Monthly Archives: October 2013

Happy Halloween and a Short Story

Happy Halloween!

 

Back in July 2012, HarperTeen and Figment had a short story contest – it had to be about the dark and shouldn’t be longer than 4k words. I entered the contest – I didn’t win, but I got a very nice email from the judge and editor of the anthology the short story was to be published with, saying that the story was beautiful and that my writing was gorgeous, and such.

Though I wrote that short story over a year ago, I still think it’s my best writing to this day. It’s very different than my contemporary style, or my UF style. This is more … lush? I don’t know how to explain.

Anyway, it’s a story about witches and ghosts and witch hunters … and, since it’s Halloween, I thought you would like to read it :D

You can find my short story, Into the Darkest Fire, on WattPad or Figment – if you read it, let me know what you think! I love comments :)

 

Into The Darkest FireBy the way, the cover was designed by my NA Alley sister, Jaycee DeLorenzo. Isn’t it gorgeous?

 

I hope you like it! :)

Cheers,

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What’s Up Wednesday

The lovelies Jaime Morrow and Erin Funk came up with the WHAT’S UP WEDNESDAY meme. Here’s Jaime’s explanation about it: “It’s similar in some respects to the Currently… post, but it’s been whittled down to only four headings to make it quicker and more manageable on a weekly basis. You’re invited to join us if you’re looking for something to blog about, a way to let your blog friends know what’s been going on with you.”

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WHAT I’M READING

I read Lovely by Beth Michelle – a New Adult told from a guy’s POV. Different and interesting. I really liked it.

Now I’m reading My Story Can Beat Up Your Story by Jeffrey Schechter – so far it’s really good and funny. I laugh every few paragraphs ;)

 

WHAT I’M WRITING

I’m working on Playing Pretend … I want to write 15k words this week. Monday, I wrote 2700; Tuesday, I wrote 2300. So today, to stay on track, I should write 4000! Yikes!

 

WHAT INSPIRES ME RIGHT NOW

Dancing.

As I mentioned on a previous What’s Up Wednesday, I bought the Zumba game for PS3 – it’s great but I needed more. So, I have turned on youtube on the living room TV, which is hooked up with a great home theater, search for songs I really like, turn the volume really loud, and dance! hehe And it’s so good … I mean, not only as an exercise for my body, but for my mind too. I love, love dancing … and I think that my dance session actually makes me want to dance more, so some nights, after the kid has gone to bed, I put on my earphones and dance again!

One of the current songs:

 

WHAT ELSE I’VE BEEN UP TO

Nothing much.

On Sunday, hubs and I celebrated 12 years together (not our wedding anniversary – that’s in April!), so we went out for dinner, then watched a good movie cuddled in the couch ;)

What else? Getting ready for Halloween tomorrow and then taking the kid to a birthday party on Friday.

Last year, hurricane Sandy hit us during Halloween. Since majority of the town was without power and trees blocked streets and all that jazz, the townspeople got together and created the Trunk of Treat. Everyone drove to the town green, parked their cars there and the kids had their trick or treating around the cars! It was so much fun that this year they are doing it again just because everyone liked it!

Oh, and I joined Instagram this morning! Still have no pics there, but I’m there …

 

Now tell me, WHAT’S UP WITH YOU?

Don’t forget to stop by Jaime’s post and check out the linky list of the awesome writers who are participating of this meme!

Cheers,

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Playing Pretend Cover Reveal Sign-Up

Want to help me reveal the cover of Playing Pretend?

Nereyda from YA Bound Book Tours is organizing the cover reveal and you can sign up here!

 

Coming soon

Genre: NA Contemporary Romance
Word Count: 60,000
Release date: March 2014
Cover: Berto Designs

As the Governor’s daughter, Charlotte McClain is an expert in playing pretend. High society, the men her mother shoves in her direction and a Pre-Law major are all a part of her perfect pretense. But when she pretends to be a nobody during Spring Break, she meets someone who rocks her world.

