Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Seven Random Things

I was just at a writers’ conference in Anaheim and one of the fun things about it was just hanging out with authors, bloggers, booksellers, you name it – and learning all kinds of little things I never knew about them. 

So why not do a little of that here? Following are seven random facts about Angie Fox:
1. I designed my office to have tons of bookshelves, red velvet curtains, a chandelier and a writers’ couch – yet I never write there.
2. Instead I write on the green couch in the family room. The words just come better there.
3. I’d go barefoot all the time if I could.
4. My dog, Moxie likes to rest her head on my laptop. This leads to typos.  
5. I’m almost finished with book three of the MASH series, which is kind of wild because book one doesn’t come out until the end of this month. I feel strangely ahead of the curve, yet impatient to get that first book out there.
6. I read 4-5 books per week for fun. My favorite genres are paranormal, historical, cozy mystery and erotic romance.
7. My guilty pleasure has always been chocolate covered strawberries

Anything you'd like to tell us?

Monday, July 30, 2012

Winner of SDCC Grab Bag

Hello all, I'm back from RWA and ready to fall over in a corner. But the good news is that I have some awesome stuff for a winner today and then I have another giveaway: an RWA grab bag of goodies. I met so many wonderful people I haven't seen in a while and I made some new author buddies.

My first RWA literacy signing! Had so much fun!
I got a book signed by Nora Roberts. She is so sweet and had the most awesome green fingernail polish!
Me and some other Random House authors: Jessica Scott and Elizabeth Barrett. Be sure to check out their books!
Now on to the contest! Thanks to Random.org I picked #1. Congrats Tobi Helton! You are the winner of the Spartacus bag and some goodies from Comic Con!

Tobi, he wants to come home with you. ;)

I had so much fun in Anaheim. I came back with way too many books. I'd like to share the love and toss some books your way if you'd like them.

You have a chance for a signed book from Sabrina Jeffries, a signed book from Tess Hillare, and a signed book from Isobel Carr. The book from Jenn Bennett isn't signed, but you'll love this book. It's the second one in a series and it got a Top Pick from RT Reviews. :)

Just leave a comment to jump on my next giveaway which ends in two weeks. Have a safe and fun week everyone! (Yep, it's international!)

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Dang!  Had this scheduled to post this morning, don't know why it didn't!  Glad I checked this evening!

I’ve been very remiss about blogging lately, and the “why” of it is pretty simple–life keeps getting in the way.

I broke my ankle this summer. I hosted my daughter’s bridal shower. I finished a book, started another book, stopped working on that book when copy edits for a different one arrived, finished those only to be stopped dead again by a request for a first chapter to go in the back of yet another book, a first chapter I hadn’t written for a book I’d didn’t even have an idea for.

And all this got me to thinking. Back in the day before I was published (oh, so long ago!), this wasn’t how I imagined a writing life. That was more in the way of calmly sitting in front of the computer as the words flowed, taking leisurely walks to plot, meeting with writing friends–at a charming little bistro, of course–to discuss our ideas and our skyrocketing careers.

When I stopped laughing, I realized that’s never going to happen. I also realized that it’s these sorts of life interruptions that separate the casual writers from the pros.

I know a USA Today bestselling author who had knee surgery this summer–and kept on writing.

I know a wildly popular Harlequin Desire author who moved across country, is holed up in a hotel until her new house is ready to move into–and keeps writing.

I know authors who’ve written books at their kitchen tables, and authors who’ve pushed on through their own and family illness. I know authors who’ve overcome huge problems in their lives and still met their deadlines.

Without ignoring the needs of family and friends, without discounting the importance of childrens’ activities and school obligations, these writers keep at it.

I tip my hat to every one of them.

And now I’m getting back to work.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

To romance or not to romance...

Being a severe book lover, I belong to several reader loops. They're great for recommendations and to make friends who don't think you're crazy for staying up all night to finish the latest Laurell K Hamilton. I mean who really needs more than three hours of sleep anyway, right?

