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It’s Friday! So let’s giveaway!
This weekend’s theme is: Relish the beauty.
Up for grabs is a signed paperback of Relish, a Cotton On wild daisy tote and a change bracelet (both are in support of the Empowering Youth Foundation).
This giveaway is INTERNATIONAL.
The winner will be announced Monday.

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And the winner is...

Hi, Fellow Swooners! 

For my first blog post here at the awesome Swoon Reads blog, I’m happy to announce the winner of the No Love Allowed cover concept voting. It was such an exciting week seeing the votes and comments come in. Thank you so much for helping us give No Love Allowed a pretty face to go with Caleb’s and Didi’s swoonworthy story. 

Drumroll please...


So without further ado, the winner is…the Picnic Cover!!! 




When the five cover concepts were sent to me, I couldn’t stop staring at each one of them. I must have sat in front of my laptop for half an hour just grinning. They were all so beautiful. And then the thought hit me, “I’m so glad I don’t have to be the one to choose.” Because really? How could I? Which is why we asked you for help.


The picnic cover captures the fun and parties vibe of No Love Allowed. At its heart Caleb’s and Didi’s story is as much about having fun as it is about the two of them getting to know each other. There is also a youthful feel to this cover that just speaks of summer. Hot days. Hot parties. And, of course, hot guys!


I’d like to give a special shout out to Liz D. for putting together five amazing cover concepts. Each and every one of them captures the essence of the book. I could never have imagined what she had come up with. And I’m totally looking forward to the finished product.


If you think the picnic cover looks awesome now, just wait. More surprises to come!


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Caleb Parker Peg


Based on feedback I've been getting from the ladies who have swooned over No Love Allowed (AKA Warning! You Might Fall In Love With Me), their peg for Caleb Parker is Chace Crawford.

I have mixed feelings about this, so I need to know what you think. I love him, don't get me wrong, but I've always seen him as the resident man-hoe of Gossip Girl. *laughs*

The first draft of the story is still available on the Swoon Reads website. Take a read/see and tell me if Chace is your peg too: http://bit.ly/1wLtvcC

Then help us decide on the cover by voting for one of the five options featured here: http://bit.ly/1zBKnNr

Happy Reading!
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Vote!


Join the process! 
Vote for your favorite #NoLoveAllowed by @KateEvangelista cover over on the @SwoonReads blog: http://bit.ly/1zBKnNr


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What I Learned From Failure

Writing. I’ve been at it for seven years now. Five as a published author and two trying to become a published author.

            During this wonderful and often eye-opening journey, I have learned that there are many painful things an author must go through along the way.

  There is the pain of rejection. From agents. From publishers. From readers who didn’t like what you’ve written. From fellow authors. So much rejection. It’s almost like a curse word you’re not supposed to say.

            Then there is the pain of self-doubt. Am I doing the right thing? Am I making the right decision? Is my writing good enough? So many crippling and debilitation questions. Fill in the blank and add a question mark at the end.

            Through the years, I thought getting bad reviews was painful, so I stopped reading reviews all together until I was secure enough that reading a bad one hurts less. Then I thought parting ways with my agent was painful, but I soon learned that I needed to be more patient. Smarter with my words. Stronger with my convictions.

            There is also the pain that comes from losing a home. For a book that is. I will get into this more in another post because I believe it deserves one. But not right now. This post is for something else entirely.

            Most recently, I have come to realize that the most painful thing of all is failure. When you’ve spent close to three years working on a book and it falls flat. So many copies are returned that you don’t even get any royalties for it anymore. That was the most painful thing. I had never experienced anything like it before.

            With that one book I had failed.

            It bothered me so much that I couldn’t even bring myself to write the sequel. I thought to myself, what was the point? The first book didn’t sell, and continues not to sell. Who would be crazy enough to spend money on the next one? I got it stuck in my head that writing the next book would be a waste of time. Precious time I could use writing something else. Something that might stand a chance.

            To make matters worse, because I’m a masochist that way, I kept comparing myself to others. Worst mistake. Instead of being happy about the success of others, I found myself resenting them, which is so bad, I can’t even tell you. Might as well punch myself in the face.

            So…

I had failed.

            That sentence kept replaying in my head over and over again like a broken record. Like a bad song on repeat. I found myself at a loss. Unable to trust myself. Unable to see the story anymore. It was so traumatic, I couldn’t even look at a blank piece of paper.

            Then one day I woke up and realized: I failed but I’m still alive.

            It hurt like hell, but I’m still breathing.

            Good lord, I made it through to the other side.

            And then I remembered J.K. Rowling’s Harvard Commencement Speech. You should watch the entire thing, but my favorite part is when she starts talking about the benefits of failure. Here is that specific part. It’s only about two minutes, but it makes so much life changing sense:


            I finally realized: so what?

            So what if that book didn’t sell?

            So what if I am not getting any royalties for it?

            So what if editing it was one of the worst experiences in my life that I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy?

            So what?

            It doesn’t diminish me as a writer. In fact, it makes me stronger. I have experienced the most painful thing and I survived. There are more people who have gone through worse and walked out through the other side better than ever.

            After I had finished wallowing in self-pity, I had dusted myself off, wiped away the tears, breathed away the hurt, and picked myself up. I’m almost done writing the second book. I’ve actually rekindled my love for the story again. And I’ve returned to my roots. I love to write. Period. Exclamation mark! Failing did not take that away from me.

            I may have lost my perspective along the way. Thought about things the wrong way. Blamed others when I should really have been looking inward instead of lashing outward. From here on out, there’s no other way but up. Each new book is a brand new chance, and damn if I wouldn’t take each and every single one of them. 


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Warning! Gets A New Title

You might remember my Swoon Reads submission from a while back called Warning! You Might Fall In Love With Me. If you were one of the readers who left a comment after reading it, THANK YOU!

Now, I’m happy to finally be able to reveal that Warning! has a new title. It is now called: No Love Allowed.

And. I. LOVE. It.

Please take a moment to read Jean’s blog post about the title change over at the Swoon Reads blog.

To celebrate, I'm giving away a Find Your Inner Inspiration themed prize over at my FB Page. Enter today!
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