Saturday, May 23, 2015

Time--and how I wish I could get a little more of it...

Gah! How has it already been two months since my last post on here?!?! And how in the world can my little book baby already be almost four months old?!?!

Time has been passing by at the speed of light, and the fact that my life has been EXTREMELY busy lately doesn't help. A few months back, it was all about promo and book tours and reaching out to book reviewers, and now a whole new beast has entered my life--moving. We listed our house almost two months ago, and about two weeks ago, we accepted an offer. So, now we're in the stage of looking for a new house, while anxiously awaiting to see if our house appraised high enough (for the buyers mortgage). Oh, and did I mention the new owners want to be in the house in about a month? And in case you missed the prior sentence, we don't have a house yet! Sooo... yeah. A wee bit stressed.

Moving on... (pun intended)

The blog tour went well! There were lots of guest posts, interviews, and lovely reviews! I'm in the process of posting links to all the stops on my "Interviews, Guest Posts, and Reviews" page (surprise, surprise, I'm a little bit behind). Thanks to everyone who stopped by or hosted me on their blog. It was a great time :)

So, what's going on as far as writing? Not much, sorry to say. I'm about 30K into the sequel for INTO A MILLION PIECES, but I doubt I'll be able to tackle anymore wordage for a while--at least not until this whole house stress is over with. I will say that I'm happy with what I've written so far. I think readers are really going to enjoy the new setting, characters, and--of course--plot twists!

As I was saying earlier, I can't believe it's been four months since INTO A MILLION PIECES debuted!! I just want to say thank you to everyone who bought a copy or has shown his/her support in any kind of way! I appreciate it from the bottom of my heart.

A lot of people have asked me, "Is being a published author what you thought it would be?" It's a very good question and one I want to answer, but since I recently wrote a guest post on the topic--which will go live on June 7th (I think)--I'm going to hold off answering it until then. I'll post a link to it when it does, so stay tuned :)

Monday, March 23, 2015

The Million Pieces Blog Tour Has Begun!

Today marks the start of The Million Pieces Tour! From March 23rd thru April 12th, various bloggers will be hosting me and/or my book on their websites. There will be reviews, guest posts, and interviews! Please stop by and say, "Hi" :) Oh, and of course there's a giveaway involved!





Sunday, March 15, 2015

Release Giveaway Update!

I know some of you have been dying to know who won the giveaway, so I just wanted to let you all know that the winners have been selected and notified.

The Grand Prize Winner was:
 
Shannon O.
 
 
The Two Runner-ups were:
 
Esperanza G. and Nikki J.
 
Thank you to all who participated!!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

The Paperback is Now Available!

I know some of you prefer to hold an actual physical book when reading (as opposed to using an e-reader), which is why I'm thrilled to announce that INTO A MILLION PIECES is now available in paperback!! Woo-hoo!! Check it out: INTO A MILLION PIECES

Friday, January 30, 2015

Blog Tour Sign Up!

Hey everyone! What an INSANE week it has been! Thank you to everyone who helped spread the word about my release; I appreciate all the support more than you know :) My giveaway is still going strong (almost 1,000 entries!), so if you haven't had a chance to enter yet, go here.

My publisher is in the process of setting up my blog tour, which will run March 23rd to April 12th. If you're interested in participating, you can go here to sign up.

Thanks!!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

RELEASE DAY IS HERE!


Yep, after years of listening to me ramble on and on about this book, you can FIANLLY purchase a copy (see the sidebar for purchase links!) of INTO A MILLION PIECES! Unfortunately, the paperback isn't available YET, so if you're waiting for that, you'll have to hold out for a couple more weeks.

And now for the good stuff: The Release-week Giveaway of Greatness! For detailed descriptions of the books and/or the signed print, go here.

Grand Prize:
Signed Copy of SUMMER ON THE SHORT BUS by Bethany Crandell, along with two signed bookmarks
Signed Copy of PRESS PLAY by Eric Devine
Signed Copy of ESSENCE by Lisa Ann O’Kane, along with two ESSENCE buttons
Signed Copy of THE HUNDRED: FALL OF THE WENTS by Jennifer Prescott
8x10 ENSNARED art print by Nathalia Suellen, signed by NYT Bestselling Author A.G. Howard
Signed INTO A MILLION PIECES bookmark

Two runner-up prizes:
Each runner-up will receive a $10 Amazon gift card, and a signed INTO A MILLION PIECES bookmark


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Thank you for entering and happy reading!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Sneak Peek at the Release-week Giveaway of Greatness!

