Sing-Along Sunday

Good morning guys! I feel like it’s been forever since I posted, even though it’s only been 2 weeks. This week brings you a little Fall Out Boy. They’re a group I listen to whenever I write/edit Bennett’s scenes because I like to imagine he has their music on repeat all day.

Yes, my villain has awesome taste in music. He has to have something going for him, right?

Have a great week!

 

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Sing-Along Sunday

We’re back with another song that inspired a few special moments between Kerrigan and Ethan. A few special tear-jerking moments, to be more specific. But I’ll let you guys see what I mean because NINE WEEKS.

*ahem*

Sorry. Tad excited.

 

Sing-Along Sunday

Ten weeks until KINGDOM COME, y’all. TEN WEEKS. Just sayin’.

Up next on the countdown is a song that shatters my heart into a million pieces. I played it on repeat during a certain scene about midway through the book, which I won’t spoil. I will say that I now cry like a baby every time I hear this song.

 

It’s Cover Time!

There should probably be a paragraph or so of lead-up to this moment. I mean, it’s the COVER. This is huge stuff! Alas, I’m just ready to share this gorgeousness with you guys. So…

Ready …

Set …

BAM!

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Are you screaming? BECAUSE I AM. My dearest Lea designed this for me, and if she didn’t live across the Atlantic I’d squeeeeeeeeeze her over and over until she pushed me away.

KINGDOM COME is also now available on Goodreads , so give it a look!

 

Sing-Along Sunday

Y’all. We’re 12 weeks away from the release of KINGDOM COME.


12.


Weeks.


As a countdown of sorts, each Sunday until that fabulous day arrives, I’ll be sharing a song from the book’s playlist. This week belongs to Imagine Dragons (surprise, surprise). Their song “Demons” was often on repeat during both drafting and revisions. It’s just … perfect.

Also, don’t forget: COVER REVEAL IS TOMORROW! Don’t miss it!

So. About That Book I Wrote.

In May of last year, I was hit by a plot that refused to leave me alone. The main character latched on to me for dear life, begging me to write her story. I loved the premise of her story. I loved her. But I almost didn’t even write the idea down. Why?

I was terrified.

Up until that point, all I’d ever written were contemporary YA and NA stories. Never did I imagine I could write an apocalyptic book, much less one I’d truly be proud of. The world-building! The supernatural! The plot twists! Oh my! But I did write it. And here I sit with a book that I’m ready to share with the world.

When I started writing a few years ago, I was positive I would only settle for the traditional route. I mean, that’s how books worked, right? You write, revise, get an agent, land a book deal, and you’re golden!

No (2)

Yeah, not so much. At least, not in this case. And I’m okay with that.

While I queried my tush off for a few months, I think a part of me has known from the beginning that KINGDOM COME would be a self-published endeavor. That’s why I’m THRILLED to announce it has a tentative release date of May 22, 2013 – exactly one year after I started plotting this crazy thing. I’ll be sure to keep you guys posted as things progress. For now, I’m just excited to finally let the cat out of the bag.

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Without further ado, here’s the official blurb for KINGDOM COME:

Centuries ago, scrolls calling forth the four horsemen of the apocalypse were discovered, sealed until their rightful heirs were born. Now, those scrolls are being opened.

When her small town crumbles during her stay in an institution for troubled teens, eighteen-year-old Kerrigan Monroe is one of the few survivors. She, along with a handful of other patients and their therapist, take cover as everything they’ve ever known is reduced to rubble. When the smooth voice behind a cryptic radio broadcast beckons her to a safe house, she and the others abandon their temporary haven and embark on a cross-country journey toward refuge.

Upon discovering the identity of the man behind the voice, Kerrigan’s smacked with the revelation that he’s not the only heir to these scrolls. Now, she must make a choice: join this dark stranger and lead the New World by his side, or fight for what’s left of humanity.

Either decision will bring power. Either decision will bring death.

The Next Big Thing

I’m doing it because Bella Leone told me to. But also because I love any opportunity to talk about my most recent MS, KINGDOM COME.

What is the working title of your next book?
Seeing as to how my next book is still in the plotting stages, I’ll be talking about KINGDOM COME, which is a YA Apocalyptic.

Where did the idea come from for the book?
A combination of things, really. I’d recently read a string of dystopian novels, and I adored them. However, I couldn’t help but wonder HOW these dystopian societies came to be in the first place. I mean, something had to have happened.

Then, one day, my son and I were playing outside. I looked to the sky and saw storm clouds rolling in, and said, “There’s a storm comin’. We need to go.” And that’s when it hit me. My brain went into overdrive, and that very night, my plot was born.

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I took this picture before we ran inside to keep around for inspiration. Just look at those clouds. *shudder*

What genre does your book fall under?

YA Apocalyptic with supernatural elements

What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?

Kerrigan was a tricky one, but I finally decided on a younger version of Olivia Wilde. Dark hair and gorgeous, piercing eyes were the main defining factors. Ethan was easy – Tyler Hoechlin, all the way. And my villain, Bennett, was easy, as well – Scott Disick. It’s exactly how I pictured him.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

The four horsemen of the apocalypse are being unleashed one-by-one by power-hungry Bennett, and as the world crumbles around her, Kerrigan is presented with the opportunity to bring it all to an end – sacrificing herself for the greater good.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
I’m currently querying agents and small publishers.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
The first draft took approximately 5ish months. Revisions went fairly quickly because I tend to edit as I go (I know, I know), and I have amazing CPs who gave me critique as I completed each chapter.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
There are some similarities to Shatter Me, but I’ve yet to find one truly comparable. If you know of one, let me know!

Who or what inspired you to write this book?
I answered that above. 🙂

What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?
KINGDOM COME is a story of, above all else, hope. It’s believing that despite evil present in the world, humanity is inherently good and worthy of saving.