Just in Time For Summer: Goodreads Giveaway of The Perils of Pauline!

My last Goodreads Giveaway was a big success with 1413 people entered!

Since summer is just around the corner — and since The Perils of Pauline makes for the perfect beach read (IMHO!) here goes again (and good luck to you!). Enter below for a chance to win a free signed copy!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Perils of Pauline by Collette Yvonne

The Perils of Pauline

by Collette Yvonne

Giveaway ends July 10, 2015.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to Win

Time for Another Goodreads Giveaway!

My first Goodreads Giveaway was so much fun — over 800 people entered! — that I’ve decided to post another one. This time I added two more eligible countries: Great Britain and Australia. I love Goodreads as it helps me keep track of books I’ve enjoyed and books I would like to read. I can become a fan of my favourite authors and find out more information about them plus I can meet other book lovers and chat with people in fan forums. What’s not to like right?

Enter for a chance to win a free signed copy of The Perils of Pauline!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Perils of Pauline by Collette Yvonne

The Perils of Pauline

by Collette Yvonne

Giveaway ends May 05, 2015.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

Versatile Blogger Award

Versatile Blogger Award

theversatilebloggerBlogger Colleen Knight just nominated me for a Versatile Blogger Award. (Thanks Colleen!)

A VBA is not just a kind blog nod in my direction but it is a game! Like! To play I have nominate 15 more blogs that I think are worthy of a VBA and then list 7 things about me.

Here goes. I’d like to nominate the following 15 blogs, in no particular order, for a VBA as well:

1. Deb’s Daily Dish: The Fridge Whisperer Blog: a tasty, tasty place!

2. Jackson Yoga: A beautifully-written blog on yoga, meditation and writing.

3. Author Patricia Miller‘s Blog: Check out her book The Mausoleum Road Affair!

4. Kevin Craig: Author of Young Adult Fiction. Poet & Playwright. Nonstop great writing!

5. All Food Thoughts:  Kathryn’s wonderful food thoughts, with mouthwatering pics too!

6. Debi Goodwin and Peter Kavanagh: Two for the price of one! A cleverly combined blog about writing, books, scooters,  photography, exploration, discovery, learning, adventure, and restoration.

7.   M-E Girard  Young Adult Writer: debut novel Girl is due out in 2016, by Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins.

8. Sally A. Moore : stories and poems and more!

9. Ruth Walker Writer, Editor, Play/Screenwriter, Commercial Writer, Short Fiction Writer, Poet

10. Sunshine in a Jar: Jessica Outram EDUCATOR AND WRITER Author of The Writing Spiral: Learning as a Writer. Principal in Ontario with over fifteen years of experience in Elementary and Secondary schools. Publisher. Playwright. Poet. Fiction Writer. Memoirist. Singer and actor. Family History Geek. Creative Writing Teacher for adults and teens.

11. Maaja Wentz: Creative Teacher Librarian plus a free newsletter!

12. Playing in the Elements with Nicole Lohse: stories, articles and free good, good yoga videos!

13. A.C. Maclachlan: Social media for writers. And dragons!

14. Sharon Overend: Toronto-area based author of short stories, poetry and literary fiction.

15. S.J. Clarke Writer of romantic suspense with a paranormal twist.

Seven things about me:

1. When I was little, my mother hosted a fancy tea party. While balancing a teacup in her bony hand, one of the ladies leaned down to say “Hello Little Girl” to me. I was deeply impressed with her pointed nose and wiry grey hair. I told her that she looked like a witch. (My mother was none too pleased with me.)
2. I’ve lived in Holland, Germany and France.
3. For a couple of years, I kept a few egg-laying chickens in my country backyard — and they actually laid pale green eggs.
4. I’ve been practicing yoga for 20 years.
5. I went on a ten-day silent meditation retreat and lasted for 9 1/2 days.
6. I hiked the Bruce Trail for a week and didn’t fall off the escarpment once. (But I tripped over pebbles and landed on my face on the flat part of the trail twice).
7. I personally contracted the trades to build a log house and did much of the construction work with my husband: we framed walls, installed windows, doors, floors and trim, and even constructed all the concrete footings and drainage for the foundation. All without the aid of Google or the Internet. I know the difference between a subfloor and a soffit. The house is still standing today!

