Instead of Editing....

I'm pretending to be a cover designer and having a blast!  Today I found THIS INCREDIBLY HELPFUL LINK!  And after reading through, and learning, and feeling oh so amazed and grateful....Here are the covers I created tonight instead of finishing edits.  Hey, it's still book-related, right? 

What do YOU do to take a break from your manuscript?









Worrying about worrying

Yep, you guessed it, erica's on another snow day, so she came up with a blog post. (no, not really, this one's been bothering me for awhile).

I worry about a lot of things. Some of them are justified (like when I bypass a bill's due date because I'm waiting for my paycheck to come through) and some less so (like when I think christy might be mad that I didn't send her a chapter or a critique in time even though I know she understands my lack of time perception, haha).  I actually spent an entire day worrying that I worry too much. Yep.

In the past week, though, I had a big worry. One that might make me change jobs. And if there's one thing people who know me, know about me, it's that I seriously love my job. Teaching is what I do. But -

**pause for great big tears**

**I was going to start typing again but my tears are still really big and I can't see, so I'm going by my keyboarding skills right now**  **plus my mom called and interrupted what I was typing and told me what a wonderful person and teacher I am and the tears got even bigger** **dang moms anyway**

Okay. Deep breath. Moving on.

Sometimes investing your life to do what you really love can result in heartbreak (even after 17 years of doing it). If anyone can relate to that, it's my fellow writers. I love that all of you are working so hard toward your goals to become published authors - and that many of you have achieved it!!

If you have a blog or book link, paste it in below. If you've done something as accomplished as talking and chewing bubble gum at the same time - or even drinking through a straw without choking, paste it below! I want to know!!! OR - goals, anyone? (not to be confused with resolutions - those things are slippery) (fyi - we got like 4 inches of snow. total waste of a snow day here in WI)


MOONLESS by Crystal Collier is out in PRINT!

Erica and Christy are honored to be a part of the Blog fest celebrating the release of MOONLESS by Crystal Collier.  Read on to learn more about the fest, the prizes and, of course, the book!
If you lived in a society where arranged marriages were a la mode,
who would you beg your parents to set you up with? Why?
(Literary characters and celebrities welcomed.) 

Erica says: Okay, so I cheated and googled "literary crushes" because I went out with friends last night and am a little hung over (still, at 3:00 in the afternoon) (I don't pretend to make good choices, but hey, it was fun at the time) and I couldn't think of anyone. SO - I'm going with Westley from The Princess Bride. I've never read the book, but I was 12 when the movie came out and I've seen it approximately 8,357 times. Although I've never found Cary Elwes himself very attractive (your results may vary), Westley has everything a girl (and her parents) could want - a loving and kind heart, loyalty like no one could ever match, enough money to retire young, and swordsmanship that could come in handy if that zombie apocalypse ever comes around. :)

Christy says:  Well, I was planning to cheat and google "literary crushes" but after reading Erica's response, I decided it would be a double cheat since she'd already done that....  So, I spent today wondering who I would ask my parents to marry me off to (Even my husband was no help when I asked him for ideas.  He couldn't think of a better person than himself.) I tried to think of books I've read in the past year with love interests that kept me coming back to the book, and one did come to mind.  My choice....Will Herondale.  He's dark-haired, blue-eyed, loyal, romantic, self-sacrificing, and sarcastic.  He doesn't let anyone get close to him in order to save their lives, living without love only so that those he loves will live in safety.  When he does give in to the love he feels, he is an utter romantic.  What more could a girl want than a man who says this to her:
"Life is a book, and there are a thousand pages I have not yet read. I would read them together with you, as many as I can, before I die---"
—Will to Tessa Gray, Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

What do YOU say?  Please tell us in the comments!  (But before you do THAT, read about MOONLESS a historical fiction novel for young adults.  It's written by Crystal Collier and it's out in PRINT TODAY!!!)


In the English society of 1768 where women are bred to marry, unattractive Alexia, just sixteen, believes she will end up alone. But on the county doorstep of a neighbor’s estate, she meets a man straight out of her nightmares, one whose blue eyes threaten to consume her whole world—especially when she discovers him standing over her murdered host in the middle of the night.

Her nightmares become reality: a dead baron, red-eyed wraiths, and forbidden love with a man hunted by these creatures. After an attack close to home, Alexia realizes she cannot keep one foot in her old life and one in this new world. To protect her family she must either be sold into a loveless marriage, or escape with her beloved and risk becoming one of the Soulless.


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