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December 27, 2013

The #12DaysofYA giveaway extravaganza continues with day three. Check back every day for another prize and more chances to win.*


On the third day of Christmas,

my author loves gave to me…

a copy of Just For Fins,

a copy of Sweet Shadows, and

a copy of Sweet Legacy.


a Rafflecopter giveaway


*giveaway open to entrants 13 or older with a US mailing address


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December 26, 2013

The #12DaysofYA giveaway extravaganza continues with day two. Check back every day for another prize and more chances to win.*


On the second day of Christmas,

my author loves gave to me…

a copy of Sweet Shadows, and

a copy of Sweet Legacy.


a Rafflecopter giveaway


*giveaway open to entrants 13 or older with a US mailing address


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December 25, 2013

Welcome to the #12DaysofYA giveaway extravaganza. This is only the first of many (okay, a dozen) great prizes (aka free books) that you can win this holiday season. Check back every day for another prize and more chances to win.*


On the first day of Christmas,

my author loves gave to me…

a copy of Sweet Legacy.


a Rafflecopter giveaway


*giveaway open to entrants 13 or older with a US mailing address


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December 24, 2013

It’s Christmas Eve and, well, since I have big things planned for the blog tomorrow, I thought I would go ahead and wish everyone a very Merry Christmas today.

Merry Christmas

And speaking of the big things planned for the blog tomorrow…


The 12 Days of YA begins tomorrow and this means big time giveaways. Big time. Here’s a teaser of the prizes that will be up for grabs.


12 Days of YA


Tune in tomorrow (and every day after that until January 5th) for your chance to win.


(Note: This giveaway will only be open to entrants with US mailing address.)


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December 20, 2013

Picture it: Madison, Wisconsin, December 2013.


My mom and I were traveling for her work, and while she was out doing business during the day, I hung out in Starbucks finishing my first ever book.


That book, a never-to-be-published Regency historical romance called Summer Sapphire, was not the first book I started. But it was the first one I finished. (Sorry, Club Scene, I don’t think I’ll ever get you to the end.) I’d started many manuscripts in many genres. This one, though, was different. This one, I entered in the RWA‘s Golden Heart contest.


The magic of the Golden Heart contest is that you enter (and pay your fee) in November and you don’t have to submit the finished manuscript until December. So when you’re still optimistic in early November, you commit to the contest. Then come the end of the month you realize OMIGOD I HAVE TO FINISH BECAUSE I ALREADY PAID $50!!!


And I did.


That external deadline is how I finally finished Summer Sapphire, on a cozy sofa in wintry Wisconsin, while happily sipping away on Iced Passion Tea Lemonades…


As amazing as it seems now, that first manuscript actually finaled in the Golden Heart, which is why I came back to writing after giving up for a few months. But that’s a story for another day. (Remind me to tell it come July.)


It is mind-boggifying to think that I have been on this writing track for over a decade.


This is not an easy career and at times it feels like being on a runaway roller coaster of emotions and no wonder so many writers (and other artists) are depressed, neurotic, and/or unstable. Anyone who’s been around me for more than five minutes has heard me whine and complain about this crazy-making business, but the truth is… I wouldn’t want to be doing anything else.


*pictures jobs that require actual pants*


*shudders*


So, one decade down… and hopefully many more to come.


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December 19, 2013

Inspired by Andy Hertzenberg, I’ve decided I need to do a favorite holiday movies post (preferably before the holidays are over, but I’ve been away from blogging so long that I’m not going to be picky). The only problem is… I only have four favorites and a “Top 4″ does not sound very glamorous. Hopefully by the time I get to the end of the list I’ll have come up with another winner. Here goes, in random order…


White Christmas


White Christmas


A Charlie Brown Christmas


A Charlie Brown Christmas


How the Grinch Stole Christmas!


How the Grinch Stole Christmas (the original!)


(Oh wait, I just came up with my fifth movie. Yippeee!)


Holiday in Handcuffs


Holiday in Handcuffs


Love Actually


Love Actually


A few more honorable mentions came to mind while searching, including Nightmare Before Christmas, While You Were Sleeping, and It’s a Wonderful Life (which should never, ever, ever have a sequel).


Those are my favorites. What are yours?


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November 8, 2013

OMG, a blog! (Don’t freak out.)


It’s November, which means it’s National Novel Writing Month. Wheee! I’ve only successfully done NaNoWriMo once before, back in 2010 when I sped through the first draft of a book I was afraid to write.


This year I am determined to not only write the first draft of the fourth City Chicks book (which doesn’t have a title yet) but to also finish the third City Chicks book, Trying Texas. Go, go, Cassie and Genevieve!


I am also, as always, juggling about 87 other things at the same time—life has perfect timing, right?—including (but not limited to):



the Nevada SCBWI retreat the weekend before NaNo
the Vegas Valley Book Festival the first weekend of NaNo
Goddess In Time release day the first week of NaNo
a write-in with the Neon Scribblers
going to see Guys & Dolls with Mom
a major Las Vegas RWA meeting on the 16th
an LVRWA board meeting
redesigning the SILV website
an SILV board meeting
a writing workshop at Barnes & Noble
critiquing a novella for Shana Galen
writing a new Forgive My Fins short story for a magazine

And those are just the ones I can remember!


I’m going to draw on every ounce of discipline and motivation I can find, even the little gunky bits down by my toes, to get those two books done this month.


