News and Sundry

First of all, I’m thrilled to appear today on Red Tash’s Writer Wednesday blog…hop on over there and leave a comment for a chance to win a free ebook of THE GRIMM LEGACY!!

Second of all, I keep meaning to post the winners of the giveaways from my book launch party last weekend, and life keeps jumping up and biting me in annoying yet necessary distractions. My apologies for the delay…but without further ado….

Free ebook of THE GRIMM LEGACY………………………..Kelly Charland

Free sneak peak of THE ANDERSEN ANCESTRY…………Rebecca Bernard

$5 gift certificate to The Depot (coffeeshop)……………..Brit Graham

Frog Candle………………………………………………………..Kylie Fansler

Frog Garden Stake……………………………………………….Nancy Smith


Thanks to Linda Johnson and the Friends of the Champaign County Library for such a wonderful event. It truly was a blast, and it went so well!

Thanks to Mom, I will have photos of the event to post before too long, but there are so many good ones, it’s hard to narrow it down! After this weekend, I will definitely get right on that, because they’re too good not to share.

Speaking of this weekend, I’ll be at the Origins Game Fair in Columbus, Ohio this weekend, appearing on panels, signing some bookmarks, showing up in the Library, and all kinds of other fun stuff.

Here’s my panel schedule…

Thursday (5/31)                I’m not on any panels that day.

Friday (6/1)                         11 am    Gender Bending Fiction

Saturday (6/2)                   2 pm      Writing as a Juggling Act

Saturday (6/2)                   3 pm      Flash Us Your Fiction, Part II

Sunday (6/3)                      11 am    The Business of Writing

In between, I’ll probably be wandering around the conference, networking in the bar, talking to people in the hallway, or typing away in a corner on at least one of the several projects I’m in the middle of at the moment. If you’re going to be at Origins, stop and say hi!

And, because there’s not ENOUGH going on this weekend, I also need to announce that I have an essay appearing in EIGHTH DAY GENESIS: A WORLDBUILDING CODEX FOR WRITERS AND CREATIVES, which released today in ebook. Yes, print versions are coming. If you, or anyone you know, write science fiction, fantasy, or horror, or some version thereof, these essays are invaluable advice from all kinds of writers.

AND for those of you who asked…THE GRIMM LEGACY is now available as a NOOK Book!

Whew! I’m tired just writing all that!


And the BIG DAY is HERE!!


You can buy it at the Musa Publishing website HERE. It’s also up at Amazon HERE.

I have not yet seen it on the Barnes and Noble site, but if you buy it through the publisher, you can get it in different formats that would be compatible with ereaders other than Kindle.

The book is also featured today on the Musa Publishing blog HERE.


And the Countdown is ON!!

I’ve been quiet on the blog because I’ve been dealing with other details related to work, rehabbing and resting the stupid ankle injury, working on the house (cuz I don’t have ENOUGH going on, right?), and all the other craziness that comes along with being me…along with last minute details for the book, last minute details for the Book Launch Party I’m having at the Champaign County Public Library, and everything else.

If you’ll be at the launch party…I’ve got some COOL stuff to give away, but you gotta show up to win. (Only people who show up can sign up for the drawing…but if someone has to leave a bit early, they don’t have to be present at the time of the drawing.)

Here’s the swag list…we’ll be drawing names for winners at the library on Saturday.

1)      A free ebook version of THE GRIMM LEGACY

2)      A free sneak peek at Chapter 1 of the sequel, currently titled THE ANDERSEN ANCESTRY. Yup, this is my current project. This is a sneak peak at a chapter that could still see changes as the rest of the book is written…that only my writers group has seen so far!

Just because Bert is the coolest frog out there…

3)      A frog candle, as seen below…

(If you don’t win and want to pick up one of these things yourself, I don’t blame you…if you’re local to the area, my dad carries them in his shop in Bellefontaine, Ohio…King’s Country Corner)…otherwise,go to Swan Creek Candle to take a look!)

