Sunday, February 24, 2008

Blogging with Destiny Blaine, Day Two!

Wow! There's been a lot of energy here today. Destiny sure does stir things up around my dusty old blog here. LOL It's been great having everyone stop by, nice to see some new faces, and a couple of old friends.

Let's see what else Destiny has in store for us.

MJ: Do you have a day job? How do you balance the two?

Destiny: I don’t have a “day” job in the typical sense of the word. I have a ‘round-the-clock’ job as a writer. Many writers I know, are in the same boat. Writing is my only career and I feel very blessed to do what I truly love. As a ghost writer and a freelancer, I do travel some and when I do, it is usually on the spur of the moment which makes life fun and certainly keeps things interesting!

MJ: What advice do you have for aspiring writers?

Destiny: I didn’t begin writing professionally until I hit my thirties, so I would have to say, “Don’t ever wait to write.” Don’t waste time because it is one of the most precious commodities you’ll ever have. Get out the pen and notebook. Write! Type! Outline! Write until you can’t write another word and then write one more. It’s a fabulous career and if you want to do it, go for it!

MJ: What is your next project?

Destiny: I am currently booked out for the year in ghost projects so I will be writing something every month this year as a ghost writer. Personally, I have a lot of projects going on in various erotic genres. I hope to see the sequels to Bewitching Bite hit the virtual shelves of Resplendence Publishing. I have a new paranormal story in the works now for any publisher who contacts me and tells me it’s SOLD now. Just kidding. Not really! (Shrugs and smiles…what I can tell you is it takes the vampire/cowboy elements to a whole new world!)

BookStrand, the sister publisher to Siren Publishing just took on an entire series that we’re really excited about here. It’s going to be a lot of fun to write and a blast to market! NFL Wives will be coming out this summer beginning with the first one—Love, Lust and Scandal in the NFL which is already completed and will be a summer release.

MJ: Today, writers need not only write great books, but be great promoters of their books, too. What kinds of things do you do?

Destiny: I used to participate in too many online promotions. Yahoo loops and chats. MySpace and blogs. Now, I know that these things alone will not work. Sure, it’s helpful to get your name out but if you rely on it alone, you won’t survive. That is, of course, a matter of my opinion. What works for me is online and offline advertising and a combination of chats, blogging, and sure…going out on the loops with my news and updates. I now send out a newsletter too and if anyone would like to sign up for it, they can by sending me an email. Just send a request to destinyblaine@yahoo.com with “ADD ME to your Newsletter” in the subject line.

We run contests through the newsletter and an upcoming giveaway will be one of the biggest giveaways I’ve had to date but I can’t give all the details yet so sign up! It will be on the heels of two summer releases and promises to provide a “retreat” of sorts for the winner and I can’t wait to reveal more.

MJ: Now, here is the totally off-writing subject question. What’s the coolest, wackiest, most risk-taking thing you’ve ever done?

Destiny: I gambled for a living. Yes it’s a very risky way to earn your living and I don’t recommend it but I actually made more money doing it than writing…at first! But I discovered I didn’t have the patience to ride the waves of a very volatile income so now I only gamble for fun and really, I go to the casinos for more than the gambling now. I like to go for the entertainment, great dining, and the comfortable and quiet rooms! Keep in mind, anything is peaceful in comparison to a house crawling with teenagers!

MJ: What else would you like to tell us?

Destiny: My readers have become some of my closest friends. Often, I hear this from other authors and it’s true. You become friends with your readers because not surprisingly, you have a lot in common…books. I have to say I have the best group of friends in the entire world! And…best of all, they are all over the world!

Thank you Maddie for the terrific questions!

Destiny Blaine

www.destinyblaine.com

www.myspace.com/destinyblaine

http://destinyblaine.blogspot.com/


And thank you, Destiny, for being such a great guest blogger! I'm so glad you and all your friends stopped by. Come back again, ya hear?

maddie

38 comments:

C. A. Salo said...

Destiny,
Thanks for emailing me. I didn't catch it until 8 tonight though, but thought I'd pop in to say hi, along with a warm hello to Maddie.

I just have to say, I won two of Destiny's books last year, and loved them.
As an author, who works two 1/2jobs outside the home, it's hard to find time to write my own, never mind enough down time to read, lol.
But I did, and I didn't stop until they were finished. *Grins*

Wish I could stay longer, but I couldn't pass up the opportunity to support a wonderful lady!!

C~

Midnyte Dupree said...

Hi Maddie, Hi Destiny!! Looks like ya'll have had a great time! I've got to read and catch up. :)


Midnyte

Maddie James said...

