Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Today's blog tour stops and giveaways

You've waited patiently a whole year to see me hop from site to site yakking about my books and offering prizes to whoever is willing to stop and listen. The moment has arrived: it's the Blog Whore Tour Version 2.0!

Today's stops:

In Bed With Books, where Shane McAllister (of Wicked Game and Bad to the Bone fame) answered 20 questions provided by my Twitter followers and Facebook friends. Some are deep, some are goofy, and some are deeply goofy. The prize is winner's choice of a signed copy of the Wicked Game mass market (officially releasing today) or a signed ARC of Bad to the Bone.

Book Roast, a fun site where they post an excerpt of new books and ask a silly question. The author picks the best answer to win a prize, which in this case is an autographed copy of the Wicked Game mini-me version.

Later today I'll post my own contest here, for the chance to win an ARC and enter a raffle for a gift card to the bookstore of your choice. All you have to do is help me spread the word about the wee Wicked Game. Stay tuned...

Tomorrow I'll be guest-blogging on Bitten by Books on a subject dear to my heart: creating new twists on the vampire mythology. We'll be giving away one of those brand-new iPod Shuffles, as well as a couple of gift cards as runner-up prizes. There are lots of ways to enter. Check back here tomorrow for details.

Off to send out my newsletter and write the aforementioned blog post. Busy, busy, busy....

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Monday, March 30, 2009

Hit the Street (again!)

WVMP’s real-life radio and musician counterparts have ‘street teams’ to spread the word about their awesomeness. They hand out CDs, bumper stickers, buttons, and flyers for the next concert/event. They tell all their friends and even their enemies.

If you’re excited about Bad to the Bone (May 19!) and want to tell the world, then I love you. I love you so much that I want to invite you to join my inner circle, my very own Street Team.

You don't have to stand on a street corner and shout about the book (though you're welcome to--or if you prefer, the beach or boardwalk on Memorial Day weekend). Here are some other options:
  • Offer bookmarks to your local booksellers and librarians
  • Post the book cover on your website or MySpace page
  • Blog about Bad to the Bone during release week (and Wicked Game's mass market release this week)
  • Write a review
  • Send a (non-spammy) e-mail to friends and family members you think would enjoy Bad to the Bone
  • Recruit subscribers to my newsletter
  • Any other fun ideas I come up with at 2:30 in the morning
IMPORTANT NOTE: There's no obligation to take part in any particular activity--just do whatever you find fun.

All Street Team members will get a special exclusive autographed Street Team bookplate (see above) for their copy of Bad to the Bone, and if you like, your name listed in the acknowledgments of Book 3 (coming 2010).

What else will you get? Well, each member of last year's Street Team is now holding an ARC of Bad to the Bone in their helpful little hands (except those who are doing other things like sleeping or cooking or making a living). I can't promise that will happen next year, because I don't know how many ARCs of Book 3 my publisher will give me, but hey, it's worth a try, right?

If you'd like to join this exclusive club, just drop me a line at jeri@jerismithready.com with the subject line ‘Street Team’ and say, ‘Sign me up!’

See you on the Street!

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Pet story ARC winner and newsletter alert

Congrats to Hockeyvampiress (love that name), whose name I drew last night to win an ARC of Bad to the Bone! Thanks so much to everyone who shared their pet stories and photos and memories with us. They made me smile and go, "Awwww" a heckuva lot. I'll be sure to reply to you individually once these next two madcap days are over (see below for a hint of the madcappiness).

Also, a quick heads-up: I'll be sending out my newsletter either late tonight or tomorrow morning, so if you haven't signed up, here are a few reasons why you should:

1. You'll be the first to get a glimpse of Shane's short story. Most of the world won't see it until April 5.
2. Before each issue goes out, I draw two names at random to win a prize. Not surprisingly, this issue's prize is an ARC of Bad to the Bone.
3. All the cool people are doing it. You wanna be cool, right?
4. It only comes out four times a year.
5. It's totally text-based (i.e., no HTML) to minimize inbox clutter and download time.
6. It's entertaining. At least, I guess it is, because only two or three people (out of 1000+) unsubscribe after each issue. So I must be doing something right (or at least not doing anything very wrong).

