And The Winner Of My #TalkLikeAPirateDay #Giveaway Is . . .

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You, my lovely get it ALL!

  • One signed copy of TRAVELER
  • One signed ARC of DREAMER (over 6 months before the rest of the world gets it!)
  • 1 pewter nautical bookmark
  • 1 holographic pirate ship bookmark
  • An amazing PU leather nautical-themed journal
  • A custom-made pirate candle “Sun on the Sails” courtesy of Nox to Lumos Candle Co.

And of course, along with that comes the teeth-gnashing jealousy of everyone else who entered the giveaway!

Thanks to all for participating (and sharing!). I’ll be having another DREAMER ARC giveaway before Christmas in conjunction with Goodreads, so watch for it! The next winner may be you!

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Happy ‘Talk Like A Pirate Day’! I Love Me Some Pirate Finn!

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He was born with the sea in his veins and the smell of salt in his hair. . .

That’s a line from my YA fantasy novel, TRAVELER, and yes indeedy….it’s got a pirate! Despite their often smelly and bloodthirsty reputations, movies and books seem to be chock full of handsome pirates, quick with a witty retort or a clever bit of swordplay. And why not?

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The call of the sea, the break of the waves, the clean, fresh air and the moonlight on the water….

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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!

Avast, Ye Scurvy Dogs! It Be A Pirate #Giveaway

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Do you see that, me hearties? That be a treasure-trove of Pirate goodness! That’s right, you’re looking at a signed copy of TRAVELER, a signed ARC of DREAMER, a gorgeous nautical-themed journal and matching bookmark, a beautiful holographic pirate bookmark, and a custom-made pirate-themed candle, Sun on the Sails, courtesy of the Nox To Lumos Candle Co (and made in honor of our dashing pirate Finn). I know you can’t read the label on this shot so here’s the text:

Sun-soaked sails and fresh sea air with notes of rich, seasoned wood.

Turn your face to the wind and get ready for adventure

Believe me when I tell you it smells amazing! And how do get all this piratey goodness? You retweet, Facebook share, reblog me on Tumblr, or repost the pic on Instagram! 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!

That gives you eight days to shout me out! I’ll count one entry on each social media site, so if you shout me out on all four, that’s four chances to win!

Yo Ho Ho, My Lovelies!

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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!

 

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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A Fan Encounter From Across The Pond

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An old high school friend and her family are vacationing in Europe, and just happened to be riding a train yesterday with a young girl who was reading my book. My friend reached out via Facebook Messenger to let me know:

This is Elizabeth. She is reading your book while we are our vacation. She wants me to tell you that she loves it!!! She was floored that I knew you. 😊We’ve been to London and thought this was a great place to pose.

How awesome is that? Elizabeth, you (and my good buddy Katrina) just made my day from across an ocean. Thanks so much for reading!!

Tidbit Tuesday: Jessa & Finn & A Story

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In this tidbit from DREAMER, we see Jessa fine-tuning a story she’s written for a scholarship contest, and second-guessing herself, as usual. Finn’s having none of that, of course . . .


“What are you working on now?” he asks, taking off his headphones and moving the DVD player off his lap.

“It’s another story,” I say. “I’m thinking about entering it in a Flash Fiction scholarship contest.”

I can already see the question forming so I answer it before he can ask. “Flash Fiction is a short story that’s usually 500 words or less. You have to tell a lot in very few words.”

“And you could win a scholarship with that?”

“Yeah. It’s for Connecticut College. They’re a private school, and not very big, but their writing program is one of the best around. If I win the scholarship, it’s almost a guarantee that I’ll be offered admission, as long as I keep my grades up.”

“That sounds like a fine idea,” he says. “May I?” He gestures down to my journal and my hand covers it reflexively.

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