Friday, February 15, 2013

The Sock Wars and the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award

The Sock Wars has made it to the second round of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards. Not a bad way to end the week! 


Thursday, February 14, 2013

Indie Kissing Blogfest + Giveaway!

UPDATE: Author Magan is the giveaway winner! Thanks for commenting, Magan!


Welcome, blogfesters!

It's Valentine's Day - the most wonderful time of the year, according to Hallmark. For the rest of us, it's a chance to snuggle up to our better half. Of course, sometimes, our better half is actually a book. And when it comes to books, I'm a sucker for epic stories. One of my favorite stories is "The Princess Bride," by William Goldman. And it just so happens to have one of my favorite kissing scenes. It is, in fact, the best kiss in the history of the universe. That's quite the claim, but I, for one, believe it.

There have been five great kisses since 1642 B.C., when Saul and Delilah Korn's inadvertent discovery swept across Western civilization. (Before then couples hooked thumbs.) And the precise rating of kisses is a terribly difficult thing, often leading to great controversy, because although everyone agrees with the formula of affection times purity times intensity times duration, no one has ever been completely satisfied with how much weight each element should receive. But on any system, there are five that everyone agrees deserve full marks. 

Well, this one left all them behind.

 Now, that's a kiss.

I have exactly one, very short, kissing scene in my debut novel, The Sock Wars. My main character, Lucy, and her boyfriend Oliver live in a small house in Astoria, Queens. Oliver's mother, Edith, shows up on their doorstep, unexpected and uninvited, with a ton of suitcases, and proceeds to stay with them for a month. This is the scene that happens immediately after Edith leaves:

When I reach the threshold of the second-floor apartment, Oliver walks toward me and without saying a word reaches out for my hand and pulls me through the door into an embrace that flattens my ribs. All of a sudden we’re a tangle of arms and legs, trying to make our way to the bed we haven’t slept in since Edith arrived on our doorstep. His arms pull up my shirt at the same time he kisses me, straight on, with no pretense, his breath warm against my mouth. My hands are in his hair, pulling him closer to me as he eases me onto the bed, carefully, gently, like always, but with a hunger running through him. Everything in me answers. We don’t manage to get all of our clothes off, but it’s close enough.

Like I said, short and sweet :). If you want to read the first chapter of The Sock Wars, please check it out on my site or Wattpad. And I'll be giving away a free ebook copy to one commenter, so please pop into the comments and say hi.

Happy blogfesting and a very happy Valentine's Day!

Saturday, February 09, 2013

Indie Kissing Blogfest and Giveaway

I'm taking part in the Indie Kissing Blogfest on February 14th, sponsored by the Indelibles. I'll be sharing a kissing scene from The Sock Wars as well as one from one of my favorite stories. There are lots of other participants, so please swing by here on the 14th and then check out the other posters and their smoochalicious contributions.

I'll also be giving away a free ebook copy of The Sock Wars to one of the people who leaves a comment here.

See you then!

Friday, February 08, 2013

Wattpad is Launching a New Genre on Feb 11th - and The Sock Wars is Helping

I love Wattpad's definition of ChickLit:

"Spotlighting the plight of smart, strong female characters, ChickLit is a form of fiction that looks at the journey into womanhood and all the little hiccups that are faced along the way. Characters typically range in age from mid-20’s to mid-40’s and are often about to embark on a crucial period in their lives."

...sounds just like The Sock Wars! Wattpad is launching ChickLit as a new genre on February 11th, and they've selected The Sock Wars to include in their secondary feature selection. (Yay!)

Please swing by Wattpad on Monday to see the launch. Marian Keyes is headlining and there are lots of other awesome writers to find. And reading on Wattpad will satisfy everyone's budget - it's free!

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

The Sock Wars Now Available on the iBookstore

After many moons of waiting, The Sock Wars is now up on the iBookstore.

(iPad and husband not included.)

Monday, February 04, 2013

Goodreads Giveaway is Now Closed!

I'm thrilled with the response to my Goodreads Giveaway - 3143 people entered and 10 won. I'll be shipping copies out this week to Canada, the US, Ireland, Australia, and the UK. Love love *love* everyone in those countries - and I do not love easily :).

If you didn't win - never fear, the ebook is only $3.99 at Amazon or Kobo.

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Cheers and thanks to everyone who entered!