Monday, 23 September 2013

Write On: FAN ART

My CP Bridget Shepherd is wicked talented - not just with writing, but at creating beautiful pieces of art, too. (I know. I am also very jealous.) But she has also created a few pictures based on characters from my stories - which is pretty much the most amazing thing ever! If I had tear ducts like a real person, I'd cry every time I saw one of her pictures.

Since Bridget is my friend and CP, she has already read BLACKFIN SKY, my story which is going to be a BOOK. Not only that, but she created this gorgeous picture of my main character, Skylar.


For me, I don't think there is anything more amazingly surreal than having something I created inspire a fabulous artist like Bridget to create an image like this (which is something I could NEVER do).

Thank you so much, Bridget, for creating my first ever fan art!

Bridget did an awesome guest post for me earlier this year on drawing and writing inspiration - you should check that out if you haven't already. And of course, there are her blog and twitter to stalk!


Wednesday, 18 September 2013

The Playlist: APOCALYPSE

THE PLAYLIST
The shiz has hit the fan. A great whirling shiz-cloud has descended upon the earth, and maybe as the dust settles it's turned out OK, maybe it hasn't. Maybe the last living creatures on earth are your MC and his dog, or maybe the plague has been cured with skittles. Whatever your apocalypse, here's a playlist for while you write it.

As always, add your own songs in the comments and I'll stick them on the list.


Friday, 13 September 2013

EVADE by Jessa Russo - Cover Reveal!

I am utterly thrilled to be one of Jessa's cohort of online friends who get to reveal this stunning cover to the book-loving world. EVADE is the sequel to EVER, the second in the trilogy, and will be released on 1st October.

BEHOLD. 




In this thrilling sequel, Ever Van Ruysdael's race to beat the odds—and the clock—begins with the introduction of an integral part of her past. As secrets are revealed, and truths uncovered, she learns her imminent death is the least of her problems: Ariadne did more than just put an expiration date on her life; she marked Ever's soul by upping its value for greedy collectors looking to buy their freedom.

Condemned by the countdown on her life, and hunted by hired Seekers, Ever’s journey leads her to question everything she’s known and everyone she’s trusted, while growing closer to the one person from her past she was determined to avoid—and the one guy she never could—Toby James.

With her ex-boyfriend by her side, and the countdown clock rapidly ticking away, Ever tries thwarting fate’s plans. But as her nineteenth birthday approaches, and desperate Seekers follow her every move, she may be too late.

A marked soul is hard to come by … and even harder to escape.


EVADE'S LINKS:

JESSA RUSSO'S LINKS:

GRAB A COPY OF EVER: Book One of The EVER Trilogy!

COVER CREDIT: 
Cover Photo: Face On By Tamara Website | Facebook | Twitter 
Cover Design: Blue Sky Designs / Michelle Johnson Illustrations Website

Flash Friday: FLASH SNAPS

FLASH FRIDAY
I decided to take a slightly different approach to Flash Friday this month, a) because I haven't felt inspired to write a new flash piece, and b) because I've been gallivanting around the North Wales countryside this week taking photos...so my 'flash' is a little more literal! I wrote a post a few weeks ago about using images as inspiration for writing, so I thought I'd showcase a few photographs I've taken this week which I already plan to use for the writing projects I have coming up in the near future.

If you've taken a look at the blurb for my book, BLACKFIN SKY, you'll know that the pier in Blackfin is a pretty major feature of the novel. This is a bigger version of what I wrote about, but as it's 20 minutes from my house, it probably sowed the seed!


I'm going to be working on an outline for a new MS this week, and this image is one which has inspired the plot a little bit...SECRET CAVE FTW.


Aaaaaannnd, my next-but-one MS, which is going to be a historical fantasy, might just have a scene set in this room...


A bit Downton, isn't it??

Anyway, they're some photos I've snapped on my travels this week. Hope you liked them!


Do you use images to inspire your writing projects? 


Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Winner of the September "I, Reader" Giveaway

And the winner of a copy of SKIN DEEP by Laura Jarratt is...


VikLit!


Congratulations, VikLit! Your book will be in the mail to you soon.

Thanks to everyone who entered. There will be another awesome book giveaway next month!

Saturday, 7 September 2013

I, Reader: SKIN DEEP by Laura Jarratt

I, READER
I asked for recommendations on twitter for a contemporary YA with a really intense romantic relationship, and this book was recommended to me by the wonderful Molly Ker Hawn. And it was exactly what I wanted: intense and heartbreaking, all at once.


Don't forget, you too can win a copy of SKIN DEEP - just leave a comment on this post for a chance to win! **NOW CLOSED**

Here is the back cover blurb:


'I wanted to say this morning, only you ran off...Sorry if I was rude.' The boy from the boat grinned, looking straight at me. 'You surprised me, that's all. The scar' - he touched his face - 'took me by surprise. I didn't mean to be rude.' I gaped at him. Nobody ever, ever mentioned the scars.

After the car crash that leaves her best friend dead, Jenna struggles to rebuild her life. But every stare in the street, every glance in the mirror, makes her want to hide away. And then Ryan turns up - a tall, good-looking traveller unlike anyone Jenna's ever met before.

Can he help to put her world back together, or will he just break her heart?





Why did this book stand out?

I've mentioned in previous posts (or was it tweets?) that I'm broadening my reading horizons, particularly when it comes to contemporary YA, which has always been a bit of a blind spot for me. And SKIN DEEP is such an easy read, the characters totally engrossing (I'll talk about that more in a second), the setting and what happens so believable that I actually got lost in the story at some point in the first chapter and didn't emerge until I finished the last page.

The story is told in dual 1st person POV, which I will confess is a favourite of mine (I like getting into people's heads, and this seems the most expedient way to get there). Jenna has had a truly terrible thing happen to her, and that has had a huge impact on her life. But while it has obviously affected her, changed the person that she is, it hasn't made her self-absorbed or depressed or anything which would - for me - be a barrier to liking her. And Ryan was a fantastic character, too - he has his own issues to deal with, judged for being a traveller by the people he meets and isolated by his mother's illness. But he's funny, and charming, and a little bit rogueish, while at the same time having the courage to do what he knows is right and fighting for the things he believes in.

I finished reading SKIN DEEP a few days ago, and it has left me a little heartsick that I can't read it all over again without knowing what's going to happen. That said - and without spoilerifying - I thought the ending was exactly right for the story. I pretty much inhaled this book, it was so good!

SKIN DEEP is definitely in my top 3 reads so far this year!

**Leave a comment by 8pm GMT on 10th September for your chance to win a copy of SKIN DEEP. One commenter will be chosen at random. Open internationally.****NOW CLOSED - thanks to all who entered!**

Sunday, 1 September 2013

Happy Release Day! EVER by Jessa Russo

To celebrate EVER's rebirth, and Jessa Russo’s first step into the indie self-publishing world, she is giving you the first chapter of EVER for FREE! Yup! FREE! You can read along, decide if you want more, then click on one of the buy links below to grab a copy for yourself! *Paperbacks available soon!


Check out the FREE first chapter HERE


We're also having some fun on Twitter (details below), and Jessa has also compiled TWO prize packs of super awesome stuff! There will be one (1) lucky winner in the US, and one (1) lucky winner Internationally! Want to know what we’re giving away? 




***GIVEAWAY FUN!***

The winner(s) will receive the following items:


US ONLY Prize Pack (ONE winner):
Set of 4: custom Frankie4Ever / Toby4Ever Coasters (2 of each) + Signed EVER bookmarks +
Signed paperback copy of EVER by Jessa Russo (YA)
Complete set* of The Darkness Falls Trilogy e-books from Krystal Wade (YA)
*Includes WILDE'S FIRE, WILDE'S ARMY and WILDE'S MEADOW
Signed paperback copy of EYRE HOUSE by Cait Greer (NA, adult content)
Paperback copy of THE CHARGE by Sharon Bayliss (YA)
Paperback copy of SEALED WITH A CURSE by Cecy Robson (A, mature content)

INTERNATIONAL Prize Pack (ONE winner):

E-book of EVER by Jessa Russo (YA)
Complete set* of The Darkness Falls Trilogy e-books from Krystal Wade (YA)
*Includes WILDE'S FIRE, WILDE'S ARMY and WILDE'S MEADOW
E-book of THE CHARGE by Sharon Bayliss (YA)
E-book of BROKEN FOREST by Eliza Tilton (YA)
E-book of THE VALENTINE CHALLENGE by Marisa Cleveland (A, mature content)
E-book of THE GATHERING DARKNESS by Lisa Collicutt (YA)
E-book of 1,000 SLEEPLESS NIGHTS by Connie Michael

ENTER HERE:
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***TWITTER FUN!***


We're also going to be tweeting a bit today, to celebrate not just EVER's re-release (hashtag: #EVERTrilogy), but also playing up a major theme of the book--Ever's love for her deceased best friend. We'll be tweeting the theme with the hashtag #IfICouldBringBack and then sharing who we would bring back and why, or what we'd do with them, etc.

So, sticking with EVER as my example, the main female character of the series may tweet something like this:

#IfICouldBringBack Frankie, I'd finally tell him the truth. That I've loved him since we were in diapers. #EVERTrilogy 

Who would you want to bring back? An old flame? A relative? Maybe a famous author or dignitary? Think about it and join in the fun on Sunday, 9/1/13! We'll see you on Twitter!




***BOOK DETAILS!***


EVER

The EVER Trilogy, Book One 

By Jessa Russo
September 1, 2013

Seventeen-year-old Ever’s love life has been on hold for the past two years. She’s secretly in love with her best friend Frankie, and he’s completely oblivious. Of course, it doesn't help that he’s dead, and waking up to his ghost every day has made moving on nearly impossible. 

Frustrated and desperate for something real, Ever finds herself falling for her hot new neighbor Toby. His relaxed confidence is irresistible, and not just Ever knows it. But falling for Toby comes with a price that throws Ever’s life into a whirlwind of chaos and drama. More than hearts are on the line, and more than Ever will suffer.


Some girls lose their hearts to love. 

Some girls lose their minds.
Ever Van Ruysdael could lose her soul.



Jessa Russo's Links:



Stay tuned for the second book in the trilogy, EVADE, set to release on October 1st, 2013! 

You can now add EVADE on Goodreads!


Remember to follow EVER's 9/1/13 re-release day FUN on Twitter with these hashtags: 


#EVERTrilogy

and 

#IfICouldBringBack