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Newsletter Dated: 11/20/2005 9:04:31 AM
Subject: Gracie's Gazette – Vol. 5 Issue #1 (November 20, 2005)
© 2005 Gracie C. McKeever
In This Issue:
Making The Rounds
What I'm Reading/Recommended Reads
This Issue's Novel Excerpt
This Issue's Newsletter Contest
Giveaways/Good Deals/Shameless Promotions
Odds and Ends
When last I left you (not counting the recent update I sent last week) I'd been sharing my summer movie views thus far and other news involving publishing and my books.
Well, almost a year and a half later (my, how time flies…) I'm trying to pick up where I left off and share some good news about my books, as well as other goings on around the publishing industry.
As you know, I've (finally) contracted BENEATH THE SURFACE with an erotic publisher – Siren Publishing, Inc. – and am looking forward to publishing my sixth book. I've still got four in the hopper and one in progress (See Making The Rounds and Work-In-Progress). Not to mention I will be shopping NEW LIFE INCOGNITA around for a new publisher (see LTDBooks Closing)
On a more personal note, I started a fitness and nutrition regimen this past March (translation: diet) and it has for the most part been going very well. I'm looking at it as more a lifestyle change than something I'm going to go "off of" in the future. I've lost 27lbs total and reached my "goal" weight and a healthy BMI. However, now that I'm at the Holy Grail, still feel like I could lose another 10 lbs or so and be good (can you say never satisfied?).
Went on my first cruise in August (Royal Caribbean) and it was everything I've always heard and more (I climbed the rock wall!). Managed to maintain my weight even though I stuffed my face at the buffets morning noon and night. Must have been all that sea air.
Well, enough about me, and down to business…
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Hope you all enjoy this issue…and a healthy and happy Turkey Day!
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MAKING THE ROUNDS: "A man who wants to save the world one child at a time…a young teen looking for acceptance and a savior wherever he can find them…and a woman who wants only to save them both. Somewhere between darkness and daylight they will all find and save each other." BETWEEN DARKNESS AND DAYLIGHT, paranormal psychic romance, and a NCWA (New Century Writer Award) 2003 Novel/Novella Finalist, by Gracie C. McKeever .
DESERT DREAMS by Gracie C. McKeever – Best-selling Paranormal Djinni Romance available as a download from Fictionwise.com http://fictionwise.com/ebooks/eBook30601.htm Regular $7.99/Club $6.79
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FLAMES PAST by Gracie C. McKeever — ISBN (e) 1-58749-121-4 (p) 1-58749-257-7 — Contemporary Paranormal Romance available and can be purchased from Awe-Struck E-Books, Inc. http://awe-struck.net/AUTHORS20/flames.html in download and diskette: html, pdf, Palmpilot, REB 1100, Softbook, Hiebook, eBookman, Distributed internationally through online booksellers…Now Available in Trade Paperback! Visit Earthling Press http://www.earthling-press.com Awe-Struck's print subsidiary for titles in PRINT. Also available at Booksurge.com, B&N, Powells, eBookad.com, Fictionwise.com… Price: $4.50 Usual, non-sale price (download) $8.75 (disk, price includes S&H), $13.95 (trade paperback) – RT 2002 Award Nominee – Best Small Press Paranormal and an Awe-Struck Spice Is Nice title.
