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November 19, 2010

For those who have been wondering who won Bonnie's opal ring in the contest—well, the winner has been twice contacted but has not replied.  So I am desperately seeking:


Arrien of Ormond Beach, FL  – You are the Winner of Bonnie's Opal Ring!


Arrien, please contact me at info@ljanesmith.net.  Put in the subject field Winner!  so that I can be sure of finding it among the other emails I get.


Also,I hope a lot of people will enter the Cassie's Unicorn Egg contest.  The prizes are really so beautiful that I can't imagine anyone not wanting them, and the contest is already open.  You don't have to use the directions on the contest page to send me an email, just send it to (here it is again) info@ljanesmith.net  with Cassie's Unicorn Egg in the subject field.  You don't have to write anything inside the email, or you can write "Hi" or something if you haven't read The Secret Circle.


As for strange manifestations on my site recently—I'm sorry that right now I can't explain about them.  Just believe me that a true life-or-death emergency was in progress.  For the time being, try to forget it, please.


Thanks to everyone who entered the Bonnie's Opal Ring contest.  Here are a couple of memorable quotes:



OH MY GOSH! Sorry, but I am overly excited about this. The creepy thing is that I was thinking about this when my Internet was loading.....maybe I'm psychic...that would be fun.· -- Katie D. of Middletown, NJ




Hoooooooly taco. REALLY?!?!?!?!?!?!· --· Alex M. of Sioux Falls, SD




I'm such a HUGE fan! Where I read that I had won an autographed copy of Shadow Souls I thought I would scream! :D"· --· Gabriella M. of Tustin, CA



I'll let everyone know what the Grand Prizewinner says when she does reply.  (Arrien, reply, please!)

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Published on November 19, 2010 19:16 • 86 views

For those who have been wondering who won Bonnie's opal ring in the contest—well, the winner has been twice contacted but has not replied.  So I am desperately seeking:


Arrien of Ormond Beach, FL  – You are the Winner of Bonnie's Opal Ring!


Arrien, please contact me at info@ljanesmith.net.  Put in the subject field Winner!  so that I can be sure of finding it among the other emails I get.


Also,I hope a lot of people will enter the Cassie's Unicorn Egg contest.  The prizes are really so beautiful that I can't imagine anyone not wanting them, and the contest is already open.  You don't have to use the directions on the contest page to send me an email, just send it to (here it is again) info@ljanesmith.net  with Cassie's Unicorn Egg in the subject field.  You don't have to write anything inside the email, or you can write "Hi" or something if you haven't read The Secret Circle.


As for strange manifestations on my site recently—I'm sorry that right now I can't explain about them.  Just believe me that a true life-or-death emergency was in progress.  For the time being, try to forget it, please.


Thanks to everyone who entered the Bonnie's Opal Ring contest.  Here are a couple of memorable quotes:


-- OH MY GOSH! Sorry, but I am overly excited about this. The creepy thing is that I was thinking about this when my Internet was loading.....maybe I'm psychic...that would be fun....  Katie D. of Middletown, NJ


--   Hoooooooly taco. REALLY?!?!?!?!?!?!  Alex M. of Sioux Falls, SD


"I'm such a HUGE fan! Where I read that I had won an autographed copy of Shadow Souls I thought I would scream! :D"    Gabriella M. of Tustin, CA


I'll let everyone know what the Grand Prizewinner says when she does reply.  (Arrien, reply, please!)

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Published on November 19, 2010 19:16 • 286 views

November 8, 2010

. . . but whose server won't accept my email.


Hi Krissy--


I definitely want to make your life, but I'd have answered your email anyway, because you seem to understand that Damon is dealing with all sorts of pressures. Not simply because he is suddenly human (and in danger of dying because he can't eat even steak tartar), but because the great stone ball where he kept his feelings away from him is shattered. So he's dealing with suddenly degraded senses and reflexes, suddenly released sexual feelings (which my publishers won't let me say outright in the book), and a lot of unhappiness that he, being Damon and no saint, wants to spread around.


