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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) _________________________________________________ . 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 …

YA Author Interview: Lea Nolan!

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Author Name: Lea Nolan . Title: CONJURE, Book 1 in The Hoodoo Apprentice Series . Release Date: October 16th, 2012 . Blurb: We don’t have an official blurb to release yet, but I can tell you CONJURE is a middle grade/young adult cross-over that features an eighteenth-century hidden pirate treasure, a wicked flesh eating curse, soul-snatching and Gullah hoodoo magic. . _______________________________________
. Book Talk/Character Talk. Pre-Order: Amazon ~ Barnes and Noble (Only $5.70!) Add it: Goodreads . Describe your book in one word: . This is so not fair. Why can’t I have two? Hrumph. Fine, if you’re going to be a stickler about it, I’d say “magical”. But if you let me sneak in a second, I’ll say “curses” – not the dirty word kind, the flesh-eating and soul-sucking kind. . Cast your heroine: . Argh, this is hard because I never found a perfect photo to model Emma Guthrie on, but I always knew what she looked like. She’s got Irish pink skin, strawberry b…

YA Author Interview: Stephanie Thomas!

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Author Name: Stephanie Thomas .  Title: Luminosity from the Raven Chronicles Series . Release Date: Fall 2012 . Blurb: . My name is Beatrice. When I was born, I was blessed with the Sight. I was immediately removed from my parents and enrolled in the Institution. At the age of twelve, I had my first true vision, earning my raven’s wings. And when I turned seventeen, one of my visions came true. Things haven’t been the same since. . The Institution depends on me to keep the City safe from our enemy, the Dreamcatchers, but I’m finding it harder to do while keeping a secret from everyone, including my best friend Gabe. It is a secret that could put us all in danger. A secret that could kill me and everyone close to me.  . But the enemy has been coming to me in my dreams, and I think I'm falling in love with him. He says they're coming. He says they're angry. And I think I've already helped them win.  ________________________________…

Lucky 7: Peek at a new story

The Rules:
Go to page 77 of your current MS.Go to line 7.Copy down the next 7 lines/sentences, and post them as they’re written. No cheating.Tag 7 other victims …er, authors.This was VERY hard for me, so secretly I'm plotting a way to get back at my dear friend, Tara Fuller, for this tag punishment. :) See, I have GRAVITY, which my editor would kill me if I posted 7 lines of right now. Then I have my WIP, which my agent might be upset if I posted 7 lines of. So...I had to choose another WIP, which is as rough as sandpaper. So beware, this has not been edited beyond what I do as I write. The project is called CULT, and it's a story of wicked deeds set in a private school in the deep south. Here goes:

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Their robes hung like crows’ wings, black and shiny and oozing threat. I watched them taking in the new girl, watched as their eyes glazed over in anticipation. Such was the role of a pledge, even one like me. 
The mirrored room sparked as one by one candles lit around the ro…

YA Author Interview: Lisa Burstein

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Author Name: Lisa Burstein
Title: PRETTY AMY
Release Date: May 15th, 2012
Amy is fine living in the shadows of beautiful Lila and uber-cool Cassie, because at least she’s somewhat beautiful and uber-cool by association. But when their dates stand them up for prom, and the girls take matters into their own hands—earning them a night in jail outfitted in satin, stilettos, and Spanx—Amy discovers even a prom spent in handcuffs might be better than the humiliating “rehabilitation techniques” now filling up her summer. Worse, with Lila and Cassie parentally banned, Amy feels like she has nothing—like she is nothing.
Navigating unlikely alliances with her new coworker, two very different boys, and possibly even her parents, Amy struggles to decide if it’s worth being a best friend when it makes you a public enemy. Bringing readers along on an often hilarious and heartwarming journey, Amy finds that maybe getting a life only happens once you th…

Pre-order GRAVITY and get a Personalized Bookmark!

Happy Sunday! I've been toying around with a swag idea that would be fun and that would incorporate GRAVITY's tagline, "Don't. Ever. Peek." So here it is--anyone who pre-orders GRAVITY this week (March 18-25th) will receive a personalized bookmark like the below (excuse the lo res image):


Pre-order: Amazon ~ Barnes and Noble ~ Book Depository (only $7.49!) . All you have to do is pre-order the book, then send me an email at melissawest (at) melissawestauthor (dot) com with proof of purchase and I'll mail you a personalized bookmark. That's it! Easy and fun, right? And look out for more fun contests and teasers and ARC details soon! 

