I had a fabulous idea. I wanted to post the first chapter of my second book, Sweet Peril, here on my blog as a Christmas gift to my readers. I was so stoked! As always, I asked permission from my editor (she nearly always says yes to my harebrained schemes) but to my shock she said no, and here’s why. It turns out they’ve decided to put the first chapter at the end of my YA contemporary romance novella, Flirting with Maybe, which is being published as an ebook for $1.99 on March 5, 2013! So I guess you’ll have to check that out if you want to get a sneak peek.
To learn more about the upcoming novella, you can check it out on Goodreads. I’m excited to see what cover those artists over at HarperTeen/HarperImpulse come up with!
The second thing I wanted to tell you about is a wonderful company called HebelDesign – it’s run by a talented woman named Vivi Hebel, who handmakes jewelry inspired by books! That’s right – she shares your love of reading and she’s found a fabulously creative way to show it! She’s recently obtained rights to make the turquoise necklaces from Sweet Evil. Each pendant is different and unique, made from natural turquoise. I was so impressed and giddy that I bought two when I met Vivi at YALLFest in South Carolina last month! I wear mine almost every day (it’s hard because my puppy wants to eat it). Vivi will also be making nickel bookmarks with inscriptions/quotes from Sweet Evil, along with an angel wing and piece of turquoise. You can even make a special request for a quote of your choice. I could not be more in love! Check these out!
GAH! EEP! Those quotes!!!
To visit her online store and place an order, click here. You’ll recognize many of the books that have inspired her beautiful pieces. It’s *possible* that if you place an order ASAP she can have it to you by Christmas, but because of the large number of recent orders she cannot guarantee holiday delivery. She’s working hard and doing her best. I love to see small businesses doing well.
Now for the giveaway…
While my mom was visiting last month, she had a copy of Sweet Peril printed out at a copy shop (because she’s my mom and my biggest fan, so she’s lucky like that). The copy shop wanted to advertise some of their other services, so they also gave us the first twenty pages of the MS, bound. That’s the table of contents, prologue, and almost all of chapter one. I’ve decided to give that away, along with a Sweet Evil turquoise necklace, and five autographed bookmarks (for a total of seven winners)! The Sweet Peril pages and necklace are US only, but the bookmarks are international.
What’s up for grabs:
How to enter:
Between now and Sunday, December 9th, at 9:00PM Eastern, simply comment on this blog post with the following information…
~ Let me know 1) what you liked best about Sweet Evil/your fave scene, OR 2) what you’d like to see happen in the trilogy. (As you can see, the contest is sort of geared toward fans/people who’ve already read book 1, because the sample pages from the sequel and the necklace won’t mean much to the winner if they haven’t read Sweet Evil, right?)
~ Also state in your comment whether you’re stateside/US or international. (If you don’t state that you’re US, you’ll only be entered into the bookmark giveaway.)
FOR THOSE OF YOU READING THIS ON GOODREADS, PLEASE VISIT MY BLOG TO ENTER – COMMENTS RECEIVED ON GOODREADS DO NOT COUNT TOWARD THE GIVEAWAY – THANK YOU!
Winners will be picked at random and announced after 9PM Sunday, December 9th. If winners don’t come forward within 24 hours to email me their address, a new winner will be chosen.
Thank you all so much for your love and support! I wish I could send pressies to everyone. But since I can’t, how about I start sharing some hot little excerpts/teasers from Sweet Peril, eh? I’ll get right on that at the conclusion of this contest. Promise.