I just received permission to show the Australian/New Zealand cover for TOUCH OF POWER! So I'm going to do another contest. Vote for your favorite of the three covers and you will be entered to win a signed copy of TOUCH OF POWER. There will be two winners picked at random - it's open internationally - must vote by 11:59 p.m. EST on December 6th. Please leave email addy so I can contact you.
All three are being released at the same time (December 20th). Good news for all!!
My Celebrating post clocked in at 310 comments...WOW! Nothing I've done before has gotten so many comments - guess everyone's excited about TOUCH OF POWER ;> I had to use a new random generator website because my other one only went up to 100.
And now without further ado......the five winners are:
Chris M. from Ireland Emily C. from Utah, US Nikky B. from England Sarah F. from Georgia, US Shilo M. from Utah, US
Congrats to them all!!
To the 300 people who didn't win, don't worry - there is going to be a BLOG TOUR starting December 12 with close to a dozen chances to win AND I'm offering another contest today! Yep check my other blog entry for today.
What exactly are we celebrating? Three things. One - I've over 500 Followers! Considering my off again on again relationship with this blog, that's pretty impressive. Two - I just received my copies of TOUCH OF POWER. (author perk!)
To celebrate, I'm giving away 5 copies of TOUCH OF POWER. Just leave a comment to this post, and I'll pick winners at random. The give away is open until midnight my time (EST) on Black Friday (that's Friday, November 25th for my international readers :) This is open to everyone with a mailing address. Please also leave an email address so I can contact you with the news.
And three - it's Friday - that's always a good reason for a celebration :)
So I'm the worst blogger ever! Ah, my poor neglected blog is always pushed aside when other tasks come up suddenly. For example, MIZZ magazine in the UK wants to do a big promotion for TOUCH OF POWER's release. Great news! However, they wanted a 3 minute video of me for their new MIZZ TV website and they wanted it before I left for Italy. A seemingly simple task - talking about my book for 3 mins turned into an all day affair, including how to send a 270 MB file via the Internet. My poor producer/daughter had to hear the same thing over multiple takes.
Yes, I was in Italy, but before I talk about my trip, I wanted to announce the winner of the TOUCH OF POWER ARC! I received 17 entries and random.org picked entry #9, which is Jessica W. from Texas!! Congrats to Jessica!! I might be slow to blog, but Jessica's been, I hope, enjoying her prize for the last couple weeks - I mailed it out before my trip.
So what this about Italy? It wasn't on my appearance schedule :) I surprised my parents last June with two tickets to Italy for their 50th wedding anniversary. Anyone who makes it to 50 years deserves a special trip. My sister and I tagged along, leaving husbands and kids home. My mom always wanted to go, but kept talking herself out of the trip because she was too nervous to fly. So we kidnapped her (or rather guilted her into going - after all the ticket was paid for!). It was a grand time – we spent time in Florence, Siena, the Tuscan countryside, and Rome. I loved Tuscany the best – gorgeous and the wine was divine! It was also the most photogenic place and I could have wander around for hours with my camera.
I'd tell you more about the trip, but as a family we agreed what happened in Italy stays in Italy! ;>
Here are some pictures:
Florence - the Arno River as seen from our hotel window. At the top of the rise seen in the picture is called Michelangelo's Plaza and from there you can see the whole city of Florence.
Florence - the Ponte Vecchio Bridge. No traffic is allowed on this bridge - just shoppers who are looking to score some beautiful jewelry made with Italian gold. As you can see, the stores hang out over the water, supported by thick wooden beams.
The town of Chianti - the heart of the Chianti Classico wine region. We learned to make sure a black roster is on the neck of the bottle for an authentic wine.
A Tuscan vineyard - since it was November, the sangiovese grape vines were turning yellow. The red leaves are another type of grape. Sangiovese is the major grape used in Chianti Classico - it has to make up at least 70% of the wine to be officially called a Chianti Classico.
Wine tasting room at the Tenuta Torciano winery in San Gimignano (another great town in Tuscany).
Rome - The Colosseum at sunset. We spent 3 days in Rome, but needed another 4 at least. There is so much to see, it's impossible to take it all in.
Rome - The Arch of Constantine - another amazing piece of ancient history!
When I was 12, I learned about meteorologists and decided to become one. My visions of chasing tornados didn’t pan out since I was bad at forecasting. Let’s face it, I’m a daydreamer—always have been.
I did graduate from Penn State University and was hired as an environmental meteorologist. It’s never a good idea to get caught idle, so I wrote my daydreams down. My first novel was Poison Study and it was published in 2005! I caught the writing bug and Magic Study and Fire Study soon followed.
Even though I went on to earn a Masters degree in writing from Seton Hill University, I never lost my fascination with storms, which is evident in my Glass Series (Storm Glass, Sea Glass and Spy Glass). The environmentalist in me comes out in Inside Out. Trella’s world is contained and they must reuse and recycle everything. One thing they got right in one otherwise messed-up world!
I love my new job. Where else can you take fencing lessons, learn to ride a horse, study martial arts, learn to pick locks, take glass blowing classes and get a tour of a maximum security prison and call it work? I’ll give you a hint—not working as a meteorologist :)