Thursday, March 29, 2012

IT'S YA SCAVENGER HUNT TIME! AHHH!!!

Thanks to all who visited, entered and commented. The hunt is now closed. I look forward to seeing you all next time. I will be posting the winners of my giveaway on Tuesday. 



THANK YOU!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

A Bookanista Interview with MG Author Eisley Jacobs



HAPPY THURSDAY everyone! Welcome to another edition of Bookanista Thursday. I am EXCITED to have MG Author Eisley Jacobs with me today. But before I bring her interview, here's what the rest of the Bookanista's are up to:



Christine Fonseca  interviews author Eisley Jacobs
Stasia Ward Kehoe gets psyched for the release of TORN
Debra Driza swoons for SLIDE
Tracy Banghart takes a shine to UNDER THE NEVER SKY

And now, my special Bookanista interview with Eisley Jacobs 


About the Book:
  • Give me the blurb for the book in 140 characters or less:   Fifth graders, rival dragons, sinister rulers; Deglan and Meia's heads spin on a new adventure to find the only creature that can help.

  • Do you have a fav character and why?  I The main characters Deglan and Meia are fabulous, but each of the others in the novel are just as fun to write as the others! Philip the gnome… Sterling the marvel… Patricia the school bully… All of them have spunk! So choosing one is like choosing a favorite child, which I can’t do. I love each of them for different reasons and am so happy they strolled into the novel they way they have.
  • What do you hope readers will get from your book?   The theme of this book is all about forgiveness and what that looks like. I hope kids get a sense of why it’s important to offer forgiveness and what it means to forgive and be forgiven. I also hope it encourages kids to realize that people change and just because someone made a bad choice yesterday, doesn’t mean they will make it tomorrow.
About the Author:
  • What inspires you?   Inspiration comes in many forms and for me it really depends on the book. For the Dragons Forever series, inspiration came in the form of two little boys and one little girl whom I love and treasure. My children really mean the world to me and they do inspire me to create stories that are fun and still challenge the child to live with conviction.
  • Hardest aspect of writing? Best?  The hardest aspect of writing has got to be the struggle between what to write first, next, last. There are so many stories in my head that I never know what should be next. Though, once I decide, sometimes the hardest part is actually turning off the internet and putting the story on paper. The best part has got to be watching the story unfold. Even if I use an outline, the story sometimes takes an unexpected twist that I wasn’t aware of when I started.  That’s pretty exciting. Especially when it unwraps the story into something totally different then you could have ever imagined.  Definitely the best!
  • Who is your writing hero?   This is an easy one… C.S. Lewis. The Chronicles of Narnia were the reason for his main rise to writing heroism for me. The fact that he could weave a story in so few words… amazing! And not just any story but one that keeps you on your toes and wanting more.
  • Randomness:
o   Sweet or salty? Sweet. But give me a mix of sweet and salty together and I’m yours forever.
o   Beach or mountains? Ooooooooh this one is tough. As a California girl, I used to drive through the mountains to get to the beach. So really love both! But, each summer we look forward to our time on the Mendocino Coast, so I guess beach wins.
o   Online or in person? There are different times in my life when I prefer one over the other. Right now, it’s online. Mostly because I am swamped with schooling my children, writing books, and potty training puppies.
o   Ebook or print? I’m still a print girl… but I am conforming to the ways of the world quickly. So it’s like 50/50 right now. However, my kids are still 100% print. They haven’t grasped the new-fangledness of digital.

 About the Future:
  • What’s next for you?   This is a harder question then you’d think, what with all the characters pulling my head in separate directions. Thankfully I have two fiction novels that are on the editors desk right now and I’m hoping to find a home for them in 2012. I also have a Young Adult novel that is screaming for me to finish. And then my mind is roaming over the outline of Dragons Forever 3, which I hope to have out late fall or early winter 2012.
  • One outrageous goal for the future?  If you’re asking for a writing goal, it’s to write every day and hone my craft. If you are asking for a life goal, it’s to live life to the fullest in 2012. I have so many things planned for 2012 and they all sound outrageous. Publishing, mothering, traveling to Ethiopia, schooling, honing… I’m planning my day of rest for 2013 already.
 To hear more about Eisley, check out her guest post yesterday. Oh! And don't forget about my Phantom Giveaway ending later today, AND the YA Scavenger Hunt starting a little later today. WOOT WOOT!!!


What's in your TBR pile right now?

Wednesday Writing with Eisley Jacobs.

