Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Orlando, here I come!

Quick reminder blog before I hop on a jet plane...

In case you're in the Orlando area, I’ll be signing copies of SHADOW OF THE VAMPIRE at:
  • RWA Literacy Signing ~ Wednesday July 28th,5:30-7:30 p.m Walt Disney World® Dolphin Resort Orlando, Florida.
  • *Open to the public ~ No admittance charge! :) As this event is to benefit charity, they do ask that you purchase books at the event rather bring your own. If you bring your own, they ask that you limit it to one or two books and consider making a cash donation-per their website.
  • For those of you at the table first, I have a handful of beautiful SOTV posters left. They will be first come, first serve! :)
If you are a registered RWA attendee at the conference, I’ll also be signing copies of SOTV at:
  • Harlequin Signing: 9:25 a.m. – 10:15 a.m on Friday, July 30th. Southern Hemisphere, Salon 1, Dolphin.

Throughout the weekend, I'll no doubt be loitering in the bar, outside in the sweltering heat, moderating various panels or doing zumba on whatever dance floor I can find, so come and find me and say hey! :)

Until next time...

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

RomCon Recap!

So, this past weekend, I visited Denver, Colorado (well, sort of. We weren't exactly downtown, but close enough I guess) for the first ever Romance Readers Convention - RomCon. I had such a great time, I thought instead of rambling on and on about nothing like I usually do when I guest blog, I'd ramble on and on about my three days in Denver!

My Friday started at 3am...earlier if you count the hours my cat kept me awake. He saw the packed bags and just about lost it. I swear by Midnight, I sounded like Cartman from South Park - "Dammit, kitty I'm trying to sleep! Bad kitty! No kitty, this is my pot pie!" lol! Alas, I did manage a couple hours sleep and still made my 6am flight.

I had a layover in Milwaukee for almost two hours...just long enough to enjoy the breakfast of traveling champions - the Bloody Mary - at the airport bar. Mmmm. I also talked up my books to a few patrons, and even sold one to a fellow Bloody Mary enthusiast who downloaded it to her kindle. :)

After boarding a disturbingly small plane and a two + hour jaunt to Denver, we land in DIA...probably the worst airport on the planet. This opinion would only be reinforced later on my trip home.

Having been told that the hotel did not have a shuttle service, I hopped on a Super Shuttle.....headed downtown, an hour out of my way! Ack! Thank God I spotted my hotel's shuttle on the way, and that the driver was nice enough to go completely off her route and drop me off at the correct hotel. Which reminds me, I need to call someone about a refund...oh, anyway...
With an hour to spare, I check in and book it down to my first panel, "Anti-Heroes You Hate to Love." A fun panel with loads of great authors like Cindy Gerard, Jeaniene Frost, Jo Beverley, Lori Wilde and more! We paired off in groups and visited up close and personal with the attendees. Jessa Slade and I migrated from table to table of readers, chit-chatting about what makes a great anti-hero, the hottie Raylan Givens from 'Justified' and numerous other topics that came to mind.

At 2pm I sat the "Question and Answer chat with FF&P Authors" panel along with the amazingly talented and sweet, Christine Feehan, Nalini Singh, Jessa Slade and CL Wilson. I think I managed to say one coherent sentence during that hour. However, I can't vouch for the other ones that babbled out of my mouth. ;) How I ended up on that panel, I'll never know. But it was an absolute honor to chat with those ladies.

Christine, being the doll she is, was nice enough to tolerate me going "fan girl" over her and posing for a picture with me. She even bought a copy of SHADOW OF THE VAMPIRE and asked me to sign it for her!! I about died.

At 3pm, the next panel I sat on was probably the most fun I've had at a conference workshop..."Build a Hero" again with Jessa Slade, who at this point no doubt thought I was stalking her. *smiles* Our table, the paranormal/urban fantasy table, came up with the uber scrummy dark fae hero, Shikar. We were robbed by the historical hero for the grand prize of best hero, but we definitely built the better book! Just look at those copious notes we took! Pretty impressive, huh? :)

Here I am with some of our "Team Awesome" gals at our table. And here is another one of me waiting to give our hero, Shikar, his moment in the spotlight in front of the room.

