Tuesday, June 26, 2012

I'd Rather Be Reading

I'm having trouble getting anything done lately and it's all because of this series:
Now I understand why my cousin missed an entire month of work to read all 5 books. Apparently there will be 7 total. I'm on book 3. 

This morning I was like shower before work or read? Yep, I went to work greasy haired.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Honorable Mentions

I'm not ashamed to admit I love seeing my name in print. I became a journalist not to write, but to see my byline. LOL Okay, kidding on that one. I've always loved writing stories both true and made up.

At Laura Howard's blog, Finding Bliss, Andrea with The Bookish Babe wrote a guest post on the right and wrong way to request reviews from bloggers. She gave two examples of recent authors who approached her right, including moi. "Nikki had all of her ducks in a row."

Author Rachael Wade wrote a travel bucket list and tickled me pink by listing as #3 "Make a new friend (author Nikki Jefford, I'm coming for YOU in San Juan.) See the list of authors I get to meet this summer. Yay!

Rachelia at Bookish Comforts commended me for taking reader feedback into consideration. Re: Slut shaming. See my lengthy, but heartfelt, comment to her post. I think it's important for an author to balance reader concerns while staying true to her voice.
What a thrill this week to find out Entangled had not only been nominated by the Goodreads group Shut Up & Read, but chosen as July's Book of the Month. Definitely the highlight of my week. Thank you to Tt and everyone at Shut Up & Read.

I was also touched to find Entangled on a 2012 Debut Authors (Young Adult & Middle Grade) Goodreads list created by The Story Siren. Come on over and vote! As of 2 p.m. Sunday, Entangled is #169.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Authors I Get to Meet this Summer

I'm so excited! Here's who's headed to the San Juan Islands this summer:

Stacey Wallace Benefiel, author of the bestselling Zellie Wells Trilogy and other titles. She's camping on Lopez, I live on San Juan - we're both taking the ferry over to Orcas Saturday, August 4th to meet...

(okay, so this one is already LIVING in the islands) Keary Taylor, author of the newly released What I Didn't Say, and bestselling Fall of Angels series and Eden. Since we haven't managed to hook up properly, not counting the run-in at the grocery store when I was behind Keary in line during a weekend trip to Orcas, it will be nice to finally sit down to lunch together!

And end of September/beginning of October, bestseller Rachael Wade, Resistance Trilogy, will be on her second scouting trip to Orcas. It's her goal to move from Florida to Seattle to Orcas. I keep telling her we need to start a writing colony in these islands.

Check out Rachael's Travel Bucket List #3: "Meet author Nikki Jefford."

I can't wait to meet you, woman!

I'm holding out hope that maybe, possibly I'll get to meet S.M. Boyce, bestselling author of The Grimoire Trilogy. She's cruising to Alaska and will be in Seattle the same day I'm meeting Stacey and Keary. Almost, but not quite! But never say never.

Thank goodness! I'm feeling socially starved in Friday Harbor. Who else wants to come visit?

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Sexy not Slutty: Minor Changes to Entangled & Duplicity

It was brought to my attention that I used the word "slut" several times in Entangled. (Six in the original text.) I had to go back and do a search because it's not something that stuck out in my head. That's lingo I grew up hearing all through high school - never even considered it could cause controversy.

Apparently, another author was getting tarred and feathered for "Slut Shaming." I had to look up this term because it's the first I'd heard of it: "The act of making a woman feel guilty or inferior for being sexually active."

I felt a tinge defensive when I first received the email even though it wasn't accusatory in the least. (I appreciate the heads up. Better a personal email than a public beating.) I come from a long line of strong, independent women. My heroines are friggin' ninjas, man, total Woman Power! Bam!

After a few days of pondering, I had to admit that personally, I'm not fond of the word "slut" and would rather say "miniskirt" than "slutty skirt" as I did twice (and now changed). Why does a short skirt have to be slutty?

I actually like one of the new passages much better now. I call it Thing 1 and Thing 2. (The parts in blue used to say "two of McKinley High's biggest sluts" and then further down used to say "speaking of sluts.") 

