Showing posts from August, 2010

Get the Word Out Contest Winners

First of all, let me just say THANK YOU to everyone who helped me spread the word about Grave Witch. This is the first contest I've run in the three (four?) years I've been blogging in which entering entailed more than just leaving a comment. I have to admit that I was a little nervous. I mean, what if no one cared and no one entered? But you guys are the best readers a girl could ask for. The Get the Word Out contest had over two dozen unique entries, so again, THANK YOU!!

Okay, my gushing is probably not what you are here to read about. You want to know the winners of the swag packs, right? I have consulted my random number generator and without further ado, here are the winners:

Jessica - Who helped spread the word  here.
Jennzah - who got the word out  here.
Kate - who posted everywhere for a total of 5 entries (wow!) Her facebook post was the one that was drawn out of the hat.

Congratulations! Jessica, Jennzah, and Kate please email at Contests(at)kalayna(dot)com [repl…

Last day to enter!

Just a quick reminder that today is the last day to enter the Get the Word Out contest! You still have until midnight tonight to help me get the word out about Grave Witch's upcoming release (not that you can't continue to spread the word after midnight) and be entered to win a cool swag pack that includes these cool items:

Click here for more details on how to enter. Winners will be announced tomorrow (Monday 8/16) so check back soon!

The Minion Button

Don't forget that the Get the word out contest (with your chance to win a cool swag pack including the Ace/Roc sampler) is running until Sunday August 15th. Details can be found HERE.

When the button maker first came in, the DH immediately announced that he wanted a button which read "Minion". Why? Because minion has been a running joke for almost a year now. You see, he attended his first convention only because I begged him to go with me--traveling alone is no fun. He agreed but stated he was going as my minion. Once he got to the con, he decided he liked it--there is more geek in him than he lets on--but the minion joke persisted. When we met the wonderful Rachel Caine at RavenCon the DH went as far as introducing himself as "Kalayna's Minion." (Her response? "Where can I get a minion?" ^_^)

So, when the button maker arrived, I designed a stark black and white button with just the word "MINION" across the face and my website in smal…

More cool stuff

Don't forget that the Get the word out contest (with your chance to win a cool swag pack including the Ace/Roc sampler) is running until Sunday August 15th. Details can be found HERE.

The mail guys around here probably think I'm crazy with all the packages suddenly pouring in. It's typically not like this. I'm preparing for a release and for the biggest Convention on the East coast, so, well, I've been busy. Today's gain? A big box from Vista Prints.

Okay, not that big. Actually, in comparison to some of the others, a rather small box. But, it contained some cool stuff. You'll notice in the picture that most of my order was for tie-ins for the Haven Novels. This particular order went in over a month ago (printing and shipping takes awhile unless you want to pay a small fortune to 'rush' it. I'd rather just order early.) and at that time I didn't have a copy of the final cover for Grave Witch, so I didn't want to order too many tie-ins…

And then there were ARCs

Don't forget that the Get the word out contest (with your chance to win a cool swag pack including the Ace/Roc sampler) is running until Sunday August 15th. Details can be found HERE.

 I might have to add the FedEx guy to my Christmas card list if he keeps making my day the way he has over the last week. If you heard sequels of delight yesterday afternoon and caught sight of some crazy girl dancing around, that was probably me. A package arrived yesterday  containing several ARCs of Grave Witch, and I held a bound copy of my book in my hands for the first time.

If you have never heard the term ARC before, it stands for Advanced Reader Copy/ Advanced Review Copy and is basically an unproofed copy of the manuscript which is bound and printed several months before the book goes to press so that it can be sent out to reviewers. By the words "uncorrected proof" you can tell this isn't the final version of the book, but it is very, very close. This book release is gettin…

Contest: Get the word out!

Grave Witch hits shelves in 56 days (and counting) and I need your help to get the word out. If you're viewing this post on my home blog, you might have already noticed the cool new countdown widget in the sidebar, but here it is again:

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What do you think? I hope you like it. Yes, that widget is counting down to October 5th and Grave Witch's imminent release.  And yes, I'm getting excited.

