Posts Tagged ‘chat’

nexus Tonight, the place to be is the Angry Robot live chat with Ramez Naam, among others.  Just look at this line up here!  It’s happening at 8:30 p.m. EDT, so I’m a little late posting, but it’s been so busy today that I never even got my second cup of coffee.  For those of you who know me, don’t worry, I have not actually taken anyone’s head off…yet.  The night is still young.

Vamped Saturday, however…Saturday, May 3rd you’re going to want to chat with fellow YA author Sherry D. Ficklin and author-me over at Jessica Porter’s Read On because not only will we be vastly informative and entertaining (I hope), but we’ll be doing some awesome giveaways.  Free stuff!  The chance to pick our brains!  What more could you want?  (Yes, yes…world peace, the man or woman of your dreams, the winning lottery ticket, but aside from all that!)

Teach-Me-a-Lesson250 The above may go straight out the window if you’re in California.  I get that entirely, because in CA Saturday is California Bookstore Day, and I insist that you hie thyself to your closest brick and mortar store and browse their selection, meet visiting authors, get signatures, etc.  If you’re in the San Fran area, you might want to do this at Village Books where amazeballs erotic author Jasmine Haynes will be signing from 4-6, along with other authors popping in at various times, schedule here.

GoodReads Chat

Posted: January 8, 2014 in Uncategorized
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I’m excited to be chatting with the great folks at GoodReads this Friday, both as author and agent (though, unsurprisingly, most of the questions thus far are aimed at my agent-self).  I hope you’ll join in!  Questions can be posted any time, but I’ll be there from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. ET this Friday, January 10th.  Ciao!

Before I start posting away with my Hawaii pics, three quick things that I want to mention:

-this Wednesday, August 15th, Steven Harper, author of the amazing Clockwork Empire steampunk series as well as Writing the Supernatural Novel and many other books, will be doing a virtual chat on Shindig.  It’s a VERY cool thing, and you won’t want to miss it.  Click here to RSVP for the event.  Very important!

-a little over a week later, three fab authors, Rachel Caine, Chloe Neill and Christina Henry will be doing a Knight Agency chat on Twitter at 8 p.m. ET.  You won’t want to miss it!

-if you’re an instant gratification junkie, you can get a start on hearing from Chloe Neill, who’s Once and Future Podcast interview is up today.  Anton Strout does such a great job with his guests, and Chloe is so interesting that you’ll definitely want to check it out.

And now…

Hawaii Day 1.

Your cast of characters:

Su: the whitest  brightest red  peelingest person we know

Pete: knot guy, chauffer and comic

Ty: turtle boy, tiki-talker

Me: um, just me

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We arrived in paradise at about four o’clock local time, determined to at least see the beach and have a tropical drink before dropping like stones given the time difference and jet lag.  We succeeded and witnessed a beautiful sunset on top of it.

For our first full day, we headed to Hanauma Bay for snorkeling.  The caldera itself is gorgeous.  The color of the water is…perfect, and the fish are so used to swimmers that they’re totally unintimidated by our presence.  I wish I could have captured on camera everything I was able to witness with my eyes—the shimmering colors, the quicksilver movements of some of the fish, particularly the huge and most beautifully marked parrotfish, which was always in such a hurry.  I can’t wait to develop the pictures from my underwater camera to see how they turn out.  Hopefully, the silt and non-stop motion of the sea life will not defeat me.  I live in hope.

