Saturday, May 23, 2009

RED KISS Hits the Road!

Beginning June 5th, Deidre is taking RED KISS on a star-studded booksigning tour. If you are going to be in the Atlanta area (or perhaps this is a good reason to make a trip), you'll be able to meet up with Deidre and four other fabulous authors including, Shannon K. Butcher, Maria Geraci, Debby Giusti and USA Today bestselling author, Jennifer St. Giles. As an added bonus these fab authors will participate in a "How To Get Published Q&A" session before the book signing at most locatons. See details below
June 5th - Borders at Stonecrest Mall @ 5pm ET
-- 8000 Mall Parkway, Lithonia, GA 30038

June 6th - Books For Less* @1pm ET
-- 2815 Buford Drive, Buford, GA 30519

June 6th - Dog Ear Bookstore** @ 5pm ET
-- 142 Academy Street, Madison, GA 30650

June 7th - Borders @ 2pm ET
-- 196 Alps Road, Athens, GA 30606

*Debby Giusti will not apppear at the Books For Less signing.
*The Madison signing will not have a Q&A session.

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Friday, May 15, 2009

Deidre Guest Blogging @ Writers Gone Wild

Deidre is giving Writer's Gone Wild an uprecedented inside look at the world-building for her acclaimed e-book, BUTTERFLY TATTOO (Samhain, April 2009), which will be released in print early next year. This is the most intensive, thought-provoking interview she has ever given in regards to the formation of her characters. Be sure to check it out here: Writers Gone Wild!

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Deidre's Blogging @ Fresh Fiction!

Deidre's blogging at Fresh Fiction! Check out her post on the winding road her latest release BUTTERFLY TATTOO took to publication: "It's a Crazy, Small, Connected World!"

A Special Message from RWA's Newest Chapter: Rainbow Romance Writers

I'm Jade Buchanan and I'm the very lucky (or insane, depending on who you're talking to) President of the Rainbow Romance Writers, RWA's newest special interest chapter. A lot of very hard work, by a group of dedicated individuals, went into the formation of this chapter so I've brought along my support system today! Kimberly Gardner is our wonderful Secretary and Sara Bell is my right hand and the best Vice President you could ask for. Finally, JL Langley is the Treasurer who keeps us all honest.
We certainly appreciate the opportunity to blog about our chapter and discuss some of the issues surrounding our formation as well as where we would like to go in the future. One of the reasons we decided to form this chapter was to give a voice to our genre and hopefully show that we represent a number of very talented individuals that are no different than any other group of romance writers out there. At the end of the day, we all write about love!
Kimberly Gardner: The tag-line on our site says, "Rainbow romance, where all lovers are welcome." In my mind, and in the minds of our members, that can be expanded to "where all romance writers are welcome." As Jade said, it's all about the falling in love. Everyone falls in love. And all those stories deserve to be told. That's what we're doing.
Sara Bell: Speaking of members, the diversity of our membership astounds me. We run the gambit from the multi-published to the pre-published; those who are with major New York houses and those who are with start-up e-publishers. We have agents, editors, and publishers on the associate member side, PRO and PAN members on the general side. Some of us have one book out, and some have ten or twenty.
JL Langley: Thanks for the lovely intro, Madam President. I just wanted to add that we are not only for writers of GLBT romance but anyone with an interest in GLBT romance. We have a nice array of writers of Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Romance and we have one or two authors who write transgendered romances, although I hope to see more in our future. We even have a few GLBT writers who write in non-GLBT genres. It's wonderful to see how much support we have garnered so far and I really look forward to the months and years to come.
Jade Buchanan: I can't tell you how excited I am to see where we can go in the coming months and years. I'm a firm believer that a slow and steady approach is best to sustain an organization in the long run, but we do have a number of items that we would like to work on in the short term. We have a few courses that are planned for the future, and we will have our first newsletter coming out in June. It will contain articles about the craft of writing, as well as interviews with our members and some of the leading publishers who are promoting GLBT romances in the industry.
Kimberly Gardner: One of our goals as a chapter, and we feel very strongly about this, is advocating for our members. For many years writers of LGBT romance have been attending conferences, hoping for the chance to network and promote the genre they love, only to be pushed aside and sometimes even met with outright discrimination, having their promo materials called offensive and their books rejected for review by some of the leading review magazines while their ad dollars were just as good as any other writer's to those same publications. It's injustices like these, and others I won't get into here, that we hope to address as an advocacy group.
But it's so much more than that. I've been hearing from so many of our members (and we are over fifty members strong as of this writing) how hungry they are for the chance to network with like minded writers, others who love the genre as much as they do and want to see it gain acceptance in the larger romance-writing community.

