AD: Editor in search of really good manuscripts. Loves strong characters and engrossing plots. Enjoys long walks in fantastic landscapes, trips to alien worlds, long weekends at haunted houses and/or castles. Looking for three dimensional characters who make me believe they're real and have stories that keep me on the edge of my seat. Seeking long-term relationship with the right manuscript. Be warned: Editor is a picky bitch who makes no bones about accepting only the best. If you think you've got the right stuff, then send three chapters and a synopsis of your story to teri@samhainpublishing.com. No erotica please, I'm up to my ears in the stuff.

:sits back and waits to see what shows up in her inbox:


PS - expect up to 12 weeks turnaround on acceptance/rejection.

WITH NINE YOU GET VANYR - Second Excerpt (And Another Contest Too)

We can’t say it too often--thanks again to all the folks who read us and our colleagues at Samhain Publishing. jmward14 and I hope you’re enjoying the science fiction and fantasy portion of Samhain’s Reader Appreciation Week.

As I mentioned before, jmward14 and I write fantasy with a double shot of comedy and romance. Think Lord of the Rings meets Bridget Jones’s Diary. Or Nine Princes in Amber crossed with a comedic Pride & Prejudice. :grin:

Here is the second unedited excerpt from WITH NINE YOU GET VANYR. You still have to read all the way to the end of the excerpt to find out how to enter. But then we already told you we're not nice. :sunny smile:

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WITH NINE YOU GET VANYR - First Excerpt (And A Contest Too!)

As jmward14 says in her recent post: Thanks again to all the folks who read us and our colleagues at Samhain Publishing. jmward14 and I hope you’re enjoying the science fiction and fantasy portion of Samhain’s Reader Appreciation Week.

Now it’s our turn. jmward14 and I write fantasy with a double shot of comedy and romance. Think Lord of the Rings meets Bridget Jones’s Diary. Or Nine Princes in Amber crossed with a comedic take on Pride and Prejudice, if you will. Yeah. It's hard to classify. Who ever said one has to write easy?

Enough with the explanations - time to show and tell. Here's is the first (unedited) excerpt from WITH NINE YOU GET VANYR. Make sure you read all the way through, cause if you wanna win something you won't find the question (or know the answer) if you don't Read All. jmward14 and I are really nasty that way. And we're good at it too. :grin:

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Thank you for reading!

big hugs,


I know some of you have seen this before, but bear with me -- today is the SF/F session of the Reader Appreciation Week that Samhain Publishing is currently running.

What we're doing as part of our participation, jmward14 and I will be posting a blurb and two excerpts from our upcoming Samhain release, WITH NINE YOU GET VANYR. We’ll also be running a contest based on the excerpts -- that means we'll be giving away two downloads of the book (redeemable upon electronic release in November -- or as our editor permits) and some Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab imps.

First though, we're going to tantalize you with the blurb. Mean, ain't we? :grin:


Imagine a world without change, frozen in a time of magic and superstition, where the immortal sons of a goddess fight a never-ending war--mostly with themselves.

Imagine that goddess, complacent in her self-created stasis. Her boys will be boys, after all. They’ll settle down once they meet the right girls.

Imagine you’re one of the nine Earth women picked for the job. There are just a couple problems. You’re not from around here. You happen to like your computer, cell phones, double-ply toilet paper. You don’t believe in fate.

Welcome to Domain.

(With Nine You Get Vanyr by Teri Smith & Jean Marie Ward, Samhain Publishing, November 2006.)

Check back soon for the excerpts. (And no, it isn't the bits I've been posting to the side. LOL. But if you've been reading them -- thanks!)


Samhain Reader Appreciation Week

Samhain Publishing and its authors will celebrate Reader Appreciation Week July 10th through July 16th. Samhain authors -- including qnotku and yours truly -- will share excerpts from a variety of genres including romance, fantasy and suspense. Prizes and pimpage will be featured.

