Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Entangled: The Movie!

At this moment, a screenplay of Entangled is in the works.

It doesn't mean it will be turned into a movie. In fact, the percentage of screenplays that go into production even AFTER being optioned is small.

But a girl can dream big, right?

Sisters Sally and Gillian have their differences,
but they get on a lot better than the Perez twins.
A cousin who graduated top of his class in film school and an aunt who used to teach film started the script as a summer project. Once it's completed they plan to shop it around. Seeing the cast of Entangled brought to life on the big screen would be THE ULTIMATE!


That's dream #3. Dream #2 is to hold my book in my hands and that is about to happen. (Dream #1 was to publish a book.)

Entangled is coming out in paperback. My husband is working on formatting at CreateSpace and my designer is finishing the back cover and spine. (When I know the date I'll announce it here, twitter, goodreads, and Facebook.)

Duplicity will follow shortly in paperback.
The two Helen's are kept apart in Sliding Doors with different haircuts.
In Duplicity, one goes by the name "Lee", the other "Gray."

And on the subject of movies, three movie themed posts appear on tour this week.

Spellbound the Sequel is at Gothic Angel Book Reviews, in which I compare the writing of Duplicity to the filming of Sliding Doors.

On Thursday, Witches in Washington, goes up on Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf. Did you know that the movie Practical Magic was filmed on San Juan Island? I show photos from scene locations around the island.

Saturday, Bound author Kira Saito is posting Goblin Kings and Deleted Scenes at her blog with a couple clips from Labyrinth. Does it get any better than David Bowie in skintight pants?

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

(On Tour!) Week Two: Duplicity

We have mega fun posts all week long. (Mega super fun.)

Week One gave me an opportunity to "meet" some new bloggers. Week Two I had the chance to reconnect with sites and reviewers who were kind enough to give a debut indie author a chance when I first started out. Week Three is a combination of both.

Real quick like, here's what I'm working on: Next week's cover reveal with Naj and getting book one and two into paperback.

Week two:

Monday, May 28Spellbound the Sequel @ Gothic Angel Book Reviews (England)                                                                                                                

                           Love Thy Editor @ S. M. Boyce The Blog! (US)


Tuesday, May 29Author Interview (live on Saturday) @ Book Whales (Philippines)

                            Life is an Open Book @ The Hollow Cupboards (US)

                            Review @ My Reading Addiction (Texas)


Wednesday, May 30The Method Behind the Madness @ Blook Girl (US)


Thursday, May 31Gray vs. Lee @ Alluring Reads (Canada)


                              Witches in Washington @ Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf (US)


Friday, June 1Bringing Back the Fun @ MemoriesOvertaking Me (US)

                         Envy: The Green Eyed Monster @ Lover of Paranormal (US)


Saturday, June 2Writer Friends are the Best Friends Lucy Swing @ Writing Antics (Florida)

                             Goblin Kings & Deleted Scenes @ Kira Saito (Brazil)

THANK YOU to my fabulous tour hosts (super mega fabulous) for having me back and contributing to the success of this series.








Memories Overtaking Me and My Reading Addiction.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Week Two: Duplicity (On Tour!)


Hello and welcome to Week Two of the Spellbound tour. If you’re reading this from America, Happy Memorial Day… lucky ducks! I have to work today.

Another day on the farm. I work for a wonderful lavender company.
Duplicity sold 167 books in its first week. I am beyond pleased.

Battle of the Books

As far as the first two books in the series go, there are currently two camps forming: Those who prefer Entangled and those who prefer Duplicity. 

It’s always interesting to see who likes which one better and why. A YA addict friend I met recently on a neighboring island called to say, “I just finished Duplicity. Thank god it got better.” Then she sorta backpedaled and said, “Not that Entangled wasn’t good!” I didn’t mind. The way she said it was cute and that’s the first time someone’s called me to rave about one of my books so I was floating on clouds the rest of the evening.

I’m receiving positive feedback about Adrian, thank goodness because he plays a big role in book three.


I’m not going to blab on too much about today’s guest posts because I do that in the posts. Don’t need a double dose. Then again this week has the Duplicity theme…

At my proof reader (and author) S. M. Boyce’s Blog: Love Thy Editor. (Learn from my mistakes!)


In England, it’s Movie Madness Monday at Gothic Angel Book Reviews with Spellbound the Sequel


(Any Sliding Doors fans out there?)

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Free for Your Mailbox

Put it in your mailbox, stack it on your shelf... Entangled is free at amazon kindle One. Last. Time.

Sunday, May 27th Entangled is $0.00.

Magic - Murder - Romance

The Weekend Tour Lineup:

SATURDAY

A Writer's Best Friend at The Book Swarm. Come see pictures of my reading and writing buddy, Cosmo. He's such a sweetie pie and one of the biggest joys of my life.

