Wednesday, October 31, 2012

A Special Halloween Treat Inspired by Edgar Allen Poe

Most of you know I LOVE to write psychological thrillers, probably more than any of the other genres I write. So, I though I'd offer a little piece of flash fiction I wrote long before Transcend and my first journey into the mind of madness....

I called it, the Research Assistant. But really, it is best titled Heartache:

Ellen waited in anticipation for the class to end.  Dr. Jenkins had promised her a chance to be his research assistant on one of his current projects – some ultra secret venture in the field of human engineering.
Or so she thought.
Dr. Jenkins was a bit of a rock star at the university.  His research had made its way into mainstream media and he spent many days making appearances on Oprah and the Nightly News.  The university ate up the publicity, blindly throwing money at each of his new endeavors. 
Ellen watched her professor as he finished his lecture on the biochemistry of emotions.  She fantasized about him often - his dark hair and steely eyes making their way into her dreams most nights.  She didn’t mind that he was twice her age.  In fact, she liked the cool confidence of his maturity. 
“Ellen, please stay after class. We need to talk.”  Dr Jenkins’ seductive voice sent chills up her spine, causing her to tremble.   
Flashes of her previous dreams – his lips on her neck, the feel of his skin on hers – pulsed through her body.  She swallowed hard, forcing the sound to come from her voice.  “No problem.” 
She blushed as the fantasy continued in her thoughts.  Her classmates chuckled, amused at the apparent crush between their professor and Ellen.  She ignored them.  
She always ignored them.
The students hurried out the classroom.  Ellen starred at her professor, excited at the prospect of spending time alone with him.  Her heart pounded in her chest as he approached her.“Shall we go to my lab?”  he asked.   “I want you to see what you’re getting yourself into before you agree to this.”
Ellen fought back her fantasies, her body warming in his presence.  “Yeah, sure.”  She walked next to him, barely able to breath, let alone move. 
They walked in silence through the labyrinth of corridors to the lab.  Ellen forced herself to move forward, her body quivering at the thought of what lay ahead.  They reached the lab in minutes.  Dr. Jenkins unlocked the door and ushered her in.
“So, Ellen, are you curious as to what this project is about?”
Ellen nodded as she glanced around the room.  The walls of the lab were adorned with shelves of specimen jars.   The center of the room looked more like a surgical suite, with a large table, a tray of sharp tools and bottles filled with various liquids.  Ellen took in the scene, confusion mixing with her desire. 
She cleared her throat as she moved her eyes from the surgical table to the strange jars on the wall.   “Um, Dr. Jenkins, what are those?”
“They are part of my experiments,” he answered, his voice mesmerizing.
“But what are they?”
“Dissected hearts.”  Dr. Jenkins paused and looked at Ellen.  “You see, I believe I have found a way to stop human heartache. Completely.”
Ellen’s palms started to sweat as she stared at her professor, unable to turn away.  “Really,” she choked, unable to say more.
“Yes,” Dr Jenkins continued, his voice detached.  “But, I need to conduct a few more experiments to be sure.  That’s why I need your help.”
He walked to Ellen and stroked her hair.  Chills ran down her spine as alarm bells burned in her mind.  Get out, her thoughts screamed.  She stared at him, paralyzed.  Dr Jenkins continued to stroke her hair, as her heart hammered in her chest.   She gulped, desire giving away to the fear weaving through her mind.  She opened her mouth to speak, the sound dying in her throat. 
He put his finger on her lips. “Shh.  Oh Ellen, I really need you for this project.  All it will take is your heart.” 
Dr. Jenkins turned, locked the lab door and took a scalpel from the table.  He turned to face her, scalpel in hand.  “So, Ellen, are you ready to be part of my research?”
Ellen’s heart pounded wildly in her chest, the last of desire engulfed by her own terror.  She ran to the back of the room, trying to get away.  But there was only one way out.  And Dr. Jenkins was barring it.
“Now, now, Ellen.  I know you want this.”
Her eyes widened, horror erasing everything else.  Dr. Jenkins bolted for her, wrapping his arms around her waist and pulling her in as she pounded her fists against him. 
Ellen’s screams echoed down the empty corridor of the university.  Unanswered. 



