mollyringle: (Kimberley)
RomCon is a pretty darn big convention of romance writers and readers, so I figured it was worth entering Persephone's Orchard in their annual contest--and am now delighted that it's been announced as a 2014 Readers' Crown Finalist in the paranormal category!

All the sub-genres have fairly long lists of finalists, and paranormal is no exception, but I'm still stoked to have made it into the company of these fine writers. Here are all the finalist titles for the paranormal category, in case you'd like to look a few up for fun summer reading:

Aileen Harkwood ~ Dangerous Dreams
Alicia Sparks ~ Primitive Fix
Angela Campbell ~ Something Wicked
Ashley Robertson ~ Death Dealer
Brenda Dyer ~ Prophecy's Child
Caryn Moya Block ~ A Siberian Werewolf In Paris
Dena Garson ~ Ghostly Persuasion
Erin Quinn ~ The Five Deaths of Roxanne Love
Holley Trent ~ A Demon in Waiting
Jessie Donovan ~ Blaze of Secrets
Jody A Kessler ~ Death Lies Between Us
J.M. Kelley ~ Almost Magic
Kathryn Knight ~ Gull Harbor
Lisa Kessler ~ Moonlight
Lynn Cahoon ~ Return of the Fae
L. A. Kelley ~ The Naughty List
Molly Ringle ~ Persephone's Orchard
M.L. Guida ~ A Pirate's Curse
Shelli Rosewarne ~ Love Reawakened
Suza Kates ~ Suffering of a Witch
Suzzana C Ryan ~ Before I Wake My Soul to Take
Torie James ~ Timeless Night
Zoey Derrick ~ Give Me Reason
Zoey Derrick ~ Give Me Hope

Congratulations to all, and gigantic thanks to those who gave my book good enough marks to get it into the above company!
mollyringle: (couple w/ umbrella on street)


Today I am pleased to transform this space into a stop on the blog tour for Cyndi Tefft, fellow Seattle author! Her paranormal Scottish-Highlander romance series, beginning with Between and followed by Hell Transporter, just received its third installment, Even in Darkness, and I think it's the coolest of the series yet.

The short takeaway on the series: If you liked Gabaldon's Outlander series and crave more, or liked the idea of it but found that one too long and involved, try Cyndi Tefft's! The books are much more manageably sized, but still full of time-spanning romance with a sexy Highlander. Kilt and all.

Plus, there is a giveaway--see below.



My review of Even in Darkness:

This was a great installment, a fast-paced, smoothly-told adventure. Even with pirates! Yay! (I mean, who doesn't like pirates?) Tefft has found a way to re-envision and test the love between Aiden and Lindsey in a way that'll satisfy romance fans, while all the action will keep you turning pages to see how they'll get out of each new piece of danger.

The romance and its complications are exciting and intriguing--I definitely understood Lindsey's ambivalence and attraction in the bizarre situation she's thrown into. And there were several surprising twists and developments that made me think "Aha!" (and/or "Uh-oh!").

Plus we get a new twist at the end, setting up for the next book--but we're still left satisfied about this volume. I'm impressed with this series and urge those fond of Highlanders (or Outlanders) to check it out if you haven't yet.

If you'd like to enter to win, join the giveaway here:
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ALSO, if you have a Twitter account and a bit of graphic or verbal creativity, you can win cash prizes by entering this fun little competition.



Cyndi Tefft lives with her family in the Pacific Northwest where the weather is overcast and rainy, much like the Highlands of Scotland. So she was right at home when she got the chance to visit Eilean Donan Castle. A self-proclaimed Scot freak, she loved every bit about the trip to Scotland: the people, the kilts, the accents, the fish & chips, the haggis...well okay, not the haggis.

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Visit Cyndi and her readers during the blog tour at:

7/28: Violet Hour Book Reviews
7/28: Better Read Than Dead
7/28: Refreshingly Riki

7/29: Aiden's Angels fan site
7/29: What the Cat Read
7/29: Confessions of a Book Addict

7/30: Jamie Canosa
7/30: Tales of Books and Bands
7/30: Pinky Pollock

7/31: Just a Booklover
7/31: Molly Ringle
7/31: Book Groupies

8/1: I'd So Rather Be Reading
8/1: Writer of Wrongs
8/1: Mermaid with a Book

8/2: Reading Angel
8/2: Paperback Cowgirl
8/2: Carrie Secor

8/3: Read Between the Lines
8/3: A Rebel's Journey
8/3: Color Me GREYsessed!
8/3: Ink-Stained Life
mollyringle: (Beneath My Skin)
First of all, there is a new giveaway here in which you can win the ebook of Persephone's Orchard and a $10 Amazon gift card, so really, why wouldn't you enter that? Go and good luck!

