It's All about LOVE
Life should always be about love. It's simple, really.
And yeah, today is Valentine's Day, so everyone's talking love. So here are some options you might have overlooked: some music about love and some books about love. I asked Facebook Friends to share ideas for music and books that fit (and, at the end I have a book that "is not a love story").
So here are some of my Facebook Friends' suggestions. I hope you check a few out. :)
Some Music for Romance:
By Ophelia's Looking Glass
Listen to and buy Ophelia's Looking Glass music on CD Baby.
Download or buy the CD The Siren and the Beast by Ophelia's Looking Glass on the independent record store by musicians for musicians.
By Autumn Fire
DAYS LIKE THESE
By Max Scialdone
Try: Broke and See The Sun
Karen Kincy's novels:
Paranormal young adult
First sentence of OTHER: "I can't last much longer."
Other (An Other Novel)
Feathers unfurl from my skin. My plummet curves into a swoop, and I tuck my talons beneath my body. From girl to great horned owl in about a second. Pretty good, huh? Gwen Williams is like any other modern teenager with one exception: she's a shapeshifter.
Linda Joy Singleton's novels:
LAST DANCE (The Seer series)
Sabine can't wait to show off her new boyfriend at the upcoming school dance, but she's also worried about her grandmother, Nona, who's suffering from a fatal hereditary illness. The only cure lies within a remedy book, lost long ago.
Laura Kreitzer's novels:
Young Adult | SciFi
Revolution Publishing Inc.
Available in: NOOK Book (eBook), Paperback. Sold into slavery to pirates at the young age of four, Summer learns to survive the rough seas of subterfuge and thieves through silence.
Fiction | Paranormal Romance
SHADOW OF THE SUN
Revolution Publishing Inc.
Available in: NOOK Book (eBook), Paperback, Hardcover. Gabriella's past is a mystery, but that never stopped her from achieving her goals. As a supernatural specialist, and far more intelligent than anyone her age, she has always been ignored by her peers.
Wenona Hulsey's novel:
Paranormal Romance/Epic Fantasy.
BLOOD AWAKENING (the first story in the Blood Burden Series).
"Let's get this party started!"
Charlotte Bennardo's and Natalie Zaman's novel:
"God, you're wearing those clunky things again?"
Barry Eva's book:
THE BATHROOM BOOK OF ROMANCE
This compilation, the first in a series of books with short stories, is short enough to read over a cup of tea or coffee, or whenever you have some time to yourself, yet long enough to bring a tear to your eye or a smile to your face. In fact some people call them “bathroom stories” as that might be the only place you get five minutes peace and quiet to yourself.
Jessica Roscoe's Novel:
Paranormal Young adult / New adult
Indiana Ink Publishing
This is not a story about love.
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Wombstone-A-Vampireland-novel/119054381506021Wombstone: A Vampireland novel
Mia's life will never be the same. She is walking to her car one night when she is taken, stolen from everything she has ever known. She awakens to a nightmare - a prisoner and live blood supply for the world's oldest vampire.
WEATHER WITCH Release Party Planning Ramping Up!
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 20 February 2013 17:59 )
So much has happened so fast! As many of you know, my new YA series (through St. Martin's Press) is in the steampunk genre (though, for reasons readers will quickly come to understand, I call "stormpunk"). The first novel, WEATHER WITCH, releases in the United States on June 25.
In this post, I'll cover:
- Where you can pre-order WEATHER WITCH now;
- Where I will be signing this year (so far--the list keeps growing--with and without WEATHER WITCH);
- How to get your book store, library or tea house to host me for a signing and interactive steampunk-themed party (a few with live music);
- How to be part of the WEATHER WITCH "Thunderstruck Blog Tour";
- How your book club or summer reading program can win some cool stuff just by doing what you love to do--READING!
WEATHER WITCH is already available for Pre-Order at These Places:
- Barnes & Noble http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/weather-witch-shannon-delany/1113012072?ean=9781250018519
- Books-A-Million http://www.booksamillion.com/p/Weather-Witch/Shannon-Delany/9781250018519?id=5527301502004
- Book Depository http://www.bookdepository.com/Weather-Witch-Shannon-Delany/9781250018519
- Amazon.com http://www.amazon.com/Weather-Witch-Shannon-Delany/dp/125001851X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1352376717&sr=1-1&keywords=weather+witch
- Powell's Books http://www.powells.com/biblio/62-9781250018519-0
Some of My Favorite Indies?
