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Paranormal Romance Author
Mandy M. Roth
Vampires, Werewolves & Faeries...Oh My!
Friday, January 19, 2007
Video Entries To Date for EXPRESS contest

Okay, we’ve been trying to get all the vids that have been entered loaded onto the hosting sites. Yes, we know we’re still missing some and we PROMISE to get them up soon. The darn hosting places tend to lag and take forever. Oh and myspace has decided to eat every third or forth upload we do. *snicker* Nice of them…huh.


The ones we have posted can be found here (they are in no particular order)

The contest rules and info can be found here

We’ll be uploading more videos today through the weekend (we’re actually hoping to have all the ones submitted to date up by tonight). If you want to play along, you still have plenty of time! This contest will be going on for a few months. We’ll be drawing winners each month and you stay in the hopper for the following month (s) as well. AND…you can enter as many times as you want. Each one gets your name put into the bowl we force my sons to draw names from (child labor at its finest folks…snort) Ooo…please email me or Michelle prior to sending the video via email, so we can be ready. Our poor lil’ inboxes have threatened to runaway if we don’t start treating them better. We’re also planning to get a separate video email going soon to help stop the issues we’ve had getting them in.

Also, if you’re interested in making the vids but aren’t sure you can, we have some helpful hints on our contest page and here is another helpful link

Everyone, if you get the chance, please stop by and take a look at the vids entered to date. People have put a lot of effort and heart into them and we want them to know we MORE than appreciate it! Plus, some are downright funny (no, we’re not being mean…they were aiming at being funny) and others are so sexy they could melt your socks off (is that even possible?), some are so dead on that we’re thinking of asking these people to outline the books for us for notes for use later. LOL.

Mandy M. Roth & Michelle M. Pillow

posted by mandymroth @ 12:27 PM   1 comments

Tuesday, January 16, 2007
Ciar Cullen Contest

I’m just going to go ahead and forward this since Ciar has been so wonderful about doing this!


Mandy Roth was kind enough to let me gush about her writing. Wait a

minute... Well, anyway, she donated a copy of Talons: King of Prey
( to one very
lucky member of my Yahoo group Read the review on my blog!

Contest ends Friday!

Ciar Cullen


posted by mandymroth @ 7:43 AM   0 comments

Monday, January 15, 2007
Manic Mondays w/M &M's...

Join us today on the Raven Blog as guest author Charlene Teglia pays us a visit to discuss the Paradox of Ghost Stories in the Modern World. A guest blogger will be joining us each and every Monday to help kick off the week with a paranormal twist.

If you're interested in becoming a guest blogger please email us to get on the schedule.


posted by mandymroth @ 11:08 AM   0 comments

Saturday, January 13, 2007
Bad Influence...
Sam, I am.

So, I'm over at my friend Melani's blog and read this.

*big grin* Oh, yeah, you know you're doing something right when you've got a friend dreaming about dressing up in a wedding dress and hitching rides with barely legal hotties to get to you.

See if you can help her figure it all out.

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posted by mandymroth @ 3:13 PM   1 comments

Friday, January 05, 2007
Funny and wanted to share...

Yesterday, I was sitting down to check email and notice this strange sound coming from the half bath that is my office. My oldest son was also in the process of doing a school project that involved asking about my childhood. We glance at each other and then I run into the bathroom to find the toilet gurgling. I’m half expecting the thing to blow. Thankfully, it didn’t. I only just moved my office down here and had it newly carpeted, and painted so of course I’m freaking about the possibility of water.

I went into the laundry room and needless to say, there is water on the floor but its thankfully confined to right there. I had only just sorted out the laundry into colored piles, all of which were on said floor waiting to be washed. They acted like a sponge. I call someone to come clean the main drain and then began taking all these wet clothes (all the boys bedding was in there as well because I’d only just stripped their beds for the weekly wash down) out of the room. Since the family room and my office are the only other two rooms on the lowest level, I laid dry towels down and set some of the clothes in the family room and the blankets (which somehow managed to remain dry) pillows, etc. on the floor of my office. I also brought in another hamper full of CLEAN (lol, prior to the water) clothes that were going to be given to goodwill and set it on the floor of the half bath.

I have a point…I swear. It’s that when the men came over to fix the drain I was mortified that all this stuff was now ALL over my lower level. I’m not going to lie, my laundry room often looks like a bomb went off in it. It’s that room of the house where I just don’t care too much. Since its just clothes, I don’t think much of it until I see the mess scattered about my lower level. Of course, the VERY nice men who came right away to fix my drain have to then go into my office (with the blankets everywhere) and into the half bath (who had the gurgling toilet and now had the goodwill clothes in a basket) to monitor the progress of water moving.

I wanted to crawl. I really did. I was mortified. But it gets better. I walk in after the youngest of the two men leave the half bath to find I have feminine napkins sitting in a decorative holder on the back of the toilet. LOL. Of course, right. I mean…come on. Who doesn’t want a box of pads sitting there for all to see? Oh, but it gets EVEN better. The other man had to move my dryer to have plenty of play in the laundry room. Of course under it is seven years worth of dust bunnies. No biggie. You know what else was under it? A gel breast pad! That’s right! I had bought them because they adhere and you don’t need to wear a bra with them. I needed it for RT back in May. When we got home, I’d unpacked and washed all our things. Only one breast pad came back and I assumed the other had been tossed or was left in FL. HAHAHAHA.NO! Apparently, it had fallen behind the dryer only to be discovered by men there to fix a drain.

Oh, yes. When I do it. I do it good!