Second, there's now a book trailer for it:


And third, to return to fandom concerns, I've begun watching "Game of Thrones," some six or seven years after reading the first four books (I still haven't read A Dance with Dragons but I know some spoilers). It's an addictive TV series and does a good job with the exposition--or sexposition as it usually happens--such that I don't end up too confused about the complex plot lines. My Facebook updates on the topic:

May 24: So I'm finally watching the first episode of Game of Thrones, and well gosh, who's cuter: Jon Snow or direwolf puppies? How can a person be expected to decide?

May 25: two whole episodes in now:
Viserys has quite the Lestat vibe/look going on. He may actually be MORE evil than Lestat. He'd be hot if not for the evil.
I wouldn't want to play Joffrey. People must constantly be walking up to him and punching him. How could they resist?
Cool to see That Guy play Ser Jorah with so much kindness when he played Sir Richard (on Downton Abbey) with so much despicableness.
We'll see if I can take the cruelty, knowing as I do that there's lots more of it coming. In the meantime, we have interesting faces to look at. As in the Lord of the Rings films, this series makes good use of faces: charismatic actors, interesting expressions, lingering camera work on them.
It's not escaping my notice that Kit Harington (Jon Snow) would also fit a Hades role really well, at least as I've written him. Dark eyes, dark curly hair, looks good but still youthful with facial hair, good at the brooding thing--check, check, check, and check. Hmm.

May 29: s1 ep3:
I'm already feeling sad about Ned. Oh, Ned.
I'm amused Littlefinger looks like Edward Norton, because that's who I pictured when reading the books.
Tyrion is made of awesome, but we can say that every episode, I wager.
I already like Jaime despite him not being into totally likable territory yet.
Problem with Jon Snow being at the Wall: way too many layers of clothing required. At least he's not covering up his lovely hair. Even though he probably should, given the temperatures.
I like Syrio Forel too. He looks like a cross between Robert Downey Jr and Bob Ross. Happy trees. Happy swords.

June 7: season 1, episode 5: I squeaked out loud in acrophobia when Tyrion looked over the edge of his cell in the Eyrie. And I looked away a lot because there were more stabbings and blood-spurting events this episode. (No, not Jory! We liked Jory! He was just looking at boobs a second ago!) They were also a bit heavy on the sexpositional dialogue this episode, but I don't mind that as much.

I see how this show inspired the coining of the term "sexposition." Here, Theon will explain about his home islands and his father's rebellion...while naked and messing with a whore's boobs! And Loras will discuss who's in line for the throne next...while erotically shaving Renly! Hee. Hey, far better that than the stabbings and beheadings.

My friend Kate commented: And you forgot the scene with Viserys and Doreah in the bath. That was a bit much.

Molly: Hahah--oh yes, "Tell me about the dragons, and also your family history, MMMM yeah." Any show crushes so far? I'm still pretty soft on Jon, but Jaime is highly charismatic too. And Tyrion just for sheer awesomeness.

Kate: I saw photos of the actor who plays Jon Snow beforehand, and I was like, whatevs. But now watching it? Is it all the fur? Completely, meltingly hot. *shakes head*

Molly: Hah, same here. And now, it's like, "No, Molly, you really should not kiss the photo on the DVD case; it'll start getting greasy with lip balm." I've heard theories that his hair possesses the magic of the North. I think there is something to this. Also the rare but adorable laugh. It was so nice of them to give us that shirtless haircut scene in the first episode, as compensation for burying him in Watch uniform layers later. Though yeah, even the fur works.

Here. Enjoy the most adorable ever GIF of Kit Harington as Jon Snow:


I'll stop now. Till I have more episode chatter to preserve for posterity.
mollyringle: (Kimberley)
I'm in the midst of galley-proofing for Persephone's Orchard, which reminds me to tell you that:

a) it will be out in paperback as well as ebook at the end of June, and
b) there's a giveaway for the paperback happening here at Goodreads.

May the people the random number generator likes best win! And in the meantime, if you like the Persephone/Hades myth or know others who do, please consider spreading the word for the giveaway, and adding it to your to-read list. Even if you never get around to buying or reading it, putting a book on a public list helps other readers notice it, which helps writers.

