Monday, October 31, 2011

Eternal Starling Blog Tour and ARC Contest!

The Eternal Starling blog tour is here!!!

Yara, from is the awesome host of the tour, and she did a fabulous job putting it together! The tour runs from November 1st-18th, and includes 16 exciting stops with reviews, fun interviews, excerpts, and more! Plus, each blogger will be holding a contest every day of the tour and you can win a special prize from me! There's a different prize each day of the tour so don't miss your chance to win!

To celebrate the start of the tour (and Halloween, my favorite holiday), I'm giving away a signed Eternal Starling ARC! Starting today, link to this blog post on Twitter, Facebook, your blog, or anywhere else you can think of! In the comments section, leave the link to where you shared the post. The contest lasts one week, until November 7th. You can post links every day, and the person who posts the most links will win! The contest is open internationally.

Here's the tour schedule! Stop by each day of the tour for a chance to win prizes and learn more about Eternal Starling!

And don't forget to stop by the live chat hosted by Once Upon a Twilight December 6th, the Eternal Starling release date! I'll be answering all of your questions!

Happy Halloween!!!


1st: OUaT Kicks-Off tour - Review + giveaway
2nd: My Life with Books - Interview + giveaway
3rd: SupaGurl Books Review + giveaway
4th: Mundie Moms - First Chapter + giveaway
5th An Avid Reader's Musings - Review + giveaway
7th: Fire and Ice - Review + giveaway
8th: Books with Bite - Excerpt + giveaway
9th: Whats Your Story - Review + giveaway
10th: Book Portrait - Interview + giveaway
11th: Good Choice Reading - Guest post + giveaway
12th: Ivy Reads - Review + giveaway
14th: Author Lani Woodland - Review + giveaway
15th: Most Important Letter - Playlist + giveaway
16th: Late Bloomers Online - Review + giveaway
17th: Read My Mind - Cover Interview + giveaway
18th: Author Jamie from Writers write, right? - review + giveaway

Monday, October 10, 2011

Halloween and Bookplates!

It's October! My favorite month of the year! I'm about 30 minutes from some of the most scenic mountain drives in the world, and the fall colors are stunning! The weather is perfect, and since Halloween is my favorite holiday, there isn't a better time of year!

I usually spend the month eating way more candy than I should, and watching super scary movies that make me not want to go to the basement alone. One of my favorites is the original Halloween movie. I don't think there's a scarier crazy serial killer than Michael Myers. The knife, no talking, and the way he just tilts his head... *shivers* I also love the spooky factor of Sleepy Hollow with Johnny Depp. Since I love Halloween so much, we have a few traditions:

We always carve pumpkins.

And we attempt to dress up our dog. He never gets as excited about this as I do. I think the bat costume is super cute.

Halloween is a REALLY popular holiday in Utah. We actually have some of the best haunted houses in the nation, though I've only been to one. It was a harrowing experience during college in the Park City Haunted Mine that involved a crazy (no really, he might have actually been insane) man dressed as the Albino from The Princess Bride. He followed me around the mine for 45 minutes petting my hair. I know you think I'm kidding. I'm not. Luckily, my boyfriend/now husband was there to rescue me just in time to take me to the cage with the chainsaw guy, who might have been even more insane than the Princess Bride dude.

I vowed to never go to a haunted house again, but then while I was in London, I made the mistake of not doing research about the London Dungeon before going inside. Once there, I realized I was in over my head and tried to escape. I was ushered back inside by a 7 foot tall revenant who gave me a horrific smile and suggested I enjoy my time in the dungeon. After that traumatic event, I had the sense to avoid the Chamber of Horrors at Madame Tussauds.

This year, October coincides with me writing the first draft of book 2 in the Emblem of Eternity series! Halloween and Easter are the two best times of year to write because they're the two best times of year for me, I'm an author, so I know. There's no better motivation to finish a chapter than fresh mini Reese's Peanut Butter Cups.

So, I want to know some of your Halloween traditions? And it comes with a prize! Comment before October 17th and three random people will get a signed bookmark and, since I just got them and love all three designs, you'll also get a signed bookplate that's personalized just for you. You can check out the bookplates below. Also, be sure to note what happens when you try to take a photo at midnight with horrible lighting. Oh well, at least it gives you an idea of how they look. :)

Feel free to share this post with your friends too! Happy haunting!