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Happy Thursday, everyone!!! I’m over at Yummy Men and Kick-ass Chicks today talking about blending urban fantasy and erotica in my new novel, Slayer’s Kiss!  Comment on TM&KAC for a chance to win one of three digital copies of Slayer’s Kiss!!  Let’s give those heroines a little “happy” in their days… 😉

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Happy Monday, Everyone! Yes, it’s just one day until the release of Slayer’s Kiss and I’m busy trying to get the word out. I’ll be giving away SEVEN digital copies of Slayer’s Kiss to commenters today, so your chances of winning aren’t too shabby! If you have time, please stop by Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews and Fiction Vixen and say hello. You may get a free book out of it. 😉

Valentine’s Day Tips From Paranormal Dating Expert Cassi Carver: http://www.fictionvixen.com/2012/02/valentines-day-tips-from-paranormal-dating-expert-cassi-carver-giveaway.html

A Guilty Pleasures Interview. Get the real story here: http://www.guiltypleasuresbookreviews.com/2012/02/avas-interview-cassi-carver.html

Happy Thursday, everyone! I’m kicking off my Slayer’s Kiss Blog Tour over at Fang-tastic Books today talking about why I love urban fantasy and how it rekindled my love of reading. Come visit and leave a comment. One commenter will walk away with a spiffy new digital copy of my Feb 14th release, Slayer’s Kiss! See you there! http://fang-tasticbooks.blogspot.com/2012/02/guest-blog-and-slayers-kiss-giveaway.html

Happy Monday, everyone! I hope you’re having an awesome start to your week! I’m going to be over at Castles and Guns today, kicking off my new every-other Monday spot by talking about writing and my early book influences. I even included a new excerpt from Slayer’s Kiss! Please stop by and say hi!

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At a recent RWASD monthly meeting, Maya Banks talked about how she controls her characters and doesn’t wait for them to “speak” to her. Some authors believe in muses or characters controlling the story, while others think they need to take charge.

I’m more of the second persuasion. I feel I need to guide my characters and keep them on a short leash if the story’s going to head in the right direction. So imagine my surprise when I was writing Slayer’s Kiss and a brand new, unplanned character jumped off the page and grabbed me by the heart.

This is what happened: (And I’ll try to avoid spoilers. Oh, never mind. Consider yourself SPOILED!) Kara was in a scene in the middle of the book where she was witnessing behavior by a female of her species that was supposed to upset her. Specifically, a lady of the clan was mistreating a sex slave in her harem. The broken-hearted warrior was just a prop—on his knees in the dirt, naked and ashamed, with the last embers of his pride dying in his eyes. Kara was suppose see how horrible the woman was and come away thinking, I don’t want to end up like that. 

And then…Kara (and I) accidentally locked eyes with the dejected warrior—and named him Jaxon—and that was it. We were busting him out of there.  The hero was pissed, but he had to get over it. That very night, Kara adopted Jaxon into her own “harem,” and they became the best of friends. He’s such an integral part of her life now.

Maybe, despite my best attempts to control them, the characters took on lives of their own in Slayer’s Kiss—but I’m so glad they did. Last Friday, I submitted book two in The Shadow Slayers series to my editor at Samhain, and you know what that means? I get to start on book three now—a novella! This is Jaxon’s story and I’m so excited to give him his time to shine. After what he’s been through, he deserves it. 😉

What do you think? As a writer, do your characters ever surprise you? As a reader, do you mind when secondary characters worm their way into the heart of the story?

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