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Writer Beware – Contests by Tymber Dalton
July 2, 2010, 9:33 am
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Well, making the rounds are advertisements for a new e-book “contest.” They claim to be the “only awards program in the world” for digital publishing.

Let’s start off by blowing that claim out of the water. The EPIC contest (for electronic publishing) has been around for a dozen years or so. And off the top of my head I don’t remember if they are the oldest, but they are certainly one of the oldest ones around. (And yes, while EPIC members have sent them notices that they are NOT the only one around, they have yet to change their website to reflect the correction. To me, that’s blatant misrepresentation.)

Secondly, this “contest” claims to be “unaffiliated,” yet it’s being run by a book promotions and marketing company.

Hmm. Conflict of interest much?

That’s not to mention the outrageous entry fee for said contest.

Before you start willy-nilly entering contests, do your research. Find out about said “contest” because like the old poetry and short story “contests” of old, chances are it’s just a front for a money-making scheme. I remember in high school entering a poetry “contest” and *gasp* lucky me, I was able to purchase a copy of the anthology my poem was published in even though I didn’t win the grand prize! So they made money off me with the entry fee and with buying a copy of the book.

I mean, yeah, I know better now, of course.

This is why it’s vitally important for writers to join professional groups. RWA, EPIC, or even non-official groups like the Internet Writing Workshop or Absolute Write forum where you can network with other writers and find out more information before plunking down money you might or might not be able to afford. Surf the Preditors & Editors site. Now, I don’t go so far as saying don’t enter a contest with an entry fee. I’m saying do your research first. Make sure the contest is affiliated with a reputable organization.

And make sure it’s more than a money-making scheme.

-Lesli Richardson (aka Tymber Dalton)


Workshop for Writing Steampunk! by ~ Me ~
January 7, 2010, 9:02 pm
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Steampunk Workshop
January 21-23, 2010 at Romance Divas
Zoe Archer
Meljean Brook
Gail Carriger
Sarah A. Hoyt
Katie MacAlister
Dru Pagliassotti
This workshop will take place at the Romance Diva Forum. All are welcome. To get access to the forum you will need to register.

Happy December! by Tymber Dalton

If you’re in the US, did you survive your turkey coma? LOL! I, for one, did NOT go out shopping on Black Friday, although I did have to run errands. December brings about the end of hurricane season (yay!) and the start of the oh-my-god-there-goes-my-electric-bill season as my husband goes batshit decorating the outside of our house in a manner that would make Clark Griswald jealous.


No, I’m not kidding.

I did find out that THREE of my books have finaled in the annual EPIC book contest: Cross Country Chaos, Out of the Darkness, and The Reluctant Dom. Woot! Now to decide if I’m going to go to the conference in March in New Orleans (I have a dreadful fear of flying) to attend the banquet where the winners will be announced.

I also flunked out of Nano before I even got started. I was too busy writing to write. I was invited to participate in a special project, had to do edits on “Safe Harbor” (writing as Tymber Dalton, coming 12/7 from Siren-BookStrand!), and trying to finish up several other wips I need to get done and submitted to my publishers.

I’m also in the middle of home improvement hell. Nothing so drastic as ripping out a kitchen, but we’re almost finally done with our new floors, I still have to do trimwork around some of the edges. And now I have to finish painting the greatroom (we don’t have separate living/dining rooms)…before hubby puts up our THREE Christmas trees.

Oh, yes. Three. The big one, a smaller six-foot one, and a tabletop one. Yes, it gets crowded here in Hell’s Happy Acres once hubby starts his holiday hall-decking.

So how are you planning on spending the holidays? Any special family traditions you have?

Lesli. (aka Tymber Dalton)

Christmas Scavenger Hunt! by ~ Me ~


Hello all. This being Thankgiving day, it feels like a great time to announce a special surprise I’ve been planning for my readers. A scavenger hunt! The rules for playing are explained below.

This is a Read, Play, and (hopefully) Win game. The prize is a $25.00 giftcard to Barnes & Noble.

Step #1. If you haven’t already, you’ll need to read all the way through my book Brought to Life. (You knew that was coming, didn’t you? I’m a sneaky, sneaky lady.) Brought to Life is a paranormal romance/time travel ebook that can be found here.

Step #2. Email me at: dara [at] daraenglandauthor [dot] com with the answers to these two questions (these answers can only be found in the book). *1. What is the name of the heroine’s roommate? *2. What famous author does the heroine meet at the end of the book?

