Sunday, December 30, 2012

Please Read This if You Own DEFY THE STARS!

Hi Everyone...

I'm so grateful that a reader just alerted me to an error in DEFY THE STARS that could affect your reading experience.  It's the wrong character's name in a certain place...I can't say more without spoiling it, but it's a highly emotional spot in the book, and I'm going to use that as my very poor excuse for why I didn't catch it.  And this just goes to show that no matter how many times you read through something and however many other readers you enlist to help you, you'll always miss something!  I am a perfectionist and it pains me to realize this error was there (and hey, there are probably still others no one's caught...), but I also know that no one's perfect and while I always want to read an author's best work, I'd rather read a good book with a few flaws than never read it at all.

The good news is, thanks to the miracle of modern technology, I'm uploading a corrected version to amazon right now, so starting tomorrow (maybe even late tonight) you can go to your amazon kindle account and upload a corrected version.  If anyone needs help with this, let me know!  And if you have a mobi or epub file from me, feel free to email me at thaliansmhc at yahoo dot com if you want a corrected one.  And again...



I hope everyone's having a wonderful last few days of the holiday!  I would say my New Year's Resolution is to make all my books perfect from now on, but as I need to continually tell myself...



Thanks everyone!

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Top Cuddles of 2012 Giveaway Hop




Cuddlebuggery is one of my absolute favorite book blogs, and I love chatting with Kat and Steph online, so I'm very excited to be taking part in my first giveaway hop hosted by Cuddlebuggery!  Now, since everyone knows I'm not the most technology-minded person, we'll have to see if I can use both Rafflecopter AND the linky code correctly...

But I'm sure you're more concerned with what I'm giving away...a copy of my favorite novel of 2012 and one of my favorite books of all time, THE SNOW CHILD by Eowyn Ivey.  This is not a young adult novel, but it's really a magical combination of a number of genres--historical fiction, fairytale retelling, magical realism--and I think it will appeal to a lot of readers.  It's also a perfect wintertime read! I'll be shipping a copy of THE SNOW CHILD through the Book Depository, so the giveaway is international wherever the Book Depository ships.  Just enter through the Rafflecopter below!

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Friday, December 28, 2012

New Book!

So I've been talking and talking about writing this New Adult book, and with another New Adult synopsis appearing on Goodreads every day hour, I figured I'd better get mine up there!  That's right, you can now read all about my new book PRECIOUS THINGS and add it to your to-read list here.

I'm really excited about this project, especially since I already have an amazing cover artist lined up.  Allie Brennan is also an author (she makes her own covers!) and you should definitely add her books on Goodreads, right here.

While I'm excited, I'm also nervous, because PRECIOUS THINGS is going to be VERY different from DEFY THE STARS.  PT is not written in verse, and in the opening sections I've written so far, my MC Isabelle has a more sarcastic, chatty, and...well...less poetic voice.  Unlike Julia in DtS, Isabelle doesn't see life through a musical lens.  In fact, at the beginning of the book, Isabelle is downright miserable...although I hope she expresses her misery in a somewhat entertaining way!  However, there will be some more poetic writing and *FEEELINGS* as the story continues.  My hope is that PRECIOUS THINGS will satisfy fans of DEFY THE STARS while also potentially appealing to a broader audience.  So with that said...I guess I'd better get writing!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Happy Holidays!

I just wanted to wish everyone a happy holiday, whichever one(s) you celebrate!  There will be a giveaway up on December 26th, so be sure to check back then.  For now, here is one of my favorite Christmas movie moments of all time...




Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Cover Reveal: Dangerous by Suzannah Daniels

The title of DANGEROUS immediately intrigued me, and the blurb sucked me in...it sounds angsty, dark, but also like a lot of fun.  So I knew I wanted to be a part of this cover reveal, especially since the cover was created by one of my favorite designers, Okay Creations.  I know you're all dying to see that hot, angsty, DANGEROUS cover, and here it is...


Here is the book description for DANGEROUS, coming FEB. 10th, 2013:

Stone Hamilton had never known fear…until the accident.  Since then, his life has spiraled out of control.  He’s been kicked out of private school, deemed a disappointment by his father, and forced to endure his own guilt, anger, and grief.  The last thing he wants is a relationship with someone who will have expectations of him.  But once he’s enticed by the shimmering pink lips of the oh-so-popular, academically-excelling, straitlaced hottie from his new school, he knows he’s in trouble.  

Seventeen-year-old Dara Golding has one goal for the summer.  Make enough money to buy a car, so that she can drive to school her senior year.  After starting a new job, she realizes that she’ll be working with the brooding, motorcycle-riding, bad boy who started attending Quail Mountain High last year.  With his less than stellar reputation, he’s everything she’s afraid of…and that makes him dangerous.

