Monthly Archives: December 2009

Ring in the New Year, Deadtown-Style

Party like a zombie tonight with Heather and me at Book Obsessed‘s New Year Zombie Bash! There you’ll find a Deadtown prequel that I wrote exclusively for Book Obsessed and a chance to win a fun prize pack for your next zombie party. Don’t miss it.

😀 Be there or be a blood bag! 😀


I’ve Gotta Share This Review

I’m working on a post about goals for the new year, but I was so thrilled with this detailed review from Thea at The Book Smugglers that I wanted to share it here.

Some of my squeeee!!! moments from the review:

From the second I saw the ridiculously awesome, over-the-top cover for the book, I had high hopes and Ms. Holzner truly delivers with this incredibly solid debut UF novel. Deadtown is told with an authoritative voice starring a great new heroine, and puts an imaginative spin on the usual paranormal suspects; the plotting and worldbuilding are compelling and undeniably fresh.

In short – I absolutely loved Deadtown.

and

Verdict: Deadtown is one of the strongest starts to a new UF series I have had the pleasure of reading in a long while. Absolutely recommended for old genre fans and new fans alike – and I cannot wait for the release of book 2. Ms. Holzner is a talent to watch out for.

You can read the whole review here. And I’ll be stopping by the Book Smugglers site later today for an interview and to answer readers’ questions, so please come by and say hello. You could win a copy of the book while you’re there.


Look What I Got

I saw the FedEx truck pull up outside and heard a big thump! as something landed on the front porch. This is what I found: a big box o’ DEADTOWN!

Now that my author copies have arrived, I’ll hurry up and send out books and other prizes to those who’ve won them. And there are more contests to come! Keep an eye on my Contests, News, & Events page to see where you can enter.


3 … 2 … 1 … DEADTOWN!

It’s Release Day (I’m capitalizing because it feels like a holiday)—and you know what that means. Deadtown is now available in bookstores and through online retailers like Amazon.com. No more waiting. You can grab a copy and get reading!

Of course, Release Day also means the end of my Countdown to Deadtown contest, and I know you’ve been waiting to see who won. The Grand Prize winner, chosen through randomizer.org, is (drum roll, please):

Nikki Meiggs!

Nikki has won an exclusive Deadtown Flip Mino HD 60-minute camcorder and a signed copy of the book. Congratulations, Nikki!

A note to winners: I’m still waiting to receive my box of author copies of Deadtown, so thanks for your patience. As soon as my copies arrive, I’ll post a notice here and get your prizes in the mail.

There’s lots of Deadtown-related stuff happening around the Web, too. Yesterday I stopped by Sara’s Urban Fantasy Blog for an interview. I’ll be there today, too, to answer questions and chat with readers, so come on over and say hello! There’s a brand-new interview—with book giveaway—up at Fantasy Literature. New reviews have been posted at Literary Escapism, Fiction Vixen, Falcata Times, and Fantastic Book Review. If you read a review and Deadtown sounds intriguing, you can go out and get your hands on a copy right away.

Because it’s Release Day!!!



Tomorrow’s the Day!

I hope everyone enjoyed the holidays. We had some snow on the ground for Christmas, but it started raining in the afternoon and our white Christmas got washed away.

But I woke up to snow this morning, so it looks like I’ll have a white Release Day tomorrow. More than three years after I started writing Deadtown, and 18 months after Ace/Roc offered to publish it, my novel will be on the shelves. Deadtown has already made its way into a few bookstores. Readers bought it before Christmas in Alabama, Texas, and Massachusetts. But I haven’t seen it in stores yet. All this time, I think I’ve been defining my “it’s real” moment as when I walk into my local bookstore and see Deadtown on the shelf. I’m looking forward to that!

In the meantime, if you haven’t yet entered my Contdown to Deadtown contest, today’s your last chance. You could win a signed copy of Deadtown and a Flip HD Mino 60-minute camcorder. Entries will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. EST. Rules and details here.

Things have been quiet here partly because of the holidays and partly because I’m all over the Web at the moment, doing interviews and guest posts. (I won’t say anything about how far behind I am on my day job.) Check out my Contests, New, & Events page to see my schedule.

I’ve got a Dear Reader letter up on the Penguin USA site. It introduces Deadtown and talks about why I chose Boston as the setting for my novel. Take a look.

And see you on release day!


One Week to Go . . . And Another Winner!

Congratulations to Lexie Cenni, who’s the latest winner in my Countdown to Deadtown contest. Lexie has won a 0.6 liter Sigg water bottle imprinted with Deadtown‘s cover, plus a signed copy of the book.

Only one week left to go! Next week is the grand prize: a Flip HD Mino 60-minute video camera customized with Deadtown‘s cover, plus (of course) a signed copy of Deadtown. If you haven’t yet entered, there’s still time to win! Rules and entry procedures are here.

I’m trying to get caught up on some nonfiction projects, enjoy the holidays, and count the days until Deadtown‘s release—it’s gonna be a long week, folks!

Meanwhile, reviews for Deadtown keep coming in. Check out this one at Smokin’ Hot Books, which says, “This was a fast paced read with plenty of action, some giggles, and a heroine written just the way I like ’em.  Smart, Sassy, and isn’t afraid to kick some ass!”


I’m a Dame for a Day

And I’m trying to decide whether that means “dame” in the royal sense or in the noir/pulp novel sense. I think I’ll try both of those on for size while I’m swanning around the house today. 😀

Deadline Dames is one of my very favorite, can’t-miss group blogs, so I’m honored to be guest posting there today. I’m blogging about the top 10 reasons why someone who used to be a medievalist now writes urban fantasy. (Someone a whole lot like me, in fact.)

Stop by and leave a comment, and you could win a signed copy of Deadtown!

And here’s some other great news: Sara’s Urban Fantasy Blog just gave Deadtown a five-star review! Thanks, Sara!


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