Tuesday, September 6, 2011

We Have a Winner!

Here are all the entries (in a bowl, because I couldn't find a good hat) surrounded by a few of the prizes. See I told you the bouncy balls were cool! (My Kindle just had to get into the act, too. Sorry about that.)

And then I picked out the GRAND PRIZE WINNER:

Everyone give a round of applause for JOSEPH MILLER and his WerePlaytpus!


 Another round of applause for AEICHA and her WereGuppie (AKA the WereShark-Wannabe).

Finally, I drew out the SECOND PRIZE WINNER:

And it's Billy Burgess and his WereZombie!

As for the THIRD PRIZE WINNERS, that would be the rest of you (namely Dolly, Cherry and Jodelle).

Thank you to all of you who participated.

Now for the logistics of it all: Could all of you send me your mailing addresses/email addresses so I can send out the prizes (emails for the gift certificates and mailing for the "goodies"). Please send them to debi l faulkner (at) g mail (dot) com (in the usual no-spaces format, of course). I promise not to keep or abuse your addresses in any way whatsoever.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

This is Exciting! (No, really. It's VERY Exciting!)

This past month has been hectic. I spent 3 weeks in the US with my family, which included watching my extremely talented son compete in the International Teen Talent Finals (he's such a talented kid!) in Tennessee, seeing as many friends and family as I could squeeze into random visits, two trips to the cinema (what a luxury) and loads of time hugging my parents (and that talented kid of mine!).

But in addition to all of that fun and excitement, the final touches have been put on Year of the WereCurse: WereWhat? and now it's time to launch my newest baby out into the world.

Yes, you heard that right! Year of the WereCurse: WereWhat? is now LIVE on Amazon and Smashwords! (Barnes and Noble should be live soon . . . still waiting for the processing . . . .)

To celebrate, I'm having a giveaway. Not just your average, run-of-the-mill giveaway, but a SUPER, STUPENDOUS, BLOW-YOUR-MIND giveaway!

That's right. Here's what you can WIN:

Grand Prize: an Amazon GIFT CERTIFICATE for $50, a cool POST CARD with the cover of Year of the WereCurse: WereWhat?, and a TURTLE (make that a WereSeaTurtle) BOUNCY BALL

First Prize: an Amazon GIFT CERTIFICATE for $20, a cool POST CARD with the cover of Year of the WereCurse: WereWhat?, and a TURTLE (make that a WereSeaTurtle) BOUNCY BALL

Second Prize: an Amazon GIFT CERTIFICATE for $10, a cool POST CARD with the cover of Year of the WereCurse: WereWhat?, and a TURTLE (make that a WereSeaTurtle) BOUNCY BALL

Third Prize:  I'll send the cool POST CARD with the cover of Year of the WereCurse: WereWhat? to 5 people

Now you may be asking yourself, "What must I do to have a chance to win one of these MIND-BLOWING prizes?"

Well, that's the easy part! In Year of the WereCurse: WereWhat? Jack Henry and his family turn into WereCreatures that reflect their "inner selves." All you have to do is tell me in the comments below what kind of WereCreature you would be. Which animal would showcase your inner self

If you want to earn extra entries, you can! You can share this contest with your friends! Help me get out the word! Just email me at debilfaulkner (at) gmail (dot) com (or post in the comments below) a  link to where you've mentioned this contest. Post me a link to your TWEET, your FACEBOOK page, your BLOG, your MYSPACE page . . . wherever you mention Year of the WereCurse: WereWhat? or this contest! Mention me in more than one place and earn more extra entries

If you want to earn 10 extra entries in one go, just post a review of Year of the WereCurse: WereWhat? (an HONEST review!) and send me a link.  

See how easy that is? You have until the end of LABOR DAY (that would be Monday, September 5th for those of my non-American friends), because I'll draw the winners' names from a hat on Tuesday, September 6th. That gives you just over 2 weeks, people! 

What are you waiting for? Tell me all about your Inner WereCreatures!  

Saturday, July 16, 2011

The Trouble with Sequels . . .

If you take a quick look at my last post , you'll see the WAY COOL cover of my upcoming MG book, WereWhat? Let me just tell you that writing that book was the most fun I've ever had writing. I mean, look at that cover? How could that be anything but FUN?

