Showing posts from February, 2013

Writers on Wednesday~ Ali Cross

Welcome Ali Cross today! Ms. Ninja Writer herself. She's full of wisdom and style and funness!

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Is there one book or author who changed your life/viewpoint/writing?
Desi’s story is the only one that changed me. I actually probably “love” some of my other books more than Desi’s, but they haven’t been “life changing”. Desi’s story taught me that I’m okay just the way I am—even though what I am is different than what I perceive to be expected of me.

Give us your elevator pitch.
The Desolation trilogy is about the devil’s daughter and her desire to be a force for good.

What’s your favorite snack?
Oh, hmm. Are we talking about treats here (mini marshmallows and dark chocolate kisses)? Or savory (crackers and cheese)? I don’t know!

What is your most memorable high school experience?
Ha! I’m gonna go with GOOD high school experience, so I’ll say the time I waited in line to pick up my student ID and realized the boy who’d played the drums in a school rock concert a co…

Whitney Finalist Giveaway! DEMONS by Heather Frost

Congrats to Heather for becoming a Whitney Finalist. And good luck in May.
This is the second book in the Seers triology and I'm giving you a chance to win it! All you need to do is leave a comment about your favorite butt-kicking heroine in fiction. Or if your grandma does a mean round house kick, tell us about that too.

Kate's life is far from normal. She can see Auras, her boyfriend is immortal, and her powers make her a target. But now that the Demon Lord is hunting her, things are about to go from dangerous to truly deadly. Packed with action, mind-blowing plot twists, and characters you can't get enough of, this is a fast-paced, heart-pounding read from cover to cover.

2012 Whitney Award Finalists

What are the Whitneys?
The Whitneys are an awards program for novels written by LDS authors. Elder Orson F. Whitney, an early apostle in the LDS church, prophesied “We will yet have Miltons and Shakespeares of our own.” It is our hope to be a part of that journey toward excellence by honoring the LDS writers also working toward that goal.

(P.S. Want to meet some of these authors?? Register for LDStorymakers May 10 & 11 TODAY. You'll love it.The keynote speaker is Anne Perry and you can sign up just to listen to her.) 
(P.S.S Since there is a Show Your Love contest for the Storymakers, I'm going to have my own. I'm going to give away a few books that are Whitney Finalists starting Monday.)

Have you read any of the books below? What did you think?
2012 Finalists Click HERE to purchase tickets to the 2012 Whitney Awards Gala on May 11, 2013, at the Provo Marriott GeneralDancing on Broken GlassPaigeThe 13th Day of ChristmasA Night on Moon HillThe Rent CollectorKa Hancock…

The Next Big Thing!

Peggy Eddleman tagged me to be part of The Next Big Thing!

1. What is the working title of your current or next book?
     NOT ME

2. Where did you get the idea for that book?
I was free writing a page a day and it formed into sort of a journal of an alleged serial killer. (Yikes!)

3. What is the genre of the book?
YA Thriller

4. If you could pick actors to play the lead characters in your story, who would you pick?
Summer Glau for the main character

Ben Barnes as the love interest 

5. How would you describe you book in one sentence?
  Is Angelica's amnesia a convenient cover for killing her best friends?

6. How will your book be published--submitted through the traditional route to a traditional publisher, or will you be handling it yourself through indie publishing methods?
Traditional route.

7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of this book?
About six months.

8. What other books within your genre are similar to yours?

9. Who or …

Writers on Wednesday ~ Cindy Bennett & Blog Tour

Today, Cindy Bennett is making a stop here on her blog tour for RAPUNZEL UNTANGLED. She has a great sense of humor and uses it in her writing.

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Give us your elevator pitch.
 Rapunzel Untangled is the modern day version of her tale with witches, Facebook, and a charming non-prince.

What’s your favorite snack?
Lately I've been on a Ranch flavored Pringles kick. I know: fake chips, right? And they give me horrendous breath. Still, horrible as they are for me, they're pretty tasty.

