Thursday, December 12, 2013

Busy, Busy!

Too busy with Christmas (and the writing I'm supposed to be doing) to do much blogging, so popping in to reveal the cover for "Death by Devil's Breath," book #2 in my Chili Cook-Off series.  The book will be out in August and friends, that will be here before we all know it!



Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Button Woo-Woo

Buttons, voodoo and a handsome (and possibly dangerous) stranger.

It’s all part of what happens in “Buttoned Up,” book #4 in the Button Box mystery series I write as Kylie Logan.  The book hit store shelves yesterday.

Why voodoo?

It’s hard to say where that idea came from.  I do remember that it happened a little over a year ago when I was meeting with my brainstorming group.  It was the first time this particular group met.  Four different writers who write four very different things.  Naturally, we were all a little worried.  Would be get along?  Would our brains mesh and our ideas click?  Would we actually be able to help each other with our projects?

I was up first and so of course, felt the brunt of this trepidation.

It didn’t take long to find out I was worried about nothing.  The ideas flew!  A book about buttons?  How could we make it fun and different?

As always happens in these sorts of brainstorming situations, we started strong, hit plenty of dead ends, turned and went in different directions.  What we ended up with–buttons and voodoo–was so outlandish, I knew it was bound to be fun, and I was right.  Since I love antique and vintage buttons as well as history, I’ve enjoyed writing each book in this series, but “Buttoned Up” is special.  There’s a dash of adventure in it.  A hint of the unknown.  A dose of romance.

And of course, buttons and murder.

For this author, it’s the perfect storm of button fun!


Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Happy, Happy!

To all our US readers . . .

Have a wonderful, blessed and peaceful Thanksgiving tomorrow!



Wednesday, November 20, 2013

In With the In Crowd

I have to admit, ever since I started writing traditional, cozy mysteries, I've felt a little out of place here on Wicked.

No ghosts, no demons, no other-wordly creatures . . . rather, the mysteries I write as Kylie Logan feature a ladies book discussion group (OK, so it's court ordered and I guess that's at least a little edgy), a traveling chili cook-off show, and a woman who runs a business that specializes in antique and vintage buttons.

Nothing too woo-woo going on there.

At least until now.

I'm happy to report that "Buttoned Up," the fourth book in my Button Box mystery series, will hit store shelves on December 3 and that the book has a paranormal thread running through it.

Finally, I'm back with the in crowd!

"Buttoned Up" finds Josie, my detective, heroine and button collector, involved in providing a button for an eccentric artist who's presenting an exhibit of button-covered objects sacred to vudon, the type of voodoo practiced on the Atlantic barrier islands.

Little does Josie know that taking one tiny button to an art gallery will result in her being embroiled in the artist's mysterious death...or in the ancient religion and the devious plans of a ruthless vudon practitioner.

I've seen one early review of "Buttoned Up," and that reviewer said it was so scary, I should write horror. Not sure about that, but I do know that it was fun to dip a toe back into the paranormal and walk a little on the woo-woo side again!


Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Happy, Happy!

Could let my favorite day of the year go by without wishing you all a very Happy Halloween!

To get you in the mood, here's a picture I took on a paranormal investigation in a cemetery a couple years ago.

My breath . . . or something else?  I'll let you decide!



Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Something Wicked welcomes Kathleen Collins!

Hi all! I'd like to introduce Kathleen Collins, a very talented author I met from Kansas City. She wrote Realm Walker and I invited her here to tell us about it.

Hello Everyone! And thanks for letting me hijack the blog today! Okay, no more exclamation points (even though I am really excited). The one question I’m asked more often than just about any other is where I get my ideas. And honestly, that’s a hard question for me to answer. It’s not because I can’t remember, but because it’s hard for me to narrow down.

The whole Realm Walker series spawned from an idea I got while listening to a Daughtry song. The idea behind book three came from having two completely different songs play back to back on my play list. So, yeah, I get a lot of ideas from music. I also get ideas from movies and TV. I’ve got a paranormal/horror idea that came from a Doctor Who episode. I’ve also got a twisted Alice in Wonderland I’d love to write some day that came to me while watching the Tim Burton incarnation.

Then there are the dreams. The varied, crazy, completely chaotic dreams. Particularly the ones I have after I take my migraine meds. And, of course, I constantly get inspiration from the books I read. That’s one reason I try to read in a variety of genres and a variety of authors. I’m constantly returning to my favorites and trying new authors I’ve never heard of before.

All of this adds up to an idea file stuffed with books that will be written someday and many more that will never be created. There are just too many ideas and not enough time. I keep hoping they’ll give us four-day weekends every week but I’m not holding my breath. Either that or add an extra five hours or so to the day.

So there you have a little insight into the inner workings of my brain (hopefully I didn’t scare you too badly) and what led to the creation of Realm Walker. Thanks again for letting me stop by today.

