To Whom It May Concern—
There are, within the bounds of our very own world, monsters. They live among us, some in the dark and most—contrary to popular belief—in the daylight. They sport fur and fang, if one is fortunate enough to merit such obvious strangeness, yet they also wear the face of familiarity. Madmen. Murderers. Politicos of fiendish design. You may doubt the veracity of these words, yet never should you question the motives to which I implore you: good sir, gentle lady, do not trust so easily. Whether you walk in the dark or stride in the light, you must never let down your guard.
Whether the tools of these monsters are of supernatural origin or alchemical design, whether the plots hatched and schemes unleashed come of science or idle boredom, lust for power or revenge—whether they stem from a love torn too early or a hatred borne of a thousand generations—the details matter less than the motives to which they are applied.
I beseech any who read these words and understands that of which I speak to look for the Ministry in London’s own. As long as this stalwart organization stands, humanity does not totter on the brink of subjugation or extermination. Peculiarities will not go unseen. If you or a loved one has experienced a matter the likes would see you placed in Bedlam by them what don’t understand, my counsel is as such: steady on, fine soul, and seek the Ministry’s help. What plagues you will provide fodder of academic and no doubt heroic entertainment for them.
Do not wait, do not doubt yourself. Most of all, do not walk alone.
Yours in good faith,
Cherry St. Croix
I’m over at Bitten by Books talking with, as, and for the St. Croix Chronicle’s Cherry. There’s a contest, a great Q&A opportunity, and ninja monkeys. Well, somewhere. We think.
Everyone saw the disaster area my writing space was. With Ritz crackers taking up space next to a jar of peanut butter (and why not?), and all kinds of hazardous materials around, I used the challenge in last You Better Work Monday’s to clean up. While I’m not completely done, I did get pretty far!
So close to completion, I can taste it!
What about you? (more…)
It’s Monday, and, folks, there is shit to do.
No more excuses. The world might be content to hover just out of view for a little while, but that grace period only extends so far. From depression to less than savvy time management skills, from too many projects to too few, there just isn’t enough time in the day to keep sorting through the whys and why-nots.
It’s you and me, today. We’ve got projects to work on. Let’s make this happen. (more…)
Those of you who get my newsletter are super special blessed! As you know—and as those of you who haven’t quite graduated up to full-scale invasion* now know, and you should totally sign up!—I ran a contest over Labor Day weekend. The entries that came in were pretty spectacular!
As the newsletter says, the goal was to come up with brilliant ideas to place beneath IllustratedMe’s upraised Captain Morgan-pose foot. Let’s look at the ideas that welled up from the depths of your collective disturbed psyches, shall we?
Justine suggests: a steampunked to gilt & hilt Victorian typewriter, with some coiled, clever levers & knobs, & forward pointing, pivoting holder for your lady’s punked gun, to shoot any flamers down. ;)
Kristen offers: A steam punk trunk tipped on it’s side perhaps spilling some lovely items she might use.
Kayleigh let the creative juices flow!
- A half-clockwork, beat from the heart snake. Fangs on display, winding up a leg; poised to take a bite – symbolic of opening a book and being seduced from reality for a time.
- A cut-off bar stool hooked with a countdown calendar hanging like scroll-work, gilded with neon lettering/symbols.
- A pierced skull with a slogan etched across cheekbones and a colour-tinted goggle strapped over one eye socket.
- A heart-rate monitor that interprets beats as ink, possesses a mirror exterior, and a column of coins on both sides of a balance scale – one higher than the other.
- A mechanical half-collapsed ship – webs for sails, cannon balls readied, and a cat snuggled around your foot, miffed at chirp-chirp engineered birds flitting around.
- A ball and chain wrapped around an ankle – and slung over it: keys to certain mysteries hung and tied on criss-crossed whips. … Gunpowder smeared shackles rooted to a dilapidated birdcage, the inhabitant long gone and contents strewn.
