Updates + Pimpage = Contest!

In VERY exciting news, Jane now has an Italian title! It’s La Principessa Delle Tempeste. HOW CUTE IS THAT? And I can’t wait to see what they do with the cover!

You can see a conversation about Jane in Italian, here. I have no idea what they’re saying, but it sounds sexy, doesn’t it???

Finally, you can find a contest here, run by the ever lovely and fabulous Carolyn Crane, in which you can win TL.

I am currently gearing up for the January residency of my MFA program. Students will arrive from all over the country (and a few from outside the US), descending on Greensburg to be edumacated in the art of writing popular fiction. I’m running a module on close reading, and one on urban fantasy. Totally looking forward to it! But it’s going to be crazy hectic, and the day after everyone leaves I fly to London! YAY! Let’s hope I have clean pants.

So that’s me! Busy busy busy… so busy in fact, that I’ve been very remiss in my pimpage! My pimp hand is absolutely aching with disuse, so I’d better slap it down old school with…a contest! But first of all, let’s see just what’s in need of a smackin’…

First off, Mark Henry has some fabulous news. Not only is Road Trip of the Living Dead coming out at the end of the month in mass market paper back, with a tweaked cover:

But Mark had another big announcement on his blog. Amanda Feral, my favorite zombie socialite and writer of filth, is coming at you in comic form. I don’t mean she’ll be tripping over banana peels, I mean she’s getting her own comic book, by the same people who brought you Patty Brigg’s Mercy Thompson. I’m so excited, I could spit. Maybe at him, because I’m also jealous. I’ve always “seen” Jane as a cartoon, and would totally flip to have her made into a comic.

And by flip, I mean clean your house and make you many a delicious stewed meat dish. And by “you,” I mean whoever’s out there, reading this. And by “reading,” I mean skimming till you get to the contest details.

Anyway, you know how I adore the Henrys–the dogs, the wife, the man–so I won’t spit at him. But I will covet his comic, and can’t wait to see Amanda ratcheting open those lovely jawbones!

Speaking of comics, I have another good friend with some hot comic action coming to gitcha. Over in the UK, Roger Gibson, along with Vince Danks, the huge brains behind Harker, have gone right ahead and given me a total NERDGASM with their newest Torchwood comic, Hell House. Check out this art:

I had to leave it big, cuz it’s sooo goood. Total. Nerdgasm. There’s more info on where to order the comic, here. And if you’re thinking, who are these British men? And what else have they done? Then you should order some of their  Harker comics. They’re detective stories, and I adore them, although they’re not nearly as respectful to Jessica Fletcher as they should be.

Jessica’s confused by your lack of understanding, Roger! How can you do that to her?

Jesse Petersen, however, is someone who is not confused. Instead, she rocks out with her zombie out. I adore the aesthetic of her covers, and her latest release is no exception:

The truth is, I don’t really know Jesse, as I’ve only interacted with her on social media. That said, I like her style, and hope to get to meet her soon. I also really, really want to read her books, and they’re on my schedule to get to in the next month!

One lady I do know very well, however, is my critique partner, Diana Rowland. I get to read ALL of her books before all y’all and I GLOAT about it. Because they’re so good! And I love the new covers for her Demon Mark series. Secrets of the Demon just released a few days ago, and isn’t it a beaut?

The only thing better than this cover, is the cover for her My Life as a White Trash Zombie. You are going to DIE when you see it, people. I nearly did. I nearly choked on the glory of it’s trashy zombie whiteness.

It’s amazing. And the book is awesome, too. Cuz I’ve already read it! Hoooah!

Meanwhile, there’s another Leaguer who has a story coming out in an anthology that looks hilarious. Anton’s Strout’s “Murfa,” is available in Boondocks Fantasy:

Last, but certainly not least, I feel I never properly pimped Juliet Blackwell’s latest paranormal mystery, If Walls Could Talk:

I adore Juliet, and I love her books. I’ve heard this one is great, and it’s going to be my reading on the plane over to London. So now I’m giving you my official pimp slap, lady, instead of the paltry little half slap I managed before. Cuz you deserve a full-on pimp spank, for being so awesome in so many ways.

*****LATE EDITION ADDITION! I nearly forgot Andrew Shaffer’s Great Philosophers Who Failed At Love:

There’s a quote from my Nietzsche on his website! Now there’s someone who sure did fail at love. Thank lawd for Facebook and people reminding me I suck. Sorry, Andrew!

So now that I’ve pimped, I know you’re wondering what the contest is! Well, I want you to tell me what you think is the most exciting new thing you saw here, today. Post your comment, and on February first, I’ll pick a winner from my contest can. The winner will receive one copy of any TWO books/comics discussed in this blog post, including any of the Harker comics. In other words, you can choose TWO prizes from the following selection:

  • The MMPB of Road Trip (The comic won’t be out forever, and by then you’ll have forgotten me *sniffles*)
  • Either the Torchwood issue with “Hell House,” OR any of the Harker comics on the Ariel site
  • Flip This Zombie
  • Secrets of the Demon
  • Boondocks Fantasy
  • If Walls Could Talk
  • Great Philosophers Who Failed at Love
  • And, because I can, you can also choose from my 3 books (Tempest Rising, Tracking the Tempest, or Tempest’s Legacy)

Sound good? If you pimp this contest in any way (Facebook, twitter, blogpost, biplane smoke trail) just give me a linkie-loo and you’ll get extra points, one point per each form of social media. Just let me know in comments.

I’ll post something before I leave for London, but not till after the chaos ends. It’s going to be nuts, but I’m totally looking forward to the Residency, and can’t wait to see my Writing Popular Fiction students!

Until then, be good and read some even better books! And don’t forget my other big release contest, a post below this one.

