Tuesday, February 19, 2013

TEASER TUESDAY {2/19}: Ali and the Corbin Boys, A Prequel to The Georgia Corbins

As many of you know, my first YA romance, The Georgia Corbins, will be released later this year. I'm very excited about it and as a result, I've decided to write a prequel!

The Georgia Corbins starts in the middle of Ali's junior year of high school when the Corbins return from California, where they'd lived for the past three years. She has a sudden roller coaster of emotions over seeing them again. Tucker and Levi had always been her best friends, but now that they're all older she's seeing them as more than just friends. And much to her dismay, she's thrust into the middle of a love triangle and forced to choose.

The prequel, which at this time is loosely titled, Ali & the Corbin Boys: A Prequel to The Georgia Corbins, is going to start at the very beginning. We're going to meet Ali, Tucker, and Levi in first grade and we're going to follow them all the way up to the point where The Georgia Corbins is set to begin. As of right now each chapter in the prequel will highlight a different year and a major event in the three of their lives, showcasing their growing friendship. We'll get to see just how important the Corbins are to Ali and how their leaving truly devastated her. We'll see firsthand the torment she suffered at the hands of Shelby and how she finally overcame that to find a happy existence without the Corbins.

I've never done anything like this before and I'll admit, I'm a little nervous about how people will respond to it, but I think reading this prequel will only add to the experience of reading The Georgia Corbins.

The prequel is set to be released in April or May by Entranced Publishing. And I hope y'all are just as excited about it as I am!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

TEASER TUESDAY {2/5}: Cliffhangers

Instead of sharing a snippet from one of my books I thought I'd take the day to discuss the ultimate teaser: the cliffhanger ending! Dum, dum, dum....

Okay, so in the process of editing my novel, The Georgia Corbins, I was asked to add some stuff to fill out the plot, add to the characters, and create more tension. Well, I went a little overboard and now I'm faced with the decision to cut almost 15,000 words, or end the story sooner and everything I cut can be used in books 2 and 3, which I had already planned to write.

My editor and I shared a few ideas on where we thought the book could end. I was excited to end it at one point that was a wicked cliffhanger, that would leave the reader gasping and screaming for more. My editor, however, thought it'd be better to end it on not such a high cliff, at a place where the reader would be satisfied, but would also know that the story wasn't over.

So, I turn to you, my fans, friends, family, fellow authors, and bloggers. What are your thoughts on cliffhangers? Do you like them? Hate them? If you know a book has a cliffhanger ending will you still read it and impatiently wait for the next one? Or will you just wait until all the books are out so that you don't have to wait? Or do you refuse to read books with cliffhangers?

Friday, February 1, 2013

GUEST BLOGGER {Shelly Hickman}: Writing from Experience

Author Shelly Hickman is here today talking about writing from personal experiences and how it affects both authors and readers.

As a writer, one often draws from personal experience when putting pen to paper, (or more likely, fingers to keyboard). But when writing a piece that is wholly centered on something that took place in your life, well, that can be a little unnerving.

Writing autobiographically, even when presented as fiction, is kind of scary. You believe there’s value in sharing your story, and hope that readers will gain something from what you’ve been through, even if it’s simply a better understanding of some small aspect of life. And when readers connect with your story, it’s fantastic. But of course, there’s the other side of the coin, when a reader doesn’t get or like what you’ve written. That’s a hard pill to swallow under any circumstances, but when the writing comes from a deep, personal place . . . ouch. It smarts a little bit more than if you had written entirely from your imagination.

Your experience, your message, is what compelled you to share from the start, and at the very least, writing from that place is often therapeutic, cathartic. The best you can do is stay true to your message, no matter what it may be, and expect that there will be those who will like it, those who won’t, and those who just won’t understand. All you can do is take joy in the praise, if you’re fortunate enough to receive it, and choose to learn and grow from the criticisms.
When approaching life's problems, Sophie sees in black and white. That is, when they're someone else's problems. So when it comes to her sister, Sophie is sure she has all the answers, and offers them without hesitation. If only her sister would listen.

Then, through a series of chance encounters, she meets Sam, who is witty, kind, and downright unflappable. Sophie has the overwhelming sense that she's known him before, and as a relationship builds between them, odd visions invade her mind. Though she tries to dismiss them, their persistence will not allow it.

As someone who is quick to judge others, she is intrigued by Sam's ability to accept people as they are. She begins to see him as a role model, but try as she may, his accepting nature is difficult to emulate.

Will Sophie ever be able to put her hasty judgments aside and realize not every problem has a simple solution?
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Believe. A message that still taunts her years after the passing of her daughter. In the days of her daughter's illness, she considered herself a seeker, open to the possibilities of prayer and faith. Now cynical and guarded, she is forced to reexamine her beliefs and relive her past when an old love resurfaces, with a sick child of his own. Believe is a story that examines fractures to our foundations in the face of tragedy. It is a story that asks if prayers are always answered, but often in ways we do not see.