Thursday, June 30, 2005

Ready is out in stores now!

The first in my Brava mercenaries trilogy, READY, WILLING & AND ABLE is out now.  Romantic Times gave READY 4.5 Stars and called it an action packed sizzler and reader response has been really terrific so far.  (Thanks to *everyone* who has written or posted reviews online...I'm sending each and every one of you huge cyber hugs!)

And if you haven't read it yet, I sure hope you enjoy it too!  Okay, now...are you sitting down for this?!!  I'm so excited, I keep bouncing out of my chair, but maybe that's just me. :)  Only I've got what I think is a huge treat for my readers.  Two hugely talented ladies have put together a flash presentation for READY's debut and you can watch it here.
 
You are going to just love it, trust me on this!  And my photographer from the RT Convention put her photos of the convention together in a slide show that is also going to knock your socks off.  Visit my Photo Album to view it.
 
Hugs and blessings,
Lucy

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Yummy reading...

No matter how tight my deadlines, when a new Sherrilyn Kenyon book comes out, I've got to read it. I picked up Sins of the Night at the bookstore (she's one of the few authors I will make a trip to a bricks and mortar store for, rather than wait for an online delivery...her and Lori Foster) and devoured it as soon as I got home. It was incredible! I laughed a little, cried more than I want to admit and put it down with that wonderful feeling you get from reading a really GREAT book permeating my entire being. If you are a fan of paranormal, or just plain love an emotional romance...you've got to read this book.

If you already love Sherrilyn Kenyon, then you've got to try C. J. Barry. She's another master at writing powerful characters with attitude and a world builder extraordinaire. Her latest, Unmasked, has an intriguing sense of underlying themes and a wonderfully layered plot.

Here's the back cover copy...tell me if you don't thin it sounds totally delish...To the merchants he plunders, he's the Ghost Rider of the Dead Zone. To sector law enforcement, he's a wanted pirate. To the slaves he rescues, he's the savior, laghato. To one determined female, Qaade Deter is serious trouble. Torrie Masters had heard of the legendary raider, but she'd never expected to encounter him. Nor would she have expected that beneath his black mask lurked an enticing man destined to challenge her in ways she couldn't shoot her way out of. But a great threat has emerged-one that's left no choice but for them to join forces. Entrusted with the fate of thousands, Torrie has discovered Qaade's impossible dream. Only she has the power to help him. Only she has the power to see him UNMASKED.

I love reading romance, but paranormal is a fairly new genre for me. I hadn't read anything in it except Jayne Anne Krentz's futuristics (written as Jayne Castle) until last year...but then I discovered Sherrilyn Kenyon, Angela Knight and MaryJanice Davidson. I've been busy trying other new authors in the genre since...and writing my own werewolf stories (the first of which will be out in January).

Life is so much richer for the books I read. I hope you all feel the same way!

Hugs,

Lucy

Saturday, June 25, 2005

Easier to comment...

I've changed the commenting format so that unregistered users can comment as well.  I'll be watching closely for spammers, but hope this will be a good change for the blog.  It's not a lot of fun sitting on the front porch and talking to myself...so hopefully this will increase dialogue.
 
Hugs,
Lucy

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Books, the market and romance...

I was talking to my agent yesterday about the soft mass market paperback market...sales are down all over the place and you can read articles in pretty much every major business publication even remotely related to the book industry about it. According to some, readers are looking for books with more relevance...that dig deeper into the human consciousness. What does that mean for me, a writer who loves romance...both to read and to write? Is there enough "deeper meaning" in romance to keep our readership, to gain a new one?

I think there is...I think that romance is quintessentially about the human condition. There is nothing more relevant to human experience than to explore the impact of love on the lives of our characters. Still...as there has always been in romance, there is room to delve into new areas, to explore alternate themes and to breathe life into characters that experience something bigger than lust and more real than paper cutouts of hearts and flowers.


I think you'll find that in Gena Showalter's "Awaken Me Darkly" - a paranormal romance with a kick-butt heroine. The back cover says it better than I could: The closer she gets to the hero, the more she learns about her own heart, her human needs and the shocking secret that will shatter everything she's ever believed. That's what I'm talking about...stories that dig deeper, explore something different and maybe touch us in a way that we haven't been touched before.

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Okay...check *this* book out...

Another chick-lit paranormal with enough humor and wit to definitely keep you smiling as you read.  If the back cover blurb (see below) doesn't get you totally hooked, reading the excerpt will!
 
Shanna Swendson’s debut mainstream novel, ENCHANTED, INC. is a magical story featuring Katie Chandler, a 20something, small-town Texas girl, who finds that being average in New York City is anything but.  Katie loves the energy of Manhattan, and if she finds some of the people odd, well, that's New York, right?  Where else would you see a person on the subway wearing fairy wings? In fact, if Katie wasn’t completely sure those wings must be a costume, she’d think they were real, the way they flutter in the breeze.  Certainly the gargoyle that perches above the door of the church she passes on the way to and from work isn’t real. Its eyes seem to follow her, and she could have sworn it winked at her once, but now that she thinks about it, it was really hot that day, and she hadn't eaten lunch....
 
 
Katie is still adjusting to life in the big city while working a for a nightmare boss, when she gets a fantastic offer to work for a mysterious company, MSI, Inc. Through her new job and the magical folk she meets, Katie comes to find out she isn't quite as average as she thought; and the fairytale life she has longed for begins to come true in surprising ways.  What Katie doesn’t realize is how rare and important being ordinary can be. In fact, it is her ordinary characteristics that make her the perfect secret weapon for MSI, Inc.  Suddenly the very qualities she thought made her average are what make her special!  Now she has magicians and fairies meddling in her attempted romances, a secret life she needs to keep hidden from her non-magical friends, not to mention that dangerous pull she feels for Owen, an attractive but shy wizard who might be the most powerful magic man since Merlin.
 
Okay...I've got to admit that the whole "average is actually diva material" thing absolutely hooked me.  And the excerpt is fab.  If you get a chance to read this book, let me know what you think!
 
Hugs,
Lucy

Thursday, June 02, 2005

A Fabulous Book You Don't Want to Miss...

I've recently read an excerpt from a book I know you are not going to want to miss!  A Connecticut Fashionista in King Arthur’s Court  It really is too funny for words and very unique.

Here's the back cover blurb:

Once upon a time there lived an outspoken fashion editor named Kat, who certainly was not your typical damsel in distress. But when a gypsy curse sent her back in time to the days of King Arthur, she found she'd need every ounce of her 21st century wits (and pop culture references) to navigate the legend. After all, surviving a magical plot, an evil prince, and a case of mistaken identity--all without changing history or scuffing your Manolos--takes some doing!

Luckily, she's got her very own knight in shining armor, Lancelot du Lac, on her side. The honorable-to-a-fault and devastatingly handsome champion insists on helping her out, even though she's not quite sure she wants him to. After all, shouldn't he be off romancing Queen Guenevere or something? Will Kat manage to stay out of trouble long enough to get back to her beloved cafi lattes, cosmopolitans and cashmere? And what will Lancelot's forbidden love mean for the kingdom of Camelot?

If you want to read the excerpt too, go to:  http://www.mariannemancusi.com/Excerpt.html