Monday, September 22, 2014

Killer Monday: Exciting Announcements

Jessie’s Bullets: Cock It and Pull It.

Monday, September 22, 2014
  • __3__ Gratitudes (Harvest apples, refreshing naps--as opposed to those groggy ones, and falling asleep to thunderstorms)
  • __4__ Units of Caffeinated (or otherwise non-water) Beverages (got me a Keurig Brewing Station for my bday last week and have spent a small fortune on assortments of K-cups)
  • __1 hrs  Spent Writing (slow going)
  • _0__  Culinary Delights/Disasters Created With Own Hands (Take out Chicken Pot Pies from Marie Calendar's on Sunday--faking the home cooked goodness! haha)

There's really a lot of exciting things to announce, so I'll just get right to it:
  • RESISTING RUBY ROSE (Book 2 in the Ruby Rose Series) will release in 35 days (OCTOBER 28th!!!!!) and has a killer cover:

You can pre-order it here: Amazon.com

  • The Vegas Valley Book Festival is coming up soon, and I'll be on the special panel for Nevada authors:

CELEBRATING OUR SESQUICENTENNIAL

with Vicki-Ann Bush, Tracy Clark, Diane Crawford, C.L. Gaber, Stephanie Greenhalgh, Shaunta Grimes, Christene Houston, Jessie Humphries, Lindsey Leavitt
Fifth Street School, YA Tent Two
401 S. Fourth St. Las Vegas, NV 89101
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 18TH
10:00 AM
  • I'm finally able to announce the details of my book launch party:
Saturday, October 18th, 6:30-8:30 
(directly following the last Vegas Valley Book Festival event) 
at the super sexy Downtown Projects Venue:


Yes, this party is going to be ALL kinds of Vegas-style!



 It's centrally located just off of Las Vegas Blvd. and Ogden.



They have this area called "The Backyard" where we will be playing ping-pong, shuffleboard, twister, four-square, and more...while eating s'mores from campfires, drinking mocktails from bartenders, and dancing our booties off to a live DJ! Also, since it's so close to Halloween, we will have a Killer Costume Party and plenty more killer activities for adults and kids alike. 
YES, YOU CAN BRING YOUR KIDS DOWNTOWN! 



They even have this amazing lounge area called "The Living Room" for those of you who'd like to play pool, imbibe, and generally chill awhile. I'm working on getting all the Vegas Valley authors a special somethin' somethin' for heading a few blocks down after the festival to hang out with each other and their adoring fans! 


Loads more details to come, but please put these dates in your calendar! Very exciting stuff!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Announcing: The Sky's The Limit Writing Contest

As many of you may know, for the launch of my debut book, KILLING RUBY ROSE, I teamed up with the Clark County School District (here in Las Vegas) and local sponsor Downtown Projects to host an epic one-page writing contest. It was called the "Killer Storytelling Writing Contest," (open to 9-12th graders) and it was a smashing success. Over 600 students entered, ten finalists were announced, two laptops, two Kindle Paperwhites, a Ruby Rose guitar signed by Mark Stoermer of the band The Killers, and more, were given away, and dreams came true. One of those dreams was mine! It was an amazing experience.

Well, for the launch of my second book in the Ruby Rose Series, entitled RESISTING RUBY ROSE (which comes out October 28th, 2014), I'm doing another contest. Except for this one is bigger, badder, and other B-words!

I'm teaming up with my publisher, Amazon Children's Publishing/Skyscape, and five other amazing authors within Amazon/Skyscape family:


·       CHRISTINA FARLEY, is the author of GILDED and SILVERN, and currently lives in Clermont, FL. Visit her at www.christinafarley.com or @ChristinaFarley on twitter.
·       LORI M. LEE is the author of young adult fantasy GATES OF THREAD AND STONE, and lives in Wisconsin. Visit her at lorimlee.com or @LoriMLee on Twitter.
·       MEREDITH McCARDLE is the author of THE EIGHTH GUARDIAN, and lives in South Florida. Visit her at www.meredithmccardle.com or @MeredithMcP on Twitter.
·       RYSA WALKER is the author TIMEBOUND, the first book in the CHRONOS Files series, which was the Young Adult and Grand Prize winner in the 2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards. Time's Edge, the second book in the series, is scheduled for release in October of 2014. Visit her at www.rysa.com or @RysaWalker on Twitter.

·       CHUCK WENDIG is a novelist, screenwriter, and game designer. He's the author of BLACKBIRDS, DOUBLE DEAD and DINOCALYPSE NOW, and is co-writer of the short film PANDEMIC, the feature film HiM, and the Emmy-nominated digital narrative COLLAPSUS. He lives in Pennsylvania. Visit him at terribleminds.com  or @ChuckWendig on Twitter.

Therefore, today is the day that we are officially announcing that "The Sky's The Limit" Writing Contest is hereby OPEN!!!!

For all the details, please go to our website: www.skyauthors.com

Here's the quick and dirty:

Contest Rules
·      Open to all students in grades 6-12 in the United States
·      Any genre or theme (fantasy, sci-fi, romance, mystery, etc.)
·      Maximum of 250 original words
·      Inappropriate language or gratuitous violence is grounds for disqualification.

Submissions
·      Send your 250 word first page of a story at our website: skyauthors.com
·      Make sure to include your full name, high school, mailing address, email address, and a nomination for a teacher-mentor who helped you with your submission
·      Submissions must be emailed by midnight on November 1, 2014

Prizes
  • One winning student will win: One (1) contract to publish a short story and Two (2) Kindle Fires HDX (one for themselves and one for their nominated teacher-mentor).
  • 2 runners-up will each receive: One (1) Kindle Paperwhite; One ($20 Amazon Gift Card); and all six (6) of the participating Skyscape’s authors books.
  • 7 winners (1 per grade) will receive: One (1) Kindle Paperwhite; One ($20 Amazon Gift Card); and all six (6) of the participating Skyscape’s authors books.
AND The school with the most entries will win a pack of thirty (30) Kindle Paperwhites!
***Teachers/students/librarians: All authors will be doing limited visits/presentations (in-person and via Skype) so please contact the authors near your region for a spot before they all fill up!***

GO forth and spread the word! And check out our video: