“BBF Post, Day 5” or “Famous Last Words, Part 2”

You guys, you guys, you wonderful guys! “The Swan Prince” has won a Blogger Book Fair Reader’s Choice Award!

*Squeeeeeeeee!*
*Squeeeeeeeee!*

For the full list of winners (which includes my name, ohmygosh!) click here! We all get lovely badges to proudly display on our blogs, and long-term linkage to our books on Amazon via the Blogger Book Fair site, and, of course, bragging rights!

But I’ll crow from a rooftop later. First, it’s time to announce the two winners of my BBF raffle! From among the legion of much-appreciated friends, fans, and strangers (I can dream) who voted me to victory, those winners are… *drumroll* *dramatic suspense* *due delay*

Alyssa Burno and Tegan Lyndsey!

Ya-a-a-ay, ladies! Each of you shall receive a signed paperback of my award-winning (!!!) novella, “The Swan Prince (Book One of The Wilderhark Tales)”, a set of “Swan Prince” bookmarks (as designed by the insanely-talented Yana Naumova), and you shall also be the first to lay hands on the bookmark set for the upcoming Book Two of The Wilderhark Tales, “The Stone Kingdom”!

Congratulations, Alyssa and Tegan! And a big, bold, italicized, underlined, all-caps

THANK YOU

to everyone who supported me during this Blogger Book Fair week. Thanks also to Eliza Tilton, Megan S. Johnston, Aisazia, and Liss Thomas for the time and web space they shared with me during the event.

That’s all from me, folks, but the Blogger Book Fair still has the rest of the day; feel free to browse around, and everybody have a wonderful weekend!

“BBF Post, Day 5” or “Famous Last Words, Part 1”

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Dear Readers of the Near Future,

It is I, Danielle of the Recent Past. …I mean, as far as I’m concerned, it’s the present, but by the time I post this, it will be my tomorrow and your today – Friday, July 26th, fifth and final day of the Blogger Book Fair.

Since I had the good sense not to over commit myself (for a change), I’m all out of BBF-assigned swaps to share. However, thanks to idle hands being the workaholic’s playground, I couldn’t help spending a portion of the time I saved maneuvering myself onto the blog of author/editorial intern/submissions intern Rachel Russell to talk about myself (which I do when I must) and “The Swan Prince” (which I do when anyone appears even half-interested in hearing about). So I encourage you to check that out at your earliest convenience, and show Rachel just how appreciative you are of her hosting me. (:

Speaking of “The Swan Prince”, Near-Future Readers (since I predict you will appear half-interested), I’m currently awaiting tomorrow/today’s announcement of the winners of this summer’s Blogger Book Fair Reader’s Choice Awards. When last I looked, I had an incredible lead. Seriously, almost “too extraordinary and improbable to be believed”. I lay in bed Monday night in distress, sure that I could never coax enough people to get me to the front of the pack, never mind crack 100 votes. Yet here we are – today for me, yesterday for you – and I actually believe that I may win this thing. It’s not over ‘til it’s over, of course. …but it’s pretty close to over! ^^

Once I’ve gotten official wind of the outcome, we’ll know whether I have one raffle winner to fill with the joy that only a “Swan Prince” paperback and two sets of Wilderhark Tales bookmarks can bring, or twice that many. Which will it be?? We’ll all just have to wait for Part Two – coming to a future nearer you than me.

“BBF Post, Day 4” or “A Hollywood Lineup with Liss Thomas!”

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It’s the penultimate day of the Blogger Book Fair!

For my final blog swap, I’ve gotten together with author Liss Thomas! To check out my interview – shared with the main characters from my novella, “The Swan Prince (Book One of The Wilderhark Tales)”! – hop on over to Liss’s blog. But first (or second, whichever you’d rather; I’m easy), read on below to see the dream cast of Liss’s YA fantasy novel, FINDING MONSTERS.

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Hollywood is buzzing with the blockbuster premier of Finding Monsters, starring young Elle Fanning as Missy and Ben Barnes as Charlie. If any of you have read the book you know we’re in for an action packed adventure on the big screen!

The A-List cast are lining up on the red carpet as we speak. Film Director, James Cameron has created an incredible cast to head line his next blockbuster hit.

Elle Fanning as Missy: Species – Human. Missy is a young teenage girl whose battle with cancer is running its course. Only a miracle can save her life.

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Ben Barnes as Charlie: Species – Monster of the Bullclan. Charlie’s the monster under Missy’s bed. He’s called to her several times and this time she answers him. She might be ready to face her mortality, but he will not. Their lives forever connected, they find themselves in his world, a realm of monsters.

