Friday, January 30, 2009

Reviewed!

Reviews are starting to pop up on blogs, and because I like to live dangerously, I’ve been reading them when the alerts come in. (Dangerous because I know not everyone will like the story, and hearing someone rip Once Bitten apart won’t be fun.) Luckily, everything I’ve read thus far has been positive, and I am absolutely thrilled.

Jackie at Literary Escapism said:
“I found out about Once Bitten by Kalayna Price a few months ago and I just recently got my hands on a copy. I have to say, the intrigue I felt for this novel back then was definitely warranted. Price’s world is a lot different than a lot of societies I’ve been reading about lately. She gives a whole new twist to the shapeshifter culture and their reaction to the full moon.”
Read more here.

Hope at Hope's Bookshelf said:
“I'm anxiously awaiting the second book in this series. I can't wait to see what kind of trouble Kita will end up in next....”
(4 Hearts) Read more here.

Harriet Klausner at Alternative Worlds said:
“Urban fantasy readers who enjoy the works of Kelly Armstrong and V.K. Forrest will have a great time reading this exhilarating story. Kita is a fascinating lead character as she believes she cannot lead her clan because she shifts into a kitten and loathes the politics that go with being the Torin. Thus she remains in exile staying in kitten form so humans can adopt her until she feels she must move on to her next household. This is one fantasist who is worth the price of admission.”
Read more here. (And yes, being grouped with Kelly Armstrong did make my day, completely)

If you post a review or you see one around for Once Bitten, drop me an email and let me know. I’d love to read it!

Thursday, January 29, 2009

News and Happenings

Several readers have asked about an electronic version of Once Bitten, and one has now been released on Fictionwise. You can view it here. Or, you can head over to ereader.com where Once Bitten is currently listed as a featured book! (Yes, that exclamation point does denote excitement. I don't know how ereader picks their featured books, but I'm thrilled to see mine up on the front page!)

While I'm linking you to other pages, head over to the Bell Bridge Blog where I'm guest blogging about how I came up with the idea for my Haven Series. Please stop by and check it out.

Also, I am happy to announce the book is back up on Barnes and Noble, so all my links work again. Thanks to those of you who emailed both to let me know about the link glitch, and that everything was working again.

Have a good night everyone!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Book Videos

It was mentioned to me recently that I never linked my blog readers to the book video my publisher produced. This was totally an oversight on my part--probably because the concept of a book trailer is a little strange to me. Still, it's a cool clip, and when I watch it, I end up with a silly grin on my face thinking "hey, they are talking about my book."

I hope you enjoy!

Monday, January 26, 2009

Winners!

It's Monday morning, which means I have cued up the random number generator and drawn a winner for a signed copy of Once Bitten. Actually, I was so pleased with how many people stopped by to enter, I decided to up everyone's odds by drawing two winners.

Without further ado, the winners are:

Zhye and
CGinCA

Congratulations! Please email kalayna AT kalayna DOT com (replace AT and DOT with the appropriate symbols) with the name you would like your copy made out to and the address you would like me to ship the book.

Thank you everyone who entered!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Visual Editing

You still have time to enter your name in the drawing for a signed copy of Once Bitten! Click here for more information.

On a google chat yesterday, fellow Tri Mu NL Berger was talking about Tag_clouds, which, for lack of a better description, are computer generated word art. Anyone can create one with Wordle by uploading a block of text. Wordle applies different sizes to words depending on the frequency the word is used in the document. The most common words are the largest. This, I'm sure can lead to cute and interesting images, but the reason Tag_clouds were being discussed yesterday was for their potential as a writer aid.

Looking for overused words in a manuscript? Just find the largest words on the tag_cloud.

With that in mind, I made a tag_cloud of the first two chapters of my current WIP. During critique this weekend, the Tri Mu's noted a couple words I was using far too often. Ironically, none of the largest words on my cloud were on the list. That said, the more unique a word, the less you can use it without it standing out--and a word counter really can't deduce such a thing. So, not a perfect tool, but still useful. You can believe I'll be watching out for the word 'back' in my manuscript. ^_^

Have a great Hump Day everyone!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Win a Copy of ONCE BITTEN


To celebrate the release of Once Bitten, I am hosting my very first contest here on the blog. The rules are simple, just leave a comment between now and 11:59 EST Sunday the 25th, and I'll put you in the drawing for a signed copy of the book. I'll announce the winner Monday the 26th.

Easy, right? Good luck!

Friday, January 16, 2009

Thank you!

Hello Blog readers. I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who ordered the book already. My sales rank hit 880 on B&N yesterday, which is better than I ever hoped for. (In sales rank, the closer to 1, the better. I started out at 223k.) Seriously, I fell out of my chair when I woke up to that number!

So, THANK YOU!

I hope you enjoy the read.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

ONCE BITTEN is now available!!

I have big news today (and if you read the title to this post, you probably already know what it is.)

My editor wrote me a couple days ago to let me know I'd probably see Once Bitten listed at online stores by the end of the week. I have been extremely nervous since then, and of course, checking the major sites a couple times a day. Well, this morning I discovered both Barnes & Noble and Amazon have Once Bitten up and listed for sale!

This news makes me both extremely happy and even more nervous. Now it's out there. People can read it. I can make a rough estimate of everyone who read it before today--it's a relatively small pool of people, and while I don't know all of them, I have some idea who they are. Now the book is out there and has to sink or swim on its own. I hope people love it, but I'm realistic enough know not everyone will.

Is there a word to describe feeling both terrified and ecstatic? I wonder if every book release will feel this way?

Okay. Time for me to stop blathering away and get back to editing my WIP.

Current page count:
Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
67 / 286
(23.4%)

Friday, January 09, 2009

A New Year and New Plans.

I've decided not to make any big, year-long resolutions for 2009. I thought about possible resolutions, the list of goals, the things I'd like to achieve this year. . . I didn't write them down. I'm not going to. Not now, at the beginning of the year when everything is blank and unknown. It's the tradition, but I'm opting out.

There is a time and a place for pushing yourself hard and reaching for the glimmering goal in the distance. While the beginning of the year sounds like the perfect time to gaze that far ahead, it's really not. At least, not for me. Not this year.

Currently, I'm looking at the little goals. The goals that are ten steps ahead, instead of the full mile. I'm gazing across the day, week, or month, instead of across a whole year.

With that in mind, I have one goal. A goal for this month. By the end of January I want to have the second draft of my WIP complete. Currently, the first draft has 272 pages. As I work, this number will go up and down from day to day, (probably up more than down) but I'm going to try to track my progress here, and hold myself accountable by posting a meter.

Here is my current progress chart:
Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
23 / 272
(8.5%)


I better get a move on it.

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Cover Copy

Well, I'm back after an extended break over the holidays. (I spent most of my time lacking internet, so I'm still catching up on emails and blogs.) During the break, my publisher sent me a full cover copy of my book. Doesn't it look good? I also received and returned my Author Alterations over the holidays, so my input on Once Bitten is officially over. The book is now off to the printers, and I guess I'll see the first copy of it soon. I'm excited.

I hope everyone had a great holiday. Anyone have exciting resolutions for the New Year?