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A Note From Lynsay

I am working like a fiend on the next three books and I'm loving it... sort of. Don't get me wrong, I do enjoy getting totally immersed in the stories, but I'm feeling a fair amount of stress too. The problem is my fingers can't type fast enough to keep up with my brain. I'm so deep in the Argeneau world right now that I am writing two stories at the same time, plotting the third, and have about a gazillion ideas for other future books, or the whole stories themselves, dancing on the edges of my brain. It gets a bit crazy at times.

On top of that, there's only so much room inside my head, which means I'm pretty much brain dead when it comes to anything else. Little things like thinking and sleeping have been left to fall by the wayside as relatively unimportant issues. In fact, my determination to sleep eight hours out of every twenty-four hour period has died a horrible death. I don't think I've slept eight hours the last four days. You would think that would slow the story building, it certainly seems to affect every other department of my brain. Areas such as my memory, my ability to concentrate on anything else, and--though I hate to admit it--my usually unending patience, are all suffering. (Though, to be fair about the patience bit, I'm losing it mostly with the cats. You'll have to check out the story on the bottom for the explanation of how they are trying my patience.)

Aside from my swiftly diminishing memory, concentration and patience, is the fact that with various and sundry characters vying for space in my head and screaming to be heard, I tend to slip into some behaviors considered more eccentric. For instance, yes, I might be caught talking to myself, although muttering is probably the better description. The silence might be suddenly broken by grumbled phrases like "No that won't work." or "What an idiot." or "Gad, you so didn't just do that." I call this talking to myself, but in truth I am addressing the characters in my head…which probably makes it more crazy, huh? Hmm.

While in this phase I don't bother much about make up, or curling my hair. I can most often be found in joggers or jammies, with my hair tucked into a ponytail, or something else to keep it off my face. At least, that's how it starts out. However, after twenty hours or so it tends to be sticking up everywhere, which Terri tries to assure me is cute, but I'm not buying. By the way, I don't know how that sticking up thing happens. I am typing madly from the time I get up till the time I go for my end of day nap so my fingers are too busy to be messing it up. The only thing I can think is that nasty little hair fairies are playing with it while I work.

During this time of story immersion, I also tend to leave a trail of half empty glasses containing either water or diet caffeine free coke around (like the little girl from the movie Signs only it's not nearly as cute when I'm doing it). I also end up with discarded scraps of paper and printed pages building up around me, usually in a semi circle around my desk chair.

What I'm telling you is…I probably seem like a crazy person sitting here with Einstein hair, griping at the cats to behave and expecting them to actually listen, muttering at people that are in my head, and then bursting into spontaneous fits of laughter, or sniffling at the sentimental stuff as I type madly away… On the other hand, maybe you have to be a bit nuts to be a writer anyway. (GRIN)

At this point, I suppose I should give you a little sneak peak into what I'm working on now. I am doing another story set in a little town I first introduced in The Accidental Vampire. Yes, we will be revisiting good ol' Port Henry where the town folk know about the existence of immortals and consider themselves vampire friendly. We will be getting updates on previously met characters like Mirabeau La Roche, Tiny McGraw, and Stephanie McGill, as well as several characters you first met in Accidental Vamp. But you'll also be meeting an Argeneau cousin from Spain named Drina. (Yes, there is a whole world full of immortals in my head that you guys haven't heard from yet.)

Another exciting tidbit I have to tell you is there is now a book trailer online for Born To Bite! I think they did a great job on this. If you liked America's Most Wanted, then you're going to love Rogue Hunters Most Wanted. Hope you enjoy it! <G>

And, finally, the last bit of news is that BORN TO BITE COMES OUT TODAY! YAY! I'm really excited that it will be hitting the shelves, and hope you guys are happy with the way I tied up all the loose ends from Renegade Hunter.

Well, I guess that's it. Time for me to get back to Argeneauland, so I shall hand the rest of the newsletter over to Terri. Till the next time, happy reading!

Lynsay

 
New Releases

June 8, 2010: The following e-books were released: Love is Blind, The Perfect Wife, The Reluctant Reformer, What She Wants, Love Bites, Single White Vampire and Tall, Dark & Hungry.

