Last night I stumbled on a SALE – my book is only $2.39 for Kindle right now. That’s right, $2.39. That’s like the price of a latte or a bunch of other things that are just not as fun or satisfying as a cute and funny e-book about a girl who gets hit by lightning and can then hear ghosts.
What else can you get for $2.39? I did the work for you and here’s what you can get:
If you don’t have a Kindle, you can download the Kindle Reader ap thingie and can read on your phone, tablet or computer, so if you’re reading this blog post, you can easily read the book. That said, if you prefer to hold a real book, it’s still a very reasonable price to get a copy for yourself or your tween.
p.s. The book is on sale RIGHT NOW, but I truly have no idea how long it will be on sale for, so A. act now if you’re thinking about it and B. if you miss the sale, please don’t blame me-I have nothing to do with the prices of my book.
Thank you to all of you who have spread the word about this sale – it means a lot to know so many of you support me and the book!
Hi again! If you’re familiar around these parts, you probably know that I went to Arizona last week for the Tucson Festival of Books and in doing so, participated in the ARIZONA ROAD TRIP OF AWESOME (ARTOA), but you may not have known about all the hijinks I got up to. So in the interest of entertaining you, here’s a little recap post with some fun pictures. It was an AMAZING trip and if you’re at all able to go to the festival next year, I highly recommend it, although hopefully the weather will be a bit nicer. Arizona owes me some sunshine-we Canadians don’t get near enough, especially in March, so I’m a bit sad that I didn’t get my fair share on this trip. That said, it was still a great time, as you can see below.
First, as on every good road trip, we had a great driver, the lovely and safety-conscious Lisa McMann. She’s a very good driver and not just on the driveway. After she picked me up, we also collected fellow road-trippers, A.S. King (referred to hereafter as ‘Amy’) and Heather Brewer.
All road trips require food and this one was no exception-we had a great dinner with some Phoenix area friends.
After the dinner, we headed over to Changing Hands where we sat with a full crowd for Amy’s event. She engaged the audience with her readings and great stories.
Then we tried on hats.
And as it turns out, someone was celebrating a birthday during the ARTOA
On Friday, it was off to Tucson, but first, we made a stop at Casa Grande for some school visits. Lisa, Amy and Heather headed to the high school and I had the extreme pleasure of meeting up with the wonderful Jennifer Nielsen and we did two school visits together. For this newb, it was a high honor indeed to get to present with such a funny, engaging professional.
And then we were off to Tucson. While Amy, Lisa and Heather jetted off to a swanky dinner, where I heard they had steamed burgers (that can’t be right?) Jennifer and I were joined by the lovely and hilarious Elizabeth Eulberg. We ate at this place that served the biggest bowls of food I have ever seen. Seriously, that was A LOT OF FOOD. Then we got freaky weird fortunes. I would share them with you, but I have since lost them, and anyway, what happens at Pei Wei, stays at Pei Wei.
Saturday was all about the Tucson Festival of Books. It was a cold, drizzly day, but that didn’t dampen the spirits of the many book lovers who came out.
I started my scheduled part of the day off with a signing at the Mostly Books booth with Lisa. Jody, Tricia and the other staff were great – thanks for hosting us! While there, I sat next to Hilary Davidson and through chatting, we realized we’re both from Canada – only an hour apart. Hilary now lives in New York, but still, how cool is that?
Yes, it’s dorky, but seeing my name up there on a cool sign got me all emotional. You know you’re special when someone puts your name on a sign that isn’t just a scrawled whiteboard. Anyway, the 1pm panel was great and very well attended. Somehow, Lisa got me to tell one of my most embarrassing high school stories. I’m not going to tell you what it was, because what happens in the Kiva Auditorium, stays in the Kiva Auditorium (thankfully). Our moderator, Gail, kept the questions coming and engaged the audience in Q&A-thanks, Gail!
My second panel was all about writing humor. My co-panelists were Linda Urban and Elise Broach, two fine ladies I’d never met before. I do know Linda from Twitter, but it was especially nice to meet her and Elise in person. It was kind of weird meeting my co-panelists just minutes before our session, but very quickly, I realized they were professionals and we’d be great. We got many thoughtful questions from the audience and it went very well. Thank you to moderator Jennifer for the excellent questions and keeping everything running smoothly.
I also got to meet Tom Leveen again (we met very briefly at NCTE in November) and the lovely Erin Lange, a fellow Apocalypsie. We share the same publisher and even editor, so it was great to meet up. We didn’t have a lot of time to chat, which was a bit sad, but means I just need to return to Arizona again.
All in all, it was a great trip and it is definitely something I would do again. I love author events where I get to meet colleagues and other book lovers and if you throw in some travel, well, I’m in. If we were to do it again, we would possibly contact an RV Rental company to see how much it would be to rent an RV for a couple of weeks. That way, we would just have a little extra room. I honestly had such a great time on this trip that it has inspired me to plan another roadtrip for next years vacation. I have been researching the best countries for road trips and Iceland has been recommended a lot. Apparently, you can hire cars from https://www.carsiceland.com/ and because it’s such a small country, it’s easy to see lots of it whilst driving. It’s not a country I ever thought of visiting, but that might be about to change. Thanks to everyone who made the ARTOA truly awesome.
