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Cover Reveal: The Last Slayer

Isn’t this lovely?

The Last Slayer by Nadia Lee

The Last Slayer

Ashera del Cid is a talented demon hunter, but when she kills a demigod’s pet dragon, the hunter becomes the hunted. Her only potential ally is Ramiel, a sexy-as-hell demon. Now the two must work together to battle dragons and demigods…and the chemistry crackling between them.

Ramiel has his own reasons for offering Ashera his protection. He knows her true identity and the real reason the demigods want her dead. What he can’t predict is how she’ll react when she discovers he knew who she was all along…

Ashera is shocked to discover that she is the only daughter of the last slayer. To claim her destiny, she and Ramiel must join forces to face down danger and outwit their enemies. Only then will she be able to truly accept her legacy…

Available on December 26, 2011 from Carina Press! :)

Hold on, September!

Can you believe September is already almost half over?

I just got done with The Last Slayer edits. So now I’m waiting to get the final e-author copy to plan marketing and promotion for the book. A part of that is doing guest blog posts. Yes, I’m volunteering! If you have a topic you’d like me to cover — inspiration, world-building, the business side of writing, etc. — please leave a comment or email me. (I’m also planning to do interviews as well. :) )

Speaking of The Last Slayer, I updated my book page with a first chapter excerpt. You can read it here. :)

Also, once I get the author copy, I’ll give away about ten copies to my newsletter subscribers who are willing to read and review the book. If you want to be considered, feel free to sign up for my newsletter here.

This month I’m taking a workshop on sexual tension and continuing to work on the sequel to The Last Slayer. So far I have about 30% of it written, plus the synopsis. I can’t wait to get it written and share it with you.

I hope all of you have a fabulous rest-of-September!

Hot August!

August is probably the hottest month where I am. It’s muggy and scorching. That doesn’t mean I get to rest. :-)

I turned in edits on The Last Slayer on July 28th. I need to wait on my editor’s feedback. I’m really hoping we get done w/ the final round (copyediting) by the end of August.

On a somewhat related note — on July 23rd I started the 500 Words a Day challenge. I have over 4,500 words written on the sequel to The Last Slayer, even though I’ve been writing no more than 650 words a day. As a matter of fact, my daily word count ranges between 509 and 636. Something I realized through the process is that I don’t have to write a lot. I just have to write some to get the momentum going.

I plan to continue with it in August. If all goes as planned, I’ll be done with the sequel by the end of the year, if not sooner.

Here’s a non-Slayer related news item: Bettie Sharpe and Stella from Ex Libris gave five-star reviews to Carnal Secrets and A Happily Ever After of Her Own, respectively. Bettie’s review is found here and Stella’s is on her blog. :)

I also signed up for Kindlegraph. You can view my profile here and request digital inscriptions for any Nadia Lee titles you have on Kindle.

Finally, I’ll leave you with the latest picture of the Boy. So many people have asked about a new picture, so here it is. (He’s over 12 pounds now…!)

The Boy

Hope you all have a fabulous August!

Two Reviews

I’ve been somewhat quiet on my blog, etc. for a while. I’m still alive, just busy with the Boy and edits on The Last Slayer. Since the birth of the Boy, there have been two reviews, one of Carnal Secrets and the other of A Happily Ever After of Her Own.

The Lovely Bettie Sharpe gave Carnal Secrets five stars:

I’ve never been too enthusiastic about categories or contemps, but I am a Nadia Lee fan, and didn’t want to pass up one of her books just because it wasn’t quite my thing. So I read [Carnal Secrets]. It pulled me in, made me care, and made me cry. Which just goes to show that no matter your expectations or sub-genre preferences, the right writer can make all the difference. A good story is a good story; Carnal Secrets is a good story.

I was flattered to read her review as I consider Bettie to be one of the most talented writers out there. Her work is amazing, and I highly recommend all her books. :)

Stella from Ex Libris, one of the sweetest reviewers and book bloggers I know, gave five stars to A Happily Ever After of Her Own:

…a delightful and entertaining, original and laugh out loud funny, modern fairy tale retelling… A definite keeper…

Thank you so much, Bettie and Stella! :)

The Second Half of 2011 Is Here!

I can’t believe it’s already July. It feels like January was just a day or two ago.

The first half of 2011 was pretty busy but productive. In January, I walked away from an offer on Carnal Secrets. I gave away Destiny Entwined to my newsletter subscribers on Valentine’s Day and published it the same day to anybody who wants to read it but aren’t subscribed to my newsletter. Then I self-published Carnal Secrets later in February.

In March, I received an offer from Carina for The Last Slayer.  This time, I didn’t walk. :)

In case you missed it, the Boy was born on June 18. You can read more about it and see his pictures here.

So what are my plans for the month?

  1. Wrap up edits for The Last Slayer
  2. Finish outlining the sequel (yes, there’s probably going to be a sequel)
  3. Announce the giveaway details for Confessions of an Improper Bride by Jennifer Haymore by July 8th

I’m hoping that with some discipline and pre-planning, I can accomplish them all.  :)

June! June!

May was another fabulous month. My younger brother finally proposed to his sweetheart of 6+ years. (She said yes. :) ) And Carnal Secrets received the loveliest dual review from Stella and Lea at Book Lovers Inc. There’s also an author interview plus a giveaway for Carnal Secrets on Book Lovers Inc, open to international readers, so if you’d like, enter before June 11th!

I’m going to be much more MIA during June. The Boy is due June 13…though he can come out any time between now until June 21-ish. I thought I was ready, but it looks like I still have so many things to do (mostly appointments and last minute shopping for baby things, etc.) before the Boy gets here. Soooooo busy!

A few people on Twitter and Facebook asked me to keep them updated on the labor, etc. I’ll see what I can do. Maybe Hero Material can hijack my Twitter account briefly? Hmmm. (Unfortunately, he doesn’t really get social media…)

Later this year, I’ll start doing some giveaways to thank and support fellow writers who have been super nice and helpful to me. So what books are up for grabs?

Confessions of an Improper Bride by Jennifer Haymore
The Shadow Reader by Sandy Williams
Shaedes of Gray by Amanda Bonilla

July: a copy of Confessions of an Improper Bride by Jennifer Haymore. It’s a fabulous historical romance, and Jennifer was instrumental in helping me publish Carnal Secrets. Without her, the story would still be languishing on my hard drive.

October: a copy of The Shadow Reader by Sandy Williams, an exciting urban fantasy debut by a fellow Magic and Mayhem Writers member.

November: a copy of Shaedes of Gray by Amanda Bonilla, another super urban fantasy debut by a Magic and Mayhem Writers member.

All giveaways are open to international readers, and books will be shipped by BookDepository regardless of your location. (Just to be clear, you’re getting an unautographed final book, not an ARC or early copy.) If I can, I’ll try to give ebooks to those who prefer e-copies, but I can’t guarantee anything because it depends on geo res, DRM, your ereader, etc.

If you want to enter early, just subscribe to my newsletter. All confirmed subscribers get two entries automatically. (And I’ll never share your information with anybody else, and you can unsubscribe any time.)

Later, I’ll announce other ways to earn extra entries, such as tweets with special hashtags and so on.

P.S. I’m going to give away several copies of my own new urban fantasy, The Last Slayer, as well, either in late September or early October. And again, you get two automatic entries just for subscribing to my newsletter. :)