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New Giveaway from BookSweeps!

Earlier this year, Janette Rallison (one of my favorite authors) participated in a BookSweeps giveaway and it looked so exciting I just had to try it! The grand prize winner gets 54 YA science fiction/fantasy books, an eReader, and everybody receives free eBooks just for entering. I so want to enter! But I’m guessing that’s not allowed since I’m one of the participating authors (did you find Elissa Blue?). Luckily, you have so such restriction! Just click on this link: http://bit.ly/yaSFF-dec17

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I have cover art for Book 2!!!

Tonight I picked up the two paintings that will become the cover art for Lexi Monarch: Book Two of the Winged! I am so excited! When I look at the face that the very talented Angela Bruggeman painted, I think: “Yes! That’s what Lexi looks like!” It is such a joyful feeling to see the character I imagined come to life in paint! ๐Ÿ˜€ Giddy happy dance!

First school assembly!

Thank you Patricia Acosta for taking the picture! ๐Ÿ™‚

Okay, not really my first, but it is the first school assembly where I was invited to talk about my book, writing, and publishing. ๐Ÿ˜Ž It began with inquisitive kindergartners who desperately wanted to touch the cover painting and take a business card (oh well, I had lots). The older kids seemed to enjoy it, especially once I broke out the candy (at the beginning; I’m a briber). Inviting them to practice their fake laughs so they could describe what it sounded and looked like may have been a bad idea—waving the remaining candy was required to restore calm. Note to self for next time: handouts create commotion, freebies create pandemonium (save them for the very end!). Not sure if I’ll get a chance to do it again, but it sure was fun! ๐Ÿ˜€

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First book signing!

Thank you Waucoma Bookstore and the Columbia Arts Center for hosting my first book signing! It was so fun ordering the big pile of books, having cards printed, and then a last-minute shopping trip for butterfly paraphernalia. My daughter set up my display while I drove around the block praying for a parking spot in the pouring rain. I made it back just in time–if a little damp–and sat down next to my fellow author, Stephen Holgate, who was really entertaining. He chatted easily about his book with everyone who stopped by, while I struggled to do the same. Somehow sitting behind that table with a stack of my books in front of me felt very much like a lemonade stand of my youth. Bless my sweet friends who eased the social awkwardness by stopping by and letting me forget what I was doing for a bit!

Book Three has begun!

In the wee hours of this morning, I finally started writing a story that has been churning in my head for years. Granted, I’ve only written the first page, but Book Three of The Winged series has officially begun! And I was so giddy about it, that I considered waking up my family and making them read it. But it was 2:15 a.m., so I resisted (such self control!).

Why am I writing Book Three when Book Two of The Winged isn’t published yet? Because Book Two is currently in the hands of my clever and insightful beta readers; I’m waiting on their feedback before I do any more editing. But not to worry, Book Two is coming soon!

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Book Two is Done! Sorta :)

Giddy squee! I just finished my first draft of Book Two!!! And it only took me seven years! No, it doesn’t normally take that long. I just stopped writing Book Two so I could edit and publish Book One, and then I got a little distracted by life. So thank you to all those who have read Elissa Blue: Book One of The Winged, and keep asking me when Book Two is coming out. Apparently I need that kind of pressure to get it done. On to editing! ๐Ÿ˜€

I’m on fire (figuratively)!

Summer went out in a blaze of glory! Okay, it was just a blaze. Actually, it’s a really big forest fire that may or may not burn my house down. Good times. Outside the air is so smoky it’s like breathing chalk (please don’t be imagining me with a piece of chalk up each nostril). But! I have found time to write every day lately, and it feels wonderful! I still don’t know quite how book two of The Winged series is going to end, but I think I’m almost there. If I’m not, it’s going to be a very long book as it’s already well over 100,000 words! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

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Library Epiphany

When I was young, my mom took us to the library often, and I would always walk to the check-out with a pile of books so high that I had to use my chin to keep from dropping them all. Those stacks were my treasure for the next three weeks as I devoured each one of them. I still can’t bear to leave the library without at least three books, and until I’ve acquired them, I walk among the stacks tapping the spines of my favorites in a silent salute to our adventures together. Today, I was delighted to discover Elissa Blue among their ranks. Having my book placed alongside the prolific James Patterson only made it more surreal. I may have written and published a book, but somehow it’s still a shock to see it residing casually with the other books, looking like it belongs.ย ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

p.s. Even if your library doesn’t yet have a copy of Elissa Blue, in the U.S. you can use interlibrary loan to borrow this one.

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Today is a good day :)

Sometimes discouragement gets the better of you as a writer, but today is a good day. The local book store and arts center requested a picture of my book cover and me to start advertising their Literary Festival/book signing, I have new reviews on Amazon and Goodreads, and the delightful Ash the Bookworm just designated Elissa Blue as the most beautiful book cover (https://ashthebookworm.wordpress.com/2017/08/13/beautiful-book-covers-tag/). ๐Ÿ˜€ This trifecta of good news comes at the perfect time as I’ve been feeling anxious about not having book two finished yet, and even had stress dreams last night about it. I thought summer was going to afford me multiple writing hours a day, but it just hasn’t happened. I need to start sleeping less (3 hours a night is plenty, right?) or invent time travel so I can still publish the second book in December. But I will not worry about that now, because today is a good day.

P.S. Forever thanks to Julie Jentzsch for this amazing cover. Your beautiful art gave me the courage to publish.

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Freebie Fridays

The past few weeks, I have been doing Freebie Fridays on my Facebook author page—where I give away copies of Elissa Blue along with two of my favorite books every Friday. It gives me a chance to share some of my all-time favorite books as well as Elissa Blue (naturally also a favorite ๐Ÿ˜€ ). I get so excited once I finally settle on the week’s three fabulous books that the giveaway usually begins late Thursday night. This week I’m even more out of control. I reasoned that since it’s already early morning in India, why not begin now? So here it is, 5:00 p.m. on a Thursday and I’m already calling it Freebie Friday. Can’t stop me! ๐Ÿ˜†

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