Signup boxes are located on every page of my website. Come...join us....

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Friday, March 27, 2009

Praise Your Pet ARC giveaway

(Originally titled "Pimp Your Pet" but I thought that could be misconstrued.)

I'm saving the biggest, baddest BTTB ARC giveaway for next week (there will be several around the blogosphere to celebrate the mass market release of its predecessor, Wicked Game).

But for a quick 'n' dirty, fun Friday contest, once again in honor of Dexter the Vampire Dog, tell us about your pets. Post links to their pictures if you like, tell us how you found them, their favorite foods, whatever. It can be a current pet, one you've lost, or even one you hope to adopt. If you don't currently share your life with an animal, let's hear about a childhood pet. Or just make one up. I promise I won't check!

I'm still working on my opera-long post about Meadow's battle with disc disease, but here's a picture of her in the therapy pool.


All together now...Awwwww.

At 11:59pm Eastern this Sunday, I'll draw a name at random from commenters on my jerismithready.com blog, MySpace, and LiveJournal. The winner will get a signed ARC of Bad to the Bone. International entries welcome!

And there's still one more day to enter to win an ARC over at Jaci Burton's blog. Let's see if we can make 100 comments! You, yes, you could win that awesome Harley Davidson bag.

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Thursday, March 26, 2009

Last week's charity & Twitter ARC winners

Congrats to the winners of last week's giveaways. Sarah Kuhn from Twitter gave me the best name for my laptop. So introducing...

Fang!

Grr, Fang says. Grr.

Fang is a Hewlett Packard Mini notebook, I guess what some people would call a "netbook." I love him. He's a tiny computer, but unlike most netbooks, the keyboard is 92% full-size, so I don't feel like Goliath typing on the thing. I still plan to use Tardy (my old laptop) for most writing, at least while at home.

The winner of the suggest-a-charity contest (in which I choose a charity to receive 10% of author royalties from Bad to the Bone) is Cory, who came up with what had to be the perfect animal rescue organization for this book: Rescue Ink, a group of tough guys in New York City who stop animal abuse by any means necessary. No, just kidding, their methods are totally legal.

Here's a New York Times article about them, and here are a few of their programs, including puppy mill awareness programs, outreach to elderly and children, animal housing construction, and dog-fighting prevention. You can see a ton of pictures on their MySpace page.

I mean, who would dare mess with these guys? Most people who abuse animals and children are freaking cowards, or they'd be picking on people who could fight back.

I had many wonderful suggestions for charities, which I'll list below, but Rescue Ink seemed particularly perfect for Bad to the Bone, for several reasons:

  • Dexter the Vampire Dog might once have been a victim of abuse, possibly being used as bait for a pit-bull ring.
  • Some of these guys remind me of Ciara's landlord Dean.
  • Tattoos are a recurring motif in the book. One of them even provides a clue as to the bad guy's motive.
  • The Rescue Ink guys combine compassion with major badassedness, kinda like most of my vampires.

It broke my heart not to pick some of the other suggestions, but I'll list them here to give them a wee bit of exposure:

  • RSPCA Victoria, who is helping the thousands of homeless animals displaced and injured by the Australian bush fires.
  • Canine Companions for Independence, an organization that raises animals to assist people with disabilities.
  • Petfinder.com, a fantastic online resource helping adopters find new furry friends to share their lives. They also have a foundation that right now is helping animals affected by the floods in the Midwest.
  • Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary in my favorite state to visit, New Mexico. They provide a home for wolves and wolf-dogs and also provide much-need public outreach and eduction.
  • Rhode Island Veterinary Medical Association Companion Animal Foundation - They provide assistance to low-income families so they can keep their pets healthy, and keep them with them, period. Very important in these times of economic hardship.
  • Hill County Paw Pals is trying to build a shelter in a rural part of Texas.
  • Support Our Shelters (S.O.S.) - helps support ferret shelters in need around the world.
  • United Animal Nations Emergency Animal Rescue Service (EARS) - UAN shelters and cares for animals displaced by natural disasters and other crises, such as criminal seizures and hoarding cases, in the United States and Canada.
  • Canine Partners for Life - "Dedicated to training service dogs, home companion dogs, and residential companion dogs to assist individuals who have a wide range of physical and cognitive disabilities."

