I’m SO Excited SQUEE!!!!

Hey gang,

Guess what?

My Young Adult Paranormal Romance, SHIFTING PRIDE, is going to be PUBLISHED!!!!!!!

That’s right, the wonderful folks at Etopia Press are making this happen.

I just signed the contract a few days ago. Right now, I’m working on blurbs, taglines, and gearing up for edits.


Here’s my initial pitch for SHIFTING PRIDE (to give you an idea of what it’s about):

Sixteen-year-old Nickie Leone has proof that her missing (presumed dead) father is still alive. Receiving his watch in the mail is the first in a line of clues bringing her closer to discovering his whereabouts. But clues aren’t the only new thing in Nickie’s life. There’s the Memorial Banquet her mother insists she help prepare for, there’s the new kid/hottie, Xavian, and…well, the growth of whiskers and a tail!

Filled with secrets and a new love of tuna fish, Nickie must partner up with Xavian (don’t you know he’s a shapeshifter too?) to rescue her dad before she loses him forever. Oh, and she needs to figure out how to be a cat, too.

To spread the joy, I’d like to host a giveaway.

All you have to do is leave a comment–AND I’ll count your name TWICE if you help spread the word (by Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, etc) (just let me know if you’ve done it).

How about I announce WINNERS in TWO WEEKS to give peeps time to stop by. 🙂

WINNERS will be chosen at random. THREE lucky commenters will receive a book of their choice AND a three chapter crit from ME!

56 comments on “I’m SO Excited SQUEE!!!!

  1. Krista Walsh says:

    !!!! So happy for you Laura!! That’s really incredible, but in no way surprising. Congrats!!!

  2. This is great news. You’re going from strength to strength. Congratulations, mate. So pleased for you.

  3. Karen Lange says:

    Congratulations, Laura!

  4. Yay! Super congratulations! so excited for you. 🙂

  5. artemisgrey says:


  6. T.F.Walsh says:

    Huge congrats.. how awesome. Well done.

  7. Jamie Grey says:

    Congrats!! That’s amazing news! I can’t wait to read it!!!

  8. roguemutt says:

    Hooray! I just hope your publisher is better with the cover art and promotion and stuff than mine.

  9. Congratulations Laura! How completely exciting! Good luck with final edits and getting it ready to publish ^_^

  10. This is awesome! I thought I would have to wait till Friday to squee with you! 🙂 #panthersrule Just saying.

  11. Lydia K says:

    So happy for you! No wonder you were bubbling with a secret yesterday! I always loved this story so I’m glad it’s going to be out there! And i adore the new title!

  12. Molly Zenk says:

    Congrats! I have a book with Etopia and love working with them.

  13. Christine Hardy says:

    Oh, that sounds wonderful Laura! And why am I not surprised there is a cat involved? *wink*

  14. Kristy Shen says:

    Congrats! Your pitch is one of the best I’ve ever seen. No wonder they want to publish you. Who wouldn’t? Well done, girl, well done 🙂

  15. Lynn Rush says:

    Yay!!! How exciting!!! 🙂

  16. Delilah says:

    Congratulations Laura! That is wonderful news! I can’t wait to read it and posted it to twitter as soon as I read this. Good luck with everything!!

  17. So excited! Love the play on words with the title.

  18. Congratulations! That’s such amazing news – well done!

  19. Mary W. says:

    Congrats, Laura! Your blurb is great- makes me want to run out to the store for it now.

  20. Congrats, Laura! Though not usually into the paranormal/fantasy genre, I am into those that have more depth..self-revelations, psychological angst issues. Your ‘pitch’ niggled my curiosity. I am intrigued! Best of luck to you in promoting SHIFTING PRIDE!

  21. lexcade says:

    That sounds awesome, Laura! I’m so happy and excited for you! I shared the good news on Twitter:

  22. *Does the happy dance for Laura. I’ll be spreading the word and help you with a blog tour if you desire too.

    I did a review of your short story in Day of Demons today as well :). I can’t wait to read this new YA book of yours!

  23. Leigh Moore says:

    Super-congrats to you, Laura! Here’s wishing you much success! :o)

  24. Catherine Johnson says:

    Congrats Laura, you’re on a roll now!

  25. John says:

    Congratulations to you Laura. I’ve been following you for over a year now and am ecstatic that you finally got published. I have shared you both on Facebook and Twitter

  26. Krispy says:

    Aaaah! Congrats! That’s super awesome! 😀 No wonder you were so excited to share last week. 🙂

  27. Ciara Knight says:

    I’m So excited for you. That is totally amazing! Woot! Major congratulations, Laura. I can’t wait to read it.

  28. J E Fritz says:

    This is great! There will be much squeeing!

  29. Sarah Fine says:

    Congrats, Laura! So happy for you!

  30. Vicki Tremper says:

    Wow, more awesome news! This is a great year for you. Congrats!

  31. Congrats!! I’m so excited for you. 🙂

  32. Heather K. says:

    Congratulations! The book sounds great and the cover is gorgeous! I look forward to reading it.:)

  33. Congratulations! I’m so excited for you. I’ll share this on FB.

  34. Congratulations, Laura!! That’s soooo wonderful!!

  35. Addy Rae says:

    Congratulations! I’m so happy for you!

  36. Donna Hole says:

    Super Awesome Laura. I’m doing the happy dance for you.

  37. amie borst says:

    oh laura – what wonderful news!!! so happy for you!!!

  38. So exciting. Congratulations!

  39. Congrats Laura, so exciting!!

  40. Woohoooooooooooo! Congratulations, Laura! That’s fantastic news!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  41. Congratulations! I’ll do a shout-out tomorrow in the Ninja News.

  42. […] I’m also hosting a giveaway to celebrate my second novel getting published, let’s close both contests at the same time so I can announce winners for both on the same […]

  43. Congrats! Also, I am astounded that somewhere in the world, someone chose to spell Nickie the same way I do — I love your story already!!

  44. jamieayres says:

    Stopping by after seeing your news on Alex’s blog:-) COngrats . . . I just signed a contract for my YA paranormal romance, too! Ah, and they said that genre was dead already;-) Can’t wait to read it~cheers

  45. Laura, I love this! Congratulations!!! SQUEE!

  46. So thrilled for you, Laura! I found out from Alex’s blog. Congrats, congrats!

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  48. Kendall Grey says:

    YAY! How exciting! Congrats, my friend. Well deserved!

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  51. […] 25, 2012 by lbdiamond With great excitement, I’d like to announce the WINNERS from my Announcement post and from my Author Shout Out […]

  52. Kat de Falla says:

    Congrats! Can’t wait to buy it! I tweeted about your success! Kathee

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