The Wicked Witch of Whatever

Cover Reveal: The Wicked Witch of Whatever AND New Contest!

The Wicked Witch of WhateverYes, it’s that time. Another cover has reared its not-so-ugly head and is ready to be revealed to the world. I give you The Wicked Witch of Whatever.

This YA paranormal/ urban fantasy (still trying to figure out that exact niche) is set at Cawdor High School for the (Magical) Arts. I don’t have a blurb yet. Are you nuts? I’m still rewriting. What if I rewrite something that gives me the perfect blurb? All you need to know is that Macbeth meets Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead meets me. And maybe a heavy dose of teen pop culture thrown in for seasoning.

The Wicked Witch of Whatever is slated to be released on Halloween, which is my favorite holiday of the year. When else can I get away with dressing like one of my own characters without someone questioning my sanity?

In honor of its release, I’m throwing a little picture party. Dress up like your favorite INDIE character for Halloween, snap a photo, and send it to me. Seven lucky winners will win an ebook copy of The Wicked Witch of Whatever. Three lucky winners will get to have a character named after them in an upcoming book. One really lucky winner will get a copy of the paperback.

Where should you send it? I’m so many places:

  • Comment here (that’s zanzibar7.com in case you got lost along the way)
  • Comment on my page on Facebook
  • Post it on Twitter and tag me: @Zanzibar7Writer
  • Put it up on your Instagram and either inbox it to me or tag me. I’m still new to Instagram, so I’m assuming it can be done. (@Zanzibar7Writer)
  • If you’re feeling really shy, email it to me directly at zanzibar7schwarznegger@gmail.com

The fine print (but I’ll keep it large enough to read because I’m nice like that):

  • Contest is open from now until November 7, 2016
  • Since I haven’t read every indie book out there, please identify the character, book, and author for your costume
  • Yeah, it does have to be an indie book character. Sorry. Must uphold some standards.
  • Kissing up and using one of my characters won’t improve your chances, but I might like you better.
  • Winners will be announced via all platforms on November 11th. It’s NaNo month. I may be a little busy.

Any questions?

30 Day Challenge: Final Day to Signup

Chess Board - TwitterJust a reminder that today is the final day to sign up for the 30 Day Whole Writer Challenge. You do not have to be a writer to join the challenge. You do not have to have writing goals. You just need to signup (at this point, please either email me or join the Facebook group) and state your goal before whatever time I look at Facebook on June 15th. I’m travelling between fictionary worlds, so you may have until midday. Or you might not.

Why should you do this? Beyond the obvious support, there are prizes:

  • Week 1 (ends June 22): 3 people will win your choice of a free Zanzibar ebook
  • Week 2 (ends June 29): 1 person will win a free ebook on Amazon of your choice (from a list)
  • Week 3 (ends July 6): 1 person will win a free writing journal or paperback book of your choice (from a list of Zanzibar-approved indie authors).
  • Week 4 (ends July 13): 3 people will win your choice of a free Zanzibar ebook
  • GRAND PRIZE: one person will win a full, signed Zanzibar paperback collection- Veneri Verbum, Beta Beware, The Annals of Bobian.

 

All prizes are transferrable.

Why are you still here? Go sign up!

Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/975313949253452/
My email: zanzibar7schwarznegger@gmail.com

 

Captured! and a Challenge/ Contest

Chess Board - TwitterShh. Read quietly. The Conductor caught me yesterday and has determined that I have derailed my Life Plan, so I’m under a directive to do no blogging until I either write 50k over my three WIPs or finish one of them.

Bah. Like I’ve ever listened to The Conductor. However, this does mean my normal blogging schedule has been disrupted. Also, I’d like her to go away, so I need to get the 50k written.

I thought I would turn to you, my adoring blogging public (stop laughing) for inspiration.

Here’s the deal: I have to write 50k mucho fasto (or “very fast” for those who don’t speak Figment Spanglish). You have some goal you need to reach. We can cheer (or jeer) each other on.

Post a reply in the comments about the challenge you are going to accomplish between June 15th and July 15th. It can be a daily thing (write 1k a day), a weekly thing (finish one short story a week), or something for the full 30 days (write 50k– copycat!). It doesn’t even have to be writing, since I want my non-writing readers to get involved too. Want to get in shape? Challenge yourself to workout for xx hours (I’m a Figment; don’t ask me for a reasonable number). Want to get caught up on your reading list? Challenge yourself to finish four books (or more).

Pick your challenge and send it to me by June 14th, either by email (zanzibar7schwarznegger@gmail.com), via a DM on Twitter (@zanzibar7writer) or as a comment here.

Post back to me at least once a week, updating me on  your progress. I will keep you updated on mine here.

In exchange, anyone who is meeting their goals will be entered in a drawing to win something:

  • Week 1 (ends June 22): 3 people will win your choice of a free Zanzibar ebook
  • Week 2 (ends June 29): 1 person will win a free ebook on Amazon of your choice (from a list)
  • Week 3 (ends July 6): 1 person will win a free writing journal
  • Week 4 (ends July 13): 3 people will win your choice of a free Zanzibar ebook
  • GRAND PRIZE: one person will win a full, signed Zanzibar paperback collection- Veneri Verbum, Beta Beware, The Annals of Bobian.

