July 15, 2011

Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes Blog Tour Stop #3

Many thanks to Eisley Jacobs for her post featuring my vlog yesterday about living the glamorous life of an author. And congrats to Devin for winning an autographed copy of Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes as well as a copy of Born to be a Dragon, Eisley’s middle grade fantasy. Today is a stop at my dear friend Trisha Leigh’s blog. Trisha also happens to be my crit partner and even though we only live about ten minutes apart, we met on Twitter.  Trisha’s giving you a review about Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes and featuring an excerpt from one of my favorite scenes. Rose’s first kiss.  There’s some behind the scene’s info about that scene. Maybe I’ll share it. 😉  But YOU can share at Trisha’s blog and enter to win a copy of Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes by sharing about your first kiss. I can’t wait to read your stories!  
July 14, 2011

Twenty-Eight and a Half Wises Blog Tour Stop #2

Yesterday’s stop was so much fun and I want to thank Heather McCorkle for having me at Critique Sisters Corner. Heather’s still hosting a giveaway of my book so hop on over there if you want a chance to enter! Today is the second stop on the blog tour at my dear friend and critique partner, Eisley Jacobs’ blog. Eisley knows how wacky I can be, and being someone who truly appreciates wacky, she asked me to make a vlog. Open concept. Oh dear, Eisley. Haven’t you learned anything about me by now? Be careful what you ask for… What I am talking about? Hop on over to Eisley’s blog to see a day in the life– the GLAMOROUS  life– of an author. Note: Eisley is camping right now and the embedded video isn’t working. I’m going to post the video here until she gets it resolved. Be sure to go over to her blog too, though. Eisley is giving away a signed copy of MY book and HER OWN middle grade book- Born to be a Dragon.
July 13, 2011

Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes Blog Tour Stop #1

Today kicks off the official blog tour for Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes! WooHoo!  Heather McCorkle is posting an interview with me and hosting a giveaway of  my book on the blog she shares with her critique sisters Critique Sisters Corner. And be sure to stay tuned for details on a contest I’ll be running for the entire month of August!!!! You’ll have the chance at winning multiple Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift certificates– and all you’ll have to do is leave a review somewhere to enter! Now run over to Heather’s blog and find out a little secret about Muffy, the dog Rose acquires.  
July 12, 2011

Happy Release Day to Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes

OMG! I did it!!!!! *jumps up and down like a crazy person* *runs around the room with flailing arms* Sorry, I just had to get that out of the way. Today is the official debut/launch/release of Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes!!! I say “official” because some of you were savvy enough to discover it on Amazon and Barnes & Noble as an ebook last week. 😉 I uploaded them early to make sure there weren’t any glitches in the process, only to discover, to my surprise, I had already sold books! To which I promptly Google chatted Eisley Jacobs and said “It’s official! I’m a professional author!” People paid to read my book!!!! Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes is my third book. None of you will read the first, a manuscript chained to a post in the dungeon of my external hard drive. I should do the humane thing and press the delete button, but my silly pride prevents me from following through.  My second book, Chosen, will be published in September. So why did I publish this one first? Several reasons. Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes is the most like my blog There’s Always Room for One More out of […]
July 11, 2011

The Day before the Release of Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes

Once upon a time, there was a girl who loved to read. She read everything she could get her hands on. And she wrote. Her high school English teacher read her writing and began to grade her differently than everyone else, expecting more from her. The girl thought this was unfair and asked the teacher why. The teacher looked her straight in the eye and said, not unkindly, “Because you are capable of more.” You are capable of more. Life moved on. A marriage. Children. Divorce. A remarriage. More children. A death. And all though it all the girl saw her teacher’s face and heard the voice inside her head. She always wondered what her teacher thought of her, was her teacher disappointed as she watched from heaven–taken far too soon in her thirties from a sudden illness. When the girl’s husband died, also far too soon in an accident, she began to re-evaluate her life. What was important. What wasn’t. And still, she heard the teacher’s voice inside her head. You are capable of more. So the girl decided to finally live her life. Fulfill her life long dreams. Some were minuscule. Some were life changing. All fed her […]
July 6, 2011

