Thursday, December 31, 2009

Thank You! (Yes, You.)

Before 2009 ends, I wanted to stop in here and thank every single one of you who has shown kindness toward me or The Dust of 100 Dogs this year. I hate to get sappy, but seriously--without support from readers, librarians, teachers, bloggers, reviewers and AWESOME BOOKSELLERS, a book can fall into obscurity really quickly. I'm happy to say this didn't happen to D100D and it's because of YOU. Thank you! Thank you! This just in: The Dust of 100 Dogs was the bestselling book of 2009 at Aaron's Books, my local-est independent bookstore. ROCK ON Sam, Todd & Aaron! Some of you may know that I spent quite a bit of my life as a semi-hermit who interacted more often with rare fowl than human beings, so this whole promotional angle of my job can sometimes scare the heck out of me. Fact is, you guys made it easy. I threw weird contests, and you entered. I threw more weird contests, and you entered again. Thank you for this. Stay tuned for more contests in 2010. I'll be back in the new year to show off the cover art for PLEASE IGNORE VERA DIETZ which comes out in October 2010. Until then, feel warm and fuzzy for me, will you? I just can't thank you enough. Happy New Year! PS--in case you didn't hear this, you can now download a FREE copy of Lisa McMann's WAKE. ENDS TONIGHT!! Go HERE.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Vocab Homework

In my next book, PLEASE IGNORE VERA DIETZ, the main character, Vera Dietz, *loves* Vocab class. She would have certainly loved the new words and definitions entrants created this week for my contest to win the ARC of By the Time You Read This, I'll Be Dead by Julie Anne Peters. Here's a taste:
dawnmetcalf: Denimites: the little strings that hang from cut-off jeans. Denimite-knots: tangles in little strings that hang from cut-off jeans. russosa: Assimutilate, verb: To get a piercing just to fit in with your friends. Assimutilation: noun austenfanblogs: Blargots (interjection) what you say when something is at the tip of your tongue but you just can't remember what it is. Bianca1946: Simploject: a person who puts off any kind of project until the last minute, thus the project will be simple and not too great. bookwoman72: rainesiac: someone who forgets how to drive when it's raining out Senfaye: Sobling (noun) (a person who sobs A LOT) example: Stop acting like such a sobling! sunxxmoon: feigntent (v.) to pretend to be happy about something just because everyone else is. sunxxmoon: psychocellular (adj.) To know when and where your phone is when it rings.
After much arguing and two small fist fights, my board of contest directors has come up with a tie for the winner. Lucky for them, I do have an extra [slightly used] ARC. WINNERS: sunxxmoon & bookwoman72 I've contacted you both on Twitter! Thank you ALL for entering. ($arah- Smile your heart out :D-- thanks double for taking the time to enter here on the blog!)

Monday, December 7, 2009

Another ARC giveaway!

I just read BY THE TIME YOU READ THIS I'LL BE DEAD by Julie Anne Peters. I was lucky enough to get an ARC of this book at the ALAN workshop last month--and luckier still to get an accidental two in my mambo-box-o-books. I am so happy to be able to share it, because I thought it was utterly awesome. What you have to do to WIN this ARC is: Invent a new word and define it in a tweet. (140 characters or less) [Lame] EXAMPLE: Harangous (adj) when someone appears bigger because they are yelling at you. Find me on Twitter here: If you don't do Twitter, feel free to leave a 140 character or less entry in the comment area with an email address, please. CLOSING FOR ENTRIES: Wednesday Dec. 9th 11:59pm EST. Random linkage: Check out this killer interview over at with The Disrespectful Interviewer, Lauren Baratz-Logsted.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

LINGER ARC Giveaway!

Hey there. Thought I'd let my blog followers know... I'm giving away an ARC of Maggie Stiefvater's LINGER over on Twitter. All you have to do is make me laugh in 130 characters or less (The other 10 characters should be taken up by this: @AS_King, of course.) You can join in the fun here, too, if you don't have Twitter. Just make me laugh in under 130 characters in the comment area and leave me your email address, in case you win! DEADLINE: Friday, 11/27 11:59PM EST.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Don't Be Blue

It's tough to lose. I've been there. It's especially tough to lose when there are few entries. Take comfort in the fact that you guys made it really really hard to judge? AND THE WINNER IS: Chris Townsend WITH THIS ENTRY:
“Can you smell that?” He’d asked the same question almost every day for the last 256 days. “If you ask me that one mo—“ The walls shifted. Voices echoed in the tunnel. Always the voices. We’d pound on the walls garnering a chuckle at best. The tunnel squeezed again pressing us together. In the distance a rumbling, sucking sound began. “The water is draining!” Chuck started crying. I wrapped my arms around him trying to protect him as the tunnel collapsed inward. Tumbling… Crushing... In the distance a light. If we could only… ### “Congratulations Mrs. Johnson. It’s Twins!”
I've sent you an email, Chris! After you get my package, you will never be able to say that nobody ever gave you a hand. And thanks so much for playing, all of you. It always makes me happy when people have fun with writing. Regarding Reality--The Blogging Year is Coming to an End Looks to me like we should have a winter break around here while we set up some new blogging headquarters. I can't thank you all enough for all the support you gave team D100D and team King during the year 2009. It's been a blast. I'll keep you up to date here on any interesting developments. I plan to return with a redecorated blog, a few samples of Please Ignore Vera Dietz (coming in Oct 2010!) and a whole new bag of fun things to do for prizes. Haven't read the book yet? Love your Kindle? I'm thrilled to announce that The Dust of 100 Dogs has become available in Kindle format HERE. If I had my choice, I'd still buy it at a local independent bookstore, like Aaron's Books in Lititz, PA where I had a ball last weekend at their first annual festival! Want to come and see me at a signing? I'll be at the Exton Square Mall Borders in Exton, PA, on the 18th of December from 6 to 8pm. Check the website for details. Been thinking about hitting the Chicago area for a few days next year, maybe...stay tuned!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Random Contest in Tunnel #77

