August wrap-up: Writing updates, Chicago news, and get ready for BLOODY SEPTEMBER!

I may have been a little bit happy about our seats…

The month of August is ending and what a month it has been! Lots going on, lots of new readers, and WAY more blog traffic. Hi to all the new readers! *waves like a dork* Welcome to my blog and I hope you hang around. Press the subscribe button if you like. I promise not to flood your inbox. I only post a couple times a week, max, but this is the best way to keep up with new releases, teasers, and other stuff like that.

WRITING NEWS!!! 

I’m finishing up revisions for Carwyn’s book this week, which is both exciting and nerve-wracking. I’m also continuing with the first draft of the new Cambio Springs book (you can read the first chapter here). Life is fun in shapeshifter-land.

What have I been up to personally? Well, work mostly, but I was at the last Gentlemen of the Road stopover in Monterey last weekend. Mumford & Sons? Yeah, they’re as amazing live as everyone says. Do yourself a favor and go to a show if it’s humanly possible. You’ll be glad you did. Crazy fun festival. Well run and not too big. If they do it again, I’m there. Also, if you haven’t discovered Gogol Bordello, fix that. Gypsy punk. That is all.

I was also able to attend an event last Friday with Mumford & Sons hosted by the National Steinbeck Center in downtown Monterey. Great tribute to a writer who was a huge part of my childhood and personal literary heritage. Like all writers from Central California, Steinbeck holds a special place, and Cannery Row is one of my favorite books of all time. It was also great to hear from the band on what some of the literary influences in their music have been. I use music a lot for inspiration in my writing, so it was awesome to see the other side of the coin.

What’s coming up in September? Well, I think I’m going to extend the free book promotion for A Hidden Fire. The series as a whole has been doing amazingly well, so I want to thank all my readers, new and old, and if it’s not broke, don’t fix it, right? I’ve always said that happy readers are the best advertising money can’t buy and you all prove me right every single day. Once I get done with revisions, I’ll be able to burrow into the writing cave and tear things up in shapeshifter-land so I can get the new books out faster.

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I also want to remind everyone about Chicago! Seriously, you guys, the line up at this event is going to be amazing. NYT bestsellers, Colleen Hoover and Tracey Garvis-Graves will be there. Abbi Glines, Elizabeth Reyes, and a bunch of the hottest names in indie and traditional pub are meeting and the event is open to the public. I’ll be there meeting you all, selling the new editions of the paperbacks (they’re gorgeous), and signing whatever for anyone that shows up. The event website is here. Like I said, it’s open to the public and I’d love to meet anyone that could make it.

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Saving the best for last, are you ready for Bloody September? This is a new contest/blood drive that was the brainchild of the awesome Laura Bradley Rede, and I’m thrilled to be lending a… vein to the cause. (Along with some signed books.) Blood supplies in the US are at a fifteen year low and some of your favorite paranormal authors (including yours truly) are taking action! And we hope our readers do, too! Donate blood in September and get a chance at an awesome prize pack and some great runner-up prizes, as well. We just need photographic evidence of non-vampiric blood donation and you’re entered to win. I’ll be posting more about this later in the week.

Lots to do, so I’m out for now. Have a great week, everyone!

Thanks for reading,

Elizabeth

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