The Versatile Blogger Award Rules:

  • Display the Award Certificate (cut and paste it from my post)
  • Write a post and link back to the blogger who nominated you – that’s me!
  • Nominate 15 other bloggers
  • Inform them of their nomination via comment on their blog
  • Post 7 interesting things about yourself

Running with Wattpad

I just heard about an interesting website for readers and writers that is rapidly spreading in popularity: it’s called Wattpad. In the Jan/Feb newsletter from the Writer’s Community of Durham Region (WCDR), writer Maaja Wentz described Wattpad as: an electronic platform featuring 75 million stories. Thirty-five million people worldwide use it to read free, serialized fiction inside a social network and it is a rapidly growing literary showcase for writers.

And it’s all free!

I just joined. It’s easy-peasy to sign up and create a profile. I uploaded the first chapter of The Perils of Pauline and a couple of images in mere minutes.

Now I can read stories posted by other writers while I watch my Wattpad read numbers grow (I hope). Speaking of watching numbers: I am now keeping my frenzied (and slightly blood-shot) eyes on my Goodreads Giveaway numbers (138 people signed up so far!)  and my amazon.ca ranking numbers (like riding a little roller coaster — yesterday I got up into the top ten in two categories! which was super cool! until I swiftly dropped back down again, crushed by the likes of Gordon Kirkland’s Never Stand Behind a Loaded Horse, Kindle Edition and Adam Mansbach’s Go the F**K to Sleep) and, well, it’s been fun so far but I can tell already this numbers-watching obsession is soon to become soul-destroying, crazy-making not-fun. Vow: I will check the numbers no more than once a day. Ok. That’s harsh. I will check the numbers no more than, say, ten times a day. I will not … I … this has more mesmerizingly evil potential than the most addictive game of all time, Candy Crush.

You can find Margaret Atwood on Wattpad here and you can find me on Wattpad here.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Perils of Pauline by Collette Yvonne

The Perils of Pauline

by Collette Yvonne

Giveaway ends February 28, 2015.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

My First Goodreads Giveaway!

My First Goodreads Giveaway!

I’m excited to announce my very first Goodreads Giveaway! The print version of The Perils of Pauline is due to be released on 7 February:  what better way to celebrate a book release than to offer four signed copies as free giveaways? The giveaway contest is free to enter for all members of Goodreads. If you win (Goodreads will do a draw on February 28), you will receive a brand new, signed print copy in your mailbox and I will even spring for the shipping!

If you love books and aren’t a member of Goodreads yet, I highly recommend that you sign up for your free membership. Goodreads is good fun: keep track of all your best reads, current reads, and want-to-reads, read and write reviews, and make new friends. What are your friends reading? What’s trending? You’ll never be at loss for your next page-turner again: just drop in to Goodreads and find out which hot books everyone is raving about.

To enter the contest, just click on Enter to win below and good luck!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Perils of Pauline by Collette Yvonne

The Perils of Pauline

by Collette Yvonne

Giveaway ends February 28, 2015.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

The Perils of Pauline is Here!

I am in full-on pinch me mode! The end of a long wait has come at last! The e-book version of The Perils of Pauline is newly released to Kindle and the print copies are in the warehouse ready to be shipped!

How does it feel? Although I am speaking in exclamation marks today, it’s not quite real yet. When I finally lay my fingers on the amazing cover, fan through the pages and smell the ink, the reality will start to sink in: The Perils of Pauline is launched into the world and its time to sip the bubbly.* (Warning — a bigger boatload of exclamation marks will arrive the day the post delivers the book!!!!)

Today, I’m dreaming a happy dream. Tomorrow, it’s back to work: promote the book. Finish the sequel. Book signings, blog posts, the official launch and more. There’s so much to do but who cares:  I’m thrilled to embark on the next leg of my publishing journey.

Before I run off (picture a series of cartwheels), I have many people to thank. First and foremost, huge thanks are due to my wonderful agent Stephany Evans of Fine Print Literary Management and all the hard-working staff at Astor + Blue for taking a chance on me. Without them, this day would not be here.

To family and friends who supported me along the way: I am forever grateful. You all rock. I love you all.

*Yes, there is bubbly waiting in the fridge. It’s been there for years, actually. Well, not the exact same bottle of bubbly, since I keep PoetiDOCfamiglia_3drinking it (I am always up for a celebration: birthdays, holidays, good news, the fact that it’s Friday or hump day). I always keep a bottle (or two or three) chilled and ready to go. Always stay on the bright side of life: be sure to order the Prosecco by the case.