Step #3. Wait. I’ll randomly select a winner out of those who answered correctly and will notify them via email on 1/1/10. If there are any questions, please post them below.

Happy hunting and happy holidays!

~Dara England

Not quite dead…yet… by Tymber Dalton

I’m not dead, I swear. Yes, I’ve been swamped, between family and professional priorities and obligations, and unfortunately my blogging ended up shoved to the back of the Fibber McGee closet that is my life.

Tomorrow, I’m happy to announce, Hell’s Bells, book 2 in my Good Will Ghost Hunting series, is being released by Lyrical Press. Woot! I’m tickled to death, needless to say!

This comes on the heels of awesome sales of the first book, Demon Seed, as well as great sales for my two Tymber Dalton Lyrical Press books, The Reluctant Dom and Domme by Default.

I’m also starting a writing how-to series of tips on my main blog, Tales from the Snark Side, starting tomorrow. Feel free to pop by and give it a peek if you have time.

I’ve got a bunch of irons in the fire right now, including the third Good Will Ghost Hunting book, the third in the Triple Trouble shapeshifter series, the prequel to Love Slave for Two AND book 3 in that series, the “sequel” to The Reluctant Dom and Domme by Default, the second in the Deep Space Mission Corps series, and a couple of scorching hot WIPs as well as the third in my Brimstone vampire series. Woot! It’s good ta be busy! No complaints here.

(Lesli Richardson, who also writes really dirty stories as Tymber Dalton, is a bestselling author in multiple genres and can be found at and when she’s not dodging hurricanes or her mother’s worried phone calls that she’s afraid her writing will warp her brain….Sorry Mom, too late.)

Creationism… er… Not Really by Grayson Cole
June 28, 2009, 2:57 pm
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DSCN0040This is a sideways picture of a typewriter that is more than 100 years old. Simple enough description, I guess. But I have to share that when I found it sitting outside on desk on an agave farm in Cozumel, I lightly placed a hand over my heart and my mouth fell open.

God love my friends. They didn’t share my reaction, but they were patient as I studied it, touched it, placed my fingers gently on the home row keys, folded rusty little hammers back to their starting positions. I was in awe and I wanted it, and all out revered it!

Now, in truth, this typewriter may have never been used for creating sweeping, heart-wrenching novels about the human condition. It may have never spelled words that equalled up to love, jealousy, fear, pride, or any of those things. But even if it was only used to conjure up invoices for Tequila or Mezclan, it was used to create. Something that was not before, was after.

The typewriter was not for sale. Apparently, even if my friends did not share my appraisal of its value, the residents of the farm did. I even tried to insist that they didn’t want it because it was on a desk outside. They explained that the desk was not outside, it was just inside and when it rained or when night came an overhead door, just as ancient, was drawn down to protect the room and its contents. They said that that’s where the typewriter had always been, where it was used. Who could argue with that?

I left without it, but I have it’s picture. We all know that means I’ve stolen a little but of its soul.

Grayson Reyes-Cole
Author of Bright Star
and The Builder

“Good Will Ghost Hunting: Demon Seed” Now Available! by Tymber Dalton
April 21, 2009, 1:59 am
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My paranormal romance, “Good Will Ghost Hunting: Demon Seed,” is now available from Lyrical Press! It’s book one in the series and definitely one you’ll need a fan and a cold drink for!

You can find my other Lyrical Press books under both Lesli Richardson and Tymber Dalton:

Book Trailer:


Demon love…Will it be hellish or heavenly?

Demon Seed: Book 1 Good Will Ghost Hunting Series.

Kalyani Martin is a virgin and has every intention of staying that way despite the overwhelming attraction she feels for the co-host of Otherworlds, her new ghost hunting show.

Devastated by the loss of his wife twenty-five years ago, Will Hellenboek is waiting to die. An archdemon, he bides his time co-hosting Otherworlds with his cousin, Aidan. His instant attraction to Kalyani is simply unacceptable to him. His only goal in life is his death, not sex. And certainly not love.

Ryan Ausar protects Earth from anything that would usurp man’s free will. His job becomes much harder when his strongest archdemon stubbornly refuses to come back to work.

When lives are on the line, Kalyani, Will and Ryan must make the choice to give up what they hold most dear. Can Kalyani turn her back on the known world and find a little heaven on Earth in the arms of an archdemon?

Warning: This title contains the following: hot virgin-deflowering sex, hunky demons, a sweet love story, frequent snark, and a dogma-questioning Baptist minister’s daughter.

Lesli. (aka Tymber)