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|Posted on July 8, 2013 at 12:20 AM|
Events for the Week of July 7, 2013:
On Monday, July 8th, I will be having a giveaway included with the Paranormal-Scope at Nights of Passion blog http://nightsofpassion.wordpress.com . One lucky commenter that follows directions at the blog will win a PDF ebook of Vampire King of New York.
On Saturday, July 13th, I will be having another giveaway on Nights of Passion blog http://nightsofpassion.worddpress.com . One lucky commenter that follows directions at the blog will win a Kindle ebook of Vampire King of New York.
On Saturday, July 13th at 6:30 pm, I will be interviewed on the Phoebe Jordan show on Blog Talk Radio. I will be announcing how to access that interview at Nights of Passion blog also.
All week there will be author giveaways at Nights of Passion blog--three or two authors everyday. Be sure and visit everyday and scroll down so you get the most out of your visit.
What's Coming Up?
Due to Tease Publishing closing and returning the rights to my books and also gifting me the rights to the covers, I've decided to self-publish. The first to be re-released will be When Love Survives to start off the Vampires in Manhattan series. I'll let you know when it's ready. It's halfway through production now.
Thank you for sticking with me through all this. I'm hoping to have a surprise by Halloween.
|Posted on June 26, 2013 at 8:40 PM|
|Posted on June 26, 2013 at 12:55 AM|
Here's an excerpt from the Vampire King of New York!
Maximillion Vander Meer stood in the jagged mouth of the ice cave with a wolf skin girding his loins and fur boots on his feet. A frigid breeze breathed its welcome over his bare chest, arms and legs.
He smiled and closed his eyes to step back into the Viking past he loved, where he was free. He threw back his head and howled in exuberant abandonment. Then he ripped off the wolf skin and kicked off his boots. Max ran to the shadowed alcove he knew so well. A flicker of the past sparked in his brain and Vikings filled the cave, their voices rich in the chant of a ritual forgotten in the modern age, invoking the protection and wisdom of Odin, Thor, and Freya. Then he blinked and they were gone. Their voices silenced by time.
Every time he entered this sacred place hollowed out by his ancestors, their presence worked magic and distracted his weary heart from the curse inhabiting his body. This power brought him back to the Viking warrior deep within him, as only here could he reconnect with his lost humanity. Every passing moment the curse pulled him further from whom and what he’d once been. That was the danger in being a vampire. It wasn’t the chill of his body, but the distance that crept into his heart. He was on the edge of forgetting how the laughter of his son warmed him to his toes. The memory of Svenna’s delicious heat as her soft skin lay against his flesh igniting the fire between them, slipped through his fingers like water. Inhaling the fragrance of flowers in her hair had made him feel powerful. Even the excitement of the next adventure filled with salt spray and swords clashing faded away. His heart no longer raced.
The dire flaw in immortality was the sameness. Centuries of monotony blurred into others. Few ancient ones survived the deadly soul-numbing tedium of every day being the same. Closing on a thousand years, too many chose to lie in the sun and burn in agony over the course of two days until they crisped away in the wind. When the true burning began, night, the blessed night, offered no reprieve. The recent “chosen” death of his friend Coelhus was etched in his memory, making Max’s need more urgent than it had ever been. Coelhus had given up. After centuries of dreaming of a woman named Celeste, he ceased to believe she could be real. Coelhus could no longer bear the loneliness and the endless searching. Consumed by his dashed dreams, he gave his body to the sun. Max stayed with him in his last moments, and while he couldn’t deter his friend, he resolved not to end in ashes himself.
Time had robbed him of love, but today, in this moment, Max meant to get it back. Right now! Only this sanctuary of ice and stone seemed real to him; the human world faded into insignificance. Even the responsibility he owed his own kind lost its meaning. He had come to make a last sacrifice. If it didn’t work, he didn’t know what he would do next. His belief, however antiquated when viewed by others, never failed him.
He had nothing to lose, and everything to gain. Since the death of his wife many centuries before, nothing more could happen to his empty heart. The feeling of being human haunted him from time to time like an elusive fragrance or taste. Memories were a different matter. The curse, as he called it, made every memory eternal, the pain as raw and consuming as the day he’d lost her.
Squeezing the ancient dagger in his fist, Max stepped up to the frozen altar. The three carved stone figures stared blankly at him. Time, and a growing sophistication, taught him that they were nothing but stone, still the part of him that was Viking would always believe. Holding fast to that reverence of a bygone age, he stood before them.
“I do not call on you, Odin, Father to all, but I respect your wisdom.” He bowed. “I do not call on you, Thor, the strength of every warrior, but I respect your power.” He bowed again. “I call on Freya’s mercy to regain my house, to find the only woman who can heal my heart.” Kneeling with his gaze fixed to the ground, he then rose to stand over the frozen altar. Before the feminine carved figure, he sliced his forearm and let the blood drip onto the icy surface. “In the name of Freya, let me be worthy. Lead me to love. Help me find it or lock me in the ice forever. I can no longer bear the torment of life without true love.”
Vampire King of New York is currently only available at Amazon Kindle at http://amzn.to/17ZTlwg (Shortened link)
Now for the party announcement:
I will be participating in the multi-author party at The Romance Studio on Thursday, June 27, 2013. It's an all day party and yes I will be giving away an ebook of Vampire King of New York. Not sure what format yet. How do you find this party? I will be publishing the link on Facebook and Twitter as soon as I get it.
|Posted on June 1, 2013 at 6:55 PM|
As many of you know, I’ve been working on re-releasing the Vampires in Manhattan series after my publisher closed, and that I had a new publisher who would be publishing a new book starting a new series. It will be released on Wednesday, June 5th (with Kindle first), but I’m going to do a cover reveal today and let you in on what the book is about. For my readers who loved the Vampire David Hilliard. (David blows kisses.) You will be surprised.
