Saturday, March 12, 2016

Fun Werewolf Read

5 Signs Your Son Is a Werewolf by Akshay G is a fun short read over at Medium.com.  If you're hankering for a short, wolfy read, check it out.

TTFN

en

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Giveaway and Playlist

Two things:

First, the extended version of the When in Gnome playlist is on Spotify.

Second... I'm running a limited-time giveaway on the Kindle version of When in Gnome.  Download for free here.

Now, back to writing No Place Like Gnome.

TTFN

en


Monday, February 29, 2016

Blog Tour: Day 7

 

Happy Leap Day!  Today marks the last day of the blog tour.  I'd like to thank Bewitching Book Tours, all of the blog owners who hosted my book on their sites, and all of the readers who stopped by, commented, and entered the drawing. 

It's been a fun week.  However, all things eventually come to an end.  Before we head home, there are three more stops on the tour:  an interview by Booklover Sue, a review by Apocalipstick, and a top-ten list written by yours truly on Fang-tastic Books.

Booklover Sue
Interview
 
Review
Top Ten List
 
Thanks to everyone for a great time and checking me out on social media.  Make sure you get in on the drawing before it's too late.  I'm excited to find out where I'll be mailing signed copies of When in Gnome.
 
TTFN
 
en
 

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Winding Down the Blog Tour: Day 6

Today, the blog tour takes us to Goodreads.com, actually all the way across the pond, where Naturalbri has posted her review of the book. Curious what she had to say?  Go check it out.

I also added some other books to my list while I was there, and I'll be stalking her future reviews for something to read.

Tomorrow is the last day of the tour, and I'm strangely pleased that it fell on Leap Day.  Don't ask me why. It just made the tour seem a little extra special.

BTW, if you haven't already, there is still time to enter the giveaway.

TTFN

en

Friday, February 26, 2016

Reviews for Blog Tour: Day 5

Happy Friday, y'all!  I know you're as excited as I am about the weekend.  I've got some writing to do, and I'm working my way through A Game of Thrones.

Today's tour stops have something special.  We have reviews, an interview, and a guest post!  If you haven't peeked at the book yet, take a lot at what these blogs have to say about it.  Music to my ears...


Splashes into Books describes When in Gnome as an "enthralling page turner". 

Happy Tails and Tales gives When in Gnome FIVE PAWS!  HT&T also includes an interview.

I Smell Sheep features a guest post written by me. :)  There MIGHT be a clue in there about the next book...

Don't forget to enter the drawing!

TTFN

en

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Blog Tour: Day 4

It's been a crazy day.  I was away from the computer most of the day, so I'm late notifying everyone about the blog tour stops today.  (Here in Central Time Zone, it's still Thursday!)  However, it's late, and my brain is not able to come up with any clever blog titles or intros at the moment.  ;)

The new Thursday postings consisted of spotlights on two blogs:

T's Stuff

and

3 Partners in Shopping; Nana, Mommy, & Sissy

Check out their blogs, read about other good books, and enter the drawing if you haven't already!  Your odds of winning aren't really that bad.  :)

TTFN

en


Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Blog Tour: Day 3

Hello!  On the road with the virtual book tour!  Here are the two stops today:

Eskimo Princess Book Reviews

Ramblings of a Book Nerd

Check them out, and don't forget to enter the drawing!

TTFN!

en

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Blog Tour: Day 2

Greetings!

Here are the next stops on the blog tour today:

Rose Shababy

Around the World in Books

Be sure to check out the link to enter the drawing for a signed copy!

Enjoy.  TTFN.

en

Monday, February 22, 2016

Have Blog, Will Travel

Today is the very first day of the virtual book tour and a week of shameless self-promotion, and I'm inviting you to check out other blogs along the way. (You might find something new and interesting.)

Here are the first two stops on the tour:

ParaYourNormal

The Cubicle Escapee

If you hurry, you can catch up!

TTFN

Em

PS... Forgot to mention... there's a giveaway!


Thursday, February 18, 2016

The Case of the Missing Serial Comma

Today, I'm going to show you my inner editor and rant about a peeve of mine, the absent serial comma.

