Ah, a cold January weekend. There’s nothing I like better than curling up with a blanket, some Earl Grey (with a little milk – London Fog for me) and a brand new book.
To help you all feed your own addiction, I teamed up with my fellow Beach Book Blast authors to give you a one-stop for that curl up and read book.
Great new books, and the chance to win gift cards! Just click here to join the fun.
I have my brand spanking new boxed set in the promo. The first 3 books of The Claire Wiche Chronicles in one set!
I am really proud of these books, and thrilled that readers have fallen for Claire and her friends. It has been a blast writing her story. And yes – there are more books on the way. I’m working on Book 4 right now, for a February release.
And to celebrate, I am giving away a fun, book-related gift right here on this blog. For a chance to win, just leave a comment answering this question:
What is your favorite curl up book?
Is it romance? Or an adventure that sucks you into another world? Or science fiction that sucks you into a different world?
I look forward to reading your responses.
Enjoy the hop, and until next time – read on.
And the giveaway winner is: Lisa Vazquezanzua! Emailing you now. Congrats – and thank you all for hanging out at my blog.
Happy New Year! And welcome to the New Year Giveaway Blog Hop.
I can never resist a clever rhyme.
Now, as promised, I have a free ebook for all of you who stop by:
Rest For The Wicked - The Claire Wiche Chronicles Book 1
And now for the giveaway!
To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment on what your wish is for 2013. A winner will be chosen at the end of the blog, and I will announce it here, along with the pretty giveaway prize.
Thanks for stopping by, and enjoy the hop! If you need to get back to the list, just click here.
Have a fab New Year, and until next time – read on.
So – who wants to be a character in my next book?
Yep – it’s that time again. I had so much fun doing this for book 2, I decided to do it again for book 4. Here is Theresa, with her experience as one of the winners from the first round:
I had already read the previously published book to The Claire Wiche Chronicles when Cate shared the news she was holding the character contest. Considering I had been checking her website every few weeks waiting for the next release, I was thrilled to possibly be a character! When Cate e-mailed me and told me I was a winner, I think I actually screamed.
She sent me a form asking questions about me, my life, my appearance and any special personality traits I have that I wouldn’t mind being part of my written character. It was really cool because I could tell she wanted the character to be as accurate as possible.
After I filled that out, all I had to do was wait. Her book released and I was one of the first to buy it. I didn’t realize how much I missed Claire and Annie until I spent time with them again, and Eric and Marcus were of course two heart throbs I was excited to read again. Then, Theresa came in and I was elated to see how much like me the character really was! Cate did a fantastic job at capturing my personality. I couldn’t have asked for a better depiction.
If Cate has any other contests like this I’ll be signing up again. It was so much fun, and since then I have gotten the chance to talk to Cate through her website and social media. She is as much of an amazing person as she is a talented writer. I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next.
Not only did she appear in book 2, she has become a recurring character – she was in book 3, and will make another appearance in book 4, along with my other winner, Mindy.
Here are the details: to enter, all you have to do is leave a comment here or on the contest page. That’s it! Go crazy, have fun with it, make me laugh, make me think.
The contest ends December 31 so get those comments in while you’re thinking of it. I will announce the winner here and on the contest page sometime on January 1.
I look forward to some interesting comments!
Until then – read on. And the happiest of holidays to you and yours.
Happy Wednesday, everyone! I have been working on the final details for Book 3 of The Claire Wiche Chronicles, and it will be live for Halloween, as planned. I’m thrilled, and nervous – this one is a bit different from the last two books. But I’m getting great feedback so far.
Now for the sneak peeks.
Here is the gorgeous cover.
The artwork is once again by my friend, and the incredibly talented artist, Nadica Boskovska, and the cover design is by Christine Pope at Indie Author Services – who seriously rocks. (She will be redoing my cover for Rest For The Wicked so it matches the other two. Can’t wait to unveil the new version!)
And here is the second sneak peek – an excerpt from the book. Just for you.
Humming Monster Mash, Claire reached up to hang another bat in the window display, then stood back to assess.
She loved Halloween—and not for the obvious reasons attached to her name, or her reputation as the local witch. For her, it was all about the kids.