And now I'm writing the sequel. Yikes! There is a whole new set of rules, a new set of required skills . . . things I never even imagined when I decided to make this a 2-book odyssey. Every word I type, I wonder whether I'm being true to the characters in this point in their journey, whether I'm including too little or too much back information (to help remind readers where the former story left off), whether the tone stays consistent, whether the stakes are being "upped" or . . .

See what I mean?

The challenge at this point is to silence that inner editor long enough for me to get the story down, then allow myself to go back to edit it.

Anyone have an inner-editor-squasher?

What works for you?

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

The Big Reveal!

Those of you who follow me on Facebook may have noticed that I was very excited yesterday. (For those of you who don't, well, just take my word for it now.)

Anyway, here's why!

The wonderful Glendon Haddix (who is a GENIUS!) from Streetlight Graphics has completed the cover for my upper mid-grade book, launching this summer: Year of the WereCurse: WereWhat?

And it's absolutely FABULOUS! (Okay, don't take my word for it -- take a look for yourself!)

It's fabulous, right? Tell me it's fabulous!

Okay, so what do you really think?

Book of the Day -- Demon Day, by Penelope Fletcher

Today's Kindle INDIEpendence Book of the Day is Demon Day, by Penelope Fletcher. Here's the blurb:

Rae is falling into darkness. Grieving the death of her friend at the hand of dark magics, she is full of hate and vengeance. Tracking Devlin and his followers across demon territory, she is forced to turn to the local shifter pack for help. Tricked into rescuing the Pack Alpha’s daughters from the Temple, she learns there really is no place more dangerous than home. Breandan the fairy is done being patient. He wants Rae to stand by his side and refuses any claim they are not destined to be. Unsure, Rae denies him the right to have her, but will the urges of her nature and the strength of their bond allow her to walk away? Then there is Tomas, the alluring vampire who needs her help. But what exactly does he expect of her, and is the cost of helping him worth turning her back on life itself? Courted by the dark, and in love with the light, Rae must choose her path, or face the burden of Rupturing the world once more.

It's available on Amazon for just $2.99!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Book of the Day -- Monster Mashup

Here's a great book to curl up with in front of the fire (whether a fireplace or a campfire). Today's Book of the Day is Monster Mashup, by MJA Ware.

Here's the blurb:

Now with twelve short stories.

Monsters, magic, goblins, zombies, and more. Be prepared to sleep with the lights on. This collection of short stories will have you looking over your shoulder, avoiding mirrors, and jumping at the slightest sound.

From fiendish creatures hiding in your bathroom mirror, to Halloween pranks gone deadly wrong. Each story will scare, delight, and surprise.

No gore or cursing here, just good ol' spine-chilling fun!

Infinite Reflections – When Jessie's sister gets trapped in a haunted mirror, he must figure out how to destroy the creature within. Though, Mom might like it if he gets his sister out first.

Bloody Marcy – Mixing a game of Bloody Mary with a practical joke proves to be a deadly combination.

Monster in the Mirror - Nate, his little sister, and best buddy Dan, stumble upon a hidden room during a sleep-over. What they find inside is anything but friendly.

Death Trap – Mike takes a bet to go inside a haunted house, but will he live long enough to collect?

Steven, Space Stowaway – Steven sneaks onboard a spaceship bound for Mars. Just one problem: the Captain has a particularly unpleasant way of dealing with stowaways.

The Price of Friendship – How much is a best friend worth? Joey finds out the hard way.

Hobgoblin Horror – Jake only volunteered at the retirement home because Shelby works there. So, it's no wonder he's doesn't hear Mr. Fitches' warnings about a local homicidal hobgoblin—too bad for him.

Rolling Leprechauns for Change – Leprechauns can have a nasty sense of humor—especially, when they're getting even.

Hide-n-Go-Coffin – Playing hide-and-seek in a cemetery is disrespectful. When it happens to be cursed, the results can be deadly, or maybe even worse.

Grandpa's Suits – A game of spin-the-bottle with the school pervert isn't a bright idea. Fortunately for Zoey, she's not quite alone.

Brother's Keeper – Zack would be wise to spend less time looking for his missing sled and more time worrying about what's lurking outside. And he's not the only one who'll suffer for his single-mindedness.

Super Zombie Juice Mega Bomb When Life gives you lemons, kill zombies. In this special short story that inspired the upcoming novel, Nate and Misty's town is overrun by the undead and they'll need a little luck to squeeze their way out of this sticky mess.

These stories are not recommended for kids under 8.

You can get Monster Mashup from Amazon, B&N or Smashwords for just  $1.79.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Book of the Day -- Summoning!

Okay, okay, so those of you reading my blog are probably somewhat familiar with this cover, but here it is, anyway:

And just in case you've missed it, here's the blurb, too:

Summoning is based on a “true” Irish witch story in which an evil vicar sells not only his soul but also that of his young servant girl, Meredith, to the devil. After learning the dark craft herself, Meredith finds herself trapped in the demon's shadow when she is accused of witchcraft. It is up to her to find the light and save herself – and those she loves – from the deal.

You can find Summoning on Amazon, B&N and Smashwords for just $2.99!

(But then, you knew that.) ;-)

Book of the Day -- Through the Eyes of a Geek

Today's Book of the Day is Through the Eyes of a Geek, by Kat Brookes. Here's the blurb:

Sixteen-year-old Ryan Matthews had always been the ‘cool’ kid in school, but being ‘cool’ doesn’t get him a free pass into Heaven. Marty, Heaven’s gatekeeper, refuses to let him in until Ryan returns to Earth and makes a difference in someone’s life. Sounds easy enough. That is, until he learns that ‘someone’ is Zachary Adams, his old classmate and the world’s biggest geek.

Convincing Zachary that he’s his angel isn’t an easy task. Especially since Ryan hadn’t exactly been nice to him when they were in school together. But Ryan is determined to see this assignment through, especially when he begins to see life through the eyes of a geek.

To make up for the way he’d treated Zachary, Ryan is not only going to teach him how to fit in. He’s going to help him win the heart of Kristen Williams, a girl Ryan used to be close friends with, the same girl Zachary has a thing for.

Will Ryan finally get those white wings he’s been working toward? Or will he end up on the wrong side of those Pearly Gates a hopelessly fallen angel?

You can get Through the Eyes of a Geek from Amazon, B&N and Smashwords for just $2.99!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Book of the Day -- Wayward

Today's book of the day is Wayward, by Ashley Girardi. Here's the blurb:

Born without magic, seventeen-year-old Helena “Hex” Wayward is an embarrassment to her power-hungry relatives.

As the weakest member of the world’s most deadly magical family, Hex learns early how to avoid confrontation. There’s no defending herself against an errant curse or the pit-demon that her cousins like to summon during family reunions.

When the dark magic inside of her -- magic that she never dreamt even existed -- erupts in a violent display, it kills a member of a rival family.

Now, Hex's family hopes to use her magic for their own sinister purposes and their enemies just want her dead. Abandoning her magic will leave Hex defenseless but she's seen how quickly power corrupts even the best intentions.

She has to make a choice:

Save her life or save her soul.

You can buy Wayward at Amazon, B&N or Smashwords for just 99 cents! 

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Book of the Day

Today's Book of the Day is a fantasy -- Paint World, a Dragon's Orb by Tela Wallen. Here's the blurb:

If they paint it they are able to walk right into it. If they draw it, it becomes a reality that can decorate a whole room. If they cook it, it is so mouth watering that you can’t get enough.

Three brothers and one newly turned vampire must work together in order to save Tempest’s parents from Dathrin. The youngest of the brothers is Gabriel who has learned to deal very effectively with his epilepsy. Teamed with his best friend, Drake, they make a formidable duo in the art of catering. William, the oldest brother, is terribly jealous of the attention Gabriel gets due to his condition and tends to brood over things and lash out at those people closest to him.

When William learns that he is to become the next Canvaser in charge of all of Paint World he feels as though he is finally getting his way, until he learns that Gabriel and Drake have always been a part of Paint World without realizing it due to the powers that flow within their mom and dad. He questions his own position within the family as well as Paint World and has to learn some hard lessons before deciding to work with his brothers instead of against them.

Tempest’s parents created an all seeing orb that Dathrin must have in order to finally rule all of Paint World. He will kill her parents if she doesn’t bring him this orb that she didn’t even know existed until now. They must find the orb then somehow save her parents. Gabriel will be asked to make the biggest sacrifice of all in the name of love and friendship.

