Sunday, May 3, 2015

Diamonds are Forever Fan-Made Cover Contest Winner

The votes are in, and I'm happy to announce the winner of the Diamonds are Forever cover contest! Here is the cover that you all voted as your favorite:


Congrats to Suna (KiwiLover25 on Instagram and Twitter) on the beautiful cover! She has won an ARC (advanced reader's copy) of Diamonds are Forever once they're printed.

Also, an honorable mention goes out to the entrants who had the second and third-most votes:

diverg3nt_ on Instagram
xoavianne on Twitter

Thank you again to everyone who entered! You're all so talented and your covers are amazing. Be sure to check out all the fan-made covers on this blog post.

The official cover for Diamonds are Forever will be released tomorrow (Monday) on the USA Today blog, and on Tuesday by my Street Team!

Friday, May 1, 2015

Free Book Friday: The Secrets We Keep!!!

Since Free Book Friday went so well last week with my own books, I’ve decided to
continue doing this feature every week, but instead of highlighting my books, I’ll
be highlighting books that I’ve read and loved, so I can spread my love of these
books to my followers!

The first book I’m featuring is The Secrets We Keep by Trisha Leaver. It released on
Tuesday, so happy book birthday to Trisha! I read this an ARC (advanced reader’s
copy) back in December and fell in love with this book. It’s an emotional page
turner and I couldn’t stop reading until reaching the end. I also love that it’s a
standalone, so the story is complete when you finish and you’re not left hanging for
a year waiting to see what happens. The Secrets We Keep quickly became an all-time
favorite of mine!

If you win, you can choose if you want the hardback or e-version.

About The Secrets We Keep


A girl takes over her twin sister's identity in this emotionally charged page-turner about the complicated bond between sisters.

Ella and Maddy Lawton are identical twins. Ella has spent her high school years living in popular Maddy's shadows, but she has never been envious of Maddy. In fact, she's chosen the quiet, safe confines of her sketchbook over the constant battle for attention that has defined Maddy's world.

When—after a heated argument—Maddy and Ella get into a tragic accident that leaves her sister dead, Ella wakes up in the hospital surrounded by loved ones who believe she is Maddy. Feeling responsible for Maddy's death and everyone's grief, Ella makes a split-second decision to pretend to be Maddy. Soon, Ella realizes that Maddy's life was full of secrets. Caught in a web of lies, Ella is faced with two options—confess her deception or live her sister's life.


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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Guest Author Post: Adi Alsaid's Best Advice for Teen Writers

I'm very excited to have fellow Harlequin Teen author and friend Adi Alsaid appearing on my blog today with his best advice for teen writers! Adi is the author of Let's Get Lost which was released July 29, 2014 and Never Always Sometimes which will release on August 4, 2015!

 https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18812437-let-s-get-lost
Five strangers. Countless adventures. One epic way to get lost.
Four teens across the country have only one thing in common: a girl named LEILA. She crashes into their lives in her absurdly red car at the moment they need someone the most.
There's HUDSON, a small-town mechanic who is willing to throw away his dreams for true love. And BREE, a runaway who seizes every Tuesday—and a few stolen goods along the way. ELLIOT believes in happy endings…until his own life goes off-script. And SONIA worries that when she lost her boyfriend, she also lost the ability to love.
Hudson, Bree, Elliot and Sonia find a friend in Leila. And when Leila leaves them, their lives are forever changed. But it is during Leila's own 4,268-mile journey that she discovers the most important truth— sometimes, what you need most is right where you started. And maybe the only way to find what you're looking for is to get lost along the way.

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 https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24338298-never-always-sometimes?ac=1
Never date your best friend
Always be original
Sometimes rules are meant to be broken
Best friends Dave and Julia were determined to never be cliché high school kids—the ones who sit at the same lunch table every day, dissecting the drama from homeroom and plotting their campaigns for prom king and queen. They even wrote their own Never List of everything they vowed they'd never, ever do in high school.
Some of the rules have been easy to follow, like #5, never die your hair a color of the rainbow, or #7, never hook up with a teacher. But Dave has a secret: he's broken rule #8, never pine silently after someone for the entirety of high school. It's either that or break rule #10, never date your best friend. Dave has loved Julia for as long as he can remember.
Julia is beautiful, wild and impetuous. So when she suggests they do every Never on the list, Dave is happy to play along. He even dyes his hair an unfortunate shade of green. It starts as a joke, but then a funny thing happens: Dave and Julia discover that by skipping the clichés, they've actually been missing out on high school. And maybe even on love.

