Friday, 14 August 2015

Hello? Is this thing on? (Updates and Announcements)

Righty-O. So, it's been...ahem...a while since I last posted anything here. I'm sure you were wondering what had happened to me. As it turns out, I've just returned from an extended trip to Under, and I have so many exciting things to tell you about.

Those of you with a particularly keen sense of your surroundings will have noticed a little twitter post rushing by six weeks ago. It looked something like this:
Yep, that's a toy lobster in the corner. His name is Chive. And if you direct your attention to the center of the image, you'll see a completed draft of WATER WORKS (Book Two in the Emma & the Elementals series, and sequel to ROOT BOUND). It's the the reason I've been too preoccupied to post much lately. No, I'm talking about he draft. Please stop looking at the lobster.

You might have also noticed that ROOT BOUND is no longer available in digital format, except from Amazon. You might have seen this and guessed that a string of free dates could be heading your way, If you did, then give yourself a nice pat on the back, because you're right. I'm giving ROOT BOUND away FREE on Amazon from Monday, September 21 through Friday, September 25, 2015.

I've never done the whole Amazon Select/Free deal before, so please watch this space for ways you can help me ensure the book gets into as many deserving hands as possible.

You can also keep an eye out for additional promotions and a Goodreads giveaway coming up in the next few weeks.

Why am I doing all this? Oh, I don't know. Perhaps I'm overcome with uncontrollable affection for my fellow human beings and want to shower you all with gifts. Or maybe it has something to do with WATER WORKS being released on November 1.

What's that, you say? WATER WORKS is being released on November 1, 2015? Maybe. Ok, probably. Fine! Yes, it is. Would you please quit nagging now? Thank you. And on that note, if you reviewed ROOT BOUND for your book blog and would like to do the same for WATER WORKS, give me a shout.

Just to recap, here are the key dates to watch out for:

Sept 3: WATER WORKS Pre-sale begins (link to follow)
Sept 4-Nov 1: Goodreads Giveaway (win a ROOT BOUND and WATER WORKS signed two-pack)
Sept 21-25: ROOT BOUND free on Amazon
Nov 1: WATER WORKS released into the wild

There will be more dates and information to follow. My deepest thanks to my family and friends for supporting my madness all these years. I couldn't be this crazy without you.

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

My First Podcast! Days of Geek Interview

Geeks of the world rejoice! There's a new podcast in town, and it's dedicated to all things geeky. They launched last week, with Wil Wheaton's talk and Q&A at Montreal Comic Con 2012. There's some great stuff here, and any Wheaton fan can attest to the breadth and depth of his geekitude. 

Week Two: me

Yep, that's right. Caught on tape at Ad-Astra in November 2012, you can hear me blather on about ROOT BOUND, how it came to be, some of my influences, and what I'm working on now. And speaking of influences, do run over to Amazon and grab Frank L. Baum's wonderful The Magical Monarch of Mo, which is currently free for Kindle. 

ROOT BOUND GIVEAWAY: While you're there, be sure to leave a comment on the podcast page for a chance to win ONE of TWO print copies of ROOT BOUND! GeekDad will ship anywhere, so this contest is open worldwide.

GeekDad then goes on to talk about book reviews and starts on the commendable task of re-watching all of Star Trek: The Original Series, so there's stuff of interest for all. 

Head on over and check it out!

Follow Days of Geek on Twitter: @DaysOfGeek

Saturday, 20 July 2013

ROOT BOUND Is Back On Tour!

ROOT BOUND is back on tour! We've got lots of fun stops planned over the next few weeks. I've got a couple of blog posts making the rounds, along with author interviews and lots of ROOT BOUND reviews. 

Be sure to find us on Twitter on 20 July, 2013, when I'll be answering random questions through the day, and on 21 July, 2013, when Orangeberry Tours will be blasting out all sorts of fun information about the book!

Follow me on Twitter: @emmaseries
Follow Orangeberry Tours: @OBBookTours

Tour Dates:

19th July - Book Feature at Peace from Pieces

20st July - Twitter Activities: Follow @emmaseries

21st July - Twitter Activities: Follow @emmaseries

22nd July – Author Interview at Mommy Adventures

23rd July - Guest Post at The Bunny’s Review

24th July - Twitter Blast with OB Book Tours

24th July - ROOT BOUND Giveaway starts on Goodreads

25th July - Book Review & Author Interview at The Reading Cat

26th July - Guest Post at Blog-A-Licious Authors

27th July - Book Review & Author Interview at Author’s Friend

28th July – Book Review at UK Book Club

29th July – Guest Post & Book Review at Me, You & Books

30th July – Book Review at Book Professor

31st July – Author Interview & Book Review at Brainy Reads

1st August – Guest Post at Paws on Books

2nd August – Book Review at Gentleman Reads

1st to 31st August 2013 – Listing at OB Book Expo

3rd August – Author Interview at My Life in Books

4th August – Book Review at Journey’s thru Books

5th August – Author Interview at Top Shelf Books

6th August – Book Review at A Novel Design

7th August – Guest Post at Non-Stop Reads

8th August – Excerpt at Quality Reads

15th August – Author Interview at Nobody Important

22nd August – Guest Post & Book Feature at Book Connoisseur

29th August – Excerpt at Next Big Book Thing

5th September - Author Interview & Book Feature at Just My Opinion

12th September – Guest Post at Aspiring Books

26th September – Guest Post & Book Feature at High Class Books

Thanks to Orangeberry Book Tours for setting this tour up!

