Nomination and Giveaway

11867_10200564229502068_1027526276_nHello once again, readers!!

You read that right! Embracing the Flames (Born in Flames Trilogy, #2) has been nominated for Book of the Year with Young Adult and Teen Readers blog.

Oh snap!

(hang on while I freak out and do like fifty back-to-back cartwheels)

Okay, I’m back…and out of breath.

It’s always a wonderful feeling when I find out one of my novels has been nominated…even if it doesn’t win. Just to be in the company of the other nominated books is a win in itself. I’m humbled by the fact someone actually thought of me. That it actually touched them and left an impression. What more could an author ask for?

There are also a ton of other categories and awesome books up for nomination so please follow the link above and vote for your favorites. ♥

In other news, I will be taking over Raven Reviewz today for the 12 Days of Christmas Author Takeover. It’s an event on Facebook. I’ll be giving away some goodies so if you’re looking to have some fun today, join the event and participate in the activities!

So yeah, that’s all she wrote for today. Still trucking away at Everlasting. I have about seven more chapters to read through and then it will be beta time with a few trusted peeps.

Echelon out ♥

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Novel Grounds Literary Awards!

Labor SaleHello once again, readers!!! How is your Labor Day going? Awesome, I hope. My son is out of school and my husband is off work so what more could I ask for? That’s right…a million dollars…joking. We will be grilling ribs and the lobster I brought back from the Keys later today.

Oh snap!

Oh snap is right, because the lobster is freakin’ awesome and I can’t wait to eat it!

But I digress.

Yesterday I discovered that Born in Flames, Embracing the Flames, and Casted by Sonya Loveday, was nominated for five different awards in this year’s Novel Grounds Literary Awards!!! Can you believe it? We sure can’t and we are so thrilled! The categories are as follows:

AWARD BR

Nominated: Embracing the Flames

AWARDBBB

Nominated: Born in Flames & Embracing the Flames.

AWARDBE

Nominated: Born in Flames, Embracing the Flames & Casted.

AWARDBPR

Nominated: Born in Flames, Embracing the Flames & Casted.

AWARDFFF

Nominated: Born in Flames, Embracing the Flames & Casted.

Sonya and I are SO excited! To say this has been a loooong road for us is an understatement. This is a dream five years in the making. If you would have told us years ago that we would both be published and nominated together, we probably would have laughed at you. While eating crackers, cheese, and hot sauce because that’s just how we rolled. And this is only the beginning for us. We have so many more dreams to fulfill…so many more ideas we want to see brought to life.

The sky is the limit, right?

I don’t think I could have done it without her. I may never have started on this road without her cheering me on and vice versa. For every weakness one of has, the other finds the strength and we make it through.

She’s my very best friend.

Any who, yeah, so we are nominated and would love it if you showed any one of our novels some love! All you have to do is follow this link: http://novelgrounds.com/lit-awards/ and pick your favorite! There are so many good books on there; I am just honored to be amongst them.

In other news, there was a title change for my WIP for those of you who have been following week after week. It is now: Everlasting (A Night Watchmen Series). I am halfway through my last read through and then it will go to my beta readers! I can’t wait to hear their feedback. Also, the cover will be started in the next few weeks. That I know will be awesomesauce!

Now to leave you with a question: How are you celebrating Labor Day?

Echelon out ♥

Radio Interview

born-in-flames-finalHello once again, Readers!! So yesterday was the big day. The radio interview. To say that I was nervous was an understatement. Big time. Internally, I was freaking out. Heart racing, stomach churning, face flushing nervous. I blush insanely when I am nervous and I am pale so I basically look like a human apple…if apples ever look human?

I digress.

But you know what, it really wasn’t that bad. Once I was over the initial fear of talking publicly about my book, I calmed down and enjoyed the conversation. They hosted four other authors as well and after introducing ourselves and our work, we had a group discussion about writing and character structure.
It was a great learning experience and hopefully oiled me enough to have some self-esteem for next time. Not that I’m the Tin Man or anything. At least I don’t think that I am. Unless I am dreaming that I am normal as we speak while in reality I am in a frozen, catatonic state somewhere in the land of Oz…
Any who, here is the link to the show if you are interested in listening. I introduce Born in Flames about six minutes in. It’s a 90 minute show. I talk here and there throughout the rest whenever I found the chance to input my opinion. Sharing is caring.

