Christmas and Holiday Book Festival

Seasons Greetings!

I’m thrilled to be taking part in a huge holiday-themed event at N.N. Light’s Book Heaven’s Christmas and Holiday Book Festival . My book, Superstition, will be featured on Thursday, December 5. Each author shares a favorite family holiday tradition, including me.  You’ll even find a great recipe for egg nog.

Stop by and join in all the fun. There’s 63 holiday-themed books, 45 featured authors, plus a chance to win one of the following:

Enter to win a $50 Amazon (US) or Barnes and Noble Gift Card

Enter to win a $50 Amazon (US) or Barnes and Noble Gift Card

Enter to win a $25 Amazon (US) or Barnes and Noble Gift Card

Enter to win a $15 Amazon (US) or Barnes and Noble Gift Card

Enter to win a $10 Amazon (US) or Barnes and Noble Gift Card

Bookmark this event and come back every day:

https://www.nnlightsbookheaven.com/christmas-holiday-festival

Some Girls Like It Hot Giveaway

How would you like to win one of 100+ gift cards to start off your summer? Join me for the Some Girls Like It Hot Facebook from now until June 12.  You can enter to win a gift card from every author on the hop! With gift cards ranging in value from $5 to $25 up for grabs, that’s over $1000 in prizes!

Please make my FB page your first stop on the hop.

https://www.facebook.com/Veronica-Blake-Writer-266206860220484/

Or go to http://somegirlslikeithot.blogspot.com/p/the-hop_29.html for the complete list of authors and their Facebook links, plus info on a bonus giveaway. We’re awarding an Amazon Echo Dot of Kindle Fire to one lucky winner who enters every author’s giveaway on the hop.

Even more fun and chances to win…have you entered our two grand prize giveaways? That’s right, we’re running two big giveaways at the same time. Enter for your chance to win an Kindle Fire HD 10” tablet ($299), plus additional kindles and Amazon gift cards.

http://somegirlslikeithot.blogspot.com/p/june-9-12-giveaway.htmlVery handsome young man in pool

 

 

TEN DAYS OF SUPERSTITION…DAY 10

 

It’s finally here!  RELEASE DAY!  Happy dance, jumping for joy, and a nervousness that no amount of happiness can make go away.

This day, I’m sure, is the day all writers dream of…seeing their long writing journey come full circle.  For me, this day is a mixture of emotions.  When I write that very first sentence to the distant future when I finally write ‘The End’, I’m creating a fantasy world that feels as real to me as my own life.  I’ve taken this vague idea and these imaginary stick figures that I must breathe life into and flesh out until they are well-rounded (hopefully), relatable (hopefully), characters that will make my readers want to live in this imaginary world with me for that time that they are reading my book.

Then, if I’m fortunate enough to sell my creation, it grows wings and takes flight out into the world.  Haha, or at least, into the minimal group of readers that I’m fortunate to share it with.  This is where the nervousness come in.  What if no one likes my beloved characters?  What if everyone hates my carefully crafted fantasy world?  It’s like sending your child out into the cold-cruel world and hoping they make more friends than enemies on their new adventure.  It’s as scary as it is exciting.

When someone opens one of my books my greatest wish is they will experience every emotion humanly possible.  I want them to feel happy, sad, hopeful, passionate, angry, excited, anxious, and mostly love–all while they are reading the words that I have written on the pages of my book.  If my readers can share all of these emotions with me, then I know I’ve accomplished my goal as a writer.

So, as my TEN DAYS OF SUPERSTITION comes to an end, I want to thank you all again for sharing this crazy journey with me.  I couldn’t have done it without your support.  I hope you enjoy Superstition!  If you like it, please help an author (me) out, and leave a review on Amazon or Goodreads.  I can’t wait to share this book with all of you.

There’s a really fun event happening on my Facebook page today.  Please stop by and enter the contest for a chance to win a $10 Amazon gift certificate from me and numerous other prizes from other Wild Rose Authors.  There’s over 100 giveaways!  Later today, on my FB event page I will be giving away an autographed copy of Superstition.

https://www.facebook.com/Veronica-Blake-Writer-266206860220484/

Now available to order in eBook and paperback! Watch for news about the release of the audio book.

 

TEN DAYS OF SUPERSTITION…DAY 6

Writing a book is personal…like baring your soul personal.  So, it only seems natural to me that dedicating your special creation to someone should be personal, too.  I dedicate my books to the ones who were there supporting me while I was writing a particular book or to people who touched my life in another way during the time I was working on a manuscript.  They may not realize it, but that single sentence or two mentioning their name or names at the beginning of my book is as heartfelt as it gets.

