Tangible Updates – Preordering, Review Copies, Etc.

A quick post today. Just noticed last night that Tangible is available for preorder! Do any of you preorder books? Also, the first chapter is available for free at my site, it’s on GoodReads, and I have review copies available.

What now? (1) Read the first chapter for free. (2) Invest in a dream dictionary. (3) Click the small cover to see the large cover. (4) Contact me about review copies. (5) Review it, for better or for worse, at GoodReads

Buy Links for Tangible:

Amazon (preorder)

B&N (preorder)

Kobo (preorder)

Samhain (preorder)

That’s it — short and schaweet!

Jody W.
www.jodywallace.com * www.meankitty.com

Cover & Blurb for December 09 Release

Could I get any more excited with the blog entry title? I didn’t even give it the courtesy of an exclamation point. Probably because my editor made me take most of the exclamation points out of the text of What She Deserves, so I’m trying to break myself of my exclamatory habit. Yeah, that’s EXACTLY what I’m doing.

Whoopie or no whoopie (okay, let’s be honest, the book has some major whoopie in it, and I don’t mean Goldberg), here is the cover by Samhain cover artist Natalie Winter:


Pen name on cover: check
Red dress on heroine: check
Hot dude: check
Bad dancing: you can’t have everything
(But if you want to pretend the hero and heroine just got finished with a synchronized exhibition of cabbage patchy goodness, you go right ahead. I know I do.)

Here is the official blurb:

Then: Geeky science nerd. Now: Most Likely to Fall in Love!

At seventeen Winifred Sampson was sure of three things. She was a nerd, she hated Peter Duvall, and her crush on the quarterback would never be reciprocated. Ten years later, she can safely revise two of those constants. She’s a sexy, self-confident woman, more than woman enough to seduce a former high school football player. She doesn’t spare a thought for that turkey Peter…until she sees him at the reunion.

My, how he’s grown!

Peter never cared that he and Winnie were the class nerds. So they were smart. So they didn’t have dates. Big deal. Now they’re both smart and successful. She was always his fantasy girl, and he’s decided to make a few of his own dreams come true…in the most carnal way possible.

All he has to do is convince her he’s graduated—with honors—from dud to stud.

Warning: This title contains explicit sexuality, bad dancing and man-on-door violence.

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I got two exclamation points in the blurb. Frankly, I was surprised. I wasn’t surprised!!! because I am not allowed, but I was surprised. I’m also supposed to work on my schizophrenic approach to the “toward” / “towards” conundrum and write the sequel to Survival of the Fairest faster; we’ll see how much progress I make towardstoward those goals in October.

More details–the release date for WSD is December 22, 2009, so if you need to get yourself something hot and funny for the holidays and the famed stripper duo of Santa and Rudolph are booked, you could do worse than What She Deserves.

Jody W.
www.jodywallace.com * www.meankitty.com

Samhain’s Spring Fling

From Samhain & The Samhellion (its newsletter):

Calling all readers!

We decided it was time for a celebration. Winter is over, summer is on its way and spring…is, well…a little anti-climactic isn’t it?

Not anymore!

At Samhain Publishing, spring is getting a makeover! This week we’re holding contests, chats on the Samhain Cafe and giving away free ebooks. So dig out your favorite pair of shorts and turn on that sun lamp because its time for some fun!

Contests – There are seven contests, each beginning at 12:01 EST from the 19th through the 26th. Each contest will be released on the Samhellion Blog and the post will contain a link to the current contest.

Check out the blog for specific rules. There are more than forty prizes up for grabs.

Chats – Samhain authors will be chatting on the Samhain Cafe chat loop on Wednesday 4/22 through 4/26.

Free ebooks – We will have a free ebook for you each day this week! They will be announced on the Samhellion Blog and ultimately end up in our library.

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As for me, I’m part of the scavenger hunt festivities on Wednesday, April 22, and will be giving away the winner’s choice of an ebook download from my vast backlist of 3 Samhain books. Just keep an eye on the Samhellion blog for the link! http://thesamhellion.com/wordpress/

Sincerely,
Jody W.
www.jodywallace.com

What Do You Think Of Samhain Publishing?

