pirate3Why is it that I blog (mostly) regularly for a year now, yet Pirate the dog blogs once and wins the “I Love Your Blog” award?

It’s just not fair, I tell you. I mean sure – he’s cute, and it’s fun to pet his belly, and he does ride a motorcycle. But what else does he have on this author? Plenty, it seems.

So here it is, Pirate’s fancy new award, courtesy of Bitten by Books.

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Some doggies have all the luck.

Then again, I have the t-shirts. This weeks Kiss My Asphalt t-shirt winner is Christie Hollie!

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Oh and stay tuned – I’m launching a new contest next week where you can win a walk-on part in the next Accidental Demon Slayer book. If you ever wanted to rub Pirate’s belly in person, here’s your chance. Along with it, (of course) will be a new fun quiz: Are You Part Demon Slayer?

Stay tuned…

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As some of you know, I recently wrote a story for The Mammoth Book of Vampire Romance 2. It was neat because I read all kinds of vampire books, but had never tried writing one.

My editor, Trisha, sent the cover over yesterday. I had to smile because the vampire on the front looks a lot like the heroine in my story, Princess Katarina Volholme D’ Transylvania, an eight-hundred-and-seventy three-year-old vampire who decides to rebel. Too bad for her, she does it on International Undead TV.

And get this – the release date is October 31, 2009. How fun is that?

Happy Monday

March 2, 2009

Sorry I was AWOL for a bit. For some reason, WordPress decided I resembled an imposter and refused to let me onto my site. I mean, sure I just threw my hair back into a ponytail and these jeans aren’t exactly what you’d call dress up clothes, but I don’t look that shady. Especially not in this hot pink Trix t-shirt.

Anyhow, thanks  to Anthony at the help desk, things are running smoothly again – which is good because I have a lot to report. First off, there has been such a demand for advanced reading copies (ARCs) of The Dangerous Book for Demon Slayers that my publisher wasn’t able to save any for me to give away. I’m both flattered and bummed. Of course I wish I would have anticipated this, since – erm – there’s an ARC contest happening on this very blog. So I’ll tell you what – anyone that has entered the contest as of today, email me at angie @angiefox.com and I’ll send you a cover flat for The Dangerous Book for Demon Slayers. My treat.

In other news, this months issue of RT magazine is featuring the original query letter for The Accidental Demon Slayer. For those of you not familiar with book-speak, a query is an introduction letter that authors use to secure an agent or editor for that all important first book. So if you get RT magazine, check it out. If you don’t, here’s a version of the article in blog form.

Oh and I just received a new batch of Kiss My Asphalt t-shirts and they are friggin’ awesome. Seriously. My designer really outdid himself. They’re just like Grandma would wear. Stay tuned because I’m going to be giving lots of them away.

Thank you for the emails late last week and this weekend. We did have record flooding around here, but everyone at chez Fox is fine and dandy. I had no idea so many people saw Valley Park on my PO Box address … and remembered. Gee, paranormal readers are smart. Not that we didn’t know that already.

So, yes, our little town was all over the news. And I have to confess, watching them lower the flood walls gave me flashbacks to that scene in Titanic where the steel doors come down. But the levees held and we live on one of the river bluffs, so all was well, save for the fact that the road leading up to our house flooded on Friday night, thanks to a side creek. It all happened in the time it took to grab dinner. Pre pad thai, no problem. Afterward, we had to take an alternate route and come in from the side. Oh and we had to hit every oversized puddle and waterlogged sink hole along the way. My husband loves driving my Jeep through water.

I was just glad to see that the old town area of Valley Park stayed dry. Our city is basically a little town that was swallowed up by St. Louis and I just love how Valley Park has kept its sense of community. It’s the kind of place where you can walk into the local ice cream shop and have a banana split while sitting on church pews recycled from the parish across the street. It’s the kind of place where the bar down the hill posts congratulations for weddings and graduations. And it’s the place where brave beer drinkers sat at Meramec Jacks and had a cold one while the river crested on the other side of the levee.

So all in all, I’m glad to be here. But thanks for the offers of bass boats, rafts and the leaky innertube (you know who you are). It feels good to know you’re thinking of us here in Missouri.