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I’ve been trying to find time since I returned from the Olde City, New Blood conference to post pics and blog about the general fabulosity of the event and the people involved.  Unfortunately, as usual when I return to the office from a con, I’ve been swamped.  But since today started with an ultrasound on my not-so-little-boy’s belly, I needed a pick me up this morning.  Posting about Olde City, New Blood was just the thing.

First off, its unbelievable to me that this was the first time for Jennifer Morris pulling together a convention.  She did an amazing job.  I’m still in awe of all the incredible authors, bloggers and readers she managed to pull in for the conference and how warm everyone was.  Picture one big coffee klatsch or bar round table, and you’ve pretty much summed up the weekend.  Jennifer also came up with some really fun concepts like the Mystery Science Theatre-esque movie showing, which I heard Damon Suede rocked, the flash fiction panel in which the audience gave up prompts leading to fun things like a horror/romantic comedy featuring a heroine on a space ship with a hyperdrive dealing with a platypus infestation.  (Let’s just say that by the time we were done, they were venomous, shape-shifting platypi aliens who wanted our heroine to breed with them to create a whole new race.)  Possibly the most fun, though, was the Character Dating Game, where many of us portrayed the characters from our book, a la the cheesy 70s game show.    In the first match up, our bachlorette was Agent Parker Adams (aka her author Karina Cooper), definitely a take-charge kind of girl.  Her dating options were (from L to R) Daemon, the hero from Jennifer Armentrout‘s Lux series, Deacon Chalk, from James R. Tuck‘s Occult Bounty Hunter series, and Criminy Stain, Delilah S. Dawson‘s creation for her Blud series.  In the second match up, we had Karina Cooper again, playing her colorful heroine Jessie, Tawdra Kandle, playing her mind-reading heroine Tasmyn Vaughn, me in the guise of Gina Covello, fashionista of the fanged (she asked me to fill in for her since she doesn’t show on camera) and Criminy Stain, who’d failed to find “his” perfect match the first time around.  I’m happy to say that wasn’t true in the second dating game!

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The charity signing was a HUGE success, and I’ve posted some pics below for your viewing pleasure:

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Pictures:

1- Damon Suede of Dreamspinner Press sweeping me off my feet

2- Lea Nolan, Me with my eyes closed, J.A. Souders and Janice Hardy, ready, willing and able to sign books at a moment’s notice

3- Janet Breakfield, Pamela Palmer and Cynthia Eden

4- Elisabeth Staab, Tes Hilaire and Elisabeth Naughton

5- James R. Tuck, Karina Cooper and Alex Hughes

6- J.A. London, aka Loraine Heath

7- Jenna Bently/Jennie Bently and Lexi George

8- Amanda Carlson and Kristen Painter

9- Erin Quin and Rosalie Lario

10- Alex Hughes, Delilah S. Dawson and Jess Haines

11- Nancy Haddock and her new friend Vlad

12- Caridad Piniero and Dianna Love

12- Amanda Carlson and Jennifer Armentrout showing off each others’ books

13- Don’t know what’s more fab – Kristen Painter or her poster

14- our event planner Jennifer Morris with author Amy Lane

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1-Delilah S. Dawson and Karina Cooper all dressed up for the steampunk panel and James R. Tuck because he’s awesome

2- Dinner: Sarah Nicolas, Janice Hardy, James R. Tuck, Alex Hughes and Sarah M. Ross

3- Dinner continued: blogger Sarah-with-an-h whose last name I have to catch from The Book Life, Micki (ditto on the last name), Amy Christine Parker and J.A Souders

I guess that if you’re visiting my blog, you already know about me and my new release, Fangtabulous.  I’m not especially known for my reticence and subtlety!  But in case you haven’t already heard enough out of me, I thought I’d list some current blog interviews and some upcoming events that you might want to check out!

Blog Interviews with:

Jessica Brody

Melissa Walker

Laurie Stolarz

Elise Allen

Debbie Rigaud

Eileen Cook

Sara Hantz

Diana Rodriguez Wallach

Denise Jaden

YA Fresh

Magical Words (not so much an interview as a post about settings, particularly the on-the-spot research for Fangtabulous)

 I’ve also found a new review from Mortality Bites.

Later this month I’ll be on The Sunshine Tour, signing books on January 26th at Books & Books in Coral Gables at 7 pm and on January 27th at Barnes & Noble in Fort Myers at 3 pm with the fabulous J.A. Souders, Karen Amanda Hooper, Jenny Torres Sanchez, Danielle Joseph, Heather Burch, Christina Diaz Gonzalez, Gaby Triana and Trish Doller.  We’re also doing a HUGE giveaway that you can check out here to celebrate the tour.

In February, I’ll be at Olde City, New Blood, which is going to be an amazing conference in St. Augustine, Florida from the 8th to the 10th.  Tomorrow is the last day to register, so don’t delay!  I can’t even tell you how many incredible authors will be featured, but among them are Jennifer Armentrout, Jennie Bentley/Jenna Bennett, Delilah S. Dawson, Nancy Haddock, Janice Hardy, Tes Hilaire… They’re all listed here.  I hope to see some of you there!

