Thursday, July 30, 2009

Gothic Romance

Despite having a small mountain that represents my To Be Read stack (thanks in part to the recent RWA conference), I have recently hit used book stores in search of old Gothic Romances. I have this thing called a thesis that absolutely must be done this year, and since I not only have a large academic interest in the area, but I also have a Gothic Romance coming out this year, I thought I'd focus in the area. Here are 13 sources I've found, all Gothic Romance, deciding factor of the recent ones being that they happened to be in the used book stores I trolled.
  1. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. 1847 (The one that started it all for me)
  2. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen 1818. (parody of Gothic)
  3. "The Yellow Wallpaper" by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. 1892
  4. Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier. 1938
    Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.
    (Despite this being the one that I know the first line by heart, its the one I find too depressing for a re-read. Hoping to avoid using it directly in the thesis.)
  5. Thunder Heights by Phyllis A Whitney 1960.
  6. Window on the Square by Phyllis A Whitney 1960.
  7. Bride of Pendorric by Victoria Holt 1963.
  8. Darkwater by Dorothy Eden 1963.
  9. From Secret Places by Miriam Lynch 1973.
  10. Rainbow in the Mist by Phyllis A Whitney 1989.
  11. After Twilight by Dee Davis 2001.
  12. Moonshadow by Penelope Neri 2001.
  13. Bonus read: Bewitched by Sandra Schwab, Gothic-like book released in 2008 that rekindled my interest in Gothic.

Anyone have an interest in Gothic Romances? Read any of the ones released in the 60s and 70s that renewed the genre? Any recommendations?

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Check out Kim Knox

If you like steamy Futuristics as much as I do, you might want to check out Kim Knox's latest, Dark Host.

Feline Mosaic, Charis Sur, thought her mission aboard the INS Pagidion would be quick and easy. All she has to do is watch her target and keep him alive until Betelgeuse goes nova.

Simple. Until one of the passengers drops dead in front of her.

Suddenly everything is not simple. Her life depends on a successful mission and she has to protect her target from whatever killed this man. That throws her into the path of Jason Narak, the one man she never wanted to see again. The man who burned her six months before. Yet, even as her past with Jason hurls her mission, her life into disarray, Charis finds that…something…is waiting for them aboard the INS Pagidion.

It calls itself darkness. And it needs a host.

The buy link is here and you can read the first chapter here

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

13 things I learned at the 2009 RWA National Conference

  1. Never drink a beverage while listening to Linda Howard speak.
  2. Taxes are complicated & a little scary, but writers should educate themselves (or speak to an accountant/CPA). Do your research, get what you're entitled to, and avoid an audit.
  3. Vampires are out. No, we can always use more vampires. Angels are in! No, Angels are the new vampires & there's no market. There's no future in Futuristics. Futuristics are the next vampires, ready to explode as the next best thing. OK, what this really means is... don't write to the market, write what you love, but please, whatever you do, you need to understand the market. Hope that didn't make your head spin too much.
  4. Meeting people face to face is scary, wonderful, and fun. Some people are exactly how you'd expect in person & some, not.
  5. Jade Lee had a fan girl moment when she saw Jim Butcher.
  6. I had a fan girl moment in 2007 when I asked Rachel Gibson to sign her book. This year, I managed not to embarrass myself. Barely.
  7. Catherine Asaro's novella “The Spacetime Pool” won a Nebula & placed in the Prism. Can't tell you how much I think that rocks!
  8. Ann Aguirre's last name is pronounced "Ah-GEAR-ay"
  9. Cliches. Learn to recognize them in your writing. ugh. Have much revising to do, but thanks to some wonderful workshops, I 'm ready to break out the red pen.
  10. Learned that as far as online promotion goes, do what you like & what you're comfortable with. If you like to blog, blog. If you don't, don't.
  11. Wearing pantyhose when you're going to be on your feet all day, does help you avoid blisters and aching feet.
  12. Characterization, characterization, characterization. Different techniques work for different writers, but in the end, be sure those characters are real.
  13. Never get between a romance writer and free books.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

2009 Prism Awards (and one special Nebula winner)

I went to The Gathering, the FF&P RWA chapter's yearly get-together where the Prism contest results are announced. Fantastic. Fun. Inspiring. (I got to wear a dress)
Every story I've ever read from the Prism finalists have been wonderful, so you can read this as a recommendation list. Excellent stuff!
Special congrats and kudos to Catherine Asaro, who not only placed in the Prism with her novella "The Spacetime Pool", but she also won the Nebula novella category with the same story. Wonderful achievement & a first for a Science Fiction Romance author, to hit two major award lists in both Romance and SF/F. What an inspiration to us all!

