August 29, 2012

My Midweek Mayhem, Contest Winner and a Karen Fail for 8/29/12... Eep with a side of LOL!

Happy Midweek Y'all!

Working it out…
  • Squee!!!!!! Witch Way to Turn's book trailer WON the You Gotta Read Reviews Contest! Thank you so much for your support! It means a lot to me. I absolutely adore the trailer that my editor, Danielle Fine, created and am so excited to share our win with you!! :o)
  • Last week of the Blog Tour! On the right-side of my blog is a list of stops for Witch Way to Turn.
  • Today I'm at Jacqueline Paige's Blog with a Guest Post! Hope you'll stop by and enter the giveaway :)
  • Exciting news!! My demon-slaying unicorn story (Running From Shadows) is a Finalist in the Heart of the West contest!!! (The Utah chapter of RWA) Squee!!!!
Hearing voices…
  • Am pluggin' away on book #2 in the Witch Way series. Current word count is a little over 62,000 words!
  • Here's a teaser line from book #2 I'm super happy with (as always, no spoilers to book #1 or #2). This is my girl Breena thinking about a lame arse excuse from one of her fellas. Omigod, if his reasoning gets any more circular, I may loop for eternity.
Getting personal... A Karen Fail!
So my best friend--since the 4th grade--celebrated her 30th birthday in July! I was so happy for her, but sad cos I was going to be out of town (at RWA) and would miss her BIG celebration. 

When I got back home, things were crazy with WWTT's release, the month-long blog tour, my day job, writing book #2 and waiting for her final present that it put me behind in getting her gift mailed out. Once I got her presents together, wrote out this super long note and packaged everything, I took it to the post office. Hooray, right?

Well... It had been almost a week since the tracking confirmation said it was delivered. So, I'm like: Hmm. I knew my BFF would've let me know once she got her gift, so I texted her and she said she hadn't received it. Ohh no! *panics*

(Insert backstory here) I'd scrolled through our texts and thought I'd found her home address (she lives 8 hours from me). Anyway, you can see where this is going. I mailed it to the wrong place! (Yes, I shoulda already had it saved in Google contacts, I'm slack...it's added now!)  

My BFF was my Maid of Honor 2006
Wanna know where I mailed her b-day gift? To a freakin' restaurant!! Holy crap! Yes, I did. It was the most recent address I had in my text cos it was the most recent place we'd met up to hang out when I went to my BIL's wedding in May. 

What happened to the gift? Right... So, I called the restaurant Monday night. Yes, they thought I was crazy. I don't disagree. They hadn't seen it and said to call back Tuesday to speak with the daytime manager. I did and she hadn't seen it either. Of course, I'm kicking myself cos I mailed my BFF's birthday present to the wrong dang address! *growls*

Annoyed with myself, I call the post office on a hope and a prayer that it somehow got returned to them. Yeah, they said no they didn't have it. Ugh! But then, the postal worker asks what the name of the restaurant was and I say: Cracker Barrel. She says, hold on. Apparently the carrier for that route was standing right there and said she saw the package in the mailbox still. Hooray!!! So they graciously offered to deliver the present to the correct address.

So I'm hoping today it will be waiting for my BFF when she gets home from work. *prays* Moral of this story...CONFIRM addresses before mailing something and SLEEP more so your brain isn't complete mush like mine. Phew.

Of course, my BFF was so sweet about the whole thing and I'm blessed to have such a wonderful friend in my life.

Karen vs. The Lost B-day Gift
To be continued...

Waiting game…
Cover Art by Danielle Fine
  • On week #12 of waiting to hear back from a lovely agent who is reading Running From Shadows.*continues to keep fingers and toes crossed and keeps querying*
  • On week #4 of waiting to hear back from the two agents and editor from the RWA conference. *also continues to keep all possible body parts crossed*
Reading...
Bonus material...
*Tune back in for SSS on Sunday for some steamy goodness from Witch Way to Turn!
*Need more Likes for my publisher Lyrical Press - Please click here! Thanks!!
*BIG shout out to my virtual assistant, Florence Price, for all of her help with promotion and getting my book trailer submitted in the You Gotta Read Reviews Contest! Thank you for all you do to keep me on the right track!
*Beautiful Cover Art for Running From Shadows by Danielle Fine... Check her website for more cover art, editing and book trailer services.