Their undeniable attraction has Stone struggling with his inner demons.  As Dara slowly allows Stone to claim her heart, a little white lie to cover an ugly truth could determine whether she’s his savior or the final straw that will break his sanity.


Add Dangerous on Goodreads here.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:



Suzannah Daniels has had an affinity for words for as long as she can remember. She grew up in North Georgia with four brothers, so she learned at an early age to admire snakes and motorcycles.  When she wasn't pestering her brothers, she could usually be found reading or writing.

She is the author of Viking's Embrace, a historical romance, and Ghostly Encounter, Book One of her Ghostly series (young adult paranormal romance).

Currently, she lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee with her husband and her teenage daughter. Her son lives nearby. The family pets include a Lab mix, a Basset Hound, a Shih Tzu, and a sweet, little kitty.

Author Links:

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Book Birthday: The Witch's Curse

After a very long day at work, I am once again incredibly late, but it's still Tuesday on the West Coast, so...

...I'm excited to wish a happy Book Birthday to The Witch's Curse, a Light of the Moon novella by David James.  So be sure to pick it up at Barnes & Noble here or Amazon here.  Happy Reading!


Saturday, December 15, 2012

New Adult...Not So New?


After the phenomenal success of indie books marketed as “New Adult,” Random House recently launched a New Adult line as part of their ebook-only program…so apparently that means New Adult is now a “real thing.”  Some people hate this new category and consider it unnecessary, some people love it…personally, I’m less concerned about what categories books fit into and more concerned with whether they’re good books!  That said, I AM hoping to write a New Adult myself, and I’m reading and looking into a bunch of them as research…and I’ve started thinking about how many older books, marketed as YA or adult literature, would fit into this category.  So I decided to start this little blog feature…
NEW ADULT…NOT SO NEW?

'And for my first “old” new adult book, I’m featuring a classic that might make you scratch your head at first, but when you think about it, this book is a nearly perfect fit in NA!  And that book is…


Yup, Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar, first published in 1963--and I intentionally chose an older-looking cover.  In this book, Esther Greenwood (a stand-in for Plath herself) struggles with the feeling she just doesn’t fit in at college or at her prestigious NYC internship.  Some of the gender issues Esther deals with are outdated (not all of them, though!), but Esther’s struggle to find her place on the threshold of adulthood is very relevant to today.  And like most of today’s popular NA books, The Bell Jar is stuffed full of angst.  Esther has tragedy in her childhood, with a dead father and emotionally withdrawn mother; her ex-boyfriend cheated on her and is generally an insufferable jerk; during the course of the novel, she becomes clinically depressed, attempts suicide, and ends up in a mental hospital.  As in most modern NA models, The Bell Jar has SEX! and ALCOHOL! to a greater extent than your average YA.

And if you’re still not convinced The Bell Jar is NA, look at what Harper & Row had to say about the manuscript when they rejected it: “disappointing, juvenile, and overwrought.”  Sounds like exactly the kind of criticism a more “literary” finger might point at today’s NA best-sellers.  And Plath’s alternate titles for the novel?  Diary of a Suicide and The Girl in the Mirror.  Now I might just have to steal one of those for my own NA novel…

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Cover Reveal: TIMESPELL by Diana Paz

I'm very excited to help reveal the cover for TIMESPELL by Diana Paz, coming April 1, 2013 from Rhemelda Publishing.  Yes, this cover has a girl in a dress...but I think the pose, the dress, and the overall cover design are very DIFFERENT, refreshing and beautiful.  I LOVE the dress itself and the purple used throughout the cover.  So here we go...


In TIMESPELL, the brash and impulsive Julia must team up with her sweet and straight-laced best friend, Angie, and the malicious and power-hungry Kaitlyn in order to keep the witch-like powers of her inheritance. But these powers come at a cost. The girls are bound to serve the Fates, and their first mission sends them back in time to Marie Antoinette’s Paris and eventually, into the chaos and war of the French Revolution.

It sounds so good!  You all know I love anything to do with witches, so "witch-like powers" definitely intrigues me, as do the mentions of the Greek Fates and the French Revolution.  Be sure to add TIMESPELL on goodreads here.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:



Diana Paz writes books about magic, adventure, and romance. She was born in Costa Rica, grew up on Miami Beach, moved to Los Angeles in high school, and went to college in San Diego. Basically, she’s a beach bum. Diana graduated from California State University, San Marcos with a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts. She loves old movies, epic fantasy, all kinds of music, and heading to the beach with a good book. Preferably sipping a highly sweetened iced coffee.

