It’s spring and once again a lot of us in the romance community are gearing up for the season of conferences and conventions. This year I’ll be attending the Romantic Times Convention, in Chicago, (April 11-15) and I’m looking forward to it for a number of reasons. (That’s me above, at a previous convention’s mass book-signing. See, not at all scary to approach. J )
First and foremost, writing is a solitary occupation, and I love it when I have the chance to catch up with colleagues. There are so many people I normally only see online, and it’s a blast to see them in person. I truly look forward to attending, if only for the chance to visit old friends. Also important, its an opportunity for me to make professional contacts–to meet my editors, publishers, and marketing people face-to-face. You never know what kind of opportunities are going to develop from that kind of interaction. Finally, though, and maybe the most exciting, is the chance to meet the people who actually read my books. If you’re another writer, you know what a thrill that really is. So if any of you are readers, and you happen to be at RT, please, by all means, stop and say hello. You’ll really make my day. I’ll be one of the hostesses at the steampunk-themed Gaslamp Social, on panels about steampunk, SF, writing under multiple pseudonyms, hosting the Build-a-Hero Workshop and at all the Carina events, of course. I’ll be signing at the massive bookfair, and at the e-book expo, where you can pick up a copy of my brand-new release, Motor City Mage.
This is the fourth book in my Urban Arcana series, and for me, writing it was a lot like a visit with old friends–along with a few new ones. Come to think of it, writing series is a lot like going to conventions. New friends, old friends, new experiences mingling with shared jokes and tender reminiscences. I hope you enjoy Lana and Des as much as I did, and if you’ve missed the previous books, you can find them all right here at Carina Press. Everyone have a wonderful spring, and I hope to see as many of you as I can.
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Leave a comment with your email address, and on Friday, March 16, I’ll draw one random winner for a free download of Motor City Mage. I’d love to hear your thoughts on series, paranormal romance, or which reader/author events you’ll be at.
As a cop who keeps paranormals in line, Des has a hard time trusting them. So why does he want the beautiful werewolf Lana more than his next breath? She’s mouthy, flamboyant and distractingly sexy–not the type of woman for a reserved mage like him. Lana admires Des, but she can’t be with someone who won’t take her seriously, no matter how much she’d love to rip off his dress shirt.
When a dangerous new drug shows up in Detroit, Des must locate the source, and Lana is determined to help. But their plan goes awry, trapping them in a demon dimension. To return home, Lana and Des must flee through a series of unpredictable alternate realities, fighting enemies while trying to shut down the drug trade. But if they’re going to survive, they’ll have to rely on each other, even though getting closer will add fuel to a fire that’s already burning out of control…
Click here for an excerpt.
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An avid reader of romance, fantasy, mystery, and even more romance, Cindy Spencer Pape firmly believes in happily-ever-after. Married for more than twenty-five years to her own, sometimes-kilted hero, she lives in southern Michigan with him and two grown sons, along with an ever-changing menagerie of pets. Author of more than 40 books, Cindy has been, among other things, a banker, a teacher, and an elected politician, but mostly an environmental educator, though now she is lucky enough to write full-time. Her degrees in zoology and animal behavior almost help her comprehend the male humans who share her household.
Website: http://www.cindyspencerpape.com (http://bit.ly/ybxKjP )
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