In honor of When Stars Die, my assistant, Mariah Wilson, and I have decided to put together this wonderful cover art contest. What you Stars will do is choose your favorite cover, and the author will win a promotional package that includes a mini book tour with author/book features, and a one hour Twitter interview on a chosen date that all three of us can make. So here are the book covers you have to choose from:
The cut-off date will be September 25th at midnight. Have fun!
Congratulatoins to lindalitebeing for winning The Looking Glass Wars giveaway! Now this week I will be giving away 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher. Here is a little blurb on the wonders of this book:
Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker – his classmate and crush – who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah’s voice tells him that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out why. Clay spends the night crisscrossing his town with Hannah as his guide. He becomes a firsthand witness to Hannah’s pain, and learns the truth about himself-a truth he never wanted to face.
The rules are the same with this book. You must be following me and you must comment to be entered. This drawing will occur on Saturday at 9 PM. Enjoy!
I am also going to have a book giveaway going on over at my Facebook page. Like my page to the right for your chance to participate in it!
I am very pleased to announce that I have all the reviewers necessary for When Stars Die. The number came out to 52 reviewers (a few mix-ups, so I had to squeeze the remaining two in), and I am so happy how quickly I was able to go through and do this. It means the world to me to know there are people interested in reading my book, and whether or not they love it or hate it matters not to me. The point is, all you guys want to give me and my book a chance, and that’s all that matters. I’m just going to let you guys know edits haven’t even been started yet, but you’re on the list, and you’ll stay on that list for when the time comes for those ARCs to go out. And I’ll probably remind you a few time on here, Twitter, and Tumblr, oh, and Facebook, so you don’t find yourselves surprised when you get an e-mail about a galley.
In other news, I mentioned two or three posts back that I was starting an installation piece to give you a taste of what you’ll find in When Stars Die. It isn’t exactly a reflection of WSD because the character doesn’t exist in WSD and her struggles are very different from Amelia’s and, of course, zero romance. There might be four or five parts, and I already have part one drafted. I will revise tomorrow and hopefully post next week.
It is called Sister Evelyn and revolves around, well, Sister Evelyn who must endure being a witch in a city of religious zealots who worship witch hating. So this installation will give you insight into the workings of Cathedral Reims, how intense hatred for witches is, and what it’s like to vie for a position in the Professed Order when you really don’t want to be in a convent in the first place. So, very different from When Stars Die, but does share its dark tone.
Also, please do not forget about The Looking Glass Wars book giveaway. That will be going on until Saturday 9 PM!
I am also thinking about doing some vlogging so you guys can really get to know me. What things would you be interested in me vlogging about? Remember this is a visual experience, so if you want to see something, like my writer’s bag, my cat, or whatever, let me know (G-Rated please).
So in spite of the ache I have carried with me all day, I managed to get things done. To your left is my fancy smancy notebook for Stolentime revisions. I re-did the revised chapter one notes for the third time because a headcanon from Tumblr of my favorite little Kuroshitsuji II character, Alois Trancy, inspired me to introduce the darkness of my novel upfront. It’ll probably be a few weeks before I actually get to revisions but the chapter one notes are part of a brand new chapter one. My current chapter one will be chapter two, which is very common for me. I was also able to finish the chapter I started yesterday because a random burst of inspiration hit me for how I wanted to tie the ending of the chapter and it was something I couldn’t resist.
I also started doing notes for an installation piece that I am going to do to introduce the world you will find in When Stars Die. Sister Evelyn is a character I came up with on the fly, but she will show the stresses of being a witch and vying for a position as a professed nun at Cathedral Reims. I told you I don’t like to speak about my book in plain terms, and I hope you will enjoy the installation piece I might put up next week contingent on time. By the way, that accordion folder to the right isn’t just stuffed with notes for Sister Evelyn. Part one only takes up three pieces of paper. The rest are blank pages and two short stories I hope to have included with When Stars Die. It goes in my Writer’s Bag, as does the above notebook.
I also managed to gather more reviewers. I am sitting at 39 right now and would like more, so let me know if you’re interested in reviewing a paranormal romance. You will receive a free ARC in exchange for doing a review or a quote. Tomorrow I will probably only put up one blog post so I can work on the next chapter in Stolentime as my job cuts in the middle of the day, which is oftentimes convenient especially because there will be no time when I’m alone, so I can’t do any mult-tasking at work tomorrow. Also, don’t forget about the book giveaway for Frank Beddor’s The Looking Glass Wars! That will go until Saturday 9 PM.
Last, I would appreciate if you could like my Facebook page, and you can find that to the right. Share it too, if possible. I want to start utilizing it more instead of just having it sit there.
There was actually a tie between 13 Reasons Why and The Looking Glass Wars, and because I promised to make a choice last night, I wasn’t going to wait around for someone to break the tie. So I just closed my eyes and chose between the two. So, without further ado, The Looking Glass Wars!
The Myth: Alice was an ordinary girl who stepped through the looking glass and entered a fairy-tale world invented by Lewis Carroll in his famous storybook. The Truth: Wonderland is real. Alyss Heart is the heir to the throne, until her murderous aunt Redd steals the crown and kills Alyss? parents. To escape Redd, Alyss and her bodyguard, Hatter Madigan, must flee to our world through the Pool of Tears. But in the pool Alyss and Hatter are separated. Lost and alone in Victorian London, Alyss is befriended by an aspiring author to whom she tells the violent, heartbreaking story of her young life. Yet he gets the story all wrong. Hatter Madigan knows the truth only too well, and he is searching every corner of our world to find the lost princess and return her to Wonderland so she may battle Redd for her rightful place as the Queen of Hearts.
The rule are the same. You must be following me and you must comment to be entered. Simply liking this post will do you no good. It would also be great if you could re-blog, Tweet, FB it, or whatever you social bugs have.
I will be giving this book away Saturday at 9 PM.
Next week, due to the tie, I will be giving away 13 Reasons Why.
Thank you so much for being such great followers! Good luck!
How does a weekly book giveaway sound to all of you? Good, right, because that’s exactly what I’m doing. Each week I will be giving away a young adult novel along the veins of When Stars Die and Stolentime. All of you might as well start following my blog now because that is going to be a consistent stipulation to get into these drawings. You might as well share this post too with others. Since I pick up about 10-13 followers per day, I figure it’s just best to do a weekly one where I draw every Sunday instead of waiting for me to hit a certain number of followers.
The books I’m giving away I’ve already read, so I’m not depriving myself of reading material. And my demo money (extra money I make at my job) will pretty much be going toward buying a book a week, so, no, this will not be squeezing me dry. I’m more than happy to do this especially because, hey, free book. Fun. Fun. Fun.
I will be drawing for Coraline this Sunday and will reveal the next book prize then.
Also, I really want to start doing more guest posts and would love for you guys to e-mail me any of your ideas at firstname.lastname@example.org. It can be about whatever you want, so long as it is helpful or relatable (I know these terms are vague, but use them to your discretion). If I have enough, I’d love to do a guest post a day, along with my regularly scheduled blog posts. You can also e-mail me if you want to collaborate on a book giveaway.