Happy Release day to Megan Miranda’s debut novel, Fracture!
| Fractureby Megan Miranda272 pages, Walker Childrens, (2012-01-17)
Today I have the privilege to welcome M.P. Kozlowsky on a stop from his blog tour for his middle grade book, Juniper Berry. He’s graciously composed a guest post and it’s very fitting to my situation since I’m at home right now with a 3 week old newborn.
I was sent a copy of Juniper Berry to read and review but unfortunately I’ve only been able to make it through the first few pages. Why? Basically because of the newborn. I hope to read it soon though!
Here’s what M.P. has to say about having a child and how it changes you forever.
Juniper Berry was written during a different time. B.C. 2009 B.C. (Before Child). I had a strict routine which I followed religiously, both a blessing and a severe thorn in my side – this included lunch at 11:12, walking the dog at 2:52, washing dishes at 4:54, among other odd intermissions. In the middle of all this, however, was a good full day of writing. But, that was assuming that I wasn’t interrupted by the super or a phone call or an errand. If something disrupted my routine I couldn’t write; I couldn’t get in the right head, so to speak, the trance was broken. To sit down in front of the computer I had to be in such a specific frame of mind, so focused, and, most importantly, I couldn’t have that damaged in any way. I had certain meals I ate on certain days and at certain times and if we didn’t have peanut butter this threw everything off. I would browse the internet in a predetermined order, I had to place phone calls at specific breaks in my day, and if I didn’t I couldn’t think straight. But this was my ritual and I perfected it and I accomplished incredible amounts of writing because of it. Then I had a baby.
This changes everything. Suddenly my routine was gone, snatched away overnight. I had to conform to the erratic whims of my daughter. I could only write when she was napping, but this time was brief and ever changing, and the responsibilities piled up all around me. I was so tired. My mind wasn’t allowed to focus. I had to accept constant distractions, I had to write through them, adjust my thinking, my writing method. I understood this and accepted it. As a parent, I knew I now had to become selfless. It wasn’t about me and my idiosyncrasies anymore. It was about her, my daughter, my Margeaux. To be the best father and husband, I had to change who I was as a writer. And I learned that I didn’t control my routine, my routine controlled me. Sure, my output has slowed, but I have grown. My baby is new; I am new.
M.P. Kozlowsky was a high school English teacher before becoming a writer. Juniper Berry is his first book. He lives in New York with his wife and daughter. www.mpkozlowsky.com
Thanks so much M.P.! I couldn’t agree with you more, that’s for sure. I’m the last stop for M.P. but you can go back and see his other stops!
Juniper Berry Blog Tour: Part II
Tuesday, May 10th – Interview and Giveaway at Another Gray Day
Wednesday, May 11th – Interview at Bri Meets Books
Thursday, May 12th – Interview at Book Yurt
Friday, May 13th – Review and Giveaway at The Book Maven’s Haven
Saturday, May 14th – Review at MundieKids
Sunday, May 15th – Guest Post at Kid Lit Frenzy
Monday, May 16th – Review and Giveaway at Kid Lit Frenzy
Tuesday, May 17th – Interview and Giveaway at MundieKids
Tuesday, May 17th – Guest Post and Giveaway at The Cozy Reader
Juniper Berry Writing Contest: To celebrate the release of M.P. Kozlowsky’s debut novel Juniper Berry, Walden Pond Press is inviting all writers aged 9-14 to write their own tales of terror and temptation in at least 500 words. One grand prize winner will receive an iPad, a library of Walden Pond Press eBook, paperback and hardcover novels, and his or her story published online at Walden.com. Author M.P. Kozlowsky will select the winner. To learn more: www.walden.com/win/juniperberry.
| Juniper Berry by M. P. Kozlowsky240 pages, Walden Pond Press, (2011-04-26)
Enter to win a copy of Juniper Berry!
Congrats to Meredith Miller on winning!
Today I have the lovely pleasure of having YA author Rachel Hawkins to answer just a few interview questions! I kept it short and sweet and asked what I wanted to know. I’m not a fan of most general interview questions so I hope you find these interesting, at least. 🙂
I ADORE them! I’m so thrilled with how Hyperion really nailed the
whole, “These books are funny! But also scary! And yet funny!” aspect
of the series. Also, I want all of Cover Sophie’s outfits.
Book 3 will be out in Spring 2012, and it is the last of Sophie’s
adventures! However, I’m working on a spin-off set in the HEX HALL
universe, so I’m not totally done playing in that world yet. 🙂
Which do you prefer: warm, sunny day or cool, rainy day? And why?
