Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Giveaway! Win a signed ARC of PAWN by Aimee Carter (author of THE GODDESS TEST)

Guess what!! Today is the release of my bff Aimee Carter's new book PAWN and I have a signed ARC to give away! She is also the author of THE GODDESS TEST series and you don't want to miss out on that one either. Enter the contest and check out the book below!




YOU CAN BE A VII. IF YOU GIVE UP EVERYTHING. 
For Kitty Doe, it seems like an easy choice. She can either spend her life as a III in misery, looked down upon by the higher ranks and forced to leave the people she loves, or she can become a VII and join the most powerful family in the country. 
If she says yes, Kitty will be Masked—surgically transformed into Lila Hart, the Prime Minister's niece, who died under mysterious circumstances. As a member of the Hart family, she will be famous. She will be adored. And for the first time, she will matter. 
There's only one catch. She must also stop the rebellion that Lila secretly fostered, the same one that got her killed …and one Kitty believes in. Faced with threats, conspiracies and a life that's not her own, she must decide which path to choose—and learn how to become more than a pawn in a twisted game she's only beginning to understand.


Check out PAWN and the rest of the Blackcoat Rebellion series on Goodreads!

To enter this contest, fill out the form below and get extra entries for tweeting, commenting, and follow our twitter accounts! Thanks to everyone for entering and good luck!!
Hope you all love reading PAWN!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Oh, the writing life...

Clearly I'm a terrible blogger, but I'll try to be better. Cross my heart.

This year I grounded myself to my office (and now, my new office since I've recently moved) because I need to finish the book I've been working on since May 2011. No book tours and no traveling to conferences or conventions (save for local events). My next convention will be Legendary ConFusion in Detroit in January, which will be my prize for completing my book. All I've been doing for the past year is writing(!!!), riding my horse, and hanging out with my biffle Aimee Carter (author of THE GODDESS TEST). (like really that is all I've been doing.)

Publishing is hard. I can't get more accurate or blunt than that. 99% of authors can't hand in everything they want and get it published. We have to study the market scrupulously to figure out what we will spend months or years working on. That's one heck of a commitment. Most times the book we spend months or years on will never see the light of day and that's heartbreaking. There's no worse feeling for any writer who dreams of publishing a book than to trunk that book and have to move on. We've got to write the right book and nail it.

If a book is to be bought and published, it has to fit into the market. The problem is, publishers have a list of all the things they don't want (no vampires, dystopian, ect.) but none of them has a list of what they DO want. So what are authors (and agents looking for unpublished books) to do? Guess. Hope. Pray. Sacrifice a goat or two (but really please don't do that or I will hunt you down and sacrifice your face). Nobody knows what will be "the next big thing," but they're all looking for it.

A lot of times, we might have the right concept at the right time, but the execution isn't right. Perhaps a publisher wants us to change things in order for them to say, "Yes, we want this." It's up to the author to agree or disagree to those terms. Publishers usually know best, but the author has the final say.

Yesterday I had a great phone chat with the ever darling Cynthia Hand (author of UNEARTHLY) and she helped remind me that no matter how difficult a job being an author is, we have control over the writing. We don't decide what our covers look like, what languages our books are translated into, or where we go on tour, but we decide what happens in our stories.

This is my book. These are my characters living in the world of my invention.

Today I hit 80,000 words in the book I've been working on forever, the book of many titles (TLK, C:WP, Project: Ramen Noodle Sandwich, ect.). 80k words was supposed to be the goal, but I have proven incapable of writing short books so now the end word count should be 100k-ish. I'm on the third act, so we'll see how long it will end up. After two years of struggling, my agent (the inimitable Rosemary Stimola) told me that at last I'd "nailed it." There are no words in the English language to fully describe how elated and relieved I was to hear her say that. Instead of rage-cleaning my house as I tend to do on bad days, I joy-cleaned my house, texted Aimee the good news, and then went to ride my horse. Honestly, without her support through the best and worst days of working on this book, I wouldn't have made it this far. I would've thrown in the towel long ago. She is the moon of my life.

Why has it taken me so long? The answer is so simple, yet so complicated: I hadn't gotten it right, yet. I have written and rewritten and rewritten and rewritten this draft so many times that I've honestly lost count of how many times or what planet I live on. I don't even remember what the original draft looked like, which is unusual as authors remember most details that have been revised. This book has been revised so many times that I've been confused at as to what has even happened.

