Friday, July 27, 2012

Last Chance to Win in The Wild Wood iPod Nano Contest

Isn't this pretty?

And it has a twin (a not-at-all evil twin, mind you).

In celebration of the release of The Wild Wood, two 8GB Project Red iPod Nanos are being given away next week.  Hurry to enter before the deadline! For information on how to enter, follow this link to my website.  To purchase The Wild Wood (in print or e-book), follow this link to Amazon.

Good luck everyone!

Friday, July 13, 2012

The Best Thing About Publishing

There have been many ups and downs in my road to publishing, but now that my young adult fantasy, The Wild Wood, is in the world, I have had the opportunity to experience the very best thing about publishing: when people who don’t know you love your story.  My characters and story have compelled friends, acquaintances, and even strangers to reach out to share how they loved their time in The Wild Wood.  That is the best moment a writer can ever dream of—I mean, sure, many people are motivated by fame, fortune, a guest spot on Oprah, but for me the idea that Cecily and the sevens matter in the minds of people beyond me is truly incredible.  And my readers have universally (so far) said that the book was hard to put down once they started it and that they are seriously needing November to get here quickly so that they can find out what happens next for my characters.
This week, smiles have taken over my face and held on tightly.  For all the bumpy waters I have felt over the past few years, I am smooth sailing right now (and deep in the sequel, The Downs).  I now see that when our dreams prove elusive, we must seize and make them our own, creating our success and accepting that our path might look nothing like what we had imagined.  By tearing up all the imaginary roads we thought we'd walk and forging our own path weaving in and out of parts unknown, we make our dreams come true.  And they are more stunning for the growth that took place to get us there.
I hope you will check out The Wild Wood and be part of this amazing journey I am on. The Wild Wood is available in print and ebook.  I wish happiness to all my writing fellow travelers.  We’ll get there, by hook or by crook.

Quote for the Day from Henry David Thoreau

“Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake.”

The Wild Wood:
"A suspenseful story about friends, family and sacrifice... The town of Dunlowe, shivering under Pastor Rowe's rule, is sufficiently enigmatic—not to mention terrifying—to create suspense and deliver thrills."  Kirkus Reviews

Friday, July 6, 2012

The Universe Giveth and Taketh Away... My Computer

Last Friday, my big release date, was exciting and fabulous, but still, I was thinking of the future and my second book’s release date (coming very soon), so even though I had resting and rehabilitation to accomplish, I started working on the next draft of The Downs.  Typy, typy, typy, and poof (poof in the form of a grey expanding unpleasantness draining down my computer screen).  Okay, not helpful.  Restart.  Then restart again.  Open files.  Typy, typy, typy.  And BEEP, BEEP, BEEP (no, I wasn’t swearing; the computer actually beeped at me like an unbalanced cabbie).  It wouldn’t stop.  BEEP, BEEP, BEEP.  Okay, force quit.  Restart.  Open files and... you guessed it: BEEP, BEEP, BEEP.
Applecare support phone call later: My new laptop is a very sick creature.  I took my baby computer to my appointment and the nice man (who might have mocked my co-dependence just a tad) said I would have to leave my computer with him and walk out of the store alone.  Alone?  I didn’t understand.  I asked him if he was nice to children (indicating the computer) and he said yes, but he admitted to kicking puppies (he was actually pretty charming and funny for a genius).  I admit it: I almost cried when I left my laptop.  Sniffles... much.
But it didn’t take long to understand that after achieving a lifelong goal of releasing a book into the world, it was time to recoup, not launch manically into the next goal.  Besides, I had company in town and this way I had the chance to see her and do crazy things like take naps and eat plenty (my favorite restaurant has the best grilled artichokes on the planet).
So, what I’ve learned so far in this publishing adventure is to listen when the universe gives you inspiration; accept when the universe takes away your computer (for a limited time only); and enjoy the friends who love you enough to come visit to celebrate your release date.  And basically, serve your purpose, no matter what that is.  All the hard work I have put in is coming around as I read comments of people who don’t know me who are loving their time in The Wild Wood.  The universal comment has been that people couldn’t put it down (pretty nice comment if I do say so myself).
Hope everyone has a great weekend, and treat your computers nicely.  You don’t know when you might suffer from an abrupt parting.  And if you would like to spend some time in The Wild Wood, it is available in print and ebook.

"A suspenseful story about friends, family and sacrifice... The town of Dunlowe, shivering under Pastor Rowe's rule, is sufficiently enigmatic—not to mention terrifying—to create suspense and deliver thrills."  Kirkus Reviews

Quote for the Day from Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.”