Friday, December 31, 2010
Check out this adorable, Bavarian town...
And they have a sweet hat shop too...
(Yes, I'm really that cool!)
I just wanted you guys to know that even though the contest ends tonight, I won't be able to post the winners until Sunday, when I'm back in civilization. You know, civilization...internet, cable television, Starbucks...all the essentials.
So, what are you guys doing for New Years???
Friday, December 24, 2010
Thursday, December 23, 2010
First, they made me this sweet new countdown widget (check it out in my sidebar!). Umm, yeah, it's a little more gadgety than the one I designed. That's what happens when people understand technology. Me, not so much.
But it gets even better than a new countdown widget! They've also designed this awesome "digital tool kit" (which is basically a website where you can find rockin' online goodies for all of the Dark Days authors)...
You can also read a sneak peek of the FIRST 70 PAGES of Desires of the Dead online!!!!!
Hells yeah, baby!!!
Err, I mean...happy holidays to you and yours.
OMG, I heart HarperTeen!
Thursday, December 16, 2010
So, do you even know how many days there are until DESIRES OF THE DEAD hits stores???
No!? Well that’s because up until today there hasn’t been a DESIRES OF THE DEAD countdown widget.
Well, consider this is your lucky day, check out the fancy new widget in my sidebar...I'll wait...
See? Today is officially the 60 days mark. 60 DAYS!!!!
I know, I’m freaking out too!
Okay, so here’s the deal…we shouldn’t have to freak out alone. I think we should share this countdown burden, and I’m willing to offer you bribes to convince you of my (evil/genius/slightly deranged) plan.
First off, let’s call it a…giveaway, since bribe is such a back-alley word.
Now for the terms of this “giveaway”:
You’ll have 2 weeks to share this lovely countdown widget, on your blog, Facebook, Twitter, Woof…wherever you see fit. (Well, anyplace you can actually put a countdown widget, of course.) And, in return, I will give you points toward these fabulous, glittery prizes:
FIRST PRIZE: A signed ARC of DESIRES OF THE DEAD, a signed copy of THE BODY FINDER, and a complete Desires of the Dead swag pack (including a signed DotD poster, bookmarks, stickers, rubber bracelets, and buttons).
SECOND PRIZE: A signed copy of THE BODY FINDER, an ARC of UNEARTHLY, and a complete DotD swag pack.
THIRD PRIZE: An ARC of THROUGH HER EYES, a $15 gift card to the online bookseller of your choice, and a complete DotD swag pack.
I know…it’s insanity, right???
And here’s how easy I’m making it to EARN POINTS:
1) Earn one point just for being a follower and commenting in this post. How easy is that?!? (New followers welcome!)
2) Earn one more point for following The Body Finder Novels, the official fansite for TBF/DESIRES. (And, yes, you have to let me know here, so I know to count your point!).
3) Earn one extra point for Re-Tweeting/Facebooking (or any other status updating) the contest (but, again, add that point to your running tally!).
4) Earn one point for posting about the contest in your sidebar, and yet another for an entire post *about* the contest. That’s two extra points if you play your cards right! (And let me repeat…you must let me know that you’ve done these things, otherwise I won’t know to add your extra entries, cuz that’s how I roll.)
And that’s not all…because if you act now (I can’t believe I just said that!), there’s one more way you can earn bonus entries!!! This is the exciting part! Can you *feel* the excitement??
5) You can earn FIVE extra points just for posting The Body Finder widget on your blog/website/My Space/Facebook/whatever! Five. Extra. Points!!! (And not to beat a dead horse (I can’t believe I just said that either)…but please, for the love of everything that is good and holy, let me know so I can count those points too!) Note: Simply click the "Get Widget" button on the widget in my sidebar to copy the code...if you have trouble, email me and I'll send you the code!!!
It’s just that easy. Contest runs through December 31st, so get your entries together and spread the word. And the widget!
Oh, and leave me your email so I can get in touch if you win…that’s kind of important…
And get excited, people!