Below is the announcement for the 2009 Prism Awards:

Permission to forward granted~

The Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal chapter of RWA is pleased to announce the final placements in the 2009 Prism Contest.

Dark Paranormal
First Place: Mona Lisa Craving by Sunny
Second Place: Immortals: The Redeeming by Jennifer Ashley
Third Place: Hotter After Midnight by Cynthia Eden

Light Paranormal
First Place: Wicked Game by Jeri Smith-Ready
Second Place:La Vida Vampire by Nancy Haddock
Third Place: The Trouble with Moonlight by Donna MacMeans

First Place: Siren Singing by Isabo Kelly
Second Place:Carnal Desires by Crystal Jordan
Third Place: A Mermaid’s Kiss by Joey W. Hill

First Place: The Dragon Master by Allyson James
Second Place:Dragonborn by Jade Lee
Third Place: King of Sword & Sky by C.L. Wilson

First Place: "Dark Nest" by Leanna Renee Hieber
Second Place: "Kung Fu Shoes!" by Jade Lee in These Boots were Made for Stomping
Third Place: "The Spacetime Pool" by Catherine Asaro in Analog Science Fact and Fiction magazine

First Place: Shades of Dark by Linnea Sinclair
Second Place:Fallen by Claire Delacroix
Third Place: Moonstruck by Susan Grant

Time Travel
First Place: Twist by Colby Hodge
Second Place:A Sexy Time of It by Cara Summers
Third Place: Madman’s Dance by Jana G. Oliver

Young Adult
First Place: Sleepless by Terri Clark
Second Place: CHOSEN: A House of Night Novel by P.C. Cast
Third Place: Cave of Terror by Amber Dawn Bell

Best First Book
La Vida Vampire by Nancy Haddock

Best of the Best
The Dragon Master by Jennifer Ashley w/a Allyson James

Congratulations to all who placed, and a big thank you to all who entered, all who judged, and to the FF&P board for making it all possible.

Jennette Heikes & Theresa Kovian, FF&P Prism Contest Coordinators

Monday, July 6, 2009

Parallel Universe at Galaxy Express

The Galaxy Express is hosting an online event leading up to RWA Nationals as well as following events during the conference. Yours truly will be guest blogging there on July 11th. Take a peek of all the planned events and stay tuned!

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Caught in Silver Wins!

Caught in Silver, my unpublished Science Fiction Romance, placed first in the Dixie First Chapter Contest in the super sexy category. It also garnered a request from the final judge! Yay! Exciting news to carry me into RWA National Conference.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Not Going to Conference Conference

So, you can't go to the RWA conference this year? Well, don't fret for long. Romance Divas is hosting their annual NGTCC (Not Going To Conference Conference) and it's going to be fun-filled. Already they've got great guest spots lined up, including: Josh Lanyon, Rowan Mcbride, Jet Mykles and Shayla Kersten, Carrie Jones, Marley Gibson, Linnea Sinclair, Patti O'Shea, Ona Russel, Steve Hockingsmith, Joey W. Hill and Sasha White.

There will be workshops for just about every genre, from Young Adult to Erotic to Historical. Plus, a workshop on Deep POV, one on going from e-publishing to NY, and a Q&A on how avoid and deal with burnout. And there's bound to be a few surprises, too. icon_wink.gif

The NGTCC kicks off July 14th and runs until July 18th. If you're not already a member of Romance Divas, all you have to do is go to the website and register! Best of all--it's FREE!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Samhain wine extravaganza at RWA Nationals

Announcement from Samhain Publishing:


It’s all about the party! Samhain Publishing is thrilled to announce our plans to host an informal meet & greet at the RWA National Conference in Washington D.C. Attendees from all walks of the industry are invited to join us to mingle with favorite Samhain authors, chat with our editors, learn more about digital publishing and opportunities at Samhain, or just to drink really great wine. The event will be held Friday, July 17 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the conference hotel in Angela James’ suite. To receive the suite location, please enter your info into the widget below and it will be sent to you via text message Wednesday July 15th. Please note this is the same suite the Rogue Digital seminar will be held in so you only need to sign up for alerts on one event. (if you are reading this other than on Angela’s blog and cannot see widget, please visit there to enter your info into widget:

Please help us spread the word and reach out to RWA attendees this year in Washington D.C. See you all there!

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I'll be there. How 'bout you?