We’ll start with a contest that’s free to enter and might win you a membership to the brand new (and totally amazing) Olde City, New Blood conference in beautiful St. Augustine, FL in February 2013.  Details below:

Dearly Beloved, 
We are gathered here today, to join two awesome things in a state of increased awesomeness.
Today, we’re bringing together an author/reader mini-con, and the chance to WIN YOUR WAY IN FOR FREE!
       That’s right, ladies and gentlemen… starting today, you will all have 7 days to hop around from author to author, blogger to blogger, and enter at every stop to win one of 3 FREE REGISTRATIONS to Olde City, New Blood, the upcoming urban fantasy/paranormal romance mini-con in St. Augustine, FL next February.
       You can check out the official website for the complete list of Featured Authors (I’ll give you a hint… one of them is ME!!) and Featured Bloggers. There’s also a main contest post with all the participating authors, bloggers, and dates for the contest. It’s super easy. Visit each of the spotlight blog posts and author websites listed, fill out the Rafflecopter link on each one (one entry PER POST, not per day… and yes, they will be checking), and POOF, multiple entries to WIN!!
       The prize is one of 3 FREE REGISTRATIONS to see me and about 49 other authors on the sunny beaches of St. Augustine, Florida, from Feb 8th-10, 2013. We’re going to be doing panels, readings, meet & greets, and just generally having a fun weekend with our incredible fans!! Please keep in mind, if you win, you’ll have to cover your own travel and hotel expenses, but your ticket into the party will be on Olde City, New Blood!!!
       The contest runs from September 30th – October 6th, and the 3 winners will be announced on October 7th. Don’t forget to click the Rafflecopter link below before you hop off to check out the rest of the contest posts!! Good Luck, everyone!! I hope to see you ALL in Florida this February!!

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And now, for your reading pleasure, two fabulous new releases and one extra special pricing promotion.  Just released: DEATH’S RIVAL by Faith Hunter, the latest novel in her New York Times bestselling series featuring Cherokee skinwalker Jane Yellowrock and the trade paperback of Rachel Caine’s BLACK DAWN, also part of a NYT bestselling series (The Morganville Vampires).  And you know why I love them both?  They just keep getting better and better.  I don’t know how it’s possible, but there it is.  The special pricing?  To celebrate Orbit US’s 5 year anniversary, they’re discounting five of their bestselling titles, including N.K. Jemisin’s THE KILLING MOON to $1.99 for the Nook, Kobo and Kindle.  A little about these series:

BLACK DAWN by Rachel Caine

Berkley JAM | Young Adult

Other series titles:  GLASS HOUSES (2006), DEAD GIRLS’ DANCE (2007), MIDNIGHT ALLEY (2007), FEAST OF FOOLS (2008), LORD OF MISRULE (2009), CARPE CORPUS (2009), FADE OUT (2009), KISS OF DEATH (2010), GHOST TOWN (2011), BITE CLUB (2011), LAST BREATH (2011)

“Rachel Caine is a first-class storyteller who can deal out amazing plot twists as though she was dealing cards.” —Charlaine Harris

“Heartbreaking drama mixed with heart-stopping action.” —Romance Reviews Today

Ever since the draug—mysterious creatures that prey on vampires—took over Morganville in LAST BREATH, the lives of student Claire Danvers and her friends have been thrown into turmoil. Most of the town’s residents have evacuated, but Claire, Shane, Eve and Michael have chosen to stay and fight.

Using the city’s water system to spread, the draug have rapidly multiplied. Things in Morganville look grim, especially since vampire Amelie—the town founder—has been infected by the master draug’s bite.

Now, if Claire and her friends don’t figure out how to cure Amelie and defeat the draug, it looks like Morganville will become little more than a ghost town…

DEATH’S RIVAL by Faith Hunter

Roc | Urban Fantasy

Other series titles: SKINWALKER (July 2009), BLOOD CROSS (Jan 2010), MERCY BLADE (Jan 2011), RAVEN CURSED (Jan 2012)

“Jane Yellowrock is one of the most intriguing heroines in urban fantasy, and Hunter skillfully doles out tiny pieces of Jane’s backstory to keep readers coming back for more. Mystery and action are at the forefront here, but the romance from the first book continues to build slowly. Readers eager for the next book in Patricia Briggs’s Mercy Thompson series may want to give Faith Hunter a try.”    —Library Journal, Starred Review

Jane Yellowrock is a shapeshifting skinwalker you don’t want to cross—especially if you’re one of the undead…

For a vampire killer like Jane, having Leo Pellisier as a boss took some getting used to. But now, someone is out to take his place as Master Vampire of the city of New Orleans, and is not afraid to go through Jane to do it. After an attack that’s tantamount to a war declaration, Leo knows his rival is both powerful and vicious, but Leo’s not about to run scared. After all, he has Jane. But then, a plague strikes, one that takes down vampires and makes their masters easy prey.

Now, to uncover the identity of the vamp who wants Leo’s territory, and to find the cause of the vamp-plague, Jane will have to go to extremes…and maybe even to war.

THE KILLING MOON by N.K. Jemisin

Orbit | Fantasy

Other series titles: sequel – THE SHADOWED SUN

“Jemisin’s talent as a storyteller should make her one of the fantasy authors to watch in the coming years.” —Library Journal

An exciting new series from award-winning author N.K. Jemisin…

In the desert city-state of Gujaareh, peace is the only law.  Priests of the dream-goddess maintain order by harnessing the power of the sleeping mind to soothe, heal… and kill.

Yet Gujaareh has enemies both within and without, and those enemies have no peaceful intent.  A soul-devouring monster called the Reaper stalks the land, and an insidious, deadly plague of nightmares has been unleashed.  Two of Gujaareh’s priests, a holy assassin and a healer, must use all their magic and cunning to save the city of dreams.  But can even the purest priest dabble in corruption without becoming corrupt too?”