Monday, December 31, 2012

2012 The Year In Review

Well, 2013 is almost here! Time to reflect on the last year. I set goals every year on this blog. I can tell you without even looking that I accomplished almost none of the ones I set for myself in 2012. But I'm going to let myself slide this one time because 2012 was a wild and crazy ride, filled with incredibly high highs and terribly low lows.

We had several sudden and unexpected deaths in our family this year--some that are still really hard to accept. In my immediate family, we were faced with a health crisis that commanded pretty much all of our time and attention--something obscure and chronic. While things have improved one thousandfold thanks to some pretty incredible doctors, we must remain vigilant at all times. It has been challenging, to say the least. On that note, I just want to say: be kind to each other. You truly never know what people are struggling with behind closed doors. Even people who put on a sunny face to the rest of the world.

BUT . . . a lot of amazing things happened to me this past year--lifelong dreams were realized. I got married. Published a book. Met my bestie in person for the first time. Met several of my writing idols.

I also connected with many talented writers this year, and I got to see many of my writing buddies get published or get an agent.  It's been so exciting to be on this journey with others--sharing ups and downs.  What I want to say to all of you as we go into 2013 is this:


Thank you to all of you for stopping by, for reading, for leaving words of encouragement, for your unending support and for all of your help with my writing endeavors.  

I wish you all good health, good fortune and crazy success in the coming year!

In terms of goals, I will set the following for myself:

Exercise 2x a week
Finish a sparkling draft of Hold Still to send off to my agent
Read at least 5 books on the craft (of writing that is)

I still have a number of posts planned:  on 1/8/13 I'll be featuring Becca Ann's Reasons I Fell for The Funny Fat Friend; on 1/14/13 I'll be hosting the fabulously talented Libby Heily who is releasing her debut novel, Tough Girl on that day.  Do NOT miss that one!  On 1/21/12 I'll be hosting Elizabeth Seckman for her Healing Summer Blog Tour.  I'm trying to get Donna Huston Murray as well for a post in January or February.  I'll hopefully have a chance to do my Books I Lost Sleep Over in 2012 post and as I said before, I want to do at least one post on my post-release thoughts.  So if there's anything you want to know about after-the-book-is-out, please leave your questions below! 

Happy New Year!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Are You Tired of Me Yet? (Also, winners and a new giveaway!)

So I've been all in your faces for the last two weeks online with my Finding Claire Fletcher blog tour.  You're probably all sick of seeing me and my book and wondering where the heck I've been in terms of commenting on your blogs.

So first I want to say THANK YOU to all my blog tour hosts.  You guys have been so supportive and encouraging and wonderful--I am so blessed and grateful for each one of you!  Also THANK YOU to everyone who stopped by along the tour and took the time to comment!  I really appreciate it.

Second, yes, I've been remiss in my blogging duties the last two weeks.  You'd think it's because I'm busy with FCF launch stuff but actually, a lot of other things are going on.  Unfortunately, my home has been ravaged by illness the last few weeks--round and round it goes--including 2 cold/flus, one surgical procedure and one pretty scary health concern with my child.  Not to mention me being forehead-deep in edits for my second book, preparing for the holidays and oh yeah, working full time to keep the roof over our sick heads!  So I sincerely apologize and hope to catch up on all your blogs in the next week!  If I didn't respond to an email or a comment or I haven't been by your blog recently, I promise I'm not being an a world class jerk.  I'm just a bit overwhelmed by situations out of my control.  Just please know I am so grateful for each and every one of you who stop by this blog, who hosted me and who stopped along the tour and I do promise to catch up!

Third, I'd like to announce the blog tour winners!

$25.00 Amazon gift card:  Brian Miller
Signed Paperback Copy of Finding Claire Fletcher:  Linda McMann
Ebook copy of Finding Claire Fletcher:  Peggy Edelman

Thank you to everyone who participated.

Stay tuned for a lengthy post on my post-release thoughts--if you have any questions you want me to address in this post, leave them below!  :)

Finally, awesome news!  This week only several of my publisher's titles (in ebook format) will be on sale for only $0.99!  Including Finding Claire Fletcher.  Also they'll be giving away an Ipad2! Once I get a link to enter the giveaway, I will post it!  So check this out, here are some details:

SSP's Merry Jubilee

From Christmas to New Year's, we're celebrating YOU with $0.99 books and a chance to win an iPad 2!

