Tuesday, October 30, 2012

You Ready For A Secret?




I’ve got some exciting news…

And I can’t share it all…

But I can tell you it involves these three people:




The date NOVEMBER 19, 2012…

And this really cool Teaser Button:




Plus a secret that will blow your mind…

Soooooo… save the date… because the details with this unique blogfest will be revealed November 19, 2012… where the linky list will go live…

This blogfest is unlike anything that’s EVER been done before… it’s going to be EPIC… just thinking about it makes me giddy…

It’s Time To Give Back…

Full details on November 19… Did I say that yet???

Any secrets you want to share??? ;-)

Red. Head. Out. :D 

Friday, October 26, 2012

SWEET PERIL And Your Most Perilous Moment...



This is the week of cover reveals!

Which is funny, because I don’t ever do cover reveals unless they’re for close friends. And Wendy Higgins has been such a motivator/support to me from the very beginning of my writing journey. So I’m SO excited to be part of her cover reveal for SWEET PERIL (Out April 30, 2013), sequel to SWEET EVIL (out by HarperTeen now). 

Here it is!

 Blurb: 

Anna Whitt, daughter of a guardian angel and a demon, promised herself she’d never do the work of her father—polluting souls. She’d been naive to make such a claim. She’d been naive about a lot of things. Haunted by demon whisperers, Anna does whatever she can to survive, even if it means embracing her dark side and earning an unwanted reputation as her school’s party girl. Her life has never looked more bleak. And all the while there’s Kaidan Rowe, son of the Duke of Lust, plaguing her heart and mind.

When an unexpected lost message from the angels surfaces, Anna finds herself traveling the globe with Kopano, son of Wrath, in an attempt to gain support of fellow Nephilim and give them hope for the first time. It soon becomes clear that whatever freedoms Anna and the rest of the Neph are hoping to win will not be gained without a fight. Until then, Anna and Kaidan must put aside the issues between them, overcome the steamiest of temptations yet, and face the ultimate question: is loving someone worth risking their life?


Book 3 of The Sweet Trilogy, Sweet Reckoning, is slated for spring/summer 2014.


Links:


To go along with the “peril” theme, I thought I’d share one of my perilous moments…


Eight years ago hubs and I went to Iceland. We landed at 1:00 in the morning, with nothing but the packs on our backs and a Reykjavik stamp in our passports. We didn’t have a place to stay, with only a few dollars in our pockets. We had been herded out of the airport without any transportation and were left outside in the freezing temperatures with the nearest hotel being $400 a night.

To put it mildly, we felt like Tom Hanks after his Fedex airplane crashed. Stranded, and castaway.

There we were, standing in the cold considering our options, when a man with a duffel bag asked us if we needed a ride. Being young and naïve, we responded yes, we did, but that we didn’t know where because we didn’t have a place to stay. He then offered his place, but said it was a drive. The hubs immediately said, “Yes, that would be great!” while I was elbowing him in the side, totally not wanting to go off into the car with this guy in this strange country in the middle of the night to his house.  Honestly, the man could’ve had a body in that duffel.

But we went.

We piled into his white van with tinted windows (I mean, come on!) and headed off into the night.

Conversation was fine until he started talking about guns. All the while I’m trying to memorize the pitch-dark snowy landscape outside in case we'd have to bolt and run for our lives. Then we pulled up to this high security compound with a barbed wire fence and guards holding rifles.

Our guide, Brent, was actually a military helicopter pilot and “his place” was a little apartment in the American military base. He was amazing. He let us have his bed and gave us his car to drive for the week. All for free. He was our angel. I honestly don’t know what we would have done without his help. To this day, hubs and I are trying to locate him and thank him again. What could've been a nightmare turned out to be one of our favorite weeks of our lives. 

What memories of peril does this story spawn for you? Share with us one of your scariest moments! And don't forget to check out Wendy's work!

Red. Head. Out. :D 

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Cover Reveal and a Special Shout Out!


I'm so excited to be part of Leigh Fallon's cover reveal for Shadow of the Mark! Leigh is a dear friend and beyond talented. I actually read an early version of Shadow of the Mark and just thinking about it gives me chills. CHILLS. It's SO fantastic. It's the second book in the trilogy, sequel to Carrier of the Mark. 



About the cover:

I know, there's no mistaking it. This is definitely a Carrier Series  cover, but that was the intention. After the amazing reception to the  cover of Carrier of the Mark, HarperCollins wanted Shadow's cover to  be instantly recognizable. And it is, but the new darker color palette  reflects the darker tone that this installment brings, and the pink  and purple really make it pop. I love it and think HarperCollins have  done another amazing job. I hope you like it too.

Shadow of the Mark:

Life for Megan Rosenberg just got a lot more complicated.

