Friday, October 29, 2010

Texas Gothic Cover

I was going to do a big tease to reveal the cover of Texas Gothic, but it’s up on Amazon for Pre-Order. Way to steal my thunder Amazon.com! But also, woot! You can pre-order!

So here it is, in all it’s glory. (I have no news yet about a UK or other foreign edition. I’ll let you know!)

Coming July 12, 2011:

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Teaser Tuesday

I feel guilty for getting so behind (again) on blog posts. You love me anyway, right?

Here’s a teaser from Texas Gothic to atone for my absence:

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Phin had to show off a bit. “I heard that fossils and archeological finds can go for millions of dollars.”

“Yes,” said Mark, “but we’re not talking australopithecus. This is a modern skull.”

“But—” I started. That couldn’t be right. The bone had felt old. Literally and in some way I couldn’t quite define. “You said it wasn’t recent. And Dr. Douglas said the site by the river had been here maybe a century or two.”

He grinned. “‘Modern’ on an evolutionary scale. As in, ‘less than half a million years old.’”

“Oh,” I said, embarrassed because I should have known that. I mean, they did teach evolution in Texas public schools.

“It might still be prehistoric, though,” said Mark. “If this turns out to be a mass burial of some kind, the value will be in information.”

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Friday, October 15, 2010

Day Three: Ferry over Puget Sound to Port Angeles

(Note: I’m posting some of these as I originally wrote them, since I really WAS planning to post as I went.)


I’m at Zeitgeist Coffee grabbing a cup of coffee and a snack (and some WiFi) before boarding the train to Chicago. Had a great conference over the weekend (though that doesn’t necessarily leave me with a lot to blog about, travel-wise, since I’m busy with conferencing).

Sunday I rented a car and drove out to Port Angeles to see Gwen Hayes, who added to her awesome by being a fabulous hostess. (I already knew she was a fabulous author. Her marvelous YA paranormal romance comes out next year.)

Why does renting a car always give me a successful Grown Up glow? Seriously! I feel like I’m a kid playing dress up for some reason. Maybe because it’s, like, the last thing you have to wait to be old enough to do. Until Social Security, anyway.

So I climbed into my cute little red Toyota and drove to Edmonds, and the ferry. Here was something else that gave me a glow of accomplishment. Drove onto the ferry, did not freak out or anything. I thought being on the top layer of cars would be bad, but it was actually better, because the sides are open. And of course I vacated the car as soon as possible, and went up to the passenger area where the lifeboats and stuff are.

Here’s a picture of Puget Sound on the way over. It looks very gray because it was. The blue would sort of tease for a moment, then go away.

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This is taken from Port Gamble, a historic little village. Until 1995, it was the oldest continuously operating saw mill in North America. I think I may move there, a whole lot of books from now.

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And here is the town of Port Gamble, the General Store on the left. (Some of my pictures seem to have been eaten (!!) by my camera! A bunch of them would not load onto the computer. *pout*)

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Then I was stopped by the raising of the drawbridge over the Fort Hood Canal. Fortunately, I did not that this was a floating bridge until after the fact.

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I really hope that ambulance wasn’t in a hurry to get somewhere. Here is the view that awaited me:

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Next, Port Angeles! (The joke all weekend was that I was going to shop for a prom dress. Which OMG! That picture is SO not the dress from the movie. I guarantee Bella did not buy that dress in Port A. No offense.)

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Downtown Port A. I loved this town an amazing amount. It reminded very slightly of Rockport, Texas, except completely different. Maybe remote coastal towns are a little the same all over.

Dang I have a lot of pictures from there. You’d think I was in love with the Olympic Peninsula or something. I’ll continue Sunday in another post. (Look for it on Monday, since I don’t usually blog on weekends.)

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Appearances

We interrupt this travelogue to advertise a couple of appearances by yours truly. (Why does ‘truly’ looks so weird? Spellcheck says it’s right.)

