Thursday, April 30, 2009

Samhain Call For Submissions

Call for Submissions: Samhain Publishing Space Opera anthology


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Get your outer space on! Intergalactic wars, space battles, alien cultures, and love (and lust) across the cosmos.


I’m very pleased to announce an open call for submissions for a new, yet-to-be titled spring 2010 space opera anthology. I’m looking for fast-paced, action-adventure space opera romances. Don’t know what space opera is? Think Star Wars, Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica or my personal favorite, Firefly/Serenity. For more information on Space Opera, you can check out the entry on wikipedia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_Opera

I’m open to M/F, M/M, or multiples thereof, and any sexual heat level. The only rule is the story should be set mainly or entirely in space and the romance must end happily ever after or happy for now.

The anthology will include novellas from 25,000 to 30,000 words in length and will be released individually as ebooks in April 2010.

Submissions are open to all authors, published with Samhain or aspiring to be published with Samhain. All submissions must be new material—previously published submissions will not be considered. Additionally, manuscripts previously submitted, whether individually or for past anthologies, will not be considered either. Please be aware that manuscripts submitted to this anthology cannot be resubmitted at a later date unless by invitation from an editor.

To submit a manuscript for consideration, please include:

The full manuscript (of 25,000 to 30,000 words) with a comprehensive 2-5 page synopsis. Please include a letter of introduction/query letter. Full manuscripts are required for this as it’s a special project.

As well, when you send your manuscript, please be sure to use the naming convention SpaceOpera_Title_MS and SpaceOpera_Title_Synopsis. This will ensure that your submission doesn’t get missed in the many submissions we receive, and makes it easy for me to find in my ebook reader.

Submissions are open until August 10, 2009 and final decision will be made by August 31, 2009. Please send your submission to editor@samhainpublishing.com and include Space Opera Anthology in the subject line. Questions can be addressed to Sasha Knight (sasha@samhainpublishing.com).

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

My Wayback Soundtrack

I'm currently working on a submission to the Wayback, Texas series (haven't heard of it? Go to www.thewildrosepress.com and get started on this series. It's awesome) and developed a little soundtrack to listen to while writing or brainstorming. I think I'll start posting my soundtracks to give an idea what I listen to during the writing process. You'd think soundtracks would be a distraction but they are actually a great help. For example, it's gotten to the point I can't really work on LSAYD without popping in a David Cook cd!

Anyway, Wayback is a rodeo town full of cowboys. I of course thought of country music first and rounded up a group of songs that either remind me of: the characters, the plot, or specific scenes, and so this is what I came up with for its soundtrack:


Get a playlist! Standalone player Get Ringtones


Friday, April 17, 2009

Painting Jesus Upside Down

During the Easter service at Southeast Christian Church this past weekend, a man came on stage and started painting while a beautiful song was performed. Right before our eyes, he started slapping paint on the canvas, and we all peered closer, trying to figure out what the picture was supposed to be... Then right before the end we figured it out and during the short length of the song, he completed the masterpiece and raised it up. It. Was. Amazing. What a talent.
SCC records their sermons and posts them on their website, but they didn't have this on there so I checked Youtube, and sure enough. I found a man doing the exact same thing with the exact same painting (except there was a crown of thorns when he did it Easter) so I'm assuming this was the same man.
I've posted the video here, but it was truly something to see in person, and swear he did it faster at SCC.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Help Me Choose A Title

I'm trying to decide on a title for Blood Revelation Book #3 and have narrowed it down to 6 choices. I posted a poll on my blog at Myspace, but for some reason, Blogger is being very uncooperative today. Urrrrgh. So.. please go to www.myspace.com/crystalrainlove and view my blog there to vote. I appreciate all the help I can get!

You can also vote here:

http://www.acepolls.com/polls/876296-which-title-is-best

Friday, April 10, 2009

"Tofu" Is A Bad Word. LOL!

