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A Big Dark YA Thank You!

So, Weds is here and I was supposed to blog on Dark YA and the books I can not wait for. But, instead I shared my confidence and competition angst.

Since there are a ton of books I really am excited about - I thought I would just mention a couple:

1) TEN by Gretchen McNeil....SO SO SO AMAZING. I read a very early version, and HOLY COW - FABULOUS (you can read about the journey of TEN here)

2) SURRENDER by Elana Johnson - yes, I read and early version of that too - and it is amazing. Those who felt like you had a ton of questions at the end of POSSESSION will really LOVE this book


And next, I need to THANK HEATHER MCCORKLE for her lovely post about my writing. She brought tears of joy to my eyes when I read it this morning. You can read her post here.

Thanks to all of you for keeping me focused and moving forward. I have no words.

What Dark YA books are you excited about?

A Little Confession

Happy Wednesday all. It's time for a little Christine confession -

But first, the set up. I have been thinking long and hard about my career of late. You see, it's feeling a little stagnant. My transition from nonfiction into fiction is marred with some serious lack of progress and far too much frustration.

Nothing necessarily surprising given the current state of publishing. But definitely crazy-making.

So, I decided to try a different route -  I discovered another genre I LOVE to write (psychological thrillers), started drafting novels and again entered the query fray. I also developed a nice plan to forge a path into this crazy business on my terms (to a point), without sacrificing some of the long-term goals I have.

This all sounds good, right?

Fast forward a few months. My plans are trudging along. More bumps, more twists, and the plan is adjusted. Still, I am feeling really good.

And then it happens - a good friend develops her own plan for her own career path. It's…

Finish Strong

Hey everyone! I hope my US friends have recovered from the turkey/ham/feasting last week. I know I have. As much as I love having the family over, it is nice to get back into a routine.

And what a routine it is!

Last January I had several goals, including finishing a nonfiction and several fiction projects. While that has not completely panned out, I so expect to finish and accomplish some exciting things this year.
Towards that end, I thought I'd share with all of you my goals for the last month of the year:

Finish the sekrit project (I promise it won't be a secret much longer)Finish a book trailer (yep, I can't wait to share this with all of you either - soon!)Finish the draft of another novel (I am about 35% completed with this one) Looks like December will be very NaNo-ish for me!
In order to complete these projects, I am sticking to a blogging schedule of three days/week - Mon, Weds, Fri.
What are you guys doing to FINISH STRONG this year???

PS - Thanks Elana J for th…

Happy Thanksgiving, Adam Sandler Style...

Hello everyone! Today is Thanksgiving in the US and I am spending it with my friends and family. As is tradition in my family, I want to share just a touch of the things I am thankful for in 2011 -

My family

My faith

ALL OF YOU!!!

That's right, I am thankful for all of you - for sharing a part of your life with me, and for caring about my life.

I am taking the rest of the week off but I thought I'd leave you with my favorite Thanksgiving Song...lol




HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

WIP Wednesday and a Kissing Scene.

Well, it's been a while since I have shared any of my writing, so I thought I would share a steamy kissing scene from LACRIMOSA, my YA gothic romance.

His touch sears me. I pull away, barely able to speak. “Aydan? You’re here?”             “Be with me,” he says, kissing my jaw, my neck, my shoulder. Every spot his mouth touches closes the empty spaces inside.             A storm of desire gathers in my soul. Not just desire – need. “I shouldn’t…can’t—”             Aydan stops and looks at me, his amber eyes as beautiful now as the day we met in Germany. “Tell me you don’t love me.”             I try to form the words. Try to lie. But every cell, human and angelic, reaches out for him. Every thought – only him. I fall back into him, giving in to everything I desire.             He wraps me in a hungry kiss, erasing the pain, the torment, the anguish. All that remains is my need. My love.             "Let me have you. Love you," he says, his voice trembling.             I open …

Being AWESOME and POWERFUL...Words of Wisdom from Ali Cross!

