Friday, September 2, 2016

Surrounded By My People -

As some of you may know, I am spending the next few days at SLCC, hanging out at a booth and signing a few books. This is not my first con (I go to SDCC every year), but it is the first time I am signing books at a con. It's been great. I am surrounded with readers, writers, artists and some of the best cosplay I have seen yet.

What really makes this con special for me, though, has been watching a few readers come up to our table and fangirl over one of the author's I am with. I don't know if you realize how much we love our readers...but yesterday I was able to see how uplifted a friend of mine was when a reader came by and nearly lost it when she found out THE AUTHOR of a book she loved was in front of her.

This wasn't me or my books - it was Ali Cross and her book, Become. Ali was a gracious host and spent time with the girl, talking about the story and the con. In the end, the girl got the rest of the series, which Ali personalized for her. The exchange reminded me of all of the reasons most writers write.

After the girl left, Ali commented that she wasn't just thrilled with all the fangirling (who wouldn't be), but she was touched by the fact that the reader really knew the story - she had connected to it on a highly personal level, something that meant more to Ali than anything else.

Which reminded me of another reason I write - to connect with others. Deeply.

I've never been a hugely social person. I'm not shy, at least not now, but I don't typically feel social adept. Connecting with others through my writing is meaningful to me. When I get feedback from a reader about my books and I can see how much they understood what I was trying to do - that's AMAZING! It keeps me going and is one of the things I love most about writing.

Ali's fangirling experience wasn't the only moment we enjoyed yesterday. I meant a girl who's read and reviewed my books for the last 6 years - She was shocked when I remembered her name. I meant new readers who gobbled up my books. And I got to watch several young teens go crazy over Ali and Mikey Brooks series. It was fun and exciting.

Can't wait to start today!

Do you go to cons and meet writers, artists, and others? Do you love it as I do?

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Elana Johnson's UNTIL SUMMER ENDS - A review

Whew! It's been a long time since I've posted anything. In truth, I've been very busy with work and some sekrit projects. But, I miss you guys and really want to make a conscious effort to blog more and stay in touch.
Starting with today!
What better way to do that than to host my writerly BFF, Elana Johnson with a review of her latest book, UNTIL SUMMER ENDS

The Blurb:
Sophie Newton is determined to prove herself to her father, who insists she could never run a successful business. She opens a beachside taco stand called The Sandy Tortilla and plans to make her own way, one burrito at a time.

When she loses her summer help, Sophie rushes to find somebody to help take orders. She finds that somebody in Montgomery Winters, a struggling actor from LA. Mont takes the job; the money's useful, though he finds that his curvy boss is what really keeps him around.

As Sophie and Mont work together, they discover an intense attraction between them. But when Mont's agent calls him about a career-making audition, he decides he must pursue the opportunity, even though he can't get Sophie out of his head. Now, Sophie must choose between chasing after the man she's falling in love with and the business she's fought so hard to build.
Why I liked it:
I am not sure where to start. As a fan of romances, this book is definitely up there as one of my top reads this year. Friendship, romance, strong characters, strong emotions - this book has it all. Loved the way the plot unfolded and how well developed the characters are. Johnson does not disappoint with this book!

Are you a fan of romances? READ THIS BOOK!



Paperback comes out on May 9, 2017.

What have you read lately?

Saturday, July 16, 2016

#Free books and other news...

Hi all! It's been a BUSY summer. I'm finishing up the final book in the Solomon experiments, Reckoning. It'll be out in late summer. I'm also finishing up the editing of the Requiem Series for re-release as well. To bring these two great series to you, I am having a few sales:

As the picture states, Collide, Book #1 in the Solomon Experiments, is #FREE on Amazon until July 19. Now is the perfect time to jump into the series people have called "a fast moving, suspenseful thriller". 


Speaking of free books, the re-launch of the Requiem series has begun! You can pick up Broken Wing #FREE on all platforms (Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iTunes) Broken Wing, formally published as Dies Irae, tells the story of of Mikayel and Azzazziel,angelic friends  turned mortal enemies. The Requiem series has been called "gritty, dramatic [and] heart-wrenching". Get your copy of the prequel #FREE today.


