Wednesday, December 8, 2010

give cheer not cooties

the winner of a signed hardcopy of Silver
Phoenix was the last to comment: moonsanity!
congratulations! thanks to everyone who
participated and happy hoildays!!

hello s'grounders! okay, i'm a big fan
of nicknames and that's the best i can
come up with. or undies? haha! what do
you think?

it's been a long while since my last post.
copyedits for my sequel, Fury of the Phoenix
got in the way of my last month's post. but
that is sent off, all i need to work on now
are my brush painting chapter decorations and
my acknowledgment page--always fun and a
little nerve wracking.

especially for debut authors, there's an urge
to thank everyone from your kindergarten teacher
to her mom and pet poodle. seriously. i personally
had the feeling like i had to thank *everyone* lest
i never get the chance again!

other than that, i had a stupendous time
at ALAN conference--which is a fantastic one
for anyone who is a fan of young adult literature.

i was on a panel with cinda williams chima (The Demon King,
The Exiled Queen, The Dragon Heir, etc) and sarwat chadda
(The Devil's Kiss, Dark Goddess) and both were so lovely
and fun to chat with. i also happen to be fans of their books
and recommend them highly.

other than this spot of glamorous author's life
i've been battling cooties for the past two months.
colds, coughs, sore throats, antibiotics and now,
stomach flu. ah the joys of motherhood. =) this
time of year is certainly challenging. and thus, my
blog title--give cheer not cooties!

i'd like to spread the happiness by giving away
a signed hardcover of Silver Phoenix.

on the day of her first betrothal meeting--and rejection--ai ling discovers a power welling deep within her. she can reach into other people’s spirits, hear their thoughts, see their dreams…and that’s just the beginning.

ai ling has been marked by the immortals; her destiny lies in the emperor’s palace, where a terrible evil has lived, stealing souls, for centuries. she must conquer this enemy and rescue her captive father, while mythical demons track her every step. and then she meets chen yong, a young man with a quest of his own, whose fate is intertwined with hers. here is a heart-stopping, breathtaking tale for fans of action, fantasy, and romance--of anything with the making of legend.

this contest is open world wide!
all you have to do is answer the following
question: Silver Phoenix will whisk you to a world
inspired by ancient china. what country have you
always wanted to visit but have not had a chance to?

leave your answer in the comments to enter!
i'll choose a winner randomly on wednesday
12/15 and announce the winner at the top of
this post. good luck, undies! (yes, i've settled on
that nickname for you guys. =)

give cheer not cooties!


Tura Lura said...

Ooh, Silver Phoenix sounds good!

I have always wanted to visit England. (And Italy. And Japan. And Egypt. And Germany. And... I'll stop now, but you get the idea.)

So far, I have only been to two countries: the United States - where I was born and have lived my entire life - and Canada, assuming 20 minutes in a gift shop just over the border counts. ^_^


Onge said...

I would love to go anywhere really. England and Egypt are on the top of my list. Silver Phoenix sounds great! Thanks for the awesome giveaway.

Terri Garey said...

"Undies"? :-D

You're too funny, Cindy!

Good luck, guys!

Lea @ The Yearning Mermaid said...

I always wanted to visit the United States or China. I live and grew up in Germany and always felt like every other country is more intersting :-D Time to find out!

StacyUFI said...

I MOST would like to visit Ireland. But I would love to just leave the country all together lol. Probably wont ever happen though.

Jaime Z said...

I have wanted to vist England for a very long time. I love English History and want to see where it actually happened.

Van Pham said...

I would want to visit England, Greece, and Egypt one day.

Spav said...

I've always wanted to visit Australia and New Zealand.

Cory said...

I've always wanted to visit Ireland. Japan comes in a close second.

Reading Mind / The Loyal Book said...

I live in Italy and always wanted to visit Australia. I've travelled around Europe pretty much, so I really want to go somewhere far, like Australia and Japan!

SandyG265 said...

I've always wanted to go to Australlia

Riva said...

