The results are in so that wraps up the Argeneaus 10th Anniversary! I'm a little sorry to see that it's over now. I'd like to send out a big congratulations to all the winners in the contest, including Stacey Hol, the grand prize winner of a Mac! Thank-you to everyone that participated. This was a lot of fun.
We tallied the results of the second part of the contest, the Reader’s Choice Awards and the #1 Argeneau book according to you, the readers, was... (drum roll please)...The Accidental Vampire! Follow this link to see how your favorite Argeneau books rate against one another.
The Switch reissue is now out with a gorgeous new cover. This story was the third book of mine to be published and it's about a charming pair of twin sisters Charlotte, or Charlie, and Elizabeth who've run away from their guardian, a greedy uncle who became their guardian by default after their parents died. Knowing it's unwise as women to travel alone, they come up with a plan...Charlie would play the part of Elizabeth’s brother, Charles. Unfortunately a Lord Radcliffe intercepts them as they try to escape. Cornered they tell Radcliffe about their greedy uncle and his plans to marry Elizabeth to a man whose late wives all died under suspicious circumstances. Lord Radcliffe, concerned for their safety, decides to escort them to London and along the way Charlie finds herself becoming more and more attracted to Radcliffe… The only problem is she’s supposed to be Charles, Elizabeth's brother and fellow bachelor.
One Lucky Vampire was recently released a couple of months ago! This one centers around Jake Colson, Stephano Jacob Colson Notte to be exact, who has been missing in action for quite a while. He was turned by Vincent in A Bite To Remember after a rogue vampire fatally wounded him, but ever since we haven't heard boo from him. Well there was a reason for that, which you will find out about if you read One Lucky Vampire.
As I look around it seems to me that fall has poked its bright red, yellow and orange leafy head around the corner and now it bloody well won’t go away! Soon it will be scaring off our lovely summer sun. If you happen to be one of the few sun worshipers left who have never owned a sun hat, insist on sitting outside the range of the umbrella, and only take long sleeve shirts with you when you go to the beach for the sole purpose of bunching it up under your head as a makeshift pillow then I hope for your sakes that you take full advantage of what nice sunny days we have left. Personally I’ve always been more of a fall fan and spring enthusiast myself but have known a few people that would be in seventh heaven if they could lie in the sun 365 days year. Sorry sun babies!
As I mentioned last time we did attend the annual Romance Writers of America (RWA) conference in Atlanta and boy, oh-boy we did NOT expect the amount of activity we encountered. We quickly found out that the RWA conference was just the tip of the iceberg of what goes on in the heart of downtown Atlanta in mid July. Among numerous other city run summer events Microsoft’s annual conference took place that week as well, which meant 30,000 computer whizzes converged on the CNN center… our hotel! Have you ever taken an elevator ride along with a half a dozen or so computer geeks? Their faces reminded me of deer caught in a car’s headlights. I just kept thinking, am I that scary? And you should have seen them run when the elevator doors opened at their floor. It was a good thing I was holding onto the railing because I think I would have been bowled over with their enthusiasm to leave the confines of the elevator.
To sum the trip up Atlanta was hot, hilly and hectic but it felt like a holiday hanging out with my readers! <WG>
I mentioned in my last note that I was working on the latest Argeneau story. It has to do with an immortal I’ve mentioned in a few books, the mysterious Basha. Due to a twist of fate, this lady has been alienated from her family for more than two thousand years. Having been on her own so long she’s learned to live like a gypsy and act like a ghost but she’s about to get the shock of her life when an enforcer successfully tracks her down. Marcus Notte is Julius Notte’s right hand man, but now that Julius no longer needs him to help run the company, Marcus is feeling at loose ends. To fill the void, he agrees to help out Lucian in tracking down Basha, someone Lucian had thought long dead until now.
I did a lot of research on fairs, carnies and gypsies for this novel and I learned a lot about a subculture that I haven’t had the pleasure of knowing anything about before. I LOVE learning something new!
I have to get back to my story as I’m at a really good part and I have another three to write. However before I go I want to wish everyone good luck in the contest and I hope you have the chance to enjoy some lovely fall weather.