Happy 10th Anniversary!

Happy 10th Anniversary to my wonderful Hubby!❤ Ten years ago today we were married on Mackinac Island, Michigan, in a tiny ceremony that included our parents, siblings, and a best friend each. Thirteen people total, including us and the pastor (who also owned the bar we toasted at the night before).

The past ten years have been filled with adventure and romance and lots and lots of fur-babies (and feather-babies). I hope the next ten are filled with the same!

Tonight we’re celebrating with a fancy dinner at my favorite restaurant, FIG.

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Nailed It!

Happy Thursday, Aledan Merfolk! I’ve had a big, busy week since last I saw you – but the biggest news is that I NAILED MY EDITS! Woot! The “training manual” sections worked, making Finn less douchy while still keeping him in character worked, the sweeter sex scenes worked (and now I get to go back through and turn the heat up again ;P), and all the other little tweaks and edits worked. I’m so relieved! This was my first round of edits with an agent, so I’m really glad to hear my changes worked😀

We go on sub next week! Eeeep!

Now I’m CPing for my agent, which is super fun. And I love the book, it’s very much in line with StO, but without mermaids.

Last week I finished listening to THE MIRROR EMPIRE by Kameron Hurley and started HALF A WAR by Joe Abercrombie, but I haven’t been able to listen to much of it lately because I haven’t been doing the test that allows for audiobooks in the past week (those samples don’t come in often, but when they do come in it’s all at once). I finally started reading THANKS FOR THE TROUBLE yesterday at lunch, and I’m only 30 pages from finishing, so I’ll be finishing at lunch! That’s how good this book is! And it’s not even fantasy. I don’t always read Contemporary YA, but when I do apparently the MC must be mute and I’ll adore it (remember me raving about SEA OF TRANQUILITY? I still think about that book *often*).

Once I finish THANKS, I’m jumping back on the writing train to finish Enfields. I finally figured out what needs to happen next (thank goodness! I was stuck for MONTHS!), and it’s going to be very exciting and a little depressing. My favorite combo😉

Have a wonderful weekend, Aledans, and if you need a little pick-me-up, have some chocolate:

(This is seriously my favorite thing today)

Thank Aleda April’s Over (almost)

Happy Friday Aledan Merfolk! April is always a rough month for me because it’s audit season at work, and this year I took over two additional tests right before audits started AND got my edits on StO back from my agent, so it’s been a whirlwind of activity on this end (which is why I haven’t posted since April 1st).

I’ve been writing a fake training manual for StO, which has been fun and challenging and should bring another dimension to the book that it was lacking before. Most of the other edits are pretty straight-forward, mostly making Finn less of a douchebag in the beginning (he’s so much fun to write as a douchebag, but not as much fun to read). It’s been an interesting balancing act, trying to keep him in character while also toning him down.

ThanksTroubleWhen my edits are done (should be next week!), I’ve got a couple CP projects lined up, and a couple books as well. One of my agent-siblings sent me a signed copy of THANKS FOR THE TROUBLE by Tommy Wallach, and I have a mermaid anthology to burn through. Last time I saw you I was still reading THE TRAITOR BARU CORMORANT, and OMG you guys, that book was PERFECT (for me). The ending was far from happy, but I tend to enjoy endings like that. If you haven’t read it yet, definitely grab a copy and start reading. It’s amazing from page one. I also read EMERGE by Tobie Easton, which was a nice twist on the classic mermaid tale. I really enjoyed it.

With my new tests at work I’ve had lots of time to listen to audiobooks, so I’ve blown through A GATHERING OF SHADOWS (wonderful, as are all of Victoria’s books), and THE MIRROR EMPIRE by Katherine Hurley (which I’ll finish this afternoon while working). It took me a little while to really get into Mirror Empire, but once I did I loved it. The narrator is good too.

And last but not least, we got two new Littles! But don’t get too attached, we plan to eat these ones (we may not be able to go through with it, so we got females just in case, but we’re going to try).

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Nugget and Fricassee – don’t they look yummy?😉

Have a wonderful weekend Aledans!

Cover Reveal: CATALYST by Kristin Smith

COVER REVEAL FOR CATALYST With $25 AMAZON GIFT CARD GIVEAWAY!

