I can't believe GEORGIA PEACHES AND OTHER FORBIDDEN FRUIT is releasing one month from today. This book was written during the most difficult time of my life. And now as it's releasing, my life is entering a period of change, excitement, and hope.
In the interest of promotion (yeah, yeah, the author's bane), the love of gifting, and just general fun, may I present you with this giveaway. The Elephant Sanctuary in TN plays a bit part in the novel, but I absolutely loved this shirt. It relates to my author's note in the back of the book, and also life in general. When you find your herd, your people, you are happy. (This T is available S-3X in unisex sizing)
In an early scene, Joanna (Jo) Gordon, gets a makeover. Urban Decay Naked Palette plays a role in that transition. This awesome smokey palette looked fun.
Hellcat Coffee Shop is a fictional spot, but it's one of Jo and Dana's (her best friend) favorites. I had a handful of T-shirts made just because I wanted to. I have one S, one M, one L left. You get to choose. They are unisex sizes.
And finally, a swag pack of stickers and bookmarks AND an annotated ARC with all sorts of inside the author's mind (that's me) trivia marked in the margins.
US only. There are lots of ways to win explained in the entry form below.
For a free entry without doing any of the stuff, mail a postcard to me, c/o PO Box 133, Micaville NC 28755, by 8/19.
So I'm giving away 3 Hellcat Coffee T-shirts. Hellcat Coffee is a fictional coffee shop on Moreland Avenue frequented by Joanna's best friend, Dana. It's a pretty happening spot.
So I'm giving away one small, one medium, and one large T-shirt for my birthday.
All you have to do is guess my dream b'day gift. Either here or on Twitter. Hashtag on twitter is #guessforaT. I'll pick the first correct answer in each size so be sure and tell me which size you'd prefer. And hey, sticker swag for all who guess! You'll have to send me a mailing address to my email listed on the right side of this blog.
And hint: There are many people I know who would want this gift.
The countdown has begun! It's three months until the release of GEORGIA PEACHES AND OTHER FORBIDDEN FRUIT and time to get this party started. For the next few months I'm going to give you guys the opportunity to win!!! This month, next month, and then release month. Each prize is going to be bigger and more brilliant than the next. I promise! And yes, you can enter every single time, because each time it's very slightly different.
So without further ado, for the auspicious date of May 30th, three months out from release date, I'm throwing some stuff your way.
What stuff you say? Well here you go, this month's giveaway prize is:
It’s been an entire year since the release of No Place To
Fall, an entire year of being an author as well as a writer. It seems like a
time to reflect and look back on the accomplishments, joys, and sorrows of such
a tremendous accomplishment, but it’s hard to do.
About five weeks after the release of No Place To Fall, my
partner of twenty years was diagnosed with metastatic colon cancer that had
advanced into her liver in a big way. Six weeks later, she was gone. That’s a
story in itself, but it's enough for you to know that it's been hard.
The first many months I reeled—buried under a weight
and fog like none I’ve ever experienced in my relatively charmed and privileged
life. Truth be told, I’m still reeling, though I hide it pretty well under a
veneer of keeping busy.
I’m trying to channel much of this into a book, but writing
is hard. I’ve done well with finishing up the two projects that were already in
the works, but new words….difficult. I’m trying to trust that it’s my grief
inhabiting all the creative spaces and eventually I’ll find it again, but,
I’m glad I still have the day job just in case.
But let’s move out of the oh, poor, sad Jro story and into
some bright spots from the first year of authordom, shall we?
·My launch party was amazing and Raven was there
and oh, so proud.
·People telling me they love my words is surreal.
·I got to go to Graceland, because I was on book
·Book tour, what the what? Whose life is this?
·I’ve been invited to two book clubs – enough
about me let’s talk about me some more!
·Every bookstore I go in, I look for No Place To
Fall, then offer to sign it! So fun.
·I did two book festivals, at one I had a
conversation with Ron Rash, at another I met Diana Gabaldon.
·I’ve met amazing bloggers and readers and fellow
·Even through my grief, I still feel pretty great
about being a published author, it is a seriously cool thing and has been a bright spot in a dismal year.
So, as a thank you, if you leave a blog comment, or regram my Instagram post, or retweet or tweet about No Place To Fall’s birthday anytime before midnight tonight,
you’ll be entered once for each (be sure and tag me so I know!), into a drawing for one of five pre-orders (technically not really, as I have to wait for the release date) for Will’s Story: A
No Place To Fall Novella. (for Kindle or Nook) coming April 5, 2016.
This 80 page short follows some of the same timeline as No Place
To Fall, but we get to see the events through Will McKinney’s eyes. To me, Will
is a pretty decent guy and I wanted him to have a chance to explain his early
actions in the novel, and we also look a little deeper at his relationship with
his family. If you want to pre-order it yourself, it's available for Kindle HERE and for nook HERE.
