Feb 232014
 

by Doranna

So, yeah…I’m playing around with Rafflecopter again.  It just looks…you know…fun!

The contest is pretty much self-explanatory…and there lots of options for entering.  It starts on 2/28, ends a month later…I wouldn’t tend to have it run quite that long, but I’m trying something with a cool blog site, so there it is.  Enter lots, happily go on your way, and it’ll be a nice surprise at the end of the month if you win!

PS Congratulations, Robin G.!

(The entry form is behind the cut…just click on the Continue Reading link.  This will be a “sticky” post at the top of the blog through the end of the contest, and so it needs to leave space for Patty’s Write Horse and my various adventures!) Continue reading »

Feb 232014
 

by Doranna

I probably could have called this blog Confessions of a Flower Child.

I wasn’t quite old enough to be in the hippy scene–just old enough to be profoundly affected by it. I went to the very first Earth Day when I was ten; I hiked twenty miles for the very first Walk for Water events and twenty-five for Hike for Hope. I camped extensively while growing up, backpacked in college, and worked as a Scout riding camp counselor in college. So by now it’s not going to surprise anyone that I ended with a degree in Environmental Education, interned a park system, got together with a park ranger, and moved into 100 acres of Appalachian mountainside where I lived in a hand-built log cabin and loved it. Continue reading »

Feb 032014
 

by Doranna

Yep, yep, yep.  It’s here!  And I am happy.


Lynx DestinyLYNX DESTINY

Sentinels Book 6
February ’14

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A lone shifter and a stranger must embrace their deepest fears to defeat a deadly enemy in Doranna Durgin’s newest Sentinels romance Continue reading »

Jan 252014
 

by Doranna

Because I just got my first review for Lynx Destiny (from Cataromance), and it’s a good ‘un!

It starts out with this:

Doranna Durgin continues her exceedingly original Sentinels miniseries with a story packed with danger, passion and intense emotion. LYNX DESTINY is an intriguing paranormal novel featuring spirited characters and the chilling risks they must face.

And moves on to this: Continue reading »

Apr 142013
 

by Doranna

I swear I would have.

Actually, it’s my own self-imposed deadline for the first draft of LYNX REVEALED, so no one’s wringing their hands or cursing over me.

I’ve already made word count, and I’m days away from meeting and beating my Friday deadline–which was generated with the knowledge of how long it should take me vs. polishing the results vs. other working obligations.

Part of being a self-employed writer is knowing how to juggle all these things, and that means such deadlines–even self-imposed–really do matter.

And then, lo…copyedits.

These are for CLAIMED BY THE DEMON, so I’m really excited to see that book making its way toward the shelves.  But…they’re short-turnaround (I should have two business weeks; these are due in four business days after receipt).  And I had no notice, so…I had other work scheduled.  Other appointments.  ‘N stuff.

A view of the CE process, thanks to Word(spit) and very much thanks to Mouse Without Borders

A view of the CE process, thanks to Word(spit) and very much thanks to Mouse Without Borders

Let’s not talk about taxes.

Well, I wrangled a few more days to get it done, but basically everything I take for CEs will be taken away from my time to do proofs.  Yay.  So for several days, I’ve tried to do both first draft and CEs–much to the detriment of my health, my cognitive ability, and my other obligations.

Today, I’m giving up.   LYNX REVEALED will have to wait.

Let’s not talk about how the muse feels about this.  (Hint: temper tantrums.  Mourning.  That sensation of being riiiipped away from immersion in the home stretch of the story.)

Deadlines, even self-imposed ones, are important to me.  This one was especially so–after years of household transitions and relocation, I’ve finally found a writing routine that works for me.  In winter, anyway–I’m not sure how it’ll turn out for summer, when the heat dictates the timing of other activities.

After years of writing at night, with a natural window of between 10pm and 4am (not kidding, though I haven’t allowed myself that one for a while), I’m now writing the very first thing in an early day.  It still kind of boggles me.  But it’s working, and I’m racking up words the way I used to before all the transitions, and it was…

REALLY REALLY IMPORTANT to me to make this deadline.