Summer hasn't only been about writing and releasing new things. I've also used the time to redo my website. It's so clean and pretty now. Here's a quick shot of the home page:

You can check out my webpage at

I still need to clean up my blogs and link it all, but yeah - it's coming along.

Finally, I wanted to say thanks to all of you that have been so loyal to me, my writing and this blog. I have some great things in store in the future for all of you. I'll be at Comic Con next week, so I may not be around much. That is, except for daily posts about the con and several FB Live events on my FB page. I hope you enjoy the fun I plan on bringing next week . 

See you all soon!

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Summer ReBoot and ReCharge

I love summer! It's a time to reboot and recharge. Now, most of this feeling came from the fact that I was off from work for most of summer. Now that I no longer work a typical educator's calendar, I don't have the time off. That said, I still use this time to regroup.
This year "regroup" means a few things: re-evaluating my writing career, revamping my blogs and sites, and formulating some new goals. Over the next few months expect to see changes to the look of this site and my website (it's getting a complete overhaul!), as well as changes to my Intense Life site. There will also be some new things in store with my writing. I am excited to share everything with you.

What does summer mean for you guys? Do you regroup during the summer months as well?

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

#YASH Spring 2016 Hunt Is HERE (Plus a fabulous giveaway)

Hello! I am Christine Fonseca,

your hostess for this leg of the hunt.

About Me
I write YA romance, paranormal thrillers and scary stories. Oh, and I also write self-help books! 
I'm a lover of books, lattes, and family. 
I'm passionate about humanity and a believer in dreams.
Writing is my second career - or maybe my third...
I love to explore the depths of humanity - explore truth! 

You are currently hunting on

Looking for my exclusive bonus content? You’ll have to keep searching. Somewhere on this blog hop, you'll find an excerpt for OUTBREAK, Book #2 in the acclaimed Solomon Experiments series. Before you go looking for it, check out the amazing author I’m hosting.
But, first, a few rules:


Directions: Below, you’ll notice that I’ve listed my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on TEAM GOLD, and then add them up (don’t worry, you can use a calculator!)
Entry Form: Once you’ve added up all the numbers, make sure you fill out the form here to officially qualify for the grand prize. Only entries that have the correct number will qualify.
Rules: Open internationally, anyone below the age of 18 should have a parent or guardian’s permission to enter. To be eligible for the grand prize, you must submit the completed entry form by SUNDAY, APRIL 3rd at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.
On this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each participating YA author, you also get a secret number. Add up the numbers, and enter it for a chance to win a major prize–one lucky winner will receive at least one signed book from each author on my team in the hunt! But play fast. This contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online until noon PST on Sunday, April 3rd!
There are NINE contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of TEAM GOLD, but there is also a PURPLE TEAM, RED TEAM,  SILVER TEAM, ORANGE TEAMBLUE TEAM, TEAL TEAM, PINK TEAMGREEN TEAM! Check out each team for a chance to win six different sets of signed books!
If you’d like to find out more about the hunt, see links to all the authors participating, and see the full list of prizes up for grabs, go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page.

Now that all the technical stuff is out of the way, I’ll introduce the author I am hosting on this hunt.
I am super excited to be hosting…

Brenda Drake grew up the youngest of three children, an Air Force brat, and the continual new kid at school. Her fondest memories growing up is of her eccentric, Irish grandmother's animated tales, which gave her a strong love for storytelling. So it was only fitting that she would choose to write stories with a bend toward the fantastical. When she's not writing or hanging out with her family, she haunts libraries, bookstores, and coffee shops, or reads someplace quiet and not at all exotic (much to her disappointment).

[Christine here - haunted libraries - YES! Brenda is definitely my kind of author!]

Brenda is showcasing her book, THIEF OF LIES during the hunt:

 A little about Thief of Lies:
Gia Kearns would rather fight with boys than kiss them. That is, until Arik, a leather clad hottie in the Boston Athenaeum, suddenly disappears. While examining the book of world libraries he abandoned, Gia unwittingly speaks the key that sucks her and her friends into a photograph and transports them into a Paris library, where Arik and his Sentinels—magical knights charged with protecting humans from the creatures traveling across the gateway books—rescue them from a demonic hound.

