Saturday, December 31, 2011

OCBBD: My Disease

Well, it's official. My name is Cyndi Tefft and I have a disease. And incurable one. And an expensive one to boot.

I have OCBBD: Obsessive Compulsive Book Buying Disorder.

Fortunately, my husband is a big time enabler who finally decided that the books I had wedged in every nook and cranny of the household needed a real home. So looky what I got for Christmas!

Bookshelves! *cue the joyous music*

Since I'm a good wife, I allowed him a small section of the bookshelf for his books (see the teeny pile in the bottom left). This is not unlike our bedroom closet. All the rest is for me. Mwahahahaha!

He gave me the gift with a note that says "Consider this a challenge." Does he love me or what?


And, as part of my 12-step program, I should probably note that I bought three (no, four if I count the ebook, too-rats!) books from before I wrote this blog post.

See what I mean? OCBBD is a disease and I gots it baaaaaaaad. I'm guessing maybe some of you have it as well. We should form a support group and meet up at, um, say, the bookstore? :)

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Fake Ninja Movie Title Contest- Vote Now!

Fake Movie Posters

Holy Smoking Ninjas, Batman! The entries for this contest were so awesome, I nearly choked while reading some of the titles you guys came up with. Hilarious!

Because you all made me laugh so hard, I've decided to have two separate polls: one with titles that sound like they could be real movies (and therefore are contenders for inclusion in Hell Transporter), and another with the funniest titles.

Vote for your favorite(s) in each category. I'll leave the polls open through Tuesday, December 20th at 9pm Pacific. The titles with the most votes will win a special prize (not telling what it is until then)!

Thanks to all of you for your enthusiasm and creativity. You made this SO MUCH FUN!!

And now for the funny ones...

Monday, December 12, 2011

Aiden's Angels' Super Sekrit Project Revealed!

If you've read Between, you've seen Aiden MacRae wield a claymore and sever an enemy's head from his neck. *shudders* You've also seen him be soft, caring for Lindsey as she mourns her death, and you've seen him be... er, sans kilt shall we say. hehehe

Ladies the world over have fallen for the soft and hard that is Aiden MacRae, so much so that they've teamed up to become Aiden's Angels.  Squee!!

The uber-fabulous Lindsay Cox from the Violet Hour Book Reviews, made us a team logo out of red ink, white clouds and angel dust. It's so beautiful, you should be careful when looking directly at it (not unlike the chest in the picture above). *fans self*

I love the logo so much, I wish I could adorn everything in my house with it. And here's where the super sekrit part comes in!

Lindsay put together a CafePress site where everyone can buy merchandise with the Aiden's Angels logo!

Holy cats, that's awesome!

So now you can have Aiden with you when you sip your coffee, snuggle up with your fave eReader, slam back a shot of whisky, or have him sliding down your chest as you're getting dressed in the morning.

Okay, I'll wait while you dream about that last one...


*checks watch*

*shakes you*

Aiden's Angels everywhere have been keeping this under wraps until today, where the blogosphere will get to join in our excitement. We're keeping prices rock bottom so everyone can enjoy Aiden's Angels goodies, so the prices listed are the minimum set by CafePress. Neither Lindsay nor I are getting any commissions on this. We just want to give you more ways to declare your love of the dimpled Scotsman.

A huge thanks to Lindsay for putting this together! And thanks to all of Aiden's Angels whose enthusiasm warms me like a shot of Macallan cask strength whisky. I love you guys!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Name That Movie! A Contest

My friend, Tim Surdyk, has a running joke with me about how he doesn't understand how the ninjas fit into Between. There are, of course, no ninjas in the book. He just says that to tease me.

And in his honor, I am going to include the word "ninja" in Hell Transporter. And you get to help me!

In Hell Transporter, there's a scene where the characters are trying to decide which movie to watch. They rattle off a few titles (that I made up) and one of them is going to have "ninja" in the title.

Here's where you come in (and the contest)!

Leave your recommendation(s) in the comments for a fake movie title with "ninja" in it. After I've received a collection of suggestions, I'll put them in a poll for peeps to vote on! The reader whose movie title wins will receive a special Christmas prize from me (and know that their movie title is in the book). How awesome is that? *grin*

Be sure to leave your email address in the comments section so I can get a hold of you if you win!

Now, go crazy!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Hell Transporter Cover Made of Awesome!

In case you missed the reveal on Reading Angel's blog, here is the cover for Hell Transporter, the sequel to Between, due out in the spring. I love love love it!

(Blogger cuts off the right edge but I wanted to make it big enough for you to see. I wish there were a fit-to-frame option!)

Huge thanks to Dave at Woulds & Shoulds Editing and Design who created this cover made from sheer awesome. He's the same designer who made the cover for Between, and the continuity of the two is simply masterful.

And here is the book excerpt posted earlier, from the Hell Transporter's point of view:
My gaze locked onto the girl and a violent, lusty excitement soared in my chest. I would tear her apart, rip her limbs from her body and laugh as her blood soaked into the ground.

You will die tonight. Her whole body twitched and I knew she heard. The war cry that erupted behind me told me the Scot heard as well.

I crashed through the brush toward her. She didn’t move, just shivered like a mouse before the cat’s jaws, but her eyes grew larger than the moon as I bore down on her. She was making it too easy. She was taking the all fun out of it. Bitch.

Summoning the wind’s power, I flew forward with the speed of a raging fire and grasped the girl's hair in my talons, yanking her limp body up off the ground. I didn’t have time to savor her death. The Scot was raining down on me. No matter. One quick snap and she’d be dead. I wanted to see her eyes as she died, as the light dimmed from the inside out.

When she met my gaze, I froze.
You like? :) If you're excited to read Hell Transporter when it comes out in the spring, be sure to mark it as "to read" on Goodreads. You can also pick up the Aiden's Angels logo below to put on your blog!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Crazy Stupid Love That Lasts a Lifetime

I watched Crazy Stupid Love last night, curled up on the couch with my hubby. It was really cute. You should rent it!

In the movie, Steve Carell plays a man (Cal) who met his soul mate when he was 15. Okay, I realize this is Hollywood so it doesn't have to be believable. But you know what? It happens.

Teenagers fall in love. Like real, forever, honest-to-goodness, crazy, stupid love.

Sometimes they even get married. And stay married.

It happened to me.

My husband and I got together during our first year of college. We met in late August, were engaged by February and married the following December. We would have been married sooner, but our folks freaked out because we were so young. When we got engaged, I was 19 and he was 18.

This year marks our 19th wedding anniversary.

Okay, yes, I realize you can do the math and figure out how old I am. I know, you're shocked! Eh, you'll get over it. *grin*

Turns out we're not the only ones in this Crazy Stupid Love Club. I was tweeting with some fabulous ladies the other night and they, too, were blushing brides who've stuck it out for the long haul because of crazy, stupid love!

@NewUTMommy: married at 20, going on 15 years together now
@deviantzangel: engaged at 20, married at 22, still together
@readingangel002: married at 17, going strong
@Loretta_Lynn86: engaged at 16, married at 18, still in love
@violethourBR: married at 19, 7.5 years together now
@jderucki: engaged at 20, married at 21, celebrating 16 years together
@baakrjacks: married at 20, been together for 25 years!

Young adult romance is not always about crushes. Sometimes it's the real thing. And that's a beautiful thing. <333