Random Alert! Random. Alert. Alert. Alert...


Rusty pup and me. He was only a few weeks old in 2008.
Okay, so this picture brings back memories! Picture this...a frosty January day. The hubs and I had driven 17 hours one way to Wisconsin (where Rustys come from) to get our little pup. It was a whirlwind trip. We talked to the breeders on that Thursday night, dreamed of our own little fella all Friday and then hopped in the car on Saturday. Got Rusty that same night (well, 2:00 AM), stayed in a hotel (without telling them about Rusty...whoopsy) and then drove 17 hours home the next day!
This is me and the cutie pie when he was a wee little bit of a thing and an even bigger demon!!! "Kill all humans!" Yes, that's what he was thinking. I can read doggie minds. Bet ya didn't know that about me. Hah.

August 26, 2012

Six Sentence Sunday: 8/26/12... Such a tease! Witch Way to Turn...

Hooray for Six Sentence Sunday!

Thank you for stopping by. I'm excited to participate with such a fantastic group of writers! 

Today I'm sharing from my (published) young adult paranormal romance Witch Way to Turn!! And yupper, I like to push the envelope! *pushes...harder* teehee

How can Breena decide between the sexy, heart-on-the-line preternatural assassin sent to kill her (but can't) OR
the oh-so-hot and caring vampire convict sent to protect her?

Well, which way would you turn? ;)

Cover Art by Renee Rocco of Lyrical Press
 Orin closed the distance between them with one smooth step and drew her into a powerful embrace, latching his arms around her waist and holding her snug against his chest. “I’ve missed you.” He traced her jaw line with a trail of hot kisses. His breath caressed her skin.

“I can tell.” Breena lifted her head off his shoulder, so he could see her playful eye roll. 

What happens next? Wouldn't you like to know!? teeheehee Tune in next week!


Thanks again for stopping by! Your support and feedback is greatly appreciated! Get a sneak peek for more awesome authors at SSS. 

Happy reading!

*Watch the Witch Way to Turn book trailer here! *BIG thanks to Definition by Danielle Fine for my awesome book trailer!
*Order Witch Way here: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Lyrical Press.
*I am so honored and blown away by these outstanding reviews of Witch Way to Turn. Wow!! Thank you for your kind words. I can't stop smiling! Goodreads, Amber's Supernatural & YA Reviews, Tana Rae Reads, Happy Tails and Tales Blog!
 *Exciting news -- Running From Shadows (my demon-slaying unicorn story) is a Finalist in the Heart of the West Contest (Utah RWA)!!!

August 22, 2012

My Midweek Mayhem, Reviews, Giveaway and Hunger Games Pix all for 8/22/12!


 Hi y'all! Things might actually be calming down a little. *takes a deep breath* Maybe I'll get to relax this weekend? Hm. Not likely. LOL
 


