Friday, December 14, 2012

Check out the new cover for DEAR CASSIE!!

I am beyond excited to help share the cover for Lisa Burstein's second novel, DEAR CASSIE. I loved PRETTY AMY, her debut, but I must admit, I'm even more excited to read DEAR CASSIE. Cassie was one of my favorite characters is AMY, and I can't wait to see what Lisa does with her story.

Cover time:

 
 
Blurb:
 
What if the last place you should fall in love is the first place that you do?
You’d think getting sent to Turning Pines Wilderness Camp for a month-long rehabilitation “retreat” and being forced to re-live it in this journal would be the worst thing that’s ever happened to me.
You’d be wrong.
There’s the reason I was sent to Turning Pines in the first place: I got arrested. On prom night. With my two best friends, who I haven’t talked to since and probably never will again. And then there’s the real reason I was sent here. The thing I can’t talk about with the guy I can’t even think about.
What if the moment you’ve closed yourself off is the moment you start to break open?
But there’s this guy here. Ben. And the more I swear he won’t—he can’t—the deeper under my skin he’s getting. After the thing that happened, I promised I’d never fall for another boy’s lies.
And yet I can’t help but wonder…what if?
 
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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

HOVER has a cover!




I officially feel like Dr. Seuss with that blog title, but it's true all the same. :)
 
HOVER now has a cover, and I need your help spreading the word! The official reveal will be Monday, December 3rd, and signups for the reveal will stay open through Friday, November 30th.  Please leave your email address in the comments if you would like to participate in the reveal and be added to my list of super awesome people that I adore. The reveal will include a giveaway to add to the juicy fun!
 
Can't wait for ya'll to see it!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Winners announced!

After combining all the results, there are three clear winners--two of which were VERY close. :)
 
Grand Prize: Madison Louise
2nd Place Prize: Viola (knitpearl)
3rd Place Prize: Mary

I emailed the winners as well. Thank you to everyone who participated!!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

GRAVITY's Launch Party is November 30th!

 
 
 
GRAVITY's launch party is November 30th from 6-8 PM at:
 
FoxTale Book Shoppe
105 East Main Street
Woodstock, GA 30188
 
We'll have drinks and food, a reading, a signing, and a giveaway.
I would love to see you there!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Reviews and Why Even Bad Reviews Are Good

When I was little my dad used to always tell me that if nothing bad happened we would never have anything to compare the good and would then know no difference. As a kid, I'm sure I rolled my eyes at this or even questioned him, but as an adult--and now an author--I feel this is something we need to remind ourselves of again and again.

See, I have officially been a published author for about a week now, which means I have received reviews. Some have been very, very good. And some have been vomit-inducing. At first I found myself focusing on the bad reviews, wondering how the reviewer saw THAT in my book. Did they not get it? Did I completely jack up all 300 pages? And then suddenly I realized I was focusing on the wrong thing.

Here's the truth: If you write, plan on getting a bad review--or 50. Plan on getting a review so bad you want to curl up and hide. But do not focus on those reviews, because focusing on the bad is doing a massive disservice to the readers that LOVE your book. And those readers are your true audience.

See, as writers, we do not yet know who our audience really is. We think we do. Our editors and publishers even think they do. But until the book hits the world, we have no idea who the book is going to speak to. If you focus on the bad--the readers that may not be your audience--then you are completely missing the joy of those readers that couldn't put your book down, that tweet and message you for info on the next book. THOSE are your readers! THAT is your audience. Embrace them, celebrate your successes with them, and above all else, thank them. They are the reason you write. Feel fortunate. I do.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

GRAVITY blog tour

For the next two weeks, I will be popping by a few different blogs to talk about GRAVITY, the characters, and provide some insight into HOVER, book 2 in The Taking Series. The tour stops are listed below, but just to make this fun, I decided to offer up a giveaway for those that follow along.

On November 20th, I would love you all to join me for a Twitter party to celebrate the full release of GRAVITY. During the party I will ask a few questions pulled from the interviews. If you follow along then it shouldn't be a problem at all! The first person to answer each question correctly will win a prize! Prizes will include a signed copy of GRAVITY, swag, and an Amazon GC. Fun times! So here is the list and remember to follow along! :)

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

GRAVITY e-book is Now Available!

