Saturday, February 23, 2008

Blogging with Destiny Blaine

I hope everyone is have a great weekend, wherever you are. This week I'm blogging with Destiny Blaine, a prolific little author who has projects coming and going! I'm not quite sure how she keeps up. Maybe we'll find that out in her interview.

This week I'm going to post half of her interview questions tonight and the rest of them tomorrow evening. I thoroughly enjoyed doing this interview and I know you'll love learning about Destiny!

So, Destiny, tell us a little about yourself.

Destiny: Hi Maddie! Thanks so much for allowing me to visit as a guest blogger!

I’m Destiny Blaine and I write erotic romance, spicy mysteries and anything else that hits my fancy. I’m a fickle writer and think that a lot of that comes from ghost writing for other people. I’ve been writing professionally as a “ghost” writer for several years now so writing under a pen name and as “myself” is pretty exciting.

The mother of two teenagers, my husband and I are active in parenting because our children insist on it! (Smile) Yes, there are times when we’d love to take a little weekend to ourselves but thanks to traveling sports teams and too many sporting events to log on a calendar, we seem to stay on the move. Sometimes, we’re even lucky enough to be at the same venue rather than splitting off in pairs to go to one event with one child or the other.

Let’s see. What else. (Hmm…) Most people who know me know that I play craps and poker as a recreational activity and when I’m in Las Vegas, I bet on sports and spend a lot of time in the sportsbooks there. I live in Tennessee but thanks to writing, spend more and more time in Mississippi, Indiana and Las Vegas. In fact, we’ll probably end up at some point, moving to Mississippi because we just love it there. I do a lot of writing when I’m in casino-infested towns which is why I often end up there in the first place!

MJ: You have several books in print (or upcoming releases). Is there a favorite among them? Why?

Destiny: That’s tough to answer! I have five print titles available in my real name. Four are non-fiction and one has earned enough attention that I even received a paid interview this past week which was pretty awesome. Still, my favorite is yet to make it into print because it is an upcoming release. In 2008, I am contracted for several print releases under both names. So it’s an exciting time.

MJ: What do you love about your editor (or publisher)?

Destiny: I’m currently with several publishers and what I love most about them is the stability. It takes a lot for a publisher to make it and the publisher’s survival is often reliant on good editors as much as any other element. This is a tough business and tough editors (with a critical eye) can be very important. I appreciate strong editors because if they know what they’re doing, everyone benefits.

As for publishers, I feel like I’ve been really, really fortunate to land a spot with some of the best publishers out there. Resplendence Publishing, where we both are published, is one of the finest. I have to say that the marketing campaigns and the genuine effort from Leigh and Jess pays off in bigger ways than I would have ever imagined!

Now, I don’t want to leave anyone out so let me just talk to you really quick about where I’m published and what I have coming soon!

Here goes:

Resplendence Publishing (http://www.resplendencepublishing.com/)

Jess and Leigh are phenomenal to work with and of course, Bewitching Bite gained some attention because of their marketing efforts so I’m very excited to be on board with RP. 2008 promises to deliver a terrific line-up of fantastic titles and I can’t wait to tell you more as the year rolls on! By the way, Bewitching Bite earned a second place finish on one of the 2007 Preditors and Editors Readers Polls for short stories along with fabulous reviews!

Siren Publishing (http://sirenpublishing.com/)

Winning Virgin Blood will be published by Siren Publishing this spring. It’s a paranormal novella that will be in print later this year. Diana and the entire staff at Siren are top notch and I’m thrilled to be there. I’ll go ahead and “ditto” the same for BookStrand since it’s the sister company! Number One on the Preditors and Editors Readers Poll, Siren earned their spot by providing quality books and fantastic support for their authors and I invite everyone to watch for Winning Virgin Blood which is headed there this spring!

eXtasyBooks (http://extasybooks.com/)

What can I say? eXtasy Books, like Siren, has a lot to offer and I’m glad to be there with Tina and her terrific line up of super authors. I first looked at eXtasy because many of my online buddies were there. And now I see why. It’s a great group of talented authors. Beyond the Valley and One Vampire Summer will be published there this year. Beyond the Valley is coming out on March 15th and I’m just slap happy about this western. In fact, it may very well be the beginning of more books to come in this genre. I loved digging into the 1800s and writing western elements into this novella.



