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Cover Reveal for The Only Exception by Magan Vernon

I am so excited to be part of Xpresso Book Tours cover reveal book blast for International Best Selling Author Magan Vernon's soon-to-be-released The Only Exception. Here is a little more about the book:

The Only Exception by Magan Vernon -- April 9th, 2013 Fiercely liberal Monica Remy prefers to blend in. Despite her tattoos, piercings, and outspoken personality, she transferred to Central to escape—before she finds out that her next door neighbor is the uber conservative governor son, Trey Chapman.
No matter how hard she tries to avoid Trey, he still finds a way to get under her skin. Monica can’t stand his crisp white shirts or his staunch views on women. But she can’t help counting every freckle on his face and wondering what it would feel like to have him stop talking politics and kiss her.
A class debate project forces the unlikely pair to work together, and the political lines are blurred in late-night make out sessions. But despite their fiery chemistry, Trey’s politics threat…

Monday Musings - Admitting Your Feelings

***Um yes, this IS a bit rambly***

Hi World!

It feels good to rejoin the living. I managed to catch a very mild version of the crud that was going around and spent about 40 hours in bed. And this was a mild case it.
Anyway, I spent a lot of the time contemplating life, my feelings, my career, etc.

Have you ever noticed most people have one response when we are asked how we are, or how we feel? We tend to say "ok", regardless of what we are really feeling. Sometimes, I think we do this because we know the general public may not really want to know what we are feeling. And sometimes I think we do it because we are not clear on how we feel.

After 40 hours, I can truthfully say I am more clear than I have been in a long while.

I am....sacred. And fried. And nervous. And excited. And....and....and.

Like most artists, I have a million emotions flowing through me at any given time, warring with one another. Everything from the thrill of new words on a page, to the agony and fear th…

My Thoughts on To Trust A Thief (and a giveaway)

As I mentioned on Monday, my dear friend Michelle released her first novel, To Trust A Thief, on Monday. I've had the pleasure of reading a few earlier versions of the book. I also bought the book and reread it. I love seeing the changes throughout the process. What a great read. But before I get to my thoughts, Here is a little about the book:


Minuette Sinclair's parents are in trouble and her fake fiancé is too. A legendary lost necklace might be their salvation, and Min is determined to find it and use it to buy her family and fiancé out of their misfortunes.

Master thief Bryant Westley is also looking for the fabled necklace. He knows Min’s got information he can use so he poses as her dance instructor and tries to seduce it from her. What he doesn’t count on are his feelings for her. He offers to partner up in the search – even though she is a distraction he can’t afford.

Things become more complicated when Min realizes that her convenient engagement means more to her fake f…

Changes are a-coming...

Happy Wednesday All! Time for another Blog Chain round. Amparo started today's round with this topic:

It's a new year, and some writers have taken it upon themselves to switch things up. *points at self* It might be the genres you write in or your revision process. It might be your main character's voice. What's one thing you've chosen to change in your writing this new year? Why do you wish to change it? If there's nothing you're going to change, why do you think it should remain as is?

Wow! This is a timely topic for me. I actually have made a rather LARGE decision related to writing - one I wasn't really going to utter out loud to any but my closest friends. Silly, I know...but I have been vacillating between stark terror and shame about this decision...both of which are silly. And untrue feelings.

In truth, I am thrilled about this decision. It is inline with my goals, matches what I want, and it the right move for me right now.

So, what is it you ma…

HAPPY LAUNCH DAY to Michelle McLean and To Trust a Thief...PLUS A GIVEAWAY!

WOO HOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I am crazy excited for today. Michelle Mclean, my long-time BFF, writing partner, nonfiction buddy, and CP is releasing her FIRST novel today, TO TRUST A THIEF. She has been working on this book for a long time and it is so great to see it finally released. She is an inspiration to any of you who have wanted to give-up; Michelle KNEW this story was destined to sell eventually and she has proven to be correct. A true lesson in perseverance.

Now, TO TRUST A THIEF is not the typical book I talk about on this blog. It is NOT YA...it is a fabulous ADULT Romance that is part of Entangled's new Scandalous line. And yes, it is Scandalous...but in the best possible way! Clean enough for those who prefer their romance less on the risque side, but HOT enough to fill the craving for romance that brought you to the book. 

Here is a little more about it:

Minuette Sinclair's parents are in trouble and her fake fiancé is too. A legendary lost necklace might be their salvati…

Tears, Angst and a Confession

Happy Friday!!! I have to tell you, I am more than a little happy it's Friday. I am just so darn fried this week. And not just because of a very busy week with the day job. But creatively too.

It happens sometimes - you get stuck with your writing. Or overwhelmed with deadlines. Or scared about...something.
And then the angst sets in. And maybe the tears.