- Mysteries on Main Street http://www.mysteriesonmainstreet.com/
- Green Toad www.greentoadbookstore.com/
- Flights of Fantasy www.fof.net/
- RiverRead www.riverreadbooks.com/
- Colgate Bookstore www.colgatebookstore.com/
- The Briar Patch www.colgatebookstore.com/
If YOU have a favorite indie, order WEATHER WITCH through them.
- Tell them I love them and if they want book marks or postcards or mini posters (or if they can handle hosting me for an event), ask them to contact me. I LOVE people!
2013 Signing Schedule (Conferences/Conventions/Chapter Events So Far):
- BEA (Book Expo America) at NYC (courtesy of Month 9 Books). If you want to bring your 13 TO LIFE novels or your WEATHER WITCH ARC, or SPIRITED (from Leap Books) or last year's Month 9 Anthology (TWO AND TWENTY DARK TALES) I will sign ANY of those for you, too, because I <3 my readers. If you can't bring your 13 TO LIFE books to BEA but want them signed, find me fast for a special book plate. :) Yes, I <3 you that much!
- ALA in Chicago This will be the first conference I will be signing WEATHER WITCH at and it's courtesy of St. Martin's Press (of course) and RWA (Romance Writers of America--I will be signing at their booth).
- PLRW (Pocono-Lehigh Romance Writers Chapter) in Easton, PA--I'll be returning to give a Workshop on Worldbuilding in September
I will not be attending RWA or RT this year as I tighten my belt in some ways (which bums me out, but I plan on returning next year).
The Thunderstruck Tour (Blog Tour, Radio Interviews, and In-Person Events):
- Book tour events started being scheduled late last week and spots are filling fast. If you have a book store or a library, a teen center, a book club, an arts center, a YMCA or a Rotary Club (are you catching my drift?) that would like to host me for a talk on creativity, writing, publishing, history, steampunk or to have me do artsy-crafty and historically-inspired activities, contact me at info (AT) shannondelany [DOT] com (and do it fast)!
RELEASE DAY: Tuesday, June 25!!!
- Wednesday, June 25, ONEONTA, NY: I will be hosting an interactive steampunk-themed party and book signing of WEATHER WITCH at the Green Toad Bookstore in Oneonta, NY from 5pm-7pm.
- Thursday, June 27, JOHNSTOWN, NY: I will be hosting an interactive steampunk-themed party and book signing of WEATHER WITCH at Mysteries on Main Street in Johnstown, NY.
- Friday, June 28 ALA Chicago
- Saturday, June 29 ALA Chicago
- Sunday, June 30 ALA Chicago
- Monday, July 1 ALA Chicago
- Tuesday, July 2 TBA Somewhere in NY
- Wednesday, July 3 TBA Somewhere in NY or PA
- Thursday, July 4 Probably just having some fun with the fam!
- Friday, July 5 TBA Somewhere in PA or NJ
- Saturday, July 6, EXTON, PA: Books-A-Million in Exton Mall, PA (More details TBA)
- Sunday, July 7 Family fun and soaking up history
- Monday, July 8 Family fun and soaking up history and spooky stories
- Tuesday, July 9 TBA Somewhere in PA or NJ
- Wednesday, July 10 TBA Somewhere in PA or NJ
- Thursday, July 11 TBA Somewhere in PA or NJ
- Friday, July 12 TBA Somewhere in PA, NJ, or NY
- Saturday, July 13, HAMILTON, NY: Colgate Bookstore (More details TBA)
How do YOU Get ME to YOUR Favorite Bookstore, Library, Community, or Arts Center?
- Email me at info (AT) shannondelany [DOT] com with your suggestion or proposal and don't be scared--I love going new places and doing cool and different things!
Want to be part of the Thunderstruck Blog Tour?
- I need great bloggers to help spread the word about WEATHER WITCH and would love YOUR help! Email me at info (AT) shannondelany [DOT] com for more details!
Do You Have or Know a Summer Reading Program or Book Club that a YA/NA Steampunk novel like WEATHER WITCH would be great for?
