Thoughts on the wild, the weird, and the romantic from author Joy Nash

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Joy Nash is a USA Today Bestselling Author and RITA Award Finalist applauded by Booklist for her "tart wit, superbly crafted characters, and sexy, magic-steeped plots."

» Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Last chance to enter The Grail King contest!

It's not too late - my special Grail King contest still has a few days left. Enter by midnight on November 30th for a chance to win a custom designed sterling silver pendant featuring the Druids of Avalon logo.

Go to to enter. First go to the regular contest page (this month and next, I'm giving away a choice of one book from my backlist). Then click on the graphic for the Grail King contest. There's a hint to point you in the right direction to answer the question to enter.

The contest is administered by Writerspace, not by me, so all Writerspace rules and regulations apply. I'm not a lawyer, so I don't know the details on the legal stuff regarding contests. My apologies to anyone who isn't eligible.

One winner will be chosen in the first week in December. Good luck!


» Friday, November 17, 2006

Really creeped out

Okay, is anyone out there as creeped out as I am about OJ Simpson's book deal? That's the one with a title something like: How I Would Have Killed my Wife If I Had Done It.

When I first read about this, I thought it was a bad joke. But no, it's all too real. It makes no difference whether the man really killed his wife or not, this is so wrong. Writing a book about how you would have killed the mother of your children is just sick.

I wonder what OJ's kids think about Dad's book deal? I'm guessing the topic won't brighten up the mood at Thanksgiving dinner next week.

Well, just my two cents...

Until next Friday...


» Sunday, November 12, 2006

I found a new favorite author!

As a writer, I'm in between books now--wrapping up some edits for Immortals: The Awakening, and doing some research and plotting work for my next book, Deep Magic (Druids of Avalon #2). This state of affairs, in which I'm not focused on a daily page count, never lasts long, but while it does I try to get in as much reading as possible! I read all genres of romance, and a good deal of non-romance, but my favorite read is a good, sexy historical. Lately I've been lucky to discover a new favorite author, Liz Carlyle.

I'm not sure why I've never read any of Liz's books before, since I'm a big fan of Sabrina Jeffries, Lisa Kleypas, Jane Feather, and all those other talented ladies who write wonderfully sexy historicals with arrogant, angsty heroes and lots of period detail. I especially like the way Liz Carlyle's characters move between books, especially the very interesting character of Kemble, who, being gay, is not likely to get his own book! Not one to do anything halfway, I've spent the last few weeks reading Liz's entire backlist (11 books in all!).

My favorite was #6, The Devil You Know. I loved the psychologically complex character ofthe hero, Bentley Rutledge. He appears in several books as a secondary character before getting his own story, and his personality, quirks, and the dark pain in his past really grabbed me. To really get to know Bentley and his heroine, Freddie, the best thing to do is to read all the previous books in the series. In order, they are: My False Heart (Elliot & Evie); A Woman Scorned (Cole & Jonet); Beauty like the Night (Cam & Helena); A Woman of Virtue (Delacourte & Cecelia); No True Gentleman (Max & Cat). After The Devil You Know (Bentley and Freddie), the backlist continues with Deal With the Devil (Walrafen & Aubrey), this year's RITA winner, The Devil To Pay (Devellyn & Sidonie), One Little Sin (Alasdair & Esmee), Two Little Secrets (Quin & Viviana)

I especially enjoyed Liz's current release, Three Little Secrets, because the hero, Merrrick McLachlan, is an architect (and I am, too). In addition to the wonderful story, I liked the descriptions of Merrick's buildings and construction sites.

Anybody else find a new favorite author recently?


» Thursday, November 02, 2006

Siblings: source of endless inspiration

My sister called me up the other day. She's just finished reading The Grail King.

"You know," she said, "I just realized the characters in all your books have major sibling issues. Are you trying to tell me something?"

Am I? Hmm..... Well, one of my earliest childhood memories does include that same sister singing, "Anything you can do, I can do better."


I told my sister the book I just turned in, Immortals: The Awakening (Aug 07, Dorchester Love spell), was no exception to the sibling strife rule. It's in there. I suppose it's inevitable. I'm the youngest of six siblings (four female, two male) and there was no way I was going to grow up without an intense and ongoing lesson in sibling conflict. (It continues today, in fact!) And then, just in case my life wasn't filled enought with sibling drama, I went and married a guy with five brothers and one sister. And then we had three kids.

If the cliche is to write what you know, I'd say I'm pretty qualified to paint sibling conflict in vivid color on the page.