Working it out…
  • Please vote for Witch Way to Turn's book trailer - it's entry #17 in the You Gotta Read Reviews Contest! (vote here) Thank you so much if you've already voted! It means a lot to me. I absolutely adore the trailer that my editor, Danielle Fine, created and want it to win!! :o)
  • Awesome new reviews for Witch Way to Turn: Mostly YA Obsessed and Dana's YA Bookpile (have to scroll down a bit to see the review on this one). Woot!!
  • On the right-side of my blog is a list of stops I'm on all this month touring for Witch Way to Turn. Poof on by! (WWTT humor...teehee)
  • Today I'm at Books, Books, and More Books! Hope you'll stop by and enter the giveaway :)
Hearing voices…
  • Am pluggin' away on book #2 in the Witch Way series. Current word count is a little over 58,000 words! (On an un-related note: I've been mulling over a short-story that popped into my mind Monday morning...dunno if it'll take shape yet...will know if I'm still thinking about it by the weekend!)
  • Here's a teaser line from book #2 I'm super happy with (as always, no spoilers to book #1 or #2). This is from Myles's POV. The rapid beat of her heart ripped Myles to shreds with wanting.
Waiting game…
Cover Art by Danielle Fine
  • On week #11 of waiting to hear back from a lovely agent who is reading Running From Shadows.*continues to keep fingers and toes crossed and keeps querying*
  • On week #3 of waiting to hear back from the two agents and editor from the RWA conference. *also continues to keep all possible body parts crossed*
Reading...
Bonus material...
*Tune back in for SSS on Sunday for some steamy goodness from Witch Way to Turn!
*Need more Likes for my publisher Lyrical Press - Please click here! Thanks!!
*BIG shout out to my virtual assistant, Florence Price, for all of her help with promotion and getting my book trailer submitted in the You Gotta Read Reviews Contest! Thank you for all you do to keep me on the right track!
*Beautiful Cover Art for Running From Shadows by Danielle Fine... Check her website for more cover art, editing and book trailer services.

Random Alert! Random. Alert. Alert. Alert...


Peeta's Bakery - District 12


District 12 scenes from the Hunger Games movie were shot in my hometown...a small town in North Carolina called Henry River. Last year when we went back for a visit the hubby humored me and we took a bunch of pix. Here's a couple for ya! Oh, and well, let's face it... I'm team Peeta... ALL THE WAY. That is all :)

Me trying to find Peeta! Bring me bread, cute boy!!! ;)


August 19, 2012

Six Sentence Sunday: 8/19/12... Such a tease! Running From Shadows

Hooray for Six Sentence Sunday!

Thank you for stopping by. I'm excited to participate with such a fantastic group of writers! 

Today I'm sharing from my (unpublished) young adult paranormal romance Running From Shadows, currently being read by three lovely agents and an editor!! Squee!!

In this snippet, Greta Shore (a 17-year-old, black-haired wiccan beauty) and Paxton "Pax" Craig (an 18-year-old, blond-haired college student with a dark secret) are gettin' all hot and heavy in the backseat of his Jeep...


It's wrong... Forbidden... And now...

Cover Art by Danielle Fine

The excitement was short-lived. A loud tap on the window behind me froze me in place. Very disheveled, sitting astride a shirtless guy. Turning around, I flattened my hand to the fogged-up window and made a circle to see out. I had a flash of Titanic, only Kate and Leo got to finish what they’d started.

I couldn’t believe my eyes.

More Pax and Greta to come in September!! Thanks again for stopping by! Your support and feedback is greatly appreciated! Get a sneak peek for more awesome authors at SSS. 

Next week we'll be visiting Breena from Witch Way to Turn in a very steamy scene with one of the two hot supernatural boys vying for her affection!

Happy reading!

*Witch Way to Turn is doing so well!!!! It's getting great reviews! I'm just so proud of my baby!!! Can you tell??? ;D Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Lyrical Press.
*BIG thank you to everyone who's given me reading updates, *liked* my Amazon page, retweeted/shared the reviews, written reviews and marked WWTT as to-read! I truly appreciate your kind words and enthusiasm!
*Starting Tuesday, August 21...Witch Way to Turn's trailer (entry #17) is entered into the You Gotta Read book trailer contest! Would really appreciate your votes. Please spread the word! Thank you :)
*If you'd like more information on having a custom book cover designed for your next publication or WIP inspiration, check out Danielle Fine's Website!

August 15, 2012

My Midweek Mayhem, Release Party Pix and Awesome Witch Way to Turn Reviews!!


