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Archive for April, 2012
Hello, dear readers! I have exciting news. I’m hosting my very first writing contest here on Inspiration for Creation. After all, my goal is to inspire you to create. What better way to motivate you than by giving away FREE stuff?
You like? I thought so. Get those itchy fingers ready.
Recently I talked about my soon-to-be-published book, Foreign Identity and how it defies genre conventions. It’s a little bit science fiction and a little bit thriller with a sprinkling of romance and a dash of mystery thrown in (shaken, not stirred). So I thought those genres a very fitting theme for this contest. Now, don’t you want to know about the prizes?
I’ll be picking two winners for this giveaway. Check out this swag you can win.
My publisher, Consortium Books, has another series of novels that are a mash up of the science fiction and thriller genres. I’ll be giving away a signed copy of Gods Tomorrow (the first book in the Ghost Targets series) by Aaron Pogue. I thoroughly enjoyed the story. Here’s what it’s about:
In a futuristic world where everyone carries handheld devices and wears headsets (required for phone service, internet and to complete any transaction) advances in technology have made things like renting an apartment, buying a car or ordering takeout easier than ever – at the sound of your voice. Hathor, the voice-recognition system prevalent in society, is responsible for this convenience but is also the equivalent of a benign Big Brother, providing full surveillance of the civilized world to those in authority.
Katie Pratt, a rookie cop learning how to use the system to administer justice, is tasked with the investigation of a murder. But she soon discovers that someone has figured out a way to get around the surveillance system and covered up the crime by tampering with the evidence. What’s even more intriguing are the “ghosts” that have learned to camouflage themselves to avoid being detected within the system. Determined to find the answer, Katie turns to contacts outside the system, hoping that her plan won’t backfire in the end.
I’ll also be giving away an e-book ARC of Foreign Identity. (If you want to win a paperback of Foreign Identity, check out the Goodreads giveaway in the right sidebar.) Are you bursting with anticipation?
What do you have to do for a chance to win one of these great prizes? Here are the rules:
- Write a piece of flash fiction (300 words or fewer) in the science fiction/thriller genre. You can pick one or the other, but better yet, why don’t do a mash up between the two? (If you want to add elements from other genres, too, I won’t discriminate.)
- Post your entry on your blog or website (if you don’t have a blog, you may post your entry as a note on your Facebook page, but only as long as it is public so that I can read your submission.)
- Mention the contest and link back to this page in your blog post.
- Comment on this post and include a link to your story on your page.
- The deadline is 8pm Eastern time, May 14th. You have two weeks to submit your entry.
- US and Canadian residents only.
That’s it! From the entries, I’ll be randomly selecting two winners. They will be announced here on May 15th. Only one entry per person.
I can’t wait to read your submissions. Good luck! And be sure to check out the other entries and leave them some comment love.
I was tagged by Angie at Write Me Happy for this WIP meme (and then a couple of other bloggers tagged me as well). I decided to play along because it’s a great way to give an inside peek at a snippet of Foreign Identity, my book that’s being published next month. It has one last round of edits before final, so technically it is still a work in progress. Read the rest of this entry »
You know what’s frightening in a spine-tingling sort of way?
Exit: 10,000 Feet
Getting suited up, hoping that parachute was packed just right (whether you or someone else packed it), and then that final moment when you’re looking out the side of the airplane, staring at the ground ten thousand feet below.
No matter how safe and careful you are, there’s always a risk involved with taking that plunge. The plane’s engine could have trouble. The chute could fail to open properly or at the right time. The landing could break your legs. The chance of any of these happening is slim, but something could go wrong, and you know that, going into it.
But you know what’s amazingly thrilling?
It’s a complete rush. The woosh of air when the plane door is opened. The weightlessness of the freefall where you’re hanging in mid-air with no real sense of gravity. The part after the chute opens when you soar through the sky, as graceful as a bird. It’s exhilarating. (And yes, I speak from first-hand experience.)
Jumping Out with Your First Book
Getting your first book published is a lot like skydiving. There’s the unquenchable excitement right before it’s released, but along with that comes a subtle fear. It’s a doubt that every unpublished writer has experienced at some point: What if people don’t like my work? Read the rest of this entry »
My debut novel, Foreign Identity, comes out next month. I talked about the genre and background of the story a little bit last week. To summarize, it’s a science fiction story with strong elements of suspense and a romantic subplot. Reviewers have compared the book’s feel to that of the television show Lost.
Win a FREE Paperback
I’ll be sure to write a post the day the book goes live with links where it can be purchased (Amazon, Barnes and Noble), but in the meantime, I want to give you the chance to get your hands on it for FREE! (I know, right? How cool is that?) I’ll be having a series of giveaways, and this one on Goodreads is just the first. Make sure to stay tuned for more info–if you don’t win this one, there will be other opportunities in the coming weeks. Click below to sign up!
Earlier this week we released the cover art for Foreign Identity. I’ve received a lot of great comments on the cover design and the story description. I’ve also gotten quite a few questions about the book’s genre. Most of them boil down to this: Is Foreign Identity really a science fiction novel? The quick answer is: “Yes and Sort of.” The long one is a bit more complicated.
Instead of explaining why the book crosses genres, I want to share where some of my inspirations for the story came from. After that, maybe it’ll all make sense.
As a writer, I get almost as much inspiration from movies and television shows as I do from books. Maybe even more. In the case of Foreign Identity, the initial spark didn’t come from any of these. It came from a desire to solve a puzzle (thereby forcing myself to create one) and from ten little words on a blog called the Creative Copy Challenge. I’ll get more into that story on a later post, because it’s actually pretty cool how one writing prompt ended up igniting an entire novel within me.
The Mysteries of Lost
Even though the idea for Foreign Identity didn’t come from directly from any outside story, at the time I was writing it, I was a big fan of the television show Lost. Read the rest of this entry »