I am Charlie Hebdo

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Today, especially, I am grateful to live in Canada, a country that values freedom of speech. In other countries, as we all know, many voices are silenced.  I, and probably most of the friends, writers and artists I know, would be in jail (or worse) for writing and creating the kinds of things we are perfectly free to write and create here in Canada, especially the women artists among us.

I cherish my freedom.

But freedom comes at a price (worth paying). Complacency is dangerous: it is a given that all freedoms, especially freedom of speech, are under attack at all times, everywhere, as we have witnessed in France today, to our deepest horror and sorrow. To all French lovers of freedom: today, Canada stands united with you.

Lovers of freedom must always stand together, fearlessly, and continue to insist that our rights are inviolable. No matter what comes, even if it waves a Kalashnikov.

As the Frenchman Voltaire once said: I do not agree with what you have to say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it.

Vive la France! Tomorrow, we will mourn your brave fallen heroes too.keepitthatway

Book Spotlight on Burn Baby, Burn Baby: Don’t Miss This!

Just in time for holiday-gifting to the YA lover (and ANY lover of great storytelling) on your list: introducing Kevin Craig’s latest novel, Burn Baby, Burn Baby, from Curiosity Quills Press, JUST RELEASED on December 11!!

(I just love this cover by artist: Eugene Teplitsky)

cover1000Today is my day to host Kevin Craig’s new novel as part of the Burn Baby, Burn Baby Blog Tour!

Burn Baby, Burn Baby is Kevin Craig’s fourth novel. This author just keeps on getting better and better. (I cannot wait to finish reading my copy so I can post a full review — but I can tell you now, its intense!) Meanwhile, the reviews are already pouring in — and they are spectacular. Everyone is raving about this book:  Lori Twining wrote: “I read this book in one evening, while sitting in my rocking chair, wrapped in a fleecy blanket, chewing on my fingernails (especially during the last seven chapters or so). Actually, I believe this is the ONLY book I’ve read during 2014 (out of 83 books so far), that I have stayed up past my bedtime to finish reading it. It was that good.” (Read Lori’s full review here.)

Revenge of the Feels reviewer wrote: “I FOUND IT. I FINALLY FOUND IT. A young adult contemporary novel told from a completely normal guy’s point of view with a wicked sense of sarcasm. Okay, its bad sarcasm, like completely negative sarcasm but hey, you can’t blame Francis!” Read the rest of the review here.

Other reviewers on Goodreads are saying: “This book blew me away. Blew. Me. Away.” “I absolutely loved this book!” “It’s a must-read.” “Highly recommended.” “I thoroughly enjoyed this book!” “Five stars on my list.” “The ending was amaze-balls!” and more …

Here’s the publisher’s scoop:

Seventeen-year-old Francis Fripp’s confidence is practically non-existent since his abusive father drenched him in accelerant and threw a match at him eight years ago. Now badly scarred, Francis relies on his best friend Trig to protect him from the constant bullying doled out at the hands of his nemesis, Brandon Hayley—the unrelenting boy who gave him the dreaded nickname of Burn Baby.

 The new girl at school, Rachel Higgins, is the first to see past Francis’s pariah-inducing scars. If Brandon’s bullying doesn’t destroy him, Francis might experience life as a normal teenager for the first time in his life. He just has to avoid Brandon and convince himself he’s worthy of Rachel’s attentions. Sounds easy enough, but Francis himself has a hard time seeing past his scars. And Brandon is getting violently frustrated, as his attempts to bully Francis are constantly thwarted. Francis is in turmoil as he simultaneously rushes toward his first kiss and a possible violent end. 

About The Author:

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Kevin Craig is the author of three previous novels; Summer on Fire, Sebastian’s Poet, and The Reasons. He is a 4-time winner of the Muskoka Novel Marathon’s Best Novel Award. Kevin is also a playwright and has had eight 10-minute plays produced. His poetry, short stories, memoir and articles have been published internationally. Kevin was a founding member of the Ontario Writers’ Conference and a long-time member of the Writers’ Community of Durham Region (WCDR). He is represented by literary agent Stacey Donaghy of Donaghy Literary Group.

Check Burn Baby, Burn Baby out on Goodreads where you can WIN a copy!

You can download a sample from Curiosity Quills Press here. Or go straight to Amazon.ca and press purchase!

Follow Kevin Craig online and get updates straight from the author plus book giveaways and all sorts of good stuff at his Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads pages!

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