Virtual Book Tour, Contests, and all sorts of random links

  • Well, I’m touring again! Only, this time, I’m touring from the comfort of my office, while typing away at my next project and chilling out with my dogs. Check out my virtual tour schedule at the end of this post, and take a look at all the other authors on virtual tour this month. The tour is a mix of interviews, guest blogs, reviews and writing advice with a few giveaways sprinkled in for good measure.
  • I’m also hosting a contest at I’m Not Obsessed today and tomorrow. You can enter to win a signed copy of STAY, a copy of the audio book, and some amazing eco-friendly dog products from GoodThingsGreenThings.com (if you don’t have a dog, they’d make a great gift for a friend or local dog shelter).
  • I watched every single episode of Veronica Mars on Netflix and am now going through withdrawal. It was so damn good! How was I not watching it while it was on? Also, is it weird that I want Keith Mars to adopt me? Tweet @wbpictures about a #veronicamarsmovie if you share my addiction and maybe we can convince them to pull a Firefly.
  • I had coffee with fellow Rochester writer Peter Lovenheim last week, which I think completely flies in the face of this Hollywood Elsewhere post about Rochester. And I can’t help but feel sorry for Jeffery Wells, because I have the sneaking suspicion that no one took him to Wegmans on his visit to Rochester.
  • I am writing for Tiny Tangents, a blog about writing and things that distract us from writing, with Corinne Bowen, Ben Boudreau, NPW and Sarah Jio. Check it out.
  • I would love advice on energy boosting activities & foods. I swear, by 4PM I’m ready for bed these days. Hibernation starting early?
Here’s my tour schedule!

Tuesday, September 7 Guest blogging and book giveaway at Night Owl Reviews

Wednesday, September 8 Interviewed at Literarily Speaking

Thursday, September 9 Interviewed at Blogcritics

Friday, September 10 Interviewed at Beyond the Books

Monday, September 13 Book reviewed at Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews

Tuesday, September 14 Book reviewed at Always With a Book

Wednesday, September 15 Book reviewed at The Journey Back Interviewed at As the Pages Turn

Thursday, September 16 Book reviewed at Teresa’s Reading Corner

Friday, September 17 Interviewed at Pump Up Your Book Interviewed at Examiner

Monday, September 20 Book reviewed by Book Reviews by Buuklvr81

Tuesday, September 21 Book reviewed at Life in Review

Wednesday, September 22 Guest blogging at Thoughts in Progress

Thursday, September 23 Book reviewed at Reading at the Beach

Friday, September 24 Interviewed at The Writer’s Life Book Reviewed at A Book Lover

Monday, September 27 Book reviewed at Colloquium

Tuesday, September 28 Book reviewed at Lit and Life

Wednesday, September 29 Book reviewed at A Cozy Reader’s Corner Reviews Book reviewed at 4 the Love of Books

Thursday, September 30 Book Reviewed at The Cajun Book Lady Book reviewed at Ohio Girl Talks Book reviewed at Pump Up Your Book

Cameras need batteries

So, I left my camera battery in the charger at home, which means you’ll get more cell phone pictures and like it. :)

I am so amazed by Seattle. There’s so much to do right in out directly outside of the city. Lady is an amazing tour guide. We went out to the shore to look for tiny sea creatures under rocks (one of my all time favorite activities. It’s been grey and rainy, but still absolutely gorgeous.

I got to have brunch with a high school friend who relocated to Seattle. I hadn’t seen her since 1994. And I got to meet her amazing husband and adorable little boy (seriously, seriously adorable). I am completely in love with the way it’s possible to sit down with old friends and pick up where you left off like it hasn’t been 16 years.

In other news, my agent, Rebecca Strauss drew a name in the query contest. Congratulations to Vicki Lane! I will send you an e-mail with instructions on how to submit your query letter and sample pages to Rebecca. And thanks to Corinne and Wendy for being a part of the contest!!!

I have a guest post up at The Lipstick Chronicles. Please stop over and say hi!
The lovely Nancy Pearl Wannabe put up a post about STAY that made me cry (in a good way).
Life with Dogs is giving away a copy of STAY.
Debbie’s Book Bag posted a review of STAY.

Flurrious is reading dog books!
And Trish Ryan (who’s new book A MAZE OF GRACE hits stores tomorrow!!!) posted about STAY too!
What’s new with you?

Third Place Books!


Third Place Books is a truly amazing place. I had a wonderful time at the reading last night! When we got there, they were hosting Reading with Rover, a program where kids can spend some quality quiet time reading to specially trained dogs. It’s such an amazing program!



I got to speak in front of a shelves full of signed first edition books to a great group of people. And, I got to meet blog & Twitter friends Rob, Ana, Lacey, and Mindi, in person!

Lady made me pose with the display of STAY books.


And I got pictures with Mindi (who will be reading at Third Place this fall),


And Rob, who is a fellow green blogger, and an all round crafty guy.

Rob is giving away a signed copy of STAY at his blog, Rob’s World!

After the reading we got to hang out in the food court at Third Place, and chat for a bit. It was such a great night, and I am so thankful to everyone who made it out to the reading!

Today, we went hiking at Rattlesnake Ledge. The weather was amazing, and the views were spectacular!



And then we finished up the day with an absolutely incredible dinner at Agua Verde. Seattle is such a wonderful city!

Allison Winn Scotch (who just announced the winners of the amazing book giveaway) is reading at the Pacific Place Barnes & Noble in Seattle on Tuesday. I’m so excited that I will still be in Seattle and I can attend!

Links time!!! And, again, if I left out your link, feel free to give me a nudge. I am so far away from my normal office routine, and it’s made me a tad bit flaky. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate these posts. It’s amazing to hear your thoughts on STAY and how you related to the story. I love it! Thank you! And keep an eye out for a really cool contest coming up very soon!

Howling Hill