed home, though for Elizabeth and I, it was only temporary.
A few days later, Saturday morning, I boarded another flight, this time for Dallas, heading to Fresh Fiction’s Boas & Tiaras Tea in Plano, Texas where I joined Elizabeth Boyle, Kerrelyn Sparks, Vicki Pettersson, Lorraine Heath, Diane Kelly, Candace Havens, and Deborah Coonts. So much fun! Yes, I brought a boa and a tiara, though I only wore the boa for a handful of minutes. Texas in June is a bit warm for feathers. I had a great table and thoroughly enjoyed chatting with them about books while we enjoyed the goodies and tea. Afterward, the other authors and I signed books. That evening, my sister-in-law and brother-in-law (who live nearby) picked me up and took me out to dinner. Then Sunday I flew home again.
My traveling might not be over for the summer, but the book tour is. Now it’s time to write!
A Blood Seduction, book 1 in my new Vamp City series, is on sale now! To promote the new release, my publisher is sending me on tour with several other authors this weekend and next. If you’re in one of the areas where we’ll be signing, I’d love for you to come say hello!
My tour schedule:
Saturday, June 2, 2012 1:00 – 3:30 p.m.
You, Me, and Tea… with Romance’s Most Popular Authors
Central Library – Aaronson Auditorium
400 Civic Center
Join Julia Quinn, Rachel Gibson, Elizabeth Boyle, and me as we discuss our inspirations, how we write, and the state of romance novels today. Book signing with our newest releases (A Blood Seduction!) and tea with light refreshments to follow. Fabulous door prizes, too!
Sunday, June 3, 2012 2:00 – 4:00pm
High Tea with Pamela Palmer and Four Other Authors!
Anderson’s Bookshop Naperville
123 West Jefferson
Join me for tea, along with Elizabeth Boyle, Julia Quinn, Rachel Gibson, and Sarah MacLean at this ticketed event at Anderson’s Bookshop. Tickets can be purchased through Book Perk ($5), or buy one of our books for admission at the door.
Monday, June 4, 2012 7:00pm
Signing at Frankfort Library
21119 Pfeiffer Rd
Join me and bestselling authors Julia Quinn, Rachel Gibson, Sarah MacLean and Elizabeth Boyle as we chat with readers and sign our latest books.
June 9, 2012, 1:00-5:00pm
DFW Tea Readers Boas & Tiaras
Allen Ballroom of the Chocolate Angel
4709 W. Parker Rd
Plano, TX 75093
Books, chat, and high tea with authors Pamela Palmer, Kerrelyn Sparks, Vicki Pettersson, Elizabeth Boyle, Lorraine Heath, Candace Havens, and Diane Kelly. This is a ticketed event, $35, tickets limited. To purchase tickets, go to: http://dfwtea.com/blog/
Hope to see you! I’m determined to take pictures (which I’m terrible about doing), so look for a post tour blog post in a couple of weeks.
Congratulations to the winners of my April website contest who correctly answered that in A Blood Seduction, the words Quinn remembers Arturo using when he was talking about Susie were ‘cajole’ and ‘seduce’. Each of the five winners will receive a signed copy of the first two books in my Esri series, The Dark Gate and Dark Deceiver.
Amy K. of Quincy, Massachusettes
Kami B. of Portland, Oregon
Sandra F. of Graham, North Carolina
Amy V. of Stafford, Virginia
Rose G. of Salam, Massachusettes
Congratulations to the winners! In place of a contest in May, I’ve started my postcard giveaway for the new book. If you’d like me to send you a signed postcard of the cover of A Blood Seduction (A Vamp City novel), just fill out the form on the Luck page of my website and I’ll send it, anywhere in the world.
ARC giveaway winners: Samantha, Mellissa Monteforte-Jimenez, and Rebe. Please email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Tuesday, May 8th, with your address so I can get these in the mail!
I just got home from a weekend conference/retreat, my second this month, and today bought plane reservations for two more. So I thought I’d give you the run-down — where I’ve been and more importantly, where I’m going, in case you want to come say ‘hi’!
Three weeks ago was the RT BookReviews convention in Chicago, which was a blast. I loved seeing so many of you at both Avon’s Indigo Lounge and at the huge book signing Saturday! Avon’s Indigo Lounge extravaganza is always one of my favorite events of RT. Tons of free books given away, food, champagne (served by last year’s Mr. Romance), and other giveaways (like shot glasses advertising A Blood Seduction).
Not only was RT in town, but also Chicago’s Comic Con (C2E2). I did a book signing there (above) and sat on a panel, We’re No Angels, with Charlaine Harris, Christina Henry, Chloe Neill, Karina Cooper, Jeaniene Frost, and Kerrelyn Sparks. In the following clip, we discuss why our heroines are no damsels in distress.