Thank you, and good luck. Back to finding typos I go.
mollyringle: (Scotland - castle)
Are you stocking up someone else's e-reader as a gift? Or stocking up your own so you can hole up and read over the holidays instead of mingling with your visiting Great-Aunt Agatha* and her entourage? Then here are the newest places you can win my ebooks just by commenting. This blog tour is nearly wrapped up, and who knows when I'll be crazy enough to do another one (when I'm done with the next book, hopefully), so act now:

On creepy haunted Edinburgh and how I used it in a story

On how love changes young men, or so we wish

*In case you share relatives with Bertie Wooster.
mollyringle: (Hughes - Night)
My erratic blog hop (or blog tour, if you prefer) is still underway. So please DO go leave comments at these latest two posts, which puts you into the running for a free ebook! (Either Relatively Honest or What Scotland Taught Me--winner's choice.) Feel free to enter with intent to give the ebook to a friend instead--it's a fun and easy gift. Holidays are a-coming.

Ending in a few days: giveaway, with my post on small presses.

Just up today, with giveaway lasting for the next week: some thoughtful and frivolous interview questions I answered.

Again, do enter, and spread the word if you know YA fans with e-readers among your friends.
mollyringle: (chocolate)
As the latest stop on my blog tour, here's another giveaway you can enter--this time for either What Scotland Taught Me or Relatively Honest (winner's choice). Even if you have those ebooks already, you can always enter to win a copy for a friend. Because you're nice that way.

Also this past week on the blog hop, I visited Dean Mayes' blog to talk about settings I've used in writing. Dean's new novel is out now, and you can enter to win a copy of that too! I highly recommend doing so. By the way, if you're an avid reader and haven't created a login at Goodreads.com so that you can browse the book giveaway section of the site, you're missing out on serious kid-in-candy-store action.

Norelle Done at the Seattle Wrote blog also invited me on for a quick Q & A about NaNoWriMo. Norelle is a great writer herself, who generously features all the Seattle-area writers she can get a hold of, and I'm honored to be in the same list alongside so many shining stars.

Finally, in chocolate news, we made these Chewy Chocolate-Cinnamon Cookies last night and they're awesome. Easy recipe, too. It's odd; Hershey's chocolate bars/Kisses don't impress me much (even the Special Dark), but their baking cocoa is excellent, and we've loved the cookie and cake recipes we've tried from their kitchen so far. They must know their stuff, so I wish they'd create some higher-quality eating chocolate for us fans.
mollyringle: (parfumerie)
I have waaaay too many perfume samples around, yo. Obviously it's been too long since I've done a giveaway. So here goes--

SEVEN little samples to one lucky recipient! I chose a springy floral list for you today. The winner gets:

Serge Lutens, Vitriol d'Oeillet: clove, carnation, wallflower, lily, ylang-ylang
Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier, Fleur de Comores: blackcurrant, passionfruit, leafy green, vanilla, orange blossom, jasmine, ambergris, vetiver, musk
Odori, Iris: star anise, heliotrope flowers, Madagascar ylang ylang, iris from Florence, Oriental amber, Bourbon vanilla
Aroma M, Geisha Violet: violet, lilac, lotus, chocolate
I Profumi di Firenze, Florentia 22 (Pesca e Fiori): white peach blossom, lilac, Florentine purple iris
Rancé, Joséphine: orris, black currant, galbanum, violet leaf, cloves, white peach, jasmine, hyacinth, ylang-ylang, amber, sandalwood, bourbon vanilla and white musk
Rancé, Triomphe: mandarin, Calabrian lemon, violet leaves, apple, Bulgarian rose, jasmine, Florentine iris, sandalwood, cedar, musk, vanilla

(Clearly iris from Florence is the only iris worth smelling. Well, la-di-da.)

These are all little sample vials around 1 ml or slightly bigger. To enter, leave a comment on this post and make sure I have a way to contact you if you win. I'll choose a winner in two weeks by random number generator. To simplify my life, US entrants only, please! (My apologies to the rest of the world--but if you're in Europe, you can get most of these perfumes without difficulty, since they're largely French or Italian.)

Thanks and good luck!
mollyringle: (books & pearls)
On the "fun yet business" side of things, go here to enter to win one of my ebooks, or any of the other contenders for "Best Ebooks Read by Andrea at the Reading Lark blog in 2011" (she named two of mine - hurray!) -

http://readinglark.blogspot.com/2011/12/goodbye-to-2011-giveaway-1.html

And, to look ahead to 2012, I suppose we all need to frame our resolutions. I have yet to fix on a really good one for next year. But if it helps, I will share with you the two absolute best New Year's resolutions I ever made. I don't remember the exact year of either of these, but they were from sometime in the past decade.

The first was no more getting into arguments online. Yes, that means no posting obnoxiously controversial opinions either.

The second, in a similar vein, was no more indulging in road rage. (I never discharged firearms at fellow drivers, but angry passing or speeding or swerving to "get back" at annoying drivers doesn't help any of us, especially ourselves, does it now?)

