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Tip Tuesday - The Night Before My Launch

Wow, I really can't believe this day is here - the eve of the official launch day for my first venture into fiction. I should warn you, this post may be a little personal, and I may actually be typing it through tears. But I just wanted to share a little bit about this journey to all of you.

I always thought my first published works would be fiction. That was back when I was naive about how hard it can be to break into this industry. After attempting to get an agent with my first books, I switched gears and jumped into nonfiction, my other passion. The process was smooth in many respects, and I quickly found both an agent and a book deal. And then another. Within a couple of years, I had two books on the shelves and a bright speaking career.

But, I still had made little to no headway with my first passion - writing fiction. While I was busy breaking into nonfiction, I wrote an angel-demon story and queried it. The response was great. But not great enough. So, after a year of quer…

I'm Proud To Announce...

The RELAUNCH of my other blog, An Intense Life. Dedicated to the world of gifted children, their social and emotional development, education, and life in general, this blog is one of my favorite endeavors. However, with my current busyness, there was no way I could maintain that blog.

Enter my crazy idea to bring on more contributors. I approached a few of the organizations I belong to and voila...I now have the most amazing group of contributors adding their unique view of giftedness and issues facing gifted adults and teens.

Today marks the official relaunch of that blog. Hope on over and check it out. I've posted a nice post introducing my new contributors and a little about the schedule.

I am so excited!

On the Chain: Evoking Emotions

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

Post pictures, songs, movie clips, poems, or novel excerpts that make you feel. Feel what, you ask? Feel anything. Happy. Sad. Angry. Nostalgic. Hopeful. Hopeless. Jealous. Joyful. 
When I first read this post, I thought "Hmm, no problem. I get emotional about everything. It comes with being intense." And then I thought, "Oh man, I get emotional about EVERYTHING! How on earth am I going to streamline my thoughts into a coherent post. Yikes!"

I never did come to a decision on how I was going to streamline my thoughts. See, I approach the world from a very intense place. This poem sums it up best:

The truly creative mind in any field is no more than this: A human creature born abnormally, inhumanly sensitive.
To him...
a touch is a blow,
a sound is a noise,
a misfortune is a tragedy,
a joy is an ecstasy,
a friend is a lover,
a lover is a god,
and failure is death.
– Pearl Bu…

I Interrupt This Regularly Scheduled Post....

I have this FABULOUS Teen Talk Friday post about social networking and Teens. Sadly, it just wasn't finished in time to post it today. I have just been too insanely busy with events, real life, everything (see Monday's post for more on that...)

So, I preempted the unfinished post and decided to let you all know that DIES IRAE is up and available on Amazon. 
 I also found it up on Barnes and Noble.

WOOT! I am sort of in shock right now, as my real life and my writerly life collide via fiction. Somehow this is much more surreal than my experience with nonfiction....


Have a great weekend. I'll be back next week with my regular features, the start of the tour for Dies Irae and hopefully some actual progress with Book 2. What are you guys planning for the weekend or next week?

A Special Guestanista Review of Sprinkles and Secrets

HAPPY THURSDAY everyone!  Today, Erika (age 11) returns with her review of Lisa Schroeder's SPRINKLE AND SECRETS. But before we get to that, I wanted to give a quick WOOT to Elana Johnson and her NEW, PRETTY covers for the POSSESSION Series.

Just check this out:

The new cover for POSSESSION

The new cover for SURRENDER

What do you think?

Now, check out what the other Bookanista's have on tap:

Christine Fonseca  brings you a special Guestanista review of SPRINKLES AND SECRETS Shannon Messenger delights in DEAD TO YOU – with giveaway Beth Revis interviews TEMPEST author Julie Cross – with giveaway Jessi Kirby takes a shine to the SURRENDER and new POSSESSSION covers Stasia Ward Kehoe adores IN HONOR Jen Hayley gushes over THE GIRL WHO LOVED A CITY Veronica Rossi  is crazy for INCARNATE Nikki Katz marvels at A MILLION SUNS Gennifer Albin   is on fire over CINDER Tracy Banghart  is all about THE OTHER LIFE Jessica Love wonders at THE FAULT IN OUR STARS Hilary Wagner mourns over THE DEATH OF YORIK M…

WWO: The DIES IRAE Blog Tour

Happy WWO Wednesday! I can't believe the day is almost here - the beginnings of the blog tour and official launch of DIES IRAE. I have been honored, humbled, thrilled with the early response as the book has begun to find its way into the world.  Here are a few of the comments from Goodreads:
"Dies Irae is a fast paced story that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Once you set your eyes on this book you will find it very and I mean very difficult to walk away from. It overflows with emotion: love, anger, and lust." "Ho. ly. wow. Talk about a whirlwind of emotions. This is just a taste (novella) of the series to come and I cannot wait to read the rest. It's dripping with emotion. Betrayal, confusion, heartbreak, desire, they don't seem to be strong enough words to describe it. This book is both powerful and dynamic."Yea, humbled. THANK YOU!!!

