Tuesday, December 11, 2012


Here is my first contest everyone!  It begins on 12/12 and ends on 12/17.  It's my first Rafflecopter attempt and I'm sure it won't be the last.  Good luck everyone!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Sunday, December 9, 2012

"The Next Big Thing"

I was lucky enough to host author Maria DeVivo's interview for the blog tour called "The Next Big Thing."  This is when authors take part in a round-robin interview, talk about their work, upcoming stuff, and give shout-outs to other authors!  Here's Maria's post.  Enjoy!

I was recently tagged as part of The Next Big Thing, a writers' blog journey, by Stephanie Osborn. Her blog can be found at http://stephanie-osborn.blogspot.com/

As per Stephanie, who gave it to me:

Hey there! Here are the questions for The Next Big Thing...your post will go up not this Monday, but next Monday. :)

Rules of the Next Big Thing

***Use this format for your post

***Answer the ten questions about your current WIP (work in progress)

***Tag five other writers/bloggers and add their links so we can hop over and meet them.
Ten Interview Questions for the Next Big Thing:

1) What is the working title of your book? 
I don't currently have a WIP.  My debut novel, The Coal Elf, was released on November 15th, 2012, and I'm in the process of doing promotion for that novel.
2) Where did the idea come from for the book?
I was teaching at a Catholic school in NY and it was our 7th grade holiday party. I wore a black Santa hat and my students said "You look like a bad elf!" And the idea just clicked. What do we know about the elves that mine coal for the bad kids? NOTHING! It just made sense that their story needed to be told!
3) What genre does your book fall under?
Young Adult Dark Fantasy
4) Which actors would you chose to play characters in a movie rendition?
That's a hard question.  When I "see" the movie version in my head, I see it as a CG-type of film only because the world of the North Pole is so whimsical, that I'm not so sure real-life sets/actors could carry it over.  But not animated like "Brave", but more along the style of the recent "Beowulf" movie a few years back.  I think Emma Stone LOOKS exactly like how I envisioned Ember.  If Reese Witherspoon's daughter, Ava, ever gets into acting, she's also be a good look-a-like for Ember.  Sturd is different, altogether!  He's definitely a character that would be solely in the hands of CGI!
5) What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Yes... Santa is real... but this isn't your childhood Christmas tale!
6) Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
I'm represented by The Carolyn Jenks Agency, and the novel was published by Twilight Times Books.
7) How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
From start to finish... 8 weeks.
8) What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Not much. It's very dark and twisted. Loosely resembling The Lightning Thief where Riordan morphs classic mythology. The Coal Elf is very Tim Burton-ish.
9) Who or what inspired you to write this book?
My husband and my brother Justin. They were my driving forces from start to completion.
10) What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
Santa is not who you think he is, and life at the North Pole isn't always gumdrops and puppy dogs!
I'm tagging:  Scott Eder, Dan Springer, and Jake Bonsignore.
~Maria DeVivo


Tuesday, December 4, 2012


As we get closer to the Big Night, things around town really start to heat up!  On Dec. 7th, I'm going to be a part of my very first contest/giveaway, so be sure to keep your eyes out for that. 

Then, on December 10th, author Maria DeVivo will be guest blogging right here as part of "The Next Big Thing"! 

This time of year usually gets me all sentimental and pensive.  I like to think about "constants" that have been in my life.  They're like warm blankets to curl up under in my brain.  When I was younger, I hate to admit this, but my sister, Ginger, was a constant in my world.  She did this thing every morning where she had to stand in front of the mirror and make this awful clicking noise with her mouth.  She would only do this for a few minutes, and it grated on my every nerve, but when I left for the Mines and woke up lonely in my den, the absence of that horrific sound was worse than the sound itself. 

As time passed, my new constant became my pick axe... Delilah.  The sound as she chips away at the hard rock of the caverns is rhythmic, soothing, melodic... like a mouth making a ritualistic clicking sound in front of teh mirror....

Not up on your pick axe knowledge?  This might help you get a better vision...


Friday, November 30, 2012

Thanksgiving Day Rush

I don't know what it is about Thanksgiving Day, but you humans sure do love your food and parades.  It's very hectic in the Mines this time of year as well.  What, with all the last minute checking and double checking, it's enough to make someone go bonkers!  I suppose the same holds true for you guys as well.  There's much to prepare for.  Shopping, wrapping, cooking, baking, mining... call it what you will, there are so many rituals and ceremonial-like goings on in order to get ready for that one special day. 

So, as I was surfing the world wide web (do you people even call it that anymore?)  I stumbled across this cute little recipe.  My world is surrounded by coal... actual COAL... but if you were thinking of bringing some of my world into yours, here's a recipe for some homemade candy coal.  Even if your loved ones were good this year and are definitely on the nice list, wouldn't this be a funny little reminder that they COULD be on the naughty list? 

Believe it or not, this is a picture of CANDY... check out the Sprinkle Bakes site to see how it's done!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Contest on my Mind....

Thinking thinking thinking.... How can we celebrate the upcoming Big Night together?  Got a quiz/trivia game storming in my mind.  Stay tuned for more details!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

47 Days til The Big Night

New to this blogging business.  Here's my place for you to ask me what you will.  Leave me a comment or two and feel free to ask me whatever it is you wish.  Maybe through our dialogue you can have a better understanding of where I'm coming from and vice-versa.

Maybe we'll soon see that we're not so different after all!