Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Upcoming signings for LUST FOR LIFE

Gretchen, one of the Cupboard Maker bookstore cats

I'll be at the following fabulous independent bookstores in November and December to celebrate the end of the WVMP RADIO series with its final book, Lust for Life (official release date: November 27).

Not celebrating as in "yay, it's over," but celebrating as in "yay, happy ending for Ciara and Shane!"

(Sorry if that's a spoiler. If you thought maybe I would have a comet strike the radio station at the end of the series, annihilating all our beloved DJs and their friends, um...no, I made a different choice.)

Saturday, November 10, 4-6pm

Paperback Exchange
829 State Street
Lemoyne, PA 17112 (Harrisburg area)

Reading and signing with authors Megan Hart, Natalie Damschroder, and Catherine Jordan. We will sign and chat with readers from 4-4:30pm and 5-6pm, with readings from 4:30-5.

Note: I'm working with my publisher and the bookstore to try to get copies of LUST FOR LIFE there, but it will be cutting it close, since the books don't ship until earlier that week and there will undoubtedly be delays due to Hurricane/Superstorm Sandy. Once I get confirmation that the books have arrived, I will add a note here.

EDITED TO ADD: Just got word from Kathy at Paperback Exchange: LUST FOR LIFE will be there! As will all the other WVMP and SHADE books. YAY!

Sunday, November 25, 1-3pm

Constellation Books
303 Main Street
Reisterstown, MD 21136 (Baltimore area)

Day-long multi-author booksigning to raise funds for local school library. Note: It's mostly a children's author event, but I will have my adult titles available as well.

Also, Constellation is now taking preorders for signed, personalized copies of Lust for Life. See yesterday's post for instructions.

Monday, December 3, 7-9pm

Lady Jane's Salon
Madame X
94 Houston Street
New York, NY 10012

Reading, signing, meet and greet at this fabulous venue.

Saturday, December 22, 1-4pm

Cupboard Maker Books
157 N. Enola Rd.
(Routes 11/15)
Enola, PA 17025

Signing with author Maria V. Snyder.

I'm also planning to sign a ton of stock at Books-A-Million in the Springfield Mall in Springfield, PA (1250 Baltimore Pike), the night before Thanksgiving. So if you go there on Black Friday weekend, there should be plenty of autographed copies of my books. I've decided not to do a formal signing event  on Black Friday/Saturday so I can spend more holiday time with my family. They see very little of me thanks to this crazy writing life.

Hope to see some of you at one of these events!


Monday, October 29, 2012

How to get LUST FOR LIFE signed preorders

(Writing this in the middle of Hurricane Sandy, trying to get it published before we lose power for who-knows-how-many days, so forgive me if some of my sentences are less than complete.)

As you may know, my local independent bookseller, Constellation Books, provides signed copies of all my books. When a new book comes out, or I'm about to do an event there, you can get them not only signed but personalized to you or someone you love (or someone you merely like)!

To get your personalized copy of Lust for Life, along with a signed bookmark and signed WVMP Radio Lifeblood of Rock 'n' Roll sticker:

  • Preorder before Wednesday, November 21, 5pm Eastern time. I will sign them on Sunday, November 25 (when I'm taking part in Kids Authors for the Holidays signing from 1pm to 3pm), and they will be shipped as soon as possible afterward.
  • Use this link for preordering signed copies, and when you fill out the form, please include in the comments whether you would like it merely signed with my name or if you would like it personalized. 
  • For personalization, please be specific on spelling, nicknames, additional names, etc. For example, "Please sign to Ernie and Bert."
  • If no personalization is requested, the book will be shipped with just a signature.
  • International orders: Contact the bookseller via the email link on the left-hand sidebar, and she will send you a Paypal invoice.
  • All questions and concerns regarding orders are to be sent directly to the bookseller. I do not need to be cc'd in an email, mentioned on Twitter, or tagged on Facebook. 

I'm VERY excited for you to read the final WVMP Radio installment. Thanks for buying the book, and especially for supporting a fabulous independent bookseller!

PS: If you're a reviewer/blogger with a US address, you can request a copy of Lust for Life from my publisher by filling out this form by noon eastern time on Monday, November 5.

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Saturday, October 27, 2012

Get a review copy of LUST FOR LIFE!

The countdown begins! There's exactly one month left until the official release of Lust for Life, the fourth and final novel in my adult WVMP RADIO vampire series.

Lust for Life just received this stellar review from RT Booklovers magazine:

Smith-Ready’s final WVMP Vampire Radio book brings this addictive series to a thrilling close. The eclectic mix of music, OCD and vampires has given this terrific series a truly unusual edge. Former con woman Ciara Griffin has remained a compelling character whose skills have been put to the test. -- 4.5 stars (out of 4.5 stars)

I'm sad that after all these years it's finally ending, but I'm very excited about how it ends and can't wait for you all to read it!