DIES IRAE has been uploaded and is starting to be distributed out into the world. I would love to hear your tho…

Tip Tuesday with Renee Pace - Writing In Multiple Genres

Today I am joined by Renee Pace for another installment of Tip Tuesday. Renee writes both erotica/romance and YA. She is joining us today to talk about this difficult switch and handling the jump between genres. Take it away, Renee. 

The Two Sides of a Writer By Renee Pace
Like many authors I juggle a lot. Mother to four children, part-time work from September to May and full-time work in the summer and then of course my writing. And, like many authors I also juggle writing in two very different genres. I write erotica/romance under the name Renee Field and young adult under the name Renee Pace. I used to worry about the cross-over (sigh what if a reader finds out I write hot sensual books?). Well I’ve given up worrying. I can’t control everything in my life and while I try my best to keep the genres separate with different twitter/facebook/website accounts, I sometimes cross promote on both, especially if I’m talking about the craft of writing.
And it is that craft of writing I’d like…

Remembering to Breathe...

Happy Monday All! 
I don't know about you, but I had an insane weekend. See, I am currently spread a little too thin...okay a lot too thin. 
I got a promotion at work and am trying to close up one job while prepping for another. In addition, I have the novella coming out in a few days (EEK!) and edits on the novel due shortly after that. And then there is the parenting/carpooling/cooking/real life stuff
Yep, it is a lot. A WHOLE LOT!
So, how am I getting through it with a measure of sanity?
Yep. Breathing in and out. In and out.
That is all I can do right now. Narrow my focus, concentrating on one thing at a time, and just breathe.
How do you regain your balance and remember to breathe?

Teen Talk Friday - Cover Love

Welcome to the first installment of Teen Talk Friday. Okay, so today, I thought we'd talk covers - their importance, what kind of covers my teen group likes, etc.

But first, who is my teen group? Named T-Cubed (The Think Tank) by me,  my teen group consists of a group of 5 to 15 teens (it varies a lot), all between the ages of 13 and 18, mostly girls, and all in honors programs at my local high schools. They are voracious readers, and some of them what to be writers as well.

I asked my teen group the following question:

How important are book covers to you when deciding what books to buy, and what are some of your favorite covers?

Overwhelmingly, my group said that book covers were very important in getting them to check out the book. They did NOT cite covers as a reason for buying, but it is a major determiner of whether or not my teens look at the book in the first place.

As to the second part of the question - here are some of the book covers they really like:

The theme I see.…

A Bookanista Booyah for WOLFSBANE

HAPPY THURSDAY everyone! I've been busy getting things ready for the launch of DIES IRAE on 2/1; but in between the busyness, I've been trying to knock out a few books from the TBR pile, finishing 4 books in the last few weeks. WOOT!

Now, before I get to my Bookanista shout out for one of those books, I wanted to wish a HUGE Bookanista welcome to our newest Bookanistas - Tracy Banghart, Genniger Albin, Jessica Love, and Hilary Wagner. I am so thrilled to have these wonderful peeps join the insanity!!!

Now, check out what the other Bookanista's have on tap:

LiLa Roecker  adores AUSTENTATIOUS Christine Fonsecais wild about WOLFSBANE Stasia Ward Kehoe gives cover love to GETTING SOMEWHERE Nikki Katz takes a shine to UNDER THE NEVER SKY Katy Upperman is dazzled by A MILLION SUNS Shannon Messenger welcomes four wonderful new Bookanistas Gennifer Albin joins the Bookanistas with a great giveaway Tracy Banghart is wowed by ON FORTUNE’S WHEEL
On to my Bookanista Shout out for WOLFSBANE: Book…

Before I Draft.

Happy WWO Wednesday. Today I am talking about drafting. You know, writing that dreaded first - or in my case, zero - draft. As I've stated before, I am a thinker. I plot and plan and stew long before I can write a single word. That said, I am not at all rigid in my writing process. It's very fluid, allowing me the freedom to change direction or plot based on the whims of my characters.

I know what you're thinking - those two things, plotting and freedom, don't really go together. For me the freedom is IN the plotting. By having a loose structure, my mind is able to go where ever the character wants it to without worrying about getting lost in the muck.

