Friday, August 30, 2013

Feed Your Kindle: Huge .99 Sale!

Happy Labor Day Weekend to my US friends. I am planning to spend the time shopping, celebrating my youngest's B-day (belated) with a family BBQ and swimming, and working on Dominus. All in all, it'll be fab! I will also be finishing preparations to launch my website and reveal my rebranding next week. To celebrate with all of you I have exciting news:

LACRIMOSA, LIBERA ME, and TRANSCEND (Semi-finalist in the Kindle Book Review 2013 Indie Book Award) are only $0.99 for Kindle THIS WEEKEND ONLY!!! That's right, you can feed your Kindle with my titles for only 0.99 each!!!

Here is the scoop on the books:

All seventeen-year-old composer Ien Montgomery desires is an escape from his family's rigid expectations for his life; someone to inspire his music. When he meets a beautiful violin-prodigy, Kiera McDougal, his life music takes on new life. With her, he imagines a future outside of his parents’ control. That is, until a horrible accident tears them apart. 

Sent to die in a sanatorium, Ien’s obsession for Kiera grows unbearable. Tortured by thoughts he can’t escape and the truth of his monstrous disfigurement, he flees, desperate to exact revenge on the people that ruined his life – his parents. But, vengeance is empty. Betrayed by those closest to him, Ien discovers that the price for his happiness may be his sanity.

Set amidst the landscape of New York's Gilded Age, and inspired by Phantom of the Opera, TRANSCEND exposes the fine line between love and madness.

**Includes Extra Material - Ien's Love Letters**

0.99 (for Kindle) On Amazon  (regularly $2.99)

LACRIMOSA - Requiem Series Book #1

Some sacrifices should never be made, even for love.
Nesy is the best of an elite group of angels, warriors called Sentinals, charged with one job—vanquish the UnHoly. She’s never made a mistake, never gotten emotionally involved, never failed.
Until she comes face-to-face with Aydan.
He is evil incarnate. A fallen angel that feeds off the souls of others. Everything Nesy is supposed to hate. But she can’t, because he’s also the human love of her life; a love she was never supposed to feel.
Now she must choose between doing her duty or saving Aydan, a choice that will cost more than her life...
Or his soul.

**Includes Extra Material - DIES IRAE, a Requiem Short**

0.99 (for Kindle) on Amazon

LIBERA ME - Requiem Series #2

The line between good and evil has never been so blurred.
Aydan wants to believe Nesy has returned to him in Vanessa. But her lack of memories and incessant nightmares begin to erode his faith. Zane is used to trusting his mind, his wisdom and his angelic senses. But these attributes are no help with Vanessa. He has no way to be certain of her true identity. That is, unless he listens to the one thing he has refused to acknowledge throughout his existence - his feelings for Nesy. 

Blind to both angel and demon, Aydan and Zane must now figure out the truth behind Nesy's identity before all is lost, Azza discovers the truth and the Beast is again unleashed. 

**The special second edition includes the Requiem Shorts Mea Culpa and Enigma.**

0.99 (for Kindle) on Amazon    (regularly $2.99)

This sale lasts only through Monday! So get your copy today and let's see if these books can hit the top 100 lists!!!
Thanks for all of your support!

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Bookanista Review: Darkest Mercy by Melissa Marr

It's Bookanista Thursday and time for a new review. Today, I am thrilled to be talking about DARKEST MERCY by Melissa Marr. I know, I know - the book isn't a new release, but man, I LOVE Melissa Marr! 

More on that in a moment. First, let's see what the rest of the Bookanistas are up to:
On to my Bookanista Review of DARKEST MERCY by Melissa Marr:

Release Date: 02/22/2011

Basic Blurb: (from Goodreads)
Send the messengers for the Faery Courts. This is the end. 

The Summer King is missing; the Dark Court is bleeding; and a stranger walks the streets of Huntsdale, his presence signifying the deaths of powerful fey.

