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OMGoodness...20 days!

Can you believe it???

20 days until Transcend releases. 
I've been very busy behind the scenes writing posts for the Blog Tour, prepping for a Live Chat with fellow author Heather McCorkle, coordinating a Twitter Chat, and arranging the giveaways for a Goodreads Q&A and a Facebook Party.

So dang exciting, yes???

In fact, I'm so excited, I thought I'd share my latest obsession - "Till I Hear You Sing" from Love Never Dies. The song perfectly captures the essence of my main character, Ien Montgomery's heart.

What do you think? Are you as excited as I am??

Oh! And before I forget, here are the winners from the Libera Me Cover reveal giveaway -

BROOKE DEL VECCHIO Annotated copy of Libera Me
GABI BAHR Signed copy of Libera Me
GALE NELSON Signed Copy of Lacrimosa
TIFFANY MAHAFFY Aydan's Journal 
KASSANDRA FUENTES A Special Libera Me Prize Pack

Heather McCorkle's latest Cover Reveal, and a giveaway

I'm so excited to celebrate one of my publisher-mates and the designer of my covers latest creation - Rise of a Rector.
This is the final novel in her channeler series (due out this October).

To celebrate Heather is giving away two copies of her historical fantasy novel, To Ride A Puca. Before we get to that though, here is the cover:

To add it to your Goodreads lists click here. If you'd like to check out the rest of the channeler series (her novella Born of Fire is now FREE on Amazon & B&N!) you can do so on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

To win an eBook of To Ride A Puca, all you have to do is help Heather spread the word. There will be two winners! To enter fill out the form below.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

EEP! So darn fun!

A New Cover ...and a Giveaway

WOO HOO!!!! The day is here! Time to share my new cover for LIBERA ME. Like I mentioned earlier this week, my publisher changed the cover to make it more in line with the other covers in the series and to listen to reader comments on the previous cover.

I have to say, I LOVE the new cover even more than I liked the previous one and I am thrilled!

Now, before I reveal it - here are a few little facts about book two in the Requiem Series:

LIBERA ME is told from Aydan and Zane's POV - but don't worry, the story is really about Nesy in so many waysFor  my Team Zane fans - you will get to know Zane MUCH BETTER!For my Team Aydan fans - yeah, there is plenty of Aydan heat in this oneLIBERA ME is a darker, more emotional story than Lacrimosa.There are some new characters in this book I think you'll love! That's really all I can share this early. But who knows...maybe I will share a bit more down the road. I will say that a reader who won a previous contest and named one of the…

Winners, Winners

Before I get into tomorrow's cover reveal of LIBERA ME and a new giveaway, I wanted to announce the winners of the Transcend giveaway. (And thank you for making it so successful). But first, check out a little excerpt from a recent review from the Cover Contessa:
Wow, I'm not even sure where to start with this book. First, I would like to say that it is haunting, disturbing, beautiful, poetic, lyrical, mysterious, dark, creepy and sad. It produced in me such a range of emotions, I wasn't sure if I was coming or going. I was surprised to find that I did not cry when reading it, as I thought for sure the sadness brought about by the main character's struggle would have surely thrown me over the edge. I have never read anything like this before. It is completely different from books in the YA Genre that are out there today. It is totally set apart from every other psychological thriller you can possibly think of. I could not put this book down and was unhappy when I had to…

OMGosh....26 days and counting. EEP!

Today's the last day to get in on the TRANSCEND giveaway. I have to say, your responses have been great. And with a couple of arcs out there being read, I'm nervous. I know, I know...It's not like this is my first book release. But Transcend is a different kind of book. Not your typical book, I am quite nervous about the response from readers. The early reviews have been good, though. Like this one from fellow author Ali Cross:

Transcend is unlike any other book you have read...Its dark and twisty curves kept me too engrossed, too enthralled with what would happen, too determined to uncover the truth of Ien's world to think about anything real-life.The writing is lyrical, beautiful. The story is disturbing and intense and utterly unique--and in the end? In the end you'll listen to your favorite recording of The Phantom of the Opera and you'll feel as though you're hearing it for the first time. You'll finally understand the true tragedy of it all. Thank …

Aydan's Tat and other news...

