It’s Launch Day!

…and it still hasn’t sunk in. I don’t think it ever will. I think the day it does sink in I shall be a horrible, jaded old crone. Because right now I feel like a wondering child. It took a lot to get to this day, and we still have miles to go. And yet the journey so far has been worth everything. The idea that even one person read and enjoyed something I created is incredibly overwhelming. Thank you, everyone who’s been with me up to this point. I will sincerely never forget your kindness.

But you didn’t come here to listen to me wax poetic. You came here because I HAVE A GIFT BASKET!

At first, I wasn’t sure what should go in the gift basket. I love Victorian things, I love modern things. I like girly stuff, I like gross zombie stuff. Oh, what to do.

Eventually I decided to just throw everything in there. Much like my book. So the winner WILL RECEIVE:


  • A signed copy of the book!
  • A signed poster!
  • A postcard (to give to a friend when you realize how awesome this book is!) and two bookmarks!
  • A ThinkGeek exclusive Zombie Ninja Mez-Itz action figure! (There are no ninjas in my series – yet. I just thought it was cute.)
  • Sugar to keep you going while you’re reading – gummy eye and brain candies, bleeding heart gummy candy, Earl Grey tea and blackberry cream lollipops and other assorted bon-bons!
  • Undead reader? No nose? Having to tilt your head down to read? No problem! There’s a packet of skull-printed tissues, and an actual vintage hanky embroidered with an ‘N’ – for my heroine, Nora.
  • Opposite problem? Nose too sensitive? There’s a vial of Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab‘s ‘Embalming Fluid’ perfume oil!
  • And a gorgeous steampunk heart necklace and cute little cell phone charm from Glory Hound Designs!
  • Hogwarts pillow not included. That belongs to my cat, Ebeneezer.

This contest is open to everyone. All you have to do is comment belowI’ll draw a winner at random at midnight, October 19th! Good luck!
EDIT: And the winner is Pabkins! Thanks, everyone! :D I hope to offer more giveaways in the future!

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  1. rich
    Oct 18, 2011

    Congrats on the book release day!! Can’t wait to read the book tonight! Bethe en excited for it since I heard the description for Del Rey at dragoncon!

  2. rich
    Oct 18, 2011

    Sorry my comment was so choppy posting from a phone lol

  3. Logan E. Turner
    Oct 18, 2011

    Congratulations Lia! My pre-order is getting delivered today I think! I can’t wait to read it and hope you are enjoying yourself today.

    Also: HOLY BASKET OF AWESOME, BATMAN! My fingers are triple crossed in hopes I win. :)


  4. Jana
    Oct 18, 2011

    Congratulations! I’m excited to read it!
    Thank you for the giveaway!


  5. Laura Pauling
    Oct 18, 2011

    Have to try and win this, esp. after reading the first page. Looks awesome!

    laurapauling at yahoo dot com

  6. Heather Dearly
    Oct 18, 2011

    Love the title! ;-)

  7. Destiny Philipose
    Oct 18, 2011

    Congrats on your release!! I can’t wait to read Dearly, Departed! And many thank yous for a giveaway!!

  8. synde
    Oct 18, 2011

    What a great prize packet…I want!!! love it..
    Congrats to You for the release.. it couldn’t happen to a nicer person

  9. Ben
    Oct 18, 2011

    Very cool. Only 3 chapters in, but really enjoying the book so far :)

  10. Kristi S.
    Oct 18, 2011

    What a GORGEOUS basket. And book, of course. I’m so so intrigued by the premise. Can’t wait to read it :) Congrats on its release.

  11. Julie M.
    Oct 18, 2011

    Happy Release Day!! I have been waiting on your book forever! Thank you for a giveaway! :)

  12. Holly
    Oct 18, 2011

    you go girl! This accomplishment is one to be soaked in and enjoyed. Currently working on my YA supernatural book. love knowing fellow sic fi geeks and writers.

  13. Orchid
    Oct 18, 2011

    I’m hoping the second try for a comment will work!

