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C L Wilson: Lord of the Fading Lands
Okay, okay, I’m not really a Tairen Soul. It would be wicked cool if I was, though!

I’m halfway through my friend C. L. Wilson‘s series (because only 2 of 4 have hit the shelves) and firmly in love with the hero’s right hand man Bel. (If you also love him, back off. He’s mine.)
C L Wilson: Lady of Light and Shadow
I finally got around to updating my Books Read in 2007 list on the right. I think. It’s been so long since my last update, I’m sure I missed some of them.

But I couldn’t miss hanging out with C. L. Wilson in person this weekend at the TARA holiday party! Here’s the Tairen queen and myself:
Erica Ridley and C. L. Wilson
I had a blast hanging out with all my TARA sisters and brothers. You can read more about our party shenanigans over at Karen Lingefelt’s blog, or about our gift exchange over at Vicki Lane’s blog.

YOUR TURN: What did you do this weekend? Are you gearing up for the holiday season or do you wish it would pass you by? If you exchange presents this time of year, how are you doing on your list?

Karen Rose: Squee!

I am thrilled, thrilled, thrilled to announce that my friend Karen Rose just hit the New York Times best seller list with her latest release, Die For Me.

NYT best-seller Karen Rose: Die For Me

Die For Me totally rocked (as does Karen!) and in honor of her success, I’d like to give away an autographed copy on Good Karma Tuesday.

Just comment on this post, and you will be entered to win!

P.S. I’m over at Romantic Inks today–come say hi!

Thank You, Guest Bloggers!

A big THANK YOU goes out to my recent guest bloggers!

Just in case you missed the fun, here are the links:

Robert W Walker, a graduate of Northwestern University, is the author of forty-three novels, including the acclaimed Instinct Series with FBI Medical Examiner Dr. Jessica Coran, and the Edge Series featuring Texas Cherokee Detective Lucas Stonecoat and psychiatrist Meredyth Sanger.
Click Here for the Interview
Click Here for his Web Site
Click Here for his Blog Site

Julia Buckley made her imprint on the mystery scene last year with THE DARK BACKWARD. This summer she launches a new humorous mystery series with her first book, MADELINE MANN, which Kirkus Reviews calls a “bright debut.”
Click Here for the Interview
Click Here for her Web Site
Click Here for her Blog Site

Author, mom, wife, and a full-time workin’ woman at her dayjob, Cynthia writes for Harlequin Superromance. Her first book, THE BABY WAIT, was on the shelves in April 2007.
Click Here for the Interview
Click Here for her Web Site
Click Here for her Blog Site

Announcing Robert Walker!

Writer Rob Walker
I first “met” Rob when I won a critique on an auction. At the time when I bid on the auction, I was finishing Witness, had just joined Mystery Writers of America, and thought I’d be pursuing a career in the suspense genre. By the time the auction ended, I was on to greener pastures–namely Touched and subsequently Trevor &amp the Tooth Fairy–the latter of which I ended up sending him. Like Julia, Rob had some great feedback and didn’t bat an eye about receiving a wacky Nether-Netherland romp instead of a suspense plot. (Or, if he did bat an eye, he did so on the other side of the fiberoptics cable, so we’ll never know.)

Here is a more formal blurb about Rob:
Robert W Walker, a graduate of Northwestern University, is the author of forty-three novels, including the acclaimed Instinct Series with FBI Medical Examiner Dr. Jessica Coran, and the Edge Series featuring Texas Cherokee Detective Lucas Stonecoat and psychiatrist Meredyth Sanger. He recently published the spontaneous combustion horror novel, Fire & Flesh, under the name Evan Kingsbury. City for Ransom is a historical thriller with all the atmosphere of turn of the century Chicago. Robert was born in Corinth, Mississippi, and currently resides in Chicago, IL. In between teaching, lecturing, and book touring, Robert is busy tackling his next novel. Web site

He has graciously agreed to come and answer all your burning questions (and, as always, one lucky question-asker will receive something fun and fabulous via USPS!) so here’s a chance to get some great answers.

Your Turn: Ask away! Questions about writing? Publishing? Promoting? Research? Tackling different angles of the same genre? The Call? Writing a series? Please post your questions in the comments!

Welcome to Good Karma Tuesday

First, CONTEST WINNERS. Yes, plural! The commenters were split between those who wrote/read tortured heroes and those who did not. So, I am pleased to announce not one but two random winners today!


Congratulations! Please email me (erica [at] ericaridley.com) with your address and choice of free book. Keep the good karma rolling! =)

Next, to answer some burning questions.

Post: Impending Wedding
Beverley asks:
Why do you call your intended MONKEYBOY??

Answer: Because he luuuurves monkeys, ever since he was a wee boy on his first visit to Busch Gardens and a cheeky little spider monkey reached out through the bars and slapped him on the face. To this day, even the mere image of a monkey will cause him to burst into uncontrollable laughter. He especially enjoyed Lancelot Link: Secret Chimp, as you might imagine.