Cool, rainy days! Sadly, I live in the South, and while rain is not so
hard to come by, cool often is! I think I dig rainy, cool weather so
much because I am so very indoorsy. Cold+rain= the perfect excuse to
stay inside and read and write!
Demonglass is released today! But if you haven’t purchased your copy yet be sure to enter the giveaway below for a chance to win one of TWO copies!
|Demonglass (A Hex Hall Novel) by Rachel Hawkins368 pages, Hyperion Book CH, (2011-03-01)$9.99 (Amazon.com)|
Haven’t read Hex Hall yet? Check out my review to see if it’s something you’d enjoy!
I haven’t started my review copy of Demonglass yet, and I apologize for not having a review to go along with this blog tour but I’ve been in the worst funk lately. I’m blaming the pregnancy hormones. 😦 I plan to start it very soon and have a review up just as soon as I do finish it.
|Hex Hall (Book 1) by Rachel Hawkins336 pages, Hyperion Book CH, (2010-03-02)(Amazon.com)|
|Demonglass (A Hex Hall Novel) by Rachel Hawkins368 pages, Hyperion Book CH, (2011-03-01)$9.99 (Amazon.com)|
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March 1: TheCozyReader.com
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March 2: Trishasbookshelf.blogspot.com
March 3: ExtremeReaderBookReviews.blogspot.com
March 4: Hillbookblog.blogspot.com
March 7: Bookfetish.org
March 8: Butterflybookreviews.blogspot.com
March 9: Iamareadernotawriter.blogspot.com
March 10: Throuthehaze-reads.blogspot.com
March 11: Thecajunbooklady.com
March 11: Laurasreviewbookshelf.blogspot.com
March 16: Tyngasreviews.blogspot.com and Parajunkee.com
March 17: Myoverstuffedbookshelf.blogspot.com
March 19: Wordforteens.blogspot.com
March 21: Bookwormbarista.blogspot.com
March 21: MonsterLibrarian.com
March 23: Theneverendingshelf.com
Enter to win one of TWO copies of Demonglass by Rachel Hawkins!
I’m pleased to be apart of Scott Nicholson’s Kindle blog tour!
Check out his other stops for more chances to enter for the Kindle giveaways.
Twelve novels published. Five short-story collections. Two screenplays and counting. My first translated self-published e-book. My first novel collaboration. A young-adult series underway.
A busy year. A lot of words.
And plenty more to put out.
The 90-day blog tour has been a lot of fun but a lot of work—the equivalent of a novel in extra writing. So one of the first orders of business is to collect all the posts into a non-fiction book called “90 Days of Nightmares: A Writer’s Journey.” I’ll probably sell it for 99 cents for Kindle and Nook and offer it free at my web site.
I have enough short stories for three more collections and I will be releasing them with a couple of bonus guest stories and other extra material in each, and these will likely be 99-cent specials.
My thriller Liquid Fear, a novel dealing with bioethics, is about 25 percent done, and it’s more in the mold of Disintegration and The Skull Ring. It’s been calling out to me and will probably be the next project, depending upon what else happens with my other books. And PS Publishing is soon releasing the signed, limited-edition hardcover of my paranormal mystery Transparent Lovers.
I’ve started both the next book in the October Girls paranormal-romance series and the sequel to As I Die Lying, so they should be good counterbalance to the heavier Liquid Fear. And J.R. Rain and I will likely continue the Cursed! series if readers want more. Of course, I’ll be putting out the rest of my screenplays, and Ted at Dellaster Design is working on formatting comics for Kindle and Nook. And the children’s book If I Were Your Monster is being proofed and should be out in a week or so, and artist Lee Davis and I are already kicking around another book.
The point of all this isn’t to brag, though I do take pride in my work. The point is that you’re determining what I am writing next. Disintegration is my biggest e-book hit, and though I do want to write the third book in the Littlefield series and bring back the sheriff from The Red Church and Drummer Boy, I will let that wait a little while. Mysteries and thrillers fare better than supernatural novels for the most part, and if I have just as much fun writing all of it, why not write the stuff you like best?
On the promotional front, I’ll keep sending out review copies to bloggers, but we all need a break from Scott Nicholson. Check my web site for special combo deals on signed paperbacks, and also, beginning Dec. 1, I am giving a free e-book version with any signed paper book order, so you can have one for the shelf and one for the e-reader of your choice. And I’ll be back in the spring with one big promo blitz and giveaway with whatever book is ready for release.
So consider this an informal poll of what you would like to see next from me. While it may come down to whatever calls to me the loudest, your opinion is important to me, too.
