Sunday, December 30, 2012

Please Read This if You Own DEFY THE STARS!

Hi Everyone...

I'm so grateful that a reader just alerted me to an error in DEFY THE STARS that could affect your reading experience.  It's the wrong character's name in a certain place...I can't say more without spoiling it, but it's a highly emotional spot in the book, and I'm going to use that as my very poor excuse for why I didn't catch it.  And this just goes to show that no matter how many times you read through something and however many other readers you enlist to help you, you'll always miss something!  I am a perfectionist and it pains me to realize this error was there (and hey, there are probably still others no one's caught...), but I also know that no one's perfect and while I always want to read an author's best work, I'd rather read a good book with a few flaws than never read it at all.

The good news is, thanks to the miracle of modern technology, I'm uploading a corrected version to amazon right now, so starting tomorrow (maybe even late tonight) you can go to your amazon kindle account and upload a corrected version.  If anyone needs help with this, let me know!  And if you have a mobi or epub file from me, feel free to email me at thaliansmhc at yahoo dot com if you want a corrected one.  And again...

I hope everyone's having a wonderful last few days of the holiday!  I would say my New Year's Resolution is to make all my books perfect from now on, but as I need to continually tell myself...

Thanks everyone!

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Top Cuddles of 2012 Giveaway Hop

Cuddlebuggery is one of my absolute favorite book blogs, and I love chatting with Kat and Steph online, so I'm very excited to be taking part in my first giveaway hop hosted by Cuddlebuggery!  Now, since everyone knows I'm not the most technology-minded person, we'll have to see if I can use both Rafflecopter AND the linky code correctly...

But I'm sure you're more concerned with what I'm giving away...a copy of my favorite novel of 2012 and one of my favorite books of all time, THE SNOW CHILD by Eowyn Ivey.  This is not a young adult novel, but it's really a magical combination of a number of genres--historical fiction, fairytale retelling, magical realism--and I think it will appeal to a lot of readers.  It's also a perfect wintertime read! I'll be shipping a copy of THE SNOW CHILD through the Book Depository, so the giveaway is international wherever the Book Depository ships.  Just enter through the Rafflecopter below!


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Friday, December 28, 2012

New Book!

So I've been talking and talking about writing this New Adult book, and with another New Adult synopsis appearing on Goodreads every day hour, I figured I'd better get mine up there!  That's right, you can now read all about my new book PRECIOUS THINGS and add it to your to-read list here.

I'm really excited about this project, especially since I already have an amazing cover artist lined up.  Allie Brennan is also an author (she makes her own covers!) and you should definitely add her books on Goodreads, right here.

While I'm excited, I'm also nervous, because PRECIOUS THINGS is going to be VERY different from DEFY THE STARS.  PT is not written in verse, and in the opening sections I've written so far, my MC Isabelle has a more sarcastic, chatty, and...well...less poetic voice.  Unlike Julia in DtS, Isabelle doesn't see life through a musical lens.  In fact, at the beginning of the book, Isabelle is downright miserable...although I hope she expresses her misery in a somewhat entertaining way!  However, there will be some more poetic writing and *FEEELINGS* as the story continues.  My hope is that PRECIOUS THINGS will satisfy fans of DEFY THE STARS while also potentially appealing to a broader audience.  So with that said...I guess I'd better get writing!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Happy Holidays!

I just wanted to wish everyone a happy holiday, whichever one(s) you celebrate!  There will be a giveaway up on December 26th, so be sure to check back then.  For now, here is one of my favorite Christmas movie moments of all time...

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Cover Reveal: Dangerous by Suzannah Daniels

The title of DANGEROUS immediately intrigued me, and the blurb sucked me sounds angsty, dark, but also like a lot of fun.  So I knew I wanted to be a part of this cover reveal, especially since the cover was created by one of my favorite designers, Okay Creations.  I know you're all dying to see that hot, angsty, DANGEROUS cover, and here it is...

