** This contest is now closed. Winners will be announced next week. **
There are a couple of characters in the third book of the Langdon Prep series who are in need of a last name. I mention them both in My Own Worst Frenemy and in the upcoming second book of the series, but I never gave them a last name. Help me out!
The winner’s swag:
1. Characters’ last name will be used in Book 3 of the Langdon Prep series, which will be published early next year.
2. The winner’s actual name will be included the acknowledgements section of the book.
3. A signed copy of the book (entrants with US address only will receive book). I get copies before they hit the shelves, so you can show off your name early.
Please leave your suggested names in the comments of this blog entry, or you can send me an e-mail. This is not a random win contest — I’ll choose the one I think works best for the characters. Contest will run until February 17, 2012 at midnight EDT.
To help you come up with a name — you can even suggest your own last name — here’s a little backstory on the characters:
They are a mother and son. Mildred is the head custodian at Langdon Prep and our favorite girl detective’s source of information about the school. Mildred is married, in her late forties and has four kids. Her son Reginald is her youngest and was kicked out of Langdon Prep by Headmistress Smythe last year, but thanks to some detective work by Chanti, he’ll be returning to finish his senior year in a future book. While Marco is not all that excited about Chanti’s sleuthing, Reginald is impressed and thankful for her help in getting him back into Langdon. So he won’t be interested in just his studies when he returns to school — he may also give Marco a little competition. I’ve posted a Target ad with a model in it who I think would be the perfect Reginald. Okay, send me names or post them here!
Fitting for the day we celebrate Dr. King’s life and work, The Brown Bookshelf has announced their 2012 list of African-American writers and illustrators of books for children and young adults. Each day in February, they’ll spotlight a writer/illustrator as part of their 28 Days Later Initiative. Maybe you’ll discover a new favorite!
On the last day of the blog tour, I share some of my writing secrets with The Readiacs. Have a fun, safe, and happy New Years weekend!
I wish you and yours a merry Christmas, or a bountiful Kwanzaa, or a happy Hannukah season, or a just a week full of joy!
Still need to find a gift for the YA reader on your list? Enter my Holiday Giveaway contest to win a copy of My Own Worst Frenemy. To enter, leave a comment on this blog post. Contest is open to U.S. residents only and will run until midnight Dec. 16, 2011. Winner will be chosen randomly. See complete contest rules at link above.
Blog tour stops:
My Reading Room shows Frenemy some love in a review.
Missy’s Reads & Reviews does a Q&A with me.
ETA: closed at midnight Dec. 16, 2011
Today’s blog tour stops:
At Shades of Romance, I’m interviewed about being a writer.
Lissa, Chanti’s nemesis, is interviewed at Me, Myshelf, and I. Click the image below for the full blog tour schedule.
Starting December 12, Langdon Prep is going on a round-the-blogosphere tour for the rest of December. There will be some interviews of me along with characters from the book, plus a few book reviews (that part’s always kinda scary for a writer). I’ll post the blog locations each day, so please check back here on Monday if you want to learn more about Chanti, Marco, and the whole series!
I’ll also post the locations on my Facebook page. If you drop by and feel so inclined, please Like the page!
The book cover designer of the Langdon Prep series, Kristine Mills-Noble at Kensington Books, shows how a book cover is made in this link. I love the covers Kristine has done for my books, so I found this fun to watch. Okay, so she’s doing a romance cover in this video that’s a wee bit hotter than my covers, another reason it was fun to watch. Shirtless guy alert!
I’m already doing my dream job, but Kristine’s job — at least this part of it — probably would be a runner up. Seriously, I really do think I’d love her job. When I was in high school, I wanted to be a lot of things but the top three were: writer, NFL head coach, and artist. Designing book covers would let me work in the worlds of two of my top three. If I went to work for NFL Publishing, it would be a trifecta. Now I remember also wanting to be CEO of Coca-Cola. Not sure how I’d work that one in for a quadfecta (yes, according to wiktionary, in Australia that’s a word).
The next book in the series is called Creeping With the Enemy — here’s the cover. Pretty! It comes out April 24, 2012.
I’ve heard people ask why reading a library book is any different from reading a pirated copy (beyond the fact that one is stealing and the other one isn’t) and I usually get so agitated that I can’t explain it nearly as well as Kristin Laughtin does in a guest post on literary agent Rachelle Gardner’s blog.