WAKING THE DEAD is a Royal Palm Literary Award Finalist

Waking the Dead CoverI’m SO excited to announce that WAKING THE DEAD is following in its Big Sister’s (DEBRIEFING THE DEAD‘s) footsteps  – not only did it make it to the 2020 RONE Finals for Best Paranormal: Long, but I just learned it’s also a Royal Palm Literary Award Finalist for Best Published Fantasy!

Sadly, BOTH those awards ceremonies are in October.  Maybe by then, my fingernails will have grown back (from all the nail biting  ;)) and I’ll be able to hobble down the Virtual Red Carpets with no cast, and no boot, completely under my own steam! (I had foot surgery a couple of weeks ago – 2020 is the year that Just. Won’t. Quit!!!!!  :))

Have a wonderful week, everyone! Hope your summers are going well!

Time to Vote in the 2020 RONE Awards!

Please consider voting for WAKING THE DEAD in the 2020 RONE Awards (Paranormal – Long category)! I’ve earned the 4.5 star review, but I need YOUR help to get into the final round! It’s an easy process – really!

      1. If you’ve never voted before (and therefore need to create an account), I made a cheatsheet for the process, which is the hardest part: http://bit.ly/RoneVoteInstructions
      2. Once you have an account (or if you voted previously, and already have one), vote here: https://indtale.com/rone-awards-week-six-may-18-24
      3. And as a thank you for voting (even if it’s not for my book… :)), you can enter my RONE 2020 Amazon $20 Giveaway here: https://bit.ly/RONEVoteGiveaway

Thanks so much for considering!!  :)

WAKING THE DEAD is a 2020 RONE Nominee

Waking the Dead Cover

I’m so excited to announce that WAKING THE DEAD has been nominated for InD’tale Magazine’s 2020 RONE (Reward of Novel Excellence) Awards, in the Paranormal – Long category! (This is the same category that DEBRIEFING THE DEAD won last year – talk about pressure!!!) Unfortunately ;), this means I’ll be begging for votes in the Reader Voting Round, which runs May 18 through May 24.

But right now, I’m just happy dancing and drinking virtual champagne while self-quarantining. (Side note: The silver lining in all this madness is that I have FINISHED the first draft of DAMNING THE DEAD! I’m editing it now, and will turn it in to my editor as soon as I can. Fingers crossed that it may come out later this year!!!)

Free Book Lovers Calendars Are Back!

Updated 12/27/19: All calendars have been claimed and mailed. Thanks so much, and sign up for my mailing list (if you haven’t already!) to get the announcement if/when next year’s calendars are available. Happy New Year, all!!  :)

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Guess what?? It’s FREE* Book Lovers Wall Calendar time! As a special thanks to my readers, I gave these out last year, and they “sold out” in under two hours! If you want one, you MUST be a subscriber to my mailing list – sign up now (https://kerryblaisdell.com/voml/), so you don’t miss when the notice goes out!

(*Yes, these are 100% free – I even pay for postage! But, it’s only while supplies last, and only to U.S. addresses – sorry!! )

N.N. Light Book Awards – Double Winner!

I’m so THRILLED to announce that WAKING THE DEAD has won the N.N. Light Book Award for Best Urban Fantasy of 2019! I saw the email as I scrolled up my inbox this morning, and two emails later I discovered…PUBLISH OR PERISH also won, for Best Romantic Suspense!!

To say I’m honored is a severe understatement. Like DEBRIEFING THE DEAD, PUBLISH OR PERISH is a book that I shopped around for years to agents and editors, who gave me oodles of form rejections. Which just proves once again that what agents think they can sell, or editors think is publishable, isn’t necessarily what readers think is just a good book. :)

Okay, I have to take my tiara off now and get to work. But WHAT a way to start the last week before Winter Break – I couldn’t ask for a better Christmas present!!!!!

HOLT Medallion Winner for Best Paranormal and Best First Book

Can you stand even MORE good news?? I am in shock – and feel SO honored and blessed to announce that DEBRIEFING THE DEAD is a Double Winner in the HOLT Medallion Contest, for Best Paranormal and Best First Book! I can’t even begin to describe how I feel, so I’m just going to say I cried. And still feel like crying. Tears of joy and pride, of course – especially because this award is 100% judged by readers. I am SO happy right now!

In fact…. I’m so happy, I’m celebrating with another big giveaway!! I’ll be officially hosting it on the OSRBC Facebook Page, but for those who don’t use Facebook, you can follow the link below and enter to win a Grand Prize Pack of autographed print* copies of both books in The Dead Series (DEBRIEFING THE DEAD and WAKING THE DEAD), or digital copies of both books (second place) or choice of one book (third place).

Ready? Enter here and good luck!

* NOTE: Print copies available only to U.S. residents. In the event an international winner is chosen for the Grand Prize, digital copies will be substituted for the print ones. For further rules and regulations, please see the contest entry page.

Grand Prize Giveaway – Alternate Entry Post

GIVEAWAY CLOSED!

CONGRATULATIONS to the 2nd/3rd places winners: Kimberly P. and Melissa C.B., and to the Grand Prize Winner: Antoinette M.! Congratulations, ladies, and thank you to everyone who participated! You all made release week super special, and I so appreciate it!!

Winners* will be tabulated shortly and notified via Facebook Messenger or Email (if the entry was on this blog post instead of Facebook).

* YES – you read that right – winnerS! Y’all are so amazing, and I got so many entries, I’m adding 2nd and 3rd place prizes, which will also involve books and coffee!!

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SHAME ON ME. I was so focused on release day yesterday that when I set up my Grand Prize Giveaway on Facebook, I completely didn’t think about readers who don’t have/don’t use Facebook. That was totally my bad, I own it, and I’m SO sorry.

In an attempt to make amends, I’m offering an alternate means of entry here on my website. If you’d like to enter, please leave me a comment below, OR on Facebook – I will combine all entries received before the deadline. Additionally, I’m going to extend the deadline until Thursday 5/30/19 at 7:00 p.m. PT, to give everyone a chance to enter.

My sincere apologies to everyone – I should have thought of this sooner!

NOTE: Due to the fact that these are physical (not digital) prizes, unfortunately this giveaway is only open to residents of the United States and Canada. However, next week, I’ll be participating in a giveaway for digital copies of the book at The Paranormal Romance Guild (giveaway link won’t be live until 6/2, so check back then!).

Original giveaway details:

💕❤️💕WAKING THE DEAD Book Birthday Grand Prize Giveaway!💕❤️💕

Enter to win a signed print copy of ☠️WAKING THE DEAD☠️ + 1 lb ☕️Starbucks Coffee☕️ + 🍫chocolate🍫 – just tell me you want to enter, and you’re in! Random drawing from all entries received by 9pm PT on May 28, 2019 (see new deadline above). AND, if you haven’t read DEBRIEFING THE DEAD (Book 1) yet, I’ll throw in a free ebook of that one also! SCORE! 😍

Read the blurb here: http://bit.ly/KBBooks
Reviews on Goodreads: http://bit.ly/WTDGoodreads
Reviews on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2HDcURI

(*Open to residents of the United States and Canada only. Facebook, Starbucks, and anyone else “Not Me” not responsible. Blah, blah. Your mileage may vary. Mine rarely does. Other quasi-legal stuff. Etc.😁 )