Wednesday, July 23, 2014 | By: Angela Brown


One lesson about grammar is that it isn't proper to use a double negative, like...
I didn't say nothing. (Should be "I didn't say anything." There, now you can't say I ain't ne'er taught ya nothing lol!!!)

However, today, DOUBLE NEGATIVE is rocking out - the new novel by author C. Lee McKenzie


Hutchison Mc Queen is a sixteen-year-old smart kid who screws up regularly. He’s a member of Larkston Highs loser clique, the boy whos on his way to nowhere—unless juvenile hall counts as a destination. He squeaks through classes with his talent for eavesdropping and memorizing what he hears. When that doesnt work, he goes to Fat Nyla, the one some mean girls are out to get and a person whos in on his secret—he can barely read. And then Maggie happens. For twenty-five years shes saved boys from their own bad choices. But she may not have time to save Hutch. Alzheimers disease is steadily stealing her keen mind.

Author: C. Lee McKenzie
Genre: Contemporary/Realistic Fiction
Category: Young Adult
Available: July 25 from Evernight Teen
Pre-order/Order: Click here

And don't you just love her smile? *waving at ya C. Lee!*

You can even be a part of spreading the word about DOUBLE NEGATIVE. Here are some tweets you can share:

Bad grammar. Bad choices. No future, except prison. DOUBLE NEGATIVE @cleemckenzie #YA  #YALit @UncommonYA

A new #YA releases today. DOUBLE NEGATIVE by @cleemckenzie. Add it to your goodreads. @UncommonYA

“My life’s GoingGoingGone, & I haven’t been laid yet. Can’t go jail before that happens.” Hutch McQueen. DOUBLE NEGATIVE @UncommonYA

Going to prison wasn’t part of the escape plan. DOUBLE NEGATIVE by C. Lee McKenzie @UncommonYA @YALit @Y_A_Now

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Do you have a common phrase that you know is just all kinds of wrong but it feels right saying it anyway?
Monday, July 21, 2014 | By: Angela Brown

Do You Know What Death Looks Like When It Knocks?

Do you even WANT to know?

Well, authors Jay Noel and Miranda Hardy collabed together to come up with a young adult paranormal thriller entitled DEATH KNOCKS. Today, I have the honor of being a part of the blog mates sharing in the cover reveal.

So, without further ado...

***Who knew a knock at the door could rupture your entire world? They don’t demand money or possessions…they want much more than that, they want your life.

Maverick is preparing for senior year: he’s no longer stuck in the “friend-zone” with the girl of his dreams, he’s looking forward to choosing the right college and being on his own, and he plans to have a blast along the way.

But a knock on the door changes all of that forever.

Maverick begins a mind-altering, life-changing journey to discover the truth—a truth that certain individuals will do anything to keep hidden.***

DEATH KNOCKS is a Young Adult paranormal thriller about the strange global phenomenon known as the Black-Eyed Kids. Take a creepy and exciting ride in a world where myth meets reality.

It is scheduled for publication on September 26, 2014 by Quixotic Publishing.

Here are some helpful links about the publisher and the authors:

So remember, when death knocks, don't let it in ~ cue eerie music followed by maniacal cackle ~
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 | By: Angela Brown

Goals and an Untethered Realms Giveaway

Goals are off-the-chart awesome when scored on the soccer field. Catching various World Cup group matches has given me a deeper appreciation for the sport. One thing that stood out as important is stamina. Seriously, I can't even begin to imagine what it's like running back and forth across a huge pitch sweeping and tackling and manuevering a ball so gracefully for two sets of 45 minutes.

That reminds me that this writing journey is not to be ridden full speed burning the candle at both ends. It's a journey for the long haul.
Some goals I make.
Some, not so much.
But I still stay on my grind because this is what I love with a fearsome passion. Perhaps one day it will reciprocate lol!

