Hey, did you hear?! “A Book Without Dragons” was voted Online Book Club’s SciFi book of the year! To celebrate, I’m giving away three paperback copies. Click the link below to enter (Giveaway is open for one week, winners will be notified via e-mail.)
Thank you everyone who voted, and everyone who is following my author journey ^_^ Things are really getting exciting!
I met Olivia Berrier at Confluence in Pittsburgh last year and picked up the printed format of her short story The World That Forgot How to Dance (Fantasy 72 pages).
“Dancing destroyed a village … Ellsie lives in a world where magic is controlled by dancing, and both have been illegal for the past three centuries. No one really knows what happened when the village of Laenin was leveled, but the magic of dancers hasn’t been trusted since. The world is better off, they say. The loss of dancing is a fair price for protection against magic so powerful and unexplainable. Ellsie, however, still dances in secret, and she figures she can’t be the only one.”
I read this as a break from a lot of really intellectually and academically heavy work I’m involved with because of a class right now and it was a welcome break. This book also…
Merry Christmas, everyone! I put together a quick holiday character meme for anyone in need of some winter-themed chuckling. Just pick five characters (could be either your own, or from fandoms you like), write them down, and substitute their names into the following questions. Feel free to share your answers in the comments or post them on your own blog if you want!
Of the characters on your list, who would most appreciate the following gifts?
– A high-end coffee maker
– A year’s supply of lollipops
– A tree planted in their honor in the rainforest
– A large bottle of whiskey
– A mason jar of fake blood
(5) is given the choice of wearing either antlers and a red nose, or a hideous sweater with blinking lights. Which does he/she pick and is he/she pleased with the situation?
I got my first Christmas card in the mail! In the midst of being super excited, I had an idea: What if my characters could send out cards to YOU?
So, here’s the deal – all you have to do is fill out the form below and you will receive in the mail a personalized, handwritten holiday card from a character of your choosing. I’m including a ‘special requests’ spot in the form, in case you want to ask your chosen character any questions. (ps – if you don’t have a specific character in mind, leave it blank and I’ll choose for you!)
Okay, let’s do this! I want to send some cards ^_^
Each Halloween, I like to play dress up with my characters, throw them in a room together, and see what happens. Here’s a snippet of this year:
The box had arrived outside Zabby’s door a week ago, wrapped in bright orange paper with a black satin ribbon. The card instructed her, as always, to wait until Halloween to open it (though Zabby doubted many people actually followed this rule.)
She set it on her dresser and wondered throughout the week which costume the author had chosen for her this year, but none of her guesses were correct. When she opened it, she found a crisp policewoman uniform, and a note from the author’s alter-ego.
We’re trying something different this year. Each of you is dressing up in the profession of another character. Have fun!
I don’t know how many of you are familiar with Online Book Club(it’s pretty awesome, though. It’s kinda like Goodreads, but with more emphasis on talking to other readers.) I bring it up because I recently had A Book Without Dragonsreviewed on their website, and I was just so flattered and delighted with what Ashley Simon had to say about it!
In particular, I loved her impression of my dear, darling Willow:
“And finally, there’s Willow Ayers. Willow likes to think of himself as an ordinary guy who loves fantasy novels. But he’s also the guy who invented Unitime. And when the system breaks down, people everywhere turn their eyes to him. He’s the only one who can fix Unitime and restore order to their world. But Willow’s in hiding, and he doesn’t seem to be making a whole lot of progress. In fact, some people would say he doesn’t really want Unitime to be fixed at all. Or does he?”
Ashley Simon, Online Book Club reviewer
With a novel as unusual as ABWD, it just warms my heart when I see a reviewer who really understands what I was attempting, and seems to have taken something positive away from the experience.
Willow picked at his stiff collar and tie, wishing not for the first time that Troy would have agreed to apply for the grant alone. Troy was so much better at this sort of thing.
