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WIPMarathon #12

I’m writing this ahead of time, although hopefully I’ll be able to post my link. I’m off to ALA Midwinter today! (Not as a librarian. Just as a book lover. And an author, I suppose!)

Last report wordcount + chapter count/scene count:  1. 85,589 words and 26 chapters in NOBODY’S GODDESS, latest round of revisions done and sent back to publisher

2. 88,514 words and 36 chapters in NEVER VEIL 3 (first draft finished in November but first edits needed)

Current report WC + CC/ SC: 1. 85,048 words and 26 chapters in NOBODY’S GODDESS, FINAL round of revisions complete and sent back to publisher! (Looks like I did nothing, but I did re-read it in its entirety yet again!)

2. 88,514 words and 36 chapters in NEVER VEIL 3… Oops. Yeah, I actually did nothing for that one!

WIP Issues This Month: Getting back into the groove of writing and/or editing. I did edit NOBODY’S GODDESS because I had a looming deadline, but somehow I just haven’t found the time and/or motivation to get to editing NEVER VEIL 3 like I need to.

Four things I learned this month in writing: 1. Promoting my book is a lot of fun and I wish I could get paid to do that instead of work so much, ha.

2. You can find typos (very few) even after you’ve read a book a dozen times and like 10 others have edited it!

3. I really need to figure out how to get to the place between work-hard-on-manuscript-every-day and barely-do-anything-for-it-all-month.

4. I’m apparently afraid of diving into a big edit.

What distracted me this month while writing: Quite a lot! I helped my boyfriend move, so the packing, moving and unpacking took us a while. We’re headed to ALA Midwinter in Chicago today, too. My cover reveal for NOBODY’S GODDESS was so much fun! (And I love my cover!) You can see it all over my website, but in case you otherwise missed it:

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Goal for next month: I STILL need to add a new scene to NEVER VEIL 3 and fix a few things and then start the whole beginning-to-end read-through before passing it along to my beta. That’s been my goal for two months now and it just hasn’t happened. It’s been almost a year since I’ve been agent-less, too, and I feel sad thinking about how I’ll have nothing to query anytime soon, but I really need to finish NEVER VEIL 3’s initial edits before I get back to any of my on-hiatus manuscripts (or start something new). I also plan to start direct-subbing my project agents passed on last year soon.

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THE SHADOW STEALER Cover Reveal

It’s bittersweet to be posting this, the last cover for the Silver Moon Saga by Melissa Giorgio (a series for which I beta read), but here it is, and isn’t it lovely?

The Shadow Stealer (Medium)

 

Ever since that fateful night Gabi Saw her first demon, she’s been questioning who and, better yet, what she is. When given a chance to find the answers she seeks, she seizes it, even if it means putting herself—and her beloved friends—in danger.

From upstate New York to the streets of Manhattan, Gabi chases after the truth that has, until this point, remained out of reach. But when her whole world shatters, Gabi wonders if it would have been better to remain ignorant. Because once you know the truth, there’s no going back.

In the final installment of the Silver Moon Saga, the stakes are higher than they’ve ever been for Gabi and her friends, and no one’s guaranteed a happy ending. Will Gabi triumph or will the shadows claim her for their own?

The Shadow Stealer comes out February 27th! Add it to your Goodreads now!

And if you’ve yet to start the Silver Moon Saga despite my constant recommendation to do so, buy the first book in the saga now!

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My Reads for 2014

Another year down, and less than a year until Nobody’s Goddess releases! We announced the deal this past January, but I actually knew as far back as September 2013 that Month9Books was interested and I had to sit on the news. I’ve been so excited about the release that it seemed like it would take forever, but the year has flown by. This year it’s gotten a new title and a cover (although I haven’t been able to share that with you yet) and has gone through a few more revisions. I also managed to write both sequels to it (one’s been turned in to my publisher and has begun revisions, one’s still a draft), which are due out in 2016 and 2017.

The past couple of years, I’ve posted a list of all the books I read (not including graphic novels and manga, of which I’ve read many) on this blog to celebrate New Year’s. Why continue to do that now that I have a Goodreads account? Well, I don’t always post what I’m reading there—unless I feel especially passionate about sharing it with you all. As a soon-to-be published author myself, I feel weird about assigning grades and criticizing other people’s novels, especially since if I don’t love something, it might just be my own tastes, you know? This is a way for me to celebrate how much I’ve read each year.

