I am so thrilled to announce that SUMMER OF SUPERNOVAS is going international, and will be translated into three other languages!!! *throws planetary parade* Eeeee! Can we tell I’m excited? And that my heart is pumping fast enough to break the sound barrier? (I am. It is.) So, my lovelies, here are the deets! :)

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  • Italy! (Mondadori)
  • Brazil! (Intrinseca)
  • Germany! (in a preempt to Fischer)

Oh my…OH! Sending heartfelt gratitude to these amazing publishers who’ve embraced Wil’s story and given her a home in other pockets of the globe. Also, metric tons of thanks to my super agent, Catherine Drayton, along with my brilliant foreign rights wrangler, Lyndsey Blessing at InkWell.

My book and I unanimously agree—you are made of stars! 😉

Darcy

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I can’t think of a better way to kick off the week than with a fantastic cover reveal. And this book and lovely cover are especially near and dear to my heart. Why? Because HIDDEN DEEP brought the talented, generous, and all around wonderful human being that is Amy Patrick into my life! We began as YA finalists in the 2013 Golden Heart contest (go Luckies!), and two-years later, we remain true blue. :)

So please join me in celebrating Amy’s lush new cover, and soon-to-be YA debut! Squeeeeeee!!!! Now, let’s hold hands and bask in the beauty…

 

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Gorgeous, yes?!

And to prove this is more than just a pretty cover, here’s some tantalizing tidbits about the forthcoming HIDDEN DEEP!

Give in to the Glamour…

Sixteen-year-old Ryann Carroll has just run into the guy who saved her life ten years ago. You might think she’d be happy to see him again. Not exactly. She’s a bit underdressed (as in skinny-dipping) and he’s not supposed to exist.

After her father’s affair, all Ryann wants is to escape the family implosion fallout and find a little peace. She also wouldn’t mind a first date that didn’t suck, but she’s determined not to end up like her mom: vulnerable, betrayed, destroyed. Ryann’s recently moved back to her childhood home in rural Mississippi, the same place where ten years earlier she became lost in the woods overnight and nearly died.

She’s still irresistibly drawn to those woods. There she encounters the boy who kept her from freezing to death that long ago winter night and was nowhere to be seen when rescuers arrived. He’s still mysterious, but now all grown-up and gorgeous, too. And the more she’s with him, the greater the threat he poses to Ryann’s strict policy– never want someone more than he wants you.

Seventeen-year-old Lad knows the law of his people all too well: Don’t get careless and Don’t get caught. It’s allowed his race to live undetected in this world for thousands of years, mentioned only in flawed and fading folklore…

Lad’s never been able to forget about Ryann since that night ten years ago. When he sees her again, his fascination re-ignites and becomes a growing desire that tempts him to break all the rules. He’s not even supposed to talk to a human, much less fall in love with one.

And the timing is atrocious. The Assemblage is coming, the rift between the Light and Dark is widening, and mysterious celebrity fan pods are becoming more and more widespread and influential. Lad may have to trade his own chance at happiness to keep the humans, especially Ryann, blissfully unaware and safe.

Add to Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24686734-hidden-deep–book-1-of-the-hidden-trilogy

Hidden Deep (Book 1 of the Hidden Trilogy)

by Amy Patrick

Release Date: 03/23/15

 

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About the Author

Amy Patrick is a two-time Golden Heart finalist (2013 and 2014) who writes Contemporary Romance and Young Adult fantasy/paranormal. Her books have won and finaled in many RWA chapter contests, and she is the author of the 20 SOMETHING series. She lives in Rhode Island with her husband and two sons and actually craves the heat and humidity of Mississippi, where she grew up. She’s been a professional singer and news anchor and currently narrates audio books as well as working as a station host for a Boston TV station.

Author Links:

WebsiteTwitterFacebookGoodreads

Happy reading everyone! 

Darcy

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I’m returning to the real world (and blogging, apparently) on the heels of a fabulous conference put on by the Capital City Writers Association called, Write on the Red Cedar. Donald Maass was the headliner and–wow, wow, wow! My brain resembles an overstuffed suitcase! I fancy this a very good thing. :)

Yet recapping the event feels as confounding as math to me. So instead, I’m going to offer up 10 pearls of writing wisdom I gained from the weekend…

