Monday, December 17, 2012

Writers Wipeout

Have any of you ever watched WIPEOUT? It's hilarious!
My husband was watching it while I was folding laundry and the final contestants were going through the big obstacle course.  

Man, those guys get the crap beat out of them! 

Anyway... I couldn't help but relate it to the road a writer takes to getting published. It is NOT easy! We work our guts out for every bit of ground we gain. And sometimes one obstacle is really simple for one person to get through while another struggles with it. Every person has different parts that seem easy for them and other parts that kick their butt. It's different for everyone.

But what's important is that we're brave enough to GO FOR IT! And the victory dance at the finish line makes it all worth while!

Have you found inspiration in an unusual place?

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Falling for Fiction!

I won't lie, that I was uber surprised when the ladies over at Falling for Fiction invited me to be part of their group. Like, WOW!

These ladies are all so talented that I could NOT pass up the opportunity! In fact, I'm still having a hard time believing it. But - today, the news is made official, so be sure to hop over and wish me luck! I hope I can keep up with the all the awesomesauce that group has to offer!

And one more HUGE THANKS for giving me the opportunity to join you guys!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Fraction of Stone - Cover Reveal!

I am SO EXCITED to have Kelley Lynn here today! We are revealing the cover for her uber amazing debut novel, Fraction of Stone! Awesome right! I have been lucky enough to have read this baby and I can't wait for it to be released so it can live at my house - FOREVER! 

So please welcome Kelley!

Wow. I can't believe the day is here! Time for the FRACTION OF STONE cover reveal.

Before we get into that, I just want to say thank you to everyone who has helped me get this far. All the fine people who are helping with this cover reveal, my CPs/Betas, family and friends. And of course, thank you to Sapphire Star Publishing for helping make my dream a reality. (And also letting me have a huge say in how this cover looks.) I am so, so excited and feel so blessed.

To thank you all, there is a drawing for 2 ARCs of FRACTION OF STONE which you can enter to win at the bottom of this post! You can enter until December 14th at which point the winners will be chosen.

Okay, now that, that has been said. Here we go!

Book information:

Fraction of Stone by Kelley Lynn

Release Date: March 21st, 2013 by Sapphire Star Publishing
Genre: YA Fantasy
Book Description:
Wind tunnels, torrential rains and earthquakes tear apart Casden. The cause of the world’s imbalance is unknown, but the mounting occurrences suggest there’s little time before life ceases to exist.

Rydan Gale and Akara Nazreth are the only humans with the ability to wield magic. The tattoo on their necks and the discovery of an ancient book, dictate they are the key to the world’s survival.

But the greatest obstacle for saving mankind isn’t the bizarre creatures, extreme betrayals and magic-fearing men hunting them.

It’s that Akara doesn’t believe the world is worth saving. 

Book Trailer:

Now a little about the Author

Eventually the day came when the voices in Kelley Lynn’s head were more insistent then her engineering professor’s. So instead of turning to her Thermodynamics book, Kelley brought up a blank page on her computer screen and wrote. Somewhere along the way she became a Young Adult author.

Kelley was born and raised a Midwestern girl. She’s not afraid to sweat and fills her free time with softball, soccer and volleyball. (Though you probably don’t want her on your volleyball team.) She occasionally makes guest appearances as a female vocalist for area bands.

You can find Kelley hanging out at her blog, titled in her name, as well as the group blog she shares with her fellow critique partners, Falling for Fiction. Kelley is a member of the Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators.

Kelley Lynn's LinksBlog | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

And... in my own words - Kelley is amazing! A fabulous critique partner and writer. I am constantly learning from her and love reading her work!
Now on to the GIVEAWAY!!!
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Thanks Kelley! And Congratulations!!! 

Monday, December 3, 2012

And You Are....?

OH MAN! I WAS supposed to remember something today so it here it is! The fabulously fun bloghop hosted by Emily R. King and Tammy Theriault. I'm sorry I'm late, but here are my answers!

These are the "And You Are...?" questions:

1. How many speeding tickets have you gotten?

ONE! And it was only a year or two ago! I got screwed. :P 2. Can you pitch a tent?
Of course! I love camping and make sure I know what I need to know! 3. What was your worst vacation ever?
My trip to Jackson Hole this spring. hehehe And I'll have to plead the 5th on the details, but that trip was NOT fun. 4. What was the last thing you bought over $100?
Make up! *cringe* Is that bad? I spend a lot of money on make up AND face soap! 5. We're handing you the keys to what?
A boat! I want a boat desperately! Forget the car! 6. What was the last meal you cooked that made even you sick?
Hmmm. One time my husband insisted I try to make eggplant Parmesan. NOT EASY! But most importantly - don't forget to rinse the salt off the egglplant before you finish the meal. AND - don't invite the family over for dinner on your first try! 7. Fill in the blank: Oh my gosh! Becky, look at her butt! It is so big. She looks like  ____?
one of those rap stars girlfriends.   ??? Is that right? 8. What was your first car?
A '69, baby blue, Volkswagon beetle! It was the coolest car EVER! It had holes in the floor but it ROCKED! 9. Your best friend falls and gets hurt. Do you ask if he/she's okay or laugh first?
Depends on the situation, but I'd probably laugh. *hangs head* 10. What's the worst song ever?
You mean besides It's a Small World? How about the Yo Gabba Gabba Song? Or anything sung by the Fresh Beat Band!

Alright --- you ladies are awesome and I'm sorry I'm late to post for this! 
Happy Holidays David Spade!!! 

Christmas Presents!

WOW! This time of year is insanely hectic! I feel like I can't catch up. The good news though --- I'm spending more time writing! Wahoo! It feels good to be writing again and I love my "writing nights!"

For lack of ideas on todays post, I am going with Christmas presents! Because... I have a huge box from Amazon sitting in my closet, all closed up and dying for me to open it! What does it have besides The Amazing Spiderman movie, and Brave? BOOKS, of course!!! That's all I want this year, and usually every year. Books and couple pairs of jeans if possible. I can totally use some jeans.

But... in case you're wondering what I will be opening on Christmas morning I'm going to share!

First... I pre-ordered this but I won't get it until February. That's okay. It's worth the wait.
And these are what I'll be getting for Christmas. If I can wait that long!

SQUEEE! I can't wait!

And I know I'm going to put in at least one more book order before the holiday arrives because there are so many more I want to read. A lot of you have books coming out and if they available by Christmas they're on my list!!! So, what books would you suggest? Any great new books you've read lately? And if you have a book that'll be available for Christmas, be sure to share in the comments!