Are you NaNoing this year? How’s it going?


And if you want to buddy me, my profile is nanowrimo.org/participants/teralynnchilds.


Happy writing!


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October 3, 2013

Temporary blog un-hiatus to join in on the Fall 2013 YA Scavenger Hunt!


YA Scavenger Hunt



Welcome to YA Scavenger Hunt! This tri-annual event was first organized by author Colleen Houck as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors…and a chance to win some awesome prizes! On this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author, you also get a clue for the hunt. Add up the clues, and you can enter for our prize–one lucky winner will receive one signed book from each author on the hunt in my team! But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online for 72 hours!


This season’s hunt goes live at 12:00 noon Pacific Time on Thursday, October 3rd and will end at 12:00 noon Pacific Time on Sunday, October 6th!


Team Gold

Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are TWO contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the GOLD TEAM–but there are also red and blue teams for two chances to win a whole different set of twenty-five signed books!


If you’d like to find out more about the hunt, see links to all the authors participating, and see the full list of prizes up for grabs, go to the YA Scavenger Hunt homepage.


SCAVENGER HUNT PUZZLE

Directions: Below, you’ll notice that I’ve listed my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the gold team, and then add them up (don’t worry, you can use a calculator!).


Entry Form: Once you’ve added up all the numbers, make sure you fill out the form here to officially qualify for the grand prize. Only entries that have the correct number will qualify.


Rules: Open internationally, anyone below the age of 18 should have a parent or guardian’s permission to enter. To be eligible for the grand prize, you must submit the completed entry form by October 6th, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.


MY SPECIAL GUEST

Victoria Scott


Today, I am hosting VICTORIA SCOTT on for the YA Scavenger Hunt! Victoria Scott is the author of the DANTE WALKER trilogy (Entangled Teen) and the FIRE & FLOOD series (Scholastic). She has a master’s degree in marketing, and lives in Dallas with her husband. Victoria loves cotton candy and chubby cats.


Find out more on her website or check out THE LIBERATOR here!


HER BONUS CONTENT

The Liberator



When Dante is given his first mission as a liberator to save the soul of seventeen-year-old Aspen, he knows he’s got this. But Aspen reminds him of the rebellious life he used to live and is making it difficult to resist sinful temptations. Though Dante is committed to living clean for his girlfriend Charlie, this dude’s been a playboy for far too long…and old demons die hard.



Today, Victoria is sharing the title and release date of the final Dante Walker installment!


It feels like a lifetime ago that my agent sold the rights to the Dante Walker trilogy to Entangled Teen. I guess in actuality it was January 2011 when I got the call. Since then, you guys have been along for this amazing journey, and I’ll be equally exhilarated and saddened when this experience ends. Since even before the second book released, I’ve been bombarded with questions about what will come next. Well, I’m finally able to announce that the last and final book in the Dante Walker trilogy will be called:



THE WARRIOR



What’s more, I have a shiny release date to share with you as well. The Warrior will be in bookstores everywhere May 6, 2014. Thank you to everyone who has supported me, and who has loved (or hated!) Dante Walker. Hugs!


Don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of signed books by me, Victoria Scott, and more! To enter, you need to know that my favorite number is 11. Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the gold team and you’ll have all the secret code to enter for the grand prize!


BONUS GIVEAWAY

Because I’m feeling extra generous, I’m hosting a bonus giveaway. That’s MORE free books on top of all the books you can win in the main YA Scavenger Hunt contest. The prize pack includes:



1 signed paperback of The Year of Secret Assignments by Jaclyn Moriarty
1 signed paperback of Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini
1 signed paperback of Die For Me by Amy Plum
1 ARC of Hereafter by Kate Brian
1 signed hardcover of Shadowlands by Kate Brian
1 signed hardcover of Nobody by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

I’ve been collecting these prizes all year, and now’s your chance to win! (US/Canada only)


a Rafflecopter giveaway


CONTINUE THE HUNT

To keep going on your quest for the hunt, you need to check out TRISHA WOLFE!


Tweet #YASH


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September 30, 2013

Watch this space at noon Pacific Time on Thursday, October 6th for the latest installment of the amazingly awesome YA Scavenger Hunt. So many terrific YA authors, so much bonus material, and so many free books!


FYI, my extra will be the first scene from GODDESS IN TIME, the new Oh. My. Gods. novella that comes out November 5th.


Goddess In Time


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August 8, 2013

Welcome to the brand new teralynnchilds.com!


As you can see, I’ve changed things up around here. There’s been some sprucing and refining and even a little extra awesome thrown in, just for you. All the pages are now as up-to-date as I can make them and everything I know about everything is here.


There’s going to be a bit of a change on the blog, too.


For right now, the blog is on indefinite hiatus. I’m busy writing new books and novellas and, honesty, wouldn’t you rather read those than a random string of blog posts?


When I come back to blogging, I’ll be moving away from Blogger. I love that platform and it’s been good to me for years, but it’s time for an upgrade. The future blog will now be hosted on my site (yay) and that makes everything about twenty-seven times easier.


If you want to read the old stuff, head over to teralynnchilds.blogspot.com, because that will always be there. I’ll eventually bring some of the best from Blogger over here.


And if you want to keep up to date on the latest, be sure to sign up for my free newsletter!









Now that we’re all reacquainted, take some time to look around and tell me what you think. I hope you love the new site as much as I do!


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