Monthly Archives: June 2013

A Day in the Life: Marissa Carmel



Marissa Carmel has loved writing ever since a young age. She has a duel degree in History and Political Science, but took as many creative writing classes as she could. She spent most of her twenties bartending which is where she met her husband and a multitude of interesting people. When she’s not reading or writing, she’s hanging out with her family, experimenting in her kitchen or doing yoga on the living room floor.



State of Chaos Release Day

Happy Book Birthday to Summer!

She wrote a guest post for my blog to celebrate with us. Here it is:



Developing Supporting Characters from a First Person Perspective


State of Emergency focused on two people: Cassidy Hart and Chris Young. Those were my two protagonists, and because of the plotline of the story, there was no need to bring in any supporting characters. Until book two.

With State of Chaos, Cassidy is forced to mature as a character and a human being, and one way to get that to happen was to put her in the path of people that would help her grow up. But sometimes it can be a challenge to develop supporting characters when you’re telling a story from a first person perspective, because you can only see and feel what that one character is seeing and feeling. Everybody else must be developed based on your main character’s emotions and perceptions. It can be tricky, and if it’s not done right, your supporting characters can come across as flat and stereotypical. So I came up with a plan!

Supporting characters are just as important as your protagonists, even if they don’t get as much “screen time.” A trick that I used to make sure my supporting characters were well-rounded and developed was to write out their entire backstories. Some of the characters in State of Chaos – Sophia, Alexander and Max – have long backstories that you as a reader may never even know about. But I know about it. They all have a story and a reason for their personalities and reactions to certain situations – because those personalities and reactions have been molded and shaped by their lives. It’s helpful to know your supporting characters and who they are well in advance if you’re going to be writing from a first person perspective. Your protagonist will then be able to pick up on personality traits and tidbits of information that will clue you in to those character’s likes and dislikes. Who they are. What they want. Why they are the way they are.

It’s all a part of the game we call storytelling!


Thanks, Summer, and Congrats!



Cassidy Hart has had better days.

Her dad is missing. Her friends have been captured. And modern society is pretty much gone, thanks to an EMP that destroyed the technological infrastructure of the United States.

Surviving in the foothills of California is a challenge, but with the help of former Navy SEAL Chris Young, Cassidy’s been able to stay alive.

Until now. Omega, the shadow army arisen from the chaos, won’t stop until every single survivor is either under their control or dead. Taken by soldiers and forced into a labor camp, Cassidy must turn the tables on her captors. Escape means everything. Unfortunately, staying out of Omega’s crosshairs is easier said than done.

You can run.

But you can’t hide.

Cassidy’s about to learn that the hard way.


Collapse Series #2

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Author Biography: summer

Summer Lane is the author of the national bestselling YA/NA Contemporary Romantic Adventure, State of Emergency, the first installment in the Collapse Series. State of Chaos, the sequel, released June 28th, 2013. She is a freelance writer, publicist and lover of all things feline. Summer is also the author of Snappy Social Networking: How to Dominate the Blogosphere & Everything in Between. In her spare time, Summer is the creator of the online magazine/blog, Writing Belle, in addition to being a frequent contributor at NA Alley, a website dedicated to all things New Adult.

Summer began writing when she was 13 years old, due to the fact that the long afternoons after school were somewhat boring, and writing stories seemed to make the time pass a little quicker. Since then she has written many books about jungle cats, secret agents, princesses and spaceships. She is also a non-fiction writer, but her debut novel, State of Emergency, is her favorite book yet. Stay in the loop with all updates for the Collapse Series by liking STATE OF EMERGENCY – COLLAPSE SERIES on Facebook! Want to talk to Summer? Email her at:

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Cover Love: Scorched Treachery

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Title: Scorched Treachery (Imdalind #3)
Author: Rebecca Ethington
Expected release date: July 12th 2013
Genre: Paranormal (with action and romance)
Age Group: Young Adult
Cover designed by: Okay Creations;
Cover reveal organized by: AToMR Tours
Book Description:

While Joclyn is trapped in the tormenting hell of Cail’s mind, the battle around her only continues to grow and spread.
Edmund has infiltrated the underground hallways of Prague, guiding the massacre that would end the lives of the last of the great magical race. In her attempts to stop him, Wynifred has been captured and her magic restrained. Chained up in the ancient dungeons of Prague, her fate is left in the hands of her father, who has tried to kill her before.

