Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Exploding with News! (Not as messy as it sounds...)

Yikes! So much to share today. 

First of all, Pre-Fix is out there as of today--yay!

Meet Ciel Halligan, aura adaptor extraordinaire, in this charming introduction to Linda Grimes' "sparkling series" (Publishers Weekly).

A genetic quirk means Ciel can take on the appearance of anyone she meets by projecting their aura. This startling ability presents endless possibilities, and she's one of a rare few who has it...so you'd think it'd be easier finding a day job that lets her put it to use. Actress? Model? Ethically dubious and possibly criminal activities, like her best friend Billy? Ciel's long-time crush and fellow aura adaptor, Mark, has found his calling as a CIA agent-a life of intrigue, danger, and the perfect utilization of their rather unique skill set. It seems like the obvious choice to Ciel: She could do good and spend time with her crush. What could be better?

If you'd like to buy a copy ($0.99--it's cheap!), you can find it in these fine establishments (and others, I'm sure):

Oh, and lest I forget my poor neglected QUICK FIX -- it's out in mass market paperback today. Which means you can get it cheaper. (Hey, I don't know about you, but I am totally down with cheap books. Feeding a reading habit can add up.)

It's available here, among other places:

Barnes and Noble
Indie Bound
Google Play Store

And, finally, a bit of awesome news I just got today: THE BIG FIX got a starred (!!!) review from Publishers Weekly!

I'm over the moon and grinning from ear to ear.

Funny thing: the "slightly discordant" moment the reviewer is referring is the absolute favorite scene of my agent, my editor, and the vast majority of my CPs, betas, and early readers. *grin* Whatever. I'm just thrilled with the rest of the review. 

And the star. I'm thrilled with that, too. My first PW star. :D

Anyway, sorry to unload all this on you at once, but that's how things in the publishing biz apparently work. Long stretches of waiting, punctuated by busy-busy-busy-ness. 

Hope all is well in your neck of the world. :)

Edited to Add Breaking news: Tor just dropped the price of the IN A FIX ebook to $2.99! (See above about stuff happening all at once.) So, if you haven't gotten around to reading it yet, for whatever reason, now you can grab it for a pretty good price. 

Friday, March 20, 2015

Coming Soon -- PRE-FIX! (In other news, I'm still alive.)

Yeah, yeah. I know. I haven't been around in a while. But it's not my fault. Somebody has apparently been speeding up time while I wasn't looking, and now weeks go by at the same pace it used to take a day or two. 

Whoever's doing that -- STOP! Just stop it now!

So, I wanted to give you a heads-up about the upcoming release of the first Ciel Halligan short story. It's a prequel to the series, and it's called Pre-Fix. (Get it? Ha-ha!) If you've ever been curious about how Ciel got her start in the fixing biz, here's your chance to find out. 

Or, if you know someone who hasn't started the series yet, this might be a good way to introduce them to it (and earn my undying gratitude at the same time). 

It's being released March 31, 2015, but you can pre-order it now for your Kindle (here) or your Nook (here). Best part? It's only 99 cents! So not only is it easy, it's also cheap. Cheap & easy--what better combination is there? ;)

Oh, and as long as I'm sharing happy stuff, I just found out that RT Book Reviews has made THE BIG FIX a Top Pick!

I'm completely over the moon about that. :D 

Heck, now I don't even mind (much) that it's snowing/sleeting here on the freaking first day of spring. To quote my daughter, "Spring, you had one job..."

Anyway, that's all for now. Hope you all are doing well. If any of you have any good ideas about how I can slow down time, please tell me in the comments. 

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

An ARC tour of THE BIG FIX, aka Read It Way Early and Super Cheap

So, it has been brought to my attention that I haven't yet organized an ARC tour for THE BIG FIX, even though I've actually had some ARCs (Advance Reading Copies) for *cough* a little while now. 

Sorry! My mind has been totally focused on finishing FIX4, to the detriment of all else. (Seriously. All else. You should see the dust bunnies tumbling by me on the floor right now.) But now I'm done with phase 1 of FIXER UPPER* (getting it out the door to my critique partners, beta readers, and agent), so I can concentrate on TBF again for a while. 

Anyway, I did an ARC tour for the first two books, and I completely adored the feedback of the participants. Everyone who had an early read signed the ARC before sending it on to the next person on the waiting list, and at the end, I got back Very Special copies of the books. Those two books are among my most prized possessions. 

Here's what my editor (Tor's fantabulous Melissa Frain, recently promoted to Senior Editor!!) tweeted almost a year ago, when she was working on TBF:

*Ahem* If that's any inducement to sign up for an early read ... 

Once again, the magnificently bad-ass Karla Nellenbach has agreed to be my Tour Director, and will be juggling emails and plotting the best route for the book. 

To participate, all you have to do is email me at linda(dot)grimes(at)gmail(dot)com and tell me your address, and agree to mail it on to the next person on the tour list when you're done reading.

I'll forward your info to Karla, who will be the one giving you a heads-up when its on its way to you. 

Once you have it, it would be great if you could finish in under a week, so the others don't have to wait longer than necessary for their turn. 

Oh, and if you would leave an honest review on Goodreads, Amazon, or B&N (after release day--May 12--for Amazon and B&N), that would be great, too. But not mandatory.

Since I'm asking people to pony up the postage to send it on to the next person, I'm afraid I'll have to limit participants to the US. It doesn't cost much to mail a book within the US. Cheaper than buying the book, anyway. ;)

Hope you guys will enjoy it! Ciel, Billy, and Mark hope so, too. :)

*Yes, that makes it FU for short. Yes, that tickles my immature funny bone. (Heh-heh. I said "bone.")

P.S. Even if you don't want to join the cruise, please feel free to say hi in the comments. I miss you guys!