First Prizes Giveaway!

Sorry this took forever, but today starts my first countdown giveaway! Here's what you can win this time: One of 10 Swag Packs with postcards, bookmarks, and temporary tattoos. (I will sign the postcards and bookmarks, too) One of 5 Handmade Bookmarks (plus the above swag). The bookmarks are strung with bead on either end so they dangle outside the book. One end has a dagger with roses, and the other has a leaf. One Custom Made 500 piece Puzzle of the Book's Cover (plus a bookmark and a swag). As soon as this Raffle ends, I will hold another one with more prizes. Winning in this drawing doesn't keep you from winning in the second, so don't let that stop you from entering now! Additionally th

First Starred Review!

So trade reviews are a big deal. The primary ones are Kirkus, Publisher's Weekly, Booklist, and Library Journal. There's an article explaining them here from 2003, but things haven't really changed all that much. There are a few other review sources that use the same format (brief summary, a couple sentences on the quality), but those four are the big ones. Getting a coveted "Starred Review" from any of them will make an author smile for weeks. And guess what? I'M SMILING SO HARD RIGHT NOW. (you probably guessed that from the title) This is what Publisher's Weekly had to say: Beaty’s engrossing debut introduces 16-year-old Sage Fowler, who is sent to apprentice with a matchmaker, Darnessa Ro

How to Support a New Author (Namely Me)

I don’t know when it happened, but we are almost in the final two months before The Traitor’s Kiss is officially out in the world. I swear it was 6 months ago, like, yesterday, but that’s about how long ago I shaved my legs last and yep, it definitely wasn’t really yesterday. So now it’s time to talk about how to support me, and I’m assuming since you are reading this article, that’s something you are interested in doing. Fortunately for you, not all of them involve spending money. Buy the book. Okay, this one is obvious and involves money, and I know it doesn’t grow on trees.1 But there are several different kinds of purchases and each helps in a different way. Preorder! This helps me by te

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