Calling all fans!
I know you love me and have been so supportive of my writing career. For this, I sincerely thank you! Now I want to return the favor.
On Saturday, June 2nd I will be part of an event called “Arizona Dreamin” – a connecting of writers with readers. Tickets are only $35 and here’s what you get:
- Meet 20 authors of various genres of romance.
- Choose 6 you find the most interesting for “Book Clubs” – 10 readers with 1 author in 30-minute sessions to ask them questions and talk about their books.
- Event Bookstore with discounted book pricing.
- Free Hospitality Suite with snacks and beverages.
- Massages for tips.
- Meet Jimmy Thomas, international book-cover model, and have your photo taken for a charitable donation.
- All-you-can-eat Buffet Dinner with me!
- “Man of Our Dreams” cover model competition during dinner.
- Huge raffle baskets.
- FREE goody bags for everyone!
- Meet with two publishers to see if there is a book in you.
This is a glorified Girl’s Night Out with romance authors!
PLUS – You can add the Friday evening Wine Reception for just $5 (includes all of your snacks & beverages) if you send the money to email@example.com and put my name in the “message to seller” on PayPal.
Think that’s awesome? There’s still more:
Hotel suites include a hot breakfast and are only $79 a night when you mention “Arizona Dreamin.” A suite with 2 double beds and a sleeper sofa can sleep 3 comfortably, and that brings the rate down to less than $27 per person per night (plus tax).
For more information, go to http://arizonadreamin.wordpress.com/
I hope you’ll come; I guarantee it will be fun! I’ll have new releases and lots of HOT Club swag and prizes.
AND I have TWO tickets to give away. Want a shot at them? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with “Pick Me” in the subject. (You’ll have to get yourself to the event is all.)
One of my HOT Club’s top HOTees and an all around generous and fun author, Patricia Terrell, gave me this award.
She’s pretty wonderful and the award is pretty wonderful, too. So today’s updates shall come in the form of a list of things I find just, well, wonderful.
1. The HOT Club–From Chester to Delphina to Sherrikki, I dare anyone to prove they have cooler fans. This secret Facebook group is my fave place to duck in while procrastinating word count, burning dinner or about to say goodnight. Thank you HOTees, for making my day every day.
2. The Indie Book Collective–How on earth did I get so lucky as to meet Carolyn McCray and help her found this group. I can’t even begin to measure all I’ve learned thanks to her and this group. Feb. 3rd marks the Bestseller For a Day 1st birthday and “8 Hearts Beat as One” will be headlining this event. It’s a Valentine’s anthology that will give you all sorts of warm fuzzies and sighs. AND all this week, the 2nd annual Blog Tour de Force “Get Loaded” tour is feeding fans with free ebooks, chances to win and a scavenger hunt. Today’s stop is Chelsea Fine with her latest release “Anew“. If you’re a Twi-hard like me, you’ll eat this baby up! Every comment is a win.
3. “The Sweetest Fling”, book two in the Stupid Cupid series is on the release list and, barring any hiccups, will be out by Feb. 3rd to help out Bestseller For a Day. This event is going to be special because we’re celebrating the program’s birthday by going FREE. Sweet! (I heart free.)
4. I now get to nominate three blogs I think are wonderful! My nominees are….
-I Smell Sheep...Baaaaaa!
-Close Encounters With The Night Kind…so pretty and I drool on Erik.
-Rachel in the OC…snarkalicious!
It’s a wonderful start to another wonderful year. So tell me, what is wonderful in your world today?
PS: Who else freaking loved that kiss scene from the movie Some Kind of Wonderful? HOT!!
Several years ago, when Irish Moon was in its infant stages, my critique partner Karen said the words that changed something…”I couldn’t wait to get home and read it. I literally can’t put this one down, Amber.”
Now, Karen, being a most excellent critique partner, is no easy win. I know I’ve nailed a book when she begins to actually like it. And over the years as I hemmed and hawed over whether or not to keep the Moon Magick series going, Karen is the one who encouraged me most. Then I re-released Irish Moon indie one year ago.