Exciting news!

GRAVITY did have a book birthday yesterday after all—well technically today. It is now available in both Kindle and Nook formats! And check out these amazing blurbs for the book:
 
"A thrilling debut packed with action and mystery. Aliens never looked so good."
USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout.


"GRAVITY is a nonstop action thrill ride set in a richly imagined sci-fi version of earth, featuring a bold heroine who knows how to fight, just not who she should be fighting for. Start reading and you won't. Ever. Stop."
Jennifer Bosworth, author of Struck (FSG/Macmillan)
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The print version will be available online and in stores within a few weeks. But to celebrate the release of the e-book, I need your help to spread the word! And I have a few prizes available for participating.

Ways to play:

  1. Tweet that the e-book is now available with links to GRAVITY’s Kindle and Nook e-books on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Must use hashtag #GravityTheTaking to get credit. (1 pt per Tweet.)
  2. Mention that the e-book is available on Facebook and include links to the Amazon and Barnes and Noble pages. Make sure to connect it to me so I can see that you did this. :) (1 pt per mention)
  3. Blog about GRAVITY’s e-book release and email me the link. (10 pts)
  4. Change your profile picture on Twitter to GRAVITY’s cover and send Melissa the link to your Twitter profile showing the change. (10 pts)
  5. Buy the e-book, take a picture of the first page of Chapter 25, and email it to me. (25 pts)
  6. Read the book, email me the answer to this question: “What is Jackson’s last name?” (This is not as easy as it sounds! You have to read the book to know the real answer.) and post an honest review on Amazon or Barnes and Noble. (25 pts)
* All emails can be sent to Melissa(at)melissawestauthor(dot)com

What you will enter to win:

First place (By total number of points earned):
A signed copy of GRAVITY and a character named after you in book 2!

Second place:
A $25 giftcard to Amazon or Barnes and Noble plus signed swag (option of the GRAVITY T-shirt if you prefer)

Third place:
A GRAVITY T-shirt plus signed swag.
 
 
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This contest is open internationally and will run from today, October 31st, through Wednesday, November 14th. The winners will be announced on Friday, November 16th. Please leave a comment with your email address so I know who's playing and can contact you should you win. Thank you so much for participating!!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

GRAVITY event schedule!

So...GRAVITY officially releases in 27 days, which is so, so amazing. I could gush about how thankful I am, but I'll save that for later. :) I have a few fun dates coming up that I wanted to detail here:

  • Thursday, 10/4: GRAVITY's trailer reveal is tonight at midnight. It goes live on some 50 blogs, plus a giveaway for 5 ARCs. Should be fun!
  • Monday, 10/8: The Taking Series website goes live next. I'll post details here, on Twitter, and FB. Expect a giveaway, fun Ari/Jackson facts, and hopefully I can get a fun convo goin on Twitter about aliens. Join me for the fun!
  • 10/16-10/29: Blog tour fun. You will likely get very tired of me by the end of this tour. :)
  • Tuesday, 10/30/12: GRAVITY releases! We're having a Twitter party to celebrate.
  • Friday, 11/2: My launch party for the book is on November 2nd from 6-8 PM at FoxTale Book Shoppe in Woodstock, GA. Definitely stop by if you are in the area.
  • Saturday, 11/3: I'll be at Malaprops Bookstore with the ever awesome Tara Fuller and Tiffany Truitt for a group signing.
I am trying to work out a few more signings in the South. Maybe two. We'll see... :)

~ Melissa

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

GRAVITY update

For anyone that has not heard, GRAVITY’s release date has been pushed back to October 30th. To celebrate, I’ve created a list of 5 reasons why the 30th rocks the socks off the 16th.