VISIT DIANA ONLINE AT...



And that's not all...there's also a book trailer for TIMESPELL, which you can watch below! 




Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Versenovels.com!

For those of you who don't know, YA author and blogger Gabrielle Prendergast runs a really cool website called versenovels.com, devoted entirely to verse novels!  I was super excited when Gabrielle asked to interview me for her site, and if you haven't seen it yet, you can check out the entire interview here.  Gabrielle asked me a question I haven't been asked before and have wanted to discuss for a while--in fact, I was planning to write a blog post on the subject--so I thought I would just post the question here for anyone who wants to read it.  That's it for now...happy December, everyone!


 What are the special challenges of indie publishing a verse novel?
Oh, I’ve been dying to answer this question for a while! First, let me mention that my agent is still holding back print rights to DtS in case a publisher is interested, so DtS is an ebook exclusive for now.  Knowing that ebooks aren’t the ideal format for verse novels, you might wonder why I chose to self-publish…well, I’ve written three novels, and the early feedback I received on DtS was more encouraging than any of my previous work.  Despite that, having been on submission before, I wasn’t too surprised when the rejections started rolling in for DtS, and it became clear that most publishers didn’t want to risk taking on a verse novel from an unknown author right now.  Most of the rejections focused on the book’s (non-) commercialism rather than the quality, so, to put it bluntly, I didn’t want to wait any longer when so many writers are finding success with the indie route!
 That said, formatting DtS for kindle was very, very difficult!  It took about twenty formatting drafts, a lot of trial and error, and a lot of compromise on my part.  Being the control freak I am, it was hard for me to give up my longer lines and change the line breaks I’d spent so much time agonizing over, but I needed to in order to make the book aesthetically pleasing on the small kindle screen.  While I may not have been able to keep everything exactly the way I wanted, I was able to replicate many of the shapes and patterns I’d created, and I think on the whole the book translates well.  At least this way I was able to retain total control over the formatting process, and while there’s no print version yet, I’m happy with the compromises I’ve made.
 After releasing the book, the challenge has been the same one I imagine most traditionally published verse authors face—a lot of readers are afraid to try verse novels.  There’s this misconception that verse novels are as complex and confusing as T.S. Eliot or, well, Shakespeare…but the truth is that while you can spend a lot of time examining the nuances of verse novels, you can also read them quickly and still follow the plot and characters.  Verse novels are stories, just like any novel, but the format can be one more barrier to getting readers to pick your novel from among the many, many great books out there.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

The Witch's Curse by David James: Tragically Belated Cover Reveal!

You may remember I posted the cover reveal for David James's Light of the Moon, and  I was eager to participate in the reveal for his new prequel novella, The Witch's Curse, as well.  David asked us to post the cover anytime between December 3 and 7th, and unfortunately, this just turned into a hell week with new work piling up every day, and as you can see, I wasn't able to post by the 7th.  I asked David if he still wanted me to post, and he said YES, so I apologize for this Tragically Belated cover reveal...


I LOVE this cover, and I will read anything with the word "witch" in the title, so...sign me up!  Here's the synopsis:

Before Kate met Calum in Light of the Moon, Magda met Samuel. Magda cannot stop her heart from running rampant with the beating drum of love. Whenever her eyes find Samuel, she can feel the pull of strings so vividly alive against her heart. But for Magda, love goes against fate; her destiny as a witch forbids her to need anything but the dark binds of magic. Soon, the witch's curse begins to call to Magda. To deny her love for Samuel would be unthinkable, but to defy her destiny would be impossible. Before the curse can consume her, Magda must decide between Samuel and destiny, and her heart may beat too savagely for anyone to stop.

The Witch's Curse will be available on December 18, 2012...it would make the perfect virtual stocking stuffer!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:



David James writes books about stars and kisses and curses. He is the author of the YA novel, LIGHT OF THE MOON, the first book in the Legend of the Dreamer series. A novella for the series, THE WARRIOR’S CODE, as well as the sequel, SHADOW OF THE SUN, will be released in 2013. Living in Michigan, he is addicted to coffee, gummy things, and sarcastic comments. He enjoys bad movies and shivery nights, but doesn’t really like writing bios about himself in the third person. Be sure to visit David’s facebookand twitter to learn more about his various addictions and novels. 