10 Takeaways from Write on the Red Cedar:

  1. More than plot, what we crave is meaning and emotion. We want to experience it. (Donald Maass)
  2.  Every character is the hero of his/her own story. Even the assholes believe they’re right. (Kristina Riggle)
  3. The one craft book that seemed a universal fav among many of the speakers (ahem, other than the Donald’s) was Bird by Bird by Ann Lamott. Interestingly, I got this one for Christmas… *moves to top of reading queue*
  4. Prediction #1 for 21st century fiction: There will be new levels of freedom in writing. The concept of genre is dying. Genre-bending and blending is the future. (Donald Maass) 
  5. Prediction #2 for 21st century fiction: 21st century novels will change the world. Books are now leading the way in global diversity! Authors: What legacy are you leaving? (Donald Maass)
  6. Micro-tension. This is another Maass-ism, and a true gem at that! If you’re unfamiliar with the term, you’ll absolutely want to be. Because it’s that invisible force that compels you to flip page after page. It’s what makes a “page turner.” You ignore the fact you are a carbon-based life form, and decide you can live solely on the written word. See more on micro-tension here.
  7. The things we want the most are the things we’re most afraid to get. (Donald Maass) Love this so hard! And such a universal truth of being human. Are you creating these same conflicting fears and desires for your character?
  8. Readers bonding with your character is one thing. Having staying power is another. Don suggests finding 12 places in your story to give reasons for your readers to care about your character. Ideally, have one on the opening page.
  9. Identify your time stealers, space problems, and muse killers. What are 3 specific ways you can solve these issues? (Erin Bartels) Discover these answers and you will rule the world! (fictionally speaking)
  10. Some additional ways to ramp up ANY scene? Ask yourself… What has changed? What is different at the end of the scene from the beginning? Has the question deepened/become more mysterious? Did the dilemma deepen? What is said/seen/perceived to trigger the change? Mark them with symbolism. (Donald Maass)

5 Takeaways You Could Leave & Still Lead A Fulfilling LIfe:

  1. I require twice the amount of time to get ready than my roomie counterparts Alyssa Alexander and Tracy Brogan. I point a blaming finger at the Chewbacca pelt on my head.
  2. There are few things more fun than eating truffle fries at midnight in your jammys, while answering the question: What’s your worst tequila story? 
  3. It is possible to get a blister in under 20 minutes. (Alyssa proved this.)
  4. The greatest ongoing practical joke of the weekend involved a corn pad.
  5. My quest for a ficus photo op was an epic fail. I’m taking this disappointment one day at a time. 😉

A final note of thanks to Louise Ahern (CCWA president), and the entire CCWA crew for an amazing conference, and for inviting me as a panelist! Lifetime supply of hot fudge sundaes to you all! :)

Write on everyone!

♥ Darcy

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Just when I thought Friday couldn’t get any more fun, my fellow Sweet Sixteen debut author Melissa Gorzelanczyk tagged me in a rousing game of #8TerribleTitles!

So how do you play? EASY. Blindly scroll through your manuscript. Because peeking = cheating and do you really want to disappoint your parents that way??? Now as you scroll, let your cursor fall wherever it may. Select the phrase it lands on and–BAM! You’ve got yourself one terrifically terrible title! Repeat this 7 more times. And let the good times roll. :)

Here are the fabulously fugly titles from my debut book, SUMMER OF SUPERNOVA:

1. Lines of Orangey Brown (um, gross.)

2. Just Graduated

3. Sheer Crime of Chronology (yes…Yes…YES)

4. He Ponders (this book is going to win awards for its profundity.)

5. A Hard Whack (Oh. Dear. God.)

6. Quit Overanalyzing (sound advice)

7. Hotter Than Mercury

8. Usually Epic (this book is pretty sure of itself)

Next in the #8TerribleTitles lineup, I’m tagging Meg Kassel!

Thanks for playing. :)

♥ Darcy

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Psst! Hey, you. Yeah, I’m talking to you. That writer in the corner with the bloodshot eyes and caffeine shakes. Okay, so I know you’re “super busy” with that book you’ve been slaving over. (btw, I totally air quoted as I wrote that–proving I can defy psychics & reason)

BUT, can I just offer a teensy, weensy revelation about that Work In Progress (aka: WIP) that could alter the course of your life???

IT. DOESN’T. SUCK.

Oh for sure, parts of it do. I’m not a complete sunshine blower. But trust me, it doesn’t suck nearly as much as you think. So why can’t we seem to help our obsessive WIP-picking? Why must we compare them to the polished, refined magnificence before them? Well, WIP’s are easy targets–what, with all that frizzy red hair, freckles, and gangly awkwardness. But there’s beauty there, I swear it! You just need to see it with gentler eyes. You need to be reminded that your ugly ducker of a story, will one day be swan. And it will. However…

IT NEEDS TIME TO MATURE.

This is where you come in with your Mother Theresa well of patience. Yep, I just broke out the P word. Because. You will need to love that WIP even if no other human in the history of ever could. Why? That other P word–potential. You know that behind the head-hopping, stilted dialogue, and cardboard characters aimlessly meandering from one page to the next, there is something special. And it is the promise of ‘something special’ that keeps you up at night wondering…what if? Isn’t that every writer’s aphrodisiac? So I’ll pose a mind blowing question.

WHAT IF…WE CELEBRATE THE GOOD?

