Okay that’s not entirely true. I do have a library at home which is what once was a dining room, but seriously who uses a dining room. They are a waste of space that’s used maybe twice a year. Most people turn there’s into something else… like a sewing room with a dining room table or dad’s office where he yells at his computer during the tax season.
So if you didn’t already know, I’m out of a job. I was given my walking papers on thursday and told to use us my holidays and they’d call me with all the paperwork for stuff like unemployment, severance, etc. I went in for half a day on friday and said goodbye to everyone and headed back home after running errands.
Right now there’s a wee Brigid on the back of my chair making cooing noises. Lucius is guarding the room and last I saw Clyde was taking a sun-nap in the bedroom window.
The dishes are drying, the clothes are tumbling in the dryer, I have some music playing on the stereo/tv called the ’100 names of the mother’ or something like that… primarily buddhist/indian chanting.
I did my usual job-searching this morning and that made me somewhat sad. People seem to believe there’s a bunch of jobs for the taking these days. Unfortunately, there were no new jobs for librarians in Houston. So I looked for proctor jobs because I proctored for an official test for our students. Wow…that was extremely depressing in that I’d make the same money on unemployment.
Well, back to writing. Right now I’m working on book six, Dynasties of Night. Love to you all!
Librarian Seeking …
‘Dear Hiring Manager’… it’s how most of my cover letters start.
I (Heather) did my morning job search again. For those who don’t know, I’m a librarian. It’s what helps me get to the nitty-gritty of history and culture that Chris and I write about. I do love delving into research. It doesn’t always matter what it’s about most of the time. I can say without reserve that I’m a great researcher. I love the challenge of it. I love helping other people with it.
The hardest thing about letting animals into your life is knowing that eventually, someday, you will have to let them go.
Yes, it’s been a loooong time since we posted. Yes, we’re horrible that way. However, we’re trying to keep moving forward on Curse of Venus, and that’s really why we are so horrible on blogging.
Anyways…. at long last here are the winners of a free book from the authors of the Morrigan’s Brood Series!
1. Patrick McKeever
2. Arleen Haas
3. Amanda Ganall
4. Spencer Ames
Congrats to our winners! We will contact you tomorrow about shipping and all that!
Have a great night!
Thanks again to the great folks at Aggiecon for a wonderful time! Sometimes I miss Aggieland! This weekend reminded me that it is a great place.
Now I have to deal with a very needy kitty.
At long last, we’re finally announcing the winners of our latest giveway.
Congrats to -
Yayyyy!!!! *Does the flail-y Kermit-the-Frog dance.
Let’s see what’s been going on with us? We’ve been dealing with a somewhat temperamental truck (I don’t feel like blowing AC on you! Ha! Now I’ll throw my brake pads and rotors!), finishing up the first draft of book six otherwise known as Morrigan’s Brood: Odin’s Chosen, various crazy work occurrences, and preparing for the latest event (Houston Indie Book Fest). Honestly, I spent so much time at Professional Auto Care (where I used to work), they joked that the truck had decided to live there and that I may as well come back to work there.
The katkids have spent their days snoozing and lazing about. Well, except for the Clydemonster who likes to race around the house and pounce on unsuspecting elderkittehs.
We’re both working fulltime and I’m wishing for quiet time now. Sometimes it’s very hard to get the necessary quiet time that introverts seem to need, or at least I do. I don’t quite get why the quiet time has become so important to me, but I need to hide away for a few minutes every day and not hear screaming kids or the demands of patrons or cats.
I’m also hoping that the summer won’t be too miserable. I’m so very not heat tolerant. After the highland games in San Antonio, I spent monday recovering from ‘the hot’. Oh well… I hope everyone here is doing great. If you’re interested in some beautiful crafts check out Einini Glassworks. I also need to post information about a wonderous Irish storyteller we met at the games named Jane. Jane is reading bits and pieces of our book series and makes these fabulous dolls.
We’ll be sure to post more as hearing her talk about the Tuaths and Morrigan’s creation of the Deargh Du sent chills down our spines. :D
Anyways, time to look busy at work again ;). Love you guys…
Our winners for our latest giveaway honoring the Rory Miggins Irish Stew Cookoff Benefit for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Houston are:
The winners of a book of their choosing are:
*Yayyyyyyyy – in the manner of Kermit the Frog*
Congrats to our winners!!! And there will be plenty more contests and chances to win later!
