Friday, January 23rd, 2009
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Jennifer Lyon is the pseudonym for Jennifer Apodaca. According to Apodaca, Lyon is a cranky cat, addicted to apple martinis and totally lacking in morals and self control.
Lyon appreciates the compliment. And in this section. Lyon will do reviews of books, answer Dear Lyon email, give opinions on things in general, and whatever strikes her cat-fancy.
(Please note, that I realize that I am both these people, Apodaca and Lyon, and referring to myself in third person is twisted. But all the time spent in the Lyon’s Lair writing about witches and demons takes a toll on a person’s mental health, you know?)
Today, Lyon is answering e-mail. The first one is brought back by popular demand (originally seen on www.murdershewrites.com) because it’s a new year, and Lyon is hearing disturbing rumblings about–gasp–dieting!
Dear Jen Lyon,
Do you have any diet advice?
Signed: Skinny Wannabe.
Buy bigger clothes and buy more wine. The more wine you drink, the better you look. Also, I suggest baking cookies, cakes and brownies for all your friends. Get them fat. Then give them wine and they’ll tell you how great you look. Works every time.
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Dear Jen Lyon,
I think my mother-in-law might be a witch. What do I do?
Grow up! If you’re mother in law is a witch, you had better get out your book of spells and fight magic with magic. The first order of business to off dust off your cauldron and stir up some witches brew (made with liberal amounts of alcohol) and see if that takes the bristles out of the old bat’s broom.
And just cuz I’m feeling generous, I’ll give you another tip. Apple Martinis. Drink them often. Trust me, Apple Martini will make the old witch seem funny not scary.
Don’t forget–come back this weekend to find out who wins the $20.00 gift card to Barnes and Noble. The winner will be drawn from all this weeks comments. And find out who is the lucky winner of the book BEDEVILED by Maureen Child! That winner will be drawn from the comments on Maureen’s guest-blog.
Thursday, January 22nd, 2009
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Today, I have a very special Guest Blogger: USA Today best selling author Maureen Child. Maureen has published over 100 books and novellas, is a six time nominee for the prestigious Rita award from Romance Writers of America, and one of her novels, A POCKETFUL OF PARADISE, was made into a CBS-TV movie called The Soul Collector,starring Melissa Gilbert, Bruce Greenwood and Ossie Davis. Maureen is also a voracious reader, and loves the paranormal genre, which clearly means she has excellent taste! Maureen is here to tell us about her latest book BEDEVILED, and pay attention because she’s giving away a free copy! Welcome Maureen!
Hey Jen, thanks for inviting me to drop in on your brand new site! Very nice and can’t wait to get my copy of BLOOD MAGIC!
I’m actually here today to talk about my new release from NAL. It’s called BEDEVILED and that’s the cover below. Is that gorgeous or what? And, speaking as the writer, I’m going to say the story’s really good, too. BEDEVILED got a starred review from Booklist, too, so I’m not the only one who thinks so! (okay, that’s enough for brag mode)
I absolutely love the paranormal. Dark. Light. Scary. Funny. But when I’m writing them, I’ve got to have some humor in there. And I think BEDEVILED really comes through in that department.
Maggie Donovan is a perfectly ordinary woman. Until the day she sees her ex-boyfriend being eaten. (Not in a sexual way, either)! Anyway, in the incredibly clumsy fight for her life, Maggie ends up inhaling what she finds out later, is Faery dust. And that dust is changing her whole world. Suddenly, she’s super strong and has a tendency to float when she’s not holding onto something. But that’s just the beginning of weird.
Culhane, a centuries old Fenian Warrior for the Fae arrives to tell Maggie that she is the Destined Queen of the Fae. The only trick is, she has to defeat evil Queen Mab to claim the throne. No problem, except that Maggie doesn’t know how to fight, doesn’t have time to fight and hey, has zero interest in being the Queen of a world she never even knew existed until like five minutes ago.
Plus, Maggie and Culhane have a much deeper connection than she knows. But then, Culhane has this pesky connection to Mab, too…
I hope you give BEDEVILED a try and if you do, hope you love it! I’m going to give away a copy of BEDEVILED to one of the posters here today, so tell me…
How do you like your paranormals? Light? Dark? Funny? (Come on, vote for funny!)
