Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Goodreads Choice Awards 2012



I'm kind of giddy. Actually more than kind of. I've been a member of goodreads for a few years now, and have been known to lose hours scrolling through goodreads. I've voted in every goodreads choice awards since I became a member and I've often thought how lovely it would be to be nominated in a category.

Well... I got nominated in two for this year's choice awards!

On Dublin Street has been nominated for Best Romance
&
I've been nominated for Best goodreads Author for On Dublin Street.

Uh...yay!!!
Thank you guys!!!

If you fancy voting for me and On Dublin Street you can HERE and HERE


Much love,

Sam x

Sunday, October 28, 2012

The New York Times

So many amazing things have happened to me in the last two years, especially the last two months. All of them were things I never dreamt would happen to a wee ordinary lass from Falkirk in Scotland. They did. And they bowled me over. I am eternally grateful for everything that has happened.

But I think we all have more than one dream... and I must admit there is something I have DREAMT about since I was a kid.

Becoming a New York Times bestseller. 

To me that was IT and if I ever by some miracle made it on there, it would be something no one could ever take away from me. Well... I am ecstatic to have finally hit the New York Times Bestseller list this week with ODS! I want to thank my agent and NAL for making it possible :)

And I want to thank you all! So I'm celebrating the dream! 

Two winners to win their choice of either a Kindle Fire HD or a Nook HD!!

Head on over to the On Dublin Street blog to enter for your chance to win in this international giveaway!

ENTER HERE

Friday, October 26, 2012

On Dublin Street - The UK Edition

On Dublin Street has been published by Michael Joseph (Penguin UK) and the ebook is now available from Kobo and Amazon.

Even better the Penguin edition of the ebook is actually cheaper than mine!! Woohoo! You can pick up On Dublin Street for your ereader for a fantastic £2.49!

The paperback will be hitting the stores Jan 17th 2013. I cannot wait! It will be utterly surreal to walk into a bookstore and find it there. Much hysteria will ensue I'm sure.

Anyhoo, UKers you'll notice something different if you go to pick up your copy. A new cover! I'll try to get a sharper image later but here it is...



I absolutely love it and hope you do too!


Sam x 

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

RT Book Reviews Interview!

Well, I was very excited to be interviewed by RT Book Reviews (formerly known as the Romantic Times!) for their daily blog. They ask me a bunch of great questions about On Dublin Street so click on this rather yummy magazine cover to head on over there to check it out...








Sam x

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

The worst teaser I've ever given...

Inside this notebook is the first half of the second book in the world of On Dublin Street.




I've been promoted from tease to torturer.


;)



Sam x

Monday, October 22, 2012

Fire Spirits Tour - Day 6



It's Day 6 in the Fire Spirits tour and the awesome blog Refracted Light Reviews is kicking off 'Scorched Skies' week! 

Check out their interview with Jinn hero, Jai, and enter to win FS prizes in their giveaway! Click HERE to head on over there.


Refracted Light | Young Adult Book Reviews

Monday, October 15, 2012

NEWS!



Dear readers,

I haven’t been posting on my blogs very much lately, and I really haven’t been around as much online. Mostly because my life has become absolutely crazy and I haven’t had the time. Why crazy?
Well as most of you know, I released my first adult contemporary romance novel - On Dublin Street - on August 31st this year. After five days, it climbed its way up into the Top 100 on Amazon US and then from there continued to freak me out (in a good way!) by speeding to #1 where it sat for a collective 13 days. While it was doing that lovely climbing, I signed with the absolutely phenomenal Lauren Abramo at Dystel & Goderich Literary Management. I can’t say enough wonderful things about Lauren. She has championed ODS from the moment she finished reading it and has worked extremely hard to find it a new home.
‘A new home?’ you ask.
Yup.
I know I’ve spoken about self-publishing versus traditional publishing and I always said that it didn’t make sense for me financially to sign with a traditional publisher unless they offered me a deal that blew my mind. Well, I’m overjoyed to announce to my readers that I have signed a two-book deal for On Dublin Street and its forthcoming sequel with New American Library (Penguin US). 
I think I’m still processing it. It is so surreal. But so fantastic! In all honesty, as an indie I couldn’t have met the unexpected promise of On Dublin Street, but Penguin definitely can. For all you lovely readers who have been asking me for weeks when ODS would be appearing on Barnes & Noble, first I want to say sorry for being so vague (I couldn’t talk about the book deal until today!) and secondly, I hope you’ll be pleased to know that ODS will be appearing on B&N for the Nook over the coming days. The ebook is transitioning to NAL this week, and the paperback will be available to buy from all major book retailers from Dec 31st 2012 (US).
On Dublin Street will also be out in a number of different countries. So far, I can tell you that Michael Joseph (Penguin UK) will be publishing the ebook in the UK and commonwealth from 25th October 2012 and the paperback will be available in bookstores in the UK from 17th Jan 2013. The book will also be published in Germany, Italy, Spain, Russia, and Thailand. I don’t have any dates for these as yet, but I’ll keep you updated on foreign publication as we go along.
And yes, I did say TWO-book deal. I’m working on book two at the moment, but you will be thrilled to know that I’m keeping quiet about who the hero and heroine of book two are. Yes. I’m going to torture you mercilessly on that one :p
I can tell you that book two will be releasing in 2013.

Now, what does this mean for my self-publishing?
Not to worry. I am still self-publishing and I will continue to self-publish for as long as you’ll have me. The only downside to this amazing news is that the release date for Darkness, Kindled (Fire Spirits #4) has to be postponed until 2013. I am so sorry to do this, but I’m now under contractual obligation to write book two in the world of ODS. It sucks for Fire Spirits fans. I’m not going to say it doesn’t and I am truly sorry to have to disappoint you with this delay. I want to be clear that this postponement doesn’t mean I’m not writing DK. It just means that it’s going to take longer to write. I hope you all understand and are assured that this delay does not mean I am abandoning my YA readers. I love writing YA Urban Fantasy, and still have so many projects to continue with, so rest assured that I can handle writing both YA and adult romance ;)

So, the next few months are going to be CRAZY! You know I like to respond to everyone’s comments individually but my life has never been so busy and unfortunately I am unable to get to everyone as much as I would love to. I apologize in advance for any comments I miss or don’t answer as quickly as I usually do, but I promise to try my very best. I appreciate you all and can’t thank you enough for taking this incredible journey with me and for allowing me to do what I love to do best.

Much love and gratitude,
Sam x

Fire Spirits Tour - Day One



That's right, the Fire Spirits tour kicks off today! 

The 1st stop on the tour is with the awesome Parajunkee. Join Parajunkee for an author interview and giveaway :)



Click HERE for the link to the tour stop #1




Sam x 

Monday, October 08, 2012

The Fire Spirits Blog Tour!




That's right, folks, the Fire Spirits series is going on tour!



Stopping at fifteen phenomenal book blogs from Oct 15th - Nov 2nd!




Guest posts, Interviews with the characters, Giveaways and More!


  



A huge thank you to Kismet Book Touring!!



Sam x