Hey guys! I’ve got an update for you on the Shudder-o-Meter! That’s right – 13%!!! As you know, I do most of my writing on the weekends (got that pesky job during the week…) and I lost a few days of productivity the week before last due to being out of town, but over this weekend I finally had an opportunity to crawl into my writing hole and make some real progress! And I’m SO happy with how these first few chapters are shaping up – we’re diving right in to the action and r
Awesome 5-star review and guest post with “10 Random Stitch Influences” up at Bookish Treasures today! Here’s a sneak peek of the post: 3. Buffy the Vampire Slayer. There’s nothing I love more than a kick-ass female lead, and Buffy is the ultimate. Other favorites of mine include: Lizzy Bennet, Hermione Grainger, Katniss Everdeen, Arya Stark, Daenerys Targaryen, Susan Pevensie, Claire Redfield, Jill Valentine, and many, many others. I knew that my book would have a strong
Ahhh! Super excited to share my very first “blurb” experience with all of you! The book that so graciously honored me on its cover is The Isolated by Ellen Stokes. Check it out! Here’s the synopsis: It’s been seventeen years and Gray has never tasted salt. She’s never tasted sugar. She’s never heard the swelling voices of a crowd or felt the heat of bodies in a packed room. She’s been banished from society since birth and merely waits to die in Griseus, the endless moor of
Ever feel like your life is just a little bit… off? Sure, you’ve been led to believe that the way your society functions is normal – but who defines “normal,” anyway? Take a look around and stop by Nocturnal Book Reviews today for “5 Signs You *Might* Be Living in a Dystopia” (and an e-book giveaway!). Here’s the first tip to get you started: 1. “WHATEVER, I DO WHAT I WANT…” NOT!
This one is a little tricky because every dystopian society has its own rules, but one tell-tale
Great new interview and e-book giveaway up today at What’s Beyond Forks?. Check it out: What is the best piece of writing advice you ever received?
Not to worry about writing the BEST BOOK EVER and just to write a good book that someone out there will enjoy. That took a lot of pressure off!
If you could hop into the life of any fictional character, who would it be and why?
Anyone from Harry Potter – I could never pass up the chance to live in that world! Head over to What’s
Stitch is taking part of a truly AWESOME giveaway hop today at Ensconced in YA, with a $5 Amazon giftcard AND an e-book copy as prizes! And better yet, there’s an amazing interview with Janie in the post! Here’s a preview: Thank you so much, Janie, for joining us on Ensconced in YA, for this interview! I would love to hear a little about your background– where you grew up, what you are interested in studying in college, etc.
Janie: Thanks so much for having me, Christina!
Stitch holds nothing that you expect. It got me thinking, left me perplexed, and had me reeling. This story starts out on one side of the spectrum, takes you for a loop, and finishes on the other. Swing by Realms of an Open Mind for the rest and remember to enter the giveaway while you’re there! Thanks so much to Keely for hosting Stitch! #bookblogs #giveaway #reviews
Ever wonder how authors deal with negative reviews? Check out my guest post at White Sky Project “On Bad Reviews” for one perspective! Here’s a sneak peek: “endless babble…nonsense really…” “boring dialogue” “far fetched and stupid” “I just couldn’t connect” “I felt nothing” “HUGE issues with this book” “forced myself to finish”
OUCH. Those are actual comments from the handful of bad reviews that Stitch has received, and I’ve got to tell you, as much as I try not to let the
Another e-book giveaway and an awesome author interview are available now at Short & Sweet Reviews! Here’s a snippet: Coke or Pepsi? Coke! Diet Coke, specifically. I’m addicted.
Twitter or Facebook? I just got a Twitter account this year, but I joined Facebook back when there were only 7 colleges on it, so I’ll have to go with Facebook.
All time favorite movie? Beetlejuice. I re-watched it recently with friends and they all thought I was nuts, but I still think it’s ama
Very excited to be a part of the Two Weeks of Author Interviews at Froze8’s Blog! Check out the great interview and e-book giveaway at Froze8’s Blog today: It’s a new year! Have you made any new resolutions you’d like to share with us?
My resolution is to keep going with a promise I made to myself when I began writing professionally a few years ago: to focus on doing the things I love (which are writing and spending time with my family and friends). Those are my top priorit
It’s official – Shudder production has commenced! After many hours of feedback gathering and in-depth planning, I penned the very first chapter this weekend. And let me tell you – we’re starting this one off with a bang! To keep you up-to-date on my progress, I’d like to introduce a handy little tool: the Shudder-o-Meter! What’s more, as I receive feedback from my beta readers, I will share the best tidbits with you guys to whet your appetite for the next installment of the
Two great author interviews and e-book giveaways up today at Oh, Chrys! and FireStarBooks! Here’s a sneak preview from the Oh, Chrys! interview: 9. Writing a debut novel must be nerve-wracking, what was your hardest challenge?
OMG YES! It’s SO difficult to share your book with the world because it really puts you out there – this book is me through and through, so I was really nervous to see how readers would react to it. For example, people who know me have said that it wa
Stop by Bookshelf Confessions today for an e-book giveaway and a helpful guest post: “Trouble in Paradise: 5 Tips for Surviving Dystopia.” Here’s a quick preview: So, you live in a dystopian society. That sucks. :-( But as much as you wish things would change, you’re not a hero, and you’re not willing to risk your neck to make it happen. That’s perfectly reasonable – after all, most of us are not Katniss Everdeen, Tris Prior or Alessa Khole.
So what if you just want to make
Wow, this book was something else! It takes a lot to really shock me, and Stitch did exactly that….Durante was able to mix different genres effortlessly for a unique and mesmerizing storyline. I never read any book that did what she did, and what’s more astounding is this is her first novel! Swing by Short & Sweet Reviews today for the rest, and don’t forget to check back next week when I’ll be back with Van for an interview and giveaway! #bookblogs #reviews #stitch