Friday, May 25, 2007

The Romance Studio Reviewed Thirty Days!

Another great review for Thirty Days! Julia at The Romance Studio gave it 4.5 Hearts!

She wrote: "I thought this was a wonderful story that really made me think about what a relationship was between submissives and dominants. Cavan was so desperately and systematically abused with his previous master that it was sometimes hard to read. Through all that, the author was able to convey the feelings that Biton had for him even though Biton was also a dominant, and how much he cared about what happened to Cavan. I thought that the struggle that Biton had controlling his needs and giving Cavan as much space as he could was touching. I liked how the author showed that Cavan was so abused, he didn’t understand what his master was doing, and it caused some problems. This is a touching story that isn’t for the faint at heart because of some of the material it covers and the BDSM involved."

Check out her entire review at The Romance Studio! And read all the reviews on my website!

TGIF! And a three day weekend!

I have been going non-stop for the past month. This weekend, my only obligation is lunch at Momma's tomorrow with the siblings and nieces. After that, Sunday and Monday are mine! All mine!! *evil cackle* Hopefully, we'll get out of work early today. Unless we're under deadline for something, the boss lady is usually amenable to an early exit on the day before a holiday.

I plan to use this weekend to get some serious writing and resting done!

Now I need to get my face out of my coffee cup and get moving. I'm already running late... Just couldn't face the world without sufficient coffee intake.

Hugs!
Shayla

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Tired but Dancin'!

I went to the San Antonio Romance Authors conference over the weekend. I got to talk to my Kensington editor about a new story idea. I planned to propose it as a novella but my friends, Delilah Devlin and Kimberly Kaye Terry, both said it sounded like single title material. And my editor agreed! She likes the premise and wants to see a proposal! Woo hoo!

So I'm going into deep dark lurk while I knock out a synopsis and three chapters. Of course, for Kensington, it's not m/m romance but it is my first shot at a single title! I've never written anything as long as 80k words! *headdesk*

I want to get the proposal out within the next few weeks. Don't want her to forget that she liked it! *cackle*

Hugs to all!
Shayla

TA Chase Pimped My Book!

I was away for the weekend, more about that later, and didn't know until today that TA Chase pimped Thirty Days on his blog Friday. I'm tickled pink! I adore his novella, No Going Home! It's one of my fav re-reads. I don't have time to read much so if when I re-read stuff, you know I love it!

Check out his blog entry at http://tachase.blogspot.com/2007/05/pimping-books_18.html. While you're there, read some of his wonderful free stories and then go buy No Going Home or any of his great books!

Hugs,
Shayla

Monday, May 21, 2007

Gaps In Your Soul cover!


I received my cover for my Ellora's Cave Naughty Nuptials Quickie! Check out the hotness! Very yummy!
Read the excerpt on the Books page by clicking here!

Sunday, May 20, 2007

A little change...

Destination Pleasure has been delayed... Almost all the authors of Destination Pleasure plus the editor and publisher, were at the conference I attended this weekend. We decided to put the release on hold. Stay tuned for updates!

Monday, May 14, 2007

Destination Pleasure has a cover!


Check out the great cover for Destination Pleasure. My short story, Double Deutsch, is part of this anthology. And it's actually not gay! LOL The release date is June 1st!


Saturday, May 12, 2007

Finished something... Kind of...

I finished a proposal for a novella. I'm going to pitch it to Kensington at the San Antonio conference on May 19th. It's part of a futuristic anthology including Kayelle Allen, Sienna Black and me. If Kensington isn't interested then we'll probably go to LSB or EC.

Here's a basic blurb for Trail of Deception:

As a bounty hunter for TRAIL, Duach Cardiff found himself tangled in a web of corruption that seemed to reach as high as the World government and deep into TRAIL headquarters. Now being tracked by the top assassin from his own agency, Duach needed to find the truth. Just his luck the assassin was also the woman he’d bedded the night before. After some of the hottest sex he’d had in a long time, seeing her as a threat to his life was overshadowed by wanting another chance at her luscious body.

Nephele Talo didn’t believe in love. Sex was just a means of stress relief. And Duach’s hard muscled body had her seriously relaxed. Until she found out he was her next target. The choice of bring him back dead or alive was hers. But wanting him alive to warm her bed again made her slip up. Now she has to find the truth before they both end up dead.

TRAIL stands for Trace, Rescue and Investigation League. It's an official government agency that finds people and when necessary, kills them. It's set a few thousand years in the future when mankind has spread out into the galaxy. The creative mind behind the universe is Kayelle but we're all using it in our stories so it's a related anthology.

