Procrastination On The Back Burner

disturbedNow that I’m a full-time writer, it’s easier than ever to procrastinate. I tend to get sidetracked with everything going on around me. I’m sure my Facebook friends will attest to this. I start every morning on Twitter and Facebook, and I mean every morning. An hour goes by in a blink. I refuse to admit to three.

Hiring an assistant/publicist was a no brainer for me. Having someone find those cute and sexy Facebook pics is an added bonus. I wish I could say I’m spoiled but it’s simply not true. This awesome lady kicks my butt.

“A newsletter, you need a newsletter!”

Ha… thus procrastination. The laugh was really on me because a “fill in the blank” edition arrived in my in-box this week.

“Post your introduction here”

“Post what you’re working on here”

And so it went. Two hours later, my first newsletter was ready to go and The Writing Chronicles came to life. The funny thing, I enjoyed every minute and I’m proud of the end result. Even the design, which I had nothing to do with, is perfect. So, without further procrastination or bragging, I hope you’ll click on the link below and read the first issue. There’s a signup button in the right-hand column of the newsletter too. I promise not to overwhelm your in-box but I’ll let you know when I have a new book releasing or might be in your area for a book signing.

Now back to writing, I swear!

D’Elen

The Writing Chronicles  <<<<<<<<————— You know you want to click that link!

Also posted at hollysroberts.wordpress.com

Dragons Don’t Cry Blog Tour

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Thirty-one Blogs in seven days. You can win a $25 Amazon gift certificate and free copies of Dragons Don’t Cry. You can also take my blog challenge for another chance to win. Leave a comment at one tour stop each day (7 comments total). You can do them all at once on Sunday or every few days. Once you complete the challenge, leave a comment here that you want in the drawing and I will draw a name for an additional $25 Amazon or B&N gift certificate on Tuesday 4/8/2014.

I’ll update the tour stops each day. Enjoy these great blogs and have fun, good luck!  

Day One:

Movies, Shows & Books http://tinyurl.com/nxf86pf
Swoon Worthy Books http://tinyurl.com/ly5zo6h
Sammie’s Book Club, for book lovers http://tinyurl.com/k54z6y6
Nerd Girl http://tinyurl.com/n2ghftm
Sweet, Beautiful, Moments in West FL http://tinyurl.com/mf2b442

Day Two:

Blimey! I Fancy Reading http://tinyurl.com/qxyz9br
A.R. VonDreamZ of Dragons http://tinyurl.com/nvc3779
BeanieBrain Reader http://tinyurl.com/mnegzfg
Rage, Sex and Teddy Bears http://tinyurl.com/pzngvnk
ORchard Book Club http://tinyurl.com/mfw8efz
Romance Schmomance http://tinyurl.com/p6xkqfx

Day Three:

sweets books http://tinyurl.com/n7dzjdv
All is Read with LexyPat http://tinyurl.com/kyg2sg9
My Family Hearts Book Review http://wp.me/p3dEGm-27D
Myra Espino http://tinyurl.com/mbhdh39
LJ’s Views and Reviews http://tinyurl.com/kja2bge
First Page to the Last http://tinyurl.com/m94nlqj

Day Four:

Battery Operated Book Blog http://tinyurl.com/n5o678j
My Secret Book Spot Review http://tinyurl.com/khusheu
My Secret Book Spot Promo http://tinyurl.com/lvdgu2r
Novel Reality http://tinyurl.com/l52auz6
Bibliophile Mystery http://tinyurl.com/lqylebu
kim’s book blog http://tinyurl.com/lmguu7u
The Two Brains of Book Reviewers http://tinyurl.com/nvc3egp

Day Five:

I Feel the Need, the Need to Read http://tinyurl.com/lvktnbl
United Indie Book Blog http://tinyurl.com/n292mhh
purpinkrosesbookcorner http://tinyurl.com/ktvjmfk
Booked Every Night http://tinyurl.com/jwaqze5
Livingbetweenbooks http://tinyurl.com/lwksgng

Dragons Don’t Cry Happy Dance

DM-DragonsdCry-750x1125FINALLY, “Dragons Don’t Cry” is out. I’ve never anticipated the release of a book as much as this one… ever. Maybe because I carried the story in my head for so long and didn’t have time to write it. I finally jumped up the release date from fall to spring just so I could get it out of my mind but had to kick another book to the curb in order to finish dragons.

