Enthusiasm!

“I began to realize how important it was to be an enthusiast in life. If you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it full speed ahead. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it and above all become passionate about it. Lukewarm is no good. Hot is no good, either. White hot and passionate is the only thing to be.” – Roald Dahl

This is how I want to be about writing. I love writing, but I want my stories to pour through me, to be something I go to sleep thinking about and wake up itching to continue. The great thing is that with writing, there is always something new to be found; a new story, a new character to fall in love with.

Oh, how I love this job!! I can’t believe I’ve been given the opportunity to do the one thing I’ve always dreamed about, writing full time. I’ll forever be grateful to the readers who made it possible, and desperately hope I never let you down! 😀

AHW future plans

I’ve been receiving a lot of questions about the future, particularly regarding the AHW series, and I think it’s past time I did a blog post talking about what the plans are for the series.

First off, a promise: the story DOES continue!! I expect that’s implied by the doozy-of-a-cliffhanger ending, but I wanted to go on the record about that anyway. The story does/will continue, but in what format I’m still not 100% sure. A lot of it has to do with what format the series is released as (serial or novel), and whether I will self-publish the continuation or if I publish through St. Martin’s Press. I can’t say much right now because that whole part is still in talks, but SMP is definitely interested in acquiring a sequel, and I still very much want to work with them. It all comes down to me now to get them something to publish.

Yes folks, I still need to write the story.

Right now I’m on a deadline for an Avon anthology story, so I’m focusing my writing efforts on that and hope to have it done this month. After that however, it’s all about an AHW sequel.

I really don’t mean to ignore anybody, especially since its all thanks to you that I’m even where I am. Many of the questions I’ve received are the same thing, and it gets hard to keep repeating the same answer: that, yes, the series will continue, and no, I don’t yet have a publication date. But as soon as I know anything, I’ll definitely let you all know!!

I really do appreciate every person that’s ever bought, read, or recommended the first AHW and its individual serials. It’s not my intention to ignore you, and I’m definitely online much more with Twitter and Facebook. But I’m thankful for EVERYBODY who’s allowed me this opportunity to do the one thing I love (and love making a living with), and would never want you to think I am not grateful for your support.

You guys continue to be the greatest!!!

2012 has been incredible!


With a new year only hours away, I got to thinking about just how utterly incredible 2012 has been. In April, I was a girl with an idea for a story, wondering if I’d crash and burn since, realistically, serials were not really all that popular in mainstream literature. Now my little story is lining shelves in bookstores and grocery markets, and contemplating the journey is completely overwhelming. I’ve been given a gift, something which I’ve always dreamed about, and despite being a writer I can’t quite put into words how I feel.

None of this would have happened without my readers. I know I say it a lot, but it’s true – you all are the best, most incredible group of people in the whole wide world. I am forever thankful that my little story reached so many wonderful folks, and know you all deserve the credit for everything that’s happened this year.

Tonight starts the new year (for most of the world, it’s already 2013), so I just wanted to wish you all a Happy (belated) Holidays and I hope your New Years is one to be remembered!!!! *hugs*
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Contest winners!


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I had a wonderful time in Canada visiting my sister and nephew (who holds the title of World’s Cutest and nobody can convince me otherwise! *g*), and now it’s time to announce the winners!!

First off, a special thanks to the Dude and my bestie Erin who used their Interwebz-Fu and helped me compile the final spreadsheet – I’d be lost without them! I want to thank EVERYONE who helped me get the word out for this contest, you are the BEST readers a girl could ask for and I appreciate everything you do and continue doing to help me!!

I’ve also decided to extend the number of winners for signed copies to a total of 5, including the grand prize of the ARC. I’d give ALL the people who helped me a copy if I had enough!!!

Okay, the winners are (drumroll please):

Grand Prize of 1 signed ARC: Katie Rose (@_katierose1107)

Signed Copies of the AHW novel:
Zoey Derrick (@ZoeyDerrick)
Sandy Lion (Facebook)
Adriana Santiago (@AndriiiSantiii)
Bellisimo (@starslite13)

I’ll be contacting the winners about addresses later today. Congratulations!!

Release day

Today was officially the release day for Anything He Wants the novel. After months of writing and editing and waiting, November 27 has come (and almost gone as I write this). Yet now, as the day ends and I reflect a bit, I’m still stunned by that fact. I’m in actual stores, next to other books by authors I read and enjoy.

