Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Many thanks! And SQUEEs!

Dear everyone:
If you bought Wicked as She Wants today, tweeted about it, mentioned it on Facebook or Google+, wrote a review, or wished me a happy book birthday: THANK YOU SO MUCH I LOVE YOU.


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Dear Bludbunny Brigade:
Criminy is pleased. The bunnies have been leashed. Thank you for your service today!

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Dear RT Book Reviews:
Thank you so much for the unbelievable honor of receiving the May Seal of Excellence. What an amazing surprise! Your kind words totally made my day/month/year. I'm so glad y'all liked it!

Here's the full article, including four reviews from the RT editors that, yes, made me cry.

And I don't cry.

I JUST DON'T, OKAY?

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Dear Cosmopolitan,
Thanks for picking up my 25 Humpalicious Steps for Writing Your First Sex Scene post over on Chuck Wendig's Terrible Minds blog. I've been reading you forever, and now I'm just utterly turgid that you read me.

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Derr Cherk,
Thernks fer everthernnng.

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Dear Mimi and Papa,
Thanks for the tomato plants and hugs. I won't tell you the name of my books, but you're proud just the same.

Love,

d.





WICKED AS SHE WANTS IS OUT NOW!!



It's finally here! Yay! I'm not freaking out at all!

The second book in the Blud series follows debauched musician Casper Sterling 

on a romantic adventure with a vicious Blud princess. 

Available from:
Book Depository (with free worldwide shipping)

Here's what RT Book Reviews had to say:



In any case, I hope you'll check it out and maybe tell your friends,
because everyone needs a little hot steampunk airship romance.

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Oh, and if you want to learn more about how to write a sex scene, check out my post on Chuck Wendig's blog today. Terrible Minds just got TERRIBLER. And more HUMPALICIOUS.

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Off to squee. Ta!

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Monday, April 29, 2013

Wicked as she SMELLS!

Y'all, I'm so excited to introduce THREE new scents from Villainess Soaps, all based on characters from WICKED AS SHE WANTS. Each character is available as a soap or artisan perfume, and the perfumes come with adorable little charms.

First up, the ice princess herself:

AHNA




Fierce frost flowers - lilac and cherry blossom - with a proud heart of blackberry and sugar plum, caught in a predatory gust of chill wind.
(Ahem, my favorite, ahem.)

Buy the Ahna SOAP or PERFUME.

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Next is her paramour, my favorite debauched Southern gentleman...

CASPER




Golden sunshine and Southern charm. New mown hay and tall pines, Georgia peaches, warm skin and bourbon-soaked debauchery. 

Buy the Casper SOAP or PERFUME.

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And finally, Ahna's enemy, the stylish Blud villainess...

RAVENNA

(Imagine a chick version of Rasputin.



Dragon's Blood heated with the Silk Road's spices - ginger, cinnamon, cloves, cedar and caraway seed - and underlined with a malevolent hint of cyanide, vetiver and black rose.

Buy the Ravenna SOAP or PERFUME.

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Let me tell you-- these scents are SPOT ON for how the characters feel, and I am constantly astounded by the genius and style of the lovely Brooke at Villainess. You can also grab a collection of 8 of the scents or pick up a few samples of all 8 new scents at the WICKED AS SHE WANTS launch party this Friday night.

I'll be dressed in blue and smelling of Ahna, darlings.

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Step 2: Keep calm and freak out


So WICKED AS SHE WANTS comes out tomorrow.
Friday is the book launch party.
I am constantly mid-flail.

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Here's how I'm staying occupied:

1. Nagging people about RSVPing to the book launch party FRIDAY, MAY 3 AT RED DOOR PLAYHOUSE IN ROSWELL, GA on the pretense that I need a head count to buy supplies.

2. Buying lots of supplies, especially alcohol, because lots of people have RSVPd, probably so that I'll stop badgering them.

3. Listening to my 4yo sing BADGER BADGER BADGER, which he calls the BEAVER SONG and believes is somehow related to my book and Justin Beiber at the same time.

4. Daydreaming about Special Book Launch Lunch, which is when I force my husband to take me out to a fancy lunch on the day my book launches. And digesting I Just Finished My First Draft Dinner from last night, because I also forced him to take me out for chicken wings last night.

5. Contemplating new things to celebrate so I won't have to cook.

6. Painting those little wooden people that will go on the gigantic red velvet cake I've ordered for the BOOK LAUNCH PARTY THIS FRIDAY.

