Updates! Now in convenient list format.

1. I did not, sadly, win National Novel Writing Month, or even get to participate as much as I wanted too. *endless sad face* But I DID write about 15k words and get a good start on a new project which makes me very happy. I can't tell you a lot about it, because I'm not sure it's going to grow up to be a book yet. But here is the first paragraph or so, if you're interested.

     They tell me that running is best done outside. They say it’s the wind in your face and the smell of the road and the scenery going by that makes running worthwhile.
     They are wrong.
     I take a deep breath and center myself, my feet pounding on the treadmill. The little screen attached to the top shows a running path in the fall, red and yellow and orange trees whirling by like brightly dressed ladies at a dance. There’s no wind and the only smell in the air is the smell of my own room, warm and dry, with a slight antiseptic tang underneath. My breathing and my feet sync as I run and for a moment, that’s my whole world, breath and muscle, body and bone. Everything else burns away, the knot in my chest loosens and for a moment, just the briefest of seconds, my mind is blank.
     This is what makes running worthwhile for me.
     Because it’s running away from myself.

2. There were a lot of reasons that I didn't get to write last month and one of them was moving. We moved to a smaller, cozier (and Lord be thanked, QUIETER) apartment. It was an awesome decision and I don't regret it, but it did mean WEEKS of sorting and packing and giving stuff away so we could fit into the new place. And those of you who are long-time blog readers will remember just how much I love moving. (hint: not at all)

But it's done and the new apartment feels more like home than the old one ever did. Also we got a giant new couch which our cat loves because it makes him invisible.

Do you see a cat? Look closer....

Cutest ferocious predator ever

3. Reason number two I didn't write was copyedits, which turned out to be due at the end of November. Copyedits and I do not have a happy history, but this time they were surprisingly uncomplicated and unstressful. Which was good because I was spending so much of my time packing.

But they are done now! And Empire of Shadows is off to the great publishing machine, where it will be spit out in Fall 2014. I might have an official date for you soon as well. (Yay!)

4. And finally, reason number three that I didn't get to Nano much. I was crafting.

Yep. I'm a crafter now. I do a thing called quilling, which is basically rolled strips of paper and glue. And I made stuff for people for Christmas presents and had a booth at a DIY craft fair and taught other people how to make stuff. It's a bit weird, but it does help manage the stress.

What did I make, you ask?  Well I made Christmas ornaments.



And also a bunch of other stuff that I can show you in a separate post if you're interested. :)

5. I still haven't given up on getting back to some sort of regular blogging schedule. I miss it. Maybe that will be my New Year's resolution! But regardless of whether or not I update again before the end of the year, I wish you and yours the happiest of holiday seasons. Have a snowflake.




National Novel Writing Month and writer fear

I'm sitting in a Shari's waiting to start writing for National Novel Writing Month.

I'm horrifyingly nervous.

This is the first new thing I've written in over a year.

I'm also wildly excited, to the extent that I think I'm scaring people.

BECAUSE THIS IS THE FIRST NEW THING I'VE WRITTEN IN OVER A YEAR.

I want to cry and clap and run screaming away from the blank page. But I know that past the fear is writing.

And writing is home.

*cracks knuckles*

*gets ready*

*waits for midnight*

BHINAN EMPIRE BOOK TWO HAS A TITLE!!!

I know what you're thinking.

"A blog post AND book news? Is the world ending???"

Happily, it's not. At least not in lovely, cloudy Portland where I'm currently writing this from. While under my covers. Because it's freezing in my house but the thermostat is DOWNSTAIRS and I don't have to be anywhere for another hour or so. Therefore blankets.*



The big news around here of course, is that I've officially turned in my edits for Bhinian Empire Two, The Companion Novel of Doom!** That means several things:

1. It is now almost completely 99.9% certain that Book Two will be out sometime next fall.
2. I can now devote more time to other writerly things, like...hypothetically speaking... blogging. And maybe a contest or two as well. :)
3. WE HAVE A TITLE.

*drumroll*

Coming, Fall 2014, for your enjoyment and delight....

EMPIRE OF SHADOWS. 


YAAAAAYYYYYY!!!!***

Remember, this is a companion novel, not a sequel. There will be a few shared characters, some in unexpected places, but this book isn't really focused on Nisha. Instead you'll get to meet a new character, Mara, whom I hope you will love just as much.

Posting on the blog will be still be sporadic for a while, as I take off my Editing Helmet of Great Solitude and try to get back in the groove of social media a little more. But I'm looking forward to some good writer-advice posts and a few wow-what-a-year updates. In the meantime, leave me a comment and let me know how your summer went!

(I assume unlike me, it involved some kind of outside.)


*Can you tell I've been on Tumblr a lot this year?
** Dun dun duuuuuun
***no more big edits!!!! 

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D and the changing face of storytelling.

As some of you know, I'm an Avengers fan, and a fairly obsessive one.


I'm a newbie in this fandom.. Up until the Avengers movie, the only Marvel superheroes I knew anything about were Spiderman and some of the X-men. Now my superhero knowledge is expanding. I'm beginning to get into comics and I have a handful of lifelong Marvel fans and content creators that I stalk online. I listen to them talk about comics and characters and plot arcs, learning about this amazing world of stories that I never really knew existed.

But my first real exposure was the Avengers movie, and one of my favorite characters in that movie was, of course, Agent Phil Coulson.

Which is why this trailer made my week.



It's not just that Coulson lives. (Although that's kind of amazing on its own.) And it's not just that I adore episodic secret agent shows. There's a chance that they might use this TV show to shine some light on lesser know Marvel heroes, which means more stories for me to discover, and I love that.

But those aren't the only reasons I'm excited.

I'm excited because last month at the Boise SCBWI conference, I gave a presentation on the changing face of storytelling. And one of the things that I said was that in the new story age, story trumps medium. Readers and fans are getting used to having stories that are told in several different ways. Books become movies, musicals and TV shows, TV shows become graphic novels, movies and books, etc. And now we have this: a comics universe that became a set of movies and is now a TV show.

Story trumps medium. And that's exciting for storytellers like myself because it means that readers and fans put value on story. That no matter what happens to books or publishing in the digital age, that the act of telling a story is alive and well and that there are still many, many stories out there to be told. In all forms.

And I think that's pretty amazing.

Drowning in story

I've been gone from the blog for a while, and there are a whole lot of reasons I could give. Two moves in the last year, couchsurfing, a debut book launch, acclimating to a new place.... But really, there is one real reason for my absence.

Book Two.

