April 2012

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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

By Any Other Name . . . By Moonlight Book 7

The minute I found out the release date for my current WIP was 12-18-12 (!), things started happening . . . FAST! I got an e-mail from my editor on April 20. Book 7 is part of the launch plans for Pocket’s new e-exclusive line so they need a title . . . FAST! We toss around a few combinations and come up with BETRAYED BY SHADOWS, which ties in nicely with the context of the storyline. Done. That had to be the quickest decision ever made in my association with this publisher. So now I have a title AND a release date:

By Moonlight series, Book 7
Available December 18, 2012

But that wasn’t enough. Then an e-mail from my editor’s assistant on April 23. They need a 4-5 line description of the book . . . FAST! This is the same day I send in the completed manuscript, mind you. So here it is . . . Your first glimpse of BETRAYED BY SHADOWS:

Balancing a criminal empire and a preternatural clan war, reluctant front man Giles St. Clair doesn’t need a problem like Brigit MacCreedy . . . How much trouble can the head-strong and manipulative Shifter beauty get into in two weeks? Plenty when her schemes range from kidnapping to fleeing the retribution of her dead lover’s relatives.

With her family’s lives on the line, Brigit is willing to do whatever it takes to save them. The only thing standing in her way is an immovable stone wall of a man she can’t bully or beguile . . . a human, no less, who has promised to protect her from the secrets and dangers she conceals.

Risking her own safety gets complicated when an honorable and annoyingly desirable man puts himself between her and her powerful enemies in a battle he can’t win in this Taming of the Shrew meets Shifter Goodfellas on the bayou tale of consequences, redemption and finding love in all the wrong places.

By any other name, it’s still By Moonlight.

Sound good to you?

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

The Next Big Thing…Apparently coming in December!

While pathologically checking my numbers on Amazon, I was startled to see the product below offered for sale:

Untitled Paranormal Romance #1 [Kindle Edition]
Nancy Gideon (Author)
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Kindle Price:
$5.99 includes free wireless delivery via Amazon Whispernet
Sold by:
Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc

This price was set by the publisher

Book Description
Publication Date: December 18, 2012
A Simon & Schuster eBook

Product Details
·         Publisher: Pocket Star (December 18, 2012)
·         Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
·         Language: English
·         ASIN: B007QUY2CO

What’s this?  Could this possibly be the book that’s still in revision stages on my computer?  The next book in my Moonlight series? According to my editor . . . yes, it is!!

Book 7 (which hopefully will get a snapper title than “Untitled Paranormal Romance #1!) is scheduled for e-release on December 18, 2012!

Which means I’d better home and get to work!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Under the Bold Red and White PW . . . a first look at SEEKER OF SHADOWS

Nothing like the adrenaline shock of stumbling over your first review by accident . . . from Publisher’s Weekly no less!

I was doing a Google search for pirates illegally downloading copies of previous titles (and found them . . . arggh! Hang ‘em from the yardarms!) when SEEKER OF SHADOWS fiction review caught my eye with PW attached to it. I hadn’t heard anything from my publisher so my immediate first thought was, ‘Oh, no. I’ve been trashed and they didn’t want me to know!’ Cautiously, I followed the link and there was my cover under the bold red and white PW banner. Gulp! Then the first line . . .

“Gideon delivers a rich and complex romantic urban fantasy romance.”

Okay, it’s not urban fantasy, it’s straight paranormal, but the preceding words blur that small inaccuracy. I read on hopefully. Nice synopsis of the plot then . . .

“Series fans are rewarded with critical developments layered on previous books, while enticing new dimensions to the Shifter world keep things fresh.” Yahoo! Rewarded . . . Enticing . . . Great words for future pull quotes. Then . . .

“Susanna is slow to develop as sympathetic, and earlier series characters are thinly sketched, but . . .

What is it about authors that makes us instantly feel the need to defend our prose as vigorously as we do our children’s faults, our female rights, and our decision to have that second Cadbury egg? This wasn’t a slap or a dig or even an inaccuracy, but I start in with a mental dialogue arguing against the perceived slight. “Well, she’s supposed to be distant and unsympathetic until the reader gets an insight into her background where all emotion is suppressed under tremendous threat. And how much development does an earlier secondary character need if their purpose is well defined and they’re there to support an earlier plot line?” Huff and puff. Then self-righteous indignation becomes insecurity. “What could I change? What should I have done different? What can I do differently in the next book so it will suck less?” Previous praise is forgotten. It becomes, “Why did they hate my book? Now no one’s going to want to read it!” But . . .

. . . newcomers can still enjoy the well-crafted prose and page-turning tension.”

Well-crafted prose. Page-turning tension. Okay, my feathers are stroked, my first impression disabused, and I start seeing the big picture. Great pull quotes for my next cover! I’m in Publisher’s freaking Weekly and they said nice things!

Authors . . . We’re so dramatic!

Maybe someone needs to invent a 12 Step program for us to follow when reading our own reviews.

Enjoy the full review. I did . . . over and over again! In fact, it’s sitting beside me at my desk . . . my cover under the bold red and white PW!

Do reviews influence whether or not you buy a book? How do you authors deal with the good, bad and ugly when it’s out there for the world to see?