Happy Halloween everyone!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

IT'S HERE!!! LIBERA ME IS HERE!!!


I am SO HAPPY to announce that my publisher is nothing short of amazing!!! Despite tardiness on my part, crazy publishing busyness, etc, THE BOOK IS OUT!!!

Yep, that's right, Libera Me is officially in the world!
The Blurb:

What happens when everything you’ve sacrificed for is lost? 
Aydan thought Nesy’s death would be the end of him, until he meets Nessa and his hope is restored. Could she be Nesy reborn? He is certain she must be. That is, until her lack of memories and incessant nightmares begin to erode his faith.

Zane is used to trusting his mind, his wisdom and his angelic senses. But these attributes are no help with Nessa. He has no way to be certain of her identity, no way to know the truth. That is, unless he listens to the one thing he has refused to acknowledge throughout his existence - he feelings for Nesy. 

Blind to both angel and demon, Aydan and Zane must figure out the truth behind Nesy's identity before all is lost, Azza discovers the truth and the Beast is again unleashed. 

The lines between good and evil have never been so blurred.


Be certain to grab your copy, follow the tour, enter the contests, and partake in all the fun.. YAY!!!
You can pick it up at the following sites:
Barnes and Noble
Amazon

Print copies will not be out for another week or so - contact me if you are looking for print info. EEP!

Here are my contests:
a Rafflecopter giveaway


And click on the Tour Tab for all the fun bloggy happenings. I truly can't wait to hear your thoughts!!!

A Free Read to Prepare for Libera Me


As I mentioned earlier, it looks like Libera Me is going to be delayed a few days. But, hey - it's perfect news!!! 

"Why?" you ask. 

Because, now you can read up on Zane and make sure your ready for everything Libera Me has to offer. To start, the FREE download of Mea Culpa, Zane's story and the bridge to Libera Me. It really is a MUST READ. Look at what others are saying:

  • "...get a glimpse into a tortured soul who would do anything for a friend that he loves dearly." - Heather McCorkle, Author of the Channeler Series and To Ride A Puca
  • "It is lyrical, it is poetic, it possesses your soul. Another amazing piece of writing." - The Cover Contessa
  • "(Zane) has so many layers to him, I can't help but want to explore each one of them." - Black Lillies Are Deadly Reviews

Here is the "official" blurb for the story:
Everything has a price, especially duty. And love. 
Azza's attacks are always deadly...ALWAYS. But that was before Nesy. And before Mikayel and Zane. Now, death has a new enemy. But, what's the cost for saving a life?
MEA CULPA follows one angel's quest to save his best friend.
I hope you'll download your FREE copy and read it today:
Amazon - http://www.amazon.com/Mea-Culpa-Requiem-Series-ebook/dp/B008AS8ESO
Smashwords - https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/171004

WOO HOO!!!! So exciting!





Monday, October 29, 2012

The Tour, NaNo, Giveaways....Oh My!!

First, I wish all of my East Coast buddies a safe day. Hopefully the storm is not ravaging too badly outside your window today. 

Now, I have so much to talk about, to report...

First - how many of you have tried the Angelic Order Quiz??? So far, I know of several Mediators, Sentinals and even an UnHoly or two. Click here to complete the FB quiz. And be sure to let me know how yours turned out.

On to NaNo news. We are a mere two days from NaNo - the month in which a few crazy writers commit to drafting a 50K novel in 30 days. It sounds daunting I know...and in fact, it is! I have attempted it three other times. Completed it only once. This year will also be a stretch. I won't be posting any word counts until after Nov 9. 

Why you ask? I have major edits (final edits) due on Nov 9 for my nonfiction, so nothing happens until then are completed. 

Then I am all about NaNo.

