Monday, April 29, 2013

It's Here (and it's FREE)! Time to Party

Looks like the Tuesday Trend of posting about Book news is continuing! ENIGMA is out and available as a FREE download from Smashwords. Hopefully the other sites will pick it up soon. To get you in the mood, listen to the music on this video - this is particularly powerful when reading the book (and yes, I orchestrate my books - I am, after all, an orchestra geek!)


This music captures the intensity and "vibe" of the short completely.

For those who don't know, Enigma is a companion short to the Requiem Series (and yes, I am considering a spin off series. EEP!). Here is the blurb:
Lorelei sees things other girls can't see. She knows about the demons and monsters. She's met them. Up close. And it's cost her everything.
Torn between protecting her siblings and avenging her mother's death, Lorelei must decide which path she will take. And no matter what she chooses, her decision will influence more than just her future.
**This edition of the requiem companion novella includes a special excerpt from the anticipated book Dominus, the final installment in the Requiem Series. 

As I said, there is a special snippet of Dominus, the final book in the Requiem series, at the end of this download. 

I am SO DARN excited to celebrate the release of both Enigma and Dominus (coming this summer) that I decided to offer a giveaway to celebrate Enigma, Dominus and yes, the Girl Guide. So, this week's giveaway features a finished copy (ebook) of Dominus and a PRINT copy of the Girl Guide. Enter the rafflecopter below:


a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thanks for all of your support and I hope you enjoy Enigma!

Coming Up For Air...Almost

Hi everyone! I've been knee deep in rewrites all weekend and am just coming out of the cave for the day job. Two more days and I'll be hitting send on this project. I can't wait. For whatever reason, this one was tough. But so were the last couple...so many it's just the balancing of work and writing that has been difficult of late.

My next project is fiction. I'll admit, after a five month break from fiction, I am truly looking forward to jumping back into my imaginary worlds. I have another tight timeline on this one, aiming to finish rewrites in near-record time again. Then it's break time.

A real break. A long break.

June represents the first time in a couple of years that I have no deadlines looming. It also represents a month of change as some things come to an end and I look forward to a few new adventures.

June.

I can make it one more month at this pace, right? <Say right!>

What are you guys up to? 

PS - Enigma is out TOMORROW and it is not too late to help me spread the word. Just sign up here and I will send you a special thank you when Dominus is released! 

Friday, April 26, 2013

Enigma, Dominus and fiction news

Happy Friday!

May is almost here and I couldn't be happier. The flowers, the weather, book releases. So much to love!

Before we let April leave altogether, I will be releasing Enigma on 4/30, complete with a little snippet of Dominus.

Enigma tells the story of Lori (the Seer from Lacrimosa) and her siblings. In the story, we are introduced to Tristan and Ellie, two characters with a LOT more story in Dominus. There are things that happen in Enigma that relate to Dominus which is why I wanted to release it early. And, best thing yet, it will be a FREE download on Smashwords and others.

If you'd like to help me spread the word about Enigma, feel free to post something on 4/30. Sign up here and I will send you an advanced copy of Dominus as a Thank You.

Which brings me to a little news about Dominus...
This book is sadly delayed. I am hoping to release it in June or July. Trust me, it'll be worth the wait. I am hosting a Goodreads Giveaway for it:

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Dominus by Christine Fonseca

Dominus

by Christine Fonseca

Giveaway ends July 15, 2013.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter to win
And there will blog tours and such. Oh, and I rewrote the blurb. Check it out:

“I never thought I’d say this, but all I want is to be human. Only human.
No longer angelic, no longer a Sentinal, a servant of Celestium, there is nothing for me now. Aydan is gone forever. Things with Zane have changed.
And still the war battles on, a war I want nothing to do with. I wish I could run away. I’ve already given so much, but I’ll have to give more to make up for the mistakes I’ve made.
Cass and Zane can’t help me now. Celestium won’t help.
And so I must turn to darker forces. Infernum.
Azza.
No one – not demon, not angel, not human – will escape this new war. Before it is over everyone will have to decide what they are willing to risk. The sacrifices we make will determine the future of three worlds.
I just wanted to be human. Only human. But fate has other plans."
So, celebrate Spring with me by downloading Enigma on 4/30 for FREE. Spread the word and help me make it a great success!

