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."

» Friday, January 26, 2007

Weird News

There's some weird news out there today, kids!

I think my favorite is the scientist in North Carolina who has developed a caffeinated doughnut. What a great idea - now there'll be TWO places to get your fat, sugar, and caffeine all in one shot - chocolate AND doughnuts!

The "You Go, Grandma!" award goes to Nell Hamm, a 65 year old hiker who saved her 70 year old husband from a mountain lion. When the cat pounced and grabbed Nell's husband's head in its teeth, Nell beat the cat with a log, then poked a pen in its eye in an attempt to get the animal to let hubby go. When the pen bent in half (I guess mountain lions have tough eyes) she started in beating with the log again until the lion, apparently deciding the meal wasn't worth a headache, gave up and moved off. Latest reports say that Jim Hamm is fine and still wants to take the trip to New Zealand he and his wife have planned. Where hopefully they won't get attacked by anything more vicious than sheep.

In other news, a very polite naked man has been saying hi to fellow joggers in a California park, a 29 year-old guy has passed himself off as a 12-year-old at two different Arizona middle schools (did he shave during his lunch period?), and lonely single Welsh dairy farmers are putting their pictures on their milk cartons in hopes of finding a date.

Beats the stories on the front page, anyway!

Until next Friday...

Joy Nash

» Friday, January 19, 2007

The World of IMMORTALS

I've been getting a lot of emails asking about Immortals, so I thought I'd fill in some of the details...

Immortals is a four book contemporary paranormal series from Dorchester Publishing. The World of Immortals is the brainchild of Jennifer Ashley, who's written the launch book and the conclusion. The middle two books are by Robin T. Popp and myself.

Immortals launches in May with The Calling, continues in June with The Darkening, in August with The Awakening, and concludes in September with The Gathering.

Time and Place: Now, on Earth--but the Earth of Immortals is not the one you know! Magic and magical creatures are commonplace. Humans get cozy with demons, vampires, Sidhe, or werewolves...and many other magical creatures.

Magic: There are two kinds: Life Magic and Death Magic. These eternal forces must exist in balance for humans to thrive. While humans can practice both kinds of magic, magical creatures are aligned with one force or another. On the Life side: Sidhe, Werewolves and other shapeshifters. In service to Death: demons, vampires, Unseelies, and zombies.

The Immortal Warriors: Five big, bad, sexy warrior demigods/brothers who have existed since ancient times. Their mothers are different aspects of the Mother Goddess, their fathers were five human priests from various cultures and times. The Immortals were created to champion the fledgling human race against the forces of Death Magic. All five Immortals fulfilled this purpose until the Middle Ages when, mysteriously, they disappeared from human affairs.

The Immortals are:

Born: 2500 BC,
Mother Goddess: Isis (Egyptian Goddess of Life)
Weapon: Sword that morphs into a cobra
Special skill: Ability to calm (tranquilize) with his mind

Born: 1500 BC
Mother Goddess: Sekhmet (Egyptian Warrior Goddess)
Weapons: His body tattoos become real weapons
Special skill: Ability to make 2D objects become 3D

Born: 968 BC
Mother Goddess: Uni (Queen Goddess of the Etruscans)
Weapon: Crystal-tipped spear
Special skill: Ability to apparate over long distances

Born: 325 BC
Goddess: Kali (Hindu Goddess of Creation and Destruction)
Weapon: Sword that bursts into flame
Special skill: Affinity with animals

Born: AD 72
Goddess: Cerridwen (Celtic Goddess of Wisdom)
Weapon: Roman Short Sword
Special Skill: Healing

The Problem: Death Magic has suddenly begun overtaking Life Magic in a big way. If this trend keeps up, humans will become the hopeless slaves of demons and death creatures in dark and dismal world. The world's only hope? The Immortals.

The Coven of Light: A world-wide online network of Light witches who work to unravel the clues leading to the vanished Immortals:

The Witches are:

Amber Silverthorne: A Seattle witch investigating the suspicious death of her sister, Amber falls into the middle of Adrian's search for his missing brother Tain in Immortals: The Calling.

Lexi Corvin: Witch, werewolf, and bounty hunter, Lexi tracks evil--and Darius--through the vampire clubs of New York City in Immortals: The Darkening.

Christine Lachlan: An American witch eking out a living as an artist in Italy, Christine gets more than she bargains for when she travels to Scotland to find the recluse Kalen in Immortals: The Awakening.

Leda Stowe: An exotic-animal handler living in Mexico, Leda is drawn by Hunter into the final race to save the world in Immortals: The Gathering.

And don't forget the cool IMMORTAL Book Trailer on !
Drop me a line and let me know how you like it :-)

Until next Friday...


» Friday, January 12, 2007

Living with kids makes you fat--DUH

From the "I can't believe someone paid good money to fund this study" category comes a report this week that researchers at the Universities of Iowa and Michigan have determined that adults who live with kids eat more fat than adults who don't.

Wow. I never would have guessed.

Apparently the researchers don't have kids, because if they did, they'd have been too busy snarfing down pizza, chicken nuggets, hot dogs, hamburgers, french fries, grilled cheese, cookies, and ice cream to roll themselves away from the table long enough to count up the fat grams. And all that doesn't even include the Halloween chocolate.

Though to be fair, adults living with teenagers might be losing weight (unless they have locks on the refrigerator and cupboards). THESE adults might be heard yelling things like: "What happened to the seven bags of potato chips I bought on Tuesday?" and "Don't tell me you ate all three gallons of ice cream ALREADY!"

So if your kids are little and you've put on a few pounds, don't worry too much. In a few years they'll be eating you out of house and home!

Until next Friday...

Joy Nash

» Friday, January 05, 2007

Celtic Fire almost gone!

More writing milestones...

Due to a big increase in sales following the release of The Grail King, Dorchester has sold out of Celtic Fire! Right now you can still get copies at Borders, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon. If you've been meaning to pick up a copy of the "prequel" to The Grail King, don't delay!

I'm hoping for a second printing from the publisher, but that might not happen for a while, unless... want to Celtic Fire in French! Yes, my first foreign sale has gone through :-) A French language edition of Celtic Fire will be available later this year.

Ooo la la!

Until next Friday...

Joy Nash