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Dear Christine, What a year!

Dear Christine of 2010 - 

2011 is going to be harder than you think. You will be faced with darker feelings, harder times, bigger obstacles. But, don't be afraid. Don't hide in your room, under the covers and wait for it to be over. You'll want to - oh man, will you want to.

But now is not the time for that. 

Now is the time to square your shoulders and face each blow. Now is the time to stand up, no matter how often you are knocked down. There are great things on the horizon for you, but only if you are willing to stand up once again.

You will want to cry, scream, wail. And you will do all of those things. It will be harder than you know, harder than you think possible.

You will also want to laugh, cheer, jump for joy. And you will. Often.

You will meet friends and build connections. You will change and grow.

And you'll miss your mom even more.

But you will also speak with her in your heart. Every day. She will be closer than you can imagine. And she will help you in ways you…

A Special Thank You!

"Being a writer is a whole way of life, a way of seeing, thinking, being..." ~Natalie Goldberg, Wild Mind: Living the Writer's Life The above quote sums up everything being a writer means to me - it is a way of interacting with the world. And once you travel along this path, once you begin to see the world in a new way, there is no going back. Even if you cease to write.

I believe writing is a team sport. Yes, we writers tend to be solitary, secluding ourselves in some cave, writing for hours on end and ignoring our friends and family while the muse has her way with us. But, we do emerge from the cave at times, ready to catch our breath and reconnect. We reach out to our writerly friends - other writers addicted to the same muse. People who understand the world we belong to. Friends who motivate, support, critique, and push us to become better than we ever thought possible. We rely on these connections. And so many more -

Which leads me to a special thank you for the wr…

Why I Write...

I once read a great book about writing in which the author challenged all writers to examine why they write. And not the superficial "I write because I like it" self-examination, but a deep soul-searching that requires writers to examine all of the reasons we choose to remain in an industry that is so difficult - why we hear and respond to our "calling" to write.

You know how I love an excuse for more soul searching. So, of course I have gone through this exercise - often actually.

Most recently, before my book deal and such, I had a major crisis of faith - a moment when I was certain that quitting was the best thing for me to do. I soul searched, prayed, contemplated -
and ultimately, reaffirmed all of the reasons I continue to write -

Writing to me is so much more than stringing the words of a particular story together. It is my chance to explore what it means to be completely human. All aspects of this shared experience called humanity is worthy of exploration -…

Favorite Writerly Advice

Time to bring another list of favorites. This one focuses on advice. I've been really lucky over the last three years, making friends with an amazing group of writers and learning from some of the best. So, I've collected some of my favorite tips I've gotten over the past few years and put them into a list just for all of you -

10. Read, read, read. And not just in your genre, but in many genres. The more good books you read, the better writer you become.
{I actually first heard this at a book signing with Cassandra Clare. I've never forgotten it!}

9. Remember that this is a business first and foremost. Treat it as such and remain professional - always.
{This came from my dad originally, and changed by me to fit writing}

8. When editing, remember that they are all just words. They can be moved, deleted, changed. Never get so attached to them that you are unwilling to change them.
{My CPs and I remind each other of this on a sometimes daily basis!}

7. At the same time, rememb…

Favorite Reasons NOT to write

Happy last week of 2011. Can you believe it? I'm not certain I can!

Today I'm talking about excuses. That's right, all of the excuses we give ourselves for why we can't do what it is we want/need to do. In particular, I'm talking about excuses for not writing. You know, all those reasons you give yourself for not getting you butt in the chair and writing.

Oh come on, you know you do it - we ALL do it!

And I'm about to share my excuses with all of you (why, I don't know.....)

Okay, my top ten reasons excuses I don't write as often as maybe I "should"

10.The house/office/cave/whatever is just too noisy
{ The truth is, a headset and some blaring tunes and I can work through Armaggedon!}

9. I'm just too busy with work/life/kids/whatever
{The truth, now that I have write or die on my iPad, I can literally draft in 10 minute increments ANYWHERE - so much for that excuse}

8. I am about to launch/promote/whatever my new book - I have to focus on that

Winners, Wishes, and Christmas

Happy Christmas Eve!

I wanted to sneak in and share the winners of the angel book giveaway celebrating the sale of my YA Gothic Romance series. I just finished a round of revisions on the novella DIES IRAE today, and I am so very excited. The story is some much more complex and rich that I expected from a novella. I really hope all of you enjoy it as well. I am hoping to share a tiny snippet in the upcoming weeks - just a little amuse bouche to wet the appetite!