Hi y'all! My Midweek Mayhem is actually posting mid-week?! *gasps* I know, right? LOL
 




Working it out…
Hearing voices…
  • Am pluggin' away on book #2 in the Witch Way series. Current word count is a little over 52,000 words!
  • Here's a little teaser from book #2 I'm super happy with (as always, no spoilers to book #1 or #2). Ah yes, Breena still has the boys pining after her. Evil girl! Bwahaha. Hm...which hot boy's POV is this? Myles or Orin? Of course, the tenacious grin that creased her dimples when she smiled took him to heights of desperation. He’d do anything to be the reason for joy on her face. Anything.
Waiting game…
Cover Art by Danielle Fine
  • On week #10 of waiting to hear back from a lovely agent who is reading Running From Shadows.*continues to keep fingers and toes crossed and keeps querying*
  • On week #2 of waiting to hear back from the two agents and editor from the RWA conference. *also continues to keep all possible body parts crossed*
Getting personal...
Me and the Hubs

My Witch Way to Turn book release party!!! It was so awesome! The venue was the beautiful Cove Tavern in Williamsburg, Virginia.





The cake!!




A big shout out to my friend Clara for organizing it. Also, many thanks to my dear friend Kat for making an absolutely gorgeous cake. 


 I know there were a lot of peeps who wanted to be there but couldn't, so I've posted a couple pix for your enjoyment ;) Missed you!!


Lovely Friends :)


Reading...
  •  Creatures of the Moon by Kristine Overbrook! Fantastic read. I've been savoring it. The past couple of days have been intense at City Hall. So curling up with my Kindle has been my saving grace :)
*Tune back in for SSS on Sunday for more steamy Pax and Greta action...teeheehee
*Friday, August 17 at 12:00pm, I'll be participating in a live Twitter party. Hope you'll stop by! @karenYbynum
*It's official... I'm totally doing the Facebook thing now. LOL Let's be friends! Come on over and *like/add* me...promise to totally *like/add* ya back! :)
*Beautiful Cover Art for Running From Shadows by Danielle Fine... Check her website for more cover art, editing and book trailer services.

Random Alert! Random. Alert. Alert. Alert...

Mikey and I had a beautiful outdoor wedding at a botanical garden in Belmont, North Carolina followed by an indoor reception with a jazz band. Ah, memories... 

*sings* All you need is chocolate...chocolate is all you need. LOL 
Our Wedding Day - October 21, 2006

August 12, 2012

Six Sentence Sunday: 8/12/12... Such a tease! Running From Shadows

Hooray for Six Sentence Sunday!

Thank you for stopping by. I'm excited to participate with such a fantastic group of writers! 

Today I'm sharing from my (unpublished) young adult paranormal romance Running From Shadows, currently being read by three lovely agents and an editor!! Squee!!

In this snippet, Greta Shore (a 17-year-old, black-haired wiccan beauty) and Paxton "Pax" Craig (an 18-year-old, blond-haired college student with a dark secret) are gettin' all hot and heavy in the backseat of his Jeep...


It's wrong... Forbidden. And for a fleeting moment her breath catches in her throat...

Cover Art by Danielle Fine
“Pax,” I whispered against his lips. 

Guiding his shirt up and off, I ran my hands along the tight muscles of his arms, his chest, his abs...he moaned.

Goddess.

He cradled my face and leaned forward until I could feel his breath on my mouth. “Kiss me.”

The heat of his touch burned me to the soul, melted away any thought I had except for the fire of his embrace.

What happens next? Wouldn't you like to know!? teeheehee Tune in next week!

Thanks again for stopping by! Your support and feedback is greatly appreciated! Get a sneak peek for more awesome authors at SSS. 

Happy reading!

*Omigosh... Witch Way to Turn officially released in e-book AND print form!!!! Soooo excited!!! Can you tell??? ;D Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Lyrical Press.

*If you'd like more information on having a custom book cover designed for your next publication or WIP inspiration, check out Danielle Fine's Website!