OK, I'm getting sniffly just looking at this list. If you have a few extra dollars, please consider giving one of them a hand.

Thanks again to everyone who suggested laptop names and charities, especially Cory and Sarah! Stay tuned for biggest giveaway yet. Next time, it won't be just an ARC. Muahahaha!

(In the meantime, you can still enter the ARC giveaway contest at Jaci Burton's blog.)

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Now playing: The Who - Pictures of Lily
via FoxyTunes

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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Jaci Burton giving away an ARC of BTTB

I'm working on a thorough blog post (complete with photos), of Meadow's months-long, sad-with-happy-ending bout with herniated discs, but I wanted to sneak in real quick and let you know about a new contest over at the blog of author Jaci Burton.

She's giving away an ARC of Bad to the Bone (you have until Saturday to enter but go do it now before you forget), many awesome daily prizes including other ARCs, plus four grand prizes, all to celebrate the release of her new novel Riding on Instinct (coming April 7 from Berkley). Her series is about a Dept of Justice agent who works with the Wild Riders, a government agency of bad boy bikers.

Just the phrase, "a government agency of bad boy bikers" makes me want to read this! And one of the grand prizes is a ginormous Harley Davidson purse.

*Covet*

She doesn't know it, but Jaci is the one who finally convinced me to give Twitter a go. So you can blame her.

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Thursday, March 19, 2009

ARCs for charity & Twitter folks

Congrats to Fantasy Dreamer, who won last week's drawing for an ARC of Bad to the Bone!

For this week's Bad to the Bone ARC giveaway, I'm copying from my 2008 self and giving away two (2) in an effort to make the world a little less sucky.

1. MS Walk Donations
I’m participating in the National Multiple Sclerosis Society 5K Walk on April 4. If you donate to my team, I’ll put you in a drawing to win an ARC. It’ll be like a raffle: donate $5 and get 5 chances; donate $25 and get 25 chances (not to mention a warm feeling). Please send whatever you can to help overcome this devastating disease.

Deadline for entry: April 4

2. Royalty Donation
I donate ten percent of author royalties to a designated charity related to each of my books. For EYES OF CROW it’s Conservation International, for VOICE OF CROW it’s the Wounded Warrior Project, and for THE REAWAKENED it will be split between those two charities.

Last year I asked my blog readers to suggest a music-related charity to receive my WICKED GAME "tithe." I ended up choosing VH1's Save the Music Foundation, and the three people who suggested it each won an ARC of Wicked Game.

This year, on behalf of Dexter the Vampire Dog (pictured on the Bad to the Bone cover), I'd like to send my 10% to an animal rescue organization. Preferably one that helps dogs, though it doesn't have to be exclusively dog-related.

Reply to this blog post or send an e-mail to jeri@jerismithready.com and suggest an animal-related charity that should receive 10% of author royalties from Bad to the Bone. If I choose your suggestion, you’ll win an ARC!

Note: It's possible that I might end up deciding to donate to the charity I volunteer for, Tails of Hope. In that event, I'll just draw a name at random from the people who sent me suggestions, and award the ARC that way.

Another note: Let's start by taking Best Friends Animal Sanctuary off the table They're a great group, but they already get a lot of exposure through the Dogtown show. Plus the awesome Judi McCoy is giving all her royalties to them. I'm looking for a smaller charity where my modest money will really make a difference.

Deadline for entry: March 25.

***Special giveaway for Twitter folks only!***

Those who follow me on Twitter are well aware of my frustration with my sloooooooow laptop (nicknamed "Tardy" after the turtle from Greg the Bunny). I recently bought a new laptop and am looking for help in picking out a name.

So if you follow me on Twitter, just send me an @reply before the end of the day tomorrow with your suggestion for a new laptop name. I'll choose my favorite answer and give that person a signed ARC of Bad to the Bone.