The main action will take place on Samhain’s Café loop <http://groups.yahoo.com/group/samhaincafe/>, a public email group for the fans and writers of Samhain’s books. Monday through Friday, authors will pop in to the Samhain Café throughout the day to chat, share excerpts and blurbs from their books and post contests. Each day is dedicated to specific genres of fiction/romance.

Monday July 10th - Suspense/Mystery/Thriller

Tuesday July 11th - Fantasy/Sci-Fi-Futuristic (This is where you’ll find Teri and me.)

Wednesday July 12th - Paranormal

Thursday July 13th - Historical/Western

Friday July 14th - Contemporary/Chick Lit/Comedy

Saturday July 15th and Sunday July 16th, Two authors every hour will share blurbs, prizes and excerpts. The party starts at 9 a.m. EDT and goes until 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday so be prepared for non-stop action on these days.

You can sign up for the Cafe at <www.samhaincafe@yahoogroups.com>. This event will take place on the Samhain Cafe, not the chat room, so be prepared for a high volume of emails. You can choose to go digest, no mail or special notices and read and participate directly from the board.

If that *still* smells too much like team spirit, never fear. Jean Marie and I will be cross posting our excerpts on our respective LJ pages. This is also where you'll come to qualify for our prizes: two free downloads of WITH NINE YOU GET VANYR (redeemable upon release, November 7) and three Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab imps. Good stuff. See you there…here…wherever.

Yeah, I'm late posting this. Sorry.


It Never Rains But It Pours...and Takes Out The Electric Too!

Seems like forever since I posted to my LJ. In the past two weeks SJ and I have been without electric 8 out of 14 days. Considering the temps at that time here in NOVA, it was an ordeal to say the least. Living in a high-rise apartment building has its drawbacks, especially without electricity and elevators. :-(

So I'm behind on everything -- answering emails, doing edits, looking at submissions, my own writing. Arg. Which means I'm going to have to put my nose to the grindstone and dig into the pile teetering over my head in my inbox. If you've sent me an email and I haven't answered, please send again -- I may not have gotten it, or I just haven't seen it yet in the gazillion emails I'm slowly and painfully wading my way through.

Also, if anything interesting has happened on my flist, drop me a note and let me know -- I need to catch up badly but at the moment I'm just too swamped to go all the way back and work my way forward.

More later....

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Twenty cubits by thirty cubits...Right...what's a cubit?

Huge storm on Sunday cut off our (and many thousands of other families') power. Come Monday morning we watch lights bloom in other buildings around ours. Late Monday night, apartment manager admitted that regular electric was working, just not in our building. Seems that the electronics room got flooded and the boiler went belly-up when it did. Management had no clue when electric would be turned back on -- but they'd be happy to lend us a flashlight should we need it. FINALLY got our electric back yesterday evening. Naturally every scrap of food we had in the fridge and freezer is spoiled and must be thrown away -- this despite the myriad bags of ice we bought each day. Arg. So between tossing smelly food and trying to get the smell out of my fridge and freezer, am also wading through about a gazillion emails and figure out just how far behind I am on my editing.

I hope everyone is doing well and having a great summer.


PS - I'm not even going to try and go back to see posts I've misseed. However, if you feel there's a post I need to see, send me an email and I'll look it up as soon as I'm able.
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Summertime and the Internet Living is....Sparse

