Cheeky Quotes

MCBRIDE'S MAYHEM




Saturday, October 4, 2014

HALLOWEEN SCAVENGER HUNT



Hello Folks, and Welcome to our Halloween Scavenger Hunt!!!!

We have 36 awesome authors participating in this event, which means prizes galore.   

In the spirit of making this as easy for the readers as possible, I have created a list below of all the authors' websites/blogs so you can click on the link and be taken directly to the site to find the Halloween graphics-10 different graphic designs, but you only need to find one on each site (courtesy of Google).  I am also providing a link to a page where you can type in the answers of where you found the graphics here.  If you can't get it to work, just copy and paste into a Word document and drop it in the email to me. Each site you visit and provide the right answer, equals one entry. So the more sites you visit, the more chances to win.

The list of prizes and the dates they will be given away is here.  I will be using Rafflecopter to pick the winners each day.  

Here's the IMPORTANT part -- once you've filled in your answers, you must email the document to me at sloanmcbride@gmail.com.  I will review the answers, and will enter your name the number of times to match the number of sites you visited, and correct answers provided.  

Good luck, and happy scavenging!!!!!  











The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

Friday, September 26, 2014

NEW COVER REVEAL

Hey, Hey, Hey......

One day a book was released -- The Fury, Book 1 of Time Walker Series -- and people liked it.  If you are not aware of the Time Walker Series, read an excerpt and reviews about The Fury here.

For those of you who have been waiting anxiously, patiently, tiredly, the wait is over.  Book 2 of the Time Walker Series -- The Treasure -- is scheduled to be released on February 9, 2015.  

But wait!!!!  I am giving a sneak peek to anyone who is a subscriber to my newsletter.  If you haven't subscribed to my newsletter yet, you can do so here.

I will be doing the cover reveal on October 3rd, so don't wait.  Subscribe now!  

If you loved Dagan, the gorgeous time walker in Book 1, you will love Orion, the sexy time walker in Book 2.

Don't wait.  October 3rd is just around the corner.

As a side note:  Available now on my website, readers may request autographed copies of ebooks.  Just look for this icon:  mini badge 

I've got chills...... I can't wait to release the cover.

~~Sloan~~
www.sloanmcbride.com

LOVE SPANS ALL TIME

  

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Book, Love, Write


What do most authors have in common, no matter what genre they write? They love desserts. Sweets sustain them through pending deadlines and take the sting out of crushing rejection letters and nasty reviews. They also often celebrate their successes—selling a book, winning a writing award, making a bestseller list, or receiving a fabulous review—with decadent indulgences. And when authors chat with each other, they often talk about their writing and their lives. Recipes. Writing. Relationships. In this cookbook 105 authors not only share their favorite recipes for fabulous cakes, pies, cookies, candy, and more, they also share the best advice they’ve ever received on love and writing.










ITunes

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Authors After Dark - One Winner

Have you heard about the Authors After Dark Conference coming in April, 2015?  It is called THE NOVEL EXPERIENCE and is being held at Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas.  I will be there along with over 100 other authors to do book signings, giveaways, and enjoy the night life.



The Novel Experience


http://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-novel-experience-las-vegas-tickets-11210544039



Here is more information about the event:


READERS!
  1. It’s VEGAS for CHEAP! Like cheapy cheap. 149-189 a night depending on the room you choose. On a hotel RIGHT ON THE STRIP! Oh and its 3 days pre and post for the prices too! Make a vacation outta it for a fraction of the price!
  2. MANY genres will be in attendance, including Romance, Scifi/fantasy, Steampunk, YA, NA, Horror, Mystery and others!
  3. TONS of awesome opportunities to hangout with authors ALL OVER VEGAS! Several authors are getting off site parties together for Vegas shows (like Thunder from Down under, and Absinthe) and will be offering contests for special meals and events with them--- fully paid! (But you gotta be registered with us to qualify!)
  4. THE EVENT IS FREE TO ATTEND! That’s right, FREE! Rooms are the ONLY thing you need to pay (aside from your transportation) to attend the event. Staying at the hotel is preferred, as there’s going to be awesome extras that will be cropping up at the hotel!
  5. Readers are our focus at this event! From the big signing to the evening parties, Authors and readers will explore Vegas together!

 ONE LUCKY WINNER CAN GET A VIP TICKET.  The ticket gets you VIP entry and exit from the signing and any parties, Friday Preview signing hours, Swag bag, and entry to a VIP only party with an open bar.  

***There are 2 privisos, restrictions for the winner.  You must agree to getting your OWN room at the hotel (you may room with other people, but not with anyone who gets a freebie registration), and you are responsible for your own travel for the event (i.e. airfare, etc.).***

The winner will be chosen by Rafflecopter.  (Please make sure to include your email address) Good Luck!
 
a Rafflecopter giveaway







Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Who Doesn't Love a Renaissance Faire?

