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Day 7 of the 31 Days of Books Giveaway – Are You A Glommer?

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

Congratulations to Lucienne, who won yesterday’s drawing! I’ll be emailing Lucienne to arrange delivery of her choice of book.

To glom – 1. To catch or grab; 2. glom onto – to take hold or possession of

Glom is a slang word that readers use when they discover a new author. If they enjoy one of an author’s books, they may well go out and glom (buy) her entire backlist.

My name is Debra Mullins, and I am a glommer.

When I find an author that I love, the very first thing I do is go out and see what other books she has, especially if the book I read was somewhere in the middle of a series. Of course, I want the other books of that series so I can read them one after the other and find out what I’ve missed!

When I enjoy an author, I will often give copies of her books as gifts. I have a niece who loves to read, and she especially likes mysteries and romantic suspense. When I discovered Marie Force, I sent my niece the first four books of the Fatal series for her birthday (there were only four out at the time). One of the great things about ebooks is you can email them far distances in the blink of an eye. And once my niece gets into a series, she buys the rest of the books as fast as she can.

I hooked my sister on Robin D. Owens the same way. That’s right. I’m a book pusher. 🙂

There’s nothing more exciting than discovering a new author, unless it’s learning that said author also has a pile of backlist titles just waiting to be gobbled up by an eager reader such as yourself.

Are you guilty of glomming? What authors/series have you glommed as soon as you discovered them? Those who comment get entered in today’s drawing for a free paperback title from my backlist!

Day 6 of the 31 Days of Books Giveaway: If I Had a Time Machine…

Monday, January 6th, 2014

Congratulations to  Raonaid Luckwell, who won yesterday’s drawing! I’ll be emailing Raonaid to arrange delivery of her choice of book. This is the second time Raonaid has won, which makes her the first inductee into the Hall of Fame!

Yesterday was a tough day. I had plans to write, but my husband got sick, and I ended up running around taking care of his household stuff as well as my own (taking down the Christmas tree, grocery shopping, getting dinner, etc.). This put a serious crimp in my plans to spend a quiet Sunday writing blogs and, oh yeah, maybe a book. 😛 I got the household stuff done, but my writing time shrank down considerably.

I made a random comment on Facebook about wishing I had a time machine or the DeLaurean from Back to the Future or a Time Turner like Hermione Granger did in the J.K. Rowling novels. Lots of people Liked it, and that got me thinking this might be a fun discussion on the blog today. So tell me, have you ever had days like that? What do you do when your carefully laid out schedule gets thrown out the window?

Share your time traveling dreams in the comments section and get entered in today’s drawing for a free paperback title from my backlist!

Day 5 of the 31 Days of Books Giveaway – Stories We Can’t Resist

Sunday, January 5th, 2014

Congratulations to  Beth, who won yesterday’s drawing! I’ll be emailing Beth to arrange delivery of her choice of book.

Let’s talk about those stories you can’t resist. Whether it’s a certain romance novel trope like secret babies or marriages of convenience or a type of book or setting like paranormal or Scotland, we all have those books that we gravitate towards, the ones we can’t resist.

For me, I love secret identity stories. Think Superman or Zorro. I always find myself writing one a secret identity story every couple of books or so. I love the reveal moments, when the rest of the world is exposed to the character’s secret identity. The CW has a great show on now called Arrow, which is a take on the Green Arrow comic. Every time someone finds out that Oliver Queen is really the vigilante, I love it.

I also have some secret identities in a few of my books. I have El Moreno the pirate in ONCE A MISTRESS, Jack Donovan aka Blade the bounty hunter in DONOVAN’S BED and a highwayman who pops up in two of my Nevarton Chase series (TEMPTING A PROPER LADY and TOO WICKED TO LOVE). Book three of that series, which I am still writing, is about the highwayman and who he really is. So if you have a secret identity story, you’ve got me at hello. 🙂

I also love anything to do with Atlantis. In my most recent release, PRODIGAL SON, the first of a paranormal trilogy, the hero is a bounty hunter who has super powers he inherited from his ancestors in Atlantis. So I manage to do a secret identity with a side of Atlantis. 🙂

I love psychic abilities and mermaids as well. (My Atlantis characters all have psychic abilities.) But there are so few mermaid stories out there. Some good ones are THE LAST MERMAID by Shana Abé and the Water Lilies series by Deborah Smith (ALICE AT HEART is the first one). Marjorie M. Liu did a merman in her book SOUL SONG. Some day I will write a mermaid book of my own, but the right story hasn’t manifested in my brain yet.

What about you? What flavors of books do you love? As always, anyone who leaves a comment will be entered in a drawing for a paperback book from my backlist!

Fourth Post in the 31 Day Book Giveaway: eBooks vs. Paper – What Do You Think?

