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Blogiversary Giveaway!!!

EDIT: This giveaway has ended. Thanks to everyone who entered and congrats to Keeana!

To celebrate seven years, I’m giving away a book of your choice* and here’s how to enter:

Comment below, telling me what book you’d like to win or what 2017 release you’re most looking forward to.

That’s it.

I’ll order from Book Depository so if they ship to where you live (check the full list here), then you’re eligible to enter.

Contest runs now through Sunday, January 22, 2017 at midnight EST. I’ll randomly select a winner and notify them on Monday so make sure your comment includes some way for me to contact you (email, twitter handle, link to your blog, etc).

It’s not required to enter, but please spread the love and share this post!

*Price limit $20USD

 


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FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT cover reveal + giveaway!!!

Fear Me, Fear Me Not
Elodie Nowodazkij
Publication date: September 27th 2016
Genres: Romance, Suspense, Young Adult

SCREAM meets FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS in this new young adult romantic suspense novel by Elodie Nowodazkij.

Fear is power. They fear me. They don’t fear me enough. Every year a girl disappears in Gavert County, Texas. Their bodies are found days, sometimes months, later with an angel wing carved on their face. They call me “the Angel Killer” and I’m on the hunt again. But this time, it’s personal.

Seventeen-year-old cheerleader Erin Hortz has been warned about the Angel Killer all her life. She never walks alone in the dark. She doesn’t talk to strangers. She doesn’t accept drinks at parties. All she wants is to finish her senior year with a win at the Miss Junior Queen of Hearts pageant, capture the perfect light over the lake with her new camera, and finally catch the attention of her best friend Nadia’s brother—former football star Dimitri Kuklev. Since his injury, they’ve been spending a lot of time together. And getting to know the real Dimitri—not the one she put on a pedestal in her diary is better than she could ever have imagined. And she’s falling hard.

Nineteen-year-old Dimitri’s injury brought him from football superstar with universities from all around the country knocking at his door to not knowing what he wants to do with his life. Taking classes at the local community college is supposed to get him back on track, but all he wants is to be on the field again. The only person who seems to understand him is the one he swore to keep in the friend zone: Erin. His sister Nadia’s best friend and the reason why he can’t keep a girlfriend. Between their early morning jogs, their time spent at the lake laughing, and their late night conversations, he’s having a hard time remembering why it’s such a bad idea.

But when Nadia doesn’t come home after a party, Dimitri and Erin know they must find her before it’s too late—even if that means risking their own lives and everything Erin’s ever known.

Because the main suspect is Erin’s father.

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Author Bio:

Elodie Nowodazkij was raised in a tiny village in France, where she could always be found a book in hand. At nineteen, she moved to the US, where she learned she’d never lose her French accent. Now she lives in Maryland with her husband, their dog and their cat.

She’s also a serial smiley user.

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LOVE IN B MINOR – book blitz and giveaway

Love in B Minor Cover

Happy release day to LOVE IN B MINOR by Elodie Nowodazkij! 

No promises. No fake tomorrows. That was the plan.

New city. New life. At least, that’s what nineteen-year-old Jen Harrison believes. On the surface, she’s living her dream: dancing in a prestigious dance company in Paris. But her sister’s death and the mistakes she’s tried to bury haunt her. She’s become a pro at hiding who she truly is, and she definitely doesn’t want a guy to derail her, but a one night-stand she can do. Nothing more. She definitely doesn’t plan to see the sexy stranger who made her laugh for the first time in years ever again.

Girls don’t walk away from Lucas Wills. Bad boy turned rock star, he’s got his share of groupies. Always upfront, he doesn’t promise fake tomorrows because love can destroy everything. Been there, done that. His ex not only lied to him, she stomped on his heart, used him to become famous, and almost ruined him. So, waking up alone after a night beyond his wildest imagination with a girl he just met shouldn’t upset him, shouldn’t inspire one of the saddest songs he’s ever written, shouldn’t make him want to chase after her.

When Jen, the one-night stand who got away, auditions to be a dancer in Lucas’ next music video, they can’t stop their growing attraction. But Jen’s secrets and his ex could shatter the careers they tried so hard to build and their hearts…they will have to decide what’s more important and if love is worth the fight.

