Novel Fashion Week After Party

Roses...Roses...Hugs & Tears!
Huge Thanks to all who visited my blog during this initial wave of Novel Fashion Week!
 Let's keep the vibe going. I've set each giveaway to last a week to give you a maximum opportunity to win! I want everyone to have a fair shot at winning something! 

Huge Thanks to all the awesome authors who participated! 
This event would not be possible without creative minds, so *muah*, you gals are awesome!

This may be the after party post, but the fun is not over!

Chance to Win:
Jennifer Archer is graciously offering (2) signed novels to US ONLY residents!
((See the rafflecopter at the bottom of this post to enter!))
The Shadow Girl 
Here's what people are saying 
about Novel Fashion Week:

"Katrina, you're adorable and very clever! Thank you for such a fun giveaway." -Carla J. Hanna (author of The Starlet series)

"Such a super cool idea! I'm still kind of sorting through the complete concept of what I could do for you but I just got all excited and had the need to apply now. lol So even if I don't make the cut, thanks for the consideration. :)" -D.T. Dyllin (author of The P.J. Stone Gates Trilogy )

"I love this idea! As a kid, I wanted to be two things: a writer and a fashion designer. I'm a better writer than fashion designer so it all worked out, but your project is my idea of the perfect career world -- where books and fashion are one."-Kimberly Reid (author of the Langdon Prep series)

"What a great idea! SO original:-)"-Amy Christine Parker (author of the 2013 Random House Childrens' debut novel, Gated)

"Such a cool event.  Hope it works out for me to participate!"-Lauren Miller (author of the 2013 Harper Teen debut novel, Parallel)

"This sounds like so much fun! My characters Celeste and Angelique in Surface are fashion crazy longing for the runways of Milan and a closet full of designer clothes, so this would be the perfect place to showcase their obsession. I see your schedule is full, so sign me up for the next fashion week!" -Tiffany Daune (author of the Surface series)

"I like the whole concept :)" -Shane (Blogger at Itching For Books)

"Neat idea!" -  Natasha Larry (author of the Darwin's Children series)

Win a (s) Kindred Dreamheart Promo tee in white!

((See the rafflecopter at the bottom of this post to enter!))
On another note, I'm launching my line within the year!

When I was first contemplating this idea I reached out to a few bloggers for advice.

Big thanks to Giselle @ Xpresso Reads, Braine & Debbie @ TalkSupe, and   Shane @ Itching for Books for their advice, help, and encouragement!
Win this Reading Journal
My Bibliofile: A Reading Journal for Book Lovers
((See the rafflecopter at the bottom of this post to enter!))

Have you taken the survey yet? 
Take it as many times as you like.
What are you waiting for?

Chance to Win:
Allie Kingsley has provided (1) novel to US ONLY residents!

The Liar, The Bitch and the Wardrobe
((See the rafflecopter at the bottom of this post to enter!))
Survey Feedback

A few responses to the importance of fashion in a story...

It doesn't matter much to me, but I love reading about what the MC is wearing and if the colour is mentioned, it's even better.
8/6/2013 10:21 AM

Important of course! It give you a better description of the character and insight into their personality.
8/6/2013 8:46 AM

Very. It sets the tone and shows a person personality.
8/6/2013 2:39 AM

I enjoy it but don't require it. It's nice to understand the characters on every level.
8/4/2013 6:26 PM

I think it depends on the character and the authors writing style really.. but Id say pretty important as its a small window into the characters persona.
8/4/2013 5:59 PM

I like fashion in a story but it isn't a necessity.
8/2/2013 7:31 PM

not really but it's nice to imagine what they wear
8/1/2013 10:33 PM

It is SO important, as to fit in with the genre. (i.e if it is a historical novel then time period and clothing needs to be authentic & acurate, or YA book in which teenagers think a lot about what they wear).
8/1/2013 6:39 AM
Time Out for a Blurb
Here is a blurb for Selena Laurence's upcoming novella Camouflaged:
Gabe Thompson enlisted to help out his buddy, but three years later he's 100% US military bad boy, serving in the desert of Afghanistan where the days are hot, but the nights are hotter. Alexis Garcia is out to save the world. The University of Texas freshman has come to Afghanistan to do aid work with the United Nations. She's all about the peace, and she has no use for the camp's biggest, baddest, gun toting player. But, sometimes camouflage is more than a color, and people aren't what they seem. When conflict develops not only between Gabe and Alexis, but also all around them, they're forced to look deeper, and what they find will rock their worlds and change their hearts forever.
Expected publication: October 5th 2013 by C.P. Writes, LLC 
Chance to Win:
The author, Selena Laurence, has offered 
(1) ARC of this novel to US & INT. residents!
((See the rafflecopter at the bottom of this post to enter!))
Huge thanks to Hafsah @ IceyDesigns for my first event image.

