Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Happy Release Day to BETHANY CRANDELL!!!

Today is a HUGE day for my very dear friend, Bethany Crandell, and I couldn't be more happy for her. Her book, SUMMER ON THE SHORT BUS, is finally out!

*tosses confetti* *pops cork* *screams the news from the rooftop*

I remember reading this book very early on, long before her publishing deal, and thinking, holy crap--this girl is AMAZING! And then, of course, a wave of fear swept over me when I realized she was reading the manuscript I was querying at the time, which in my opinion, paled in comparison. Of course, being the incredible, supportive, and all-around lovely human being she is, she gushed about my book (even if it wasn't my best work at the time), and ever since then we've been huge fans of each other's work. Like I always tell her, I'd read ANYTHING she wrote, because her voice pulls you into the story and makes you FEEL. Whether it's laughing or crying, I always know I'm in for a ride (of the emotional variety) when I open up one of her manuscripts.

So, enough of my ramblings, let me introduce you to SUMMER ON THE SHORT BUS!

Summer on the Short Bus
(Taken from Goodreads)

Spoiled, Versace-clad Cricket Montgomery has seventeen years of pampering under her belt. So when her father decides to ship her off to a summer camp for disabled teens to help her learn some accountability, Cricket resigns herself to three weeks of handicapped hell.

Her sentence takes a bearable turn as she discovers the humor and likeability of the campers and grows close to fellow counselors. Now, if she can just convince a certain Zac Efron look-alike with amazing blue eyes that she finally realizes there's life after Gucci, this summer could turn out to be the best she's ever had.






If you're looking for something different...a book with a main character who's honest, maybe not always likeable, but real; I highly recommend checking out this book. You will laugh, root for the underdogs, and maybe even feel a little uncomfortable at times. SUMMER ON THE SHORT BUS is so different than everything else out there and easily one of the best young adult contemporary books I've ever read. I can't wait to see what Bethany Crandell comes out with next!







Monday, March 31, 2014

My Writing Process--The Blog Tour

Hellooooo! I thought I'd poke my head out from the rock I've been under to participate in the "My Writing Process" Blog Tour. A shout-out to the fabulous Precy Larkins for tagging me! Precy is a dear (and incredibly talented) writing buddy of mine, whom I've known for a few years now (bonus: she's a fellow goat posse member!).

I don't think there is a wrong or right way to write, and I definitely don't think my process is anything special. You simply do whatever works best for you. And well, this is what works best for me :)

1) What am I working on?

I'm expecting the content revisions on my young adult paranormal, SPARK (title to change) from my editor any day now, and I have my most recent project out with beta readers, so I guess you could say I'm in between projects right now.

2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?

As for the novel I have coming out, SPARK, I've been told by several people that it has a very strong contemporary feel to it. Some have even referred to it as "light" paranormal, so I think it'll appeal to a wide range of readers--lovers of contemporary and fantasy. Also, the story is about a teenage succubus, which is a topic that hasn't been done to death in the world of young adult paranormal. To answer the question on a larger scale, I think my work is different, because no matter what I write, no matter how serious the topic, I always throw in snippets of humor. That's just who I am and how I write. If I tried to keep things 100% serious, I wouldn't enjoy the process and would probably hate the end product.

3) Why do I write what I do?

Again, in the broad sense of the question, I enjoy writing young adult fiction because it's what feels natural to me and what I'm most comfortable writing. It feels genuine, whereas writing books for the adult market (which I've only done once--my first book) feels...more forced, like I'm not being true to my voice. More specifically, I enjoy writing contemporary and paranormal because I like stories that are realistic or realistic with just a little bit of the fantastical.

4) How does your writing process work?

I have a job and a family, so finding time to write can be difficult, but like I always tell people, if it's important enough to you, you'll make the time. And I do. I try to write or do writing-related work at night for about an hour or two after the kids go to bed and on the weekends. I tend to slack off a bit when I'm editing, but when I'm drafting, I'm much more strict and will make myself write four pages every day (or about 1,000 words/day). My goal is always to finish a manuscript within three months.

This is the part where I'm supposed to tag some people to share their writing process, but I think most people interested in doing so have already been tagged, so I'm going to skip this part :) I hope everyone has enjoyed reading about my writing process. As always, thanks for stopping by!







Sunday, March 23, 2014

Books I'm Excited About: THE SEERS

I couldn't wait to get my hands on this book, because not only is THE SEERS the anticipated follow-up to THE HOLDERS, which I gushed about here, but it was written by one of my dearest writing buddies, Julianna Scott. I actually got to meet Julianna last month while she was in town for a signing, and I can tell you that she is just as lovely in person as she is online. By the way, if you ever get the chance to meet an online writing friend in person, go for it!! It's so incredibly cool to sit face-to-face and talk about writing stuff with someone who GETS IT!