Five reasons why October 30th is WAY better than October 16th:
  • #5: October 16th is National Boss Day, therefore it can never also be National GRAVITY day.
  • #4: October 30th feels more like fall than October 16th, which in my mind means it is luckier.
  • #3: There are no other Entangled Teen books releasing on October 30th. Yes, I'm bratty and want the day all to myself. Just kidding...sort of. :D
  • #2: My launch party now falls on November 2nd. A weird fact about me—I tend to prefer “2” over all the other numbers. It’s just cooler.  
  • And the #1 reason that October 30th is better than October 16th ? It’s the day before HALLOWEEN!!! Yay! I’m pretty sure this means everyone will be drunk off candy corn and generally happy. Happy people are more likely to buy books. That’s just common sense.
So, I know none of this makes the wait any better. I know it’s frustrating that my release has been moved a few times now. Trust me, I feel you on this. But I also know that two weeks is practically nothing. A teeny, tiny dot. I hate that you have to wait through that dot, but I promise to make the wait fun. :)

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Real Rejections

I mentioned on Twitter that I wanted to do a post on actual rejections that GRAVITY received while querying, and let me tell you, this was painful. Painful! Some of the rejections were too personalized to post, but a few caused me to take pause and I hoped to share those with you.

Just a little history...

I wrote GRAVITY in roughly three months, revised for two months, and then began querying. My request rate was insane, so I thought I was onto something. Boy was I ever wrong. I queried too early. Way, way, way, way too early. I should have let the MS rest for a few months first. Well, after receiving valuable feedback from several agents, I rewrote GRAVITY from scratch. That was one of the best--and hardest--decisions I ever made.

I began querying again a few months after finishing that draft and ended up with multiple agent offers and an offer from Entangled. Lesson learned. :)

So...want to see some of the rejections that helped shape GRAVITY?  Here ya go!

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Basic Rejections:

"I'm not sure aliens are salable, lovable or otherwise."

"This isn't for me."

"I'm not feeling enough passion to move forward."
(Sorry, this one made me laugh!)

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The rejections that helped me rewrite the story:

"Why are you making this protagonist so stupid?"
(Plus lots of other comments that made me want to throw up--or cry. But this was a very important rejection. Ari went from a weak MC, to strong and capable and smart on her feet.)

"This feels too familiar. More world-building is needed."
(I received several rejections like this. So what did I do? I revamped my world to make it more futuristic and deepened the world. I found that it wasn't necessary to dump facts here and there. I could lace them into the story so the reader didn't feel overwhelmed.)

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Now enough negativity. Want to see my offer?
I thought you might. :)

From Heather Howland, Senior Entangled Teen editor:

"I've finished reading GRAVITY and wow, what an awesome story!"
(This was sent two days after I sent the full MS to Heather. I couldn't believe it! At this point it still had to go to acquisitions, so I wasn't in the clear yet.)

"I have fabulous news! We've made it through the acquisition board and GRAVITY unanimously won us over. I'd love to chat with you as soon as you're available about my contract offer."
(The official offer.)

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I hope this post helps! And definitely post any questions you have in the comments. I'll be as open about the process as I can.

~ Mel






Wednesday, August 8, 2012

What makes a book take off?

It's interesting how tricky publishing can be. I've been asked from time to time, typically from people who are not writers, what makes a book take off? My answer = I have no idea.

It can be a character, a new trend, a slogan in the book that becomes popular in everyday culture. Why did TWILIGHT take off? HUNGER GAMES? FIFTY SHADES? Who knows. One thing is for certain, when one of these books takes off, it starts a domino effect. Readers want more. So with TWILIGHT we had a surge of paranormal romance. HUNGER GAMES lit up the dystopian genre. And now with Fifty Shades you'll see that many of the top sellers are spicy women's fiction.

But I think there is one commonality in all popular books--reader investment, and I'm not talking about the cost of the book. Readers like to get invested in the story--whatever that story may be. Which is why I think books with little to no marketing budget can do well. Word of mouth is still the most powerful marketing tool and once it's activated, there's no stopping it.

So tell me, why do you think books take off? And what do you think is the next trend?

~ Mel

Monday, July 16, 2012

New cover for INBETWEEN by Tara Fuller!


Blurb:
Since the car crash that took her father’s life two years ago, Emma’s life has been a freaky—and unending—lesson in caution. Surviving "accidents" has taken priority over being a normal seventeen-year-old, so Emma spends her days taking pictures of life instead of living it. Falling in love with a boy was never part of the plan. Falling for a reaper who makes her chest ache and her head spin? Not an option.

