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.

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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.

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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 SUPERSTITON…DAY 7

It’s hard to put into words how much music affects my mood and enhances my life.  This is especially true when I’m writing.  The sound of songs I love playing in the background adds to my creativity in so many ways.  My taste in music is very eclectic.  Rock will always be number one with me.  But, I can get into a good country or bluegrass song, too. The following links are the songs I listened to over and over again when I was writing Superstition.  I’ve really been enjoying listening to all of them again while I’m putting this post together.

A few years ago I wrote this little blurb and I think it sums it up best: Music…moves me, inspires me, touches my deepest emotions and my darkest desires. It gives me wings to soar over the highest summits. A song can change my day, my mood, my world. Sing to me and I’m yours forever. Take my music from me and I will simply fade away like a vanishing mist…Veronica

Superstition Play List

Casper:                                                             Derek Blake

This is my amazing oldest grandson, aka D-Rock.  I’m biased, but I think he’s just great!  He lives in Fort Collins, CO, and plays regularly all over Colorado and on many nationwide tours.  When he released this song last year, I just couldn’t stop listening to it, especially when I was writing.

https://derekblake.bandcamp.com/track/casper-part-1

Beneath Your Beautiful:                              Labrinth

This song…wow!  The lyrics, the singing, the music, all of it, just gives me goosebumps.  It inspired the dance scene in Superstition.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bqIxCtEveG8

The Sound Of Silence:                                  Disturbed

I loved the original, but I really LOVE this version.  The gritty sound of David Draiman’s voice just moves me.  The song didn’t inspire anything in my book.  But just listening to it when I’m writing is inspiring to me.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9Dg-g7t2l4

Down:                                                               Jason Walker

This song was relatable in the worse way when I was very depressed about trying to switch genres from historical romance to contemporary paranormal romance.  I listened to it way too much and let it get me ‘down’ way too much.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VvGYYg40Ijw

Tougher Than The Rest:                               Chris LeDoux

As I mentioned before, I’m a rocker chick, and not a big fan of country.  But thanks to my upbringing, I am a country girl in some ways, too, and there are some singers and some songs that just inspire me regardless of their genre.  Chris LeDoux and his songs touch me deeply.  I listen to them when I’m writing because they tell a story and I’m telling a story.  His words have meaning to me.  Tougher Than The Rest…the song and the video just make me what to write about dynamic heroes and the fierce women they love!  His songs are constants when I’m writing any book.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eWR7ILg75D4

Look At You Girl:                                            Chris LeDoux

Another song I love to listen to when I’m writing, especially when I’m writing a love scene.  When this song is playing, I can clearly see my hero looking at my heroine with the greatest love and deepest devotion ever.  Inspiring?  Oh, so much!  Candles burning softly are a must when listening to this song.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wNEVx_nN8bQ

Riding For a Fall:                                             Chris LeDoux

Just another Chris LeDoux song that I find has so much meaning to me.  Every book hero and/or heroine tempts fate.  In a romance novel there is no escape from the destiny set in motion from the very first word, and that is what creates the conflict we all love to read about.  For some reason, I wasn’t able to just post the link, so you’re getting the entire video picture.  ??

 

Bella’s Lullaby:                                               Carter Burwell

If you know me at all, you know that I’m a HUGE Twilight fan, also known as Twihard or Twiheart.  I love this beautiful piano solo and I love to listen to it when I’m feeling mellow and writing is coming easy.  A glass of wine is always nice with this song, too.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Od-3oxpFWB0

A Thousand Years                                          Christina Perri

Another beautiful song from the Twilight Saga.  It was perfect for the wedding scene in Breaking Dawn, Part One, and it makes me think of my own hero and heroine in Superstition.  Their love is so great that not even forever is long enough.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rtOvBOTyX00

Feel Like Makin’ Love:                                  Kid Rock

Kid Rock is one of my all time favorite musicians.  I love everything he does, but this song was just seemed to be one that fit my mood while I was writing Superstition.  Mateo and Dawn always feel like makin’ love.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-tMN_etwV0

Crave You                                                        Flight Facilities

The title caught my attention…Mateo craves Dawn’s blood.  Then the line, ‘dripping in gold’ made me think of the goldmine in Superstition.  Boom!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=180zwSUBQkY

Beauty of the night:                                      Mads Langer

I loved this song as soon as I heard the title, because my hero, Mateo, could only come out at night.  Night time felt special—beautiful—when he was with my heroine, Dawn.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RmNrv_8FyRs

Walls On Fire:                                                  Stevie Nicks

Everything Stevie does, I love.  This is an old song, but I enjoyed listening to it when I was writing.  Mateo is my favorite book hero…I loved writing about him.  He sets my world on fire.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hwnS_cGfaj4

Poison:                                                             Alice Cooper

I’ve always liked this song.  But, it related to Superstition, because it makes me think about how Dawn would get sick when Mateo bit her.  His vampire bite was like venomous poison. Perfect!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qq4j1LtCdww

I Will Follow You Into The Dark:                 Death Cab For Cutie

My talented grandson played this song at one of his concerts I was fortunate to be at, and the words reminded me of how Dawn would follow Mateo anywhere, even if it meant she could die.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NDHY1D0tKRA

Amen:                                                               Halestorm

I love Halestorm.  I love this song.  Sometimes, I just need to rock out when writing.  When this song comes on my playlist, I take a break from the computer and dance around the room and do a little head banging.  It’s probably scary to see (I’m old), but it keeps me young and it’s inspiring.  Haha!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4sXoA7B5yJo

Tomorrow I will post the blurb from the back cover of Superstition, and my favorite scene from the book.  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/

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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/

TEN DAYS OF SUPERSTITION…Day 5

Today is Sunday Funday.  I’m going to share some fun stuff that reminds me of scenes in Superstition and some actual quotes from the book that I think are fun.  I hope you enjoy them.

