Monday, January 30, 2012

Are You Ready For Some FOOTBALL - Erm, I mean NiNoCon?!?

K, so I'm sure lots of you are gearing up for SUPER BOWL SUNDAY on Feb, 5th. I know I am. Love it!!!

But, the day BEFORE the Giants go up against the Patriots is going to be even more awesome.

You want to know why?

It's NiNoCon.

Here's the deal (as told from Ali's website):

Ninja Novel Conference ~ an online writers conference for the daring, the dedicated, the ninja writer!

Ninja Novel Conference (NiNoCon) is the brainchild of the Ninja Pirate herself, Angela Kulig. She approached me with a plan to take over the world and hey, it sounded like fun!

Saturday, February 4th, 2012, will be the first NiNoCon, and we hope you'll join us!

NiNoCon focuses on publishing by non-traditional means. We're talking about doing what hasn't been done before, stretching your imagination to extend beyond your stories and into a world of your making.

We've invited top-notch presenters to share how they thought "outside the box". Come learn what they have to say and discover how you can make your own magic happen.

Can't wait to check it out. Hope to see you there. HiYah!!! 

Oh, and don't forget the chips and salsa for the big game.

Which team are you rooting for?

(Pics courtesy of Ali Cross and google.)

Friday, January 27, 2012

Coming Into Your Own

When I was a senior in high school, I was not the most popular girl in the world. On the outside, I was kind of a goody two-shoes. A girl who did everything right - joined all of the clubs, got straight A's, etc. etc. But on the inside, I was an awkward mess. I had no idea how to put together cute outfits the way some girls seemed to do effortlessly on a daily basis. My face was constantly broken out. I felt awkward in my own body, never knowing how to act in a crowd or get into the parties.

I found out later that a lot of the people in my school thought I was stuck up, but that wasn't the truth at all. In truth, I was painfully self-conscious. What other people saw as confidence, I felt as never-good-enough.

That's when my mother showed me an audition announcement in the paper. The Macon Little Theater was putting on Fiddler on The Roof, one of my absolute favorite musicals. I'd grown up watching the movie version of the musical and singing along, especially with the character of Hodel, the beautiful second oldest daughter who falls in love with the revolutionary and follows him to prison in Siberia. The moment I read about the audition, I knew I wanted that part. I didn't care that the theater was almost an hour away.

When I got to that audition and saw how many other girls my age had shown up, my self-doubt rose to the surface. But the second I got on the stage to sing, I was a new person. I was Hodel. I felt instantly transformed. I won the part and loved every minute of my time working on the musical. I met new friends that saw me as a true part of their group. I found new confidence each time I stepped onto the stage. I found a beauty within myself I hadn't realized was there. For the first time in my life, I had come into my own.

And isn't that something we all love about Young Adult fiction? Isn't that something we can all relate to? We've all felt awkward at some point in our lives, haven't we? One thing I love about reading YA is that we recognize ourselves in these young heroines. We know her pain. That gawky girl resonates with us. The heroine who doesn't yet understand who she is or what her true destiny is? She's just like us.

There's magic in that moment of coming into your own. Of suddenly finding that one thing that you were always meant to do. The one place where you suddenly shine. For Harper, the main character in my Peachville High Demons series, it's not until Book 5 that she truly comes into her own and realizes who she is and where her power comes from. It's a powerful moment, just like it was for me playing Hodel in that community theater production. I found a confidence that year that led me to take other risks. Risks like self-publishing and quitting my job to become a full time writer.

Do you have a favorite YA heroine that we get to see come into her own? What was one moment in your life where something suddenly clicked and you knew you had found something magical for yourself?


Sarra Cannon always secretly wanted to be a cheerleader. And a witch. Now, she writes about both.  She is the author of the Peachville High Demons series, available now in ebook format. Sarra lives in North Carolina with her amazing husband and her teeny tiny pomeranian, Snickerdoodle.

