Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Got Title!

Gotta love it when you're hard at work on a deadline book and you get interrupted with a piece of exciting news! Gives a body (my body specifically) a reason to step away from the computer and dance around!

This evening I received word from my editor at NAL that we have a confirmed title for the launch book in THE GLORIOUS VICTORIOUS DARCY series. Ready?

HER SKY COWBOY

What do you think? Does that say romantic steampunk to you? The more I look at it, the more I like it. Can't wait to see the cover!

Anyhoo, mark your datebooks. Coming November 2012, a romantic steampunk adventure with gads of derring-do! (Just wanted to use that word. Love that word. Derring-do.)

The Glorious Victorious Darcys
HER SKY COWBOY   

Woo-hoo!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Sunshine, Snippet, Freebie & Cupcakes

Happy Sunday, all! I'm enjoying an unseasonably warm day here in Jersey. Sun's beaming and the temp is 62! It's almost December. Amazing. Later today I hope to take Cheyenne and Nia on a long walk. They love it and it does me good to get my butt in gear after a long day at the computer.


"Are you done yet? Can we go?"

I've got a fierce deadline bearing down so I've got my nose to the laptop. Thrilled to report that I'm having a blast writing the launch book of the Glorious Victorious Darcys. Wanna peek? FYI: Tuck's our hero. Scene takes place aboard his airship: The Maverick. Our heroine, Amelia, is piloting the dirigible in crisis. Here's the snippet...

“Came out of nowhere.”  The flaps of Eli’s aviator cap whipped in the frigid wind as he leaned over the gunwale for a better look. “What the devil is that thing?'
Axel whistled around the unlit cigar clamped between his teeth. “Quart bottle of whiskey says they bite the dust.”
Tuck focused his spyglass.  Sure enough what looked like a cross between a motorized tandem bicycle, da Vinci’s glider, and an oversized kite, bucked and reared then took a fateful nosedive.
“Cut the blasterbeefs,” Tuck shouted to StarMan. “Bring to and hoist the bally.”  Trading his Stetson for a fly cap, he turned to Eli. “Grab three packs.”   
The person seated in the rear of the flimsy flying apparatus bailed and soon after a parachute opened and billowed.  That harnessed sail wasn’t the only thing flapping in the wind.  Skirts and petticoats caught the men’s eyes.  “Damn,” Axel said, squinting through his goggles. “That’s a woman.”
“Looks like the pilot’s going down with the ship,” Eli noted as the three men buckled on steam and nitrogen powered Pogo Packs.
“Fighting to regain control,” Tuck said while adjusting his harness and tank.
“Crazy as a loon,” Axel said, tugging on gloves and gripping the hand controls.
Tuck disagreed.  “Ballsy.”

 Have I mentioned that I'm having a blast writing this story. Romance, adventure, gadgets and gizmos. Speaking of gadgets, click the GVD Gadget tab above and check out some of the cyber art that's proving as visual inspiration for this story.

In other news and regarding my other new series: Cupcake Lovers... We have three new members of the Cupcake Lovers Recipe club. Three new and delish recipes that I'll be sharing through this next week. Please check back. Your taste buds will thank you. Meanwhile, welcome to The Cupcake Lovers, Mary Stella, Gina Husta, and Dawn Jones!  

Lastly, MARK YOUR CALENEDERS!!  Starting Thursday, December 1, the first book in my Friends and Lovers Collection--JINXED will be available for FREE on Kindle, Nook and various other ereaders for one week only. What a way to kick of the holidays. Spread the word, spread the joy!


Speaking of holidays... Anyone start decorating yet?

Peace and joy-- Beth

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Blessed Thanksgiving


Counting my blessings this Thanksgiving.
My good health.
My loving husband.
My crazy dogs and cat.
My generous and kind family.
My generous and kind friends.
Having a roof over my head.
Having the coolest day job at the library.
Having the coolest dream gig as a writer.
Having the support of so many fun readers.

Thank you for being a part of my wondrous life.
Wishing you and yours a blessed Thanksgiving!  

Peace and joy, Beth

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Exciting Times!

UPDATE 11/21: As of last night, got a peek at my new website template. One word. YOWZA!

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It's been an interesting, make that, exciting couple of weeks! So much going on. Wow. My head is spinning, but (mostly) in a very good way.
Even though my launch books in the series: The Cupcake Lovers and Victorious Glorious Darcys aren't scheduled for release until the Fall of 2012, mega planning is in the works. Cover Art and official single titles, for one. I'm also updating short bios for both publishers, which goes hand in hand with providing an author headshot. I need updated headshots. Even though I love my present publicity photos they are, um, a few years old. Not that I've aged, well, crap, yes, I have. Although gloriously, of course (I assure myself). So there's that. Must make an appointment with a photographer. But I digress. Stay tuned for an offical announcement regarding the single titles in the GVD series and check back for a peek at some fantastic cover art for the launch books of both series. Thus far it has been an absolute delight working with St. Martins Press and NAL (Penguin). Somehow I landed with two dynamo editors. Counting my lucky stars!

In addition to all that, I've consulted with my web designer, the incredibly talented, Rae Monet, about a whole new look for my website, something that reflects all ofthe sub-genres I write in. She is, at this moment, in creation mode. Stay tuned.

