Thursday, May 31, 2012

Almost Con time

ConCarolinas starts tomorrow (check out the last post for my schedule) and I've spent most of the day preparing. There were shirts to screen print, buttons to press, and outfits to arrange. And of course, that gift basket I mentioned in the last post. Want to see?

Lots of goodies in there, including an ARC of Grave Memory. You have to be present to win, so I hope you'll stop by my table and say hi. I'd love to chat with you!

Okay, time for me to go pack and stuff. I'll see you at the convention!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

ConCarolinas Schedule

[If you didn't see yesterday's call for minions, please scroll down to the previous post to learn how to get some free stuff by helping me spread the word with bookmarks!]

June is almost here (time moves faster each year, I swear) which means it is almost time for ConCarolinas!  This is a convention I look forward to each year because I always see so many friends. The Magical Words crew will be having our yearly reader lunch on Saturday, which is always a highlight of the weekend. I think last year we had sixty-four people turn out for the event--it was amazing. The line up of panels this year is once again exciting, and I'll have a table where I'll be signing books, giving out free stuff, and of course have books for sale. I'll also have a giveaway basket that will include an ARC of Grave Memory--I haven't decided how I'll give out tickets yet, but you have to be present to win, so I hope I'll see you there!

Here is my panel schedule.

Friday 04:00 pm to 05:00 pm

Event Title: You Had Me at Hello

Location: Lakeshore II - Programming 2

Friday 06:00 pm to 07:00 pm

Event Title: When Fairy Tales Were Scary Tales

Location: Lakeshore II - Programming 2

Friday 08:00 pm to 09:00 pm

Event Title: Bad Boys, Bad Boys

Location: Lakeshore II - Programming 2

Saturday 10:00 am to 11:00 am

Event Title: I Believe in Magic

Location: Lakeshore II - Programming 2

Saturday 06:00 pm to 07:00 pm

Event Title: Urban Fantasy

Location: Lakeshore II - Programming 2

Sunday 10:00 am to 11:00 am

Event Title: e-Books

Location: Keynes - Programming 5

Sunday 12:00 pm to 01:00 pm

Event Title: Marketing Yourself & Your Work

Location: Lakeshore II - Programming 2

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Call for Minions: Bookmark Project for Grave Memory release!

Today I'm calling all minions (aka volunteers for a street team) to see if anyone would be interested in helping me spread the word by taking bookmarks to their local bookstores!

 What I'm proposing is that if you're interested in helping me get the word out about the books (and helping some bookmarks find good homes) send an email to kalayna(AT)kalayna(dot)com with the words "BOOKMARK PROJECT" in the subject line and include your name, shipping address, and the name of the bookstore you plan to take the bookmarks to. I will  send you 20-30 bookmarks that you can take to the bookstore and either ask the manager to put on the checkout desk for customers to claim, or you can take the bookmarks back to the fantasy section and place them inside other urban fantasy titles so that the reader who buys that book will have a free bookmark and learn about my series.

Of course, I wouldn't ask you to help without giving you something in return. Along with the bookmarks, I'll send you a personalized and signed bookplate for Grave Memory (or any of the books you'd like to put it in.) Also, if you haven't already received a minion button and would like one, just let me know in your email and I'll be sure to put that in the package as well! 

Anyone interested?

Edited To Add: Sorry to my international readers. I'll try to do something special for you guys soon, but this particular project is for the US only. The bookmarks have only the US information on them.

Monday, May 21, 2012


Wow, you guys are awesome. Between the Goodreads blog and the blogger blog there were over 100 reviews entered. Thank you everyone who reviewed one of my books and entered the contest! I wish I could give you all copies. Unfortunately, I only have the two ARCs. So, on to what you are all waiting for.

I cranked up the random number generator and it picked two reviews. Congratulations:

-Eileen with your review at:
-proud_farmgirl with your review at: Amazon (it was a really long link)

Please send me an email at CONTESTS (AT) KALAYNA (DOT) COM with who you would like me to sign the book to and shipping information.  I'll get the ARCs in the mail asap.

Thank you again everyone who entered and please check back tomorrow: I'll be putting out a call for minions to help me spread the word with free bookmarks! (And, of course, everyone who volunteers will get free stuff.)

Happy Monday everyone!

[ETA sorry this is going up so late--I wondered why no one was commenting. I hit save instead of publish. **headdesk**]

Monday, May 14, 2012


Hey all. I promised I had big news and I do. I received my ARCs (Advanced Reading Copies**) of Grave Memory and I want to give them away to YOU. Of course, I have only two copies and there are likely a lot of you who are interested, so I've devised an easy contest.

To enter simply write a review on any book in my backlist and post it to the review site of your choice. (Goodreads, Shelfari, Amazon, B&N, etc) Once you've published the review, drop a link to it in the comments section of this blog. The more books you review and the more places you post your reviews, the more entries you receive. Easy enough?

The contest is open internationally and will run from now until Sunday, May 20th at 11:59 EST. If you'd like to be one of the first to read Grave Memory, I hope you'll help me spread the word with a review and enter to win an ARC.

Best of Luck!

**ARCs are printed before final edits so expect minor differences between the ARC and the book that hits shelves in July. ^_^

Friday, May 04, 2012

Twice Dead German Cover

I just saw the German cover for Twice Dead and it is gorgeous! Check it out:

What do you think?

Oh, and I have special news coming very soon, so check back on Monday!