Mason Rowell knows heartbreak and Spring Break don’t mesh well, so he allows the mysterious Charlotte to seduce him. What should have been a fling, results in something deeper. After Spring Break has long since passed, he moves to Washington to pursue his graduate degree, but what he never expected to find living among the rich and pompous, was the girl who gave him the strength to change and the desire to start anew.

When the guy Charlotte can’t forget goes from a sensual memory to temptation in the flesh, her facade is put to the test. If she surrenders to his charms, she risks ruining her mother’s perfect career and master plan. Playing pretend is what Charlotte does best, but how long can she pretend she doesn’t love who man that made her proud of her true self?

**A light, sexy NA Contemporary Romance**

Goodreads

 

Thanks for your support!

Cheers, 

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What’s Up Wednesday

The lovelies Jaime Morrow and Erin Funk came up with the WHAT’S UP WEDNESDAY meme. Here’s Jaime’s explanation about it: “It’s similar in some respects to the Currently… post, but it’s been whittled down to only four headings to make it quicker and more manageable on a weekly basis. You’re invited to join us if you’re looking for something to blog about, a way to let your blog friends know what’s been going on with you.”

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WHAT I’M READING

I finished Frostbite by Lynn Rush last night. It’s labeled NA and the protagonist in the last week of HS – it’s fun and fast-paced. I recommend it ;)

During the write-in on Sunday (more about it later), Ghenet was reading The Plot Whisperer and Cris said she had just read My Story Can Beat Up Your Story by Jeffrey Schechter and loved it – so I bought both of those once I got home. That conversation made me realize that I haven’t read many craft books lately, and I should. Everyone should. I also remembered I had started Writing Irresistible KidLit by Mary Kole but didn’t finish, so I did that. I picked it up and finished it on Monday night. I confess it wasn’t anything new. Mary Kole touches on characterization, emotions, goals, plot, theme, voice, etc – it was a good reminder. I guess a beginner writer might benefit more of this book, though.

Now I’m browsing through my kindle and my shelf, trying to figure out which one of the 300 books I will choose …

 

WHAT I’M WRITING

Soul Oath (The Everlast Trilogy #2) and Cup of Life (The Everlast Trilogy #2.5) are with my editor for line-edits, and I’m back to Playing Pretend – I have 27k words down and it should be other 30-35k to finish it. Monday I relaxed – I think it was deserved! Tuesday I began rereading those 27k words – I should finish rereading today, I hope, and then I’ll start (finish?) writing it.

I see everyone talking about NaNoWriMo … I wish I would participate, but like I said, I need only more 35k for this manuscript, and I need to start it now because 2 weeks of Nov are reserved for editing Soul Oath and Cup of Life … this year, I think I’ll just cheer on :)

 

WHAT INSPIRES ME RIGHT NOW

I don’t know. Music, life, reading, dancing, my story kernels … but nothing in particular, not that I noticed.

 

WHAT ELSE I’VE BEEN UP TO

I had a great write-in with my girls last Sunday – Cris brought a new girl to our group, Jessica, and she’s really cool. Ginger couldn’t make it to our write-in, though I’m sure she’ll be there on the next one!

The cover reveal of Playing Pretend is set for Nov 8th and sign-up is open! I’m very excited about it. It’s a light, fun, smexy NA contemporary – different from Breaking the Reins, but I like it too much to let it go …

 

WHAT’S UP ON MY BLOG

These are my blog’s posts from the past week:

I revealed the second pic teaser of Soul Oath!
Cover Love: Tell Me When by Stina Lindenblatt
Book Blitz: The Faerie War
Cover Love: Released

 

Now tell me, WHAT’S UP WITH YOU?

Don’t forget to stop by Jaime’s post and check out the linky list of the awesome writers who are participating of this meme!

Cheers,

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Cover Love: Released

 

Released

 

Left in the desert to recuperate from her injuries, Sanaa Itami paces the floors and contemplates her mistakes. She trusted too easily, and now people she loved are dead, killed at the hands of men coming to assassinate her. Sanaa feels beaten, but life awaits her at home. While Nishikyō recovers from the earthquake, negotiations for Sanaa’s eventual rule on Yūsei continue. New allies must be made, new friendships brokered, new skills acquired — at all costs.

