Launch Party

Welcome to my launch party for The Grim!

Grab a virtual drink and come on in! The party is going on from May 1-5.  View the sidebar for links to amazing content and incredible activities.  We also have some famous party guests stopping through every day this week so be sure to check out our blog to see who's stopping in.  Thanks for coming by and celebrating the launch of The Grim with us!



Launch Party Giveaway

I have so many fantastic prizes for you to win all week long! I want you to know how much I appreciate all your support of The Grim, so make sure you register for the drawing. The giveaway is running from midnight on May 1st until 11:59 on May 5th EST. In that time, you can enter to win two different ways:

Joining/subscribing to one of my pages:
a) Like me on Facebook
b) Follow me on Twitter
c) Subscribe to my blog
d) Join my mailing list

                OR

Promote The Grim and my launch party by:
a) Tweeting about the book or party with @raynettastocks and/or #thegrim
b) Leaving a post on my Facebook wall about the book
c) Completing the entry form here at the launch party
d) Joining me for the Author Chat on May 1st from 7-8 EST.

Many of my special guests are giving away copies of their books all week long!  Grand Prize is a hardcover copy of The Grim and some other really great goodies! This giveaway is one entry per person, but a second entry will be added for everyone who signs my guestbook. Winner for the Grand Prize will be chosen by Random.org on May 6th. Good luck!

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Cast of Characters

The Grim has an interesting cast of characters. Check out this synopsis!

Jaycee Baynes: the heroine of our story. A firecracker who always does things on her own terms, Jaycee is quick-witted, relentless and endlessly devoted to those she loves.

Tina Roark, M.D.: the assigned case management doctor of Jaycee's rehabilitative therapy. Having studied and treated multiple clients with PTSD, Dr. Roark has developed a specialty with Jaycee's disorder. But she needs to gain Jaycee's trust to execute it...

Madeline (Maddy) Neville: the panic stricken best friend and "next room" neighbor to Jaycee. Constantly at her side, Maddy is both a sound ear and potential nuisance to our heroine.

Jac Bailey: another member of Jaycee's band of misfits. Jac, having resided at the psych ward the longest, seems less concerned with therapy and more with his best friend, Jaycee...and Hazel's chocolate chip cookies.

Giselle Craven: the newest member of the group and the most reserved. Still undiagnosed, Giselle seems to be hiding secrets of her own.

Aaron Porter: lover (and ex?) boyfriend of our heroine, Aaron wants nothing more than to remain at Jaycee's side. The question is...will she let him?

Antonio (Tony) Raye: a ghost. Well...sort of.

Hazel/Tai/Randi: the trio of nurses assigned to the rotation of care and supervision on Jaycee's resident floor. Each plays a significant part for our heroine, but Hazel bakes the cookies.

David Stewart, M.D.: director of the psych ward and Jaycee's supervising physician. He and Jaycee have a consistent love/hate relationship.

Ronald & Noah Baynes: father and son to Jaycee, respectively. Her ever-present motivation is to get back home to these two.

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Preview Teaser

I've already included a link on the right side bar to a full reading of Chapter One, but I thought this preview was incredibly engaging. So just to let you know what you're in for in the rest of the book, get a load of this:

Preview Teaser

You can purchase a copy of The Grim here.

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Author Q&A

With all the interviews while touring and fan questions I've received, it's become clear that there's a lot you seem to want to know about me and my writing process for The Grim. I want to be sure to satisfy your curiosity so I've included this short video of the most frequent and common questions I've been asked about the novel.  Mind you, I'm a much better writer than speaker!





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Special Guests

I've been anticipating the launch of The Grim for more than year, and now we're finally here! To help me celebrate, a few of my fellow writers decided to stop by this week and say what's up. A few of them are even giving away free copies of their books so be sure to enter to win!  Check out the lineup:

May 1 Mia Darien, Paranormal Suspense Novelist
May 2 Chicki Brown, Romance Novelist
May 3 J. Mahogany, Poet
May 4 Alexia Purdy, Fantasy YA Novelist
May 5 Matt Harmon, Sci-fi Novelist

Want to know where I'm promoting this week? Check out the sidebar on my Reviews page for my full tour schedule!

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Hazel's Chocolate Chip Cookies

Jac (no K), one of the main characters in my novel, loves chocolate chip cookies. The psych ward's main nurse, Hazel, brings in her infamous chocolate chip cookies for snack time daily, and Jac cannot wait to consume them. In spirit of Jac's natural affinity toward this sweet dessert, I've included Hazel's recipe. Try it out and make sure to tell me if you like them as much as Jac does!

2 cups plus 2 tablespoons (10 5/8 ounces) unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted and cooled until warm
1 cup packed (7 ounces) light or dark brown sugar
1/2 cup (3 1/2 ounces) granulated sugar
1 large egg plus 1 egg yolk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1-1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips





1. Adjust the oven racks to the upper- and lower-middle positions and heat the oven to 325 degrees. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper or spray them with nonstick cooking spray.

2. Whisk the flour, baking soda, and salt together in a medium bowl; set aside.

3. Either by hand or with an electric mixer, mix the butter and sugars until thoroughly blended. Beat in the egg, yolk, and vanilla until combined. Add the dry ingredients and beat at low speed just until combined. Stir in the chips to taste.

4. Roll the dough into desired size, spacing ½ inch to 2 inches apart based on the desired size of your cookies.

5. Bake until the cookies are light golden brown and the outer edges start to harden yet the centers are still soft and puffy, 15 to 18 minutes, rotating the baking sheets front to back and top to bottom halfway through the baking time. Cool the cookies on the sheets. Remove the cooled cookies from the baking sheets with a side metal spatula.

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Psycho Thriller Challenge

I encountered a little problem with the embed code of the PowerPoint presentation I configured for this challenge.  There were media clips at certain intervals that were converted to pictures instead of the original video media.  If you still want to interact with the quiz, you can click the hyperlinks next to the quiz to view the video questions/answers as they correspond with the slides.













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Guestbook

Leave some signage, man! If you do, I'll give you a coveted second entry into the giveaway!




Giveaway Entry Form

Don't have Twitter or Facebook? You can complete this entry form to enter our contest. Winners of guest spot books will drawn the day after that author appears.  Grand Prize winner will be drawn on May 6th. See entry details above. Good luck!


Fill out my online form.

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