4)      A frog garden stake, as seen below…

5)      A $5 gift certificate for coffee at a local coffee shop…cuz readers and writers need their caffeine!

Also, there will be cake.

And bookmarks.

And a reading…and I’ll answer questions as best I can if anyone’s got any!

I am a Klutz Extraordinaire

Some of you may have already heard what I did earlier this week. Some of you will not be surprised to hear it.

I’ve been panicking about all the details of everything I have to get done over the next month or so. Not only do I have the book release and launch, but also a conference right after that, a house in dire need of spring cleaning, another book to write, flowerbeds and yard in need of weeding, thinning, and mulching, a garage in need of work…and a partridge in a pear tree, if you catch my drift. There are more details on top of that that are more personal, but suffice it to say…all good stuff, just a lot of details to handle.

Sometimes the best thing I can do when I feel overwhelmed is to start tackling the details that are right in front of me.

That means house and yard.

Over the last week, I started tearing apart my house. The weeding is (mostly) done in the backyard. Hanging baskets are up on the porch. I started inside, with taking down curtains to wash, washing windows, wiping down baseboards, clearing out cabinets and closets, etc. I always feel better when all of this is done, and I figured I could slowly get the entire house in order.

So, Monday night, BF had decided to get some stuff done at his house. I was alone at my house, and decided to take down the rest of the curtains in the dining room. To get to the last set, I was standing about three stair steps up, since the window is right at the base of the steps. I pulled down the valance and the curtains with no problem.

The problem was that I stepped on the trailing curtain as I tried to come down off the stairs.

I have no idea how graceful I looked (probably not at all), but it hurt.

I sat at the base of the stairs for a few minutes, collecting myself, before I made it into the living room and onto the couch. It only took me a few minutes to realize that 1) it was serious, and 2) I needed to go to the emergency room for x-rays.

I called BF, who came and picked me up. The minute he got me out onto the porch, the skies opened up and sheets of rain began to pour from the clouds. By the time we got to the emergency room we were soaked. And cold. And miserable. My hands were shaking, although I’m still not sure whether it was from the cold or from the injury itself. Probably both. And we were in the emergency room for more than two hours. Between the three medical professionals that took care of me…only one seemed like a human, with an actual sense of humor and compassion. The doctor especially seemed annoyed that I was even there, but it was the closest emergency room, urgent care was closed, and I’ve been to the ankle sprain rodeo before…I would rather go get x-rayed to be sure it’s not broken. And I couldn’t walk on it at all at the time.

I got lucky. It’s a bad bruise and a sprain, but it’s not anything to sneeze at. I’ll spare you the pictures, but my foot is black and purple on the inside AND outside of my foot, it’s still swollen, and it looks terrible.

Of course this happens when the house is still in the torn up, I’ve pulled everything out of the closets and cabinets, stage. Needless to say, the housecleaning is on hold for a couple of days. I’ll get back into it eventually, and get everything exactly the way I want it. I’m trying to take this as a sign that I needed to just slow down and take a breath. Or ten.

Good news is that I was only on crutches a couple of days, but am still hobbling.

I just wish I had a better story for how it happened.

Just call me Grace.

Book Launch Party

The Grimm Legacy releases on May 25, 2012.

On Saturday, May 26, 2012, I’ll be hosting a Book Launch/Reading/reception at the Champaign County (Urbana, Ohio) Public Library from 10 a.m. until noon.

I’m planning a short talk about how to outline/plan a novel, a short reading,  a q and a, and a reception for anyone who’s interested.

There will also be an ebook giveaway, some other giveaways, snacks, and an all around good time!

I tried to put out invitations on Facebook, but got limited to the number I could send out…so if anyone’s in the Urbana area on May 26, 2012 and looking for something fun to do…come see us in the meeting room of the library, say hi, and enter to win a free ebook!