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Hi, I'm Jamie. I'm a writer, reader, and huge TV junkie. I just might post about all three here on this blog. Have a look around. And if you want, drop me an email and tell me what you think. Thanks for visiting!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

oh yes, I can't wait!

Thanks to Kristan Hoffman, I came across this awesome excerpt to the much anticipated (well, in my mind, anyway!) Kiersten White debut, Paranormalcy.  Seriously guys, go read it...it's great. And check out Kristan's cool website as well (just click on her name above).

another great giveaway!

Head on over to The Write Stuff and enter Megan's awesome giveaway...you could win a FULL manuscript critique! How awesome is that! So go forth and enter!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

2 more giveaways!

Hello all, just a quick note to mention two more awesome giveaways out there. Check out Kirsten Hubbard's cool giveaway here (and peruse her blog while you're at it...it's cool), and go check out YA Highway's awesome giveaway here!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

awesome giveaway!

hey gang, there's a really cool giveaway going on over at la femme readers that you should seriously go check out. It ends June 1, so get over there now and enter for your chance at some really cool prizes!

oh what a night!

So Saturday brought record heats to the south, but I wasn't feeling it. Nope, I was nice and comfy inside Page & Palette bookstore eagerly awaiting the arrival of one Richelle Mead.

The crowd grew - both in size and buzzed anticipation - as Ms. Mead made her way into the "spotlight" for some great reading and Q& A...she's so tiny!

This is the first author signing I've attended and I must say, it was a blast! So much fun to be in the company of people who love books as much as I do. You could feel the energy in the place as the night drew to a close - no one wanted it to end (except maybe for Richelle Mead, of course!).

I chose not to take my camera - a last-minute decision I now regret. I didn't want to seem overly eager or weird, mainly because I consider myself a bit "old" for the YA crowd. But once I got there, I saw that a great number of people in the group were closer (or past) my age and they were flashing cameras around like dollar bills at a strip club. So I would've been fine. (** note to self: next time don't worry about how goofy/ridiculous/out of place you'll look and take your dang camera!)

If you want to see some photos, check out Richelle Mead's blog here.

4 for 1, folks!

Head on over to The First Novels Club and enter for your chance to win 4 signed NYT Bestselling novels! That's right, guys...four of 'em! So what are you still doing here? GO...NOW!

Monday, May 24, 2010

ARC giveaway

I know I said I'd post about the signing on Saturday, and I will (promise!)...but wanted to quickly let you guys in on a contest over at Frenetic Reader...go forth and enter!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

another question for you guys...

You all were so helpful with my last conundrum that I thought, "what better group to pose another toughie to?" So here goes.

My MC, Everly, has to complete a task in order to save her own life. This task is very time-consuming (So time-consuming, in fact, that I plan on extending this into a trilogy), and the question I seem to be stumped on is whether or not to begin my story with Everly already in the midst of trying to accomplish said goal (i.e. 10 apples out of 100 found) or have her just beginning. I tend to lean toward putting her in the thick of it, that way she's already deep in the intensity of trying to reach the finish line.

Am I wrong? Should I begin with Everly going about her normal day until the problem falls into her life and she has to find a way to solve it? Or should I have her elbows-deep in the middle of trying to survive?

Where would you begin?

Saturday, May 22, 2010

author sighting!

Tonight I get the immense pleasure of seeing (up close and in person) the fabulous author of the Vampire Academy series, Richelle Mead!

She's coming to Mobile, where she'll be speaking and signing at Page and Palette, a wonderful family-owned bookstore.  If you happen to live in the area (and you happen to be a reader of my blog) then come on out and show your support!  It's gonna be fun, I'm sure!

I'll do my best to get some pics for all to see...but don't hold me to it!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

boy or girl?

So I know it's been a few days since I was last on here, and for that I apologize. That thing called life got in my way!  But I'm back, and with a question I hope can be answered here.

My writing genre of choice is YA paranormal. I absolutely love reading it and writing about it...but I'm torn over my MC. Should I write from the perspective of a boy (since I was once, many moons ago, a boy) or does it matter? Will potential readers enjoy the story more if they know the author is writing at least from the same sex?

Help me out here, folks. What do you guys think? Should I stick with the current female lead I have, or should I send her on her merry way and replace her with a male lead?

And what about your MCs?  Are they 100% different from you (in every way!) or do you stick with what you feel you know the most about?

Friday, May 14, 2010

friendly reminder

Today is the last day to try and win a signed copy of "Vampire Academy" ...bidding ends at midnight! So, head on over and place your bids, people! Good luck!

giveaways galore!

Here's another fine giveaway opportunity for my fine readers...go check out Forever Young's signed book giveaway...some really great books are about to be handed out and you could be one of the lucky few to win! So enter now!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

win a vampire!

Weird title, I know. But I'm at work and need to be quick! (hey, don't judge.)

Go here now to try and be the highest bidder for a signed copy of "Vampire Academy" by Richelle Mead! It's an awesome book and an awesome prize...and I'm the one who's offering it up!

That's right, yours truly is giving up his only signed copy for folks in Nashville...so hurry on over and make an offer today!

Monday, May 10, 2010

Holy Giveaway, Batman!

If you're a fan of the sharp-toothed (literally!) villains and heroes, then you have to check out Sara McPlung's awesome giveaway opportunity here!

Trust me...you're gonna love it!

And while you're there, peruse her blog...you're gonna love it, too!

Sunday, May 9, 2010


To all those wonderful Moms out there who have chosen to rip themselves from the characters and settings and plotlines of their current WIPs and spend time with their "real" families, I hope your day is well spent!


Friday, May 7, 2010

all we do is give give give...and we like it!

Autographed copy of your favorite author's latest novel.........$50

Query critique by a real live uber agent...............$50

Phone conversation with a different but equally real uber agent...............$50

Knowing you beat out your writing peers in an online auction to win all this AND helped out your fellow
brothers and sisters in Nashville?..................


Go here and check out the really awesome auction raising mad money to help flood victims in Nashville, TN. Pick your fave, vote to win, then sit back and let the good feelings roll in!


Hey guys check out this awesome blog and even awesomer (huh?) giveaways! Click here to check it out...and good luck!