Friday, December 14, 2012

Definition of "Love Triangle"


Ah, the love triangle.  Most of you hate them, and I'm right there with you.  Mostly.  They seem to be everywhere and there's no escaping them.  Personally I want to fall hard for one love interest when I'm reading.  Does that mean I've never enjoyed a love triangle?  No, I definitely have, darn those authors.  I can name several books where I fell for both boys and it's heart-wrenching.  A well done love triangle is enough to make me cray-cray!  A poorly done triangle makes me throw books, which is not nice.  

I've had a ton of people beg me not to put a love triangle in the Sweet Trilogy, and that makes me wonder . . . what do you constitute as a love triangle?  Because I think my definition is different from some of yours.

I think of a true love triangle as the main character being torn between two love interests, as in, he/she has feelings for both people and can see himself/herself with either one.  When a love triangle is present the character must choose, which means that the reader ends up picking sides and becoming Team 1 or Team 2, and heated arguing in the forums ensues.

Based on this definition, I don't consider there to be a love triangle in Sweet Evil, though I know many of you would disagree.  Now, I'm going to be honest and tell you that my editor ASKED me to write in a love triangle (resulting in me adding the scene where Anna sees Kope at the mall).  My editor wanted the extra tension of Anna having a second boy option, but I couldn't quite do it justice.  I agreed that Anna would have a second option in Kopano, that he would make his interest clear, but in my heart of hearts I could not bring myself to make Anna truly torn.  She loves Kaidan.  Is she attracted to Kopano?  Yes.  He's hot.  And intriguing, and intense, and loyal, and most importantly he's open about his feelings.  Could she picture herself with him?  Yes.  But only if Kai wasn't in the picture.

Why did I decide to make another hot boy interested in Anna?  Easy.  To force Kaidan's feelings to the surface.  He's a hard nut to crack, that Kai.  He hides.  He evades.  I needed a crafty way to make him to show something.  Plus, Kopano's character was too deliciously complex in my mind.  I wanted him to have his story, too.  And I love that he's willing to put it all out there and challenge Kaidan to do the same.

So what's in store for book two?  Well, you'll just have to trust me because these lips are sealed, teeheehee.  Okay, maybe some hints.  We'll see plenty of both K's.  And there will be tension.  Yummy, tantalizing romantic tension.  And kissing.  LOTS of kissing.  Let's just hope you won't be throwing your book before the best of the kissing takes place . . .

What's your definition of a love triangle?

Big, squishy hugs,

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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

FLIRTING WITH MAYBE Cover Reveal & SWEET PERIL Teaser!


Oh my goodness, you guys!!!  What a crazy year it's been!  With all of the Sweet Trilogy business, my novella has sort of been brushed aside.  Here's the deal.  During the summer we weren't certain if the final two books in the Sweet Trilogy would be picked up.  When HarperTeen made an offer, everything happened really fast.  At the same time they made an offer for books 2 & 3, they told me about a new line they were starting called HarperImpulse - a line of short stories and novellas that would be available at discounted prices in ebook form. They asked if I'd be willing to contribute and I grinned and blubbered "YES" with lots of overwhelmed, goofy excitement.  I was asked to write a YA contemporary/realistic fiction piece separate from the Sweet Trilogy.

Since I didn't have much time to start from scratch, and edits for Sweet Peril were coming right around the corner, followed closely by the due date for book 3, I decided to use a short story I'd written in college.  Back then it was titled Toys because the main character, Ryan, gets toyed with by the older girl, Brooke, who gets toyed with by the older guys. But since that title sounded too picture-bookish, we decided on the title Flirting with Maybe.  I took the short story I'd written in college and lengthened it.  I had a blast being back with Ryan and Brooke.  The story is very different from what you're used to with me, as far as the writing style.  It's 3rd person point of view, and it's from Ryan's viewpoint.  Of course there's romance and longing and all that other mushy stuff you've come to expect from me, so I hope you'll check it out and enjoy it!

