Friday, July 26, 2013

Five Awesome Things and Felicite Found!

I have a list of things why this week is awesome.

1.) I got my wisdom teeth out a few days ago and I can finally eat again!

2.) It's the LA SCBWI conference next week that I am SO STOKED about attending for my 3rd time.

3.) Michael Di Gesu has a SPECIAL reveal on his blog MONDAY that may or may not involve one of his fabulous illustrations... so make sure and CHECK IT OUT! I know I can't wait...

4.) The Anti-Blogfest Gary Fest is going to be a huge hit.


5.) ...

Are you ready?

One of my dear friends, Julia King, is letting ME reveal the cover of her debut novel, FELICITE FOUND today! I beta'd this book and loved it. Julia is a talent and a sweetheart, so I'm so excited for her success. Here we go:

Seventeen-year-old Pierre Rousseaux witnesses a young girl take a near fatal plunge off Pont Neuf Bridge into the freezing water of the River Seine in Paris, France. After diving into the racing river himself, he is able to rescue her from a watery death, but only after her head is bashed into the river wall. Upon reviving her from unconsciousness, Pierre realizes she doesn’t remember her past at all.

The girl struggles to recall anything from before she may have tried to commit suicide, not only once but possibly twice. The few glimpses into her life are discovered through dreams that can only suggest her past was horrific and jaded by intense anger.

Her memories may force her to lose everything she has grown to adore, especially the boy she loves more than anything in the world: Pierre.

The girl, Félicité Moreau, must decide if the life she desires is enough to make things from her past right. Pierre struggles to resolve if Félicité means enough to him that he will fight for her, regardless of her past and despite his own personal demons.

This is Julia King’s debut paranormal novel—a Horrific Love Story.

Fun, right? So proud of Julia! Release date is AUGUST 12, 2013. Available for e-book purchase through Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Available in paperback through Createspace. You can find it on Goodreads here.

What's on your list of awesome things this week? Going to check out Michael's blog Monday? Love Julia's cover? Added it to Goodreads? Going to sign up for the Garyfest?

Red. Head. Out. :D

Thursday, July 25, 2013

The Anti-Blogfest Gary Fest

I'm a *little* delayed with getting this post up due to being out of town, but just in case you haven't heard about the huge anti-blogfest going around, here are the details:

Announcing the "Anti-Blogfest Gary Fest" on August 12, a blog hop in honor of Mr. anti-blog hop himself, Gary at Klahanie

Hosted by

Mark “Madman” Koopmans (The brainchild behind the whole thing)
And er... Me. 

The rules are *very* simple.

Create the titles of three PG-13 rated blogfests you would never join - and then add a descriptive sentence or two. That's it!

For example, I would never sign up for the:

Cheesecake & Cauliflower Bloghop - "where dinner and dessert is mixed in one dish."

OR the

Blocked up Toilet Blogfest - "where crap happens."

OR even the

Alphapet Zoo-mbie Bloghop - "where cuddly undead toys learn how to spell."

Sign up below!

Red. Head. Out. :D 

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Magical Settings and an Amazing Book...

Mark O’Koopmans took us on a virtual road trip this week on his blog. It was perfect timing because I’ve sooooo been in one of those moods where I just want to pack up everything and escape to the open road. There’s nothing better than zooming with the windows unrolled and the music blaring. Love.

Which made me think of the one place I’d like to go.

Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia. I’ve never been to a more magical place. I visited 12 years ago when I was 19. Took off there with a close friend and explored the land for two weeks. It was amazing. And I’ve been DYING to go back since.

Have you ever visited a place where there’s magic embedded in the air? Where it’s almost as if you’re standing on holy land or the setting itself is almost alive?

That’s how I feel about one of my besties, Leigh Fallon’s second book, SHADOW OF THE MARK. Her beautiful world is set in Ireland, and the world she’s created is like one of these magical places. 

Shadow of the Mark was released YESTERDAY (!)  and having beta’d this book, I can tell you it’s fabulous. I can’t wait to read it again. 

I'd love to know where your "magic" place is. Have you been there? Plan to go again? And have you checked out Leigh's work? (For more on Leigh, check out my Laude list tab at the top. She's amazing) 

Red. Head. Out. :D 

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

My Top 3 Insecurities For July

I’ve broken down July’s Insecure Writer's Support Group post into three different insecurities. (Again—thank you, Alex, for being the mastermind behind this)

1.)   When emailing or texting, I have the uncontrollable need to always have the last word. Not in a bad way—in an “I’m going to come off rude if I don’t acknowledge the receipt of the email kind of way.” Even if it’s clear the conversation has come to an end and I don’t need to respond, I struggle to just let a conversation be. Sometimes I have to force myself to not send a smiley face or another “thank you” so I don’t come off too obnoxious or cheesy.

2.)   I’m exclamation point happy. It’s a problem. (Not in writing--in my every day life) I wonder if there’s a 12-step program to help me. Maybe I need to try and not use any exclamation points for a whole week and see what happens… ??? Do any of you have a cure to obsessive exclamation point use?

3.)   And third, I’ve decided to jump genres with my next project. It’s going to be REALLY interesting to see how a new POV/time period/genre is going to play out with my voice. I’m so used to present tense first, so I think it’ll be a fun challenge to move into third and explore different perspectives. So I’m kind of scared, but hopeful too…

Obviously my insecurities aren’t *too* huge this month, but as always, I’d love to know how your projects are going and if you’re having any insecurities of your own!

Red. Head. Out. :D

***Oh! And I want to thank you all for your thoughtful comments with my Clique post below. It was an interesting topic and I enjoyed all of your thoughts. Though I wanted to clarify that I wasn’t harping on bloggers who don't get around to commenting because of being busy which is what some of you seemed to think—I was referring to when authors reach a certain “status” they decide to not associate with other authors. Hope that makes sense! 

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