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Two-day Freebie!

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BFT_ebookcovSo my publisher is running a two-day freebie on ebook editions of The Bone Flower Throne. You get both the mobi and the epub all for the low, low price of $0.00. Click the book cover to claim your copy. Ends at midnight Pacific time on 11/15.

Booklikes Giveaway

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If you’re a member of the reading site Booklikes, you can enter to win one of ten eARCs of The Bone Flower Queen. If you aren’t a member, well, check the site out. It’s an alternative to Goodreads with a nice, friendly atmosphere (and they offer you your own pretty blog page to talk about books.)

The contest goes through noon central time on Thursday November 20th, so enter today!

Bone Flower Queen Available for Pre-Order

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BFQ Cover Mock 50 percentI’ve put the Kindle edition of The Bone Flower Queen up for pre-order on Amazon (and am looking into doing the same on Kobo as well). So you can order your copy now and it will be delivered directly to your Kindle on January 5th, the e-book’s official release date. I’ve also activated Kindle Match Book on it, so if you purchase the paperback version via Amazon, you can download the e-book for free. I am planning to have the paperback version on sale by mid to late December, for those who like dead-tree editions.

I’ve also moved forward with widening the distribution for my short story collection Night Bird Soaring and Other Stories. As of this posting, it’s available at Amazon, B&N, and Apple IBooks, but should also be up on Kobo within a day from now. Go here for direct links to purchase. Only $2.99 for over 300 pages of short fiction!Vertical background with Maya calendar and Earth

Bone Flower Queen also has listings on Goodreads, Booklikes, and LibraryThing. And starting tomorrow (the 13th), I’m running an e-ARC giveaway on Booklikes. I do have plans to also run a paperback giveaway on Goodreads once my ARCs arrive from CreateSpace.

And in case you don’t already know, Panverse will be offering The Bone Flower Throne for free for 48 hours coming up really soon, so stay tuned! (In fact, they are running free promos throughout November, so make sure you drop by every 48 hours to download your free e-book!)

Upcoming Events

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the-bone-flower-throne-displaySo I have some upcoming online events that readers can participate in. Firstly, on Wednesday March 5th, Bryan Thomas Schmidt will “twinterview” me, meaning we’ll gather on Twitter and he will ask me questions about The Bone Flower Throne and writing. Come join us at 7pm mountain time at #sffwrtcht and ask me the questions you’ve been dying to ask. Be sure to use the hashtag #sffwrtcht when you participate so I can see your questions.

Secondly, I’ve joined authors Stant Litore and Arwen Elys Dayton in a free book promotion called Fantasy Across the Continents, Fantasy Across Time. To enter, visit Stant’s website and sign up for his newsletter, and he will randomly pick three entrants to receive complimentary copies of all three of our books in US Kindle editions (so it’s only open to US residents). All three books are historical fantasy set in unusual times and places: 10th century Mexico, Gospel-era Jerusalem, and ancient Egypt. The contest ends March 7th.

Harlequin’s So You Think You Can Write Contest

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I’m still pretty new to the whole romance genre, but there are tons of contests new writers can enter, and now that I have an actual completed manuscript, I’ve decided to dip my toe into the contest scene. Last month, I entered the MoRWA Gateway to the Best contest, and just last week I learned of a rather cool, free contest run by Harlequin called So You Think You Can Write? For a period of about 3 weeks, Harlequin lets authors (who aren’t already contracted with Harlequin) post the first chapter of their novel and a 100-word synopsis for readers to look at and comment on. All entries are also looked at and graded by Harlequin editors of 20 different lines, then, authors of those samples with the 50 highest ratings are invited to submit their complete manuscript to the editors. The editors then narrow it to down to the top ten and those full manuscripts are posted on Harlequin’s website for reader voting. The one voted best manuscript wins a contract, though in the past quite a few folks in the top ten have landed contracts as well. While there was a time when the thought of a having a full manuscript available to read out on the internet would have made me squicky, I’m just not there anymore; there’s only a handful of places that I think would be remotely interested in a novel set outside the Regency, Highlander, and medieval settings, so self-publishing seems the most likely route for this book anyway, so why not at least give it a try. Besides, let’s not be overeager and think that I would even get beyond the top 50, even if I made it that far to begin with. What I’m really hoping for is some feedback, and maybe even meet some folks who would be interested in exchanging critiques (I’ve gotten one offer to beta read, so I’m super excited about that).

Anyway, the first chapter of my alternate history romance set in the universe of my One World series is on the contest website. Here’s the pitch for it:

Driven by visions of the end of the world, Aztec Emperor Cuauhtemoc averted the Spanish Conquest of Central America. When he discovers the slave woman who would have helped Cortes working in his palace, he’s determined to win her trust, so she can help him turn his enemies into allies.

But to Malinali, he’s no different than the other noblemen who’ve made her life as a slave miserable. With time and work, suspicion turns into trust, and trust grows into love, but the shadows of an avoided past threatens to turn them into the enemies history meant them to be.

You can read the first chapter here.

If you have a manuscript you’re interested in entering yourself, they’re accepting entries until 4pm EDT on October 9th. You can follow discussion about the contest on twitter at #sytycw2013.