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ECataromance becomes

Very cool change going on over at Ecata! Ecataromance and are merging into one location for all single title romances. The new and spiffy will feature articles on techie topics (like the latest ebook readers) as well as reviews of romance ebooks. I'm really excited about this because I've enjoyed checking the sites for releases and advertisement. I'm going to tune in more for their ebook reader news.

New reviews have already been posted on the new site. They'll also be having weekly guest bloggers and a big contest for authors in the next month.

It's not just for romance readers and authors anymore also! Fans of mystery and suspense books be sure to check the site for some cool new reads!

Click the pic to check out the new and improved website!

Diversity in SF and Romance

There's an interesting discussion going on over at Dear Author about cultural appropriation in the romance genre. On the heels of Racefail 09 which happened over in the SF genre, it's quite refreshing to read another call to action for more diverse characters.

The comments didn't take long to be derailed but some of it got back on track to talk about the issue at hand. Most particularly depressing was author Jade Lee's experience at Harlequin which ended up in having to use the pen name of Kathy Lyons because Jade Lee was "tainted as too Asian".

I've heard of many authors who have had a hard time selling diverse stories and characters to New York. Many mainstream agents and authors say they "can't connect to" or "sell" stories that feature characters of color and it's a shame because that's shutting down not only a demographic but also a new voice.

Science fiction had their own situation earlier this year. For a rundown check …

Cover and Blurb for Voice of Abandon

His music inspired her to live again. His heart inspired her to love again.
After losing her husband to a fatal heart condition, Her Serene Highness Julianna DeWinters falls into a depression. She lives her life on auto pilot, making preparations and setting things in order for her country but not for herself. On one particular evening night out to a classical concert assisted by her in-laws, Julianna hears the most beautiful sound that awakens her to life once again. The violinist’s passion through his music not only livens her will but also her heart as she finds the ability to love. If she allows herself the possibility...
Andrew Graham never settled down and loved again after losing the love of his life. Throwing himself into his music, his passion is in the strings of his violin. Once he stops in Welshire to play for the royal family, a beautiful princess captures his interest and his heart. Soon he finds himself on the edge of a romance that will test his ability to trust and love…

Superhero Cast Do-Overs

This is a post of pure total randomness. I'm not a fan of remakes, redos, reboots and do-overs but if I had a time machine and could go back, I'd send some major mental waves for some superhero casting changes.

Here's who I would love to see in the place of:

Jake Gyllenhaal
as Peter Parker

I'm not a huge Spidey fan (aside from the MTV cel animated run and the ooooold tv cartoon (and yes, I even liked the 'supposedly' bad live action Spiderman, too). An 'close but no cigar' casting miss happened between the first and second movie when Maguire was almost out for health reasons. If I can go back in time, I'd whisper Jake's name to Sam Raimi before he can think "Tobey who?"

Matt Damon as Matt Murdock

A few reports flooded the net about Matt playing Matt but most are old reports before Affleck took over the role. I really wish they would have went with Damon. Not only do I completely heart him just because he's just an awesome actor, he's… I heart You

I'm generally a meh cook. The best things I can make (from what my victims, er family members who have eaten my stuff, have told me) are pork chops, scrambled eggs topped with cheese, cookies, brownies and now pie. When low on ingredients, I've found that a quick google search brings up a ton of quick and easy recipes. has become my go to place. When I didn't have Manwich for Sloppy Joes (and I love me some manwich) a recipe there lead me to use BBQ sauce on ground turkey. With a dash of spike, it was awesome. I've also found an awesome recipe for easy Very Blueberry Pie. is another fave and there I found some an easy homemade maple syrup recipe. Per some of the comments I added butter and YUM. Awesome syrup.

My aunt (maternal side) is the big baker in the family and I'll have to call her for some baking recipes. Either that or make a quick trip just to dive into her yummy dishes. I wish my grandmother (paternal side) was alive because she ma…

Cover art and Blurb for Within the Shadows of Mortals

Here's the spiffy cover art and blurb for Within the Shadows of Mortals (Book 2 in the Ashen Twilight Series) coming 2010.

The war between immortal and mortal begins

For centuries, a group of Nightwalkers, Lycans and Shifter Elves have lived within the shadows of mortals to ensure their survival…until an old foe reemerged and brought the realm of the Fae into the mortal world.

After the fall of the enemy, a string of events unfolds. Ariya is now an Aziza faerie Queen settling with Jace Archane, a Regent in the House of Blood in the Aziza realm. The houses continue to move West after fighting for their survival against the elemental led by Liam Blakedon, a former guard in the Archane house.

A new beginning is on the horizon until blood is spilled on their lands once again…

Late on the highway leading to California, a massacre breaks out in the darkness of night ending in the death of a Lycan family. Word gets back to Ariya and Jace in the Aziza Fae realm and they return, seeing how much…

For Fae Lovers: Free ebook from Juno Books

Juno Books is giving away a free ebook this month. If you're a fae lover like me you'll want to pick this one up!

This year, download SCARY FAIRIES: FOUR FEARFUL TALES of the FEY. The contents:

"The Child That Went With the Fairies", Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
"The Adventure of Cherry of Zennor", Robert Hunt
"Ethna the Bride", Lady Francesca Speranza Wilde
"Tamlane" and "Tam Lin", John Joseph and Anonymous

Why fairies? We realized that two upcoming releases -- BLOOD KIN by Maria Lima and HALLOWED CIRCLE by Linda Robertson -- featured some fairies that were, well, not "good" by any means.

Download the FREE PDF of SCARY FAIRIES ( now and enjoy!

October Spotlight on Author Elissa Gabrielle

This month we have another wonder trailblazing author at A Writer's Dream. I'm so excited every time I spotlight an author here because I discover such a great variety of books with wonderful fresh voices. Author Elissa Gabrielle is no exception. A prolific author and poet, Elissa's current release is A Whisper to A Scream which is a blend of contemporary romance and suspense with a hint of IR, both of my favorite romance subgenres.

As a Literary Entrepreneur, Elissa is the founder of the greeting card line, Greetings from the Soul: The Elissa Gabrielle Collection, collaborator and creator of The Triumph of My Soul, and publisher of Peace In The Storm Publishing Company, a rising independent publishing company with an array of voices. Peace in The Storm recently was honored as Independent Publisher of the Year at the 2009 African American Literary Awards.

Elissa has also graced the covers of Conversations Magazine, Big Time Publishing Magazine, Disilgold Soul Magazine and ha…

Dressing the Blog & Hopping around the blogosphere

Ahh! My blog is naked!

Sorry I haven't updated lately. I've been addicted to the short 140 character tweet-a-thon at Twitter and the mini updates from Facebook that I haven't had time to post a good and healthy blog here.

Don't worry, I shall return.

I'm currently working on a few projects at the same time so I'm a big scatter brained.

If you're jonesing for some Rae bloggy goodness, I'd love to invite you to on over to my Paranormal Romantics posting for this week. Just in case you want to add to that growing TBR pile, I have a few book suggestions you should add to your cart. There's also some goodies from my fellow Paranormal Romantics there!

Also feel free to stop on over to my posting this month at Pop Culture Divas. October is a time for paranormal, horror and dark fantasy goodies so come on down and share some of your fave Oct. happenings this month!

I'll be chipping away at these projects in the mean time but I'll be back with more posts …