Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Writerly Wednesday: Screwing up Time and a Winner

Friendlies! Writerly Wednesday is here!

Writerly Wednesdays here are dedicated to writers and readersIf you've published anything for Young Adults, check out the tab up there.

And now, it's time to announce the winner of a 5 page edit from Bethany at A Little Red, Inc. Those who participated in the Truth and Lie game will remember the options: 

1. Bethany tore her ACL watching a Steelers game. On her couch.
2. Bethany has been bitten on the hand by a flamingo.
3. She learned to drive stick on the dirt roads of a little place called Hell Hole Swamp.

And, the lie is: 

#2, Bethany was not bitten by a flamingo, but by a toucan. 

Way to go those of you who guessed right! You are officially human lie detectors. And the winner is: 

...DRUM ROLL...



Congrats, Emily! And now for today's amazing feature: 

Mark Montgomery is a slacker content with his life. He's a senior at New Haven Prep, has a great friend, and after graduation he'll get a brand new sports car from his parents, assuming he stays out of trouble. 

Then, she comes into his life--Miranda with her I-just-escaped-from-a-Renaissance-Fair clothing. Only, she hasn't. She's come from Bodiam Castle in the Middle Ages and demands a secret ingredient and a book of recipes for traveling through the treacherous colors of time. Although Mark has never even heard of either before, he must find them, or Miranda will die. To save her, Mark must break into a psych hospital to visit his grandfather who once tried to kill him, pass through the colors of time, take on a medieval alchemist, prevent Miranda's marriage to a two-timing baron, and keep it all hidden from his parents. 

The sports car is definitely in trouble.

Find the book on Amazon HERE for only $0.99 now!

Shall we meet the author? 

C. M. Keller is an award winning novelist and the author of SCREWING UP TIME and SCREWING UP BABYLON. She loves old movies and poison rings. In her spare time, she searches for that elusive unicorn horn. Currently, she's hard at work on her next YA novel, the third book in Mark and Miranda's story. You can visit her author blog  HEREShe also blogs about family life HERE.

Her favorite cheese is Apricot Stilton, and you might find her eating it in bed while watching a great movie (think Inception or How to Steal a Million).

And now for the fun! *rubbing hands*

C.M. gave me two truths and one lie to test your "lie detector" skills. Can you figure out the lie? Those who do will go into my magic hat for a chance to win a Screwing Up Time coffee mug. Eek! How cool is that? Because of postage costs, this only extends to US participants. HOWEVER, you are still welcome to play, even if you are outside the US. You have until Tuesday, September 10th at 1 p.m. to guess--and be sure to come back for the answer on September 11th to view the winner!

AND as an added bonus, anyone who guesses the lie correctly will receive a Smashwords coupon for a free copy of Screwing Up Time.

TRUTH OR LIE

1. C.M. was a member of the ICSA women's sailing team that took first place for the season.
2. She has ridden a sea turtle.
3. She worked her way through college doing chromosome analysis.

Okay human lie detectors, which is the lie? 

60 comments:

  1. Bitten by a Toucan..what a plot twist lol!

    I think that the sea turtle is a lie :)

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    1. I know, right? She's a total pro at this game. (She's a pro period if you ask me.)

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  2. Fascinating tittle: Screwing Up Babylon.

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    1. It has me itching to pick it up. Don't know about you.

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  3. Who knew it was a toucan and not a flamingo! Either seems so improbably. :P

    And congrats to C. M. Keller. Cool cover. :)

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  4. Nice post, great blog, following :)

    Good Luck :)

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  5. Bitten by a Toucan! Now I didn't see that one coming!

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    1. And how could you? I mean, it bit her, not you. ;)

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  6. Congratulations, Emily!
    And I'm guessing #2 is the lie. :)

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  7. Congrats to Emily!

    And big ups for another time travel story! They're everywhere right now it seems like. :D

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    1. That's because time travel totally rocks! ;)

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  8. Excellent about learning to drive a stick. I think everyone should learn how... It's like riding a bike, once you learn you never forget.

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    1. I totally agree. Everyone should learn.

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    2. I miss driving stick. My favorite car was manual, and it's what everyone drives in Lithuania. We would've had to special order our car when we live over there.

      Incidentally, Hell Hole has its own festival every year. I don't know if it's changed over the years, because I haven't been back since I moved away, but they had greased-pole climbing, tobacco-spitting, greased pig chasing, and a Miss Hell Hole pageant. (A title I don't think I'd want to win. Anyone with me?)

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    3. Okay, yes. I found this. It's still going strong! http://www(dot)becsc(dot)com/fileuploads/Hell%20Hole%202013(dot)pdf

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  9. Thanks for sharing about C.M.'s book. It sounds good. I'll say #3 is a lie.

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  10. Ooh, these are good, too. I say number 3 is the lie, but it's probably something else equally research-y. (I hope it's okay with everyone that I make up words. I don't do it in the manuscripts I edit. Promise.) *wink*

    C.M.'s book sounds fabulous. I love when you can tell from the blurb alone that the author's got a sense of humor. It's definitely on my TBR list.