Also, keep your eyes and ears tuned in for this winter, when
I should have a cover to reveal for my next book, Georgia Peaches and Other
Forbidden Fruit, which is scheduled to release on November 15, 2016.
Thanks for stopping by, I hope to have a bit more content in
the weeks and months ahead. And hug the people you love, then hug them again.
Here’s how this giveaway will work: you’ll get a free
entry just for stopping by and signing in, and if you want to increase your
chances, you can support the mentors by buying their books or pre-ordering
them. If you want to increase your odds to get a critique from a particular
mentor, you can go and buy/preorder said mentor’s book by following the links
above. You can buy more than one book, and up your chances in more than one
giveaway, too! You might even win a chapter critique by more than one mentor.
This is it. Round three of mentoring Pitchwars — Young Adult category.
I love this contest so much. Each year, I've read incredible stories, made incredible friends, and seen incredible things happen for writers. So, first off, GO YOU! It's scary to put yourself out here like this. But like they say, you can't win the lottery if you don't play the lottery. And you baby, you just bought your ticket if you entered Pitchwars!!!
My wishlist this year is kind of simple. I want to be lifted up, swept off my feet, and transported. I want my heart to feel warm and my spirit happy at the end of the novel.
Not to be too personal, but I've had some loss this year and though I do like serious books and heavy books and books that make me cry, it's NOT what I'm looking for this year. Well, a crying scene or two or three is okay, but I don't want a HEAVY sort of book.
So, the big question, genres. Here's the deal. I write contemporary and am working on a sci-fi for fun. I love reading sci-fi and historical and adventure and magical realism and contemporary in equal measure. I like some fantasy but it's not the genre I gravitate toward in my reading and I prefer when modern worlds are mixed in (like Laini Taylor or Cassandra Claire). But I'm not going to say "only send me this" because I don't want to miss out on the book and writer that are right for me to mentor.
Here's what will get me to sit up and turn pages:
Deep characterization and self-actualized characters.
Rich, visual worlds (and yes this is possible in contemporary)
Lesbians. Yep. But also any swoony love story of any sexual preference.
Smart funny, quick wit, irreverance
Things I personally love-- horses, dogs, the art world, quirky settings, off-the-beaten path locations, unusual journeys, the South, out-of-the-box characters, music, food, politics, religious issues, environmental issues.
A great story!
What I don't want this year.
Sad or heavy (a sad subplot is fine but no dead family members or cancer themes)
Hard Sc-Fi - my taste runs more toward Beth Revis and Alexandra Duncan's type of sci-fi.
Fantasy with unpronounceable names or plots that gravitate around war or elementals or stitching time or fairies.
Time travel, Steampunk, Straight thrillers or mysteries (ok within a scifi or historical framework)
Rape, Suicide, Addiction, etc.
All white, straight casts of characters.
Some of my favorite books from the last couple of years that made my "5 star - Hug The Book" shelf: The Elegance of the Hedgehog (adult), Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy, I'll Give You The Sun, Salvage, Far From You, Aristotle and Dante Discover The Secrets of the Universe, Tell The Wolves I'm Home (adult), All The Truth That's In Me, The Night Circus, Ask The Passengers. There are many, many more that I love, but these were incredible to me - smart, gorgeous, and engaging.
Some of my favorite TV shows, because wow there is some good stuff out there and I love to talk about them, are: The Wire, Justified, Game of Thrones, Sense8, Firefly, and, of course, Orange is the New Black. But, I've never watched The Bachelor and I haven't had real TV in over 15 years. Just Netflix.
So, why pick me? I have worked with two different editors, two different agents, a major publishing house, and have a published novel, a soon-to-be released novella, and another to-be-published novel in the works. A resource for what it's like on this side of the fence is an invaluable thing when you first sign with an agent and start to navigate publishing waters.
I will be your biggest cheerleader. Seriously. Feel free to reach out to my former mentees and alternates. My 2013 mentee signed with her PW manuscript and is out on sub currently after a major revision (and I think we came in 2nd in Pitchwars with requests!). My 2013 1st alternate signed with her 2014 PW manuscript (which I read, but didn't mentor) after multiple offers. My 2014 crew have not yet found their perfect agents but I do think they feel happy with their PitchWars experience - seriously contact any of them: @nina_writes @saille @aprilcrosebooks @krisrey19 @chelseyblair
As for my mentoring style - I'll do an overall read to make big picture suggestions and point out any writerly generalization type things and send you on your editing journey. Then, time permitting, I will do as much of a line edit as I can. I will be honest with you about my time and availability as I'll be working on a revision of my own as PW is happening. And I expect the same from you - open, great, kick butt mentor/mentee communication! In return, I expect you to have an open mind, a willingness to work hard, and the kind of "can't knock me down" attitude that is, what I think, is the critical component to success in publishing. And of course, we'll get that pitch and query super shiny.
Feel free to tweet me questions or ask them here, if you have them. Really looking forward to getting to know you all!
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