Their laughter as they ran from door to door, the costumes that ranged from an old sheet to designer worthy, the joy and excitement they left in their wake. All of it had her decorating weeks earlier than she needed, just to see the anticipation. And keeping a stash of candy under the counter for those bold enough to ask.
Now, with Halloween tomorrow, she put aside the headaches, the vision, the dream, and embraced the sheer fun of the holiday. Already, the preparation eased the weight of the fist pressed against her heart. She stood back, assessing what she hoped would be the last touches to her window—
“More decorations? Jeez, Claire, did you leave any for the rest of town?”
She turned to find Annie leaning against the front counter, arms crossed and a wicked smile on her face.
“A few. And look who’s talking about overkill—this is, what, your fifth costume change in as many days?”
Annie twirled, her heavy black cloak belling out around her. “I came as myself today. A witch.”
Claire shook her head and skirted the counter, pulling out her costume for the day. When she appeared wearing the veiled witch’s hat and velvet cloak, Annie burst out laughing.
“Great minds think alike.” Leaning in, she poked at one of the plastic spiders caught in the net veil covering Claire’s face. “Nice touch. Skin crawling, but nice.”
“I thought so.” Claire reached under the counter, grabbing the already full bowl of candy—and spotted the extra-large smoothie sitting on the granite, along with a sandwich that could have fed both of them. “Is that just breakfast? Or can I spread it out?”
“Aren’t you the funny girl today?” She slid the smoothie forward, smiled over it. “Breakfast.” Then the sandwich. “Midmorning snack. We’ll talk about lunch—I’m thinking the twelve ounce porterhouse from Billie’s Pub—”
Claire nearly choked. “Twelve ounce—”
“With the extra portion of wedge fries.”
“Heaven above, Annie.” She shook her head. “You’ll be rolling me out of here in a week.”
“Ah—but you haven’t heard the rest of my master plan. Tomorrow: salad day, with some fish on the side. Then we bulk the next day. It goes on, trading off heavy with light. And you spend more time with your sensei, building up your strength along with your fighting skills.”
“Okay. A master plan.” Claire rubbed her face. “Do you have charts?”
Annie grinned. “And a graph.”
Laughter burst out of her. It felt good to laugh again. Really laugh. She planned on doing a great deal of it. “Can you open up? I know it’s a few minutes early, but I’m in the mood for people, and some fun.”
“You’re the boss.” With the cloak swirling around her, Annie strode over to the door—and jumped backward when it burst open just after she flipped the deadbolt. “Son of a—hey, are you okay?”
Claire took off her hat and moved to the door, understanding Annie’s question when she saw the woman’s face. She wrapped one arm around the trembling shoulders, led her to the reading table at the back of the shop and lowered her to the one of the chairs. Kneeling in front of the woman, Claire took her hand.
“Just relax, now. Take your time—you’re safe here.”
Dark brown eyes stared at her, nearly black in her shock pale face. Swallowing, she clutched Claire’s hand, her voice so low Claire had to lean in to hear it.
“I don’t know if you remember me—my name is Regina, my daughter and I come into your shop every year, during the Summer Solstice . . .”
“The festival. Yes, I remember.”
Some of the panic eased from her face. “My daughter, Hillary loves it here so much—I’m recently divorced, and we decided to make a new start. I bought the big Victorian on the hill—”
“The devil house?” Annie shrugged when they both looked up at her. “Sorry—just popped out. We all thought it was haunted when we were kids. The man who lived there—Mr. McCarran—completely creeped me out.”
Claire raised her eyebrows, decided to save the tongue lashing for later. “Are you quite finished?”
“I just thought you might—yeah.” Hunching inside the cloak, she crossed her arms.
Claire almost smiled—until she turned back and met Regina’s eyes. “Children’s tales, Regina, nothing more—”
“I think she may be right.” Her grip on Claire’s hand became a vise, the rings Claire wore digging into her skin. Ignoring the flare of pain—she had felt worse, not so long ago—Claire sandwiched her hand. “Oh, God—what if she’s right?”
