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As The World Turns

And it truly does turn. Just a little while ago I was still getting used to writing dates as 2011 and here we are, nearly at the end of October already, a little over a year away from the official end of the world. For those of you who don’t know, the world will end December 21, 2012. Although I think they have it confused. I think it should be the 20th. You know, 20.12.2012. Right. But until that happens, there’s still stuff to do. For example, National Novel Writing Month is only a handful of days away. A challenge to anyone who has ever wanted to write a novel to write 50,000 words in one month. The trick, they… Read More »As The World Turns

Top Ten Heroes (aka “The List”)

Today is a big day for me. It’s release day for Blood Trails, book 2 in The Blood Series and my second book ever to be published. To say that I’m giddy doesn’t even begin to say it. LOL There is one thing very different in Blood Trails – the hero. Tristan Hunt was beyond intense. But where he was the avalanche, Jeremy Calen is the underground stream that quietly makes its way across the landscape without anyone knowing it until he’s good and ready to show his hand – and then you better watch out. Of course, it doesn’t quite work out that way with his Hailey, but that’s to be expected. This got me thinking, and a discussion with… Read More »Top Ten Heroes (aka “The List”)

Happy Happy Kindle Day

And today it’s Touch 3G vs. Fire: Now, I don’t know about you, but I am in heaven. It’s like Amazon peered into my thoughts and made my dreams come true. And now I am torn between what looks like two amazing devices. On the one hand, Kindle Touch 3G. The best of the Kindle with none of the encumberances. It’s got a touch screen, which eliminates the need for a keyboard, same screen size as the old version, a great capacity, allows for audio books and Read-To-Me (or whatever it’s called – and here I hope there is an earphone jack) and it even lets you borrow books from the library! How neat is that? The 3G is automatic,… Read More »Happy Happy Kindle Day

Giveaway Winners

Thank you to everyone who participated. You can be sure that each and every one of the places you guys mentioned I’ll be putting on my travel itinerary at some point. 😉 Congratulations to Kate Rockwell and Yadira A.! You both win an autographed ARC of Blood Trails. Please contact me at alydonnelly at gmail dot com to claim your prize.

Stuff and Things and Release Dates

I am writing a quick hello from Paradise. Sort of. Except for the mosquitos for which I have become a banquet. I have lost count after the first 25 bites. This morning I had a 3am wake up call. Literally (because someone at my hotel decided it’d be fun to pull the fire alarm as a prank) and figuratively (because I realized I forgot to announce the release date for Blood Trails – YIKES!!) So, the news many of you have been waiting for: The official release day for Blood Trails is October 3rd, 2011. The contest for the ARCs is still going until Sunday here  and at my Facebook page, and two lucky winners will get to read Blood… Read More »Stuff and Things and Release Dates

Blood Trails ARC giveaway.

Yes, it’s exactly what it sounds like. Actually, it’s better. I’ll be giving away two autographed e-versions of Blood Trails (PDF format). It’s my beach vacation time, which Hailey would very much approve of, so in her honor, I’m going to make it very easy and laid back. No hoop jumping, no tests. Two prizes means two chances to win. The deadline for both is midnight (11:59pm to make it clear) PST on September 18th, so you have a week and a day to enter. The prizes, as I said, are two autographed PDFs of Blood Trails ARC (advanced reading copy). And yes, if you win, you will get it before the release date. How to play: 1. Leave a comment on this post and tell me… Read More »Blood Trails ARC giveaway.

The Story of Before and After

Hello! And welcome to the Labor Day Blog Hop. As the title suggests, we have some working men on tap this weekend. And I myself have a “before” and “after.” In case you stumbled upon this page by accident but are just titillated enough to want more, check out the entire Hop. It starts here. And now on to the good stuff:   “Right there,” she said. “Yeah, deeper. Deeper, as far as you can go. That’s it.” He grunted and bore down. “Perfect. Twist a little, yeah just like that. A little farther, yesyesyes!” “Woman, will you shut up and let me do this?” “But you’re almost there! Just a little–” “Well maybe if you moved your ass a… Read More »The Story of Before and After

Random Acts of Randomness

Last year was the first time in my life I sat on a horse. Unlike the structured classes you see in movies, where they gear you up with a helmet, boots, knee and elbow bracers, gloves, mouth pieces, and a release from responsibility form, lead you around an enclosure for a few minutes and then maybe let you take a walk down a paved path, my ride was 3.5 hours of treacherously narrow up-and-down hill trails with ragged channels from recent floods and pit holes just big enough for a horse to get a hoof stuck in, across creeks, through a cow pasture… I couldn’t sit down for a week after that. Needless to say, that was my first and… Read More »Random Acts of Randomness

Borders, Blood Trails, Reading List and “Stuff”

Sad news first: Borders is closing its physical doors. All of them, apparently. Their website advertises everything on sale and, as you can imagine, there is chaos. I know. I’ve been there. Interestingly, they don’t say whether the website part of their business will remain open. So far it looks like it might, which I find a risky move. To compete with Amazon that way… yeah I don’t see that going well. I went Borders hunting (and it did actually turn into a hunt, because I discovered there was only ONE store left in this city) on Friday and at lunch time, the serpentine line for check-out stretched all the way around the store. Every available hand was behind the… Read More »Borders, Blood Trails, Reading List and “Stuff”

And all the men and women merely players

  And the curtains open… I swear, my life lately has felt like a very strange sort of play. I had my exits and entrances, but even though there were pauses between my scenes, there was so much going on back stage that it just felt like one more scene. Do you ever have those times? It’s not that they’re busy, it’s just that they’re so ridiculously improbable that it’s hard to believe it’s not some big universal prank. I guess that’s my excuse for not having posted any kind of update in so long. You know, the first time I even heard of Phantom of the Opera was when it became a movie starring Gerard Butler. I saw it… Read More »And all the men and women merely players