As many of you know, WriteOnCon was last week. Among the attendees was a very generous author/artist who offered to sketch everyone's characters. I'm not sure she knew what she was in for, but she has been diligently working on her drawings for over a week now. Here is her rendition of Tracy Tam. I love the devious smile.
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Amy's book, Gated, has been released into the wild today. And to celebrate, I am hosting a giveaway for my books as well as hers in a huge contest. Check out the prizes below, and make sure you enter on the right hand side of the page.
One winner receives all of the following - autographed paperback of Legasea and bookmark, ecopy of Spirit World, Spirit World bookmark and sticker, The Caged Graves bookmark, autographed bookmarks by J. A. Souders for Renegade and Revelations, autographed copy of Gated, Gated shirt, bookmarks, and owl bracelet.
is Riesa's story, but in earlier drafts, her best friend Connor took
a front seat in many of the scenes. As I brought the story forward,
Connor slipped into the background more and more. Here is a scene
that I still believe happened in her story, but it got pulled out so
I could focus on other things. It's the story of her first kiss.
Connor rolled on
the living room floor laughing, empty soda cans at his side. I sat
cross-legged next to him doubled over in hysterics. Our homework lay
on the coffee table, set aside for more important things, like fun.
“I’d totally forgotten about that,” he said.
because you weren’t the one waiting outside the school for two
hours in the middle of the night, in the freezing cold with a
backpack full of clothes and a teddy bear in your arms.”
His body shook with
more laughter. “You came and got me though, and after wandering
around town for an hour, we got too cold and had to go to the fire
station and ask for a ride home.”
“And we told
them to bring us here,” I said, my words tumbling on top of his,
“because we figured we’d get in less trouble than at your house.”
now.” His laughter faded and turned into a kind of quiet happiness.
“It was the first night I ever stayed here.”
“Was it?” I
“Yeah, it was
late so your mom called my parents and told them she’d bring me
home in the morning.”
I smiled, reliving the feeling that night had given me.
He had been willing to run away with me, knowing we wouldn’t
actually go anywhere, and he would have to bear the wrath of his
parents the next morning. Not everyone has a friend like that.
thing I’d never forget about that night though,” he added
do you … ooh.”
clicked together and I knew exactly what he was talking about. Long
after my mom had gone to sleep, Connor and I sat in the living room
talking about nothing in particular. We were twelve and both fairly
innocent, so I was surprised when he asked me, “Have you ever
answered. “Have you?”
“No.” A moment of silence. “Do you want to try it? You know,
“Okay. What do I do?”
“Just close your eyes.”
I did, and for about two or three seconds, I felt his lips pressing
warm and soft against mine.
Then he pulled back and curled up on the couch under his blankets. I
went upstairs, and we never talked about it again.
At the time, it hadn’t seemed like such a big deal. But the memory
of it now, coupled with the sweet look in his eyes, sent confusion
rippling through my mind.
I looked down at the floor, and he changed the subject. “I can’t
believe we actually thought we could run away.”
I picked at an odd-colored section of carpet, wishing I
could have that innocence back, just for a moment. “We thought we
could do a lot of things.”
If you'd like to win a copy of Spirit World, along with some other great prizes, check out the Rafflecopter on the side.
My first 3 posts of each month are devoted to FIRST IMPRESSIONS-- short crits of first pages submitted by YOU! I'm teaming up with Marcy Hatch of Mainewords and Dianne K Salerni for this feature.
To submit a first page, send an email to Dianne at email@example.com with First Impressions in the subject line and your first page pasted in the email (not attached, please). Please don't forget to identify yourself, so we know it's not spam.
1. How many words is "a page?" ~ 350-400
2. Should I send my prologue or first chapter? ~ Send whatever you would query an agent or editor with
3. Will you rip my work apart? ~ No way. We are nice people and we try really hard to be helpful and kind! :)
4. Can I send you the first page of the book I'm promoting? ~ This service is really intended for authors who are currently revising a manuscript. If you'd like to promote a published or soon-to-be-published, finished work, contact Marcy's other blog, The Unicorn Bell.
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