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A Bookanista Relaunch Party - with giveaways

I am so excited to bring you the official relaunch of the Bookanistas!!! Back in 2010, I joined a group of amazing authors including Elana Johnson, Beth Revis, and Lisa & Laura Roecker to celebrate books we loved - especially YA and MG books. Since that time, some of our participants have gone on to hit the best seller list with their own books. Life happened, and the Bookanistas began to diminish - reviews became less frequent. But, some of the newer members reorganized, regrouped and brought the group back to life in a new way.
New logos we made, the site was relaunched and all of us got back to the business of reviewing books. Today I wanted to bring you that relaunch! 
So today, we wanted to share some tips, books, and ideas for summer reading. The best part, we are hosting a giveaway FILLED with books, swag and more...
For my piece, I wanted to share a couple of books I can't wait to read:
ABANDON by Elana Johnson seduced by power,
broken by control,
and consumed by love...

Vi has…

Quiet Kids is Done!

I am so excited to report that I have sent in edits for Quiet Kids! YAY!!! As I hit the send button over the weekend, I thought about ARCs and the things I really need to do in preparation for that launch this fall.

And I realized something -

I don't have a reviewer list for that book. Something I am hoping to remedy now.

Below is a form for interested reviewers for Quiet Kids, my upcoming nonfiction book. I know several of you had input into the book in one way or another. Why not sign up to review it and see how it all turned out. Also, you can let me know if you want to be part of the tour.

 I can't wait to hear what everyone things about the book!

Oh! And there are still a couple of days to enter the giveaway celebrating the release of the Girl Guide. Up for grabs...
a $100 gift certificate and books! Click here to enter

Author Spotlight: Kimberly Ann Miller

Welcome to another Author Spotlight! Today I am featuring another fabulous Spencer Hill author - Kimberly Ann Miller

TRIANGLES by Kimberly Ann Miller (Spencer Hill Press, June 2013)

A cruise ship. A beautiful island. Two sexy guys. What could possibly go wrong? 
In the Bermuda Triangle—a lot. 
Hoping to leave behind the reminders of her crappy life--her father's death years ago, her mother's medical problems, and the loser who’s practically stalking her--seventeen-year-old Autumn Taylor hops on a ship with her sister for a little distraction. When she wakes up in the Bermuda Triangle, she fears she's gone nuts for more than one reason: that loser’s suddenly claiming they're a happy couple... a hot guy is wrapping his arms around her and saying "Happy Anniversary"... and suddenly, she’s full of bruises, losing her hair, and getting IV medication. Autumn visits the ship's doctor, hoping for a pill or a shot to make the craziness go away. Instead, she's warn…

Upcoming events I HAD to share...

Hi everyone!
I am off today, chaperoning a group of 100+ middle school band kids at Disneyland. Did I mention that it is a special "open 24 hrs" day at Disney. Yea, CHAOS!!!

While I am busy herding cats, I mean hanging with Middle Schoolers, I wanted to share TWO upcoming events that I am SUPER excited about...

First - a Google Hangout Mother-Daughter event with my new fav mom's group - Working Mom's Against Guilt. The event is on June 1 at 4-5 PDT. Here is the blurb:

The moms at Working Moms Against Guilt are thrilled to announce our first-ever live online event! Saturday, June 1, we’ll be hosting a Google Hangout with Christine Fonseca, author of THE GIRL GUIDE: FINDING YOUR PLACE IN A MIXED-UP WORLD.
We’re calling our event the WMAG Mother/Daughter Book Club—Girls’ Night In! Moms, this is a chance to spend some quality time with your tween/teen daughters, getting expert advice on finding your authentic voice and dealing with common challenges such as bullying and f…

Bookanista Review for Dead Silence by Kimberly Derting

It's Bookanista Thursday and time for a new review. Before I get to my review, I wanted to let you in on a little secret...the Bookanistas are revamping the logo, the blog and more. Be sure to check things out next week for complete deets.

Now, about this week's review: I am reviewing Kimberly Derting's DEAD SILENCE, the latest Body Finder book. Before I get to that though, check out the other Bookanista reviews this week:

Elana Johson is enthralled by CROWN OF EMBERS by Rae Carson Stasia Ward Kehoe is mesmerized by GRAVE MERCY by Robin LaFevers Christine Fonseca  adores DEAD SILENCE by Kimberly Derting Corrine Jackson revels in ALONG FOR THE RIDE by Sara Dessen Katy Upperman is charmed by QUINTANA OF CHARYN by Melina Marchetta Kimberly Sabatini is touched by TARNISH by Katherine Longshore Lenore Appelhans  loves The Originals by Cat Patrick 
On to my Bookanista Shout out for DEAD SILENCE by Kimberly Derting:

Release Date: 04/16/2013

Basic Blurb: (from Amazon)

Sometimes the Dead Can&#…

Chasing Success - More or Less...