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The Persistent Paranormal

Way back in 1992, when the grunge music scene made plaid shirts and Converse high tops a daily uniform, I saw a movie called Bram Stoker’s Dracula.  I remember my younger self being completely absorbed by the pull Gary Oldman had over Winona Ryder, the lure and mystery of the cursed Dracula on the innocent Mina, the role of blood, fate, good, and evil all tied up inside a sensual romance.  I liked it so much I read the book, published for the first time in 1897. It became one of my favorite books of all time.

Vampires, werewolves, fallen angels, ghosts, zombies: I’ve been a fan of the paranormal for over two decades. It’s no surprise that my obsession should turn into a career writing paranormal fiction. But how much is too much? With the advent of series such as Twilight, Shiver, The Mortal Instruments, and beyond, it would be easy to think that the paranormal fad had run it’s course. 

Am I doomed to a reading life without vampires? Are werewolves too cliche to cuddle up to? Have fallen angels fallen out of favor?

I say no. For over 200 years, paranormal fiction has offered an escape that leaves us questioning what it means to be human. These stories help us appreciate the beauty of life through the eyes of the characters who don't have it, the dead and undead, and experience the forbidden fruit of crossing the line between good and evil.  These themes will never go out of style, even if certain portrayals of the entities behind them do. 

Lucky for me and the rest of the reading public, talented authors keep coming up with new ways to make the genre fresh and the characters complex. Did someone say Trolls? Amanda Hocking’s Switched is a clever take. Mermaids? Check out Tangled Tides by Karen Amanda Hooper.  Mind reading and telekinesis? Try Susan Kaye Quinn’s Open Minds or Karly Kirkpatrick's Into the Shadows. And if J.R. Ward and Charmaine Harris have taught us anything, it is that vampires and shifters are here to stay, even more than ten books into a series.

What do you think? Paranormal, dead or undead? I’d love to hear your opinion.


G.P Ching is the author of The Soulkeepers Series and a variety of short fiction. She specializes in cross-genre paranormal stories, loves old cemeteries, and enjoys a good ghost tour.  She lives in central Illinois with her husband, two children, and one very demanding guinea pig.

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Sunday, January 22, 2012

A Public Service Announcement

A Public Service Annoucement

Two definitions from

Arachne – noun Classical Mythology
A Lydian woman who challenged Athena to a weaving contest and was changed into a spider for her presumption.

Myth – noun
Fictitious story, often ancient.

Sometimes myth holds a glimmer of fact. In Arachne’s case, a woman was changed into a spider. Fact. Her name was Arachne. Fact. She was Lydian. This is where fact becomes muddled with myth, but that’s not important here.

What is important is that humans presume that if something cannot be proven, it’s a myth. Humans also believe that everything on this planet is here for their consumption, to use and dispose of as they please, no matter the consequence. What will happen to humans for their presumption?

Be warned
Arachne is not a myth and her descendants are tired of being stomped on. 

One more thing. Bug spray? Yeah, it won’t help you. Sometimes, however, the consequences of our presumptions may be the only thing that can save us.

Spider Wars 
By Angela Carlie
March, 2012 
Run, hide, and hoard food and guns. 
Death of the world as we know it by Spider is near.

Friday, January 20, 2012


Every author has a favorite character whether they want to ‘fess up to it or not. Mine is Claire Vargas, the snarky best friend from my Zellie Wells books.

Now, my snarky best friend would say that I’m most like Zellie – Zel’s an awkward, kinda, sorta brave pastor's daughter and I attended A LOT of church when I was a teen – but I identify with Claire more. She was the easiest character for me to write.

I like to say that I started out as a Zellie and ended up as a Claire. How cool for me that I got to create them both.

       Being a heroine is serious business, especially in a YA paranormal romance. 

You find out you have powers.

You are not awesome at them.

You’re constantly embarrassing yourself in front of the boy you like.

He secretly thinks you’re amazing, but you don’t get to find that out for five more chapters.

