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Monday, February 2, 2015

♫ THE ONE THING ♫ Cover Reveal ♫ !!!!!

I am utterly elated to help share the cover for a book I love (THE ONE THING coming to a bookstore shelf near you in Sept.), written by a person I love: my dear friend Marci Lyn Curtis

This book, y'all. This book. 

Trust me, I predict VERY BIG THINGS for THE ONE THING (Disney-Hyperion,  Sept. 8th 2015).

Before I say anything more (and, oh, I will say much more), let's give you the official blurb, shall we? ("blurb" is  funny word!):

Official BLURB: 

A soaring tale of life and love, of sacrifice and renewal, and learning to see people as they really are.

Maggie Sanders might be blind, but she won't invite anyone to her pity party. Ever since losing her sight six months ago, Maggie's rebellious streak has taken on a life of its own, culminating with an elaborate school prank. Maggie called it genius. The judge called it illegal.

Now Maggie has a probation officer. But she isn't interested in rehabilitation, not when she's still mourning the loss of her professional soccer dreams, and furious at her so-called friends, who lost interest in her as soon as she could no longer lead the team to victory.

When Maggie first meets Ben, she thinks she can add crazy to her list of problems. But the precocious ten-year-old isn't a hallucination. Maggie can actually see him. She immediately befriends the kid, desperate for any chance to see again.

It turns out Ben's older brother is Mason Milton, the ridiculously hot lead singer of Maggie's new favorite band. Music is the first thing that has made Maggie feel alive since losing her sight. But when she learns the real reason she can see Ben, Maggie must find the courage to face a once-unimaginable future...before she loses everything she has grown to love.

Okay. Now let me tell you more...

I could tell you how I've read several drafts of this book SEVERAL times and STILL laughed out loud and STILL wept real tears, AGAIN,  even when I knew what was going to happen from prior readings. 

I could tell you how when you hear publishing professionals use the term "voice", well, THE ONE THING is a dazzling example of a book brimming with voice. 

I could tell you how 17-year-old Maggie has so much personality, she feels so real, so distinctly "Maggie", you could never confuse her for any other character in existence. She is riotously funny and flawed and layered and heartbreakingly full of heart. 

I could tell you that there's a hot love interest, Mason, and some truly epic romance, because there is. Like, swoony romance that gives you goosebumps yet feels authentic.

But...Ben. Ben Ben Ben. Y'all. Ben has my heart. He's 10 and oozes charm and...we all need a Ben in our life. He feels so real to me, it's like I know him, like I should be able to drive to his house and game with him.

Which brings me to THE (not just one) THING that makes me love this book so deeply: the unlikely but heartwarming FRIENDSHIP between 17-year-old Maggie and 10-year-old Ben. 

There's so much more to Maggie's story. This book is special.

But I guess you want to see the cover now, so let's get to it. It's chock full of symbolism...ready?...


I love this cover, a cover that will make so much sense once you read the book. It makes my heart sing because I 'get' all the symbolism and it's perfect. And I love the neon colors and graphic design. 
(I can't wait for you to read this book I adore.)

I want you to hear more about the cover and the book right from the author herself, my friend who makes me laugh and eats cheese with me, Marci Lyn Curtis. 
this is Marci. she makes me laugh. 

AND SHE IS HAS AN AWESOME GIVEAWAY going on over there! Aren't these custom earrings fabulous? 

 Please, click here, and head over to visit Marci and tell her* I say hi (*and that I hope her dog hasn't eaten any unmentionables today) (seriously, tell her that)

Friday, December 19, 2014

Terrible Titles blog hop thingy

Hello Friends,

I hope this finds you all well.
I know, I've been away from my blog for so long. In my defense, there was a long distance move, and the unpacking and getting settled in a new house. There was sending our daughter off to college. There was Nanowrimo and YallFest. Now there's the marvelous madness of the holidays. HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!

But here I am now, because I was tagged by my lovely friend Katy Upperman for the Terrible Titles Blog Hop. She was tagged by Kate Hart (who is delightful--her debut, After the Fall, comes out in 2016). And so it goes.

I don't usually do these tags (read: I NEVER do these tags), because A) lazy and B) no time and C) they usually involve posting my writing online, which I don't do. 

But, I figured this is as good a reason to dust off this here ol' blog as any...and also, I don't have the heart to say no to Katy.

The rules of the blog hop are simple: Scroll through your manuscript and stop in random places. Whatever words/phrase the cursor lands on becomes one of eight terrible titles.

From my VERY drafty (Nano) first draft, HUSK (a working title, and it's terrible as is, so really any of the following bits might actually be an improvement!):

  1. about to get brained
  2. a shallow, blood-gurgling wheeze
  3. moving slower than panic demands
  4. the ghost of empty rooms 
  5. an island of peace in a sea of chaos
  6. he had come here to die
  7. want and need are unrelated
  8. swallowed into the mist

So, there you have it. Make of that what you will.