What has been so hard about writing this book? A million things, but mostly the main character and the world building. The heroine will be difficult to describe without giving away too much, but I will say that I couldn't get her voice right. Once I can share what the book is about, I will go into full detail. The world building has been an enormous challenge for me, because (oddly enough) I know too much. I know so much about this topic that all of the information about the world had become muddled and confusing. I needed to figure out a way to unveil the world in a beautiful way rather than shove the reader into a world as dense as Jello.

My editor for ANGELFIRE described this issue the best and simplest way possible: I was trying to color a picture with too many crayons. Instead of picking a handful of my favorite colors, I was coloring with all of the colors and the picture was turning out to be a big mess.

I finally have figured it out. I got it. I nailed it. I decided on my handful of favorite crayons and now my picture doesn't totally suck. The finish line is just ahead.

And I'll be honest, writing this book turned me into a real writer. I feel like I've reached the point in my career where I can write anything now. I finally know what I'm doing.

I've promised to be a better blogger and I will post my progress on this word count meter. In the meantime, I'm much more active on my Facebook page, Twitter, and Instagram.

Ramen Noodle Sandwich

80,000 / 100,000

I've been posting quite a bit on my Facebook page, including a couple of vague excerpts from Project: Ramen Noodle Sandwich, to keep you updated and to thank my readers who've waited so patiently for news on this project. Here you are!

Excerpt #1



Excerpt #2


Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Chicago Author Lunch Meet-Up!




Hey Chicago readers! This Saturday I'll be in town for a meet-up with two other authors! Come hang out with us, eat some good food, and get your books signed :)

Check out this Facebook event for details and to RSVP! Hope you see you there!!

Author Lunch Meet-Up in Chicago - Facebook Event

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Vlog: Ending of the Angelfire trilogy Q&A parts 1 and 2

Hi everyone! As promised, here is a two-part vlog about the series ending. The first part is non-spoilery and I answer your questions about more books in the Angelfire series, the short stories, and what I'm writing next. Part 2 is spoilery, so if you haven't read Shadows in the Silence, don't watch it yet. In part 2, I talk about my own interpretation of the ending and what happened.

Hope you enjoy them! If you have anymore questions about the ending, feel free to ask.



Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Giveaway: Beautiful Creatures Movie Posters

How excited are you for the new movie adaptation of Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl? I know I am! This weekend I'll be seeing it with one of my best friends, Aimee Carter, author of The Goddess Test! To celebrate my excitement, I have two awesome Beautiful Creatures movie posters to give away.




Don't forget that the Shadows in the Silence book tour is going on right now and you can win one of three signed sets of the entire Angelfire trilogy! Check out the tour schedule:


2/6 - MundieMoms
2/8 - Fiktshun


2/20 - Fiktshun
2/22 - MundieMom

Watch the Shadows in the Silence (available now) book trailer:





Are you ready for the end of some of your favorite Epic Reads series?
We're sobbing and clinging with you! Stay tuned for upcoming features, giveaways,
and more sobbing and clinging!


Thursday, January 31, 2013

Shadows in the Silence book trailer and more awesomeness!


At long last Shadows in the Silence and its book trailer are here! Watch the trailer above and head on over to your favorite bookstore to pick up your copy of the conclusion to the Angelfire trilogy, order a copy online from Epic Reads, or order a SIGNED copy from my local independent bookstore Schuler Books (Eastwood/Lansing location) by calling (517)316-7495!

The amazingly talented models featured in the Shadows in the Silence book trailer will make an appearance this Saturday at the launch party to meet fans and sign prints! Get your books signed by me, win amazing prizes, and have a great time :)




Going on now is the Shadows in the Silence blog tour!
So far I've been to PageTurners to talk about Ellie's wonderful model, Meghan, and to Once Upon a Twilight to introduce you to Vladislav, who played Will! Tomorrow, at The Book Cellar you get to meet Cadan's model, Chaz, and I talk about how the whole trailer came together.

Follow the blog tour and win one of three signed sets of the Angelfire trilogy!


2/6 - MundieMoms
2/8 - Fiktshun


2/20 - Fiktshun
2/22 - MundieMom


Are you ready for the end of some of your favorite Epic Reads series?
We're sobbing and clinging with you! Stay tuned for upcoming features, giveaways,
and more sobbing and clinging!


And don't forget, the very last Fear the Reaper giveaway ends on Sunday
and we're going out with a bang!

and listen to the entire Shadows in the Silence playlist!


Monday, January 28, 2013

Fear the Reaper Week 10: Shadows in the Silence is here!



It's baaaaaaaaaaaaaaack!!

