Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Back In Action

Hello, all!

I actually meant to publish this post yesterday, but it turns out that when you don't hit the little orange 'publish' button, the post doesn't publish.

Oops.

Anyway, I'm back from my short hiatus. It was good to have some time away, but the problem with taking time away is that there's always so much to cover when you get back.

First up, I want to thank all the WONDERFUL people who hosted me during my very first book blog tour:

Misha Gericke
Patricia Lynne
Marcy Hatch
Loni Townsend
E.J. Wesley
Alex J. Cavanaugh
L.G. Smith
Kyra Lennon
Christine Rains
Unicorn Bell

And I'd also like to thank everyone who took the time out to read and/or comment on my guest posts and interviews. You are all amazing, and I salute you.

On that note, it's time now to announce the winner of my very first giveaway for my very first book! Thank you (again) so much to everyone who entered. I was petrified that no one at all would enter, and I'm so happy that that wasn't the case.

So without any further delay...

The winner of an autographed (or not autographed, if you'd rather I didn't sign it) paperback copy is...

ANNALISA CRAWFORD

And the winner of an eBook verison of Effigy is...

Karen Peterson

Congratulations to you both! I'll be emailing you shortly.


Last up, I thought I might share a little summary of my Acadia National Park Adventure. So here, for your reading pleasure, is my vacation by the numbers:

Miles walked/ran/hiked/biked: 67
Mountain summit reached: 5
Books purchased: 17 (I love library book sales!)
Words written: 846 (Not a lot, I know, but a lot more than the 0 words written in previous weeks.)

There are other things I want to talk about and need to talk about, but this post is getting long and I need to go to work. I was supposed to have Monday off to get caught up on all the things that have been woefully ignored lately, but I made the mistake of stopping into The Store to check my schedule for the week and saw what my co-workers did to my stockroom in my absence. This was my reaction:



And now I need to go and fix it. It's going to take a while.

But thank you for stopping by today. See you around the blogosphere...


Monday, August 18, 2014

The Last One

My summer of adventure is continuing this week from one of my favorite (if not the favorite) places in all the world—Acadia National Park. The Man and I are hiking and biking and eating quite a lot of baked goods. All right, so that last one is me and me only, and something I do at home, but there's a new pastry shop in downtown Bar Harbor, and I intend to eat everything they offer.

So you can understand that with such an agenda as this, I won't be around much this coming week.

I came out of my vacation isolation today because the world-famous Effigy Blog Tour is coming to an end. I know you are all devastated by this news, but it had to happen someday, and today is that day.

I honored to be featured over at Unicorn Bell for a fun interview. Stop by and find out what my current favorite (non-Whedon) pop culture obsession is...

And though today is the last day of the official Effigy Blog Tour, the giveaway is running a little bit longer. I think it ends next Monday. Or maybe next Sunday. At any rate, there's still time to enter, should you so desire.

But as for me, I'm out of here. Cadillac Mountain is calling my name. Talk to you soon, and thank you for stopping by!



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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Joss Is Boss

Hey everyone!

I'm taking some time out of my week o' adventure with my niece, the Angel Child, to say hello and to tell you that the Effigy blog tour is visiting author Christine Rains today where I discuss some of the many, many reasons why I adore Joss Whedon.

And while that is a topic which could produce an endless amount of pages, I did limit myself to 500 words. Or maybe just a few more.

But not a lot more. It's seriously a short post. Especially when you consider that it's me talking about why I love Joss Whedon.

Anyway, be sure to stop by and check it out. There's also still time to enter the Effigy giveaway event. (see the end of this post)

Which is actually here. I'd love to stay and chat more, but today is Sugar Cube Castle Day, and I've got work to do.

Thanks for stopping by!


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Friday, August 8, 2014

What Else Is Happening

Today, the Effigy blog tour visits author Kyra Lennon where I'll be chatting about music and lyrics and Haleine Coileáin's theme song. Stop by and say hello!

And now, for a special treat, here's what else is going on in my life...


—I am completely and totally obsessed with the BBC's new show The Muskateers. I'm a sucker for a period drama anyway but add cool sword fights and banter, and I'm an absolute goner. These are two of my favorite exchanges so far:

Athos: If you had told us what you were doing, we might have been able to plan this properly.
Aramis: Yes, sorry.
Athos: No, no. Let's keep it suicidal.

and

King Louis: Did she just refuse my company?
Queen Anne: I believe she did, sire.
King Louis: Is that allowed?