So, how will I prepare to write roughly 2400 words a day? By outlining, of course! (Those that know me knew I would answer it this way...)

So today and tomorrow are all about a skeleton outline to guide my way through NaNo. Since I am using the month to write the last in the Requiem series, it won't be too hard...maybe. The story took some HUGE twists and turns in book #2...

Which leads me to Libera Me news. First, I don't think it'll actually be released tomorrow. Probably more like Thursday or Friday. But that won't stop the tour...

And here are the stops for the week:


I will have them on my side bar too...
And don't forget about the contests: 
  • Libera Me Tour - character-inspired books and swag:: 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

  • Kindle giveaway celebrating my fall releases:
a Rafflecopter giveaway

What would you do to prepare for NaNo?

Saturday, October 27, 2012

A Weekend of Giveaways, Excerpts, and more


WOW!!! It's the last weekend in October! I can't believe it. Next weekend is my masquerade party, then my anniversary  Thanksgiving, Christmas, and poof....2013 (Assuming we aren't all dead in Dec). Where did the year go!

Before I get lost in fun thoughts of the holidays, here are the stops for the weekend. LOTS OF FUN THINGS released today and tomorrow, so I really hope you make the rounds and check it all out:

Saturday:
Sunday:


Before I sign off and get back to work (yes, I am behind AGAIN on edits!), I want to remind you of the giveaways and the EXCLUSIVE Transcend Special Edition hardback offered through Compass Press. There is only a few weeks left to preorder yours...then they are GONE.


And...for a little added incentive, I will be shipping a pack of three special love letters from Ien to Kiera to every one who purchases the hardback. After my tour giveaway in October, it will be the only way to get the letters. WOO HOO!!!

Order your book today!



Transcend
 
 




And don't forget about the contests: 

  • Libera Me Tour - character-inspired books and swag:: 

a Rafflecopter giveaway


  • Kindle giveaway celebrating my fall releases:
a Rafflecopter giveaway



SO SO SO exciting!


Friday, October 26, 2012

Another Step Toward The Goal...

Hey there all! Just jumping in with today's stops:
I check out the Libera Me tour stop and it wasn't up, so I wanted to cross-post over here. I am releasing 
Zane's playlist featuring the following songs:
PLAYLIST:
·         Something I Can Never Have (Nine Inch Nails)
·         Iridescent (Lincoln Park)
·         Breaking Inside (Shinedown)
·         Lover’s Requiem (I am Ghost)
·         Your Guardian Angel (Red Jumpsuit Apparatus)



And, don't forget the giveaways...
a Rafflecopter giveaway
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Now, I am off to the cave for some writing time...

Thursday, October 25, 2012

NaNo, A Break, and more...


Happy Thursday all! I am taking the next few days off of life and getting some things done, so this is the last post until next week. So, I thought I'd ask you all a question about NaNoWriMo...

1) Whose doing it ?
2) What are you doing to prepare?
3) Any glimpses on what you are writing???

As for me, I am totally doing it this year. My user name is ChristineF if you want to buddy me! I am looking forward to serious, hard-core drafting this year. LOL!

To prepare, I will be spending part of my time away plotting out my story. I am drafting DOMINUS, Book #3 in the Requiem Series....and man, this is NOT an easy one, let me assure you! So much needs to be figured out on this. Yep!

So, what about you guys?

Oh! And be sure to continue along with my quest for World Domination! I am at the following places today:



So excited to hear/see what you guys think of the opening to Libera Me. EEP!!! And yes, the contest is still going on. WOO HOO.


And don't forget about the ongoing Kindle giveaway celebrating my fall releases. SO SO SO exciting!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

I will post the tour stops while I am away...so please be sure to stop by! I'd love to see/hear from you.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

More World Domination


Before I get into today's stops, I wanted to remind you about an ultra-cool offer from Compass Press. Together we are selling a SPECIAL EDITION hardback - signed and numbered - of Transcend. You will not be able to get this anywhere but RIGHT HERE, and only until November 15. THAT IS RIGHT! Only three more weeks and then that is it, they are gone. You can order them through the link on the left sidebar. But, do it quick!