Troy was charismatic and had a kind of trustworthy voice that made people sure that he was smart enough to accomplish exactly what he said he wanted to do. Willow had the kind of voice that made people wonder how he had managed to graduate at all. If they didn’t get the grant, it would be Willow’s fault. He was sure of it.
Troy emerged from the washroom and joined Willow on the bench. “I have a great feeling about this, Will,” he said, leaning against the wall with both hands tucked behind his head. Willow wondered how he managed to still have such a range of movement available to him when dressed formally. Willow felt like he was in a body cast.Read the rest of this entry →
From afar, blue jays are beautiful to look at, but DO NOT mess with them! Seriously, have you ever been dive-bombed by a blue jay? It’s pretty scary. I could have picked a hawk or something for Jasper, but the blue jay fits better, because 90% of the time, Jasper is just a really chill guy. However, in the presence of a real threat, I absolutely wouldn’t want to get in his way.Read the rest of this entry →
Ralph stepped into the kitchen and found his wife sitting at the table, eyes pinched shut, hunched over a piece of paper. This wouldn’t have been especially odd, except that it was the middle of the night, and she hadn’t even turned on the lights in the room.
“Bethany? What are you…?”
She groaned and slapped the pen she’d been holding down on the table. “I can’t remember.”
Ralph sat down at the table as well, peering at her in the darkness. “You mean you were sleepwalking?”
“No,” she said. “The story idea. I had a dream, and thought it might be a good story, so I came down here to make notes and then… nothing.”Read the rest of this entry →
“I’ll tell you, dude, you missed an awesome party,” Jasper announced when he finally returned to the room that night. It happened that Willow was still awake, but he got the impression that Jasper would have delivered his statement whether or not anyone was alert enough to hear it.
“Yeah, I’ll cry about it later,” Willow grumbled, blinking rapidly and trying to refocus on the book he was holding.
“Seriously,” Jasper went on. “Crazy good.”
Willow looked up with suspicion-narrowed eyes. He was just noticing how much Jasper was using phrases like ‘awesome’ and ‘crazy good.’ It was an infrequent day that Jasper used words like that, and when he did, he normally reserved them for something a little more worthy than a dance party. “Something wrong?” Willow asked.Read the rest of this entry →
If we were having coffee this weekend,you would have a hard time finding a place to set down your cup. My tables, desks, counters, floors… all of them would be covered with papers and notebooks and calendars.
I would give you an embarrassed shrug and explain that I am currently trying to organize my year. You might choose to point out that my ‘organization’ looks very similar to ‘chaos,’ and I would wholeheartedly agree with you.
I’d clear a spot for us on the couch, and explain that I’m working on lining up conventions for 2017. The process tends to be overwhelming since there are so many options out there. I would ask you if you had any recommendations for conventions near your hometown, since I find word of mouth far less intimidating than Internet searches.
But not all of the papers are for conventions. You would also see pages of my latest manuscript, splashed with highlighting and crawling with comments and corrections.Read the rest of this entry →
I was taking a walk with my iPod, browsing for soul songs— [Hannah – You should prooobably explain what you mean by that, Liv.] [Me – Good point, thanks.]
Music has always been very important… [Hannah – no, not here. In a separate page with a linky thing. Like you do with my name.] [Me – Why?] [Hannah – Because you tend to be really long-winded, and I don’t want you to take up the whole blog post with the explanation.] [Me – Okay, fine.]
This post features characters from The World That Forgot How to Dance Drabble type – Canon
Timeline – after the book Contains Spoilers
I’ve had a few people contact me after reading The World That Forgot How to Dance, to tell me that they were curious about what happened to Ellsie and Lester after the book. So, since it’s February, here is a drabble of the two of them sharing their first Valentine’s Day together. Enjoy!
As soon as they saw how lovely the party room was, Ellsie gave a short laugh and skipped inside. Lester lingered at the door, smiling. He loved moments like this, where Ellsie got so excited about something that her feet forgot the process of walking and could only remember how to dance.