One of the benefits to taking the long road to publication is that I've gotten to meet and become friends with some amazingly talented and supportive writers over the years. This little fact benefits you all, because several of them have donated signed copies of their books and/or swag for my Release-week Giveaway of Greatness! And even though you can't enter the giveaway until next week, I'm offering you all a sneak peek at the fabulous prizes up for grabs!

The grand prize includes the following:
(all book descriptions and cover photos taken from Goodreads).
  • Signed Copy of SUMMER ON THE SHORT BUS by Bethany Crandell, along with two signed bookmarks
Spoiled, Versace-clad Cricket Montgomery has seventeen years of pampering under her belt. So when her father decides to ship her off to a summer camp for disabled teens to help her learn some accountability, Cricket resigns herself to three weeks of handicapped hell.

Her sentence takes a bearable turn as she discovers the humor and likeability of the campers and grows close to fellow counselors. Now, if she can just convince a certain Zac Efron look-alike with amazing blue eyes that she finally realizes there's life after Gucci, this summer could turn out to be the best she's ever had.

Summer on the Short Bus is a very non-P.C., contemporary YA with a lot of attitude, tons of laughs, and a little life lesson along the way.
 




Greg Dunsmore, a.k.a. Dun the Ton, is focused on one thing: making a documentary that will guarantee his admission into the film school of his choice. Every day, Greg films his intense weight-loss focused workouts as well as the nonstop bullying that comes from his classmates. But when he captures footage of violent, extreme hazing by his high school’s championship-winning lacrosse team in the presence of his principal, Greg’s field of view is in for a readjustment.

Greg knows there is a story to be told, but it is not clear exactly what. And his attempts to find out the truth only create more obstacles, not to mention physical harm upon himself. Yet if Greg wants to make his exposé his ticket out of town rather than a veritable death sentence, he will have to learn to play the game and find a team to help him.


Combine the underbelly of Friday Night Lights with the unflinching honesty of Walter Dean Myers, and you will find yourself with Eric Devine’s novel of debatable truths, consequences, and realities.


Autumn escaped a cult, but now she realizes she's fallen into another.

Growing up in San Francisco’s Centrist Movement, sixteen year-old Autumn Grace has always believed emotions—adrenaline, endorphins, even happiness—drain your Essence and lead to an early death. But her younger brother’s passing and a run-in with a group of Outsiders casts her faith into question.

Ryder Stone, the sexy, rebellious leader of the Outsiders, claims Essence drain is nothing more than a Centrist scare tactic -- and he can prove it.

Autumn follows Ryder to his Community of adrenaline junkies and free spirits in Yosemite National Park, and they introduce her to a life of adventure, romance, sex, drugs and freedom. But as she discovers dark secrets beneath the Community’s perfect exterior, she realizes the more she risks in search of the perfect rush, the further she has to fall.  
 


Millions of years in the Earth's future, humans have long vanished from the planet. Evolution has produced a host of wondrous and intelligent beings: shape-shifting Fantastic Grouts with globes of light atop their skulls; creatures descended from flowers; and massive swarms of bees that can bore perfect holes through metal or bone. But some seek a way to bring the humans back into the world-a world filled with creatures like twelve-year-old Tully, a young, amphibious Eft who imagines humans as nothing more than old bones and fairy stories. When his beloved guardian is stolen by a menacing black shadow, Tully must embark on a journey to a cruel, northern land to save her and his entire species. In an adventure that blends time travel, magic, and science, Tully learns whom he can trust, and who will betray him-for the price of reawakening the Hundred.  




  • 8x10 ENSNARED art print by Nathalia Suellen, signed by New York Times Bestselling Author, A.G. Howard.
    • Nathalia Suellen is the designer behind the beautiful covers of A.G. Howard’s Splintered series. This particular print is the design for her third and final book in the series, ENSNARED.


Gallery quality Giclée print on natural white, matte, ultra smooth, 100% cotton rag, acid and lignin free archival paper using Epson K3 archival inks. Custom trimmed with 1" border for framing. (Description taken from here)

 





  • Signed INTO A MILLION PIECES bookmark

There will also be two runner-up prizes! Each will include a $10 Amazon gift card and a signed INTO A MILLION PIECES bookmark.

The giveaway will open next Tuesday, January 27th.