Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Check out my YAmazing post with MGnificent iguanas!

That's right, kittens. I'm psyched to be part of the second Apocalypsie-sponsored YAmazing Race with MGnificent Prizes.

Go Team Laser-Eyed Iguanas!!!

I'm also insane-crazy-excited to inform you that I just turned in a first draft (in Fiona-speak, this actually means 47th draft, but who's counting?) of VENOM's follow-up, BELLADONNA, to my editrix extraordinaire over at Penguin. So if you like creepy-sexy books (and come on, who doesn't?) add it to your Goodreads because Goodreads adds make me feel special, and when I feel special I give away tons of cool stuff!!

Okay, so that had nothing to do with the YAmazing Race, I just love Book 2 so much I had to blab all about it :) All right, all right! Here's the jackety-flappity stuff that you need in order to win your MGnificent prizes, which might just include a signed ARC of VENOM.

In Renaissance Venice, secrets can be as powerful--and deadly--as poison.

Cassandra Caravello has everything a girl could desire: elegant gowns, sparkling jewels, invitations to the best parties, and a handsome, wealthy fiance--yet she longs for something more. Ever since her parents death, Cass has felt trapped, alone in a city of water, where the dark and labyrinthine canals whisper of escape.

When Cass stumbles upon the body of a murdered woman--with a bloody X carved across her heart--she's drawn into a dangerous world of secret societies, courtesans, and killers. Soon she finds herself falling for Falco, an artist with a mischievous grin and a habit of getting into trouble. Will Cassandra find the murderer before he finds her? And will she stay true to her fiance, or succumb to her uncontrollable feelings for Falco?

Beauty, romance, and mystery weave together in a novel that's as stunning and seductive as the city of Venice itself.

Okay, you got all that? You sure? You wanna see some more awesome pictures of laser-eyed iguanas before moving on to the next stop? Don't lie. You know you do.

Baby laser-eyed iguana power!!! Okay, I'm done with that. Thanks for stopping by the blog :)

Bonus contest: I'm not as cool as the kids who have bookmarks and stickers and awesome swaggity-swag to give away, but I'm drinking milk, and one day I hope to achieve a bookmark-like level of coolness.

In the meantime, my bonus giveaway is a US $30.00 e-giftcard to Powells.com. If you don't know Powells, it's time that you did, and thanks to their reasonable domestic and international shipping rates, no matter where you live--yes, even if you live in Outer Mongolia--you can still score some free goodies with this giveaway.

Edited to add: As a thank-you for all the love, a second prize US $20.00 e-giftcard to Powells.com has been added. Thanks again and good luck in the YAmazing Race! :)

The winner will be picked randomly. One entry for commenting. Two entries for following the blog. One for liking my facebook. (I promise to make it suck less once I get 100 likes.) One for twitter following. Tell me what you did in your comment so I make sure to credit you all your entries. Winner will be announced on May 8th.

Need a drink? Bathroom break? Allrighty then. Next stop: McCormick Templeman.


  1. I haven't heard of Powell's before - thanks for linking the info! Count me in - comment only :).

  2. I want a laser-eyed iguana for my desk. That would rock. Thanks for the chance to win!

    +1: followed on twitter: leaflette
    +1: left a comment

  3. I love Powell's! They have some amazing book finds.

  4. Love the laser-eyed iguanas! And the cover of your book is super awesome - love the mask.

  5. thanks
    follow on twitter - jay120494
    and follow via email

  6. I actually get creeped out by iguanas, laser-eyed or otherwise so...

    But it'd be awesome to win the e-card so here are my entries:
    Facebook Like: artsy musings of a bibliophile
    Twitter: @artsymusings


  7. I'm in! I wish I was close to Powells and could visit in person to buy VENOM when it's released :)

    I followed on twitter and liked on facebook as well

  8. Thanks for entering! I love you guys :) Powells is awesome in person or online. Good luck with the rest of the race. I hope everybody wins at least one thing.

    Have a YAmazing and MGnificent day!



  9. Thanks for this giveaway!
    - comment only

  10. love the laser eyed iguanas : )
    i'm commenting
    i liked on facebook: alicia marie ezell
    followed on twitter: @bamayankee
    follow the blog: ame1184 at gmail dot com
    thanks for being part of the yamazing race!!

