Thursday, March 26, 2015

The Secret Diamond Sisters and Diamonds in the Rough Book Blitz!

Thank you to YA Bound Book Tours for organizing this book blitz, and to all the fans who are participating! 

We're all sharing one of four teasers from the book, and you can enter to win a The Secret Diamond Sisters swag pack that includes: The Secret Diamond Sisters lip balm, The Secret Diamond Sisters pin, postcards for each of the Diamond sisters, a signed bookmark, and a The Secret Diamond Sisters sticker.

The excerpt and giveaway is at the bottom of the blog post!

The Secret Diamond Sisters (The Secret Diamond Sisters #1)

By: Michelle Madow 
Release Date: 02/25/14
Harlequin Teen
381 pages

Goodreads Summary
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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"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


Diamonds in the Rough (The Secret Diamond Sisters #2)

By: Michelle Madow 
Release Date: 10/28/14
Harlequin Teen
448 pages

Goodreads Summary
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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Excerpt from The Secret Diamond Sisters
The series is told from four rotating points of view: Savannah Diamond, Courtney Diamond, Peyton Diamond, and Madison Lockhart. I'm sharing an excerpt from Madison's point of view, because while I do love writing from all four points of view, Madison is my favorite! 

What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas … but that doesn’t matter when you live there.

“And what have the two of you been up to?” Madison asked.

“Just making a bet.” Oliver rubbed his hands together and smirked. “Damien will owe me a grand by the end of the summer.”

“Really?” Madison raised an eyebrow at Damien. “Why’s that?”

“Oliver said he could easily hook up with all three Diamond sisters before school starts up,” Damien said. “And I bet he couldn’t. Especially since the youngest one already has it bad for me.”

“You guys are disgusting.” Madison pretended she didn’t care, but the mention of those girls made her blood boil. She didn’t want to discuss them for any longer than necessary.

Trying to be subtle, she peeked over Damien’s shoulder to see what Nick and his friends were up to. Luckily, her ex seemed too involved in chatting with the people at his table to have noticed her yet.

“Come with me.” She reached past Damien for Oliver’s hand and grasped it in her own, pulling him closer. He seemed surprised. Then a crooked smile spread over his face, showing the dimple on his right cheek.

“Where are you dragging me, Mads?” he asked, although she could tell he was having fun. He kept his hand in hers, staying seated as he waited for her answer.

“The second floor.” She leaned down and whispered conspiratorially, “I want to dance.”

About the Author

Michelle Madow wrote her first novel, Remembrance, in her junior year of college. Remembrance is the first book in The Transcend Time Saga, a three part series about reincarnation and true love that Michelle successfully self-published. The series was inspired by Taylor Swift's "Love Story" music video. Michelle's latest YA series, The Secret Diamond Sisters, about three sisters who discover they are the secret heirs to a Las Vegas billionaire casino owner, was published in March 2014 by Harlequin Teen. The second book in the series, Diamonds in the Rough, released in November 2014, and the third book, Diamonds are Forever, will be coming out in November 2015. A tireless promoter of her work, Michelle is active on social media networks and has toured across America to promote her books and encourage high school students to embrace reading and writing.

Michelle lives in Boca Raton, Florida, where she is writing more novels for young adults. She loves reading, spending time with family and friends, traveling the world, shopping, Disney fairy tales, Broadway musicals, and loves talking with fans on Facebook (/MichelleMadow), Twitter (@MichelleMadow), and Instagram (@MichelleMadow).

To chat with Michelle and other fans about her books, join Michelle Madow's Street Team on Facebook!

Author website: www.michellemadow.com

GIVEAWAY

Use the Rafflecopter below to enter to win a The Secret Diamond Sisters swag pack!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Harlequin Teen Big Book Giveaway!

Hi everyone!

We have a treat for you! Katie McGarry has gathered some of her fellow fabulous Harlequin Teen authors (including myself) to create a new Big Book Giveaway! This giveaway includes books from:

Katie McGarry -- an ARC of Nowhere But Here
Adi Alsaid -- an ARC of Never Always Sometimes and a copy of Lets Get Lost
Karen Hopkins  -- copies of Temptation, Belonging, and Forever
Kady Cross -- A complete set of The Steampunk Chronicles (books only, not digital shorts)
Clara Kensie - -Run to You book one which was released in three installments (Run to You--First Sight, Run to You--Second Glance, Run to You--Third Charm) *digital copy
Michelle Madow -- The Secret Diamond Sisters and swag
Dawn Metcalf -- Indelible and Invisible
Cara Lynn Shultz -- Spellbound , Spellcaster, The Dark World
Robin Talley -- The Lies We Tell Ourselves
Rinda Elliott -- Sisters of Fate Trilogy-Foretold, Forecast & Foresworn *digital copy
Liz Fichera -- Played
Sabrina Elkins -- Stir Me Up *digital copy
Tracey Martin -- Another Little Piece of My Heart *digital copy

If you count that up, that's 13 Harlequin Teen authors and over 20 books! Katie is also giving away to a separate winner a copy of Pushing the Limits.


