Posts Tagged ‘Black Dagger Brotherhood’

The Birthday Bash Continues! Even More Prizes Plus Stuff

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

Today, Amazon.com delivered two copies of Lover Avenged and I was thinking of returning the extra (ohhh, can I do that to a fellow author?) when I said to myself, Hey, Carolyn, you can give that extra copy as a present for your birthday bash!

All righty! As my birthday approaches (soooo close!) here are today’s prizes:

  1. A cool ceramic plaque that says Believe. Pictured below.
  2. JR Ward’s latest in the BDB saga: Lover Avenged

Here’s a pic of the Believe plaque. Sorry for the bad photo. It’s no more than 5 inches high by 3 inches, roughly. It’s cute, too, and will look really good hanging in a window or by your computer or any place you would like to be reminded that it’s important to believe.
Ceramic Plaque with Hearts and the Word Believe on it.

To have a chance to win these prizes, leave a comment on this post about your favorite Brother, or about something you believe in. Like this: Zsadist is my favorite Brother followed closely by Vishous and I believe both those choices explain why I’m Team Jacob.

Only better, if you want.

If you don’t leave me a way to contact you, check back around May 1 2009 to see if you’ve won.

In writing news (just in case anyone’s curious) I am working on a proposal for my next historical.

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Been Readin’. . .

Wednesday, September 26th, 2007

Yes, I have read Lover Unbound by J.R. Ward I read it yesterday. A lovely day married only by the fact that I’ve picked up my son’s cold. I’m trying hard not to spoil anything, so actually, it being this early on, I’ll only say that the story was larger than life which is exactly what I so love about the series. Big bad boys. Really BIG bad boys. I love bad boys.

Anybody who would like Carolyn’s patented inside scoop can email me privately, and I’ll dish you some Vishous dirt. I’d love to compare notes!

I also recently finished reading Twilight by Stephanie Meyers. This book has been out long enough that I don’t think I’ll spoil anything by talking about it. For anyone who doesn’t know, this is the first of a now prominent YA series. The protagonist is 17 year Bella who moves from Phoenix AZ to Forks WA and meets the gorgeous and mysterious Edward, who is her classmate. So, yes, the characters are teenagers, but the story is quite complex and utterly compelling, as any good novel is, regardless of target market.

Edward is a vampire.

The book is quite long, but yay for long stories that need to be long! Bella, Edward and their developing relationship is brilliantly rendered. When the villain shows up the story is absolutely impossible to put down. He’s scary. Legitimately scary. The guy is probably one of the best villains I’ve ever read.

I also read Night Play by Sherrilyn Kenyon Lucky me! I haven’t read all the Dark Hunter novels. Naturally, I enjoyed this one. The hero is one of the were-people, so no actual Dark Hunters. Fun story.

Scandal is going well enough. Maybe not fast enough, but well enough. I’m heading for bed early tonight since I’m not really 100%.

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In which Carolyn Has Palpitations

Monday, September 17th, 2007

Somebody get me a vinaigrette!!

Cover Image of Lover Unbound By JR Ward It’s almost here! The PW review looks fabu, so check it out!

But Wait, there’s more!!

Book 6, Lover Enshrined is available for pre-order. Should be out in April. Yes, I ordered it, one day delivery. And laughed hysterically when Amazon said if I’d pony up for Amazon Prime they’d give me free 2 day shipping. As if!! Uh, no. Don’t think so. I love Alpha males. I’m not waiting for this set.

The other funny thing when I was checking, just for the hell of it, when I might expect ::Vishous:: to arrive at my door, Amazon showed me a selection of books it thought I might want based on past buying. Not the usual If You Liked…. but a nearly artful display of images, and the thing is, I already owned way more than half the books they thought I might like. Some of which I bought from Amazon. But some I bought elsewhere.

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Fridayyyy!!

Friday, August 31st, 2007

I think I’d be more excited if the DC didn’t have a soccer tournament this weekend. It’s been really hot, lately, triple digits and I don’t do well in the heat. We’re heading to a city that’s 10 degrees hotter than Petaluma. At least I don’t have to run around in it like the boys will. Still, nothing on Monday.

And, I can now start the count down to Vishous and Lover Unbound.

There’s a good hoo-ha going on now about SFWA and its boneheaded actions with an improper (from what I’ve heard) DCMA take-down notice to Scribd. Read about that in Cory Doctorow’s BoingBoing post. I laughed when I heard what they’d done. (I’ll come back later and stick in some links. Too late right now, I’m only holding out for the laundry). Only, really, it isn’t very funny. This whole DCMA thing is so completely stupid, and every bad thing smart people predicted would result from the DCMA has come to pass and worse. What a stupid-ass piece of Corporate-purchased legislation that was.

