Thursday, February 24, 2011

The Stealing Souls Tour!

Hey you guys, did I mention that my week-long adventure with my friend J.T. Ellison has an actual name? Yup, the Stealing Souls Tour kicks off on Monday, and begins our week-long road trip from Nashville through Georgia and Mississippi and back to Tennessee (click here for locations and times).

If you aren't familiar with J.T.'s top-notch thrillers, this is a perfect time to get acquainted - her new book featuring Nashville homicide detective Taylor Jackson, SO CLOSE THE HAND OF DEATH, is a top pick from Romantic Times!

The following week I'll be headed to Phoenix and Tucson, where Juliet Blackwell and I will be addressing the Pen Writers, visiting with the Glendale Library and our friend Lesa Holstine, and attending the Tucson Festival of Books, where we're doing several workshops and panels and signing with some of our favorite booksellers and fellow writers. Check the schedule for specifics.

I do hope I'll be seeing some of you along the way!

More Great Reviews for AFTERTIME

Loving the response to AFTERTIME! Here's some of the latest:

"An exciting new series that takes on and surpasses all the typical themes of post-apocalyptic literature." - Reading Rock Books

"Littlefield excels at keeping the momentum going and she knows how to inject a huge beating heart into any story." - Pop Culture Nerd

"Emotional, shocking, high-stakes, zombie-filled awesomeness." - Urban Fantasy Investigations

"I’m more than pleased with the way Littlefield avoided bringing unrealistic closure to the different plot lines...she went hard all the way." - Scooper Speaks

"A little bit of The Book of Eli and a little bit of Resident Evil and it all mixed so well together...the plot was ingenious." - Novel Society

"An engrossing and gritty romp through a tainted post-apocalyptic land...I highly recommend!" Another Readers Blog and Reviews

"Aftertime alternately creeped me the hell out and broke my heart repeatedly. It’s extremely well-written." - The Discriminating Fangirl

"Beautifully written and emotionally wrenching." - My Bookish Ways

"I absolutely could not tear my eyes from the page...a physical and emotional journey that is both touching and haunting." - My Need to Read

"A gripping and emotional tale of survival...I wanted MORE!" - Rambling Reads

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Letting Love In - Sometimes It's a Cake

You know me, right - when things get tense, or busy, or nerve-wracking, I go straight to the hermit place. I dig in and bar the door and obsess over my work and let the rest of the world (except for my kids, of course) go straight to hell.

This is wrong, wrong, wrong. Humans need each other, even us crazy introverted artistic types. I'm learning, slowly, to facilitate the process. But sometimes I need a little nudge.

Luckily I'm blessed with friends who won't let me stay buried. Lisa, for instance, is always offering me Diet Cokes (my beloved enabler!) Julie and Rachael are ready for "plot talk" (code for all sorts of unmentionables), Lynn *always* knows the right thing to say, Gigi shares her gifts selflessly (and recently played bar waitress for me on a particularly tough night), Martha is far more generous and sweet than she'd EVER want you to know, and Adrienne....well, more about her in a minute.

And that's just the Pens. I'm blessed with a circle of people that anyone would be proud to have.

So yesterday my newest book came out. AFTERTIME, I mighta mentioned it once or twice. But I've been a little caught up in a few things around here, trying to keep all the corks bobbing on the water, and maybe let it slip past.

Not so fast. First all the Pens started offering to take me book-spotting (a Pens release-day tradition, where we find the books in the wild and giggle and point at them and take their picture and then of course go drink) - and then Adrienne showed up this morning with this:

Yup. She *made* this thing, people. With the help of Li'l W, her assistant. It's cocoa-y goodness on the inside and chocolate fondant on the outside. It was delectable too (much of it has been reduced to crumbs at this point).

Adrienne says that a book launch merits a beautiful arty cake, so I've decided to believe her. Yum.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

What's Dog Up To These Days, You Ask?

Well, she's been eating my office trash can. You'd think she was chewing off pieces and spitting them out in the house or yard, but I swear she's ingesting them because I never find the bits anywhere. (This is the Dog with the titanium stomach, so anything is possible.)

Also, she got a new toy. Teddy Moose. She likes to nap with it.