(If you didn't read that with a Jaws-like ba-dum, you should.)

Not that I don't love Book Two, because I do. And it's not because I'm feeling pressured or stressed. My wonderful editor and reassuring agent have been fully supportive while I work on this. But Book Two is a very different beast than City of a Thousand Dolls.

COATD is, at its heart, a small book. A book set on one estate, about one girl's struggle to figure out where she belongs, and who she's going to be. It's about murder and secrets and what happens to love and friendships under stress. Sure there was a background of political intrigue, but it was all just that, background.  Fun, complicated background.

Book Two is ALL about the background. In Book Two, the internal politics of the Empire are front and center. There are rebels and princes, wandering Kildi and undercover killers  who are mercenaries now because I had to take some stuff out which is sad. (It also has two point-of-view characters, because doing things I've never done before is SO MUCH FUN.)

In short, Book Two is bigger than COATD. Quite a bit bigger. And because of that, it's been much more difficult to edit. A little like swimming in open water, when most of your experience is playing in the community pool. Or like winning a goldfish at a fair and discovering you've suddenly got a baby whale in your fishbowl instead.

Actually, now that I think about it, it looks a lot like this:



(Okay, that doesn't fit with my overall 'water' metaphor, but I just saw Iron Man 3 and I've been fangirling for days.)

Anyway, that's what's happening over here. It's not bad, really, just kind of overwhelming and a little terrifying. And there are a lot of awesome things going on too! I love the book and I love the story and I really think it's going to be fantastic. Ultimately, every book has its own speed, and its own learning curve. And I know I'll be a better writer at the end of this, which is really what I want.

So I'm going to start trying to post once or twice a week, but if for some reason I disappear again...well, I'm probably busy swimming.



Have you ever been over your head in a project?

A vlog! A vlog!

It's been a while, I know. But I made you a thing.



How have you all been?

Mailing update and some late winners

Okay, so I'm caught up on mailing for pretty much everyone who sent in an address. If won something from me and you don't get it within a reasonable time frame, feel free to email me and let me know.

If you don't know whether you won something, check the winners tag.

Also when I was making this post this morning, I realized that I never put up my last winners post! I was positive I had posted everything, but apparently not. (My brain must have shorted out for a while there.) My apologies for the delay, everyone.


Here are the last four winners of my 30 Days of Bookery Contest!

The winner of Claws is:

Bn100candg

The winner of Geeks, Girls and Secret Identities and I Kissed a Zombie and I Liked It is:

Natasha

The winner of Equal of the Sun and Wrapped is:

Em

And finally, the winner of The Archived is:

Sunny Duvall



And as if finding out that I was missing a winner post wasn't bad enough, I went back and counted all my winners to make sure I wasn't missing anything else. And sure enough, I was. For some reason, the winner of Time Between Us and Return to Me was never announced. (The next time I do a giveaway like this, I'm using a spreadsheet.)


So, the winner of Time Between Us and Return to Me is...

Paula Cotton


There you go! All the winners have been announced, and I'm caught up on mailing for anyone who already sent in an address. If you won a book, shoot me an email!

Now, I have to go back into the editing cave for Book Two. Send help. And snacks.

*dives back into editing cave*

Everything you ever wanted to know about Book Two. (Okay, not everything. But some things, anyway.)

Happy Wednesday! Today I thought I'd answer some of the questions about the mysterious and secretive BOOK TWO that I've been working on. Things are still in process, so I can't tell you as much as I would like, but I will do my best.

BOOK TWO FAQ. 
(hey that kind of rhymes!)

Will there be another book after City of a Thousand Dolls? 

YES. I'm editing a second Bhinian Empire book right now.

Is it a sequel?

NO. I'd love to do a sequel someday, but this story needs to be told first. So it's a companion novel.

What's it about?

Love, identity, and revolution. And that's all I can say.

When is it coming out? 

Not until later in 2014, unfortunately. I don't have a specific date yet, but I know it won't be February. This is a much bigger book in scope than City of a Thousand Dolls, and in order to do everything justice, we had to push the release date back.

Will there be more of the world?

SO MUCH MORE. That's one of the reasons it's taking me longer to do. You'll find out a lot more about the Sune, and the caste system, and get to see the capital city of Kamal.  And there's a little bonus Black Lotus too, for those of you who wanted more of that.

What about Nisha's story?

The second book doesn't follow Nisha, but it's a big part of her story all the same. It will answer some of the questions left over from the first book, but probably not the ones you're thinking of.

Will Jerrit be in the second book?

This is by far my most popular (and most favorite) question. And the answer is... I can't tell you. ONE of the cats will be in the second book, along with several other familiar characters, but for now their identity is a SECRET.



So that's what I can spill so far! You can leave other questions in the comment thread, and I'll answer as best I can.

And now, back to work! *tackles Book Two*

In which Miriam recaps her month (and finds a new website to play with)

It's March!  *cheers*

As of tomorrow, City of a Thousand Dolls will have been out exactly one month. And what a month it's been! Here were the highlights. They're illustrated in pulp sci-fi magazine style because I've been obsessed with this website for the past few days.

First there was the release itself, which was crazy and awesome and scary and wonderful.


Then I settled back in to work on edits for the companion novel to City. There was only one small snag....



Curse you, Shiny New Idea!

Also I drank a LOT of coffee...



Forgot my anniversary...


And mailed stuff.


(Note: I am almost caught up on mailing. My goal is to be done by the end of the week. There will be an announcement when I finish. And maybe a party.)

Also I went to a concert with my family, got to hug a lot of friends at book signings and gave up naps for Lent.

How was YOUR month?


Just updated my Asian-based fantasy list....

... if you want to see what I have so far, it's here. If you have a suggestion--and I do love suggestions--you can leave it here.

(I've gotten a couple recommendations that are actually dystopian and I'm not sure whether or not to include them, since the idea was originally for fantasy. Any thoughts on that would be welcome.)

In other news!

Writer's Digest has an interview and giveaway up right now for City of a Thousand Dolls. I talk about what I would do differently in my publishing journey and how my platfrom is mostly reblogging Hobbit pictures.

My brother-in-law and fellow blogger Nic Casey is also giving away a copy of City of a Thousand Dolls. Leave a comment by the end of February to win!

And if your curious to know the Big Idea behind City of a Thousand Dolls, (and how it was actually a very small idea), there's a guest post up today on the estimable Scalzi's blog that covers that very thing.

And finally, because I'm visiting North Idaho right now and it's snowing big fluffy flakes outside, here is a link to a photo of a fluffy puppy in the snow.