Just thought I’d share my funny story or being embarrassed with you. How about you? Have any funny tales of being put on the spot? And why do I feel the need to invite the men back to see its really not like that all the time here? LOL

posted by mandymroth @ 8:58 AM   2 comments

Tuesday, January 02, 2007
Character Development

(This is a response to a post (made on AMAZON BLOG) asking about characters and how I create/develop them. I thought others might be interested as well so I’m bumping it up as a new post in addition to be a response.)

LOL @ the "Rat Boy". The idea for Wilson, from the Immortal Ops series, came when I was developing the idea of how the I-Ops would have been formed. I already knew I wanted at least one of them to be a "natural" supernatural and the others to have been genetically altered. I got to thinking about how chaotic it would be in a lab filled with wild animals and so forth. It made me think, what would happen if there was a mix up. What's the one animal almost all labs have? Rats. LOL. So, it made sense to have a lab rat switch up with one of the I-Ops. I then sat and thought about what it would be like to sign up for a project, thinking you were going to come out this butt kickin' super soldier only to wake up and find out you were a glorified lab rat. That in itself would mess with your mind. It made me wonder what type of person I'd need to make Wilson. Angry at the world came to mind but it seemed too easy of an out so I went with the type of guy who doesn't take himself or anyone else too serious. He then was able to provide much needed comic relief during tense moments in the Ops books.

I don't research the characters so much as I map them out. I'm mega anal about charts and graphs. I swear by them. With all the series I have it gets a little hard to remember who goes where and who is doing what without them. I start out with an idea of what I want to write about and then I decide what type of person fits that bill. From there, I come up with a name. I can't even think about hair color or anything until I have a name that feels right. I'm strange, I know. *G*

After I have a name picked out, I then start with the obvious--physical characteristics, job, skills, special supernatural mojo...blah From there, I break it down more, listing quirks and habits they might have. I'm a people watcher when I'm in public. I like to see what someone does when they're talking with others, thinking no one's watching, or wishing all eyes were on them. I make mental notes and try very hard to give each character "real" traits. Like if they're really nervous do they stutter a bit? Do they blush? Does it cover not only their cheeks but their neck and upper chest too? Maybe their ears turn red. They might be prone to biting their lower lip when they're worried or anxious. They might be a toe-tapper when they've got too much energy built up. Any little thing I can think of to make them seem more real, more human, I try to give them. I'm already asking readers to swallow a big heapin' dose of supernatural/paranormal reality, mixed in with alpha hunks who were carved from marble. I like to try to bring the characters down a notch (not really the right way to explain it but it sort of feels that way in my head). Once I have the traits down, the rest starts to fall in line.

I make silly lists that normally have nothing to do with the finished product but I make them all the same. It helps me know the character better. Like...favorite foods, fav animals, sayings, songs, hobby. Things that while I may or may not bring up in the book, help me get into their head while I'm writing them. With three kids I have to stop what I’m working on at a moment’s notice. Coming back and picking it back up again is easier if I have a sheet laid out with character traits.

This is horrible to admit but a few of my bad guys have been a combination of people I've had "issues" with in my life. *G* Not all but some have been. Others are a perfect balance that I need to strike to have the story move forward.

Caleb in Daughter of Darkness is the polar opposite of my husband in the looks department, his personality is very close to Caleb's. He's very easy going, fun-loving and good natured. That being said, you can only walk on him so much. I needed someone for Gwen who would be understanding to a fault even but who, in the end, could hold his own if need be. Who better than to base Caleb off of than a man who has proven himself in the area of dealing with a difficult woman (yeah, I'm calling myself than my hubby.

Caleb ended up meeting Gwen during a scene when he as a crossbow. That was a bit of an inside joke with my husband and I because in college he took a lot of "odd" courses, like canoeing, archery and so forth for his electives. I, of course, being the smart*** that I am, couldn't resist asking if he wore tights and was accompanied by a band of merry men while he was off shooting arrows in the forest. So, the joke had to come into play in DOD too.

Another character in DOD who is based off a real person is Nana. She’s based off my grandmother. She too is a little woman full of spit and vinegar. The lecture Gwen gets about men all being like lemons… “put ‘em in a bag, shake ‘em up, pull one out and you still have a lemon” is a saying my grandmother has used ever since I can remember. She also calls everyone shorty like Nana in the book does because she forgets their names. *Big Grin*
There is something from my life in every book I write. Even if it’s just small, its there. Like in Wicked Lucidity, the opening scene where Karri and Amber are dancing to 70's music while dressed up in the front lawn for all to see is something I've done in the past. (Okay, fine...I might still be known to do it. *G*)

I think that life is amazingly complicated but wonderfully so. If that makes any kind of sense. I think ugly things happen to good and bad people. I also think that while they shape us, they don't always define us. I try to bring that way of thinking into my writing. I try to bring in what we know and take it to another level. There are times when it’s too hard for some to read and I understand that fully. I'm the first to put a disclaimer on something flagging it. I also think that a lot of people do want to read about it all and "live it" safely via a book.

Oh, would you look at that…I just put everyone reading this to sleep. LOL. Sorry to ramble. I tend to do that. I also tend to avoid saying thanks when someone was nice enough to take time out of their day to compliment me…like you did. It’s not because I don’t want to but I get embarrassed and then want to hide under my desk. Oh, yeah, I’m fearless all right. *snort* So let me just take a second to say thank you.

I could talk forever and a day so I’ll spare you all any more for now.

(oh, and the pic is one someone sent from the web. They thought I'd like it. I do. The artist did an amazing job!)
posted by mandymroth @ 8:13 PM   1 comments


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