Editing

Editing

Feverishly editing Magic Shifts and I thought I would summarize my edits for you so far.

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DABWAHA next round

Hey gang! Nicole here to rally the troops! The next round schedule has been released for DABWAHA, and both Nevada and Kate need your votes.

 

March 26th from Midnight to Noon eastern time: go vote for BURN FOR ME

March 27th from Noon to Midnight eastern time: go vote for MAGIC BREAKS.

 

We need to see a Kate vs Nevada showdown for best book of the year! :)

Updates

80% of the beta reader emails have been sent.

Kids have the plague.  Urgent care doc thought it was flu or possibly mono.  The children refused to stay for the blood test or the flu test that would take 20 minutes.   They were like, “We are done.”

Things accomplished today: Urgent Care. Pharmacy. Grocery store ( pharmacy was out of Gatorade.)

Things not accomplished: everything else.

I have an appointment I must go to in 3 minutes, but then I get to work finally.

PS.  Gordon is writing the Curran POV. I don’t know how long it is now, but yesterday it was 2,000 words.  :)

Magic Shifts Update

Our editor sent back editorial suggestions for Magic Shifts.

I absolutely love it! I had such a good time reading  this story. Fabulous, fabulous book, Ilona and Gordon. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Anne

But there are a couple of muddled spots in the plot line. I felt like we were beating people over the head with Important Plot Point! but turns out it’s not clear enough. We are going to fix the most glaring things today and the beta will go out today, hopefully.  It was supposed to have gone out last week, but we dropped everything to go to San Antonio in an effort to rescue Kid 2’s project.

Image Credit: David R. Tribble
Image Credit: David R. Tribble

We had planned on the Menger hotel, which holds the dubious title of being the most haunted hotel in San Antonio, but it was full so we stayed in Emily Morgan instead.  Which used to be a hospital. Seventh floor was the mental patient ward.

I’ll just let that sink in.

We went to the seventh floor.  It had a weird feeling to it.  Then we smelled iodine and decided to get out of there.  On the bright side, the rooms were expensive, but awesome. Very large with deep, soaker bathtubs.

The kids had a blast.  Many pictures were taken and I will share some once Kid 2 comes home with her project from school today.  They went on haunted San Antonio tour and came back with awesome stories such as, “Mom, there used to be a place where they hanged people, but the city needed the land, so now there is a Holiday Inn there.”

Well, that is for the rambling.  Oh and I should have a book post coming up for you.

Thank you for DABWAHA

Prince Of The JungleThank you so much for voting for us and pushing both books to the next round.  Frosties put up a good fight and much props to Jeaniene Frost for the hilarious Twitter battle.

Now to the bribe.  Tell us in the comments what Curran POV would you like to read.  Please be warned that Gordon informed me that he is a loose cannon who doesn’t play by the rules and so he might not go with the most frequently mentioned suggestion.

So let us know if you want something from the previous books, something that bridges them, or a short completely new POV.  Right now he is leaning toward the Adorf story.

Jeaniene Frost and Her Smack Talking

So yesterday I am in a haunted hotel room, having watched the 50th episode of Bering Sea Gold – yes you will watch just anything at the hotel – when I got an email from Jeaniene Frost.  You see, Magic Breaks is up against Up From the Grave in dabwaha.

The email said, “Hee hee, I have started a fake fight with you online over the DABWAHA thingie.

So I tweet at Nicole from my private account and say “Go smack talk Jeaniene.”  But Nicole is the soul of courtesy.  Here is her smack talk.

“So thinks she can sway the votes with an Ian book? Think of how long you’ll have to wait. Vote for me and get a Curran POV!”

So then of course, I asked Nicole for the pro-account password.  I have locked myself from the pro twitter and forbade her to give it to me in case of emergency.  You will see why in a minute.

Me: Wait, I got one. Werewolves rule, vampires drool. No, really, it gross. your move. Top that very intelligent tweet.

Jeaniene: . Yeah? Lie down with shapeshifters, get up with fleas. Who wants to itch in uncomfortable places, I ask?! .

 You can read the entire fight at Jeaniene’s site. 
As you can see, I am too tired to have any brakes in this fight.  Please vote for me so I don’t have to fight with her anymore.  You get Curran POV if we win.

DABWAHA Voting – Round 2

Thanks so much to everyone who voted in Round 1 of DABWAHA. Ilona & Gordon’s books creamed their competition and it’s onto the next round!

This round will be tough on both fronts, because Nevada and Mad Rogan are up against Murder of Crows by Anne Bishop (which was a wonderful book!). THEN, later that same day, Kate and Curran have to battle it out with Cat and Bones (another fabulous book!).

Ilona would like to see her books go far in the competition this year, so I’m going to help her out by offering up a little bribe of my own. :)

I’ve purchased 5 kindle copies of BURN FOR ME to giveaway to readers who vote tomorrow! From Midnight to Noon eastern time, be sure to head to DABWAHA and vote for Nevada and Mad Rogan. Then, head back between Noon and Midnight eastern time to vote for Kate and Curran!

Enter the Rafflecopter once you’ve voted for each book and then check back to see if you were one of the lucky winners. Let’s see if we can get a Burn For Me vs Magic Breaks final.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Edited to add: Jeaniene added he own bribe to the mix, offering up Ian’s book as incentive.

In response, Gordon has offered a Curran POV if Kate wins! So gather the troops, Andrews Army, and let’s get both Burn For Me and Magic Breaks to the next round.

Haha, Monday!

Haha, Monday, we meet again.

inigo

robertsms-progressBehold the weekend progress.

I love it when people complain about our books being too short.  :)  It means they liked it.  Let me in on a little secret: no matter if the book is 80K long or 100K long, some publishers will make sure that it hits right around 300+ pages.  They mess with the spacing between letters, height of the line, and margins. One of my friends tends to write shorter.  I remember emailing her and saying, “I have 70K” and she was like, “Yay!  You’re almost done.”  Ha. Ha. Ha. Ha.

We have three scenes left. Set-up before the battle, the final battle, and the conclusion.  ::sigh::  I need to gird my loins.  Well, technically that’s not necessary because I am wearing pants, but still, loins girded and manuscript done.  And then Gordon and I can take whole two days off for the trip to San Antonio and Gruene in search of something ghostly for the Kid 2’s project.

 

DABWAHA

DABWAHA

Every year Dear Author and Smart Bitches Trashy Books run a kind of book tournament called DABWAHA. No clue what that name means, but the idea is simple: there are 64 books competing against each other.  You try to predict which books will advance and depending on how accurate your predictions are, you become eligible for certain prizes.  There is a huge prize pack this year that includes staggering amount of loot.

This year we are contributing to it by offering some prizes too, including three tiny Currans.  So if you’re up for some fun, go and fill out your bracket.  :)