Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Silencing That Internal Editor (Blogging Elsewhere)

A few weeks ago, I signed up for Camp NaNoWriMo, a fast-drafting novel challenge like the one in November, but during the more lazy days of August. A couple of weeks ago I started having doubts...maybe I should write the old-fashioned way, the more authentic way, the more author-ly way. You know, slow, painful, full of doubts and deleting. But then I read Jonas Lehrer's book Imagine. His chapter "Letting Go" convinced me that fast-drafting is a great way to get that first effort of a novel down on paper.

I blogged about it today on YA Outside The Lines.

So I'm off on another NaNo adventure--I figure with Camp NaNo that I'll get some care packages, make s'mores, and maybe do some arts and crafts. Watch for updates!

*** OOPS: So apparently, Lehrer used even more fiction techniques, faking some of his anecdotes, etc. Read about it here on NPR's blog. The publisher is offering refunds for people who purchased the book. I'm still going to let go while I write tomorrow, even if the Bob Dylan stuff is all bunk.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Summer Fun & Giveaway with Jennifer Echols

Please welcome Jennifer Echols & her new novel Such A Rush. Leave a comment to win a copy! 

1. What's your favorite summer memory?
I grew up on a beautiful lake in Alabama and had such a great time that I recounted that setting in a YA romantic comedy called Endless Summer.
2. Ice cream or popsicle? What's your favorite flavor?
Chocolate ice cream! Though we have a local ice cream joint that makes a mean key lime pie ice cream with lots of graham cracker crust chunks.
3. What will you be reading this summer? 
At the moment I’m finishing an adult romantic comedy called Faking It by my favorite author, Jennifer Crusie, but I have lots of great YA in the TBR pile: Never Enough by Denise Jaden, The Thing About the Truth by Lauren Barnholdt, and Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick by Joe Schreiber.

About The Book:

High school senior Leah Jones loves nothing more than flying. While she’s in the air, it’s easy to forget life with her absentee mother at the low-rent end of a South Carolina beach town. When her flight instructor, Mr. Hall, hires her to fly for his banner advertising business, she sees it as her ticket out of the trailer park. And when he dies suddenly, she’s afraid her flying career is gone forever.

But Mr. Hall’s teenage sons, golden boy Alec and adrenaline junkie Grayson, are determined to keep the banner planes flying. Though Leah has crushed on Grayson for years, she’s leery of getting involved in what now seems like a doomed business--until Grayson betrays her by digging up her most damning secret. Holding it over her head, he forces her to fly for secret reasons of his own, reasons involving Alec. Now Leah finds herself drawn into a battle between brothers--and the consequences could be deadly. 

About The Author:

Jennifer Echols is the award-winning author of multiple romantic dramas and romantic comedies for teens. She lives in Birmingham, Alabama. 

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Deadline is as flexible as an Olympic gymnast...

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Summer Fun & Giveaway with Denise Jaden

Please welcome Denise Jaden, author of Never Enough. Leave a comment to win a copy! 

You have been given your Dream Vacation. Where are you going & what are you doing?

Tahiti! Definitely. And I would be hanging out at the beach or the market by day, and with any dance group I could find at night (I am a Polynesian dancer myself.)

What if you could travel to a different time period?

I’d love to see maybe a hundred years into the future. I’ve always been intrigued by people’s predictions of what our future world will be like.

Are you a planner or a seat-of-the pants traveler?

Much to the frustration of my family, I’m the extreme planner. I try to temper my planning habits, but if I didn’t, I would have at least five things planned to do before breakfast.

What's the worst thing that's ever happened to you on vacation?

Our car broke down in San Francisco once. This is both the worst thing and one of the best things. It cost us some money we didn’t really have at the time, but it also forced us to stay in a hostel for a week extra. We met lots of wonderful people, and got to see a side of San Francisco that we probably otherwise never would have seen.

About The Book:

Loann’s always wanted to be popular and pretty like her sister, Claire. So when Claire’s ex-boyfriend starts flirting with her, Loann is willing to do whatever it takes to feel special…even if that means betraying her sister.
But as Loann slips inside Claire’s world, she discovers that everything is not as it seems. Claire’s quest for perfection is all-consuming, and comes at a dangerous price. And Loann is frightened she could lose the sister she’s always idolized.
As Claire increasingly withdraws from friends and family, Loann struggles to understand her and make amends. Can she heal their relationship—and her sister—before it’s too late?

 About The Author: 

Denise Jaden spent her high school lunch hours trying to tame her frizzy/curly hair in the bathroom, or playing freeze tag in the drama room. She attended the theatre program at college, and then enjoyed a variety of occupations, including stage production, mushroom farming, and Polynesian dancing. The first draft of her debut novel, Losing Faith, was written in 21 days during National Novel Writing Month. This is her second novel. She lives just outside Vancouver, Canada with her husband and son. Find out more online at http://www.denisejaden.comor on Twitter: @denisejaden

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The deadline for the contest is, um, flexible--hey, it's summertime :) 

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Summer Fun & Giveaway with Jessica Brody

Please welcome Jessica Brody, author of 52 Reasons To Hate My Father. Leave a comment to win a copy! 

What's your favorite summer memory?

I used to go to camp every summer and then when I got older, I became a camp counselor at the same camp. I loved that place so much! 15 years later and I still have dreams about being back there at least once a month.

Ice cream or popsicle? What's your favorite flavor?

So this is weird. The Rite-Aids in California used to all be Thrifty Drug Stores and Thrifty used to make their own ice cream. When Rite-Aid took them over, they kept all ice cream counters in all the CA stores. They have this flavor that has been my favorite since I was a kid. It’s called Chocolate Malted Crunch. Basically it’s chocolate chocolate chip with tiny malt balls in it. It’s TO DIE FOR! And really the only ice cream I’ll eat.

What will you be reading this summer? 

I have a TON of books on my TBR list. Right now I’m reading this really wonderful historical fiction novel called The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty and after that I really want to read FOREVER, the last book in Maggie Stiefvater’s series. It’s been on my shelf for far too long and I HAVE to know how this series ends!

About The Book:
Being America’s favorite heiress is a dirty job, but someone’s gotta do it.
Lexington Larrabee has never to work a day in her life. After all, she’s the heiress to the multi-billion-dollar Larrabee Media empire. And heiresses are not supposed to work. But then again, they’re not supposed to crash brand new Mercedes convertibles into convenience stores on Sunset Blvd either.
Which is why, on Lexi’s eighteenth birthday, her ever-absent, tycoon father decides to take a more proactive approach to her wayward life. Every week for the next year, she will have to take on a different low-wage job if she ever wants to receive her beloved trust fund. But if there’s anything worse than working as a maid, a dishwasher, and a fast-food restaurant employee, it’s dealing with Luke, the arrogant, albeit moderately attractive, college intern her father has assigned to keep tabs on her.
In a hilarious “comedy of heiress” about family, forgiveness, good intentions, and best of all, second chances, Lexi learns that love can be unconditional, money can be immaterial, and, regardless of age, everyone needs a little saving. And although she might have 52 reasons to hate her father, she only needs one reason to love him.

 About The Author:

Jessica Brody is the bestselling author of The Karma Club and My Life Undecided, as well as two books for adults: The Fidelity Files and Love Under Cover. In researching this book, she took on several minimum wage jobs, her favorite of which was working the drive-thru at a fast food restaurant. She splits her time between California and Colorado. Visit her online at: www.jessicabrody.com Twitter: www.twitter.com/jessicabrody

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