AOTW- Richelle Mead

Richelle Mead

About the Author:
Scorpio Richelle Mead is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of urban fantasy books for both adults and teens. Originally from Michigan, Richelle now lives in Seattle, Washington where she works on her three series full-time: Georgina Kincaid, Dark Swan, and Vampire Academy.
A life-long reader, Richelle has always loved mythology and folklore. When she can actually tear herself away from books (either reading or writing them), she enjoys bad reality TV, traveling, trying interesting cocktails, and shopping for dresses. She's a self-professed coffee addict and has a passion for all things wacky and humorous.

Frequently Asked Questions:
How did you get started writing?
I've wanted to write for my entire life. When I was little, I used to design my own picture books. As I got older, I began trying to write short stories. During high school and college, I fell away from writing and ended up getting degrees in other things and becoming a middle school English teacher. Not long after that, I started writing a sci-fi book as a hobby. Nothing ever came of it, but it trained me up to write Succubus Blues. I sold it relatively quickly, and from there, I began writing my other series.

I want to be a writer. Can you give me writing advice or tell me how to get published?
Getting published is a complex process that would take pages to explain. Fortunately, author Holly Lisle has created pages to explain it! Check out her site here for a comprehensive FAQ. Author Tamora Pierce also has a really excellent website on how to get an agent and get published, with specific information for young writers.

Where do you get your ideas from? Are your characters or books based on real life?
None of my characters or situations are based on anything in real life--it all comes from my head! That being said, the things in my head are fueled by the world around me. I do a lot of mythological research, and often that triggers an idea for a book (like how the Romanian myth of Strigoi and Moroi inspired Vampire Academy). Sometimes tiny little things I observe in the world will spark an idea too. Writing and story creating is so complex that there's no one good answer to say where a book comes from.
FQA from Richelle Meads Website.

Books by Rechelle
Vampire Academey Series
#1: Vampire Academy
#2: Frostbite
#3: Shadow Kiss
#4: Blood Promis
#5: Spirit Bound
#6: Last Sacrifice

Vampire Academy books are available in multiple editions at and Barnes&
Vampire Academy: The Graphic Novel-- Also at

Georgina Kincaid Series

#1: Succubus Blues
#2: Succubus on Top
#3: Succubus Dreams
#4: Succubus Heat
#5: Succubus Shadows

Georgina Kincaid books are available in multiple editions at and Barnes&
Dark Swan Series
#1: Storm Born
#2: Thorn Queen
#3: Iron Crowned

Dark Swan books are available in multiple editions at and Barnes&

Kisses From Hell
Immortal: Love Stories With Bite
Eternal Lover
Dreams and Desires

Anthologies by Richelle Mead are also available at and Barnes&

Coming Soon
Succubus Revealed (Georgina Kincaid, #6)-- Expected publication: August 30th 2011 by Kensington
Bloodlines (Bloodlines, #1)-- Expected publication: August 23rd 2011 by Razorbill

Awards and Recognitions
# Nominee - 2007 Reviewers' Choice Awards - Best Urban Fantasy Novel - Succubus Blues
# Nominee - 2008 Reviewers' Choice Awards - Best Urban Fantasy Novel - Storm Born
# Honorable Mention - 2009 P.E.A.R.L. Awards - Best Romantic Fantasy - Thorn Queen
# Finalist - 2009 Children's Choice Book Awards - Teen Choice Book of the Year - Blood Promise
# American Library Association: 2008 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers - Vampire Academy
# American Library Association: 2009 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers - Frostbite
# Winner - 2010 Teen Read Awards - Best Teen Series - Vampire Academy series
# Nominee - 2010 Teen Read Awards - Best Hottie - Vampire Academy series
# Winner - 2010 Goodreads Choice Awards - Goodreads Author - Richelle Mead
# Nominee - 2010 Goodreads Choice Awards - Favorite Book of 2010 - Spirit Bound (novel)
# Nominee - 2010 Goodreads Choice Awards - Young Adult Fantasy - Last Sacrifice (novel)
# Nominee - 2010 Goodreads Choice Awards - Favorite Heroine - Rose Hathaway
# Nominee - 2010 Goodreads Choice Awards - Favorite Hero - Dimitri Belikov
# Nominee - 2010 Goodreads Choice Awards - Paranormal Fantasy - Succubus Shadows
# Nominee - 2011 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards - Favorite Book - Vampire Academy series

--From Wikapidia

Signings and Appearances
April 2 -- Dreamin' in Dallas Conference - Richardson, TX
Keynote speaker and panelist - schedule TBA
April 6-10 -- RT Booklovers Convention - Los Angeles, CA
Urban Fantasy and YA panelist - schedule TBA
I'll also be signing at the book fair on April 9, which is open to the public ($5 admission fee)

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AOTW- Julie Garwood

Julie Garwood

About the Author:
Julie Garwood was born in 1946 in Kansas City, Missouri. An American writer of over twenty-five romance novels in both the historical and suspense sub-genres. Over thirty million copies of her books are in print, and she has had at least 15 New York Times Bestsellers. She has also begun writing a novel for young adults under the pseudonym of Emily Chase. For more information about Julie Garwood's book's go to her website here.

