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Preparing for NaNo with a Break!

Hi everyone! Happy last week of October. I can't believe we've only a couple more months of 2013. Bizarre!

I am taking this week off in preparation for NaNo and a couple of other exciting things. But before I go, I wanted to let you know about two exciting things:

1) I was honored with the Special Achievement Award from the Surrey International Writer's Conference on October 25, 2013. Although I was not there to receive the honor (tied up at the day job and unable to get myself free), I received happy surprise messages throughout the interwebz that made me smile ALL DAY! THANK YOU for that, so very much.

2) I am participating in an ultra-cool project started by the ISFoundation, called the [U] Factor pilot event. Focusing on talent development in youth, this project is amazing in more ways than I can express. I am fortunate enough to be sharing a stage with three amazing individuals - Kim Klinger, the CEO and Co-Founder of the Ian Somerhalder Foundation, Riley Ennis, Darth…

Libera Me is FREE

Wow! What a week! I am thrilled to tell you about another fabulous Freebie in honor of the Crossroads tour and, well, fall I guess:

LIBERA ME, Book #2 in the Requiem Series is FREE for Kindle - (10/24, 10/25, and 10/26 only. )

This is the first time it has been offered as part of the #free Kindle Select days, so it is a GREAT time to get your copy! Just check out some of these recent reviews if you need more convincing:







As for Christine's writing, well, she is truly a poet. ” bhwrn1| 10 reviewers made a similar statement “ One of the short stories at the end of the book Mea Culpa helps explain what happened between Zane and Nesy. ” Bobbi Kinion| 3 reviewers made a similar statement “ Even those that are wary of Angel novels will most likely love this book because it is so much more than just an Angel story. ” Tiffany M.| 4 reviewers made a similar statement

Bookanista Review: BY BLOOD by Tracy Banghart

Time for another Bookanista review. Today, I am bringing you my thoughts on Tracy Banghart's BY BLOOD. I actually read this a month ago or so, but I FINALLY get a chance to talk about it! But first, check out the other Bookanista posts:
Kay Upperman is loving JUST ONE YEAR by Gayle FormanChristine Fonseca is delighted by BY BLOOD by Tracy BanghartJessica Love is traveling with TIME AFTER TIME by Tamara Ireland StoneNikki Katz is wow'd by THE SPECTACULAR NOW by Tim TharpKimberly Sabatini is reveling in THE MOON AND MORE by Sarah Dessen On to my review -

About BY BLOOD by Tracy Banghart (2/16/13)
For 17-year-old Emma Wong, spending a summer in England should be a dream come true. Gorgeous scenery? Check. Lots of hot guys with accents? Yes, please. 
Throw in an estranged mom, annoying new stepdad, and drooling baby half-brother, and it's a disaster even her favorite cherry red leather jacket can't fix. Even worse, there's (hot) live-in research assistant Josh to contend w…

Author Spotlight: Nancy Tillman

I am so excited to bring a slightly different Author Spotlight to you today. When my kids were born, I went out and bought a ton of great books to read to the baby. Perhaps my favorite has On the Night You Were Born.  So, imagine how THRILLED I was when Nancy's publicist sent a little blurb about Nancy and her upcoming books. BEYOND THRILLED would be the most accurate description for how I felt! I just couldn't wait to share a little information about Nancy with all of you:
FUN FACTS ABOUT NANCY TILLMAN:
In total, Nancy’s books have sold approx. 5 million copies so far!
Four of her titles have hit the New York Times Best-Sellers List: 1.      On the Night You Were Born 2.      Wherever You Are, My Love Will Find You 3.      The Crown on Your Head 4.      I’d Know You Anywhere, My Love
It generally takes Nancy 9 or 10 months to complete a book.
I’d Know You Anywhere, My Love features fourteen different types of animals!
Nancy receives equal fan mail for On the Night You Were Born and Wh…

TRANSCEND IS FREE, The Crossroads Blog Tour has Begun, and more...

Happy Monday everyone!
So much information to pass along today, I can hardly contain myself. Let me start with the most exciting thing first:

TRANSCEND, is FREE for Kindle - (10/20, 10/21, and 10/22 only. )

This is the first time it has been offered as part of the #free Kindle Select days, so it is a GREAT time to get your copy! Just check out some of these recent reviews if you need more convincing:

I love the Phantom of the Opera feel to it- it was dark and dangerous and raw. ” Michelle@Book Briefs| 13 reviewers made a similar statement “ The writing is amazing, insperational, poetic. ” Adriana Noriega| 12 reviewers made a similar statement
This book was a Kindle Book Review Indie Bok Award Semi-Finalist and combines the raw psychological twists of the Black Swan with the heart and soul of Phantom of the Opera.

