Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Contest Time!!!!

Finally, FINALLY, I have the opportunity to host my own frickin' contest.



Yes, it's related to my YA debut, BUTTERFLIES DON'T LIE, and yes, the free swag is fabulous.

From Nimbus Publishing, September 2014...





Sometimes the best matches are the ones you least expect.

Sixteen year old, magazine quiz junkie, Kelsey Sinclair wants to make this summer unforgettable by (hopefully) seducing her secret crush, Blaine Mulder. Armed with romance advice articles, Kelsey tackles true love with scientific precision, including getting a job at the seaside restaurant that overlooks the yacht club where Blaine teaches sailing.

However, visions of rendezvous on the beach are clouded when the new kitchen guy's laid back attitude and smouldering stare quickly get under her skin. With his renegade demeanour and unpredictable stunts, Luke is the opposite to Blaine's golden boy reputation.

Determined to follow through with her original goal, Kelsey ignores her growing attraction to Luke, certain he's not the guy for her. But when she finally manages to get Blaine's attention, Kelsey worries the magazines are all wrong, and that sometimes the best matches are the ones you least expect.
 
Originally featured on Wattpad, it received over 2.5 million reads in three months!

For character pictures, quotes, a playlist and various other interesting folly, check out the inspiration board on Pinterest here.

BUTTERFLIES DON'T LIE, is loosely based on my own summer job experiences (except the romantic bits, unfortunately) working as a busgirl at The Captain's House restaurant in my beautiful hometown of Chester, Nova Scotia.

Psst ... Kelsey's mix ups and blunders at work were inspired by my own debacles as a busgirl, but one particularly embarrassing episode that didn't make it into the book was the time I got stuck in the dumbwaiter — I guess it was a slow day. 
 
And now for the moment you've all been waiting for, stuff you can win ...*drum roll*
 
 
2 autographed copies of BUTTERFLIES DON'T LIE
 
1 Alex and Ani butterfly charm bangle


PLUS ... a mystery prize that is guaranteed to make your friends jealous.

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/ddae8d431/



 
 
 
 

Monday, 15 September 2014

Top Ten Things Outlander and Downton Abbey Have In Common

While I'm wait to learn the fate of Edith's baby, if Mary gets married again, or if Daisy and Alfred fall in love for real in the next season of Downton Abbey, Outlander is providing a lovely distraction. Oh sure, there's more fighting and cursing in Gaelic, but the two period serials in fact have a lot in common.



Top Ten Things Outlander and Downton Abbey Have In Common


#1. Life in the past was TOUGH. Especially for a woman, even the rich ones didn't have a lot of choices. Here's my advice, if you ever come across a time machine, run the other way.

#2. Every village needs a castle.

#3. The kitchen staff know ALL of your business.

Mrs. Fitzgibbons
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Mrs. Patmore
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#4. Chamber pots are inevitable.

#5. Taking a stroll over sweeping landscape provides for good conversation.

Claire and Jaime
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Matthew and Mary
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#6. Sex can happen at the most inappropriate times.

#7. Horses come in very handy.

#8. Mud happens...a lot.

Claire and Jamie mud caked and outrunning the British
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Mary tends to the pigs
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#9. Nothing says celebration like a long table full of wine and food.

#10. The working farm boy is always sexier than the British gentleman.

Tom the Irish chauffeur
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Jamie MacHottie
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Bonus! Run out of dialogue or the plot stalls? Add a war.




Monday, 1 September 2014

Hey! Look At This!

Hey! It's my official book flap!

The folks at Nimbus Publishing even put me on the back in colour and everything. *high fives all around*

I particularly love the quiz on the back.






Sometimes the best matches are the ones you least expect.

Sixteen year old, magazine quiz junkie, Kelsey Sinclair wants to make this summer unforgettable by (hopefully) seducing her secret crush, Blaine Mulder. Armed with romance advice articles, Kelsey tackles true love with scientific precision, including getting a job at the seaside restaurant that overlooks the yacht club where Blaine teaches sailing.

However, visions of rendezvous on the beach are clouded when the new kitchen guy's laid back attitude and smouldering stare quickly get under her skin. With his renegade demeanour and unpredictable stunts, Luke is the opposite to Blaine's golden boy reputation.

Determined to follow through with her original goal, Kelsey ignores her growing attraction to Luke, certain he's not the guy for her. But when she finally manages to get Blaine's attention, Kelsey worries the magazines are all wrong, and that sometimes the best matches are the ones you least expect.


The launch day is September 15th, but you can pre-order it here or here if you're afraid of crowds.

I'll be having a few contests very soon so come back later for more eye candy and a chance to win your very own copy to hold and cuddle.

Here's the Butterflies Don't Lie Pinterest board with pictures of the characters and other neat stuff to tempt you. And if that doesn't do it, check out the official playlist on YouTube.

Bonus Trivia: Butterflies Don't Lie is loosely based on my summer job experiences as a busgirl at The Captain's House restaurant in my hometown of Chester, Nova Scotia (except the romantic stuff, unfortunately). However, a lot of Kelsey's embarrassing moments at work actually happened to me. But there's one particular mishap of mine that didn't make it into the book. I'll share that little tidbit of humiliation next time.



Friday, 29 August 2014

Which Fictional Guy Is Your Best Match?



I've already blogged about the worst fictional dates and the best book boyfriends, so now it's only natural to write about finding your perfect literary match.  

With so many great fictional fellas out there, it's hard for a gal to know which pretend guy to dream about. Well, look no further. I've created a test to determine who your perfect literary match should be!

You can complete the quiz to the right of this post or click here to go directly to the Quibblo website.

And once you've figured out who your perfect book boyfriend is, check out how the fictional girls did in the latest on-line dating service, Happily Ever After.

