10 Days Until the Giveaway Ends!

That’s right, only 10 more days to enter! This is not a drill! Go, go, GO ENTER! You could be one of the lucky three to win a prize package that includes 5 books, Amazon gift cards, and lots of cool swag!

Don’t be intimidated by the high entry count on the Rafflecopter page. There are multiple ways for a single person to put their name in the pot. That number doesn’t reflect the number of people entering, only the number of entries! There are options for you to put your name in every single day to increase your odds of winning!

Go enter here: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/b36f250/

Time for a Giveaway!

It’s giveaway day! The 2014 Giveaway Extravaganza starts today! You can enter for a chance to win one of three Amazon gift cards, 5 different books, and a host of other prizes. There will be three winners chosen at random to win either first prize, second prize, or third prize. For a detailed list of prizes and how they are broken down among winners, check out the main giveaway page here.

Everyone should enter for a chance to win these great prizes! There are multiple options for entering the  giveaway, from answering a daily question to following the authors on Twitter. Head on over to Rafflecopter to have a look and enter!

Rafflecopter: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/b36f250/

The giveaway runs until May 17. Make sure to enter before it ends!

Prepare for Exciting Things!

Happy Thursday everyone!

I don’t know about you, but it has been a week of ups and downs for me. I got some really upsetting news about my job on Monday, and from there it’s just been an upsetting week. It has been difficult to concentrate on the good things and on writing.

However, exciting things are coming up, and instead of letting the bad things get me down, I’m looking forward to the good!

In 10 days, the giveaway extravaganza begins! I’ll have a new post on the start day with a link to the Rafflecopter site so you can enter! Sadly, because of WordPress’s restrictions on free sites, I can’t integrate the Rafflecopter entry page into my site here. I tried. Sad faces.

But you should still enter by following the link. It’s worth it!

For more details about the giveaway and to see a full list of the prizes (plus pictures), click here.

And tomorrow, I’m going to Awesome Con in DC. I’m super stoked about this because I’m signed up to meet Billie Piper AND Cary Elwes! I can’t say how excited I am to meet these two in particular. What will I say?? Will I mess up the pictures and have a goofy smile on me face?! Eek! OK, can’t get nervous. So many other great people are going to be there, too. Plus, it looks like they have some amazing panels and talks set up about books, fantasy, dystopia, characterization in writing, and more.  If you haven’t heard about this event, you should go check it out.

What are you excited about today?

Giveaway announcement!

Finally, I can announce the giveaway! I have a lot of awesome info for you all, and I think you all will be very excited about the giveaway! (At least, I hope you will be.)

Prizes: Multiple books from myself and four different authors being given away. Three different Amazon gift cards ($50, $25, $10) for the first, second, and third prizes. A detailed list of the items assigned to each prize will be posted on the main giveaway page soon.

How to Win: Enter through the Rafflecopter link any time from April 27 to 12:00 a.m. on May 17. Three winners will be chosen at random and assigned a first, second, or third prize at random.

For updates, check out (and bookmark) the main page for the giveaway: here. I’ll also post updates through blog posts and social media.

Questions? Comment below or send me an email.

Booking Through Thursday 3/20/2014

btt button Booking Through Thursday is a weekly meme that focuses (mostly) on books and reading.

I’ve asked before if you re-read your books (feel free to recap), but right now I want to know if that habit has changed? Did you, for example, reread more as a child and your access to new books was limited by how often you could convince your mother to take you to the library? Has the economy affected your access so that you’re forced to reread more often now? Have you grown to look at old books as old friends so that you’re happy to spend time with them rather than rushing the next new thing?

I reread books all the time. I have some favorites that I return to again and again. The stories never get old for me. Going back to a story that I’ve already read isn’t boring or dull. It’s comfortable. I read a lot of fantasy (as you all probably know), so I feel like I visit a lot of different worlds when I read fantasy books. Medieval worlds, desert worlds, poisonous worlds, worlds just like ours but a little off-kilter, worlds with strange beasts and even stranger people . . . the list goes on. Reading a book I’ve already read, stepping back into that world for a little while–it’s like stepping back into my own home. Some of these books have a lot of history with me. Their pages have become yellowed and the spines are coming unglued (which I hate), and the characters are so familiar it’s almost as if I actually know them.

I don’t mind rereading the same things over and over, because not only is it like coming home, but I almost always find something new in the story that I had never seen before. Or, perhaps, never realized. Some books I read as a teenager I better understand now because some of the subtext went over my head. But as an adult, I get it. Or a character’s motives become clearer after a reread or two, when before I thought they were mysterious. Usually I find things I had missed on the first read or even the tenth, and I find joy in that.

