The Party Starts Here [Giveaway Closed]

It’s that time again… the day I add up all the minutes during the year and realize I’ve hit another milestone–my birthday. Woot! As some of you know, I’ve been 26 for more years than I can remember. I talked about this earlier during the year. Well, I’ve decided this year I’m not going to be 26 again. I’m going to be 27. Awesome, right? 3 squared. That sounds so much better than 26. So if anyone asks, tell them, she turned 27 for the second time.

So what’s happening for this year? Well, two things:

  1. I’m asking for a present. (yeah… Reena isn’t being humble this time around. After all, she’s wiser and 27).
  2. I’m giving presents. (Cause that’s just the blogging thing to do.) 🙂

Me first! So you all know I have a Kickstarter Campaign running for I Loved You First. Please pledge. That’s it. I really need your help. And keep in mind, pledges start at a buck. That’s $1 for those who don’t speak American English. I mention this because last week I found out a quid is slang for a pound in England. I’m like, why in the world would they not just call it a pound? My husband said, the same reason we use the term ‘buck.’ Duh. Okay. 🙂


Now for your goodies! A giveaway! 🙂 I’m thinking 3 winners. What do you say?

  • First Prize – Your choice of $15 worth of books from The Book Depository
  • Second Prize – A book from The Book Depository ($10 value)
  • Third Prize – A book from my 2011 reviews.

As always entry is easy. One addition though. To promote the Kickstarter Campaign. I’m giving extra points for those who share.

The rules!

  • Fill out the Form.
  • Become a blog follower. See Google Friends Connect to the left.
  • You’ll earn 1 point for completing the form.
  • Additional point for sharing the giveaway and leave the link (Twitter, Facebook, Blog, Linked, MySpace, etc.). *Optional*
  • Additional point for sharing the Kickstarter Campaign and leave the link (Twitter, Facebook, Blog, Linked, MySpace, etc.). *Optional*
  • You may tweet once per day for the giveaway and/or campaign after your initial entry for an extra 3 points. Use the same form.
  • Comments are appreciated, but only entries from the form count.
  • Giveaway ends Saturday, July 9, 2011.
  • Please read the giveaway policy for the nitty gritty.
  • *Prizes wherever the Book Depository Ships

One small reminder. If you haven’t picked up Shadow Cat. It’s been on sale for the week. July 2, 2011 is the last day to pick it up for $0.99. You’ll find it at Amazon, Amazon UK, Amazon DE, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords.


Working Wednesday #11

Okay… This week I worked on more than just I Loved You First. Not much, but a little. 🙂 If you don’t mind, I’ll skip my failures again, and just hit the good stuff. So let’s see where we are.

  • Edit I Loved You First
    • Four scenes a week
      • Last update 29/32
      • Done!!!! Final word count on this draft is 40,234 words with 32 scenes.
  • Clean up blog and update link
    • This week, I worked on the review (2010/2011) and reading lists. Really all I did was use the Goodreads Widgets. 🙂 I figured that way they’ll update themselves. No mess.
  • 2011 Reading Challenge ~ Apparently I lost my lead, and now I’m right on track. This week I’m reading The Archangel by Michael Young. I’m so loving it.

2011 Reading Challenge

2011 Reading Challenge
Reena has read 18 books toward her goal of 60 books.

In Other News!!!

Tomorrow’s my birthday! If you were around for my last birthday, you know I’m the type of gal to ask my family for the presents I want.

Welcome to the family. I’m putting out my wishlist, which is simple. I want your pledges! $1, $5, $10, $1,000,000,000,000–I don’t care. Okay, if you pledge $1,000,000,000,000, I will care.

Seriously though. Every little bit helps. If you’re not familiar with the Kickstarter Campaign program, I’ll let you in on a secret. It’s all or nothing. I’m about 25% toward my goal of $800. If I received $799.99 worth of pledges, everything falls through, no funds arrive toward my editing fund.

So I humbly request with virtual cherries on top (unless you’re allergic to cherries), read the first chapter of I Loved You First, check out my Kickstarter Campaign, pick through the rewards, and if you’re so obliged, please pledge.

