Happy Birthday!

A Darkness Strange and Lovely giveaway!

You could win one of THESE babies. Oh yeah, you know you want it.

I wish I could say, “Hey! I’m back to blogging, guys!”

But I can’t. Though my  internet-via-phone-only pet-sitting stint was VERY productive for book 3, it was not quite as productive as I’d hoped. Primarily because I ALWAYS overestimate how quickly I can work. Sigh.

Anyway, I am super, SUPER close to finishing up book 3. I wrote the The End yesterday…after four days of nonstop sobbing.

I have seriously never cried so much in my entire life.


My eyes have also never been this puffy. Nor my wrists so sore.

My goal is to now revise these final chapters into a Real Coherent Ending and then turn this sucker in to my editor. So, perhaps I’ll be back to blogging in 2 weeks?

ANYWAY, the point of this post was not to bemoan how deeply I am grieving or how close I am to finishing book 3, but rather to say

It’s my birthday!

Toss the confetti!

I turn 29-years-old today. Frightening. Next year is that dauntingly huge 30. This is my last year as a cool twenty-something! WAAAAAH.

But on the bright side of aging, I am doing a super epic giveaway!

A signed ARC of A Darkness Strange and Lovely!

There are very few of these in the world yet, since the book doesn’t release for 5 more months. But I am just dying to send this little baby into the world, so…I will! It has become something of a birthday tradition of mine to giveaway ARCs much too early.

Now, if you want to enter the giveaway, you can do it either HERE or over on Pub(lishing) Crawl. The only “advantage” to doing it on Pub Crawl is that there’s a fun quiz to go along with the giveaway. 😉

If you opt to enter the giveaway here, then please leave a comment telling me one of YOUR birthday traditions and then fill out the Rafflecopter form below! Huzzah! Oh, and the giveaway is open internationally! ♥

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Pub(lishing) Crawl: It’s my ARC, and I’ll give it away if I want to…

…give it away if I WAAAANT to!

You’d give one away too if it happened TO YOU!

Okay. Phew. Enough with the goofy “It’s My Party” rendition because this is no goofy situation, my friends. Not. At. All.

In fact, it’s very, very, very serious.

Tomorrow is my birthday.

Birthdays are very serious affairs in my book. I blame this attitude on my mother, who used to allow my siblings and me to be “Queen/King for the Day” on respective birthdays. We were essentially given full reign to boss everyone around and eat junk food to our heart’s content. (Read more…)

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Giveaway Winners, Steampunk Birthdays, and More!

I really wish this steampunk cake were mine…

Oh my gosh, yesterday I got an AMAZING early birthday present!  It has been a goal of mine ever since I was a wee young writing lass to be a member of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA)…  To be in the same institution as some of my writing heroes, Ursula K. Le Guin, Anne McCaffrey, or George R. R. Martin.

And yesterday, my application got accepted!!! They EVEN ANNOUNCED ME ON TWITTER!!!! GAAAAAH!

Moving on.  Today is my 27th birthday.

I don’t feel 27.

I don’t look 27.

And I don’t think I act 27.

But it doesn’t much matter, for today is what it is, and according to my German friends, here in Deutschland, I give you gifts when it’s my birthday. Great tradition, huh? (That or it’s a great HOAX to trick me out of free stuff!) (Read more…)

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