Here is the book description for DANGEROUS, coming FEB. 10th, 2013:

Stone Hamilton had never known fear…until the accident.  Since then, his life has spiraled out of control.  He’s been kicked out of private school, deemed a disappointment by his father, and forced to endure his own guilt, anger, and grief.  The last thing he wants is a relationship with someone who will have expectations of him.  But once he’s enticed by the shimmering pink lips of the oh-so-popular, academically-excelling, straitlaced hottie from his new school, he knows he’s in trouble.  

Seventeen-year-old Dara Golding has one goal for the summer.  Make enough money to buy a car, so that she can drive to school her senior year.  After starting a new job, she realizes that she’ll be working with the brooding, motorcycle-riding, bad boy who started attending Quail Mountain High last year.  With his less than stellar reputation, he’s everything she’s afraid of…and that makes him dangerous.

Their undeniable attraction has Stone struggling with his inner demons.  As Dara slowly allows Stone to claim her heart, a little white lie to cover an ugly truth could determine whether she’s his savior or the final straw that will break his sanity.

Add Dangerous on Goodreads here.


Suzannah Daniels has had an affinity for words for as long as she can remember. She grew up in North Georgia with four brothers, so she learned at an early age to admire snakes and motorcycles.  When she wasn't pestering her brothers, she could usually be found reading or writing.

She is the author of Viking's Embrace, a historical romance, and Ghostly Encounter, Book One of her Ghostly series (young adult paranormal romance).

Currently, she lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee with her husband and her teenage daughter. Her son lives nearby. The family pets include a Lab mix, a Basset Hound, a Shih Tzu, and a sweet, little kitty.

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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Book Birthday: The Witch's Curse

After a very long day at work, I am once again incredibly late, but it's still Tuesday on the West Coast, so...

...I'm excited to wish a happy Book Birthday to The Witch's Curse, a Light of the Moon novella by David James.  So be sure to pick it up at Barnes & Noble here or Amazon here.  Happy Reading!

Saturday, December 15, 2012

New Adult...Not So New?

After the phenomenal success of indie books marketed as “New Adult,” Random House recently launched a New Adult line as part of their ebook-only program…so apparently that means New Adult is now a “real thing.”  Some people hate this new category and consider it unnecessary, some people love it…personally, I’m less concerned about what categories books fit into and more concerned with whether they’re good books!  That said, I AM hoping to write a New Adult myself, and I’m reading and looking into a bunch of them as research…and I’ve started thinking about how many older books, marketed as YA or adult literature, would fit into this category.  So I decided to start this little blog feature…

'And for my first “old” new adult book, I’m featuring a classic that might make you scratch your head at first, but when you think about it, this book is a nearly perfect fit in NA!  And that book is…

Yup, Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar, first published in 1963--and I intentionally chose an older-looking cover.  In this book, Esther Greenwood (a stand-in for Plath herself) struggles with the feeling she just doesn’t fit in at college or at her prestigious NYC internship.  Some of the gender issues Esther deals with are outdated (not all of them, though!), but Esther’s struggle to find her place on the threshold of adulthood is very relevant to today.  And like most of today’s popular NA books, The Bell Jar is stuffed full of angst.  Esther has tragedy in her childhood, with a dead father and emotionally withdrawn mother; her ex-boyfriend cheated on her and is generally an insufferable jerk; during the course of the novel, she becomes clinically depressed, attempts suicide, and ends up in a mental hospital.  As in most modern NA models, The Bell Jar has SEX! and ALCOHOL! to a greater extent than your average YA.

And if you’re still not convinced The Bell Jar is NA, look at what Harper & Row had to say about the manuscript when they rejected it: “disappointing, juvenile, and overwrought.”  Sounds like exactly the kind of criticism a more “literary” finger might point at today’s NA best-sellers.  And Plath’s alternate titles for the novel?  Diary of a Suicide and The Girl in the Mirror.  Now I might just have to steal one of those for my own NA novel…

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Cover Reveal: TIMESPELL by Diana Paz

I'm very excited to help reveal the cover for TIMESPELL by Diana Paz, coming April 1, 2013 from Rhemelda Publishing.  Yes, this cover has a girl in a dress...but I think the pose, the dress, and the overall cover design are very DIFFERENT, refreshing and beautiful.  I LOVE the dress itself and the purple used throughout the cover.  So here we go...