Aislinn tends to the Summer Court, searching for her absent king and yearning for Seth. Torn between his new queen and his old love, Keenan works from afar to strengthen his court against the coming war. Donia longs for fiery passion even as she coolly readies the Winter Court for battle. And Seth, sworn brother of the Dark King and heir to the High Queen, is about to make a mistake that could cost his life.

Love, despair, and betrayal ignite the Faery Courts, and in the final conflict, some will win...and some will lose everything.

The thrilling conclusion to Melissa Marr's New York Times bestselling Wicked Lovely series will leave readers breathless.
Why I liked it: 
I have loved this series for the first word of the first book. This fabulous final book is no exception. Everything from the setting, to the characters, to the plot more than met my expectations in this wonderful conclusion to what I consider one of the best series of the last five years. And yes, I am pretty much a fangirl for Melissa overall - she is just a suburb writer who understands what it means to craft a story! If you haven't read her stories of the Fae, please run to your nearest bookstore and start. These are fabulous.

What are you guys reading these days? 

Oh! And in different news, I am revealing some exciting news and a new look over the weekend. Stay tuned...

    Friday, August 23, 2013

    My FIRST TV Segment

    I am so excited to share my first TV segment talking about social media and introverted children. It aired LIVE yesterday on UT-TV 's Primetime with Taylor Baldwin. It was the best experience. Everyone made me feel so comfortable and the segment was FABULOUS! I am working on a follow-up segment with Taylor and am thrilled.

    Here is the link to the segment. Check it out and tell me what you think.

    Oh! And another piece of news - Quiet Kids will be hitting shelves slightly early (end of Sept) and featured on the front tables with new non-fiction books starting Oct 8. What a fabulous Birthday present (my birthday is Oct 7).


    Wednesday, August 21, 2013

    Movie adaptations: Love 'em or hate 'em

    Hey everyone! As I mentioned last week, my blogging is scarse as I get back into the groove with the end of summer vacations and the start of a new school year.

    Things are going fabulously behind the scenes, with updates to the website and blogs, new books in nonfiction and fiction being planned out, and the completion of my Requiem Series. I will say, I think Dominus may be my favorite installment in the series yet!!! But more on that in future posts. Today is about the Blog Chain and a new topic.

    Today's topic is brought by Michelle, who asks:

    What is your favorite book-to-movie adaptation? Why? What's your least favorite and why?

    I am a huge movie fan! Like HUGE. Something about seeing a story come to life on the big screen with all of the music, visual effects, etc - I just love it. This is not to say, however, that I love every book-to-movie adaptation. In fact, most of the time I don't.

    Let me clarify that...most of the time I have to treat the two genre's completely separate from one another. When I do that, when I can go to the movie with no expectations derived from the book - that is when I can really enjoy each medium for what it is. The book for the skill of the author, and the movie for the interpretation in film.

    Not all adaptations are horrible in my mind. Take the last couple of Harry Potter movies. I actually enjoyed HP 6 (pts 1 and 2) very much. I could "feel" JK Rowlings signature in the script and really felt like the movie captured the book, bringing the story to many who would not read the book outright.

    Eragon, on the other hand, was a mess. The movie, though perfectly enjoyable on its own, significantly short-changed the book, leaving out what I felt were critical elements of the plot. Twilight is another movie that I felt missed the mark (don't throw things at me - this is only an opinion). The depiction of Edward's skin was enough to make me laugh out loud (not exactly appropriate at a theatre). The Host, too, was a miserable disaster in film, I think.

    All in all, capturing a book on film is not always an easy thing. Books, by their nature, are complex and don't always lend themselves to film. But, when it is done right, when the material is used to inspire, it can be phenomenal. For me, however, adaptations will always be something I have to take as its own entity, trying hard NOT to compare them to their book counterparts.

