Monthly Archives: August 2011

Remaking Sweet

Today’s the 3rd day on the blog tour. It’s been great! I’m over at Close Encounters with the Night Kind (http://closeencounterswiththenightkind.blogspot.com) today for a review and another giveaway!

But don’t worry, I didn’t forget about the summer remake series. Last week we had Johnny Cash taking on those whippersnappers, Social Distortion. It was good rockabilly fun, I thought, although not many seemed interested in it.

Today might be another flop because I had to go with one of my favorite songs ever. I know, I say that about every song, don’t I? Well, in this case it is. Every time I hear this song, I crank up the stereo and scream along. Well, okay, they don’t scream, but I can’t hit those notes unless I do. So there.

The band Sweet was a 70’s UK glam band. The reason I know about them is because my uncle loved their song “Little Willy”. This particular uncle passed away the year I was born, so I never got to meet him, but I listen to that song and imagine I know him rather well 🙂

However that isn’t the song being remade today. Nope. Today we have “Ballroom Blitz” which always makes me want to mosh. How crazy is that? I just listen to the words and I picture a big, writhing mosh pit. It’s kind of fitting, I think.

Anyway, in 1984, a metal hair band from Switzerland remade “Ballroom Blitz”. The band’s name is Krokus and I know this is a way back then song and remake, but really, I feel a little frantic this week, so it feels right.

What do you think?

The Original (Dig those costumes and that hair!):

The Remake (Check out those costumes! LOL):

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The Busy Bee

As y’all know, I’m on my virtual blog tour this week into next week. I know, it’s so much fun! I love scattering my ramblings all over the interwebz. It makes me feel like I’m entertaining millions…okay, maybe a dozen people, but still! It’s better than entertaining myself.

Today, I’m over at Bab’s Book Bistro, so be sure to stop by!

But that isn’t the only thing going on this week. Nope, not by a long shot. If you weren’t aware yet, I’m on a couple of group blogs and this week is the start of another group blog!

You can find me on Wednesdays at Four Foxes One Hound (http://fourfoxesonehound.wordpress.com) where I, along with Micki Gibson, Jillian Chantal, Jeff Salter, and Lynn Rush talk about anything and everything.

One Thursday a month, I’m hanging out with the gee/k/ink (http://geekandkink.com) ladies talking about anything and everything having to do with being geeky and kinky. I’m joined by the awesome Daisy Harris, Charlotte Stein, Delphine Dryden, Sommer Marsden, and Christine d’Abo.

And now, every other Monday, I’m over at Darker Temptations! I’ll be joining Cynthia Eden, Sayde Grace, Marcella Burnard, Kristin Miller, Rebecca Zanetti, Katie Reus, and Erin Kellison. This blog is jam-packed with paranormal romance writers and I have no doubt there will be a lot of discussion about…well, paranormal stuff, LOL The blog goes live on September 1st so I hope some of y’all will stop over and say “hi” 🙂

If you’re ever in dire need of amusement, join me at one of these locations because I can promise you, I don’t surround myself by boring people. They all have something interesting, informative, or downright hysterical to say.

And as if any of this wasn’t enough, I’m attending the Heather Graham’s Writers for New Orleans book signing on Sunday. If you’re in the area, stop by to say ‘Hi!’ I really don’t want to sit there twiddling my thumbs wishing I was Angie Fox or Heather Graham.

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The Post That Almost Wasn’t

WordPress is giving me fits lately. *counts to ten* If I normally stop by your blog, I apologize for my absence. I can’t see any posts for blogs I subscribe to. This means I have to rely on my memory and that sucks. Seriously. To top it off, the silly thing doesn’t want to save this post. It’s almost like the blog is working against me. Maybe it doesn’t want me to embarrass myself if I say something idiotic. *snort* We all know it’s way too late for that!

In other news, today kicks off the start of my seven-day virtual book tour! Yay! It’s finally here! I’m nervous. What if no one visits me? I know Izzy said I could just take a sword to people and they’ll pay attention to whatever I have to say, but that seems so violent. I’d rather nag them into visiting me. Maybe y’all can help!

Tell everyone you know about the blog tour. Tweet it. Post it on Facebook. And…those other social media sites I never got around to joining. It’ll be fun! Today I’m over at Laurie’s Thoughts & Reviews for an interview and giveaway. See? Free stuff!

http://lauriethoughts-reviews.blogspot.com/ That’s where I’ll be. I’ll beat this blog one way or another!