Pick up your free copy for Kindle and decide for yourself!

CLICK HERE to download your copy. Let's see if we can get the book to #1!

That's not the only exciting thing hap…

Working My Craft - Being Brave!

Happy Friday!
I started the year with a goal of working through the book, the Artist's Way. Now, this is a book I've read many times. But, I've never taken the time to work through each of the exercises. I started back in January, and promptly abandoned it when things got too crazy in my personal life.
Okay, that's not 100% true. Actually, some of the exercises tapped into some things I really needed to work through - which is the point! But, I wasn't ready right then to work through them. So, in classic Christine fashion, I "got too busy" and dumped the book. 
But, it wouldn't release me so easily. In fact, it has stayed in my mind ever since. So, since I really have no choice, I am back to the book again, working through each chapter, each exercise. And this time, I am taking all of you with me. If you have the book, why not work through it with me. Do the morning pages, the exercises, everything. On Friday's, I'll recap my experience and my…

Braving the Wilds of Publishing: A Review of Susan Kaye Quinn's Amazing INDIE AUTHOR SURVIVAL GUIDE

Happy Thursday! I'm thrilled to bring an impromptu review of Susan Kaye Quinn's latest book - the INDIE AUTHOR SURVIVAL GUIDE. I knew Susan had been working on this book and let me tell you, I bought it within minutes of finding out it was released. Before I get to why I loved it, here is a little more about the book:


Basic Blurb: (from Amazon)
This book is for every author who's thinking about indie publishing, or has already taken the leap, and wonders why no one told them about the sharks, the life-sucking social media quicksand, or the best way to avoid sales-checking, yellow-spotted fever. This is a guide for the heart as much as the head. And because I promised myself that I wouldn't write a book about how I made a gazillion dollars publishing ebooks, I would write about the fear: owning it, overcoming it, facing it. From a person who didn't pursue a creative life for a long time, and then discovered creativity can set you free. 

Note: gazillion is a technical …

Preparing For NaNo: Five Tips From Someone Whose Finished And NOT Finished

Awe, yes - just over 2 weeks until the crazy that is NaNoWriMo begins. I have been participating in NaNo in some way or another for the last 5 years. Some years I finish, many I have not. And the thing that has made the difference - my level of both organization and commitment. I have learned a few tricks for NaNo: tricks that keep me writing, finishing, and having a draft that is not a complete train wreck! So, I thought I'd share my tips with all of you in the hopes that we all have an amazing NaNo experience this year.

Tell everyone you are writing a novel in November. Then cook plenty of food for the family and warn them that you are basically out of commission for the month!Outline if you want; but don’t worry about trying to do it “right” – just get words on paperNO EDITING! Period!Find writer buddies – online or in person (or both), they will help you get through it all. Set daily goals; if you miss a day, adjust the goals
I didn't finish NaNo last year - didn't even…

COVER REVEAL - VISION by Lisa Amowitz

I'm so excited to be part of the latest news for amazing author and friend, Lisa Amowitz. Spencer Hill revealed this fabulouso cover at last weekend's New York Comic Con - and seriously, HOW FREAKIN' COOL IS THAT???!!!!???

I am thrilled to see and hear all of the good news about her books. Before I reveal the cover, here is a little more about the book:

VISION (Spencer Hill Press, May 2014)


The light is darker than you think… When seventeen-year-old Bobby Pendell begins to have blinding migraines followed by frightening hallucinations, he fears there’s something wrong with him. Then murder rocks his sleepy town and the visions that put him on trail of a killer—also make him the prime suspect. Be sure to add VISION to your Goodreads list here: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18506066-vision?from_search=true

And now - the whole point of the post....

THE FABULOUS COVER FOR.....
VISION
EEP! I can't wait for this to come out! For more about Lisa or her books, be sure to check…

Time for the 4th Annual Spooktackular Hop and Giveaway!

HAPPY ALMOST HALLOWEEN!!! I am so excited for today. From today through 10/31 I am participating in the blog giveaway hop sponsored by I Am A Reader Not A Writer. With more than 350 blogs participating, there are literally TONS of books and bookish things being given away.

