Monday, February 28, 2011

The Trouble with Trella

I really didn't know what to title this blog, since it's going to be a little bit of everything.  However, the reason I went with Trella is the obvious fact that OUTSIDE IN is out, and because she is blogging about how to survive in her world over at Bitten By Books today (starting around 12:00 p.m. Central Standard Time).  As usual, there will be prizes for commenters.  I'm giving away a $50 Amazon gift card and a signed copy of OUTSIDE IN to a grand prize winner (open internationally) and five more signed copies to five runner ups :)

Here's the link - the event's going on right now!:

In other news, I'm nearing the end of TOUCH OF POWER.  I have until March 11th to finish and do a quite revision before handing it in.  It will go through a number of revisions based on comments from my editor, agent, critique partner and daughter (who reads my manuscripts with a red pen in hand ;).  The book is due out January 2012 - and you can see how long it takes to go through all the edits, and cover designs, etc... before it's printed. 

I also finished one of two short stories that are due March 1st.  The finished one is titled Godzilla Warfare - it's a military science fiction story - the first of that genre for me.  It's going to be in anthology called, No Man's Land, and all the stories are written by female authors with female protagonists (I think).  I had a blast with my girl - she's an expert in bombs and is sent to a planet to diffuse an unexploded MFG-66, which is nicknamed the Godzilla bomb because it can flatten a city.  However, the mission doesn't go as expected (of course - you don't think I'd make it easy for my protags - do you? ;)  That's coming out end of May 2011.

Lastly, here are a few links of interest:  Interview and give away (I think - I didn't see anything mentioned in the article, but she says if you review the books you get two extra entries).

And a link to an article about OUTSIDE IN in my local paper:

Wednesday, February 16, 2011


Readers have been emailing me that has shipped the books, but the book stores don't have their copies yet.  Amazon posted a February 15th release date, but my publisher considers it a March release, which means the last Tuesday of February.  Odd.  I'd suggest if you're planning on going out to purchase the book to call your local store and make sure they have a copy.

I'm pretty excited to see this one in print.  So far, the reviews have been great and I've done a number of interviews with give aways.  I'll post the links below.  One has a cupcake sculpture and Captain Jack Sparrow as the interviewer (amazing and fun!).

OUTSIDE IN will be released in the UK on March 18th and not in Australia until July 2011.  A note for my Australian readers - I have a new page on my website that has news and releases for my Australian edition.  Plus any big news that I might post, like a future tour, when I can ;>  Here's a link to the special page:    Yes, I know I have to update my UK page - so much to do so little time....

Captain Jack and me:
This interview is in Danish, but I thought it would be fun:


Saturday, February 12, 2011

Novel Number Nine

Many of you have heard I'm working on a new fantasy series.  It's actually due to my editor on March 1st and I really, really should be writing....  ;>

For a few months now, the novel hasn't had a title.  I've been referring to it as the Healer fantasy or novel number nine (N to the 3rd power or cubed if you're a math  Finding the perfect title for a book is sometimes hard for an author and then when you add in the opinions of an editor, her boss, the imprint manager, the sales staff, the PR department, foreign offices, etc....  It makes it even harder.  Titles are important - many readers have told me the title caught their eye (same with book covers) and I appreciate the expertise my editor and all those others bring to the table.

After a month of debate......drum roll please......novel number nine is now TOUCH OF POWER.

Here's the cover blurb:  Laying hands upon the injured and dying, Avry of Kazan assumes their wounds and diseases into herself. But rather than being honored for her skills, she is hunted. Healers like Avry are accused of spreading the plague that has decimated the Territories, leaving the survivors in a state of chaos.

Stressed and tired from hiding, Avry is abducted by a band of rogues who, shockingly, value her gift above the golden bounty offered for her capture. Their leader, an enigmatic captor-protector with powers of his own, is unequivocal in his demands: Avry must heal a plague-stricken prince—leader of a campaign against her people. As they traverse the daunting Nine Mountains, beset by mercenaries and magical dangers, Avry must decide who is worth healing and what is worth dying for. Because the price of peace may well be her life....

The book is coming out January 2012 - just in time to spend your holiday gift cards on :)  I don't have cover art - it's too soon, but probably will in a few months.

So, I'm dying to know...what do you think of the title?

PS: I just posted about a contest I'm running over at Facebook.  If you're a Facebook friend (or want to be ;) go over and look for my regular page - not the "fan" page and just post a comment for a chance to win :)

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Tree Top Adventure

A couple weeks ago my family escaped the cold and snow and went down to the Caribbean for a cruise on the 2nd biggest ship on the ocean - Royal Caribbean's Freedom of the Seas.  The Oasis of the Seas is the biggest ship EVER (with the Allure in the same class).  I don't think we'll go on that size ship again.  The few perks didn't outweigh the downside of being on a ship with 3,634 others.  With that many people, we had to wait in line for everything and go to the theater 30 minutes early if we wanted a decent seat.  The dining room was noisy and busy with the wait staff rushing around.  For our next cruise, we'll probably return to the Voyager class size, which is one smaller than the Freedom class.

One of the perks of the bigger ship was the Flow Rider - a place to surf.  However, the Flowrider had seats surrounding it so people could watch others wipe out.  As a spectator, it was fun to watch the competitions and when the sports staff demostrated (they're really good).  I might have tried it out if it weren't for the spectators - I didn't want an audience when I attempted the basic moves or did a face plant in the water.  Perhaps they should have had a shy beginners session - no gawkers allowed.

Other than the crowds, we enjoyed our break.  Spent most of our time either on the beach, playing cards or reading on the balcony.  We did one excursion - a tree top adventure in St. Maarten.  There was zip-lining through the trees, but there was so much more.  We climbed rope bridges, walked tightropes, balanced on logs high in the air, and zip-lined.  It was a 45 minute course and, by the end, I was soaked with sweat.

Right before I climbed the ladder into the trees, I had a moment when the pit of my stomach twisted with fear.  We wore saftey harnesses, but still, I've never zip-lined before.  Despite the fear, I continued and had a blast.  Now I have a better understanding of Yelena Zaltana's family living in the trees - expect they did all that without safety harnesses!  My kids even commented on Nutty passing all us "slow pokes."  My son did the best - he loves climbing trees.  Although he wanted to try to beat one of the guides 6 minute record (yes, a 45 min course in 6 min)  - we told him next time.

Here's a picture of me on the first zip-line, before I thought it was fun.  As you can see, I'm hanging on for dear life and my son is standing behind me, waiting his turn.  Soon after, he passed all of us.  We all decided this adventure was the highlight of our cruise.

Anyone else have some adventure they enjoyed?  Something you were scared to do, but did it anyway?