Love in B Minor is the third standalone novel in Elodie Nowodazkij’s Broken Dreams series.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28600273-love-in-b-minor

 

PURCHASE

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B019HWIKX0/

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/love-in-b-minor-elodie-nowodazkij/1123230236?ean=2940152860016

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-ca/ebook/love-in-b-minor

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1076138635

 

AUTHOR BIO

Elodie author photoElodie Nowodazkij was raised in a tiny village in France, where she could always be found a book in hand. At nineteen, she moved to the US, where she learned she’d never lose her French accent. Now she lives in Maryland with her husband, their dog and their cat.

She’s also a serial smiley user.

Visit Elodie online at:  Twitter: https://twitter.com/ENowodazkij

Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/elodienowodazkij/ 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/enowodazkij/ 

Website: www.elodienowodazkij.com 

Tumblr: http://elodienowodazkij.tumblr.com/ 

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GIVEAWAY

To celebrate the release of LOVE IN B MINOR, Elodie is hosting a giveaway. Click on the link below to enter:

 https://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/share-code/MjJiM2VmN2VhOTE1ZjVhZDM5Y2E2ZmU1Y2EzNTEwOjEw/

 


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Excerpt + Giveaway: A SUMMER LIKE NO OTHER by Elodie Nowodazkij

Cover ASLNOYesterday on the blog I shared five facts about A SUMMER LIKE NO OTHER by Elodie Nowodazkij and today I’ve got an excerpt for you. Scroll to the bottom of the post for giveaway details or buy it now for the special price of $0.99 (ends Sunday August 2)

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A SUMMER LIKE NO OTHER

A Broken Dreams Novella

She’s his best friend’s little sister. He’s the biggest player of them all.

They shouldn’t be together. But this summer’s just too tempting.

[Excerpt from Chapter 6 – Nick]

I’m so deep in thought I almost run into a gorgeous girl pushing a little boy.

“Sorry,” I mutter.

And she smiles. “It’s okay.” She’s got an accent. German, maybe? She must be a nanny—she’s with two other girls, and they continue their conversation as I walk past them. They’re bitching about the families they’re working for.

My nanny probably did the same while I was growing up. She probably told all the other nannies how awful I was. According to the psychologist we all saw as a family, I was only trying to get attention.

Maybe I should tell those nannies that the moment will pass. Kids only try to get attention from one source for so long before they get their fix somewhere else. My chosen method is pretty healthy:  no drugs, no drinking…only all eyes on me while I dance. And girls.

Girls, girls, girls.

Actually, Nanny One is pretty hot, especially with the accent. She has short light brown hair, and her big boobs are almost spilling out of her blouse.

She must feel me staring at her, because she turns around. But before I can work the charm I notice Em carrying a box into a moving truck, all by herself. The box is almost bigger than her and her face contorts under the effort. She’s going to trip and hurt herself. If she hurts herself, she won’t be able to dance. If she can’t dance, she’s going to be depressed. If she can’t dance, I won’t see her as often and I’ll be miserable.  

“Are you trying to prove something to someone?” I ask her as I relieve her of the heavy box.

She breathes heavily. “Are you trying to get it on with Katrin because Jen is out of town?”

“Katrin?” I slide the box on top of another one and turn back to her.

She points to the girls I was admiring a few seconds ago. “The nanny you were about to hit on.”

“Katrin. Is she American or…?” I waggle my eyebrows.

“She’s German.” She raises one finger at a time as she enunciates the rest super slowly. “She’s here for the summer. She loves going to Central Park and she doesn’t understand why she has to work fifteen hours a day while the mom is a stay-at-home mom. Oh, and she likes girls. So, nice try.”

“Did she hit on you? Oh please, tell me she did. I am getting the best girl-on-girl images in my mind. You. That girl, Katrin. A ballet studio. With all the mirrors. A kiss. Or two. Or more…”

She punches my shoulder. “You’re so dumb. No, she didn’t hit on me, I met her at Starbucks the other day and we started talking.”