Have a great weekend

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Bookanista LOVE for Under The Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

It's Bookanista Thursday and time for a new review. I must say, I am loving carving out time to read again. Today, I am talking about UNDER THE NEVER SKY by Veronica Rossi. I know I am so late in reading this one. But HOLY WOW!!!!!

Before I get into the review, check out what the other Bookanistas are up to: 





On to my Bookanista Shout out for UNDER THE NEVER SKY by Veronica Rossi:


Release Date: 12/04/2012


Basic Blurb: (from Amazon)

In a world of danger
an unlikely alliance
breathtaking adventure
and unforgettable romance
Under the Never Sky has sold into twenty-six countries and been optioned for film by Warner Bros. Don’t miss the stunning book trailer directed by Roman White, available on the HarperTeen YouTube channel.
Why I liked it: 
How Cow!!! This was an amazing book. Veronica is a poetic writer that had me hooked from the beginning. I loved her writing style, her premise and storyline, and her character development. I can see why this book has had the level of success that it has. My only regret...
That it took me SOOOOO LOOOONNNNGGGG to read!

I can't wait to jump into the sequel!

What are you guys reading these days? Now that I am cleaning off my bookshelf and Kindle I will be needing some new books to read :D

    Wednesday, April 24, 2013

    Writing Emotions - Understanding Fear and Frustration

    Anyone who has read my fiction knows that I love to weave emotions into my words, to make the reader feel as they go through the story. Some of this comes from my desire to put you in the mindset of the characters. Some of this from my desire to be as authentic in the writing as possible. And a lot of it likely comes from my professional training as a school psychologist who specializes in understanding behavior and emotions.

    Weaving emotions into your stories starts with a basic understanding of why we, as humans, act as we do - what motivates our behaviors and actions, especially our maladaptive ones.

    Most people engage in various problem behaviors for one of two reasons - as a reaction to feeling out of control or threatened (referred to as responding behaviors), or to gain control over a situation (referred to as operating behaviors). This post focuses on understanding responding behaviors.

    Fear and frustration are significant motivators to many negative behaviors. These responding behaviors have but one goal - Reduce the threat the person is feeling.

    There are several ways to tell if a person is reacting to their environment due to fear or frustration, auditory and visual signals that tell us what is motivating the behavior.

    With fear, a person's voice becomes whiny and breathy. Sometimes a person is rendered unable to speak at all, and his or her breathing becomes irregular. A person functioning from a basis of fear will often appear ashen, with a wide-eyed stare that is either fixed or darting, looking for an escape. His or her body will be tense and on the defensive.

    Frustration looks somewhat different from fear. In this case, a person's voice is often loud and he or she may speak through clenched teeth. The person may appear tense and ready for a fight. His or her skin may be dark and red as his or her circulation increases. He or she may clench his/her jaw and have an overly focused glare.

    Knowing how fear and frustration look and sound can help a writer realistically portray, and elicit, both
    the behaviors and the emotions.

    I hope this has helped you understand a little bit about responding behaviors. Next time I will focus on manipulation and intimidation -  maladaptive operating behaviors.

    Tuesday, April 23, 2013

    Giving Away Swag and Tangled Tides!

    Yea, I know - I am not blogging on Tuesdays. Except for today! We are now on Week 4 of the prelaunch festivities for The Girl Guide. Just a few more weeks until it is out in the world. So much to do to get ready.
    For today's giveaway, I've added a journal to the book swag, along with the ebook of Tangled Tides by Karen Hooper. Check out the entire giveaway:


    • April 1 - Girl Guide book jacket print and an ebook of Open Minds - WINNER: Sheri Larsen
    • April 8 - Girl Guide book jacket print, swag, an an ebook of How to Date an Alien - WINNER: Giedre S
    • April 15 - Girl Guide T-shirt (IT IS SO FREAKING AWESOME), book swag and an ebook of The Truth About faking - WINNER Jannetta
    • April 29 - Girl Guide T-shirt, Girl Guide Journal, Book swag,  and an ebook of Tangled Tides
    • May 6 - Girl Guide T-shirt, Journal, Swag, annotated Galley of The Girl Guide, and an ebook of A Spy Like Me
    • May 13 - A print copy of The Girl Guide, Girl Guide t-shirt, swag, and an ebook of the Blood and Snow series


    Entering is easy - just complete the rafflecopter form below:

    a Rafflecopter giveaway



    Are you a blogger and you really wanna have some fun? Sign-up for the Book Blitz hosted by Xpresso Tours happening 5/14 - 5/28.

