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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Friday Five

This week is Spring Break so I've been hitting the rough draft of the second book in the goddesses series and going over the revision of a critique buddy.

***And there's a great deal going on over at Amazon for my ebook EARRINGS OF IXTUMEA for $1.99! For those of you who are asking for fantasies with PoC, well my book has one! What a deal! http://www.amazon.com/Earrings-Ixtumea-Kim-Baccellia-ebook/dp/B007OUHYH6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1397858512&sr=8-1&keywords=earrings+of+ixtumea+MuseItUp+Publishing

1. Saw two movies with similar themes of struggle with faith.

God Is Not Dead




Intriguing argument for and against God in the classroom. That was the strength of this movie. Some of the other parts bordered predictability.

2. I thought this one though handled the subject better and was nothing like I thought. I went in as a skeptic and came out moved.

Heaven Is For Real



3. Really loving the voice in this memoir:




4. Can't wait to read this one:



5. Went to Mother-in-law's assistant living community for an Easter party. And yes, Easter bunny came!



12 year old got to help his grandma and other elderly lady to dye Easter Eggs:



**Guilty pleasure:

Hope to go to Frye's and pick up a new laptop. Angelina, my current cherry red laptop, is five years old and dying.

Plus, want to treat self to a grande Starbucks drink!




**Photo courtesy from Starbucks.com



Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Cover Reveal of MORTAL ENCHANTMENT and Giveaway


Today, Stacey O'Neale and Phoenix Reign Publishing are revealing the cover for
MORTAL ENCHANTMENT, releasing on May 20, 2014!
Check out the awesome cover and enter to win a $50 Amazon or Barnes & Noble Gift Card!!!
On to the reveal!
Mortal Enchantment
“Mortal Enchantment spins a unique twist on elemental mythology. This series is not to be missed.”
Jennifer L. Armentrout, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author
In Kalin Matthew's world, elementals control the forces of nature. They are divided into four courts: air, woodland, fire, and water. At sixteen she will leave the life she's built with her mortal mother. Kalin will move to Avalon to rule with her father—the elemental king of the air court. Along the way, she's attacked by a fire court assassin and saved by Rowan, a swoon-worthy elemental with a questionable past.
Worst of all, she learns her father is missing.
To rescue him, Kalin will have to work with a judgmental council and a system of courts too busy accusing each other of deceit to actually be able to help her. But, they aren’t her biggest challenge. With the Midwinter’s Ball only five days away, Kalin must take over her father’s duties, which includes shifting control of the elements—power Kalin has yet to realize.
As Rowan attempts to train her, a war looms between the four courts. If Kalin fails, her father will die and the courts will fall, but the betrayal she’s about to uncover may cost her even more...
If you haven't read THE SHADOW PRINCE, you can download if NOW for FREE from Amazon and Barnes & Noble!!!
The Shadow PrinceEvery sacrifice has consequences.

Sixteen-year-old Rowan has spent most of his life living among the mortals—learning to control the element of fire, impatiently awaiting the day his vengeful mother, Queen Prisma, will abdicate her throne. When he finally returns to Avalon for his coronation, his mother insists he must first prove his loyalty to the court by completing a secret mission:

Kill Kalin, the half-human, half-elemental daughter of the air court king.

Willing to do anything to remove his mother from power, he agrees to sacrifice the halfling. He returns to the mortal world with his best friend, Marcus, determined to kill the princess. But as he devises a plan, he starts to question whether or not he's capable of completing such a heinous task. And what price he will pay if he refuses?
Available for FREE on Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Also available in PRINT from Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Photoshoot-21Stacey O'Neale lives in Annapolis, Maryland. When she's not writing, she spends her time fangirling over books, blogging, watching fantasy television shows, cheering for the Baltimore Ravens, and hanging out with her husband and daughter.

Her career in publishing started as a blogger-turned-publicist for two successful small publishers. Stacey writes young adult paranormal romance and adult science fiction romance. Her books always include swoon-worthy heroes, snarky heroines, and lots of kissing.

Stacey loves hearing from readers. Follow her on Twitter @StaceyONeale, look for her on Facebook, Pinterest, and GoodReads. You can also visit her blog at http://staceyoneale.com/.

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Friday Five

First I'm going to start off with some links to two of my small press publishers.

1. I'll be over here until April 17th.https://www.facebook.com/events/224006297795748/225148914348153/?notif_t=plan_mall_activity



I'll be sharing tidbits on my first novel EARRINGS OF IXTUMEA and maybe some of my other stories!

2. I was hosting here yesterday on my take on inspiration:

http://lachesispublishing.com/?p=3338

***And shameless self-promo plug: The ebook Crossed Out is on special for .99cents!

http://ereadernewstoday.com/more-ent-deals-for-4-10-14/6742784/

3. Yes, I admit it. I've never read John Green's YA novel FAULT IN OUR STARS. All my friends are shocked with this confession as they've read and LOVED. I have a thing on books with cancer. I don't usually like to read them. Maybe this is because of my own cancer scares and this protagonist is based on a girl who died of thyroid cancer. I had a very real scare with that back in 1989. My own younger sister has thyroid cancer. So does a friend of mine. But I'm willing to give it a shot especially since the movie adaptation is coming out in June!

**Image courtesy of inquistr.com

4. Finished reading this:


Love this series and this one takes place in Paris. There's some very lush images and the author 'admits' that Google Earth was her friend. It's also been my friend with researching for book two in my goddesses series.

5.Speaking of,

**Image courtesy of iStock

Next week I'm going to read through my first draft, take notes, and then roll back my sleeves and do revisions! Love how fellow YA Books Central editor and head Ninja Mandy does hers. Mine looks very similar:
**Image courtesy of Mandy Buehlren

**Guilty pleasure:

Hope to meet up with two friends and go out to lunch. Love to do this! It's always fun to hang with some friends minus family and just catch up on gossip.

Friday, April 04, 2014

Friday Five

**To start off, last weekend ended with a rattle and jolt. Friday night around 9ish I felt a huge jolt and rumble in my house. Yes, earthquake! The only damage so far had to be our cockatiel Jenny breaking her feathers. Blood was everywhere. One fact most don't know: if a bird's blood feather is broken? It can bleed out and die.



She's okay but it always freaks me out big time when this happens!

1. Fun to talk to Mary Hering, son's theater and yearbook teacher. She's reading NO MORE GODDESSES and says it's fun. I'm being interviewed for the school's paper. Fun to hear teens asking to read my book!

2. Heard that there is a big chance that Star Crossed on CW might be canceled. I have one word for that:

NO!

Seriously this show is so much better than The Vampire Diaries this season. I have one word for that show:

REPEAT

This season's TVD is just one repeat storyline after another. You know it's bad when you laugh during a so-called 'sad' scene. And they renewed it for next year!

If you haven't had a chance yet, check out Star-Crossed. It's similar to the YA book ALIENATED and the 2000s ROSWELL the TV series.

http://www.cwtv.com/shows/star-crossed/photos/00717650715

3. Also really enjoying The 100 on CW. Think Lord of Flies meets Sci-Fi. Highly recommend reading the book which is basically the first episode:





4. Reading:



I'm a HUGE fan of author Wendy Higgins. This third book in the Sweet Peril series is filled with awesomeness sauce.



5. Also reading FATES:




This is about a 'Fate' that has been banished from her world to ours. She has one final duty in that she needs to kill a human in order to return to her home. Problem is she feels something for this boy and struggles to fulfill her task.


**Big shout out to Edelweiss for approving my ebook galley requests! Another one I got:






**Guilty pleasure:

Hope to pick up some moisturizer that is pretty amazing. They use a computer to decide your true makeup color. Love the concealer and rice powder.

http://www.sayukicustomcosmetics.com/


Then later plan to see latest Captain America movie.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Friday Five

1. First off, check out fellow YA Books Central editor/YA author's post: http://cjredwine.blogspot.com/2014/03/skip-starbucks-day-adoption-fundraiser.html


2. Been running around town trying to get things for son's overnight hike/camp trip today. He has to carry his own dinner/breakfast in his backpack along with a tent and sleeping bag. He's almost 13 years old. I'm kind of worried but on the other hand his scout leader is filled with awesomeness. I personally HATE camping. I only went to girl's camp when I was 12 years old. I ended up peeing my pants and was totally horrified. I was called, Kim Peed Out. So embarrassing. I never went back. Son though has been having a blast.

3. Now time for books!

Reading LIV, FOREVER:



I'm a huge fan of ghost tales! This one takes place in a sinister elite boarding school with a deadly secret.


4. Got approved to read the ebook galley of this:



My reaction when I got the email from Edelweiss:



Yes, I'm totally a fan of this paranormal tale!!!!!

5. Got this from the fab Mandy at YA Books Central:



**Guilty pleasure:

I'm going to the salon and getting a deep condition hair treatment and have my hair curled. Love this! I'm going to an OCCRWA writing conference tomorrow. I always like to treat self before an event.

Here's a little about the conference!

STORY MASTERY SEMINAR & ADVANCED STORY MASTERY WORKSHOP
WITH
MICHAEL HAUGE


Orange County RWA
Embassy Suites
Brea, CA
March 29 & 30, 2014

STORY MASTERY SEMINAR

During this special, all-day seminar, Hollywood script and story consultant Michael Hauge, best-selling author of Writing Screenplays That Sell and Selling Your Story in 60 Seconds: The Guaranteed Way to Get Your Screenplay or Novel Read, will give you his unique approach to creating compelling screenplays and novels, and to eliciting emotion in your readers through story concept, plot structure, character development and theme. Michael will then reveal his proven method for getting the people in power to read your screenplay or manuscript.

Topics covered will include:

The primary goal of all story
The power of desire, need, longing and destiny
The essential conflict all characters must face
Turning plot structure from a complicated concept into a simple, powerful tool you can easily apply to every story
The single key to creating character arc and theme
Creating unique, believable and fulfilling love stories
Adapting a novel into film
The single biggest mistake writers make in pitching their work
The eight steps to a powerful pitch
If you want to elevate your writing to the highest possible level, this event is a must.

Can't wait!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The Shadow Prince Blog Tour & Giveaway

I'm really excited to be a part of The Shadow Prince Tour!






Every sacrifice has consequences.

Sixteen-year-old Rowan has spent most of his life living among the mortals—learning to control the element of fire, impatiently awaiting the day his vengeful mother, Queen Prisma, will abdicate her throne. When he finally returns to Avalon for his coronation, his mother insists he must first prove his loyalty to the court by completing a secret mission:

Kill Kalin, the half-human, half-elemental daughter of the air court king.

Willing to do anything to remove his mother from power, he agrees to sacrifice the halfling. He returns to the mortal world with his best friend, Marcus, determined to kill the princess. But as he devises a plan, he starts to question whether or not he's capable of completing such a heinous task. And what price he will pay if he refuses?


Available for FREE on Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble


Also available in PRINT from Amazon



Here's my YA Books Central review:



Get ready for a new swoon worthy protagonist! Sixteen-year-old Rowan has lived among mortals but is surprised when his Queen mother summons him back to Avalon. She's abdicating the court and wants him to be crowned King. His mother hasn't been warm toward him in the past so he's curious why the change of heart. Then he finds out the truth which has him question if receiving the crown is really worth it.

First off, I love the voice of Rowan. At the beginning, he's the true reluctant hero. He doesn't want anything to do with getting the crown and only muses over the possibility if it means others like the hounds, elements that are basically servants to those in the court, will be free. He has one very big plus in his favor: his loyalty. I felt Rowan sounded like any other teen guy who likes to party and be around a pretty girl or two. Plus his loyalty to his friend gives him huge points in my book.

There is some darkness in this piece which includes the brutality directed his way by his own mother. This scene reminded me of Melissa Marr's own faery series. Family isn't necessarily a good thing in Avalon. What I liked was how readers see the contrasts between family and true loyalty.


There's lots of action and betrayal that makes this a fast read. The ending opens up to MORTAL ENCHANTMENT, the first book in the series. We get a teaser on Kalin, the half-human, half-elemental daughter of the air court king, that Rowan was supposed to kill. He's enthralled whenever he's around her. I wanted to see more of Kalin and Rowan together, which will happen in the upcoming book coming out in May.

