Friday, November 06, 2009

A Giveaway and a Seasonal Tale

What do you say we rip a page from Christmas morning and tear right into the gifts first thing?

In case you weren't around yesterday, I'm giving away away two autographed sets of my YA novels, The Chrysalis and Drink the Rain. The first set will go to the winner of a random drawing of New/Future Followers who come aboard during the week that began yesterday and continues through next Thursday. So if you're not yet a Follower, here's your opportunity.

If you've already been following, don't fret. I've got a second set of books for one of you! For a chance to win, all you have to do is comment to this post and just like that, you're entered into the giveaway. These books sets would make ideal gifts for the young adult reader in your life. Or you can just keep them for yourself--you decide! I will be happy to sign them with the inscription of your choice. I'll announce the winner one wwek from today.

So to re-cap: if you don't follow already, then let's remedy that. Viola--you're entered. If your "followership" began prior to yesterday, your comment here will be your entry. Let the fun begin!

Just Like Your Favorite Infomerical--That's Not All!

There's a lot of seasonal action underway these days, and I'm not just referring to the hasty pounce retailers have made on the Christmas season.

Stray jack-o'-lanterns and the occasional roadside dum-dum serve as daily reminders that Halloween hasn't even fully exited the social arena--and with Thanksgiving waiting a mere two weeks in the wings, one can stand on virtually any street corner in America and witness pilgrims cavorting recklessly with elves and reindeer under the watchful gaze of a tardy grim reaper.

It's unsettling, really, this wanton intermingling of frivolity. Personally, I'm for strict regulation of inter-holiday commerce. Costumes and candies should enjoy a grace period into early November, handing the show over to the pilgrims and Indians around mid-month. As suggested by the format of the traditional Macy's parade, the North Pole should be ushered in on Tom Turkey's tail feathers.

Which means I'm a little conflicted by the fact that I'm about to add to the multi-holiday chaos. See, I've got a little something for my readers that it just doesn't seem right to withhold. Sort of like the Santa socks you receive on New Year's Eve, or the ornament you open on January 1st, this is the kind of thing you should be enjoying all season long. And I want you to share it, too, and knowing that it can take awhile for things to circulate around cyberspace, I think we'd better get started.

The following link is to a short story I wrote as a Christmas gift to my readers. It is not a part of either of my novels, but it is a stand alone story set in the world of the books that serves as a good introduction to my protagonist, Christina and the gang at Camp Edson, where the entirety of the first book and some of the second plays out. What's even better is that it's a story that should get your thoughts moving in the right direction this holiday season--no matter which one you're currently celebrating.


Jade @ Tasting Grace said...

I've been following you via RSS feed, so I'm not sure if that counts, but I just added myself on Google Friend connect just in case. Your books sound awesome. I didn't even know you were published! Congrats on that! I'm hoping to be too, one of these days...if I can just get someone to fall in love with my novel. :) (Albeit, I've only tried one agent so far. I know I just need to keep trying.)

Jade @ Tasting Grace said...

P.S. Thanks for the short story. It was very sweet! I loved the ending.

5thsister said...

Thanks for posting early enough for me to reply! I'm in!

Kathleen said...

"stand on virtually any street corner in America and witness pilgrims cavorting recklessly with elves and reindeer under the watchful gaze of a tardy grim reaper."

Love this line.

Off to read your short story!

Kathleen said...

Wow! I love your description. And I LOVE the ending!

L.B. said...

not only are the books excellent, the artwork on the cover of Drink the Rain makes me smile every time I see it.

nooshling said...

All I can say is "Wow!"
But that never stopped me! Your wordgifts are presents I love to unwrap all year long, honey. Thanks for the story :-)

Holly said...

I love reading your posts everyday! I am going to read the short story once the kiddo is at school. Yeah!


Charisse and Holly said...

I know I need to start diving in...because in the past my goal was to have Christmas shopping done by 12/ that I could actually enjoy December. Don't think it is happening this year...Nope! Thanks for coming by. Holly at LLL

Jen said...

Your comment about ushering in Christmas on the day after thanksgiving was interesting.. since i know you spend an entire week on Thanskgiving.. which I've always appreciated. Some of my favorite memories with you are being at your house around the holidays. Hopefully we will be able to stop by a few times this year... I haven't read the short story yet, but I know it'll be great.

Btw, anyone who hasn't read Cindy's novels.. they are awesome.. I couldn't put them down!! Highly recommend them for any young women you may know.

Cynthia@RunningWithLetters said...

These comments are all such a blessing to me. I read many of them while I was in the waiting room of the hospital while Mr. RW Letter's knee surgery...and it was like having a bunch of friends in the waiting room with me--thanks!

Erin M. said...

I'm about to read the excerpt of your Christmas story, but quickly wanted to let you know there's something for you at my blog today!

Jade @ Tasting Grace said...

Oh, I hope Mr. RW Letter's surgery goes well. My thoughts are with your family.

Raoulysgirl said...

I'm visiting from The Mother Load! Your title caught my eye and I had to jump over and check out your blog! I'm a new follower!!!

Anonymous said...

new follower!

stop over and visit when you have a chance!


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