Tonight (Thursday, 14 October) I will be in Scottsdale, AZ at the Poisoned Pen Bookstore to help celebrate the release of Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. Here’s the deal (it’s kind of cool): They are livestreaming their book tour, and at each stop, they’re being interviewed by a fabulous guest author. Tomorrow, it’s me! The details are here on their website, and I hope that if you’re knocking around, looking for something to do on Thursday, you’ll come out and see us.

And if you’re anywhere ELSE, you can watch the event online here. Tune in at 4PM MST. (I think that’s 5 PM central... you can figure out the rest.)

If you’re not familiar with Kami and Margaret’s book(s), they are spooky and as Southern Gothic as they come. So if you are a fan of The Splendor Falls, you will probably really enjoy Beautiful Creatures (the first book) and it’s sequel. It’s their party, but I don’t think they’ll be offended if you want me to sign a book or two, too. (My own books, that is. Obviously.)

Saturday, 16 October, I will be in Balch Springs (near Mesquite and Dallas, TX) at the Weekend Reader Book Shop. (Here’s a map.) I will be signing starting at 11am and going until... oh, 1ish, or I run out of steam. They should have copies of Prom Dates From Hell and The Splendor Falls, as well as the rest of them. This is a great little bookshop, so even if you have all my books (or, you know, you hate my books or something), stop by and say “Hi.” It’s a nice place to do some early holiday shopping. (And we know that books make the best gifts.)

I am very sad that I will not be at the Texas Book Festival this weekend! I will be driving THRU Austin on my way to Boerne. (Time for Mom’s and my monthly trips to start again; Dodging Duck, here I come!)

Next weekend, 23 October, I will be in Tulsa, OK, on the University of Tulsa campus at the Nimrod International Journal’s Conference for Readers and Writers. Whew! That’s a mouthful. I’m speaking on Legends: The Hero’s Journey in the YA Novel.

And then I have to hurry home for A. Lee Martinez and Sally Hamilton’s wedding! (Cause that’s how cool I am!)

Day Two: ECWC in Bellevue, WA

Emerald Coast Writer’s Conference was lovely. Many great workshops, lots of great writers. I’m amazed by how many writers there are in the Seattle area, though I suppose I shouldn’t be. If you have a job where you could live anywhere, why wouldn’t you want to live somewhere as beautiful as the pacific northwest?

The view from our hotel room:

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Paranormal romance author Alyssa Day earned a place in my heart forever by quoting Dr. Lazarus from Galaxy Quest in her Keynote speech on Friday night, about how your mantra as a writer, no matter what stage you’re in, should always be: Never give up, never surrender.

My workshop with Caridad Ferrer and Tera Lynn Childs went very well (as far as I could tell, since no one walked out). The title was: On the Threshold: Three RITA winning YA authors tell all.
Then I was free to enjoy the rest of the conference, which I did, meeting some awesome authors for the first time, or the first time in person, or the first time in a year or more.

THEN I won a basket full of True Blood stuff, including a crew t-shirt and a way cool messenger bag with MORE POCKETS than you can POSSIBLY IMAGINE!!!

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The basket was donated by Deborah Schneider, who’s cousin (I think?) works for the show. (Deb is a librarian as well as writer of rockin’ western romances. Two kinds of awesome.) Thank you, Deborah!

Tera had to listen to me geek out in the room... not about True Blood, though there is that, but about the pockets in the messenger bag. Seriously! SO MANY POCKETS! I used it on the way home. Here it is on the train:

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But I’m getting head of myself. I haven’t told you about Port Angeles yet, which was one highlight of my trip, so I’ll save it for tomorrow.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Day one: Seattle (repost with pics)

In the interest in being organized and stuff, I’m going to start my trip recap by reposting my first day post, but with pictures!

Here are the awesome parts of my trip so far:

I upgraded to First Class and sat next to Tera Lynn Childs for flight from DFW to SeaTac. This was excellent because of Tera, who distracted me from my abject terror of flying and also... First Class, Baby!

The weather in Seattle was *gorgeous* yesterday, and looks to be more of the same today.

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And look! A tree with actual color on it! (This is sort of rare where I live.)

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Tera and I took the bus to Pike Place Market. On the way, we passed Cupcake Royale Coffee Shoppe. These are, like, my favorite two food groups in one place!