Life at the top of the chain is complicated and lonely, though. With relations in Sakai clan rocky and uncertain, Sanaa must learn to trust others again more than she’s willing. Who amongst the clans is left holding a grudge? And will the new family Sanaa has found with Jiro support or betray her?

From Nishikyō to Yūsei, RELEASED, Book TWO of the Nogiku Series, is the second book in a captivating New Adult post-apocalyptic romance series that harnesses the cultures and traditions of Japan and sweeps them in the future.

Queue it on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18674866-released

Visit http://www.spajonas.com for more information.

 

Read the first book in The Nogiku Series, REMOVED:

Amazon (Paperback): http://amzn.com/1940599032

Amazon (Kindle): http://amzn.com/B00F4IE978

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/2940148646532

Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/removed

 

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Cheers,

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Book Blitz: The Faerie War

 

 

Teaser 4

 

It’s party time!!! 

Today is the official online release of Rachel Morgan‘s third Creepy Hollow novel, The Faerie War. After that cliffhanger at the end of the second book, fans can finally find out what happens to Violet and everyone else in Creepy Hollow. If you’d like to get your copy, you can find it at the following online stores, plus a few others:

There are seven other teaser images displayed on various blogs today. If you’d like to see them, you can visit the following fabulous bloggers:

 

And there’s a major giveaway going on!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

Cheers,

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Soul Oath Pic Teaser #2

Soul Oath (The Everlast Trilogy #2) releases next month and I have three more pic teaser to share.

If you don’t remember, here’s the first one:

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And now I give you the second pic teaser:

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In case you missed, here’s the book info:

 

Genre: NA Urban Fantasy
Expected pub date: Nov/25/2013
Cover design: Okay Creations
Length: 80,000 words

It’s been three months since Nadine last heard from Victor, Micah or Ceris, allowing her to concentrate on her own life. But until Victor and Micah find the scepters that will restore them as true gods, their human bodies will require her healing touch and it’s only a matter of time until they wreak havoc on her life again. 
As if to prove that, Victor shows up at the hospital dragging along with him a swarm of demons. Nadine is forced to flee to safety. Despite her attempts to keep her loved ones protected, the demons find her, and they bring her to Imha, the goddess of Chaos.

Now, confronted by her greatest fear, Nadine finds a new motivation. Vengeance. And when seeking revenge, no risk is too great, including her own life.

Add it on Goodreads

 

Cheers,

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Cover Love: Tell Me When

 Tell-Me-When-cover

Tell Me When by Stina Lindenblatt
Published by: Carina Press (HQN)
Publication date: January 20th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

Synopsis:

Amber Scott should be enjoying life as a college freshman. She should be pursuing her dream of becoming a veterinarian. She should be working hard to make sense of her precalculus math class.

She shouldn’t be waking up her college roommate with screaming nightmares. She shouldn’t be flashing back, reliving the three weeks of hell she barely survived last year. And she definitely shouldn’t be spending time with sexy player Marcus Reid.

But engineering student Marcus is the only one keeping Amber from failing her math course, so she grudgingly lets him into her life. She never expects the king of hookups will share his painful past. Or that she’ll tell him her secrets in return, opening up and trusting him in a way she thought she’d never be able to again.

When their fragile future together is threatened by a stalker Amber thought was locked away for good, Marcus is determined to protect her. And Amber is determined to protect Marcus…even if that means pushing him away.

 

AUTHOR BIO:
Born in England, Stina loves to travel, and has lived in England, the US, Canada, and Finland. She spent a semester in graduate school living in central Finland, and a summer during her undergrad degree working in Helsinki. She has a Master’s of Science degree in exercise physiologyand has worked with elite athletes. In her free time, Stina is a photographer, mother of three adorable kids, and devoted wife. She currently lives in Calgary, Canada.
Website: http://stinalindenblattauthor.com/

 

Cheers,

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