Since I have zero patience, I asked the publisher if I could announce my own deal.
They agreed, so here we go:
I just signed a deal with… (drum roll)
Some of you may not be surprised to hear about this. I’ve been tied to Entangled in one way or another for a number of years. Before I started writing full-time, I was once one of their top senior publicists. Part of me always knew I would write for them at some point in my career. In a way, signing the contract felt like coming home.
Okay, onto the actual deal…
The name of the book is UNDER HIS SKIN. It’s book one of an adult science fiction romance series called, ALIEN ENCOUNTERS. I like to say it’s a grown-up version of the 90’s television show ROSWELL. But rather than try to explain what it’s about, I’ll just post the blurb I wrote for EP. It will likely change before it gets published, but here’s what it looks like now:
Kaden Chance has kept two secrets from his best friend, Annabelle: He is an alien under the protection of the US federal government, and he’s in love with her.
Lying to Annabelle about who he really is has been a necessary evil. Part of his intergalactic immunity stipulates he and his two brothers must limit their contact with humans, and never reveal their true identities. A one night stand can be easily concealed, but a full-on relationship with Annabelle would be impossible to hide. No matter how much he wants her, Kaden can never pursue her. Besides, she deserves a man without secrets, and at the very least, a man with a beating heart.
Ever since her win on the Food Network’s Cupcake Wars, Annabelle’s business has been booming. Everything in her life has fallen into place exactly how she had planned with only one exception: Her best friend Kaden still sees her as just a friend. No matter how close they get, Annabelle always feels like he’s hiding something. Maybe it’s because he never talks about his life before he moved to Germantown, Maryland. After a year of waiting for him to let her in, Annabelle finally gives up, and agrees to a date with a local accountant.
After Kaden learns about Annabelle’s date, he starts to feel a burning sensation in his chest. To his shock, the burn evolves into a steady heartbeat. He returns home and confirms his heart is beating-a sign he has found his soul-mate. As Kaden’s bond grows, he can no longer hide his feelings for Annabelle, and ultimately decides to risk exposure for a chance at love. But what will happen when the government realizes he’s broken their most important rule? And how will Annabelle react when she learns the truth?
I’d like to thank my agent, Tamar Rydzinski and the Laura Dail Literary Agency, for brokering the deal. I’m super excited to get to work with Candace Havens and the rest of the Entangled team on the project. Right now, the release date is August 2015, but that can change.
From the website:
“The Cybils Awards aims to recognize the children’s and young adult authors and illustrators whose books combine the highest literary merit and popular appeal.”
I cannot believe I was nominated. This is such an honor and I am so grateful to the people who voted for me. Unfortunately, I don’t know who you are, but I hope you read this. THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! I was so touched, I broke down in tears.
I know I won’t make it past round one-I’m just a teenie-tiny fish is a bowl full of amazing authors-but I will remember this forever. Actually, I plan to frame the email.
If you haven’t read my series, you can read THE SHADOW PRINCE for FREE on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
“THE SHADOW PRINCE is an amazing story, written well, with a unique story and intense plot. O’Neale is one hell of a storyteller.”
“O’Neale’s The Shadow Prince is a fast paced, action packed, exciting introduction to a world of intrigue, and danger. I think fantasy and paranormal readers are going to love meeting her sexy male lead, Rowan. I’m a fan of both, and I really enjoyed this book. I can not wait to get my hands on Mortal Enchantment!”
Katie, Mundie Moms
Sixteen-year-old Rowan has spent most of his life living among the mortals—learning to control the element of fire, impatiently awaiting the day his vengeful mother, Queen Prisma, will abdicate her throne. When he finally returns to Avalon for his coronation, his mother insists he must first prove his loyalty to the court by completing a secret mission:
Kill Kalin, the half-human, half-elemental daughter of the air court king.
Willing to do anything to remove his mother from power, he agrees to sacrifice the halfling. He returns to the mortal world with his best friend, Marcus, determined to kill the princess. But as he devises a plan, he starts to question whether or not he’s capable of completing such a heinous task. And what price he will pay if he refuses?
In Kalin Matthew’s world, elementals control the forces of nature. They are divided into four courts: air, woodland, fire, and water. At sixteen she will leave the life she’s built with her mortal mother. Kalin will move to Avalon to rule with her father—the elemental king of the air court. Along the way, she’s attacked by a fire court assassin and saved by Rowan, a swoon-worthy elemental with a questionable past.
Worst of all, she learns her father is missing.
To rescue him, Kalin will have to work with a judgmental council and a system of courts too busy accusing each other of deceit to actually be able to help her. But, they aren’t her biggest challenge. With the Midwinter’s Ball only five days away, Kalin must take over her father’s duties, which includes shifting control of the elements—power Kalin has yet to realize.
As Rowan attempts to train her, a war looms between the four courts. If Kalin fails, her father will die and the courts will fall, but the betrayal she’s about to uncover may cost her even more…
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I am trying to edit today but I can’t because I am so pissed off about Kathleen Hale’s article on Guardian. If you haven’t read it, the link to the original article is HERE.
In response to the article, I’m going to lay some truth on you. Things that you need to know if you want to become a published author. Here is the most important fact to know: you are going to get bad reviews. No matter how awesome your book is. Your book could have the cure to cancer BUT YOU WILL STILL GET BAD REVIEWS. It’s life. Why? Because everyone is entitled to their own opinion. Every person who buys and reads your book can say whatever they want.
Once you release a book into the world it becomes a PRODUCT. That’s right. A product. If you want to sell your product, then you have to accept the fact that every person buying it isn’t going to love it. Some people will love it and some people will think it’s okay and others won’t like it at all. That’s how it works with EVERYTHING. If you go to McDonald’s and buy a Big Mac, you are not required to love it. Even if the person who made it put his heart and soul into creating your special burger, you still don’t have to love it. Publishing is no different.
What Kathleen Hale did was awful and scary and inappropriate on a thousand different levels. No one has the right to show up at your door and question your opinion on anything. Ever heard of the right to privacy? I mean, if you take the book review element out of it and look at what she did it’s effin crazyballs. She did a background check, found out where she lived, and probably spent hours online trying to track down her personal information. All this because she got a bad review?
I also want to clarify the term Goodreads Catfish. This is the dumbest thing I have heard in a long time. I’ve watched several episodes of the television show called Catfish. It’s about people who go online and pretend to be someone else to get dates and start relationships. DATES and RELATIONSHIPS! These “catfish” send their potential suitors fake pictures of themselves and take on separate identities. A lot of times, they even try to get money from the people they are supposedly having a relationship with. THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH REVIEWING BOOKS.
I hope my post somehow reaches Blythe Harris. If it does, I would like to apologize on behalf of Kathleen Hale. She had no right to do what she did. You are not at fault in any way. Please don’t stop blogging or expressing your opinions. Kathleen does not represent how authors feel about bloggers or readers. We love you. We support what you and every other blogger does whether you like our books or not. We know the role you play in the publishing world and we appreciate the work and time you put into it.