It’s not easy being dead; especially for a reaper in love with a girl fate has put on his list not once, but twice. Finn’s fellow reapers give him hell about spending time with Emma, but Finn couldn’t let her die before, and he’s not about to let her die now. He will protect the girl he loves from the evil he accidentally unleashed, even if it means sacrificing the only thing he has left. His soul.

Publication Date: August, 2012

Imprint: Entangled Teen
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Pre order:Amazon ~ Barnes and Noble ~ Book Depository

Watch the Book Trailer:


About The Author:


Tara Fuller writes novels. Some about grim reapers​. Some about witches. All of course are delightfully full of teen angst and kissing. Tara grew up in a one stop light town in Oklahoma where once upon a time she stayed up with a flash light reading RL Stine novels and only dreamed of becoming a writer. She has a slight obsession with music and a shameless addiction for zombie fiction, Mystery Science Theater, and black and white mochas. Tara no longer lives in a one stop light town. Now she lives with her family in a slightly larger town in North Carolina where they have at least three stoplights.
Website ~ Blog ~ Twitter ~ Facebook

Go to Tara’s website to read the prologue! http://www.tarafuller.com/

Monday, June 25, 2012

Let's talk about querying


 
Lots of people give out advice on querying. Some of that advice is very good...and some is very bad. My take is just that--my take--but as I googled every form of query advice I could find when I queried, I thought I should put out my own little list. So here goes:

  1. You know that you can't query an unfinished manuscript. What you may not know is that your finished manuscript is nowhere near "finished." It's not even in the same ballpark as "finished." To try to get it closer to that sparkly word, I strongly suggest that when you finish your book you let it sit for no less than 2 weeks. Revise (I focus on plot/story first). Make sure there are no holes. Wait two weeks. Revise again (I focus on character with the 2nd revision). Wait 2 weeks. Read the entire book and make notes. Then clean up your prose. Send the MS to at least two readers. Wait until you receive their feedback to revise again, and when you do revise, pay attention to what they suggested. Then send the newly revised MS to two different readers. Receive their feedback and revise again. Then read the MS again, making notes of any issues. Only once you've reached this point, in my opinion, should you start querying.
  2. Treat your query letter with respect. It should be written and revised and perfected as much as your MS. It is important. And I feel the query should be hook-ish. You need the query to represent your book, your voice, and it needs to hook the agent/editor into reading your sample pages. You want the agent/editor excited, not confused, not bored. Excited!
  3. Work in small batches when you begin querying. You've heard this before, but it is all too easy to get greedy when you receive a request.
  4. Be patient and respectful. You are making a name for yourself at this early stage of your career. Don't blow it by being over aggressive and letting your frustration control you. Querying is brutal. I've been there! But keep it in perspective. It isn't death.
  5. Don't grow too attached to any one agent. There are lots of agents out there. Make sure to tailor your query list to those that represent your genre and the type of writer you hope to become. But just because Jodi Reamer rejected you doesn't mean your career is over.
  6. Realize now that the book you are querying may not be "the" book. And that's okay. I'm not suggesting you give up. I'm not suggesting you write something new every time things get hard. I am suggesting that you always keep yourself moving forward. Above all else, know that writing is a long journey. Very few authors get there easily, and honestly, the stories that impress me the most are always the authors that worked and worked and worked to gain success.
  7. Ask questions and learn. Improve yourself with each project, with each query, with each new step.
  8. Having "an" agent is not the same thing as having the "right" agent. You don't want to sign with someone just because that is the only person who offered. Sign because you trust that agent and his/her reputation. Sign because the conversation you had at 9 p.m. after you'd worked all day was easy, comfortable. Sign because it feels like the right thing to do. Don't sign just because you feel you have no other choice.
  9. Small presses do not = giving up. I should know. :) I have been very fortunate with GRAVITY so far. Entangled is wonderful. Readers seem excited. My Goodread's numbers are on track with some of the biggest books releasing this year. None of that would have happened if I thought small presses were beneath me. Again, trust your instincts.
  10. Have fun! This is your passion. It shouldn't be miserable. You shouldn't be crying more than you're laughing. It should be fun! Enjoy the journey--every single step.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Cover Reveal! THE COLLECTOR by Victoria Scott

