Monday, July 18, 2011

What Do You Mean This Post Isn't a Vlog?

Hello dearest friends.

As you know, there are typically three things that I rarely do:
1) Written blog posts
2) Staying on-topic
3) Being serious

But today is an appropriate time to be some smorgasbord of all those things. If not a smorgasbord, at least a cruise-ship buffet. Why? Because there's only one week left until WILDEFIRE's release, and if you look closely at the images below, you'll notice that in some places it's already out.

And in the case of the Framingham Barnes & Noble, there are 50 copies:

The best part is that there's an entire row of them labeled "Tough Stuff." Walking into that bookstore was the first time I ever held a finished copy of my own book in my hands. By the time I got around to signing some of the copies while I was there, my hands were still shaking so much that whoever buys that very first signed copy will probably wonder why there's a seismograph reading on the title page. Or they'll at least wonder, "Who the hell is Kristen Knife?"

I made a promise to myself when this process began not to go too crazy on book-promotion or meditations about writing. That's why, for better or worse, I've opted to film 3-4 minutes of awkward video a few times a month, rambling tangentially about three-toed sloths, velociraptors, and Batman. However, the lovely Cindy over at Books Complete Me convinced me to do a blog tour in preparation for WILDEFIRE's release, and that tour kicks off today:

Monday, July 18th - Character Interview @ A Good Addiction
Tuesday, July 19th - 10 Things That May Surprise You About Wildefire @ Reading Teen
Wednesday, July 20th - Book Interview @ Between the Covers
Thursday, July 21st - Video Interview @ The Story Siren
Friday, July 22nd - Exclusive Wildefire Excerpt @ Mundie Moms
Monday, July 25th - The Knight Life Vlog @ Page Turners
Tuesday, July 26th - How to Summon the God/Goddess In Us All @ Books Complete Me

At each stop, the always incredible Simon & Schuster will be giving away a finished copy of the book. And of course, there will be videos from yours truly.

Next week, I'll be running a "WILDEFIRE OLYMPIC GAMES" here on the blog. The tasks will be easy. On Picture Day, you'll just have to take a picture of yourself doing something goofy with the book. On Pay it Forward Day, you'll just have to do something nice for another book that you really like, whether it's posting a review of it on Amazon or recommending it to a friend. Play one day or all of them, and at the end of the week, you'll have a shot at some lovely prizes, including my grand prize: a canvas print of the gorgeous WILDEFIRE cover. It was originally going to be a canvas of me wearing a fig leaf, but that idea was resoundingly vetoed.

Lastly, if you live in Boston or New York City, I'd love to see you at any of the three launch week events that are listed in the sidebar! Thanks to everyone who has continued to show enthusiasm for this book, and I can't wait to hear what you all think. And for non-serious Karsten, click on any of the links under "The Greatest Hits" column to the left.


  1. you are a funny cow Kristen Knife, or sorry, Karsten. Just started the Wildfire by the way, so far so good, but i already want to cut Eve's wrists, is that a good thing? lol. Now stalking this blog... p

  2. I am so ridiculously happy for you! I semi-squeed at the pic of an entire row of Wildefire! I am almost done with it and it is an amazing story!!! Congrats and rock on with your bad self, Kristen Knife. LOL!

  3. I would have thought that seismograph reading had come from a university's science lab, measuring the series of quakes that have resulted in the release of Wildefire. Or maybe I'm just confused.

    At any rate, congrats on the release and enjoy the book blog tour!

  4. Wish you'd come to Kansas City! When I work tomorrow night, if the book is at my Barnes and Noble that I work at, I'll be putting it on my recommendation table that the store gave me. Oh yeah, I was thinking about you Saturday night at the NKOTB concert I was at, remembering how I almost put you in my NKOTB group on Twitter. :-)

  5. Man, I wish I lived back on the east coast. They are not selling Wildefire out here in CA yet, at least not where I live. Congrats on the semi book release... would you call it semi, since it isn't released everywhere yet? Either way CONGRATS! I think you need to catch a flight out to Palm Springs and sign some books out here. I'm just saying, no one ever comes out here for book signings, they all head to LA. I'm just throwing that out there.
    Book Sniffers Anonymous

  6. Kristen Knife is actually quite catchy. It would be a fun misprint on a finished copy of your next book in the series...

    Congratulations on seeing those early copies! I've stalked several bookstores out here in So. Cal. and wasn't able to find a copy last weekend, but I have a feeling this week will be lucky.

    Can't wait to see what's in store for that blog tour this week.

  7. Still can't wait to read your book and Sarah is coming to the US to track down a signed HB!!

  8. I'm just so happy I could convince you! WILDEFIRE is amazing and the world seriously needs to know this. Happy one week until release day!

  9. You'd better keep the stores in NY stocked with signed copies Karsten - I am desperate to get my hands on one when I'm over in August & Lynsey might just kill me if I don't grab a copy for her too LOL

  10. grats! That must be an awesome feeling to see your books on a whole row!

  11. Wait - who the hell vetoed the fig leaf canvas??? ;)

    Congrats on the upcoming release! Kristen Knife can be your pseudonym for your adult romance novels. You'll shock the world at your first signing when everyone finds out that Kristen, the romance author, is a MAN! :D

    Congrats again. I'll be hunting my local B&N for my own gorgeous copy of Wildefire.

  12. Ooo, excited about the olympics. *stretches hammies* *hydrates*

  13. That row of books looks AWESOME! I'm sure you'll be on that high for a long time :) Looking forward to meeting you at your book signing later this month.

  14. You are a funny, funny guy! Glad I found your blog. Congrats and good luck with your book! :)