Stuff your stocking with some of Sapphire Star's hottest books for just $0.99

Plus, DON'T miss your chance at winning an iPad 2, details below

The Mistaken by Nancy S. Thompson
Carter's Treasure by Amy Gregory
When We Collide by A.L. Jackson
The Restaurant @ The Mill by Linn B. Halton
Sophie's Turn by Nicky Wells
Taking Charge by Mandy Baggot
Dangerous Embrace by Dana Mason
The Quintessential Gemini by Linn B. Halton
Murder In Silence by Gary Kassay

Official Giveaway Rules:
Giveaway Prize:  One (1) Apple® - iPad® 2 with Wi-Fi – 16 GB – White. No purchase necessary. This contest is void where prohibited by law. Entrants must follow Rafflecopter instructions. One (1) winner will be picked via Rafflecopter and will be notified by email within three days of end of contest. If a winner is unreachable after seven (7) days, or if that winner is unavailable for prize fulfillment, an alternate winner will be selected.  Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received. Contest entrants agree to abide by the terms of these Official Rules and by the decisions of the contest commissioners, which are final on all matters pertaining to the contest. Entrants grant to Sapphire Star Publishing the right to use and publish their name online. All results posted are unofficial until winner responds to e-mail notification. Contest ends on January 2, 2013 at 12:00 a.m. PST. 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

It's here! It's here! Release Day! Claire Fletcher is At Large!

Looking for the Finding Claire Fletcher Blog Tour Giveaway?

Click here.

Okay, so yeah, that's a little obnoxious but my plan is just to leave this post up till the end of the blog tour so if people meander over to my blog, they'll know where to go to enter the giveaway!

Anyway, today is the big day!  RELEASE DAY!  Today my first novel, Finding Claire Fletcher, my book baby, 8 years in the making, is being released into the world!

I can't quite believe it!

So let's see.  First, I want to thank all of you.  I've leaned heavily on this writing community during the last couple of years of my journey.  I've made some amazing friends and met some truly brilliant writers.  I've found commiseration and inspiration and above all, support and encouragement.  So thank you.  Thank you for stopping by and for all the kind words you've left.

Thanks to my hosts who have so graciously given up space on their blogs to talk about my book.  You guys are the best, and I am humbled by your enthusiasm and generosity!

Before I go any further, here are the purchase links. FYI the paperback is $16.99 and the ebook is $3.99.


And here is the schedule!  I won't be here the next 2 weeks, I'll be everywhere else!

Thursday, December 6, 2012:  Release Day!  Woo Hoo!  Guest Post on My Writing Process for Finding Claire Fletcher at Emily Unraveled!  I'll also be at the brilliant Nicky Wells' Hall of Fame talking about 10 Things You'd Be Surprised to Know About Me.  Also read an excerpt on Front Row Lit!

Friday, December 7, 2012:  Bards & Prophets (Guest post on Finding An Agent)

Saturday, December 8, 2012:  nobody blogs on Saturdays, right?  No posts!

Sunday, December 9, 2012:  Sundays are for catching up on the last week of blogs, right?  No posts!

Monday, December 10, 2012:  Interview on Nancy S. Thompson's blog.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012: Cassie Mae - Interview

Wednesday, December 12, 2012:  Interview on Melissa Maygrove's blog.

Thursday, December 13, 2012:  Libby Heily Guest Post with Excerpt - on writing a scene and talking about it/J.C. Martin Guest Post on Perseverance in Pursuing Goals

Friday, December 14, 2012:  Falling for Fiction and I'll be over at Use Your Words with the incomparable Elizabeth Seckman (Find out why Braveheart is one of my favorite Christmas movies).

Saturday, December 15, 2012:  Does anyone read blogs on weekends?

Sunday, December 16, 2012:  does anyone read blogs on weekends?

Monday, December 17, 2012:  I'll be over at So, You're a Writer telling secrets

Tuesday, December 18, 2012:  Julie Flanders at What Else is Possible - Guest Post "When Did You Know You Wanted to Be a Writer?"

Wednesday, December 19, 2012:  I'll be over at Writing With Hope.  I'll also be doing a Guest Post about my first writers conference at Leave it to Livia.

Thursday, December 20, 2012:  Guest Post on Why I Write at the Wizardry of Otin.  Details to follow. Also, guest post on Ten Things I Wish I'd Know Before I Sent My First Query at The Serial Killer Files - Jennifer Hillier

Friday, December 21, 2012:  Interview at The Doubting Writer with Jeff O'Handley

Finally, I want to draw your attention to my bestie and her amazing novel:  Nancy S. Thompson, author of The Mistaken.  It is one of the best thrillers I've ever read.  She is being promoted by Writers 4 Writers starting today so check out her book!

Also, if you head over to this blog post, you'll find some tweets about The Mistaken that you can copy and paste to help Nancy promote this awesome book!