You're welcome. *grin*

A song for Wednesday.

I have been singing this in my head for the last few days. My husband says it's a really sad song, but I think it's lovely.




Dreaming by Loudon Wainwright.

I'd rather be dreaming than living,
Living's just too hard to do.
It's chances not choices.
Noises not voices.
A day's just a thing to get through.
Living's just too hard to do.

I'd rather be dreaming than talking,
There's nothing to hear or to say,
With ears covered mouth closed,
The world is opposed.
Nothing gets in or away.
There's nothing to hear or to say.

I'd rather be dreaming than thinking,
Thoughts are small comfort to me.
Dreams might be pretend,
But at least dreams end.
And I just can't stop thinking you see.
Thoughts are small comfort to me.

I'd rather be dreaming than sleeping,
Just sleeping you're just as well dead.
In dreams I can fly.
In dreams I don't die.
That's why I lie here in this bed.
Just sleeping you're just as well dead.

I'd rather be dreaming...

Do you have a favorite sad song?

Looking for great Asian fantasies by Asian and Asian American writers.

Hello lovely reader-people!

Gosh, it's been so long since I actually blogged about anything that I wasn't sure where to start. Then I remembered I needed your help.

As a lot of you know by now, City of a Thousand Dolls is a South-Asian based fantasy. And is plainly obvious from the picture on the sidebar, I'm not Asian. I'm about as white as you can get. The few hints of diversity in my background are overwhelmingly blotted out by my mixed-European heritage. Not only am I Caucasian by birth, I was also raised in one of the most homogeneous areas of the country, Eastern Washington/North Idaho.

Why am I telling you this? Well, because I did a guest post for YA Highway a few weeks ago about writing the non-western fantasy where I said this:

We need more non-western fantasy, and we need people who can write it with respect and understanding, to open the doors to still more diversity.

And someone on Twitter pointed out (not to me, I just happened to see it) that the way to encourage more diversity in fiction was to buy books written by POC writers. Which is completely true, and something I was sorry that I hadn't mentioned. (I've lost the original tweet so I cannot give credit for it, but if you're reading this, random person on Twitter, thank you.)

Now I would never tell you not to buy my book, because let's face it, I'd like to keep eating and to be able to write more books and sales are tremendously helpful with that. BUT I also know that there are a lot of great Asian fantasy novels out there that are truer and richer then mine could ever be precisely because they are written by people intimately familiar with the culture.

So I started thinking about ways I could help steer people to those books and decided one way to do it was to have a page on this blog dedicated to highlighting Asian fantasies by Asian and Asian American writers. So I took down my "Great Books" Page, and instead there's a page for Asian fantasy recommendations. There are already two books on it, the magic-fantastic Silver Phoenix by Cindy Pon and Prophecy by fellow debut-er Ellen Oh. But I need MORE.

So give me your recommendations, Interwebs. What are some wonderful adult, young adult and middle grade Asian-based fantasies that YOU know of?

Home again, home again...

Hi all! I'm finally home from my trip!  It'll probably take a while for me to get back into the blogging groove, but I'll get there. I'm trying to collect some pictures from my trip and the signings to show you, and I've got some regular blog posts planned, as well as the last winners post for the 30 Days of Bookery.

But first, I wanted to say thank you. Thank you to everyone who tweeted and facebooked me on release day and to everyone who entered my contests and cheered for me. Thank you to everyone who bought the book, and everyone who took the time to review it. Thank you to the people who showed up for signings and the amazing bookstore staff who hosted them. I was blown away by your kindness and enthusiasm. You made my release week very special.

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

*bear hugs the ENTIRE WORLD*



Interviews, giveaways and WINNERS.

Hello all!

Today on the last stop of the blog tour, I'm at Reading Lark talking about my favorite bird and what sets City of a Thousand Dolls apart.

There's also a e-copy giveaway of City of a Thousand Dolls over at the fabulous Elana Johnson's blog, so if you're an ebook person, go check that out.

And now for WINNERS!

This is the second to last winners post! I just wanted to thank you all again for making the 30 Days of Bookery so much fun. It's so cool to see people excited about such great books. So without further ado, let's see what the great Random Number Generator has to say.



The winner of The Avengers and Philosophy: Earth's Mightiest Thinkers:


Georgia Brown


The winner of Geisha, A Life:


Kim Rusho


The winner of The Menagerie and The Colossus Rises:


Angie


The winner of Bad Apple and Past Perfect:


Mandy Holmes


The winner of the signed copy of Cinder:


annethought


The winner of Flame in the Mist:


anary gacayan


The winner of Grave Mercy: Dark Triumph! Sorry! 


Steph O'Neil


The winner of The Friday Society:


Mandy Holmes



Congratulations winners! Please email me with your addresses at miriamforsterauthor (at) gmail (dot) com. And make sure to check the winners tag!



Of baby goats, and blog tours...

It has occured to me that with all the launch stuff and book giveaways and whatnot that has been going on, this blog has been sadly lacking in cute animals. Clearly this calls for baby goats!



Also, I have said things!

Blog Tour: I'm at One Page at a Time today, where I talk about the books that got me into YA, why I love myths and fantasy and how you should wear shoes before mugging someone for books.

I'm also at OneFourKidLit, where I get to geek out about the names in my book and discuss my editing insecurities.

I think that's it for today. I'm traveling so I'll try to post another round of book winners tomorrow. See you then!

More link goodness!

Thank you everyone for the awesome launch day yesterday! I'll try to share some pictures of the party when I can. In the meantime...

Blog Tour Stop: I'm at That's Swell today talking about my favorite movie and that one time I almost hit a deer.

There's a great interview up at the Enchanted Inkpot where PJ Hoover (author of Solstice) asks me about writing after the apocalypse, and I share my favorite piece of inspirational advice.

And in all the excitement yesterday, I missed one! Jessica Spotswood (author of Born Wicked) was kind enough to host a mini interview with me and a poster giveaway on her blog as well.

Now I'm going to rub the sleep out of my eyes and go do something productive. Maybe.

*eyes bed*
*falls back into bed*
*falls asleep*

Book trailer and places where I am at!

Hello, hello! I am wandering around town today having lunch with friends and preparing for the launch party tonight. (Eeeeee!!!) So I won't be out and about much online. But there are exceptions!

Blog Tour stop at More than Just Magic! Where I tell you the one thing I can't live without while I'm working. (Spoiler: it's not chocolate.)