And now, another day of the Libera Me Tour and the CrossRoads Tour. Today's Tour Stops include:

I love doing these. Tomorrow, I'll be revealing part of of the opening chapters to Libera Me, so be sure to check that out!

And yes, the contest for the character-inspired books is continuing and open internationally: 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

And don't forget about the ongoing Kindle giveaway celebrating my fall releases. SO SO SO exciting!

a Rafflecopter giveaway


The Changing Nature of Friendships

I normally use this blog to talk about writing, books, promotion and the like. But this morning I woke up in a highly contemplative mood. Nothing new, really. Those that know me know that I tend to overthink just about everything. It's part of my normal intensity and something I've grown accustomed to.

This morning's contemplation was about changing friendships, support systems, etc. My daughter had I had a great conversation about this last night - the way in which her support system has changed over the last year. We talked about how mine had shifted and changed, about our feelings with such changes. She said something to me that I thought  was so true...
"It isn't about missing my friend, it's about missing the concept of that friendship. I mean, she's changed. So it isn't her I miss really. It's what we were to each other that I miss."

So wise, right?!?

Friendships do ebb and flow over time. They change and deepen. And sometimes they fade away all together. It's the natural cycle of things. These changes aren't inherently bad, but they do throw me off for a while as I reestablish my equilibrium and support system. This can be a hard shift for me at times. And I am thankful for the friendships that continue and help support me when I can't seem to find my balance.

My dear friend, Ali Cross, blogged about her Circle of Support this morning, thanking the writing community for their support of her. Likewise, I want to thank my network of support for being there as things shift and change--my writerly friends that understand the unique journey we are on, and my reader friends that show endless devotion through their readership. And finally, to my friends that just "get" me and my intensities.

You are all my compass, my rock. Thank you for being there!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Rise of a Rector Tour - Introducing Fane:


The final novel in Heather McCorkle’s channeler series, Rise of a Rector, has released! To celebrate, and in the spirit of October, Fane from the channeler series is here to tell us about a scary moment in his life. Take it away Fane!

Fane: My cousin, my only flesh and blood anywhere near my age, was being attacked by two boys in the middle of a party. No one was helping her. I crouched in the shadows, indecisive. If I helped her then I risked exposing my family’s secret, one that would endanger all our lives if the people of this town knew. But the boys were overcoming her. I couldn’t let them hurt her so I swallowed my fear and jumped in the fight.

Check out Heather’s blog for a new tour stop each day until November 2nd. To thank her fans, and future fans, Heather’s historical fantasy novel (a standalone novel that ties into the channeler series) will be free Friday November 2nd and Saturday November 3rd on Amazon. And if Heather gets over 1000 downloads of To Ride A Puca in those two days she’ll give away a $10 Amazon or B&N gift card! So spread the word, get ready to download To Ride A Puca, tell all your friends to download it, and drop by Heather’s blog now to enter to win the gift certificate.

You can find all three novels in the channeler series (The Secret of Spruce Knoll, Channeler’s Choice, and Rise of a Rector) on Amazon and B&N, as well as other retail sites. The channeler novella~and prequel to The Secret of Spruce Knoll~Born of Fire is currently free on Amazon and B&N and you can find a short story about Fane from the series in the FREE anthology, In His eyes. You can add Rise of a Rector to your Goodreads lists at this link.

Monday, October 22, 2012

THE LIBERA ME TOUR is here PLUS A GIVEAWAY!

So sorry for the LOUD title, but I am just too excited about the early response to the book, the start of the tour, and ... an NEW epic giveaway!

