Friday, November 30, 2012

Cover Reveal: The Summer I Became A Nerd

Today I'm excited to be a part of the cover reveal for The Summer I Became A Nerd by Leah Rae Miller! Doesn't it look fantastic? 

On the outside, seventeen-year-old Madelyne Summers looks like your typical blond cheerleader—perky, popular, and dating the star quarterback. But inside, Maddie spends more time agonizing over what will happen in the next issue of her favorite comic book than planning pep rallies with her squad. That she’s a nerd hiding in a popular girl's body isn't just unknown, it's anti-known. And she needs to keep it that way.

Summer is the only time Maddie lets her real self out to play, but when she slips up and the adorkable guy behind the local comic shop’s counter uncovers her secret, she’s busted. Before she can shake a pom-pom, Maddie’s whisked into Logan’s world of comic conventions, live-action role-playing, and first-person-shooter video games. And she loves it. But the more she denies who she really is, the deeper her lies become…and the more she risks losing Logan forever.

Pre-order Links:  Barnes and Noble | Amazon
Additional Links:  Goodreads | Twitter | Website/Blog

There will also be a Marked-to-Read contest on Goodreads in the weeks leading up to THE SUMMER I BECAME A NERD's release on May 7, 2013. Watch Leah’s site,, for details on how to submit/enter to win.

Born and raised in northern Louisiana, Leah Rae Miller still lives there on a windy hill with her husband and kids. She loves comic books, lava lamps, fuzzy socks, and Cherry Coke. She spends most of her days reading things she likes and writing things she hopes other people will like.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Let's NaNoReviMo!

So I was feeling a little left out with lots of writers participating in NaNoWriMo. I participated last year and had a BLAST, but this year I'm knee-deep in revisions so no NaNo for me. *cue sad violin* Anyway, as I was procrastinating preparing to revise this morning, I stumbled on a blog post by Peggy Eddleman sharing info about something called NaNoReviMo. What's that? Well, it's a support network for writers stuck in the Revisions Cave (and you know how lonely the Revisions Cave can be), and it's being organized by Jessie Humphries. So of course I clicked over and joined. Because let me tell you, having a group of writers to support you is waaaay better than sitting alone day after day, trying to motivate yourself to revise. So if you're stuck in Revisions Hell, join us! :)

Now without further blabbing by yours truly, here are my goals for the month of November.

1. Identify all of the remaining parts of my WiP that need to be cut (because it's sitting at 96K right now and it needs to go on a serious word diet. ;)

2. Rewrite new scenes or revise what I already have (you know, whatever needs to be done to make the book all SHINY).

3. Find a few more beta readers to read once I'm finished (which WILL be on December 1).

And there you go. So what are your goals for November?

Friday, October 19, 2012

Getting Out In The Real World's been a month since I last posted here. That's what revising will do to you. Now I'm not going to do one of those "Revising Is Hard" posts because that's a given. ;) What I want to do is talk about how you should NOT let writing consume your life. I know because that's been pretty much all I've thought about lately. Y'all, it's not pretty. I really don't get out of the house enough. Instead, I spend hours at a time in front of my computer, and it's not always productive time because I'm stressing myself out too much. I wanted to have my book finished a month ago, but it hasn't happened. Then my husband wanted to take a mini family vacation last week and the first thing I thought was, No! I won't be able to work on my book for four whole days! And yesterday I remembered that we had promised to take the kids to the fair last night. Again, I thought, Just great, I'm losing more writing time.

But you know what? I'm glad I went on vacation, and I'm glad I went to the fair last night. I'm glad because if I didn't I would've missed out on:

* The majestic views we saw in the mountains. This was the first time I'd ever been to the mountains in the fall and the sight was AMAZING.
* Spending time with my family. Sure, the kids fought like whoa, but we needed that away time together.
* Watching the kids' smiles at the fair as they rode every. single. ride. (I'm not joking.)
* Talking to people I hadn't seen in ages.
* People watching. Y'all, that's something every writer should do. For instance, I saw a college-age guy taking pictures with a professional looking camera while I was waiting on my kids. Was he taking pictures of people he knew or just randomly snapping shots of strangers? Then there was the lady who looked to be in her forties sitting on a bench, reading a book. She had the cover hidden with a piece of paper, but I saw the title on the spine: Torn by Robin Wasserman.
* Discovering the joy of eating a deep fried Oreo topped with powdered sugar. OMG, I thought I loved funnel cakes, but this....I have no words. If you can get your hands on one, try it. I mean, look at this!

Photo by Jenn Larsen

So have you stayed in the house too much lately? If not, what have you done to get yourself out there in the real world?

Friday, September 14, 2012

Be Inspired

I've been tagged for the Be Inspired Meme, which means I get to answer several questions about my current WiP.

1. What is the name of your book? The Edge of Forever

2. Where did the idea for your book come from? I was listening to a song on the radio one day last summer (If I Die Young by The Band Perry) during a long drive, and I thought it would be cool to come up with a new book based on it. I'm not sure why I remembered this movie, but I thought of Somewhere in Time and, with a little more brainstorming, mashed together the idea behind the song and the movie to come up with my book. Now my original idea was really different from what I have now, but that's where the initial spark came from.

3. In what genre would you classify your book? YA Sci-Fi

4. If you had to pick actors to play your characters in a movie rendition, who would you choose?
I blogged about this before in an earlier post, but I would still pick the same ones. The female main character (Alora) would be played by AnnaSophia Robb, and the male main character (Bridger) would be played by Josh Hutcherson.

5. Give us a one sentence synopsis of your book. Ugh, I hate coming up with those. Okay, okay here's a VERY lame attempt. 17-year-old Bridger illegally shifts from 2146 to 2013 to find out why his dead father wanted to break the most important rule of time travel and save the life of 16-year-old murder victim, Alora.