“You’re talking to people now, not just hitting them?”

“And you’re losing your mojo. First, Jen who escapes to France before your hot date, and then you almost hit on poor Katrin, who doesn’t want anything to do with you.”

She’s kidding me. Me, losing my mojo? I don’t think so. I stare at Em, at her long legs, her full lips, and I gently tuck a strand of her wild brown hair behind her ear, my finger slowly caressing her cheek.

She sucks in a breath and I bend down, until my lips are at her ears. “Do you want to test that theory?”

“What theory?” She doesn’t move, and I’m not even sure she breathes. My entire body reacts to hers, and I can’t remember what I wanted to prove. I’m under her spell.

“Hey bro!” Roberto yells from the stairs. “Thanks for coming!”

Em retreats at her brother’s voice, muttering something I can’t hear, but the slouch of her shoulders is a tell that she’s disappointed. My hand automatically reaches for hers, wanting to comfort her, maybe even wanting to see if she’ll take the risk of her brother seeing us, wanting to test myself too. It’s nothing but a brief touch, a brief brush of our fingers, a brief hurricane of feelings.

ABOUT ELODIE

Elodie author photo

Elodie Nowodazkij was raised in a tiny village in France, where she could always be found a book in hand. At nineteen, she moved to the US, where she learned she’d never lose her French accent. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Modern Language & Linguistics, and later earned master’s degrees in German Cultural Studies and European Studies. Unbeknownst to her professors, she sometimes drafted stories in class. Now she lives in Maryland with her husband, their dog and their cat. She’s also a serial smiley user.

Connect with the author

Facebook reader group (chat with the author, early excerpts, ARCs opportunities, giveaways…) – https://www.facebook.com/groups/954159761294820/

Newsletter (Exclusive bonus scenes, regular updates, videos, giveaways…)http://elodienowodazkij.us3.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=4fe2ebb3f95df52e0954e0044&id=f404024751

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/ENowodazkij

Instagramhttps://instagram.com/enowodazkij/

Tumblr – http://elodienowodazkij.tumblr.com

Other books by the author:

GIVEAWAY!

Elodie GIveaway

Click below for a chance to win some pretty special prizes, including a leather bracelet from Chloe + Isabel.

http://smarturl.it/ASLNOgiveaway

You have mannnnny ways to enter and you have an entire month to do so!

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5 Facts + Giveaway: A SUMMER LIKE NO OTHER by Elodie Nowodazkij

Cover ASLNO

I’m so happy to share in Elodie’s excitement today as she celebrates the release of A SUMMER LIKE NO OTHER. Click here to listen to Elodie reading an excerpt and then come back to this post to learn more about ASLNO and where you can buy it. Plus, don’t forget there’s a giveaway (link at the end).

P.S. If you stop by the blog tomorrow, I’ll be sharing an excerpt!

A SUMMER LIKE NO OTHER

A Broken Dreams Novella

She’s his best friend’s little sister. He’s the biggest player of them all.

They shouldn’t be together. But this summer’s just too tempting.

Sixteen-year-old Emilia Moretti’s goal for the summer is simple: forget her brother’s best friend—Nick Grawsky—ever existed. It should be easy: He’s spending his summer in the Hamptons, adding girls in tiny bikinis to his list of broken hearts. Guarantee he won’t be telling them they’re like his little sisters. This summer, Emilia won’t stay awake at night thinking about him. She’ll need flawless ballet movements to have a shot at next year’s showcase, and she’s finally ready to search for her birth parents. But when Nick decides to stay in the city, Emilia’s resolve disappears in a pirouette. Maybe it’s the spin they needed to be together. As long as she doesn’t get stuck believing in happily ever after…

Nick is tired of pretending to be the happy, let’s-have-fun guy. His father wants him to change his career from professional dancer to…lawyer. He needs to put all of his focus on dancing to prove to Daddy Dearest he’s good enough to make it big. And he may have a case of the bluest balls in history courtesy of Emilia. She’s off-limits: The bro code with Roberto even forbids the dirty thoughts he has about her. Besides, he’s not boyfriend material. He only has time for flings, for girls who don’t expect much, for girls he doesn’t want to kiss goodnight. He knows he should resist her, but he’s not sure he wants to…

At least for this summer.

