Vamped Up goes into the world–NetGalley Review Time!

I’m a little nervous…

VAMPED UP goes out to reviewers on NetGalley today.

I absolutely love this book. It’s my baby. I fell in love with Eve and Ruan right away. From the moment they popped on the radar in INTERVAMPTION, I couldn’t wait to tell their story. It’s the first book I’ve written that elicited serious emotional reactions from me as I wrote it. (I teared up during one scene and released butterflies in my stomach for a few others.) My writing got stronger through the pages and I went deeper into these characters than I’ve done with any others.

But I still worry. There are bound to be imperfections and people who don’t relate to the work. I’m sure there’ll be bad reviews. There’ll be expectations that aren’t met. (Especially after the great reviews of InterVamption.)

Nothing can be done about that.

(I would like to think ALL writers, regardless what stage of their craft and career they’re in, go through this kind of panic mode when reviewers get their hands on our work. You pray there are good reviews with the bad. No wait, you pray that the bad reviews are swamped by good ones. That would make the bad reviews more tolerable, wouldn’t it? I know I’m rambling–told you I was nervous.)

Anyhow, I suppose I have to suck it up. Allow myself to sweat and worry. Then let the story go. It’s like dropping off my youngest at school for the first day. As I left the parking lot, I couldn’t help but wonder how his first day was going to go. Were the other kids going to be kind to him? Would he make friends? Would he sing and play and be happy or would he sulk by himself? Is Vamped Up going to live up to the expectation I’ve placed upon it? Will Ruan and Eve reach through the pages and grab readers’ hearts? I sure hope so.

I’m just so damn jittery this morning and it has to be because my latest work is finally going out into the world.

Good luck, VAMPED UP. Fly, baby, fly.

VAMPED UP’s got a COVER!

Wanna see something cool?

Awwwwww, yeah!! That’s the grand reveal I’ve been waiting for–the cover of VAMPED UP, Book 2 in the Vampires of Crimson Bay Series. And (holycrapIcan’tbelieveit) do you see that unbelievable quote in the corner?!? Yup, that’s from #1 New York Times Bestselling author Christine Feehan. Yup, that’s what she had to say about my book. Yup, I’m passing out from lack of oxygen. I’m walking on air. Drowning. Spinning. Elated. Somebody pinch me.

VAMPED UP releases December 6th from Avon Impulse. It’ll be available at all local e-retailers (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Borders.com, Books-a-Million, etc, etc) for e-books and print on demand.

If you haven’t read the first book in the series, INTERVAMPTION, it’s still .99 cents at your local e-retailer, too!

In other good news…I’ve revamped my website: www.kristinmiller.net It should be easier to navigate now. I’ve also added updated snippets of the books I’ve written and am writing, including Claimed by Desire.

And did you know I blog at Darker Temptations now too? I post there every other Thursday. (Not this one, but the next one.) We’ll be giving away some pretty cool things next month (LIKE A FREAKING KINDLE!!), so check back.

I’m gonna leave you a song that’s got me rocking this week. I’m trying to work (and focus all my creative energy) on the second novella in the Feralon series, but once this song got under my skin, all I can think about is a character you’ll meet in VAMPED UP. This is HIS song. Angry. Bitter. Redeeming.

So here you go–the song that’s in my head every day. The song I sing picking up my kids from school. The song blaring from my radio as I’m driving.

So if you happen to be local, and see me flipping out in my car, I’m not crazy, I promise. I’m rocking out. Got any songs stuck in your head lately?

INTERVAMPTION NEWS!

For a very limited time (and I don’t really know exactly how little–a week maybe?) e-copies of INTERVAMPTION ARE .99 CENTS!

.99 CENTS!

I can hardly buy a bag of peanut m&ms for under a dollar anymore, and that’s gone in, like, sixty seconds. At least by buying this book, you’ll get to enjoy your purchase longer. Hey, in hard economic times like these, you really gotta look at what you’re getting for the cost, right?

.99 cents.

That’s it. That’s so cheap I might download a copy of my own. I’d offer to give one away in some sort of contest or sweepstakes, but they’re like, less than a buck. You can’t buy a gallon of gas on that. Or a loaf of bread. Or a gallon of milk.

But you could buy a book that I’m absolutely in love with. One I poured my heart and soul into. Maybe if you give it a shot, you’ll love it too. What’ve you got to lose? Some spare change you could find in your couch? (Oh, I’m just loving this.)