BookStrand (http://bookstrand.com)

The NFL Wives series will begin this year and BookStrand is publishing the entire series. The first NFL Wives novella will be released this summer (Love, Lust and Scandal in the NFL) and the others will follow quickly so readers aren’t left to wonder when the next one will reveal more!

Whispers Publishing (http://www.whispershome.com)

If you look at the author list at Whispers, you’ll see it reads like a who’s who list in erotic romance publishing. Some of the original authors of the erotic romance genre grace the covers of Whispers Publishing. I’m honored to be published there and enjoy working with Dawn Carrington (publisher) and Jane Bonander (my editor). Casino Player, a Whispers title, won one of the Preditors and Editors categories this year—so I’m still dancing over the nomination and the win! They have my new short story Fantasy Man and it will be coming out in April. So, if you love older woman-young man romances, watch for Fantasy Man!

Amira Press (http://amirapress.com)

I have three short stories out with Amira Press. I was there when the company’s erotic line took a leap forward which was fun to watch and better to experience.

The company published: It’s Your Lucky Day, Murdering in Numbers, and Happy Anniversary and all three are available on their website and at third party venues.

MJ: Wow! See what I mean? Busy, busy lady. Stay tuned for more from Destiny tomorrow. In the mean time, check out her sites at

23 comments:

Bonnie Rose Leigh said...

Wow... What a wonderful thing to say about your publishers and fellow authors. I, for one, am glad you decided to choose eXtasy as one of your publishers. I'm looking forward to your western release. May 2008 bring you many contracts and even more sales... LOL

Destiny Blaine said...

I am so glad you stopped by Bonnie. You are, after all, one of the authors I followed straight to eXtasy! I knew since you are published there, I’d be with great people!

Thanks again for being here!

Destiny

Dee Dawning said...

Hi Maddie and Destiny.

Maddie I love your myspace page and Destiny, I was just thinking "Boy she gets around." LOL But don't look over your shoulder, LOL cause I'm right behind you with four releases and my Book Strand one coming late Summer.

Anyway, nice to read your blog and good luck on your new and old releases.

Dee

Jami Davenport said...

Destiny and Maddie,

Maddie, I love your blog.

Destiny, thanks for steering me over here. I am enjoying reading about your new and upcoming releases and reading about your various publishers.

Jami

Maddie James said...

Hi ladies! Destiny is really a go-getter, huh? Dee, Bonnie and Jami, I'm so glad you stopped in. It's nice to have some new faces on my blog!

maddie

Destiny Blaine said...

Hi Dee!

Thank you for stopping by! Yes, I’m trying to spread out some. Now, before you get a wicked little smile…what I mean is spread my wings and fly! The trouble is, I have a problem keeping up with you!

Thanks again for blogging with us!

Destiny

Destiny Blaine said...

Jami!

I just love chatting with a woman who should’ve been my twin!
Maddie, Jami loves football AND horses. Now Jami, I have to ask, do you gamble too? If so, then I think we’re related somehow.

Thanks again for being here!

Destiny

Destiny Blaine said...

Good Morning Maddie!

Thanks so much for allowing me to share your space! Talk about a go-getter, woman I couldn’t keep up with you! How was your trip back home?

Destiny

Wendi said...

Hi, Destiny! I had no idea you made it down to Mississippi often. Maybe we'll bump into one another at a casino sometime. :)

I love your covers. The cover gods have really been on your side, haven't they? Congratulations on everything you've got going on! I'm looking forward to the second half of this interview. :)

Wendi Darlin

Destiny Blaine said...

Hey Wendi!

YES! I’m in Mississippi quite often. I used to be in Tunica a lot but it looks like 2008 will lead me to Biloxi more. Where do you play? I’ll make sure to drop you emails when I’m in your neighborhood! I’ll be in Tunica for a month this summer so let me know!

Thanks for being here!

Destiny

Maddie James said...

Hi ladies,

Destiny, yes, made it back home about midnight friday night. I was in New Mexico for the week. And guess what? I'm heading back there bright and early in the morning, but this time to the Four Corners area. Such is the life of the travelin' woman...

