Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Flying Home and Going North

Today we leave Bend, Oregon, a beautiful place, to fly home to the muggy, humid southeast. Sigh. I'm sure going to miss this town, but I do miss my actual home and the people in it.

During my stay in Oregon, I completed Gunnar's Game and have done some extensive revisions to Foxy Lady. I've also done some preliminary research into a new idea for a book.

I'll be home for a few days to do some more work and breathe between "vacations." (Yeah, it's travel away from home, but with two little boys across country!) Then we're heading up north. Or going down to the shore, as they say. A thirteen hour drive broken into two days with a stopover in Virginia.

The vacation has been wonderful, but I'm itching at not being able to type every day on my computer. The muse is back, and once again must be shelved for a little while.

In any case, once I'm home, I'll download some pictures of sunny Bend. Good-bye to the Cascade Mountains, Mt. Bachelor, downtown Bend and Sisters.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

New Release! Julian's Jeopardy is now available!

Marie Harte's Dawn Endeavor 3: Julian's Jeopardy

ISBN: 978-1-60737-811-2
Genre: Paranormal Shape-shifter
Length: Novel
Series: Dawn Endeavor; Previous book: Hayashi's Hero

Genetic manipulation has created the first super soldier, the Circ. The second generation of Circs, able to transform into hulking, inhuman beasts at will and psychically gifted is much more dangerous than the first. Under Project Dawn Endeavor, the secret four-man team belongs to the mysterious Mrs. Sharpe who is bent on cleaning up science gone wrong around the globe on behalf of the United States government. But there’s more to her agenda than patriotism. If only the team knew what she really had planned.

As leader of the Circs of Dawn Endeavor, Julian Hawkins takes his responsibilities seriously. With two of his Circs now mated, life for his team is evolving, slowly but surely, into something with which Jules is unfamiliar, and he's not sure what to do about it. As if personal strife wasn't enough, an old enemy has Jules in his sights.

Kidnapped and held prisoner in the remote Amazon jungle, Jules comes perilously close to dying when a woman made of light saves him. She has the purest aura he’s ever seen, a body made for loving, and a heart made just for him. Except she's not real. But months after his rescue, when Mrs. Sharpe introduces the woman as a new part of the team, can he trust what he sees? Or is the woman there for another reason entirely, one that will put his team, and his heart, in dire jeopardy?

Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: Anal play/intercourse, male/male sexual practices, menage, voyeurism.

Cover Art by Justin James

Monday, June 28, 2010

One More Day!

Just one more day until the release of Julian's Jeopardy, the third in my Dawn Endeavor series. I'm very excited, and more than a little annoyed I don't have my computer to update my website. I'll be a few days late on that, but oh well. Julian's Jeopardy arrives tomorrow to join the first two in the series, Fallon's Flame, and Hayashi's Hero.

For a look at the books, click on the covers.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

More Cover Madness: THE FIRE WITHIN

My Storm Lords series is being reissued from Total E-Bound starting in August, with each subsequent book arriving a month later. I'm very excited, especially with the new cover. TEB's covers are terrific! The Fire Within is the first book, about--you guessed it--the prince of Fire.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Circe's Recruits3: Hale now out in Print

Good news! Circe's Recruits 3: Hale, is now available in print. The book is actually the fourth in the Circe's Recruits series, but CR: Roane and CR: Zack & Ace were combined in one volume in the print editions.

And more good news. Julian's Jeopardy releases next Tuesday. June is a great month!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

New Cover: FOXY LADY

New Cover for Foxy Lady. I've been sitting on this one and have been dying to share. Can't wait 'til September 21st!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

At Hitting the Hot Spot Today

Today is my day at Hitting the Hot Spot. I'm mentioning Seriana Found, so if you want a blurb, check it out.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Namesake Release Date, Maybe

Thanks to Tina for clueing me into this. Namesake is listed on the Ellora's Cave coming soon page as releasing July 21st. My editor has yet to give me a firm date, but I think the 21st is VERY close to the mark unless things change. I'd add in a picture of the cover, but can't quite figure out how to copy and paste using this Mac I'm on.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Scattered Showers...of Posts

Well, I'm spending the next few weeks in Oregon with my mother. I'm there now, actually, and it's absolutely gorgeous. Cool and sunny and all West-Coasty. So my posts will be sporadic, more so than usual. I'm using my mother's MacBook Pro since I can't seem to connect on the Internet with my Dell. No idea why, since another PC links fine and I can see other networks in this area. In any event, no Internet is giving me fits. I think I'm addicted to it, sad to say. So unless I can steal some time on Mom's Mac, I won't be able to post much.

And may I say how easy this Mac is to use, and how quickly it boots up. It even has a Word program... Hmm. I am due for a new computer before mine at home craps out. I've been waffling from PC to Mac, but I'm not sure. Oh well, more to ponder later.

