Sunday, January 31, 2010

Huge E-Book sale!

Until midnight tonight, AllRomance and OmniLit are offering ebooks at 50% off, including The Bride and the Buccaneer and my other titles. This is partly in response to Amazon's price war with Macmillan, and you can read the details at the Smart Bitches, Trashy Books site.

The code is SBTBARe1. It's only good until midnight tonight (Mountain Time) so act fast! The Mobipocket format works on Kindles as well as other units.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Friday, January 29, 2010

New Review!


"Mrs. Giggles" reads The Bride and the Buccaneer:

"The strongest aspects of The Bride And The Buccaneer are the chemistry, banter system, and likability of its two adorable main characters.... a wonderful time reading this story because Jack and Sophia are simply too much fun to follow."

Rating: 84

Read the full review here.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

My Boskone 47 Schedule

Boskone is February 12-14 at the Westin Boston Waterfront. You can still buy memberships here.

Friday  7pm        Seriously, Where *Do* Your Ideas Come From?
Lois McMaster Bujold
David Anthony Durham (M)
Darlene Marshall
Paul G. Tremblay
Mary A. Turzillo
We know ideas don't come from a mail box in upstate New York. So,
seriously, where do they come from? Do you muse on "what if's"? Are
there personal inspirations for your tales? Do you find a particular
setting evocative, and just waiting to be detailed in a story?

Friday 8pm Paranormal Romance: Threat or Menace....Or??
Ginjer Buchanan (M)
Rose Fox
Toni L. P. Kelner
Shariann Lewitt
Darlene Marshall
It seems that they're beginning to dominate the shelves, doesn't it?
Many people find this fusion of the romance and sf/fantasy field
*wrong*....but is it really? Will it expand the audience (and/or
possibilities) of the field, or simply destroy it? Is any of it any
good? What is your opinion of this new (marketing?) category?


Saturday 3:30pm Reading (0.5 hrs)
Darlene Marshall


Sunday 11 am Autographing (My novels will be on sale in the Dealers Room at Old Earth Books)


Sunday 1pm Believable Relationships
Beth Bernobich
Lois McMaster Bujold
Geary Gravel
Darlene Marshall (M)
Jo Walton
How can believable relationships between characters be best
depicted? Does sexuality matter much to you when setting up these
encounters, i.e., if said characters are straight/LGBT, mono/poly,
etc., etc....? Or, can you build characters and connections in such
a way that everything else is incidental? How?? Participants explore
these and other knotty (naughty? Heh) questions, as they talk about
the steamier side of fiction.



Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Dsg Alachua County Library District Headquarte...Image via Wikipedia

Love your library--and the people who fund it.

I was at a meeting today of the ACLD Trustees, thanking our local legislative delegation for their work in keeping state library funding alive this year. The Representatives there, Democrat and Republican, got an earful about what our Library District is doing in tough times. It's way more than books. In some communities, the public library is the only place where people can get free broadband and access to computers. Librarians are trained to help people fill out their government forms online to receive state and federal assistance. At our Partnership branch library, which is located in one of the poorest zip codes in the county, children can pick up rolling backpacks on Thursday and Fridays so they have food to eat over the weekend when they're not getting free student lunches.

So if your lawmakers have worked to keep your public library going, thank them. They need the feedback. They need to know how important libraries are, and how this is a vital public service--especially when times are tough.

Thursday, January 21, 2010


Book Clubs

I had the privilege last week of speaking to "The Happy Bookers" book club, a group of local ladies who gather to, not surprisingly, discuss books. They'd picked Pirate's Price as their novel for this month's meeting, and it was fun to talk with them about the writing process, my work habits--or lack thereof--and the processes that go into my novels.

One of the ladies brought a rum punch made with a 200 year old recipe. The potion was deceptively smooth, and I knew after a few sips that much as I'd love to drink more, I'd have a hard time making the words come out ungarbled, much less drive home afterward.

One of the questions that evening, as usual, was who I would cast in the movies of my books. That's an idle pasttime I usually indulge after I've finished writing a novel. For The Bride and the Buccaneer I don't have a specific actor in mind to play Jack Burrell, though I'm leaning toward Ryan Reynolds. For Sophia Deford, I'm sorry, but all I can think of is the same "actor" who I thought of the entire time I was writing the book--Puss In Boots from Shrek 1.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

MBTA sign at the Chinatown stopImage via Wikipedia

Boskone 47

Got my Progress Report for Boskone 47, a delightful regional SF convention in Boston this February. I'll be there, along with an amazing array of talented writers, editors, artists and fans. It's a mix guaranteed to produce a lively weekend.

Only a group like this could convince me to fly to Massachusetts in February. Fortunately, I have a return ticket that says "Florida".

Thursday, January 14, 2010


Reviews of The Bride and the Buccaneer!

Reviews are coming in! Here's a link to today's posting at Dear Author: "A fantastically matched couple, fun and adventure, seeing Captain Sinister again = a happy Jayne when I electronically flipped the last page. B+"

And from Pirates and Privateers: "Laced with a host of unique characters, intriguing clues that reveal the depth of Marshall’s research, and humorous lines, this spellbinding tale snares the reader from the opening page to the end."


Monday, January 11, 2010

NYC - New York Public Library Main Building: M...Image by wallyg via Flickr

Hey, it's a book!

I hit 102,000 words today on Castaway Dreams! Woo woo! Now I just need to figure out how this darn thing ends. Oh wait, I know--the hero and heroine are together at the end and live happily ever after. Whew!

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

IMG_0739Image by acebot3000 via Flickr

Dang, it's cold out there! I've lived in North Florida for most of my life, and I don't remember it ever being this cold for this many days in a row. Bundle up, Floridians! This too shall pass.