Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Winners Books to Movies Giveaway

I had some issues posting the widget displaying the winner from rafflecopter. The name that came up was:

Deanna Boocock

I have already sent Deanna an email.

As a special thank you to everyone who signed up to receive my newsletter, I've chosen an additional winner from the list of recipients using randomizer.org. The winner from my newsletter list:

Shanerus

I have already sent Shane an email as well.

Congratulations to both winners. Please be sure to let me know which prize you want to receive!!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Genre Blogfest

If you're looking for the Books to Movies Giveaway Hop, please click HERE.

This is a fun unique blog hop Ninja Capt Alex Cavanaugh devised and one I've been looking forward to since it'll tell me more about my fellow bloggers.

List your favorite genre of:
Movie
Music
Books
And a guilty pleasure genre from any of the three categories!



Please, no judgment.

Okay, I'm a sucker for and simply can't resist:

Movie: Dramas peppered with action that have a love story at the center, e.g. The Last of the Mohicans, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon.

Music: I had no clue what to list here, but after a lengthy discussion with my husband--Pop-Soul. Think Adele, Bryn Christopher, Lana Del Rey, Alex Clare.

Books: Paranormal!!

Guilty pleasure (once again, please no judgment): Showtunes and soundtracks from animated films. Love 'em, love 'em, love 'em! Whenever I play them, my husband rolls his eyes, but I love 'em.

After that public confession, please share your guilty pleasure with me.


 

Friday, September 14, 2012

From Kindle to Big Screen


If you are looking for the Books to Movies Giveaway Hop, please click HERE.

The blog hop referenced above made me wonder what wonderful books were in the pipeline to be turned into movies for 2013 or 2014 (because it will be here sooner than we realize).

After doing a little digging, this is what I found:
 
 
Being fast-tracked for possible 2013 release.


 
This one already has a nice cast shaping up!
 
 
 
 
Looks like an August 2013 release date.
 
 
 
Screenplay written so far.
 
 
 

Will probably see this Stiefvater book on screen before Shiver. 
 
 
 
 
Even has a movie poster

 
 

Steven Spielberg to direct
&
Oooooh la la Chris Hemsworth offered the lead

 
 
 
I noticed the majority are YA fantasy novels. Good news for all those writing the genre. 
 
Are you looking forward to any of the upcoming movies mentioned above? If so, which ones and why? 
 

 
 

Monday, September 10, 2012

BOOKS TO MOVIES GIVEAWAY HOP











This hop is all about books that have been made into movies or TV shows.



Hosted by I AM A READER and Sweeping the USA

Runs Sept 11th to midnight the 17th
 
What could you win?
 
OR
 
 
 
OR
 
 
OR
 
Winner's choice

The Rules:


You MUST be a follower of my blog to participate, but there are easy ways to get extra entries. Go to the rafflecopter below to enter!

A winner will be chosen using randomizer.org and announced Wed 19 Sep.
 
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Click HERE to return to the list of participating blogs.

What's Your Chocolate?

 
Welcome to the What's Your Chocolate Blog Hop.
 
What: Post about your favorite chocolate – what it means to you, where and when you indulge, a favorite memory – anything chocolate-related.

When: Today


Who: Hosted by
M. Pax, Laura Eno, Brinda Berry, and Ciara Knight.
 
 
Some say Belgian chocolate is the finest in the world.
 
I’m inclined to agree.
 
While my husband and I were dating, we took a romantic getaway to Brussels. No, we didn’t fly across the Atlantic. It was just a three hour drive since we were stationed in Europe at the time.
 
Of course we had to take a tour of a chocolate factory. The divine smell… the lip-smacking sight of rich chocolate being turned into art… the smooth feel of a sliver of heaven in the palm of my hand before melting in my mouth… aaah those are just a few of the memories that spring to mind.
 
The young lady who rang up our very large purchase gave us a dinner recommendation. That night we feasted on the most decadent dessert which blew our minds. A warm chocolate soufflé filled with fudgey bliss and on the side, the creamiest homemade pistachio ice cream.
I can’t remember the restaurant or what I had for dinner. Mussels maybe? But that molten chocolate cake with ice cream made us both believers in true love, soul mates, and that the right dessert could combat any evil in the world.
 
Thank you ladies for such a yummy blog hop!
 
So tell me, what's your chocolate?


Friday, September 7, 2012

Debut Cover


I can’t believe the time has come to share the cover of my debut novel, KINDRED OF THE FALLEN. The manuscript landed me my agent and now first contract with Samhain.

The story is a paranormal romance, where the heroine, Serenity, discovers an undeniable love that shatters her well-crafted world and jeopardizes her life as she comes into her own in a formidable way.
 
My editor, the fantastic Christa Desir, loved the urban edge so much she wanted to market it more as an urban fantasy romance. Hence the cover featuring Serenity without the yummy hero, Cyrus.
 
 

I’m ecstatic the cover artist, Kanaxa, captured everything I wanted such as the otherworldly feel while giving a little teaser about Serenity’s “true gift”.

Please let me know what you think.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Everyone Needs a P.A. Bank


Recently a friend asked me the secret to a happy marriage. Of course I said the usual: communication, the ability to forgive, kindness, and common interests.  She nodded as if she’d heard it before. Then I added one more thing, a love bank.

My husband and I stumbled upon Dr. Harley’s concept of the Love Bank years ago. Essentially, the goal is to always keep your Love Bank in the positive so that when something bad happens, the sum of good things will outweigh the negative.  The great thing is it’s super easy to keep it in the positive with hugs, kisses, flowers just because, making a special meal, picking up your spouse’s dry cleaning without being asked, leaving a sweet post-it note on the bathroom mirror, saying ‘thank you’.

The other day I thought how fantastic it would be if we all had an individual “Positive Affirmation Bank”. That way when life hits us with something negative--a rejection letter, a nasty review on Amazon, you slam into a creative brick wall and wonder if your muse is gone for good—a Positive Affirmation Bank will carry you over the hump.

Fill your P.A. Bank with positive statements about yourself and your writing. Comments from critique partners and contest feedback can be fantastic ways for us to home in on our strengths objectively.  Fill your Bank with goals fueled by your passion.


Steer clear of statements like “I want to be a published author.” Instead use positive affirmations such as “I am talented and my creativity is thriving”, “I am a successful published author.” 

Be sure to define what success looks like and feels like for you personally and don’t worry about someone else’s definition.

Last, but not least, fill your P.A. Bank daily J!
Please swing by on Friday. I'm posting a picture of my publisher approved cover for my debut paranormal romance, KINDRED OF THE FALLEN.
A big thank you as always to Alex J. Cavanaugh for starting the Insecure Writer’s Support Group.