We're going to need a bigger boat

It's the most craziest time of the year for writers and aspiring writers. That's right, it's NaNoWriMo! Smack dab in the middle of shopping season. Bring on the crazy!

I'll be writing during the month of November in between doing some incoming graphic design/animation projects so I will be scarcely online. I'll also be permanently glued to my chair, pounding away at the keyboard writing a new book from the inspiration of NaNo (woo hoo) and I'll be at the SYTYCW at Harlequin amidst working on some other projects I want to bring out for sale.

For folks wondering about Harlequin's So You Think You Can Write event (SYTYCW) check that out here: http://harlequinblog.com/so-you-think-you-can-write/ 

The Cimmerian Series is coming back (woo hoo!) and the Ashen Twilight series is coming to an end. In between that, we have some shorter fiction coming out and a specialized bookstore where you can buy my work and some other authors direct from the website. Stay tuned for the link and more info soon!

In other news, I received a really cool announcement today. Being a huge graphic novel and comic fan here at AWD, we have a special guest interview coming up with some comic artists and writers so this ties into the news.
Congrats to the winners!

October 30th, 2010
Press contact: Kynn Bartlett, NextOfKynn@gmail.com

2010 Lulu Award Winners!

The winners were announced on Friday, October 29, 2010, at the Long Beach Comic Con.
Leah Adezio Award for Best Kid-Friendly Work: Diana Nock, The Intrepid Girlbot
Best Female Character: Ramona Flowers, Scott Pilgrim by Bryan Lee O'Malley
Kim Yale Award for Most Talented Newcomer: Kathryn Immonen: "The Runaways"
Lulu of the Year: Kate Beaton
Woman of Distinction Award: Lauren Sankovitch: editor, Marvel Comics
Female Cartoonists Hall of Fame: Alison Bechdel

Long Beach Comic Con began 2009, in a grand inaugural convention that featured Stan Lee in a ribbon-cutting ceremony. LBCC -- placing comics first -- has a commitment to provide fans the most diverse and exciting convention in the West Coast. Please visit their official website for more information.

Friends of Lulu was established in 1994 as an organization to promote and celebrate women in both the comics industry and fandom. They have also taken up the cause of expanding the all-ages comic reading audience. Please visit their website for more information and to find out how to volunteer

Before Dawn Breaks Comes to Print December 7th!

Woo hoo! Marci over at Freya's Bower recently emailed me with news of the print release date for my romantic suspense novel, Before Dawn Breaks. Mark your calendars for December 7th, just in time for gift giving season. ;-)

I'll be working on formatting the print cover and I'm so excited to see it in paperback. Here is the rundown:

Before Dawn Breaks by Rae Lori

Alexandra Lyons is a cold, seductive assassin, skilled in the art of killing. Camilla Angelson is a bubbly writer enjoying the quiet life as a recent graduate from college. Both women are the same person. Unfortunately, her former employer, the secret government bureau that hired her, knows this all too well.

Josh Mayer is a former secret service agent looking to pick up the pieces of his life after a messy divorce from a cheating wife and a job of putting his life on the line. Doubling as a restaurateur and an "unofficial" undercover agent, the beautiful female target he is protecting may be the same one he is willing to risk his life and, most of all, his heart to save.

Soon, Josh must put his life on the line to evade an unknown killer that ties them all the way to a money-laundering scheme involving the newest presidential candidate to the White House. Meanwhile, Alexandra's heart is warmed with Josh at her side as she slowly remembers the dark past she left behind.

Stay tuned for a possible giveaway grab bag as we near the release!

Coming up for air ~ Cimmerian City and Ashen T series updates

Hey folks!

It's been a while since I updated everyone here at AWD. I've been diving head first into projects, interviews and other things that my blog has been sitting by the wayside. Not to mention Twitter and Facebook has been more easier to update and add to. With my random thoughts, it's been like "ooh, shiny!" to me. ;-)

In any event, I thought I would update you guys here in detail for those who aren't on FB or twitter.

After time traveling back to the 1920s to write a paranormal/UF short story set in the jazz age, I've zoomed into the future and am finally rewriting/spiffying up Cimmerian City for re-release into the Kindle (yay). Many folks have been asking me about this recently and I thought I would finally set aside some time to work on this. So October is officially Cimmerian City clean up month and I hope to have the final available in digital format again in the next month or so. I'm really excited to get this out as I had some positive feedback on it and readers seemed to enjoy it the first go around in 2007. Hopefully the polished version will be just as enjoyable, if not more!

The follow-up sequel is already finished and just needs to go through some edits to bring it back to its original storyline before I wrote it as a standalone. I didn't get any takers on the story so that will be following CC's release on the Kindle as well.

Here's the new cover for CC (as always, I'll be tweaking it until release time):

The sequel, A Feast of Shadows, has a cover already. Here it is if you haven't seen the new spiffied up version:

As for the Ashen T series, I'm still working on trying to bring Within the Shadows of Mortals to print. I hit a few snags in my plans and unfortunately had to hold it off. I want to have it printed a certain way so that it's more cheaper to readers which entails taking a different print source than I did with A Kiss of Ashen Twilight. Once I get closer to definite news on that, I'll post it here. I'll be hosting another Goodreads giveaway for 'Mortals' like I did with the first in the series so stay tuned for news of that as well.

In November, I have light plans to start heavily into the third and final book in the Ashen T series 'Inheritance of Ashes'. It'll be this year's NaNo project, woo hoo! I'm excited, thrilled and terrified because there are a lot of loose ends I want to make sure I tie up and I want to write a satisfactory end to all that's been building up to now. I posted the cover up at Goodreads but here is the cover for Inheritance of Ashes here:

Depending on how it looks on the paperback cover, there may be a different cover for the digital version like I did with A Kiss of Ashen Twilight. We shall see. :-)

AWD will have some excitement as well in the coming days. I'll be interviewing a very cool team of writers and artists who have released an awesome looking vampire themed graphic novel. I can't wait to read this and I'm very excited to interview them. More news on that soon.

The novel writing group is back on in Second Life. If you're an aspiring writer and want to hang out with a great community, come on down and join us in-world on the weekend. Saturdays at 5 pm Pac time and Sundays at 2 pm Pac time. Hope to see you there!

That should be it for news.

 For some "yay! squee!" news:

Both A Kiss of Ashen Twilight and Within the Shadows of Mortals were given some great reviews by the Paranormal Romance Guild.

Reviewer Michelle says of AKOAT:
4 Stars 
Rae Lori can add one more fan to her, I'M SURE, growing list of fans. This is definitely a series that I will continue to follow! Any fan of this genre..whether UF or PNR will want to pick this one up!

For WTSoM:
5 stars
The action/suspense and drama have definitely been turned up a notch in this one! The author has such a way with her storytelling that she makes you FEEL their happiness, their love, their fear, and their sadness that it makes you forget that anything else exists beside the world that she's created.

The fact that these books have completely sucked me in and left me wanting for more, to me, is a sign of a great author! Well done Rae Lori!!

SO glad they enjoyed it!

Check out the full reviews here!

I took a peek at the UK Kindle store sometime back and saw 'Mortals' had reached #33 in the contemporary fantasy bestseller list. Whoa! That was really cool. I probably should have taken a screenshot or something but thanks to all who checked out the books in both the US and UK stores! Hope you guys are enjoying the reads.

Back to the writing batcave!