Those of you who know me know that I like to write vivid scenes. There is a simple reason for this - most of my books start off as dreams. Not the flat, black/white dreams most people think of when then think of dreaming. But Blockbuster, Full-Action, Movies that play in an endless loop in my head. Stories so full and real it takes me a minute after I've woken up to realize they were a dream.
Most of my dreaming happens at night. But when I am working on a particular piece, the scenes pop into my daydreams as well. In fact, every one of my books has had at least one of the scenes play out in my dreams first. I could be sitting at my desk, or more often in my car, thinking about nothing in particular when... WHAM! I am transported into a daydream ripped from my current WIP. It is in this state that I generally solve the nagging questions, get myself out of plot traps, or discover new, deeper, levels to the story.
Over the past several months, I have not had these dreams - at night or in the day. I haven't written, nor been inspired, nor given much thought to my fiction. That changed a week ago. I had a powerful dream about me, the writer. I was encouraged to push forward. Shortly after that dream, my daydreams returned. And now...now I am beginning to chip away at my blockage.
The dreams aren't as vivid yet, or as intense. But based on the thoughts trolling through my head as I write this blog post, I can see that my days of not writing are coming to an end.
And I am thrilled!!!
I end this post as I started it - asking you this:
Do you dream in color? Do your dreams influence your stories in some way?
Many of you have heard about Collide becoming a finalist in the 2015 Kindle Book Awards. But if you didn't hear about - here is the scoop.
I entered Collide on a whim, really. I love the book, but it hasn't really gained the traction I hoped it would. Now, as I really work on the sequel (a previously abandoned miss that really needs to get finished), I am loving the storytelling again. I was thrilled when it made it into the semi-finals. And when I found out that it had made it into the finals - the top five in each category - I was blown-away. The timing of the news was perfect, helping me to move forward on the project and not abandon it.
Thursday I'll find out who wins the Kindle Book Awards in each category. I am hopeful and content with whatever the outcome may be. Making it this far has been fabulous. Especially when the judges of the award have stated that the field is very competitive this year.
Regardless of how things turn out, I am busy working on Outbreak. I am determined to have it ready to release before the end of the year. And I'm finishing up the series at the same time so there isn't such a long time between books this time around.
I've been gone for a long time. In truth, I have been trying to decide what blogging means to me. Heck, what writing means to me. In the process, I've changed my day-job, pulling that part of myself more into alignment with the things that are important to me. I've also freed up time for writing, blogging, etc. In short, I've been going through a ton of change. All good, I assure you. But something that has taken quite a bit of time and contemplation. In the end, I think I have figured out the "why" behind my writing and coaching careers - something I've been searching for. More on that in future posts. This post is simply to say I'm back. My goal is to post with more regularity - 1-3 times/weekly depending on what is going on in my life. In addition, I am sharing links about creativity and writing daily on my Facebook author page. If you aren't following it, you may want to go and give it a like. I plan to post my thoughts related to writing, the creative process, inspiration and similar topics. If there are other things you'd like to know about, please leave a little note in the comments. I miss the conversations and connections we shared in the past through this blog and am hoping to reconnect. Enjoy the week and I can't wait to chat again...
I hope you all enjoyed the YA Scavenger Hunt. I really appreciate the new visitors and new Newsletter Peeps - you won't regret signing up! I am starting a new story that will first be serialized to all of you - my newsletter readers. Cool, yes???
First, however, I wanted to announce the winners of my bonus giveaway for 10 digital copies of COLLIDE. Book #2 in the series, OUTBREAK, will be out this summer
Hello! I am Christine Fonseca,your hostess for this leg of the hunt. About MeI write YA romance, paranormal thrillers and scary stories. Oh, and I also write self-help books! I'm a lover of books, lattes, and family. I'm passionate about humanity and a believer in dreams.Writing is my second career - or maybe my third... I love to explore the depths of humanity - one word at a time! You are currently hunting onTEAM PURPLE!