But now, the winners -

BECOME by Ali Cross - JEN @ Midnight Book ThiefHUSH HUSH by Becca Fitzpatrick - Danyelle FergusonCRESCENDO by Becca Fitzpatrick - Kathy Fenton WhiteCITY OF FALLEN ANGELS by Cassandra Clare - LT ElliotCLOCKWORK PRINCE by Cassandra Claire - Kayla Beck Congrats to all the winners.
I wish for all of you a wonderful end to 2011. May the wishes of the year by magnified in your heart, filling you with peace and joy.

Merry Christmas Google!!!

Hello everyone!
I am happy to report that I AM BACK!!!!!!!!!! Google very quickly took care of whatever the problem was and I can now access ALL of my accounts once again.

Thank you Google, for fixing whatever the problem was.

Merry Christmas!

Learning from Evan Almighty...

The other night my family and I were watching the movie Evan Almighty. It's one of my favorite, feel good movies. And it has one of my all time favorite scenes.

Joan (the wife) has just watched her husband go a little nuts and claim that God told him to build an arc. She leaves him to figure things out. This scenes takes place right afterwards, when she is with the kids at a restaurant. The kids go to the restroom, leaving her all forlorn. God (played by Morgan Freeman), posing as a wait names Al Mighty (gotta love that) talks with her, and in the conversation this is what he says -

Let me ask you something. If one prays for patience, do you think God gives them patience? Or does he give them the opportunity to be patient? If they pray for courage, does God give them courage, or does he give them opportunities to be courageous? If one prayed for their family to be closer, you think God zaps them with warm, fuzzy feelings? Or does he give them opportunities to love each other? Well,…

A Visit From An Angel

Wow! I can't believe Christmas is so close. And the end of 2011. Where did the year go? 

I promised that I'd share one of my favorite Christmas memories... 

When I was very young - maybe 4 or 5 - my mother (then a single parent) made these amazing shadow boxes to sell at a local craft festival during the holidays. The festival was very well-known, themed around the Renaissance period during Christmas.

On December 23 of that year, my mom let me come with her to the festival. Actually, I think I came by default - no babysitter is my guess. Regardless, I distinctly remember the different craft booths, the smells of hot chocolate and roasting chestnuts, and the beautiful costumes everyone seemed to wear. My mom and I walked around for a bit before she left me at a child-care center located within the faire. Later that night, a quartet from the Robert Shaw Chorale was singing at the festival. They walked throughout the faire, dressed in historical garb - minstrels singing the mos…

Yes, Virginia...

Today I thought I'd share one of my favorite stories of the season - the letter to the editor of the New York Sun, 1897.

I first read this to my children when they were young - really young. And I am convinced that I've never had to field the "is there really really a Santa Claus?" question BECAUSE of this editorial. My children, 11 and 15, still hold belief in their hearts.

And what more could I possibly wish for them then faith?

And now - the letter:

Dear Editor--

I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus. Papa says, "If you see it in The Sun, it's so." Please tell me the truth; is there a Santa Claus?

- Virginia O'Hanlon

Virginia, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except what they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be men's or children's, are little.…

Happy Holidays!

First, let me start with a humble thank you for all of your support and kindness with my announcement last week. You're kind words filled me with a joy and excitement I can't really express. I am excited for the series release in 2012, and excited to keep all of you in the loop through this adventure.

But all of that is for a different post.

Today, I wanted to take a moment and share on of my favorite Christmas poems of all time.

I first found this when I was researching various poems for use on my Christmas card several years ago. I shared with my mom, who also used it for her holiday newsletter. Since that time, this poem has been reprinted in books, cards, stationary and countless other ways.

And now I am sharing it with you:

AMAZING PEACE by Maya Angelou

Thunder rumbles in the mountain passes And lightning rattles the eaves of our houses. Flood waters await us in our avenues.
Snow falls upon snow, falls upon snow to avalanche Over unprotected villages. The sky slips low and grey…

My Big News - ((aka Move Over Sparkly Vampires...

...I've got Kick A** Angels!))

Ha! It's finally time to share new news - news I have wanted to scream for a few weeks! But first, a teaser -

Did that get you going?

Here's the full story - My YA Gothic romance series, THE REQUIEM SERIES, is being published by Compass Press for release in 2012 and 2013.

Yep, that's right - 2012 and 2013.

The series starts with a special digital novella, DIES IRAE, which will release on or around February 22, 2012.

