Fantasycon and Free Books!

19th - 21st September 2008

I will be attending Fantasycon in Nottingham for the first time - please come and say hello to me if you're going to be there. I don't bite, promise *g*.
I will also be reading from The Sweet Scent of Blood at 8 p.m. on Friday 19th September. Please feel free to come and listen.

And here's a chance to read War for the Oaks - Emma Bull - one of my all time favourite books *free* plus others to come!

Free Ebooks from World Fantasy Award Finalists

Last week we announced the return of free ebooks from We’re kicking things off this week with backlist titles from two of the authors who are finalists for this year’s World Fantasy Award for Best Novel. To download these and upcoming freebies, all you have to do is register at

Will Shetterly and Emma Bull are the first married couple to each simultaneously have a novel among the finalists for the World Fantasy Award—Emma’s Territory and Will’s The Gospel of the Knife. In commemoration of this, we’re offering registered users free e-book editions of a pair of classics from the Bull and Shetterly backlists—Emma’s War for the Oaks and Will’s Dogland. Check them out here!

Each title in our giveaway program will be available for A Limited Time Only, so don’t delay. The books will be offered in a variety of formats, with no DRM. After this month’s pair of books, we’ll be putting up a new title every month, so make sure you register—and tell your friends about the great books (and blogs, and art, and conversation) that are free at every day.

Thinking of Adopting a Vampire?

In celebration of Jaye Wells' [fellow fang-fan and author] beautiful new cover for her novel - Red-Headed Stepchild - that debuts in 2009 from Orbit US, here's a copy of a post I did back in March for Jaye's Adopt a Vampire Month on Jaye's Blahg Check out her cover at the end of this post and go check out the rest of the posts for National Adopt a Vampire Month on her blog - great fun was had by all *g*

Just why should you adopt a vampire?

Going by all the fantastic posts so far, I'd be surprised if there is anyone out there who hasn't already made the decision to adopt their very own vampire. But just in case you need a bit more persuasion information on the subject before taking that momentous decision, this is for those of you who are still wondering what all the fuss is about.

Want to go on a world tour with angst? Take a journey with Akasha and Lestat as Anne Rice tells us how The Queen of The Damned goes for world

Fancy a Greek god in leathers? Why not choose one of Sherrilyn Kenyon's hot Dark Hunters.

If a mysterious castle, bug eating slaves and a pack of pet wolves is your thing, then you have to meet The Count himself - Dracula.

Maybe you need to work off some aggression by slicing and dicing? Grab your sword and turn vigilante along with Blade.

Feeling thirsty? Indulge in a bottle of synthetic blood with
Charlaine Harris' super hot bad boy viking, Eric.

Need a bit of creeping dread to get your heart thudding, as you realise
the slavering monsters are real?
Go Vampyrrhic with Simon Clark.

Does the thought of losing all that blood make you feel faint? Try a
date with Jim Butcher's sexy Thomas instead.

In the mood for some laughs with your fangs? Wander round San
Francisco with Chris Moore and his Bloodsucking Fiends.

Do those little grey cells need a work out? Go on a murder mystery
weekend with Vicky Nelson and Henry Fitzroy in Tanya Huff's Blood Ties.

Searching for your soul mate? Look no further than Christine Feehan's romantic Carpathians.

Want to get up close and personal and indulge your Guilty Pleasures?Then dive into the wonderful seductive world created by Laurell K Hamilton.

Feeling oppressed and itching to rebel against the aliens? Follow
David Valentine into E.E Knight's conquered vampire earth.

Having a really bad day? Try kicking some serious arse with Nancy
Collins and her Sonja Blue.

But if those don't snag your interest, then keep looking because there are more vampire books out there than you can shake a whole load of stakes at. But, one last warning for any of you thinking about giving the vampires a try - once they sink their fangs into you, and you have a taste of what they can offer - well, there's no escape after that, they'll keep you under their spell for all eternity.

And just to add to the persuasion information sharing for those who might still be crouching behind that door and wondering whether adopting a vampire is the right way to go - If you've already succumbed, then who was the first vampire you ever met?

And here's Jaye Wells' fabulous new cover!

Win a copy of The Sweet Scent of Blood!!

I'm guest blogging over at Karen Mahoney's today about 'Friends as Characters - Will they still love you when the book comes out!'

And there's another chance to win a copy of The Sweet Scent of Blood to celebrate this my book's release day . *runs off to do the excited happy dance again*

The draw is open until the 7th Sept, but why wait until then, go now and read how my best writing buddy made me put her offered to be a character in my book *g*

Guest blogging over at How to Get Your Novel Published

I'm guest blogging over at How To Get Your Novel Published about the power of critiquing today. And in celebration of the release of The Sweet Scent of Blood tomorrow [4th Sept] in the UK *sqeeeeeee* one lucky commentator can win a signed copy of my book.

There's some great content over there about the road to publication thanks to David Bridger so click on over and have a look ;)
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