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My Best Advice for Teen Writers

Full disclosure, I wrote about 600 words of an ill-fated hair-braiding metaphor as an answer to this question before I remembered an email I sent to a teen reader who’d asked me this very question. Past me was a lot more succinct, so I’m going to go with his answer. I hope it helps.

A) Read widely. You may have genres you love, but don't get caught up in one type of book. Read it all. If you hate the classics, read a few more and figure out why. Read YA, read literary fiction, read short stories, read paperback thrillers. The more you do this, the more you learn what makes a story good. You get a better sense for pacing, for dialogue, characterization. More importantly, you get a sense of what kind of writer you want to be, the kinds of stories you want to tell.

B) Write often. You probably don't need to do it every day, but when you get an idea, make time for it. Do it at a steady pace and it will be done in a period of time that will feel surprisingly short. Granted, I didn't finish anything I wrote for a long time, but once I knew I was becoming a writer, I wrote 1,100 words a day, almost without fail, until at the end of 3 months I had a 90,000 word first draft.

C) Patience. At 16, you feel so on the verge of who you really are, and I know from experience that you just want that person to arrive already. But it doesn't always happen that way. At 16, I'd experienced such a fraction of what I'd experienced at 22, and so many of those experiences are what helped inspire my writing. They're what gave me my voice. Am I saying wait until you're 22 to write? Absolutely not. Do it now. As soon as you're done reading this [post]. But if the writing isn't as good as you want it to be, or you feel like you don't know what you're doing, remember it does take time. Keep writing. As my high school teacher once very poetically put it: don't be afraid to take a shit on the page. Shit is the fertilizer from which your roses will bloom. And you will write a lot of bad stuff throughout your life. I still do. It's okay. Repeat the above steps.

About Adi Alsaid:
Adi Alsaid was born and raised in Mexico City, then studied at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. While in class, he mostly read fiction and continuously failed to fill out crossword puzzles, so it's no surprise that after graduating, he did not go into business world but rather packed up his apartment into his car and escaped to the California coastline to become a writer. He's now back in his hometown, where he writes, coaches high school and elementary basketball, and has perfected the art of making every dish he eats or cooks as spicy as possible. In addition to Mexico, he's lived in Tel Aviv, Las Vegas, and Monterey, California. A tingly feeling in his feet tells him more places will eventually be added to the list. Let's Get Lost is his YA debut.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Voting for Diamonds are Forever Fan-Made Cover Contest!

The official cover for Diamonds are Forever -- the third and final book in The Secret Diamond Sisters series -- will be revealed on May 4th on the USA Today Happily Ever After blog, and on May 5th by members of my Street Team! (Not a Street Team member yet? JOIN HERE!)

To celebrate the upcoming reveal, I announced a contest last week where fans could submit their own covers for a cover contest. The winner of the contest will receive an ARC (advanced reader's copy) of Diamonds are Forever once they're printed. I received sixteen AMAZING entries, and here they all are! The winning cover will be the one with the most votes, and that person will win the ARC.

Anyone can vote, and each person can only vote once. Be sure to share this post to encourage others to participate in the voting! 

Vote using the Google form below all of the entries. Thank you to everyone who participated -- your covers are beautiful! Voting will close on Saturday, May 2 at 11:59 PM EST, and the winner will be announced on Sunday, May 3.

Diamonds are Forever will release on October 27, 2015, and you can pre-order it here:


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Friday, April 24, 2015

Free Book Friday: Diamonds in the Rough!!!

Hello to all my wonderful readers! It's time for another fabulous Free Book Friday giveaway!

In case you haven't been following the previous three Friday events, I thought it would be exciting to host a series of giveaways this month here on my blog! Today's giveaway will be the last giveaway featuring my books, but don't worry, I'll be continuing to host a giveaway every Friday featuring a title of my choice from one of my favorite authors starting in May, so be sure to check back here on my blog every Friday to see what book I will be giving away!

Today's giveaway is a paperback copy of Diamonds in the Rough, book #2 in my The Secret Diamond Sisters series! To enter, fill out the Rafflecopter form provided below and good luck to all of you who enter!

About Diamonds in the Rough

All-access doesn't mean no problems.

The three Diamond sisters survived the summer in style after coming to live with their long-lost billionaire father. But making a place for themselves at their exclusive new Las Vegas private school is throwing them any number of gold-plated curves. Savannah's YouTube stardom turns into a Sweet Sixteen reality show extravaganza—with complimentary enemies on the side. Dangerous flirtations don't keep Peyton from a gamble that will risk far more than she planned to bet. And when Courtney and the sisters' archenemy, Madison, uncover two explosive secrets, it will rock even this town of glittering illusion—and turn their lives upside down all over again.