Superstition is dedicated to those amazing people who—in some profound way—affected my life in the past five years.  Some of them read my horrible first drafts (several times) and then took the time to give me their opinions and suggestions.  When I wanted to throw in the towel on this book, others gave me a stern talking to and refused to let me give up.  One awesome friend even gave me her laptop when mine crashed and I was writing the final couple of chapters.  Another great lady did numerous picture edits for me so that I could use them for inspiration and promotion.  All of those things meant so much and made all the difference between quitting and finally finishing this book.

Then, there are the cherished ones who gained their angel wings while I was writing this book.  There are no words to describe the void their loss has left in my life.  But, I know they are still cheering me on and I hope they know the legacy they left behind for the rest of us is priceless.

Dedication

For Cecil Bettger: My amazing dad…my bigger-than-life hero.DSCF6504

For Heather Blake: My beautiful daughter-in-law. She was my writing mentor and never failed to tell me if she loved something I wrote or if she thought it was really awful.

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For Michelle McGruder:  We packed a lifetime of amazing experiences into the twenty years of our friendship.

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All angels now. Fly free beautiful souls.

A very special thank you to the following ladies for their help, encouragement, and constant support—Tiffany Blake McGuire, Amanda DeNeice, Cathi Yost, Crystal Corcoran, Charlotte Wuestewald, Kelly Grey, Staci Chastain, Lynn Vickers, Debbie Teague, Kathryn Rodriguez, Jennifer Schmidt, Niki Starforth, Tiffany Brovege, Meichele Pittman, and Helena Taylor

Tomorrow I will post my eclectic playlist for Superstition.  Thank you for joining me on this journey.

Now available for pre-order in eBook and paperback! Watch for news about the release of the audio book.  Release date: June 9, 2017

https://www.amazon.com/Superstition-Blood-Clan-Book-1-ebook/dp/B071VPQSY7/

HOT OR NOT

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Contemporary romance is the hot thing right now.  Historical Romance is not so hot right now.   Paranormal is still hot, but not if it’s about vampires—vampires are really cold (excuse the pun).  Witches, angels and demons are hot.  Shape-Shifters are still hot, but only if the hero or heroine shifts into something odd like a dragon or a dinosaur; or some towering hairy beast.  How about a hero with fish gills, who when in the throes of passion sprouts octopus-type tentacles shaped like penises and can do multiple women at a time?  Not your cup of tea?  Mine neither.

Recently I attended a romance writer’s conference with the hopes of being inspired to continue on my quest to switch genres from Historical Romance to Paranormal Contemporary Romance.  Instead, as I listened to some of the authors on the panels and in the workshops I came away feeling discouraged and out of touch with what is popular in the romance market at this time.  Besides cowboy and Native American heroes, I love vampires.  I’ve always read books and watched movies about vampires, so that is what I wrote about when I decided to try something different from my previous eleven Western Romances.  Switching genres and finding my contemporary voice was not easy for me.  It took me over two years to write this new vampire book and I think I might have missed the boat, so to speak, by a year or two.  One agent and one editor have already told me that they weren’t looking at any new manuscripts about vampires and the talk at the conference confirmed this trend.  It appears vampires are way too tame for the new paranormal market and I am not sure I want to write about half-reptilian heroes or demons that grow horns and tails when turned on.  A debonair warlock, maybe.  But, a mysterious dangerously sexy vampire who thirsts for the blood of his one true love will always be my first choice when it comes to paranormal heroes.

I could write another Historical and give up on my desire to write a series of romance novels about vampires, but my heart isn’t into writing another historical at this time, and after attending a panel on Historical Romance at the conference it was apparent traditional publishers aren’t buying many books in that genre right now either.  Still, I have no doubt that someday I will write about the Old West again.  What I did hear time and time again at the conference was that hot—very hot, very erotic—contemporaries are the types of books everyone wants to read right now.  Alpha males and strong heroines, such as cops, firefighters and secret agent-types are the hot commodities in the romance market at this time, and the sex should be scorching—no holds barred and preferably in public places.

So, what does an old-fashioned type writer do in this new market?  I’m just going to keep writing because it’s been far too long since I’ve had a new book released, and I won’t give up on my hot vampire hero, because I think his story is just too good not to find a literary home someday.  I’m going to start working on another manuscript about one Hell of a hot alpha male and a hot heroine who is as much of an alpha as my hero.  There will be lots of hot—very hot, very erotic love scenes in very public places, and yes, my hero is going to be a vampire.  So even though I left the conference feeling a bit defeated and confused, after having time to think about what I learned from attending, I realized that I did gain a new enthusiasm for my writing even if I don’t want to write about what is considered hot right now.  In my world ‘bite me’ and ‘I want to suck your blood’ are still quite hot.