Jumping into some of the world’s most beautiful libraries would be a dream come true for Gia, if she weren’t busy resisting her heart or dodging an exiled wizard seeking revenge on both the Mystik and human worlds. Add a French flirt obsessed with Arik and a fling with a young wizard, and Gia must choose between her heart and her head, between Arik’s world and her own, before both are destroyed.

[Christine here again - I want this book! In fact, I may need to move it up 7 notches on my TBR list!

Okay, back to Brenda's exclusive content:]

For me, my stories are incomplete unless there is a playlist for it. Full of songs that inspire and enrich the words and emotions that made it onto the page. The songs bring to life the emotions of the journey the story takes me on, where everything is a little more frightening or sweeter because it accompanies the story so magically. Today, I’m thrilled to share the songs that inspired me while writing THIEF OF LIES (Library Jumpers #1).

(***Play on YouTube to access the entire AMAZING playlist)

The THIEF OF LIES’ playlist starts with Jump by Madonna, “Are you ready to jump? Get ready to jump. Don't ever look back, oh baby. Yes, I'm ready to jump. Just take my hand. Get ready to jump…” It represents Gia’s jump through the gateway books.

I love how You Don’t Know Me by Elizabeth Gillies captures Gia’s personality with lyrics like “You look at me and there's just one thing that you see…” and “There's so much more to me than what you think you see…”

John Mayer’s Half of My Heart takes me to the place where Gia is discovering a new world and new love but she’s not too certain about both with lyrics like “I was born in the arms of imaginary friends. Free to roam, made a home out of everywhere I've been…” and “Down the road, later on, you will hate that I never gave more to you than half of my heart…”

The song that best fits Gia came from a wonderful reader, Page_Flipping_Ninja (@SaundraDee on Twitter). It’s The Way I Was from the Jem and The Holograms soundtrack. With lyrics like “I’ll go, but I won’t go quietly. Go down, but I’ll go down fighting” and “But I can’t go back, back to the way I was.” It’s a perfect fit!

Half Way Gone by Lighthouse represents Gia’s frustration with Arik and how he seems to be into her but resists. Lyrics like, “I'm hanging on but growing cold…” and “'Cause you're halfway in, but don't take too long ‘cause I'm halfway gone…” fit the struggle between them.

Then she fights demons, so what better lyrics than these from Demons by Imagine Dragons: "Don't get too close. It's dark inside. It's where my demons hide," and "I want to hide the truth. I want to shelter you. But with the best inside, there's nowhere we can hide..."

When all seems lost and the end is near, Waiting for the End by Linkin Park fits Gia’s mood with lyrics like, “Waiting for the end to come, wishing I had strength to stand. This is not what I had planned. It's out of my control…”

And when Gia longs for her life before jumping into the gateway book, there’s Home by Foo Fighters with such moving lyrics like, “Wish I were with you but I couldn't stay. Every direction leads me away. Pray for tomorrow but for today. All I want is to be home…”

Thank you, Christine, for having me on your blog today to share the THIEF OF LIES playlist. I hope you all enjoyed it. 

[Christine again - wow! This music really makes me want to read this story. Thanks so much for sharing your playlist Brenda!]

And don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of signed books by me, Colleen Houck, Jessica Brody, Lisa Amowitz, and many more! To enter, you need to write down my favorite number, find all the other numbers on TEAM GOLD, add them up, and you’ll have the secret code to enter for the grand prize! 

Hop on over to Roshani Chokshi's site for the next leg of the hunt.
Thank you so much for visiting my website! While you’re here don’t forget to enter the bonus contest I am running exclusively during the YA Scavenger Hunt. 

For an extra bonus entry, leave a comment on this blog post and answer the following: 
If your memories were taken from you, would you want them back? Even if you thought they'd be horrible?

HAVE FUN! Five winners will receive digital copies of the acclaimed COLLIDE, the first book in the Solomon Experiments series. Five additional winners will receive digital copies of book #2, OUTBREAK.  
Good luck everyone!
Enter the rafflecopter below for a chance to win, My giveaway ends 4/3/16 at 11:59pm.
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