3. Underplay it. Use short, simple declarative sentences. Think Hemingway.
She swam against the grain of the ocean, using a short and sharp stroke and a smooth kick.
First, let’s get to the contest winners from last week’s giveaway featuring Arcs of The Beautiful Ashes. Almost a thousand people entered (yes, you read that right – my jaw dropped! :)) but I only had ten Arcs to give away, so apologies in advance to most of you who didn’t win. Ten people did, however, and here they are:
August 30th, 3:pm Malaprops
55 Haywood Street
Asheville, NC 28801
September 4th, 7:00pm BooksAMillion
125 South Hampton Drive
Clarksville, TN 37040 Ph: 931-648-1100
September 5th, 6:30pm. Joint signing with J.A Redmerski (Song of the Fireflies)
The Booksellers of Laurelwood
387 Perkins Road Extended
Memphis, TN 38117 901-683-9801
September 18th, 6:30pm. Joint signing with Ilona and Gordon Andrews (Magic Breaks)
603 N. Lamar
Austin, TX 78703
September 19th, 6:00pm. Joint signing with Melissa Marr (Made For You)
2450 Fry Rd
Houston, TX 77084
September 20th, time tbd. Fresh Fiction event, details to come.
September 22nd, 7pm. Joint signing with author Melissa Marr (Made For You)
Barnes and Noble, Tyson Corner Mall
7851 L. Tyson’s Corner Center
Mclean, VA 22102
September 23rd, 6pm. Joint signing with author Melissa Marr (Made For You)
Barnes and Noble
1035 Emmet Street, Suite A
Charlottesville, VA 22903
September 24th, 6:30pm. Joint signing with author Melissa Marr (Made For You)
Fountain Book Store
1312 East Cary Street
Richmond, VA 23219
Don’t live near any of these cities? Feel like you keep missing out on the cool stuff? Well, if you’re reading this, then you have an internet connection, so I have something for you :).
My first four novels went through extensive rewrites, probably because they were also the first four books I’d ever written. Because of that, I have a lot of deleted scenes from them, and in some cases, alternate versions. Many of you have said that you miss Cat and Bones now that their story came to an end in Up From The Grave, so I decided to post a never-before-seen, deleted alternate version of the middle of Destined For An Early Grave. Because it’s so long (over 30K words!)I’m going to post it in four parts on my blog. Part One will go up this Saturday, July 26th, with the remaining three parts to release on August 2nd, August 9th and August 16th. So for the next month, there will be free reading on my blog on Saturdays. Hope you enjoy!
How did I end up with an alternate middle version of Destined For An Early Grave, some of you may be wondering? Because I changed my mind about a subplot. In the original version, when Bones left Cat after the infamous “piano scene” to go to New Orleans, Gregor found a way to erase Bones’s memory of Cat, similar to how Mencheres had erased Cat’s memory of Gregor when she was a teenager. As you can imagine, having Cat erased from his mind changed Bones’s behavior dramatically, and thus the original middle of the novel was very different from the version that was later published. I decided to take that subplot out because so much had already happened to Cat and Bones in DFAEG that the memory loss seemed too burdensome. However, I’m sentimental, which is why I took the chunk out of the final manuscript, but didn’t delete it from my computer.
So, if you want to see Cat and Bones interacting with each other while Bones has no memory of their previous life, come back to my blog on the above dates. For context, this alternate “middle” version starts on page 207 of the print version of Destined for an Early Grave, or 55% through the ebook version, so if you want to familiarize yourself with what was going on back then, grab your copy and brush up.You’ll see some scene overlapping with only small changes at first, then the new content starts after Cat arrives at the military base.
That’s it from me for now. Hope you’re enjoying your week!
Mirrored from Frost Light.
Ever since she was a child, Ivy has been gripped by visions of strange realms just beyond her own. But when her sister goes missing, Ivy discovers the truth is far worse—her hallucinations are real, and the one person who believes her is the dangerously attractive guy who’s bound by an ancient legacy to betray her.
Adrian might have turned his back on those who raised him, but that doesn't mean he can change his fate…no matter how strong a pull he feels toward Ivy. Together they search for the powerful relic that can save her sister, but Adrian knows what Ivy doesn't: that every step brings Ivy closer to the truth about her own destiny, and a war that could doom the world. Sooner or later, it will be Ivy on one side, Adrian on the other, and nothing but ashes in between…
Releasing August 26th, 2014.
10 winners will receive an Arc of The Beautiful Ashes, Broken Destiny book one.
All winners will be chosen by Randomizer. To enter, please follow the rules below:
1. Send an email to jeanieneprizes AT gmail DOT com. (obviously replace the “AT” with an “@” and the “DOT” with a “.” in your email.)
2. Make sure to include your name and the email address you want to be contacted at if you win, if it’s not the email you’re sending your entry from.
3. You can only enter ONCE. Duplicate entries will be deleted.
4. Contest starts now and ends July 22nd at 11:59pm Est. Winners will be announced July 23rd on my blog.
Good luck, everyone :).
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