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It’s here! It’s finally here! SheWolf in print!

SheWolf

2nd place finalist Prism 2008

A small town veterinarian has a big time problem. She’s not human.

Plagued as a child with an extra-sensitive sense of smell, strength, and eyesight, Anna Callaway always thought she was special. But she didn’t understand how special until she met Kieran Hunter.

He insists they are True Mates, but he’s not human either. He’s wolven.

Kieran is a protector of his race. No longer the Alpha of his pack, he spends his time searching out and punishing any who may reveal their race to humans. While patrolling, he finds two wolven about to kidnap Anna. He battles to protect her, but is surprised to find himself drawn to her in a way he never expected.

The couple must learn to deal with their differences before they can address their similarities. But when three men kidnap Anna, she must decide if she is to embrace the wolven way of life, or return to her quiet existence. And whether to abandon the man who claims her as his True Mate.

I know – it’s hard to believe! It’s finally in print!  Now’s your chance to get your copy today at Freya’s Bower Publishing!

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Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Only 5 more days

Till SheWolf comes out in print! And check out my new toy! Feel free to share this on your websites! This is the kewlest app I’ve found so far. I love it. Yes, the cover inside is the ebook cover, but when you buy your print copy on the 30th, it won’t be dark and scary anymore. It’ll be bright and intense!

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I’m being Interviewed at Book Lovers, Inc. Come check it out!

Book Lovers Interview where I’m talking about SheWolf!

Book Lovers INC

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Thank a vet.

Free Orkut and MySpace Thank You Graphics Glitters No, I don’t mean the vet you take your dogs to.  Today is Military Veteran’s day -and it’s time to thank a vet.  Today is the day we remember millions of people who did NOT die in wars.  They aren’t buried with death dates of different battles, or different explosions.  While those people always are in the minds of every single military Veteran at all times, those aren’t who we’re here to celeberate.  Their day is “Memorial Day”. 

Today is about celebrating the living.  It’s about remembering those who saw the blood, the pain and the death, and survived to tell the tale.  It’s about remembering those who suffer the nightmares of watching their friends die.  It’s about remembering those who have suffered the pain of separation from family and friends.  About those who gave up so many of their American given rights so you could have yours.  People who stood up to fight for what they believed, and survived. 

Many of these veterans saw combat, and were injured.  They may be missing a limb, or have scars that you can’t see.

Many of these veterans have never seen combat, but fought on the home front, the first to charge out during emergencies here in America, like Katrina, or 911. 

Many of these veterans have done both.

Many even worked humanitarian missions – delivering food and water to the needy, from Bosnia to Haiti.

Today is about thanking a Vet.
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Veteran’s Day – the 11th hour of the 11th Day of the 11th Month.

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It’s announcement time! We have the Big Winner!

Yes, we have a winner! As everyone who played our little game appears to be stateside, I put you all in the hat, one for each comment, and then used randomizer to choose our winner.

And just what did our illustrius winner win???? 

A Certain Wolfish Charm, By Lydia Dare

Legend of the White Wolf, by Terry Spear

Glimmerglass by Jenna Black

ShadowFae by Erica Hayes

Eternal Hunter, by Cynthia Eden

The Van Alen Legacy, a Blue Bloods Novel, by Melissa De La Cruz

Blue Bloods, Keys to the Repository by Melissa De La Cruz

Snow Bound by Larisssa Ione (an ebook)

So who won????? I know you’re just all DYING to know!

Drum roll please!
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COLLEEN!  Congratulations girl!  You are this month’s big winner! 

I know I have your addresses for all our winners, and I’ll be boxing up and trying to mail out on Thu and Friday all the prizes that were won.  I’ll drop you each an email with the reminder of your winnings, to make sure I have made no mistakes.  If you do not hear from me by say,,, Wed nite, drop me a line to make sure I haven’t missed something. Got a nasty cold and don’t wanna mess up.

So Colleen, Congrats again!

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Judging the work of others and yourself

So I was wandering down memory lane just now – about when the internet was fresh and new, and when I was on AOL as my only ISP.   It was a time of excitement on the new world wide web and the beginning of the information age.  AOL offered a feature back then (and they may still do, I don’t know) that was thrilling for me – an avid tv/movie addict.  They brought in actors and actresses from movies and TV from shows I loved to watch – over and over again.

I remember being so excited when Ray Walston was to appear, the man from one of my favorite childhood shows, My Favorite Martian.  Of course Ray was known for many other shows as well , but for me, he was and will always be, Uncle Martin.  I sat at my computer, avidly watching the questions and answers roll by and Mr. Walston told his story as an actor, and some of his favorite moments in television. 

Then he said something that broke my heart.

He said he regretted his role as Uncle Martin.

I was devastated.  It was like the floor opened up and dropped me through.  How could he dislike what he did with one of my favorite shows of all time?  Ray believed the role typecast him, and he couldn’t move forward, yet when looking at Mr. Walston’s career, I so no indication of that.  One thing Ray forgot – his audience.  As his audience, I think I actually had tears in my eyes.

