Tuesday, October 30, 2007

HAPPY HALLOWEEN - GUEST BLOG Wednesday

First, let me shout out a big thanks to Kerensa for inviting me to blog today and giving me the chance to chat a bit about my upcoming book -

So here’s how this went down--Kerensa invited me to blog on Halloween and I said yes because Kerensa is super-duper nice and she works for my agent who’s also uber nice. She mentioned blogging about funny paranormals and Halloween and I said okay. Yep, yep, yep—can do.
Like I’m all an expert on funny paranormals.
Or not—because I’m really not, but thinking things through and I are strange bedfellows.
Then I looked at this page for like evah.
Blankly.
Kerensa also mentioned blogging would be good promotion for my books coming out in February and July of 2008 (THE ACCIDENTAL WEREWORLF and ACCIDENTALLY DEAD respectively) and then I thought, sweet mother, I truly blow at promo. Anyone who knows me personally knows I’d much rather have my nose hairs yanked out follicle by follicle than promo my books. I’m shy like that. I’d promo yours in a minute, though J. I mean, I’m just sayin’ on the off chance you’re looking for good, reliable help…
Anyway, I beg of you, bear with me. I’m going to try and promo about my two books coming out on February 5th and in July 2008 (The Accidental Werewolf. Feb 5th 2008. Accidentally Dead July 2008. Berkley Sensation) with finesse and style. Curtsy. Ahem…

Anyhoodles, like I said, I was blank as to what to blog about besides promoting my book, but then my friend Renee made a comment to me about the popularity of paranormal romances and how funny it is that a were-anything, coupled with a vampire, a demon, a witch or a warlock just ain’t so scary anymore. Now they’re all romantic and mysterious.

Vampires and werewolves were once freaky-deaky creatures—not dudes you wanted to ya know, boink—let alone do anything else with, but run in fear from. Back when I began reading romances (when I was 20—just last year, I swear), they didn’t have this kind of stuff. We had sheiks and princes and really rich dudes with private jets who needed nannies to care for their children while they lusted after the heroine. Not to mention, when I was a kid, my Prince Charming totally didn’t have fangs or more hair than a yeti. He wasn’t the leader of some werewolf pack, he didn’t drink O neg (gak) and having a tail was soooo off the heinous charts. I can remember when I didn’t even like facial hair let alone a hunk that looked like my German shepherd.

But nowadays, we dig a hot alpha—or even beta werewolf (To read more about why, read--The Accidental Werewolf. Feb 5th 2008. Accidentally Dead July 2008. Berkley Sensation)/vampire/demon/warlock.

Do you ever wonder what led you to even pick up a book starring a guy who drank blood or a hero that howls at the moon? Do you remember when you feared those creatures and lusting for one was a mondo, resounding “Um, hell, no?”
That’s so not the case anymore. The first batch of books I read about vampires and werewolves were very serious takes on this alternative to mortality. Awesome books, no doubt, but I felt kinda bad for all the wandering around the heroes and heroines did, wishing they could be mortal again, fearing their paranormal nature and despising their magical abilities. I don’t know about you, but I thought it’d be the shiz to be immortal. That’s what made me think—what if?
And for real, that’s always where my trouble in life begins…
So I wondered, what if you were a vampire and you were allergic to blood? Or what if you were a narcoleptic vampire and you fell asleep on a park bench only to be presumed dead and end up in the local morgue as John Doe? What if you were a werewolf and during a shift you found yourself caught by the local pound, landed in a cage at the local ASPCA and were labeled a stray dog?
Or what if a werewolf or a vampire accidentally bit a human and turned them into a paranormal creature merely by mistake? (For more info on said predicament read--The Accidental Werewolf. Feb 5th 2008. Accidentally Dead July2008. Berkley Sensation!)
Not only is that a major “oops, my bad” on the part of the biter (my hero Keegan), but imagine being the bite-ee (my heroine Marty). I mean, Marty—a multi- level cosmetics saleswoman (think a lot like Mary Kay—radically into color wheels of life and your aura’s palette) is all innocently walking her teacup poodle, Muffin—who’s a territorial beast and clearly just doesn’t get that she’s like destined to be meat when she attacks another, much bigger dog (As told in--The Accidental Werewolf. February 5th 2008. Berkley Sensation), latches onto the animal she thinks is a threat to her beloved mistress and while Marty tries to pry her precious ball of fluff off the other alleged dog, she’s bitten.

