Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Excitement and Cheese!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
(Lets celebrate.)
And my favorite way to celebrate is with a new book.

Do you love the feel of paper books? I do. I love curling up with one in bed and diving into the world of imagination. Old books especially get me excited. Pens, pencils and notebooks...well I regularly get lost in the stationary aisle. 

BUT, I love digital books most. They can go anywhere. I don't have to worry about bookmarks or my littles tearing/smudging the pages on accident--OR losing my book. (Which happens ALL THE TIME because we have TOO many "helping" hands around.)

That said, the time has come. 


Moonless is going to be released as a physical book!


This is pretty much me, but with cheese.






So now I'm looking for a little help getting the word out and will be hosting the...


My very first blogfest! Meet my AMAZING co-hosts: Pk Hrezo, Tammy Theriault, and Michael Di Gesu. Is this a party, or what? 

In the English society of 1768 where women are bred to marry, unattractive Alexia, just sixteen, believes she will end up alone. But on the county doorstep of a neighbor’s estate, she meets a man straight out of her nightmares, one whose blue eyes threaten to consume her whole world—especially later when she discovers him standing over her murdered host in the middle of the night.

Her nightmares become reality: a dead baron, red-eyed wraiths, and forbidden love with a man hunted by these creatures. After an attack close to home, Alexia realizes she cannot keep one foot in her old life and one in this new world. To protect her family she must either be sold into a loveless marriage, or escape with her beloved and risk becoming one of the Soulless.

So here's where you come in: If you lived in a society where arranged marriages were a la mode, who would you beg your parents to set you up with? (Literary characters and celebrities welcomed.) Who and why? That's what I want to know on February 10th, so think about it, sign up on my linky list, and make sure to include the hop image in your post.

Oh, and be sure to grab my button and post it on your blog, share it with everyone and let's make it a party! Yay! I can't wait to hear all about your dream matches!

P.S. Come back next week to learn who won Rachel Morgan's Writerly Wednesday Truth or Lie game.

P.P.S. If you missed it, Kate Scott twisted my arm into telling a childhood story, and here's another fun hop featuring CLEAN reads--and guess what? Mary chose to feature Moonless! Yay! Oh yeah, and I just found out I made Robyn's TOP FIVE READS for the year. *gulp* I'm blushing. Seriously blushing. 


95 comments:

  1. Woohoo, congratulations! ^_^ And I love the concept of arranged marriages (the reality, probably not so much), even included one in my current book's plot. So I'll definitely participate in this. Bwa ha ha.

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    1. You know they still use them in India, eh? I'm right there with you on loving the concept, but probably not the execution.

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    2. I work next to gas station and the owner's son is in India right now, picking his wife out of three choices his dad gave him. He's put it off for as long as he can, but I guess no longer. He's a great guy so I just hope he gets a good 'happy ever after' with one of them. We(me & my co-workers) have our fingers crossed for him!

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    3. Oh boy. Here's another set of fingers crossed on his behalf.

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    4. That's... bizarre and interesting and suddenly a whole lot scarier to think about when real people are involved. @_@ And yes, definitely hoping for the best for him and whomever he chooses.

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  2. Congrats on getting paper books (I love paper books!!!).

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  3. What great news! Congratulations!

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    1. Thanks, Dana. It's going to be strange -- in a magical way -- holding a physical copy of my baby.

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  4. Oh, man, I don't have an answer to that!
    I'll think about it.

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  5. Cool! My brain is whirring w/choices right now... So many swoony men! :)

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    1. LOL! Can't wait to see what you come up with.

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  6. Happy New Year and best of luck with your book launch!

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  7. Congrats, I love paper books and ebooks. So yay to both. Happy new year and good luck with your blog tour :)

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    1. Thank you, Joss. The hop is going to be fun.

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  8. Congrats, Crystal! So excited for you.