  11. Awesome! I followed you on twitter @Marksmaster and liked your FB page "Lauren "Scribe" Harris". :)

  12. Ohhh, thank you so much for this giveaway :D *Fingers crossed.* <3 :)
    Love, Carina

  13. I follow the blog and on twitter. (And I added book two on goodreads, because "secret societies, courtesans, and killers"... yeah, I'll be around for book two).

  14. Thanks for the giveaway !
    I like your facebook page as well.

  15. *laughing irrepressibly at the laser-eyed iguanas*

    *finally stops laughing*

    I totally follow you on Twitter (@Reader_Fictions)

    Never heard of Powells before. Thanks for the heads up!

  16. I love the laser-eyed iguanas! had a lot of fun doing the YAmazing Race! :)

    I follow your blog
    I like you on Facebook Sara Slattery
    I follow on twitter @sarabara081

    Thanks for the giveaway!!!

  17. Renaissance Venice, murder and hot guys named Falco! Sounds like a wonderful read! I'm ready to settle in with a great book. :)
    Did everything...except already folling you on Twitter. ;)

  18. Haha this post was fun! Loved the laser eyed iguanas. Reminds me of the lizards at my apartment. I swear they stare you down with laserbeams!

    So, comment, twitter followed (whyginny) and facebooked you!

  19. I'm following you on Twitter @modpodgebooks and on FB as Gabrielle Carolina. And this is my comment:

    I would LOVE to host you on my blog, please let me know if you're interested!



    1. Sure, I would love to. tweet at me or email fionapaulbooks at gmail dot com

  20. Found you on facebook! and oh. my. gosh. I must read this book!!!! It just flew to the top of my summer reads list!!!

  21. Following on FB as Carrie Ardoin, and on Twitter @celjla212

    celjla212 at aol dot com

  22. LOL at the laser-eyed iguana photos! ^_^

    Followed on FB and Twitter: @StatesOfDecay

    Thank you for the giveaway! :)

  23. VENOM has been added to my 2012 Literary Wishlist...

    Blog follower by email: BCHaysel@yahoo.com
    Facebook like: Blake Haysel
    Twitter: @TheTatteredPage

    TOTAL: 5 entries

  24. I have 3 entries (comment and follower), thanks for the giveaway!

    ordinarywashout at hotmail dot com

  25. I LOVE Powells! I was only there for an hour when I was in Portland, which was so little time I wanted to cry. I ADORE this cover, and Renaissance Venice really does sound like the sexiest, creepiest setting we could get :)

    +1 comment
    +1 like on FB (Ashley Rallos)
    +1 follow on Twitter (@italylove19)
    +1 RSS follower of the blog - JournalistRallos@gmail.com

  26. +1 Twitter: @shadowgrid
    +1 Blog Follow
    +1 Comment

    :D Powells is pretty great! Also, that is one awesome mask that girl is wearing.

  27. +1 comment
    +1 like on FB// rogier caprino
    Thank you for the giveaway! :)

  28. FB Shauna Olen Buck
    Follow by email jbsmunky@aol.com

  29. Sounds like a great book. Can't wait to read it.
    FB Heather Baker Schrock
    Twitter @redhedbookworm

    hchrock24112 at yahoo dot com

  30. Gotta love the Laser-Eyed Iguana pictures. haha I really love the name of this book & that the place is in Renaissance Venice. Super excited to read the book cause it sounds pretty awesome :)
    Following your blog:punk_miz92@yahoo.com
    Liked you on fb: Melody Straka

  31. OMG you're an RN?? And an author?? That's my life goal too! :) Nurse-Authors FTW!

    Your book sounds pretty awesome BTW, and I LOVE the cover! So pretty! :)

    +1 for commenting...SEE! :D
    +2 for following the blog

    Thanks for the Giveaway!


    1. Nurse + Author = best job combo ever. Something for the left and the right brain. Something for the showy creative part and the feel-good, make the world a better place part. Not that writers don't make the world better too. It's just as an RN you get repeated and immediate reinforcement that you are helping people, especially in leukemia/lymphoma where I work. Good luck in both endeavors!

  32. This book looks amazing! Cant wait to read it!

    +1 for commenting
    +2 For following the blog


  33. So much fun!!! Thanks :D


    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

  34. Wow, laser-eyed iguanas don't *sound* that scary but they are actually kind of unsettling and creepy when there are pics of them provided. I'm impressed! :D

    +1 I follow you on Twitter (@Word_Tapestry)

    Thanks very much for the giveaway! :)


  35. Is it really awful that I'd rather win a copy of your book than win a giftcard? What can I say, I really want to read it.