Then I heard Harrison Ford regretted having done Star wars.  Odd because I didn’t hear him say he regretted his Indiana Jones persona, and it was very similar, just in a different time frame.  Star Wars virtually launched him from TV guest star to World renowned movie star.  How could he regret the part?

It’s odd to me when someone who does something so spectacular that they are remembered for it forty and thirty years later, that they wish they hadn’t done it.  It’s as if they don’t understand or respect their fans.  Walston did not realize that while yes, people remembered him as Uncle Martin, they were quick to watch everything else he did, because he helped guide their childhood.  In his individualistic, yet funny way, he taught lessons to me that I’m sure guide me today.  In essence, he educated an entire generation of children on right and wrong.  On the importance of trust and friendship. 

And Harrison Ford, he brought us to believe in something more.  In the belief that if you reach for the stars, and believe in something bigger than yourself, you can find redemption. 

Often, people are too quick to judge what is “good” and what is “not”.  Fiction is entertainment.  Every work of fiction has some underlying message, even if the author doesn’t realize it.  Fiction is Literature.  ALL fiction is literature.  And whether it’s translated to the big screen or the small, it’s still something with a message.  Both Authors and actors share something in common – we translate that message into something the audience enjoys.  We don’t have to write huge 300 page books of “Literature” to have a message to get across.  Just as actors don’t have to have high tech gadgets and special affects.  If it’s not there, that’s good – it shows there’s more meat in what the audience sees, and less distraction.

Just like how these actors feel about their roles is how many authors feel about romance.  People claim it has no substance.  HA.  It couldn’t be further from the truth.  Romance has a message.  And no, it’s not that love conquers all.  It’s that love helps us through the tough times.  It’s that love can make us stronger than we were when we didn’t love.  There’s alot more in those pages than you think.  There’s stories of people who have suffered, and unlike the “Classical tragedies”, they learn from them, and they overcome.  They learn that working together is more important than being alone.  It’s not about saying “I’m incomplete because I don’t have a husband or wife”, it’s about understanding the heart, and not being afraid to step out of your comfort zone.

Like My Favorite Martian.

Like Han Solo.

So the next time you start to say that what you read or write is trivial and not important, think about My Favorite Martian – His lessons to me were more important than his work on Picket Fences as a judge, or even Mr. Applegate in Damn Yankees.  Look deeper within – find the message that works for you.  Just because someone doesn’t want to call literature literature, is not our fault. :)

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Winners! And stay tuned….

More exciting fun to follow in the next few weeks! If you hadn’t noticed, I have a new cover for SheWolf! Isn’t it purdy? And why do I have a new cover, you ask? Because it’s to be re-released, this time in PRINT! Release date is November 30, so be ready to buy yours right away! We wanna top the charts right? (I did not say WHAT charts, now did I?) AND, if you want to have it autographed I can either send you a book plate (sticker to put inside that’s autographed) or you can send it to my post office box and I’ll autograph it and send it back!  Dont’ forget to check out my calendar, because I’m going to have some guest blogs around the internet to celebrate. 

Also, during this month, I found out that Dark Succession was nominated as Best Werewolf book by Authors After Dark! That is a huge honor for me!  Not that I’m after awards but it was awesome to see my name in a list with several other amazing paranormal authors – all of whom I admire so much.

Here’s the full list of nominees!  Thanks to whomever nominated me!! It made my MONTH!

Werewolf Novel:
Sin Undone by Larissa Ione
A Certain Wolfish Charm by Lydia Dare
Pleasure of a Dark Prince, Kresley Cole
Styx’s Storm – Lora Leigh
Alpha Awakening by Diana DeRicci
Wolf Signs – Vivian Arend
Dark Succession, by Teresa D’Amario
Blameless by Gail Carriger
Moon Sworn, Particia Briggs

Now, for some winners from MY blog!

Week 2 Book 3 Big Bad Wolf by Christine Warren (The one that didn’t get done on time) – Colleen!  You are a winner!

Week 3 book 1 – Tall, Dark & Wolfish, Vicki!  I know you’ll read this before I do.I’ll be jealous!

Week 3 book 2 – Lone Wolf, By Teresa D’Amario – Julie!  I hope you love Damon as much as I do!

Week 3 book 3 – Seduced by the Wolf, by Terry Spear – Corie

Week 4 book 1 – Wicked Enchantment by Anya Bast – Beth Caudill Congrats Beth!

Week 4 Book 2 – Pleasure of a Dark Prince by Kresley Cole – Twimom22! 

Week 4 Book 3 – Immortal Outlaw  by Lisa Hendrix – Colleen!

Week 4 Book 4 – Soul Hunger by Marisa Chenery – Vicki

Everyone email me to claim your prizes:  desertpetiri@aol.com

Now give me a few days to get things organized for the final drawing!!  Thanks so much ladies for participating in all the fun, you’ve been absolutely awesome!

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