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Many Congratulations to Charlaine Harris!!!!! Whoo Hoo!!!
New York Times
Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Best Sellers


1. DEAD AND GONE, by Charlaine Harris

I absolutely love the Sookie Stackhouse books, and I credit Charlaine Harris with part of my love of all things vampire [especially Eric *g*] and to celebrate her being No. 1 on the New York Times ~ squeeeeee! ~ I'm starting my next weekly giveaway early.

So to win a copy of Dead and Gone :: Book 9 in The Southern Vampire series along with a signed copy of The Sweet Scent of Blood please leave your congratulations for Charlaine in the comments before end of day [anywhere] Thursday, 28th May. See it's that easy. And don't forget to check back to see if you've won, and to enter next week's giveaway.

ETA:  I haven't read Dead and Gone yet, [it doesn't come out in the UK until the middle of June, so not fair *pout* ] so please, no spoilers in the comments, not even little hints . . .  *claps hands over ears* :-)



US and UK covers

Read the article about Charlaine Harris in the New York Times

1 comment = 1 entry

Please help me spread the good news, both about Charlaine Harris being No. 1 and about my upcoming release on the 16th July, 09 of The Cold Kiss of Death :: Book 2, by mentioning the giveaway on your blog/live journal/myspace/facebook/twitter/etc

[post the link to the mention into the comments again] = 1 entry per link

Which all means you could end up with more entries into the metaphorical hat, so what are you waiting for? Get posting and linking!! Good Luck!!

*The winner's name will be posted and will have 7 days to claim. If not claimed in this time, then I'll redraw.

x/posted to my blog, comment here or
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The lovely Karen Mahoney [  [ profile] kazdreamer ] soon to have her first vampire story published [Yay!!] in The Eternal Kiss: 12 Vampire Tales of Blood and Desire along with some of my favourite authors [Holly Black, Rachel Caine, Kelley Armstrong, Lili St Crow to name but a few] is giving away . . .

A signed copy of The Sweet Scent of Blood.

So to win, just leave a comment here on Karen's LJ telling her what you're reading right now - or the last book you read and loved.

Comments to be received by the end of the day (anywhere) Friday 22nd May 2009. This giveaway is open to all. Good Luck!
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I'm guest blogging over at Maria Zannini's today about Making Characters Real to celebrate the upcoming release of her book Touch of Fire - find out why I wouldn't let the demon possessing me kill you on the spot! and what liquorice torpedoes have to do with it all . . . and leave a comment [over there] to be in with a chance to win a copy of The Sweet Scent of Blood - so go now and visit Maria [who's blog is always full of awesome :-)] you know you want to *g*

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1. *I am going to see *This Man* live in June!!! sqeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee - not only do I love his music, but this song holds a place in my heart from when I was writing The Sweet Scent of Blood.

2. The edits for The Cold Kiss of Death - book 2 - are done [phew!] and are back with my editor - here's hoping she's happy! *crosses fingers*

3. **I now have internet/email again after an evil gremlin attack this week! - and wasn't that a major *headdesk* event. Hopefully the gremlins are gone for good, but ...

4. Last book read - Undone - very, eagerly awaited and as usual [profile] rachelcaineexceeded my fan girl expections! All I can say, is I *want* the next book NOW!

5. I will be surgically removing myself from my computer and treating myself to the next episode of Being Human tonight! Yay!

* This is the first time I've tried embedding a youtube, sooooo if it doesnt work here's the link

** If you've tried to contact me, and I haven't replied, then please email again. And anyone have any exciting news on the f-list - congrats to you and let me know :)

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SF Site Best SF and Fantasy Books of 2008

Not only are there some wonderful books that have been chosen, such as

   No. 7
Little Brother - Tor Little Brother - HarperVoyager Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
  No. 5
The Graveyard Book - Bloomsbury The Graveyard Book - Children's The Graveyard Book - Subterranean The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman [a fab, fab book and one which I'm lucky enough to have a signed copy of with both Neil Gaiman's and Dave McKean's signatures! Yay!
Anathem - Wm Morrow Anathem - Atlantic Anathem by Neal Stephenson [The Winner!!]

but I'm overwhelmed and delighted that The Sweet Scent of Blood [SF Site's review here] has received a mention in the honourable and near misses!! A big thank you to SF Site and all those that voted.
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[ profile] kazdreamer is generously giving away a signed copy of The Sweet Scent of Blood - but be quick it ends [today] in a flash - all you have to do is leave a comment here
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Phil Rickman explores the attraction of horror and nouveau-gothic fiction with authors Suzanne McLeod (The Sweet Scent of Blood) and Peter Luther (The Mourning Vessels). Listen here until the 20.12.08.

