Posts Tagged ‘My Wicked Enemy’

One milestone and a confession

Sunday, August 31st, 2008

Milestone: Today the WIP reached 50,000 words. Whew! And yes, the story has a shape now. It’s now more than just some scenes that are vaguely related.

Confession: Today, in between writing, for some stupid reason I checked the Amazon reviews for My Wicked Enemy and found the usual for me: some hate :: some love. Not too much in between. Probably because those readers couldn’t be bothered. One review mentioned another paranormal book as being much better than my horribly boring one.

So I went off and read some reviews on the book that is soooo much better than mine. And guess what? There was some hate :: some love for that one, too.

Hey! Isn’t that interesting? It’s not that I suck and Author A does not. (I have her book in my TBR and continue to look forward to reading it.) It’s that people have different tastes. And just because my writing didn’t work for Reader X doesn’t meant it won’t work for Reader Y.

Because you know, blue is not everyone’s favorite color. It’s not mine1 and yet I don’t go around telling all the blue-lovers that they are plainly fools, though they may well be for any number of reasons. Or not.

I felt better after that. A bit petty for the schadenfreude over at Author A’s book reviews, but oh well. I’m over it now.

So, please go buy My Wicked Enemy read it and then say what you think over at Amazon or B&N or wherever because it’s awesome that readers get to share what they think. As an opinionated person myself I am aware that I loathe Madame Bovary and yet also know a lot of fine people disagree with my opinion. And I’m okay with that.

And you know what, major thank you’s to all the people who have written to me either at my website or MySpace and even Twitter to tell me how much they enjoyed the book. It’s wonderful when someone takes the time to let an author know. Trust me, we get all excited and warm inside. Keep those letters coming! It makes me very happy.

1. Here’s another confession for you. Although I like green my favorite color is gray. I think that means there’s something wrong with me.

Geek note: The hex code for gray is

#666666

which can be shortened to #666. Kind of scary, huh?

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Reminder! Contest!!!

Sunday, August 31st, 2008

Today, August 31, is the last day to enter my Wicked Cool contest.

I’ve added more prizes, like a book about monsters, some cool magnets, a graphic novel and other wicked cool stuff. All you have to do is sign up for my newsletter and you’re in the running.

I’ll be choosing a winner tomorrow…

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Early Blog on Busy Day

Sunday, August 24th, 2008

My son had a soccer tournament in a city about an hour’s drive away. I don’t even play the games and I come away exhausted. Why is that? I did a bit of notebooking in between games or beforehand and got some (but not a lot) done when I got home Saturday.

Between games Saturday I went with another of the parents and our kids to find lunch, which we did. We also found a bookstore so I went in and they had My Wicked Enemy so I checked in with them and signed their stock and left some bookmarks. They said they sell a lot of Romance and were quite excited to hear about the SF chapter of RWA. They’re a lovely independent in Benicia. I bought some of the coolest magnets ever for the Wicked Cool contest.

Today, they had an 8:00am game which means we had to leave home at 6:00am. On a Sunday. Sigh. They won their game which meant they were in the finals at 1:30. So we went off to have brunch and then do some shopping errands. I discovered that the Pleasanton Target had a lot of books, but only high profile authors (No My Wicked Enemy) which I was surprised to discover made for an extremely boring book section. I shouldn’t have been surprised. They were all facing out (makes sense) but considering they had multiple titles by the same author, the selection was quite limited and, as mentioned, very uninspired. I’d just never seen that in person.

But down the mall was a very large Barnes and Noble and they had My Wicked Enemy so I signed their stock and left bookmarks. They were really nice and they moved my books to the front of the store! I hadn’t brought any signed by author stickers since I wasn’t expecting to go to any bookstores, and both stores were kind enough to use their stickers.

