Sunday, May 31, 2009

Virtual Battle For Number One Spot!

My competitive nature has kicked in, and I need your help!!!

Some of you know that, along with my new release date, I also joined The Tenners (similar to the 2009 Debutantes), a group whose authors all debut in 2010. Great group. Love them!

But...

We're having a little "virtual pillow fight" over on GoodReads. A friendly little poll in which, up till this weekend, THE BODY FINDER was #1. And apparently, that brought out the competitive side in my fellow Tenners...they decided to knock me off my pedestal. Last I looked I was down to number eleven. ELEVEN!!!

So, it's on! The gloves are off and I'm recruiting all of my friends to go over to the GoodReads poll to vote. You can vote for just one (Hint: THE BODY FINDER makes a great choice! Just saying.) or you can vote for several of the great Tenners' books.

Oh, and Tenners, you can call it a "pillow fight" all you want, but I think we both know what it really is...a no-holds-barred, dirty beat-down to the last man standing.

Nothing wrong with that. Right???

Friday, May 29, 2009

GUESS WHAT I DID...

In the midst of wallowing in BEA envy (and ravenously scouring the internet for every scrap and tidbit I can find about it so I can live vicariously through Tweets and blog posts), I finally decided to jump off the fence about the SCBWI conference in LA this summer. That's right, I'M GOING!

Today I registered for the conference (and the PRO track) and emailed Shelli over at Market My Words to let her know that, YES, I would LOVE to be her roomie for the weekend! And now that I've finally made the decision to go, I'm so freakin' excited about it!!!

I can't wait to actually meet all of the other authors who I've "met" online (and to share a drink or three by the pool). YAY!

Doing this has made me feel a little bit better about not mingling at THE big event this weekend in New York, gathering ARCs and making new BFFs with all the fancy authors and editors.

I'll just make different BFFs...in sunny LA!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Don't Forget...


Only two more days till the end of the auction for Bridget Zinn (check out all the cool stuff up for grabs)!

Friday, May 22, 2009

Sarah Cross, 2009 Deb or Superhero?

When I saw that Sarah Cross was on my Debs’ Tour schedule this week, I was totally stoked, after all, according to her bio: Sarah Cross has saved the world, like, five times since fifth grade -- and you didn't even notice.

Okay, seriously? Who wouldn’t be excited about that?

And her debut novel, DULL BOY, looks just as amazing:

Superpowers are awesome -- unless you actually have them, like Avery does. There's only so much he can pass off as "adrenaline" before people start to get suspicious. Probably it's best to lie low, so guys in white lab coats don't come to carry him away, to find out what makes his freakish body tick. Who wants to be vivisected? But flying under the radar becomes a whole lot harder when you can actually fly. It's dangerous to be different, so for now he'll pretend to be normal, unremarkable Avery -- a dull boy -- anything to keep his secret safe.

What he doesn't expect is the horrifying truth about where his powers came from, who else might have them, and the madness of one villain's plan to turn this superpowered dull boy into something even more powerful and amazing.


So, Sarah, elaborate as much as you want, except for the ONE-WORD Bonus question. Here we go:

1) Would you rather be the Bestselling Rockstar Author or an Acclaimed Literary Award Winner?

Bestselling Rockstar!! I would console myself with awards named Benjamin. (ohmygod, I totally love her answer!!!)

2) Make people laugh, cry, or hide under the covers?

All three would be ideal. I'm up for the challenge. ;)

3) Retire early or just keep writing from your beach house(s)?

Work forever!

4) FaceBook or MySpace?

MySpace, because I don't have to log in to look at it.

5) After a period, one space or two?

One. I used to use two, until I started blogging. Then the one-space habit carried over. :)

And your bonus question: What ONE WORD of advice would give to any aspiring writer?

Strive.

Learn Sarah’s secrets at www.sarahcross.com.

Peace out, people!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

And The Winner Is...WAIT, We Have More Than One!

I was so pleased by the response to the FRAGILE ETERNITY contest that I decided to up the ante and (secretly) add second and third place prizes. Each of those winners will also receive their own copy of this amazing book.

So, without further ado, the winner of a copy of FRAGILE ETERNITY and a $25 (I know, I said $20 but the store I went to only sold them in $25 increments) Barnes & Noble gift card is:

LalyShaney

YAY!!!!

And, my secret second and third place prize copies of FRAGILE ETERNITY go to:

dolls123

and

News Around The Blogs

CONGRATS TO ALL OF YOU!!!! I will send each of you an email to get your mailing addresses (enjoy your books!).