But here’s the thing: I don’t know where I stand on the whole file-sharing business. The entire issue is so unbelievably polarized between a Copyright is Evil faction (See, for example, Tech Dirt, a site that has an especial hatred for copyright) and the Protect our Corporate Profits faction (RIAA andMPAA) and I really just feel like people (writes and musicians etc) who create the stuff that gets copyrighted are stuck in the middle.

Copyright is not evil. It’s been around for hundreds of years because before there was copyright, authors, playwrights and musicians were ripped off. The creative folk are the Golden Goose, and copyright keeps corporations from killing us off. Copyright was the answer to an evil, so how can it be good to do away with it again?

I’m too tired to formulate an entire argument right now. But here’s my dilemma: I don’t know if it’s true that file sharing actually helps the holder of the copyrighted material that gets shared. I hear people say it. I’ve never seen proof.

I don’t make money writing unless people buy my books new. If readers have no incentive to buy new books, then I make no money and readers don’t get to read new stories. But I also think that punishing fans with stupid lawsuits seems like a bad thing. Some of my books are out of print, and so far I’m not too worked up about finding out someone scanned my books (I hope they did a good job!!) and posted them for downloading. I can see how that can bring me readers interested in my books that are in print. But does it? Or do the file-sharers wait for someone to hit the copy machine? Christine Feehan’s books are all in print (to my knowledge) Are the illegal copies on the net bringing her new fans who’ll shell out money for her books? Seems the obvious answer is no, cuz all the books of hers I’ve seen file-shared are still in print.

The Internet, so far, doesn’t touch the reach of print distribution. So does that mean it’s not a big deal? I’ve never heard what an Ellora’s Cave equivalent of a print run is. I know they’ve sold thousands of some titles, but I don’t believe they’ve ever sold hundreds of thousands of a title, let alone millions. Of course, 90% of writers would be happy with the thousands…

How does a writer make money writing if all her work is available for free? I’ve never seen ANYONE answer that question. I wish someone would explain to me whether and/or how a pool of free copies is good. Is the point that that pool of free copies will never exist to the exclusion of paid and that the consumers of free will never erode the pool of consumers who pay? Please, I wish someone would just calmly sit down and explain that without the political hysterics. Do file sharers ever convert to pay buyers?

That’s what I wanna know.

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Early Bird

Monday, April 9th, 2007


Shipping estimate for these items: October 2, 2007
Delivery estimate: October 3, 2007
1 "Lover Unbound (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 5)"
J.R. Ward; Paperback; $7.99

OK, that post title is such an incredible pun. Cuz, you know, right, that JR Ward started out as Nicole Bird?

But that still misses the point, which is that I have to wait until OCTOBER!! for my Vishous fix. October 3rd is a Wednesday. I’ll have to take Thursday off to recover from the sleep deprivation.

All righty, back to the salt mines for me.

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Sigh. I’m repeating myself again. Sigh.

Sunday, March 25th, 2007

Once again, I’m up too late. And I’m making it worse by blogging about it. Rats.

Here’s the quick info: Lovers of JR Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series Alert! JR Ward will be a guest blogger at By the Blog on Monday March 26, 2007 so be sure to check it out. I know I will. Chances to win stuff!

Yesterday I got a lot done on Magellan’s Witch. Awesome. Today I was all set to do the same. Then my brother dropped off my adorable niece. I do mean that. I love her to death. She’s so girly! But that means I do primary babysitting duties. She had a report on rocks to work on, and low and behold, my son mentions his report on France is due Tuesday. News to me even though I’ve been asking him every day for the last week. So I ended up homework sitting a 6yo and 11yo. They had remarkably similar strategies involved mainly avoidance behavior and the inability to remember how to spell anything. So after my nerves were about to snap I took them out and got them totally and massively sugared up and texted my brother a picture of her holding a very very large bar of white chocolate taken while were were sitting in the Smoothie shop, moi having just purchased them a blended It’s It. (main ingredient: sugar). Then we went home, they homeworked until the sugar crash and then gosh, my other brother came to pick her up just as she was complaining she didn’t feel good.

Evil laugh.

I did exceed my minimum, somehow.

Also, as I was waking up this morning, the little voice said to me Hey! You should put Santiago (an atagonist) in that troublesome scene and have him totally confront the heroine with badness and danger. Which I did. Plus some. Thank you little voice!

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