Along came Kelli M. and Cindelena and a whole slew of other HOT Club members up to newest HOTees Delphina M. and Patricia T. who love Irish Moon. *wave*
Of course, I love my book baby, too. Finn, the enchanted cat within the pages is to date my all time fave character. I miss Finn! But I’m biased. And I’m an author. Which means the doubt demons come a-knocking every time I sit down to write. #noreally #scary
So, to every reader who ever said, “I love Irish Moon” I’m here to say, thank you, you were right and I am so, so happy that you ‘told me so’. In fact, I hope you’ll grab this pic and splash your bragging rights all over. You deserve it. Why???
As of this posting, Irish Moon is #7 on the Top 100 Kindle free titles and sitting next to some legends like Sherlock Holmes and Jane Austin. Whaaaat??? WOW. Just…wow! All thanks to readers like you!!
Cheers to such a gigantic milestone for it. And while this is not necessarily related, I’m also pleased to announce the new winner of the big swag pack of books from the ECWC….
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I wish you all the very happiest of holidays. 2012 will be the year of book two’s and shall kick off with Stupid Cupid book 2, The Sweetest Fling. I’ll keep you posted!
Holy pajama pants, people. What a week! First, we saw over 165 commenters this last weekend right here on this blog in support of our soldiers for Blog Tour de Troops. That is also the number of books, times two, that the troops get, from me, added to the now under construction database.
Thank you SO much to everyone who commented. I laughed, I cried, I loved every minute.
Those of you who entered the previous week’s contest have some sortof good news. The winner has not yet replied. So that means, pending one more week of me stalking her inbox, I might need to draw a new winner.
In some pinch me I’m dreaming news, Fierce Dawn has been nominated by The Romance Reviews in the Best PNR (Paranormal Romance) Angels & Demons category. WHOA! There are some amazing titles nominated and you can vote here.
There are some other amazing titles nominated in lots of fun categories including Lacey Weatherford, Erin Kellison, Deena Remiel and Belinda Boring. #IHeartthem
Starting the 21st, Fierce Dawn’s cover is also up for vote at You Gotta Read Covers. #Squeetafufu!
Fierce Dawn, Blog Tour de Troops, nominations, none of it would be happening if not for all of you. Thank you.
I fangirl gushed over Julia Quinn. I got a pic with her!! (To post soon.) I even remembered to tell her that I cried at the end of When He Was Wicked. *sigh* I still get choked up over it.
I dressed as Zombie Audrey Hepburn–so right, so very wrong.
I met and now stalk the awesomely funny Sarah Wendell, of Smart Bitches, Trashy Books, who held up a giant pair of panties in her keynote speech. Her example of our big girl panties. Gotta wear ‘em! Gotta love a gal with guts. I also scored a copy of her book. Sweet!
I got lots o goodies, in fact!
That I am giving away. Cuz I heart you!!
The goodies include:
- Night Veil by Yasmine Galenorn
- Blood Trinity by Sherrilyn Kenyon & Dianna Love
- Everything I Know About Love I Learned From Reading Romance Novels by Sarah Wendell
- Chances Are by Shelli Stevens
- Tsunami Blue by Gayle Ann Williams
- Love is Murder by Allison Brennan
- Plus some HOT Club Swag from me.
Want a shot at these goodies? All you have to do is comment, telling me what you are grateful for this holiday season.
I’m grateful for…YOU!
PS: I’ll draw a winner next Wednesday so share, comment and keep the love alive til then.
PPS: You get double entry if you share this, tell me, or/and are in my secret (sortof) Facebook group, The HOT Club.
Well…maybe naked isn’t exactly the right word.
Presenting a workshop feels a little bit like getting out of the shower in public. Thankfully, it only feels that way about the first two minutes. By then, some friendly audience member tosses me a towel in the form of a smile.
