Boat Made of Bone Blog Tour

The blog tour is almost ready to wrap up. I haven’t been keeping great tabs on it–the reasons are varied. Here’s an announcement: I’m twenty weeks pregnant and with that goes the trouble of focusing on just about anything that isn’t taking care of my 2.5 year old and trying to not succumb to the misery of pregnancy! So, I count it as a victory that I even set up ANY marketing related to the book’s release.

I know some people have come to my blog to see if there’s supposed to be a sequel to A Boat Made of Bone. The easy answer is yes, that’s why on the cover and on the Amazon listing (and Smashwords, I believe), the title includes Book One of the Chthonic Saga. As more reviews come in for BMOB, part of me wonders why the heck I WOULD write a sequel. Evidently my instincts are all wrong and also, BMOB is just like every other demon book out there (LOL).

That’s my fault, I guess, because I don’t always write precisely in genres I read. I write whatever I want and if it falls into a genre thats I haven’t fully explored as a reader, I figure it doesn’t matter. Some writers will say that’s a big mistake. Maybe they’re right. As I’ve begun to write the sequel, I’m struggling to get over the hurdles of all those negative voices that tell me it doesn’t matter anyway, that I’m not a good writer, that my characters are unlikeable and unrelatable.

Some of these issues are magnified because I’m pregnant. For those who’ve been pregnant, I imagine this is a familiar refrain. For those who haven’t, the problem is sorting through the ten million additional feelings coursing through my head and body and discerning which ones are real and which are a result of the extra (evil) hormones created from being pregnant. I’m telling you, that’s a hilarious maze of mirrors. Haha.

In June, if all goes well enough (my last pregnancy, they didn’t, so I have a bit of PTSD from that), I’ll have my brain and my body back and I expect to be (more) sound of mind than I am now. And I’ll decide whether or not to leave A Boat Made of Bone out in the market or if I should take it down and count it as a momentary scourge of my career as an indie author.

For what it’s worth, I loved writing it. I loved Will, Kate, Audra, Malcolm, Ferg, all of them. I loved the story and thought that it worked. So that’s a big difficulty–do I trust myself and my instincts or do my gut feelings have shit for brains (I borrow from High Fidelity)? I’m worried that I’m the most untrustworthy party around.

In any case, all things are possible. And these experiences are teaching me lessons I should know. I can’t say these things that kind of hurt are wastes of my time because life is evolution and I’m growing. In the meantime, don’t forget to sign up for the $75 gift card giveaway as part of the blog tour. I really want to give it someone who’ll appreciate it!

All the love!

Nicole

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Boat Made of Bone Available Now from Amazon and Smashwords!

Hopefully it’ll show up in the premium catalog soon: meaning that it will be available from iTunes and elsewhere. I’ll let you know know as soon as that happens.

There will be a blog tour beginning in February! Right now there’s a release event going on with a raffle for a $50 Amazon giftcard. Click on the banner to sign up if you’re interested in participating!

Get your copy today from Amazon or Smashwords!

 

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Giveaway on Facebook!

Hey. You. Did you enter the drawing on Facebook? Do it. Now. Head over to the old Facebook page, like the page, and enter the drawing. I’ll be doing a drawing every other week. So stick around because I really, really want to give you a gift card.

Any additional links you click here (anywhere attached to this post) will also get you five entries per extra method of sharing–Twitter, Digg, Stumble, anything extra, gets you more entries! Sharing on FB gets you 5 more entries and adding a review to Blue Hearts of Mars on Goodreads or Amazon (if you haven’t done it already), gives you 7 more entries! Just send me a note via the FB status about this contest to let me know and I’ll be sure to add up all your entries (I really do. It can take awhile, but it’s worth it!) See the Facebook status RE: the giveaway to get more info!

Can’t wait to see your adorable mug on my FB page. 🙂

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Kickstarter $100 Giveaway

This event is being hosted by Laura at Colorimetry.