Happy Wednesday All! This time around, this round's topic started with Cole, who asks:
How do you define success? Is it getting published, making the New York Times list, or just finishing a novel?This is a hard one for me, actually, as it changes on what seems and feels like an hourly basis. Originally, success was just completing a novel. These days, with looming deadlines I am not making, I would probably kill to just finish up some projects (okay, not really - but you get the point). 

After I had written a few things, it was about getting published. And then about getting decent distribution. And success has always involved readers enjoying my words. I think success means a combination of all of those things.

I have lofty goals for myself, so I suppose success means the accomplishment of those goals. But is also means being satisfied with my career and where it is going. 

And that, perhaps, is the true meaning of success for me - feeling satisfied with my journey in all …

An Intermittent Hiatus

Hi all -

I've hit that time of year when my schedule explodes and my sense of overwhelm becomes extreme. I've got two major deadlines creeping up too fast, along with tying up loose ends at work as I prepare for a little job change. All of this equals being insanely busy.

So, as I wrestle to hit a few deadlines and clean out my desk at work, I just wanted you to know that I may be a little more scarce around the interwebz.

Hope all of you are FABULOUS!

Fiction Friday: Sharing a NEW snippet of Dominus

Happy Friday! I am especially excited today. Not only is it Friday, but I am down to just over a month before summer vacation and a little change to my day job that will give me significantly more time for my writing and such. I am so dang excited about that...

Today, I thought I'd share a little bit more of Dominus, the final book in the Requiem Series. This book is told from both Nesy's and Lilith's POV, and this excerpt features Lilith:


            Smokey black tendrils snake away from Lilith and encircle Aydan, weaving through the chains that bind him in place. His eyes, black and lifeless, no longer reflect any hint of his past. No amber color streaking through the dark orbs, no sublet glint that speaks of his angelic origins. He growls, snapping his fang-like teeth and clawing at the smoke.             “Now, now, Aydan, my pet. Is that any way to greet your Master?” The smoke coils back into Lilith as she assumes her familiar shape. Long dark hair, cut in angular st…

A Moment of Reflection: Looking back at the last 5 years...

Wednesday is "tip" day and since I am feeling very nostalgic, I thought I'd talk about taking a moment to reflect on the journey we are on as artists. As I mentioned on Monday, my sixth book came out this week. Somehow I've managed to miss the impact of this to me...


That is crazy! If you had asked me several years ago if this journey would have resulted in three fiction and three nonfiction books, I am not certain I'd have believed you. Yet, here I am.

Like most writers, I live in a state of angst most of the time, measuring my progress by how far I still have to go to achieve my goals. That's silly! So today I wanted to share my journey in the hopes it might inspire me - and you - to stay the course. I have a long way to go still, but wow....I just published my sixth freakin' book!

I started writing with the intent of publishing in May 2008. By August 2008, I had penned my first novel. It was junk. Yep. SERIOUS junk. The rest of my timeline w…

The Girl Guide Release PARTY!!!

HOLY COW! I can't believe the Girl Guide is OFFICIALLY out this week. I know a few of you have found it out in the wild and a few have received your pre-ordered copies. But now it is out for the world. Okay, tomorrow it is actually out.

As many of  you know, this book is special to me. It contains everything I would - and have - told my girls about growing up a strong woman. At a time when women's rights continue to be threatened in places in the world, and girls are getting bombarded with mixed messages about how they are supposed to act, I think the book has an important message.

Another reason I am thrilled for the book, is the advice contributed by some of the most amazing women I am privileged enough to call friends. Called "Notes to Self" in the book, these little nuggets are amazing. Thank you to the
following list of women who shared their words and advice:
Mona Chicks, Paula Earl, Rebekah Graham, Erin Hastedt, Stasia Kehow Ward, Jessi Kirby, Shelli Johannes, He…

Bookanista Review: MILA 2.0 and a giveaway

It's Bookanista Thursday and time for a new review. This week I am featuring fellow Bookanista Denra Driza's MILA 2.0. But before I get into the review, check out what the other Bookanistas are up to (and be sure to read the end of the review for a special giveaway):