Wow. It's November already. I know I said I'd be back last month. I really wanted to be...but things got crazy around here. You'll be happy to know that Please Ignore Vera Dietz is moving through the many tunnels that will lead it to a shelf in your bookstore in October 2010. And I've just finished the book that will come after that. (Still untitled because for the first time in my life, I can't think of the right title.) I think you'll like it. It's pretty weird. I have to give a shout out to all the people who've read and reviewed D100D over the last months and all the people who have come out to see me during my year of groovy events, and the kind people who have arranged visits at bookstores, schools and libraries. Thank you! And hey--if you're anywhere near Lititz, PA this coming weekend, drop into the Lititz Kid-lit Festival at Aaron's Books. (Nov. 13-15th) There will a lot of great authors and events. Check out the website for more details! SERIOUS BUSINESS in TUNNEL #77 Now--on to the serious business. What better way to show you how much I missed this place than to throw a random contest, with weird prizes? CHALLENGE: Write a story (beginning, middle & end) that is 100 words or less. Rule #1 = The story must begin with this line: "Can you smell that?" Rule #2 = The story must take place in a tunnel. (It can be any kind of tunnel, and doesn't have to be that weird futuristic one in the picture at the top of this post. Could be a dirt tunnel. Or a tunnel in snow. Or a tunnel under a road or under Fort Knox or under my couch. Go for it. Give me crazy weightless moon tunnels if you want.) How to Enter: Leave your answer and an email address in the comment trail. DEADLINE: Sunday, November 15th 23:59 EST (That's one minute to midnight.) PRIZES**: A signed copy of The Dust of 100 Dogs and a severed hand. (The book is real, the hand is not.) My daughter assures you that you will have hours of fun with this hand. It never gets old. **If we get over 40 entries, I'll toss in a second prize package!

Friday, September 11, 2009

Where Did She Go?

I haven't blogged in a while, and I figured I should let you guys know I'm still alive. I am. Alive. But I'm still swamped with work and other life stuff that is sucking my time away at the moment. So, to make it official, I'm going to pull the Get Out of Blog Free card for another month and hope you'll forgive my absence for a little while longer. I want to thank the many bloggers who have read and reviewed The Dust of 100 Dogs in the last few months. I appreciate your support and thank you for spreading the word! I recently wrote an essay about Pennsylvania, which you can find here, and over the next weeks, other guest blogs will pop up for bloggers' birthdays and blog anniversaries, so if you don't already, do follow me on Twitter or join the Facebook Fan page, because that's where I've been posting links to things like that while I'm blog-free. You might ask: why would a person go blog-free? Doesn't that kinda kill the whole point of having a blog? Maybe it does, but I don't think so, in my case, because I just can't blog when I've got nothing exciting to say. Do you really want to read a blog about my wrestling a secret manuscript and boring personal life dramas? Do you want to hear about how my brain is tired, and how we're just getting back into the routine of kids, school, and waking up before seven? (Let me say here that waking up before seven is cruel and should fall under some cruelty to grown-ups rule. I already did it once when I was school age. Why do I have to do it again?) And even if you said, "Yes! Amy, we DO want to hear about these things!" I have to admit, I just can't gather the energy to tell you about them. So, I guess the official word is: Amy is slightly burned out and needs to save what little brain power she's got for the two books she's writing right now. But hey! This month is exciting for many of my writer friends who are releasing books! Go find Fat Cat by Robin Brande in October! Great book! And if you haven't already, find Lauren Baratz-Logsted's Crazy Beautiful, because it's a really gripping read! I have some great writing contests lined up for October, so I'll be back then, with a new and improved blog and other fun stuff. Until then, friends!

Friday, August 14, 2009

Winners & The First D100D Tattoo

WE HAVE WINNERS! Thank you for playing. We had about 30 entries, which was more than I expected due to the contest being a bit more work than just leaving a comment. I really appreciate anyone who entered, or spread the word, and anyone who came around to the Five Awesome YA Fans chat. We had a great time & I hope to be their book of the month again one day. (They really are awesome!) First, to the BONUS PRIZES--a signed copy of The Dust of 100 Dogs goes to: Bianca and pepsivanilla! I've emailed you both for your addresses, so I can send! I tossed all right answers into a hat and had my 2-year-old pick the winner.... And the TOWER OF AWESOME BOOKS goes to: Meghan! Congratulations! To those of you who entered but didn't win, I wish I could give you all a prize just for playing! I know it took some time to get the final clue (Beach where Emer Morrisey Died) and many of you answered it correctly (Billy's Bay). I only hope you'll come back and enter more contests here at Dog Fact #9. (Because there will be more!) (Keep reading for another chance to win a signed copy...) You want to see something really cool? A few months ago, Missy, a great (I mean GREAT) bookseller from Arizona told me she was thinking of getting a D100D-inspired tattoo. I've also been thinking about this, but have yet to come up with a good design idea. Well...she beat me to it. Check this out. Isn't it AWESOME?
Random Linkage: If you haven't seen it yet, there is a really great interview with me, Emer & Saffron over at Diana Dang's Stop, Drop & Read. I decided I'd bounce some reader comments off the ladies, and we had a great result! There's also a contest to celebrate Diana's blogoversary! You could win a signed copy of The Dust of 100 Dogs! And a shout out to BookMac, who reviewed D100D this week. Thrilled you liked it and pleased to meet you! Now--I'm off for a few weeks. I've been in this office for about two months non-stop and I'm hoping to catch a bit of summer before it goes away. The good news? I've finished a new book, and have two more on the go. I think I deserve a few laps in the community swimming pool, don't you?

Saturday, August 8, 2009

The Treasure Hunt's FINAL CLUE

I've got a lot of entries, but not nearly as many as you'd think considering I'm offering 21 free books, including sought after ARCS of Malinda Lo's ASH or Robin Brande's FAT CAT. And so, with five days left to go, I figured I'd open this contest to EVERYONE ELSE. (This means you.) If you've read The Dust of 100 Dogs, there's a really great chance you're going to find this contest EASY. Or, to put it another way--if you've read The Dust of 100 Dogs, you could totally win 21 free books (here's a list of them) without much effort at all. How? GO TO THIS BLOG and watch the first three vlogs, which are in order, and which give you the first parts of the final clue. Then, watch this vlog, below, and get the last clue...and a hint to help you with the final answer, in case you're not sure. This vlog is a week old, so do ignore the live chat stuff--that was last Saturday! (Keep reading, after the video, to find out how to enter.) Find more videos like this on FiveAwesomeYAFans Now, all you have to do is send your answer to the final clue to: and you're done. That's it. If you answered correctly, then your name will be tossed in with the other correct answers, and we'll choose a winner. Deadline: August 12th, 2009 11:59PM EST There are also two BONUS PRIZES for spreading the word about this contest! If you help me get the word out, you could win a signed copy of The Dust of 100 Dogs! Read about bonus prizes HERE, and remember to let me know where you spread the word in the comment area of that post or this post! REMEMBER: DO NOT POST YOUR ANSWER TO THE FINAL CLUE IN THE COMMENT AREA. SEND ONLY TO THE EMAIL ADDRESS ABOVE. COMMENT AREA IS ONLY FOR BONUS PRIZES! Now--get to it! You don't want to miss the opportunity to win a care package of awesome books, do you?

