Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Book Birthday for Diamonds in the Rough!

Hi, everyone!

Today's the big day: The Book Birthday for Diamonds in the Rough, the second book in The Secret Diamond Sisters trilogy! I had a book release party on Sunday and it was so great having family, friends, and fans there to celebrate with me.

You can enter to win a signed copy of Diamonds in the Rough on both Instagram and Twitter:

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Diamonds in the Rough is available anywhere books are sold, but here are some easy links for you: AmazonBarnes & NobleiBooks. If you live outside the USA, Book Depository ships for free worldwide! 

Also remember that the first book in the series, The Secret Diamond Sisters, is still on sale for only $4.99 on Kindle

Be sure to check my appearances page to see if I'll be doing a signing at a town near you.

And on Saturday, November 1st at 4PM, tune in to the #ReadOn live show I'm doing on Crossroad Reviews, where four other authors and I will be doing a live Q&A! 

What reviewers are saying about 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

"Diamonds in the Rough was pure lush and excellence. I can't wait for you guys to read it! PHENOMENAL." -Michelle Arrow, Goodreads reviewer

"My newest guilty pleasure! Juicy secrets, betrayals, and romance to tide you over. You'll want to get your hands on this one!" -Jessica, reviewer from The Lovely Books

"Michelle teased that huge secrets would come out in Diamonds in the Rough, and she did not disappoint. Just when you're thinking everything is sunshine and lollipops, Michelle throws these characters a curve ball. With a basketball." -Andrea, reviewer from Bookish

Sunday, October 26, 2014

YA Contemporary Scavenger Hunt: Interview and Giveaway with Mary Elizabeth Summer, author of Trust Me, I'm Lying

For my stop on the YA contemporary scavenger hunt, I'm interviewing author Mary Elizabeth Summer, about her latest book, Trust Me, I'm Lying! You can enter to win a hardcover of the book in the giveaway at the bottom of the interview. 


Fans of Ally Carter, especially her Heist Society readers, will love this teen mystery/thriller with sarcastic wit, a hint of romance, and Ocean’s Eleven–inspired action.

Julep Dupree tells lies. A lot of them. She’s a con artist, a master of disguise, and a sophomore at Chicago’s swanky St. Agatha High, where her father, an old-school grifter with a weakness for the ponies, sends her to so she can learn to mingle with the upper crust. For extra spending money Julep doesn’t rely on her dad—she runs petty scams for her classmates while dodging the dean of students and maintaining an A+ (okay, A-) average.

But when she comes home one day to a ransacked apartment and her father gone, Julep’s carefully laid plans for an expenses-paid golden ticket to Yale start to unravel. Even with help from St. Agatha’s resident Prince Charming, Tyler Richland, and her loyal hacker sidekick, Sam, Julep struggles to trace her dad’s trail of clues through a maze of creepy stalkers, hit attempts, family secrets, and worse, the threat of foster care. With everything she has at stake, Julep’s in way over her head . . . but that’s not going to stop her from using every trick in the book to find her dad before his mark finds her. Because that would be criminal.



1) Where did the inspiration for Trust Me, I'm Lying come from?



One night, I was watching back to back episodes of Leverage and White Collar, and I thought to myself, “Wouldn’t it be great to read a book with a teenage con artist protagonist?” Then I went to bed thinking nothing more of it, and woke up with Julep’s voice in my head, demanding I write her story. So I did. :)

2) What was the most interesting thing you Googled while doing research for Trust Me, I'm Lying?



It’s funny you should ask that…I’m pretty sure the guy who just “moved into” the house behind mine is actually an FBI agent whose job it is to determine if I’m a threat to national security, that’s how bad my browser history looks right now. I’ve also bought a lot of questionable books. (You’d be amazed what people will put in writing these days.)

For TMIL, the most interesting thing I Googled was how to blow up a boat using a kitchen timer. But I also Googled how to forge checks, and I bought an entire book on how to forge drivers’ licenses. If it’s illegal, I probably now have a passing idea of how to do it.

3) How long did it take you to write your novel? 



About a year and a half, all told. I took a big break in the middle of the summer, but it was always percolating in the background. (Writers never really take a break.) I also wrote a lot of it on my phone while shuttling to and from work on public transit. My thumbs are fast, but not that fast.

4) What's one book that you wish you had written? 



There are sooo many good ones out there. This is such a tough question. I’m going to have to cheat and give you three.
1. Run To You by Clara Kensie. That book. Ugh. The feels!
2. Beyond Our Stars by Marie Langager. Also with the feels! And a really unique premise. I love that book.
3. Catseye by Andre Norton. Favorite. Book. Ever. … Wow. They’re all scifi. That’s interesting for a mystery writer, isn’t it?

5) What advice would you give to aspiring authors?



It’s not about talent. It’s not about luck. It’s about tenacity. You will feel like giving up. Everyone feels like giving up. Not just once, but many times, both before and after publication. It’s the stubborn, mulish, never-surrender types that become authors. It’s the really, really stubborn, mulish types that make a living as an author. You have to ride the line between humble and teachable, and stubborn with an iron will. You have to have both to make it.

6) How did you come up with the title for your novel? Was it the first one you came up with? 



Trust Me, I’m Lying is not the original title. Originally, I called it Catch My Grift. My wife came up with CMG, and I still have a great big soft spot for it. But my editor noted (and rightly so) that “grift” is a pretty unusual word and might confuse people. So I went on the hunt for a new title, and when discussing options with my mom on the phone, she came up with the “Trust Me, I’m…” lead in, to which, after some brainstorming, I landed on “Lying” to finish it off. We both liked it a lot. I pitched it to my editor, and she liked it, too.

7) What are you currently working on writing? 



I’m just now in that sweet spot between finishing book 2 of Julep’s story and starting on book 3. I do have most of another, unrelated story written, as well as a tantalizing new idea that I can’t wait to get started on! Here’s to more time in 2015!



Mary Elizabeth Summer is an instructional designer, a mom, a champion of the serial comma, and a pie junkie. Oh, and she sometimes writes books about teenage delinquents saving the day. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her daughter, her partner, and her evil overlor–er, cat. TRUST ME, I'M LYING, a YA mystery, will be released by Delacorte in Fall 2014.

THE GIVEAWAY

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Secret Diamond Sisters $4.99 Kindle Sale!

The Secret Diamond Sisters is currently $4.99 on Kindle!

That's 50% off the original list price. I don't know when this sale ends, so you'll want to get it at this price while you can!

This is a fantastic deal, especially considering the cost of many items mentioned in the book. For example:

American Express Black Card (Blamex): $7,500 initiation fee, $2,500 annual fee
VIP Table at Myst Nightclub: $4,000
Premium ticket to see Phantom of the Opera: $165
Bottle of Dom Perignon: $150
Lobster at the Five Diamond Steakhouse: $70
Urban Decay Naked Eyeshadow Palette: $50
Glass of Mersault Chardonnay: $25
Frosted Flakes French Toast at the Grand Cafe: $20
Vanilla Latte at the Diamond Cafe: $6

For less than the cost of each of these items, you can buy The Secret Diamond Sisters on Kindle and experience the life of an heiress living in Las Vegas. And with the sequel, Diamonds in the Rough, releasing in 11 days, now is the perfect time to read The Secret Diamond Sisters, a book that Booklist called "electrifying" and RT Reviews called "one crazy and fabulous ride!"

What're you waiting for? 


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.

PURCHASE: [ Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Books A MillionBook Depository | iBookstore ]


Readers are raving about The Secret Diamond Sisters:

"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. A fun ride not to be missed!" --Rachel Harris, author of My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century

"I breezed through The Secret Diamond Sisters in a record two hours ... I didn't want to put it down! This fun book brings us into rich, glittering worlds that most of us only dream about, but Madow also makes sure to give her characters a lot of heart." --The Reading Nook Reviews

Friday, October 10, 2014

Previous Appearances

THE SECRET DIAMOND SISTERS BOOK RELEASE PARTY
Saturday, March 1, 2014 | 3:00 PM
Books & Books Coral Gables
265 Aragon Ave, Coral Gables, FL

Join Michelle Madow and family on Saturday, March 1, 2014 to celebrate the release of her first traditionally published novel, The Secret Diamond Sisters! The story is set in Las Vegas, so dress in festive attire, like you're about to hit up your favorite destination on the Vegas Strip.
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BOOKMANIA
Saturday, March 8, 2014 | 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Martin County High School
2801 SW Kanner Highway, Stuart, FL 34994

BookMania is an informative and entertaining event held annually to celebrate the written word, bringing authors from around the country to a community of booklovers who delight in hearing them share their story. It is free and open to the public.

Michelle will be speaking on a young adult panel at 3:30 PM, called "Past, Present, and Future," and will be signing books. Books will be for sale at the event.
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SOUTHWEST FLORIDA READING FESTIVAL
Saturday, March 15, 2014 | 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Harborside Event Center & Centennial Park
1375 Monroe St, Fort Meyers, FL

This free annual Festival incites a passion for reading. Renew your interest in reading as the Festival authors are announced. Hear an author speak at the Festival and get inspired to borrow or buy the book, maybe even to write one of your own!

Speaking: 2:30 PM, Teen Stage #5
Signing: 12:30 and 3:30 PM, Teen Author Book Signings #9
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THE NOVEL EXPERIENCE
Friday, March 28 - Sunday, March 30, 2014
Hyatt Regency Atlanta
265 Peachtree Street Northeast, Atlanta, GA

Friday 8pm - Midnight: Author events and parties for readers, Aquarium visits
Saturday: 10am - 5pm: Mega Book signing
Saturday Night: 8pm - 1am: Author events and parties for readers (VIP tickets needed)
Sunday: Author Swag event with readers
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UCF BOOK FESTIVAL
Saturday, April 5, 2014 | 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
The University of Central Florida
4000 Central Florida Blvd. Orlando, Florida 32816

Each year  the UCF Book Festival draws thousands of readers of all ages. The Festival features internationally recognized authors and illustrators, book signings and sales, exhibitors, cooking demonstrations, book appraisals, and literary activities for all ages.

Michelle will be doing a short reading from The Secret Diamond Sisters on the CFE Main Stage at 10:45 AM. Apart from that, she will be at her booth signing and selling The Secret Diamond Sisters and The Transcend Time Saga all day!
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BOOKS OF WONDER
Thursday, April 17, 2014 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
18 W 18th St, New York, NY 10011

Michelle will be signing with these Harlequin TEEN Authors:
·        Kady Cross, The Girl with the Iron Touch
·        Amalie Howard, Waterfell
·        Michelle Madow, The Secret Diamond Sisters
·        Dawn Metcalf, Indelible
·        Cara Lynn Schults, Spellbound series
·        Maria V. Snyder, Touch of Power
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YA FEST
Saturday, April 19, 2014 | 10:30 AM - 3 PM
Palmer Branch of the Easton Area Public Library
1 Weller Place, Easton, PA

Join us as 50 Young Adult and Middle-Grade fiction authors unite to sign books and speak with patrons.

Michelle will be speaking on a panel from 1:15 - 2:15 on Writing for Young Readers/Different Age Groups, alongside Cristin Terrill, Lisa Amowitz, David Lubar, Kit Grindstaff, Alison Ashley Formento, Laura Toffler-Corrie, Aaron Starmer, Page Morgan, Justina Ireland, and Jennifer Armentrout
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SOUTHERN KENTUCKY BOOK FEST
Saturday, April 26, 2014 | 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Knicely Conference Center
654 Campbell Lane, Bowling Green, KY

The Southern Kentucky Book Fest is one of the state's largest literary events. The Book Fest draws thousands of readers of all ages who welcome the occasion to meet their favorite authors and purchase signed copies of their books. Please note that all books signed at SOKY Book Fest must be purchased at the festival. No previously purchased books are allowed to be signed.

I'm speaking on the YA Contemporary panel at 11AM in the Auditorium with these authors:
Karen Ann Hopkins
Julie Lindsey
Michelle Madow
Katie McGarry
Alecia Whitaker
Jenny Hubbard
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GREATER ROCHESTER TEEN BOOK FESTIVAL
Saturday, May 17, 2014 | 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Nazareth College: Shults Center
4245 East Avenue, Rochester, NY

The Ninth Annual Greater Rochester Teen Book Festival is FREE and open to everyone, but seating preference will be given to teen readers at all sessions! No registration is needed...just come and enjoy the day!