I won't tag others specifically, but please feel free to consider yourself tagged if you wish to play along. 

More posts with news coming soon.

In the meantime, tell me your bad titles...or what you've read lately and loved. Or tell me anything.

Monday, October 20, 2014

The writing community misses you. We hope you are feeling well. 

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Lola's Moving Castle

Hello Friends,

*blows dust of this here bloggity-blog* *taps mic screen*

Hi. I've missed you. You sure look pretty today.

I know it has been a shamefully l-o-n-g time since I've done a blog post. I keep tabs on most of y'all on The Twitter, where I tend to spend my online social time. But I felt kind of sad about this poor neglected, lonely blog. 

It's just that it's been a helluva crazy 2014 and there hasn't been time for blog posts. 

(And I REALLY don't have time for one right now either, except...) 

I wanted to let you all know I miss you. 

And to fill you in on the crazy stuff happening in my life, WHY I haven't been around.

I'm still writing books. 

Except, well, not much in the last couple months...because...

... we are in the process of moving 5 states away to my beloved Charleston, SC. (hence the "Lola's Moving Castle" title) 

We put our house up here on the market and sold it and bought a house down there. Well, the closing date on both ends is not until July 25th, but everything is under contract.

And, friends, if it could go wrong, IT HAS.  

And we haven't even closed on the house(s) or moved yet. 

First major glitch was finding out our seemingly perfectly functioning, 9 year old septic system failed our buyer's inspection. And a new one costs $20,000. Okay. Rolled with that punch. But ALL the qualified professionals in a hundred mile radius are booked for months and can't do it in time for closing. Can't do it until mid-autumn! Not to be deterred, I found The Most Expensive Company In ALL The Land and cried and sweet talked and badgered and begged them and coughed up MORE coin... and a new septic is being put in as I type. There's a big backhoe and a gaping maw in my front yard. Fun times. 

Lots of other monkey wrenches, but lets skip all of them and skip to the MAJOR wrench: our buyers (smartly) had a Radon test done with their home inspection. Radon tests are not often done around here. Not mandatory or even suggested. The home inspection came back great, as we expected it would. The house is in excellent shape. BUT, holy mother, our radon test failed! 4 times the "acceptable level". I didn't know anything about Radon, but OMG, now I do.  Radon guy is coming this Monday to fix our toxic levels of Radon in our house. The cancer-causing radiation gas that has unknowingly been in this house we had built 9 years ago, this house we've been raising our daughter in since third grade. Yeah. That caused a lot of full-on sobbing. And there's nothing I can do to repair any damage it may have done to us. And it's an easy, one-day job, under $2,000 to have fixed. I'd gladly have paid 2k to have the air pump put in IF I KNEW. (so, to be clear, I'm not upset about paying $2k to have it fixed, I'm upset we've been unknowingly living in it)

(PLEASE GET YOUR HOME TESTED FOR RADON. It is a silent, odorless, invisible killer. It is cheap to test--they even have DIY kits at your local hardware store--and if you have high levels, it is easy and relatively inexpensive to have a pro fix it and have your levels way down to almost zero. It's in every county of every state in the US and most countries of the world. You don't have to have a basement; your home can test high on a slab or crawl space. Your home can test high even if your next door neighbor just tested fine. It can be at your work, schools, etc. Please. I don't want you to ever feel the way I felt when we found out we've been living with it for almost ten years. Most cities make us have smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detecters, but not radon tests, which makes my heart hurt now that I know. I will be testing all of us for lung cancer--chest x-rays-- on a regular basis now. I can't stress enough how serious this is. So many tears just thinking about it. Please PLEASE get your home tested asap.)

Speaking of tears, but HAPPY tears, our daughter had her senior prom in May, and graduated high school in June. I'm so proud of her. And next month, in August, she leaves me forever to go off to college and become an adult. ALL THE TEARS.

senior prom

So, anyway, in three weeks we move. I'm hoping nothing else major (or minor) goes wrong. (what could possibly go wrong with the movers and all our stuff on a semi-tractor-trailer loaded by strangers and driven by strangers across country???) (*guzzles more Pepto* *tosses back a handful more Tums*) (did I mention that the mover's estimate was $22k?!?) (did I mention I'll be driving 12 hours down with a kid, 2 dogs, and a very nervous cat in my car to get to the closing down there, while my husband stays up here, in an empty house, to do the closing up here and then he drives down?) (how much do you wish you were me right now?)

The good news is we love the house we bought down there. It's 7 minutes from the beach. 15 minutes from downtown. It's on a pond with jumping fish and chirping frogs and pollywogs. We call the house "Froggy". We love the area. I've lived there before. Charleston (and her beaches) has always been the city of my heart. So, all this pain will be worth it. 

I hope to be back to writing full-time in September. 

Let me know if you'll be coming to YAllFest this year. I'll be there. I'd love to meet up!

