Something Shiny This Way Comes

So, remember this post from last year where I talk about how Dina Wants A Shiny Thing and I did a poll to see if there was any interest in a Billy short?

Yeah, that.

Well, stuff and things happened, and the short got pushed to the side, and more stuff and things happened, and now, well….

Let’s just say Something Shiny is on the way. I don’t have an exact date yet, but it shouldn’t be long now!

Why am I posting this here?

Because I feed on your sweet, sweet torment, that’s why!

Shiny Thing!

The second book in my friend Kerry Schafer’s Between series is scheduled for release in February, but the cover for it is out now! LOOK AT THE SHINY!

Scheduled for release February 2014

Scheduled for release February 2014

In celebration of this pretty shiny cover, she’s having a little party.

There are SHINY THINGS FOR YOU! Look! From her blog:

A hand painted penguin mug filled with chocolate, plus a free e-copy of my soon-to-be-released novella DREAM RUNNER!

Enter simply by sharing the WAKEWORLD cover somewhere on the net – your blog, FB, Twitter, Pinterest, or any other venue. Share the link with me, and you get entered to win! The more you share, the more entries and the better your chance of winning.

International entries are welcome and entries count through Monday, September 9, until Midnight PST.

What’s WAKEWORLD about? Well, I already told you it’s the second in her Between series. Here’s the blurb:

Vivian Maylor is trying to hold it together. But her attempts to build a life with the man she loves seem doomed by the dragon inside her yearning to break free. Vivian is a dreamshifter, the last line of defense between reality and the dreamworld, and the only one of her kind.

Weston Jennings also believes he is the only one of his kind. He fears his powers as a dreamshifter, and resists learning to control them. After suffering a tragic loss, Weston heads deep into the woods of the Pacific Northwest to embrace a safe life of solitude. But when a terrible mistake leads to an innocent’s death, his guilt drives him to his former home, where he encounters what he never thought he would find: another shifter.

Now Vivian and Weston must work together to defeat a new threat to the dreamworld.

Now, go forth and share the shiny! You can contact Kerry here once you’ve done that:

Her Website
Her Facebook
Her Twitter

Congratulations, Kerry! It’s a gorgeous cover!

Living For September

I know.

I know how long it’s been since I last blogged here. (A month today, I see.) Honestly, I have no excuse for that other than general apathy. I am still blogging every other Monday over at the Evil League of Evil Writers with the “Ask Dr. Dina” series I’ve been writing since January, but other than that, haven’t been doing much with the online thing.

Yes, I’ve been busy. I’m working on stuff both professional and personal, and most of you who read my blogs/tweets/FB/whatever know I’m not a real joiner/sharer-type. (Yes, I’m aware of the irony of an anti-social person on social networks. Go with it.)

Blogging/Twittering/IRL socializing takes a back seat to a lot of things. It’s not real high on my priority list. Now, when I have something to say, I say it. When I have thoughts that I think are interesting, I share them (usually – politics/religiosity/activism are generally things I keep to myself for various reasons). When I’ve got something going on I think you’ll be interested to know, I’ll tell you (if I can). When I need to rant, I rant. (You all KNOW I rant….)

I don’t blog just for the hell of it. I know a few people who update their blogs daily for whatever reason, and if that works for them, yay! Some people need that connection. Some people have a rabid fanbase that gets bitchy if that person isn’t there to constantly entertain them with what they ate for breakfast that morning. Some people need to feel like they’re part of something, like they’re being heard.

I don’t have those needs, and if you’re one of my fans, you don’t have the need for me to entertain you daily, which is good, because I ain’t gonna.

I’m an introvert and always have been. As I’ve gotten older, that’s become a larger part of my nature. Oh, I can socialize. I’m not afraid to, or shy or anything. I’m just not very social. As I said above, human contact isn’t all that high on my priority list. This leads to a lot of “are you still alive?”-type questions, and for that I apologize. I know friends and fans worry when I “go dark” (so to speak – points if you get the reference!), but I promise you all, someone would let you all know if some tragedy (or on-purposory, like, you know…jail for some type of crime ending in “-cide”) occurred. Probably Skyla Dawn Cameron. She’s always a good one to pester if you’re worried about my silences.

Also, I’m pretty much in a type of reverse hibernation during the summer months. Summer in my area brings a lot of things that I have absolutely no desire to be involved in or associated with in any fashion, so I pretty much just go to ground from May through September. When the tourists and the Daystar go south for the winter, I come back out. Summer means long, hot, bright days full of people. Fall and winter mean long, cool, dark, quiet nights. Hot tea, warm socks, darkness, short days, darkness…did I mention it’s darker in the winter? Like lots of it? For a long time?

I may have.

So yeah. Summertime is not Dina-time. I’ll be around a lot more in about six more weeks. Even more in about nine weeks, when the autumnal equinox comes and the days start getting shorter. So don’t worry if you don’t see me around much until then. If I’ve got something of interest or import to say, I’ll post. Or if I have a rant that I need to let out.

Until then.

Oh, for those wondering, Death Knell (Stranger Things III) is on track still for a Fall 2013 release. No specific date yet, but I’m thinking late October, early November, but that could change. More as it develops.

Last Stop – Time Heals Blog Tour Day 9

Today Skyla Dawn Cameron has a great blog post and SHINY THINGS up for the last stop on the Time Heals blog tour. Skyla is my Editor of Awesome, a brilliant author in her own right, and all-around kick-ass chick. Go for the blog post, stay for the awesome.

Also, Dean Winchester.

Go see!

P.S. For this last stop on the blog tour, we have SUPER SPECIAL SEKRIT SHINIES! Just sayin’!

Time Heals Giveaway Winner & Blog Tour Day 7

All right! My big launch giveaway for Time Heals is over now, and it’s time to pick a winner! Let’s go over to the Almighty Number Generator and see who wins!

And the winner is…Cassey Briggs! Congratulations, Cassey! I’ll email you with details!

Onto the rest of the tour!

Today I’m over at Good Choice Reading with some interesting interview questions! There are shiny things there, so if you haven’t won something yet, there’s still a chance to! Go over there and have a look around!

Time Heals Blog Tour Day 6

Whoo hoo! Week two of the blog tour and the home stretch! You’re all probably tired of hearing about this by now, but don’t worry. It will be over soon. Well, for a few months anyway. I’ve got to get to work on the third book in the Stranger Things series.

You knew about that, right? Yeah, there’s going to be a third one. So there’s that.

Anyway, today I’m over at Two Chicks On Books talking about the music that influences my writing. There are shiny things! Go see and sign up to win them!

Time Heals Blog Tour Day 5

Today I’m over at the fantastic Kerry Schafer’s blog! There’s an Evil Interview up I had loads of fun with, so go check it out and see what no-goodness we get up to over there! Thank you, Kerry, for having me on your blog!

Also, don’t forget the Time Heals giveaway still in progress here on my blog! You have until Tuesday to do your thing.

That’s all we have on tour for the week. Next week we start anew, with more interviews, more shiny things and more evil!

Happy Easter to those who celebrate it!