Get a ‘Life’ Giveaway!

My good friend Tina Ferraro and I have much in common, including very similar paranormal YA book title names! We’re teaming up this weekend for our “Get a Life” giveaway. I’m giving away a Kindle e-copy of my book THIS IS YOUR AFTERLIFE and a Kindle e-copy of Tina’s HALF-LIFE.

To enter the draw, simply head to Facebook, like my Facebook author page *and* the giveaway post. For an extra chance to win, make your way over to Tina Ferraro’s Books page, like her page and giveaway post. Easy, right?

Entries close Sunday, April 24, 11:59pm US Pacific Standard Time. (That’s Monday, April 25, 4:59pm AEST if you’re in Sydney, Australia, like me.) Prizes will be delivered electronically via Amazon.

Good luck, and have a fab weekend!

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Click on the graphic to go to my Facebook page and enter the giveaway…

About HALF-LIFE by Tina Ferraro

Probably not a good idea to take advice from your dead twin sister.

High school sophomore Trisha Traynor and friends have played the Halloween mirror game for years, the one that’s supposed to show a glimpse of the guy they’ll marry. But no one’s ever seen anything.

Until tonight—when Trisha is gob smacked by the candlelit arrival of her long-deceased twin sister, instead of her crush, Kirk Maxwell.

In a voice and vision that only Trisha can hear and see, Chessie claims to be back on a compassionate journey. Trisha fears she’s gone nuthouse crazy. But she nonetheless follows the instructions Chessie outlines in their nightly conversations, until she finds herself stepping across some ethical lines, and probably ending all chances with Kirk.

When a sisterly showdown ensues, resulting in the shattering of the mirror, Chessie’s gone again, and a heartsick Trisha sets about righting her recent wrongs. That is, until she stumbles upon the real reason Chessie had come back and the most important glimpse yet that the mirror could never predict.

OUT NOW from Leap Books.

 

About THIS IS YOUR AFTERLIFE by…um, me

When the one boy you crushed on in life can’t seem to stay away in death, it’s hard to be a normal teen when you’re a teen paranormal.

Sixteen-year-old Keira Nolan has finally got what she wanted—the captain of the football team in her bedroom. Problem is he’s not in the flesh. He’s a ghost and she’s the only one who can see him.

Keira’s determined to do anything to find Jimmy’s killer. Even it if means teaming up with his prickly-yet-dangerously-attractive brother, Dan, also Keira’s ex-best-friend. Keira finds that her childish crush is fading, but her feelings for Dan are just starting to heat up, and as the story of Jimmy’s murder unfolds, anyone could be a suspect.

OUT NOW from Bloomsbury Spark.

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Birthday-Week Giveaway!

It’s the start of my birthday week, and I’m giving away presents in an Amazon Giveaway! Three Kindle e-copies of my paranormal YA, THIS IS YOUR AFTERLIFE, are up for grabs. Entries are open to U.S. and D.C. residents only.

Click here to enter the giveaway on Amazon.com!

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Please note this Amazon Giveaway is open only to residents of the U.S. and the District of Columbia. No purchase necessary. Ends the earlier of Mar 26, 2016 11:59 PM PDT, or when all prizes are claimed. See official Amazon rules at http://amzn.to/GArules. Good luck!

If you’re visiting me from another locale, stay tuned for international giveaways in future!

 

Treat or Treat — A Halloween Giveaway!

YA author Tina Ferraro and I may reside on opposite ends of the world, but I feel like I’ve known her my whole life. She’s been such a great support throughout my writing career. This weekend we’re joining paranormal-author forces to bring you a very special Halloween giveaway!

We’re giving away Kindle copies of my ghost book, THIS IS YOUR AFTERLIFE and Tina’s spooky e-novella, HALF-LIFE. In addition to our e-books, one lucky person will win an exclusive THIS IS YOUR AFTERLIFE mug (there’s just one of these babies in the world, you know!) and a chocolate spoon to die for.

Haunt me over at my Facebook author page to find out how to win! Entries close November 1, 11:59pm Australian Eastern Standard Time. Good luck!

Click on the graphic to reach my Facebook page.
Click on the graphic to reach my Facebook page.


About Tina Ferraro’s HALF-LIFE (Shine/Leap Books)

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Tina Ferraro

Probably not a good idea to take advice from your dead twin sister. High school sophomore Trisha Traynor and friends have played the Halloween mirror game for years, the one that’s supposed to show a glimpse of the guy they’ll marry. But no one’s ever seen anything. Until tonight­when Trisha is gob smacked by the candlelit arrival of her long-deceased twin sister, instead of her crush, Kirk Maxwell. In a voice and vision that only Trisha can hear and see, Chessie claims to be back on a compassionate journey. Trisha fears she’s gone nuthouse crazy. But she nonetheless follows the instructions Chessie outlines in their nightly conversations, until she finds herself stepping across some ethical lines, and probably ending all chances with Kirk. When a sisterly showdown ensues, resulting in the shattering of the mirror, Chessie’s gone again, and a heartsick Trisha sets about righting her recent wrongs. That is, until she stumbles upon the real reason Chessie had come back and the most important glimpse yet that the mirror could never predict.

Tina’s website | Twitter | Facebook

Find HALF-LIFE at Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | iTunes

**UPDATE**

Thanks so much to everyone who entered the prize draw on Facebook. Our winners were Michaela D and Kelly C!

Keep an eye out for more giveaway fun in the coming weeks.

Facebook Party & Audiobook Giveaway!

My good friend Amy Patrick is throwing a Facebook party to celebrate the release of HIDDEN HOPE, book three in her HIDDEN trilogy. She’s invited a bunch of authors, including me, and we’re giving away tons of great prizes.

I’m offering an Audible audiobook edition of my YA paranormal, THIS IS YOUR AFTERLIFE, to one Facebook party-goer! Now, because we’re celebrating Amy’s third book in the HIDDEN trilogy, there are three ways to enter. You can do one or all of the following three things:

1.    Go to Amy’s Hidden Hope Release Party page on Facebook and ‘Like’ my post.

2.    Share that post through Facebook.

3.    Comment on my Hidden Hope Facebook party post and tell me the most haunted place you’ve visited or want to visit.

You’ll get bonus entry points for clicking ‘Like’ on my Facebook author page and signing up to my newsletter. Please join the Fans of Amy Patrick group at while you’re there!

Entries close Monday, September 28, 5pm EST, U.S. time. Open to U.S. and international residents.

Here’s lovely Amy talking about her upcoming release and par-tay:

Accidental Tourist + Contest News!

My sister visited me here in Sydney, and this gave us both a chance to see this city through the eyes of a tourist. We took endless shots of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House. Lucky for you, I won’t post all 500 photos. Just five…

I received some fantastic news today: My book, THIS IS YOUR AFTERLIFE, is a YA finalist in the First Coast Romance Writers’ National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award! A huge thank you to the judges for nominating AFTERLIFE! My fab critique partner Anna Campbell also nabbed a berth in the finals in the Historical/Regency category with WHAT A DUKE DARES. Congrats to Anna and all the finalists!

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Have you played tourist in your own town? What discoveries did you make?

National Readers’ Choice Award Nominations!

OK, I am officially flabbergasted…in the best possible way. This morning I learned that This Is Your Afterlife is a finalist in the OKRWA National Readers’ Choice Award in the YA and the Best First Book categories. To the reader judges, I can’t thank you enough! Good luck to all the finalists! Click on the logos below for the full list of nominees and add their books to your reading list.


One person who helped me bring This Is Your Afterlife to, er, life is the enormously talented Pintip Dunn. Her debut YA, Forget Tomorrow, will be out this November from Entangled Teen. She’s celebrating the sale of her trilogy to Turkish publisher Pegasus Yayinlari. Congrats, Pintip!!! #turkishdelight It’s been a while since I last blogged, so here’s a quick update in picture form. Click or hover over the pics to read the captions.

Book Signing!

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Reading!

At the moment, I’m hard at work writing another paranormal YA. But I’ve been sneaking peeks at a stack of books my Bloomsbury publicist shared with me: IMG_6556

Love Bomb by Jenny McLachlan A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas Apple and Rain by Sarah Crossan Because You’ll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas

What’s on your reading list?

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I’m really ashamed to say it, but until last night I’d never visited the iconic Taronga Zoo during my thirteen years living in Sydney. But I finally did make it there. Not to see the animals but to see jazz musician James Morrison‘s Twilight at Taronga concert. The zoo exhibits were closed, but we did spot tree kangaroos* on our way to the stage as well as a male Asian elephant. In between songs, we could hear what sounded like a jungle full of animals screeching and baying. It wasn’t clear whether or not their calls were in appreciation of the human trumpeters, though.

*I’m also ashamed to say I didn’t know tree kangaroos existed. Did you know? I shot a little video, so now we have proof:

Tomorrow (that’s Monday, March 16, US time), I’ll be a ghost…sorry, guest on Darynda Jones‘s blog for Beam Me Up Mondays. Join me as I talk about guests…uh, ghosts, and you could win a This Is Your Afterlife audiobook!

Tickets are on sale for the Readers & Writers Down Under event on the Gold Coast, Australia, March 27 to 28. I’m looking forward to two days of workshops and panels. Visiting authors include bestsellers Kylie Scott and Abbi Glines. If you’re planning to come along, be sure to drop in at the book signing on Saturday, March 28. I’ll be there alongside my fellow Bloomsbury author Marianne Curley. Click here for more details.

 

 

Hear Ye, Hear Ye!