A view of the LYNX REVEALED workspace about 10K words ago...  "Come back--!  Come back to me!"  Can't you hear it?

A view of the LYNX REVEALED workspace about 10K words ago… “Come back–! Come back to me!” Can’t you hear it?

I coulda done it.  I swear.

 

Dec 092012
 

by Doranna

I’m slow off the mark on this one. I should have been celebrating out loud at least a week ago.  But it turns out that TAMING THE DEMON should have gone into production right about the time Sandy hit, so by the time they were able to get to it a couple of weeks ago, the time crunch was pretty crunchy.  And that means I’ve just done two weeks of back-to-back production rush.

*blink*  What day is it, anyway?

So I have good news, and I have good news!

For starters, I’ve just signed on to do four more Nocturnes.  Two will be in the Sentinels series, and the remaining two have yet to be decided.  We get to see how things go–after all, next year will see the release of the Demon Blade series.  Who knows?  Maybe we’ll decide to play in that seriesverse some more…

Wild ThingJaguar NightLion HeartWolf HuntNight of the TigerTiger Bound

 

And speaking of the Sentinels…there’s a new book in the line-up, oh yes there is!  KODIAK CHAINED just hit the shelves!

Kodiak Chained

Kodiak Chained

Sentinels Book 5

December ’12

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One mission. One night. One costly misstep….Don’t miss this scintillating romance from Doranna Durgin!

A mighty Kodiak shifter, Ruger is more than a Sentinel warrior. As a Healer, he willingly risks everything defending the sick and helpless. But after an ambush nearly kills him, he can do only so much-until a sensual lady black bear shifter arrives to provide him backup….

In human form, she is called Mariska. Feisty and self-assured, she has finagled her present assignment helping Ruger chase down a rising new threat. The moment Mariska scents the heroic, battle-scarred grizzly she knows he will be her only weakness…and greatest desire.

Mariska will do anything to aid Ruger–even if confronting the enemy puts everything she holds dear in jeopardy.

 There.  That’s plenty of good news for one post, don’t you think?  Unless, of course, you’ve got your own good news to share!

Oct 222012
 

by Doranna

Things are starting to pick up in DuncanHorse World.  But first, a random bit of goodness:

Tiger Bound

Tiger Bound from England!

 

It’s an overseas version of Tiger Bound!  How cool is that?  I’m supposed to get copies of all international versions and I usually do (I have a small batch of foreign language books here that I admire every now and then), but this set came pretty promptly on the heels of the US version.  Neat!

Ahem.  So back to the big white pony, who is still dealing with flares from his severe reaction to the spring shots (which he’ll likely never get again, aside from tetanus).  A week or so ago I ordered him some $$$TransferFactor$$$, since my consulting vet has seen it work wonders for situations like his.  I wouldn’t know yet…they don’t seem to be in any great hurry to send it.

HURRY UP, PEOPLE!  Duncan and I are waiting.

Consulting Vet is ConneryBeagle’s chiropractic vet, and we’ve had some helpful casual conversations about Duncan’s situation over the summer.  I decided to make it official so I could really grill her (without friend-guilt!), so here we are.

Last week Consulting Vet also came by to poke around his furry white sides, chat about his diet, and ponder how to best manage the ongoing symptoms.  Duncan was sleepy in the sun in his early winter coat, and so willingly gave blood, schmoozed, and let himself be admired.

The blood work is just to eliminate certain concerns, after which we’re likely to do what I’ve been doing all summer–daily reality checks for the three subtle signs that he’s at the front edge of a flare, and tossing dexamethasone at him if I find anything.  It only seems to occur every couple of weeks–the heat seems to be a problem, so maybe winter will help, too–and at those doses, the steroids aren’t a big issue (barring ugly results on the blood work–I hope to know something this week).

Meanwhile, we’ve had some brisk mornings, and he does seem to be feeling a little better, yes he does.  But if a picture is worth a thousand words, a video…even better! Although I’m just now realizing that all the captions I put in the dark area in the video editor do not show up in the YouTube conversion. Oh, for pete’s sake..

