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

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