How’d I celebrate the release of Vamped Up, you ask?

There were bright, happy faces…(A rare pic of Husband–he’s the hunky, hunky, cheesy one on the right.)

There was cinnamon coffee cake…LOTS OF IT…

There was Settler’s…(I was red and ended up winning only 1 game of 3 for the night.)

And there was Guiness…

I’d say I had a damn good release day.

(Side note: I took the wild goose that we found in our backyard to our local Wildlife Rescue Center. Turns out it wasn’t a goose at all. It was an American Coot.
It’d somehow flown in from the river, hurt it’s wing and couldn’t get back. The Wildlife Rescue is going to fix him right up and set him free. Good deed done for the day!!)

Vamped Up release day!

Today was a big day.

VAMPED UP released!

I celebrated by going to a local bookclub (Hello Monday Mamas!) and eavesdropping while they ooh’d and aah’d over someone else’s book. (The author was a friend of mine and her work is really great, so I didn’t mind sharing the spotlight. :wink:) I drank coffee, laughed, talked writing and the future of my series. It was a perfect morning.

This afternoon I cooked. Cleaned. Did laundry. Oh, and chased a poor, little helpless goose who’d somehow lost his way. He showed up on our back porch. Our yapping terrier nearly got to him, but I noticed the little guy in time. We corralled him in some brush and put him in a cat-cage. He was scared and no doubt, hungry, but at least he’s out of the cold for the night with some chicken feed and water. I’m going to call the local wildlife rescue service in the morning and see what they can do for him.

What are my plans tonight, you ask? I’m going to scratch up some homemade coffee cake (after I borrow some flour from my neighbor), make a rich cup of coffee, spike it with some Bailey’s, and play Settler’s of Catan with Husband and a friend. Check back later and I just might post a picture!

Can’t wait.

Oh! And Goddess Fish is hosting a virtual blog tour for the release. If you comment on any of the blog posts, you’re entered into a giveaway for a chance to win a $25 Amazon giftcard. Stop by and say Hi! If you’ve got questions for me to answer or just want to show some love, this is the time to do it. I’ll be popping in and out of the blogs all week, looking for questions and comments.

Here’s the schedule:
December 5: My bookish ways
December 6: Reader Girls
December 7: Among the Muses
December 8: AsianCocoa’s Secret Garden
December 9: Parajunkee’s View
December 9: Immortality and Beyond

Want to know what made me smile today?

FROM PRWeb:

Vampires and Earls and Romance, Oh My; New From Avon Impulse: Intervamption and I Love the Earl
Desperate Circumstances and Dueling Personalities Collide in Two New e-Originals
New York, NY (PRWeb) August 03, 2011

Avon Impulse delivers two new titles from rising stars in romance—Caroline Linden and Kristin Miller. Avon fans will delight in I Love the Earl, a novella from award-winning author Linden that serves as a prequel to her breathtaking new historical romance series about three brothers seeking their fortunes—and love. Miller is a brand new Avon author who will appeal to fans of paranormal romances that combine powerful heroines and sexy, brooding heroes with a good dose of chemistry and wit—think Jeaniene Frost and Kerrelyn Sparks. Her debut title, Intervamption, is the start of The Vampires of Crimson Bay series, set in a world of vampires and shapeshifters, where nothing is what it seems.

I Love the Earl:
Margaret de Lacey has accepted her unmarried state with dignity, if not delight. She had no suitors when she was young and starry-eyed, though regrettably poor, and it’s unlikely any man will court her now that she’s older, wiser, and still just as penniless. Until, that is, her brother unexpectedly inherits the dukedom of Durham and settles an enormous dowry on her, making her the most eligible heiress in town. No gentleman in London is more in need of a wealthy bride than Rhys Corwen, Earl of Dowling. He contrives an introduction to Margaret because of her dowry, but she swiftly sets him right: no fortune hunter will win her heart or her hand. Far from put off, Rhys is intrigued. Interested. Entranced. And soon the only thing he needs more than Margaret’s fortune…is her love.

Intervamption:
Slade, a fallen assassin, has been given a second chance. Called back into action for an unknown task, Slade must shift into what he hates most: a vampire. When he awakens, an instant attraction ignites between him and his sexy vamp teacher, Dylan, who’s been assigned to show him the ropes. Dylan’s orderly life blew up recently when a rogue vampire killed himself right before her eyes. On top of that, her pride and joy, ReVamp –or the Rehabilitation Facility and Management Program for Vampires–is in major trouble. She’s been accused of providing infected blood to the locals, weakening them and making them easier prey for their enemies, the shape-shifting therians. Forced to question long-held allegiances, Dylan and Slade have no choice but to trust in each other as mayhem reigns around them.

About the Authors:
Caroline Linden knew from an early age she was a reader, but not a writer. Despite an addiction to Trixie Belden and Nancy Drew, she studied physics and dreamed of being an astronaut. She earned a math degree from Harvard College and then wrote software for a financial services firm, all the while reading everything in sight but especially romance. Only after she had children, and found herself with only picture books to read, did she begin to make up a story of her own. To her immense surprise, it turned out to be an entire novel—and it was much more fun than writing computer code. Now the author of eight books, she lives with her family in New England.