6. Is your book already published? Not yet! :)

7. How long did it take you to write your book? I started the first draft in July 2011 and finished in February 2012. I started revising right away, but soon got burned out. I put it away and started revising again in July of this year and I'm STILL revising.

8. What other books in the same genre would you compare it to? Hmmm...I'd have to say I would compare my book with Across the Universe by Beth Revis and Legend by Marie Lu. Both of those books feature dual points of view, which I have in my book, and both feature a mystery to solve like mine.

9. Which authors inspired you to write this book? I don't think any one author contributed to writing this particular book. I know I first wanted to write my own books after reading A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle.

10. Tell us anything that might pique our interest in your book. Well, my book has time travel, secrets, forbidden romance, rule breaking, tragedy, danger, and a mystery to solve. And of course there miiiight be some kissing. ;)

Now to tag some more folks! Patti Nielson, DL Hammons, Jade, Diana Paz, and Stefanie Gaither

Friday, July 13, 2012

Hello Again, Dear Blog's been a while since I've blogged. No real excuse for why I haven't. Okay, so I have excuses but I'm not going to torture you with those;) Anyway, here's a quick rundown of what's been happening to me in the writing department.

 I'm finally back to editing again. I finished the first draft at the beginning of February and I was all sorts of happy.

Then I promptly entered a contest. 

I know, stupid move, but I did it. And nothing happened. I should have expected that, but still it was a bit heartbreaking.

From the stupid contest entry move, I realized I hated something about my book and decided to change a subplot. No big deal, right? Ha! 

The whole ripping out a subplot thing was...overwhelming. So overwhelming that I thought of shelving the book. Plus, real life stuff happened. Anyway, I ended up not even looking at the WiP for almost three months.

So now that I've had some distance from the WiP, I've found that I can actually look at it again without feeling like it needs to be burned. Now I'm not gonna lie. Chapter 1 was  BEAST to work on. But I've missed the story too much to ignore it any more. 

Now I can write ALL THE THINGS again! :D

What's been going on in your life since I fell off the face of the blogging world? I've missed being here!

Friday, March 9, 2012

WiP: The Movie

*Waves* Hey there! Yes, I know it's been a long time since I've posted. Revisions do that to me;) Anyway, I'm out of Revisionland today to participate in the WiP: The Movie bloghop hosted by Rachel Schieffelbein and Kyra Lennon. If you'd like to join the fun, check out their blogs and sign the Linky list.

So here's the rules:  Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to post a photo of the actors or actresses you would like to play the characters in your WiP if it were to be made into a movie. It can be just one character, or the entire cast! Secondly, we want you to soundtrack your movie! Head over to YouTube, and post a song that best describes one of your characters, or your story as a whole. Again, you can pick one song, or several, it's entirely up to you!

Okay, so here's my cast for my WiP - The Edge of Forever.

Alora Walker - played by AnaSophia Robb

Bridger Creed - played by Josh Hutcherson
(Yes, I know he's Peeta, but he could play another part. Right???)

 Grace Walker Evans - played by Kim Basinger
(this is Alora's aunt)

I have a playlist, but there's way too many songs to share today. So here's a few of my favorites.

And that's all! Thanks for stopping by!!!

Friday, January 27, 2012

Things That Make Me Smile

You know, it seems like it's easy to find things in life that aren't so great. I know I've had my share of bad things to happen, especially last year. One thing I've learned is if you dwell on those not so great things, the way you perceive things will become negative. This year I've decided to try something else, see if I can look for more good things in life. Things that make me smile. Some of those things are:

* Spending time with my family. That seems to be a no-brainer, but sometimes I get so caught up in my hermit-like ways that I ignore the fam. Not good. Especially when they can always find a way to make me happy.

* Castle. Oh, how I love this show. I mean, it has Nathan Fillion. 
That's exciting enough, isn't it?

* Chocolate donuts from the bakery. I know I shouldn't get them, but they're sooooo good. Not so good for my waistline, but whatevs. I can always diet later, right?

* Writing epiphanies. Y'all, I haven't had one of those in a long time and I finally got one yesterday concerning something that's been bugging me with my WiP. It felt AMAZING! I was in the car on the way home from picking up my kids from school when it hit me. I literally ran in the house after telling my oldest to get the toddler out so I could scribble down some notes before I forgot them.

* The movie MIDNIGHT IN PARIS. I watched it this week and all I can say is wow. A writer who's in Paris travels through time to the 1920's. So. Cool.

So what are some things that have made you smile lately?

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Sometimes You Need a Bribe

I've got a confession. I haven't written a thing since the beginning of December. *hangs head in shame* I've read over the last few chapters I've wrote I don't know how many times, but I can't keep going. Back in December, I told myself Self, it's the holiday season. And you just wrote 40K in November. TAKE A BREAK. But I'm having trouble ending that break. I still love my story. I need to finish. I want to finish. But but but...

Anyway, I used to teach. I have kids of my own. I know that sometimes they need a little motivation to get things done. So I'm going to apply that motivation to myself. That's right folks, I'm going to bribe myself to finish my book. Nothing huge, just some little things I've been wanting for a while but I haven't gotten around to doing/getting. And if you want to know, those things include:

Seems like everybody has a tumblr these days. #feelsleftout

I've never watched Downton Abbey and I keep hearing lots of people talking about how AMAZING it is. I REALLY want to watch an episode like NOW, but I won't until I finish my book. #criesalittle

Here's another series I want to check out. I've heard lots of good things about it. So I'll be watching it sometime soonish. #ihope

So there you have it. My bribes for myself. Have you  ever had to bribe yourself to do or finish something? What did you use as a reward?