Word.
Then that led me to wonder what would happen to my heroine if some freaky changes began occurring to her as a result of the bite. Like, what if you were a devout vegan and all of a sudden sinking your teeth into a nice plate of steak tar-tar became your sole mission What if your body went to war with itself after being gnawed and because your chemistry is all wonked out, you need a vat of wax to thwart the hair growth on your legs—or your once very expensive Tapioca Pudding highlighted blonde tresses darken by the day? What if you find yourself getting a good freak on over the smallest of issues when you used to be so downright easygoing?

And as if that isn’t enough—think about the dude in this scenario. Keegan, my hero, didn’t mean to bite Marty. It really was an accident. So, how do you go about explaining to this chick—while looking her in the eye in your human form—you’re the dog that bit her? How do you convince someone you’re not a dog but a werewolf (Find out in--The Accidental Werewolf. Feb 5th 2008. Berkley Sensation) and now because of you, she is too?
Uh-huh. A conundrum, fo sho.
Ah, but then, what if the dog, er, werewolf, er, guy that bit you was hawt, hawt, hawt? What do you do if this hawt, hawt shapeshifter wants to teach you how to be a werewolf because he feels responsible for your predicament?
What if you find out at the least convenient moment that well, okay, maybe you are a werewolf because you’ve partially shifted and a wee something (To find out what wee something read-- The Accidental Werewolf. Feb 5th 2008. Berkley Sensation) is the only thing on your body that cooperated and now, to add to your newly acquired bucket o’ crap, someone’s trying to kidnap you?
Thus, in my whacked, “what if” filled mind The Accidental Werewolf (sigh—tired of me yet?—February 5th 2008. Berkley Sensation) was born. Caaa-razy, right?
And believe it or not, my agent, who so totally has the most awesome sense of humor said, “Yeah, okay! Let’s do this!” She even said it with like excitement in her tone… Well, it was in email, but the tone of her email was excited. I swear. I know, I did the same thing you’re doing right now. You’re all sitting there going, well, huh. Who, I ask you, who’d buy a book like this?

Well, someone did (thankyouthankyouthankyou!)—which leads me to believe we all need a little zany in our lives—or therapy—perhaps a six-pack. There’s nothing too angsty—nothing too stressful. Just some fluffy fun—strictly a cotton candy read, howl at the moon style.
And I do hope that’s what you’ll find if you pick up The Accidental Werewolf and Accidentally Dead in February and July of 2008 from Berkley Sensation.
I mean like I’m really hoping… desperately even—or does that lack class and integrity to share that in a public forum? Probably, but this could be why I stink at promo, eh? Tee hee.

So a big thank you to anyone who pops in today and most importantly, won’t you join the world of the accidentally bitten and my heroines, Marty and Nina in February and July of 2008 for The Accidental Werewolf and Accidentally Dead—we’d so love to share a good giggle with ya!

Dakota J

68 Comments:

Blogger tam said...

Now I want those books! They sound like really fun reading.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007 at 1:26:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Michelle said...

Hi Dakota,

Loved reading your post and you did great on the promo thing.

Michelle

Wednesday, October 31, 2007 at 1:42:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Lisa said...

Sounds great! I'm really excited and can't wait to read them!

Wednesday, October 31, 2007 at 1:45:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Amy S. said...

Hi Dakota! Both books sounds great! I've had The Accidental Werewolf on my wishlist since I heard about it. Sounds like a great read!

Wednesday, October 31, 2007 at 1:57:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Jade said...

Hey Dakota :)

I was laughing pretty much throughout your post with all your little promo ops. Accidental Werewolf sounds fantastic and I can't wait for it to come out!

Congrats :)

Jade

Wednesday, October 31, 2007 at 2:03:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Faith said...

Hey Dakota -

I cant wait until these two lovely books come out. I will have to keep them at the top of my reminder list.
Good luck Dakota and best wishes as always.

Faith

Wednesday, October 31, 2007 at 2:06:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Amy said...

I have ALWAYS loved horror novels and my husband accidentally buying me a paranormal (vamp) romance is what lead me to reading romances in the first place. Finding a paranormal romance with some humor? Bonus plan for sure!

Wednesday, October 31, 2007 at 2:08:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Renee said...

LOL Dakota, I know that I will be buying both of these books and I am looking forward to them.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007 at 2:19:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Cathy said...

Hey, I love your wacked filled mind, it makes for some great storytelling. Congrats on your upcoming titles, they both sound like fun books that I would enjoy reading. Happy Halloween.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007 at 2:21:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Patti said...

Happy Halloween, Dakota darling!

I'm delighted to see that your wild, wacky and wonderful imagination is still intact and producing more delightful books for us to enjoy.

