Monday, May 8, 2017

Where are the #CrazySpringLove Ladies Going Next?

Crazy Little Spring Called Love

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The authors of the stories in Crazy Little Spring Called Love (order here) sat down to answer some questions for their readers. For links to the full list of interview questions, teasers, and more, visit the blog tour page.


Question 8: What's Next?

Traci Douglass

traci BLOOD VOWED, book three in my Blood Ravagers series, just released on April 13th, so I’ve been busy touring with that the past couple of weeks. Meanwhile, I have two proposals out to continue two different series with two different publishers, and another two requested full contemporary romance manuscripts in with editors of another publisher as well. And I hope to continue writing more mythology inspired short stories for these anthologies as well, if readers like them! Lots of irons in the fire. Be sure to sign up for my newsletter to get all the latest news and updates (plus fun contests and subscriber-only giveaways)!

Sheri Queen

Sheri I’ve started book two in my Sleepy Hollow Hunter series, which I aim to have out by the end of the year. I’m also jotting down ideas for the anthologies. I’m also very busy with some marketing classes I’m taking online, as well as participating in some promotional gigs for Bounty Huntress, book one in my Sleepy Hollow Hunter series.

M.T. DeSantis

MT I’ve got a small army of fantasy novels in the works. Aside from those, I have a satirical science fiction story about a human woman, a human-looking man, and a green alien who have to travel the universe to save the English language. And, who knows? Maybe there’s a story for a future anthology wandering around in my brain somewhere…

Cara McKinnon

Cara I am finishing up the third book in my Fay of Skye series, Memories of Magic, which will be out in mid-May. The genre is a mash-up of fantasy, romance, and alternate history set in a late Victorian Era with open, acknowledged magic. I am also prepping for more of these seasonal anthologies and starting revisions on the first book in a contemporary fantasy series starring a Latinx kitchen witch.

L.J. Longo

LJ So much. I’ve got my first series book coming out in May or June which also happens to be an F/M fantasy romance. It’s called “Taming the Tiger” and it’s not nearly as sweet as “Seaweed and Silk.” I also have “The Scarf” coming out soon in an anthology called Owned by the Alpha: Manlove Edition released by Evernight Publishing which is also set in Tovar but is more of a detective noir. I have a ton of free stories I’m going to put on my website because there isn’t really a home for them. There’s more longer works in the future as well, but I don’t have dates for those yet, so you’ll all just have to follow my website to find out what I come up with next. Hint: not were-bunnies. Probably.

Mary Rogers

I am working on my full-length novel "The Last First Time" and outlining a series about Balsam Island.

Elsa Carruthers

I am working on my presentation for an upcoming academic conference, finishing up an essay on Stranger Things, to be published in November, revising my novel, Heathen Row, (featuring Rena, Nate, and Duke, yay!), and I have some poetry and short stories due to be published in June.

There you have it. And don't forget to enter the giveaway to win an ebook of the anthology, an Amazon gc, and books by some of the #CrazySpringLove authors!

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

It's release day for Crazy Little Spring Called Love!

It’s finally here!

Crazy Little Spring Called Love

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This delightful fantasy romance anthology features eight magical stories inspired by the awakenings and renewal of springtime. If you love gods and goddesses, fairies, djinn, druids, mermaids, witches, sirens, and magic of all varieties, this is the anthology for you!

Authors: Traci Douglass, Sheri Queen, A.E. Hayes, M.T. DeSantis, Cara McKinnon, L.J. Longo, Mary Rogers, and Elsa Carruthers.

Traci Douglass - "When Hermes Met Eos"
One night. Two star-crossed immortals. Will their vibrant connection survive beyond sunrise?

Sheri Queen - "The Girl with a Broken Wing"
A story of courage and sacrifice--and finding love where you never thought to look.

Cara McKinnon - "Love at Dawn"
Sometimes mortals need a little push from a god and goddess to fall in love…

M.T. DeSantis - "A Hunt for Love"
Can a djinn and a clueless guy beat the clock, avoid the curse, and maybe even find true love?

L.J. Longo - "Seaweed and Silk"

A mermaid: hundreds of miles from her home on the ice, on a ship with a troll, a goblin wizard, and a pack of wolves. What else can go wrong? Oh, right. A flippin’ sea monster.

Mary Rogers - "Spring Fling"
A druid's bargain gives Carson revenge against his former lover Carrie--at the price of her memories of them together. But did she truly steal his magic all those years ago? Or was the real theft his heart?

Elsa Carruthers - "Welded"
Welding Witch, Rena, is on the run. She's not looking for love, but all the magic in the world couldn't keep the sparks from flying when her rivals, Nate and Duke, find her.

A.E. Hayes - "A Siren's Song of Spring"
She is sworn to sing men to their deaths. Until one sails into her heart.

Hop on over to the Facebook Release Party for a chance at prizes from each author as well as a grand prize! I’ll be giving away a copy of the first book in my Games of Love geeky romance series, CRITICAL HIT-ON.

~Publisher Website

~Goodreads Page

Happy release day, fellow Crazy Spring authors! And to celebrate, we're having a giveaway. Enter to win an ebook of the anthology, an Amazon gc, and books by some of the #CrazySpringLove authors!

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Monday, April 3, 2017

Feast Your Eyes on A Crazy Little Spring Called Love!

