Monthly Archives: February 2012

Catch Fire!

Today is the Catch Fire Blog Party, celebrating the release of CassaFire by Alex J. Cavanaugh! The goal is to help CassaFire “catch fire” on the best seller charts and achieve the success of the first book, CassaStar. There’s also a special package of prizes being given away at the author’s blog (copies of CassaFire, CassaStar, tote bag, mug, and bookmarks) as well as book giveaways during his two-week blog tour. See Alex’s site for details: http://alexjcavanaugh.blogspot.com/

 

CassaFire

by Alex J. Cavanaugh

CassaStar was just the beginning…

The Vindicarn War is a distant memory and Byron’s days of piloting Cosbolt fighters are over. He has kept the promise he made to his fallen mentor and friend – to probe space on an exploration vessel. Shuttle work is dull, but it’s a free and solitary existence. The senior officer is content with his life aboard the Rennather.

The detection of alien ruins sends the exploration ship to the distant planet of Tgren. If their scientists can decipher the language, they can unlock the secrets of this device. Is it a key to the Tgren’s civilization or a weapon of unimaginable power? Tensions mount as their new allies are suspicious of the Cassan’s technology and strange mental abilities. 

To complicate matters, the Tgrens are showing signs of mental powers themselves; the strongest of which belongs to a pilot named Athee, a woman whose skills rival Byron’s unique abilities. Forced to train her mind and further develop her flying aptitude, he finds his patience strained. Add a reluctant friendship with a young scientist, and he feels invaded on every level. All Byron wanted was his privacy…

Available today!

Science fiction – space opera/adventure

Print ISBN 978-0-9827139-4-5, $15.95, 6×9 Trade paperback, 240 pages

EBook ISBN 978-0-9827139-6-9, $4.99, available in all formats

 

CassaFire is the sequel to Cavanaugh’s first book, CassaStar, an Amazon Top Ten Best Seller:

“…calls to mind the youthful focus of Robert Heinlein’s early military sf, as well as the excitement of space opera epitomized by the many Star Wars novels. Fast-paced military action and a youthful protagonist make this a good choice for both young adult and adult fans of space wars.” – Library Journal

 

Barnes and Noble – http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/cassafire-alex-j-cavanaugh/1034742568

Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/CassaFire-Alex-J-Cavanaugh/dp/0982713940/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1329417150&sr=1-1

Amazon Kindle – http://www.amazon.com/CassaFire-ebook/dp/B007A2TSNG/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1329663355&sr=1-1

 

Book trailer available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qa6VINRGtyE.

 

You can visit the author’s site at http://alexjcavanaugh.blogspot.com/

You also can participate on the twitter party by using the #CatchFire hashtag!

Blog Tour dates and stops on http://alexjcavanaugh.blogspot.com/p/cassafire.html

 

Cheers,

Cover Love: LUMINOSITY

Cover Love for the YA Sci-Fi/Dystopian, LUMINOSITY, by Stephanie Thomas, coming from Entangled Publishing in September 2012!

“My name is Beatrice. When I was born, I was blessed with the Sight. I was immediately removed from my parents and enrolled in the Institution. At the age of twelve, I had my first true vision, earning my raven’s wings. And when I turned seventeen, one of my visions came true. Things haven’t been the same since.

The Institution depends on me to keep the City safe from our enemy, the Dreamcatchers, but I’m finding it harder to do while keeping a secret from everyone, including my best friend Gabe. It is a secret that could put us all in danger. A secret that could kill me and everyone close to me.

But the enemy has been coming to me in my dreams, and I think I’m falling in love with him. He says they’re coming. He says they’re angry. And I think I’ve already helped them win.”

 

Paperback Available for Pre-Order from Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Luminosity-Stephanie-Thomas/dp/1620611279/ref=lh_ni_t

Add to your Goodreads TBR: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13425149-luminosity

You can find more about Stephanie on her website, blog, Facebook, GoodReads and twitter.

 

Hope you’re excited about it as much as I am!

Cheers,

Upcoming Contest and BlogHop

So, two very awesome things:

A CONTEST

hosted by Brenda DrakeShelley Watters and Cassandra Marshall, called March Madness Agent Pitch Match.