One or both of your parents may be dead. If they aren’t dead, then they just don’t get you.

You’re in high school.

That’s not to say that a PNR YA heroine has to be a depressed, introverted, self-hugging Debbie Downer and can’t be funny, but girlfriend’s got a lot on her plate.

SBFF (Snarky Best Friend Forevah) to the rescue!

Need to make a move at a party, but are too mortified to talk to THE boy? SBFF will deflect attention off of you with her killer dance moves and saucy talk.

Got a ballroom full of innocent bystanders unaware that you are about to have a deadly showdown with evil spirits? SBFF says, “It’s karaoke time.”

Involved in a love triangle? Let SBFF take one of those fiiiiine lads off your hands.

When Zellie finally reveals that she has visions of the future and knows how people are going to die, Claire’s first reaction to the news is, “Have you seen my death?  Do I look hot? Who comes to my funeral?”

What she’s really saying is, “You’re my best friend and I already knew you were a freak. Who cares? That’s how we roll.”

Claire meddles. She jokes. She quips.  She says the right wrong thing at the right wrong time.

She loves Zellie like a sister.

Claire’s super power is that she lacks embarrassment and she will only use it for good.

Without Claire, Zellie wouldn’t be as believable a character. Readers, just like in real life, learn about a person through their relationships with their friends and family. Even with all the heavy stuff going on in Zellie’s life, because of Claire we know that she’s got a sense of humor, that she’s loyal, and that she’s capable of acting exactly her age. Through Zellie we learn that Claire would do anything for her, even when she’s cracking wise.

And she’ll do that anything wearing a micro-mini and expensive sunglasses.

It’s the SBFF way.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

The winners of the writers chat!

Thanks to all the fab writers who participated in our chat Wednesday night. What a great question and answer time.

Here are the winners. First is the book and the winner's name next to it. If you have not been contacted by the author please click the 'contact us' button on the blog or leave your name and email in the comments!

Tangled Tides - Mandi Thomson
The Secret of Spruce Knoll - Greg Pincus
Open Minds - Gloria
Bound - Regina Sirois
Exiled - Dani Crabtree
Untraceable - Sara Flower
Become - Ki
Running Wide Open - Ethan Dempsey
Cross My Heart - Kris Asselin
Destined - Kelly
Clockwise - Kate Fall
Watched -
Loramendi's Story - Jemi Fraser
Sleepers - Ansha Kotyk
The Veil - AMcBay

Congratulations winners! Enjoy your books!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Writer's Chat


Hello! I'm Addison Moore, and as one of the members of the indelibles, I’m humbled and honored to share some special news here on the official indelibles blog. While I'm thrilled to share my news I also want to give a shout out to all indie authors. I'm happy and proud to be counted among you. 

People ask me all the time, how can you be an indie if you have a literary agent? Yes, I have an agent. Strange, right? I’ve had my agent (Rachelle Gardner) since before my indie endeavors and she supports me one hundred percent, but beyond her support I’m on my own. I’m not traditionally published. I chose the indie route because I love the freedom. My husband and I do all the cover art and I have a professional free-lance editor who edits all my books.

Here’s my bit of special news...

Skyla goes to HOLLYWOOD!!!

I am so honored and thrilled to announce that 20th CENTURY FOX has optioned FILM RIGHTS to the Celestra Series with the intent of turning it into a TV SERIES!!!!!!

In July, I received a call from my literary agent, extraordinaire, Rachelle Gardner who informed me that 20th Century Fox was interested in FILM RIGHTS!!! I was completely blown away. Rachelle quickly procured highly coveted film agent Joel Gotler (I LOVE that man!) who handled all the details and made sure my fairytale came true.

Guess what?

There’s more!

-->Oscar, Emmy, Golden Globe award winning, Executive Producer Stephen Gaghan of SYRIANA and TRAFFIC fame is championing the project!!!<--- AMAZING, right?!!!!

