Posts Tagged ‘My Forbidden Desire’

Catching up on a Holiday Weekend

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

Since I have tomorrow off, I get to sleep in. Yay! I have various bits of news to report, in no particular order.

I’ve been working on The Next Paranormal and it’s going pretty well right now. Some very good ideas starting to gel. It’s early days yet, of course.

The RWA National Conference is coming up. If you’re going to be in Washington DC on Wednesday July 15, drop by the Marriott for the Literacy Signing. It’s for a good cause! Please stop by the J section to keep me from feeling too lonely.

On July 24, I’ll be at the Hachette Books booth at Comic Con in San Diego. They’re giving away copies of My Forbidden Desire and I’ll be there to sign them! If you’re going to be there, by all means, come by and get a free signed book. Personally, I’m hoping some of the True Blood folks will be there. I should be able to wander around a bit and see some stuff.

I’ve given up on the old and creaky Dell laptop and went to the Apple store to buy a 13″MacBook Pro, which I did, only they’re out of stock and now I’m just praying mine arrives BEFORE I leave for Nationals because the thought of lugging the current laptop to DC gives me hives. I’ve committed to Apple and now I’m impatient to make the switch completely and utterly. Everyone cross your fingers for a delivery prior to 7/14 because I have a very early flight.

Twitter has been hellaciously fun lately. Oh my gosh. @barryEisler is being the world’s best sport about what is probably the world’s most egregious and embarrassing typo ever. By me. I meant to type spill his guts… with respect to the expected conversation I hope to have when I get to have lunch with him due to my winning lunch w/him at Brenda Novak’s auction. But what I type was spill his guys… Much hilarity has followed. @VictoriaDahl has been particularly bold, sassy and amusing.

And now I’m off to get some work done before I go to bed.


Head Down for a Few days

Friday, June 26th, 2009

Just a quick note to say I’m working on the page proofs for Indiscreet so I have my head down getting through those. Plus too much day job stuff bleeding into my real life and eating up my evenings. Sigh so I am behind in everything now and getting paid less for more work. Should Not Compute. But it does, sadly.

Am also woefully unprepared for RWA in July. However, good news is that I’ll be at the Literacy signing July 15 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm so if you’re in the DC area, come by!

On July 24 I’ll be at the Hachette booth at Comic Con San Diego signing 200 free copies of My Forbidden Desire so if you’re there, drop by. When not signing I will be looking for Alexander Skarsgard and all things True Blood related. I’m only there for the day. I’ll post better time info when I have it.


Digging Holes and Other News

Saturday, June 13th, 2009

I guest blogged at Magical Musings. My post is Can Writing Be Taught And Why I Think That’s the Wrong Question Check it out of articles about writing interest you.

The blog Nobody Asked Me had very nice things to say about My Wicked Enemy and My Forbidden Desire. Scroll down in her list of May Reading to find me. Among others things she opined:

My Forbidden Desire: It’s edgy, irreverent and has ambiguous characters as the H/H. Can’t wait for the next installment. My Grade = B+

MY WICKED ENEMY I’m looking for every Carolyn Jewel book I can find now. My Grade = B+

In other news, I’m working on The Next Paranormal and finishing the synopsis for what I hope will be The Next Historical

My son and a friend are out in the field digging holes. Very deep holes. Intense holes. They are working hard and don’t know it. Too bad we don’t actually need holes dug. The Border Collie is in heaven. She loves to dig holes, too. I believe they are sharing tips and advice.

I should be working. Will go do that now.


Things to Do, Places to Go!

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009

Today I was over at the Risky Regencies blogging about Regency era Ottoman Empire. Check it out!

Also, here’s part of a great review of My Forbidden Desire by Lori Sears at The Romance Reader’s Connection

4 1/2 stars!

Ms. Jewel has another winner with this latest release and I can only hope that there is more to come!

Oh, yes!


Good News and a Request for Assistance

Saturday, June 6th, 2009

Saturday mornings are my absolute favorite, especially if I get to sleep through them. Alas, not this Saturday. I had a rather large day job implementation that required my early rising after working most of Friday evening. All things considered, the project went remarkably well.

Today my son goes to his cousin’s birthday party and then in the evening leaves for a red-eye to Washington DC with his eighth grade class. I’ll need to do some last minute shopping for that. And then what will I do with myself during an entire week with no youngling?

In between all that, I have to start seriously working on The Next Paranormal. The synopsis for The Next Historical is essentially done and out to readers so I don’t have to stress about that anymore. Good news! And if you’re reading between the lines, yes, I will be writing more paranormals even though I can’t officially say so, it’s unofficially official enough that I have to get cracking as of a couple of weeks ago.

In other good news, and pretty much all thanks to Twitter, I won two things in Brenda Novak’s diabetes fund raiser; Lunch with Barry Eisler and Candy a Month from Hank Phillippi Ryan. (Twitter reminded me I should go bid on something, so I did.) Then I won a True Blood poster, coming to me directly from HBO’s PR office and THEN I won a free ad from the Catanetwork folks! I also got an ARC of Lisa Unger’s Die For You and an ARC of Jaci Burton’s Taken by Sin.