Let's start with the early feedback on the book:

  • "I was left breathless and shocked many time as I read this book...The writing is beautiful, fluent and absolutely mesmerizing...This is a book about friends, truths and the fight that we have within ourselves when it comes to love. "  ~ Tiffany from Escaping...One Book At A Time
  • "Libera Me will have you holding your breath the entire time you read it....Your mind will be spinning a million miles per hour, your heart will be pounding, you will be screaming and gripping the edge of your seat....If you loved Lacrimosa, I guarantee that you will love Libera Me just as much, if not more." ~ Sylvia from Never Too Old for YA Books (Goodreads and FB Group)
  • "This book will blow your mind in so many ways. If you read Lacrimosa, and enjoyed the awesomeness that was the first book in the Requiem series, then this story will shatter your mind into so many pieces you will have to pick them up and read the book again to fully absorb it's awesomeness!" ~ Brooke from The Cover Contessa 
Once again I am completely and utterly HUMBLED by the response! To celebrate, I wanted to add a new giveaway, inspired by the characters of LIBERA ME! Complete the rafflecopter form below to enter for a chance to win one of the following prizes:

  • AYDAN inspired prize pack of bookish swag and THE RAVEN BOYS by Maggie Stiefvater
  • ZANE inspired prize pack of bookish swag and CONFESSIONS OF A MURDER SUSPECT by James Patterson
  • NESSA inspired prize pack of bookish swag and DEFIANCE by CJ Redwine
  • Signed paperback copy of LACRIMOSA
  • Signed paperback copy of LIBERA ME
The contest is open internationally and goes throughout the tour:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

And now - back to world domination....
Today I am at:
And don't forget about the ongoing Kindle giveaway celebrating my fall releases. SO SO SO exciting!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

World Domination!!!


Happy Monday All! Today - in fact all for the next several days - I will be putting my plan for world domination into effect. **cue music**
Okay, not really.
But,  I am hanging out all over the interwebz and TWO separate tours are in full swing. Today, I am at Confessions of a Bookaholic as part of the Crossroads Tour and Escaping...One Book At A Time as part of the Libera Me Tour! Check it out, show some love and yea....enjoy!!!

And yes, for those asking I do listen to the above music while I edit...it's perfect for my upcoming short, Enigma.

Oh! And before you go, be sure to enter the giveaway for a Kindle here on my blog, as well as my special LIBERA ME giveaway - just look at what you could win!!! More on that later...

a Rafflecopter giveaway

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Day One of the Crossroads Tour!



Today begins the EPICNESS that is the crossroads tour! To make sure you get in on all the fun, I wanted to give you the schedule (This will be on its own page throughout the tour). I am thrilled to announce that I am "touring" with the amazing Lucienne Diver, author of the popular VAMPED series. We will be stopping at the following blogs:

Oct 24 - Mundie Moms

Seriously EPIC!!!

Be sure to stop by the Late Bloomers Online site today for our fabulous little interview. And check us out with the Mundie Moms next week for a live chat. EEP!


Thursday, October 18, 2012

The LIBERA ME Tour!




Holy cow! It's release time AGAIN! I just can't believe it. Libera Me is out in the world in roughly 10 days. TEN DAYS!!!! How is that even possible? This book was difficult for me to write. It is emotional, intense, and mysterious. And I really hope you will all love it.

Although the review copies are late getting out, a couple of people have read the finished product. Here's just a little bit of what one had to say:
  • "Libera Me will have you holding your breath the entire time you read it" - Sylvia, moderator of Never Too Old for YA Books on facebook and goodreads
To celebrate, I am hosting a special giveaway (like I did for Transcend) throughout the tour. More info on Monday, 10/22


And of course there is another EPIC BLOG TOUR UR hosted by SupaGurlTours:
WHEW!!!! Fun, Yes???

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Blog Chain Time: Books and Movies, Oh My...


I'm so excited to let everyone know that my Blog Chain has been reorganized and re-started! These are such a great group of writers, and I am thrilled to be part of this. 

This time the topic comes from Michelle who asked the following:

There are so many book-to-movie adaptations out there. Which are your favorites? Which are your least favorites? Why? Do you make sure you've read a book before you go see the movie adaptation, or do you prefer to read it after, or not at all?

