Are you from the Greater Toronto Area? Then why not join in the fun and check out the Starships & Sorcery Sci-Fi/Fantasy Festival at the Oshawa Public Library? They have a variety of events scheduled from now until October 25th, including a photo op with the TARDIS, a Star Wars party, Harry Potter crafts and Star Trek trivia night. There is also the opportunity to meet several talented writers in the Fantasy and Sci-Fi genres including me!
I will be at the Oshawa Public Library, Northview Branch on October 22 at 2pm. Join me as I answer your questions and read from the Harry Russo Diaries. I’ll also be signing copies of Harry’s books. I hope to see you there!
Why yes, yes you can. Dead and Kicking is now available on audio!
Well, it’s not really me – it’s the talented Dara Rosenberg’s voice, but it is my words. I had a chance to listen to it last night for the first time and it was an emotional experience to say the least. Get yours today wherever audio books are sold, including direct from Tantor Media and on Amazon.
I’m so excited that in about two weeks time you will be able to listen to Harry’s first adventure as well as read it.
As you may know, I have been working with Tantor Media on getting the first three books of the Harry Russo Diaries out as audio books. First they let me select the very talented Dara Rosenberg to narrate (I think she will be a great fit for Harry). And then, because we weren’t able to easily get the rights to change my covers to fit the audio book requirements, a whole new cover was designed for Dead and Kicking (the other covers will follow). While I was a bit disappointed that we couldn’t use the great covers I already had, I was also kind of curious to see what a completely different designer (in this case, Matthew Frederick) would come up with for Harry. I think he did a fantastic job. What do you think?
Our next spotlight as we countdown to Deadlocked, is Isaac.
Although they met under rather unusual circumstances and they have a unique relationship, Harry and Isaac have become friends. For his part, Isaac is enjoying the freedom to be himself for the first time in centuries.
I think I was still smiling stupidly when I arrived back upstairs. Luckily, Isaac was too busy puttering around the kitchen to notice. It had been several months since Isaac moved in, but I still found it a little weird to see a vampire in an apron. You usually don’t associate vamps with homey domesticity, but Isaac loved to cook. He was a real foodie, but his specialty was dessert. His excessive baking was the whole reason I had decided to open the coffee shop.
As part of the countdown to Deadlocked‘s release, I’m re-introducing you to some of the main characters in Harry’s world. Today’s spotlight, Salvador.
Salvador Arroyo is the Magister or leader of the Cimmerian (pronounced Ki-MARE-ian). The most powerful vampire in town and a wealthy businessman in the norm community, he is the Kingpin of the underworld and has his fingers in a lot of pies.
“Salvador, it’s rude to just let yourself into other people’s homes.” I scowled at him and kicked off my shoes. We have a bit of a difference of opinion as to the current ownership of the old firehall I call my home and place of business. Salvador had signed it over to me, after buying it from the original owner, under duress I’m sure. It had been part of a deal that unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond my control and totally orchestrated by Salvador, had fallen through. We had renegotiated the terms, but despite having already given the deed for the building to me, Salvador still considered it his until our new deal’s conditions were met. Since that meant it would be another six months before I was free and clear of him, I was not a happy camper. It also meant that despite being a vampire and uninvited, Salvador could enter my home. Damn vampire loopholes.
Excerpt from Tooth and Claw
I was in hell. Surely I must have died and I was in one of the nine circles of hell, the one where sinners go and have to sit through endless petitions from long-winded immortals who thought the small print on a legal contract was scintillating. I was actually sitting in Dante’s Inferno, the nightclub, so the comparison was appropriate.
It was the night of my weekly visit to the Magister. As an added bonus tonight, for some reason Salvador decided that I should accompany him while he held an audience with his vampire subjects.
I should have known that Salvador had something special in store, when Henry, the limo driver that picked me up each week, arrived with a familiar white box tied with a blood red bow, a sure sign that Salvador had been shopping for me again. Since it was now part of our new agreement, I had no choice but to accept it.
I actually liked today’s selection, not that I hadn’t liked the previous McQueen dress. I just wasn’t used to wearing clothes that cost more than three times my former monthly rent. I didn’t have a clue how much this dress cost, probably not as much as the McQueen, but I’m sure it was up there, judging from the pearl and crystal embellishment that covered it. The dress itself was an Alice & Olivia in white silk. It had a high neck with a flare silhouette, the skirt coming to about mid-thigh. The reverse cut out back left more bare skin than I was comfortable with when dealing with vampires, but I could live with it. Or, at least I hoped I could.
So far, I had managed to keep from ruining it, like I had the last dress Salvador gave me. And that was despite the fact that I had to take down a bitchy vampire intent on tearing out my throat.
Tooth and Claw – The Harry Russo Diaries, volume 2
by Lisa Emme
Excerpt from Dead and Kicking:
…The basement of the club was a warren of dark, narrow hallways lined with doors behind which, who knew what was happening. Unfortunately the throbbing beat from the dance floor above wasn’t enough to drown out some of the sounds filtering through the odd door, so I had a pretty good idea of what was going on behind at least some of them.
A door abruptly opened as we were walking past and I caught a glimpse inside, confirming my suspicions. We were in an S&M sex club. A few steps later, another door opened and a tall, blonde vampire wearing 5-inch, lace up platform ankle boots stepped out into the hall. She pulled a gauzy robe on over her black, patent leather corset.
“Now you be a very good boy Murray and wait there for me.” She tapped the end of a riding crop against her black leather glove. “You know what happens when you are naughty.” She turned and saw me, raising an appraising eyebrow. “Come to play, Kitten?” she purred, reaching out with the end of the riding crop to stroke my cheek.
I flinched away, not wanting it to touch me and she laughed. I turned and looked her in the eye and it was her turn to flinch. “Not unless you want me to snap that thing in half and stake you through the heart with it, Sweetheart.” I smiled sweetly and her eyes widened in surprise. Her face twisted into a snarl and she took a step towards me.
Stefan put a hand against her chest, giving her a little push backwards. “Not now Simeen, this one’s not for you.”
Simeen threw me a contemptuous look and then turned with a flourish. Her robe billowed behind her like a cape as she stalked off down the hall. The cheeks of her bare ass jiggled as she walked. It kind of ruined the whole effect…
Dead and Kicking – The Harry Russo Diaries, volume 1
By Lisa Emme