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A Christmas Gift For You....

Merry Christmas! I will be taking the next week off and trying my hardest to stay off-line, not only to spend time with my family but also to finish a couple of projects that need to be done before the new year. Before I leave I wanted to share one of my favorite Christmas stories with all of you. Let this story inspire you and bring light into your world between now and the New Year.
As some of you may know, my mother was a minister. My favorite time of year to watch her at the pulpit was Christmas. Mom loved Christmas — everything about Christmas. Trimming the tree, caroling, and the sermons she would share throughout the season. Her favorite, however, was the candle-lighting service held Christmas Eve at our church. My mother did not create the service – that was done prior to her becoming the faith leader at the church. But she did take the service to a special place, treating it as though it was the sacrament of communion. Indeed this service was a communion in light. Simple, eleg…

Not one...not two...but THREE COVER REVEALS!

Hi everyone! Happy Wednesday. I, for one, can't wait the week to be over. My oldest is home from college in three short days and I couldn't be more excited. But that isn't what this blog post is about.

It's about my shiny new cover. Elana Johnson is helping me out with a cover reveal for my next book, Indie and Proud. But as I was prepping for that post, I realized that isn't the only cover I have ready to share. I have COVER-S. That's right, covers plural. Three to be exact.

CHECK THEM OUT!

INDIE AND PROUDYou did it! You achieved your dream of writing and publishing your book. You should be happy. Instead you feel trapped in an ever-changing publishing race, stressed over the never-ending to-do list, and frustrated with yourself for continuing to doubt your talents, despite achieving your goals.

Face it, being a creative is difficult, and achieving some measure of success in the business doesn’t make you immune to your own fears and doubts. If anything, your ach…

The excitement is building...

Happy Holidays everyone! I can't believe 2014 is nearly over. And with the new year starting, comes all sorts of excitement. New books, new dreams, new goals. All very exciting.

One of my New Year's goals is to be around the blog a bit more. But, that can't happen until I finish up this month and enjoy time with my family.

As I head back into my writing cave and prepare for a CRAZY SIX MONTHS filled with releases and more, I wanted to share some exciting news...

My next nonfiction book, and the first one being released in 2015, INDIE AND PROUD is available for preorder NOW. You'll be seeing the cover blitz around the web this week, along with a few other cool things.

So what's the book about? Check it out:

You did it! You achieved your dream of writing and publishing your book. You should be happy. Instead you feel trapped in an ever-changing publishing race, stressed over the never-ending to-do list, and frustrated with yourself for continuing to doubt your talent…

2015 is going to be EXCITING!

I have so much to share with all of you! The first 6 months of 2015 brings 5 NEW TITLES in both nonfiction and fiction. Yep, that's right...

FIVE
Check it out:


Indie and Proud (Late Jan/Early Feb) - Coaching for writer's to help you stay creative in the midst of the ever-changing publishing landscapeOutbreak, Solomon Experiments #2 (Late Feb) - The anticipated sequel to my Xmen-meets-Bourne Idenity thriller Raising the Shy Child (March) - Coaching for parents and educators on the ins and outs of Social Anxiety Disorder in children and teensVoca Me, a Requiem Novel (April)- You thought Nesy and Aydan's fate was revealed in Dominus? Think again. This story brings more...MUCH MUCH MORE!I'm More Than Gifted(May) - Affective curriculum for small group and classroom use designed to foster EQ in gifted children In addition to these, I have a couple of NEW storylines in the works. What an awesome year, yes?
What releases are you looking forward to?


PRE BLACK FRIDAY BLOW OUT - FREE BOOKS!!!

LAST CHANCE for 2014
TRANSCEND and COLLIDE = #FREE FOR KINDLE!!! 48 hours only Just in time for Holiday Gift Giving, I decided to give you all one last chance to get two of my fan-favorites for #FREE. TRANSCEND and COLLIDE are both #FREE for TWO DAYS ONLY! 