At the top of my "wish to visit" list is Australia. A close second - Ireland.

dulcibelle [at] earthlink [dot] net

cindy said...

terri, i like undies. haha!

and i also love all the international responses!

i fell in love with england, and london is my absolute favorite city because of it. (and i married the guy, so that helps!)

keep the responses coming!

Darlyn said...

I've been to China and i love the spring there! If i have the opportunity, i would love to visit anywhere in europe; maybe spain and france!

darlyn22 at gmail dot com

thanks making this internatonal =)

Mayara Arend said...

I've always wanted to visit England, Italy and Greece, mostly, but also any place with history, historical places and such... I'm totally in love with those ^^

mayarend -at- yahoo -dot- com -dot- br

Sharon S. said...

Undies it is! . I would love to visit Japan. Both my daughters had to do a report on Japan. I love the history, culture and geography.

Book Chatter Cath said...

I've always wanted to visit the small Mediterranean Island of Malta. My Granny was born there and so I have some extended family over there.
A very close second is Ireland. I've some Irish on my dad's side of the family and I absolutely adore all the Irish legends and lore and who wouldn't want to get caught up with all the mystical Fae:)

Barbara E. said...

There are so many places I'd like to visit, but since my ancestors are from Great Britain, and I've read so many historicals set there, that would be my number one choice.
My niece visited China when she went to pick up her darling daughter, and it sounds like a fantastic place to visit too, such a rich history.
Hope all the cooties are gone now Cindy, and you're able to resist any more.

Lynsey Newton said...

What a pretty cover and awesome story! If I don't win, I'm buying it anyway!!

I've ALWAYS wanted to go to Rome, Italy but have not had the chance yet. Also, Australia is a place I've always wanted to go but haven't because of the cost. Last but not least LAPLAND!!! Obviously at this time of year. I love the idea of sledding, going on a husky ride, meeting Santa, sitting by the fireplace with a steaming cup of hot chocolate! Shame I don't have any kids LOL

Thanks for the contest. Lynsey(AT)narrativelyspeaking(DOT)com

Patricia JL said...

Egypt for me. Or maybe Italy to see the Renaissance. One of those two are top picks for me.

Casey H said...

I have always wanted to go to France but I've never been able to go because I just don't have the money =(

Giada M. said...

I would love to visit Egypt. I have always wanted to, but I still can't. (I'm broke T_T)

Thank you for the giveaway! :)

Giada M.

fabgiada (at) gmail (dot) com

Jaz said...

I am, for some unknown reason, completely fascinated by Russia, so I would really love to go there!

Thanks for the giveaway!

wildpeetree7 at hotmail dot com

As I Lay Bleeding said...

GREECE... forever dreaming of Greece... since 2nd grade... {heavy sigh}.

nedsped at verizon dot net

Glaiza said...

I've always wanted to visit Japan. I missed out on a class trip because I couldn't afford to go so its the first place I want to see when I travel. That and maybe Greece because the Mediterranean sea looks almost unreal.

Thank you for the giveaway :)

gla_rez at hotmail dot com

Cylver said...

I hope to visit Italy some day. I love reading about ancient Rome and the Renaissance, and would really enjoy seeing the country for myself. Plus, I wouldn't mind meeting some nice Italian men!

Stephanie M said...

I would love to visit Greece. I love everything about Greek mythology and I would love to see the architecture.

smccar1 at hotmail dot com

Llehn said...

Seoul, Korea :D

chivixen said...


Sheree said...

Australia. And maybe New Zealand.


Unknown said...

Cindy what a STUNNING cover!

Crystal @ RBtWBC said...

Can my answer be everywhere? LoL
I haven't left the US and would love to visit all of Europe, Australia and a ton of other places.
Thanks for the giveaway and happy holidays!

Brenda Hyde said...

I keep messing up leaving a comment for some reason! LOL I'd go with Ireland hands down. My grandfather, and my husband's greatgrandfather were born in Ireland, and I've always loved all things Celtic and Irish:)

I hope you have a lovely holiday!