What if instead of lamenting the awful shortcomings of our WIP, we take a moment, to see the good in it? You all know what I’m talking about. It’s that sentence…or two or three, that holds you captive enough to finish an entire manuscript. Or maybe just a chapter. :) Whatever it is and whatever the reason, you adore it. And it’s worthy of celebrating because those are the precious lines that will sustain you during writing drought and famine.

So why not celebrate those sentences together?! I’ll go first. I’ll even try not to throw up! A generous bargain if you ask me. 😉 Here are a few lines from my WIP, (W)HOLEHEARTED…

I run my fingers along the bumps of my scar. It reads like braille. And the message is so achingly clear—never fall in love.  ~Lark Salinger

As to keep the scales balanced (emotionally & chromosomally), I’ll leave you with some parting words from my hero…

And since I don’t know my ass from an ashtanga hole in the ground—I’m having to fake my way through every one of these yoga classes in hopes of spotting her before I openly wail like a baby. Because it’s downright unnatural to have your bellybutton that close to your mouth. ~Seth Walker

  DO YOU HAVE A LINE OR TWO TO CELEBRATE? I’d love to bask in your words!

Write on, lovelies! Write on!

 Darcy

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I declare this…THE SUMMER OF THE COVER! Want proof? Welp, this is my THIRD post in a row featuring an utterly fantastic cover! I believe they call that an ocular trifecta.

Today’s habanero hot cover reveal features my super talented, Lucky 13 darling, and #WorldDominator, AE Jones. Her Golden Heart winning paranormal romance debut, MIND SWEEPER (Book 1) graces virtual shelves September 15th. You guys, that’s less than one month away! I’ll wait here while you mark your iCals for what promises to be a witastic, heeelarious, and sexy paranormal feast. Me smells another trifecta. 😉

Without further ado, AE’s gorgeous cover for MIND SWEEPER!!!! (and blurb and a whole bunch of wondrous links below…)

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An angel, a demon and a vampire walk into a bar. Sounds like the beginning of a bad joke, but it’s just another day in the life of Kyle McKinley.

Kyle was born with the ability to erase memories, and the inability to keep her opinions to herself. She and her teammates – a vampire who looks like a sexy pirate with fangs, and a Shamat demon with a penchant for Italian pastries – provide supernatural damage control when humans see too much. Today’s problem? A sword-wielding angel and a demon had a supernatural smackdown during happy hour in a Cleveland bar, leaving behind a headless vampire and a dozen human witnesses.

This latest supernatural slip-up is attracting all kinds of attention. So much attention that the police step in, and Kyle has to deal with Joe Dalton, a know-it-all human with the sexiest turquoise eyes she has ever seen. Kyle has no room in her life for yet another human who will treat her like a freak. However, Dalton definitely makes her naughty parts sit up and take notice, and it’s more than mutual. But before they can act on their attraction, they must join forces to solve a dangerous puzzle. And when they uncover the truth, the apocalyptic ripple effect forces Kyle to make a choice. Learn to trust again, or risk losing everyone she cares about, including Dalton.

about AE…

10505456_687526714649368_3721813619467390985_n-170x170-1Growing up a TV junkie, award winning author AE Jones oftentimes rewrote endings of episodes in her head when she didn’t like the outcome. She immersed herself in sci-fi and soap operas. But when Buffy hit the little screen she knew her true love was paranormal. Now she spends her nights weaving stories about all variation of supernatural—their angst and their humor. After all life is about both…whether you sport fangs or not.

AE lives in Ohio with her eclectic family and friends who in no way resembles any characters in her books. Honest. Now her two cats are another story altogether.

author links… Goodreads  Website • Blog • Twitter • Facebook

Hey, thanks for stopping by to celebrate AE’s cover with me!

 Darcy

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I’ll admit it. When my wildly talented friend and author, Caitie Quinn (aka Bria Quinlan), first mentioned she was rebranding her Brew Ha Ha series, I was skeptical. I mean, the previous cover to her terminally adorable romcom novella–THE LAST SINGLE GIRL–was pretty damn fabulous. And how do you improve upon that?

Well…she did. :)

So please join me in swooning over the ocular glory that is…THE LAST SINGLE GIRL!!! *tosses heart-shaped confetti everywhere*

 

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I think we can all agree. This cover is fabulous on steroids!!! So if you’re in the market for a sweet and hysterical romantic beach read, you won’t want to miss this little gem! 😉

the blurb…

One month. That’s all Sarah has to find a date for the Big Night or earn the honor of being the last single girl in her inner circle. Actually, in all her circles. So with four weeks to find Mr. Right and a frienemy already counting her out, Sarah joins eLove.com hoping that – just like the perfect purse – the internet and online dating can help her find the perfect man.

The problem is, love isn’t always where you think you’ll find it and Mr. Right may not be the one with the shiniest profile.

Page Count: This Romantic Comedy novella is 23k words, or by NY standards 92 pages.

author links…

AMAZON: http://tinyurl.com/lbgunjz

GOODREADS :https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18364242

WEBSITE: http://www.caitiequinn.com/

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