Good news! It’s Friday! The Olympics start tonight and the weekend is here! So it’s time for a little levity, I think. Here are a few of my favorite images that never fail to make me giggle. (Yes, I’m easily amused.)
This last one has an obvious typo. It should be “D’Arc Side” of course. Happy Friday All!!!
Come over to the D’Arc Side… www.biancadarc.com
Sorry guys. The little reminder thingy that’s supposed to remind us all when it’s our turn to blog has apparently malfunctioned and I didn’t realize I was up this week. My bad. I should’ve kept better track on my own and not relied on the reminders.
However, I’ve been hit with a couple of things that have put me off my stride. First of all, I had emergency gall bladder surgery a couple of weeks ago and I’m still feeling the ouch. I’m supposed to “take it easy” but apparently I have only two modes – stop and GO!!!!!! I’ve been paying for that attitude a bit by my body just saying “OUCH! Knock it off already, will ya?” a few times. Not fun.
Secondly, the weather outside has been TRULY frightful! I live on Long Island, in New York and we’ve been getting clobbered by one storm after another. We had about a foot of snow on Monday, followed by a few hours of ICE slushing out of the sky at us on Tuesday and Wednesday. It’s a skating rink out there now, folks!
I’ve mostly been stuck at home though, just trying to dig out our cars and keep the sidewalks from killing anybody. Dad took a tumble yesterday, which scared the crap outa me, but he’s okay. He had an unrelated appointment at the VA this morning, so we took to the roads for the first time in days and it was about like we expected – mostly clear with sneaky patches of ice here and there that take you by surprise. Whee!!! Be careful out there, everybody!
And third… my writing schedule has been turned upside down to the point where I don’t know whether I’m coming or going anymore. One thing I can announce – and you heard it here first – is that the sequel to Cat’s Cradle, which is called King’s Throne and is the middle book of the trilogy, will be out a lot sooner than anticipated! I don’t have an exact date yet, but I think it’s probably going to be in the next few weeks. Up ’til now, I was expecting it would release sometime in August or even later this year, but things have changed and it’s going to be out a lot sooner. Stay tuned for more details on that. I should also mention that the lovely and talented Valerie Tibbs is in the process of creating a cover for the book. I’m really looking forward to seeing what she comes up with!
The schedule gives with one hand and takes away with the other, unfortunately. Magnus, the third book in my Redstone Clan series, has been delayed a bit. This delay I can lay squarely at the foot of my gall bladder surgery. It set me back a lot as far as writing goes, but honestly, I’m just glad to be alive and recovering. If the book is delayed, then so be it.
As it stands now, the next window of opportunity to release it should be in April, since Harry’s Sacrifice is releasing in March and I hope to have King’s Throne out before then. Again, stay tuned for the deets. And Valerie did the drool-worthy cover for Magnus too. Isn’t it great??? I especially love the bit marks on his neck!
In print, Dragon Storm was reissued on Tuesday and will be followed up by the brand new release of Keeper of the Flame in print on March 4th! Keep an eye out for it! (And if any of you see it in a store, snap a pic and send it to me!!!)
Now that I’m caught up on news, I’ll try to find some fun content for you for the remained of my week. See you all tomorrow!
Two new print books today! FireDrake by Bianca D’Arc and Rhythm of the Night by Jess Dee…
Will the fire within burn them all to cinders?
Dragon Knights, Book 5
Years ago, Drake left everything behind for a life in the shadows. While it broke his heart to leave his grieving dragon behind, serving his land as head of a network of spies suited him better. Far better than never quite measuring up to Mace, the “perfect” knight his father wished he could have been.
Mace has always done his duty. Drake, his childhood friend and rival, had been the charmer who effortlessly stole every woman who caught Mace’s eye. Some things never change—not one day back in town, and Drake’s already putting the moves on Krysta, the woman Mace has been courting.