You can get this book now from Amazon.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Book(s) of the Day(s)

You know what happens when you go out of town and don't have access to the internet? Well, in my case, it meant that I missed the chance to tell you about TWO books of the day for the INDIEpendence Giveaway!

*duly chastises oneself*

So, here's what I should have told you on Friday and Saturday:

Friday's Book of the Day was Codename: Dancer, by Amanda Brice. Here's a bit of info about it:

Aspiring ballerina Dani Spevak is thrilled when hit TV show Teen Celebrity Dance Off comes to the campus of her performing arts boarding school. She trades the barre for the ballroom and gets set to cha-cha-cha to stardom with Hollywood wonderboy Nick Galliano.

At first their partnership is awkward, because Dani is in awe of her longtime teen idol crush. But soon their chemistry is heating up the dance floor and the attraction moves into real life.

Her excitement is short-lived, because someone wants her off the show. Bombs, poisoning, arson… Will Dani’s 15 minutes of fame be over before she reaches age 15? Dani and her friends are suddenly at the center of some serious sabotage. And if she doesn’t find out who is behind it, her next pirouette could be her last.

It’s like Nancy Drew in toe shoes in this light-hearted tween mystery, a finalist for Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart® Award for Best Young Adult Romance.

It's available on Amazon, B&N and Smashwords for just $1.99.

And for Saturday, the Book of the Day was Shimmerspell, by Kimberly Spencer. Here's more:

When sixteen-year-old Jensen Meadows finds herself caught in the middle of an ancient faerie war, she quickly learns that faeries aren't made of sparkly goodness like Disney would have mortals believe. And with the help of Liam Casey, she begins to suspect that her whole life has been a lie. But what if the truth is more than she can handle?

You can find it on Amazon, B&N and Smashwords for just  99 cents!

Make sure to check out these two wonderful books by INDIEpendence authors!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Book of the Day -- Tempest, by Holly Hook

 Here's today's Kindle INDIEpendence Giveaway Book of the Day: Tempest, by Holly Hook.

Let me just add that this book is GREAT! (and so is the sequel . . . coming soon!)

Here's the blurb:

Book 1 of the Destroyers Series

Sixteen-year-old Janelle never thought the gray spiral birthmark on her arm meant anything special. That is, until she meets Gary, a boy her age with a birthmark exactly like hers. Gary’s attractive, brooding, and perfectly normal…except for the fact that he materialized out of a dangerous hurricane right in front of her. Janelle’s certain of only one thing. Gary’s mark—and hers, too—mean something, but he’s reluctant to tell her what.

At last she squeezes the truth from Gary about their markings. And the truth is utterly terrifying: Janelle and Gary are more connected to the destructive power of nature than she ever dreamed possible. And learning the truth about herself is only the start of her nightmare.

Look for the book on Amazon and Smashwords.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Book of the Day -- After Eden

Here's another one of the great books being offered as part of the Kindle INDIEpendence Giveaway:

Devi knows she shouldn't trust the new employee at her favorite used bookstore. Sure, he's funny, smart and hands down the sexiest guy she's ever met, but something dark lurks behind his unassuming smile and sinful green eyes.

Still, a girl can't always afford to be picky. When an angel abducts your twin brother it should come as no surprise that the one person who can help you get him back is a demon--and only if you're willing to pay his price.

After Eden, by Katherine Pine is available from Amazon and Smashwords for just 99 cents! 

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

INDIEpendence Giveaway -- Book of the Day

As part of the INDIEpendence Giveaway, we've decided to post a Book A Day! Today's book is by Dave Confer and is available for just 99 cents! Here's the blurb:

Principal Lukather is desperate. An internet bully is terrorizing his students at Lakeland Middle School. He makes a deal with street smart, Scott Halifax, to go undercover as a student and nail the bully in exchange for a ticket out of the County Detention Center. It takes some sly computer sleuthing and a little dumb luck before they expose the bully, and it's the last person they ever suspected. Only $0.99 at Amazon and smashwords.

Head on over to Amazon or Smashwords and give it a look!

Sunday, June 5, 2011

INDIEpendence Giveaway! Win a new Amazon KINDLE

Tired of sharing your Kindle with your kids? Or are you a kid whose parents won't share their Kindles?

Then it's time for your INDIEpendence!