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD TRANSCEND FREE Semi-finalist in Kindle Book Review 2013 Indie Book Awards - Young Adult category "Black Swan meets Phantom of the Opera in this breathe taking psychological thriller"
 ~ Heather McCorkle, Author of To Ride A Puca "...hauntingly dark and achingly  beautiful..."
~ Michelle McLean, Author of Treasured Lies "The writing is lyrical, beautiful. The story...intense and utterly unique"
~ Ali Cross, Author of Become



CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD COLLIDE FREE

"With smart, thoughtful narrative, and non-stop action, COLLIDE is like watching an excellent episode of the X-Files--I didn't want to miss a single second!" - Ali Cross, author of the Blood Crown "Collide is a fast movi…

Where did the month go....oh, yea, I was writing

So, it's been nearly a month since my last post. SORRY ABOUT THAT! My excuse....

Yep, I was writing. I wanted to finish TWO novels this month. I was on track for the first week. But the day job is so insanely busy, it is just not possible for me to get this done! SO....Here I am, very thankful to have made it past the 60K mark and completing NaNo.
Next up - getting back to life with everything else. 
Hope you are all fab and I will be back. I miss you guys!

TRANSCEND is #FREE for 72 Hours Only!

TRANSCEND IS #FREE FOR KINDLE!!!72 hours only Halloween is nearly upon us, and what better way to celebrate than with a SALE on my YA thriller heralded as "hauntingly dark and breathtakingly beautiful". TRANSCEND is #FREE for the next few days. 

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 l…

LAST FEW HOURS . . .

LAST DAY TO GET COLLIDE
#FREE FOR KINDLE!!!


Thank you all for the support with COLLIDE. Today is the last day to get it FREE and I'd love to hit the top 100 before I do (I've come close). Please help by spreading the word.
And if you haven't downloaded YOUR copy, do it today. You only have a few more hours.ACT SOON, though. The deal ends promptly on 10/25. CLICK HERE to get your copy today!

COLLIDE IS FREE!!!

72 HOURS TO GET COLLIDE #FREE FOR KINDLE!!!I am celebrating Fall and the upcoming Holiday season with a few amazing reads - FREE over the next few days. To start with, I bring you COLLIDE, my YAaction-packed, high-octane read. 

"With smart, thoughtful narrative, and non-stop action, COLLIDE is like watching an excellent episode of the X-Files--I didn't want to miss a single second!" - Ali Cross, author of the Blood Crown "Collide is a fast moving, suspenseful thriller full of twists and turns around every bend. An action packed read that will have your heart slamming in your chest and your mind racing until the end." - Brooke DelVecchio, book blogger at thecovercontessa.com

Collide is a Bourne Identity meets XMEN wild ride of espionage, psychic warfare and terrorism. 

AND... For a limited time, you can still pick up the ebook
#FREE on kindle.
CLICK HERE to pick up your copy
From 10/23 - 10/25 ONLY.
"But Christine," you say. "I only have a Nook or my iPad…

Happy Anniversary!!! 4 years, and 9 books later, I'm still here!

I am so excited!  Today marks my 4th anniversary as a published author. 

Emotional Intensity in Gifted Students came out on October 1, 2010. I remember the day distinctly. It was a small little educational title that was supposed to sell in a tiny niche. My agent at that time was Krista Goering. She believed in the product, and I believed in her. So I promised myself I would do anything and everything possible to make this book a success. I scheduled a twitter party (Thank you Deborah Mersino) for #GTCHAT, had a blog tour and a signing, not to mention book chats scattered throughout the week, and BAM.....

the book was completely sold out on day 1. Seriously.

That day changed my life!
For the first time, this dream of being published was a reality. I felt on top of the world, like nothing could possibly get in my way or stop me. It is a feeling I return to anytime I question my sanity for staying in this business.

Since that amazing day, I have published three more nonfiction titles with …

Weekend Round-Up: Or, where I spill the news about my upcoming releases...

Okay, I know it is not the weekend YET. But, tomorrow the kids are out of school and I get to spend time getting caught up on things...so it feels like a Friday night right now. Which means, it is time for me to spill the beans and share all my bookish news. This is something I plan on doing once a month or so, as I really want to keep you all up to date with the bookish happenings.

