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Out of the Box Reading Challenge!

Deal alert! My debut novel, King of Darkness, is currently on sale in ebook at B&NAmazon, Kobo Books, and iTunes for only $1.99! And if you’re a member of the Discover a New Love digital book club you can grab King of Darkness right now for only $1.49!

Sooo! Books Make Me Happy Reviews (Host of the Olde City New Blood Paranormal Con–registration ends soon, will I see you at the ghost tour?) is doing an Out of The Box Reading Challenge for 2013!!

I rarely do reading challenges because as it’s just hard to find time to read, and I tend to read in fits and starts. I may read nothing for months and then spend the week in bed with the flu, blasting my way through a dozen books. My time is limited, but really, the best thing for an author is to read outside of our comfort zone, it’s a great way for our craft to grow. We absorb new technique, structure, and language by reading a variety of authors. So imma try. Who knows? You can get more info (and how to enter to win the big box o’ prizes) on the Books Make Me Happy Blog, but here’s the quicky category list.

  • January – Comedy
  • February – NON Paranormal Romance
  • March – Science
  • April – Poetry
  • May – History
  • June – Self Help/Personal Growth
  • July – Kids Book 
  • August – Biography
  • September – M/M, F/F, or Menage Romance
  • October – Fairy Tales / Mythology
  • November – Holiday
  • December – Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance
My Picks (may change my mind or update, but here’s the tentative plan):
  • January – Let’s Pretend This Never Happened – Jenny Lawson (aka The Bloggess)
  • February – On the Island – Tracey Garvis Graves
  • March – TBD
  • April – TBD
  • May – TDB
  • June – TBD
  • July – I suppose it would be cheating to just choose one of my preschooler’s books and call it good, so I’m thinking maybe something in the Captain Underpants vein? Dunno.
  • August – I’d Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had – Tony Danza
  • September – This is TBD–if I were a big old cheater I’d put down Lover at Last and call it good, or maybe something by Mary Calmes whose writing I already know I love, or Megan Hart who I also enjoy and who often has a little bit of threesome action in her books. If I’m actually going to be reading outside of my comfort zone I should maybe choose an f/f romance, I think I’ve read maybe one all the way through, ever. Anyone has suggestions, I’m open. 🙂
  • October – TBD
  • November – Secret Santa Baby – Robin Covington (if I don’t break down and read it sooner)
  • December – Prince of Shadows  – Tes Hilaire (The sequel to her just-released Deliver Me from Temptation. I’m pretty sure it’s due out in December of 2013.)

There we go! What do you think you’re going to read? Think you can go the distance? Can I? Any of my readers who finish the challenge, email me at the end of the year, there’ll be something fun from me in it for ya.

Olde City New Blood #giveaway

Olde City New Blood BadgeDearly Beloved,
We are gathered here today, to join two awesome things in a state of increased awesomeness.

Today, we’re bringing together an author/reader mini-con, and the chance to WIN YOUR WAY IN FOR FREE!

That’s right, ladies and gentlemen… you will all have until October 6th to hop around from author to author, blogger to blogger, and enter at every stop to win one of 3 FREE REGISTRATIONS to Olde City, New Blood, the upcoming urban fantasy/paranormal romance mini-con in St. Augustine, FL next February.

You can check out the official website for the complete list of Featured Authors (I’ll give you a hint… one of them is ME!!) and Featured Bloggers. There’s also a main contest post with all the participating authors, bloggers, and dates for the contest. It’s super easy. Visit each of the spotlight blog posts and author websites listed, fill out the Rafflecopter link on each one (one entry PER POST, not per day… and yes, they will be checking), and POOF, multiple entries to WIN!!

The prize is one of 3 FREE REGISTRATIONS to see me and about 49 other authors on the sunny beaches of St. Augustine, Florida, from Feb 8th-10, 2013 (AND IT’s MY BIRTHDAY YOU GUYS!). We’re going to be doing panels, readings, meet & greets, and just generally having a fun weekend with our incredible fans!! Please keep in mind, if you win, you’ll have to cover your own travel and hotel expenses, but your ticket into the party will be on Olde City, New Blood!!!

The contest runs from September 30th – October 6th, and the 3 winners will be announced on September 7th. Don’t forget to click the Rafflecopter link below before you hop off to check out the rest of the contest posts!! Good Luck, everyone!! I hope to see you ALL in Florida this February!!

Olde City New Blood Rafflecopter giveaway