We arranged to go to a luau that evening, and had a wonderful time.  Our escort, Georgie, was a hoot.  She kept us entertained and informed, and we learned about the spirit of aloha as well as many other words in the Hawaiian language:

Smile = mino’aka

Kiss = honi

Until we meet again (which is what you say instead of aloha for good-bye, because that one is final) = A hui hou kākou

Pig = pua’a

Beef = pipi

We ate pineapple coleslaw, teriyaki beef, kalua pig, etc.  I’d been looking forward to the kalua pig ever since we began planning the trip, because I remember it as being the best stuff on earth (whole pig seasoned only with sea salt, wrapped in leaves and slow cooked all day in a deep pit), but, unfortunately, it wasn’t as amazing at this luau as I remember it from when I was a kid.  We drank tequila sunrises (me), mai tais (Pete & Su) and virgin pina coladas (Ty).  We watched traditional dances and even learned some hula.  Su is extremely thankful that the pics of this didn’t turn out at all, so there are no blackmail photos forthcoming.  (Sorry, Judi, I tried.)  We saw an amazing fire dancer and just generally had a wonderful time.

First, a quick but HUGE congratulations to Vicky Dreiling on being a triple RITA Award nominee for HOW TO MARRY A DUKE (x2) and HOW TO SEDUCE A SCOUNDREL.  So awesome and well-deserved!

Another HUGE congrats to give out, this one to David Mack for making the Top Ten Tie-Ins ballot on Unreality SF for his Star Trek novel RISE LIKE LIONS.  You can click here to vote for your favorite story on the shortlist.

Also, the agents of The Knight Agency are doing a Twitter chat tomorrow, Tuesday March 27th at 12 p.m. ET.  We’d love you to join us!  Use the #knightagency hashtag.  Talk with you then!

So crazy busy that it would be easy to just post some beautiful pics from Germany and be done with it, but the Frankfurt Book Fair is so much more than the few hours you can steal away for sightseeing that even the gorgeous photos would not do it justice.  For one thing, it is amazing to see so many buildings and booths taken up with books and the business of buying and selling them.  So affirming to see the agents’ center awash in activity and to hear all about what’s hot in various countries.  As a quick wrap-up and very general overview, young adult was definitely the hot genre rights-wise.  Paranormal romance and the more romantic urban fantasies are also sought after most places, historical romance was hot in some countries and not in others.  Fantasy and science fiction are still going strong.  Romantic suspense and thrillers are very promising, but traditional and cozy mysteries are, sadly, a struggle.  Unlike the US where e-books have risen to approximately twenty percent of sales (give or take, depending on the author/series and other factors), most countries are just this year getting e-book readers.  Digital sales account for approximate 1% in most places.  It was enlightening and thrilling that our own rights list was so in-line with the market.  New sales have already begun, and we’ve been alerted to a lot more coming down the pipeline, so it’s all very exciting.

That said, I do have some gorgeous pictures to show off, today of Heidelberg, tomorrow of the boat tour Elaine Spencer and I took up the Rhine (Rhein).

But before I get to those, two quick things:

I hope you’ll join The Knight Agency on Thursday, October 27th at 9 p.m. ET for a chat with Kristen Painter, author of Blood Rights from Orbit.  Where?  TKA chatroom.

Also I hope you’re joining in the fun of the Crossroads Blog Tour.  Jackie Morse Kessler (author of Hunger, Rage and Loss) and I have been paired up for the tour.  So far, our interviews are up at Narratively Speaking, Electrifying Reviews,  Just Your Typical Book Blog.  Later today, we’ll be at Late Bloomer Online.  But, hey, there are many other tremendous authors participating as well (Rachel Vincent, Stacey Kade, Amanda Ashby, Linda Joy Singleton, Jeri Smith-Ready, Angie Frazier, etc.), so follow along with the whole tour and enter to win prizes, details here!

And now, I present to you, Heidelberg, beginning with a photo of Jamie Ford, Kristin Nelson, me and Elaine Spencer, intrepid explorers.

The new Knight Agency newsletter is out, complete with an interview with the Royal House of Shadows authors, who are chatting with us tonight and a piece from me about the Frankfurt Book Fair which Elaine Spencer and I will be attending in just a couple of weeks!  (And yes, I hate that picture of me as well.)

Details on tonight’s chat:

WHEN: Thursday September 29th, 9PM ET
WHERE: The Knight Agency Chat Room
HOW TO CHAT: Enter any combination of user name and password. Login. Your computer must be Java enabled to chat!