Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Giveaway & Ryan's New Friend

My True Love Gave to Me is officially off my desk and in my editor's inbox. I will admit to tweaking it a bit over the last week (it's what happens when I finish a book way before the deadline). But I finally stopped tweaking and sent the thing in, so that I can focus on starting Thief, the first book in the new trilogy.

Book release day is just around the corner. Convincing Leopold releases in a week! Which means it's giveaway time. Hop on over to Chris's blog (Stumbling Over Chaos) to throw you name in the hat to win a copy of the book. It's actually a 2-for-1 giveaway, as Convincing Arthur is included in the giveaway for anyone who hasn't read the first book yet.

In other news, my writing buddy, Ryan, has a new friend. I thought he was getting a bit lonely, just hanging by himself behind my laptop, so I got him a buddy. Meet Jake (he's the dude on the left). His official name if Model No. 15 from the Barbie Basics collection, but I think Jake suits him better.

I first saw him on the display sign for the collection at Target, but the store didn't have him in stock. But kidlet saved the day. She went to a different Target with my mom last week and reported back that 'mommom's Target has that boy barbie you want'. And I went the next day to get him.

He has a fondness for hair gel, but Ryan doesn't seem to mind the helmet-hair.


  1. LOL that your kidlet tracked him down for you! They look very sweet together. :)

    Congrats on getting MTLGtM off to your editor! And thanks for the mention. :)

  2. LOL, somehow I missed that you had a doll who sat with you while you wrote. Nice addition to get him a little boy toy of his own. My writting buddy is my cat! He sits with me on the couch while I write on my laptop.

  3. Chris - kidlet not only tracked him down, but tried to get my mom to buy him. For some reason, my mom didn't believe kidlet's story that I wanted the doll. I, of course, later called my mom and set her straight. lol

    Shawn - yep, Ryan hangs behind the laptop on my desk. Well, the basement desk. I don't bring him out to the garage (he likes it inside). Kitteh tries to sit on my lap while I write, but it's hard to type around her and her fur gets on the keyboard.

  4. Aww, what a cute couple! And so cute that your daughter helped bring them together. lol

    Congrats on the new book!

  5. Kidlet the boy-barbie match-maker. LOL. And thanks for the congrats, Lily!

  6. LOL!! You're too funny!

    I'm glad that Jake and Ryan now have each other to hang out with. I'm diggin' Jake's tank and jeans...very stylish! Not sure about the hair, though. I think it may be gel overkill. But as long as Ryan's cool with it, I guess that's all that matters ;)

    Congrats on the upcoming release!

  7. Hey Barbara - I'm tempted to brush Jake's hair to get the gel out, but I'm afraid it will look even worse. lol

  8. Hi helmet-hair Jake *waves*
    They are such a cute couple. :)

    Yay, for sending in My True Love Gave to Me. There's so much to look forward to. You're so good for us, Ava. :)

    Oh, and the bum of Mr Beauty is yum!

  9. *helmet-hair Jake waves back at Janna*

    Definitely a yummy bum ;)