SQUEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! IT’S HERE!!!

AHHH!!!! I’ve been waiting for nearly three years for next week – the week that one of my best friends launches her baby into the world.

I am so dang excited for this. In fact, I planned a trip to Utah just so I can see her and be part of the crazy fun (and yes, take lots of pictures).

Have you figured out what I’m talking about yet?

That’s right – My CP, BFF and all around fabu person ELANA JOHNSON is officially releasing POSSESSION into the world next week. (and BTW, for those who have been wondering…there is SO MUCH MORE Possession to come – check out this post)

As part of the festivities, a bunch of us got together to show some love and give stuff away. And we need your help…

All next week, we’re hosting a mini-love-tour for Elana and POSSESSION–with prizes every single day. We’re pulling out all the stops: there are vlogs and blogs and Twitter and more!

We have tons of copies of POSSESSION to give away–all signed by our amazing Elana (and since Shannon contacted her publicist, this is all one big huge surprise for Elana!)

Meanwhile, we really want to get the word out to people about Elana, her book, and this launch extravaganza! So, to entice you to share the love, we have FIVE SIGNED COPIES OF POSSESSION to give to people who spread the word about POSSESSION. There are LOTS of ways to win–and everything you do garners you more entries!

To enter, click here and complete the form. The contest deets are below. 

Also: Right click on the image at the right and use it as your avatar in Twitter or Facebook for more entries! 😀

Tour Schedule
Go forth! Spread the word! Collect entries and win a signed copy of POSSESSION!


Gifted kids share more tips…

Today’s vlog celebrating kids and their wonderful ideas for staying relaxed and being successful comes from Dean. Check out what he had to say…

(Watch in 720 HD for best options)

And remember, all the comments left on this post and the other vlogs will be entered into a massive comment giveaway. One random commenter will win both boths (signed) and some assorted book swag. Cool, right.

Missed out on the other vlogs? You can check them out here:

And in case you hadn’t heard…my book is available from Prufrock Press now..WOOT!

OH! And speaking of contests – here are a few you should know about:

Hope your day is great. I am starting Spring Break in 4 short days…I can.not.wait!

Kids speak out about 101 Success Secrets

Happy Monday all!!! About a month ago I asked for kids to start telling me about their success secrets, and spreading the word for my upcoming book. Well, I’ll be honest…


I received only a small number of videos. So, I’ve decided to share what I have and beg, bribe, ask you guys to send me some more. My plan – show one video every week leading up to the launch of 101 Success Secrets for Gifted Kids. And…

as extra incentive…

**every kid who participates will get a little something from me**


**everyone who leaves a comment when I post will get a chance to win a SUPER prize pack of my books and fabu swag when the book launches.

AWESOME, right???

So, here is the first video. Trust me, these are so darn cute…


Well? What do you think??? Wanna read the excerpt? Click here.

And remember to leave a comment in order to be entered into the super prize giveaway. Spread the word for additional entries! WOO HOO!!! I just love celebrating, don’t you???

*** Want to see more great Vlogs about 101 Success Secrets? Check out this one from 3/7



Monday’s Blog Tour Stop and Other News

Happy Monday! What a crazy weekend I had – parties, signings, and other fun. Needless-to-say, I am EXHAUSTED this morning! So, this is just a quick post to talk about the tour and some other bookish announcements:

Today’s Blog Stop:

  • 10/11: Carolyn Kaufman – Stop by for a fun interview and more chances to win a copy of EMOTIONAL INTENSITY IN GIFTED STUDENTS.

Ongoing Contests:

Stop by the following blogs and leave a comment to be entered into the drawings for my book. Given that Amazon is still reporting a 5 week delivery time, this may be the fastest way to get your hands on one.

On Friday, we are featuring an EPIC roundup of reviews on EMOTIONAL INTENSITY! And one MASSIVE grand prize drawing for a great assortment of swag and a signed book. Be sure to check it out! I’ll be drawing one name from ALL of the comments throughout the tour and from the reviews. WOO HOO!!!

Want a sneak peek at one of the reviews? Check out Robin’s recent blog post.

In other news, my Publisher has ordered more books so I am hoping that Barnes and Noble and Indigo (in Canada) have it available for purchase soon, and Amazon gets it in stock soon. Until then, you can always order from Prufrock Press directly for a faster turn around time.

And last but not least, I am currently #72 on Amazon’s list of bestselling parenting books. Not bad for my little niche book, right???

What news do you guys have to share? I will be back to my regular blogging topics on Wed. with a fabulous interview with Michelle Davidson Argyle, the author of CINDERS.

More Great Releases: The Haunted by Jessica Verday

August has been an exciting month with some fabulous releases. I’m taking Thursday to highlight a few of them. But today…

Today we are going to talk about the release of the Haunted and fabulous Jessica Verday!

I first met Jessica on the QT forum. It was my first time coming out of the shadows and posting a query for my very first novel (which was shelved because it was so bad, by the way). Jessica was the first to respond. Her recommendations were spot on and very helpful. But that isn’t what impressed me about her. It was her general encouragement. If it wasn’t for her and a few others, I know I never would have continued on the site and met my future CPs (crit partners). I owe ya Jess!

