Hi friends! Happy to announce I’m running a new Goodreads giveaway from now until November 26th. Enter here for a chance to win an autographed copy of LAST CHANCE LLAMA RANCH!
Know what I love the best? The unsolicited reviews from readers I’ve never met and, sadly, probably never will meet. It’s awesome to visit my Facebook page and find a message saying I’ve won over another fan, or check out my Goodreads listings and see I’ve earned another five-star rating. Here are some of the most gratifying snippets from readers’ online reviews:
“I’m only coming up on the halfway point of the LCLR book and SO loving it! The downside is, I keep getting lost in the book and my crocheting slows down until I get a few pages and realize my hands stopped moving. I can’t NOT read!”
“Really enjoyed this book! I actually work at a book store and discovered this while straightening our shelves. I definitely wasn’t expecting to look up and see a llama staring back at me. However, I just couldn’t resist that face and purchased it on a whim. Was not disappointed, very cute book.”
“It is easy to care for the colorfully written characters of Aguas Milagros. Merry definitely has cringe-worthy moments, but Fields doesn’t take the easy way and plant a twenty something girl drinking in bars to find funny scenes. Instead she puts Merry on a unique adventure that leads to personal growth and just happens to include a pretty studly guy.”
Thanks, readers. You’re the reason I keep at this job!
Hey all! Just wanted to alert you to a fantastic promotion Barnes and Noble is running from now until November 2nd. It’s called “Fall in Love” (get it?) and during this time both BLISS and LAST CHANCE LLAMA RANCH are only $1.99 on B&N’s Nook ebook reader. Here are the links!
When the dean of your school–a woman so erudite she pens tomes on Homer just for fun–writes you a fan letter, you may be excused for feeling a wee bit giddy.
I kvelled. I plotzed. I had myself a verklempt moment or two.
You gotta understand: this is a woman so venerable she can quote Kant, Hegel, and Aristotle at will, in their original languages, and probably has the ghost of Kierkegaard on speed dial. And she took the time to read my little book, and write me a hand-written note (in fountain pen, with the final t’s left uncrossed, just like my mom used to do), praising my novel. She loves it. She’s rooting for Merry and the other characters. She thinks it’s goodhearted (but not sappy) and that the writing is wonderful.
See, St. John’s College isn’t exactly known as the alma mater of romance novelists, and I’ve always felt a little embarrassed taking my classics degree and writing about fluffy animals and hunky heroes… but today I’m standing proud. Like, really proud.
So glad I went to Homecoming this year. So honored to do what I do.
I’m delighted to announce that Barnes and Noble gave me a wonderful opportunity to guest-post on their official blog, B&N Reads. Here’s what they had to say about LAST CHANCE LLAMA RANCH and my little essay.
“Hilary Fields’ rollicking new novel, Last Chance Llama Ranch, is the story of Merry Manning, an Olympic hopeful who is forced to completely change careers after a life-altering accident. Told with a fresh and shockingly funny voice, it is filled with endearing characters and set in a very unusual locale. Fields, no stranger to enormous life changes herself, shares her story of a writing career filled with stops and starts, triumphs, and hard lessons.”
The topic is Writing, Resilience, and Reinvention, and you can check out the full post here.
Man, I’ve got some kick-ass friends. I’m getting pics of people proudly holding up their copies from all quarters, and (with their permission), I’d like to share a few.
I’m also pretty psyched to announce I’ll be signing copies of LAST CHANCE LLAMA RANCH at St. John’s College, my alma mater, in Annapolis during Homecoming Weekend Saturday Sept. 26th from 3:30 – 5:30pm, where I hope to see lots more friendly faces!
My friends, I’m so excited to say TODAY is the DAY! LAST CHANCE LLAMA RANCH is finally on shelves, and I so appreciate your support during this process. If I could ask just a little more, here are a couple things you might do to help if you’re willing:
1) if you’ve already read an advanced copy, please consider posting a five-star review on Amazon and/or Goodreads, BarnesandNoble.com, etc. This is incredibly helpful and can make or break an author.
2) if you pre-ordered LAST CHANCE LLAMA RANCH and your copy arrives in the next couple days, please consider taking a picture of yourself with it. You can email it to firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to be featured on my site!
3) If you’d like to order LCLR online, it’s available on Amazon at this link: http://www.amazon.com/Chance-Llama-Ranch-Hila…/…/0316277428/ or on Barnes and Noble at http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/last-chance-llam…/1120878222
4) If you’d like to buy it but hate Amazon, etc, try Indiebound by clicking here: http://www.indiebound.org/book/9780316277426 to find your nearest bookseller.
5) If you’d like to buy a copy in person but it’s not available locally, you can always ask your local shop if they’ll order one for you. It usually can be there within a couple days!
6) if you’d be willing to tell your friends about my book, I’d be so grateful.
Blow jobs, cookies, massages, babysitting services… I owe you all big time!
Many thanks to RT Book Reviews for posting about my time researching LAST CHANCE LLAMA RANCH, which drops August 25th. It was indeed a ridiculous amount of fun to write a book about sweet fluffy creatures, and I’ve never had more fun researching a story in my life.
My latest novel LAST CHANCE LLAMA RANCH comes out on August 25th! I’m so excited for you to meet Merry Manning and all the fluffy faces living on the ranch. To celebrate the release of the new book, I’m hosting a contest! Vote for the the cutest llama via ViralSweep and you will be entered for the chance to win these extra-special prizes including a signed copy of my book, coffee mug, and a hand-crocheted llama of your very own. (And yeah, I’m making it myself!)
After you’ve entered, you’ll be given the opportunity to earn bonus entries by sharing the contest on your social networks. Good luck!
My Goodreads giveaway for BLISS ended yesterday, and it was a really satisfying feeling autographing and carefully packing up each copy to take to the UPS store. I’m not the kind of woman who does this, but I sent along a little wish with each book, hoping the winner would find pleasure in opening the unexpected package and seeing the crisp, fresh copy inside. (And, of course, it goes without saying I hoped they’d enjoy the book.)
As pub date for LAST CHANCE LLAMA RANCH approaches, my hopes also go with it. It’s only TWO WEEKS away! After all that toil, joyous and awful by turns, it’s finally going to be on shelves. Will y’all like it? I honestly think it’s a winner.
And speaking of winners, for the next 12 days, you can still win a copy of LAST CHANCE LLAMA RANCH on Goodreads!