What is your most memorable high school experience?
Meeting my husband. He was very outgoing and I was a complete wallflower, so he seemed very intimidating to me at first. He was a well-known football player and I tried to blend into the background, so we were a strange combination. I don't think I spoke more than 3 words to him when we first met, but somehow I managed to convince him to be my boyfriend anyway.

What was the first book that turned you into a reader?
Where the Wild Th…

Paperman Video from Disney

Storytelling. No words. Gray & white with a touch of red.

Foto Friday~Strength, courage, confidence


Writers on Wednesday~ Peggy Eddleman

Peggy Eddleman's debut MG novel SKY JUMPERS is due out in the fall this year! I'm so excited for her.

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Give us your elevator pitch.
Hope is a girl living in a post-apocalyptic town where inventing means everything, but she can't do it. When bandits invade and her entire town is threatened, inventing won't save them, but the daring and risk-taking that usually gets her into trouble just might.

What’s your favorite snack?
Peanut M&Ms

What is your most memorable high school experience?

Performing with the Drill Team during halftime at a football game while it was snowing. Let's just say that our routine turned into an extreme sport, and the run-leap-land in splits finale slid us ten feet forward, like we were sledding. It was the best run-leap-land in splits-sled finale EVER.

What was the first book that turned you into a reader?

I honestly have no idea. I'll tell you which book turned my kids and I into read-together-every-night readers, t…

What's your favorite writing blog?

I have a list of blogs on my review blog, The Book Addict. Every Monday I scroll through the blogs I follow and find posts to read. I call Monday my Education Day; the day I hope to learn something new or remember a tidbit I forgot. I sometimes get ideas about posts, like this one (thanks to Jordan McCollum!).
There are a few blogs I read every week. Do you find you read a certain blog every week or day? WHY? What brings you back again and again?

These five blogs catch my eye on Mondays:

Larry Brooks posts are sometimes lengthy but I've found they are worth the read. I have had many, many, AH-HA moments reading his posts.

Moody Writing
Interesting and in-depth posts about writing.Lots of posts on characters and how to develop them.

Adventures in YA & Children's Publishing
I like this site for two reasons: they promote and review newly release YA books and on Saturday they post the best of the week writing/promoting/trending and news.

Rachelle Gardner
Rachelle has har…

POISON by Bridget Zinn

Sixteen-year-old Kyra, a highly-skilled potions master, is the only one who knows her kingdom is on the verge of destruction—which means she’s the only one who can save it. Faced with no other choice, Kyra decides to do what she does best: poison the kingdom’s future ruler, who also happens to be her former best friend.

But, for the first time ever, her poisoned dart . . . misses.

Now a fugitive instead of a hero, Kyra is caught in a game of hide-and-seek with the king’s army and her potioner ex-boyfriend, Hal. At least she’s not alone. She’s armed with her vital potions, a too-cute pig, and Fred, the charming adventurer she can’t stop thinking about. Kyra is determined to get herself a second chance (at murder), but will she be able to find and defeat the princess before Hal and the army find her?

Kyra is not your typical murderer, and she’s certainly no damsel-in-distress—she’s the lovable and quick-witted hero of this romantic novel that has all the right ingredients to …

Writers On Wednesday~ Regina Sirios

Today we welcome Regina Sirois! She is the sweetest person you'll ever meet!  She was the 2012 winner of Amazon's Breakthrough Novel Award; ON LITTLE WINGS

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Remember when you watched your parents buy your sibling a chocolate chip ice cream cone and you pondered if that was somehow superior to your scoop of chocolate fudge? You waffled between being certain fudge trumps chips and the fear that mom and dad were sending a subliminal message that your sibling is a "chip off the old block" and you're just a block of fudge. There is some deep-seated paranoia that life is a zero sum game. And then some of us are masochistic enough to jump into the impossible... I mean competitive... world of writing and publishing. And we find out that same fear has been biding it's time since we were six, rubbing it's knuckles and waiting for us to show up again and take a beating. Because you rip out your soul and expose your vulnerabilities... I mean you write a…