I am so thrilled to be part of Ali Cross's BECOME blog tour. Ali and I met through a mutual friend. As soon as we started chatting, I knew she was destined for great things. And then I read BECOME - not this version (this one is EVEN BETTER), but one of the versions while she was deciding what she wanted to ultimately do with it - query, shelve, indie publish. I knew the minute I read it this was NOT a book that should be shelved. And I am so glad Ali found the courage to follow her gut and her heart and see her dream realized. She has been such a source of inspiration for me.

But this post is about ALI and BECOME.

When I asked Ali to come over and visit my blog, I asked her if she could share a bit of her wisdom - tell us about her shift in thinking and how she has managed to embrace Indie publishing as she has. Man, she did not disappoint.

So, without further adieu, take it away Ali:


Self-publishing used to be a dirty word. And then it became a trend. Well, no one likes dirty wo…

A little announcement....

First, let me say a congrats to the vast majority of my friends who have BLOWN AWAY NaNo this year, already hitting the 50K mark - that is simply amazing.

I was not so fortunate. Well, actually I am, but not where NaNo is concerned. Having only achieved about 30% of the goal, I decided to change my focus. Yes, I probably could have finished given that I am off until 11/28 and typically do a lot of writing when I am off. BUT...
Not this time.
This time I really need to switch gears a bit. I have a super sekrit project I can't yet talk about - one that required some revisions and some other writerly things - this is what has been occupying my mind of late.

So, for the rest of the calendar year, I will be focused on my that sekrit stuff, as well as finishing up a draft or two. I will share more when I can. For now, I just leave you with my inspiration -

See you tomorrow, when I get to host the ever-amazing ALI CROSS!!! I am so freakin' excited....

How have you guys been doing wi…

Dark YA Blogfest and Playlist

Well, better late than never on my entry for the Dark YA blogfest this week. The truth - I have been swamped of late! It's all good things I am working on - NaNo, Super Sekrit stuff I hope to spill soon, etc, etc....

But, my time for blogging and social networking has really been diminished!

Okay - a playlist. I decided to share the playlist for my novel LACRIMOSA. Here's the blurb for that novel :
As if casting out demons isn’t hard enough, five-hundred-year-old Nesy has to masquerade as a teenage girl to do it.  Nesy is the best of an elite group of angels – warriors called Sentinals – charged with the job of vanquishing the fallen. She’s never made a mistake, never gotten emotionally involved. But when she comes face-to-face with Aydan, she freezes.  He is evil incarnate. A fallen angel that feeds off the souls of others. Everything Nesy is supposed to hate.  But she can’t, because he’s also the human love of her former life. Now she must choose between doing her duty – damni…

Day 4 of the #BECOME Epic Giveaway

Time for Day 4!





I can't believe the giveaway is almost over. Today, Go and visit the amazing LT Elliot's blog for a chance to win a copy of #BECOME!


And be sure to join us on twitter for another #BECOME twitter giveaway with me, 4 pm PST, 7 pm Eastern. I think we are gonna talk about the hot boys in #BECOME...yes??? YES!

What will you BECOME?



#BECOME giveaway Day 3!!!

Welcome to day three. We are 1/2 way through the epicness that is this giveaway. Today you can stop by Stacy Henrie's blog for a chance to win a copy of #BECOME! And be sure to join us on twitter for another #BECOME twitter giveaway - 1 pm MST, 3 pm Eastern 


What will you BECOME?



#BECOME Epic giveaway - DAY 2

DAY 2 of the epic #BECOME giveaway:





Today, stop by Sara Larson's blog for a chance to win! And be sure to join us on twitter for another #BECOME giveaway - 7 pm MST, 9 pm Eastern. This is so fun!!!


What will you BECOME?



My Non-update for NaNo and a #BECOME reminder...

Well, I was going to give you a NaNo update...but honestly, my progress was almost non-existant and I am SERIOUSLY behind at this point. I have not given up - not even close. But I did have to give myself a break and get caught up many RL projects and things. I will say, I was crazy productive and feel better than I have felt in weeks!