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  9. Congratulations Crystal! There's just something great about holding a physical book in your hands. Excited for you! :)

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    1. Yay! Thank you, Karen. It's Christmas all over again, eh?

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  10. YaY you! Congrads. That paper book will feel so good in your hands. It'll be divine. :-)

    I signed up pal. I tend to forget these things, so I'm going to write it on the calendar.

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    1. =) Robyn, you are awesomesauce wrapped in a burrito smothered in more awesomesauce.

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  11. So exciting about the physical edition of your book! The blogfest for it sounds like a lot of fun. Looking forward to seeing people's choices for it! :)

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    1. It's going to be interesting, eh? If he wasn't destined for suicide, Nicholas might be a tempting choice. =)

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  12. Congrats! I actually just started reading Moonless on my Kindle but I'd love to help celebrate the paper release. I'm loving it. Yay.

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    1. *happy clap* I'm loving that you're loving it, and so glad to have you on board. *high five*

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  13. Yahoo, finally the print edition!! I'm excited for you! Signing up!

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    1. Stop! You're going to put me into a panic attack. That's right...I actually have to go places and face people once I have a physical book. *gulp*

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  14. How fun! Love the blogfest theme! And yay for print copies! I'll tell you, I've sold more print copies than I've ever expected to. Pretty cool!
    And thanks for your comment about BT. So glad you liked it! You rock for reading it. Okay I'll help spread the word with my next post. And if you need a co-host, just holla!
    Happy New Year!!! :D May 2014 be the best year yet!

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    1. Pk, you rock! Here's to release buddies and the best year so far!

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  15. Crystal, this is all so exciting! So very stoked for you!!! I love reading good news---especially with the New Year energy! :)

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  16. Three cheers for the top 5 reads recognition. That is very awesome. And may you have a wonderful and prosperous 2014 :-)

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    1. Thank you, Angela. Warm wished for you as well!

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  17. Thank you for your lovely comment on my blog... I wish you an amazing New Year Crystal.

    Good look with the book launch, that is so wonderful for you:)

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    1. It is, and all the best to you as well, Launna!

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  18. Woooo excitement!!! Cant wait to post that pretty cover all over my blog :D
    But who to choose? So many faces have graced my laptop desktop...

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    1. Hee hee! I can't wait to see who you pick. =)

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  19. Yaaay, congrats, and cheese! I'm definitely signing up for the blogfest, too. Anything to spread the word about the release. And I really want to write about an arranged marriage with Dave Franco's eyebrows... ;)

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    1. Madeline!!!! I'm so happy to see you here.

      Just his eyebrows? That could get a bit...fuzzy? ;)

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  20. Woo-hoo! Congratulations! What a great way to start off 2014. Happy New Year! I've signed up. Hmm, so many delectable fictional men to choose from. Though my parents had no idea of my tastes, but I'm in control of this one!

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    1. Yes! Christine, I totally need to get over to you blog. Amazing woman, I can't wait to see who you pick. =)

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  21. Congrats!!! That is totally fabulous. And I love the blogfest idea. I have lots of options to chose from... :) (Any chance you could send out an email reminder? So I'm not a total space cadet?)

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    1. Emails will definitely be in order, not to worry. It's going to be a blast!

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  22. Congratulations! OMG Exciting...paper copy, book tour, big time star! Wow!

    I don't know about arranged marriages...I guess it would take the pressure off? I do like to follow direction. I take orders well. If they're the correct orders. I don't take incorrect orders well. :)

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    1. LOL! No incorrect order for you, just an amazing dream match, eh? ;)

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  23. I have your ebook--I prefer them--but that's awesome about the physical book. Woo hoo. :D

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    1. *high five* Ebooks all the way! (With an occasional paper diversion...)

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  24. Love the celebration clips, Crystal.
    It's good to have your book in physical format. I like both, too.
    I hope you'll have many thousands/millions of sales.

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    1. Thanks, Fanny. I picked them out just for you. =D Thanks for the well wishes!

