National Novel Writing Month Starts Today

If you’re a writer or you hang out with writers, you probably already know it’s National Novel Writing Month — or NaNoWriMo for short. That crazy time when writers commit to writing 50,000 words (and ideally a complete novel) over the course of the next 30 days.

I’ve been participating every year since 2011, and I’m excited to participate again this year. If you’re a playing along and want to buddy up, you can find me here: http://nanowrimo.org/participants/deanna.

It’s a tough challenge, but it’s always easier with friends 🙂

 

 

 

Gaslight Gathering 6: The Photos!

It’s Monday, and I’m almost recovered from this weekend’s crazy incredible Gaslight Gathering 6 in San Diego. The monster panels with Gail Carriger and David Lee Summers were fantastic, and definitely a high point for me. Meeting the lovely people who stopped by the Traveling Suitcase of Swag at the Floating Flea Market and Victor Von Frankenstein’s Monster Ball were others.

In fact, I was having so much fun that I forgot to take photos most of the time, but I do have a few to share. So let’s get started…

 

Gail Carriger Corset

Lovely Gail Carriger is not only a master storyteller, but darn crafty when it comes to embellishing a corset. Yes, those are real teaspoons and they are magnificent!

Dude Vader at Gaslight Gathering 6

Dude Vader made another appearance this year in all his Steampunk-styled, toy-inspired glory.

Teapot Racers at Gaslight Gathering 6

I didn’t realize Tea Pot Racing is the sport I’ve been waiting for all my life. Honestly, how can you resist all that cuteness?

splash at Gaslight Gathering 6

The SPLASH Water Ballet was back this year and better than ever. The choreography was set to the Flash Gordon theme, and, yes, it was awesome.

Ruby Gloom Purse

This young lady melted my heart with her Ruby Gloom purse. Can you believe she was the only one in the audience at Sunday’s monster panel familiar with Ruby Gloom? I couldn’t either 🙂

Mr. Steampunk Pokemon

This dapper gentleman is perfectly outfitted to play a Steampunk version of Pokemon Go, with Poke Balls and a catcher. But wait, there’s more….

Mrs Steampunk Pokemon and the Cthulini

His lovely wife is the keeper of the ultra-rare Cthul-ini monster. She created them all, he says, in less than two weeks. That, people, is the sign of a true maker genius.

Hope you enjoyed the pics. If you were at Gaslight, share some of your favorite moments in the comments section.

Happy reading,

DeAnna

Ready for Gaslight Gathering

Gaslight Gathering 5 friends and family

Friends and family at Gaslight Gathering 5 in 2015.

It’s almost here… It’s almost here… IT’S ALMOST HERE! 

Come Saturday morning, the Cameron crew and I will be heading out to Gaslight Gathering, a steampunk and neo-Victoriana convention, at the Town and Country Resort in San Diego, for another weekend full of turn-of-the-last-century goodness.

This will be our fifth year in attendance, and I think it might just be the best one yet because my favorite steampunk author, Gail Carriger, will be in attendance. Will I be able to keep it together when we’re on the author panels together? I honestly don’t know. There’s a seriously good chance I’ll melt into a sticky pile of fan-girl goop the minute she walks into the room. We’ll have to see…

The Dancer Chronicles traveling suitcase of swag for Gaslight Gathering.

The Dancer Chronicles traveling suitcase of swag for Gaslight Gathering.

If you’re planning to attend the event and want to check out the panels, here are the details:

SATURDAY 1-2PM – Zombies, Vampires, and Ghosts – What Are Your Favorite Monsters? – a panel that explores different monsters and paranormal creatures who have appeared in steampunk books. Which ones work best? Which are your favorite? Which didn’t work so well in both literature and the cinema! – Gail Carriger, David Lee Summers and DeAnna Cameron – Garden Salon One

SUNDAY Noon-1PM – Taking the Horror Out of Monsters – Not all monsters are monstrous. Some monsters are darn near lovable. Share who are your favorite monsters and why you like them better than certain people. – Gail Carriger, David Lee Summers and DeAnna Cameron – Garden Salon One

And if you stop by the FLOATING FLEA MARKET (10AM-Noon in the Le Chanticleer Room), I’ll be giving away some free stuff to celebrate my Victorian girls (THE GIRL ON THE MIDWAY STAGE and THE GIRL ON THE VAUDEVILLE STAGE). 

