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Blog Tour + Newsletter

So, with my book Techno Crazed coming out in two weeks, I’m going on tour. A blog tour that is. Here’s my list of stops. I’d love to see you there!

6/3: Savvy Authors
6/6: Goddess Fish Promotions Monthly Release Party
6/9: RWA’s Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal Chapter
6/13: Gabriella Hewitt
6/14: Julia Rachel Barrett
6/15: Interview @ Clancy Metzger
6/15: Darcy Drake
6/16: Castles & Guns + Giveaway
6/17: Interview @ Kelly Whitley
6/17: Romance Reader at Heart + Giveaway
6/17: Fang-tastic Books
6/20: Kinley Baker
6/21: Bella Street
6/22: Marilyn Wigglesworth
6/23: Release Party @ The Romance Studio
6/26: The Speculative Salon

Also, I’ll be sending out my newsletter on 6/24. If you’re interesting in the chance to win a copy of Techno Crazed (or you just want to find out more about what I’m doing) make sure to sign up below!

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Weekly Wrap Up

So, it’s Friday, and today marks an entire week on my new blogging schedule. Woohoo! Go me!

This week has been more brainstorming on my current work-in-progress, a paranormal romance. I’m going to get back on track writing it this weekend. I’ve also been wait, wait, waiting on responses from the submissions I have out there. No! Those aren’t bloody stumps where my fingernails should be. *grins*

Anyways, I’d like to give a shout-out to Lisa Kessler for the amazing news she’s gotten this past week. She has a short story, Across the Veil, up for sale on Kindle and got word of book deal with Entangled Publishing yesterday! Woo!

So… Now to bare my soul on my current progress tally.

This WIP’s Word Count

2110 / 85000 words

I hope everyone has a great weekend! How has this week been for you?

A Weekly Update…

So, for now with the pressure of moving, helping with the awesome new fantasy-focused blog Castles & Guns (You should check it out. You know you want to.), and finishing up the remaining chapters of my urban fantasy novel (Yes, still…it’s beginning to drive me crazy.), I’ll be making weekly posts here so that I don’t go absolutely crazy with trying to update it on more than that.

Anyways, I just finished reading Touch of Evil by C.T. Adams & Cathy Clamp. Really good urban fantasy book. At first, I struggled to staying in the novel, but after a few pages, I was hooked. It makes the 14th speculative fiction book I’ve read this year, and 15th book total. Only 10 more spec fiction books until I reach my goal of 24 for the challenge hosted by Book Chick City.

If anyone is interested, here is the list of books I’ve read as well as the tentative list of what I’ve planned to carry me through the rest of the challenge. I’ll update it as I complete new novels. [Edit: I’ll update http://blog.sarahmakela.com/2010/09/speculative-fiction-2010-reading.html as I finish reading new books.]

To Be Read:

  1. Dancing with Werewolves by Carole Nelson Douglas
  2. On the Prowl Anthology
  3. Night Falls Darkly by Kim Lenox
  4. Curse the Dawn by Karen Chance
  5. Tempt Me with Darkness by Shayla Black
  6. Heart Duel by Robin D. Owens
  7. Dead Girls Are Easy by Terri Garey
  8. Minion by L.A. Banks
  9. Servant: The Awakening by L.L. Foster
  10. Watchers in the Night by Jenna Black

Completed (in order of read):

  1. Between Light and Dark by Elissa Wilds
  2. Sweet Revenge by Anne Mather*
  3. Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs
  4. Kiss Me Deadly by Michele Hauf
  5. Magic Burns by Ilona Andrews
  6. A Hunger Like Fire by Greg Stolze
  7. Magic Strikes by Ilona Andrews
  8. Full Moon Rising by Keri Arthur
  9. Must Love Hellhounds Anthology (read Ilona Andrews’ novella)
  10. Embrace the Night by Karen Chance
  11. Magic Bleeds by Ilona Andrews
  12. Shadow Force by Linda Conrad
  13. The Becoming by Jeanne C. Stein
  14. Pride by Rachel Vincent
  15. Touch of Evil by C.T. Adams & Cathy Clamp
*Sweet Revenge by Anne Mather was my non-speculative fiction read this year.*

Ugh…

So I’ve been adding in edits from my critique partner to my urban fantasy manuscript before trying it out on the publishing world again. The only bad thing is that it’s been bleeding words. That’s great in some ways since I think a lot of the wordy, passive writing is now out. Except that I’m going to have to go back and add in a wee bit more description, depth! It’s being cut too slim, and that’s with adding another chapter. *sigh* I wish I were one of those writers that have to cut because they write too much the first time through. No, I’m the opposite. I have to add stuff to fulfill word count. Ah well, such is a writer’s life.

Anyways, check out my introduction on why I enjoy urban fantasy and paranormal romance over at http://www.castlesandguns.com/! Also, feel free to leave a comment.

New Group Blog Update!

And no, just because I’m working on a group blog doesn’t mean I’ll abandon this one. I’ll still churn out posts as I think of insightful things! But, I can now depart more information on it. It’s called Castles & Guns. It’s a “fantasy-focused site for those who love the genre. From the urban streets of downtown to the village paths of alternate realms, our stories all have something in common. Magic. From sexy warriors with swords to fierce women with weapons, we love romance with a spark of power.” We now have our very beautiful custom banner made by my awesome webmistress, Rae Monet. The blog will be launching on Wednesday, so make sure to check it out and follow along this thrilling new group! *smiles*

Another Book Read and New Group Blog

Okay, so I did update Twitter a day ago via Goodreads about this, but I finished reading Pride by Rachel Vincent. I thought it was really good, but it wasn’t quite as awesome as the first two. I’ll definitely read the next book, Prey.

Also, my critique partner and I are starting up a Fantasy/Urban Fantasy (Paranormal Romance is welcome too. =P) group blog! Woo! We’ve been planning it out and working on it for about a week now. All shall be revealed soon though since we’re currently having a custom header made. The posting fun should begin on 8/25/2010. Stay tuned for more information!