Don't you love the cover?

And the blurb:

Some sacrifices should never be made – even for love.
Mikayel lives by one rule – obey the orders of the angelic Council at all costs. That is, until he and his friends, Azza and Demi, are sent to Earth.  Assigned as Watchers while they await their decision of which angelic order to serve, the three assume the bodies of teenagers and experience life as human.
The sensations are overwhelming, especially for Azza. Determined to experience everything humans do – rage, terror, love - he te…

Winner of Day #4 giveaway

Hey guys - just a quick announcement for Thursday's winner of SHIVER....


Woo hoo!!! Congrats to everyone. And come back in a couple of hours when I reveal my big news and a MASSIVE giveaway!!!


A Giveaway And Some Opening Lines...

Here we are at Day 4 of my Random Giveaway Week. Yesterday, I gave away BEFORE I FALL. And the winner is:



For today, I am giving away something by another amazing author - Maggie Stiefvater -

SHIVER - (blurb from Amazon) -From School Library Journal

Starred Review. Grade 9 Up—Grace, 17, loves the peace and tranquility of the woods behind her home. It is here during the cold winter months that she gets to see her wolf—the one with the yellow eyes. Grace is sure that he saved her from an attack by other wolves when she was nine. Over the ensuing years he has returned each season, watching her with those haunting eyes as if longing for something to happen. When a teen is killed by wolves, a hunting party decides to retaliate. Grace races through the woods and discovers a wounded boy shivering on her back porch. One look at his yellow eyes and she knows that this is her wolf in human form. Fate has finally brought Sam and Grace together, and as their love grows an…

Day #3 of the Epic Random Giveaway Week

Here we are at Day 3 of my Random Giveaway Week. Yesterday, I gave away THE BODY FINDER.
And the winner is:



For today, I am giving away something by Lauren Oliver -

BEFORE I FALL ( in hardback) - (blurb from Amazon) - ReviewIn this Groundhog Day meets Mean Girls teen hybrid, Sam Kingston is pretty, popular, and has a seemingly perfect boyfriend. But after a late-night party everything goes terribly wrong, and the life that she lived is gone forever. Or is it? At the start of Before I Fall, Sam is self-consumed and oblivious about the impact of her actions on others. But as she repeatedly experiences slightly altered versions of the hours leading up to her death—and her relationships with friends, family, and formerly overlooked classmates bloom, end, or shift—it’s impossible not to feel for the girl whose life ends too soon. Oliver’s adept teen dialogue and lively prose make for a fast, page-turning story in which the reader is every…

Day #2 of Random Giveaway Week

Here we are at Day 2 of my Random Giveaway Week. Yesterday, I gave away INK EXCHANGE. And the winner is:



For today, I am giving away something by Kimberly Derting -

THE BODY FINDER ( in hardback) - (blurb from Amazon) -

A gripping tale of a girl with a morbid ability that could lead her to a killer . . . and the boy who would never let anything happen to her.Sixteen-year-old Violet Ambrose is grappling with two major issues: Jay Heaton and her unusual so-called gift. While her confusing feelings for her best friend are new, she has been able to sense dead bodies—or at least those that have been murdered—and the imprints that attach to their killers since she was a little girl. Violet has never considered her ability useful, but now that a serial killer has begun terrorizing her small town she realizes she might be the only person who can stop him. Fiercely protective of her, Jay agrees to help Violet search for the murderer. But even as she's falling in love…

Random Giveaway Week!

So, I love giving things away - I really do. And in honor of it being the LAST week of school for a few weeks, AND nearly Christmas, I thought I would give away some random books all week.
Cool? Cool!
And every giveaway will just be a plain ole' comment contest. But first, I want to announce the winner of Danyelle's ebooks -

Kayeleen Hamblin. 


For today, I am giving away one of Melissa Marr's books -

INK EXCHANGE (in hardback) - (blurb from Amazon) -

Unbeknownst to mortals, a power struggle is unfolding in a world of shadows and danger. After centuries of stability, the balance among the Faery Courts has altered, and Irial, ruler of the Dark Court, is battling to hold his rebellious and newly vulnerable fey together. If he fails, bloodshed and brutality will follow.Seventeen-year-old Leslie knows nothing of faeries or their intrigues. When she is attracted to an eerily beautiful tattoo of eyes and wings, all she knows is that she has to have it, convinced it is a tan…