Add it: GOODREADS
Dante Walker is flippin’ awesome, and he knows it. His good looks, killer charm, and stellar confidence have made him one of hell’s best—a soul collector. His job is simple, weed through humanity and label those round rears with a big red good or bad stamp. Old Saint Nick gets the good guys, and he gets the fun ones. Bag-and-tag.
Sealing souls is nothing personal. Dante’s an equal opportunity collector and doesn’t want it any other way. But he’ll have to adjust, because Boss Man has given him a new assignment: Collect Charlie Cooper’s soul within 10 days.
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Dante doesn’t know why Boss Man wants Charlie, nor does he care. This assignment means only one thing to him, and that’s a permanent ticket out of hell. But after Dante meets the quirky, Nerd Alert chick he’s come to collect—he realizes this assignment will test his abilities as a collector, and uncover emotions deeply buried.​
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Victoria Scott is a YA writer with a die-hard affection for dark and humorous books. Her work is represented by the fabulous Laurie McLean of Larsen-Pomada literary agency. She has a master’s degree in marketing, and is a member of the Writers’ League of Texas and Teen Shiver.
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Her first YA book, THE COLLECTOR, will be published by Entangled Teen in 2013. And her short story, FOUR HOUSES, is available now through Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
She currently lives in Dallas with her husband, Ryan.
Connect with Victoria:
Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook

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Friday, April 27, 2012

Let's talk about aliens!


I have a confession. When I was little, I had this strange obsession with horror movies. They freaked the hell out of me, but for some reason they were my favorite to watch. My parents would take me to the video store and let me pick out one horror movie to watch with my dad, while my sister stood cowering in the kitchen.

Well one such outing, I chose the movie Fire in the Sky. The movie is based upon a man's claim to have been abducted. In the movie we witness the man being tortured, and by the end of that movie I had my first true fear--aliens. I remember staring out my bedroom window for weeks, unable to sleep, too afraid to sleep. This is the scene that scarred me for life:



See, I was so afraid because I could reason why not only is it possible that aliens exist--it is probable. And that young experience led to continuous interest in aliens. I learned about the various theories, the likelihood of their existence, and etc.

None of it amounted to anything other than interest, until one fateful day when I decided to write a book about aliens. I knew when I sat down to write that I needed to create an alien species based upon actual theory. That's how I came up with the Ancients--the aliens within GRAVITY, coined from the idea of ancient astronauts. Click on the words to take you to the Wiki description, but basically the theory is that aliens have visited Earth since the beginning of time, helping to develop cultures, advancements, and the very success of our species.

Let's say these ancient astronauts really exist. Logic says the government would know, and maybe even be in continuous negotiations with this other species. Now let's say their home planet was dying. Would it not stand to reason that they would seek out help from Earth, the very people they had helped time and time again throughout history? I think they would. And I think they would be prepared to fight if we said no. If you want to see where the story goes from here, you may want to check out GRAVITY. :)

So you tell me, do you believe in aliens?

Monday, April 23, 2012

Cover Reveal: Divinely Ruined by Diane Alberts

DIVINELY RUINED, from Entangled Publishing and the author who brought you ON ONE CONDITION, is hitting the virtual shelves on Thursday, April 26th, but you can get a sneak peek at the cover and blurb here!
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Cover:
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Blurb:
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She finally meets a decent man--after she's oath-bound never to touch men again!
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Rebecca's life sucked before she became an angel. Crappy apartment, awful jobs, abusive boyfriends--it was no wonder she jumped at the chance to escape it all and become a real live angel. The problem is Rebecca's not very angelic, and she'll have to do more to earn her wings than end her love affair with the word f--er, frick.

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Especially when she's assigned to save single father Tony Weis, whose less-than-pure thoughts wreak hell on a telepathic angel's nerves. It's all Rebecca can do to keep her hands off him...but when she loses her memory injuring herself to save Tony's daughter, now it's Tony's turn to be her angel and care for her. But will Tony's devotion tempt her from her angelic path, even if it means being human again?
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To learn more about the author and her other projects, go to: www.dianealberts.com

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Teen Author Interview: Madison Louise

Today I have a very special guest! Madison Louise is a young teen who has chosen to pursue her dream of writing. I envy her willingness to put herself out there at such a young age, and so I asked her to tell us a little bit about what inspired her to begin writing.
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Title: Shadow Future
Release date: April 11th 2012
Author: Madison Louise

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Buy it: Amazon
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How old are you?

