Hello! I meant to do this post over the weekend, but I caught a writing wave with Vlad’s book and as every author knows, you ride the wave when it comes. They are fickle things, those writing waves. Anyway, a belated (but sincere!) thank you to everyone who participated in my prior auction to benefit the Red Cross Disaster Relief fund. The winning bid was cast by Michelle Cummings in the whopping amount of $425.00. Michelle sent me her receipt for the donation, and as promised, below is my receipt matching it (address and credit card numbers omitted for obvious reasons :)).
Transaction Date: 6/4/11
Level: One Time
Payment type: Credit Card
Credit Card Number:
First Name: Jeaniene
Last Name: Frost
Street Address 1: XXXXXXXXXXXX
Street Address 2:
ZIP/Postal Code: XXXXX
Country: United States
Email Address: XXXXX@yahoo.com
Email opt-in: No
Gift Amount: $425.00
Tax-deductible Amount: $425.00
This organization’s tax ID is: 53-0196605
Tracking Code: 1555-7927-1-5020257-5555957
So between Michelle’s winning bid and my matching donation, that was $850.00 raised toward disaster relief! Very cool! Also as promised, Michelle’s prizes are a signed Arc of One Grave at a Time, a signed copy of Magic Slays by Ilona Andrews, and a signed copy of The Iron Duke by Meljean Brook. Hope you enjoy the books, Michelle!
In other news, I was going to post some pretty pictures I took outside my new home (okay, the home isn’t actually new, but it’s new to me!) but I can’t find the %$*! cord that connects my camera to my computer to transfer them. I hope that cord wasn’t a victim of the move and that I find it soon. Otherwise, my camera is kinda old and I know I’ll get that raised brow look if I bring it into an electronics store and ask for a compatible cord (you should have SEEN the look I got when I finally upgraded my cell phone last year. That look was even accompanied by a “Wow, I didn’t even know these things were still in use!” comment).
Back to writing (I warned you that this post would have random chatter in it). Vlad and Leila’s book still doesn’t have a title. I’m kicking around a few possibles with my editor, but we haven’t hit an “aha!” moment yet. We did, however, agree on a series title for V & L’s books, so I can share the news on that.
Vlad and Leila’s books will be part of the new Night Prince series.
Okay, why “Night Prince”? For one, the word “Night” will – hopefully – let readers know at a glance that these stories are set in the same world as my Night Huntress series and Night Huntress World novels. Second, contrary to the most popular fictional rendering of Vlad the Impaler, he was not a Count. He was essentially a Prince of Wallachia during his reign (Wallachia now being part of modern-day Romania). So there you have the Prince part of the series title.
Tentative release date for the first book in the Night Prince series is spring 2012. It may be pushed back to summer if (a) I don’t write it fast enough, or (b) what I write needs a lot of revisions. So cross your fingers for me that I will write well, and quickly, lol. I haven’t seen the cover yet for the first book, but as Tom Egner has done such a fabulous job with all my other covers, I’m sure he’s cooking up something very cool.
Before anyone asks, no, this doesn’t mean Cat and Bones stories will be put on a long hold while I kickstart Vlad and Leila’s new series. First, still to come in 2011 for our mayhem-loving vampire couple is One Grave at a Time (August 30th) along with a special holiday novella that’s almost half the size of a regular book in The Bite Before Christmas anthology (October 25th). Vlad and Leila’s book will come, as stated, in early 2012, but then after that, we’ll be onto Cat and Bones #7 (still untitled, but expect the word “grave” in there somewhere).
And I just noticed that you could play a drinking game with all the parenthesis in this post. Clearly I need more coffee before I start back on writing (drink! :)).