Happy blogaversary to me!

A year ago, I undertook my first venture into the scary world of blogging.

A lot has changed since then. Back then, Isla’s Inheritance was still being queried and I hadn’t finished Isla’s Oath, the sequel. Now both books and the third in the series have been contracted to Turquoise Morning Press.

My muse had yet to mug me like the street thug she is with the idea for Lucid Dreaming. Now I’ve entered it in the same pitching contest that taught me the ropes a year ago, Brenda Drake’s amazing PitchWars.

My charming, adorable and bright three-year-old boy is now a charming, adorable and bright four-year-old boy. We’ve moved house and bought two dogs. AND I’M STILL SANE!

To celebrate all of these things, and just because it’s nearly Christmas and I’m dizzy from heatstroke, I’m having a giveaway. The winner can choose a paperback (made of PAPER) from one of my favourite reads of 2013. The giveaway is open to people anywhere The Book Depository delivers. Enter my blogaversary  giveaway HERE!

THE BOOKS

“Pivot Point” by Kasie West

Pivot Point

Addison Coleman’s life is one big “What if?” As a Searcher, whenever Addie is faced with a choice, she can look into the future and see both outcomes. It’s the ultimate insurance plan against disaster. Or so she thought. When Addie’s parents ambush her with the news of their divorce, she has to pick who she wants to live with—her father, who is leaving the paranormal compound to live among the “Norms,” or her mother, who is staying in the life Addie has always known. Addie loves her life just as it is, so her answer should be easy. One Search six weeks into the future proves it’s not.

In one potential future, Addie is adjusting to life outside the Compound as the new girl in a Norm high school where she meets Trevor, a cute, sensitive artist who understands her. In the other path, Addie is being pursued by the hottest guy in school—but she never wanted to be a quarterback’s girlfriend. When Addie’s father is asked to consult on a murder in the Compound, she’s unwittingly drawn into a dangerous game that threatens everything she holds dear. With love and loss in both lives, it all comes down to which reality she’s willing to live through . . . and who she can’t live without.

“Shadows” by Paula Weston

Shadows

It’s been almost a year since Gaby Winters was in the car crash that killed her twin brother, Jude. Her body has healed in the sunshine of Pandanus Beach, but her grief is raw and constant.

It doesn’t help that every night in her dreams she kills demons and other hell-spawn. And then Rafa comes to town. Not only does he look exactly like the guy who’s been appearing in Gaby’s dreams, he claims a history with her brother that makes no sense.

Gaby is forced to accept that what she thought she knew about herself and her life is only a shadow of the truth – and that the truth is more likely to be found in the shadows of her nightmares.

Who is Rafa? Who are the Rephaim? And most importantly – who can she trust?

“Wicked as they Come” by Delilah S. Dawson

Wicked as they ComeWhen nurse Tish Everett forced open the pesky but lovely locket she found at an estate sale, she had no idea she was answering the call of Criminy Stain, from the far off land of Sang. He’d cast a spell for her, but when she’s transported right to him, she’s not so sure she’s ready to be under the spell of another man. (It didn’t go so well last time with controlling, abusive, domineering Jeff.) If only Criminy wasn’t so deliciously rakish….

Half the inhabitants of Sang are Pinkies—human—and the other half are Bludmen, who in Tish’s world would be called vampires. But they don’t mess with any of the bat/coffin/no sunlight nonsense. They’re rather like you and me, just more fabulous, long living, and mostly indestructible. (They’re also very good kissers.) But when the evil Mayor of Manchester (formerly Bludchester) redoubles his efforts to rid Sang of the Bludmen once and for all, stealing Tish’s locket in hopes of traveling back to her world himself for reinforcements, Criminy and Tish must battle ghosts, sea monsters, wayward submarines, a secret cabal, and thundering Bludmares to get the locket back and allow Tish to return home…but has she found love with Criminy? Could she stay in Sang forever?

“Tomorrow, When the War Began” by John Marsden

TomorrowWhen Ellie and her friends return from a camping trip in the Australian bush, they find things hideously wrong — their families are gone. Gradually they begin to comprehend that their country has been invaded and everyone in their town has been taken prisoner. As the reality of the situation hits them, they must make a decision — run and hide, give themselves up and be with their families, or fight back.

 

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12 Comments on “Happy blogaversary to me!”

  1. Congrats on your anniversary, and your books. You’ve had a great year!

  2. Stacey Nash says:

    Happy blogaversary! This must mean I’ve known you for a whole year and what a great year it’s been! 🙂

  3. Kate Sparkes says:

    Happy blogaversary, and congratulations on your accomplishments! You’re an inspiration. 🙂

    I’m supposed to comment with how my life changed in the past year. Well, I changed from wanting to publish traditionally to wanting to go it alone, which was huge. I started looking at writing as a profession and a passion instead of as a hobby. Those were the biggest things. Personal life has been pretty steady. 🙂

  4. Karen says:

    Happy blogaversary! Many thanks for inspiring us! 🙂

  5. Happy Blogaversary!! And good things come to those who bust butt to make it happen, well done hun. You’ve done awesomely!!
    Well deserved!

  6. inklingkitty says:

    Happy blog adversary. It’s been a busy year indeed. Perhaps I shall take your prize books as a suggestion for my summer reading. How many do you think I can get through before Feb?

  7. Congratulations on your blogaversary!

    It’s been a great year, hasn’t it? (At least, I know it has been for me.) This year, I got over my fear of querying and started sending my work out into the world. In July, I accepted an offer of publication for my debut novel (TWELVE STEPS)… In September, I caught my agent’s attention with another manuscript and signed with her in early October. And I’ve met so many fabulous and amazing people as the result of this journey! I’ve come a LONG way in only 12 short months!! ❤

  8. nco04662 says:

    Happy blogaversary and congratulations on your achievements! I haven’t read the other novels listed, but I love John Marsden’s Tomorrow series. it great to see that you enjoy it too.
    Best wishes.


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