And that's no bad thing. It's good to get out from in front of the pc and spend time with family and friends outdoors. It's especially good for us writers because, as the heavens will surely witness, we tend to spend a lot of time tucked back in whatever room we've designated as our writing space.
There's a lot of talk about "putting something back in the well" when it comes to authors reading. I firmly believe there's another, different well we also need to fill -- the one of personal human experience. Even if you don't play in a ball game or get out on the beach for a vigorous set of volleyball, your mental library will be just as happy for the visuals you give it when you sit on the sidelines and observe. Your body will thank you for the dose of liquid vitamin C and exercise. It's a win-win situation all the way around.
Changing the subject slightly, I realized the other night that I'm growing very tired of urban living. I was sitting out on our balcony -- which faces a major highway, ugh -- and realized that I haven't seen a firefly once yet this summer. I haven't sat on a backyard patio and listened to cicadas sing their eveningsong to the pale moon rising overhead. I realized that I've been craving silence. Not any old silence, though. I need the silence of waves shushing against the shore or of a gentle night breeze whispering to tall trees as it flitters by. I'm not exactly sure how I'm going to get that this summer. But I'm darned well going to try.

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And finally, has anyone else beside me found the whole "Is Superman gay?" thing to be totally, hilariously stupid? Um, hello? FICTIONAL character here. Fictional in my lexicon means that Superman's sexual acclimation depends solely on who OWNS THE COPYRIGHT. And if they say he's straight, well duh. He is. (Except to fan fiction writers and I don't even want to go THERE. :shudders:)

Summer fun hugs to you all,
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Om the subject of Fathers...

I would've posted this yesterday, but what with my granddaughter's boyfriend visiting and other chaotic happenings happening, I didn't get the chance to get anywhere near my pc until very very late last night -- by which time I was so wiped I couldn't have typed my name coherently, much less talked about how much I miss my dad.
I wrote an editorial the first Father's Day after my dad passed away, and I'm going to repost it today because it's still so very valid.

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It's been three years now -- and I still miss him so very much. One of the radio stations played "Dance With My Father Again" yesterday and I cried and cried because, yes, I would love to dance with my father again. I want to smell his cologne and snuggle my cheek on his shoulder as we talk about how the kids are growing and how he's looking forward to my first published book. I can't do that -- in real life anyway. But I can dance with my father again in my heart. Because that's where he lives now and forever.

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Uncontrollable Lust Quiz-- Or How to Make Your Characters TSTL in Three Easy Steps

Scenario: Spunky heroine is caught by drop-dead handsome cop while she is breaking into a vamp/werewolf/serial killer/bad guy's house.

Does your heroine: a) Take one look at the hero's rippling abs -- revealed because he was in a fist fight only moments earlier that ripped most of the clothes from his upper body -- and completely forget why she's there because the hero is so HAWT?
b) Allow the hero drag her slender but voluptuous body into his arms and start making hot monkey love to her -- even though she knows the V/W/SK/BG will be home at any moment?
c) Suddenly forget every scrap of military/martial arts/superhero training she's received when the V/W/SK/BG jumps her and the hero cop because she's still reeling from the overwhelming urgency of the hero's soul-searing kisses?
d) All of the above.

Does your hero: a) Ignore the fact that she's seriously compromising his stakeout/sting/Eagle Lodge meeting, and forget his oath/location/name when he first sees the heroine's bodacious ta-tas?
b) Ignore the 500 agents secreted around the grounds and the fact he is wired directly to the White House to drag the heroine into a passionate kiss that violates at least ten city statues?
c) Disregards the fact it's nearly moonrise/sunset/end of rush hour to chase the scantily clad heroine around the V/W/SK/BG's lair - not to remove her to safety, but with the intention of having hot monkey sex with the little vixen?
d) All of the above.

Does your villian: a) use underlings with the IQ of a slice of Velveeta?
b) have a tendency to pout and throw temper tantrums when he can't have hot monkey sex with the heroine too?
c) reveal every detail of his nefarious plot instead of just killing the hero and heroine where they stand?
d) All of the above.

If you answered "D) All of the above" to any of the above questions, congratulatons! Your hero/heroine/villain are TOO STUPID TO LIVE. Wasn't that easy? Now you can be sure these characters will cause (most) reputable editors and agents to reach for their "Rejected" stamps without hesitation. Good job!

Next TSTL quiz: Who Cares About Plot? Give Me Booty!