And y’all, can you believe it’s already the end of August? Where did the summer go? I thought I had more time to mentally prepare for the book signing this weekend, but noooo, Father Time is fighting me as well. *sniff*

So while I huddle in a ball of insecurity and mumble about conspiracy theories, take a moment to enjoy this fun song because yeah, the Saints put a hurtin’ on the Raiders last night:

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Fantasy Man Friday

Well, today is the last day of guest blogger week. I hope you’ve enjoyed meeting the characters of Ain’t No Bull, as well as the awesome Kristin Miller. Next week starts my 7-day blog tour and I hope to see some of y’all around! Today we have Isola “Izzy” Malone, Amazon, heroine of Ain’t No Bull, and fellow Fantasy Man connoisseur!

Izzy, take it away!

Do you have to keep emphasizing my first name? You know I hate it. It’s so…soft and romantic sounding *shudders*

Anyway, hey y’all! It’s about damn time I get to say something. After reading what Grant, the heifer mother, and incubus had to say, y’all probably think I’m a monster or something. Which is ironic since I’m the only one who can’t change into something else. And when I get back to Grant’s house, his ass is so mine. *blush* I mean—I’m going to kick his ass!

Sheesh, y’all are a tough crowd. Now I know why Danica worries every week about picking the right fantasy man. As if there’s a wrong one. Men are gorgeous creatures. I especially like the ones who clean house. Why, when I was still with my tribe, I’d fight for those and—

Isola! Dammit, I told you not to talk about those other men!

Grant, this is so not your blog post. Be quiet so I can share my love of beautiful men with all of the ladies who visit here! *sniff* I swear, sometimes Bull Boy drives me insane. He acts like I’m pure as the driven sn—

Isola!

Dang! See what I mean? Danica feels my pain, don’t you? I mean, I’m an Amazon. Hello! I’m all about hanging with my sisters, kicking ass, catching a few all-male review shows, and watching movies, although I haven’t had a lot of time to do those things except the kicking ass part. It seems like I’ve been fighting someone since I came to Wyoming. Wyoming of all places! My queen is a cruel witch sometimes. *sniff*

Anyway, this is what I like to look at…*whispers* when I’m not staring at Grant. OMG, did I mention he is f-i-n-e? Seriously, that bull has a body that makes me want to cry it looks so good.

I’m glad you think so, baby.

Dammit! He heard me! Anyway, I’ve got to go…you know um, there are nymphs to fight, minotaurs to evade, cow-swans to torment. *cackle* But enjoy the picture! And be sure to look for Danica next week. She’s all worried about people thinking she’s weird or something stupid like that *eye roll*. I keep telling her if she’d just wield a sword when she’s talking to people, they’ll listen to everything she says, but nooo, she has to be all like “But I don’t want to scare anyone, Izzy!” *snort*

Isooollaaaaa, I have a present for you named B.O.B.!

That sneaky mintoaur!! Gotta go!

Well, that was…interesting. I hope you’ve enjoyed yourself this week! I know I have. And does Izzy know how to pick good-looking men or what? Rar. This little cutie is just asking for me to do naughty stuff to him. Bwahaha!

Thank y’all for visiting this week. If you’d like to follow the blog tour, here are the scheduled dates:

August 29 – Laurie’s Thoughts & Reviews(Interview/Giveaway)
August 30 – Babs Book Bistro(Guest Post/Excerpt)
August 31 – Close Encounters with the Night Kind(Review/Giveaway)
September 1 – Deep in the Heart Romance(Guest Post/Excerpt)
September 2 – Escape by Fiction(Review/Giveaway)
September 5 – Bea’s Book Nook(Guest Post/Excerpt)
September 6 – Book & Movie Dimension(Review/Giveaway)
 
Happy friday everyone and have a safe weekend! 

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Guest Blogger: Fallon Plaisance

Hey y’all, I’m so, so excited to have a very special guest today. *blush* I’ll admit, I’ve been in love with this man since the first time he appeared in Ruby: Uncut and on the Loose. *fans herself* Today we have Sin Den Master (leader of incubi), Fallon Plaisance! *squees!*

*flutters her eyelashes* Fallon?

Merci, Danica! Thank you for the warm welcome. Hello, everyone. Comment ce va? Danica tells me she has been teaching you Cajun French. *smiles* I’m so glad. The Cajun French language and heritage is very close to my heart.