After all, as I’ve said repeatedly, in this new publishing era, you are the boss.
Scott Nicholson is author of 12 novels, including the YA paranormal romance October Girls and the thrillers Disintegration, As I Die Lying, Speed Dating with the Dead, Drummer Boy, Forever Never Ends, The Skull Ring, Burial to Follow, and They Hunger. His revised novels for the U.K. Kindle are Creative Spirit, Troubled, and Solom. He’s also written four comic series, six screenplays, and more than 60 short stories. His story collections include Ashes, Curtains, The First, Murdermouth: Zombie Bits, and Flowers.
The Kindle Giveaway is part of Scott’s blog tour. Complete details at http://www.hauntedcomputer.com/blogtour.htm. To be eligible for the Kindle DX or Kindle 3, simply post a comment below with contact info. Feel free to debate and discuss the topic, but you will only be entered once per blog. He’s also giving away a Kindle 3 through the tour newsletter and a Pandora’s Box of free e-books to a follower of “hauntedcomputer” on Twitter. Thanks for playing!
I have the honor of posting a guest post from author Cinda Williams Chima! Her newest book, The Exiled Queen, just released this week!
I was fortunate to received both of these books for review, however, I haven’t finished the first book yet! I just wasn’t in the mood for the epic fantasy but I’ll be getting back to it soon.
| Demon King, The (A Seven Realms Novel) by Cinda Williams Chima
528 pages, Hyperion Book CH, (2010-08-31)
| Exiled Queen, The (A Seven Realms Novel) by Cinda Williams Chima
592 pages, Hyperion Book CH, (2010-09-28)
If you’ve been following me for a while then you know just how much I LOVE Rachel Vincent’s Shifter series.
This coming week she will release her final installment to this beloved series with ALPHA.
I’ve already devoured Alpha through the lovely promotion done by NetGalley. You can read my review HERE. While I wasn’t a fan of the ending, because of the fact that it was ENDING, I really enjoyed Alpha.
Rachel was so kind to add The Cozy Reader as a stop on her Alpha Blog Tour. Below she discusses the lovely and ever increasing in popularity, love triangles.
Love triangles. Love ‘em or hate ‘em, you can’t deny they’re a large presence in romance, as well as in genres which typically have heavy romance subplots, like my Shifters series. Now normally, I’m a path-not-taken kind of girl. So why, Rachel, you might be thinking, did you decide to take the Shifters series down the love-triangle path?
The simple answer is that I didn’t. Not originally.
I come to urban fantasy by way of horror and high fantasy, rather than through romance, so when I started Stray, I had no idea there were genre expectations for the romance subplot. And what little I may have intuited probably came through movie watching. I didn’t know that love triangles were a common “thing.” I didn’t know that romances were supposed to have happy endings. I didn’t know that what I was writing would eventually be shelved in the romance section of your local bookstore (if you’re in the US).
And I didn’t intend for the whole Marc/Jace thing to be a major focus of the books. So imagine my surprise now that “Who is she going to pick?” has become the question I’m asked most often. By far. You guys are really serious about this! 😉
So what did I intend? I intended for Faythe to have options. Choices. If you’ve read the series, you know that freedom and independence are two of the big themes. Faythe is a feminist living in a staunchly patriarchal society, and while her father is one of the more liberal Alphas, most of the others—even his allies—are not so eager to give the few women in their society such extreme freedoms of choice. Because they’re needed to repopulate the entire werecat species.
So it was really important to me for Faythe to know she has options, even if no one else recognizes that fact.
I’ve heard from a lot of people who seem to think that the love triangle aspect is the true fantasy element in my urban fantasy (Evidently the shape shifting doesn’t count!) because no one in real life could possibly have two such wonderful men interested in them. But that, I believe, is not true. I’ve known many people (and have, on occasion been one of them) who had romantic interest from more than one person at a time. How many people from your high school got more than one invitation to prom? How many girls (or guys) were secretly (or not so secretly) crushed on by their sig. other’s best friend? Or some stranger? How many junior high (or college girls) are in love with an entire string of boys they’ve never even spoken to?
Does everyone act on more than one interest at a time? Of course not. But some do. Even in real life. Especially at Faythe’s particular position in life.
