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.