Friday, June 29, 2012

Cover Reveal! Christine Fonseca's TRANSCEND

WOO HOO!!!! The day is here! The day celebrating the reveal of Christine Fonseca's Transcend, a YA psychological thriller hitting shelves on September 18, 2012. Here's a little blurb about the story:

All seventeen-year-old composer Ien Montgomery desires is an escape from his family's rigid expectations for his life; someone to inspire his music. When he meets a beautiful violin-prodigy, Kiera McDougal, his life music takes on new life. With her, he imagines a future outside of his parents’ control. That is, until a horrible accident tears them apart. Sent to die in a sanatorium, Ien’s obsession for Kiera grows unbearable. Tortured by thoughts he can’t escape and the truth of his monstrous disfigurement, he flees, desperate to exact revenge on the people that ruined his life – his parents. But, vengeance is empty. Betrayed by those closest to him, Ien discovers that the price for his happiness may be his sanity.

And now...what we've all been waiting for. The cover for Transcend:

How gorgeous is that!!? I LOVE this cover :D

As part of the celebration, Christine is asking everyone to tweet, participate in the blogfest and share your own secrets, or otherwise spread the word. Here are a couple of tweets linking to her post that you can use to help spread the word:

  • Celebrate @chrstinef 's cover reveal for TRANSCEND with a special giveaway #YALitChat #Books #YAbookchat #Teen
  • Love, Vengeance, Madness - what will you reveal? @chrstinef 's cover reveal and giveaway for TRANSCEND. #YALit #Books

Oh! And be sure to enter the giveaway below while you can. Christine is giving away some epic things, including an annotated unbound galley of Transcend, filled with her notes! 

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Check out the other Masquerade Blogfest peeps and see what secrets they are revealing!

Now it's your turn...what secrets will you share?

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Summer Writing...

is hard LOL My adorable little kidlets are home and wanting attention (one more than the other) which means writing falls by the wayside more often than I'd like. In an effort to get a few more words in, I've started writing my new book by hand - something that worked very well for me on the first draft of my last book but for some reason isn't working so well this time around. But I will keep hauling that poor little notebook of mine every place I go, just in case :)

How are summers for you? Is it easier to get writing time in or harder?

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Always Wanted to be a Writer

I found this in my files today:

I wrote this in 5th grade when I was 10 years old for the Young Author's Book Fair :D

Opening paragraphs:

My heart started pounding as the waves crashed against the side of the boat. The hair on the back of my neck stood up as I felt cold sea water rush over my sneakers. I picked up a bucket and started bailing water out of the canoe. I looked back and saw the soldier's canoe coming up behind me. I wondered why soldiers would be chasing me, a 15 year old boy. I hadn't committed a crime, I had just run away from the island orphanage.

Suddenly a huge ice beast rose up in front of me. The soldiers were still in back of me. I tried to stop the boat but the oars broke. I crashed into the beast!


Hehe ahhh that brings back memories :D

Name Changer

Okay - I saw this article today over on Smart Bitches Trashy Books and honestly I don't even know what to say. In a nut shell, there are some self-pubbed and indie authors using the names of very successful authors (plus one initial) as their pen name in order to up their sales. In this instance, Nora A. Roberts and James A. Patterson.

I just don't get this. I mean I get why they are doing it. But...I dunno.

When I was considering using a pen name, the very first thing I did was start googling. I wanted to use my maiden name, Michelle Marquis. But that name was already being used by another author as her pen name. So I kept looking even though I probably would have been totally justified in using that name as it is actually MY name.

I tried Michelle Morrell (my first and middle names). There is an artist by that name who has a website that pops up. Not an author so it probably would have been fine. However, I wanted a name that I could purchase the domain for and that one was taken.

I kept going with possibilities until I found one that worked. And then I decided to stick with my own name anyway  :D

The real Nora Roberts is understandably peeved. Yet the people behind this strategy don't think there is anything wrong with doing what they are doing.


Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Savvy and Surrender

First of all, I'm over at Savvy Authors today talking about how to write a hook line or logline, so come on by and visit!

Secondly - the fabulous Elana Johnson's SURRENDER is officially out TODAY!!! Happy Book Birthday!!! She's got a fun tour going on and tons of chances to win Surrender and other prizes so stop by her blog for all the deets on everything.

Oh, and go buy her book!! (Amazon / B&N) SURRENDER continues the awesomeness that is POSSESSION. You do NOT want to miss either of these books, or the companion novellas, so go check them out!!

Friday, June 1, 2012

Friday Funnies

Holy Moly, we haven't had Friday Funnies in two weeks! The horror!! K, here you go :D