Get Signed Books to Your Door, Raise $1000 for Kids Help Phone!

December is my favorite time of the year. It’s also a good time to remind ourselves that not everyone has the support to make the holiday season great, especially youth. As many of you know, the past few years I’ve delivered signed books in December for people on your Christmas list. (Thanks to the orders that started rolling in before the campaign even started!!)

This year, I’m thrilled to be teaming up with Kids Help Phone and fellow author Adam Dreece’s Books for a Good Claus campaign this month to raise funds to keep phone lines open 24/7 for youth to call, so that someone’s always there to listen. So that their December can be as great as mine.

You can get involved by having signed books delivered to your door for yourself or avid readers on your gift list. We will donate $5 from each book sold on our site booksforagoodclaus.com. Please consider buying lots, so we can reach our goal of $1000 donated! We have awesome books from tween to adult, in romance, steam punk, thriller and science fiction. Follow the link to see the books, ask us if you need recommendations!

If you can spread the word by sharing this post, that would be a big help. If you have a way to share the press release, please contact Mickey Mikkelson of Creative Edge (mickey.creativeedge@gmail.com) THANK YOU!

Press Release 

LOCAL BEST-SELLING AUTHORS

DELIVER BOOKS FOR A GOOD CLAUSE

Calgary, Alberta: Searching for a unique gift for an avid reader on your holiday list? This December you can get a signed copy of a best-selling book delivered right to your door, while supporting a great cause, Kids Help Phone.

Local Calgary bestselling authors Adam Dreece and Suzy Vadori are launching the third annual Books for a Good Claus campaign this December. The pair are teaming up with their combined Young Adult, Science Fiction and Romance books to raise funds and awareness for Kids Help Phone’s 24/7 counselling, information and referral services. As a charity, Kids Help Phone relies on the generosity of donors during the holidays to ensure that young people have a trusted place to turn to in any moment of crisis or need. A generous $5 will be donated to Kids Help Phone for every book sold on their site, booksforagoodclaus.com, between December 3rd and 23rd.

“Kids Help Phone is excited to partner with two community-focused authors on this timely campaign,” says Sylvia Whitworth, Director, Alberta and NWT, Kids Help Phone. “In 2016, we saw a significant increase in young people reporting neglect in their family relationships, during the holidays. Hundreds of young people reach out to us every day for help…and thanks to supporters like you, we are always there to answer.”

“Kids Help Phone is excited to partner with two community-focused authors on this timely campaign,” says Sylvia Whitworth, Director, Alberta and NWT, Kids Help Phone. “In 2016, we saw a significant increase in young people reporting neglect in their family relationships, during the holidays. Hundreds of young people reach out to us every day for help…and thanks to supporters like you, we are always there to answer.”

Both Dreece and Vadori have delivered books to Calgarians each December since 2015, supporting several local charities:
“My daughter inspired me to start my writing career, and being a strong parent and mentor is at the center of me as an author,” says Adam Dreece. “It’s awesome to be teamed up with Suzy and Kids Help Phone, and being able to not only inspire and engage kids, but concretely support them when they need it most.”

Finding that they had their community focus in common, this year the two authors are joining forces, hoping to raise more than $1000 for Kids Help Phone during their campaign.

“I write for tweens and teens, and explore themes of friendship and rivalry in my books. I’ve been amazed at how the readers I meet open up about their own experiences when given the chance,” Suzy Vadori shares. “Kids need to know that someone is always there to listen. Kids Help Phone provides such a crucial service. I jumped at the chance to get involved with Adam and Books for a Good Claus. Every youth that needs to talk deserves to have somewhere to call.”

Adam and Suzy are getting into the holiday spirit by personally delivering signed books to Calgarians’ doors. Signed books can also be sent nationally and internationally, for a nominal shipping charge. The delivery campaign runs from Dec 3-24. To order a signed book for someone on your Christmas list, visit booksforagoodclaus.com

Kids Help Phone is Canada’s only national service offering professional counselling, information and referrals for young people 24/7 by phone, Live Chat and the Always There chat app. Through its free, and anonymous service, young people can connect in both English and French for the support they need, in the way they need it most. Please call 1-800-668-6868, we are always open.

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The West Woods is Coming!

I am thrilled beyond belief to be able to share the beautiful cover for The West Woods!  Designer Jeff Minkevics gave this story the perfect mix of fantasy and mystery.

The West Woods is Book 2 of The Fountain Series, a prequel that takes place the year before The Fountain. It’s Courtney’s story – how she came to be the hardened person that she was in The Fountain (hint – it has to do with MAGIC!). It also answers lots of questions about the St. Augustus campus, the connection between the school’s founder and its teachers, and more.

This book was so much fun to write. Courtney has a softer side. She has amazing friendships that came to life in this book. There is still magic, and romance, of course – but the friendships that developed in this book were amazing to write.