7. Trying to think of new and interesting ways to lure people into buying my book without overdoing the self promo on Facebook and Twitter. Next up: giving away free kittens. DON'T YOU WANT A KITTEN?

8. Cutting out snowflakes, putting together raffle prizes, and contemplating my costume for the BOOK LAUNCH PARTY THIS FRIDAY.

9. Looking forward to my hair cut on Friday because my bangs are in that half-bang state where I'm not sure what to do with them and have to tuck them back all the time like Lisa Loeb.

10. BEING REALLY EXCITED ABOUT MY SECOND BOOK COMING OUT OMG.

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What are you guys up to this week?

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Step 1: Take over the world


Because when you invite two wonderful friends (like ERICKA and DEBBIE) over to help you enter tons of names in a database, address the envelopes, and put on a billion stamps, you feed them well. Four kinds of cheese, crackers, fresh organic fruit, and oodles of wine. And cake balls.

CAKE. BALLS.

Let's just say some of the stamps might be crooked.

If you sent me an email for the Bludbunny Brigade, CONGRATULATIONS! You're in, and your Membership magnet, signed bookplate, and bracelet will be in the mail to you tomorrow. Each member received a unique hand-drawn refrigerator magnet with a dapper bludbunny. No two are the same!

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Also, an apology: my mind and my email accounts are currently like an octopus juggling colanders. Unless something's on the top of the stack and easy to destroy, it might get juggled a bit or flap away into the ocean.

If you're waiting on something from me in the next two weeks, please email me again and tell me exactly what you need. Interviews will get shot back within half an hour, probably, and guest blogs will take longer. If you have an idea for a guest blog-- a Sangish flash fiction about a certain character or a writing/bookish/geeky topic on which you'd like me to expound, please tell me. If I have to make a decision or start from scratch, that spaghetti noodle is likely to slip right through the colander and away from the juggling octopus.

That being said, if you'd like an interview of guest blog related to release week, please email delilahsdawson (at) gmail (dot) com. I'd love to be useful!

Thank you all so much for joining the Bludbunny Brigade and reading! As I totally freak out in preparation for the release of WICKED AS SHE WANTS next Tuesday (OMG NEXT TUESDAY WHUT), I can't tell you how much I appreciate your support, encouragement, and general existence.

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Monday, April 22, 2013

a bubbly, debauched tease



From WICKED AS SHE WANTS,
Casper, Ahna, and Ravenna!

In case you missed it, Villainess did amazing character-based scents for my e-novellas, 
THE MYSTERIOUS MADAM MORPHO
and
THE PECULIAR PETS OF MISS PLEASANCE

The WICKED AS SHE WANTS scents should go live around April 30.

All I can tell you is that Casper makes me want to lick something, Ahna makes me want to kill something, and Ravenna makes me want to dance someone to death at a masquerade.

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Sunday, April 21, 2013

post-JordanCon check in

If you attended one of my panels at JordanCon this weekend, thank you! And nice to meet you! I had such a great time having interesting discussions, hanging with my writer pals, and meeting seriously cool people.

That's James Tuck, Alex Hughes, and le moi.

Here are a few of the resources for writers I mentioned during panels:

Everything I used to get an agent and sell a book can be found here.

The Crossroads Writers Conference in Macon is this October 4-5 and is awesome. I'll be there!

And the Red Door Writers Group info can be found here.

I'd also like to mention, if you were in the Steampunk panel, that steampunk isn't scary. We had two opinionated steampunk scholars in the room, and I admit straight off that I was not one of them. I'm a consumer and creator of steampunk, but I don't claim to know the history, to have read the canon, or to know everything. What I do know is that there is a place in steampunk for everyone, no matter how much or how little you know or what subgenres interest you. If all you want to do is wear goggles or grow a twirly mustache, that's totally fine. If, like me, you love steampunk but mostly read it via romance or young adult books, that's okay, too. There may have been disagreement today on how to define or describe steampunk, but to me, the heart of the entire subculture is that it can be whatever you make it.

If you ever have a question for me, please feel free to ask in the comments section, email me at the address on my Contact tab, or hit me up on Twitter, @DelilahSDawson.

And might I add that I'm pretty sure JordanCon is the nicest con I've ever attended, because I left my huge foamcore poster of Criminy Stain overnight and no one stole it or defiled it. Amazing!

Up next: Final 15k on Blud book 3, Wicked After Midnight.

