Thursday, March 15, 2012

Hardcover Giveaway

I’m giving away two limited edition, signed hardcovers of Shoebox Train Wreck.  These are first editions, and extremely nice (see pics below).  These books originally cost 50 dollars apiece.

So what do you have to do to win one?  Just a couple of things.

1.    Friend me on facebook (this will be important for step three).

2.    Purchase a softcover or Kindle version of Shoebox Train Wreck from (you were going to do this anyway, right?  Right?).

3.    Provide proof of purchase to me (more on this below*).

4.    Write a substantive review of the book on Amazon (it doesn’t have to be positive, but if it’s not, I’m going to feel really silly for doing this--a risk I’ll have to take I suppose) .

*Proof of purchase: Amazon has a new feature that let’s you post your purchase to your facebook wall.  It looks like this:

Be sure to click share.

Once, you’ve completed all the steps, send me an email at  I’ll go and verify the review and the facebook post.  If you are one of the first two to complete this, I’ll send you a hardcover ASAP (U.S. and Canada only).

I hope to give these away soon!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Release day

Today is the official release day for Shoebox Train Wreck.  It's a little anti-climatic considering the book has been shipping from Amazon and Barnes and Noble for about a week now.  It's been in stores too for the last few days.  So, the day I've been looking forward to for about a year now is finally here, and, well, it feels just like any other day.

Anyway, the book is out.  The book is being very well reviewed thus far. What are you waiting for?

Oh, and look for an interview with me here (Mourning Goats!) on Thursday.  I'll be talking about the book, my writing group Snutch Labs, and the best writing advice I ever received.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

What's New?

It’s been a while since I’ve posted here, and I plan to make up for lost time over the coming days.  Mostly, I’ve been busy with the release and promotion of SHOEBOX TRAIN WRECK, my collection of 16 stories from Chizine Publications.  I’ve also been neck deep in a new novel, but as usual, the going is slow.  However, I think I may have turned a corner recently, though there is always the chance that I may have actually run off the road. 

What else… oh!  The new website.  If you came to this blog through the new website, then you’ve already, uh, seen the new website.  But if you found my blog the old fashioned way, please do check out the new site, here (design by the extremely talented Cesar Puch). And while you’re there, order a book (or three).  You won’t regret it.  Don’t believe me?  Check out some of the reviews, which have been very positive thus far.  I didn’t get a coveted star from Publishers Weekly, but I did get a positive review.  Booklist seemed to like it too, as did Rue Morgue.  All of this is covered over at the new site.  What’s not on the new site is the latest review from the Crow’s Caw.  It’s worth the read (hint, they liked it a lot!).

Going forward, I’m going to try to use this space more, and not just to talk about me (although there will always be copious amounts of self-love here).  I’ve recently read Holly Goddard Jones’s spectacular collection, GIRL TROUBLE, and I hope to post some thoughts on it soon.  And maybe after that, I’ll find something else to talk about (ahem, besides myself).