    Monday, April 22, 2013

    Monday Musings and Confessions

    Happy Monday! Today's post has been a long time in the making. As many of you know, I set some lofty goals for 2013. I wanted to balance my life and refocus on my family and writing career. Feeling lost and somewhat - okay a LOT - off balance, I felt like I needed to make a conscious effort to re-balance my life. I knew as I started down this path that I would have to make some changes. I knew that there were some career things in my day job that needed to be addressed. I knew that I would need to take a hard look at my healthy habits, or LACK of healthy habits, and make changes. And I knew that I would need to purge some of the relationships in my life.

    Changes.

    What I didn't count on was the depth of the changes I would need to make.

    The first third of 2013 has been profoundly intense. As has become typical in my life, there have been exceptional highs (finding out Barnes and Noble would be carrying the Girl Guide and featuring it on end-cap display) and devastating lows (personal drama that I can't really find the words to discuss). Such highs and lows have become common place in my life, ever sense Mom died in 2010. But this run of the rollercoaster has been somehow different. And, it has forced me to take a serious look at my life, my goals, my habits - everything.

    Which brings me to my Monday Confession...

    I do a lot of writing about living an authentic life, building resiliency and finding your inner voice. I coach adults and kids to create a life fulfilled. And...

    I am really lousy at taking my own advice. 

    So, starting this week, I am FINALLY doing what I have advised others to do. After allowing my weight to skyrocket and my health to be compromised in the process, after allowing stress and fear to dictate too many of my choices, and after fighting through endless periods of being creatively blocked, I have put myself back on track.

    I have started to eat healthy, purging many of the toxins from my diet. I've gone back to my daily meditative practice and exercise. And I've again focused on the things most important to me.

    It is not an easy road, and I could have easily avoided it. I mean, I have had a lot of success in writing, despite being blocked. I have had some really good things happen in my life, despite the toxins in my thoughts. I have developed some amazing friendships, despite the other unhealthy relationships. But...

    Just think of what can happen if I dedicate myself to the goal of healthy living, inside and out. 

    Yep, time to get back on the horse and carve out the life I dreamed about when I set the goals for 2013. 

    I will be keeping you all in the loop periodically on this journey - mostly for my own accountability. 

    What are you doing to ensure your balance in life?

    Thursday, April 18, 2013

    The Author Spotlight is on one of my heroes: Susan Kaye Quinn!

    Welcome to another edition of Author Spotlight. Today I am featuring one of the nicest and most dedicated Indie authors I know - Susan Kaye Quinn. 

    Take it away Susan:

    Hi! My name is Susan Kaye Quinn and I'm the author of the bestselling young adult/SF Mindjack Trilogy. With the help of over 20 cast and crew members, award-winning director Beth Spitalny has brought the concept of my series to life on the screen. Thanks to Christine for the chance to share the trailer and the books with you! 


    Open Minds (Book One of the Mindjack Trilogy) by Susan Kaye Quinn

    When everyone reads minds, a secret is a dangerous thing to keep.



    Sixteen-year-old Kira Moore is a zero, someone who can't read thoughts or be read by others. Zeros are outcasts who can't be trusted, leaving her no chance with Raf, a regular mindreader and the best friend she secretly loves. When she accidentally controls Raf's mind and nearly kills him, Kira tries to hide her frightening new ability from her family and an increasingly suspicious Raf. But lies tangle around her, and she's dragged deep into a hidden underworld of mindjackers, where having to mind control everyone she loves is just the beginning of the deadly choices before her.


    When everyone reads minds,
    a secret is a dangerous thing to keep.



