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Hi, I'm Jamie. I'm a writer, reader, and huge TV junkie. I just might post about all three here on this blog. Have a look around. And if you want, drop me an email and tell me what you think. Thanks for visiting!

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Three Line Thursdays--Week 9!






I can't believe it, but my second novel comes out in less than one month (yay!). And keeping with tradition, I've brought back Three Line Thursdays to help celebrate!

What exactly is Three Line Thursdays? It's simple, really. Every Thursday between now and the release of BLOOD AWAKENING, I'm going to tease you guys with three random lines from the book! I'll treat this just like Teaser Tuesdays, by turning to random pages and selecting three lines (take that, two-line Tuesdays!). Fun, right?!





     I offered a shy smile and walked away from him, from the guy I loved—by far one of the most difficult things I had done since waking up half dead. Somewhere in the back of my mind, a tiny voice was telling me that it was for the final time, and a twitch in my heart was agreeing. I had fought a coven of vampires, trained with one of the oldest and most powerful monsters in the world, and even survived high school, and yet turning my back on Chance was near impossible to do.


Monday, March 25, 2013

BLOOD AWAKENING Blog Blast!!


The awesometastic Yara at Once Upon A Twilight is hosting a Blog Blast today for my second novel, BLOOD AWAKENING!

Head on over and check it out--there's even a giveaway!


click the pic to visit Yara's site!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Three Line Thursdays--Week 8!





I can't believe it, but my second novel comes out in one month (yay!). And keeping with tradition, I've brought back Three Line Thursdays to help celebrate!

What exactly is Three Line Thursdays? It's simple, really. Every Thursday between now and the release of BLOOD AWAKENING, I'm going to tease you guys with three random lines from the book! I'll treat this just like Teaser Tuesdays, by turning to random pages and selecting three lines (take that, two-line Tuesdays!). Fun, right?!







  
     Without looking, I reached behind me and grabbed a fistful of Erik’s shirt, pulling him closer to me. I forced my mind to ignore the scent of him, instead focusing on the danger ahead of us. I led us into the apartment slowly, afraid that at any moment we would be attacked.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Cover Reveal: MADE OF STARS by Kelley York!

I'm so super-duper excited to be part of the cover reveal for my friend Kelley York's latest novel, MADE OF STARS!

And since I'm not one to keep you in suspense...here it is!



Isn't that beautiful? I love the haunting feel it has, the sense of dread that seems to hang from those naked branches. As always, a beautiful York cover!

Here's a bit about the book:

pub date October 2013

product description from Entangled Teen

When eighteen-year-old Hunter Jackson and his half sister, Ashlin, return to their dad’s for the first winter in years, they expect everything to be just like the warmer months they’d spent there as kids. And it is—at first. But Chance, the charismatic and adventurous boy who made their summers epic, is harboring deep secrets. Secrets that are quickly spiraling into something else entirely.
The reason they’ve never met Chance’s parents or seen his home is becoming clearer. And what the siblings used to think of as Chance's quirks—the outrageous stories, his clinginess, his dangerous impulsiveness—are now warning signs that something is seriously off.
Then Chance's mom turns up with a bullet to the head, and all eyes shift to Chance and his dad. Hunter and Ashlin know Chance is innocent...they just have to prove it. But how can they protect the boy they both love when they can’t trust a word Chance says?


You can pre-order Made of Stars at Amazon and Barnes and Noble


And a bit about Kelley:

Once upon a time, Kelley York was born in central California. And it's there she she still resides with her lovely wife, step-daughter, and an abundance of cats, while fantasizing about moving to England or Ireland. She has a fascination with bells and animals, is a lover of video games, Doctor Who, manga and anime, and likes to pretend she’s a decent photographer. Her life goal is to find a real unicorn. Or at least write about them.

Kelley is a sucker for dark fiction. She loves writing twisted characters, tragic happenings, and bittersweet endings that leave you wondering and crying. Character development takes center stage in her books because the bounds of a person's character and the workings of their mind are limitless.

Be sure to visit Kelley on her website, Facebook, Pinterest and Goodreads, and congratulate her on Twitter on yet another amazing cover!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Three Line Thursdays--Week 7!




In case you might not know it, the second book in my debut series comes out in almost one month (yay!). And keeping with tradition, I've brought back Three Line Thursdays to help celebrate!

What exactly is Three Line Thursdays? It's simple, really. Every Thursday between now and the release of BLOOD AWAKENING, I'm going to tease you guys with three random lines from the book! I'll treat this just like Teaser Tuesdays, by turning to random pages and selecting three lines (take that, two-line Tuesdays!). Fun, right?!







