Imagination doesn't just mean making things up. It means thinking things through, solving [problems] or hoping to do so, and being just distant enough to be able to laugh at things that are normally painful. [Some people] would call this escapism, but they would be be entirely wrong. I would call fantasy the most serious, and the most useful branch of writing there is.
--Diana Wynne Jones

Friday, October 1, 2010

Two More Days to Win a Free Book

I've decided to extend the deadline on my blog contest, since I only gave you two days to enter, which wasn't really fair.

The new deadline to win Kristen Chandler's new book, Wolves, Boys, and Other Things That Might Kill Me, is Sunday, October 3rd, at midnight.To see contest rules, go here. It's a well-told story with a satisfying romance that teenage girls, especially, will love. And it has wolves. Real ones. Best of all, it's FREE. All you have to do is enter the drawing.

Winner will be announced Monday morning, so be sure to check back.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Two Books, a Free Book, and Cheers to Some Friends

I walk into Borders one day and see stacks and stacks of a new book with a blue cover and a picture of a wolf.

Not a werewolf. A real one.

That gets my attention. I love wolves.

Don't get me wrong: I have nothing against werewolves and vampires. But I'm a total sucker for real, live wolves.

The other thing that catches my eye is the author's name: Kristen Chandler. Hey! I know her! We were in a workshop together three years ago. I remember her reading a scene from this very book. A very fine scene, as I recall.

I grab my copy and head home, where I curl up on the couch and spend some really pleasant hours with the lovely wolves of Yellowstone Park, a thoroughly likable tom-boy main character, and a way hotter love-interest than either Jacob-the-Werewolf or Edward-the-Vampire. Way cuter. And he feels as real as the wolves. I finish, put down the book, and sigh in satisfaction. I know my next blog-giveaway book.

What were in those snacks they served in that class? (Too bad they didn't they rub off on me). This is the second book published in the last year from that little group.

The third book just came in the mail this very day: Matt Kirby's The Clockwork Three--a fabulous book that's getting great reviews and you should all snatch up as soon as it appears in bookstores this week. Matt's  launch party happens to be in two days: 6:00 pm Thursday, Sept. 30th at the King's English bookstore in Salt Lake.I'll see you there, hopefully, where Matt will be talking about his book and signing.

Matt's book will be my giveaway for October. Hopefully by then I'll have a signed copy to give you.

One other exciting news item: my friend Bree Despain (also from that same class),whose book The Dark Divine came out early this year, just signed a movie deal on that book with the X-men guys. Congratulations, Bree!

And then one more news-bite that nobody but me will care about: I freaking finally finished The Swarm, by Frank Schatzing. It was quite exciting. I did nothing but sit around on my behind and read all day today. So why did it take me so long?

1. Because I'm used to reading kids' books and my attention span has shrunken, apparently.

2. It's a grotesquely fat book (almost 1000 pages) and way too heavy to carry to the doctor's and everywhere. A prime candidate for the Kindle. Even I think so, and I hate the idea of ebooks.

Now I'm way behind in meeting my goal of reading 100 books by the end of the year. I foresee a lot short books in my future.

But down to business. Free Books. 

I've been slacking on the giveaways, I know. It's been a rough summer. So this will be a short contest, since I'm trying to squeeze it into what's left of September.

The info:

September's Free Book= Wolves, Boys and Other Things that might Kill Me, by Kristen Chandler.

To enter:

1. Follow my blog by clicking on the follower do-hickey to the right of this post.
2. Comment on this post and tell me you  follow; also in that comment, request to enter the contest.
3. Do it by midnight September 30th, 2010. That's in two days. Thursday.

That's all!

Next month, look for a signed copy of The Clockwork Three.

Note: if you're a freebie junkie and one free book isn't good enough for you, you might want to take a look at The Giveaway Scout , a site that searches for giveaways, free stuff, and blog contests like this one.

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