I know I’ve not been blogging much lately, but I have a special treat today. Eileen Cook’s new book: Year of Mistaken Discoveries is coming out on February 25, and I wanted to make sure you knew about it. Eileen is not only one of my favorite authors, but I’m also fortunate enough to be able to call her a friend. Here’s a bit about her new book!
Friendship is a bond stronger than secrets in this novel from the author of The Almost Truth and Unraveling Isobel.
As first graders, Avery and Nora bonded over a special trait they shared—they were both adopted.
Years later, Avery is smart, popular, and on the cheerleading squad, while Nora spends her time on the fringes of school society, wearing black, reading esoteric poetry, and listening to obscure music. They never interact…until the night Nora approaches Avery at a party, saying it’s urgent. She tells Avery that she thought she found her birth mom—but it turned out to be a cruel lie. Avery feels for Nora, but returns to her friends at the party.
Then Avery learns that Nora overdosed on pills. Left to cope with Nora’s loss and questioning her own actions, Avery decides to honor her friend by launching a search for her own birth mother. Aided by Brody, a friend of Nora’s who is also looking for a way to respect Nora’s legacy, Avery embarks on an emotional quest. But what she’s really seeking might go far deeper than just genetics…
What Others Are Saying:
“Cook combines friendship drama, boy troubles, romance, family conflict, and college application stress with a protagonist trying to understand who she really is in the wake of tragedy.” Publisher’s Weekly
“Cook delves into some interesting questions about what is really important in life as well as the challenges associated with self-discovery and determining how far you’ll go to get what you want.” Booklist
“An insightful, entertaining exploration of the impact of a suicide” Kirkus
“Eileen Cook returns with Year of Mistaken Discoveries, a romantic tragi-comedy from the perspective of the most popular–often most hated–girl in high school: the cheerleader… Year of Mistaken Discoveries is provoking, fast-paced entertainment, and Cook successfully tackles some tough issues with a very light touch.” Readerly- The National Reading Campaign.
“Given the choice between contemporary and paranormal YA, I will almost always pick contemporary and Eileen Cook is the perfect example of why.” Nerdy Book Club- Kelly’s Top 15 Books for 2014
As the day, and the year, rolls to a close, I can’t help but look back on 2013 with feelings of gratitude and love. It was a big year for me: I became an author when I had my first book published; I changed jobs, incorporating more contract work into my repertoire; I had a wonderful family trip to Englnd; I started teaching a course in ancient shamanism, including metaphysics and past life work (with the Training in Power Academy); I spoke at a VCon; started speaking in schools; found some fabulous writing partners; and made many, many new friends.
All in all, it’s been an amazing year.
Throughout that time, there have also been and challenges. My fiancé had a few health scares, my cat also started the year very sick (with an upper respiratory infection) but made a miraculous recovery thanks to the support of my vet and some really awesome energy healers.
I tried new things. I also made mistakes.
I didn’t make all the healthy choices I wanted to. I didn’t make as much time for exercise, and I ate things I would have been better off without (cheesecake, how you tempted me!). There were also times when I wasn’t as gracious or kind as I would have liked. Times when I saw the world as if through a lens of negativity, instead of through the lens of joy. (And blogging these past few months has been sparse at best.)
All in all, however, I feel very lucky, very blessed.
It’s been a wonderful year. My wish for each of you is that you find that in you that makes your life worthwhile, and you do it. You find your dream, and make it happen. I know if I heard this a few years ago, I might not have believed it, but now, I know. It’s not reaching the goal that matters, it’s the YOU that you discover along the path.
May 2014 show how wonderful you truly are. May you love more, and feel loved in return. May you know joy and peace and know deep down that you matter to the world. Just by being yourself, you make a difference.
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Hello dear readers,
A Very Special Price:
Here’s the deal. In addition to The Watcher being a fantastic price (only $1.99), I’ve been blessed with many friends who are helping me out. Indeed, I’ve truly got a great deal to be thankful for.
Gift with Purchase:
With every purchase of The Watcher this weekend, The Meditation Link, will be offering a free meditation, called: “Manifestation: From Dreams to Reality”. For those of you who don’t know, The Meditation Link is a company founded by the same people who created Training in Power, the meditation academy I teach with (when I’m not writing).
Once you’ve purchased, The Watcher, claim your prize here: The Meditation Link Gift with Purchase. (You’ll have to enter an order number).
Seattle Residents have an added bonus. My dear friend, Laurie Marum, an amazing acupuncturist and healer, is offering a 10% discount off her services in December 2013 and January 2014, if you show her your Amazon/B&N/Inkspell receipt from this weekend. Visit Laurie’s Web site to contact her and find out more.
Not one but TWO chances to win:
I have two rafflecopter offers on right now. One is a chance to win a $50 Amazon.com gift card (available worldwide), and the other is a $25 Amazon.com gift card, simply by helping to promote this event. Scroll to the bottom of this post to find out more.
