Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Did you promise yourself that you’d finish a book by the end of the year and you haven’t come close? Or are you starting a new project and you need a kick in the pants to begin? The PLRW Writer’s retreat is a great way to separate yourself from distractions, join like-minded writers, and get the jump start you need. In 2011, PLRW’s retreat will be on a Carnival cruise ship scheduled to set sail to the northeast Canadian coast. The retreat is open to RWA and non-RWA members.
Monday, September 13, 2010
Night Owl Chat Room: http://www.nightowlromance.com/nor/Pages/Chat.aspx
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Check out Marley's awesome giveaway for GHOST HUNTRESS: THE COUNSELING on her website. The prize pack includes an autographed copy of THE COUNSELING, a one-of-a-kind ghost hunting blanket, a pendulum, and a signed copy of THE OTHER SIDE: A TEEN'S GUIDE TO GHOST HUNTING AND THE PARANORMAL, autographed by Marley.
What people are saying about GHOST HUNTRESS:
"Real life ghost huntress, Marley Gibson, pulls no punches in this series." - Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson, SyFy's GHOST HUNTERS
"Every young woman needs to read this!" - Steve Gonsalves, SyFy's GHOST HUNTERS and GHOST HUNTERS ACADEMY
Marley Gibson is the author of the hit young adult paranormal fiction series, “Ghost Huntress,” from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s Graphia line.
Gibson has been a lifelong paranormal enthusiast. She started conducting paranormal investigations in August 2007 as research for her “Ghost Huntress” teen fiction series and has captured some very compelling pictures, videos, and sound files. Gibson was featured on the premiere episode of The Biography Channel’s “My Ghost Story,” as well as being interviewed by CNN.com for a Halloween feature on ghost hunting in 2008.
Gibson’s publishing credits include “Ghost Huntress: The Awakening,” “Ghost Huntress: The Guidance,” and “Ghost Huntress: The Reason.” The next titles in the series “Ghost Huntress: The Counseling” and “Ghost Huntress: The Discovery” will be released in September of 2010 and May 2011 respectively. She has also co-authored a teen ghost hunting how-to guide entitled “The Other Side: A Teen’s Guide to Ghost Hunting and the Paranormal” with Patrick Burns and Dave Schrader. Gibson is also the co-author of the wildly successful “Christmas Miracles,” written with Cecil Murphey, from St. Martin’s Press. The sequel, “Christmas Spirit” will be published in the Fall of 2011.
Gibson has investigated haunts throughout the USA, including Rolling Hills Sanitarium, Waverly Hills Sanatorium, The Sprague Mansion, The Houghton Mansion, The Stanley Hotel, and the Queen Mary alongside well known paranormal celebrities like Jason Hawes, Grant Wilson, Patrick Burns, Chris Fleming, John Zaffis, Shannon Sylvia, Chip Coffey, Stacey Jones, Mark and Debby Constantino, Tiffany Johnson, and many others.
Gibson holds a Bachelors of Arts in Communication with an emphasis in Advertising and a double minor in Political Science and Speech Communications from The University of Alabama. She has worked on several political campaigns, as a United States Congressional intern, and has been a marketing events manager in the medical, higher education, financial, and technology sectors. She travels extensively with her partner-in-crime, paranormal investigator Patrick Burns, and the two call Boston, Massachusetts home. She can be found online at www.marleygibson.com and www.ghosthuntress.com and via her group blog at www.booksboysbuzz.com
Monday, August 09, 2010
Store info: http://bit.ly/bKd2hp
In other news, most of the books in Deidre's Parallel series are going out of print (PARALLEL ATTRACTION, PARALLEL DESIRE, and PARALLEL SEDUCTION [PARALLEL HEAT will still be available through retailers, and PARALLEL FIRE was recently released in print by Samhain]). If you're bummed that you missed out on your chance to check out the series, no need to worry. We have a limited quantity available for purchase. And the best thing about it? Deidre will autograph all outgoing copies. You can't get that kind of service from Amazon. ;-)
If you'd like more information about obtaining a copy of this series, please email admin(AT)deidreknight.com. We can accept checks, money orders or PayPal payments. Remember we have a limited supply, so if you've been thinking about checking out this series -- now's the time! I've included the cover copy below for newbies. :-)
It has been years since exiled alien king Jared Bennett thought of anything other than his people's fight for freedom. Now his rebel force has the one weapon that can turn the tide against their enemy: the key to the secrets of time. Victory has never been closer—but one woman has the power to change everything.Kelsey Wells can't deny that there is something unearthly about her fierce attraction to Jared Bennett. His revelations about alien wars and time travel can't possibly be fact—yet with every seductive touch, every searing kiss, Kelsey circles closer to the truth: that although Jared is exactly what he says, he hasn't told her everything. And when the future crashes into the present, Kelsey must decide if his deception will cost them the love that should have been their destiny.