Phil Rickman [a best-selling crime writer] does a radio show where he interviews published authors about their books. [A very nervous me in this particular one!] Not only does Phil talk to Peter and myself, but also to Anne Rice!

At the same time he also invites aspiring authors to send in the start of their novel, along with a synopsis, which he then forwards to a relevant publisher for their comments. In this episode two aspiring horror authors have sent in their novels and Jo Fletcher *[my editor at Gollancz] gives advice about their submissions. 
John Jarrold
[my agent] also talks about the current market for fantasy and horror.  

Ever wondered what a radio studio looks like? )

* no prizes for guessing that it was thanks to my editor that I was interviewed for the show *g*

ETA: if you're interested in science books the programme before Phil's is worth a listen too ;)

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I'm guest blogging over at Karen Mahoney's [ [ profile] kazdreamer ] today about 'Friends as Characters - Will they still love you when the book comes out!'

And there's another chance to win a copy of The Sweet Scent of Blood to celebrate this my book's release day . *runs off to do the excited happy dance again*

The draw is open until the 7th Sept, but why wait until then, go now and read how my best writing buddy made me put her  offered to be a character in my book *g*

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Chapter one is now posted on my website, feel free to drop by and read, and I hope you enjoy ;)

The Sweet Scent of Blood is released on the 4th September in the UK - less than a week away - Whoo Hoo!! *mega happy dancing here* It is my first book and I'm both thrilled and excited that my story has made it into print. I had a lot of fun creating my characters and my world, and I really hope that anyone who reads it will enjoy it as much as I did when I was writing it.

Read chapter one here
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I have been angsting with a typical British reserve as to whether I should blow my own trumpet or not [obviously I have now decided to do so! LOL!] As to whether I will have the fortitude in future to point anyone in the direction of reviews that might not be so favourable [or will I and my fortitude totally wimp out from doing said pointing] – only time will tell!
Whoo Hoo!!! And to misquote a writer friend, 'my head is now the size of an extremely large planet!'

and apologies for any weird formatting - LJ and I are still getting to know each other *sigh*
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Oh wow!!!!  I am utterly delighted to post the following . . .




Krystyna Kujawinska,  Foreign Rights Director at Orion, has sold German rights in two urban fantasies  by debut novelist Suzanne McLeod to Nicole Geismann of Goldmann.


World rights in the series, which opens with THE SWEET SCENT OF BLOOD (to be published in the UK in September 2008), were acquired by Jo Fletcher at Gollancz from John Jarrold in 2007. 


‘I couldn’t be happier for Suzanne, or for Gollancz and Goldmann.' said John Jarrold. 'And many congratulations to Krystyna.’

. . . and my own thanks to John, Jo and Krystyna and to Nicole at Goldmann.  Yay! She loved my book!  

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I've always been a big fan of writers getting constructive feedback on their writing and with this in mind, I've mentioned the OWW before - that's the Online Writer's Workshop for Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror - go here and check them out! - Okay, I don't post very often, so maybe not right now but when you've finished reading *g*.

I've been lucky to have a face2face crit group ever since I started writing, but for all their wonderful help, none of my fellow Thursday Writers (we used all our creativity on our writing and not on our name as you can probably tell!) read or write in the same genre as myself - Fantasy. So I went looking for some like-minded writers, as you do, and found the OWW. They're a fantastic resource for writers at any level and I know exchanging crits with the other members really helped to improve my own abilities as well as gaining me some great new writer friends.

And before I ramble on, and on ...
Maria Zannini (her first book Touch of Fire is a futuristic fantasy set on a post-apocalyptic Earth and she has her own very informative blog) interviewed me for the OWW newsletter about The Sweet Scent of Blood and my writing - the interview is here (you need to scroll down a wee bit ;))- hey, and maybe let me know what you think or if there are any other questions you want to ask, feel free to leave them in the comments!


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Wow! My book has a beautiful new cover - isn't it gorgeous?



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