While she evoked the air element, and her feelings for Adam intensified, a web of lies, deceit, and betrayal has been spun around  her.  With the Order tightening its hold, and the reinstatement of the Mark Knights, Megan has more questions than  answers as the Marked Ones grow in strength.

New people arouse suspicion, the DeRises start behaving strangely, and Megan begins to unravel a destiny shrouded in mystery.   It's a destiny the Order has struggled to hide,
and a destiny someone from the past?far in the past, has already laid claim to.

Alliances will be made, and friends will be lost, as the Order's dark secrets are revealed by the very thing they sought to destroy.


Links:
Pre-order on Amazon

http://www.amazon.com/Shadow-Mark-Leigh-Fallon/dp/0062128000/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1350828346&sr=1-1&keywords=shadow+of+the+mark+by+leigh+fallon

Leigh's website:

http://www.leighfallon.com


Giveaway!

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Next, I have to give a HUGE shout out to an AWESOME author I adore SO MUCH. Anya Allyn has a new book, DOLLHOUSE, for sale on Amazon now, or you can find it on Goodreads here. Anya is one of my oldest writer friends and is sickly talented. Here's a blurb:

Fifteen year old Aisha disappears in the forests on a school hiking trip. She's the latest in a string of children to vanish there over the past five years. The towns surrounding the forests are on edge and they demand answers. And wildboy Ethan—Aisha's boyfriend—is on the run after he and his grandfather are blamed for Aisha's disappearance.

Cassie is just about the only friend Ethan has left. She's been secretly in love with him ever since her mother dragged her to the wilds of Australia from Florida six months ago. 

Desperate to prove Ethan's innocence, Cassie searches the forests with Ethan to find out what really happened to Aisha. But Ethan's growing strangely silent, and Cassie's left questioning if her feelings for him are clouding her judgment. 

Cassie discovers a dark secret lurking in the heart of the forests; a secret world of nightmarish horrors—where nothing is as it seems, where the supernatural invades your soul, where the people she trusted most might be the people she can trust the least, and where escape exists only in dreams.


Phew! Some great stuff here. I hope you guys will check out Leigh and Anya's work. They are both awesome. Read anything good lately? 

Red. Head. Out. :D 

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Today...


Have you guys met Liz Briggs? -------------------->

Today I'm over at her blog doing a 5 Questions and 1 Confession.

Go check it out if you want to know what my geeky confession is...



Next, I'm going to take a quick part in EJ Wesley's  Bury The Hatchet Blogfest...

There's definitely one thing I'd like to bury the hatchet to... and that is the rainbow wheel of death! You know this thing? ------>

Yeah. That's my biggest pet peeve. ;)



Author E.J. Wesley is launching his latest title, BLOOD FUGUE, and wants you to help him celebrate! Check out his blog The Open Vein for details on how to take part, and how to enter for a chance to win some sweet prizes!

What's BLOOD FUGUE about?

Armed only with an ancient family journal, her rifle, and an Apache tomahawk, Jenny must save her grandfather’s life and embrace her dangerous heritage. Or be devoured by it. Blood Fugue, by E.J. Wesley, is the first of the Moonsongs books, a series of paranormal-action novelettes.


BLOOD FUGUE is available now via SmashwordsAmazon, and Barnes & Noble and most other eBook retailers. Check out the author on Goodreads

I've read EJ's work, and he's soooooo talented. Definitely worthy of checking out.

Red. Head. Out. :D 



Tuesday, October 16, 2012

10.17.12.



Tomorrow is my one-year blogoversary!

I’m a nostalgic person. So it’s been fun to reflect on the past year blogging. I went back to look at my early posts (and actually found myself quite obnoxious). I was really overly bubbly and said things I thought were funny, but actually weren’t. I used a ton of exclamation points and all around I think I was trying too hard. It’s crazy, how much we can change in a year…

It’s interesting how we each have our own blogging voice—and how different it can be from our writing voices, or our every day voices. For instance, I always know I can go to Mark, when I know I need a laugh, or Alex, when I need to tune in for blogosphere news. EJ when I need an inspirational post, or Jolene when I want to feel grounded. This little writing world is such a fabulous tight circle. And a strength. It’s fun. And it’s SO much more than “creating a writer’s platform.” Which was how it started.

And I never would’ve guessed a year ago what kind of friendship/support I would’ve found.

A year ago I was afraid I’d look like a fool if no one commented. A year ago I pre-planned posts, reading them a bazillion times before I posted them. A year ago I stressed about what I was saying and how it would be received. A year ago I didn’t know who I was as a writer.

And the list goes on.

And it couldn’t be more opposite now.

This little community is amazing, and I honestly don’t know how anyone makes it in this business without all of you.

So on that note, I want to highlight a couple of new blogs you should go check out. Angie and Ryan G. You guys both rock! Let’s show them some love! Also, thank you, Gloria, for your kind shout out to me this week.

