Friday, September 23, 2011


The winner--by random draw--of the signed copy of Witch Eyes is...

Sara M.!!!

Congratulations, Sara, and thanks for playing! I'll email you with the details. :)

Thanks, everybody! I'll be back sooner than last time.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Win a copy of Witch Eyes!

It's here. *drum roll* The Scott Tracey interview and GIVEAWAY!!

Scott!! Welcome!! 

First, let me say how fabulous it is to have you HERE. We've been part of Team Sparkle together for a couple years and many thousands of emails, but this is our first formal-ish interview. I feel all official now.

So that's not what I'm going to ask you about.

*shrug* It's already  there, right? Today, we are going to have simple FUN. And be silly. And give away a signed copy of your book!

Let's begin.

In Witch Eyes, Braden has magical eyes that let him see through lies and spells. So let's talk about eyes today. Eyes are the most expressive aspect of a person…and the most revealing.

1. Who has the creepiest eyes you've ever seen?
Creepiest eyes ever?  Steve Buscemi.   

Don't believe me?  There is a Tumblr called 'Chicks with Steve Buscemi eyes' and it's traumatizing.

 *Note: Scott is not kidding with the traumatizing. Click on that link AT YOUR OWN RISK.

2. Most beautiful eyes? Male and female?
Oh jeez.  This is always so hard! Matt Bomer for the guy, for sure.  

For the girl, I have two.  Sharbat Gula, for the best 'real person' eyes.  If you don't recognize her name, she was the 'National Geographic cover' girl with the startling green eyes.  She actually comes up (or she used to) when you search "Witch Eyes" on Google Images. 

For the celebrity, I'm going to go with Kristin Kreuk from Smallville (ahem, or Chuck guest star!).  Or Elizabeth Taylor if we're talking old Hollywood.

 3. There's a beautiful shot of Braden's eyes on the cover. Is that what you imagine them looking like? If not, what did you imagine?

If you took a snapshot, that's probably as close as you'd get to Braden's eyes.  Aside from the "witch eyes" aspect of his powers, his eyes are constantly shifting colors, so while his eyes are blue and green on the cover, if you took a shot a second later, they might be brown and gray, or gold and black.  

The lightning is fairly symbolic image of the power of the eyes, because I don't THINK he can shoot lightning out of his eyes (although who knows?  There's always the sequel). ;)

4. Quick, writing short: write me a story, in 50 words or less, about some sort of special eyes.

Whisper Tony was a legend in my town.  Everyone had a Whisper Tony story; my brother swore ours  was true.  He never said a word, and his eyes were like chocolate and arsenic.  With a look, he'd lull you in, and poison you just as fast. 
I miss my brother.

50 words exactly.

5. I'm watching you…in your nightmares, what kind of eyes are following you around in the dark?

I don't have a doll phobia, but when my little sisters were growing up, they had one of those My Size Barbies, right?  And the Barbie stayed in the basement, where the laundry also was.   

So on mornings when I had to go iron my uniform before school (which was almost every morning), I would stumble downstairs, bleary eyed and half asleep, and the first thing to greet me was that doll.  And in those early morning hours, her eyes would follow me.

So if I gripped the iron like it would have to double as a weapon at a moment's notice, that's totally rational.

6. Show time: let's see YOUR eyes. Close up, please.

Now Scott is watching US!!
And he wants to hear from YOU.

Scott is giving away a SIGNED copy of Witch Eyes to one lucky reader. Here are the rules:

1. Contest closes Friday morning, 11 am MST.
2. To enter, comment on this post!
     (1) Include a link to a picture of eyes that affect you in some way: that you love, that creep you out, or intrigue you. Anything.
    (2) Write a 50-word short about eyes and post it here!
One entry added for each of these things. Total of 3 entries possible.

You WANT to win this, you guys!!! 

Trust me.


Monday, September 19, 2011

Scott Tracey is coming here! Tomorrow!


You know Scott Tracey, right?
*hint: Scott is one of the FABULOUS 7-member Team Sparkle, where I spend all my email time.

But do you know that Scott just released his debut book, Witch Eyes?

Well, tomorrow I'm going to give you a chance to find out a little more about Scott, and Witch Eyes...and even win a copy!!

Also eyes. This interview has a lot of Things about Eyes.

Be ready, my friends. Tomorrow!

(also Friday is Tiara Day, don't forget!!)

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

It's been so long since I posted here, Blogger has completely redesigned and I can't figure out where anything is.


How are you all, my lovelies?

I've seen many of you on Twitter and such, which I've been sucked back into been visiting again now and then, so I'm not completely off the map. Just haven't gotten back here.

The good news is that I've been busy with: 

1. Vacation! We went for a lovely, restful week to the Oregon coast and a tiny smidge of a visit to Portland. The week included 3 visits to the science museum, 2 visits to the air & space museum, 2 visits to the Tillamook cheese factory, 2 evenings at the waterpark, 2 days at the beach, 1 steam train ride, 1 jet boat ride, 1 motor boat ride up the river, and lots of fudge, ice cream, and cheese. *happy*

2. Book! Still working away on self-edits for Happy Sauce. I'm doing line-by-line now, which is by turns excruciating and exhilarating. Sometimes I forget what I'm supposed to be doing and just read. I like it when that happens.

3. Back to school/dance/art class. This one's mostly for Child, but it does involve a great deal of parental participation. I admit I might have been a bit late on getting the rides scheduled/tap shoes bought/art supplies ready etc., but I *think* we're there now. And Child wasn't going to audition for Annie, but now she's not sure. We may be adding more to our schedule!

Hope you all are well!! I will try to be back here more often...