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For the record, I cheered for Germany because hello Manuel Neuer! It’s just one of the things you may find out more about on Thursday might, at least according to my good friend EJ Wesley who wrote up this blog post about our big party Thursday night. Here’s the info:

The summer’s ‘can’t miss’ Facebook party for fans of book series is upon us!



This Thursday, July 17th (6 PM Eastern), 12 authors will be giving away the first books in their series along with gift cards and a Kindle Fire HD. I’m one of them!

Here’s a little video about the event:





So how do you go about scoring some of those sweet, sweet prizes? Simple!


First, just show up and interact with the authors. Ask us about our books, find out who we cheered for in the World Cup, tell us about your book boyfriends and girlfriends, share LOL cat videos–do whatever it is you do to party. 


Second, check this infographic:



Third, pay attention to see if you’ve won stuff. It’s that easy! 


This is truly going to be a ton of fun, and you’re guaranteed to get to hang out with some super fun folks. And who knows? Maybe you’ll score the Kindle loaded with all of our books!


Hope to see you there!




Are albino dolphins real?

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I get asked a lot of questions about the science in CLICKS, and where they blend from truth to fiction. Most often,  I start with a factual concept, and then, once it’s a part of the story, I embellish it to create drama and tension.

This is the first in a series of blog posts called SCIENCEorFICTION to answer these questions, and to help readers learn where the science in CLICKS starts, ends, and turns into fiction.

In the book, Cami befriends a white dolphin that looks different from all the others. At first, she thinks it’s a trick of her eyes. Then she realizes that in fact the dolphin is an albino that is part of Pinhold legends and her own history. It was half of the first set of twins that were born onto the island in forty years, and it was a blessing for Cami and her twin Mica, who were born soon after.

I wanted Cami to connect with a dolphin that stood out. In the first draft of the book, I made her look purple, but that wasn’t enough to really identify in the dark. Then I researched “White Dolphins” and learned a lot. There is a Chinese White Dolphin which is almost extinct.  There is the Amazon River Dolphin which looks whitish pink. But both of those locations are far from the California Coast where CLICKS takes place. So I wanted to find a dolphin that would be a more realistic fit.

Then I learned that albinism in nature was a real thing. Just like some people are born without pigment in their skin, dolphins can too.

Most recently, an albino made the news because it was captured in Tajii, Japan as part of the horrible annual dolphin hunts featured in the movie The Cove. They’ve named the dolphin Angel and I’ve named Cami’s dolphin Angel in the books to help raise awareness for the real angel and the terrible situation for dolphins that was famously exposed in the Academy Award winning documentary film The Cove.  Want to know more? Check out Sea Shepherd for information and ways to help.

 

migalooThere is also a well known albino whale named Migaloo that many call “The real Moby Dick.” He spends his time swimming off the  coast of Australia. He’s free and attracts whale watchers from all over. Let’s hope Angel can join him, at least in spirit, soon.

So, are albino dolphins Science or Fiction? SCIENCE! They’re incredibly rare but they do exist in nature.  If you want to learn more about Cami and her Angel, CLICKS is available for free for iBooks, Kindle, and Nook.

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Happy book birthday to Clicks!! And a Cover Reveal for ECHOES.

2And happy author birthday to me!!

Wow it has been a whole year since CLICKS came out! To celebrate, it’s on #99cents sale it’s getting a redecorated sequel. Regina Wamba came up with a perfect balance of romance and mystery that represents the book and the series perfectly. What do you think???
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Echoes officially comes out next week. I apologize for all the delays, but as some of you have heard, Kaleb was rather unsatisfied with the size of his role, and he had a lot of things be wanted to say before the book could be finished. But, since he was right, and he did need to be around more, the book is much better because if his insistence. You’ll be getting more Echoes all next week so stay tuned here.

 

IUntitled design (8)n the meantime, let’s go back to celebrating what a year means. That’s 365 days of celebrating and selling and learning, reviews, endless giveaways and promotion opportunities. There are some other numbers that are significant this year for Clicks and me. I love that I get to spend my days creating stories and sharing them with the world. And I  in the sandbox of the constantly changing independent publishing industry. This community of authorpreneurs (not my word but it’s perfect don’t you think?) has been so welcoming and supportive, and I can honestly say I wouldn’t have made it through all this time without the other writers, bloggers and readers I’ve met. They inspire me everyday to write more, read more and deliver better stories. Waves of gratitude go toy husband, kids, our parents and other friends and family members who have supported this adventure and to everyone who has helped get this book into the hands of readers. And thank you most of all to those of you who have given CLICKS your time and attention. I hope you’ll like ECHOES just as much, or even more!