    Yes, I was bitten by a toucan! He walked right up to me in this little restaurant in the highlands of Peru where I was teaching English. In Toucan Sam's defense, I tried to touch his beak. I just wanted to say I'd done that, you know? But he sure just opened his crazy beak and bit me. It didn't hurt. It actually felt like what I imagine a paper towel roll cut in half longways would feel like if you had them both come down on your finger. (Is that because of the physics of it? The leverage? I dunno.) Anyway, I just squealed, shooed him away and ate my dinner.

    But now I can say I've been bitten by a toucan.

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  11. Bitten by a toucan is a much cooler story than having touched his beak. :)

    Thanks for your comment on the blurb! I always spend days (and sleepless nights) working on a dozens of versions. And then, I can never choose one. So my family and friends all vote. :)

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  12. Bethany, you're lucky to have a finger left, lol! Toucans have some power in those beaks, :-) I've touched several big parrots--carefully. I had a Macaw decided to land on my shoulder and because he was fascinated with my gold dangling earrings. The expression, light as a bird? Didn't apply, lol!

    CK the blurb sounds interesting. Colors of time...catching a ride with a sea turtle would be cool and sailing too. :-)

    Sia McKye Over Coffee

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    1. Whew! I'll thank Sam for leaving my finger if I ever see him again.

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  13. Pretty cover art, Connie. It's very eye-catching.

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  14. Love that cover art and I really don't think Connie rode a sea turtle.

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  15. Note to self: never touch bird's beak.

    I'm going to go with #1 for the lie. For no reason. Just random pick.

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  16. Congrats to the winner! I guess toucans are more dangerous that they look, despite how cute Toucan Sam used to be. Yay for the release of C.M.'s new book! :-)

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    1. Shall we add a new motto to the site? Beware the Toucans?

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  17. Screwing up time sounds like a fun read. I think it's worked her way through college doing chromosome analysis.

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    1. I think so too. Need to get reading it, now!

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  18. Congrats to Emily! Birds in general just sort of freak me out. I'd say the lie is #2. I don't think a sea turtle would be as accommodating as a dolphin!

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    1. It would be cool if sea turtles were as accommodating as dolphins, eh?

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  19. Congratulations, Emily. The book sounds like fun. I don't the answers to the questions, but I'm willing to guess.

    #2 is the lie.

    I'm probably wrong, eh?

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    1. Hey, it's a one in three chance. Not terrible odds.

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  20. Fun contest!

    Thanks for visiting my blog. :)

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  21. Way cool cover. Sometimes the covers the publishers come up with are just bad, but this one is really awesome.
    I think #2 is the lie...
    :)

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    1. I agree--covers make a huge difference, and when publishers slap one on there that doesn't do the book justice, you may as well take a shot gun to it!

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  22. Make sure to look up C.M. Keller's blogs, which make for interesting reading.

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  23. Yay! So glad to see Keller's book here, I've been an occasional visitor at her blog for years and remember when Screwing Up Time first came out! I needed the reminder though so I just downloaded it and it's on my list to read! Number 2 is the lie.

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    1. Margo, lucky you! I only met her a couple months ago, and I feel like I've been missing out.

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  24. ... 'cause a flamingo would just be weird, but a toucan... ;)

    Very nice cover.

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    1. LOL! I think it depends on what part of the world you're in. ;)

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  25. Connie's book is fun and hilarious--you all will love it. I'm going to be the outlier and guess that #1 is the lie. Seems overly specific. :-D

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    1. Ooh! Laurel, now I know I've been missing out.

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  26. Um.. no sailing team. That cup is fun.

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  27. Thanks for all the wonderful comments!

    And since so many people have commented on the cover art, I have to give credit where credit is due. The cover art was done by graphic artist Tara Rimondi. She's a delight to work with. Her website is tararimondi.com.

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  28. That was awesome! LOL I'm a pretty diehard football fan, but can't claim to have injured myself celebrating. That's kind of a badge of honor! :D

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    1. No badge of honor here. I wish I could claim a better story, but here it is: My sister got up to get a drink, and I stretched out to watch the game in peace. Turns out she disagreed that having the couch to myself would be the perfect birthday present. We wrestled over it, and we both lost. I did, in fact, get the couch (so I could elevate my leg), but I also had to spend the next 8 weeks in a brace.

      Meh, it could've been worse.

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  29. Oh, I so love time travel books! I'm going to guess the riding a sea turtle one, because, well, who knows. It's the shortest I guess :)

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  30. I'm going to go with riding the sea turtle as the lie because I know they don't make turtle saddles.

    Congrats to Emily! Best of luck CM!

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  31. Congratulations Emily! Do sea turtles need reins?

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  32. I'm going with the sea turtle one because that sounds a lot like what Jack Sparrow did....and that was a lie.

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    1. LOL. That image is going to be in my head every time I read her clue from now on!

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  33. Congrats to Emily!

    Connie's books are super, and I love that new blurb. (New to me, anyway.) As for which of the three is a lie, it doesn't matter... they're ALL totally cool! But just to make a guess, I'll say the sea turtle isn't true. (She probably did something cool like swim with dolphins or manatees.)

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  34. Wow, love how colorful the cover for Screwing Up Time is. The premise sounds fantastic, too!

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  35. i'm going with number one as the lie!

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  36. "The colours of time" is such an evocative phrase. Screwing Up Time sounds like a great read.

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  37. Great blurb. I think number one is the lie.

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