August 11, 2012

I'd like to blame the gods of Chaos for delaying this blog post! ;)

Hi y'all! This week's Mayhem is late! Why pray tell? Well, I'll let the gods of Chaos explain it later ;) So for now let's just call it Survival Saturday, shall we? LOL
 

Working it out…
  • Witch Way to Turn... Officially released on Monday in both e-book and print format!! Check it out here: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Lyrical Press...  Super excited :o)
  • Awesome reviews coming in for Witch Way to Turn: Sizzling Hot Book Reviews and Night Owl Reviews. And more coming next week!
  • On the right-side of my blog is a list of stops I'll be on this month touring for Witch Way to Turn. Hope you'll be able to poof on by! (WWTT humor...teehee)
  • Today I'm being interviewed by Author Ryan Hill...such fun questions (click here)! His children's book titled J.P. Trouble--super cute read--is available now!
  • Today I'm also on A Dream Within A Dream's blog (click here)!
Hearing voices…
  • Am pluggin' away on book #2 in the Witch Way series. Current word count is a little over 50,000 words!
  • Here's a little teaser from book #2 I'm super happy with (as always, no spoilers to book #1 or #2)...can you guess which hottie my girl, Breena, is talking to? teeheehee Is it Myles Young, the vampire convict or Orin Heider, the preternatural assassin? (All prose was left out to not give anything away.)
      “I would never mock your pain. I only want you to be whole.”  -- Hot Boy.
      “Whaddya mean by whole? Why not happy?” -- Sassy Breena.
“Happy is just an emotion. A word. It implies an opposite can be true.” -- Hot Boy.
“Doesn’t whole imply there can be emptiness?” -- Sassy Breena. 
“Wholeness isn’t an emotion. It’s a state of being.” -- Hot Boy.
Waiting game…
Cover Art by Danielle Fine
  • On week #9 of waiting to hear back from a lovely agent who is reading Running From Shadows.*continues to keep fingers and toes crossed and keeps querying*
  • On week #1 of waiting to hear back from the two agents and editor from the RWA conference. *also continues to keep all possible body parts crossed*
Getting personal...
The print book arrived in the mail on Thursday!
The arrival of Witch Way to Turn print book to my home... A tale through photography. The original print release date was October 1st. So when Amazon told me my books had shipped, I didn't believe it...at first!

Opening it ever so carefully...



The feeling of seeing my book--right there--in front of me was...incredible. Like a dream come true.

Actually holding the words that were once only in my mind...

Then... I held it. Cradled it in my hands. Felt along its binding and basked in every square inch of its beauty.
On the page...
 But the part that stole my breath and made my heart race was opening it. There, in front of me, were my words on the page. I flipped through and immediately looked at the last sentence--my fave thing to do when I'm looking at print books.

Even though I read e-books almost exclusively, seeing Witch Way to Turn in print on the page was one of the most wonderful experiences of my life. I'm so happy and grateful for this opportunity. A BIG thank you to Lyrical Press!!

Reading...
*Tune back in for SSS on Sunday...
*Next week I'll post pix and info about Witch Way to Turn's book release party...it was sooo much fun!!!
*It's official... I'm totally doing the Facebook thing now. LOL Let's be friends! :)
*Beautiful Cover Art for Running From Shadows by Danielle Fine... Check her website for more cover art, editing and book trailer services.

Random Alert! Random. Alert. Alert. Alert...
Rusty pup says, Why do I have to shake your hand...again?

August 7, 2012

*announcer voice* And the winner of the Witch Way to Turn eBook Giveaway is...



Woo hoo!! The feedback on Witch Way to Turn's release was incredible! I’ve enjoyed reading your comments and am so happy and thankful for your support!

And now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for…the WINNER of a free eBook copy of my debut novel is...

drum roll please…

*throws confetti on the computer*

Alicia Marie Ezell

I'm so excited for you to read it!!

THANK YOU ALL for your participation!

Big thank you to my virtual assistant, Florence Price, for picking the winner for the giveaway and for organizing the event so that it went smoothly! Click here for a list of her services.