So, about Mississippi and Casinos. I get down there about twice a year on the Choctaw rez and stay at the Pearl River Resort. You anywhere near there? Or been there?

maddie

Minnette Meador said...

OMG, Destiny...do you ever sleep? When my son got out of the navy, he used to tell us "Sleep is for the weak..." ~LOL~ Your books look so fantastics, and I've got a couple on my list for when I come up for air myself. The covers are wonderful as are the blurbs! Do you write full time?
Minnette :)

Destiny Blaine said...

Hey Maddie!

That’s so cool that you just mentioned that resort. My sister was supposed to take off a few days this month and we were going to go back there. My husband loves that resort and I like it too but now I like to be “close” to something (smiles). I love Tunica because I have a lot of friends in Memphis so I typically spend time there and I have family scattered around Oxford (not far from Tunica). But look at you!!! New Mexico? Sounds like an exciting life. Can I follow you around for a month?

Destiny

Destiny Blaine said...

Hi Minnette!!!

Thank you for being here! Sleep “is" for the weak (I’m living proof because I’m feeling drained…lol). I like that saying. I’ll remember it when I’m complaining to my husband that he sleeps more than I do. Ah…the strength of a woman! :))

Thank you for your compliments. I’m excited about my new releases and the covers are beautiful. My thanks goes out always to the fabulous cover artists behind them!

To answer your question: Yes, I write full time because I like self-abuse. Just kidding. It’s truly my passion and I feel very, very blessed to have a writing career. My hands may not thank me after hours of typing but my life is better for it because I meet great people…like you!

Destiny :)

LA Day said...

Hi Destiny & Maddie!
I see you've been very busy.
Love those covers.

Leigh Collett said...

Hey Ladies!

Great Blog! And thanks so much for the kind words. :) We love you guys and can't wait to see you on that NYT Bestsellers list!

Hugs,

Leigh

PS. Sleeping is over-rated. LOL

Anonymous said...

Hi Ladies!

Ditto everything Leigh said. lol. Can't wait to read the rest tomorrow.

:)

Jess

Destiny Blaine said...

Hi Laura (L.A.)

Thanks so much for the compliments on the covers. Everyone, go read her profile…you’ll love it. Find out where her true inspiration for writing smut began!

Thanks again Laura!

Destiny

Destiny Blaine said...

Thanks for being here Leigh and Jess!

Okay everyone…I confess. I wanted to bribe Leigh and Jess to mention and ditto the NYT Bestsellers List. How much do I owe you for one more plug? LOL. See why we all love these ladies from Resplendence Publishing!!! And yes, sleeping is over-rated but I still think you both funnel coffee so who needs sleep!

Hugs!
Destiny

Destiny Blaine said...

I’ll post a contest tomorrow and will be hanging out again with Maddie! Have a wonderful Sunday!


Destiny :)

Maddie James said...

Hi L.A. and thanks for stopping by. Nice to see you here.

Jess and Leigh, our cheerleaders. :) Always good to see you guys here, too.

Yeah, Destiny, that Choctaw resort is a bit away from everything, isn't it? Weird to be driving through Mississippi back country and all of a sudden see that big round sparkling moon in the sky above the hotel.

So, I've posted Destiny's part 2 just a few minutes ago. I'll be around tonight but have a very early flight in the morning (like, 6:45 a.m., ugh) so won't be around early in the day. But you can bet I'll check back in tomorrow evening!

Have fun, y'all.

maddie

Jinger said...

Hi Maddie! Just stopping by to see what's new with you and comment on your great cover for NFL wives! *wink*
Jinger
www.jingraphix.net

Destiny Blaine said...

Jinger!

Thank you for stopping by...your timing is perfect! I was just working on a Winning Virgin Blood ad with your gorgeous cover!

Just FYI for everyone who stops by...Jinger Heaston is an award winning cover artist who designed the covers for Winning Virgin Blood (Siren) and Love, Lust, and Scandal in the NFL (BookStrand). Check these out when you can!

Thanks again for stopping by Jinger. I am forever in awe of your work!

Hugs,
Destiny