You should also know that the first chapter of Sweet Peril will be available at the end of the novella - BONUS!


The cover is sweet, cute, and adorable...basically everything that Ryan is.  I'm very pleased with it.  I only wish Ryan was wearing his signature baseball cap.  :)




Flirting with Maybe, coming March 5th, 2013 for $1.99



He was fifteen and she was seventeen. 


When sophomore Ryan "The Kid" McPhearson makes the Varsity baseball team, he finds himself submersed in the life of upperclassmen and falling in love with senior Brooke Bennet. 
To Ryan she's his dream girl, perfect. 
Maybe to the outside world a two-year age difference doesn't matter, but this is high school. 
Everything matters. 


Ryan soon realizes Brooke's life is not so perfect. He becomes her closest friend, her safe place to fall when she needs to escape. Ryan seems to be benched in the friend zone with no chance to bat.


Time is both a curse and a blessing. It ushers Brooke away to college, and Ryan into the arms of his first girlfriend. It alters Ryan from a kid to a high school graduate, ready to venture to college himself. But when Ryan sees Brooke again he realizes there are some things even time can't touch.


Though much has changed, one question still remains. Will the things that mattered in high school continue to stand between them?


Fun, fun, fun!  :)  You can add it on Goodreads here.


And now, as promised...a Sweet Peril teaser.  Come on April 30th!  :)



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(This is the first time Anna and Kai see each other after the New Year's summit in NYC.)

The look in his eyes dared me to pull away again. I sunk my fingers into the hair at the nape of his neck.
“I’m trying to talk to you,” I said.

“Yes, I know. But I’d rather not.”
In one step he had me against the table, the back of my thighs hitting the edge as he pressed his body flush against mine.
A whimpering gasp sounded from my lips.
I tried not to stutter, grasping his hair tighter. “I need you to be serious.”
His blue eyes scorched me. “Oh, I’ve never been more serious.” 


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Don't you fret. I will post more teasers between now and release date.  

Hugs to you!  And remember...be nice this holiday season. Even to the grumpsters with ugly, gray auras.  Spread the love.

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Monday, December 10, 2012

WINNERS!!!


Thanks for your patience!  I have seventeen winners to announce - fifteen people will receive signed Sweet Evil bookmarks instead of five (paper bookmarks, not the nickel quote bookmarks from the HebelDesigns shop, unfortunately - I don't have any of those yet).


Winners, please email me your mailing addresses!  
wendyhigginswrites at gmail dot com.


Thank you to everyone who entered!  I read each and every comment (more than once) and my heart goes out to ALL of you.  *hugs*  Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!



CONGRATULATIONS TO:


BOOKMARK WINNERS:


Bookreader (KinaNuri)

Aseel Naji

missymoo - 09

Steven

Dani Marie

Надя Леди from Ukraine

Joy Bosetti

Bee Xiong


alicelovesjasper1

Danielle Peters

Cindy Skach

Leah Pough

Lucille

Tyla B.



BIG WINNERS!



Turquoise Necklace  -  Allison in N.C.!


First 20 pages of Sweet Peril  -  Catherine S.!

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Sunday, December 9, 2012

Posting Winners Soon!


Hi everyone!  
I've closed entries for the giveaway - sorry if you didn't have a chance to enter, but I promise there will be future giveaways!
We had my daughter's choir performance tonight (which I wasn't taking into account when I said I would pick winners this evening.  And I've been sick with a terrible head cold the past five days.  So it might take me an hour or two, but I WILL post winners tonight!  And if no post goes up, it's because I passed out on the computer. At the very latest we'll have winners by tomorrow morning.
Much love - so excited!
Hugs,
Wendy

UPDATE:
It definitely won't be tonight, guys. I'm halfway through the entries and the cold meds are kicking in.  I want to be able to give this my full attention because all of your entries have been so thoughtful - you're making me super excited about this story world again, which I need, because I've found the writing of book three to be slightly intimidating.  Now I'm feeling all riled up to write more!  After I sleep, of course.  :)  xoxo
See you in the morning!  To be on the safe side, let's say I'll post the winners at noon, Eastern.