Bill Clark asks:
Why does one’s writing always look so much better when someone else quotes it in italics?

Answer: I don’t think it’s the italics so much as having something we write impact someone so much that they do quote it. How great of a feeling is that? (For the curious, I quoted a section of this post from Bill’s blog)

Post: Contests
Rashenbo asks:
I’ve got to admit.. it’s fun and exciting to win… well, anything – isn’t it?

Answer: I 100% agree! (Hence the wild winning going on this morning. I couldn’t seem to pick just one!)

Post: Dinner Party
Vicki asks:
So what is double secret probation??

Answer: Actually, I don’t know! I thought Kel would respond with something having to do with her vampire neighbors. (Ha! Bet you thought I was just being funny when I said she might’ve been bitten by the vampire neighbors–not so!)

Post: Poetry Monday
Susan Helene Gottfried asks:
I want to know the backstory to this!

Answer: That particular burst of teenage angst came from being in lurve with a boy who proclaimed his devotion, became my center of gravity for a heady year and a half, and then proceeded to casually mention he was picking up and leaving town (state, actually), which spawned a horrible clingy-denial moment, followed by me leaving state, albeit in the opposite direction. Angst, I tell you. Angst. *g

If you have any other questions (burning or otherwise) please leave ’em in the comments… Also, if you noticed I added pix of the books I’ve read so far in 2007 and have comments on any of the titles or authors, please comment about that, too–I love to dish about books! =)

Your turn: Give a gift or do something nice lately? (If not, why not?! Maybe we should have Good Karma Tuesdays. *g) Win anything lately? Hear any good news? What are you reading right now? Have you read anything on my list or by those authors? Spill!

Contest Winners!

Today is a great day–I get to announce not one, but TWO winners!

Come on down, ISABEL!! You have won a copy of The Baby Wait, hot off the presses! Please email Cynthia Reese your address so she can mail you a copy of her new story!

Congratulations also go to COURTNEY MILAN! Your participation in the initial call-for-questions just won you any of the following books. Please email me your choice and your address! (erica [at] ericaridley.com)

Dead Aim
Iris Johansson
Free Book: Comment to Win!
Judith Krantz
Free Book: Comment to Win!
How I Write
Janet Evanovich
Free Book: Comment to Win!
Kiss Me, Annabel
Eloisa James
Free Book: Comment to Win!

P.S. Sorry for the crazy delay in posting! I was out of town for 4 days, scrambling to make progress planning my upcoming out-of-state wedding. (!!!)

Colleen Gleason: The Rest Falls Away

Confession time. I meant to read this book last year. The concept–Buffy in Regency England–intrigued me last July when I met Colleen Gleason at the RWA National in a Venator tee shirt.

Why didn’t I read it way back then? Time and space. No, not in some weird sci-fi sense. I left the RWA National Conference with too many books. Too many books! (Monkey Boy‘s head would explode if he heard me use that phrase, since he thought I had too many books prior to said conference.) As it turns out, I did myself a disservice. I should’ve bought it way back when!
Erica Ridley
After heading home last July with ~100 new, free, mostly signed books, my TBR (to-be-read) shelves bowed under the strain. Except for the occasional local chapter signing, I didn’t purchase any new books during the ensuing months because I didn’t have the time to read them nor the space to put them. (Since I have also attended 4 regional conferences during the past year, I wouldn’t be surprised to learn my TBR count exceeds 200. Daunting, even for a confessed bibliophile like myself!)

However. I happen to be between stories right now, as I’m in the planning phase for DATD. When I saw Colleen’s contest on her blog, I just had to enter. And, wonder of wonders, I won! Colleen sent me a tee shirt (pictured right) and a copy of her book. (You can win, too, because it’s not over yet. Go check it out!)

I opened the book yesterday around 5:30pm, meaning to sneak in a chapter or so between my “real” work (ie, client stuff I should be doing) but then the next thing I knew, it was a quarter til 10 in the evening and I’d just hit The End. And I wanted more.

So I fired off an email to Colleen, babbled fan-girl style1 (and begged for confirmation of a certain story element I hoped would also be present in the sequel) and added a new author to my keeper shelves.

Rises The Night comes out in June (Aargh! I will be in a 3rd world country for the entire month, with absolutely zero access to new releases until I return toward the beginning of July!) but The Rest Falls Away is out now. If you haven’t already read it, go buy it and join me in the comment trail to dish about the story and whether you fell hardest in love for M or S or P. (For me? S, baby. *purr*)

1I waxed incoherent on how I thought M was like early Angel and S was like Spike, and how h-a-w-t I find the whole bad boy who loves being bad angle… Hey! Lightbulb! There’s actually a BBWLBB in DATD, him being a demon and all… I think I just found my weakness!

Your turn: Have you read TRFA? If not, have you at least entered the contest on Colleen’s blog? Read any other good books lately? If so, please spill author/title info! And confess… what do YOUR to-be-read shelves/piles look like?