She spun around twice, and then looked back at Lester and gestured widely to make sure he noticed that the room was, indeed, pretty.
“I see,” he said. “It’s perfect.” Internally, he was directing the compliment at his girlfriend rather than the room they were standing in, but couldn’t find a way to tell her this without feeling really cheesy, so he let it go.Read the rest of this entry →
Cats didn’t like Willow nearly as much as he wanted to like them. They were so universally considered mystical and secretive, and anyone loved by cats tended to have something unique about them. Given that, Willow couldn’t be particularly surprised that he didn’t easily attract feline companions. But it made him sad all the same.
This particular one was scraggly and thin, and Willow just happened to have a cheese stick in his pocket, so his odds were much better than the average day as he approached the cat. She paused in her fitful attempts to wash her face and stared at Willow indecisively.
With the minimum amount of crinkling, he stripped the plastic packaging from the cheese and separated a segment. Then he knelt, held it out, and waited.Read the rest of this entry →
If we were having coffee this weekend, we would be drinking it on a couch next to a crackling fireplace, and yet I would still find a way to be upset about Winter. I would tell you how much I miss being outside and feeling the sun. But I would also tell you that I’m working on my dislike of the cold months. I am trying to see them as a time of rest and reflection.
Here is the final installment of my Chapter 0 series forA Book Without Dragons. (Which hits the shelves in less than a week, can you believe it?? Have you been keeping up with your clues for the coupon code? By the way, it is precisely 7:55. Click Hereif you’re not sure what I’m talking about)
Let’s take a look at what Willowwas doing just before the book begins…
Jasper told him to keep the windows covered at all times, but it was a rule that Willow broke at least once a day. It wasn’t that he was claustrophobic or even all that unhappy about being in the hotel suite every day—he was never particularly “outdoorsy”—but he did enjoy seeing the sky.
Willow sat on the floor and eased the heavy curtains away until he saw sunlight. Without meaning to, his mind did some quick calculations to determine if any of his satellites were currently over Chagrin Heights. They weren’t, but one would be orbiting in another hour. He’d have to remember to look out the window again then.Read the rest of this entry →
Well, here we are! In another two weeks, A Book Without Dragonswill be out in the world, and I am so excited! (Also, very sleepy—there’s a lot of behind the scenes work that happens in the home stretch—but mostly I’m just excited.)
And guess what?! I’m inviting you to an online release party. If you’ve never been to an online book release, check out my previous post Here. The party I attended for Coven was lots of fun, so I decided I definitely wanted to host one of my own when A Book Without Dragons was ready.Read the rest of this entry →
Hey there! Do you have a piece of paper handy? You might want to write this down…
My Science Fiction Novel, A Book Without Dragons, is coming out in May, and if you frequent this blog, you probably know that the book has a lot to do with clocks being wrong.
So, here’s the deal: in the coming weeks, I will casually mention something about clocks and say what time it is. Each letter of the alphabet corresponds to a different time (the uber-secret code is given below!) Find the matching letter and write it down. If you collect all 13 in order, they spell out a top-secret coupon that you can use on Etsy to get… wait for it… half off my new book!
Remember how I said each of my five main characters for A Book Without Dragons is written in their own unique writing style? (No? Never fear, I’ll get you up to speed – Click Here).
Well, I thought it would be fun to write a post where I put each of them in the same situation and then write a micro-scene of their reactions in their individual writing style. So, here is what my five characters did when they found a lost teddy bear in the park…
Bethany (2nd Person, Present Tense)
It looks like a balled-up sweater from a distance, but when you get closer you realize it’s a stuffed bear, and just like that, you are having a terrible day.Read the rest of this entry →
Hey, Everyone! This is not so much a neat piece of “Internet” as a neat piece of the world. I absolutely LOVE that this exists. It’s called ‘Bookcrossing’ and it’s essentially turning the whole world into a library.