It’s going to be a summer like no other.

Buy it now 🙂 (Special price of $0.99 ends on Sunday August 2nd)

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FIVE FACTS ABOUT ASLNO

  1. Elodie’s sister’s name is Emilie. This may or may not have influenced the name of the main character to Emilia 🙂
  2. The sentence, “It’s nothing but a brief touch, a brief brush of our fingers, a brief hurricane of feelings.” was written in cooperation with her husband. She asked him for a word, he said “storm,” she changed it to “hurricane”. 
  3. Elodie designed the cover of A Summer Like No Other. 
  4. A Summer Like No Other almost never saw the light of the day, it was only supposed to be a few notes to help Elodie draft Always Second Best, but the characters wanted their summer to be told. 
  5. A lot of kissing was added during the revision stage.

ABOUT ELODIE

Elodie author photo

Elodie Nowodazkij was raised in a tiny village in France, where she could always be found a book in hand. At nineteen, she moved to the US, where she learned she’d never lose her French accent. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Modern Language & Linguistics, and later earned master’s degrees in German Cultural Studies and European Studies. Unbeknownst to her professors, she sometimes drafted stories in class. Now she lives in Maryland with her husband, their dog and their cat. She’s also a serial smiley user.

Connect with the author

Facebook reader group (chat with the author, early excerpts, ARCs opportunities, giveaways…) – https://www.facebook.com/groups/954159761294820/

Newsletter (Exclusive bonus scenes, regular updates, videos, giveaways…) – http://elodienowodazkij.us3.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=4fe2ebb3f95df52e0954e0044&id=f404024751

Twitter – https://twitter.com/ENowodazkij

Instagram – https://instagram.com/enowodazkij/

Tumblr – http://elodienowodazkij.tumblr.com

Other books by the author:

GIVEAWAY!

Click below for a chance to win some pretty special prizes, including a leather bracelet from Chloe + Isabel.

You have mannnnny ways to enter and you have an entire month to do so!

Open internationally.

http://smarturl.it/ASLNOgiveaway 


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GIVEAWAY + excerpt of Memoirs of an Ordinary Girl: Fresh-meat Year by Terri Klaes Harper

Memoirs of an Ordinary Girl Fresh-Meat YearScroll to the bottom for the giveaway link

This book is set in the early 90s and I’ve known Terri since then. It’s awesome to see her go from creative writing classmate to published author.

Description from Amazon:

Freshman year is the only thing that just might be more horrific and awkward than middle school, and Drew cannot avoid it. Thankfully, she is not alone and still has her support crew of friends, because some things never change, no matter the setting. Old enemies return and new distractions abound, such as a new crush, even while she holds onto the old, the advent of the grunge music movement, helping to plan a wedding, and the creepy neighbor boy down the equally creepy rural road.

 Terri says:

I surprised myself by having Drew meet a new friend in the bathroom.  I didn’t plan her; Ally just happened. Surprises in meeting new characters while I write are a unique treat.

Excerpt:

As the bell rang, I grabbed the bathroom pass and took off to find sanctuary long enough to hold onto some dignity.  I was so confused.  I had actually thought Dustin liked me, but he was still infatuated with Alyssa, which I guess is what I was with him.  How could I be so stupid?  I burst through the bathroom door and checked for feet under the stalls.  It appeared to be empty so I grabbed a paper towel and dried the tears I hadn’t realized had formed and dripped down my face.

A sudden cough and exhale came from the middle stall, along with a cloud of smoke rising above it.  The door creaked opened and a girl I recognized as a junior from my chorus class stepped off the toilet and out of the stall.  “Hey.  You’re one of the freshmen in my chorus class, right?”

“Yeah.  Drew Hotchner,” I replied, a little too timidly.

“Ally VanHeusen,” she said, extending her hand for a handshake, which seemed an odd gesture for a kid in high school, but I took her hand anyway, and she gave a firm squeeze.  “Want one?” she asked, digging out a pack of Marlboros from her purse.

