Friday, September 28, 2012

Summer Fun & Giveaway with Gretchen McNeil

Technically, summer ended a few days ago, but, hey, the weather is still warm, so we've got one more installation of Summer Fun with Gretchen McNeil. Please leave a comment if you'd like a chance to win your own copy of Ten!
What's your favorite summer memory?
Hot summer days at the beach in Clearlake with my cousins. As an only child, it was fun to feel like I was a part of a large family!
Ice cream or popsicle? What's your favorite flavor? 
Ben & Jerry's Chocolate Therapy.
What will you be reading this summer? 
I just finished DEMON EYES by Scott Tracey, then I'll be reading THE TURNING by Francine Prose and TOUCHED by Corrine Jackson!


And their doom comes swiftly.

It was supposed to be the weekend of their lives – three days on Henry Island at an exclusive house party. Best friends Meg and Minnie each have their own reasons for wanting to be there, both of which involve Kamiak High’s most eligible bachelor, T.J. Fletcher. But what starts out as a fun-filled weekend turns dark and twisted after the discovery of a DVD with a sinister message: Vengeance is mine.

Suddenly, people are dying and the teens are cut off from the outside world. No electricity, no phones, no internet, and a ferry that isn’t scheduled to return for two days. As the deaths become more violent and the teens turn on each other, can Meg find the killer before more people die? Or is the killer closer to her than she could ever imagine?


Gretchen McNeil is an opera singer, writer and clown.  Her YA horror POSSESS debuted with Balzer + Bray for HarperCollins in 2011.  Her follow up TEN – YA horror/suspense about ten teens trapped on a remote island with a serial killer – will be released September 18, 2012, and her third novel 3:59, sci fi doppelganger horror is scheduled for Fall 2013.  Gretchen's new YA contemporary series Don't Get Mad (Revenge meets The Breakfast Club) begins Fall 2014 with GET EVEN, followed by the sequel GET DIRTY in 2015, also with Bazler + Bray.

Gretchen is a former coloratura soprano, the voice of Mary on G4's Code Monkeys and she sings with the LA-based circus troupe Cirque Berzerk.  Gretchen blogs with The Enchanted Inkpot and is a founding member of the vlog group the YARebels where she can be seen as "Monday."

 Please leave a comment if you'd like to win your own copy!
Contest ends on October 3, 2012.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Contest Winners!

The problem with summer fun is all the work that piles up and needs to be done. So here at long last are my contest winners from July & August:


Cialina won SUCH A RUSH



Stella won TIMEPIECE

I've tried to contact each of you, but if you don't hear from me, please email me your mailing address & I'll get your book to you right away! Congratulations & thanks for your patience.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Camp NaNoWriMo: Week Four

I survived camp NaNoWriMo & ended up having such a great time that I'm going to beg to go back next year!

Word Count: 50,404 words (a little more than halfway through my first draft)

Temptation: Now that I've completed my marathon to reach 50,000 words, I'm fighting the urge to go back to the beginning and make all the little repairs that have occurred to me as I've written. I could make that first part so nice, I think. But I know that I've got to push on through the middle to the end, even though I'm not sure exactly how it will all happen. Revision sounds so good right now.

November NaNo vs. Camp NaNo: People always bring up the Thanksgiving holiday when I mention doing NaNoWriMo in November. That's just one day, though. And if you're clever you can get someone else to invite you to dinner... If not, turkeys cook for a long time, enough time to hide and pound out a few words. If you're visiting family, taking a writing break is a great excuse to escape for a bit, one that everyone respects and supports. Plus, eavesdropping on everyone else's family drama at the Starbucks is fabulous fun!

Summer proved far more distracting. My kids were home, needing rides, school clothes, and entertainment. The sun was shining and sometimes just reading outside sounded so much nicer than writing something really rough. Plus, there was all that soccer. November is easier for me.

Final Care Packages:

40,000 words earned me a chocolate shake--one of those that come with the extra bit in the silver canister. So much chocolatey goodness!

50,000 words: Gummy Gators! Unfortunately, I had to settle for Gummy Hammerhead Sharks because my store no longer carries the gators... But they were delicious.

School started today, giving me back my quiet morning writing time. So I will press on finishing my WIP, without so many snacks... I'm going to miss Camp!