Monthly Archives: June 2012

Thoughts of an Unknown Writer (5)

I finished writing my story, the one I’ve titled Ugly, now what? Well…now I am researching agents to query. This is definitely a tedious process, since you can’t just run your finger down a list with your eyes shut and the one your finger lands on you send a query to. No. Not that easy. I have done a lot of reading about the query process and how to choose an agent.

Let me be clear. The route I have decided to take is traditional publishing. I love, love, love Indy and self-published authors. As you can tell from my blog, I am a big supporter. I just think I am more of a traditional kinda girl.

As for my method of choosing an agent, I bought something amazing. It’s a book! I big book! A book entitled: 2012 Guide to Literary Agents. This will be my starting point. First, to find agents out there who are interested in YA. Second, to find agents who are interested in contemporary YA. Third, to find agents who are interested in contemporary YA and are excepting unknown authors like me. Once I get that far, I will need to decide who seems like they might be a good fit for me. ONLY THEN WILL I QUERY.

Obviously I won’t be sending ANYTHING out tomorrow, but I hope that maybe in a week I’ll be ready. Then…comes the anxiety ridden waiting time. Gee, can’t wait:)


I finished my manuscript!!!! Whoot!

I did it! I did it! I can’t believe I really did it! Yes, my little inklings I finished writing today! I was so excited that I actually made a video. Check it out:)

Props go out to Rachael from for the blog/vlog thang!!

Try Not to Breathe Giveaway

What a better way to celebrate summer than with a giveaway. I might add that it isn’t any old giveaway either. One fabulous blog follower will win a hardcover copy of Jennifer R. Hubbard’s Try Not to Breathe! I absolutely LOVE Jennifer’s writing and just happen to have an extra copy of her book, so I thought I’d share it with someone:)

Update: Congratulations to Brittni Guillen! Yay,

you have won a hardcover copy of Jennifer R.

Hubbard’s Try Not to Breathe.

You will LOVE it!!!

I have sent you an email. Please respond with

your mailing address in the next 48 hours.

Try Not to Breathe

Pages: 233
Published Date: Janyuary 19, 2012
Publisher: Viking

Learning to live is more than just choosing not to die, as sixteen-year-old Ryan discovers in the year following his suicide attempt. Despite his mother’s anxious hovering and the rumors at school, he’s trying to forget the darkness from which he has escaped. But it doesn’t help that he’s still hiding guilty secrets, or that he longs for a girl who may not return his feelings. Then he befriends Nicki, who is using psychics to seek contact with her dead father. This unlikely friendship thaws Ryan to the point where he can face the worst in himself. He and Nicki confide in one another the things they never thought they’d tell anyone—but their confessions are trickier than they seem, and the fallout tests the bounds of friendship and forgiveness.


I absolutely LOVED this book! Jennifer’s writing is so raw and real, that it made me remember how difficult life can be. Trying to find yourself when you’re sixteen is tough enough, but add a parent’s death and a suicide attempt; you wonder how Ryan and Nicki muddled through. But they did. They survived. Together.

So…without further ado, let’s give this book away! Here are the rules:

* Must be 13 or older to enter this giveaway
* Contest Ends July 13th
* Winner has 48 hours to respond to email and claim their book
* Winner will be announced on my website and Twitter page
* Fill out the form below
* Only one entry per person- duplicate entries will be disqualified
* Winner will be chosen via


Cover Reveal: All the Broken Pieces by Cindi Madsen

What if your life wasn’t your own?

Liv comes out of a coma with no memory of her past and two distinct, warring voices inside her head. Nothing, not even her reflection, seems familiar. As she stumbles through her junior year, the voices get louder, insisting she please the popular group while simultaneously despising them. But when Liv starts hanging around with Spencer, whose own mysterious past also has him on the fringe, life feels complete for the first time in, well, as long as she can remember.

Liv knows the details of the car accident that put her in the coma, but as the voices invade her dreams, and her dreams start feeling like memories, she and Spencer seek out answers. Yet the deeper they dig, the less things make sense. Can Liv rebuild the pieces of her broken past, when it means questioning not just who she is, but what she is?


 Here’s a Little Teaser…

Olivia reached up, feeling the tender spots on her head. Her fingers brushed across a row of—were those little ridges made of metal?

“Careful. The staples are almost ready to come out, but it’s still going to be sore for a while.”

Staples?! Her stomach rolled. I have staples in my head? She lowered her now-shaking hand. “Can I get a mirror?”

Mom looked at Dad, then back at her. “I don’t think that’s a good idea. Not until you’ve healed a little more.”

Mom patted Olivia’s leg. “You just relax. We’ll be back in a few minutes.”

The two of them left the room, but when Mom swung the door closed, it didn’t latch. Olivia could hear their voices in the hall.

“I still think we should…” She couldn’t make out the rest of Dad’s muffled words. “…know if I can do this.”

“…late for that,” Mom said. “We’d lose everything, including…” Her voice faded as they got farther away. “…have to move.”

Olivia could tell the conversation was tense, but the words were impossible to decipher now. Holding a hand in front of her face, she turned it back and forth. A plastic tube ran from her arm to a machine next to her bed. She peeked into her nightgown and stared in horror at the long red stripe running down her chest.


You’re alive. You shouldn’t be thinking about looks.

Lowering her hand, she scanned the room. I wonder how my face looks. From the way Dad stared at me, plus the fact Mom won’t let me see a mirror, it must be bad.

Brains are more important than looks.

That’s what ugly people say.

Olivia put her hands on her head and squeezed. “Stop it,” she whispered to her arguing thoughts, hysteria bubbling up and squeezing the air from her lungs. What was happening to her? Why didn’t she recognize her parents or know where she was? Who she was? Tears ran warm trails down her cheeks. “Just make it all stop.”


Now for the Cover You’ve Been Waiting For…



Imprint: Entangled Teen

Audience: Young Adult

Novel length: 304 pages

Format: Trade paperback and eBook

Publication Date: December, 2012.

Be sure to connect with Cindi at:!/search/cindi%20madsen

All the Broken Pieces, by Cindi Madsen is available for pre-order on: Amazon | Barnes & Noble Be sure to add it to your TBR pile on Goodreads

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