Looking for my exclusive bonus content? You’ll have to keep searching.Somewhere on this blog hop, you'll find a teaser from COLLIDE, the first book in my current series, the Solomon Experiments. You'll also find the new cover for book #2, OUTBREAK,and get to read the book description to get a hint as to what is going to happen. Before you go looking for it, check out the amazing author I’m hosting.But, first, a few rules:SCAVENGER HUNT PUZZLE RULESDirections: Below, you’ll notice that I’ve listed my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on TEAM PURPLE, and then add them up (don’t worry, you can use a calculator!)HINT: THE SECRET NUMBER IS HIGHLIGHTED IN PURPLE!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 SUNDAY, APRIL 5, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.On this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each participating YA author, you also get a secret number. Add up the numbers, and enter it for a chance to win a major prize–one lucky winner will receive at least one signed book from each author on my team in the hunt! But play fast. This contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online until noon PST on Sunday, April 5th!There are EIGHT contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of TEAM PURPLE, but there is also a RED TEAM, GOLD TEAM, ORANGE TEAM, BLUE TEAM, TEAL TEAM, PINK TEAM & GREEN TEAM! Check out each team for a chance to win six different sets of 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 page.Now that all the technical stuff is out of the way, I’ll introduce the author I am hosting on this hunt.I am super excited to be hosting…JULI CALDWELL! JULI CALDWELL’S BIO:Juli Caldwell holds a degree in English from Weber State University. She loves to travel and writes books everyone in the family can enjoy. Her titles include middle grade fantasy, YA paranormal and romance.
Christine here - OOhh, she loves to travel? ME TOO!!! I am planning on 3 trips this summer; yep 3. Did you get that....3
The book Juli is showcasing in the YA Scavenger Hunt this season isPSYCHED A little about Psyched: When Aisi Turay meets Vance on the single worst day of her life, she finds a guy who just might be the first person ever to get her, to believe in her, and to out-random her with bizarre observations at the worst possible moment. There's just something about him that she knows she can trust. Together, Aisi and Vance wander through the memories of others to unlock the secrets of her past while battling a demon who wants to ensure she never finds what she's looking for. Aisi vanquishes demons all the time, but Malus Indolus is too strong. And he has plans for her...and her family. Christine here again - man, this book sounds AWESOME!!!! Okay - back to Juli's content: A Psyched Top Five:1. Aisi appeared in my head, fully formed and all kinds of sassy, as I sat in a college linguistics class. I may or may not have gotten a D+ on the next test because I had to write down what she was telling me so I didn't forget. (Oh, who am I kidding? That session was a review for a test on what shape the mouth makes when we say particular sounds. I was gonna get a low grade anyway. I have never been more proud of a B- as I was of the one I got in linguistics class!) 2. You say her name A.C., not icy. 3. I used African mythology and the Apocrypha to come up with her abilities and family history—her dad is from Africa. Aisi is a Mende word that means ‘sunshine.’ It's her dad’s nickname for her and just one thing the demon uses to taunt her through the book. 4. Her last name, Turay, is a West African surname, since her dad called Sierra Leone home before he fled to the US as a refugee of the Blood Diamond Wars. Or so he says…5. My bad guy, Malus Indoles, is a demon who know Aisi’s dad from the old days in Africa. His name means Evil Genius in Latin. Don’t worry, Aisi mocks him appropriately for making up such a lame name for himself. But wait! There’s more!