Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Swag Contest Winners!

The HEMLOCK VEILS book review went beautifully yesterday, and I can't thank everyone enough for all the support in buying the book, getting the word out there, or simply just cheering me on. The response has been fantastic so far, and it's still surreal to me that my dreams are being realized.

Okay, winners of the swag for yesterday's contests! I made a list of everyone who posted pictures of their book/receipt, everyone who tweeted/posted the amazon link, and everyone who even just retweeted or shared the promo posts I was putting up. For details and "rules" of the contest, visit my last post here. I put those lists of names into a random sequence generator on for the drawing, and BOOM--it gave me winners. (But let's face it; you're all winners!)

First swag prize was a signed Hemlock Veils/Jean's mug. The winners of that signed mug, and a postcard, are (from both Facebook and Twitter):

Rena Olsen 
Michael Lee
Tamra Brice
Kele Lampe

Facebook and Twitter winners of a signed paperback book and postcard are:

Katie Bailey
Merriday Forrester (KarenBridget)
Brooke Monk
Sonya Craig

I then selected a few more names, from both Twitter and Facebook, to receive a signed postcard alone. This is the postcard with the HEMLOCK VEILS cover and info on the front, and the beautiful painting of Jean's on the back. Those winners are:

Donna Goddu 
Niko Staten
Jenny Five
Bekki Decker
Deborah Smith

Finally, every single name of every person who entered the contest yesterday by helping me out was entered into a drawing for the grand prize--which is a signed mug, a postcard, AND a signed book!

*uses best announcer voice* And the grand prize goes to... Ken Curtis!

Congrats, everyone, and thanks again for your help during my release day yesterday! You all rock--and not just those of you who won! I will be contacting the winners privately, if I haven't already, for their addresses, and will be getting these shipped after this holiday weekend!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Happy Birthday to HEMLOCK VEILS! (giveaways!)

The hour has finally arrived! I can now say that my modern-day Beauty and the Beast retelling, HEMLOCK VEILS, is officially AVAILABLE! You can get it on Amazon, in either paperback or ebook--just click here! There were times I thought this day would never come, and now, when people tell me they've ordered it, I can hardly believe it. It is incredibly surreal, and will become even more surreal when I actually get to hold the paperback in my hand! *Waits impatiently outside the post office doors*

I can't say thank you enough to those of you who've shown your amazing support! It's been overwhelming in the best way. I have the greatest family/friends/fans/followers ever.

Onto the good stuff! YA Bound Book Tours has put together an awesome blog tour and blitz that will take place starting this morning (November 25) and last through December 5. It's too late to sign up, but that doesn't mean you can't still blog some reviews and stuff of your own! *nudge nudge*

Also, as the blog posts are made available, those at YA Bound, Swoon Romance, and myself will be tweeting and facebooking (it should be a word) them. To all who signed up for the tour, THANK YOU! There will be book reviews posted on the blogs, as well as excerpts from the book; and along with those, right there on the blog posts will be some Amazon gift card giveaways!

I will be running some little giveaways of my own, too, throughout the day, on Twitter and Facebook. The first items I'm giving away are mugs with the Jean's logo on them (Jean's is Elizabeth Ashton's coffee shop in HEMLOCK VEILS), the book title on the other side, and the signature of Yours Truly beneath that. I don't think there's anyone out there who doesn't love a trusty mug. And I don't think there's a better thing to have as a companion when reading this book. You'll see why, if you haven't already read it.

Second giveaway will guessed it, a signed paperback copy of HEMLOCK VEILS! The prizes are limited, so stay tuned on my social media accounts throughout the day to make sure you're entered into the drawing!

Along with the prizes, I'll send a signed postcard with the book and information on the back, and the beautiful painting my best friend created of Jean's on the front. I will also send a handful of them separately, to select participants (see below). About the painting, Elizabeth's Coffee Shop: Chloe Crawford isn't just my best friend, but she's such a talented artist, and I am thrilled she was so willing to be a part of this. She's always been one of my biggest fans. If you love it, check out more of her work here.
The freakishly small hand pictured is my son's.

Contest/Giveaway Details

Option #1: Between the hours of 12am and midnight today (any time on the 25th), tweet, or post on Facebook, a screen shot or picture of your receipt from Amazon that says you've ordered the book (make sure to tag me in it, and if you can fit it, include the hashtag #HemlockVeils), and you will automatically be entered in a drawing to win a signed mug! Even if you pre-ordered the book last week, and you have a screen shot, you can still post it and be entered in the drawing; as long as it is posted on HEMLOCK VEILS's birthday, it doesn't matter when you ordered. I will do separate drawings, one for Facebook and one for Twitter. And the drawing will be done at random.

