Thursday, August 30, 2012

Guess What?

Guess what?

 Today I'm over at The Quintessentially Questionable Query Experiment. Okay, I'm not over there, but my query is. You heard me right my query, can you believe it?

I actually am starting to think about querying. I never thought I would get this far. It's my first attempt at a query letter ever. I did warn Matthew it might be rather horrific. So, head over there and let me know what you think. Hopefully it doesn't send you running and screaming from Matthew's blog.

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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Uprising Cover Reveal

It's my pleasure to be a part of Jessica Therrien's Cover Reveal for book two in her Children of the Gods series, Uprising. I have been patiently waiting for it, after reading and loving book one Oppression. It will be released in paperback and Ebook by ZOVA books, February 19, 2013. So, here it is... Yay!


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Teaser:
We left everything but the weapons. Clothes, food, toothpaste. There wasn’t time for things that weren’t essential to escape. The five of us went on foot in a direction that was meaningless to me. I had never seen what was outside of the edges of the safe haven, not since I’d been here.
When Mac stopped abruptly after our fifteen-minute trek into the woods, we all froze at once, bodies poised and ready to attack, eyes searching for threats.
“We’re here,” Mac announced. “What should we expect Marcus?”
I had never heard Dr. Nickel called by his first name, and it made me realize he wasn’t as untouchable as I had imagined. Just because he was here, didn’t mean we were safe.
            “I don’t know,” he answered. “Maybe an army, maybe nothing. Depends on where they are.”
            “Everyone best get down on the ground just in case,” Mac decided with a nod. “Weapons ready.”
            As I lay belly down in the dirt, I noticed Dr. Nickel pull a gun from his belt, and my stomach gave a heave.
“When I remove the haven walls, there will be a van. Everyone get in back. If anything goes wrong…” Mac paused, uncomfortable at the thought. “It’s been nice knowin’ ya.”

Jessica Therrien is the author of the young adult paranormal fiction series Children of the Gods. Book one in the series, Oppression, was published by ZOVA Books in February of 2012 and became a Barnes & Noble best-seller shortly after its release. The second book in the series, Uprising, will be available in February of 2013.

Aside from her Children of the Gods series, Jessica’s work can also be found in a published collection of flash fiction stories called Campaigner Challenges 2011.Out of over 350 submissions her story, The Soulless, won first place for people’s choice and fourth place in the judging round of Rachael Harrie’s Writing Campaign Challenge. Her story, Savedis also available as part of the anthology.

Jessica spent most of her life in the small town of Chilcoot, California, high up in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. In this town of nearly 100 residents, with no street lights or grocery stores, there was little to do but find ways to be creative. Her mother, the local English teacher, inspired her to do all things artistic, and ultimately instilled in her a love for language.

In 2003, Jessica attended California State University Long Beach where her passion for language found her studying Chinese, and in 2005 she moved to Taiwan to study abroad. From 2005 to 2006 Jessica was fully immersed in the Chinese language as she attended National Taiwan University, and in 2008 she graduated from San Diego State University magna cum laude.

Jessica currently lives in Chula Vista with her husband and is working on book three in her Children of the Godsseries.

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BOOK ONE BLURB & COVER:
Elyse knows what it means to keep a secret. She's been keeping secrets her whole life. Two, actually. First, that she ages five times slower than the average person, so that while she looks eighteen years old, she's closer to eighty. Second, that her blood has a mysterious power to heal. For Elyse, these things don't make her special. They make life dangerous. After the death of her parents, she's been careful to keep her secret as closely guarded as possible. Now, only one other person in the world knows about her age and ability. Or so she thinks. Elyse is not the only one keeping secrets. There are others like her all over the world, descendants of the very people the Greeks considered gods. She is one of them, and they have been waiting for her for a long time. Among so many of her kind, she should not be very remarkable--except for the prophecy. Some believe she will put an end to traditions, safeguarded by violence, which have oppressed her people for centuries. Others are determined to keep her from doing just that. But for Elyse, the game is just beginning--and she's not entirely willing to play by their rules.

What do you think of the cover? Have you read Oppression? Planning on reading Uprising?

On a side note... This Friday is the year anniversary of my first blog post. Can you believe I've been blogging for a year? I would just like to say thank you for your support and comments over the past year. Thank you!!! Here's a cupcake for you. 
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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

What I've Learned From Editing

I know that I usually do an Author Interview for the second Wednesday of the month, but because of my little hiatus last month I wasn't able to set one up. It will be back next month though.

I've been editing my MS for a little over a week now. Here's a few things I've learned:

  • I really like to use a few words that I don't need, a lot:
  1. that
  2. can
  3. just
  4. suddenly

  • I really like to tell, not show.

  • I really like my story. Which I suppose is a really good thing.

What are some things you've learned about your writing from editing? Do you have the same problem as me with excess words? How about with telling and not showing?


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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

IWSG: New Insecurities

This is my entry for the Insecure Writer's Support group. Is a wonderful supportive group started by Alex J. Cavanaugh. If you'd like to find out more about it or see who else is participating please go HERE.


 I have some great news!! A drum roll please... I finished the first draft of my novel. I actually did it and within my self imposed deadline.

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 So now I'm on to the edits, which come with a whole slew of new insecurities. I no longer believe that I can't write a novel or even that I'm not a writer. I think I've proved that to myself. No, now I wonder is it any good? Are people going to want to read it? As I begin my edits I think, is it a good enough story to go anywhere? Even though I've always said I'm doing this for me, and I am, I would like people to take enjoyment from it.

But for now I'm still mostly basking in the glow of finishing and the new smell of edits, which I'm sure will get old fast.

Do these insecurities plague you? How do you deal with them?

Also, if you aren't aware DL Hammons over at Cruising altitude 2.0 is hoisting his second round of WRiTE CLuB. If you haven't checked it out yet, you definitely should!


And a very HAPPY CONGRATULATIONS to my wonderful CP Kelley Lynn who just got signed by Sapphire Star Publishing. I couldn't be happier for her. So, if you want to run over and hear her story or just tell her congrats go HERE.


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