I love the way that Christine writes on her Musings of An Elf blog; it’s so beautiful and heartfelt, and seeing how similarly impassioned we both get over good books was the reason why I asked her to review the Rising Shadows Trilogy, and I’m so glad I did. Christine loves the series! *happy dance* It warms an author’s heart to know that others connect with these characters as they do. I couldn’t be more pleased with her review of Chasing Shadows, so be sure to check it out and share around with your other book-loving/blogger friends. And don’t forget to follow Christine’s blog to keep an eye out for something about beta reading the final book in the series. . . Just sayin’! ^_^
No, not literally; I’m not actually contemplating arson, crazy pants! I listed a contest for a few copies of “Chasing Shadows” in paperback on Amazon after just discovering that authors can list giveaways on the website. Who knew?! (probably everyone, but that’s beside the point) I had several copies available and set it to end in 1 week, because I assumed I would have to build traction and interest over a couple days as the giveaway spread. WRONG! I don’t know if people have alerts if a book is in their Wish List, or what, but the giveaway went live at around 1pm PST this afternoon, and it reach its max capacity for entrants in 13 MINUTES!!!! Yes, one-three, just three more minutes than 10 and WAAAAAY less than the solid week I had projected.
I couldn’t believe it!
I had just received an email that the giveaway was live, and Twitter notifications kept popping up at the top of the screen to let me know I had 10, 20, 35 new followers. I was laughing and had to ask Katie to read the notification of the giveaway’s end to make sure I wasn’t seeing things. But, nope, Chasing Shadows sold out in 13 minutes.
It sold out so quickly that I just scheduled another giveaway on Amazon for this afternoon with the same details, so hopefully some of you who missed out on entering the one earlier will have another chance at a free copy. I’ll post the link as soon as it goes live here and on Twitter and Facebook, and then be sure to enter as quickly as possible and share with your friends before all paperback copies are gone. Or don’t share, since their entry could potentially reduce your odds. 😉 If you don’t win, though, don’t let it stop you from buying a copy of Chasing Shadows for yourself and adding it on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22545313-chasing-shadows?from_search=true
Oh, yeah, and did I mention that Chasing Shadows sold out in 13 minutes?
Get it? Because they’re gifs, but close to gifts. . . Never mind.
Anywho, the Chasing Shadows Twitter Release Party yesterday went so quickly (I barely kept up with my replies!) that I didn’t get to use all the fun and emotional gifs that I had planned. So I figured I’d share them with you and tell you what sort of question I was anticipating to use them for. And you can check out my replies and answers on my Twitter page @TownsendTales. Enjoy!
How do you prep for an afternoon of writing:
I get myself psyched for “Author Mode”
Do you regret killing off any of your characters in “Chasing Shadows”?
Short answer: No. They had it coming or it served a purpose.
Although there IS one character that I want to be in Book III that is, at the present time, deceased in some fashion. I can fix that!
Explain your reaction when your fictional couple gets together:
What about when your favorite character dies?
Thanks for bringing up that difficult memory.
What are your feelings towards people who don’t enjoy reading:
Favorite snacking and brain food for inspiration when writing?
Coffee and chocolate.
Have you ever tried sushi for brain food? People say it’s–
No. -_- I’ve tried it and, well:
Explain your reaction each time you finish writing a story:
Use one gif or picture to describe yourself:
Add “Chasing Shadows” and review on Goodreads:
Buy the paperback or ebook at B&N and Amazon:
The next 7 days are going to be an awesome immersion into the world of books and authoring. My schedule this week is actually pretty exciting and eventful, so don’t forget to put all these awesome shenanigans down on your calendars and leave clever little Post-It reminders everywhere, because there’s a lot to keep track of. And I hope you’ll all want to join me for each of these super cool extravaganzas! All of the links and the info to participate in these events are at the bottom of the page. Don’t forget to share these events and dates with anyone who loves book-y goodness as much as me!