  
     I had no chance of winning this fight, but that didn’t mean I was going down easy. Pinning me against a large oak, Sebastian squeezed tighter around my throat, pinpoints of light tickling the edges of my vision. 
    I was going to black out... And he was going to kill me.


Thursday, March 7, 2013

Three Line Thursdays--Week 6!




In case you might not know it, the second book in my debut series comes out in almost one month (yay!). And keeping with tradition, I've brought back Three Line Thursdays to help celebrate!

What exactly is Three Line Thursdays? It's simple, really. Every Thursday between now and the release of BLOOD AWAKENING, I'm going to tease you guys with three random lines from the book! I'll treat this just like Teaser Tuesdays, by turning to random pages and selecting three lines (take that, two-line Tuesdays!). Fun, right?!







     “I know we are,” Erik said, wrapping his arm around her shoulders. Even though I was completely intent on comforting my best friend, I couldn’t help but focus on the tips of his fingers just grazing my shoulder, and the tiny jolts of delicious electricity they were sending down my arm. 

    Damn, I was a mess.



Wednesday, March 6, 2013

ALICE IN EVERVILLE Blog Tour Stop!


I'm so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for my friend (and amazing talent) SC Langgle! Her debut novel, ALICE IN EVERVILLE, is such a fun read that I know you're all gonna enjoy. 

SC was kind enough to guest post on my blog today, telling you all about the mythical inspiration and the role of art in her novel. Enjoy, and be sure to check out the giveaway at the end.

Take it away, SC!


The Myth of the Artist
Alice in Everville is, in many ways, a very modern book.  It takes place almost entirely at a shopping mall, after all!  However, the book’s theme of art as a way to cope with and understand life, and of destruction being a necessary part of creativity, was inspired by some very old myths, folktales, and fairy tales.  So for this guest post, I thought it might be interesting to look a bit more closely at some of the tales and archetypes that helped me to create the writers, musicians, visual artists, and also the characters who appreciate/interpret art throughout Alice in Everville.  First up is…

Stories from the Thousand and One Nights

The collection of poems featured in Alice in Everville, which I titled 24,024 Hours, was inspired by the 1001 Nights, a collection of folktales written in Arabic and drawn from centuries of Asian and North African folklore.  What attracted me most was the frame story of Scheherazade, who has the misfortune of being married to a king who marries and executes a new bride every night.  On her wedding night, Scheherazade tells the king a story but refuses to finish it till the next evening, thus forcing the king to postpone her execution.  The next night, she begins a new story, and the process continues for 1001 nights…and by that time the king has decided not to execute her.
 

What I love so much about this story is that Scheherazade is literally telling stories—creating art—in order to save her life.  This is an amazing metaphor for the way some artists feel driven to create, as though their art is a lifeline that allows them to make sense of and deal with the world.
Next up is…

Arachne

In Greek myth, Arachne is a mortal weaver who boasts that her skill in weaving is greater than the goddess Athena’s.  As anyone familiar with Greek myth knows, going up against a god is never a good idea, and while there are several different versions of the story, in all of them Arachne ends up transformed into a spider.  A spider, of course, is a weaver of webs.


Arachne’s myth is a darker one than Scheherazade’s, since for Arachne, her art—and especially her pride in her art—leads to destruction.  However, destruction is also transformation and a rebirth in a new form.
And for my final inspiration, an excellent example of how art is both creation and destruction…

Penelope from The Odyssey

In Homer’s epic poem The Odyssey, Penelope is Odysseus’s wife left waiting for her husband while he fights in the Trojan War and then undertakes a twenty-year journey to return home.  Penelope has many suitors during Odysseus’s absence, but she remains faithful to her husband by insisting she finish weaving a burial shroud for her father-in-law, Laertes, before she remarries.  Every night Penelope unravels the weaving she did the day before, so she never makes any progress on the shroud.  Eventually Odysseus returns home and they’re reunited.


Constantly weaving and unweaving, Penelope is symbolically creating art, taking it apart, and creating again…and that entire act allows her to survive a long and painful ordeal.

So these are some of the stories that inspired me in Alice in Everville , and really in all my writing.  How do they show up in Alice?  Well, you’ll just have to read it and find out!

A bit about the book:


product description from goodreads.com

A poem can seem like a labyrinth, a maze of words you can lose yourself in. The key is to find a thread to hold on to, to guide you in your reading, to lead you into and out of a labyrinth of words…

Alice Little thinks she’s read every word the world-famous poet Sylvie Plate published before her untimely death…until she discovers a coded message hidden in Sylvie’s final collection of poems--a message that may explain the poet’s mysterious demise.

