Friday, July 8, 2011

I'm Now Officially ... PUBLISHED + Giveaway

I did it ... I am "officially" a published author! I can't begin to describe what an amazing feeling this is and I am SO grateful to everyone who helped cheer me along! Surprisingly, my first release isn't strictly a romance *insert gasp* I know, shocking isn't it? It's a novelette and introduction to my urban fantasy series called Mystic Wolves and the title is Without Mercy. You may recognize it as the title that was going to be included in the Dream On anthology but I couldn't wait so here it is...

Without Mercy
A Mystic Wolves novelette
Urban Fantasy
Published by 4 Corners Press
Buy from: Smashwords

What would you do if a simple errand takes a deadly twist, turning you from cautious prey to dangerous predator?
When Darcy’s outing takes a turn for the worst and tests her to the point of breaking, she struggles to maintain her humanity. Where loyalty and pack mean everything, she surrenders to the inevitable and only an act of complete trust can touch her. When all is said and done, with memories flooding her mind, Darcy holds tightly to the only thing that makes sense – it was all a dream.
Or was it?          

Here's the exciting part... to celebrate this milestone, I want to giveaway
An ecopy each to FIVE lucky winners!

All you need do to enter is:
Be a follower of my author blog
Be over 18+
Leave your name and email address
Answer this question:

What would be a fun way to celebrate today?
The giveaway will run to July 11th and I'll announce the winners.
Good luck and THANK YOU!!


  1. Congrats, you really have made me want to get on and finish my book so I can publish it.

  2. Go out to eat in a fancy restaurant, break open a bottle of champagne and after all that cuddle on the sofa with your true love! You could think about taking a skydive or bungee jump?

    I'm so happy for you and I know you have to be extremely excited. I know I was when my first book came out. Without Mercy sounds awesome!!

    And yes, I want a chance to win it. judithleger AT hotmail Dot com.

    Are you doing a tour for this one!?!

  3. Thanks Leetid. There were days I didn't think this day would come so I'm a whirlwind of emotions! It definitely feels good :)

  4. @Judith - I'm thinking a giveaway blitz :) I'll be sending out the invites later today. I definitely need to get my hubby to take me out to a nice dinner, and that doesn't mean McDonalds LOL

  5. GFC Chelsea Carson edysicecreamlover18ATgmailDOTcom This looks like a wonderful book, I love the synopsis :) Thank you! I would celebrate today by making chocolate cookies, playing games with my friends/family, and taking a long read.

  6. awesome! congrats!you know my info... or you better. lol. (save me a copy!)

  7. That cover is beautiful. To celebrate I would have a huge party with family and friends, and lots of music. I follow you.

  8. I love the cover! It's so eye catching. The way I celebrate is chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate!

    jwitt33 at live dot com

  9. Congrats! Please, count me in for the giveaway!
    I would celebrate today by throwing a big party with family and friends. I'm a follower.


  10. Congratulations!!
    I'm a big fan of the whole pampering yourself movement. So either going to a spa, or doing it all yourself.
    Either way you choose to spend your day, I hope it's fantastic!
    natasha AT

  11. Congratulations Belinda! What an accomplishment to be a published author. Relax, have a glass of wine and chocolate....and CELEBRATE! You deserve it!!! That's my plan when my book is done and published. :)

  12. Congratulations! This is so exciting for you, and for us as your readers! My favorite way to celebrate, especially in the summer, is with ice cream. Definitely treat yourself to something!
    wordgirl79 at gmail dot com

  13. Would love to enter your giveaway!!!
    A think a great way to celebrate today would be to go out to dinner to a restaurant you have never gone to before but have been wanting to try!! That's what we would do! :)

    Tammy & Mike

  14. Best way to celebrate is Champagne Cocktail, slice of Chocolate Silk Pie and a delicious gourmet dinner of your choice!

    Congratulations Belinda, it has been nice to see you go from wishing to getting your dream to come true... More good things to come in the future and wish they come sooner than later for you!


  15. OH! YOu must do what we do in my family! We go out for dinner, celebrator's choice, and eat dessert first!!!! :D

    Major congrats, Belinda! I loved the story and can't wait for the novel!
    Deena (Deena(AT)yahoo(DOT)com

  16. Congrats!! I'm so excited for you!

    What better way is there to celebrate than by having a release party!


  17. Congratulations! I love the book cover. Go out and celebrate at a great restaurant with great food and great friends. Have champagne, of course! Toast your success and remember in the words of J.A. Konrath, "forever is a long time".


