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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Meet FF&P's Debra Doggett

Debra Doggett answers questions from the FF&P Zone:

What novel has inspired you the most as a writer?

This is going to sound crazy but it was a war novel by Leon Uris called Battle Cry. It was about his experiences as a Marine in WWII and had all those scenes of camaraderie, etc. during the battle. I love fight scenes and I love writing real guys, which comes in handy as a romance writer. And fantasy battle scenes are the best, cause you can invent all the cool weapons, etc.

If you could be any character in a novel, who would it be?
Not so much one particular character as a character with "powers". I really crave superpowers. I love those heroines in the Christine Feehan Ghostwalker books who are enhanced with psychic and physical abilities. I want that and I don't care how tough it makes my life. Having always been a physical wimp that would be awesome.

If you could be any cartoon character?
Peggy Hill, from King of the Hill, simply because she's married to Hank, who's the most realistic male on television.

What is your favorite word?
Probably "just" since I seem to put it in everywhere, lol
I wonder if that means I'm wishy-washy. Hmmm....

Who is your favorite character from your own work?
The heroine in my current wip, Annemarie Landry, a beginner witch in a bad situation who is so much fun to write because she's sarcastic and needy and tougher than she realizes.

If you were going to be dropped on a deserted space colony, what three things would you take?
A pencil and paper and a huge supply of Coke, although it might be smart to take some form of music cause my singing voice would drive me insane.

Wolf, vampire, or demon?
Definitely wolf - think of the freedom of shapeshifting. And of having that kind of strength (see earlier question about my craving for superpowers). I couldn't do vampire cause the thought of not seeing the sun would kill me. And demon, well, there are some issues with that one.

Any last words?
Keep reading - it'll take you more places than Delta Airlines and even some Delta can't fly to.

For more Debra Doggett, catch "THE PRIZE" from Wild Rose Press
Release Date: September 12, 2008

Thursday, July 24, 2008

2008 On the Far Side Contest


2008 On the Far Side Contest

Got fantasy, futuristic, or paranormal? Then the On the Far Side contest is for you!!

Welcome dragons, witches, ghosties, vampires, shape shifters, unicorns, and any creature your imagination can conjure up in a galaxy far far away, in a time long past, or in your very own backyard.

2007 Contest: 3 manuscripts requested! Two sold so far!

"The FF&P On the Far Side contest is not to be missed. Not only did the judges provide detailed and actionable feedback that I used to make my manuscript better, but I sold as a result of my 2007 contest win! I highly recommend this contest to anyone seriously pursuing a career writing paranormal romance."

Elissa Wilds

Author of Between Light and Dark, a November 2008 release from
Dorchester Love Spell


* Must be unpublished in full length fiction (40,000+) for the genre entering/or not published in genre entering for past 5 years
* First 20 pages of manuscript
* OPTIONAL synopsis (New)
* Entry received by DEADLINE: August 8, 2008

Final round judges are acquiring editors and agents of all genres of
paranormal romance. Take this opportunity to get your best work in front of:

* Erotic: Caren Johnson, Caren Johnson Literary Agency
* Romantic Elements: Lois Winston, Ashley Grayson
* Futuristic: Stacy Boyd, Harlequin
* General Paranormal: Erika Tsang, Avon
* Time Travel: Margo Lipschultz Harlequin, Luna
* Fantasy: Deborah Werksman, Sourcebooks
* (New) Young Adult: Scott Eagan, Greyhaus Literary Agency


All finalists receive a certificate and an OTFS finalist website banner

* Winners of each category receive a check for $20, a pin, an OTFS winner website banner (New), and a certificate.
* 2nd Place receives a check for $15 and a certificate
* 3rd place receives a check for $10 and a certificate

For details and entry forms, go to http://www.romance-ffp.com/contests.htm.

Amber Wentworth
2008 On the Far Side Coordinator

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Meet FF&P's Barbara Karmazin

Barbara Karmazin answers questions from the FF&P Zone:

What novel has inspired you the most as a writer? C.J. Cherryh's Merchanter's Luck inspired me. It's a Science Fiction novel with a strong romantic subplot.

If you could be any character in a novel, who would it be? I'd like to be Jeresa from my newest novella, The Zone which debuted recently at Changeling Press.

If you could be any cartoon character? Witchblade

What is your favorite word? Spaceflight

Who is your favorite character from your own work? Rulagh, the alien hero I created for The Huntress.

If you were going to be dropped on a deserted space colony, what three things would you take? My computer with unlimited Internet access, a first aid kit and an ebook reader where I can download all the books I want.

Wolf, vampire, or demon? Werewolf.

Any last words? When writing, always strive to boldly go where no one has gone before, and this includes in the bedroom.

Get to know Barbara Karmazin even more:

Thursday, July 17, 2008

THE ZONE by Barbara Karmazin

The Zone by Barbara Karmazin to be released 07/18/08, at Changeling Press.

Captain Axel needs a med tech in order to stop the authorities on Luma from grounding and impounding his spaceship. When advertisements on the local net fail to secure any prospects, he and his men search the Zone for a new crewmate.

Pinned by the blaster fires of a drug war, Jeresa accepts the spacers’ offer of a job and the chance to escape off-planet from capture and enslavement.

To her surprise, the offer to join the crew includes sex with the four men who've rescued her. Escaping the blaster flames, she has jumped into the carnal fire of erotic love. Is her heart strong enough to survive the searing sexual attentions of four randy spacers?

cover art by Bryan Keller

ISBN (13): 978-1-60521-039-1

Genre(s): Action/Adventure, Sci-Fi

Theme(s): Interracial, Ménage, Bisexual and More

Length: Novella

Monday, July 7, 2008

The Better Part of Darkness

2008 double Golden Heart finalist, Kelly Gay, announces the sale of her urban fantasy, THE BETTER PART OF DARKNESS, in a two-book deal to Pocket Books via agent, Colleen Lindsay. Release date is scheduled for summer 2009.

Jess Vandermire, Vampire Hunter Series

Lina Gardiner's GRAVE ILLUSIONS, Book One in the Jess Vandermire Vampire Hunter Series is a finalist in the 2008 Daphne du Maurier Contest.

BEYOND THE GRAVE, Book Two in the series will be released September 30, 2008
Lina Gardiner: http://www.linagardiner.com/

Survival of the Fairest

Jody Wallace's second novel, Survival of the Fairest, will be released from Samhain Publishing on July 15, 2008. It's a paranormal romance featuring recalcitrant fairy princesses, sexy magicians, misuse of magic, cross dressers, dangerous gnomes and Area-51 against the already-strange backdrop of Las Vegas. More info: www.jodywallace.com