Choose Your Own Interactive Story Links

I have been participating in the Mavens’ wacky round robin (recommended!) this week and also had the urge to research the branching story structure as it appears in today’s literature. In case you like that kind of thing, here are some links to newer books that have interactive plots:

First off, “Choose Your Own Adventure” is registered term, and here is the site for the original books, currently being republished:

There are two, count them, two Jane Austen themed interactive books:

There were a couple that seemed to be somewhat more “serious” in nature, insofar as I could determine: (Can’t tell if this is YA)

Then there were some classic spoofy ones, full of silliness but also adult themes. I ordered the Tijuana one and it’s a hoot:

Another area in which the branching story is enjoying a little refurbishment is YA: (YA Series) (YA Series) (YA Series) (YA Series)

And lastly, I did find some links to books that seem to be bona fide erotic stories:

Here’s a short article about the new breed of grown-up CYOAs:

Ok, I’m taking off the research hat now. I have some mangled pacifiers to photograph, courtesy of Meankitty.


Win a Free Ebook Reader

So this book of mine Samhain just released is an ebook for now, with the print edition coming out November 25, 2008. Anybody out there unfamiliar with the concept of ebooks? Basically it’s an electronic version of the text readable on computers and heldhelds, including specific devices created for that purpose, aka ebook readers. Most books these days have an electronic version. In fact, Amazon just introduced their own ebook reader to the market, the Kindle, and they hope you’ll download all your ebooks from them since you can only put Amazon ebooks ON the Kindle unless you’re a haxX0r. I heard people haxX0red their iPhones to read on them as well.

I read more and more on my wee, old PDA because I can hold it easily in one hand, it’s backlit (meaning I can read in the dark without disturbing anyone), and the font size is adjustable. Yes, the screen is small and I have to scroll a lot, but it works for me. (Photo:

There are all sorts of ebook readers out there, but the reason I’m posting this is to provide the basic information and also to give you a chance to win a FREE ebook reader. Not from me, from a fellow Samhain author. The novel is “Strawberries in Winter” by Kerri Augusto and here’s her site if you want to give it your best email:

She’ll be loading the reader with a free copy of her book and another Samhain book of your choice, which…you know…could be MINE, if you wanted.

And don’t forget to vote at the Mavens’ CYOA today!


Poorly Animated Gif Today, Voting Tomorrow

Above is the poorly animated promo I made to convince people to buy my book, like little literary magpies. To see the animation, apparently you need to click on it.

And the voting that takes place tomorrow doesn’t have anything to do with this gif, although you’re perfectly welcome to attempt to vote it off the internet in the comments. The voting in question begins tomorrow at the Manuscript Mavens blog, where Colleen Gleason is going to be starting off an interactive contemporary story and blog visitors get to tell me where to go. Hee! Seriously, I’m up second, after Colleen, and whichever of the 4 choices gets the majority vote is what I’ll be flexing my fingers over Friday night, to be posted first thing Saturday morning.

So be SURE to visit the Mavens. Check out their list of participants. Visit every day for the next 12 days, in fact. It’s a zombie party (if the story morphs like the Halloween story did) and there are prizes! I don’t think an actual zombie is the prize, though.


PS: More promo that is hopefully as entertaining as that sophisticated gif is the Thursday Thirteen I posted at the Otherworld Diner about why the heroine of my book ‘hates’ the hero, with a Taming of the Shrew kind of hate.

Thursday Thirteen: Meankitties Versus Humans

I felt like highlighting some particularly bloodthirsty members of my infamous Gallery today. However, instead of fighting with Blogger and Typing Slave I have given you a series of links instead of 13 photos. I call this series, “Cats Giving Their Humans What For.”














My selection process for this esteemed list was simple. I started at the oldest Gallery page and hopped around randomly until I’d found 13 appropriate images. There are tons more where this came from at the site. Enjoy!



The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your Thirteen in others comments. It’s easy and fun! Trackbacks, pings, comment links accepted!