OK, I had to share this. There's a news article on AOL about a woman who supposedly just looooooooooooovvvvvvvvveeeeeeeesssssss herself some tofu. So she decided to proclaim her love of tofu on a license plate. But she can't. Because to do so would be considered X-rated. What do you think?:


"ILVTOFU"



lmao! Hmmm... Me thinks somebody has been listening to "If You Seek Amy" and getting ideas... ( - ; Maybe she just really loves tofu, who knows, but if I saw that on the back of someone's car I would totally see the naughtier message. So what does that say about me?

Here's the coverage (if it works):

Thursday, April 9, 2009

David Cook on Free Radio Tonight



This looks like a crazy show. David was cute. Love his WTF? expressions.

I'm Scattered All Over, But Still Moving Forward.

So anyone who knows me, knows this: I am a pantser. I can't plot and write. It takes all the joy out of it. But I need some sort of order if I am going to fulfill my goal of X amount of completed manuscripts this year. I want to be doing this fulltime and that won't happen any time soon if I keep going at my average of nine months spent on each book.
Over the past year, I have managed to shorten that length of time. I wrote Moonlit Dream in about 2-3 months WHILE doing grueling edits for The Fire Still Burns, and revising the full of Passion Be... (oops. That's right. Blood REv Book #1 will not be going by its original name) ... That was pretty darn good, even if that was a shorter length book. More of a novella. Still, it was quick.
Anyway, I realize I need to prioritize or something to get these books out quicker. And it hit me. I kind of plot, just a wee little bit. I see future scenes and think up dialogue. Usually I just let it fester (I'll jot the dialogue down though and save for later, but I don't write out the scenes) in my head until I reach that point in the story.
Well, it hit me yesterday. Why do I do that? If I have a good scene in my head, why not just write it and piece it in when the rest of the story catches up? So that's what I've been doing.
I wrote a stellar scene yesterday and an awesome one today. I may be all over the place and out of order, but I'm still moving forward. It sure beats the hell out of just putting these scenes on the backburner while I stare at the monitor and try to figure out how to get through a particularly sloooooooow scene so point A can meet point B.
Hopefully, by doing this, I'll get LSAYD done way quicker than the Blood Rev books. Keep your eye on the progress meter on the right and see how I do.
(FYI: I won't update the word count on my progress meter unless I'm actually adding to the actual manuscript. My out-of-order scenes are saved in a different document and won't be included in the word count until they are actually added to the manuscript itself.)

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Help Find The Cure!

David Cook has a team to raise money for Brain Cancer Research and I joined. I have a goal of $200 on my personal page and I believe it trickles up to his team (goal of $10K)

No, I did not join because of David Cook, I joined because I join EVERYTHING that has to do with raising money for Cancer Research, I joined because I lost my father way before his time due to cancer. Whatever your reasons, I hope you join and can donate. You do not have to participate in the race. You can be a virtual participant like me and just donate money to the cause.

My page can be found here:

http://www.braintumorcommunity.org/site/TR/Events/RFH-DC2009?px=1769242&pg=personal&fr_id=1340&et=O0FYep5V3krgrTCB0cybVw..&s_tafId=23040


Please re-post this and help!

Rain

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

WINNERS CHOSEN!

The winners were chosen today (by my beautiful children) in the Fool For Romance contest.


Grand Prize Winner: Judy Cox

Judy wins all that wonderful stuff contributed by the 21 authors.

Runners-Up:

Bobbi Kilbarger & Jennifer Santiago

The runners-up also got some good stuff. Go to the site to check it out and sign up for the newsletter to be aware of future contests and events.

New David Cook Video!

Check it out at:

http://music.att.net/s/s.dll?ep=24034&only=y&ch=ev&s1=dc&artist=MU_Artist_DavidCook

Me likey. Even though it kind of gave me vertigo. Go figure. I mean, nothing was spinning. I don't know. I'm just weird, I suppose.