Like a Virgin… HEY! #UtopYA2014 for the Very First Time

I’ve been staring at a blank page for quite some time now, trying to sort out my feelings about this event. So many amazing things happened at UtopYA I don’t even know where to begin, so forgive me if my recap is less than eloquent. I’m not going to attempt to list the names of every person I met because I’m certain I’ll forget far too many, but I hope you all know how much you mean to me, and {Read More}

#utopYA2014 Giveaways!

I can’t even begin to describe how sick to my stomach excited I am to be going to UtopYA the DAY AFTER TOMORROW! Somebody get me a bucket pinch me already! 🙂 Seriously, though… I just know I’m going to have a blast, especially with all of these super fun giveaways to enter while I’m there! Grab your schedule and add these contests to your list of things to do at the con. ~UtopYA2014 Giveaways~ Let’s start with the BIG {Read More}

This Little Piggy Went to Market #UtopYA2014

We all have the same concerns and frustrations when it comes to marketing. I say “we” because even book bloggers, while we do our best to help promote our favorite authors, are constantly struggling to find new and exciting ways to gain more reach. Many of us feel like the littlest piggy that went, “Wee wee wee” all the way home. There are so many books available, so many new releases every week, that it’s easy to feel as though {Read More}

The “Pub” Crawl: Traditional vs. Self-Publishing #UtopYA

If you didn’t already know, I am a HUGE SUPPORTER of Indie authors! But that wasn’t always the case. Not long ago (2 years) I was only purchasing books that were recommended by family or friends. I wasn’t a book blogger and had no part in the literary community like I do now, so the books were probably published by one of the “big dogs.” Now I am happy to say that I purchase books by both traditional and self-published {Read More}

An Unofficial 2014 UtopYA Awards Giveaway Celebration!

OH. MY. GOSH. UtopYA is next month already! I’m starting to get super excited about this event. I’ve never been to a writers convention before, plus it’s in Nashville. I’m thrilled to finally be able to meet all the fabulous authors, bloggers, and readers that I’ve had the pleasure of chatting with for the last 17 months. Oh, and I’ve also been nominated for BEST BLOGGER and BEST BLOG! How awesome is that? A lot of people that are nominated {Read More}

#UtopYA2014 Let’s Pop the Top on the Serial Box

Are you familiar with serial novels? Serials are full-length stories delivered to the readers in an episodic format. As a reader I have really enjoyed taking the plunge into the new world of serials. With as much as I read, it’s nice to be able to slip in an episode here and there between review books. It’s just like watching a television show; it takes anywhere from thirty minutes to an hour to read (generally) and the reader is left {Read More}

#UtopYA Con 2014 – Slaying the Blurb Beast

I have connected with many authors online over the past year and handful of months since becoming a book blogger. I’m sure many of you have as well. It’s much easier to chat with our favorite authors and read what’s going on in their heads these days with the help of Facebook, Twitter and other popular social media sites. One common thing I see authors rant about frequently is about how much they hate writing blurbs, even more so than {Read More}

The Official Poster for UtopYA Con 2014 is…

Ok, book addicts… you cast your votes and now it’s my pleasure to reveal the Official Poster for UtopYA Con 2014! Here are the official results… … which means that the Official Poster of UtopYA Con 2014 is… Design #3 Whoop! Thank you so much for all of your votes! And thank you to Whit&Ware Design for giving us three fabulous designs to choose from! To see more by Whit&Ware click on the image below. Still haven’t registered for UtopYA {Read More}

Vote for the official poster of #utopYA2014!

I am so excited to be able to provide you with the opportunity to vote for the OFFICIAL POSTER of UtopYA Con 2014! The poster with the most votes will be the one that ALL the invited author panelists will sign. Thank you so much to Whit & Ware Design for creating such awesome posters to choose from! Click on the logo below to see more from Whit & Ware Design… Haven’t registered for UtopYA 2014 yet? Click below to {Read More}

Making Dreams Come True #UtopYA2014

Hello, my fellow book addicts! I hope you are all doing well today. I was thinking… I’m always sharing my own thoughts here about the books I read and such, but today I want to share the thoughts of a few other people with you instead. Do you recall the UtopYA Con 2014 Superstar Package Giveaway I hosted here on the blog last month? Well, guess what? People actually win these things! Say hello to Erin Hayes, self-published author of {Read More}

UtopYAcon 2014 Superstar Package Giveaway!

This is my first post as an official blogger for UtopYAcon 2014! I am thrilled beyond words to be chosen as an official blogger for such an amazing event. I still wake up some mornings and have to make sure it wasn’t a dream. I am also honored to be hosting the first UtopYAcon giveaway! Get ready to be blown away by this prize package… What is UtopYA? UtopYA Convention: for women writers of supernatural YA and NA fiction and {Read More}