(sorry, I couldn't help myself.) Psyched has a sequel, coming out in May, and participants in #YASH are included in the exclusive cover reveal for the scavenger hunt. I hope you’re as excited as I am that FREAKED is coming, and that Aisi and Malus are back. You’re the first to see this, and I’m so excited to share it with you! Aisi Turay is losing it. Literally.A couple of months ago, she could see ghosts and help them move on, or vanquish any demons in her way with a few choice insults. Now? Not so much, and she’s pretty sure her least favorite demon is behind it.Malus Indoles is back. He’s stronger than the last time she faced him, wielding power she never imagined a demon could have. Aisi realizes that he’s just a henchman for something worse, something much more powerful…something that wants everyone she loves out of the way.As Malus brings the worst he’s got and then some, Aisi wages a fight for her life...maybe even for her soul. Exclusive excerpt from Freaked, coming May 2015!After a brisk jog down the road with Leo on her back, Aisi’s adrenaline started to wear off. Exhaustion, both physical and mental, crept in, bringing a sense of hopelessness with it. She stopped in the middle of the road. The hot afternoon sun burning through the muggy air scorched her neck. She dropped Leo to the ground.“Where are we going, Aisi?”“I don’t know.”“We have to find Mom!”“I know.”“And Dad.”“I know.”“We have to hurry, Aisi!” Panic rose in Leo’s squeaky voice.“Thanks for the update, Captain Obvious.” Inhaling, she opened her mouth to rip into him for nagging her with information she already knew, but her jaw just dropped as she looked at her little brother. His skinny legs shook. He clamped his hands over his eyes and wrenched his neck back and forth.“Leo, what’s—”“Make them stop!” he shrieked.Aisi whirled. She saw no one. “Who do you see, Leo?”“Just make them stop!” He clawed at his hair, as if something were crawling over the top of his head.“I got you, little man.” Aisi closed her eyes and shut out his cries of fear and pain. Clenching her cold fists, she whispered, “Ostende té et relinquo, diabolus.” Her soul surged with an icy burn deep in her chest as every part of her demanded that her adversaries appear and release Leo. The excuse of not being able to fight what couldn’t be seen had to stop.When she opened her eyes, Leo threw himself at her. She embraced him and glared defiantly at what she saw. Black shadows with gleaming red eyes surrounded them. “I’m done with you,” she hissed, her eyes narrowing as she spun on the spot, locking onto every set of eyes leering back at her. “You will never touch my brother again. Ever. Got it?” If you'd like me to send you an email when Freaked is available, you can leave a comment on my blog, Facebook page, or message me on Twitter. Christine again - wow! This does sound fantastic. Thanks for sharing this Juli!!! And don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of signed books by me, Stephanie Keys, Juli Caldwell, Amy Evans, and many more! To enter, you need to write down my favorite number, find all the other numbers on TEAM PURPLE add them up, and you’ll have the secret code to enter for the grand prize!
Hop on over to Amy Evans blog for the next leg of the hunt.Thank you so much for visiting my website! While you’re here don’t forget to enter the bonus contest I am running exclusively during the YA Scavenger Hunt. For an extra bonus entry, leave a comment on this blog post and answer the following: If you could have any super power or psychic ability, what would it be??? HAVE FUN! Ten winners will receive digital copies of the first book in my series, COLLIDE! Good luck everyone!Enter the rafflecopter below for a chance to win, a Rafflecopter giveaway
WOW! I have really deserted this blog, haven't I -
Well, you'll be happy to know I am BACK with lots of fun things this week - including the Spring 2015 YA Scavenger Hunt.
This year there are eight outstanding teams. I'm part of #TeamPurple! The Scavenger Hunt runs from April 2nd through April 5th beginning and ending at noon Pacific time on those days.
If you've never been a part of the hunt before you should give it a try. It runs like a giant blog hop, introducing you to new YA authors and books along the way. There are tons of prizes including a grand prize for each team.
If you win one of the grand prizes you will get a book from each author on that team! For more information and to make sure you get hunt updates, sign up for news on the #YASH website.
For my part, I am revealing both a new excerpt from COLLIDE, but also the new cover and Blurb for OUTBREAK, book #2 in the series. On THIS BLOG I will be giving away 10 ebook copies of Collide. You really won't want to miss out on this fabulous and fun event, but play fast because the hunt is only live for three days.
And now, here are the teams! Just check out all of these amazing books! I hope you are all as excited as I am!
