Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Season's Greetings Is Here!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays…
Parish Mail: Season's Greetings is now available

Click here to pick up your own copy of the newest Parish Mail interactive YA supernatural adventure, available on digital platforms including Kindle, Nook, and iBooks.

It's Christmas in New Orleans! Magic, romance, and holiday spirit -- of the ghostly variety -- are in the air as you help Celia race to solve a paranormal mystery before Christmas Day.

Starting this week, Season's Greetings will be making a grand tour of the blogosphere courtesy of some of the best book bloggers on the internet:

There's more... to celebrate the book's launch, we're holding another fantastic giveaway. Enter below for your chance to win your very own copy of Season's Greetings as well as the one-of-a-kind Grand Prize: this gorgeous handmade necklace inspired by Parish Mail's bonewood tree! This is the mailbox tree where Celia finds the antique letters, re-imagined here in silver-filled wire and Swarovski crystal garnet beads.

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(The necklace was made by my good friend Amanda. She has a cameo in Season's Greetings but is a real person -- you can see more of her beautiful jewelry at her Etsy store.)

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Deck the halls and ring those jingle bells, Christmas is here! I hope you enjoy reading this festive holiday story as much as I enjoyed writing it. Tip: Season's Greetings goes great with a cup of cocoa and a cozy fire…

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Season's Greetings: The Cover Revealed! And a Giveaway, Too!

I'm thrilled to finally share the cover for Season's Greetings, the newest Parish Mail interactive YA mystery:

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I LOVE the vintage Christmas card that the folks at Coliloquy found. It's warm and festive but also a little creepy. Why are there no people in the room? Where did they go? Hmm...  

And I think it's so cool how the red ribbon ties in with the bloody covers of Dead Letter Office and Post Mortem while being more fitted to the murder-free story. Don't worry, though: while the mayhem may be taking a vacation in Season's Greetings, Celia finds plenty of supernatural chills and magical thrills in holiday-time New Orleans. Not to mention romance...

To celebrate the cover reveal, Coliloquy is getting into the holiday spirit early, giving away Amazon gift cards and Parish Mail book bundles! Enter below for your chance to win.

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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Christmas Is Coming... In November

The Parish Mail Christmas mystery Season's Greetings, that is. I'm thrilled to announce the release date for Celia Macarty's newest interactive adventure in supernatural New Orleans:

Tuesday, November 19

And what would the holidays be without presents? Here are some of the goodies in store for you:
  • Cover reveal - Next week we'll unveil the cool cover image for Season's Greetings.
  • Pre-launch giveaway - At the same time as the cover reveal, you'll have the chance to win Amazon gift cards and Parish Mail book bundles courtesy of my publisher Coliloquy! Check back here on my blog on Tuesday, 11/5 to enter.
  • Blog tour - The end of November will be chock full of reviews and interviews all over the Web. I'll post the schedule here.
  • Post-launch giveaway - Stay tuned for details about your chance to win an incredible one-of-a-kind prize after Season's Greetings comes out. I'm REALLY excited about this giveaway, and you will be too. Promise.

Plus, here's a stocking stuffer to tide you over, the OFFICIAL synopsis of Season's Greetings, hot off the press (well, the Coliloquy website):  
Celia Macarty is eager to enjoy her first New Orleans Christmas, but school has barely let out for the holidays when she learns that mystery never takes a vacation. Using the clues on a Christmas card from 1933, Celia must unravel a supernatural riddle that takes her all over festive New Orleans—and deeper into her family’s past. As Christmas Eve draws closer, shameful community secrets come to light, and Celia enlists an unlikely ally to set things right.
With the help of her witchy best friend Tilly and a trio of to-die-for suitors, Celia navigates a mystery and, in the process, her heart. Because in the Crescent City, Christmas is a time of enchantment and surprises, and a little romance might be Celia’s best present of all.
Celia’s latest Parish Mail adventure is an active fiction title from Coliloquy. Your reading choices will help Celia solve the crime!
Don't forget, you can dive into the Parish Mail series with Season's Greetings, or catch up with Books 1 and 2,  Dead Letter Office and Post Mortem (you have time!)