I'll report progress next week, I promise...

And today, I'll just remind you about the AMAZING BECOME giveaway extravaganza. I am beyond thrilled to be part of this, as I love love love this book. But I will tell you more about that later.

In the meantime, be sure to visit Michelle McLean's blog to enter the daily giveaway. Or, come and hang out with us on Twitter today 11 am MST, 1 pm Eastern. We'll be chatting with the hashtag #BECOME so join us for your chance to mix and mingle and win! 


And...there are still 5 chances through filling out this Google form.


So join us in the BECOME celebrations for your chance to win, or just to show su…

HAPPY LAUNCH DAY ALI and #BECOME!!!

Yep - it is 2-fer Friday with a second post screaming accolades for Ali Cross and #BECOME. You see, today is her launch day, and even though I am hosting a leg of her blog tour later this month, I can't let the day go by without saying...

WOO HOO!!!!!

So there you go!

You can get your copy of BECOME. It's only $3.99 and a great read. Click here to get it. Click here to add it to your Goodreads list, or to leave a review once you've read it. Be sure to visit Ali on her blog, and here to keep up with the whole Dark Carma team. AND. You didn't think there'd be an AND, did you? 

Well, there is. There's this:




"This" is a little (okay, BIG) giveaway that will happen next week, from Monday November 14 - Friday November 18. 
The finer print: You have 15 chances to win Ali's BECOME. 
5 chances on blogs according to the following schedule:

Monday: Michelle McLeanTuesday: Sara LarsonWednesday: Stacy HenrieThursday: LT ElliotFriday: Nichole Giles5 chanc…

Jessica Bell's Debut STRING BRIDGE Amazon push

Today is THE day to help Jessica Bell's debut, STRINGBRIDGE, hit the bestseller list on Amazon, and receive the all-original soundtrack, Melody Hill: On the Other Side, written and performed by the author herself, for free!

All you have to do is purchase the booktoday (paperback, or eBook), November 11th, and then email the receipt to:


jessica.carmen.bell(at)gmail(dot)com


She will then email you a link to download the album at no extra cost!
To purchase the paperback: Amazon USA
To purchase the eBook: Amazon USA Amazon UK
To listen to samples of the soundtrack, visit iTunes.


If you are not familiar with StringBridge, check out the book trailer:


Rave Reviews for String Bridge:
“Jessica Bell’s STRINGBRIDGE strummed the fret of my veins, thrummed my blood into a mad rush, played me taut until the final page, yet with echoes still reverberating. A rhythmic debut with metrical tones of heavied dark, fleeting prisms of light, and finally, a burst of joy—just as with any good song, my hopeful heartb…

Give me a WOOT for Ali and #BECOME!!!

I am so excited about this Friday. You see, Ali Cross's AMAZING book #BECOME officially launches on Friday. And to show her our love, several of her friends and I have a little surprise planned....
but before I talk about that at all, we thought we'd get the party started with a little twitter action...

Here is what I want you to do -

Choose if you are good or bad.Pick an avatar and use it on TwitterSpread the word with this tweet: It's never too late to choose. Read 's  this Friday! Get your avatar from  or  That's it! 
Be sure to check out Elana Johnson's blog on Friday for a special surprise for Ali. Let's all spread the love for #BECOME!!!
OH! And here are the avatars:
#BECOMEGOOD


#BECOMEBAD
If you would prefer to use an overlay over your existing picture, just let me or Dustin Hansen know and we will try to hook you up!
WOO HOO!!!!!!!!!!!!

NaNo Update - Week 1

Well, the first week of NaNo is behind me. And while it did feel good to get started on a new project, it was a pretty stressful week to. You see, I am behind. Already! DANGITALL.

According to my NaNo calendar, I really should be at or near a word count of 11,700. And yea, I'm at a mere 4K. So...I have a LOT of making up to do.

Based on my schedule this week - here are my goals for the week:
Mon - 2K
Tues - 2K
Weds - 2K
Thurs - OFF
Fri - 5k
Sat - 5k
Sun - 2k

If I do this - I will be back on track in no time. And yes, I think I can do it!