How long have you been blogging? Hit your year anniversary yet? Have you changed at all since you first started? Addicted to this community? 

Red. Head. Out. :D 

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Series...



Yesterday I wrote a synopsis for book two in my planned series. It was such a different experience, writing down what I plan to happen to these characters I already know and love. I didn’t feel the same kind of fresh creative energy I do when I start a new book, but it was a different kind of energy… one that actually excited me more, because when you already have the foundation built with where these characters have been and where you want them to go, you have a little more freedom to stretch their story in a believable way. If that makes sense.

I didn’t think I’d ever write a series. Because it seems like some people write a series for the sake of well, writing a series. But I get it now. Some stories just need more time to be told. With my first book, (I think I’ve said before) I really did jam three books into one—so the reader wasn’t able to feel and experience the story—they were just being whipped around on a wild ride. Characters need the appropriate time to learn, grow. And sometimes all you need is one book.

This year at the SCBWI conference in LA, Sara Shepard (Pretty Little Liars) spoke on having a successful series. It was fascinating to hear how what was originally a 4-6 book story has now turned into a 14 book saga. It’s incredible! One of the things she said that stuck out to me was “Leave a bit to chance.”

This thought resonated well because I’m such a pantser. Plotting for me takes a bit of the magic out of the process. It’s the white blank page and the unknown that stirs me to write. But when writing a series, you can’t just go blindly. You’ve got to know at least the major plot points so you can add each layer and create the puzzle that needs to unfold. But knowing that I have the freedom of leaving a bit to chance keeps the excitement there.

What about you? Have you written a series? Any tips? Or on the other side of the page, do you enjoy reading a series?

I know for me, I LOVE to be immersed in a story that doesn’t end after book one. When I fall in love with a world, I want to stay there for a while. But it does seem difficult to keep up the hype and make each book better than the next.

Books that have done this for me are the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon (It’s adult, but I love it) and Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead (YA—and these books just get better with each book!) Any series you recommend?

Red. Head. Out. :D 

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

My Biggest Fear...



This is my second IWSG post! Thanks, Alex, for providing such a healthy outlet. :) 


Sometimes I think I’ve got a little Jekyll and Hyde in me. When I need to, I slap on my “conference persona,” where I’m not afraid to walk up to any agent/editor/author/person, and strike a conversation. Say the right words, be professional, create relationships. All to help progress me on my writing adventure.

But inside?

I’m terrified.

Not shaking-in-my-boots terrified. I can’t remember the last time I ever felt nerves (that happens when you grow up on stage) But terrified I’ll never be good enough.

It’s one thing to have the persona of being confident, to do all the right things, say all the right things, but it really does just come down to the writing. And I’m scared out of my mind I’m not smart enough, clever enough, will never have the brain power to create something timeless.

What’s funny, is I can look back and see each small success, each step of progression, where I’ve come leaps and bounds. That in and of itself should be confidence enough that I’m growing, learning.

But I’m still scared.

Because with each step, we’re putting ourselves out there more and more. First, it’s just the step of doing it. Writing. The only fear that comes from this is the fear of disappointing ourselves. Then it’s coming out to the world. Blogging. Telling everyone that you’re a writer. Voicing your thoughts and ideas for anyone to tear down.

Next it’s putting yourself out there to be torn apart by betas. To see your work ripped to shreds only to have you pick up the remnants and piece it back together. AFTER THAT there’s the whole querying/submission thing that is an adventure all on it’s own. THEN there’s actually having your work being out there on shelves. And the fear of what people will think.

The list goes on, and all of this kind of fear I’m okay with. But the only thing I really struggle with, is if I’ll ever truly be “there.”

I try to display confidence in all my actions, just because if I make myself believe I have what it takes, then hopefully it will come to fruition. Positive energy to the universe and all that. (Though I actually had an anonymous comment once where the person said I was over confident, and needed to tone down my confidence level!) Er… I honestly laughed. Because they had misread my post completely.

Long story short, I’m scared. But I’m going to continue with my Jekyll and Hyde confidence façade until I master the fear. And besides, what are IWSG posts for? For the other 30 days of the month, I can be as confident (on the outside) as I want. ;)

Red. Head. Out. :D

**And those of you guessing from the post below why I got my ticket, Tiana was right! I know, I'm boring... 

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Want To See...


... who my second victim is on my Laude List????

As I explained a couple months ago, I will sporadically highlight people in my life who I think deserve a special shout out. If you want to find out who's the lucky person, either click on the tab above, or you can go here.

In other news, it's been a GREAT week. (Aside from getting my first ticket EVER. Yup, 31 years and ticket free, I finally joined the ranks of you rebellious ticket people. Though I will say it wasn't for speeding... I'll let you guess if you want... )  Hope all of you are cranking the words out. I LOVE to hear about your successes!

Red. Head. Out. :D
 
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