I'm really pleased that you read the books before watching the TV show. Several readers have the two mixed up, or think that I write both (I'd have to have multiple personalities).


I think it's wonderful that you write!  Are you going to try to get your stories published?


I'm glad, too, that Damon has doubters, or I wouldn't be doing my job.  But, as you know, it's always more fun writing about a bad boy who suddenly regrets his actions and has to come to terms with them. I think that you'll find that in Midnight, Damon is both more angry and nasty, and more repentant, than he has ever been before. And although he's a bad boy, if he were cruel to either Bonnie or Elena, and then didn't repent and try to make amends, he would just be a horrible person and not worthy of anyone's attention.


Thank you for a lovely letter. And thanks for taking a balanced view on a book that isn't even out yet!  I don't even know if you have an affiliation!


Lisa

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Published on November 08, 2010 00:39 • 187 views


. . . but whose server won't accept my email.



Hi Krissy--


I definitely want to make your life, but I'd have answered your email anyway, because you seem to understand that Damon is dealing with all sorts of pressures. Not simply because he is suddenly human (and in danger of dying because he can't eat even steak tartar), but because the great stone ball where he kept his feelings away from him is shattered. So he's dealing with suddenly degraded senses and reflexes, suddenly released sexual feelings (which my publishers won't let me say outright in the book), and a lot of unhappiness that he, being Damon and no saint, wants to spread around.


I'm really pleased that you read the books before watching the TV show. Several readers have the two mixed up, or think that I write both (I'd have to have multiple personalities).


I think it's wonderful that you write!  Are you going to try to get your stories published?


I'm glad, too, that Damon has doubters, or I wouldn't be doing my job.  But, as you know, it's always more fun writing about a bad boy who suddenly regrets his actions and has to come to terms with them. I think that you'll find that in Midnight, Damon is both more angry and nasty, and more repentant, than he has ever been before. And although he's a bad boy, if he were cruel to either Bonnie or Elena, and then didn't repent and try to make amends, he would just be a horrible person and not worthy of anyone's attention.


Thank you for a lovely letter. And thanks for taking a balanced view on a book that isn't even out yet!  I don't even know if you have an affiliation!

Lisa


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Published on November 08, 2010 00:39 • 154 views

November 7, 2010


I didn't mean to hurt anyone when I gave assistance and comfort to Bamon fans in my last blog.  I just wanted to assure them that there would be many interesting moments—a nice relationship, really, is what it adds up to—between Bonnie and Damon in Midnight.  I mean, face it: Bonnie definitely got the short end of the stick in Shadow Souls, and I was glad to see more of her in all of her different moods in the next bookBut that doesn't mean that Damon has suddenly lost his interest in Elena in Midnight, either. 


Remember, this series started out as a love triangle between Stefan (poor Stefan!  But he develops quite a bit in Phantom, the book after Midnight), Damon, and Elena.  Now it's some polygonal shape in eleven dimensions, and includes most of the characters as they become "more than friends."  A very witty and literate Nova Scotian even cited some passages that might indicate that Sage was developing a little tendressefor Bonnie. (She was a Delena fan, of course, but I'd give her message a perfect 10 for inventiveness, politeness, and felicity of expression.  Not that I ever criticize for grammar or spelling mistakes—as long as I can understand an email, it's fine.  And some of the readers from other countries write such excellent English that I wish I could reply in their native language.)


All I want to do now is to set the record straight for Midnight.  I can't give away the plot, but Damon has quite a tumultuous relationship with both Elena and Bonnie.  With each of them, separately, I should say.  He is initially angry and defensive towards each, but he eventually shows his true feelings, which run deep in both cases.  I can't guarantee that the Bamon and Delena camps will be satisfied, but then I don't really control Damon; he does what he likes, is reasonable or unreasonable, and all I can do is follow him and write about his adventures.  He wouldn't be Damon if I could control him.



The only other news is that someone kindly explained to me what Delena (or Bamon) "shipper" meant.  I appreciated that.


Naturally, nothing new on the A and E and A (the agony and ecstasy and the agony) with Secret Circle.  I've decided not to fret about it.  Que sera, sera, sirrah.

