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Gretchen McNeil’s TEN Cover Reveal Scavenger Hunt

Filed under: Apocalypsies, Contests, Cover Art

My fellow Apocalypsie, lovely friend and debut author of POSSESS–Gretchen McNeil–has her second book in the pipeline and asked me to be a part of the TEN Cover Reveal and Scavenger Hunt!  Of course I said YES!!!!

Have you met Gretchen?

Gretchen McNeil is an opera singer, writer and clown. Her YA horror/paranormal POSSESS debuted with Balzer + Bray for HarperCollins in 2011. Her second novel, TEN – YA horror/suspense about ten teens trapped on a remote island with a serial killer – will be released September 18, 2012. Gretchen is a former coloratura soprano, the voice of Mary on G4’s “Code Monkeys” and she currently sings with the LA-based circus troupe Cirque Berzerk. Gretchen is also a founding member of the vlog group YARebelswhere she can be seen as “Monday.”

Now that you know Gretchen, let’s get busy because we have a lot to cover. First things first–let me tell you a little bit about TEN.

TEN by Gretchen McNeil

And their doom comes swiftly.

It was supposed to be the weekend of their lives – three days on Henry Island at an exclusive house party. Best friends Meg and Minnie each have their own reasons for wanting to be there, both of which involve Kamiak High’s most eligible bachelor, T.J. Fletcher. But what starts out as a fun-filled weekend turns dark and twisted after the discovery of a DVD with a sinister message: Vengeance is mine.

Suddenly, people are dying and the teens are cut off from the outside world. No electricity, no phones, no internet, and a ferry that isn’t scheduled to return for two days. As the deaths become more violent and the teens turn on each other, can Meg find the killer before more people die? Or is the killer closer to her than she could ever imagine?

Jeepers Crepers!


Q: What is the prize???

A: You are entering to win a signed and annotated copy of the unbound galley of TEN.  A one of a kind prize, out before the ARCs.  How awesome is that?

Q: How do I enter the contest???

A: You must start the hunt from the beginning and you can do this on Gretchen’s blog – – From there, you’ll need to collect all ten clues for a chance to enter the contest on the day of the cover reveal (which is Friday, February 24.)

Q: What is my clue and where do I go next on the scavenger hunt???

A: Your clue is LORI and your next stop on the hunt is… Kimberly Derting – (and she’ll be posting on Thursday, February 23)

There you go! You have everything you need to take you to the next leg of the race.  Good luck!  If you have the time leave a comment, I’d love to hear about the scariest book you’ve ever read. I’m going to say Silence of the Lambs. *shiver* But I’m thinking that Gretchen is planning on giving me nightmares too!


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BIG Cover Reveal for IF I LIE by Corrine Jackson!!!!

Filed under: Apocalypsies, Cover Art, The Class of 2k12, Touching the Surface, YA Books

I am so excited to be a part of this!!!!  Corrine Jackson is a fellow Apocalypsie, a fellow Class of 2k12 member, a Simon Pulse sistah and one of the nicest people I know, so it gives me great pleasure to be involved in the cover reveal for her YA novel IF I LIE.  I am DYING to read this book!!!!  Before I show you the cover, let me tell you why you’re going to want to read it too…

A powerful debut novel about the gray space between truth and perception.

Quinn’s done the unthinkable: she kissed a guy who is not Carey, her boyfriend. And she got caught. Being branded a cheater would be bad enough, but Quinn is deemed a traitor, and shunned by all of her friends. Because Carey’s not just any guy—he’s serving in Afghanistan and revered by everyone in their small, military town.

Quinn could clear her name, but that would mean revealing secrets that she’s vowed to keep—secrets that aren’t hers to share. And when Carey goes MIA, Quinn must decide how far she’ll go to protect her boyfriend…and her promise.

*SQUEE*  Didn’t I tell you this is going to be awesome????

Okay…so you want to see the cover???

I know you do!!!!!

Okay…I can’t make you wait any longer.

Here it is….

I think it’s absolutely perfect!!!!  
You should stop by and check out Corrine’s cover reveal on her website.  You can also find out more about Corrine Jackson and IF I LIE here…


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SCRIVENER, Cory Jackson and my WIP

Filed under: Apocalypsies, The Class of 2k12, Touching the Surface, Writing, Writing Style, YA Books

Now that I’ve hit the tipping point within my work in progress, THE OPPOSITE OF GRAVITY, I want to spend every spare minute of my writing time working on book two.  Thought I’d share with you one of my favorite writing tools–SCRIVENER!!!  My fellow Class of 2k12/Apocalypsies debut author Cory Jackson did a wonderful vlog about SCRIVENER for the YA Rebels, leaving me blissfully able to give you a ton of great information and get some writing done at the same time.  :o)

If SCRIVENER looks like it would interest you, they have a free trial you can check it out.  That’s how I got hooked!  What’s your favorite way to get the writing done?

Off to make my manuscript tracker move!!!!

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