The three of them take on the dangerous task of rescuing a kidnapped prince. Each day that passes on their perilous journey, Krysta sinks deeper into the complicated relationship between the two men and their meddling, matchmaking dragons. Mace is clearly the safer choice as a mate, yet Drake tantalizes her with that unpredictable gleam in his eye. When the three of them come together, any sense of torn loyalty burns away in their fiery passion.
The safety of the stolen prince hanging in the balance, Krysta accepts the challenge to unite two strong men—and their dragons—into a real family.
Warning: Features an intensely magical ménage between two former rivals and a woman bold enough to take them on. Heated bickering and explosive love scenes may cause your senses to ignite.
Rhythm of the Night
(The print anthology of the first two Speed books):
drugs love and rock ’n roll.
See You In My Dreams
Sophie has not only walked in on a guest, but she can’t shake the feeling that she knows him from somewhere. She just can’t quite place him.
Convinced the “maid” is just looking for a piece of his rock-star alter ego, Nathan can’t help but wonder why she’s blushing six shades of scarlet. Then he recognizes her. She’s the woman who for ten years has haunted his dreams.
Their attraction is unstoppable, but just this once, he’d like a woman to fall for the real man, not the celebrity superstar.
Colors of Love
Seth excels at making his dreams a reality. Except when it comes to his band’s manager. Luke is everything Seth wants, but after five years Luke hasn’t committed.
After an abusive childhood, Luke thinks Seth is safer without him. When he spots pretty, sexy Kaz, he formulates a plan to seduce her into a threesome, then leave her and Seth to fall in love.
Kaz’s ability to read auras tells her Seth and Luke are madly in love, and if she doesn’t do something, the two men she adores won’t get the happily ever after they deserve.
Warning: These stories are erotic, contemporary romance with a dirty dash of fantasy thrown in. M/F fantasies, M/M/F fantasies, M/M fantasies. C’mon. You know you wish it was real…
Merry Christmas to those who spent yesterday eating and opening presents. Huzzah! Happy Holidays to those who have already celebrated other festivities and Peace on Earth to all! Now that that’s out of the way, I’ve been assigned the task of reviewing my year today. Let’s see…
It was a very busy year. I’m thrilled to say that because as many of you know, I took a long break from writing when my mother died. This Christmas marks the fourth anniversary of her passing and although I still (and always will) miss her, I’m proud to think of the progress I’ve made in letting go of most of the paralyzing grief and trying to move forward. Mom was a go-getter. She wouldn’t have been happy with the way I was living just a year ago. I still have a ways to go, but at least in one area of my life – my work – I’ve begun to move again, and this year was all about getting going again and making up a little for lost time.
I have to thank my dragons for really getting me enthusiastic again about writing. Of course, they’ve always been good to me – the first book I ever had published was the first Dragon Knights book, Maiden Flight. In January, the last of the ebook re-releases of my dragon series was accomplished when Dragon Storm was re-released. In January, I also had a short story released in The Mammoth Book of Futuristic Romance called End of the Line, which I was able to self-publish as well.
Then in February, it was back to dragons, with the first new Dragon Knights book in years! Keeper of the Flame took us to a new land in the dragon world and marked the beginning of my “come-back” (at least in my mind), to the world of the living. In March, I released Tales of the Were: Slade as a follow-up to the surprising success of Rocky, which I had released right at the end of 2012. With the success of those two, it really turned 2013 into a very paranormal year for me. Also in March, Rocky and Brotherhood of Blood: Wolf Hills released in print. And Slade was released in print a month later, in April.
In May, I got to hang out with all my IH friends at the big RT convention in Kansas City. Yay! And I released Tales of the Were: Grif, which started the new Redstone Clan sub-series. I didn’t have a release in June – I know, I’m such a slacker! LOL! And then in July and August, we were back to dragons with two brand new Dragon Knights short stories – The Dragon Healer and Master at Arms. I also attended the AAD conference in Savannah in August and had a blast meeting so many great folks!