And to everyone else, have a great Memorial Day weekend!!!!!!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

A Romatic Tale: Cheryl Renee Herbsman

So in today’s installment of the Debs’ Blog Tour, we welcome Cheryl Renee Herbsman (YAY!), author of BREATHING. Cheryl has one of the coolest bios (okay, most romantic…and I’m a sucker for a good romance!):

Cheryl Renée Herbsman lives in Northern California with her husband and two children, but she grew up in North Carolina and often spent summer vacations at the Carolina coast. Like Savannah (her main character in BREATHING), she fell in love as a teenager, and like Savannah and Jackson, she and her boyfriend carried on a long-distance relationship. They are now celebrating their twentieth wedding anniversary. (Awwww!)

About BREATHING:

What if the guy who took your breath away was the only one who could help you breathe?

Savannah would be happy to spend the summer in her coastal Carolina town lying in a hammock reading her beloved romance novels and working at the library. But then she meets Jackson. Once they lock eyes, she’s convinced he’s the one—her true love, her soul mate, a boy different from all the rest. And at first it looks like Savannah is right. Jackson abides by her mama’s strict rules, and stays by her side during a hospitalization for severe asthma, which Savannah becomes convinced is only improving because Jackson is there. But when he’s called away to help his family—and seems uncertain about returning—Savannah has to learn to breathe on her own, both literally and figuratively.

This debut novel has it all—an endearing, funny, hopelessly romantic main character, lots of down-home Southern charm, and a sunny, salty beach setting that will transport you to the Carolina coast.

So, Cheryl, elaborate as much as you want (except, of course, for the ONE-WORD bonus question):

1) Would you rather be the Bestselling Rockstar Author or an Acclaimed Literary Award Winner?

Both ;p

2) Make people laugh, cry, or hide under the covers?

laugh and cry

3) Retire early or just keep writing from your beach house(s)?

keep writing from the beach house

4) FaceBook or MySpace?

ooh, have to go with Facebook

5) After a period, one space or two?

Definitely one.

And your bonus question: What ONE WORD of advice would give to any aspiring writer?

WRITE!!

To find out more about Cheryl and her books, check out her website at http://www.cherylreneeherbsman.com/!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Near and Dear To My Heart...

I don’t know why it took me so long to get there, I’ve heard about it all week. But for some reason, I didn’t go until this morning. To Bridget Zinn’s blog. And, more importantly to her auction site.

You see, Bridget Zinn has Stage 4 Colon Cancer. And at this site, many, MANY fabulous authors, artists, and just downright generous people have set up an auction that runs until May 30th to help pay for her treatment. If you need motivation as to why you should help Bridget, read this post. In it, Bridget describes how she discovered that she, a young woman with ZERO risk factors for colon cancer, first found out she had it…seems it started with some headaches.

At the very least, go to the auction site and browse, there are some AMAZING items there. I’ve placed some bids on potential birthday and Christmas presents. It’s the least I can do.

And for those of you who don’t know why this particular young woman resonates with me: I have a colonoscopy every three years to remove the precancerous polyps that continually grow there due to a strong family history of colon cancer. I urge EVERYONE who has a family history to insist that your doctor screen you well before the recommended age of 50. Doing so quite possibly saved my life! *gets down off of soapbox*

Go! Read about Bridget. Browse the items. And be thankful for the good things you have, instead of sorry for those you don’t.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Why I'll Never Be Confused With Mother Nature...

Camping is a summer pastime for many families. It’s a way to get away from it all, to explore the outdoors, to challenge yourself. It’s rugged, manly, tough.

Sorry, not me. I’m not your typical “outdoorsy” girl. I’m more...indoorsy. Or, your typical vacation-at-a-resort kind of gal. You know, the kind where they bring you drinks at the pool with foofy little umbrellas.

But over the years I’ve given camping the good old college try, it wasn’t my fault that the trips didn’t go particularly well:

1998: We packed up our SUV and drove six hours, with a car sick dog yacking all the way, to tent camp on the Oregon Coast. Two nights later, heavy rain storms soaked our tent to the point of flooding, and my husband had to pack everything up in the dark while my five-year-old son and I huddled inside the car. My husband had to drive the entire way home in just his t-shirt, underwear, and hiking boots because everything, including what he was wearing, was soaked. The best part was when he was pumping gas in his underwear! We stopped everywhere but couldn’t find a single hotel vacancy along the way. We finally had to wake his brother in Portland at 2 in the morning for a place to sleep. That. Was. Awesome!