Option #2: Between the hours of 12am and midnight today (any time on the 25th), tweet, or post on Facebook, the Amazon link to HEMLOCK VEILS, which is Make sure, again, to tag me in it, and include the hashtag #HemlockVeils if you can, so they can be tracked. Tweet/Facebook the link during the hours of the 25th, and you will get entered into a drawing to win a signed paperback copy! Again, the drawing will be random, and I will do a separate one for Facebook and Twitter.

Option #3: Between the hours of 12am and midnight today (any time on the 25th), tweet, or post on Facebook, one of the twenty teaser pictures I've been tweeting/facebooking (the pretty ones with book quotes and blurbs on them), and you will be automatically entered into a drawing for either a mug or a signed book! Post one on Facebook and the giveaway will be for a mug; tweet one and the giveaway will be for a signed book. Same rules apply as with the others: make sure to tag me in it, and use the proper hashtag so I can track them!

Grand Prize: I will take all the entries from all three of those contests, from both Facebook and Twitter together, and one winner will get a signed mug AND a signed book!

Signed Postcards: RT (retweet) any of my tweets re. HEMLOCK VEILS throughout today (25th), and you'll be entered into a random drawing. I will send a signed postcard to three separate winners. Re-share any of my book tweets on Facebook today, and I will do a separate drawing, where three more winners will be chosen.

Something to be aware of: You can enter as much as you like. Every time you participate in one of the above options, even if it's more than once, I enter your name; meaning you could have your name multiple times in one drawing. However, you can win a mug or book only once (that's kind of a given). If the name that comes up in the random selection is someone who's already won, I will draw again.

In case you need it, here is how to find me on Twitter and Facebook (click links).

I will announce the winners the following day, via both forms of social media, and send a private message to the winners to acquire their mailing addresses.

Again, thank you, everyone, for all the support and participation! Hopefully with your help, Henry and Elizabeth's story will touch many! Stay tuned, where I will be posting excerpts on this blog as well! And spread the word!

Friday, November 7, 2014


It's getting close! HEMLOCK VEILS is almost available for the masses to read in paperback and ebook form (November 25)! *ALL THE SQUEES*

If you are interested in the ebook form and for some reason didn't already know this because you're mean and don't follow me on social media, it is actually available for pre-order on Amazon! Check it out HERE!

Also, I decided to get on top of things and create my Author Central page on Amazon, which I didn't even know I could do until last night. Check that out HERE! Maybe I'll actually get used to this author thing someday and learn all there is to learn. Maybe.

In other HEMLOCK VEILS news, those book reviewers/bloggers who agreed to review my book have been sent all the ARCs, which is SO very exciting. And nerve-wracking. I might never eat again. But mostly, it's just exciting! I've actually already received one review so far on Goodreads--my FIRST EVER review! My gut sank when I saw it, because it was a reviewer I didn't know personally, but I could not have been more thrilled to see that she gave it FIVE stars! Want to see my first review ever? Go HERE! Some of her more specific words were: "This is one book that everyone should read and once you start you will not be able to put down."

Also, one of the editors at Swoon Romance typed a little review, though she didn't rate it, and I squealed at her comment: "Two words: Henry Clayton!! <3"

I'm so glad others find him as irresistible as I did. Oh, and speaking of Henry, check out this post I did a couple weeks or so ago to introduce his complex character, HERE. (I have a lot of "HERE"s in here.)

Another bit of important info: If you are interested, YA Bound Book Tours is still taking sign-ups for the Release Day Blitz! If you are interested in being a part of that with your blog, please visit HERE!

I will also be running some contests of my own. I haven't pinned down the ones I'm going to do before or on release day yet, but stay tuned! I have some awesome prizes, including replica mugs from Jean's (Elizabeth's coffee shop in HEMLOCK VEILS), which also have the book title on the back and are signed by yours truly.

Next exciting thing: My best friend, Chloe Crawford, is a brilliant artist (I have one of her large oil paintings hanging in my home), and she has painted one of my favorite settings from the book, in order to go along with the mugs (both have the Jean's logo). It is SO beautiful, and she depicted the shop better than I even imagined while writing it. So what am I doing? I'm showing it to you here, in this very blog post (below)! Yay! If you love it, and I know you will, and you are interested in checking out Chloe's other masterpieces, visit her MyFolio page HERE.

The postcards I have ordered with this artwork on it (and HEMLOCK VEILS's cover on the other side, along with a description, information, and a few excerpts) are currently being made, and I can't wait to have those on hand so that when someone asks what my book is about I can hand them one and I don't have to actually speak. Along with the prizes in my contest, I will be throwing in signed copies of those, too!

Lastly, I am in the process of creating some teaser quotes from my favorite characters, and favorite excerpts from the book (in jpeg form). So keep an eye our for those on my social media sites, because I will be sprinkling the pictures around from now until release date (Did I mention that was on November 25?)!

Okay, ready for the painting titled Elizabeth's Coffee Shop? Here it is: