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Friday, January 29, 2016

The Long Awaited SPOILER Thread

I've been itching to put this up for two months now.  Some of you have copies.  Here is a thread to discuss the book!  I reeeeeeally hope you like Claudia and Marcia's arcs.

Those of you not reading the book, this thread will be full of spoilers and You Have Been Warned.

The Thread To Complain!

I got WAY more requests than my publisher wanted, which was around 20.  I sent off copies to the names I recognized or found most interesting.  Any of you who feel slighted or sad you were left out, this is the thread to tell me who you were on the list and say pretty please!

As for you who made the first cut, good luck.  I can't even open those files, and I'm hoping there wasn't some bizarre mixup and my publisher didn't send me porn.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

No Promises, But This Is SOMEBODY'S Lucky Day

So, my publisher says they're about to send me the ARC (aaaaaalmost but not quite finished) version of the third book.  When they do, they are encouraging me to give it away, yes, for free, to some of my fans.  I'm still trying to figure out how to decide that, since I thought they'd be worried about piracy, but apparently they super want reviews up on the first day.  ARC does mean 'Advanced Review Copy', by the way.  So, uh... thoughts?  And yes, 'ME ME ME PLEASE' is a thought coherent and worth adding to this debate.

EDIT - Okay, people!  I now have an online survey form thingy that should work.  Send your requests to this simple and demeaning questionnaire and hopefully I can get a copy to you.  Remember, you pay me back by posting a review ASAP when the book officially comes out!  I would appreciate you erasing these copies when you're done reading.  Book piracy is a thing.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Woah, Really Cool Fan Mail

Okay, so, if you think you guys are having trouble waiting, I am going to freak out from having a whole month to go before you all really get to know Marcia and Claudia and Cassie, and meet the rest of the Tinsley family, and Irene, and Jacky, and... well, I've become deeply invested in my characters, is what I'm saying.  They're not complete until you all know them, too.

But, while I wait, I got this message on Goodreads from a writer named Andrew Seiple.  I've never gotten anything like this before, and it really moved me.  I asked, and he's fine if I share it.  So from here forward, His Letter:

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Pre-Order UUUUUP!!!

It's that time!  And thank goodness.  My sales are pathetic.  A year with nothing published will do that to you.

Here is the Amazon link to pre-order Please Don't Tell My Parents I've Got Henchmen!  I think I'll wait until the official cover is up to put it on my sidebar.

You folks love to speculate, so to feed your curious little minds, here's the cover blurb:

What would middle school be like if half your classmates had super powers? It's time for Penny Akk to find out. Her latest (failed) attempt to become a superhero has inspired the rest of the kids in her school to reveal their own powers.

Now, all of her relationships are changing. She has a not-at-all-secret admirer, who wants to be Penny's partner almost as much as she wants to be Penny's rival. The meanest girl in school has gained super powers and lost her mind. Can Penny help her find a better one? Can she help an aging supervillain connect with his daughter, and mend the broken hearts of two of the most powerful people in the world? And in all this, where will she find time for her own supervillainous fun, or even more dangerous, to start dating?

It's going to be a long, strange semester.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Not The Actual Cover!

I will share a little bitty thing I find funny.  My publisher really wants to run with that January 10th date to start pre-orders, but isn't sure the cover art will be ready.  So... they made up a placeholder image to put on the Amazon page until they can put up the real cover.

Behold, not the cover of the exciting third issue of the Inscrutable Machine!

I think we'll make the Feb 8th full release.  Edits are all done, I wrote the ad copy, formatting the text to be all pretty doesn't take TOO long, and I've seen the WIP on the cover, so that shouldn't be more than a few days.  I bet if they pushed, my publisher could release the full book on Jan 10th, but my books are a big deal for them.  I think they want to get a lot of background sales prep done.