Sure, you may sign up for Twitter just to follow me and enter the contest. I promise you won't regret it. It's a fun and relatively non-time-consuming way to keep up with friends, news reporters, and celebrities. I mean, aren't you wondering what Ashton Kucher and P. Diddy are thinking right now?? Me neither.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

New free (and enhanced!) Aspect of Crow e-books

In November 2006, I wrote a twenty-part serial short story for my publisher's Daily Reads feature. That story, "The Wild's Call," is a distant prequel to the Aspect of Crow trilogy.

And it's now available for Kindle, absolutely free! Which means they gave it some bitchin' cover art. I'm pretty sure this is the first urban fantasy to feature a fox on its cover.

If you're like me and you don't have a Kindle, you can still read it online.

Also new for the Kindle this week is an "enhanced" version of the final Aspect of Crow novel, The Reawakened. It features several deleted scenes, with accompanying director's author commentary. It sells for the same price as the regular version.

Warning: deleted scenes contain major spoilers, so read the novel first.

All Aspect of Crow novels are available in e-book, in the three major non-Kindle formats. You can find them at Mysterious Galaxy, or pretty much any other place e-books are sold. Same goes for Requiem for the Devil (<<direct Kindle link there). Sorry, my WVMP Radio books (Wicked Game and the upcoming sequel Bad to the Bone) are only available in good old-fashioned paperback at this point.

Happy Kindling!

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Sunday, March 15, 2009

Sunday's Flycon schedule

Flycon 2009 is still going strong, with one more full day (plus some) of programming. Here's the full schedule, complete with links to each panel "room."

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NOTE: Anyone can participate--you don't need a login or a LiveJournal username or a secret handshake. Just reply to a response to comment on it, or start a new thread with a new question.***

My schedule today (copied and updated from Thursday's post, all times Eastern US):

Sunday 7am: I WOULD NEVER HAVE SAID THAT AND YOU KNOW IT. Writers breaking the fourth wall to interview characters: Some writers find interviewing characters and having characters ‘talk’ in posts fun, helpful, and others find it awful. Some readers love it when writers do it on blogs, others look away and pretend it never happened. Discuss character building and breaking the fourth wall. With Stephanie Gildart.

Sunday 11am: Families in fantasy. Many heroes are unmarried orphans without siblings or children. Why this is so common and what do writers do when they do give their heroes families? With Julia Rios and Devon Monk.

Sunday 7pm: Evolution of the vampire in fiction. Panel: Does it say anything about our culture, or just something about the shift in who likes to read about them? With Stephanie Gildart and Pati Nagle.

Sunday 11pm: Writing: Alpha and Beta Reading Process #2. With JC Runolfson, Moondancer Drake, and Pati Nagle. (note: this is basically the same panel as yesterday repeated at two different times, not a part one and part two continuation.)

Hope to see you there!

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Saturday, March 14, 2009

Saturday's Flycon schedule

Flycon 2009 is in full swing! Here's the full schedule, complete with links to each panel "room."

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NOTE: Anyone can participate--you don't need a login or a LiveJournal username or a secret handshake. Just reply to a response to comment on it, or start a new thread with a new question.***

I have a few items today (copied and updated from Thursday's post):

Saturday 8am: Editing. Writers on editing, editors on editing, writers on editors editing, and editors on writers editing. With Sharyn Lilley, Deva Fagan, and Sue Lange.

Saturday 10am: Recommend Me Something Good: Do recommendations work? Panel: the role of social media in driving recommendations & buying in relevant genres; roles of book reviewers online, pro and amateur. Do recommendations work? How directly do authors like their readers to talk back? With Sue Lange, Kasey Mackenzie, and Tamara Mazzei.

Saturday 11am: Writing: Alpha and Beta Reading Process #1 Panel: What are Alpha Readers? What are Beta readers? Who uses them, and how well do they work? The usefulness of writing partners, writing groups, and self-editing. With Megan Crewe, Chris Dolley, and Moondancer Drake.

Hope to see you there!

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Friday, March 13, 2009

New ARC winners

Congrats to Ruthanne, who just won her choice of a copy of Wicked Game or an ARC of Bad to the Bone during my Flycon author chat!

Going back a couple weeks, Poppy won the ARC for Round Two of Dante and Ciara's interview. Stay tuned for Round Three....

Don't forget, you can still enter to win another BTTB ARC during this week's contest, here on Wednesday's post.