Thanks for the great response on Friday to my opening pages. The giveaway is still going on through Weds. If you haven't entered, click here to get in on it all.

Friday brings a new giveaway...that's right, ANOTHER giveaway! And this time, I'm focusing on Libera Me, book #2 in the Requiem series releasing in late October.

To get you all in the mood, I thought I'd share a little picture of Aydan's tattoo that my publisher and I came up with.

The tattoo actually plays an important role in Libera Me, so yea.... You can bet I'll be having some cool swag involving the tat during the launch week.

Oh, and Friday isn't ONLY about a Libera Me's also my BIG REVEAL of a new cover for Book #2.

You heard that right, there is a new cover for book #2. After my publisher read the rewrite, and after a few fans spoke out with what they wanted for the cover, My amazing publisher redesigned the cover. And I have to say...I LOVE IT!

So, come back Friday for a …

Transcend: A Sneak Peek and a Giveaway...

Yep, that's's the day to share the opening pages of TRANSCEND and introduce a little pre-release giveaway to celebrate!

But first, a little about the story:

All seventeen-year-old composer Ien Montgomery desires is an escape from his family's rigid expectations for his life; someone to inspire his music. When he meets a beautiful violin-prodigy, Kiera McDougal, his life music takes on new life. With her, he imagines a future outside of his parents’ control. That is, until a horrible accident tears them apart. Sent to die in a sanatorium, Ien’s obsession for Kiera grows unbearable. Tortured by thoughts he can’t escape and the truth of his monstrous disfigurement, he flees, desperate to exact revenge on the people that ruined his life – his parents. But, vengeance is empty. Betrayed by those closest to him, Ien discovers that the price for his happiness may be his sanity. And some early of the early praise:
This Phantom of the Opera-inspired tale is hauntingly da…

Winners and more news...

Wow! Such fab things to disclose today. First, the winners of the YA Giveaway Hop. With more than 200 entries, two people have been randomly chosen:
Congrats to -
CRYSTAL BEAULIEU-PAGLINO - winner of City of Lost Souls GABY PANIAGUA - winner of Desolate

And now, other news. I am so overwhelmed by the fabulousness of all of you! My tours are booked (there are a couple of spots left for the Libera Me tour if you are interested), I have some amazing event-ish things planned, I am starting to plan a massive party...all fab.

But two of my favorite happenings are coming much sooner. Yep, that's right. Friday I am starting a special TRANSCEND giveaway in honor of the release of the opening chapter. That's right, you get a sneak peak on Friday and I can't wait to see what everyone thinks.

There are exciting things brewing for LIBERA ME too. After reading the final version of the book and some changes I'd made to the story line, my publisher decided they needed to go …

Guess Who's Going On Tour

I'm so excited to announce some of the details for my back-to-back book releases this fall. All week I will be detailing some of the things you can expect in the months ahead - including tons of fun, loads of giveaways and fabulous exclusive content! EEP!

More on all of that later. Today, I want to take a minute and talk about the tours and chats coming soon.

In September, the AMAZING and INCREDIBLE book blogger Heather Robbins (aka SUPAGURL) is arranging a special cover blitz for the release of TRANSCEND on 9/18. She's also organizing a special 2-week tour later in the month. Be sure to check out the Supagurl Book Tours for complete deets. She'll be doing sign-ups SOON, so if you have a book blog and you want to be involved in the Transcend tour, be sure to contact her, stalk her, or otherwise be on the look out for the tour. For more information about TRANSCEND, check out my Goodreads page.

I am also planning Goodreads Q&A parties, twitter chats and a FB party - all …

Why Write?