Merry Christmas! I will be taking the next week off and trying my hardest to stay off-line, not only to spend time with my family but also to finish a couple of projects that need to be done before the new year. Before I leave I wanted to share one of my favorite Christmas stories with all of you. Let this story inspire you and bring light into your world between now and the New Year. As some of you may know, my mother was a minister. My favorite time of year to watch her at the pulpit was Christmas. Mom loved Christmas — everything about Christmas. Trimming the tree, caroling, and the sermons she would share throughout the season. Her favorite, however, was the candle-lighting service held Christmas Eve at our church. My mother did not create the service – that was done prior to her becoming the faith leader at the church. But she did take the service to a special place, treating it as though it was the sacrament of communion. Indeed this service was a communion in light. Simple, elegant, and inspirational. About 5 years or so before she died, I asked my mom to share the service with me so that I, in my home or wherever I am, could celebrate the way I remembered celebrating as a child. Now many churches do candle-lighting services of one form or another. What I loved about this one was the colors she used for each candle and for the symbolism she presented through the service. It’s that symbolism that I want to share with you today. My mom believed deeply in the story of the Nativity, holding each member of that sacred scene in a position of honor. What you see below is a representation of how she viewed each character and what they symbolized in the story of the Nativity. Candles were set up on an altar with a tall, white taper in the center to represent the Christ.To the left were three smaller tapers as follows — red to represent Mary and the purity of her divine love; yellow to represent Joseph and the highest of divine wisdom; blue to represent the shepherds and the innocence of a child. To the right of the tall white taper were another group of three smaller tapers — green to represent Melchior, the first of the three wise men. His was the gift of gold to represent the prosperity of spirit; orange to represent Gaspar, the second wise man. His gift was frankincense to represent the purest and deepest devotion; the last candle was purple to represent Balthezar the last of the wise men. He gave myrrh and the candle represents the gift of healing. In this candle-lighting service, parishioners were asked to pick a candle and light it from any (or many) of the seven candles focusing on those attributes that you wanted to work on and pray on in the upcoming year. I always remember this service as setting the tone for my new year. Music was played, usually by one of the harpist from the LA Philharmonic who just happened to be parishioners. It was a breathtaking service and when mom gave me permission to replicate that service in our home a guaranteed that one of my favorite traditions would continue. Now that my children are growing up and beginning to leave the home, I know the time will come when I can pass this tradition on to them. It is my hope that if the symbolic meaning of the Nativity and what this candle-lighting service can truly represent has meaning to you that you share it. Replicate it for yourselves and hold the meaning of Christmas and the season of light in your heart. Blessings to you and your family. May you all have a happy and healthy New Year. I have exciting things to bring to you in 2015 including six new books before we hit summer! Until then, enjoy all that this season has to bring.
Hi everyone! Happy Wednesday. I, for one, can't wait the week to be over. My oldest is home from college in three short days and I couldn't be more excited. But that isn't what this blog post is about.
It's about my shiny new cover. Elana Johnson is helping me out with a cover reveal for my next book, Indie and Proud. But as I was prepping for that post, I realized that isn't the only cover I have ready to share. I have COVER-S. That's right, covers plural. Three to be exact. CHECK THEM OUT! INDIE AND PROUDYou did it! You achieved your dream of writing and publishing your book. You should be happy. Instead you feel trapped in an ever-changing publishing race, stressed over the never-ending to-do list, and frustrated with yourself for continuing to doubt your talents, despite achieving your goals. Face it, being a creative is difficult, and achieving some measure of success in the business doesn’t make you immune to your own fears and doubts. If anything, your achievements have added even more pressures. Indie and Proud shines a light on those fears and pressures, providing tools to deal with your frustrations and embrace your passions again. Presented in an easy-to-read, conversational style, the book uses everyday examples and stories from writers and other artists to help artists find and maintain their balance in the exciting world of independent publishing. With specific strategies to address self-doubt, underlying fears, and the truly intense nature of being creative, Indie and Proud is a must read for anyone ready to embrace everything it means to be Indie. Coming February 2, 2015Available for Pre-order on Amazon
