Thursday, January 22, 2009

New Releases in Print and eBook from Bianca

I'm a day late with my blog. Sorry! Lots going on here. It never rains - it POURS! Within the space of a week I had a galley to proof, edits due and now that those are both off my desk, I'm working on polishing up my next book, which I finished last week and would like to submit asap. I'm about half-way through with that little project, so it looks like I'll be turning it in to my editor soon. Whew!

Since last I visited, I've had a print release. Davin's Quest came out at the very end of December and is now available wherever books are sold. Here's a little bit about the book, in case you're interested:

Which man will Callie choose, the alien or the warrior? Or can she have both?

For each Alvian, there is one perfect match—a Resonance Mate whose soul blends in perfect harmony. Unlike the rest of his race, Davin has emotions and suffers for it. Without a mate, he is doomed to go mad. Searching for answers and understanding, he seeks out Callie O’Hara, a human woman with strong empathic gifts. Could this fragile human be his Resonance Mate?

Rick St. John is a tough-as-nails survivor of the Alvian occupation of Earth. He doesn’t believe in much, but when he sees Callie for the first time, he starts to believe in love at first sight.

The Governing Council is gunning for Davin, the upstart who dares to defy them. And they’ll kill anyone who gets in their way. Davin and Rick must come to terms with their feelings for Callie in order to keep her safe, while she has to find a way to save them both... with her love.

Next month, I've got a new ebook release called Rare Vintage. It's a story that's been out once before, in a much shorter form. This one's a lot better, if I do say so myself. ;-) Here's a little bit about that one too, while I'm here:

She would give her life to save his, but can he save her from himself?

Marc LaTour is the Master vampire. Kelly is the new Gal Friday at the winery her best friend and her new husband own. Marc is obsessed with Kelly, though he doubts he could be so lucky as to finally find his One after over six hundred years of searching. Still, he reacts with jealousy when his old friend and fellow Master comes for a visit.

Marc and the other men take turns watching over Kelly, hoping to prevent heinous events foreseen in her future from taking place, but there are other intrigues afoot. An upstart vampire in Marc's territory issues a challenge to Marc's leadership. It will be a fight to the death, but Marc knows he has much to live for... if Kelly turns out to be his One.

So that's it for me. For now. I've got some things going on behind the scenes that will hopefully pan out by the next time I see you all. Wish me luck! :)

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Monday, January 19, 2009

Keeping it Real

Okay, this blog may be kind of a rant... but a well intentioned one.

There is a reason why they say you should write what you know (or have thoroughly researched ;)

I hate hate hate when an author takes a story with a brilliant concept and great characters and mucks it up by not having those same characters stay true to themselves. It happens more often than I like, too. Have you ever picked up a book and then put it back down in disgust when the characters did something that you knew they'd never do based on what you had learned of them so far?

I am one of those readers. And, even worse? I won't buy more books by that author. Disappoint me once? Well, there are many other authors to read books by. If you have established certain rules for the world your story takes place in, you cannot then break those rules, without convincing me it is now possible.

For example, if the world is coming to an end, and all the different species on your planet are fighting, so you have two people from each species boink together for the night to bring peace to the two species, that is great. As long as both people are important enough to the species to bring about respect and honor for that mating. Oh wait, there is no mating? It was just a boinkfest? Nope, ain't gonna happen. You want me to believe that they need to boink their brains out to bring peace, then I want something like in the Kim Knox story Unity where they need to mate to bring about a change that will in fact save the planet. Save both their kinds. If only the heroine can bring herself to mate with a species known for evil deeds? Yes, that is convincing. I've read both stories. The one I'm not naming and Kim's. I did not even want to finish the first one, but I've reread Kim's.

Think about your story as you are writing it. Maybe you can suspend disbelief because as the author, you know more than we, the reader could ever hope to know about your characters and their world. We only know what you show us. And if you want to keep us happy, keep it realistic. Keep it believable. Keep it Real.

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