Dream Book

Working on Magic Shifts this morning.   Poor Kate can’t get away from her band of misfits.

Someone asked us during the New York trip what motivated us to work on Burn For Me.  The honest answer is, I wanted to read a book like that and I couldn’t find it.  I wanted the high magic and high technology and I wanted to see a romantic relationship explored against that background.  I also wanted to see someone question how we treat our veterans.  In romance, sometimes military personnel is subject to the same fetishising as Scotsmen.  Not that many people acknowledge that being a veteran or living with one isn’t always easy.

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I also wanted a book that would be funny.  A book where a heroine had a family and they were a real family, the kind that loves you unconditionally and can drive you completely nuts.  I couldn’t find it, so I talked Gordon into writing one with me.  The sad thing now, I can’t read it.  Reading our books after they are finished makes me cringe.  Except for Silver Shark.  For some reason, I can reread that one.

But anyway, I was wondering, what is your dream book?  The one that you would love to read but nobody has written yet?

Fair warning: you’re on a writers’ site.  We have no shame.  If you don’t want to risk your dream book being written by us or other authors who frequent this crazy place, it’s best not to share it. :)

 

NYCC 2014 Trip with pictures

Warning, images ahead.

View from Millenium Hotel window

View from Millennium Hotel window

I used to have anxiety about planes.  I don’t anymore./  Five cities in five days book tour cured me of that.  But still, I do have a slight apprehension before boarding and I was very relieved the flight into New York was uneventful. Four hours, little bit of rain, little bit of turbulence, 1,500 mile-long trip at 30,000 miles altitude.  No problem.

The twenty minute car ride from airport to Millenium Hotel, which we found out was located in lower Manhattan very close to 9/11 Memorial, made my hair stand on end.  I’d like to say our driver was a homicidal maniac who attempted to randomly mow down pedestrians, screamed obscenities at other drivers, ignored traffic lights, and honked his horn, but after four days in New York, I am confident he was perfectly average as far as taxi drivers go.

We arrived to a very beautiful hotel, to a lovely and clean room, and, given as a couple of hours on Wednesday was the only free time we would have, I dragged Gordon to Century 21, a discount clothes store, which was across the street fr0m the hotel.  I don’t know about the rest of New York, but lower Manhattan is clean and ridiculously safe.  I have never seen so much police presence in my life.  They are on every corner.

20141008_183326A long shopping session ensued with pictures texted back and forth to the kids.  Fancy ripped leggings and cabled sweaters were bought at 50% discount.  After going through three stories that offered women’s selection, I took pity on Gordon and we went back to the hotel.  I did buy a really awesome sweatshirt thing.  It’s hard to explain, but it has a shawl collar which is actually a hood.  I wore it the entire time in New York, and before we left, Gordon dragged me back to Century 21 to buy another one in a different color.  :)  I love it.

On Thursday we did an audio podcast with Garth Nix and visited Avon offices, which were ultra modern: white walls and lots of glass.  Because to its proximity to 9/11, the building had very tight security and we had to have IDs printed.  The lobby was decorated in an over-the-top baroques style, complete with enormous marble columns and shockingly buff cupids carved into walls.  We hung out with our agent, Nancy Yost – she has the best view from her office – met staff of Nancy Yost Literary Agency, and got to ride the subway.  Then we went to a signing at BN in Union Square.

Okay, so to me a signing means we blabber on about books for a bit and then people ask us questions.  This turned out to be a storytelling signing, where F. Paul Wilson, David Wellington, Gordon and I and Steven Gould, who was moderating the panel, had to take turns speaking for one minute, trying to create a story.  It was a superhero story and I knew we were in trouble when Amazing Gelatin superhero showed up.  I am not sure if we made sense.  :)

The turn out for the signing was amazing.  Thank you so much for showing up and putting up with our silliness.

The next day we went back to Avon offices for a bagel breakfast and to catch a ride to NYCC.  Okay, so here is how you know I am not a New Yorker.  We walk in and we are led to this lovely room, where there is a spread of bagels, 50 million varieties of cream cheese, fruit, and smoked salmon(!).  Our editor, Erika Tsang, hands us two narrow glasses of orange juice.  So I mentally congratulate myself on taking Prilosec, take the glass, sip… and it’s not orange juice.  It’s a mimosa.  At 10:00 am.  :D

20141010_122027We met C. L. Wilson, who is as entertaining as her books.  We both had teenagers so we commiserated with each other.  Then Avon loaded us into a car.  I thought it would a taxi or a van.  It was a full out stretch limo.  First limo ride ever.

The Comicon was enormous.  It’s hard to describe the mass of people writhing through the Javits center.  Over the next two days we got to meet Kim Harrisson, be on a panel with her (score), do three different signings and so on.  Here are some cool people we met.

Our editors, Anne Sowards (Ace/Kate Daniels) and Erika Tsang (Avon/Hidden Legacy)

Our editors, Anne Sowards (Ace/Kate Daniels) and Erika Tsang (Avon/Hidden Legacy)

Kate Daniels Cosplay!

Kate Daniels Cosplay!

Awesomesauce

Awesomesauce

Check out Toothless on the shoulder!

Check out Toothless on the shoulder!

Amazing Outfit.

Amazing Outfit.

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Back

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Captain America and Black Widow. :D

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They were really kind and let us snap all sorts of pictures

In between all of this coolness, signing books and giving away Currans, we got to spend some time with Anne Sowards, our Ace editor.  She took us to High Line Park.  Apparently at some time New York had a raised train line, which the city now converted into a park.  It’s a narrow pathway lined with trees and offering benches that takes you above the city.  The views are amazing and it’s very calm and quiet up there.

