Wednesday, August 29, 2012

THE STARS FELL SIDEWAYS by Cassandra Marshall *Cover Reveal and Contest*

I'm personally thrilled to be part of the cover reveal for THE STARS FELL SIDEWAYS. Cassandra Marshall is a wonderful author and editor extraordinaire. THE STARS FELL SIDEWAYS is her exciting debut, available October 1st. I've had the pleasure of being a beta reader on earlier versions of this story and absolutely fell in love. Who knew corsets and steam could be so tantalizing?

But enough is enough. You came here to see the cover, so take a gander. ((0.0)) *so shiny*

Here is a what you need to know about THE STARS FELL SIDEWAYS:

Alison Arroway takes a lickin’ and keeps on tickin’. She has to, or she won’t get paid. Alison is a stunt double for pampered teen actress Pomegranate and when the director takes the shoot to Portugal, Alison is anything but thrilled to be rooming with Pom. But getting to hang around teen hearthrob Erik? Now that’s a plus.

Erik invites both girls on a sunset boat trip and Alison manages to have a decent time. Until the storm hits and the boat is shipwrecked on a small island, leaving Erik missing and the boat captain dead.

In the morning light, Alison and Pom find themselves on the lost island of Atlantis. Only one problem: now that the girls know the secret of the island, the Atlanteans don’t want them to leave. They're stuck with corsets, full-skirted dresses, and the strange steam-driven contraptions that are just a way of life for the islanders.

When a plot by the ruthless army Captain to take over the island and declare himself General over all emerges, an underground group promises to return the girls to the mainland if they can help stop him. They'll go through a mountain, literally, to find the Book of Blue, a book that will explain how to make ‘the stars fall sideways' in order to save the day and earn their freedom.

THE STARS FELL SIDEWAYS, a YA Steampunkish fantasy, coming October 1st from MolliePup Press!

BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE *said in manner of Slap Chop guy from infomercial*

Cassandra Marshall is giving away a signed pre-order of THE STARS FELL SIDEWAYS! To enter, visit each of the blogs below to find special inside info about THE STARS FELL SIDEWAYS and Cassandra Marshall. The special inside info for this blog is:

"Pom was named that way because while writing the book Cassandra ate a lot of pomegranates for some reason. It was originally just going to be a placeholder until she thought of another name but she liked it so much that she kept it."

Best. Name. Ever. - if you ask me.

Be sure to visit all of the blogs to find all of the insider info and then visit to enter to win a signed pre-order! You can gain additional entries by sharing links to the cover reveals! Here are links to the other blogs. Have fun!

Here's a list of all participants and links to their blogs:

Shiela Blank -
Julianna Helms -
Liana Brooks -
Jamie Corrigan -
James Matlack Raney -
Colleen Hampton -
Ren Wilson -
Kate SitHere-
Erica Haglund -
Alice M. -
Becca -
Amanda -
Eleni -
Lauren -
Cassandra -

Monday, August 13, 2012

Writerly Resource: Conference Confusion Cleared

'Yes, I know exactly what you mean.' *no I don't*

IRL, if you're like me you've probably felt overwhelmed at times trolling through the writer blogs on the interwebs. The dreaded information overload leads to analysis paralysis. At least that's what my office dwelling colleagues and I call it. When this happens to me I try to pause *panic on the inside* and put structure around what I'm seeing. Besides, organizational ability is next to godly ability....wait, no. Organizationliness is next to godliness. Yes, that's it.

In honor of participating in my first conference, WriteOnCon, I've decided to shine a light on the wild world of conferences. If you follow agents, editors, or publishers on twitter your feed will be periodically consumed with acronyms.

What, you didn't know Backspace wasn't just a key your little finger likes to hit? No, ABA isn't a Swedish pop group (that's ABBA).

Now you don't have to pretend like you know what everyone is talking about. @yaHighway posted a brilliant piece defining the conference acro's. Check it out here. @yaHighway is a group of young adult authors living all over the world. You can join them on their global road trip as we read, write, and adore all things YA!. Or follow them on twitter.

Saturday, August 11, 2012


Let the party begin. The writerly nerd party that is. WriteOnCon is Aug 14 & 15 this year and I will be participating as a newbie. I've heard a lot about this online conference from friends in the writing community and am really looking forward to it.

WriteOnCon has everything from contests to forums complete with ninja agents. Anyone looking to participate or lurk can find the forums here.

Be sure to scour the query and first 250 word forums and leave comments to encourage those writers who are getting started. I love reading query letters for ideas on structure. And nothing is better than reading a well crafted log line.

Get out there and Con. See you in the forums!
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