  18. Cngratulations! I think you should celebrate with dinner and drinks! Cheers! Can’t wait to read it,
    Book Savvy Babe
    booksavvybabe at gmail dot com

  19. not sure if my last comment made it or disappeared as it appears to have done....
    Congratulations!! Id celebrate by being pampered at a spa...relax for the afternoon, as Im sure you are a jumble of nerves and know I would be...Then celebrate with some champagne with some close friends and revel in the glory...hahaha..enjoy it!

    The cover art is spectacular, and I can not wait to read this one!!




  20. Wow! Thank you so much for the inspiration to finish my WIP. One of these days. . . .Congratulations!!!!!!

  21. Congrats Bels!!! I'm so happy for you!!! It sounds wonderful :)


  22. Congrats, looks great. You should get your family to treat you to a lovely relaxing day after all that writing.

  23. LOVE LOVE LOVE the cover. Champagne with strawberries and a sexy movie or man?
    time4mommy @ gmail (dot) com

  24. Congrats! Your book sounds awesome and i LOVE the cover. Her! To celebrate, you should get some close family and friends together and have a small party. Maybe get some alcohol, have some food, then read everyone a piece of your story, this way theyll all go buy it. :P

  25. I'm so excited for you!!!! The best way to celebrate? Go off to the beach, bask in the sun knowing that you have now "made it". Walk away from the stress for a day, nosh on some good eats, drink some delicious wine, and then come home to see and read all the awesome reviews to your first book! :)

    Ai-vy Riniker

  26. Wow Bels, you did it!!! Congrats on joining the rest of us published Authors...I can't wait to read it (I downloaded it this morning). Looking forward to your novel release.

  27. CONGRATULATIONS! I recommend a fabulous dinner at your favorite restaurant, then home for champagne and strawberries and revelry with friends. :-)

    Pam Asberry

  28. I'm super happy for you!!!! Doing the happy dance with you.


  29. Thanks so much everyone! You guys have been amazing and I really appreciate your support :) Since everyone's loving it.. I've already started laying out ideas for the next installment! WOOOHOOOOO !!!

  30. Congratulations Bels! I know it's been a long time coming and I'm trilled for you. I think you should take a copy of the cover to a bakery and have them make a sugar print for a cake. Take lots of pictures of your cake with the cover of your book on it. Break out the good stuff and celebrate with all of your family and friends that helped you accomplish your goal at your Published Party.
    Please enter me in the drawing as well. My email address is MamacitaSteph at hotmail dot com

  31. Congratulations ! I am so happy for you. I think you should gather those closest to you and eat something wonderful, drink something wonderful, put on the music you like to sing to and do it! Then go outside as a group and howl at the moon and hug one another - I will be participating in my imagination and sending good thoughts.

    Thank you for the giveaway opportunity, I would love to read your book. The cover is beautiful and the story sounds up my alley.


  32. Congratulations!!! can't wait to read it. Have Mark take you out dancing or something you love to do. I think a Happy Dance is in order. I'm proud of you!!!!

  33. It's settled - I'm going out for a double date with my BFF and our hubbies. We are going to my FAVE FAVE FAVE pizzeria where the food is to DIE for! Then it's back for snuggle time with my honey :)That's if I don't pass out - I still haven't slept LOL

  34. Congrats, Bels! Very happy for you :)
    A good way to celebrate is champagne + dancing wooot LOL!


  35. Congrats Bels! This is awesome!
    I would celebrate with a batch of yummy white sangria and a special dinner with my husband at our favorite restaurant.

  36. Love the cover. :) The book sounds great!

    I'd rent out a fancy hotel and have a snazzy black and white party!

    Following you!

    Kristina Haecker

  37. Congrats!! What a great accomplishment to have achieved. I would celebrate this day with something memorable ... go get a tattoo! If not your pace pamper yourself and indulge in things your don't normally do. Enjoy your day!

  38. Congratulations!!! I'd celebrate today by going for a hike through my local hills, it's so pretty right now in West Virginia how could I not.

    GFC follower- Krysta Banco

  39. COngrats!!! What an awesome accomplishment!! You should celebrate by splurging on yourself, say, buy a new Coach purse, then have a glass of wine with your favorite peeps who helped support you thru this journey!!

    GFC Michele Luker

    jmluker at winco dot net

  40. Oops, I forgot to say how I'd celebrate.

    I'd celebrate by going and getting a full-body, 90 minute massage.

    karysafaire at gmail dot net (are people putting their email like this to avoid spambots?)

  41. Congratulations! Celebrate with a glass of wine and a bowl of ice cream...who cares if they don't go together! Best wishes. ~Kristen
    barn10 at comcast dot net (aka

  42. Celebrate today with friends, family or whoever else helped you along the way! Don't forget the chocolate, or better yet, chocolate wine, chocolate martini....all of the above ;)