Sure, I slip up on both these counts from time to time. But even following them 90% of the time has led to a dramatic reduction of my stress and irritation levels. Imagine--just imagine--the widespread peace and harmony if everyone in the world adopted merely those two simple resolutions. For the first one, Internet traffic would probably drop by half. Or maybe the time spent in flame wars would be diverted into creating and laughing at LOLcats instead. Hey, that'd still be a global improvement on the whole.

But I cite those two resolutions because anger is my biggest flaw. I suppose if you have a different main flaw, you might draw more benefit from a different resolution. Share your own ideas if you like. Happy New Year, whatever you wish to start or stop doing!
mollyringle: (autumn leaves & cup)
Over at Jelly Loves Books today, I got to do a guest post laying out my favorite romantic pairings from literature. See who I chose (Cosette/Marius instead of Eponine/Marius? Uh-huh, that's right, I said it!), and enjoy some pretty quotes to go with them.

And at the WovenStrands blog, they're doing a giveaway of RELATIVELY HONEST (ebook format). It's open only another few days, so go get your name in the entry form.

Back to drinking rooibos tea, watching foliage change colors, and pondering my next move toward literary world domination.
mollyringle: (Scotland - castle)
Thanks to my friends and family scurrying to cast their votes over at the Preditors & Editors site, I placed as a top 10 novelist of 2010 (heh!), and my novel What Scotland Taught Me placed as the #5 young adult novel of last year!

What Scotland Taught Me

In celebration of this honor, I'll be giving away a free ebook copy of What Scotland Taught Me, with a (scanned) personalized signature, to one lucky winner, chosen at random from those who comment upon this post. Simply enter your comment before March 1, 2011, and upon that date I'll let the random number generator select a winner. My publisher can provide the file in any of the major ebook formats, so don't hesitate on that account.

Thank you so much to those who voted, and of course to those who have already enjoyed the story and let me know about it.
mollyringle: (parfumerie)
I accumulated a lot of perfume samples in 2010, and I'd like to begin 2011 by thinning them a bit (to make room for more). Thus, giveaway time!

This is a set of three limited edition scents by Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab (BPAL). Our lucky winner will receive:

5-ml bottle of Mitzvah Goreret Mitzvah. BPAL's description: Holy hyssop, red apple, massoia bark, and pomegranate with eight different types of honey that represent the sweetness of life and new beginnings.

1-ml vial ("imp") of Green Party. I can't find an official description, but it was an election-season scent, and it's, naturally, in the green family of fragrances.

1-ml vial (imp) of Leipreachan. Again, can't find an official description, but it's Irish-Springy green, basically. The folks on this forum review it if you're interested.

To enter to win, comment here. All nationalities welcome. I'll choose a winner in one week, on Monday, Jan. 10, by random number generator.

Shout-out time: I wouldn't have any of these samples, or any of my others for that matter, if it weren't for the fabulous shop knows perfume, the opening of which was one of my happiest points of last year. Hurray for perfume addicts!
mollyringle: (parfumerie)
Perfume giveaway is back! (And the masses cheered.)

At the end of December I might well write up a "Best perfumes I tried this year" list instead of the usual "Best movies I saw this year" list. For one thing, we've mostly watched comedy TV shows on DVD lately and not seen that many films. For another, I have sampled a lot of scents, thanks almost entirely to knows perfume opening in my 'hood back in spring. And, as such, I now have a bunch of samples around that I might possibly be persuaded to part with.

Today I have selected two, and our lucky winner will get them both:

Prima Ballerina by Strange Invisible Perfumes. Bright notes of Greek sage and organic lime animate a satiny bouquet of Egyptian and Turkish roses. Poised on an enchanting stage of botanical musk, this lithe composition executes a perfect tour jeté with the exhilarating grace of a true classic. (Description from the Strange Invisible website.)

Thé Pour Un Été by L'Artisan Parfumeur. An invitation to a far-away land, a moment of tranquility in an exotic oasis, the fragrance is as refreshing as a glass of iced green tea infused with jasmine and mint. Delicate and versatile, this is a scent for all seasons, a tender reminder of the happy days of summer. Notes: lemon, bergamot, mint, jasmine, green tea. (Description from L'Artisan's site.)

Both come in little 1ml vials, about half full after my sampling them.

To enter to win, comment here. Entrants may live anywhere in the world. I'll do the drawing by random number generator in one week (Thursday, Nov. 18). Good luck!
mollyringle: (haunted house)
Free drawing time! This Yuletide season I will be giving away a print copy of The Ghost Downstairs to not one but two lucky winners. To enter, just comment upon this post, and I'll have the random number generator pick two of you on Sunday. Non-LJers or non-FB-ers, be sure you leave me some way of contacting you in the comment.

