Sunday, October 16, 2011

I'm Back! And with a Book Giveaway!

Wow, it's been a while, hasn't it? I can't lie--life is still running a bit hectic around our household. The day job has gotten almost out of hand, it's so crazy-demanding. Sometimes I wonder how people with equally or more time-consuming, stressful jobs actually find time to write. Don't get me wrong; I love my job. Really. It's fun, interesting, and there's never a dull moment to be had. But it's physically and mentally draining, especially when you're nearly 5 months pregnant.

But enough of that. I really didn't have anything planned for today. Well. I haven't had anything planned for a while, which you're all quite aware of, I am certain. Writing is slow for me. I've gone back to my first love: historical (adult) romance. Not to say I won't eventually go back to YA, but for now I've gotta do what's best for me as a writer. And that's to write for me and me alone and quit worrying about this enormous publishing industry. The very idea of it has almost totally taken the fun out of the art for me.

And, yes, I'm well aware that was one too many "me's". Somewhere across the bridge, my CP is on the verge of conniptions.

So, here's what made me get off my keister, march on over to the keyboard (with a cup of coffee, mind, because I can't very well write without it--at least not this early in the morning), and kick up a new blog entry:

1. To let y'all know that I'm expecting a baby boy next March. (Yay!) This will be my first, and though my husband is skeptical because of his own dreams of a football star, I am convinced beyond a shadow of a doubt that our little prince will be the next President of the United States or knighted by the (future) King of England or both. Wouldn't that be awesome?!

Jacob's (Jake's) Coming Home Outfit

Ahem... Moving on...

2. Evanescence's new album is incredible. Beyond incredible, it's phenomenal and smart and, oh my goodness, the guitars and vocals are so amazing you'll swear you're listening to Eddie Van Halen rocking alongside the Heavenly Hosts. It's totally got me in a Gothic mood (great for Halloween!), which leads me to... (after the picture, of course... wait for it...)

3. I am giving away an autographed copy of Barry Lyga's current release Goth Girl Rising. If you missed out on my last post, Barry Lyga is a comic book guru/young adult novelist extraordinaire who writes real, raw stories for teens and adults alike. After reading Boy Toy, he made a lifetime fan out of me and the CP, and that's a pretty big feat these days. Not too many people wow us anymore, but this guy... he puts the awe in awesome. And he was cool and kind enough to send me a book for YOU, dear reader, to win.

Yes, this is the actual book. Woo hoo!

All right, so, yeah! Autographed copy. Goth Girl Rising by Barry Lyga. How do you win it? Easy! Just leave a comment about your current WIP (what are you writing? how's it going?) --or-- what you're going as (or, perhaps, wish you were going as...) for Halloween --or-- both! Include your email address, and I'll pick a random blogger on Saturday, Oct. 22 @ 10:00 PM CST to win the brand new paperback pictured above.

Good luck, readers! And thanks for sticking with me.

Peace, Love, and Junior Mints (and cute itty bitty baby booties!),



liztalley said...

Congrats on being back and congrats on the news you're having a boy. Of course, I'm a boy mother, and at times when they leave their smelling socks all over the house or fart as soon as they get in the car, they're pretty awesome. And they love their mommy! My own Jake is nearly 13 years old but I'll never forget the wonder of seeing him for the first time. You won't believe the power of that little 8 lb whatever bundle they'll lay in your arms. Congrats.

Liz talley

liztalley said...

Um, that's supposed to say "outside of them leaving their socks., etc." trust me nothing awesome about those things. Lol.

Bonnie Rae said...

I am currently outlining and plotting my NaNoWriMo Project, a YA paranormal. It is my niche, I tried my hand at sci/fi and though it was fun, paranormal is where my heart is!

I don't have plans yet for Halloween, but I will be attending Blizzcon (nerd alert) as the wizard from Diablo III. Probably wear the same costume to any Halloween events!

Glad to see you back in the blog world!

Shannon Lawrence said...

A boy! Wonderful! Congratulations! And such a cute coming home outfit.

Let's see...I'm working on editing my YA right now, though I'm itching to move on to writing.

And Wonder Woman. :D

thewarriormuse at gmail dot com

Sarah Pearson said...

Congratulations, that's terrific news. I found my way over here when somebody recommended you (Andrew, I think). What a great post for my first visit :-)

WritingNut said...

Congratulations!!!! And that is an adorable homecoming outfit :)

Andrew Leon said...

@Sarah: Yeah, that was me :)
Told you she's had life stuff going on.

Hmm... Current project, Brother's Keeper, has been stalled since the end of July because of moving and whatnot. I have a short story coming up next, The Evil That Men Do, instead, but I'm hoping to be back into Brother's by the end of the month.

For Halloween, I'm dressing up as a writer, of course :)

Anonymous said...

My current WIPs: I'm juggling between three, depending on the temperament of the muse. One is editing a "completed" project.

Another, a partially completed manuscript about a woman who thinks she may just be the newest "victim" on a new hidden camera reality show when two men-strangers-enter her tiny country store minutes apart, and one of them holds her up. She finds out pretty fast, this isn't her fifteen minutes of fame.

The last, a complicated YA. *sigh* A story of two teens who are both driven by their plans for their future. One filled with the lofty dreams of someone who's grown so accustomed to everything going her way, she struggles to find her way when life crashes; the other, resolved in his suicidal plans after two years of struggling with guilt over an accident he caused.

But this story has taken more than a few twists and turns since the initial "What if..."

For Halloween, I'm going to tie on an apron and cook something just as my family gets home. You'll probably hear them scream.

p.s. LOVE the baby gear!

Anonymous said...

oops...leaving my email addy

Lynda R Young said...

A huge congrats for your baby boy. I like the sound of him becoming the next King of England ;)

Good luck with your writing. Sometimes we have to go back to the story that's right for us--not the one that's right for the current market.

I've done a similar thing recently. I realised my next book doesn't fit as snugly in the genre, but it's crying out to be written. So, I'm taking a risk, but it's so much more satisfying.

Lela said...

YAY BOYS! :) I can't wait to buy him all kinds of noisy toys! All my WIPs have been kind of pushed back. I always have the best of intentions to write when I'm in school but, so far, it hasn't worked out that way. My time gets sucked up by homework and family. And rescuing cats and whatnot. ;) Oh, the email is

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