Edge of Truth Now Available!


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Photo Credit: Melissa Bowersock (Flickr)

It’s official! EDGE OF TRUTH is out in the wide world. Here’s the details incase you somehow missed them…

Title: EDGE OF TRUTH
ISBN: 13:  978-1-93404-59-7
Publisher: Sapphire Star Publishing
Category: Young Adult
Genre: Dystopian/Paranormal Romance

Summary
Rena Moon feels like a prisoner, oppressed by the Overlord’s laws, bound by household rules, even captive to her emotions because when she grows angry, the earth shakes.

She restrains her tightly coiled power, until her best friend is kidnapped. Nevan, Rena’s long-time crush, joins the rescue mission into volatile lands where her mood slips toward the edge of control. For once, the Overlord isn’t holding all the power, but can Rena live with being reduced to what she’s trying so hard to escape?

Find it in print and eBook format at these locations:

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Okay, now that the shameless self-promotion portion is over, let’s get back to the fun stuff.

My what a celebration we’ve had today! I’ve had so much fun chit-chatting with all of you. I’ve learned so much about my FB and blog friends.

For the last contest, I’d like to learn a little more about everyone….

In Edge of Truth, Rena’s is Other. She’s sensitive to ground vibrations, which makes it impossible for her younger brothers to sneak up on her. She also has the power to trigger earthquakes, and since this is an emotion-based ability, it’s can be a burden to her. Both things are physically taxing, sometimes leaving her feeling like she might implode or too exhausted to move.

  • If you were Other, what power would you want? The more flashy it is, the more likely you’d get caught. How much of a risk taker are you?
  • What would be willing to (physically, mentally, emotionally) give up for this power?

For fun or a chance to win a 5-Page Critique by me (open to international entries!!), please leave a comment. For a bonus entry, tweet about this contest AND leave a link to the tweet. PLEASE note whether you’re answering for fun or for a critique. Contest open until midnight CST on June 7, 2013.

The Rafflecopter  contest (find below) will be up for a week. All other contest will remain open until midnight CST, June 7, 2013.

Here’s a recap:

I’ll post contest winner names on my blog and Facebook on June 8, 2013. Be sure to check for your name so you can claim your prize.

Thank you all so so much for making today extra special! Group hug!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

EDGE OF TRUTH (YA Dystopia) Release Day!


Time to Celebrate!
This feels like a dream. I can’t believe my book comes out today. My face hurts from smiling so much! If you’re reading this post, it means you’ve decided to join me in celebration of this accomplishment. Thank you!!!

Here’s a little bit about my book…

Title: EDGE OF TRUTH
ISBN: 13: 978-1-93404-59-7
Publisher: Sapphire Star Publishing
Category: Young Adult
Genre: Dystopian/Paranormal Romance

Summary
Rena Moon feels like a prisoner, oppressed by the Overlord’s laws, bound by household rules, even captive to her emotions because when she grows angry, the earth shakes.

She restrains her tightly coiled power, until her best friend is kidnapped. Nevan, Rena’s long-time crush, joins the rescue mission into volatile lands where her mood slips toward the edge of control. For once, the Overlord isn’t holding all the power, but can Rena live with being reduced to what she’s trying so hard to escape?

Find it in print and eBook format at these locations:

Amazon-Buy-Button          button-barnes-and-noble       BooksAMillion_button_thumb

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About Party Day!
Throughout the day, I’ll be on Facebook/Twitter asking you questions, getting to know a little more about you, and sharing things about myself. When it’s contest time, we’ll hop back over here to my new blog NatashaHanova.com.

Prizes include:

Signed copy of Edge of Truth (print or eBook – winner’s choice)
Chocolate
5-Page critique by Novel Clique (open to international entries)
5-Page critique by me (open to international entries)
$20 Amazon gift card (open to international entries)
Edge of Truth book charm necklaces
Birch leaf necklace
Secret gift I can’t wait to reveal!

The first contest begins on my new blog at 9:00 a.m. CST.

In the meantime, head over to my new blog to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway.

Thanks again for helping me celebrate this day!