And, last thing, I think. On Saturday while we were in the bookstore the kids went down two stores to the Pet Food Express where they were having a pet adoption. My son has been looking for a kitten for quite a while, but he never saw one that he wanted. Saturday he found a kitten. He came back to find me and tell me he’d found the one so now we have Tiger who is a female kitten, already spayed, has her first shot and is negative for Feline luekemia. She’s from a feral litter but has been with a foster family that’s been handling her. Tiger is a pale tan cat. I’ll try to get a pic when she’s settled in a bit. She’s very pretty.

Now off to do some writing before I crash for the night.

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Stuff and Stuff. Bascially.

Sunday, August 17th, 2008

I’ve been working on The Next Historical which has now so fundamentally changed from the days when I decided the working title should be The List, that every time I see that title I think What book is that?

So, from this day until I say different, The List is now officially The Next Historical (TNH)

The story now opens in Aleppo, Syria. I was toying with the notion of handling the story the way I did with the flashback chapters in Scandal but when I decided to write one to see if it worked, but mostly because I really really wanted to write the scene I had in mind, it turned out to be the real opening. We’ll see how this holds up.

In other news, I’m up too late. OK, so that’s not really news. But it’s still true.

Thank you to everyone who’s taken the time to email me about My Wicked Enemy. Lots of kind words make a writer feel good! Also, bookmarks are going out tomorrow. I have to buy more envelopes even after I found the missing box on the floor with a few envelopes left. I’ll send the rest after I remember to buy more.

Oh, and don’t forget! Time’s running out to join my newsletter and be automatically entered in my Wicked Cool Contest. Go sign up!

What you get with the newsletter: automatic entry in contests, advance notice of releases, and a warm and fuzzy feeling for being so cool as to like my writing enough to be on my mailing list.

Off to bed.

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Why am I Exhausted? Lemme Tell You….

Thursday, August 7th, 2008

Acheron.

That’s why.

I really really enjoyed Acheron. Enough that I went two nights in a row staying up far too late for a 4:25 am wake up. I’m dragging now. Could I quibble about this book? Yes, but not about very much and not about anything that matters. And to be honest, after reading a few Big Books that were a disappointment, I was thrilled to read one that wasn’t in any way.

Sherrilyn Kenyon totally delivers. I expect I’ll be re-reading it, too.

I have a final read through of revisions for His Wicked Witch and then it’s off to NY. Then I have to write like heck for the book due Nov 15.

Off to it.

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Off to RWA!

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

I’m pretty much packed except for all the important stuff I forgot. Now just last minute chores so things aren’t gross when I get back on Sunday.

I’m close but no cigar to being done with revisions for His Wicked Witch. I’m taking a print out with me to RWA for a final read through for continuity and egregious errors. Note to self: turn on the printer.

Although My Wicked Enemy isn’t quite officially out, I know it’s shipping from Amazon and that it’s available in stores now. So, w00t!! Go get your copy now!

One more RWA-related comment then I’m off to finish getting ready:

It’s in San Francisco. In July. Of course it’s cold!!

I’ll be blogging and twittering at the conference so see you on line!

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Catching up

Saturday, July 26th, 2008

Quick update in case anybody missed me. (Well, there must be at least one of you, right? Mom? Fact: my mother doesn’t read my blog. Oh well.)

Copyedits for Scandal got mailed off Monday the 21st.

I’ve been doing revisions for His Wicked Witch with the goal of being done before RWA. I think I’m on track. I’ve been on coughVacationcough since Thursday working on them. Funny, but the stuff my editor seemed to think was a big deal (comparatively) I dealt with by using the delete key or changing a sentence or two and the little throw away could you do this instead here? have been major whack a chapter, write a new one lots o work efforts. Good stuff though, I think.

My Wicked Enemy has started showing up in bookstores because I’m getting emails. I can’t tell you how exciting that is! I love nice emails from readers!

Here’s an excerpt from another review:

Carolyn Jewel takes readers on a dangerous journey with Carson, an untrained witch who finds strength through Nikodemus. Together they can stop the mage who threatens their existence and fills Carson with fear. My Wicked Enemy unfolds at a steady pace and offers up a host of characters that keep the deadly action flowing. The storyline is fresh, the characters are entertaining, and the romance is delightfully steamy.