If you…

Look what FedEx brought!

Late yesterday afternoon the FedEx guy dropped off a huge box of Roc Samplers on my doorstep. These samplers include the first chapter from seven upcoming and recently released Ace/Roc novels, one of which, being Grave Witch! If you direct your attention to the upper left hand side of the sample book, you can see Alex from the front cover. This is the first time I've seen even part of the cover in print, (aside from my own promo materials, of course) and I was downright giddy when I opened the box.

These samplers are just gorgeous in their layout, presentation, and binding. My editor told me months ago that she wanted to include Grave Witch in the promo material they would be giving out at ComicCon (which is what these samplers are from--apparently thousands were given away a couple weekends ago) but I had no idea what form the final product would take. I couldn't be more excited that she sent me some of the remainders and that I will get a chance to pass them on to you!


Monster of the Moment

(I'm buried under deadlines at the moment, so this post is  cross posted.)

Several of my writer friends recently returned from the RWA National conference. I've never personally been to the conference, but from what people tell me the con is an amazing place not only to learn about craft, but to check the pulse of the writing business. Most major publishers and dozens of top notch agents attend every year. Trends in publishing inevitably come up at the conference and the RWA loops are always buzzing with what was said once the conference ends.

What's hot? What's selling? What's out and overdone?

This year Donald Maass (from Donald Maass Literary Agency) was quoted as saying that Vampires were dead (again). In contrast, the editors on the Pocket Books spotlight said that there is something timeless about vampires. The trend they think is out? Fallen Angels. (I didn't know fallen angels were in. I can only think of one or two books with fallen angels. Anyone want …

Coming to a blog near you . . .

I can't believe Grave Witch will hit shelves in just a day over two months from now. Two months seems both very distant and way sooner than should be possible. I'm excited and terrified all at once--which means it's a good time to start planning a party.

Yes, a party. A party spanning the majority of September and October.

In preparation for Grave Witch's release I plan on hosting events and giveaways, and if I can arrange it, a whole slew of special guests.  The idea to host guests didn't hit me until yesterday, so I'm scrambling to get the list together, but I've already heard from one of my favorite authors and contacted several others, so things are looking good, party-wise.  As soon as I have nailed down dates, I'll release more concrete information.

In the mean time, watch this space. I should be posting the schedule for my upcoming blog tour soon. I'll also be announcing guests for the party and hints at other events (as I think them up.)

The …

For the love of buttons and a contest

For many years, I've covered most bags I own in 'flare'. I can't remember exactly when I started doing it, but it's become quite a habit.  I'm hard on bags and harder still on buttons (I lose the backs of pins and accidentally rip the faces off  buttons on a regular basis just by walking around), but as a whole, there are always new buttons to replace old ones. I love buttons and pins that let me display a little hint into my interests, affiliations, and attitude. Bands I love, movies I enjoyed, art I like, funny sayings . . . whatever, I enjoy showing it off in button form. When in conversation, I've often stopped and said "that should be a button!" I've done this so often around my writing group that we now have shared file called  'sayings for buttons'. Unfortunately, none of us had access to a button maker, so these sayings have just sat in a google docs list for the last few years.

That has now changed.

A few weeks ago I ordered a…

Randomness--Lonely Street

I haven't been blogging as much recently because I've been buried under deadlines (actually, that shouldn't be past tense, as those deadlines are ongoing) and blogging takes up writing/editing time. I hate ignoring the blog though, so today you get a bit of random bloggage.  Nothing too thought out, but hey, it's an update. ^_^

As I was searching for a friend's house this afternoon, I discovered there is a road about two miles from my new house called Lonely Street. I didn't take this road, but I glanced down it as I drove by. It was a small, one way street with overgrown foliage pushing in on either side. The pavement extended only a couple yards past the main road; then it turned into a dirt road with two deep trenches where tires had cut a path and weeds covering the mound in the center. It did, in fact, look very lonely.

Okay, that's it for me. I hope everyone is having a great day!