Friday, July 31, 2009

Treasure Seekers--ENTER HERE!!

This is the entry blog for the Five Awesome YA Fans Treasure Hunt to win the TOWER OF AWESOME BOOKS! (See last blog for list of books) By the time you get here, you will have watched four vlogs over at Five Awesome YA Fans and solved four clues to get you the FINAL CLUE. You need to send me the answer to the FINAL CLUE along with your email address. We are doing this through email because it's a SECRET ANSWER! Instructions:
  1. Solve the FINAL CLUE (There's a hint in the final vlog, if you need one.)
  2. Send me your answer/s at:
  3. Spread the word, to be eligible for a BONUS PRIZE. (Keep reading.)
BONUS PRIZES: There are TWO signed copies of The Dust of 100 Dogs up for grabs for spreading the word about this contest! All you have to do is blog it, tweet it, facebook it--whatever! Instructions for BONUS PRIZES:
  1. To enter for the BONUS PRIZE, list ONLY the places where you spread the word in the comment area of this blog with you email address!
Deadline: August 12th 11:59PM EST. And don't forget to join me at Five Awesome YA Fans Ning for a LIVE CHAT Tomorrow--Saturday August 1st at 5PM Eastern time! Stop by and chat and wear your tiara, man! See you then!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Who Doesn't Want to Win Over *20* Books?

The July FAYAF Treasure Hunt is Almost Over!
WILDWOOD DANCING FAT CAT (arc) FLUSH GIVE A BOY A GUN EVERY CROOKED POT LONDON CALLING THE PATRON SAINT OF BUTTERFLIES THE LIGHTKEEPER'S DAUGHTER ASH (arc) GATHERING BLUE THE DUST OF 100 DOGS MAYBE IUSHIGI YUGI (The Mysterious Play) OR NOT? TENDING TO GRACE THE CHOSEN ONE WAKE EXIT HERE THE SHAPE OF WATER FINDING MIRACLES HOW TO WIN IT: There are four small clues. Each one of them gives you part of the final clue. Solve the final clue & enter your answer. I've already vlogged the first three clues, first at Five Awesome YA Fans, and I've also posted them here, in my last blog. This week, I will vlog the last small clue at Five Awesome YA Fans, and will give you an additional hint to solve the final clue. At the same time, I will open up a blog here at Dog Fact #9, where you'll get instructions on how to send your final answer and contact details, and after two weeks, we'll toss all right answers into a hat, and pick a winner! DEADLINE: August 12th, 2009 11:59PM EST
YOU NEVER KNOW: I might drop a hint or two during the LIVE CHAT I'm doing at Five Awesome YA Fans on Saturday August 1st at 5PM!
The Wagging on Wednesday Slumber Party I want to take a minute to thank everyone who participated in Wagging on Wednesday this year. It was a fun feature and a great excuse to talk about the books we're looking forward to reading and our dogs at the same time. To end our July Slumber Party, I'd like to introduce you to some of my former pets. When we moved from Ireland, we had to leave our pets in the care of many generous people. So, little did you know when you shared your dogs with me, you were actually helping me through living without my own!
This is Spider. She was an amazing hunter and was stupid-fluffy.
This is Cosmo. He was smaller than a toaster, yet, he chased tractors.
This is Guido. The coolest fish ever.
And this is Stella. Pure Awesome. These days, the animals around my house look more like this: (These are coyote pups hanging out in my back yard.)
Random Linkage: D100D was Lizzie's favorite read of the summer! (Don't you love her blog header?) I'll be back in a day or two with a link to the final clue & the Treasure Hunt entry blog!

Friday, July 24, 2009

Rerise Memory

Have you been keeping up with the Five Awesome YA Fans Treasure Hunt in July? You should be. Why? Because if you collect all the clues and then solve the final clue at the end, you could win the TOWER OF AWESOME BOOKS, which is growing every week and will be bigger than 20 books by the time we're done! So--in case you were on vacation or working hard at your summer job or just not aware of this amazing treasure hunt, today, I will review the first two clues, and add a third. Slackers! Take note! This is the only review you'll get! Here's the first clue:
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Here's the second clue:
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And here's today's clue--Clue #3:
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See you next week!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Wagging on Wednesday Slumber Party