********* WE INTERUPT THE SCHEDULED BLOG POSTS TO BRING YOU THIS ANNOUNCEMENT ***********  SPREAD THE WORD TO ENTER TO WIN $100 ********  PLUS – HOW TO BE AMONG THE FIRST TO RECEIVE NICOLE GROTEPAS’ NEW BOOK  **********

 

Nicole GrotepasHey everyone! I’m borrowing this blog for a moment to invite people to sign up for the Kickstarter Launch Blast we’re organizing together to spread the word on the publishing campaign for my new book: A Boat Made of Bone.Kat Miller has been having recurring dreams about the same man . . . a dead man. Will Marks, to be exact, a celebrity who died long before Kat had any reason to pay attention to celebrities. 

While the night-world she enjoys with Will beckons, her waking world has suddenly gotten intriguing. Ty Watts–a guy with looks that could set a thousand housewives free–just walked into her life. He’s got a smile that hides a secret Kat wants to know. 

But is Ty a distraction or a savior?

Kat’s dreams threaten to take over. She must negotiate the edge of reality, solve the mystery of her nightly rendezvous with Will and either set him free or lose herself forever in the seductively dangerous world he inhabits. 

A Boat Made of Bone is a love story that spans worlds, generations, and reaches beyond death into the realm of fantasy. 

–This book contains mature themes that may not be suitable for those under 18.

SHOULD YOU CHOOSE TO ACCEPT:

1 – Share this super-fun announcement with me, Nicole Grotepas!  (Details in form below)

2 – Post the campaign launch on June 22nd  (Details via email) 

3 – Share fun subject-to-change sidebar graphics as the campaign grows!

THE CAMPAIGN:

The intent of the Kickstarter campaign is to raise funds through pledges (each pledge secures some type of copy of A Boat Made of Bone) to finalize publication of the book. There are various reward levels ranging from a $1 pledge, to $10 pledges all the way up to $2000 with many stops in between. There’s something for everyone!

There are also unlockable rewards for pledgers at each $5000 level such as more chapters from the book and reward add-ons ranging from posters of the cover art to tote bags with the cover art. Be a part of all the excitement!

THE GIVEAWAY:

Every blogger who participates in sharing this announcement will be entered in a drawing for a $100 Amazon GC or Paypal Cash. 

Enter again by posting the Kickstarter June 22nd! 

This is separate from the rewards offered in the campaign – to be among the first to receive Nicole Grotepas’ new book, be sure to check out the Kickstarter, too… choose your pledge and secure your copy of A Boat Made of Bone!

READY TO SIGN UP?

Fill out this awesome form designed by Prism Book Tours and we’ll enter you in the drawing for $100 and you’ll hear from us soon! 

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“Over 1000 ‘Likes’ on Facebook” $20 Giveaway

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You’ll look this happy after you win. Big money!

Next Friday I’ll be conducting a giveaway on Facebook for people who have “Liked” the Blue Hearts of Mars page! The contest will be two $20 giftcards to Amazon! So, if you haven’t become a Blue Hearts fan on Facebook, go there now and like it so you can enter to win. The rules will be that you have to “like” the page, and then you’ll need to “like” the status that details the giveaway. I’ll be conducting the giveaway using RandomPicker.

Thanks to everyone who has read, reviewed, and/or rated Blue Hearts of Mars! I sincerely appreciate and notice the support of readers. 🙂

April Fools Giveaway: No Joke, Win Big! Kindle Fire Giveaway

No Joke – Win Big April Fools Giveaway
Kindle Fire HD 7″ Giveaway

The winner will have the option of receiving a 7″ Kindle Fire HD (US Only)

Or $199 Amazon.com Gift Card (International)

Or $199 in Paypal Cash (International)