Who's your best match?


Thursday, 21 August 2014

Sophia Veragara And I Talk About Being Sexy

This was a list complied by Sophia (*cough* marketing team *cough*) for a make-up manufacturer trying to sell its new brand of mascara. Besides buying the mascara, here are Sophia's other rules about being sexy.

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Sophia: #1. Wear heels! Flats are for the unflirtatious.

Me: Cleopatra wore flats, so there.

Sophia: #2. Mess up your hair just a little. It's sexier that way.

Me: Awesome! Think of the time I'll save in the morning by not brushing my hair.

Sophia: #3. Sexy is a state of mind. Believe you're sexy, and you are.

Me: What if I'm believing that I'm sexy, but I'm wearing flats and I've brushed my hair.

Sophia: #4. If you've got it, flaunt it! Have nice legs? Wear short skirts.

Me: I've got asthma.

Sophia: #5. Be silly, not serious. It's sexier.

Me: This is the fourth time 'sexy' is used in this list. Oh, sorry! *shoves seriousness to the side and giggles instead* 

Sophia: #6. A push-up bra never hurts.

Me: If the underwire pokes out the end and digs into your flesh, then yeah, it does hurt.

Sophia: #7. Talk with a husky voice and keep it just above a whisper.

Me: How can I be silly with a husky voice that's just above a whisper? Everyone will think I have a cold or that I'm doing a bad Christopher Waken impersonation.

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Which rule is your favorite? Mine, not Sophia's...

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Why I Write YA

Oh, hi there.

I was tagged by my writerly buddy, Jane LeBak to be part of a writing process blog tour. I should totally ace this test.


1. What am I working on?
 


I recently finished the last edits for my YA coming of age novel, BUTTERFLIES DON'T LIE. Hey, it comes out in a month! *muppet hand flailing*

Presently, I'm buckling down with revision for my YA paranormal mystery, THE ASP. It's Veronica Mars meets Indiana Jones. You can check it out on Goodreads here.

Then I'll return to Willard's Department Store, continuing to write BLACK FRIDAY, the second book in the NIGHT SHIFT series. You can read that YA paranormal mystery for FREE on Wattpad. Go ahead...don't be shy.


2. How is my work different from others of its genre?

NIGHT SHIFT is FREE! Plus, the MC is a dude. Not rare of course, but most paranormal romances are in the first person with a female lead. And I dig the creepy yet stylish mystery of the old department store. I hope you'll give it a chance.

3. Why do I write what I do?

I write because I have to. I write the stories I want to read. Actually, I write to stop the voices in my head.

4. How does my writing process work?

I sit in the chair and make myself keep writing sentences until I have enough of a mess to edit. I'm a fan of sticky notes. I have a simple outline of the major events. Before I write a scene, I list all the things that have to happen before the end of that chapter.

I'm a fan of cliffhangers too, but not too many in a row. Also, if your 'pickle of a situation' keeps ending with an easy solution, the cliffhangers will lose their effect. Readers want conflict!

Now I encourage you to check out the blogs of these other splendid people...


Megan Whitmer is a breath of fresh air on twitter my friends. And she vlogs like a pro. Plus, she makes these cute scrunched up faces that Katie Holmes would die for. Her debut YA paranormal mystery, BETWEEN is out now.

Meet the sassy and always in fashion, Heather Marie. Her YA debut novel, THE GATE THROUGH WHICH THEY CAME, comes out this month. She's all that and a bag of chips. Plus, she's really cool. And since she follows me on twitter, that makes me cool too.


How does your writing process work?

Friday, 8 August 2014

How To Decipher A Rejection

We've all been there...

One finger hovers over the mouse, ready to click open the e-mail that just popped up in your inbox from an agent you've queried. Your heart is hammering against your ribs.

Maybe it's a partial request! Maybe it's full request! Maybe it's an invitation to set up a call!!!

Or maybe *sad violin music* it's a rejection.

And when someone tells you they don't like your heart and soul, and all the blood, sweat and tears that go with it, you want a good reason, don't you?


unleashyourcalling.com

Dude, I feel you pain. I'm somewhat of an expert on rejections. Suffice to say, I've racked up my fair share. And with that experience comes wisdom.

Here are some actual rejections I've received over the years and what they really mean.


#1. Rejection on JUST JESSE from editor.

Thanks for sending this my way, but I'm afraid the story didn't hook me like I had hoped. Keep in mind another agent may feel differently.

What it means: Keep writing. Keep sending out queries.



#2. Rejection on JUST JESSE from editor.

I loved the setting and the pacing of the story, but I didn't fall in love with the main character to my satisfaction. Thanks for thinking of me and please keep me in mind for future projects.

What it means: Keep writing. Keep sending out queries.


#3. Rejection on query for NIGHT SHIFT by agent.

A YA paranormal from a male POV isn't selling well in this genre. Most readers are girls and want to live the experience through the protagonist. If you consider changing the POV to a girl, I'd be willing to take a look at the first three chapters.

What it means: Keep writing. Keep send out queries. Also, HARRY POTTER and PERCY JACKSON.


#4. Rejection on query for THE ASP by agent.

This is a unique premise and I love the unexpected twist, but unfortunately my client case load is such that I'm no longer looking for YA writers at this time.

What it means: Keep writing. Keep sending out queries.


#5. Rejection on query for JUST JESSE by agent.

Sorry, but your work isn't the right fit for our agency. Please forgive the impersonal nature of this email, but it is necessary to send a form rejection if we strive to respond to every query.

What it means: Keep writing. Keep sending out queries.


Hm...it looks like they're all saying the same thing, keep writing, keep sending out queries. And here's a bonus. DON'T GIVE UP!!!


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