Thursday, June 30, 2011

Loramendi's Story e-Arc Giveaway!

You've heard about my upcoming series, right? No? Well, let me tell you a little about it.

Loramendi's Story is the first novel in the Lords of Shifters series.

Lora wants nothing more than to be the wind behind sexy windsurfer Chance's sails. But fulfilling that wish just became...complicated. After seventeen years of normal life, someone wants Lora and her family dead. And the attempted massacre isn't nearly as strange as the reason behind it.

Genre: YA Paranormal
Publisher: DarkSide Publishing
Publish Date: August, 2011

While reading Loramendi's Story, you'll want to pay close attention because there will be clues woven into the web of words about another series in the works. 

I'd like for you to enjoy Loramendi's Story for free before it's published. That's right, I said free. Fill out the form below to receive an Advance Reader Copy in PDF form. Copies will be emailed about two weeks prior to the official release (by the end of July).

A limited number of e-ARCs are available, so sign up today and tell all your friends. Sit back, relax and enjoy Loramendi's Story on your eReader. Please fill out the form prior to July 8, 2011.

If you plan on reading Loramendi's Story, please remember to add it to your Goodreads list

The form is now down. Thank you everyone who requested to receive an e-ARC. PDFs will be emailed to you at the end of July.

If you choose to be added to the DarkSide Publishing newsletter mailing list, you will receive a confirmation in the email soon.

All efforts will be made to email eArcs to everyone requesting one up to 100 copies. If more than 100 people request a copy, a drawing will be held to choose the 100 recipients. We have the right to rescind this offer at any time. Dates are not guaranteed. Please feel free to leave any comments in the comment section below. I also retain the right to change anything about this giveaway that I choose -- just in case I forgot something. :) Thank you!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Land of Corn Chips Tour

Land of Corn Chips is going on tour! That sounds so rock-star-ish, but that's how Land of Corn Chips and its readers roll. The {Teen} Book Scene has worked hard to put this awesome tour together.

Take a look at the schedule below and please be sure to stop by and say, "Hey," in your rockstar way.

Monday, June 27th
A Good Addiction is featuring character tweets from the cast of Land of Corn Chips.

Tuesday, June 28th
Reading Vacation is interviewing the author (me). Eeek!

Wednesday, June 29th
Lost for Words is hosting a guest post written by, you guessed it, me!

Thursday, June 30th
Hopelessly Devoted Bibliophile will post some of my favorite books.

Friday, July 1st
All the above bloggers will review Land of Corn Chips. Be sure to check out their links to find out what they think.

Pick up your copy of Land of Corn Chips today on Amazon or Barnes and Noble today!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Loramendi's Story - A Lords of Shifters Novel

It's time to tell you about my next novel. LORAMENDI'S STORY is the first book in the Lords of Shifters novels. It will be out this August. I'll announce some awesome opportunities on how peeps can get their paws on an e-Arc soon! For now, just check it out and enjoy.

Lora wants nothing more than to be the wind behind sexy windsurfer Chance's sails. But fulfilling that wish just became...complicated. After seventeen years of normal life, someone wants Lora and her family dead. And the attempted massacre isn't nearly as strange as the reason behind it

Available on an eReader near you in August, 2011.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

(Someday) Famous YA Author -- Stacey Wallace Benefiel

Last month I read GLIMPSE, a super-cool YA novel by Stacey Wallace Benefiel--the first novel in the Zellie Wells Trilogy. A definite great read. Today, we have Stacey on the blog to participate in the (Someday) Famous YA Author series. Yay us!

Here we go--Q and A style!

Question: I loved reading "Glimpse" and I'm just about ready to read the second book in the Zellie Wells Trilogy "Glimmer." I better hurry because book three will be out this summer. How exciting! Tell us a little about the series and what inspired you to write it.

Answer:  The Zellie Wells Trilogy is about a pastor's daughter with psychic powers. That's the core of it. My sister and the show Roswell are what inspired me to write Glimpse. We were both big Roswell fans and when the show ended, my sister encouraged me to try to write something like it. I didn't want to write about aliens and I was afraid of messing up the lore of vampires or faeries or anything like that. So, I made up my own powers and applied them to a girl who was very much how I was when I was young.

