First of all, I want to say thank you for the outpouring of love I received after my last post. So many of you mentioned feeling misunderstood or alone, but you also spoke of hope and and patience and love and the willingness to walk the line between growing as a human being and accepting yourselves the way you are. And though only a few of you commented here, I received many, many private emails from people who found comfort in my post, and I, in turn, found comfort in your words and stories.
I want you all to know how very much it means to me. You are my online family, and your support of me means every bit as much as your support of my work.
I want to give you guys a couple of updates and things to watch for in the next week or so!
My next contest will be holiday-themed and, as always, will feature tons of amazing swag that you can either keep for yourself or give away as gifts. I should have that up sometime in the next few days.
I also want to send a big shout-out to i09 for choosing Prophecy as one of the 2009 Most Notable Books at World Fantasy Con. If you love all things fantasy – from Aliens to V to Star Trek and so on, you HAVE to check out i09! I’ll be honest, I hadn’t heard of it before it popped up in my Google Alert, but now I’m sort of addicted. I seriously love this site and its contributors, so go take a look!
Justine Magazine is running a HUGE “Prophecy Alive” Trailer Contest through January 31, 2010. The winner gets his/her video book trailer posted to the Sparks website, tons of book loot including a backpack filled to the brim with the latest Hachette/Little Brown books AND an assortment of other Spark-reviewed books PLUS a phone call from moi! That’s right, I’ll be phoning the winner to personally thank you for your amazing trailer – which is mostly a big deal because I rarely, if ever, talk on the phone. I am seriously not a phone person, and I promise that if you win, I’ll be at least as nervous as you and we can laugh about it together! Anyway, check this contest out. Justine Magazine is a fantastic and empowering magazine for teens today and this promises to be a great contest.
More foreign rights have been sold to Prophecy including Czechoslovakia, Greece, Croatia, Bulgaria, and Turkey. This means Prophecy is being published in over 20 countries and more than 17 languages. WOOT!
Prophecy has received some awesome blog reviews in the past few days, and as usual, I want to send a big thank you to the bloggers who read and review Prophecy on their blogs and on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc. Some of the highlights from this week include;
Juiciliciouss Reviews who says about Prophecy, “… so intense that there are times when I just couldn’t stop reading.”
The Book Balcony – a new reviewer whom I was lucky enough to meet while on tour in Seattle! Please stop by and welcome her to the blogging community, she says about Prophecy, “… a book I may never get enough of and I can’t wait for the sequel.”
Shari Rosen, who summarized one of my tour signings at her blog, The Worries and Triumphs of an Unpublished Author. Shari is currently reading slush for a prominent literary agency and is an aspiring editor/writer, so you’ll find lots of interesting stuff on her blog. Plus she’s just awesome!
I know I still owe you guys a post on the second half of my tour. Sorry! I’ll get there eventually, but I’m deep into the drafting of Book Three in the Prophecy series and have to really work to find even a free second. Thanks for being patient with me.
I’ll also be posting a Top Books for Holiday Gift-Giving Guide SOON, so check back for great book recommendations for everyone on your holiday shopping list. NOTHING makes a better gift than a book!