In the far reaches of Wyoming , the war between human and alien soldiers threatens to destroy the world. Alien warrior and royal guardian Marco McKinley takes his assignment as personal protector to beautiful soldier Thea Haven seriously. But in a time-bending twist of fate, the woman he loves is torn from his side as he is transformed into a vicious enemy of his own people.
Warrior Jake Tierny travels back in time to stop a traitor in his beloved king's camp. But when a twist of fate proves the mission unnecessary, Jake is trapped in a time not his own, with friends who cannot learn his true identity.
Scott Dillon may be the king's trusted lieutenant, but he is also a man at war with himself, a human hybrid who refuses to succumb to the Antousian nature he abhors-and that Jake Tierny embodies.
FBI linguist Hope Harper refuses to let near-blindness keep her from joining the Refarians in their war to defend mankind. Yet her sizzling attraction to both Scott and Jake, and the strange memories they share, force all three to question the core of their beliefs. As their enemies surround them, Hope knows she must choose one man for all time.
On a mission of vengeance, time traveler Scott Dillon finds himself marooned in the past—and risks disrupting the entire universe in his quest to destroy the warrior who killed his wife and unborn child.
A never-ending passion for Scott lures Refarian medic Shelby Tyler to Texas, but the man she finds there is nothing like the man for whom she once cared. Reeling from his loss, Scott has lost himself in drinking and brawling. With her body, Shelby will lift him from despair. And with her heart, she will help him discover a part of his soul he thought was lost forever—and the devastating truth behind the murder of his wife.
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
In "Beknighted," a talented puzzle maker's dreams are haunted by visions of a captive knight. Anna's incessant attempts to solve the intricate puzzle required to free him fail miserably – until a dark patron brings her the key to unlocking her knight's supernatural prison. But freedom comes with a high price, and the cost may be both the lives of Anna and the nameless man who mesmerized her from the shadowy confines of a dream.
Tuesday, July 06, 2010
GRAND PRIZE (Catherinette Rings Gift Certificate, Worth Up to $100 USD): Becky Webb
WINNERS OF RED DEMON (Autographed): Ilona Vasan, Karin Tillotson, Joelle Beebe, Diana Carter and Annette Foster
And if you were curious, here are the answers to the questions:
1. In Greek mythology, what was the name of the god of beauty and sexual love? Eros
2. Find the dirigible located on Deidre’s website, http://www.deidreknight.com/. What is the number on the image? 06012010 (RED DEMON's release date), located on this page: http://www.deidreknight.com/newsletter.html
3. What is the name of the sculptor who created the notorious Bird Girl statue, once located in Savannah’s Bonaventure Cemetery? Sylvia Shaw Judson
4. Name all seven of the immortal Spartans in the Gods of Midnight series: King Leonidas, Ajax Petrakos, River Kassandros, Aristos Petrakos, Nikos, Straton and Kalias Petrakos
5. On the slopes of what mountain are the ruins of the Temple of Apollo at Delphi located? Mount Parnassus
6. What is Aristos’s nickname for Juliana? (Hint: Check out the RED DEMON excerpt on http://www.deidreknight.com/) Jules
7. Which of the following bodies of water does not border Greece: the Sea of Crete, the Mediterranean Sea, the Ionian Sea or the Caspian Sea? The Caspian Sea (bordered by by northern Iran, southern Russia, western Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan, and eastern Azerbaijan)
8. The steampunk genre is heavily influenced by what two authors, known as the “Fathers of Science-Fiction?” H.G. Wells and Jules Verne
9. What is the capital city of Greece? Athens
10. What is the name for a creature, like Sable in the Gods of Midnight series, who is half human and half horse? Centuar
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Location: Dog Ear Books (270 South Main Street, Madison, GA 30650)
Friday, June 11, 2010
Tuesday, June 08, 2010
What: Chat Online with Deidre
When: Thursday, June 10th @ 8pm ET
Where: The Knight Agency Chat Room
How to Chat: Enter a username and password (any combination). Choose "Login." **Your computer must be java-enabled to chat.
Thanks to everyone who attended Deidre and Gena's fab steampunk tea party! Winners of Deidre's Gods of Midnight books and bookplates are listed below!