Question: Zellie comes from a Christian family and goes to church. Have you had much criticism for bringing religion into the stories?

Answer:  I grew up in a religious household and went to church three times a week. Many of my friends went to my church and it was a large part of my social life. What I wanted to convey in the books was that someone, even a pastor's daughter, could both be a regular teenager and a Christian. And then I threw in some powers that seriously messed with both of those sides of Zellie. I haven't had any criticism for bringing religion into the stories. Most of the criticism I get is about the sexuality in the books and I think this is moreso because Zellie is a pastor's daughter. Again, my aim is to make her a regular, well-rounded teenager and it's been my experience that crushing on boys in Youth Group is just the same as crushing on a boy in your English class.

Question:  What are your plans after Zellie's story is finished? Will you continue writing YA?

Answer:  I actually never set out to write YA. When I wrote the first draft of Glimpse in 2005, I didn't really know what YA was. Glimpse started out as a Family Saga, but through many editing suggestions from prospective agents and publisher's, it became YA. I think a better term for what I write is Crossover. My books are for older teens and beyond. I do have more plans to write within the Zellie world - Ben, a character introduced in Glimmer is getting his own spin-off. I don't, however, know if I will write what other people consider to be YA. I think I maybe broke a few too many YA rules. :)

Question:  How long have you lived in the Pacific NW and what do you love best about living here?

Answer:  I moved to the Pacific NW in 1993 to attend U of O in Eugene. I lived there for four years and then moved up to Portland for a little less than a year. I did a four year stint in Los Angeles and then moved back up to the Portland area in 2002. I love a lot of things about living here. I like rain. No. I really do. I'm one of those people that gets sunburnt from being outside for five minutes. I love being able to go to the beach, the mountains, the desert or the city all within less than a day's drive. What I enjoy most about the Pacific NW is that I feel like I belong here more than I ever felt like I belonged in Missouri. I was a weirdo in Missouri. Here, I'm pretty normal. :):)

I interrupt this wonderful Q and A dialogue (are you surprised?) to say that OMG! I ♥ this answer! Rain is AWESOME and I'm so happy we have the same outlook on this subject. As many know, I love similarities and we are totally similar now! The Pacific NW Rocks. There is no such thing as weird here. Have you watched Portlandia? Exactly. Okay, I'm done. Back to the Q and A. 

Question:  Why is your house orange on purpose if your favorite color is green?

Answer: An excellent question with an easy answer. Our neighbors painted their house green about two weeks before we were going to paint ours. Orange is my second favorite color. Now, the neighbors house is painted this weird eggplant brown color and totally clashes with ours. The orange paint job still looks good, though, and it was really hard work painting a whole house, so it's gonna have to clash for a few more years.

Thanks for the interview! Fun questions! 

ORANGE and GREEN are totally cool. You should invite me over and we can paint green and orange rainbows on the sidewalks. :) I'm going to crack open my Kindle to read Glimmer now to find out more about this Ben character. Is he that one guy who did that one thing during that one part in Glimpse? Do we ever get to see that guy again?

Thank you, Stacey, for participating in the interview. And thank you, the readers, for checking us out.

For links to Stacey's Twitter, Goodreads, Facebook and to purchase her books, please visit her website:


Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Fried Brains and ...

I almost died this past weekend. We went hiking and I haven't been very active lately, so we chose a moderately difficult hike on a super hot day because we are smart like that. Well, that's when I almost died. The trail just kept going up and up and up. Legs burned. Face dripped. I whined. And then we made it to the top. It was beautiful.

Now that the first hike of the season is over with, they'll be much easier.

I've been taking a little break from writing to let my brain rest and to catch up on yard work. We totally killed a bazillion weeds this weekend. The yard looks so much better now.

My dog murdered a baby possum last week. This week she caught another baby possum, but it didn't die. It played dead and when I put the dog into the house, the little possum looked left and then right to make sure the coast was clear before scurrying off the deck. And then it went under the deck! I can only assume there must be a family living under there and hope they leave quick.

I'll get back to writing in a few days. My next novel should be available by the end of summer or early fall. I'm so excited. You're going to love it!

What's going on in your life right now?