1999: A second attempt at tent camping, this time closer to home, less than an hour away. After unrolling our tent we realized that it was damaged, probably from being packed in the dark during a rain storm, and had to drive to the nearest town to buy a replacement. But eventually we had our home-away-from-home. We stayed up late roasting marshmallows and hanging out by the fire with friends, only to realize in the middle of the night that our son (who was only six years old at the time) doesn’t stomach marshmallows very well. We woke to find him puking all over us and our sleeping bags! Needless to say we abandoned our campsite sometime after midnight to head for home, leaving everything where it was. My husband returned the following morning to gather the evidence.

2000: We’ve grown wiser by this point, and have decided to graduate to rental houses at the lake. No more tent camping for us! Unfortunately, this trip fared no better. This one could have actually been written for a version of the “Griswold’s Family Vacation”. During the night, a summer windstorm frees one of our jetskis, which apparently we haven’t secured well enough to the dock, and we wake to find it missing. My husband and his brother spend the day searching the lake, only to eventually find it upside down in the water and damaged (oh, and did I mention that it was borrowed?). And to top it off, my son’s stomach apparently doesn’t react well to licorice and Oreos either, creating something black and tarlike that does NOT come out of rental house carpet.

So, it’s not that we’ve given up on summer getaways, or on the great outdoors. I’m nothing if not persistent. Only now we do it in a completely different fashion. We’ve traded in tents and rentals for a state-of-the-art camping trailer, complete with A/C, flat screen TV, shower, microwave, and an espresso maker. I know what I am, I understand the kids I’ve created (and their sensitive stomachs), and I’m okay with that. So, this summer we’ll be camping, if you can call it that. And we’ll be building campfires and roasting marshmallows. But I’ll also be flat ironing my hair, drinking my latte, and using my satellite card to check email on my laptop.

What about you, any good/bad/ugly vacation stories???

Sunday, May 17, 2009

CONTEST REMINDER!!!

Don’t forget to enter your name for the free copy of Melissa Marr’s FRAGILE ETERNITY by Wednesday, May 20th! All you have to do is go this post and leave a comment!!!

BONUS: If we reach 20 entries, the winner will also receive a $20 gift card to Barnes and Noble!

Debs Interview: DEVA FAGAN!

This is going to be a busy week for Debs’ Interviews, and we’re starting it off with Deva Fagan, author of FORTUNE’S FOLLY.

Ever since her mother died and her father lost his shoemaking skills, Fortunata has survived by telling fake fortunes. But when she's tricked into telling a grand fortune for a prince, she is faced with the impossible task of fulfilling her wild prophecy-or her father will be put to death. Now Fortunata has to help Prince Leonato secure a magic sword, vanquish a wicked witch, discover a long-lost golden shoe, and rescue the princess who fits it. If only she hadn't fallen in love with the prince herself. . . .

As you can see, FORTUNE’S FOLLY hints at all of the fairy tales we grew up with and has gotten some fantastic reviews. It’s geared toward readers 9 and up…I’m sure this is one my daughter will LOVE!

Okay, Deva, feel free to elaborate as much as you want (except, of course, for the ONE-WORD bonus question!):

1) Would you rather be the Bestselling Rockstar Author or an Acclaimed Literary Award Winner?

I write in order to share stories with other people; I feel strongly that readers are a big part of the equation in making a book "real" and "alive". My goal is to write books that people enjoy and want to read, so I'd have to choose the first one.

2) Make people laugh, cry, or hide under the covers?

Cry. But only if I could also make them smile.

3) Retire early or just keep writing from your beach house(s)?

Mmm, a beach house would be nice! I like to think I'll always be writing, whether I am making money for it or not.

4) FaceBook or MySpace?

Twitter!

5) After a period, one space or two?

One.

And your bonus question: What ONE WORD of advice would give to any aspiring writer?

Read!

To find out more about Deva, and her books, check out her website at www.devafagan.com!

Friday, May 15, 2009

WIN A COPY OF FRAGILE ETERNITY!!!!!!

On Wednesday night I had the chance to meet Melissa Marr (if you want to know how much I REALLY love her, click here!) at her book signing in Seattle.

SEE...here we are:


(Can you tell that inside I was FREAKING OUT?!?!)

If you’ve never been to one of Melissa's signings, I have just one thing to say: GO! She was awesome. She’s a very comfortable, entertaining, and engaging speaker. Plus she’s gives away great swag (I won’t tell you what she gives because one of her ideas is so cool that by next year *everyone* will be doing it, but for now, anyway, it’s all hers)! If you want to know what her upcoming tour schedule is, you can find it here.