Yep, I’m presenting this weekend at the Emerald City Writers’ Conference with fellow creativity coach and co-author of MUSE FOOD, Jess Macallan. We’ll be sharing our sensory bar with attendees and getting to know what makes each person’s individual creative spark become a fire. MUSE FOOD goes live this weekend and will be ebook priced at just 99 cents.
If you’re in the Seattle area, I’d love to see you and share some swag at the ECWC Book Fair on Saturday at 4:30-6pm. I’ll have lots of goodies on me.
Speaking of getting undressed, I’ll bet you all are wondering who was in costume as me all last week. MANY of you already guessed correctly. It was the uber sweet and amazing author Lacey Weatherford!!! Did you guess right?
Yeah. I know. A lot of us did. Which rocks!!
And while the random number generator has no favorites, it did select a winner of the super secret HOT Kit! Why is it secret? Because my hubby dabbles in beauty products and whatever is popular and new is usually also hush hush unless you’re an industry insider.
AND the winner is…..
Thank you to Enna and everyone else who commented here and on all my amazing reviewers’ sites. What a fantastic week!
Please be sure you got Soul Search on ebook for commenting. I hate the idea of missing anyone in the fun frenzy.
For all you book junkies out there, this Friday is the Indie Book Collective’s Bestseller For A Day and five ebooks are up for 99 cents grabbing just in time for Halloween. There’s a Kindle giveaway, too. Author Cristyn West will be feeling all sorts of naked out there. Let’s be sure we support her with a shout out and a purchase.
Sooo…what makes YOU feel naked?
Halloween season is my all time favorite and this October I have much spook to celebrate:
1. The ECWC is on the way and I shall be in costume at the dinner as…Zombie Audrey Hepburn! I have a little black dress and make up tips from uber cool Leanne Gagnon, make-up artist extraordinaire.
3. The Evil Within horror anthology will release in two weeks! In it, my first zombie story (are we seeing a theme?) “Dirt Nap” will appear.
4. October 17-22nd is Blog Tour de Force “Masquerade” and I found out who I’ll be in costume as! It’s one of the other authors on tour and nope! Not telling who. The week promises to be a ton of fun for readers and authors, too.
5. The Romancing Your Darkside blog tour continues and along the way I’ve been lucky enough to meet some amazing new book reviewers like Nathiel at The Wolf’s Library, Paula at The Phantom Paragrapher and Holly at Full Moon Bites!
6. AND, last but not least, A Love Soul Deep and Enchanted Moon shall be on shelves soon, too! When? I’ll let you know when I have exact dates. So stay tuned…
The holiday season is coming on fast and hard.
Halloween!! I love, love, LOVE scary season. Not just for the candy or costumes or things that go bump in the night. Moreover, all us paranormal lovers get license to fang, howl and hex out in the open.
This Halloween season will bring Enchanted Moon, “Dirt Nap” in The Evil Within, and possibly, if life cooperates, the re-release of The Best Revenge.
Speaking of Enchanted Moon, the What’s My Name contest got a couple extra days of a go. Today will be the last day to throw your name suggestion in the hat. Just click here and put it in the status or as a comment. Feel free to shout out to your favorite suggestion, too. Just click here. Be sure to hit the like button while you’re there!
Also in October, I’ll be giving an online workshop through the Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal Chapter of RWA, called Red Carpet Writing where I share screenwriting tips for novelists.
When I’m up at the ECWC, there will be a costume dinner. What am I going as?
You’ll never guess.
Zombie Audrey Hepburn! Yep, right down to the little black dress. I CAN”T WAIT!
Happy Hump Day! What’s coming soon for you?
I know, I know, you all are certainly happy to finally see the cover, but let’s face it. You WANT the book!!!
Life happened. Edits delayed. Formatting challenged. But after much anticipation (and hopefully little irritation)….
This week, you shall (finally) have it! If all converts correctly. FRIDAY!! So stay tuned for the link on Twitter and Facebook.
eARCs go out today. Yes. TODAY. #yayyayayay
After a wild weekend in the Indie Book Blowout sale, Irish Moon hit #1 in Fantasy>Historical in books and ebooks on Amazon! This makes it all the more exciting to have Enchanted Moon, book two in the Moon Magick series, releasing this October!