We've always taken comfort in our book-obsessed oddness, so you can imagine my surprise when a member outed her husband. It seems she'd been missing a copy of her favorite paranormal romance. She assumed she'd accidentally packed it in with her wad-o-books for the used bookstore. She resigned herself to the fact that it was gone forever…until she went into her husband's dresser drawer a few weeks later.

She'd been looking for stamps and found her romance. Hmm…When confronted with the evidence, he admitted he wanted to see what the fuss was about and, well, now he likes paranormal romance. She laughed. Very hard. In fact, everyone on the loop got a kick out of it. Why? Because there's nothing wrong with a man liking romance. In fact, it's pretty nice that he wants to read a great story about a couple who fall in love.

I've had several men at my signings, sci fi fans mostly, who enjoy the paranormal elements in The Accidental Demon Slayer series. Of course, most of them are quick to point out that they saw the book at the front of Barnes & Noble and didn't realize it was a romance at the time.

But still, I have to question a stigma where an entire group of people are somehow forbidden to enjoy a good story. It's like men somehow being forbidden to enjoy chocolate because it's a "girl thing." So what do you think? Do you know any men who read romance? And if not, I wonder what we can do to show them that it really is okay.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Adventures at San Diego Comic Con 2012

San Diego Convention Center
Happy Monday, everyone.

I thought I'd post last week, but the haze I had when I got back from San Diego Comic Con really didn't go away. For the past week I've been in a fog getting my house back in order and then packing again for RWA--which is in California as well. :)

All in all, I had a blast! On Thursday morning, I got to giveaway and sign one hundred copies of Coveted. (That's a lot of books...) To be honest, at first I thought, I'm going to have to throw these books at people. LOL No one will show up and I'll probably sign one or two of them. Naturally, things didn't work out that way. I signed every single one of those books! So many wonderful readers came by and waited in line for a copy of Coveted. I was so grateful for the folks who stopped by. After signing, I had such a wonderful afternoon checking out the booths! I snagged some great ARCs and some cool stuff. My hunt began to find Batman or Superman paraphernalia for my husband. (Had to shop for the kids too. LOL)

On Friday, I had a panel with some fabulous ladies. The Paranormal Love Potion panel was so much fun. There were a few authors I hadn't met before so it was great to see them in person. I had read and enjoyed Aprillynne Pike's book, WINGS, and it was great to sit next to her and talk about what we love about paranormal romance. After the panel I got to sign with the rest of the panelists. My day wasn't over yet. I spent some time shopping with Marjorie Liu and we got some of the cutest T-shirts.

Saturday and Sunday was full of even more shopping, panels, and well more books. And no, sadly I didn't see any celebrities. I tried, I really did, but I didn't get lucky. *sigh*

Edited to add: I almost forgot that I did see Adrian Paul from the Highlander series. That counts, doesn't it? :)

Since I had so much fun at Comic Con--even though I didn't see Nathan Fillion--I'd love to share some of the goodies I got with you. :D
On one side is Spartacus (hello, there soldier!) and the other side is The Walking Dead

Check out the Spartacus bag I snagged! The booth was amazing--and packed--and I'd love to share the bag and some Comic Con swag with you. Just leave a comment for a chance to win. I'll pick a winner next Monday when I get back from RWA in Anaheim.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Forever in Darkness release party & giveaway

I'm so excited to announce the release of Forever in Darkness, a bonus novella for my Order of the Blade series! I was in the middle of writing Darkness Reborn, Kane's story, but Ian kept bugging me, demanding attention. I finally had to stop writing Kane's book and take a few weeks off to write Ian's novella. What emerged was an incredibly powerful and moving story that dives so deeply into Ian's torment and his soul, and finally gives the reader a chance to see who he is and what drives him. The novella is incredibly sensual, darkly passionate, tragic and hopeful at the same time, and a critical turning point for the series.

Forever in Darkness can be read as a stand-alone novella, or as the next installment of the Order of the Blade series. Either way, as a thank you to my readers for all their support, it's being priced at $.99 and the price will never be raised. Enjoy this foray into the passionate and dangerous journey of Ian, a warrior who will entrench himself into your heart by the time you are finished with this novella!