    (view on YouTube to access the share buttons)




    An EXTRA SPECIAL THANKS to
    everyone involved in making the trailer a reality, including Director Beth Spitalny, Producer Angel Acevedo, Director of Photography Lance Kaplan, lead actor Nikki Flemming (Kira) and the many fine actors, crew members, and post-production staff who donated their time and talent to the project.

    For the making-of the trailer, see the Mindjack Trilogy website.


    Thanks for hanging out Susan! You are fabulous and so are your books. 

    Susan Kaye Quinn is former rocket scientist and engineer, but now she writes novels because she loves writing even more than shiny tech gadgets. Susan is the author of the bestselling Mindjack Series, which includes three novels, three novellas, and a trailer. She's currently writing a steampunk fantasy romance, just for kicks. When that's out of her system, she has ambitious plans to embark on a series about the Singularity (the time when computers become more intelligent than humans) that should appeal to fans of the Mindjack novels. Unless she gets sidetracked by this new future-noir novella or spends too much time on Facebook. Could go either way.



    Wednesday, April 17, 2013

    Standing Naked In Front Of The Crowd (Or, the art of being critiqued)


    Happy Wednesday All! Time for another Blog Chain round. Alyson started this chain with this topic:
    Have you developed thick skin as a writer? How do you handle having your work critiqued? Do you love revising? Hate it?
    I just love this topic. It is something I am regularly asked about at book chats and school visits - the critique process, the editing process, and how to deal with criticism. I have long believed that writers are courageous by nature. We weave pieces of our soul in the words we string together, hoping that a reader will understand the story we are trying to tell. Oftentimes, as our work is released from the safe confines of our journals or computers and scrutinized, we stand, naked and vulnerable, waiting to hear what people think. Sometimes the feedback will be positive. Sometimes it will be difficult. And sometimes it may even be hurtful.

    But to me, it is always helpful.

    When I first started writing, I had no idea what it meant to have my work critiqued. Fortunately I connected with a couple of critique partners within the first few months of writing-for-publication. They were a godsend! And no, they were not particularly gentle with their critiques. In fact, I distinctly remember feeling shredded on more than one occasion. And while that feeling hurt - a lot - I learned more in that first year than I ever could have hoped to learn. I don't have CPs in the same way now, though I still insist that a couple of my treasured CPs read my newer work, especially if I am venturing into some new genre. Or, like now, I am again seeking an agent. My CPs will be by my side again, forcing me to make my work stronger than I ever thought possible.

    The second part of the topic deals with the revision process. I have to say, I LOVE revising. Like REALLY LOVE IT! I am not a first draft kind of writing. I find the initial pouring of my thoughts onto the page almost painful. But once the book is out, once I can see the words instead of hearing them (or feeling them), I love molding them into the story my characters are trying to tell.

    So, I tend to rush the first draft process, desperate to get the material out of my head and onto the page so I can play with it, revising it into something worth reading. And then revising it again. And again. Until finally, after typically 4 revisions or so, it is ready for editing...

    Those are my thoughts on the topic. What are yours?

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

    And don't forget about my ongoing pre-launch celebration for The Girl Guide. This week's giveaway includes Leigh Talbert Moore's The Truth About Faking It (ebook). Enter today!

    Monday, April 15, 2013

    Cool Swag and Giveaways: HAPPY MONDAY!

    Hi all! 

    We are on week 3 of the prelaunch festivities for The Girl Guide. Just a few more weeks until it is out in the world. So much to do to get ready.

    Today, I am off to a school visit. I spent last night signing and signing bookmarks. Which reminds me...do any of you want me to send you a few books marks. I have new ones celebrating the Requiem series, as well as some celebrating the Girl Guide. And they are beautiful! If you would like some, just complete the form below and I will be sure to send some out to you:




    And now, for this week's giveaway. But first, Congrats to the winner from last week:

    GIEDRE S.

