Monday, March 25, 2013

Edit Mode!

Hi all!

With my deadline for the edits for book 2 fast approaching I'm going to take short blog break. I'll be back Wednesday April 3rd.

See you all soon...and in case you missed it here's the countdown widget for IN THE's coming out sooooo soon!

Friday, March 22, 2013

The Blog Chain - Genres I Love

The Blog Chain topic this week is:
What elements in your favorite genre make it your favorite?

I read almost anything, as long as it can hold my attention, but my absolute favorite genres are Science Fiction & Fantasy. Here’s why...

I was hooked on Sci-fi from the first time I saw Star Trek (yes, The Next Generation) on television. As a child I was enthralled by the amount of imagination it took to envision the future. I started reading the old school Sci-fi books around my house and was hooked. Spaceships, androids, aliens, crazy dystopian societies, the ending of the world; all of it fascinates me. I feel YA Sci-fi especially has fresh takes on the genre and keeps it fresh. Sure, there are a ton of YA Sci-fi books out there (mine soon to be included among them), but none of them are the same and I can’t wait to get my hands on the next one.

My love for Fantasy echoes my feelings for Sci-fi. I’d read and re-read The Lion, the Witch, & the Wardrobe as a child and wanted to imagine my own worlds where animals could talk or evil needed to be vanquished. I love reading/writing Fantasy because the possibilities are endless. If you want people to have wings, bam, they have wings. Unicorns, dragons, centaurs? Bam, no problem! I also like that Fantasy usually incorporates a journey into the plot. Love when characters have to travel great distances to overcome overwhelming odds.

Keep following this topic on the chain and check out Michelle’s blog on Monday, or look back at Katrina's post from yesterday.

What are your favorite genres and why?

Also guys, check out this awesome countdown widget that Harper Teen made for my book…pretty cool, right? J


Monday, March 18, 2013

Editing Book Two!

All this month I'm editing my second book. It's really exciting to be working on the second book just as the first one is about to come out (3 months everyone)!

I'll be skipping my Wednesday post, but I'll be back Friday with another Blog Chain post.

Okay, I'd better get back to work. See you Friday! 

Friday, March 15, 2013

100 Days Until IN THE AFTER Giveaway!

It's hard to believe, but on Saturday it will be only 100 days until IN THE AFTER releases! To celebrate, I'm giving away 100 signed bookplates, as well as throwing in some bookmark swag, including other debut authors bookmarks. To enter, just fill out the form below. Good luck!

If you'd like to keep track of all IN THE AFTER news and giveaways, follow this blog, like me on facebook, & follow me  @DemitriaLunetta on Twitter. You can also read reviews of IN THE AFTER on Goodreads.

IN THE AFTER releases June 25th from HarperTeen.
Giveaway ends Sunday 3/17/13 at midnight!
U.S. Addresses Only! One entry per person, please.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

ARC Spotlight - BRIANNA ON THE BRINK by Nicole McIinnes

Brianna on the Brink


A one-night stand has life-altering consequences for popular, sixteen-year-old Brianna, who must then accept help from the one person closest to her mistake.

Recommended for fans of: YA Contemporary

At times Brianna is not the most likeable of girls. If you’ve read my recent blog post on anti-heroes through, you’ll know that this makes me even more intrigued by her character. She’s shallow and mean, kind of a bully, and way too worried about her looks and what others think of her. This is what makes the story though, because she’s a regular, insecure teenage girl with a crappy home life. Brianna definitely grows throughout this story, as she is forced from her home, ostracized by her friends, and made to grow up way too quickly. I loved her default role-model, Jane someone who is selfless without being annoyingly preachy and self-righteous about it. I think what I liked best about this book is that Brianna learns that her actions have consequences, good and bad, something that we all have to face sooner or later.

BRIANNA ON THE BRINK will be released this Friday. Pick up a copy!

