Up Next? #NTTB16

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Last year was the inaugural year for North Texas Teen Book Festival and it turned out to be one of the best book festivals I’ve ever gone to! I was able to volunteer and just soak up all the authors and books and literary flurry that permeated every square inch of the Las Colinas Convention Center.

I met some of my all-time favorite authors and this year, even MORE of my all-time favorite authors will be there. Basically, I’m just going to spend an entire day fan-girling…

Why?

Well because I’ll be able to see:

  • Gayle Forman
  • James Dashner
  • Marie Lu
  • Carrie Ryan
  • Marie Rutkoski
  • Ruta Sepetys
  • Sarah Dessen
  • E. Lockhart
  • Beth Revis
  • Ally Condie

AND SO MANY MORE!

There’s even a lunch the day before I’m attending, but I think the best part will be spending the day with my 13-year old niece Ashlyn who loves books as much as I do! Aunt/Niece bonding here we come.

I’m excited to be volunteering again this year… and you never know. Maybe next year I’ll be able to apply to attend as an author! 🙂

 

Thoughts on the Winner’s Trilogy by Marie Rutkoski

So, I know I should be working on my WIP, but I think my brain has been on burn-out trying to finish up the one millionth revision of ALLIANCE. When I finally hit send to my agent, I’ve spent the last two weeks gorging myself on books.

I’ve also realized that while I almost exclusively have been reading YA Fantasy, I don’t write in that genre, but I really want to. Maybe one day.

That, however, is not the point of this post. The point is to say that I FINALLY picked up Marie Rutkoski’s Winner trilogy last week and boy was it a good one.

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It’s the kind of story that just stays on your mind and you try to figure out how to read it, even when you should probably not be reading. Like—say—on a girl’s trip weekend when you should be giggling and playing games with your friends and instead you’re like, “No worries, I’ll just sit here and read.” Or you wake up at 8am on your only day to sleep in with no kids pouncing on you and instead of rolling over and falling back asleep, you grab your Kindle and read until the rest of your friends wake up at 11. I mean, that’s just a hypothetical.

SO all of that to say, go pick up the Winner’s Curse right now… you won’t regret it!

BOOK SUMMARY:

Winning what you want may cost you everything you love
They were never meant to be together. As a general’s daughter, seventeen-year-old Kestrel enjoys an extravagant and privileged life. Arin has nothing but the clothes on his back. Then Kestrel makes an impulsive decision that binds Arin to her. Though they try to fight it, they can’t help but fall in love. In order to be together, they must betray their people . . . but to be loyal to their country, they must betray each other.
Set in a new world, The Winner’s Curse is a story of rebellion, duels, ballroom dances, wicked rumors, dirty secrets, and games where everything is at stake, and the gamble is whether you will keep your head or lose your heart.

 

 

Cover Reveal! MY PERFECT MISTAKE by Kelly Siskind

It’s one of the most exciting things to see your fellow writer-friends have books that come out. Seriously, it never gets old and I’m so excited for Kelly’s new book to enter the world! It’s fun and sexy and will give you the feels! 

I’m so excited to be sharing the cover of Kelly Siskind’s MY PERFECT MISTAKE today! Check out the beautiful cover below and enter to win a copy!

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About MY PERFECT MISTAKE

What happens in Aspen is definitely not staying in Aspen . . .

A girls’ trip to Aspen was exactly what Shay needed to forget about her toxic ex-boyfriend. She’s got her girls, pristine slopes for skiing, and hot guys everywhere. Of course, her epic self-rediscovery goes completely to hell when a wild (and deliciously hot) skier knocks Shay on her ass . . . and war is declared.

Kolton doesn’t know what it is about Shay that makes him lose it. Not just his cool—although she does have an unholy gift for that—but his restraint. When anger gives way to explosive chemistry, they’re both shaken with the intensity of it. But somewhere between lust and hate, Kolton and Shay realize they could have something real . . . if they don’t kill each other first.

MY PERFECT MISTAKE releases April 5, 2016 – add it to your Goodreads list here!

Preorder MY PERFECT MISTAKE now: Amazon | Barnes and Noble | iBooks | Kobo

Want to win a digital ARC of MY PERFECT MISTAKE? You can enter to win on the Rafflecopter below!

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About Kelly Siskind

A small-town girl at heart, Kelly moved from the city to open a cheese shop with her husband in Northern Ontario. When she’s not neck deep in cheese or out hiking, you can find her, notepad in hand, scribbling down one of the many plot bunnies bouncing around in her head.

She laughs at her own jokes and has been known to eat her feelings—Gummy Bears heal all. She’s also an incurable romantic, devouring romance novels into the wee hours of the morning.

She is represented by Stacey Donaghy of the Donaghy Literary Group.

2015 Golden Heart® Finalist

Connect with Kelly Siskind

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | Pinterest 

There’s Enough Success for You

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As a writer in limbo (agented, but haven’t sold anything YET), one of the most debilitating things to your self confidence can be watching other writers achieve the success you so desperately crave. And it doesn’t have to just be well-known authors who hit the NYT Best-Sellers List or writers you’ve never met before (although that can happen too). But the hardest (IMO) is when it’s with writers whom you think are the absolute best and most deserving people on the planet. It’s the weirdest experience to feel like you’ve been sucker punched so hard you can’t get your breath and then on the opposite side of the same coin feel ecstatic joy when you hear their good news. Two warring emotions existing in the same moment.

On the road to a career in books, it’s always going to feel like people are passing you by.

So and so sold another book.

So and so sold at auction.

So and so has already sold international rights to 3 countries.

So and so sold a trilogy.

So and so sold a standalone and is going to be top billed in the fall…

Then you just sit there, staring at the same ol’book you’ve been revising for 18 months and you think… this is never going to happen for me. Why am I doing this to myself?

Then you have the other writing related envy woes.

So and so can write so much faster than I.

So and so writes clean drafts and hardly has to revise.

So and so gets to write full time and I have to juggle a full time job and family.

So and so writes so beautifully and lyrical.

So and so has the best plots.

If you’re not a writer, you’re probably sitting here thinking, “Wow, Destiny, the grass is always greener on the other side. Get a hold of yourself!” and that is SO true! Because as I’m watching friends pass me by, I’m passing by others on this road.

I wrote, completed, and revised a book I’m proud of.

I got multiple offers from agents to represent my work.

I’m surrounded by wildly supportive writers who cheer me on.

It’s all about perspective.

I love what my friend Mara said in this blog post:

“Any time a blogger I knew got an agent, I felt like it was one less chance for me to sign with an agent. I truly believed there was only so much luck to go around, and that other people’s successes were my loss.”

That’s what it feels like. That someone else’s success means one less chance of success for me. Like there are a finite number of good things that can happen and every book deal means one less chance to achieve my dreams of becoming published.

How silly is that? Think about it logically. When you finish an incredible series that you loved, what is the first thing you do? You go out and buy another book hoping to have the same connection, the same love for the characters, the world, and the story. People don’t just read a book and then after they finish say, “Well that was nice that I got to check, ‘read a YA fantasy trilogy’ off my list. Now I’ll never read another book again.” That’s not how art works.

Good literature is a catalyst; it sparks a yearning for more.

And maybe one day I’ll be that more.

Until then, I’m going to focus on the only thing that I have any control over on this crazy journey to publication: what’s on the page. I’m going to keep writing, keep revising, and keep my spirits high because there is enough success for me.

Fun with Rejection

Is there really anything fun about rejection? ummm, nope. But if you’re a writer pursuing publication, rejection is going to get as familiar as a dog is with its own butt.

However, here are a few fun things that can help take the sting out of your rejection letters… maybe, REJECTION BINGO?rejection bingo - revOr maybe you’re more active, and YOGA FOR WRITERS is more your style? I’m well acquainted with many of these poses… or mentally because let’s be real. Carpal Tunnel and Yoga do not mix.

 

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