Winners for ARC contest

Thanks to everyone who stopped by and commented on the cover reveal post.  I loved hearing all your answers on which characters are your favorites.  The winner names are posted below.  If you are among them, be on the lookout for an email from Bookfunnel today so you can download your ARC copy of Destined for Dreams and start reading!

 

WINNERS:

Jo Dawson

Toni N.

Lea

Merry Christmas and a giveaway opportunity

For those who celebrate, I hope you’ve had a wonderful Christmas.  I spent time with family last night and ate a huge meal.  Today, I’ve got more relatives to visit, but I wanted to let you all know about a giveaway opportunity I currently have running over on my Facebook fan group this week.

It is for a huge prize package which includes a signed paperback copy of one of the first three Dragon’s Breath Series books (winner’s choice), a tote bag, fridge magnet, and hand-carved pewter dragon figurine.  All you have to do is join my Facebook group HERE, and comment on the giveaway post after reading the instructions.  The contest ends on New Year’s Eve, and the winner will be announced the following day.

In other news, I’ll be doing a post later in the week recapping the year and letting you know what to expect from me for 2017.  Those of you who are subscribed to my newsletter would have gotten most of the updates when I sent it out yesterday, but for everyone else, this will give you a thorough update on which books I’ll be releasing next and an approximate time frame on when they should become available.  Be sure to check back!

December update

I know many of you are waiting anxiously with news on Darkness Wanes.  It’s progressing, though not as fast as I’d like.  I’m working on revisions for the early chapters now and once I have them finished I’ll move back to writing the remaining chapters of the book.  The holidays have slowed me down a bit, as well as the medical issue mentioned in my last post.  No definitive news on that yet, but a new doctor I’m seeing is recommending some testing I haven’t had done.  She thinks I might have endometriosis and recommended laparoscopic surgery to check.  It could be what is causing my problem, but it’s a rather invasive procedure for something I might not have.  For now, I’m looking at alternatives and waiting until after the holidays before deciding what step to take next.

Now for some good news!  A while back, Kara-Karina over at Nocturnal Book Reviews asked me to write a short Christmas story for the Sensor Series.  She asked that it especially feature Kerbasi.  This was tricky because I knew it would have to be set after Darkness Wanes on the series timeline.  With the delays on the book, I didn’t want to reveal any major spoilers.  I eventually settled on telling the story from an all-new character’s point of view (a human woman).  It involves her meeting Kerbasi during a blizzard in Fairbanks on Christmas Eve.  They don’t hit it off too well at first, but their situation sort of forces them together.  You’ll have to read it to find out what else happens.

This story doesn’t conflict with Darkness Wanes in any way.  The only spoilers you might see are the fact Kerbasi is still around and the world is still dealing with supernaturals being out in the open.  Nothing earth-shattering.  I meant for it to only be about 2500 words, but it grew to about 5000 words after revisions/edits.  The title of the story is “An Unexpected Gift” and will go live on Nocturnal Book Reviews early morning on Christmas Eve.  Those who stop by and comment will be entered into a drawing with the chance to win a Kindle Fire HD 8 and some other book promo items.  I hope this helps make up for the book delays and that you enjoy the story.  I will post a reminder here and on other social media so you don’t forget to check it out.  A winner for the drawing will not be selected until December 30th.  If you can’t get to it right away, you still have a few days after Christmas to make it.

I’m also participating in a Facebook holiday event with 20 other urban fantasy authors.  A lot of amazing prizes are being given away each day.  Some of you have already joined in, but for anyone else who is interested this is the link:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1479007045739422/

Seven Days of Midwinter banner

My date for giving out prizes is December 19th, along with Donna Augustine and Hailey Edwards.  I’ll be running several giveaways and leave them up most of the day so that regardless of your timezone you should have a chance to enter.  The banners with the list of prizes are below.  Special thanks to Sarah L. for getting her husband to design them for me (and on short notice!).  They turned out great.

Other authors have already started their giveaways and more will continue all the way to the 20th.  You should definitely join in the fun!

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I’ll continue to keep you all updated about Darkness Wanes.  In the meantime, I hope everyone’s holidays are going well!

 

 

Halloween promotional giveaway

UF Halloween giveaway banner

Today marks the beginning of a 13-day urban fantasy Halloween giveaway with many authors you may recognize participating (see banner below).  Some of you have probably already heard about it on Facebook, but I wanted to spread the word here in case you missed it.

Each day authors will be giving away prizes including signed paperbacks, ebooks, tote bags, Amazon gift cards, and some other great items.  October 25th is my day and I’ve got several awesome prizes lined up including books and pewter dragon statues.  There is also a grand prize where participants could win one of three Kindle Fires, but you’ve got to comment on special daily posts to enter.

For those interested, here’s the link to join the event:    https://www.facebook.com/events/106856986337823/

I hope to see you all there!

13 Days of Halloween poster

Giveaway for jewelry worn by the model on the Darkness Clashes cover

This Sunday (September 21st) I will be doing a giveaway for the necklace and bracelet worn by the female model on Darkness Clashes.  The winner will also receive one promo item of their choice (tote bag, series notebook, signed paperback, coffee mug, etc).  The contest will be on Facebook only.  I apologize to those who don’t have an account, but there will be other giveaways coming up soon that don’t require you to have one.  Such as a Q&A event I’m planning.

For those who are able to participate this Sunday (Monday in Australia), expect that I will be asking a random question from Darkness Clashes.  The first person to answer will win the prizes.  The question will come from the first half of the book so if you haven’t finished the novel yet you’ll be okay as long as you’ve hit close to the fifty percent mark.  I also understand time is precious and you can’t hover on Facebook all day/night.  You can expect the question to come during the following one-hour period (adjusted for time zones):

US Time

4pm-5pm (EDT)

3pm-4pm (CDT)

2pm-3pm (MDT)

1pm-2pm (PDT)

Europe

UK: 9pm-10pm

Germany/France: 10pm-11pm

Australia

Melbourne/Sydney: 6am-7am

Perth:  4am-6am

 

The vast majority of my readers come from the above areas.  I have worked the times out the best I can so that none of them are in the middle of the night, though the Aussies will have to be up rather early (sorry!).  These were calculated today based on current time differences.  If your area will be adjusting the clock over the weekend because of daylight savings ending please keep that in mind.  US times are the basis.  For those who live in another country I would recommend converting them yourself just to be safe.

For a close-up of the necklace and bracelet, here you go:

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