It's the 1st annual Wagging on Wednesday Slumber Party
In case you haven't heard, for the entire month of July, we're featuring all kinds of pets here at Dog Fact #9, with small introductions and great pictures, sent by awesome readers! So far, my friend Beth and her three gorgeous cats came to say hello and Joanne Levy and her entire crew dropped in too. I'm thrilled today to welcome Sharon, from Sharon Loves Books and Cats, and her three cats. Sharon wrote: My 3 Kittehs Sabrina (Beanie, Beaners, My Little Itty Bitty Witty Black Kitty, Beaniekins, My Little Angel, Sabeanie, ¾ ear kitteh): Three years ago last month Sabrina became my first official pet cat. My father was highly allergic to cats, so I could never have any growing up. When I finally moved into an apartment that allowed cats, I quickly unboxed everything, and ran over to the local Petsmart shelter. This is where I found Sabrina. When I first saw her she was curled up in a little ball in her cage. I was immediately taken in by her beautiful shiny black fur and clipped left ear. As it turns out, Sabrina had her ear clipped because she was labeled unadoptable by the woman who originally trapped her. This person was planning on releasing Sabrina back into the wild! Thankfully, a friend of hers decided to foster Sabrina and give her another chance. Lucky for me because Sabrina is so much more to me now than just a pet cat. She is my baby! Sabrina’s favorite activities include: chasing laser lights, eating chicken, bothering me when I’m trying to read, sleeping on my laptop, and grooming me. Lilly (Lilly Monster, Monster cat, Lilly pad, Goofy Girl): Lilly came into my life a few months after her sister and littermate Sabrina. I had become quite friendly with the person who fostered Sabrina and she kept telling me stories of how close Sabrina and Lilly were. After hearing cute story after cute story, I decided to go in to Petsmart to take a look at Lilly. 2 weeks later Lilly she was reunited with Sabrina. It only took a day of two for them to start sleeping next to each other. Lilly has more of an outgoing personality than Sabrina. While Sabrina is still rather skittish Lilly is pretty much the stereotypical cat--- an aloof and independent grey tabby. While she may be aloof she is still my best pal! Lilly’s Favorite activities include: giving me love bites, sleeping in weird positions, rolling around in catnip, and attacking paper towel rolls. Blackie (Blackie Boy, moomoo, sweetface): Blackie has quite a different story. He used to live in my apartment until his owners moved out and abandoned him! This happened around 10 years ago and he has been around the neighborhood ever since. All the people in my building have been taking care of him throughout years. When I moved in the torch was passed to me. Not that I mind, because he is hands down one of the sweetest and most affectionate animals I have ever seen. As of now he lives on my porch. I even bought him his own little cat bed last year. He comes inside in the cold, but he hates being indoors. Blackie’s favorite activities include: eating catnip, sleeping on laps, talking, hissing at dogs, and sleeping. My foster kittehs: I have also done some kitten fostering. From left to right: Mookie, Shadow, Jewel. Second row: Sam and Diane, Dewey, and my current problem child Cookie. Amy says: I once had a great cat named Mookie, too! Here's a picture of us.
Thanks so much for coming around to the Slumber Party this week, Sharon! We love your cats! Random Links Some shout outs this week to recent interviews & reviews. Thanks so much for spreading the word!! Here's an interview with Mrs Magoo! I help kick off the dog days of summer with a Resort Chat at The Book Resort! And here's one more interview--with the Dreamer Reader! And a serious shout out to Leah for this review that I totally missed until this week! Adding one last link here...Do you want to win a signed copy of The Dust of 100 Dogs? All you have to do is go here and comment. You have until 7/24. Spread the word! The July Treasure Hunt at Five Awesome YA Fans Continues Here's the vlog that holds the 2nd clue! See you next week for a very special edition of the Wagging on Wednesday Slumber Party...where I introduce you to my favorite pets from days past.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Wagging on Wednesday Slumber Party

It's the 1st annual Wagging on Wednesday Slumber Party
In case you haven't heard, for the entire month of July, we're featuring all kinds of pets here at Dog Fact #9, with small introductions and great pictures, sent by awesome readers! Last week, my friend Beth and her three gorgeous cats came to say hello. Today, I am SO STOKED to welcome brilliant writer and friend, Joanne Levy and her entire crew, including Kia, who we featured here on Wagging on Wednesday back in January. You might remember Kia--who fluctuates from being the most awesome dog ever to, a dog who--uh--who recently ate a couch. Here is the rest of the family. Joanne says: Simon Just over ten years ago, I was up at my local SPCA buying fundraiser lottery tickets when Simon and his brother Hobbes were dropped off in a cardboard box. They were three weeks old. I asked the lady if I could look at them, she said she could do me one better and I could take them home to foster them until they were ready to be adopted out. Needless to say, I left there with lottery tickets (I didn't win) and two tiny little kittens. At the end of the foster period, Simon stayed with me and Hobbes was adopted by a friend. Simon is definitely a lap cuddler. He's a bit shy, but is all about getting and giving love. He will sit on your lap for hours, just to be close. Chester Chester is the newest addition to our family, arriving a year ago last January shortly after our beloved old cat Pssst passed away. We saw Chester's picture on the website for a local rescue and we loved how he looked with his dirty little face. We brought him home and he fell in love with Kia. He will follow her around the house and will lay and snuggle with her at every opportunity. He is named after my husband's favorite local pub, Chester's. Gabby Gabby came to us several years ago, after we made a reservation on her egg with a breeder. She is a Timneh African Grey and she totally lives up to her name. She isn't the friendliest or cuddliest bird, preferring only the affections of my husband, but she sure is a talker. She makes various sounds that are pitch perfect (cell phone, oven timer, microwave and my least favorite - the smoke alarm) and she talks up a storm, even laughing in my voice when others are laughing around her. Some of the things she says we taught her "What does a DOG say....RUFF" and some she's learned on her own "Do you need to go out?" (to the dog). My favorite is when she imitates my husband on the phone: "'ello? hey...ya...ya...k...bye." Joanne, I can't thank you enough for bringing the whole crew around to meet us today at the Dog Fact #9 WOW Slumber Party. Snacks for the hairy ones on the table--for the winged one on top of the fridge and I think there might be a treat for you in the fridge, too. The JULY FAYAF TREASURE HUNT: So hey WOW! Do you want to win an awesome tower of books? Here's a sampling of some titles...full title list to come...because I think the now-11-book-high tower might be growing! UPDATE...three more books added this morning. We'll be up to 20 soon! FLUSH GIVE A BOY A GUN EVERY CROOKED POT LONDON CALLING THE PATRON SAINT OF BUTTERFLIES THE LIGHTKEEPER'S DAUGHTER ASH (arc) GATHERING BLUE THE DUST OF 100 DOGS MAYBE OR NOT? TENDING TO GRACE THE CHOSEN ONE Here's the deal. I will be vlogging and blogging on Five Awesome YA Fans Ning over the month of July. Each vlog will have a clue, and each clue will give you a word...and at the end of the month, you can put those words together to make THE WHOLE CLUE. And then, if you answer the clue correctly, you will be entered to win THE AWESOME TOWER OF BOOKS. And for fun? Here's a blooper...because making your first ever vlog takes more than one try.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Wagging on Wednesday--The Partay

