Posts Tagged ‘tour’

freezewarning Tor.com has released an original novella by Susan Krinard in the world of her wonderful urban fantasy MIST.  For a treat, you can check it out on their site or download it for Kindle, Nook or other e-readers.

Blurb: As a nearly immortal Valkyrie, Mist is the guardian of the greatest of the Norse god’s Treasures—Odin’s spear Gungnir. But Mist believes all the gods are dead, and she’s slowly settling into a normal life in San Francisco. Just when Mist is ready to give up the duty the All-father laid on her, she meets a mysterious woman, Bella Stratus, and a man who helps her save Bella’s life: Eric Larsson, the perfect embodiment of a Viking warrior. He’s charming, good-natured, and nearly her equal in strength; and for the first time in centuries Mist has found someone she might be able to love… and trust. But even as Mist remembers the past she left behind and contemplates a new future with Eric, Bella warns her that she can’t fight her fate.

No matter what happens, no matter how hard she tries, she’ll never be able to escape the destiny that awaits her.

In other news, David Mack’s Star Trek: Destiny Trilogy is on special today only as an Amazon Daily Deal.  Each book is only $1.99, so you might want to get them while they’re hot!

Chloe Neill continues her wonderful Show Your Work Week with (*drum roll, please*)…ME!  Previous posts have been from Jennifer Estep and Jaye Wells.  Later today, Chloe will host Faith Hunter, followed by Yasmine Galenorn and Vicki Pettersson Thursday and Friday.  Really informative!

Also, the Crossroads Blog Tour rolls on with the chance to win a Grand Prize of a pre-loaded Kindle as well as a bonus prize for playing.  Today, Carrie Harris, P.J. Hoover, Patrice Lyle and I are up at A Life Bound By Books talking about hauntings, scares and sweets.  You can check out some previous posts, as well as the participating blogs (featuring other great authors like Amy Christine Parker, Molly Cochran, Jackie Morse Kessler…) on yesterday’s blog.

Whew, that’s enough for now!  (Though I also have to chime in quickly about how excited I am for next week’s releases: BLACK HEART by Christina Henry and STAR TREK: THE FALL: CEREMONY OF LOSSES by David Mack, but more about them as time draws closer.)

Oh, there will be posts from this weekend’s Necronomicon as soon as I can find the cord to my camera and upload my pics.  In the meantime, I just want to say that it was wonderful and that  the special guest, Christopher Paolini (you may all know him as being the wunderkind who wrote the runaway bestseller Eragon at age 15), was gracious, funny and informative, and everyone was just amazing.  Truly.

DarkAngelCover_Final In the meantime, a few quick shout-outs, first to the world about TJ Bennett’s wonderfully atmospheric paranormal romance, DARK ANGEL.  I’ve alternately described this as Beauty and the Beast meets The Tempest or Beauty and the Beast meets Lost.  Whichever of these descriptors appeals to you (and surely one of them…), this is a great novel, and it’s out today on Kindle and Nook (other formats too) for under $4.00.  Can’t beat that!

But don’t take my word from it.  Here are a few great quotes:

“Mysterious and moody, Dark Angel is a lushly written tale full of romance, danger and magic that is sure to intrigue.” – Erin Knightly, author of More than a Stranger

“Dark and lushly sensual, in Dark Angel TJ Bennett has written a gothic romance sure to fascinate and entice readers. The haunting beauty of Bennett’s prose and the gripping story had me obsessively turning pages late into the night.” ~Shana Galen, national bestselling author of If You Give a Rake a Ruby

crossroads2013sm In other news, the Crossroads Blog Tour has begun! Follow along and enter for a chance to win the grand prize (a Kindle preloaded with ebooks from as many of the tour participants as possible) or the bonus prize!  For my part, I’m up today at Most-Wanted Monsters and was up yesterday with Confessions of a Bookaholic along with fellow Crossroaders Carrie Harris, P.J. Hoover and Patrice LyleAmy Christine Parker (author of GATED), Molly Cochran (of LEGACY, POISON and the forthcoming SEDUCTION), Amanda Ashby, Jackie Morse Kessler, Kiki Hamilton, Ty Drago, Judith Graves, Christine Fonseca and many, many others are participating as well.  Click to reach Rafflecopter giveaway!