Anyway, enough of my babbling, check out the blurb (not to mention the beautiful cover) from Goodreads.

The SeersAfter nearly being drained of her ability and betrayed by a man her father trusted, Becca Ingle was left with one clue — Ciaran Shea. He holds the key to the downfall of the power-mad Holder, Darragh, and can ensure the safety of both Holder and Human kind alike... but is he willing to help?

Becca, Alex, Jocelyn, and Cormac set out for Adare Manor to meet with the Bhunaidh, an aristocratic group of pure blooded Holders of whom Ciaran is a rumored member. However, when Becca discovers that they might not be the only ones after the information Ciaran has, everyone begins to wonder if Bhunaidh might not be as uninvolved with Darragh as they claim.

A race to uncover Ciaran’s secrets begins, where the line between friend and foe is blurred, and everyone seems to have their own agenda. Becca will have to call on every ability at her disposal to uncover the truth, all the while knowing that sometimes the answer is more dangerous than the question.


*Rubs hands together* Sounds fabulous, doesn't it? I loved it and highly recommend it! If interested, you can read my review here.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

I'M GOING TO BE PUBLISHED!!

Sometimes you write a story, and regardless of the mountain of rejections you get from agents, or the kindly-worded, yet heart-breaking, passes from publishers, you just can't bring yourself to give up on it. For whatever reason, the story continues to float around aimlessly in the back of your mind, and so every so often, you take it out, read a few chapters of it, and you remember why.

This is what happened with SPARK.

I started the book almost three years ago. During those three years ago, I queried it to an inch of its life, got an agent, went on two rounds of submissions with it, left my agent for it, and started submitting it to [carefully selected] small presses. My goal was always just to find a good home for my baby. I wanted a reputable small press. One with beautiful covers, great editing, fair contracts, and--for lack of a better term--good people. And I'm happy to announce that I found that with Red Adept Publishing.

SPARK (title to change) will be published!! I can't even begin to explain how excited I am (and a bit terrified at the same time, if I'm being honest). A release date hasn’t been determined yet, but it’ll probably be around late fall/early winter. It'll be available in e-book, print, and (eventually) audio formats.

I just want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart to those of you who've supported me, in one way or another, from the beginning. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

BIG News Coming Soon!!!

I've got a HUGE (and I mean H-U-G-E) announcement coming up SOON (like, within the next couple of days)!!! How big is it? Big enough that it has me doing this:



And maybe a little bit of this:




So, stay tuned!!!!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Happy Holidays!!

I'm interrupting my "Books I'm Excited About" series for a little bit of Holiday fun today. A couple of years ago I hosted a virtual cookie exchange, and while I don't have the time to organize one this year, I did want to share the link to the original post. The recipes I posted are some of my favorite Christmastime sweet treats, and to this day, the post still gets hits!

Enjoy!

Holiday Yummies!

And as an added bonus, I'm including the recipe for my favorite Holiday goodie of all time! (side note: my mom is convinced I'm going to go to hell because of what I call it)

Christmas Crack

Happy eating and Happy Holidays!!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Books I'm Excited About: UNHINGED

UNHINGED follows A.G. Howard's first book SPLINTERED, which I gushed talked about here. A.G. Howard is an INSANELY talented writer, and so I know I'm in for a [rich, delicious, and decadent] treat with UNHINGED. The book doesn't come out till January 7th, but if the stars align just right, I might have my hands on an arc in the matter of weeks!



Another AMAZING Cover!
Isn't it gorgeous?
Alyssa Gardner has been down the rabbit hole and faced the bandersnatch. She saved the life of Jeb, the guy she loves, and escaped the machinations of the disturbingly seductive Morpheus and the vindictive Queen Red. Now all she has to do is graduate high school and make it through prom so she can attend the prestigious art school in London she's always dreamed of.

That would be easier without her mother, freshly released from an asylum, acting overly protective and suspicious. And it would be much simpler if the mysterious Morpheus didn’t show up for school one day to tempt her with another dangerous quest in the dark, challenging Wonderland—where she (partly) belongs.

As prom and graduation creep closer, Alyssa juggles Morpheus’s unsettling presence in her real world with trying to tell Jeb the truth about a past he’s forgotten. Glimpses of Wonderland start to bleed through her art and into her world in very disturbing ways, and Morpheus warns that Queen Red won’t be far behind.

If Alyssa stays in the human realm, she could endanger Jeb, her parents, and everyone she loves. But if she steps through the rabbit hole again, she'll face a deadly battle that could cost more than just her head.


(Taken from Goodreads)