Fear the Reaper III has begun!
To celebrate the release of SHADOWS IN THE SILENCE and the prequel novella starring Madeleine and Bastian A DANCE WITH DARKNESS, I'm hosting 10 weeks of giveaways. For those who aren't familiar with the past two Fear the Reaper Giveaways, this is how we do: For the next ten Mondays, I will release a song off the Shadows in the Silence playlist and will have a new prize to give away to a lucky winner.

Here are some important dates for you:
January 29: WINGS OF THE WICKED releases in paperback with two exclusive short stories, one from Will's POV and one from Cadan's POV. (Goodreads link)
January 29: SHADOWS IN THE SILENCE releases in hardcover. (Goodreads link)
February 2: SHADOWS IN THE SILENCE Launch Party at Schuler Books & Music! Check out my Events page for more info and I hope to see you there! (Events & Appearances)
A Dance with Darkness is out NOW!

Don't miss the Angelfire prequel novella told from Will's mother Madeleine's point of view about her scorching affair with Bastian centuries ago!
*Hint: There are gifs, swooning over villains, and apologizing to my parents
for the ridiculously sexy chapters in this book.

Get A DANCE WITH DARKNESS
for your e-reader:
Kindle
and check it out over at Epic Reads!


Week 10

Red: Not Alone


Listen to the entire SHADOWS IN THE SILENCE playlist!



Giveaway: Five e-book copies of A DANCE WITH DARKNESS!

This is the very last Fear the Reaper giveaway. It's been so much fun with readers for the past three years and I'm going to miss them - and you!



Pre-order a signed copy of
SHADOWS IN THE SILENCE
from my local indie
and get it personalized with an Angelfire print!
Lansing, MI location: 517 316 7495

Get A DANCE WITH DARKNESS
for your e-reader:
a Rafflecopter giveaway
US residents only

Monday, January 21, 2013

Fear the Reaper Week 9: The Countdown to Shadows in the Silence




It's baaaaaaaaaaaaaaack!!

Fear the Reaper III has begun!
To celebrate the release of SHADOWS IN THE SILENCE and the prequel novella starring Madeleine and Bastian A DANCE WITH DARKNESS, I'm hosting 10 weeks of giveaways. For those who aren't familiar with the past two Fear the Reaper Giveaways, this is how we do: For the next ten Mondays, I will release a song off the Shadows in the Silence playlist and will have a new prize to give away to a lucky winner.

Here are some important dates for you:
January 29: WINGS OF THE WICKED releases in paperback with two exclusive short stories, one from Will's POV and one from Cadan's POV. (Goodreads link)
January 29: SHADOWS IN THE SILENCE releases in hardcover. (Goodreads link)
February 2: SHADOWS IN THE SILENCE Launch Party at Schuler Books & Music! Check out my Events page for more info and I hope to see you there! (Events & Appearances)
A Dance with Darkness is out NOW!

Don't miss the Angelfire prequel novella told from Will's mother Madeleine's point of view about her scorching affair with Bastian centuries ago!
*Hint: There are gifs, swooning over villains, and apologizing to my parents
for the ridiculously sexy chapters in this book.

Get A DANCE WITH DARKNESS
for your e-reader:
Kindle
and check it out over at Epic Reads!


Week 9

Linkin Park: Blackout


I'm stuck in this bed you made
Alone with a sinking feeling
I saw through the words you said
To the secrets you've been keeping
It's written upon your face
All the lies how they cut so deeply
You can't get enough you take
And take and take and never say

No, you've gotta get it inside
You push it back down
You push it back down
No, you'll never get it inside
Push it back down black out blood in your eye

You say that it's not your fault
And swear that I am mistaken
You said it's not what it seems
No remorse for the trust you're breaking
You run but then back you fall
Suffocate in the mess you're making
You can't get enough you take
And take and take and take and take
Fuck it are you listening?

No, you've gotta get it inside
You push it back down
You push it back down
No, you'll never get it inside
Push it back down
You push it back down
No, you've gotta get it inside
You push it back down
You push it back down
No, you'll never get it inside
Push it back down
Black out blood in your eye

Floating down, as colors fill the light
We look up from the ground
In fields of paper white
And floating up you pass us in the night
A future gazing out a past to overwrite
So come down far below
We've been waiting to collect the things you know
Come down far below 
We've been waiting to collect what you've let go

Come down
Oh
Come down 
Oh
Come down
Oh
Come down
Oh
Come down 
Oh

Listen to the entire SHADOWS IN THE SILENCE playlist so far!
New songs will be revealed soon!


Giveaway: Signed Hardcover copy of
SHADOWS IN THE SILENCE!



