Tuesday, October 01, 2013

October Newsletter

Last month was really busy, what with the release of Fascinating Rhythm, and then, at the end of the month, In The Mood going free! It actually grazed the overall top 100 list, so I’m delighted with the results of that. It did hit the top 100 in its categories! It’s still on offer, so if you want it, head on to your local Amazon, or All Romance Ebooks, or Nook, or the Ellora’s Cave website. It should be free at your favourite outlet.
Here's the Amazon one:
I am so happy with the offer because I love to share what I do with as many people as I can. That’s one of the main reasons I write.
We’re definitely into autumn now. Lovely. I don’t really like it when it’s too hot, so it’s a bit strange that I choose to spend time in Texas in late spring every year, but I have this love for Texas, engendered by the people I know who live there and the beauty of the place. Not the heat or the flying cockroaches, though. Not too happy about those.
I’ve just booked my flight for next year’s RT Convention. Before the convention, I’m going to spend a week enjoying the delights of New Orleans with a friend, Cait Miller. We are going to paint the town red, white and blue! But if you have any handy hints as to what to do there, let us know! After the convention, I’m spending a week with gorgeous Desiree Holt and a week with the equally gorgeous Kathryn Falk. Because I can and because they’re two of the most amazing women I have ever met. I’m very lucky to know them both.
Writing – well, I spent most of the month finishing off and tidying up the unexpected end to the Nightstar series. With the fourth book out, I’m delighted by the response, and the people who have written to me asking me about Chick, the band’s manager. I introduced him as a secondary character, had no intention of writing his story, but here he is, bold as brass, demanding that I learn more about him. Chick has no fashion sense in that he dresses in chain store shirts, and orders them by the dozen, has two suits to his name, one of them a tux, and lets his beard and hair grow until they irritate him and then he visits the nearest barber. Until he appears on TV and reads the responses. I used to be a watcher of “The X Factor,” but it’s grown too game-show for me, and the latest twist in the UK is too cruel to watch, but I got a lot of material from the show, and some of it comes out in this book. Similarly shows like “The Voice” and “American Idol.” There’s a lot of drama in those shows, some manufactured, some wrung out of the poor victims/contestants, so I used that in Chick’s story. However the heroine isn’t a contestant – she’s a fellow judge. The story only starts there, so don’t worry, it’s not a story about talent shows, it’s firmly about Chick and Murder City Ravens play a part in his story. It does give me a chance to revisit some of my favourite characters, but they’re there for a reason, they’re not there as extras.
So last night I got an idea. I have only a vague notion where it’s going to take me, but now that Chick’s story (he has another name, Mark, which he uses in private!) is done for now, I want to follow it for a few days and see if it has legs. It’s a contemporary, with compelling characters, and I know what their problems are and where they need to go. Now I need to follow them there!
I’ve bitten the bullet and transferred my website to a new server. You shouldn’t see any difference, except that now it reads http://lynneconnolly.com in the address bar, instead of the Virgin address, but it seems to load faster for me. If any of you have any problems, please let me know.
In a week or two, Liquid Crystal, part of the Department 57 series is coming out at a cheaper price with a new cover. It’s the first of the Crystal miniseries, and the others are still available at Loose-Id. I want to write more stories about the agents at the Department, and I have some ideas, but I need to work on them first. Meantime, if you want to know how merpeople make love, now's your chance!
So I’ll leave you a look at the new cover. Au revoir, mes amis!