Sisterhood, first crushes, and scandalous secrets explode in book two of Michelle Madow's riveting series, The Secret Diamond Sisters.



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PRAISE FOR DIAMONDS IN THE ROUGH

"Boasting juicier secrets, more extravagant luxury, and higher stakes consequences, Michelle Madow has shown that in her world of decadently sinful Las Vegas nothing is as it seems, and all bets are off." 
-Glass of Wine Reviews

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Diamonds are Forever Cover Design Contest

The Diamonds are Forever cover is being revealed on the first week of May, and I can't wait for you all to see it! By this point, you should already know what the first two covers of the trilogy look like:


My Street Team will be helping me reveal the cover of Diamonds are Forever, so if you haven't SIGNED UP FOR MY STREET TEAM yet, be sure to do so as soon as possible! That way you'll be sure to receive the email letting you know how to help me reveal the Diamonds are Forever cover.

In the meantime, I thought it would be fun to have a "design your own cover" contest for Diamonds are Forever! Whoever wins this contest will receive an ARC (advanced readers copy) of Diamonds are Forever once the ARCs are available. Interested? Read on to see how to enter!

The Diamonds are Forever Cover Design Contest Rules

1) The cover doesn't have to match the first two in the series. This contest is for FUN, and I want you to be as creative as you want to be! 

2) The cover must have "Diamonds are Forever" and "Michelle Madow" visibly on it. 

3) You must post your cover on your favorite social media site (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or Tumblr), letting people know that it's your entry for Michelle Madow's Diamonds are Forever cover design contest being held on blog.michellemadow.com. 

4) Email the highest resolution version of your cover to michelle@madow.com, along with a link to where you posted your cover on social media. The subject line should say: "Diamonds are Forever Cover Contest Entry."

5) Each person can only send in one cover.

6) The contest is International.

7) Deadline is on Sunday, April 26. 

On April 26, my team and I will pick the top 10 entries. Those top 10 will move on to the fan voting round, which will be posted on my blog. Anyone who wants to vote during that round will be able to do so. The winner will be the cover with the highest number of votes!

I can't wait to see your covers for Diamonds are Forever!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Free Book Friday: The Secret Diamond Sisters Giveaway!!!

Hello to all my wonderful readers! It's time for another fabulous Free Book Friday giveaway!

In case you haven't been following the previous two Friday events, I thought it would be exciting to host a series of giveaways this month here on my blog! These giveaways will take place every Friday and will feature one of my books which one lucky reader will win. Sounds like fun, huh? Yeah, I thought so. :D

Today's giveaway is a paperback copy of The Secret Diamond Sisters, book #1 in my The Secret Diamond Sisters series! To enter, fill out the Rafflecopter form provided below and good luck to all of you who enter!

ABOUT THE SECRET DIAMOND SISTERS

Three sisters. One billionaire father. What could go wrong?

Savannah. Courtney. Peyton.
The three sisters grew up not knowing their father and not quite catching a break. But it looks like their luck is about to change when they find out the secret identity of their long-lost dad—a billionaire Las Vegas hotel owner who wants them to come live in a gorgeous penthouse hotel suite. Suddenly the Strip's most exclusive clubs are all-access, and with an unlimited credit card each, it should be easier than ever to fit right in. But in a town full of secrets and illusion, fitting in is nothing compared to finding out the truth about their past.



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PRAISE FOR THE SECRET DIAMOND SISTERS

"Sexy and electrifying ... Gossip Girl meets The Princess Diaries in a city that never sleeps." -Booklist

"This quick and entertaining read is filled with glitz and glamour ... get ready for one crazy and fabulous ride." -RT Book Reviews
“I opened The Secret Diamond Sisters and was transported to Vegas … there was never a dull moment! It’s the helpless romantic's dream.” -LitPick Five Star Book Review Award

“Highly addictive! Hold on tight, because The Secret Diamond Sisters throws you head first into the Vegas fast lane. Three every day teens navigate the slippery slope of wealth, popularity, and too much freedom, along with family drama, cat fights, and more gorgeous guys than should be legal. A fun ride not to be missed!” – Rachel Harris, NYT Bestselling Author

“Michelle Madow has followed in the platinum heel-steps of Cecily Von Ziegesar (Gossip Girl), Sara Shepard (Pretty Little Liars) and Ally Carter (Heist Society) in what seems like the first season of the Diamond girls’ romantic, shocking and lavish lives.” —Nathan Siegel, Goodreads Reviewer

And for fun, click here for a list of the celebrities I envision as the characters in the book!