Monday, June 9, 2014

Monday Mishmash: 6/9/14


Happy Monday! Here's my mishmash of thoughts:

1. Construction  Major construction is underway and I'll be fleeing to my mom's house for a while. If I'm a little MIA, you know why. I have to drive my daughter back and forth to school each day from NJ, which won't be fun. 


2. Beth Fred's Blurb Writing Class  There are still openings in Beth Fred's online blurb writing course. Sign up here.

3. Drafting  Last week I fast drafted the opening of a new manuscript. I'm hoping to keep moving on it this week, but I'm sure my pace will slow quite a bit thanks to the craziness of this construction. Wish me luck, please!

4. Catch Me When I Fall Cover Reveal and Giveaway  My agency sister, Vicki Leigh, has a cover reveal for her upcoming YA releasing October 23 through Curiosity Quills Press. Check it out. 

Recruited at his death to be a Protector of the Night, seventeen-year-old Daniel Graham has spent two-hundred years fighting Nightmares and guarding humans from the clawed, red-eyed creatures that feed off people’s fears. Each night, he risks his eternal life, having given up his chance at an afterlife when he chose to become a Protector. That doesn’t stop a burnt-out Daniel from risking daring maneuvers during each battle. He’s become one of the best, but he wants nothing more than to stop.

Then he’s given an assignment to watch over sixteen-year-old Kayla Bartlett, a clinically depressed patient in a psychiatric ward. Nightmares love a human with a tortured past. Yet, when they take a deep interest in her, appearing in unprecedented numbers, the job becomes more dangerous than any Daniel’s ever experienced. He fights ruthlessly to keep the Nightmares from overwhelming his team and Kayla. Soon, Daniel finds himself watching over Kayla during the day, drawn to why she’s different, and what it is about her that attracts the Nightmares. And him.

A vicious attack on Kayla forces Daniel to break the first Law and reveal his identity. Driven by his growing feelings for her, he whisks her away to Rome where others like him can keep her safe. Under their roof, the Protectors discover what Kayla is and why someone who can manipulate Nightmares has her in his sights. But before they can make a move, the Protectors are betrayed and Kayla is kidnapped. Daniel will stop at nothing to save her. Even if it means giving up his immortality.
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5. The Monster Within Teaser, Kindle Pre-order Sale, and Trailer!  Lots of good stuff going on for The Monster Within. First the Kindle edition is on sale for only $3.99. This sale won't last so get your copy here now. And here's a new teaser for you:

And…here's the book trailer:


That's it for me. What's on your mind today?

50 comments:

  1. Good luck with the writing. Maybe you need to find a friendly coffee house to escape the construction noise.

    I'm looking forward to getting back to 'normal' this week after almost a week of post filling pain stopped me writing, studying and exercising. On the plus side, I managed to get most of a chapter written last week and I'm pleased with it. This week need to catch up on my writing and studying schedule and get some exercise done.

    Have a great week.

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    1. I'm glad you're feeling better this week. Mouth pain is never fun.

      I would leave the house but I'm afraid my dog will go crazy if she's home in all this alone. I can't leave her. When the major demo happens, I'll have to bring the dog with my daughter and me. My husband is going to rough it to watch over the house.

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  2. Good luck with the construction, and with the driving your daughter to and from school from NJ. Ugh. Not fun at all. How late is your school going this year? Our year is endless. We'll be in school all of June, thanks to the snow days. (Our original schedule had us ending way too late to begin with!)

    Great cover on Vicki's book! Congratulations to her!

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    1. My daughter was supposed to end in May but snow days have them there until June 18th now. :(

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  3. Great things here, except for the construction. I hope it's over soon.

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  4. I hope you get some good writing done despite the construction upheaval!

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  5. Good luck with the construction. I know how you feel about being MIA! I even feel anxious when on vacation for neglecting the blogosphere. Lol

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    1. Same here. lol I sneak on no matter where I am. ;)

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  6. Construction is a pain, but think of the afterwards.

    Good luck with your latest story.

    Catch Me When I Fall looks interesting. Have a lovely week.

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  7. Really creepy trailer. Great job hooking us in!

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  8. I like the teaser, Kelly, and the cover for Vicki looks good.

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  9. I wish I had a Kindle to take advantage of the pre-sale. But it's going on my nook as soon as it is released.

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    1. Hmm, I should check and see if it's discounted on Nook too.

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  10. SO GLAD to hear that you've been drafting, Kelly, because I know you've been dying to :-)

    P.S. Hang in there with the construction! Hope school is almost out for your little one, but I bet grandma is loving being able to spend time with her. Grandmas are good like that :-)

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  11. Good luck with the major construction Kelly! Hope you get to return home soon.

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    1. Thanks. I spoke to the builder this morning and it looks like this rain is going to slow things down. :(

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  12. Great cover, Vicki! Sweet giveaway, too

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  13. Kelly, the trailer for The Monster Within was AWESOME! I'm so excited for you! I will have to read this one with my niece over the summer so we can both have a review for you=)
    My week is a busy one... three author presentations but thankfully I'm working a half week at the day job. Have a happy Monday!

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    1. Thanks! I worked really hard on it. Aw, I love you and your niece. I hope you both enjoy it.

      Yay! Good for you. I'm a little jealous. Have a great time.

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  14. Creepy trailer. Good luck with your writing.

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  15. Thank you, Kelly, for posting my cover today! <3

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    1. Of course! Anything for my lovely agency sister. :)

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  16. Great cover. Thanks for giveaway!

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  17. Those black hands are creepy! Congrats to Vicki, it sounds very thrilling. And good luck to you, there's nothing worse than home upheaval. But it'll be worth it in the end, I'm sure. =) And aren't you going to be getting an office out of this too? Thought I remembered something said about that awhile back...

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    1. Yes! I'm getting an office. Right now it's my daughter's former playroom and the room where she's currently sleeping since her old room is becoming the sitting room and staircase. I can't wait to finally have an office. The only downside is my treadmill will have to be in my office, but hey, I can deal with that. :)

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  18. The summer before last I had one of those crazy driving summers, and felt virtuous for surviving it with panache. It made me appreciate the burden of commute so many working people have.
    But in your case I feel relived to read that you get to escape the worst of the construction. You will have a reminder in the beautiful re-model of how you took care of it all, something you do anyway.

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    1. So far the weather seems to want me to write because the rain is putting off construction. Who knew my characters had power over the weather? ;)

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  19. Good luck with the drafting of your new work, and hopefully being in a different writing spot will inspire you.

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    1. Didn't think if that but you might be right. :)

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  20. I wish I could draft and write books as fast you! I'm constantly envious. ;)

    The cover for Catch Me When I Fall is darkly intriguing. I love it!

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    1. Right now I'm wishing I could draft faster. Lol

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  21. Sounds like a great book! Good luck with the construction. We had to stay with my mom during the flood of 2010 while rebuilding and I found it tough to find time to squeeze in writing, for sure. Someone's suggestion of a coffee shop is a great one! Many libraries also have cozy areas where you can write.

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    1. I'll definitely be finding a cozy place to write.

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  22. Goodluck with the construction, Kelly. It will all be worth it when it's done! Hang in there.

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  23. Good luck with the drafting! Construction work often annoys me but it makes for a great excuse to flee to some quiet cafe to write and read.

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