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Book Review: Shameless Begging

Hey readers…quick request. If you read either The Cardinal Gate or The Waning Moon, can you pretty, pretty please go post a review for them? I don’t care if you didn’t love them. (If your last name is Cissell, though, you can’t leave a review.)

It doesn’t have to be much. Just pick a title (This book was aces!) or (I liked it alright) or (Meh), a star-ranking, and a couple sentences that make it sound like you actually read the book. (If you didn’t read it, don’t review it. That’s weird.)

You can set up an anonymous name and I’ll never know who you are. I promise you won’t hurt my feelings if you don’t like it. I’ve heard a lot of negative things about my books (and more than enough positive things to balance it), but reviews are really awesome to help indie authors like me gain traction.

I really appreciate everyone who’s supported me by buying, downloading, and reading…and I’d appreciate you so extra hard if you’d review.

(Pssstttt…I’m gonna be doing a HYUGENORMOUS giveaway involving three signed paperbacks and a few other fun goodies as soon as The Cardinal Gate gets to 50 reviews…we’ve a ways to go, though, so don’t hold your breath.)

In the meantime, I’m trucking along with writing and editing and eating regularly and sleeping and watching too many murder shows late at night when it’s windy and the branches scrape the house and things get blown into the doors. Still working on getting to my ideal state, but I’m feeling a little better about it today.

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I was nervous all day. I tried to convince my author group that I was probably going to die. (Spoiler: I did not die.)

The Beer Guy and I sat at home and had dinner before heading on over to the bookstore, and I spent the last 30 minutes before we left bouncing around our home, trying to practice reading without hyperventilating, and freaking out about the possibility that I would mispronounce “geas.” (My PSM’s sage advice: “It’s not ever really used so no one will know.” She also helped me figure out how to correctly pronounce it, because she is aces.)

My other pre-reading activity:

A glass of white while practicing reading.

At one point, it occurred to me that I read aloud almost every evening. Sure, maybe it’s to my five-year-old, but that counts, right? I decided to pretend I was reading to a bunch of children, and that actually really helped.

The Beer Guy and I got to the bookstore about 20 minutes before I was due to go on, and Elisa, who is one of the nicest humans in the world, helped me get set up and gave me more wine (and a bottle of water) to calm myself.

MY BOOKS! ON DISPLAY!

The room filled up with friends (thank you all so much), Elisa introduced me, and then it was go time. I’d picked out three selections. One from The Cardinal Gate to introduce Eleanor, and two from The Waning Moon.

It wasn’t until about 30 seconds into my reading that I realized that Eleanor swears like a motherfucking sailor. I mean, I knew she wasn’t avoiding the cursing, but until I had to read out loud in front of a roomful of people, I had no idea how many times she says fuck on a single page.

This is my “what? another motherfucking swear word?” face

I think it went well. I tripped over a couple words (but not geas!), but everyone laughed when they were supposed to laugh and no one fell asleep or wandered off. After I was done reading, there were questions. A fair few! And good questions!

My captive audience mingling while I was signing…

And then it was time for signing. I signed a dozen or so books, got to catch up with people I hadn’t seen in a while, and apparently had a great time.

A few of us headed down the street to celebrate me surviving my first public reading with pink champagne (courtesy The Beer Guy, who really knows me well), snacks, and excellent conversation. The five people who joined me are five of my favorite Portlanders (I have ten favorite Portlanders…only half could make it), and it was so nice to see them all together.

A regret I often have is that I don’t take enough pics of my friends when we gather together…

It was an amazing evening, and I’m so glad I did it! I am so lucky to have so many wonderful friends who gave up their time and money to come listen, ask questions, buy books, and spend time celebrating with me. One friend brought me the perfect tote bag:

So appropriate, because my uterus hates me AND my author group has termed itself the “illuterati”

My friend and fellow illuterati author Mel Sterling brought me flowers, gave me amazing advice, took some nice photos, and asked good questions.

At the end of last evening, I posted this on my Facebook author page:

And for everyone who insisted on photos and video – you have The Beer Guy to thank for that. He’s the one who uploaded everything to FB last night. He also calmed me down, carried all the heavy books, made the reservations for the post-signing drinks, and procured the bottle of champagne. There is no way I could’ve done any of this without him. I really am #blessedAF

Writerly Wednesday: Win Books!

Hi! How’s it going? Good, right? You had a good US Holiday yesterday wherein you ate grilled foods, day drank, and then bitched about your inconsiderate neighbors who spent roughly a month’s worth of wages on the loudest fireworks and set them all off until midnight or later.

 

Anyway – here we are on the other side of the loudest holiday, and probably only have 2-3 more nights of this bullshit before people run out of exploding things. Hopefully.

Next week, I’m doing an event with some other writers, but we’ve been doing scavenger hunt clues every day leading up to it. You can attend the event, check our Amazon book blurbs for answers to the scavenger hunt questions, and then tune in next week for chances to win summer book baskets from me and other awesome writers!

 

So come on over and check us out! I’ll be teaming up with Colleen Vanderlinden next Friday (the 13th!) to talk about books and killing! I hope to see you there!

 

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I’m pleased to report that The Waning Moon is now available on Kindle Unlimited. Pop on over to read and enjoy! I’d appreciate it greatly if you’d leave a review when you finish, regardless of how you felt about it.

And if you haven’t yet read/reviewed The Cardinal Gate, that’s also available on Amazon as a Kindle ebook, a paperback, and through Kindle Unlimited as well!

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Book Review: The Waning Moon

Today, I have a special book review. Not gonna lie-I got this one for free! (In a manner of speaking, of course.)

So, the author of this one is pretty. And smart. And nice. Most of the time. When she’s not murdering.

The Blurb

Eleanor Morgan is on a quest that will destroy technology but save two worlds.

With two gates down and six to go, Eleanor and her companions are in a race against time and innumerable supernatural enemies to restore magical balance and free passage between the mortal world and the Fae plane.

Eleanor must learn to rely on her allies and her own abilities if she’s going to survive, but trust is hard to come by. Betrayed by her best friend, she must learn to depend on and work with her new supernatural companions while navigating a tempestuous relationship with Isaac, developing a friendship with the vampire Raj, and learning to master her magical gifts with the help of Florence.

Can she successfully navigate a world of mixed allegiances where everyone has their own agenda before the magical imbalance destroys two worlds?

The Cover

The Review

This was obviously the best book that’s been written since The Cardinal Gate came out in late February. You’ll love it. There’s laughter and sexy times and lots of killing! It’s great.

Buy it now!

Amazon (paperback and kindle)

Nook

(Heya, Nook readers! Grab it now – it’ll be exclusively on Amazon in about three weeks.)

So buy it! Enjoy it! Read it! Review it!

Three Things Thursday: Book Stuff

  1. The Waning Moon releases on Tuesday.
  2. I have to have all the final edits and formatting done tonight. TONIGHT! I do not have this done yet. This is anxiety-provoking.
  3. In addition, the images on my new internet home are still not working right. Which is frustrating. Hopefully, I’ll get through the next 12 hours, sanity intact, so I can have myself a glass of wine.

Maybe shower wine