Happy Friday!

I’m working today trying to figure out how to run back-to-back giveaways next week without making it too confusing. Fortunately a lot of you are familiar with the flash give aways and that you have to get back to me right away to claim them. (Right away, as in 24 hours after I send you the “you won!” email.) I think I’ll stick with that this time, and just try to be really organized so I don’t send the wrong pack out to the wrong winner. The contests are going to run 12 hours, and I will notify the winners before I go to bed. Don’t freak out if you’ve never entered one of my flash-giveaways. It’s just a simple post here at the blog on the day of the giveaway. I’ll let you know. :-) Unfortunately the giveaways are limited to the U.S. due to postal issues.  I’ll be opening the huge blowout of a Manic Monday on the 28th to International, though.

Monday

Monday’s prize pack: Ever After tour T, Ever After mm cover flat, and Holidays are Hell ARC.

It’s fun, though, giving away all this stuff. Having ARCs to give away is a special treat.

So, I went to take a peek at the Goodreads site this morning, and I’m so pleased to announce that we have passed the first magical 3000 mark, and we will be releasing chapter one of The Witch With no Name right along with the final cover reveal on the 28th! This is fantastic, but if we get 5000 people to put The Witch With no Name on their TBR shelf, we’ll get two chapters, not just one. Everyone will be able to read them, but it’s up to the Goodread readers to make that push. (And just as a little forewarning, you’re not going to want to wait a month for that chapter two.)

Goodreads–to put The Witch With no Name on your TBR shelf.

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Pictures, pictures, prize-packs!

I’m kind of jumping the gun here, but here are the prize packs I’ll be giving away next week, five packs a day. :-) Some are pretty straight forward, but Friday’s give-away is going to be a grab bag with one of the books pictured, one of the cover flats, and one of the shirts. I don’t have a clue which. (laugh) But what it boils down to is every day I’m giving five people a shirt, signed ARC or graphic novel, and most times, a cover flat.

Oh, and I’ll be piecing out the cover for THE WITCH WITH NO NAME, as well.  I LOVE this cover. It’s got a good feel, and I can’t wait to share it. Next week. Not now. :-)

Friday

Friday the 25th is my mixed bag. Each pack will have one of the shirts, one of the ARCs, and one fo the cover flats.

Monday

Monday the 21st

Thursday

Thursday the 24th: but you get only 1 arc pictured, not both

Tuesday

Tuesday the 22. There will be a big cover flat in there, but I’m not sure which, so I showed them all.

Wednesday

Wednesday, the 23rd. This has the graphic novel, not an ARC.

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Taking a break from all that excitement

I’m gearing up for next week’s give aways, (I’ll have pictures for you tomorrow. Promise!) and starting to prep the freebie for the Witch With No Name tour. Tour T’s are being designed, and I’ve got my puppy sitter lined up. (Thanks, Mom!)

IMG_1109So amid all the madness, or maybe because of it, I have been working on that dragon pattern I promised you last month. I was going to make a gold because, well, that’s a queen firelizard, right? But someone suggested I make a white one, and, uh, yeah. I liked that. Again the front legs gave me the most trouble, and I tweaked the pattern twice, meaning I had to make double the legs. But on the plus side, I found a new outlet for extraordinarily thin, strong pipe cleaners that worked better than the wire I’d been using for the fingers. I adjusted them, too, making the front hands smaller than the back this time.

IMG_1110I’m double checking the wings now. It won’t be long until the pattern is ready. I’m seriously thinking about looking into getting it protected under some kind of copyright, but I’ve got zero smarts there. Just enough to know I don’t have a clue. You’d think that I would, but books are not patterns, and I don’t know where to start. (Hey, I’m a newbie!)

If you want to see a finished dragon, I’ve got a previous post: here Oh, and if you’re curious, Pern is the inspiration. I wanted a fire lizard so bad, I could have cried.

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The Witch With No Name

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Yesterday was the official release of the title and publication date of the last Hollows book, The Witch With No Name, due out September 9th.  Some of you have been asking about the Clint Eastwood reference. The Good, Bad, and Ugly, A Fistful of Dollars, and For a Few Dollars More were collectively called The Man with No Name, and that’s where the title comes from.

As you can see, we’ve got a flat blue cover right now, but that’s going to change next week as I reveal it one piece at a time starting the 21st. And because I like giving things away, there will be five prize packs given away daily that week in a flash-give aways. We’ve done these before, but I’m going to need you to check your email within 24 hours to claim it instead of the usual four days. Entry will be simple: post at the blog to enter. I’m working up my questions for you as I write this. I’m also still putting the prize packs together, and so far they each include a Hollows T-shirt, a signed ARC, a promotional pin, cover flats, and probably some swag. :-) I’ll have pictures later this week, but bookmark the blog because if you are relying on FB to remind you, it’s chancy.

