Sideshow chosen as a Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards finalist

At the end of the day yesterday, I got some wonderful news: Sideshow has been chosen as a Foreword Reviews’ prestigious Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards finalist in the LGBT category!

I am beyond honored by this and so grateful that this little book that I poured so much of my heart into is resonating with others.

To celebrate, Interlude Press is offering all award-nominated books in their catalog for 25% off. So if you haven’t picked up your copy yet, head on over.

 

INDIES finalists are moved on to final judging by an expert panel of librarians and booksellers curated specifically for each genre and who will determine the books who will be named Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Award winners. Winners in each genre—along with Editor’s Choice winners, and Foreword’s INDIE Publisher of the Year—will be announced during the 2017 American Library Association Annual Conference in Chicago on June 24, 2017.

Check out a full list of finalists

Can’t It Be Summer Forever?

Rides Galore

I can’t believe it’s already the last official day of the virtual book tour. I had such a good time and got to know some amazing bloggers. I can’t thank them enough for their support and hosting of tour stops. Really it’s been a blast.

It was almost 90 degrees today and as far as I’m concerned summer could last forever! But don’t you fret, I still have plenty of great content to keep us going long after the book tour ends, but in the meantime, check out these great tour stops.

Wicked Faerie’s Tales and Reviews: In which we delve into how I develop my characters and some of my real-life inspirations.

Charley Descoteaux

Making the Jump

One cow, one ferris wheel

I practically missed Labor Day because I was canning ~32 quarts of tomato sauce and salsa, a well over 12 hour endeavor. I’m still not ready to switch over into fall though, so let’s hang onto summer a little longer with a few more book tour stops, shall we?

9/5

Divine Magazine: In which we discuss Abby’s home life and some books that made me think differently about historical fiction as a genre.

Havan Fellows: Fun, rapid fire questions including the show I’m currently binge watching and the 2 biggest crushes I had in the 90s.

9/6

Alpha Book Club: In which we delve into what my goals were for Sideshow and whether or not I think I accomplished them.

Molly Lolly: In which Abby talks music (and a review!)

Ferris Wheel At Sunset

Going Inside the Show Tent

Circus Tent

Two more great tour stops! I am loving this book tour so far, so many great blogs and bloggers.

Foxylutely Book Reviews In which I discuss the unspoken criteria I have for whether or not I call myself a writer.

Bonkers About Books: Tour stop and interview  In which I discuss my book launch celebratory purchase: a dress the color of champagne

A Few New Stops on the Route Card

Christiani Bros. Circus, 1956

Be sure to check out today’s tour stops and remember to enter the giveaways!

Open Skye Book Reviews  In which I discuss my ideal super power and my cats’ future fame

Prism Book Alliance In which I discuss how a day job impacts my writing and apologize for my bad wine habits.

Happily Ever Chapter  In which I delve into writing anxiety and why deadlines are actually the best.

Stopping by the Concession Stands

Image credit: Tom Hart
Image credit: Tom Hart

If you wander through the carnival you’ll end up with some pretty tasty treats, and today we continue Sideshow’s virtual book tour with some delicious stops:

My Fiction Nook: In which I discuss an old LiveJournal group and what makes a good story.

BFD Book Blog: In which we delve into how being an archivist impacts my writing.

 

Funnel Cake & Fried Oreos

And finish off with a carnival food recipe!

How to make a funnel cake!

  1. Gather the following ingredients: 4 cups of flour, 1 tablespoon baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1 cup brown sugar, 3 eggs, 2 1/4 cups milk, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, oil (for frying -I use coconut, but pick your poison), frying pan, squeeze bottle, paper towels, powdered sugar
  2. Mix the dry ingredients in one bowl and the wet ingredients (except oil) in another. Combine slowly and whisk until the batter is smooth.
  3. Fill a clean squeeze bottle with batter and heat oil in a deep frying pan.
  4. When the oil is hot, squeeze batter into the pan. I’m a control freak, so I make an overlapping cross-hatch pattern, but really, go wild!
  5. Allow to fry for a few minutes, until golden brown (this will vary based on oil temperature, kind of oil, kind of stove, etc). Then carefully flip over. Treat this side the same, then remove with a slotted spoon or spatula.
  6. Place on a paper towel covered plate.
  7.  Sprinkle powdered sugar on top before allowing it to cool, just a little.
  8. Eat as soon as you can. Funnel cakes taste best hot.
  9. If you have batter left over, cover candy bars, Oreo cookies, mushrooms, broccoli, cheese, whatever else you have on hand, in it and fry that up in the oil as well for a true carnival experience.

Funnel Cakes

The Show Goes On

carnival town

 

Sideshow continues to wind it’s way through the internet making marvelous stops along the way! Check out the lovely blogs that have hosted our little show:

8/29

Dawn’s Reading Nook

Love Bytes In which I discuss what a writer/archivist thinks of the whole ebooks vs. print books debate and a very special fellow author.

Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words 

 

8/30

Butterfly-O-Meter In which I discuss my dream co-writing team of Jane Austen, Kate Atkinson, and me.

Kirsty Loves Books In which we talk about my influences and the sources I used while researching the world of Sideshow.

MM Good Book Reviews In which I reveal the story of my first book, “The Super Six” a sextet of super-powered cats that palled around with my sister.