Tuesday, July 31, 2012

ARC Giveaway-- THE RAVEN BOYS



Hello Friends,


Who wants to win an ARC of Maggie Stiefvater's The Raven Boys? Because I am giving one away! 

Comes out Sept. 18th


The Official Blurb:
Blue Sargent, the daughter of the town psychic in Henrietta, Virginia, has been told for as long as she can remember that if she ever kisses her true love, he will die. But she is too practical to believe in things like true love. Her policy is to stay away from the rich boys at the prestigious Aglionby Academy. The boys there — known as Raven Boys — can only mean trouble.



All you have to do to enter to win is follow my blog (so I can see your little avatar in my Google Friend Connect) and leave me a comment on this post letting me know you want to be entered (and your email address so I can let the winner know they won). = 1 entry.

If you want extra entries you can:

Follow me on Twitter (@LolaSharp)--1
Tweet about this giveaway--2
(please include links and total entries in the comments)


This giveaway is international and ends at midnight August 17th. 

Good luck! 


Love,
Lola 



Tuesday, May 1, 2012

MAY DAY!!!





Hello Friends,


May Day, may day!!! I forgot today was already May 1st...the beginning of our Blog Me Maybe Blogfest. Doh. *blushes*


Perhaps it is because I live in Lola-La-La-Land...


Lola LaLa Land


Because...


no deadlines in Lola-Land


I get distracted by all the lovely shiny things...like new books...


BITTERBLUE is FINALLY in my hands!


And summer weather in spring... 




wheeee!



Which makes Lola in Lola-Land very...






Holy...STOP!




Lola is about to be DISTRACTED!
*is distracted*





What was I talking about again?
Oh yeah, how I get distracted by all the marvelous and splendid things in this world, and forget all about things I'm supposed to do. Like silly blog posts.




Did I tell you that my sweet husband bought be one of these for my birthday?




And I can't stop typing little stories on her. (truth)




(some of the little typed stories have made their way to a few of you...because you deserved them for being so kind to me and my birthday.)


And, also, I've been distracted in my drafting cave, as  some of you know. 


So, in conclusion, I shall leave you with this on this first day of May:






Please, tell me, how have you been? What's been distracting YOU lately?


Love,
Lola 
Monday, April 16, 2012

MAYbe I'll Stop Slacking





Hello Friends,




I know, I know, I know. I've been The Bad Lola. I've been a lousy blogger and, worse, a bad bloggy friend. 


I'm sorry. I sincerely miss you.


My defense is: lack of time. I've been laser focused on my new WIP. Trust me, my kid and husband (and house and yard and friends...and hygiene) are ALL being neglected. 


So, on that note, my good friend Sara McClung (who is ashamed because she 'only' has 12 posts for the year...uh, I can beat that. Try 3. Yeah. This post will make 4. I'm averaging one post a month.) (Saraboo, I win the Loser Award...by a landslide.), anyway, Sara came up with a delightful plan for May to get her blogging back on track. 
And then she emailed a few of her friends to see if we wanted to do/host it with her. Most of us said YES. Including me. 


And now we are inviting YOU to join us.


Here's the (easy and laid back) 411:






Blog Me MAYbe is a weekly blog format for the month of May, an easy schedule (see below) with topics built right in. 
Of course, if posting every day sounds like too much, or if you miss a few days (I will), or only do a couple posts a week, no biggie. Blog Me MAYbe is all about ease and fun! NO PRESSURE. 


You don’t have to worry about following every blogger who participates or commenting on everyone’s daily posts (though if you want to do that, feel free!). 
The intent of Blog Me MAYbe isn’t to gain followers — although that could very well happen – but to branch out, make a few new friends, share information, and get into the habit of posting regularly and into the head space where ideas for blog posts flow freely.


Okay, the schedule:



  • Mondays: May I tell you something about writing?
    • This can be anything writing-related. A post on craft. A post on your process. A snippet of your WIP, if you like to share. A book on craft that you want to recommend. Things you struggle with. Things you rock at. ANYTHING at all!
  • Tuesdays: May I tell you something about myself?
    • Pretty self-explanatory… Share something about yourself that your followers might not know. Or, maybe they do. It doesn’t matter–this is just so people who read your blog can get to know you a little better. 
  • Wednesdays: May I ask something about you?
    • Ask your followers something about themselves.
  • Thursdays: May I tell you something about someone else?
    • Make this post about someone else. A writing friend. A critique partner. A person from history who’s fascinating. A character from a book. Have a guest poster. Give an interview. Get creative, but let the spotlight shine on someone else!
  • Fridays: May I share something funny?
    • Fridays = The start of the weekend… BOOYA! A reason to celebrate and laugh on its own — plus, who doesn’t want to see something amusing after a long week?
Fun, right?! I’m one of the hosts, as are: SaraCambriaTraceyJessicaKatyAlexandra, and Alison
You don't have to officially sign up (because we're chill like that), but if you want to, here's the Mr. Linky. (if mine doesn't work, Sara has a Mr. Linky.) We'd love for you to join us!






Blog Me MAYbe begins on the first of May, so check back here (or, visit any of the bloggers listed above) for more information.

Also, on a completely different note, THANK YOU to so many of you for the lovely birthday cards (<--I shall save them all, I love them so much.) and emails and texts and phone calls and tweets and FB posts wishing me a happy birthday. I feel so very blessed and grateful. 


You made my birthday special. THANK YOU for being so marvelous... and in my life. 


How is your April going? Your writing? 




Love,
Lola 


Monday, March 5, 2012

In Celebration!



Hello Friends,




I am popping in here to share some MARVELOUS NEWS!!!


My talented friend, Cristin Terrill, went on sub recently and quickly went to auction (!) and this is what became of it (!!!): 


from Publishers Weekly, Deals, week of 3/5/12


Disney Believes In ‘Yesterdays’ (Lola says: I DO TOO!)
In another major YA acquisition leading up to Bologna, Emily Meehan at Disney-Hyperion won North American rights at auction to Cristin Terrill’s debut, All Our Yesterdays. The YA book, which was sold by Diana Fox at Fox Literary, fetched an advance rumored to be in the six-figure range, and the book is scheduled for fall 2013. There is also strong interest in the title--Disney said it was pitched as “a cross between The Terminator and The Time Traveler’s Wife--in Hollywood. The novel, given its comparative titles, unsurprisingly has a time travel element; it’s about two teenage girls, the wealthy and popular Marina and the impoverished (and imprisoned) Em, who are, in actuality, the same person.



I KNOW you want to hear the rest of her exciting story in her own words, and hear all about the book itself (which is really special) so please stop over to visit her blog. You'll be glad you did. 




Love,
Lola 






Thursday, February 9, 2012

My Method Writing



Hello Friends,







  When I'm deep inside my drafting cave I often go into a 'method acting' mental place, whereby I am IN the world and AM the characters. Sometimes to the point of total immersion, wearing the clothes that the characters might wear, decorating my writing cave in a way that evokes the setting, and drinking and/or eating the kinds of food they'd be eating. I surround my space with tokens and images and languages and smells and sounds that ground me to my WIP's world. (needless to say, I have a uniquely odd collection of...random stuff.)


  Music, in particular, inspires me. 

(That moment when a song is so powerful it gives me goosebumps? Damn, I love that.)


  Music helps me 'get in character', in the mood/mindset I need to sink into to write a particular scene. Especially the moody, sad scenes. I'm sure many of you do this, too.


  I am always searching searching searching (these days, usually on Spotify. the 'related artists' feature is very useful.) for new songs. And I thought you might too.


 And, since I am currently in drafting mode (a YA magical realism), I thought I'd share a few of the songs on my current repeat playlist. 
Perhaps they will inspire you, as well.


**So, let me start by saying anything by Fink or Civil Twilight is a big YES for me.


Letters From The Sky by Civil Twilight:





In My Veins by Andrew Belle:





All This Could Have Been Yours by Shooter Jennings:





Cannonball by Damien Rice:





Breathe Me by Sia:





Yet by Switchfoot:







Okay, I'll stop now, because I could go on and on and on. 


Oh, and because I think this is boss and I want it and hey, DMX, yo:





I'd love to hear about the songs inspire YOU the most. 


**Please remember to buy songs responsibly, ethically, legally...the same way you wish your book(s) to be purchased.




Love,
Lola 





"No days, perhaps, of all our childhood are ever so fully lived as those that we had regarded as not being lived at all; days spent wholly with a favorite book"  ~Marcel Proust

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Emerging



Hello Friends,


*crawls out of cave* *blink blinks* *eyes adjusting to the light*


How are all of you? How were your holidays?
I've missed you. 
I've especially missed those of you who don't habit The Twitter. (I love The Twitter for its ease of popping in to say hello and/or responding to any @mentions quickly and then popping off. I can keep in touch with so many quickly, of which I am quite fond.)


Anyway, I'm sorry I have not been around the blogosphere in a very long time. (Thus, my missing you.) I long to know how you are, in what creative endeavors you are ensconced.


I've been rather isolated in my writing cave, drafting a new WiP. Honestly, I've done little else since the bustle of the holidays ended. This novel is beyond atmospheric (and a bit complicated) and I find it hard to leave its world without losing my groove. 


I haven't even been reading. It's difficult for me to read when I'm deep into drafting a world like this.
(But I'd totally make an exception if someone wants to share an ARC of BITTERBLUE or FROI OF THE EXILES with me.) (was that not subtle?) (am I abusing parentheses again today?)


The few moments I have emerged from my cave it's been to spend time with my (neglected) family. They like me to make actual eye contact with them once in a while, so they tell me. 


Truly, I hope you'll forgive my many and long absences of late. 






Okay, your turn...tell me ALL The Things--> GO!




Love,
Lola 






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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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