Film adaptations - what a great subject. I love books. And I love movies. But, do I love books that have been turned into movies? The short answer...sometimes.

There have been a couple books-to-movies that are brilliant. The Lord of the Rings trilogy, for example. These are the exception, however. That is not to say that I dislike books that have been turned into movies. I just view them as completely separate things, each to be enjoyed on its own merits. I don't look for comparisons...if I did, I think I would be forever disappointed as typically I enjoy books better than movies.

I was at a book panel event for teens not too long ago in which one of my fellow authors was talking about her experiences going through the book-to-movie process. She said she is really just the "source material" for the screenplay. Most of the actors don't know that the movie they are making was based on a book, nor have they read the book. I think that is true in many cases. Yes, with things like Twilight and Harry Potter, I know the actors read the books. But with lesser known material, this may not always be the case. And that's fine. These are separate mediums in which to tell a story. Both have there pros and cons.

Back to the original question...I love books. I love movies. I will always few both as unique. And yes, there are movies that have inspired me to read the books and visa-versa. But I really do try to keep the two medium separate in my mind.

For more on this topic, check out Sandra's from yesterday, and Katrina's post tomorrow.

Thanks!


Sunday, October 14, 2012

Ali Cross's NAME THE BOOK Party and Giveaway!!!


So excited for this week!!! Ali Cross, author of the Desolation Series and an amazing person to boot is launching an amazing giveaway and Name The Book extravaganza. Each of these blogs are featuring a part of an excerpt, character interviews, and more. AND, on each blog is a WORD that is part of a special scavenger hunt.

For my post, Ali shares a special thank you! But before we get to that I wanted to take a moment to thank HER...

For always being there when I need to talk.
For being a great example of perseverance.
For her awesome Ninja spirit.
For the Desolation series.
For the stories still being formed.

Ali is truly a addition to the writing community and I am thrilled to call her a friend! And now for Ali's special guest post:



I’ve sat here and written a dozen posts—in my head. All the while the blank white page mocked me. The blinking cursor singing, “Neener, neener, neener.” Yes, even cursors can mock you when you run out of words.
I don’t usually run out of story-words. I can lay them down like nobody’s business. Writer’s block hasn’t ever (knock on wood) been a problem for me.
No, the words I have trouble finding are the ones that connect me to you—the reader.Because there’s really only two words to be said, and they are, THANK YOU.Thank you for reading.Thank you for taking a chance on my books.Thank you for emailing me, sending me Facebook notes, and, most of all, thank you for leaving reviews.
My stories would only be words on a page, images in my head, if you didn’t read them. When you read them, magic happens. The people and creatures that I’ve only seen in my mind, come to life in yours. You are the magic that gives them life, and for that—thank you!

And now, for the name the book part. Below you will see a mock cover to help put you in the mood for choosing a cover. Your options are DIVINE, CHOSEN, or DESTINED.  

You can vote daily for the name of your choice, but you only get one name. Vote on the rafflecopter form below.

a Rafflecopter giveaway
There is more fun too!!! A scavenger hunt. Start at the first blog listed below and read the excerpt. Then hop to each blog to collect the words that will complete the excerpt. Enter the words in the rafflecopter form below and poof! you are entered.

The word for this hop is: FOREVER.









9.  Bookish






a Rafflecopter giveaway

I hope you have a blast with the hunt and the name game. And be certain to  read the rest of the books in the series, BECOME and DESOLATE. Trust me, this is an amazing series! Stock Ali to find out more about her and her books:


twitter username: @ali_cross


Saturday, October 13, 2012

Upcoming Crossroads Tour! And More

Hi all! Where did the week go? Sorry I pretty much fell off the planet. I am still knee deep in edits, so other than some very special posts I am doing this week, I may be a bit absent again. 

But not today!