Saturday, January 4th, 2014

Congratulations to  Raonaid Luckwell, who won yesterday’s drawing! I’ll be emailing Raonaid to arrange delivery of her choice of book.

Today I’d like to talk about how you like to read. Do you prefer eBook or paperback?

Lots of people I know adore holding a book in their hands. They love the smell of the paper. They swear they will never read electronically.

I used to be one of these people. Even though I work with computers in my day job, I was suspicious of e-readers. Because I loved holding the book in my hands. I loved the smell of the paper. I swore I would never read electronically. (Sound familiar?) I have shelves and shelves of books in my house, dating back over twenty years. Old favorites. Duplicates of some that had started to fall apart because I’d re-read them so much. A TBR pile that never seems to get smaller. I was a paperback reader.

Then one year my family got me a Kindle for my birthday, and that was it. Suddenly I had all my books right in my hand in one convenient device. Going on vacation? You don’t have to pack a bag of books anymore. Just bring your e-reader fully loaded! Takes up less space, and you don’t have to guess about what you might want to read next because you have all your books with you. (Downside: You do have to turn it off at take-off and landing, which is not true of a paper book.) Is it two in the morning and you just finished a book in a series and need the next one right now? Click a button and it pops on your e-reader in seconds. For those who love convenience and instant gratification, e-readers are for you.

Not to mention eBooks are the only way to access some amazing indie authors. Love paranormal/fantasy? I found Cate Rowan in the electronic world, and she is fabulous!

I also like eBooks because it saves trees and takes up less space in my house. What about you? Are you an electronic reader, a diehard paper reader or a mix of both?

Anyone who leaves a comment will be entered in a drawing for a paperback book from my backlist!

Third Post in the 31 Day Book Giveaway: Hero Names

Friday, January 3rd, 2014

Congratulations to  Yati Hadi, who won yesterday’s drawing! I’ll be emailing Yati to arrange delivery of her choice of book.

I thought I’d take a break from the seriousness of goal setting and talk about something completely different. Today’s topic is Hero Names.

When creating a hero, an author needs to name the character correctly in order to get the right image for him. For instance, you’d have different first impressions of a hero named Kade vs. one named Oscar.

Different things have to be considered when naming your hero. In my case, I think about things like ethnicity, religious background and where he is from. These are all things that affect how people name their children. Also time period. Is this a historical hero, a contemporary hero or one from the future or another world entirely?

I once gave a hero the wrong name. The hero of DONOVAN’S BED, my first Western historical, was originally named Donovan Cain. This guy is the son of a saloon girl. He doesn’t know who his father is, and at age 16 he tracked down his mother’s killer and accidentally killed him. This is how he got into bounty hunting. When we meet Donovan, it’s fifteen years later, and he’s retired from bounty hunting to a small town where he’s trying to settle down and leave his past behind.

This is a guy who never had a real home, never learned a lot about manners and never really socialized with people. Yet every time he opened his mouth on the page, he sounded like he’d been raised in high society and gone to some fancy schools. This is when I realized I had the wrong name.

The name of the book is DONOVAN’S BED, and I wanted to keep that. So I changed his name to Jack Donovan.

Immediately I had a different character. I have no trouble believing that the guy with the simple name of Jack is someone who never had fancy schooling. The harsh J and K sounds in his name give you a sense of hardness that make you think this guy is tough, a guy who doesn’t require much in the way of material possessions. And that’s what I wanted. Though his first name is Jack, the other men call him Donovan. This was very common in the Old West.

In my book THREE NIGHTS, the hero Lucien’s mother was French. He was illegitimate, so he took her last name: DuFeron. Later, his father the duke recognized him as his son, but Lucien kept his mother’s name. I picked Lucien because this is a wicked hero, and it sounds like Lucifer. I picked DuFeron because, loosely translated, it means “made of iron” and gives you that fire and brimstone essence. Lucien hangs out with a guy named Dante in the book, and together they are called Hell’s Brethren.

In my recent paranormal, PRODIGAL SON, the hero’s last name is Montana. I decided that it is a variation of montaña, which is Spanish for ‘mountain’ and could be a place name. My hero is part Spanish and part Native American with ancestors from Atlantis. His first name is Rafe, because I wanted something wicked sounding. This brother is the wild child of the three Montana siblings.

One person who succeeds in using names most people wouldn’t consider heroic with remarkable success is Jayne Anne Krentz. Some of her heroes’ names are Baxter, Matthias, Harry, Joel, and Mack. I bet she could even make Oscar work. 🙂

What are your thoughts on hero names? Are some overused? Overlooked? Do some need to be retired? Comment and get your name in a drawing for a paperback book from my backlist!