For June 2014, I set the following goals:
Finish another round of edits for BEACON (YA dystopian/urban fantasy) - DONE! YAY!
Finish edits for ONCE UPON A SUMMONS (MG fairy-tale smash up) - You see, I was going to...but then what had happened was...NO.
Do Untethered Realms Post - DONE! Posted on June 10th
Finish another round of edits for UR special project - DONE! And I'm looking forward to getting a chance to share more about this project soon.
Keep up with Confessions of a Sex Fiend virtual book tour organized by Bewitching book tours - The last day of the tour was July 7th. It was worth the work following up each day. I hope new readers are able to enjoy the sexy, crazy, steamy of Chancellor Baltimore's world (created by my alter ego Rayven Godchild).
Start Shadow Jumpers III - No excuses. No reasons. Just...NO.

I'm working through my goal setting thoughts for July 2014. After a pretty busy first part of the year, I have a lot of things to consider.

What you won't need to consider is whether or not to enter this great giveaway by me and my wonder-mous Untethered Realms cohorts in writing. Make sure to enter for your chance at a great bundled prize!!

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Now, I'm off to go do more reading of G.R.R.Martin's A Feast for Crows. The last time I started his A Song of Fire and Ice series, I didn't make it a tenth of the way through A Storm of Swords. Have you seen the Game of Thrones show on HBO? Have you read the series as well? Any thoughts to share ofn the show and/or the series? Please share them in the comments.
Monday, July 7, 2014 | By: Angela Brown

Reaching the End and a Book Blitz for Collide by Christine Fonseca

*** Reaching the end is often bittersweet. It's been great to have the Confessions of a Sex Fiend virtual book tour going on but all wonderful things must come to an end. Stop by Eclipse Reviews for an intriguing character interview with none other than Chancellor Baltimore. Make sure to enter the giveaway as well. It's the final day. ***

And now to the fantastic blitz!

Release Date: 07/07/14

What if psychic warfare is real???

Christine Fonseca's latest action-packed, heart-pounding thriller COLLIDE, explores the world of psychic warfare with a new twist!

Summary from Goodreads:
The most dangerous secrets are the ones that kill.

When a surprising mental breakdown draws too much attention from a secret government group call the Order, 17-year-old Dakota discovers that her so-called boring life isn’t so boring after all. Between the lies, secrets and assassins out to kill her family, Dakota discovers there’s more to paranormal activity than ghosts and cheap mind tricks. Now she must uncover the truth before a new breed of terrorism takes everything away – including her life.