Now’s your chance to tell Samhain about your favorite authors, favorite books, favorite covers, and all that jazz. You can also tell them what you’d like to see more or LESS of, and it’s totally anonymous.

Feel free to recommend any of my books or covers on the “Best Stuff from 2008” list! Samhain is going to be publishing a list of best-selling list books from 2008 in early January, and I know I won’t be making that list, so if I got some nominations on the reader-favorites list, that would be tres awesome.

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=cx0Pt6VHI_2fJ4m5lSThk8Qg_3d_3d
Obviously, if you haven’t read my books or they weren’t your favorite Samhain books, you should not write them down.

You don’t have to fill out the complete survey, so if all you want to do is tell Samhain what you want to see more or less of, that’s fine.

JW

More Samhain Holiday Goodness

The Samhellion Calendar of Events for December 3rd

  • Holiday eBook Freebie – Men of SWAT: Tactically Yours by J.C. Wilder (sweet)
  • Discover New Authors – Touch of Fire by Maria Zannini
  • 7pm – 9pm – Ménage Mania on the Cafe
  • Samhellion Holiday Hunt: Check out The Samhellion Blog
  • Samhain Publishing’s Winner Wonderland!
    Samhain Publishing is calling all readers to join in their reindeer games! Santa ran out of room in his sleigh so he dropped off some cases of books in our offices! (This is where you yell, `How many boxes?’) He left so many that we can’t even get to the water cooler! In order to stem the dehydration that is running rampant in the office, we will be giving away paperbacks from some of our most talented authors.

    To sign up, go to http://samhainpublishing.com/contests/winner-wonderland-contest and the rules are:

    Contest runs from December 1 – December 31, 2008. Two winners will be selected every day. Only 1 entry per person for the whole month. Duplicates will be deleted. Be sure to enter your name, address (street address no PO Boxes) and phone number. If you fail to enter all of this information, we will discard your entry. Void where prohibited by law.

    *It will take several weeks to receive your books; the mail is notoriously slow during the holidays.

Just thought you might like to know where you can maybe get free stuff this month. Beats paying for everything, even at sale prices!

JW

A Plethora of Free Reads

Samhain is hosting a free reads program where they are posting holiday themed short stories by their authors: http://www.thesamhellion.com/ebooks.htm

I participated with a little tale called “A Spell for Susannah’s Mother” and I’ll let you know when it’s due to be posted. It’s kind of a prequel to “A Spell for Susannah” (obviously), but it does stand alone. The blurb:

If the King is fated to love thirteen women before he turns fifty, is he still husband material? One cold, wet Wintertide Eve, the Queen labors over the answer to her husband’s curse.

These PDFs are free, but Samhain and its authors would like readers to download them from the Samhain page so we can track how popular this function is. If you like one of these stories and want to share it with another reader, please have them snag it from the Samhain site.

JW

“Dunmore Rising” by Gia Dawn

A Samhain friend of mine is out of commission and unable to promote her new release. After I read the blurb and saw “cranky fairies” (yay!), I thought I’d share it with you guys. If you like fantasy romance, here’s one to try:

“Dunmore Rising” by Gia Dawn
Buy from MBaM!
Read An Excerpt Online
Genre: ,
ISBN: 978-1-60504-052-3
Length: Novel
Price: 5.50
Publication Date: June 24, 2008
Cover art by Anne Cain

Love is mightier than the sword…
Demons of Dunmore, book 4.

Sir Graham Dunmore is looking forward to competing in his first summer tournament—until he gets saddled with babysitting a prince in disguise, three fairy-godmothers he would much rather see fly back to where they came from, and a woman for a squire. Gone for years, Jiliana is now back in Westmyre, older, colder, with a lethal fighting skill that leaves him both impressed and intrigued.