How are YOU? Read any good books lately? Write any good books lately?

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

What's Up Wednesday: October Edition (part-1)

Hello Friends,

Happy October! And Happy Hump Day....which means it's time for a What's Up Wednesday. (sign up at Jaime's blog and join us)

What I'm Reading:
I've read so many books since I last posted, so I'll just list a couple highlights:

NIGHT FILM: Wow, what a ride. And also, man, did she get lucky with her publisher, because even the quality of the paper they used to print her book is thick and glossy and lush. (the hardback weighs a ton)

THE BITTER KINGDOM (the final book in Rae Carson's Fire & Thorns trilogy):
What a satisfying ending to this YA fantasy series. I loved all 3 books. Sad it's over.

What I'm Writing:
I'm still tinkering on the pre-writing, the nailing down of of the slippery thing that is my SNI, which will be my Nanowrimo project (and is the SNI I've mentioned before) 
(if you want to be buddies on the fun that is Nano, my name on the site is: the-sharp-pen). 
I've been doing some free-writing and research and collecting images on my Pinterest Board (called 'Nano Project') for inspiration. And I've made my playlist. 

What Inspires Me Right Now:
I always fin this category to be the most difficult, because EVERYTHING inspires me. Leaving the house, travel, taking a walk, nature, movies, hanging out with friends and family, going to museums, art (viewing and creating), music, reading, people-watching, magazines, pinterest, phone conversations with friends, the news, pamphlets, cheering on fellow writers (and them cheering me on)...literally everything. 
But, I suppose if you're looking for specifics on this SNI, I'd say the images in the pinterest board I mentioned above inspire me. And this song:

What Else I've Been Up To:
Well, I don't want to talk about the Government Shutdown and how that is has a stranglehold on my family and household. So, moving on.
We've been doing a LOT of college visits because our daughter is a senior in high school. (Holy shiz) 
And I've been working on going and cooking mostly vegetarian and organic. Except when I'm snarfing down yummy pumpkin cupcakes with cream cheese frosting....and meatballs. And PopTarts. Okay, I'm mostly failing at it, but I am trying. 
And I have my house all decorated and spookified for Halloween.
And I've been reading and critiquing LOTS of fulls lately. 

Okay, that's far more than enough about me. Now it's YOUR turn...
What's Up with YOU??

Have a marvelous week! xoxo


Wednesday, August 28, 2013

What's Up Wednesday

Hello Friends,

*Waves* I hope this finds you all having a marvelous end of your summer. 
Here's what's going on in my world, WUW-style. 


To be honest, I've started reading a bunch of books this week and quit most of them. I guess I'm in a bit of a reading slump. But since my last post (a couple/few weeks ago) there have a been a few books I made it through and LOVED:

CHARM & STRANGE by Stephanie Kuehn (a small YA book that packs a big quirky punch, told from a male POV...and I won't say much else about it, because it's unique and I don't want to ruin the surprise of it.)

The DREAM THIEVES by Maggie Stiefvater (lovely prose, as you'd expect, this second book in the YA Raven Boys series was also a nice adventure. This was an ARC (THANK YOU, Sarah Goldberg), but you'll be able to get it in mid-Sept., and I do recommend this series.)

84, CHARING CROSS ROAD by Helene Hanff a very charming little NF book first published in 1970. It's a thin little book of letters sent back and forth for 20 years between Helen, a free-lance writer and avid reader/book lover living in Brooklyn NY, and a book dealer in London during wartime and well beyond (late 40's-late 60s). It's a  very fast read, full of humor and serious book love and man, did it gave me ALL THE FEELS. No wonder it is still in print after all these years. I highly rec.


Well, I've been so super busy this week I haven't had time to write anything except notes in a notebook (for I am getting ready to start a SNI in earnest), and so nothing big to report here. But, I *am* excited about this shiny new idea. (it's the same SNI I've talked about, the one I was trying to put off while I SHOULD be working on revisions. And I have put it off---though not done as much with the revisions as I should've, due to being way too busy lately---but now SNI's time has come. And so, starting next week, I shall  go forth and write shiny new words!) (but also, I will be working on revisions.) (maybe.) (slacker Lola is a slacker)


THIS SONG. OMG THIS SONG. This will be The Song of SNI. (FYI, it isn't on spotify, sadly)

What's up with YOU? How was YOUR WEEK?


May your pen be mighty

May your pen be mighty

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My name is Lola. (I'm not a showgirl) Yes, L-O-L-A Lola. It's the least of my worries. Let's move on, shall we? This blog is mostly about my misadventures on the journey to publication and beyond. My passion for lush prose, quirky characters, art, music, literature, performing arts and anything creative will be a major theme here. This journey of mine will not always be pretty. Much like rubbernecking a train wreck, I know sometimes you just can't help but look at the carnage that is often my life. So strap on your neck brace, helmet and 5-point harness and come along for the ride! Licentia poetica.
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