I’m a teen, writing out the stresses of life. lol
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What/who inspired you to begin writing?

Hmm…I guess, just watching other people come up with great things inspired me. I wanted to write something of my own so that other people could enjoy it, as much as I enjoy other people’s creations.
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What genres do you prefer to write and why?

Romance/adventure/paranormal/mystery etc…I kind of put all of them together to create my own genre. I like writing in that because it has the romance, which is the part I like to read. (Writing it isn’t as fun as it sounds. Lol) And adventure is always fun. You get to create new places and things, make it work. Paranormal is new for me. I wanted to create some new being that no one has ever thought of before. I was tired of vampire, zombie, werewolf stories. I wanted something new. And mystery, it was just fun, trying to solve the plot as you wrote it. I like to read mystery books, and I could solve most of them.
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Tell us a little bit about your book?

It’s about a girl OverShadower named Pearl. And OverShadowers control the shadows and darkness. And Pearl is the last girl of her kind, so you know about all the kind of pressure. The book is mostly about her trying to find herself. Get her freedom. Trying to change her future.
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What inspired the story?

Hmmm…Nothing really, it just sort of…came to me. I like to lay in bed at night, and make up stories in my head, so it must have come from what book I was reading at the time and a fix of other stories. And BAM. There, a new story. ;)
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Why did you choose to self-publish instead of pursue traditional publishing?

I chose to self publish because, first off, I won the NaNo Teen Writing contest, so I got to get five free paperback copies of my book. And then I was like, “why not take it a step further?” Being published was one of my biggest dreams ever, and it felt cool making it happen myself. J
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Would you like to eventually pursue traditional publishing?

Yes! Definitely! That’s one reason why I’m self publishing. If my book sells, and it’s popular, than the publishing companies might notice, and like my book. That’s another big dream for me. The only thing with traditional publishing is that, you have deadlines, and you have to wait to reveal certain things. I don’t think I have that kind of patience. Haha. I have enough trouble not revealing all kinds of things
now.

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Monday, April 9, 2012

Cover reveal: GRETA AND THE GOBLIN KING!

Today I'm excited to participate in the reveal for Chloe Jacobs' upcoming YA debut, GRETA AND THE GOBLIN KING. Chloe is amazing, so definitely follow her on Twitter @Jacobs_Chloe for continuous updates about her book and fun teasers.

Now for the reveal!

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PRE-ORDER IT: Amazon ~ Barnes and Noble
ADD IT: Goodreads

BLURB:
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While trying to save her brother four years ago, Greta was thrown into the witch’s fire herself, falling through a portal to a dangerous world where humans are the enemy, and every ogre, goblin, and ghoul has a dark side that comes out with the full moon.
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To survive, seventeen-year-old Greta has hidden her humanity and taken the job of bounty hunter—and she’s good at what she does. So good, she’s caught the attention of Mylena’s young Goblin King, the darkly enticing Isaac, who invades her dreams and undermines her determination to escape.
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But Greta’s not the only one looking to get out of Mylena. The full moon is mere days away, and an ancient evil knows she’s the key to opening the portal. If Greta fails, she and the lost boys of Mylena will die. If she succeeds, no world will be safe from what follows her back…
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ABOUT CHLOE:

Chloe Jacobs is a native of nowhere and everywhere, having jumped around to practically every Province of Canada before finally settling in Ontario where she has now been living for a respectable number of years. Her husband and son are the two best people in the entire world, but they also make her wish she'd at least gotten a female cat. No such luck. And although the day job keeps her busy, she carves out as much time as possible to write. Bringing new characters to life and finding out what makes them tick and how badly she can make them suffer is one of her greatest pleasures, almost better than chocolate and fuzzy pink bunny slippers.
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Friday, April 6, 2012

YA Author Interview: Victoria Scott!