Jili doesn’t recognize this sleek, well-trained man as the awkward friend from her youth. But seeing Graham again brings back painful memories of a brutal past. One that forces her to live a life of tight control, lest one slip unleash a deadly monster capable of hurting everyone in her path.

Yet as Graham patiently teaches her the arts of love, Jili has a glimmer of hope that she can finally control the killer that lurks inside her—until a ninja assassin begins to stalk the tournament.

With a heavy heart, she realizes Graham is going to need every skill she possesses to protect the prince—the very skills that could tear them apart forever.

Warning: This title contains cranky fairies, a gorgeous hero, and a heroine who just about kicks his ass…plus really sizzling sex told in naughty language.

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Let us know if you buy and like it! I’ve read some of Gia’s other work but not any in this particular series.

JW

Epublishing Survey – Confidential!

Angela James at Samhain is doing an epublishing survey and workshop to tell the uninitiated what they can really expect. Can you help? Here are the general deets that she needs. She says:

“If you’re willing to share with me–and only me–your 2007 epublishing earnings, I would like to use those numbers for my workshop, no names will be attached.

Total earned (through epublishers, but it can be for print and ebook earnings through those epublishers):
# books total for sale (not just new books, but backlist books):
# publishers (the books above were published through):
Were you a new author in 2007?

One author got particularly motivated and broke it down further to # of novels, novellas and short stories but that’s not necessary unless you really want to send me that info. I will use it if you send it.

My goal is to (hopefully) demonstrate that a living can be made in ebooks (one author has already responded who makes 1 1/2x what my husband makes at his day job), but that the income/royalties made can vary widely per author as well, and that backlist does help.
If you’re interested in sharing with me–and again, I will share names with no one else–please email me at angie@samhainpublishing.com. I’m already privy to Samhain’s numbers, I just really don’t want this to be about Samhain, but about epublishing in general, because my workshops are about epublishing, promoting positive information about epublishing. And I promise, this is not about finding out other publisher’s sales numbers, which is why I don’t ask who you write for, or what books you have with each. I am asking general numbers only. I understand many of you are not comfortable sharing this information, so no worries! I’m hoping if I ask around, I’ll come up with a few respondents.

If you think you know of others who might be interested in sharing their numbers with me, please pass this on.

Here is Angie’s site for the full article: http://nicemommy-evileditor.com/blog/?p=1273

JW

Read an Ebook, Win a Free Ebook!

Today is the last day of the official “Read an Ebook Week” over at http://www.domokos.com/readebookweek.html , and if you didn’t know this week was happening, you’ve got another chance! Samhain Publishing, one of my publishers, is extending Read an Ebook week as Reader Appreciation week from March 9-15, and they are giving away all sorts of goodies (including non-ebooks) on their chat loop. You can find the loop at: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/samhaincafe/ .

Ebooks, as you probably know, are electronic versions of books, just like audio books are aural versions of books and hardbacks are really heavy versions of books. They are, indeed, ‘real’ books, with the added attraction of not requiring trees for production; as they say at the Domokos site, they reduce one’s carbon footprint in the world. They’re greener and more earth-friendly than hardcopy books and I love them. I love the fact I don’t have to find shelf space for the ebooks I own and so does my husband, whose biggest gripe with me is probably my tendency to packrat us out of house and home.

Now the Samhain Cafe can be a very busy and entertaining loop, so I personally keep it on “digest”, but this would be a great week to try it out, if you haven’t already. There’s going to be an ebook given away **on the hour**, as well as other goodies, including a grand prize of an ebook reader! I don’t know if Samhain authors are eligible for the prizes, but I’d love to win some free ebooks and a reader! I read ebooks on my little old PDA, which is great, but an actual ebook reader is so tempting.

I’m going to be participating on and off through the week, sharing excerpts, random comments, contests, jokes, and general observations from the peanut in my gallery. Hope to see you there!

JW

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: http://www.pdamuseum.com/sony_clie/sony_clie_peg-sj20.htm)

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: http://www.kerriaugusto.com/

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!

JW