Tuesday, April 29, 2014

In which we celebrate, OF BREAKABLE THINGS

Guys, guys, guys!! 

Have you heard the news?!

A. Lynden Rolland's stunning debut, 
is out in the wild...TODAY! 

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Here's the Goodreads synopsis to whet your appetite:
A captivating debut about the fragility of life, love, and perspective. When Chase dies tragically, Alex embraces her own mortality. What she didn’t expect was that she’d have to make a choice: forget the years of pain and suffering once and for all, or linger as a spirit and get another chance at life and love. Alex doesn’t hesitate to choose; she’d follow Chase anywhere. But the spirit world is nothing like she expected, and Alex finds she's forced to fight for her life once more. For even in a world where secrets are buried much deeper than six feet under, a legacy can continue to haunt you—and in a place this dangerous, no one is resting in peace. 

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I know, right?!

This book is a mind-bender, guys. 
As someone who doesn't dabble much in paranormal because, 
truth be told it sort of scares me, 
I was BLOWN AWAY by the tenderness and humanity in this incredibly unique, life-after-death story. 

On its own, the storyline is fresh and lays the groundwork for an incredible series 
(or a movie?! ME THINKS, YES!) 
but it's the rich prose and beautifully crafted characters 
that make this story sing.

There's action, drama, humor and one of the most intense, swoonable scenes I've ever read. Straight up...it was HAWT.
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 Do yourself a favor and order this book today!! 

 I'm not saying the kitties will cry if you don't but...
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The fate of the kitties is in YOUR HANDS, Man.

Monday, April 14, 2014

My Writing Process (Contains no Amish bread dough or dishtowels)

I'm not usually one for chain mail-based activities (Amish bread in a bag anyone?! *vomits*) but when my good pal Mindy McGinnis tagged me in this one, I have to admit...I was sort of excited.

The idea behind this blog tour is for writers and authors to share their writing process through four simple questions. (Click HERE to link up to Mindy's writing process) It's short, sweet, and to the point, which is why I like it. Nobody's got time for rambling these days.

So, here we go...

What am I working on? 
I'm currently reworking the first manuscript I ever wrote. Back then it was called STALKING PEGGY FLEMMING, now it's called STALKING WHITNEY HOUSTON. It's a fun, dark-humored story about a seventeen year-old girl who's trying to claim her own identity; and it's not the one her mother wants it to be.

How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I think I write very honest characters who present themselves in an equally honest way. I'm not sure that my style is that unique, but I do think there are too many vanilla characters in the book world. If people were really nice, sweet, thoughtful, sensitive-to-others feelings all the time, we'd have no reason to read. Life would be so freaking wonderful there'd be no need for literary escape.

Why do I write what I do?
I've actually tried to write more dramatic, less humor-based books, but within a few pages one of the characters ends up burping their ABCs and it's all over. I write what I do, good or bad, because it's what wants to come out of me.

How does your writing process work?
I have to have at least a rough outline before I sit down at the keyboard. Without that, I might as well be trying solve a calculus problem. 

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From there on, I edit as I go. 
I will typically write a few hundred words, then view my document as a .pdf file to make sure it makes sense. (For some reason it reads very differently to me in .pdf form than a Word doc.) Once I ironed out what I've just written, I move on.

This method probably isn't typical, and definitely takes longer than just sitting down and knocking out a rough draft, but it helps me keep the story on track from the get-go, something I struggle with if I get too far ahead of myself.

Okay, so now you know how I make the magic happen (now would be an appropriate time to roll your eyes), mark your calendars for next Monday, April 21, so you can see how the following awesome chicks make their magic happen.

Kristi Helvig

Kristi Helvig is a Ph.D. clinical psychologist turned sci-fi/fantasy author. She muses about Star Trek, space monkeys, and other assorted topics on her blog. Kristi resides in sunny Colorado with her hubby, two kiddos, and behaviorally-challenged dogs.

Lynne Matson 

Lynne grew up in Georgia in a house full of books and a backyard full of gnarly pines. Back then, Lynne would stay up late, reading Nancy Drew books under the covers (with a flashlight . . . a weak attempt at ninja stealth). Now she still stays up late reading books and writing them. When she doesn’t have a book in her hand, you’ll find her listening to music, messing around with paint, or hanging out with her husband and their four boys . . . or all of the above.

A. Lynden Rolland

A. Lynden Rolland was born and raised in Annapolis, Maryland, a picturesque town obsessed with boats, booze, and blue crabs. As a child she spent much of her free time compiling dramatic stories of tragic characters in a weathered notebook which she still keeps.

As a former high school English teacher, she enjoys visiting classrooms to discuss reading, writing, and publishing. When she isn't chasing her two boys around town or arguing about sports with her husband, she moonlights as a writing tutor and gymnastics instructor. She is represented by Rachael Dugas of Talcott Notch Literary Services. Of Breakable Things, her debut novel, will be released by Month9Books in the spring of 2014.


Friday, April 11, 2014

Pictures & a nap

Hey all,

We're not even halfway through April and this girl is flipping EXHAUSTED! 

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I really wanted to tell you about my first signing (a huge success!) but since I can hardly keep my eyes open, I thought I'd just show you the pictures of this special day. And contrary to what some of you are thinking, I did not bribe anyone with pizza and beer to attend. (Husbands don't count, right?!)

This is what the front of a Barnes & Noble looks like in like in San Diego. Riveting, I know.

This sign will soon be hanging in my garage--right next to the shelf where my Oscar sits.

The unruly crowd. This shot was taken just minutes before we SOLD OUT of books and a riot erupted in the self-help section.
This chick is mentioned in the acknowledgements. She is rad. And I did buy her a beer, but it wasn't a bribe. Nope.

The professionalism in this shot is staggering...

and it just continues here.

SWAG table complete with Short Bus themed fortune cookies.

This guy, Jonny, made the event a success. Thank you, sir.
Okay, that's all I got for now. *runs to bedroom, collapses in a heap and begins drooling*