After this, I had a few moments to change before heading down to the bar for cocktail hour and dinner and the awards ceremony. A costume ball followed, you can see some of us below in our attire - I'm in the long black dress.

I was a Victorian Vampire (minus the fangs because they annoyed me) with a Zombie baby. He is one of my favorite Halloween accessories and was quite the hit - you can see a pic of him below.

creepy baby alert!

Saturday, I had breakfast with the lovely Jen (who is pictured above in the blue-ish corset) and then headed on down to the book signing. It was set up a little odd, what with the books not being on the tables beside the authors. But even with the snafus, I counted signing almost 20 books. Yay! :)

2:30pm I sat the Were-Squares panel, with Nalini Singh, Cathy Clamp, Carrie Vaughn & CL Wilson. It was a fun question and answer game and everybody walked away with books.

I did memory lane at 3:30pm - a table area set up where readers could come over and chat with authors. Unfortunately, the signage wasn't the best. Fortunately, I got to chat with one of my favorite authors ever, Terri Brisbin for almost an hour! :)

Thirty minutes later and it's cocktail hour and dinner again. I sat next to the lovely and funny, Carly Phillips, Monica McCarty, Veronica Wolff and Jami Alden. This time dinner was followed by a Black & White Masquerade. Here's a dorky pic Carly took of me in my costume:

haha, seeing that picture never fails to crack me up! But in my defense, my leg is in flamingo posture so she can see my platform boots - honest!

After another night of partying, Sunday rolled around. I sat with some more wonderfully, awe-inspiring authors for the "Speed Date a New Author" event, had a great catch up chat with Wendi Darlin' at Author Avenue and then it was off for the horrible DIA airport again. The lines were unGodly long and the flight overbooked, but I made it back to my corner of the world relatively unscathed. My cat was so excited to see me, my Sunday night ended much like my Friday one - with me doing my best Cartman impression as I begged my cat to be quiet so I could sleep. ;)

All in all, I had a fabulous time at the RomCon conference, saw some old friends and met SO many great new ones. I can't wait to do it again next year!


Monday, July 05, 2010

Guest Blogging & Contest!

I'm blogging today over at Vamp Chix about VILF's! Come on over and let me know who your favorite vamp is for a chance to win a signed copy of Shadow of the Vampire!

Also, the lovely Chicks of Characterization are doing a week long spotlight and giveaway, so don't forget to enter over there as well!

Until next time...

Thursday, July 01, 2010

Don't be afraid to show 'em your shorts!

I blogged over at Harlequin Nocturne Author Blog about writing short stories today.
Swing on over and check it out! :)

Until next time...

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Guest Blogging and a Contest!

Hey guys!
I'll be doing a LOT of guest blogging and interviews over the next few weeks. I'll be sure to post the link over here for each of them so you don't miss out!

First up - Cynthia Eden's blog - My top ten reasons dragons make the perfect romance hero & a contest!

Until next time!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

I just looked at the calendar...

...and about died! SHADOW OF THE VAMPIRE will literally be on the shelves in 12 days!! Eeeek!!! I'm excited and nervous and sick to my stomach all at once...sort of like this little guy: I have a feeling July is going to whooooshka right by and I won't know what hits me. I just hope I remember some of it. :)

So you know, I'm going to be guest blogging, doing interviews and of course, CONTESTS almost daily over the next couple of weeks. Be sure to check the schedule of appearances on my website so you know where to find me and when! And if you're in the Denver or Orlando areas in July, swing by one of the book signings and say "HI!"

Until next time...

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Because I don't have 9 hours to watch the movies...

...this is the next best thing.

Man, I love me some Legolas. :)

Until next time...

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

It's my Birthday - and a Contest!!

Okay, I HAD to steal this graphic - Not only do I absolutely love it, but I will be using this song in my Zumba class tonight for squats, so it's perfect. :)
Cause like the sign says, it's my Birthday! Woot!
And as part of the celebration, some uber cool chicks and founding members of the SOTV Street Team are hosting an ARC giveaway of SHADOW OF THE VAMPIRE on their blog, Good Choice Reading. Be sure to swing by today thru June 7th for your chance to enter!
Until next time...