Monday, December 3, 2012

Cover Reveal: Deeper We Fall by Chelsea M. Cameron

I am very excited to reveal the GORGEOUS cover for Chelsea M. Cameron's upcoming contemporary release, Deeper We Fall, coming January 12th, 2013.  Chelsea's My Favorite Mistake is on my kindle right now, and I can't wait to read both it and Deeper We Fall!  Here is the striking cover designed by Okay Creations:


Two years after her best friend was involved in a car accident that caused a traumatic brain injury, Lottie Anders is ready to start her freshman year of college. Ready to move on. Ready to try and forget the night that ripped her life apart.

Her plans come to a screeching halt when not one, but both brothers responsible for the accident end up back in her life again.

Zack is cruel, selfish and constantly rubbing what happened to her friend in Lottie's face.

Zan is different. He listens to her awkward ramblings. His words are few and far between, but when he does speak, she can't help but listen. He loves "To Kill a Mockingbird" as much as she does, and his dark eyes are irresistible.

The trouble is, Zan was the driver in the accident, and now Lottie's discovered he lied to her about what happened that night. She must decide if trusting him again will lead to real forgiveness, or deeper heartache.



I have to say this sounds amazing!  It actually sounds like a more mature version of one of my favorite YA novels, Leaving Paradise by Simone Elkeles, and I can't wait to see how Chelsea handles the subject!

Be sure to add Deeper We Fall on Goodreads here.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Chelsea M. Cameron is a YA/NA New York Times and USA Today Best-Selling author from Maine. Lover of things random and ridiculous, Jane Austen/Charlotte and Emily Bronte Fangirl, red velvet cake enthusiast, obsessive tea drinker, vegetarian, former cheerleader and world's worst video gamer. When not writing, she enjoys watching infomercials, singing in the car and tweeting. She has a degree in journalism from the University of Maine, Orono that she promptly abandoned to write about the people in her own head. More often than not, these people turn out to be just as weird as she is. 

Follow Chelsea on her
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Cover reveal organized by Giselle at Xpresso Book Tours.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Reviews!

Defy the Stars got two new reviews today that, considering it's the first day of December, make me feel less like my usual


and more like


The first is from Karen on goodreads--she's the top-rated reviewer on GR, and if you've browsed the site, you've definitely seen one or two of her reviews!  I commented that Karen writes really great self-pubbed book reviews and jokingly added how happy I'd be if she reviewed mine, and...drumroll...she did!  Her review is intelligent AND hilarious, and you can read it here.

The second is from Pooja, who runs the awesome book blog On Books!, which you should definitely go follow right now!  You can read her review (and enter a giveaway) here, and I'm just blown away by her beautiful words about my book!

Thanks, everyone, and happy December!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Cover Reveal: Breaking Waves by Danielle Sibarium

I recently read and loved Danielle Sibarium's first novel, For Always, so I'm very excited to be participating in the cover reveal for her newest release, Breaking Waves, coming January 10th 2013.  Breaking Waves is the sequel to Heart Waves, which I haven't read, but I've heard it has a bit of a Romeo and Juliet theme to it so I need to read it soon!  If you've seen the cover for Heart Waves, you'll recognize the repeating motifs and style in the beautiful cover below:


I really love abstract covers because they allow me to come up with my own image of the main characters, and I particularly like the sense of movement this cover creates!  Now I'm sure you're wondering what Breaking Waves is about, so here you go...

 From the moment they met, Jenna knew Reece would break her heart, but she never dreamed it would happen like this. Jenna is left shattered and broken. When life becomes too painful to deal with and she feels completely alone, there’s only one person to help her pick up the pieces and move on. The one person she doesn’t want to turn to. The one person she promised to stay away from. Tyler.

Can Jenna put aside everything she knows about him and let Tyler help heal her broken heart?

To learn more about Danielle and all of her books, visit her at her website, goodreads page, or the Heart Waves facebook page.  And of course you (and I!) need to read Heart Waves before Breaking Waves is released, so you can buy it from Barnes & Noble here or Amazon here.

Finally I want to thank Danielle for inviting me to take part in her cover reveal, and congratulate her on her upcoming release! 

Indie Giving Blogfest Winner

And the winner of my Indie Giving Blogfest giveaway is...

Kristen Jett!

Kristen is a writer too, and I suggest that you check out her website here.

Thank you so much to everyone who entered...now that I've figured out Rafflecopter (I know, I can't believe it either!) I hope to have many more giveaways, so be sure to check back soon!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

A Little Challenge, Part 2


Last week, I told you about four references to the original Romeo and Juliet in my modern version, Defy the Stars.  As promised, today I’m letting you know how such random things as sycamore trees and a serpent’s heart relate to Shakespeare’s play!
    

