Erasing Time giveaway

Free Book Friday is giving away three copies of Erasing Time on their blog. Plus there’s an interview with me and I know you never get tired of hearing what I have to say. For example, you were probably just asking yourself today which fictional character I have a crush on. By the way, if we were basing it just on looks, Matt Bomer who plays Neal Caffrey on White Collar comes quickly to mind. And then insistently stays there. 

(I have a theory–based purely on wishful thinking– that in heaven we will be able to look like anyway we want. I’ll frequently look like Cindy Crawford and I’m going to make a request of my husband that every once in awhile he look like Matt Bomer. At least when he’s not busy looking like Nathan Fillion, Hugh Jackman, and Richard Hatch. Oh, and some of the time he’s got to look like himself too, because he is pretty hot. So if you see two people walking around who look like Matt and Cindy, you’ll  know it’s me and Techno Bob.)

Anyway, here’s the link to the Erasing Time giveaway on Free Book Friday.http://teens.freebookfriday.com/

More Erasing Time give-aways

Here are the rest of the blog tour stops. Enter all of them for a chance to win–and also, you can still go back to the previous ones and enter. Sopme of them have a lot of comments, but some only have a few which boosts your chances of winning. good luck!

October 8- LDSWBR   http://www.ldswomensbookreview.com/wordpress/
October 9- PageTurners Blog   http://www.pageturnersblog.com/
October 10- Reading Teen  http://www.readingteen.net/
October 11- YA Bliss   http://www.yabliss.com/
October 12- Wastepaper Prose  http://www.wastepaperprose.com/

Blog tour–celebrity fashion and another chance to win

The next stop on the Erasing Time blog tour is the I Am A Reader, Not a Writer blog. On today’s guest post, I talk about future fashion. Are today’s celebrities crazy or are they just fashion forward?

You can read it all at:

http://iamareadernotawriter.blogspot.com/2012/10/guest-post-giveaway-erasing-time-by-cj.html

Also, you’ll have a chance to win the book.

Erasing Time Blog Tour begns!

Hey reader friends,
For the next 12 days (sort of like the Twelve Days of Christmas) I’m going on a blog tour. Today, head on over to Fire and Ice’s blog to see what sort of playlist (or lack of one) I have going when I write.

You’ll have multiple chances to win a copy of Erasing Time along the way, so be sure to check out the posts! I’ll post a link to each day’s stop.

Here’s a link to today’s–and the schedule of future stops:

http://fireandicephoto.blogspot.com/

The art of mothering during revisions part one

When I say there’s an art to mothering during revisions, the art I’m talking about is the equivalent of those modern art statues you see which resemble tangled coat hangers, or giant erasers, or someone’s pile of  recyclable milk cartons. You know the ones I’m talking about–the ones you see and think, “That’s art?”
That’s pretty much how my mothering has gone for the last few months while I finished writing Slayers Two and did revisions for Echo of Time. (Erasing Time’s sequel.)  I’ve stayed up until four in the morning on more than one occasion, and Techno Bob has had to get our youngest daughter off to school.  There’s only one problem with this system. Techno Bob is an engineer, which means he was born without the gene for fashion. I’m never sure what youngest daughter will be wearing when her father gets her ready. You can imagine how thrilled I was when I picked her up the other day and saw this ensemble. And her hair hadn’t been touched with a brush either.

Yeah, this is pretty much why children need mothers.  After our first child was about two years old, I took my husband aside and lovingly told him, “If I should die, I want you to remarry. And let her dress the children.” This advice still stands.

Next blog: How the children have entertained themselves.

Erasing Time book launch pictures

Erasing Time is set 400 years in the future, when as you know the world will be populated by dystopian governments that are trying to kill you. (Not all that different from today, really.) In my futuristic society, people dye their hair, skin, and wear outrageous outfits.  Sort of like this:

See, Lady Gaga isn’t odd, she’s just 400 years ahead of her time.  Anyway since Echo, one of my main characters in the book, has blue hair, I decided to dye my hair blue as a visual effect. I was a little nervous about doing this because it is one thing to do something flashy like that when you are a young, cute bee-bopper and quite another to do it when you’re a middle-aged woman. Middle-aged women who do flashy, hip things tend to look like they are in old-age denial. But hey, how many times do I have a legitimate reason for dying my hair blue? So I took the plunge and sprayed on bright blue hair color:

You can’t really tell in this picture how blue my hair is so I added the bottom one–as you can see it really was noticeably blue.

The presentation went well and everyone who came was awesome! But here is the thing–I sort of forgot my hair was blue. I mean, I wasn’t looking at myself. And I also forgot to mention during my presentation that one of the book’s characters had blue hair. Yep.

No one asked about it during the question and answer session either.  They must have all thought I was just one of those artistic types . . . the kind that is in old-age denial.

Here I am showing off my glitter tattoo. It’s sort of a Rosie the Riveter moment.

Anyway, so besides the don’t ask, don’t tell blue hair moment, it was great! I was glad to see old friends and new faces.  And then I went home and realized that it was late, we were out of milk, and I was the only one of driving age awake. The kids need milk for their breakfast cereal and they start leaving the house at 5:30 am.

So I had to go to the grocery store with blue hair and a glittery tattoo. And the cashier and bagger did ask about both. Sigh. Yeah, I am so cool.

Erasing Time book launch and Book Trailer

Hey Reading Aficionados,
My new release, Erasing Time comes out August 28th!

 You can buy it any of your finer bookstores. (If your local one doesn’t carry it, tell them they won’t qualify as a finer bookstore until they order it, which they should do immediately.) If you’re in the Phoenix area, I would love to see you at the book launch on:

Tues, Aug 28th, 7:00 PM at Changing Hands Bookstore

I’ll talk about vital and important topics such as:

The future (Will the government want to kill you?  Ha! Do you really doubt it?)
Secret symbols in store logos: (Seriously, they’re in a bunch. I’ll show you some.)
And Rank (You can be one of the cool, early adopters.)

Also get a glitter tattoo so you can fit in with the High Rankers of 2447.

Time travel is optional.

Here’s the book trailer:

Dramatic twists and turns to the very end ensure readers’ attention and the possibility of an equally thrilling sequel–Kirkus