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Author Name: Victoria Scott 
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Title: THE COLLECTOR: A DANTE WALKER NOVEL
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Release Date: spring 2013
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Blurb:
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Dante Walker is flippin' awesome, and he knows it. His good looks, killer charm, and stellar confidence has made him one of Hell's best--a soul collector. His job is simple, weed through humanity and label those round rears with a big red good or bad stamp. Old Saint Nick gets the good guys, and he gets the fun ones. Bag-and-tag.

Stealing souls is nothing personal. Dante's an equal opportunity collector and doesn't want it any other way. But he'll have to adjust, because Boss Man has given him a new assignment:

Collect Charlie Cooper's soul within 10 days.

Dante doesn't know why Boss Man wants Charlie, nor does he care. This assignment means only one thing to him, and that's a permanent ticket out of Hell. But after Dante meets the quirky, Nerd Alert chick he's come to collect--he realizes this assignment will test his abilities as a collector, and uncover emotions deeply buried.
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Book Talk/Character Talk

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Describe your book in one word:

Bombalicious

Cast your hero:

Zac Efron









Cast your heroine:

Emma Watson













Describe your hero in three words:

Arrogant, Sexy, Funny

Describe your heroine in three words:

Dork, Charitable, Fun

Favorite line by your hero:

“Girl, I got swag for days.”

Favorite line by your heroine:

“Do you like unicorns?”

How would your hero describe your heroine when he first meets her?:

From book: “She looks like a porcelain doll…beat three times with an ugly stick.”

How would your heroine describe your hero when she first meets him?:

“Oh….My….Gawd.”

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Author Talk

Why do you write in the genre you write?:

Because there’s more room for excitement when you’re characters don’t have to worry about paying the mortgage, or going to a job they don’t love, or changing diapers, etc. Know what I mean chicken wing?

What other genres would you consider and why?:

I didn’t really consider other genres. But I bet doing a children’s book would be fun. Like the ones with pics? That’d be cool. Then again, I’d probably write too many make-out scenes.

Can you give us a hint of something else you’re working on?:

Hint: A race

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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday: Breathe by Sarah Crossan

I haven't participated in a WoW in quite some time, but the cover and description for this book have skyrocketed it to the very top of my wishlist for 2012. LOOK AT THIS COVER!!!:



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Details:

Title: BREATHE
Author: Sarah Crossan
Type: YA dystopian (my fav)
Release date: October 2, 2012

Blurb:

Inhale. Exhale. Breathe. Breathe. Breathe . . .

The world is dead.
The survivors live under the protection of Breathe, the corporation
that found a way to manufacture oxygen-rich air.

ALINA
has been stealing for a long time. She’s a little jittery, but not terrified.
All she knows is that she’s never been caught before. If she’s careful,
it’ll be easy. If she’s careful.

QUINN
should be worried about Alina and a bit afraid for himself, too, but even
though this is dangerous, it’s also the most interesting thing to happen to him in ages.
It isn’t every day that the girl of your dreams asks you to rescue her.

BEA
wants to tell him that none of this is fair; they’d planned a trip together, the two of them,
and she’d hoped he’d discover her out here, not another girl.

And as they walk into the Outlands with two days’ worth of oxygen in their tanks,
everything they believe will be shattered. Will they be able to make it back?
Will they want to?

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Monday, April 2, 2012

YA Author Interview: Cindi Madsen!


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Author Name: Cindi Madsen
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Title: ALL THE BROKEN PIECES
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Release Date: December 2012
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Blurb:

What if your life wasn't your own?

Liv comes out of a coma with no memory of her past and two distinct, warring voices inside her head. Nothing, not even her refection, seems familiar. As she stumbles through her junior year, the voices get louder, insisting she please the popular group while simultaneously despising them. But when Liv starts hanging around with Spencer, whose own mysterious past also has him on the fringe, life feels complete for the first time in, well, as long as she can remember.

Liv knows the details of the car accident that put her in the coma, but as the voices invade her dreams, and her dreams start feeling like memories, she and Spencer seek out answers. Yet the deeper they dig, the less things make sense. Can Liv rebuild the pieces of her broken past, when it means questioning not just who she is, but what she is?

