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