Here is what Brenda says:  “The agents will be bidding on your 35-word pitch and first 150 words of your finished young adult and middle grade novels. The entries that make it into the match will be posted to our sites on March 12. The agents will have two days to review the entries and make notes on the ones they want.”

To see the deets and how (and when) to sign up, click here.

 

A BLOGHOP

hosted by Kyra Lennon at Write Here Write Now and Rachel at Writing on the Wall, called WIP: The Movie.

Here is what Kyra says: “Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to post a photo of the actors or actresses you would like to play the characters in your WiP if it were to be made into a movie. It can be just one character, or the entire cast! Secondly, we want you to soundtrack your movie! Head over to YouTube, and post a song that best describes one of your characters, or your story as a whole. Again, you can pick one song, or several, it’s entirely up to you!”

To see more deets and sign up, click here or here.

 

Cool, don’t you think? I’m already on both. What are you waiting for?

Cheers,

Cover Love: INBETWEEN

I’ve got to do another cover reveal!

This time is for the anticipated INBETWEEN (Kissed by Death, #1) by Tara Fuller coming out August 7, 2012 from Entangled Publishing.

Since the car crash that took her father’s life three years ago, Emma’s life has been a freaky—and unending—lesson in caution.

Surviving “accidents” has taken priority over being a normal seventeen-year-old, so Emma spends her days taking pictures of life instead of living it. Falling in love with a boy was never part of the plan. Falling for a reaper who makes her chest ache and her head spin? Not an option.

It’s not easy being dead, especially for a reaper in love with a girl fate has put on his list not once, but twice. Finn’s fellow reapers give him hell about spending time with Emma, but Finn couldn’t let her die before, and he’s not about to let her die now. He will protect the girl he loves from the evil he accidentally unleashed, even if it means sacrificing the only thing he has left…his soul.

Paperback Available for Pre-Order from Amazon.

Add to your Goodreads TBR.

You can find more about Tara on her website/blog, Twitter and Facebook.

 

Cheers,

Links about Writing – part 2

First, let me give you an advice: if you’re serious about writing and improving your writing, you have to follow Janice Hardy, Jami GoldJody Hedlund, Lydia Sharp and Roni Loren. Their posts are full of awesome about the writing process, revising, the publishing industry and their own experience about it all. Also, I advice you to follow them on twitter (Janice, Jami, Jody, Lydia and Roni) — they are great gals and super fun to hang out with!

 

Here are more links about writing:

 

Defining Your Catalyst, Your Inciting Incident, and Your Premise (and how they all work together to create Act One)

What Does Your Body Language Say About You? How To Read Signs and Recognize Gestures

How to Write a Novel: The SnowFlake Method

How To Write Like a Man

If You Build it, They Will Read: Plotting With Layers

Query Me This: How To Write a Query

Love Scenes 101: Don’t Be Corny or Porn-y*

How To Amp Up Sexual Tension In Your Story 

7 Truths about Writers

Facial Expressions

Don’t tell us she’s special. Show us

4 Techniques for Creating Believable Villains

Eight Simple Tips for Editing Your Own Work

Timeless tips that changed my writing forever

We’re Ready for Revision Pre-Flight: Top 10 Self-Editing Tips

Leave the Breadcrumbs Behind: Are You Asking — and Answering — the Right Story Questions?

What Makes A Character Great – Part I

What Makes A Character Great – Part II

Show Don’t Tell

How to Use the “Save the Cat” Beat Sheet for Revisions

 

Hope it helps!

Cheers,

Cover Love: GRAVITY

If you guys didn’t figure it out yet, I’ll tell you out loud: I’m a big fan of Entangled Publishing. So you know it’s a honor for me to host another cover reveal for one of their awesomesauce authors.

Here I present you with: GRAVITY by Melissa West (October 2012). A Sci-fi YA.

 


In the future, only one rule will matter:

Don’t. Ever. Peek.

Seventeen-year-old Ari Alexander just broke that rule and saw the last person she expected hovering above her bed – arrogant Jackson Locke, the most popular boy in her school. She expects instant execution or some kind of freak alien punishment, but instead, Jackson issues a challenge: help him, or everyone on Earth will die.

