Nina Bangs's Blog
November 13, 2014
Okay, here's what I've been doing. I'm working on quite a few projects at once. I've started writing Forever Wicked. This is Ganymede and Sparkle's story. I'll let you know when I have a release date. I have two trilogy proposals ready to go out to editors: The Uninvited (paranormal) and The Huntress (contemporary). I find myself reading more and more young adult books, so I couldn't resist writing my own. I'm almost finished Beyond the Shadows. Finally, I'm absolutely determined to write at least two more books in my Gods of the Night series.
I can see you shaking your head now and wondering what the heck I'm doing. Unfortunately (for me), publishers are buying fewer paranormal romances right now. The market is cyclical, and at the moment, contemporary romances are on the rise. Trends come and go, so to survive in today's publishing world I'll have to adapt. And, yes, I'm prepared to self-publish some of the series mentioned above if necessary. Have no fear, though. I'll never abandon my paranormal romance roots.
I want to thank all of those who have supported me through the years. You're awesome.
February 4, 2013
Here’s a chance to win an advance reading copy of the May antholgy PREDATORY. You can read my novella “Ties That Bind” along with three other great stories. The only rules are that you have to belong to my street team and you have to leave a comment about either your favorite character from any of my books or a character from one of my books that you’d like to see get his or her own story. Your choice. The drawing will be random. Please, only one entry per person. The deadline for entering will be Monday, February 11. Good Luck!
September 29, 2009
Wow, it’s been a while, hasn’t it? I hope that everyone’s life is going well. I want to thank all of you who took the time to comment and also to apologize for waiting so long to post. I can’t believe that it’s almost October, but I’ll be thankful when the cooler weather moves in. I’ll try to catch everyone up on what’s been happening in my world.
My Wicked Vampire hits the shelves today. It’s the fourth book in the Castle of Dark Dreams series. I want you to know that I chose the Castle of Dark Dreams as my setting because of all the people who responded to a question I asked on an earlier blog. More people seemed to want my next Ganymede and Sparkle book to be set at the castle, so here it is.
Right now I’m working on my next Gods of the Night book. I still haven’t chosen a title. I’m in the process of gathering together all the great titles that you guys suggested on Myspace and taking a good long look at them. This book is Utah’s story. And our heroine is Lia. We met her for the first time in Eternal Craving. What could be better conflict than a hero who hates vampires and a woman who leads them? By the way, with the soon-to-be released mega movie 2012, the Mayan calendar will be on everyone’s radar. Let’s hear it for the Mayan calendar. Hmm, do you think Steven Spielberg would be interested in a concept that merges Jurassic Park with 2012? I guess not. Sigh.
I’m about to remodel my condo. My designer must think that I was a crow in a past life. I keep choosing bright and shiny things. I’m using glass tiles for my walk-in shower, and whenever she suggests something a little less…sparkly, I ignore her. But at least she’s been able to restrain me to the point that I’ll have neutral paint on the walls. By the way, has anyone ever used glass tiles in their shower? How did they hold up?
As much as I’m anticipating my new-look condo, I’m not looking forward to moving out while the work is being done. The same friend (Gerry Bartlett-Real Vampires Have Curves series) who gave me a place to stay after Ike will again allow Abby and me to park at her home. How far can you stretch friendship before it snaps? But since we both have deadlines, maybe we can nag each other into getting moving on our books.
I have a few events planned for October. I’ll mention them here, but I’ll also post them on my home page and send out a bulletin on Myspace the day before they happen. October 7: chat at FF&P (8:00PM-9:00PM EST). This is the Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal chapter of RWA. If you’re a member, stop by. October 20: blog at Fresh Fiction http://FreshFiction.com/blog. October 31: blog at Borders True Romance http://bordersblog.com/trueromance. And yes, there will be prizes. I’m still trying to decide what to blog about. Any burning topics you’d like to see discussed?
If you haven’t seen the My Wicked Vampire video, take a look at it on YouTube. It will also be up on my home page in a few days. I don’t know where they found that guy’s torso, but wow, just wow.
Take care and thanks for all of your support. I truly appreciate it.
July 1, 2008
This is it. The payoff for all those hours spent peering at a blank screen and stressing out over every word and phrase. Eternal Pleasure hits bookshelves everywhere (I hope). Okay, so technically it hit some bookshelves last week, but this is the official BIG DAY.
I bet some of you are wondering, “So what’s the big deal? You write a book, send it in, and wait for it to go on sale. No sweat.” Hah. Let me tell you the many, many ways I find to drive myself crazy.