Also, I fear I've misled people about the bookmarks. The ones I'm giving away are regular bookmarks with my signature. The ones pictured are being sold, but I'm not giving those away because I don't have any of those awesome nickel bookmarks yet.  Sorry for the confusion!

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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Merry Christmas Giveaway!


I had a fabulous idea. I wanted to post the first chapter of my second book, Sweet Peril, here on my blog as a Christmas gift to my readers.  I was so stoked!  As always, I asked permission from my editor (she nearly always says yes to my harebrained schemes) but to my shock she said no, and here's why.  It turns out they've decided to put the first chapter at the end of my YA contemporary romance novella, Flirting with Maybe, which is being published as an ebook for $1.99 on March 5, 2013!  So I guess you'll have to check that out if you want to get a sneak peek. 

To learn more about the upcoming novella, you can check it out on Goodreads. :)  I'm excited to see what cover those artists over at HarperTeen/HarperImpulse come up with!

The second thing I wanted to tell you about is a wonderful company called HebelDesign - it's run by a talented woman named Vivi Hebel, who handmakes jewelry inspired by books! That's right - she shares your love of reading and she's found a fabulously creative way to show it!  She's recently obtained rights to make the turquoise necklaces from Sweet Evil. Each pendant is different and unique, made from natural turquoise. I was so impressed and giddy that I bought two when I met Vivi at YALLFest in South Carolina last month!  I wear mine almost every day (it's hard because my puppy wants to eat it).  Vivi will also be making nickel bookmarks with inscriptions/quotes from Sweet Evil, along with an angel wing and piece of turquoise. You can even make a special request for a quote of your choice.  I could not be more in love!  Check these out!



GAH!  EEP!  Those quotes!!!  



To visit her online store and place an order, click here.  You'll recognize many of the books that have inspired her beautiful pieces.  It's *possible* that if you place an order ASAP she can have it to you by Christmas, but because of the large number of recent orders she cannot guarantee holiday delivery. She's working hard and doing her best.  I love to see small businesses doing well.  :)


Now for the giveaway...
While my mom was visiting last month, she had a copy of Sweet Peril printed out at a copy shop (because she's my mom and my biggest fan, so she's lucky like that). The copy shop wanted to advertise some of their other services, so they also gave us the first twenty pages of the MS, bound. That's the table of contents, prologue, and almost all of chapter one.  I've decided to give that away, along with a Sweet Evil turquoise necklace, and five autographed bookmarks (for a total of seven winners)!  The Sweet Peril pages and necklace are US only, but the bookmarks are international.


What's up for grabs:




How to enter:

Between now and Sunday, December 9th, at 9:00PM Eastern, simply comment on this blog post with the following information...

~ Let me know 1) what you liked best about Sweet Evil/your fave scene, OR 2) what you'd like to see happen in the trilogy.  (As you can see, the contest is sort of geared toward fans/people who've already read book 1, because the sample pages from the sequel and the necklace won't mean much to the winner if they haven't read Sweet Evil, right?)  :)

~ Also state in your comment whether you're stateside/US or international. (If you don't state that you're US, you'll only be entered into the bookmark giveaway.)

FOR THOSE OF YOU READING THIS ON GOODREADS, PLEASE VISIT MY BLOG TO ENTER - COMMENTS RECEIVED ON GOODREADS DO NOT COUNT TOWARD THE GIVEAWAY - THANK YOU!

Winners will be picked at random and announced after 9PM Sunday, December 9th. If winners don't come forward within 24 hours to email me their address, a new winner will be chosen.


Thank you all so much for your love and support!  I wish I could send pressies to everyone.  But since I can't, how about I start sharing some hot little excerpts/teasers from Sweet Peril, eh?  I'll get right on that at the conclusion of this contest.  Promise.  

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