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cornelia grey. a festival of fools
05 February 2014 @ 06:32 am
So, this year I've decided to keep public lists of my monthly goals, and review them at the end of each month to see if I manage to stick to them or not. So, let's start with January...

The list was:

edit and submit bonus Benjamin Pepperwhistle scene: Done!
★ revise and submit Circus of the Damned novel: Not finished yet. It turned into a big structural revision and I'm working on the second act structure with the editor before completing the revision.
★ revise outline of PhD novel + write 1 chapter: Failed
★ finish translating 1 book: Failed
★ read at least 1 book for research: I read half, but it's still better than nothing... ;)
★ write 1 blog post: This one counts as half done. I wrote on this blog but not on my other one, so I'm not striking it.
apply for more jobs: Done! Almost secured an assignment for February/March.

Things accomplished that weren't on the list:
★ record video interview for Bitten by Books, which you can see HERE!
★ write two guest posts for blog tour

I should have considered that here in Italy the holidays continue until January 7th, and they are full of relatives and visits, so it was kind of hard to work good hours. There was also my birthday, as well as my aunt's and my grandma-in-law's and uncle-in-law's (do those words even exist? XD)... I need to be more realistic with my schedule.

The wordcount for January is 37'650, which is pretty good. Will have to work to keep it up in February because I usually alternate productive months and absolutely terrible ones... :)

So now, let's see the revised plan for February, trying to be less ambitious (since the month is also shorter):


★ finish revision on Circus of the Damned
★ finish reading book for research
★ write 1 chapter of PhD novel
★ write 1 blog post
★ finalize job and get started

See you in about a month to see how I did ;)!
cornelia grey. a festival of fools

What a lovely surprise! I just discovered that the handsome devil Farfarello, from my book Devil at the Crossroads, has been nominated in the Best Antagonist / Villain category of the Readers' Appreciation Awards over at the blog of Sid Love. So excited - who knew that making dodgy deals chasing after the souls of wannabe bluesmen would make him so popular ;)...

Check out the other nominees and cast your vote at The Blog of Sid Love!
cornelia grey. a festival of fools
21 January 2014 @ 08:42 pm
I'm happy to announce the winner of my contest over at Prism Book Alliance, who won a title of her choice from my backlist. And the winner is...


Check your inbox ;) and thanks to everyone who participated!
cornelia grey. a festival of fools
My video interview is now LIVE at Bitten By Books - Paranormal Fiction Review Site!

Would you like to hear my cool Italian accent as I talk about my Devil at the Crossroads novella, and its two upcoming sequels 'The Circus of the Damned' and a still untitled Steampunk Inventor story - and also enter a contest to win a $20 Riptide Publishing gift card?

Join me over at Bitten by Books!
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cornelia grey. a festival of fools
13 January 2014 @ 03:23 am

Join me on January 15th at Bitten by Books for my very first video interview, a chat and a contest! This event post goes up at 12:00pm Central and runs into the evening. For those visiting from outside of the US, here is the time conversion link. http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/

I will be talking about my paranormal novella Devil at the Crossroads!

The devil covets more than his soul …

Six years ago, Logan Hart sold his soul to the devil to become the greatest bluesman of all time—and now the devil has come to collect.

The irony is that Logan squandered his gift. High on fame, money, and drugs, he ignored his muse and neglected his music. And despite escaping showbiz in a moment of clarity, it’s too late to redeem himself. All that’s left is to try to go out with some dignity. Alas, the prospect of an eternity in Hell isn’t helping much with that goal.

But Farfarello, the devil who bought Logan’s soul, isn’t ready to drag him down to Hell quite yet. He’s just spent six years working his ass off to whip a bluesman into shape, and he refuses to let that—or the opportunity for more sinful pleasures with Logan—go to waste.

CONTEST INFO: Open to readers worldwide!
Prize: $20.00 Gift Card to Riptide Publishing

RSVP on this page and get 25 entries to the prize portion of the contest when you show up on the day of the event. If you don’t show up and mention your RSVP your points won’t be entered into the contest. Be sure to tweet and facebook this link: http://bittenbybooks.com/?p=69349 so your friends can RSVP too :)!
cornelia grey. a festival of fools
29 December 2013 @ 02:23 am
I can't believe I'm already here writing the 'end of 2013 post', when it feels like just yesterday I was writing the one for 2012! This year has really flown by. (Years speeding by faster and faster are one of the favourite topics of conversation when I hang out with my grandma. It feels like one moment it's July and we're sitting on the balcony enjoying the sun, and the next it's winter and Christmas is already gone and then before we know it we'll be on the balcony again... and let me tell you, I wait all year for those meager three months of sunshine! But I digress...)

So, 2013 was definitely packed. I started my Phd in February, went on my graduation trip to Japan in April, moved back to Italy, bounced back and forth from London a few times, saw Spain and Tangiers... did A LOT of research, translated a bunch of books, applied for dozens of jobs, took care of grandma when she was unwell over the summer. I also had to handle the most toxic familiar situation we had since my dad's death almost ten years ago (luckily, even though the issue is not solved yet, things are looking up now). I did really have my plate full. According to my logs, I even managed to write almost 200.000 words.

And yet, somehow - as always - I find myself feeling vaguely unsatisfied, like I haven't accomplished everything I was hoping to last year at this time. Of those 200k words, only around 30k ever made it into the publisher's hands (and, subsequently, the readers'!), and I'm not really sure what I did with all the others! Real life got in the way (and I have to say, being back in Italy really doesn't help, since at least when I'm abroad I can drop family drama and take care of my life and my work) and things got messy, and my best laid plans got thwarted.

So I'd like to write down a few bullet points for 2014, because I like having things pinned down and I hope it will help me structure my time and my work a little better!