“Nah, I don’t smoke.”

“Yeah, I figured,” she said, gesturing at my homemade “If you don’t smoke, I won’t fart” shirt, “but I thought I’d be friendly, in case you’re a snitch.  I thought you were a teacher for sure, the way you flung that door open when you walked in, like it was a sting operation or something.  You’re not a snitch, are you?”

“No.  No reason to be.”

“Good, Drew Hotchner.  I don’t really want to visit the principal, or my chemistry class,” Ally said as she brushed her hair, which hung long and blue-black only on the left and was shaved on the right side of her head.  “So, what’s wrong?”

“Nothing really.”

“Umm hmm.  I get that you don’t know me and don’t want to tell me anything, but you can, you know.  I’m good at listening, and I got no reason to talk to anyone, just so you know.” She unscrewed her purple lip gloss and applied a thick layer over her black lipstick.   She took what appeared to be some kind of fantasy novel out of her book bag, threw her jacket on the floor in the back corner of the bathroom, and slouched down the wall.

“So you’re just staying in here?” I asked.

“Yeah.  Every day.  I hate chemistry.”

“Why don’t you just leave campus then?”

“No ride.  I get my license in a few months and I’ve been saving for a car, so I’m just hanging here till then.”

“Ok.”

“Drew.  Remember, I’m here if you need to talk.”

“Thanks,” I hesitantly replied.  With one last glance in the mirror to make sure no tears were evident, I left Ally behind in the bathroom with her book and her cigarettes.

When I arrived back to class everyone was diligently working on reading a new chapter in our photography books and answering questions, or at least they were pretending to look diligent about it.  “Are you feeling ok?” Adrienne asked in a low whisper, barely louder than mouthing the words at me.

“I’m fine.  Why?”

“You were gone a while and you smell like smoke.”

“I met someone.”

“In the girls’ bathroom?”

“Yeah.  A girl.  Ally VanHeusen.”

Adrienne just shrugged her shoulders in response.  Could it be that I knew an out of the ordinary person Adrienne did not know?  She always attracted them.  I was too quiet.  Oh well- right place, right time, I guess.

 

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Blog: http://cavernsofmymind.com/

 


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Interview with Sherry Ficklin

Q&A with the author of the upcoming YA novel, Foresight.  Check the bottom of this post for details on how to enter to win a $15 Barnes & Noble gift card and a prize pack filled with Foresight goodies!

You have a great description of the theme of your novel, Foresight, on your website, http://sdficklin.books.officelive.com/default.aspx, that I’m going to paste here, and I had a follow-up question that I’m including after your website answer.

Q&A from your website: What do you think is the strongest theme, the most prevalent theme of Foresight?

The basic idea is that sometimes you may think you have everything figured out. That’s usually when it all goes to pot. Life isn’t about following plans; it’s about going where the road takes you, making the best choices you can, and enjoying the journey. Because you never know when something really magical is going to happen.

Follow-up: Can you give a brief description of the characters and/or plot of Foresight and a little bit about the meaning of the title? 

Foresight was inspired by a version of the Pandora myth that suggests that it was not hope captured in that box, but actually something much more sinister.

If you knew when you woke up that your day would go badly, would you want to live it at all?

Foresight means not giving up, even when you think you can’t win. Grace has the ability to see glimpses of possible futures. She goes into the story knowing exactly what she stands to lose, but with the courage to do what’s right anyway. That’s who Grace is. 

The other main characters are Phoenix, Chris, and Lilith.

Phoenix is sort of the leader of the group. She’s practical to a fault, but also very mothering. She stepped into the role of raising Grace and has a really strong bond with her. Phoenix would kill, die, to keep Grace safe. Without hesitation. She’s every bit a fighter, which is where Grace gets it.

Chris comes across sort of arrogant, but a lot of that is just a show. He has a connection with Grace that neither of them really understands and it keeps them very off balance with each other. Chris pulls her to him with one hand and pushes her away with the other, not to deliberately mislead her, but because he just can’t reconcile his own feelings. But he really is one of the good guys.