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Friday Flycon schedule

Flycon 2009 is officially on! This international, round-the-clock online convention began at midnight tomorrow Sydney, Australia time. (Hmm, that's weird--it "began tomorrow"?)

Here's the full schedule, complete with links to each panel "room."

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NOTE: Anyone can participate--you don't need a login or a LiveJournal username or a secret handshake. Just reply to a response to comment on it, or start a new thread with a new question.***

I have a few items today (copied from yesterday's post, but now with new, linky goodness):

Friday noon: When is Young Adult not really for Young Adults? Panel: sex and violence are standards now, what makes a young adult novel for kids? And what makes one really for adults? With Jana Oliver, Tessa Gratton, Jackson Pearce, and David Macinnis Gill. **And special guest: my phenom agent Ginger Clark of Curtis Brown, Ltd., an expert in YA publishing, will stop by to discuss the topic**

Friday 3pm: Author chat. Just me. And you know, I'll probably give away a prize, because I like to bribe people into pretending to be my friends.

Friday 11pm: Banter: How much fun do you get out of it? Panel: who writes the best banter; favourite bits; when is the wiseass narrator a draw, or a drawback? With Harry J Connolly, JC Runolfson, and Lisa Mantchev.

Hope to see you there!

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Thursday, March 12, 2009

Flycon 2009

This weekend I'm attending a science fiction/fantasy convention at my house, and you're all invited! But bring your own punch and pie, because I'm not buying any extra food. Oh, and a tent, because I'm also not opening my door.

OR

You could just attend online, like the rest of us. Flycon 2009 is an international, round-the-clock sf/f convention, complete with panels, a dealers' room, and even a costuming track!

How is this possible, you ask? Go to Flycon's LiveJournal community page, where by tomorrow morning there'll be links to each of the panels, author chats, and other activities.

Attendance at panels is open to everyone (well, everyone with a computer and internet connection, which, if you're reading this, includes you).

Here's the full Flycon schedule (note various time zones listed on the left).

Here's my schedule (all times are US Eastern):

Friday noon: When is Young Adult not really for Young Adults? Panel: sex and violence are standards now, what makes a young adult novel for kids? And what makes one really for adults? With Jana Oliver, Tessa Gratton, and David Macinnis Gill. **And special guest: my phenom agent Ginger Clark of Curtis Brown, Ltd., an expert in YA publishing**

Friday 3pm: Author chat. Just me. And you know, I'll probably give away a prize, because I like to bribe people into pretending to be my friends.

Friday 11pm: Banter: How much fun do you get out of it? Panel: who writes the best banter; favourite bits; when is the wiseass narrator a draw, or a drawback? With Harry J Connolly, JC Runolfson, and Lisa Mantchev.

Saturday 8am: Editing. Writers on editing, editors on editing, writers on editors editing, and editors on writers editing. With Sharyn Lilley, Deva Fagan, and Sue Lange.

Saturday 10am: Recommend Me Something Good: Do recommendations work? Panel: the role of social media in driving recommendations & buying in relevant genres; roles of book reviewers online, pro and amateur. Do recommendations work? How directly do authors like their readers to talk back? With Sue Lange and Tamara Mazzei.

Saturday 11am: Writing: Alpha and Beta Reading Process #1 The usefulness of writing partners, writing groups, and self-editing. With Megan Crewe, Chris Dolley, and Moondancer Drake.

Sunday 7am: I WOULD NEVER HAVE SAID THAT AND YOU KNOW IT. Writers breaking the fourth wall to interview characters: Some writers find interviewing characters and having characters ‘talk’ in posts fun, helpful, and others find it awful. Some readers love it when writers do it on blogs, others look away and pretend it never happened. Discuss character building and breaking the fourth wall. With Stephanie Gildart.

Sunday 11am: Families in fantasy. Many heroes are unmarried orphans without siblings or children. Why this is so common and what do writers do when they do give their heroes families? With Julia Rios and Devon Monk.

Sunday 11pm: Writing: Alpha and Beta Reading Process #2. With JC Runolfson, Moondancer Drake, and Pati Nagle. (note: this is basically the same panel repeated at two different times, not a part one and part two continuation.)

