Happy birthday to me!

Apr 11

young reader gretchen

So maybe it’s a reflection on just how very vain I really am, but I have always loved (like, LOVE LOVE LOVED) my birthday. So today, the day of my 25th birthday, is no different! Well, I guess it’s a little different, because this is my first birthday spent as a published author. Not toooooo shabby of an accomplishment for the first quarter of my life, eh?

Laura @ Colorimetry is hosting a li’l virtual birthday party for yours truly as part of Terra’s book tour! So head on over to see a super fun rapid fire interview I did, as well as to net yourself an extra entry for the giveaway!

Thanks for helping make the past year so great, friends. 24 was a pretty stellar year — a lot of good things went down. I can’t wait to see what awesome things 25 has in store… aside from the sa-weet Hunger Games-themed birthday party I’m having on Saturday! 😉

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On motivation (or a lack thereof)

Apr 08

I won’t lie to you guys. Book 2 progress is going slower–much slower–than I had hoped it would. This is mostly my fault for having what I’m sure are unrealistic expectations of how quickly the writing process would go (having romanticized how “quickly” it went the first time around). But also I’m just really struggling with finding the motivation to sit down and write. This is me, every time I think I should go write:

I’m caught in this space where I KNOW I should be writing, but then I get stressed out because I’m NOT writing, which doesn’t exactly motivate me to write more.

I know, I’m a headcase.

But I also know that what I have written already feels pretty solid, and that whenever my motivation does finally come back to me (or when I finally strongarm it back into my life, haha) my hope is that the words will flow fairly easily. I keep trying to remind myself that writing Terra was pretty much exactly like this. A lot of nothing for a few months, and then BAM! Motivation and inspiration up the wazoo, and a first draft completed in 8 weeks.

In the meantime, I’ll just keep searching for that catalyst to help inspire me forward in my writing. I can think of two particular things that will be key here:


I need to quit. Like, cold turkey. It’s bad, guys, really bad. Reading reviews of my own book seriously do nothing but hinder my productivity–even if it’s a good review. You read a good review, and suddenly you’re all like, “Wow, I’m an amazing writer. I don’t need to actually sit down and make myself write, it’ll just happen because I’m so amazing I must have magical writing powers that will take care of everything!” And if it’s a bad review… well, I hardly think I need to give an example of the thoughts that occur after reading through one (or some) of those.

2. I need to read some bad books.

I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned this before, but one of the big things that pushed me into overdrive when writing Terra was actually reading Fifty Shades of Grey. I know, I’m still kind of ashamed. But! Reading such terribly written prose really gave me the nudge needed to put a book that is at least SLIGHTLY better written out in the world. So maybe I just need to surf Amazon for some truly heinous books, instead of reading all the excellent novels I have been (many of which are by my self-publishing cohorts!). Any recommendations?

I’m almost afraid to say this, but I’m not sure how realistic my (admittedly ambitious to begin with) publishing Summer 2013 release date for Underground is at this point. We’ll just have to see, as I’ve found things can progress very quickly and without warning, but I just want to throw that out there. Thanks for (hopefully) sticking around for the sequel anyway! I can promise that whenever it does come out, you’re in for quite a ride. 🙂

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On Terra’s latest book tour!

Apr 02


Terra’s latest book tour kicked off yesterday, and I wanted to share the news (and an opportunity to enter the awesome giveaway!) Thanks to the amazing Laura @ Prism Book Tours for helping me organize this beast. It has been SO much fun working with her!

Reviews, excerpts, and other goodies will be available on participating blogs as the tour moves forward. You also get your own opportunity to become a scav, just like Terra, by tracking down keywords that will net you extra giveaway entries! Check out the tour schedule and details on the sweet giveaway below:

April 1 – Colorimetry

– I Am a Reader, Not a Writer Excerpt 1

– fuonlyknew Excerpt 2

April 2 – A Tiffyfit’s Reading Corner Review

 – Pause Time – Review

April 3 – The Broke Book Bank Excerpt 3

– Jessie’s Book Place Excerpt 3

April 4 – Mel’s Shelves – Review

– The Reading Diaries – Excerpt 4

April 5 – Lovin’ Los Libros – Review

April 7 – Christy’s Cozy Corner – Review

– Total Book Geek – Excerpt 5

April 8 – The Quiet Concert – Review

April 9 – LDS & Lovin’ It – Review

April 10 – Jessabella Reads – Excerpt 6

April 11 – Gretchen’s Birthday Party!!

– Passion & Life – Excerpt 7

April 12 – Tressa’s Wishful Endings – Review

April 14 – Living a Goddess Life – Review

– Books, Books and More Books – Review

April 15 – Marked by Books – Excerpt 8

April 16 – Blood, Sweat and Books – Review

– My Seryniti – Review

April 17 – Bookworm Lisa – Review

– Mortality Bites – Excerpt 9

April 18 – Getting Your Read On – Review

April 19 – Grand Finale Blast!!

– Broke Book Bank – Excerpt 10

In Terra‘s world, resources are scarce and many people make their living as “scavs,” hunting for scraps to turn in on Collection Day in exchange for credits. For this tour, YOU are a scav, and there are scraps all over the blogosphere for you to find! On each participating blog, there will be one of 9 possible questions. Answer the question to receive a keyword that will get you an extra entry in this awesome giveaway!


One lucky scav will win a Terra prize pack! Get a signed copy of Terra, along with three exclusive (and gorgeous!) bookmarks, as well as a delicate silver watch–just like Terra’s!–all packed up inside a scav bag of your very own! US only.


a Rafflecopter giveaway

An additional five (FIVE!) winners will get a digital copy of Terra in the format of their choice. International.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Open only to those who can legally enter. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by Rafflecopter and announced on Rafflecopter and Grand Finale posts as well as emailed and the winner will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Burgandy Ice @ Colorimetry and Prism Book Tours and sponsored by Gretchen Powell. VOID WHERE  PROHIBITED BY LAW.

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