To celebrate the release of Ian's novella, I'm giving away more free books! The winner can pick from any of my novels, ebook or print book (but some books are available only in one format or the other). For details on how to enter, keep on reading... but first, here's the cover blurb for Forever in Darkness:

Cursed to die for a choice his ancestor made, Ian Fitzgerald has spent six hundred years fighting the curse and trying to restore honor to his family's name. But his time to die has finally come, and his doom is in the guise of the one woman he cannot walk away from: his soul mate. Or is she really who she seems? Light and darkness, shadows and death, reality and illusions swirl around Ian as the curse hauls him relentlessly toward his own demise. Desperate to survive, Ian fights ruthlessly to uncover the truth about the sensual, desperate female who has died in his arms already…twice. Can she save him, or will she be the final key to the destruction of everything he has fought to protect?

 Intrigued? Here's a little snippet of what Forever in Darkness has in store for you...

It wasn't her.

Ian gritted his jaw, fighting against the need to sprint across the room and grab the woman standing beside the bar. It couldn't be true. There was no chance that the woman thirty feet away from him was Catherine Taylor.

Catherine Taylor was dead. She'd fallen into his arms, stared at him for a fraction of a second, and then Ian's teammate had struck her down. Dead. Done. Over. She was history.
And the second woman he'd buried earlier in the evening? He was sure now that it hadn't been Catherine. It had been a woman who looked like her, and his screwed-up mind had mixed them up.

The curse was trying to work him over. There was no reality anymore. Just delusions.

It's not her.

Sweat beaded on Ian's brow, and adrenaline surged through him. His entire body shook with the effort of staying where he was instead of responding to the siren call of the woman by the bar. His head pounded with the strain of trying to control his thoughts, to keep from hauling ass over there, sweeping her up in his arms and carting her off to his place to make love to her until neither of them could move.

He ground his jaw, focusing his attention on an old wooden sign on the opposite wall. Be a Man. Play with Sharp Objects.

Be a man. Stand with honor. Shit. What was he doing hiding in the shadows?

Honor didn't mean he was supposed to shrivel in the corner, afraid to look at an auburn-haired woman. It meant he stood tall, faced down that damn curse and defeated it. The curse had come to claim him, and it was time to step up and fight it. He needed to challenge what it threw at him and prove himself stronger.

He had to face it.

Ian clenched his jaw and slowly turned his head back to the woman. He steeled himself for the impact of seeing her, but the moment he saw her again, he felt like he'd been sucker-punched in the gut.

It was Catherine. It was her. It was his woman.

He would never forget those strawberry-gold highlights in her hair, the upturned slant of her nose, the way her lips pressed together in tension. Her skin was paler than he recalled, but her hips had that same curve of muscles and femininity. He would never forget the feel of her hips beneath his hands when she'd fallen down that damned cliff and he'd caught her. He knew exactly how they felt, precisely how they curved, and he knew just how her jeans caressed them.

Her hair was tossed over her right shoulder in a tumble of waves, and her white tee shirt hugged her body like it was put on this earth to torment him. The plain cotton was almost innocent in its simplicity, but the curve of her breasts beneath it made Ian's thoughts go to places that were far from innocent. On her left wrist was a thin gold bracelet that matched the gold hoops in her ears. No other adornment, no other flash. Not even any makeup. Just the pure, sensual beauty of a woman who was simply who she was, and that was more than enough for him.

She was searching the room now, her face tense with worry as she scanned the crowd. Her tension made his protective instincts pulse deep. Adrenaline rushed through him, and his weapons burned in his arms. This time the urge to arm himself was not to impale himself like some weak-willed embarrassment to his kind, but to protect her. To make her safe. To keep her from the fate she'd already suffered twice—


Ian swore and gritted his teeth. What was he thinking? It made no sense that this woman was Catherine Taylor, that she was some reincarnation anomaly who could come back to life hours after he'd buried her. What the hell was his problem?

He knew the answer to that one. The curse was his problem. It was going to keep trying to make him relive the death of his sheva until it finally broke him.