Kristin Miller is the author of Dark Tide Rising, a romantic suspense, and the Vampires of Crimson Bay series, a paranormal series featuring a blood war between vampires and shape-shifters from Avon Impulse. She lives in Northern California with her family.

I Love the Earl
Avon Impulse * e-book originals * on sale 8/2/11 * ISBN 9780062109477 * $1.99

Intervamption
Avon Impulse * e-book originals * on sale 7/26/11 * ISBN 9780062105202 * $3.99

More information available online at Avon Romance
You can read the article in its entirety here: PRWeb

Isn’t that AWESOME?!?

Have you heard the news? Intervamption releases tomorrow!

Here’s the deets:

What:
Intervamption
The blurb:

Congratulations!

Either one or both of your parents has vampire blood. Welcome to the vampire race!

Please keep a few things in mind as you ease into the most difficult phase of your life:

1. Light sensitivity, humming teeth, and stomach pains are completely normal. You’ll also be faster, stronger, and sexy as hell (if you’re lucky).

2. You’ll bloodlust and go crazy if you deny your body’s urge for blood. Why fight it?

3. Do not pierce the skin of a mundane involuntarily. We’re not animals and will not behave as such.

4. Therians, our shapeshifting brethren, cannot be trusted. Their loyalties shift as often as their identities.

And finally,

5. Lighten up—you’re not dead.

Contact Dylan, owner of ReVamp, in Crimson Bay, California, for more information.

When:
E-Version releases July 26th, 2011
Print copies available August 9th, 2011

Where:
Avon Impulse
Amazon
Barnes and Noble

How much:
E-Version $3.99
Print: $7.99

Why?
“Crisp writing, an intriguing world, wicked humor, and scorching romance—I love Kristin Miller’s InterVamption. If you love paranormal romance, this series is ‘the same but different’ in spades! Get ready to be blown away.”–Virna DePaul, National bestselling author of Chosen By Blood

**I hope you read the book, I really do. And hey, why don’t you stop by and tell me what you think? I’d loooove to hear from you.

The NEW COVER is here!! And a RELEASE DATE!

I’m sooo excited this morning!!! I can finally post the cover, title, and release date for the first book in my Vampires of Crimson Bay Series. It’s dark. Sexy. Mysterious. Ominous. Just like the book itself.

I’m absolutely, positively in love with it.

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Isn’t it GORGEOUS?!? Avon’s graphic design team really outdid themselves.

Intervamption will be released from Avon Impulse July 26.

It’s right around the corner! How’d that happen?!? I’m glad you won’t have to wait long to get your copy. If I were shameless I’d say it’s super smokin’-hot good, but I’m not…so I won’t.

I will say that I’m uber proud of this book. Esi, my fabulous editor, and I worked hard smoothing kinks and making the pararnormal world really Pop! I can’t wait to give a teaser. I can’t wait to skip around the net on my blog tour. I can’t wait for you all to meet Slade, my shapeshifting assassin hero, and Dylan, my Vampire Rehabilitation Specialist heroine. You’ll love them…

Whatcha think?

Signing!

I had a great time at my first book signing on Saturday! Sincere heartfelt thanks to those of you who came and to those of you who didn’t, perhaps you can make it to the next one!

By the end of the hour-long event, my stack had dwindled down to nothing!

My wonderfully talented sister-in-law, Laura, baked this celebratory cake. Isn’t it amazing?!? Yes, that mock book is edible too! She’s got mad skills…but I’ve mentioned that before.

I answered some great questions–including one from Husband that he’d never asked before. I wonder if he was waiting until this very moment to make me blush. He asked why I get most of my inspiration during church sermons. I don’t have a clue, but it’s the truth.

I read a bit from the book. I had to force myself to sloooow way down. It’s a harder task than you realize…unless you’ve actually heard me read aloud (sooo sorry former students).

The one above isn’t the greatest picture, but it caught the warm ambiance just right.

I signed books and had an absolute blast! Very surreal.

Afterwards, we went to lunch and I de-stressed with the ones I love the most. I don’t post pictures of Husband and munchkins often. It’s a writing blog about my writing journey, so I hardly feel pictures of my children apply…but none of this would have been possible without their support. So a family picture can fly here, I think.

Miss Foster’s Folly

If you’re looking to pick up a book this summer that’ll keep you sizzling long after you’ve left the sand, choose one by Alice Gaines. Preferably Miss Foster’s Folly which will be released June 2010. Not only is Alice a talented writer, she’s a wonderfully helpful acquaintance from San Francisco’s Chapter of RWA.

She’s received acclaim for many of her books, the ones below being no exception.

For Master of the Elements: “Readers who enjoy a quick, sensuous escape from reality will be satisfied.”– Gail Pruszkowski, Romantic Times

For Child of Balance: “Ms. Gaine’s style is lyrical, with amazing imagery that will stay with you long after the last page has been turned.”– Jan Zimlich, Author of The Shadow Prince, historical fantasy

A full listing of her books can be found at www.alicegaines.blogspot.com

I’m sure Miss Foster’s Folly from Carina Press will garner the same rave reviews as her last. I mean, come on, how could you resist a cover this beautiful?

Can’t wait until June!

Also, head over to Confessions of a California Cheer Mom where my critique partner Lisa Sanchez is trying to build her follower list to 100! Followers are appreciated here or there!