  1. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness (I was reading it at the end of 2013 and finished it in early 2014)
  2. When Did You See Her Last? by Lemony Snicket
  3. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
  4. The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness
  5. Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness
  6. Vicious by V.E. Schwab
  7. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
  8. Monk Helps Himself by Hy Conrad
  9. Monk Gets on Board by Hy Conrad (my bf and I discovered there were more Monk books by a new author, yay!)
  10. Daughter of Chaos by Jen McConnel
  11. A Brief History of Montmaray by Michelle Cooper
  12. Fire of Stars and Dragons by Melissa Petreshock
  13. The FitzOsbornes in Exile by Michelle Cooper
  14. Life, A.D. by Michelle E. Reed
  15. The FitzOsbornes at War by Michelle Cooper
  16. Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo
  17. The Islands of Chaldea by Diana Wynne Jones (her last book! ;-;)
  18. 18 and 19. The Shadow Stealer by Melissa Giorgio (twice, a few months apart—not out until early 2015, but I beta read 🙂
  19. (See above)
  20. A Promise of Magic by Melissa Giorgio (a novella, but easily as long as a novel!)
  21. Monk Is Open for Business by Hy Conrad
  22. File Under: 13 Suspicious Incidents by Lemony Snicket
  23. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell (which I read after loving the TV series *hearts*)
  24. The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet by Kate Rorick
  25. The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith/J.K. Rowling
  26. Branded by Abi Ketner and Missy Kalicicki
  27. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
  28. Greta and the Goblin King by Chloe Jacobs
  29. Landline by Rainbow Rowell
  30. In a Handful of Dust by Mindy McGinnis
  31. Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
  32. Blood of My Blood by Barry Lyga
  33. Shouldn’t You Be in School? by Lemony Snicket
  34. My True Love Gave to Me by Stephanie Perkins et al.
  35. Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
  36. Split Second by Kasie West (still in progress)

Not as many as last year, but I’m still happy with my progress!

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2014 NYC Books of Wonder Visit (Fierce Reads)

A year ago I posted about my first Books of Wonder event in New York City, and now I can post about my second. My boyfriend and I try to visit NYC every year to see some of his family. Coincidentally, my best friend Melissa Giorgio, whom I’ve known since before I even met my boyfriend, is a local, so I get to visit her each year, too! (We met through old-fashioned handwritten letters a long time ago, believe it or not. And we’re both writers who beta for one another.)

This year I was in NY in time for the Fierce Reads stop there. Like last year, I hadn’t read any books by any of the authors showcased, although Melissa and our mutual friend, book blogger and writer River, love a number of their books so I’m quite familiar with them. Ann Aguirre, Caragh M. O’Brien, Marie Rutkoski and Emmy Laybourne were there to discuss their books, writing in general and random, amusing trivia about them. All of the books seemed marvelous, but I limited myself to two paperbacks, which I got autographed. I love hearing YA authors speak. They’re always entertaining and have such great things to share about writing. If I’m ever lucky enough to give a talk about Nobody’s Goddess, I hope I can speak as well as they do!

 

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Sassy Summer Book Party!

A few days ago I was a guest on the Dragon Blog, which is hosted by the Sassy Sisters Melissa A. Petreshock (author of NA fantasy romance Fire of Stars and Dragons) and writer Jennifer Streck. Today I can tell you about their:

Sassy Summer Book Party!

The Cosmic Cloud Called Orion Nebula

I’m one of SIXTY-ONE authors who’s partying in the digital realm and donating a book. Whether you love YA, NA or adult/erotica, there’s a prize pack (or two or four) for you!

Since NOBODY’S GODDESS isn’t out yet, I donated (what else? ^^) THE SIGHT SEER, book one in the Silver Moon Saga, by Melissa Giorgio.

Win that and seven other books in this pack.