Huge thanks to L.J. Anderson @ Mayhem Cover Creations for my final banners!

Next NFW
Any authors or bloggers interested in participating in the next
Novel Fashion Week, please email

HUGE Thanks to everyone for attending!

Are the @locations where the authors actually located or is that a typo?
Oh I know. Please forgive me. I forgot to explain.  The locations aren't exactly where each author is located.  It's meant to pay homage to a fashion capitol or prominent fashion week city. As if each author is having a pretend fashion show there.  I hope this helps. It made sense in my I hope I didn't terribly confuse anyone.

Time Out for Fashion
After Party
House of  Tessa Gratton presents...
My new novel, THE LOST SUN, takes place in an America that’s similar to ours, but was founded 250 years ago by Vikings. There are gods and Valkyrie running around Congress and Hollywood, trolls and rune-magic and cell phones and muscle cars and high school. It’s familiar and strange at the same time, if I’ve done my job right. That goes for the fashion, too.

Some of it is familiar:

Soren, our narrator, is a jeans and tee shirt kind of guy. He’ll deny it if you suggest he thinks about color coordination. Someday he expects to be forced to join the berserker war college, and will be stuck with their sharp black uniforms all day.

Astrid Glyn, daughter of a famous prophet, grew up traveling the country with her mom in an old car, stopping at festivals and trading posts, making their living reading the future. When she can afford it, she’s a or Free People kind of girl. Is it a short, diaphanous dress with jacket or cardigan? She’s in. Wrap sandals? Definitely. As long as it matches the black costume pearls her mom gave her before she died!

The stranger side of fashion comes into play for nearly everybody:

When you take your citizenship test and earn your adulthood rights, you also have to claim a god to dedicate to. There are nine major gods, as well as over thirty lesser gods and spirits officially recognized by the government. There’s Odin the god of war and poetry, Thor Thunderer the god of family and strength, Freya the Witch, goddess of magic and fate, or Loki the god of orphans and monsters, to start.

Most people wear symbols of their dedication on their skin or as accessories. Soren, born a berserker, was forced to get a spear tattooed on his cheek. Other Odinists wear green and black, or an iron collar. Astrid wears feminine styles and plenty of purples to honor Freya. Devotees of Thor wear hammer charms and tend to grow bears if they can, those who follow Freyr the Satisfied have horse lapel pins or favor red and pink. Lokiskin often cross-dress in honor of their shape-shifting god. Long hair is associated with Thor’s wif Sif Fairhair or the Valkyrie on women, and on men it suggests they’re proud of their warrior’s heritage.

The gods themselves choose to blend in or not, depending on their priorities. Loki often travels the country in the guise of a child or a woman, while Odin got a little stuck in the fashions of the Old West. Freya and Freyr, twins, often coordinate Medieval styles with velvet and lace. Thor prefers modern combat armor around the clock – just in case of attack. He definitely doesn’t fit in with anybody, fashion-wise, but who’s going to mention it?

All in all, the fashion of the US of Asgard fluctuates with generations, necessity, and rebellion, just like ours. The things that make it unique tend to be the smaller touches: jewelry and patterns of symbols associated with one god or another. We tend to imagine fashion as a personal expression, a thing that makes us unique. But in New Asgard, it’s more often an expression of community or dedication to a cause or god in particular.

Thanks for giving me the opportunity to explore this side of my world!

Chance to Win:
Tessa Gratton is providing paperbacks of Blood Magic and The Blood Keeper OR hardcover of The Lost Sun. Domestic only.

8715032The Blood Keeper (The Blood Journals, #2)

The Lost Sun (The United States of Asgard, #1)

GRAND Giveaway:
a Rafflecopter giveaway

This is only my first event.  I was beyond thrilled by the outcome!  I hope the next one is even better.  For those to joined the event late.....pssssh come here!  Okay, okay.  You still have a shot at winning something nice. Blog or Tweet about the awesomeness of this event & comment below and I'll randomly pick a winner to personally mail a Kindred Dreamheart tee.  To make it even sweeter I will also dig into my ARC pile and send you a surprise novel.  But that's our little secret....besides people rarely read posts this long.



  1. Tweeted:

    This event was amazing. I can't believe it's your first, it was so well done. All the fashions and books kept me glued. Oh and I'm only entering the international giveaways on this post.


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