For this giveaway, I thought I'd give away a few of my favorite reads! Four to be exact - and all to ONE lucky winner. Just check out what I'm giving away:


THIS IS W.A.R by Lisa and Laura Roecker THE PLEDGE by Kimberly Derting
PARANORMALCY by Kiersten White
GUARDIAN OF THE GATE by Michelle Zink

Entering is easy. Just follow my blog in some way and complete the rafflecopter form! There are a couple of easy ways to get extra entries - but yes, easy peasy! Contest ends 10/31 as is open to the US only.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Way to have some fun...Yes???
CLICK here to see the other fabulous stops on the hop!

99 Cents SALE! 9 HOT Must Reads, and a Giveaway TOO!!!

The temperatures are dropping, and it's a great time to cuddle up with a new book!

So for One Week Only, we've dropped the price on NINE HOT New Releases and Bestselling Titles, and combined them with a chance to WIN Amazon gift cards, ebooks, and more!

Check it out and spread the word~


Get ALL for only 99 cents this week!
QUICK LINKS:

The Only One ** Dominus ** Dragonfly ** Crossing ** ClockwiseR ** Protected ** A Spy Like Me ** The Pack - Retribution ** Untraceable

READERS ARE SAYING...

**The Only One by Magan Vernon -- "Sweet and sexy!! Loved it! This is the type of story you read again and again." --#1 New York Times best selling author Rachel Van Dyken


**Dominus by Christine Fonseca -- "A thrilling end to a fantastic supernatural series!" --Leigh Talbert Moore, bestselling author of The Truth About Faking


**Dragonfly by Leigh Talbert Moore -- "The characters were intriguing, the mystery and story were interesting and definitely have ME WANTING MORE!!!!!!…

Dominus ON SALE

YAY! Dominus is finally out, uploaded and ready to go on Amazon! The final installment of the Requiem series follows Nesy's final confrontation with Azza and Lilith. Will she be able to stop the war that's coming now that she's mortal? And will she be able to save Aydan from himself? So many questions, and so many answers packed in this short, fast paced novel.

To celebrate, Dominus is ON SALE for 0.99. But only through 10/18. Even better, you can get the entire series - Lacrimosa, Libera Me, and Dominus - all for under $3.00. Just look at what readers are saying about the series:
"...the only book(s) you'll need to read to understand sacrifice..."
"...a an emotional ride that keeps you guessing..."
"...about friends, truths, and the fight we find within ourselves..."

Get your set today before prices go up.

Lacrimosa (includes Lacrimosa and Dies Irae)
Libera Me (includes Mea Culpa, Libera Me, and Enigma)
Dominus.

Thanks, everyone, for loving…

Bookanista Review - 3:59 by Gretchen McNeil

Time for another Bookanista review. Today, I am bringing you my thoughts on Gretchen McNeil's latest, 3:59. But first - check out what everyone else is doing:  
Tracy Banghart is breathless for SECOND VERSE by Jennifer WalkupRebecca Behrens roots for BETTER NATE THAN EVER by Tim FederleChristine Fonseca is scared of 3:59 by Gretchen McNeilJessica Love closes THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US by Kasie West
And now - my thoughts on 3:59 by GRETCHEN McNEIL:

About the book:
3:59 (Balzer & Bray) - Sept 17, 2013
Summary (from Amazon):
From Possess and Ten author Gretchen McNeil comes a deliciously eerie science-fiction horror story in the tradition of Lisa McMann's Wake trilogy and the movie Sliding Doors. Josie Byrne's life is spiraling out of control. And just when she thinks it can't get worse, she wakes to an image of herself in the bedroom mirror. Except it's not her at all—the girl in the mirror is blonder and prettier. And her name is Jo. The two girls are doppelgängers whose u…

Finally! DOMINUS Enters The World...

I can't believe. Dominus is FINALLY DONE and headed for publication. I honestly thought it would NEVER HAPPEN!!! 
Dominus is the final installment of the Requiem Series. Here's a little bit about the story:


Sometimes death is the only way to save a life.

Nesy knows who she is now, knows what she's lost. Determined to save Aydan from his fate, she confronts the only one she blames for everything - Azza. But how can she fight the devil when she is nothing more than human? The fate of Celestium, Infernum and humanity rests in Nesy's hands. Can she find the strength to confront demons she's never imagined, face fears she's never voiced, and release the one thing that has held her world together - her love for Aydan?