Monday, March 11, 2013

ARC Spotlight – MILA 2.0 by Debra Driza

MILA 2.0 (MILA 2.0 #1)

Mila was never meant to learn the truth about her identity. She was a girl living with her mother in a small Minnesota town. She was supposed to forget her past —that she was built in a secret computer science lab and programmed to do things real people would never do.

Now she has no choice but to run—from the dangerous operatives who want her terminated because she knows too much and from a mysterious group that wants to capture her alive and unlock her advanced technology. However, what Mila’s becoming is beyond anyone’s imagination, including her own, and it just might save her life.

Recommended for fans of: YA Thriller

Origins: The Fire (MILA 2.0, #0.5)Mila is just living her life as a normal high schooler when all hell breaks loose: she discovers she’s an android. I love all the action, once it gets going it’s non-stop. I also like the dilemma that Mila faces, accept that she is a machine or fight for her humanity. I also love Mila’s “mother” who Driza makes into a very complex character. If you like action packed YA, you’ll love this book. I would also recommend downloading the free origins story and reading that first. It definitely adds to the story and propels you into the book.
MILA 2.0 releases tomorrow! Pick up a copy!

Also check out my blog post at The Class of 2K13 blog today on what I've learned from children. I’ll also be on twitter @theclassof2K13 so stop by and visit!

Friday, March 8, 2013

The Blog Chain – I Love Bad Boys (& Girls)

The Blog Chain question this week is:
As a reader and/or a writer what are some of your favorite fiction
tropes? Are you sucker for secretly in love with best friend type
stories, stories set in mysterious boarding school stories, stories
that contain time travel, or something else entirely? As a writer how
do you try to give the tropes you tackle in your own books a fresh

My favorite trope is…the Anti-Hero

I love dark stories and what is darker than the idea of an anti-hero? A character that is flawed and lacking, but so incredibly compelling because of these facts. My favorite examples of this are John Constantine from the Hellblazer comics, Bruce Robertson from Filth by Irvine Welsh and of course, Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Anti-heroes are becoming more prevalent in mainstream media, just think how wildly successful shows are like Madmen, Breaking Bad, and of course, Tony Soprano from The Sopranos. We all want a hero, but maybe we want our hero to be a little bad. Whether they are all bad, good at heart, or just have a loose definition of what good and bad actually mean.

I haven't written anything with an anti-hero, I know it's really hard to pull off. There also seems to be a lot more male anti-heroes than female. I do have an idea for a Mean Girls type novel where the main character is so loathesome, she's likeable. Who knows, maybe that will be the next project I work on.  J

Keep following this topic on the chain and check out Michelle’s blog on Monday, or look back at Katrina's post from yesterday.

Who is your favorite anti-hero?


Wednesday, March 6, 2013

ARC Spotlight - RUSH by Eve Silver

Rush (The Game, #1)


When Miki Jones is pulled from her life, pulled through time and space into some kind of game—her carefully controlled life spirals into chaos. In the game, she and a team of other teens are sent on missions to eliminate the Drau, terrifying and beautiful alien creatures. There are no practice runs, no training, and no way out. Miki has only the guidance of secretive but maddeningly attractive team leader Jackson Tate, who says the game isn’t really a game, that what Miki and her new teammates do now determines their survival, and the survival of every other person on this planet. She laughs. He doesn’t. And then the game takes a deadly and terrifying turn.

Recommended for fans of: YA Sci-fi with a dash of Romance

This book has a very unique premise. Teens are forced to play a “Game” that eliminates alien enemies. At first Miki has no idea why she was chosen, and what really is going on. Everyone is extremely vague and scared of the consequences of giving her answers. This helps the reader connect with Mikki and share in her frustration, but it also makes the answers so much more satisfying when they come. The pacing was fantastic, the unknown threat creating tension throughout the story, even when the characters aren’t in the Game. Silver has a way of ending chapters that leaves you no choice but to keep reading, and the same for the ending of the book. You’ll wish you had the next one already!