Went to a Renaissance Faire.  Thank goodness it was in a wooded forest because that helped keep me from getting fried.  However, it did not stop the humidity from weighing heavy on my lungs....LOL   

There were interesting people there with plenty of period weaponry.




I even decided to try throwing metal stars at the target.  My Time Walkers use them in some of my books so I thought it would be interesting to see if I could be as effective as Dagan (The Fury) or Orion (The Treasure).

 Yep, that's the back of me.  I hit the wall several times, and the target once, but the stars never stuck.  I was surprised at how light the steel stars were in my hand.  I was happy that I actually was able to throw them the full distance.  (I'm very weak in the upper body department!)

There were belly dancers....

and a guy who twirled fire.....


 Even some elves showed up........


There were War Pony Rides....


and those horses were battle ready....

There were demonstrations on how to use the swords.  They actually put on a bit of a sword battle which was quite interesting.



  We walked through the Fairy Forest which was stunning.


 We got to see a real joust.  This is Duncan, our brave soldier who will battle the evil Roland, who cheats to win.





There were some who were really into their characters.



 Except for the humidity, it was a fun day.  They had bison burgers and turkey legs, and hot dogs.  Shops galore where you could buy period-style costumes, jewelry, elf ears, and much more.  Everyone had a good time.  I even got a Henna tattoo on my right forearm (like the Time Walkers) of a Celtic Trinity inside a circle.  The guy who did it added a little flare to the tat.

~~Sloan~~

Monday, June 2, 2014

KATE DOUGLAS INTERVIEW AND BOOK GIVEAWAY




Thank you for joining me as I speak with Best Selling Author, KATE DOUGLAS, author of Dark Refuge, Book 4 of Spirit Wild, a Chanku series. 


1)            You write erotic, paranormal, suspense, and contemporary genres. Is there a historical novel in your future?

Absolutely not! My husband is the historian in the family, and while I enjoy history, I don’t feel confident enough to be able to write within a particular time period without screwing up something important.  Fans of historical romance know their history and I think I’d be a basket case over getting the facts right!

2)            How long have you been writing professionally?

Since 1972—I started out writing commercials for a country western radio station in a tiny town in Central California right out of college. I wrote 30 and 60 second spots selling everything from hog feed to refrigerators. I went on to write public service articles for Mosquito Abatement agencies nationwide, along with a weekly cartoon strip and booklets for school kids on cleaning up water sources and such. I understand some districts still use them—Skeeter Mosquito was all mine. After that, I went on to work as a newspaper reporter and eventually turned to fiction. I quickly discovered that I much prefer making things up.

3)            What was the genre of your first book?

I wrote a contemporary romance that never sold, and then sold another contemporary to Hard Shell Word Factory back in 1998. I wrote a number of contemporary romances for HSWF and branched out into erotic paranormal for Ellora’s Cave back when it was a really tiny publisher. I think there were twelve authors and three of them were the owner, Tina Engler, under three different names! My first NY contract was with Kensington, and that was my Wolf Tales series of “over-the-top” erotic paranormal romances that launched their Aphrodisia imprint in January 2006.

4)            How did it feel to branch out into other genres?

I loved writing paranormal, but I also enjoy contemporary. My new publisher, St. Martin’s Press, is getting contemporary romance with a bit of suspense thrown in.

5)            Do you do a lot of research for the details in your books?

I never really thought I did, until one day I actually noted the number of times I was online researching things, and it was a lot. Plus, when I’m writing about an unfamiliar area, I like to go there and get a better feel for a place than Google maps and Google Earth can give me. I have a retired husband and a motorhome—if there’s a road, we can get there! My DemonSlayers series with Kensington Zebra was fun because that one meant trips to Mt. Shasta in northern California as well as Sedona, Arizona. After I’d spent time in both places, it was much easier to write with authority. The entire premise of my Dream Catchers series came from a trip to see the Allen Array, a huge array of satellite dishes up in the Sierras near Mt. Lassen. They were built as part of the SETI project in the search for extraterrestrials in conjunction with UC Berkley. Fascinating place, all these huge satellite dishes listening for signals from space. You never know what will strike a chord.


6)            How many books do you release in a year?

I averaged two novels and two novellas a year for most of the time I was at Kensington, though there were a couple of years where I wrote three novels or more. Right now I’m establishing a new schedule with three novels and a novella to write for SMP, as well as my Spirit Wild series, so it looks as if I’ll be doing at least three novels this year and one novella. Or maybe more. 




7)            How do you manage your time between each of them?

