Sunday, March 18, 2007

TheOnlineFair Rocks!

I'm always looking for good, unique ways to do online book promotion, and I recently came across a site called Every month, the site hosts an online vendor Fair with games, prizes, and a variety of products. Sounded interesting, so I signed up to talk about my novel VISIONS.

Well, I did the Fair yesterday and I just had to post how great it was! Many thanks to hosts Joe and Robin for an an amazing and well organized event. Close to 70 people attended the Fair, and these folks were great. Vendors showed some awesome products like chain mail jewelry and aromatherapy/bath products, as well as some of the "biggies" like Discovery Toys, Tupperware, and Melaleuca.

There were plenty of games throughout the course of the Fair, with prizes including Avon jewelry and Princess House crystal. (Man, I was THIS CLOSE to winning the crystal oil lamp!) During my segment I gave away a miniature purple glass bottle filled with perfume oil, talked about my book, and quizzed attendees to see how psychic they are. It was great fun, and I made quite a few new friends while selling copies of VISIONS!

The Fair was such a blast, in fact, that several folks stayed on for an after party that lasted into the wee hours. I definitely plan to make the monthly Fair a regular stop on my virtual book tour, as well as just to hang out. Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Dances With Ghosts

Since my first novel deals with psychic phenomena, I am often asked whether I pulled any of my tale from real life experience. Do I consider myself psychic? Do I believe in ghosts? Does magic exist?

Of course.

Case in point, I'm guest blogging over on blogspot's Raven Vampire Club this week about a ghostly encounter I had on the job about a year ago. Love a good ghost story...or wondering whether they really exist? Then check out my guest blog, detailing one of many 'tales outside the crypt' to which I've been privy over the years.

Ghosts come in different flavors--some are sad; others are vicious. Some are downright mischievous (somehow I get the feeling this will be my lot in the afterlife)...and others are just plain confused. Find out which flavor tailed me around work at:

Happy Hauntings...

Friday, March 02, 2007

Can a Christian Mom Write Naughty Romance?

Guest Blog: A Christian Mom Writes Dialogue (and Characters) That Scares Off Sailors

I asked friend and fellow author C.S. Engeron how she addresses the issue of writing a secular romance/paranormal mystery while attending the local Bible Study in a traditional Christian setting. Here's her take on the subject:

The next time I receive one of those e-mail questionnaires that ask everything from, "What is your favorite restaurant?" to, "Where is the most exotic place you've been on vacation?" I'll have to think long and hard about my answers.

You see, these quizzes that instruct readers to copy, fill in the personal answers and then shotgun your responses out to your e-mail list so your friends can get to know you better inevitably contain the question: "What is the one thing you MUST do before you die?" Up until now, I have always answered with the same reply: "Get My Novel Published."

Now this poses a problem...Considering the fact that my new novel "In Her Dreams" was officially published on February 22, 2007, I'm fearing for my life. Should I start planning my funeral now?

The concept of my (potential) impending doom kicks up a whole other batch of questions. For instance, as a Christian, is the content of my book going to get me barred from Heaven? Seriously -- I'm concerned here.

The characters (both men and women) of "In Her Dreams" use language that would make a truck driver cringe. They also have no issues about having sex out of wedlock. One character seeks advice from a fortune teller, another practices Native American faith healing, one woman briefly considers having an abortion and one of the men is a womanizing alcoholic who sleeps in the local jail more often than his own bed.

So imagine my recent hesitation to share the great news of my book being published with my Bible study group! I attend a huge church and I can assure you that you won't see me running around telling the pastors to check out to purchase a copy of my new book. (Shameless plug, I know).

On one hand, I am over the moon with joy. On the other hand, I find myself warning people about the "spicy" and "racy" content of my book. Will people think I am hypocritical, or think of it as a study in duality of conscience, morals and literary tastes? I could, of course, blame it on the muse who visits me regularly at the keyboard. I could protest that, "It wasn't my fault! It is the characters talking...not me!"

At this point, it makes no difference. "In Her Dreams" is complete, published and out there for all the world to see, criticize or adore. (Preferably the latter, thank you). And the next time someone asks me what must I accomplish before I die? I'll have to adjust my standard answer to: "When I publish my 100th book."

I'll start the countdown on my personal website
(Yes that is my real website and yes that is another shameless plug.)

Happy writing and reading,

Thanks, Charlene. So, what about you folks? Comments? Thoughts on your "Must Do" list before you hit the far beyond?