Aug
8
2013
Contest Winners!

Thanks everyone for entering my contest!

 

Here are the winners:

#1 Linda Hendrickson, winner of on T-shirt and a signed copy of Mist!

#2: Irene Ang, winner of one custom T-Shirt!

#3: Victoria Pagh, winner of signed copy of Mist!

I will be contacting each of you shortly for your address and, in case of T-shirt winners, will send you the information to choose your T-shirt design from among the designs offered.

Congratulations!

Jul
29
2013
I haven’t forgotten! Contest winners

Hi, everyone who entered the contest …

I haven’t forgotten about you! I’ll be letting the winners know very soon.

Jul
16
2013
New Guest post at All Things Urban Fantasy

Also, check out http://allthingsuf.com for a new guest post, and look for more to come soon!

Jul
16
2013
And if you live near Albuquerque …

Please save the date for my signing at Page One in Albuquerque!  Saturday, July 20.  More details to come!

Jul
16
2013
Hurrah Hurrah!

Mist is out today!  My first urban fantasy is on the shelves!  Please support a starving (not quite there yet) writer and go to your local bookstore!  Help me keep my career and write books I hope you’ll enjoy!

If you’ve written me a post or answer on my blog, please be assured that I will answer you.  I’ve had literally back to back deadlines (well, not literally, since deadlines don’t have backs), and the sequel to Mist, Black Ice, is due in less than three weeks.  After that … a little breathing space, at least for  a few days, before I start on Mist #3, Battlestorm!

Jul
13
2013
Book Monster Reviews Guest Post and Giveaway!

See my feature on Book Monster Reviews!

http://www.bookmonsterreviews.com/2013/07/guest-post-giveaway-with-susan-krinard.html

Jul
2
2013
Changes to contest

Unfortunately, because of postal expenses, I will only be able to mail contest prizes within North America–Canada and U.S.A.   I apologize for this late change, but postage for me is prohibitive outside the U.S., and in some cases packages have a 100% loss rate.

Also, I’ve extended the contest deadline one more time (and for the last time) to July 26.

 

Jul
2
2013
new reviews and questions for urban fantasy readers

I’ve been reading a couple of good reviews of Mist (pointed out by my publicist at Tor, Leah Withers), and one of them has raised several interesting questions about the preferences of urban fantasy readers. (Reviews can be found here: http://tinyurl.com/kqcots5 and herehttp://thesecretsanctuarybooks.blogspot.com/2013/06/arc-review-mist-by-susan-krinard.html.)

So, I have a couple of questions for you readers who like urban fantasy …

#1: Do you like the writer to “set” the story in detail … i.e., street names, landmarks, etc., or would you rather it be kept vague?

#2:  How much eroticism is comfortable for you? Do you prefer no sexual/sensual element at all, or is there a limit for you? Are you bothered by relationships that aren’t strictly male/female?

Thanks for your response! This is more of a curiosity issue, though if I discovered that most readers don’t like the detail in the settings (I had thought most did), I can always tone it down in books #2 and #3.  I probably will, anyway, since I have established the setting.

Best,

Sue Krinard

Jul
1
2013
Contest, work, and worldbuilding

Since I haven’t had nearly enough entries, I’m extending the contest deadline to the release date of my book, July 16.

I am hard at work now editing my second Harlequin Nocturne book in my post-apocalyptic vampire series, Nightmaster. (Original title Bloodmaster, which the powers-the-be thought was too … bloody. ) I’ve done almost  as much detailed worldbuilding in these books  as I do in my urban fantasies, because no matter what kind of book it is, I can’t turn off my SF/fantasy mindset. My “vampires” the Opiri, have a fully developed culture, and their precarious relationship with humanity, after years of vicious warfare, is constantly threatened by the corrupt and powerful on both sides of the divide.

This fascination with worldbuilding hasn’t always served me well as a paranormal romance author, because I tend very strongly toward more complex plots and a larger cast of characters who have lives of their own–something that’s not easy to do in an 80,000 word novel. And I am far more interested in psychology than sex.    (Though I have to admit Nightmaster is a little steamy, because the setting of the book made that appropriate. Many times my plots do not and, voila, I inevitably don’t do as those who focus a great deal on sex. Since I was the first, or at least one of the very first, to have a non-cursed shapeshifter/werewolf as my male protagonist in a paranormal romance novel, way back in 1993, it’s particularly frustrating. It’s not always the innovators who make the money!)

Ah, well. Now I have the Mist series,  and that lets me have a little of the freedom most romance novels don’t. Even though I still trend toward happy, or at least hopeful, endings. And interpersonal relationships are crucial to me, regardless of genre. I love the drama that inevitably comes with human interactions, especially between enemies, reluctant allies, and lovers.

Oh .,. and gods, demi-gods, elves, valkyrie, and clueless mortals.

Sue

Jun
23
2013
Be sure to check out my new “Extras” page!

You’ll find bookmarks you can receive for just the cost of postage, and a new contest.  I’ll also be starting a glossary to help readers understand and pronounce the many mythological names and objects in the book.

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