Now I need to go work on the other Kensington proposal. It's about a woman who is capable of astral projection (out of body experiences).

Thursday, May 10, 2007

My first book signing!

I'm on the list for RWA National's charity book signing!! Woo hoo!! It seems more real now!

Check it out here: https://www.rwanational.org/eweb/dynamicpage.aspx?webcode=LitAutographing

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

I've been tagged by Lisa Andel

I got tagged!

Lisa Andel tagged me for a meme. http://lisaandel.blogspot.com/

Here's the eight things about myself:
1. I'm both an oldest child and a middle child. I'll let you figure it out.
2. I was in the Army once upon a lifetime ago.
3. While stationed in Germany, I spent two weeks backpacking through Switzerland with my half-brother, using a rail pass and staying youth hostels.
4. My favorite TV shows are CSI (the orginal), Stargate SG1 and Queer as Folk.
5. I'm a sucker for four legged friends which explains how I ended up with three dogs and seven stray cats. (My friends insist they're not strays when they have names and vet bills. )
6. I've seen Phantom of the Opera on Broadway ten times.
7. I love junk food and it shows.
8. If I could choose anywhere in the world to visit, I'd pick Austrailia.

The people I've tagged: (Because they're worth knowing better :)

TA Chase: http://www.tachase.blogspot.com/
Sienna Black: http://siennablack.wordpress.com/
Delilah Devlin: http://delilahjournal.bravejournal.com/index.php
Kimberly Kaye Terry: http://www.kimberlykayeterrys.blogspot.com/
Myla Jackson: http://www.mylajack.blogspot.com/
Megan Kerans: http://www.myspace.com/megankerans
Eve Savage: http://www.myspace.com/evesavage
Anna J Evans: http://www.myspace.com/anna_j_evans

THE RULES:Here are the rules according to whomever likes to makeup rules (not me):
1. Each player starts with eight random facts/habits about themselves.
2. People who are tagged need to write their own blog about their eight things and post these rules.
3. At the end of your blog, you need to choose eight people to get tagged and list their names. (All's fair in Lurv and bloggin')
4. Don't forget to leave them a comment telling them they're tagged, and to read your blog.

Thursday, May 3, 2007

Wonderful news! Maybe...

July is fast approaching along with the annual Romance Writers of America Conference. This will be my second RWA national conference. Last year, I wandered around as a bright eyed newbie without a contract to my name. This year, I'll be going as a multi-published author with six sales under my belt. Woo hoo!

One of the hightlights of the conference is the Literacy Signing. Publishers donate books, authors are there with pens ready to autograph and the general public shows up to buy. All the proceeds go to ProLiteracy Worldwide. Last year, I was a cashier for the function. Since my only books so far are ebooks and not print, I figured I'd volunteer in the same capacity this year.

Well, then again...maybe not.

The Publisher at Ellora's Cave asked for a list of her authors who were attending RWA National this year. I sent my little email saying I was one of them. The next thing I know, my name and my book, The Cost of Eternity, are on a list of books Ellora's Cave is sending to print in time for National! My book is going to print! When I saw my name on the list, I screamed! And I was at work. *cackle* Of course, there were a number of books on that list and Raelene said the production department looked a little wild eyed at her request. She said, fingers crossed, they'd manage to get them all done.

So, cross your fingers for Ellora's Cave's print production department. If they come through, I'll spend my second Literacy Signing actually signing! Anyone out there in the Dallas area on Wednesday, July 11th, between 5:30 and 7:30, stop by the Hyatt Regency and say hi!

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Another Great Review for The Cost of Eternity!

I've been thrilled at all the wonderful reviews and now there's another one!

5 Angels from Fallen Angels! Teresa at Fallen Angels said:

"Ms. Kersten has once again created a story that is compelling for the reader. The Cost of Eternity is a mixture of erotic scenes with suspense and drama that ensnares the reader until the final word. Watching the birth and growth of the relationship between Lorcan and Kevin is very poignant. Lorcan and Kevin are the missing pieces in each others lives that before now were never completely filled. Lorcan has had relationships in the past, but Kevin’s openness and giving attitude gives him a love he has never found in all the centuries of his life. Kevin never knew what he needed until he met the man of his dreams. Thanks goes to Ms. Kersten for such a wonderful book."

Check out all of the wonderful reviews for The Cost of Eternity on my website at www.shaylakersten.com/tcoereviews.htm.