Thursday, July 29, 2010

Dear Author & RT Review

Just a quick break as I'm in my hotel room for a few minutes before I go to lunch with my lovely agent, and had some great news from my editor that I wanted to share. But first,

Alyson at Dear Author has done a really cool interview with all of the Best First Book RITA Finalists. It's sort of a quick-fire question and answer session that was really fun to do. It's in two parts. Part One & Part Two. Thanks so much to Alyson!!

And for the news: THE DARKEST EDGE OF DAWN has it's very first review!! It's from RT Magazine and it's 4 1/2 stars! I'm so relieved. This was one of the hardest books I've ever written.:

The second book in Gay's gritty Atlanta set urban fantasy series is even better than the first! Charlie is fast becoming a vastly intriguing and likeable heroine. The groundwork laid in the first novel pays off here as Charlie must face the repercussions of her actions. The tight plotting keeps the pace brisk and the action exciting. This author is definitely on the rise!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Off to Orlando soon...

I'm headed to Orlando this week to attend the RWA National Conference. I'll try to post while I'm there and add some pics. If anyone is going, please come say hi. I'll be at the 2010 "Readers for Life" Literacy Autographing, which takes place on Wednesday, July 28, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Walt Disney World® Dolphin Resort, Pacific Exhibit Hall. It's open to the public and there's no admittance charge. For those attending the conference, I'll also be signing books at the Pocket Signing on Friday 3:00-4:30. And, ya know, I'll be lurking around and having some fan girl moments over my favorite authors. :D

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Found this awesome cover...

. . . for Kelly Keaton's new young adult novel, DARKNESS BECOMES HER. ;-) Love the mood and look of it so much! The tree will be a clear spot gloss design over the black cover. My publisher is discussing printing this on metallic stock to bring out the silver in the gate, and possibly embossing the gate, and maybe the title as well. Whatever they do, I'm sure it will look stunning! And I'm over at Riding with the Top Down today.

Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: February 22, 2011
Genre: Young Adult/Dark urban fantasy
ISBN-10: 144240924X
ISBN-13: 978-1442409248
Pre-order DBH at Amazon
DBH at Goodreads


Ari can’t help feeling lost and alone. With teal eyes and freakish silver hair that can’t be changed or destroyed, Ari has always stood out. And after growing up in foster care, she longs for some understanding of where she came from and who she is.

Her search for answers uncovers just one message from her long dead mother: Run. Ari can sense that someone, or something, is getting closer than they should. But it’s impossible to protect herself when she doesn’t know what she’s running from or why she is being pursued.

She knows only one thing: she must return to her birthplace of New 2, the lush rebuilt city of New Orleans. Upon arriving, she discovers that New 2 is very...different. Here, Ari is seemingly normal. But every creature she encounters, no matter how deadly or horrifying, is afraid of her.

Ari won’t stop until she knows why. But some truths are too haunting, too terrifying, to ever be revealed.

BPOD is a Fresh Pick Today...

Which is a delightful surprise on this day, this day when my air conditioner in my car has suddenly stopped working. When it is broaching 100 degrees. When I have to tote my two children around. In a car. With no air. *sigh*

July 22, 2010

Fresh Picks are very cool because as the folks at Fresh Fiction say: "The Fresh Pick is chosen by a group of readers and is never a purchased advertisement or promotion. We've chosen your book because it appeals to us and we like to share our diverse tastes in reading and hope other readers will give it a try."

So heres to a little awesome today to balance out the not-so-awesome. The universe giveth and the universe taketh. Or something like that. ;-)

And thanks to the folks over at Fresh Fiction!!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Widdling away

At my To Do list. This might be the longest To Do list I've ever created. It's a mix of work stuff, travel stuff, personal stuff, house stuff, promo stuff (as evident by the pic), etc...

So let's see what I have left for this week before leaving for Orlando and the RWA National Conference next week:
  • dry cleaning
  • vacuum the stairs
  • wash the sheets
  • mow the yard
  • finish sending out bookmarks and swag
  • write four guest posts
  • finish one interview
  • finish laundry
  • grocery shop

Oy. I think that's enough for now. There's more. And did you notice that no where did I mention any actual writing? Which is a big bummer, but there are way too many things to accomplish this week. Just slightly overwhelmed, and maniacal at this point. Also have to pack... And that's going to be a B^%*ch. :D

But I am getting excited and happy. I've been looking forward to this trip, to spending sometime with my friends, getting to know my agent a bit better (we're having lunch together and I'll be attending the agency cocktail party, and I'm sure I'll be seeing her around the con as well), spending some time with my hub and kid. Ooh, and my birthday is Friday of next week, and I think we're going to find a cool place to eat at Disney. And then there's the award's ceremony... There is a lot of work leading up to the con, but once there, I think it's going to be awesome fun!