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Vincent D’onofrio as Vrag the Devil: Species – Monster. Vrag teaches Missy a valuable lesson. You can’t win against the creatures of this world, unless one of them teaches you how to fight. Reluctantly, Vrag will become her instructor and eventually a friend.

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Tyrese Gibson as Saal: Species – Jackal from the monster realm. A ruthless jackal sent to hunt Missy down. As she quest to become a monster, her strength and power increase. He must decide which side he’s on before time runs out.

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Juaquin Phoenix as Anukhan, King of the Jackals: Species – Jackal from the monster realm. He is ruthless in his pursuit of the blue light of a select few monsters. As Missy gets closer to achieving the light, Anukhan gets closer to his devious plans. Both men and monsters will fear him.

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Liss Thomas, Author of Finding Monsters 

Liss Thomas

Liss Thomas currently lives in sunny Florida when tornados and water spouts are not popping up in her backyard. She loves Young Adult Fiction and writes fantasy in that genre. She released her debut novel Finding Monsters in October of 2012 and is planning to release the sequel, Becoming Monsters in October 2013. She also plans to release a novella from the same universe entitled, Hidden Monsters sometime this year.

Get to know her characters and her style at www.lissthomas.com

FINDING MONSTERS OPENS SOON AT AN IMAX NEAR YOU!

However, if you can’t find the movie…. which is understandable since I made it up…. You can always read the book!

Liss Thomas, Finding Monsters

AMAZON:  http://amzn.to/122Uzz5

Learn more about Finding Monsters and Liss Thomas

Connect with the author below

FACEBOOK:  https://www.facebook.com/lissthomasauthor

TWITTER:  https://twitter.com/Girliegeek3152

WEBSITE:  http://lissthomas.com/

AMAZON:  http://amzn.to/122Uzz5

MY ONLINE SERIALS

HIDDEN MONSTERS:  http://lissthomas.com/serial-novels/hidden-monsters/

BEYOND PACIFICA:  http://lissthomas.com/serial-novels/beyond-pacifica/

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Thanks, Liss! Leave a comment here and/or at my guest spot on Liss’s blog for entry into my Blogger Book Fair Raffle! One lucky-duck winner will receive a free paperback copy of my fairytale novellaThe Swan Prince (Book One of The Wilderhark Tales)”, a set of “Swan Prince” bookmarks, AND the bookmark set for the upcoming Book Two of The Wilderhark Tales, “The Stone Kingdom”! Today is the last day to enter! Winner announced: Tomorrow, July 26th!

AND, ALSO, ADDITIONALLY, PLUS: Sheri of the Shut Up & Read blog is hosting the Blogger Book Fair Reader’s Choice Awards, in which “The Swan Prince” is entered in the Fantasy/Young Adult category! To win in my category, I NEED YOUR VOTES! Winning would mean an invaluable promotional opportunity for my book, so please, I ask you – all and individually – on my knees, with whipped cream and cherries or whatever tasty thing makes you happy: Go here and cast your vote for “The Swan Prince. (You’ll find it under “Fantasy-Young Adult (3)”!)

Let me know you did so, and I’ll throw in another 5 raffle entries for you. And if your votes end up carrying me to victory (which I’ll find out sometime tomorrow) … I’m doubling my BBF raffle prize! Two names drawn, two paperbacks, two sets of “Swan Prince” and “Stone Kingdom” bookmarks! (And yes, the rules totally allow shameless campaigning for support, so I will not be above begging for the entirety of BBF week, nor will I cry foul if any of you wish to campaign on my behalf. On the contrary, I may go teary-eyed with appreciation.)

That’s all for today, kids. Come back here tomorrow for the final day of the Blogger Book Fair!

“BBF Post, Day 3” or “On Reading and Writing with Aisazia!”

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It’s Day Three of the Blogger Book Fair! And since I’m not scheduled to host any authors today, I thought I’d spend today’s post directing your attention to Aisazia (or Aisa, for short), a blogger who was kind enough to not only read and review my fairytale novella, but to offer me a chance to write a guest post for her blog, OriginiquEquanimity.

So, to read about how much Aisa likes “The Swan Prince (Book One of The Wilderhark Tales)” – which, I’m pleased to report, is rather a lot ^.^ – click here!

And to read my gastronomic metaphor for reading and writing – which is kind of ironic, given how often I forget to eat while deep inside of Storyland – click here!

Thanks for the time and double web space, Aisa! And any/everyone, leave a comment below for entry into my Blogger Book Fair Raffle! One lucky-duck winner will receive a free paperback copy ofThe Swan Prince (Book One of The Wilderhark Tales)”, a set of “Swan Prince” bookmarks, AND the bookmark set for the upcoming Book Two of The Wilderhark Tales, “The Stone Kingdom”! Only two days left to enter! Winner announced: Friday, July 26th!