September saw the print release of Grif and the beginning of the re-releases of my Dragon Knights series in print. Maiden Flight was released in print with The Dragon Healer as a bonus in the same volume. In October, Border Lair was released in print with Master at Arms as a bonus in the same volume. I also released Tales of the Were: Red, the second book in the Redstone Clan sub-series, which released in print in November, as did the third Dragon Knights re-release in print of The Ice Dragon. In ebook, I released a bundled version of Rocky and Slade together.
I should also note that Wolf Hills was nominated for an RT Reviewers Choice Award in May and the honor has been repeated – I found out last month that Maiden Flight is up for one at next year’s conference. I’m truly honored by the recognition for my books and to be among such other great nominees.
Next year is going to be another busy one, if all goes well. I have a lot of projects planned, including Harry’s Sacrifice – the fifth and final Resonance Mates book, which will be out in March – it’s already available for pre-order! I’ve also got the second String of Fate book – King’s Throne – slated for release next summer and the third book in the trilogy – Jacob’s Ladder – should be releasing later in 2014, finishing the series.
Next year is going to be all about tying up loose ends, I think. I will be finishing the Redstone Clan sub-series as well, releasing Magnus early in the year, then Bobcat and Matt in the Spring/Summer. So if all goes as planned, I’ll be finishing at least three series in 2014.
I’ll also be working on finishing up some of the other series that were left hanging when I stopped writing for so long. I’ll be working on the second and third StarLords books – Talent for Trouble and Shy Talent – which will probably release either late 2014 or in 2015, finishing that trilogy. I’ll also be writing a new dragon book and finishing off the last of the “Four Kings” space opera novellas. I hope to have King of Stars out sometime in late Summer of 2014 to conclude that set. But there are more books set in that world, which I hope to begin releasing near the end of the year.
It’s a very ambitious schedule and I’m going to do my best to meet it. I had a lot of fun writing my butt off this year and hope to do the same again next! Here’s to a happy, healthy and productive 2014! Happy New Year!!!
We’re taking a little break from our hot guy nominations today to highlight two new releases by two IH’ers:
Rhian Cahill has a great new book coming out today. Seven Minutes in Heaven is here just in time to heat up your holidays!
Are You Game? Book 1
Cassandra Moreland’s hard work to build her party-planning business is starting to pay off. There’s only one thorn in her side—a six-foot-five wall of testosterone throwing his weight around while she supervises her friend Lil’s first party. Butting heads doesn’t work. Ignoring him really doesn’t work. Not when he makes her pulse race and her palms sweat. But no way will she give in to his demand to shut the rowdy party down.
Lucas Wilhelm, head of McDermott Security, can’t believe the pint-sized brunette has the balls to go toe-to-toe with him. Strangely enough, that sassy mouth of hers isn’t ticking him off. It’s tightening his groin and stirring something much hotter than anger.
A stolen moment in a pantry leads to a challenge that pushes each other’s sexual boundaries to the limit. Except the rules go up in flames when they realize they’re not just playing around. They’re playing for keeps.
And the second release we’re celebrating today is my own book, WOLF QUEST…
Brotherhood of Blood, Book 7
When Major Jesse Moore, brother to the Wyoming Pack Alpha, is sent to Iowa to check on his sister-in-law’s cousin, knocking politely isn’t an option. Sounds of a struggle send him storming into her kitchen—where he finds anything but a damsel in distress. The tiny human woman knows how to handle herself in a fight, and all Jesse’s senses shout she’s his mate.
Exotic-animal vet, Maria Garibaldi has never trusted the magic her aunt and grandmother claim is her birthright. She’s always known about the Others, but she had no idea she was also part of their world. When Maria sets out with Jesse to find the parents of a young grizzly shifter she found and treated, she learns the meaning of temptation in the form of the ex-Special Forces soldier.
As passion flares, the trail leads them toward the eye of a massive storm…where an unspeakable evil awaits the right moment to destroy the good in the magical world.
And I also have a little giveaway happening right now for the related Tales of the Were series. Visit For the Love of Bookends for the details! Prize is a $20 Amazon gift card!