 

 

THE GIRL ON THE VAUDEVILLE STAGE #Novel #Inspiration: Ragtime Music and More

One of the joys of writing a historical novel is getting lost in the research. Something as benign as looking up women’s fashion for a particular year or sifting through old photographs of a particular place at a particular time can lead to so many interesting and unexpected discoveries.

One of the most fascinating rabbit holes I fell down during the research of the story that became THE GIRL ON THE VAUDEVILLE STAGE had to do with the music that was performed on theater stages in 1906 and 1907. Thanks to the wonders of the Internet, and especially the sidebar recommendations on YouTube, I stumbled onto all sorts of music that was popular at that time.

I spent countless hours listening to original ragtime recordings, as well as new and restored versions of the old classics. It was a joy to discover this incredible window onto the past, and I thought you might enjoy listening in on some of the recordings I refer to in the novel.

MAPLE LEAF RAG, composed and played by Scott Joplin

FROG LEGS RAG, composed by James Scott

IN MY MERRY OLDSMOBILE, sung by Billy Murray

ESPANA WALTZ, played on a music box 

DON’T LET HER LOSE HER WAY, played on a music box

I’ll share more inspiration Monday 🙂

In the meantime, check out my Inspiration board on Pinterest.

The Girl on the Vaudeville Stage by DeAnna Cameron

THE GIRL ON THE VAUDEVILLE STAGE is a richly drawn historical tale that takes readers behind the scenes of the exuberant, exciting, and often eccentric world of early New York vaudeville and one woman’s romantic journey to find the life she craves and the love she deserves — with a little help from the legendary showman Florenz Ziegfeld, Jr. 

 

Frog Legs Rag sheet music cover artwork courtesy of Wikicommons.

The Girl on the Vaudeville Stage by DeAnna Cameron

#CoverReveal: THE GIRL ON THE VAUDEVILLE STAGE

Who’s THE GIRL ON THE VAUDEVILLE STAGE? Well, let me tell you 😉 She’s the wild and willful heroine from Dancing at The Chance, and her story has a new edit, a new title, and a fun new cover.

There’s also a new a publishing date: October 6. Just a little more than three weeks away! Wanna see the cover?

Here it is!

The Girl on the Vaudeville Stage by DeAnna Cameron

The magic that happens onstage is only half the story…

Go behind the red curtain, and follow Pepper’s wild vaudeville adventure. 

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New York City in 1907 is a wonderland of endless possibilities for anyone who dares to dream, and no one has bigger dreams than young Pepper MacClair, a struggling vaudeville chorus girl who craves the Broadway limelight.

When Pepper must choose between the love of her life and her beloved Chance Theatre, a run-down venue well past its prime and her home for as long as she can remember, she’ll discover real life doesn’t always go according to script.

She’s left heartbroken and betrayed. But as the larger world changes around her and she is pulled into the intrigues of the city’s elite, it is her last hope, not only to fulfill her dream, but to follow her heart.

THE GIRL ON THE VAUDEVILLE STAGE is a richly drawn historical tale that takes readers behind the scenes of the exuberant, exciting, and often eccentric world of early New York vaudeville and one woman’s romantic journey to find the life she craves and the love she deserves — with a little help from the legendary Florenz Ziegfeld,

I hope you’ll head over to Goodreads and add it to your To-Read list 🙂

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31434182-the-girl-on-the-vaudeville-stage

Thanks and happy reading!

Enter the JINGLY BELLS Goodreads #Contest

Just a quick note to let you know you can enter to win a FREE signed copy of JINGLY BELLS at Goodreads. 🙂

 

 

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Jingly Bells by DeAnna Cameron

Jingly Bells

by DeAnna Cameron

Giveaway ends November 01, 2016.

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The Next Thing and a #CoverReveal

What’s been keeping me so busy this summer? I’m glad you asked! It’s incredibly exciting, actually. A few months ago, I received the rights back from Berkley on my debut novel, THE BELLY DANCER, as well as its follow-up, DANCING AT THE CHANCE. Whoo-hoo!