The Spruce Knoll Endangered Species Blog Tour

I'm so excited today! A special edition of Heather McCorkle’s The Secret Of Spruce Knoll is releasing from Compass Press this month and she’s doing a special tour to go along with it. The special part, a percentage of the proceeds from every special edition sold (in every format) between its release date and 12-12-2012, will go toward Heather’s favorite charity that protects endangered species. Her goal is to make at least $10,000 for the charity.
WOO HOO!!!!! Books and charity - what a fabulous combination!
Of course there are prizes during the tour which goes from December 1st through the 17th. Prizes include a symbolic endangered species adoption of the winner’s choice (a $50 donation by Heather to the charity for the endangered species of the winner’s choice, and cute stuffed animal for the winner!), signed copies of her novels and great swag. For full details, and to enter, go here.
For the tour Heather has asked each blog host to pick their f…


Hi everyone! I am taking a few weeks off of book reviewing to finish some projects (more on this later - next week, in fact). 
But, I wanted to give a quick shout out to Danyelle Leafty's Fairy Godmother Series (which I am giving away - check out this post) and post the links to the other fabulous reviewers this week:
Elana Johnson roars for FURYShannon Messenger marvels at A MILLION SUNS plus a preorder giveawayCarolina Valdez Miller is all about HERE with a giveawayGretchen McNeil twirls for AUDITIONCorrine Jackson hails THE CATASTROPHIC HISTORY OF ME AND YOUStasia Ward Kehoe is wild for DON'T BREATHE A WORDKaty Upperman gets in the spirit with ELF ON A SHELFNikki Katz dishes on WHY WE BROKE UP Be sure to stop by tomorrow for a special blog tour stop, and next week for the much awaited reveal of my sekrit projects. (yes, projectS - plural)

Until then, what are YOU reading?

Unofficial Danyelle Leafty Day - plus a giveaway

Hey everyone!
I bet you didn't know today was the unofficial Danyelle Leafty day. It is! Several of us have gotten together to throw out a little love for Danyelle and her books.

I first met Danyelle online and over the past few years we've gotten to know each other well. In fact, last summer we actually had a chance to meet in person - and she is every bit as amazing in person as she is online.

Danyelle reads most of my works, supports me and so many other writers, and is this wonderful voice of diversity in publishing. She is supportive of writers and seriously one of the most hard worker people I know.
And...she is an amazing writer in her own right!

Just check out the blurb for her book, CATSPELL - part of the Fairy Godmother Dilemma:

Catspell (from Goodreads):
Sixteen-year-old Breena never thought anything could be worse than being forced to leave the faerie realm. Then she got stuck with a fairy godmother. But if she has to choose between the two, she’d leave the Faerie R…

And Epic Day With The TATTERED Tour, Including a Giveaway

I am thrilled to be part of LK Gardner-Griffie's blog tour for TATTERED - the latest in the Misfit McCabe series. For today, I have the author and some of the characters stopping by -

Take it away LK:

LK: First of all, I'd like to thank Christine Fonseca for hosting the Tattered tour. For today's prize of a paperback copy of Misfit McCabe along with A Darkness Forged in Fire by Chris Evans, simply comment on this post.To get a free ebook copy of Misfit McCabe:Put together the puzzle and write down the code. Each day will give another part of the coupon code. Please note at the top whether it is for eBook or Print.Once you have collected the entire code, go to Smashwords and purchase Misfit McCabe input the code and download whichever ebook version you need for free.To get 50% off the print version of Misfit McCabe:Put together the puzzle and write down the code. Each day will give another part of the coupon code. Please note at the top whether it is for eBook or Print.Once …

Shelli Johannes-Wells Talks About Redefining Her Dreams

I am so excited to be hosting a leg of Shelli Johannes-Wells' Blog Tour for Untraceable. I know you guys have already heard about the book, and where to get it, and even a little bit about we aren't doing all of that here today.

For this stop, I really wanted to get into Shelli's head a bit and see what led her to indie publish. And let me tell you, her post is heartfelt and inspirational. I have absolutely no doubt that many, if not all, of us have experienced some of these feelings - maybe even right now!

So, without further adieu - take it away Shelli:

Redefining your Dream - Christina
For the last several years – more like 8 years – I’ve been riding the publishing roller coaster ride.
Since I really got serious about writing in 2004. I’ve had 4 books go to acquisitions.  Two of those - a MG and Nonfiction book – went before I got an agent. After I signed with a top agent and a top NY agency, I had 2 more books go to acquisitions – a tween paranormal and this …