And so it begins...The 1st annual Wagging on Wednesday Slumber Party
For the entire month of July, we'll feature pets with small introductions and great pictures, sent by awesome readers! Who's first to the party? My friend Beth and her three gorgeous cats. I've known Beth since I was about seven. She's been super to me since I've been back in the states and really supportive of this whole writing thing, because she's a writer, too. (She's also an animal lover who gives a lot of time and support to our local Humane Society. Rock on Beth.) Beth wrote: Grace (aka Gracie Lovebug, Gracie Gubbguts, Gubba, Gubbers, Smoochie-face-Grace, Moose Paw) is a ~10 year old tabby cat that we adopted from the HSBC in 2004. Here she brandishes the Great Paw of Doom. Devereaux (aka Devo, Queen Queenie [like Jean Genie], Queenie, B*tch Kitty, Clumpy McClumperson, Grumpy McGrumperson) is a cranky 16-year-old domestic short hair. Perpetually in a bad mood. (Below) Maggie (aka Maggie Baggypants, Maggala Baggala, Little Maggie Peanut, Little Chunk of Chocolate) is a ~4 year-old tabby, also adopted from the HSBC. She was discovered trapped in a second-story rain gutter and was rescued by the HSBC. She suffered a trauma to her right eye so is partially blind. (As you can see from the attached, the nicknames "Little Maggie Peanut" and "Little Chunk of Chocolate" no longer apply.) I'm so happy to meet your cats, Beth! Thanks so much for coming around with them! There are treats on the table for them--and treats in the fridge for you and the Mr. (See you tomorrow!) Since we usually talk about books we're looking forward to here, I'm thinking we should do that in the comment area while munching on party snacks. I'll go add mine now...
Do you have a groovy pet you'd like to bring around? Send a pictures/info to:
Have you joined FAYAF yet? The Dust of 100 Dogs is the book of the month for July, so I'm going to blog there on Fridays, here on Wednesdays, vlog a little, and leave clues for a really groovy so-far-not-thought-up-yet party game. But the prize is big. (About $150 in books!) More details as I dream them up. (Or Friday--whichever comes first.) (My money's on Friday.) And here's a random link for you--did you see the cover for Lisa McMann's GONE yet? Click here to see it! It's amazing!

Friday, June 26, 2009


ASK are my initials. I always thought that was pretty cool. I didn't even think about it until we were on our way to the local courthouse to apply for our marriage license. I hadn't thought about anything, really, because our marriage process wasn't typical. The government gave us 90 days to get married. We did it in 88 days. But anyway - ASK are my initials. And I tend to ask a lot of questions. I'm curious by nature. Only slightly related to this is: Do you have any questions about me? If you do, you should click on this link and ask them. Feel free to ask personal questions or book related questions or writing related questions. Feel free to be outrageous! (But remember I'm human, please. Play nice.) The other reason I'm posting today: Next week is JULY already. First, this makes me say: HOW IS IT JULY ALREADY? Second, I want to remind you that I am at Five Awesome YA Fans (Join!) as the book of the month for the month of July. I have decided to use my time there to conquer a rather large fear I have. There will be fun games. Join now!
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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Bowing on Wednesday

Here's the deal. Being a writer is a great job. I love writing stories readers will enjoy, and so, there is nothing more awesome than hearing from readers how much they dig what I've written. D100D has been out 6 months now, and reviews have been trickling in, still, and I want to shout out to all bloggers who have read and reviewed and say a huge thank you! But this weekend was just amazing. I got these FOUR reviews in the span of 3 days, and it blew me away that people are still reading and enjoying Emer's story. I bow to you, bloggers who blog! Some people may think reviewing is just throwing up opinions on paper. I know it's not. Reviewing WELL is an art & I really think these reviews ROCK. So...thank you to: Stop, Drop & Read The Little Bookworm Reading Junky I Am Nonfiction Wagging on Wednesday is on hiatus until the WAGGING ON WEDNESDAY SLUMBER PARTY which will coincide with my month over at FAYAF in July. Have a cool pet & want to share in the fun? Send your pet pictures and a brief description to: WOW (at)

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Wagging on Wednesday with Coke

Wagging on Wednesday is brought to you by Catt the Dreamer Reader and her awesome dog Coke. Catt wrote: When I was a kid (which was not too long ago), I used to be OBSESSED with dogs. I would show off my supreme dog knowledge whenever I got the chance. Not only that, I used to make my mother take me to Barnes & Noble just so we could look at the doggy books... and because my mommy loves me so much (bless her soul) she would buy them for me.
Then, (two summers ago) my Dad and I went to Vietnam to visit his relatives. And lo and behold, when we got to my aunt's house... guess who was there? My own puppy! Apparently, my dad told my relative that I love dogs. And coincidentally, my other grandma (who's a monk, NO JOKE) had a dog who had just given birth to a litter of puppies and gave one to my aunt who then gave it to me. To say that I was bouncing up and down with excitement is an understatement.
I have no idea what breed he is (I know, I am a horrible owner) [Amy: No you're not!] so I'm just going to say that he's a mix. And my furry best friend's name is Cocca Coke. Yeah... like the soda. In my defense, I wanted to name him something more... non-beverage like but, there are only so little words that a Vietnamese person can say. So we christened him with the name Coke.
1) Does Coke have any quirks – or any particularly amusing bold moments? He has a HUGE crush on Beyonce and Shakira. One time, I was watching MTV and the music video for "Beautiful Liar" was on, and out of the blue, he just starts dancing to it... on my arm. *sigh* Boys will be boys, I guess. 2) Look at Coke right now. Tell me what he's thinking. Well, he's kinda in Vietnam right now (we have a long-distance relationship), but we have this super awesome pyschic bond between us so.... right now, he is asleep and is probably dreaming of frolicking in the countryside and then when he wakes up, the first thing that'll pop into his adorable doggy mind is, "What's for breakfast?" 3)What book/s is Coke most looking forward to in 2009/2010? Well, he is really excited for Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater, As You Wish by Jackson Pearce, The Dark Divine by Bree Despain, Sea by Heidi R. Kling, The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting, Hush, Hush by Becca Ajoy Fitzpatrick, and Never Slow Dance with a Zombie by E. Van Lowe, and almost anything with YA romance. He tries to act tough but underneath that, he's just a huge softie. 4) What do you think Coke would do if surrounded by ninjas? What about pirates? Well, we watch a lot of Jackie Chan, Jet Li, and Shrek 2 so, he would act all cute and cuddly and the ninjas and pirates would be like, "Awww." Then, using his superior intellect, he would pounce on the nearest person and attack. (And when I say attack, I mean fart in their faces). Thanks again, Catt! You ROCK for being a part of Wagging on Wednesday! Instead of Random Linkage this week, I'm going to announce the WINNER of the Who's Coming to Dinner Contest First, a huge thank you to all entrants. Without you guys, life would not be fun. WINNER: Grandpa Goose, with this entry: After sitting down to a weekly Sunday dinner of roast beef, boiled potatoes, carrots and bean salad, our guest asked, “Do y’all have any hot sauce?’ While not surprised such a request would be made by someone from New Orleans, I worried that lacking this condiment may begin a boring conversation about the superiority of Southern cooking. After Mom apologized for no Tabasco sauce, our guest drew out a small bottle from his jacket pocket. “I’m always prepared,” he grinned, and putting the neck into his mouth, sucked at it for thirty seconds. This was something we never expected! My favorite line? ...I worried that lacking this condiment may begin a boring conversation about the superiority of Southern cooking. Grandpa Goose, you didn't leave an email address, so please get in touch with me here or at asking (at) so I can send you your book and a hand. :) I'm going underground for a week or two to work my little bottom off, stay tuned for the July Wagging on Wednesday Slumber Party! Send us pictures of your weird pets! WOW (at) Oh! I lied. HERE'S some Random Linkage: A great interview with A.S. King by Angel Young--complete with D100D Playlist!!