I’m not actually a native of south Louisiana. I’m originally from Ireland, but I moved here oh…well, it was so long ago, I can barely remember. I do remember though that I fell in love with south Louisiana. The food, the people, the weather, it’s all perfect! I set up an incubi den here and we’ve been um…entertaining women ever since. *wink*

So imagine how horrified I was when I was asked to check on my friend, Izzy, in Wyoming of all places. Wyoming! *mutters in French* Did you know it is cold there? Bitterly cold and of course that’s when ma fouine, decided she had to be exiled from her tribe. *mutters more* Snow! There was snow all over the place and a very angry taureauthere. I think he might have wanted to kill me. And why? Because I’m an incubus and much better looking than he is.

Um, Fallon? You do know Izzy and Grant will read this, right?

Mais, yeah, cher! I count on it. I love to rile them up. Taureau is so gone on ma fouine, he can barely see passed his septum ring. *laughs* Ah, it makes me happy to see Izzy shaken up. She is such a wild one, always doing outrageous things that she will not let others very close to her. She thinks I do not notice, but I do. She is a good girl, a sweet woman, but she’s also tĂŞte dur. Mais, sometimes I think she is asking for trouble and this time she got it.

That taureau is going to catch her, mark my words. He is just as tête dur as she is, maybe more because he is a bull, yes? Or am I mixing him up with a jackass? *laugh*

Fallon!

*laugh* Danica, she is the peacemaker, always trying to keep us out of trouble. Pauvre bĂŞte! She does not realize that characters in books will behave the way they want to and not the way the author thinks they should. *laughs and blows a kiss at Danica* I must go and check on Izzy to see if she has murdered Grant yet.

*sigh* I do love that incubus…Oh, sorry y’all! LOL Um, Fallon is quite the charmer *blush* So um, did you happen to catch the Cajun French in his post? I’ve been holding onto a signed copy of Ascension by Sable Grace since June and I’ll give a copy to the person who can correctly translate all (or most of) the French used in the post today.

Tomorrow we’ll have the lady of the hour, Isola “Izzy” Malone on the blog for Fantasy Man Friday. Let me tell ya, that woman knows her fantasy men! *fans herself*

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Guest Blogger: Arabella Strickland

Hey y’all…I hope you’re enjoying this week of guest bloggers because I’m having a blast! I get to do other things, like ogle smexy men for Fantasy Man Friday posts and write on my newest novella. I um, didn’t know if today’s guest blogger should have her say, but she um twisted my arm until I cried like a baby talked me into it. Today we have Arabella Strickland, Grant’s mom! Y’all be nice!

Ms. Bella? Go on.

Thank you, Danica. I resent the implication that I bullied you into letting me guest blog today. I am a sweet, little cow-swan who wouldn’t hurt a fly.

Unless her name’s Isola Malone. *fumes* That…that…Amazon is going to ruin my Grant’s future! I’ve been sending the sweetest little cow-swans his way for years and then he meets this…woman and thinks she’s his mate? I don’t think so! My baby deserves a calm, drama-free life with no battles and killer imps or nymphs or dangerous predators like Amazons following him around. *sniff*

My son deserves to have a mate who’ll keep him comfortable, not go galloping through the countryside picking fights and being rude. And that Isola is r-u-d-e! Why, she nearly drove me off the road and then had the nerve to blame it on me! Grant swears she’s a sweetheart, but my poor baby doesn’t realize Amazons are dangerous. *whispers* Why, I even heard thy brand their men! Can you believe that? Like they’re…catt—nevermind, that’s a bad example.

Anyway, Danica asked me to play a song I thought might sum up my son’s problems with this Amazon and I had to pick my very favorite human singer, Mr. Johnny Cash. Such a dangerous man. *titters* I hope you enjoy the song and please help me convince Grant to leave that…Isola woman alone!

Um, thanks, Ms. Bella. Ah…so, she chose a Johnny Cash song and it just so happens that there’s a remake of it! Perfect for my summer remake series! “Ring of Fire” was remade by Social Distortion and I have to say I love both versions. What do you think? (About the song and Ms. Bella’s accusations?)

The Original:

The Remake:

Danica! You ruined my post! *sniff* Young people have no taste. Ladies, please back me up here.

Um…a little help here? I don’t want her to shift to her cow form and stampede me!

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Guest Blogger: Kristin Miller

Today I have the awesome Kristin Miller visiting with us! I met Kristin in NYC and thought she was so great, I gave her carte blanche to discuss whatever flipped her Twinkie.
Take it away, Kristin! 

