Coyote Con Live

The website is live and we’ve also got a tentative schedule.  I’m so thrilled that Lynn Viehl, aka Paperback Writer, will be taking questions from the SF/SFR panel and blogging her answers later in the month!  Also Heather Massey and Nathalie Gray will be talking about Steampunk!  woot!

It’s going to be such a great month!

I turned in the blurb sheet for Victor tonight and finished a late critique.  All the MayNoWriMo and Coyote Con stuff has totally derailed me — so it’s a good thing I took the whole month off!  I may not actually get much writing done in May, either, not with all the moderations, guest blog coordination, etc. but it’ll totally be worth it.

I already know what my MayNoWriMo goal will be:  a complete synopsis for Maya #2.  More posts will come this next week about what I need to do to make that goal happen.

Prolific Blogger Award

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Kait nominated me for the Prolific Blogger Award! Thank you, Kait.

The award originally comes from this blog.  And it comes with rules:

1. Every winner of the Prolific Blogger Award has to pass on this award to at least seven other deserving prolific bloggers. Spread some love!

2. Each Prolific Blogger must link to the blog from which he/she has received the award.

3. Every Prolific Blogger must link back to This Post, which explains the origins and motivation for the award.

4. Every Prolific Blogger must visit this post and add his/her name in the Mr. Linky, so that we all can get to know the other winners.

I nominate the following blogs because they touch me in some way:  

  1. Soleil of Beyond the Invisible
  2. My Beloved Sis of Letters 2 Charlie
  3. Jenna Reynolds
  4. Nadia Lee
  5. Patti O’Shea
  6. Emily Cardinal
  7. My #1 blog I read every day:  Paperback Writer

Reviewers for Defiance or The Rose of Shanhasson

Anyone who has a blog or writes reviews, I have two stories available if you’re interested!

Defiance is an anthology of sweet, romantic fantasy short stories set during the US Civil War.  Two of the stories feature multi-cultural protagonists.  In Storms as She Walks, the half-Comanche heroine is descended from Thunderbird, passing as a male soldier in the Union Army.  It’s available in pdf or any electronic format you’d prefer.

The Rose of Shanhasson is coming to print Dec/Jan and I have a boxful of printed ARCs I’m sending to reviewers.  Of course the electronic version in a multitude of formats is also available.  Larissa Ione, bestselling author of the incredible Demonica books (Pleasure Unbound, etc.) was kind enough to read Rose and provided a fantastic blurb:

The Rose of Shanhasson is a superb blend of fully-realized fantasy and scorching romance.  Joely Sue Burkhart dropped me into her fantasy world and left me breathless.  The Rose of Shanhasson is one of the best fantasy romances I’ve read in years!

So drop me a note or comment if you’d be interested in reviewing either book.  Thank you so much!

Chickens in the Road

I can’t remember when I found Suzanne McMinn’s blog, but it was many years ago.  I started reading because she was a romance author, and I loved the way she structured her stories.  She managed to fit in interesting worldbuilding and fabulous romance in an itty bitty category!  I was hooked.

But somewhere along the way, I began reading her posts not as a writer looking up to an author, but as a person in awe of another person.  There are two blogs I read every single day without exception:  Chickens in the Road and Paperback Writer.  I know that Lynn will always have terrific insight into the biz, a new technique to try, a fun generator to play around with, etc.  I know that Suzanne will have fuzzy animal pictures or a recipe, but more, each day, she’s going to touch my heart in some way.

Now not all her posts give me warm fuzzies.  There’s a story about a little banty hen that wanted to be a mama that I challenge the iciest heart to read and not sob with grief at her fate.  Suzanne has made us love her animals, the crooked little farm house, and her new farmhouse with the incredible porch and views of the countryside.  I’ve read about her killing an SUV in the creek that she has to cross to get to a paved road, her son making the decision to join the Navy, and how to milk goats and make cheese!  I’ve laughed at the darling Annabelle — the cutest little sheep — who thought she was a dog.  I’ve cried when her little male goats died and when the banty hen was butchered by the racoon.

Not a day goes by that she doesn’t make me wish I had chickens in the road too.

Suzanne is in the running for a fantastic paid blogging job (details).  If you haven’t read Suzanne’s blog, please stop by.  Get to know Clover, Coco, Mean Rooster, Jack the Donkey, and all the other adorable animals.  And if she makes you feel good and warms your heart like she does mine, please go vote for her to win this blogging job.  It will make a huge difference in her family’s life.

Sex and Vampires

My friend Jenna Reynolds (aka Anna Black) and my beloved sister Molly Burkhart (aka G.B. Kensington) have coordinating posts about the allure of sexy vampires to celebrate the release of their short stories in The Sweetest Kiss erotica anthology.  Later this month, I’ll be giving away one signed copy for Halloween, so stay tuned for details!

Also, don’t forget about the $1.99 or less sale going on at Drollerie Press.