CRAZY LITTLE SPRING CALLED LOVE
Eight Magical Stories of Fantasy Romance
Stars and Stone Books

Featuring: Heather Bythesea, Elsa Carruthers, M.T. DeSantis, Traci Douglass, L.J. Longo, Cara McKinnon, Sheri Queen, and Mary Rogers

Spring 07 Ebook Final 01
One night. Two star-crossed immortals. Will their vibrant connection survive beyond sunrise?

A story of courage and sacrifice--and finding love where you never thought to look.

Sometimes mortals need a little push from a god and goddess to fall in love…

Can a djinn and a clueless guy beat the clock, avoid the curse, and maybe even find true love?

A mermaid: hundreds of miles from her home on the ice, on a ship with a troll, a goblin wizard, and a pack of wolves. What else can go wrong? Oh, right. A flippin’ sea monster.

A druid’s bargain gives Carson revenge against his former lover Carrie–at the price of her memories of them together. But did she truly steal his magic all those years ago? Or was the real theft his heart?


STARS AND STONE BOOKS: http://starsandstonebooks.com/
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34686292-crazy-little-spring-called-love
ANTHOLOGY WEBSITE: http://starsandstonebooks.com/crazy-little-spring-called -love

Friday, December 2, 2016

An Apple A Day, or New Flash Fiction Published Today

Happy Friday!

And it is a lovely day for me. A piece of fiction I wrote two years ago (almost two and a half years) is finally seeing the light of day. Thank you to Mirror Dance for picking up "Purity," which I composed for an apple-themed reading during grad school. Apple? you say.

~Read it and find out

And while you're at it...

~Here's a poem I forgot to post about that involves family, explosions, and outer space

Last but not least, happy December!

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Dear Lucky Agent Contest

Have a science fiction or fantasy novel you want to get in front of an agent?

Well, guess what? You can!

~The Dear Lucky Agent Contest!

And the best part…it’s free!

Contest closes tomorrow,so get a move on, kids.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Conversations While Being Chased by a Dragon

Trying something new again. Often these types of post fall into obscurity after a few weeks, but we’ll see.

I got this idea from another blog I saw, and I liked it. So here’s the attempt with my own spin.

What I’d tell you if…

…I were being chased by a fire-breathing dragon through a dark cave on an unknown planet surrounded by active volcanoes and heroic music which invariably meant I would survive because the hero(ine) always survives.

~It’s hot in here!

~I’m giving a presentation tomorrow on preparing to publish, and I’m really excited about it. Recap next week!

~Talking helps! (And sometimes talking while being chased by a fire-breathing dragon is the best time.)

~You can’t be unhappy when you’re grateful. (And I’m even grateful for the dragon because it means I’m alive and kicking.)

~When I get out of this cave (since I know I will due to the previously mentioned music), I will resume being all I can be and more.

*dodges ball of flame*

Monday, February 22, 2016

I Have a Confession to Make

Good Monday,

I’d like to thank you in advance for reading this post. It is a bit long-winded, but it imparts some very important information about the future and me, though not necessarily in that order.

So, beginning with me, I have a confession to make.

My real name…is not Deanna.

You may have figured this out when you realized I write romances about geeks who play role playing games and really looked at my name. Deanna Dee De(anna) Dee, D and D, Dungeons and Dragons. (Yes, I went there.) However, whether you knew or not, you do now, and it’s time for some changes to DDGeekWriter.

Hi, I’m Mary DeSantis, and I have a pen name, Deanna Dee.

I initially began writing as Deanna because I wanted to write geek romance and keep it separate from Mary’s fantasy writing. In the last year, though, I’ve come to the conclusion that the two aren’t so far apart as I originally thought. I no longer feel uncomfortable letting the hypothetical cat out of the bag.

Another issue of late is my stress level. While Craig, Lydia, and the rest of the crew will forever hold a special place in my heart, that special place is currently not special enough for me to dedicate hours of my time to them. I was MIA most of January for some family issues, and while that was happening, I did some redefining of myself. I realize The Games of Love series is incomplete, but I can’t do it right now. I’m burned out on it, as they say. Thinking about writing it makes me feel heartsick and overwhelmed. I mean to return to it someday, but as of right now, I don’t know when.

I’ll even get more honest. Deanna feels like she’s smothering and crushing Mary. I started Deanna’s stuff for a myriad of reasons. I didn’t realize it at the time, but I believe one was fear of my fantasy not being as good as I thought. I used a pen name and a genre switch as a hiding place. I wrote stories I ultimately like but that aren’t my first true love.

Well, no more. I need to do what’s best for me. I need to do what makes me happy, and right now, that is not The Games of Love. Right now, that is going back to my roots and diving into the political intrigue and magic systems I wrote a few years ago.

Is Deanna disappearing forever? No. She will have a dedicated page on this site. If a short story call comes up that I think she’d be perfect for, I may submit something. She just won’t be my main focus.

Please be patient as it may take me a bit to figure all the logistics. For now, the most important point is…

Mary is taking over. DDGeekWriter used to stand for Deanna Dee, Geek Writer. Well, this may be surprising, but Mary is also a geek. She also writes. So please help me welcome in the era of “DeSantis and Dee, Geek Writer: Sharing Headspace with myself.”

Thank you for reading. Many people think writing is just, well, writing. You sit down and you write and you produce a product, right?

Technically, yes, but it’s so much more. A great writer puts their heart and soul into their work. A great writer feels amazing after writing a scene or chapter. A great writer gets as emotionally intense as her story (and sometimes annoys those around her in the process—sorry, guys). Any writer, though, does what she loves. I like Deanna. I love Mary.

TTFN,
Mary