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Well, as usual, I am not good with schedules or deadlines...which is part of why I like to do my own thing...but hopefully what I am good at is writing a compelling, exciting and emotional story. I dare say that Destined for Divinity is shaping up to be just that.
Rather than try to predict when it will be finished, I'll just say that I am projecting that it will be about 150,000 words when it's done (which is actually the equivalent of 2 novels for most authors, LOL) At the moment, I have about 100,000 words finished, and probably another 10,000 words scribbled in notebooks, waiting to be typed. I don’t write everything in order, so I have the framework of the story mostly written, and now I am “filling in all the holes”. (Insert fight here…get these characters from point A to point B… etc)
Once everything is filled in, then I can start reading the entire thing from the beginning to polish it up, make sure it flows properly, add any missing information the reader needs to know, and do some editing along the way. Then I'll read it through again once more with a stronger editing eye. When I’m in that final read-through/editing stage, is when I will hand it over to my beta group for feedback, as I begin to post sneak peeks and prepare for publishing and distribution.
So…the wheels are still turning and everything is churning along. Thank you all, as always, for your patience and support. I can’t wait to share the conclusion to the second trilogy with you and begin working on new installments for the series!
I've just returned from Undeadcon in New Orleans, where I was honored to be a featured author. While flight delays caused me to miss almost all of the Author Meet & Greet at St. Alphonsus Church, I did arrive in time to get a few pictures with some beloved 'characters'.
From left to right: "Louis" Drew Salisbury, Me, "Armand" J. O'Meara, and "Lestat" Brant "DeLioncourt". From the first time I picked up Interview with a Vampire by Anne Rice, I was captivated by these characters. So wonderful to see them! I love how this photograph captures the essence of each character in their expression. Louis is quiet and thoughtful, Armand seems wise beyond the years of his apparent age, and Lestat looks eager and ready to have some fun and get into trouble! A big thank you to these guys for traveling to New Orleans each year for this amazing event and bringing these beloved characters to life!
More pictures from the event can be found in my photo album!
The results are in!
ALMOST HUMAN won Best Paranormal Series
DESCENDANT OF DARKNESS won Best Urban Fantasy
2012 Paranormal Romance Guild
Reviewer's Choice Awards!!!
Thank you so much to all of my wonderfully supportive readers who voted for my books! I know that PRG reviewed a lot of really great books this year. It is an honor to have won my categories, and to have participated with such talented authors
All official results can be viewed at:
I got to attend the event with my mom. Unfortunately, we didn't have time to sit in on the discussion panels - I don't even think we saw everything on the show floor. There was just so much going on. We were also privileged to be able to spend a lot of time behind the scenes in the autographing area, while setting up and waiting for my signing slot.
When I first arrived to unpack, Felicia Day (Dr. Horrible and The Guild) was there, and I was able to go over and say hello. (She would make a wonderful Felicity! ... just saying). She was so friendly and supportive. It was a pleasure to meet her. I'm just kicking myself because I had only just arrived, and although I was able to spend a few minutes talking to her, I completely forgot to ask for an autograph, or ask for a picture with her. I hope I have the opportunity to see her again sometime - I love her work and she was very nice.
Throughout the busy and hectic day I also found myself "behind the curtain" with quite a few celebrities, although I only got to say a passing hello to most, and didn't get pictures with many.
Rose McGowan (Charmed), Stephen Lang (Terra Nova) & Jason Momoa (Game of Thrones) were all kept very busy there, promoting the new Conan.
Eliza Dushku (Faith from BuffyTVS) and Rick Fox (Oz - and player for The Lakers) were also there, at a table one down from mine.
Although he was assigned to a private booth, at one point Mark Hamill (Luke from Star Wars) was also behind the curtain, and he made a point to stop for a moment and say hello when passing by.
Kevin Sorbo (Hercules, Andromeda) had a non-stop autograph line all day, but was very friendly and took time out to chat during his break!
It was wonderful to meet him and I appreciate that he was so warm and social during his busy day.
Signing at the table right next to mine, was an actor that I very much admire, who has been a huge inspiration to me in my writing for ALMOST HUMAN, although on the surface you won't see much resemblance between the iconic vampire he played on T.V. and those in my series. James Marsters played Spike on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and meeting him was very cool.
He was friendly and gracious, stopping to chat during his breaks, posing for pictures and signing my name-tag, even though he was in great demand out on the floor. (He had fans camped out and waiting for him, and a full line all day.)
I want to sincerely thank him for taking the time out of his break on a few instances, to speak with me and truly make my day!
Comic Con was an unforgettable experience and I am so grateful to have been involved.
I hope my readers enjoyed meeting me and getting a sneak peek at the next book. I hope also that those newly introduced to my ALMOST HUMAN series enjoy it!
Sorry it has taken me so long to update my page... as you know, I was invited to attend the Anne Rice - Vampire Lestat - Fan Club's 24th annual Vampire Ball and UndeadCon over the Halloween weekend for events, booksigning, and a Q&A Panel with The Paranormal Romance Guild.
The events were wonderful, but unfortunately Hurricane Sandy caused my flight home to be cancelled and left me stranded in New Orleans for a bit longer than planned. Not that New Orleans is a bad place to be if I was going to get stuck somewhere ;-)
It was difficult though, to have my husband and children at home in New York, battening down the hatches and sleeping in the basement with flashlights, while I was out having fun. I have never taken a trip without them before, ever...and this is when disaster decides to strike...talk about having a guilty conscience! Luckily, my family and house are safe and sound, and I'm back home again. Things were a bit messy and chaotic here for a while, with downed trees, electricity outages and a major gas shortage on Long Island, but it's all settled down now.
I was thrilled to have been invited to attend the Vampire Ball - as a fan of Anne Rice, it is something I have always wanted to do, and to attend as an author was awesome! It was great to meet so many people who love the genre as I do, and it was a lot of fun! I'll be posting all of the pictures in the photo gallery.
It was great to be able to meet and have fun with the other authors and members of the Paranormal Romance Guild. These are people I have known online and shared advice and experience with for over 3 years now, and it was so cool to finally hang out with them in person. I especially love meeting readers, and hope they had fun at the events as well! I hope to attend again next year!
Ménage à trois anyone?
No...not that kind of threesome!
SHE SAID / SHE SAID / SHE SAID
(One Book - Three Reviews!)
DESCENDANT OF DARKNESS
The long awaited 5th installment to Melanie Nowak's ALMOST HUMAN Venomous Vampire series is being released July 7, 2012 and PRG has the inside scoop! 3 PRG Reviewers have been given advance beta reading copies, and will be treating PRG to 3 reviews, a discussion of the book, and a Q&A with the author! Read PRG's Ménage à trois review: