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Book Blog Tour Day 3

GUEST POST The Myths are dead...not!
Myths are common to all cultures and that since the beginning of time they have been used to explain the world.
In elementary school, we went over Greek mythology. I loved the stories of the gods and goddesses. One of my favorite stories had to be Pandora’s Box. The whole premise of not opening a box, intrigued me. Why would the gods insist not to open it? What secrets did the box hold? I couldn’t help but know I would have opened that box too.
In Goddesses Can Wait, I did my own twist on this tale. Only in this case when my character Jordan opens the box, she releases Aphrodite and havoc erupts.
Rick Riordan of The Olympians series did a lot to reinvigorate the ancient myths for the middle-grade set. My son loved these stories, especially the idea of a protagonist, Percy, having ADHD. The author shows this as a strength that helps Percy battle the Greek gods.
Most of the demigods have ADHD or dyslexia which helps them decipher Greek and Latin and to c…


Goddesses Can Wait (Myths and Mayhem #2) by Kim Baccellia
Genre: YA Fantasy
Jordan Lake, a fifteen-year-old Audrey Hepburn-olic who’s a magnet for goddesses, has a chance to go to Paris with her grandmother and BFF Selena Garza. Even though she senses something is off, she decides to make the trip.
But when she kisses a cute Parisian boy a la Roman Holiday, she switches bodies with Aphrodite and is sent to the Greek netherworld. She must enlist the help of the Greek god (in more ways than one) Ares then complete seven trials set by his sister Artemis in order to return home.
Except time is running out, and if she can’t get Aphrodite back to the Eiffel Tower by midnight, she’ll be stuck in Greek mythology forever.
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The Excerpt
My fingers brushed against the wooden box. I pulled it out. A slight tingle vibrated through my fingers. Not unpleasant, still it felt as if I’d shocked myself. I gasped, dropping the box.
I winced, fearing I’d broken it. …

Friday Five

1. Check out my LitPick interview:

Joining LitPick for Six Minutes with an Author is Kim Baccellia. She loves the paranormal and has a background in teaching. Kim is the author of books such as NO MORE GODDESSES and GODDESSES CAN WAIT. Kim is giving away these two books at LitPick(, so be sure to enter for your chance to win! ***How did you get started writing? My fifth teacher, Mrs. Clements, encouraged my writing with positive suggestions. I also wrote tons of poetry in high school. I was able to put down how I was felt without the fear of being judged. I would write my thoughts in notebooks that I carried with me. I also wrote lots of fanfiction based on my favorite TV series. ***Who influenced you? When I was a bilingual teacher, there was a resource teacher at my school who wrote romances. She’d share her experiences and journey with all of us in the teacher’s lounge. My favorite subject in my own classroom had to be writer’s workshop, wh…

Friday Five

1. Been working hard on revision. Got some very helpful advice and feedback on fleshing out my characters more and adding Sci-Fi elements to my story.

Goal is to continue to work on this during the summer and then go back to my romance set in Italy.

Seriously, I've been working on this revision FOREVER.

Whoever says writing is easy, hasn't revised!

2. My GODDESSES CAN WAIT book blog tour is coming up!  Here's the link! I'll also be offering a giveaway package!

It's July 24th to July 30th! I've been sharing that week, so check back!

3. Been musing over ideas for book three in the CROSSED OUT series. Think border town missing girls and a hot Latino guy that shows up at Sutter High.

4. Been reading:

My YA Books Central review:
I really loved this book and wished there had been one like it when I was…

Friday Five

1. First off, got this Litpick review:

Here's part of the review:
This novel is fast-paced and easy to read, which I enjoyed. I never found myself bored while reading. I also enjoyed the tidbits of Greek mythology information the author gave, and you can tell she had done plenty of research on the topic. This novel is a sequel to No More Goddesses by Kim Baccellia. However, you do not necessarily have to read the first novel to understand this one. It would give you a better idea of the characters, their relationships, and their backstory. Overall, I really enjoyed this novel and would recommend it to anyone looking for an action-packed story.

2. Been working on strengthening my revision. I swear though it seems like this revision is never ending!

The feedback I've been receiving has been great. I've also learned it's 'okay' not to use every piece of advice especially if you feel it will take…

Friday Five

1. Finished second round of edits!

2. I have a YA Books Central giveaway going on!  Check it out:

I'll be giving away signed copies of both books in the Myth & Mayhem series plus a cute Paris tote and other goodies!

3. Been working hard on latest round of revisions. My weekly critique group is helping me tighten and deepen my characters.  My goal is to get this round of revisions done before October so I can query it around again.

4.  Totally LOVED this book:

Bittersweet love story that alternates between 1938 at the beginning of World War 2 and 1989 Los Angeles. Lots of history behind stamp making. This reminded me of a Jewish THE NOTEBOOK. Heart-breaking at times, this story kept me turning the pages.

4. Also read a YA set in Paris: ON THE SPECTRUM.

The link to my YABC review:

Teaser: Coming of age story where teen goes to Paris to help her younger autist…

Friday Five

1. First off, I totally need to remember this rule:



Because it never fails to make me feel less than successful or worse.

2. This week also heard tragic news from an author friend in Texas. I've known her online since 2004 and she's been so encouraging and supportive of not only my writing career but helped me when I had to homeschool my son and dealing with my elderly mother-in-law. So I was heartbroken when it was posted that her husband and son were found dead of heat exhaustion while on a hiking trip in New Mexico.

My heart goes out to her right now.

Fellow author Melodye Shore posted something that I loved:

3. Almost done with the latest round of edits on my sequel to CROSSED OUT.

**Stay tuned for a book blog tour for GODDESSES CAN WAIT! It'll be the last week in July. More coming soon!

4. Still had some time for reading. THE HEARTS WE…

Friday Five

1. Wow, read this today and couldn't help but think of my own characters down in the catacombs where the goddess of love plays tricks on Jordan:

2. Stay tuned for another giveaway with YA Books Central!

3. Been working hard on second round of edits!

4. Excited to receive my June box of books from YA Books Central!

5. Right now reading THE HEARTS WE SOLD.

Intriguing look at how much it really 'costs' when you bargain with a demon. In this case, you have to give up a body part.

**Guilty pleasure:

Today's the last day of school. It's been a challenging year but I'm glad son completed his sophomore year.  He went to a public high school, so yes, it was an adjustment for all of us.

Now I'm hoping he can look for a summer job and keep active.

In the meantime, I plan to grab a LARGE iced drink to celebrate the end. **The s'more one is really, really GOOD.

Friday Five

1. Got back letter from publisher for the sequel to CROSSED OUT. She emailed me that..."I love the story and Steph is a lot more endearing now as are the other characters."

Now I'm working on round two of edits. Then it'll go to the copy editor.

Very excited about revisiting Stephanie's world!

2. Been revisiting my current project. Using the feedback and suggestions I received from editors/agents on what I need to strengthen the story.

I swear revisions are never ending! But it's a necessary part of the writing process.

3. Also read these books this week:

My YA Books Central review:

Teaser:  Engaging portrayal of a diverse teen trying to make sense of her new school while coming to terms with her own heart.


Loving the snarky voice of Paige who finds herself on a mission to find her missing journalist parents.
5. Really loving this new summer TV series: STILL STAR…

Friday Five

1. So the plague has hit. I've been sick since Tuesday, plus son's still under the weather.

Oh, joy.

Lou Nelson, my writing mentor, suggested taking zinc.  So I'm doing that plus resting while teen is at school.

2. So I haven't done much writing but plan to get back to it soon!

3. Been reading though.  Latest:

I've been a fan of THE CAGE series since I was lucky enough to score a galley from YABC. This is the third and final book in the series and it's FRICKIN' AMAZING! I got to host Megan for a YABC Author Twitter chat a while back. Her books are so good! I totally recommend this TWILIGHT ZONE meets MAZE RUNNER.

4. 16 WAYS TO BREAK A HEART by Lauren Strasnick

My YA Books Central review:
Teaser: What I do like is how neither of these characters is the 'saint'. Each one has faults, insecurities, and selfishness. Natalie is high strung and very insecure with her border-line paranoi…

Friday Five

1. Well, this week started off with son texting me that he was, 'freakin' sick' while at youth conference. He's been sick on and off again all this week. Took him to the doctor and was told it's a bad viral infection.


**Crossing fingers I don't get it!

2. My educational project I've been working on was put on hold until Saturday. This means I've been able to hit my revisions again! Yay!

3. Also catching up with my reading.

My YA Books Central review:

Teaser: Intriguing look into a futuristic world where anyone's privacy can be comprised with one click. Fans of PRETTY LITTLE LIARS are sure to enjoy this not too futuristic tale that shows the consequences of wanting to have everything out there on social media.

4. Not sure to think of this one:

Pluses: I love the glimpses readers get to read both sides of the story. In this case, the girl writes letters describing their relationship at the …