The Latest and Greatest

Lots of news to share. First and  foremost, I can announce that my agreements with Noble Romance Publishing are terminated. I can’t say more, but it is over. Which I am glad for, as it’s been over a year since this mess started. It’s nice not to have the stress of that hanging over me anymore.
I also have some release news to share. Claimed by the Enchanter, the third in the Magiste Bayou Chronicles, will be out very soon. I don’t have links or anything yet, but I will be sharing as soon as it hits my hands. This book is the story of Regine Marchand and Cameron McIntyre. Reggie, as she calls herself, is a domme, and enjoys being in total control of every aspect in her life. Cameron is a dom as well, but he senses a submissive side to Reggie and wants to show her how pleasurable that can be. There are quite a few twists and turns in the story, as Reggie comes to learn many things about herself, and Cameron pushes her to her limits. At the same time, he helps her find out who really cursed her horse, putting her in danger. And as much as Reggie wants to resent Cameron, she finds herself falling for him, faster and deeper than she’d ever imagined.
Also on the horizon are releases for the revised and updated Magiste Bayou Chronicles. Both books, now called Claimed by the Devil and Claimed by the Mage, have been extensively re-edited and contain new content. I am very pleased with these updates and am looking forward to sharing them with you, along with the new covers.
I am also getting ready for the release of Warrior’s Wrath, though I’m not quite sure of the timeframe for that. Likely in the fall, though I’ll update as I get more news. (Update: I learned this morning that Warrior’s Wrath will be out in early 2014 Stay tuned for more details as we get closer) This is the story of Rowan Langley. He gets quite a rude awakening in the very beginning of the story, and when confronted with a slip of female thief, finds himself capable of things he’d never imagined before. It’s a good thing Aeron learns to crave Rowan’s torments.
With all of these books, keep an eye out here for more news and info, as well as giveaways and other fun sorts of things. I’ll be participating in a few events online and hopefully in person as well, in the coming months, and will share the details with you as I finalize them as well.
I will be at the NJRWA Put Your Heart in A Book Conference October 18-19, 2013, in Woodbridge NJ. I’ll be signing some of my books at the bookfair on the 19th. If you’re attending, or simply in the area, come find me.
On the homefront, I am still unemployed, and looking forward to school starting in a few weeks. While I’ve made significant progress and am closing in on the end for Warrior’s Possession, the third in the Warrior’s series, having the kids around during the day has made it difficult to maintain the pace I had going before the end of June. So I look forward to that. 
And now, I’m off to tend some household projects. One good thing about unemployment, is that slowly but surely, I will have the cleanest closets in town! 🙂

The NJRWA Conference – A Rousing Success

Last weekend, I attended the NJRWA Put your Heart in a Book conference. I’ve been to it before, many years back. For the last several years, it usually coincided with day job travel, so I haven’t attended in quite some time. This year worked out perfectly, and since 2012 was fairly successful on the writing front, the opportunity to participate in everything I could was impossible to resist. I registered, reserved a room for the entire weekend, and signed up for the bookfair.
Of course, at the time I registered, I didn’t know there was a brick wall coming up to slam into me – the whole Noble disaster. But as it turned out, the conference ended up being a perfect opportunity to spread the word about that mess and the lack of ethics behind it all. I shared the information in a roundtable session moderated by Heather Graham (fangirl moment #1). I outlined a bunch of the tactics others have experienced at the hands of Noble and anyone affiliated with them. The outright contempt that past and current management subjects their authors to, FOR NO REASON, was met with contempt of its own. I had other opportunities to share this information throughout the conference as well, and I did. Because as I learned this weekend, word spreads, but until someone hears it from the horse’s mouth, everything is questionable.
Case in point – Jennifer Probst. (Jen, get ready! lol)  I have known Jennifer Probst for close to twenty years now. Back in the day, she was a regular in our critique group. We were sorry when life, as it will do, kept her from coming anymore. But the best part about Jen is not only is she lots of fun, she is one of the biggest cheerleaders in our chapter! Seriously – I suspect she has a stash of pom-poms in her house somewhere. Her excitement for her fellow writers and friends is that genuine, enthusiastic and infectious. 😀 Anyway, as some of you might have heard, Jen’s book, The Marriage Bargain, topped all the bestseller lists and got her an awesome deal with Simon & Schuster. Her name and Entangled Publishing are on the map. One of the roundtables I attended at the PAN retreat was moderated by Bob Mayer. He mentioned Jen’s story in his presentation, about 10 minutes before she came in. Once he knew she was there, he asked her to tell her story. When she finished, he admitted he’d heard at least 14 different versions of the story from 14 different people, and none of them said anything like what she did.
That whole point brought home how important spreading the word about Noble, face to face, with the facts, had become. So in that respect, the conference was a great success. People heard it – and I bet they’ll share it as well. Writers like to talk as much as they like to write and read. Besides, truth trumps the BS every time!
Anyway, one of the things I like best about this conference is that the content – workshops, special events, social gatherings – are on a caliber of National’s conference, but on a much more intimate level. There aren’t 3,000 women running around a hotel/resort, there’re 300. Or thereabouts, could be more, but anyway… There’s time to talk to people, to truly meet them and spend some time relaxing over a drink, or a snack, or just catching our breath in the lobby. The workshops are top-notch and I learned a lot in every single one I attended.  Since I’ve gone back to more regularly writing historical, I was very interested in the workshop hosted by Eliza Knight and Kimberly Killion, “Corsets, Codpieces and Kilts… Oh My!” It was very informative – some of it I knew, a lot of it I didn’t. It was probably also one of the most fun workshops I’d attended – quite hysterical at moments – and I will be using a bunch of the info I picked up.
Of course the booksigning was lots of fun too – I sat behind Jen! And Mary Jo Putney! (fangirl moment #3)  And then realized Eliza Knight was right across from Jen! (fangirl moment #4 – and not a pretty one, I’m afraid. lol).
On Saturday night, a bunch of us grabbed dinner in the hotel bar, and Heather Graham joined us (fangirl moment #5). That was the most fun I’d had in a long time – I surprised myself by being fairly calm and somewhat civilized! lol  Seriously, Heather has an awesome sense of humor and she and her husband were genuinely regular – like the crew I hang with in my neighborhood – and fun. And Heather seriously rocked it during the party Saturday night – she’s got an amazing singing voice too!
Bottom line – one of the best cons I’ve attended, for many reasons. Some of them fun – like hanging with my friends and making new ones, and the opportunities available to me as a published author – and they will be remembered for years with lots of fondness. Some reasons not-so-fun, but important, and I got to be a part of that as well. There’s still a ways to go, and NJRWA’s conference was the perfect place to continue that progression, on several and very different levels.
Here’s hoping the stars line up so I can go again next year!