Today I am joined by the fabulous Eisley Jacobs as she celebrates the release of her latest book, RUNAWAY CHOICES. Eisley lives in Denver, Colorado with her three children and husband. Eisley actively writes the characters that stroll through her head. The first YA Novel she completed was in high school, but somehow got lost in the shuffle into real life. While studying at college, stories began to plague her mind and she tried her best to keep them at bay while she did more important things like... like... who are we kidding. Her grades suffered because the voices wouldn't stop. So instead of going insane, she wrote.
Eisley’s middle grade novels: BORN TO BE A DRAGON and BLINK OF A DRAGON. Eisley’s new adult novel: RUNAWAY CHOICES


Eisley is talking about writing today...

Thank you Christine for having me guest post on your blog today. It’s such an honor and privilege to be here under the wings of such awesomeness.

So today, I’m here to talk about the process of writing. I hope you’ll grab a latte and scoot up a chair. 

If you’re a writer, I’m sure you’ve heard the term pantser or plotter. And if you have, you know that some people are definitely one and not the other. Sometimes it’s even difficult for the pantser to understand the plotter and vice verse. It’s is almost like two totally different languages! (Pantser refers to flying by the seat or your pants and plotter is where you have a clear direction.)

What happens then when a pantser turns into a plotter?

Chaos. Pure and absolute chaos.

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is Eisley Jacobs.

I started out as a pretty organic writer. Just heading out to sea with an idea and writing until I reached the end. Also known as a pantser. Sometimes then end would come after 190,000 while others I’d get stuck around 45,000 struggling with the story and character motivations. It was always a great adventure but I found myself wondering WHAT’S THE POINT?! Literally. What was the point of the story I had written?

The understatement of the century would be that both these scenarios frustrated me. Either I have way too much or way too little. What is going on?! Why couldn’t I just figure it out?! Thus was the life of this pantser.
Sure, I’d written a few books using the pantser skills I’d been trying so hard to perfect. In fact, two of them are in print now. However, last year when I was writing yet another pantser novel that ended up with no point, something happened. Something radical. Something I thought would never happen… to me.

I became a plotter. Only I didn’t know it.

I spent days staring at the words on the page wondering what went wrong. I then took this manuscript apart. Shredding it into pieces as I chastised myself for doing it again. If you picture a lunatic ripping her manuscript into confetti, you might have a general idea of what was going on in my head. Only it was in the digital world, so there was less to clean up. Or was there more? That’s still up for debate.

As I sifted through the rubble, I discovered I had all the right pieces to the story, but I lacked clear motivation as to why my character would do such a thing. After fighting the urge to burn the darn thing, I pieced the strips of torn paper back together. At this point, I realized with a good reorganization and a few added details, this would be okay. So, I fleshed it out on actual paper in an outline, using the story details I’d already written and adding in the ones I believed were missing. When I came to the end, only then did I realize what I’d just done. I’d broken the cardinal rule of a pantser.

I’d plotted.

But surely that didn’t mean I was a plotter, did it?

Well, no not yet. But as I finished up the manuscript and realized this indeed worked, I thought about using it again. I mean, why not? If I had done this at the beginning this frustration would have never even seen the light of day.

So, behind closed doors and with no one peeking, I actually plotted four of my next novels.

As a former pantser, this was beyond comprehension. This was exhilarating! All the sudden I had direction and realized regardless of when I was ready to write these stories, they’d be ready for me! I wouldn’t have to worry about losing them in the confines of paperwork or the folds of grey mass (because I do worry about that).

But I have a confession. It also felt a bit naughty. Like I was doing something so against my character that the other people in the pantser community might be shocked! (That was in my head really. No one in the pantser community cares if you are a pantser turned plotter. You just do what is right for your novel.)
However, I didn’t think I cared! I’d been freed!

Now, as a new convert, did that mean I was bound by an outline and a plotting session? I’m actually still trying to debate that. I tried using my pantser method during my last manuscript and had to stop several times and plug it into a timeline or outline. It was like… I had to. Like it was calling to me! And I can’t say my manuscript (or my time) was unhappy I had! I felt like helped make a stronger story, where I can definitely seen the character and story arcs much more clearly then if I’d just been pantsing the whole way through.

There is no wrong way to write a novel. Pansters and plotters can write a fabulously intricate novel that will knock your socks off. I’ve seen it done and I’m happy to identify with the difficulties of both now.

So, which one are you? And would you ever consider trying the other?