Review and Author Interview at Emily's Crammed Bookshelf! (You can win a signed poster. They are cool.)

New Voices Interview at Cynsations! Where I discuss different kinds of strength and the real world issues that contributed to City of a Thousand Dolls.

Also, in case you missed it, Literary Rambles did an interview yesterday, complete with awesome giveaway!


And finally, one of the secrets I've been darkly hinting at is finally here! The City of a Thousand Dolls trailer!



ISN'T IT FANTASTIC!!

*flails*

30 Days of Bookery, day 30: Win an ARC of The Archived by Victoria Schwab

What's the 30 Days of Bookery?

This is it! The last day of Bookery! CITY OF A THOUSAND DOLLS OFFICIALLY RELEASES TOMORROW! You can browse inside and get a sneak peek here. Or if you're the preordering sort, the book is still only TWELVE DOLLARS on Barnes and NobleAmazon, and Books-A-Million.

It's the end of a long and amazing journey, and I've got a great prize to wrap things up. An ARC of The Archived by Victoria Schwab! (This book is available for purchase now, so if you don't win it, I strongly suggest that you buy it. It is FANTASTIC)





Summary from Goodreads

Imagine a place where the dead rest on shelves like books.

Each body has a story to tell, a life seen in pictures that only Librarians can read. The dead are called Histories, and the vast realm in which they rest is the Archive.

Da first brought Mackenzie Bishop here four years ago, when she was twelve years old, frightened but determined to prove herself. Now Da is dead, and Mac has grown into what he once was, a ruthless Keeper, tasked with stopping often—violent Histories from waking up and getting out. Because of her job, she lies to the people she loves, and she knows fear for what it is: a useful tool for staying alive.

Being a Keeper isn’t just dangerous—it’s a constant reminder of those Mac has lost. Da’s death was hard enough, but now her little brother is gone too. Mac starts to wonder about the boundary between living and dying, sleeping and waking. In the Archive, the dead must never be disturbed. And yet, someone is deliberately altering Histories, erasing essential chapters. Unless Mac can piece together what remains, the Archive itself might crumble and fall.


How you enter:

+1 entry for commenting (commenting is mandatory to enter)
+1 entry for sharing on Twitter or Facebook
+1 entry for following the blog
+1 entry if you've never won a contest here before
+1 entry for adding up your own points

This contest is international. Contest ends midnight PST, on February 11th.

(Want to see if you've won something? Check the winners tag)

30 Days of Bookery Double Dip! Win an ARC of Equal of the Sun by Anita Amirrezvani and a copy of Wrapped by Jennifer Bradbury

What's the 30 Days of Bookery?

It's the 29th Day of Bookery, and the last double giveaway! Up for grabs is a copy of Wrapped by Jennifer Bradbury and an ARC of Equal of the Sun by Anita Amirrezvani.




Summary from Goodreads

Agnes Wilkins is standing in front of an Egyptian mummy, about to make the first cut into the wrappings—about to unlock ancient (and not-so-ancient) history. She sees herself wearing a pith helmet with antique dust swirling around her. She sees herself as a young Egyptologist who has arrived in Cairo on camelback.

She sees herself dreaming. Because reality for a seventeen-year-old debutante in 1815 London does not allow for camels—or dust even. No, Agnes’s encounter with a mummy is happening on Lord Showalter’s verdant green lawn, where butlers abound and strolling sitar players strain to create an exotic “atmosphere” for the first party of the season. An unwrapping.

And a beginning. Not just of Agnes’s debut season and the ever-shrinking scope of her future—home, husband, and high society. No, something else begins as well, because the mummy Agnes unwraps is more than a mummy: It’s a host for a secret that could unravel a new destiny—unleashing a mystery, an international intrigue—and possibly a curse.





Summary from Goodreads

Legendary women—from Anne Boleyn to Queen Elizabeth I to Mary, Queen of Scots—changed the course of history in the royal courts of sixteenth-century England. They are celebrated in history books and novels, but few people know of the powerful women in the Muslim world, who formed alliances, served as key advisers to rulers, lobbied for power on behalf of their sons, and ruled in their own right. In Equal of the Sun, Anita Amirrezvani’s gorgeously crafted tale of power, loyalty, and love in the royal court of Iran, she brings one such woman to life, Princess Pari Khan Khanoom Safavi.

Iran in 1576 is a place of wealth and dazzling beauty. But when the Shah dies without having named an heir, the court is thrown into tumult. Princess Pari, the Shah’s daughter and protÉgÉ, knows more about the inner workings of the state than almost anyone, but the princess’s maneuvers to instill order after her father’s sudden death incite resentment and dissent. Pari and her closest adviser, Javaher, a eunuch able to navigate the harem as well as the world beyond the palace walls, are in possession of an incredible tapestry of secrets and information that reveals a power struggle of epic proportions.

Based loosely on the life of Princess Pari Khan Khanoom, Equal of the Sun is a riveting story of political intrigue and a moving portrait of the unlikely bond between a princess and a eunuch.

How you enter:

+1 entry for commenting (commenting is mandatory to enter)
+1 entry for sharing on Twitter or Facebook
+1 entry for following the blog
+1 entry if you've never won a contest here before
+1 entry for adding up your own points

This contest is US only. Contest ends midnight PST, on February 10th.

(Want to see if you've won something? Check the winners tag)

Interviews, pretty things (SO PRETTY), and blog tour!

So much stuff going on, guys!!

To begin with, I have been places! Saying things!

Interview at the Book Yurt. (where I talk about my silliest author moment so far.)

Friday Feature and poster giveaway at A.L. Davroe's blog. (Where I discuss the reasons I didn't want Nisha to be a rebel.)

Author interview and signed book giveaway at Icey Books (Where I talk about snacks and the books I can't wait to read.)

If you miss hearing me talk about what goes on in my brain, those are good links to click. (And comments would not go amiss either, should you be inclined to leave any. *grin*)

Also, the Harper team did some EPIC things with City of a Thousand Dolls this week.

First they made these lovely quote cards.










And then yesterday, they put up this great map of the City.




ISN'T IT PRETTY?!??!!?

*flails*


And there is a blog tour!

I'll be stopping in to direct you to the posts but here's the basic schedule. (There may be giveaways, I don't know yet.) EDIT: I might have the dates a bit off, the tour might start on Tuesday. I will let you know. :)


Tuesday the 5th: Interview at More Than Just Magic

Wednesday the 6th: Interview at That's Swell

Thursday the 7th: Interview at  One Page at a Time

Friday the 8th:  Interview at Reading Lark

There are some more interviews coming out that week, including an interview and giveaway at Literary Rambles on the 4th, and I'll let you know about those as well.


