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Thank you…take 2

So…one week has passed. I’m not sure how it happened… One moment it was the 24th, then ten bazillion tweets, interviews, guest posts, Pinterest pins, emails, and loving comments later, it was suddenly the 31st.

I have never, ever, EVER felt so much love. Truly, you all made the book’s release day (and the days following) the MOST SPECIAL DAYS OF MY LIFE. And it’s still happening! As more people read the book, more emails and more tweets show up on my feed and remind me why I ever set out to be a writer…

You see, I think it’s easy to forget WHY we all started out with this whole writing thing… We get caught up in the “getting of an agent” and “keeping up with the trends”. Then we get wrapped up in selling our books to a publisher and worrying if OUR deal will be as big as THEIR deal–as if deal size and the time it takes to sell a book are somehow measures of the story’s quality. Guys, it isn’t. (Read more…)

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Thank you

Sorry: This post is very long. I tried to bold people’s names so they could find their own particular “thank you” more easily. I totally understand  if you don’t want to read it all; cliffnotes version: Thank you to everyone. :))

This post is one of those that’s kind of hard to write…primarily because it leads to hysterical (happy) tears that leave my keyboard damp and my nose stopped up.

But I have to say “thank you” today–on The Official Release Day of my book, I can’t happily bask in launch-glow without acknowledging ALL the people that got me here.

Guys, writing a book definitely takes a village, and there were SO MANY people that helped me get Something Strange and Deadly to where it is today. And…so many of those people didn’t make it into the book’s acknowledgments. Funnily enough, I had to write my acknowledgments a year ago–before I even met or grew close with so many of the people that helped bring this book to its close.

So, let’s start at the very beginning (a very good place to staaart. When you sing you begin with…wait…sorry. The only way I can keep from crying today is to be a goofy fool. Forgive me.). (Read more…)

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Something Strange and Deadly OUTBREAK

So…I had this post prepared for today–a “thank you post” in which I spend A Very Long Time thanking everyone who has shared this journey with me (that includes ALL OF YOU ♥).

But then, I woke up this morning to the most fabulous surprise from my friends. A surprise so huge, so generous, and so thoughtful, it actually makes tomorrow’s launch seem small in comparison.

Plus, the generosity of my friends has REALLY hit home what I said last week–about not stressing over the book release and instead, appreciating and enjoying my relationships.

Basically, Sarah Maas and Erin Bowman put their collective evil genius minds together and created the…

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And that’s alright; I found a martyr in my bed tonight

So, I’m back from Comic-Con, jet-lagged into a zombie state, and desperately wanting to give you all the fabulous lowdown on the Amazinginess That Is The Con.

Thing is, the Convention was amazing, but not for any of the reasons I expected. Sure, I saw some celebrities (and my Soul Twin Sarah shook Alexander Skaarsgard’s HAND. 5 days later, and I don’t think she’s washed that hand yet… ;)). I also saw some amazing, mind-blowing costumes and went to some even more amazing, mind-blowing parties…

Yet, the best part of Comic-Con was that I learned something about myself–something that has been a long time coming but didn’t really hit home until now. (Read more…)

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The importance of having writer friends

Left to right: Amie Kaufman as a pirate; Erin Bowman as a devil; Sarah Maas, rocking the astronaut helmet; and me as a homeless dude/angel who unintentionally looks a little like Jesus

I think I’ve probably talked about this before, but I’m not sure I’ve ever laid out the point quite like I’m about to. What point is that?

One of the most important steps in your writing journey is forming friendships with other writers.

I didn’t appreciate this as a young writer–back in my tween and teen years. I had Fictionpress, but it was a community of anonymous writers. And while the feedback those people gave me all those years ago was absolutely invaluable, I wasn’t open to intimate writing relationships. (Read more…)

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The Apocalypse (and Pub Crawl) is Coming!

If you trust the Mayans, than you think this year is the year to end all years…quite literally. I don’t put too much stock into that stuff, but then again, I’m not SO confident that I’ll knock it down.

Let’s just say I really HOPE it’s not the year of the apocalypse.

THAT SAID, I’ve read a few really fantastic apocalyptic or post-apocalyptic books…

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Happy New Year + #PubCrawlisComing Giveaway!

HAPPY 2012!

This isn't the real Caesar's Palace, is it?

Welcome to the year of the Apocalypse! Or Apocalypsies, if you take a brighter view of the future…

I survived Las Vegas (as evidenced by the photo to the right) and had an AMAZING time. I got to hang out with my writing Soul Twin, Sarah J. Maas, and my favorite critique partner, Kat(astrophe) Brauer. Who could ask for a better New Year’s Eve?

As most people tend to do, I’ve come up with a few New Year’s Resolutions. They’re off the top of my head, and I imagine I’ll develop more goals as the year progresses. But for now,

I am resolving to… (Read more…)

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Not Having Internet Kinda Sucks…So Does Writing Sequels

I’m back. We won’t even discuss how hard it was to get the internet back. It was an ordeal. An EPIC ordeal.

BUT, I came out with two wonderful things…

Thing #1

Oh, what’s that? Why yes, it IS a book. In fact’s a A FINISHED SEQUEL. Yep, that’s right. A Darkness Strange and Lovely is now complete. It’s with my agent and will hopefully ship off to my wonderful editor soon.

As some of you know, I had an incredibly difficult time writing this book. It was hands down the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life. (Read more…)

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Interview: Two Must-Read Historical Fantasy Authors

Small Review I don’t normally share my own interviews on my blog, but the questions for this interview were just TOO FUN! So I have to share…plus, there’s another great interviewee (author Eve Marie Mont, author of BREATH OF EYR) and an awesome GIVEAWAY (looooots of swag).

Even better, the ladies at Small Reviews and Ruby’s Reads have been doing this awesome historical fantasy jubilee all month! Lots of interviews and book recommendations!

Don’t miss it!

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Happy American Holidays!

First order of business: GIVEAWAY WINNER.

The new, proud owner of a German advent calendar and assortment of delicious German, Christmas cookies is…

Stephanie!

Yay! Email me (susan (at) susandennard (d0t) com) with your mailing address, and I will ship this to you ASAP. 

Second order of business:

Happy Week of American Thanksgiving!

I will be taking a break from the blog (though not from work. Alas. The show must go on.) this week, and return next Sunday with a super exciting book review!

So, if you’re in the States, be sure to gorge yourself this week, take lots of naps, and enjoy quality time with your family! We all have SO MUCH to be thankful for!!

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