Wednesday, October 16, 2013

It's time for Writerly Wednesday! Yay!

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

And now, it's time to announce the winner of last week's game. Last week Sandra Cox shared two truths and one lie. Those who guessed the lie correctly were entered into a random drawing for a copy of Sandra's VAMPIRE BAY. 

The options were:

1. Sandra has a black belt in Thai  Quan Do.
2. She's been a vegetarian for 15 years.
3. She once ran a cat rescue and is still involved in rescues and occasionally foster care.

And the lie is: 

#1, Sandra does not actually have a black belt, at least not in the martial arts variety. She's pretty kick trash as a writer. 

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

...DRUM ROLL...


Congrats, Christine! 

And now for this week's special feature...

"Do you want me to be dangerous?" he asked, his voice husky and low.

I gulped, and for a moment I was incapable of speech. But he was quiet, waiting. "No. I don't."

"Then I'm not dangerous at all," he murmured. His gaze moved from my eyes to my mouth. "You've never been safer than you are at this moment." I shivered as his breath tickled my skin. Our lips were mere millimeters apart when the sky shattered in a kaleidoscope of colored light.
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We didn’t know how much we had to lose until we were infected with magic. Sam was in love, Juliette was the main caretaker for her siblings, and Ana and her dad planned the best parties in New York. But we lost it all when we were  shipped to Chebeague, an exclusive school for newly infected mages.

Everyone knows about the mages, those who survive the infection and end up with magical abilities. We’ve seen the power of magic, the high-paying jobs, and the world fame. But we never saw the cost. We didn’t know we’d be forced to give up everything: sanity, family, even the right to talk on the phone.

We didn’t know mage was just another word for prisoner.

Doesn't that sound totally awesome? You can pick up a copy of the book HERE. I'm crushing on this book and can't wait to get my hands on it. Shall we meet the authors?



Sheena Boekweg (writing as Sam) is the author of the award winning novel Funny Tragic Crazy Magic. Look for her next novel, Waxling in 2014. She is a mom of three living in West Jordan, Utah. She can be found eating a cheese she describes as stretchy and creamy and fried manna from heaven dipped in a raspberry sauce on the Monte Cristo sandwich at the Blue Bayou in Disneyland.



Melanie Crouse (writing as Ana) lives in the gorgeous state of Maine with her (usually) delightful family. She wishes with all her heart that her teenage children weren't so embarassed that their mom writes "kissing scenes". With any luck, her first solo book, Hidden Magic, will be out in early January, 2015. She adores swiss cheese fondue. 



Sabrina West (writing as Juliette) is a writer and wildlife biologist living in San Diego, California. There, she wanders the streets searching for rare shorebirds, quality espresso, and elusive snippets of dialogue and imagery. Her short fiction has appeared in markets such as the Santa Clara Review, Cover of Darkness, and Strange, Weird and Wonderful Magazine. She also has a story upcoming in Kayelle Press's Night Terrors Anthology. She flips for Gruyere melted over French onion soup. Mmm.

You can find these lovely ladies at theprosers.blogspot.com.

They gave me two truths and one lie about the way they wrote this book 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 an ecopy of ALCHEMY. Eek! How cool is that? You have until Tuesday, October 22nd at 1 p.m. to guess--and be sure to come back for the answer on October 23rd to view the winner!

TRUTH OR LIE

1. These three authors have written over 8000 facebook messages to each other about this book.
2. They mailed the original chapters to each other the old-fashioned way--via snail mail.
3. The school originally had a different name of a real institution for rich, troubled youth, a name they totally fell in love with--but had to change so they wouldn't get sued.

Okay human lie detectors, which is the lie? 

AND today you have one more chance to win--but enter fast!


58 comments:

  1. Love the premise and the idea of infection!

    Can I just say I hope the lie is #1?

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    1. It's pretty awesome, right? I can't wait to read it.

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    1. I know--can you imagine that? Ug! It would take ages to communicate!

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  3. This sounds like a great read! Thanks for the giveaway! :)

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    1. Yay! You're welcome, and thank you for stopping by.

