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Summertime and a little excerpt

Hi all! I did it - I survived the last week of "the job" and have started my long break until fall. It's not a break. really, just a chance to do other things. And yes, the re-release of the Requiem series is one of those things.

Earlier in the week I shared a little scene from Lacrimosa. Not I thought I'd share something from Dies Irae, the Requiem novella that is a prequel to the Lacrimosa story:

The walk to our house is silent. The tension between us grows with every step. I steal a glance at Demi, watching the way she fidgets with the soft folds of fabric wrapped around her body. She looks at the landscape, the ground, her feet. “Demi.” My voice cracks on her name. She stops and finally meets my gaze. “I’m sorry. About earlier.” Demi closes her eyes and releases a shaky breath. “You were right. I shouldn’t have rushed in and left my form. I put us at risk and jeopardized the safety of my host.” She opens her eyes, glaring at me. “You both did.” I take a deep breath, u…

Endure Cover Reveal - Check it Out!

I am so excited to be supporting ling time writerly friend, Laura Diamond as she releases the cover of a new series. SO EXCITING!!! 
Here are some of the basics re the book:
Title: ENDURE (Book One of the Endure Series) Author: Laura Diamond Publication Date: July 12, 2013 Genre: YA dystopian
And the synopsis:
Seventeen-year-old Justin's anemic blood is a blessing. Or a curse. It all depends on who you ask.
To most of the immortal Vie, his blood is a scourge: untouchable and useless. To some Vie, his blood is a drug. To Justin, it’s something that gets him in a lot of trouble. Being poisoned by a Vie is just one example. His sister getting kidnapped is another. Whether it’s being coerced by a deluded cult leader, or negotiating with Alex—an Vie scientist addicted to Anemie blood—Justin struggles to keep every mutated drop of blood he’s got.
His fight for survival gets more complicated when he meets Alex’s slave, Cara. Despite coming from different worlds, they’re both prisoners, at risk o…

The Requiem Series, Second Edition, is almost here...

Well, I am getting closer to releasing the second edition of the Requiem Series. Over the next couple of weeks, I will be sharing some excerpts from the series, releasing the covers, and preparing for the re-launch.

For this edition, I'm redoing the interiors, revamping the cover, rewriting the blurb, releasing a new trailer....so very exciting. I'm even looking into creating an audio version of the series. (what do you guys think of this?) 

Some of you have asked about the new covers. While I LOVE LOVE LOVE the cover for Lacrimosa (thank you Compass Press), I've decided to go in a new direction for the covers and series - something  with a darker Gothic feel. I expect everything to be ready early next week, with the ebook being released about a week or so before the paperback. Be on the look out for some fabulous pricing too! All in preparation for the release of Dominus.

Lacrimosa is also feature the shorts, Dies Irae and Mea Culpa.

In case you haven't read the serie…

New Beginnings

I've been talking a lot about the state of transition I am in, as well as the many changes happening in my personal life, my professional life, my writing life, etc. This week marks the pinnacle of the change!

I spent the weekend rebuilding my website, working on this blog, making notes for changes on my other blogs and social networking sites, and working on blurbs and covers for my fiction. I watched tutorials, read up on certain computer skills and spent hours, literally, learning a few new skills. I thought about my "brand" and what message I wanted to give, as well as what my previous messages have been. I thought about my fiction books, the underlying theme of the stories and what I wanted the  covers to say. I thought about the blurbs, the reviews, and the feedback I've had from readers.

And let me just say that I enjoyed EVERY moment of the busy weekend.

I am planning to unveil everything next week, but you can see the beginnings of the new look here. The new…

Excuse the Mess...

As I mentioned earlier this week, things are changing around here. And part of the changes includes complete rebranding. I am not "new" to rebranding. In fact, I probably redo the website, blog, etc once a year. It isn't that I necessarily want to redo everything that frequently. I just haven't found the right look yet. So I am experimenting a bit.

It will take a few weeks to get everything finished, switched over, etc. So, thanks in advance for your patience as I slowly rework the blog(s) and website.

The goal is to have everything ready in early July - new sites, new covers, etc. Be on the look out for the latest news. Oh! And in case you aren't already signed up to receive the latest news on all of the happenings around here, check out my newsletter and sign up. I will be hosting something special for subscribers in July.
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Bookanista Review of Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

It's Bookanista Thursday and time for a new review. Today, I am gushing over SHATTER ME by Tahereh Mafi. I've had it forever on my iPad waiting for me and WOW!!!

But, before I tell you my thoughts, here are the other Bookanista reviews this week
Shari Arnold marvels at THE MOON AND MORE by Saran DessenTracy Banghart is thrilled by 3:59 by Gretchen McNeilChristine Fonseca shivers over SHATTER ME by Tahereh MafiCarrie Harris and Elana Johnson reveal the cover of SALLY SLICK & THE STEEL SYNDICATE by Carrie HarrisCorrine Jackson is nuts for AU REVOIR, CRAZY EUROPEAN CHICK by Joe SchreiberJessica Love joins the BY BLOOD by Tracy Banghart book blitz – with giveawayShannon Messenger  raves about JELLICOE ROAD by Melina MarchettaTracey Neithercott adores THE ARCHIVED by Victoria SchwabKimberly Sabatini is touched by OUT OF REACH by Carrie ArcosKaty Upperman gushes over THE GIRL GUIDE by Christine Fonseca
On to my Bookanista Review of SHATTER ME by Tahereh Mafi

Release Date: 11/15/2011


The Inspiration of the Visual Arts

Time for another blog chain round, one that starts with a question from Amparo:
Confession: I can't draw to save my life. *sigh* If you had some seriously epic drawing skills (or if you already have them) which published book would you have loved to illutsrate? Why does that book--and its characters/premise--strike you as something you'd love to work on as an artist?

