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Monthly archives for August, 2013

Amazing Celebration Giveaway at Paperback Writer

I don’t share giveaways too often, but I couldn’t resist with this one. The amazing Lynn Viehl – a hero of mine because of her work ethic, help for aspiring writers, and more – is celebrating publishing her 50th novel.

I dream of the day I can celebrate such an achievement.

There isn’t a lot of time left, but you can get in and win the fantastic prize pack she has on offer. Click here to find out what (little) you need to do to go in on the draw. Yes, this post is part of my entry, but I would have posted anyway. Why? Because:

The prize pack grows a little each day. So far you can win:

Along with the Splendor tote, the winner will receive:

— A signed print galley copy of His Lordship Possessed

— A special $50.00 BookWish

— Audio editions of all three of my Lords of the Darkyn novels

— A pair of romantic black lace gloves from Victorian Trading (which are almost identical to the gloves Kit is wearing on the cover of Her Ladyship’s Curse).

— A signed hardcover copy of my SF standalone, Blade Dancer

— A gorgeous red journal from Leathersmiths of London

— A $50.00 e-gift card from Levenger

— A lovely black and crystal “Make a Wish” pendant from Victorian Trading (very Torian in design, and looks a bit like Kit’s pendant, too)

— Signed copies of all four of my Kyndred novels

— Signed copies of all seven of my original Darkyn series novels

— A $50.00 gift certificate from Victorian Trading Co.

— New! Signed paperback copies of all ten novels in the complete StarDoc series as well as Bio Rescue and Afterburn. Nearly all of these books are out of print now, and this is the last extra complete set of copies I have. For these reasons this will also be the last time I can sign a full set of StarDoc books for a giveaway.

— New! Original steampunk anime artwork by Alaires, aka my daughter Kat, who is also my cover artist/designer for My Lord Mayhem. This is her portrait of Kit, Japanese chibi style, executed in copic marker, and it’s really adorable.

Wow, right? Very possibly the most awesome giveaway I have ever encountered.

You have to be in it to win it, so spread the word!

Truth is Stranger Than Fiction

Local news today:

TWO good Samaritans shepherded a runaway camel through the busy streets of Bendigo on Wednesday afternoon.

Giving chase to capture the half-grown female, the good citizens managed to capture the ship of the desert, on the corner of Bridge and Bayne streets.

That’s right. A camel running around town.

Read more at The Bendigo Advertiser.

Grammarly Blog Sponsorship! Or Not…

**Please check out Part Two where I further list my concerns about Grammarly, and the Grammarly contact addresses those concerns.**

Alas, the saying that ‘if it looks too good to be true, it probably is’ is proven yet again.

Given this is the first time I have posted in a few weeks and my last post detailed how I’m not posting much (if at all) due to depression, you can imagine why I was a little bit skeptical about anyone wanting to sponsor anything on this blog…

Hi Jaime,

You know better than most that putting your writing “out there” takes a tremendous amount of courage; readers will find and comment on even the simplest mistakes. At Grammarly we know the feeling – and we’ve made it our mission to improve writers’ confidence. Putting our money where our mouth is, we’d be honored to sponsor your next blog post with a $50 Amazon gift card.

In case you haven’t heard of us, Grammarly is an automated online proofreader that finds and explains those pesky grammar, spelling, and punctuation mistakes that are bound to find their way into your first draft. Think of us as a second pair of digital eyes that can spare you the cost of hiring a proofreader. If you’d like to join our 3 million users and try the premium version of our proofreader for free, let me know and I’ll make it happen!

Please send me the expected publishing date and topic of your next appropriate blog post (ideally something about writing) so I can give you all the details you need in time.


P.S. Let me know if you ever find yourself in foggy San Francisco; I’d love to grab some coffee. :)

Nevertheless, I still felt some hope and decided to get Googling. Bam! Post after post about Grammarly blog sponsorship that turned out not to be what they seemed. My favourite is from The Blasphemous Homemaker, who received the same (mostly).

Kudos to Grammarly for changing the first paragraph to suit my blog, but it’s still a big fail button for you, sunshine. Down to the ‘Let me know if…” PS at the end, it’s the same thing. Oh, sad face of disappointment.

Apparently I’m not good enough for them to offer $100, which is what some people are getting. Pfft. No points for being a ‘starving’ author, I guess. Ah, well. It amused me enough to get me out of my cloud and blog post, so yay for them. Or me. Mostly me.


Dark Echoes: Cover of the Year!