But that’s not why you came now is it? You want stuff, don’t you? So, here we go: I’m giving away a copy of her amazing (I know because I’ve read it!) new release FRAGILE ETERNITY. All you have to do to qualify is to leave a comment, along with your email address, in this post by Wednesday, May 20th at midnight Pacific time.

AND you can earn one extra entry simply by posting about this contest on your blog, either an entry or in your sidebar (and then, of course, letting me know about the link).

The winner will be announced on Thursday morning!

Trust me, you want this book...so good luck everyone!!!

Update: And because not everyone's read the series, I'm throwing in a $20 Barnes and Noble gift card to the prize so you can buy the first two books (or whatever else you'd like)!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

LAZY BLOGGER

I’ve been bad, bad girl. But not in the good way that deserves a naughty spanking. No, I’ve been the other kind...a bad blogger.

Recently, I'm sure you've noticed that I’ve been letting my blog posts revolve around the Debs’ Interviews (not that I don’t love them, mind you!), but they’ve become something of a crutch for me. They've allowed me to be L-A-Z-Y! And a lazy blogger is not a happy blogger.

So, first, since I don’t have a lot of news to report on my end (at least none of the sharing variety), I’m going to share other people’s news today. Hmm, did that sound suspiciously super-secret that I don’t have news of “the sharing variety”? Did I, mayhap, pique your interest? Perhaps now you need to stay tuned, maybe Lazy Blogger has something up her sleeve.

Then again, maybe not. Maybe I’m just saying that to keep you coming back for more. I’m full of intrigue and mystery like that…

Fine, whatever, let's get down to it:

First of all, I’d be remiss if I didn’t start this post with possibly this biggest news circulating the blogosphere (which most of you probably already know). My fellow Deb, Carrie Ryan, got movie news last week! That’s right, The Forest of Hands and Teeth sold movie rights!!! This is every author’s dream, so a GIGANTIC congratulations to Carrie!

Also, another HUGE congrats to Lisa and Laura on officially going out on submissions with Major Agent. Check out their list of The Top 10 Things to do While Your On Submission. Funny stuff!

Over at Purple Clover, the countdown is on to the sneak peek of her work-in-progress, Jump. She’s already given us little snippets, and they’re good. Really good!. So you should TOTALLY check it out. Plus, she's so on the ball that she even has a book trailer already! One more day, people, just one more day…

And finally, let us round out our week with another installment of “That’s Just Weird” by Christy Raedeke over at Juvenescence. On Thursday, Christy posted the freakiest story about a mysterious cat collar. Sounds ridiculous when I phrase it like that, but it’s not. It’s creepy and spooky and something straight from an old black-and-white episode of the Twilight Zone. But you have to stick around to read the comments section, her readers are hysterical!

I’m sure there are about a zillion other things going on out there, but frankly, I’m too lazy to go looking for them. These ones, well, they just sort of fell into my lap. So there you go, my lazy week in review…

Enjoy.

Monday, May 11, 2009

SHRINKING VIOLET, the Danielle Joseph Interview!

Happy Monday, people! And guess what?!?! It’s time to welcome another 2009 Debutante. Today we have the author of SHRINKING VIOLET, Danielle Joseph! *confetti and streamers*

Danielle Joseph was a college DJ for five years on the Gyroscope, a world music show. She also interned at several top Boston radio stations while earning her BFA in Creative Writing and an MA in Marketing Communications and Advertising from Emerson College. She has taught Creative Writing and English to Middle school students.

Originally from Cape Town, South Africa (I find this fascinating!), Danielle now lives in Miami, Florida with her husband and two young sons, and she JUST welcomed a new baby girl (congrats and happy belated Mother’s Day, Danielle!). These days you can find her cruising around with the tunes blaring and her internal DJ hard at work.

About SHRINKING VIOLET:

For high school senior Teresa Adams, every day is an ordeal. She’s so painfully shy that she lives in dread of having to speak to anyone in the hallways or answer questions in class. But after school, in the privacy of her bedroom with her iPod in hand, she rocks—doing mock broadcasts for Miami’s hottest FM radio station, which happens to be owned by her stepfather. When a slot opens up, Tere surprises herself by working up the nerve to ask her stepfather to give her a chance—and finds herself The SLAM’s newest intern on one of the station’s most popular shows. Behind the mike she’s Sweet T, her sexy, confident on-air persona. To everyone’s shock—especially her mother’s—Sweet T is a hit. Even Gavin, the only guy in school who she dares to talk to, raves about the mysterious DJ’s awesome taste in music, making Tere wonder if it’s possible to be jealous of yourself. But when The SLAM announces a songwriting contest—and a prom date with “Sweet T” is the grand prize--Sweet T’s dream could turn into Tere’s worst nightmare. . . .