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  4. How fun. I've always wondered how two people could write a book together. I can't even fathom three, but at least you wouldn't be lonely in that writing/revising cave!

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    1. LOL! Robin, I wrote a musical with collaborators. I think a book would be cake comparatively. ;)

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    2. It was all bliss and roses. Well, at least until we got too far in to give it up. It makes a big difference that my collaborators are professional and very easy to work with. And you are right--editing is a lot more fun with someone to talk about it with!

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  5. Sounds like an interesting book! (Wow, seriously, THREE writers writing one book; that's amazing.) And congrats to Christine for being a winner. :)

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    1. I KNOW! Aren't you envious? I mean, when was the last time you had a whole collaborative team to pound out art?

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  6. I'm calling the snail mail a lie. I can't imagine waiting that long. Of course, they're probably much more patient than I am.

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    1. LOL! Wait a minute, aren't you a parent? *squinty eyes*

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  7. Thanks so much for the feature, Crystal! And yes, writing a book with two other people was definitely an adventure. Luckily, though our visions clashed from time to time, it was also really amazing to develop the ideas and characters together.

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    1. Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to have you! I think amazing things happen when you get more than one creative brain together.

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    2. It turned out really awesome. Thanks for having us!

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  8. Alchemy sounds AMAZING. And I think that's a whole lot of FB messages; I'm not sure that number is accurate.

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  9. Hmmm. I think I'm going to go with #1.

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  10. I'm calling the snail mail a lie. (can't wait to read this!)

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  11. I think the lie is #2, snail mail. By the way, can't wait to read this! My daughter received her copy in the mail today so once she's done, I'll be reading it! :-)

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  12. I love hearing about collaborations, because I know I'd never be able to relinquish enough control!

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    1. Oh, I bet you'd be able to--if you had to.

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  13. Definitely hitting my TBR list. It must be amazing writing something with 3 ppl! I'll take the snail mail version. Who wants to pay the postage???

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    1. I know, right? Talk about canceling out your royalties!

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  14. I'm gonna say #1 is a lie. That's A LOT of Facebook messages :)

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    1. I don't think I've even written that many facebook messages since I got on facebook!

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  15. I love the lie detector game. I've used it myself in my "about me" section. That book sounds fascinating, as does their writing collaboration.
    Tina @ Life is Good

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    1. It's a great way to get to know people quick, eh?

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  16. Man, I am bad at picking out lies and truth! I guess it's because I'm so gullible. And I have never seen tae kwon do spelled quite like that!

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    1. You and me both, Julie. That's why I host these things--so I can feel all smart by knowing the answer in advance. ;)

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  17. What a great feature! My guess is number 2!

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  18. The book sounds great! My guess is #1.

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  19. Yay! Thank you so much. :) This book sounds awesome.

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  20. Congrats to Christine for the last one! The book sounds so cool. I'm guessing the lie is mailing via snail mail. :)

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  21. Congrats to the winners, I really like the cover on Alchemy, it looks very cute.

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    1. Super cute. I love the concept even more.

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  22. Cool premise, and I love that they collaborated!

    I'm betting the last one, the one about the school name, is the lie.

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    1. I know, doesn't that make you want to do a collaboration?

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  23. I've never tried collaboration. I wonder what's it like writing with two other authors. This sounds great!

    And I'm guessing #2 for the lie because of the postage cost involved.

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    1. Collaborating is a blast--when you're not knocking heads.

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  24. i'm going to go with #3!!! congrats to christine!

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  25. Yay for Christine and all the best to the terrific trio and their poor mages!! Take care
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  26. I think #1 is the lie. That's too much FB.

    Congrats to Christine.

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    1. I know, right? How long would it even take to type out that many messages?

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  27. I was going to guess #2 since like, no one snail mails anymore (except maybe me and 3 other people on the planet).

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    1. We'll take that as a firm answer then. ;)

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  28. Way to go, Christine! I'll go with #2 -- nobody uses snail mail anymore; it's too freakin' expensive.

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