Tuesday, November 30, 2010

The Lost Gate Orson Scott Card Book Trailer

An astounding urban fantasy about a clan of mages in exile in our world, living in uneasy truce with other clans until Danny Norths birth brings the flames of open war back to life. For Danny is a gatemage, the first in a thousand years, and he can open the locks that keep the North clan away from their homeland of Westil. Learn more about the book here: http://bit.ly/9JGEAe and its author here: http://www.orsonscottcard.com/ Fantasy

Monday, November 29, 2010

Ruthless Game Christine Feehan Book Trailer

Kane is on a dangerous mission where he stumbles across fellow Ghostwalker Rose Patterson, his ex lover. With the mafia and a covert government agency after them they are willing to do anything to complete the mission, stay alive and protect the unborn baby. Kanes baby. Learn more about this book here:http://bit.ly/avYq33 and its author here: www.christinefeehan.com Paranormal Romance

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Pathfinder by Orson Scott Card Book Trailer

From the bestselling author of Enders Game comes a brand new series: Pathfinder. Rigg possesses a secret talent that allows him to see the paths of peoples pasts. Set on a journey caught between two factions, one that wants him crowned and one that wants him dead. Rigg will question everything he knows... or forfeit control of his destiny. Learn more about this book: http://bit.ly/bYdy6e and its author: http://bit.ly/9mU8Zs YA

Monday, November 22, 2010

The Secret History of Elizabeth Tudor Vampire Slayer Part Two

He is the vampire Mordred, bastard son of King Arthur, who sold his soul to kill his father. For a thousand years, he has plotted to usurp the throne, to seduce young Queen Elizabeth with promises of eternal life. But the Queen is a slayer and has a plan of her own. Let the battle begin. The Secret life of Elizabeth Tudor, Vampire Slayer by Lucy Weston. Learn more about the book here: http://bit.ly/cC5Pu5 Fantasy, Paranormal

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Eternal Prey Nina Bangs Book Trailer

Utah exacts a savage vengeance after bloodsuckers kill his brother. Lia is a mortal leader of vampires. Deadly enemies, they become allies to save humanity. But loving him is the ultimate danger. Because when Utah frees his beast, an ancient predator once again stalks Earth, and death walks with him. Learn about the book: http://www.avonbooks.com/ Learn about this author: http://www.ninabangs.com/ Romance Paranormal

Saint Francis and the Nativity Myrna A. Strasser Book Trailer

Saint Francis and the Nativity is an engaging story that weaves together the history of the first nativity with the fictional story of a young shepherd boy, who helps Saint Francis of Assisi find a way to visually display the true meaning of Christmas. There are suggested family activities in the back of the book. Learn more about the book here: http://bit.ly/9YOCB8 and its author here: http://bit.ly/9rI4f5 and its illustrator here: http://bit.ly/db8sR1

17 Christimases by Dandi Daley Mackall Book Trailer

Christmas is full of adventure when the family decides to go on a holiday road trip all over America in this delightful Christmas picture book written by award-winning author, Dandi Daley Mackall. New sights and ways to celebrate the birth of Jesus abound. All this plus the special visits with family and friends turn the holidays into seventeen wonderful Christmases. Learn more about the book here: http://bit.ly/cnyk6y and its author here: http://bit.ly/cnXLIU ant its illustrator here: http://bit.ly/db8sR1 Christian, Childrens

The Immortal Ones by John F Ferrer Book Trailer

Derek Locke is bored. But one night in a dance club changes that forever. He meets the beautiful and intriguing Nina. Dereks encounter with Nina leads him down a whirlwind of vampires, werewolves, and incredible danger, which he may or may not survive. Learn more about this book: http://www.theimmortalones.net Learn more about this author: http://www.theimmortalones.net/about-the-author.html

Storybook Bible Archbishop Desmond Tutu Book Trailer

Archbishop Desmond Tutu retells his favorite Bible stories, artfully highlighting Gods desire for all people to love one another and find peace and forgiveness in their hearts. Twenty artists from around the world have been selected to illustrate the stories. Their stunning illustrations allow readers to experience the Bible stories as if they were there. Learn more about the book here: http://bit.ly/b2fMA1 and its author: www.childrenofGodbible.com Childrens Christian Bible Stories

Friday, November 12, 2010

Dark Moon Rising Amanda Jayde Book Trailer

Determined to find the truth about the wolf attack that left his friends dead, biologist Alexander Christofedes returns to the mountains. There he discovers a werewolf pack that has been hiding for centuries. Thrust in the middle of war, Alex must choose between standing with the clan or walking away. Learn more about this book: http://www.liquidsilverbooks.com Learn more about this author: http://www.amandajayde.com

Musing on Muses - Guest blog - C.E. Lawrence

Sheila English (don’t you love her name?) suggested to me that I write a blog about “finding my muse.” Good idea, I thought – so I did what I always do when I set out to write: I google. An internet search of the word “Muse” brought 41,400,000 results in 0.18 seconds. They included a rock band, a software company, a magazine, and a modeling agency (who knew?). The definition given by Wickipedia is “in Greek mythology, poetry, and literature . . . the goddesses, spirits, or real persons who inspire the creation of literature and the arts.”

Not to belabor the point, I was pleased to note that all three Muses (later on there were nine or even ten, depending on which version you ascribe to) are female. So a big shout out to the Greeks for giving women some credit – we got wisdom, beauty and poetry, and the men got war, drunkenness, and the underworld. Sorry, guys. To be fair, the muses were as capricious and cruel as any other Greek god – they blinded Thamyris for his hubris in challenging them to a contest. Ouch. Nice work, ladies.