I’m so glad that after many, many months of celebrating in silence, and happy dancing in the dark, I’m able to share this great news with you.

So, on behalf of Skyla, Logan, and Gage, well, OK, Marshall, too, thank you for reading and sharing in this happy, happy news.

Remember, there is no undertaking as important as that of your dream. Imagine and strive for all that your heart desires. 

Most of all, keep writing.

Addison Moore, author of the Amazon Teen Bestselling Celestra Series
Please feel free to visit my blog! I love responding to comments!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Winners from the Book Blogger Chat

A HUGE thanks to all the wonderful book reviewers/bloggers who attended our chat tonight. We loved getting to know you better and hanging out with you for a while. Please feel free to browse around on our blog, read our bios, check out our books and follow us on the various media sights. If you're interested in reviewing any of our books, please feel free to contact us through our blogs or websites. (Some email links have been provided on the author bios)

The following is a list of winners from the chat. If your name or blog name is among the winners, the author listed with you will contact you shortly with information on how to retrieve your prize. If, for some reason, you are not contacted in the next day or so, please feel free to click on the CONTACT tab above and send us an email to let us know. Thanks again for participating.

Stacey Wallace Benefiel - Memorable Children's Books and Gifts
Elle Strauss - Momof Three Under 
Susan Kay Quinn - MyBook a Day 
Rashelle W orkman - Lady's Book Stuff
Cory Putman Oakes - BooksWith a Bite
Cindy M. Hogan - Lisa's World of Books
Genevieve Ching - Team Wolf 1988
Angela Carlie – SarahjEvans
Melanie McCullough - NatReading Romances
Michelle Muto - OMG itsFishy
Ali Cross - EBAdventures 
Katie Klein - KErrific Online 
Addison Moore - HeidiMcLaughlin Bennett
CK Bryant - LeaveMommy Alone
Karly KIrkpatrick - BG Book Reviews 
Sara Cannon - MS Ebooks 
Lisa Nowak - EpilogueReview 
Megg Jensen - Mundie Moms 
Cheri Lasota - TotalBookaholic 
Karen Amanda Hooper - Once Upon aTwilight
Heather McCorkle - AmyDel Rosso

Tonight: Live Book Blogger Chat

Why a book blogger chat? Because you are important to authors and we want to show you a bit of appreciation. We'll be chatting about everything from what you like to review, your rating system, what's hard about reviewing, the best books you've read, to whatever topic pops up. It's all about you so the floor will be open and the conversation flowing.

Aside from great conversation and friends we'll also be giving away several books throughout the chat to random chatters. No obligation to review on these, they are for your reading enjoyment! Of course if you want to review them, you are more than welcome. Here are the books that will be up for grabs during the chat:

Tangled Tides eBook
The Secret Of Spruce Knoll eBook or paperback
Open Minds eBook or paperback
Beautiful Demons eBook
Bound eBook
Clockwise eBook
Exhiled ebook or paperback
Untraceable eBook
Become eBook or paperback
Running Wide Open eBook
Glimpse ebook or paperback
Destined paperback to us ebook international
The Green eBook
Loramendi's Story eBook us
Sleepers eBook
Artemis Rising eBook
The Veil eBook or paperback

Several of the Indelibles will be dropping in to chat and Indelible authors Heather McCorkle and Ali Cross will be your hostesses. We hope you'll join us at 5pm-6pm PT (8pm-9pm ET) on the Indelibles blog for great conversation and giveaways! We'll be using CoverItLive, no account necessary, just chose a name and join the chat. The link for the chat will be right here on the blog at 5pm PT.

If you review MG and YA books on your blog and would like to join our Book Blogger Appreciation Chat tonight, please fill out this form.

Please only attend tonight's chat if you are currently a "book review" blogger for children's books. We have another chat tomorrow night for all writers, authors and any interested in indie publishing. Those details will be posted on the blog tomorrow.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Indelible Events This Week - Blogger and Writer chats

First a HUGE congrats to our very own Addison Moore, who's Celestra series has been optioned for a TV series by 20th Century Fox!! We are so over the moon excited for her! Check out her announcement.