    What about you? What are your thoughts about theme? For more on this topic, check Sandra's post from yesterday and Katrina's tomorrow

    Thursday, August 15, 2013

    Bookanista Review of UNRAVEL ME by Tahereh Mafi

    It's Bookanista Thursday and time for a new review. Today, I am talking about Mahi's fabulous sequel to SHATTER ME, UNRAVEL ME. But before I get to that, here is the list of other reviews today (and yes, it is a small list with WRITEONCON and school starting):
      On to my Bookanista Review of UNRAVEL ME by Tahereh Mafi

      Release Date: 02/05/2013

      Basic Blurb: (from Amazon)
      it's almost
      time for war.
      Juliette has escaped to Omega Point. It is a place for people like her—people with gifts—and it is also the headquarters of the rebel resistance.
      She's finally free from The Reestablishment, free from their plan to use her as a weapon, and free to love Adam. But Juliette will never be free from her lethal touch.
      Or from Warner, who wants Juliette more than she ever thought possible.
      In this exhilarating sequel to Shatter Me, Juliette has to make life-changing decisions between what she wants and what she thinks is right. Decisions that might involve choosing between her heart—and Adam's life.
      Why I liked it: 
      I have a confession to make - I struggle sometimes with series, losing interest half way through the second book if the characters aren't growing. That was NOT the case with this book - not even close. I loved everything about this second book - maybe even more than I loved the first one. I loves the action, the writing, the story and the characters. This is a compelling read that should not be missed!

      What are you guys reading these days? 

        Wednesday, August 14, 2013

        What's in a Theme

        Welcome to another installment of the Blog Chain. I totally goofed up and was supposed to post on this last week. But...well...the road trip sorta prevented that. So, better late then never, right?!?

        Today's topic is brought by Kate, who asks:

        This I believe. Do you find yourself repeating certain themes in your writing? Can readers glean what you believe in or some of your life philosophies from reading your work?

        Ah yes, themes. Defined by Miriam-Webster as a specific topic of artistic expression, themes are what transform a story from a 2-dimension stream of words into something more. At least, that is how I look at it.

        Those of you who know me know that I am a pretty deep thinker. I have a huge philosophic aspect to me and am regularly looking for the deeper meanings of things - the themes. This definitely shows in my writing. Whether I am writing a story about forbidden love, taking the reader on a dark psychological journey, or commenting on the joys of becoming a teen, each one of my stories deals with the theme of authenticity in some way - coming to terms with who you are at your core and accepting yourself. Even in my nonfiction, my focus in on authenticity and acceptance.

        I attended a SCBWI conference a few years ago and heard a wonderful writing talking about themes. She said that she believed that all authors really only have one theme that tends to resurface throughout their work in various ways. I think this is probably true. At least for me.

        I wanted to leave you with a quote or two from authors I admire:

        "If a theme or idea is too near the surface, the novel becomes simply a tract illustrating an idea." - Elizabeth Browning
        "To produce a mighty book, you must choose a mighty theme." - Herman Melville
        I would be remiss to leave this post without also saying that I do not think theme is something you must know BEFORE drafting your story - rather it is something found in the process of revising and rewriting. For me, I am never certain what my theme is until my characters have woven their story around me and I have written it down. It is only in the revising that the theme is revealed - and it is almost always consistent with my personal theme of authenticity.

        What about you? What are your thoughts about theme? For more on this topic, check out Katrina's post last week.

        Tuesday, August 13, 2013

        Yep...I'm Back (more or less)

        Hi all! I was supposed to be back to regular blogging on Monday, 8/12. But, I extended the hiatus a bit to accommodate starting the new school year. In fact, I have decided to put off the relaunch of my social media sites for the same reason. Yes, I will be intermittently blogging for the next two weeks. But, I will be doing a large relaunch, with new branding on my website, new content across platforms, etc on Sept 1.

        Until then,  I will continue with some book reviews, updates and misc posts. Enjoy the end of summer everyone!