Sponsoring Authors
The Breeders by Katie French

“The Breeders is a YA dystopian read that’s as gritty and dark as the cover and title suggest. It takes a look at how society might devolve if females were commodities: bought, sold, stolen, and traded to keep the dwindling human race going. Frightening concept. I loved it.” –A.G. Henley, author of The Scourge

Dissidence by Jamie Canosa
“An amazingly snarky protagonist, two hot boys, a mass rebellion, and an ending that will blow your mind are the perfect ingredients that will make Dissidence the next big thing in YA.” –Beth, YA Sisterhood

The Moon Dwellers and Fire Country 
by David Estes
“Fire Country is an epic start to the Country saga and left me with my heart pounding and totally breathless. Phenomenal” —K-booksxo.blogspot.com

Blue Hearts of Mars by Nicole Grotepas
Love between humans and androids is forbidden, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen…







The Tale of Mally Biddle by M.L. LeGette
“To say I loved this book is an understatement.” –April Holgate









Terra by Gretchen Powell
“This could be your world… but it’s definitely Terra’s, and she navigates it with determination, and a longing for answers that makes her story engrossing and entertaining.” — abookobsession.com



After the Fear by Rosanne Rivers


“The book is just breathtaking from the moment you start till the moment you put it down.” — Amazon review

Entanglement by Dan Rix
A YA Dystopian Romance where every human is born with a soulmate, whom they meet on their 18th birthday…and the one boy who’s the exception.

daynight by Megan Thomason

“Sure to win over YA readers looking for a dangerous, dystopian adventure story” –Kirkus Reviews
 “Gripping; page-turner” –BlueInk Review (starred review)

Fields of Elysium by A.B. Whelan
“The novel’s take on otherworldly travel is a compelling one, and the romantic plot will likely appeal to Twilight fans.” – Kirkus Reviews

Giveaway Details
1 winner will receive their choice of a Kindle Fire HD (US Only), $199 Amazon Gift Card or $199 in Paypal Cash (International).
Ends 4/15/13

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer http://iamareader.com and sponsored by the participating authors. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

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Blue Hearts of Mars Blog Tour! Enter to Win $25 Gift Card (or Paypal cash) and a Signed Copy of Cinder

Hey everyone, this tour is being hosted by Kathy from I Am a Reader! I just wanted to link to it here so you guys can enter the Giveway easily. The Rafflecopter form is at the bottom.

 

Blue Hearts of Mars by Nicole Grotepas


Retta Heikkinen knows the unspoken rule of society: love between androids and humans is forbidden. A simple enough edict until Hemingway Koskinen spends an evening charming her with his intense gaze, bewitching smile, and sparkling conversation that hints at so much more than the usual obsessions of high school boys. Rules were meant to be cast aside, especially when love beckons.

If only it were as simple as being in love.

Trouble is brewing, not just for Hemingway–for all androids. Secrets have been kept, lies propagated, and Retta soon discovers that a frightening future awaits thousands of androids if she doesn’t do something to stop it. Worse yet, she will lose the one love she’s ever endangered herself for: Hemingway.

Praise

“Nothing like I’ve read before. A true original story! Everything is so well described. Now if they could make a follow up book and movie, that would be great!” ~Mrs. Z (Amazon)

“I was addicted to this book from the beginning. Life on Mars was very real and not at all a sci fi world I didn’t understand . . . I found myself rooting for Retta and Hemingway from the very beginning. Easy reading, couldn’t put it down and had it read in a weekend. Waiting for a sequel!” ~TNielsen (Amazon)

“The ending of this book is exceptional. While it was different from what I imagined, the way the author brought in a shocking revelation was amazing. I probably reread the last chapter 3 times letting it sink in and the meaning behind it. It was truly beautiful . . . I would love to see more of Retta and Hemingway!” ~Kat Meyer, (Goodreads)

“I love how the author populated Mars . . . so descriptive and comprehensive . . . I could clearly picture everything as if I was seeing the movie &/or was along for the ride. . . . Retta, the main character, is strong, opinionated, and a great champion for her cause.” ~Megan (Amazon)

“I had been in the worst reading slump ever and came across this on Goodreads and thought I’d give it a try. Well, I was pleasantly surprised on how funny and exciting and mysterious it was . . . Mei, Retta’s bff, had me laughing out loud quite a bit as well as Retta herself. I’d definitely hang out with those two.” ~Deanneluvbooks (Goodreads)

Blue Hearts of Mars has made it to the quarterfinals of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award.

