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Merow. Time to vote!

I didn’t do any book work the last two weeks while I ran the the contest to find Peri Reed’s cat, spending the time working on my firelizard. After a bunch of tweaking that most people won’t even see, I just have the wings left and the final voting.

So . . . Go vote over on XOXO After Dark’s website!

http://bit.ly/1dnrTgE 

Polls should be open through the Memorial Day weekend. Good luck, Homer, Winston, and Mr. Bubba!

KimHarrisonFirelizard

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We have our three cats. Voting tomorrow.

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Congratulations, Mr. Bubba! He made it to the great cat-off and is now in the final voting tomorrow to find Peri Reed’s cat to be featured on her glass technology phone, one of the freebies for The Drafter. (9/1/15)

So take a look at the three up for consideration, and come back tomorrow to pick your fave. As you might guess, attitude was paramount, and I leaned toward short hairs simply because of what Carnac does in the book. (Yikes! I let a spoiler slip!) I’m not sure how we ended up with two grays with all the variety we started with, but it makes me wonder. There have been some odd coincidences occur during the contest, and I’ll tell you about them tomorrow at the vote.

Linda's Mr. Bubba

Linda’s Mr. Bubba

Hayley's Winston

Hayley’s Winston

Sue's Homer

Sue’s Homer

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The Drafter Tour cities!

OptiPinWe’re over three months out from the publication of The Drafter. I’ve got an entire manuscript to write between now and then. The lazy cycle of summer needs to play out, sedate and uncomplicated. And yet, things are starting to pop in my office.

The Opti buttons I’m giving away at signings have come in, and they are beautiful.

The tour cities have been finalized, which means the tour T’s can be printed up. They’ll be available  June 1st. I’ll tell you how to order then, but for now, aren’t they pretty with the Opti logo? And if you look close, you can see where I’ll be going this year. Again, nothing west of the Mississippi, but I think that’s because I’ll be taking a tour bus this year. How cool is that? If you’re wanting a signed copy, don’t freak out. Nicola’s is already taking orders for personalized copies, and I hear B&N will have generically signed copies as well. TheDrafterT

And finally, the mockup of Peri Reed’s glass technology phone has been tweaked and approved–and fifty pounds of plastic has been dropped on my doorstep, ready to give away at signings and SASEs.PerisPhone

We just need one more thing.Peri’s cat, which will be made into a cling as a wallpaper for Peri’s phone. Don’t forget to vote today to see who joins Winston and Homer in the big cat-off vote this Thursday.

I can’t wait to get out to some of the stores and start giving this stuff away. Peri has become as real to me as Rachel, and her world is one I’d like to live in. I want her car. I want her phone. I want to shop at Sim’s Mules and have rice and fish at the mall. But first, I have to find out what her cat looks like.

To vote, pick out your favorite, and then send an email to coldtoastwritingsllc@comcast.net with the name of your pick in the subject line. Voting ends today at noon, EST

1. IF YOU DO NOT HAVE THE NAME OF YOUR PICK IN THE SUBJECT LINE, YOUR VOTE WILL NOT BE COUNTED.

2. IF YOU SEND MORE THAN ONE EMAIL, ONLY THE FIRST WILL BE COUNTED.

3. If you mess up and forget the name of your pick in the subject line and then send a second email, chances are good that Tim will figure it out, so don’t freak out.

4. This is Tim’s address, not mine, and he won’t be reading or opening the votes, just tallying them as they come in, so please don’t include any correspondence in them.

Hayley's Winston

Hayley’s Winston

SueHomer

Sue’s Homer

Guy will be tallying them up from May 18 until noon May 19 (EST). The winner will join Winston and Homer for the final vote on the 21st, so come back! I’ll have a list of all the tour cities by then, as well, and maybe a peek at this year’s tour T. The five finalists below should have an email in their inbox from me, so if you see your cat, check your email. I need your address to send you a thank-you book. Thank you everyone who entered. This was a wild three weeks! Vote for only one:

 

Marquitta's Max

Marquitta’s Max

Staci's Tricksie

Staci’s Tricksie

Luisa's Gerry

Luisa’s Gerry

Linda's Mr. Bubba

Linda’s Mr. Bubba

Darby's Koe Koe

Darby’s Koe Koe

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Who will join Homer and Winston for the cat-off on Thursday?

Peri's Glass Phone

Peri’s Glass phone

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Mass market out now.