Hope to "see" you there! Bring punch and pie.

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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Bad to the Bone playlists (and an ARC giveaway)

As some of you know, my WVMP Radio novels (beginning with Wicked Game) have playlists in the front. Thanks to Playlist.com, you can hear most of the songs from those playlists right here on my website.

I decided to release the playlists for Bad to the Bone early, to give everyone a musical taste of what was to come. It probably won't help you guess what the story is about, but I won't tell you not to try. ;-)

What I mean by "Playlist": These are not songs I listened to while writing the book. It's cool that some authors post those--I love getting that glimpse into the creative process and seeing which songs remind them of which characters.

But that's not what this is. This is a list of the songs that actually appear in the book. They might play in the background, or they might play a crucial role in the plot itself. Maybe a better label would be "soundtrack," but music is so integrated with the stories, that word doesn't really cover it either. (I could make up a pretentious phrase like "narrative-enhancing auditoria," at which point you'd be within your rights to reach through your monitor and slap me.)

Anyway, the first one is the actual playlist/soundtrack. To see all songs, drag the white scrollbar on the right side of the playlist. You can also hear individual songs by clicking on their titles, or click the right arrow to skip a song you don't like (and by "you," I mean, "my mom").





Get a playlist! Standalone player Get Ringtones

P.S.: Merry Christmas.

Each chapter is named after a popular song, from the 1940s to our current decade. I chose them for how well the words of the titles (as opposed to the content of the songs) fit the chapters, so this list is much less of a “soundtrack” than the “Playlist” above. But it’s still a great bunch of tunes.


Get a playlist! Standalone player Get Ringtones

To enter this week's Bad to the Bone ARC giveaway, tell me a song, any song, that reminds you of a character or story you love. It could be from a book, movie, TV show, whatever. Extra points if it's one of my books*.

AND/OR

Tell me which of the songs from the above playlists most fits the soundtrack of your life. It could be the title alone, or the song's content or meaning. No need to explain, although you'll get extra points for scandalous stories**.

I'll randomly draw a name Tuesday night at 11:59pm Eastern daylight time from the combined comments from my jerismithready.com blog, MySpace, and LiveJournal, and announce the winner next week. Good luck, and as they say in radio, thanks for listening!

*not really, though it might help me with future books and get you a mention in the acknowledgments. Just sayin'.
**again, not really, but it'd feel good to share, no?

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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Realms of Fantasy not closing after all

Don't faint at having two blog posts from me in one day, but I thought I should post this bit since it wasn't that long ago that I was passing on the news of Realms of Fantasy magazine's closing. (Insert obvious Mark Twain quote about reports of their demise blah blah blah.)

It's not.

Nice to hear good news these days.

Remind me to tell you about their review of Wicked Game someday. It was part of a really interesting essay by Paul Witcover on third-wave feminism.

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Last week's ARC winners

Congrats to the following five folks (yay alliteration) who won Advance Review Copies of Bad to the Bone:

Chelle
DavidH
Nozomi
Kayley
Barbara from MySpace

I've e-mailed everyone on this list except DavidH, whose Blogger profile had no e-mail, so hey, DavidH! If you're out there reading this, please e-mail your mailing address to me at jeri AT jerismithready DOT com, so I can send you your ARC. If I don't hear from you (or any of the other four whom I e-mailed) by a week from now, I'll draw replacement names from the same pool of entrants.

Come back tomorrow for the next ARC giveaway. And thanks to everyone for their good wishes and awesome guitar riffs. You made me smile. A lot.

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Thursday, March 05, 2009

Starred review for BAD TO THE BONE!

I know, I know. Too many of my recent posts have exclamation points at the end. I can't help it if exciting things have been happening.

The latest is a bit of a dream come true, one of those career goals in the category of Things I Can't Control. My upcoming vampire book, Bad to the Bone (WVMP Radio Book 2), just got a starred review in Publishers Weekly.