Thursday, 18 July 2013

Tanya On Tour: Guest Posts on the Orangeberry Book Tour

ROOT BOUND is on tour, and so am I! Here's where to go to find all my guest posts for the next few weeks. I'll update the subjects and links as they become available.

19th July - Guest Post at Peace from Pieces

23rd July - Guest Post at The Bunny’s Review

26th July - Guest Post at Blog-A-Licious Authors

29th July – Guest Post & Book Review at Me, You & Books

1st August – Guest Post at Paws on Books

7th August – Guest Post at Non-Stop Reads

22nd August – Guest Post & Book Feature at Book Connoisseur

12th September – Guest Post at Aspiring Books

26th September – Guest Post & Book Feature at High Class Books

Friday, 21 June 2013

ROOT BOUND Blog Tour Recap

Thanks so much to Enchanted Book Promotions for arranging this tour. I apologize for not posting more updates on the blog (seriously, where did the time go?), but I've been trying to keep Facebook up-to-date. That said, here's a recap of the tour. A million bazillion thanks to all the bloggers who participated. You're the best. Seriously.

Character Interview:

For the first time ever, one of the characters from ROOT BOUND comes forward to tell their side of the story. Read all about it at:

The Single Librarian

Author Interviews:

Want to learn more about ROOT BOUND and how it came to be? Check out these pages:

ROOT BOUND Book Reviews:

Mira at Forever Book Lover has written a glowing review of ROOT BOUND. She says:

This book was amazing. It is, without a doubt, the best book I've read all year, and I've read a series of excellent books so far.Rating 10/10 
Read the Review at Forever Book Lover.

Mindy Wall at Books, Books and More Books says:
This is a charming book filled with humorous characters with normal flaws that learn how to work together to fix that which is broken. It is a great book for children, especially girls, in elementary school or middle grades. It’s also got enough charm for adults who are reading along.

Read the Review at Books, Books and More Books

Majanka at I Heart Reading:
The author has a great writing style, and she managed to take Greek mythology and combine it with other classic elements to come up with a pleasant, original story I for one thoroughly enjoyed. The story is very imaginative, the characters are well-developed (including the Brownies) and there’s an obvious humorous undertone.

Read the Review at I Heart Reading

Cassidy Crimson's Blog:
The plot was fast-paced, intriguing and great for plenty of enjoyment. An excellent read.

Read the Review at Cassidy Crimson’s Blog

Deal Sharing Aunt says:

I thought that this was a very interesting book. It is great for young adults and fits in with the science fiction world of today "
4.5/5 Stars. 

Read the Review at Deal Sharing Aunt

I'm an Eclectic Reader:
Root Bound was a delight to read. The story is intriguing, fun and original.
Read the Review at I’m an Eclectic Reader

Elise at The Single Librarian:
This story was imaginative and fun. Emma makes a great heroine. [...] This book is ideal for fantasy fans of all ages. Even adults will enjoy this quirky read!

Read the Review at The Single Librarian

You'll find ROOT BOUND Book Excerpts at:


I’m an Eclectic Reader
365 Days of Reading

Thanks again to everyone who participated. As always, you can find ROOT BOUND for sale most online book retailers or for loan at some public libraries.

Friday, 24 May 2013

ROOT BOUND Blog Tour: Week One Recap!

It's been an exciting week on the ROOT BOUND Blog Tour!
You'll find book excerpts at Bianca2B and at I’m an Eclectic Reader, so you can learn a bit more about the book. 

Then, there's an author interview at Sara in Bookland, where you can learn more about why I wrote the book, and discover some of the behind the scenes details. 

And last, but certainly not least, Mira at Forever Book Lover has written a glowing review of ROOT BOUND. She says:
This book was amazing. It is, without a doubt, the best book I've read all year, and I've read a series of excellent books so far.
Rating 10/10
Read the full review here.

Check back soon for more updates! (The full tour schedule can be found here.)

Saturday, 18 May 2013

ROOT BOUND Is Going On Tour!

Join us for a month-long Blog Tour, including ROOT BOUND reviews, author interviews, and book excerpts. A few of the characters from the book will also be making a special appearance, too!

Many heart-felt thanks to all the great participating bloggers. Here's a sneak peak at the schedule - be sure to check back often for updates. Some blogs will be doing multiple events, so you'll see some of them listed more than once:

May 20th: I Heart Reading

May 21st: BIanca2B

May 22rd: Sara in Bookland

May 23rd: I’m an Eclectic Reader

May 24th: Forever Book Lover

May 25th: The Book Daily

May 26th: The Single Librarian

May 27th: Bookaholic Ramblings

May 28th: Deal Sharing Aunt

May 30th: Cassidy Crimson’s Blog

May 31st: Crossroad Reviews

June 4th: Books, Books and More Books

June 5th: I Heart Reading

June 7th: Majanka’s Blog

June 11th: Bookaholic Ramblings

June 13th: Hollow Readers

June 14th: Brenda McCreight’s Blog

June 15th: Cassidy Crimson’s Blog

June 17th: 365 Days of Reading

June 19th: I’m an Eclectic Reader

June 20th: The Single Librarian