That moment when....

I just returned home from watching Cinderella, what a great movie!! Kenneth Branagh did an excellent job. Richard Madden was awesome as well, but I still prefer him with a beard.
So in other news...
  • Alternate      I'm working on Alternate after my editor's first read through. So I'm going through her comments, and hopefully soon, she'll be able to dive into it once more. 
  • The Carriers   I'm also working on a new Young Adult book. The Carriers, title subject to change. I'm really digging this, even if the main character is slightly different from everyone else that I've written. It's strange, but in a good way.
  • Henry and Gracie's story, I'm still working on my New Adult book, shopping it around, etc. 
  • New Adult Thriller   still with Alpha Beta reader :) So far so good. 

Tonight at 7 pm, I'm taking over Rick Chianteretto's Facebook party, Join me!!

And wish him a happy release day!

Cover Reveal: Chris Ledbetter's Drawn

Release Date: 06/08/15
Evernight Teen
Cover Artist: Jay Aheer

Summary from Goodreads:
Caught between the sweltering fall landscape of Wilmington, NC beaches and southern illusions and expectations, all sixteen year-old Cameron Shade thinks about is art. That, and for Farrah Spangled to view him as more than just a friend. Cameron longs to win her heart through art.

After several warm interactions with Farrah, including painting together at the beach, Cameron discovers just how complex Farrah’s life is with her boyfriend and her family. Following a tense run-in with Farrah’s father, she forbids Cameron to ever speak to her again, but Cameron’s convinced there’s more behind the request.

To impress Farrah with a last-ditch effort, Cameron sketches her portrait. But the sketchbook he uses hides a dark secret. Farrah’s now in grave danger because the sketch he drew of her siphons her real-life’s soul into the sketchbook. Cameron now has twenty days to extract Farrah. To save her, he must draw himself into the book.

If he fails… they both die.

About the Author
Chris Ledbetter grew up in Durham, NC before moving to Charlottesville, VA in 11th grade. After high school, he attended Hampton University where he promptly "walked-on" to the best drum line in the CIAA. And, without any prior percussion experience. He carried the bass drum for four years, something his back is not very happy about now.

After a change of heart and major, he enrolled in Old Dominion University and earned his degree in Business Administration. He's worked in various managerial and marketing capacities throughout his life. While teaching high school for six years in Culpeper, VA, he taught business management, business law, marketing, and sports marketing, and also coached football.

He has walked the streets of Los Angeles and New York City, waded in the waters of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, and climbed Diamond Head crater on Hawaii and rang in the New Year in Tokyo, Japan. But he dreams of one day visiting Greece and Italy.

He's a proud member of SCBWI (Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators) and a strong supporter of the Need for Diverse Books. As a self-described, young reluctant reader, he writes young adult stories specifically to reach other reluctant readers. As a participant in the prestigious Nevada SCBWI Mentor Program, he was blessed to be mentored by Suzanne Morgan Williams, 2012 SCBWI member of the year.

He now lives in Wilmington, NC with his family, including three cats.

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Happy fifth birthday, Writing on the Sunny Side of the Street!

I started my first blog on livejournal, and then sometime around November 2009  I discovered that most authors had their blogs on Blogger.

Soon after starting this blog, I found out that I was pregnant with my second son, which meant that my posts were super sporadic, as pregnancy progressed. However, you guys stuck it out with me. For that I'm truly thankful.

And here we are now, five years on and almost three books later. Thank you to the many authors, and bloggers who have contributed to this blog. Thank you to Tara, for the awesome design, and thank you readers. You guys are awesome!

Writing Update and other things....

Hi Everyone!

#Alternate is finally with my editor at IAMBE BOOKS. It's taken exactly 9 months of writing and edits, and Baxter being a general lovely pain in my ass, but here we go now... Stay tune, I might have a release date soon, but I still think it'll be a summer book. :)

I'm done writing and editing my Henry and Gracie love story, this is my first Adult book, and it's currently being shopped around. AND I already have two requests, a partial and a full.  So exciting!

My New Adult Thriller, Something in the Water is currently with my Alpha reader, who didn't even want to wait for me to go over that first draft. However, I trust her implicitly as she's fluent in Marilyn and she'll be able to decipher even that which doesn't make sense.