My mind, she is blown, but right now I feel weirdly zen. I spent all day squeeing and bouncing and boggling at the Amazon and B&N rankings. OMG. Today was an emotional rollercoaster, it like I didn’t know what to think!

A few of you have already been gracious enough to lend the novel some reviews on Amazon, B&N and other online sites, for which I am thankful. Today also ends the free novel contest; it will run until midnight Pacific time tonight, and I’ll compile and choose the winners tomorrow. But… Wow. Wow.

I LOVE YOU ALL SOOOOOOO BIG!!!!!!! Thank you for coming with me on this journey, there’s no way I could have done this without your help and support!! Please know the story will DEFINITELY continue and I appreciate everyone who’s blogged, tweeted, emailed, or otherwise spread the word about AHW’s release immensely. Today feels like a kitten and unicorn all wrapped in one – immensely awesome but more than a little unbelievable.

…okay, I may be a tiny bit less zen now. But thank you, I’m amazed about everything that’s gone on over the last few months and it’s all thanks to you. ***HUGZ***

And because I’m trying to make every post have a picture, here are three of the most adorable pups I met today!

Happy Thanksgiving!

What’s better than seeing the shock on your little sister’s face when you show up at her door completely by surprise to spend Thanksgiving? Add that to the fact she’s living in Canada (which celebrates T-Day in a different month) and it’s the whole immediate family who shows up (thanks to help from my BIL).

This is the same sister over whom we can’t pull anything – our schemes and secrets are like glass to her. Usually. So it was SO cool to utterly knock her speechless with this little surprise.

Heehee. Sorry I didn’t say anything, but it was a big hush-hush thing as we were sure we’d be caught. Nope. Finally pulled a fast one over my sister. About time, I think. So I’ll be in Canada for the next week a d a half, chasing around my nephew and trying to write in the moments I get between cooking, shopping, and family time.

Happy Early Turkey Day everyone, let the holiday season commence!

AHW novel contest!

Contest time!

It’s been a long time since I checked in here – too caught up in vacationland apparently – so I think I owe my faithful readers something special. I finally heard back from my publishers who weathered (and continue to recover from) Sandy’s might; everyone is alright, although some have a bigger mess to clean up than others. My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected by the storm, hope you also came through okay! So it was a bit delayed but, holy cow, they sent me something FULL of win.

ARC’s and final copies of “Anything He Wants” the novel!! ****SQUEE****


(The video that made my parents cry)

Time is ticking down to the “official” release date of November 27, and with the book due out in stores soon (and with the rushed schedule the book’s had in comparison to most other publications) there’s not much time to do promotions or other kinds of marketing.

That’s where my readers come in. 😉

It’s been you wonderful people who’ve made this book so big, and I’m asking you to help me one more time. This contest will run for almost two weeks, ending on the official release date of November 27 (see below). I have two book copies and two ARCs (Advance Reading Copy), but want to keep one ARC so there will be three (3) winners, randomly selected from all the entries. The winners, in the order they were picked, will have the option to receive a signed ARC or signed final copy of “Anything He Wants” novel.

The (simple) rules for this contest:

Bloggers: Blog about the release. Whether its a review of the series or simply a note on your blog that the book is coming out, along with the Amazon/B&N/etc link to the novel page. Send me the link to your blog post, and your name will be put into the pot. The more times the release is mentioned (in individual blog posts), the more times you’ll be in the drawing.

Tweeters (Twitter): Same thing (albeit with less words). Tweet the link to your followers, putting “@sarafawkes” and “#ahw” inside so I can keep track. Again, the more tweets the more times your name is in, but try not to spam – once or twice per day is enough.

Facebook: This one is tough. I’ve never delved into FB deep enough to know how to tag a person in a post, but if you can let me know on this blog comments area when you posted something to your Friends, I’ll add you to the list. If any of you wonderful folks can explain an easier way to track, I’ll love you for life!! 😀

Despite the fact that the AHW novel is only slated so far for a US release, I will accept global entries. Before SMP took over, the story had an international audience (and hopefully soon it will again) and it would be super silly to bar you from receiving a copy. So as long as you have an address accessible by post, you’re in!!