**International peeps welcome!!!
Saturday, December 11, 2010
And…if you click directly to the Audible website, you can even listen to a sample (it's one of the chapters from the killer's POV...creepy!). Even better, I lovelovelove the narrator’s voice!
So, have I already downloaded it? You betcha! Merry Christmas to me!!!
Friday, December 10, 2010
Side Note (and commentary about my random taste in music): My husband couldn't find his iPod one day and had to take mine to the gym. When he came home, he just shook his head and said: "You hate me, don't you?" Okay, enough about my disco-era/teen idol pop collection, here's just a sampling of what you might find on Violet's playlist:
Brandi Carlile The Story
Kings of Leon Closer
Lily Allen Who'd Have Known
The Fray Unsaid
Fiona Apple Criminal
Anberlin Paperthin Hymn
Iron & Wine Boy With A Coin
Panic! At The Disco When The Day Met The Night
Fiona Apple I Know
Fine, the Lily Allen song might be because I love her. But, in my defense, she really is awesome!!!
So now it’s your turn, what songs would you put on Violet’s iPod?
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Sunday, December 5, 2010
Over the years, my husband and I have learned some tricks:
1) Eat the offered appetizers. (Drinking on an empty stomach can be...bad. Very, very bad!)
2) Try to drink water (or some other non-alcoholic beverage) at every other house.
3) You don't have to finish every drink. Tasting is okay. Sipping is even better.
These are rules to live by when you're served Duck Farts (yes, that's a real drink) at one house and hot spiced wine at another. These things do not mix well. We have learned to be cautious.
The 12 Drinks party is next weekend and last night my husband and I were trying to narrow down our drink choices, so we were sampling this (The French Kiss):
And this (the Bailey's Cherry Cafe):
And this (a Raspberry Chocolate Cheesecake Martini):
The clear winner...The French Kiss. Just the right amount of sweet and VERY pretty. Although, chocolate kisses DO NOT, in fact, float as a garnish...they sink. So I'm thinking chocolate shavings instead ;)
I found all of the recipes here (the pics alone are to die for!).
Do you have any fun holiday party plans or traditions???
Saturday, December 4, 2010
Just look at what you can win:
* Body Finder Bag
* The Body Finder Poster (autographed)
* Desires of the Dead Poster (autographed)
* The Body Finder Bookmark (autographed)
* Desires of the Dead Bookmark (autographed)
* Desires of the Dead Button
* The Body Finder Button
* Desires of the Dead Sticker
* The Body Finder Sticker
* Signed copy of The Body Finder
* Signed ARC of Desires of the Dead
That's one prize. One winner!!!
Do I even have to say it??? WOW!
Seriously, don't miss this one...
Friday, December 3, 2010
Thursday, December 2, 2010
And the best part is, I can finally announce that I’m going to be a part of it all. Do I even need to say how excited I am?!?!?
WHO: Five amazing authors (why, yes, I did just refer to myself as “amazing”)
WHERE: Five kick-ass cities across the US. (Insert girlie screams here!)
Here’s where you’ll find me:
Saturday, January 15, 2011 at 2:00
Redmond Towne Center
With Ellen Schreiber and Cynthia Hand
Thursday, March 17, 2011 at 7:00pm
BARNES & NOBLE
HarMar Mall, 2100 North Snelling Avenue
With Claudia Gray and Courtney Allison Moulton
Friday, March 18, 2011 at 7:00pm
123 West Jefferson Avenue
With Claudia Gray and Courtney Allison Moulton
Saturday, March 19, 2011 at 7:00pm
BOOKS & BOOKS
265 Aragon Avenue
Miami Beach, FL
With Claudia Gray and Courtney Allison Moulton
Okay, so you may have only noticed FOUR cities, when I clearly stated FIVE. Well, that’s because I won’t be in San Francisco on January 14th with Ellen Schreiber and Cynthia Hand. I wish I were, but I can’t complain because of all the other cool places I get to go and the awesome ladies I get to hang out with.
Seriously, somebody pinch me!!!