Posting cute pet pictures might be a new low for me but that's all I got - too giddy for the launch of AFTERTIME in a couple of days to manage much else!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Thank you, Big Guy!

It seems like a good moment to practice a little gratitude today.

Yesterday I got to see my darlings at the SFARWA meeting. I've been thinking lately that publishing is challenging enough that you shouldn't do it if it feels like work. These are my Pens pals, and not only do they make every aspect of the journey more fun, they are like a giant Band-Aid and box of tissues when I'm down.

This is a little present sent to me by a friend. I got home yesterday and there was a plain package, the kind that generally contains little electronic gizmos my son is constantly ordering off eBay. I opened it expecting to find an adapter or something and instead I got magic. Some day, I'll explain why it made me laugh *and* cry.

This is the remains of a manicure my daughter gave me a week ago. I fidget with my manicures so I've managed to peel off all but the very last bits, but maybe you can tell that each nail was like a little strawberry (the green tops were the first to go). I think she gave me the manicure because she knew that I would need to look down at my hands all week and find something delightful.

And this, finally, is the pair of shoes I bought to go touring with my pal J.T. in a couple of weeks, when we're on the road for our new books. Because an amazing pair of shoes always makes things a little better.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Publishers Weekly Starred Review of AFTERTIME

I don't know if there's a more exciting moment for an author than seeing that gorgeous star next to their Publisher's Weekly review!

Here's what they had to say about AFTERTIME (which is now only a few weeks away) -

★ Aftertime
Sophie Littlefield. Luna, $14.95 trade paper (364p) ISBN 978-0-373-80336-1

Littlefield (A Bad Day for Pretty) turns what could be just another zombie apocalypse into a thoughtful and entertaining exploration of many themes, including genetic engineering, social collapse, and motherhood. Cass, a young mother and recovering alcoholic, awakens filthy and gashed in the California wilderness, with no memory of the past several weeks. She believes she’s eaten a plant that turns its victims into Beaters, or zombies; her recovery is inexplicable. An enigmatic, charismatic man named Smoke agrees to escort her for the last stretch of her journey home to find her daughter, and what begins as a four-mile hike through Beaterinfested terrain becomes an odyssey through fragments of civilization devastated by war, plague, and anarchy. Littlefield has a gift for pacing, her adroit and detailed world-building going down easy amid page-turning action and evocative, sensual, harrowing descriptions that bring every paragraph of this thriller to life. (Apr.)

Friday, February 4, 2011

AFTERTIME reviews: RTBookReviews Top Pick - and more!

I was thrilled to discover that RTBookReviews gave AFTERTIME a top pick in the March issue! Here's what they had to say:

4 ½ star, Top Pick
The first installment in a fantastic new dystopian series is driven by a tough, smart heroine with a dark past and a single mission: to find her daughter. The fresh, original worldbuilding solidly supports the unfolding narrative and Littlefield’s compelling writing will keep readers turning pages late into the night to find out what happens next. Outstanding!
Cass Dollar wakes up to a pretty bleak state of affairs. She’s scarred, wounded and alone, the only person ever to have survived an attack by the flesh-eating, zombie-like Beaters — without turning into one — though she doesn’t remember what happened after they snatched her. California is a barren wasteland, thanks to biological weapons, and Cass doesn’t know where her daughter, Ruthie, is. Accompanied by enigmatic outlaw Smoke, Cass sets off on a dangerous quest to find Ruthie while staying a step ahead of a ruthless militia, government scientists and a mysterious quasi-religious order of women.

And lots of other reviewers have been weighing in on the book as well. Here's a sampling:

"A fascinating protagonist and some of the scariest zombies I have ever encountered - a double-barreled salute." - Jess d'Arbonne, The Denver Examiner

"A gripping and emotional tale of survival that will keep any reader on their toes...I wanted MORE!" - Enchanting Reviews

"A stirring read that sincerely whetted my appetite for the next in the series ...I wait with bated breath" - Fiendishly Bookish

"Littlefield may be the new Zombie writer on the block but Atfertime holds it own...I am anxiously waiting the sequel." - Blood Rose Books

"The ending had my heart pounding." - Dirty Sexy Books