NYT Bestselling Authors Jeaniene Frost and Kim Harrison
October 25th The Bite Before Christmas
Processing digital film and sorting through photographs can take a while. Sometimes, you get distracted and start smiling over the beautiful experiences photographs can remind you of... like meeting and speaking briefly with New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jeaniene Frost. Her Simon and Schuster bio is a snarky bit of fun (just like her - silly grin): "Jeaniene Frost is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Night Huntress series and Night Huntress World novels. She lives with her husband and their very spoiled dog in Florida. Although not a vampire herself, Jeaniene confesses to having pale skin, wearing a lot of black, and sleeping in late whenever possible. For information on Jeaniene Frost books, including sample chapters, book trailers, deleted scenes, creature mythology, and more, please visit: www.jeanienefrost.com"
Cool is the fact that her Amazon bio continues the fun JF banter: "Jeaniene Frost is the New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author of the Night Huntress series and the Night Huntress World novels. To date, foreign rights for her novels have sold to seventeen different countries. Jeaniene lives in Florida with her husband Matthew, who long ago accepted that she swears like a sailor, rarely cooks, and always sleeps in on the weekends. Aside from writing, Jeaniene enjoys reading, poetry, watching movies with her husband, exploring old cemeteries, spelunking and traveling - by car. Airplanes, children, and cookbooks frighten her..."
If I had to add my two cents I would say: she podcasts, does cool tee shirts, has sexy wallpapers, shares great writing advice/links, will whack publishing money myths and sometimes engages in writers Q-n-A. Yup. Definitely my kinda gal (LOL). She writes fabulous books would definitely be my book club mantra... However, l have yet to figure out the correct publishing order (because I plowed through them like an addicted fiend - LOL) and am still getting a lot of flack behind that bit of blogger laziness (Oh joy!).
This is me confessing I am a Baby-Frosty with my reading pampers on (blame author Vicki Pettersson: RWA-Redux - evil grin) so here's how I did it and feel free to read them your way in the order of your choice because Jeaniene wont mind (and go buy her books - silly grin):
What did I learn from meeting and briefly observing Jeaniene for two days at New York Comic Con? She has a wonderful sense of humor, is gracious, kind, charming, witty, sharp and one of the most engaging authors I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. I shall treasure my author swag and photograph with her. Looking forward to the next opportunity to meet again.
Debi Murray, Theresa Brundage and Vicki Pettersson were absolutely right: Jeaniene Frost is a beautiful person and a wonderful talent who is a lot of fun. You can see her in action in the video highlights from the 16 minute NYCC 2011 clip regarding "Leading Ladies of Sci-Fi" with bestselling authors Marjorie M. Liu, Kim Harrison, Sabrina Benulis, Kristen Painter, Alison Goodman and Patricia Briggs.
P.S. Meeting Kristen Painter for the first time was a huge thrill. I was so awed I forgot to ask her if I could take a picture (head thunks on table, eyes rolling - silly grin). She provided me with one of my fave quotes of the afternoon (there were a lot of good ones from all the authors) plus gifted and signed her panel display book for me (the last available copy at NYCC). I was very happy to discover that Kristen is mad funny too (I have to start following her in cyberspace - wicked little grin).
Everyone on the panel made me laugh. It was standing room only with three rows of people sitting on the floor in back by the entrances and I had to wait outside in the hall with 12 people for a half an hour into the presentation because we could not fit and they had to enforce the fire codes regarding occupancy. I missed half the show because every time a person would leave they would allow a person to enter (body for body rule - sigh). One woman left to go to the bathroom and was horrified to discover she had to get on the end of the line to wait to return to her seat.
Everyone outside protested with her and we placed her at the front of the line but she still had to wait for someone to leave before she could re-enter. THAT IS HOW FREAKIN HAWT THESE SEVEN AUTHORS ARE... I stopped feeling bad about having to wait to see my fave writers after that and (a) silently vowed to ignore having to go potty at the next event while (b) praying someone else had to go pee and would leave, leave, leeeeeaaaaave the closer I got to the forum doors. Dude, part of the Unbound crew was in there... No shame to my game - I wanted in (LOL).
What I did manage to capture on digital film was quite enjoyable (when I was not getting jostled about and distracted by the crowd packed in the back near the exits eying each others swag - silly grin). I tried to hold still but we were bumping into each other and my tripod legs kept getting shifted by the people sitting on the floor (sigh). Because there was not enough room I could not shoot with two cameras like I did with the other panel. I had to zoom in/out/around with one instead of trading cameras to set up the next shot (melodramatic sigh). My only complaints to an otherwise stellar experience (LOL).
FYI: It takes just over 7 hours to compress and process approximately 16 edited minutes of digital film at a render batch ratio of 1440x1080x29.970p. Discovered the "No Angel" panel lights were more dim than the "Demon Hotspots" panel lights so Jen insisted on a higher processing ratio. Turns out she was right (as usual) because there is a soft, night grain pattern from the low lighting visible in the black background...