Books by Julie Garwood
Buchanan series
#1: Heartbreaker
#4:Murder List
#5: Slow Burn
#6: Shadow Dance
#7:Fire and Ice
#8: Sizzle
(Available in Mass Market Paperback, Hardcover, Audio and Kindle Edition at, available in Nook at Barnes&

Highlands' Lairds series
#1: The Secret
#2: Ransom
#3: ShadwMusic
(Available in Mass Market Paperback, Hardcover, Paperback and Audio at

Crown's Spies series
#1: The Lion’s Lady
#2: Gaurdian Angle
#3: The Gift
#4: Castles
(Available in Mass Market Paperback at

Lairds' Fiancées series
#1: The Bride
#2: The Wedding
(Available in Mass Market Paperback at

Rose series
#1: For the Roses
#2: One Pink Rose
#3: One White Rose
#4: One Red Rose
#5: Come the Spring
(Available at

Stand Alone Titles
Saving Grace
The Prize
Honor’s Splendour
Prince Charming
A Girl Named Summer
Gentle Warrior
Rebellious Desire
(Available in Mass Market Paperback at

Coming soon
The Ideal Man (Expected publication: August 9th 2011 by Dutton Adult) Available for pre-order at

Also Find Julie At:

More information on Julie Garwood can also be found at Wikipedia.
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AOTW- Jeaniene Frost

Jeaniene Frost

About the Author:
Jeaniene Frost is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Night Huntress series and the Night Huntress World novels. To date, foreign rights for her novels have sold to sixteen different countries. Jeaniene lives in Florida with her husband Matthew, who long ago accepted that she swears like a sailor, rarely cooks, and always sleeps in on the weekends. Aside from writing, Jeaniene enjoys reading, poetry, watching movies with her husband, exploring old cemeteries, spelunking and traveling – by car. Airplanes, children, and cookbooks frighten her.
For information on Jeaniene's books, reading the first 20% of each book free, book trailers, deleted scenes, creature mythology, and more, please visit:

Click here for Pod Cast and Videos. Click here for Deleted Scenes. Click here for Night Huntress FAQ.
For Apparel Click Here.

Books by Jeaniene Frost
Night Huntress Series
#1: Halfway to the Grave
#2: One Foot in the Grave 
#3: At Grave's End
#4: Destined for an Early Grave
Available in Mass Market paperback at Amazon and Barnes&Noble. In Kindle and Audio at Amazon.

Night Huntress World Series
#1: First Drop of Crimson
#2: Eternal Kiss of Darkness 
Available in Paperback, Hardcover, Audio and Kindle at Amazon. Mass Market Paperback, Audio CD and Nook at Barnes&Noble.

Haunted By Your Touch by Jeaniene Frost, Shayla Black, Sharie Kohler  
Under Her Skin by Jeaniene Frost, Meljean Brook, Ilona Andrews 
Death’s Excellent Vacation by Charlaine Harris (Editor), Toni L.P. Kelner (Editor), Katie MacAlister, Jeaniene Frost, Lilith Saintcrow, Jeff Abbott, L.A. Banks, Christopher Golden, Chris Grabenstein, A. Lee Martinez, Sharan Newman, Sarah Smith, Daniel Stashower 
Unbound by Kim Harrison, Melissa Marr, Jeaniene Frost, Vicki Pettersson, Jocelynn Drake  
Four Dukes and a Devil by Cathy Maxwell, Elaine Fox, Jeaniene Frost, Sophia Nash, Tracy Anne Warren  
Weddings From Hell by Maggie Shayne, Jeaniene Frost, Terri Garey, Kathryn Smith 
The Mammoth Book of Paranormal Romance Alyssa Day, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Cheyenne McCray, Jeaniene Frost, Ilona Andrews, Kelley Armstrong, Maria V. Snyder, Carrie Vaughn, Allyson James Marland and more. 24 new short stories from the hottest names.
All anthology's available at

Coming soon
This Side of the Grave (Night Huntress #5)  Releasing February 22, 2011. Click here for tour info to see if Jeaniene will be in your area. Read the first 20% here. Pre-order at: Amazon, BordersBarnes & Noble, Books-A-Million
One Grave at a Time (Night Huntress #6) Expected publication: September 2011 by Avon

Also find Jeaniene at:

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AOTW- Jordan Castillo Price

Jordan Castillo Price

About the Author:

Jordan Castillo Price grew up in Western New York, born in 1968 she spent her formative drinking years in inner city Chicago, and is now writing paranormal thrillers from her home in small-town rural Wisconsin. Jordan graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (MFA). She also started JCP Books in 2008 so she could have creative control over her stories, from the content of the book to the cover. In 2010 she added Josh Lanyon and Sean Kennedy to her lineup. Up until last year she worked as a graphic designer until she quit to focus on her publishing business.
Jordan is best known as the author of the PsyCop series, an unfolding tale of paranormal mystery and suspense starring Victor Bayne, a gay medium who's plagued by ghostly visitations. Visit to glimpse Chicago beyond the veil.