So, what do I actually DO before I sit down to write that first draft. How do I instill a little structure in which my characters can play?
Here is a brief, and NOT all inclusive list of my typical pre-draft activities:

Premise - I always start here. What is the basic situation and problem in the story?Theme - What are t…

Tip Tuesday with Robin Reul - The Waiting Game

Today I am joined by Robin Reul for our first real installment of Tip Tuesday. Robin is a contemporary YA author repped by Bill Contardi at Brandt & Hochman. In her spare time she loves to foster her Facebook addiction, drink copious amounts of caffeine and enjoy her good standing as an equal opportunity cupcake lover. She lives in Southern CA with her husband and two kids. Her novel BAND GEEK is currently on submission.

Robin is talking about the waiting game with us, something she is very familiar with being on submission. Take it away, Robin. 

(this post originally appeared on her blog, Robin's Nest.))

Things To Do While You're Waiting To Hear Back From The Publishing World

Today I might, possibly, be one of the most impatient people in the world. I admit it. So, it's obviously completely ironic that I've chosen to be a writer and enter the world of publishing, which far surpasses the world of "Hurry up and wait" that the film industry is. But I survived t…

And the Winner Is...

Just a quick post to say CONGRATS to


She won the little cover reveal contest on my blog from last week. WOOT!!! Thanks to everyone for all of the fabulous support these last few weeks. The launch is now just over two weeks away, and there are a slew of giveaways associated with the tour. More information coming soon.


Marketing Watch Monday - Understanding Rights

I've been stewing over this post for a while, wanting to share a little of my thoughts regarding protecting the rights to our work - our stories. In this age of digital formats, etc, it is increasingly easier to violate copyrights, loose track of the various rights delineated in our contracts, etc. And as more and more authors are forging this road alone, it is important to read up on the basic legalese and understand things. (and have a lawyer or agent to work through some of this with).

My thinking on this was spurred by a recent interview I listened to with The Firm author John Grisham. He was talking about how the original movie of his book, The Firm, came to be. It turns out that someone had obtained a bootlegged copy of his book and liked it. That someone was hooked up with the film industry, and the rest is history, as it were.

I mention this not to condone bootlegged copies, per sea, but to acknowledge that they've been around. For ever. This is not something new with…

Blog Chain: Childhood Memories, Wherein I Exposed My Inner Geekness

It's Blog Chain time again, and this time the topic comes from Jon who asked us to the following:

Imagine the home(s) where you grew up, and start drawing a floor plan. As you draw, memories will surface. Grab onto one of those memories and tell us a story.

I consider my childhood home this fabulous old tutor I lived in until I was in high school. It sat on a corner lot and had more charm and character than most homes. My mom, my only parent in those days, was a bit of a bohemian-wanna-be-gypsy. And that bohemian-gypsy style found its way into the home. We had an art room that boasted a macrame wall, a kitchen will geometric shapes painted all over the walls, a private patio that I claimed as my "fort", and a partially finished attic straight out of some scary story. Yep, the house had loads of charm. And yes, I have often thought of using it in a story, and I likely will.

But that isn't what this prompt it about - this is about memories. Our childhood memories in our…

And the Good News Just Keeps Coming...

I had this great intro post for my FABULOUS teen group all planned for today. Um, yea...NOPE. I received some amazing news (plus, one of my teens wants to design their logo!) so I pre-empted that post with this one.

First, I want to remind you that today is the last day to enter my cover reveal contest for LACRIMOSA. Just click here for that.
Now, today's news:
DIES IRAE IS NOT launching on Feb 22. Nope....
Yep - just over two weeks from now my novella will be in the world. To celebrate, I made this widget - 
Get the <a href="">Countdown Creator Pro</a> widget and many other <a href="">great free widgets</a> at <a href="">Widgetbox</a>! Not…

Bookanista Books - what an amazing 2012!

HAPPY THURSDAY everyone! I've missed doing these reviews and am SO GLAD to be back! Today I'll be talking about some of the Bookanista Books coming out. But before I get to that, check out what the other Bookanista's have on tap:

Christine Fonseca  introduces some fabulous reads for 2012Stasia Ward Kehoe takes a shine to A MILLION SUNS and UNDER THE NEVER SKYVeronica Rossi  adores EVERNEATHDebra Driza is in a frenzy over LARKSTORM with giveaway!Katy Upperman  sings the praises of BEFORE I DIEShannon Messenger delves into DOUBLE with an arc giveaway
I am blessed to be surrounded by these Bookanistas - all fabulous writers in their own right, with amazing releases coming up. Just check out this list of the releases coming out this month:

Under The Never Sky - Veronica Rossi (1/3) ~ (from Amazon - Since she’d been on the outside, she’d survived an Aether storm, she’d had a knife held to her throat, and she’d seen men murdered. This was worse.Exiled from her home, the enc…

Whatcha Working On?