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MAKING THE ROUNDS: "Death is only the beginning when a psychotherapist is reincarnated as a client's estranged and murdered husband...ETERNAL DESIGNS is the result", paranormal reincarnation romance, and a NCWA (New Century Writer Award) 2002 Novel/Novella Finalist, by Gracie C. McKeever
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MAKING THE ROUNDS: Two women who shouldn't have died, but did. Both women now on the trail of two men – one an abusive, cheating husband-turned-killer, the other a rival bounty hunter whom will not be bested by any woman. Each will have their revenge, but at what expense? IN PLAIN SIGHT, paranormal reincarnation/ghost romance by Gracie C. McKeever
DANCING IN THE DARK by Gracie C. McKeever — ISBN –1-928670-76-8 — Contemporary Romance available from Awe-Struck's Ennoble Line and can be purchased from http://awe-struck.net/AUTHORS6/ditd.html in download and diskette: html, pdf, Palmpilot, REB 1100, Softbook, Hiebook, eBookman, Distributed internationally through online booksellers. Price: $4.50 Usual, non-sale price (download) $8.75 (disk, price includes S&H)
WHAT I'M READING/RECOMMENDED READS: How to put a year and a half-worth of reco-reads into this space? Hmmm…When last we met, I was deep into Ellora's Cave. That much hasn't changed. Recently finished three shapeshifter/vampire romances from EC that I enjoyed a lot: TRANSFORMATIONS (anthology), by Margaret Carter, Liddy Midnight, Tielle St. Clare; MISLED, by Sylvia Day, OUT OF THE DARKNESS by Jaci and CJ Burton, and DARK PROMISES: TARNISHED by Elisa Adams (my new auto-buy after this 5th in a series. Had to go back and purchase the other 4. Lucky it was a stand alone…). Hope to be sharing PNR links for all reviewed books soon (by the next newsletter). In addition to the online erotic romance that I so love, I've been going through the Brava/Kensington Bad Boys series like water. Speaking of, I'm looking forward to the upcoming BAD BOYS AHOY in February 2006. Not to mention a recent purchase of one of my favorite authors Octavia E. Butler's FLEDGLING. Just released this past September it's, of all things, a vampire novel. However, knowing Ms. Butler's work the way I do, I'm sure she has put her own unique spin on the genre as she has with her groundbreaking science fiction books and Patternmaster series, and I can't wait to sink my teeth into it (were that we all could be as innovative as Ms. Butler ). Discovered Shannon McKenna through Bad Boys anthologies, and her novels have become an automatic buy for me. Finally, I'm up-to-date with all of Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark-Hunter books (I know, after swearing that I would not get involved with another series) and am just waiting for the next one, UNLEASH THE NIGHT (release date: 1/06 (street date 12/27/05). I RE-fuse, to get hooked on her new BAD series though…refuse (my pocketbook seconds this motion!). Currently reading ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT (anthology) by Suzanne Forster, Thea Devine, Lori Foster, and Shannon McKenna. A little different than what I'm use to (lots of introspection and not enough heat for my taste), but I'll give it a chance (already well into the second story, and I'm hoping it and the rest, especially Shannon McKenna's piece, will make it worth my while).
Well, that's all for now.
More interesting titles for you next issue!
WORK-IN-PROGRESS: Two competitive and at-odds advertising executives are thrown together when a job assignment and a matchmaking New Age sister of one – who knows each better than they know themselves – decides they are soul mates and perfect for each other. While Dominant Nick Vega and submissive Slany Breeze come to the conclusion that Nick's sister is absolutely right, a serial killer is on the loose and has set his sights on Slany. TERMS OF SURRENDER, an erotic suspense romance (spin-off from paranormal erotic romance), BENEATH THE SURFACE.
MAKING THE ROUNDS: After causing the death of a fellow Sapphiran and finally cast out for repeated transgressions against the ways of his clan, an arrogant and brash young centaur turns what started as a punishment into a chance for redemption when he meets and falls for a resourceful and clairvoyant woman who has foreseen his arrival in her dreams. But will a certain Black Elf let nature take its course to allow the lovers to be together? SPELLS CAST IN SHADOWS, Urban fantasy/paranormal romance, by Gracie C. McKeever
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nyc and a borough's sweet spot at dawn in spring
© 1997 by Gracie C. McKeever
60 minutes before the alarm
when pure sleep
is nine dreams
have exhausted the airwaves
with unneighborly sounds
gangsta rap and
wails of city-owned
at their helms
hound dogs a-howlin'
traffic copters a-hoverin'
iron horse a-pullin'
over beside below outside
Richter scale serenade
rainfall pattering panes
right cerebellum crying out
full bladder screaming
thieves in the night
even the blackout
shades can't stop
the dawn invasion
Previously Published in Street News 1997; S.L.U.Gfest, Ltd, Volume VIII, #3,4 – Winter/Spring 1997-1998
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COMING SOON: The fix is in when older sisters Angela – a New Age practitioner who shares her brother's telepathic abilities – and Evelyn decide to play Cupid and hook their brother EJ Vega up with Evelyn's personal shopper. From here, what started as a professional relationship will gradually escalate into something much more when the free-spirited "gifted" author preparing to go on his first national book tour, enlists the services of the uptight and skeptical Tabitha Lyons. BENEATH THE SURFACE. Out April 2006 from Siren Publishing, Inc. http://www.sirenpub.com
THIS ISSUES NOVEL EXCERPT by Gracie C. McKeever
SPELLS CAST IN SHADOWS, Urban Fantasy Paranormal Romance
Sapphiran Colony, Somewhere In Colorado - Current Day
"Cercyon will not beg for our son's life." Thyra paused and stared at Demogorgon, willing him to read her mind so that she would not have to go any further, so that she would not have to tarnish the reputation of her mate's royal lineage by prostrating herself before his enemy. But the Black Elf only stared at her, dark eyes depthless and unreadable. She took a deep breath, bowed her head, and closed her eyes before murmuring, "But I will."