There are many many creative things that I excel at - fashion merchandising and design, home design, choreography, theatrical production, composing and writing among them. You notice I don't mention painting or drawing. I am not a strong artist in that domain. My mother, was, however. Self-taught and amazing, she took the time to pass those skills down to my two children (it absolutely skipped
me, though I am learning to do photo manipulation and visual fx). Mom's work was inspiring and beautiful. She often talked of selling her work, and was approached by galleries throughout her lifetime. But, her own f…

Changes - Part 2

So...I wanted to share a little more info about the upcoming changes to my writing life. For a variety of reasons, my publisher is unable to continue offering my fiction in print. So, after much consideration, we decided to revert the rights for my books back to me and part ways. I will be forever grateful to Compass Press and what they've done for me. That said, I am thrilled about the future...

So...what does this mean for all of you, my readers?

First off, the changes will effect my fiction only. Nothing with my nonfiction will change. You can still get any of those titles through Prufrock Press, in brick and mortar stores and online, in both print and digital formats.

With my fiction, a few things are changing. With the Requiem series, including the shorts, I am revamping covers, blurbs, and putting the books through a light revision, with the goal of re-releasing "second editions" of them within the next month. There will be new pricing, some included NEW scenes, an…

I'm Here .... more or less

Hi everyone! Sorry to disappear but I am knee deep in the last weeks of my current job, a home renovation project that has created a little chaos in my house, and some exciting changes in my writing life (can you say new covers and...)

Needless to say, blogging hasn't been top of my list of to-dos, and likely won't be for a while. But, I will pop in to say hi, tell you about recent reads, and update you as I can on some exciting things coming down the pike.

And yes, tease you a little with the upcoming Dominus.

Happy Summer! What are you guys up to?

Ch-Ch-Changes....

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A Bookanista Review of THE PLEDGE by Kimberly Derting

It's Bookanista Thursday and time for a new review. I am reviewing another one of Kimberly Derting's books this week - THE PLEDGE. This one was sitting in my bookcase for months, and finally...
I read the book! And I am glad I did.

But, before I tell you my thoughts, here are the other Bookanista reviews this week:
Carolina Valdez Miller celebrates 17 & GONE by Nova Ren SumaCarrie Harris awakens you to INSOMNIA by Jenn Johansson…with giveawayChristine Fonseca praises THE PLEDGE by Kimberly DertingCorrine Jackson is wild for WHEN IT HAPPENS by  Susane ColasantiElana Johsoninvites you to herABANDON release par-tay!Katy Uppermanis bewitched byNANTUCKET BLUE by Leila HowlandLenore Appelhansswoons forSTAR CURSED by Jessica Spotswood…with an annotated snippetStasia Ward Kehoeis wild forTHE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER by Stephen ChboskyTracey NeithercotthighlightsWHERE THE STARS STILL SHINE by Trish DollerTracy Banghart raves over JUMP WHEN READY by David Pandolfe


On to my Bookanista…

Summer Flings and Book Signings! WOOT!!!

Time for another blog chain round, and this one is summer-inspired with Katrina's question:
Have you ever written a summer fling? Or are all your fictional relationships the deep, forever kind? If you did write one, how would it begin (the meet cute)? Where would it be set? Give us a few paragraphs sample. 
What a fun question. I will admit, when I first read it, I read "Have you ever HAD a summer fling?". My answer to that is...um....yes! As the question was actually about WRITING a summer fling, I guess that is the one I should answer;)

Surprisingly I have no summer flings in my books. That said, I am working on a fun little project that would/could definitely include a fling. Of course, it would involve a beach, a vacation, a chance meeting. And yes, there would be a monstrous twist....I mean, it isn't one of my stories without one, right?!? Hmm....now I am thinking I need to writing this!

But that is for a different day/time, maybe during the epic road trip this summ…

HAPPY LAUNCH DAY ELANA!!! ABANDON is out in the Wild!

Once again I get to wish one of my dear friends "HAPPY LAUNCH DAY!" Few things make me happier then screaming WOO HOO for Elana Johnson and her books.

Today, Michelle McLean and I decided to get together and applaud her final installment in the Possession Series - ABANDON. Yep, that's right, today is the official launch day for ABANDON. Elana is doing her own celebrating with a scavenger hunt on her blog. Be sure to check it out!

But the celebrating doesn't end there. Michelle and I have our own giveaway too!

First, here is a bit about ABANDON:
seduced by power,broken by control,and consumed by love...
Vi has made her choice between Jag and Zenn, and the Resistance may have suffered for it. But with the Thinkers as strong as ever, the rebels still have a job to do. Vi knows better than anyone that there's more at stake than a few broken hearts. 
But there is a traitor among them...and the choices he makes could lead to the total destruction of everything Vi has fou…

Weekend Chats gone live

Hi everyone! What a whirlwind weekend it was. I am still trying to recover. Between parties, book events and lunches with friends, it was a blast.

One of my highlights was an event with Working Moms Again Guilt (don't you love that name!). I got to chat with the ladies that run the site and their daughter. I wanted to share the event with all of you, so here is the video from the event streamed live on Google +



Those in the So Cal area, I hope you can come out to Barnes and Noble tomorrow night for my signing at the Temecula Barnes and Noble store! Lots of fun things in store for that!