Ari knows she should report him, but everything about Jackson makes her question what she’s been taught about his kind. And against her instincts, she’s falling for him. But Ari isn’t just any girl, and Jackson wants more than her attention.  She’s a military legacy who’s been trained by her father and exposed to war strategies and societal information no one can know – especially an alien spy, like Jackson. Giving Jackson the information he needs will betray her father and her country, but keeping silent will start a war.

 

Doesn’t it sound great? Doesn’t it LOOK great? I can’t wait to put my hands on it!

Pre-order from Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/Gravity-Melissa-West/dp/1620610914/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

Add to Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12844575-gravity

You can find Melissa on her website, blog, twitter, Facebook and Goodreads.

 

Cheers,

RTW: Words we can’t live without

 

Road Trip Wednesday is a “Blog Carnival,” where YA Highway’s contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question that begs to be answered. In the comments, you can hop from destination to destination and get everybody’s unique take on the topic.

 

This week’s topic:

“What words do you absolutely hate? Which ones do you adore?”

 

HATE: nevertheless, just (though I use it A LOT), babe, slime, fart, hubris, alas, mishap, jealousy, moist

ADORE: adore, scarlet, starstruck, mythology, believe, dream, dance, ocean, light, butterfly, euphoria

 

I confess I’m not sure I chose those words for their spelling or their meaning … probably both. And I found out it’s way easier to come up with words I love than remember words I hate lol I’m sure both are ever growing lists, though.

What I hate is when people abbreviate every single word they type on social media. Okay, if you gotta do it once or twice to fit your thought into a tweet, but don’t make it a habit, please! It’s so annoying …

PS: I trolled a few posts from my fellow RTW’s participants before concluding mine and picked one or two words from them to add to my lists ;)

 

Your turn. What are the words you love and hate?

Cheers,

Is It Getting Hot in Here?

I wasn’t going to, but because I admire many of the ladies on this blogfest and know I’ll meet many other awesome writers, I decided to join the Is It Getting Hot In Here? bloghop hosted by Cassie Mae and Hope Roberson ;)

The following scene is from my beloved wip, DESTINY GIFT, a new adult paranormal romance. Here I give you Nadine and Victor:

 

“Please, get out!” I tried to push him back, but he wouldn’t budge. “Why are you doing this? Please, let me be.” I punched his chest. “I opened up my heart to you, and you shut me out. Please. GET OUT!”

“I won’t!” he yelled. Anger radiated from his eyes. “What do you want me to say?” He paced forward, making me retreat. “Want me to tell you that you get to me? That since the first time I saw you, you affected me?” His voice was high and rough. “That I tried not looking for you every time I felt the pain because I knew I would be weak and would fall for you? Do you realize that all the people I ever loved are now dead?”

He trapped me between the bed and him. His eyes shone, and he gritted his teeth, but he was on a roll. I couldn’t stop him. “Should I tell you that I’m scared of getting close to anyone because they might end up dead? That I’m scared of getting close to you?”

My heart went still. I was sure I had died. What was he saying?

He wrapped his arms around my waist, pulled me up, and covered my mouth with his.

God, I had dreamed of this moment so, so many times. Yet, this Victor wasn’t my Victor, was he? In truth, right at this moment, I didn’t care. All I wanted was to kiss him back.

And I did. His kiss was sweeter than I could have hoped for, his tender lips eagerly moving against mine, his tongue exploring my mouth as if it was a new, rich land to be discovered. One of his hands traveled up my spine until his fingers knotted my hair. The other hand went down, cupping my hips. Oh, and I was all over him too, my hands already under his shirt, exploring his lean, hard muscles.

Gently, Victor pulled my hair back, making me tilt my chin up. Helplessly, I moaned, startled by how avid he was. In my dreams, I had believed he would be gentle and calm. Very different from this Victor. And I loved every second of it.

With his tongue, Victor traced a line down my neck to my collarbone. He bit and pecked it, scorching my skin, using his hands to press me against him. I felt intoxicated by his scent, by his touch, by his breath. I had had time to imagine this, to picture the perfect moment when I would surrender to his charms and make love to him. Yet, this was far more perfect.

 

*fans self*

I hope you liked it ;)

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Cheers,

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