Jean Marie Ward

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Back in the ER Again

Friday, June 8th, 2007 | Author: jmward14 | Blog | Comments Off

Not me or Mom (fortunately), but

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It ain’t fair, Just a few days after his first novel, Cyberius III, was published in December 2005, he landed in the hospital. Fast forward eighteen months, his new novel, Poseidon VII, has been released by Samhain with a beautiful cover by Vanessa Hawthorne, (the thumbnail above doesn’t do it justice) and guess what… (sigh) He’s back in the hospital.  Fortunately, it’s a lot less serious than it was last time. Unfortunately, hundakleptisis will probably remain in captivity–er, a patient for at least a week. Which makes it kind of hard to share the book video and excerpts.  Or it would, but I figure there’s no reason why somebody else can’t do the honors on his behalf.  

First, for your viewing pleasure, here’s a link to Poseidon VII‘s very first video (drumroll, please).

Second is a link to the book itself.  The blurb is actually too modest.  This is one of those SF romances that scorches the pixels.  I should know.  I was one of the first beta readers.  And more important (to us genre geeks, anyway) the science and worldbuilding are really cool.  You can get a taste of the worldbuilding in the Samhain excerpt.  I’ll see if I can’t find something a little more combustible for the romance junkies too, but it may take me a while.  You know I’ll get distracted reading.  :-)

Posted 9 years, 11 months ago at 10:12 pm.

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Win a Wishstone to Celebrate “Vanyr’s” Print Date & Poll Standing

Tuesday, February 20th, 2007 | Author: jmward14 | Blog | Comments Off

This has been a heck of a day–in the best possible way.  

- The print edition of With Nine You Get Vanyr went on sale.
- Preditors & Editors posted the results of their
2006 SF/fantasy Poll–and VANYR made #2.  (Thank you!  Thank you! to everyone who voted.)
- My bookmarks arrived (and they’re gorgeous!)
- My local Walden’s asked when I’d like a signing.

Whew!  qnotku would’ve been so proud.  To celebrate, I’m…

…opening WardSmith.com’s first contest of 2007 here on LJ before it’s even posted on the site.  

The novel’s tagline is “How much would you give to live your fantasy?  Think fast–your Wishstone is waiting.”  For the contest we’re asking something a little different: How much would you give for a Wishstone*?

For a limited time (until April 14, to be exact) you don’t have to give anything. To celebrate our print release, hundakleptisis and I are giving you the opportunity to win a Wishstone or a set of three Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab perfume imps.  Or both.  

The grand prize of is a crystal egg suitable for storing wishes or containing demons, and three BPAL imps.  Two other lucky winners will receive three BPAL imp ears, sans egg.  The fragrances–guaranteed to evoke your inner goddess or the goddess of a woman near you–are keyed to the cyber-names of the Daughters of Reyah’s three top magic users:

* Bastet (for Thea, who changes into cats)
* Psyche (for Liz, the group’s mind mage)
* Kurukulla (a blend of lotus blooms and roses suitable for Anna’s cyber-identity of Circe)

Entering is simple.  All you have to do is send us the answer to the following question via our Contact Page:

In Chapter 15 of With Nine You Get Vanyr, readers discover the nine Earth women transmogrified by the Wishstone aren’t the only souvenirs Reyah brought back from our little blue planet.  She’s also Chosen a knight from among the players of an online computer game.  What is that knight’s name in Domain?

The winning entries will be drawn at random from emails with the correct answer received before midnight EST, April 14.  We’ll announce the winners on April 15 to give folks a reason to look forward to tax day for a change.

You don’t need to buy the book to win.  The answer can be found somewhere on the web site.  Plus, everyone who provides a snail mail address will receive two free bookmarks, one featuring Anne Cain’s luscious cover art and the other featuring one a warm and fuzzy cartoon from Hail Dubyus–one of the few. 

Yes, we will mail overseas.  Across the galaxy?  Well, I’ll need to talk to Madame Reyah about that…

* The management makes no supernatural claims for the Wishstone offered in this contest.  All we say is, sometimes, wishing makes it so.

Posted 10 years, 3 months ago at 9:25 pm.

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Light a Candle

Monday, October 23rd, 2006 | Author: jmward14 | Blog | Comments Off

If you have any good thoughts, healing wishes, prayers, juju or anything else that might help, please, send it to Bethesda, MD, today.  qnotku suffered a major heart attack while on the road to a pre-surgical seminar early Sunday evening.  (Yeah, the irony is killing, ain’t it?)  She was taken to Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, MD, where she’s currently in the cardiac ICU.  While you’re at it, if you can spare any healing thoughts for her dh, hundakleptis, please, send those along too.  He’s staying with her tonight.
I’ll post more information as soon as I have any.

Posted 10 years, 7 months ago at 2:20 am.

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Good health juju needed for qnotku and hundakleptisis

Wednesday, December 14th, 2005 | Author: jmward14 | Blog | Comments Off

Some people will do ANYTHING to avoid putting up holiday decorations…
As qnotku’s friends know, a severe attack of pancreatitis sent her dh, hundakleptisis, to the hospital on Monday. Then there was the scary 3:30 a.m. phone call yesterday.
Today it was qnotku who made the trip to the emergency room. (Fortunately, tree was there to help out. Thanks tree!) The hospital admitted her too and is evaluating whether or not she needs surgery for her hernia.
I told qnotku that if she kept this up I would just drag a Yule Log into the ward and light it there. She fell asleep in the middle of the sentence. That’s implied permission, right? After all, she didn’t DISAGREE with me, right? ;-)
Seriously, qnotku sends her love and thanks for all the responses to her earlier post.
Hugs,
Jean Marie

Posted 11 years, 5 months ago at 8:22 pm.

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