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

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Listening to the Sounds of the Midway [Playlist]

It’s been a month since Sideshow was officially launched and I cannot thank you all enough for the amazing response my little book has received so far. I poured a great deal of my heart into that novel and I’m so glad to see that it has resonated with so many of you as well. For this week’s blog post I’ve put together a little thank you gift.

Mixed tapes used to be one of my favorite ways of expressing myself back in the pre-ipod days. I used to spend hours and hours deciding exactly which songs fit the mood and message I was trying to convey, putting them in exactly the right order, designing the label with my giant set of different colored Sharpie markers, etc before bequeathing it to the intended recipient. Those days are pretty much gone now as most people I know wouldn’t have the means to play a mixed tape/CD, but that doesn’t mean I can’t still gather songs into a playlist and obsess over creating the exact right message with them. So, without further ado, I present to you the playlist I have been obsessing over for the past month: “The Sideshow Soundtrack!”

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