AND, ALSO, ADDITIONALLY, PLUS: Sheri of the Shut Up & Read blog is hosting the Blogger Book Fair Reader’s Choice Awards, in which “The Swan Prince” is entered in the Fantasy/Young Adult category! To win in my category, I NEED YOUR VOTES! When last I checked, I had a pretty decent lead, but my competitors could turn it around if we give them the chance, so… let’s not! Winning would mean an invaluable promotional opportunity for my book, so please, I ask you – all and individually – on my knees, with whipped cream and cherries or whatever tasty thing makes you happy: Go here and cast your vote for “The Swan Prince. (You’ll find it under “Fantasy-Young Adult (3)”!)

Let me know you did so, and I’ll throw in another 5 raffle entries for you. And if your votes end up carrying me to victory… I’m doubling my BBF raffle prize! Two names drawn, two paperbacks, two sets of “Swan Prince” and “Stone Kingdom” bookmarks! (And yes, the rules totally allow shameless campaigning for support, so I will not be above begging for the entirety of BBF week, nor will I cry foul if any of you wish to campaign on my behalf. On the contrary, I may go teary-eyed with appreciation.)

That’s all for today, kids. Come back here tomorrow for more Blogger Book Fair fun!

“BBF Post, Day 2” or “A Spotlight on Megan S. Johnston!”

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It’s Day Two of the Blogger Book Fair!

Today I’m spotlighting author Megan S. Johnston, who has in turn posted a review of my book on her blog! For Megan’s thoughts on my novella “The Swan Prince (Book One of The Wilderhark Tales)”, hop on over to her blog. But first (or second, whichever you’d rather; I’m easy), read on below for a description of Megan’s paranormal romance, TRANSITION.

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Transition, The Chimera Hunter Series

The Chimera a race so old, the humans relegated them as a myth. The Gods feared the Chimeras’ powers; they believed they were a deadly race, with physical abilities beyond belief. So, they split their race in half condemning them to wander the earth, searching for their other half to be complete. Without their sodalis, each was destined to live life without dreams, without love, without hope. The future rested on finding their one true mate for life.

SHELBY O’NEIL has led a solitary life with her parents. So when she goes to school at Washington State University, she believes her life has just begun. Now in her second year, the dreams begin. She dreams with the same man, night after night for months. When her dream world becomes her reality, and her life becomes a danger zone, she quickly learns to trust the one man who has thrown her into this new and dangerous world.

DEVELON COLE is Chimera and his race has been on earth as long as humans. His people are desperate to find their one true mate for life, and Develon has just found his, in the small college town of Pullman Washington. His goal is to protect her against the hunter’s and guide her into who she was always destined to be, his sodalis, his mate.

Megan S. Johnston

Author Bio

Megan S. Johnston is a freelance writer and entrepreneur living in the Pacific Northwest. In addition to writing fiction, she runs several family-owned and operated businesses, which she started over twenty years ago. She is an avid reader of paranormal romance and a member of the Pacific Northwest Writers Association. She has four children and seven grandchildren and lives with her husband and two dogs in Woodinville, Washington. Transition is her début novel.

Social Media Links:

website: www.MeganSJohnston.com

blog: www.MeganSJohnston.wordpress.com

twitter: www.twitter.com/MeganSJohnston1

goodreads: www.goodreads.com/MeganSJohnston1

facebook: www.facebook.com/MeganSJohnston

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Thanks, Megan! Leave a comment here and/or at my guest spot on Megan’s blog for entry into my Blogger Book Fair Raffle! One lucky-duck winner will receive a free paperback copy of my fairytale novellaThe Swan Prince (Book One of The Wilderhark Tales)”, a set of Swan Prince” bookmarks, AND the bookmark set for the upcoming Book Two of The Wilderhark Tales, “The Stone Kingdom”! Last day to enter: Thursday, July 25th. Winner announced: Friday, July 26th!

AND, ALSO, ADDITIONALLY, PLUS: Sheri of the Shut Up & Read blog is hosting the Blogger Book Fair Reader’s Choice Awards, in which “The Swan Prince” is entered in the Fantasy/Young Adult category! To win in my category, I NEED YOUR VOTES! Winning would mean an invaluable promotional opportunity for my book, so please, I ask you – all and individually – on my knees, with whipped cream and cherries or whatever tasty thing makes you happy: Go here and cast your vote for “The Swan Prince. (You’ll find it in the “Fantasy-Young Adult (3)” drop-down box.)