So excited to announce that my YA ghost book, This Is Your Afterlifeis now available as an audiobook, thanks to Audible and Bloomsbury Publishing! (SHRIEKS LOUDLY)

The narrator, Stephanie Bentley, has done a great job in really bringing Afterlife to…er, life.  (Thank you, Stephanie!!!) Listen to a sample of Stephanie’s work on my book (below) and purchase it if you like on Audible.com.

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An excerpt from This Is Your Afterlife: 


Fun fact #1: Audible’s production of Janis Ian’s autobiography, SOCIETY’S CHILD, received a Grammy Award in 2013.

Fun fact #2: I was in Grade 1 when Janis Ian’s Fly Too High was released, but I remember it clearly. The song was everywhere.

 

 

You Heard It Here First!

Or you will hear it. Very soon. What on earth am I talking about? An audiobook!!! My publisher, Bloomsbury, and Audible are publishing an audio version of my YA, This Is Your AfterlifeProduction has already started, and I can’t wait to hear the finished book.

I’m especially excited about this because as an audio describer for the blind and vision-impaired, I can appreciate just how valuable audiobooks are. (For those who don’t know what audio description is, my colleague Alison has a neat explanation on her blog.) Audiobooks are also great for those who find reading a challenge and for people who simply want to listen rather than read.

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Do you enjoy audiobooks? Which books have you listened to recently?

(Chocolate) Bark You’ll Want to Bite

The end of 2014 is nigh. Can you believe it? What a whirlwind of a year! I hope you’re taking time out to relax and recharge. As usual, I’m eating my way through the holidays. Exhibit A, flaming pudding on Christmas night:

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It’s just a hunk, a hunk o’ burning pudding

One of the Christmas gifts I made for friends was edible ‘bark’, using Lindt chocolate. Ridiculously easy to make and eat.

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I adapted a recipe from the Tasty Yummies blog to my own taste:

Ingredients

200g milk chocolate, broken up into smaller-than-bite-size pieces

100g dark chocolate (70% cocoa), broken up, etc

30g white cooking chocolate, broken up, etc. If you’re not a fan of white chocolate, you can skip this ingredient.

Topping of your choice – chilli flakes, gold leaf, dried cranberries, almonds, whatever you like. My choice included:

a handful of chopped, lightly salted raw macadamias

a tablespoon or two of coconut flakes

salt flakes, a couple of pinches

Ridiculously easy method:

  1. In a double boiler, melt the milk choc and dark choc together. Just before all the pieces completely melt into unrecognisable blobs, take the mixture off the heat. Stir with a spatula until the lumps are gone.
  2. In another double boiler, melt the white chocolate. I started melting the white choc as soon as I took the milk/dark chocolate off the heat. (By the way, you can do steps 1 and 2 in a microwave. I don’t have one, so I use the stove-top method.)
  3. Pour half the molten milk/dark choc mixture onto the centre of a tray lined with baking paper, and the other half on another lined tray. Spread your chocolate puddles out into thin, rectangular slabs measuring about 30 centimetres by 15 centimetres*. I made mine half a centimetre thick. Don’t worry about getting your ruler out and smoothing the chocolate into a uniform thickness. Just make sure it’s not spread too thin.
  4. Pour the molten white chocolate into the centre of one milk/dark choc puddle. Using a knife tip or skewer, gently swirl the white chocolate around.
  5. Sprinkle your chosen topping/s over the chocolate. For my second puddle, I skipped the white chocolate and dusted it with coconut and salt. As for the amount of toppings, I didn’t want to overload it too much. I wanted the chocolate to peek through enticingly.
  6. Let the puddles set in a cool place** for a couple of hours. Once set, smash the bark into random shapes. Or, if you prefer, chop into squares or rectangles.
  7. Line a pretty container with tissue or baking paper and enclose your chocolate bark.

*If you need a metric conversion chart, check this site. To be honest, I wasn’t exactly keeping track of actual measurements when I made this batch!

**As it’s summertime here, I put my bark in the fridge to set and stored it there until I was ready to give it to my friends. Ordinarily, I don’t refrigerate chocolate, but I didn’t want to risk giving my friends dud, melted gifts. Other recipes, like this one, say do not put the bark in the fridge.


So I’ve just spent today eating bark and reading an excellent YA novel, I Wish, by Elizabeth Langston, one of my release week party-goers. I really fell in love with the cleverly named Grant aka a Benevolent Supernatural Being aka a BSB aka a genie. Grant does his supernatural best to help Lacey, a 17-year-old girl who carries a huge burden but stubbornly refuses to let anyone share the load. Great characters. So glad this is part of a series, because I can’t wait to read more!

I wish I could laze about for the rest of the week with a few more good books. What’s on your reading agenda? Do you keep your chocolate in the fridge or out? Let me know before the end of 2014 and you could win a copy of my debut paranormal YA, This Is Your Afterlife!