Drats, it didn’t work. Book two is burning a hole in my mind. I find myself working on other scheduled books but jumping into Dragons Don’t Love because I think of a conversation, plot twist, or… you get the picture. It also doesn’t help that I have the cover and it’s gorgeous.

But this post is about Bastian and Acasia.

My world of dragons begins with a curse after the Goddess Hera kills all but four dragons. The curse entails each surviving dragon choosing a human bride every one-hundred years. The dragons fall in love, and then watch their human slowly die of old age making them live out the remainder of the one-hundred years without their heart’s companion.

Bastian is my red dragon from the tip of his spiked tail to the red glow in his eyes. And of course when he shifts to human he’s about as HAWT as a man can be. He’s also secretive, territorial, stubborn, and on occasion—not the brightest crayon in the box.

Then we have Acasia… brave, inquisitive, foolish, and most of all loving. Bastian has sworn not to love again but Acasia soon gets under his skin.

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Bastian my Red Dragon

One reviewer gave me a wonderful quote that captures my world of dragons perfectly.

“A fairytale for grownups” BookBeauty Blog http://holic.auriga.uberspace.de/

There are four books planned in the series and I have the plots roughly mapped out in my brain. I have a feeling all release dates will move up because early feedback is requiring more dragons right now.

Fang Chronicles: Ivan is still on schedule for June. The first half of the book is about Talya coming of age and Ivan coming to terms with the loss of his mate. I love these two with all their struggles but mostly for their heart.

Here are the buy links for Dragons Don’t Cry:

iBooks: http://tinyurl.com/ppja24l 

Amazon US: http://tinyurl.com/m8dl6ou

Amazon UK: http://tinyurl.com/odfb86f

B&N: http://tinyurl.com/q84xkoa

ARE: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-dragonsdon039tcry-1461451-143.html

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/421100

Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/dragons-don-t-cry

Cover Reveal: Dragons Don’t Cry

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Meet Bastian and Acasia.

They will be front and center on March 31st. To say I’m excited about this book is an understatement. I had so much fun with these two while building the dragon realm. I hope you want some humor with your dragons because this was always planned as a laughter filled series. Bastian and Acasia’s story is also quite emotional but, as always, I promise a happy ending.

Last week I received the cover for Dragons Don’t Love. My fingers are itching to hit the keyboard with the next dragon adventure. But NO! Fang first. I’m working on Ivan and loving the story. He’s been special since Book I: Amy’s Story and only Dmitri surpasses him in book-boyfriend mail. I want Ivan to be worthy.

Here’s a very short teaser from Dragons Don’t Cry:

At his words, my feet gave way and my ass hit the stone floor hard. His eye dipped, moving down to stay level with mine. His nostrils flared, hot air blowing my hair back. He breathed in, his long snout running indecently along my body, actually touching the robe.

“I do not like the smell of your fear.”

I sat on my sore bottom, stunned. My anger rose. Never in my entire life had I felt so furious. I pulled my arm back and my fist flew. Instantaneous pain. “Ow, that hurt.” I swear his nose was made of iron.

This time when his head flew back, his throat arching and fire flaring outward, I knew what he was going to do.

The damned dragon laughed at me.

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I have three large signing events on my calendar this year. Here are the links if you live in the area and would like to visit:

Vegas: July 9-13 Romance Novel Convention  

Lebanon, TN: September 10-13 Indie Romance Convention

Phoenix, AZ: October 16-19 Author Reader Convention

Happy reading,

D’Elen

Of Fur and Fangs Bundle

of fur and fangsI have so much news for the fang world and I’ll start with the book bundle that features Mandy’s Story. Of Fur and Fang brings together five authors with six full-length books for $2.99. I know you’ve all read Mandy’s Story but the bundle gives you some great authors you may not know about yet. I’ve been a fan of them for a long time and was thrilled to be invited. The bundle will also be on blog tour from March 17 thru March 31. I’ll post the blog stops here in March so you have a chance to win the giveaways.

