A name has been drawn out of a hat and. . .
You are the winner of Sass and Serendipity. Please email me with your mailing address and I will get the book in the mail to you as soon as possible!
High school is a social minefield, and Evie finds herself confronting new problems at every turn, failing to follow or even understand the rules. Mainly, she is disturbed to encounter teachers who abuse their power and discriminate against their own students. That's when Evie, her best friend Jacinda, and boyfriend Rajas start an anonymous blog to give the students a voice.Eventually, the three lose control of the blog and a number of students and teachers are attacked through increasingly abusive and anonymous posts. Suddenly, Evie has accidentally gone from providing a forum for free speech to creating a place for online bullying--which is the last thing she wanted to do.
The real writer is one / who really writes. Talent / is an invention like phlogiston / after the fact of fire. / Work is its own cure. You have to / like it more than being loved.To me, it means that your reasons for writing, your motivation, your validation, everything has come from within. By all means, accept critique from trusted friends and editors, but the rest of it you must block out. You can’t get distracted by rejections, bad reviews, or any of the other machinations of the publishing industry. “Work is its own cure.” If that’s true for you—if you can’t not write, then you write.
|This painting of trees--eucalypts on the right, blending toward north american deciduous on the left, (24 x 36” acrylic)--is a product of my busy daydreaming while "baking" a novel.|
|The map of my current novel. It’s approximately 3x5 feet of newsprint, and the stickies are color-coded. Chartreuse = scenes & plot points (it’s an escalating plot, you can tell by the shape of the line), Blue = "bad guys", Purple = surprises & plot twists, Pink = details to remember and character traits. Bottom right corner is a list of major themes. I’ve fuzzed the writing out because my editor would kill me if I gave away secrets!|
"Eula is the only square cat in town. Everything that normal cats do is hard for her--she can't get her square paw into mouseholes, she can't wear her favorite circle skirt, and all of her friends are round! Eula is sad until her two best friends show her how well a square cat can fit into this round world."Elizabeth got the idea for Eula one day after she finished a sketch of her cat Stanleigh, who is a round cat:
|One of Elizabeth's oil paintings.|
Meet Ophelia, high school senior, daughter of the Danish king’s most trusted adviser, and longtime girlfriend of Prince Hamlet. She lives a glamorous life, has a royal social circle, and her beautiful face is splashed across magazines and TV. But it comes with a price -- her life is dominated not only by Hamlet’s fame and his overbearing royal family but also by the paparazzi who hound them wherever they go.
Michelle is a contributor to Emu's Debuts where she's written about the creation of her book cover and the conundrum of planning a themed launch party for a book that centers on revenge, madness, and murder. To learn more about Michelle you can find her on Facebook as "Michelle Ray writer" or visit her website. And if you live in the southern California area, you can learn more about Michelle in person on July 18 when she'll be at Book Soup in West Hollywood at 7pm.After the sudden and suspicious death of his father, the king, Hamlet spirals dangerously toward madness, and Ophelia finds herself torn between loyalty to her boyfriend, her father, her country, and her true self.
|The butt imprint in the couch (covered by my laptop in the picture) proves that I put in the hours, but I don’t have a classic writer’s area.|