And if you need more convincing, check out this tour video (I told you: Rock. The. House!):
Thursday, November 25, 2010
This morning I was thinking about what I'm thankful for, and I decided to put a (very) short list together:
First, I’ll go with the obvious: I’m grateful for heat. It’s cold here in the Northwest right now. Frigid and icy. I will never again underestimate the value of warmth and shelter.
I’m grateful for my family. Yes, obviously I mean my husband and my kids, but I mean the rest of them too....the crazy extended family that I don’t get to spend NEARLY enough time with. ( And thankfully, I get to see some of them today!)
I’m grateful for computers. Because I remember writing on typewriters. And paper cuts. I remember using white-out, and throwing away sheet after sheet of paper because I changed my mind (again!) about where I was going with a scene.
And also for the internet, because I also remember spending hours in the library trying to find info on weapons and pagan holidays and geography. One word: GOOGLE!
But mostly, I’m grateful that you guys have been here to share this amazing, thrill-ride of a debut year with me! Thank you so much for all of your support!!!!
And don't forget, you have until midnight tonight (Pacific time) to enter for your chance to win a signed ARC of DESIRES OF THE DEAD (open internationally)!
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
It's easy, it's open to international entrants, and you only have two days. So what are you waiting for???
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Friday, November 19, 2010
Thursday, November 18, 2010
The good news: This kind of obsessive behavior means I should be wrapping things up fairly quickly, so I can go back to doing normal things, like eating. And showering.
The bad news: You guys have no idea what I'm talking about because this isn't a project I've even told you about yet. (That should change soon, though!)
Also, I just got word that Denmark has joined The Body Finder ranks. So a huge shout out to Politiken, my new Danish publisher, for being brilliant enough to snatch up TBF! Tak (thank you), Denmark!!!
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Friday, November 12, 2010
Loved: I loved your creativity. I loved your enthusiasm. I loved the fact that you were willing to do my work for me in coming up with uber-cool catch-phrases. I loved that you were so much better at this than I am. And I loved that even my editor sent me a suggestion!
I flat out loved your catch-phrases. Loveloveloved them! You guys rock!!!
Hated: I hated that I loved so many of your catch-phrases! Seriously, this was SO DAMN HARD! I thought there would be one (maybe two) clear and shiny winners that I would immediately be able to spot among all the others, and just know that that was: THE ONE!
Um, no. Not so much.
I toiled. I made lists. I narrowed them down. I asked my husband for his opinion. And then I asked my kids. And when I couldn’t narrow it down any further I asked one of my favorite online writer groups to vote. And they did, and it was still fairly divided.
But I think we’ve finally done it. Two catch-phrases that we all kept going back to over and over again.
So, here goes (and don’t hate me if yours isn’t on here, seriously, it probably made the cut at some point, this was agonizing…):
FIRST PLACE (and winner of the UNEARTHLY prize pack):
Hailey for her catch-phrase:
Echoes are forever
With honorable mention going to Chloe for her variations on the same line:
Echoes go on forever / The echoes never end
SECOND PLACE (and the winner of the KISSES FROM HELL prize pack):
Elizabeth Briggs, with her catch-phrase:
What’s your desire?
I loved all the plays on the word DESIRE, but this one fit nicely with THE BODY FINDER’s original catch-phrase: What is your echo?
Honorable mentions for this one go to:
Marsha Sigman for: What do you desire?
Kjovus for: What is your desire?
And Jackie (writer’s block) from Goodreads: Do you desire?
Do you see why this was so hard for me??? Not only were there so many amazing choices, but then there were these slightly tweaked variations that I had to decide between. T-O-U-G-H!!!!
Those of you got Honorable Mentions, email me (kim (at) kimberlyderting (dot) com), I’ve got some brand spanking new TBF and DESIRES buttons and bracelets to send you!
And I’m sorry I couldn’t pick everyone, I really am!!!! I love you guys!
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Really, you don’t remember that one? Weird…maybe it’s just me. Or maybe it was just my email from my editor saying that DESIRES OF THE DEAD will be coming out AN ENTIRE MONTH EARLIER!!!!! That’s right, instead of March 15th, Desires of the Dead will now hit stores on February 15th!
Excited? Of course!
Freaked out? Hell, yeah!!! (I’ve gotta get me some bookmarks, stat!)