Jessica’s first book, The HOLLOW, was released in paperback 8/3. From her website, here’s the blurb:

 When Abbey’s best friend, Kristen, vanishes at the bridge near Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, everyone else is all too quick to accept that Kristen is dead… Then she meets Caspian, the gorgeous and mysterious boy who shows up out of nowhere at Kristen’s funeral, and keeps reappearing in Abbey’s life.

With the release of her second book, THE HAUNTED (a sequel to The HOLLOW), tomorrow, I thought it was time we got to know Jessica better. So, without further adieu, I bring you…


CF: What has life been like since the release of your last book?

JV: Crazy. Busy. Crazybusy.

CF: How are you marketing this book? Anything new you are trying?

JV: This year I’m doing something new – touring with other authors. I’m super excited about these events as I am such a fangirl of these great writers. In September, I’ll be joining the Smart Chicks Kick It tour, and in October I’ll be touring with Michelle Zink for the Ghosts and Graves Tour.

{So wish I lived closer for the Ghosts and Graves tour!}

CF: Was there anything different about this project than your last one?

JV: It was faster paced. Everything about it from having a shorter deadline (as opposed to taking my time writing THE HOLLOW since I was just writing it for me), to the amount of time it took me to actually write book two. Plus, I also had the opportunity to write a villain and that was AMAZING.

CF: What’s the future hold for you and your projects?

JV: I don’t like to talk about what I’m currently working on as things have a habit of changing from day to day depending on my mood, but I can say that there will definitely be a third and final HOLLOW book next fall.

CF: Quick fire randomness –

  • Cookies or cake – Cake
  • Book or ebook  – Book
  • Laptop or notebook – Notebook
  • Online or in person – In person
  • Book tour or blog tour  – Book tour

CF: anything else you want to share?

JV: Thanks for having me! Hope you enjoy THE HAUNTED.

Thank YOU Jessica! It was great getting to know you a bit better.

Now, as always – contest time. Wanna win a signed copy of either the HOLLOW or the HAUNTED? Enter the contest below, and it CAN happen…

How to Enter:

  1. Leave a comment on THIS post
  2. Extra entries for the following (be sure to tell me WHAT you did in the comments)

Easy, right?!?

Other deets:

  • Contest ends on the release date for THE HAUNTED, August 31 at midnight PST. I’ll announce the winner on Thursday, along with my roundup of August releases.
  • Yes, it is open to international entries.

That’s it! Cool, right??

Good luck everyone!!!

***Contest is closed. Congrats to NISA!!!!!!!!!***

Bookantistas: Praise for Paranormalcy (and a chance to win a signed copy)

WOOT!! Welcome to another installment of Bookanista love!!! I really missed being here last week!!!

Not sure who or what the Bookanistas are? Click here for the scoop, and be sure to tell us if you have an arc you’d like us to read.

This week’s Bookanista love features the following:

Now, on to my Bookanista Shout out… PARANORMALCY!!!

Release Date: August 31, 2010 ( And YES, I am going to her launch…So Freakin’ Excited!)

Basic Blurb: (from Goodreads)

Sixteen-year-old Evie’s job is bagging and tagging paranormals. Possessing the strange ability to see through their glamours, she works for the International Paranormal Containment Agency. But when someone–or something–starts taking out the vamps, werewolves, and other odd beasties she’s worked hard to help become productive members of society, she’s got to figure it out before they all disappear and the world becomes utterly normal.

Normal is so overrated










Fav Line:

You can pretend – pretend to be normal, pretend to be paranormal, but it never matters in the end. We aren’t anything. 

Why I liked it:

Dude, there is just so much to LOVE about this book. The voice, the characters, the storyline…an A++++++ for certain!

Where you can find it:

Now, the contest. Click here to win a SIGNED copy of PARANORMALCY. I’ll be going to her signing on 8/31 and will pick it up for the lucky winner!

Come back next week for more great new release celebrations. And remember, books are definitely the new black!

More celebrations around the interwebz…

*** CONTEST CLOSED 7/9/2010***

First off, let me say a HUGE thank you to everyone in the interwebz for yesterday. Beng able to announce my second book deal was epic for me, and I am thrilled I got to share with all of you. It makes waiting to share OTHER cool news and waiting for find out still more news, that much easier.

We really do spend a lot of time waiting, don’t we….

Anyways, my celebrating hasn’t stopped, so I thought I’d share info on several FAB contests around the web before sharing info on mine (yes, told ya there would be a contest!)

So, here are the contests I entered this week. They all close next week sometime, so check them out…

I am certain there are others – but those are the ones I entered this week.

So, how about mine:

Well, to celebrate the sale of The Ultimate Guide for Gifted Kids, I thought I put together a Hawaiian writing prize pack:

Here are the deets:

  • Tons of tropical post-its for edits
  • Pens
  • Note-pads
  • Macadamia nuts
  • A 10-page crit from me
  • A B&N gift card

Cool, right!

To enter, just leave me a comment. You get 1 extra entry for each of the following:

  • follow me on Twitter
  • follow me on FB
  • “Like” my author page on FB
  • Tweet, blog or otherwise spread the word (1 entry each)

Contest ends July 9th.

Thanks again for helping me celebrate. July and Aug are fun, party months in my house and on my blog…so be sure to check back often throughout the summer as we celebrate book birthdays, happy news and each other’s journey towards publication.