Saturday, February 27, 2010

Guest blog & Bring on the Night's 1st chapter debut!

Popping out of my prairie-dog hole for a moment to let you know that I'm giving away two signed sets of Wicked Game and Bad to the Bone over at the wonderful Plotmonkeys blog today.

The topic is teaser chapters and rewrites (yes, there's a connection). Buried in the blog post is the first glimpse of the entire opening chapter of Bring on the Night. All I can say is, don't kill me.

Speaking of Bring on the Night, I better get back to its copyedits. Lots of little changes, to all thirty-five chapters!

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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Happy Mini-me day to Bad to the Bone!

Clearly I am crazy or forgetful (or both), because I scheduled a major trip to the dentist (the Novocain kind of visit) on the same day as Bad to the Bone's official mass market release.

(Why yes, it's the same Bad to the Bone that just finaled in the PEARL awards for Best Vampire Novel. Funny you should ask.)

But publishing waits for no nitrous oxide to wear off, so I'm pre-posting this late Monday night.

If you haven't read this Wicked Game sequel yet, you can order it from Mysterious Galaxy,, or Barnes and Noble, now for the low, low price of $7.99!

A note to those who own the trade paperback version: First of all, thanks! Second of all, beginning with the next book, Bring on the Night, the WVMP Radio books will be released in mass market original. This means no more trade paperbacks. So if you're the type who likes to have a matched set to look all pretty and symmetrical on your bookshelf, know what to do.

There are a few places on the interwebs where you can win a signed set of Wicked Game and Bad to the Bone. Book Smugglers are giving away two sets, and Literary Escapism is giving away one set plus a cool silver dog or cat bookmark.

So here I'm not giving away books. I'm giving away a dog shirt.

I somehow (thanks, Mom!) came into possession of a WVMP Lifeblood of Rock 'n' Roll dog shirt, like the one pictured over there (and which can be purchased at the WVMP Radio CafePress store). Even if Meadow enjoyed wearing shirts, she wouldn't have fit into this one. She's an extra-large, and this is for a "large" dog.

Here's what CafePress considers a "large dog."

Full body length: 15.5 inches
Neck opening: 7.75 inches
Sleeve length: 5.5 inches
Chest width: 9.25 inches
Weight: 26-40 pounds

So, if you have a dog that this shirt might fit, post a link to his or her picture. If there's more than one eligible dog by the deadline, I'll pick a winner via a random number.

Deadline: March 1

Retail value: $18.99

Chances of winning depend on number of entries.

By the time you read this, I'll be comfortably numb. Have a great day, or as we say with Novocain, hauhgadayyy!

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Monday, February 22, 2010

Q&A and giveaway at Booksmugglers

I'm doing an interactive question and answer session (that means live, as opposed to getting the answers ahead of time) all day today over at the fabulous Book Smugglers' blog.

The questions so far are fantastic, and my answers are long and detailed, because I don't know when to shut up. So if you want to learn more about me and my books and the relationship thereof between and betwixt heretofore and henceforth (ack, I can't even end this sentence!), check it out.

Oh, and maybe win one of two sets of the WVMP Radio books, Wicked Game and Bad to the Bone.

Deadline: Saturday, February 27, 11:59pm PST. I will mainly be answering questions today, as tomorrow I have to undergo oral surgery (which, I was dismayed to discover, is nothing like an oral book report).

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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Cool secret agent toys & another book giveaway

I'm guest blogging over at Literary Escapism today on the subject of "Cool Toys for (Kickass) Girls and Boys." Find out how I came up with some of the neat tricks of the paramilitary paranormal Control agency. Tell us which awesome gadget you'd give your hero or heroine, and be entered to win a signed copy of Wicked Game and Bad to the Bone, plus a shiny metal bookmark engraved with paw prints and a pithy quote (your choice of cat or dog version).

Deadline: February 25

Why the sudden flurry of guest blogs, you ask? Because Bad to the Bone is coming out in mass market paperback (aka the cheap version), officially on Tuesday. But it's already shipping from Barnes and Noble and Amazon--yay!

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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Tidbit Tuesday #4 - book giveaways galore!

Last week I did almost nothing but write WVMP #4 (which I'm once again leaning toward naming Lust for Life). My goal was to reach 50K words before the Olympic cauldron was lit last Friday night, because I knew the Olympics would suck up a lot of my time.

I didn't quite make it (I never do--on the few occasions I actually reach a goal, I assume I haven't set it high enough), but I'm watching the Olympics, anyway. Just watched the USA men's and women's curling lose to Germany and Japan, respectively. I won't make the obvious World War II joke.

As the sports go down on TV, I'm attempting my own Olympian tasks:

1. Catch up on e-mail
2. Mail all ARCs, books, bookmarks, and bookplates I owe people
3. Put actual things on my Facebook fan page
4. Update my MySpace profile (or maybe just delete the thing--does anyone ever go there anymore?)
5. Get the Street Team stuff together
6. Read manuscript of a book I've been asked to blurb

And during the day, tackle a few of the 40 interviews and guest blogs I have lined up.

One of them is already done--yay! If you go read it over at Babbling About Books and More!, you can enter to win a signed copy of Wicked Game and Bad to the Bone.

Deadline: February 19

International entries eligible: Yes

Also, the awesome new blog For What It's Worth is continuing its charity auction for Haiti relief. This week you can bid to win signed a signed copy of Wicked Game and Bad to the Bone PLUS signed copies of Cynthia Eden's Eternal Hunter and Kresley Cole and Gena Showalter's Deep Kiss of Winter. Plus some nummy stuff you can eat and drink and a possible bonus book. All for such a good cause.

