Thursday, February 11, 2010

Bits and pieces

So, after a week of house-sitting during which I made great progress on Hardest of Hearts, I've come home to an email from my editor asking when it will be finished, to the Demon Puppy, to snow-and-hail blizzards, to cats who actually seem to have missed me, to a PC that has just crashed, and to builders drilling and hammering on the wall outside my office. I have headphones on and Florence & The Machine playing as loud as my eardrums can stand it, but unfortunately I loaned my noise-cancelling headphones to my brother when he flew to New York and haven't got them back yet, so the Machine backing Florence is currently a very loud and atonal drill. Fun times.

However a few things happened while I was away. First up, a five-star review for Empire: Dawn Rising from JERR, who gave the first Empire book a Gold Star Award.

Dawn Rising: Empire 4 is a truly imaginative and wonderful way to end an empire! I’ve enjoyed this entire series, not only for the great story but the amazing characters, the methodical way the puzzle pieces went together until their stories were revealed and all the incredible ménage sex scenes along the way. Dawn Rising is my favorite book of the series, mostly because it finally is Edward’s story.

I admit I really looked forward to writing Edward's story. He kind of lurked his way into my subconscious as a character I hadn't even intended to write in, and became one of the most complex and dark characters I've written (No, Striker in the Realms books doesn't count. He's dark, but he's not very complex: he's just insane).

Then Dawn Rising was also nominated for Paranormal Book of the Year by Love Romances Cafe. I'm pretty chuffed to be on this list, since the name right above mine is Sherrilyn Kenyon, and she's like a proper author and everything.

Also, the wonderful cover for Dawn Rising was nominated for Best Cover. Congratulations to Sahara Kelly, who created it!

Also in the Awards category, I'm really pleased to pass on the news that two of my lovely chaptermates from the Cambridge chapter of the RNA have been shortlisted for the Love Story of the Year Award. This will be announced March 16th at the very glitzy Awards Luncheon in Kensington. Congratulations to Jan Jones and Louise Allen! The only problem now is that they can't both win...


  1. I love your blog! Super fun and cute! I look forward to future posts!

  2. Congratulations to everyone!

  3. Ooooh, awards are good!!! Deadlines, good and not so good. I hope the computer decided to play nice and word does too. If the file keeps acting up, copy the WHOLE document except for the last character and paste it into a new, empty file. Word stores all the formatting, codes, etc in that last character. It should help.


  4. Thank you for the congratulations, K8!

    Glad the cats were pleased to see you back, wincing in sympathy at the builders, and cheering about the reviews!

    And Sybir! I never knew that about the Last Word Character! I shall know to be very careful of the pesky little beast another time.

  5. Anonymous7:17 pm

    Hell yeah that book cover is nominated! I've never seen anything so incredibly enticing. He's practically licking that sword! Well done marketing department ;)