   1. The stoners’ tree where Reed and his buddies hang out is a SYCAMORE…

…and in the original play, Romeo mopes under a sycamore tree while pining over his pre-Juliet love, Rosaline.  This is from the first scene in the play:
Lady Montague. 
O, where is Romeo?--saw you him to-day?--  Right glad I am he was not at this fray.
Madam, an hour before the worshipp'd sun 
Peer'd forth the golden window of the east, 
A troubled mind drave me to walk abroad; 
Where,--underneath the grove of sycamore 
That westward rooteth from the city's side,-- 
So early walking did I see your son…


Benvolio. 

2.       The club where Julia and Reed hang out is called SERPENT’S HEART…
…and in Romeo and Juliet, when Juliet finds out Romeo killed Tybalt, she says,
“O serpent heart, hid with a flowering face!”
When I read that line, it struck me as the perfect name for a goth-ish, somewhat pretentious club, so I decided to use it!

3.       Reed’s brother is named CARY…
One reviewer saw Cary as a combination of Tybalt and Mercutio, which is super cool, but I actually based him off a different character who plays a small but essential role in Romeo and Juliet: the apothecary.  When I read Shakespeare’s incredibly creepy descriptions of the apothecary, I realized this character—who sells illegal poison in addition to medicine—has a lot in common with a modern drug dealer:

I do remember an apothecary…
…Meager were his looks;
Sharp misery had worn him to the bones…
…and about his shelves
A beggarly account of empty boxes,
Green earthen pots, bladders, and musty seeds,
Remnants of packthread, and old cakes of roses,
Were thinly scatter’d to make up a show.
Noting this penury, to myself I said—
An if a man did need a poison now,
Whose sale is present death in Mantua,
Here lives a caitiff wretch would sell it him.

4.       At the beginning of the book, Julia has her name yelled at her several times…and she even wonders why people keep “calling her.”

…when I think of Juliet in the play, one of the first things that comes to my mind is her nurse calling her over and over at the top of her lungs!  In fact, Juliet’s first line in the play is,
“How now, who calls?” in response to her nurse.
So as my little nod to the play, Julia in Defy the Stars gets repeatedly “called” by her teacher, friend, and mother at the beginning of my book!

Hope you found these tidbits interesting, and yes, there are others to find in my book…thanks for reading!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Cover Reveal: Exhale by Jennifer Snyder

I recently read and really enjoyed Jennifer Snyder's two contemporary YAs, The Unloved and Shattered Soul, so I'm very excited to be taking part of the cover reveal for her newest release, Exhale.  Exhale is coming out on Dec. 10th, 2012, and the beautiful cover was designed by Once Upon a Time Covers.  Now here's the pretty...


About the book:


Inhaling in life is easy. It’s the exhaling—the letting go— that’s the hard part.

Katie Elliot has always known the Conner twins. For years she secretly pined after one, while playfully averting the advances of the other.  Once upon a time, she was fine with that. Then came the moment when her twin of preference kissed her and changed everything.

As if realizing love can be complex—even when it’s reciprocated—isn’t hard enough, tragedy strikes, tearing Katie and the boy she’s always desired apart.  Finding herself torn between love and guilt, Katie must learn when it’s acceptable to let go—when it’s finally okay to exhale.

Add Exhale to Goodreads here:


Exhale

And best of all, Jennifer Snyder is generously giving away a copy!  You can enter through Rafflecopter below:


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Visit Jennifer Snyder at her blog right here!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Indie Giving Blogfest




I am so excited to be participating in the Indie-Giving Blogfest organized by the Indelibles, because I’ve been looking for the perfect opportunity to say how very thankful I am that I made the decision to go indie and become a part of the incredible online reading and writing community!  Going indie forced me to contact and interact with other indie authors, bloggers, and readers MUCH more than I would have otherwise.  It’s scary to ask someone to read your book, knowing they might hate it…but I’ve made so many new connections, online friendships, and found so many new opportunities as a result.  (Blog tour, for one!)  I’m so excited by the way indie authors are revolutionizing the publishing industry, especially in the YA/NA arena, and I’m even more excited to be a part of it!  I’m also very thankful to have an agent who gave me the confidence to put my book out there and supported my decision to self-publish it.  I still plan to pursue traditional publishing for at least some of my work in the future, but I will always be incredibly proud to call myself an indie author!

As for the giveaway…since there are so many exciting indie books out there, I’m giving away up to 15.00 worth of indie ebooks for kindle through amazon.  The winner will choose their books up to 15.00, email me a list, and I will gift them through amazon!  And if you need recommendations, I have a ton…too many to list here, in fact!