About The Watcher:
Millennia ago, he fell from heaven for her. Can he face her without falling again?
Fascinated with ancient civilizations, seventeen-year-old Mia Crawford dreams of becoming an archaeologist. She also dreams of wings—soft and silent like snow—and somebody trying to steal them.
When a horrible creature appears out of thin air and attacks her, she knows Michael Fontaine is involved, though he claims to know nothing about it. Secretive and aloof, Michael evokes feelings in Mia that she doesn’t understand. Images of another time and place haunt her. She recognizes them—but not from any textbook.
In search of the truth, Mia discovers a past life of forbidden love, jealousy and revenge that tore an angel from Heaven and sent her to an early grave. Now that her soul has returned, does she have a chance at loving that angel again? Or will an age-old nemesis destroy them both?
Ancient history is only the beginning.
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Praise for The Watcher:
“Voisin’s THE WATCHER blends paranormal mystery and romance into a book that is sure to keep readers turning the pages late into the night.” – Eileen Cook, author of THE ALMOST TRUTH
“Perfect for fans of angels and demons, Lisa Voisin has created an uplifting tale of redemption, love, and spirituality that gives hope. Never preachy, THE WATCHER is the perfect answer to critics who claim Young Adult literature is too dark.” – Stephanie Lawton, author of WANT and SHRAPNEL
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On Saturday October 19th, I had the opportunity to visit the first Junior Authors Writers Conference in Richmond, B.C., (a suburb of Vancouver, Canada). This event is the dream of Laura Thomas, founder of Laura Thomas Communications, whose goal is to foster the development of young writers worldwide.
Held in the Sandman Suites’ round conference room, this inaugural event had 72 participants ranging in age from 9 to 18, with a median age of 12.
As soon as I arrived, I was greeted by an eloquent trio of young women who called themselves “the A-team”, because their first names all started with A: Amneet, Avery, and Abbey.
I was there to observe a workshop called, A Story to Learn, Tell and Share, by author and storyteller, Lois Peterson.
The Purpose of Story
Lois is a gifted storyteller who engaged her audience immediately. She took everyone back to a time before electricity, before television, before graphic novels and even before the internet! A time when we were hunter-gatherers and would come together after foraging and hunting for food around a campfire and talk about our days. A time when story was born.
Back then, stories were spoken, and would use paintings on cave walls. That’s how they did it.
Storytelling in Every Day Life
Though we use better tools now, the human need to share is still there. We tell stories all the time, when we tell jokes, do stand up comedy, sing songs. Even telling gossip is a form of storytelling.
It’s a way to understand your world, and what’s going on around you.
The Allure of Story
Story is a unifying force that draws us all together. A great equalizer, leveller, regardless of age. The stories we hear make up the way we see the world.
When you tell a story, in a way, it no longer belongs to you. By the time you tell someone and they retell it, the story will change. Stories are not set in stone. That’s what happened to creation stories. Each time someone shared them, they changed them.
Five Essential Elements of Storytelling
As a storyteller, you have to do certain things for the listener and reader, because people have an intuitive need for things to happen a certain way.
Lois used her remarkable stage presence and told two stories, a creation story, and a personal one, as examples. Both stories had the following five essential elements:
- A story begins with somebody who wants something. Sometimes, it’s hard to remember that. We start off wanting to write about a girl and her horse, but what does the girl want? A really famous writer once said, everyone needs to want something, even if it’s only a glass of water. It’s really good to have a character who wants something in opposition to what another character wants. Because…
- You need obstacles that the main character can overcome. The girl starts off wanting a horse, but you have to give her obstacles to getting that horse. An obstacle should lead to other obstacles.
- Details are really important in story. You create a scene that the reader can see or the listener can be part of. The right amount of detail draws your reader into the story. Too much and you will lose their attention. Too little, and they won’t be able to picture what’s going on.
- Stories have repetition. The first time you mention something, it’s just a detail. The second time you realize there must be a reason it’s coming up. And the third time, you bring it in to show its significance.
- An Ending. At the ending, the character either will or will not achieve their objective. It ties up the story threads and lets the reader know they’re done.
Like any good storyteller, Lois left her presentation with a fine resolution, that left people wanting more.
More information on Lois Peterson’s presentations, can be found on her blog, at: http://loispeterson.blog.com/presentations/
Those of you in the UK who know any young writers, should check out Laure Thomas’s upcoming UK Conference in May 2014. http://laurathomascommunications.com/conference/london-uk/
Though I’m over twenty-one and therefore no longer eligible to be a participant in a Junior Authors Writers Conference, I must say I was happy to be there, and thrilled to know such a thing existed for young writers.
So, I’m going to ask you to comment: What most inspired you when you were young? If you’re a writer, what inspired you to write? If you’re a dancer, singer, dentist, magician, whatever you do now, what inspired you?