I was roflmao while reading your description of The Accidental Werewolf and The Accidential Vampire and have added both books to my Buy list.

Will these books be available in e-format as well as paperback? I ask because it's much easier for me to shop for that format.

Love and hugs,
Patti

Wednesday, October 31, 2007 at 2:34:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Suzette said...

HI Dakota! See I had to go out or I would have been the first to post...lol. I look forward to reading your books and as far as promo goes, thats what us fans are for. We read and let others know if we like it or not. That helps some. Also contest and book signings are great to promo your work and friends' work.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007 at 2:38:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Dakota Cassidy said...

Hey, Tam and Michelle and Lisa and Faith and Jade and Amy s, and Amy and Renee and Cathy! you guys rock!

And Patti--good to see ya! I don't know for sure if they'll be in e-format because I'm not sure if Penguin Putnam does that. However, you're entered in the contest--so ya might not have to wait to find out!

Hugs, all!

Dakota :)

Wednesday, October 31, 2007 at 2:38:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Daun Ann said...

IT'S 'KOTA! YIPPEE. 'Kota, you did a GREAT job whoring your books. I CAN'T WAIT TO READ THEM. I'm excited. You don't see many 'what ifs' books. With your sense of sick humor, it's bound to be FANTASTIC.

Hugs babe
Daun Ann

Wednesday, October 31, 2007 at 2:43:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Suzette said...

LMAO!! You know, your promo was almost subliminal(spelling?) I totally love how you kept throwing it in. See, that works too! Happy Halloween!

Wednesday, October 31, 2007 at 2:43:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Marcy said...

Happy Hallowwween, Dakota!

Wednesday, October 31, 2007 at 2:46:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Ayla said...

Oh wow, i would read that, sounds amazing! do we really have to wait until next year? =(

Wednesday, October 31, 2007 at 2:49:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Terri said...

Happy Halloween EVERYONE !!!

Good Job on the Promo Dakota, and don't entrered me for the ARC.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007 at 3:00:00 PM EDT  
Blogger nascarandbeans said...

waving a big hello to Dakota, and a happy and safe halloween to everyone.
cant wait to see what goodies the kiddos bring home..lol..
i laughed and smiled through your whole blog post... the books sound awesome and will be on my to buy list for sure...
Jolene

Wednesday, October 31, 2007 at 3:03:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Robin Snodgrass said...

Dakota, As always you've made my day brighter! I had been trying to balance the office account (which my boss has been in charge of - aughhhhhhh) and had a headache. Now, it's gone thanks to the laughter! So the old saying "laughter is the best medicine" really is true!!

You know I'm dying to read these books! I've heard such awesome things about them! Plus I'm a huge huge fan of all your books. And, from the comments, I can tell I'm not the only one...lol This one is going to be huge!!

Wednesday, October 31, 2007 at 3:13:00 PM EDT  
Blogger PJ said...

Hi Dakota! Love the blog (and I don't usually bother too much with them). It must be the **cough, cough** subtle way that you slipped in the little promo.

Your Accidental Werewolf is already on my TBB list and I keep checking that it's not being released early....are you sure of the date?....just checking....

Good luck with your promos!

Peggy

Wednesday, October 31, 2007 at 3:13:00 PM EDT  
Blogger blessedheart said...

Hi Dakota,
I've read several of your books and I've realy enjoyed them. I would love to read The Accidental Werewolf. Happy Halloween!

Rhonda :)

Wednesday, October 31, 2007 at 3:22:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Christina said...

Dakota, babes, don't ya think you could have put a link to your books into the blog somewhere? Oh, wait, I see, you did....about 5000 times, LOL. Great job on the promo, and you know these have both been on my buy list for months. Happy Halloween!!!

Wednesday, October 31, 2007 at 3:29:00 PM EDT  
Blogger BethRe said...

Wow loved the post

Wednesday, October 31, 2007 at 3:41:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Lisa Morgenstern said...

These books sound really interesting. Something to add to my Amazon shopping cart, I know!

Wednesday, October 31, 2007 at 3:55:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Dakota...I'm dropping in to say hello and be entered in your contest. I haven't read any of your work yet(for shame)but between reading your blog and comments at Amazon I certainly plan to. You aced the promo thing;)Hot, humor and paranormal sounds like a winner to me and I'll add your books on my shopping list. Best....Nancy Bristow

Wednesday, October 31, 2007 at 4:18:00 PM EDT  
Blogger AmeliaR said...

Dakota!

