Showing posts from March, 2013

Foto Friday~ Dealer of Words


Writers on Wednesday~ Christine Fonseca

Welcome Christine Fonseca today! She's written quite a few books, both fiction and non-fiction. Christine helps many people with her books and website.

Enjoy the post today!

Is there one book or author who changed your life/viewpoint/writing? - I am continually inspired by writers. In terms of ONE who maybe changed things for me, it would have to be Christina Katz, way back at the very beginning of my career. She wrote a book called Get Known Before the Book Deal. This book changed my opinion and understanding of the industry completely. I have not yet had a chance to take one of her classes, but I would really LOVE to!

Give us your elevator pitch. - Yea, I will be honest...I haven't written it yet. I am currently finishing two books under contract - one a nonfiction parenting book, and one the final in a trilogy. After that, I have a very special book I am working on. It is a YA psychological thriller that would be best described as the Black Swan meets Gossip Girl meets The L…

Beehive Book 2013-2014 Nominations ~ local authors

A few local authors made the nominations! (I linked the books I reviewed to the reviews, if you're interested)(which, apparently, isn't as many as I thought. I just added more to my TBR pile!)

The Beehive Book Award 2013-2014 Nominations: Children's Fiction ·         Brixen Witch by Stacy DeKeyser

·         Close to Famous by Joan Bauer

·         The Humming Room by Ellen Potter

·         Icefall by Matthew Kirby

·         Inside Out & Back Againby Thanhha Lai

·         Malcolm at Midnight by W. H. Beck

·         Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage

·         Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George

·         Wonder by R. J. Palacio

·         Zita the Spacegirl, Book 1, Far From Home by Ben Hatke

Picture Books ·         Bink & Gollie: Two For One by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee, illustrated by Tony Fucile

·         Boy + Bot by Ame Dyckman, illustrated by Dan Yaccarino

·         Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs by Mo Willems

·         How to Babysit a Gra…

Spotlight! INEVITABLE by Tamara Hart Heiner (Giveaway!)

Announcing the release of Inevitable, the newest young adult suspense novel by Tamara Hart Heiner!

Visions of death plague Jayne, who thinks watching her boyfriend die is the worst that could happen to her. But when she witnesses a murder, Jayne finds herself caught up in a dangerous world of intrigue and suspense.

As it turns out, she is not the only one doing the stalking. The killer is on to her, and all of her visions of the dying don't reveal how her life will end. Somehow, she must stop the murderer before he arranges Jayne's own inevitable death.

First page
Available on,, Barnes &, and!

After an awesome ebook launch on Facebook, Tamara's trying hard to top that with the paperback. So here's the plan:

1) For the entire month of March, every comment on Tamara's blog gets entered into a drawing to win a HARD COPY of one of her books. (You get to choose which one!)

2) Leave a comment on THIS BLOG for a chance t…

Whitney Finalist Giveaway! EVERNEATH by Brodi Ashton

Congrats to Brodi Ashton. EVERNEATH is Brodi's first book, first whitney finalist and she is up for Best Novel by New Author. Good luck in May.

Have you read this book yet? No? Then you'll want to try and win it here. Just leave a comment on your favorite retelling/adaptation.

Last spring, Nikki Beckett vanished, sucked into an underworld known as the Everneath. Now she's returned--to her old life, her family, her boyfriend--before she's banished back to the underworld . . . this time forever. She has six months before the Everneath comes to claim her, six months for good-byes she can't find the words for, six months to find redemption, if it exists.

Nikki longs to spend these precious months forgetting the Everneath and trying to reconnect with her boyfriend, Jack, the person most devastated by her disappearance--and the one person she loves more than anything. But there's just one problem: Cole, the smoldering immortal who enticed her to the Everneath…

Foto Friday~ A hope, a dream


Writers on Wednesday~ Michael Young

Welcome to Michael Young today! I first met Michael when he was selling his Christmas book, SING WE NOW AT CHRISTMAS which he gave all the proceeds to National Down Syndrome Society. Other awesome people wrote a story for the book, edited and designed the cover...for free.
Awesome, right?

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Is there one book or author who changed your life/viewpoint/writing?
I loved C.S. Lewis growing up. He showed me that you could write fantasy stories that had a deeper, even spiritual meaning.
Give us your elevator pitch.
This is for a book for which I am trying to find a publisher called “Starspire”.
When a stone tower to rival the Empire State Building appears on the fairgrounds overnight, no one suspects that a 13-year old boy is responsible. When Tyson Phelps was two, he swallowed a gem that fell from the heavens and now some of his dreams become reality while others fade.
After many disastrous incidents in Tyson’s childhood, Tyson’s parents keep him home-schooled and away from …

Whitney Finalst Giveaway! FEEDBACK by Robison Wells

Conrats to Robison for being a Whitney finalist! FEEDBACK is the second book in the Variant series. Good luck in May!

It's your turn to read this book and you can win it here! Just leave a comment what superpower you'd love to be have. I would like to have the ability to wiggle my nose and have my house magically cleaned!

Benson Fisher escaped from Maxfield Academy’s deadly rules and brutal gangs.

Or so he thought.

But now Benson is trapped in a different kind of prison: a town filled with hauntingly familiar faces. People from Maxfield he saw die. Friends he was afraid he had killed.

They are all pawns in the school’s twisted experiment, held captive and controlled by an unseen force. As he searches for answers, Benson discovers that Maxfield Academy’s plans are more sinister than anything he imagined—and they may be impossible to stop

Foto Friday ~ Courage


VODNIK by Bryce Moore

Tomas returns to Slovakia where he must first avoid a vodnik, straight out of a fairy tale, who wants to drown him and put his soul in a teacup, and then beat Death to save his cousin's life.

Last line:
"Like I was home."

Fun, educational story full of mythical stories and magic and adventure. Tomas life isn't really normal. He has burn scar that he hates, he almost drown once and now his parents have moved him to Slovakia. But the first day in this new country, Tomas sees creatures he's not suppose to see, like Death. He has no idea the adventure he's come into or the mystery he will have to unravel to save his cousin, Katka.
Katka is sick and Tomas can help her if he can figure out how to work up a potion or spell to help her.
Tomas has a lot of flaws or weaknesses. He's scared of water after he almost drown, he screams any time he's surprised and he's a bit of a wimp. 
But he doesn't quit when he learns he can help his cousin and uncle. He doe…

Whitney Finalist Giveaway! BANANA SPLIT by Josi Kilpack

Congrats to Josi who has TWO books as Whitney finalists. Good luck in May.

If you haven't read this book, or any of the others in this um, series(?) here's your chance to win one. And this one is autographed. Luck you!
Just leave a comment telling us you're favoritest dessert. Mine? Great Wall of Chocolate from PF Chang's. Yumola!

Sadie Hoffmiller has survived eighteen months of nonstop adventures filled with murder, deceit, and danger. She could really use some rest—and maybe even some time to heal—relaxing in the tropical paradise of Kaua'i. However, palm trees and sunshine are not as effective a medication as Sadie had hoped. And when she finds herself entangled—literally—with a dead body, she is forced to face the compounding fears and anxieties that are making her life so difficult to live.

Her determination to stay out of danger and to focus on overcoming her anxieties soon takes a backseat when she meets eleven-year-old Charlie, the son of the woman w…

First Impressions of NOT ME

I'm at two different blogs today:

In High Spirits


Stop over and read a few lines of my MS (I'm querying soon) and see what others First Impressions are of my baby, er, story. Leave your own comments while there!