Saturday, August 25, 2012

Author Rebecka Vigus donates book, check to not-for-profit group – mystery book vanishes into thin air, check makes it to destination

“Breaking News..... Author Rebecka Vigus’ first book in the Macy McVannel crime thriller series, Cold Case: Sleeping Dogs Lie, stolen from package destined for not-for profit group. Donation check made it to the not-for-profit, mystery novel disappears.”


“Cold Case: Sleeping Dogs Lie, such a great novel people are stealing it from not-for-profit groups. Donation check makes it to destination safely.”

Cold Case: Sleeping Dogs Lie, so good people steal the book from a not-for-profit.

Gotta love the irony in the title of this post, huh? You think I’m kidding? Not in the least bit am I kidding.

Our author, Rebecka Vigus, donates a portion of every sale to a not-for-profit. The not-for-profit was started by a kid for kids, filling tote bags that find a home with sick children in hospitals. It’s a great cause.

For July, she sent a paperback novel and her donation check to this not-for-profit. The check made it, the novel did not. Yup, the crime thriller (first in the series) was stolen right out of the package.

Because it was not insured, she doesn’t get her money back for the postage. I don’t understand. Someone stole the book at the post office. She mailed it from the post office, so gremlins couldn’t have eaten it while it waited in her mailbox. It never made it to the destination (the check did) so gremlins couldn’t have eaten it while waiting to be retrieved from a mailbox. So, there’s only one other logical place it could have been stolen from…..or a mystery novel vanished into thin air. Houdini would be so proud.

But how ironic! I knew it was a great book. It is such a great book, people have taken to stealing it from mail destined to a not-for-profit benefiting sick children - It’s not like you can miss a 5.5x8 paperback novel.

I really would like for this blog post to make it to the individual who stole the novel. You work for the post office. You make enough money to buy one of your own. You stole from a not-for-profit. You stole from an author. Selling books is how some writers make a living. Some writers pride themselves on giving back to the community with donations and time. You just happened to pick the one package headed to a good cause for sick children. You just happened to pick the one package sent from a writer who loves to give back to the community.

Keep your grubby mitts off things that don’t belong to you.

Seriously, what is wrong with people these days?!?!?! Didn’t their mothers teach them if it’s not yours don’t touch it?!


Wednesday, August 22, 2012


I got to chat with author Christina Pritchard about her new series C.I.N… Read the interview below. Thanks Christina for chatting with me.

C I N Cover for christina leigh pritchard

Tell us a bit about yourself and how you got into writing...
Before I could write, I made up fantasy worlds and tried to get my friends to believe they were real. I had notebooks and would write while my teachers lectured (since about nine years old.) I didn't consider myself an author until 4th grade...
There was a poetry contest in my fourth grade class. It was nearly a tie between Maggie and me. Her poem was by a famous poet and mine was self-written. Clayton, a boy in my class, raised his hand (I was losing by one vote) and lied, telling the teacher he didn’t get to vote yet. “I pick Tina’s!”  His second vote, tied us. That was the day I decided this was what I wanted to spend the rest of my life doing.

You gotta love how childhood memories will influence us as adults, huh? How did you go from poet to novelist?
I wrote stories then too! My grandmother gave me a typewriter and I went to town on it writing mysteries for my Barbie Dolls, and chapters for my fantasy stories. I would come home from school and type up what I wrote in my notebooks during the day in class. I absolutely loved writing and typing.

Tell us a about your series C.I.N. and what genre it would fit into -
People are calling it paranormal but if anything, it is a young adult series. Book 1, C I N, is about some strange characters who live in Lynn, MA. Lisa thinks upon arriving in C I N, that she's landed in her own house of horrors but, things take a turn for the worst when she's struck by lightning.
The first 3 short stories in the C I N Series take you back in time to the 1980's and 1990's before Lisa was ever born. Back stories of her parents, her aunt and some others are revealed like, Donna and her traitorous beginning, how her parents fell in love and the ultimate sacrifice Aunt Millie's one true love would not make for her...
Book Two which was released in July, the reader learns that Alex lied to Lisa about lots of things. Like, what happens when she transforms? Her life is at stake. Will she survive and if she does, will someone else have to die?

Young adult and paranormal are popular genres these days, it seems. What age bracket would you say your books would be most appropriate for?
Many of my readers say 14+ for the C I N Series. My other books are for any age.

What about writing do you love the most and hate the most -
I love seeing the characters come to life on the printed page. I get to escape into amazing worlds and delve into the psyche of each character, wondering what they'll say and do next. It's a great adventure and since I write the worlds, I always enjoy the 'trip'!
I hate when a character no longer fits into a story. It's always disappointing to have to say good bye. (Except Frank in the C I N Series, I hate him! LOL)

ooooooooooooooooooooo characters you love to hate, and hate to love!!!! Those are the best! Do you ever get into mini battles with those characters? Who is your favorite character in the series?

Oh yes! I scream at them when I don't like what I'm writing. They can infuriate me to no end. I love all my characters except Frank. Ally is definitely a top favorite of mine. She's the kind of person you love to hate and writing her scenes always puts me in a good mood. I never know what she's going to do.

What are some points you’d give aspiring authors about the writing journey -

Don’t write what you think is popular. It should be as original as possible and reflect you. The world goes through phases. If what you write isn’t of interest now, it will be someday.

Excellent piece of advice if I do say so myself!

How can readers contact you?

Read FREE excerpts of current works!  Also, “Like” my facebook page! There will be prizes periodically here and current news/contests for readers.  Please Myspace and Twitter Me too!

CASTING CALL! Please join the raffle to be one of four new characters in upcoming C I N books! Submission Form. (No purchase necessary to win)
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Thanks Tina for chatting with me!