There is no time between them. I actually do better if I stay on schedule of writing daily unless something comes up. I’ve cut back on my fourteen to sixteen hour days—it’s not healthy to spend that much time in my recliner with my laptop, so I take breaks to walk daily if I can, and try to spend more time with the grandkids. Nothing keeps you on track like grandchildren! But I still write every day.

8)            Is there one genre that you like best to write in?

I really just love to write romances, no matter the genre. I love those happy endings, but I also would have to say I love paranormal the best of all. It’s a “my world, my rules” sort of thing where I get to make up so much stuff. LOVE that! Plus, I freely admit to being a control freak. Any author will admit that it’s generally the story and characters who take charge, but when I’m creating their world, I can at least feel a modicum of control.

I was a serious science fiction fan as a kid, and read anything and everything with aliens or ghosts or make believe.  (There was no such thing as a paranormal genre when I was growing up—it was either SF of fantasy, and I read both of them) My dad used to say, “Don’t ever say you don’t believe something you don’t understand.” Think about that—it leaves you wide open to think wide open.

9)            Do you have a favorite book?

Many, but I do have an old favorite from the early nineteen hundreds called FRECKLES by Gene Stratton-Porter that was probably my first romance. I still pull it out on occasion and read it. Another book is Anne Stuart’s CRY FOR THE MOON, an old Harlequin American that, in my opinion, is the perfect romance. It has everything including a lot of humor and the kind of hero I love—he’s flawed, he makes mistakes and he’s got a dark past, but he’s a good man and love makes him better. I enjoy stories that delve into the healing part of love, and the fact that until you love yourself, you really can’t love someone else.

10)         Do you have a favorite author?

Again, many. I would have to say Joey W. Hill is one of my favorites—her writing just flows. I’ve never read anything of hers I didn’t love. Robyn Carr is another, and Jayne Ann Krentz—both of them for their versatility as much as their terrific stories. I love good writing, the kinds of stories where you can get caught up in the magic of the words as much as the story itself. JR Ward is another—she has such a powerful voice and her Black Dagger Brotherhood series has the same impact with the current books as she did when she started the series. I find that really impressive. A new favorite is Anne Carter—I recently read a two book series by her that absolutely blew me away—UNMASKING PAULIE BINGHAM and FOR THE LOVE OF KATRINA BINGHAM that beautifully explore the tangled relationship between a young woman and a gay British pop star spanning many years. I ended up reading each of the books multiple times, enjoying them more each time through. That rarely happens, to be so caught up in a story that you can’t walk away from it.

11)         Based on the rapid changes in the industry, how do you see the future for authors?

I wish I had a crystal ball—the publishing industry is undergoing huge changes, but I believe that quality stories will always find readers. I will continue to write. I’m 64 and still have no desire even to consider retiring. I love the connections with my readers and love losing myself in the stories that keep coming from somewhere. (I’m afraid to find out, actually!) I want to go out like Anne McCaffrey—I got an email from Annie the day before she died of a stroke. I think she was 86, and she was celebrating because she’d just turned in her last manuscript. The next day she was gone. I think that’s the perfect way to go.

12)         What can readers and lovers of your books look forward to in 2014/2015?

I’ve just finished a novella for SMP called TANGLED, and then I have a novel for them due November 1. It’s actually almost done, and I have a second one I want to finish ASAP as my editor wants to do a ‘back to back’ release (successive months). Then, if I can, I’d like to squeeze in another Spirit Wild story before starting on the third SMP book, but I’ll have to see if I have time. I also want to finish up a little threesome story I’ve written for Changeling Press. The first two books, A VERY GOOD THING and SOMETHING EVEN BETTER introduce two guys who fall in love but feel as if there’s something missing until they meet Ginny in the second story. I want to get them settled in the final story, IT’S ALL GOOD. We shall see!

13)         If you were a bird, what type of bird would you be?  (hahahahahahahahahahaha)

Really, Sloan...I am so disappointed in you.  Readers, I told dear Ms. McBride that I’d love to do an interview as long as she didn’t ask me stupid questions—the bird question was an example from an interview I’d recently declined to do. I’ll talk about writing, about my books, even about my husband (after over forty years he’s still REAL cute...) but I don’t have time for questions like that. But for you, m’dear, I’ll answer it...I’d probably be a harpy...


Well, you know I had to throw that one in, Kate.  I really appreciate you doing the interview.

As a special thank you to all the readers, Kate is offering a signed print copy of her new book DARK REFUGE.  Don't despair though because she has generously offered a signed print copy of DARK MOON, DARK SPIRIT, and DARK WOLF.  So we will have 4 lucky winners.  All you have to do to be put in the running for one of the books is to make a comment.  

Thank you again for stopping by, and don't forget to comment to get a chance to win an autographed book from Kate Douglas.

~~SLOAN~~



a Rafflecopter giveaway