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Join the Parish Mail Street Team!

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We're looking for a few good elves to help get the word out about PMX, aka Parish Mail: Season's Greetings, teen detective Celia Macarty's latest adventure in supernatural New Orleans.  This special new Christmas mystery in the Parish Mail universe is coming out soon, and you can help spread the news as a member of the Parish Mail Street Team!

Parish Mail Street Team members will get some nifty perks from my publisher, Coliloquy:
  • Access to exclusive content like ARCs and cover art before anyone else.
  • Chance to interact with the author. (that's me!)
  • Participate in the book's blog tour with other amazing bloggers.
  • Win great prizes!
To join, just email parishmail@coliloquy.com or tweet to @ColiloquyAimee for an invitation.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Lit Crawl in San Francisco on Saturday, Oct. 19

Bars and books... what could be better?  Coliloquy is one of the participants for San Francisco's Lit Crawl on Saturday, October 19, and I'll be there along with fellow authors Heidi Kling and Travis Sentell. We'll be at The Liberties Bar and Restaurant, 998 Guerrero St., from 7:15pm-8:15pm.

Drop by for an evening of interactive fun -- I'm planning to read a sneak peek from Parish Mail: Season's Greetings, the special Christmas installment of Parish Mail that will be out in a few short weeks. Hope to see you there!

Read all the details here!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Dead Letter Office Up for Discussion on GoodReads

Are you a GoodReads member? Are you looking for a book club where you can talk about all the twists and turns of Dead Letter Office?

If you join The Next Best Book Club group on GoodReads you can vote for DLO to be their October read! But hurry, voting ends Wednesday, August 14.

UPDATE: DLO won! Thank you all for your votes. Be sure to join the club to jump into the discussion.

Monday, July 29, 2013

The Next Parish Mail Revealed!

All right, I've dropped seven hints so far about the new Parish Mail book, codenamed PMX. Have you figured it out?

Here's a photo clue to make it crystal clear:

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That's right, the next interactive paranormal mystery in the Parish Mail series for teens is going to be a Christmas tale! As you may have guessed, PMX is short for Parish Mail Xmas (Hint #6).

I'm really excited about this new book, even though listening to Christmas music as I write (Hint #1) is kind of scrambling my brain. It is July, after all, and "Half-Christmas," June 25 (Hint #5), is not an actual holiday.

I'm trying something new with PMX that's one reason it's not named PM3. PMX is going to be a "short story," shorter in length than Dead Letter Office and Post Mortem -- with an appropriate price, of course -- but with the same gamelike interactivity that's a signature of the series (Hint #2). Think of it as a stocking stuffer.

This fluid approach to releasing books is one of the great things about working with a digital publisher like Coliloquy. A traditional publishing house with printing, inventory, and shipping costs is not likely to get on board with a nontraditional-length book and varying price points (Hint #3). And don't you worry about getting another full-sized Parish Mail story. Book 3, a.k.a. PM3, is scheduled to come out in early 2014.

PMX will be a standalone story taking place within the same timeline as Dead Letter Office and Post Mortem, which means you don't need to have read the earlier books to enjoy PMX. But if you have, the Christmas story will be that much deeper and more interesting. It's also going to be a bit lighter in subject matter and tone than the earlier two books. I was inspired by the Sherlock Holmes story "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle" by Arthur Conan Doyle. Set during Christmas, it's lighter on the ol' murder and mayhem than the other Sherlock mysteries (Hint #4).

PMX may be less creepy and scary than the other Parish Mail books, but I promise it will be full of magic, romance, and holiday spirit-- of both the emotional and ghostly varieties. Look for it later this year on all the platforms where you can find Coliloquy books.

And here's a clue to keep in your pocket: The Twelve Days of Christmas (Hint #7) is important...

Follow me on Twitter @sugarjonze for more teases, news, etc. as I work on PMX!