Wednesday, May 29, 2013

IN THE AFTER Book Trailer!


I'm pushing back the ARC Spotlight until Friday, but in the meantime, check out my book trailer for IN THE AFTER. You can watch it on Pitch Dark Books.



Monday, May 27, 2013


Here's the full jacket cover for IN THE AFTER!

Don't forget to enter to win a copy from Goodreads and Epic Reads (just check out my giveaways page!)

Have a great holiday & I'll be back Wednesday with another ARC Spotlight!

Friday, May 24, 2013

The Blog Chain – How do you define success?

The Blog Chain question this week is:

How do you define success? Is it getting published, making the New York Times list, or just finishing a novel?      

Success is such a loaded word. To a lot of people it quite simply a matter of $$$. If you make a certain amount of money, you’re successful. Really success isn’t that simple.

To a writer, number of books sold or making a bestseller list could be seen as becoming successful. Although one definition of success is the attainment of fame, wealth, or power, I like this definition better: the achievement of something planned or attempted.

I successfully wrote a novel. I successfully got an agent, who in turn successfully found a publisher. I succeeded in getting IN THE AFTER published. It will be on shelves June 25th. I consider every goal conquered to be a success, even if my book doesn’t sell a billion-trillion copies. My next goal is to have my book reach readers who will enjoy it. I consider every review (good and bad) a success because it helps others who might like my book find it to read.

How do you define success with your writing?
Keep following this topic on the chain and check out Michelle’s blog on Monday, or look back at Katrina's post from yesterday.

Monday, May 20, 2013

ARC Spotlight – REBOOT by Amy Tintera

Reboot (Reboot, #1)


Five years ago, Wren Connolly was shot three times in the chest. After 178 minutes she came back as a Reboot: stronger, faster, able to heal, and less emotional. The longer Reboots are dead, the less human they are when they return. Wren 178 is the deadliest Reboot in the Republic of Texas. Now seventeen years old, she serves as a soldier for HARC (Human Advancement and Repopulation Corporation).

Wren’s favorite part of the job is training new Reboots, but her latest newbie is the worst she’s ever seen. As a 22, Callum Reyes is practically human. His reflexes are too slow, he’s always asking questions, and his ever-present smile is freaking her out. Yet there’s something about him she can’t ignore. When Callum refuses to follow an order, Wren is given one last chance to get him in line—or she’ll have to eliminate him. Wren has never disobeyed before and knows if she does, she’ll be eliminated, too. But she has also never felt as alive as she does around Callum. The perfect soldier is done taking orders.

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

This is a great twist on the zombie genre. Tintera definitely takes a classic idea and makes it her own. Instead of the “walking dead” shambling, falling apart version of a zombie, we get a stronger, less emotional version of a human. There is a lot of action, with just the right amount of explanation dispersed throughout.
I was very drawn to Wren, her initial lack of emotions is refreshing for a YA character. I also love the transformation of Wren, it’s very believable and though I’m not usually a fan of romance, I like the way it unfolds through the story. Great YA Sci-fi read!

Although I read an advance copy REBOOT is available now!

Back Wednesday!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Friday, May 10, 2013

The Blog Chain – Too Many Smiles

The Blog Chain Topic this week is:

What are your "go-to" scenes or phrases? You know, the ones you have to remind yourself NOT to use too frequently? What do you do to keep yourself from being overly reliant on them?                                          

While I don’t have any “go-to” scenes, I definitely have go-to facial expressions…as in smiling. When I’m in the early rough draft stages of my writing, I always use smiling as a filler reaction/action/expression.

For example:

She looked at him with a sad, tight smile.

“It’s not what you think,” he said with a friendly smile.

She smiled bravely. “I know…it’s just…”

He took her hand and offered her a smile. “I had to do it.”

Okay, so that’s an over-the-top example (from a soap opera perhaps?) but you get the idea. I always have to back in and make sure people aren’t smiling so damned much, cause really, if you think about it, it’s kind of creepy.

I think it’s easier to edit out your “go-to” words and phrases then to try and banish them altogether. In edits you can more clearly see a scene and work in what people would actually do in a situation.

That’s all for now, (she said with a smile.) J What are your go-to scenes or phrases?
Keep following this topic on the chain and check out Michelle’s blog on Monday, or look back at Katrina's post from yesterday.


Monday, May 6, 2013

IN THE AFTER Launch Party Date Set!


Join me for my book launch!

When: June 28th at 7:30pm

Where: The Book Cellar in Lincoln Square - 4736-38 N. Lincoln ave., Chicago, Illinois 60625

There will be cupcakes, photo ops, door prizes, giveaways, swag galore and of course, me!

Here's the FB Event Page

Hope you can come!

Friday, May 3, 2013

Books = Happiness

I'm currently out of ARCs to read and was going into book withdrawal so I bought a few that I've been meaning to read for a while.

Cinder (Lunar Chronicles, #1)Skylark (Skylark, #1)
Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna, #1)Legend (Legend, #1)
Has anyone read these? Thoughts? No spoilers though please! :)


Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Kirkus Review of IN THE AFTER!

Here’s my Kirkus Review! (The only thing I cut out was the summary bit at the beginning.)

Debut author Lunetta crafts a bang-up, twisty sci-fi adventure/thriller that begs continuation. Plucky, smart, inquisitive Amy’s first-person narration is enjoyably snarky, and this end of the world is original enough to make it a good addition to any collection of post-apocalyptic fiction. Fans will be rabid for In The End, scheduled for summer 2014. (Science fiction. 13 & up)

To authors, Kirkus can be pretty scary...they have a reputation for telling it like it is. I was so happy (and more than a little relieved) when I read this!