How are you guys doing?

Blog Chain: Monster Mash

It's Blog Chain time again, and this time the topic comes from Matt M, who asked the following:


What is your all-time favorite monster? 


You can take this in any direction you'd like. For example: my most bad-ass monster would easily be a dragon, and it is my favorite in some ways, but you don't have to go with that kind of measurement. Like me, you could go with the most ridiculously hilarious monster you ever heard of, or, like Stephanie Meyer, you could go with the most romantic creature to ever grace the pages of mythology. Or like Carrie Ryan, you could choose the old standby: Zombies. One alone might not be much to handle, but the horde is probably the single most powerful monster force ever invented in gaming, film, literature, or legend. 


It's up to you: what's your favorite monster?

Anyone who knows me and my writing knows I LOVE to write about creepy characters - monsters in some way. These monsters are typically not some supernatural creature. No, that'…

Bookanista Interview with Kids Inventing! Author, Susan Casey

Time for another fabulous Bookanista Thursday! Today I get to talk with Susan Casey about her latest NF book for kids, Kids Inventing! A Handbook for Young Inventors. But first, I want to welcome two new additions to the Bookanista family - Nikki Katz, Katy Upperman and Debra Driza. I happen to know some of these writers in real life, and I am BEYOND thrilled to have them join us!


Here are the Bookanista reviews today:
Elana Johnsonis crazy about Crossed and Shatter MeLisa and Laura Roeckerswoons for SirenzShelli Johannes-Wellsdishes on Become (Desolation Book #1)Beth Reviscelebrates books for which she’s grateful – with gigantic signed book giveawayMegan Mirandamarvels at How to Save a LifeRosemary Clement-Mooreis wild for The Iron WitchVeronica Rossiis amazed by Shatter Me On to my Bookanista Interview with Kids Inventing! author Susan Casey -

CF: Tell me a little about yourself SC: I'm a writer and teacher.  I love writing because it allows me to express
myself and my thoughts and …

My Fav Dark Stories and The Winner of The Spooktacular Giveaway

I so happy to be part of the Dark YA Blogfest sponsered by YAtopia this month! Today we are supposed to blog about our favorite dark YA books. 


OOHH!!! Love this. As I mentioned on Monday, I love to write psychological thrillers and dark stories. Well, guess what - I also like to read them.


I grew up reading Edgar Allen Poe, Bram Stoker and Mary Shelley.  Their stories sent chills down my spine and made me jump at every unknown sound in the house. These authors clearly understood the power of exploring the abyss, not to mention the art of crafting suspense.


More recently, I have fallen in love with Gretchen McNeil, Mary Pearson, and Suzanne Collins to tempt with with their dark stories. While there stories don't necessarily involve monsters, they are dark. Each one of them forces the reader to confront the more base nature of humanity, and they do so with amazing artistry.


In particular, I loved POSSESS by Gretchen McNeil and the FOX INHERITANCE by Mary Pearson. Both stories were cree…

Open Minds Virtual Launch Party

I'm so excited to be part of Susan Kaye Quinn's virtual launch party for OPEN MINDS. Be sure to check out the bottom of this post for all the links to the other #keepOPENMINDS posts, guest posts, reviews, prizes, and more.

When I originally agreed to be part of the fun, I was planning to post about tolerance and a time when someone show'd me an extra measure of understanding. But I fell in love with Susan's tagline on her prizes:

OPEN BOOKS ENCOURAGE OPEN MINDS
So, I decided to post about some books that opened MY mind and literally changed my point of view on life.

As a teen, I read a lot of what would have been considered literature - you know, the type of stories and books you are assigned in class. Titles that included Poe's short stories, The Yellow Wallpaper, and To The Lighthouse. All of these heavily influenced me growing up.

In college, the writing of Tillich, Emerson, Thoreau, Nietzsche, and Camus also had strong influences on my belief structure at the t…