Readers are invited to download the excerpts (here) and rate and comment on the entries. So please, if you want to contribute, download and rate Blue Hearts! Your support is incredibly appreciated!
Or purchase the full version of the book here: Amazon

 

Author Nicole Grotepas

Nicole wrote her first fantasy novel in 7th grade on her mother’s old Brother typewriter. It was never finished but it strongly resembled a Dragonlance plot and she’s forever wondered what happened to the manuscript and Tonathan–the handsome elven protagonist. After living in Nashville where she worked as an editor, she returned to the Utah desert where she was raised. Nicole now lives near the Wasatch mountains with her husband. She writes and raises her son and three cats full time.

 

Tour Schedule

Tour Giveaway

$25 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash (Internationally)

Signed Copy of Cinder & Blue Hearts of Mars (US only)

Ends 4/19/13

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer http://iamareader.com and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

Blue Hearts of Mars Book Blast $50 Giveaway

Blue Hearts of Mars by Nicole Grotepas



Retta Heikkinen knows the unspoken rule of society: love between androids and humans is forbidden. A simple enough edict until Hemingway Koskinen spends an evening charming her with his intense gaze, bewitching smile, and sparkling conversation that hints at so much more than the usual obsessions of high school boys. Rules were meant to be cast aside, especially when love beckons.

If only it were as simple as being in love.

Trouble is brewing, not just for Hemingway–for all androids. Secrets have been kept, lies propagated, and Retta soon discovers that a frightening future awaits thousands of androids if she doesn’t do something to stop it. Worse yet, she will lose the one love she’s ever endangered herself for: Hemingway.

Praise

“Nothing like I’ve read before. A true original story! Everything is so well described. Now if they could make a follow up book and movie, that would be great!” ~Mrs. Z (Amazon)

“I was addicted to this book from the beginning. Life on Mars was very real and not at all a sci fi world I didn’t understand . . . I found myself rooting for Retta and Hemingway from the very beginning. Easy reading, couldn’t put it down and had it read in a weekend. Waiting for a sequel!” ~TNielsen (Amazon)

“The ending of this book is exceptional. While it was different from what I imagined, the way the author brought in a shocking revelation was amazing. I probably reread the last chapter 3 times letting it sink in and the meaning behind it. It was truly beautiful . . . I would love to see more of Retta and Hemingway!” ~Kat Meyer, (Goodreads)

“I love how the author populated Mars . . . so descriptive and comprehensive . . . I could clearly picture everything as if I was seeing the movie &/or was along for the ride. . . . Retta, the main character, is strong, opinionated, and a great champion for her cause.” ~Megan (Amazon)

“I had been in the worst reading slump ever and came across this on Goodreads and thought I’d give it a try. Well, I was pleasantly surprised on how funny and exciting and mysterious it was . . . Mei, Retta’s bff, had me laughing out loud quite a bit as well as Retta herself. I’d definitely hang out with those two.” ~Deanneluvbooks (Goodreads)

Blue Hearts of Mars has made it to the quarterfinals of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award.

Readers are invited to download the excerpts (here) and rate and comment on the entries. So please, if you want to contribute, download and rate Blue Hearts! Your support is incredibly appreciated!

