Sunday, January 30, 2011

Crunch Time!

Because of the time I took off during the holidays (which I don't regret), and the unexpected amount of time it's taken to come up with a workable outline for the seventh Goddess Girls book, Joan and I will only have about two months to complete the story. Yikes! Normally, I don't mind deadlines, but only if they're generous enough that I can pace myself.  Even in college I was never one to wait until the last minute to study for a test, and then cram till the wee hours of the morning. I won't do that to finish this book, either, but I may wind up having to give up some weekends as well as the weekdays. What I won't give up is time each day for the things that keep me healthy and sane--time to write in my journal (yes, I still keep an old-fashioned paper and ink journal), time to exercise (step and yoga and walking), time to read for enjoyment, and time with family and friends. Oh yes, and chocolate.

What won't you give up even when your life becomes busier than you'd like?

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Don't Forget to Enter for Artemis the Brave Giveaways

Just a reminder that the blog tour to celebrate Artemis the Brave, the newest release in Joan Holub's and my GoddessGirls series for ages 8-12, is still in progress with guest posts, interviews, and fabulous giveaways:

Swag giveaway:
* Artemis's puppy! An 8 1/2 inch plush dog named Amby--short for ambrosia, food of the gods! (Yomiko)
* Nail polishes
(Sally)
* Bangle bracelets (mudd)
* Goddess Girls bookmark
* Autographed copy of Artemis the Brave
I Am A Reader, Not A Writer - January 21 (interview & swag giveaway pictured above)

For book-only giveaways:
Tales of Whimsy - January
A Girl, Books and Other Things - January 17 (interview & giveaway)
Poisoned Rationality - January 19 (guest post & giveaway)
Lost for Words - January 25 (guest post & giveaway)
Ashley's Bookshelf - January 27 (interview & giveaway)

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

A Bittersweet Day

My husband and I just dropped our daughter at the airport to fly back to Norway, where she's been living the past three years. We were lucky that she was able to stay for three and a half weeks, but that doesn't stop me from tearing up when it's time for her to leave again. It was so great to have her home. She and we were able to enjoy lots of time with family and friends, and she also flew with us to Palm Springs for five days of fun in the sun. We hope to meet her somewhere in Europe this spring, and she will be returning in July for another visit. Hooray!

Tomorrow I will get busy with my writing again.  Joan Holub and I have two new Goddess Girls books (7 & 8) to write, plus an editorial revision to do for Book #6.  From past experience, I know it will take me a couple of days to settle into my usual routines, but I'm actually looking forward to the work ahead.  

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Artemis the Brave Book Tour Continues

Happy New Year! The blog tour to celebrate Artemis the Brave, the newest release in the GoddessGirls series for ages 8-12, continues this month with guest posts, interviews, and fabulous giveaways.

Swag giveaway:
* Artemis's puppy! An 8 1/2 inch plush dog named Amby--short for ambrosia, food of the gods! (Yomiko)
* Nail polishes
(Sally)
* Bangle bracelets (mudd)
* Goddess Girls bookmark
* Autographed copy of Artemis the Brave
 
I Am A Reader, Not A Writer - January 21 (interview & swag giveaway pictured above)

For book-only giveaways:
Tales of Whimsy - January
A Girl, Books and Other Things - January 17 (interview & giveaway)
Poisoned Rationality - January 19 (guest post & giveaway)
Lost for Words - January 25 (guest post & giveaway)
Ashley's Bookshelf - January 27 (interview & giveaway)

Many thanks to these blog goddesses for spreading the word about Goddess Girls!
Cynsations (Cynthia Leitich Smith)
, inthehammock, TeenBookScene, Dragonfly77 (D. Fowler), Little Willow, readergirlz, readertotz, MundieKidsMore buzz coming soon at: Poisoned Rationality, Lost for Words, Ashley's Bookshelf, I Am A Reader, Not A Writer
“…a clever take on Greek deities…” ~ Booklist
“…an enchanting mythological world with middle-school woes compounded by life as a deity…” ~ School Library Journal
Series scoop:
Join the class at Mount Olympus Academy with
Goddess Girls, a new series that puts a modern spin on classic Greek myths!

Aladdin paperbacks, ages 8 ~ 12.
Athena the Brain Finding out she’s a goddess and being sent to Mount Olympus brings Athena new friends, a weird dad, and the meanest girl in mythology—Medusa!
Persephone the Phony Hiding her feelings works fine for Persephone until she meets a guy she can be herself with—Hades, the bad-boy of the Underworld.
Aphrodite the Beauty Sure Aphrodite is beautiful, but it’s not always easy being the goddessgirl of love.
NEW! Artemis the Brave She may be the goddess of the hunt, but that doesn’t mean Artemis always feels brave. (Dec. 2010)
Athena the Wise Zeus says Heracles has to do twelve tasks or he'll get kicked out of MOA! Although she's not sure it's wise, Athena agrees to help out. (April 5, 2011)
Aphrodite the Diva Isis claims she's the goddess of love? Ha! But to keep the title all to herself, Aphrodite has to find the perfect match for Pygmalion, the most annoying boy ever. (July/August 2011)

Be sure to 'follow' because we have amazing giveaways coming for Goddess Girls #5 Athena the Wise; and #6 Aphrodite the Diva. We look forward to seeing you!
~ Joan and Suzanne