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Published on November 07, 2010 04:38 • 437 views

November 5, 2010

I was going to write yesterday, but I simply got too busy. One thing I was doing was answering several people's questions about how to write a book, or how to publish a book once it's written.  The answers are already in Ask L. J. or in the FAQs.  Please, please, try to look through these before writing to me.  Also, please remember that the Internet is your best friend if you have questions about how to get an agent or format a manuscript.  Just Google "literary agent for (say, horror fiction).  You'll get all sorts of helpful hits.  And manuscript format depends on the publisher, which is something your agent can tell you about.  In any case, the first thing for first-time writers is to write a book.


The other thing is that legions of Bamon fans have contacted me—and I do get the point.  You want delicious Bonnie and Damon moments.  I think I can promise you that in Midnight.  The best of all Bonnie and Damon moments so far is in this book, I think.  Meanwhile, yes, I am going to publish a slightly revised (all to the good) version of After Hours, the Bamon library story.  I hope it will be new to some new visitors to this site.


As for the optioning of Secret Circle—well, I'm afraid I don't have any information that can't be reached by Google or Yahoo.  And I have to say it: I just don't have a good feeling about this option. With Vampire Diaries, I knew that it had been picked up by Kevin Williamson, and that he was "serious" and "loved the books."  With Secret Circle, I'm so far out of the loop that I might as well live on Neptune.  But here is what I know:


First of all, none of this is official.  This info was first released by Vulture and then that article was cited by MTV etc.  But for what it's worth:


Two of the writers, Elizabeth Craft and Sarah Fan, consult and write for The Vampire Diaries.  They are also cited as being affiliated with Josh Whedon (the creator of Buffy The Vampire Slayer) although they wrote for  Angel (a Buffy spin-off) and Dollhouse (a recent Josh Whedon creation).  They're said to know about science fiction and fantasy.


Andrew Miller, writer for the series Imaginary Bitches, is writing the pilot script and is also executive producer.  Imaginary Bitches was a web series that was popular and also got a fair amount of acclaim.  Andrew Miller created it, directed it and appeared to be the only writer for it.  It was about a girl whose imaginary friends turn out to be, well, bitches. :)


So there's the first agony.  Not knowing anything official and having a vague bad feeling.  Sigh. For all I know everything reported could be wrong, so it's hard to take comfort in the past success of hypothetical writers and producers.  I guess what it comes down to is that I'll believe it when the CW shows the pilot and confirms that it wants the show.  Then I'll at least have something to root for.


Meanwhile I'll be posting the first half of a Secret Circle novella at the next site update, and I have a contest for a SC something so gorgeous you won't believe your eyes! 

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Published on November 05, 2010 15:02 • 105 views


I was going to write yesterday, but I simply got too busy. One thing I was doing was answering several people's questions about how to write a book, or how to publish a book once it's written.  The answers are already in Ask L. J. or in the FAQs.  Please, please, try to look through these before writing to me.  Also, please remember that the Internet is your best friend if you have questions about how to get an agent or format a manuscript.  Just Google "literary agent for (say, horror fiction).  You'll get all sorts of helpful hits.  And manuscript format depends on the publisher, which is something your agent can tell you about.  In any case, the first thing for first-time writers is to write a book.


The other thing is that legions of Bamon fans have contacted me—and I do get the point.  You want delicious Bonnie and Damon moments.  I think I can promise you that in Midnight.  The best of allBonnie and Damon moments so far is in this book, I think.  Meanwhile, yes, I am going to publish a slightly revised (all to the good) version of After Hours, the Bamon library story.  I hope it will be new to some new visitors to this site.


As for the optioning of Secret Circle—well, I'm afraid I don't have any information that can't be reached by Google or Yahoo.  And I have to say it: I just don't have a good feeling about this option. With Vampire Diaries, I knew that it had been picked up by Kevin Williamson, and that he was "serious" and "loved the books."  With Secret Circle, I'm so far out of the loop that I might as well live on Neptune.  But here is what I know:


First of all, none of this is official.  This info was first released by Vultureand then that article was cited by MTV etc.  But for what it's worth:


Two of the writers, Elizabeth Craft and Sarah Fan, consult and write for The Vampire Diaries.  They are also cited as being affiliated with Josh Whedon (the creator of Buffy The Vampire Slayer) although they wrote for  Angel (a Buffy spin-off) and Dollhouse (a recent Josh Whedon creation).  They're said to know about science fiction and fantasy.