I've started writing a new version of Casa de Animas, (House of Souls) with more witches and more suspense than the previously unfinished version, but it's got a very different feel to it. We'll see how this one goes and if I like this version. This story is very close to my heart, as it deals with loads of spiritual things believed by my family and things they actually did. I'm terribly excited about this story as well, but I can't really tease from it, until it's where I want it to be.

The Stories from the Veil series is currently on hold until I'm done with all the other projects. I fear this is a huge YA undertaking, and it'll take several years, just like Chronicles of the Interred did. However, Sphere Catchers and The Dragon and the Phoenix are finished. So at least those first drafts are done. I still have to write two more books. Then I'll go for the kill and try and edit all books in succession so I can get them ready to be queried, someday in the not too distant future. These books, though they are all stand alone, are bound together by a common theme, the Veil, so I really would like to publish them as a series, all at once. Rather than making people to wait for the next book. I know, I know, I've been reading my emails... you guys don't like to wait around.

Have a great Weekend!

And The Walking Dead is back tomorrow!!!!

Happy New Year! PiYo! And other updates!!

I know, I know, I've been away, and you probably missed my sass. :) Well, it's a brand new year which has started with heavy things, and not so heavy things.

I'm still neck deep editing Alternate before it goes to my editor, the amazing and awesome Raine Thomas. For now I'm going over comments that my Alpha reader, the equally amazing and awesome, Lindsay, has written out for me to continue polishing this manuscript.

It feels as if I've been working on Alternate for a long time. I actually had to rewrite the first draft after Fissure's edits changed things in the future. (No, seriously, time benders are so moody) The first draft was written in less than two months, considering all the previous things that had happened, and also the things that needed to happen in the book. So I've been editing pretty much, on and off, since June/July 2014. And I'm not done. I know, I know.... soon--ish.

Since the end of the year, I discovered PiYo, a new Beachbody work out. I've tried them before. I did Insanity and also, T25, but I was always having problems. Knee problems, back problems, then I had trouble with my blood pressure, so I had to stop exercising. When I was given the go ahead again, I started Yoga T25 and ballet exercises, until I heard about PiYo.

I've been doing PiYo for only two weeks, actually tomorrow is the last day of my second week. So I'm still huge, but I can see the HUGER difference that PiYo has done to my body.

Top pictures are from my first day, December 29th 2014. And the bottom ones are from today, January 10th, 2015, I'm quite chuffed about the differences that I can see in my body. So I shall be worshiping at Chalene's alter for a while. I'd not had a great experience with Turbo Fire, but I can definitely say that I'm loving PiYo, even though sometimes I want to not do it. However, seeing the results, and how much more flexible I am, is a great encouragement. 

Besides Alternate and PiYo, I'm also working on a New Adult story tentatively called Fighting Gravity, but because I think the title is Lame, it'll probably change. Also I'm still unsure about a different pen name for my New Adult stories,... so that can change as well. :)
I love this story so much, I did a mock up cover. :) So this story will be my first foray into the New Adult territory. I'm in love with Henry and Gracie, and as you can probably tell from the mock up cover... London will feature prominently in the story. Ah, yes... my love affair with England continues. 

Before I finish this post, I want to say that this week the whole world woke up stunned to the news of the terrorist acts in Paris, France. For those of you who know, and those who probably don't know, my husband is from France, and we lived a year in Paris and two in Normandy. I feel very much Normand, after almost 16 years of marriage. So we were quite shocked by everything that has happened this week, but we believe in the goodness in the hearts of everyone across the world. Let's strive to make this a better world, shall we? And please, remember to say a prayer for everyone who passed away or was touched by these tragedies.

Stephane Charbonnier, editor
Jean Cabut, cartoonist
Georges Wolinski, cartoonist
Bernard Verlhac, cartoonist
Philippe Honore, cartoonist
Bernard Maris, economist
Elsa Cayat, psychoanalyst and columnist
Mustapha Ourrad, copy editor
Michel Renaud, visitor
Frederic Boisseau, caretaker
Ahmed Merabet, policeman
Brigadier Franck Brinsolaro, police bodyguard
Police Nationale Police Officer Clarissa Jean-Philippe
Yoav Hattab
Yohan Cohen
François-Michel Saada

New release With Love, book 5 in the Stories about Melissa Series

It's Finally Here!
With Love, book 5 in the Stories about Melissa Series by Bethany Lopez, is LIVE!