Thank you to Mary for letting me show off my baby. :)

Check out My Favorite Things (Then & Now) and an excerpt from my favorite scene in Entangled at Book Faery. (No worries on the late post, Tori. Con-GRAD-ulations!)


5/26/12, 3:30 p.m. Update: 5-Star Review of Duplicity up at S.M. Boyce The Blog!

PERSONAL NOTE

Our best friends - an Aussie/Kiwi couple - are leaving the islands. Sunday is our last chance to go over to neighboring Orcas Island to see them. It hasn't hit me yet, but if I'm not as peppy to those I'm in email/twitter contact with I'm just experiencing the Losing My Best Friends Blues. It stinks when friends move away.

Okay, enough of that.

THANK YOU to all of my tour hosts for making Week One of the Spellbound Tour such a success!

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The Book Shop Assistant and YA Stands.

See you in WEEK TWO.

Friday, May 25, 2012

On Tour! (5)

I'm really EXCITED about today's lineup:

Spellbound stops in Germany at another Nickey's blog - The Book Shop Assistant - with a guest post titled Paper Fetish. (Nickey and I both have a thing for paper. We exchanged letters in February.)

A small sampling of my journals. (Read more about them at The Book Shop Assistant.)




I'm stopping at my beloved beta reader Nicole Steinhaus's group blog - YA Stands - where I share the fear of letting readers down with sequels in Paranoia: It Happens.

Nicole has now beta read three of my YA novels and helped me strengthen my stories in so many ways. I consider myself lucky beyond words for having the good fortune of coming across her online. I can't wait for Nicole to release her contemporary YA novels because she has serious talent.



At Good Choice Reading, we've got Graylee's Facebook Page (an excerpt from after she dies and is brought back to life).

I'M BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

... but not really. ; )

And Duplicity has it's first release review at Alluring Reads. (Returns there on tour Thursday, May 31.)

Thursday, May 24, 2012

FREE ebooks & On Tour! (4)

This is going to be quick because it was a late night and I'm in zombie mode. Can I show off a fun button, instead? : )

But first, I just found out that The Grimoire: Lichgates (a young adult epic fantasy adventure) by S.M. Boyce is free on kindle today and tomorrow. A little reading treat for the long weekend. Boyce is an amazingly talented author AND copy editor. I just recently "met" her and she worked on Duplicity (Spellbound #2). She's hosting a tour stop this coming Monday, May 28th called "Love Thy Editor."

Entangled is free again today, as well if you haven't already downloaded a copy. I appreciate everyone who has helped get the word out.

Today's stop:



Blake Gets the Itchies (and possibly an Entangled review) at Never Ending Stories.

Thanks to Tt for finding me on Goodreads with a review request.


Wednesday, May 23, 2012

First Day of FREE & On Tour! (3)

Why isn't there an Entangled ebook included in the Spellbound Swag Pack you ask? Because it's Free For Everyone! Today, tomorrow and Sunday on amazon kindle.


Today the Spellbound Tour stops in France at Once Upon a Quote and England at Books for Company.

It's been a pleasure getting to know Elodie over at Once Upon a Quote. Elodie left a comment at Xpresso Reads after Giselle included Entangled in her IMM (24). (Giselle is reviewing Entangled NEXT month. Woot!) Elodie admired my book cover; I admired her blog design; and low & behold - turns out we have the same designer: Najla Qamber! (Small world, right?)

Elodie lives in one of my favorite regions of France: Bordeaux. I had the opportunity to work north of Paris in Amiens an assistant d'anglais (great program!) - working with high school students on their English during the school year of 1999 - 2000. Before my time was up I fell in love with and MARRIED a Frenchman. Returned home with a little more than my suitcase on that adventure. :) (Married at age 22 and still together after 12 years. French love forever!)


Speaking of book covers and Naj... I'm very excited to share an inside look at the making of the Spellbound Trilogy book covers at Jodie's review site: Books for Company with Cover Talk.

And what do Jodie and I have in common? Our love of Westies! Jodie has a picture of Alfie on her blog header. Soooo cute! My Westie Cosmo is my pride and joy. He snuggles up against me when I'm reading and helps me brainstorm book ideas during our daily walks.

Merci and Cheers to my tour hosts and many thanks to all you lovelies checking out the stops.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

On Tour! (2)

Today the Spellbound Tour stops in Sweden at Kindle Fever and Cuddle Land at Cuddlebuggery Book Blog. (Actually YESTERDAY I appeared at Kindle Fever - European time zones and all that jazz.)


I've got a lot of European in me: Swedish, German, and French. The Swedish comes from my mom's side and let me tell you something, Swedish women are unbreakable. (Maybe that's where my love of kick butt heroines comes from.) My mom, grandma, and great-gran are some of the hardest working women I've ever known. They also have a goofy sense of humor, which might be the reason they taught us certain (private) words in Swedish. Read more at Kindle Fever.