So, let's get started...
NON-FICTION
2015 promises to be an AMAZING time for my nonfiction releases. Here is a recap of what's coming, including news about a brand new book I just CAN NOT WAIT to share:

INDIE AND PROUD: FACING YOUR FEARS AND EMBRACING YOUR PASSIONS THROUGHOUT THE PUBLISHING JOURNEY February 2015
Every writer gets to a point in their path (or many points) when they lose hope, experience fear, and question their passions. This book is all about pushing through the fear, the funk and the doubt and embracing your passions, no matter what where you are with your career. Inspired by the wo…

Big News!!!

HOLY WOW!!!   Where did all the time go? One moment it is early August, and the next September is here. I am so sorry I feel off the blogging planet. To say the start of the school year has been hectic is a serious understatement!

But, that's not why I'm here. I wanted to share all shorts of book-related news. New books coming, award nominations, and lots of non-fiction book escitement: 

It's an exciting time.
So, let me get to it:

UPCOMING NEW SHORT STORY/ANTHOLOGY
You may have heard of a fabulous NEW anthology coming in early October, Strange and Lovely.  The book features fabulous CLEAN paranormal romance stories. Here's a little more about the anthology:

Mermaids, changelings, and ghosts...oh my!

From fae assassins to subjugating the dead, Strange and Lovely is a collection of short stories that seamlessly blends spine-tingling chills and swoon-worthy romance.

This anthology of supernatural creatures from ten talented authors, serves up short stories with heart-stopping…

Wherein I talk openly about the creative mind...

Hi all -

In light of the news about Robin Williams on Monday, I wanted to write a post that has been years in the making really. And a rare one that I decided to post on both of my sites...

Robin Williams' death angered me in many ways, something that made me take pause. I wasn't angry because of the tragedy of it all, but because another creative genius felt there was no way out. And more, I was angry because while his death started a much needed conversation about mental health issues and the stigma attached to those battling with a mental illness, it did not start even a ripple of the conversation I wish it had. Robin Williams was not ONLY and individual who had battled both depression and addiction, he was a genius. His very being meant he was intense.

So much of the conversations in these last days has attributed the creative genius to the mental illness, as though they always go together. But they don't. The intensity DOES. And as a society, we don't accept that …

Help Collide WIN!!!

Help make Collide the Best YA book of 2014 with the Best Cover!
Thank you all for making the release of Collide so fantastic. I appreciate the thoughtful reviews, emails of love and your readership. 

I am happy to announce that COLLIDE is up for the first annual Howey award in the categories of Best Cover and Best YA book of 2014. These awards are determined by popular vote, which is where you come in.

From now until Aug 15 you can vote on your choices in a variety of categories, including best YA book of 2014 and best cover. I'd of course appreciate any and all votes for Collide, but just voting for your favorites is epic too. 

So, follow the links below and show a little Indie Love!

BEST YA INDIE BOOK of 2014

BEST INDIE COVER

I can't win without your votes so please....vote for Collide!


Bye Bye Summer

I can't believe summer is over! That's right, tomorrow I am back at work. Friday, the Hubby goes back, next week the teen starts high school and in a couple of weeks the new-adult starts college. Holy smokes that was fast!

Summer was amazing this year, filled with lazy days of swimming, hiking, and summering. It was also crazy productive with two books completed and edited, two more outlined, a book release, SDCC and parties.

In short, I lived life to the fullest! And that's the take away, isn't it - we should all live life to the fullest, whether it is during the work year, during vacation, or all of the time in between.

So, that's my goal as I start a new year - to live each day fully and completely. To manage my stress BETTER, take better care of my health through my meditation, exercise and healthy living, and to LIVE DELIBERATELY.

What's your take away from summer?

Off to SDCC 2014

Headed out for SDCC 2014 later today. While I am excited to see Diana Gabaldon and Veronica Roth (not to mention Debra Driza and Lydia Kang, internet writing buds), I am really going for my daughter. This trip happens to be celebrating her 18th b-day! I know, pretty cool right. So she has made our schedule, planned which things are MOST important for her to see.