First we have the story itself. Will readers like the plot? Will they think it’s too, well, out there? Fine, so all of my plots are out there. Will they think its exciting enough, sexy enough, and on and on and on? Oh, and don’t forget the characters. Will they think the characters are sympathetic? Will they want to read more books about the same characters? Or, horror of horrors, will they find the characters shallow and unlovable?
Once I finish worrying about the story, it’s time to move on to the cover. Is the guy on the cover hot enough? Will impulse buyers pick up the book to take a closer look at him? Does the cover pop or just blend in with the rest of the books on the shelf? And why didn’t they give me foil embossed lettering on my cover? Is the publishing house trying to tell me something? Am I no longer worthy? Wait. My name and title do have a metallic shine. Whew. They must still like me.
Next comes the back cover blurb. Does it grab readers by the throat and shake them until they absolutely have to buy the book? Does it make extravagant promises of unspeakable pleasure if they’ll only spend their hard earned money on this book?
I bet now you’re thinking, “Enough. There can’t possibly be anything else to worry about.” What, you have no faith in my ability to make something out of nothing? There are tons of things to leave me sleepless. What will reviewers say? How should I promote this book? How will I make time to blog, keep up with mail, write my next book, have a life? It doesn’t take long to realize that something has to go. Yeah, so having a life is overrated anyway.
From all the whining above, you probably think I must hate what I do. Not so. I worked at quite a few different jobs in my life, and nothing, nothing gave me the satisfaction I get from completing a story and knowing I’ll be sharing my characters with readers who may never meet me, but who will hopefully enjoy my books. I feel blessed.
And for those of you who are thinking, “Wow, she’s insecure,” here’s my theory. I believe that on the day that I become too comfortable with what I’m writing, too sure that there’s nothing left to improve, too laid back about my career, I’ll stop growing as a writer. A little angst keeps me humble and motivated. There are tons of talented writers out there, and to convince readers to choose my books I have to keep getting better.
And now for a question that has nothing to do with the above subject. When I finish my present work in progress, Eternal Promise, I’ll be returning for another peek into Ganymede’s and Sparkle’s lives. I’d been planning to set this book at the Woo Woo Inn. But a lot of readers have told me now much they liked the Castle of Dark Dreams books. So here’s the question. Should my next Mede and Sparkle book take place at the Woo Woo Inn or the Castle of Dark Dreams? Of couse, you can always mess up my little poll by choosing none of the above.
I’ll stop now because my deadline for this next book is looming. I hope you’re enjoying a memorable summer blast. Don’t forget the sunscreen.
August 27, 2007
First of all, I want to thank Erika, Debbie, Stephanie, Darla, Angel, Charlotte, Lauren, Melva, and Tina for their kind words about my books. Luv ya. Special shout out to Michele for keeping the faith. And sorry, Cindy, but I guess I’m still on your wall of blogger shame.
Warning, rant ahead. A few weeks ago I had some heavy revising to do on my January book, ONE BITE STAND. A day after I got the call from my editor telling me about her concerns, my laptop crashed. Figures. Since it would be about a week before I got the laptop back, I ran out to buy a new computer. Surprise, surprise, all the ones I looked at had the new Vista program on them. Beggars can’t be choosers and all that stuff, so I bought one. Arrgh! I hadn’t a clue what to do with the new version of Word, so I did the revisions on an old NEC computer I have that doesn’t have online capability anymore. Then I had to put everything on a floppy disk and transfer it to my new computer to send to my editor. She must’ve been able to open it because she said the revisions were fine, but my critique partners complained they couldn’t open work I sent from the new computer. Luckily, one of them showed me how to convert my chapters back to the old version of Word. And now no one seems able to figure out what’s wrong with my laptop–which is not old and was expensive–so I have to learn the new Word. Oh, and a minor aside, Vista won’t talk to my laser printer. Question, why fix it if it isn’t broke? My old Windows was fine. I loved the old version of Word. I know. MONEY.
Taking a deep calming breath. Ahhh. What I’m doing now. I just sent my editor the proposal for the book after ONE BITE STAND. No title yet. It takes place at the Woo Woo Inn, but we’ll meet a few familiar faces from the Castle of Dark Dreams (Edge, Holgarth, and possibly one other). There will be a new wrinkle in this book, though. Ganymede won’t be in it, and Sparkle will only be heard from in phone calls. In their places they’ve sent Edge (cosmic troublemaker in charge of death) and Rainbow (cosmic troublemaker in charge of emotions). Ganymede and Sparkle get pretty intense in ONE BITE STAND so I thought it might be time to give them a rest, at least for one book. What do you think?
