Tuesday, March 25, 2014

True Colors Quiz - Prizes to be won!!

Since I'm starting my planning for the second book in the Masks Series today, I thought it'd be fun to run a little quiz for those of you have already read True Colors...and if you haven't read it yet, the quiz is open for a week, so there's still time if you'd like to play.

So here are ten quick questions for you to have a little fun with.
If you'd like the chance to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card + a 3 e-book pack of Melissa Pearl novels, just send your answers to hello@melissapearlauthor.com by MARCH 31st, plus comment on THIS BLOG POST to let me know you've sent them. The answers will be revealed and the winner announced on April 1st.

TRUE COLORS QUIZ
1. What school does Caitlyn go to?
2. Why does Caitlyn not like taking a handbag with her when she goes out?
3. What song did Caitlyn's best friend, Stella, program as Caitlyn's ringtone on her phone?
4. What did Eric do for a year after graduating high school?
5. How many siblings does Caitlyn have? (For an extra point - can you name them?)
6. Which college does Libby want to attend after she's graduated?
7. What does Indie's father do for a living?
8. What is Caitlyn's nickname for Eric?
9. What kind of car does Caitlyn drive?
10. Who is Eric's roommate at UCLA?

Good luck answering the questions!! I know some of them are tricky, but I didn't want to make it too easy on you. Can't wait to see your answers coming into my inbox!!


Thursday, March 20, 2014

I Know Lucy Cover Reveal

There's always a certain sense of excitement and nervousness when revealing a cover. I feel like a cover takes the book from this thing in the imaginary and gives it life...makes it more real somehow.

The cover for I Know Lucy is really different to all my other covers. At first we were heading down one track, but then my publisher gave us another idea and so we veered left and came up with something totally different. At first I was nervous that people wouldn't like it, but the more I've looked at it and watched the cover develop, the more perfect it seems for this story. It has a sharp edge to it that captures the suspense in this YA Romance. There is an essence of flight that encapsulates Lucy & Zach's story.

Once again, Kate from Dwell Design and Press has outdone herself and gifted me something precious. I have fallen in love with this cover and can't wait for you guys to get the whole package on April 20th.


I KNOW LUCY
YA Romantic Suspense
Release Date: April 20th

Lucy Tate is on the run. After witnessing the brutal murder of her parents, she's spent five years in hiding -- taking on different personas and faking her way through life. The authorities can't be trusted, so she remains in the shadows, always one beat ahead of the man who is forever hunting her. That is, until she meets Zach Schultz, a senior at Monte Vista High and the one guy she can’t bear to leave. Suddenly her natural instincts to lie, steal, and run are overshadowed by something else...the desire to stay. It’s her one shot at a normal life.

Curious by nature, Zach is immediately drawn to the new girl at school. How can a person look both confident and vulnerable all in the same moment? Determined to learn more about her, he tries to get close, but is thrown into a world of lies and confusion. The only thing that becomes apparent is that discovering the truth may get him killed.


If you'd like to enter the Cover Reveal Giveaway - check out details on my YAlicious Blog.

If you are a blogger and would like to sign up to review the book on your blog in late April, then please sign up for the I Know Lucy Blog Tour.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Character Interview with Caitlyn and Eric from True Colors

The True Colors Blog Tour is running this week with Enticing Journeys Book Promotions and to celebrate how excited I am, I thought it'd be cool to do an interview with Caitlyn and Eric.

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Thanks for joining us today Caitlyn and Eric, why don't you start by telling us a little about yourselves.
Caitlyn: Well, I'm a senior at Palisades Charter High School.
Eric: I'm a freshman at UCLA. I like to surf, hike, rock climb. Give me anything that involves outdoor sport and I'm pretty happy.

How about you Caitlyn? What do you like doing?
Caitlyn: I'm pretty boring actually. I'm one of those people that's happy to go with the flow, so whatever my friends are doing, I'm cool with it. I do enjoy surfing, but I'm not as confident in the water as my brothers and I doubt I'd be able to keep up with Eric.

So, how long have you guys been dating?
Eric: (gives a coy smile) It's still pretty new.

Tell us the story. How'd you get together?
Caitlyn: Well, we're next door neighbors and Eric kinda helped me out when I, um, got into some trouble and things just went from there. Although (she blushes), I had a mammoth crush on him since the first time I saw him, but he wouldn't talk to me.
Eric: (chuckling) Yeah, she kind of grew on me slowly, but once I caught a glimpse of that sweet soul of hers, I couldn't look away. She's caught me now.

And Caitlyn, what kind of trouble were you referring to?
Caitlyn: I have a specific gift that helps me see things that other people don't. Sometimes I see things I can't ignore and I'm compelled to do something about it. Funnily enough, this can get me into hot water sometimes.

Sounds dangerous, is this a regular occurrence for you?
Caitlyn: I try not to make it one, but dangerous things can often be hiding behind a veil and it's not until you peel that layer back that you start to see just how deep something goes.

You're being very cryptic. Care to elaborate more?
Caitlyn: You know how your parents always told you to be careful of strangers and that sometimes the people who look nice and innocent can actually be the evil ones? Yeah, well, they were telling you the truth. A friendly smile can hide a thousand secrets.