Good luck!
mollyringle: (haunted house)
Since Halloween is almost upon us, and since I get to do this quite a few times if I want, I'm going to do one more giveaway of a PDF (ebook) copy of THE GHOST DOWNSTAIRS. Comment below to enter! Winner will get picked on Sunday by the handy-dandy random number generator at random.org.

And someday I'll post about more than just contests again, but October here has mostly been spent with the family sharing a flu-like thing. Yay.
mollyringle: (parfumerie)
There's an article about me on the Nights and Weekends site--I'm their featured e-author this month! Come read it and learn who I cite as my influences and what scents I would capture and stick in a bottle if I could.

And since it mentions the occasional perfume giveaways on my blog, let's do one now to reward anyone who comes looking for one...

Today's double header:

Cafe Noir by Dawn Spencer Hurwitz - has notes of bergamot, black pepper, cinnamon bark, pimento berry, benzoin, Bulgarian rose otto, jasmin, labdanum, coffee absolute, tolu balsam and vanilla. A rich, luscious, peppery coffee scent. It is an eau de parfum.

Labdanum 18 by Le Labo - Le Labo Labdanum 18 eau de parfum features the soft, lingering scent of labdanum (cistus) with a slightly animalic base. This is a lovely, intriguing scent.

Both are sampled, but mostly full, 1 ml vials from The Perfumed Court, who provided the scent descriptions above. To enter to win the samples, comment on this post. I'll choose a winner by random number on Sunday. International entrants welcome. Non-LJers too, as always, though you'll have to leave me some way to contact you. Good luck!
mollyringle: (haunted house)
I doubt I will have time for a Halloween read-aloud project this year, as we did with Operations Ichabod and Raven in past years. Someone else can feel free to try organizing it if they want, and I'll at least read aloud a part.

But I will do this to kick off October: a giveaway of a PDF copy of The Ghost Downstairs. All you have to do to enter is comment here. It's about, uh, ghosts, sororities, old people, Seattle, love, and a few holidays including Halloween.

Good luck! Winner will be picked at random on Sunday.
mollyringle: (parfumerie)
That's right! The one, the only, Chanel No. 5. Now is your chance to sample it, in the usual little 1 ml vial from The Perfumed Court. And if you like it, the good news is it will almost certainly never be discontinued within your lifetime.

TPC's description: This is the EDP of Chanel No. 5, the classic that this legendary house has been known for. Created in 1921, No. 5 has notes of aldehydes, Grasse jasmine, rose, ylang-ylang, iris, amber, and patchouli.

To enter to win the sample, comment on this post. I'll choose a winner by random number on Sunday. International entrants welcome. Non-LJers too, as always, though you'll have to leave me some way to contact you. Good luck!
mollyringle: (butterfly - Pushing Pixels)
I have a gift certificate for the LJ store, and only need a certain amount of it, but have to use it all at once or lose it. My unneeded balance is $10, which happens to be the exact cost of 100 extra userpics for 12 months. So, anyone who wants that, please comment here by midnight Pacific Time, tomorrow. I'll pick the winner on Friday by random number generator, and a crazy number of new potential icons will be all theirs!
mollyringle: (fruit)
Due to childbearing and such, I had put the perfume giveaways on hiatus, but the little vials are still sitting here, waiting for new homes. So let's start up again!

Since they've been around a while through a heat wave or two, and that can affect quality sometimes, I'll do them in batches of two to get through them faster and hopefully find them appreciative homes.

Today, two citrusy scents that are both lovely, but, for me, not quite worth the hard-to-acquire quality and price. Both are 1 ml sample vials from The Perfumed Court, and here follow their descriptions:

Un Zeste d'Ete by L'Artisan: A sparkling, bright, summery concoction of lemon rind, orange bergamot, grapefruit and lemon blossom. A citrus lover's dream! Un Zeste D'Ete is an eau de toilette. Feminine.

D'Orange Verte by Hermes: Hermès introduced Eau d'Orange Verte in 1979 (the original name was Eau de Cologne d'Hermès; it was renamed Eau d'Orange Verte in 1997). It was created by perfumer Francoise Caron and has notes of bergamot, lemon, mandarin, mint, jasmine, orange blossom, patchouli, moss and cedar. Eau de cologne; unisex leaning toward masculine.

To enter to win the sample, just comment on this post. I'll choose a winner by random number on Sunday. International entrants now welcome! Non-LJers too, as always, though you'll have to leave me some way to contact you. Good luck!

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