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Grief in Storytelling

I'm hard at work on STEALING THUNDER. The number 2 book in the Darkness Paranormal series that I'm writing. As in STEALING DARKNESS, this book deals considerably with grief. It's a recurring theme for most of my work, mostly because of the truth of the emotion. InSTEALING DARKNESS, the grief is over an unseen loss and how it relates to her own inability to save someone. But in STEALING THUNDER, the grief has several avenues. The first is Graham's coming to terms with the loss of his mother, a loss he thought he dealt with long ago. For Grace, it's watching a friend slowing fading away. And for a little girl, it's dealing with the grief of watching her mother die and knowing there's no way to stop it.

People automatically think that grief is something that happens after death. But in fact, from the moment we realize the finality of a situation we are forced to deal with our own mortality, and the inevitability of loss. I've often heard people say that i…
Like the cover? If you're as intrigued by the cover as I am then check out the blog entry below for an interview with Silhouette Intimate Moments author Susan Vaughan!

Credit where it is due...

I firmly believe in promoting great stories when I read them. This time the credit goes to Susan Vaughan for her latest release DEADLY MEMORIES, a Silhouette Intimate Moments August release. And because I love to know just what motivates authors to create their stories I asked Susan if she would be kind enough to give us a few answers.


Thank you for coming along for the ride, Susan. You newest book, DEADLY MEMORIES is set in Italy. Ahh the romance of Venice, the wonderful food, the beautiful architecture crowding the canals filled with gondoliers… or are they the guy's guiding the boats with the funny hats and striped shirts? Anyway, what is it about the location that urged you to set your book there?
Hi, Teagan. Thanks for interviewing me about my book.
Venice, huh? You're probably expecting me to say that I'd met my own hero there and wanted to remember it in a book. Or that it was the romance of the ancient city, the canals, the history, the architecture, right? The truth …

Guess What?!

I am participating in a blogging experiment hosted at dearauthor.com. To enter the contest, put up this blurb, image, and trackback and you are entered to win the following prize package.
$200 Amazon gift certificate
Signed copy of Slave to Sensation
New Zealand goodies chosen by Singh
ARC of Christine Feehan's October 31 release: Conspiracy Game You can read about the experiment here and you can download the code that you need to participate here.

SLAVE TO SENSATION
Nalini Singh Berkley / September 2006

Welcome to a future where emotion is a crime and powers of the mind clash brutally against those of the heart.
Sascha Duncan is one of the Psy, a psychic race that has cut off its emotions in an effort to prevent murderous insanity. Those who feel are punished by having their brains wiped clean, their personalities and memories destroyed.
Lucas Hunter is a Changeling, a shapeshifter who craves sensation, lives for touch. When their separate worlds collide in the serial murders of Changelin…

And just because I thought you might like to see my inspiration...

This would be Gabrielle Byrne, and the picture that was my inspiration for the latest set of books. He looks dangerous and yet intriguing. Handsome and yet, a bit rough around the edges. And that voice, hmmm.... There is just something about an Irishman...

Age and Inspiration...

First, Happy Birthday to me!

Okay, so I have been hard at work writing on two manuscripts at the same time. I don't have a name for this series, but I have been keeping in the back of my mind. Of course, they all have the prerequisite Irishmen in them. Some women prefer a man in a kilt, I prefer one with a brogue. Not that there isn't something to be said for a nice pair of knees :)

I am also working on two books at the same time, something I've never done before and I find quite challenging. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone, especially someone who is a newbie, but the process does work in this case since the books are tied together. And, of course, both of them have an Irishman in them.

RWA was last week and though I didn't attend it does always have me thinking about the past conferences that I've attended. It's rather ironic that I went to so many of them before I sold and now that I have I haven't participated. Also, I have the propensity for attendin…