    +1 comment
    +2 follow: (RSS)molly.frenzel@gmail.com
    +1 Facebook: Molly Nudo Frenzel
    +1 Twitter: @dg_molly

    1. Not awful at all :) Check back mid-month if you don't win. I've got one more ARC to give away.

  36. This books sounds really awesome! thanks for hosting this giveaway!

    Following by blog: paperback_princess
    Twitter: Fireflyflames
    Facebook: Nicole Andrea


    Thanks again!

  37. I love the concept for this book, I would beg but I won't allow myself to. haha.
    1. Followed on Facebook: Paige Schwartz
    2. Followed Blog: Aeromech332003@yahoo.com
    3. Followed on Twitter: Paisch95
    4. Commenting! <3

    Thanks for the giveaway! :)

  38. +2 for following your website, and
    +1 for commenting,
    +x for acknowledging your superior awesomeness. (Is that a word)

    1. Hehe thanks! I am inclined to think that 'awesomeness' is a word because I actually used the word 'awesomest' in an MS just the other day.(Not a Renaissance one, obviously.) But then my crit partners all crossed it out. (No fun!)

  39. Thanks so much for all the interest in the book and nice comments, guys. They made my day. And thanks for the iguana compliments too! Behold the awesome power of Microsoft Paint :)

    Good luck in the race!!

  40. *I'm not as cool as the kids ...* hahahahaha
    Whether I win or not, you are AWESOME!!! :D

    Anyhoo [olde Latin for *anyway*] ... you had me at Renaissance Venice and that luscious cover and [... M.A.D. wanders off to take a bathroom break, grabs a fistful of Cheez-Its on the way back, then forgets what she was about to say. We'd all like to think it was vitally important, whatever it was!]

    FB like & comment: Mary DeBorde
    Mary DeBorde aka M.A.D.
    zenrei57 (at) hotmail dot com
    birthsign: Virgo
    blood type: red
    hehe ;D

  41. Thanks for the giveaway! Venom sounds like a awesome read ;)

  42. Your book sounds awesome! Thanks for participating in the YAmazing Race. It's been so much fun!

    Twitter follower: @joy_davis

  43. I love the cover of your book!

    Follow on twitter - SecretlyMeToo
    Following blog - crystal478 at yahoo dot com
    Liked on FB - Crystal Anderson
    And a comment : - )

  44. Venom looks really good!! Thanks for the giveaway :o)

    Twitter- @sammy7987
    Facebook- Samantha Bailey Ramos
    Blog follower- lyssleepinbeauty@aim.com

  45. Thanks for the giveaway! I'm commenting :) and I like your facebook page. Almost there bb!

    kassiah at fictionators dot com

  46. Cool giveaway xD Count me in :]

    Commenting +1
    Follow via e-mail +2
    FB +1
    Twitter +1

    alaiel.kreuz AT gmail.com


  47. Thanks for the giveaway!

  48. Thanks for the giveaway and congrats on the second draft !

    Twitter: Books_sense

    kathie . coates @gmail.com

  49. +2 follow blog
    +1 FB
    +1 Twitter
    +1 for leaving a comment!

    rebecca191 AT aol.com

  50. This sounds terrific! I love historical fiction!
    I liked your page on facebook (@Kimberly Bea) and follow you on twitter (@KimBea).
    Thanks for the great giveaway!

  51. Haha, these photos crack me up. :D Anyway, thanks for the giveaway!
    I'm a Twitter follower: @alouetteuette
    Liked you on Facebook: Vicky's Reviews
    and commented.


  52. Cool giveaway!

    +1 Comment
    +2 Follow by email lilleetleet(at)verizon(dot)net
    +1 Like on Facebook (Alyssa Susanna)

    Alyssa Susanna

  53. I liked Venom on Facebook and here I am commenting!


  54. Those are some epic laser eyed iguanas :)


  55. I liked the facebook page and commenting! This book looks really good, and I LOVE Powell's bookstore, I went there when I was in Portland a couple of weeks ago.


