First, the winner of yesterday’s giveaway is:
Please e-mail me to claim your prize!
Now for today’s post…
Today I am pleased to welcome Ann Aguirre to the blog.
Ann’s latest release, Blue Diablo, hits stores April 7!
Here’s a blurb:
Right now, I’m a redhead. I’ve been blonde and brunette as the situation requires, though an unscheduled color change usually means relocating in the middle of the night. So far, I’m doing well here. Nobody knows what I’m running from. And I’d like to keep it that way…
Eighteen months ago, Corine Solomon crossed the border to Mexico City, fleeing her past, her lover, and her “gift”. Corine, a handler, can touch something and know its history—and sometimes, its future. Using her ability, she can find the missing—and that’s why people never stop trying to find her. People like her ex, Chance…
Chance, whose uncanny luck has led him to her doorstep, needs her help. Someone dear to them both has gone missing in Laredo, Texas, and the only hope of finding her is through Corine’s gift. But their search may prove dangerous as the trail leads them into a strange dark world of demons and sorcerers, ghosts and witchcraft, zombies—and black magic…
Now here is Ann…
Interesting on Demand
Six months before release, you start thinking, hm, I need to schedule some guest appearances. So you do that (or you have someone book said appearances for you). You’re happy as a clam, looking at your appearances schedule because it means people want to hear what you have to say. Glee! For those months, you savor the warm fuzzy feeling of being wanted.
Two months before release, you start getting nervous while looking at your appearances schedule. Lo, you have fifteen guest blogs. Can you possibly be interesting on fifteen different occasions? Probably? Maybe. Well, possibly not. But you have a book to write, so you put it from your mind.
One month from release, you examine your calendar again, and say to yourself, holy crap. Self, this is really happening. You’d better come up with something fast.
Unfortunately, your brain has turned to Malt O’Meal from the grueling word count, and all you can think about is how spray-on tan works for old people. I mean, if someone with really serious wrinkles steps into the tanning salon, how do they keep from getting extra dye caught in the creases? Maybe old people don’t do spray-on tan? Then you chastise your brain for being so obviously damaged, demented and deranged. That’s right—the triple-D, which isn’t nearly as impressive as in breastises.
Somehow you manage to stop thinking about spray-on tan and focus for a little while, only to discover your concentration has been fried by the time you spent writing fiction in the morning. See, that’s what you signed on for. Guest blogs are hard! You swore you had something to say six months ago. Pre-book. In some cases, it may have even been three or four books ago.
Self, you need a personality implant, you decide. You know how some people seem effortlessly cool on the internet, radiating charisma and constant witty repartee? Well, that’s not you. You write in your pajamas, and you run errands on Tuesdays. You constantly forget to pull something out of the fridge to make for dinner, and your family wonders if you’re ever going to get a haircut. A few of them suspect you’re insane. Once you get really deep into the book, you mumble as you do household chores. Crazy? No, you’re plotting. Really.
Three weeks before release, you’ve run contests until you start to wonder whether anyone would be interested in your soul, along with a nice Coldstone Creamery gift certificate. Sadly, given the state of your soul, you decide they probably would not.
Anyway, so here I am. If any of this has made you smile I’m glad because according to this study, brain deterioration begins at 27. So apparently I’m lucky I have any neurons firing at all in my thirties.
I think I’m relieved to have a reason for my mental decrepitude! What do you guys think? Is that true? Do you have any weird brain-fart moments that you think could support this hypothesis? If so, what are they? The best / funniest story will win a copy of Blue Diablo.
Thanks Ann for that great blog!
Everyone, as Ann mentioned there is a giveaway today!
Leave a comment answering Ann’s questions to enter.
But wait, there are some special rules for this giveaway:
1) Winner must to post a review online somewhere (Amazon, BN.com, personal blog, etc.) by April 25th and send a link to the online review to Ann (an e-mail addy will be provided to the winner) E.T.A. This rule is no longer a requirement.
2) Winner will be contacted via email, therefore a valid email address must be provided for the comment to be entered in the giveaway
Other than that, anyone can enter.
The winner will be announced sometime tomorrow so be sure to return to see if you won.
And if you want to learn more about Ann and her books visit: http://www.annaguirre.com/
Oh, and before I forget, Ann is having a BIG blowout contest to celebrate the release of Blue Diablo.
Click here for more info.