"You have always been the more idealistic of the two. Perhaps it is your human half."
Thyra Phoenix shook her head, not wanting to remember the past; not wanting to dwell on things that had not been in a long time and could never be again. "I'm not an idealist, nor a human. Just a mother who wants to save her child."
"Nevertheless, perhaps Cercyon does not plead because he knows I will not hear."
Thyra averted her eyes. She and Demogorgon both knew how true his words.
The Black Elf would do anything to have her, to punish what he saw as her betrayal, had said as much a lifetime ago when Thyra had turned her back on him to find love and romance with his nemesis.
Demogorgon Loxias had a long memory, an even lower threshold for frustration, and he did not like to lose, especially not to one he thought beneath him, especially not to the then young prince Cercyon.
"Please do not take out on my son your feelings for his father and mother."
"You think me so petty?"
She raised her chin, stared him in the eyes without flinching or saying a word, finally rewarded with a resonant laugh that sent shivers down her spine. Never had the Black Elf's
mirth been received with such fear and loathing than right then.
"You know me well, Thyra Phoenix."
"Demogorgon, you cannot let the Directorate execute my son." She was treading dangerously close to overstepping her bounds with the Black Elf. She knew he did not take orders well, not even from someone for whom he had a soft spot in his dark heart, especially not since the truce between the mountain elves of Oreias and the centaurs of Sapphira, especially not since he had gained decisive power in the Directorate. It was he who could overturn Seth's sentence, he who could save her son from certain death.
Thyra had briefly considered seeking out Alyosha, the Fair Elf, a being as, if not more, powerful than Demogorgon, one of a very few to whom the Black Elf answered, and deferred, it was said. But no one in Sapphira had ever seen Alyosha, his name spoken only in hushed reverent whispers throughout the colony and the mountains of Oreias.
Half the colony believed Alyosha a myth that the mountain elves had concocted to intimidate surrounding regions, insurance against attacks, while the other half believed Alyosha to be as self-seeking as Demogorgon. The latter was more a result of Sapphiran's long-standing and innate distrust of elves in particular and other fairy folk outside of centaurs in general.
The motion that had brought Demogorgon to Sapphira, so far the lone Oreias representative on the Directorate, had been almost as close – split down the middle – but for one Council member in favor of the Black Elf joining the Directorate's ranks: Thyra Phoenix.
She hoped now he would not give her reason to regret her advocacy.
Demogorgon's seat on the Directorate had come not only with Thyra's blessing, but also with concessions from both Sapphira and Oreias and at no minor sacrifice to either. Still in its infancy, and despite the Sapphiran regent's support, it would not take much to imperil his incumbency and send Sapphira and Oreias spiraling towards its former strained relations, if not worse.
On the subject of Alyosha, Thyra was in a camp all her own, believed that where there was evil and dark, there were their antipodes – good and light.
By Nemesis, she could hope!
Demogorgon now waved her away from the tent flap where she had planted herself upon entering his abode, invited her inside.
Reluctantly, Thyra took several steps into his opulent surroundings, a lavish dwelling that could rival that of the Sapphiran king himself.
Deep shades of red and gold, and rich textures abounded, fitting the Black Elf like a second skin as he ensconced himself among a stack of silk embroidered pillows strewn across the Persian carpeted ground.
Demogorgon presented a decorative phial, offered her a drink.
Thyra shook her head, closing the space between them, seating herself just out of his reach as he poured himself a goblet of the rich amber liquid.
"'Tis aquila. You do not know what you are missing."
She knew exactly what she was missing, and wanted to keep her head as clear as possible during this encounter, needed to. She could not allow him to get the upper hand rendering her head foggy with Oreias elixir.
"I would feel much more receptive to your appeal if you join me." Demogorgon proffered
the phial again.
Thyra reluctantly assented, knowing better than to refuse for a second time. The Black Elf was not one to take no for an answer well.
Demogorgon poured a healthy amount of the liqueur in a goblet, handed it to her and arched a brow, waiting for her to imbibe.