And finally, City of a Thousand Dolls was named one of the top twenty most anticipated fantasy novels of February 2013 at The Ranting Dragon, and one of the best new books for the week of February 4th by Publisher's Weekly.

*more flailing*

FOUR DAYS LEFT! *goes in the corner to flail and die of excitement*

30 Days of Bookery Double Dip! Win an ARC of Geeks, Girls and Secret Identities by Mike Jung and a copy of I Kissed a Zombie and I Liked It by Adam Selzer

What's the 30 Days of Bookery?

It's the 28th Day of Bookery, everyone! Today we're giving away some really fun books, a copy of I Kissed a Zombie and I Liked It by Adam Selzer and an ARC of Geeks, Girls and Secret Identities by Mike Jung.




Summary from Goodreads

Algonquin “Ali” Rhodes, the high school newspaper’s music critic, meets an intriguing singer, Doug, while reviewing a gig. He’s a weird-looking guy—goth, but he seems sincere about it, like maybe he was into it back before it was cool. She introduces herself after the set, asking if he lives in Cornersville, and he replies, in his slow, quiet murmur, “Well, I don’t really live there, exactly. . . .”

When Ali and Doug start dating, Ali is falling so hard she doesn’t notice a few odd signs: he never changes clothes, his head is a funny shape, and he says practically nothing out loud. Finally Marie, the school paper’s fashion editor, points out the obvious: Doug isn’t just a really sincere goth. He’s a zombie. Horrified that her feelings could have allowed her to overlook such a flaw, Ali breaks up with Doug, but learns that zombies are awfully hard to get rid of—at the same time she learns that vampires, a group as tightly-knit as the mafia, don’t think much of music critics who make fun of vampires in reviews. . . .






Summary from Goodreads

Can knowing the most superhero trivia in the whole school be considered a superpower?

If so, Vincent Wu is invincible.

If not (and let’s face it, it’s “not”), then Vincent and his pals Max and George don’t get any props for being the leaders (and, well, sole members) of the (unofficial) Captain Stupendous Fan Club.

But what happens when the Captain is hurt in an incident involving BOTH Professor Mayhem and his giant indestructible robot AND (mortifyingly) Polly Winnicott-Lee, the girl Vincent totally has a crush on?

The entire city is in danger, Vincent’s parents and his friends aren’t safe, the art teacher has disappeared, and talking to Polly is REALLY, REALLY AWKWARD.

Only Vincent Wu has what it takes to save the Captain, overcome Professor Mayhem, rally his friends, and figure out what to say to Polly. But will anyone take him seriously? Seriously. Anyone??

How you enter:

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+1 entry for following the blog
+1 entry if you've never won a contest here before
+1 entry for adding up your own points

This contest is US only. Contest ends midnight PST, on February 9th.

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30 Days of Bookery, day 27: Win a copy of Claws by Mike and Rachel Grinti

What's the 30 Days of Bookery?

It's Friday, and time to give away another book that has something to do with City of a Thousand Dolls!

I don't think I have to explain this one.. *grin*




Summary from Goodreads

In a contemporary fairytale as irresistible as catnip, one girl discovers that some magic cuts deep... Emma's sister is missing. Her parents have spent all their savings on the search. And now the family has no choice but to live in a ramshackle trailer park on the edge of the forest, next door to down-and-out harpies, hags, and trolls. Emma wonders if she'll ever see Helena, and if she'll ever feel happy, again.

Then she makes a friend. A smooth-talking, dirty-furred cat named Jack. He's got a razor-sharp plan to rescue Emma's sister. He just wants one small favor in return...


How you enter:

+1 entry for commenting (commenting is mandatory to enter)
+1 entry for sharing on Twitter or Facebook
+1 entry for following the blog
+1 entry if you've never won a contest here before
+1 entry for adding up your own points

This contest is international. Contest ends midnight PST, on February 8th.

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Where I'll be next week...

In case any of you are in the area:

February 5th, 6pm

Rediscovered Bookshop, 
Boise, Idaho

February 8th, 7pm

Bookpeople, 
Moscow, Idaho

February 10th, 1pm

Hastings
Couer d'Alene, Idaho

This is basically just a mini tour where I go sign books in my town, my former town  and my parent's town. (Too many hometowns, I think.)  But if you happen to be in any of those places and want to come say hi, I'd love to see you.

PLEASE NOTE: Because of this traveling schedule, any prize books that I haven't already mailed won't be mailed until the middle of February. However all prizes should be mailed by the end of February.

Thank you for your attention, here's a cat with worried eyebrows.


Wednesday Winners, part 3: (the part where they're actually Thursday Winners)

I didn't get this up yesterday, but that just means one more winner today!

Without further ado...

The winner of Wayfarer:

Charlie Robson


The winner of Let the Sky Fall: 

Jill Marie


The winner of Magic Under Glass:

Holly Letson

Who, in a surprise random number generator, upset ALSO won Heart Like Mine and The Shadowy Horses:


The winner of Flying the Dragon and The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano:

Corinne O'Flynn


The winner of The Bartender's Tale:

Sindy Borg

The winner of Mila 2.0:

Rabiah

The winner of The Sweetest Spell:

Natasha


Congrats, everyone! Winners, please email me with your addresses at miriamforsterauthor (at) gmail (dot) com. We've still got some great contests up, so keep entering and checking the winners tag! 

30 Days of Bookery, day 26: Win an ARC of The Friday Society by Adrienne Kress


What's the 30 Days of Bookery?

Only five more giveaways to go! Today we're giving away an ARC of the The Friday Society by Adrienne Kress.




Summary from Goodreads

Set in turn of the century London, The Friday Society follows the stories of three very intelligent and talented young women, all of whom are assistants to powerful men: Cora, lab assistant; Michiko, Japanese fight assistant; and Nellie, magician's assistant. The three young women's lives become inexorably intertwined after a chance meeting at a ball that ends with the discovery of a murdered mystery man.

It's up to these three, in their own charming but bold way, to solve the murder–and the crimes they believe may be connected to it–without calling too much attention to themselves.

How you enter:

+1 entry for commenting (commenting is mandatory to enter)
+1 entry for sharing on Twitter or Facebook
+1 entry for following the blog
+1 entry if you've never won a contest here before
+1 entry for adding up your own points

This contest is international. Contest ends midnight PST, on February 7th.