Oh , and by the way, does anyone out there want to be Jay’s Valentine? ;)
Monday, November 8, 2010
Saturday, November 6, 2010
So be patient with me, I'm working on it, I promise!!!!
Sunday, October 31, 2010
Friday, October 29, 2010
DESIRES OF THE DEAD has this great tagline:
The missing dead call to Violet.
They want to be found…
But I also need a “catch phrase” of sorts…you know, something that I can use as a fun one-liner for signings, on my websites, maybe even for my swag.
With THE BODY FINDER, it was:
What is your echo?
I love that…it’s dark and mysterious…and yeah, just a tad morbid. I want something like that for DotD, but you know what??? I got nothing!
So, unless you want me sending out posters that say “Don’t party too hard!” and signing books with “Have a nice summer” I’m gonna need your help. All I’m looking for is that perfect blend of cool and creepy. That shouldn’t be too hard, right???
Fine, it IS hard but I’m willing to pay for your help. Okay, so maybe not pay exactly, but definitely bribe you with fabulous prizes.
So, for my Writer’s Block Contest, I want you guys to come up with that perfect one-liner (even though I’ll probably tell everyone that I came up with it myself! ;). Be creative, be clever, and you can even be sinister if you must. And in return, I’ll give my top two favorite “catch phrases” each a special Harper prize pack.
FIRST PLACE will receive:
Wait for it….an ARC of UNEARTHLY by Cynthia Hand!!!!!!! (Oh, and did I mention that I’m blurbing this book??? Yeah, I loved it THAT much!!!)
PRETTY LITTLE LIARS by Sara Shepard (This is the new one with the way cool TV series cover).
And PRETTY DEAD by Francesca Lia Block.
And SECOND PLACE gets:
KISSES FROM HELL, an awesome anthology by Kelley Armstrong, Richelle Mead, Alyson Noel, Kristin Cast, and Francesca Lia Block.
An ARC of VAMPIRE CRUSH by A.M. Robinson.
And the first 7 chapters of BRIGHT YOUNG THINGS by Anna Godbersen. (I love this cool mini-ARC!)
Unfortunately I have to limit the prize packs to US residents only, but here’s the thing, I really want you International folks to help me too, so I’ve come up with a compromise. If you’re an International reader and I choose your “catch phrase” for first or second place, I’ll send you a gift certificate worth $20USD for the online bookseller of your choice (in lieu of the prize packs). See, I didn’t forget you!!!
And just in case you’re like me (and like to do a little research) here’s where you can find more info about DESIRES OF THE DEAD:
Okay you guys, you have until Friday, November 5th, now get out there and Creep. Me. Out!
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
But you have to order before 3PM Saturday since that's the only day I'll be up that way! With shipping (inside the US, of course), the cost will be $21 plus tax, and they'll ship next week :)
Here's their info:
Uppercase Books and Collectables
Snohomish, WA 360-568-5987
Well, not only will I be passing out candy and goodies (it is Halloween after all!), but last week my editor sent me an extra ARC of DESIRES OF THE DEAD that she just happened to find while she was cleaning her office...and I’m going to give it away to one attendee!!!
That’s right, come to the signing this Saturday and you could win an advance copy of DESIRES! Come on, people, how easy is that???
And while you’re there, you can also pick up the following signed books (which make great holiday presents!):
See you in Snohomish on Saturday!!!
Monday, October 25, 2010
And Saturday that’s just where we went…to the pumpkin patch, where they were serving fresh roasted corn on the cob, caramel apples, polish hot dogs, chili, mini donuts (hot from the…well, wherever it is that donuts come from), and pretty much anything else you could possibly want. All I know is that I ate…a lot!
They also had pony rides for the kids…
She really wanted to ride the "wild one", but I'm almost positive they don't bring the wild ones to the pumpkin patch. (Just look at her, she can barely contain her enthusiasm!)
They also had pony rides for the grown-ups.
(Okay, so maybe I was the only grown-up riding the hay-bale horses, but whatever!)
And then they had these freaky man/pig/cow mannequin things...