I once read a great book about writing in which the author challenged all writers to regularly ask themselves why they write.  Not the surface, “I write ‘cause I like it” kind of question, but the deep soul searching kind that requires the author to explore all of the reasons for it.   I did the exercise and really became clear on my personal reasons for writing. But, as life would have it, time went on and I didn't continue the exercise. I published some books, felt the joy of connecting with readers and the sting of many many MANY rejections. And still, I didn't remember to ask myself the question again. And time marched on, I considered quitting, I wrote more stories, and on and on. Finally, a few years since that original exercise, I stumbled across the same book. And remembered that I needed to ask myself the question...again. So, here are my responses to "Why do I write?": I am an adventurer at heart. Born with an insatiable curiosity, writing is an amazing way to ex…

YA Giveaway Hop. WOO HOO!!!

I am so excited to be participating in another fabulous giveaway hop. Today through 8/14, I am participating in the Young Adult Giveaway Hop sponsored by I Am A Reader Not A Writer. With over 100 blogs participating, there are literally TONS of books and bookish things being given away.

For this giveaway, I thought I'd give away two fabulous YA reads from two of my favorite authors -

DESOLATE by Ali Cross


CITY OF LOST SOULS by Cassandra Clare

I just attended a signing with Cassandra and let me tell you, she never ceases to amaze me - both in terms of her writing and in terms of her grace as an author. My kids love her too, as you can tell by the picture:

Entering the giveaway is easy. Just follow my blog in some way and leave a comment! Be sure to complete the Rafflecopter entry. Contest ends 8/14 and is open to the US only.
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Be sure to check out the rest of the hop by clicking here.

The Amazing Ali Cross Talks About Desolate

I am so excited to have my dear friend and amazing author, Ali Cross, here to talk about Desolate, the next in her Desolation series. She sort of released this second book out without a lot of fanfare. So, not to let it go by with me making a big deal, I decided to have Ali over for a little interview. I'll be giving a copy of her book away later this week, so be on the lookout.
In the meantime, here's Ali:

CF: How did you write this second book? Was the process similar or different to the first? AC: The process was absolutely different. 1) I actually outlined it (using the Save the Cat beat sheet method I love so much), 2) wrote the first draft in a month, 3) revised for a couple months and then 4) edits and fixes and ta da! Published. So from start to published, book two took about six months, while BECOME (book one) took, oh, about seven years. :D
CF: Given that Desolate is part of a series, was writing this story harder or easier? AC:I think it was both easier and harder. Easie…

Party Crashing with Heather McCorkle's Online Signing Party and Giveaway!

Happy Friday!!! My summer break has sadly come to an end and I am already back at work. How that is even possible is beyond me, but yea...yesterday I was back to the 12+hour/day grind.


But, before I am willing to disappear into that abyss completely, I'm in the mood to celebrate. And what better way to celebrate than crashing the online signing party celebrating the paperback release of To Ride a Puca by Heather McCorkle, especially since she's giving away some fabu things...
Including LACRIMOSA (Thank you Heather!)

So, here's the rafflecopter entry for her giveaway:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

And be SURE to click over to the party and say Hi!

As an added bonus, anyone who leaves a comment HERE will also get a little swag bonus from me. WOOT!

See you next week, when hopefully I'll some productive updates for you...

Checking out LM Preston's NEW COVER for The Pack

When LM Preston told me she was releasing a new cover for The Pack, I was thrilled. This is a great book and the new cover just draws fabulous attention to the whole series. Now in case you haven't been lucky enough to read the series yet, here is a little more about it:
Shamira is considered an outcast by most, but little do they know that she is on a mission. Kids on Mars are disappearing, but Shamira decides to use the criminals most unlikely weapons against them the very kids of which they have captured. In order to succeed, she is forced to trust another, something she is afraid to do. However, Valens, her connection to the underworld of her enemy, proves to be a useful ally. Time is slipping, and so is her control on the power that resides within her. But in order to save her brother's life, she is willing to risk it all.
The book has been called "A treasure for scifi readers" by the Midwest Reviews.
LM Preston was nice enough to share a little excerpt from the bo…