Today was a super fun day – COVER REVEAL DAY!  With dozens of YA Book Bloggers helping to spread the word about The West Woods by participating. The count down to the launch has begun – officially launching September 22, 2017.

I hope you love The West Woods as much as I loved writing it. Stay tuned for more details of the launch, with contests, blogs, reviews, and of course, a terrific launch party.

Thank you to all my readers, I couldn’t do this without you.

GoodreadsThe West Woods Cover Reveal - Suzy Vadori Aug 8 2017

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Two Years an Author – What’s it Been Like?

This week marks two years ago that I sold the manuscript for The Fountain to Evil Alter Ego Press, finding myself in the ranks of Author overnight. How time has flown! As I’m preparing for the launch of Book 2 in The Fountain Series, (THE WEST WOODS), people keep asking me, “How’s it going?” So, I thought I’d share with you all how it’s going, and what it’s been like.

It’s going GREAT! I love being an author.

Here’s some stuff I’ve learned…

Writing a book is just the beginning. Becoming a writer is much like starting your own business – no rest for the wicked. There’s writing, there’s editing, then… there’s sales, marketing, promotion, events, media, and more writing. Phew! Luckily, I like it all. No complaints.

So many people are writing a book! It never ceases to amaze me how many people I meet are working on writing their own book. My advice to each and every one of them? Keep at it! Finish it! It can be a scary thing to put your writing out into the world. But if you love it, it’ll show, and you’ll find readers that appreciate what you’ve written. If I can help you in any way, I will, just ask.

The writing community isn’t nearly as daunting as I’d feared (sorry for letting your secret out, y’all). What a welcoming crew. As the publishing industry continues to change, no one author can possibly stay on top of it all by themselves. I’ve been very lucky to be part of many writing communities who have helped me at every step along the way. The most successful authors I know are the ones that are the most giving with their knowledge – they’re the ones I hope to be like someday.

There are many different ways to make a career out of writing. Many writers, like me, have a day job that they love as well. But the most surprising thing I’ve found is that full-time writers make a living many different ways, depending on their skill set and interests. Writing and selling books is only a part of what they do best. Teaching, coaching, editing, freelance, technical writing and more, this group is certainly creative, and inspiring.

Readers are amazing! This has been the most thrilling part of the whole ride – having real live readers experience The Fountain and ask for more. I thank them all for the feedback, reviews, and for sharing this journey with me.

What’s next?…

I have all of you to thank for reading and supporting and sharing my excitement. For all of you (okay, and for me too), I’m planning a huge party this September (2017) and you’re all invited. Whether I see you every day, haven’t seen you in a while, or you’re a reader that I haven’t met yet, I hope you’ll celebrate with me and let me buy you a drink (or a “Fountain” Mocktail for the kiddos!). Celebrate the birth of my second book, as well as celebrating reading, writing and doing whatever it is in life that we love. See you there!

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If you could keep your 35 year old body, or your 35 year old mind for the rest of your life, which would you keep?

Find out what I said in this zany interview with The University of Calgary’s CJSW radio host, Emily Ursuliak, Host of Writer’s Block! (Okay, truth? I wish I’d picked the other one by the time I was done talking.)

I just loved Emily’s interview, she asked crazy questions that were more like a parlor game than an interrogation. She made me think on my feet. Thanks, Emily!

Enjoy!!

http://cjsw.com/program/writers-block/episode/20170516/

 

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What did Writer’s want to be Before they were Writers?

We all become writers for different reasons in life. People get here in different ways… Take a look at this interview I did with L. M. Durand that explores what I wanted to be when I grew up, and how I got here…

http://lmdurand.com/suzyvadori/ 

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New Year, Back to School Again!

Posting this awesome Back to School interview I gave this fall with my friend and amazing Eco-Romance author Sarah Kades, in honor of January Back to School.

My kids’ comments on their triumphant return to schedules this week –

Kid 1 : “It’s a new year, why am I still going back to Kindergarten? I should be in grade 1!”

Kid 2: “I can’t wait to see my friends,” *vibrates with excitement* “we’ll play so much soccer!” (only to have his dreams crushed by -20 degree temps and indoor recess all week)

Kid 3: “I guess I’m excited,” rolls eyes…

Find out what I think of Back to School…

http://sarahkades.blogspot.ca/2016/09/back-to-school-with-ya-author-suzy.html

 

 

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Always a Bridesmaid, Never a Bride… Find out how I felt the Day after The Aurora Awards 2016 were Announced. Better Luck Next Year?

Just Joshing host Josh Pantelleresco cornered me the day after the 2016 Aurora Awards were announced and we talked about the thrill of being a Finalist, and what the day after looks like.

He challenged me on why I write and what my plans are, and it turned out to be a great interview.

My interview starts at about 5:45 in this podcast, take a listen!!

https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/jpantalleresco/episodes/2016-10-14T02_39_53-07_00

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