My publisher, Pocket Books, feels the same way, so they will be sending out finished review copies just a little over a week from now. If you'd like to receive one, please fill out the form below by noon Eastern time on Monday, November 5. US addresses only.

Reminder: Be sure to check out Book 3.5, the novella "Let It Bleed," before reading Lust for Life. It's available as a free download in all formats here on the website. "Let It Bleed" also contains an exclusive look at the first chapter of Lust for Life, which I'll also post on the website tomorrow or next week (hurricane Sandy permitting).

If you're a fan of the series, I would ask that you seriously consider (please please please) buying a copy or getting it from your library. The amount of support I get from my publishers on future books will be greatly affected by the sales of Lust for Life. I would like to keep this crazy writing gig for a long time, and only you can help me do that. Thanks for all your amazing support!

Pre-order from Constellation Books (signed copies--if you want your copy personalized, please order by Friday, November 23 Wednesday, November 21, 5pm Eastern time, and note on the online order form in the comments section to whom you want it signed), Barnes and Noble, or Amazon.com

Books shipped from my publisher will not be autographed, but if you subscribe to my newsletter (see the box on the right sidebar), you'll have a chance to request signed, personalized bookplates when the next issue goes on November 27.

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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Heroines of SF/F panel and booksigning - Baltimore SF Society

Popping in real quick to tell you about a panel I'll be on at the Baltimore Science Fiction Society this Saturday night:
  • What: "Fantastic Heroines of SF and Fantasy," discussing the changing roles of female characters in science fiction and fantasy. 
  • Who: Science fiction/fantasy authors Brenda Clough, Morgan Keyes, and L. Jagi Lamplighter. Oh, and me. Moderated by Colleen Cahill of the Library of Congress.
  • When: Saturday, October 27, 8pm. 
  • Where: Baltimore Science Fiction Society, 3310 E. Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD.
  • How much: Free!
  • What else: My favorite indie bookseller, Constellation Books in Reisterstown, will have our books for sale after the panel. I'm happy to sign them, and as always, I love to chat with readers about anything and anyone.

As you have probably noticed, I have a few opinions on how fictional heroines are perceived and judged. Looking forward to a fascinating discussion before Hurricane Sandy wipes us all off the map!


Sunday, October 21, 2012

GCC feature with Kelly Parra and SOMETHING WICKED!

If you loved Prom Dates from Hell, or if you're in the mood for the perfect Halloween read, there's a new anthology of creeptastic YA short stories, Something Wicked! And this week's Girlfriends Cyber Circuit author, Kelly Parra, has a story, "Mermania," that you won't want to miss.

Sometimes, they aren't costumes.

They’re baaaack.

More nightmares brought to you by the authors of the young adult anthology Prom Dates to Die For...

Beware the Midnight Troll on your late-night stroll by Mari Hestekin. Swim at your own risk Under Loch and Cay by Jenny Peterson. A curse of spiders on campus means Arach War by Lena Brown. Through a Glass Darkly one could lose a soul by Heather Dearly. Supernatural Hunters turn to the sea in Mermania by Kelly Parra. Social media goes to the ghouls in Spectral Media by Aaron Smith.

Don’t miss this paranormal fun for tween, teens and adults!

Kelly Parra’s short story “Mermania” continues Teen Supernatural Hunters Jaz and Blake’s paranormal adventures. The duo debuted in “Darkness Becomes Him” in the young adult anthology PROM DATES TO DIE FOR as they battled a soul hungry dark angel. In SOMETHING WICKED a merman entrances Jaz and it’s up to her and Blake to rush against time before Jaz grows her own tail by the full moon!


"Mesmerizing and eerie. Tales to keep you reading late into the dark night." --Tara Hudson, author of HEREAFTER and ARISE

Here's a breathtaking (literally) excerpt from "Mermania":


I swam to him into the deeper waters. His arm came around me, holding me afloat. His features were what Oz would call angelic, with light colored hair, almond shaped eyes, a straight nose and full lips. He pulled the band from my hair and my black strands spread across the water surface.

His eyes were dark. When I looked into them, I could see the reflection of the waters. So deep ... in his eyes.

“You’re special, aren’t you, Jaz?”


He closed his eyes and breathed in. “Yes, I can smell it. The magic.” He met my eyes once more.

“Yes, I’m different.” 

“My name is Sotos. Say my name.”


“I want to kiss you. Do you want to kiss me, Jaz?” 

“Don’t think so.” 