Okay, always the tears.

Well, that is the place I am in at the moment.

So, what am I doing about it?

Writing.

Yep, that's right - I am writing in spite of the tears, the fear and the angst. For me, taking action is the only way through it all.

What about you? How do you work through the angst that comes with being creative.

BETH REVIS Continued...And a GIVEAWAY!!!

Welcome to day 2 of my special BETH REVIS and SHADES OF EARTH launch celebration. Let's jump right into the rest of the interview, yes?

CF: What future endeavors do you have?
BR: I can't say! But I can confirm that I have something.
{EEP! I am excited to find out what....WHAT WHAT WHAT!}

CF: Now that you have been writing for a while, what advice would you have for authors today?
BR: The ideas are old, but true: 
(a) A life lived is the best background for writing.
(b) Social media is a part of the modern writing life, but the writing is still more important. Twitter followers don't sell a book.
(c) There are no real rules, and anyone who tries to tell you different is lying. Absolutes don't exist in writing.
{As a matter of fact, yes...Beth is THAT smart!}

CF: What are your opinions about the changing industry - what are you most excited about? Most concerned about?
BR: I'm excited about the possibility of the changing world of literature. For example, I'm currently play…

Beth Revis is in the House! I'm celebrating with a GIVEAWAY!

I am so excited to have a long-time friend, Beth Revis, on the blog on the day of her launch of the final book in the Across the Universe series, SHADES OF EARTH! Before I get to the interview, I want to give you the blurb and cover of the book....and be sure to read the post through the end for a great little giveaway I thought I'd hose of the occasion!

SHADES OF EARTH blurb:
The final book in the New York Times bestselling trilogy, perfect for fans of Battlestar Gallactica and Prometheus!
Amy and Elder have finally left the oppressive walls of the spaceship Godspeed behind. They're ready to start life afresh--to build a home--on Centauri-Earth, the planet that Amy has traveled 25 trillion miles across the universe to experience.
But this new Earth isn't the paradise Amy had been hoping for. There are giant pterodactyl-like birds, purple flowers with mind-numbing toxins, and mysterious, unexplained ruins that hold more secrets than their stone walls first let on. The biggest …

Exciting Cover Reveal for The Dragon Empire by Heather McCorkle

I am so excited to be part of Xpresso Book Tours epic cover reveal of Heather McCorkle's upcoming release, The Dragon Empire. Here is a little about the book:
The Dragon Empire by Heather McCorkle -- February 2013 / Compass Press On Yacrana, dragons stand at the top of the evolutionary ladder instead of humans. Such an advanced species is not without its issues though. 
There's trouble in the Dragon Empire, the kind that could start a war between dragons and the races of people. Hidden factions of dragons believe they should rule the lesser races, not simply stand aside and allow them to develop as they will. Having lived so long in peace, the Emperors turn a blind eye, many oblivious that such attitudes even exist. 
Despite being only an architect class, emerald dragon, Grendar is willing to risk banishment and death to stop that which his rulers refuse to see. The hope of peace lies not within the scaled breast of a dragon however, but within the hands of a group of people. But …

LACRIMOSA Hardback editions giveaway!

Thank you all for making Lacrimosa's FREE amazon days so successful! I was able to get to #10 for a full day - right up there with some of my fav authors. So THANK YOU ALL!!!
As an extra treat, Lacrimosa is being featured over at Free Book Fridays! FIVE autographed HARDBACKS are being given away next Friday. Stop by and enter!
Be sure to come by next week for exciting interviews, cover reveals, giveaways and MORE....
Man, I LOVE 2013, don't you???

LACRIMOSA IS FREE FOR KINDLE!!!

Hi everyone!

I wanted to let you all know that ...

LACRIMOSA, Book #1 in the Requiem Series is FREE for Kindle - (1/10 and 1/11 only. )

This will be the last time it's offered free for a while, I think. So be sure to download YOUR copy. 

Not convinced yet? Just check out some of these recent reviews:


More than just a book on fallen angels, good versus evil and being action packed, ultimately this is a story of love, betrayal, sacrifice andredemption. ”Nereid  |  14 reviewers made a similar statement “I love the characters Nesy and Aydan. ”ArtistaDonna  |  9 reviewers made a similar statement “You're gonna want to read this in one sitting--because you won't be able to put it down. ;) ”L. B. Diamond  |  8 reviewers made a similar statement

Pick up your free copy for Kindle and decide for yourself!