The various URLs for the books:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00940L0II

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/anything-he-wants-sara-fawkes/1110205464

Let the games begin!!

EDIT: Because I’m stuck here in the Great White North until early December, I’ve decided to extend the contest until December 7 when I return. More time to get your entries in (and the word of this release out!). 😀

A few of my favorite things

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So I’m out here in New Mexico with the Dude trying out our new-to-us tents at a KOA campground. Day before yesterday was spent at the Grand Canyon, the first real stop on our roadtrip. Yesterday we stopped at the Arizona Meteor Crater which was really stinking neat too. Albuquerque is having their annual hot air balloon festival this week (man, can we time it or what?) so hopefully we’ll get to see pretty balloons in the early morning sky, provided we can wake up early enough.

Last Friday, I had the coolest series of emails from my editor. St. Martin’s Press has been going to great lengths with marketing the AHW serials, as well as several awesome readers tweeting and telling friends about the series. Well, all of your hard work finally paid off: AHW 1 and 5 landed on both the New York Times AND USA Today Bestseller Lists!! SO COOL!!! Number 26 and 35 on the NYT Ebook Bestsellers list.

SQUEE!!! You guys are the bestest!!!

And now, here is a video my house sitter sent of my pup Dixie, who I desperately want to bring along on future trips (there may be a sidecar in my future).
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Have I told you…?

Have I told you lately that I love you guys? Cuz I do. LOTS.

I was a bit blue yesterday reading some of the front-page Amazon reviews for AHW5, and I appreciate SO MUCH the replies to my blog post yesterday. THANK YOU!!!!!

****HUGS****

I’m officially done with the AHW novel edits, and we’re gearing up for a roadtrip before I start digging into the next part of Lucy’s story. Of course, me being the procrastinator I am (we leave in less than three days), instead of packing up the camping gear I sat down and started outlining the next part of AHW. Yeah, I can’t seem to get it out of my head (is that really a bad thing?). Hopefully I can get it down well enough to pound it out quickly the minute we return home, but I’m taking my laptop on the road with me in case I want to do some writing wherever we stop too. 😉

AHW notes

I’ve been a bit out of the loop the last couple days, family emergency came up suddenly so I’ve been shuffling back and forth for that (everyone’s okay now, thank goodness!). There’s been a lot of confusion with the AHW5 release and I thought I’d post something to clear up some misconceptions I may have accidentally helped perpetrate myself:
 
– AHW5 was never meant to be the last in the series. I tried to explain that before but apparently did a not-so-great job of it (bad Sara!). Part five wraps up the first “book”, the first <em>plotline</em>, but not the romance or story of Lucy/Jeremiah. The biggest confusion may have come from the publishers blurb which mentions “last and final installment”, a phrase that I’m trying now to get removed because its neither the last nor the final chapter of this story. 
 
– it’s pretty clear from reviews that readers aren’t interested in reading the story as I write it anymore, sending out the installments when they’re finished. This is fine – people are used to novels, not serialized fiction – but it means for the rest of the series that we’ll have to wait for the entire story to be done before any kind of release. The masses have spoken: for now, no more serials. 
 
What is the future of this series? It will continue, you can count on that!! A lot of you have expressed disappointment in me and that cuts to the quick; it isn’t something I take lightly, that’s for sure. Don’t let the tough exterior fool you – inside I’m all soft and squishy! I want to do right by you, but I also want to do right by the story. It’s a tough line to walk, and I’m sorry some people’s expectations weren’t met, but the story isn’t over. I’m not able to answer every single reply and message I get (or I’d be more busy writing replies than writing stories) but I do try and listen/read what’s going on. 
 
So for what it’s worth after the fact, this is me apologizing to any disappointed fans and readers. If I’ve misled you into thinking this was the end, then I’m sorry I didn’t explain myself better. (I’m a writer, you’d think I’d have a decent grasp on how to get my point across right?! 😉 ) The story will continue, albeit in a different form – even if/when I do future serials, they’ll be much longer than those I did in the past (closer to or longer than part 5, less like part 1), but it doesn’t sound like that’s a viable market now without making more people angry. And, despite what you may think, I don’t want that. I love you guys, you are freaking AWESOME, and I really hope you’ll stay with me to see what happens with Lucy and Jeremiah and Lucas and all the other characters floating around in my head
 
*****HUGS*****