Sunday, October 23, 2011

BOO--Scared You, Didn't I? Don't Be Mad; I'm Giving Something Away

This contest is closed.  Congratulations to Jennelle S!

For all the other links and some super awesome giveaways click here.

For this giveaway, one lucky person will win a real live, hardbound copy of Cinder and Ella.  In fact, you may be the first person to own the book.

To enter:  Leave a comment including your name and e-mail address.

Because I am super nice, this contest is INTERNATIONAL.  That's right, if you are the winner and live in Timbuktu, I will mail it to you.  See how nice I am?  Good Luck!!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Launch Party Prep (This post could also be called: My Husband is Awesome)

I never knew planning a launch party would be so much work.  Thankfully, my husband is awesome and loves wood.  I'm pretty sure he loves everything about it--the smell, look, feel--but he especially loves crafting with it.  Thus the wands in the picture above.

He can take a tree trunk and turn it into a pillar for me to place the porcelain bowl I found at the thrift store.  I plan to fill it with fresh fruit as part of the refreshment table at the launch party.

Here it is all stained and spiffy looking.  (See how awesome my husband is?)
He probably didn't have as much fun with these because they're not made of wood, but nonetheless, aren't those the coolest medieval lanterns you've ever seen?  They will line the sidewalk outside the entrance to the launch party.

I love my husband.  He's so awesome.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Blog Tour Revisit--Interview with Cinder

Since I haven't had a ton of blogging time lately, I thought I'd put the link to an interview with Cinder from the blog tour back in June. Here it is.  What have I been doing with my time?  Oh, you know, being a mom.  But also planning the Cinder and Ella launch party.  Pictures of that to come.  (Just as soon as I get batteries in my camera.)

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

A Little Taste of Scenery

I took this picture when my family went camping in July because it looked so much like how I imagined the landscape around the kingdom castle.  Just imagine a castle right at the top of that hill.  Cinder and Ella comes out in one month!

Friday, October 7, 2011


When people ask me what age group Cinder and Ella is for, it is difficult to answer. I wrote the book with young adults in mind. The main characters in the book are between the ages of 16-20. The "experts" are saying that it is middle grade reading level and that age group is fine with me as well; I'm sure 4th through 8th graders will enjoy it. I recently read a review on goodreads written by a 47 year old woman who loved it. I've also read good reviews by a few guys. So, once again, it's difficult to say. Here is a recent review that I enjoyed. ( And I don't know the reviewer's age, in case you were wondering.)

Monday, October 3, 2011

Character Introduction: Meet Cassandra

I swore I'd never write a love triangle because, frankly, they stress me out. But within Cinder and Ella lurks a little known love involving Tanner and Cassandra. Cassandra's loyalty is evident in the beginning; her actions show her faithfulness and commitment to her master; she comes when she's called and fulfills her duties with an eagerness to match that of the brave knight Tanner. And he takes care of her. But when Ella comes into the picture, Tanner acts like an idiot and Cassandra sees that his affections have changed. He loves Ella, with a love he could never give Cassandra. And she resents him for it. She slackens in her duties. Her loyalties lessen. She becomes more interested in food than in her former love. Ella and Tanner are both abandoned at some point by Cassandra, and in their hour of greatest need. You can't blame her, though. Tanner was her biggest fan until he began falling (quite literally) for Ella. And don't be too hard on her. Cassandra is a horse.