★ ★ 2014 to-do list ★ ★

★ edit and submit bonus Benjamin Pepperwhistle scene
★ revise and submit Circus of the Damned novel
★ revise outline of PhD novel + write 1 chapter
★ finish translating 1 book
★ read at least 1 book for research
★ write 1 blog post
★ apply for more jobs (;__;)
(starting out with a packed month, eh? I'm kind of already freaking out)

★ finish and submit Bounty Hunter III
★ start writing Steampunk Inventor novel (or novella?)
★ read at least 2 books for research
★ write 1 chapter of PhD novel
★ write 1 blog post
(hopefully I will have a job by then so... doing that! :P)

★ finish Steampunk Inventor
★ (maybe) line edits for Circus of the Damned?
★ write 2 chapters of PhD novel
★ read at least 2 books for research
★ write 1 blog post

★ revise and submit Steampunk Inventor
★ line edits for Circus of the Damned
★ write 1 chapter of PhD novel
★ read at least 1 book for research
★ write 1 blog post

Things are a little more vague after that. I want to really try and blog at least once a month, since I suck at that; there will be line edits for Steampunk Inventor in May/June; I'd like to finish the PhD novel by September, even though I'm not so confident about that; I'd also like to write at least two more stories, but that will depend on whether I come up with any cool ideas in a timely fashion... ;)

Anyway, I'll update with the plans for the following months as they take shape, and I'll update every month letting you know whether I managed to get everything done (feel free to scold and whip me if I don't!). And now... now I'll be a good girl and go to sleep since it's almost half past 2 in the morning and tomorrow morning I gotta head to Genoa to celebrate my mom's 50th birthday ♥!

Big hugs everyone, and good luck with your New Year's resolutions :)!
cornelia grey. a festival of fools
30 September 2013 @ 05:21 pm
Hello, everyone!


So, the blog tour for Devil at the Crossroads is over - thank you so much to everyone who hosted me on their blog, everyone who read and commented! I'm glad to announce the winners of the Devil at the Crossroads contest, who will receive an ebook of their choice from my backlist.

Congratulations to... Melanie and Joanna!

I'm immediately off to email the lucky winners!

Much love,

Cornelia xx
cornelia grey. a festival of fools
24 September 2013 @ 08:12 pm
What a wonderful surprise! Devil at the Crossroads has been out for just one day and there's already two lovely 4 stars reviews for it - so excited! I gotta share a couple of snippets... :)


Boys in Our Books:

I feel like I must put a disclaimer that I LOVE Cornelia Grey’s stories. I think she is underrated and I would love to see her getting more popularity. So there might be biases when it comes to her stories. Having said that, I truly think this one is another winner.(...)
Cue some really SENSUALLY HOT and CAPTIVATING scenes of Logan and Farfarello; which drove me to the edge of excruciating need to fan myself. This was one of Ms. Grey’s strengths … she had a wonderful way in creating sensual scenes that were really hot without being too erotic. And I was simply in awe with that.


The Fictionators:

Devil At The Crossroads was a great, fun read, and I enjoyed it much more than I expected to. Short stories are always hard; you’re often left with wanting more, but in this case, it was perfect. If you want something to read to pass a short bit of time, definitely give this one a go. The writing is sharp, the characters are compelling, and the chemistry is hot! You definitely won’t be wasting your time spending it with Logan and Farfarello. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself liking the Devil, he’s something else!...
cornelia grey. a festival of fools
23 September 2013 @ 08:45 pm
Hello, everyone :)!
Today I'm over at Cup o' Porn talking about devils in mythology and folklore, and how I re-interpreted the devil trope in my new novella, Devil at the Crossroads!

In the literary tradition, devils are commonly portrayed as evil. Devils such as Mephistopheles, in the story of Doctor Faust, find great pleasure in destroying a man or, even better, driving a man to destroy himself with his own hands. It’s almost as if Mephistopheles perceives that Faust is already damned, or on his way to damnation at the very least, and all the devil has to do is give a little push to help him realise his potential.

My perception was always slightly different: ‘my’ devils are more ridiculous than frightening. Like every Italian, I grew up with copies of Dante’s Divine Comedy at home and studied it at school, so my imagination is forever influenced by his descriptions and by Gustave Doré’s beautiful engravings. One of the things that tickled my imagination the most was Dante’s portrayals of the lesser devils, the bizarre, mischievous creatures that inhabit the different levels of Hell. I was always particularly fond of the Malebranche gang, the “evil claws” that inhabit the crevasses of the Malebolge, in the eight circle of Hell.

For instance, there is their leader Malacoda (evil tail); Barbariccia (curly beard) who famously farts like a trumpet; Cagnazzo (bad dog) with his animal snout; Rubicante, whose task is to cut up the souls of the damned; Alichino, who will eventually evolve into the much more famous Arlecchino (Harlequin)…

Read the rest of the post here!
cornelia grey. a festival of fools
23 September 2013 @ 08:22 pm
Hello, everyone! I have great news - my paranormal novella Devil at the Crossroads is officially out :) And today the blog tour officially begins!


Join author Cornelia Grey for a tour filled with the paranormal, a sexy red-eyed devil, and the blues. Follow along all week for exclusive excerpts of her new title Devil at the Crossroads, plus interviews, guest posts, and, of course, a special giveaway!

Stops for this tour:

September 23, 2013 - Cup O' Porn
September 24, 2013 - Babes in Boyland
September 24, 2013 - The Fictionators - Spotlight Stop
September 25, 2013 - Words of Wisdom From The Scarf Princess
September 26, 2013 - Pants Off Reviews
September 27, 2013 - Fiction Vixen
September 27, 2013 - Sid Love