You know CLICKS? It used to be called The Dolphin Book!


CLICKS are many things – they’re instincts, they’re connections, and they’re one of the sounds dolphins make when they communicate.

All of these definitions factored into the name of my first bookdolphin cloud.

For so long, I called it The Dolphin Book. Eventually, it had to have more of a name, so I called it The Dolphin Prophecy, because a major theme in the book is that what happens to the dolphins will happen to humans too. But then, I began to pitch. Editors didn’t know what to say because those I talked to insisted  dolphins only worked in middle grade,but I felt this story needed to stay Young Adult. Agents told me to send it because they were intrigued, but it sounded too different, which wasn’t selling at the moment. And they all told me, no matter what other advice I would heed, to bury the storyline about dolphins in the background, and definitely keep it out of marketing.

Clicks Book Cover Then I went to Nashville and UtopYAcon 2012 where I found a whole bunch of people who were publishing independently. They all thought CLICKS sounded interesting, and that I didn’t need to change it to please the publishing industry when they’d discovered another way to get books to an audience. t was Amy Bartol who put it most succinctly. She said “Do you want to spend the next year getting rejections, or readers?” She advised me to hire an editor, a cover designer, and a publicist, and get the darn thing into the world myself. So I did. I was blessed when Jennifer Rees, Regina Wamba, and KP Simmon came on to help. All had worked on NYTimes best sellers and each of them connected with CLICKS. Together, we moved towards publishing. I could ignore the naysayers because I knew the book was interesting, I couldn’t shake the idea that the “dolphin thing” could be damaging, so I changed the blurbs to focus more on surfing and twinning, and made the series name The Pinhold Prophecy. Pinhold is the name of the island, and an anagram for dolphin that very few people caught.

Almost a year later, I can honestly say that “hiding the dolphins” didn’t work at Sphere CLICKs word cloudall. They drive the plot, the mythology and the action and that hadn’t changed with the marketing copy. Just look at this update word cloud I made. I may have skipped the dolphin shape, but the size of the word tells you how often it was mentioned.  Most readers thought the dolphin parts were the most interesting, exciting and unique. A few didn’t like them at all and, in truth, they would have been much better off if the marketing materials had warned them off. By not mentioning the dolphins, I consistently struggled to explain the book, and I missed out on attracting the audience most inclined to read The Dolphin Book from the start.

 

 

Echoes ART square ICONI’ve learned my lesson, though, as the ECHOES cover indicates. It’s the sequel to CLICKS and comes out in June, and before that I’m rereleasing CLICKS as well with the word “dolphin” on the cover. There’s going to be a lot more images and teasers with dolphins as well, because they are the very heart of the book.

There is so much that we can learn from them In CLICKS, Cami had to learn to trust her instincts. I should have  trusted my own as well.  And you know, if you don’t like dolphins? You may not want to check out too much on here for these next few months.

xoxo

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Ocean Books Box Set!

 

CLICKS will be part of a Box Set of Ocean Books, going on sale in June for a limited time to benefit World Oceans Day!

 

Announcing OCEANS DEEP – Twelve Young Adult romance novels that celebrate sun, sea and love to support World Oceans Day 2014. 

As authors, we know while the facts can change people’s minds,  fiction can change their hearts.

OCEANS DEEP Twelve Young Adult romance

The proceeds from this box set will benefit World Oceans Day through TheOceanProject.org, the charity organization for this global event dedicated to celebrating the ocean and encouraging people to think about why conservation must be important to them.  

 

Together we can help ocean conservation efforts, one word, one page, one story at a time.

Comprised of twelve full length young adult romance novels in a variety of genres including science fiction, fantasy, contemporary and mythology, the books all have one thing in common: they leave readers more in love with the ocean than they were before.

Just look at this incredible list of authors and books!  Getting to work with them all on this has been a dream come true. This is just a little teaser picture because we’re doing a cover reveal later this week so you can see the stunning design www.designedbystarla.com generously donated to the cause. If you want to help with the cover reveal sign up here. And thank you!

I’m so excited to be able to share this news on May 5th, especially, because it would have been my dad’s birthday, and it was from him that I inherited my love of the ocean.

Clicks features the ocean like a character, and I hope that by including it along with a bunch of other “sea reads” we will inspire other’s love for the ocean, and raise a lot of money for a good cause.

 

Stay tuned here for more information, or check us out at ocean-books.tumblr.com.