 

It was a very tough choice, but I’ve narrowed almost 400 hundred cat photos this week down to five for you to vote on to find who goes to the big Peri Reed Cat-off contest this Thursday, (May 21) But first, we have to find the last cat, joining Winston and Homer. The winner of the cat three-way will be featured on Peri Reed’s phone as a cling. (This year’s freebie to help promote the new series coming out the first of September.
[Amazon blurb] [B&N blurb]
I have a lot of honorable mentions. You guys have some seriously fun and beautiful cats.

To vote, pick out your favorite, and then send an email to coldtoastwritingsllc@comcast.net with the name of your pick in the subject line.

1. IF YOU DO NOT HAVE THE NAME OF YOUR PICK IN THE SUBJECT LINE, YOUR VOTE WILL NOT BE COUNTED.

2. IF YOU SEND MORE THAN ONE EMAIL, ONLY THE FIRST WILL BE COUNTED.

3. If you mess up and forget the name of your pick in the subject line and then send a second email, chances are good that Tim will figure it out, so don’t freak out.

4. This is Tim’s address, not mine, and he won’t be reading or opening the votes, just tallying them as they come in, so please don’t include any correspondence in them.

Hayley's Winston

Hayley’s Winston

SueHomer

Sue’s Homer

Guy will be tallying them up from May 18 until noon May 19 (EST). The winner will join Winston and Homer for the final vote on the 21st, so come back! I’ll have a list of all the tour cities by then, as well, and maybe a peak at this year’s tour T.

The five finalists below should have an email in their inbox from me, so if you see your cat, check your email. I need your address to send you a thank-you book.

Thank you everyone who entered. This was a wild three weeks!

Vote for only one:

Marquitta's Max

Marquitta’s Max

Staci's Tricksie

Staci’s Tricksie

Luisa's Gerry

Luisa’s Gerry

Linda's Mr. Bubba

Linda’s Mr. Bubba

Darby's Koe Koe

Darby’s Koe Koe

 

Honorable mentions:

LisaCapriciaLindsayBoogsLaurenPatchKris's MISS BOOJulieCatJamieMittan_CarrotAmyLucyAnna's FlakyMarciDraven

 

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An early look at this year’s tour Ts

Congratulations, Danielle! She won The Drafter ARC that my editor was giving away at RT 2015 last night. I’m not comfortable moving her picture from FB to over here, but if you want a look at the new tour Ts, pop on over to FB and check it out. I’m not sure who’s smiling wider right now, Danielle in the picture, or me sitting at my desk. Dang, it feels good to finally be sharing Peri with people. She’s been stuffed up in my head for too long.

Jump on over to FB

Also, just a reminder that I’ll be closing the entries down late this afternoon for Peri’s cat contest. We’ll vote Monday/Tuesday to find for the third and final cat, and then the big vote between the three starts Wednesday. [how to enter your cat] My Gosh, you guys have some beautiful cats.

SueHomer

Sue’s Homer

Hayley's Winston

Hayley’s Winston

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Are you ready for some romance? RT2015

TDARCIf you’re at RT this year in Dallas, and you want a shot at an ARC of THE DRAFTER, have I got good news for you! My editor, Lauren McKenna, is going to be there, giving away one at her panel today at 4:00. She’ll be up on the third floor, Shawnee Trail, room A, at the Hyatt.

And if not, you’re still luck, because I’ve got more cats! I got a bunch more in yesterday and this morning, and the page has been updated. I think I found my winner for the week, but like last week, I’ll pick my favorite five and let you decide.

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It pretty much glows

My ARC (advanced reader copy) came over the weekend, carefully pawed over and admired–and then it disappeared–upstairs I think, in one of my boys’ bedrooms. Fortunately I got another yesterday, and in the brighter sun in my office, I realized the beautiful thing is not just bumpy with raised text and detail, glorious with the cover art on both the front, back, and spine, but it’s been pearlized so it has a subtile sheen.

Holy cow, Gallery didn’t just put a picture on it, but gave it a huge measure of sass and panache. (I’ve never used that word before, but it fits.) I’ve broken out of the flat bland covers on my ARCs for a while now, granted the status a photo gives you, but my gosh, this thing is beautiful.

So . . . do you want one? Huh? You want to vanish into Peri’s world for a few hours and come up refreshed and seeing things in a new way? There’s one up for grabs at RT thanks to my editor, Lauren McKenna being there. Look for her to be on a panel on Thursday, from 4:00 to 5:00, third floor of the Hyatt Regency in Dallas, the shawnee Trail room, A. They might let you look at it if you stop by the Simon and Schuster/Gallery booth. I’m not sure where exactly they are going to keep in in the meantime. It shines, I tell you. It shines! TDARC

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