This past weekend, I attended the Washington Romance Writers’ annual Retreat in Westminster, Maryland. The weekend kicked off with a book signing at Turn the Page bookstore in Boonsboro owned by Nora Roberts’ husband.
Nora was there, of course, along with me and fourteen other authors. Left is a picture of me at Turn the Page with Christine Trent, Allison Leotta, and Robyn Carr.
My travel schedule for the next few months:
Tulsa, Oklahoma: Saturday, June 2, 2012 1:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Naperville, Illinois: Sunday, June 3, 2012 2:00pm
Frankfort, Illinois: Monday, June 4, 2012 7:00pm
Plano, Texas: Saturday, June 9, 2012, 1:00-5:00pm
Anaheim, California: Wednesday, July 25, 2012, 5–8 p.m.
New Orleans, Louisiana: Saturday, August 11, 2012, 2-4 p.m.
In addition, I’ll probably be doing a signing in the Fairfax, Virginia area in late May.
Note: All of these events are open to the public except the one in Plano. Information, including how to buy a ticket to the tea in Plano and the other authors signing with me, is available on the Media and Events page of my website.
As for the ARCs (Advanced Reading Copies), I have three left of A Blood Seduction, book 1 in my new Vamp City series which hits shelves May 29th. On Thursday, May 3rd, I’ll choose three people from the comments below to get one. Question for you: have you ever attended a book signing? If so, whose? If you’ve attended a lot of them, which one was most recent? (If you’ve already received an ARC of this book, please let me know. I’m losing track!)
I’m thrilled to reveal the book trailer for A BLOOD SEDUCTION, the first book in my new Vamp City series, which hits stores May 29th!
To celebrate, I’m giving away a complete set of signed Feral Warrior novels, books 1-6. For a chance to win, post the trailer link (http://youtu.be/IYS8ayK5B0M) on Facebook, Twitter, your blog, or any place vamp lovers hang out on-line. Let me know where you posted it (with link) in the comments section below. Each posting to a different site counts as a new entry, but only one post per site counts. (A post to Facebook counts as one. Fifteen posts to Facebook still just counts as one. Please don’t spam.) On Twitter, please use the hashtag #VampCity.
I’ll pick the winner April 25th. Welcome to Vamp City!
Congratulations to the winners of my March contest who correctly answered that in Warrior Rising, Princess Ilaria needs the draggon stone in order to remove death marks. All three winners will receive a signed copy of the first two books in my Esri series, The Dark Gate and Dark Deceiver.
Christa B. of Kelowna, British Columbia
Stacie D. of Seattle, Washington
Natasha D. of Pocahontas, Illinois
Don’t forget to visit my Luck page for my latest contest!
Congratulations to the winners of my February contest who correctly answered that in A Blood Seduction, Quinn’s captor is an Emora Vamp. All three winners will receive a signed copy of Hunger Untamed, the fifth book in my Feral Warriors series.
Mina G. of Hamburg, Pennsylvania
Rachel M. of Long Beach, California
Susan P. of Chicago, Illinois
Your books will be in the mail tomorrow!
And don’t forget to check out my Luck page for my latest contest.
Congratulations to the winners of my January website contest!
Rhonda P. from Wilsondale, WV
Lori H. from Lebanon, TN
Megan M. from Weston, CT
All three correctly answered that in A Warrior’s Desire, Charlie and Tarrys first met on the battlefield at the Dupont Circle Fountain. They’ll receive signed copies of both Desire Untamed and Obsession Untamed, the first two books in the Feral Warriors series.
Be sure to enter the February contest on my Luck page! Winners are always chosen at random from those answering the question correctly.
I can finally share with you the gorgeous cover of my first vampire novel, book 1 of the Vamp City series, A BLOOD SEDUCTION!
A Blood Seduction hits bookshelves (and ereaders) May 29th!
From the back cover:
Vampires live only for lust and pleasure in the eternal twilight of Vamp City. But the city’s magic is dying. The only person who can restore it? A beautiful woman from the mortal world…one who knows nothing of the power she wields. Quinn Lennox is searching for a missing friend when she stumbles into a dark otherworld that only she can see–and finds herself at the mercy of Arturo Mazza, a dangerously handsome vampire whose wicked kiss will save her, enslave her, bewitch her, and betray her. What Arturo can’t do is forget about her–any more than Quinn can control her own feelings for him. Neither one can let desire get in the way of their mission–his to save his people, hers to save herself. But there is no escape from desire in a city built for seduction, where passion flows hot and blood-red. Welcome to Vamp City…