For my first installment of W.W.O Wednesday, I though I would fill you guys in on my current projects.

As you all have guessed by my updates, etc, my time is consumed with the Requiem Series for now. I've turned in final edits for DIES IRAE, and am turning in edits on LACRIMOSA this week. Next up, writing the next two books in the series. (cue the picture - my motivation)

I am an outliner, so I am spending the rest of the next couple of weeks outlining (loosely) both books. I have a short story idea related to the series that I need to get on paper as well. Then, hopefully, I will be able to begin drafting book 2 by the end of next week. My day job is back in full swing, so most of my writing time is usurped with my RL obligations. So, I am working on carving time to write - in the morning, at night, whenever I can.

I am so excited to be drafting these stories. SO EXCITED!

What are you guys working on?
OH! And I finally posted a review of Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whal…

New Year, New Look, New Schedule

Well, 2012 is well underway, and things are already fabulous! In honor of a new year - a crazy busy year - I thought I would streamline a few things related to my blogging schedule. So, I will be blogging M-F for now, but only 3 weeks a month. And, my posts are sort of following themes (just to make life easier for me.)

Monday - Market Watch Monday: I'll recap articles or share my thoughts related to the ever-changing business of publishing.Tuesday - Tip Tuesday: This is the column for writing and publishing tips. And not just from me - but from you guys too. I'm hosting guests to share their tips as well. Interested in participating? Just drop me an email at christine(at) or leave me a comment.Wednesday - Whatcha Working-On Wednesday (WWW): Time to share snippets of my work, progress on the various projects, or just share news. Gotta a question for me? This is probably where I'll answer it!Thursday - Bookanista Reviews: Yep, I am sticking with my Booka…

Another Sekrit Revealed (and a little contest)

Finally, the day is here - the day when I can reveal my AMAZING new cover for Lacrimosa, the first length novel in the Requiem Series.

Well, what do you think? I am madly in love with this cover. THANK YOU COMPASS PRESS!!!

To celebrate the cover, and the countdown to the releases of both Dies Irae and Lacrimosa, I thought I'd have a little comment contest.

So, leave a comment, follow this blog and you may win a $15.00 gift certificate to Amazon or Barnes and Noble. WOOT WOOT!!!

Want an additional entry? Spread the word in some way (twitter, fb, blog) and you can receive extra entries - up to three. Just let me know what you've done to spread the word.

Oh! And if you're so inclined, add LACRIMOSA and/or DIES IRAE to your TBR list on Goodreads.

THANKS for sharing this special moment with me! Contest closes on 1/13, and I will announce the winner next week. Good luck!

Another little tease

My dear friend and fellow author, Heather McCorkle, just released her Channeler short story, BORN OF FIRE as a free ebook downloadable through Smashwords -

The story is fab. And much to my surprise you get a little bonus with it - an excerpt from DIES IRAE, my Requiem novella.

So, curious about the story? Check out it. Afterall - BORN OF FIRE and the excerpt are free. WOOT!

Could I? Should I?

I am DYING to share another little sekrit with you; dying to reveal something that has been done for a very weeks.

So, should I? Could I?

Well? I guess I could share a little...a amuse bouche...

Yea, I know. I'm a tease. Come on back on Monday for the full reveal AND a little contest to celebrate. See you then.

And in the meantime, take a look around. The remodel is almost done. And I have to thank my teen for my snazzy new header and post signature! You like?

What a way to start 2012....

Happy New Year! I woke up nice and early this morning, ready to spend a few hours editing. After getting comfortably ensconced into my cave, I opened the document. In truth, I wasn't feeling it. You know what I mean - I was feeling a little too angsty, too...whatever.
So I went online and chatted with a couple friends. Finally, after squandering away too much time, I settled back into work, reading through the manuscript one more time to focus this round of revisions. After an hour or so, I took a quick internet break. I cleaned through my emails, deleting a few announcements, and such without reading. Until I got an email saying congrats for the news in Publisher's Lunch.
What??? I didn't have news in Publisher's Lunch Weekly.
Or did I?
I looked through my trash, found the announcement and read this:
Children's: Young Adult
Christine Fonseca's DIES IRAE, and the Requiem series, in which the battle between good and evil just got a little more complicated, pitche…

Cleaning Up for 2012

Happy New Year everyone! I hope the beginnings of 2012 finds you happy and healthy. As is typical for me at the start of a new year, I am cleaning house - and my online presence. I am streamlining, cleaning, changing, etc.

So, for the next week, I will be unplugged while everything gets a bit of an overhaul. Oh, sure, you may stop by this week and see things in a bit of disarray. But, I assure you it will all be cleaned up by 1/9. And I will be back with new features and some exciting things to share. Maybe even a contest or two.


See you then.