Auctions Close Today — Please Bid!


Today is the LAST DAY to bid on a super-special custom scene featuring Anna and Étienne.

My All 4 Alabama auction ends FIRST, tonight at 8:00 p.m. CST.

My Help Write Now auction ends TWO HOURS LATER at 10:00 p.m. CST.

This is the only time I will ever offer a custom scene featuring Anna and Étienne. Please bid now, or forever hold your peace!


Blogger Problems/Auction Update


As many of you are already aware, Blogger went down for a full day. All of the auction bids were lost.

(See yesterday's post about the awesome items that I'm donating to raise money for the tornado-damaged southern United States.)

Help Write Now
is putting a hold on weekend bidding and starting again this Monday. Here is their full explanation.

Here is the situation with All 4 Alabama, but the wording regarding my auction is a bit confusing. I'll let you know when I have an easier explanation. Update: My auction is live again, and it will end at 8 p.m. CST on Wednesday, May 18th.

Thanks for your patience. I hope you'll still bid!


TWO AUCTIONS: Win Custom Scenes Featuring Anna & Étienne

Tornado damage in northern Georgia, beside my husband's hometown.

The online lit community is at it again.

(Raising money for charity, of course!)

I've donated two items to help raise funds for the tornado-damaged southern United States. Help Write Now is raising money for the Red Cross's general disaster relief fund, and All 4 Alabama is raising money for a rural community in Alabama, because Alabama was hit the hardest by the storms.

I'm giving away the same item for both auctions. And it's a cool one! Here's the description:

This auction is for one written conversation of your choice between Anna Oliphant and Étienne St. Clair, the main characters of my novel ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS.

If you win, you’ll send me a topic, and I’ll write a short scene in which Anna and Étienne muse upon it.

The scene will be added as a permanent “Extras” feature on stephanieperkins.com, and I’ll list your name (and link to your website, if you have one) as the dedication. I will also print a copy, sign it, and mail it to you.

Your topic must be brief, like “kumquats” or “Dr. Who.” In other words, if you send this idea to me: “Étienne breaks up with Anna to date Michelle Huffernagle, aka me, the winner of this auction,” I will tell you to pick another topic.

I will also not write about anything that will spoil the companion novels to ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS. Your topic idea cannot be “Lola,” “Cricket,” “Isla,” etc.

I will be open-minded, but I do reserve the right to refuse any idea that I deem inappropriate and to ask you to select another one.

The winner’s scene will be on my website (and the paper copy mailed) within sixty days of settling on the topic.

• The link for my Help Write Now auction is HERE. It was uploaded today (Thursday), and you'll have THREE days to bid. Bidding instructions are on this page.

• The link for my All 4 Alabama auction is HERE. It was uploaded today (Thursday), and you'll have FIVE days to bid. Bidding instructions are on this page.

In other words . . . if you bid on HWN's auction and don't win, you'll have a second chance with A4A.

I hope you'll bid. Thank you, and good luck!


NC Reading/Signing + Princesses + Freebies

"This is my idea of happiness." — Jamie B. on Twitter

Few things make me feel as tingly and warm inside as seeing a picture of someone with my book. I've been fortunate to be sent a few of them, but this one . . . well, isn't it perfect? Isn't this how reading SHOULD feel?

Thank you, Jamie. I wish that I had a million dollars, so that I could buy this image from you and plaster it all over the world as my advertising campaign! Happy sigh.

And now for another scattered post.

First: If you live in the Western North Carolina region, I'm having a reading and signing this Saturday at Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville at 3:00 p.m. I hope that you'll be able to come and hang out. I'd love to meet you!

Moving on: My last week-and-a-half were unexpectedly busy, so I'm sorry that I haven't posted our Princess Army yet. It's INCREDIBLE. I'll try to post it later this week, though, admittedly, it would've been perfect if I could have shared it on this day:

. . . but ah, well. Such is life.

[Yes, I know Kate isn't technically a princess yet. But we're all going to call her one, right?]

What I loved about the royal wedding was having the opportunity to watch something nice on television, for once. You know? Gorgeous cathedral, stunning dress, insane hats and fascinators. (MAN, do I want a crazy fascinator for promoting Lola!) It's rare to have the opportunity to watch a historical moment that's not about death or war or natural disasters. So thank you, William and Catherine. I hope that you have a beautiful life together.

Hmm, what else? What else?

How about some links?

• Kiersten White's short story "Tick, Tick, Boom" from the Corsets & Clockwork steampunk anthology is available FREE and ONLINE. Obviously, I am extreeeeemely biased when it comes to the work of my friends, but it's only because they're so talented! This story is fantastic, hilarious, and romantic. It knocked my socks off — so much accomplished in so few pages. I wish I had that particular talent.

• Last Friday, I was interviewed for the Waynesville paper about my upcoming signing. The interviewer, Stina, and I had SUCH a fun time talking over coffee, and I like how her article came out. You can read it here.

• I generally feel uncomfortable linking to interviews, but here's another one I did back in March. It's a different sort of article, because I'm talking about music. I like this one, too, although My Celebrity Boyfriend Thom Yorke would be horrified to discover the misquote about my favorite celebrity crush! Hee hee. (I do love Chris, but numero uno has been Thom for over a decade!)

• Finally, Rome, the new Danger Mouse/Jack White/Norah Jones/Daniele Luppi album is super-great and mellow. I've been streaming the entire thing all this morning here on NPR. Thanks to Jon Skovron for linking to it on Twitter yesterday.

And now I'm off to work. Talk again soon!