Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Sealed With a Kiss Blog Tour Giveaway!

In celebration of the release of my debut novel on June 5th, I'll be doing a two week long blog tour, complete with a HUGE giveaway!


To enter, simply comment on any or all of my guest blogs at the sites listed below. 

Sealed With a Kiss!

The small print:  I will allow one comment per blog to count towards the drawing, for a maximum of 14 entries. Winners will be drawn on June 15th, and I will post them on this page. Due to shipping costs, I'll ship anywhere in US, Canada, or Mexico.

*You MUST leave an email address where I can contact you if you win!* If you don't wish to post publicly, feel free to email me at erin@erinknightley.com

Prizes include:
  • 1 of 23 signed books from my favorite authors! A big, huge thanks to all these ladies - they are awesome people as well as fantastic authors!!
  • MORE THAN A STRANGER iPhone 4/4s case
  • $15 Amazon gift card
  • $10 Starbucks gift card
  • Sealed with a Kiss wax seal kit with pink wax!
  • Fun stationery
  • bumper stickers
  • Bookmarks 
  • Pens

Fun with bumper stickers!

Blog tour dates:
The Ruby-Slippered Sisterhood May 30, 2012
The Ballroom Blog May 31, 2012
Romance at Random June 1, 2012
Fresh Fiction June 2, 2012
The Dashing Duchesses June 4, 2012
Chicklets in the Kitchen June 4, 2012
LadyScribes June 5, 2012
Get Lost in a Story June 5, 2012
Not Another Romance Blog June 6, 2012
Maya Rodale June 6, 2012
Bookworm2bookworm June 7, 2012
Novel Thoughts June 8, 2012
ROMCON June 11, 2012
SOS Blog June 12, 2012

Want chances to win in the future? Stay up to date with my Newsletter! Click the link on the menu to the left to sign up!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Hang Ten, Baby!

Every now and then, we have to indulge in the fun things in life. That is reeeeeeeallly hard to remember when a big, scary deadline is breathing down your neck. So here I am, with the edits for A TASTE FOR SCANDAL due any day, and I put it aside to try to do the video for Part 2 of my interview with Ryan Devlin. Unfortunately, my computer had other ideas.  After having the program crash no fewer than six times, I finally threw up my hands and said forget it (for now).

But as I was about to close the program, a folder caught my eye that I hadn't looked at in a while.  It was just a video of me doing one of my favorite things on earth: Wakesurfing. I have to say, dear reader, just the simple act of watching it made my heart happy.  So I decided to polish it up and offer you a look at yet another side of Erin Knightley.  I hope you enjoy!  I, for one, am feeling refreshed enough to dive back into book 2 with a vengeance.  See you guys on the other side!

What do you do when you need to let your hair down?  Do you have any talents most people don't know about? Don't forget to scroll down - I made a new recipe this week, and it was TO DIE for :)  Check it out!

World's Best Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
 - Based on recipe found here

1/2 cup butter (1 stick) - softened
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
slightly less than 1 cup of flour
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 and 1/2 cups quick-cooking oatmeal
3/4 cup of chocolate chips (or to your preference)

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Cream butter with mixer. Add in sugars, and beat for several minutes till light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla.  Mix flour, baking soda, and salt together, then add by thirds to mixture, mixing BY HAND until just mixed. Stir in oatmeal and then chocolate chips.
Drop by rounded spoonful onto ungreased cookie sheet, and bake for 10-12 minutes until lightly golden. Let cool 2 minutes on pan before transferring to wire rack.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Meet Erin Knightley

Okay, so I'm late posting today's blog, but that is because YouTube had been giving me fits!! Without further ado, I give you my interview led by the wildly talented Ryan Devlin (aka my brother-in-law). This video is part 1; part 2 will be posted next week.  I hope you enjoy this glimpse into my writing  journey, as well as a little about my debut novel :)

(PS - the intro cello music is from my brother's album, Line and Landscape)

To view full-screen, double-click the video.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Mysteries of the Secret Curtsey Society, Revealed!

So, what do a strand of pearls, elbow-length gloves, English accents, rataffia, and Mr. Darcy have in common?  More than you would think...

Rest assured, this was all for a good cause!  My fellow Secret Curtsey sisters and I are donating a partial manuscript critique to the Brenda Novak Annual Auction for the Cure of Diabetes.  I would say that this is the last time you'll every see me in my bath robe and shower cap, but we had so much fun making this video, I can't promise that another won't soon follow (she says, while adjusting her elbow-length gloves) ;)

If you'd like to bid on the critique, click HERE.
Keep in mind, all five of us not only finaled in the Golden Heart, but our books are debuting within the next year!  We can't guarantee that our critiques will result in finaling or selling your book, but with five professional opinions, it can't help but be a step in the right direction!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Dream a Little Dream

Do you know what?   
Dreams can come true.  I feel like I am a walking, breathing, writing example of this.  I’ve had to pinch myself over and over this past year, in awe of the things that are happening in my life.  Even with deadlines draped over my shoulders like lead weights, and with so much to do before my first book debuts next month (holy cow, NEXT MONTH!), the joy of doing the thing that I love most—of being a writer—never leaves me.
Last July, when the auction was going on, I was alone in my house, coming out of my skin with joy, excitement, incredulity, disbelief—you name it, I was feeling it.  When the dust finally settled, I could do little more than sit back in wonder at the glorious transformation of aspiring writer to Big Six published author.
With my husband out of town for the week, and under strict orders from my agent not to spill the news just yet, I treated myself to a quiet celebratory dinner at the neighborhood grill, basking in the joy that wrapped around me like a warm blanket.
That evening, the burning, 3-digit heat of earlier gave way to a swift summer storm, and when I left the restaurant, all that remained were gentle, warm breezes and soft, diffused light. As I drove home, I was struck by the utter perfection of the moment.  This was my moment.  This was that unforgettable, joyous instant in time when all things came together in a way so absolutely right, I felt as though I’d achieved the very pinnacle of true happiness. I knew that this was a once in a lifetime sort of moment, and I wanted to seize it.
I was moved to pull out my phone, and record the moment so that I could always have it, I could always look back and remember a single space of time when my dreams had come true.  I’m bare of make-up, naked of emotion, and absolutely real in this video.  It was never meant to be shared, but as I celebrate the impending release of the product of this moment, I thought. . . why not? Why not reveal what such a thing feels like; why not offer it up as inspiration for those still seeking their dreams?   
Never stop seeking, my friends. Because I can tell you with assurance, dreams can come true...

Have your dreams come true? Tell me about your perfect moment! And if not yet, what would be your dream-come-true moment?