Fifteen independent authors of YA and MG books have joined forces to make sure you and your t(w)een have some great reading material for the summer (and give you a chance to win a Kindle to
enjoy it). Here's how it works:

Go to our official WEBSITE and fill in the form to receive your first entry. For more chances to win, tweet about us, like our FACEBOOK page and or in some way share the news about the contest. You can win even more chances by reading and reviewing any one (or more) of the participating books. (More details and particulars on the WEBSITE.)

And the best part of all, of course, is that you could win prizes! And they're really great prizes, too:

GRAND PRIZE: a brand new, Amazon KINDLE preloaded with all the participating books.
FIRST PRIZE: FREE copies of all the participating ebooks!
SECOND PRIZE: FREE copies of 10 participating ebooks!
THIRD PRIZE: FREE copies of 5 participating ebooks!

Sound good? You betcha! Not only could you win a bunch of free books, but you have the chance to be KINDLE INDIEpendent!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Lookie, Lookie!

Ever have one of those days when you want to throw up your hands and scream at the universe to just let one thing work out the right way? I know I do. It's been a rough emotional month for me (and yes, that could have something to do with the total abandonment of this blog for so long!).

Don't get me wrong -- it's not like my entire world is crashing in or anything. It's more like one obstacle after another after another dozen that can really wear on a person's optimism.

Then, this morning, I was checking on things (as usual), and guess what I found. This Wonderful Review

Let's just say that my world has been put back into perspective in such a nice way!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Did you see this review? (And a new bit of news)

The lovely Karly Kirkpatrick read and reviewed Summoning on her blog awhile back (see what a terrible blogger I can be?). I tend to agree with just about everything she says:

Karly's Blog

Hop on over and be sure to tell Karly what a genius she must be  . . .

In other news, I'm working on getting a series (my first series!) ready for the epublishing. Hopefully, the first book will be available this summer with the sequel to follow by Christmas.

That's all I'm going to say for now, except that this story includes WereCreatures, ghosts and a mansion that constantly shifts and changes. And beware of townsfolk bearing torches and pitchforks!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

A Virtual Book Signing

Today is the Official Launch Day for my new book for 9-12 year olds, Murphy's Law! Time to CELEBRATE!

Here's the cover:

Here's the story line:

All 11-year-old Murphy McKenna wants is a chance at a normal life – one where people aren’t locked in lockers, don’t throw red jello all over their classmates, never fall from second-story windows into the hedges and certainly don’t believe in (much less talk to) fairies. When Bram Worthington, the most popular guy in school, hires the I’ll-Detect-Anything Detective Agency, Murphy thinks she’ll finally get her wish. But MURPHY’S LAW hasn’t been rewritten just yet.

Now, here's the celebration part -- I'm going to have a Virtual Book Signing! 
Since Murphy's Law is available as an e-book only, it would be hard to sign copies of the actual book. So, I thought I'd try the next best thing. I have about 50 post cards featuring the cover for Murphy's Law. If you'd like a signed copy of Murpy's cover, here's all you have to do: 

1. Send me your address at debi l faulkner (at) g mail (dot) com (without all the spaces, of course and substituting the appropriate symbols). 
2. Let me know if there's a specific name you'd like me to mention (if you don't include a name, I'll make the signature generic). 

That's it. I'll send out a signed copy to your address! Then, I will delete your address from my email account without sharing it with anyone for any reason. 

Come celebrate with me, and get your signed copy of Murphy's Law!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Banding Together

Here's the thing, when indie publishing, all the marketing is up to you, the author. While even the bigger publishers are expecting their authors to do more and more of their own marketing, when you are the author and the publisher, then all of the marketing comes down to  . . . you.

And if you're like me, that's a very scary proposition. I don't do public appearances. Scheduling a signing for an e-book would be . . . well, difficult at best. Other than bombarding your friends with news of your book, what is an author to do?

That's where the whole idea of banding together comes in. There are a quite a few of us indie authors who write for adults or for young adults, but who have also managed to write a few books for the younger crowd, too. I have LilyPad Princess, for example. Since most kids in that target age range don't own Kindles, Nooks or iPads, the audience is limited at best.

But parents own eReaders. Sometimes, parents will even allow their precious little ones (the eReaders!) into the hands of their offspring. When that happens, they need to have appropriate reading material.

