Saturday, October 20, 2012

GUEST POST & GIVEAWAY WITH AUTHOR, EMMA MICHAELS

WRITING OWLET



Writing the last page of Owlet was bittersweet. When I was writing my last draft, I knew it was the last draft. I knew it was ‘the one’ and that if I tried rewriting it again, I would only diminish part of what I had created. So when I wrote the last page, I knew it was the end of the first novel and the novel I have worked the hardest on so far in my life. 



So many different authors have different reactions. Some are happy, some excited for the next step, others feel accomplished. Then you have people like me who delay writing that last page (or last ten) for as long as they can because they never want the story to end. I sat there staring at the page, knowing what I wanted to write for the last paragraph word for word, and… I sat that way for probably ten hours. 

Of course my fiancé snapped me out of it by making me chocolate chip pancakes, so I wrote the paragraph, so that he would give them to me. He knows me well enough to know that showing me chocolate and the smell of it cooking then holding it hostage can help me overcome just about anything. That or Chinese food. So naturally, I started on book two because I couldn’t stand to be without a project (in addition to a side project I added on to my list). 

But there is something else about writing that last page. While it is bittersweet because I feel like it is over, it is also really thrilling and exciting because it is only the beginning. A dear friend of mine always told me the difference between a writer and an author is that both write but authors make it a career. Their work goes out to their readers and they make a point of trying to have their writing reach as many readers as it can. 
Looking back, I was so sad to see that last page completed even if it came with a wonderful sense of accomplishment. But now, I read that last page and I smile because it proves something to me. Not that I am an author, or that chocolate pancakes are a great bribery tool, but that I was able to do it. I set out with a goal of making a character I would have been able to relate to at the time in my life where I needed it most. Who had asthma and flaws but at her core tried her best and thought logically while still having emotions that could get the best of her. Writing that last page was the closing of one chapter of my life and now I get to flip to the next chapter and I am so excited to be here! 




'Owlet' Blog Tour
Read Along Excerpt Schedule

1. October 1 - The Busy Bibliophile (guest post)  
2. October 2 - Reading to Penguins (review)  
3. October 3 (A) - The Daily Harrell (guest post)  
4. October 3 (B) - That Artsy Reader Girl (guest post)  
5. October 4 (A) - BookHounds (review & guest post)  
6. October 4 (B) - Paper Cuts YA (guest post)  
7. October 5 - Nicole Olea (review & guest post)  
8. October 8 - Synchronized Reading (guest post)  
9. October 9 - Book and a Latte (guest post)  
10. October 10 (A) - Fire Star Books (interview)  
11. October 10 (B) - Snow Drop Dreams (review & guest post)  
12. October 11 (A) - Becky's Barmy Book Blog (guest post)  
13. October 11 (B) - CeCe's Reading and Writing Safari (guest post)  
14. October 12 (A) - Readinista (interview)  
15. October 12 (B) - Jeanz Book ReadNReview (guest post)  
16. October 12 (C) - A Diary of a Book Addict (review)  
17. October 13 (A) - Krazy Book Lady (guest post)  
18. October 13 (B) - Read-Along Excerpt #18  
19. October 15 (A) - Colorimetry (interview)  
20. October 15 (B) - Book Fairy Haven (guest post)  
21. October 16 (A) - The Unread Reader   
22. October 16 (B) - Wicked Readings by Tawania (guest post)  
23. October 17 (A) - Pretty in Fiction (guest post)  
24. October 17 (B) - Reading It All (review)   
25. October 18 (A) - Close Encounters with the Night Kind (review)  
26. October 18 (B) - Quill Cafe (guest post)  
27. October 19 (A) - Michael Loring (review)  
28. October 19 (B) - For What It's Worth (guest post)  
29. October 20 (A) - Great Minds Think Aloud (review & guest post)  
30. October 20 (B) - Rather Barefoot Than Bookless (review)  
31. October 22 - Book Nerd (review)  
32. October 23 - Ali's Bookshelf Reviews (interview)  
33. October 24 - Mad Hatter Reads (review)  
34. October 25 (A) - We Do Write (guest post)  
35. October 25 (B) - Moonlight Book Reviews (guest post)  
36. October 26 - Paranormal Fantasy Addict (guest post)  
37. October 29 (A) - Paranormal & Urban Fantasy Reviews & Goodies (guest post)  
38. October 29 (B) - Novel d'Tales (review)  
39. October 30 (A) - My Guilty Obsession (review)  
40. October 30 (B) - Nick's Book Blog (interview)  
41. October 31 - One Book at a Time (review & guest post)  
42. November 1 (A) - Tiffany's Bookshelf (review)  
43. November 1 (B) - Fangs, Wands & Fairy Dust (guest post)  
44. November 2 (A) - Splash of Our Worlds (review)  
45. November 2 (B) - I'd So Rather Be Reading (review)  
46. November 5 (A) - Radiant Shadows (review)  
47. November 5 (B) - Kindle and Me (guest post)  
48. November 6 (A) - Unabridged Andralyn (guest post)  
49. November 6 (B) - Lynn Thompson Books (review)  
50. November 7 (A) - What's on Jen's Bookshelf? (guest post)  
51. November 7 (B) - Jean Book Nerd (review & guest post)  
52. November 8 (A) - Breathe in Books (review & guest post)  
53. November 8 (B) - Fighter Writer (guest post)  
54. November 9 (A) - Cocktails & Books (review)  
55. November 9 (B) - Walking on Bookshelves (review & guest post)  
56. November 9 (C) - Offbeat Vagabond (review)  
57. November 10 - Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer (guest post)  
58. November 12 (A) - Claire Louise Reads (guest post)  
59. November 12 (B) - Mother Gamer Writer (guest post)  
60. November 13 (A) - The Bookworm (guest post)  
61. November 13 (B) - Novels on the Run (review & guest post)  
62. November 13 (C) - A Dream within a Dream (guest post)  
63. November 14 (A) - The Solitary Bookworm (review & guest post)  
64. November 14 (B) - Identity Discovery (review & interview)  
65. November 15 (A) - Reading Challenged (review)  
66. November 15 (B) - Only God Can Make a Tree (review)  
67. November 16 (A) - The Top Shelf (review & guest post)  
68. November 16 (B) - Andi's Young Adult Books (review & guest post)  
69. November 19 (A) - Lauren's Crammed Bookshelf (review)  
70. November 19 (B) - Chapter by Chapter (guest post)  
71. November 20 - Turning the Pages (review)  
72. November 21 - Flutey Words (guest post)  
73. November 22 - Book Briefs (review)  
74. November 23 - Simply Infatuated (guest post)  
75. November 24 - Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf (interview)  
76. November 26 - Fictional Candy (guest post)  
77. November 27 - YA-aholic (review)  
78. November 28 - Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers (review)  
79. November 29 - Bookworm Lisa (review)  
80. November 30 - Lizzy's Dark Fiction (guest post)  
81. December 3 (A) - Kindred Dreamheart (review)  
82. December 3 (B) - whoopeeyoo (review)  
83. December 4 - Nightly Reading (review & interview)  
84. December 5 - Sara's Organized Chaos (review)  
85. December 6 - Once Upon a Twilight (review)  
86. December 7 - The Bookish Babes (review)  
87. December 10 (A) - A Chick Who Reads (review)  
88. December 10 (B) - Electrifying Reviews (review)  
89. December 11 - Shiirleyy's Bookshelf (guest post)  
90. December 12 - Good Choice Reading (guest post)  
91. December 13 - Christie's Book Reviews (review)  
92. December 14 - Keeping It Real with Lucy (review & interview)  
93. December 17 - What's Beyond Forks? (review)  
94. December 18 - Lynn Thompson Books (guest post)  
95. December 19 - The Character Connection (guest post)  
96. December 20 - Rainy Day Ramblings (review)  
97. December 21 - Leisure Reads (review)  
98. December 27 - Artsy Musings of a Bibliophile  
99. December 28 - The Musings of a Book Addict (review)  
100. December 29 - Jenn Renee Read (review & guest post)  
101. December 30 (A) - Young Adult Book Reviews (guest post)  
102. December 30 (B) - Reader Girls (review & interview)  
103. December 31 - Little Library Muse (review)  