  56. omg seriously can't wait to read this one.

    following you now and added you on FB and Twitter :)

  57. This sounds awesome! I love secret societies and historicals and through in some romance it'll be a favorite!
    Twitter follow-Imburiedinbooks
    FB like-Heather Rosdol/Buriedinbooks
    Email subscribe

    I absolutely love the iguanas with their laser eyes!!
    hrose2931 at gmail dot com


  58. I'm drinking milk too, so I decided to follow you on Twitter! I'm @books_n_tea

  59. Hey, I'm tottally commenting, your books sound wicked! I also liked you on Facebook.


  60. Thanks for the giveaway. Your book sounds interesting.
    And I've followed your blog.

  61. Thanks for the giveaway, I had never heard of Powells before this!
    +1 for Comment
    +2 for Following by Email: rachchan2006@yahoo.com.au
    BTW, Venom sounds amazing!

  62. Liked your FB! (Jasmine Rose)


  63. +1 Twitter (@readingwishes)
    +1 Facebook (Rebecca De Aguiar)
    +1 Comment

    Love the giveaway! I've heard of Powells but since I live NOWHERE near it of course it's out of the question, so thanks for the chance! Either way, I'll definitely be checking it out! <3

  64. Thanks for the giveaway!

    +1 Twitter: @pocketofbooks
    +1 Facebook: Nicola
    +1 Comment


  65. Jessica HoniotesMay 5, 2012 at 11:31 AM

    Twitter, Facebook, Comment, tattooed name to right bicep...
    So, awesome of you to promote independent bookstores!

  66. +1 twitter:@nikkipickles45
    +1 fb:Nicole Ausman
    +1 Comment
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  67. +1 Comment

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  68. one entry for me. Thanks!

  69. Ah, I can't wait for Belladonna! 47 drafts? Your kidding, right? I do not have the capacity to play that game nor the quizzes. I would only get the questions on Venom correct. :)

    Don't enter me in the contest. I just wanted to comment! :)

  70. +1 comment

    I can't wait to read this!

  71. +1 comment

    I can't wait to read this!

  72. Venom sounds fabulous (and gorgeous cover too). Thanks for the giveaway!


  73. Liked on FB.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  74. I love the cover and the description... it's so going on my summer to-read list. :) The Renaissance was a really interesting time period and I'm excited to read about this "dangerous world of secret societies, courtesans, and killers". Thanks for taking the time to write Venom for us readers and for the generous giveaway! Oh and one more thank you: I hadn't heard Powells.com but I'm definitely going to be going there a lot now ;)

    +1 entry for commenting
    +2 entries for following the blog (alyssimagination@gmai.com)
    +1 twitter following (@skywaitsforme)


    P.S. I love the extra pics of laser eyed iguanas :P Photoshop ftw

  75. So excited for this book! The cover is gorgeous!

    I liked your facebookpage - Christa @ Hooked on Books and follow you on Twitter - @christasbooks


  76. First off, LOVE the premise of the story and the book cover. Beautiful! And secondly, LOVE LOVE LOVE the laser-eyed iguanas!! LOL!! So awesome. :D

    justalillost.com [at] gmail [dot] com

  77. +1 comment
    +1 facebook like

    I can't wait to read this book! It's been on my goodreads TBR list forever!

  78. I follow your blog via RSS (Google Reader) and on Facebook as Amber Robinson and The Musings of ALMYBNENR and on Twitter as @aLmYbNeNr.

    Thank you!


  79. Wow, this looks amazing. The cover is absolutely gorgeous! I love the way you've set your book in that gorgeous setting! Can't wait to read it!

    +1 Left a comment
    +2 Following your blog (Jess)
    +1 Like your facebook (Jess Kilian)
    +1 Following your twitter (BookNerd7)

    Total entries: 5


  80. LOL this post is so fun ! :)

    +1 Follow on Twitter @tessireysia
    +1 Liked on fb (Lille Moss)
    +2 Follow your blog (mosslili@web.de)
    +1 Comment

  81. EXCITING GIVEAWAY!! Thank you for being part of the race and good luck to all who enter!!

    5 entries:
    +1 Comment
    +2 Follow Blog: howdymomma@yahoo.com
    +1 Facebook: Jenna DeTrapani
    +1 Twitter: MTGReviews

    Thanks again!