(Want to see if you've won something? Check the winners tag)

30 Days of Bookery, day 25: Win an ARC of Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers


What's the 30 Days of Bookery?

I told you I was saving some of the best for last, did I not? Today we're giving away an ARC of the completely amazing Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers. Trust me. You want this book.



Summary from Goodreads

Sybella arrives at the convent’s doorstep half mad with grief and despair. Those that serve Death are only too happy to offer her refuge—but at a price. Naturally skilled in both the arts of death and seduction, the convent views Sybella as one of their most dangerous weapons.

But those assassin’s skills are little comfort when the convent returns her to a life that nearly drove her mad. Her father’s rage and brutality are terrifying, and her brother’s love is equally monstrous. And while Sybella is a weapon of justice wrought by the god of Death himself, He must give her a reason to live. When she discovers an unexpected ally imprisoned in the dungeons, will a daughter of Death find something other than vengeance to live for?

How you enter:

+1 entry for commenting (commenting is mandatory to enter)
+1 entry for sharing on Twitter or Facebook
+1 entry for following the blog
+1 entry if you've never won a contest here before
+1 entry for adding up your own points

This contest is international. Contest ends midnight PST, on February 6th.

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30 Days of Bookery, day 24: Win an ARC of The Flame in the Mist by Kit Grindstaff


What's the 30 Days of Bookery?

Happy Lucky 13 Day! Today I'm giving away an ARC of The Flame in the Mist by fellow 2013 debut, Kit Grindstaff.



Summary from Goodreads

Fiery-headed Jemma Agromond is not who she thinks she is, and when the secrets and lies behind her life at mist-shrouded Agromond Castle begin to unravel, she finds herself in a chilling race for her life. Ghosts and misfits, a stone and crystals, a mysterious book, an ancient prophecy—all these reveal the truth about Jemma's past and a destiny far greater and more dangerous than she could have imagined in her wildest fantasies.

With her telepathic golden rats, Noodle and Pie, and her trusted friend, Digby, Jemma navigates increasingly dark forces, as helpers both seen and unseen, gather. But in the end, it is her own powers that she must bring to light, for only she has the key to defeating the evil ones and fulfilling the prophecy that will bring back the sun and restore peace in Anglavia.

How you enter:

+1 entry for commenting (commenting is mandatory to enter)
+1 entry for sharing on Twitter or Facebook
+1 entry for following the blog
+1 entry if you've never won a contest here before
+1 entry for adding up your own points

This contest is international. Contest ends midnight PST, on February 5th. Which is also the release day for City of a Thousand Dolls. Aaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhh!!!!

(Want to see if you've won something? Check the winners tag)

30 Days of Bookery, day 23: Win a signed copy of Cinder by Marissa Meyer

What's the 30 Days of Bookery?

It's the last week of Bookery, and I saved some of the best for last. Today, it's a signed copy of Marissa Meyer's sci-fi, fairy-tale retelling Cinder



Summary from Goodreads

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. . . .

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future


How you enter:

+1 entry for commenting (commenting is mandatory to enter)
+1 entry for sharing on Twitter or Facebook
+1 entry for following the blog
+1 entry if you've never won a contest here before
+1 entry for adding up your own points

This contest is international. Contest ends midnight PST, on February 4th.

(Want to see if you've won something? Check the winners tag)

30 Days of Bookery Double Dip! Win Bad Apple by Laura Ruby and Past Perfect by Leila Sales


What's the 30 Days of Bookery?

It's the 22th Day of Bookery! Today we're dipping into the YA contemporary waters and giving away Past Perfect by Leila Sales and Bad Apple by Laura Ruby.




Summary from Goodreads

All Chelsea wants to do this summer is hang out with her best friend, hone her talents as an ice cream connoisseur, and finally get over Ezra, the boy who broke her heart. But when Chelsea shows up for her summer job at Essex Historical Colonial Village (yes, really), it turns out Ezra’s working there too. Which makes moving on and forgetting Ezra a lot more complicated…even when Chelsea starts falling for someone new.

Maybe Chelsea should have known better than to think that a historical reenactment village could help her escape her past. But with Ezra all too present, and her new crush seeming all too off limits, all Chelsea knows is that she’s got a lot to figure out about love. Because those who don’t learn from the past are doomed to repeat it....






Summary from Goodreads

"If I really wanted to open up, I'd confess that I really am the liar everyone believes I am."

High-school junior Tola Riley has green hair, a nose ring, an attitude problem, and a fondness for fairy tales, which are a great escape from real life. Everyone thinks she's crazy; everyone says so. Everyone except Mr. Mymer, her art teacher. He gets her paintings and lets her hang out in the art room during lonely lunch periods.

But then rumors start flying and Tola is suddenly the center of a scandal. The whole town is judging her--even her family. When Mr. Mymer is suspended for what everyone thinks is an affair, she has no choice but to break her silence. Fairy tales won't help her this time . . . so how can she tell the truth? And, more importantly, will anyone believe her?

How you enter:

+1 entry for commenting (commenting is mandatory to enter)
+1 entry for sharing on Twitter or Facebook
+1 entry for following the blog
+1 entry if you've never won a contest here before
+1 entry for adding up your own points

This contest is US only. Contest ends midnight PST, on February 3nd.

(Want to see if you've won something? Check the winners tag)

30 Days of Bookery Double Dip! Win an ARC of The Menagerie by Kari and Tui T. Sutherland and an ARC of The Colossus Rises by Peter Lerangis

What's the 30 Days of Bookery?

It's the 21th Day of Bookery, and we are in the home stretch! I held back some pretty stellar books for the last week of contests, so make sure you stick around. Right now we're going back to middle grade with an ARC of The Colossus Rises by Peter Lerangis and and an ARC of The Menagerie by Kari and Tui T. Sutherland




Summary from Goodreads

One Boy

Jack McKinley is an ordinary kid with an extraordinary problem. In a few months, he’s going to die.

One Mission

Jack needs to find seven magic loculi that, when combined, have the power to cure him.

One Problem

The loculi are the relics of a lost civilization and haven’t been seen in thousands of years.

Seven Wonders

Because they’re hidden in the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World






Summary from Goodreads

Logan Wilde is accidentally drawn into the mysterious, dangerous world of the Menagerie when he discovers a griffin hiding under his bed . . . and it leads him straight to the weirdest girl in seventh grade, Zoe Kahn.

Zoe is panicking. Her family has been guarding the Menagerie for centuries. If they don't get the cubs back fast, the whole place will be shut down. To save the griffins' lives, she's willing to break all the rules, even if it means letting an outsider like Logan help. But the real mystery remains: Is someone trying to sabotage the Menagerie?