October 15th-21st (Wednesday-the following Tuesday)
Double Decker Books Blog Tour with “Chasing Shadows”
Okay, so tomorrow we kick off the Chasing Shadows Blog Tour at Double Decker Books. I. Am. Excited! Although I’ve participated in blog hops and tours before, I’ve never been the featured author being HOSTED on someone else’s blog. *giddy dance of pure joy* Here’s how it works: Tomorrow, Wednesday the 15th, “Chasing Shadows” and my interview will be up on one of my favorite blogs of all time, Double Decker Books. The tour kicks off from there, and I’ll be hopping around a few other blogs during the book’s gallivanting escapades. DDB will tell you where to go from there, and so on. So be sure to follow their blog and the book as it travels Around the Web in 6 Days! ^_~
October 18th 1-3pm west coast time (Saturday)
Chasing Shadows Twitter Release Party
And THEN we have the “Chasing Shadows” Twitter Release Party going down this Saturday. Please join us for fun, discussions about “Chasing Shadows,” and my sure to be hilariously awkward Q&A time with DDB. Just follow and tag @TownsendTales and @Doubled_Books during the Twitter Release Party if you want to ask me your own questions. They can be serious, quirky, ridiculous, hilarious, about writing, life as a person with multiple voices in their head, my fascination with time travel, riddles, etc., and also my obsession with the word etcetera.
October 19th at 2pm (Sunday)
2014 Gold Rush YA Author Event at Barnes&Noble
There’s also an event I will be attending that I am super jazzed about. Barnes&Noble is hosting Livia Blackburne, Bethany Crandell, Stephanie Diaz, Maria Andreu and Tracy Holczer this Sunday for giveaways, fun stuff, and interviews with the authors themselves. I won’t be one of the authors speaking at this meet-and-greet, but I’m excited to just be a part of it! If you’re going to be in San Diego this weekend and decide to drop by, I’ll be the curly-haired blond with the pocket watch and starry-eyed gaze.
Barnes and Noble on 5500 Grossmont Ctr Dr Suite 331 La Mesa, CA 91942
So, there it is. Quite the week, isn’t it? I hope that you’ll be able to join us for everything, and don’t forget to keep checking back here for my Serimone update of the week, Between the Pages. Hint: This week might have to do with a certain gorgeous, enigmatic, endearing blacksmith from “Chasing Shadows.” Which means you WANT to be here this Friday. Trust me on this one.
Follow and tag @TownsendTales and @Doubled_Books when you throw your questions at me during the Chasing Shadows Twitter Release Party on Saturday. You can also use #ChasingShadowsBook when tweeting.
Visit Double Decker Books tomorrow, Wednesday, October 15th, for the premiere of the blog tour!
You can also become more than just a passive reader and participate in the tour by following the link below to host me or other authors on your own blog.
The 2014 Gold Rush at Barnes&Noble Sunday, October 19th, 2pm, with author Livia Blackburne. And me! 🙂
Buy the paperback or ebook!
Add, rate, and review “Chasing Shadows” on Goodreads
And if you’re interested in having me or “Chasing Shadows” on your blog, however popular, or just have a general question for me, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. I love sharing my story, personal and otherwise! ^_^
Double Decker Books is hosting me on their blog October 15th-21st, where we’ll kickoff the blog tour for “Chasing Shadows.” That means that you stop by http://doubledeckerbooks.blogspot.com/ the first day of the tour (the 15th), and then follow the links to find out who else is hosting “Chasing Shadows” on their websites. I’ve hosted authors on my own blog, but I’ve never been FEATURED in a tour! *squeal of excitement that shatters glass*
You can also join the tour and other book tours by going to their website and signing up to host other authors on your own blog. Feel free to join the bloggers-author community! It’s full of a lot of eccentrics and is very, very entertaining.
Also, put it on your calendars that we’re having a Twitter Release Party for “Chasing Shadows” on this Saturday, October 18th, 1-3pm west coast time (San Diego, CA). Double Decker Books is helping to promote the book, and so please be sure to stop by for the party to spread the word about “Chasing Shadows”! The first hour will be talking about the book, and then 2-3pm will be an author Q&A with me. So hit me with your craziest questions, and I’ll try to keep it to 140 characters. ^_~
Be sure to follow @doubled_books and @TownsendTales to join the Twitter Release Party. During the party, be sure to tag both of us when you ask your questions (there’s not limit), and you can use #ChasingShadowsBook when you tweet during the week about the party. Spread the word around the web so we can make this party HUGE! ^_^
Before the party, add “Chasing Shadows” on Goodreads:
Become a fan of Ashley Townsend on Goodreads:
Purchase the paperback or ebook (or BOTH, of you’re like me) on Amazon and Barnes and Noble:
Follow @TownsendTales on Twitter
Follow @Doubled_Books on Twitter