~~
Thank you Eisley - I love this post. And as for me, I am a plotter all the way! Be sure to come back tomorrow as I interview Eisley about some of her projects.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Another EPIC Announcement

I am trembling with excitement about today's announcement. Now, I know that we have been all about LACRIMOSA for the last few weeks (and don't forget about the epic Compass Press BIGGEST FAN contest going on RIGHT NOW), but this announcement is about something else all together...


But first, I need to announce the winner for the LACRIMOSA GIVEAWAY - 


MOLLY FRENZEL!!!


Congrats!


And now, I am pleased to announce the sale of a new book, a special book that I am so excited about, to Compass Press - TRANSCEND, a YA Psychological Thriller unlike anything currently on the shelves.
Check out the PM announcement:
Children's:Young Adult 
Christine Fonseca's TRANSCEND, pitched as Hamlet meets the Black Swan in this Phantom of the Opera thriller, in which a horrible accident leaves a young man abandoned and left for dead, his only link to sanity the love of his fiancee and the support of his best friend-an illusion that might just rip away the last shreds of his humanity and reveal parts of himself he'll wish remained buried, to Compass Press, in a nice deal, for publication in March 2013 (US). 
This is by far the hardest thing I have ever written and I am BEYOND excited. I've talked with Compass Press about the thoughts for the cover, edits, etc, and trust me when I say that EPIC does not begin. In fact, I have serious chills just writing this post.


Here's a little blurb about the story (from Goodreads):
All seventeen-year-old composer Ien Montgomery desires is to find his muse – someone to ease the burdens of his family’s rigid expectations and the recent death of his older brother. When he meets a beautiful violin-prodigy, Kiera McDougal, his 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. 
Now, to celebrate the news of the sale, I thought I'd give away a DVD of the movie version of the story that inspired TRANSCEND, Phantom of the Opera, as well as a $10 Amazon Gift Certificate. Just fill out this rafflecopter form to win. WOO HOO!!!

Monday, March 26, 2012

A Biggest Fan EPIC Giveaway

I am so excited for this week - I promised even more celebrations for LACRIMOSA and an incredible giveaway, and here it is...
But before I get to that, I want to announce the winner of the AYDAN contest - 
C. LEE. McKENZIE

CONGRATS!
 And don't forget about the Epic Lacrimosa giveaway ending today. CLICK HERE for more info.

And now...the new contest celebrating Compass Press's releases:


A Biggest FAN contest featuring works by Heather McCorkle and myself. This is a giveaway that rewards our readers who have both enjoyed our works and taken the time to review them. And...The 1st place winner will receive a Nook Simple Touch! 


Here are the deets: 


Be a fan and read and review any of the following books:



Get Points for any of the following:
+1 for a review of each title on your blog (past or present)
+1 for a review of each title on Goodreads
+3 for a review of each title on Amazon
+3 for a review of each title on B&N
+2 for a review of each title on any other retail site


We only ask two things, that you please review it after you read it, and that your are honest. We're not looking for gushing reviews here (though those are wonderful and will of course count) and we're thrilled at three and four stars as well as five. Anything below three stars is a pretty universal sign that you didn't like the novel and those reviews will not count toward your points. The winner doesn't have to be a follower of our blogs but of course we'd love it if you were because we like to connect with our fans.


There will be second and third place winners as well, both of which include signed copies of our books and bookish swag. EPIC!!!!!!!!! Keep track of the fun on twitter with the hashtag #YAFAN


To see what some other book bloggers think about LACRIMOSA, I have a concurrent Book Blogger tour starting today, featuring reviews, interviews and giveaways. CLICK HERE for a complete schedule.


And be sure to use the entry form below to enter the contest. WOOT!!!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Sunday, March 25, 2012

The Spring Scavenger Hunt is COMING...

OMGoodness....It's time to announce the final lineup of the Spring Scavenger Hunt! And I am so honored to he part of it. This year it will be bigger and badder than ever before with 60 count 'em 60 YA authors! With fabulous prizes around every corner you DO NOT want to miss this! Just check out this amazing books and authors...