Some sacrifices should never be made...even for love.

Dominus releases this week (as soon as it is uploaded on Amazon), and for a very limited time will be only .99! 

That's right, for less than a buck you can see how the entire series ends. The price wil…

Celebrating My Birthday with a Special Author Spotlight of Michelle McLean!

Happy Monday! I had a blog post all planned out for today - a chance to celebrate BOTH my birthday AND the release of DOMINUS, the final chapter in the Requiem series. But, as is often the case, life had other plans. I discovered a few little things I'd like to fix in Dominus before releasing it. So...
I am switching things up. Hey, it's my blog - my career. I can do that from time to time. 
I am posting the Author Spotlight today, and the Dominus release info tomorrow. I know, you totally thought I was D-E-L-A-Y-I-N-G the release. NO WAY! I am excited to both get your feedback AND jump into something new.
But that is a post for another day.
Day I bring you my BFF, my CP and an amazing author - Michelle McLean and her most recent release from Entangled, WISH UPON A STAR.

Before I introduce the book, I wanted to share this month's randomness and Michelle's fabulous answers:here are the questions I asked Lisa - and her fabulous answers!
Name your favorite comic book hero or vi…

Swimming Out Of The Muck

If you trolled around the interwebz at all this week, you know that many of us creative types had a rough week. Maybe it was something in the air. Maybe we experienced a collective groan as the daily grind inhibited our creative spirits. Maybe we were just stuck.

If you didn't experience that feeling this week, you likely have had a time in your life when you did - when your creative energy was all but gone.

This was my reality over the last week. It started on Saturday. I was having a party at my house, celebrating my BILs birthday. There was no reason that I could understand for slipping into a funk. But sure enough, by the middle of the day I was overwhelmed, over-peopled, and running on empty. I tried hiding myself a way (thank goodness my family understands my introversion), disappearing for a while. But, it didn't work. The feeling of being "off" lasted throughout the weekend.

The work week started, the routine set in, and still nothing could move me from the a…

Thank You, Tom Clancy

Nothing is as real as a dream. The world can change around you, but your dream will not. Responsibilities need not erase it. Duties need not obscure it. Because the dream is within you, no one can take it away. - TOM CLANCY

I trolled my Facebook feed yesterday, much as I do every morning. Among the news of kids and school, weather and writing, were two different status updates that simply said "Tom Clancy!!!". Not having the time to investigate further, I moved on to other things and the busyness of the day.

About an hour later, my phone vibrated, alerting me to more emails, more updates. Too engrossed in the daily grind to pay attention, I muted the posts and continued with the drudgery of the day. Until one particular post came through. It said "Tom Clancy, dead at 66". I was in the middle of a conversation when my brain clicked into gear and I processed the news.

Tom Clancy was dead.

The man who brought books into my husband's life. The man who taught me the…

Writing Lessons from Ray Bradbury

I was on FB the other morning (shocking, I know), when I stumbled across a status update from another writerly friend commenting about the beauty of Ray Bradbury's writings. She stated that she loved his stories because they were always about more than the plot and characters. His stories tapped into deeper, universal themes, something not always present in YA literature.

I stewed on this for a while. I am a huge Ray Bradbury fan and I love the way he uses fantastical stories to comment on life issues. Like All Summer in a Day and bullying as just one example. I think my friend was right about YA too. We don't always explore deeper themes. Or, when we do, we sometimes approach it head one, making that topic the plot of the story. We don't always use our stories to comment on life and the deep stuff  as Ray Bradbury always does.

Anyway, all of this got me to thinking - what do you as readers and writers do? Are you conscious of themes and tackling deep issues? Is it somethi…

Happy Birthday QUIET KIDS!

I am so happy to announce the official release of my book, Quiet Kids. This book, in addition to being the book I wish I had read as a child, speaks to introversion in children, pulling on the latest research in the area and providing parents and educators strategies to help support introverted children. As most of you know, my writing career started with my books related to gifted children, and while not all gifted children are introverted, a quiet temperament does dominate that particular subgroup of children. Quiet Kids looks at what it means to be introverted in today's noisy world. 

Here is the description of the book:

Being an introverted child is difficult, especially in an ever-increasingly noisy world. Often viewed as aloof, unmotivated or conceited, introverted children are deeply misunderstood by parents, educators and even their peers. That's where Quiet Kids: Helping Your Introverted Child Succeed in an Extroverted World comes in. Designed to provide parents with a…