Today I want to share information on the Crossroads Tour that brings authors and bloggers together for the benefit of readers. And yes, there is an amazing prize you can win at the end of it all! Check out the post HERE for complete details. 

I am thrilled to announce that I am "touring" with the amazing Lucienne Diver, author of the popular VAMPED series. We will be stopping at the following blogs:

Oct 24 - Mundie Moms

Seriously EPIC!!!

And that is not all! The Blog Tour for Libera Me, book 2 in the Requiem Series starts that week as well. More information on that one later next week.

Until then, enjoy the gorgeous fall weather. I'll be torturing a few characters...

Monday, October 8, 2012

Edits Galore and a Giveaway Announcement

Happy Monday! I will admit, I am in a bit of a birthday fog - and we didn't even officially celebrate my birthday yet. Actually, I think the fog is related to a week's worth of 14 hour days, edits all weekend and yes....more edits to finish up over the next couple of days.

So, while I am toiling away in my cave, I wanted to tell you about an amazing giveaway my friend, Danyelle Leafty is having. Go HERE and check it out, you won't be sorry. And while you are there, be sure to check out her books - they are absolutely FABULOUS!

See you later this week with exciting news about Libera Me, book 2 in the Requiem series...

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Weekend Update, Winners and previews for next week....

Thanks everyone for the FABULOUS tour and reviews and fun! I am so humbled by everyone's response. In fact, the response was a huge reason why I am able to officially announce the companion novels set to release in 2013 and 2014. Trust me, you won't be disappointed in these!!!

If you are looking for something special, be sure to get in on the Special Edition Hardback of TRANSCEND while you can - It is available for Pre-order for only $19.99. This book is signed and numbered by me, and includes copies of Ien's love letters to Kiera - the original three I've offered with other prize packs, plus two exclusive ones just with this! We are only taking orders until November 15 and then that's it....
THEY ARE GONE!

Get yours now -







Transcend






And now, it's time to announce the winners of the character contest:

Ien Prize Pack:
A Mask
A copy of Ten by Gretchen McNeil
Transcend Swag

CONGRATS TO LIGIA



James Prize Pack:
Note cards
A copy of the Diviners by Libba Bray
Transcend Swag

CONGRATS TO MARY HOLDER





Kiera Prize Pack:
Sheet Music from Ien
A copy of Tiger Lily
Transcend Swag

CONGRATS TO AMY ERSTAD




Jenna Prize Pack:
A Journal
A copy of Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
Transcend Swag

CONGRATS TO AMBER NICOLE

Congrats to all!!!

Next week we start the build up for the release of Libera Me, so be on the look out! To get you excited a tad early, there will be a goodreads contest for the book starting SOON!!!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

A Special Announcement...


Well, we are down tot he last two days of the tour and the special character giveaway. But more on that in a minute.

First, I want you all to hop over to I Am A Reader, Not A Writer, read my guest post and scroll to the end of it for a HUGE announcement! Go on...

Pretty FANTASTIC, YES!!! I am so thrilled.

Also today, I am over at the Cover Contessa and Operation Awesome. Come by and say hi...

Which brings me back to the character giveaways.

We are down to the two last days to enter this giveaway. What are the prizes, you ask? Just check it out:

Ien Prize Pack:

  • A Mask
  • A copy of Ten by Gretchen McNeil
  • Transcend Swag





James Prize Pack:

  • Note cards
  • A copy of the Diviners by Libba Bray
  • Transcend Swag




Kiera Prize Pack:

  • Sheet Music from Ien
  • A copy of Tiger Lily
  • Transcend Swag





Jenna Prize Pack:

  • A Journal
  • A copy of Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
  • Transcend Swag



Pretty epic! Enter today!!! And thank you for hanging out during the tour. I hope you've enjoyed it.

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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

A Rose By Any Other Name...2.0


I'm so excited to let everyone know that my Blog Chain has been reorganized and re-started! These are such a great group of writers, and I am thrilled to be part of this. 