You’re sitting in a coffee shop, enjoying your favorite chai latte. You look over to the table next to yours and think, “Oh, how sad! Someone has forgotten their book.” You pick up said book, thinking to give it to the manager in case the owner comes back looking for it.
We are a mere 4.5 months from the release of A Book Without Dragons (can you believe it!!) and I just wanted to give you a heads up about my next round of blog posts.
As you know, I recently did Character Reveals for the five main POV people (well… one of them is a dog…). You can check them in this nifty combined page Here.
So, now that you’ve all met, I decided to give the characters a chance to talk directly to you, the readers. I gave them each the assignment to compose a letter telling the readers about some aspect of the book that they think you should know.
In addition to the letters, I will be posting five “Chapter 0” segments. These are exploring the moments directly before each character’s opening scene, and each will be written in that character’s unique tense / style (Confused about the ‘tense / style’ thing? Click here.)
I’ve been steadily collecting various social media platforms over the past year. (Kind of like a crazy cat lady… oh, just one more…) I figured now might be a good time to just regroup and establish what purpose each of these lovely, cuddly platforms are serving.
So, if you’ve been looking for new and exciting ways to spend time with me on the internet, this blog post is for you! (The titles are all clickable, except for “blog.” Since, y’know… you’re already here…)
Blog: I update the blog weekly with any of the following: insights to my writing process, announcements, interviews with characters, little stories / crossovers / deleted scenes involving characters, or book reviews. Or whatever else strikes my fancy.
Facebook:I use this one mostly for pictures and for sharing book-related posts. I’ll also share something if it makes me think of a specific character of mine. You’ll also find the occasional old-school status update.Read the rest of this entry →
Did you know that there is such a thing as an online Book Release Party? I didn’t until I was informed by the editor of Coven that we were having one (It’s September 29th! Almost here!), so I did some research and I am SO very glad that this is a thing, because it sounds really fun!
Basic premise: you create an event page on Facebook for the date of the release. One that day, anyone who wants to can show up and post questions to the event page. The authors are on their computers for the duration of the party and answer the questions in real time. Fun stuff!
The whole concept is really intriguing to me, just because I get so delighted when I post on someone’s Facebook and they immediately respond and I realize that we’re both online at the same moment. A release party is going to be a whole day of that magical, warm-fuzzy feeling.Read the rest of this entry →
Ever have one of those days where you wish Olivia Berrier would send a virtual goodie-bag of giveaways and exclusive content right to your inbox? Well, the time has come…
I’m starting an e-mail newsletter, mostly because I realize that not everyone lives on the Internet, and I’d hate for people to miss out on exciting promotions. So, this is not a duplicate of my blog content. It’s just something you’d get every other month or so (maximum of 6 / year) letting you know what’s free, what’s on sale, what’s exciting, and perhaps some exclusive only-available-to-newsletter-subscribers content.
Yes! That’s right, I’ve been coddling this particular idea in secret for quite some time now, but let’s make it official. In May of 2016, I will be publishing another novel. I’ve actually mentioned it once or twice on the blog before, under the code name “Clocks.” (The posts are hereand hereif you wanted to read them.)However, if I’m finally putting this book on the calendar, it’s time to give it a real name. So (I guess let’s call this the Title Reveal? Things always sound more exciting when you put ‘reveal’ after it…) the title of my upcoming novel is:
Giveaway is Now Closed Thanks to all who entered! The randomly selected winner was comment #5: Tina Whitney.
Well, friends, you’ve heard me talk about my story in the No More Heroes anthology (what’s that? You haven’t?! Well feel free to look around…) and now I’m giving some lucky person out there the chance to own the anthology for freeee! *crowd goes wild*
You can check out the Amazon page for more details (including retail value), but here’s the basic premise of the anthology: There was once an epic battle between the superheroes and the supervillains but (plot twist!) the villains won. Which begs the question “What do supervillains do when they don’t have heroes to get in their way?” The anthology is that question answered by many different authors.Read the rest of this entry →