    Jenna DeTrapani

  82. Awesome giveaway. Powells is my #1 reason for wishing that I lived in Portland.


  83. This looks like a great book =)


    Liked on FB (Jessica Thorsell)
    Followed on Twitter (@Bubblesfox)

  84. You guys rock. I am so beyond thrilled at the number of you who hung out long enough to enter my little contest that I am adding a second prize--a 20.00 e-giftcard to Powell's.

    First prize: $30.00 to Powells.com
    Second prize: $20.00 to Powells.com

    Yes, international can play.
    Winner announced May 8th after the YAmazing Race is over :)

  85. I am quite excited for this book!

    +1 for commenting
    +2 for blog following (erin.e.regan(at)gmail(dot)com
    +1 for liking facebook page (Erin Regan)
    +1 for twitter follow (wickedangel1776)

    Total: 5!!

  86. I can't wait to read Venom! The cover is beautiful and the story sounds amazing! I added it to my Goodreads TBR.

  87. both VENOM & BELLADONNA sound amazing -can't wait to read!!

    +1 comment
    +2 following blog (tworeads)
    +1 FB (Lynne Clark)
    +1 Twitter (@tworeadbooks)
    Happy Races & Thanks for the awesome gift-card giveaway!
    ~Lynne of TwoReads

  88. This looks great!
    Liked on facebook

  89. You had me at Renaissance Venice. Seriously. Venom sounds awesome!

    I follow the blog (by the email used at the bottom of the comment)
    I follow on twitter (@Gabelle_M)


  90. Sounds interesting!

    Facebook and twitter(@rebeccascott40)

  91. +JMJ+

    I know people who want to visit America to see Disneyland. When I meet someone else who wants to visit America to see Powell's, then I'll know I've met a soulmate! Thanks for the giveaway. =)

    Your book sounds so intriguing, too. There's no time/place like Renaissance Venice, aye?

  92. Great cover. The book sounds good. Thanks for the giveaway.


  93. Thanks for taking part in the race and for this giveaway!

    +1 Commented
    +2 Following blog - GFC Name: Baggins
    +1 Liked FB page - as Kim Waters
    +1 Following on Twitter - as @bookishbaggins

    Also added Venom and Belladonna to my Goodread TBR! :-D


  94. Thank you for the giveaway! Venom sounds wonderful - not least for the setting. Venice is so beautiful. Oh! And I follow you on twitter (@foxglovedgirl). xx

  95. Thank you for the giveaway and for participating this fabulous YA amazing race!
    1+ comment you
    1+ like on FB - Flord Naezel Bunquin Martinez
    1+ follow on twitter - @Lezean29

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  97. I can't wait to read Venom. I love how you write!

    I have added both your books Venom and Belladonna to my Goodreads - to read list as Antoinette.
    I liked your Facebook Page as Antoinette Soto.
    I am following you on Twitter @nanosoto35.
    I left a comment.
    Thank you for great giveaway.

  98. Thanks for the giveaway! Powells sound fab, and so does Venom!


  99. I haven't read any books in Venice at this time, so sounds like an interesting read.
    +1 FB - Tressa Sherman
    +1 Twitter - @TresSherm

    tressa dot sherman at hotmail dot com

  100. Ooh thank you! I followed you through RSS. elena@novelsounds.net

  101. Love the Venom cover!

    FB like: Candace Hawkins
    Twitter: @candyco01

  102. Thanks for the giveaway!
    Facebook follower (Michele M.)
    twitter follower (michele979)

    isabelli3619 (at) aol (dot) com

  103. Sounds awesome!! Thanks for the giveaway!! :D

    GFC follower (Lisaa)

  104. Followed on twitter and followed blog.

    I also have to say that I am absolutely in love with the name Falco :D

  105. Book sounds awesome!
    colormeferret @ yahoo . com

  106. Thanks for the amazing giveaway! (and awesome laser-eyed iguanas :P)

    +1 commenting
    +1 FB Page: Rabiah Rowther
    +1 Twitter: @iliveforreading

    Thanks again :D

    iliveforreading AT hotmail DOT com

  107. Thanks so much for the giveaway! :)

    Facebook Follower: Maria Qa
    Twitter Follower: @fantasysink


  108. Awesome race and giveaway!

    twitter: aliaslucia

    aliasgirl at libero dot it

  109. Thanks to everyone who participated in the YAmazing Race with MGnificent prizes and my contest to win a Powells.com e-giftcard. The contest is now closed.

    Stay tuned for the announcement of the WINNERS!!


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