Welcome... and thank you for clicking the link. Perhaps I should start by warning you that this issue is going to be more about me than usual. Why? Because Knight's Fork is here!
If this newsletter has a theme, it's probably about myths...
However, not having an interview with a mythical gentleman, I resorted an encore interview with a Medieval Times Knight who was once voted Canada's Hottest Hunk, and a brief update from CJ Hollenbach as well.
As usual, my webmaster has created live links in the index, so you don't even have to scroll past everything. You can go directly to whatever may interest you.
I'm the one in the hat.
Aren't the colors lovely? My German friend Ingrid and I were photographed in Arizona. On this holiday I discovered that I am a vey good shot with a six-gun, at least when killing empty soda cans. I also tasted a certain cactus fruit which is said to be both an aphrodisiac and a powerful laxative. Some very gallant gentlemen in our party informed me of the side effects of the Vitamin C rich fruit that tasted a lot like kiwi after I had volunteered to consume some. I made use of the experience when I was writing the honeymoon chapters of Forced Mate.
The Hohocam myths are still bubbling on my mental back burner.
3. Interview with a Cover Model
5. Excerpt from KNIGHT's FORK
The myth made me do it....
This blog was posted on the Magical Musings Blog on Thursday 25th September.
David Deslandes is a Knight with a title... Canada's Hottest Hunk
Astrologically speaking, David is a fire child. He is an Aries. He was born one April, in Hamilton, Ontario, and now lives in Toronto where he delights visitors with his special skills of horseback riding, juggling, and stage combat.
RC: Thank you so much, David Deslandes for granting this interview. Were you always gorgeous?
DD: Absolutely . . . NOT! No actually I was always the "runt" in the class throughout grade school and I kinda stayed buried in the books and was fairly shy and introverted. I started working out at the end of seventh grade and did so throughout high school. Even then I didn't become a jock or anything, still kept to myself somewhat, and didn't "see" myself differently until my early twenties.
RC: So, what changed things? How did you get your start? The Hottest Hunk contest wasn’t your first contest, was it?
DD: I entered a local newspaper contest in 1999 … for no particular reason, just because…. They were trying to find 10 Canadian men from the Toronto area to add to the competitors already coming to the Romantic Times convention to compete for the title of Mr. Romance. I happened to win a spot and went through to compete in the Mr. Romance Contest in 1999. My first Mr. Romance contest is a highlight that really brought me out to see possibilities for myself.
RC: And there you are! What is that white thing you’re holding? I can’t quite figure it out?
D: It’s a pirate shirt that I’ve just taken off.
RC: What part of the Mr. Romance competition was the most fun?
DD: The most fun . . . I would have to say just meeting people there at the convention. It is a little tough doing all the rehearsals for the stage show (as I recall) because its so organized and timed, you don't get a chance to just hang out much, so when you do that’s a nice a break.
RC: How would you describe a POSE DOWN? (It's one of the most entertaining parts of the Mr. Romance pageant!)
DD. Posedown . . . well the organizers will set you up with someone [of the opposite sex] to pose with and you strike a number of different "romance cover style poses" hopefully to the judges’ approval.
RC: I guess the judges did approve! You nearly won at least twice, didn’t you?
RC: "At work, " you said. Is that at Medieval Times?...In Toronto?
DD: Yes, Medieval Times is in Toronto. I really enjoy performing in the show, in front of a crowd. Meeting young kids after the show – seeing their amazement at the show – is great. I perform live nearly everyday, unless it’s our "dead" time at work, then it’s only 3 times a week.
RC: You mentioned that you were shy and introverted as a child. Is shyness still a problem?
RC: How do you keep in shape, if you don't mind me asking?
DD: When I get time, I enjoy canoeing, hiking, bungee jumping, whitewater rafting, mountain biking, canoe races, polar bear swimming, and also indoor rock climbing.
RC: And you work out?
DD: ...Had I never taken up weight training as a kid, I wouldn't have the physique I have (not that it’s demi-god or anything) but I certainly like to think of myself as athletic looking....
CJ Hollenach reports: "I am helping Jon Paul promote his book. It's called "The Art Of Romance". Look for it online. I am on the back cover. JP is on the front. AND, another one of my covers "The Lady Of Sherwood" is up for "Best Cover of 2007". How cool is that?" CJ
Very cool, CJ!