What I’m reading. I’m in the middle of Sherrilyn Kenyon’s DEVIL MAY CRY. I’m pathetic. I keep saying I won’t buy hardbacks, that I’ll wait for the books to come out in paperback, but I have absolutely no self-control. As soon as I hit the bookstore, the hardbacks pop into my hands. Anyway, I can’t keep away from Sherrilyn’s Dark Hunter series. My bad. And for those who answered my question about Lara Adrian, I did read KISS OF CRIMSON and really enjoyed it.
Well, guess I’m all ranted out, so I’ll get back to my wip. Oh, and if anyone knows how to find all underlines in a document and then replace them with italics, please let me know. I knew how to do this with my old Word, but the new version is different.
Nina the frustrated
June 5, 2007
Okay, I apologize. I’ve abandoned all those who’ve taken the time to make a comment here. But I’ve always had good intentions. At least once a week I’d say, “Hmm, maybe I need to do the blog thing more often.” What really got my behind moving were a few snarkly comments from friends gently pointing out that I “never” blog. So to prove them wrong I ran over here and discovered that…I never blog. Imagine my horror when I realized I hadn’t blogged since February. Ack! Worse yet, I found a bunch of wonderful comments trapped in my spam filter. Like the filter didn’t know the difference between “buy excellent penis enlarger” and “I love your books?” Give me a break. Anyway, after wading through endless pharmaceutical and related sludge (my favorite: Your site is very cognitive. I think you will have good future. Followed by about fifty links.) I’m actually posting.
Here’s a random sampling of what’s happening in my life right now. I’m frantically trying to finish my next Woo Woo Inn book, ONE BITE STAND, on time. Yeah, like that will happen. I’ve agreed to write four more Woo Woo Inn books for Dorchester, so the New Jersey Pine Barrens won’t be rid of me anytime soon. I went to the Romantic Times Convention in Houston and had a blast. I met some wonderful people and renewed my creative juices. After being closeted with just my computer day after day, it’s great to meet real live readers. I’ll also be attending the Romance Writers of America Conference in Dallas (July) with my long-time critique partners Kimberly Raye (DEAD END DATING series), Gerry Bartlett (REAL VAMPIRES HAVE CURVES series), and Donna Maloy (close to a YA sale with her LEGEND OF THE FOX series). There, now they can’t whine about me never saying anything nice about them.
What I’ve been reading? After inhaling all of Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files books I chowed down on Tanya Huff’s Blood series. I love the TV show. Hope they renew it. Recent reads include: Lynn Viehl’s NIGHT LOST (dark and delicious), Stephanie Rowe’s HE LOVES ME, HE LOVES ME HOT (her take on Satan is a hoot), and Charlaine Harris’s ALL TOGETHER DEAD (still love Eric the most). I have a mile-high TBR pile, but I’m still looking forward to a bunch of books in June. At the top of my list are: UNDEAD AND UNEASY by MaryJanice Davidson, THE HARLEQUIN by Laurell K. Hamilton, and MASTER OF DRAGONS by Angela Knight. I’m thinking about picking up Lara Adrian’s new series. Any buzz out there?
Since I get so many comments about Ganymede and Sparkle Stardust, I’ve given them their own page on Myspace. You can find them at: http://www.myspace.com/ninabangs
And finally, I’d like to say a big fat thank you to everyone who bought my May release, WICKED FANTASY. Love ya.
Take care and fill me in on any great books you read.
February 13, 2007
Good to hear from you again, Michele. Yes, I do lust after the model on Catherine’s book. Sigh. And I wish you a happy Valentine’s Day with a hot guy and a big box of chocolates, not particularly in that order.
No, I haven’t come up with my list of ten yet, but I’m thinking, I’m thinking.
Not much to talk about tonight, but I promised myself that I’d try to post at least three times a week. So prepare to be bored by nothing. I worked on my newest book today. It’s giving me some problems. The heroine is a harpy. I sort of thought everyone would be clear on the harpy concept, but two of my critique partners weren’t. It’s too late to change her, so I’ll have to make her work. I watched American Idol tonight. Chris Sligh is my early favorite. Not only because he can sing (let’s face it, all of the finalists will be able to sing), but because he’s funny. I love a great personality. I’ve also been watching The Dresden Files on the SciFi channel. Like it. I’ll have to pick up a Jim Butcher book when I hit Barnes & Noble.
Would you believe that I can’t think of anything else to talk about right now? But it’s late, and I’m tired, so I’ll use that as an excuse. I’ll try to do better next time.
Everyone have a great Valentine’s Day.