June 22, 2010: The following e-books were released: The Brat and The Chase

June 29, 2010: Harper Collins reissued Love Bites, Single White Vampire and Tall, Dark & Hungry. This is good news for anyone who has had difficulty finding a copy of these stories.

July 13, 2010: The following e-book were released: Bliss

July 20, 2010: The following e-books were released: Always, Sweet Revenge, The Switch, The Key, and The Deed

August 31, 2010: Born To Bite, the thirteenth book in the Argeneau/Rogue Hunter series, is here! Armand Argeneau has been living on a farm squirrelled away from public life for decades without anyone bothering him. Until now that is. Lucian has been kind enough to volunteer Armand to babysit Eshe d'Aureus in order to protect her from a rogue vampire out for revenge. At least that's the story he's told. In reality, Eshe was sent to Armand on assignment to find clues to explain his many wives' 'accidental' deaths. This installment of the Argeneau/Rogue Hunter series will also answer the unanswered questions from Nicholas's story, The Renegade Hunter.


Upcoming Releases

November 30, 2010: Hungry For You, the fourteenth book in the Argeneau/Rogue Hunter series will be coming out this December. It involves the last of the Willan sisters, Alex, and one of Martine Argeneau's older sons, Cale. Alex is a successful chef and restauranteur trying to expand her business, unfortunately the new location's debut seems to be riddled with bad luck. Can Cale, a successful european chef . . . er . . . businessman, help her keep her business afloat and still keep her frazzled attention long enough to see him for who he really is . . . the love of her life?

January 25, 2011: The Countess, the first book in Lynsay's new historical series called the Madison Sisters will be starting 2011 off right! A fairytale marriage Christiana did not have. As a matter of fact the best part about it was the abrupt ending when her husband, Richard (or Dicky as he liked to be called), died. Or at least that's what they thought when Christiana and her sisters put him on ice. Only he didn't stay dead AND he became nice... huh?! And now the new and improved Richard can't help wondering if Christiana's sweetness isn't all an act. That she's actually a money-hungry murderess with great acting skills.

February 22, 2011: The Heiress, the second book in the Madison Sisters series will be hard on the Countess's heels. You met Suzette in Christiana's story and now you get to hear her story. Suzette needs a husband NOW. No doddling, whining or even love required. Anyone would do and the poorer the better as she needs a potential husband who is happy and pliable so she can access her substantial dowry to help pay off her father's overwhelming gambling debts. Daniel seemed to fit the bill to a 't' and their obvious chemistry was an added bonus. Now the only issue would be to try to stay alive and keep their hands off each other long enough to keep Suzette's virtue intact until they make it to Gretna Green.

 
Winners for Argeneau Contest #14

The winners that will receive a signed copy of Born To Bite are Tracey Clark and Ms. Kitty. Congratulations both of you!

 
Born To Bite Book Trailer Crossword

Here's a new crossword based entirely on the Born To Bite book trailer. Hope it's fun! View Crossword

 
Fun With Emma &Tigger - Cat Version of Abbott & Costello

There are two cats in the household vying for dominance now. One is Emma, the Sands housecat and defender supreme. The other is a 3-year-old orange tabby named Tigger. He often bounds to and fro chasing after flies, his tweeting ball, his own tail and especially after Emma. He LOVES to chase Emma and often does fly byes... you know when the kid comes dashing up to you, pulls your pony tail then runs off. Eventually Emma gets tired of this and ends up high on a perch somewhere hissing down at him as he pokes and prods at her... kind of like a kid poking and prodding at a caged animal. Now I haven't told you the best part of this tale. Tigger is young, rambunctious, and, in my opinion, a little dumb. You see Tigger has no claws yet he still goes after Emma even though she has a nice set of long claws that could do a really good job slicing and dicing him, if she chose to. Yet she never seems to choose to. The other day when Tigger had cornered Emma and she was hissing up a storm, Terri attempted to pick up Tigger to remove him from temptation. Emma would have none of it! She turned on Terri before Terri had a chance to get him and drove her clear out of the room. It was quite funny to see but we have no idea why she did it. Then this morning when Emma was given her morning meal, which she'd been harassing me about all morning, Tigger came over and started sniffing her food. Instead of getting upset as she usually does, she proceeded to lick his ear. This is definitely a love/hate relationship, which I doubt I will ever fully understand.

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