Virtual Tours

Posted: October 15, 2013 in Uncategorized
Tags: , , , , ,

Crazed as I am, I had to post this week, if only to move the still of my make-up-less face farther down the blog queue.  Eek!  Sorry, sorry.  Hope I didn’t scare any small children. Or grown men, for that matter.

Anyway, jumping on quickly to make sure you all know about two really fabulous upcoming blog tours, complete with games and giveaways!  First, there’s the Crossroads Blog Tour from  October 20th -26th involving lots of great authors, including Molly Cochran, Amanda Ashby, Amy Christine Parker, Jackie Morse Kessler, Judith Graves, Joy Preble, Carrie Harris, Ty Drago and many others, including me!  a Rafflecopter giveaway

Then there’s the KICKING IT tour from November 18th to December 6th.  For those who haven’t already heard me shout it from the rafters, KICKING IT is a great urban fantasy anthology coming out in December with contributors: Faith Hunter, Rachel Caine, Chloe Neill, Rob Thurman, Kalayna Price, Christina Henry, Shannon K. Butcher, Chris Marie Green and again me.  There are going to be many wonderful prizes and, I’m sure, some surprises in the blog posts themselves.  Tune in for fun and games and maybe walk away with something to make your holidays bright.

It’s nearly that time again!  The Crossroads Blog Tour returns October 21st to 28th with thirteen fabulous young adult authors, and the chance to win a Kindle pre-loaded with a title by each author:

Judith Graves – Leap Books – Under My Skin, Second Skin, Skin of My Teeth, Killer’s Instinct

Joy Preble – Sourcebooks – Dreaming Anastasia, Haunted, Anastasia Forever. Soho Press (forthcoming May 2013) – The Sweet Dead Life

Stacey Kade – Hyperion – The Ghost and the Goth, Queen of the Dead, Body & Soul

Amanda Ashby – Speak – You Had Me at HaloZombie Queen of Newbury High, Fairy Bad Day, Demonosity

Lucienne Diver – Flux – Vamped, Revamped, Fangtasic, Fangtabulous

Kiki Hamilton – Teen / Macmillian – The Faerie Ring, The Torn Wing

Jackie Morse Kessler – Harcourt Graphia – Hunger, Rage, Loss

Christine Fonseca – Compass Press – Transcend, Libera Me

Carrie Harris – Delacorte Books for Young Readers –Taste In Boys, Bad Hair Day

Dawn Dalton – Leap Books – SPIRITED Anthology, Killer’s Instinct

Leanna Renee Hieber – Sourcebooks – Darker Still (Magic Most Foul, #1), The Twisted Tragedy of Miss Natalie Stewart (Magic Most Foul, #2)

Ty Drago – Sourcebooks – The Undertakers: Rise of the Corpses, The Undertakers: Queen of the Dead

Janet Fox – Speak – Faithful, Forgiven, Sirens
I’m paired this year with Christine Fonseca, and our schedule of blog appearances is below, along with links!

21st Late Bloomer

22nd Confessions of a Bookaholic

23rd Most Wanted Monsters

24th Mundie Moms

25th A Life Bound by Books

26th Scribing Shadows

27th For What It’s Worth

28th A Simple Love of Reading

Hope you’ll come see us and enter for a chance to win!

Two quick things before I get dug in for the day:

HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to Kalayna Price for hitting the USA Today bestseller list with her fabulous Alex Craft novel GRAVE MEMORY (sequel to GRAVE WITCH and GRAVE DANCE)!  Says Romantic Times, “This continues to be a truly original and compelling UF series.” I couldn’t agree more.

D.B. Jackson is currently on tour (blog and signing) for his debut historical fantasy THIEFTAKER.  Check him out on John Scalzi’s Big Idea blog or drop by his website for other tour stops.

The third annual Goodreads Choice Awards voting has begun.  The first round is open until November 13th, so check it out now to vote for your favorites!  Personally, I’m really excited to see Chloe Neill’s Hard Bitten in the Paranormal Fantasy category, Rob Thurman’s Basilisk in Science Fiction and Knight Agency authors Gena Showalter and Nalini Singh up in Romance!

