Summer writin’ had me a blast
Summer writin’ happened so fast
I made a psycho crazy for blood
I made a hero brave as can be
Summer days driftin’ away, to uh-oh those editing nights
Uh well-a well-a well-a poop
Can it truly be September? All ready?
As always, I’m torn between the melancholy of summer’s departure and the ecstasy of having the offal-spewing teens back in school. Yin and yang. Good mother, bad mother.
But what a productive summer it was. Not only did I finish my first draft, only three chapters remain of the second. I hope to finish by Thursday, even if self-flagellation is involved. Then I’ll embark on a quick go-through before handing the manuscript off to early readers.
Now that I’m back to blogging, a few matters to share:
- Although a weekly post is my goal, I may not consistently deliver. Sorry to trample your flower bed of joy. (Or perhaps I just watered it?)
- My ‘Blog Award’ page has vanished. We lived, we loved, we frolicked. But like Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones, it’s time to part ways. As fun as those super rare awards are, my well of creative acceptance posts runs dry.
- Also banished is my rotating blogroll. Oh, you know you never looked, anyway.
- Giveaways remain fair game. They make me happy. And when Sheldon’s happy, everyone’s happy.
To start things off, today I’m giving away a hard copy (or e-book if you prefer) of Stephen King’s newest book, Doctor Sleep (available September 24th), the sequel to The Shining.
According to the story master himself, the novel returns to “the real creepy scary stuff.” Oh, yeah.
To win, please leave a number between 1 and 1,000 in the comments (by September 14th). The commenter closest to a randomly generated number wins. It doesn’t matter where you live. Unless it’s Hades.
Books, Books, and More Books
Speaking of books, I’d like to share the latest Indie novels I’ve enjoyed, all penned by talented blogging buds. You’ll notice a second ‘Books by Bloggers’ page at the top of the screen. The first one grew longer than my nose.
For a description of the book, click the image. To visit the blogger (or find purchasing sites beyond Amazon US), click the author’s name. The only tidbit I’m offering today for each novel is a recommended snack to accompany your reading, based on the novel’s plot or theme. Authors, please forgive me. Readers, bon appétit.
My Latest Literary Smorgasbord (In No Particular Order):
Deeper by Jane Thomson: Fish tacos with a side of spicy jalapenos.
Overlook by Elizabeth Hein: Cherry pie. To toss in the face of suburbia.
The Six Train to Wisconsin by Kourtney Heintz: You’ll have to guess. The book involves telepathy.
Wolf Pear by Dianne Gray: A pear. Duh. But one dipped in blood.
In Her Shadow by August McLaughlin: Nothing. The book involves eating disorders.
Doug the Dung Beetle by Martina Zeitler: Something brown and stinky.
Weed Therapy by Mark Paxson: Brownies made with a little something extra. (Side bar: this novel has nothing to do with marijuana. Sorry.)
Even Steven by Wright Forbucks: More of those brownies, because this book takes you on a wild ride.
The Darkwater Liar’s Account by K. Lyn Wurth: A big bowl of your favorite comfort food. To keep from weeping.
As always, a big thank you to these wonderful authors for letting me have some fun (as if they had a choice). Their engrossing books are proof of the power of Indies.
Have a great day! And remember; leave me a number between 1 and 1,000 if you’d like a chance to win Doctor Sleep! (Don’t worry about looking through the comments to see if your number’s been picked. I can deal with duplicates with an extra draw if need be.)
I’ll post the winner next Monday, but I have jury duty that week, so it might be short and sweet. The post, not the jury duty…
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Addendum 9/14/13, 9 pm: Giveaway now closed.