Musings of a YA author throwing herself into the fray. Join me on the journey ...

Sunday, January 30, 2011

This Week's Giveaway

Sorry, I took last week off from a contest, but Mr. Deebs was super sick and he kept me hopping (and then some)!  Plus, I've come down with a cold myself and I've got revisions for my next YA book, the International Kissing Club, due tomorrow (I'll post a fun little excerpt later this week).  So I've been busy ...

Anyway, because I did take time out this weekend  to go to a fabulous booksigning at Austin's independent bookstore, BookPeople (and let's here it for independent bookstores), I have a kick-ass prize for this week's giveaway.  An autographed copy of Cynthia Leitich Smith's brand new vampire book, Blessed.  So leave an answer to this week's question and be entered to win!

Question of the Week: The first ever Into the Tempest poll is closing tomorrow, and it looks like mermaids are the clear winner (yay, for Tempest and for me).  If you voted, and even if you didn't, tell me what your favorite supernatural creature is and why.  My favorites are mermaids and shifters (big surprise as I have both in Tempest Rising and I also write a dragon shifter romance series) because I love their ability to flourish in two worlds, to be two totally  different things :) So how about you???

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

A Quick Peek at Tempest Rising

Hi Everyone,

I thought I'd start the day by giving you another glimpse of Tempest Rising.

I pulled out the mirror and held it up to my left ear, tried to look at the odd bumps there without letting Mark or Brianne see.  But as I got my first glimpse of the strange little slash in the mirror, my heart literally skipped a beat.  Then two.
Trying (and failing) not to freak out, I frantically switched the mirror to my right side, only to see the same thing there.  A short (no more than three-quarters of an inch) shallow cut ran directly beneath each of my ears.  The cuts gaped a little on each side, despite the fact that they looked fully healed—there was none of the redness and dried blood that you would expect from a new injury.
My hands started to shake—so noticeably that I made myself dump my compact back in my purse.  Mark and Bri were staring at me like I’d lost my mind, but I didn’t know what to say to them, didn’t even know if I could look at them.  
I hadn’t cut myself in the ocean, hadn’t hurt myself and been unaware.  No, nothing that simple would do for me.  Instead, it was a million times worse.  A billion times worse.
No, make that a trillion times worse.
Because one look at the slightly raised, slightly open slices and I knew exactly what they were.  After all, I’d seen them before—every day of the first eleven years of my life—on my mother.  
The short yet rocky journey between my life and
complete and utter insanity had just been fast-tracked.  Sometime between checking myself over in the mirror before leaving the house and right now, I had grown gills.

So, what do you think?  And don't forget to check back tomorrow.  I'll be posting another contest :)

Winner of the Fun in the Sun Basket

The winner of last week's contest is Alcott!  Yay:)  Congratulations.  Drop me an email at with your snail mail and I'll get the basket sent out to you!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Check This Out!

I just got this in my inbox from my editor-- it's the U.K. cover for Tempest Rising.  What do you think? My name is spelled wrong, but we're getting that corrected.  Otherwise, I think it's pretty cool.  How about you?

And in other news, the Turkish rights to Tempest were just sold.  It'll show up in Turkey about a year after it hits the shelves here and in the U.K.  I'm excited-- I've never had a Turkish edition of one of my books before :)

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

This Week's Contest

Since it's been so miserable and dreary here in Austin for the last week (though the sun has finally managed to break through) I thought I'd give myself a little boost by imagining summer sunshine.  So for this week's giveaway, I'm doing a "Fun in the Sun" basket, complete with all kinds of fun summer stuff along with some cool Tempest swag I just put together.  So leave a comment for the question of the week to be entered to win!  Winner will be posted on Sunday :)

Question of the Week: Name one writer whose books totally blow you away, and tell me why.  For me, recently, it's been Cory Doctorow, whose books Little Brother and For the Win just speak to me on every level imaginable.  Talk about a brilliant writer and an incredible storyteller.  But I don't want to ruin the review I have planned for sometime in the nebulous future, so I'll stop myself there.  For now!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Winner of the Victoria's Secret Lipstick Compact!!!!

And the winner of the Midnight Glamour Lipstick quad is Katie A!!!!  Congrats, Katie.  Drop me your snail mail at and I'll get it in the mail this week :)

Thanks for participating-- and don't forget to stop back next week as there will be a new contest up!

Monday, January 10, 2011

New Contest for the New Year!!!

Hi everyone!  I'm so excited that Tempest's release date is only four months away-- I can't believe how fast the time has passed :)Anyway, to celebrate the brand new year (and because I just picked up a bunch of supercool stuff at Victoria's Secret and Bath and Body Works) I'll be having a contest on this blog every week for a while-- which I'll post every Monday.  So make sure you stop by and comment on the first post of the week so you'll be entered to win!!!!

This week, I'm giving away this very groovy compact with four fun lipsticks, and all you have to do to be eligible to win is answer the question of the week :)

Question of the Week: What's your favorite TV show and why?

The Winner of the Tempest ARC!!!!

I know, I know.  I'm super late with this, at least according to the date on my last post.  But on a few loops, I extended the date to the first Friday in January, so now that it's Monday I am finally posting the winner of the Tempest Rising ARC, along with some very cool smelly stuff I picked up at Victoria's Secret the other day :)

And the winner, according to Random.Org, is Dee!!!!!!  So Dee, email me at with your snail mail and I'll get the package out to you right away!!!!

Happy Monday, everyone!