* This giveaway is international. Several of the books being given away are digital copies. In order for the winner to receive the digital copies of the books, they must have the ability to receive e-books via Amazon and/or Barnes & Noble from their e-mail accounts. If the winner does not have this ability, they will receive the print books offered above, but another winner will be chosen for the digital books. 

Katie McGarry or the authors sending their books are not responsible for any lost or damaged books that may occur during shipping.  You must be fourteen years old or older to enter. If you are under eighteen, you must have parent's permission to enter. This giveaway is international. Void where prohibited by law. Winner will have one week to reply to winner e-mail before a new winner is chosen. This giveaway is not in any way sponsored by Facebook, Rafflecopter, Twitter, Instagram, Goodreads, Pinterest or Tumblr. 

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Exciting News!

I'm super excited to share with you that I'm now represented by Kevan Lyon from Marsal Lyon Literary Agency! 

Kevan has been a dream agent of mine for years -- I'm a fan of so many authors she represents, and I'm incredibly honored to be one of her clients.

Some of her amazingly talented client list includes:
Jennifer L. Armentrout
Katie McGarry
Cayla Kluver
Patricia Burgess Leaver
Tiffany King
and more!

See why I'm excited? :)

To celebrate, I'm hosting a giveaway for a $10 gift card for Amazon or Barnes & Noble! 

Enter using the Rafflecopter below. Good luck!

Friday, January 2, 2015

Flirty Friday: The Hanging Tree



Hanging Tree Remix

I’m sure that by now, a lot of you know the Hanging Tree song that was featured in the Mockingjay movie. I loved the song, and enjoyed the emotion it evokes throughout the film.

I was listening to the radio the other day, and heard a remix of this song, and LOVED it. It adds a pop flair to it (I love pop music) and makes it something fun to dance along to. 

 
The original version was perfect for the movie, but I love the remix for every day life. What do you all think?

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that readers are eagerly anticipating. I've decided to get in on the fun, so here's my selection for this week:

When by Victoria Laurie

This sounds like such a unique read! I’ve recently been reading a lot of YA thrillers, and have been loving them. It’s so fun to try to unravel mysteries alongside the main character!

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20338342-when
Authors: Victoria Laurie
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Release Date: January 15, 2015
Synopsis:
Maddie Fynn is a shy high school junior, cursed with an eerie intuitive ability: she sees a series of unique digits hovering above the foreheads of each person she encounters. Her earliest memories are marked by these numbers, but it takes her father’s premature death for Maddie and her family to realize that these mysterious digits are actually death dates, and just like birthdays, everyone has one.

Forced by her alcoholic mother to use her ability to make extra money, Maddie identifies the quickly approaching death date of one client's young son, but because her ability only allows her to see the when and not the how, she’s unable to offer any more insight. When the boy goes missing on that exact date, law enforcement turns to Maddie.

Soon, Maddie is entangled in a homicide investigation, and more young people disappear and are later found murdered. A suspect for the investigation, a target for the murderer, and attracting the attentions of a mysterious young admirer who may be connected to it all, Maddie's whole existence is about to be turned upside down. Can she right things before it's too late?
 

Monday, December 29, 2014

Monday Musing: Drafting


My Favorite and Least Favorite Part of Drafting

Since handing in the first round of rewrites for Diamonds are Forever, I’ve been drafting a new book (I’m not telling anything about it right now, other than the fact that it’s a YA standalone!) The drafting process is on my mind right now, so I thought I would share my favorite and least favorite parts of writing drafts.

My favorite part of writing is definitely dialogue, and exploring internal thoughts of the main character. I love getting inside the main character’s head and exploring her emotions and thought processes—it reminds me of when I used to write in a diary when I was younger. Dialogue is also so much fun, because communication is how relationships move forward. Drafting would be so much easier for me if all I wrote were the internal thoughts and dialogues for the characters!

My least favorite part is description of interiors, scenery, and what characters look like. Of course, it’s very important to create a visual for the reader, to set the scene, and to give a sense of place. But describing surroundings always takes me so much longer than anything else! Setting the scene needs to be there, but it’s a delicate balance between making it fit in naturally and not overloading on it. In The Secret Diamond Sisters, the main characters were seeing Las Vegas for the first time, so it was natural for them to notice their surroundings and be enchanted by them. It’s much more difficult when writing from the point of view from someone who’s lived in a place forever, because surroundings stop becoming something they stop to think about. 

If you’re a writer, what’s your favorite part to write? Least favorite?