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Amazing Things Happen With Amazing Challenges

So, Elana Johnson and I were chatting last Friday night (shocking, I know...we only chat every night!), talking about how overwhelmed we were feeling with our imposed and self-imposed deadlines and wanting to get strong word counts over the weekend. Well, our chat lead to challenging each other to some crazy word count goals, just to see if we could make it. Elana challenged me to write 15472 words, and I challenged her to writing 14935. I know, random numbers - but that was kinda the point.

We took our challenge to twitter and convinced mutual friend Dustin Hansen to join us at 10666 words, and Sarah Nicolas at 13194. Yea, more random numbers.

All totaled, we would hit over 54K for the weekend - or the length of some novels - if we hit our goals.

The weekend progressed as we all reported progress. Some days were 5K days, some were not. But as the weekend came to a close not only did we make our goals, but we all achieved even more successes...

Elana typed "the end" on a ms t…

Memorial Day Giveaway

Happy Memorial Day Weekend! To celebrate, I am giving away one copy of LACRIMOSA (Kindle, Nook or PDF) to a random commenter. All you need to do is "like" my Facebook fan page and leave a comment on that page -
I will draw a random name on Monday.
In the meantime, Elana Johnson and I challenged each other to a crazy word count this weekend. Mine is 15, 472. Told ya it was crazy! Hers is 14935. Dustin Hansen decided to get in on the act too, with 10,666. Follow up on twitter for updates and cheer us on. If we all make our goals, that's over 40K this weekend. WOOT!!!

And stay tuned next week for some fabulous contests.

Have a great one!

A Bookanista Booyah for Jo Ramsey

HAPPY THURSDAY everyone! Welcome to another edition of Bookanista Thursday. I am so EXCITED to host another great interview today. But first, here are what the other Bookanistas are talking about:

LiLa Roecker interviews an Acual Young Adult Shannon Messenger celebrates SURRENDER – with arc giveaway Stasia Ward Kehoe unearths “shadowy” YA titles Jessica Love is all about IN HONOR

And now, my special Bookanista interview with Jo Ramsey. I "met" Jo on the interwebz, watching and learning as she aggressively pursued her career. Always positive and always helpful, I can honestly say I have learned a ton from stalking her various blog posts. And now I get to host her for an interview celebrating the release of a new book, Dolphins in the Mud. WOOT!!! Take it away Jo: 

About the Book: Give me the blurb for the book in 140 characters or less:  Dealing with his mother's abandonment of the family, Chris Talberman leans on his new boyfriend Noah Silver. Then he learns Noah is hiding a se…

Mega News...

I have so much news to share, I just couldn't wait until Tuesday. Like at all...
So, here we go:


A couple of new developments on the Requiem Series news front:

MEA CULPA, the next story in the series is due to release on June 11, 2012  - 1 week early. This story is told from Zane's point of view and is a great bridge between LACRIMOSA, and what you will see in LIBERA ME. And have I mentioned that it is FREE? That is right...FREE! I am so excited for all of you to get to know Zane a little better.
Speaking of which, the second novel in the series, LIBERA ME, has been pushed out to a late October release, sometime on or around 10/30/2012. There is a GREAT reason for pushing this out...which I will talk about a little later in this post. Suffice it to say, the story is turning out great, and it will be worth the wait. The final book releases in early Spring 2013, so the wait between those isn't too bad!

We've decided to stick with paperbacks for th…

Bookanista Interview with Sandra Almazan

HAPPY THURSDAY everyone! Welcome to another edition of Bookanista Thursday. I am so EXCITED to have Author Sandra Almazan with me today. But before I bring her interview, here's what the rest of the Bookanista's are up to:

Christine Fonseca  interviews author Sandra Almazan Stasia Ward Kehoe is spellbound by ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD & GIRL OF NIGHTMARES Jessica Love falls for UNBREAK MY HEART LiLa Roecker swoons over STORYBOUND Megan Miranda is giddy for GILT Debra Driza celebrates STARTERS
And now, my special Bookanista interview with Sandra. I have had the pleasure of getting to know Sandra over the years as blogging buddies - and I am so thrilled to see her successes over the years. Take it away Sandra: 

About the Book: Give me the blurb for the book in 140 characters or less:  A scientist with family issues must travel to another universe and decide if she should clone her great-grandfather, a famous musician.
Do you have a fav character and why? From this book, it would have to be…

If Only - A Tip Tuesday post from Laurie Edwards

Happy Tuesday all. I have a deadline that is completely insane...okay, seriously, INSANE! But, as a CP told me last night, I can do hard that is what I am setting out to do. Hopefully I will be able to report some progress on Friday, because really...I NEED to report progress. Badly!

