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Aliens--fantasy or science fiction?

September 12th, 2007 (02:41 am)

This has been bothering me a lot lately. I have a manuscript that I consider firmly YA urban fantasy. Whenever I describe the manuscript, people say, "This is not fantasy. This has aliens in it. It is science fiction."

But what if the aliens are treated just like every other mythological being out there? What if there's no actual science in the book, just a whole lot of fantasy? In the original version of the manuscript, the aliens were actually werewolves. I rewrote it because 1. There are tons of werewolf stories out there right now. And 2. It works better with aliens.

What do you think? Am I just being stubborn about this? I've been querying for it as YA urban fantasy/science fiction, but that bugs me. It's as though I can't make up my mind. But I think that if I just call it fantasy, the agent will read about aliens, think "science fiction" and then believe I'm not smart enough to differentiate between the two (which, obviously, I'm not--but I don't want the agent to know that. ;)

In other news, I'm finally reading Stephenie Meyer's Eclipse. And on Thursday I'm setting up DSL on my computer, so I'll be scarce.

Carrie [userpic]

Possession by Mardi Ballou

September 5th, 2007 (08:11 pm)

I love this novella. I cannot express enough how beautiful this story is. I cried while editing it. Just gorgeous. A warning--it's billed as horror/paranormal romance, but really it's like a dark, lush fairytale. It does have some graphic scenes. And it's only $3.15--how can you beat that?


When love binds two souls together, what can tear them apart?

Anna Clarke lives in the moors of Northern England. Some may find the landscape bleak, but Anna knows the truth—magic and beauty flow among the heather on the softly rolling hills. She weaves by night and day, aching to capture an echo of the land’s magic and trying desperately to escape, even for a short while, the brutality she endures at her father’s hands.

Nicholas Durand comes to the moorlands with dreams of writing a book, but his hopes are dashed by the hostile treatment he receives from the villagers. He is a stranger, and in this strange and insular land, that is a sin above all others. Only one thing keeps him from returning to London—Anna, the beautiful woman who has woven a spell around his heart.

Though their love is forbidden, Anna and Nicholas determine that no one and nothing—on Earth or in the heavens—will keep them apart. Too bad Fate and Anna’s father have other plans in mind…

A dark, uncanny tale set at the end of the nineteenth century.

Warning, this title contains the following: explicit sex, forced sex, graphic language, violence.

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Please, please, please buy! :)

Carrie [userpic]

An ode to my boss, Angie

September 4th, 2007 (01:35 am)

Okay, not really an ode. But some things just need to be said, and one of them is that Angie is the best boss I've ever had. Her reputation for being incredibly level-headed, intelligent and savvy? It's all true. She takes my panic attacks :) in stride and never makes me feel bad for having them. I'm incredibly grateful for all her guidance and help.

Ohh, and I have a fabulous release out today. I'll post more about it later. Actually, I have two releases to post about--one of my books released last week and I wasn't around to mention it.

P.S. You can read an interview with my utterly fabulous boss here. Check out the comments--even THE Nora Roberts thinks Angie's great. :)

Carrie [userpic]

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August 30th, 2007 (02:12 am)

I'm very tired tonight. Some personal issues have gotten me down and zapped my strength. (I started to write "sapped", but decided I like the other version better.)

I'm in a weird mood. Uncommunicative. I made half a dozen comments on various posts around the internet, but then just deleted them all. Don't ask me why, because I really don't know.

A real update later, maybe.

Carrie [userpic]

His Convenient Affair by Tricia Jones

August 12th, 2007 (04:46 am)

I meant to post this on Tuesday, when the book was released, but I've been sidelined by a nasty case of pharyngitis (*sigh*). And yes, I'm aware that I have the worst immune system in the free world.

All that aside, my release for this week is HIS CONVENIENT AFFAIR by Tricia Jones.



One stubborn woman stands between Nathan and his plan to restore his company’s reputation. Is Chloe willing to make a deal—for her land, and her heart?

Chloe Greenwood’s seaside cottage means the world to her. It’s more than a home, it’s her sanctuary. However, thanks to a mystery bidder, the only way she can afford to expand her business is to sell her cherished refuge to a development company.

So what if the company’s CEO is devastatingly handsome and has an uncanny knack for getting under her skin? The important thing is that selling her cottage will bring her the kind of financial security she craves.

