Friday, September 30, 2011
16 Creepy Creations
2 disturbing hand made trophies (for the 1st and 2nd place author winners)
2 not-so-disturbing prizes for those who comment (Vote for your favorite entry by commenting. You can comment on EVERY Cake N Bake post, one entry per post, for a chance to win a $20 gift certificate from The Book Depository or an official Creepy Cake N Bake doll! Please include your email in order to be entered to win.)
1 Celebrity Judge-Adam Rex, author of FAT VAMPIRE and FRANKENSTEIN TAKES THE CAKE (who else is better qualified than a man who writes about monsters stealing pastry, I ask?)
Here's a list of participants for your future convenience. I'll be posting links to each author and their cake as the Cake N Bake progresses.
Mon Oct. 3 - Saundra Mitchell
Wed Oct 5 - Stacey Jay
Friday Oct 7 - Erin Dionne
Saturday Oct 8 - Sydney Salter
Mon Oct 10 - Brenna Yovanoff
Wed Oct 12 - Tara Hudson
Friday Oct 14 - Karen Healey
Saturday Oct 15 - Robin Bridges
Mon Oct 17 - Michelle Zink
Wed Oct 19 - Julia Karr
Friday Oct 21 - Victoria Schwab
Saturday Oct 22 - C.Lee McKenzie
Sunday Oct 23 - E. Kristin Anderson
Mon Oct 24 - Natalie Zaman
Wed Oct 26 - Stephanie Burgis
Friday Oct 28 - Dawn Metcalf
Be SURE to come back Wednesday for my very own Creepy Creation. (Now I just have to figure out what to make! Eep! *off to plot repulsive pastry*)
Have a great weekend all!
Sunday, September 25, 2011
I'm tired. Let me tell you 'bout where I've been...
I was in San Diego. I did a book signing with Kiersten White and Nancy Holder (who are both fabulous and obviously have great taste in haircuts *wink wink*) at Mysterious Galaxy (which is also fabulous. Go buy something from them right now if you are in San Diego. Loved these people. Seriously. This isn't only because they gave me the coolest coffee mug ever.)
Evidence of signing and my new haircut (Short and more blond! Because I grew weary of long and brown, and also medium length and brownish blond. Up next is probably something from the red family.):
(I'm in the middle. The shiny one who didn't have time to powder her nose before the signing. I barely had time to eat. This was the way most of the weekend did pass. In a haze of running about and not eating and talking a lot. It was fun. But now I am tired. And hungry.)
I also did a book club meeting on Saturday night in San Diego (Amazing! So fun! You should have me over for your book club. I will entertain you with stories and help make the appetizers.)
And I stopped by the Sonoma County Literary Festival on Saturday and had a GREAT panel with Lisa Desrochers and Sophie Littlefield (Who are both fab. I want Sophie to adopt me as her little sister--kindred spirit alert--and Lisa to take me along on her next trip to Singapore.)
To everyone I met this Thursday-Saturday, thank you for your amazingness. It was a pleasure to book talk and share with you. And I hope all you people who BOUGHT OUT the Sonoma County Lit Fest's supply of Juliet Immortal (I think this is the first time I've sold out of books ever!) know that I love you. Really. I do. My heart is full of squishy feelings and that's not just because I'm exhausted and made myself go to the gym this morning anyway.) ((I had to work out. Between all the editing and traveling and sitting, I felt like my muscles were atrophying.))
Bye! I will see you later this week. When my edits for Romeo Redeemed are finished *fingers crossed*
Saturday, September 17, 2011
The Blood on the Bayou cover! (I just love it. The artist is so talented and I am thrilled to pieces to see Gimpy getting in on the action.)
About Blood on the Bayou (available March 27th, 2012):
First came a terrorist attack. Then the mutations—and Fey who had lived in harmony with humans turned deadly. Now, most people hide behind iron gates. But those who are immune—and those with enough courage—can venture into the Louisiana Delta . . . and a nightmare world of magic.
No good deed goes unpunished…
Annabelle Lee, a Fairy Containment and Control agent blessed—or cursed—with immunity to Fairy venom, is once again called upon to help solve a murder deep in the bayou. But this investigation is off the books and her ex-lover, Hitch, is leading the hunt for a secret chemical weapons lab and an FBI mole providing it with human lab rats.
Helping Hitch means certain interpersonal disaster with her estranged boyfriend, but Annabelle knows what it feels like to be a lab rat. Her new, fairy-attack-induced paranormal powers seem to have few negative side effects, but would that change if she stopped injecting herself with the mystery drug delivered to her by the even more mysterious—not to mention ridiculously attractive—Tucker? A man who can turn invisible at will, and who makes no bones about how dead she’ll be if she reveals his secrets?
As the murder investigation progresses, Annabelle learns Tucker isn’t the only one with secrets, and that the only thing that cuts deeper than a friend’s deception, are the lies we tell ourselves.