I’ll be sharing it in the Blog Tour de Force “Masquerade” to all commenters, even if you can’t guess who I’m disguised as for the week.
More news? Yes, there certainly is! Nope. Not telling yet. We’ll save the next delicious tidbit for next week.
Happy Hump Day!
PS: Special thanks to all of you readers who have been ever so patient and understanding with this one’s arrival. It means the world to me to have such support!
Remember the cover of Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein? Ever feel like that’s you peeking over that same drawn edge?
Yeah. Me, too. After a hectic summer and blazing hot days down here in AZ, I am SO ready for fall. And not just for the cooler weather and my coming zombie Audrey Hepburn Halloween costume. (Shhh, don’t tell. It’s a surprise!) I have a lot of other exciting stuff on deck, too!
This September, after two editorial delays (read life happens), Soul Search shall release! YAY!!!! Wanted shall re-release!!! And, should all go well, Muse Food: Getting Hungry will coming trotting out after. Cool!
In October, I’ll be presenting “Muse Food” at the ECWC with my very talented and extraordinary co-presenter, Jess Macallan. Jess and I met last year at the same conference when I shyly sat next to her at lunch and we found we have tons in common, primarily that we’re both brain geeks!
Also in October, I get to join eleven other authors in the Blog Tour de Force “Masquerade” tour where we will all masquerade as each other so readers can guess who is who while grabbing over twelve titles free on ebook. Sweet!
Somewhere in there, two anthologies I am lucky enough to be in also release. I’m particularly excited about the horror anthology, The Evil Within, and my contribution, “Dirt Nap”, my zombie first. I will tell you now that I am shocked at how much fun zombie Cara was to write.
I also wanted to thank the winner of this summer’s Menage a Blog HOT kit, Angi Morgan!
More news coming soon and to catch me currently, be sure to tune into the Romancing Your Dark Side paranormal book tour. Lots to win and gab about.
Today I walked my 6 year old to first grade and cried the whole way home. Yep. My lil guy is growing up far too fast on me. For years now, I thought how wonderful it would be to have both kids in school so I could write all day long without distractions and Dora the Explorer yelling at me in the background.
I’m not on my own for eight hours yet but already I can tell, I’d rather be writing with both kids fighting at my feet.
Dove caramel chocolates are helping get me through along with tons of snuggles from my almost four year old.
It’s been one of those months (summers?). *nibble* I’m WAY behind on goals, which for a plotter goal type like me, gives my hives. But I have a ton to be thankful for. Two healthy, amazing children. A super supportive husband. My writer friends who stand by me the whole virtual day through. My non-writer friends who know just when to force me out dancing. (Force, yeah, right.)
Though I’m behind, I feel like a new era is beginning in my writing. *chomp* In part because of the coming re-releases and exciting anthology projects, in part because of the successes of my current list of titles. Whoa! This is where I’ve been long striving to be all these years! Praise chocolate! And, how did that happen? All those baby steps, I suppose, have finally added up to miles of progress.
A few exciting updates on the horizon: Soul Search releases in three short weeks (eARCs on the 15th), Wanted will re-release soon after and the Indie Book Blowout is Labor Day weekend. *nibble nibble nom nom*
Today, I’m going to press pause. I’m going to eat my Dove’s, hugger on my baby girl, pick my son up later with a smile and just focus on being very present in life. A tear or three will probably jerk out. But thanks to friends and chocolate, I will survive. And thrive.
Hugs, Amber Scott
I know I’m not the only one dressed in the minimum wondering why I wished summer would get here! Here in Arizona it is hot, hot, hot. Monsoon season started so we’ve had some amazing and gorgeous thunderstorms here and there.
Still. SO. Haaaaaawwwwwtt.
If you were here last week, you got to warm up, too, with twelve authors and scored some seriously great books along with chances at author prizes. (I want a Smuggler’s Stash, Regan!) I’ll be announcing the winner of my HOT Kit here next Monday.