This is just the busy, writer related stuff – I’ll also be doing some serious R&R and of course, book buying.
THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED – Congrats to Melissa Roske!
But before I go, I have to pack for the trip. Of course I only have so much room, but I have like a zillion Sharpies! How to choose? YOU are going to help me. Pick from the colors below and tell me why I should take that color of Sharpie to sign books with. Just leave a comment below and you’re entered to win a copy of YOUR CHOICE of SIGNED/PERSONALIZED book by one of any of the authors listed above (or you could get some extra brownie points and pick a signed personalized copy of my book, but if you don’t I understand. I mean, look at those other authors!).
Sound like the easiest thing ever? Yeah, pretty much. And if you tweet, Facebook or otherwise tell your friends about it, I’ll give you an extra entry, just make sure you let me know in your comment what you’ve done. Because I’m not rich, this will have to be a North America only contest (sorry friends from Norway and other lovely places abroad!). AND you only have until this Wednesday, March 6 at 23:59 EST to enter so I can pick a winner and organize the prize.
Here’s what you’re choosing from?
Left to right: bronze, Kermit green, black, teal, sky blue, purple, red, orange, indigo, pink, forest green. Don’t forget to tell me WHY you picked that color.
Okay, ready? GO!
*Jennifer also has an event at Changing Hands on Wednesday, which I will unfortunately not be able to attend, but if you’re in the area, go and say hi for me. Tell her I’ll see her Thursday.
It’s been a busy few weeks, to say the least. If you don’t know why, um, where have you been?
In addition to doing some signing events and going to NCTE in Las Vegas, Kate Messner and I headed up a fundraiser for Superstorm Sandy relief, for which we raised ***drumroll*** over $60,000! Round 2 alone raised $23,282. Pretty awesome, right?
I’m SO thankful for Kate and the rest of the people who made the auction amazing. We had a ton of donors who offered up their time, services and great stuff to help us reach this goal. Please check out the auctions (please note – the auctions are all now closed) to see who our donors were—SO MUCH talent and generosity—I’m honored that they all came forward to help out.
If you did miss the auctions or didn’t win one of the awesome prizes donated by publishing industry rockstars, the Red Cross is still collecting donations and the money is much needed, so please donate if you can*.
So now that’s over, I’m going to take a bit of a break to get back to writing. Hopefully I remember how to do that, because it feels like it’s been a loooooong time.
Wishing you all the best for your holiday season and remember, nothing makes a better gift than a book. Like one about ghosts. And bras and first kisses. If you agree, you can find SMALL MEDIUM AT LARGE at your favorite book retailer (see my main page for handy links) or if you want a personalized copy, get in touch with my SMALL MEDIUM AT LARGE Indie Bookstore Headquarters, Bryan Prince Books and they’ll set you up with a signed, personalized copy (they’ll ship anywhere, because they’re awesome like that).
AND it is the season for giving, so consider giving a book, ANY book to a children’s toy drive so we can all spread the joy of reading.
Congratulations to Kimberley Moran, winner of the prize pack below.
Thanks to all for playing and wishing you a happy and safe holiday. And hey, wouldn’t it be that much better with a fun MG read? Hint, hint.
That’s right. In ONE MONTH, SMALL MEDIUM AT LARGE will hit U.S. shelves and I think that is cause for great celebration. So, if you are AMERICAN, you are eligible to win the prize pack below (yes, this is the same prize pack that Canadians were eligible to win last week, with one important difference – THIS one has an American sock monkey):
This prize pack contains: Phelps, the sock monkey, an author-made friendship bracelet with a Ouija board charm, a signed bookmark and a personalized-to-you signed postcard. Yes, signed by me. I asked Phelps, but he heard Gretzky wasn’t into it last week, so he’s not doing it, either.
So, you want to win? All you have to do is BE AMERICAN and leave a comment below, telling me what your plans are for July 4. You have until 11:59 Eastern on Thursday, June 7 to enter.
Congratulations to Lindsay @ Turning the Pages, winner of the prize pack below!
That’s right. In ONE MONTH, SMALL MEDIUM AT LARGE will hit Canadian shelves and I think that is cause for great celebration. So, if you are CANADIAN (you lovely U.S. folks will have your chance next week, don’t worry) you are eligible to win the prize pack below:
This prize pack contains: Gretzky, the sock monkey, an author-made friendship bracelet with a Ouija board charm, a signed bookmark and a personalized-to-you signed postcard. Yes, signed by me. I asked Gretzky, but he’s apparently too cool to sign stuff.
So, you want to win? All you have to do is BE CANADIAN and leave a comment below, telling me what your plans are for July 1. If you tell me you’re getting ready for your 4th of July picnic, I’ll know you’re not Canadian! You have until 11:59 Eastern on Tuesday, May 29 to enter.
But what you didn’t know, is that I want YOU to help me decide what kind of cupcakes there will be. So I’ve put together this nifty poll. I know these ALL sound delicious, but just pick your very favorite flavor and the most popular ones will be what I order for my party.
Come on! Be heard!
Even if you can’t make it, feel free to vote anyway!