Now there's a central place to find just that! It's called Kidz Like 2 e-Read, and you can find it on Goodreads or on Facebook. A groups of writers with books aimed at ages 7-11 have joined forces to give you, the parents of children who need age-appropriate (and fun!) books to read in a digital format, a central place to look for these books.

Come and check us out! Say hi, introduce yourselves and let us know what's on your mind. And maybe, if you find something you (and that young one in your family) like, download a book or two.

Kidz Like 2 e-Read on Goodreads

Kidz Like 2 e-Read on Facebook


Tuesday, February 8, 2011

This Whole Indie Author Thing

Okay, I admit that I'm still a bit on the fence as to whether or not I've done the right thing.

Sure, I believe in my book -- in the quality, in the story, in its worthiness to be included in the published books of the universe. Where I've having doubts is in my own ability to market said tomb of wonderfulness.

I've never been one of those in-your-face type of people. The idea of public speaking makes me want to vomit. Even going new and/or strange places makes me nervous (yes, this coming from a woman who left the US at the age of 37 and now lives in a country were she can't even speak the language). How do I put myself "out there" without becoming . . . you know . . . obnoxious.

We've all heard the horror stories of those vanity published people who corner everyone they know and demand that they pay $25 (or more) for their new literary masterpiece that they've self-published because those people in NY had no idea what they were missing. I don't want to be one of those people. And I'm not one of those people. But, how do I let others know about my book without shoving it in their faces?

I've been reading a lot of blogs by and about indie-publishing. JA Konrath (jakonrath.blogspot.com) is a good place to start. He has been published through the big NY houses, and now he's going it on his own. He has a lot of great arguments for why he made the switch and why he believes it's the smarter move when it comes down to business. Then there are people like Amanda Hocking who are selling hundreds of thousands of books -- with no previous name/brand on which to build. (Yes, I've read 7 of her books now, and while I think there could be minor edits and a few corrected typos, overall, her books are very good.) And there are others.

Some indies are even banding together to form their own small publishing companies where they work on making their own books better, sharing some of the costs (and effort), but then publishing each book on their own. It seems to be working for them, too.

But then it all comes down to an individual book, doesn't it? Is my book good enough to make it? I think so. I guess only time will tell.

We Have a Winner!

And it's Cindy!

Thanks to everyone who commented on the post and played along. I'll be sending the $10 gift certificate to Cindy, and coupons out to the rest of you for copies of Summoning and LilyPad Princess.

Friday, February 4, 2011

New Cover for Summoning!

What do you think? Isn't it beautiful?

New Cover
This cover was created by the lovely Thea Atkinson. You can visit her here: Thea's Amazon Page

By the way, you can also tell her what a wonderful job she did on this cover, too! Thanks, Thea!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Today is the Day!

It's true! It's finally February 1st, and that means two things:

LilyPad Princess makes it's official debut and I'm having a contest

A contest, you ask? Why, yes, a contest. 

Here's how the contest works -- post a comment below sometime between today and February 7, and you will automatically be entered to win. On the 8th, I'll write down all the names and pull the winners out of a hat. Easy, right? So what are you waiting for?

Oh, right, you want to know what you'll win. Well, I guess I can't blame you there. Here's my list of wonderful prizes:

Grand Prize: $10 gift certificate for Amazon.com
3 Runners-Up: eCopies of both Summoning and LilyPad Princess (through a coupon at Smashwords -- which means you can choose from a variety of versions to fit any ereading device)

So help me celebrate my Official Release of LilyPad Princess and enter to win one of these exciting prizes!

In other, just as exciting news, I'm also starting a week-long sponsorship over at The Frugal eReader for Summoning. (So much happening all at once!) Head on over to see the ad (of course!) and to find all kinds of wonderful books to fit a frugal budget!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Keep your eyes open next week!

Next Tuesday is the official launch date for my young-reader, LilyPad Princess. To celebrate the release, I'm going to be having a week-long contest starting on Feb 1 and ending Feb 7.

I'll post details on how to win (and the prize, of course) on Tuesday, so don't forget to check back with me!

(I know, you're all really excited now, aren't you?)

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

A Surprise Tuesday Post!

Because I like this publishing thing so much . . .

I'm doing it again! As of February 1, my ebook for young readers (aimed at the 7-9 age range) will be available. Here's my cover (so far):

Isn't it adorable?

