Gifts that Keep on Giving

The universe is being kind to me this week. Thank you universe.

Sherry Thomas (also a wuxia fan) is giving away a copy of Butterfly Swords on her website.  *bounce* Even if you already have Butterfly Swords, you want to go check her out. I’d highly recommend all her books, but especially Not Quite a Husband. Her writing and use of language is exquisite. I keep on replaying scenes from NQAH in my head, even now, months and months after reading it. I haven’t felt that way about a book in a long time.

More good things: Remember that Grand Prize giveaway that I had as part of my Launch Celebration? I can’t help but think that, though randomly drawn, those prizes went to the right people.

First, Stephanie Hyacinth, professional romance reader, sent me these awesome photos of her new swords. I must say, she’s got the Eye of the Tiger there and looks much better than I ever did  with the swords.

Second, the annotated copy of Butterfly Swords is still packed away in my office to be sent out next year. Desere offered to donate it to the Brenda Novak Auction for Diabetes Research. She lost her grandfather to diabetes and my entire family struggles with diabetes, so I was very happy about that.

Anne, the winner of the color poster from deviantArtist schumy330, was part of the crew that requested Butterfly Swords be stocked at Kinokuniya in Indonesia. How wonderful of them–and look at the nice placement between Teresa Medeiros and Maya Banks. One day in the US…

Book people are really, really wonderful individuals. Just saying.

Book Buying Freeze

It’s almost June, RWA conference is coming up in a couple months, and I already have more books in my TBR pile than I can read by July. Now is the time to declare a book buying moratorium.

I always overspend at Nationals so I came up with this process a couple years back. I would stop buying books a couple of months before conference in order to save up a bit. Plus the RWA literacy signing is for charity so they do encourage you to buy books there and not drag in your bookshelf from home to be signed.

It’s killing me this year. Sherry Thomas’ His at Night is coming out…Joanna Bourne’s next book is coming. I can buy them all at Nationals, but…but…

Another thing about the buying freeze is it also frees me up a little to finish whatever imaginary deadline I’ve given myself before Nationals. This year the goal is to finish the first draft of my paranormal, Sorcerer’s Daughter.

Speaking of deadlines. I suppose they’re no longer imaginary…*shudders*

So the freeze starts…now. 🙁

P.S. I am making two allowances for two category books that come out in June that I really, really want. Now that I know how category sales are time sensitive, I have to buy these two books to support the authors. But that’s it!

P.P.S. I’ve decided checking out books from the library is still okay.