Let me know you did so, and I’ll throw in another 5 raffle entries for you. And if your votes end up carrying me to victory … I’m doubling my BBF raffle prize! Two names drawn, two paperbacks, two sets of “Swan Prince” and “Stone Kingdom” bookmarks! (And yes, the rules totally allow shameless campaigning for support, so I will not be above begging for the entirety of BBF week, nor will I cry foul if any of you wish to campaign on my behalf. On the contrary, I may go teary-eyed with appreciation.)

That’s all for today, kids. Come back tomorrow for more Blogger Book Fair fun!

“BBF Post, Day 1” or “An Illustrated Excerpt with Eliza Tilton!”

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The Blogger Book Fair … has begun!

To kick things off, around here, I’ve partnered up with author Eliza Tilton to share a set of brief excerpts from our respective books, enhanced with a few thousand words’ worth of pictures! For my illustrated selection from “The Swan Prince (Book One of The Wilderhark Tales)”, hop on over to Eliza’s blog. But first (or second, whichever you’d rather; I’m easy), read on below for a taste of Eliza’s YA fantasy through Curiosity Quills Press, BROKEN FOREST.

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Book Blurb:

Hopeless he’ll never be more than the boy who didn’t save his brother, 17-year-old Avikar accepts his life as the family stable boy, trying to forget the past. But when his sister, Jeslyn, is kidnapped, the thought of losing another sibling catapults him on a desperate quest. With his best friend by his side, and using the tracking skills he learned from his father, he discovers Jeslyn has been taken, kidnapped by one Lucino, the young lord of Daath, a mystical place thought only to exist in fables.

And Lucino has plans for Jeslyn.

So many things inspired BROKEN FOREST, but there are a few specifics that sparked the creative setting.

About eight years ago, my husband went to Spain with his art class. When his camera broke, he decided to paint everything he saw in watercolor. When I saw one of his pieces, I fell in love. Unfortunately, we don’t have one handy, but here’s where HIS inspiration came from.

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This is Casa Batllo in Barcelona Spain, designed by the insanely talented Gaudi. I loved the architecture. It reminded me of gingerbread houses and I knew I had to use it for a setting in the book. Here’s an excerpt:

Derrick and I headed towards the crowded market. The air smelled of fresh bread, reminding me of home. Houses made of green and orange mosaics with curved archways and round windows loomed on each side of the cobblestone street. Roofs resembling dragon scales created a unique architecture.

While we walked, I rolled one of my marbles in my hand. I didn’t trust anyone and this place seemed so otherworldly. Every townsfolk seemed either strong and tall, or lithe and beautiful. Women dressed in bright colors, filled the street. I’d never seen so much color in one place. I caught the sight of a girl with mesmerizing green eyes. Derrick said something, but I was locked in her hypnotic gaze and voluptuous chest.

I’ve always loved masquerades. There’s something mysterious and exciting about wearing masks and dressing in beautiful gowns. If you’ve ever seen the movie Labyrinth (if not, you really should), you might recognize this scene. The masquerade ball in BROKEN FOREST was my favorite scene to write. Here’s an excerpt:

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In my silver shoes, I stepped on the sparkling marble and walked through the parted guests. At the end of the line, I saw Lucino. My heart fluttered. His pants and shirt were the color of midnight, and a long scarlet cape draped his back. He wore an ivory mask that covered almost every part of his face, except his mouth, eyes and left cheek. His sapphire eyes blazed from the two holes. No man could ever look as regal, as daring.

Avikar’s horse is named Brushfire. This picture is exactly how I imagined her. I’ll let the excerpt tell the rest.

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The wagons surrounded the site in a semi-circle. Sweat pooled in my palms. I had to take out the guards closest to that entrance. If I failed, so did the mission.

Get a grip.

I clenched the arrow in my right hand. Brushfire shifted nervously, sensing my fear. I rubbed her neck. I felt safer with her. She’d been with me since Jimri’s death. At night when the nightmares taunted me, I’d sneak out, riding until dawn forced us home. I’d rescued her from the burning woods, she’d rescued me from despair—Today, I prayed both of us would make it out alive.

Eliza Tilton

Eliza Tilton is the author of the YA Fantasy, BROKEN FOREST, published by Curiosity Quills Press. You can find her blogging about video games and writing on her blog and doing bi-weekly posts on author media over at YAStands.