Friday, June 12, 2009

Who's Coming to Dinner? (A Contest )

Some of you who know me know that I'm presently enjoying a week of fun with my mother-in-law, who is visiting from Ireland. Times like these, I love to get away from my office and cook great food. So, while I'm off marinading and crockpotting and sipping the cooking wine, here's a fun contest to win a signed copy of The Dust of 100 Dogs and some groovy booty. CHALLENGE: Write a story that is 100 words or less about a dinner with a dinner guest. ADDITIONAL RULES:
  1. The story MUST contain this sentence: "This was something we never expected."
  2. The story must include a mention of something to eat. (Either "cheeseburger" or "lightly sauteed breast of chicken with Gorgonzola and pear sauce" will do.)
DEADLINE: Monday, June 15th 23:59 EDT (That's one minute to midnight.) PRIZES: A signed copy of The Dust of 100 Dogs and a severed hand. (The book is real, the hand is not.) My daughter, who begged me for the other severed hand that I had, assures you that you will have hours of fun with this hand. Stuffing it into your cuff and shaking dinner guests' hands never gets old. Winners will be chosen by two tiara-topped synchronized swimmers and the rabbit who's been eating all my gladioli. Please leave your entry in the comments area, along with an email address. If you don't want to leave your email address, drop me a line at asking (at) as-king (dot) com, and give it to me there, please. Thanks! Good Luck!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Wagging on Wednesday with Jack

Wagging on Wednesday is brought to us this week by Lisa May from the awesome blog Look at That Book. Lisa May wrote: Jack is a cuddly little Jack Russell Terrier who's about to hit 100 in dog years, his black and brown patches are turning a distinguished grey in his old age! I've had him since he was a puppy and I thought of the highly original name of Jack (full name: Jack Russell Patch Pickle). He enjoys going for long walks with plenty of breaks to sniff at trees and especially likes running on the beach. He's turning into a bit of a diva in his old age and likes to sleep in so you won't get him up before it's well and truly light outside. Jack rarely barks and is actually afraid of cats and doesn't stand up to the birds who steal his food in the garden (he prefers human food to dog food). He always has one ear up, one ear down and his feet make delightful tinkly noises when he patters along the wooden floorboards :) Where did Jack's name come from?

Jack's name is a testament to my lack of creativity. He's a Jack Russell Terrier so SOMEHOW the name Jack miraculously appeared in my head when we were naming him. It was an obvious choice but it suits him well! Does he have any quirks – or any particularly amusing bold moments? He is pretty clever, but that doesn't mean he does too much since he's old he likes to spend most of his time sleeping in front of the heater or in a nice patch of sunshine. Though if he is banging on the back door to be let in (he sort of pushes against it adorably with his paw) and you instead go to the front door to let him in there, he will somehow materialise at the front door as soon as you open it - he's a fast runner when he needs to be. Look at Jack right now. Tell me what he's thinking. He's probably thinking how cool his big, brown eyes are. And also 'where's the food at?' What book/s is Jack most looking forward to in 2009? Jack really wants to read the new book from Markus Zusak, Bridge of Clay. He's a big Zusak fan! [Amy says: Still no cover art for this book! But YES--I'm really looking forward to it too!] What do you think Jack would do if he encountered a ninja? How about a pirate?

It would all depend, Jack fancies himself as a bit of a pirate because he himself wears a patch over one of his eyes so he would probably do some plundering. But if he ran into a ninja he would either go into stealth-mode and play dead so the ninja left him alone. He would of course play dead somewhere nice and warm so he could get a good nap in :)
Thanks for bringing Jack around to meet us this week, Lisa May -- we love your blog! Some random linkage: My trusty assistant found three AWESOME reviews* for D100D last week! One at Biblauragraphy, one at Mrs. Magoo Reads and one at Life's a Story, Angel Young's blog. (And big woots to Angel for just graduating!) *If I missed yours, please feel free to send links!
Stay tuned for interviews at two of these three venues in the coming months. And stay tuned for the Wagging on Wednesday Slumber Party--where your other pets can come and meet us over the summer months. Do send pictures and a brief into to WOW (at) and get ready to meet some cool animals. I still have bizarre booty sitting around here. I may, just to be a scalawag, throw a contest to win booty and books this weekend. I'm thinking we could use a break from being so serious all the time, eh?

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Catching Up Blog (with BBYA News!)

