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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 novel…

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 la…

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 Do…

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: 

Katy Upperman  ponders LOVE AND OTHER PERISHABLE ITEMS by Laura BuzoKimberly Sabatiniwonders at WHEN YOU WERE HERE by Daisy WhitneyElana Johsonfalls for THE FAULT IN OUR STARS by John GreenTracy Banghartloves LACRIMOSA by Christine FonsecaCorrine Jacksonadores the ARCADIA BELL series by Jenn BennettRebecca Behrensdelves into CODE NAME VERITY by Elizabeth WeinLenore Appelhansraves about THE RULES by Stacey KadeStasia Ward Kehoewraps up National Poetry Month with THE POETRY TEACHER’S BOOK OF LISTS by Sylvia VardellChristine Fonsecacelebrates UNDER THE NEVER SKY by Veronica RossiJessica Lovehails THIS IS WHAT HAPPY LOOKS LIKE by Jennifer E. SmithShannon Messenger  discusses some r…

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 respondi…

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 LarsenApril 8 - Girl Guide book jacket print, swag, an an ebook of How to Date an Alien - WINNER: Giedre SApril 15 - Girl Guide T-shirt (IT IS SO FREAKING AWESOME), book swag and an ebook of The Truth About faking - WINNER JannettaApril 29 - Girl Guide T-shirt, Girl Guide Journal, Book swag,  and an ebook of Tangled TidesMay 6 - Girl Guide T-shirt, Journal, Swag, annotated Galley of The Girl Guide, and an ebook of A Spy Like MeMay 13 - A print copy of The Girl Guide, Girl Guide t-shirt, swag, and an ebook of the Blood and Snow series

Entering is …

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 (p…

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 a…

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…

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:


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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 LarsenApril 8 - Girl Guide book jacket print, swag, an an ebook of How to Date an Alien - WINNER: Giedre SApril 15 - Girl Guide T-shirt (IT IS SO FREAKING AWESOME), book swag and an ebook of The Truth About fakingApril 29 - Girl Gu…

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 par…

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 Banghartdelves 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…

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 despit…

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 MindsApril 8 - Girl Guide book jacket print, swag, an an ebook of How to Date an AlienApril 15 - Girl Guide T-shirt (IT IS SO FREAKING AWESOME), book swag and an ebook of The Truth About fakingApril 29 - Girl Guide T-shirt, Girl Guide Journal, Book swag,  and an ebook of Tangled TidesMay 6 - Girl Guide T-shirt, Journal, Swag, annotate…

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 sho…

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. Det…