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Archive for June 16th, 2009

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Atlantis Unleashed

Poseidon’s warriors swore an oath eleven thousand years ago to protect humanity from those who stalked the night. Now those powerful forces are uniting. So are two souls who are all that stand between justice and the eternal darkness…

A warrior prince… Lord Justice made the ultimate sacrifice for his brother and paid for it with an unimaginable torture. Now he’s back, rescued from death, his sanity shaken, and his mission inescapable—the search for the lost Star of Artemis. But the beautiful human female whom he has sworn to protect is shadowed by an evil that could destroy them both…

A woman of science… The archaeological artifacts of Atlantis speak to Dr. Keely McDermott, sharing visions of life long ago. The ancient revelations have cast her into a world between past and present, between reality and illusion—and, when she meets the fierce Atlantean warrior assigned to guard her, between terror and temptation. Now as their two worlds collide, so too will danger and desire…

A quest for a lost star… Atlantis is unleashed.

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Wednesday, June 10th

6:30 a.m. Wake up, begin obsessively checking the bestseller lists.  Is Bookscan out yet?  Nope.  USA Today?  No chance.

7 a.m.  Beg night-owl nine-year-old daughter to wake up for last day of school.  Do the breakfast thing, remind her to brush her teeth, wear shoes (!) grab her backpack, and finally herd her into the car for drive to school.

8 a.m. Out to breakfast with dear friend– have champagne cocktails to celebrate release week (mine) and other good news (hers).  Check Bookscan on iPhone and discover Atlantis Unleashed is 14th bestselling romance (all formats) in the nation!  Cheers!  Drink all champagne; too excited to eat much of lovely asparagus omelet.

9 a.m.  Wander around bookstore in a happiness/champagne daze, admiring prominent store placement and comparing it to the placement of my last chick lit book, which was generally used to prop open bathroom doors in bookstores across the country.

10 a.m.  Arrive home and receive frantic phone call from daughter who needs clean clothes since pajamas she wore for pajama day are now covered with fruit punch.  Drive clothes to school.  Wonder if other bestselling authors have nannies.

11 a.m. Talk to agent, who is thrilled with good news.  Agent says:  June competition really tough.  Do not be disappointed if don’t make NYT list this time; you’ll make it eventually.  I say, I won’t.  He says, Can I write that down?

Afternoon:  Blurry.  Stuff happens.  Obsessively check to see if USA Today list up yet.  Child comes home.  Clean clothes now also covered with fruit punch.  More stuff happens.  Made USA Today list again – all 3 books have done it!  More happiness!

5:30 p.m. Talk to lovely editor, who is miserably sick but still in office.  Tell lovely editor to go home, get rest, see doctor.  Editor says:  No, I’m waiting for NYT list – I think you might have made it.  I say, I have no chance to make it.  Summer beach read competition, etc. etc.

5:35  Other line rings.  It’s agent.  Heart rises into throat.  Start stuttering.  Editor yells at me to ANSWER PHONE.  Click over to line with agent and say, Hello?  Agent says, NUMBER 28!!!

5:37  Start laughing and make squee-ing sounds and fall out of chair. Say, Are you sure?  Agent says, Yes.  Start crying.  Agent (who is a guy) hurriedly says, Talk to editor now!

5:38 Tell editor.  Both of us are laughing and crying.  Blurry.  Said stuff. Thanked her for believing in me.  She said words like, I told you so.  More laughing and squeeing.  Some shouting of happy words.  Finally tell lovely (sick) editor to go home and take much Nyquil to celebrate.

5:40 Tell children.  They shout out Yay and congratulations!! Then:  She says, He touched me.  He says, She stuck her tongue out at me.  Wonder if other NYT bestselling authors have nannies.  Or Swiss boarding schools.

5:50 Call agent back.  He is very happy for me.  Thank him for believing in me.  Say, I am NYT bestselling author now.  He says, I always knew you’d get there one day.  More tears (me only, see above re: guy) and laughing.

6 p.m.  Out to celebratory steak dinner.  Too excited to eat much. Announce news on Twitter and email with iPhone.  Congratulations start pouring in from lovely, lovely friends.  Husband calls from Japan.  Tell him, You are now my trophy husband.  He cheers for me, tells me he always knew I’d make it.  More tears.  More laughing.  Wonder if other NYT bestselling authors are so emotional.  Wonder if other NYT bestselling authors are tempted to get letters N Y T in a tasteful tattoo.  Start laughing at self and realize am still crying. Waiter is a little freaked out, wonders if I am having psychotic break.  Leave big tip.

7 p.m. Out for celebratory ice cream.  Wonder if all NYT bestselling authors weigh 5 lbs more than the other kind.  Realize Dairy Queen is not really special enough, go wild and add chocolate dip to ice cream cone order.

8 p.m. till ??  Email and answer email congrats in a daze.  Call family.  Call friends who have been there through all the ups and downs of the past five years in publishing.  Stare at pile of laundry.  Decide NYT bestselling authors do not have to do laundry until tomorrow.

3 a.m. Finally fall asleep, still smiling so huge face hurts.

7:30 a.m. Son wakes me up.  Dog threw up in family room; I need to clean it up.  Realize NYT bestselling author’s life not much different from other kind.

Thursday:  more congrats via email and phone and Twitter.  Many bouquets of flowers arrive.  Lovely editor gives day off so spend afternoon at pool.  Home again and doorbell rings:  lovely agent sent case of champagne!  Case is 12 bottles.  That evening:  Do a very good job of making case only 11 bottles.  Some singing and dancing ensues.

Friday:  Wonder if other NYT bestselling authors wake up with hangovers.  Decide was totally worth it.  Still feel like luckiest, happiest person in world, albeit with headache and upset stomach.  Post heartfelt THANK YOU to readers on website.  Get back to work on current story, just had a great idea for putting my characters in more trouble.  Realize that nothing has really changed:  I still have the best job in the world.

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Atlantis Unmasked

A warrior scarred… Alexios survived two years of unspeakable torture at the hands of a vampire goddess. Now he’s been ordered to team up with a beautiful warrior and take on the most dangerous mission of his life: to retrieve the Vampire’s Bane. Without it, Atlantis can’t ascend to the surface and take its rightful place in the world. But when evil threatens, will Alexios be led by duty—or his heart?

A descendant of Diana… Grace is part of the rebellion against the vampires and shape-shifters trying to take over her world. She is deadly with her bow, because when she takes aim, she never misses her target. But suddenly she’s focused on a damaged Atlantean warrior who sees her as a weapon, not as a woman. When thousands of lives are on the line, will passion overrule, or will her aim still be true?
When two worlds collide… Atlantis is unmasked.

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Ms Days is celebrating with us by offering three signed copies of Atlantis Unleashed and one ARC of Atlantis Unmasked (which comes out on July 7th) to four lucky people who comment here this week.

To learn more about the wonderful Warriors of Poseidon, visit Ms Day’s website.

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