With Ryland’s screams and Sain’s fragmented sights as her only company, Wyn must rely on something that has been hidden deep inside of her for centuries to help them break free.
Ilyan’s whole life has been building up to one purpose. Protect the Silnỳ. He knows what he must do, and he has no doubt in his ability to do so.

But when his father’s magic removes Joclyn’s mind from her body, he is left protecting the shell of the one person he loves. Desperate to find a way to break her free of her prison, he makes a choice. And that one choice changes everything.

Now, Ilyan finds himself bound to Joclyn in a way that he never knew to be possible. They say that blood is thicker than water, but Black Water burns, and Ilyan’s heart may not be strong enough to keep the water pumping through his veins and give the girl he loves back into his brother’s care.

Even if he can, it may not be safe to do so.

Reading order: Kiss of Fire (1), Eyes of Ember (2), Scorched Treachery (3)


About the Author Rebecca Ethington

Rebecca Ethington is a story teller and author from Salt Lake City, Utah. She has been telling stories since she was small. First, with writing crude scripts, and then in stage with years of theatrical performances. Rebecca’s first stint into the world of literary writing, The Imdalind Series, was released in October 2012 and since its release each book has been found in several top 100 lists on Amazon. Rebecca is a mother to two, and wife to her best friend of 14 years. Her days are spent writing, running, and enjoying life with her crazy family.

Author’s social media links:

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Cover Love: Life, Love, & Lemons


Couple lying on a picnic table

Title: Life, Love, & Lemons by Magan Vernon
Publication date: August 2013
Genre: YA Contemporary

When life hands you lemons, sometimes you have to say screw the lemons and bail.

Seventeen-year-old Bentley Evans had it all. Then her Dad got laid off.

Now she has to move across town to a small apartment and leave her life of luxury for public school and a job at the local burger place. Just when her world seems like it’s crumbling she finds solace in the unlikely punk boy next door, Kai Rowe. But as their relationship blossoms, a  jealous ex-girlfriend and a secret to tell that threatens to bring disaster back into Bentley’s life.

Add it on Goodreads!


Author Bio: Magan
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.





A Day in the Life: R.L. Griffin




R.L.  Griffin resides in the Atlanta area with some cool dudes: her husband, son and two dogs.  She was born and raised in the South.  She attended Georgia Southern University and moved to Washington, D.C. to intern in the United States Senate during the impeachment trial.  Falling in love with the city, she went to law school at American University, Washington College of Law.  By A Thread is R.L.’s second book, but is the first in a series of books.







Tiny little break …

Hey guys …

I just wanted to tell you all that I might not be online much for a couple of days. I’ll pop on twitter here and there, but I won’t blog (other than cover reveals and guest posts that are sent to me ready), and I’ll probably barely update my facebook page.

I want to apologize to the ladies organizing the Ready.Set.Write! challenge … I was looking forward to it, but I can’t participate of it anymore. I’m so sorry!

Anyway … take care, everyone!



A Day in the Life: Lisa Sanchez

Miss Dawn Pendleton came up with a cool Q&A for authors. She posts them once a week on her blog and I’m taking part on it. I’ll be posting the Q&A here every Saturday.

Today is Lisa Sanchez’s turn!




Lisa’s lifelong love of writing, coupled with her ability to weave together and intricate and compelling story has led to the release of her New Adult paranormal romance trilogy,the Hanaford Park series (Eve Of Samhain, Pleasures Untold, Faythe Reclaimed).

In her role as a busy stay-at-home and self proclaimed “cheer mom,” on any given day Lisa wears a number of different hats. From taxi driver to chef,nurse to seamstress, laundry woman to enforcer, and, of course, writer, Lisa manages to keep everything together while caring for her husband and three children. The few spare moments left in her day are usually spent reading or writing, and if she’s really lucky, possibly even catching up on some much needed sleep. Lisa and her family currently reside in Tracy, California.

Lisa is represented by the fabulous Brittany Booker of the Booker/Albert agency, and has two projects on submission and a third in the works.




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