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Friday, December 18, 2009

This December, Take Time Out To Read - Charlene Teglia


December came a lot faster than I expected this year. It’s been a busy year, with school changes and job changes and a move to Michigan. It seems like the last time I blinked, it was the first day of school. Now the Christmas break is fast approaching.

Of course, during that time I’ve had my head down writing, so it’s not surprising it went by in a blur. I’ve nearly completed a new contemporary series for Samhain along with the sequel to Animal Attraction, Red Queen. Two Knights in Camelot released from Ellora’s Cave. I participated in the Mammoth Book of Special Ops Romance that comes out in the spring of 2010, and contracted a story for the upcoming Mammoth Book of Hot Romance. I contributed to All Romance EBook’s 28 Days of Heart promotion to benefit the American Heart Association with an erotic retelling of the myth of Persephone and Hades. That’ll release in February of 2010.

On top of the new work that’s releasing in the near future, this year I’ll have had a total of 5 print releases and 3 ebooks. That’s a pretty full year.

As the year winds up, I like to look back and see what I’ve done, what’s ahead, where I might need to adjust my direction. The winter is a great time for rest, re-evaluating and planning the work for the year ahead, for celebrating all the good things the past year brought and enjoying family and friends. Winter brings a pause in nature and I think creative cycles have a pause, too. As life gets hectic that pause might be brief, but we can take moments to be still and just be. That pause is part of what brings about new growth and new work and new opportunities in the new year to come.

Reading is my favorite way to just stop the busyness and take a little time out. To encourage you to take time to pause no matter how hectic your December is, comment to win a copy of Claimed by the Wolf, available from St. Martin’s Dec. 8.

Charlene
http://www.charleneteglia.com/

They guard humanity against supernatural threats from the five gateways into the world. The Shadow Guardians: a vampire, a werewolf, a demon, a dragon and a fae are united in brotherhood - and war. Shadow Guardian Kenrick is an alpha werewolf forever in his prime. When Sybil, a beautiful apprentice witch, unknowingly opens a realm to the Otherworld, there is a sudden influx of demons - and it's up to Kenrick to help her stop them. Soon their passion flares and Kenrick desires Sybil as his mate. But to form their union, Sybil faces the ultimate test: She must bind herself to the Shadow Guardians by sharing herself with all five warriors.

"Teglia’s prose is snappy; Sybil is a determined, witty heroine; the men are likable and distinct; and their erotic misadventures are a feast for the senses." - Publisher's Weekly

22 comments:

Linda Henderson said...

It is nice after a hectic day to sit down with something hot to drink and a good book. It seems like no matter how organized you are, Christmas always finds you rushing around. At least that's how it seems to me. I hope everyone has a wonderful and safe holiday season.

Patti said...

Absolutely I relax with a book. And I carry one in my purse, so when I'm waiting in line I can enjoy my book instead of wondering why in the h@ll the lady up front is taking so long at the register!!

CrystalGB said...

I love to escape from it all by reading a good book in bed.
Wishing everyone a joyful holiday season.

Michele L. said...

Hi Charlene,

Reading is my favorite hobby. I always read in bed at night. Right now I am reading all my Christmas books. The joy I have is picking the book I want to read next!

Merry Christmas and have a fabulous New Year!

gigi said...

Like you the past year went by in a blur. I love to read but I am always up for a good romantic comedy movie as a way to relax.
Wishing you a healthy and prosperous
2010.

RachieG said...

Wow! 5 printed books and 3 e-books! Talk about a busy busy year! I always enjoy looking back and seeing what I've done the past year. 2009 sure went fast but I love the holidays and the promise of 2010!

Happy New Year!!

rachie2004 @ yahoo (d0t) com

Cathy M said...

Hi Charlene, it's definitely reading that keeps me sane. Even 30minutes to myself, no interruptions, will recharge me, and if I can disappear into a great romance story, that's just about perfect.

Virginia C said...

Hi, Charlene! The cover of "Claimed by the Wolf" is so gorgeous that I could spend quite a bit of quality reading time with this book! Reading is a wonderful renewal of the mind and spirit.

gcwhiskas at aol dot com

Estella said...

You were a very busy lady this year!

I carry a book or my Kindle with me everywhere.

Amy S. said...

Congrats on the new release! Sounds awesome!

Caffey said...

Charlene, I just read your 'Camelot' book a couple of weeks ago and posted it on my blog because I loved how unique it was and wasn't what I thought it was but it was so much more. Loved the uniquness of it in a contemp time! Time has flown fast! It takes me forever to remember to write the new year right, so I should start practicing writing 2010 now! When it snows, I especially love to cuddle up with a book! I have a habit of having hot chocolate (any excuse to make it) so I can have that watching it snow and reading!

Know its appreciated all you're writing for us readers! I'm so excited about CLAIMED BY THE WOLF!

cathiecaffey(at)gmail(dot)com

cait045 said...

Jeez it was busy year for you. Congrats on your new release.

Charlene said...

Thanks for the congrats! It sounds like a lot of us like to put the world on pause for a book.

Via the random number generator, the winning comment is #1, Linda Henderson. Congrats, Linda, and if you'll send me your contact info, I'll send you a signed book. Just go to www.charleneteglia.com and use the contact form.

Charlene said...

Cathie, thanks, Camelot was a difficult story to get right, and I was really happy with it. I'm pretty sure no other lunatic mixed Arthur with reincarnation and the Russian mob, but I had a lot of fun doing it. *g*

Charlene said...

I would chat more with you all, but a virus is slaying me today. I hope you all have a happy holiday, however you celebrate it, and may Santa stuff your stockings with good reads for the New Year.

Linda Henderson said...

Thank you very much. I really appreciate winning your book.

Fancy said...

My December so far has been actually quite relaxing. A werewolf would be great to spice it up! ☺

Pls include me if overseas entries are allowed. Thanks!

Mason Canyon said...

Enjoyed the post. Just found this site and love it.

Donna said...

With a mixed family of Pagans, Jews and Christians as well as our wedding anniversary and the birth of our daughter all with celebrations in December, we struggled for years sorting out what was doable and meaningful and what was fluff and stuff drawing on limited resources, both emotional and financial. There is much to be said for simplifying all parts of our lives, including the holidays.

As far as the passage of time, it seems the older I get the faster it goes. I think perhaps it has something to do with quantum physics.

Donna
donnafisk at bellsouth dot net

Charlene said...

LOL, Donna. We have the Catholic side of the family and the Jewish side. For holiday get-togethers everybody just eats. *ggg*

Funnily enough, a major plot point in Claimed by the Wolf came from Jewish lore (the lost word).

Mary said...

I'm getting here a little late, but wanted to tell you I loved the blog today and the cover for this book looks so wonderful. Sounds like a book I will enjoy reading. :)

rbooth43 said...

Bed awaits with a good book. Nothing better.