Kimberly Swan, Darque Reviews

Back to work!

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Ooohh, Shiny New!

Tuesday, July 8th, 2008

So I’m writing along tonight after moving a chapter to a new place and thinking it’s boring, but then it wasn’t after I fixed some stuff and took one conversation and gave all of Crosshaven’s lines to Foye, and all of Foye’s to Crosshaven. Me happy. I have nearly 30K words now. Which is not where I hoped to be by this time but reasonably OK.

In shiny new news, my author’s copies came for My Wicked Enemy! There are indeed some special effects on the cover. The cover is matte which was a surprise because the ARC was glossy. But the matte finish looks totally awesome and serves as a good device to highlight the shiny bits. Oooh. And, the blub is there! I was afraid to post it before because, like what if she took it back or something? Here is is:

Jewel casts a wicked spell! Escape into a world of dark enchantments and fiendishly sexy immortals.

Lara Adrian, New York Times bestselling author

Pretty awesome, huh?

OK, off to bed for me.

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Cause for Glee plus a Secret Marriage

Tuesday, July 1st, 2008

I’m blogging early because I suspect I’ll end up too tired later tonight. So, it’s an early post.

In writing news, Scandal is being moved to February 09 from January which I am actually happy about. A February release is better. Holiday sticker shock is wearing off and there’s Valentine’s day. Romantic book for a romantic month. That totally works.

I have another review for My Wicked Enemy The reviewer picked a very intense scene as an opening excerpt– No WAY am I showing it to anyone at work! — but here’s the review part:

Wow. This is powerful stuff and I don’t like many paranormals. I may not understand every bit of it, for authors of paranormals tend to make up the rules as they go along (and why can’t they list these rules and enlighten us?), but it held me captivated from the first page to the last. There are some pretty amazing characters in this story and I am hoping that we can read more of them in the future. Good going, Carolyn Jewel!

Donna Doyle, Romance Reviews Magazine

This will post in the August 2008 issue, so I can’t give you a direct link yet. But that’s a good review.

No, I am not performing stupid web tricks. My publisher sent the review to me.

In other writing news The List desperately needs a new name. There’s no list in the story whatsoever. And speaking of new names, I changed some more names. My heroine’s name is now Sabine. And my hero’s late wife is named Camilla and before she didn’t have any name at all. She was just, you know, dead.

Book Title, Book Title, Who’s Gotta Book Title?

Not me. But the best title, the one I really like is The Philosopher’s Daughter only that’s never going to make it past marketing. But maybe I should just call it that because I like it.

What do you think?

Oh, and here’s my current favorite line so far:

"If she’s married, Foye,” Crosshaven said, "I hope to God her husband is a neglectful ass and that she hates him soundly."

The reason it’s my favorite so far, aside from being new and shiny cuz I wrote it today at lunchtime, is Crosshaven is talking to my hero, Foye, about the heroine, and Foye just happens to be married to her, which nobody knows. It’s a secret marriage story!!

It’s quite possible it won’t be by the end, but it is right now, and speaking of which, I need to go write it.

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Review! And Other Cool Stuff

Tuesday, June 24th, 2008

Romantic Times Review of My Wicked Enemy

Unless you’re a Romantic Times subscriber, you won’t be able to access the complete review with summary until you get your hands on the August issue. But here’s the bit that counts:

Magic and its sensual pull lie at the heart of this super-sizzling paranormal adventure. The transformation of this heroine from victim to powerful witch is exciting and sexy. As heroes go, Nikodemus is tough to beat, and the secondary characters are dangerously fascinating. If you like your paranormal steamy, this is the book for you!
– – Jill M. Smith

And, I’m in very good company as a spotlighted author. If you’re a subscriber, you can check this out. That’s me!! Yippee!

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