Whew! Way to go, Kayleigh, that’s some strong imagery there, no?
On Twitter, the ideas just kept piling up under, well, foot!
@LisasLovesBooks went where we all wanted to: Your foot should be propped on a sexy guy’s butt!
@DustMiteBunny has a flash of brilliance: Oh! How about some kind of steam-punk gremlins that are either evil (and you defeated them) or their your minions! And then, later: You should have your foot on a steampunk octopus. When that wasn’t enough, she makes the ultimate sacrifice: I’ve got it! ME! I’ll hold a sign that either says “Karina’s #1 Fan” or “Karina’s #1 Stalker.” :D
@BooksofBounty goes ladylike: a victorian- era-velvet-with-gold-tassles-hassock (because even a steampunk princess needs some velvet and tassles)
@Michel_Lee_King likes the aesthetic: My idea for
#underfoot is an old fashioned trunk with a massive lock on the front in the same cog/gear styling as the likeness. Antique-ed?
And lastly, Pam keeps it classic: you should have foot propped up on stack of BOOKS!!!
One Metric Screwton of Books, Coming Up!
I get to pick the first winner, yay! Going over everything, I can’t tell you how tickled I was to get all these suggestions. In the end, while I love all of them, I’m going to have to go with the shameless self-aggrandization that made me laugh out loud when I read it.
DustMiteBunny, in gratitude for your selfless sacrifice of self and dignity, you are winning a metric screwton of books! Used and unused; YA, paranormal, category romance and more! All yours. Congratulations!
What’s Really Underfoot?
So who actually had the best idea for the artwork? Stay close, my delicious co-conspirators. I’ve sent these to the amazingly talented artist and we’ll see if any of them work for the design. We won’t know for a little while, but once it’s up, I’ll send a shout-out to the winner and everyone!
* Newsletter Correction: The newsletter says that Gilded is out 12/26/2013—that is an error. Gilded will be out 12/26/2012; this December.
After racking up all the trivia entries (you guys are so on it!), I’ve drawn a random number and unlocked the achievement of Caged Deathmatch!
Who won? Ta da!
Carla Gallway, you have won an advanced reading copy of Blood of the Wicked. It should arrive to you very soon!
I shall be sending out all other prizes soon, so keep your eyes on the mail. Cheers everyone! The bonus here is that you learned a little extra treat that will matter as you read on in the series. Can you put the connections together?
In this corner, weighing in with abs of steel and eager for love, please welcome… Blood of the Wicked!
And in this corner, weighing in at none of your goddamned business and reigning champ at I will cut you for that ARC is…
…Well? Is it you? You tell me!
One Last ARC
I have in my grabby little paws the very last ARC of Blood of the Wicked. It’s sad and alone, a lonely little book with no more friends to keep it company. It needs a good home. Do you have room on your bookshelf for the very last of a kind?
Because I’m running a contest, see. And if you want to get your hands on this ARC, you’re going to have to enter in the contest. The winner will get this ARC, signed to them (or the name of their choice), and it will get to them before the release date of May 31, 2011. So you’ll get to read it before the rest of the world!
But wait, there’s more! The prize also includes two signed cover flats from Blood of the Wicked and Lure of the Wicked, each signed by me (as opposed to some other monkey, you know).
Baby want some candy?
Okay, baby, here’s the rules…
To enter into the drawing to win, just do this:
- You’ll need to have read Before the Witches, and there are a couple ways to have done so. I’ll let you work it out (hint: Facebookers may want to check out the Avon Facebook page…)
- You have until Friday, May 20th.
- Answer the following trivia question via email in order to be entered into the drawing: What is the name of Officer Jake’s oldest daughter?
Include your mailing address. Everyone who gets the answer right will get a bookmark and bookplate, just for fun!
I will draw the winner on Friday, May 20th.
Comments are closed due to the spoilery nature of this contest, so if you have any questions, just send them via email. Good luck! I hope you win!