Wednesday, December 28, 2011

THE FRUGAL FIND OF THE DAY: Apocalypse Babes: The Complete Series, Bella Street {$4.99}

 What's better than time-travel, angsty romance, and pink velour? Six books for one low price, that's what!

 I'm over at the Frugal eReader today--a great site that features cheap e-books. Sign up for the newsletter to get info on daily ebook deals!

Monday, December 26, 2011

Tied Up With A Big Red Bow

Got a brand new ereader from Santa? Already have an ereader without this book on it? Get the complete set of Seffy's misadventures for less than the price of buying each book separately. This set contains all six books, complete and unabridged:

The Z Word
The X Factor
Kumbaya Much
Bite Me
Apocalypse For Realz

Find out why no mad skillz, no sacred destiny, but just a pink tracksuit will take Seffy places she never wanted to go. Pick it up for $4.99 at Amazon and B&N.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

The End--For Realz

The final book in the Apocalypse Babes series is now available for Kindle and at Smashwords. B&N, Kobo, iBooks to follow.

When the unthinkable happens, Seffy faces the worst apocalypse she could ever imagine. Will her friends force her into an off-brand solution that brings only the illusion of peace from heartbreak? Or will she follow in the footsteps of her namesake and get her second chance after all? 

It's been a blast to write this series over the last three years and to get to know many of my readers who eventually became friends. I'm very grateful for the support and encouragement of you guys!

Hope you enjoy the last installment!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Wrathsqueen Video Review of The X Factor

The best part of Erin's (Wrathsqueen) video reviews is her lovely accent. I could listen to it all day! She also has a companion blog that I love as well.

Erin reads A LOT of books and I love her reviews because I've discovered many great books that way. I'm gratified she seems to be enjoying my books as well. But even if she didn't, I'd know she'd express it in that delicious accent and I wouldn't even be sad! :)

Thanks so much, Erin!

Monday, December 12, 2011

The Other Bella Street!

One day, Clare Havens, Australia-based author of The Bella Street Mysteries, did an online search of Bella Street and found Yours Truly! She reached out to me and we've struck up a three-way, trans-continental friendship--three-way, because my 12 yo daughter just might be her biggest fan!

Clare describes her middle-grade novels as 'tween-noir', which just might be the coolest genre invention EVER. Her books are clever, funny, fast-paced, twisty-turny, noir goodness. The first book in the series, The Secret Formula, was runner up in the Sydney Woollahra Lit Fest!

Now that Book 2 of the Bella Street Mysteries is out, I asked Clare to pop over for an interview. 

Describe 'tween-noir'.

I coined the term ‘tween noir’ to try and encapsulate the feeling of a gritty, dark, suspenseful thriller for young people where there is a sense of very real danger but where the villains are 1930s style gangsters and so much larger than life that they are not something real tweens would have to worry about. It isn’t ‘noir’ in the true sense of the genre but more of a noirish romp! I am a huge fan of the ‘Thin Man’ series of movies based on the books of Dashiell Hammett and starring William Powell and Myrna Loy – these movies were noirish yet had great humor in them too.  
I agree. The books are laugh-out-loud funny!

What kind of girl is Bella Street?

Bella is the 12 year old daughter of a very rich and glamorous woman who has made some dangerous enemies in her position as Editor of Gorgeous Me! Fashion magazine. Bella is a very down to earth, sporty girl who thinks her Mom’s obsession with fashion is ridiculous but who, at the same time, secretly makes her own clothes out of her mom’s vintage home furnishings! Bella is a bit of a loner and only has one true friend, Felix Samson, who is a film noir loving, jazz piano playing, tech genius who wants to be a PI in the manner of Sam Spade or Phillip Marlowe. This odd pair has been best friends since Kindergarten and they have a very tight bond. Bella is extremely brave and daring and Felix is clever and loyal.  
Felix has helped Bella out of some very tight spots!

How many stories do you have planned in the series? I notice each of the skylines on the book covers represent Bella's latest adventures. I hope you keep 'em coming!