But first, this weekend, I’ll be flying to Manhattan for the Indie Book Event where I’ll join Carolyn McCray and Rachel Thompson, fellow founders of the Indie Book Collective, on two panels. One will discuss the publishing industry at large and the other will cover social media for authors.
Speaking of excitement, my secret Facebook group known as the HOT Club (my reader group) is on and hopping this week. We have a fun new slogan, too: “Swag so HOT your mailman wants some.” LOL. Apparently on more than occasion, HOTees swag has arrived pilfered through. I’ll now be duct taping all swag letters, too. (I’m thinking zebra print duct tape might be fun.)
Want in the HOT Club?
Excellent. All you have to do is friend me and let me know then shabam shabing you are officially HOT!
More great stuff coming soon. In the meantime, I am off for a cool shower and an iced coffee!
I’m a lucky, lucky author feeling lots and lots of love this week.
Thanks to all! XOXO, Amber
The next couple weeks are all about Freebies! Why? Because I love a good deal, and free is even better. Right?
If you don’t already have a Kindle, I’m betting you have the free iPad/Andriod/iPhone app. And if you do, you’re probably transformed by that eBook experience. It’s fickin’ addictive!
My Kindle (Kipp) needs more eBooks!
I know yours must, too and I’m here to help. July 18th meet me HERE for the beginning of MENAGE a BLOG, a week long blog hop of twelve authors of various genres who will be giving a FREE ebook to EVERY single commenter. We’re talking award-winners, YA paranormal, YA fantasy, romantic suspense and more!
My personal faves are Much Ado About Marshals by Jacquie Rogers and Finding Kate Huntley by Theresa Ragan but I haven’t read them all yet so this might change. Three authors a day will be flirting for your attention each day, giving away ebooks, giving away a prize and there will be a brand, new Kindle up for grabs, too!
Want MORE free? If you enjoy my books and friend me on Facebook, I’ll be happy to induct you into my secret fan group, The HOT Club, and send you a swag pack of goodies that tell the world you are HOT!
Happy Hump Day all! May your week end smoothly with you getting a ton done!
Today is all about spilling some secrets. Why? Because juicy secrets are just too fun NOT to share!
The HOT Club is not just a page here, it is also my secret group on Facebook, and it is hopping! If you want in, friend me on Facebook then let me know to add you in. HOT Club Rule #1: Tell everyone you’re in HOT Club. #2: Spoil the HOT. This means swag, news, extras goes to fans first.
Another juicy secret: This Blog Tour de Force’s “Menage a Blog” is coming July 18-22nd and one of the authors on tour could be showing up with a celebrity in tow!! Yep, one of her characters is based on an actor who contacted her about potentially connecting to promote her books. WOW! So, who is it? You’ll have to tune in online to solve that little mystery. But don’t worry, if you go to Blog Tour de Force on Facebook or follow the #BlogTourDeForce hashtag on Twitter, you’ll easily find out.
Speaking of “Menage a Blog,” July 18th, I’m up against Deena Remiel and Carolyn McCray in a flirt to the finish. In addition to scoring Fierce Dawn on ebook for free just for commenting, I’m offering and advanced ebook review copy of Soul Search to every single commenter. This stand alone paranormal romance, set in 1930, will satisfy your inner paranormal investigator with the hero’s hunt for a soul thief before it’s too late to save his missing nephew. After everything else, falling for the spiritualist medium aiding in his search is absolutely, undeniably the worst thing he can do.
Don’t worry, I saw all those ears perking up at the mention of Fierce Dawn and since I know most of you have read it, I have a little treat! Here, on this site, I have a secret page that is password entry only. It gives you a little scene extra snippet from Fierce Dawn that Elijah lovers will adore! To get to the page, email me at email@example.com and I’ll get you your goodie!
PS: Fierce Dawn hit #10 on the Amazon Kindle Vampire>Romance list!!! WHOA!