Meet My Character: Biz Clement from the Flicker Effect series

Posted by on Sep 22, 2014 in Flicker, Fracture, writing / editing

Welcome to the Meet My Character Blog Tour, where you get to learn a little about my main character, Biz, from FLICKER, FRACTURE, and the still-in-the-works FADED.

Special thanks to my BFF Stacey Graham, who forced nominated me to join the fun! Her post introduces you to Clementine, the character in the novel she’s writing, but she has a ton of non-fic spookiness that you can check out, too!

Hopefully ALL OF YOU are already familiar with Biz, but in case you aren’t, grab a cup of tea and buckle up!

I imagine Biz looking a bit like Selena Gomez, minus the hair (after book one).

I imagine Biz looking a bit like Selena Gomez, minus the hair (after book one).

1) What is the name of your character?

Biz Clement.
(Little secret: she never had a last name in FLICKER. I had to create one for FRACTURE. Author fail.)

2) Is he/she fictional or a historic person?

She is fictional, but she has a lot of personality quirks borrowed from yours truly.

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FRACTURE is Free for Two More Days!

Posted by on Sep 1, 2014 in books / reading, Fracture

Hey everyone,

Just a quick note to let you know that it’s not too late — you can still download FRACTURE for FREE from Amazon! Over 500 people have already taken advantage of what my CFO* says “is not the best idea” but the CEO** thinks is a “great way to get my book out there”.

So what are you waiting for? As I said in one of my tweets, if you’re reading this, I know you can read, so there’s really no reason not to download.

Download HERE

I’ve made it as high as #2 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Teen & Young Adult > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction > Time Travel and I’d reeeeeally love to hit #1. Won’t you help me out?

And thus ends my groveling. Carry on with your Labor Day!


(Note: I usually win these arguments)

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Download FRACTURE for FREE on Amazon!

Posted by on Aug 29, 2014 in books / reading, Fracture

Fracture_cover_600x860You heard right.

Today through Tuesday, September 2nd, you, your loved ones, your friends, your acquaintances, your coworkers, that lady who makes your coffee in the morning, the guy who nods hello to you on the subway home, your son’s preschool teacher, your daughter’s softball coach, your personal trainer, your spiritual leader, your local congresswoman, your local congressman (can’t leave him out!), your mechanic, your dry cleaner, that nice guy who makes your burrito bowl (mmmmm Qdoba), and, of course, your neighbors, can ALL download FRACTURE for FREE!

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Interviews, Reviews, & a Chance to Win a $25 Gift Card!

Posted by on Aug 18, 2014 in books / reading, Fracture

ChateuChantalWe had family in town for the past week so Jeremy and I took the entire week off. We didn’t get to sleep in as much as we’d like, but we did hit a LOT of breweries (Short’s, Brewery Vivant, North Peak, Perrin, Founders, and Odd Sides), as well as a winery in Traverse City that I’ve always wanted to check out: Chateu Chantal!

Despite my vacation, I did manage to do a few writing-related things…


I’m a featured guest blogger at All the Write Notes, which is a music site that features writing, or a writing site that features music — however you want to look at it. In my article ATWN Guest Post: YA Author, Melanie Hooyenga – The Pressure of Number Two: Let Lorde Lead the Way I talk about the pressures of writing a sequel and how Lorde’s music helped push me along.

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10K, Okay!

Posted by on Aug 4, 2014 in books / reading, Faded, Fracture, writing / editing

FADED, book three in the Flicker Effect trilogy, is my fifth novel (sixth full-length manuscript), and one of the things I’ve learned over the course of writing a half dozen books is I don’t feel like I’m officially into the draft until I’ve passed the 10,000 word mark. I started writing this draft when I published FRACTURE at the end of June, and as of yesterday I can finally declare this draft a WIP!

10k words

If I continue at this rate it will take me five more months to finish the first draft, but I haven’t been reaching my daily word goals (it takes me a bit to get back in my rhythm) so I hope to have it completed much sooner than that. And based on the reviews of FRACTURE, I better hurry it up.

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Why I Read YA

Posted by on Jun 30, 2014 in books / reading

Owen reading

Owen digging into Fracture

A recently published article bashing YA as a lesser form of literature has been making the rounds, as have numerous rebuttals defending YA. My favorite is by Rob Moran, titled Men Should Be Able to Read YA Too, where he states, “…Gordon seems to view reading as a means to an end, rather than an activity in its own right, as if we all read books as some sort of self-help process, hoping to gain some miraculous understanding of what it means to be a fully-formed human functioning in the world, rather than just, you know, valuing language and communication and the joy of watching a glorious sentence unfold itself across a page and pull you into its world.”

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