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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

A Little Challenge...


As you probably know, Defy the Stars is a Romeo and Juliet retelling, and as a lifetime lover of retellings (especially retold fairy tales, btw!), I like to mix in little winks and nods to the original.  The only reason I was able to do this, of course, was because I reread Romeo and Juliet and took notes just before writing my modern version.  So I don’t expect readers to pick up on these little things…  But in case you’re curious, here are four Romeo and Juliet tidbits I worked into my novel.  No spoilers, so don’t be afraid to keep reading even if you haven’t read the book. 

The catch is…I’m not going to tell you HOW these four elements relate to the original Romeo and Juliet until next Wednesday, in the follow-up to this post.  So if anyone’s so inclined, you can go back to the original play (or watch the movie!) and try to figure out what these refer to.  Have fun!

1.     
  The stoners’ tree where Reed and his buddies hang out is a SYCAMORE…



2.       The club where Julia and Reed hang out is called SERPENT’S HEART…

(This picture is of a statue called Serpent’s Heart in World of Warcraft, and has nothing to do with my book or R&J!)

3.       Reed’s brother is named CARY…

(This picture actually is a clue!)

4.       At the beginning of the book, Julia has her named yelled at her several times…and she even wonders why people keep “calling her.”




(Okay, those two are clues too!)

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Mission Accomplished!

Well, the DEFY THE STARS blog tour is over, and I could not be more pleased and overwhelmed with its success!  I have to thank everyone who read guest posts and reviews, entered the giveaways, followed me on twitter or my blog, added Defy the Stars to goodreads, and of course bought it!  I also have to thank all the amazing bloggers who participated in the tour, and especially Nereyda Gonzalez, who organized the tour for YA Bound.  She did an amazing job, and if you're an author looking to organize a blog tour, I highly recommend her!

What's even cooler is that I never intended to have a blog tour for Defy the Stars--Nereyda actually approached me with the idea, and I'm so very glad she did!  Overall, am I happy about last week?  In the words of Emma Watson, who would play Julia in my dream version of Defy the Stars,


UH...YEAH!!!

Now to all my new blog followers, thank you so much and I hope you'll stick around--I'll try to have some interesting stuff for you!  I have a 2-part post planned beginning next Wednesday, which will be especially interesting to anyone who has read or plans to read Defy the Stars (no spoiler, I promise!).

I will also be participating in the Indie Giving Blogfest beginning November 18th, so keep an eye out for that and there may be a prize or too!

Again, thanks everyone!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Blog Tour...Final Day!

I can't believe the blog tour is almost over already!  It's been an amazing experience, and I have to thank all the bloggers for participating and Nereyda at YA Bound for organizing.  I'll do a longer post about the tour on Sunday or Monday, but for now, here are the final links!

YA Between the Lines: Guest Post: Verse Novels for Beginners

My Neurotic Book Affair: Review

Read Between the Lines: Review

Friday, November 9, 2012

Blog Tour Day 5

Okay, it's day 5 already!  And I realize that most of my links didn't work yesterday, so I'm going to try to do a better job today...  Only two of the posts are up so far, so I'll be updating tomorrow.  One of these is a character interview with Reed...eek!

Every Free Chance Book Reviews: Promo Post (Excerpt)

Books Over Boys: Character Interview with Reed

Moosubi Reviews Promo Post

Book Angel Booktopia: Review

Books and Swoons: Review

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Blog Tour Day 4

Here are the day 4 links so far! I'll be updating tomorrow--my morning, but East Coasters' afternoon!

***Okay, all updated...and wow! Thank you so much, everyone!***

http://www.hidateen.blogspot.com/2012/11/blog-tour-defy-stars-by-stephanie.html

http://momwithakindle.blogspot.com/2012/11/promo-giveaway-defy-stars-by-stephanie.html

http://www.bookswithbite.net/2012/11/blog-tour-defy-stars.html

http://doodlesbookblog.blogspot.com/2012/11/spotlight-excerpt-giveaway-defy-stars.html

http://read-a-holicz.blogspot.com/2012/11/blog-tour-defy-stars-by-stephanie.html#more

http://angelafristoe.blogspot.com/2012/11/blog-tour-defy-stars-by-stephanie.html

http://promiscuousdiva.blogspot.com/2012/11/promo-post-defy-stars-blog-tour-giveaway.html

http://adiaryofabookaddict.blogspot.com/2012/11/defy-stars-by-stephanie-parent-blog.html

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Blog Tour Day 3!