Praise for Dead on the Delta
“A story that will lure you in with its sensual and mysterious tone. . . . One hell of a ride.”
“Unflinching and unforgettable.”
—Award-winning author Jeri-Smith Ready
Pre-order at Indiebound, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or wherever you like to be buying those books.
As always your pre-order is so appreciated, but in this case it is also vital to (hopefully) continuing to write more books in this world. I'm not presently contracted for any more books in the Annabelle Lee series. Strong sales of DEAD ON THE DELTA and strong pre-order numbers for BLOOD ON THE BAYOU will be very important in determining whether or not I get to write book 3 (and hopefully beyond). And I'll tell you...I've got some kick ass things planned for book three. Especially for Gimpy, who has way more secrets than the average cat (you'll learn a little about that at the end of Blood on the Bayou).
Thanks to everyone who posted about this cover reveal yesterday! We authors are always the last to know and I have been dying to share this thing with you for weeks.
All best and happy weekend.
Thursday, September 15, 2011
SEPTEMBER 22ND AT MYSTERIOUS GALAXY IN SAN DIEGO!
(With Nancy Holder and Kiersten White. Never met these two, but they seem like rocking chicks and I'm sure we'll be an entertaining bunch. So come on out!)
Thursday, September 22nd, at 7:00 p.m.
Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore
7051 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. Suite #302
San Diego, CA 92111
Saturday September 24th at 1:45 at Mary's Pizza on 4th Street downtown Santa Rosa, Ca as part of the Sonoma County Literary Festival. I'm on a paranormal YA panel with some amazing people.
OCTOBER 22ND AT THE SCBWI NORTHERN CALIFORNIA CONFERENCE AT MILL VALLEY COLLEGE IN OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA!
(Details TBA on this one. We're doing a signing mid-day, but not sure if it's open to the public. Stay tuned.)
NOVEMBER 4TH AT KEPLER'S IN MENLO PARK, CA!
Friday, November 4th at 7 p.m.
1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, CA 94025
NOVEMBER 18TH AT HICKLEBEE'S IN SAN JOSE!
Friday, November 18th 6:30-8:00
And that's what I've got!! Back to rewriting Chapter Twenty-one of Romeo Redeemed.
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
So I have these copies of the audio book of JULIET IMMORTAL. I need to run a contest to give two away, but I don't know what kind of contest to run and I fail at contests and so I've decided to ask for help. (Please. Heeeeeeelp meeeeee....)
I figure I'll run a contest to help me devise a contest! The winner of the contest to think up a contest will win an audio book of JULIET IMMORTAL. Then, I'll run the contest the winner of the "thinking up a contest" contest suggested. And the person who wins that contest will win an audio book of JULIET IMMORTAL and a super surprise signed book from my personal collection. (It will be a new release from 2011).
Here's what I need from you awesome people:
1. Think up a contest (with rules and all the stuff that contests have) and leave a comment on this blog post.
2. That's it. I'll choose the contest I think is the sparkliest--that will draw the most attention to itself and the book--and let you all know who won next Tuesday (one week from today).
And....go! (Please. For real. I am so bad at these things.)
And also here's a review of the audio book. (The audio book angel enjoyed it, you might just enjoy it too!):
And that's all.
Gotta go wrangle a synopsis. Will be glad when this recent synop-sizing phase of my life is over.
ETA: United States and Canada only for the winners. Sorry, just can't afford international shipping at this point.
Thursday, September 1, 2011
A birthday party! Whee!
Pee-ka. Peek-a-pee. Peeeekkkkaaaaa...
Translation: Help me. Heeeelllppp meeeee....
Peeka! Peekachu! Peek-a-pee Pikachu! Peeeka! Pee!
Translation: The small one ate my ear. My ear! He stuck his face down and just...ate it! *gasp* *shivers* *save me* *need saving*
Num!! EAR GOOD!
Sorry...that...wasn't funny was it? Tragic, the loss of a Pokemon's ear... *blinks* *attempts to appear repentant for massacre*
It's okay, bro. This little yellow guy tastes pretty awesome.
Translation: I go bravely into that dark night, er...stomach.
These random Mommy Blogger posts have been brought to you by NOT WANTING TO BLOG ABOUT MY BOOK and SICK OF BLOGGING ABOUT MY BOOK FOR OTHER WEBSITES and IT'S ONLY FUN TO BLOG ABOUT THE BOOK WHILE YOU'RE WRITING IT AND THAT NEVER HAPPENS BECAUSE PROMOTION COMES MONTHS LATER and I LIKE CAKE and I WIN AT CAKE AND COOKIES.
For evidence of this win see THIS and THIS.
Back on Monday or Tuesday with something about writing or books or publishing or reviews or contests or etc. Promise.
Have a great weekend!