RAISING THE SHY CHILD: A Parent's Guide To Social AnxietyThe fear of being judged by others in social activities is a common human experience, especially during childhood. But when the fear becomes all-consuming, it can disrupt daily functioning and the development of social competency. Raising the Shy Child: A Parent's Guide to Social Anxiety takes a fresh look at social anxiety disorder, coupling the latest in research trends with evidence-based strategies and real-world stories to untangle the complexities of this disorder. Presented in an easy-to-read, conversational style, the book uses a combination of real-world examples and stories from adults and children with social anxiety disorder to show parents and educators how to help children find a path through their fear and into social competence. With specific strategies to address school refusal, bullying, and identity issues, Raising the Shy Child is a must-read resource for anyone dedicated to enhancing the lives of children. Coming March 1, 2015 from Prufrock PressAvailable for Pre-order on Amazon
I'M NOT JUST GIFTED: Social-Emotional Curriculum for Guiding Gifted StudentsWhat does it mean to be a successful person? What traits and characteristics define successful people? Why do gifted children, in particular, need a strong affective curricula in order to maximize their potential? These questions and more are explored in this guide to helping gifted children in grades 4-7 as they navigate the complicated social and emotional aspects of their lives. This curriculum is designed to help gifted children explore their giftedness, develop resiliency, manage their intensities, face adversities and tough situations, and cultivate their talents and passions. Including lesson plans, worksheets, and connections to Common Core State Standards, I'm Not Just Gifted is the practical guide necessary for anyone serving and working with gifted children. Coming May 15, 2015 from Prufrock PressAvailable for Pre-order on Amazon I don't know about you, but I am so freakin excited! I am also planning a few fiction releases - so I will be sharing that information soon...ish.... Until next time, what books are you excited for???
Happy Holidays everyone! I can't believe 2014 is nearly over. And with the new year starting, comes all sorts of excitement. New books, new dreams, new goals. All very exciting.
One of my New Year's goals is to be around the blog a bit more. But, that can't happen until I finish up this month and enjoy time with my family.
As I head back into my writing cave and prepare for a CRAZY SIX MONTHS filled with releases and more, I wanted to share some exciting news...
My next nonfiction book, and the first one being released in 2015, INDIE AND PROUD is available for preorder NOW. You'll be seeing the cover blitz around the web this week, along with a few other cool things.
So what's the book about? Check it out:
You did it! You achieved your dream of writing and publishing your book. You should be happy. Instead you feel trapped in an ever-changing publishing race, stressed over the never-ending to-do list, and frustrated with yourself for continuing to doubt your talents, despite achieving your goals. Face it, being a creative is difficult, and achieving some measure of success in the business doesn’t make you immune to your own fears and doubts. If anything, your achievements have added even more pressures. Indie and Proud shines a light on those fears and pressures, providing tools to deal with your frustrations and embrace your passions again. Presented in an easy-to-read, conversational style, the book uses everyday examples and stories from writers and other artists to help artists find and maintain their balance in the exciting world of independent publishing. With specific strategies to address self-doubt, underlying fears, and the truly intense nature of being creative, Indie and Proud is a must read for anyone ready to embrace everything it means to be Indie.
Check out the early praise:
“The information Christine has to share is both brilliant and essential for every indie author. She covers the practical subjects we want to know as well all the things no one wants to talk about; the stress, the doubts and the emotional rollercoasters that we as artists struggle with. Christine will help you deal with it all so you can hold onto your job and love it.” – Devri Walls, author of The Solus Series
“I am an indie author, and proud of it. But give me five minutes, and I might not feel quite as confident about it. That's why I'm very grateful for the class, Indie and Proud, that I took from Christine Fonseca. In her class I learned that fear is a part of every day, every new and challenging thing--I can either let the fear disable me, or let it be the driving force to enable me. I'm excited for the book Indie and Proud because it'll be like having that amazing and inspiring class in my pocket every day. I want to be indie and proud all the time--Ms. Fonseca's book is my new favorite reminder that yes, I really can do this!”– Ali Cross, award-winning author of the Become series
To celebrate and say THANK YOU for all of the support over the years, I decided to give everyone who preorders some very special bonus material - a workbook companion to the novel that highlights and expands on all of the special lessons in the book. This is ONLY available to preorders and will be taken down just after the book releases in February.