Saturday, August 6, 2011

Some rambling about the current state of my brain and a contest for "Confessions"

I have a series of books that I'm co-writing with the fantabulous Faith King. The first book, Awakenings, was published last year and we were waiting on the second book to come out this year. Well, yesterday we got an email from our publisher, informing us that Awakenings is being retypsetted to a smaller font, the cover changed, and it's going to be re-released very, very soon, and then the second book, The Guardian Race, will be published within a few weeks of the first book.

This is excellent and exciting news because it means I'll have another book coming out soon, but it also hit me last night that this means that soon I'm going to need to jump back into getting-a-book-to-publication mode, and I just came out of that mode. I am now frantically racing to edit my most current manuscript, Rising (working title) so I can start writing its sequel, Rising2 (again working title). I'm going to see how much I can get written before my publisher releases the second book in our series.

Confused yet? I'm hardly following myself here. My brain is going in about a dozen writing/editing/publishing/blogging/whatamidoing directions at once. So instead of doing a writing blog this weekend, I'm going to have a contest for my latest book instead.

This is for a signed paperback copy of Confessions from the Realm of the Underworld (Also Known as High School).


"Write what you know."

Persephone "Sephie" Benson scoffs when her creative writing teacher throws that little gem out there. Maybe this advice would work for a professional skydiver or a baseball star or a ninja princess. It's not so great for a high school student who doesn't even know what to do with the rest of her life. Add in being the oldest of six girls, having Responsibilities with a capital R, and living in a town the size of a tick, and you've got a recipe for boring soup.

At least, that's what Sephie thinks until her senior year. Now, her grandfather is losing his house. One of her sisters plays a starring role in the local high school scandal. Even things with her best friend Joey aren't the same. As Sephie deals with the changes in her life, she finds that nothing is quite what she expects--and that sometimes, the most extraordinary life can be the one that seems the most ordinary.


Comment on this entry to let me know you want an entry. Rules are as follows:

1. Must be a follower of this blog.
2. Tweeting about the contest is an extra entry. (Kindly provide a link.)
3. Blogging about the contest is another extra entry. (Kindly provide a link.)

Contest will close on Wednesday morning at 10AM and I will announce the winner later on Wednesday.


In the meantime, I'm back to editing. Happy weekend to you all!


  1. Sounds like a great read. :-)

    I know what you mean with the need to switch brain modes. Hope you get everything done, because this re-release is awesome news!

  2. This a wonderful story! And even if you don't win the paperback def. buy it or buy the eBook! :)

    Exciting stuff happening! yay.

  3. It sounds like you are frazzled from being so busy, but it's wonderful you're accomplishing so much. :)

  4. What fabulous news! Can't wait to read more.

  5. Well, since I joined the other three contests, it’s only fair that I join yours, right?

    Count me in! I also tweeted this, but I’m at a loss on how to send you a link. Do you think you could just see it by going to my twitter? I’m sailorkrypton there, but I’m sure you remember that. Actually, you’re my only follower. LOL.

    You know, I think I might make my own blog…

    Eep! That’s such great news about The Guardian Race!

    But I’m sort of confused now. The books are going to have different covers? Does that mean it won’t be the Speaker and his or her animal anymore? Did you get to okay the new covers? I hope it’s not the one where it looks like the otter’s going to eat Xari. LOL.

    You definitely sound busy, but it’ll all be worth it when it’s done. You and Faith must be so happy!

    And you know, I think I’d forgotten that “Rising” was only a tentative title. Here’s hoping you can edit book one and find some inspiration for book two.

    I’ll e-mail you as soon as I can. I got the pictures scanned, so I should be able to send them to you.

    Hope your doing well amongst the craziness!



    Almost as much as I love your writing :D

    ps I left you an award on my blog

  7. Laura, it all sounds very exciting! Congratulations!


Thanks for sharing your thoughts!