Fans of Melissa Marr and Holly Black are sure to be caught up in this tale of loyalty and betrayal with one hawt new protagonist.



Originally posted at: http://www.yabookscentral.com/yaindie/16504-the-shadow-prince-mortal-enchantment-0-5



Stacey O'Neale lives in Annapolis, Maryland. When she's not writing, she spends her time fangirling over books, blogging, watching fantasy television shows, cheering for the Baltimore Ravens, and hanging out with her husband and daughter.


Her career in publishing started as a blogger-turned-publicist for two successful small publishers. Stacey writes young adult paranormal romance and adult science fiction romance. Her books always include swoon-worthy heroes, snarky heroines, and lots of kissing.


Stacey loves hearing from readers. Follow her on Twitter @StaceyONeale, look for her on Facebook, Pinterest, and GoodReads. You can also visit her blog at http://staceyoneale.com/.




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Sunday, March 23, 2014

NEARLY GONE blog tour

I'm excited to be a part of the NEARLY GONE.



My YA Books Center review:http://www.yabookscentral.com/yafiction/15632-nearly-gone

Teaser: The mystery behind who was plotting the murders and why they seem to point toward Nearly had me wondering. I liked that when the final reveal came it took me by surprise. The math and science part of the mystery was very intriguing. Loved how clues were woven into personal ads and how they all added up. Once the bodies started piling up, I couldn't put this book down! I had to see if my suspect had in fact done the deed. (It wasn't!) Great pacing, action, and suspense that kept me turning the pages.

Welcome to the NEARLY GONE blog tour. We at Penguin are especially excited about Elle Cosimano’s smart, but scary debut (caution: avoid reading this one before bedtime!). Over the next three weeks, Elle will share the secrets behind NEARLY GONE on a Monday/Wednesday/Friday basis, so be sure to be on the lookout for new posts!

Elle’s Guest Post

My main character’s name is Nearly Boswell.

Everyone asks me “why?”

She didn’t start out with a name like Nearly. Scratchy outlines of my original drafts contain long lists of other possibilities, all of them more normal and less… adverb-y.

But the more I fleshed her out on the page, and the deeper I dug around inside her, the more I started to see a pattern. Words like almost, nearly, and not quite kept popping up in my notes, over and over again. And I realized that this kick-ass, confident math-whiz is a girl who feels differently inside. Like she’s not enough. In her case, not enough to hold her family together.

Nearly had a beautiful and heartbreaking connotation to it, and it stuck. Her mother had her own reasons for naming her daughter Nearly, but that didn’t matter. The name would reflect all of her own self-doubts back at her, a constant reminder of what she perceived to be her own inadequacies.

And so it was settled.

I knew her name. But I also knew her strength of character. And that strong face she wore on the outside would never be content with a name like Nearly. It made sense to me that she would adopt a nick-name. One that was more empowering. One that was self-claimed. And so, at her best-friend’s suggestion, Nearly took the adverb out of her own name, and began calling herself “Leigh”.

I guess you could say Nearly’s name turned out to be the key to the development of her entire character. Once I figured out her name, I knew exactly who she wanted to be.

NEARLY GONE Synopsis

Nearly Boswell knows how to keep secrets. Living in a DC trailer park, she knows better than to share anything that would make her a target with her classmates. Like her mother's job as an exotic dancer, her obsession with the personal ads, and especially the emotions she can taste when she brushes against someone's skin. But when a serial killer goes on a killing spree and starts attacking students, leaving cryptic ads in the newspaper that only Nearly can decipher, she confides in the one person she shouldn't trust: the new guy at school--a reformed bad boy working undercover for the police, doing surveillance. . . on her.

Nearly might be the one person who can put all the clues together, and if she doesn't figure it all out soon--she'll be next.
About Elle Cosimano

Elle Cosimano grew up in the suburbs of Washington, DC, the daughter of a prison warden and an elementary school teacher who rides a Harley. She majored in psychology at St. Mary's College, Maryland, and set aside a successful real-estate career to pursue writing. She lives with her husband and two sons. Nearly Gone is her first novel.