Thursday, December 30, 2010

New giveaway: Book Club's 31 Days of Giveaways

The fabulous Crissi invited me to participate in Book Club's 31 Days of Giveaways. Today is my day! :D This giveaway lasts for 24 hours, so hie yonselves over to Crissi's Blog to answer the following questions: (NOTE: DO NOT ANSWER HERE. YOU MUST GO TO CRISSI'S BLOG TO ANSWER AND BE ENTERED!!)

1) When I deck the halls I use garland, but in this popular Christmas carol they use?

2) Where does Frosty the Snowman go after winter is over?

3) Can elves fly?

(A) Obviously! There magical beings.
(B) Only with the help of a reindeer or Santa's sleigh
(C) Not at all, that's why they work all the time.

The giveaway today consists of both of my Charlie Madigan titles (THE BETTER PART OF DARKNESS & THE DARKEST EDGE OF DAWN), signed. And a final autographed copy of Kelly Keaton's YA debut, DARKNESS BECOMES HER. The YA will be mailed separately once the final copies come in sometimes in late January, early February, but the adult titles will be mailed after the winner is announced.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

ARC contest & Happy Holidays!

Thanks to everyone for the awesome feedback on the new Charlie cover! :D Just quickly wanted to share info on the ARC contest I have running over on the Kelly Keaton Facebook Page. One signed ARC of my young adult novel, DARKNESS BECOMES HER is up for grabs until Jan 1st.

And saying a BIG OLE HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!! to you all now since I'm not sure when I'll be back by. Be safe and I hope you all have a great time over the next few days. :-)

Monday, December 20, 2010

New Cover: The Hour of Dust and Ashes

I can share! Here is the cover for the third Charlie Madigan book. Once again, the art was created by Chris McGrath. And I'm in LOVE with the color. Remember when I said, "Intense"? Was I right or was I right? :D Big, big thanks to my editor, Ed, Chris M, and the Art Dept. at Pocket for creating another great cover for the series! There might be a few minor changes (blurbs, quotes, that sort of thing) but the artwork is done, so sharing is okay. Hope you enjoy!

I'm taking sometime off for the holidays (though I'll be checking in online from time to time), But I want to wish you all a wonderful, wonderful holiday!!! A big mushy thanks to all my readers and friends for making 2010 such an amazing journey. I can't wait to see what 2011 brings.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

How an Agent Picks a Client: From Query to Career

Just passing this info along. Might be of interest to some of you or a good Christmas present to give to yourself (LOL) or someone you love:

"Irene Goodman will be conducting a live webinar on Thursday, December 16th, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on How an Agent Picks a Client: From Query to Career. This event will give you an inside look at exactly what goes through an agent’s mind through each step of the submission process when making this all-important decision. And with this peek inside an agent’s mind, writers will see what makes a query letter stand out, what makes an agent request sample pages or a book proposal, and how agents evaluate single titles vs. a book series. In addition to instructing, Irene Goodman will be taking questions live during the webinar. No question goes unanswered."

Here is the link:

"All registrants are invited to submit either a query letter or the first page of a manuscript (300 words or fewer for each) immediately after the event. All submissions will receive a critique from the instructor. (All the instructor's funds will be donated to charity—specifically: the Foundation Fighting Blindness and the Deafness Research Foundation.)"

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Darkest Edge is up for a Goodreads Choice Award!

I'm so tickled about this, I can't even say. I'm in such amazing company (paranormal fantasy); I have to pinch myself. :D According to Goodreads they nominated books "by analyzing statistics about books read by our members from the 47 million books added, rated, and reviewed on the site in 2010. Official nominees were selected based on a book's popularity and average rating among Goodreads members, so a nomination is truly an honor because it comes from your readers!"

And they provided this nifty (and very convenient) voting widget! I don't have a chance in hell, LOL, but this is amazing, so big, big thanks to everyone at Goodreads for posting, rating, and reviewing the book to begin with!

2010 Goodreads Choice Awards Official Nominee: Best Paranormal Fantasy
Vote for this book!

Thursday, December 09, 2010

31 Days of Giveaways

Book Club is hosting a massive giveaway all month long here. Lots of opportunities to win free books and swag from some of your favorite authors! I'll be giving away both Charlie Madigan books (1 &2) and my YA, Darkness Becomes Her.

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

The end is near...

Finally. Almost done this YA manuscript! I turned in Charlie #3, THE HOUR OF DUST AND ASHES in mid-November, and have been working like crazy to wrap up the YA to turn it in today.

This book (YA) has exhausted me. In good ways and bad. Never have I felt so many emotions with a book. Happiness, excitement, sadness, grief, sickened... And these things I consider good because it means the story has depth and emotional impact. The actual writing of it? Total ups and downs. No consistency there. Optimistic, stressful, bouts of extreme creativity, followed by a total blankess that I have never experienced before, confidence highs and lows....

All I can say is that I'm glad it's done. My brain hurts. My body hurts. And I'm so happy I don't care.

I have a fabulous title that I hope will stay (and will share as soon as I can). But at times, I really wanted to title this book, SOME CRAZY-ASS SHIT.

I have emails and posts and a ton of other work-related things to catch up on. And I will be sending out my newsletter in the next few days or over the weekend... and I'll be giving away some books, so sign up if you haven't already.

And lastly, THE HOUR OF DUST AND ASHES is up on Amazon! Cover is coming shortly. And I have seen what I believe is the final version and it is stunning. The color ROCKS and the image has so much intensity and movement -- can't wait to share!

Okay, so I'm off to do a few minor things on this YA and then send it off. Whew!