Or purchase the full version of the book here: Amazon

Author Nicole Grotepas

Nicole wrote her first fantasy novel in 7th grade on her mother’s old Brother typewriter. It was never finished but it strongly resembled a Dragonlance plot and she’s forever wondered what happened to the manuscript and Tonathan–the handsome elven protagonist. After living in Nashville where she worked as an editor, she returned to the Utah desert where she was raised. Nicole now lives near the Wasatch mountains with her husband. She writes and raises her son and three cats full time.

Tour Schedule

Book Blast Giveaway
$50 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash
Ends 4/14/13

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer http://iamareader.com and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

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Kindle Fire Giveaway!

Good news everyone! A bunch of us are doing a giveaway together for a Kindle Fire, or, if you don’t love Kindle, then you can take it as a $199 Amazon giftcard or as Paypal cash. All you have to do to enter is follow the authors who are participating in the giveaway–the more follows you do, the more chances you have to win!

New to this giveway thing? No problem! 🙂 How to enter: Click on the Rafflecopter link at the bottom of this post and sign in. Then you’ll be invited to add each author to your Facebook or Twitter feed–which is how you enter. You can have one free entry where you don’t have to follow or like anybody or that sort of thing. If you crave more chances to win, follow more people! And especially follow me, because I love you. I do. I really do.

This is officially being hosted by the awesome Kathy at I Am a Reader, and was organized by the fantastic Megan Thomason! I love her. If you haven’t read her book, you should! I posted my review here a few days ago. And follow her! She’s the whole reason you have the chance to win big!

Anyway. Here’s the information you need to sign up to win a dang Kindle Fire or a bunch of money!

 

No Joke – Win Big April Fools Giveaway
Kindle Fire HD 7″ Giveaway

The winner will have the option of receiving a 7″ Kindle Fire HD (US Only)

Or $199 Amazon.com Gift Card (International)

Or $199 in Paypal Cash (International)




Sponsoring Authors
The Breeders by Katie French

 

“The Breeders is a YA dystopian read that’s as gritty and dark as the cover and title suggest. It takes a look at how society might devolve if females were commodities: bought, sold, stolen, and traded to keep the dwindling human race going. Frightening concept. I loved it.” –A.G. Henley, author of The Scourge

 

Dissidence by Jamie Canosa
“An amazingly snarky protagonist, two hot boys, a mass rebellion, and an ending that will blow your mind are the perfect ingredients that will make Dissidence the next big thing in YA.” –Beth, YA Sisterhood

 

The Moon Dwellers and Fire Country 
by David Estes
“Fire Country is an epic start to the Country saga and left me with my heart pounding and totally breathless. Phenomenal” —K-booksxo.blogspot.com

 

Blue Hearts of Mars by Nicole Grotepas
Love between humans and androids is forbidden, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen…

 

 






The Tale of Mally Biddle by M.L. LeGette
“To say I loved this book is an understatement.” –April Holgate

 






Terra by Gretchen Powell
“This could be your world… but it’s definitely Terra’s, and she navigates it with determination, and a longing for answers that makes her story engrossing and entertaining.” — abookobsession.com


After the Fear by Rosanne Rivers

 

 
“The book is just breathtaking from the moment you start till the moment you put it down.” — Amazon review

 

 

Entanglement by Dan Rix
A YA Dystopian Romance where every human is born with a soulmate, whom they meet on their 18th birthday…and the one boy who’s the exception.

 

daynight by Megan Thomason
 
“Sure to win over YA readers looking for a dangerous, dystopian adventure story” –Kirkus Reviews
 “Gripping; page-turner” –BlueInk Review (starred review)

 

Fields of Elysium by A.B. Whelan
“The novel’s take on otherworldly travel is a compelling one, and the romantic plot will likely appeal to Twilight fans.” – Kirkus Reviews

Giveaway Details

1 winner will receive their choice of a Kindle Fire HD (US Only), $199 Amazon Gift Card or $199 in Paypal Cash (International).

Ends 4/15/13

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer http://iamareader.com and sponsored by the participating authors. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

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