As always, thank you for your support!! I truly appreciate it. You all made my very first Release Day super special :)

August 6, 2012

eBook Giveaway Contest and My Author Foreward for Witch Way to Turn :)

See info below to win a free eBook of Witch Way to Turn!

Dear Lovely Reader,

You are about to embark on a journey with the characters who have been talking to me for quite awhile. Witch Way to Turn all began in July 2010 after the Romance Writers of America (RWA) conference in Orlando, FL. I couldn’t get this chick’s voice out of my head. I knew her name immediately (Breena), even though her last name went through several different versions before I was compelled (vampire humor) to use Cross. She wouldn’t stop telling me about these two guys who were vying for her attention and the love she had for her precious foster sister.

Breena and I share several things… One, our love of food, especially gravy biscuits. Two, we both grew up in small towns, Breena’s hometown being only ten minutes from my own real one in North Carolina. And three, the desire to have something that was so close but yet so far away. Breena’s desire was custody of her seven-year-old foster sister. Mine was to have Breena’s story published. I wanted with ever fiber of my being for her story to be read. Yes, Breena has her flaws. Who doesn’t? But she strived to better herself by cleaning up her foul language, attending college and controlling the darkness inside of her.

Witch Way to Turn has been a labor of love. When I got home from the RWA conference, I immediately started writing Breena’s story. I couldn’t stop. I thought about her day and night. I wrote day and night. While working my full-time job, I completed Witch Way to Turn in only three months. I actually wrote the end on Breena’s birthday, October 30th. Now, the end wasn’t really the end…actually, that’s when the real work began. I’d written Witch Way to Turn in the first person point-of-view as a young adult novel. Well, that just wasn’t working. I’d gotten many requests for it, which ended in just as many rejections. I couldn’t understand why. Agents and editors alike enjoyed my voice, but something didn’t click. The issues that I’d written about in this story dealt heavily with sex and abuse, which didn’t go over well in the young adult genre. At one point, an editor asked me if I’d read very many young adult novels and at the time, sadly, I hadn’t. One of my readers said it was like watching a train wreck, she just couldn’t look away. I was grateful for her comments, and I knew something big had to change.

So I rewrote Witch Way to Turn as an adult novel and upped Breena’s age from eighteen to twenty-one but kept it in the first person point-of-view. Still requests came in and so did the rejections. I became seriously frustrated. What was I doing wrong? No one could tell me and obviously, I couldn’t see it. How could I grasp so many straws only to have them slip through my fingers? It wasn’t until a lovely author friend read Witch Way to Turn and gave me her brutally honest opinion. Her feedback was invaluable. I knew how to fix my story.

So I took a break from querying in order to do a third complete rewrite. I changed Witch Way to Turn back into a young adult novel and switched it to third person point-of-view. This made all the difference. By telling Breena’s story in the third person, I was able to add in the points of view for the two heroes. It was long overdue. Myles and Orin both had been talking to me too. They wanted to be heard. Needed to be heard. I can’t wait for you to meet them. Both boys are unique and wonderfully flawed, but they each meet specific needs in Breena’s life. Too bad she can’t have them both!

Now that Witch Way to Turn was as polished as I could get it and all the voices in my head were on the page, I began querying again. I’d heard great things about Lyrical Press, but I knew they didn’t publish the young adult genre (at the time). Even so, Breena was eighteen and I thought, what would it hurt to ask if they might be interested. I emailed to see if they would accept a submission for a work with an eighteen-year-old heroine. They said, yes, as long as it fell into one of their current genres they published. It did. I got my manuscript and synopsis ready and queried.

Even though I’d finished writing Witch Way to Turn in October of 2010, it wasn’t until December 19th of 2011 that I received the most exciting news. I could hardly believe it. When I saw a contract from Lyrical Press waiting for me in my inbox, I thought it was a mistake. I immediately sent it to my husband to review. I was bouncing up and down waiting for him to finish reading it. When he did and said it was for real, I ran through the house screaming. Yes, true story. I was so excited. Breena would finally have her story told.