There are a couple of cool things going on right now, though. There is a challenge at Goodreads, that if 3000 people put The Witch With No Name on their TBR shelf before the 28th, Harper will release chapter one with the final cover reveal. If we can get 5000 shelvings, there will be two chapters released. You won’t have to be a member of Goodreads to see the chapters, but it’s up to them to get the push on. :-)

Here’s the link that explains it all, but remember, you have to put it on your TBR shelf to make it count. Goodreads chapter release event

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Oh! And though the pre-order button hasn’t shown up on Amazon yet for the hardcover, you can pre-order at B&N. Amazon is sure to follow. B&N pre-order 

Anyway, I missed the red moon last night because of, ah, snow. There’s like an inch out there in little puffs in the yard, determined to slow spring down. I knew better than to plant anything that couldn’t take the snow, and at this point, it’s like, “Oh, hey. Snow. Don’t see, don’t care.” I’m ignoring it. Maybe it will go away.

 

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And the title of the last Hollows book is . . .

The title of the last Hollows book is THE WITCH WITH NO NAME, which is cool enough on its own, but the best part is the release date. With much begging and pleading, followed by a careful schedule of editing, copy editing, and finally page proofs, I am tickled three shades of gold to tell you that the ending has been pushed up. I simply can not wait to get to the glorious ending of this, and so you can expect the U.S. release for THE WITCH WITH NO NAME right after Labor Day.

Yep, you saw that right. THE WITCH WITH NO NAME will be hitting the shelves on September 9, of this year!  Like in five months. Yay!

September 9, 2014. Yes! Five months!

September 9, 2014. Yes! Five months!

My PR machine is already starting to shift gears, and though it will become pretty peaceful on the surface after the give-aways next week to celebrate Dead Witch Walking’s 10 year anniversary, I’ve got T-shirts and freebies to get together, and doggie sitters to find, and maybe a new wardrobe because I’ve never toured in warm weather. I won’t know what to do with myself.

So plan your Labor Day celebration, and then take a vacation from your vacation with THE WITCH WITH NO NAME.

And for all the moaning and groaning, I believe if you end it right, closing off a series can be a very uplifting experience. But of course, your mileage may vary, and I’m seeing around corners to the next series. I think you’ll like Peri. She makes good decisions, but her past is her worst enemy.

P.S. If you are a member of Goodreads, I’ve got an event going that if we can get 3000 people to put THE WITCH WITH NO NAME  on their To Read shelf before we release the full cover on the 28th, that I will release chapter one right along with it. If we get 5000 people to put it on their To Read shelf, I’ll release two chapters. You don’t have to be on Goodreads to read the chapters when/if they are released. That wouldn’t be fair. But it’s up to the Goodreads readers to put the push on!

Goodreads

 

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Title reveal/pub date on Monday!

Yes, you saw right! Title reveal and pub date for the last Hollows book is on Monday! And I swear, if you got an ARC and blab it before I get the chance, I’ll make you a psychotic bum in my next novel. And then I’ll have a bus hit you, and then you will ricochet into a vat of road tar and drown. Same thing with the cover, which we’re going to release the week of the 21st over the course of five give aways of previous ARCs and tour Ts! I think I’ve got some bunny pins and cover flats to put in there, too. :-)

My yard is finally starting to spring, and I’ve actually spent a couple of evenings tidying it up in time for the crocus and miniature iris. My mom beat me to getting in the pansies, which I think is cool. Ha! Take that, Mr. Winter.

Iris

And alas, Bis has bandaids on his wing this morning after a sudden fall cracked him. Poor Bis! He’ll be right as rain in the morning, though.

BisWing

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Shades

I’m still thinking about what I watched on TV last night. I don’t watch a lot of TV apart from movies. No reality, no sitcoms, no weekly drama. If it makes me laugh, I might turn it on, which is why the FIB killed Kenny (You bastards!) but it’s rare that I get attached to a TV show. But I do like my science shows, nature programs, or even an Egyptian mummy or Siberian  Mammoth snippet here and there. It’s a foregone conclusion that I’m watching Cosmos.

I watched the original Cosmos when it came out and soaked it in, made what it said part of my go-to common knowledge right along with ley lines and the difference between banshees and pookas. Most of what’s making in on the screen is familiar, and I can see pieces here and there of original script even, tweaked and brought up to date. I find myself excited when the science has evolved beyond what I remember and get something new, like last night.

But what I notice and appreciate more is that in the program’s evolution of seeing how our world works, is that the current series is bringing in a lot more non-western thinkers as innovators than I remember from the original program. It might be a conscious attempt at circling back to the same idea that it’s one world, one people, one question or drive to understand–but I appreciate it. Last night, though, I couldn’t help but feel a little sided because of my gender. I STILL have to pretend I’m a guy to be able to aspire to invention. Saw it in my reading as a teen, and still seeing it here, probably because women weren’t allowed or their contributions weren’t noted. Damn baby steps. I’m hopeful that as we get closer to the present that some of the innovators will look a little more like me. I’m pretty sure it’s not intentional, ’cause if there were any women innovators back then whose contributions were acknowledged, I’m sure the producers would make pains to put them in there. Right? So I let it go as an artifact of the time.

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My original thought behind today’s post, which seems to have gone wildly off track, is colors and how we name them. Pink is a faded red, and gray is a faded black, or maybe a dark white. I’m trying to think of other colors that are just faded versions of their bolder cousins. Mmmm.

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