    And here is the schedule for the rest of the giveaways: 

    • April 1 - Girl Guide book jacket print and an ebook of Open Minds - WINNER: Sheri Larsen
    • April 8 - Girl Guide book jacket print, swag, an an ebook of How to Date an Alien - WINNER: Giedre S
    • April 15 - Girl Guide T-shirt (IT IS SO FREAKING AWESOME), book swag and an ebook of The Truth About faking
    • April 29 - Girl Guide T-shirt, Girl Guide Journal, Book swag,  and an ebook of Tangled Tides
    • May 6 - Girl Guide T-shirt, Journal, Swag, annotated Galley of The Girl Guide, and an ebook of A Spy Like Me
    • May 13 - A print copy of The Girl Guide, Girl Guide t-shirt, swag, and an ebook of the Blood and Snow series

    This week's giveaway features an amazing t-shirt and other book swag! The shirt is just like the one on the cover of the Girl Guide, along with a super cool tagline in the back. I can't wait for these! EEP!!!
    This week also features the ebook THE TRUTH ABOUT FAKING by Leigh Talbert Moore

    Entering is easy - just complete the rafflecopter form below:

    a Rafflecopter giveaway

    Need more convincing? Read an excerpt of the book from Prufrock Press - Click here to read a sample.  You'll not only see the content, but the stunning interiors Prufrock did for me!!!

    So join the fun and enter the contest today! 

    Friday, April 12, 2013

    A Shiny New Cover...

    Happy Friday!

    I had so much fun last Friday sharing details about Enigma, that I decided I would share the new cover for Quiet Kids, as well as a little blurb about it, today.

    Quiet Kids, coming in October from Prufrock Press, is a new parenting book for parents of introverted children. Here is the blurb:
    Being an introverted child is difficult, especially in an ever-increasingly noisy world. Often viewed as aloof, unmotivated or conceited, introverted children are deeply misunderstood by parents, educators and even their peers. That’s where "Quiet Kids: Helping Your Introverted Child Thrive in an Extroverted World" comes in. Designed to provide parents with a blueprint for not only understanding the nature of introversion, Quiet Kids provides specific strategies to teach their children how to thrive in a world that may not understand them. Presented in an easy-to-read, conversational style, the book uses real-world examples and stories from introverts and parents to show parents and educators how to help children develop resiliency and enhance the positive qualities of being an introvert. With specific strategies to address academic performance, bullying, and resiliency, Quiet Kids is a must read for anyone wishing to enhance the lives of introverted children.

    This book has taken me a while to write, but I am thrilled with the results and can't wait to share it with all of you. And the cover....holy moly, the cover!

    I LOVE IT

    Just check it out:



    What do you think??? Add it to you your TBR list on Goodreads today! And yes, it is already available for preorder on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other sites.


    Thursday, April 11, 2013

    Bookanista Love for the Roecker Sisters and the Liar Society series

    HAPPY THURSDAY! Time for a fabulous interview with the Roecker sisters as I give a little, long overdue, shout-out for the Liar Society series. 

    But before I get to all of that, here's what the other Bookanista's are up to:



    Corrine Jackson is swept away by SUCH A RUSH
    Christine Fonseca interviews THE LIES THATBIND authors Lisa & Laura Roecker
    Elana Johson celebrates THE SELECTION by Kiera Cass
    Stasia Ward Kehoe parties with the Academy of American Poets on POEM IN YOUR POCKET DAY
    Jessica Loveis wowed by WHERE THINGS COME BACK by John Corey Whaley
    Tracy Banghart delves into THE HOST (book & movie) by Stephenie Meyer
    Katy Upperman discusses Erica Lorraine Scheidt’s USE S FOR BOYS

     
    On to my Bookanista Interview with Lisa and Laura Roecker:


    CF: Congrats on your Liar Society series. Can you tell me a little about the series?
    LLR: We're really proud of the final book in the series so as bittersweet as it sometimes feels to say goodbye to Kate and Liam and Seth (oh Seth!) and Bradley, it feels right. We've had so much fun with the series but until we finished the last, it didn't quite feel complete. Now it does! 
    CF: Is there one book you like more than any of the others? Was one harder to write than the others?
    LLR: THE LIES THAT BIND was probably the most challenging for us to write. Series are hard! We had to learn how to welcome readers who weren't familiar with the series while at the same time not bore anyone to death. THE LIAR SOCIETY obviously has a special place in our hearts because it was our baby out in the world for the first time. THIRD LIE'S THE CHARM though might have to be our favorite. We're doing everything we wanted in one book so it's super-fun.
    CF: What is the best thing about being writing sisters? The hardest?
    LLR: The best part about writing together is having someone to talk to ALL THE TIME who understands. The publishing world is such a unique place. We can't imagine not sharing that with each other. Shipping a broken document off to the other person to fix is pretty fun too. The hardest is always feeling like you're letting someone down. We all have our hangups as writers, but we have to share them with each other. If one of us misses a deadline or writes a junky chapter, we feel completely responsible. Pressure, baby!
    CF: Now that you have been writing for a while, what advice would you have for authors today?
    LLR: Take your time and edit. Books aren't going anywhere and your idea will never be stolen out from under you. You might feel the pressure of the clock, but slow down and get it right. Once your book is out there, there's really no getting it back. 

