Friday, December 31, 2010

How I'm Spending My New Years...

I'm tucked away in a cabin in the mountains with absolutely no internet or cellphone coverage (we had to drive 30 minutes just to find a little wi-fi action so I could let you all know I was still alive. And, of course, to do a little shopping!).

Check out this adorable, Bavarian town...

And they have a sweet hat shop too...

(Yes, I'm really that cool!)

I just wanted you guys to know that even though the contest ends tonight, I won't be able to post the winners until Sunday, when I'm back in civilization. You know, civilization...internet, cable television, Starbucks...all the essentials.

So, what are you guys doing for New Years???

Friday, December 24, 2010

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Some SUPER COOL Surprises From HarperTeen...

I just got this awesome email from my editor, with all of these cool surprises I can share with you guys! (Have I mentioned lately how much I love my publisher??? Seriously, *hearts floating out of my eyes* kind of love!)

First, they made me this sweet new countdown widget (check it out in my sidebar!). Umm, yeah, it's a little more gadgety than the one I designed. That's what happens when people understand technology. Me, not so much.

But it gets even better than a new countdown widget! They've also designed this awesome "digital tool kit" (which is basically a website where you can find rockin' online goodies for all of the Dark Days authors)...

AND...

...AND...

...GET THIS!...

You can also read a sneak peek of the FIRST 70 PAGES of Desires of the Dead online!!!!!

Hells yeah, baby!!!

Err, I mean...happy holidays to you and yours.

OMG, I heart HarperTeen!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

BIG FRICKIN' HUGE GINORMOUS DESIRES OF THE DEAD WIDGET CONTEST!!!

I really love this time of the year. Everyone is in a great mood, there’s so much anticipation of things to come, I can just feel the happiness in the air because as we all know… it’s Widget Time! Wait! What did you think I was going to say?

So, do you even know how many days there are until DESIRES OF THE DEAD hits stores???

No!? Well that’s because up until today there hasn’t been a DESIRES OF THE DEAD countdown widget.

Well, consider this is your lucky day, check out the fancy new widget in my sidebar...I'll wait...

See? Today is officially the 60 days mark. 60 DAYS!!!!

I know, I’m freaking out too!

Okay, so here’s the deal…we shouldn’t have to freak out alone. I think we should share this countdown burden, and I’m willing to offer you bribes to convince you of my (evil/genius/slightly deranged) plan.

First off, let’s call it a…giveaway, since bribe is such a back-alley word.

Now for the terms of this “giveaway”:

You’ll have 2 weeks to share this lovely countdown widget, on your blog, Facebook, Twitter, Woof…wherever you see fit. (Well, anyplace you can actually put a countdown widget, of course.) And, in return, I will give you points toward these fabulous, glittery prizes:

FIRST PRIZE: A signed ARC of DESIRES OF THE DEAD, a signed copy of THE BODY FINDER, and a complete Desires of the Dead swag pack (including a signed DotD poster, bookmarks, stickers, rubber bracelets, and buttons).

SECOND PRIZE: A signed copy of THE BODY FINDER, an ARC of UNEARTHLY, and a complete DotD swag pack.

THIRD PRIZE: An ARC of THROUGH HER EYES, a $15 gift card to the online bookseller of your choice, and a complete DotD swag pack.

I know…it’s insanity, right???


And here’s how easy I’m making it to EARN POINTS:

1) Earn one point just for being a follower and commenting in this post. How easy is that?!? (New followers welcome!)

2) Earn one more point for following The Body Finder Novels, the official fansite for TBF/DESIRES. (And, yes, you have to let me know here, so I know to count your point!).

3) Earn one extra point for Re-Tweeting/Facebooking (or any other status updating) the contest (but, again, add that point to your running tally!).

4) Earn one point for posting about the contest in your sidebar, and yet another for an entire post *about* the contest. That’s two extra points if you play your cards right! (And let me repeat…you must let me know that you’ve done these things, otherwise I won’t know to add your extra entries, cuz that’s how I roll.)

And that’s not all…because if you act now (I can’t believe I just said that!), there’s one more way you can earn bonus entries!!! This is the exciting part! Can you *feel* the excitement??

5) You can earn FIVE extra points just for posting The Body Finder widget on your blog/website/My Space/Facebook/whatever! Five. Extra. Points!!! (And not to beat a dead horse (I can’t believe I just said that either)…but please, for the love of everything that is good and holy, let me know so I can count those points too!) Note: Simply click the "Get Widget" button on the widget in my sidebar to copy the code...if you have trouble, email me and I'll send you the code!!!

It’s just that easy. Contest runs through December 31st, so get your entries together and spread the word. And the widget!

Oh, and leave me your email so I can get in touch if you win…that’s kind of important…

And get excited, people!


**International peeps welcome!!!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

I LOVE A SATURDAY MORNING SURPRISE...

I woke up this morning to find THE BODY FINDER audiobook available for download on Amazon. Damn, I love this crazy roller-coaster ride...I never know what to expect!

And…if you click directly to the Audible website, you can even listen to a sample (it's one of the chapters from the killer's POV...creepy!). Even better, I lovelovelove the narrator’s voice!

So, have I already downloaded it? You betcha! Merry Christmas to me!!!

