I'm happy to be hosting a stop on C.J. Ellisson's Death's Servant Blog Tour today. C.J. is the author of the popular paranormal romance series VV Inn and is here revealing her top ten dislikes of her favorite genre...stick around, say hi and enter the giveaway!
Top Ten Dislikes in My Favorite Genre: Urban Fantasy by C.J. Ellisson
Thanks for having me on the blog! Here is my top ten list of "What I Dislike in My Favorite Genre" (which is Urban Fantasy).
10) Whiny Heroines. I dislike weak women in real life and don't care to read about them in my fiction. Sure, every woman has her doubts and can grow within a story, but a truly weak character who acts Too Stupid To Live, makes me want to throw the book out.
9) Predictable Endings. If we can guess what is going to happen about ¼ of the way through the book then maybe the plot should be changed. Just saying.
8) Excessive romance in my adventure stories. I'm not talking about the sex, that part is great. But if the urban fantasy I'm reading revolves mostly around the sexual tension and growing relationship between the Hero and heroine I get a little annoyed. I know there is a huge cross over of readers from paranormal romance to urban fantasy, but I really prefer the relationship building aspects to be a sub-plot rather than a main pot thread.
7) Really dumb choices by the MCs. Sometimes bad choices seem overly contrived and convenient. Am I the only one who feels this way?
6) Meandering writing. Dude, pick a style and stick with it. Most readers I talk to prefer action and dialogue heavy stories. If I have to read extended descriptions of clothing and hair I get bored and skip pages.
Summer's almost here and what better way to celebrate than with a blog hop with some fabulous prizes?! This super sexy giveaway hop is hosted by the sinful ladies of Under the Covers Book Blog and Guilty Pleasures. The hop runs from 12:01 AM May 15th through to 11:59 PM May 20th, 2013.
You can find my giveaway below but be sure to check out all participating blogs at the end of this post! ;)
A huge thanks to everyone who made my blogoversary celebration a success and to all the fabulous authors who stopped by and joined in, I couldn't have done it without you! I know it's taken a long time to announce the winners, I'm blaming it on the little gargoyles that are keeping me me late at work lately... <3
Welcome to the final stop on the Fiery Edge of Steel virtual book tour, hosted by Bewitching Book Tours. Author Jill Archer is promoting her latest book in her Noon Onyx series and has been sharing a new excerpt of the first chapter every day on the tour, read on for the last sneak peek and don't forget to enter the giveaway! ;)
Those of you who have read my debut paranormal romance, Breaking the Nexus know that I was a bit cruel and left things on a cliffhanger. Not just an cliffhanger, mind you. A ginormous cliffhanger. Yes, I’m evil :)
I know you’re all dying to know what happens next, but book 2 isn’t going to be out for a while. Why? Well, my brain works in mysterious ways. I actually know exactly how Waking the Phoenix will end (and no I won’t tell you :P) but get there can be tricky. I am so lucky to have wonderful betas and the best muse ever who all know how to ask me questions to prompt my writing juju to be generous. Even so, I need a palate cleanser of sorts. You see, when I first wrote Breaking the Nexus, there were mistakes out the wazoo. I stagnated and wanted to rewrite it but couldn’t figure out where to go with things. What did I do? I wrote a novella. As soon as that was finished, BAM! Magically my writing juju was back in full force.
As much as I know you all are dying for Waking the Phoenix, I need a palate cleanser again. A way to reboot my brain so I have fresh ideas. Enter my new novella, Warrior Unleashed. This will feature Sha’s half brother Achaius, a panther Chimerae, and Gaelen (wind) Sorceri Saia. I have an even better reason for writing this novella first than just to give my brain a reboot…
RtDS: Welcome to Romancing the Dark Side Bec McMaster, it’s a real
pleasure to have you stop by and chat with us today. * Please help yourself to
the virtual tea and scones ;) *
BM: Thank you so much for having me! And tea and scones... You
just said the magic words.
RtDS: Give us three (3) interesting facts about yourself
that may surprise your readers.
BM: 1: Spiders and snakes? No problem. Public speaking? Consider
me a wreck.
2: If I wasn’t a writer, I’d love to be an archaeologist,
travel consultant or architect.
3: Despite the fact I write steampunk and love imagining
devices that could have been, I’m technologically challenged in real life.
RtDS: Describe the relationship between Lena and Will in Heart
of Iron, in 140 characters or less.
BM: He’s a virgin, she’s a flirt. He’s tough, rough and
dangerous to know and she’s the only one who can wrap him round her little
RtDS: You’ve flawlessly combined historical romance with the
paranormal in your dark and gritty world of blue bloods, the Fade, vampires,
werewolves and the Echelon. Is there a
theme or idea you haven’t written about yet but would love to work with?
BM: Way too many ideas, not enough time. I love anything with
a spec-fic nature, so anything along those lines. I’d love to do something
apocalyptic/dystopian, but only if it wasn’t the same-old, same-old.
RtDS: Who was the most difficult character to write in Heart
BM: Will. I answered that question in one second flat.
(Laughs). I think it was because Blade (from Kiss of Steel) came so easily to
me, so fully formed. I could see Will – this huge, hulking brute who just
preferred to be alone – but I couldn’t get him to talk to me for a long time.