Archive | April, 2012

Featured Author Giveaway – Rebecca Lim

19 Apr

Welcome to my first FEATURED AUTHOR GIVEAWAY, where I tell you about one of my favourite authors and give away a copy of their book!

I first came across Rebecca Lim after reading her YA mystery about a fallen angel, MERCY. I totally loved MERCY. It left me breathless and hungry for more. (More about that in a minute!) Since then, Rebecca and I have become online friends and she is not only an awesome writer but a gorgeous person too. So today I’m giving away a copy of MERCY, or to anyone who is already into the series, I’ll give you whichever book you’re waiting on next.

First a little about MERCY:

Book Description

Mercy ′wakes′ on a school bus bound for Paradise, a small town where everyone knows everyone else′s business — or thinks they do. But they will never guess the secret Mercy is hiding ….

As an angel exiled from heaven and doomed to return repeatedly to Earth, Mercy is never sure whose life and body she will share each time. And her mind is filled with the desperate pleas of her beloved, Luc, who can only approach her in her dreams.

In Paradise, Mercy meets Ryan, whose sister was kidnapped two years ago and is now presumed dead. When another girl disappears, Mercy and Ryan know they must act before time runs out. But a host of angels are out for Mercy′s blood and they won′t rest until they find her and punish her — for a crime she doesn′t remember committing …

An electric combination of angels, mystery and romance, MERCY is the first book in a major new series.

HOW THIS BOOK LEFT ME FEELING:

Wow! Fantastic! Want to read the next one right now, as in NOW! (And that hardly EVER happens to me. Usually, I like a break between books in the same series.)

I embarked on this book knowing nothing about it except it had come highly recommended from a friend and I’m so glad I did. I really enjoyed Lim’s writing style, the narrative intrigue was brilliantly done and Mercy is a strong, wonderful character. I love the way Lim has managed to write a complete and very satisfying story and still maintain such mystery around Mercy and her past – mystery that makes me want to plunge into book 2 straight away. The tantalising romantic attraction between Mercy and Ryan left me hoping Mercy will somehow meet Ryan again!!

You can hook up with Rebecca on facebook here:

To win the copy of Mercy go to The Glimpse facebook page here:  and leave a question for Rebecca or let us know you’d like to win Mercy.

 

Российское Дело / Russian Deal

11 Apr

YAHOO!! It’s official. THE GLIMPSE is going to be available in Russian!

I’m so excited about this. It is going to be published in Russia by EKSMO who also published Scott Westerfeld’s awesome ‘Uglies’ series and Lauren Oliver’s stunning debut ‘Before I Fall’, among others. As these two books are both favourites of mine, I feel like I’m in excellent company!

Announcing Winner of Signed ARC

10 Apr

 

The Winner of the signed advanced copy of The Glimpse is

RACHEL (@unforgettablebooks)

CONGRATULATIONS RACHEL!

 

There will be other chances to win The Glimpse coming up soon. In the meantime, I’ve included an extract below of the FIRST blogger review of The Glimpse now in. To read the whole review just click on the Bookmarks & Bookshelves icon.

Thanks to everyone who entered the competition. You ROCK! xox

 

GABBY @ BOOKMARKS & BOOKSHELVES:

 

 

 

 

An astounding debut Claire Merle has Introduced a dystopian that is thought provoking and will leave you heart pounding way beyond the last page.

When fifteen-year-old Ana finds out there was a mistake with her test, her whole world crumbles. Now, seventeen, Joining with Pure-boy Jasper is her only hope of salvation.
But when Jasper disappears, Ana sets off on his trail, determined to solve the mystery of his abduction. In doing so she uncovers some devastating truths…

The society that Claire Merle has set was one that was beautifully disturbing. It made my heart pound and had me at the edge of my seat. When I wanted things to get better for the characters- they seemed to get worse! This story made me feel so many emotions and not a lot of YA book nowadays can do that.

TO READ MORE, GO TO BOOMARKS & BOOKSHELVES.

WATCH THIS!

6 Apr

So the marketing/promo girls at Faber asked me to make a couple of videos for the awesome Glimpse facebook page — they know I like doing that!

I’m not sure that this is what they had in mind… But hopefuly it’ll make them laugh.

WARNING: This video is 49 seconds long. The time you spend watching it may not be refunded or exchanged.

Giveaway update

4 Apr
Just a quick reminder that the winner of my giveaway, (a signed advanced copy of The Glimpse) will not be announced until Tuesday 10th April, for those of you who have been asking me if they missed it!
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I also found a whole lot of comments ‘pending’ on my blog from the Scavenger Hunt and have now updated. So if you were wondering why your comment never showed up, or whether your entry was successfully processed you can check the comments as they’re all there now. (And there’s still time to let me know if you entered but your comment was missed off.)
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In other news, an exciting new blog has been launched all about YA fiction in the UK. It looks awesome! Check it out for book recommendations, reviews, and guest posts from British authors.

Should revisions be scaring you senseless?

2 Apr

Well, are you a genius?

If your second answer is yes, then no, but if it’s no, then yes.

Probably, definitely, maybe.

In May 2011, I signed a 2-book deal for The Glimpse. When the infamous editorial letter arrived, (actually, I was lucky to have a short, 3-page letter and a face-to-face meeting), my editor highlighted a couple of ‘issues’ at the beginning and the end of the novel. Listening to her thoughts, I decided I didn’t want to do a patch up job. I wanted to totally rethink the two suggested zones. So I asked if she would be happy for me to rewrite these parts from scratch. She was.

70 sparkling new pages later there were changes which reverberated throughout the story; changes which required tweaking and adjusting everywhere; changes which scared and excited me in about equal measure. Was I nervous when I handed the edits in? Hell yes! I’d taken risks. I’d ‘gone’ places we hadn’t discussed at all. And I was relieved and ecstatic when my editor was ‘thrilled’ with the revisions.

The risk paid off.

Now I’m revising book 2. Book 2 is a very different experience. Because I’ve got under a year to write it and meanwhile, I have also got to fit in first book edits, (including copy edits and proof edits), and I know the book has been bought totally and solely on book 1, and what if they don’t like it at all?

Book 2 has to be handed in May 1st. In January,  I came out of the cupboard, closest, whatever, and asked an author friend for feedback on my rough draft.

When I got her notes, I panicked.

She put her finger on something I’d been kind of, sort of, maybe avoiding. And after a couple of days of lost sleep, I realised I would have to rewrite A LOT. Like almost everything.

The first 3 chapters could stay, the last 2 chapters would remain along the same lines, one or two from  the middle would make the cut, but the rest was in the bin. Did this scare me and then some? Oh yes. But now I’m coming to the end of the tunnel and I know I made the right decision.

Unless my editor hates it.

…I’ll let you know in May.

In the meantime, I say, take the risk.

If you’re curious about what it’s like to work on book 2, check out Candy Gourlay’s post : http://notesfromtheslushpile.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/what-i-learned-from-writing-my-second.html