About Realm Walker:

An estranged mate, a mangled body and a powerful demon who calls her by name… 
As a Realm Walker for the Agency, Juliana Norris tracks deadly paranormal quarry using her unique ability to see magical signatures. She excels at her job, but her friends worry about her mysterious habit of dying in the line of duty without staying dead. That's only the first of her secrets.
Most people don't know Juliana became the mate of master vampire Thomas Kendrick before he abandoned her seven years ago. Most people don't know the horrors she endured at the hands of the vampire he left in command. Most people don't know her true parentage, or why a demon on a world-threatening rampage has taken a personal interest in her…
Even as Juliana pursues the demon, it goes after all she holds dear—including Thomas, who is back to claim her for his own. But if she can't reconcile her past and learn to trust herself again, she will lose him forever. 
Kathleen Collins has been writing since Kindergarten. And while her ability has drastically improved, her stories are still about monsters and the people who play with them.
The rare instances that she actually finds some spare time, she spends it playing with her two boys. Three if you count her husband.

Find her at:

Twitter: @kathy_collins



Monday, October 28, 2013

Happy Almost Halloween!

Wow, the year has gone by so fast. In a few days it will be Halloween and the kiddos at my house are ready to go in terms of enjoying the upcoming candy overdose! To be honest, I'm not looking forward to the final bill for the kids Halloween costumes or the mess from all the candy and such. But my mom endured it for me so I get to have the fun times three! Ha! I wish I was more handy so I could create home made costumes. I envy folks who are handy with a thread and needle. My kids have requested Minecraft costumes, and well, there aren't many options. But if I had the talent, oh the things I could make!

Last weekend I was in Seattle for the Emerald City Writers Conference. I had so much fun. Here is my co-conspirator Jeannie Lin and I at the signing! We did our Shy Girl Review presentation.

After the signing, Jeannie and I joined other writer peeps for a drink and some comfort food at Lot 3. My favorite thing there was the Plate O' Bacon from the snacks menu below. It was so good. The bacon was crispy, yet with a sweet maple syrup taste. So good. Bacon must be an important ingredient since the waiter asked everyone if they wanted bacon in their food whether it was chicken and waffles or mac and cheese (which I ordered, yum!) 


Tuesday, October 22, 2013

What happens when authors get together

Want to know what happens when authors get together? Well, besides the late nights in the bar and the story ideas that are "the best ideas ever?" Hey, in all fairness, sometimes those hold up. More often, they end up in the "what were we thinking?" pile.

But this is something different. And fun. For Halloween, six of us are doing a really neat boxed set with six bestselling paranormal books for $0.99. Kind of crazy, but that’s how we roll.

Seriously, though, it seemed like a fun way to do something together, make up our own rules. The set includes:

• Haunted on Bourbon Street by 
Deanna Chase
• The Accidental Demon Slayer by Angie Fox
• Carpe Demon by Julie Kenner
• Girl's Guide to Witchcraft by Mindy Klasky

• How to Date a Werewolf by Rose Pressey
• Easy Bake Coven by Liz Schulte


It's ebook only because, frankly, we wouldn't be able to afford it otherwise! And it's up right now on:
Amazon, Barnes & Noble and everywhere else that sells online books. 

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Want a Kiss My Asphalt t-shirt?

Fun and joy. Today, for the first time ever, I'm opening up orders for Kiss My Asphalt t-shirts!

No longer do you have to wait to win one or hope that you get one - you can order your own. These are the shirts made famous by the biker witches in the Accidental Demon Slayer novels.

Ordering is easy.

Just send $5 to my assistant:
Maggie Mae Gallagher
PO Box 3353
Ballwin, MO 63022

Or send the $5 via Paypal to agmu94 @ yahoo.com

Be sure to give your mailing address and tell her what size t-shirt you'd like.

They come in S, M, L, XL, 2X and 3X. Both men's and women's.

Orders close on November 5 and t-shirts will be mailed out at the end of November.

*Note that the picture of the back of the shirt is from a few years ago. All seven books (five that are out and two that are coming in 2014) will be listed on the new shirt. Squee!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

What's Your Chili IQ?





Chili...whether you like it hot or mild, with beans or without, heavy on the grease or light on things like ground turkey and tofu, chili is everyone’s favorite cold-weather dish.

That goes double for Maxie Pierce, heroine of my new Chili Cook-Off mystery series.  The first book, “Chili Con Carnage” hit store shelves yesterday and follows Maxie’s adventures as she tries to solve the murder of a Chili Showdown roadie.  There are plenty of plot twists and turns, plenty of craziness what with Maxie spending her days at the Showdown as the Chili Chick, dressed as a giant red chili pepper (complete with fishnet stockings and stilettoes) and enough suspects to keep the pot boiling!  There’s plenty of information about chili, chili spices and cooking, too, and that got me to thinking . . .

How much do you know about chili?  Take the quiz and find out!  Answers are the end, but no cheating! See if you’re a Chili Chick!


1. Which city has three times as many chili parlors as McDonald’s restaurants?

A. Tulsa
B. Cincinnati
C. Taos

2. Which famous outlaw refused to rob a bank in McKinney, Texas, because his favorite chili parlor was there?

A. Jesse James
B. Al Capone
C. Billy the Kid

3. Where was the first chili cook-off held?

A. Houston, Texas
B. Phoenix, Arizona
C. Terlingua, Texas

4. What unit measures the heat of a chili pepper?

A. Scoville Unit
B. Thermal Unit
C. Capsaicin Unit

5. What’s the best way to cool off your mouth after you heat a too-spicy chili pepper?

A. A big glass of cold water
B. Eating a slice of bread
C. Drinking milk


Answers:

1. B. Cincinnati.  Skyline Chili is famous there, and it’s served over spaghetti.

2. A. Jesse James, who once said, “any place that has a chili joint like this ought to be treated better.”

3. C. Terlingua, Texas in 1967.  Every year on the first of November, the Chili Appreciation Society International holds a cook-off there.

4. A. Scoville Heat Units measure the heat of chili peppers.  To give you an idea, the Bhut jolokia (ghost pepper) contains 1 million SHU.  A bell pepper has 0.

5. C. Mouth on fire?  Drink a glass of milk.  Dairy products help cool down the capsaicin, the ingredient that makes peppers hot.

If you're in the northeast Ohio area...

On Saturday, October 5, I'll be signing copies of "Chili Con Carnage" and all my other books at Books-a-Million in Westgate Mall from 1-3.  I'll be there with fellow mystery writers Shelley Costa, Amanda Flower and Sam Thomas

On Sunday, October 6, I'll be at the Seven Hills Fall Fest and Chili Cook-Off from 11-4.  At the Seven Hills (Ohio) community center

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Roxy Mews Giveaway Winner!

We have a winner! This is for Roxy Mew's A Love Worth Biting For. It goes to Claire Smith! And Claire, since you left your email in the comments, I'm just going to give your name to Roxy so she can get you that book. Congratulations!

Monday, September 23, 2013

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

I'm Ready for the Closeup, Mr. DeMille!

Last spring, I had the surreal (but definitely fun) experience of taping a TV show.  It's called "Deadly Affairs" and it airs on the Investigation Discovery Channel.  My segment is called "Recipe for Disaster," the story of a real-life murder that happened here in Northeast Ohio.  The show re-creates scenes of the relationship and murder and various people involved (the cops, reporters and in this case, the mystery writer who's narrating as my alter-ego, Kylie Logan) do little segments.

Just found out my episode of "Deadly Affairs" airs this Saturday, September 21, at 10 pm.

Enjoy.  And be kind...I've never done anything like this before!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Roxy Mews is here, with a giveaway for A Love Worth Biting For!

A Love Worth Biting For is a book that began with the feeling I got when I met my husband.  The opening scene in this book is exactly how I felt when I saw my man run by me all athletic and…sweaty and…yup it felt like I was knocked off my feet to say the least.

Now, is my husband a tall, dark, and bitey vampire?  No, dammit, but sometimes my mind wanders, and it wandered into a world where the love of your life is chosen for you by forces beyond your control.  I certainly felt like I had no choice but to go after the man I loved, and I began writing about a character drawn to the one they would love for eternity, because the rest of their life just wasn’t long enough.

And I have a thing for men that bite.

Amber Paulson is the main character in my first book.  This story is told from her point of view.  I don’t want to admit how much she is like me, but I will say that her vocabulary is a product of my own foul mouth.  I really enjoy cursing, and as I have grown older, I seem to care less and less what the people around me think.  Having super-human strength and healing, like Amber does, had me imagining what I would be like if I had those powers at my disposal.  From the looks of it, I would cuss a bit while thoroughly enjoying my mate’s body. 


This book was one I began writing as a project for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month).  I fell in love with the characters and tinkered with this book for over a year before I was happy enough with it to show it to other people.  Then they tore it apart like I asked.  So I rewrote it.  Then I sent it into an editor at Samhain Publishing.  It took me months to believe that email that said they would take the book.

Now I am waiting patiently (not really) for release day on October 1st.
To celebrate and get the word out I am giving away an ARC of my ebook!  Since it is an ebook, international entries are very welcome.  The file would come to your email inbox. Leave a comment below with your email address, and I will pick a winner through Random.org.


Amber Paulson’s wolf has chosen a mate for her, but Amber is not amused with its pick. Jake Meyers might look amazing in a wet T-shirt and have the cheekbones and strong jaw that artists drool over. Too bad he is missing a pulse. 

Jake is a vampire, well, mostly. Then a tall, curvy redhead pops up on his radar and something awakens in him. Even though he tries to stay away, Amber gets under his skin, and his vampire/werewolf heritage starts to become more bark and less bite. For the first time, he feels the call of the moon, and he knows it’s all because of Amber Paulson.

Amber’s trying to stay away, and Jake’s trying to not turn furry. They both fail miserably—and with a lot of sweaty and enjoyable property destruction.

By giving in to her mating call, Amber finds out more than she ever wanted to know about herself, her family, and the rogue wolf who took so much from her so long ago. As her past comes back to bite her, she’ll have to decide what she’s willing to give up for her mate. Her home? Her pack? Her…heartbeat?