OMFG!

I sold The Twilight Deception to Cobblestone Press.

OMFG.

Two sales in two days, one of which to a publisher I’ve been about dying to break into.

*SQUEE*

(I’m gonna get a swelled head at this rate.)

OMG!

So I submitted A Passion Draconic (formerly known as Resurrection) to Liquid Silver’s contest and they asked for a revision… rewrote it, sent it back in… I heard from them yesterday.

They want to publish it. With one minor change, a scene I wasn’t sure about in the first place. But… they want to publish it.

*squee!*

Submitted Twilight

So, I got crits back from people, implemented changes, formatted the MS properly, and submitted The Twilight Deception.

Whee!

Viral Blog Experiment

I am participating in a blogging experiment hosted at dearauthor.com. To enter the contest, put up this blurb, image, and trackback and you are entered to win the following prize package.

  • $200 Amazon gift certificate
  • Signed copy of Slave to Sensation
  • New Zealand goodies chosen by Singh
  • ARC of Christine Feehan’s October 31 release: Conspiracy Game

You can read about the experiment here and you can download the code that you need to participate here.

SLAVE TO SENSATION
Nalini Singh
Berkley / September 2006

Slave to Sensation

Welcome to a future where emotion is a crime and powers of the mind clash brutally against those of the heart.

Sascha Duncan is one of the Psy, a psychic race that has cut off its emotions in an effort to prevent murderous insanity. Those who feel are punished by having their brains wiped clean, their personalities and memories destroyed.

Lucas Hunter is a Changeling, a shapeshifter who craves sensation, lives for touch. When their separate worlds collide in the serial murders of Changeling women, Lucas and Sascha must remain bound to their identities…or sacrifice everything for a taste of darkest temptation.

Excerpt

Grrr!!!

Some days, I hate computers.

This morning, my computer was running as slow as molasses in midwinter. I couldn’t figure out why, but Firefox was using 70-150MB of RAM. It should use between 30-50MB. Open Office, the word processor I’ve been using, was taking up around 50MB, even when it wasn’t open. Combined with the miscellaneous other programs I keep open, my computer was moving at a snail’s pace.

Granted, I need to defrag, but it was behaving very oddly for it to be just that. So upgraded Firefox, shut down a couple programs, and installed AbiWord.

AbiWord, however, lagged like a motherfucker when trying to do simple functions like word count. Then, after writing several hundred words, it crashed while I tried to turn off widow/orphan control. >_< Of course, autosave isn't a default function. 🙄 Me = pissed. So, I'm back to Open Office and trying to rewrite what I'd written before. Thankfully, I'd snippeted part of it in chat. And I'm probably going to reinstall Word and see if that works any better. *sighs*

Finis!

I finished The Twilight Deception today, at just under 20k words, which is just about what I was aiming for with the shorter novella. 🙂

I’ve sent the full manuscript out to my crit partners and beta readers. I think it’s ready to submit, based on reader reactions thus far, but I’d rather have them catch inconsistencies and typos than an editor. 😉 Once I get it back from them, I’ll probably go ahead and submit it.

Whee!

A Change of Plans

Note to self: Remember to update blog more often. >_< Right, so there's been a change of plans -- among other things. First off, I've decided to switch the working title for Deceived by Twilight to The Twilight Deception so as to avoid confusion with Laurell K. Hamilton’s Merry Gentry novel. Just seemed like a better idea overall — and the new title, I think, hints more at the suspense side of the plot. (Yes, not only is it paranormal, it’s paranormal romantic suspense.)

Okay. Originally I’d intended to write the novella as a two-part story. The first would take place when they both met while hunting down a maste vampire who’d set up shop. The second would be a couple years later, when they discover that it wasn’t really as “wrapped up” as they thought. Yeah, I know it’s weird.

The main reason for doing this was because of continuity with Waking the Shadows; I’d only intended it as a single, stand-alone piece, so it didn’t matter too much. Except comments from readers — and very loud characters — well, convinced me otherwise.

I’m very close to the end of “Part I,” and I realised that it would be complete in and of itself. It doesn’t need “Part II.” The main concern is the level of sex in the story — while there’s an earlier quasi-sex scene, I hadn’t intended on there being anything else. Except there’s a perfect place for it to happen, that would be powerful and emotional … but that would break continuity.

>_< You see the dilemma. After talking with a few close writer friends, I eventually decided to say "Screw it" and go with what feels right. Even if it breaks continuity. I'll include a note for the people who read Waking the Shadows, but I think I need to go with what’s right for what will hopefully become a series. (Provided a publisher would be interested in a series of romance novellas around the same characters. Still not sure about that, but I’m gonna try. ^_^)

Current count:

The Twilight Deception
17151 / 20000 (85.76%)

I have the climax to finish (which is taking forever), a nice sex scene, and the denouement… and then I’m done. I figure it should go by pretty quickly once I’m past the stupid climax, as I know what happens in the next two scenes… not so much in this one. Sigh. I hate pantsing.

Full Swing by Crystal Jordan

FULL SWING by Crystal Jordan
(Cobblestone Press, August 18, 2006)

The only place they still communicate is between the sheets…a professional woman golfer and an Army Ranger struggle to save their marriage after he’s seriously injured in combat and has to retire. Outside the bedroom, everything is falling apart because he believes she deserves better than a broken man, but she dreams of a future when they stop fighting and start talking long enough to reclaim the happily ever after that once seemed so certain.

ABOUT CRYSTAL JORDAN
Crystal Jordan only began writing about a year ago after she finished graduate school and needed something to fill the hours that used to be eaten away by homework. What started as a hobby has quickly become a new career. She now writes paranormal, futuristic, contemporary, and erotic romance. Additionally, she is a member of RWA and its erotic romance chapter, Passionate Ink. She also belongs to the award winning author’s resource website and forum RomanceDivas.com, where she serves as a moderator and Paranormal Co-Liaison.

http://www.crystaljordan.com

AVAILABLE AUGUST 18!

This weekend!

Join us August 11th, 12th, and 13th at Evolution for an event you won’t want to miss. The ladies from the hot new epublisher, Cobblestone Press, will be dropping by for a full-fledged Q&A. Here’s the preliminary lineup, with perhaps more to come:

Karen Erickson
Cora Zane
Marie Kulhane
Lucie Simone
H.A. Fowler
Madison Layle
Brandi Broughton
Shelli Stevens
Sara Dennis
Crystal Jordan
Tempest Knight
Susan Greene
Charlene Sands
A.L. Debran
Loribelle Hunt

Publishers:
Sable Grey
Deanna Lee

Editors:
Brandi Loyd (managing editor)
Susan Greene

Ever had a burning question you wanted to ask about editing, writing for epublishing, the business? Or just been curious and want to find out more? Stop by and let it all out. This should be a real blast. :D

Feel free to pass this on. ;)