Stop by now through August 17th and tell your friends! Enter to win so many books or an Amazon gift card! 🙂

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WIPMarathon Check-In # 8 (4)

I held off on updating because I hoped I could add some more words today, but it just doesn’t look like that will be the case. Work won’t let up this month, and my stress in general has been through the roof! Still, it’s fun to work on the WIP when I can. Which was only twice this week…

Last Check-in Wordcount + ChapterCount (+ scene count if you’re revising): 21,839 words and eight and a half chapters

Current WC + CC (or SC): 22,821 words and eight and a half chapters (still working on that same chapter, lol)

WIP Issues this week: I’m entering a little uncertain ground in the WIP. This is still that “writing a few chapters off of only two sentences in the synopsis” bit, and so far it has gone well, but it’s starting to maybe drift a bit. I think I’m still on the right track, though.

What I learned this week in writing: So my progress this month hasn’t been as much as I’d like it to have been. Considering how busy and stressed I’ve been, the fact that I’ve gotten as much done as I have is pretty awesome.

What distracted me this week while writing: Work, my boyfriend’s car troubles (he wound up having to get a new/used one!), coming down with a cold and…

My big news! I think most of you saw my post earlier this week, but I can now share the fact that I’m going to debut with a YA fantasy in 2015 with Month9Books. Please add it to your to-read shelf on Goodreads if you have an account.

And now that that’s posted, I can share a more detailed summary of the story:

In a village of masked men, magic compels each man to love only one woman and to follow the commands of his “goddess” without question. A woman may reject the only man who will love her if she pleases, but she will be alone forever. And a man must stay masked until his goddess returns his love—and if she can’t or won’t, he remains masked forever.

Where the rest of her village celebrates this mystery that binds men and women together, seventeen year old Noll is just done with it. She’s lost all her childhood friends as they’ve paired off, but the worst blow was when her closest companion, Jurij, finds his goddess in Noll’s own sister. Desperate to find a way to break this ancient spell, Noll instead discovers why no man has ever loved her: she is in fact the goddess of the mysterious lord of the village, a Byronic man who refuses to let Noll have her right as a woman to spurn him and who has the power to fight the curse. Thus begins a dangerous game between the two: the choice of woman versus the magic of man. And the stakes are no less than freedom and happiness, life and death—and neither Noll nor the veiled man is willing to lose.

Last 200 words: Can’t because it’s the sequel to my book releasing next year. ^^

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My Big News Post!

I’ve been sitting on happy news for a few months while the details got ironed out, kind of wondering if I was dreaming, but I can finally share with everyone and make it more real: my debut novel, a YA romantic fantasy, is going to be published by Month9Books in 2015! Not only that, but Month9 is on board for the second and third books in the trilogy, too, with number two scheduled for 2016 and number three for 2017!

The announcement sent to Publishers Marketplace:

THE VEILED MAN’S GODDESS trilogy by Amy McNulty is a twisted young adult fantasy romance where one girl fights to save the boy she loves from a spell that forces all men to wear masks and only ever love one woman, each their “goddess,” only to discover that she herself is bound to the mysterious lord of the village, whose very life might be the source of the curse. Georgia McBride acquired World English rights to publish via Month9Books beginning in 2015 from Jason Yarn at Paradigm.

(The title of the book is almost certainly going to change, so keep an eye out for updates!)

Month9Books is a speculative fiction YA and MG imprint (related to YA, NA and adult romance imprint SwoonRomance). Founded by Georgia McBride, also the YALitChat.org founder, in 2011, Month9 launched with their first title in late 2012, and they’ve been making some pretty impressive waves in the YA genre ever since.  When my agent and I discussed what independent publishers I wanted to send my manuscript to, Month9 jumped to the top of my wish list.

I’ve been floored by the enthusiasm Ms. McBride has shown for the manuscript, and I’m looking forward to working with her and her team on getting this series out there into the hands of readers. Ever since this story took hold of me, I’ve been hoping I could share its characters with you. And have an excuse to write the rest of their story! It would have broken my heart to shelve them and never finish the full tale.

This is the manuscript that landed me my agent, Jason Yarn, in May of 2012. The one I wrote the first (rough) draft of in only nine days in February of that year. (Well, I pinched some scenes and names from an old mess of a manuscript that’s permanently retired, and I’d been working on that on and off for nine years in one form or another.) We weren’t on submission the whole time—we tackled multiple rewrites—but it still has been somewhat of an uphill climb, sometimes getting to what felt like “almost but not quite” at various places, many of which offered kind and encouraging thoughts. Thanks to Jason’s never-waning enthusiasm for the project and his brilliant editorial insights, we finally got the manuscript where it needed to be to find a home.