Gods of Midnight Book of Choice Winners (Pick either RED FIRE, RED KISS or RED DEMON):
Gods of Midnight-themed Signed Bookplate Winners:
Tori [Book Faery]
**Winners, please email your physical addresses to contests(AT)deidreknight.com.**
Thursday, June 03, 2010
Book Three -- RED DEMON was released on June 1st to much fanfare (see fireworks below and think BIGGER)! This book focuses on Aristos, a troubled Spartan who's been holding the pain of loosing the love of his life in an apparent suicide more than a century ago. A seemingly impossible message from the otherside brings news from his true love, Juliana Tiades. Together they must figure out how to outwit an dangerous force that threatens to destroy their union once and for all.
Tuesday, June 01, 2010
A century ago, the love of Ari’s immortal life, Julianna Tiades, drowned herself in the Savannah River—after she learned about Ari’s shapeshifting abilities. Desperate to reveal the truth about her death, Julianna makes a bargain with a Djinn demon, who offers to give her physical form. But as Julianna and Ari are reunited in passion, the debt must be paid—in souls and spirits…
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
During Deidre's research for the Gods of Midnight e-novella, RED BLOODED, featuring blind Iraq veteran Dillon Fox, she stumbled upon the story of real life hero, Bryan Anderson. In 2005, Bryan lost three of this limbs in a IED (Improvised Explosive Device) attack. The soldier now has a flourishing public speaking career and has appeared on television and in the movies. Currently, he's working on writing a book about his experience.
In the world of romance writing, heroes can morph into werewolves, glamour unwitting victims with their sparkly skin and battle nefarious dukes in dawn-lit sword fights. But, with the turn of the final page, reality comes calling. Though the castle in the Scottish highlands might not have translated to suburbia and shapeshifters aren’t shopping at the local Wal-mart, there is something both the world of romance and the real world possess – heroes. One of those real life heroes is Iraq War veteran Bryan Anderson, a triple amputee and Purple Heart recipient who is working on adding the title of “author” to his resume.
Bryan’s story begins in his hometown of Rolling Meadows, Ill. As a teenager, he was a gymnast competing at the state level and excelled academically. He went on to work as Ground Crew Chief at O’Hare airport for American Airlines before enlisting in the Army. It was during his second tour of duty in October 2005 that an IED (Improvised Explosive Device) caused a catastrophic injury, severing both his legs and left hand.
After returning from Iraq, the soldier spent 13 months undergoing more than 40 surgeries. As he recovered, his mind was on more than just figuring out how to walk again. “I wanted to figure out what I could and could not do, and in doing that – I figured out there wasn’t a whole heck of a lot that I can’t do,” he says. “I mean, I can still climb trees if I want to.”
True to his word, Bryan can still climb trees along with a whole other host of activities many full-bodied people—as Bryan calls them—find daunting, including; snowboarding, wakeboarding, driving race cars, rock climbing and riding a bicycle 110 miles using hand cranks.
Bryan relishes life, and greets each new day as a gift, and a challenge. He receives emails from people all over the world who have been moved by his story. It’s his desire to continue to inspire people to live to their fullest potential that led him to finally putting his story in printed form. “I hope that the kind of message [I send] is just because something happens doesn’t mean life is over,” he says. “I hope by [giving my all] that people can take something from that and apply it to their own life.”
So, though Bryan doesn’t grow fangs and avoid sunlight at all costs, he does have something important in common with his romance hero counterparts. He makes the impossible possible. He pledged to safeguard his country, and in carrying out that promise survived and thrived through an injury that would have easily devastated many for life. Though we will always love our Alpha heroes and hold fast to our dog-eared Quinns, Showalters, Roberts, Wards and Coles – a real life hero like Bryan shows us how to create magic in our everyday lives.
Message from TKA: We are sponsoring a “Real Life Hero” contest on both this blog and TKA's blog. In the comments*, tell us about a real life hero who has inspired you, and we will enter you in a mega-book giveaway, including up to 15 books featuring both real and fictional heroes. The winner will be randomly drawn and announced Friday morning, May 21st.
Saturday, May 15, 2010
To celebrate the June 2010 release of her latest Gods of Midnight novel, RED DEMON, which features steampunk heroine Juliana Tiades and her immortal Spartan love, Aristos Petrakos, Deidre Knight is giving away a $100 gift certificate* for Cathrinette Rings. Five (5) randomly drawn winners will also win a signed copy of RED DEMON. Read on for details!