We are having a contest in honor of the Salado Highland Games. Pics to follow soon I’m sure
I’d chat about the wonderful awesome time we had in Salado with old friends and new friends, if I didn’t have bronchitis and a mad desire for a hot toddie.
Anyways, the contest will select three winners on 11/21/11 (next monday). Each winner can pick a book of their choosing!!!
I hope everyone is doing well. Ophelia is glaring at me, so I assume it’s gooshy food time.
Heather – *cough*hack*cough*
Wow… lots of stuff going on right now. First, ApolloCon starts today and goes through Sunday. We will be there, so stop by. For more information about ApolloCon, click here.
In honor of ApolloCon, Heather and I will be giving away two ARCs of Dark Alliance, Morrigan’s Brood Book III. For those unaware, ARC stands for Advanced Read Copy. These are pre-released books sent out to reviewers. The ARCs have not yet been copyedited or proofread. Still, winners will get a sneak peak at the new novel, which will be released September 1. If you win and you don’t already have Morrigan’s Brood or Crone of War, Morrigan’s Brood Book II, well, we will throw those in as well. All books will be signed by us, the authors.
As I am finishing up my (Christopher) final rewrite of our second short-story, Morrigan’s Brood: Reckoning, I thought I would share a taste of what Heather and I put together. Of course, this will be challenging, as I do not wish to spoil the outcome of Morrigan’s Brood: Crone of War for those who have not yet finished the book. Dare I walk the thin line between spoiling and enticing? Yes, I dare. Now, where to begin…
I am happy to announce that Morrigan’s Brood and Morrigan’s Brood: Crone of War are now available as eBooks. As of now, the Nook version of Morrigan’s Brood is for sale on the Barnes & Noble website, and both books are on sale on the Amazon.com website. All of these eBooks list for $1.99. Crone of War should be posted for sale soon on B&N. I have also listed the Nook version of both eBooks on Goodreads. I will be working to get these books on the iBookstore and Sony platforms, but that will take some time.
In case you have not been following up with me (Chris) in Facebook, I have been converting the print books for Morrigan’s Brood and Morrigan’s Brood: Crone of War into eBooks. My goals are to publish primarily in PubIT (Nook), Kindle, iTunes, and Sony directly, though I am also hunting out other sites, such as Goodreads and Smashwords to host the eBooks. As of this morning, I had received an email from Barnes & Noble that the Nook version of Morrigan’s Brood would go on sale within 24 hours for $1.99 USD to a world audience. The Kindle version should not be far off.
Wow, has this been a learning experience! A show of hands – who has put their own eBooks together (versus paying someone to do it for you)? My hand can now join yours. Oh joy! Thus far, I have “successfully” created eBook files for Morrigan’s Brood on the Nook and Kindle platforms. I have uploaded both files, and I am waiting for their review process to progress. Hopefully, this means that those of you with Nooks and Kindles can read Morrigan’s Brood by the end of this week!
Well, I (Chris) have been working behind the scenes getting ready to release eBooks for both Morrigan’s Brood and Morrigan’s Brood: Crone of War. I am in the process of acquiring eBook publishing software, and I have been setting up accounts with various eBook distributors, such as PubIT (B&N), Kindle (Amazon), Sony, iTunes, Smashwords, and Goodreads, to name a few. We have also acquired a bundle of ISBNs, so hopefully the file conversion process doesn’t take me too long. I have already converted Morrigan’s Brood to HTML, so eBook shouldn’t be far off. Perhaps in a week or two, both books will be available in your favorite eBook format.
And the winners of signed copies of Morrigan’s Brood and Morrigan’s Brood: Crone of War are:
No, not yet, so there is still time to enter. If you have not entered already, send an email to Christopher Dunbar. What might you win if you enter? One set of three of Morrigan’s Brood and Morrigan’s Brood: Crone of War, signed by the authors. How much does it cost? The effort to send us an email. How long do you have? Oh, a few more hours… let’s say 9:00 PM CDT, so a little over 5 hours. I will write new contestants names onto tickets and the place those tickets with the ones filled out at Comicpalooza. I will announce the winners on this blog after the drawing tonight, and then I will attempt to contact winners starting tomorrow.