- I'm providing some pretty cool incentives to Summer Reading Programs and Book Clubs that read WEATHER WITCH during June, July, August, September or October and have at least three members post a book review and book rating on either Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads, or Librarything including a specialized reading guide, a personalized thank you note to your book club, a free one hour Skype (or conference call) Question & Answer with members of your club, and signed swag for everyone who read WEATHER WITCH.
Coffee Time Romance's WEATHER WITCH Interview
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 30 January 2013 14:17 )
The great folks at Coffee Time Romance have just opened a new area on their awesome site--an area devoted to STEAMPUNK. That's right, kids, the genre is growing and there is plenty of adventure to come!
I'd like to first invite you to check out their Steampunk Area.
Karenne at Coffee Time Romance had these questions for me (and due to some craziness on the 28th that my Facebook Friends know about) I'm behind on posting this--apologies!
1. What does Steampunk mean to you?
Steampunk, cyberpunk, and the musical style called punk all feature the theme of rebellion and the fierce spirit of the people working toward change and understanding in a setting defined by the word's first syllable or two. So steampunk is, to me, rebellion in the time period when steam was the main technology.
2. What is your favorite thing about steampunk or writing about steampunk?
I love researching history and then diverging creatively from the history I've researched.
3. What is your favorite steampunk accessory?
Can I consider an airship an accessory? I do love them enough I wish I could tuck one in a pocket and expand it whenever needed...
4. What turned you on to steampunk?
Cyberpunk ironically got me curious about steampunk because I love history and rebellion and began reading the works of Gibson recently. Steampunk, in my mind, is essentially science fiction in the Victorian/Edwardian era.
5. Do you have any upcoming Steampunk stories you can tell us about?
WEATHER WITCH is the debut steampunk novel in my YA steampunk series through St. Martin's Press. It releases June 25, 2013 and is set in the 1840s on America's east coast. My main female character is Jordan Astraea, a girl who is accused of something horrible the night of a grand birthday party. I integrate paranormal elements in the story as well as romantic elements. I'll also be writing at least one freebie short story for readers in advance of its release, but right now I'm trying to decide which short story to pursue first.
6. Who is your favorite character of all from one of your Steampunk stories?
Oh, if I told you that, readers of WEATHER WITCH would think I'm crazy because, as I'm currently revising the second novel, one of my characters has evolved into someone I truly adore.
7. What's the hardest thing about creating a Steampunk universe?
Balancing the history of the period with the drama and fun that comes from writing fiction.
8. What's the easiest thing about creating a Steampunk universe?
Falling into research and just reading and absorbing and brainstorming the possibilities.
9. What does steampunk allow you to do as a writer that no other genres can?
I honestly don't know. I'd like to think a truly clever and creative author could work with essentially no restriction in any genre (except non-fiction).
10. What are the challenges and advantages to writing a steampunk story?
Finding and maintaining a balance between history and divergent fiction are equally challenges and advantages.
11. How much research does it take and how much imagination?
That, I think, is a personal choice. For me, I think the research was significant, but the amount of research when weighed against imagination probably seems minuscule to readers as I hope my research simply permeates the background and deepens the natural environment instead of feeling like a reader suddenly stumbled into a history textbook.
WEATHER WITCH releases to the public June 25 of this year and is already available for pre-order everywhere!
Now, go, check out Coffee Time Romance and all the cool stuff they have to share--interviews, contests and blog tours, have some coffee (of course!) and enjoy some great reading!
Have a great week, folks!
What and Where Wednesday: Win an Agent or Win WEATHER WITCH
I'll apologize in advance... At the moment I appear to be having technical difficulties with my post, so you'll need to copy and paste the URLs I mention this week. But honestly, if you're an aspiring author and the hardest struggle you face today is copying and pasting a link--you're doing FINE.
We have two chances to win this week--one for readers and one for aspiring authors.
Let's start with the authors. WRITERS DIGEST is hosting a contest to connect an aspiring author with a literary agent. They are specifically looking for YA and Science Fiction. Go, check it out!
And for readers?!?! St. Martin's Press has announced a contest on Goodreads for my upcoming YA steampunk/stormpunk novel WEATHER WITCH! Copies are available to 100 lucky winners here for a limited period of time--good luck:
Good luck, gang!