The Light Returneth

And with it, my hibernation looms.

It’s going to be April here in a few days, you guys. APRIL. DO YOU KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS? It means tourists and light and all kinds of shit I really, really don’t want to deal with.

Tom Hiddleston You Have No Idea What It Does To Me

It means I will go to ground soon and wait for September to return once more. I really need to become a reverse snowbird and go south for the summer like the ski-people do. I need a “summer home” in New Zealand or Chile or somewhere so I can escape the hot season and everything it brings with it. I never want to know a day that’s over 60 degrees. (15.5 for you Celsius people)

Until then, I’ll have to content myself with my dark curtains and air conditioning to get me through the bright days ahead.

I have been convinced to make one public appearance before I withdraw from the evil daystar for the next six months. Special thanks to author K.L. Bone for her kind invitation to join her for booze and books at a local vineyard on April 2.

SPN Sam Books Without Pics

Bethany Vineyards of Ridgefield, Washington, is hosting the second annual Words on the Vine book signing on Saturday April 2nd at 2:00PM, and I’ll be there along with her and a few other authors.

Bethany Vineyards
4115 NE 259th St. Ridgefield, WA

Other attending authors are:
USA Today Bestselling Author Sarah M. Cradit
NY Times Bestselling Author Brandy L. Rivers
Pacific Northwest poet Shane Chase
Special Guest Greg Wilkey
Blythe Ayne

There will be some special shinies available at this event that are exclusive to signings and giveaways. That is, they are not available (nor will they ever be) for retail sale, so I hope to see you there.

Despite what it says on some of the promotional materials, I have respectfully declined to read from my work at this event. It will be a signing only for me, but there will be plenty of excerpts being read by the other authors there if you’re into that kind of thing.

Come join me in bidding farewell to the light!

Crow Pets Cat

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!

Shiny Evil

Just a quick little post to let you all know I’m still blogging every other Monday at the Evil League of Evil Writers. I’ve been doing a series of posts called “Ask Dr. Dina” that cover various medical things you should keep in mind when writing. (Things like what really happens when your character gets knocked unconscious that you need to be aware of if you’re going to write realistic fight scenes.)

Today I’m talking about burns, and a regular reader and fan of eviltry is offering a SHINY THING in the comments! Check it out!

Time Heals Is Here!

It’s been a long time coming, but today’s the day.

Time Heals is out today!

Now, as I’ve said before, I’ll be doing a two-week promotional blog tour, and I promised shiny things.

I keep my promises.

EDIT: 04/03/2013 THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. CONGRATULATIONS TO WINNER CASSEY BRIGGS!

As we did with All Wounds, this is going to be the huge Time Heals Giveaway Post!

For this book, I’ve done something special. For you, my wonderful fans who not only enable but encourage my crazy, I’ve made something.

Something especially for today.

For this book.

For this release.

I’ve had it done for awhile and I’m so pleased to offer it to you now.

For this book, I’ve hand-knitted an item Rebecca wears in Time Heals. A gray cowl.

Cowl-Flat

Me modeling the different ways to wear this cowl.

Me modeling the different ways to wear this cowl.

The cowl is knit in Tahki Yarns Montana – 100% Pure New Wool in All-Natural Colors Made In Italy according to the label. It’s a thick beautiful natural gray, and 100% wool, so if you’re allergic to wool, my condolences. Though I don’t use Red Heart yarn (I’m a fiber snob, okay?), the pattern I used for this cowl is from them, so for those interested in knitting their own, there it is.

As I didn’t use the yarn the pattern calls for, the cowl requires some special care. Handwash only, no iron, no dryer, etc. I’ll send care instructions along with it to the winner of the giveaway. Just keep this in mind when entering.

But wait, there’s more!

Also up for grabs are:

A swag packet that includes a bookmark, bookplate, a set of vampire teeth, and samples of ALL FOUR of the custom tea blends I’ve made at Adagio Teas.

This is just an example photo. There will be four sample packets of tea included in this giveaway.

This is just an example photo. There will be four sample packets of tea included in this giveaway.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a book release giveaway if I weren’t giving away the book as well, now would it?

Not only am I giving away a signed copy of Time Heals (Stranger Things #2)

TH Cover

…I’m also including a signed copy of All Wounds (Stranger Things #1) to get you in the Stranger Things mood.*
Cover AW Small

I don’t know about you, but I hate finding out a book I want to read is in the middle of a series I haven’t read from the beginning! Hopefully this fixes all that!

Now, how can you win this prize pack of awesome?

I’m going to make you work for it.

You will have to blog, vlog, tweet, (No Facebooking!** – they have rules about this sort of thing, so Facebook entries are void and prohibited and barred from this giveaway) or otherwise pimp this giveaway somewhere online. It doesn’t have to be all of them, but the more you do it, the more entries you’ll get! This contest is open to all over the age of 13 regardless of location. International okay. Void where prohibited, blah blah blah.

Here’s the hard part – I’m not going to hunt down your entries.

YOU MUST COMMENT ON THIS BLOG ENTRY ON MY WEBSITE WITH LINKS TO THE PLACES YOU’VE PIMPED THE GIVEAWAY. (DMs, messages, comments on mirror sites like Livejournal, and emails do not apply! Only comments on the website will be counted! Also, comments are always moderated so they won’t show up right away!)

Each link or whatever counts as an entry. You can do this once a day from the moment you read this until the giveaway ends at 11:59:59PM Pacific Standard Time, Tuesday, April 1, 2013 but they have to be unique links. No using the same links over and over. Each entry must be a new entry.

The more you pimp the giveaway and let me know you’ve done it, the better your chances of winning!

When the giveaway is over, The Almighty Random Number Generator will choose the winner.

If you win, again, I’m not hunting you down. Leave me a way to get in touch with you that’s NOT through Facebook. They have weird rules about that sort of thing.

Recap:

What: Dina’s Time Heals Giveaway

Up for grabs: Rebecca’s hand-knit gray cowl, swag packet with four tea samples, signed copy of Time Heals, and a signed copy of All Wounds.

Time: Now Through Midnight PST Tuesday, April 2, 2013

How To Enter: Blog, vlog, tweet, or otherwise pimp (NO FACEBOOKING!**) this giveaway and comment on this giveaway post on my website with the links to where you pimped it. No reusing linkage.

International okay, open to all over age 13. Void where prohibited, la la la.

Now go forth and pimp to enter! (Goldfish platform shoes not included.)

*If you already have a signed copy of All Wounds, we’ll work something out.

** If you want to make a post on Facebook telling people about this giveaway, you may do so, HOWEVER – these will not and cannot count toward your entries in this giveaway. From the linked post: You can simply post a link on your page to the contest. And, to be fully safe, I would also include this disclosure, “This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.”