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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. :)


50% Memorial Day Weekend Rebate at All Romance eBooks

All Romance eBooks is offering a 50% Rebate on all purchase made via Paypal or credit card between 12:01 am on May 28 and 11:59 pm on May 30 (US/Central).

If you haven’t bought a copy of Carnal Secrets, Destiny Entwined or A Happily Ever After of Her Own yet, you can take advantage of this promotion by clicking the links below:

Carnal Secrets by Nadia Lee

Carnal Secrets
Novel
Contemporary Romance
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Destiny Entwined by Nadia Lee

Destiny Entwined
Short Story
Erotic Romance
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A Happily Ever After of Her Own by Nadia Lee
A Happily Ever After of Her Own
Novella
Paranormal Romance
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Dual Review, Interview & Giveaway

CARNAL SECRETS by Nadia LeeStella and Lea from Book Lovers Inc. gave Carnal Secrets a lovely dual review. It’s my first dual review, so I’m totally stoked!

Stella wrote:

I loved every single minute of reading it! I love emotionally intense and charged stories and this one didn’t spare the reader! I love to be involved in the story and Nadia Lee pulled me in right from the start. Even after I had finished and turned the last page, I kept feeling the lingering aftermath of the story, and even now, just thinking about Carnal Secrets, I get goosebumps. Yes, it was that good! *dreamy sighs*

So I think there’s nothing more for me to say: you absolutely HAVE to read Carnal Secrets and you will find a new favourite novel, author, hero and couple. *double sighs*

Lea wrote:

Ms. Lee writes with a lovely, articulate, sensual prose, and the graphic imagery in this story can only be described as stellar. She drew me into each scene that advanced a plot involving a passionate tempestuous romance, manipulation, treachery, corporate espionage, and, carnal secrets. …

(snip)

Carnal Secrets has rocketed to the top of my list of favorite reads so far this year. I’ve enjoyed it more than once and will read it again. A keeper for sure.

You can read their dual review here.

Also — The awesome ladies at Book Lovers Inc. are hosting an interview and a giveaway featuring yours truly and Carnal Secrets. It’s open to everyone regardless of their location. So go check it out and comment for your chance to win!


Realization About the Rest of the Year

I just realized that I may not write any new projects this year. The thought was rather startling because I was convinced I’d be able to start drafting another project.

But as it stands, I need to finish revisions on my WIP and send it to Agent, plus complete edits on The Last Slayer. The Unborn One is going to come out in the next few weeks, whether or not his timing is convenient. (It’s not, but I can’t wait to hold him in my arms. :) )

By the time the Boy’s out and The Last Slayer edits are done, it’s going to be the end of June, or maybe even early July. I have no idea how the newborn is going to impact my schedule or anything like that. Hopefully by the end of July, I’ll be somewhat lucid enough to send WIP to Agent, start outlining the sequel to The Last Slayer, finalize promo plans for The Last Slayer and budget the time and money for it.

The last time I did a detailed outline for a book, it was for Carnal Secrets, and it took me about a month to do it. I think the sequel to The Last Slayer is going to take longer than a month to outline…probably two or three. So I’m thinking maybe around November or December, I can possibly start drafting the sequel, if everything goes as planned (the best case scenario). Or maybe everything will implode and I’ll get nothing done.

Since I’m trying to be more optimistic these days, I’m guessing it’s going to be somewhere in-between. And it’s shocking that I may end this year without drafting anything new. (Outlines don’t count.)