Status update…

I am one lucky girl these days it seems.  Not only am I about to finally be able to choose the cover for my very first published novel but I am also just found out that my fabulous publishing company, Tate Publishing, has agreed to publish the second book that I have written.  I now have a series!!!  How could life get any better at the moment?  Oh yeah, I could actually sell a few books.

Well, that will have to wait.  Book I (Holding On) will be out late fall 2013 and it sounds like Book II (Unglued) will be out early summer 2014 if all goes as planned.  I cannot even begin to describe how flattered I am that Tate Publishing is take a chance on a second book when we have no idea how well the first one is going to go. 

Unglued is a continuation of Holding On.  It follows the same characters but jumps a few years ahead.  I left this one open-ended as well, knowing that I would want to continue the love story of the main characters.  I am currently trying to write the last book in the series which I tentatively plan on titling Weakness.  It’s going to take me a minute to finish it since it’s written from Ethan’s POV.  I have to learn to think like a guy…

So, next time I post I will hopefully have a cover to reveal to all of you for Holding On.  I should have it no later than the end of the month.  Until then…

Sneak Peak… Another one!

So, it’s been a while and I think that after all the Facebooking and Tweeting that I have done lately that all those that ‘follow’ my blog or ‘like’ my Facebook page deserve a little sneak peak into what they are ‘liking’ or ‘following’.  I would want to know more, but I also tend to be one of those people who wants to know everything that is going on around her… it’s who I am and I have never denied it.  I’m nosy, plain and simple.  You could try to say that I just like to be involved or included but that would be stretching the truth A LOT.

So, anyway.  Back to the real reason you are probably reading this.  You want a sneak peak into what’s in the book.  There are a very select few people who have had the distinguished pleasure of reading it already.  I was going to ask one of them to suggest what part to post but I figured that they would want me to give away the best parts and I just can’t do that.  Who would go out and buy the book if I gave the highlights away for free?  There would be no point in reading it.

So, I am giving you a pretty important part but unless you’ve read the other sneak peaks you probably won’t understand it.  Hint Hint… go read the other ones first.  I will wait…

I rummaged around in my bag for the bottle of water I had left from lunch and finished it in just a few gulps. By the time I looked up to say thank you to Ethan, he was only inches from me, and his eyes were locked on mine. I backed up to get away from him, but he followed. Eventually, my back hit the fencing, and I had nowhere to go. His breathing was labored, and mine fell in stride with his. I was at a complete loss for words, and his eyes were doing all the communicating for him.

As he leaned down toward my mouth, I found myself leaning in to him. When our lips met, it was like an electric charge. We both pulled back instantly, but just as quickly, our lips met again, hungrier this time. It only lasted a few minutes, but even after he pulled away, I could still feel his lips on mine. His hands were burning against the bare skin of my hips. I found myself wanting more, but he pulled away completely.

He stepped back, and all I could do was stare. His eyes looked different. The green that I found myself getting lost in was not there anymore. His eyes had grown dark with need. It scared me just a little to think that I may be looking at him the same way. I had only known him, really known him, for a couple of hours, but it felt like longer. Those things that seem important—the little things people know about each other after years of friendship—were not important in that moment. The only thing I wanted from him right then was another kiss.

 

Hope you enjoyed it.  I am going to try to publish another in a few weeks.

What’s next…

Apparently, now is the perfect time to submit the next book in the series for review.  So, Book II will be headed to my editor probably next Friday.  I need at least that long to make sure that I am confident in sending it.  It’s done, beginning to end, which is a good thing but I still can’t help but feel that something is missing from the story.

So, Book II is almost ready… maybe.

Book I, it’s in the process of being made into an actual book.  When I say that I mean they are formatting the content to set it up like a book and as soon as the cover design is finished (hopefully by the end of the month) it will be printed for me to do a final once over.  It’s all starting to feel a little more real these days.  I think that once I have that first copy, the one where it’s still a little rough but it’s all put together and bound and looks like a “real” book, is in my hands that I will untimely accept that this is all real.  Until then, it still kind of feels like a dream.  I actually wonder sometimes if someone will pinch me and I will wake up from it all.  Hopefully not!

So, as soon as I have the pdf of the cover I will share.  As soon as I have the release date I will share.  What I need for you to do for me is share this post.  Tell your friends to FR me on Facebook.  Help me spread the word.  Without all of you and all of your support my dream will remain just that… a dream.  Writing the book is the easy part.  Selling the book, enticing people to want to read what you put so much hard work into – that’s the hard part.  So yes, I need your help and your support.  Please and thank you!

A little teaser…

I could still feel his kiss. I could still smell his cologne mixed with his soap and all that made him smell so amazing. I could still picture the deflated look in his eyes when I woke up to find him sitting at the end of the couch. I couldn’t get him out of my head. Every time I closed my eyes, he was there—I could see him clear as day. Every time I opened my eyes, I could smell him and feel his touch. Every time I tried to block it out, all I could feel was the pain. The pain was more real than anything.

COVER ART

So, here’s where I need your help.  I know that any moment now someone will be contacting me to discuss the cover.  I have ideas but I am really not sure what I want.  They will work with me to try and make it look amazing but you are the ones that will hopefully be purchasing the book.  Based on the title alone, and what you have read from the teasers I have posted, what do you envision for the cover?  Any ideas?

If someone can come up with a BRILLIANT idea that I can pass along to the design team then they may just be privy to an early release, signed copy of the book.  Was that enticing enough to get your brain working?  Let me know what you think.  

The more ideas the better.

