Friday, February 5, 2016

Friday Fun

Woo!!

Here we are, the first Friday of February! Yay alliteration!

only a few more months of winter


Before we get into the fun, though, my hooman mom wants me to say that today is the last stop on her blog tour for ASSASSIN'S HEART and there's a review up at Fiction Fare.

Onto the fun!
































Thursday, February 4, 2016

#LoveInBooks: 7 YA Authors Sending Love



Hello, lovely reader!

Today is the first day of a multi-author Valentine's Day special: #LoveInBooks.

Seven of us have teamed up to share quotes from our books containing the word "love" from now through Valentine's Day.

Here's the first quote for ASSASSIN'S HEART:






Grand Prize Giveaway

To spread even more love, each of us is giving away a finished copy of our books and swag. You can enter the giveaway below. Entries are accepted daily through Feb. 12th. The winner will be announced on Monday, Feb. 15. USA only.

Participating books and authors (alphabetically, by book):

  1. ARROWS by Melissa Gorzelanczyk / Follow Melissa on Twitter
  2. ASSASSIN'S HEART by Sarah Ahiers / Follow Sarah on Twitter
  3. BOOKISHLY EVER AFTER by ISABEL BANDEIRA / Follow Isabel on Twitter
  4. CURIO by Evangeline Denmark / Follow Evangeline on Twitter
  5. THE MYSTERY OF HOLLOW PLACES by Rebecca Podos / Follow Rebecca on Twitter
  6. SWORD AND VERSE by Kathy MacMillan / Follow Kathy on Twitter
  7. THIS IS WHERE IT ENDS by Marieke Nijkamp / Follow Marieke on Twitter
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And today there's an interview with main character Lea on Storybook Slayers!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Insecure Writer's Support Group

First Wednesday of the month, which means it's time for IWSG.

Today's co-hosts are Allison Gammons,Tamara Narayan, Eva E. Solar, Rachel Pattison, and Ann V. Friend! 


This is also the first day after ASSASSIN'S HEART is out in the world. I am officially a published novelist.

And, yeah. There's a TON of insecurity there. Most of it still needs unpacking of course. But I think I have the same worries as every other author in the world:

Will people like it?
Will it sell?
Will it find its audience?

I mean, I know it will find it's audience and someone will like it. There are already great reviews for it, both trade and just regular ol' peeps who got an early copy. And that's fantastic. So I guess that's less of a worry and more of a hope. That it finds the people who will like it or love it. I'm pretty sure teen Sarah would have been all over this book if she'd had it back in the day.

So, yeah. I mean, the rest of it, the other worries, are things out of my control. So right now, I'm trying not to let those worries tap me on the shoulder too much, if you know what I mean.

And, also, the work isn't done. There will be edits for Book 2. And I have a MG fantasy to finish drafting and another YA fantasy to start revising. So, there's not a lot of time for worries or insecurities. They'll keep, I'm sure.

Also, the ASSASSIN'S HEART blog tour continues through Friday!

Today there's a review on Dark Fairy Tales and tomorrow there's an interview with main character Lea on Storybook Slayers

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

In Which ASSASSIN'S HEART IS RELEASED!!!

Today is the day! THE DAY!

ASSASSIN'S HEART is out in the world!






WOOOOOOOO!!!






This is really unrelated to anything, but I saw this gif and I laughed pretty hard and decided, screw it, I was putting it in


You guys. I started this blog waaaaay back in little old January of 2010. I started it because it was the thing to do at the time, and also because I thought it I was going to make a serious go at being a writer, maybe it would be nice to have a blog to one day celebrate things like if I ever got a book deal.

And I DID get a book deal! And here we are, in 2016 and today my book is out there for anyone to buy and read!

Time for another WOOOOOOOO!

So I am going to spend the day having a good lunch with my siblings, maybe stopping in at a bookstore so we can actually SEE my book there, and then, you know, not working. Because, pshaaa on work.

Also, today I'm over at YaReads with a guest post on which of the ASSASSIN'S HEART characters would make a good companion on Doctor Who. It's a fun little post that I enjoyed writing, so maybe take a look when you have some free time.

Finally, because I wouldn't be a good author without doing my due diligence, here are some important ASSASSIN'S HEART links:

My website
Amazon
Barnes and Noble
Goodreads

Thanks, pals. I'll be back tomorrow for Insecure Writer's Support Group.

Monday, February 1, 2016

In Which I Tally Quiz Results

Being as that ASSASSIN'S HEART is out in the world tomorrow (EEEEE!!!) it seems like today is a good day to look at some ASSASSIN'S HEART Quiz results.





Do not worry. The quiz is still live and kicking so if you haven't taken it yet, or want to take it again, have at it! (Here's the original blog post with the link)

So, results.

To date there have been 249 quiz takers. Which is awesome. I mean, I know I'm in there a few times for testing purposes, but still. I'm not in there 249 times, so that means it had a lot of use, which is super exciting and fun and mostly means that the time I spent putting it together was not wasted.

There are Nine Families in ASSASSIN'S HEART: The Saldanas, Da Vias, Accursos, Bartolomeos, Caffarellis, Maiettas, Addamos, Zarella's and Gallos.

The most populated Family per the quiz is The Gallo Family! With 46 members. That seems about right since they're the lowest Family and also the most easy going.

Second most popular was the Zarella Family, which also seems about right since they are the second lowest and also pretty easy-going, like the Gallos.

So at this point I'm super pleased by the results. The quiz seems to have mostly worked in a logical fashion.

The least populated was the Bartolomeo Family, with only twelve people, which is kind of surprising to me. It makes me wonder what about their mottos or pictures didn't attract more people to them.

Close to them, too, with 13 people is the Maietta Family, which is also surprising and a little sad because I have a soft spot in my heart for them.

The other Families were all in the middle, somewhere.

I'm hoping that I'll get even more quiz takers once the book is out. I purposely made the quiz hard to game, so even if you've read the book, there are few questions that you can specifically answer to try and get a specific Family (say the Saldanas for instance) but I'm still intrigued to see if the numbers change at all.

Anyway, this is a lot of data that maybe only I care about, but there you go.

Tomorrow my book is out in the world. It seems like it's been a long journey, and it has, but it also seems like it was just yesterday when I was drafting it. Time flies strangely, I guess.

Today, my blog tour continues, too, on Cover2Cover with an ASSASSIN'S HEART review so maybe stop on by!
I'm also at Literary Rambles today with an interview and a giveaway!



Otherwise I'll be back here tomorrow for, *gulp* MY BOOK BIRTHDAY!!!!

Friday, January 29, 2016

Friday Fun

Ape-Friends!

Here we are, at the end of January already. We have lived through the first month of 2016!!!

I've seen worse Januaries


Which means it's time for some fun.

But, before that, my hooman mom says I'm supposed to tell you that today, for her blog tour, she's at The Young Folks giving an interview.
And she's also over at Writing From the Tub today as well, so check them out!

Now, onto the fun!





























Wednesday, January 27, 2016

In Which My Computer Is A Dick

So I was planning on a Wednesday Weird post today, but my laptop is being a consumate ass. Most likely it's just time for a new one. But the issue is, all my weird posts I save up for Wednesday Weirds are bookmarked on my laptop, which means I don't really have a back up.

My bad and all that.

So instead, watch this cute video.



YOU'RE WELCOME.

Also, today my blog tour continues on Tween 2 Teen Book Reviews with a guest post on World Building, so stop on by!

And tomorrow there will be an ASSASSIN'S HEART review on  The Unofficial Addiction Book Fan Club so check it out, too!
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