My best friend was more than just a best friend to me. Three words summed it up: I heart him. I’d never tell him though. I wasn’t stupid. Besides, what he’d told no one, but me, was a little something I wished I could forget… or ignore. He was gay. I guess gay wouldn’t be bad if I wasn’t so in love with him. Now it was just cruel.

Stereotypes run amok in this college love story: Parties, alcohol, hookups, and breakups. Alexandria Carmichael may find it a bit much as she deals with the unreturned love from the boy who completes her. When all is revealed, not only does she risk losing her best friend forever, but also herself. Without her childhood companion for support, Alexandria takes a journey of self-discovery but fears what she’ll find at the end.

Add it to your Goodreads list. 🙂

Also, check back tomorrow for the giveaway I’ve planned for my birthday. 😀

Shadow Cat hits Resumiendo + Giveaway

Kasumi, who hosts a Spanish blog at Resumiendo, interviewed me. The interview is in Spanish and English, so definitely check it out. We talk about my upcoming novels Chasing Shadows and Shadows Within. As a special bonus, you’ll receive a little insider knowledge about the final books of the Striped Ones series.

PLUS!!! Don’t miss out. If you haven’t read Shadow Cat, enter for your chance to win a copy. The interview is there to stay, but the giveaway ends soon. Take advantage of your opportunity.

Novel Review: Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost

***Here’s something odd. I was going through my posts and noticed this as a draft. Apparently, I never posted it. Oops. Guess that’s good in a way, cause I haven’t read a book for this week’s Monday review. Guess what you get. :)***

I’ve been sitting on Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost for awhile–since July 2010. I started reading it, then a book by one of my favorite authors arrived, and I set it aside. It’s so difficult for me to pick up a book once I set it aside. Not sure why, but I finally decided to try this one again. Before I get into the second chance I gave this book, how about the blurb from Ms. Frost’s website:

Flirting With The Grave…

Half-vampire Catherine Crawfield is going after the undead with a vengeance, hoping that one of these deadbeats is her father – the one responsible for ruining her mother’s life. Then she’s captured by Bones, a vampire bounty hunter, and is forced into an unlikely partnership.

In exchange for help finding her father, Cat agrees to train with the sexy night stalker until her battle reflexes are as sharp as his fangs. She’s amazed she doesn’t end up as his dinner – are there actually good vampires? Pretty soon Bones will have her convinced that being half-dead doesn’t have to be all bad. But before she can enjoy her status as kick-ass demon hunter, Cat and Bones are pursued by a group of killers. Now Cat will have to choose a side … and Bones is turning out to be as tempting as any man with a heartbeat.

Cat played a strong, though immature heroine. Given her age of 22, I think it was fitting. Then there was Bones, the older mentor. The contrast between the two was wonderful and believable.

One of the first things I noticed about Halfway to the Grave is pretty much all the information was heavily front loaded. Cat came into the situation virtually clueless about the life of vampires, while Bones knew all. 🙂

My husband introduced me to a term a while back called the Audience Surrogate. Though Cat was the main character, she played that role, asking all the needed questions to fill in the back story. I wasn’t fond of the style as it seemed like an easy way out and a bit telly rather than showy, but at the same time it was nice not to be clueless about the rules of the game.

The novel started a bit slow for my liking. It’s about 350 pages or so, but it wasn’t until about 150 pages into the story I actually got an inkling of the plot. Prior to that, Cat just lived her life with Bones, knocking out small task after small task. In the end, Bones’ quest set the real stakes to the story.

This is one of those books I’m having a horrible time rating. Here’s the thing. The first third of the book was rather bleh and full of information rather than story. The second third introduced the plot (Bones’ quest). It was interesting but not spectacular (so-so). Then I hit the last third of the book and was blown away. The stakes were high and full of thrill. 🙂 I’m going to give her next book a chance just because of the ending. If One Foot in the Grave is as good as the end of Halfway to the Grave, I can definitely see myself becoming a fan of Jeaniene Frost.

Find Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost at the following locations:

Barnes & Nobles

The Book Depository