We weren’t quite sure what you were supposed to do with him...her...it...
I gotta tell ya, after a day of power-eating, my Halloween spirit is back! Move over eggnog, I’ve got a serious hankering for a pumpkin spice latte, baby!!!
But let me ask you this, is it weird that all of my holiday spirit seems to be tied to seasonal foods???
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Each day for 13 days a new section will be added and while you're there you can enter to win all kinds of great prizes. There's a second story (with different authors) called A SOUL LAID BARE, which starts here.
The whole thing is really kind of awesome!
Friday, October 22, 2010
In other news, I’m so over Halloween this year. I'm not sure how this happened since it's not even Halloween yet, but I have absolutely zero urge to carve pumpkins or to go out trick-or-treating with the kids (which in our neighborhood means trick-or-drinking for the grown-ups!). I mean, don’t get me wrong, I’m all about having an overflowing candy bowl in my house, but for some strange reason I’m ready to bypass the all the fall holidays and jump right into the Christmas season.
As for me, I can’t quite explain where all this early Christmas cheer is coming from, but I’m already craving eggnog lattes and humming Christmas tunes in my head. I have a feeling this holiday season is going to be extra festive for me. Translation: expensive.
I wonder if it’s too soon to send out my Christmas cards**. Yeah, maybe I should wait a few more weeks. At least.
Sunday, October 17, 2010
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Second, if you're in the Mukilteo (muck-il-TEE-o) (yes, everything in the Northwest does have an Indian name!) area, I'm on a Romance in Fiction panel today with several other authors at the Mukilteo Library at 1:00PM. Seriously, I'd love to see you there!!!
And lastly, tomorrow is the launch party for my fellow Tenner, author Mindi Scott's book FREEFALL at the amazing Third Place Books in Seattle (see-AT-tl) (you're welcome!). The party starts at 5:30. I wouldn't miss it, and neither should you!
Thursday, October 14, 2010
You only have three days. So get some books and do a good deed...it's win-win!
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
The new playlist is hard. My taste is so eclectic, and while part of me feels like I should at least try to be edgy and cool, I don’t want to be a total fake either. So I’ll probably end up including ALL of the songs I use to “get me in the mood” (you know, for writing)…and then you guys can laugh at what a geek I really am!
Monday, October 11, 2010
Saturday, October 9, 2010
Thursday, October 14, 2010 at 3-5PM
BARNES & NOBLE
5711 Main Street SW
Lakewood, WA 98499
Saturday, October 30, 2010 at 3-5PM
611 - 2nd St Suite L
Snohomish, WA 98290
With authors Mindi Scott, Denise Jaden, Karen Kincy, and Chelsea Campbell
(And since it’s practically Halloween, I may or may not be passing out candy!)
For all of my upcoming events, and for the most up-to-date event information, you can always check my EVENTS link in the sidebar (or just click here)!
Friday, October 8, 2010
The Body Finder will soon be available in audiobook format!!!! (Get it..."Hear Ye"...audiobook??? Umm, yeah...)
So this week, not only did I sign the contract with my new audio publisher, Audible Inc., but I also got to listen to some very talented actresses audition as they read from my book. Both of those things alone are SUPER COOL, but it also means that we’re that much closer to seeing…err…hearing...The Body Finder! And I don't know about you guys, but I LOVE audiobooks!!!
I don’t have the release date yet for TBF (I’ll post the deets when I have them), but Desires of the Dead audio version will be available simultaneously with its release on March 15th. YAY!!!!!
Let me just say: Welcome to the TBF family, Audible!!!!!
Sunday, October 3, 2010
So, remember when I told you that I was thinking about having a giveaway? Well, I am not a liar. (Okay, yes, I am totally a liar by profession...but not in this case!!!)
Here’s the deal. I have this ARC. And it’s pink. And it has the word “Desires” in the title. And it really, really needs a new loving home. So I’m giving you a chance to get your very own signed, ARC (advance reviewer copy) of DESIRES OF THE DEAD.
You have until October 15th (that’s officially 5-months before Desires of the Dead releases!) to stuff the ballot box with points. These are easy points, people, you can totally do this!!!