After class, Charlene’s best friends, Brittany and Kiki, practically shoved Thea aside to get to Graylee. Both girls were wearing long leather boots over skinny jeans.
“Where’s Charlene?” Brittany demanded at the same time Kiki asked, “How is she?”
“She’s at home and she’s fine.”
“Obviously she’s not fine. She just had her heart ripped out,” Brittany said.
“And yet it still beats,” Graylee said. “Excuse me, ladies; I’ve got to get to class.” She felt bad ditching Thea that way, but she wasn’t about to stick around for a lecture on broken hearts from Thing 1 and Thing 2.
And speaking of heart breakers, Stacey turned the corner with Blake’s arm draped over her shoulder.

This was updated as of June 3, 2012. There's nothing I can do about the 22,000+ copies that were downloaded free last month during amazon promo days, but I'm happy to have it changed for the paperback addition, which just became available this week on amazon. 

I also cleaned up the language as best I could except when Gray, in the guise of Charlene, is joking around with Brittany and they're calling each other "bitch" then "super bitch" then "super mega bitch." Try reading it as "jerk" and it sounds plain stupid. I'd rather offend a few people than water down the story too much.

Just made changes to Duplicity as well based on a review on Goodreads in which a gentleman expressed annoyance at my use of the terms NetFlix and Kindle. I use these terms like I would Kleenix. Didn't even notice, but I'd sooner use something universal so it's been switched to TV and eReader.

Now back to working on book three where there are no sluts, no bitches, and no Kindle devices - just good old fashioned magic and romance.

(I originally posted on this subject June 6, 2012 at Goodreads.)

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Entangled the Paperback

Just saw that it appeared on Amazon.

I paid extra for expanded distribution, which can take up to six weeks.
My precious. (Proof copy)
I ordered some copies so I can do a couple giveaways here, Goodreads, and for a Summer Lovin giveaway hop next month.

Honestly, I'm flat broke and getting a bit freaked about the money I owe, but I plan to get myself out of this hole before the year is up. Snap! Like that. :)

So while I hate turning down requests for paperback review copies, please understand it is not in my budget. I did promise paperbacks to six people months ago and I will be mailing those out once the books arrive. (I'm a woman of my word.)

But! stay tuned for chances to Win! Win! Win!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Vlog Reviews of Entangled & Duplicity

S.M. Boyce, author of The Grimoire: Lichgates (a young adult epic fantasy adventure), did video reviews of Spellbound 1 & 2. I was floored! So way cool. She is both articulate and all out awesome. I now consider Boyce one of my BFF writer buds. LOVE her!

Speaking of Boyce, Wednesday, June 13 is the VERY LAST DAY to download a free copy of The Grimoire for kindle. Amazon select has run its course and she's getting her book out via other channels.

My first thoughts: Alice in Wonderland meets Lord of the Rings... except Kara is Queen of the Grimoire. :)

S.M. Boyce reviews Entangled.

S.M. Boyce reviews Duplicity

Get The Grimoire: Lichgates FREE Wednesday, June 13, on amazon kindle!

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Perfect for Father's Day

This year's bestselling true crime adventure makes the perfect Father's Day gift.

The Barefoot Bandit is one wild, action-packed adventure that is as hilarious as it is break breaking. Colton Harris-Moore is without a doubt the most extraordinary teen bandit of our time.

BONUS: I was Bob's research assistant and a large chunk of the book takes place in the beautiful San Juan Islands (WA) where we live.

Bob is one of the most entertaining guys I've ever met. I'm so happy I got the opportunity to work with him and make a lifelong friend. He took time out of his tour schedule - interviews with NPR and Fox - to make suggestions on each and every one of my Spellbound Trilogy covers. They would not have come out the way they did if not for Bob's input.

Seriously, GREAT GUY! 

Goodreads GIVEAWAY!

Bob is currently giving away three hardbacks at Goodreads now through June 18 if you want to try and win a copy for yourself.

For sale at Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Find Bob at: http://bobfriel.com/
Release Date: March 20, 2012
Publisher: Hyperion Books

Spellbound Swag Pack Winner

Congratulations to Mar in The Netherlands - winner of the Spellbound Swag Pack.

There were 328 entries. I called my brother in Alaska and asked him to choose a number between 1 and 328. He came up with 333. I said, "It goes up to 328." He thought long and hard and announced #128. Mar!