Amazon Buy Link

Here’s the rundown of the books:

BIG BAD BEAST by Skhye Moncrief- Each wants the other, but neither can stand to be in the same room together…And each has secretly lusted for the other like a dark explosive sin. Stand back and watch the fireworks light up the Minnesota Territory’s post-apocalyptic sky because the BIG BAD BEAST can’t help but to huff and to puff and to blow Josie’s house in…

FERAL FASCINATIONS by Skhye Moncrief- Their blood lust flares hotter than a solar storm…She seduced an earthling to create their were-assassin blood bond. Shanghaied to fight a war between vampires and werewolves, his gut shouts escape. But humanity needs a hero. Colliding in a universe of psychic mind-reading games, each realizes trusting the other is as dangerous as buying into their FERAL FASCINATIONS.

THE GEORGIAN EMBRACE by Sky Purington- Everything changes for eighteenth century Isabel when Devin, a mysterious stranger claiming to be from the future, appears on her Georgian’s worksite. Even as smoldering, unavoidable desire ignites between them they must struggle to stay one step ahead of the time-warping house caught in Calum’s Curse. Better yet, the rival werewolf determined to finish the legacy it began.

CARNAL THIRST by Celeste Anwar- When Danior found the woman being drained of life by one of his clan, for some unfathomable reason, he knew he could not allow her to die. Against the ruling of the council, Danior secrets her away, taking her through the change from human into vampire and forever changing life as she knows it. But the move ensures they will be outcasts–hunted to the death by his people.

THE PROTECTORS DAMON by Teresa Gabelman- The Vampire Council Warriors have been ordered to train social workers how to protect themselves against vampire attacks. VC Warrior Damon DeMaster’s and social worker Nicole Callahan clash at their first meeting. Even as sparks fly and tensions mount, Nicole and Damon depend on each other to protect the children of both races against the new drug hitting the streets, Crimson Rush.

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Bastian

**BREAKING NEWS: My other surprise is the release of Dragons Don’t Cry. It’ll be out March 31st and I’ll be on blog tour through April 6th. I’ll post the tour schedule here so you have a chance to win eBooks and gift certificates. March 3rd is the cover reveal and I’ll post it here too.

Dragons Don’t Cry is listed on Goodreads and if you mark it as “to read” it helps build excitement. Link

Everyone is asking about Ivan’s Story and it’s scheduled for June :-)

Two ladies/readers started a fun group on “Facebook Fang Chronicles Readers Group” If you want in just friend me and send a PM to be invited or you can click the link above and ask to join.

Have a wonderful fang filled day!

D’Elen

Dmitri Released Early!

DM-Fchron-Dmitri-300x450I completed the edits earlier than expected so Dmitri is out. I know it’s a hectic time of year so many readers won’t get to it until after the holidays but it’s waiting when you’re ready.

Thank you to Fantasia Frog Designs for this amazing cover. You Rock!

Michelle, Patricia, and Sally, I love you ladies for all the work you put into finding my errors and the wonderful feedback!

I’ve received so many incredible emails, Facebook messages, and blog comments this year and I wanted to share two with you because they were so special. I won’t mention names but you both made a special year awesome because you took the time out of your day and touched me.

I fell in love with this series from beginning to end! Also thank you for making them affordable. I had 36.00 in my checking account and thought I really should wait until I have a little more money before buying the rest of the series. Well lets just say I could not wait lol. I am a mother of 4, reading is my passion and I enjoyed this series to the fullest. I am now sharing with friends and family. Please get writing and keep it going I don’t know if I can wait until spring grrrrr lol.

Because of the above email, I kept the price of Dmitri at $2.99. I had decided to price according to word count but that’s the wonderful thing about being an indie author, I can change my mind. This email made me do just that.

This next one touched me deeply:

I just read the 1st 3 fang chronicles and starting on 4. I’m into vampire stories but tried the wolves and I love them! I’m going through chemo and reading good books helps my mind not to think of what I’m going through…just wanted to thank u for your great writing that I love so much and helping me through a tough time!! :)

How wonderful is that? I don’t think an email has ever touched me the way this one did and I had to share.

I wish everyone the happiest and safest of holidays!