Christine Fonseca  marvels at MILA 2.0 by Debra Driza – with giveaway! Corrine Jackson is blown away by BRUISED by Sarah Skilton Elana Johson  buzzes about STUNG by Bethany Wiggins Stasia Ward Kehoe fawns over THE FIFTH WAVE by Rick Yancey Jessica Love raves about THE RULES FOR DISAPPEARING by Ashley Elton Shannon Messenger  shares an exclusive excerpt from INSOMNIA Tracy Banghart swoons for THE NAME OF THE STAR by Maureen Johnson Lenore Appelhans celebrates 17 AND GONE by Nova Ren Suma

On to my Bookanista Shout out for MILA 2.0 by Debra Driza:

Release Date: 03/12/2013

Basic Blurb: (from Amazon)
Mila was living with her mother in a small Minnesota town when she discovered she was also living a lie. 

She was never meant to lear…

The Delete Button: What to do with overused words...

Happy Wednesday All! This time around, I started the topic with this question:
What are your "go-to" scenes or phrases? You know, the ones you have to remind yourself NOT to use too frequently? What do you do to keep yourself from being overly reliant on them? Obvious, since I wrote the question, this is something that happens to me. A LOT. Being a writer that tends to write toward the overly emotional and dramatic, I am constantly having to be vigilant regarding my use of physical descriptions to "show" my emotions. Clenched fists, tossing stomachs, tight shoulders - these are all things I have a tendency to overuse.

In addition to a few phrases or feelings that tend to repeat throughout my books, I have certain scenes that manage to show up - someone falling off a cliff, an explosion or fire, a specific kind of dream. I am always having to be on the lookout for these as I write, desperately trying to not have then in every book! LOL.

For me, staying away form thes…

Author Spotlight: Lisa Amowitz and Breaking Glass

I am so excited to be featuring Lisa Amowitz and Breaking Glass for today's Author Spotlight. Lisa and I have been internet buddies forever, and I am thrilled she is offering an Author Spotlight Double Feature with Lisa Amowitz and Lisa Gail Green.

First up, Lisa Amowitz and her upcoming release, Breaking Glass: 

BREAKING GLASS by Lisa Amowitz (Spencer Hill Press, July 2013)

On the night seventeen-year-old Jeremy Glass winds up in the hospital with a broken leg and a blood alcohol level well above the legal limit, his secret crush, Susannah, disappears. When he begins receiving messages from her from beyond the grave, he’s not sure whether they’re real or if he’s losing his grip on reality. Clue by clue, he gets closer to unraveling the mystery, and soon realizes he must discover the truth or become the next victim himself.

Goodreads giveaway:…

Anguish and Betrayal, Love and Sacrifice. Time to share the new Dominus Trailer! (with a giveaway)

I am so excited to be sharing a new book trailer with you today. This baby is from Jeff Somers Productions. Man, was he FAB to work with!!! Thank you, Jeff, for bringing my vision to life.

Before I post the video, here is a little about the final book in the Requiem series, as well as my thoughts on it:

Dominus blurb: "It’s been six months since my memories returned. Six months since Aydan was again ripped away from me. Six months since I broke a piece of my best friend’s soul.Six months...”
Nesy has found her memories, her life. Now all she wants is to forget and be human. Only human. But fate holds a different destiny. Forced into a war she wants no part of, Nesy is put to the test in ways she never thought possible as she seeks to fix the mistakes she has made. And the mistakes of her former master, Mikayel. Will she be the Sentinal she was destined to be and put an end to the fighting once and for all? Or will she fail and send humanity into slavery? The future of three worlds …

Debt Collector Blitz and GIVEAWAY!

I am thrilled to be part of Susan Kaye Quinn's book blitz celebrating the Debt Collector Series:

Book & Author Details:

Debt Collector by Susan Kaye Quinn
Series: Debt Collector, Serial 1-3
Publication date: 2013
Genre: NA Future-Noir
Synopsis: EPISODES 1-3 (Delirium, Agony, Ecstasy) of the Debt Collector serial. Contains mature content and themes. For young-adult-appropriate thrills, see Susan's bestselling Mindjack series.

What's your life worth on the open market? 
A debt collector can tell you precisely.

Lirium plays the part of the grim reaper well, with his dark trenchcoat, jackboots, and the black marks on his soul that every debt collector carries. He's just in it for his cut, the ten percent of the life energy he collects before he transfers it on to the high potentials, the people who will make the world a better place with their brains, their work, and their lives. That hit of life energy, a bottle of vodka, and a visit from one of Madam Anastazja's sex worker…