Monday, April 29, 2013

RT Convention or Bust

Happy Monday, all! It's a gorgeous day here in St. Louis!

First of all, my next novella for the Coveted series is available today! I had a blast writing Aggie's story and I can't wait for everyone to get into Aggie's head! So what's the book about you ask?

Werewolf Natalya Stravinsky’s outspoken sidekick, Aggie McClure, is featured in this prequel novella. Before Agatha set foot in South Toms River, New Jersey, she had the fight of her life to face. Destined to be the alpha female over her Manhattan pack, Aggie was fully prepared to take on her role until her father arranges a marriage without her consent. She wants out–but the only way is with money–something her new controlling husband won’t give her to escape. But such odds never kept a wolf like Aggie down. To sever the twisted tie, she finds herself pitted against raging wood nymphs and backstabbing brownies in an underground supernatural fighting ring. With every victory, the sweet taste of freedom is closer, but her husband isn’t willing to let her go that easily. Until the very end, Aggie must fight for the one thing she’s never had: a choice.


Follow Heidi the mermaid and Abby the Muse as they try to help Lilith, a soul-sucking succubus and fellow supernatural therapy group member, find a date.

Yep, I'm including a free short story for those who purchase the eBook. It asks the question, what would happen if a mermaid tries to get a succubus, who is bad at being a succubus, a date. Naturally, craziness ensues!   

All Romance eBooks | Barnes & Noble | Amazon

Second thing I'm excited about today is the Romantic Times Convention coming up this week in Kansas City, MO. I will be there signing for the Expo and the big signing on Saturday! And check out the basket I'm contributing to for the Magic & Mayhem Writers! If you're coming stop by and say hi! Of course, if you can't make it, I will be more than glad to bring something back for the Wicked Author readers. ;)

Angie Fox and I are driving there Thelma and Louis style! Stay tuned next week to learn about my antics!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Never Too Early!

It’s never too early to get the word out, especially for an event where seating is limited! That’s why I wanted to start spreading the word about a very special tour scheduled for Saturday, October 26.

It’s called Cleveland: Mayhem, Murder and Mystery! and is sponsored by Ohioana, the state library of Ohio.

I’ll be leading the merry band, and will take tourists to some of my favorite haunts, including historic Cleveland cemeteries and many of the sites I use in my Pepper Martin mysteries. We’ll check out the oldest cemetery in the city and find out why the Cleveland Indians are cursed. We’ll visit gypsy graves, tell ghost stories and see where a president of the United Stated is . . . well, I was going to say buried, but that’s not exactly true as his casket is on display in his memorial. In addition, we’ll check out the amazing art, architecture and sculpture in cemeteries, play trivia games and see photos taken from my last paranormal investigation.

Sound like fun? If you’re interested, check out The tour will leave from downtown Cleveland and we’ll be on a trolley so space is limited to 38 riders.

Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Oh, baby.

Have I told you that Christe Craig amuses me? Well, she does. All the time. And she's done it again. Right now, over on her blog, she's giving away a Nook or a Kindle (winner's choice) to a person who can match up authors with their baby photos. It's hard!

I'm not up there, but you can try to match Christie, Gemma Halliday, Robin Kaye and more. Can't wait to see how many I get right...

Thursday, April 11, 2013

And the winner is...

It’s short and sweet today—I have been struck low by a nasty spring cold. Right now I’m swilling green tea and am surrounded by the distinct scent of eau de Vick’s Vapor Rub, but it’s working! I’m feeling much better today than yesterday!

However, I wanted to make sure to announce the winner of last week’s drawing...BW!! (drop me an email at and include your mailing address, BW, and I’ll get your signed arc off to you!) Thanks to everyone who left a comment and congratulations BW!!

Btw—we’re still running the contest for a WIDOWS OF BRAXTON COUNTY messenger bag on Facebook at my “Jess McConkey—Author” page. It will be given away once we hit 200 “likes” (so close…only 18 more to go!) To enter just visit the page and hit “like!”

 That’s it for this week—have a good one!



Monday, April 8, 2013

Spring is in the air!

Happy Monday, all!

I had a nice relaxing weekend. Well, the relaxing part where I wasn't proofreading BITTER DISENCHANTMENT. Aggie's book is coming along great. Of course I'm at the stressful part, I'm going over everything with a fine tooth comb. (This part of the process involves a lot of ice cream!) Naturally, while  I was working it was gorgous outside. The weather lately in St. Louis has warmed. I've been able to open the windows in the house and let in the warmer air. The spring cleaning bug has hit and now I'm purging all the stuff we collected over the winter. (Including broken toys...They will be disappearing soon while the kids are in school. Muhahaha!)

On Saturday, I headed over to Rose's Bookhouse in O'Fallon, MO for their booksigning featuring Angie Fox, Shiloh Walker, Eliza Lloyd, and Shannon K. Butcher. I had a blast. It was great to see these ladies again.

I love to share the books I get from a signing so I'm sharing the books and swag below with three fabulous Wicked Author readers!

I got Angie's book signed with some swag for my street team and the rest of the goodies is for everyone else. Just use the Rafflecopter form and you're entered!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Hey, It's Me Again!

It’s been awhile since I posted, but I’m back and here’s a quick update. After much gnashing of teeth and whining, I finally finished the second “Jess McConkey” book! Yay! THE WIDOWS OF BRAXTON COUNTY is in the pipeline and heading toward its July 23rd release. (I just received the advanced reading copies last week!) For some reason this was a challenging book to write, and to be honest, it’s thanks to my fellow author and friend, Tamara Siler Jones, and my beta reader, Alexx Miller, that I managed to finish it. Their support and feedback really helped get me through the whole process and hopefully, everyone will be pleased with the result! Here’s a short synopsis:

“Kate is ready to put her nomadic, city-dwelling past behind her when she marries Joseph Krause and moves with him to the Iowa farm that has been in his family for more than 140 years. But life on the farm isn’t quite as idyllic as she’d hoped. It’s filled with chores, judgmental neighbors and her mother-in-law who—unbeknownst to Kate until after the wedding—will be living with them.

As Kate struggles to find her place in the small farming community, she begins to realize that her husband and his family are not who she thought they were. According to town gossip, the Krause family harbors a long-kept secret about a mysterious death that haunts Kate as a dangerous, unexplainable chain of events begins.”

To celebrate, I’m doing some drawings. The first is on my “Jess McConkey—Author” Facebook page. Once that page hits 200 “likes”, I’m doing a drawing for a WIDOWS OF BRAXTON COUNTY messenger bag. We’re getting close…only 35 more to go!! The next two are again on Facebook. To enter, all you have to do is “share” the posts announcing the arc’s from my “Shirley Damsgaard” page or my “Jess McConkey—Author” page. (If you share both, your name is entered twice!) The prize is a signed advanced reading copy.

Since I’ve been away so long, I’d be remiss if I didn’t do a give-away here too! So…leave a comment, and your name will be entered for a third drawing of a signed advanced reading copy! If you’re interested, that’s three chances to win! I’ll announce the winner next week.

That’s it for now—have a great week and I’ll catch you next Thursday!


Tuesday, April 2, 2013

The Accidental Demon Slayer is FREE on Amazon

If you want to grab a free copy of The Accidental Demon Slayer, here's your chance. It's up for free on Amazon right now.

This is a New York Times bestseller

Newly anointed with demon-fighting powers and suddenly able to hear the thoughts of her hilarious Jack Russell terrier, a preschool teacher finds a whole new world of dark and dangerous, including a sexy shape-shifting griffin she's not entirely sure she can trust.

We broke the bed: a love story...or not

So I thought you all might appreciate this. My husband and I are getting ready to put the house on the market, and one of the things the realtor told us (besides having us do lots of painting) is to move our bed back four feet into this bay window. But it's a canopy and the top is too high.

So the other night, at 11pm, my husband and I decided to tackle this particular project. Because why not? Most great projects start when the rest of the sane world is heading to sleep.

It started off smoothly enough. I know how to assemble and dis-assemble the bed like a military woman with a rifle. I've had this thing for twenty years and did a lot of moving when I was just out of college.

It started smoothly enough. I was taking the top off the bed and we were both slap happy (from breathing paint fumes, perhaps?). But as I was wrapping up the canopy parts, Jim decided he should just push the bed back on his own. He gave it a mighty heave and - crack - the entire headboard snapped off.

It was so horrifying, it was funny. We started laughing like maniacs, the kids woke up, claiming I'd screamed - which I probably did as the bed was breaking off and falling into the bay window.

The window didn't break (yay!) but the bed was unfixable. So we had to haul the whole canopy bed down to the dumpster out front (the bed was on it's last leg anyway).

Not sure what buyers are going to think of a seemingly successful couple sleeping on a mattress and box springs on the floor. Jim pointed out last night that it felt like camping. 

Now, I just caught my intrepid husband proudly telling our neighbors that he broke our bed last night. And this man thinks I write fiction? Still, what the hey? We might as well give the neighbors something to talk about when we're gone.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Under the Sea

Hey, all! Happy Monday!

Nothing like a hot bowl of gumbo
with chicken and sausage
Last week was a busy one for my family. We went on spring break and left St. Louis for a warmer location. Atlanta. Not warmer by much, but the sunshine was welcomed. The nine hour trip was long, especially with kiddos, but we managed to make the trip there much more manageable with an overnight stay in Nashville. Once in the ATL, I got a chance to meet my new nephew and cuddle with him. Christopher is only 8 weeks only, but he is so cute! I miss that new baby smell and it's nice to experience it once in a while. (My kids are older and don't smell as good. Heh heh.)

Since we were in Atlanta vacationing, we decided to take the kids out for fun. First, we decided to eat lunch at my sister-in-law's restaurant, Charlot's. I had a bowl of gumbo and it was so good! I rarely eat Creole food and Mama Rita is a fabulous cook.

With a deeply satisfying lunch out of the way, we headed to the World of Coke with my older niece and nephew in tow. The place was pretty cool. You got a tour to see memorabilia, and all sorts of other cool exhibits. I got a picture with the kids with the Coke polar bear. The dude in the suit did a really good job. I felt hot just looking at him. We also got to sample Coke drinks from around the world. I happen to like the drinks from Africa the best.
Sample drinks from Africa

But if you happen to go, don't drink the Beverly drink. It's an Italian soda. My husband said it tasted horrible. The kids said they had more fun mixing up drinks, but I preferred to sample as many as I could. It was really busy when we went, but I managed to get a few drinks. As everyone leaves, they get a free bottled Coke drink to go.

After our busy trip to the World of Coke, on the next day we ventured out to the Georgia Aquarium.

The aquarium is the largest in the world. The tickets were quite expensive, but I saw so much and the kids had a blast! I saw penguins up close. Beluga whales, huge sting rays, and even petted sea urchins. The only thing I missed was the frogs. But I pretty saw every other swimming animal--including cuddly river otters. The atmosphere was pleasant and my family had such a good time. We made good memories over just a couple of days.

Have any of you been to the World of Coke or the Aquarium? If you have kiddos, did you manage to stay sane over spring break?