Here are the links for Dmitri:

Amazon

B&N

Smashwords

All Romance Ebooks

KOBO

Fang Friday: Teresa Gabelman

I met Teresa Gabelman at the IRC convention in Tennessee. It just so happened that we were table-mates at the book signing. Top that off with the fact Teresa had read my Suzie Ivy books and you will probably figure out that our friendship was sealed in writer’s heaven. I downloaded her first book, “Damon Protectors Book I” and had the most enjoyable time of travel in my history of travels. Spending the day at three airports is not my idea of fun but the time flew by as fast as the pages. Please welcome Teresa and her wonderful paranormal series to Fang Fridays!

teresa pic useDo you have a blueprint you follow when beginning a book?

I do have a blueprint, but I might as well just throw it away. By the time I type ‘The End’ the characters have totally changed it all. Love it!

Do you ever experience writers block and if so what helps you get past it?

More times than I’d like to admit, but I don’t stop writing. I write total crap on the page and then the next day I go back, laugh at the total crap I’ve written and rewrite or reword the mess. Sometimes good ideas come out of the crap.

Tell us about your writing space.

Damon(TheProtectorSeries-TeresaGabelmanI write anywhere, at MMA fights, in the car, but mostly in the living room where all the action, noise, television and dog barking is going on. I can block everything out and I love being with my family, even though I’m in my own little world.

What are a few things you enjoy when not writing?

I love to read, spend time with family fishing and of course following my husband’s MMA fight team that my son fights on. G-FORCE! Sorry had to give a shout out to these awesome guys!

At what point in your writing career did you actually consider yourself an author?

The first time a reader took the time to message me about my book and asked when the second was going to be released because they couldn’t wait. Yeah, that was a slap of reality that I was finally an author. Nothing decided that moment other than a reader who wasn’t a friend or family member, but a complete stranger reading something I wrote and loving it.

What’s your biggest motivation to write?

Final ebook Cover JaredIn all honestly I just love to write, but now it’s the readers. Their words and messages motivate me more than anything ever could.

Can you tell us a short funny story about writing?

I get so into my writing and I write around my family. As I was writing my husband started talking to me and well I called him by the male characters name, Damon. I did break out into a cold sweat at first as he just stared at me funny, but then he grinned and shook his head walking away. Yeah, that could have been messy. HA!

Every author gets them. How do you handle bad book reviews?

I listen. Not everyone is going to love what you write, that’s a fact. I love great reviews, but I learn from bad reviews. Now if they only say ‘YOU SUCK’ and don’t express why ‘YOU SUCK’ I move on because well can’t learn much from that. I hate bad reviews and mope a little because ‘IT SUCKS’ to get them, but I respect them as part of growing as an author. Got to have thick skin in the world of writing.

Please tell us about your latest book release or the book you are currently working on.

I am currently working on ‘Sid’ book 4 in the Protectors Series. Seriously having fun with this one.

A close strike of lightning on a warm summer nightThank you so much for having me today D’Elen McClain. The Fang Chronicles ROCK and Marcus is my new book boyfriend….YUM!

BIO

Teresa lives in Bethel, Ohio with her husband, son, their dog Cin and her son’s snake, Steve Irwin. She is a third degree black belt in Taekwondo, is a huge Mixed Martial Arts fan and follows her husband’s MMA fight team, G-Force, which her son fights for. When not writing she is either screaming like a crazy woman at MMA fights or reading in some quiet corner with her Kindle. She loves books that are fast reads filled with romance, humor, sexy alpha men and the women who drive them crazy.

Damon (The Protector Series) Book #1

http://www.amazon.com/Damon-Protectors-Book-1-ebook/dp/B006FOEDMG/ref=sr_1_4_title_0_main?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=138322238

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/damon-teresa-gabelman/1114958686?ean=2940016014074

Jared (The Protector Series) Book #2

http://www.amazon.com/Jared-The-Protectors-Series-ebook/dp/B00AXLYEL2/ref=la_B006G35PEG_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1357595850&sr=1-3

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/jared-teresa-gabelman/1117179351?ean=2940016065908&isbn=2940016065908&itm=2&usri=teresa+gabelman

Duncan (The Protector Series) Book #3

http://www.amazon.com/Duncan-Protectors-Series-Book-ebook/dp/B00E255HLG/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1374411592&sr=1-1&keywords=Duncan+%28The+Protectors+Series%29

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/duncan-teresa-gabelman/1116122460?ean=2940148479093