There’s Still Time To Enter My #TalkLikeAPirateDay #Giveaway !

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That’s right, me hearties! This load o’ plunder can be in yer grubby little hands and all it takes is a click or two and a few moments of yer time!

Would you like a closer look at some of the goodies?

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Such a fine haul, along with signed copies of TRAVELER and the advanced copy of DREAMER — 6 months before it hits the bookstores!

All you have to do to enter is retweet, Facebook share, reblog me on Tumblr, or repost the pic on Instagram. You’ll receive one entry for each shout-out! The contest is open to everyone and one lucky winner will be chosen at noon, EDT (US) on September 19th – Talk Like A Pirate Day!

Good luck, ye scurvy dogs!

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Advanced Copies For DREAMER Have Arrived!

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Yes, that’s it! Right in my hot little hand! The Advanced Reader Edition for DREAMER!!!

And before you swamp me with requests, please know that I (as the author) only got a very few of these. If you’d like to request a review copy (and you have a book blog), you can do so on the Swoon Reads site but there’s no guarantee that you’ll get one, unfortunately.

Your best bet is to keep your eyes glued to the Swoon Reads site, to Goodreads, and of course, to this blog for giveaway announcements. I’m not sure of the timing on the others, but I can tell you there will be a giveaway here this month! No formal announcement yet, but I’m doing it in conjunction with one of my favorite special occasions. I’ll leave you to reason it out.

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Stay tuned!

 

When Irish Ears Are Smiling

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Welcome to my life. I am researching and writing my next book, which is based on the gods of ancient Ireland – the Tuatha Dé Danann, to be specific – and name pronunciation is really making my head swim. Not to mention, many of the names of these gods have gone through several iterations, and can be spelled a half-dozen different ways, depending on when in time they were written about, or where in Ireland you find the narrator of the story. Continue reading

Tidbit Tuesday: A First Glimpse Into Another World

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In TRAVELER, Jessa learns that her dreams  – the source of most of her imaginative writing – haven’t all been fantasy. In fact, they’ve been a window into all the alternate realities she is capable of traveling to. She’s still not sure at this moment if she really believes it, though, and she decides to dig a little deeper . . .


I’m hit with sudden inspiration and open up my dream journal, reading back over the entries there. It’s not surprising but definitely unsettling. I may not have known Finn’s name, but reading my notes brings the memories of the dreams back, and I connect the fragments easily into a picture of him. Or, more accurately, of us.

I’ve detailed walks in the park, trips to the beach, quiet meetings in coffee shops, and bizarre memories of swimming with dolphins, eating fruit the size of my head, even dancing someplace with palm trees in the background.

And if he’s telling the truth, I’ve lived every bit of it.

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Happy Book Deal Anniversary To Me!

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Two years ago today, at 4:30 in the afternoon, my life completely changed. I was a single mom with two kids, barely any money in my bank account, and a dream in book form. The phone rang, Swoon Reads offered me a two book deal, and I became a genuine, bona-fide mainstream YA author.

It still feels surreal, even now that the first book has been out for five months, and book two hits the shelves in the spring. Even now that I’m working on a third book unrelated to the first series.  Continue reading