Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Two Romance Authors meeting up at the most Romantic Place on Earth

It's been said hundreds of times, writing can be a very lonely profession. We spend hours and hours in front of a computer screen with very little interaction with the outside world at times. Which is one reason why I think that Author bond so very easily sometimes.

I "met" Kali Willows (on Facebook) a couple months before RTC15. By the time the conference came around I already considered her a close friend and since then we've only gotten closer. Which to normal folk might seem strange since I've only ever seen her in person two times. LOL Which is why when I discovered that she was going to be in Niagara Falls, which is only 45 minutes away from me, I jumped at the chance to get some face-time with my friend.
It's Dary from Claiming his Cub!

It was an awesome afternoon filled with a tour of Clifton Hill which wouldn't be complete without a side trip to the Hershey Store. We also stopped in at the Trading Post, where I saw this adorable guy!

He reminded me of Dary, my RCMP bear shifter from Claiming his Cub! He almost came home with me too. LOL (I might have to go back and get him for Philly Author Fest in November!)

After that we headed down to the Niagara Aero Car. To be honest I'd totally forgotten about this. It's a cable car ride over the Niagara rapids and whirlpools. It's a few kilometers down river from the Falls where the river makes a 90deg turn and the water swirls about in the gorge on the left side.  It was built in 1916..yes almost 100 years ago.  
This picture is from the website.

It's absolutely breathtakingly gorgeous. I'd love to do it again in the Fall when all the leaves on the trees are changing.
The view of the rapids up river towards the Falls
The Whirlpools in the gorge

 I had so much fun and it was great being able to experience it with such a good friend. I already miss her and can't wait to get some more face time...hopefully before RTC16!!

Sunday, August 23, 2015

August Audio

Do you listen to audiobooks?

I have to admit that I never did, until I started having them produced for my books. I had this idea that they'd be like old radio shows, with all the parts acted out by different actors and sound effects, and that maybe, just maybe, they'd be a little bit cheesy. Actually, they're lovely. An audiobook is like having someone read the story aloud to you. You can do other things while you listen. The bonus is that most narrators have truly lovely voices.

Of course, I have a reason for asking you this question. :-) Not only are my historical romances being produced in audio, but I have a contest this month on my blog. I'm giving away an audiobook per day for the month of August. It shakes out to be more than 31 books, though, since I'm posting each Saturday - I'll give away 35 audiobooks in all. Each Saturday, I list a different title, and the following Saturday, I give away seven copies of it. You can only win once, but this is a fabulous opportunity to try audiobooks for the first time.

Here's this week's contest - you could win an audiobook of The Snow White Bride, book #3 in my Jewels of Kinfairlie trilogy of medieval Scottish romances, just for commenting on this post on my blog. This series has been narrated by Saskia Maarleveld and I think she's done an awesome job. Have a listen, right here!

Even better, there are a number of authors participating in this promotion. We'll all using the hashtag #AugustAudio so you can find us. Alternatively, you can stalk my Twitter account (@Cooke_Delacroix) because each Saturday I tag all the participating authors.

Why an August audio promotion? Well, I have a new audiobook releasing on September 1. My medieval Scottish paranormal romance, The Renegade's Heart, is now available for pre-order. This is the first book in my True Love Brides series—all four of these books should be available in audio by the end of the year. They're being narrated by Saskia Maarleveld.

You can have a listen to samples from all of my audiobooks on my new Soundcloud page - even the audition for The Crusader's Bride by Tim Gerard Reynolds. I think you'll see why he got the job to narrate all of the Champions of Saint Euphemia series!

Don't miss your chance to try audiobooks! Hop on over to my blog and comment for your chance to win!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Big city, small town, or cottage country ~ Which to you prefer? #Canada @jsubject

I've lived in the same city for pretty much all of my life. It's not a metropolis, but a small city with a population just over 30,000 people. But, I've also lived in a big city when I went to university, and in the country for a couple of years. Each has their positives and negatives.

At the moment, I'm writing the third book in my Alien Next Door series. And each of the stories in the series take place in a completely different setting.

Alien Adoration starts in a small town where everyone knows everyone else. In these communities, the residents take care of one another. But, they also know everyone else's business. There are very few secrets.

With Alien Admirer, I decided to take the characters to cottage country. For those not familiar with this term, this is an area north of Toronto that contains many lakes big and small. It is a prime fishing area, and there are many cottages around the lakes. Some people live in the cottages year round, and others go up on long weekends, or rent them for a week. My characters live there year round, as this is their ideal place to live. But, there is also wildlife to contend with, including bugs. Plenty of bugs.

The story I'm writing now, Alien Attraction, takes place in a metropolis. While the heroine grew up in cottage country, she yearned to get away. The city offers her plenty of opportunities, but she finds it much less personable. 

Now, my ideal place to live has always been cottage country, but I do enjoy the convenience of the city, especially with children.

I'm curious as to which of these settings is your ideal place to live. 

About the author:

Jessica E. Subject is the author of science fiction romance, mostly alien romances, ranging from sweet to super hot. Sometimes she dabbles in paranormal and contemporary as well, bringing to life a wide variety of characters. In her stories, you could not only meet a sexy alien or two, but also clones and androids. You may be transported to a dystopian world where rebels are fighting to live and love, or to another planet for a romantic rendezvous.

When Jessica is not reading, writing, or doing dreaded housework, she likes to get out and walk with her giant, hairy dog her family adopted from the local animal shelter.

Jessica lives in Ontario, Canada with her husband and two energetic children. And she loves to hear from her readers.