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Excerpt - A peek into the horrific mind of the Architect:
No Mercy
The Architect watched Dr. Tate leave the hospital at 5:00, just like he had every night for the past month. He walked from the elevator to his mid-sized sedan, fumbling for his keys. Sweat dotted his brow, darkening the grey streaks along his hairline. He opened the car and slid inside.
It’s time, the Architect thought. The parking structure was unusually quiet, the air thick with exhaust.  She settled herself as Dr. Tate closed the door. The sound echoed against the cement beams and a nervous smile formed on her lips.
His death would be child’s play to her now. After practicing for last the ten years, she had the technique down. Just picture the blood vessels in the brain exploding and poof, Tate would drop dead from an aneurysm before he knew what was happening. Quick. Easy.
The Architect wanted to believe the lie; was desperate to escape the truth she couldn’t afford to accept—killing took a piece of her soul. Every single time.
Dr. Tate pulled his cell phone and began to speak. The Architect stared, her mind wandering through his thoughts. The Doctor knew about death. Murder. He deserved this; he deserved to die.
His memories merged with the Architect’s, transforming her thoughts into a distant sterile lab.  Experiments. Mice.
And death.
The Architect tried to kill the mice, tried to make their tiny brains explode. But the feelings overwhelmed her—fear mixed with the blinding hot agony that settled behind her eyes as she pictured the rodent’s death. Dr. Tate ordered her to try again. And again. But each attempt brought more of the animal’s pain to her, causing the bile in her stomach to churn and rendering her useless.
Until Dr. Tate had tried a new approach—self preservation. Dr. Tate had strapped her to the chair, injected her veins with a cocktail of cocaine and heroin, knocked her to the ground and unleashed the vermin. Moments passed before they nibbled at her feet, her hands, her face. Hyped up on the mind blowing poison, she’d slaughtered hundreds of mice as they chewed on her bound flesh. She had no choice. Through her own agony, the Architect could see the rodents’ tiny brains lined with blood-filled balloons. She burst them all. The mice screamed as their lives ended with one sharp explosion. It was a sound she’d never forget.
No matter how many more executions she completed.
The Architect had cut herself off from her emotions that day. She’d channeled her anger and hate into something else, something worse. She’d learned to kill.
Are you ready to prove yourself? the Creator asked.
Her memories of Tate and the lab faded in an instant.
I am, the Architect thought as Dr. Tate ended his call and adjusted his rearview mirror. The engine roared to life, echoing through the still-vacant structure. She had little time to complete the mission before he left. The last thing she wanted was to risk collateral damage. 
The Architect’s eyes rolled back and she imagined life from Tate’s perspective. Her vision blurred as she focused on the blue glow of the sedan’s interior dash lights. She forced his fingers around the steering wheel, took a quick breath, and centered her thoughts.
“Your turn to die,” she said to no one.
Dr. Tate slipped the car into Reverse, his foot on the brake. Blinding light split his head in two. Nausea swirled up from his stomach, racing toward his throat as the pain intensified. He gripped his forehead with both hands. Tears welled in his eyes and a strangled gasp came from his mouth. He pressed harder on the pedal as his thoughts shattered into a million pieces. Chaos, terror, agony and regret mixed in equal proportion.
The Architect experienced every moment. Tate’s pain became hers; his regrets, hers. The end came in a single heartbeat. His head fell back and his foot slide off of the brake pedal.  Dr. Tate’s sedan rolled, hitting the large SUV behind him. Alarm bells pierced the silence and reverberated around the concrete grave.
The Architect detached and left his mind.
It’s done, she thought as she opened her eyes. She started the ignition of her own black sedan and drove away.
Good. The Creator left her thoughts.
Her lips turned upward as she maneuvered out of the dark parking structure. The setting sun filled her car with pink and orange light. Long shadows told her the time as she sped off toward the Pacific Ocean, pleased. She had passed the test; she’d killed willingly. Acceptance into the Order wouldn’t be a problem now. Her life would be spared.
The others shared a different fate.

"Collide is a fast moving, suspenseful thriller full of twists and turns around every bend. An action packed read that will have your heart slamming in your chest and your mind racing until the end."
- Brooke DelVecchio, the Cover Contessa - blogger/reviewer

About the Author
Critically acclaimed nonfiction and YA author Christine Fonseca is dedicated to helping children of all ages find their voice in the world. In fiction, she explores the darker aspects of humanity and delivers gothic thrillers that take you on a rollercoaster ride of emotions.

In addition to writing, Ms. Fonseca is a frequent presenter and trainer on subjects ranging from writing to behavior and understanding the unique needs of gifted children. She blogs regularly on many sites and participates in events throughout the country. See the News/Events page for upcoming events.

When Christine isn’t crafting her next book and working with kids, she can be found sipping too many skinny vanilla lattes at her favorite coffee house or exploring the world with her family.

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Friday, July 4, 2014 | By: Angela Brown
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 | By: Angela Brown

IWSG - Sometimes You Feel Like a Nut

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Click HERE to check out the linky list, visit others in the group, and connect with your fellow writer - aim for a dozen new people each time. 

So, about this whole felling like a nut thing. It happens sometimes. Not everyday or in some sort of pattern. But every now and then I feel a little crazy doing what I do.

I work at the paying gig eight hours of the day, then I spend time being a parent and making sure my kiddo knows I really do love her and not my laptop. Then I get on my laptop and can end up traipsing around the various social media outlets for a while before ever slitting my wrist to pour out a new word in my manuscript. 

Some may say doing this is crazy, deranged, even a little nutty.

I have to agree.

But in all my nuttiness, I love doing what I do. It can be quite a full plate sometimes, but I wouldn't want to bring this dream journey to an end. 

Can you think of an example of someone doing something a little nutty but reaping the fruits of their labor?
Tuesday, July 1, 2014 | By: Angela Brown

Where There are Questions...

...there are usually answers. As most of you have found, questions with answers can lead to more questions. At The Creatively Green Write At Home Mom, the questions my alter ego, Rayven Godchild, answers should fall into the first group...the questions that end with answers. Click here to check out the interview.