If you’re not on Twitter, how come? Because I also found out on Twitter that Dear Author has My Forbidden Desire as a Recommended Read for June. Woot! Also woot!, MFD made bookscan at 62, which means it’s one of the top 100 romances.

If you all would go buy the book (please!) maybe I could move up the list and hit the top 50.

Name that Heroine!

The Next Paranormal will be about Durian, and his heroine needs a name. Everything is subject to change, but she’s about 26 or so, scrappy, dresses on the punk side, short dark hair with with purple streaks. She might change colors to lime green or something just to tweak Durian. In the proposal, I called her Shelby because for some reason I thought that might work and when I realized it wasn’t going to, it was too late to change it. In chapter one, which I am in the middle of completely rewriting, she is wearing orange high top sneakers.

Here’s the short list of names:

  • Piper
  • Zoe
  • Mischa
  • Pilar
  • Willa
  • Antonia

Mischa is the front runner at the moment, but see below. And now, my request: Got any good ideas for a name? I keep a spreadsheet of cool names and note which ones I’ve used in which books, so here’s an opportunity 1) vote on the list of candidate names and/or 2) help me add to my list and maybe even come up with the name I end up using (if you do, full credit in the acknowledgments) by suggesting your own character names.

A few parameters:

  • Her name can’t start with D since the hero’s name already starts with D.
  • Her name probably shouldn’t start with M either since Maddy is a major secondary character who is likely to get some page time
  • Other starting letters that probably won’t work: K, A and X.
  • ethnic names are completely welcome and probably privileged

Leave your suggestions and votes in the comments. Thank you.


Shamless Promotion and Stuff Like that.

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

I’m over at Patti O’Shea’s blog pimping My Forbidden Desire and giving away a copy of My Wicked Enemy. So check it out. Leave a comment.

The day before I was over at Riskey Regencies making my debut appearance as a member of the blog. I’ll be blogging about all kinds of stuff, including things I learned about the Ottoman Empire.

In writing news, uh, I need to get on the stick. That dang synopsis for The Next Hisotorical needs to be done so I can start on The Next Paranormal.

So, off to it, peeps.

Sorry to be so boring. I’ll try to do better next time.


Release Day! My Forbidden Desire

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009

Cover of My Forbidden Desire by Carolyn Jewel

My Forbidden Desire

Check out my website page for My Forbidden Desire where you’ll find lots of great information, links to reviews, my book trailer, an excerpt, links to various places to buy and more information about the characters in the book.

Oh, and you should know, too, that My Wicked Enemy is available as an eBook for $1.99 — from Amazon, Fictionwise etc, so if you haven’t read it, here’s your chance to get your feet wet for a very modest investment.


4 1/2 stars and a Top Pick from Romantic Times

Jewel’s darkly perilous and sizzling world is back in a second installment that pits mortal enemies against each other. Her excellent characterization makes each of the players intriguing, which adds richness to the exciting plot. Brava to Jewel for delivering pure and exhilarating entertainment.

Janine, at Dear Author: B+
My Forbidden Desire is a sexy, engrossing read, one that I really enjoyed. The action is fast at times but not so fast that there aren’t also some wonderful slower moments in which Xia and Alexandrine become intimate, and I don’t mean just physically.


Monday. I TELL ya.

Monday, June 1st, 2009

Even though it’s Monday and I’m in a grumbly mood, I have good news to post. I’ll make it quick because I have to leave in a bit to take the progenic unit to a meeting.

Romance Book Scene has an interview with yours truly with a contest to win a free book. Check it out! You have until June 14 to answer the question and be entered in their contest.

Go win a book and say Carolyn sent you!

More good news is that tomorrow is not only NOT Monday but also the official release day for My Forbidden Desire.

Now I’m off. Have a great evening and a fun Tuesday!


Getting on Top of Things!

Saturday, May 30th, 2009

Whew. I think I’ve fixed the last of the known pesky issues with the new website. Score one for me for tracking down the issues.

Today, I sent out my newsletter announcement for the release of My Forbidden Desire with a special contest for subscribers only. So, if you don’t subscribe, you might want to click on over and subscribe.

I’ve almost finished my promotion stuff for the release. I have a few more guest blogs coming up.

So far, I’ve been these places:

Uh, what else?

I have read ALL of Charlaine Harris’s Sookie Stackhouse books and also watched the entire season 1 of the HBO series True Blood. Wah! I have to wait for the next book and for season 2 to be on DVD.

And how odd, but when I saw still pictures of the actor who plays Eric (Alexander Skarsgard), I thought, meh. But when he was on screen? omg. I thought my iMac was going to ‘splode. How oh how am I ever going to wait for Eric and Sookie? Those guys over at HBO are mean. I have since seen other stills of him that hint at his epic hotness. But not the one of him on Wikipedia. Not to mention all the other websites made it insanely hard to grab a pic to show you so I gave up because it’s getting late and I’m tired.

I have not cleaned my room and things are getting desperate. Must do something about that. Later.

Is anyone else hooked on Sookie Stackhouse? In my case, that would be specifically hooked on Eric. What are you hooked on? I’m always looking for crack-a-licious books.


Book Trailer for My Forbidden Desire!

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

Here it is! Please let me know what you think. One person has said she had trouble with the audio so I’m interested to know if anyone else has the same issue.

Is everyone else looking forward to the weekend as much as I am?