Now, let's hope we are able to see them. And no, I have NO problem being one of the millions who spends the night in line for Hall H or Ballroom 20 just for the chance that my kidlet can revel in her fandomness. #proudmomofagreatnerd

See you all on the flip slid. And yes, there will be pictures - of course!

Giveaway Winner(s) and The Upcoming Weeks

Happy Sunday all! I can't believe the end of summer is in sight. I am back at work in just over two
weeks, and my daughter is off to college (YIKES) in four. What the heck!

Today I thought I'd announce the giveaway winners and let you all know my focus for the upcoming weeks.

First, the winners:Congrats to DORIS who won the ebook of Crux by Julie Reece. A big congrats to BETHANY, the grand prize winner of over 38 books and swag!!!! So fun and such a great way to celebrate the scavenger hunt. If you enjoyed it as much as I, be sure to leave a comment and let me know.

Now, the rest of the summer: The next few weeks are filled with deadlines, Comic Con, birthdays and school stuff. Between it all, I thought I'd get caught up on my book reviews here and on my other blog, An Intense Life. There are so many books I've read lately, ranging from YA to adult to romance to erotica that I would love to share with all of you. Not to mention the countless non-fiction books about gi…

Summer Reads Scavenger Hunt Kicks Off!!!

Welcome to my stop on the Summer Reads Scavenger Hunt, taking place from July 16th - 19th  Not sure what the scavenger hunt is all about? Here are the important deets, including prize info:
The Deets: The Summer Reads Scavenger Huntwill run from TODAY until midnight on SUNDAY (19th July). To enter to win FORTY signed paperbacks by a wide range of authors PLUS $30 worth of Amazon Gift Cards, simply hop around ALL participating stops,collect ALL of the highlighted numbers, add them together, and then go enter the requested details along with your calculated answer in the ENTRY FORM. You can find more information on how the stop works HERE. All stops will direct you to the next place to hop across to. 
And don’t worry if you get lost, because the entire list of participating authors can be found HERE.
The fun doesn't end there. My TOP FIVE list (and highlighted number) is below, along with this a special giveaway just for stopping by!
Let's begin:
My Top Five Places for Summertime Rea…

And the winners are...

And the winners are... Wow! What a great event. Thanks again to everyone who made this so much fun. Here are the winners:

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Next up - the EPIC Summer Reads Scavenger Hunt! This will be huge and is not to be missed. And yes, it's another opportunity to win a paperback copy of Collide (available in two weeks).




Thank you all again for making the release of Collide so great. Thank you , also, for the early great reviews: 
"Collide is a fast paced journey full of adventure, danger, and deceit.""This is life and death, revenge and redemption. You will not want to put this book down.Total 5 stars from me""Christine Fonseca has blown me away yet again.""Fast Paced, Action Packed Compelling YA/Na Paranormal Suspense Leaving All Readers Thirsty For More!"
I can't tell you how much your kind words mean to me! I hope all of you get a chance to pick it up and read it. 

See you tomorrow for the SCAVENGER HUNT!

12 MORE HOURS

LAST 12 HOURS
I'm so sorry to see the celebration for Collide's release come to an end. It has been a fun week with all of you. Rest assure that I have MANY MORE releases coming up. Yep, that's right - I have big HUGE plans for the fall and winter. IDK, but all the writing I've been able to do so far this summer has reminded me just how must I NEED to write daily. There is a magic that happens when I make writing a priority - and the result will be more books, more stories, more opportunities to connect with all of you. All FABULOUS things!

But that is all for another day. TODAY is about saying thank you and reminding you to get in on the giveaway while you can!

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So many fabulous prizes for you all! I'll be pulling the winners tomorrow morning and posting results - so be sure to come on back and see the results.

Oh! And don't think this is the last giveaway this year. I am thrilled to tell you all that I'm participating in a Summer Reads S…