Happy Monday from sunny Bend, Oregon!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Thursday Thoughts

Did I say Thursday's thoughts? I mean Thursday's sloth.

Some things on my feeble mind:

*To Hunt a Sainte has made MBaM's bestseller list. Yes, it's a new release, but you never can tell what readers will want. And so far, readers want the story. Who knows what later today or even tomorrow will bring? Thank you, thank you, readers.

*If my muse gets any more invisible, I might have to hunt him down and shoot him. Every time I take two steps forward on Gunnar's Game, my last Dawn Endeavor story, I get distracted.

*I have had more edits in this last week than I ever have in my writing career. Check this out: Final Line Edits AND Proofs for Julian's Jeopardy. 1st and 2nd edits for Namesake. 1st edits for Seriana Found. Oh, and I had proofs for To Hunt a Sainte last week. AAARRRGGGHHH!

*Better to be busy than not busy. Whoever first said that should be shot. Us lazy people consider work a four-letter word. Yeah, I know it is. But you know what I mean.

*It's one in the morning and I'm on my second cup of coffee. I'm also writing this post when I should be working on Gunnar's Game. Yes, lately I have the attention span of a gnat.

*Signing off now. Back to @#@!!!$% work. And my muse is totally going to hear it from me about his so-called summer break. I have work to do!!!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

To Hunt a Sainte: New Release, and On Sale!

It's here! Click on the My Bookstore & More link to purchase To Hunt a Sainte or to read an excerpt from the book. Because it's a new release, the book is $4.95 instead of $5.50, so get it while it's on sale.

Monday, June 7, 2010

I'm Hunting Tomorrow

To Hunt a Sainte releases tomorrow! Yippee! I love release day. That totally makes up for Yahoo Groups annoying the crap out of me today. And it makes up for the bazillion edits I've been doing lately--on other books, mind you--to see the fruits of my labor in a pretty little package.

To Hunt a Sainte is the first novel I ever wrote, and it's my first romantic suspense. Of course, I had to have something paranormal in the book, so there are psychics, as well as bad guys, lots of sexy parts, and a hero named Hunter. It's nice to see the book finally out there after several revisions and tons of edits. Thanks to Laurie, my wonderful editor, and to Kanaxa, for the kick-ass cover.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

I did work, really.

Edited my butt off today, not that you could tell. Hopefully that makes up for my sloth this past week. Man, I can't wait for school to start again.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Generation Gap

The family has a new vice: Plants versus Zombies. It's a cute video game on the computer that can suck hours of your time away. I'm quick to monitor the kids. There's one particular zombie that pops up and looks just like Michael Jackson did in Thriller. I tried to tell my youngest son about it, and this is how our conversation went:
5 Yr Old: Momma! He does the dance! Watch him do the dance. (points at computer and has seizure, er, dances)

Me: Yes he does. And you're very good at it. But, um, be careful. You almost knocked your brother unconscious. See the zombie? He dances just like Michael Jackson!

5 Yr Old: (excitedly) Michael Jackson's in my class!

Me: Um, no, no that's not who I'm talking about. You see, this Michael Jackson is--

5 Yr Old: No, really, Momma! He's my friend. And he's taller than me. And he has brown hair. And one time, he...

Interesting how the years between us change our perspective on things. Which brings me to another interesting quirk--revisiting old manuscripts. The book I wrote 5 years ago had to be revised extensively. No more floppy disks, now we use thumb drives. Cell phones and computers nowadays can do things they didn't years ago. So having a character stranded on the road is no longer an option, unless the character is in the middle of nowhere with no cell phone. Or the battery died, or he has AT&T instead of Verizon...

Lots of conventions to do away with things technology no longer lets us get away with. I find it amusing to read old books where the heroine doesn't own a computer. She has no idea how to reach someone because the operator isn't helpful. The old days of simplicity in a romantic suspense no longer apply, because with the information age, it's all too easy to track down criminals unless they're hiding out on a deserted island or the boonies.

But the Michael Jackson conversation with my little guy really put things into perspective. Too funny.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Belated Congrats...

Belated congratulations to Meg (maryharrison@...) for winning a copy of To Hunt a Sainte, which releases next week, June 8th, from Samhain. Thanks to all who participated in the newsletter contest, and good luck on the next one!

Circe's Recruits: Hale In Print!

Great news! Circe's Recruits: Hale, the fourth of my Circe's Recruits series, will be out in print sometime in the next three months. I'll know more as the release date nears, but here's a cover flat. I can't wait!!

Note: All the books are connected, but each may be read as a stand alone.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Booksigning, Anyone?

Had to share this, by author Parnell Hall. It's too funny. And just how I felt at the book signings I've done. Now I never had to sit next to Mary Higgins Clark, but I did sit next to Virginia Henley once. And if you don't know who she is, you don't know your historical romance!! Enjoy the video.