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Apparently, I’m Rafflecopter-challenged, so it took me much longer than it should have to create this giveaway in celebration of the release of FANGDEMONIUM, the fifth and final Vamped novel!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

There are a bunch of options for entering. It should be fast and fun! There will be two prizes, one a New Orleans prize pack with a signed copy of FANGDEMONIUM and one a $25 gift card to Amazon or Barnes & Noble (winner’s choice).

Details are all there on the Rafflecopter giveaway, but please do let me know if I’ve messed anything up, and I will correct post haste!

For your viewing pleasure, here’s the prize pack, along with a picture of my Vamplet Vlad modeling the mask, because he couldn’t help himself!

If you miss this giveaway, I hope to host another one in January once I catch up from the holidays with another New Orleans prize pack and likely another gift card as well!

In other new and exciting news, I’ve got my author newsletter up and running again. I hope you’ll sign up! (And if you do, be sure to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway, because this scores you points!)

broken soul First off, a huge CONGRATULATIONS to Faith Hunter for hitting #19 on the New York Times e-book bestseller list and #45 on the overall USA Today bestseller list for the latest Jane Yellowrock novel BROKEN SOUL!

Next, the e-book of N.K. Jemisin’s amazing and award-winning fantasy novel THE HUNDRED THOUSAND KINGDOMS is right now only $1.99 for Kindle and Nook. It won the Locus Award for Best First Novel as well as the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award for Fantasy and was a finalist for the Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy, Prix Imaginales, Tiptree and Goodreads Readers’ Choice Awards.  It’s also been published already in twelve countries.  If you haven’t read it yet, I wouldn’t miss this chance!

Fangtastic cover Far less exciting to anyone but me, the FANGTASTIC, the third book in my Vamped series is now available in it’s new edition for Nook, Kindle and Kobo. This follows the new editions for VAMPED and REVAMPED!

And now, the promised pictures from the stunning Blue Mountains and the rain forest at the bottom, the final day of sightseeing from my August trip to Australia.  I think I’ve dribbled the pictures out because once they’re all posted, my trip down Memory Lane hits a snag.  Sigh.

Killing MoonShadowed SunWhile we’re on the subject of “Best of” lists, holiday book recommendations, et. al., iO9 has come out with their Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of 2012 list.  Fabulously (and unsurprisingly to those who’ve read and loved her), N.K. Jemisin’s Dreamblood series, THE KILLING MOON and THE SHADOWED SUN, made the list!

nexusIn other news, SF Squeecast, Episode 19 squees about some amazing authors, among them, Ramez Naam, whose debut sf thriller NEXUS you might have heard me talk about just a bit.

risktaker_smKira Sinclair has entered The Next Big Thing blog hop, and I’m pleased to present her post at The Writing Playground about her new book THE RISK-TAKER and what’s inspired her to write about a reckless POW who just wants to forget and the journalist (and girl who got away) who wants him to do anything but.

IceyBooks is doing an exclusive cover reveal today on Amy Christine Parker’s incredible debut (coming in August from Random House Children’s Books), GATED.  Since it’s about an apocalyptic cult, it’s entirely appropriate that today’s the day.  Assuming the world doesn’t actually end, I can HIGHLY recommend that you check this one out!

FangtabulousAnd a reminder that FANGTABULOUS, the fourth book in my Vamped series that began with VAMPED, REVAMPED and FANGTASTIC, is coming out in just a couple of weeks (though it may be shipping a little early!).  I may be a little biased, but I think this is a great young adult series for those who might like their tongue firmly implanted in cheek.  Or a little bark with their bite.  Kirkus Reviews gave FANGTABULOUS this amazing review, “Another amusing romp in the series, this installment also sees its hardy heroine beginning to mature, adding further dimension to her character.  Reminiscent of Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse and Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum, Gina never fails to deliver the goods.”  I think this might be the best present ever!  (The review, I mean, though if you take it as referring to the books, well, I certainly won’t protest.)  Buy early and often!

Okay, now really and truly signing off (temporarily) for the holidays.

There are the books everyone has heard about: Twilight, The Hunger Games, Fifty Shades of Gray. But what about all those other wonderful books out there? Some of them are treasures, just waiting to be found, and that’s what this blog hop is all about: the books you might not have heard about, but that you might end up loving.

This blog hop is like a game of tag. One author posts and tags five other authors who link back to their website the next week and tag five new authors. If you follow the blog hop long enough, you’re bound to find some books you’ll love! Maybe you’ll even discover a book that ends up being the next big thing.

I was tagged by Gennita Low. You can learn more about her book Tempting Trouble on her blog, www.rooferauthor.blogspot.com

This blog hop includes ten questions to help you learn more about an author’s current work in progress, so here’s a little info about my current project:

1: What is the working title of your book?

I’m not quite ready to talk about my WIP, because it’s darker than what I’ve done before, and I’m still feeling my way through it.  I can say that it will be young adult, mainstream and suspenseful, with no paranormal elements at all, which is quite a departure from my Vamped and Latter-Day Olympians series!

2: Where did the idea come from for the book?

I’m going to shift over to the Vamped series here, since the latest of those books, Fangtabulous, is coming out in just a few weeks!  I love the Vamped series (think Clueless meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer), because nothing is really sacred.  My heroine is a teen fashionista, who thinks of herself as trying to beautify, not belittle the world one person at a time.  Her world gets a whole lot darker when she doesn’t survive her senior prom and wakes to discover that she’s now tanning-impaired and lacking a reflection with which to fix her hair and makeup.  Then there’s the fact that she’s legally dead.  Oh, and the vile vampiress making a play for power and willing to use Gina and her other “accident” prone classmates to fight her war.  The theme of the series, really, is change.  Not only is nothing safe from snark, but nothing is really safe from change, whether it be from life to death or…well, you’d have to read it to find out!