Andrew Miller, writer for the series Imaginary Bitches,is writing the pilot script and is also executive producer.  Imaginary Bitcheswas a web series that was popular and also got a fair amount of acclaim.  Andrew Miller created it, directed it and appeared to be the only writer for it.  It was about a girl whose imaginary friends turn out to be, well, bitches. :)



So there's the first agony.  Not knowing anythingofficial and having a vague bad feeling.  Sigh. For all I know everything reported could be wrong, so it's hard to take comfort in the past success of hypothetical writers and producers.  I guess what it comes down to is that I'll believe it when the CW shows the pilot and confirms that it wants the show.  Then I'll at least have something to root for.



Meanwhile I'll be posting the first half of a Secret Circle novella at the next site update, and I have a contest for a SCsomething so gorgeous you won't believe your eyes! 


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Published on November 05, 2010 15:02 • 286 views

October 30, 2010

Well, to do my webmaster justice, I shouldn't have used the preliminary figures I gave out for our debut.  I'm happy to report that we actually had over 5,000 unique visitors, from 102 countries, with 33,000+ page visits.  I can't say how delighted I am to welcome each of you.  And yet, there's still so much I want to do with the website—if it wasn't for that little thing called "writing for a living" I'd happily spend all my time pottering around here, because all the books I've already written are still alive to me. 


There is so much more about the Night World (so many of Hannah's incarnations, the odd and, to me, rather poignant story of Ash's repentance, the tale of Quinn's love for Dove Redfern told in real time) and so many things about The Vampire Diaries  (Bonnie and Damon's real first meeting, stories of the Dark Dimension, Sage and Damon's bandit career, and more tales that I'd have to put huge spoilers in here to even name).  In my mind, the sequel to Dark Visions is clear (titled Blindsight), and clearer yet (since I've started to write  it) is the sequel to The Forbidden Game.  I even know exactly what I'd like to do with the never-written book to complete the Trilogy of Night of the Solstice and Heart of Valor.   But then new books nag at me, too.  Brionwy's Lullabies, which took over Strange Fate so thoroughly that I had to make it a separate book.  Wanderer, which is my newest name for the story of Princess Aprit, who lives in a world of rather dark magic of its own.  And so many more.


But don't worry—I have to finish the present Vampire Diaries books first.  And then Strange Fate.  I know this seems backwards, and I apologize to all who have been faithfully awaiting the tenth Night World book.  Again, it's too complicated to explain how it all happened.


As for the agony and the ecstasy and the agony of the Secret Circle option, all I know so far is what's out on Google.  And that means I don't know anything at all.  (Except that some sweet fans are rooting for it.)  I'll do my best to get more info, so that those who are rooting for it can let the CW know that they are.  That might do a spot of good.


And finally, to get round to what was supposed to be the point of this article, Happy Halloween!  I have been in such a crunch that I haven't even carved a pumpkin yet or bought candy, but I do have a costume—a vampire cape, of course.  Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays and usually I do the whole shebang: scary music, flickering strobe light, several jack o'lanterns, spiced apple cider, and a friend or two to watch horror flicks from my video collection while we wait for the doorbell to ring.  One sad trend I saw last year was more and more kids coming costumeless.  Come on, kids!  Why should I just hand you a lethal amount of sugar if you don't even bother to put on a silly hat?


Anyway, I hope that others who read this are prepared to enjoy Halloween, and that it's ghoulishly delightful.  (It's one of Damon's favorite nights of the year, too, but of course when he rings the doorbell, it's not a mini Hershey bar that he's after.  He does the trick and you're the treat.)  So be safe, Good Samhain, and Happy All Hallow's Eve.