I’ll be blogging with news as I get it over the next year+. I hope you’ll check it out in 2015!

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My Reads for 2013

Okay, there are a few days left in the year, but I probably won’t finish the book I’m working on before then. (But who knows, I could get really addicted–if so, I’ll edit this entry!)

Last year I listed the books I’d read for the year at the end of the year, and I thought I’d keep up the tradition. It’s a fun retrospective, and I’m especially happy since this year I read way more books than I usually do (which is still very little compared to some avid readers out there). As usual, most of the books are YA, but some MG and adult made their way on there.

This year a number of things happened, reading-wise:

  • Early in the year, I set out to finish my to-read shelf by the end of the year. By which I mean the books I had literally sitting on a shelf, ones I’d never read before. Somehow, that shelf got full of books I didn’t touch for YEARS. I think the oldest one had been sitting there since 2008, the last time I “caught up.” I did catch up about halfway through the year (even though I added some new books along the way), right in time for ALA.
  • I attended the American Library Association annual conference in June just because it was nearby (Chicago). I’m not a librarian, but it was open to the public, and as a writer and reader, I thought it would be fun. (Especially after hearing from friends how awesome Book Expo America is.) I got my first-ever set of ARCs, most of them books I’d never even heard of before going but seemed appealing, and I made it a quest to read them all before their release dates, and I did.
  • I got a Kindle for my birthday, after years of thinking I’d hate reading e-books. Now I change between reading paper copies and e-books pretty often! I like how e-books are instantly available and most of the time more affordable than paper copies. They also take up less space, obviously, and although I still prefer paper copies, I’m trying to cut back on the books I own since I have so many already. This way I still own them, just in virtual space.
  • I went to the library more often toward the end of the year to save money and save book shelf space by just borrowing some books I found appealing. Mostly books by authors I’d read earlier in the year and because I then wanted to read everything they wrote!
  • I went to an event at Books of Wonder not having heard of the YA authors there and walking away with three of their books and putting the rest on my get-from-the-library list.
  • …And now thanks to the Kindle and the library and all the many, many books that seem interesting, I have a sizeable to-read list again. And I’m not even counting the many, many books I want to read but I don’t have a copy of yet. (I also want to re-read some books soon!) It never ends. The reader’s happy but overwhelming dilemma.

The 2013 list (not counting the many graphic novels and manga I read this year as well):