Hi C.A. and Midnyte. So glad you stopped by! Yes, lots happening here today.

maddie

Destiny Blaine said...

Hi C~

Thank you so much for stopping by and congratulations to you on your Fallen Angels RR for A Slave’s Way Out!

I’m so glad you liked my books/stories that you won last year…thank you for the compliments!

This year has been hectic so far with the teenagers pulling me in one direction and my husband tugging me in another so I’ve missed you when I’ve been online. When you’re on, I’m off and vice-versa. Thanks again for stopping by! Keep in touch!

Hugs!
Destiny

Destiny Blaine said...

Hi Midnyte!

Another Resplendence author visits! Thank you for stopping in today. Maddie has a wonderful blog and this has been a real treat visiting with her. I’m so glad you stopped by! It’s been a while since we’ve been able to catch up so I hope I’ll see more and more of you over at the author loop for RP!

Thanks again for being here. It’s always so good to hear from you!

Destiny

Destiny Blaine said...

Good morning Maddie! I'm so glad to be here with you again today.

This morning, I wanted to post a contest for your readers. Actually, it isn’t really a contest but more like “steering traffic” because I want to show off my new blog and updated website! (Smiles) So, if you stop by for a visit (here at Maddie’s) between now and February 28, 2008 then you will be eligible for a free PDF file of one of my short stories.

To become eligible, you'll need to leave a post here and then follow through with two more easy steps! To win your free short story is simple, all you need to do post here and over at my brand new blog and updated website. Then, send me an email at destinyblaine@yahoo.com to request your free title. Sound easy? You bet! I like to keep things simple!

Maddie, thanks again for having me back today. I hope your trip back to New Mexico was enjoyable and we’ll see you later on today!

Destiny

Destiny Blaine said...

Hi all!

Here's the hot-off-the-press news I promised on the loops!

I'm so pleased to give a shout-out about a new trilogy
that has just been contracted by eXtasy Books.

BRANDED
is a western trilogy that will begin with Branded by Sunset!

I'm so delighted about the opportunity to work with Tina and Extasy on this new series and can't wait to share more with you in the coming months! Thanks for letting me share my news!

Destiny

(Who is dancing and on her way to find more coffee!)

Tina said...

wow that cover is awesome!! had to say that!!

Destiny Blaine said...

I know! Isn't it hot? Rika produces smokin blue-hot covers for Resplendence titles and I just love the SHIVERS cover!

Thanks for stopping in!

Destiny

Samantha Lucas said...

I'm late as usual, but I wanted to say hi! :)

Stacia said...

Great posts, Destiny! Thanks for em'ing me to let me know you were blogging over here. I just wanted to say how much I love that your writing is all over the place - gambling, paranormal, contemporary & now westerns! You are one talented lady & I always enjoy reading your work :o)

lrwirum said...

great interview. Loved learning more about Destiny. :-) Larena

Destiny Blaine said...

Hiya Samantha!

You are never late! Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope you’re getting some of this gorgeous weather we have here in East Tennessee today! After days of cold weather, it’s a beautiful day and if I didn’t have a pile of work, I’d be basking in the sun (yes, with mittens and a scarf but that’s a minor detail). By the way, I think my daughter is going to v-ball camp at Virginia Tech so we should plan something fun!

Hugs!

Destiny

Destiny Blaine said...

Hi Stacia!

Right back at you woman! Thank you for stopping in to say hello and for the compliments. I’m fickle. I can’t decide what to write so I jump around to keep things interesting. Today, I’ve been working on a young adult plot. Once I started on it, I couldn’t put it down so that’s always fun when you have a ton of other work waiting with deadlines. I feel like a kid who has a hand in the candy jar!

Thanks again for stopping in!

Destiny

Destiny Blaine said...

Hi Larena!!!

Oh my gosh! You have ESP! I was just thinking about you a few minutes ago and was sitting here with my bottom lip out ready to pout while thinking…. “Where on earth is Larena?” :)) You always turn a good day into a better one so thank you for stopping by!

I always love hearing from you. Hope everything is perfect in your neck of the woods!

Smiles and hugs!

Destiny

Catherine Chernow said...

Hi Destiny! I enjoyed your blog post today and learned so much about you.

: )

Catherine Chernow

Maddie James said...

Wow! There's a party going on at my blog, and I'm late! Who has the margaritas? Is there a chilled glass of Reisling anywhere in the house? I've been traveling all day and need SOMETHING to relax by. Hm, wait, perhaps I'll have to download one of Destiny's books and ease the tension that way....

Thanks for keeping the party going on, chickee!

maddie

Savanna Kougar said...