Well, fuck that. The woman across the bar wasn't his sheva. He was going to prove it, and then cut himself free from her influence.

She turned her head and met his gaze. His gut jumped as her green eyes met his, and he felt himself sliding helplessly under her spell. She stiffened, then took a step back and glanced over her shoulder toward the door.

She was leaving? Unacceptable.

Urgency coursed through Ian, and he broke from the corner, heading right for her.

Her eyes widened when she realized he was approaching, and her cheeks flushed. But she didn't back away. She lifted her chin and waited for him to approach.

Anticipation roared through him as he neared her, and an urgent lust rose within him as he closed the distance between them. The scent of lilac and lavender filled the air, so subtle, so faint that he wouldn't even have noticed it if he hadn't been searching for it so relentlessly.

Lilac and lavender. Hot damn. She smelled right.

Her green eyes searched his, and in them he saw pain and fear, so deeply etched it had become a part of her soul. But at the same time, they flashed with defiance and courage, a woman who had not surrendered to the burden she carried. Respect surged through him, igniting his lust even further.

But it was more than respect and lust. It was a raw, burning need to drag her over to him and make her his, in any and every way that he could.

She swallowed, and he felt her rising nervousness. "What do you want?" she asked.

Sweet Jesus. Her voice was like the choir of angels. Desire exploded through him, a yearning so powerful he could barely contain it. He had spent his life fighting the carnal urges that were a part of being a Calydon male, determined not to let it rule him and put him in a position where a woman could bring him down. But with those four words, this woman had unleashed all the raw sexual need he'd held at bay for so long.

She had to be Catherine. She had to be his sheva. There was no other explanation for the intensity of his response…but Catherine had died eight months ago. Her spirit couldn't have been reincarnated into a twenty-something body that was already alive.

What the hell was going on?

He needed answers. He had to know. He wanted to feel her body against his, to crush her into him and feel their bodies come together. He needed to dive deep into her soul and see who she really was, and he needed it now. The pulsing of music from the band vibrated through him, the deep base thudding in every cell in his body. "Dance with me," he said hoarsely, his voice raw with lust and need. "Dance with me."

 Like it? Check it on on Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

And now, for the fun part! What paranormal romance have you read that had a hero that really stuck with you long after you finished the book? Leave a comment (on any topic) and be entered to win a free book of your choice. I will give away at least one free book to a winner picked from the comments. But for every 15 comments, I will add one more free book, so pass the word on. More prizes means more chances to win! The winners will be posted on Something Wicked next Friday, so you have a week to enter and drum up more entries to increase the size of the pot!

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Forever in Darkness announced!

I am so excited to announce a bonus Order of the Blade story coming July 25th! It's a short novella precursing Ian's full length book, DARKNESS ARISEN. Check out the H-O-T cover and the blurb below. As a thank you to my readers for all their support, the novella will be priced at only $.99!

Cursed to die for a choice his ancestor made, Ian Fitzgerald has spent six hundred years fighting the curse and trying to restore honor to his family's name. But his time to die has finally come, and his doom is in the guise of the one woman he cannot walk away from: his soul mate. Or is she really who she seems? Light and darkness, shadows and death, reality and illusions swirl around Ian as the curse hauls him relentlessly toward his own demise. Desperate to survive, Ian fights ruthlessly to uncover the truth about the sensual, desperate female who has died in his arms already…twice. Can she save him, or will she be the final key to the destruction of everything he has fought to protect?

***FOREVER IN DARKNESS is a short novella approximately 60 pages (17,500 words) in length. It is a precursor for the Ian's full-length novel, DARKNESS ARISEN, coming soon.***

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

I know it seems that way, but I haven't forgotten about you, Wicked readers.  In fact, I'm getting ready for my daughter's bridal shower.  It's happening this Saturday here at the house, and I'm cleaning my little heart out in preparation.  We've got tents, and since the happy couple is going to Mexico for their honeymoon, we're doing a Mexican theme complete with pinatas, tacos, fajitas and, of course, margaritas.

