Thursday, November 25, 2010

Five Things I'm Thankful For...

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! For some reason, this is one of my favorite holidays. (I'm sure it has something to do with the food!)

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

Win A Signed ARC of DESIRES OF THE DEAD...

In my guest post today on The Supernatural Underground, I'm talking about snow days and giving away an ARC of DESIRES OF THE DEAD!

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

Thursday, November 18, 2010

STUFF...

I've reached the point in my revisions where it's become a raging obsession. I'm skipping meals, avoiding my family, and even dreaming about this project. I woke up at 5(!!!) this morning and couldn't go back to sleep because I was thinking about a certain scene, reworking it in my head. I finally just got out of bed so I could work on it.

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

I'VE DIED AND GONE TO MASCARA HEAVEN...

I just want to thank Hana, who sent me this super awesome amazing link and fueling my (NOT out-of-control!) mascara habit.


Hello, Sephora Sampler! *sigh*

Friday, November 12, 2010

WINNERS of the WRITER'S BLOCK CONTEST!

First, let me tell you, I both loved and hated this contest.

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

Happy Book Birthday...


...to the UK version of The Body Finder!!!!!!

HURRAY!

And to celebrate, those of you in the UK and Australia can now enter to win an ARC of Desires of the Dead on Goodreads . (Okay, yes, it's also available to you in the US and Canada as well!)

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

SUPER-DUPER FABULOUS EXCITING NEWS (that kinda freaks me out!)

You know that episode of The Twilight Zone where the author thinks her new book is coming out in four months, and that she has plenty of time for promo and eating bon-bons (and everything else that we authors do all day), and then suddenly her editor emails her to say that they’ve changed their minds and they want the new book to come out earlier????

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

My Famously Gender-Confused Kitty...

Check out my guest post on Sarah's Book Reviews and see why:

1) Kids should never be allowed to name their own pets.

2) All the boy cats laugh at our very own "Princess Beachball".

Saturday, November 6, 2010

An Easy Way To Win An ARC of DESIRES OF THE DEAD...

Just head over to The Body Finder Novels and check it out. It's quick and easy (unlike my contests, in which I turn you into my own personal think tank)!

Holy WOW, You Guys...

I've been reading through all of your contest entries, and you have absolutely BLOWN ME AWAY with all your clever catch-phrases. It's gonna take me a couple of days to sort through them all...and to get some outside votes to get them narrowed down to the top two (seriously, I'm not sure how that's ever going to happen!).

So be patient with me, I'm working on it, I promise!!!!