First, my schedule for 2013 (so far, anyway) is now up. Click here to see if I’ll be in your area sometime soon! And to head off the questions of “But why don’t you come to [insert city, state, country, etc]?!” it’s because I go where the conventions are or where my publisher sends me, and if I don’t limit my travel to only a few places each year, then readers won’t get new books. Some writers excel at writing while traveling, but I’ve never managed to write anything worthwhile when I’m on the road, so I have to plan travel around deadlines and that means I’ll never hit all the places readers want me to come to. I hope you understand.
Second, I heard from my publisher that Arcs (Advance Reading Copies) for Twice Tempted will be coming soon. If you haven’t seen the note on my sidebar, I already have a contest up on Goodreads for 10 Arcs of Twice Tempted. In addition to that, I’ll be running some blog contests in the near future giving away more Arcs. If you’re a blogger/reviewer and you want to be sent an advance copy for review purposes, I’m sorry but I don’t have any to give you. I’m only sent a small number of Arcs and those go to contests. You can, however, contact my publicist at Avon and request one by emailing Jessie.Edwards AT harpercollins DOT com (obviously fill in the @ and “.” signs in your email instead of spelling them out). Please note: Contacting Jessie isn’t a guarantee that you’ll get an Arc. Publicity only has a limited number of Arcs, too, but nothing ventured, nothing gained and all that.
Third, this is also the time where I do my usual request for music recommendations. As many of you know, I write while listening to music and I’ve run through everything on my playlists. I tend to prefer rock and alternative music, with a little pop thrown in for good measure. Some bands that frequently appear on my playlists are: Three Doors Down, Breaking Benjamin, Within Temptation, Kings of Leon, The Fray, Coldplay, Florence and the Machine, Vertical Horizon, Staind, Pink, One Republic, Adele, Sarah McLachlan, Smashing Pumpkins, and Seether. If you have any song recommendations from bands like these, please share them in the comments. You guys are responsible for over half my playlists with your recommendations, so thank you in advance :).
And finally, Happy New Year, everyone! Hope 2013 is treating you well so far.