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Owlet Summary


Somewhere between falling and flying… there is a girl.

Iris has a secret. She lost her memory eight years ago and never told a living soul. After an asthma attack one night she finds out that her dreams of a strange house on a snowy island may be a memory resurfacing but the more she learns about the past the more she realizes the life she has been living is a lie. As the façade her father has built starts to crumble around her she will have to decide which means more to her; the truth or her life.

Emma Michaels' Bio:


Emma Michaels is the author of the ‘A Sense of Truth’ and ‘Society of Feathers’ series. Her goal with her latest YA novel 'Owlet' is to give others what she did not have growing up; a strong female protagonist with asthma. While her previous aspiration was to be a lady knight she realized that not being able to run more than a few feet might become a hindrance so turned to writing instead. Her day jobs include being a cover artist, marketing consultant and silk screen designer. 

As the founder of The Writers Voice blog (http://OurBooksOurVoice.Blogspot.com) she loves to connect authors and readers. As a book blogger turned author, she was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, until she moved at eighteen to Washington State. Suddenly, the world was a new place filled with tall green trees that reached further for the sky with every moment, making her want to do the same. Ever since, she has tried to make her life something new and different from what it was before, pursuing her future career, setting high goals and reaching for them. With the support of her fiancé, Chihuahua, and her amazing blog followers and fellow bloggers, she wants to prove to the world that anything is possible and help inspire fellow literary lovers to reach for their dreams.

eBook
ISBN: 9780985792213
ISBN: 9781476473338
Pages: 170
Release: October 13, 2012

Buy links go live on October 13, 2012. PDF buy link is live and available for pre-orders.

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3 comments:

  1. Read-Along Excerpt:


    The ferry ride only made Iris’ emotions intensify, and by the time the ferry had pulled into the island dock Iris was ready to jump over the ropes. She held on to the necklace with so much force that her hand started to go numb.

    “Am I really here?” she asked, not realizing she was speaking out loud.

    The deck hand smiled at her, pulling the rope away and watching her run across the dock and onto the island before Diana even made it out to the deck.

    Forget who you were back at the other house; remember who you are here.

    Iris ran until she found the path from her dreams. The exact spot she had always landed in the snow after her nightly flight had come to an end. Even without the falling white feathers and the snow beneath her feet Iris was sure she was there. She was absolutely sure she was home.

    He is here.

    She felt something at her side and heard a soft snap but when she turned to look nothing was there and her heart was pounding so fast that when she looked down she realized that her overwhelming emotions had made her run—something she never allowed herself to do. Her chest was so tight that it felt like someone had clamped it shut. She tried to breathe deeply but instead felt her lungs whistle, and started to cough.

    You still won’t accept me, even here. You still won’t listen to me.

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  2. Kitty, thanks for your support of "Owlet!"

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  3. This book looks great! I love the cover and excerpt. Thank for the chance to win!
    -Brooke Banks

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