I've been asked why I don't give away Amazon credits or plastic gift tokens from Borders or Barnes and Noble.
Here's the scoop. I'd rather give my business to an independent bookseller who loves Paranormal Romance and who is knowledgeable and gives personal service. Moreover, Cy Korte gives me a discount, which means that I can afford to give a more generous prize than I otherwise could. Also, Cy is the exclusive vendor for the electronic version of Forced Mate, so also has Mating Net, (neither of which Amazon has) but there's no pressure to buy my books if you win one of my contests.
Cy Korte writes:
Book Isle is an 'old fashioned store' -- our book inventory is not computerized but we do order from a top USA distributor - Send us your wish list - IF IT IS IN PRINT, WE CAN ORDER IT. You can order ANY type of book -- audiobook (cassette, CD or MP3/CD), hard cover, paperback - (you can state preference "new or used if available").
Also, we have the Download edition of FORCED MATE by Rowena Cherry
BOOKISLE carries USED books at 1/2 retail price when available -- send us a wish list (Inquiry) and we will send you a quote of what is available.
New Jigsaw Puzzles
At least one drawing will take place in September and October.
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There is no purchase necessary to enter.
The bookstore is ebookisle.net
The $25 credit can be used entirely for books (new, used, e- ) or can be applied toward books plus postage and tax if applicable.
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What is a Queen to do when the sperm donor
KNIGHT'S FORK is a page-turner from the very first one to the very last. I enjoyed it so much, after I reached the last page I started right from the beginning again. KNIGHT’S FORK has it all! If you only have time to read one book this season, I highly recommend you run out and grab a copy today!
I am a fan of Rowena Cherry. No doubt about it. She's a stellar writer, and her worlds are incredibly intricate. Not to mention the fact that her Djinn Princes are mouth-wateringly hot and scrumptious.
Ms. Cherry’s capacity to write complicated plots full of intrigue and stories populated with characters rich in personality and foibles make her books a delight to read. She also has a way of turning a phrase that hooks you and never lets go, such as Carpe Scrotum, Seize Life by the Testicles. How can you not love Rowena Cherry?
"She is not an author to ‘skim’ read, but to savor her savvy turn of a phrase and intricate plotting..., I highly recommend Knight’s Fork for the reader looking for a book that is fresh, original and provokes a good laugh."
Rowena Cherry has always been one of my favorite authors. Long ago, I read the e-book release of THE MATING NET, and I fell in love with her Tiger Princes and their ladies with just that novelette. Okay, let's set up the world. ...
MUCH CHEAPER THAN THERAPY Interview with Rowena Cherry By Kim Watters
Knight's Fork is intended to be a stand-alone book, but it is also the sequel to Forced Mate and to its sequel, Insufficient Mating Material. 'Rhett –whose real name is Djarrhett Raven Perseus Pendragon Roland Djames—has always been too ...
ONCE UPON A ROMANCE Interview about Insufficient Mating Material
INTUITIVE EYES RADIO SHOW with Sherri Devereau
RAVEN RADIO with Michelle M Pillow and Mandy Roth
SEA OTTER AWARENESS WEEK
WOLVES OF THE SEA (WOLF AWARENESS WEEK)
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Rowena Cherry ~ Author Feature By Michelle M. Pillow
STAR-CROSSED ROMANCE with Lynda K Scott
RANDOM THOUGHTS FROM AN UNBALANCED MIND (Melissa Schroeder's blog)
BITTEN BY BOOKS
Awarding prizes on Monday's blogs
Thursday October 2nd blogging at ROMANCEREADER@HEART
Friday October 3rd - Blogging on Simply Romance Reviews
Also on ROMANCEREADER@HEART Saturday October 4th
Wednesday October 1st
Monday October 13th
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Get Real! Publishing Myths Exposed!
AUTHOR MARKETING EXPERTI consider this quite a scoop!
On Tuesday October 7th from 10.00 am Eastern Time until noon, Author Marketing Expert Penny Sansevieri and her web designer will share professional promo tips and also analyze what is wrong with Rowena's website http://rowenacherry.com on my Crazy Tuesday radio show. http://internetvoicesradio.com/CrazyTuesday.htm
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I'm sorry to disappoint you. At this time, I have no bare chested gentlemen wanting to ... be featured.