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/worldofinknetwork/2013/03/14/book-discussion-host-fran-lewis

Now to leave you with a question: Is it cold where you are? I am freezing and I am in Florida lol.

Echelon out ♥

Preparing For A Radio Interview

27995_4771753945622_902162364_nHello once again, Readers!!! For any of you wondering, yes, that is me with my sister. And yes, I put glasses on her using Pixlr.

Don’t ask why…lol.

So…remember that award Born in Flames won…Book of the Year? Do you remember me saying that I also won a spotlight appearance on a radio show?

Yeah, that’s happening next Thursday and I am unprepared (mentally I mean).

I am really starting to freak out about this. The only reason why I haven’t flipped a lid yet is because when I start to think about it and all the many ways it could go, I stop myself and tell myself that I will worry about it later.

But later is quickly approaching!

What if I say something silly? What if my mind draws a complete blank? I worry about this because I have tried to do the video blog thing, but when I got in front of the camera, I couldn’t think of anything to say. Shoot, sometimes I’ll sit here for hours trying to figure out what to even blog about…but at least with this I have time to think and a delete button.

Not when I’m on the air!

Ugh.

So I guess I should go through the list of questions I will be asked and start preparing my answers and praying to any and all Gods that they will have some mercy on me and keep me from stuttering or drawing blanks.

You know, I’d have to do it sometime or other (if my book ever does take off), so I guess it’s preparation and practice. At least that is what I will tell myself. It’s necessary.

Any who, wish me luck…please!

Now to leave you with a question: How do you get through situations such as this?

Echelon out ♥

Blog Hop! The Next Big Thing: Embracing The Flames

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Hello once again, Readers!!! I have been meaning to do this post for a while now since I have been nominated by a few of my author friends, but am just now getting to it. I want to thank Elizabeth Guizzetti for nominating me first and foremost. She is a fellow author at 48fourteen (my publisher) and is extremely talented. Her debut novel, Other Systems, has received great review and even an interviewed from me! Check out her post, Blog Hop! The Next Big Thing: The Martlet to find what her next big thing is!

But I digress.

What is the working title of your next book?

  • The title of the next book in the Born in Flames trilogy is Embracing the Flames. It is in the last round of editing by my publisher and will hopefully be released by summer of 2013.

Where did the idea for your book come from?

  • The idea for the trilogy struck me in 2009 when I decided that I actually wanted to try to write the small ideas I had floating around in side of my head. After completing the first novel in the trilogy, Born in Flames, and then being accepted by 48fourteen, I continued on with the trilogy. I had a general idea of where I wanted the second novel to go in terms of planning out the major plot line of all three, but the actual details came to me as I began writing which is mostly how I write. I let it flow without the pressure of a guide to follow.

What genre does your book fall under?

  • It is still a young adult fantasy. Maybe with a little more epic fantasy in it.

Who would play your characters in a film?

  • I would love for Hayley Williams from Paramore to play Aurora and I think Logan Lermen would be a good Fenn.

What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?

  • Embracing the Flames is the next chapter in Aurora’s life where she discovers secrets more sinister than her enemy that will unveil the price of her life.

Will your next book be self-published or represented by an agent?

  • Neither. It is being traditionally published by 48fourteen.

How long did it take to write the first draft of your manuscript?

  • Around three months. My read-through took about one month after that.

What other books would you compare this story to in the genre?

  • I’m not sure. I haven’t given much thought to comparing.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

  • Wanting something more out of life inspired me. I was bored with my day job and decided to write the ideas in my head, not really knowing that it could actually become a career. By the time I finished the novel, I knew that it was something I wanted to do for the rest of my life.

What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?

  • This novel dives deeper into the fantastical world that Aurora now lives in. You will see more magic, dragons, different races such as Necromancers and Priests, and the development of Fenn and Aurora’s love story as well as the discovery of Fenn’s role in Aurora’s future. He’s her protector, but on more levels than the readers know of right now.

You can read more status updates about the trilogy on my author Facebook page. You can find Born in Flames on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and KOBO.

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I want to now nominate my best friend Sonya Loveday. She is a wonderful writer who is on her way to being published as we speak! Make sure you follow this link and show her some love! You won’t be disappointed.

That being said, Echelon out! ♥