Thanks so much Danica, for having me as a guest on your blog! I’ve been a fan of your work, and your site, since we met at RWA in NYC and I was beyond thrilled when you asked me to visit.

Since you gave me free reign (mua-ha-ha!) over the topic today, I’d like to talk about something a little different. 

The Writing Bubble.

We all have one. It’s the place we go, either physically or mentally, when we get on a roll. When the words flow, we’re taken away, diving into the story head over feet. The words could turn out to be absolute shit, but they’re running like rivers damn it, so we bow down to our muse like she’s the holy Dalai Lama. (Besides, polishing garbage into gold is what the editing stage is for, right?)

But how does one stay in the Writing Bubble to keep those words churning? Some writers have to create new material in coffee shops, sucking off the hiss of the espresso machine and the buzz of gossiping caffeine addicts. Some write at home, locked away in a private office with an afghan on their lap and a retriever at their feet. Other writers can create anywhere as long as certain music is playing through their headphones or certain children are quiet. Ahem.

Come into my Writing Bubble for a bit, would you? There’s a wooden desk in the corner and a Dell laptop with fading keys. Take a seat in my plush leather chair and admire the lovely orchid I never have to water. Notebooks, one for each story idea, are stacked to the right. Coffee cups and granola bar wrappers are scattered to the left. Depending on what book I’m working on, you’ll hear music, too. During writing sessions of my latest release, Intervamption, Pink and Dashboard Confessional blared from the speakers—you know, the beautifully tortured stuff. For Vampires of Crimson Bay #2, releasing this winter, I listened to a whole lot of Annie Lennox and Stone Sour. (What that means, I’m not quite sure.) My current work, the third book in the Vampires of Crimson Bay Series, is demanding the soothing melodies of Ben Harper and Joshua Radin.  

There are times I’m so lost in my own thoughts, that the world outside becomes a tool, living and breathing for my story. Movies spark ideas that then translate into my books. Strings of overheard conversation become inspiration for dialogue between my characters. In that place, that wonderful writing sanctuary, words spill onto the page and books are built in months. But there are other times—like when a bad review cooks my goose or I see the well-deserved success of my writing peers—that self-doubt thins the layers of my sublime bubble. Writing becomes jagged and words don’t fit right. Like weathered skin stretching over too tight bones.

Though it’s hard to remember while we’re drifting through those doldrums, the coolest part of the Writing Bubble is that it’s yours and yours alone. It never goes away. It’s always there, waiting for brilliant words to bloom once more. Whether you have to catapult your ass into action by dragging your laptop to a different coffee shop, or move your desk so that it’s facing another window, you can breathe life into your words again. You just have to make a few changes, either physically or mentally, and you’ll be rockin’ right along in no time.

What does your Writing Bubble look like? And where do you find that you write best?

Blurb:

Slade, a fallen assassin, has been given a second chance. Called back into action for an unknown task, Slade must shift into what he hates most: a vampire. When he awakens, an instant attraction ignites between him and his sexy vamp teacher, Dylan, who’s been assigned to show him the ropes. Dylan’s orderly life blew up recently when a rogue vampire killed himself right before her eyes. On top of that, her pride and joy, ReVamp—or the Rehabilitation Facility and Management Program for Vampire—is in major trouble. She’s been accused of providing infected blood to the locals, weakening them and making them easier prey for their enemies, the shape-shifting therians. Forced to question long-held allegiances, Dylan and Slade have no choice but to trust in each other as mayhem reigns around them.

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=intervamption 
~Amazon is offering the first chapter free.

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/intervamption-kristin-miller/1103176649?itm=1&usri=intervamption&fmt=1000

Books on Board: http://www.booksonboard.com/index.php?BODY=viewbook&BOOK=1073531

Vampires of CrimsonBay#2 will release from Avon Impulse December 6th, 2011.

Bio:
Kristin Miller has had a passion for language and literature her whole life. Born and raised in Small TownUSA, she often made up stories about faraway places and edge-of-your-seat adventures.

After graduating from Humboldt State University with a degree in psychology, Kristin realized there is no scarier place than the warped human psyche. Wanting to combine her love of writing with her desire to paint twisted villains, Kristin wound up in the unlikeliest of places—the classroom. She taught high school and middle school English before giving in to the desire to create her own world, where villains can be sympathetic and heroes can be devilishly good.

Find me:

Website: www.kristinmiller.net

Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/KM_Miller

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1222405.Kristin_Miller

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