I’m also very excited about all our Romantic Times Award nominees, but I’m waiting to see if we can official announce yet or if we have to wait, so more on that soon.

In the meantime, I leave you with these long-promised pics from the tour that Elaine and I took up the Rhein River on our first, jet-lagged day in Frankfurt.

I almost always have something to post on Fun Fridays, but it’s been a heck of a week.  Mostly really wonderful (look for another big announcement in Publishers Weekly’s deal section on Monday), but not without its frustrations.   In any case, I am finally hear to post about two fun things.  One, the Crossroads Blog Tour, which begins tomorrow (details here), featuring amazing authors among whom I’m privileged to keep company:

Rachel Vincent – Mira / Harlequin Teen – Soul Screamers series, Shifters series

Judith Graves – Leap Books – Under My Skin, Second Skin, Skin of My Teeth

Joy Preble – Sourcebooks – Dreaming Anastasia, Haunted, Again and Again

Stacey Kade – Hyperion – The Ghost and the Goth, Queen of the Dead

Angie Frazier – Scholastic Press – Everlasting, The Midnight Tunnel, The Eternal Sea

Linda Joy Singleton – Flux – Dead Girl Walking, Dead Girl Dancing

Amanda Ashby – Speak – Zombie Queen of Newbury High, Fairy Bad Day

Lucienne Diver – Flux – Vamped, Revamped, Fangtasic

Kiki Hamilton – Teen / Macmillian – The Faerie Ring

Jackie Morse Kessler – Harcourt Graphia – Hunger, Rage, Loss

Kitty Keswick – Leap Books – Freaksville, Furry & Freaked

Carrie Harris – Delacorte Books for Young Readers –Taste In Boys

Shannon Delany – St. Martin’s Griffin – 13 to Life, Secrets and Shadows, Bargains and Betrayals

Jeri Smith-Ready – Simon Pulse – Shade, Shift

Dawn Dalton – Leap Books – Spirited Anthology

Maybe you swung by last year.  Maybe you were even the grand prize winner.  If not, maybe this is your year!  Follow along for the fun.

I’m going to be a little late to my own party, which begins tomorrow at Narratively Speaking, because I’ll be emceeing the 2nd Annual Trash to Fashion event at 11 a.m. at Cooper Memorial Library in Clermont, Florida.  All the stylistas will be there!  However, I’ll check in to the blog when I can, and in the meantime, they’ll also be hosting Jackie Morse Kessler, so she’ll be there to keep you entertained.

As promised yesterday, I’m pleased to present an interview with adult and YA author Jeri Smith-Ready, one of the contributors to the new ENTHRALLED anthology, edited by Melissa Marr & Kelley Armstrong.

First, she tells us a little about her story, “Bridge” –

In the world of the SHADE novels, everyone seventeen and under can see and hear ghosts, but no one else can.  So when Logan Keeley dies and his eighteen-year-old brother Mickey blames himself, they can’t ease each other’s pain or reconcile their rage.  Over the course of SHADE and SHIFT, Mickey sinks into a near-suicidal depression over Logan’s death.

“Bridge” is the story, told in free verse, of how two brothers, with the help of a stranger, forge the chasm between them to find a lasting peace.

REVIEWS:

“A solid collection of stories…Sarah Rees Brennan’s ‘Let’s Get This Undead Show on the Road’ follows a vampire in a boy-band and stands out with its perfect blend of snark and sincerity. It’s followed in a one-two punch by Jeri Smith-Ready’s intense and earnest ‘Bridge.’…This collection is ideal as a sampler tray for paranormal readers looking to pick up new authors to follow or to further explore the fictional worlds they already know. —Kirkus Reviews

A standout among the many paranormal-themed anthologies. — Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (Recommended review)

INTERVIEW:

What is your writing process like?  Are you a plotter or a pantser? Do you schedule time to write each day or are you a spree writer?

I’m somewhere in between a plotter and pantser.  I usually have a rough outline/synopsis before I start, but then I never look at it while I write the first draft.  It’s when I rewrite that I get super analytical, using spreadsheets and index cards and programs like Scrivener.

