Posts Tagged ‘My Immortal Assassin’

My Immortal Assassin . . . Review

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

Romantic Times has given My Immortal Assassin 4 1/2 stars! Yay! Here’s a link to the Romantic Times review of My Immortal Assassin. If you’re not a subscriber, you won’t be able to view the page and will have to wait for the January issue. I’ll post the whole review once the issue is up but here’s my fav line:

Jewel provides her fans with a terrific tale that has action aplenty and drama to spare. Great stuff!
Jill M. Smith

For more information, to pre-order this book or read chapter 1, my website has everything you need!

About this time, I make a point of avoiding review sites and rely on trusted friends to let me know when a review is safe for me to read.

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Winner of ARC of My Immortal Assassin

Friday, August 13th, 2010

R. Varnum

Send me your snail mail address!

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The Fork is Out!

Sunday, August 8th, 2010

My Dangerous Pleasure is essentially done. I now have a week for final tweaks. I’ll post the fork pic when I actually send off the MS.

Today– ok, technically yesterday given that it’s 12:37 AM –I deleted one chapter, then rewrote the last three and ended up plus 2000 words. And that despite procrastination.

In other news, I have heard some early feedback about My Immortal Assassin and it makes me very happy. No official reviews yet, but the twitter early warning system is in effect. The hopeless pathetic part of me is whispering that maybe my twitter follower ARC readers don’t want to hurt my feelings and that’s why they’re saying good things. Only, would not silence be the better solution rather than a big fat lie? Yes, Writers Neurosis is in full effect.

Anyway, if you ‘d like to find out for yourself, you can enter my ARC contest from the previous post. Also, just FYI, the bird in that picture is a female Oriole and the bottle it’s clinging to is full of sugar water, not plain water. Lastly, I can represent to you that about 10 years ago the Audubon Society itself confirmed that Jewel central was the Northernmost point confirmed for the North American Oriole. We have two kinds that show up here; The North American and the Hooded Oriole. I don’t know which that is because it’s female. The males are easy to distinguish.

Anyhow, off to bed for me. Tweaking revisions for a week, then the fork.

Get your comment in for an ARC of My Immortal Assassin!

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Contests and ARCs

Saturday, August 7th, 2010

The Reader’s Crown finalists are over at the Border’s True Romance blog today (August 7). Three commenters will win a Border’s gift card, so head on over! The finalists are talking in the comments about their books and interests so it’s definitely awesome over there today. My Forbidden Desire was a Reader’s Crown finalist so hey. I commented too. I might have said something about True Blood but there’s only one way for you to find out!

Over at the Riskies, I’m giving away some books so head on over and leave a comment there, too.

Lastly, I have a small number of ARCs of My Immortal Assassin and I’m going to give away one right here on this blog with the understanding that you will read the book and then post a review on your blog or somewhere suitable. If you don’t have a blog or other venue, then I will post your review here on my blog. That is the whole point of an Advanced Reader’s Copy, after all, that the book will be read and reviewed. You are not required to love or even like the book, by the way. Just post your honest review. And if you feel inclined to pass the ARC on to another reader to review, please do!

ARC contest

First, void where prohibited. Leave a comment (see below) by midnight Pacific Wednesday August 11. I’ll choose a random winner Thursday or Friday (August 12 or 13). Make sure you leave a valid email or commit to checking back to see if you won.

In your comment, caption the following photo. Feel free to use your thoughts about what the cat and or the bird might be thinking:
Cat watching a Bird

Go!

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Oooh, pretty . . .

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

Thanks to Google Alerts, I can show you this:

Cover of My Immortal Assassin by Carolyn Jewel

Pretty, huh?

I didn’t even know the cover art was final enough to put on Amazon. You can preorder, by the way (puppy dog eyes) from Amazon. This weekend I should have time to bop around the web to get any other buy links, so you can pick the vendor of your choice as the book becomes available to order across the web.

The Next Paranormal, if I haven’t mentioned that yet, can now be called My Dangerous Pleasure. I am still writing the book, but that is the title and I can even say that I thought of it all by myself!

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Saturday News and Information

Saturday, June 12th, 2010

Ah. It’s Saturday. A day when I do not have to go to work tomorrow.

My copy edits for My Immortal Assassin are done and ready to be returned. I’ve seen the proposed cover and it’s awesome.

The artwork I commissioned for the digital version of my story Moonlight, which will appear in the Mammoth Book of Regency Romance, is final. Blog readers, here it is, scaled down to 25% and converted to jpeg. The original is even more awesome.