Pre-order a signed copy of
SHADOWS IN THE SILENCE
from my local indie
and get it personalized with an Angelfire print!
Lansing, MI location: 517 316 7495

Get A DANCE WITH DARKNESS
for your e-reader:

a Rafflecopter giveaway
US residents only

Monday, January 14, 2013

Fear the Reaper Week 8: Countdown to Shadows in the Silence




It's baaaaaaaaaaaaaaack!!

Fear the Reaper III has begun!
To celebrate the release of SHADOWS IN THE SILENCE and the prequel novella starring Madeleine and Bastian A DANCE WITH DARKNESS, I'm hosting 10 weeks of giveaways. For those who aren't familiar with the past two Fear the Reaper Giveaways, this is how we do: For the next ten Mondays, I will release a song off the Shadows in the Silence playlist and will have a new prize to give away to a lucky winner.

Here are some important dates for you:
January 29: WINGS OF THE WICKED releases in paperback with two exclusive short stories, one from Will's POV and one from Cadan's POV. (Goodreads link)
January 29: SHADOWS IN THE SILENCE releases in hardcover. (Goodreads link)
February 2: SHADOWS IN THE SILENCE Launch Party at Schuler Books & Music! Check out my Events page for more info and I hope to see you there! (Events & Appearances)
A Dance with Darkness is out NOW!

Don't miss the Angelfire prequel novella told from Will's mother Madeleine's point of view about her scorching affair with Bastian centuries ago!
*Hint: There are gifs, swooning over villains, and apologizing to my parents
for the ridiculously sexy chapters in this book.

Get A DANCE WITH DARKNESS
for your e-reader:
Kindle
and check it out over at Epic Reads!


Week 8

Angels & Airwaves: Secret Crowds



If I had my own world
I'd fill it with wealth and desire
A glorious past to admire
And voices of kids out walking dogs
Birds, planes, cleanest cars

If I had my own world
I'd love it for all that's inside it
There'd be no more wars, death or riots
There'd be no more police, packed parking lots
Guns, bombs sounding off

If I had my own world
I'd build you an empire
From here to the far lands
To spread love like violence

If I had my own world
I'd build you an empire
From here to the far lands
To spread love like violence

Let me feel you, carry you higher
Watch your words spread hope like fire
Secret crowds rise up and gather
Hear your voices sing back louder

If I had my own world
I'd show you the life that's inside it
The way that it glows when you find it
The way it survives with it's families
Friends or it's enemies

Let's make this a new world
I swear you can go if you want to
I know that you have that within you
Inventing the first clean and usable
God's greatest miracle

If I had my own world
I'd build you an empire
From here to the far lands
To spread love like violence

If I had my own world
I'd build you an empire
From here to the far lands
To spread love like violence

Let me feel you, carry you higher
Watch our words spread hope like fire
Secret crowds rise up and gather
Hear your voices sing back louder

Let me feel you, carry you higher
Watch our words spread hope like fire
Secret crowds rise up and gather
Hear your voices sing back louder

Let me feel you, carry you higher
Watch our words spread hope like fire
Secret crowds rise up and gather
Hear your voices sing back louder

Let me feel you, carry you higher
Watch our words spread hope like fire
Secret crowds rise up and gather
Hear your voices sing back louder

Listen to the entire SHADOWS IN THE SILENCE playlist so far!
New songs will be revealed soon>>


Giveaway: Two signed Hardcover copies of
SHADOWS IN THE SILENCE!



Pre-order a signed copy of
SHADOWS IN THE SILENCE
from my local indie
and get it personalized with an Angelfire print!
Lansing, MI location: 517 316 7495

Get A DANCE WITH DARKNESS
for your e-reader:

a Rafflecopter giveaway


US residents only


Saturday, January 12, 2013

Shadows in the Silence Launch Party & Pre-orders!


Ahhh I can't believe the release of Shadows in the Silence is only a little more than two weeks away and the launch party is just three weeks away!!! This has been such a crazy adventure and I'm so excited to get to share the final Angelfire book with you guys. 

The launch party for Shadows in the Silence is set for
February 2 at 2pm EST
at Schuler Books & Music
Eastwood Towne Center
2820 Towne Center BLVD.
Lansing, MI 48912

We're going to have a raffle and prizes for for who answers trivia questions about the Angelfire world! These prizes include books, Angelfire artwork prints, and really awesome goodies.

If you pre-order your copy of Shadows in the Silence from Schuler Books & Music, you will receive it signed/personalized and with an Angelfire art print!
Call (517)316-7495 to pre-order!

I really to see you guys there! xoxo