Posted by Nicole Peeler

Author, Professor, Lover, Fighter

22 thoughts on “Updates + Pimpage = Contest!”

  1. I am looking forward to reading Juliet Blackwell's new book "If Walls Could Talk" I love her witchcraft mysteries series so I am sure that this one will be just as great.

  2. Loved the pimpage, Nicole. Best of luck with the residency and the traveling, Remeber to think happy thoughts as you fly…4 out of 5 fairies says it's the only way to fly.

    I'd have to say the best reveals for me were the confirmed news about Amanda's comic book and the Torchwood Hell House sneak peek.

    I also shared this on my Facebook http://www.facebook.com/justine.greene
    my Twitter http://twitter.com/#!/GeekGyrlFriday
    and my Tumblr http://geekgyrlfriday.tumblr.com/post/2628945221/… then fed it out all over again to Twitter and Facebook, so ya got seriously, repetitively pimped out. LOL

  3. The most exciting new thing I saw here today is the announcement of Mark Henry's comic book. I think that is really awesome for Mark. The work that I'm most excited to read mentioned here today is Boondocks Fantasy. I know Gini Koch (as Anita Ensal) has a story in it, but didn't realize Anton Strout did too.

  4. Ah, but do we have to be so very, very, very stupid, Mario? I need a keeper. Or a chastity belt.

    Heather: I've heard it's her best, yet! Exciting!

    Thanks, Justine! I'm SO excited about Amanda as a comic, she'll be SO glamorous. Till she eats people. And "Hell House" is gonna be gorgeous! I'm sure Roger's writing will be good, too. πŸ˜‰

    Barbara: I think it's such a funny idea, period! And that cover is great!

  5. I have already read Flip this Zombie (really good) and I am reading Secrets of the Demon (also really good) now. I am most excited to read Mark Henry because this is the first I've heard of him!! He sounds great.I also will look forward to Juleit Blackwell's book but I have to read the second one first…Maybe that'll be my next victim.

  6. All the things you posted were cool– Jane in Italian, I love Torchwood, so the comic is awesome, as is Jess's zombie book, and Anton's story, but I am really excited for Mark Henry! How cool is it that his book is not only being released in paperback BUT he's going to have a graphic novel. He SO deserves good things:) Also, Diana's new book is going to be awesome– her first one in the series was one of the first books I reviewed and she is so awesome!

    I put your post link on my facebook:)

  7. I have If Walls Could talk in my TBR pile, really enjoyed Juliet's Witchcraft mysteries so can't wait for this one. Reading Secrets of the Demon now and totally loving it!

  8. Michelle: I can't wait to read Jesse's books. They look so fun! Mark's books are super evil and snarky and hilarious. If you're on twitter or facebook, you should follow him. He'll crack you up!

    Thanks, Scott! Secrets is goooood. πŸ™‚ And the White Trash Zombies are gonna rock! The first one already does. Wait till you see the covers!

    Brenda: I agree! It's all awesome! πŸ˜‰ And thanks!

    Jessica: I'm super excited for Juliet's new one, too! Glad you're enjoying Diana's book!

    Stephanie: I agree! Yay!

  9. I just checked out the Italian review. She gave you great coverage on all three books — good reviews, esp. for Legacy; I suspect that blog post will help generate interest for you overseas.

    Way to go on Legacy; I love the direction the series is taking.

  10. I want in! Man they all look so good–even if I don't win, I'll definitly have to pick up several of those. My damn to-read list grows longer LOL

  11. I am SUPER excited about Amanda in comic form. Anything that let's Mark be snarky & filthy is fine by me. Although, I am wondering if they are going to need to wrap it in a plain brown paper wrapper at the book store…just in case. Not that I would know anything about books or items coming in non-descript packages.

    Have fun in London. I'm totally jealous. My best friend lives there, and I haven't been able to get across the pond in years.

  12. Oh, all were exciting! my top three (I will narrow it down) have to be: Road Trip of Living Dead, Flip this Zombie, and Secrets of the Demon.

    Road Trip may be my high Fav. though.

    ohh have fun on your trip πŸ˜‰

  13. This is the first time I've heard of If Walls Could Talk, but it sounds very interesting. I'll have to add it to my wishlist!

  14. I love Jesse Petersen's covers… And her titles are a hoot as well. Thanks for the pimpage! I now have even more books I want to read. πŸ™‚

  15. Favorite new info: Torchwood comics!!!! I didn't know these existed but I am happy to have learned this from you!! I LOVE Torchwood! I also really want to read If These Walls Could Talk, but I had already heard of this and have been drooling over it on amazon.com. Actually, all the books sound great. Once again, too many books, so little time. Darned day job….(Not really, gotta earn $$ so I can buy more books!) Have a great trip!!

  16. Gosh, so many thing's that I haven't heard of before… or haven't read yet.

    Flip This Zombie, by Jesse Petersen, Secrets of the Demon, by Diana Rowland, and Road Trip of the Living Dead, by Mark Henry all sound really really awesome, and would be great to get a chance to read… With my reading addiction, its always a waiting game for new books, but totally excited for the info, and hopefully maybe I could win, you never know!

    Enjoy your trip! And your amazing classes of course =]

    I posted your link on twitter: http://twitter.com/LaurenStealey

  17. Eep, I thought I'd already left a comment. Not sure if this is an international contest (I'm in the UK) but even so.

    I love those pictures of thoughtfulCaptain Jack – c'mon, BBC, when is the next series of Torchwood coming out? So this one is definitely my favourite, although Secrets of the Demon looks pretty cool too.


  18. Just posting to get my name in the contest. If I have to pick, I would just want you first book and the new one. Autographed, of course. Btw, it snowed in Shreveport again. Not like last years, but snow nonetheless.

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