Thank you so much for taking this journey with Breena and me. I am grateful for each one of you and look forward to sharing more stories with you in the near future.


And to help you along the way, I'll be giving away one eBook of Witch Way to Turn! To enter, please "Like" Witch Way to Turn eBook, Print and my Author Page on Amazon, then fill out this Form - That's it, easy-peasy!

**The fabulous Renita Pizzitola interviewed me!! Hope you'll check it out (click here)!

Happy reading! :o)

August 5, 2012

Six Sentence Sunday: 8/5/12... Such a tease! Running From Shadows

Hooray for Six Sentence Sunday!

Thank you for stopping by. I'm excited to participate with such a fantastic group of writers! 

Even though Witch Way to Turn officially releases tomorrow... I couldn't leave y'all hangin' after that steamy start last Sunday with Running From Shadows. Hope you enjoy a little more hot stuff from Pax and Greta!

Today I'm sharing from my (unpublished) young adult paranormal romance Running From Shadows, currently being read by three lovely agents and an editor!! Squee!!

In this snippet Greta Shore (a 17-year-old, black-haired wiccan beauty) and Paxton "Pax" Craig (an 18-year-old, blond-haired college student with a dark secret) are continuing their moment of passion...


It's wrong... Forbidden.

Cover Art by Danielle Fine

He flattened me against the Jeep's backseat. I had to admit, it wasn’t the most comfortable position, but the fire between us had me reeling enough that I barely noticed.

His touch was soft and sure as he pushed the wrap from my shoulders, softly kissing the skin up to the curve of my neck.

My chest heaved and for a moment it seemed I could feel the sun on my skin. 

I wanted him. And I wondered if he felt it too...but we shouldn’t be together.

What happens next? Wouldn't you like to know!? teeheehee Tune in next week!

Thanks again for stopping by! Your support and feedback is greatly appreciated! Get a sneak peek for more awesome authors at SSS. 

Happy reading!

*Omigosh... Witch Way to Turn (e-book) officially releases tomorrow, Monday, August 6!!!! Soooo excited!!! Can you tell??? ;D Stop back by tomorrow for a chance to win your free e-book copy!!!

*If you'd like more information on having a custom book cover designed for your next publication or WIP inspiration, check out Danielle Fine's Website!

August 4, 2012

Fangs? I'm being Interviewed by Fang-tastic Books!! Witch Way to Turn - Blog Tour Day 4!

Witch Way to Turn


 
Blog Tour - Day 4!!

Hm... Quickly glances around the room. Did someone mention fangs? *old-school vampire voice* I vant to suck your blood! Bwahaha

Today I'm being interviewed by Fang-tastic Books!! Swoop--am picturing bats when I say that--on by for a visit :)

 
Click here for my interview!

Tell me... What's your favorite kind of vampire? Seductive, evil, sparkling?

Thanks for stopping by!!

Happy Reading my friends :)

August 1, 2012

My Midweek Mayhem, RWA Conference Afterglow and Witch Way news for 8/1/12!

Hi y'all! Did you miss me? Aww, I missed you :o) 

Dang. I barely got this post done by the end of Midweek! Eep!

RWA Nationals were last week and I've got exciting news and pictures to share!!

Take a journey with me...it all started with a rockin' pair of ballet flats. Yes, I was super excited to wear them on the airplane! Plus, they were really comfy. Oh, so I totally got pulled aside for a bag-check by airport security. Yeah, that was annoying. LOL They threw away the hubby's toothpaste! Come on. Eep!

Somewhere over the rainbow
Hubs and Me
The flight to Anaheim, California was wonderful. No delays, smooth flying :) I even took pix of the clouds. I kept imagining angels flying through them. Yup, I was totally reading Rapture by Lauren Kate (awesome YA angel series)! At one point I started taking even more random pix than of clouds and my hubby was super excited about that...see pic! lol I torture him. It's my life's goal! Bwahaha ;)   


Spotlight at entrance of hotel
When we arrived at the hotel this lovely spotlight greeted us...it was such a rock-star kind of moment. teeheehee  

The workshops were awesome and I learned a ton! Omigosh, I took Michael Hauge's Plot Structure workshop... He's amazing and funny! I've been using his plot structure chart for a while now. Fantastic.