    CF: What are your opinions about the changing industry - what are you most excited about? Most concerned about?
    LLRIt's a really cool time to be a writer and a reader. Everything is changing and it's fascinating to be in the mix of it. We are most excited about the interactive potential of e-books. We know kids live in a digital world so why not embrace it? Sure there will ALWAYS be a need for paper books, but e-books are so accessible. We're concerned about the saturated market. There is a whole lot out there and we feel a bit lost at times.

    CF: And now - a little fun: What new title are you most excited to read?
    LLR: We've already had a sneak peek, but we're SUPER excited for Joy Preble's latest THE SWEET DEAD LIFE which will be out this May.


    CF: Which newer author are you excited about?
    LLR: We are SO excited about Loretta Nyhan and Suzanne Hayes. They have a co-written book I'LL BE SEEING YOU coming out in May and they each have separate projects out this Spring. We get excited to read pretty much anything these talented ladies come up with.

    CF: What Non-Writing things have you two been up to?
    LLRWorking day jobs, raising families and overdosing on Pinterest. That pretty much sums up our lives.

    CF: Anything else you'd like to share?
    LLR: If you're up for a summer read, THIS IS W.A.R. releases July 2nd through Soho Press. Think girls, a country club, powerful families and revenge

    The Liar Society series is a fabulous series - a true MUST READ!!! Check it out today!

    The Liar Society 
    Kate Lowry didn't think dead best friends could send e-mails. But when she gets an e-mail from Grace, she’s not so sure.
    To: KateLowry@pemberlybrown.eduSent: Sun 9/14 11:59 PMFrom: GraceLee@pemberlybrown.eduSubject: (no subject)
    Kate,I'm here…sort of. Find Cameron.He knows.I shouldn't be writing.Don't tell.They'll hurt you.
    Now Kate has no choice but to prove once and for all that Grace’s death was more than just a tragic accident. But secrets haunt the halls of her elite private school. Secrets people will do anything to protect. Even if it means getting rid of the girl trying to solve a murder...
    The Lies That Bind
    Just when Kate Lowry thought she had life at elite private school Pemberly Brown figured out, she cracks open a fortune cookie to find a message from her best friend Grace--who's supposed to be dead.
    Another Sister Gone
    A classmate has gone missing, and Kate soon realizes that the disappearance is tied to the secret societies that rule her private school. Her best friend died for their secrets, and there's no way she'll let them get away with it twice. It's up to quirky outsider Kate to get some answers, but in a school where every answer leads to more questions and nothing's as it seems, who can she trust?

    Third Lie's the Charm (releasing Dec 2013)
    New friend into old, the bond of the Sisterhood will never grow cold.
    Life at Pemberly Brown is a whirlwind for Kate Lowry. Determined to finally destroy the secret society responsible for her best friend Grace’s death, Kate joins the Sisterhood hoping to go all Trojan Horse on their asses. But the night of her initiation another student at Pemberly Brown dies in what looks like tragic accident.
    Kate knows better.
    Kate and her faithful ginger, Seth Allen, immediately uncover a connection to the boy’s death and the secret societies that rule Pemberly Brown. But it’s not until Kate begins receiving pages from Grace’s old journal that she begins to piece together what really happened the night she died and how it connects to Pemberly Brown’s most recent tragedy.
    Meanwhile, Kate’s ex-boyfriend Liam is following her around like an angry guard dog and she’s falling hard for the mysterious Bradley Farrow. Both boys are tied up in the mystery that surrounds Pemberly Brown, but only one of them can truly be trusted.
    In this chilling conclusion to The Liar Society series Kate will fight to save her school from the evil that lurks beneath its hallowed halls. But will her quest destroy her or finally lead her to true love? She can only hope her third lie’s the charm.
     AHH!!! Can't wait for this final book!