Maybe after I have a few of those and calm down a bit, I'll be back to my normal blogging schedule!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

A little planning goes a long way

I'm all for preparedness, and for fiddling on Realtor.com. Have you ever played on that site? It's amazing. I love imagining where I'd live if I moved to New York, New Orleans, anywhere really (Does anyone else do this or is it just me?)

Anyhow, I thought I'd died and gone to heaven when Realtor.com unveiled its Top 10 Anti-Zombie Strongholds. Best of all, they're on sale now. Well, if you have a few extra million, that is.

Details, details...

Still, check them out. Personally, if I had to choose, I'd go for the self-sustaining island with the double moat.

Or maybe, just maybe the wilderness missile silo. It has a jacuzzi, you know, for relaxing after taking out a few of the undead.

Either way, I simply must take along Norman Reedus (he plays Daryl Dixon, the bow and arrow toting bad ass on The Walking Dead and he happened to be right by this booksigning I was doing last weekend).

So what about you? Where would you go, and who would you bring, if you needed to head to your hideout?

Monday, July 9, 2012

Break from the Heat

Now that the heat has finally come down a bit, I can get a bunch of errands done without melting outside! Upper eighties is a relief compared to over one hundred degree weather!

Did everyone have a great weekend? My weekend was spent preparing for San Diego Comic Con. In two days I will join the humongous crowds and go fangirl as I watch for Nathan Fillion or anyone else to satisfy my inner nerd. I'm so excited about the panel I will be on Friday:

Paranormal Love-Potion, Friday, 7/13/12, 12:30 PM - 1:30PM, Room: 5AB
Title: PARANORMAL LOVE-POTION: Writing Romance for Non-Human Characters 
Description: From super-hot vampires to seductive Fae and beyond, authors divulge the secrets behind crafting steamy love-scenes in their action-packed novels.  Whether they be vampiric, ghostly, faierie, witchy, shape-shifting or angelic, these authors know how to keep the passion sizzling between their paranormal characters. Find out more from the writers themselves and you’ll learn what makes these books red hot! 
  • Tessa Gratton (The Blood Journals)
  • Andrea Cremer (The Nightshade series)
  • Shawntelle Madison (Coveted series)
  • Aprilynne Pike (Wings series)
  • Sylvia Day (The Renegade Angel Series)
  • Kelley Armstrong (NYT bestselling Otherworld Novels)
  • Marjorie M. Liu (Mortal Bones)
Book signing for the Panelists,  Friday, 7/13/12,  2:00 PM – 3:00 PM, Room: AA09

If you will be at San Diego Comic Con, I will also have a signing on Thursday. Stop by the Random House booth to get a book and say hi! 

Naturally, I will be back next Monday with some swag to share and giveaway! Everyone have a great and safe week!

Wednesday, July 4, 2012


Happy Fourth of July!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Fun at FandomFest

I'm back from FandomFest, one of the big film/sci fi/paranormal fan conferences and it was really great. I'd never been before, but Stephen Zimmer extended an invite and I was glad to accept.

That's me on the left, with our very own Shirley Damsgaard as well as Stephen Zimmer. He writes killer sci fi. Check him out at www.stephenzimmer.com.

Not only were there plenty of amazing writers in attendance, I also got to meet a few famous people. Check out the Ghostbusters, as well as Norman Reedus. He plays Daryl Dixon on The Walking Dead. I mean, if you want some zombie slaying tips, who better to ask?

So if you live in the Louisville, KY area (or just want to visit), you have to check out FandomFest next year. You never know who you might see.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Fair Monday Winner

Happy Melting Monday, everyone!

It's still so very hot here in St. Louis. I'd love a break from the heat! It's been around to over 100 degrees (>37 C) for the last couple of days. I've tried not to venture out unless necessary.

So, how do you beat the heat when it gets too hot outside? I thought about the pool or taking the kids to the museum or something, but I feel like I bake when I step foot outside.

Now, to happier news! The winner of the copy of MY FAIR CONCUBINE goes to #2 Zita!

Congrats, Zita! Shoot me a message with your particulars. 

Maybe I just need to stay inside and eat popsicles all day? :)