Witch Way - Swag!
Totally hit up the Goody Room for free books and swag... Oh, and ALL the Witch Way to Turn swag bags the hubby and I made got snatched up! Hooray!! This was our first pile... 

Seriously LARGE Tree
The hubby and I did a lot of 
Hubs and Me
shopping, eating and chillin' out on Tuesday and Wednesday before the conference got into full swing on Thursday. So, we passed by this HUGE tree everyday on our way to Downtown Disney... And I am totally a tree fanatic, I had to have my picture taken with it. LOL


Alison and Karen
Gather the BonesI met one of my Twitter followers for lunch on Friday! Sooo great!!! Was able to hang out with friends from previous conferences and make new friends. Loved it! Ohhh! Ohhh! Fan-girl moment! I met the lovely Alison Stuart! Her book Gather the Bones comes out with Lyrical Press September 3, 2012. Her Australian accent was awesome!! :)
 
Cover Art by Danielle Fine
Ah, yes... So how did my pitch sessions go, you might ask ;) Well. Fabulously!!! Two full requests and one partial!! I was so proud of myself for stepping outside of my comfort zone and not taking in any notes or anything. I just walked right in, sat right down and chatted up a storm! Okay, so I was a little nervous, but I kept smiling and so did they. It was great! Now keep your fingers crossed! Gotta find my demon-slaying unicorn story (Running From Shadows) a good home!  
Working it out…
  • Witch Way to Turn releases in FIVE days!! This is really happening!! Omigosh... I'm so excited! Soon, so very soon, you'll get to meet the Rhodhiss gang (that's what I call them cos Breena lives in Rhodhiss, North Carolina)!
  • Witch Way to Turn's FIRST book review (click here) came out today (5-stars!!), and it was so absolutely beautiful that I cried. Literally. Tears of joy rolled down my cheeks. It was just... Wow. To hear/read someone else talk about your work in such an inspirational way is amazing. Would love for you to read it and comment. It would mean a lot to me. Thank you :)
Hearing voices…
  • Am pluggin' away on book #2 in the Witch Way series. Current word count is a little over 46,000 words!
  • Here's a little teaser from book #2 I'm super happy with (as always, no spoilers to book #1 or #2)... The golden circle of his eyes heated to a fiery amber. Breena could easily wrap herself in his molten heat, but she was in control. Not her magic and certainly not her libido.
Waiting game…
  • On week #8 of waiting to hear back from a lovely agent who is reading Running From Shadows.*continues to keep fingers and toes crossed* Ooo! Ooo! The owner of her literary agency retweeted me on Twitter today! I nearly had a heart-attack! How freakin' cool is that!?!? Gotta be a good sign, right??
Getting personal...
Photo booth moments
  • My cousin's wedding in Augusta, Georgia was stunning! The service to the butterfly release to the delicious food to the dancing... Wow! This is a pic from the really cool photo booth they had. Me and the hubby, in case you were wondering. Gettin' my PG-13 on!! LOL
****Join me the month of August for the Witch Way to Turn - Blog Tour (interviews, promo, excerpts, giveaways)... The calendar on the right side of my blog has links for each day. My wonderful virtual assistant, Florence Price, will be adding the Bewitching Book Tour button also.****
*Tune back in for SSS on Sunday...

*Beautiful Cover Art for Running From Shadows by Danielle Fine... Check her website for cover art, editing and book trailer services. She has new covers on there that will blow your mind! They are gorgeous!

Random Alert! Random. Alert. Alert. Alert... Yes, this R2D2 is made completely of LEGOs :)

You know you want one... I do!