WNA-The Leading Ladies of SF/F
New York Comic Con 2011 - Sunday, October 16th, 2:30pm-3:30pm Room# 1A23
Did I mention my 5 year old is the boss of me? He adores the concept of Jenks and likes every Kim Harrison book cover and wanted a limited edition glow in the dark "The Hollows Insider" poster just as badly as I did. Just the idea of one had my kids and I drooling over our peanut butter and jelly. Turns out "the big yellow crayon" Stephen insisted his Hollows poster must be transported and delivered in was a stellar idea from Shorty because it enabled me to make a lot of social media and brick-n-mortar Kim Harrison NYC fans happy. Harper Collins and Kim were very gracious about my swag request regarding the people who could not make it to NYCC 2011, so I would like to thank them for letting me give KH limited edition swag away with my virtual blogging partner in crime - Carla Galloway of Literal Addiction Paranormal Book Club. My boys and I have been waiting for The Hollows Insider to come out since we discovered what Kim was doing this spring.
For those of you new to my blog, my 5 year old, Stephen the Minion Blur is PDD-NOS and my 9 year old, Noah the Net Geek is Autistic. They do not ask for much so when the wee people insist something is important to them I take them very seriously. Because they are both visual learners, I habitually have them help me with my social media projects so they know exactly who Kim Harrison is. Step has nick-named her RED (silly grin). I Video-Skype with them when away on business and we were impatiently counting down the days to NYCC. Thanks to the Skype app for Android and WiFi at the Javits Center the shorties got to see parts of New York Comic Con while in Florida and Stephen was thrilled to discover RED autographed Blood Work and The Hollows Insider. He is helping with the give aways. ;-)
They love blogs and if you do cool embeds like Kim Harrison (e.g. "Went To The Animal Fair") my wee people may actually have you bookmarked. SERIOUSLY. My kids are cyberminions growing up in a social media world and even Google themselves (yes, I have littered cyberspace with our little adventures). I mention this because they were lurking with me every step of the way while Kim was giving her fans an opportunity to submit photographs for The Hollows Insider. Noah loves photography and was completely fascinated with the entire process (and so was I).
Do you know about the social media mischief involved with creating part of this project? It was a lovely social media adventure for a huge portion of her adoring fans... I did not join the Kim Harrison love fest until April 2011, so a little history is in order regarding the fun and games: On January 5th, 2011 "I Found Some Tacks" was the beginning of a beautiful but subtle tease where Kim casually mentions during her "antique fair" project, "I got the pages back from the HOLLOWS INSIDER, so I’ll be working on that sometime this week. I can’t wait to get back into it. I should have some interesting news about content before too long. I have some blank pictures I might need some help filling..." Pssst... To creative social media people, that is like dangling an "Oooooo Shiny" carrot to keep us spellbound and enthralled. If you are a Kim Harrison fan the word "help" is a "what can I do" trigger that makes us sit up and take notice because we heart Kim.
On January 20, 2011 "Moving Forward" would have made Alfred Hitchcock very proud because he was the master of suspense and Kim took a page out of his book by building fan anticipation with the tease: "If you’ve not caught mention of it, it is due out this November, and will be called THE HOLLOWS INSIDER. This is going to be F.U.N. and I can’t wait till I can tell you more. AAAAkkkkk! It’s killing me here! (but in a good way)."
On March 17, 2011 "Boards On My Ceiling" started a social media buzz:
"Well, I tried. I really did. I blame it on the MPL. I wanted a real certificate, so I spent an entire day trying to figure out how to make one, and I did. Once I had that, I wanted Rachel’s driver’s license, a menu from Juniors, and a walking tour of downtown Cincinnati. It just got worse. I added pictures, (Thank you, Mark!) and spell books, and journal entries, and performance reviews, and police reports, and newspapers. It evolved into an entire story line that explained the Hollows while giving that same dry information most world books contain. I had fun–too much fun, as I cramped my writing schedule and ate up my vacation."
"Heart in my throat, I bundled it all together and sent it to New York, knowing it was not what they were expecting, but hoping they could see what I saw. This could be beautiful, colorful, and utterly unique. And I waited. And waited. And waited. Wrote another Hollows book, and waited until I got the news that they could work with what I gave them and I wouldn’t have to rewrite the whole thing to make it easy to produce instead of beautiful to hold. Now I can’t wait for you to see it. There’s just a few pieces missing, and I’ll be asking you for that over the course of the next few months with several contests where you can submit pictures for the newspaper pieces. I’ll give you the caption, and you get creative."