(Don’t you wish you had that kind of energy?)

 

Sep 262012
 

Every once in a while, publishers tell authors what’s going on.

Things like shifting publishing dates, changing word count expectations, and radically changed deadlines.

But not usually.

So I wasn’t really surprised when I was bopping around B&N the other day and I ran into the cover for Kodiak Chained (December release), even though I’d never seen it before, had no idea it was out, and would have gladly shared my glee over it had I known.

On the other hand, that’s the kind of surprise I don’t mind getting.  Because, look!  It’s Ruger!  And look!  Isn’t his bear self just awesome? (I think his human self pretty much stands without comment.  Maybe a moment of appreciative silence?)

It’s interesting to see what they did with the blurb, too…it’s like being on the outside of the book looking in…

Kodiak ChainedOne mission. One night. One costly misstep….

Don’t miss this scintillating romance from Doranna Durgin! [note:  that's me!  Scintillating!  wow!]

A mighty Kodiak shifter, Ruger is more than a Sentinel warrior. As a Healer, he willingly risks everything defending the sick and helpless. But after an ambush nearly kills him, he can do only so much-until a sensual lady black bear shifter arrives to provide him backup….

In human form, she is called Mariska. Feisty and self-assured, she has finagled her present assignment helping Ruger chase down a rising new threat. The moment Mariska scents the heroic, battle-scarred grizzly she knows he will be her only weakness…and greatest desire.

Mariska will do anything to aid Ruger-even if confronting the enemy puts everything she holds dear in jeopardy.

Ahhh, impending book release!  Can’t wait!

I hope you’ve had some good surprises lately, too!

 

 

 

Aug 202012
 

“Goodies” in this case means “all the cool news and friend freebies” from my August newsletter.

I can’t reproduce the whole thing here or include the clickies, but if you like the idea of being up-to-date with book news and if you think it’s nice to have a smattering of pointers to author “Try Me” free backlist promos, then you should follow the link to the latest newsletter.

What the heck, maybe you should clickie on the link to sign up for the newsletter!

Either way, here’s the teaser graphic!

(And here’s the link to the live version again!)

Aug 012012
 

Well…THIS shapeshifter, THIS book…THIS fictional world…

All mine.

Except for the part where I’m sharing with the world.  TODAY!

 

Tiger Bound


Sentinels Book 4

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Two wounded souls courageously unite to vanquish a ruthless predator in Doranna Durgin’s highly emotional new romance…

Like the Siberian tiger whose form he takes, Maks Altán is a strong, ferocious fighter, and incredibly protective of his Sentinel kin–but thanks to a debilitating injury, he feels anything but capable. That is, until he’s sent to guard Katie Maddox, a gorgeous healer who awakens a dangerous lust within him. The problem is, in the shifter world, Katie’s deer alter ego is easy prey…and much too tempting for Maks.

As unnamed danger lurks just beyond her awareness, Katie has doubts–about her abilities, her role in the Sentinels, and the strong desire she feels toward her new protector. But somehow, the wounded predator and his wary prey must ignore their instincts, their fears, and their dangerous attraction to each other in order to defeat their common enemy…


Reviews for Tiger Bound:

“…creative ideas, ground-breaking characters and emotionally charged conflicts.” –Amelia Richards, Cataromance 4 Stars

“Maks Altan and Katie Rae Maddox couldn’t be any different if they tried…Maks and Katie are fully fleshed-out characters readers will love. –Alexandra Kay, Romantic Times 4 Stars


Reviews from Wolf Hunt, Sentinels #3:

“Durgin returns to the world of the Sentinels and the evil Atrum Core with a novel that nicely moves the story along.  Her characters are particularly well drawn.  Nick is clearly an alpha male, and Jet comes across as strong and determined in spite of her insecurities.” – Romantic Times; Four stars

“WOLF HUNT is a spellbinding combination of supernatural magic, emotional passions, and perilous danger.” –CataRomance 5 Stars

“If you enjoy your shape shifter books with equal parts of action and romance, then this book is one that you should definitely check out.” –Fresh Fiction