Art Commissioned for Moonlight, artwork by Seamas Gallagher, a Regency era couple about to kiss

Moonlight illustration. Artwork by Seamas Gallagher

The artist is Seamus Gallagher and I think I might love him more than Alexander Skarsgard even though I’ve only seen his artwork.

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I’m done! And now I’m starting. . .

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

Revisions for My Immortal Assassin have been emailed to my editor. (Can I please hear a w00t!!! that authors can email these things instead of overnighting them?) Yay!!!!

And now I jump right into The Next Paranormal, because I am now on a deadline so tight my eyeballs are popping. I confess, though, that I am VERY excited about this story. I’m enjoying the honeymoon when everything is bright and shiny with the new story.

How about a picture to prove Spring will soon be here?

Small purple Iris amid greed

Iris from garden outside my window

There. Doesn’t everyone feel better now?

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Updates of Various Sorts

Friday, March 12th, 2010

The Great Blog Switch is approaching. My wonderful web designer has done a WordPress theme for me and I’ve got WordPress all set up and configured. I have a contest pending (go leave a comment!!). As soon as that is done, I’ll switch over.

Current blog subscribers will need to update their feeds. The Blogger blog archives will remain available for our mutual enjoyment and perusal, though I’ll close comments to this blog.

In other news, I’m closing in on revisions for My Immortal Assassin which explains why I haven’t been posting as much as I like to.

Back to it!

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Various And Sundry Things

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

I have been revising My Immortal Assassin into a much better book. Possibly a book unrecognizable by any one who read it before. Almost done. Almost.

Tomorrow, I’m mailing out various prizes etc. So tardy. But I’ve been revising like mad. The pain. Oh, the pain. But also, oh the good feeling when you fix something . . .

I’ve also read two really amazing books. The first one is A Bad Day For Sorry by Sophie Littlefield. She’s a fellow San Francisco Bay Area RWA chapter member, so I know her which is cool. A Bad Day for Sorry has been nominated for an Edgar. (Because it’s a mystery, though there’s some strong romantic elements in it.)

This book seriously rocks. It’s a debut novel, too. Go read it. It’s Edgar nominated for a reason.

The other book is A Clockwork Heart by Dru Pagliasotti.

I seriously loved this book. It’s just overwhelmingly good. I felt like I was living with the characters. It’s steampunk but let me tell you, the romance is beautifully done. There’s no sex on the pages, but I defy anyone not to get sniffly at the romantic ending.

But here’s the thing. I read the book because I’d heard it was good. You hear things, you know? A friend whose opinion I really trust recommended it, too, so my usual silly resistance to Books I Keep Hearing About got worn down and I read it. And then I remembered hearing that the author was having trouble selling a second book.

WTF? Really? What is wrong with the people over at Juno Books? I went off to her website and I thought I saw that she was still looking for an agent. (What? That’s another mystery to me.) But now I can’t find that so maybe it’s not true. ETA: Found it: Clockwork Heart Sequel: Looking for an agent

The sad thing is that poor sales can doom additional books sales from an author even if the published book is amazing. Were sales for A Clockwork Heart not robust enough to get a second sale? Criminal if true.

I just know I want to read more novels by her and it seems I can’t.

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On Being a Writer

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

What’s it like to be a writer? Well sometimes it’s darned expensive!

This week’s expenses:

425.00 Register for RWA National in Nashville TN
407.00 Buy round trip non-stop plane ticket Oakland to Nashville
188.50 RWA conf hotel hold on credit card
225.00 Enter RomConInc Contest because editor emailed authors about it, 3 books at $75 each.
093.00 Buy and ship books to contest via Amazon (I’m low on copies plus this saves me postage AND a trip to the Post Office, which would happen God knows when.)

Plus, the really evil thing is I had to use the credit card for some of this, so know I have to go to the “Writing Fund” Bank to get the cash to pay the credit card IMMEDIATELY because credit cards are evil.

Right now, I’m freaking out about money. I’ll feel better when the amounts are all paid in cash. But still. That RomConInc contest is freaking expensive. I hope next year they lower the fee. Not that it matters because in 2010, I only have the Regency short story out. So, actually, I hope they lower the fee for the 2011 contest.

Then today, right when I was in the middle of sending an email to my agent about back cover copy for My Immortal Assassin, my website went down — this would include email and I was on the webmail program. Everything just went ::poof::

Did you hear me scream? Prolly. Yeah, that was me.

So then I had to reconstruct everything and send it from my gmail account.

I’m whining, I know. And I apologize, sort of. But I’m in the middle of massive revisions and not only is that depressing on a number of levels, it’s a lot of pressure to get them done both well and quickly.

To top it all off, I made a pound cake and it was a failure. It tastes great, but the texture is all wrong. ::sob::

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