Have always found your stories to be uniquely fascinating, and both of your upcoming Berkley Sensation releases certainly sound outstanding. Paranormal stories are a favorite of mine, and with your engaging sense of humor added, I know each of the books will be completely entertaining. Cannot wait!

Amelia

Wednesday, October 31, 2007 at 4:44:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Hathery said...

I honestly did not even realize there WAS a genre of romance involving part-humans...learn something new every day I guess.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007 at 4:50:00 PM EDT  
Blogger flip said...

The books sound good. I always thought being a vampire would stink. You can't be in the sunshine.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007 at 4:50:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Valerie said...

Sending you a quick hello!!

and your book looks really good!!

It's on my wishlist.

Valerie
valb0302@yahoo.com

Wednesday, October 31, 2007 at 5:01:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Cherie J said...

Hi Dakota,

Happy Halloween! These sound great! Got to run! Got to take the kids trick or treating soon.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007 at 5:22:00 PM EDT  
Blogger candance said...

Hey Dakota. I really love your books, specifically your Wolf Mates series. I hope I win the Arc copy of The Accidental Werewolf your giving away, I know I would appreciate it.

Thanks, keep writing books.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007 at 5:32:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Punatik said...

I have both books on my buy/wish list. I can't wait!!!

Have a great Halloween all. :-)

Wednesday, October 31, 2007 at 5:58:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Judith said...

Loved the post Dakota,
sublimely subtle.
still smiling.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007 at 6:09:00 PM EDT  
Blogger sassytdw said...

not so bad at the promo thing...congratulations on both your upcoming releases...

Wednesday, October 31, 2007 at 6:22:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Wendy D said...

Howdy Dakota,
I loved your blog! I've never understood those angsty-want-to-be-human-again vamps. I mean you never have to go grocery-shopping, you can sleep all day, you don't have to worry about gaining weight and you get to be young forever! What's not to like? I'm glad you don't go there. BTW, when's your next book coming out? I wasn't sure if you mentioned that.

Happy Halloween,
Wendy

Wednesday, October 31, 2007 at 6:35:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous yesy rubi said...

Happy Halloween!!
I love your books. You're always on my TBB list. Can't wait!
Enjoy your tricks & treats today.
:-P

Wednesday, October 31, 2007 at 6:45:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Jeanette J said...

I just popped in to say Happy Halloween to everyone

Wednesday, October 31, 2007 at 6:50:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Barbara Vey said...

Hey Dakota,

Just wanted to let you know that I'm still lurking in the shadows. Great job on the promo. I knew you could do it.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007 at 7:10:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous BedOfRoses said...

Hey Dakota!
These books sound great! Looking forward to it being on shelves! Thanks for sharing with us.

Happy Halloween everyone!

Lisa S.
(aka BedOfRoses)

Wednesday, October 31, 2007 at 7:49:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Giddyup0 said...

Happy Halloween Dakota,

Can't wait for Accidental Werewolf add this to my wish list on all my book clubs.

Jeanette

Wednesday, October 31, 2007 at 7:51:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Gena Showalter said...

I can't wait for these!! They sound so, so good!

Wednesday, October 31, 2007 at 7:54:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Martha said...

Happy Halloween!!!!

Wednesday, October 31, 2007 at 8:03:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Amy said...

Hey Dakota! Could it be that you are "Accidentally" good at that promo thing? You sure have ME ready to buy - well, at this point, that means both books are on my TBB list, but you know what I mean. If this blog is an indication of the style of writing in your books, I'm not the only reader who is sure to enjoy them. Best wishes on the coming releases!

Wednesday, October 31, 2007 at 8:22:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Becky/mstang said...

All of this hype over your books, which sound fab by the way, and we have to wait for like...MONTHS!!! That just blows! Anyway, good job on the blog and promo. I'll be watching for the books.......in like four freaking months!

Wednesday, October 31, 2007 at 8:32:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Lisa said...

I can't wait until the book are release so looking forward to reading them! Congratulation Dakota! You did a great job in Promo the two books!
Hugs!
Lisa R.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007 at 8:34:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Audrey M said...

Hi Dakota,

I saw a posting on Michele Bardsley website about your two upcoming books, so they're been on my wishlist that long. Wishing you the best with the promo.


Audrey

Wednesday, October 31, 2007 at 8:47:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Beth aka Scifibookcat said...

They sound like my favorite kind of books. Looking forward to reading them both.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007 at 8:51:00 PM EDT  
Blogger KimW said...

Hi Dakota! I know both of your books are going to be so good! I've been waiting and waiting and waiting for them to come out. What's taking so long? lol

Wednesday, October 31, 2007 at 8:55:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

DAKOTA!!!!!!

