Friday, December 30, 2011

December Update... and Happy New Year!

Wow, I can't believe the year is almost over! On Sunday it will be 2012 and what I hope is the start of a great new year, filled with more writing than I've ever done in my life. In April of 2010 when I started writing my first novel Slate, I had no idea what the next eighteen months would bring. Since that month I've written five novels, including my Birthday trilogy. I started writing a screenplay called Happy Birthday to Me in January of 2010, and this month I finished and published the third book of the trilogy, Happy Birthday to You. These characters, and this one story, have been a part of my life for TWO YEARS. It's hard to believe, as 2012 opens, that I have nothing left to tell in the Birthday universe. (Well, actually, I might have one more story to tell, but more on that later in 2012!)

And now, with the Birthday trilogy behind me, I look ahead to my next YA series! I'm announcing here, for the first time, that my new YA horror series is going to be a planned SEVEN BOOKS!! The first draft of Book 1, The Vampire Underground, is done, and I'll soon be working hard on the second draft. These are a little different in tone from the Birthday books, more suspenseful, more action-packed. Also... a lot more monsters!! I'll have more details on these books as we get further into the new year. Look for The Vampire Underground to premiere on Amazon this March!

The most exciting news of my books as of late has been the success of my Birthday trilogy in the last three weeks, due to the introduction of KDP Select over on Amazon. In this, the second-to-last day of the month, there have been over 14,000 downloads of Happy Birthday to Me and over 11,000 downloads of Happy Birthday to Me Again! A lot of these books were FREE downloads, but no matter. The fact that so many people out there are finally discovering my trilogy is very exciting news. I can't wait to receive new reviews and new fans in the coming year! 

Happy Birthday to You is BRAND NEW and now available for just $2.99 on Amazon!

Thanks again to everyone for supporting my work. The kind reviews and words mean the world to me, and I can't wait to write lots of new books in the coming year!!


Saturday, December 10, 2011

Happy Birthday to Me Takes Over Amazon!!

It's been a surreal couple of days. On Wednesday I enrolled in Amazon's new KDP Select Program and made two of my novels and one of my short story collections available for FREE through Tuesday. My short story collection Six Scary Stories has sold 195 copies since yesterday morning, and my LA novel Slate has sold 333!

But the real shock has been the crazy success of my YA debut novel Happy Birthday to Me. On average I sell about 5-10 copies a month of this book, ever since I started selling it last April. Up until December 8, I had sold 2 copies of Happy Birthday to Me for the Kindle during the month of December. Since it went free yesterday morning?


I don't really know what this means for the days to come, but I'm shocked and obviously ecstatic about the response the book has gotten since it went free yesterday. It's currently #2 in the Kindle Free store under Humor, #9 under Romance, and #27 overall! Having just finished and published the third and final book of the trilogy, Happy Birthday to You, I'm excited for book lovers all around the world to discover my trilogy.

Finally, I'll leave you with a brand new review of Happy Birthday to Me that was just posted on Amazon today by Claudia Lefeve. Amazing. I'm speechless. Thanks for all the support, everyone.

I'll be honest. I picked up Happy Birthday to Me because it was free. Now that I've said that...I would have paid full price for it. And if I could have given it 10 stars, I would have.

Brian Rowe has the ability to suck you into his story, to the point you ignore everything else around you. It is one of the best YA paranormal books I've read this year (and we're already in December folks)!

I cried the last 25% of the book and absolutely bawled my eyes out at one of the final scenes. I was so vested in his main character, Cameron Martin, that I cared. I cared so much I cried like a fool. Not knowing what direction the book was going to take by the end, I took everything Cameron experienced to heart.

After looking up the author's blog, I am happy to find out that this book is actually part of a trilogy...guess what I'll be reading the rest of this weekend?

To conclude: buy Happy Birthday To Me, invest in some tissues, and be prepared to read for the next couple of days. 

Sunday, December 4, 2011


The third and final epic chapter of my Birthday trilogy is now available on Amazon for just $2.99!! Check it out by clicking on the link below!

Happy Birthday to You on Amazon

Friday, December 2, 2011

Happy Birthday to You Cover & December Book Blog Schedule

It's here. It's done. The third and final chapter of the Birthday trilogy is coming this weekend, and here, hot off the presses, is the cover, created and designed by my talented graphic designer pal Katie Bode!

Furthermore, starting Monday, Teen Book Scene is putting on a month-long book blog tour for the Birthday trilogy! Featuring dozens of guest posts by moi, and reviews by some of the best book bloggers on the web, this is truly the biggest online Birthday trilogy event yet!

See the schedule below...

Monday, December 5: Zoe S at Zoe's Book Reviews (Author Interview with Book Line Answers)
Tuesday, December 6:  Jessica T at Hopelessly Devoted Bibliophile (Review: Book 1)
Wednesday, December 7:  Lindsay J at Just Another Book Addict (Cameron This or That List)
Thursday, December 8: Danielle at There’s a Book (Review: Book 2)
Friday, December 9:  Vickie at Me, My Shelf and I (Tens List)

Monday, December 12: Heidi at The Readiacs (Author Book Picks)
Tuesday, December 13: Divya at Bookish Delights (Review: Book 3)
Wednesday, December 14: Crystal at My Reading Room (Charisma This or That List)
Thursday, December 15: Corrine at Lost For Words (Review: Book 1) 
Friday, December 16: Emilie at Emilie's Book World (Author This or That List)

Monday, December 19: Ivy at Ivy Reads (Author Interview with Tweet Answers)
Tuesday, December 20: Heidi at The Readiacs (Review: Book 2)
Wednesday, December 21: Danielle at There’s a Book (Wesley This or That List)
Thursday, December 22:  Lindsay J at Just Another Book Addict (Review: Book 3)
Friday, December 23: Angela at Reading Angel (Into the Past)

Monday, December 26: Ashley at Ashley Suzanne (Character Tweets)
Tuesday, December 27: Crystal at My Reading Room (Review: Book 1)
Wednesday, December 28: Divya at Bookish Delights (Multicharacter Interview)
Thursday, December 29: Jessica T at Hopelessly Devoted Bibliophile (Music Post)
Friday, December 30: Corrine at Lost For Words (Teenage Garage Sale)