Sunday, May 09, 2010


Early reviews for SHADOW OF THE VAMPIRE are slowly making their way to me and I have to say, I have been floored by each one. It's so wonderful to know that the numerous vibrant and tortured characters who've been bugging me to write their stories are resonating with readers too. I'm going to post some of the reviews here in no certain order, starting with the one I just received today.

Early Review of Shadow of the Vampire (Hqn) by Meagan Hatfield
By Diana at Book of Secrets
Release Date: July 1, 2010

"Even vampires should never sleep with the enemy."

An ancient prophecy spoke of a mysterious crystal with the power to rule all or destroy one. For hundreds of years, vampires and dragon-shifters have engaged in a bloody war, and they are both desperate to possess the Draco Crystal. The Dragon King and Queen have been murdered by the vampires, and their son Declan, the new king, finds the crystal in the vampires' catacombs, but before he can escape, he is taken prisoner by the Vampire Queen's daughter. Alexia is ordered to torture and kill Declan in an effort to find where he has hidden the crystal. But each encounter with him stirs a passion inside her that she thought was long dead. Though Declan should hate her for being the Vampire Queen's heir, he, too, feels the undeniable attraction between them. They soon discover a common foe has taken possession of the crystal to overthrow the Vampire Queen and destroy the dragons. Can Alexia and Declan put aside hundreds of years of hate and mistrust to defeat their enemy and find peace, or is their desire for power and revenge too strong?

This was a fantastic book. Meagan Hatfield has created a dark and perilous world filled with non-stop action and intense emotion. From the first page I was drawn in and this fast paced story of vampires, dragons, and ancient prophecies would not let me go! The choice of dragon-shifters as the vampires' enemy was original. Declan is even able to half-shift, a human body with dragon wings and tail, which Alexia enjoys during their hot love scenes! This story is definitely a DARK paranormal romance. The descriptive scenes of torture and battles were intense. The characters were well written and I could feel their emotions - anguish, fear, love and joy. I enjoyed the secondary characters too. I can see the possibility of at least three future stories based on Declan's sister Tallon, Alexia's mysterious cousin, and others. I am looking forward to reading more from this talented author.

Rating: 5/5
Genre: Dark Paranormal Romance
Copy Reviewed: Free from publisher

Woot! Another review coming soon.

Until next time...

Thursday, May 06, 2010

I can't stop watching this!

This clip is like crack for a romance author/movie addict/gamer such as myself. No joke, I've probably played it a dozen times in as many hours. It looks gorgeous. The song is hypnotic, (as are Jake's abs) the scenery is stunning, (like Jake's eyes) the dialogue swoonworthy, (*dreamy sigh* like Jake's hair), the special effects uber cool, (almost as cool as those straps of leather hugging Jake's rock hard biceps) Oh, and did I mention how friggin' hot Jake Gyllenhaal looks as Prince Dastan? ;) Everytime I see him, I keep thinking of Declan, the hero from my book SHADOW OF THE VAMPIRE. He just fits that character to a tee, especially the hair. If they ever make my book into a movie (haha - yeah right) I'll go totally Anne Rice on the producers if they cast anyone else but Jake to play Dec. lol!

Anyway, if you haven't seen it, click below to watch the "I Remain" trailer/interview and let me know what you think of Jake...erm, I mean what you think of the movie. :)

Until next time...

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Birthday parties, concerts and knights - oh my!

So, my week of craziness has finally come to a close. *phew* It was a long, but fun-filled week of birthday celebrations for my kiddos.

Here is a quick journal of the week's events:

It started with a Pump it UP birthday party for my son, who turned eight this week. *sniff, sniff* He's getting so big! (Sidenote - I'm SO getting one of those thrones for my next birthday.)

I followed that long, semi-exhausting night with a 30 Seconds to Mars Concert, VIP style - a present for my now 13 year old daughter. *no sniffels for her, I'm stoked she's getting older* :)

In reality, the concert was more like a day long event, since we left at 1pm and got home at 1am.But it was a flippin' blast! Doesn't she look happy? :) The boys all told her happy birthday, and Jared Leto gave her a hug!

