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Showing posts from July, 2012

Why Do You Read Blogs?

I know, I are all thinking "Dude! It's the end of July. That's the MIDDLE of the year, not the start of a new year." And yes, that's true. Unless you work in education. See, if you work in schools, your year is inevitably marked by the school calendar. And in Temecula, CA, that means August always starts a new year.

Now, I've worked in education for more than 15 years, so I am completely entrenched in the "New Year" feeling that always comes as July ends and August begins - a feeling marked by excitement (new clothes, the routine of the year), sadness (does anyone ever really want to give up summer), and apprehension (what will the year bring).

This year is no different (even though my 'summer' was much much shorter with my new job).

The start of a new school year is also marked with the need to clean and reorganize, set new goals, and clarify my purpose (Wow, really does sound like New Year's Day, doesn&…

Fabulous Friday... and an Update

Happy Friday everyone. Thought I'd pop out the cave long enough to share some news.

On the Nonfiction Front, I have a NEW TITLE for my upcoming book on resiliency for girls:

A Girl's Guide to Redefining Normal: Finding Your Place in a Mixed-Up World

This book is near and dear to my heart, as my girls are the exact audience for the book. Here's a little more about it:
Finding your unique voice in a noisy world can be hard. Very hard. But not if you have a great guide. A Girl's Guide to Redefining Normal: Finding Your Place in a Mixed-Up World" is a must read for girls in grades 7–10 as they enter the tumultuous world of adolescence. Packed with fun worksheets and quizzes, as well as stories from older girls and women, A Girl's Guide to Redefining Normal covers everything a teenage girl needs to know on the journey toward her own identity. Proven strategies for dealing with stress management, relational aggression, being safe online, navigating the changing mother-…

What??? It's Weds???? YIKES!

Those of you that hang out with me on facebook know that I totally thought yesterday was Sunday! Yikes. I am not ready for the week to me half over. I still have SO MUCH to accomplish.

So, in an effort to finish two active projects before the end of the month, I am disappearing a tad. But not without this -

the NEW giveaway on goodreads for Lacrimosa. I guess there was a problem with the last code, etc. So, here is the correct one. And I opened it up to Canada and the US!

Goodreads Book Giveaway Lacrimosa by Christine Fonseca Giveaway ends September 17, 2012.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads. Enter to win Enjoy the rest of the week. See you soon!

Even More Summer GIVEAWAYS!!!

So, today is my daughter's 16th birthday celebration. She is having a two-part party: a pool party for a ton of friends, and a special murder-mystery party tonight (think Clue, only in a live version). Needless-to-say, I will be crazy busy all day long.
But, in honor of her celebration I thought I'd give more stuff away. (Who doesn't like that, right?)

First, a Goodreads giveaway celebrating the release of the paperback version of Lacrimosa is underway for the next month. This one is only available for residents of the US, but I am giving away 8 copies of the book--eight SIGNED copies! Check it out:

Goodreads Book Giveaway Lacrimosa by Christine Fonseca Giveaway ends August 20, 2012.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads. Enter to win And while you're there, check out the many new reviews of the series. I am just thrilled with the response. Thrilled and humbled.

Next, my publishing-mate, Heather McCorkle and I are coming …

Summer FB Giveaway

Hey everyone - So yesterday I shared a little tease from the opening to LIBERA ME with a couple of trusted readers. And you know what....their reactions made me jump for joy. BEYOND. So, in honor of that fabulous feeling and to say thank you to my readers, I think it is time for a little fun giveaway for my FB peeps. The prize? A digital copy of LACRIMOSA and a special peak into the sequel, LIBERA ME through some special swag, pages from Aydan's Journal. EEP! 

Now, how to enter:

Like my FB page - copies of my free books from amazon - DIES IRAE - and MEA CULPA - the word for people to download the bookLeave a comment ON THE FB PAGE and tell me what you did. - a separate comment for EVERY thing you do. i.e. if you download both and tell people in three locations that…

Manic Monday...Tuesday...Weds...

As most of you guys know, I am knee-deep in edits for THREE separate projects. Exciting - YES. Cray-cray - BEYOND!
The good news is, I have turned in one round of edits for one off the projects. One more round to go.
More good news, although project number two is sort of a hot is better than I had thought originally. And I am on track to finishing those edits this week. Or so.
So, all is good.
As most of you also know, I must edit to music. So, I thought I'd bring you a little of what I've been listening to during edits -

And a little more -

Love the masks and theme of this much.

And finally -

Yes, there has been a classical music theme of late.

See ya later in the week, when I come out from the cave. Enjoy!

Holy Cow...Where Did the Week Go???

Hey all! Happy Friday. So sorry I have been incognito all week. I have been buried ... I mean BURIED... at work, in edits, with life. I hadn't intended on a bloggy vacay. OOPS!

I should be back to normal posting next week.

In the meantime, I leave you with the newest released quote from Transcend:

“Ien stopped her voice with more kisses, more promises of a world filled with only them.” 
― Christine FonsecaTranscend

Meet the winners!

So sorry it took this long to announce the winners of the Transcend Cover reveal contest. But before I do, I need to Thank You all again! Your generous support of this project means more than words can express (even for this emo author!). You know, there is this incredible symbiotic relationship between readers and writers - each needing one another to fill a deep seeded need. But more on that in a later post....
Let's get to the winners:

ANNOTATED Galley for TRANSCEND (along with bookish swag and Ien's letters to Kiera)  JEN HUGHEY
SIGNED HARDBACK EDITION of TRANSCEND (along with bookish swag and Ien's letters to Kiera) LEANNESSF
Ien's Love Letters to Kiera TIFFANY MAHAFFY
 I'm holding more contests before the official release, so be on the lookout. In the meantime, get ready for something very special coming in August...WOO HOO!!!!

Celebrate INDIEpendence with FREE books on Amazon!

I am SO DANG EXCITED to announce that Amazon has BOTH Dies Irae and Mea Culpa for FREE. The novellas in the Requiem series act as bridges between the novels. Here is a little about them:

"The beauty of the words will tempt you, the tragedy of the story will break you, and the love, woven throughout like music through the trees, will haunt you for days afterward. Dies Irae promises a tale unlike any you've read before." ~Ali Cross, Author of BECOMEThis is the tragic tale of Mikayel and Azzaziel, good and evil, sacrifice and revenge. Set more than 3000 years before LACRIMOSA, it explains the backstory of these two characters and the impact of their story on future events. Here is what readers are saying:

It is filled with action, emotion and drama! ” ~b00k r3vi3ws “He is in love with Demi, even though he is not supposed to be letting this emotion get this far. ” ~ Angels R Kids/Furkids

This tells Zane story, and takes place right after LACRIMOSA ends. It ex…

Happy INDIEpendence Day!

Happy Monday! I am so excited to be part of the firsst annual INDIEpendence Day Blog Fest celebrating small press and indie authors.

Today I thought I would scream my praises for The Vincent Boys by Abbi Glines. I discovered this book through one of my favorite groups on Goodreads, Never Too Old for YA Books. Man oh man, what an amazing discovery.

Here's the amazon blurb:
Being the good girl isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Ashton Gray has grown weary of playing the part to please her parents, and to be worthy of the town’s prince charming, Sawyer Vincent. Maybe That’s why she’s found herself spending time with Sawyer’s cousin, Beau, while he’s away for the summer camping with his family. Beau is nothing like her perfect boyfriend. He’s the sexiest guy she’s ever seen, dangerous in ways she’s only day dreamed about, and the one guy she should stay away from.
Beau never envied Sawyer his loving parents, his big nice home, or his position as quarterback. He loves him like a brother. …