1) Become a blog follower. That’s ONE, SUPER-EASY POINT! (Be sure to let me know if you already are…that counts!)
2) ONE POINT if you become a Twitter Follower. If you already are, leave me your Twitter name so I can give you your point.
3) Now Tweet the contest…that’s ONE MORE POINT.
4) Become a Goodreads Fan. Another easy point. (Again, if you’re already a “fan” let me know, that’s ONE POINT for you!)
5) Friend me on Facebook. (And, yes, if you already are, make sure you leave your name so I can give you credit). ONE POINT!
Just be sure to add up all those points for me in the comment section (don’t make me do the math, folks, it won’t be pretty!). You have until 11:59PM Pacific on October 15th, and you can earn a total of 5 POINTS per person. The winner will randomly chosen.
This contest is for U.S. and Canadian addresses only. Sorry international peeps, but stay tuned, the next contest will be worldwide, I promise (of course I’m a liar, so who knows!). :)
Now get out there and score!!! Okay, that didn’t sound right, did it????
Saturday, October 2, 2010
Here are some guidelines if you would like to consider donating (I did, and you should think about it too)!
What can you donate?
-Critiques (no minimum or maximum length)
-ARCs (Advanced Reader Copies): signed or unsigned
-Your Book: signed or unsigned
-Annotated/Marked-up copy of your book/ARC
-A combination of any of the above =)
How will it work?
-When you choose to donate, Reggie will post the auctions starting in October and when the highest bidder has won and payed, she will send his/her address for you to send the prize!
-100% will be donated IN A LUMP SUM to the Pakistan Emergency Fund that can be found here: http://www.onedayswages.org/donate/org/pakistan-flood-relief-fund (she will even show the PayPal receipt as proof).
For more details, check out Reggie’s post, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org! This is a great cause, you guys!!!
Friday, October 1, 2010
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Also, I got word today that my publisher is pretty much out of Desires of the Dead ARCs.
The good news: That means that DESIRES was highly requested.
The bad news: That means most reviewers will now have to wait until there are finished copies. Boo!
Unless, of course, I have a contest.
I totally think I should have a contest soon, don’t you?
In other news, it was pointed out to me today that I blink a lot. Excessively, even. (Yes, mom, I was listening…I get it, I blink too much!)
Actually, I was the first one to bring it up after watching a video of myself, and my mom only confirmed what I already suspected: I am a super-blinker!
Friday, September 24, 2010
Well, we Debs have banded together to stand behind our friend Sarah Ockler (the author of TBS) and we’re giving away 100--yes 100!!!--copies of Twenty Boy Summer between now and October 2nd!
Them are some good odds, people. I’m just sayin’.
But don’t comment here (unless you just wanna tell me how cool I am!), you’ve gotta go over to the Debs’ site to enter the giveaway.
Sometimes I'm so dang proud to be part of this YA community!!!
Thursday, September 23, 2010
In Scottsdale (on a day that topped 110 degrees!), I had lunch with Little Miss J (Jeanette) and her infamous friend, Amie.
Later that night, the two of them braved almost 300 screaming girls to stand in line and say hi again. That’s true friendship!
Poisoned Pen Books had these great Smart Chicks Kick-It (Get it??? "Kick-It" so they had boots. Clever!) cookies waiting for us in the “green room” (a room which I have to say was not green at all).
They also dazzled our eyes with these cute and sparkly tattoos that were painted on nearly everyone in line. (Clearly it doesn’t take much to please me, cookies and sparkles and I am a happy, happy girl!)
The next day we were off to Menlo Park minus Sarah Rees Brennan and Holly Black...but we picked up Melissa de la Cruz, Margie Stohl, and Kami Garcia. Oh, and Vania!
Backstage we showed off our jewelry and our shoes…
…we read the paper (really, this was for an interview)…
And then we were on…
Okay, Zoe tried to tell me she dyed her hair to match my Desires of the Dead cover, and I don’t know if that was true or not, but I’m vain enough that I’ve convinced myself to be flattered. So, YAY Zoe!!!