On March 24, 2011 "World Book Rewrite" gave fans a gorgeous peek of her writing desk. Fans also discovered, "This is what it looks like for the rewrite for the world book. (Phew. A lot messier. It has a title now, if you’ve missed it: THE HOLLOWS INSIDER ) The picture really doesn’t do the chaos justice. The wad with the blue sticky notes is my character sheets. The calendar is the month that one of the books takes place in. Cards are for info on the characters and institutions that I’ve had to create for the world book (phone numbers, etc.) Sunrise/set, moon rise/set tables on my mouse pad. Dog treats to keep ‘em quiet when the mailman comes. I’ve got the plot spread sheets out of sight on my open file drawer, and if I have to look anything up (like the phase of the moon on October 3rd 2007 or if there really is an address in Cincy that matches Rachel’s mother’s)."
On April 21, 2011 I realized I was falling a wee bit in love with an intellectually drop dead gorgeous mind. I had been lurking across her social media accounts (and playing with virtual friends in common) while toiling away on my writing projects happily sucking up her writing advice and doing lots of homework when "I'm Going To Need Your Help" posted. By then I was a die hard Kimaholic and watching every single YouTube I could find to bring me up to speed on what I had missed while living ignorant under my literati rock (silly grin). Fans were thrilled to read, "Yesterday I got my first glimpse of what the final version of the HOLLOWS INSIDER is going to look like, and it totally delighted and bedazzled me. (Seriously, I almost cried into my keyboard.) I couldn’t even look at it objectively for things I wanted to shift and change, because it was like . . . wow. All that work I put in not knowing if it was going to fly or not... and it looks fabulous. I’m going to look at it again today, but I don’t think there will be many tweaks coming from me."
Kim actually apologized for being a tease in the post (which was sweet but unnecessary because her teasing us is also why we love her. She's mad fun on-line (silly grin). Then the kicker: "I’ll be running 6-8 separate contests, and the winners will be the ones who look closely at what I’m asking for and supply it. Winners will also get a full color, signed page from the upcoming graphic novel, BLOOD WORK as well, as sort of a thank you from Guy and myself. (I’ll post them for your perusal as well) Monday. I’m hoping to start this on Monday."
On April 25, 2011 the "Hollows Insider Photo Contest 2011" posted. Fans were thrilled to discover:
"I teased you Thursday with me being excited about my first glimpse of the HOLLOWS INSIDER, which, if you missed it, is the Hollows world guide, the definitive source for all things Hollows, with spells, character descriptions, species descriptions, interoffice memos, murder and mayhem. The last two were kind of accidental as I slipped a story line in among the dry facts. It’s not necessary to read it to enjoy the regular Hollows books, but much like the novellas and shorts, it expands your understanding of the characters and world tremendously. It was also a chance for me to cut loose and develop all sorts of tantalizing tidbits like what an After Hours Runner Pass looks like."
"Needless to say, it’s illustration rich, with all of the photos for the newspaper articles coming from you, the readers–I hope. This is your chance to be a part of the Hollows in a very real and public way. Those chosen will not only get a signed copy of the finished product, but also a full-color, signed page (I’d call it a page proof) of the upcoming Hollows graphic novel, BLOOD WORK, due out July 12, just as a second thank you."
Fast forward to NYCC 2011 where 100 advance sales of The Hollows Insider were authorized... I found myself staring at one of the most beautiful books I have ever seen. It was a labor of love that fans all over the world did a virtual cheer off for. Think about it... Our fave author wrote a cool book about the world of our fave characters and showed us the kindness of placing our virtual/brick-n-mortar friends, neighbors and loved ones between the pages... It is as visually beautiful as it is emotionally stunning.
The cover is textured and also glows in the dark...
How cool is that? Very...
Did I mention my kids are visual learners? They gravitate towards the colorful and textured. They watched Kim create and place the finishing touches on a wonderful project with a little help from her readers. Now they have me illustrating their versions of children books Skype Sketching on the fly because Kim showed them they could. That alone is reason enough for me to love her...
My boys are going to love this book as much as I do... It is simply Kim-Fabulous.
Check out the Hollows/Rachel Morgan series:
Dead Witch Walking
The Good, The Bad, and The Undead
Undead in The Garden of Good and Evil--Ivy novella in the anthology Dates From Hell.
Every Which Way But Dead
A Fistful of Charms
Dirty Magic--Mia short story in the anthology Hotter Than Hell.
For A Few Demons More
The Bridges of Eden Park-Kisten/Rachel short in the US mass market edition of For a Few Demons More
Two Ghosts for Sister Rachel--Robbie/Rachel/Pierce novella in the anthology Holidays from Hell
The Outlaw Demon Wails (retitled Where Demons Dare in the UK)
The Bespelled-Ceri/Al short story in the US mass market edition of The Outlaw Demon Wails
Next stop on the Kim Harrison book tour:
October 25, Lansing MI ("The Hollows Insider" release day)
Schuler Books & Music
2820 Towne Center Blvd
November 1 , MI
2513 Jackson Av,
Ann Arbor, MI