I have some time off from work coming up (YAY!), and my super-cool niece, the Angel Child, is coming for a visit. We have quite the adventure planned: hiking, kayaking, rope course and zip-lining, shopping, and building castles out of sugar cubes. The possibility of dyeing our hair exotic colors was also proposed. Not sure about that one, as exotic hair colors is frowned upon at The Store. Which, in truth, kind of makes me want to do it more...

—Because of my summer break, My Pet Blog will be headed into a semi-hiatus the next two weeks or so. There are a few more stops on the world-famous Effigy Blog Tour, so obviously I'll be around for those. Everyone's been so great; I'm so thankful for all of your help and support.

I think that's probably a good note on which to end. Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Practice Makes Perfect (An IWSG Post)

The first Wednesday of every month is devoted to the Insecure Writer's Support Group where writers from all over voice their concerns and fears and receive encouragement and support in return. And vice versa. Click on the link above or the badge to the left for more information and a complete list of participants.

In addition to being insecure here, I'm also insecure over at L.G. Smith's blog where I talk about strong, female characters in a completely insecure way. That's right...it's Double Insecurity Day! Not quite as much fun as Double Coupon Day, but still maybe a little entertaining?

So, I know I haven't mentioned this at all, but my debut novel, Effigy, has been out for a couple of weeks now. I think things have been going well, but I'm not sure. I mean, it's not like I have anything to compare it to. All I have is this pit of constant worry where my stomach used to be. Sure, I worried before publication, but now it's reached this whole new level, and I find it terrifying to think that there's another level of worry. And probably one past that, too.

But still, I'm not very sure I'm very good at being a published author. If people ask about the book, I immediately become so tongue-tied that complete sentences are beyond me. That is, if I haven't already melted under a table or a rock or whatever's handy. Someone asked me to sign a copy of the book, and I spelled my name wrong. I was flustered, embarrassed, my hands were shaking, and the next thing I knew...wrong. Wrong, wrong, wrong.

Such a proud, proud moment.

Which is why I chose to immortalize it in this blog. And Twitter. And Facebook.

I like to think that things will get better, easier, with time, but the fact remains that I'm still me, and awkward is (apparently) in my DNA.

But at least I'll have plenty of fodder for plenty more IWSG posts.

That's going to do it for me today...I'm off to practice writing my name. Just kidding—I'm off to my uber-exciting day job.

But maybe I'll practice on my lunch break.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Monday, August 4, 2014

August Goals

Before I get started with a riveting recitation of goals and progress, let me say that the Effigy blog tour visits the blogfather himself, Alex J. Cavanaugh, today where I'll be talking about the music I write by. Stop by and check it out!

On this blog today, I am talking goals. I set some for myself last month, and did pretty well with them. Take a look:

1. Walk, run, or bike at least 102 miles.

Completed. I logged 125 miles last month.

2. Publish Effigy.

Though you're likely very tired of hearing about it, this goal was completed as well. (Enter the giveaway below! You know, if you want.)

3. Finish Part Two of Second Nature.

Nope. Not completed. I'm not surprised—this goal was a pipe dream from the start.

4. Complete guest posts for blog tour.

Not quite completed. I have one left to write, and two to send out. If you're one of the bloggers waiting for those post, I swear they're on their way. Very, very soon.

5. Read a book.

I actually read three. One was good. The others...not so much.


And now for this month's goals...

1. Walk, run, or bike at least 103 miles.

Last August I covered 102 miles, so this month I will endeavor to do more.

2. Make some progress on Part Two of Second Nature.

Last month, I ended up deleting a lot of stuff. Not exactly the progress for which I had been hoping, but what are you going to do, right? Certain scenes weren't working, and they had to go. Maybe this month I shall replace them with scenes that do work. Second Nature's word count is currently sitting at 222,400. Maybe by next month, it'll be higher.

3. Read more books.

Last month was three books. Maybe this month I could read four. Maybe more. Probably not more.

And on that note, I'm outta here. I have another sure-to-be-fun shift at the day job. See y'all on the other side, and thank you for stopping by today.


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Friday, August 1, 2014

E-Books and Interviews

Today the Effigy blog tour pays a visit to author E.J. Wesley where he asks some excellent questions, and I thoroughly embarrass myself answering them. Stop by and check it out!

Also...

The Effigy Kindle Edition is now available. It's actually been available since the beginning of the week, but I am truly terrible at remembering to tell people these things.

True story.

The ePub version continues to be delayed. But of course it is. I do hope it will be ready by the end of the giveaway.

Speaking of which...there's still plenty of time to enter. You know, if you're interested.

No pressure.


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That's going to do it for me today. Thank you again for all of your kind words and support—not just on this blog, but wherever I happen to pop up on any given day. Hope y'all have a fantastic weekend!