You almost approach the coveted status of Promo Ho! Good Job!

And I can't wait until your books are out and in my bookshelf!

Da Fuzz

Wednesday, October 31, 2007 at 9:14:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Dakota Cassidy said...

Hey, everyone! Thank you, thank you for posting today! I'll keep the entries open until midnight my time (central)--and anyone who had trouble posting and emailed me is in too!

Thanks to all my very faithful friends/readers who pop in wherever I go to hangout with me. Know that you're all so very appreciated :)

Look for the winner on our newsletter and if you're not subscribed to it, I'll also post it on my blog here-- http://carnalcomedy.blogspot.com/

Be sure to check back and good luck!

Much love and hugs,
Dakota :)

Wednesday, October 31, 2007 at 9:46:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Maura Anderson said...

Great post, Dakota!

Your promo skills are terrific, really, you're just needing to use them for you!

I can't wait to actually hold these two since I've been watching from the sidelines for a while!

Wednesday, October 31, 2007 at 9:48:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Pamk said...

Dakota ya did real good. I already wanted these and you just made it worse 08 can't come soon enough for me.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007 at 10:18:00 PM EDT  
Blogger DawnM said...

LOL Dakota, I'm sold. Love your sense of humour, and I fondly remember that narcoleptic vamp ( I think that was the first book of yours I ever read). This one sounds great, though I was tempted to count how many times you could slip the title into 1 blog.

Please tell me the poodle's pink, it just has to be pink, I got this mental image and it cracked me up!

Wednesday, October 31, 2007 at 10:34:00 PM EDT  
Blogger LadyVampire2u said...

I've always loved your books Dakota. Cannot wait until these come out. Congrats.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007 at 11:31:00 PM EDT  
Blogger dianne said...

great promo blog, I think you did great , as always I can't wait for your books to come out. I love reading and I've feel in love with ebooks I love to read about vampire and werewolf , they open up a whole new world. keep up the great work.

dianne

Wednesday, October 31, 2007 at 11:38:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Dakota Cassidy said...

Oh, DawnM--I soooo thought about it and then I thought, welllll if the poodle (Muffin) were to be any color it would have to be lavender because that's the color my heroine Marty becomes on the color ladder of success And at Bobbie-Sue (the cosmetic company in the book).

And then I thought--ohhhh, Dakota, you're faaar gone. LOLLOL

But I DID think it--and because you did too--it means we're crazy twins. LOL

Thanks, doll!

Dakota :)

Wednesday, October 31, 2007 at 11:45:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Erin the Innocent said...

oooooh Awesome promo-ing Kota *g*

I loved the blog entry :) 'Can't wait until I get to hold the books in my hands :)

Thursday, November 1, 2007 at 1:04:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Dakota Cassidy said...

And the winner is...

Patti!

I'll post to my blog and our newsletter as well.

Congrats, darlin'!

Dakota :)

Thursday, November 1, 2007 at 1:54:00 AM EDT  
Blogger danetteb said...

Hi Dakota,
Your books are on my HAVE TO BUY list, looking forward to reading them.
Hugs, Danette

Thursday, November 1, 2007 at 4:13:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Hayley said...

Both books sound great and it makes me want to buy them even more. I already had Accidental Werewolf on my wl and I've now added Accidentally Dead. Love your Wolf Mates books

Thursday, November 1, 2007 at 7:26:00 AM EDT  
Anonymous Lori said...

Hey Dakota,

You are amazing woman! If that is what happens when you stare at a blank page, I cannot wait to read your books!

Thursday, November 1, 2007 at 9:09:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Darla said...

Excennent post! That promo so does not blow! Great job!

Thursday, November 1, 2007 at 10:44:00 AM EDT  
Blogger BethRe said...

Books sound great

Thursday, November 1, 2007 at 11:32:00 AM EDT  
Blogger tetewa said...

Enjoyed reading the post today you did great!

Thursday, November 1, 2007 at 5:08:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so gonna have to own those!
Eva

Thursday, November 1, 2007 at 9:27:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Bren said...

The books sound wonderful! I can't wait to get my little hands on them. You had a brilliant idea and the writing I can imagine is spectacular!

Brenda

Friday, November 2, 2007 at 11:46:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Lauren Baratz-Logsted said...

Well, I'm too late to win, but you definitely piqued my interest in the books - much succes!

Friday, November 2, 2007 at 11:53:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Angela said...

Hello Dakota... It's so good to see you 'out and about'. Keep up the good work!!

Sunday, November 4, 2007 at 9:56:00 PM EST  

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