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Published on October 30, 2010 14:19 • 914 views

October 29, 2010


Welcome!  First, I'd like to thank the nearly 4,000 people from 93 countries who have come to visit.  And grateful thanks to the two and a half thousand who participated in the poll on the Home Page to determine Bonnie's fate.  I myself was a bit stunned at the many who thought she should cast her fate with Matt, and I have to say that it was slightly unfair because of course nobody knows what new character will be introduced.  But, believe me, I will certainly listen to my reader's opinions . . . and don't worry, at just 18, she's not yet ready to get married.


The other thing I wanted visitors to know is that if you didn't see your favorite character featured in a story this month, you very well may next month.  I am committed to keeping this website fresh and interesting for everyone—and the next contest, which starts November 20, sports a prize that has to be seen to be believed!


I guess the other news that one or two readers/viewers might possibly not have heard about is the fact that The Secret Circle has been optioned by the CW.  When The Vampire Diaries was optioned I kept pretty tight-lipped about it, but this time I think I will blog about the agony and the ecstasy, and the probably very short life of a burgeoning TV show.  I wonder which characters will be cut and what number they'll get it down to—I'd guess seven witches at most, and even that might be too many to handle.  But I am working assiduously at a Secret Circle story that I hope will be ready for the next update.


Thanks again for stopping by.  Please keep on reading—and writing!


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Published on October 29, 2010 02:32 • 134 views

October 23, 2010

If you write in to the info@ljanesmith.net account, and get an answer from my private Yahoo account, don't be surprised. It really is me answering. Here's what happened.

I got home from a vacation (my first time off in over two years) only to find that The Worst had happened. In my absence my computer had pined away for me and died. Completely, irrevocably, quite thoroughly died. It had joined the choir invisible. It was pushing up the daisies. It was a non-booter, black-screened, unresponsive hunk of metal that did not respond to anything. It had gone to the Great Spare Parts Land in the sky. It was an ex-computer.

So I did what any sensible, resourceful woman would have done: I burst into tears. And when I was done crying, I picked it up tenderly and took its corpese to Fry's, Electronics, which in my area is the only computer store left, having driven all the other stores out of business.

There I met George, a brilliant young man with wise, but somehow sad eyes, a soft voice, and a sister who liked The Vampire Diaries. He also turned out to be a brilliant repairman because in only a few days he had transferred all my data from my old computer (which had croaked because of a video card that had bitten the dust) onto a sleek new fuel injected PC with two googleplexes of disk space, an automatic redundancy mode, a monitor bigger than most movie theater screens and all sorts of doodads that I don't know how to work. Okay, maybe I'm exagerating a little. But this monitor really is bigger than my TV.

The one thing George couldn't do was to rescue my old Outlook Express files. There was just no way to get them off the old drives.

All was not lost though (I was thinking OH MY GOD! All those contest entries!). I still had my own personal computer guru--the One who has made the cool new website which will be unveiled before Halloween. And he, Usok Choe, of Usok Choe Computer Designs (who is also, believe it or not, a Taekwondo World Champion--dude! You don't want to get on this guy's bad side!) performed a holy miracle and managed to recover alllllllll my info@ljanesmith.net messages. So everyone's contest entries are safe.

However, this was done by downloading the messages once again from the server, and I was left with one or two small problems. One: I no longer have the file with the names, addresses, and books to be autographed by those who suggested versions of The Hunters for the new Vampire Diaries trilogy.

Two: right now I can read email from that account but can't send email from it. So if you get an answer from me from my private Yahoo account, don't freak out. It's me. Really me. It's just that I have to answer you from that account or not answer you at all.

So, once again: if you previously wrote to me to tell me that you suggested a title similar to The Hunters and gave me your address and told me which book to autograph . . . I no longer have that information. If you want your prize you will have to send it to me again. You will know I've gotten your message when I answer from my private Yahoo account.

Also, please join me on Halloween and take a look at the new site. It will have new Sneak Peeks, deleted scenes from recent books, new art, a whole gorgeous new format, and soon a new contest. I'm looking forward to seeing you there.
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Published on October 23, 2010 12:00 • 162 views