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Missed a stop, ended up walking a wee bit farther than expected, but that meant I didn't have to feel guilty about my big bowl of award winning chowder from Pike Place Chowder.

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I am not lying. This may be the best clam chowder I have ever eaten. Ever.

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Then the market, which I didn't see on my first (and only) trip to Seattle. I always thought Pike Place Market was just fish, but it was actually started as a place for local growers to sell their produce without a middleman. So even now, the produce has to be locally grown. I tasted an apple that... Well, I wouldn't have blamed Eve a bit for eating it. (I just deleted a ramble about how much we lose by modern transportation giving us anything we want.)

Next, a harbor cruise. Gorgeous day for it.

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We saw Mount Rainier, and apparently you don't get to see it very often because of the cloud cover. (This morning you could just barely see an outline.)​

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Out for dinner with my friends Lance and Kelli (and new friend A'mee). OMG best Indian food and Nann-n-Curry. (There is a definitely food theme to this post.) I adore Lance and Kel, and am so grateful they could meet up last minute. *hugs* Dropped Lance off at his rehearsal with Seattle Opera (!!) then grabbed desert at B and O in Capital Hill.

So total count:
Delicious meals/snacks/deserts consumed: 4+
Adventures in transportation: 3
Terrifying transportation: 3 (one plane, two LONG tunnels)
Close encounters with moving vehicles: 1

Today: Working in a Tully's coffee shop until time for the Emerald Coast Writer's Conference!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Still Travelling

I'm grabbing some WiFi in the train station to tell you that I have a whole backlog of blog posts about my trip to share with you, but at this point, rather than dump them all on you at once, I'll schedule them for next week. That way I can include pictures. :-)

I'm having a great time. The Empire Builder was amazing. I saw scenery I've never experienced before. I'm in Chicago now, waiting on the train to take me home to Texas. (Look up the Texas Eagle on Amtrak's website if you're curious.)

Now I'd better run along and get to my platform! 24 hours and I'll be home. It's been a fabulous trip, but I'm definitely ready to see my puppies!

Friday, October 1, 2010

Day One: Seattle

Here are the awesome parts of my trip so far:

I upgraded to First Class and sat next to Tera Lynn Childs for flight from DFW to SeaTac. This was excellent because of Tera, who distracted me from my abject terror of flying and also... First Class, Baby!

The weather in Seattle was *gorgeous* yesterday, and looks to be more of the same today. (I'm going to try and post a picture here, but this is my first blog post from my iPad, so I'm not sure how to do that yet.)

Tera and I took the bus to Pike Place Market. Missed a stop, ended up walking a wee bit farther than expected, but that meant I didn't have to feel guilty about my big bowl of award winning chowder from Pike Place Chowder. (I am not lying. This may be the best clam chowder I have ever eaten. Ever.)

Then the market, which I didn't see on my first (and only) trip to Seattle. I always thought Pike Place Market was just fish, but it was actually started as a place for local growers to sell their produce without a middleman. So even now, the produce has to be locally grown. I tasted an apple that... Well, I wouldn't have blamed Eve a bit for eating it. (I just deleted a ramble about how much we lose by modern transportation giving us anything we want.)

Next, a harbor cruise. Gorgeous day for it. We saw Mount Rainier, and apparently you don't get to see it very often because of the cloud cover. (This morning you could just barely see an outline.)

Out for dinner with my friends Lance and Kelli (and new friend A'mee). OMG best Indian food and Nann-n-Curry. (There is a definitely food theme to this post.) I adore Lance and Kel, and am so grateful they could meet up last minute. *hugs* Dropped Lance off at his rehearsal with Seattle Opera (!!) then grabbed desert at B and O in Capital Hill.

So total count:
Delicious meals/snacks/deserts consumed: 4+
Adventures in transportation: 3
Terrifying transportation: 3 (one plane, two LONG tunnels)
Close encounters with moving vehicles: 1

Today: Working in a Tully's coffee shop until time for the Emerald Coast Writer's Conference!