Hello all,

 

Wanna know where I'll be for the next two weeks? Here is the schedule for the Mercury Rises blog tour. Make sure to stop by to check out the fun stuff we've been working on and to enter the giveaway.

 

February 19, 2018 – Sascha Darlington’s Microcosm Explored – Review

February 19, 2018 – Literary Meanderings – Spotlight

February 19, 2018 – The Avid Reader – Interview

February 20, 2018 – Chapter by Chapter – Interview

February 20, 2018 – Truly Trendy – Spotlight

February 21, 2018 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – Review

February 21, 2018 – White Sky Project – Spotlight

February 21, 2018 – Book-Keeping – Review

February 22, 2018 – Confessions of an ExBallerina – Guest post

February 22, 2018 – Myth and Magic Book Club – Review

February 23, 2018 – Chapters through life – Review and Interview - Some deep probing questions here and a scene from Hawk's point of view

February 26, 2018 – Falling For YA – Guest Post - I did a dream cast for Mercury here - so fun!!

February 26, 2018 – Lisa Loves Literature – Spotlight

February 27, 2018 – Sincerely Karen Jo – Review

February 28, 2018 – Adventures Thru Wonderland – Review

February 28, 2018 – JeanBookNerd – Guest post

March 1, 2018 – Rachel’s Book Reviews – Review

March 1, 2018 – Firstbooklove – Review

March 2, 2018 – Haddie’s Haven – Review

March 2, 2018 – BookHounds YA – Guest post - A "What's On Your Desk" piece, check it out!

March 2, 2018 – Between the Pages – Review

March 2, 2018 – A Magical World Of Words – Review

March 2, 2018 – Xo Editing and Writing – Review


Also, remember to check out the other blog posts! Book bloggers do a lot for authors, we should all show them some love.

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Recently I was asked why I became a writer, and the answer was simple, I didn’t become a writer, I’ve always been one. A writer. A creative. A storyteller. Or as my report cards from Kindergarten through Junior High put it, “talks too much”.

 

But now here I am at an interesting crossroad of change. Tomorrow my debut novel will be released and I will not only be a writer, but I will also add the author badge to my Girl Scout sash of life. MERCURY RISES isn’t the first novel I’ve written. It isn’t even the first novel I sold into publication, but it is the first one that will actually see the light of day…assuming all bookstores don’t go on strike in the next 24 hours, which with my luck could totally happen. I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember, however, writing in the potential pursuit of publication has been a journey of about ten years. This may seem long, but I know many out there have hustled far longer than that and met with more setbacks and disappointments than I ever hope to, and for that I bow humbly at their feet. But ten years is still a long time, and now that the time has finally come, so do a bunch of mixed emotions.

 

I’m excited. Of course I’m excited. Part of me is still the little girl curled up in the stacks or in front of a sun filled window devouring the pages of my favorite authors like literary pixie sticks and gluttonously craving more. I’ve always wanted to be an author. I’ve always wanted to be able to tell my stories to anyone who would listen. And now that wish is finally coming true. Every second of edits and cover reveals has crackled in my nerve endings, charging me up like Frankenstein’s monster, ready to be unleashed into the world.

 

And I’m terrified. Absolutely, gut-wrenchingly, wake up screaming covered in sweat, terrified. In a matter of hours people will be able to read what goes on in my head. What if they hate it? But even more terrifying are the additional concerns that come with our modern times; what if it’s problematic? What if no matter how hard I try my story offends someone or multiple someones and becomes fodder for internet trolls and exposé articles on irresponsible authors. What if my author career is over before it starts? Or the worst of all; what if no one even reads it? It’s like trying to cross an invisible bridge over a pit of flesh-eating monsters. Each step puts you further and further from the safe rocky ledge, exposed and vulnerable, completely unsure if your next step will get you closer to the other side or disappear from underneath your feet. But even though the dangers, here I stand, about to take that step, ready or not.

 

So why do we do it? Why do authors cross their fingers and hold their breath and take another step onto that bridge risking a treacherous fall into a pit of doom and the wrath of a million internet pitchforks? It’s for that one fleeting chance that someone out there will click their link, pick up their novel in a bookstore or borrow it from the library, and for one small moment be taken away. For someone out there to read a line and write it on a post-it note to remember later. To make someone smile, or feel, or be seen. That for at least one person out there, all the work was worth it.

 

That said, I really hope you get a chance to read MERCURY RISES and love it as much as I do. Authors can be self-conscious, self-deprecating, nervous individuals (see above), but we write because there isn’t anything else in world we’d rather do. We are storytellers, and just like Tinkerbell, if people stop believing we might just disappear.

 

And if you do love MERCURY, or any other book by any other author, let them know. Leave reviews. Tell your friends. Keep believing.

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Have you seen the cover for WICKED DESCENT yet? If you haven't you are missing out because it's GORGEOUS!!!!

 

I am so thankful to the Evernight Teen team and their cover designer Jay Aheer for this beautiful cover. I couldn't be happier. Can't wait to share Avery and Drew's story with you on March 2nd. What do you think of the WD cover?

 

                                                

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The lovely Liv over at Liv's Wonderful Escape let me visit her blog today to drop my writing soundtrack for Mercury Rises and a cool novel aesthetic. Thank you so much Liv!!

 

You can check out the post here, and please stay a while and check out her other posts.

 

Also, don't forget about the preorder contest for the Stella & Dot necklace. Contest closes on the 12th and winner will be drawn on the 13th.

 

Happy reading!

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