How you enter:

+1 entry for commenting (commenting is mandatory to enter)
+1 entry for sharing on Twitter or Facebook
+1 entry for following the blog
+1 entry if you've never won a contest here before
+1 entry for adding up your own points

This contest is US only. Contest ends midnight PST, on February 2nd.

(Want to see if you've won something? Check the winners tag)

30 Days of Bookery, day 20: Win a copy of Geisha, A Life by Mineko Iwasaki


What's the 30 Days of Bookery?

It's Friday, and time to give away another book that has something to do with City of a Thousand Dolls!

One of the very early influences on City of a Thousand Dolls was my then-obsession with geishas. I had read Memoirs of a Geisha--which is a lovely, if not always accurate novel--and wanted to learn more about this amazing subculture. I was also playing with an idea for a book about a city where girls are groomed for different fates, and the two ideas intersected quite nicely.

I went to the nonfiction section of my library and read everything I could. I was fascinated by the idea of a world made up of women and girls, and I loved the idea that someone could dedicated themselves to art and beauty as a career. That research underlined a lot of what I did with the girls of the City. And even though there are no longer many Japanese influences in the book, traces remain. The "little sisters" in the House of Music for example, and much of the House of Beauty.

I did not discover until much later that Mineko Iwasaki, the woman that Arthur Golden had credited as being one of his main sources for Memoirs of a Geisha, had written her own book. She wanted to combat what she felt was a poor portral of geishas and geisha culture. That book is Geisha, a Life, and that's the book I'm giving away today.





Summary from Goodreads

No woman in the three-hundred-year history of the karyukai has ever come forward in public to tell her story -- until now.

"Many say I was the best geisha of my generation," writes Mineko Iwasaki. "And yet, it was a life that I found too constricting to continue. And one that I ultimately had to leave." Trained to become a geisha from the age of five, Iwasaki would live among the other "women of art" in Kyoto's Gion Kobu district and practice the ancient customs of Japanese entertainment. She was loved by kings, princes, military heroes, and wealthy statesmen alike. But even though she became one of the most prized geishas in Japan's history, Iwasaki wanted more: her own life. And by the time she retired at age twenty-nine, Iwasaki was finally on her way toward a new beginning.

"Geisha, a Life" is her story -- at times heartbreaking, always awe-inspiring, and totally true.


How you enter:

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+1 entry if you've never won a contest here before
+1 entry for adding up your own points

This contest is international. Contest ends midnight PST, on January 25th. February 1st.

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The Why of Writing: Charley Robson and Miriam Joy

We interrupt your giveaways for a guest post!

I haven't done a Why of Writing post in a while, and I always love hearing about other authors and how they write. So when two of my long-time blog readers, Charley and Miriam, told me they were coming out with a book, I became very excited. And when they asked if they could do a guest post, I jumped at the chance to learn more about St Mallory's Forever! 


St. Mallory's Forever with Charley Robson and Miriam Joy



How does one go about writing a blog post collaboratively? You’d think we would be in the ideal position to do so, as we’ve spent a year and half doing just that (more on that in a moment), but nope. We still ended up just talking nonsense on Skype and putting it into plural first person – always a weird experience.

But who are ‘we’? We’re Charley Robson and Miriam Joy—you might have seen us around the blog (which is a lovely place, by the way) as Miriam submitted an acrylic painting to Miriam Forster’s cover competition last year, and Charley won a couple of books. We’re two teenage writers who collaboratively wrote a book called St Mallory’s Forever! with e-book bestsellers Saffina Desforges, and it just came out this month.

When we approached Miriam Forster about writing a guest post, she mentioned a series called ‘The Why Of Writing’, or why we write what we write. Generally we both write because it’s the only way to make the voices in our heads shut up, but St Mallory’s Forever! had a more specific start.

You see, Mark (one half of the Saffina Desforges writing partnership—yep, there are two of them!) has always wanted to write a boarding school novel, a kind of updated Enid Blyton. There aren’t really any boarding school books these days that aren’t (a) magical, like Hogwarts or (b) a non-realistic set up, like the spies of Gallagher Girls. Clearly, however, Mark couldn’t write one without inside information. And as he’d recently come across Miriam’s blog and asked her to guest post for him (and through her, met Charley), he thought he knew who to ask…

Charley’s a boarding school veteran, you see. And Miriam, well, she’s spent her life in the state school system but she’s fairly good at keeping up.

It was a bit out of our usual comfort zones, which are mainly centred around fantasy (urban and otherwise), so it took a while to get into, especially as it’s written in the style of blog posts from the main characters, a sort of updated ‘diary’ format. We also had three individual voices. Miriam’s expertise lay with Helen, the newbie who plays every instrument under the sun, while Charley’s was with Abby, an old hand at St Mall’s. Neither of us really knew how to write Xuan, as neither of us are multilingual or Chinese, but we got there in the end—with help from Mark.

And it took a lot longer to write than we’d expected.

Being at school, we both had exams, GCSEs for Miriam and AS Levels for Charley. Midway through 2012, Charley shoved the totality of her existence into cardboard boxes and moved to Germany with her family. Plus, being a musician and a dancer, Miriam had a bunch of shows to do, either playing (and seriously, whose idea was it to tell her to take up the mandolin as well) or dancing, which required rehearsals and performances.

So it basically took a year and a half to write, even though Miriam’s the sort of person who writes first drafts in two weeks and Charley isn’t much slower. It’s tricky with collaborative writing: we forget who wrote what and when it happened, and whether there was originally a chapter here because it’s been mysteriously left blank, and does anybody actually remember the music teacher’s name? As for the librarian, she changed names (and genders) at least twice.

Once we got going it became easier. Charley supplied timings, general practice in boarding schools and a bit of lingo-busting; Miriam gave Helen’s background, mainly the music side of things. She’d like it to be known that she is nowhere near as good as Helen, however, and music is not her primary focus in life!

It was also a lot easier to work out the actual mystery with several people to bounce ideas off, as neither Charley nor Miriam has ever written a mystery before with any degree of success. We’re sure the long breaks are to blame for the continuity issues in the first draft—not to mention the fact it existed in about eight different documents and only ever came together as a complete story when we’d finished the first draft and Miriam sat down to source every chapter and put them together.