YA Author Interview: TARA FULLER!

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Author Name: Tara Fuller Title: Inbetween (Kissed by Death, #1) Release Date: August 14, 2012 . Blurb:
Since the car crash that took her father’s life three years ago, Emma’s life has been a freaky—and unending—lesson in caution. Surviving countless “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 who is in love with a girl fate has put on his hit 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 soul hell bent on stealing her body, even if it means sacrificing the only thing he has left…his soul.
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It's a journey...

This business can be hard, let me tell you. As a writer, we dream of getting published, query until our eyes bleed, revise, revise, revise. Everything feels like it should be perfect, but in actuality, the publishing journey is just that—a journey. You will still be waiting, you will still be stressing, you will still feel unsure.

When I signed my contract, I had around 500ish hits a month on this blog, 125 Twitter followers, and 0 adds on Goodreads.
Now, I have 3-5,000 hits a month on this blog, nearly 3,000 followers on Twitter, and just over 2,000 adds on Goodreads, all in less than 5 months. You could say GRAVITY has gotten attention.
But do you know what has stayed the same? The unease, the questions, etc. For a long time I felt lost, unable to control my future at all, then I realized something—something I think you should know.
We hold the power to our future, no one else, because we are the writers. And that’s the element through all of this you should focus on. The writin…

YA Author Interview: Rachel Harris!

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Author Name:Rachel Harris Title: My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century Release Date: September 2012
Blurb:
On the precipice of her sixteenth birthday, the last thing lone wolf Cat Crawford wants is an extravagant gala thrown by her bubbly stepmother and well-meaning father. So even though Cat knows the family’s trip to Florence, Italy, is a peace offering, she embraces the magical city and all it offers. But when her curiosity leads her to an unusual gypsy tent, she exits . . . right into Renaissance Firenze.

Thrust into the sixteenth century armed with only a backpack full of contraband future items, Cat joins up with her ancestors, the sweet Alessandra and protective Cipriano, and soon falls for the gorgeous aspiring artist Lorenzo. But when the much-older Niccolo starts sniffing around, Cat realizes that an unwanted birthday party is nothing compared to an unwanted suitor full of creeptastic amore.

Can she find her way back to modern times before her Ita…

Cover reveal and Excerpt: MY SUPER SWEET 16TH CENTURY by Rachel Harris

I am beyond excited to help with the reveal of Rachel Harris' upcoming YA, MY SUPER SWEET 16TH CENTURY! Check it out below. Isn't it fantastic?!

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My Super Sweet 16th Century (Sept 11, 2012) By Rachel Harris Pre-order: Amazon | Barnes & Noble Add it: Goodreads
Blurb:
On the precipice of her sixteenth birthday, the last thing lone wolf Cat Crawford wants is an extravagant gala thrown by her bubbly stepmother and well-meaning father. So even though Cat knows the family’s trip to Florence, Italy, is a peace offering, she embraces the magical city and all it offers. But when her curiosity leads her to an unusual gypsy tent, she exits . . . right into Renaissance Firenze.

Thrust into the sixteenth century armed with only a backpack full of contraband future items, Cat joins up with her ancestors, the sweet Alessandra and protective Cipriano, and soon falls for the gorgeous aspiring artist Lorenzo. But when the much-older Niccolo starts sniffin…

YA Author Interview: Jennifer Armentrout!

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Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Book: Onyx
Release date: August 14, 2012
Blurb:
Being connected to Daemon Black sucks…

Daemon’s determined to prove what he feels for me is more than a product of our bizarre connection. I’ve sworn him off even though he’s running more hot than cold these days. But against all common sense, I’m falling for him. Hard. . Our relationship issues aren’t out biggest problem… . The Department of Defense is here. If they ever find out what Daemon can do and that we’re linked, I’m a goner. So is he. And when a new boy shows up a school with a secret of his own, things get complicated fast. I need to choose between my own instincts and Daemon’s. . But then everything changes… . I’ve seen someone who shouldn’t be alive. Daemon’s never going to stop searching until gets the truth. What happened to his brother? Who betrayed him? And what does the DOD want from them—from me? . No one is who they seem. And not everyone wi…