.99 cents. Crazy.

I’d be absolutely thrilled if you went and bought yourself a copy. 😀

Scavenger Hunt Winner!

Nikki from Close Encounters of the Night Kind has won a Kindle copy of Intervamption!

My clue was “Where is my favorite pizza place?”

And you know what? I went this weekend!

Smugs Pizza Joint! There it is! For $4, you get a slice of pizza, a soda and a bag of chips!

It’s deee-licious. And no, I didn’t go to Smugs to be able to post these pics for the Scavenger Hunt. I haven’t been to the Arcata Square in six years (far too long) and just happen to plan a trip for the same weekend as the Hunt. Coincidence? I think not.

You know what? I think Nikki and I are both winners. 😉

Intervamption GIVEAWAYS

At the moment, there are only two ways you can get your hands on a free copy of Intervamption.

1-Follow and comment on my interview post over at My Bookish Ways. The wonderful blog mistress, Kristin (I just adore her name–heh), is giving away a print copy of the book. The giveaway ends in 10 days.

2-Follow the scavenger hunt clues from Darker Temptations that should’ve led you here. We’re kicking off the blog right and giving away A TON of awesome books. (The rules and timeline for the hunt should be up at Darker Temptations sometime today, though I think the deadline is Sunday. Keep checking back!) For the chance to win a kindle version of Intervamption, you should be looking for the answer to my clue: the name of my favorite pizza place. Find the right answer somewhere on my blog and take it back to Darker Temptations. Follow the rules for your chance to win! Good luck!

So there you have it! If you win the print copy of Intervamption and would like a bookmark (or 2!) to go along with it, email me and I’ll get you one. If you win the kindle copy of Intervamption, go to kindlegraph.com and request an autograph. I’d love to digitally sign your book!

Intervamption now available in print!

Huzzah! The kinks are all worked out! You can now order Intervamption in print format at all the major e-retailers.

A heads up, though…if you preordered the book through Amazon, you may need to double check you shipping summary. I went in this morning to check the status of my book shipment, and an account warning stated that since there was a delay in shipping, I had to REAPPROVE the order before they could ship my books.

Thank you all so, so, so much for your patience. I can’t wait to hear what you “print readers” have to think. 😀

Glitchety-Glitch

Technology can be both a blessing and a pain. The e-version of Intervamption released July 26th without a hitch. Reviews have been great (check out the new snippets on the REVIEW tab above), and I couldn’t be happier with the outpouring of support from friends, family and new readers.

But today was supposed to be the smooth-sailing release of the print version of Intervamption. We’ve encountered some problems. They’re being worked out (never fear) as I sit and type this. Ebook sellers like Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Borders are showing the book is “Out of Stock” or “Temporarily Unavailable for Purchase”. Between Super Agent Nalini and Editor Extraordinaire Esi, the issues will be resolved ASAP.

So…yes, there is a glitch. Intervapmtion is available in print. You can pre-order it on Amazon and it will be shipped once we iron out the kinks.

Please keep checking back. I’ll post something here as soon as I have the good news. And, hey, if you have a minute, why don’t you take a look at the new box on the sidebar that shows all the wicked cool blogs I’m visiting this month!

Review, Interview and Florence and the Machine

There’s a few things I want to point out today.

1-Kristin, over at My Bookish Ways, gave an awesome 4/5 hat review for Intervamption. I’ll be guest blogging for a paranormal/urban fantasy event on the site in late August or early September. I’ll keep you posted on the deets as I get ’em.

2-I did an interview for Kaitlyn at Nocturnal Readings. If you’re interested in the inspiration for Intervamption or which character is my favorite, that’s the blog to visit.

3-I’m blogging over at Pensfatales Friday, tomorrow, August 5th. The post topic is “SEXY” and it was oh-so-much-fun to write!

4-Florence and the Machine is totally bad ass…in case you didn’t know already. I found the video below on youtube last night, as I was reeling through songs to listen to while I write Vampires of Crimson Bay #3. It’s obviously not an official video and because of that, I’m not sure how long it’ll last on my page before it’s pulled. If you get to view it, count yourself lucky. It’s true artistry. No Lady Gaga theatrics. No KISS pyrotechnics. No Beiber side-swiped hair. Just a voice that can shiver you to your toes.

(Edited to add: you have to click the black screen to cue video.)

And just in case that one doesn’t last long, here’s another.

Wow. Just wow.

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?!?