She graduated from Dowling College with a BS in Visual Communications. When she’s not arguing with excel at her day job, or playing Dragon Age 2, again, she’s writing. Her stories hold a bit of the fantastical and there’s always a romance. She resides on Long Island with her husband, two kids and one very snuggly pit bull. Twitter / Tumblr / Website  / Pinterest / Facebook

 

BUY LINKS: Amazon / Barnes & Noble / KOBO Goodreads

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Thank you, Eliza! Leave a comment here and/or at my guest spot on Eliza’s blog for entry into my Blogger Book Fair Raffle! One lucky-duck winner will receive a free paperback copy of my fairytale novellaThe Swan Prince (Book One of The Wilderhark Tales)”, a set of “Swan Prince” bookmarks, AND the bookmark set for the upcoming Book Two of The Wilderhark Tales, “The Stone Kingdom”! Last day to enter: Thursday, July 25th. Winner announced: Friday, July 26th!

AND, ALSO, ADDITIONALLY, PLUS: Sheri of the Shut Up & Read blog is hosting the Blogger Book Fair Reader’s Choice Awards, in which “The Swan Prince” is entered in the Fantasy/Young Adult category! To win in my category, I NEED YOUR VOTES! Winning would mean an invaluable promotional opportunity for my book, so please, I ask you – all and individually – on my knees, with whipped cream and cherries or whatever tasty thing makes you happy: Go here and cast your vote for “The Swan Prince. You’ll find it under “Fantasy-Young Adult (3)”!

Let me know you did so, and I’ll throw in another 5 raffle entries for you. And if your votes end up carrying me to victory … I’m doubling my BBF raffle prize! Two names drawn, two paperbacks, two sets of “Swan Prince” and “Stone Kingdom” bookmarks! (And yes, the rules totally allow shameless campaigning for support, so I will not be above begging for the entirety of BBF week, nor will I cry foul if any of you wish to campaign on my behalf. On the contrary, I may go teary-eyed with appreciation.)

That’s all for today, kids. Come back tomorrow for the Blogger Book Fair, Day 2!

“BBF” or “All’s Fair in Bookish Blog-Hopping”

Ever since joining the cast of the Bristol Renaissance Faire, I automatically associate the acronym “BBF” with the Bristol Buskin Frolic players who sing and dance around the maypole. But that’s not the BBF I’m blogging about today. Right now, we’re talking about the Blogger Book Fair!

July BBF button copyWhat’s that, you ask? Well, to cobble together a paraphrased explanation from the event’s head organizer, Kayla Curry:

The Blogger Book Fair started the summer of 2012 with 40 authors and 75 books. It has grown quickly as a biannual event, much like a blog hop, in which authors and book bloggers can get together and showcase authors and their books. Participating blogs will have giveaways, discounts, and other events you can’t find anywhere else – among them, the Blogger Book Fair Reader’s Choice Awards.

The fair runs from July 22nd through 26th. And guess what? “The Swan Prince (Book One of The Wilderhark Tales)” and I have signed up to participate! (Okay, I did all the signing up. The book just sat there looking pretty.) This means I’ll be hosting 4 other authors here at Ever On Word on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday of the BBF week, and they’ll be hosting me. It also means I’ve been entered into the Reader’s Choice Awards competition. *hysterical giggles, wonky breathing, sweating, etc.* So, guys: Read my book? Liked it? Like me the least little bit? Then pretty please— nay, drop dead gorgeous please, vote for me when the polls open. If I win, I’ll get a snazzy button of victory for my blog AND will have “The Swan Prince” featured on the Blogger Book Fair site for a minimum of one year with a link to buy it on Amazon. THAT is a way-cool prize, and we wantsss it, Preciousss.

And speaking of things to be won, during the BBF week, I’ll be hosting another giveaway! Nothing as all-out massive as last month’s Seven Swans a-Winning extravaganza, but there will be another signed paperback copy of “The Swan Prince” up for grabs, along with a set of gorgeous Yana Naumova-drawn “Swan Prince” bookmarks, a-a-and a set of never-before-distributed bookmarks for the upcoming second Wilderhark Tale, “The Stone Kingdom”! Further details to come.

Bristol Buskin Frolic
Yup, here’s the BFF *I* know.

So, yup! Exciting stuff coming, three weeks from now. Hope to see you guys hopping merrily along with me! …which, come to think of it, sounds like a very Bristol Buskin Frolicsome thing to do. Throw on some jingly bells and flowery garlands, and I doubt anyone would know the difference. X)

IN OTHER NEWS: While I was out doing Bristol-related things this past weekend, my leading lady from “The Swan Prince” was sitting down for a character-to-character chat in the first ever Interview Saturday at the Flame Writer blog of Kendra Conine. Check it out to see what secrets (if any) Kendra’s character Ashley was able to coax out of Sula. 😉