In TIMESPELL, the brash and impulsive Julia must team up with her sweet and straight-laced best friend, Angie, and the malicious and power-hungry Kaitlyn in order to keep the witch-like powers of her inheritance. But these powers come at a cost. The girls are bound to serve the Fates, and their first mission sends them back in time to Marie Antoinette’s Paris and eventually, into the chaos and war of the French Revolution.

It sounds so good!  You all know I love anything to do with witches, so "witch-like powers" definitely intrigues me, as do the mentions of the Greek Fates and the French Revolution.  Be sure to add TIMESPELL on goodreads here.


Diana Paz writes books about magic, adventure, and romance. She was born in Costa Rica, grew up on Miami Beach, moved to Los Angeles in high school, and went to college in San Diego. Basically, she’s a beach bum. Diana graduated from California State University, San Marcos with a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts. She loves old movies, epic fantasy, all kinds of music, and heading to the beach with a good book. Preferably sipping a highly sweetened iced coffee.


And that's not all...there's also a book trailer for TIMESPELL, which you can watch below! 

Wednesday, December 12, 2012!

For those of you who don't know, YA author and blogger Gabrielle Prendergast runs a really cool website called, devoted entirely to verse novels!  I was super excited when Gabrielle asked to interview me for her site, and if you haven't seen it yet, you can check out the entire interview here.  Gabrielle asked me a question I haven't been asked before and have wanted to discuss for a while--in fact, I was planning to write a blog post on the subject--so I thought I would just post the question here for anyone who wants to read it.  That's it for now...happy December, everyone!

 What are the special challenges of indie publishing a verse novel?
Oh, I’ve been dying to answer this question for a while! First, let me mention that my agent is still holding back print rights to DtS in case a publisher is interested, so DtS is an ebook exclusive for now.  Knowing that ebooks aren’t the ideal format for verse novels, you might wonder why I chose to self-publish…well, I’ve written three novels, and the early feedback I received on DtS was more encouraging than any of my previous work.  Despite that, having been on submission before, I wasn’t too surprised when the rejections started rolling in for DtS, and it became clear that most publishers didn’t want to risk taking on a verse novel from an unknown author right now.  Most of the rejections focused on the book’s (non-) commercialism rather than the quality, so, to put it bluntly, I didn’t want to wait any longer when so many writers are finding success with the indie route!
 That said, formatting DtS for kindle was very, very difficult!  It took about twenty formatting drafts, a lot of trial and error, and a lot of compromise on my part.  Being the control freak I am, it was hard for me to give up my longer lines and change the line breaks I’d spent so much time agonizing over, but I needed to in order to make the book aesthetically pleasing on the small kindle screen.  While I may not have been able to keep everything exactly the way I wanted, I was able to replicate many of the shapes and patterns I’d created, and I think on the whole the book translates well.  At least this way I was able to retain total control over the formatting process, and while there’s no print version yet, I’m happy with the compromises I’ve made.
 After releasing the book, the challenge has been the same one I imagine most traditionally published verse authors face—a lot of readers are afraid to try verse novels.  There’s this misconception that verse novels are as complex and confusing as T.S. Eliot or, well, Shakespeare…but the truth is that while you can spend a lot of time examining the nuances of verse novels, you can also read them quickly and still follow the plot and characters.  Verse novels are stories, just like any novel, but the format can be one more barrier to getting readers to pick your novel from among the many, many great books out there.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

The Witch's Curse by David James: Tragically Belated Cover Reveal!

You may remember I posted the cover reveal for David James's Light of the Moon, and  I was eager to participate in the reveal for his new prequel novella, The Witch's Curse, as well.  David asked us to post the cover anytime between December 3 and 7th, and unfortunately, this just turned into a hell week with new work piling up every day, and as you can see, I wasn't able to post by the 7th.  I asked David if he still wanted me to post, and he said YES, so I apologize for this Tragically Belated cover reveal...