He smiled. “I think you do.” 

“Yes,” I said, my words breathless. He leaned in, slowly, and pressed his lips to mine. His lips were cool, soft. He pulled me tightly against him. His lips pressed harder. I nudged back. His hand came to the back of my head.

This was wrong. 

Not right. 

Something sharp on my tongue. 

Blood gushed. Fear speared through me.

And together, we went under.


And now, my interview with Kelly!

Turn to page 99 of your current release: which word on that page describes your main character best, and why?

Hi Jeri, thanks for having me on your blog! Since my story “Mermania” is a short story, I’ll turn to page 9!

Hmm, the word “Brave” catches my eye. I share Jaz and Blake’s story through Jaz’s POV. They are both orphaned teens that detect magic and are trained by a warlock to be hunters. And with Jaz, she has emotional fears she keeps to herself while she battles monsters. With that kind of a dedication you have to be brave!

What’s the most surprising book-related thing to happen to you in the last year?

I do speaking engagements at a local university for the multicultural lit class. I am always surprised when a student will admit how much they enjoyed my novels, and that it was the first book they ever finished! Writers are avid readers and we may read books all the time, so I am always humbled and thrilled when someone who is a reluctant reader has chosen to read my book – in this case it was Graffiti Girl – to complete and enjoy.

Do you have a quirk or detail in common with your main character (e.g., favorite food, habit, phrase)?

“Trippy.” Haha. My characters as teens say it and also, “Trip out,” and I find myself saying that too.

What’s your favorite place you’ve ever traveled for book research?

I don’t travel far for book research. I’m always on-line discovering interesting details. I am one of those people who love odd scientific discoveries and/or headlines that are basically “fact is stranger than fiction.”

Speaking of travel, which do you like best: planes, trains, or automobiles?

I have this fear of travel in airplanes and cars in close traffic! It’s awful. But when I ride trains I’m not bothered so much.

In the SHADE trilogy, Aura is the first of a generation that can see ghosts. What do you think defines your generation?

Hmm, I think what may define my generation is technology, but than I feel that is many generations at the moment. We are reaching other planets, making astounding discoveries, and new technology is on the rise everyday.


Kelly Parra’s earliest stories were told with paintbrushes, but upon discovering the drama and forbidden love of romance and suspense novels, those paintbrushes were replaced with a keyboard. Now a multi-published author in young adult and romance fiction, she has created memorable characters such as a graffiti artist in Graffiti Girl, a psychic teen in Invisible Touch, and a tough undercover narc in her novel for adults, Criminal Instinct. A two-time RITA finalist, she divides her time between her novels, short fiction, and the adventures of motherhood, where she juggles her home life with two children, a tattooed husband, a sweet poodle, and a rowdy pit bull. Visit her website www.KellyParra.com, follow her on Twitter or Facebook, or check out her page on Amazon.

Happy Early Halloween, everyone, and congrats to Kelly on her new release!


Thursday, October 18, 2012

Logan's birthday and "Bridge" cover reveal!

It's the 17th birthday (again) of our favorite ghost punk rocker, SHADE's Logan Keeley!

To celebrate, there's a #SHADEboys chat tonight at 10pm Eastern time. Just follow that hashtag or go to the SHADEboys room at Tweetchat.com. Be sure to follow Logan, Zachary, and Martin on Twitter (and on Tumblr) for SHADEboys action every day.

Also, Kilt and Keeley has a special post today on their blog, and they've created a board on the Team Kilt Pinterest just for Logan's gifts (he already has more than I got).

But what you're really here for is the big news, right?  RIGHT?

Logan's birthday is the perfect occasion to announce the imminent arrival of "Bridge," his very own short story!

(Click to emBIGulate.)

"Bridge" was originally published in the YA paranormal anthology Enthralled: Paranormal Diversions, edited by Melissa Marr and Kelley Armstrong.

Kirkus loved this anthology, calling Logan's story "intense and earnest." It got a recommended review from the Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books. Most exciting of all, recently Enthralled was chosen by The Guardian for their National Short Story Week recommended reading list for children and young adults!

The "Bridge" ebook will be available as soon as I can get it formatted and uploaded to major ebook outlets. It will include all the Logan-y goodness in one place:

  • The story "Bridge" (obviously)
  • Lyrics to "Forever," the song he wrote and sang for Aura on the tear-jerkingest page of Shade
  • Logan's deleted interludes from Shift
  • BRAND NEW: Heart-to-heart interview with Logan and his brother Mickey, the other major character in "Bridge." The brooding, tortured Mickey has never before spoken in public, and this interview will be EXCLUSIVELY available in this ebook.
Happy Birthday, Logan!

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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**


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