Lilith is the villain of the piece, though not of her own making. She was betrayed by the gods who created her and sent to a prison that would drive the sanest person to their limits. She’s strong, fierce, and is willing to do anything, use anyone, to get what she wants. To get back what was stolen from her. To her Grace is simply collateral damage. She’s the worst kind of evil, the kind who really feels justified in their actions.

I also had a lot of fun with the Greek Gods, particularly Hermes and Eros. I was able to express their personalities in ways that are both funny and honest. They get a lot of play, especially in the second and third books.

Foresight is the first in a series – I’m sure the idea of even writing a single book is overwhelming to most people, so what made you decide to write an entire series?

I knew very early on that the story was much too intricate to be just one book. As I began writing, there became characters I wanted to develop more, and things that I felt had to happen to forge Grace into the person I saw her becoming. She’s one of those great people who has to learn everything the hard way, which I think is true of most of us. The experiences she has, especially in the second book, really define her. The more I wrote, the more I had to know how it was all going to turn out in the end.

You had the misfortune of your publisher folding just months before your book was due to come out.  Any news from other publishers?

Ah, maybe… There’s a few promising prospects at the moment, but I can’t say more than that.  I’m feeling very good about things right now.

Do you remember the feeling you had when you realized you were done with your manuscript and you were ready to send out queries?  Excitement, relief, anxiety, or something else?

I wasn’t going to send it out at all. You hear all these horror stories about trying to get published, which kind of turned me off at first. But my husband was like, you wrote it, you might as well see how far you can go with it. It was really scary, kind of putting myself out there like that. But then I started getting all this positive feedback and it was like, wow. I always said I’d be happy just to take it down to the office store and have it bound just for me, so when the first couple publishers said they liked it, I was in heaven! When I got my first contract, it was one of the best feelings ever. I’ll never forget that phone call.  I almost fainted.

Here is another Q&A from your website that I really liked, so I wanted to include it here, with a follow-up question.

From your website: What process do you use to write? Do you use an outline or do you sit down and write and see where it takes you?

I try to outline, but I keep it pretty vague. My characters let me know if I’ve gone off course or tried to force them into something that doesn’t work for them. It’s seriously weird, but kind of wonderful too.

My follow-up is: Once you’ve been working on a piece for a long time, how do you step back from it and make sure it “makes sense” to other people that don’t know the characters inside and out like you do?  You mention on your site about beta readers – can you explain a little bit about their input?     

Most of the time I have to step away from a piece for a few days and kind of let myself forget what I was doing so I can go back and look at it with fresh eyes. If I can read or write something else during that time it helps me get out of my own head, so to speak. But my Beta readers are the best! When I think I’ve got everything right I send it over to them and they read it and put sticky notes on things that don’t make sense to them or confuse them, or if they get lost in a plot angle.  They catch all my little (and big) plot holes. It’s also good to see how they are affected emotionally by the book. I rewrote the ending to Foresight four times, until it made one of my beta readers cry. That was what I wanted, that level of emotion.

You are a self-proclaimed “former military brat.”  How much of an influence does that have on your writing?

Tons. The places I’ve been and the people I’ve known crop up in my writing constantly. I was just talking with a friend from high school about this earlier. She said that one of my characters reminded her of someone we used to know, and she was right. I hadn’t even realized it till she made the connection, but then it was pretty obvious. I’d tell you who it was, but then I’d have to shoot you.

Where do you do your writing (home office, from the couch, etc?) and do you use pen/paper or computer?  Do you have to have a certain atmosphere to write or do you just write when you can?

It depends on when and what I’m writing. If it’s an easy day I can just sit at my home computer and bang out a couple chapters. On a hard day there’s loud music, scented candles, and I’m on the floor of my bedroom with my laptop. My husband says he can tell what sort of scene I’m writing by what music is playing, too. Most of the scenes in Faerie were written to Enya or Celtic Woman, the Lilith scenes were to Dead Can Dance or Porcupine Tree, etc. I also keep a paper journal by my bed. I can’t tell you how often plot problems resolve themselves at 2 am and I have to jot it down before I lose it. And I keep scrap books for each story. I stick stuff in them, pictures or drawings or even scraps of fabric. Things that inspire me. Then when the creative juices are running low, I can go back to that book and see and feel it again.