I have long been a huge fan of the serial comma.  In this modern age, when it has been decided that "literally" can mean "not literally", we seem to be getting away from the "old ways".  There are those who believe that just because it's always been that way doesn't mean it's the best way, and then there are those who believe in change for the sake of change.  In most recent publications I've read, the serial comma, also known as the Oxford comma, has been left out.  Here's why I believe it's wrong.

A serial comma is used in what we call "items in a series".  It is the last comma before the "and" and the last item in the series.  The new way of thinking is that it is not always needed.  As a person who has to interpret and edit manuals on technical subjects and systems that I am not always familiar with written by people who may not have been grammatical experts by any stretch of the imagination, it's not always clear exactly what the original author meant when they left out the comma.  For example, if you were to say that "the departments in the company include administration, operations and learning and development", it's difficult for me to know if you mean three departments or four.

The argument in favor of omitting the series comma is contingent, at best.  In this article, Lynn Gaertner-Johnston discusses a study she did of 11 current style guides.  Nine of the 11 guides supported the use of the serial comma, and the other two said that it would be okay to omit if it didn't cause confusion.  The reasoning is very subjective because most people aren't very skilled in grammar.  If they were, they would be able to recognize the need for the serial comma.  So, what happens?  It gets left out across the board, which means that, most of the time, omitting the comma causes confusion.

The bottom line is simple logic:  it is better to ALWAYS include the serial comma and be RIGHT all of the time than to ALWAYS omit it and be WRONG most of the time.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Night Owl Review Booklover Magazine

Just a quick note to let you know....

The newest edition of Booklover Magazine by Night Owl Reviews is out.  This is a free online magazine with lots of articles by authors.  You can also access past issues.

Inside, you'll also find a quick interview that Roxanne Rhoads did with me.  Check out the interview here.



Friday, February 12, 2016

Blog Tour with Bewitching Book Tours

 
Monday, February 22, is the start date of my virtual book tour with Bewitching Book Tours, and it runs through Leap Day.  Fifteen blogs in eight days!  I'm posting the entire schedule below:
Feb 22-29

February 22 Guest blog
ParaYourNormal 

February 22 Guest blog
I Smell Sheep

February 22 Review
The Cubicle Escapee 

February 23 Spotlight
Rose Shababy

February 23 Spotlight
Around the World in Books  

February 24 Spotlight
Ramblings of a Book Nerd

February 24 Spotlight
Eskimo Princess Book Reviews

February 25 Spotlight
T's Stuff  

February 25 Spotlight
3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, and Sissy,Too!

February 26 Interview and Review
happy tails and tales

February 26 Review
Splashes Into Books

February 28 Review

February 29 Interview
Booklover Sue

February 29 Review
Apocalipstick

February 29 Top Ten List
Fang-tastic Books

Sunday, February 7, 2016

All Things Must Come to an End...

The Goodreads giveaway has ended, but the three winners will soon be receiving their free copies of When in Gnome.  The books have been ordered.  Thank you to everyone who entered!

There are a lot of good things going on in February.  On the 22nd, I kick off my first virtual book tour via Bewitching Book Tours. Check back here soon for more information on dates, locations, and exclusive content, including reviews, interviews, guests posts, and more.  TTFN!

Friday, January 29, 2016

Author Interview with Mercedes Fox

I recently had the opportunity to interrogate fellow paranormal novelist Mercedes Fox, author of three werewolf books.  It was a fun and interesting conversation.  Find out more about Mercedes by clicking on the links at the bottom of the interview.

MERCEDES FOX

I’m married for 22 years and the proud mamma to three dogs. I’ve published three books. I love werewolves so my books revolve around them. I write horror/thriller/splatterpunk; my books are explicit in everything from sex to killing. I write what I like to read. I enjoy reading, movies, shopping with my mother, and benchrest shooting.





Welcome to Wolfcreek. Werewolves are both neighbors and law enforcement. Ted could use a vacation. Life’s been rough since the horrific events in Vengeance of the Werewolf. He loves hunting. A trip to Alaska on a full guided hunt guarantees Ted will feel human again. Otherwise, who knows what could happen if he can’t keep his wolf in check. Extreme violence and gore.


