It's the second week of December, so it's time for giraffe facts! Here's a short video (under 4 minutes) sharing 5 facts about the giraffe. Hope you enjoy it and read further to learn about other upcoming goodies related to giraffes and THE WATCHERS OF MONIAH.
On to other news, THE WATCHERS OF MONIAH, in e-book and paperback, will be available to purchase on Amazon on December 18! Due to the holiday, you can expect shipping delays, but I hope you'll still consider gifting this book to your favorite giraffe or fantasy lover.
Also, on December 18, I will draw the name of the winner of the Book Launch Prize. To enter just Subscribe to my newsletter by December 17 at 11:59 PM EST. Want extra entries? Encourage your friends to sign up for the newsletter and list you as how they found me. Each time someone lists your name as a referral, I'll add an extra entry for you. I'll do the drawing live on Facebook, time to be announced next week.
Want to know more about THE WATCHERS OF MONIAH? I will be discussing the book and giraffe conservation in a virtual event with my local independent book store, Fiction Addiction on Jan. 5, 2021 at 6pm. Attendance and/or book purchase requires registration. A limited number of signed books will be available for purchase from Fiction Addiction, so sign up soon to order your copy!
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