Things are a weird (and quite surreal) mixture of incredibly laid-back and stressy-busy around here these days. It’s odd, and not great for productivity. Still, I sent out my newsletter today. It included the cover for Shades of Green (in case anyone missed it) and also the first chapter. I hope everyone enjoys it 🙂

In other news, over at Niteblade we are giving away a free .pdf of last year’s December issue, Oh, Christmas Tree. If you don’t already have a copy you can get it at http://www.niteblade.com/news 🙂

I won’t be online reliably now until after the New Year, so I hope everyone has a wonderful rest of December and I’ll see you in 2010 🙂

Book Pages

What do you look for in a book page?

I had a moment of ‘Zomg! Look at the date!’ yesterday, which was just enough to get my butt in gear working on spreading the word about SHADES OF GREEN since it’s coming out in less than a month! I’m a 60/40 mixture of nervous and excited… Anyway, I started talking to bloggers about doing interviews and guest posts, and to reviewers about reviewing the story. I also created a little page on this blog for SHADES OF GREEN (linked to from the title). The thing is, I’m not quite sure what else to put on it. It needs something…it’s pretty empty.

I am going to check with my publisher and see about including an excerpt, and once I have some reviews to share I’ll put them there too…but is that all that’s missing? What do you like to see on pages dedicated to a single book? Or, possibly a better question, do you ever go to or read promo pages like that?

Inquiring minds want to know… (or is that enquiring? hmmm…)

We Have a Winner :)

Well, NaNo is over, and I’m so happy it is. I was not loving it this year. Okay, that is a huge understatement. I hated it. I resented every minute spent working on ‘NaNo’ stuff. What I really wanted to be doing was sitting and thinking, taking time to let my brain work through some of the details I need to know about the setting and society See The Sky Again is set in, and working on it. That doesn’t work as a NaNoWriMo project. So I started working on rewriting Shadows. Fantastic…until I hit a bump that again, required some time and quiet contemplation. Anyway, I won’t bore you with all the details, but I wrote 50,000 words, crossed the finish line and am seriously thinking about skipping NaNo next year. There was a time in my life I needed it, but I believe that time has passed.

There was, however, a contest 🙂

I promised a prize to the person who guessed the day I finished NaNo (or came closest). I wrote my 50,000th word on the 30th. There were a handful of entries, and everyone had more faith in me than they should have, it seems LOL Mindy came the closest, however, when she guessed the 27th. Thank you to everyone who entered, and Mindy, keep an eye on your email.

Lastly, for today. The new Niteblade Anthology, Nothing to Dread is finished and available as a paperback or a download. Yay!