Question and Answer:
      -When did you write your first book and how old were you?
I wrote my first totally unpublishable novel at 31, then I proceeded to figure out how to write. I stumbled upon fanfiction and wrote that for a few years, published my first short story in a print anthology when I was 36, and started my own publishing company when I was 40.

    -How did you start writing?
I was an avid reader, so when I got my first computer, I immediately used it to begin writing a novel.

    -What advice do you have for someone who would like to become a published writer?
Read analytically and try to determine why the things you like work for you. Read plenty of books and magazines on writing. Join websites where new writers trade critiques, or join a local writing group, and learn to quell the urge to be defensive when your crit partners tell you what needs work in your stories. Submit your work selectively only to publishers who are appropriate for your story.

    -What is your work schedule like when you're writing?
I usually work from 7-7 every day, though the day is broken up with tasks other than just pure writing, such as accounting, correspondence, research, typesetting, etc.

    -How did you name your characters?
Unless the character names magically "come to me," I look at baby name lists and try to ensure the characters in the story don't sound too similar to each other (their names don't start with the same letter, and they have a different number of syllables). There are also some good random name generators at
I've got a ton more writing advice at, so check that out if you're looking for inspiration to keep your butt in the chair and keep writing!

Books by Jordan Castillo Price:
PsyCop Series:
#1: Among the Living
#1.1: Thaw (Free)
#2: Criss Cross
#2.2: Many Happy Returns
#2.3: Mind Reader (Free)
#3: Body and Soul
#3.1: The Stroke of Midnight (Free)
#4: Secrets
#5: Camp Hell

Paperback Editions:
PsyCop: Partners- Contains Among the Living and Criss Cross
PsyCop: Property- Contains Body & Soul and Secrets
Camp Hell: A PsyCop Novel

(The PsyCop Ebook Series along with the free short stories can be found at Paperback editions are at

Channeling Morpheus series:

#1: Payback
#2: Vertigo
#3: Manikin
#4: Tainted
#5.5: Heaven Sent (Free Promo Ebook)
#5: Rebirth

Channeling Morpheus for Scary Mary (Paperback)
 (Paperback available at
Ebook versions available in multiple formats at Changeling Press)

Sweet Oblivion series:
#1: Brazen
#2: Snare
#3: Fluid
#4: Swarm
#5: Elixir

(Ebooks available in multiple formats at Changeling Press)

Petit Morts series with Josh Lanyon and Sean Kennedy:
#1: Hue, Tint and Shade by Jordan Castillo Price
Yellow is as yellow does.
#2: Slings and Arrows by Josh Lanyon
It's a fine line between "secret admirer" and "stalker".
#3: Moolah and Moonshine by Jordan Castillo Price
If you ever go to France, watch out for those ticklers.
#4: Other People's Weddings by Josh Lanyon
Pulling off the perfect wedding can be murder.
#5: Spanish Fly Guy by Jordan Castillo Price
I held my nose I closed my eyes...I took a drink.

Petit Morts 1: Sweets to the Sweet- books 1-5
(Petit Morts are available ala carte, or you may buy them in a bundle at and save a buck! Paperback available at


Sleepwalker by Jordan Castillo Price
(Available in multiple formats at

The Art of Dying, Partners in Crime #4, written with Josh Lanyon
(Paperback at, Ebook at Aspen Mountain Press
Chapter 1 preview)

Stand Alone Titles
Hemovore (Ebook available at Samhain Publishing, Paperback at

Kindred Spirits (Available at
The Voice (Kindle edition available at
Starlight (Available at
The Serpent in the Garden (Kindle edition available at
Zero Hour- (ZERO HOUR is a serialized story published monthly in Jordan's newsletter, JCP News. Curious? Read rough draft online. It's free!)
(Standalone Ebooks available at

Torqued Tales (Available in paperback at and Barnes&
by S.A. Clements (editor), Mychael Black, Syd McGinley, Sean Michael, Willa Okati, C.B. Potts, Angelia Sparrow, Julia Talbot, B.A. Tortuga, Elisa Viperas, Vic Winter, Laney Cairo, Jordan Castillo Price , Dallas Coleman, Jane Davitt, Kiernan Kelly, Kara Larson, Jay Lygon, Renee Manley, Kit Zheng
Firestorm (Kindle edition available at
by Jade Buchanan, Alice Gaines, Anne Kane, Belinda McBride, B.J. McCall, Cameo Brown, Isabella Jordan, Jordan Castillo Price, Kate Hill, Mary Winter, Selena Illyria

Coming Soon
GhosTV (PsyCop, #6) Estimated release date: Feb/Mar 2011 from JCP Books
A Bitter Taste of Sweet Oblivion (Sweet Oblivion #1-5 in paperback) Estimated release date: Coming out this month from JCP Books
Zero Hour, Ebook and Paperback edition Coming Feb/Mar 2011 from JCP Books featuring cover art by the illustrious PL Nunn!
Insomniac Followup to Sleepwalker, coming 2011 from JCP Books

Other Free Books by Jordan Castillo Price:
Luck (Horror flash fic)
Carving (M/M flash fic)
Snowblind (M/M short)

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