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Saturday, April 27, 2013

And the winners are

The winners of the ebook copy of Future Letters are:

Kristi Foote Fortenberry
H.a. White
Jay Bual
Cindy McCalmont Hutcheson
Nicole Kuhn

The winner of the signed first edition of Future Letters and an ebook copy is:
Ashley Ryan Snyder

And finally the winner who made me last the most when chosen by rafflecopter is:
Scott Williams (who is my husband and was the first entry pulled from the hat to win an ebook copy) His prize: Being the first to read my next book and having characters inspired by him. ;-)

Thank you to everyone who entered .  My first rafflecopter giveaway was fun and I'll be doing another as soon as I can. =D

Friday, April 26, 2013

Pay no attention to that pup behind the curtain...

Then again- pay her lots and lots of attention.  She loves it and I know many people love her!  Yup, I'm talking about Laura-Glue! ("I'm Laura Glue, and Laura Glue is me ... Just calling me 'Laura' is just as bad as calling me 'Glue.'  My name is my name" - The Search for the Red Dragon by James A Owen)

There are three characters in Future Letters that were inspired by someone in my real life.  They know who they inspired, but the only one I've openly spoken about is the inspiration behind Skylar - Lil Gregor's dog.  Laura-Glue is the inspiration behind Skylar.

The rescue group we fostered and then adopted her from is having a fundraiser and my husband suggested I donate a signed copy of Future Letters for the silent auction.  I decided to do one better.  The donated copy is signed by me and Laura-Glue. 

Thank you AnimalCompassion Team for all the hard work you do to help the animals.
If you'd like to support the ACT, please check out their website here.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Blog Post about Blog Posts

Maria over at Maria's Book Blog (which is awesome!) has a couple of very cool posts I want to share.

First: To celebrate her facebook page hitting 800 likes (WOO HOO!), she's doing a giveaway!  The giveaway includes ebooks for a bunch of authors, some signed author swag and signed paperback books.  (Future Letters is one of the ebooks to be given away.) To enter her giveaway please click here.

Second: Maria has been doing some Meet the Author posts.  One of her recent ones featured me!  In addition to talking about me, my giveaway (which is still going on) and Future Letters, there's also a peek at the Nine Days synopsis along with a picture of the inspiration behind two of the characters.  To check this post out click  here.

Hope you're all having a great weekend and have a good week.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

"Can I have your autograph?"

Why yes, yes you can!
Thanks to a reminder from Tawnya over at One More Chapter, I can now autograph ebook copies of Future Letters.  I did my first two this morning (which were also my first two autographs I've done for someone I didn't know).  Authorgraph is a great idea.  Only negative - if you want Laura-Glue (who was the inspiration behind the character Skylar) to pawograph your copy for you that can still only be done on the hardcopy version of the book.
It works for all e-readers.  So if you'd like an ebook autograph my author page on Authorgraph is here.  

And while we're on the subject of Laura-Glue's paw print...  Here's a picture of her pawographing the banner for Pink Paw Prints (our Komen Race for the Cure Team).

Have a great day everyone!

Saturday, April 13, 2013

All Sorts of Giveaways!

Other Giveaways
There are some other authors I know that are also currently doing giveaways.  To help them along, I decided to post links to their giveaways as well mine.  So check them out, check mine out if you haven't already and Good Luck!

I am a reader not awriter - No Strings Attached Giveaway (with a list of 68 other sites who are part of the giveaway hop)
Ysabel Wilde


Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Thanks for the Likes Giveaway!

My author page has over 200 likes.  Future Letters has hit 100.  As promised here's my very first rafflecopter giveaway!  This giveaway will run for two weeks.

The Prizes:
One, signed, first edition paperback of Future Letters, and an ebook copy of the current edition.

Five ebook copies of Future Letters.

a Rafflecopter giveaway
Thanks again for all your likes.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Like Me! :-)

My facebook page just reached 200 likes!! Thanks for all the love everyone! Future Letters almost has 100 likes.  It's time to celebrate!

Once the page for Future Letters hits 100, I'll be hosting a give away!  The prizes include one signed First Edition of Future Letters and an ebook copy of the current edition (in your choice of format), and an additional FIVE ebook copies will be given away.

So if you haven't already- please like my facebook pages (H.R. Willaston and Future Letters), please follow me on Twitter, please check me out at Goodreads.

I'll post the rafflecopter giveaway once Future Letters hits 100 (which should be very soon.)

Catching Up

Catching Up.
A lot's been going on since I last posted.  So, here's a little update.

I've been hard at work on getting my next book Nine Days out into the world.  It's currently in its first hard copy edit stage and being edited by my husband Scott and me.  My goal is to have the second hard copy edit ready for Monkey Boy Editing by the end of the school year (so, the end of May).  The front cover art is done, the back cover art is being worked on by Big Mike and the synopsis is being tweaked hopefully to perfection.  I'm really excited (and terrified) about this story making its way into the world.

Los Angeles Central Library
My wonderful husband took me to the Central Library in Los Angeles, CA back in February.  This is the library that inspired Lilianna Gregor's 18th birthday trip in Future Letters.  The place was incredible!  Just like Lil said - I'm pretty sure I could live there forever and be completely happy.  To check out more pictures from our library visit click here.

Fairy Realm
Last week we took a Dylan and Lil type camping trip to Cambria, CA.  We already go there as much as we can, but this was our first camping trip of the year.  During this camping trip I tried to take Dylan Mead's Fairy Realm picture.  For an amateur with no training at all here's what I came up with (pictured on left).  To see more pictures of our Lil and Dylan style camping click here.

Our next adventure will hopefully be to the San Francisco Indie Authors Event in June.  I'm super excited about this.  There will be so many amazing authors there!  Maybe I can get a few books signed. ;-) This will also be our first "pup free trip" since getting Laura-Glue.  She will *not* be pleased about this, but we'll see what happens.

So, for now it's back to work tomorrow after two weeks off (Spring Break and vacation!) with seven weeks until my seniors graduate, lots of reading (current reading list: The Indigo King by James A. Owen, City of Bones by Cassandra Clare, Stay by Jennifer Silverwood, Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl and To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee), editing and writing for Nine Days and some mapping for book one of a new project - Elementals - (my first try at fantasy/paranormal writing).

So, what are you reading?