“Take a breath, Regina. That’s it.” Claire couldn’t use her power to soothe anymore, so she used her voice, her tone gentle, soothing as she talked Regina down from a panic attack. “Slow breaths, just focus on each one.” The death grip on her hand eased. “Now, tell me what brought you here.”
“I heard,” embarrassment flashed over the fear, “that you can see ghosts, sense them.”
Claire didn’t know how, but what happened up in Huntsville leaked out, and she instantly became the resident ghost expert, along with Simon. To say his church board was not happy would have been a gross understatement. But his congregation already adored him, and to a person, stood in his defense.
“I can. What is—”
“It’s my daughter, Hillary.” Tears slid down Regina’s face. Claire tightened her grip. “I think—oh, God—I think she might be haunted.”
And to celebrate the release, I am joining a group of authors who write in the witch way for a special promotion.
From October 30 to November 1, you will be able to download some magical books at great prices – and many for free!
There is also a giveaway, for 2 Amazon gift cards and a couple other fun prizes. Find the details and the books here. Just remember to check prices if you decide to download in advance – some of the deals will only be available during the promotion.
But Rest For The Wicked is free – so go ahead and grab your copy while you’re there, or just click here.
Hope you enjoyed the sneak peeks. I’m gearing up for Halloween – and yes, I do dress up as a witch, with my spider adorned hat. It’s where I stole – er, got the idea for Claire’s.
Thanks for stopping by, and until next time – read on.
I got this idea from a forum I spend far too much time on.
So, here it is – 25 random things you probably don’t know about me.
1. I am a hobby photographer – I have traveled around the world, taking photos of some really incredible places.
2. On the travel theme – I travel solo, and have done so, armed with a backpack and my camera, for the last 15 years.
3. I love musicals. For years, I owned more soundtracks than I did popular music.
4. I spent 8 years working as a costume mistress in equity theatres.
5. I didn’t attend my first concert until I was 22 – one of Elton John’s many “farewell tours.”
6. I can write in iambic pentameter. Yes, I am a Shakespeare geek.
7. I plan my trips to London around the theatre. I haven’t been to a single play where I live, but I will happily fly 5,000 miles for some of the best theatre in the world.
8. I grew up with the twins who played Tabitha on the series Bewitched. I am still friends with one of them.
9. The first joint of my index finger is double-jointed.
10. My father was a flight instructor out of Orange County Airport (California), and I spent nearly every weekend flying with him. I have seen the top of Catalina Island many times, but never the rest!
11. I can tie a cherry stem with my tongue.
12. I love my car – a sporty red Scion xD, but I hate to drive. HATE IT.
13. Friday the 13th has ALWAYS been a lucky day for me.
14. I love cemeteries.
15. I am a rabid Doctor Who fan – and I have even touched a TARDIS.
16. I have walked among the trilithons at Stonehenge, and watched the sun rise over it.
17. I hung out with kangaroos, basking on a hill in the autumn sun, at Steve Irwin’s zoo in Queensland, Australia.
18. I built sandcastles with my family in a yearly contest, and we won first place 10 years in a row.
19. I was an actor and a dancer in high school/college, and won several awards, including best actress. Some of my most treasured memories are tied to those plays and musicals.
20. I was a seamstress in my college theatre costume shop, and I can make anything without a pattern.
21. I am a huge history buff – and standing where history was made gives me chills.
22. I am a direct descendent of Betsy Ross. I guess the sewing prowess is genetic!
23. I played guitar for eight years. My favorite riff – the intro of Stairway to Heaven. I can still play it.
24. I spoke fluent French in high school – something I want to get back before I go over there next year.
25. My goal is to stand on every continent at least once in my life.
Now it’s your turn to share some of your quirky, random things. It’s a fab way to roam around your own past, and share some fun facts with people who think they know you.
Until next time – read on.
From June 15-30, Incredible Indie eBooks is hosting a fab giveaway, and I am proud to have donated my books to the prize packages.
3 lucky winners will expand their To Be Read list by quite a bit, just in time for lazy summer days.
And for those of you who recognized the reference in the post title – *enthusiatic guitar riff*
Until next time – read on.