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AMAZING BOOK TRAILER REVEAL FOR MINDJACK by Susan Kaye Quinn

I am so excited to announce and be part of the book trailer reveal for Bestselling Author, Susan Kaye Quinn's Mindjack. Take it away Susan:


The Live-Action Mindjack Book Trailer Reveal (from the bestselling Mindjack series by Susan Kaye Quinn)
With the help of over 20 cast and crew members, award-winning director Beth Spitalny has brought the concept of the bestselling Mindjack Trilogy to life on the screen. 
When everyone reads minds,a secret is a dangerous thing to keep.
Please share! Ways you can share the trailer:
Watch the trailer on YouTube (or here)! (more views=higher visibility) Post it to Facebook (copy & paste below) - Check out the live-action Mindjack Book Trailer (from the bestselling Mindjack Trilogy by Susan Kaye Quinn): When everyone reads minds, a secret is a dangerous thing to keep. http://bit.ly/MindjackBookTrailer 

Post it to Twitter (copy & paste below) - When everyone reads minds, a secret is a dangerous thing to keep. Watch the live-action Mindjack Book T…

Upcoming Writing Projects...

Happy Wednesday All! Time for another Blog Chain round. Kate started today's round with this topic:

Write about your next writing project. What is the genre? Is is one you've written before or is it a new venture? Do you have it all figured out or is it just a germ of an idea? What did you learn from your latest writing project that will make this one even better?

I have three projects currently in the "hopper" - one is the third and final installment in the Requiem series - Dominus. The second is a nonfiction book for the parents of introverted children, tentatively called Parenting Introverts (I know, original, right?!? LOL). And the final project - well it is a new YA psychological thriller not yet under contract, and one I am actually going to pitch to agents and/or publishers.

The first two projects are both under contract - they are genres and projects that I have written in before. That is not to say they aren't challenging - they are. Each in their own way…

Jumping Back Into Life!

It's back to the grind time for me, and with that, back to the day job. I woke today with mixed feelings about that - on the one hand, I am excited to get back to the structure of the daily grind, the routine of it all. I have a set time to get-up, a set amount of things to accomplish, and specific time frame for it all. On the other hand, I will miss the freedom the time off brought - the ability to wake up and go see a movie just because. Or the ability to stay in my PJs all day.
These thoughts remind me of my writing process...the dance between the draft and the revision processes. Both have qualities I loathe...both have things I crave. 
With drafting, I love the freedom to just write, unedited...to create something - without rules, without worries. With revisions, I get the structure I also crave. The ability to mold and shape the mess I drafted into something more than what it was originally. 
In reflecting about this I realize, I actually need both aspects of the creative p…

New Year, Revisions, and an amazing conference

Hi All! Happy First Weekend of Jan! I am spending the weekend deep in my revision cave (except for the few hours I will spend seeing Lincoln) - my family surprised me with the gift of time. While they are off skiing this weekend, I get to hide and get some alone time. HEAVEN!!! And much needed before I jump back into the daily grind on Monday.

Before I lock myself away, I wanted to make sure you all knew about an amazing online conference happening this weekend. The gals over at Operation Awesome have been hosting some amazing authors, agents and editors all talking about the revision process. It's not to be missed.

Oh! And I posted there this am too - sharing a bit about my revision process. Check it out and let me know what you think. Plus, if you leave a comment you could win an Amazon gift card...and who doesn't want that, right?

Reading, Reading and More Reading...

As I have mentioned before, I am focused on self-nurturing in 2013. This includes the writing aspects of my life. In other words, I am focusing a lot of energy on improving my craft as an author. And one of my favorite ways to do this...

Reading.
A lot of reading!
Last year I read 50 books. 


Christine's 2012-reads book montage
Some were re-reads, others new reads. And in no way did I read as many as I wanted to. So, this year I am aiming for a few more - 75 to be exact. In truth, I am hoping for more. But with the added meditation, the "work" for the Artist's Way and some other things, I want to also be realistic. So, a book a week seems a great place to start.
First up, a book I started in 2012 but abandoned - Kill Alex Cross by James Patterson. 
Oh, I know, it's an easy read. But hey...it's a books, right?!?
How many books are you hoping to read this year? Do you set reading goals?

And So It Begins...Week One of the Artist's Way

Welcome to 2013 everyone! I hope the New Year is starting off well for all of you. I spend day 1 doing a lot of self-reflection, spending some quality time alone and watching a LOT of movies. Believe it or not - all of this has managed to fill the well of my creativity and enable a great start to the writing as well.

Let me explain...

On 12/30, as part of my 2013 goals, I started the Artist's Way. I've glanced through the book before, skimmed through the various chapters and gleaned some vision of the lessons. But, I've never actually worked through the book in its entirety.

When my mom passed in 2010, this book was in her library. Tucked in the pages were some of mom's work as she used the book. See, my mom was an artist in every sense of the word - from the music she sang in small blues clubs of San Francisco in her youth, to the sermons she wrote and delivered every Sunday in a small church in Pasadena, CA, to the painting she taught herself to do after she retired.…