The answer to that is running around like two chickens with our heads cut off in a state of pandalierium. Rather, it is a state that is reminiscent of a lady in a muumuu with pink curlers in her hair. Yeah, you know her…. the one who shows up in a muumuu or her robe and slippies at the liberry demanding summer reading program prizes for her massive brood of 18 children; the number of children varies depending on how good the prizes are that year. The very one our characters will refuse to attack because … well, they have their limits.
Yeah, I know you’re wondering where this came from and where is that crazy Heather going with this.
Usually lack of sleep means an upcoming festival, con, or celebration. Well, at the moment we’re sandwiched between two.
Anyways, last weekend we were at Scarborough Faire at Tyler and Lisa Spence’s wedding. It was a beautiful ceremony and a lovely day if you’re into humidity. However, we did love seeing our friends become husband and wife, and we bumped into other friends, our editor, Sally Aalderink, who is one of the villagers at Scarborough Faire (her son Ian is also a villager, though we only caught his back from a distance), and Kyle and Marita Beth Caruthers, who run East Wind Games and Pendragon Costumes at the Faire. Merriment and camaraderie was had by all!
This weekend is Comicpalooza. We’ll be in Artists Alley (booth AA5) near people who are better known than us. We are excited and beyond thrilled to be in a few panels as well.
Tips and Tricks for writing your own novel – 3-4 PM rm 310 A
Morrigan’s Brood: Introduction 4 to 5 PM rm 320 E
How to Start your own publishing company – 10-11 AM rm 320 E
Sci-fi What Fantasy Who 1- 2 PM rm 320 E
Otherwise, we’ll be at our booth, and if we’re not there, you’ll get to chat up our awesome friends, Crystal and Mark (who work with Heather at the liberry). We will have our usual freebies (bookmarks, postcards, and whatnot) and not-freebies (books), but this weekend, we will have some bonus items for sale: signed Khanada Taylor artwork from our first book and The Dawnstone Tales by Ruth Hays!
Hope to see you at the Con (it will be on… and yes, a lack of sleep brought on that horrible joke).
I (Chris) have been bad… but so has Heather!!! =-P~ We are not living up to our plan of posting more updates about stuff. Spank us (her)… we (she) deserve(s) to be punished. So what are we working on now? Stuff and junk. What kind of stuff and junk you ask? Book writing stuff and junk. Yes… please hit me (her). OK OK OK… here is what we are working on:
Our latest contest is over, and we now have three winners to announce. Their names are:
- Jonathan Nagel
- Cindy Tibbitts
- Matt Lucas
Oops! We forgot to do the drawing Monday night. Well, it wasn’t so much that we forgot, both Heather and I (Christopher) had massive headaches after a very busy day, so we just didn’t remember to do the drawing… um, isn’t that forgetting? D’oh! OK, so no hate mail please… we will do the drawing tonight, after Heather comes home. She even sent me an email reminder that says, “contest”. We will announce the results on this blog tonight, and then will I contact winners with email addresses tonight and winners with phone numbers by tomorrow evening. Promise! (Barring unforeseen calamities.)
Morrigan’s Brood: Madness
Welcome fans and friends, new and old! We just got back from the Houston Indie Book Festival, and boy are we tired. All day in the humid, sweltering heat became quite taxing. Still, we met many new friends, and we bumped into a few old friends there as well. If you visited us at the Houston Indie Book Festival, AggieCon42 (which we were at last weekend) or some other event, please feel free to say hi in the comments below. I (Christopher) have some pretty cool news to tell, so be prepared for some good reading.
Have you been waiting patiently for Morrigan’s Brood: Dark Alliance to come out, or are you ravenous vampire fans who can’t wait to slate your thirst? Well, I offer you a taste, a sample of the book we plan to release July 1. Yes… a free read for Morrigan’s Brood: Dark Alliance is now available. I (Christopher) will provide links below.
We’ve decided to throw in a book review once in awhile
And interviews with authors, artists, and editors that we work with and love.
This review will be one of the first and we hope that we can interview talented author, Tami Jackson soon!
We’re done with the first draft of our short stories and we can’t wait to share them with you when they’re completed!
Anyways, on with the review…