Among other cool things, the muses were responsible for giving artists creative inspiration. The other common meaning of that word, of course, is breath. In ancient Greece people mostly wrote poetry and plays – but according to the Wickipedia article, “They have served as aids to an author of prose, too, sometimes represented as the true speaker, for whom an author is merely a mouthpiece.”

I like that. It takes some of the responsibility of creativity off my shoulders; after all, if I’m just a mouthpiece, then what the heck? That explanation also comes very close to describing the feeling every writer has experienced from time to time when “in the zone” – the odd, disembodied sense of writing down what seems to originate elsewhere. Now, I’m sure my ego is as big as any other author’s, so this isn’t fake humility. Writing a novel isn’t exactly a walk through the park – it’s a dirty, messy business, full of trips and traps and dark nights of despair. But on the good days – and sometimes even on the bad ones – there is something that happens, something I can’t fully explain. It’s spooky and weird and maybe even otherworldly, but I’ve learned to trust it. It is, exactly as the Wickipedia article describes it: a feeling of being simply the channel, or mouthpiece, for something much larger. It happens most often when I’m writing poetry (it’s true – I don’t just write about serial killers), but it also happens when I’m working on my thrillers.

It is as thought the ideas and stories are out there somewhere, and I’m just plucking them out of the air, as it were, to write them down. Maybe this is what Jung was talking about when he came up with his notion of archetypes, and it might be what my New Age friends means when they speak of “channeling” spirits or past lives, or whatever. Of course, I don’t buy into that stuff. I believe in the scientific method, so until someone can prove Seth exists, I’ll continue to regard Shirley McLaine as a brilliant actress, but a bit of a wacko. No offense, Shirley – you were amazing in Being There. Best masturbation scene ever – you totally rock.

So I am stuck in the uncomfortable position of trying to describe something I can’t fully explain and don’t completely understand. Well, there is the nature of the creative process right there, it seems to me. As writers we are trying to use the most unreliable, earthbound and limited of tools – words – to create the ineffable, immortal and timeless – stories.

Because stories are forever. The Greeks knew that, and so did the Romans, and so did every culture who came after. People seem to have a need to tell each other stories; it’s one of the things I love most about our species. So we dance our tales, or sing them, or, god forbid, write them. We’re forever in search of our Muse, but I have the feeling that she’s out there looking for us, too. After, she needs a mouthpiece. She may be eternal, ethereal, timeless, and all that good stuff, but we’re the ones stuck here on good old terra firma, so if she’s got something to say, she’d better look us up. She can find me in the East Village, listening to public radio, drinking coffee from Porto Rico Imports, and trying to think of devious new ways a serial killer might operate. So ladies, all nine or ten of you are welcome to drop on by anytime – I’ll keep the light on for you.

C.E. Lawrence is the byline of a New York-based suspense writer, performer, and prize-winning playwright whose previous books have been praised as "lively. . ." (Publishers Weekly); "constantly absorbing. . ." (starred Kirkus Review); and "superbly crafted prose" (Boston Herald).

Her latest Lee Campbell thriller, Silent Victim, will be in stores in early December of 2010. The first book in the series, Silent Screams, was praised by Publishers Weekly as a “dark, intriguing thriller;” the Chronogram called it “a fresh take on the twisted-serial-killer genre, a high-octane, compulsively-readable thriller that gets New York right;” TracyReaderDad called it “an awesome read . . . If you love a good mystery, and a great set of characters, you will love it.” Both books will be available as audio books, and have also been sold to Piper Verlag in Germany.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

The Reluctant Prophet by Nancy Rue Book Trailer

Its a total surprise when 40-something Allison Chamberlain feels a divine nudge to buy a Harley motorcycle and go wherever it takes her. Soon she finds herself in the darkest corners of society, experiencing the heartache of the poor. Will she discover that healing comes through the voice of God and those who follow it Learn more about this book here: http://bit.ly/cUp74a and its author here: www.nancyrue.com Christian, womens fiction, Christian Romance, inspirational

Hometown Ties by Melody Carlson Book Trailer

In this second installment of Melody Carlsons engaging Boomer series, four fifty something women discover you really can go home again. But its not always easy. Learn more about the book here: http://bit.ly/9tjiWl and its author here: www.melodycarlson.com. Christian, womens fiction, Christian Romance, inspirational

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Day of the Dragon Rebecca York Book Trailer

While searching for traces of an ancient civilization, Ramsey Gallagher saves the life of anthropologist Madison Dartmoor whose startling discoveries may be the clues to his own heritage. As their relationship heats up, Ramsey guards secrets that may tear him and Madison apart or save their lives. Learn more about this book and author: http://www.rebeccayork.com

Monday, November 1, 2010

The Christmas Chronicles Tim Slover Book Trailer

In this new holiday classic, Tim Slover crafts a marvelous, magical novel about how Santa Claus became the man he is today. After reading The Christmas Chronicles, youll believe all over again in the magic of the season. Learn about the book:http://bit.ly/bnUpAd Learn about this author: http://bit.ly/bsggrb Besides the book, there is also the original radio drama of The Christmas Chronicles produced by KBYU-FM in Provo Utah. Hear it for yourself athttp://bit.ly/bk8kfg Fantasy, fiction

The Secret History of Elizabeth Tudor Vampire Slayer Part One

Sovereign Power. Eternal Pleasure. Set amid the dazzling court intrigues of Elizabethan England, this sumptuous, dark new series reveals the never before seen diaries of a young and passionate Queen Elizabeth and her inescapable destiny as a vampire slayer. The Secret Life of Elizabeth Tudor, Vampire Slayer by Lucy Weston. Learn more about this book and author: http://bit.ly/cC5Pu5 Fantasy, Paranormal