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  25. I'm signed up! I actually have gone completely digital but also love the feel of paper.

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    1. Yippee!

      Right? You're not going to complain about someone handing you a free paper book, but digital is the bread and butter.

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  26. Congrats, Crystal! Looking forward to it.

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  27. Congratulations on your paperback release, and on your first blogfest. I've signed up to spread the word, and I've just noticed I'm number 13 ... As my daughter would say 'dun dun duhhhhhhh!'

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    1. Heck no! 13 is the luckiest number on the roster. Way to land in the happy spot! ;)

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  28. Awesome news, congratulations, and Happy New Year :-)

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  29. Yeh! Congratulations! 2014 is starting out well for you, isn't it? :)

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    1. YES. The whole two days of it thus far. =)

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  30. Congratulations!! That's awesome!
    And the blog hop sounds like a lot of fun! :)

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    1. It definitely will be, and all the funner with you along. =)

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  31. I'm going to have to puzzle over this a while. One name came up, but I'm not sharing yet. :)

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    1. Ooh! She does have a fantasy match in the wings. *happy clap* Can't wait to find out, Libby.

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  32. Woo-hoo! I love physical books. I'm one of those "you can pry my paperback from my cold-dead hands" people so I'm super excited for this!
    I will sign up and post you badge on the blog promptly!

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    1. Yay! So glad to have you along, Bev. *happy dance*

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  33. Congratulations! I am a paperback person (I don't own an ereader) so I think this super exciting! What a wonderful way to start 2014. Best of luck!
    ~Jess

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    1. Thanks, Jess. It's definitely the right way to start the year, eh? =)

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  34. Congrats!

    I hope to share similar news soon. ^_^

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    1. Ooh! Me too. That would fan-tab-u-licious!

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  35. Yay for your book becoming a hard copy! Let me think about who in the world I'd want an arranged marriage with, then I'll sign up for your blog fest. I can't remember if I already wished you Happy New Year. Happy New Year, again! ;0)

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    1. Sounds good, Sherry. I can't wait to see who you come up with.

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  36. Sounds intriguing. I've been cutting back on blogging so I hope I don't forget.

    ........dhole

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  37. Aha Crystal!

    Of course you've been anxiously waiting a comment from shy and oh so humble me. Nothing like the feel, the smell of an actual, physical book. Especially when I'm in a bind. This is great news. Three cheese to you.

    As for blog hops. Um...I hope your like minded lunatics get involved.

    Here's to 2014. I'm going now....

    Gary :)

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    1. Hey, if you're healthy enough to be back on the interwebs, I'll happily take a comment from you, Gary. They always lift my day and make me chuckle. Because you rock. And so do my lunatics, thank you. ;)

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  38. Firstly, I have to tell you how excited I am about your book coming out in paperback. I so wanted to buy it for my 15yr-old daughter for Christmas, only she won't read eBooks. She's a lover of the feel of paper.

    I'll join in on your blogfest. Sounds like fun!

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    1. Yay! I'm sorry I didn't have it out in time for Christmas. You rock, Sherry!

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  39. I just signed up! Looking forward to it. I'll place the badge on my side bar today.

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  40. Signed up and excited for you! I won't let you down this time, I apologize that the last time I offered to support you I got swamped with work and fell out of the blogosphere for four months. Now I know that teaching takes most of my time the in the fall and stress gets the better of me. But I wanted to let you know that I remembered I'd offered to help and that I let you down. This time, I'm in! Love your covers! Christy

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  41. CONGRATS! I love paper books too, more than ebooks, as handy as ebooks are. :) For one thing, I can gaze at the cover any time I want!

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  42. Only a few more days for the big blogging challenge to begin. I'm so excited. are you ready? :-) I've got my belly laughs saved for your blogs.

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  43. A belated congratulations. Read about you on Chrys' site and had to check this post out. I love a good celebration. :) How awesome!

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Hit me with your cheese!