When I’m drafting, I set a word- or page-count or scene goal and I keep going until I’m finished.  I don’t necessarily start first thing in the morning, though.  When editing, I set a kitchen timer to work a certain number of hours.  I pause it when I take a break, even just for a few minutes.  In the last week of each phase of editing, it’s usually set at 12 hours, which means starting in the early morning and going until late at night.

What is the hardest part about the publishing process for you and how do you get through it? (For me, it’s copyediting and sour cream and onion chips.)

First drafts, by far.  To me it’s like sculpting air.  I get through it using a NaNoWriMo spreadsheet that tells you not only how many words you have to write today, but how many words you’ll have to write EVERY day if you slack off.  Fear is a powerful motivator.

We drop your hero or heroine on a deserted island.  Quick, what are the three things he or she can’t live without?

1.    His guitar

2.    Pizza

3.    His girlfriend Aura, who would be the one to figure out how to survive and/or get off the island while Logan sat around playing guitar and whining that there was no pizza.

If your story were a film, who would you cast?

I’m really fuzzy on who I’d cast for Logan and Aura, so I’d say to Hollywood, “Surprise me!” But Zachary should be played by Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom in the Harry Potter films).  Have you seen him lately?  He grew up into quite the hottie.  And for Zach’s dad Ian, none other than Craig Ferguson.

Are there any contests or upcoming appearances/interviews/etc. you’dlike to plug?

At 12:01 Tuesday, September 20, I’ll be posting the lyrics to “Forever,” the song Logan wrote for Aura in SHADE (before he died), the one he sang to her while she “slept” the night before his testimony at the trial.  I promised I would write and release the lyrics if Zachary from SHADE received 5,000 votes in the final round of the YA Crush Tournament last month (he received over 21,000 votes in his second-place finish).

In real life, I’ll be at the Baltimore Book Festival Friday, September 23, doing panels at 1:30 and 3pm, a reading at 2pm, then signing books from 4-6pm, at the Maryland Romance Writers pavilion.

Then I go to Seattle for the King County Public Library book festival, where I’ll be appearing with the Smart Chicks 2.0 tour on Sunday, October 2, 1-4pm.  Can’t wait!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Jeri Smith-Ready has been writing fiction since the night she had her first double espresso. Her nine published books include two series for adults and the SHADE trilogy for teens, about a world of ghosts only the young can see, which concludes May 2012 with SHINE.  Like many of her characters, Jeri enjoys music, movies, and staying up very, very late.  Visit her at http://www.jerismithready.com, or on Facebook (www.facebook.com/JeriSmithready) or Twitter (http://twitter.com/jsmithready), where she spends way too much time.  Logan himself can be found on Twitter @keeley_logan, as can his rival/”brother-in-pulp,” Zachary Moore (@moore_zachary).  The boys love to chat with each other and with their real-life fans.

You may already have seen it in Publishers Weekly, but just in case, I’m so pleased to announce that NAL has acquired three more novels in Rachel Caine’s New York Times-bestselling Morganville Vampires young adult series.  Just in case you’ve missed out and want to get caught up, Morganville, Texas is a quiet college town populated and powered by vampires who’ve come to a sort of understanding with the human community—you abide by certain rules, swear fealty to a protector, make your monthly blood donations, and they won’t snack on you. Except under extreme conditions…based on a very fluid definition of extreme.  Unfortunately, the young residents of the Glass House, one of the Founders buildings with secrets and a resident spirit of its own, aren’t terribly good about following the rules.

She’s about to embark on the Smart Chicks Kick It Tour with other amazingly Smart Chicks Melissa Marr, Kelley Armstrong, Jennifer Lynn Barnes, Simone Elkeles, Kami Garcia, Ally Condie, Beth Revis, Margaret Stohl, Sara Zarr, Melissa de la Cruz, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Stephanie Kuehnert, Richelle Mead, Jeri Smith-Ready, Rachel Vincent…whew, the list goes on and on!  The full schedule is here.  This all leads perfectly into tomorrow’s post, an interview with Jeri Smith-Ready, one of the contributors to the new Enthralled anthology which grew out of last year’s tour!