Currently working on: Staying on top of the raspberry and snow pea harvest
Mood: Wondering how many dishes include both raspberries AND snow peas…
So we’re halfway through the year. (Well, halfway plus a little bit, but I’m always behind.) This is usually when I pull out my New Year’s Resolutions, laugh hysterically, and reassess. What are my NEW New Half Year’s Resolutions?
When I look at what I have to get done before the end of the year, the hysteria becomes more pronounced and other living beings in my household find heavy objects to find under. But the trick is always first things first. So in honor of this week’s blog topic of “My next project,” I bring you my first task: Announcing the winner of last week’s Ava Gray SKIN GAME giveaway. Random.org picked:
Spav, who is distracted by Twitter. Aren’t we all? Congrats, Spav, and thanks to all who commented.
Now, onto the next task…
I’ll be attending RomCon, a new convention for romance readers and writers, in a couple weeks (which, like the end of the year, is coming faster than I anticipate, I know). I’m very much looking forward to stalking some of my favorite authors, hanging with friends, chatting with readers, and signing books. If you live in Denver or have friends, family or Facebook acquaintances who live in Denver or anywhere in the Rockies for that matter, come join us! The giant book fair is open to the public. Details:
Crowne Plaza Denver Airport
15500 East 40th Avenue, Denver, CO
Saturday, July 10, Noon Book Fair
Meet Jo Beverley, Christine Feehan, Julia Quinn, Lori Foster, Meljean Brook, Nalini Singh, Carly Phillips, Susan Mallery, Melissa Mayhue, Catherine Anderson, Jodi Thomas and dozens of other fabulous authors [Note from Jessa: You'll see I am not a listed author at this point in my life, but at least I am fabulous] our multi-author booksigning sponsored by Borders. Bring up to 3 books from your own library for your favorite author to sign!
But before I go, I have to finish writing a short story from the world of the Marked Souls. It’s the possession story of Corvus Valerius. I’m going to give away limited edition prints of the story at RomCon before I post it to my website. If you want a copy (when I finally finish it) email your snail mail addy to jessa at jessaslade dot com with the subject line: Corvus.
Writing his story has been harder than I thought it would be. Okay, all writing is harder for me than I think it will be. But Corvus’s tale is especially hard because… Well, as soon as I started writing him, he became my hero.
There’s a saying among writers: Every villain is the hero of his own story. That’s been true of Corvus through the first two books of the Marked Souls and it’s even more true when we see how he gave in to temptation — and his demon. What do you think, does evil always believe itself in the right, or sometimes does evil just say, hell yeah I’m evil?
I’m also running a contest/asking a favor/assigning you an enviable task at my personal blog. I need to find a royalty free picture of Corvus for the cover of the short story. If somebody finds a shot I can use, she’ll get a signed copy of SEDUCED BY SHADOWS or FORGED OF SHADOWS. You can read the details here.
See you (hopefully) in Denver!