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Sela Carsen
April 3rd, 2007, 11:45 AM
I come by that "Hey y'all" honestly, being a Texas native.

I've been writing fiction for about 4 years now, but I come from a varied background, including journalism, advertising and acting.

My first story was published by Samhain and it's a paranormal romantic zombie comedy novella called NOT QUITE DEAD. (http://samhainpublishing.com/romance/not-quite-dead) It's had some amazing kudos, including a 3rd place spot as Best Debut Book in the RIO Award of Excellence (http://www.rio-reviewers.com/rae/rae2006.html) and a coveted 91 from Mrs. Giggles (http://www.mrsgiggles.com/books/carsen_not.html).

The story is about Sabine Harper, a nice, normal high school guidance counselor who would like to find a nice, normal man. She winds up with a century old walking corpse, but what's a little death between friends, right?

My second story is a lighthearted historical short story from Forbidden Publications called THE VIRGIN COURTESAN (http://www.forbiddenpublications.com/book_pages/the_virgin_courtesan.html).

Set in Venice during the Italian Renaissance, Nerina Morinelo discovers she's not cut out to be a courtesan, but Domenico Venieri has a much better proposition for her.

I was also fortunate to be included in an anthology from Freya's Bower called DREAMS AND DESIRES. (http://www.freyasbower.com/content/view/132/77/) My short story, "The Christmas Prize," is one of 19 stories included in the collection -- and every cent of the proceeds from the sales of the book go to a battered women's shelter.

Finally, my latest work, tentatively titled HEART OF THE SEA, will be released by Samhain this fall as part of their Celtic Love and Lore anthology, along with stories by Carolan Ivey and Gia Dawn.

HEART OF THE SEA is the tale of Meriel Byrne, who's a little cranky about being cursed into the body of a Selkie three years ago. She has one day as a human to solve the riddle, but doesn't count on finding true love.

Kissa Starling
April 3rd, 2007, 03:10 PM
You have been busy! Congrats on all the new releases.

Lainey
April 3rd, 2007, 04:48 PM
I am glad to see another member here today and congrats on your book releases it looks like you have a great future ahead of you. And hi to you too Kissa... smiles.

Lainey

Kissa Starling
April 3rd, 2007, 05:13 PM
Hey to you too Lainey. I recognize you from that awesome Myspace page.

Sela Carsen
April 4th, 2007, 09:42 AM
Hey Kissa and Lainey! Thanks for stopping in!

Dayna Hart
April 5th, 2007, 01:41 PM
hi hi, Sela :)

I've read ALL your books, and love 'em. So there! I realised I could say that, and sound like a total fangirl. :)

Good to see you.

jennzilla
April 7th, 2007, 03:24 AM
I always kid that I write to support my reading habit. The truth is, I'm not joking at all. When I got my ginormous windfall from my book sales this past quarter, oh ahem.. hold on. :lol: Ok, yes, I'm able to type again. Now, anyway, I bought Sela's book. However, I've been so dang busy I haven't gotten a chance to read the dang thing yet. But, I will be reading Not Quite Dead very soon. I love the pairing of slightly creepy with really funny because I'm a chicken girl at heart.

Cuz I don't mind being scared :rawrrrrr: as long as you tickle me :roflmao: out of it at the end.

Sela Carsen
April 7th, 2007, 10:10 AM
LOL Dayna -- my first fangirl!

Jenna, I hope you enjoy it! I read your excerpts of The Wolf's Heart in the CT Chatroom and literally LOLd. Can't believe I have to wait until June for it!

jennzilla
April 7th, 2007, 03:32 PM
Me too, Sela! I have stage fright though. I like funny with my paranormal, so, I stuck it in there in the form of my heroine's reaction to finding out that, yes, werewolves ARE real and well, just crap, her bf is one of them.