    Tuesday, April 9, 2013

    Author Spotlight: Magan Vernon


    Happy Tuesday! Today is Author Spotlight Day, featuring Magan Vernon and her new release (which is out...TODAY), The Only Exception. This is a racy new one for Magan. Be warned!


    THE ONLY EXCEPTION by Magan Vernon 

    **Due to sexual content and heavy subject matter, this book is recommended for ages 16+**
    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's 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 threatens to smother their relationship for good.
    The book comes out TODAY! WOO HOO!!! Add it to your Goodreads TBR list today - http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17206230-the-only-exception

    Here's a little more about Magan Vernon:


    Magan Vernon is a Young Adult and New Adult writer who lives with her family in the insurance capital of the world. She is in a very serious, fake relationship with Adam Lambert and constantly asks her husband to wear guyliner. He still refuses. She also believes her husband is secretly an alien, disguised as a southern gentleman.
     
    Blog/website www.maganvernon.com

    For more from Magan, check out this week's prelaunch giveaway for The Girl Guide - I am giving away Magan's YA book, How To Date An Alien - a great, light and fun read!

    Monday, April 8, 2013

    Week 2 of the Girl Guide Pre-Launch Giveaway!

    Wow - one week closer to the release of Girl Guide, and already I am getting some fun reactions. Last week, I was featured for a review and interview on The Young Folks blog. What I loved about this was that both the review and the interview were written by kids!

    I also had another fab review posted on Goodreads by Michelle with Readers Refuge. This one had me smiling because a 13-yr old LOVED it!!! Best thing ever.

    Today, bring week #2 of the pre-launch celebration for The Girl Guide. But first, here is the winner from week #1:

    SHERI LARSEN!!!


    And here is the schedule for the rest of the giveaways: 
    • April 1 - Girl Guide book jacket print and an ebook of Open Minds
    • April 8 - Girl Guide book jacket print, swag, an an ebook of How to Date an Alien
    • April 15 - Girl Guide T-shirt (IT IS SO FREAKING AWESOME), book swag and an ebook of The Truth About faking
    • April 29 - Girl Guide T-shirt, Girl Guide Journal, Book swag,  and an ebook of Tangled Tides
    • May 6 - Girl Guide T-shirt, Journal, Swag, annotated Galley of The Girl Guide, and an ebook of A Spy Like Me
    • May 13 - A print copy of The Girl Guide, Girl Guide t-shirt, swag, and an ebook of the Blood and Snow series

    This week's giveaway features the fabulous cover from The Girl Guide, autographed just for you, and an ebook of How to Date An Alien by Magan Vernon. I LOVED this series!!! 

    Entering is easy - just complete the rafflecopter form below:

    a Rafflecopter giveaway

    Need more convincing? Read an excerpt of the book from Prufrock Press - Click here to read a sample.  You'll not only see the content, but the stunning interiors Prufrock did for me!!!

    So join the fun and enter the contest today! 

    Friday, April 5, 2013

    Exciting...and Surprising... News!

    Hi all!

    So, I was talking with my Compass Press team the other day, discussing ideas for Dominus. I have had to push that release out by a LOT as the book has been difficult for me to finish. It is a highly emotional book for me to write, and yea...it is taking forever.

    Anyway, we were talking about what to do with the extra time between releases. As we spoke, I thought about some things that happen in Dominus, how they are tied into a potential spin-off series I have been toying around with. And then it hit me...

    ENIGMA!

    I wrote Enigma as a short story for a Winter Anthology last December. Here is a little blurb:

    Lorelei sees things other girls can't see. She knows about the demons and monsters. She's met them. Up close. And it's cost her everything.
    Torn between protecting her siblings and avenging her mother's death, Lorelei must decide which path she will take. And no matter what she chooses, her decision will influence more than just her future in this companion short story to the Requiem Series.