This time the topic comes from Kate who asked the following:

What's in a name? What if Harry Potter had been Larry Snotter? What if Edward was Jacob and Jacob was Edward? What favorite books had character names that you loved or hated? And how do you come up with your own character names? 
(And for the record, I had no idea we named our post the same thing! SO FUNNY!!! So I added the "2.0"!)

Names...I love names. I think they often reveal subtle things about the character. For me, I am as careful with the names I pick as I am about anything else. I research the meaning, make certain it matches my intent, etc. Names are kind of a big deal to me.

I remember being asked by someone to change Azza's name back in the early days of Lacrimosa. She wanted me to have it start with something other than "a" since Aydan's name started with "a". Man! What an impossible task. I tried a million options, and nothing! See, Azza was picked deliberately - short for Azzaziel, it is a name from mythology and completely perfect for the character. I couldn't change it. Not even close. It would have felt like changing my own name.

So I fought back, refused and yes...his name is Azza!

I get attached to names with characters. So, to the earlier part of the question, I couldn't change anything about the names of the characters I know and love!

Okay, that's it from me. I've been working 14 hour days and desperately finishing up a project. Time to go back and hide in my day job and writing cave.

For more from us about names, check out Sandra's from yesterday, and Katrina's post tomorrow.

Thanks!

PS - Don't forget about the ongoing tour. There are reviews out today, and more chances at the character giveaway.Click here for more info.  And be sure to come tomorrow for a SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

The NEXT BIG Thing (A Tag-fest)

I am thrilled be have been tagged by C.M. Keller, author of Screwing Up Time,  as part of The Next Big Thing, Week 16.

This meme is a chance for authors to tell you what they are currently working on - their next novel. Authors answer several questions and then tag other authors.

Since I am currently working on several projects, including the final in the Requiem series, and other companion/series novels, I thought I would focus this post on something new...something exciting...something different...

What is the working title of your book? 
As of right now, the working title is Beautiful Mess.


Where did the idea come from for the book?
After I finished Transcend, I brainstormed two additional psychological thrillers, just in case I found representation and sold the book - I wanted the potential for a multiple book deal. Needless to say, things went a little differently than I had planned. So now that I am exploring the wealth of opportunities authors have now, I decided to dust off the idea and get it written!

What genre does your book fall under?
This is a YA modern psychological thriller.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

This is tough for me. Unlike most authors, I don't use pictures, etc to form my characters. They are formed from the inside out, and I usually don't have a clear picture of their appearance until later in the creative process. So, I am going to have to wait to answer that one, since I am early in the process.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Hmm...how about this:
Love and obsession; what do you do when the one protecting you is the one stalking you?

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

Here's the big new tidbit...I am actually going to jump back into the query pond with this one. And if I am unsuccessful, we'll try the small press route, just like I did with the Requiem Series and Transcend.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

Well, I am in the first draft process now. Or should I say, I will be once I get past this month and the release of another book and edits on a short. Then it's all about this novel!!!  I do have it fully outlined and about 30% complete. So, I'll finish it up in between NaNo and the end of the year.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

Another good question. I would compare it to Transcend and works within the adult psychological thriller genre (Dean Koonz, etc). There are just very few psych-thrillers in YA or NA, so not a lot to compare it too. I guess you could call it .... no, never mind. This one is very unique.

Who or What inspired you to write this book?

This was absolutely inspired by my experience writing Transcend. Working on that book gave me a taste of psychological thrillers. Since then, I have planned out several additional psychological or suspense thrillers that I am looking forward to writing at some point.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

Hmm...I would say this: If you like my other novels, enjoy psychological thrillers and a good mystery, this book is for you. Just be forewarned...the ending will blow you away! (yes, I wrote the ending first this time. LOL - at least, the basics of it.)

There you go - the scoop on my WIP.

Here are some other writers who will share their upcoming works next week:
Lisa Amowitz, author of Breaking Glass
Michelle McLean, author of Treasured Lies
Rebecca Enzor,