    A very, very happy book release day to you!!! Dearly Departed sounds like a great read, plus the cover is absolutely gorgeous.

    Thanks for the great giveaway.

  14. Brittany
    Oct 18, 2011

    This is quite possibly the BEST prize pack I’ve ever seen, Lia!!!! <3!! Crossing my fingers and entering!

    Congratulations on release day <3

  15. Shalena @ Writer Quirk
    Oct 18, 2011

    Thanks for the giveaway and congrats! Glad I stumbled across your twitter and blog! ^_^

  16. pabkins
    Oct 18, 2011

    Oh my zoinkies! zombie goodness gift basket galore! *coughs I am zombie queen has shelves of books to prove it coughs* must add this book to my shelves. So says the devourer of books!!
    Congrats by the way – I’m sure all us crazie bookies will love it!!
    Pabkins @ Mission to Read

  17. Rachael Kofod
    Oct 18, 2011

    Congrats Lia! Today had to be such a great day for you! I enjoyed your presentation at the Sinclairville Free Library so much. Regardless of winning or not, I plan on coming to your book signing this Saturday! I know your book is going to be great, and even though I’m a broke college student without a car I will get there some way or another, I promise! Haha

  18. Pamela G
    Oct 18, 2011

    embalming fluid perfume oil? I must have this! Also looking forward to reading your book.

  19. Helena
    Oct 18, 2011

    Hi Lia,

    Just finished ‘Dearly Departed’… and am anxious for ‘Dearly Beloved’! Any idea on when it will be released?


  20. Miss Habel
    Miss Habel
    Oct 18, 2011

    Next year! :D I’ll keep the Twitter and FB updated!

  21. pabkins
    Oct 19, 2011

    I’m so excited I can’t believe I WON! I dragged the man over to the laptop by the nose to show off to him the goodies! *does extreme happy dance*
    I filled out your contact form – woohoo. By the way – saw that other gift basket you made you are soo awesome doing that sort of thing! Gift baskets are so fun to make!
    Pabkins @ Mission to Read
    *also a crazy crafter as well as reader*

  22. Natalia Belikov
    Oct 19, 2011

    Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!! OMG!!! what an amazing prize ^_^. Thank you so much for offering this =D

    Im really excited about receiving my copy of Dearly, Departed! I hope it arrives soon!! =D

    yey!! Congratulations again!!!!!!!!!!!! =D

  23. Fogwoman Gray
    Oct 19, 2011

    Just imagine me running about the house in circles waving my arms and wooting in glee :)
    Mr Volare and I send our hearty and sincere congratulations. You worked very hard for this and deserve all good things!

  24. OMG what a great gift basket! All the zombie stuff is awesome and your cat has a cool name! Congrats on your book release! I can’t wait to read it :)

  25. Kimberly Costa
    Oct 21, 2011

    I am reading and reviewing your book far I am loving it :)

  26. Kerstin
    Oct 24, 2011

    I absolutely adored the book; I mean come on, who doesn’t love zombies?

  27. Andrea
    Oct 25, 2011

    Wow! I just got DEARLY, DEPARTED today at the UCLA book store and cannot wait to ready it as soon as I am finished cleaning. That goodie basket looks so good. I’m gonna recommend this to my cousins. They just LOVE zombie! I hope I win. You rock!

    – A.C.L.-M.

  28. Lisa Richards
    Oct 28, 2011

    Congratulations on the new release! I’ve had it on my wishlist since I first saw the cover and once I read the blurb, it zipped to the top! I’ve seen your pics in Victorian dress and have to say that the blue outfit is cover worthy.

  29. Lisa Richards
    Oct 28, 2011

    I’d love to follow your blog but did not see a follow button. If you send the info, I’d love to follow your blog. Already following you on Facebook and Twitter but would rather follow the blog if possible.

  30. Miss Habel
    Miss Habel
    Oct 28, 2011

    Hi – thanks for following me! If you go to the main blog page (, there’s a button that allows you to follow the blog in an RSS feed. Hopefully that’s what you’re looking for!

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