All prizes are transferrable. All you have to do is enter by midnight Pacific Time on June 14th and keep me updated at least weekly on your progress (by weekly, this means you need to update me before the contest drawing each week). You can win a weekly prize by meeting your goal for that week; you can only win the grand prize by meeting your overall goal.

Any questions? You have seven days to ask me.

So, pass this on to all your friends and enemies (you can rub it in their faces when you win and they don’t). Come up with a good challenge. Sign up in the next week.

I’m off to get my words in order so I can meet my 50k challenge and win my own prizes.

CONTEST GIVEAWAY: Free ebook, maybe paperback too

 

Chess Board - Twitter

I’ve decided I need more book reviews. Apparently, they’re a useful thing. So, here’s the deal.

Send me a message. Tell me which book you want: Veneri Verbum, The Annals of Bobian, or Beta Beware. Tell me if you want PDF, ePub, or MOBI. If you already own all three, bless your little heart, you can pass it on if you win. You can reply here, send me email at zanzibar7schwarznegger@gmail.com, hit me up on Facebook, or DM me on Twitter (zanzibar7writer).

I’ll pick a winner or two or three, depending on my mood. Might do a paperback, also depending on my mood. In exchange, I just ask for an honest review. Brutal is acceptable, but funny is better. Just review.

Want more entries? Share, then show me that you shared. One more entry for every share. Share anywhere and everywhere. Invite others to share. Then share the sharing. Sharing is caring.

Thanks!

 

Release Party for -Once More Into the Breach-

 

Have you ever been curious about how I get my writing ideas?

Would you like to see what I’ve been up to the last few months and what’s on the horizon?

How about a chance to win an ARC copy of The Annals of Bobian (YA humor) or Beta Beware! (the next Figments book)?

Okay, fine, do you like dogs?

Come to the online release party this weekend for Once More Into the Breach! There will be games, giveaways, and a chance to buy a copy of a collection of ‘punked Shakespearean stories that will benefit PAWS Animal Shelter in Lynnwood, Washington. I’ve been there, and they have no plot bunnies, so I support this effort.

I’m on from 9-10 am Saturday, but come throughout the event. Support the animals! Have fun! Big money, big prizes, no whammies!

https://www.facebook.com/events/1142264279135924/

 

OCTOBER PROMO

CaveatReader CropHoleColorRev7BI don’t promo well, but my social reality person has gone on the lam, so I’m going to take a stab at it.  I’m offering a big promotional deal to all of my loyal Readers from now until October 23rd.  Here’s what I need from you:

1. Support the NaNoWriMo Young Writers’ Fund by going to http://www.adropofinkreviews.com/ and making a donation. In exchange for your donation, you will get five non-DRM books: Veneri Verbum, Grave Beginnings by R.L. Virdi, Dawn of Steam: First Light by Jeffrey Cook and Sarah Symonds, Think Happy Club: Friendship by Grace Snoke and Anne Saucer and Rose in the Dark by Casia Schreyer. Any donation gets you five books. All donations will go to the Fund, which supports the development of young writers.
2. Write a review of any book written by a NaNoWriMo writer. Need some recommendations? Ask!  Please post your review on Amazon, Goodreads, and Facebook.  You can post it here, too, for bonus points. (Legal disclaimer: Bonus points are good for exactly squat, diddly, and nada, but are excellent for making your favorite Figment-Writer happy.)
3. Buy a copy of Veneri Verbum in any format. Note that step one can count for this, but if you want a signed paperback, I will send those out over the next two weeks for only $5 plus shipping. Yep, better than Amazon, even with Prime, unless you live somewhere out of the way. I recommend moving before you order.

Here’s what you get from me:

  1. Five full minutes of undivided-but-genuine gratitude.
  2. A coupon for a signed paperback copy of the next book, Caveat, Beta!, for just $5 plus shipping or for the e-book version for just $0.99.  Tentative release date: February 12, 2016.
  3. A coupon for a signed paperback copy of the third Figments book, The Big Con, for just $5 plus shipping or for the e-book version for just $0.99. Tentative release date: August 12, 2016.
  4. A free copy of the short, The Eleventh Hour, with any order.
  5. One Character in an as-yet-unnamed and unplanned Figments story that will be all about the joys of book promotion, but funny. No, really. It will be funny and you will have artistic control over the Character. Not the plot. That’s my gig.

Oh, right.  Where to send stuff.

You can either send stuff to my email address (zanzibar7schwarznegger@gmail.com) or post it as a comment to this blog post.  I need links to reviews and either a receipt showing purchase of a book or a photo of a book.  If you buy it directly from me, I’ll save you a step.

Where can you buy my book?
http://www.amazon.com/Veneri-Verbum-Figments-Zanzibar-Schwarznegger/dp/069237034X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1444408546&sr=8-1&keywords=veneri+verbum

So, there it is.  Why are you still here?