Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Cover Reveal: BROKEN by A.E. Rought

I am incredibly excited to be part of the cover reveal for my friend and Oasis sister A.E. Rought!

BROKEN releases in ebook and paper formats in January 2013 from Strange Chemistry in all English-speaking territories.

Here is the blurb:

Imagine a modern spin on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein where a young couple’s undying love and the grief of a father pushed beyond sanity could spell the destruction of them all.
A string of suspicious deaths near a small Michigan town ends with a fall that claims the life of Emma Gentry’s boyfriend, Daniel. Emma is broken, a hollow shell mechanically moving through her days. She and Daniel had been made for each other, complete only when they were together. Now she restlessly wanders the town in the late Fall gloom, haunting the cemetary and its white-marbled tombs, feeling Daniel everywhere, his spectre in the moonlight and the fog.
When she encounters newcomer Alex Franks, only son of a renowned widowed surgeon, she’s intrigued despite herself. He’s an enigma, melting into shadows, preferring to keep to himself. But he is as drawn to her as she is to him. He is strangely…familiar. From the way he knows how to open her locker when it sticks, to the nickname she shared only with Daniel, even his hazel eyes with brown flecks are just like Daniel’s. The closer they become, though, the more something inside her screams there’s something very wrong with Alex Franks.
And when Emma stumbles across a grotesque and terrifying menagerie of mangled but living animals within the walls of the Franks’ estate, creatures she surely knows must have died from their injuries, she knows.

Sounds, awesome, right?  Wait till you see the cover!

Gorgeous!  And, as a special treat, you can read the full first chapter of BROKEN!  They are posted in snippets across the blogs participating in the cover reveal.  This blog is the last snippet (of 11), so make sure to go back to the first blog to start from the beginning. (Previous snippet at

Final snippet from Chapter One of BROKEN by A.E. Rought:

Instead of settling in the living room and watching Mom read while I ignore the TV, I sit in my normal seat at the dining room table. It’s quieter here, and the faint smell of fresh cut wood from Dad’s latest project drifts up the basement stairs. A wide, dark window gapes across the table from me, a nighttime scene of the side yard and the skeletal trees reaching skyward. The branches jerk back and forth in a sharp wind, a limb cracking and plummeting to the ground—a macabre combination with the scent of wood death curling in my nose.
My cell comes to life, the vibrate setting making the pink thing look like it has legs. It jitters across the table, the screen flashing green. I don’t need to look at the display to know it’s Bree calling again. Shoveling in a forkful of potatoes and gravy, I let the call go to voice mail.
Hopefully I’ll dodge her Zombie Twins bullet tomorrow morning. Homework is on my dance card for tonight, then shower and sleep.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Post Conference Wrap Up Day Two and WINNER

I had hoped to get this posted sooner, but it has been CRAZY around here!

Anyway, thanks to all who entered my giveaway.  Rafflecopter chose the winner, and she is listed at the end of the post.

The second day of the SCBWI FL Mid-Year Workshop was fantastic.  My friend Tara recently posted a conference wrap up, and talked about her Agent Crush on Josh Adams (and, yes, he's totally Agent Crush-worthy).  I, however, developed an Editor Crush on Noa Wheeler (Henry Holt BFYR).

Anyone who gets to work with her is amazingly lucky.  She is absolutely wonderful.

To keep myself from gushing ridiculously, I'll just pass along some tidbits from the YA Track presentations.  The first thing Noa did was have us come up with 100 questions for our main character.  O.O  I know.  Luckily, they were in sets of ten, so it wasn't overwhelming.  The sets that caught me by surprise were 10 questions your character would ask, and 10 what if questions.  It was really neat to end up with 100 questions that were unique to my character and even just coming up with them helped me get to know her better.

After lunch, Noa had us write flap copy for our manuscripts, and then Nancy Werlin took us through a recent revision she had to tackle.  What stood out to me from this presentation was that even after numerous novels, and awards, Nancy still thought she was done when she wasn't.  She still had to interpret what three different beta readers meant when they all pointed out different things.  It certainly made me feel better about my own revisions. LOL.

We ended with first page critiques and some Q&A.  On this day, my only note during the first page critiques was "Telling REALLY stands out."  Honestly, I think the biggest thing I've learned from all of the first page critique sessions I've sat through is that reading aloud really is your best revision tool.  Especially for that beginning.  Because telling, awkwardness, info dumps, and inauthentic dialogue all REALLY stand out when read aloud.  It's amazing.

Anyway, I hope you were able to pick up a tidbit or two from the wrap ups.  My friend and critique partner, Christina Farley also interviewed me at the conference.  Apparently I like to talk with my hands. LOL.

And, here's the winner! Chris, please email me at lchardesty at yahoo dot com with your snail mail addy.

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Thanks everyone!  Hope you had a great Independence Day if you're from the US!