Thanks everyone for your continued support! So overwhelmed by today's reviews...seriously, I think I'm going to cry! Especially after an emotional election night...  But anyway, here we go:

http://mnkbooklife.blogspot.com/2012/11/tour-defy-stars-by-stephanie-parents.html

http://iheartyabooks.blogspot.com/2012/11/blog-tour-review-giveaway-defy-stars-by.html

http://lovetoreadagoodbook.blogspot.com/2012/11/ya-bound-tours-defy-stars-by-stephanie.html




Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Blog Tour: Day 2

And here are the links to day 2 of the Defy the Stars blog tour!  I have to tell you, sometimes I feel like an evil author toying with readers' emotions when I read these reviews!  (I'm not, really--I just let the story take me where it wants to go.)  Anyway, I am again blown away by the response to my little book, and I hope you'll check all the posts out.

Also, Defy the Stars made it to #6 in YA music bestsellers on amazon, and I'd love to get it even higher!  The book is .99 this week only--this is the last chance to get it under 2.99 all year, so grab it, tell your friends, etc., etc.

And THANK YOU!

http://everandeversight.blogspot.com/2012/11/blog-tour-stop-defy-stars-by-stephanie.html

http://michelleshoutsrandom.blogspot.com/2012/11/blog-tour-giveaway-defy-stars-by.html

http://refractedlightreviews.com/?p=11235

Again, some of the links aren't up yet, so I'll be updating tomorrow!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Blog Tour: Day 1

Yes, it's the first day of the Defy the Stars blog tour, and I want to give a big thanks to all the blogs hosting today!  If you want to check out all the blogs featuring reviews and promo posts, and of course enter to win a few prizes, here are all the links:

http://the-book-rogue.de/stephanie-parent-defy-the-stars/

http://bibliophilesthoughtsonbooks.blogspot.com/2012/11/tour-defy-stars-by-stephanie-parent.html

http://www.autumnreview.com/2012/11/defy-stars-by-stephanie-parent-review.html

http://chocolatecoatedreviews.blogspot.com/2012/11/tour-stop-defy-stars-by-stephanie.html

http://www.fortheloveoffilmandnovels.com/2012/11/defy-stars-by-stephanie-parent-review.html

http://www.readergirlsblog.com/2012/11/defy-stars-blog-tour-review.html

http://kissedbyink.com/2012/11/05/defy-the-stars-review-and-giveaway/


Now in case any of you are wondering about the QUERY LETTER CRITIQUE portion of my giveaway...  I've queried a few manuscripts, and altogether I've received over 20 manuscript requests and 5 offers of representation.  So I'd love to help another aspiring writer out by offering a query letter critique!  (For those of you who aren't writers, a query letter is a request for agents to look at your manuscript and possibly offer representation--and it's also a source of considerable angst!)

Thanks so much, everyone!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

November Means Blog Tour...and Sale

First of all, Happy Halloween, Happy November, and Happy Fall!


It looks nothing like that where I am in Southern California, but it's pretty, isn't it?

I am particularly excited for November because my FIRST EVER blog tour will be here in just four days!  Starting on November 5th, you can check in here every day for links to all the blogs hosting reviews, promo posts, and giveaways for Defy the Stars.  (Yes, I will be posting six days in a row--shocking, I know!)

Now for the really exciting news...to celebrate the blog tour, I'm putting Defy the Stars on sale for .99 from Nov. 1st to 10th.  This will be the LAST sale of the year, so grab it, tell your friends (and enemies, if you want!)...you know the drill!

I also want to take this chance to thank every reader and potential reader of Defy the Stars for your support, and especially to thank Nereyda at YA Bound for what I know will be a great tour.

So once again, happy November, everyone!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

New Blog Design--and a Little Contest!

I told myself I wouldn't write another blog post until I finished my freelance editing jobs, and I kept getting more and more editing jobs, so...this is WAY overdue, but you may have noticed my gorgeous new blog design!  I have to thank Giselle at Xpresso Design for giving me EXACTLY what I wanted, very quickly, at a very reasonable price!


In addition to Xpresso Design and her very popular blog, Xpresso Reads, where she reviews books so quickly and intelligently that she makes me super-jealous, Giselle has just started another venture that I'm sure will be just as successful:


And speaking of blog tours...my own blog tour, to be hosted by YA Bound, is coming up in just a few weeks!!!


I am SO very excited, but since I've been (and am still!) so behind with my work, I still have to write most of my guest posts!  If anyone has a suggestion/request for a guest post they'd like to see, please feel free to comment, tweet me, etc.!  In fact...

...drumroll, please...

...I am having such a hard time thinking of topics that the first person who gives me one--whether or not I use it--will receive an epub or mobi copy of Defy the Stars!

