Monday, February 4, 2013

Technology, Kissing, & The Book

Stop the Presses! Leigh's using technology!
Yes, I love technology...

I mean, other than my word-processing software, of course. Or my Internet browser.

Okay, or my smartphone...

The point is, my resident-genius writer-friend Susan Quinn (link) told me how to use Google Drive to create a spreadsheet for you lovelies who'd like to help with the launch of The Truth About Letting Go (link) on Feb. 21!

It is coming, and I am so excited, and I can't wait to share it with all of you, and *squee*!

Anyway, so here's the deal, if you already said yes on this blog or my Facebook page (*hugs*), or if you'd like to say yes now (*bats eyes*) please enter your email address in the blank below!

This will create a nifty spreadsheet for me to email all of you the cover, description, links, etc., in one fell swoop. Is that cool or what?

It also means you'll automatically be added to my "best buddy" list. And I promise I will not sell your information. Unless I really, RILLY need some chocolate.

Next is a quickie plug for a super-fun Valentine's event! It's called IndieKissing, and it's hosted by the writers' group Indelibles (link). 

Sign up to join in!
Anyone can join! Just post a kissing scene from your current WIP or any of your books, and link back to the Indelibles (link) site. You can also do any kind of promotion or giveaway you'd like, so have fun with it!

I'll be posting the first kissing scene from The Truth About Letting Go, and it is H-O-T! I'll also be giving away a free copy of the book--squee!

Can't wait to see what you guys post!  Click here to sign up!

Now for THE BOOK!

Great writer-friend Jessica Bell (link) has a new novella out, and it is awesome!

I got to beta read this back in December, and I was completely absorbed. The details are all below, so I'll just say it's written journal-style, which I love, and Jessica's writing is so evocative and gorgeous. The story is totally unexpected. In a GREAT way!

"Jessica Bell’s surprising risks with language capture a child’s clear vision in a world of adult heartbreak. Indelible. Courageous." ~Thaisa Frank, author of Heidegger's Glasses and Enchantment

"THE BOOK is both heartwarming and heartbreaking. It's going to rip your blood pump out of your chest, kick it around like a football, and then shove it back inside you, leaving you with a potently reinvigorated faith in humanity. A curiously captivating read that somehow manages to encapsulate the length and breadth of love and family in one slim volume." ~Josh Donellan, author of Zeb and the Great Ruckus


This book is not The Book. The Book is in this book. And The Book in this book is both the goodie and the baddie.

Bonnie is five. She wants to bury The Book because it is a demon that should go to hell. Penny, Bonnie’s mother, does bury The Book, but every day she digs it up and writes in it. John, Bonnie’s father, doesn’t live with them anymore. But he still likes to write in it from time to time. Ted, Bonnie’s stepfather, would like to write in The Book, but Penny won’t allow it.

To Bonnie, The Book is sadness.

To Penny, The Book is liberation.

To John, The Book is forgiveness.

To Ted, The Book is envy.

But The Book in this book isn’t what it seems at all.

If there was one thing in this world you wished you could hold in your hand, what would it be? The world bets it would be The Book.


Available at all major retailers in e-book and paperback, including Amazon US and Amazon UK.

Have a great week, reader- and writer-friends! <3


Jessica Bell said...

I've totally gotta learn how to use Google Drive!

Thanks for the plug :-)

Laura Pauling said...

Awesome! can't wait for the world to read The Truth About letting Go! :)

Natalie Aguirre said...

I never heard of Google Drive. Hope you'll share more.

Jessica's book sounds great. Thanks for sharing about it.

S.A. Larsenッ said...

All submitted!! And I'm with Jess. I need to utilize Google Drive more.

Pat Hatt said...

Congrats on becoming more tech savvy haha never heard of google drive before today here.

Old Kitty said...

Me and spreadsheets do not mix! LOL!!! But I say if it works for you then go for it!! Take care

D.G. Hudson said...

I hadn't heard of Google drive, either. Jessica's book sounds like a book I'd enjoy. Will be checking out Rouge very soon.

I'd be glad to help with your launch on one of my blogs.

Good luck with the Truth About Letting Go!

Janet Johnson said...

Wow, look at you, all grown up and using Google Drive! I feel so left behind in the nursery. You'll visit all us non-tech savvy individuals from time to time, won't you? :D

And Jessica's book sounds A-Mazing. I'm so in awe of her and all she's accomplished with her work!

Rebecca Green Gasper said...

Google drive keeps crashing for me...going to have to figure that one out. The blog fest looks great- might have to check it out.

Bish Denham said...

Google Drive? Something else I'm going to have to learn. Sounds like a great tool. And, I'm all signed up to help with promotion of your NEXT BOOK!

LTM said...

Now I feel like I need to do a post on how to use Google Drive... :D

@DGH--LOVED Jessica's book! And Thanks for reading ROUGE! I hope you like it! Thanks for all your help~ (and Google Drive is super easy to use.) <3

@RGG--whoops! Here I just said it was easy. Well, heck. I haven't had any problems w/it yet. :P DO join in IndieKissing! It's going to be FUN! :o) <3

Unknown said...

Google drive sounds great! And i just signed up for your fest. I'll have to do the kissing fest too since it's always so much fun. :)

Carolyn Abiad said...

Google who? #luddite

I've seen The Book around - and after reading this post - I need to get my hands on a copy. Best of luck to you and Jessica with these new releases. :)

Summer Ross said...

Wow- you have a lot going on. I'm so excited for the new book. <3

Unknown said...

Unfortunately Valentine's Day doesn't fall on my blogging day. I'm doing a similar idea for the day before from one of my fave books (which was a one time an indie book).

At least now I know who to come to when it's time to pub my book. *smiles sweetly a Leigh* You have all the info I need. :D

DL Hammons said...

I thought Google Drive was much like Dropbox. I guess I was wrong. I'm on board!!

Jennifer Shirk said...

I didn't know what Google drive was until a few months ago when I got introduced to it by my publicist. It's a great way to keep us both organized. :)

Yes, Jessica's book DOES sound interesting!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Can I help on February 22 instead since I don't post on Thursdays? I'll sign up and if not, let me know.

Lisa Gail Green said...

Wow that book sounds pretty neat. I like the premise.

Congrats to you!!! I want to support you, but I did not put my name in officially as I honestly don't know what time I will have. *glances at babbling baby on floor* But let me know if you need something...

Kelly Polark said...

Happy to help you launch your next fabulous book!!

LTM said...

@Carolyn--I know, right? I was the same way, but it's really super easy. And yaay! for Jessica, and *chews nails* for me. THANKS! <3

@DL--I use dropbox, too! And it's kind of like that. In that you can share stuff and all. Honestly, I don't use dropbox that much... #techfail #LOL <3

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