Sunday, February 28, 2010

New Free Read

Not much going on, but I wanted to let y'all know I have posted a new Free Read on my website. It's not long at all, just a little snip I did. It's a touch of fantasy, so I hope you like it.

Just check it out here.

Diana Castilleja

Diana Castilleja || Diana DeRicci

Stop Copyright Infringement!
Do not download illegal copies of books.
This is theft right out of the pockets of authors.

Unbound Trust || Coming Soon!

Crowning A Warrior King || Print
Aiza Clan Shifter Combo 1&2 || Print
The Eternal Kiss || Print

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Okay, I've been quiet

And I know it.

All with good cause!! Book 4 of the Aiza Clan Shifter Series has a title... *drumroll please*


Woot! No more... "Where is Book 4?" or "You know, that one?" LOL

There's also been a few things going on around here with the in tons of it! Which means some new releases headed your way soon!

Interested in a goodie bag? How about a tote bag? Well, it's pretty easy. Down below is a list (Thanks to the lovely Selena Illyria for putting it together) of questions. Answer the ones that apply to you, but try to answer at least 7 (half is fair, right?) for your name to be included in a drawing for the goodies! If you do take the time to answer them all, there will be a little something extra for those who do.

You can email the replies to me at diana dot castilleja AT gmail dot com. This will be an open questionnaire until the 25th of March. I'll pick at the end of March and announce here. If you send me replies, make sure the email is current, so I can contact the winner!

So here goes:

1) How much promo is too much? Example: Seeing an author's name and promo for the same book every day on every loop you belong to -vs- Seeing an author's name once and promo for certain time period.

2) How do you hear about info about your fav author(s)? Website? Newsletter? Publisher site? Yahoo group? Facebook? My Space? Ning? Twitter?

3) How do you connect with your fav author(s)? On a blog? Website? Yahoo/Google Groupe? Facebook? My Space? Twitter?

4) Do you vote when your author is up for an award or best book? (If voting is allowed)

5) Do reviews sway whether or not you'll buy a book?

6) If an author wins an award, does that make you want to check them out if you haven't already done so?

7) Do you read reviews? What if the review was from a big name author?

8) Does a publisher's reputation make you want to buy books from them?

9) How much does cover art play into you checking out a new author? How much does bad cover art peak your curiosity about a book? Does bad cover art cause you to turn away from the book? Do you prefer photo cover art or digital (Daz, Poser, etc.)?

10) Coupons: Do you love them? Use them or would you prefer a discount in the first week of sales?

11) Do you check out publisher days on Yahoo Loops? Do you attended publisher chats?

12) Do you wait to buy a book when it's on sale?

13) Do you enter contests hoping to win books? Do you read the books you win?

14) Authors: Promo companies love em or hate em or are indifferent?

15) Do you enjoy "cyber signings"? Public "live" signings?

16) Do you follow, or paticipate in/with, blog tours?

Saturday, February 13, 2010

A flicker of hope...


U.S. announces intellectual property watchdog

* US Justice Dept creates intellectual property task force

WASHINGTON, Feb 12 (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department is forming an intellectual property task force because of what some estimate to be billions of dollars in losses from copyright piracy.

The movie and software industries have been hard hit by piracy, ...MORE

Diana Castilleja

Diana Castilleja || Diana DeRicci

Stop Copyright Infringement!
Do not download illegal copies of books.
This is theft right out of the pockets of authors.

Unbound Trust || Coming Soon!

Crowning A Warrior King || Print
Aiza Clan Shifter Combo 1&2 || Print
The Eternal Kiss || Print

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

This Week: In Diana's Head

diana's head I think I'm becoming a total convert.....

That's convert...Not PERVERT! Get out of the gutter. Sheesh!

Okay, so I'm sitting here--Yeah, I know. Like that's news. Anyway, I'm sitting here and I've been reading a storm on my ebookwise. Been doing some serious revisions on a very long book and after two weeks of "OMG! I did not write that...that badly!" I needed a break. So I've been playing with my E-library and reading some utterly delicious stories.

And it got me thinking. Out of over a dozen and a half books that I've read in January, only two were DT (dead tree) books. Yeah, I've read a ton on my reader, and thinking I want more! I love to read even while I'm writing. The funny thing is, looking back over the month, and deciding what next to read, I've come to the conclusion I'd much rather read on my reader than read a print book.


I know. I'll let that sink it. It was pretty shocking for me today too. I have an entire bookcase of DT books. 500+. Don't get me wrong. They're all books I bought because I wanted to read them, or because I received them in some manner. (Like at AAD con). But buying them means I also have to find a home for them afterward. I keep a certain few, favorites etc., but for the most part, I swap them or send them to friends. We don't have the room for an extensive collection. The irony is even buying them in print, doesn't mean I'll read them an sooner than an ebook.

The problem I face is with NY author books, I can't read those on my ebookwise (file compatibility and DRM issues), so I typically buy those in print. Then they languish. I have come to the conclusion it's because my reading preference is changing. So while I drool over the print and awesome covers and the authors I know I want to read, I'm feeling less and less pressured to buy them in print. Eventually I will have a reader that can handle the different formats (I've been looking at several) and in time I honestly think the only thing that will fill my bookcases will be my treasured favorites and books I love to read and can't part with.

Is your reading changing because of the E formats? Is selection making a difference in your purchases? What are your thoughts?

Monday, February 1, 2010

Sexy Saturday Winner!

Thank you for coming and reading this weekend. Sorry I'm posting this a little late, but without further delay the winner for a copy of THE ETERNAL KISS is.....

Jacki C.!!!

Please email me at Diana dot Castilleja AT

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