Hey, lots of winners tonight...this Mega-Blog tour has been a bountiful one!
Deep in the land of Een, over Between the Cracks of Here and There, Rory Smith was triumphant! I heard Rory has been feeling under the weather, so hopefully a new book will cheer him up. Congratulations!
And across the mountains and into the beautiful Kootenays, Deb Anderson's Prose Positive winner of Facing Fire is SaskMom!
Way across the country in Toronto, Ontari-ari-ari-o at Mahtab Narsimhin's Moonlight Musings, Claudia Osmond came up triumphant. Way to go, Claudia!
And finally for tonight, across the Rockies and into the one house in Calgary where there are Three Dead Moths in the Mailbox, Jan Markley announces Samantha as the winner. Yay, Sam!
Congrats to all the winners. Your books will be winging their way to you this week!
Leapt across the province -- along with my scribe, kc dyer -- for a chat with writer, uber-mom and extremely cool dude Deb Anderson. Deb's blog, Prose Positive, can always be counted on for an inspirational read. And if you hop on over there RIGHT now, you can leave a comment and win, win, win!
Okay -- after a brief pause to re-tie my laces and tighten my helmet, I'm back on the road again, this time with the names of some of the winners of my books. Let's start with A Novel Woman, who is currently NaNoWriMo'ing her way through November -- she announced Francie as her winner. Over on Tanya Lloyd Kyi's blog, Stacy is the winner. And at Write Here, Write Now, Ev Bishop's blog, we have a double winner-- Deniz Bevin and Laura Best!
So Francie, Stacy, Deniz and Laura -- I'll have my 'people' get your books in the mail today. Congratulations!!!
...continues. My scribe, kc dyer, had a wonderful celebration at the Surrey International Writers' Conference this weekend for FACING FIRE, and I continue to time travel through the ether visiting new websites.
But before anything else, I have winners to announce. So stay tuned -- tomorrow we'll do a re-cap of where things stand now.
Woo-Hoo! Back across the country at the speed of thought!
This time I've ended up visiting James Bow's blog. James is the author of The Unwritten Girl, Fathom Five and The Young City, plus a whole bunch of others. He lives in Ontario [just like me!] but in a smaller city.
You can check out his blog HERE, and leap in on the chance to win a book.
...to writer Jacqueline Pearce, [here disguised as a pirate!] who has very kindly invited me to visit her blog! Jacquie is the author of many wonderful books for kids and teens, including Manga Touch, the Truth About Rats and Dogs, Doghouse Blues and Discovering Emily.
Now, when Jacquie is not dressed like a pirate, she often spends time on her blog Wild Ink, and that's where you'll find me next. You can still comment to win a book or two -- if you hurry.
Whew -- what a whirlwind! Today, I've jetted through the ether to land in Branford, Ontario -- the home of prolific, award-winning author Marsha Skrypuch.
Marsha is the author of a whole bunch of books for kids and teens -- I have a WHOLE shelf of her titles! -- most recently Stolen Child.
This was a pretty special blog post, because we talk about Marsha's role as a friend and mentor of kc dyer -- and what it's like to face a whole lot of rejections before getting published. A must-read, I'd venture to say...
You can find Marsha's website at www.calla.com and the blog post HERE.
See you there!
Shooshing through the ether again, this time I washed up on the sandy shores of Rachelle Delaney's blog. Rachelle is the author most recently of Lost Souls of Island X, and a pirate lass at heart -- just like me!
[Not to mention that she shares a name with a certain time-travelling dog I know...!]
Join me over at Rachelle's blog and grab another chance to win a book or two!
Hey -- today I got to visit reality! And it's pretty weird, I have to say...
Kidding! Well, sorta. I actually spent the day hanging with Linda Grimes at her blog 'Visiting Reality'. Linda is one funny writer. She lives in Virginia, and we began things with a little cross-border discussion.
Hop on over HERE to read more. And be sure to check back a few posts -- you'll see Linda's fabulous toes on display. [You don't keep a pedicure like that if you are serious about skateboarding....]
At every single one of these stops we are doing a book draw, with a chance to win a copy of FACING FIRE and even a shot to win BOTH of my books, if you tweet about the post. So if you've missed one along the way -- show a little click love to my friends and check them out!
Looking ahead to the rest of October -- what does the future hold? A whole month of splendors awaits, with visits to the blogs of authors CC Humphreys, Diana Gabaldon, Arthur Slade, Marsha Skrypuch, Rachelle Delaney, James Bow, Helene Boudreau and many, many more.
The things I do for this blog. Today I flew all the way up to Terrace, British Columbia, and boy are my pixels tired...
Okay, okay -- it was a virtual flight. But I'm excited because I got to chat with the wonderful writer Ev Bishop. She confesses about how her journals shape her work, and we've got contest entries already.
Today I get to visit Tanya's blog space as a part of the on-going celebration of the arrival of FACING FIRE. Now this is a special day, because FACING FIRE actually hit the shelves of bookstores all over the nation [and beyond!].
Tanya is the author of a whole pile of non-fiction books [including her most recent title, 50 BURNING QUESTIONS, above, from Annick Press], along with a couple of fiction titles, as well. She's doing an experiment these days called 'Crowsnest', which is a serialized novel that she is putting up directly on her site -- very cool!
I'm hoping you'll share the fun and take your chance to win on Tanya's site! See you there!
Pop on over there and see just how cool a wee Een with seven [yeah, count 'em -- SEVEN] braids in her hair can be!
Lee Edward Fodi is the amazing author AND illustrator of the Kendra series, as well as a number of other books. It was awesome to share some time with he and Kendra on my blog-odyssey. If you leave a comment behind over there, you'll be eligible to win!
I've been invited to James McCann's blog, while he, apparently, does what he does best -- ninja-stalking zombies. James is the author of a whole bunch of amazing books: RANCOUR, PYRE and most recently FLYING FEET.
He's an awesome writer, teacher and ninja, and I look forward to hanging out with him for the day.
That's what you get when you let an author who only got a B- in her university art class put together a book trailer.
Can YOU do better?
Here's the challenge...
Make a book trailer for FACING FIRE [or for both of Darby's adventures in FACING FIRE and A WALK THROUGH A WINDOW]. The trailer needs to be family-friendly [a bit scary is okay], between 15 and 30 seconds long, and postable on-line. Bonus points if you work in some fire or a stone window...
Then just send a link to me here at Darby Speaks, along with your contact information, and you're IN!
EVERY SINGLE ENTRY to the contest will win a signed copy of FACING FIRE. And on Hallowe'en night, kc dyer will bring her judges together [ghosts and ghouls and a few zombies, likely] and hand out the BIG prizes.
Now, we are going to add prizes as the month goes along, but for today, I'll tell you that one of the prizes is a $100 gift card to Chapters.ca or Amazon.com!
You can enter as often as you like. Spread the word -- let's send do a better job than kc did of sending my new book out into the world in style!
Summer's over and I'm back with a new story. We'll be starting a celebration of the launch of FACING FIRE all month here on Darby Speaks, with a blog tour all around the internets, launch events galore and an AMAZING contest with some really fantastic prizes.
Check back here tomorrow for contest details, and daily for links to the places on the web where you can win copies of BOTH my books -- A WALK THROUGH A WINDOW, and FACING FIRE.