“Then they politely said goodbye to me like I was no longer worth their time, and waited out here on the sidewalk until he finished screwing you with his eyes and talking dirty in your ear. They all took off while you finished having a Mateo-gasm back there in the middle of the restaurant.”

Orgasm

 

No fangs? Nothing about Mateo Two Moons was typical, not even his vampire bite, she determined with an aggravated huff.

yes I do bite

 

Now, I’m not saying this salsa, named Mateo’s, or wine called Superstition, and the street sign by the same name of my hunky hero, are all products of my book, but hey, the salsa does say it’s not responsible for obsession.  I wouldn’t mind someone being obsessed with my new book!

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Did women in this day and age still swoon, she wondered? That old-fashioned word might be the only one to describe what she was feeling right now, and she knew about these old fashioned things because, after all, she was a history teacher.

Swoon

 

Today she really did feel like she had been rode hard and put away wet. She would never leave home without her vibrator again.

viberator

 

She rubbed her sleepy eyes and tried to focus on the note. Please don’t let it be filled with bad news like, ˜Dear Easy One-Night Stand, Wish you had higher morals, but you don’t, so I won’t be seeing you again. Bye Bye.

one night stand

 

Chloe walked into the apartment and snickered. “And you’re obviously still trying to catch up on sleep. He must have worn you out, big time. Seriously, you look like hell. But in a good way, of course.”  She smiled and shook her head.  “Wet dreams. Pizza Porn. And now this.”

Pizza porn

 

This is one hell of a sexy look you have going on here, Miss Malone. You are giving a whole new meaning to fringe.” He cocked one brow, adding, “And my people do know our fringe.

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Tomorrow I will talk about my book dedication.  Thank you for joining me on this journey.

Now available for pre-order in eBook and paperback! Watch for news about the

upcoming release of the audio book.  Release date: June 9, 2017

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

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Ten Days of Superstition…Day 3

Mateo Two Moons.  He is compassionate and loving; tender and protective.  Of course, he’s drop-dead gorgeous and a magnificent lover.  He’s an Apache, and oh, did I mention he’s also a centuries old vampire?

Dawn Malone has got her act together.  She’s a woman looking for adventure and loving life when she relocates from Colorado to Arizona.  She only wants to concentrate on her teaching career and explore her new surroundings.  Falling in love with an ancient, but irresistible, vampire who plans to take her to a hidden village in the Superstition Mountains and make her his eternal mate was definitely not in her plans.

Although I knew the Superstition Mountains were the ideal location for my clan of vampires to dwell, in the beginning I was not sure about having a contemporary vampire hero who was Native American.  I had read many books about vampires and seen lots of movies about immortal blood suckers, and a present-day Native American vampire just didn’t seem to fit the part.  It only made sense he would be an Apache if he lived in the Superstitions, but I still struggled with this when I first started writing this book.

In my previous historical romances I’ve had several dynamic Native American heroes, but this one had to be entirely different.  As I finally started to envision this unlikely leading man, I could see a gorgeous man dressed casually in jeans and boots, but still with long raven hair, a shimmering dark gaze, and smooth bronzed skin.  He would drive a big truck that would be as sexy as he was.  A modern-day vampire hero of Native American descent was starting to look pretty darn good.  The name Mateo Two Moons just popped into my head somewhere along the way and it seemed to fit.

Once my hero starts to become real to me, it’s easy to create my heroine.  She just needs to be the woman of his dreams.  That’s easy, right?  I knew I wanted Mateo to have an Apache name to call her by once in a while, so I did some research.  I found  the name Udaya, which meant Dawn in the Apache language.  It was perfect.  Both of my main characters were now ready for their story to unfold.

When developing characters for a book, I sort of feel like I’m giving birth.  In my mind, I know everything about these people that I’m creating—from the time they are born until they die—even though I’m only writing about a brief period in their lives. While I’m sitting at the computer writing, I literally become these characters and feel as though they are just letting me be the instrument that chronicles their story, because they truly do write their own narrative once they become fully developed in my mind.  Even though they are like my babies, and I give them life, I never know what path they will take us on until they lead me there.  I love them as if they are real.  If they are sad, I cry.  When they are happy, I rejoice.  If they are in the throes of a wild sexual escapade…well, I wish I could join them.

While surfing the Internet one day I saw a picture of a guy that took my breath away.  The instant I saw him, I knew he looked exactly like I pictured Mateo.  Not long afterward I saw a picture of a beautiful blonde girl that looked just how I imagined Dawn Malonemateo 1Dawn.  This was the first time I had actual pictures of the characters I was writing about.  In my past books, they were only images in my mind or resembled an actor/actress in the movies or on TV.  It’s been so fun to be able to look at those pictures and feel like I was actually looking at Dawn Malone and her sexy vampire, Mateo Two Moons.

I learned that the man in the picture was a model from Sweden named Filip Gustavsson.  If he only knew how his picture has inspired some of the most erotic love scenes I’ve ever written, well, he’d either be flattered or embarrassed.

Recently, I found out the picture of the girl is actress Kate Upton.  I’ve never seen another picture of her other than this one that looks like my heroine, but in this picture she is my Dawn.  After seeing the cover that was created by my publisher’s artist, though, I realize that Dawn and Mateo have never looked more perfect than they do on the actual book cover.

Although I’ve loved all of my heroes and heroines in my other books, I have to admit, Dawn and Mateo are my favorite.  I hope you enjoy their passionate love story as much as I do.

Tomorrow I will talk about how hard it was for me to switch genres from Historical Romance to Contemporary Paranormal. Thank you for sharing this journey with me.

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/

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