So I may not get any responses, but if I do I will love you forever!

***Update: The contest is now over.  Thanks to everyone who responded!  If you want to give me more suggestions, feel free, but no more free ebooks for now!***

Thanks for reading as always, and happy second-half of October!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Cover Reveal: Light of the Moon by David James

I'm very excited to be taking part in my first ever cover reveal!  Author David James' debut novel LIGHT OF THE MOON is coming November 6, 2012, and the dark, atmospheric cover was designed by Keary Taylor.  I think this is a perfect cover for a paranormal story of "true love and dark curses," and I especially love the cover font. It's so cool how the second "O" echoes the full moon above!  So without further ado, here it is...

And here's the blurb:


One night long ago, a constellation disappeared and fell from the sky in the form of a boy. 

Secrets are being kept in the sleepy town of Lakewood Hollow, Colorado. Nothing but pools of blood and dripping words are left where bodies once were, and no one but Calum Wade seems to be worried. Life unfolds in shades of red for Calum, until a mysterious girl named Kate Black enrolls at his school and everything changes. Suddenly a dangerous world of dream demons, elemental enchanters, and blood witches unfurls before Calum. He learns that the stars have forever held his destiny, and that the constellations above are much more than what they seem. As Kate and Calum sink deep into a paranormal war, they realize that an ancient prophecy might hold the answers they seek. But life is not so easy for Calum, and he can feel his heart beat faster whenever Kate is close. Worse, Kate's blood holds a dark secret even more dangerous than the war between the demons and enchanters. Soon the two find that there are worse things than loving someone you shouldn't. For Calum and Kate, even love and the fiery power of stars may not be enough to break a curse as dark as the blood that binds their destiny.

A romantic story of true love and dark curses, LIGHT OF THE MOON will leave you breathless.


And a bit more about David:

David James writes books about stars and kisses and curses. He is the author of the YA novel, LIGHT OF THE MOON, the first book in the Legend of the Dreamer series. A novella for the series, THE WARRIOR’S CODE, as well as the sequel, SHADOW OF THE SUN, will be released in 2013. Living in Michigan, he is addicted to coffee, gummy things, and sarcastic comments. He enjoys bad movies and shivery nights, but doesn’t really like writing bios about himself in the third person. Be sure to visit David’s blog to learn more about his various addictions and novels.


You can connect with David through his blog, twitter, facebook, and goodreads--links below!  Thanks for reading, and thanks to David for asking me to host!


Monday, October 1, 2012

The Next Big Thing


I was tagged by the lovely Gabrielle Prendergast at Angelhorn to participate in the Next Big Thing chain email!  I’m really excited to participate in this, but I have to warn you that my answers will be VERY vague.  If I reveal too much about my project at this point, my agent just might kill me!


Ten Interview Questions for the Next Big Thing:

What is your working title of your book?
Sorry, that’s a no-go at this point.  But it’s one word and it starts with an “A.”
Where did the idea come from for the book?
I love retellings, so I’m reimagining a very famous, very old story from the point of view of a teenage girl.
What genre does your book fall under?
It’s halfway between YA historical fiction and a fairy tale retelling.
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
I’d love to see Freida Pinto as my female lead, and Parminder Nagra as another important female character, Arisi.  For my male characters…sorry, I have no idea at this point!
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
An ancient story of disaster and rebirth, told from a new perspective.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
Represented by an agency.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? May we see an intro?
I started working on the novel in late April/early May, and I’m currently at 39300 words, halfway through if I’m lucky.  Yup, I’m a slow writer.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
The Song of the Magdalene by Donna Jo Napoli and The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman
Who or what inspired you to write this book?
My agent actually suggested the idea to me, and without her support I would never have believed I could conquer such a daunting prospect.  I immediately realized how simultaneously timely and timeless this story is, and my research into the background and historical era only made me more excited.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
It’s set during the Early Bronze Age…the cast is made up entirely of people of color…and there are baby elephants!

So I'm tagging...ONLY if you're interested, absolutely no obligation!:
Stephanie Lawton http://stephanielawton.com/
Here's the instructions:
Rules of The Next Big Thing:
*Use this format for your post
*Answer the ten questions about your current WIP (work in progress)
*Tag five other writers/bloggers and add their links so we can hop over and meet them.
Ten Interview Questions for the Next Big Thing:
What is your working title of your book?
Where did the idea come from for the book?
What genre does your book fall under?
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? May we see an intro?
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Who or what inspired you to write this book?
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
Include the link of who tagged you and this explanation for the people you have tagged. Be sure to line up your five people in advance.