Vampire Max Vander Meer, CEO of VMeer Industries, cannot deny his Viking heritage and makes a desperate plea to the Norse Goddess Freya to find the only woman who can heal his heart. To do this, he must return to the city he helped build–New York City, a city now being threatened by an ancient terror. When he enters a Manhattan restaurant and meets Evelyn Beaumont, David Hilliard’s sister-in-law, he is struck by her resemblance to the woman in his dreams. Evelyn still mourns the death of her young son who died in a car accident with her philandering husband. Lacking the dramatic storm-wright powers of her sister, Evelyn feels that not only is she supernaturally wanting but love has passed her by too. How can Max win her love when she doesn’t trust him as a man, and she doesn’t want to be a vampire? If Max returns to Iceland without her, he will be encased in ice!
Special Note: This book being the first in a new series focuses on the inner workings of the Arnhem Knights of New York. It shows what they do and how, and how Max as the Vampire King of New York defends, protects, and rules.
Watch for the Release Announcement on Wednesday! I will be announcing in many places including Facebook, Twitter, and here on my website. I will be announcing the Nights of Passion Release Party at the end of Monday’s Paranormal-Scope on Nights of Passion blog.
Thank you for hanging in there and believing!
|Posted on March 23, 2012 at 12:15 AM|
The Conversant Writer Presents… A Writers Workshop This Sunday, March 25, 2012
For more information about the guest speakers: Anna James, Susan Hanniford Crowley, and Jennifer Fusco, or about the event itself, visit: http://annajames1.wordpress.com/2012/01/21/the-conversant-writer-presents-a-writers-workshop/
|Posted on December 21, 2011 at 10:40 PM|
This has been a busy time for me. I injured myself and have been healing and going through physical therapy. I miss the dojo, and yes, my injury has impacted my writing speed. Unfortunately, I will not be recovered by Arisia 2012, so I won't be able to go. I love Arisia, so that makes me sad but I'm determined to be there in 2013.
I have numerous projects in the works. Some more vampire tales. Some new concepts even for me.
All my books are now up on Kindle. Be sure to type in Susan Hanniford Crowley! YAY!
Coming up: I'll be on the 12 Days of Christmas (Dec. 26-Jan. 6) on Nights of Passion. I don't know which day I'll be on yet, but it will be 12 days of visiting authors and giveaways.
I am also co-founding Nights of Passion-YA with romance writer Gerri Brousseau. It will be only on Saturdays and based on YA literature with a special preference for romance.
I hoping for some lovely surprises next year.
May you enjoy a happy and safe holiday. Wishing you all the best.
|Posted on November 16, 2011 at 10:00 PM|
Sometimes I just think I'm crazy. I'm completely busy and I'm going to the midnight show of Breaking Dawn, Part 1. This is a planned thing with daughters and friends. I'm working during the day. I should plan a nap. Oh, my, I'm already tired.
Then the next day, I have to prepare my stuff for the booksigning from 4-5 pm on Saturday, Nov. 19th at the Holiday Inn in North Haven, CT. If you're in the area, be sure to come and say, "Hi." I'd love to see you. I will have with me THE STORMY LOVE LIFE OF LAURA CORDELAIS (vampire/supernatural romance), POSEIDON'S CATCH (mythology romance) and MRS. BRIGHT'S TEA ROOM (steampunk romance).
Before that I'll be at Laurie Schnebly Campbell's workshop on The Psychology of Creating Characters at the Holiday Inn in North Haven from 8:30 to 4. If you're interested in this too, go to http://toniandrews.com/LaurieCampbell_000.htm
And I'm writing. Some new stuff--new territory for me. Expanding an old world of vampires with new characters and mayhem and love. I'm doing so much.
Being tired is good is your having a great time.
|Posted on September 25, 2011 at 12:35 AM|
Goals first: Progress on dieting--awful. I'm opting for moderation in everything. Editing--great. I almost finished with the entire book, but almost only counts in horseshoes, binikis, and hand grenade throwing, so it's back to work for me.
Coming up, an interview with me will be in the October issue of Dark Resurrected Magazine. As soon as that link is available, I'll put it here and on the home page. I will be starting a contest on this website starting October 1st, so stay tuned here.
From Oct. 24-31, Nights of Passion Blog (link in the horizontal menu) will be hopping with our Halloween Bash. We'll have giveaways/contests, games, receipes, stories, and assorted mischief and fun. Every day there will be two authors posting.
I love autumn. The trees are changing colors.
|Posted on August 2, 2011 at 10:25 PM|
|Posted on July 13, 2011 at 10:11 PM|
Okay, I've not been great on goals one or two lately. I did go walking on Sunday, kickboxing yesterday, nothing today. Not good. I wrote 1000 words on Sunday, 500 on Monday, none so far on the novel today. Not good. I've been guest blogging on FF & P http://ffnp.blogspot.com/2011/07/look-deep-into-soul-of-your-character.html and setting up for an online workshop on blogging for Savvy Writers.
I did do something fun and unexpected for me. I made a video of my Thursday blog article on Nights of Passion. It's about book trailers, marketing, synching files, and online storage. I don't feel very photogentic but decided "I don't care" and went ahead and made it because I felt saying it would in this case be more important than writing it. So I'm on You Tube and Nights of Passion. But go to Nights of Passion (see link on horizontal menu above). It was all the links of the book and programs I mention.
I'll be writing again soon. My goal is to get back on the novel. 8000 words left on the novel.