As some of you know, we, the Indelibles launched last week with a Kindle Fire giveaway where the lucky winnerwas Chris Fenimore.

Now, we have two more exciting events for you this week:

(*this means bloggers who review children's books on their blogs)

If you are a book blogger only - we are having a special appreciation chat to discuss what we all love - books. The Indelibles will also be giving away a slew of books.

Tuesday, Jan 17th from 8-9 pm EST HERE on this blog (Chat deets will be sent out Monday. It will only be sent out to the bloggers who fill out the INVITE FORM form with a Yes or maybe. So you need to email me for the INVITE if you want to attend.)

Leave me a comment or email me at and I can add you to the invite. (BOOK BLOGGERS ONLY


Don't worry writers - we would NEVER forget about you. :) We are also having a special writer chat where the Indelibles will chat about indie pubbing, writing, book marketing, and more. Once again, the Indelibles will be giving away a slew of books.

Jan 18th, Wed right before #yalitchat from 8-9 EST. Chat deets will be posted on Tuesday on each Indelible's blog and the main site.

We hope to see you all there!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Kindle Fire Winner!!

First off, thank you to everyone who participated in the Indelibles Blog Hop. We feel like our launch was a great success and we couldn't have done it without the support of all of you awesome YA and MG readers, reviewers, and fellow authors.

The winner of the Kindle Fire Giveaway and 25! e-books is Chris Fenimore.

Congratulations Chris!

For those of you that didn't win this time around, please be aware that we have several other giveaways planned.

In fact, next week during our Blogger chat on the 17th and the Writer chat on the 18th, we'll be giving away more e-books!

We wouldn't ask you to follow our blog for nothin'!

To get the latest on what the Indelibles are up to, you can check this blog, our Facebook page, or follow us on Twitter.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Indelibles On Fire - Kindle Fire Giveaway!

The Indelibles are fun, fierce and fabulous authors who hope to make a permanent mark on readers. To read how we got started, go here.

Today starts our Kindle Fire Giveaway Plus 25 of our books. The person who wins this can also email us once you receive the Kindle Fire and get coupons for each of our books to load up and get started.

This contest starts at 12:01 AM tonight, early Mon morning) and ends 12:01 AM EST (early Thurs morning). The winner will be posted here on this blog next Monday.

Other Upcoming Launch Events
Tuesday, Jan 17th 8-9 pm (blogger chat)
Wed, Jan 18th 8-9 EST (writer chat)

25 Individual Giveaways
On each blog, the author will offer another giveaway of their choice. Just to thank you for playing. :)

How do you enter the Kindle Fire contest?
Using the form at the bottom of this post, there are four mandatory steps (and one optional one for an extra entry). You have to:

  1. Follow the Indelibles Blog (uh easy!)
  2. Like us on Facebook (Even easier)
  3. Follow us on Twitter (and bonus - we will follow you back :)
  4. Complete our Launch Day Blog Hop to get the SECRET PHRASE (this is the tricky part but after all it IS a KINDLE FIRE!)
For an extra entry - You can tweet about our giveaway (this is OPTIONAL, but you’ll get an extra entry PLUS we’ll heart you X 25.)

Everyone who completes the form (no later than midnight wed night/thursday am) will be entered to win the Kindle Fire through Rafflecopter (the winner will be chosen by

Blog Hop - Secret Phrase
  1. Each blog on the Blog Hop has ONE KEY WORD for the secret phrase, which will be at the bottom of every post. It will be easy to find - we promise.
  2. Visit all blogs to collect all the key words (plus, you will also find 25 great new bloggers that also have special giveaways. BONUS!)
  3. Then enter the phrase into the form along with completing steps 1-3 above.
You have 3 days to do this!