  1. Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore (autographed, thanks to a friend who got it for me; I started this one in 2012 but finished in the new year; probably my favorite in the trilogy)
  2. Mr. Monk Gets Even by Lee Goldberg (the last book in the series! It was like saying a second farewell years after the TV show ended ;-;)
  3. Insurgent by Veronica Roth
  4. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo (I was really into this book! It came highly recommended)
  5. The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling (the beginning was a bit of a slog, but I was really addicted after the first 100 pages or so; it’s depressing, but good, and I’ll read whatever she writes!)
  6. The Luxe by Anna Godbersen
  7. Rumors by ditto
  8. Envy by ditto
  9. Splendor by ditto (I read the whole series at once, a gift from a friend)
  10. City of Swords (Stravaganza 6) by Mary Hoffman (sorry to see this series end!)
  11. A Long, Long Sleep by Anna Sheehan (so good, a gift from a friend, and I wish more people read it!)
  12. The Witch of Duva (novella) by Leigh Bardugo
  13. The Juniper Game by Sherryl Jordan (I bought a bunch of her books years ago since I liked the books of hers I’d read when younger)
  14. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
  15. Wizard for a Day by Sherryl Jordan
  16. The Bears’ Famous Invasion of Sicily by Dino Buzzati (I picked this one up years ago just because I saw it had an introduction by Lemony Snicket, ha)
  17. A Time of Darkness by Sherryl Jordan
  18. The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani
  19. Time of the Eagle by Sherryl Jordan
  20. The Too-Clever Fox (novella) by Leigh Bardugo
  21. Sabriel by Garth Nix
  22. Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
  23. Secret Sacrament by Sherryl Jordan (this was actually a rare re-read because Time of the Eagle was the sequel and it reminded me how much I loved the first one)
  24. The Sight Seer by Melissa Giorgio (I’m cheating here, ha; I read this in 2011 before she even queried it, not this year that it came out, but this year I DID read the sequel as a beta reader, so I did read a book by her and it counts toward my # XD)
  25. Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis (autographed at ALA; really good and different!)
  26. The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith/J.K. Rowling (I liked it better than The Casual Vacancy, although nothing will be as good as HP, of course, but it was a fun, faster-paced read)
  27. Sometimes Never, Sometimes Always by Elissa Janine Hoole (autographed at ALA)
  28. Inhuman by Kat Falls
  29. Unthinkable by Nancy Werlin (autographed at ALA; I liked this so much despite not reading the books that came before it that I made it a quest to read all of Werlin’s books!)
  30. Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer by Katie Alender
  31. The Wolf Princess by Cathryn Constable
  32. Heartbeat by Elizabeth Scott (oo, still not out! I’ve read an ARC that’s still not out!)
  33. Impossible by Nancy Werlin (the first book in the Unthinkable canon; love this series!)
  34. I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga (I read it since I like Dexter)
  35. The Registry by Shannon Stoker
  36. The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl by Barry Lyga
  37. Goth Girl Rising by Barry Lyga
  38. Pivot Point by Kasie West (pretty awesome, better than I was expecting!)
  39. Dexter’s Final Cut by Jeff Lindsay (a better maybe-ending to the series than the TV one, I suppose!)
  40. Extraordinary by Nancy Werlin
  41. The Killer’s Cousin by Nancy Werlin
  42. Game by Barry Lyga
  43. Allegiant by Veronica Roth
  44. A Shimmer of Angels by Lisa M. Basso
  45. The Waking Dark by Robin Wasserman (autographed when I met her at Books of Wonder in NY; the first YA book my bf actually asked to borrow and liked!)
  46. An Autumn Dream (novella) by Melissa Giorgio
  47. Double Helix by Nancy Werlin
  48. The Rules of Survival by Nancy Werlin (so gripping, I read it in two sittings~)
  49. Black Mirror by Nancy Werlin
  50. More Than This by Patrick Ness (not the book I bought autographed by him at Books of Wonder, but it seemed intriguing, so I got it from the library)
  51. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness (this is the one I got autographed; still reading)
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YA Novella Giveaway: An Autumn Dream by Melissa Giorgio

This contest is over!! Congrats, Megan S., for winning!

All contests over! Thanks for entering!

Enter Melissa’s own Giveaway of Awesome, where you can win An Autumn Dream PLUS many other prizes!

And who doesn’t love even MORE chances to win? Head on over to River and Sam’s book review blog for another chance for a free copy!

An Autumn Dream by Melissa Giorgio, a Silver Moon Saga Novella, coming November 14th

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Gabi, Rafe, and all of their friends are back in three exciting short stories that bridge the gap between books one and two of the Silver Moon Saga. Join them as they celebrate Halloween in A Sweet Treat—can they make it through the night without Gabi destroying her costume? Find out what Rafe’s really afraid of in Indiana Rafe, a story told exclusively from his perspective. And in An Autumn Dream, Gabi struggles to make amends with a painful part of her past. Filled with laughter and tears, demon battles and plenty of kissing, this novella is a must read for fans of The Sight Seer!

For fans of The Sight Seer, the first book in the Silver Moon saga, getting your hands on this book is a no-brainer, so I thought I’d give one lucky fan a helping hand!

So here’s the deal.

I’m giving away one e-book copy of An Autumn Dream.  The e-book is for the Kindle only, so the winner will have to provide me with an e-mail address connected to his or her Kindle account. If you don’t have a Kindle, you can still get the digital Kindle copy and read it via a free Kindle app for PCs, Macs, tablets, smartphones and web browsers.

Click here to enter to win An Autumn Dream e-novella.

Contest ends November 13th, the day before An Autumn Dream‘s book birthday. Once the e-book is available, and the contest ends, I’ll send it to the winner after I confirm his or her Kindle e-mail address. Enter every day, and follow the instructions on Rafflecopter for even more chances!