February 2, 2013

New Short Story for The Chosen Series

I’m going to write another short story in The Chosen world. But I’m going to let YOU help me pick what it will be about! Is there anything you are dying to know? A few ideas: A Jake POV story right before Will shows up in CHOSEN A James POV from Hunted or Sacrifice The story of Will’s mother and Marcus A story about the beginning of “The Game” with Emmaunella, Alex and Raphael A story before “The Game” with Aiden, Alex, Raphael, and Marcus Something YOU come up with. Put YOUR pick or suggestions in the comments below!
January 26, 2013

Photos from Reader’s World Book Signing in Lee’s Summit, Missouri

Last Saturday Reader’s World Book Store in Lee’s Summit, Missouri hosted a book signing for author Trisha Leigh and me. Although I’d been looking for a site to host a book signing for several months, when Reader’s World offered to take part in a signing with Trisha and me, I was really, really, REALLY nervous. What if no one came? I figured, if nothing else, my mother would come. And so would Trisha’s mom. What I dared not hope for was this: People were coming and going, so we don’t know how many were there, but the estimate is around fifty. Trisha and I were supposed to talk first, but someone came up and said they had to leave and could we sign their book early? Then everyone got in line. After we signed a lot of books —  >>insert my happy face<< Oh wait. It’s right above this!!!– Trisha and I discussed how we met (on Twitter several years ago), how we became critique partners, and how each one of us has contributed in some way to each other’s books, where we get ideas and how the germ of an idea can launch and entire book series. Then we […]
January 23, 2013

Writer Wednesday Welcomes H.J. Harley

We welcome H.J. Harley to the blog today.  Finding Jordie, her debut novel, will be released on February 11th and we wanted to take this chance to get to know her a little better. Let’s start with you telling us a little about yourself: I’m a Jersey girl surviving in the South these days. Mother to a beautiful little girl and let me tell you, it is hard to raise a mini version of yourself. I love coffee, animals and I’m a sucker for a good love story. What is your current project? I am currently working on the follow up book to Finding Jordie. Is there anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination? A lot of it is based on real life experiences but I was never this cool.Each character was actually inspired by someone I know. What makes that so great is that I know some pretty fun and awesome people. For the most part though, it’s simply a healthy dose of  embellishments and imagination. What was your favorite part to write? That’s like asking me to pick which one of my kids is my favorite, if I had more than one! […]
January 16, 2013

Writer Wednesday Welcomes Michelle Grey

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? I’m a wife and a mom, a cancer survivor, and a believer in miracles. I started writing after my mom passed away in November 2007. I had a revelation as I watched her fight her battle that I didn’t want to get to the end of my road and not have pursued the dreams of my heart so I began to craft my first novel. When I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2009, I got another reminder that time is precious and gained even more motivation to fulfill my dream of being a published novelist. I got involved in writer’s groups, worked hard on my craft, and met my critique partners. Writing Dangerous Ally has been a great experience, and I’m enjoying putting the pieces together on Game Changer, my second novel, right now. Oh, and in case you’re wondering, through God’s grace, I am completely cancer free three years later. That miracle is a whole other story. What do you do when you are not writing? My husband just jokingly said that I spend my non-writing time thinking about writing. He’s quite the humorist. Seriously, I love to read […]
January 7, 2013

Kansas City Area Book Signing January 19, 2013

I am THRILLED to announce that Trisha Leigh , author of THE LAST YEAR series, and I will have a book signing on January 19! If you are in the Kansas City area, we’d LOVE for you to stop by. We’ll be talking about working together as critique partners as well as giving away DOOR PRIZES!!! Tote bags, book inspired jewelry by local designer Autumn Markly (You can see one of the pieces at the top of my purchase page) and mugs. If you want to purchase books to be signed, we suggest you tell us so we can make sure we have enough copies. We also have a Facebook event page if you want to join. We’ll be posting updates as well as pictures of the door prizes. Can’t wait to see you there!!!
January 4, 2013

January 2014 Newsletter Poll

THIS IS A DIFFERENT POLL THAN THE NEWSLETTER STATES IT IS. Just answer this one. Check all that apply.   What genres do you like to read?In the comments below, tell me your favorite genres. After January 31, we’ll pick a random commenter to win a $50 Amazon or B&N Gift Card. Winner will be announced in the February, 2014 newsletter. **If I don’t have your email address, I have no way to contact you if you win.**
January 4, 2013