But you can see those secrets?
Eric: No-one can hide from Caity. She sees the real deal every time.

I guess people need to watch their step around you then?
Caitlyn (laughing): That's why I don't tell people. I'd have no friends at all if they knew what I could see. There's safety in secrets, but you can't lie to me. I'll know.

That's a pretty powerful gift to have, how do you feel about it?
Caitlyn: It's tough. I don't necessarily want to see all the things I see, but on the flip side, I guess it gives me a chance to really help people and that feels good too.

Do you wish you had a different power?
Caitlyn: (laughing) I guess if I absolutely had to have a power, this one isn't too bad. In all honesty, I'd rather have nothing. Life would be much easier that way, but I have to accept this gift. Fighting it only leads to frustration. (She gives Eric a knowing look.)

Do you find it difficult being in a relationship like this, Eric?
Eric: No. I have nothing to hide from Caity. (He looks at her and winks) Although she knows how to scare the crap out of me...especially when she runs off to fix something without telling me. 
Caitlyn: (blushing) It's a bad habit I'm trying to rectify.

Well, I guess if we want to unravel some more, we need to check out your story...True Colors.

Caitlyn: That's the one.
Eric: There's a blog tour running at the moment too. You should check it out to enter the giveaway and see what other readers thought about our story.

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Couldn't help that little promo at the end ;o)
So there's a little more from Cailtyn and Eric. I really hope you enjoy the blog tour. Next week I'll be running a True Colors quiz and giveaway, if you're up for a little fun :D

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

St Patty's Day Giveaway!



Join your favorite YA and NA authors as we celebrate being Irish for a day and play on Pinterest. There will be over 45 e-book giveaways! 

You can join the Facebook party HERE!

You won't want to miss it!

Participating Authors:


Lila Felix   A. W. Exley  Melissa Pearl   
Jessica Gibson  Cindy M. Hogan  Sarah Ashley Jones  
Marie Landry  Rachel Morgan  Jennifer Snyder 
Stacey Marie Brown  Jessica Therrien  D.L. Raver 
Stacey Wallace Benefiel  Marilyn Almodóvar  Angee Taylor 
A.O. Peart  Devyn Dawson  Rick Chiantaretto 
Raine Thomas  L.P. Dover  Tamara Hart Heiner  
Leigh T Moore  Meradeth Houston  Amber Argyle 
Tawdra Kandle  Carlyle Labuschagne  Lisa Collicutt
Christy Dorrity  Stephanie Fowers  Kristina Renee
Faith McKay  Charlotte Abel  Jamie Ayres
A.M. Hargrove  Charli Webb  Amy Harmon  
Alyssa Rose Ivy  Kristie Cook  Lani Woodland
T.M. Franklin  Laura Howard  Sharron Riddle
Eliza Tilton  S. M. Boyce  Bethany Lopez 
Dawn Leigh  L.A. Casey  Emma Adams  
Amber Garr  Liz Long





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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Character Growth - What Don Jon Can Teach Us

I watched a movie called Don Jon the other night. It stars Joseph Gordan-Levitt, who I really like as an actor. I think he's really talented and I like the roles he chooses to play.

I'd never seen him do anything like Don Jon before. Believe me, it's not usually my type of movie. It was an R16 and I soon found out why. Throughout the first half hour or so, I kept thinking, "Do I really want to be watching this?" I wasn't offended or anything, but I had to question if watching a movie about a guy addicted to porn was a good use of my time.

But I couldn't stop watching...and here's why...

CHARACTER GROWTH.

I wanted to see it. I wanted to see this messed up guy figure it out and get to a point in his life where he didn't need porn to feel satisfied.

I'm not going to give away the ending and spoil it for you, but I can say that Don Jon is an excellent example of character development throughout a story. It's an interesting commentary on human behavior and although there is a ton of swearing and a few scene that would make me die if my parents walked into the room, I am really glad I watched it.

As a writer, I always try to ensure that my characters grow in one way or another. I want readers to close my books feeling satisfied, knowing that at least one of my characters has reached a higher level in their life...a new plain of understanding. They've waded through all the crap I've made them endure and come out as better people. To me, that's a satisfying story - no matter what genre you're reading or watching, if characters are changing for the better by the end, you know you've just witnessed something cool. That's how I feel anyway.

How about you?
Have you seen or read any really good stories lately that have depicted remarkable character growth?

As writers, I think we need to keep this in the forefront of our minds. I know I'm probably stating the obvious when I say this, but our characters must grow. By how much is up to you, but you want your readers to like your main character even more by the end of your book. One really awesome book I read that helped me understand character growth was Story by Robert McKee. That has some excellent chapters on how to create flawed characters that you can take somewhere.

Writers, have you read any great books on character development lately?

I just want to end by saying this...I think the reason we all like to see characters grow is because it gives us hope in humanity. If people can overcome what they're facing, then we can to. We can learn so much from watching flawed people learn from their mistakes, because ultimately, everyone on this planet is flawed in one way or another...and we all have room to grow.