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Thursday, April 18, 2013

horn tootin' and tidbit wagglin' for WICKED AS SHE WANTS

So things are being said about WICKED AS SHE WANTS. You can check out the reviews on Goodreads

My favorite quote so far:

"No sophomore series slump here, as Dawson invites readers back into the land of Sang, where Bluds (vampires) rule and Pinkies (humans) struggle to survive. Told mostly from the viewpoint of a dethroned Blud princess, Wicked as She Wants is delightfully edgy with hidden charms-- and Ahnastasia is definitely no shrinking violet. Dawson is on the fast track to the top of the genre!" -RT Book Review, 4 1/2 stars-- A Top Pick!

Here's a little nibble to tide you over until the April 30 release day:



And here's a link to the WICKED AS SHE WANTS book launch party on Friday, May 3 in Atlanta! YOU, right there, are INVITED!

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Saturday, April 13, 2013

on bitches

This week's kerfuffle in the writing world: a famous writer called a woman a bitch for being rude and talking too much about her opinion (here's Mur Lafferty's take), and how dare Seanan McGuire be nominated for five Hugos? And... le sigh.

Anyone who thinks the scifi/fantasy world isn't rampant with sexism hasn't been to a con panel dominated by dudes or perused a bookstore shelf. Or, unlike me, they haven't been told by a famous scifi novelist that they're the bottom of the food chain, the lowest level of the pyramid, and not, in fact, worth the sh*t on his shoe, simply because they expend valuable shelf space and publishing dollars describing love and sex instead of detailing the actual particle physics used in their fantasy world.

(Ask me privately who it was, and I'll totally tell you.)

And it makes me angry.

And not only for the usual reason, which is that women writing romance don't earn the same respect as men who write books with no sex in them--or even worse, only violent sex. That my local newspapers won't touch my story, even though I'm a hometown girl. That, for some reason, other books of 110,000 words are worth more than mine simply because they're about space cowboys or dying of cancer or crime solving attorneys, as if the words somehow count less because people forget that love and sex are, you know, what keep the entire species going. That these things are worth writing about, too.

But it also makes me angry at myself. Because it makes me want things I don't want to want. It's almost like getting rejected from a club and only craving acceptance more. I want to somehow transcend the "she's a bitch" and become one of the boys, get a special pass to dominate panels and drink bourbon and get invited to the big cons because I've won the respect of people who... as it turns out, I don't necessarily respect.

Don't get me wrong--the dude writers with whom I interact on Twitter are the good eggs, and I'm proud to know them. But they're the kind of guys who are just as outraged over the bitch-calling as I am. They're part of the solution, not the problem.

And the good news is that for once, the anger is beneficial. It makes me want to write harder.

It makes me want to be nominated for Hugos, too, and to be griped about as an uppity bitch on some old misogynist's rantypants blog. It makes me want to write a book so good the world has to take notice. It makes me want to craft a story so watertight that it steamrolls over everyone who reads it, no matter how small and shriveled their heart is.

The thing is, if you have to stop your day to rant about someone you consider inferior or undeserving, whether because they're of a different gender or publishing in a way you don't agree with, if you have to assert your position and put them down and call them names... they're winning. If you're secure in yourself and your writing, if you're above it all, you just shrug and think, "So it goes."

Which, if you're reading closely... I'm guilty of it. Right now. I'm so angry, I'm calling strangers names for looking down on me, even though they don't even know me.

And so the only answer is: WRITE HARDER.

Forget them.

Get above it.

Move past it.

Do what you do, your way, and let the haters hate. They'll hate you even more when you succeed.

But on a closing note, have you ever noticed how the word "bitch" can refer to a woman who is mean, rude, loud, annoying, stubborn, opinionated, assertive, aggressive, or simply won't concede a point... and yet there's no word for a man who behaves the same way? There are targeted nouns, like blowhard or bully or boor, but those are unisex terms that don't attach the insult specifically to a gender. But a bitch?

How dare she be a bitch?

What we really need is a term for a man who takes it upon himself to call women bitches for defying his expectations or what a woman should be or do.

Besides sore loser.

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Monday, April 8, 2013

Blud: NOW CHEAPER, Minds: Now MORE TERRIBLE

Hear ye, hear ye! Your ticket to Blud now costs *even less*!

WICKED AS THEY COME (Blud book 1) is currently on sale on Amazon for book-book or kindle!

WICKED AS SHE WANTS (Blud book 2) is out April 30 and on a small sale, too!