Every comment will be entered into a drawing to win a free copy of BEDEVILED! The winner will be announced this weekend.
Tuesday, January 20th, 2009
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Joke of the Day:
Question: What did the witch do when her broomstick broke?
Answer: She witch-hiked!
I watched two shows with witches when I was a kid, BEWITCHED and THE WIZARD OF OZ. Now when other kids were scared of the wicked witch, I was just annoyed. Why? Because they got it wrong! (Please, no outcries, I was a little kid and didn’t know the movie was supposed to be a classic!)
Witches are not green witch with warts and poor fashion taste either. From the time I saw my first BEWITCHED rerun, I knew that stereotype of a witch was wrong. Witches are not ugly, old, stooped or laughably evil.Nor do they cackle.
Witches are smart, intelligent lovely women who happen to have powers. (Sorry, men don’t get to be witches in my world. But no worries, the heroes are witch hunters; super sizzling hot men who are cursed, but if they can overcome the curse, they come into powers of their own.)
Much as I loved the BEWITCHED, as I grew up, I began to see the flaws. Samantha Stephens is cool, but why would she be married to a man like Darrin? She’s strong and powerful and he’s…boring. This bugged me forever…a cool witch like Samantha should have a man who is strong and hunky with a few powers of his own. Seriously, I thought about this!
Obviously, I have an obsession! THE WIZARD OF OZ was fun to watch, but what started my obsession was the TV show BEWITCHED. What about you all, did a TV show ever spark an obsession for you? (Don’t forget, every comment enters you into the contest for prizes!)
Monday, January 19th, 2009
Joke of the day:
Question: How do you make a witch scratch?
Answer: Take away her “W”
It’s the first day of the Cyber Launch Party for BLOOD MAGIC, the first book in a new paranormal series. Romantic Times Book Club summed up the book as: “Witchcraft, magic and dark curses take on a new twist in Lyon’s action-packed series launch.” They also gave the book a 4 ½ HOT, which is awesome!
The prizes will be:
Week One (January 19-23) $20.00 gift card to Barnes & Noble
Week Two (January 26-30) Candle set with $15.00 Starbucks Card
Week Three (February 2-6) Peace, Hope and Serenity Bracelet
Week Four (February 9-13) Box of Paranormal Books
Week Five (February 16-20) CHARMED; Season Three DVD Set
Then, on the official release date of BLOOD MAGIC, February 24th, I will draw one name from ALL the comments over the five weeks for the Grand Prize!
A Celtic Knot Centerpiece Necklace with a Rainbow Moonstone! The gemstone shown here is a Labradorite, but the one in the necklace I’m giving away is a Rainbow Moonstone. This picture isn’t very good, but you can see it here where I bought the necklace: http://www.silverenchantments.com/CelticJewelry/celtic-knot-centerpiece-pendant-necklace_2856.html#2856_gemmed
I’m really excited about this necklace as a grand prize. In BLOOD MAGIC, the heroine, Darcy MacAlister, wears a necklace just like it, only without the gemstone. Darcy has no idea she’s a witch, and in fact, she didn’t even know witches existed. But as the danger rises and Darcy must discover who she is, the necklace plays an important role.
I ordered a necklace for myself too!
So come in and join the fun! For today’s comments, tell me your favorite paranormal book or author. Or are you like me, and unable to ever pick a favorite?
Friday, January 9th, 2009
Cyber Book Launch Party for BLOOD MAGIC
Beginning January 19th, it’s five weeks of fun and prizes to celebrate the release of BLOOD MAGIC on February 24th. Each weekend, I will randomly draw a name from comments during the week and post the winner on the blog. Those prizes will be things like a $20.00 gift card to Barnes and Noble, a Candle and Tea set, a silver Peace, Hope and Serenity bracelet, etc.
On February 24th, the release date of BLOOD MAGIC, I will draw one name from all the comments as the over all grand prize winner of a silver necklace.
Come back on January 19th and join the fun!