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Book Talk/Character Talk

Add it: Goodreads

Describe your book in one word:

Gothic
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Cast your heroine:
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Victoria Justice as Liv Stein











Cast your hero:

Chris Massoglia with square black thick-framed glasses as Spencer Hale.














Describe your heroine in three words:
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lost, healing, determined
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Describe your hero in three words:
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guarded, healing, supportive
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Favorite line by your heroine:
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I hate pink. It’s like happiness threw up on me.
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Favorite line by your hero:
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I thought we were past that. I mean, we caught lizards together.
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How would your heroine describe your hero when she first meets him?:
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Cute and intriguing. His actions say nice but his words say jerk
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How would your hero describe your heroine when he first meets her?:
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Pretty and bound to be popular, and therefore, someone he plans to stay away from.
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Choose an on-screen kiss that best illustrates the intensity between these two characters:
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Such a hard but interesting question. I decided to go with a kiss between Dean and Rory on Gilmore Girls. It’s got the build up & frustration & first love feeling.
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Author Talk

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Why do you write in the genre you write?:
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Because I love YA romance! It rocks the party!
(MW Note: Best. Answer. Ever.)
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What other genres would you consider and why?:
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In addition to darker contemporary, I also write urban fantasy. Sometimes tinker with adult romantic comedy and romantic suspense.  I like reading all kinds of books, so I write all kinds of books.
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Can you give us a hint of something else you’re working on?:
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I have a book called Demons of the Sun coming out with Crescent Moon Press. It’s urban fantasy with Greek mythology elements. It’s full of swordfights, demons, an ancient dagger, a kick-ass girl and a cocky warrior.


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Friday, March 30, 2012

YA Author Interview: Chloe Jacobs!

Today I have my good friend, Chloe Jacobs, here to preview her upcoming YA debut, GRETA AND THE GOBLIN KING!!

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Author Name: Chloe Jacobs

  Title: GRETA AND THE GOBLIN KING
Release Date: November 2012
  Blurb: oooh…..it’s a SECRET!! (To be released Spring, 2012)
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Book Talk/Character Talk

Add it: Goodreads
Describe your book in one word:
Twisted Fairtales. Oh, you said one word? Can I just use twisted? That works too LOL J
Cast your heroine:
Greta is a seventeen year old kick-ass warrior chick who manages to be both strong and vulnerable at the same time. That last part ticks her off royally and she does her damndest not to let anyone else see. I think the perfect movie star to play that role would probably be Nina Dobrev from Vampire Diaries. (But you have to be able to visualize her as a blonde) 
Cast your hero:
Issac is the Goblin King. ‘Nuff said. Okay, we could say a little more. He’s a big, self-centered, muscle-bound jerk with an entitlement complex a mile wide in fact. But he also has these hidden depths that he likes to use to throw Greta off balance and keep her from making up her mind about him one way or another. I imagine him being played by Patrick John Flueger
Favorite line by your heroine:
“You’re deluding yourself if you think you can know who I am or what I want from spying on me in my dreams. Therein lies a realm of fantasy, and while it’s an interesting place to visit every once in a while, we both have to live in the real world, don’t we?”
Favorite line by your hero:
“I’m in your mind, getting to know every part of you. You can put up walls, but sooner or later I’ll break down every last one. There won’t be any secret you can keep or any part of you I don’t know…Intimately.”
Choose an on-screen kiss that best illustrates the intensity between these two characters:
I always think of the movie Mr. and Mrs. Smith with Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. Not so much because of who the actors were, or what the characters did (they played spies for opposing factions of government), but because those characters had some SERIOUS volatility between them. Bitter enemies out to kill each other…but oh man, when they came together that energy went white hot in a flash!
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Author Talk

Why do you write in the genre you write?:
Because this is what comes best and most naturally to me!
What other genres would you consider and why?:
I’ve also written in paranormal romance, steampunk, horror, contemporary…under my alternate persona…but I love fantasy the best!
Can you give us a hint of something else you’re working on?:
I’m always working on more Greta, and I actually hope to have a novella for my readers sometime in the early fall, just in time for Greta’s release in November!
Hey, Melissa! Thanks so much for having me as a visitor, darlin’! Ask me anything else and I’ll be around to answer questions J