Clean Teen Publishing is proud to present the official cover reveal for CATALYST by Kristin Smith.  

This is the first book in the thrilling new Deception Games series coming November 21, 2016!

 
Title: Catalyst (The Deception Game, Book One)
Author: Kristin Smith
Release Date: November 21, 2016
Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing
Genre: YA near-future thriller
Book Synopsis:
 
Too pretty.
 
Too smart.
 
Too perfect.
 
In a crumbling, futuristic Las Vegas where the wealthy choose the characteristics of their children like ordering off a drive-thru menu, seventeen-year-old Sienna Preston doesn’t fit in. As a normal girl surrounded by genetically modified teens, all of her imperfections are on display. But after the death of her father, everything she’s ever known and loved changes in an instant.
With little skills to help provide for her family, Sienna clings to the two things that come easily—lying and stealing. But not all thief-for-hire assignments go as planned. When a covert exchange of a stolen computer chip is intercepted, she becomes entangled with a corrupt government official who uses her thieving past as leverage, her mother as collateral, and the genetically modified poster boy she’s falling for as bait.
In order to rescue her mother, there may only be one option—joining forces with the Fringe, an extremist group, and their young leader who’s too hot to be bad. Problem is, these revolutionaries aren’t what they seem, and the secrets they’re hiding could be more dangerous than Sienna is prepared for. In the end, she must be willing to risk everything to save the one thing that matters most.
 
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About the Author:
Kristin Smith writes young adult contemporary and science fiction novels with enough kissing to make her mother blush. She’s a beach lover and a Just Dance guru who enjoys belting out karaoke (from the comfort of her own home). As a self-professed chocoholic, Kristin is a firm believer that if a dessert doesn’t have chocolate in it, then it’s not considered a dessert. (Except for crème brûlée. She can always make an exception for crème brûlée.) Kristin currently resides in the middle-of-nowhere North Carolina with her husband and five incredibly loud but extremely cute boys. To read more about her obsession with YA novels or her addiction to scarves, you can connect with her at the links below.
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Cover Reveal: TUNED INTO YOU by Cindy Dorminy

Happy Sunday, Aledan Merfolk! Usually we have Custom Pony of the Week on Sundays, but you all know by now how much I love Cover Reveals, so today, I’m excited to host Cindy Dorminy for the cover reveal of her young adult romance Tuned Into You! It takes place on a farm, so I hope there are chickens😉 *crosses fingers* Stay tuned for your chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card!

Here’s a little bit about Cindy herself:

About the Author

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Cindy Dorminy grew up on a steady diet of popcorn (the kind you pop in a sauce pan), Tab (pre-Diet Coke), and movies for teenagers. She can’t let a day go by without quoting a line from one of her favorite films, so quirky dialogue is a must in her stories. When she’s not at her research coordinator day job, Cindy is writing funny love stories, walking her dog, or slinging iron the old-fashioned way. She shares her house with her musician husband, her awesome daughter, and a cool, four-footed child that would eat all the cheese ifshe could figure out how to open the refrigerator. Cindy is a member of Romance Writers of America and Music City Romance Writers. She resides in Nashville, TN where live music can be heard everywhere, even at the grocery store.

Find her online!

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/CindyD-Writes-870161859757429/

Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/48430676

Twitter:

https://twitter.com/cindydorminy

Website:

www.cindydwrites.com

About Tuned Into You

A summer party is the last place Lydia Flowers wants to be. Beer pong? Stupid, foot-wrecking shoes? Random hookups? No thanks. Lydia would rather be in her cleats practicing her bat handling skills.

Enter Abe Fischer, the Nashville Teen Idol superstar. He’s a lip-syncing party animal with a short fuse; or at least that’s what the tabloids say. Except, Abe turns out to be nothing like the guy Lydia’s read about online. He’s sweet, and the way he talks to his horse…sigh.

Then life throws Lydia and Abe a curveball. They are wrongfully arrested for destruction of property. Their choices? Either work on the Fischer Farm for the summer earning nothing more than blisters and a sunburn, or have the arrest go on their records, which would ruin Lydia’s shot at a softball scholarship. It’s a no-brainer. Lydia picks up a pitchfork, pulls out the SPF 40, and prepares for the worst two months of her life.