I’m now in the process of re-editing, reformatting, and re-everything-ing with both of them, and I’m nearly finished. I’m so close to finished with THE BELLY DANCER that I’m excited to announce it has a brand new title. Say goodbye to THE BELLY DANCER, and say hello to THE GIRL ON THE MIDWAY STAGE. Also, it will be Book 1 in my newly formed Dancer Chronicles.

And there’s a publishing date: September 6. Just a few weeks away! I still have more work to do, but I thought you might like a peek at the new cover.

The Girl on the Midway Stage by DeAnna Cameron

 

Do you like it? I hope so! I’ll have more to share about it soon, but in the meantime, I hope you’ll head over to Goodreads and add it to your To-Read list 🙂

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31434182-the-girl-on-the-midway-stage

Thanks and happy reading!

Of Summer Fun Giveaway Winners, Consolation Prizes, and My Next Thing

Thanks to everyone who entered the SUMMER FUN GIVEAWAY! It’s been a fun couple of weeks (nearly), and now it’s time to pick the winner. And she is…

Diana at l**********@y*****.com

Congratulations!

Please contact me in the next couple of days and we’ll sort out the mailing information.

If you didn’t win, don’t be sad! I’ve still got something special for you. Please check your email for your consolation prize 🙂

And in case you’ve been wondering if I’ve been idle this summer — you know, with all that binge reading and TV watching — I have not! In fact, I’ve been quite busy on My Next Thing. Want to know what it is?
Check back on Friday and I’ll show you 🙂

Summer Fun #Giveaway #Contest #PLL #SignedBooks

This summer has been incredible. So much sun and fun and — for the first time in a long time — lots and lots of binge TV and leisure reading! To share the love, I’ve put together a fun summertime giveaway.

Check it out:

 

  • Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard in hardcover
  • Kiss & Blog by Alyson Noel in paperback
  • Breathe by Elena Dillon in paperback and signed!
  • Shimmy for Me by DeAnna Cameron (me!) in paperback and signed
  • A silky beach scarf wrap
  • A big book lover’s totebag

The contest closes 8/9/16, and I’ll announce the randomly selected winner on 8/10/16. Want to enter? Scroll down to find the Rafflecopter contest. Good luck!

 

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Jingly Bells: Available Now!

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Jingly Bells by DeAnna CameronJingly Bells, Book 4 in the California Belly Dance Romance series, introduces a brand new couple to the Shimmy Shop world: Tilly & Marco!

LOVES, SECRETS,
AND A LITTLE HOLIDAY MAGIC

Tilly Bennett knows exactly what she wants this Christmas: a little rest, some relaxation, and a much-needed refuge from questions about why one of the Belly Dance Divas’ most popular performers is spending the holidays alone.

It’s the perfect answer to her annual problem until a midnight crisis lands her in the arms of a sexy bartender named Marco.

He’s smart, he’s kind … but he also has a secret that could tear them apart.

Will their passion flame out in holiday heartache? Or will he be the one to finally break her Christmas curse?

 

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An Excerpt:

 

Tilly shifted in her seat and waited for that now-familiar half-smile to break Marco’s stoic facade.

He didn’t move.

She looked away and fidgeted with her fork. “You can’t be serious.”

“No?”

Now she was getting worried. Maybe a little irritated. “I spent half the night on that stage. You don’t really expect me to get back up there, do you?”

Marco turned to the dark and empty platform on the other side of the room. “You danced, true. But only to music you chose.”
“Yeah, but—”

“You said you could dance to anything. So dance to something I choose.”

Was he for real? His blank stare told her nothing.
She threw up her hands. “Fine. If you want me to dance, I’ll dance. You can pick the music, just let me finish my food.”

He pinched the corners of his collar and hiked them to his jawline. “Of course. Stall as long as you like. If you take enough time, the police will arrive and you won’t have to dance at all. But I’m sure that’s not your intention.”

How could someone so adorable be so annoying?

“No, it isn’t my intention.” She devoured another bite of chicken parmigiana and rose to her feet. “Let’s just get this over with, shall we?” She untied the shawl around her shoulders, retied it around her hips, and made her way to the stage.

Marco followed, flipping switches to bring up the stage lights and turning knobs on the sound system, making them crackle and hum to life.

She stopped at the center of the stage. “So what’s it gonna be, cowboy?”

He picked up a tablet plugged into the system and scrolled through the song list. “I don’t want to make it too difficult for you.”

