BOOKS! BOOKS! GIVEAWAY BOOKS! Kathy Reichs, Maisey Yates, Sylvia Day, Liliana Hart

Thanks to RT Booklover’s Convention and the RWA national conference, I have many awesome books that it pains me to see gathering dust so I’m going to GIVE THEM TO YOU! If you’re the lucky winner. They aren’t signed. That’s the only way I can force myself to do this. If you’re the lucky winner and you’d like, I can toss in one of my own (and actually sign it). Leave me a comment below about which book you’re dying to read to enter. SIMPLE AS THAT! I’ll pick a winner with’s help on October 8.

Here’s what I’m giving away:

Kathy Reichs: Bones Never Lie

Liliana Hart: Whiskey Rebellion

Maisey Yates: Avenge Me

Sylvia Day: Spellbound, Afterburn, Aftershock


October is coming…and so is the newsletter!

Can you believe it? It’s almost OCTOBER. What happened to September? I’ve been work, work, working, and I look up to see it’s almost time to carefully assemble a second newsletter (filled with a Jack photo, me stumbling over the word “elderly” and some news-ish items). Did you miss my first effort? You can see it here: SEPTEMBER NEWSLETTER

Today I’m packing up boxes to send to 2 newsletter subscribers filled with Halloween fun and $10 WalMart gift cards. (If you are opposed to either Halloween or WalMart, because I know people in both camps, I will monitor and adjust). There will be a new reading, a new Jack photo, and a new hint about the next book(s) so SIGN UP TODAY! TODAY! TODAY! SUNDAY! SUNDAY! SUNDAY! Or Monday. Just get in before I pick the winners and send the newsletter October 1.

October newsletter giveaway

October newsletter giveaway

#RWA14, stress dreams, and a giveaway

I can always tell when I’m about two weeks away from a trip because the crazy dreams start. Sometimes I’m in college and failing a history class because I never knew how to find the classroom. Sometimes there’s a maniac clown after me and all the doorways are tilted. Listen, don’t ask. I have a long list of dreams that just…I can’t even explain. I’ve gotten pretty used to those. Last night I had a new one:

I’m fully clothed but in the shower. With me, although I don’t know it at the time, is a an author whom I’ve never met. Because of our last names, we are usually near each other at book signings. In real life, I know what she writes and that she has an impressive sense of style and fashion. More than once I have admired her shoes. In my dream, she’s a zombie. And in this world, zombies hate water. So I’m in the shower, but she’s hidden behind her own black shower curtains inside the shower and I’m dumping buckets of water over her shower. In my dreams and in my real world, bucket = old Country Crock container. Just so you get the full visual. So I’m dumping. And dumping. And dumping. Every now and then there’s a mumbly growl from behind the black curtains. Finally I get smart and pull down the handheld shower thingy and aim it over her shower curtains.

Then the water pressure dies.

So I’m in the shower with an angry zombie.

Somehow I grab her by scruff of the neck, but she’s doing that cartoon glance where she’s looking obviously at my hand and back at my face and back at my hand and back at my face. When I look down, there’s a fang sticking out of my hand. Everyone knows that zombieism is contagious through the bite, right? I don’t know why she had fangs. Also, she must have introduced herself by saying “I’m a zombie” because she looked pretty undead to me. Except for the fang sticking out of my hand.

I did not notice her shoes in the dream. Also, this is why I do no prepping for doomsday. Instead of smashing her with the handheld shower thingy, I reach inside. When doomsday comes, I’ll be the first to go. It’s okay.

When I woke up, I had my dog in a wrestling hold that’s probably called the double chicken wing or something creative and he was all “What the what?”.

No animals or zombies were harmed in this dream episode. But now you will understand why I’m a zombie in San Antonio.

STILL, IF YOU’RE NEAR SAN ANTONIO ON JULY 23, COME AND SEE ME! This is the video from Atlanta’s literacy event. It’s cool.

At the literacy signing, I’ll have my two latest books (Santa, Bring My Baby Back and A Minute on the Lips, I think) and some freebies (and I know where at least one zombie is sitting. I’ll protect you. You trust me, right?).

bracelet (1)I’ll also have some of these bracelets to give away! If you want to win one before that or you aren’t in the San Antonio area, here’s a chance to win your own: Heartwarming Authors Blog.