When the press gets wind of a big secret Abe’s family has been keeping, things become even more complicated. Now Lydia has another choice to make: stick around for Abe’s messed-up life in the spotlight, or go for the scholarship of her dreams.

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And now…


The Cover!

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Isn’t it gorgeous? Anita at Race-point did the artwork, and she’s one of the best in the business!

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Happy April Fools Day!

Happy April Fools Day, Aledan Merfolk! It’s been a few busy weeks since my big news, but not because of anything writing-related. My coworker switched labs, so I’ve been busy taking over two additional tests at the dayjob, and then my sister came to town last week for spring break. I also CPed a GIANT book. It was a really good book, but the size of two! My brain hasn’t stopped buzzing long enough to write a blog post, and there hasn’t really been anything to update you about.

Spring is in full force here, with pollen covering everything in yellow and the wisteria blooming. If you’ve been around for a while you know that wisteria is Aleda’s flower (there’s a reason I call you all Aledans), so it’s fitting that I’ve been working on editing Fie Eoin (The Nameless Warrior) again. Well, sort of. I’ve been reading Mike’s notes for the first four chapters and slowly figuring out what to do with them, but I’ve been a bit too busy to actually put my plans into action. And I’m in my reading cycle right now (thank Aleda – it’s been forever since I was in a reading cycle!), so I’m using that reading momentum to prepare for the writing cycle that comes next (I read until I’m overflowing with ideas, then I write/edit until I burn out, then I watch HGTV and play video games to recover. It works for me).

I listened to SEVENEVES, which was one of the strangest, most wonderfully bizarre books I’ve ever read. The first two-thirds of the book are near-future SciFi based mostly on the International Space Station when the moon explodes. Shenanigans and fiery death for almost everyone! Then the book jumps 5000 years into the future and becomes basically a different book, all about the terraforming of the Earth after the fiery death ceases. There was almost too much hard scifi even for me in places, but it was still worth the listen, and the characterization was spot-on. Really, really interesting book.

Now I’m listening to A GATHERING OF SHADOWS, which is also full of fun shenanigans (as one would expect from Lila and Kell), and reading THE TRAITOR BARU CORMORANT, which is just…*wistful sigh* so beautiful. Everything about this book is beautiful. The writing, the characterization, the worldbuilding…I cannot say enough good things about it. Last night I had Baru Cormorant/Gathering of Shadows dreams, which were bizarre and wonderful.

And last but not least, it’s my little Fool’s birthday today:

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Happy Birthday Hops! Eight years old and still a rockstar❤

Have a wonderful weekend Aledans! And a wonderful spring! You probably won’t see me much until May because April is always a busy month at work, and this year it’s shaping up to be doubly-so.

 

Overwhelmed by Support

Happiest of Thursdays, Aledan Merfolk! If you missed my news on Tuesday, allow me to update you:

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That’s right, SPEAK THE OCEAN is officially represented by Eric Smith of P.S. Literary!

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And then my social media exploded with love and support and left me so overwhelmed that I happy-cried in the car on my way home until I had to pull over, and barely got online yesterday for fear of crying at work. I’m still a bit overwhelmed, honestly. I’m overwhelmed that there’s someone out there that loves my creepy mermaids and sometimes-awkward sex scenes (but not inter-species sex scenes because that’s gross) and grumpy dolphins and bizarre ending. And I’m overwhelmed that there are so many other people who are excited to support me and my weird little book that they haven’t even read yet. It’s the most amazing feeling in the world.

Actually, the most amazing part of this whole thing? My totally awesome CP Mike signed with an agent this same week! We were able to go through this giant, life-shifting process together, which made it half as intimidating and twice as awesome❤

We celebrated with sparkly mermaid nails and wine!

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Ok, only I celebrated with sparkly mermaid nails and wine. He celebrated with normal nails and scotch😉

Now that the celebration is over, it’s time to get back to work. I have an edit letter coming my way for StO, and I’m currently working on editing The Nameless Warrior (Fie Eoin) again. That’s right, this mermaid has gone home to the mountains for the time being.