Let’s see, back to the questions above . . . I’ve been rereading ever since I could read, so trips to the library didn’t matter so much to me in that regard. The economy hasn’t affected me at all when it comes to books and rereading. I already have a pretty good stack of books that I haven’t yet read, so I’m working through that when I get tired of reading old favorites. And yes, I do regard certain books as old friends. I prefer to spend my time reading the oldies but goodies than spend time reading new books, although that’s not always true. But there’s a reason why I have a To Be Read stack–not only do I tend to buy a lot of books, but I do tend to reread the ones I already have. I think it’s the only reason my mother let me buy and hang on to so many books when I was growing up–she saw that I actually did reread them, many times, and even when I added new ones to the collection, they would get read again.

Cover Reveal for ‘A Shadowed Soul’

Here it is! The cover art for the second book in the Aligerai series, A Shadowed Soul. Check it out below!

Back, front, and spine of cover art

Front cover

Cover Design and Photo: Regina Wamba of www.maeidesign.com
Cover model: Kimberly Tallman

So what do you think? Leave comments below!

Update

Happy St. Patty’s Day everyone!

And happy snow day to those in the MD/VA area. It has finally stopped snowing.

I have an update for you all!  So you know how I said March 15 would be the cover art reveal? You probably remember that.

Unfortunately, my cover artist had a family emergency and things are a bit delayed. I have seen the first draft of the cover and it looks AMAZING, so I’m very excited to share it soon!  I should have the finished product sometime this week and as soon as I do, I’ll share it with you and announce what kind of giveaway I’m going to do, because I’m determined to do a cool giveaway to celebrate the release of Book 2.

I keep calling it Book 2 even though it has a title now . . . force of habit, I suppose. The title: A SHADOWED SOUL.

So, yes, there is my exciting news for the day. Enjoy your St. Patty’s Day/snow day!

Cover Art for Book 2

So if all goes well, I’ll have cover art for my second book by March 15!

If all goes as planned and I do in fact get it that day, I’ll post the cover reveal soon after. I’m so excited!  I’m working with a pro cover artist this time and I can’t wait to see the first iteration of what she’s come up with.

I’m also looking into putting together a little giveaway for maybe an Amazon gift card to celebrate the launch of Book 2.

So stay tuned!

What’s Coming Next?

Eager to know what’s coming up in Book 2 of The Aligerai series? Here’s a working draft of the back cover summary:

Enemies old and new circle around the Aligerai, waiting for a fatal mistake. One of the Aligerai’s own remains trapped in the Chaos world of Metanoia. And the threat of the soul-eating demons and the end of Corá looms ever closer . . .

Sita and her friends Ariene and Roxanne must stay one step ahead of their enemies and find a way to track and defeat the demon Pur. But each of the Aligerai faces their own internal battles. When their enemies strike too close to home, the Aligerai must decide whether to stay together . . . or splinter apart.

I’m still working on the title, but I have a couple of ideas. I’ll post my ideas soon and let you all vote!  Also, if anyone wants to suggest an idea based on the summary, please do!  (Hard to do, I know, but you never know what creative people will see or come up with.)

Don’t forget to keep up with the Facebook page. I post updates there as well!

Happy Holidays!

Hello everyone!  I hope you all have had a wonderful holiday season and are gearing up for an awesome new year!

Sadly, not much has changed for me in the writing world. I’m still looking for beta reading/feedback on my second manuscript. I could publish it without that feedback, but that always makes me a little nervous. Every author misses things, and publishing without the feedback has never been ideal. So I’m faced with the unfortunate choice of either moving forward without the feedback or holding until I receive some input from a reader.

I also don’t have cover art. Kind of important! [By the way, I’m looking for a cover artist, if anyone out there is interested.]

Book 3 is in progress, and I believe the word count on the right sidebar is a little out of date. I’ll have to check, but I believe I added a few more pages to the total.

NaNoWriMo was a disaster for me this year. I started out strong, but faded by the second week. But I have a good excuse! I was working on a Christmas project for my family. I wrote up a family history book detailing all my family history research. It was a massive project totaling some 140 Word pages and I didn’t even finish everything I wanted to include.

And now it’s the holidays. NaNoWriMo is done. My Christmas project is finished (for now). I have plenty of time off work.

It’s time to get some writing done!

One final plea for 2013: please, someone out there, please agree to read the draft of Book 2 and send me feedback! I would really appreciate this gift. I should also add that all beta readers receive a free copy of the finished work as thanks.

Best to all, happy holidays, and happy new year!