Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Romance Trading Cards...

...I'd never heard of them before, but when I signed up for GayRomLit back in February, several of the authors attending mentioned them and wondered if anyone would be interested in doing them for GayRomLit.  It sounded like fun and I said I'd participate.  Fast forward seven months to a few days ago when I saw a post on one of the GayRomLit email lists about the trading cards and had an Oh Sh*t! moment when I realized I had done absolutely nothing about making any for my books or characters.

But, hey, I'm nothing if not a master of managing to cram at the last minute.  Comes from years (like, um, a lifetime's worth ) of experience at being a world class procrastinator.  Give me a time deadline and some pressure and I somehow manage to work miracles.  

In this case, I did some down and dirty research on Romance Trading Cards, looked at about a jillion of them posted online to see what I liked, then spent a couple of intense days playing with graphics on Paint Shop Pro.  And voila!  I managed to come up with a series of 3 cards for Into the Woods, uploaded them to the printing company, got their okay on my design and specs, and should have the little suckers in my eager hands in a few days!  I was pretty stoked!  I showed the graphics to my teenage sons who are like the gurus of trading cards, having been collecting and playing everything from Pokemon to Magic the Gathering since they were old enough to talk.  They gave their thumbs up to mine.  That's pretty high praise, I think.    

So, I'll be bringing them to New Orleans with me.  Everyone will get one in their registration bag, and then I'll be giving more of them away in various places throughout the weekend.  Therefore, if you want the full set and you feel like trading, haggling, or hunting them down, you should be able to get all three. 

If you do manage to collect all three cards in the Into the Woods series at GayRomLit and you bring them to me to see in your hot little hands, I'll give you a prize!  :) Feel free to pass this along to your friends who might be attending!

And so you know what you'll be looking for, here are the three cards in the series.  The front of each card is the same (the cover for Into the Woods), but each back is different.  One has info on Shaun, one has info on Rannon, and the other has the blurb for the book.

Front of each card
Shaun (card 1/3)
Rannon (card 2/3)
Blurb (card 3/3)
 Okay...so have fun!  :)

Monday, September 26, 2011


I know, I know...it's been a while since I posted.  Have I mentioned that I sometimes really suck at keeping up my blog.  LOL!  I try.  I really do!!!  But I'm just sort of one of those sporadic bloggers, though I wish I were better at it.

Still...... Better sporadic than never, I always say.  Hehehe!

So, for those of you attending GayRomLit in New Orleans in October...I will be there!  Yay!!!  I'm really looking forward to it and having a chance to meet readers!  I will be bringing a boatload of promo items/swag with me to give away.  I'll also have copies of some of my paperbacks there for purchase or, if you already have some of my paperbacks and want to bring them and have me sign them, I'd be thrilled to do so!  I will also have bookplate stickers with me that I can sign if you don't want to slog your books with you.  For those of you who only buy ebooks, I won't have any there to sell, but I'll still be happy to sign a bookplate or a postcard (or whatever else you might think of ).  So be sure to say hi!  I'll be hosting one of the vampire/ghost tours (which I'm pretty psyched about!) as well as having an author spotlight and participating in the riverboat booksigning event.  My publisher, Amber Allure, will have a table at GayRomLit, so you can also find me there there when Amber Allure is hosting a spotlight.

I'm assuming everyone at GayRomLit will have on name tags, so feel free to chest gaze to find me or anyone else.  :)  But if you need more than that, I'm on the short side, long blond hair (although I sometimes wear it up), I'm a casual dresser (dresses, heels, and froufrou are sooo not me!), which means I'll probably have on capris, be wearing tennies or flipflops, and generally be casual girl.  I have a nose piercing and several tattoos, which might or might not make me identifiable.  I know a lot of authors have ink and probably some others have piercings, but we're probably not in the super majority, so that should narrow things down for you.  Also, in the pic here I have on my glasses, but usually I wear contacts.  So, yeah, I know, a lot of help, huh?  :)

Please, please stop me and say hi!!  Talk to me about anything.  I'm not shy!

Hope to see you there!!!