I've been in and out of the office this month, so I haven't been the best blogger. Though tomorrow I will do the usual Wagging on Wednesday blog, I figured now is a great time to catch up with news and stuff. I have a few pictures I want to share, too! (Even some from Book Expo America!) So, I'm going to run at this chronologically backward and start with last weekend. I was SO FORTUNATE to go on a fabulous writers retreat last weekend in the Catskills. It wasn't anything big--just five friends who needed to get away and have a working weekend. Writer-friends, if you haven't done this, I urge you to gather your few close writing friends and do this. Rent a house, split the cost and bring your most urgent projects. The five of us got more work done in a weekend than you can imagine--and the bonus? Hysterically fun conversation with fellow writers. Nothing beats it. In this picture are: clockwise from top left: Ty Drago, Brian Howe, Heather Brewer, Jackie Kessler & me. (Have you bought Jackie's (and Caitlin's) awesome superhero novel, BLACK & WHITE yet?) MORE NEWS: Right before I left for the Catskills, a friend informed me that The Dust of 100 Dogs was nominated for YALSA's Best Books for Young Adults, which made me do a very silly bottom-shaking dance. Needless to say, I am thrilled about this for a bunch of reasons. I'm especially stoked for readers like the teenage-me (in need of an out-of-the-ordinary read) out there, who might have a better chance of finding D100D on their library shelf because of this nomination. And finally, a few stray pictures from BEA that I never got a chance to post. Did I mention that I had a brilliant time? That I went to Random House and met my new editor? That I had dinner with my very very hip agent, Gary Heidt who rocks more every time I meet him? Well, I don't have pictures of any of that stuff. But I do have pictures of me and some of my favorite Flux peeps & bloggers.
This is Lenore, Reviewer X and Me in front of the Firebrand booth on Friday.
This is the Llewellyn (& Flux) Booth, an alien offering free probings, and two very cool and mysterious publicists.
Disclaimer: This is an awful picture of me!! (I was squinting into the sun & my eyes were burning up, man!) but it's a great picture of the others, so I'm sticking it up here. From left to right, it's Reviewer X, Me, Adam, Genevieve, Devyn & Korianne.
I will end by saying-- I was thrilled to see so many book bloggers at BEA this year. I think book blogging is an awesome thing that has changed many aspects of the publishing journey. When I think about how this business of reviews and promotion used to work, and compare it to now, I feel very lucky to be around when so many interesting readers have an outlet to share their opinions. This doesn't mean we all agree on things, but it means that as authors, our books are reviewed by a wider scope of readers now, and word has more than a handful of ways to spread, and I love that. Rock on book bloggers & rock on BEA for showing appreciation to this online facet of the business. I can't wait until next year!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Wagging on Wednesday with Jersey

Wagging on Wednesday is brought to us today by Shannon and her dog, Jersey. Shannon wrote: This is Jersey! She is our rescue English Bulldog. She is almost 5 years old and is the bestest bestest bestest pet in the entire world! She is a cuddler, protector, snorer, and "I will kick the cat to the curb" kinda dog! She is there when you are upset and crying to lick your tears away (she loves salt water), jump around your feet when you are excited, and just chill with you when you need company! SHE TOTALLY ROCKS! Where did Jersey's name come from? Jersey's name came with her. She was a rescue dog and we loved her name because our family is from New York and some of our family lives in Jersey, so we kept it :) Does she have any quirks – or any particularly amusing bold moments? She is a VERY quirky dog. She has one tooth that sticks out. It is usually her lower left tooth. When she gets excited about something, her tooth comes out! If she wants pettings, she will stretch her paw as far as she can when she wants you. She is afraid of zombies. If you take out her leash, she jumps about a foot in the air and does a 360. Look at Jersey right now. Tell me what she's thinking. She is on the bed and the only time she is allowed on the bed is when we are one the bed. So she is probably saying, "Thank goodness mommy and dad are sitting on the bed so I can stay up here". What book/s is Jersey most looking forward to in 2009/2010? Jersey is looking forward to three books: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins-the sequel to Hunger Games, Fat Cat by Robin Brande, and Lips Touch by Laini Taylor What do you think Jersey could teach alien species if, by chance, she were abducted by aliens? First of all, she would teach them how to hunt, trap, and smack a kitty into a wall. [Amy: poor kitty!] She would also teach them cheese is the best food on Earth, especially Gouda cheese. She could teach them how to be adorable because she knows how to do that VERY well. Thanks Shannon! You ROCK for being a part of Wagging on Wednesday! Random Stuff I found two really awesome reviews of D100D that I'd love to shout out. One at The Epic Rat and one over at Emily Hainsworth's blog. Thanks, guys for reading and spreading the word. I really appreciate it & I'm so stoked you dug the book! I had a smashing time in NYC and at Book Expo. I got to see and meet all sorts of groovy people. (Flux peeps Marissa & Steven, Bookavore, IndieRob, Harvey, Colleen Lindsay, Janet Reid, Reviewer X, Lenore, Genevieve, Devyn, Adam, Korianne, Mitali, Moonrat, My Friend Amy, Nicole, Erica, and so many more that I'm misplacing now due to the mental razzmatazz that is BEA.) Booth 4077 was really hopping with groovy bloggers and it was so cool to meet my favorite online people. (Missed Ron Hogan & Chris Brogan, and am bummed, but will live.) I loved that Broadway was scattered with lawn chairs. I took a picture for you. Now, I'm off for another adventure for a few days. This time to see some of your favorite authors, Heather Brewer and Jackie Kessler, along with some others. Have you guys heard about Jackie's YA that launched THIS WEEK? Check it out:

Wednesday, May 27, 2009


Oooo. How cool to find myself on the front page of one of my favorite blogs today! Do have a look at this review of D100D at Pop Syndicate--it's awesome! Here's the conclusion: "The Dust of 100 Dogs is fast-paced and smart book that you will not want to put down." Yay! I think so too. AND I totally forgot to link you to the new podcasts over at the EYE ON FLUX BLOG. Two new authors are interviewed, and yours truly got to be the guinea pig for a feature called 60 Seconds of Fame, which is a strange sort of word association game that I enjoyed playing very much...though I did repeat the word yellow a few times. (Yellow is my fill-in word, apparently.) And finally-- here's an interview to get to know me better. WITH PICTURES! Now--I've finally packed! I will return in two days with pictures. Promise. (Joanne, stop laughing. I am perfectly capable of taking my own pictures.)