I have three books planned but then only yesterday I started thinking about possibly writing the ’prequel’ to ‘The Secret Formula’ so who knows!  

Outside of Bella, who's your favorite character and why? I have to admit mine is Emerald. I wish I WAS her! LOL

That is so hard as I love all of them! I suppose my favorites are Felix and Emerald. Felix is such a lovely guy, so loyal and completely lost in his noir world! Emerald, Bella’s mom is just so over the top selfish and huge fun to write! There is more to Emerald than meets the eye, however, and I really enjoyed drawing that out of her in ‘Doc Gutson’s Revenge’! I also really love writing about the two henchman, Johnny Sequins, failed fashion designer turned gangster and Pauly Three Toes, former male model turned sadistic killer. I see them so clearly when I am writing and I have a big soft spot for them even though they are dangerous, bad men.

You write under Bacon and Eggs Media. What's the Aussie writing/publishing experience?

Hmmm.. I think it is probably as difficult if not more difficult getting published in Australia than in the USA! The market here is so tiny and books so expensive compared to other countries. I think that the advent of ebooks will really benefit the reading public in Australia in particular.
So that means we Americans need to be buying these book up in bulk! Seriously, if you know of any middle grade readers, get them these books. They're sure to be a hit. Even this mom loved 'em. Hmmm...a new genre 'mom-noir', perchance?

Clare's latest title is Doc Gutson's Revenge, and it's available at  
Smashwords and Amazon.  
Find Clare at her website and on Facebook and Twitter.

I love this book! My daughter loves this book! If you're looking for quirky, scary-but-charming, middle grade mystery read, grab this book and share with all the kids you know. We need to keep Bella on the streets, solving mysteries and fighting crime!

Thanks, Clare, for stopping by! I'm glad my namesake is such a rockin' chick!

One lucky commenter will win both Kindle books!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Romancing Christmas Giveaway Hop!


The Romancing Christmas Giveaway Hop is being hosted by Reading Romances!

What you can win: Your choice of my sweet, paranormal romance
OR book 1 in the Apocalypse Babes series,  
Both titles are available in print, Kindle, or ebook formats.

How to enter: Leave a comment. One random commenter will win.

Open to: Anyone, everywhere

After leaving a comment, check out the other blogs in the froggy link below.

Happy Hopping!

Friday, December 9, 2011

The Apocalypse Babes Go To Mark of the Stars Blog

What would it look like if Seffy, Lani, Gareth and The Others attended a Christmas party before everything went to H. E. Double Sippy Straws?

Find out at Jessica E. Subject's SFR blog, Mark of the Stars.

While you're there, enter to win one of 5 Kindle copies up for grabs, and get a yummy adult beverage recipe. Nothing like a little alcohol to up the hijinks!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Last But Not Least--New Cover!

The Apocalypse Babes saga comes to an end in the final book of the series, Apocalypse For Realz. The book will be released by the end of December, but here's a sneak peek of the cover!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Read A Romance, Fill A Tummy!

For the month of December, I'm proud to announce I'll be donating 20% from the sales of my books to Strings For Hope--a Nashville-based nonprofit organization dedicated to curing hunger one note at a time.

Strings For Hope was started by Nashville Restrung, a company that handcrafts bracelets, rings, and necklaces from recycled guitar, bass, fiddle, banjo, and mandolin strings. Strings For Hope is run by volunteers with minimal overhead costs, so a majority of the income from sales goes to feed people locally and globally through partnering with existing feeding ministries.

You can directly purchase the jewelry here. Along with recycled instrument strings, the jewelry is enhanced by vintage beads, stone accents, and even groovy skulls--so there's something for every taste and style. I love these bracelets and own several!

So purchase a bracelet this holiday season--can you think of anything more unique and cool??--and add to the blessing by buying any of my titles. This includes all my print titles, and ebooks at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords. I'll report back in December with the amount donated. Based on my past sales, it should be in the hundreds of dollars. That's a lot of meals!

Romance and filling a tummy--now that's beautiful music!