Sara Bell: It's our hope as RRW establishes itself to integrate our author's titles into the mainstream. We want to bridge the divide that exists between GLBT romance and the rest of the romance genre. A great story is a great story. We want to be eligible for the same contests, reviews, markets, and accolades as every other romance writer in America. We're also working on a database of publishers friendly to GLBT romance so our authors won't have far to search when it comes time to sell their work.
JL Langley: It's my hope we can do all those things and more. I must admit I long to see bigger GLBT sections in the chain bookstores. More than that I'd love to see a GLBT Romance section, not just a GLBT fiction section encompassing everything from Mystery, Erotica and Romance to Drama in a single small bottom shelf in the very back corner of the bookstores, hidden away like something taboo or perverted. I know it's not going to change overnight but with the growing acceptance and popularity of GLBT romance I think we have a promising start. It's my sincerest hope that the formation of the chapter is just the beginning.

Monday, May 04, 2009

Author Tour!

BRIDE OF THE WOLF, Shadowmen Series Book 4
by Jennifer St. Giles
Release Date 4/28/09
When the heroic werewolf Navarre is trapped in the twilight realm, his Shadowmen comrades are unable to rescue him. Only a passionate woman with a spirit as wild as his own can set him free….
Oil heiress Marissa Vasquez fled the jungles of Belize to avoid becoming a pawn in her vicious uncle’s wicked schemes. Though she has found temporary sanctuary in little Twilight, Tennessee, only in her dreams does she taste freedom. At night, her spirit intertwines with a magnificent black wolf, and they run together under the glow of a forest moon. When a wounded stranger is brought to the camp where she is hiding, she glimpses in his eyes the mysterious being who has been the partner of her visions. But before she can explore her strange reaction to this man, they are kidnapped and imprisoned once again.
Navarre is a shapeshifting Shadowman, captured by the evil Vladarian vampire who hopes to control Marissa. Injured and blind, he struggles to regain his warrior’s strength as they fight for their freedom — and their lives. Together, their spirits form a powerful link matched only by the passion they discover in each other’s arms. But can a mortal woman attain true love with a man who is half wolf? And will their enemies give them time to find an answer?
“With a spin that will shake fans with delight, Jennifer St. Giles continues to make The Shadowmen saga one of the best urban romantic fantasy series on the market today.”—Klausner
“Magically believable and overflowing with affecting emotions, BRIDE OF THE WOLF holds your attention during every gripping scene.”

“Jennifer St. Giles packs an emotional punch that will take your breath away.” Bitten by Books, Brianna.

“BRIDE OF THE WOLF is yet another intense and powerful story from the very talented Jennifer St. Giles.” CK’s Kwips and Kritiques, Debbie
USA Today Bestselling Author, Jennifer is a former nurse and homeschooling mother of three. She has won a number of awards for writing excellence including, two National Reader’s Choice Awards, two time Maggie Award Winner, Daphne du Maurier Award winner, Romance Writers’ of America’s Golden Heart Award, along with RT Book Club’s Reviewer’s Choice Award for Best Historical Gothic/Mystery.
Books: The Mistress of Trevelyan 8/04, His Dark Desires 11/05, Midnight Secrets 5/06, Touch A Dark Wolf 9/06, Darkest Dreams 12/06, The Lure of the Wolf 7/07, Silken Shadows 12/07, Kiss of Darkness 4/09, Bride of the Wolf 5/09. Point of No Return: Mammoth Book of Vampire Romances Book 2 9/09. Romance’s first graphic e-book through Jennifer St. Giles writing as Jennifer Saints in Wild Irish 5/09 and Smooth Irish 5/09.

Deidre Blogging About First Sale @ Dear Author

Deidre's dishing about the journey of her first sale on! Find out how the first 30 attempts to publish her manuscript, BUTTERFLY TATTOO, was meant with polite rejection. After shelving the book and moving on to sucessfully publish her PARALLEL and GODS OF MIDNIGHT series -- finally BUTTERFLY TATTOO was released April 21st by Samhain and has been the subject of MAJOR buzz. Click here to check Deidre's first sale story on Dear Author!

Highlights from the Romantic Times Convention: Spartan Musical Chairs

One of the most talked about events at the Romantic Times Convention was Deidre's GODS OF MIDNIGHT party. The event's smashing success was owed in part to a good-natured game of Spartan musical chairs. What is that, pray tell? Click here to see the video of hunky romance cover models dressed in itty bitty costumes ;). Always a good combo!