Totally Slacking on Wednesday

Usually, I'm a very organized person. Not to the point of crazy, but to the point of functioning. I do quite well for the circus I run here. However, add in a trip to NYC, and I become completely flaky. I leave tomorrow, to see some of my peeps and check out Book Expo (BEA) on Friday.
  • Have I packed? No.
  • Have I pulled the suitcase down from the attic? Nope. Not yet.
  • Have I scribbled down the cell numbers I'll need? No.
  • Addresses? Nope.
  • Do I know what time the bus even leaves? No.
And so, I hope you'll excuse the absence of Wagging on Wednesday today. But don't forget--tell your friends who have odd pets--there's a Wagging on Wednesday Slumber Party Summer coming! Send us a picture of your pet and a brief introduction, and I will get back to you with questions! Send to WOW (at) . Thanks! Since today is usually for talking about upcoming books, I will tell you what book I am looking forward to in the coming months. FAT CAT by Robin Brande. I was lucky enough to read the ARC of this book last month and I LOVED it. Like L-O-V-E-D it. You will too. It's coming in October! Here's the blurb from Indiebound: "Cat is smart, sassy, and funny--but thin, she's not. Until her class science project. That's when she winds up doing an experiment--on herself. Before she knows it, Cat is living--and eating--like the hominids, our earliest human ancestors. True, no chips or TV is a bummer and no car is a pain, but healthful eating and walking everywhere do have their benefits. As the pounds drop off, the guys pile on. All this newfound male attention is enough to drive a girl crazy If only she weren't too busy hating Matt McKinney to notice. This funny and thoughtful novel explores how girls feel about their bodies, and the ways they can best take care of their most precious resource: themselves. See you next week!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Arg Me Toast.

After much police intervention, we finally have A WINNER. (You guys really do make it hard on these poor judges.) LORI (Anonymous)
Pon’s hibiscus jam would be good on toast. We spread it on banana pancakes. After breakfast, I tromp past the chicken coop where a Burmese python was caught during the dry season. Look up. Always scan the treetops. Snakes might be waiting to drop from branches above, swallow me whole. But only hornbills bend the tree limbs. They leer over the teak walls of my outdoor shower. Squawk! Look! Naked tourist. Inside, I lie beneath mosquito net, wait for sleep. Beneath last night’s Southern Cross, I walked the beach hunting for sea turtle tracks, eggs to rescue, treasure to rehide.
Congratulations! Great story! I loved so many of these & had great fun guessing locations! I wonder, if you have a sec, you all could tell us what your location was in the comment area? (Shawn--I'm pretty sure I know where yours is! I've kissed that stone!) Memory, pepsivanilla, HWPetty & Me (*love* chickens) you were in the top five! And as always, thanks to all of you for your entries. I appreciate your support, and hope you come and play again next time! (I believe I have a severed hand up for grabs...) Randomness I haven't done many shout outs lately, and if I missed any groovy blogs or reviews or mentions, I apologize! I've been squirreled away working on that book I wrote in April (I think it's called THE SIDE EFFECTS OF BEING LUCKY.) I also had some cool events, like a school visit at Avon Grove Charter School last Wednesday. Man, was that fun. The teachers, the students -- I even got to talk to a class of third graders, who ROCKED! Some shout outs, now that I'm catching up a little: Two nice reviews: One at So Many Books, So Little Time. And one at wb32Reads. Thanks, guys, for reading and blogging. I'm so pleased you enjoyed the book! Here's an interesting interview (at The Class of 2k9) with Brian Farrey, my editor at Flux, who proposes hammering a tap into me. I ask you--how much do you think a bottle of pure A.S. King syrup would cost? (Stay tuned for a cool podcast I did with Brian, too, on the Eye on Flux blog.) Next week, I'm headed to Book Expo in NYC & then the week after that, to a remote northeastern location to do some stuff with a thing, and then the week after that, we have visitors from Ireland. Oh! And then JURY DUTY. Never a dull day here at Casa King.
You & your pet are invited to the first annual Dog Fact #9 Wagging on Wednesday Slumber Party. Please send us a picture of your cat/hamster/snake/lizard/whatever-ya-got and a brief introduction, and we will get back to you with some questions. ALL PETS WELCOME, though tarantulas will still get a sideways glance from me. Seriously. What's with them? Send to: WOW (at)

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Wagging on Wednesday with Wrigley

Wagging on Wednesday is brought to us this week by book blogger and librarian Sarah Bean from GreenBeanTeenQueen and her dog, Wrigley. Sarah wrote: Wrigley is a two year old Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier. She is a cute fluffy dog who's super sweet and sometimes shy, but always up for fun. One of her goofiest quirks is when we put treats in a rubber bone for her to chew while we're away, she won't touch it and finally eating her treat is the first thing she does when one or both of her humans gets home (after saying hello of course).
Where did Wrigley's name come from?
Wrigley's name was picked before we got her. Her full name is Wrigley Lee Field. (Lee for Derek Lee) My husband and I are HUGE Cubs fans and going to numerous Cubs games helped bring us together, so what else could we name her?
Does she have any quirks – or any particularly amusing bold moments?
Wrigley has lots of goofy quirks! She loves to lay on air vents and will seek them out in any house she's in. I think because she's so fuzzy, she likes the cool air. It's fun to watch her sit on an air vent after she's gotten her summer hair cut-she always seems surprised that it's much colder now! Wrigley also loves the bathroom--she will follow anyone into the bathroom so she can be with you while you use it, weird, I know. She also has a laser pen that she loves chasing after and begs to play with it when it's not out.
Look at Wrigley right now. Tell me what she's thinking.
Haha, I stole Daddy's chair! And Mom, will you stop with that blogging thing and get my laser?
What book/s is Wrigley most looking forward to in 2009?
Wrigley loves books-she got me in trouble at work (I work in a library) for chewing a few of my library books! Our whole family is excited about Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins (Wrigley enjoyed licking the pages of Hunger Games.) We're also looking forward to reading Blue Moon by Alyson Noel.
What do you think Wrigley could teach alien species if, by chance, she were abducted by aliens?
If Wrigley met aliens, first she would cower and crawl on the ground to say hello and then she'd teach them all about licking people and taking up a lot of bed space when you only weigh thirty pounds. She'd also teach them the fun of playing with a laser! Thanks for coming around with Wrigley today, Sarah!
And thanks to all who entered last weekend's contest! If you're here to to learn the winner, I'm afraid you'll have to wait until Friday, May 22nd while my little clown and the lizards duke it out. Until then, have you seen this awesome website? It's for Tanya Egan Gibson's How to Buy a Love of Reading, which ROCKS.