Have to make sure my camera is charged. Now, where the hell is the charger? Hmm...

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Darkest Edge Contest!

There's a contest going on right now for a copy of Darkest Edge of Dawn over at Amberkatze's Book Blog. Check out the interview, comment, and Amber will pick one winner to receive a signed final copy of the book. Since I receive my author copies before the actual release date, the winner will, hopefully get the book a bit early as well. ;-) I'm so excited to appear on Amber's blog! Hope you'll check it out.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Darkness Becomes Her is up!

Doin' the Happy Dance, people! My YA is up at Amazon and available for pre-order, complete with the amazing cover flap blurb. My editor, Emilia, did the most incredible job capturing the tone and mystery of the book. It makes my heart pound every time I read it.

I hope you guys will go check it out. I'll put up the description on my Kelly Keaton Facebook page, and the new Kelly, so it'll be there to read as well...

But, YAY! :D

Monday, July 12, 2010

Jaunty Quills

The fabulous Kristan Higgins (who is very funny and sweet) has put up some info on Jaunty Quills about the RITA Best First Books. So if you're looking for a new author to try, check out the finalists. There are some very interesting premises and plots going on. Yet more authors to add to my TBR list!!

Speaking of RWA, my To Do List is slowly being widdled away. So far I've:
  • Taken my daughter's dress to be altered
  • Bought shoes and earrings to go with my gown
  • Shipped off all necessary books for raffles & baskets
  • Picked up dry cleaning
  • Slowly cleaning my house so my mom won't be living in chaos for a week.

Starting to get excited about the trip, and the thought of seeing some old friends again, hanging out, catching up on their lives, and talking about the biz. Meeting with my agent. Participating in the Literacy Signing for the first time...

If anyone is attending, please stop by and say hello. The Literacy signing is open to the public. Wednesday, July 28, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Walt Disney World® Dolphin Resort, Pacific Exhibit Hall, in Orlando, Florida. Hope to see some familiar faces!

Off to write my pages for the day...

Thursday, July 08, 2010

Long time, no see

Yeah. That's me. :-) Been away from the blog for a bit. Life is crazy.

I want to say that I've been busy writing, accomplishing my goal of ten pages a day, so that I can get this manuscript done in time to start my second contracted YA, but that would be a big, ole lie.

Here's the thing, getting published means you not only have to squeeze writing into your week, but you also must play the role of secretary, promotion/marketing person, personal assistant, editor (for your copy edits and galleys), etc...

I spend so much time fielding emails, calls, creating ads and banners, keeping an online presence, sending out mailings, ordering promo items, arranging travel, completing interviews, writing guest posts... Writing is only one part of the equation, and lately -- with a new book releasing in 54 days and a conference coming up -- it has, unfortunately, played a small part.

The last part of my week and this week has been taken up by cover conferencing and finalizing a bunch of promotion efforts for Darkest Edge of Dawn. I could sit here and tell you that finding a balance is key, but here's the thing: You can plan some stuff -- like you know your deadlines, you know when interviews and posts are due. You have some idea when edits are coming, but there are a lot of other things you just can't balance in -- cover issues, promotion issues, requests for a quick excerpt to go into the back of your latest release... Whatever it may be, you just can't plan for these things, and these thing throw off the timing of the things you have planned for.

But, it's okay. Sometimes I do get stressed out. Especially when I'm behind on my page count, sit down in the morning, and think I have X amount of hours of blissful writing time to make up the lost pages. And then life intrudes or business stuff takes precedence, and I get even farther behind. And since I'm now writing two series at the same time, all this is doubled. It makes for a sometimes crazy life. Yet I would NOT give it up for the world -- you'd have to rest this life out of my cold, dead fingers if it came to that. I love what I do, I love writing and I love chatting with my readers and those in the biz, and I even love the business side of things. Just have to roll with the punches sometimes, yanno? And drink a lot of coffee.

Now, let's see if I can make up a few pages... ;-)