I’ve got two great giveaways going on this week to wrap up my Bloodstone blog tour.
At Paranormal Haven, you can read about trick-or-treat night in my neighborhood (it’s the biggest night of the year!) and enter to win a signed book and this “wicked” mug filled with candy. This giveaway is international!
At The Bookish Brunette, I’m part of Team Zombie in the Trick or Treat for Books event, so I had to share my favorite tips for avoiding a zombie attack while trick-or-treating. The giveaway there (U.S. only) is for a signed book and a bottle of glittery, green-and-gold Zombie Zest nail polish.
Treats with no tricks–what better way to celebrate Halloween? See you there!
Today I’ll be in Albany, NY to help with the LASTSFA (that’s the Latham-Albany-Schenectady-Troy Science Fiction Association) writers workshop. I’ll be facilitating workshops on “Ancient Mythology and Contemporary Fantasy” and “Show, Don’t Tell: Using the Emotional Filter.” I’ll also be participating in two panel discussions: “Publishing: What Is Right for Me?” and “A Reader’s Responsibility: How to Keep Your Favorite Authors on the Shelves.” The all-day workshop runs from 10 to 4 at the Best Western Sovereign Hotel on Western Avenue in Albany and costs $40 (includes a High Tea) at the door.
If you can’t make it to Albany, you can still enter my giveaway at Romancing the Book. The prize is a bloodstone pendant (like the one Aunt Mab wears in Bloodstone) and a signed copy of the book. It’s open internationally, so everyone can enter. Entry details here.
Today I’m at All Things Urban Fantasy with a story in the Spooky Legends event. Spooky Legends are mashups of urban legends and urban fantasy–each participating author started with an urban legend and set it in the world of their books.
I started with a legend in which a psychic predicts a Halloween massacre on a college campus. This legend has made the rounds in Boston several times over the years, so it seemed like a good choice. You can read my take on it, The Little Bo Peep Halloween Massacre, here. While you’re there, enter to win a signed copy of one of my books!
Book promotion has become an essential part of an author’s job. To help me get the word out about Bloodstone, I turned to Roxanne Rhoads at Bewitching Book Tours. Knowing Roxanne was organizing my tour let me focus on writing.
I asked Roxanne to stop by Dark Central Station today to talk about what she does and offer tips to both authors and bloggers. Check out her interview here.
I’ve been swamped during the past week, with Bloodstone‘s release, keeping up with my blog tour, and finishing up the manuscript for Darklands. (Note to self: In future, avoid having a release and a deadline coincide.)
I’m not a great multi-tasker. When I write, I need to focus so I can dive deep into the world I’m creating. That world has to be real to me to become vivid on the page–and it’s impossible to get myself fully into paranormal Boston while I’m simultaneously updating my Facebook status, chatting on Twitter, scanning news headlines, answering emails, and checking my book’s Amazon sales rank.
So I’ve been limiting my time on the Internet until I cross some of the big items off my to-do list. I am, however, keeping up with my blog tour, checking in at each stop to say hello and respond to any questions or comments that blog readers have. Today I’m at The Book Faery and Night Owl Reviews. There are giveaways at both sites. So stop by, say hello (I check for comments throughout the day), and enter to win a book!
Now, back to the Darklands…