1. GRAND PRIZE -- $100 USD Gift Certificate for Cathrinette Rings* and an autographed copy of RED DEMON
2. RUNNER-UP PRIZES – Five (5) additional winners will be randomly drawn to receive an autographed copy of RED DEMON
HOW TO PLAY:
1. Find the answer to the ten (10) questions below. All answers can be found online through searching Deidre’s sites (www.DeidreKnight.com and www.GodsofMidnight.com), as well as using various search engines.
2. Email answers to Contests@DeidreKnight.com.
3. The entry will be automatically entered in a random drawing.
4. *If you are drawn as the winner, the amount of your gift certificate will be based on the number of questions you answered correctly. Each correct answer is worth $10.00; therefore, the Grand Prize winner will receive a gift certificate of $100.00 if all ten (10) questions are found to be answered correctly. For instance, if the selected entry answered ten (10) questions correctly, the full prize amount of a $100.00 gift certificate would be awarded. If the selected entry contained only nine (9) correct answers, a $90.00 gift certificate would be awarded, five (5) correct questions, $50.00 awarded, and so on. The minimum amount of the gift certificate is $10.00.
5. After the winner is drawn, five (5) additional names will be drawn to each receive a signed copy of RED DEMON.
6. The contest begins at 12pm ET on May 13, 2010, and ends at 11:59pm ET on June 30, 2010.
1. In Greek mythology, what was the name of the god of beauty and sexual love?
2. Find the dirigible located on Deidre’s website, www.DeidreKnight.com. What is the number on the image?
3. What is the name of the sculptor who created the notorious Bird Girl statue, once located in Savannah’s Bonaventure Cemetery?
4. Name all seven of the immortal Spartans in the Gods of Midnight series.
5. On the slopes of what mountain are the ruins of the Temple of Apollo at Delphi located?
6. What is Aristos’s nickname for Juliana? (Hint: Check out the RED DEMON excerpt on www.DeidreKnight.com)
7. Which of the following bodies of water does not border Greece: the Sea of Crete, the Mediterranean Sea, the Ionian Sea or the Caspian Sea?
8. The steampunk genre is heavily influenced by what two authors, known as the “Fathers of Science-Fiction?”
9. What is the capital city of Greece?
10. What is the name for a creature, like Sable in the Gods of Midnight series, who is half human and half horse?
Example of Steampunk Accessories by Cathrinette Rings:
Monday, May 10, 2010
RED BLOODED is currently only available throught the Sony bookstore (Sony downloads can be read with the Sony Reader or via your personal PC). Later this week, links will be added for Borders and Barnes & Noble as they become available.* Stay tuned to this post for buy link updates!!
Sony ebookstore link
Borders buy link - Coming Soon
UPDATED! Barnes & Noble link
Thursday, April 08, 2010
GRAND PRIZE WINNER: Aurora B.
BUTTERFLY MESSENGER BAG WINNERS: Armenia F., Cec S.
LUGGAGE TAG WINNERS: The Book Girl, Sandy M., Heather B., Kerri N., Kalynnick, Vicki H., Cheryl K., Tara W., Mortal Sinn, Rebyj
Friday, March 12, 2010
Monday, March 08, 2010
Friday, March 05, 2010
The official rules of the contest can be viewed here: http://twurl.nl/yase0g
Here's a quick rundown of ways to enter, visit the contest page for more details and to access widgets:
1.) Twitter about the book using the hashtag #butterflytattoocontest (Worth 1 entry)
2.) Buy a copy of the book online and forward a copy of your receipt confirmation to email@example.com. (Worth 2 entries)
3.) Buy a copy in the bookstore and mail the receipt to: Attn: BUTTERFLY TATTOO Contest Coordinator at 570 East Avenue, Madison, GA 30650 or scan the receipt and email the image to firstname.lastname@example.org. If sending via U.S. mail, please write your email address on the receipt. (Worth 2 entries)
4.) Post the book cover and cover blurb on your blog and link to an online retailer. (Worth 5 entries)
5.) Install the BUTTERFLY TATTOO widget on your blog and send us the link. (Worth 10 entries)
6.) Write a review of the book on Amazon and email the link to email@example.com. (Worth 15 entries)
Thursday, March 04, 2010
Tuesday, March 02, 2010
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Thursday, February 04, 2010
HOW TO ENTER :
1.) Twitter about the book using the hashtag #butterflytattoocontest (Worth 1 entry)
COVER COPY for BUTTERFLY TATTOO by Deidre Knight