But to answer the question, when my publisher (Flux) contracted me for the fourth book in the series, I knew that I wanted to take my characters someplace they’d never been and throw them into a situation they’d never encountered before.  I wanted them to face the question of how to fight a body-swapping spirit.  Where better to do that than in Salem, Massachusetts, the most haunted city in America.  Of course, I’d never been there either, so I had to take a visit.  Luckily, I had a native guide, a friend I’d known since I did my first local theatre show when I was 14.  The town itself and its history with the witch trials provided all the inspiration I could possibly want, and all the plot and setting details came out of that visit.

3: What genre does your book fall under?

My Vamped series is young adult paranormal/urban fantasy.  My Latter-Day Olympians series is urban fantasy aimed toward adults.

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4: Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

Vamped: My heroine Gina Covello, fashionista of the fanged, I see looking like Selena Gomez but with green contact lenses (Gina’s eyes are jade).  My hero, Bobby, looks like a young Zac Efron. Yum!

Latter-Day Olympians: I’d love maybe Melina Kanakaredes for Tori Karacis (my heroine with just enough gorgon blood to stop men in their tracks).  I’d love John Stamos, maybe, for Detective Nick Armani, and Daniel Craig or Jeremy Renner for Apollo, who’s described as having torquiose eyes and blonde waves of hair.

5: What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

For the latest book, Fangtabulous: When vampires on the run from the black ops unit to which they’d formerly belonged look to Salem, Mass. as the perfect hiding place, they discover that they’re not the only things that go bump in the night…and they’re far from the deadliest.

6: Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

I’m hoping to find a great publishing house for my new, darker WIP as well, but I’m going to wait until I have it finished and polished to a high gloss before I even think of shopping it, and then it will be through an agent.  My current series are out through Flux Books and Samhain.

7: How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

Fangtabulous took me approximately six months.  The WIP…that’s going to take me considerably longer.  It’s the most ambitious and emotionally draining concept I’ve ever tackled.  I just hope I’m up to the challenge.

8: What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

For the Vamped series…maybe Stacey Kade’s The Ghost and the Goth or Christopher Moore’s You Suck: A Love Story if he were a bit more YA oriented.  Vamped, Revamped, Fangtastic and Fangtabulous are very tongue-in-cheek.  Long and Short Reviews described the first Latter-Day Olympians novel as “a delightful urban fantasy, a clever mix of Janet Evanovich and Rick Riordan.”  I sure can’t do any better than that!  From these descriptions, you can see why a dark and highly emotional WIP is a little scary for me.

9: Who or What inspired you to write this book?

Yup, definitely back to the WIP here.  What inspired me…let’s just say childhood trauma and leave it at that…for now.  I’m sure that when my WIP sees the light of day I’ll feel compelled to say more on the subject.  Maybe I’ll even be ready for it.

10: What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
On the new novel Fangtabulous: vampires, witches, objects of power, ghosts with the power not only to affect the physical world, but to kill.  How do you catch a killer with no form and no forwarding address?  Read it to find out!

Here is a list of authors who will be joining the hop for week 26 on December 19th. I hope you’ll visit their blogs next week and learn more about their books. Maybe one of them will become your new favorite author!

Rosemary Clement-Moore

Janice Hardy

Megan Kelley Hall

Kira Sinclair

Ramez Naam

It’s been awhile, I think, since I’ve done a Fun Friday post, but it doesn’t get much more fun than this: Sh*t Writers Say.

 

Also (fun for me, anyway), I have to post this wonderful review from Booklist for my latest Vamped novel FANGTASTIC.  My hero is strutting around in my head at his “hunky” designation, and my heroine has decided that she can totally live with “feisty.”

Plus, if books run like films in your head, I’d love to see who you think should play the various roles in my books.  Story Casting now has them posted and available for dream casting.  It’s like fantasy football without all the stats.

Don’t forget that you can view the Vamped series music video and download the MP3 for free on my website if you’re interested.  And hey, if you’ve read and loved the series…or liked it…or whatever, I’d love you to rate it on Goodreads or post reviews to Barnes & Noble.com or Amazon.com or wherever you’d like.  Thank you!

One quick thing before I move on – if you’re a fan and you can’t find Fangtastic in your local bookstore, I would love, love, love you to order it through customer service.  Reports are that though stock’s been bought for on-line distribution, people aren’t finding it in their chain brick & mortar store, which could change if enough people are heard.  Thanks so much!

Now, more interviews and more giveaways!  The great gals of the Girlfriends’ Cyber Circuit are hosting me in style (just the way my heroine would want it)!

Stephanie Kuehnert’s Women Who Rock Wednesdays (comment for a chance to win a signed copy of Fangtastic)

Sydney Salter’s blog (talking about vacation karma and other good things, also with a chance to win)

YA Fresh with Kelly Parra (research and what I wanted to be when I grew up)

Jennifer Echols’s blog (talking books)

Denise Jaden’s blog (who do I love?)

Gretchen McNeil’s blog (about anything from process to guilty pleasures)

Sara Hantz’s blog (about writing and inspiration)

Celebrating the release of Fangtastic this month, I’m doing a round of interviews with the great gals of the Girlfriends’ Cyber Circuit.  Here are a few to start:

B&N: Cover Stories with Melissa Walker

Elana Johnson’s blog (where I take a stand on the all important bacon vs. chocolate issue)

Jessi Kirby’s blog (wanna see my writing space?  I promise it’s nothing like my etchings)

Linda Gerber’s blog (advice to writers – Trust yourself…but only so far)

Also, don’t forget to check out my discussion with Anton Strout on his Once & Future Podcast and the new spread the love Kindle giveaway!