Wow! Destiny, really impressive line up of novels and publishers. Gambler in a past life, eh. I'd never make it in that career. But I find it utterly fascinating. 'Course, the author's life is a gamble for me. As much as I can take! Wonderful to learn more about you.

Maddie James said...

Okay, so I've decided since Destiny has tossed out a contest, I'll be in a giving mood, too. :)

Anyone who posts here on Destiny's blog up until Feb 28 AND who signs up for my newsletter list (link is on my blog sidebar) will be eligible for a free download of either of my current novellas, BLUE or BED, BREAKFAST AND YOU, from the Ladies of Legend anthology.

Another chance to win! Woohoo!

maddie

Destiny Blaine said...

Hi Catherine!

Yay! Another one of my favorite people stopped by to play over here with us, Maddie! Are the Resplendence authors party animals or what?

Catherine, congratulations on your upcoming releases from Resplendence and Total E-Bound. I know you’re one busy lady and I’m so glad you stopped by to check us out today!

Hugs!
Destiny

Destiny Blaine said...

Hey Maddie!

Woman are you still on your feet after traveling across the country? You’re my new hero!!!! You have more energy than I do.
I must admit Reisling sounds really good about right now. :))

So...spill lady. What are you writing or working on while you travel? (I know…I hate surprises so I just ask, beg, and plead to be kept informed!)

Thanks again for allowing me to be here again today!

Hugs!
Destiny

Destiny Blaine said...

Hi Savanna,

It’s so nice to see another Siren author over here! For those of you who know the name but haven’t met Savanna, she is published with Siren and Liquid Silver so we’re going to hear from her a lot!

Thank you for the compliments. Yes, I feel like the publishers who publish me are among the best and feel blessed that they’ll put up with me!

Yes, in my not-so-distant past, I gambled for a living but keep in mind, my husband's income allowed me to ride the ups and downs so I really don’t recommend it …at all unless there’s another income to fall back on. Even then, it’s a tough way to try and make an easy living. I had an advantage. I grew up in it and knew more about it than most but still, it’s volatile and unpredictable (and wait a minute…that sounds like a writing career) and yes it is and was fun! LOL. I still consider myself a very aggressive recreational gambler!


Thanks again for dropping in!
Destiny :))

Destiny Blaine said...

YAY! Maddie has her contest up now so everyone get busy and get something new to read ASAP from Maddie James. Once you turn the first page, you'll understand why I've decided to start following her around to pick her brain!

Destiny :))

Maddie James said...

Hey Destiny! I just got off our NowLive Broadcast with Aleka Nakis, Tia Fanning and Catherine Chernow. Melinda Barron dropped by, too. And our own Leigh Collett. Taryn Raye? Yeah, she was there, too. What a fun chat we had this evening. You'll have to drop in soon!

What am I working on? It's hard when traveling but I'm going to try to get a little bit of work done tonight on THE QUEST. This is book 3 of the Legend of Blackbeard's Chalice series. I'm loving writing this series so can't wait to see what this set of characters have in store for me!

maddie

Lynnsplanet said...

Hi Destiny,

With your kids being teenagers, do they suspect what mom writes?

Once my cover came out, no one was in the dark about what I write. My two teenages are perfectly all right with my writing erotic romance, it's my two twenty-somethings that aren't. They are embarrassed and call it smut. I have all boys.

Do you anticipate this? If so, how do you think you'll handle it?

Bekki

Destiny Blaine said...

Hey Maddie!

I would love to join in with all of you on the NowLive broadcast but I have a question. Is it a requirement to have a live cam? :))

Basically, is it user-friendly for techno dough-doughs? (Shaking my head) Not mentioning any names or crooking a finger. LOL!

Destiny

Destiny Blaine said...

Hi Bekki!

Great question. My kids now know what I write but they know they can’t read it!

My daughter helped me set up a new blog over at http://destinyblaine.blogspot.com/ and she uploaded the covers.

She’s aware that I write hot romances but beyond that, I don’t think she’s interested in reading mom’s books and I’m not interested in allowing it!

My son is well aware of what I write too. I believe that he may, on occasion, give out my pen name because he’s proud of my chosen genre. Imagine.

In the beginning, I wanted a pen name to protect my daughter’s privacy more than anything else. My son would tell everyone if we’d allow it. In fact, I can almost hear him now. “Yeah. That’s right. My mom writes trashy books.”
I’m still laughing about your boys! Tell them there’s a little smut in everything. You just have to look for it! Wait...let’s skip that one.