Okay, Danielle, feel free to elaborate on your answers, except, of course, for the ONE-WORD bonus question)! Here we go:

1) Would you rather be the Bestselling Rockstar Author or an Acclaimed Literary Award Winner?

Oh, hard question, is it too much to aspire for both:)?

2) Make people laugh, cry, or hide under the covers?

Laugh and cry!

3) Retire early or just keep writing from your beach house(s)?

Keep on writing from my beach house, definitely!

4) FaceBook or MySpace?

Facebook!

5) After a period, one space or two?

One.

And your bonus question: What ONE WORD of advice would give to any aspiring writer?

Listen!

To find out more about Danielle, and her books, check out her website at www.daniellejoseph.com!

Now get out there and take the week by storm!!!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

SILVER PHOENIX by Cindy Pon!

Today I'm happy to welcome my fellow HarperCollins Deb, Cindy Pon, and her debut novel SILVER PHOENIX:

On the day of her first betrothal meeting - and rejection - Ai Ling discovers a power welling deep within her. She can reach into other people's spirits, hear their thoughts, see their dreams...and that's just the beginning.

Ai Ling has been marked by the immortals; her destiny lies in the emperor's palace, where a terrible evil has lived, stealing souls, for centuries. She must conquer this enemy and rescue her captive father, while mythical demons track her every step. And then she meets Chen Yong, a young man with a quest of his own, whose fate is intertwined with hers. Here is a heart-stopping, breathtaking tale for fans of action, fantasy, and romance - of anything the making of a legend.

Whew! Doesn't that sound intense??? That's what reviewers are saying. And Ai Ling is a kick-ass heroine, my favorite kind!

Okay, so here we go, Cindy! Feel free to elaborate as much as you want (except for the one-word BONUS question):

1) Would you rather be the Bestselling Rockstar Author or an Acclaimed Literary Award Winner?

tough choice, i want readers to enjoy reading what i have written. that is all.

2) Make people laugh, cry, or hide under the covers?

laugh and cry!

3) Retire early or just keep writing from your beach house(s)?

i'd love to keep writing from my beach house!!

4) FaceBook or MySpace?

FB. myspace still confuses me!

5) After a period, one space or two?

two for novels! one for blog posts!

And your bonus question: What ONE WORD of advice would you give to any aspiring writer?

believe.

thanks for having me, kimberly!!

To find out more about Cindy and her books (and her beautiful brush art!), check out her website at www.cindypon.com! And you can watch the gorgeous book trailer here!!!

Monday, May 4, 2009

ONE WISH with Leigh Brescia

ONE WISH is Leigh Brescia’s debut novel about overweight Wrenn Scott, who desperately wants to be popular and snag a hot boyfriend.

Wrenn's amazing voice (for once) overshadows her weight when she lands a lead role in the high school musical. Pushing to get thinner by opening night, Wrenn's waistline shrinks as she learns all the wrong ways to lose weight from a new "it-girl" friend in the show. By opening night, the old Wrenn has almost disappeared. After a crisis reveals her weight-loss tricks, Wrenn realizes there are much more important things than being thin, popular, or even dating a hunk.

Today, Leigh has stopped by to play my Six-Of-One-Half-Dozen-Of-The-Other Interview. (And does a particularly good job at it!)Feel free to elaborate as much as you want (except for the one-word Bonus question, of course, in which I see you’ve made up your own rules!!!):

1) Would you rather be the Bestselling Rockstar Author or an Acclaimed Literary Award Winner?

Bestselling Rockstar Author!

2) Make people laugh, cry, or hide under the covers?

I’d like to make people laugh AND cry: whatever the story called for and would help the book resonate.

3) Retire early or just keep writing from your beach house(s)?

Write from my beach house!

4) FaceBook or MySpace?

Facebook!

5) After a period, one space or two?

Oh My Goodness. This is a pet peeve of mine, because I teach college English classes (online) and apparently half the population didn’t get the memo that because the font faces are different on word processors you only need one space after a period. Yes, I’m looking at you Criminal Justice Professionals and US Military! One Space Only. And don’t try to argue with me because I’m the professor…and what I say goes. Don’t bite the hand that grades you.

And your bonus question: What ONE WORD of advice would give to any aspiring writer?

StickToIt Since I’ve decided that what I say goes, this is now one word, because if sticktoitiveness can be a word…WAIT! Sticktoitiveness! Don’t believe me? http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/sticktoitiveness. Yes, that is my advice. :)

Thanks Kimberly!

You can find out more about Leigh Brescia and her books at http://www.leighbrescia.com/!