Bewitched, Blooded and Bewildered: A Bad Witch Story

It’s been crazy around here. I work for the local university as my day job, so there’s end of semester madness mixed in with the holiday rush. (Speaking of the end of year shenanigans, if you haven’t already voted in the Best of the Best Cover Clash, go vote now!) Admist all the crazy I’ve been … Continue reading

Best of the Best 2011

Congratulations to our November Clash of the Covers winner, Her Christmas Pleasure by Karen Erickson! And now it’s time for Embrace the Shadows 2011 Best of the Best Clash of the Covers! This year’s winners are featured below, so please take a minute and vote for your favorite. The winner will be featured in January. … Continue reading

The Importance of Being Emily Release Day Party!

Today is the release day for The Importance of Being Emily. I can’t believe it’s already here! She’s even gotten her first fabulous review (you can read it here from Long and Short Reviews). I’m very excited. 🙂 As part of the release day celebration I’ll be giving away a PDF copy of Emily. All … Continue reading

Maria Zannini Puts the Reader FIRST!

When it comes to marketing, writers frequently get bogged down. Where to put their efforts? Maria Zannini makes it all clear in this post: Put the Reader FIRST!

Emily and the Chronicler

Though The Importance of Being Emily is of course about Miss Emily Wright and her soul mate Michael Black, any story that involves them also involves Michael’s mentor, Simon St. Jerome. As I mentioned last week, Simon was the first character I created in my setting. It’s a fact he seldom lets me forget. Simon … Continue reading

A Little Bit of Emily

I’m very excited about the upcoming release of The Importance of Being Emily. I’ve loved these characters for a long time. I started writing an early draft of Simon’s book during my last year of college. Blood, Smoke and Mirrors came later, born out of the frenzy of National Novel Writing Month. I managed to … Continue reading

Fangtastic Friday Welcomes Maria Zannini

Welcome to EtS, Maria.  I love a good dose of snark, and you deliver it in spades on your blog,  I encourage everyone to visit.  Further in this post, please note Maria’s HUGE opportunity at Kensington, and GO VOTE for her delightful paranormal historical, Mistress of the Stone. Here’s a quick ditty about Maria… … Continue reading

Combustible Couple, New Sci Fi Romance

For your chance to win a free .pdf copy, e-mail He’s got to be out of his mind. Or head over heels. Maybe both. If Silk Jones’s superiors think she’s going to hide quietly in protective relocation, they have another thing coming. She was bred to be the perfect law-enforcement machine. Quiet isn’t her … Continue reading

Science fiction romance

I hope you’ll enjoy a glimpse of my first science fiction romance coming from Samhain Publishing in August. ~Barbara

Vote in the Clash of the Covers

Congratulations to Texas Tangle by Leah Braemel for winning our last Clash! And now for this week’s picks…  What Suzanne Rock says: I love the gold tones in this cover. The cover model appears so determined, yet vulnerable at the same time. The thin strands of hair covering her face make it seem like … Continue reading

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