Melissa is turning sixteen and beginning her junior year. With a new job, and a new boyfriend, things are pretty hectic, but when things start becoming more difficult at home, Melissa soon becomes overwhelmed with responsibilities. Can she juggle her friends, family, a budding romance, as well as school and work? Getting older sure doesn't make things any easier!
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If you haven't read books 1 - 4 in the series, you can get them all in the Stories about Melissa Omnibus!

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To thank everyone for giving this Young Adult Series a shot, here's a Giveaway!

Happy Release day, Raine Thomas! Rise of the Faire-Amanti is here!!!

It's launch day for Rise of the Faire-Amanti (Ascendant Series #3), and Raine Thomas is celebrating with a big giveaway! Read on for more details...

Book Blurb:

Stranded in the desolate Dark Lands, Kyr and Ty share a bittersweet reunion. Alametria lies on the brink of darkness. Their people are still reeling, believing she’s dead at Ty’s hands. With no other choice, many have turned to the Guardians and Advisor Vycor for guidance, never suspecting they’re being led to slaughter.
Kyr and Ty encounter overwhelming challenges in their fight to save their people: a deadly environment, murderous Marauders, and powerful protections preventing them from reaching the palace. When the journey itself could mean their deaths, the one thing that keeps them going is the thought of bringing VycorDane to justice.
Facing a battle on multiple fronts, lacking resources, and significantly outnumbered, Kyr and Ty must rely on each other in the race to save their planet. Will they beat the odds and restore peace to Alametria…or will Vycor’s evil destroy them all?


Turning so he faced Kyr, he lifted a gloved hand to her shoulder. Are you sure you want to do this?
She nodded, but he saw the rapid pulse in her neck belying her fear. They were both struggling to ignore the flight reflex pounding in their minds.
He considered walking to the storage bay and pulling out the sleeping pallets Gren had packed for their use, but he worried that taking even that much time would have them both abandoning this plan and giving in to the protections. Instead, he bent down and kissed her.
The feel and taste of Kyr shoved every other thought to the far corners of his mind. Although it had only been a few days since he last touched her like this, he felt like a starving man being offered a sumptuous buffet. Her soft lips eased open beneath his, begging him to deepen the kiss. He obliged, rubbing his tongue against hers as she tasted him just as thoroughly.
He ached to touch her. He broke away from her long enough to yank off his goggles and gloves. She hastily did the same. As if of one mind, they didn’t stop there, stripping out of their flight gear with quick, purposeful movements. When Ty was done, he helped Kyr remove the rest of her clothing. Then they came together in a mad rush, their mouths once again finding each other in a searing kiss.
Open your mind to me, Kyr thought. Only to me.
Yes. Only you.
He barely processed her demand over the raging need coursing through his body, but understood what she wanted. Since their first time joining here in the Dark Lands, he had learned that he had to keep a barrier between them when they made love. If he didn’t, they ran the risk of their joined power spiraling out of control like it had that time. On the more practical side, there was also the fact that if he allowed himself to feel everything she felt, their lovemaking would be over practically before it started.
Trust in us, she encouraged him as her hands ran along the muscles of his arms and chest.
Heedless of the consequences, he did as she asked, fully opening his mind to hers.

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Haven't read the first two books in the series? Start with Return of the Ascendant today!

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About the Author:

Raine Thomas is the award-winning author of bestselling Young Adult and New Adult fiction. Known for character-driven stories that inspire the imagination, Raine recently signed with multiple award-winning producer Chase Chenowith of Back Fence Productions to bring her popular Daughters of Saraqael trilogy to the big screen. She's a proud indie author who is living the dream. When she isn't writing or glued to e-mail or social networking sites, Raine can usually be found vacationing with her husband and daughter on one of Florida's beautiful beaches or crossing the border to visit with her Canadian friends and relatives.

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To celebrate the launch of Rise of the Faire-Amanti, Raine is offering a Kindle Paperwhite to one lucky winner! This giveaway will only run for TWO DAYS (12/14 & 12/15).

To enter, please visit Raine's author page on Facebook and Like, Comment (on the giveaway post), and Share. You could win a Kindle just in time for the holidays!