It’s FINALLY here…

Monday! Monday! Monday!  I have never been so happy for a Monday to be here.

Monday is when the manuscript is back in my hands.  I will get my deadline, do my rewrites, edit A LOT I’m sure, change a few things I’ve been thinking about and hopefully get this process moving faster.  You can not imagine how impatient I am becoming.  I know that when you work with a publishing company that things are all on their timeline but I am finding that their timeline is much, much slower than I can handle.

I may have to look into self publishing book 2 just so that I don’t have to wait and wait and wait…

So, Monday is the beginning of the end.  It’s when I start my hibernation process.  I am on vacation from my “day job” for nine days and I plan on spending ALL of those nine days working on the manuscript so that it can be perfect for all of you.  By the time I go back to work my house will be destroyed and I may need to do a dozen loads of laundry but I will hopefully have completed the edits… that’s my ultimate goal.

WISH ME LUCK!!!

Promotional Copy aka the back of the book

Promotional Copy aka the back of the book.

Holding On

For five years Becca has been struggling to hide her feelings for her best friend, Brad. Now she finally has a chance to move on. She’s in a new city, she’s attending a new school, and she’s met the first guy besides Brad who’s held her attention in a long time. Not only is Ethan attractive, he’s an amazing tennis player, and he might just be Becca’s match on and off the courts.

Brad has loved Becca for as long as he can remember. Now that Becca’s family has moved two thousand miles away, Brad may finally be ready to lay his heart on the line and do whatever it takes to hold on to Becca.

But is Brad too late? Or will Ethan’s secret drive Becca back into Brad’s arms? Torn between her love for Brad and the promise of something new and exciting with Ethan, Becca has an almost impossible choice to make, the choice between letting go or holding on.

What draws you in?

How to entice someone to buy your book?

 

I wish I knew the answer to that question.  I’ve been thinking a lot about the book description that will be published along with the book.  The book description is a summary on the back of the book and is what readers will find on places like Amazon.com.  It has to be enticing enough for them to want to spend money on your work without giving too much away.  If you tell them too much then why would they buy the book to begin with? 

 

I’ve spent a good portion of the day on Amazon looking at the summaries for some of the books that I have purchased and LOVED.  I was trying to remember what it was that caught my attention.  Why did I decide to spend my money on that book?  After a long internal debate, mostly about how I’ve spent a whole lot of money on books in the last couple of years, I’ve decided that what really catches my interest is the uncertainty of the story.  What is the author not telling me?  How will I feel after reading the book?  How will I feel while reading the book?  Will I laugh?  Will I cry?  Will I be able to relate to the characters?  Will I fall in love with the story?

 

So, now I need to write the description for my book.  What do I want to tell the readers?  What about my book will interest them enough to want to take a chance on an unknown author?  Just because a publishing company picked up my manuscript and decided to give me a shot doesn’t guarantee that people (outside of my family anyway) will buy my book. 

 

I am open for suggestions… what is it that you are generally drawn to in a book?  Keep in mind that this is a young-adult romance.  It’s nothing like Fifty Shades of Gray.  I would compare it to the more recent publications of authors like Jamie McGuire, Rebecca Donovan, Colleen Hoover, etc.  I am speaking purely genre here.  I would never compare myself to them in writing style – they are all amazing authors with amazing fan bases.  If I even come close to the successes they have then I would be a very lucky person. 

 

So, give me your thoughts.  What is it that draws your attention to a book?

And it begins…

Well, editing started two weeks ago and I can honestly say that I am more nervous now than I have been through this entire process thus far.  I still don’t have the book in my hands.  The editors are doing their things, making a bunch of ‘red marks’ on it, and then I will get my opportunity to fix the things that are wrong.  I think that’s what scares me – the fact that I know there are things that are wrong with it.

Obviously I am a rookie at this.  Obviously there will be errors that need to be fixed – punctuation, grammar  tense, etc.  Spell check can only catch so much 🙂  I think I am most nervous about seeing all the errors and knowing that there is still along road ahead before anyone gets to read what I have put so much of my heart and soul into.

So, next month begins my journey which I have promised to take you along for.  The editing on my part, the deadlines, the late nights fixing and rewriting.  You get to take that journey with me. The fun part for you (and probably me too) will be when I am finally able to release sneak peaks to you like the cover!   (I am so excited to be a part of that process.)

To give you an idea of what I am looking forward to would be impossible.  I think I may still be in shock about the fact that someone is actually taking the time to publish my book.  There are so many aspects to this that I am anxious for, excited about and upset about at the same time.  I wish the process would move faster as I am one of the most impatient people in the world.  Those of you who know me personally understand this.  Those of you who don’t well let me put it to you this way… I don’t like to play the waiting game.  I like for things to happen at the snap of my fingers and anything less than that it unacceptable at times.

So, most of the time I like to take matters into my own hands, work at my own speed and get things accomplished way before there is a fear of a deadline looming.  I can’t help it, it’s just how I operate.  With that being said, I have a little news that I thought I should share…

 

 

 

This will be a series!  Book two has been written, beginning to end… it’s finished.  I have some modification I would like to make to make the story line stronger in my opinion but for all intensive purposes, it’s finished.  Book three is in the works.  I have completed a rough layout and plan to start writing it in the next week or so.

I would like to thank a few people for inspiring me even though I don’t think they even know that they have.  Their books have been some of my favorites.  Their journey through an industry that can swallow you whole of spit you out has been amazing to watch.  Congratulations to all of these wonder authors for inspiring other to write, to take their dreams and make them happen.  Thank you!

A long-overdue giveaway!

A long-overdue giveaway!.