    Some of you probably read it. Many did not. This is a story about the Seers (you know, Lorelei and others). In the story there are some things that happen that connect to Dominus in a way. So, I thought...
    Why not release Enigma on its own??? For FREE???

    And you know what - that is exactly what we are going to do.

    That's not all! To make it even better, we are adding a special excerpt from Dominus to the story. I'll warn you, it'll be a bit spoilerific if you haven't read Libera Me, so please...make sure you do BEFORE you read it.

    Exciting yes?

    So, when is this all happening? I don't have an exact date, but somewhere between the end of the April and early May. WOO HOO!!!

    For now, I will share the cover...and what a fabulous cover it is!!!!



    What do you think??? Add it to you your TBR list on Goodreads and be prepared for a fresh new take on some familiar moments from Lacrimosa.

    Thursday, April 4, 2013

    Lena Goldfinch and AIRE

    Hi everyone! I'm back with another Author Spotlight this week - just to catch up on them. LOL! Today, I am shining the spotlight on Lena Goldfinch and her April release AIRE.


    AIRE by Lena Goldfinch 
    "Danger, magic, romance, and royal intrigue, Aire is a must read!"
    —NYT Bestselling Author Jessica Andersen


    "I was swept away from the very first page...I highly recommend Aire for fans of romance, fantasy, or for those who want to escape into the pages of a beautifully crafted world with richly developed characters and exquisite writing."
    —Erin Cashman, author of YA fantasy, The Exceptionals


    A tale of Legends reborn, of royal intrigue, and an unforgettable, heart-melting romance that will sweep you away.

    Annalisia is a seer, a princess with a courageous spirit—and a soft spot for Legends.

    Jovanni is a Legend, a commoner with no patience for pampered royals.

    Principessa Annalisia is stunned and conscience-stricken when an unknown enemy mistakenly abducts her maidservant. Determined to find the girl, Annalisia disguises herself as plain Anna and slips away from the palace. She tracks down Jovanni, her maidservant's daring older brother, they soon begin to search together. As they uncover clues, Anna also discovers a kindred spirit in Jovanni. But would he be so free with her if he knew who she really was? Doubtful. Even so, she reveals her secret gift of visions to him, and in so doing disobeys the orders of her beloved grandmother, the queen.

    With Jovanni, Anna can almost imagine she’s like any other seventeen year old girl, free to pursue the longings of her heart. When she learns that he also has a secret—he's a sentinel, an ancient shapeshifter who can take the form of a falcon—it seems as if they were destined to be together, as in the legends of il Sentiro. Though Anna is tempted to wish otherwise, she can’t forget that she’s a princess and it's her duty to marry another. Meanwhile, their hunt leads Anna ever closer to danger, for she is herself is being hunted.

    A princess and a commoner. 

    They never should have fallen in love...but they did.

    Aire is a lush, romantic fantasy, inspired by ancient Italy and Turkey.

    (YOUNG ADULT FANTASY ROMANCE)
    The book comes out THIS MONTH! And there is a little goodreads giveaway for it right now -


    Goodreads Book Giveaway

    Aire by Lena Goldfinch

    Aire

    by Lena Goldfinch

    Giveaway ends April 22, 2013.
    See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
    Enter to win
    You can see more of Lena's works here:


    Her YA fantasy novella, The Language of Souls, is currently available in paperback & on KindleNookKobo, & iTunes.

    Both Aire and the novella are promotionally priced on Kindle to celebrate the release of Aire: 

    Aire is $1.99 on Kindle, and Language of Souls is .99. ONLY UNTIL FRIDAY!

    Add it on Goodreads.

    Here's a little more about Lena Goldfinch:

    Lena Goldfinch lives in a scenic small town in Massachusetts with her husband, two kids, and a very spoiled Black Lab. She writes books for young adults, mostly fantasy with a dose of "sigh-worthy" romance. Her YA Fantasy Romance, The Language of Souls, is currently available. Visit her online at www.Lena Goldfinch.com.

    EEP! So exciting! I love featuring new books and authors.

    Tomorrow, I have my own exciting news to share...so yea...see you tomorrow!