But back to today. Here is a fabulous Tip Tuesday feature from Laurie Edwards that I am just THRILLED to share.  

After careers as a teacher and children’s librarian, Laurie Edwards moved into editing and writing, where she freelanced for a variety of publishing houses. She writes for both children and adults under several pseudonyms. In addition to more than 1900 magazine and educational articles, some of her most recent publications include Rihanna (People in the News) (Lucent 2009), Summer Lovin’ (Wild Rose Press 2009), Pirates through the Ages (Cengage 2011), and the 5-vol. Encyclopedia of Native American Tribes (Gale 2012). “Angels in the Mist,” a YA story A Community of Writers (Sunbury Pr…

Jumping on the Surrender Bandwagon....

It is NO SECRET that I am so excited for Elana Johnson's SURRENDER. Having had the chance to read an early version of the book, I can assure you it is amazing. And having recently read her short story, REGRET, I can tell you that I am SO EXCITED for more of the Goodies and Badies - more Jag, more Vi, more Zenn, and all of the new characters and new stories.

So, to get an early start of the SURRENDER amazingness, I thought I would do a little shout our for Elana's book blogger tour and the amazing giveaways she is doing. Just click here for the complete schedule and a preview of everything she has planned. For a person who was thinking of doing something small for her launch, this has BIG and AMAZING written all over it!


And be sure to pick up a copy of the paperback for POSSESSION, the short REGRET, and pre-order YOUR copy of SURRENDER today!

GO TEAM JAG! (Yes, I sorta love Jag....just don't tell my Aydan. He is prone to jealousy!)

Honored to scream for IN HONOR

I am thrilled to be raving for the latest release by Jessi Kirby, IN HONOR. But first, check out what the other Bookanistas are up to - and yes, I know, summer has clearly come early as there are not many reviews this week:

Christine Fonseca  adores IN HONOR Stasia Ward Kehoe unwraps UNGIFTED Tracy Banghart basks in SUNSHINE Debra Driza welcomes HEMLOCK with a vlog and a giveaway On to my Bookanista Shout out for IN HONOR by fellow Bookanista, Jessi Kirby:

Release Date: 5/08/2012

Basic Blurb: (from Amazon)
Honor receives her brother’s last letter from Iraq three days after learning that he died, and opens it the day his fellow Marines lay the flag over his casket. Its contents are a complete shock: concert tickets to see Kyra Kelly, her favorite pop star and Finn's celebrity crush. In his letter, he jokingly charged Honor with the task of telling Kyra Kelly that he was in love with her. Grief-stricken and determined to grant Finn's last request, she rushes to leave immediately. But she…

True Grit - Another Tip Tuesday

Happy Tuesday. I am happy to report that I am back at it, and the writing is flowing nicely. More or less. But I'll talk more about that later this week. In the meantime, I thought I'd bring back Tip Tuesday and the wonderful Yelena for another fabulous post. 

Yelena Casale writes urban fantasy and paranormal romance. She was born in Kiev, Ukraine and came to New York at the age of 13, which gave her a great perspective into two very different cultures. Yelena believes that the world of vampires, shifters, angels and demons is a wonderful way to escape and let her imagination run wild. In Yelena’s ideal world, she would be a full time writer and travel as much as possible, experience various cultures.  She’s also a black belt and an instructor in shotokan karate. She is represented by Literary Counsel.

Today, Yelena is talking True Grit. Take it away, Yelena: 

As I’m sitting down to write after a 2-hour karate training tonight, my thoughts turn to an article I once read in Women…

A Bookanista Booyah for TO RIDE A PUCA

I am thrilled to be raving for the latest release by Heather McCorkle, TO RIDE A PUCA. But first, check out what the other Bookanistas are up to:

Christine Fonseca  revels in TO RIDE A PUCA Stasia Ward Kehoe gushes over GILT Katy Upperman adores UNDER THE NEVER SKY Tracy Banghart delights in THE DISENCHANTMENTS Gennifer Albin  celebrates SHADOW AND BONE Jessica Love is wowed by YOU’RE THE ONE THAT I WANT Shelli Johannes-Wells is crazy for CLOCKWISER

On to my Bookanista Shout out for TO RIDE A PUCA by Heather McCorkle:

Release Date: 5/15/2012

Basic Blurb: (from Goodreads)
Invaders are coming to take what isn't theirs, again.

Neala wants to stand and fight for her homeland, but as one of the last druids, she may be standing alone.

Persecuted, hunted down, forced to live in obscurity, the druids have all but given up. Can the determination of a girl who has barely come into her power bring them together? Or, just when she finally finds her place among her kind, will they end up losing a homeland …

Winners, Inspiration and such...

Hi all!

I wanted to announce the winners from my LIBERA ME contest that ended last week: