Thursday, February 27, 2014


Welcome to my Leap into Books giveaway, hosted by I Am a Reader Not a Writer and Jinky is Reading. Please click HERE to see everyone else participating in the giveaway!

I am giving away a signed paperback of my latest book, The Secret Diamond Sisters, along with a signed bookmark!

"Sexy and often 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

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.

Find The Secret Diamond Sisters on:
[ Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | iBookstore ]






Use the Rafflecopter below to enter. This giveaway is for those in the USA only. Good luck!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Secret Diamond Sisters Release Day!

It's finally here! The day I've been awaiting since I got my publishing deal on December 13, 2012 (well, the day I've been awaiting since I decided to write my first novel in fall 2008): 

THE SECRET DIAMOND SISTERS HITS STORES TODAY!

To celebrate, I'll be visiting bookstores in my area to see it on the shelves. I seriously can't believe that my book will be in bookstores. WOW! Expect another blog post after my bookstore adventures on the release day, chronicling what it was like!

I'm so excited that I want to do something for you all to celebrate. So during the first week that The Secret Diamond Sisters is out (Feb 25 - March 4) every person in the USA who has pre-ordered or purchased a copy of The Secret Diamond Sisters can get a free signed The Secret Diamond Sisters bookmark! 

Claiming your bookmark is easy! All you have to do is take a picture with your copy of The Secret Diamond Sisters (or of it if you're camera-shy), post it on either Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, and tag me in the post! (facebook.com/michellemadow, and @MichelleMadow for Twitter/Instagram.) Then fill out the form below, and your bookmark will arrive in the month of March! You can do this for both the paperback and e-versions ... get creative in your pictures! The person who takes the most unique picture will also receive a gold cutout diamond necklace!*

I can't wait to see pictures of you all with your copy of The Secret Diamond Sisters! And I hope you enjoy the book!

xoxo,
Michelle

*The necklace is not real gold or real diamonds, but it's pretty anyway :)



Tuesday, February 18, 2014

The celebrities I see as the characters in The Secret Diamond Sisters

A lot of people ask me what celebrities I imagine as the characters in The Secret Diamond Sisters, so here's a list! I wrote the first draft of The Secret Diamond Sisters four years ago, so a bunch of the people I originally imagined would be too old now to pull off high school. The main pictures are those I envision now, but below I've included links to other choices, and some people I originally envisioned. Some of these people are actors, and some are singers. Some I just found pictures of online, and have no idea about their acting talent!

As a note: This is just for fun. There are currently no official plans for The Secret Diamond Sisters to become a movie or television show. I do have Hollywood representation who is shopping the book around, but that's all that's happening right now. Getting a Hollywood deal is WAY harder than getting a book deal (and getting a book deal is hard!) If there's any official news, I will keep you updated.

If you've created your own list of celebrities you envision as the characters, please link to it in the comments! I would love to see who you imagine. And if I like who you pick, maybe I'll add them to the list!

SAVANNAH DIAMOND


My first choice for Savannah is Danielle Bradbery. She has Savannah's petite features, and since she won The Voice, I know she has Savannah's singing voice!

Other choices for Savannah:
I originally pictured Taylor Momsen, but only the sweet way the looked in season one of Gossip Girl (before she became all gothic!)

COURTNEY DIAMOND 


Alexandria Deberry is my first choice for Courtney Diamond. She has Courtney's sweet look, and long blonde, wavy hair. She just looks so nice in her pictures, and I can see her in the role perfectly.

Other choices for Courtney:

PEYTON DIAMOND


Tracy Spiridakos is my top choice for Peyton. She has Peyton's high cheekbones, and tough attitude. Add a few blue streaks, and she's perfect!

Other choices for Peyton:

MADISON LOCKHART


Nina Dobrev is my perfect Madison! She has the long dark hair -- all she would need is blue contacts. Plus, she's an excellent actress, as proven by how she plays both Elena and Katherine on Vampire Diaries.

Other choices for Madison:

OLIVER PRESCOTT


Dylan Sprayberry has that ladies man look that I see as perfect for Oliver. His hair would need a be a little darker, but other than that, he definitely has the right look.

Other choices for Oliver:
Austin Butler (if he dyed his hair) and my original pick was Sean Farris, but he's too old now.

BRETT CARMEL


I've pictured Steven R. McQueen as Brett since the first draft of the book! He has that intense, artsy, brooding thing about him -- but it looks like he can also be super sweet and loyal to the people he cares about.

Other choices for Brett:
Burkely Duffield (if he dyed his hair brown)

DAMIEN SANDERS


Robbie Amell is exactly how I pictured Damien! Dark hair, dark eyes, and built from going to the gym often. He's not a teen anymore, but I also always imagined Damien as looking the most mature for his age.

Other choices for Damien:

NICK GORDON


Nick is the hardest for me to cast, because I've always had a perfect image of him in my mind -- blonde curly hair, blue eyes that sparkle when he smiles, round face, and just a very all-American look. The closest I've found so far is Jeremy Sumpter.

Other choices for Nick:

ADRIAN DIAMOND


Peter Facinelli. Yes, I know he's Carlisle from Twilight. But I've always seen him as Adrian!

Other choices for Adrian:

REBECCA CARMEL


Charisma Carpenter would be a great Rebecca! She's dressed a little more scandalously in most of her photos than how Rebecca would dress, but she still has the right look.


Those are all I've come up with for now! I'll add more characters as I think of them. Don't forget to link to your list of celebrities you see as the characters in the comments!

xoxo,
Michelle

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Indie BookFest Meet the Authors!


Welcome to my post for the Indie BookFest Meet the Authors event!! I've done an interview for you, and am also hosting a GIVEAWAY! The prizes for the giveaway are:

1 signed ARC of The Secret Diamond Sisters
1 signed The Secret Diamond Sisters bookmark
1 rhinestone sticker tattoo in the shape of a diamond
1 diamond cutout necklace

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.

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

PRE-ORDER: 




Enter to win by using the Rafflecopter below the interview!

Tell us a little bit about your book(s) and yourself.

My upcoming book, The Secret Diamond Sisters, will be published by Harlequin TEEN on February 25, 2014. It’s about three sisters who discover they’re the secret heirs of a Las Vegas billionaire casino owner, and are whisked away from their small town to live in a penthouse in their father’s newest hotel on the Strip. It’s available for pre-order, and I can’t believe it’s coming out so soon. Booklist calls it: “Gossip Girl meets The Princess Diaries in a city that never sleeps."

I grew up in the suburbs of Baltimore, and then attended Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, where I earned my BA in English. I currently live in Boca Raton, Florida, where I’m busy writing more novels for young adults. I love reading, spending time with family and friends, traveling the world, shopping, sunshine, Disney fairy tales, and Broadway musicals. (I’ve seen Wicked 14 times!) I love connecting with readers online (I browse the Internet more than I probably should …) so be sure to follow me on Facebook (/MichelleMadow) and Twitter (@MichelleMadow). 

When was your first book published?

I wrote my first novel, Remembrance, while I was a junior in college—it’s a love story about a girl who has been reincarnated from Regency Era, England, but doesn’t realize it until her soul mate from the past transfers into her high school and triggers her memories to gradually return. I self-published it as part one of the Transcend Time Saga in July 2011. It was followed with the short story Vengeance in December 2011, and concluded with Timeless in November 2012. 

Why did you decide to become an Indie Author?

I had originally planned to go the traditional route with Remembrance: sign with an agent, and then hope to get a publisher on board. The first part of that plan went smoothly—I signed with my first agent two months after starting the querying process. We edited the book together, and she sent it off to editors at publishing houses. 

I started off with high hopes, but months passed, and the rejections kept coming. It soon became apparent that it was going to be difficult to get traditional publishing houses interested in Remembrance because of one glaring “problem”: There weren’t enough paranormal elements in the story to classify Remembrance as paranormal or fantasy, but the pinch of magic didn’t allow Remembrance to fall into the contemporary genre, either. Basically, since Remembrance didn’t fit into an established sub-category of YA and I was an unknown author, I was out of luck.

A year and a half passed, and I wrote two more YA books, both starts of new series. One was an urban fantasy adventure involving witches and Greek mythology, and the other a fun, edgy contemporary that takes place in Las Vegas. (Sound familiar? ;) Unfortunately, my agent didn’t love either of them like she loved Remembrance, so those books got pushed to the backburner. 

Then one day in June she called me and said, “I want you to publish Remembrance yourself.”

At first I wasn’t thrilled with the suggestion. But I promised to look into the option of publishing Remembrance myself, so I started to research. 

I read about success stories, and saw that many successful titles on Amazon are independently published. I realized that from when I started writing novels in 2008 to that moment in 2011, I had been so focused on becoming traditionally published that I had been oblivious to the dynamic growth of independent publishing happening around me. 

After researching independent publishing, I came to a few conclusions: 

1) Remembrance would probably never get picked up by a traditional publishing house because the story didn’t fit into an established sub-genre of YA and I was an unknown author. 

2) It would benefit my career to publish Remembrance independently and develop a fan base so I could hopefully have other opportunities further down the road. 

3) With the rising popularity of e-readers and self-publishing platforms like Kindle Direct Publishing and Barnes & Noble PubIt, it was easier than ever for independent authors to get their books into the hands of readers. 

4) At the rate things were going, Remembrance was going to sit on my computer as a manuscript forever and never be read by anyone. 

5) Remembrance was a great story and deserved to be shared with the world. 

So on July 25, 2011, I published Remembrance via CreateSpace, Kindle Direct Publishing, Barnes & Noble PubIt, and Smashwords. Since then it’s been a crazy ride, and I’m so happy with my decision to independently publish The Transcend Time Saga. It got my name out to readers, and was a fantastic way to start my career! 

Are you currently working on anything?

I’m working with my publisher on edits for Diamonds in the Rough, the second book in The Secret Diamond Sisters trilogy, and drafting Book 3. Diamonds in the Rough is estimated to come out in November 2014. 

Each author has his or her own inspiring journey. How did you begin writing?

I’ve been a writer forever, but I realized it was something I wanted to do professionally when I was a junior in college. I was taking an Intro to Creative Writing class, and when I turned in my first assignment (the first chapter of Remembrance), my classmates and teacher loved it and wanted to read more. I'd never thought I could complete a novel, but I realized I would never know if I didn’t try. So I tried, and completed the first draft by the end of the school year.

What is on your writing playlist for your book(s)?

I get distracted ridiculously easily, so I have to write in silence!

Who is your favorite character in your books?

It depends on what you mean by “favorite!” I’m the most similar to Courtney—the down-to-Earth, goal oriented sister. I also have aspects of the other girls in me, like Savannah’s optimism, Peyton’s dislike of following arbitrary rules, and Madison’s confidence. But the main character I have the most fun writing is Madison, because her chapters are full of so much drama!

What is your favorite book of all time?

I love too many books to pick just one favorite! Some of my top favorite are: Harry Potter by JK Rowling, Twilight by Stephenie Meyer, Uglies by Scott Westerfeld, Iron Fey by Julia Kagawa, Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead, Skinned by Robin Wasserman, and The Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis. For a full list of all my favorite books, check out my list on Goodreads!

Tell us in one sentence why we should read your books.

Because a Las Vegas vacation is always fun and exciting, and $9.99 is a fantastic deal for a private plane flight there, luxury penthouse accommodations at the best hotel on the Strip, VIP passes into the hottest clubs, and adventure waiting around every turn!

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CLICK HERE to see a list of the other authors participating in the event!

Friday, February 7, 2014

Romance is in the Air Blog Hop


Welcome to my Romance is in the Air Blog Hop, hosted by I am a Reader Not a Writer and Rachael Anderson. Visit either of their pages to view everyone else participating in the hop. My giveaway is for those in the USA only.

I'm giving away a signed ARC of my upcoming book The Secret Diamond Sisters, which is being publishing by Harlequin TEEN on Feb 25, 2014. I'm also including a signed bookmark!

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:

“This quick and entertaining read is filled with glitz and glamour. The Vegas setting fascinates. The Diamond sisters are so different that at least one sibling will be completely relatable to readers, making the novel even more fun. Get ready for one crazy and fabulous ride.” – RT Book Reviews

“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, author of My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

[Giveaway] Finished Paperback of The Secret Diamond Sisters (and a matching necklace!)

Yesterday, a big box of the finished paperbacks of The Secret Diamond Sisters arrived at my doorstep! They're beautiful and shiny, and I can't wait until they hit the shelves of bookstores on February 25, 2014 :)

To celebrate the arrival of the paperbacks, I'm hosting a giveaway! I'll be giving away a finished paperback of The Secret Diamond Sisters, and a matching necklace to one lucky person. (This giveaway is for those living in the USA only.)


Description for The Secret Diamond Sisters:

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.

Praise for The Secret Diamond Sisters: 
"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!" 


Use the Rafflecopter below to enter to win. Good luck!!

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Birthday Bookmark Giveaway!

Hi, everyone! It's my birthday today -- yay!! And in celebration, I'm giving YOU ALL a present! I'll be giving away 50 signed bookmarks for my upcoming novel The Secret Diamond Sisters, which is coming out on Feb 25. All you have to do to enter to win is to fill out the form below. (This is available to those in the USA only ... sorry, Internationals.) The winners will be chosen by random draw. Good luck!



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