All she has to do is decipher the code and she knows she can convince her beloved English teacher, Miss A, that Sylvie’s message is real. Unfortunately, she only has one manic day at Everville Mall to do it. And between keeping track of her fountain-splashing, havoc-wreaking sister, finding a new copy of Sylvie’s poems, and…oh yeah…dealing with the blue-eyed, guitar-playing, majorly swoon-worthy Jaden Briar, who keeps popping up everywhere she goes, Alice wonders if she will ever finish deciphering in time.



Buy ALICE IN EVERVILLE 

And a bit about the author:


     S.C. Langgle is a lifelong lover of words and stories who has never outgrown her preference for children’s and young adult literature. A graduate of the Master of Professional Writing program at the University of Southern California, S.C. is originally from Baltimore, Maryland. She currently lives in Hollywood, California, only a block from Marilyn Monroe’s handprints at Grauman’s Chinese Theater, though she spends more time at home with her computer than mingling with celebrities. Luckily, she has her two adorable dogs—a Chihuahua, Chin-Mae, and a maltipoo, Sasha—to keep her company, and she’d choose them over a gaggle of Hollywood stars any day.


Find out more about SC via:


Blog Tour Stops
February 27 – Jennifer @ My Life With Books www.jenkjovus.com
February 28 – Misty @ The Book Rat  www.thebookrat.com
March 1 – Jessica @ www.booksatruestory.com
March 4 – Kathy @ I Am A Reader Not A Writer www.iamareader.com
March 5 - Penelope @ The Reading Fever www.thereadingfever.com
March 6  - Jamie @ Writers, Write, Right? www.jmanni32.blogspot.com
March 7 – Alexis @ The Book Hideaway www.thereadinghideaway.com
March 8 – Haley @  Life and Lies www.haleymathiot.blogspot.com
March 11 – Michelle @ Book Briefs www.bookbriefs.blogspot.com
March 12 – Author post @ http://www.sclanggle.blogspot.com

Giveaway! 

S.C. Langgle will be offering a $20 dollar gift card and 2 Alice in Everville ARC’s as a Rafflecopter Giveaway. Bonus entries are available for following the participating blogs.



a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Which Came First?: A Dose of Inspiration



Ah yes, it's that age-old question we've all asked/heard/pondered: Which came first, the chicken or the egg? 

It's also the question that, no matter one's stance, cannot honestly be answered. For none of us were around when the chicken came to be. (or the egg, depending on which side of the fence you fall.)

But perhaps if we change a couple of the words, an answer may be within reach. Hmm...how about if we replace "chicken" with "author" and "egg" with "book?" Let's see... 

Which came first, the author or the book?

Ah, now that's something we can work on.

The obvious answer is duh, the author. For a book to be written, a person must be born first, no? See? I told you it was easy!

But let's look a little deeper, shall we?

I'm sure that if asked, you could come up with the book, the one tome that sits high on a perch above all others in your Master List of literary perfection (For me, that's To Kill A Mockingbird, no doubt about it). I'm also sure that if the scribe of said book were asked, they would tell you they have no clue in Hades how they managed to put together the words you cherish so very much. They'd say it's as if an unseen force came over them, pulled that story from their mind and bled it onto the page or screen, and left them to carry the weight of having penned one of the most cherished and beloved works of art ever created (I'm talkin' to you, Harper Lee). There's no way they can explain the magic behind the sentences... And there isn't a chance they'd ever be able to re-create the phenomenon.

Which totally debunks our easy-peasy answer that the author came first, right? I mean, surely a work as magnificent and mind-blowing and heart-warming as (INSERT FAVE NOVEL HERE) comes from some otherworldly dimension, where emphatic prose sits around and waits for its moment to be--and not from the simple mind of a common human? That's just insane.

So there...the book came first!

But wait, that's even more insane, isn't it? I mean, we've already established that words don't just write themselves. So the person--the author--had to come first. Right?

Or maybe, just maybe, the stars align. And the planets align. And whatever omnipotent force you believe in makes all the right in the world align. And suddenly you find yourself sitting in a trance as everything around you grows dark and foreboding, your brain nothing more than a pile of day-old mashed potatoes, your body frozen in place. Days, weeks, months go by in a breath, time meaningless and insignificant. You awaken, tired and drained and feeling as though something...some "unseen force..." has invaded your person.

And your computer. 

For sitting before you now, raw and painful and real, is a work of art that only you could have created. That only you were meant to write. That only you had the power to let be.

So to hell with which came first. You just wrote a book, my friend.

And that is the only answer that matters. 

this post can also be found at ADR3NALIN3

Friday, March 1, 2013

BLOOD AWAKENING Giveaway Winner!!


As promised...here's the winner of my BLOOD AWAKENING giveaway!


Congrats, Kimberly!! Please email me at jmanni32 at yahoo dot com with your mailing address, and I'll get your prize out to you ASAP!

And thanks to all who entered--you guys are the best!!