Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Dreaming of Wordstock

The Wordstock Festival here in Portland has been around for about five years. Every year of its existence, I've wandered the aisles of beautiful books and writing services being promoted and celebrated by local authors, publishers, editors, and the like. Then I'd sit in on a reading or two and get uber-excited to meet the authors.

While listening to the readers, I'd also fantasize that someday I'd be up there reading my pages. Lets put a little emphasis on the word FANTASY here because if I were to ever get up on a stage to read my pages, mouth farts, drool, and hiccups would probably be the only thing exiting my lips. Stage fright anyone? In Autumn's words from my novel, Dream Smashers, "One can still have hope." And in my words, "One can still dream."

This is my first year to have a published novel. I thought for sure they would definitely let me read at the festival this year, because, well, I have a published novel, darn it. Plus, I'm from the same area the festival is held, total shoe-in. Plus, plus, I whispered nice things to the book, like, "Please impress the peeps responsible for inviting authors to the festival," and "Don't fail me now," before sliding it into the bubbly envelope and addressing it to the Wordstock powers.

I waited patiently everyday for the mail-person to deliver my invitation to the ball. Did I ever receive one? Sadly, uh, it probably got lost somewhere and should arrive any day now.

Disappointed by the loss of my invitation, I scrolled through the very impressive list of YA and Middle Grade authors whose invitation didn't fall through the door panel of the mail truck. OMG! No wonder mine got lost.

Take a look for yourself: The List of YA and Middle Grade Authors attending Wordstock 2011

How is a local author supposed to compete with that? Sigh. Well, there's always next year, right?

Oh, and did you see on that list one of my favorite authors? Maggie Stiefvater! How cool is that? Very.

Chin up, peeps, we'll get there someday. Peace out for now.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Sample Sunday -- Loramendi's Story

I'm so excited to be able to participate in Sample Sunday with a new novel. Today, for the first time ever, I give you a glimpse of my upcoming YA Paranormal novel, Loramendi's Story -- A Lords of Shifters Novel.

Enjoy and check it out here.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Home Again

We survived Disneyland! It was great fun and nobody wanted to return to reality. But we did, and here I am working hard to get the final edits of Loramendi's Story done. If everything goes as planned, e-ARCs will be emailed tomorrow to those who requested one. If you are signed up to receive one and don't by Saturday, send me an email. My brain is frazzled and I may have missed one.

Loramendi's Story is on schedule for an August 7th release through Amazon, B&N, and Smashwords.


Friday, July 8, 2011

Going to the Happy Place

My family and I are going on a trip to that happy place in California. They say it's happy. Who am I to argue with 'they' and a giant talking mouse?

My parents will be with us, along with my son, nephews and niece. Everyone has promised NOT to argue. Hubs and I have promised to take deep breaths.

This should be fun.

Have a beautiful week my friends.