What is your genre, and why did you choose this genre? 

I write horror/thriller/splatterpunk. I enjoy reading these genres, and I love werewolves. I am toying with erotica. I’ve submitted a short story to a publisher hoping to land a contract.

When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?  What happened? 

I’ve wanted to write since childhood. I did write a lot in my school years. Then I grew up and forgot about my dream. About four years ago, my husband and I created our own business, and I left my job to help with the business and write full time.

Are you an introvert or extrovert?  Do you think it makes you a better writer? 

I’m an introvert. I like going out and going shopping to new places, but I hate anything that involves me having to socialize with anybody. This extends to family events, as well. I think family events are the worst. Introverts have a tendency to sit back and watch the crowd, so they might be better writers.

What were your favorite books as a child? 

I loved all the Little Critter books, Farm Journal, a book published long ago called Ada The Ayrshire, Choose Your Own Adventure, and just about all the Tor Horror books.

What are your favorite books as an adult? 

That’s easy, Harry Potter. I love those books like nothing else. I also really love Snuff by Eric Enck and the Bartimaeus books by Jonathan Stroud. JK Brandon’s Howl Series is another I love.

What do you feel is your greatest accomplishment so far as a writer? 

Each published book makes it feel more real. I do have my books edited by an editor, and her encouragement and guidance have taught me a lot. When she gives me praise while editing a book, I know I’ve done something right.

Tell me about your writing process.  Do you outline?  Is your process more logical or intuitive? 

I haven’t figured out how to outline. I have a couple books I’m looking forward to reading see if they can show me how. I write by the seat of my pants. I get an idea and then just run with it.

Do you have conversations with your characters? 

No, I can’t say I ever have. Each one is a form of me or based one someone I know. But in my world, nobody back talks me, I’m God.

What’s more important to you in writing:  character or plot?  Why? 

For me, you’ve got to have both. If the plot isn’t any good, who cares about the character? If the character isn’t any good, the plot is harder to follow.

How have other authors have influenced your work? 

When I need a push in the right direction or advice on word play, authors are the folks to ask.

Do you see recurring themes in your work?  If so, elaborate. 

Violence. Everything I write has violence in it. I like to shock the reader. Of my three published books, you will get very graphic violence, blood, gore, rape, and vivid sexual scenes.

What sets your book apart from others in the genre? 

My werewolves have tails and control their inner wolf.  They aren’t just mindless beasts who kill and eat everything.

How are you like your characters, and how are you different from them? 

They all are part of me unless I modeled the character around someone I know in real life. But I keep it a close held secret who in my books are real people. Safer that way.


Mercedes Fox Blog / Website / Goodreads / Amazon / Twitter / Facebook / Pinterest

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Interview by Mercedes Fox

Hola!

Two things.

First, just a reminder about my giveaway on Goodreads.com.  I'm giving away three print copies of When in Gnome.  There is still time to enter.

Second... Mercedes Fox, author of three werewolf novels, has interviewed me on her blog.  You can read all about it right here:

Mercedes Fox ~ Author

Stay tuned to find out what I learned about Mercedes!

TTFN,

Emily

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Enter my Goodreads Book Giveaway Starting January 23rd!



Goodreads Book Giveaway


When in Gnome by Emily Night

When in Gnome

by Emily Night


Giveaway ends January 31, 2016.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.


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Friday, January 15, 2016

Review of When in Gnome by EBReviews

I'd like to sincerely thank EBReviews for a wonderful and honest review of When in Gnome.  In addition to being posted as a verified purchase on Amazon.com, the review is also visible on Goodreads.

You can read a longer article about When in Gnome on their Wordpress blog. For a breakdown of one reader's personal experience, be sure to check it out.  I'm always afraid of revealing too much in my blurbs about the book, but if you are thirsty to know more, check out the EBReviews blog for more details!

I was really excited to get the review.  Knowing that someone took the time to read 350 pages of something I wrote and deliver an honest response to it means a lot to me.

Thank you, EBReviews!

Emily