Deadline: February 21

International entries eligible: Yes

The Daily Dose blog ran a lovely Valentine's Day feature on the class of 2K10 and our thoughts on teen love. Sometimes it still feels like yesterday.

Are you following the Olympics? What's your favorite sport? Do you follow any of these sports outside of the Olympics? Is there a sport more mesmerizing than curling?

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Thursday, February 04, 2010

Girlfriends' Cyber Circuit Tour - Suzanne Young

I love when the GCC tours coincide with great news! This week's Girlfriends' Cyber Circuit guest, Suzanne Young, just sold a new series, and it sounds incredible. Here's the Publishers Marketplace announcement:

Suzanne Young's A NEED SO BEAUTIFUL, in which a 17-year-old discovers that by performing the good deeds that her body compels her to, she will disappear into the Light and be forgotten, but by fighting "the Need," her fate could be even more dire, to Donna Brayat Balzer and Bray, in a two-book deal, in a pre-empt, by Jim McCarthyat Dystel & Goderich Literary Management (World English).

But today we're here to talk about her new release, The Naughty List, which sounds delectably fun.

About The Naughty List:

As if being a purrfect cheerleader isn’t enough responsibility! Tessa Crimson’s the sweet and spunky leader of the SOS (Society of Smitten Kittens), a cheer squad–turned–spy society dedicated to bringing dastardly boyfriends to justice, one cheater at a time. Boyfriend-busting wouldn’t be so bad . . . except that so far, every suspect on the Naughty List has been proven 100% guilty!

When Tessa’s own boyfriend shows up on the List, she turns her sleuthing skills on him. Is Aiden just as naughty as all the rest, or will Tessa’s sneaky ways end in catastrophe?

The Naughty List. Is your boyfriend on it?

Follow the squad at

Look out for the series: The Naughty List: 2/4/10, So Many Boys: 6/10/10; A Good Boy is Hard to Find: 10/2010

What bloggers are saying about The Naughty List: "Suzanne Young's The Naughty List is a fast, original, and fun romp that fans of Ally Carter's Gallagher Girls series will surely enjoy! Tessa is a wonderful, relatable character full of depth, quirks, and heart. A sure-fire hit!" “Espionage, lively cheerleaders, and very naughty boys... equal one debut that I found unputdownable!” “Holy cannoli! The Naughty List is one of the most adorable books I have ever read. Seriously,, people this book is just dripping in cuteness.”

Author Bio

Suzanne Young is a brilliant scientist. Not really. But she is a former middle school teacher turned zookeeper (mother). When Suzanne's not fending off zombie squirrels or narrating her daughter's Barbie soap operas, she can be found camping on the Oregon coast or writing obsessively.

Suzanne is the author of The Naughty List series coming February 4th, 2010 from Razorbill/Penguin. The Naughty List is about a group of cheerleaders who investigate cheating boyfriends. Which Suzanne never did. Or at least, not that you can prove.

Learn more at


And now, my interview with Suzanne:

1. If you could inhabit the life of any of your characters, enter their world and deal with it as that person, which one would you choose?

I’d have to say Tessa. I think it’d be really fun to have that much perk. And the adorable boyfriend doesn’t hurt.

2. What's the weirdest tidbit of research you've ever incorporated into a book?

I had to research cheerleading terminology. Herkies, anyone?

3. Let's say there's a TV show, movie, or recording artist that has a cult of you. Which is it? (i.e., what do you like that no one else you know likes)?
Oh, it would have to be Battlestar Galactica. So say we all!

4. What's your earliest memory?

I think I had to be 6 or 7 and my older brother brought me to the movies. I begged for one of those GIANT sodas. Then I accidentally kicked it over with my foot (before cupholder seats). I remember the look on his face as we listened to it drip over the step ahead of us for what seemed like hours. Oops.

5. Do you have any phobias?

Spiders. They give me the creepy crawlies all over.

Congrats to Suzanne on the new release!


Monday, February 01, 2010

From chaos, creation

Or at least, a newsletter.

The blog went on a little hiatus last week because I was readying the house for first-time company (you know, the people you really clean up for, not like your mom). In doing so, I decided it was time to throw away some extra papers and magazines, clear out some old clothes...and have the bathroom remodeled.

Well, not entirely. Just the parts that are falling to pieces. Like the ceiling, the floor, and the walls. Those little extras that make a house a home.

I'll put it this way: the typical day around here sounds like this:




Twinkle's been spending her days cowering under the bed, while Misha just keeps purring and Meadow keeps sleeping (except when the contractors enter and leave the house, when she has to say hi).

Where was I? The newsletter. I have a new issue ready to e-mail to subscribers on Thursday, which marks the negative-three-month anniversary of the release of Shade.

In this issue, subscribers will receive:

1) A chance to win one of two Advance Review Copies (ARCs) of Shade.
2) A week's sneak peek of Shade's first chapter before I release it to the world. Be the first to read it! Or the 1,290th, if you are busy when the newsletter arrives.
3) A month's sneak peek at the cover for the third WVMP book, Bring on the Night.

And also some news.

The signup box is over there on the sidebar, or if you're reading this on Facebook or through your blog reader, go to my home page and look to your right (on the screen, not your body). Just enter your e-mail, click "Submit" and then follow the confirmation instructions e-mailed to you.

You can also check out the newsletter archives if you want a peek into the past. As you can see, my newsletters are totally text-based. I don't believe in clogging up other people's inboxes with images that are just repeats of the stuff on my website. Plus, I suck at design.

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