Thanks so much for being here to blog with us, Bekki! I appreciate the support of another fellow Siren author.

Destiny :))

Pollyanna said...

Hi Destiny,
Got your email and stopping by to say "Hi". I love gambling myself although I usually do it only once a year during the new year celebrations.

Hi Maddie,
Love your interview with Destiny.

Maddie James said...

Hi Pollyanna, so glad you stopped by!

Destiny, all you need for Now Live is your computer if you want to listen in and chat in the chat room. If you want to call in, you use your phone. You can use a cam to talk and see each other but none of us use that. I have one but I barely use it and tried to one night but was not successful. So really, it is very tech-easy. I'm usually calling in from a hotel room somewhere on my cell phone. Just pop in one Monday night at 9 EST and visit the chat room and listen, then you can decide if you want to call in. Easy peasy!

maddie

Destiny Blaine said...

Hi Pollyanna!

Thank you so much for stopping in to say hi! I just received your email too and can’t wait to hear what you think of Bewitching Bite! Keep in touch!

Hugs!
Destiny

Destiny Blaine said...

Hi Maddie!

Thank you for the information!
I’ll drop in! I don’t know why I haven’t followed up with you on this before now. I’ll “phone in” soon!

Hugs!
Destiny

larriane wills said...

So this is where you've been hidding. Hi, Destiny, thank you for the invite to come visit. nice to meet you to Maddie. great site.

Destiny Blaine said...

Hi Larriane!

Thank you for dropping by! I've missed chatting with you! Yes, I'm new to blogging (outside of MySpace) but I think it is going to work for me if I have the opportunity to catch up with all of my buddies.

Maddie was generous enough to share her space here and look around, you'll love what you see on her blog. I may never leave!

Keep in touch! I miss chatting with you on a daily/weekly basis so we'll have to work something up for a chat session soon!

Hugs!
Destiny

Destiny Blaine said...

(Shhh...It's quiet here right now so I thought I'd sneak in to tell you all about a new print title…in fact, I’ll just tell our friends overseas a little bedtime story)


(From the voice of Charlie Townsend...)

Once upon a time, there were four fabulous women that wrote four very sexy novellas. Each was wildly unique and entertaining.

Destined to find a print anthology to bring them all together, Resplendence Publishing offered these four women the opportunity to bring together four delicious tales under one print title. Now, these ladies can bring you the Shivers!

Yes…my name is Charlie. (Oops. That Charlie’s Angels script isn’t going to work here so I’ll cut out the pop-drama and just give it to you straight)

Ladies and Gentleman……Tame your soul with something that will first delight and then give you the Shivers! Put your hands together now for....

Shivers!
Tales of Paranormal Erotic Romance


Starring
Catherine Chernow for Lady in White, Annmarie Ortega for Deal with the Devil, Melinda Barron for Nuit Aux Trois, and Destiny Blaine for Bewitching Bite.

Shivers Volume One is available now and with the cover posted here on Maddie’s blog, I couldn’t resist introducing you to some spectacular leading ladies!

I’m taking a bow…and my son is now over here rolling his eyes explaining to me that it is just “so not right” but what can I say? I just wanted my ten seconds of fame.

All teasing put to the side, be sure to check out the awesome list of terrific RP anthology titles and you’ll find one you can’t resist here:

http://www.resplendencepublishing.com/61.html

Hugs!

Destiny :)

Maddie James said...

Destiny, thank you so much for being my guest blogger over the weekend and this week. You have really brough a LOT of energy to my blog! It was great to meet all your friends and I hope I see all of them again.

And to any of your author friends, I have some open spots later in the sprint and summer for guest bloggers, so if you are interested, just drop me an email at maddie.james@insightbb.com. I'd love to have you come play!

Thanks again, Destiny. :)

maddie

Catherine Chernow said...

Hi there Destiny! The cover for SHIVERS looks awesome, doesn't it?

So glad we're in the SHIVERS anthology together.

And you're one busy woman! Whew...I can't keep up with you, woman.

: )

Catherine Chernow

Destiny Blaine said...

Hi Maddie

Thank you for allowing me to guest blog with you. I know I’ll drop in more often now that I know where the party is!

For those of you who are interested in guest blogging with Maddie, don’t forget to take her up on her offer. This is THE place to be!

Thanks again, Maddie! You rock!

Destiny

Destiny Blaine said...

Hi Catherine,

Yes, I love it! I’m glad we had the opportunity to be included in the same anthology.

As for being busy, I have to burn off calories so I just act busy. Doesn’t that speed up the metabolism? LOL.

Thank you again for dropping by to blog with us. You’re the best!

Destiny