RECLAIMED by Sarah Guillory - GIVEAWAY!

October 15, 2013
Hello my loves!!

My friend Sarah Guillory's book, RECLAIMED, comes out today!


Jenna Oliver doesn't have time to get involved with one boy, let alone two.All Jenna wants is to escape her evaporating small town and her alcoholic mother. She's determined she'll go to college and find a life that is wholly hers-one that isn't tainted by her family's past. But when the McAlister twins move to town and Jenna gets involved with both of them, she learns the life she planned may not be the one she gets.Ian McAlister doesn't want to start over; he wants to remember. Ian can't recall a single thing from the last three months-and he seems to be losing more memories every day. His family knows the truth, but no one will tell him what really happened before he lost his memory. When he meets Jenna, Ian believes that he can be normal again because she makes not remembering something he can handle.The secret Ian can't remember is the one Luke McAlister can't forget.Luke has always lived in the shadow of his twin brother until Jenna stumbles into his life. She sees past who he's supposed to be, and her kiss brings back the spark that life stole. Even though Luke feels like his brother deserves her more, Luke can't resist Jenna-which is the trigger that makes Ian's memory return.Jenna, Ian, & Luke are about to learn there are only so many secrets you can keep before the truth comes to reclaim you.

Since Sarah and I share an editor, I was lucky enough to get a peek at this book a little early. You guys. You know how I get all swoony over beautiful writing? GAH. Sarah's a master of putting words together into some seriously gorgeous prose. You should read this because the story is gripping and there's a twist at the end that will BLOW YOUR EVER LOVING MIND but also because you need to study the way she writes. 

The best part is, Sarah is one of the most genuinely nice people I've ever met. She's sweet and hilarious and you've probably heard me mention that her voice is basically the sexiest thing ever. 

So. Since I love Sarah and this book, you're gonna reap the benefits!! I'm going to give away THREE E-BOOK COPIES (kindle or nook, your choice!) of RECLAIMED!

And because I like to make my giveaways's what you have to do:

1. Tweet about Sarah's book. Here's the link you can tweet with it- Just copy and paste that link into your tweet and tell everyone they need it. NEED.

2. Leave a comment below and tell me the THREE PRETTIEST WORDS YOU KNOW. (IT'S OKAY AND PROBABLY EVEN A BONUS IF ONE OF THOSE IS "MEGAN.") Be sure to tell me how to reach you too- either a twitter ID or an email.

Also, I'd super love it if you'd spread the word about this giveaway, follow Sarah on twitter (@sguillory262), and check out her blog (

I'll use to choose three lucky lucky lucky winners on Friday, October 18 at 12pm EST.


Pondering the One Hit Wonder

October 3, 2013

(This post originally appeared on All The Write Notes.)
Photo by sydney Rae on Unsplash
We all know the One Hit Wonder, right? It’s a term typically used to describe a recording artist known for only one hit song. Vanilla Ice – Ice Ice Baby, Eddie Murphy – Party All the Time, Eiffel 65 – Blue (I hate myself a little for even thinking of that song), Macy Gray – I Try, James Blunt – You’re Beautiful…you get the idea. An artist has a wildly popular song, and nothing he/she releases afterward measures up.

One Hit Wonders exist in the literary world too. Margaret Mitchell – Gone With the Wind, Harper Lee – To Kill a Mockingbird, Ralph Ellison – The Invisible Man. Emily Bronte – Wuthering Heights.

As incredible a feeling as it must be to create something that becomes a huge phenomenon, it has to be completely terrifying to have to follow-up that kind of success. You’re not just competing in a normal market anymore–you’re competing against yourself. When JK Rowling released Casual Vacancy, she wasn’t just any author releasing her first adult book. This is the woman who created Harry Potter. Her name on that cover automatically raised expectations and put readers in a certain mindset.

How on earth do you deal with that kind of pressure?

The thing is, you never know what’s going to strike a chord with your audience. Let’s face it–talent and/or skill doesn’t always have much to do with what makes something a success. While Ice Ice Baby is still a great song (yes it is shut up no you shut up), does anyone actually think Aqua’s Barbie Girl was good? Critics panned E.L. James’s Fifty Shades trilogy because of weak writing, yet those books made their way to the top of bestseller lists all over the world. Her writing, I’m sure, will continue to improve with every book she writes. But will she ever achieve that kind of commercial success again? Who knows?

This has the potential to sound a little depressing. “Improve all you want! Practice, practice, practice! Work super hard, but remember it still might not make you a success because in some cases there’s simply no explanation for why the world goes wild for a certain song, book, movie, person, idea, etc! BUT KEEP WORKING HARD LOL.”

But before we all throw in the towel, let’s consider one very important word in the previous sentence.


How do you define success? One Hit Wonders prove that coming up with one super popular song or book doesn’t 
guarantee a long-lasting career, and that just because something is super popular doesn’t mean it’s going to be critically acclaimed. You can’t judge the worth of your book by its commercial success. You can control the product, but your audience’s reception to it is a wild card.

You have no control over what happens to your book after you finish it.

You give that story everything you’ve got, you send it out into the world, and then–this is the most important part–you start writing something else. That’s how you get better and better. You don’t need to wait around for the world to tell you whether or not your book is good. You know it’s good. You wouldn’t have put it out there if it wasn’t.

In the end, the only opinion you can rely on is your own. Keep writing. Keep working. Keep creating. There are stories that would never be told, songs that would never be heard, and movies that would never be seen, if we all succumbed to the pressure of trying to be the Next Big Thing.

As long as you keep giving your work everything you’ve got and apply everything you learn along the way, you’re going to get better. Every book, every song–whatever you create–will be better than the last.

Trust yourself. Create things you can be proud of. If you can do that, regardless of whether or not it makes you a household name, I consider you a success. You’re doing something you love for no other reason than because you believe in your ability to do it. You’re a rock star. Let’s be friends.

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