I just got back from the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers conference in Denver (which was amazing, but I’ll post on that later—tomorrow maybe), and while it was a fabulous time for me, it did prevent me from doing any blogging. But I know that some of you have been anxiously waiting to learn the results of my ARCs Galore Giveaway (I got all your emails, and will try to get to them all), so I’m rushing to get all the entries organized so that I can do the drawing. It’s really important to me that everyone get all the entries they’ve earned, but it’s taking me some time to count them all up and validate, organize, and randomize, etc. However, I’m making every effort to get the results announced by the end of the day, so that I can get prizes posted ASAP. Especially because I know what it’s like to cross my fingers hoping to win something.
And recently, I have!
Earlier this year, I won a signed copy of THE DUFF by Kody Keplinger from Shelli Johannes-Wells as well as a signed copy of THE RED UMBRELLA by Christina Diaz Gonzalez from Medeia Sharif. I was so glad to win these! Super wins, indeed. I was able to score a second unsigned copy of THE DUFF, but I didn’t need two copies, so I passed on the other in my last giveaway. I also got a chance to meet Christina this summer. And not only did she give me some really valuable advice about my own manuscript, she also signed a book for me to give away, which I’ll be doing soon!
So, yeah, how lucky am I???? A HUGE thank you to Shelli, Medeia, Kim, and Valerie!!
And guess what? It’s totally my birthday today. I was going to keep it quiet, but, eh, whatever. It’s not like getting old is a secret. So, I’ll be celebrating this evening (not getting old, but the fact that I was born). And as a testament to how much I love everyone who entered my contest, barring any unforeseeable craziness, I will also get another blog post out announcing the winners of my own giveaway before I go to sleep tonight, despite the fact that it’s my birthday and I should be spending it eating Twizzlers and peanut butter (not together, you weirdo), having a Harry Potter-Lord of the Rings movie marathon, and getting my head rubbed.
Or maybe I should be doing this. This guy seems to be enjoying it.
Anyway, just know that it’s killing me to wrap up the contest, people. Because for every person that wins, there are a lot that don’t. There isn’t really anything I can do about it, but it bothers me nonetheless. As much as I love love love to make winners happy, I don’t like to make anyone feel disappointed. So, I’ll have another contest soon. I’ve got some really cool prizes to give away yet. Think: Fined Looks and Parks. Or something like that.
And I’ve recently come across another freaking awesome book—I can’t wait to share it with you guys. It’s a bit of a sleeper, which makes it that much more exciting, but I’ll wait to tell you about it until I get my review written up.
Annnnnnd that’s it as far as updates, I think. Now I should probably get around and prepare for my birthday. I’ve spent the entire day trying to catch up on everything I had to neglect for the conference, and I still haven’t gotten close to the bottom of the list. If you’re waiting on an email, a phone call, or a pigeon from me, I will get to it ASAP.
P.S. My heartfelt thanks goes out to all of my family and friends who have reached out to me with fabulous birthday wishes and cards and shoutouts and super gifts. I feel really, really loved, and I love you all with more feeling than is probably kosher to express on a blog.
But, what the hell….
P.S. I haven’t been able to do any blog hopping since last week, but I’ll be sure to respond to blog comments from my last post and do some blog reading later this PM. I always try to reply to comments or at least check out your blogs, but I’ve fallen behind because I’m either really busy or really slow.