YASH winners!

Published October 11, 2015 by christinenorris

Congrats to the TEAM GREEN winner, Stephanie Ziegle! And to the winner of my personal giveaway, Melissa Robles!

I’ll be sending your prizes out soon!

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YA Scavenger Hunt — Thanks!

Published October 9, 2015 by christinenorris

Thanks to everyone to participated in the YA Scavenger Hunt! We had a ton of entries, and I have the name of the TEAM GREEN winner. She’ll be getting her book soon!

I haven’t picked the winner of my personal giveaway yet, but I will over the weekend, and then I’ll post that person’s name here and contact them.

Thanks again, guys!

YA Scavenger Hunt — Go Team Green!

Published October 1, 2015 by christinenorris

Green Team

Welcome to my stop on the YA Scavenger Hunt! I’m so happy to be hosting Tera Lynn Childs, who is an AWESOME author. She’s so awesome that she can make the clock chime  13 ... or so I’ve heard. That might be a rumor.

Anyway, Tera has provided me with some BONUS content, just for you!  Below is an excerpt from Chapter 4 of Ten Things Sloan Hates about Tru. Enjoy!

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Tru practically leaps up from the table. “I’ll do it.”

He sounds as desperate to escape as I feel.

“Me too,” I add, hurrying to grab Mrs. Dorsey’s stack of dishes and add it to mine. “I’ll help.”

“In fact,” Tru says, balancing a stack in each hand. “We’ll even do the dishes.”

I nod in agreement.

Normally chores are among my least favorite things, right after eating grilled steak and starting my senior year in Texas. But I’ll take any lifeline I can get to escape that table for any amount of time.

In the kitchen, I start rinsing off the dishes and stacking them in the sink for him to load into the dishwasher. I’m through half of them before I realize that Tru isn’t helping.

“Hey,” I say, looking over my shoulder at where he’s lounging against the counter, “this was your idea.”

He laughs. “Just wanted to see how long it would take you to notice.”

I look at the small mountain of dishes in the sink. Longer than it should have.

I stick my tongue out at him and go back to rinsing.

We quickly fall into a rhythm. I rinse the dishes and hand them to Tru so he can set them in the dishwasher.

“Sorry about that,” he says quietly.

About what? I almost ask. But when I look at him, he nods his head back toward the dining room. Toward his dad.

“Not a big deal,” I say. “He’s not the first carnivore I’ve had to take on.”

“If anyone can put David Dorsey in his place, it’s you, New York.”

I can’t tell if he’s joking or not, so I ignore it.

As I set a dish in the sink and he reaches for one, the backs of our hands brush. A shiver of tingles races up my arm and down my spine at the insignificant touch.

The next time, it happens again. At first I think it’s an accident, but then it happens every time. With each new touch, a new wave of tingles washes over me, and my heartbeat speeds up. I’m sure if I could see myself in the mirror right now my cheeks would be magenta.

The bad thing is, I think I actually like it. It’s like a game to see how he will make contact this time, how long he will make it last. And even though I know it’s a game, even though I know he’s trying to work his charms on me, I’m not immune.

I dare a quick glance, to see if he’s having the same kind of reactions, but he is studiously focused on his work. If it’s affecting him at all, it doesn’t show.

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Wasn’t that great! Don’t forget to write down the secret number and add them all up to be in the running for our team prize! I’m giving away a copy of A Curse of Ash and Iron. Leave a comment for me here so I know who dropped by!

And for the next stop, you’ll need to click on the link to go to Amy Christine Parker’s blog! Good luck!

A CURSE OF ASH AND IRON and…the title

Published August 15, 2015 by christinenorris

Okay, so now that I’ve been back from vacation for a bit, and sort of gotten my life all back in order again, I can return to my posts about CURSE. The book is still getting great reviews, even has some people talking about it on Goodreads. NINE HUNDRED people have added it to their Goodreads lists — To Be Read, or reviewed, or just read. That’s amazing to me! 900 people!

Anyway, the title. If anyone remembers, WAY back when it was a manuscript, it had another title. The original title was SMOKE AND MIRRORS. If you’ve read the book, you get why it was the title (although, I think I ended up taking out that direct reference before it went to print).

As so often happens in publishing, a title the author submits with is often NOT the title that ends up on the book. When my agent first sold it to Strange Chemistry, one of the editor’s requests was a title change. Apparently, some guy named Neil Gaiman had a book of short stories by the same name, and they wanted to avoid confusion…

Yeah.

My agent and I wracked our brains thinking of new titles. Things like MIDNIGHT and  MASQUERADE and all kinds of other crazy stuff. I think we had about a dozen rejected choices before I came up with the approved title. It started out as CURSED, which kind of reminds me of some kind of werewolf story or something. But in the end we got there. I actually like it better than the original, and it gives me something to build on for future novels of a SIMILAR nature *hint hint*

What do you all think? Like the title or no?

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Walt Disney World and Me

Published August 5, 2015 by christinenorris

We had an AWESOME time in Disney! Ten days of GO GO GO (and a little downtime — naps are necessary to survive in Disney!)

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I DID end up with two Vera Disney bags. What you need to know about them if you go is that NOT every store that carries them has every Disney pattern. Our first night I went to Downtown Disney, which is like a big shopping place with restaurants. We took the boat from our hotel right to it. I found some Vera there, and then later also at Epcot, but since I had already bought two, I didn’t get anymore. Getting everything we bought home was hard enough!

I got two Midnight with Mickey items, the Smartphone wristlet (I have another in a different pattern, and LOVE it!) and a Mini Hipster:

Midnight with Mickey Mini Hipster Bag by Vera Bradley

I saw the laser cut Mickey bag, but didn’t see the pink quilted one anywhere. But we were so busy, I didn’t have a chance to really look. SO MUCH to see!

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Yeah, I bought pink and sparkly Minnie ears. What about it?

We also visited the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal. While we didn’t love Universal in general as much as Disney, HP was AMAZING. Best part of the park, IMO.

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The dragon on top of Gringott’s breathes fire every once in awhile. And even on the ground, you can feel the heat. Awesome! I bought my own wand in Ollivanders!

And… BUTTERBEER!!!

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We had a great time, the magic of Disney and Harry Potter were definitely in force. Didn’t want to come home, and now that we are we want to go back.

Have a Magical Day!

I’m back — so where are my blog posts!

Published August 4, 2015 by christinenorris

I know, I’ve been back from vacation for over a week now, and I haven’t blogged! What is WRONG with me! Well, I was catching up on post-vacation stuff, like laundry and bills and some other stuff that had been put off until we were home. So I’m nearly all done, and I will post some blogs soon. We had a great time at Disney, and the time we spent at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter was AMAZING.

I’ll be back on track by the end of the week. I think.