At Cuddlebuggery I share my love of bad boys in a guest post titled "Move Over Mr. Moody Broody." I was tickled to come across this book review site as there's nothing I love more than humor... and bad boys, of course. Humorous bad boys. There we go. Winning combination!

I love attending author readings. I don't get to as much living on an island so small it doesn't have a single traffic light (Friday Harbor, WA). Since I can't do my own reading, I thought I'd share some excerpts of Entangled this week - virtual readings if you will.

At Kindle Fever I've got "What Does One Bring to Their Gravesite?" and "Decidedly Doable" at Cuddlebuggery for all of you Raj fans out there.

Monday, May 21, 2012

On Tour!


Good times in store for the Spellbound Trilogy Tour!

It's Meet the Cast Monday over at Better Read Than Dead.

And check out the blog down under (Vegan YA Nerds) for my favorite Garlicy White Pizza Sauce. This recipe beats marinara hands down!

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Enter to win the Spellbound Swag Pack at every stop.

Tomorrow journey to Sweden at Kindle Fever and get a laugh over at Cuddlebuggery. Wednesday we're off to England and France and the first FREE kindle promo day for Entangled!

Duplicity (Spellbound #2) is now LIVE (and kickin') on Amazon and Smashwords. Should appear at Barnes and Noble tomorrow.

Thanks for joining me on tour.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Spellbound Blog Tour & Giveaway

The Spellbound Trilogy International Blog Tour kicks off this Monday. Meet the cast at Better Read Than Dead and check out my favorite white garlic pizza sauce at Vegan YA Nerds.

Now is the first opportunity to Enter to win THE SPELLBOUND SWAG PACK (International)

You can enter at every stop along the tour. See schedule for a list of participating blogs.



- Evil Eye Amulet and Bracelet: In Duplicity, Gray wears an evil eye pendant, also known as a nazar, to protect herself from a spell that’s causing havoc over the witches and warlocks in her coven. The evil eye (a Turkish amulet) is used for both luck and protection against envy.

- Trick Coin: Two Grays are better than none and two heads are better than one, especially when flipping over who gets to choose which movie to watch. Adrian returns in Duplicity and opens a magic shop.

- Entangled bookmark

Free For Everyone! You may have noticed I'm not giving away a book as part of the swag pack. That's because it will be free for the taking on Amazon May 23, 24, & 27. These are my last promo days and last chance to nab a complimentary Entangled e-book.

Duplicity (Spellbound #2) just went live on Amazon and Smashwords. (Barnes & Nobles takes longer.)

Thanks to my tour hosts and readers for their interest and enthusiasm. May the magic be with you!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

In My Mother's Mailbox (3)

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by the Story Siren. (Special Mother's Day addition.)

For my mom for Mother's Day: Daughter of Smoke and Bone from her "daughter of flesh and bone." Perfect timing on amazon's part - it arrived in Alaska at my mom's work place Friday. She said she started it that night. Laini Taylor's novel is in my top 5 favorite YA novels.

For me from my library:

I was especially excited about The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey. The author is a friend of a friend from back North. I am in love with this novel (on page 298), though it's somewhat comical reading about cold and snow when I'm sitting outside in the sun.

I've mentioned before that I'm a fonts girl, and I love the one used on A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness. I'm not actually sure what this is about (besides the obvious: witches), but the cover and title intrigued me. (Plus I'm all about magic this year.)

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon is both for business and pleasure. It's set in Barcelona, which is where Spellbound #3 (Enchantment) starts out. I'm reading James Michener's chapter on Barcelona in IBERIA, but not the whole book because it's dictionary sized. TMI, dude, TMI.

Oh, @#$%!, I pulled out the book while writing this and noticed it's 3 days late and it's an inter library loan. Crapola.

Happy Mother's Day to all the mom's out there!

Saturday, May 5, 2012

WANTED: The Best Indie Books of 2012

My apologies for posting about this so late, especially as I hollered when I noticed there was no YA category. (There is now!) *grins*

There’s still time for WRITERS and READERS to enter The Kindle Book Review’s contest.

AUTHORS

If you published between April 1, 2011 and April 1, 2012 and think your book has what it takes, you can enter your novel into the contest for $15.

READERS

Register free and (lucky bastards) enter to win a Kindle Fire loaded with the hottest indie titles.

This is an awesome idea! When I was gifted a Kindle (back when they were 350 friggin’ dollars) I remember saying for that price they ought to let you chose 10 books to put on it. When we bought our first DVD player we got to choose 6 free DVDs from a list that were then mailed to us. I still think a Kindle purchase ought to come with some downloads. But I digress.

There will also be Kindle books (donated by contestants) given away at random every week to readers who register.

Cool contest. Great prizes. Sign up!