Oh, and Jared Leto jumped on me! :) Now, how many times in your life can you say that? (well, for those of us who aren't Paris Hilton.) hehehe See, here is the picture to prove it --->>

Then, over the weekend, I took a jaunt to Chicago, where we saw the dinner and tournament show, Medieval Times, (after a lot of playing in the hotel pool of course.) The dinner was great. Being a new rabbit eater, I had the vegetarian meal for the first time and it was amazing! Yummy roasted veggies and a portabella mushroom cap with beans and rice. Mmm.

On the entertainment side, the show was great! Both my daughter and I were given flowers by our knight...
My son had a new tunic and a dagger to wave around, so he was happy as could be...And our knight actually won! That never happens when we go there.

Now, I could post pics of the tourney, joust or the
horses, but come on...do you REALLY want to see those? Me neither. *grin* Instead, here are some pics me with the hotties...erm, I mean knights. :)

And yes, I am sitting on their laps. Personally, I think they like me there. *grins*

Aww, aren't they all just so cute? I wish I could take them home with me. :)

Anyway, I guess that's my week in a nutshell. When you look at it here, it doesn't look crazy at all. But believe me...I'z tired and need a nap! Too bad tomorrow is Monday. Ugh!

Until next time....

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Just so you don't think I'm biased...

...this is the trailer for one of my favorite movies of all time...King Arthur (director's cut, not Walt Disney's cut)

This trailer (as friggin' awesome as the movie is) still kinda sucks. Nothing is as good as the movie.

If you haven't seen it, rent it. If you haven't rented it, buy it. It is one of the best movies of the decade and quite close to being one of the best of the century.

Enjoy! (for the record, I'm a "Tristan" gal. Love the falcon and the sword. ;)

Yummy Prince

And not the Purple Rain variety. *smiles* I saw this trailer and now officially cannot wait to see this movie! Call me crazy, but ever since I saw Jake G in Brokeback Mountain, I've been enamored with the guy. (He was great in Proof too, one of my favorite movies. :)

Now, I know what you're thinking - "A Disney movie, based on a video game that was cool like ten years ago...really, Meagan?" But a few years back, I remember thinking - "A Disney movie, based on a mediocre ride at their theme-park?" and I think we all really enjoyed that little flick. So who knows? The trailer looks pretty sweet. And although the heroine's 'Angelina Jolie from Tomb Raider' voice impersonation is already getting on my nerves, Jake's biceps...erm, I mean the effects look stellar. *grin*

What do you think? Do you have another movie you can't wait to see this summer?

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Random thought for the Day

I saw this the other day and it's been messing with my mind ever since. So, I figured I'd share it here, pass the torch and let it nettle other people's brains. You're welcome. *evil smile*

Until next time...

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Ah, the power of music...

As I've said before, I almost always write to music. I get twitchy when it's silent and usually have headphones in, the tv on or my stereo booming. :)

Anyway, I'm editing my latest novella for Nocturne Bites and listening to this song. It is just SO perfect for this hero and heroine I had to share it with you readers.

Now, up until two days ago, I'd never heard of this group. But Amazon.com does this free mp3 giveaway, so I downloaded it on a whim. I'm very glad I did.

"Farewell, Dear Stranger" - by ent. Take a listen and if you like it, get it here for free!

Until next time...

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Cover Happiness!

I am beyond thrilled to show off my cover for my July release, SHADOW OF THE VAMPIRE! Isn't it amazing, sexy, gorgeous, stunning and a bazillion other adjectives I'm too jazzed to think up? :-) I am in LOVE with it!! *squeeee* It fits the hero and heroine perfectly and is actually one of my favorite scenes from the beginning of the book.

Wanna know more about SHADOW OF THE VAMPIRE? Here is the back cover blurb:

Even vampires should never sleep with the enemy.

Vampire princess Alexia Feodorovna has been undead for 125 years, so it's been a while since any man has made her pulse race. Until Declan Black. One look at his bronzed body and a fire like no other consumes her. Then she discovers that he's a dragon lord come to take revenge on the vamps who killed his parents. And claim a crystal said to imbue its owner with incredible powers.

Alexia is ordered to torture and kill the dragon lord. Yet with each reckless encounter, she finds herself consumed by his fiery passion. A passion Declan battles, as well. Will he be able to resist the fire of lust she kindles within him and keep revenge in his heart? Or will he risk everything to quench the burning desire and claim the vampire as his own?

Until next time...