Nathan Fitzgerald is willing to do whatever it takes to restore his company’s reputation. At the top of his to-do list is to acquire the site earmarked for a luxury marina hotel—a site currently owned by the beautiful, stubborn Chloe Greenwood. He’s sure that with a few pretty words and seductive look or two, the property will be his. Too bad he hadn’t counted on falling head over belt buckle for Chloe.

Now that he knows just how much the cottage means to Chloe, how can he ask her to sell? How can he choose between his company, and his heart?

Click here to read an excerpt. Click here to buy.

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This is a contemporary romance. Tricia has a really lovely voice, and was such a joy to work with! Everyone should buy this book. ;)

Carrie [userpic]

Open for Submissions

August 6th, 2007 (11:03 pm)

Samhain is open for submissions again. Just letting you know. :)

Carrie [userpic]

Submissions open for Nothing But Red

August 2nd, 2007 (01:30 am)

Submissions are open right now for Nothing But Red, the anthology created as response to the murder of Dua Khalil.

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We have some huge and exciting contributors lined up so far, like Joss Whedon and Marjorie M. Liu. (I think Marjorie. It's late and I might be mixing her up with someone else. If I am, I apologize.)

You can also email me if you're interested, and I'll give you more information. carriejackson1 (at) Yahoo (dot) com.

Carrie [userpic]

Victimized...

August 1st, 2007 (01:13 am)

This is Nike, a former fight dog:



The dogs confiscated from Vick's kennels are being held, most likely to be used as evidence (like they're inanimate, unfeeling objects). Once they've been used against Vick, they'll be destroyed. HSUS (the Humane Society of the US), is opposed to re-homing/rehabilitating abused dogs.

Vick's dogs won't get a trial; they'll just be killed.

And to quote Bad Rap, "For the sake of those dogs who (like Nike) may still be sane and hopeful and willing to trust, that really sucks."

Carrie [userpic]

Absolutely disgusted

July 31st, 2007 (11:54 pm)

The whole Michael Vick dogfighting case has completely turned my stomach and ruined my love of football. And those of you who've known me for a while know what a football fanatic I am.

I know I won't be able to watch a game this year without wondering which of the other players on the field are dog torturers and murderers.

And when people, players I've respected in the past, take up for Vick--not stating that they think he's innocent, but actually trying to justify dog fighting--it makes me want to chuck the whole thing.

The latest is Deion Sanders, who recently talked about how much Vick loved his dogs. Here's a quote for you:

Some people kiss their dogs on the mouth. Some people let their dogs eat from their plate. Some people dress their dogs in suits more expensive than mine, if you can believe that. And some people enjoy proving they have the biggest, toughest dog on the street. You’re probably not going to believe this, but I bet Vick loves the dogs that were the biggest and the baddest. Maybe, he identified with them in some way.

Yes, he loved his dogs while drowning, electrocuting, and slamming them into the ground until their necks snapped. I feel so much better knowing how much he cared for them.

He goes on to say:

I believe Vick had a passion for dogfighting. I know many athletes who share his passion. The allure is the intensity and the challenge of a dog fighting to the death. It’s like ultimate fighting, but the dog doesn’t tap out when he knows he can’t win.

It reminds me of when I wore a lot of jewelry back in the day because I always wanted to have the biggest chain or the biggest, baddest car. It gives you status.


I don't even have words for this.

Usually, I leave the NFL network on in the background while I work. No more. As long as Sanders is on there, I won't be supporting it.

I'm in the process right now of finding out mailing and email addresses for Steve Bornstein, Steve Sabol, Howard Katz, and Judy Fearing, the senior executives of NFL network. When I find this information, I'm going to email and send letters stating that the NFL network will lose viewers as long as they employ people like Sanders, who have no shred of human decency or compassion. I'll have the rescue groups I work with send them, too, and anyone else who's interested.

I'm all for freedom of speech--Sanders has the right to take up for dog fighting. In fact, I wish EVERYBODY who supports and/ or takes part in dog fighting would speak up. Then I'd know who all the assholes are.

But I have an equal right to tell the NFL network I won't support them.

Sorry for the long rant here, but if you could only see, up close and in person, some of the animals who have been used in fights, you might understand the depth of my reaction to Sanders' statements.

Carrie [userpic]

Hotttt cover

July 31st, 2007 (01:24 am)

One of my September releases, Ask Adam, just got its cover, and damn. It is so hot it's actually indecent!

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