“Don’t hold back on my account. I can take whatever you dish out.”

His thick, Roman brows shot up. “We’ll see about that.” He tapped the screen and set the tablet back on the mixer.
The hum in the speakers gave way to a familiar jingling of bells. Her chin dropped to her chest and she groaned. “Really? Jingle Bells?”

His lips wrestled, fighting back a smile beaming in his eyes. “You said anything.”

She sighed. “Right. Fine. If you want a Jingle Bells belly dance, you can have a Jingle Bells belly dance.”

She turned her back to him because there was no way in the world she was going to pull this off if she had to look at him and that arrogant smirk.

Dashing through the snow…

She began her usual taqsim by twisting her chest to the beat, to the right and then the left, and then rolled the movement down to her hips.

In a one horse open sleigh…

She repeated the combination in her hips, then rolled the movement back up to her chest.

With the next verse she crossed the stage with a grapevine step before dipping into a full hip circle and whipping her hair forward and back. She stole a glance his direction and caught him smiling. Not a snicker or a smirk, but a bona fide smile. She wiggled her eyebrows.

Was that a flush creeping up his cheeks?

By the end of the song, she almost wished it wasn’t over.

“I told you.” She strutted to the top of the stairs when the music faded. “I can dance to anything.”

He shook his finger. “You aren’t done. Not yet.”

“No way. I proved my point.”

He gave her a sad-puppy frown. “One more?”

“Fine. One.”

She tried to sound annoyed, but the truth was, she didn’t mind. She kind of liked the tingle she felt when he watched her, when she had his complete attention.

He swiped through the music again. What was it going to be this time? Something quick and up-tempo? Probably something bouncy that would get her shoulders and chest jiggling and her hips and thighs wiggling. He was a guy after all.

But she was wrong. The first sound out of the speaker wasn’t bright or cheery or even danceable.

Bum………bubum………bum

Bum………bubum………bum

Oh, no. Every ounce of anticipation rolled up into a reeking ball of regret. This had to be the most lethargic version of Silent Night she’d ever heard. It had no pep, no rhythm. It didn’t matter. She wasn’t going to back down.

She straightened, reached out her arms, and swayed in a snake-like way, drawing out the movement to match the lethargic beat. How was she going to keep this up for an entire song?

An idea struck her. A wicked, naughty, and kinda sexy idea. Slowly, 0h-so slowly, she worked her way down the stairs to where he was leaning against the sound system.

She wasn’t entirely sure about her plan until she saw the fire in his eyes and the way he gnawed his lower lip when she got close.

He wanted her.

She could see it, and it made her bolder. She shimmied up to him and made circles with her chest. Her crimson knit top brushed softly against the smooth, black cotton of his shirt.

When she looked into his wide, anxious eyes, she could see passion simmering in their depths. When she looked at his lips—his soft and tender lips—she could see them twitch with longing.

She tried to focus on the music, but her thoughts drifted, her control slipped. He was so close. She could touch his arm, his cheek, his chest. The air intoxicated her with his sweet cinnamon scent.

He watched her without saying a word, but his lips were getting closer. Closer…

She pivoted around. If he kissed her, she’d be done. She had to hold strong. Had to keep dancing. She closed her eyes and followed the music, let it guide her hips and her hands. Slowly she lifted them over her head and her hips began slow, vertical figure eights.

That’s when his hands wrapped around her waist. She gasped. Surprised, but still eager for more. He pulled her closer, and his lips dragged along her bare neck and shoulders. Every inch of her exploded with sensation.

“Oh, bella.” He touched the tip of his tongue along the curve of her ear.

Whatever defense she had left dissolved into the pool of those words, that touch.

She reached behind herself and grabbed the thick denim of his waistband.

He spun her around and pinned her against the wall beside the audio equipment. He stared into her eyes without a word, but the question was clear in his expression: Do you want this?

She answered by rising to her tiptoes and catching his lips with hers. The kiss was hot and urgent, and the flick of his tongue against hers sent a legion of lightning bolts through her, igniting every nerve and need within her.

He lifted his hands to her jaw and held her with a gentleness she didn’t expect. Then he pulled away.

“Don’t stop.” She could hear the need in her voice, but she didn’t care. She was beyond caring about anything.He pulled her close again and kissed her quickly. In her ear, he whispered, “Come with me.”

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