I LOVE this cover, and I will read anything with the word "witch" in the title, so...sign me up!  Here's the synopsis:

Before Kate met Calum in Light of the Moon, Magda met Samuel. Magda cannot stop her heart from running rampant with the beating drum of love. Whenever her eyes find Samuel, she can feel the pull of strings so vividly alive against her heart. But for Magda, love goes against fate; her destiny as a witch forbids her to need anything but the dark binds of magic. Soon, the witch's curse begins to call to Magda. To deny her love for Samuel would be unthinkable, but to defy her destiny would be impossible. Before the curse can consume her, Magda must decide between Samuel and destiny, and her heart may beat too savagely for anyone to stop.

The Witch's Curse will be available on December 18, would make the perfect virtual stocking stuffer!


David James writes books about stars and kisses and curses. He is the author of the YA novel, LIGHT OF THE MOON, the first book in the Legend of the Dreamer series. A novella for the series, THE WARRIOR’S CODE, as well as the sequel, SHADOW OF THE SUN, will be released in 2013. Living in Michigan, he is addicted to coffee, gummy things, and sarcastic comments. He enjoys bad movies and shivery nights, but doesn’t really like writing bios about himself in the third person. Be sure to visit David’s facebookand twitter to learn more about his various addictions and novels. 

Monday, December 3, 2012

Cover Reveal: Deeper We Fall by Chelsea M. Cameron

I am very excited to reveal the GORGEOUS cover for Chelsea M. Cameron's upcoming contemporary release, Deeper We Fall, coming January 12th, 2013.  Chelsea's My Favorite Mistake is on my kindle right now, and I can't wait to read both it and Deeper We Fall!  Here is the striking cover designed by Okay Creations:

Two years after her best friend was involved in a car accident that caused a traumatic brain injury, Lottie Anders is ready to start her freshman year of college. Ready to move on. Ready to try and forget the night that ripped her life apart.

Her plans come to a screeching halt when not one, but both brothers responsible for the accident end up back in her life again.

Zack is cruel, selfish and constantly rubbing what happened to her friend in Lottie's face.

Zan is different. He listens to her awkward ramblings. His words are few and far between, but when he does speak, she can't help but listen. He loves "To Kill a Mockingbird" as much as she does, and his dark eyes are irresistible.

The trouble is, Zan was the driver in the accident, and now Lottie's discovered he lied to her about what happened that night. She must decide if trusting him again will lead to real forgiveness, or deeper heartache.

I have to say this sounds amazing!  It actually sounds like a more mature version of one of my favorite YA novels, Leaving Paradise by Simone Elkeles, and I can't wait to see how Chelsea handles the subject!

Be sure to add Deeper We Fall on Goodreads here.


Chelsea M. Cameron is a YA/NA New York Times and USA Today Best-Selling author from Maine. Lover of things random and ridiculous, Jane Austen/Charlotte and Emily Bronte Fangirl, red velvet cake enthusiast, obsessive tea drinker, vegetarian, former cheerleader and world's worst video gamer. When not writing, she enjoys watching infomercials, singing in the car and tweeting. She has a degree in journalism from the University of Maine, Orono that she promptly abandoned to write about the people in her own head. More often than not, these people turn out to be just as weird as she is. 

Follow Chelsea on her
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Cover reveal organized by Giselle at Xpresso Book Tours.

Saturday, December 1, 2012


Defy the Stars got two new reviews today that, considering it's the first day of December, make me feel less like my usual

and more like

The first is from Karen on goodreads--she's the top-rated reviewer on GR, and if you've browsed the site, you've definitely seen one or two of her reviews!  I commented that Karen writes really great self-pubbed book reviews and jokingly added how happy I'd be if she reviewed mine, and...drumroll...she did!  Her review is intelligent AND hilarious, and you can read it here.

The second is from Pooja, who runs the awesome book blog On Books!, which you should definitely go follow right now!  You can read her review (and enter a giveaway) here, and I'm just blown away by her beautiful words about my book!

Thanks, everyone, and happy December!