In other news, although I am already active on Facebook, it was suggested to me that I switch over and concentrate my energy on a 'professional' page. I won't bore you with details, but personal profile pages, which is what I've had for the last few years, tap out at 5,000 friends. I'm nearing that point so... since I'm looking toward a bright future, I decided to take the plunge. If I'm going to try to convert my existing friend and readers to this new FB page, I figured I'd better make it enticing in some way. Make it spiffy looking at least. Since I'm a techno-goob and not all that visually artistic, I hired Elle of EJR Digital Art to personalize my 'professional' FB page.

Yeah, boy. Elle is officially my multi-media art designer!

I now have a cool banner across the top of my page, highlighting all the romantic sub-genres I write in (similar to the one she created at the top of this blog!). And, my fave, an uber cool collage for my profile picture that she's also incorporating into an official 'welcome' page. Each of these pictures represents different stories I've written or am in the process of writing. I think I need to make this a poster and hang in my writing room for inspiration!     


Speaking of the FB 'welcome' page, as of last night Elle put the polishing touches on last night and uploaded this morning. Click here for a look see (so cool) and while you're there, please "Like" my page. For everyone who's connected on facebook, I'll be moving all my activity to this official page. As for the page, more perks will be coming. The cover art for GLORIOUS VICTORIOUS DARCYS and the CUPCAKE LOVERS, excerpts and a page listing all my backlist titles.  Like I said, a lot going on!

Also coming, more cupcake recipes! I'll list a yummy delight by honorary Cupcake Lover (and awesome author) Mary Stella, later this week.

And lastly... notice that new tab above--GVD Gadgets? That's where I'll be sharing the steampunk art that's been inspiring The Glorious Victorious Darcys. Fun stuff! Coming soon....

Meanwhile, I'm writing like a madwoman, working hard to complete book 1 (official title...coming soon) of GVD.  Send me energy and positive thoughts. I could use it!

Peace and joy,
Beth  

Friday, November 18, 2011

Evie in the UK!

Nothing like getting a surprise in the mail.  Last week I received a small brown box from Harlequin. inside were three copies of EVERYBODY LOVES EVIE, originally published by the HQN.


Only they looked a little different. Same cover art, still paperback, but the book was taller and leaner. I looked on the spine and also the back and saw that this was a reissue under the MIRA imprint. Still under the Harlequin umbrella, but a different line. Another difference.... this was a current release in the UK!


So exciting! Evie has arrived across the pond! Arch must be so thrilled to be available in his neck of the woods. Me? I'm hoping that this means a second life for Evie and the covert team of Chameleon. I think this calls for a trip to London so I can see Evie in the UK for myself. *g* 

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

New Original CL Recipe!

Okay, fellow cupcakians. Hold on to your spatulas! Honorary Cupcake Lover, Beth Bliss, has created an amazing recipe that's going to knock off your baker's hat. She created this delicious, delectable delight with a character concept in mind. One that's so awesome, I'm weaving this recipe and that concept into book 2--THE TROUBLE WITH LOVE  (A Cupcake Lovers Novel). Thank you, Beth B! By the way, folks. I tasted these and thy were to die for! Enjoy!

Follows a visual journey and then the actual recipe. Behold...

HARVEST CHEATER CUPCAKES



 
HARVEST CHEATER CUPCAKES
submitted by Beth Bliss (New Jersey)
These cupcakes cheat in nearly every way:  made from a mix, frosted from a can . . .  The only thing honest about these cupcakes is the homemade whoopee pie cream hidden inside.
Makes 20 nicely-domed standard-size cupcakes – because I cheated and filled them ¾ full instead of 2/3. 
1 box “moist” style yellow cake mix (15.25 oz. box)
1/3 c. vegetable oil
1 c. canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
½ c. water
3 eggs
1 tsp. cinnamon
½ tsp. allspice
½ tsp. powdered ginger
¼ tsp. cloves
¼ tsp. nutmeg
Bake at 350 for 20-24 minutes.  Done when they spring back to the touch, or when a cake tester or toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
SECRET CENTER (WHOOPEE PIE) FILLING
A little dab of these goes a long way; only about a teaspoon goes in, but the sweetness offsets the spices and pumpkin nicely.
1 cup vegetable shortening, such as Crisco (butter-flavored shortening might work, too)
1 cup powdered sugar
2 cups (one 7-oz. container) marshmallow fluff (aka marshmallow crème; often found near ice cream section of grocery store)
2 tsp. vanilla extract (not “flavoring” – only extract will do!)
Small pinch table salt
Blend in mixer until light and fluffy.   Using a paring knife or apple corer, cut out a plug from the center of each cupcake.   Using a silicone spatula, shovel filling into a pastry bag with large-opening tip, or into a ziplock baggie and snip a hole in the corner.  Pipe about a teaspoon into each cupcake.  Don’t fret if it spurts out a little.  That’s life.
KICK-IN-THE-PANTS FROSTING
1 can milk or dark chocolate frosting
1 tsp. cinnamon
¼ tsp. chili powder (more, if you want a serious kick)
Mix using hand-held or stand mixer until spices are incorporated.
  

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Be an Honorary Cupcake Lover!

In celebration of my upcoming series-- The Cupcake Lovers Novels, I'm thrilled to announce a new page on this site--Cupcake Lover's Recipes! See the tab up top and click to view the first in a budding collection of recipes from readers who also happen to bake!

Are you a Cupcake Lover? Do you have a personalized recipe you'd like to share with fellow cupcakians? Contact me at beth@bethciotta.com to join the fun and to become an honorary member of The Cupcake Lovers!  In return you'll receive a Cupcake Lovers Collectible--(said collectible presently in the works)

Meanwhile, click over and enjoy the launch recipe submitted by Chris B. from Florida!