I'm speaking on the new/debut author panel with Alexandra Coutts (Tumble and Fall), Tess Sharpe (Far From You), and Cristin Terrill (All Our Yesterdays).

All authors will be autographing from 3:15pm - 5:00pm. 
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BOOK EXPO AMERICA (BEA)
Wednesday, May 28 - Saturday, May 31
Javits Center, NYC

The Secret Diamond Sisters paperbacks will be in the blogger swag bags for the Bloggers Conference on Wednesday, and I'll be at the Bloggers Conference mingling party on Wednesday from 3:45pm - 5:00pm to party and sign your copies!

I'll also be around the conference center all three days. (Thurs, Fri, Sat.)
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AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION (ALA)
Friday, June 27 - Monday, June 30
Las Vegas Convention Center
Las Vegas, NV

On Sunday, June 29, I'm signing advanced copies of Diamonds in the Rough at 11:00 AM in the Harlequin Booth!
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YA MANIA
Saturday, August 2nd
FAU High School (On the Boca Raton FAU campus)
777 Glades Road, Boca Raton, FL 33431

I will be on a Q&A panel and will be signing The Secret Diamond Sisters, which will be available to purchase at the event. Exact time to come!
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CHAPTER BY CHAPTER BOOK RAVE
Saturday, September 20, 2014 | 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
FunFuzion
19 LeCount Place, New Rochelle, NY 10801

An all day event with a 60+ author book signing, a YA bowling party, and a NA/Adult mingling party.

The book signing is open to the public and will be from 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM.

I will also be at the YA bowling party, a ticketed event from 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM.
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ORANGE COUNTY CHILDREN'S BOOK FESTIVAL
Sunday, September 28, 2014 | 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Orange Coast College
2701 Fairview Rd, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

I'll be speaking at 2:30 on the Teen Stage and signing books immediately afterward.
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VEGAS VALLEY BOOK FESTIVAL
Saturday, October 18, 2014 | 12:00 PM
Fifth Street School, YA Tent Two
401 S. Fourth St. Las Vegas, NV 89101

I'm speaking on the "Thrill of a Good Mystery" panel at 12:00 PM.

I'll be signing The Secret Diamond Sisters and Diamonds in the Rough at 1:00 PM in YA Signing Tent 2.

Diamonds in the Rough will be sold one week early at this festival only!
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DIAMONDS IN THE ROUGH BOOK RELEASE PARTY
Sunday, October 26, 2014 | 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Barnes & Noble Pikesville
1819 Reisterstown Rd., Baltimore, MD 21208

I'll be celebrating the release of Diamonds in the Rough in my hometown bookstore -- the Barnes & Noble in Pikesville, MD!
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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Diamonds in the Rough signed paperback giveaway!

I'm giving away a signed paperback of Diamonds in the Rough!

I will ship for free to those living in the USA. You can still enter if you live outside the USA, as long as you promise to cover your shipping cost if you win.

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.



Early readers are already talking about the book!

"Diamonds in the Rough was pure lush and excellence. I can't wait for you guys to read it! PHENOMENAL." -Michelle Arrow, Goodreads reviewer

"My newest guilty pleasure! Juicy secrets, betrayals, and romance to tide you over. You'll want to get your hands on this one!" -Jessica, reviewer from The Lovely Books

"Michelle teased that huge secrets would come out in Diamonds in the Rough, and she did not disappoint." -Andrea, reviewer from Bookish


And don't miss book one, The Secret Diamond Sisters!

Use the Rafflecopter below to enter the giveaway!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Fan Accounts for my books!

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Friday, May 23, 2014

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.

"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

PURCHASE: [ Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Books A Million | Book Depository | iBookstore ]


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.

"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

PURCHASE: [ Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Books A Million | Book Depository | iBookstore ]


ALSO BY MICHELLE MADOW

THE TRANSCEND TIME SAGA



Lizzie Davenport has been reincarnated from 1815, England ... but she doesn't realize it until she meets her soul mate from the past and he triggers her memories to gradually return.