Stop One of the Blog Tour for Born to be a Dragon

I am thrilled to be the kickoff blog post for Eisley Jacobs blog tour for her debut novel, Born to be a Dragon, a middle grade fantasy which comes out on July 20! I have the pleasure of being crit partners with Eisley. We met on Twitter almost a year and a half ago, and we learned how to critque and give feedback using each other as guinea pigs. We’ve both grown a lot as writers and as friends. We share each other’s joy and pain. And excitement. I’ll never forget the night Eisley texted me telling me that she’d thought of  middle grade story– about dragons.  Born to be a Dragon has grown and evolved a lot since that first germ of an idea and it’s been fun to watch. Also, Eisley is hosting an awesome GIVEAWAY! She’s giving away prizes until her release date when she will give away a NOOK! When you’re done reading this post, hop on over to Eisley’s blog so you can enter to win today’s contest– a cute book with paper cut dragons! So what’s Born to be a Dragon about? Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons, for you are crunchy and taste good […]
July 4, 2011

One Week Before My Book Release: Lessons Learned So Far

One week from tomorrow, my debut novel Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes will officially be released. I announced in May that I was going to self-pub my book and received far more support and encouragement that I could have hoped for.  But let me tell you, it’s been a LOT of work. I had no intentions of publishing a half-ass book. I’m sorry, but I have a reputation to maintain. I wanted to portray myself as a professional which meant professional copy editing and a professional cover. I had the option of seeking a professional to format my eBooks but opted to do it myself. (I’ll address this more below)  I’m also smart enough to know that I can’t just click publish on the Amazon website and expect to make sales. (More on this later too.) I needed to market and promote my book. This took LOTS of time and planning.  Honestly, I underestimated how long it would take to do EVERYTHING.  But if I’m going to do this, by damn, I’m going to do this right. I also know I have a lot of people watching me, watching how I’m doing this, how well I will do.  They’re considering […]
June 28, 2011

Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes Book Trailer

The official and final book trailer for Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes!
June 23, 2011

New Site!

If you can’t see it, head over to http://DeniseGroverSwank.com/ to see the changes.
June 21, 2011

I Have a Cover!!!!!!

Squee!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You had to have heard me squee when I first saw the cover for Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes. I was completely blown away. It’s gorgeous! Doug Johnston, the creative director at Prizm Productions, did such an awesome  job of capturing the feel of the book with the photo and tone with the font of the title.  It’s scary trusting your baby cover to someone else, but Doug didn’t let me down. I could just sit and look at it all day. Oh wait, I have been. I know, I know, you’re saying “Will you just show us the cover already?” Okay, I will but first… Ah, never mind.   Was I right or was I right??? OMG! This is really happening!
June 5, 2011

Why I Wear Headphones

Summer vacation is here! Yay! Unfortunately, I’ve had a hard time concentrating the last few days. I wonder why. This video was taken just a few moments ago from my desk chair. Be sure to get to at least 30 seconds to get the “full effect.” *this is a cross post with my family blog
June 4, 2011

Getting It Right the First Time

If there's one thing I have learned 23K into my sixth novel, its that not a single book has been written the same way. My first, my throw away book, was a NaNoWriMo project. I'll be honest and it was more about meeting the goal than the story, although I didn't believe that at the time. I'd started several novels before and never even hit 20K so completing a book was at the top of the priority list. One key for me in completion is that I'd spent a week or so plotting, which had always been my bane. As weird as it sounds to most writers, my blog posts on my family blog taught me to plot. Every blog post/story had a beginning, middle and an end. It sounds logical enough, but I when I started my previous novels-- the unfinished ones-- I had a vague idea and started writing.