Blog Hop Order

Please visit these blogs in order as they are provided.

Don't forget to write down the word at each blog for the secret phrase.

1) Indelibles Home page (look at bottom of this page for first word)
3) Heather McCorkle
4) Stacey Wallace Benefiel
5) Megg Jensen
6) Sarra Cannon
7) RaShelle Workman
8) Karly Kirkpatrick
9) Elle Strauss
10) Jessie Harrell
11) Christine Bryant
12) Laura Pauling
13) Susan Quinn
14) Michelle Muto
15) Genevieve Ching
16) Katie Klein
17) Magan Vernon
18) Cheri Lasota
19) Cindy Hogan
20) Ali Cross
21) Angela Carlie
22) Melanie McCullough
23) Addison Moore
24) Lisa Nowak
25) Shelli Johannes Wells
26) Cory Putman Oakes
27) Indelibles Home (Enter in all the words in the form)
Disclaimer: You must be 13 to enter or have parent's permission to enter. Valid for US only. Winner will be chosen through We are not responsible for lost or damaged merchandise once the item is shipped. Void where prohibited.

Good luck! And thanks for celebrating Indelible Launch Day with us! We look forward to being blogger buddies and getting to know you all.

With love, the Indelibles (First KEYWORD: THE)
Next Stop in the Blog Hop: Karen Amanda Hooper

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Sunday, January 8, 2012

The History of The Indelibles

My Story About The Indelibles

As some of you know, I decided to independently publish Untraceable last September - at a time when I was at my lowest point in my writing career. A time when a lot of people gave up on me. A time when I felt I had failed and had no writing future.

As I started embarking on the indie process, I found out more about the Indie community, (a community I didn't even know existed). I slowly began to realize how many wonderful, committed, and talented authors there were out there - doing what I was doing. Trying to find a way in an industry that we all loved.

And most of all, the indie authors embraced me completely - they were so helpful and supportive and they did not hesitate to take me under their wing and help me.

At a time when I felt so alone.

Over that time, I met 25 wonderful indie authors who I admired and connected with. I reached out to them and formed a support group where we all could benefit from each other's experience. Since last fall, we have banned together to support each other - through the long and often difficult process of indie pubbing - as well as help support other indie authors we meet along the way.

Well tomorrow - we launch that group - the Indelibles! The 25 authors included are listed on the side of the blog and they each have wonderful books to share with you (Books Page).

Launch Party Events
To celebrate the launching of this group, we are having a PAR-TEE!! :)
  • We are hosting a Kindle Fire giveaway this week.
  • We are doing a Blog Hop with tons of giveaways from each Indelible on each blog.
  • We are hosting a special Blogger chat Tues 1/17 from 8-9 PM EST to discuss writing and books.
  • And we invite all of you to a special Writer Chat next Wed 1/18 from 8-9 EST to discuss any indie pubbing questions as well as offer more giveaways. (More deets announced Thursday).
Come back tomorrow (Monday) for more information on how to enter our contests.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Indelible Launch Inside Scoopage

A group of twenty five independently published authors have all banded together to support each other and get the word out about great indie publishing books and authors.

And guess what? We launch on Monday, January 9th. yay!

Who are we? "We are fun fierce and fabulous indie authors making a mark on readers."

Here's a sneak peek of what we have in store for you:

  • A Kindle Fire Contest 
  • Blog Hops with tons of giveaways and prizes
  • A chat for bloggers to talk about books and give prizes away - just to thank our blogger buddies for their support and everything they do for books on their own time.
  • A chat for writers and authors to discuss self publishing and indie publishing.
  • And much more. Maybe even cupcakes!
Sound too good to be true? It's not. 

Come back Monday for the fun and schedule of events.

Meanwhile. to get a head start on the Kindle Fire Contest - you can simply FOLLOW this blog and our twitter page for more inside scoop.

Hope to see you all Monday! It will be Fun, Fierce, and Fabulous Day.