I'll post more information soon, but I couldn't wait to share the news!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

It's Sample Sunday Again

Since sharing it so much fun, I thought I'd share a story I wrote a couple of years ago. It is the retelling of a traditional Creek/Muscogee legend. Let me know what you think:

A Creek/Muscogee Legend
as told by
Debi Faulkner`

Opossum spent each day sitting at the edge of the lake, stroking the long fur of her tail and smiling at its reflection in the water.
My tail is certainly the loveliest in the forest, she thought.
When the sun rose each morning, Opossum’s tail reflected the soft pinks of the brightening sky. During the day, the fur hung in silky strands like the sun’s rays beaming down between the clouds. But nothing compared to her tail at sunset. As dark oranges and reds spread across the horizon, her tail became the deep purples of the darkening sky.
One day, a reflection appeared in the water next to hers – a face masked with black fur.
Lovely tail,” Raccoon said, scooping water for a drink. “Too bad it’s so dull.”
Opossum stopped mid-stroke. “What did you say?” she demanded.
Raccoon rubbed his paws over his face.
The other animals say that your tail is nice, but very dull. Dull as a puddle on a cloudy day,” he answered.
Opossum ran her paws through the silky hairs. Dull? Her tail was as long as the cattails by the water’s edge. It was as bright as the sun sparkling off the ripples of the lake.
Who would say such a thing?” Opossum said.
I’m only passing on the words of others, of course,” Raccoon said, shaking his hands dry. “Let me see. Hart was there, and so was Rabbit. Fox had something to say, too.”
What do they know?” Opossum turned her nose to the sky. “Hart’s tail is nothing more than a flap. Rabbit can’t even call that bunch of fluff a proper tail at all. Fox can’t think his tangled red mess is nicer than my beautiful tail. Everyone knows mine is the loveliest tail in the forest. Nothing can compare to it.”
But look at my tail,” Raccoon said. “See how each light ring is followed by a dark one? Just as day is followed by night, summer followed by winter. My tail is anything but dull.”
Raccoon squinted at Opossum through his black mask.
Of course, there’s no shame in being plain,” he said. Raccoon swished his tail and scampered off for his nightly hunt through the neighborhood garbage.
Opossum picked up her tail and examined it. Raccoon is right, she thought. My tail is nothing on its own. It’s only beautiful when reflecting the sun.
She crossed her arms and huffed. Those animals can’t talk about my tail that way.
The next evening, Opossum waited by the lake. She paced from one tree to the next, then back again. Her tail clumped into muddy knots as it dragged through the sand and slime behind her.
Good evening, Opossum,” Raccoon said, slinking up behind her.
It’s about time you arrived,” Opossum said. “I want to ask for a favor.”
A favor?” Raccoon pulled his whiskers. “What could I possibly do for you?”
Tell me how you put stripes on your tail. I don’t want a dull, one-color tail. I want a lovely, striped tail.”
Ah, yes,” Raccoon rubbed his paws together. “First, find a pure white birch tree. Cut its bark into strips to wrap around your tail where the white stripes will be. Build a fire with the finest oak twigs. When the flames are high, hold your tail over them. The sections without bark will bake to a deep brown.”
No one will say that my tail is dull again,” Opossum said, darting into the forest.
No, they certainly will not.” Raccoon masked his smile, then headed toward the garbage dump.
 It was nearly midnight when Opossum had gathered everything she needed. She rushed to the edge of the lake to build the fire.
Once the twigs were burning, Opossum wrapped the strips of birch bark in even rings around her tail. Then she held her tail out over the fire and closed her eyes.
When I open my eyes, she thought, I will have stripes as white as the noon sun and as black as the spaces between the stars at night.
Then she smelled it. Burning fur! Opossum opened her eyes and turned to see her tail explode into flames.
She ran and jumped into the lake, but it was too late. There was nothing left but a very sore, very pink strip of a tail without a single hair on it.
Shocked, Opossum fell to the sand and lay there, still as a stone.
Now Opossum’s furless tail is thin and scaly. She hides each day and only skulks out once the sun is gone. Too embarrassed to speak to the others, she stiffens her body and pretends to be dead when other animals pass.
Each night, Opossum wanders the shores of the lake where the stars light up the sky like sparks, and the full moon’s reflection is nothing more than an ugly, narrow tail lying across dark water.