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We got to walk around Comicon a little bit, but the last day we were so tired, we went back to the room and fell asleep.   Before we passed out, however, we got to watch an episode of Law and Order: Criminal Intent, where a body was found on the High Line.  Peter Noth informed the viewers that the city was turning High Line into a park and Gordon and I promptly geeked out because we had been there.

We got home on Sunday to ecstatic pets and much relieved children and immediately fell sleep.  At 5:30 pm the kids woke us up for a celebratory trip to the Alamo Drafthouse to see Gone Girl – insanely good movie.  On the way there Kid 1 called the neighbor because she forgot to lock the garage door.  Diana very kindly locked the door.  When we got home, we realized that none of us had the house keys.  Gordon had taken the house key off his car keys and given it to the girls before we left and then everyone forgot to put it back.  Boy 1, Kid 1’s boyfriend, climbed onto the roof and broke into the second floor bathroom window to let us in.  (This security flaw has now been corrected.)  So, things are back to abnormal in the Andrews household. :D

NY Comic Con Schedule – Day 2

October 11th, Ilona & Gordon will be doing their big signings with both Penguin and Avon. Details here:

Saturday, October 11, 2014

New York Comic Con: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM      **Penguin Booth @2108**

 In-booth singing—50 copies of Magic Bites/ giveaway

**Penguin Booth @2108**

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Saturday, October 11, 2014

New York Comic Con—12:30 PM – 1:15 PM

TICKETED IN BOOTH SIGNING,

Early on-sale  of BURN FOR ME

(HarperCollins  Booth #2118, Jacob Javits Center)

NY Comic Con Schedule – Day 1

Reminder: Tonight, Ilona & Gordon will be at Barnes & Noble for a signing.

Thursday, October 09, 2014

New York City—7:30 PM SF/F

Round Robin Story Telling Event

Barnes & Noble# 2675

(33 East 17th Street, New York, NY 10003)

TOMORROW, October 10th, Ilona & Gordon will have their first day of the NY Comic Con.  You can find them here. They will be signing books immediately after the panel.

Friday, October 10, 2014

New York Comic Con—1:15 PM – 2:00 PM

PANEL: Playing With Magic

1A01, Jacob Javits Center

NY Barnes & Noble Signing

Tomorrow night will be Ilona & Gordon’s first appearance in New York. Join them at Barnes & Noble at 7:30 pm.

Thursday, October 09, 2014

New York City—7:30 PM SF/F

Round Robin Story Telling Event

Barnes & Noble# 2675

(33 East 17th Street, New York, NY 10003)

Worn Out – Yes, I will take Cheese with my Whine

So I got into a fight on Twitter yesterday.  There is a sock puppet account “in defense of publishers,” but really only in defense of Ellora’s Cave.  They had the audacity to tweet the list of donors to the publishers and ask them to blacklist the authors in an effort to intimidate.  The stupid, it burns.  The older I am, the more social media wears me out.  It’s like a great sucking vortex that just drains my energy off to nothing.

There was whining here, but Gordon suggested I take it down.

Kid 1 is looking at colleges.  Like really looking.  It freaked me out so much.  She was five years old what seems like ten minutes ago and next year she will go off to college.  What the hell?  Where did the time go?

I’ve been looking at instances of violent crimes on college campuses.  This is probably not helping my state of mind.  My poor mother.  How in the world did she sent me off to another country when I was 16?

Well, anyway, that’s probably enough gloom and doom for one morning.  I am going to try and push the new installment of Sweep in Peace out, so you will be entertained while we’re at NYCC.  And we are horribly behind on Kate 8.  Here is a little snippet for your fun and pleasure.  Warning, bad words ahead. [Read more...]

NY: Early Sale Date for Burn For Me

NevadaRogan_FULLCOLOR_smallI know you are all sick of Comicon and promo, but I have to do this.  It’s part of the gig.  BURN FOR ME will be available for early sale date during New York Comicon. :)  So if you are attending, try to hit the Saturday event to grab your copy.

You also have an opportunity to snag an autographed copy of Magic Bites and a tiny stuffed lion.

But I am not going to Comicon!

Come see us at B&N on Thursday.  :)

If you miss us in New York, you can find us at Murder By the Book in Houston.  If you can’t attend the signing in Houston, but would like a signed copy, here is the link. Murder By the Book ships in the continental US.  If you are an international reader, email them through their website and they will work with you on shipping.

Thursday, October 09, 2014

New York City—7:30 PM SF/F

Round Robin Story Telling Event

Barnes & Noble# 2675

(33 East 17th Street, New York, NY 10003)

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Friday, October 10, 2014

New York Comic Con—1:15 PM – 2:00 PM

PANEL: Playing With Magic

1A01, Jacob Javits Center

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Saturday, October 11, 2014

New York Comic Con: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM      **Penguin Booth @2108**

 In-booth singing—50 copies of Magic Bites/ giveaway

**Penguin Booth @2108**

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Saturday, October 11, 2014

New York Comic Con—12:30 PM – 1:15 PM

TICKETED IN BOOTH SIGNING,

Early on-sale  of BURN FOR ME

(HarperCollins  Booth #2118, Jacob Javits Center)

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Houston—6:30 PM

Reading & Signing w/ Kim Harrison

MURDER BY THE BOOK

(2342 Bissonnet ST., Houston, TX 77005)