AMBER ARGYLE


LISA T. BERGREN


LISA BURSTEIN


KIMBERLY DERTING


LAURA A.H. ELLIOTT


CHRISTINE FONSECA


ABBI GLINES


CYNTHIA HAND


S.R. JOHANNES


GINA LINKO


GRETCHEN MCNEIL


MIKE MULLIN


JOY PREBLE


TIFFANY TRUITT


ANN AGUIRRE


LEAH BOBET

ALI CROSS


LEIGH FALLON


TARA FULLER


COLLEEN HOUCK


ELANA JOHNSON

The Glimpse
CLAIRE MERLE


GREGG OLSEN


LISA & LAURA ROECKER


JERI SMITH-READY


LANI WOODLAND


JOSEPHINE ANGELINI


BRODI ASHTON


BREE DESPAIN


TARA HUDSON


MYRA MCENTIRE


AMY PLUM




Plus more from authors Jus Accardo, Inara Scott, Tish Thawer, Magan Vernon, Sofie Couch, Karen Amanda Hooper, Erica O'Rourke, Jessica Shirvington, Alexandra Monir, Lisa Nowak, Beth Fantaskey, Suzanne Lazear, CK Bryant, Cat Kalen, S.L. Naeole, Angela Corbett, Gina Damico, Marley Gibson, Rae Hachton, Nancy Holder, Debbie Viguie, Jennifer L. Armentrout, Tera Lynn Childs, Willow Cross, Janet Gurtler, Cindy Hogan and Jamie Manning. 
Whew, what a list. What do you think? EXCITED???

The ever-talented author Beth Revis has created a website just for our Scavenger Hunts! Click on the YA Scavenger Hunt image below to be redirected there. Because we have so many authors this time we are breaking into three groups. We have BLUE TEAM, RED TEAM, and YELLOW TEAM!


Each group is made up of 20 authors and I am on  TEAM BLUE!




This means that my bonus material will be found on the blue team. If you get lost on the hunt simply return to the hunt website and pick up where you left off. While you check out the website, don't forget to vote on the polls, follow the site, and check out all the prizes. You can even tweet from there too!


THE YA SCAVENGER HUNT BEGINS THURSDAY MARCH 29TH AT NOON PACIFIC TIME AND ENDS SUNDAY APRIL 1ST AT NOON PACIFIC TIME! THAT GIVES YOU ONLY 72 HOURS 

TO COMPLETE THE HUNT!
GOOD LUCK TO ALL!


Saturday, March 24, 2012

Time for the EPIC LACRIMOSA Grand Prize



The "Getting to know Nesy and Aydan" tour for LACRIMOSA is quickly coming to an end which means...it's time to enter the clues for the EPIC HUGE Giveaway! 


That's right. Every day throughout the tour, the hosts have shared clearly marked clues - single words that relate to LACRIMOSA in some way. Collect the words, enter them in the form and you could win a HUGE grand prize.


So, what is the prize, you ask? 


Print copies of LACRIMOSA, Michelle Zink's A TEMPTATION OF ANGELS and Laini Taylor's DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE, as well as other bookish swag. 


{told ya it was FABULOUS} 


So, make sure you visited the stops, collected the clues and completed the form. If you've missed a few stops, here is the schedule so you can catch up. The clues are at the ends of the posts.


NESY WEEK (the Nesy giveaway is OVER for that one)

AYDAN WEEK (the Aydan giveaway ends 3/25, so you still have time to enter! Click here to enter.)
Collect the clues, and complete the form below. That's it. But you'd better be QUICK. The contest is over on Monday, March 26. ((but don't worry - there is an beyond epic contest starting on 3/26))





Friday, March 23, 2012

Aydan's Musical Tribute to LACRIMOSA (and a last giveaway chance)


WOW! I can't believe Aydan week is already over. I really hope you have enjoyed it as much as I have. Reading your comments throughout the tour, hearing the chatter - it has been nothing short of inspirational to me. In fact, because of all of YOUR reactions to both Nesy and Aydan, I have a few LACRIMOSA related things up my sleeve!!! More info on them in upcoming weeks. EEP!
So excited.
But back to our final "Getting to Know Aydan" post. Today I am featuring a playlist compiled by Aydan of some of his fav LACRIMOSA inspired songs.



Get a playlist! Standalone player Get Ringtones

Hope you enjoyed that! And be sure to check out today's tour post over with Jen, wherein I talk about Why I had to see this project through. And be certain to enter the giveaway for a fabulous Aydan Prize pack. Just complete the form below.


If you can't see the whole form to enter, use the tab button to tab through the entry fields. Or use this link - https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dHJaM19zNXlXeUhXVWlmUTJiRC10eWc6MA#gid=0

And don't forget the last clue for the grandprize giveaway. I will be posting the entry form tomorrow where you can enter all of your clues.

Today's clue - SACRIFICE 

And don't forget about my FIRST Goodreads giveaway for LACRIMOSA - and it happens to be international! Just saying...

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Lacrimosa by Christine Fonseca

Lacrimosa

by Christine Fonseca

Giveaway ends April 14, 2012.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter to win