THE MYSTERIOUS MADAM MORPHO, my first e-novella, is always $0.99 and stuffs a complete romance into 130 pages of dark carnival fun.

THE PECULIAR PETS OF MISS PLEASANCE, the e-novella that came out April 1, is only $1.99 and includes a dude who's basically Thor in a kilt.

And the CARNIEPUNK Anthology from Gallery Books that I'm in is on pre-order sale, too, for over $5 off.

Oh, and if you're the lucky type, my Goodreads giveaway for an early ARC of WICKED AS SHE WANTS is still going, and I'd love it if one of y'all won.

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And if you found your way over here from Chuck Wendig's blog post about romance, welcome! I hope you'll check out my steampunk paranormal quasi-vampire dark carnival world!

If you're looking for even more romance, some of my favorite writers are:

* Tiffany Reisz (seriously well-done erotica with amazing characters)
* Meljean Brook (steampunk romance)
* Cassandra Clare (phenomenal YA demon hunting)
Deanna Raybourn (Victorian romance mysteries)
* Stephanie Perkins (teen contemporary unlike anything I've read before)
* Tessa Dare (as close to bodice rippers as I get, but the writing is sharp)

I'm all about breaking past the genre prejudice to find amazing storytelling. :)




Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Hey, look up there! There's a new page on the blog! YOU CAN JOIN!

Due to massive response,
THE BLUDBUNNY BRIGADE
IS TEMPORARILY CLOSED
TO MEMBERSHIP.
I'll let you know when former members have been devoured and we can accommodate new acolytes.

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Thanks to everyone who answered the call!
Your membership packages will be in the mail shortly.

It's all about joining...


Click the link in the menu bar (or here, if you're lazy) to see what it's all about.

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Note: I've been all wishy-washy about starting a street team because I HATE asking people to do things for me. But! There is exclusive swag, so hopefully that will sway you.

Please keep in mind that while bludbunnies are aggressive, I'm not.

I won't ask you to bombard people with spam.
I won't ask you to move my books around in the bookstore and get in trouble.
I will stomp my little foot down and demand that you never give me inflated reviews 
or say anything about the books that you don't personally believe.
I will not ask you to do anything illegal or shady.
And I definitely don't want your firstborn children.

But if you like the Blud books and would like to help them succeed,
I'd be forever grateful.

Thanks, darlings!

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Monday, April 1, 2013

New! Character! Perfumes!


The lovely and talented Brooke of Villainess Soaps has done it again!

Presenting the
GRAND DEBUT

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Frannie, our Miss Pleasance, is "Sweets and sadness. Mourning herbs and a lady's lavender with a lemony cup of hot black tea and iced sugar biscuits. " A 6ml Extrait, accented with a symbolic bronze cage.

Thom, our leading man, smells of " Sea salt and smoke, a rich peaty bourbon, and the sandalwood cologne of a sensible Scot.". Available in a perfectly manly 6ml of "Cologne", accented with a firefighter's bronze token.

"A tiny Eden blooming in a dark city. Sunwarmed earth and sweet green grass. Cucumber and tomato leaf, crisp apple, and a breath of old fashioned flowers.". Also embodied in an evocative 6ml Extrait, with a simple leaf accent.

Morpho: (the perfumer's unapologetic favorite)
Sparkling wings and bubbles of anticipation. Sheer blue musk and a breath of old books, delicate touches of blackberry and juniper, and a whisper of plumeria.". A gauzy, sheer, 6ml Extrait, accented with a signature bronze butterfly.

Caravan: (the author's current favorite)
"The lure of the unknown and cool autumnal nights...Exotic spices, Caramel apples, hot cocoa, burning leaves and dying grass.". An atmospheric 6ml Extrait, accented with a certain clockwork monkey.

Y'all, I couldn't be more excited to share these amazing scents with you. Brooke has such a talented nose and extraordinary ability to see straight to the heart of a character and breathe it to life with scent.

And look at those gorgeous vials, with their cunning wee charms! Look at Pemberly!

If one doesn't immediately grab you, be sure to try the Wicked Sampler, which includes all 5 of the new scents, plus the 3 delicious selections from Wicked as They Come, including Criminy, Letitia, and Tabitha.

And if you come to the WICKED AS SHE WANTS book launch party, you can try all eight scents!

Oh, and maybe a few more, because there's a whole new book on the way... HINT HINT.

Thank you, Villainess, for bringing my characters to life!

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