"You're too young to know what love is. You don't love me. You're infatuated with me." -- Sir Aric, The Prince's Knight

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Save money on a Kindle

For those of you interested in purchasing an Amazon Kindle, now is the time. Through a partnership with Chase, Amazon is knocking $100 off the Kindle...making it slightly more affordable. While you're picking it up, you can also purchase Demon's Torment. Check out Amazon's terms and conditions here.

Monday, August 25, 2008

September scavenger hunts

I'm participating in two scavenger hunts for the month of September. I'm donating free copies of Demon's Torment and Avery and the Devil to each one. Check them out:

The Forbidden Hunt: Participating Forbidden Publications authors have hidden a treasure chest somewhere on their websites. Prizes will be awarded to random participants, including a grand prize treasure chest full of goodies sent straight from Forbidden Publications! Check out the official Forbidden Hunt website for all the rules and information you need.

TwoLips Reviews Anniversary: TwoLips Reviews is celebrating its two year anniversary. Participating authors have hidden a TwoLips anniversary banner somewhere on their websites. The official rules aren't posted yet, but here is the link for TwoLips Reviews. I'll post more info at the end of the month.

I've already hidden both icons! If you want a jump-start on the competition, check out my website and see if you can find them.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Vampires and werewolves and witches, oh my!

I have a pet peeve--okay I have a lot of pet peeves, but I've noticed something happening in a lot of paranormal books these days. Instead of focusing on one kind of supernatural creature (writing a vampire book about only vampires, for instance), some authors just lump all paranormal creatures together in the same universe and let them loose. As far as I'm concerned this rarely works out.

I recently read Stacia Kane's Personal Demons. Her universe contains demons, witches, and vampires at the very least, although no vampires appear in this story. Thankfully her book sticks to demons. For me, demons and witches go hand-in-hand. Witches summon demons, etc. This book didn't grab my imagination as others have, but at least it didn't throw a bunch of different rules at you for a bunch of different monsters and then expect you to keep up somehow.

It depends, of course, on how well a book is written as well. In L.J. Smith's Night World series (a new personal fave), she has vampires, werewolves, and witches all co-existing in the same world, but each story focuses almost exclusively on one type of those creatures, making it a more enjoyable experience for me. Plus her writing just draws you into the world and into the characters' heads.

For the most part though I prefer my vampires to remain separated from my shapeshifters, and for my demons to stick with their witches. I know I for one will never want to create a world where they all coexist--that's just not a world I would want to write about.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

LASR winner and new review

Congrats to my winner for Long and Short Romance Review's Anniversary giveaway. I've already sent her the free copy of Demon's Torment she won, plus she's entitled to a free download of Avery and the Devil once it's released.

I spent the morning catching up on email--since I've been feeling kind of under the weather lately it's been piling up. Bitten by Books reviewed Demon's Torment August 6th, so I finally got the chance to read what they had to say and was pleasantly surprised. Their reviewer loved my book.

Here's what she had to say:

Absolutely fantastic! Demon's Torment is a book where you can never guess the direction of the story. It is wonderfully written book, filled with suspense and sweet moments. It is an enjoyable read and I highly recommend it to others who love a story that stands out like none other. Rachel D. Thompson brings a different kind of tale and this tale will touch your soul and satisfy your desires.

You can read the full review here.