Friday, December 10, 2010

What Would Violet Listen To???

I was recently asked what songs my main character, Violet Ambrose, listens to on her iPod. So, I decided to take this opportunity to put together a playlist of Violet's songs. Mind you, these are not my songs, otherwise it would be filled with such gems as ABBA, Beyonce, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Lily Allen, and even a little David Archuleta (yeah...I went there!). 

Side Note (and commentary about my random taste in music): My husband couldn't find his iPod one day and had to take mine to the gym. When he came home, he just shook his head and said: "You hate me, don't you?" Okay, enough about my disco-era/teen idol pop collection, here's just a sampling of what you might find on Violet's playlist:

Brandi Carlile  The Story

Kings of Leon  Closer

Lily Allen  Who'd Have Known

The Fray  Unsaid

Paramore   Fences

Fiona Apple  Criminal

Anberlin   Paperthin Hymn

Iron & Wine  Boy With A Coin

Panic! At The Disco  When The Day Met The Night

Fiona Apple  I Know



Fine, the Lily Allen song might be because I love her. But, in my defense, she really is awesome!!!

So now it’s your turn, what songs would you put on Violet’s iPod?

Sunday, December 5, 2010

On The Twelfth Drink Of Christmas...

We have an annual tradition in our neighborhood...we all gather for a holiday celebration in which we go to 12 different houses each serving a different cocktail. We call it The 12 Drinks of Christmas! SO MUCH FUN!!! As long as you pace yourself.

Over the years, my husband and I have learned some tricks:

1) Eat the offered appetizers. (Drinking on an empty stomach can be...bad. Very, very bad!)

2) Try to drink water (or some other non-alcoholic beverage) at every other house.

3) You don't have to finish every drink. Tasting is okay. Sipping is even better.

These are rules to live by when you're served Duck Farts (yes, that's a real drink) at one house and hot spiced wine at another. These things do not mix well. We have learned to be cautious.

The 12 Drinks party is next weekend and last night my husband and I were trying to narrow down our drink choices, so we were sampling this (The French Kiss):


And this (the Bailey's Cherry Cafe):


And this (a Raspberry Chocolate Cheesecake Martini):


Mmmmmmm....

The clear winner...The French Kiss. Just the right amount of sweet and VERY pretty. Although, chocolate kisses DO NOT, in fact, float as a garnish...they sink. So I'm thinking chocolate shavings instead ;)

I found all of the recipes here (the pics alone are to die for!).

Do you have any fun holiday party plans or traditions???

Saturday, December 4, 2010

BIGGEST DESIRES OF THE DEAD/TBF CONTEST...EVER!!!!

The folks over at The Body Finder Novels are not messing around on this one, they are having a huge (HUGE!) fan art contest.

Just look at what you can win:

* Body Finder Bag
* The Body Finder Poster (autographed)
* Desires of the Dead Poster (autographed)
* The Body Finder Bookmark (autographed)
* Desires of the Dead Bookmark (autographed)
* Desires of the Dead Button
* The Body Finder Button
* Desires of the Dead Sticker
* The Body Finder Sticker
* Signed copy of The Body Finder
* Signed ARC of Desires of the Dead

That's one prize. One winner!!!

Do I even have to say it??? WOW!

Seriously, don't miss this one...

Friday, December 3, 2010

Who Doesn't Love This???



This song always makes me smile!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

DESIRES OF THE DEAD Tour and HarperTeen's The Dark Days Of Supernatural 2011...

Well, HarperTeen has done it again. That’s right, they’re planning another fab-tabulous tour, and let me just warn you, THE DARK DAYS OF SUPERNATURAL TOUR 2011 is totally gonna rock the house! (That’s right, I just said “rock the house”…now you know I mean business)

And the best part is, I can finally announce that I’m going to be a part of it all. Do I even need to say how excited I am?!?!?

WHO: Five amazing authors (why, yes, I did just refer to myself as “amazing”)
WHERE: Five kick-ass cities across the US. (Insert girlie screams here!)


Here’s where you’ll find me:

Saturday, January 15, 2011 at 2:00
BORDERS
Redmond Towne Center
Redmond, WA
With Ellen Schreiber and Cynthia Hand


Thursday, March 17, 2011 at 7:00pm
BARNES & NOBLE
HarMar Mall, 2100 North Snelling Avenue
Roseville, MN
With Claudia Gray and Courtney Allison Moulton


Friday, March 18, 2011 at 7:00pm
ANDERSON’S BOOKS
123 West Jefferson Avenue
Naperville, IL
With Claudia Gray and Courtney Allison Moulton


Saturday, March 19, 2011 at 7:00pm
BOOKS & BOOKS
265 Aragon Avenue
Miami Beach, FL
With Claudia Gray and Courtney Allison Moulton


Okay, so you may have only noticed FOUR cities, when I clearly stated FIVE. Well, that’s because I won’t be in San Francisco on January 14th with Ellen Schreiber and Cynthia Hand. I wish I were, but I can’t complain because of all the other cool places I get to go and the awesome ladies I get to hang out with.

Seriously, somebody pinch me!!!

And if you need more convincing, check out this tour video (I told you: Rock. The. House!):