Last question from your website with a follow-up, I swear! 

From your website: What genres do you prefer to write, to read, if they’re different, why?

I write and read primarily YA, although I do read a bit of fantasy and paranormal romance. I prefer YA because the emotions of youth are so much more raw and powerful. Plus, it feels better to write and read sweet, romantic love scenes rather than the hard core gritty stuff you get in adult novels sometimes.

My follow-up is: I know you’re a fan of the Harry Potter series – any other books that you can read again and again?  Any favorite authors?

I have a pretty serious book habit, easily over 100 dollars a month. You might wonder why I don’t just give my library card more of a work out, but the truth is, I re-read ALL my books. Often. The ones I re-read most are the Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind, The Harry Potters, The Aeneid, The Oddessy, and anything by Laurell Hamilton. My recent faves are Bran Hambric, the Percy Jackson books, and anything by Rachael Caine. As a matter of fact, I’ve only ever read one book I hated. And I’ve read a LOT of books. I hated it so much I threw it away, which is practically a cardinal sin in my house.

You and I share something in common – we were both influenced by our creative writing teacher, Ms. Fristoe.  Can you explain a little about the influence she had on you as a writer?  Any other people who have influenced your writing career?  I hear it was your husband who suggested you write a book…

I remember going to this poetry slam when I was like 16. Now, keep in mind my poetry was just awful. She encouraged me to go up and read it, then gave me a standing ovation. It was the same in class. No matter how bad it was, she always told me I could do it. I could do anything. And when she said that, I believed her. She always made me feel like what I had to say was important.

As far as my husband, he was just tired of me writing fan fiction for other people’s books! He said if I was going to write, I should write something of my own. Honestly, I wasn’t sure I could, but as soon as I started, the story just flowed out. It was like magic. Of course, he takes all the credit now. Typical.

I know we all did it in high school, so I have to ask – do you still like to write poetry? 

Cringe! No, my days of flowery prose are long behind me, thank goodness. I can whip up the occasional limerick, though.

Ahem.

There once was a girl from Nantucket…

Finally, the big broad question – when you were a kid, did you ever think you’d grow up to be a writer?

Actually, I always thought I’d grow up to be a detective, like Nancy Drew. I was always spying on people and trying to solve little ‘mysteries’ around the house. One day it led to me finding a stack of inappropriate reading materials under my uncle’s bed, lol. But I was always a reader, since I was 3 years old. I think readers make the best writers because we write what we want to read!

HOW TO ENTER TO WIN THE GIVEAWAY: $15 Barnes & Noble gift card + Foresight prize pack

Contest is open from Thursday, January 21, 2010-Wednesday, January 27, 2010. 

Two ways to enter:

Comment on this post.  Send a “hello” to Sherry or just a “books are cool,” whatever you’d like, but you are only entered ONCE, regardless of how many times you comment.  P.S. Please try to keep it clean, because if it’s too random or offensive, it’ll get marked as spam and when I go to pick a winner, I’m only going with the comments I can see.

If you subscribe to this blog, you will be entered ONCE.  You have to subscribe during the contest period for it to count.

If you comment AND subscribe to this blog, you will be entered TWICE.  You have to subscribe during the contest period for it to count.

I will notify the winner BY EMAIL (I (and only I) see your email when you post or subscribe, so please don’t post it in your comment). 

Contest is over on Wednesday, so if you win, you’ll see an email from me (Jennifer) on Thursday or Friday with the subject line: You have won the Foresight giveaway! 

The goodies will be snail mailed to you.  Don’t worry, no one, other than me and the author, will ever see your address.    

This is how I’m going to pick a winner.  It’s a bit old-fashioned, but it seems the most fair:

I will take all the names and enter them in a Word doc (your name is there once if you’ve been entered once, twice if you’ve been entered twice).  I will print out the list, cut up the names, stick them in a hat and pull one out.  If I pull your name out, you are the winner.

Any questions, just ask!

Good luck!!!