Look at all the countries who signed up:

America, Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Malaysia, India, Italy, Indonesia, Philippines, Greece, Singapore, Ireland, Slovakia, Poland, Sweden, El Salvador, Norway, Romania, Netherlands, Scotland, Uruguay, South Africa, Hungary, New Zealand

 Love it!

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Entangled in Paperback

This is the paperback proof of Entangled. It turned out gorgeous! There's one small mistake on the back cover I need fixed before OKing the proof for distribution.

I think I'll do a couple giveaways to celebrate my first book in print here and at Goodreads. Soon!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Enchantment Cover Reveal Live

I keep forgetting that stops at other countries appear a day early for those of us in North and South America.
Which means... the Cover Reveal of Enchantment (Spellbound #3) is live NOW at Unputdownable Books! (Bahrain)

I've added the book to Goodreads if you want to put it on your TBR list.
Also today, there's an excerpt called "Twin Trouble" at Pocket Full of Books and a little insight as to what's to come with the twins in book three.
Tomorrow Giselle (or as I call her: Oprah of the blogosphere) reviews Entangled at Xpresso Reads. I contacted Giselle a mere four days after releasing Entangled. Not only did she agree to review it in June, she hosted a guest post and giveaway in early March selecting what she called a "high traffic day" to feature the post. What a lovely woman!

This tour has been such a blast. Thanks again to everyone who checked out the stops, commented, and RTed. I hope you discovered some cool new blogs and added additional online friends/followers along the way.

My paperback proof of Entangled will be here by Monday. If all looks good, I will press a button and - presto - book one in the series goes to print!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Tour Host Giveaway

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Spellbound Trilogy International Blog Tour. I love all the comments at the stops!

If you are a reader, you can still sign up for the Spellbound Swag Pack at any of my hosts sites. See schedule.

Speaking of schedule, I read it wrong and thought this was supposed to post on Wednesday so please excuse me when I mention a cover reveal "tomorrow." It is Thursday, June 7th as planned at Unputdownable Books.

Congratulations to the winner of the bonus tour host giveaway. Please email me your full name and mailing address and I'll send your prizes!

Monday, June 4, 2012

Week Three of the Spellbound Tour

For Spellbound's third and final week, we start off with three tour stops: 
The Making of a Series at The Bookish Babe. Did you know that Entangled was never intended as a trilogy, let alone book? It began as a novella.

I told Andrea at The Bookish Babe that my challenge in book three is keeping the romance YA appropriate, but as I worked on the book this weekend I realized what the true challenge is: Setting a book in a country I've never been - Spain!

Something Purple at Lili Lost in a Book. The inspiration behind Enchantment (Spellbound #3) and a steamy excerpt between Adrian and Gray. I wouldn't call it a spoiler so much as a teaser. ;)
And a recap of book one, Entangled, over at YA Bound with an excerpt called "See You Around."

The goal of this tour was 1) For readers to download a complimentary copy of Entangled during free amazon promo days AND 2) Sway them to actually want to read the book. I hope the excerpts throughout the tour have achieved this goal.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Writerly Weekend

This weekend, it gives me pleasure to make stops on the writing blogs of authors Lucy Swing and Kira Saito. I'm so happy I had the opportunity to meet and work with these like minded and dark (love it) storytellers last October even if our anthology died a quick and sudden death.

Speaking of the good, the bad, & the ugly, check out Writer Friends Make the Best Friends at Lucy Swing's Writing Antics. The bad: book bashers and pirates. Arr - I'd like to make book thieves walk the plank.

And for some lighthearted fun, Goblin Kings and Deleted Scenes at Kira Saito's blog. Speaking of pirating, copyright, and other legalities - heed this warning and avoid directly quoting movies in your books!

Friday, June 1, 2012

This Just In!

My cover designer Naj and I were so excited about the Enchantment (Spellbound #3) Cover Reveal we've scheduled an impromptu Cover Teaser at her review site Unputdownable Books today. (Don't miss the FULL reveal on June 7th.)

Also today we have Bringing Back the Fun at Memories Overtaking Me and Envy: The Green Eyed Monster at Lover of Paranormal.

TGIF and happy June!