December 2013 Newsletter Poll

What is your favorite Denise Grover Swank series? What is your favorite Denise Grover Swank series?After you vote, post your email address below in the comments. After January 31, we’ll pick a random commenter to win a $50 Amazon or B&N Gift Card. Winner will be announced in the February, 2014 newsletter. **If I don’t have your email address, I have no way to contact you if you win.**
December 28, 2012

The Next Book in On the Otherside Series

Last spring I announced that I was cutting the On the Otherside series down from three books to two. I had planned for a good portion of THERE to take place in the underground city and the third book to spend more time with the rebels. Sales of HERE were not as strong as my other books, and I realized the story could be told in two books without losing too much. Let there be a lesson here. You never know what will happen to a book. Just because a book isn’t selling well now doesn’t mean it won’t sell well next month or next year. Obviously, I didn’t expect HERE to sell so well on Barnes & Noble at the end of November and first half of December of this year. On the first anniversary of HERE’s release, it had sold 15,000 copies, my lowest sales for a first book in a series. The subsequent books in a series always sell less. Still, I’m not sorry with my decision.  I’m proud of THERE and how the story unfolded. I think the story is much tighter and more suspenseful combining two books into one. But a funny thing happened while I was […]
December 23, 2012

Holiday Hullabaloo Winners!

The winners of my Holiday Hullabaloo are: Day One: Pamela Hargraves Day Two: Mandi Massey Day Three:  Nataša May Day Four:  Leslie Miner Day Five: Marla Buttars Day Six: Autumn Miller Day Seven: Pam Robertson Day Eight: Claire Taylor Day Nine: Marlena Fein Day Ten: M Andrew Patterson Day Eleven: Emily Pearson Day Twelve–Grand Prize– Kendra Congrats and thank you to EVERYONE who entered!!!
December 22, 2012

Happy Early Release THERE!!!

It wasn’t easy. And everyone around me thought I was CRA-ZAY. And I was. To get THERE out by Christmas meant I pushed deadlines hard to get it done in time. But I not only got THERE released by December 24, it went live on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Kobo– not to mention print book at Amazon (B&N soon to follow) by December 22!!! Two days early! The second book in the On the Otherside series is already getting some great reviews: “When I read Here, the first book in the series, I fell in love – with the characters and the storyline, it was a book I never wanted to end. When I started reading There I was hesitant, surely it couldn’t be as good but I’m so glad I was proven wrong – it was so much better.” “Twists and turns and plenty of YA sexual tension play out in THERE. Everything that Swank is a pro at writing about. My only question ? When can I expect a third book in the series?” “Absolutely fantastic!!!! I Loved it! I’m hoping she continues the series but if not I have enough closure for my imagination to pick up where […]
December 21, 2012

Holiday Hullabaloo Day Twelve

Today is the last day of the Holiday Hullabaloo! Fourteen authors are joining together to give away 154 prizes in eleven days– with the final prize of a $200 Amazon of Barnes & Noble gift card on Day Twelve!!! I’ve had an awesome twelve days posting prizes and it’s not too late to enter! The giveaway ends at midnight Saturday, December 22.Winners will be notified by Monday, December 24. If you’ve missed days, go down below and click on the links to get to the other authors websites. Trisha Leigh: Christine Fonseca: Amber Lynn Natusch: Karen Hooper: Heather McCorkle: Kristie Cook: Susan Kaye Quinn: Brenda Pandos: Elle Strauss: Monica Enderle Pierce: Hope Collier: Megan Curd: Elizabeth Issacs: Here’s your last chance to enter for a $200 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card!!! a Rafflecopter giveaway
December 20, 2012

Holiday Hullabaloo Day Eleven

  Today is the Day ELEVEN of the Holiday Hullabaloo! Fourteen authors are joining together to give away 154 prizes in eleven days– with the final prize of a $200 Amazon of Barnes & Noble gift card on Day Twelve!!! How awesome is THAT???? Every day, each author is giving away a different prize. Just go to each blog and enter to win.   Enter MY giveaway for today: an annotated, bound copy of a manuscript–your choice– of ANY ONE of my books. The Chosen series (Chosen, Hunted, Sacrifice, Redemption) Rose Gardner Mysteries (Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes or Twenty-Nine and a Half Reasons) or On the Otherside series– (Here, or There) The book will be double spaced and professionally bound by Kinkos. I will hand write– as neatly as possible!!!– notes and behind the scenes looks at characters, what I was thinking when I wrote a scene, music I listened too, why I had a character do something, etc. Things you’ll find out : Muffy was a spur of the moment add-in in Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes— why did I add her? And why did she have a flatulence problem? What was I doing when I wrote the […]