IWSG: I Didn’t Give Up


***Please note, I moved my blog to NatashaHanova.com***

(same blog, new address)

IWSG

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds! (Our Twitter hashtag is #IWSG)

Alex J. Cavanaugh’s awesome co-hosts for the June 5 posting of the IWSG will be Sheena-kay Graham, Suzanne Furness, and Laura Eno!

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I almost gave up but I didn’t. Writing a book is hard. Sometimes characters won’t talk, sometimes it’s difficult to visualize the setting, sometimes the plot is like a dysfunctional steel block rather than pliable clay. When facing obstacles like this, it’s easy to give into frustration. But sometimes a story is worth fighting for. So, a writer fights and wins, but the battle isn’t over.

Next round: finding an agent, editor, or publisher. Rejections hurt (See Taking the Sting Out of Rejection here). The worse thing a writer can do is give in or give up. If writing is your passion fight for it. Read craft articles, learn how to write a winning query, network with other writers because you never know who knows somebody who knows somebody.

When I started submitting queries for my book EDGE OF TRUTH, I faced rejection and often felt discouraged. Luckily, I have a fantastic critique group (Novel Clique) who constantly supports and encourages me. I managed to get a few nibbles after re-writing my query/synopsis. Shortly after, I finally found a home for it.

I almost gave up, but I didn’t and now I have a book coming out June 6 (That’s tomorrow, people!)

So when you feel discouraged in your writing adventures, remember this:

  • Your story won’t come out perfect the first time. This is what the revisions process is for. Focus on getting the words on the page.
  • Your characters won’t shun you forever. They tend to start talking when you’re in the shower, when your head first hits the pillow, when you’re driving, or (my favorite) when you start flirting with other characters.
  • You are not the first or last author to receive rejections. J.K. Rawlings was turned down by 12 publishers before finding a home for Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone.
  • Agents, editors, publishers are just people reading a ‘piece of paper’. Rejections aren’t personal and they don’t mean your story isn’t good. It only means it’s not right for the person you sent it to.
  • Stay positive. Nothing fells negativity faster than a positive attitude. Surround yourself with an arsenal of positive thoughts and don’t allow anything negative to take root.  
  • It’s not easy, but it’s worth the fight!

What advice do you have for other writers?

So Close, Only Seven More Days


***Please note, I moved my blog to NatashaHanova.com***

(same blog, new address)

Today’s post is a bit of a mishmash because there’s so much going on right now, I don’t want to leave anything out.

Upcoming Book Release!!
First, I can’t even begin to express how excited I am about my upcoming book release on June 6. It’s only seven days away. I have milk in my fridge that’ll expire after that. How crazy is that!

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Party Like A Book Star!
Date: June 6, 2013
Time: Anytime between 8 a.m to 8 p.m. CST
Where: On my new blog (NatashaHanova.com)
Who: YOU!!!!!! (And invite a few friends)

Why? Giveaways (signed copy of Edge of Truth, Chocolate, Birch leaf necklace, $20 Amazon gift card, Bookmarks, 5-Page critique by Novel Clique). Virtual Food (including some items mentioned in the book). Witty banter (results may vary).

Hope you’ll come help me celebrate.

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Photo Credit: Frank Selmo

Shout out to my CPs
As the date that Edge of Truth comes out grows nearer, I’m filled more and more with gratitude toward my long-time critique partners. They’ve helped me reach this dream and I can’t thank them enough for their time, dedication, and continued support!

They cheer me on, don’t let me give up or give in, help me grow as a writer, etc. Most importantly, we laugh together through the good times and difficult ones, as well.

Never underestimate the power of good CPs!

Did I mention they offered to do a 5-Page critique for one lucky winner in the giveaway tomorrow?

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Results Are In…

If you participated in the Plotter vs Panster poll (excuse the alliteration) last week, the results are in, and I also posted information story structure. Find it here.

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Thanks for visiting my blog and for your continued support!

Do you have an exciting announcement? Do you have CPs? Beta reader(s)? Anyone you want to give a shout out to? Are you a plotter or panster?

I Moved!


TreesHello Everyone,

I can’t wait until Thursday for this post.  I’m too excited to announce I’m moving to my official blog/website!

Please find it here: www.NatashaHanova.com

Thank you for your continued support over the years. I look forward to starting this new chapter in the writing journey with you.

Sincerely,
Natasha Hanova