By the end of the series, it’s easy to forget that Faythe is only twenty three years old. In the beginning, she’s stubborn and impulsive, fighting for her freedom before she really has the means to defend it. But a couple of books later, we have a better view of the society she grew up in and we come to understand that freedom isn’t just going to be handed to her. She’s going to have to fight for it, and fight she does. She takes on enormous responsibility and makes decisions knowing that someone’s going to die, no matter what she chooses. So it’s easy to forget that most people her age have no idea who they want to spend the rest of their lives with, and of those who have made that decision by twenty-three, more than half (in the US, at least) will later change their minds completely.
So let me pose a question (in good, clean fun) to all the Marc/Faythe/Jace skeptics out there, criticizing Faythe for “dragging” this out: do you think it would be responsible to make a decision of this magnitude—a life-long promise—without thoroughly exploring all of your options? Wouldn’t that be doing a disservice to both men involved? If you were Marc/Jace, would you want Faythe to commit to you without knowing for sure what she wants? Wouldn’t that be worse than taking the time to explore the issue properly?
Okay, that was more than one question, and since you can’t tell my tone from a type-written essay, let me assure you all that I’m smiling as I write this. I love all the discussion and dissenting opinions. 😉
That said, do I mind it if you prefer one guy over the other? No! I love that! I also love that the opinions so far are almost split down the middle. And I’m thoroughly amused by all the people who love one or the other the most because “he’s hotter.” I may be the writer, but you guys have some great imaginations! 😉
Thanks so much for having me Jessica!
"Yeah. And if you try to stop her, she’ll ground you till your thirty." -from Alpha, pg 437
If you haven’t already pre-ordered your copy of Alpha yet, (why not!?!) then this is your chance to enter to receive a copy!
This giveaway has ended and the winner was been announced here.
When you love a book, you’re overwhelmed with the need to tell all your friends about it. When you see someone inspecting it at the bookstore or library, you feel compelled to tell them how great it is. Who cares if they’re a stranger, right? After all, if they’re considering something you can’t get enough of, they can’t be too bad anyway.
We authors love this, especially the new ones, who don’t get the marketing budget from the publishers like the big-name authors do. We don’t get front-of-store placement, if we get any shelf-space at all. Our books don’t get picked up simply because our name is on the cover. There’s little advertising and publicity, unless we do it ourselves.
We all know that books become popular because readers love them. And readers are the ones who can spread the word best. So what can you do to help your favorite new author? Telling everyone you know – and even those you don’t – is a great start. But here are some other ideas that can make a huge difference and ensure that your new fave can continue writing more books for your enjoyment:
Write reviews on all the big sites – Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Borders, Goodreads, Shelfari, etc. This is one of the most important things you can do as a reader. The more activity and buzz a book gets, the higher the rankings and the more focus the sites put on those books. Also indie and small-press authors aren’t automatically given shelf space at the brick-and-mortar stores. But when the buyers see all the reviews on the sites (they do pay attention!), they take interest and start stocking the book. They read it themselves and make recommendations to their customers.
Ask your local bookstore and library to order the book. This helps to raise awareness by the decision-makers. Again, awareness leads to books on the shelves and makes it easier for the author’s next book to be on the shelves sooner. If you can afford it, buy a book to donate to the library or even to the owner of a local independent bookstore (they’ll read it and then buy new books for the store and personally recommend it).
Pre-order the book, if possible. If you’ve already heard from reviewers that a book is great or you’ve met the author online, pre-order it. Pre-sales indicate interest to booksellers, so they’ll stock more.
Spread the word on social media sites and blogs. If you have your own blog, write a review post. If you see it reviewed on another blog, share a comment with your own thoughts.
If you know any book reviewers – online or for local media – suggest that they read and review it. Or offer to write your own guest review for them. Newspapers, feeling the pain of the economy like any other company, are short-staffed. They want to include this kind of content, but can’t give up the resources for any of their staff writers to do it. If you’re willing to write just for the experience and credit, volunteer.
Host a book club. If you let the author know, they’ll likely provide incentives and may even be able to participate. If they’re not local, they can join in via Skype.
Attend readings and signings. If the author is coming to a store near you, try your best to attend. The bigger the crowd, the happier the bookseller is and the more likely they’ll stock the author’s books (current and future) and invite the author back.
Follow the author’s blog, if they have one. Stay up to date on the author’s next project and if you see an opportunity to help, let the author know.
There are so many ways readers can help. And I’m not just saying this to boost up my own sales and put money in my pocket. These all benefit any author, specifically debuts. And the new ones, especially, aren’t making a ton of money. The average writer can barely make a living writing full time, which means they’re writing on nights and weekends…which means their next books are even further in the future. And if they’re not making enough sales, their publishers may drop them. Which means no future books at all.
