Hero Book Tour Calendar

Where HERO will be appearing in the next week!

Oct 3 – Hightlighting The Missing Piece on I Am a Reader, Not a Writer
Review at Books for Kids
Oct 4 – Podcast with Bennet Pomeranz
Review of Hero on Colorimetry
Oct 5 – Hero LAUNCH PARTY at One More Page Books in Arlington, VA
Oct 7 —  Character interview with Saturday Woodcutter at I Smell Sheep
Oct 8 – “A Twist in the Tail” at A Backwards Story
Review at JL Mbewe
Oct 10-15 – GRAND FINALE


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Who Do You Love?

It’s no secret that:

1.) Poe was my Emo High School Dream Boyfriend
2.) Tamora Pierce’s George Cooper was my first literary love
3.) I freaking adore Leanna Renee Hieber
4.) I believe in supporting Independently owned businesses

Amusingly enough, this post is going to cover ALL FOUR OF THESE SUBJECTS. “But how on Earth…?” I hear you asking. Well, here’s your answer.

My favorite read so far this Fall season has been Leanna Renee Hieber’s DARKER STILL. (Yes, what you see pictured there is my very own personalized copy of the ARC, but you cannot have it! You may win the other one, though, if you’re patient.) DARKER STILL is not only a gorgeous book (and gorgeously written), but it is also in many ways, Leanna’s love letter to Dorian Gray–one of her own literary true loves. (We fight over Poe.)

Natalie, the main character, is mute–what we read in the pages of DARKER STILL is her diary, the only way she is truly able to express herself as eloquently as she hears herself in her head. It is turn-of-the-century New York City, and there is a particular piece at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (where Natalie’s father is a curator). It is the portrait of a handsome young gentleman, Lord Denbury, and it seems to be ALIVE.

Probably because IT IS.

What’s that? You can’t wait to read it? Excellent! You won’t have to wait long, because it releases on November 1st. Hooray!

Here’s the best part. If you CLICK THIS LINK, you will be taken to the website of a little independent book shop in NYC called Word Books. And for only $8.99, you will be able to order your very own PERSONALIZED AND SIGNED copy of DARKER STILL. That’s right — Leanna will be personally signing (and inscribing to whomever you wish) EVERY SINGLE BOOK ordered from this bookstore.

I know you hate hearing it, but Christmas is right around the corner. What more perfect gift could you give than a personalized first edition book signed by The Author Herself and personalized to everyone on your list? Plus, there’s the benefit of feeling good that you supported the True American Economy and supported a lovely independent bookshop.

Independent bookstores are like an endangered species nowadays. We can’t let them die. BIBLIOPHILES, UNITE!

Here’s that link again. Click on over an order your book. Then pop back here and let me know in the comments that you’ve done so, and I’ll enter you to win that pictured signed copy of Leanna’s THE PERILOUS PROPHECY OF GOD AND GODDESS.

Sound like a good deal? Awesome.I’ll see you back here in a minute.

Thanks, guys!! xox


PS – Who is YOUR literary true love?

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Last Day to Win a Unicorn!

That’s right! At midnight EST tonight, my dearest bosom companion Leanna Renee Hieber will be randomly drawing from the commenters on THIS BLOG POST to see who wins a copy of John Skipp’s DEMONS anthology, autographed by MOI! (I hear there are some other pretty decent authors in this anthology as well. Like this Neil Something.)

All you have to do is click over and tell Leanna one thing you love about Fall. That’s it! Just one thing! That’s easy, right? Of course it is. Because EVERYONE LOVES FALL.

Bonus entry points are gven if you follow me on Twitter. (And once I get to 2000 followers, *I* am going to give away an autographed collection and a box of books…so it’s a win-win-win-win-win situation!)

October is Halloween Awareness Month. It’s All Hallows Read. It’s even Friday, which qualifies this as a #FridayReads. You are covered on ALL BASES. So what are you waiting for? Click on my picture of the story below, go on over there, and comment.

Happy Friday!


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Caption Me!

In catching up on things that never got finished during the holidays, I was going through some Christmas photos and came across this:

It just begs for a caption contest, doesn’t it? Give me your best shot — post your best caption (or captions) for this in the comments on my website (let’s say…by Valentine’s Day), and I’ll send a copy of the Dark Faith anthology to the one that makes me laugh the most.

I rarely post these caption-needy pics like this — the last one I put up was the famous John & Krissy Scalzi pic from Penguicon in 2009. They are a lot of fun, aren’t they? I really should do these more often!

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I’ve been going back and forth between all these cool Library-type sites online. I have an account at Library Thing (see the widget on my homepage), but lately I’ve been spending more time on Goodreads.

Let’s be honest — unless I hire someone, there’s no way in the world I’m ever going to electronically catalog my entire book collection. But Goodreads makes it really easy to say what you’re reading and rate it, whether you give a review or not.

They also have author pages, and once can petition to be given “Librarian” status, which means you can do things like upload book covers and title information. (I did so with They Call Me Boober Fraggle, because it was a crime to not have that book cover up there.)

They also have a nifty little prgram that allows authors to have a giveaway of one or more books. They advertise the giveaway and make it really easy to sign up. You choose the start and end date, and at the end date they choose one name from random and send you their contact information. THAT’S IT. How easy, right?

And so, since Halloween is fast approaching, I put up a copy of AlphaOops: H is for Halloween to giveaway to one lucky winner.  You have to be a member of Goodreads to enter…but most of you bibliophiles already are, I know.

Click this link to enter — and good luck!

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Apex Magazine Story of the Year Award

Apex needs your votes!

Click on over to the first annual Apex Magazine Story of the Year Award and cast your ballot. Yes, for those curious persons, I do have a story on the ballot — “Poor Man’s Roses”, which appeared in October.

Voting starts tonight and will continue through January 30th. The story receiving the most votes will be announced on February 1st. The author of the Apex Magazine Story of the Year will receive a trophy and the unique distinction of being the best Apex had to offer during 2009.

…and we thank you for your support.

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