This is apparently a big deal. I know because I Googled "starred review in Publishers Weekly big deal?" and found a blog post by the editor of the science fiction/fantasy/horror review section, Rose Fox. The full post explains how stars get allotted Here's a brief excerpt:
A starred review from PW is a big deal. Like diamonds, their value is in their scarcity. Also like diamonds, that scarcity is to some extent artificial. The question of how many books to star is necessarily going to have a rather vague and arbitrary answer: few enough that a star really means something, while making sure that really outstanding books get the recognition they deserve.

Her current blog Genreville is now on the Publishers Weekly website. It's definitely worth reading, as she has many interesting insights into the genre.

So why should you, the reader, care? You shouldn't, except to know that the review might make it easier for you to find Bad to the Bone in bookstores, because the buyers for both the big chains and the little indies read PW. In these days of cutbacks (both of money and time), they might use reviews even more than usual to make their choices.

Oh, here's the actual review (if you click through you have to scroll way down to the sf/f/horror category):

Bad to the Bone Jeri Smith-Ready. Pocket, $15 paper (384p) ISBN 978-1-4165-5178-2

In Smith-Ready’s espionage farce sequel to 2008’s Wicked Game, Ciara Griffin and her vampire DJs face another threat to their Maryland radio station 94.3 WVMP, the Lifeblood of Rock ’n’ Roll. When the Family Action Network (FAN) disrupts WVMP’s Halloween broadcast by pirating their signal and jamming it with antivampire rhetoric, Ciara swears revenge. Under the aegis of the International Agency for the Control and Management of Undead Corporeal Entities, Ciara turns spy and infiltrates the cult’s fortress, armed with her wits and her vampire-healing “antiholy” blood. Aiding her are a crew of hip vamp buddies and vampire dog Dexter, whom she rescues after finding him chained to a cross outside a FAN enclave. Smith-Ready pours plenty of fun into her charming, fang-in-cheek urban fantasy, which frequently skirts the edge of parody. (May)


So yay.

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Monday, March 02, 2009

WVMP Lives! (and a BTTB ARC giveaway)

I'm thrilled to announce that Pocket Books has bought another two installments in my WVMP Radio urban fantasy series, bringing the total to four! Yaayyyy!

I'm so happy, I wish I could animate this image so that it would look like the guitar was rockin' out in joy. But it would hurt my web designer/husband's sensibilities, so instead, I suggest you pick up your monitor (or your laptop) and shake it around while going "Nuh. nuh. NUHhh...nuh. nuh. NUH-nuhhh...Nuh. nuh. NUHhh...NUH-nuhhh." (That's Deep Purple's "Smoke on the Water," in case you didn't recognize it.)


There now. Didn't that make your Monday morning oh-so-special?

Anyway, I don't have official release dates yet for Books 3 and 4, but Book 2, Bad to the Bone, will be out May 19, and now you can pre-order it secure in the knowledge that it won't be the end of the road.

To celebrate, I'm giving away five (5) ARCs of Bad to the Bone this week instead of just one. All you have to do is comment on this post. Extra points* for comments that involve other famous guitar riffs.

I'll randomly draw five names Sunday night at 11:59pm Eastern standard time (oh, who am I kidding, it'll probably be Monday morning) from the combined comments from my jerismithready.com blog, MySpace, and LiveJournal, and announce the winners next week. At which point, I'll go back to giving away one ARC per week until the end of March.

Also, I'll have one ARC giveaway exclusive to my Twitter followers, so if you'd like to join up ahead of time, come follow me...yes...into the light, my pretties....

P.S.: You have one more day to enter the other BTTB ARC giveaway over at Dante's blog. Just comment on his interview with Ciara by 11:59pm Pacific standard time tonight.

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Now playing: Deep Purple - Smoke on the Water
via FoxyTunes


*not really

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NEW RELEASE!

This Side of Salvation

This Side of Salvation, Jeri's new contemporary YA novel!

Now available in hardcover and ebook.

“A smart, well-rounded, and unpredictable tale...bringing to light issues of belief versus free will, spirit versus body, and family versus self.” —Booklist, **Starred Review**

More about THIS SIDE OF SALVATION

Order from Indie Bound, Barnes & Noble, or Amazon.com.

NOW AVAILABLE!

Shattered

"Shattered," a Shade novella!

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Jeri Smith-Ready

Jeri Smith-Ready is a Maryland author of books for teens and adults.

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