Writing novels is a tough, terribly under-paid job (at least until you make it to the status of Rowling, Meyer, King or Patterson). We do it because we love it. We love our characters and our stories and want to share them with the world. We hope you love them just as much as we do. So when you do, you now know how you can help ensure there’s a next book…and a next one…
She is so right too. So if you’ve had any interest in her book Promise, head out right now and order it! 🙂
I’ve read a good portion of it already, but I haven’t finished it yet, I will soon, but it’s pretty good. I can’t wait to see how it progresses from where I left off. Look for my review within the next few weeks. (I just got an eARC of ALPHA by Rachel Vincent so, um, yeah. I’ll be back after I’ve consumed that book! OMG!)
| Promise by Kristie Cook366 pages
Ang’dora Productions, LLC, (2010-05-26)
I have an amazing author visiting the blog today: Chloe Neill. Today is her release of the third book in her Chicagoland Vampire series, Twice Bitten. I’ve read the first two books, I’ve reviewed only the first book though, but they were both awesome. I even gave the first book my “Ballsy” award.
Chloe has brought you a cool little interview between herself and her main character Merit. Merit is by far my favorite character of this series. Here’s what I said about Merit from the first book Some Girls Bite.
Merit is awesome. She has one wicked self esteem and her ultimate purpose is to be what and who she wants to be, damned if any one should get in her way. (Vampire master? No problem.) She didn’t take it well that her life was turned up side down in one, well two bites. She handles herself very well. She has balls. And I mean balls. This book is ballsy. – Some Girls Bite review
Chloe: Why don’t you introduce yourself?
Merit: Oh, sure. Hi, everyone. *waves* I’m Merit, Cadogan Sentinel. Wow, it’s weird that I start with that, isn’t it?
Chloe: Why so?
Merit: Well, a few months ago I was Merit, Ph.D. student. Now I’m Merit, vampire and Merit, Novitiate of Cadogan House, and Merit, vampire warrioress or something. Life is strange, isn’t it.
Chloe: *Smiling* Often. How are things in Cadogan House?
Merit: *Shrugs* There’s always something, I guess. We think Celina’s put away, but it turns out she actually isn’t. We think we nailed the only conspirator in the House–Amber–and it turns out that wasn’t true, either.
Chloe: And then there’s Ethan?
Merit: Hmph. There’s always Ethan, the immortal and obsequious Ethan.
Chloe: Nice Scrabble words there.
Merit: I try. I just mean he’s the Master of my House, so he’s not exactly going anywhere.
Chloe: And how are you two hitting it off?
Merit: I’m not sure we’re “hitting it off.” Chemistry between us? Yes. But I’m a relationship kind of girl, and he strikes me as a fling kind of vampire, you know?
Chloe: I could see that. What about Mallory? Last we heard, you two were having–well, I guess you’d call it a low spot?
Merit: *Picking at a loose thread on her jeans* Yeah, that’s a little–I don’t know–off, I guess? I love her, and I know she loves me. But that doesn’t mean everyday is going to be sunshine and roses, you know?
Chloe: Especially if it’s a vampire.
Chloe: And I hear the wolves are coming to town?
Merit: *Sitting up straight* They most definitely are. At least, that’s what Gabriel Keene told us.
Chloe: What’s your first impression of Keene?
Merit: *Frowning as she considers* A little gruff, but businesslike? Clearly seems to love his wife. A warrior with a family mentality. I can admit I’m intrigued. Jeff and Nick are the only other shifters I really know, so I’m interested to find out more about them.
Chloe: *With a small smile* You know, with that knowledge probably comes the potential for drama.
Merit: *Rolling her eyes* Welcome to the life of vampires.
Chloe: *Smiling* Of course. Thanks for chatting with me today, and good luck with the release of TWICE BITTEN.
Merit: You too, sunshine.
How cool is it to sit down and interview your own character?
If you haven’t checked out Chloe’s books you really should. She also has a lovely Young Adult series that blossomed this year.
|Some Girls Bite: A Chicagoland Vampires Novel by Chloe Neill352 pages, NAL Trade, (2009-04-07)|
|Friday Night Bites: A Chicagoland Vampires Novel by Chloe Neill368 pages, NAL Trade, (2009-10-06)|
|Twice Bitten: A Chicagoland Vampires Novel by Chloe Neill368 pages, NAL Trade, (2010-07-06)|
| Firespell (Dark Elite, Book 1) by Chloe Neill256 pages, Signet, (2010-01-05)
Hexbound: (Dark Elite, Book 2), by Chloe Neill
256 pages, Signet Book, (2011-01-04)
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