But as is probably obvious, it really took all of us to pull it through. We can write, but we’re newbies to the world of publishing, and that’s where Mark and Saffi (Saffina Desforges when together) came in. As well as being our guru on the publishing side, Mark kept us supplied with lots of hilarious emails, which is essential given the Moods of Eternal Gloom that crept up on us both when in the depths of revision.

We had a habit of sneaking our favourite things into the story. Charley’s no use with music, but she’d be damned if she wouldn’t get a Monty Python reference in there. Though we can’t tell who was responsible for the first quote, after a few nods in the direction of Sherlock it quickly deteriorated into a nerd-out between Charley and Miriam.

Star Trek. Doctor Who. Lord of the Rings. Doctor Who. Lord of the Rings. Star Trek. More Star Trek.

Seriously, there were a lot of Star Trek references. We (and many of the other characters) are also convinced that Xuan is secretly a Vulcan.

On a more serious note, the nerdy references had a purpose to them. The characters weren’t the kind we usually work with in our solo writing (Miriam’s are bitter and broken, usually resulting in tragedy, and Charley’s have a snap response to hit things with swords) so adding little ways of relating to them made them easier to work with. Also, nerdy protagonists in YA fiction are fairly rare. Often the geeky characters are there for comic relief, so we wanted that to be a facet of the main characters’ personalities without being their entire existence.

Charley suggested naming the sequel “St Mallory’s: REVENGE OF THE NERD”.

Sequel? Yes, we have plans for a series. Well, plans is the wrong word. Intentions might be better, as both Charley and I have an aversion to actually planning things before we write them—another thing to tackle when writing collaboratively.

To sum up, we wrote the book because Mark suggested it, and also because it was fun and a little step out of our comfort zones and hey, try anything once except incest, right?
[Charley: And balrog wrestling. Not recommended either. No way.]

Miriam: Behave yourself, Charley. There are only so many times in a blog post we can scream TOTAL NERDS at the readers and expect them to take us seriously.

[Charley: They take us seriously?]
Anyway, that’s the long and short of it. Well, more long than short—apologies for that! But then, there are two of us.

Looks like we managed to write a collaborative blog post in the end. Just goes to show you can do most things if you try. You know, like bestselling authors teaming up with teenagers to write a book when none of them had ever met. We managed that one as well.

St Mallory's Forever! is currently available in Kindle format at Amazon UK and Amazon US. You can also check out Charley's blog, Miriam's blog and the St Mallory website. 

30 Days of Bookery, day 19: Win a copy of The Avengers and Philosophy: Earth's Mightiest Thinkers


What's the 30 Days of Bookery?

Are you a thinker of thoughts? Do you love the Avengers? Then I have the book for you. The Avengers and Philosophy: Earth's Mightiest Thinkers edited by Mark D. White.



Summary from Goodreads

Avengers assemble! Tackling intriguing dilemmas and issues that no single great philosopher can withstand, this powerful book enlists the brainpower of an A-list team of history's most prominent thinkers to explore the themes behind the action of Marvel Comics' all-star superhero team.

Arms you with new insights into the characters and themes of "The Avengers." Deepens your appreciation both of "The Avengers" comics and the Joss Whedon movie adaptation. Answers the philosophical questions you've always had about Earth's Mightiest Heroes, including: Can a reformed criminal become a superhero? Can an android love a human? If a hero beats his wife, is he still a hero? Helps you think differently about the members of the superhero team--Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, and the others.

This book is mostly based around the comics, and includes more of the Avengers than were in the movie. So if you like comics and in-depth analysis of pop culture, this is the book for you.

How you enter:

+1 entry for commenting (commenting is mandatory to enter)
+1 entry for sharing on Twitter or Facebook
+1 entry for following the blog
+1 entry if you've never won a contest here before
+1 entry for adding up your own points

This contest is international. Contest ends midnight PST, on January 31st.

Wednesday Winners, part 2.

Time for another 30 Days of Bookery Winners post!


The winner of Marcelo in the Real World:


Joy Putney


The winner of Unnatural Acts:


Sunny Duvall


The winner of Toads and Diamonds:


Spav


The winner of Summer and Bird and A Tale Dark and Grimm:


Michelle Santiago


The winner of a signed copy of Delirium:


Jbethel_alson92


And finally the winner of this week's most entered contest, an ARC of Pivot Point:


Nadia Islam


Congrats, guys! Winners, please email me with your addresses at miriamforsterauthor (at) gmail (dot) com. And keep entering and checking the winner's tag to see if you've won something. We're not even halfway done!

30 Days of Bookery, day 18: Win a copy of The Sweetest Spell by Suzanne Selfors


What's the 30 Days of Bookery?

Happy Wednesday all! Today I'm giving away a delicious book, The Sweetest Spell by Suzanne Selfors.



Summary from Goodreads

Emmeline Thistle, a dirt-scratcher's daughter, has escaped death twice-first, on the night she was born, and second, on the day her entire village was swept away by flood. Left with nothing and no one, Emmeline discovers her rare and mysterious ability-she can churn milk into chocolate, a delicacy more precious than gold.

Suddenly, the most unwanted girl in Anglund finds herself desired by all. But Emmeline only wants one-Owen Oak, a dairyman's son, whose slow smiles and lingering glances once tempted her to believe she might someday be loved for herself. But others will stop at nothing to use her gift for their own gains-no matter what the cost to Emmeline.

How you enter:

+1 entry for commenting (commenting is mandatory to enter)
+1 entry for sharing on Twitter or Facebook
+1 entry for following the blog
+1 entry if you've never won a contest here before
+1 entry for adding up your own points

This contest is international. Contest ends midnight PST, on January 30th.

30 Days of Bookery, day 17: Win an ARC of Mila 2.0 by Debra Driza


What's the 30 Days of Bookery?

It's Lucky 13 Day again! Today I'm giving away an ARC of Mila 2.0 by the awesome Debra Driza.  You definitely want to win this one.




Summary from Goodreads

Mila was never meant to learn the truth about her identity. She was a girl living with her mother in a small Minnesota town. She was supposed to forget her past —that she was built in a secret computer science lab and programmed to do things real people would never do.

Now she has no choice but to run—from the dangerous operatives who want her terminated because she knows too much and from a mysterious group that wants to capture her alive and unlock her advanced technology. However, what Mila’s becoming is beyond anyone’s imagination, including her own, and it just might save her life.

How you enter:

+1 entry for commenting (commenting is mandatory to enter)
+1 entry for sharing on Twitter or Facebook
+1 entry for following the blog
+1 entry if you've never won a contest here before
+1 entry for adding up your own points

This contest is international. Contest ends midnight PST, on January 29th.
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