Thyra tried not to frown as she took a generous swallow of the solution and it burned its way down her throat to warm her belly with sweet fire.
"That was not so bad now was it?"
He moved closer, close enough to reach out and brush a cheek with the fingertips of his
free hand. "You were saying?"
"Please…" She cringed, choked back a sob, ashamed that he could elicit such panic in her heart, ashamed for the first time in centuries of her centaur body.
"Quite frankly I was considering going to the Directorate before your arrival. To suggest an alternative punishment."
"Rather than execution, I would suggest banishment."
"Banishment?" For someone like her son, it might as well be death. He thrived on companionship and clan ties, brought life and light as well as absorbed them. Where would he go? No other tribe would accept him; that was the whole point of this sort of punishment. That left only one place… "You sentence him to death nonetheless." Demogorgon knew this as well as she did. Her son would not survive in the human world, not more than a minute. The second he was seen, he would be destroyed, if not imprisoned as a freak. Destined to a life beneath the glare of a magnifying glass, the subject of scorn, fascination and experimentation, which would have been Nyssa's fate had Seth not managed to transport her remains home for a pyre rite after the fatal shooting.
Demogorgon put a finger under her chin. She felt the tears but vowed, as she had before coming, she would not cry, not in front of him. She would not shame herself or the house of
Phoenix in that manner.
"You cannot hide from me. Especially not your heart."
"You take my son from me."
"I do no such thing. He brought this upon himself, my beloved Thyra. I just provide the means to his destiny."
"You may comfort your conscience in elaborate lies. But I see through you."
"It will not be so horrible for him. He will not suffer, or die."
"This you promise? How?"
"Of course we would not send him to the humans unprepared. Before he is exiled, he will be appropriately…prepared."
"No!" Thyra gasped, knew exactly what he was suggesting, unsure why she was so horrified by the possibility. Seth would be returning to his roots after all, the roots of at least one of his ancestors.
But Seth was not she. He was male, first of all, and a centaur – more arrogant and brash than most, could probably rival Demogorgon in some of his proclivities. And though his fascination and curiosity with the humans were what had gotten him into his current straits, she did not think that her son would survive among them; his ego would not allow it.
"You are displeased with my idea?"
"To say the least."
"You try my patience, Thyra."
"And you are cruel."
"Enough!" Demogorgon sprang to his feet, slashing the air between them with a splayed hand. "I am being more than magnanimous. It is banishment or death. You decide."
How could she send her son to his death when an alternative was being offered? She would be a fool, as heartless as the elf offering. "I want my son to live."
"And you, dearest Thyra, what are you willing to give me for my tender mercy?"
She had known she would not get something for nothing. Even if the something was as undesirable as banishment. "What is it you require?"
Demogorgon leered, lifted the goblet to his lips, and swallowed some aquila before he told her.
NEW LIFE INCOGNITA by Gracie C. McKeever — ISBN (disk) 1-55316-061-4 (Rocket) 1-55316-939-5 — New Age Paranormal Urban Romance available and can be purchased from LTDBooks http://www.ltdbooks.com in download and diskette: Palmpilot, Rocket eBook, Gemstar REB 1100 and 1200 and Franklin eBookman. On Sale $3.00!
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THIS ISSUE'S NEWSLETTER CONTEST: For the next several newsletters I will be running Dark-Hunter contests, meaning each book offered will be one from the DH series (a chance to hook someone else on the series besides myself ). First up for November/December 2005 I'm offering Kyrian of Thrace's story (Check my What I'm Reading/Recommendations from 5/20/04 newsletter). You know the drill, but just in case you don't…To enter for your chance to win, just send an e-mail with your name, address and e-mail address to firstname.lastname@example.org with "Night Pleasures Contest" in the subject line. Contest runs until December 20, 2005. One entry per e-mail address, and per person. Refer a friend, however (who e-mails me with his/her request to subscribe and naming you as their referral), to the newsletter before the deadline, and you get an additional entry. The more friends you refer, the more times you're entered. (Referred friend will automatically be entered in the current newsletter contest once). Winner will be notified by e-mail, and mailing address will be confirmed. In the event chosen contestant does not respond within seven (7) days, another name will be drawn. Author shall not be held responsible for any technical difficulties that prevent receipt of an entry and or confirmation/response. Author reserves the right to publish winner's name on webpage(s) and in the newsletter.
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