Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Events of February

February has been a quiet month on here, hasn't it? I would have posted sooner--last weekend, actually--but homework got in the way of blogging. I've been doing the antsy-dance all week because I have so many cool things to announce. First off, interviews! Three more amazing authors have agreed to answer some questions here on Headdesk.

We've got Amy Brecount-White, a 2010 debut who will be dropping in February 28th as part of her blog tour and scavenger-hunt contest. Each week, readers can collect a virtual bouquet by picking a single flower from each participating blog, and winners are judged by their bouquets. The tour/contest will kick off Feb 21 at Amy's blog, complete with a blog-stop listing.

In Forget Her Nots, Laurel is trying to start afresh at the Avondale School after the death of her mother. But when Laurel discovers she has the ability to change lives using the secret language of flowers, she'll realize that having the power to make people fall in love is almost as dangerous as falling in love herself.

On March 23rd, Alexandra Bracken will talk about her debut novel, Brightly Woven. This is the story of a young girl, the wizard who wins her, and the journey they take through a world of wars and magic.

Tera Lynn Childs will also be dropping by on May 19th, the launch day for her newest novel, Forgive My Fins. This is the story about what happens when a mermaid princess falls in love with an ordinary human boy.

And for those of you who doubt cover art is important: let me tell you, this cover art grabbed me so hard that I dropped everything and asked Tera for an interview. Seriously! Is it not some of the most lovely cover art ever?

That's all for new interviews, but if you're wondering who else I'll be hosting this year, you can check out my comprehensive interview list. This includes everyone who has or will appear on Headdesk this year, and it will be updated whenever I get news. So give it a read through and a shout-out for the authors you want to hear from, because these people are pretty awesome.


In other news, Dork Vader over at The Dork Side just gave me my very first blog award! Which is so sweet! And instead of saying thank you, I want to say this: go check out her blog. Really. She's a writer, and very funny, and reading her posts make you feel like you found an old group of friends with whom you can be completely silly. No one will mind either, because they're that cool. Plus it's called The Dork Side. I don't know about you, but I've heard the dork side has cookies. Just a rumor. Anyway, check her out!

Now for the obligatory contest rules:

1. Put the logo on your blog or within the post.
2. Pass the award onto 12 bloggers.
3. Link the nominees within your post.
4. Let the nominees know they have received the award by posting on their blogs.
5. Share the love and link to the person from whom you received this award.

And here, in no particular order, are the twelve people who I'm giving this award to. Come on and claim your award!

1. To LS over at
Beneath The Olive Trees:
to christen your new blog, and for being such a good friend
2. To August at
How Faint the Whisper:
for your beautiful poetry, and for being that light who shines in the darkness
3. To WriterKirsty at
A Romantic Enters the World:
because although I don't know you that well, I'm awed by your talent and professionalism, and am rooting for you in the journey of publication
4. To Chandler at
Fumbling With Fiction:
in recognition of all she's been through, and all she's going to be. Can't wait to see you published, girl.
5. To Sarah Ockler at
Making Stuff Up, Writing It Down:
for her amazing debut, her and hilarious blog
6. To the Twifties at
Teens Writing For Teens:
because you guys are so inspiring, and I'm rooting for you all the way!
7. To Angela at
The Bookshelf Muse:
because you don't deserve one award, you deserve two :)
8. To Amanda Plavich at
A Wannabe Writer's Blog:
in honor of new friendships, and the pursuit of writing
9. To GirlyJordyn at
My Almost Life:
because I love your blog, and I admire you perseverance
10. To Lenore at
Presenting Lenore:
because even though I don't know you that well, I love your honest reviews
11. To Beth Revis at
Writing it Out:
who I have a huge amount of respect for, and whom I secretly think is going to rock the book world one of these days
12. To Jody Hedlund at
On The Path:
who may have won this already, but who truly deserves to win it again. Thanks for being such a strong witness.


I know this is a lot for one post, but I have one more thing to say. Elana Johnson is throwing a query critique contest at her blog, which starts today and ends Feb 22. The great thing about this contest? Five amazing literary agents will be critiquing the winner's query, and I quote:

1. Kate Testerman-Shafer of KT Literary (critique will be posted on her blog, Ask Daphne)
2. Michelle Andelman of
Lynn C. Franklin Associates
3. Mary Kole of
Andrea Brown Literary Agency
4. Michelle Wolfson of
Wolfson Literary Agency
5. Joanna Volpe of
Nancy Coffey Literary & Media Representation

How cool is that! To enter, you need to become a follower of Elana's blog, a follower of Shelli at Market My Words, and you need to fill out the official entry form. It's a bit much, but Shelli is hosting contests all through February, so following her for Elana's contest will count over there, as well. You can rack up extra points by tweeting or blogging *cough cough* about the contest.

Right now I'm in what I call my "emergence" stage which comes after writing a novel, where I try to get back in gear and reacquaint myself with the professional writing world, so I'm entering. Anyone else taking the plunge?

Truly and always,
-Creative A


Amanda said...

Yay!! Thanks for my award! :-)

August said...

Thank you so much for the kind award! Your writing has given me so much to think about, too---and it's always so informative and entertaining!!

beth said...

:) Do you know how much you made my night with this? THANK YOU!!! :)

Lenore said...

Wow - thank you for the award :) It's great to hear that my reviews are finding an appreciative audience.

Jody Hedlund said...

Thank you for the award, Mandy! I appreciate your encouragement! :-)

Creative A said...

You guys are all so welcome! It means a lot to me to have you as friends and followers. You totally deserve it :)

Anonymous said...

Wow, thanks for the award! What a lovely surprise. This TOTALLY made my day :)

Angela said...

Thank you so much for the award! Seriously, the blogosphere is such a wonderful, supportive place!

I love this new look, BTW. Gorgeous color scheme and background silhouette!

LS said...

Thank you Mandi!! The award was so very kind and wonderful of you. :) It totally made my day. :D

dorkvader said...

thanks for the shout out! It totally made my day. You are too nice to me :D

Creative A said...

You're all welcome! ^.^

@ Angela: thanks, that means a lot to me. All the graphics are mine and I designed the scheme myself, so I love to hear it looks good.

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