Saturday, September 27, 2014

Dear immature and irate fan,

To answer your question about the Jamie 3 release date, there isn't one right now. And, to be honest, I am this close to putting the book on indefinite hiatus because I am SO FREAKING TIRED OF THE HATE MAIL. I'm tired of putting so much thought, stress, and hard work into a project that I am literally losing sleep and giving myself migraines over, only to keep receiving nasty emails full of people swearing at me, calling me names, demanding things from me, saying I owe them, telling me I suck because I am releasing other books before Jamie 3, and saying they're not going to buy any of my other books again unless I release Jamie 3 first. Well, I'm sorry to disappoint you, but your nasty letters are not having the outcome you're hoping for. In fact, all the pressure and hurt your letters cause are making things worse and will only delay the book that much longer. I am so fed up that for the first time since I began this project I am considering pulling Jamie 2 from publication and never releasing Jamie 3. I am one more nasty comment away from scraping the book entirely.

I understand that when I decided to put my work out there for the public I was opening myself up to negative feedback, bad reviews, and the idiocy of people who like to hurt others just because they can. I am a pro at taking it. There are plenty of people that don't like my work. That doesn't bother me in the least. I know that you can't please everyone. I know that not every book is the right book for every reader. I get it. I'm fine with it. I even embrace bloggers and fans giving their honest reviews even if their feelings are negative. I live for constructive criticism. Love it. And I know how to ignore rants from people who simply like to be snarky. That's totally whatever. But at the same time, I am still a person. I still have feelings. And I need to really love my job to be able to take the bad with the good. I need to not stress myself out so much, and not make myself sick because I'm trying to please my fans, or trying to live up to that impossible standard of writing a book that everyone will love. Unfortunately, right now, that's not happening.

I'm having problems with the third Jamie book. I love the story, I love the characters, and I know how it all ends. But in the beginning, there were several different ways that the story could play out and I wasn't sure which way was the best. I started with one outline, got about 130 pages written and decided it wasn't working, so I went back to the beginning and tried the next idea... To make a long frustrating story short, I am now on the 8th draft of the book. I have written close to SEVEN HUNDRED PAGES, and I am still only 170 pages into the book. The good news is, I finally, after much trial and error, found a version of the story that I am happy with, and that I think works the best. The bad news is that in this process, I have completely psyched myself out and have stressed so much over it that I'm having a difficult time finishing the book. I've lost my confidence in it and I've also taken so long that people are getting impatient. I get emails daily asking about the release of the book. A lot of those emails are beyond sweet, (Which I thank you for.) but a lot of inqueries are not so nice.

I feel awful, absolutely terrible, that I've made people wait for this book. I never imagined I'd have this problem because when I wrote Jamie 2, I already had the outline for Jamie three done. I figured it would be like all the other books I've written, and take me maybe 3 months to have a first draft written, but sometimes the plain and simple truth is: what you have planned doesn't always work once you get into it. The original plan I had for Jamie 3 wasn't working. It wasn't good. I could have just finished it anyway and then published it so that people wouldn't have to wait for it. But I felt that was unacceptable. I love Jamie, and I know how much my fans love it. I don't want to mess it up. I don't want to let people down. I want to get it right. I have read way too many series' where I get to the final book and am completely disappointed. I really, really don't want to do that with my own book. I have worked too long and too hard on this series to sell myself short and put something out that I don't fully believe in. And believe me, you guys don't want that from me either. Wouldn't you rather wait and get a book that you're happy with, than have me rush a release and you're let down with the ending of a story that's taken years to get to the end of?

I have been working hard on Jamie 3--stressing over it and agonizing over it for months. I have been losing sleep over it, and have been giving myself migraines over it. This is not writers block. It's some kind of mental, emotional thing, and all of the pressure I get daily from my fans--especially the particularly nasty letters like the one that prompted me to write this blog post--only makes it worse. It has to stop. I can't keep doing this to myself. It's affecting all of my writing now and not just Jamie 3. I have been having anxiety attacks when I sit down to write because I am so stressed and feel so much pressure. So, as much as I hate to do this, and hate disappoint people, I need to do what is best for me. I need to write Jamie 3 on my own timeframe, and if that includes shelving the project for a few months--or years if that's what it takes--then so be it. I am sorry. I apologize. For now, Jamie 3 is on hiatus. I haven't given up on it completely yet, but I am going to put it aside. I am going to concentrate on finishing my other series' and works in progress, and hope that in taking some time away from it, and clearing some of the other things off my plate, I'll be able to stop stressing so much and find my heart for Jamie again, and feel better about my writing.

I appreciate your understanding on this and, if you can't deal with that, then I'm sorry. There's nothing else I can do for you no matter how many nasty, hurtful emails you send.

To all of you who have sent lovely, nice, encouraging emails concerning Jamie 3, thank you. I'm sorry for the bad news, but I hope this can at least answer your questions on the matter. I appreciate your patience, understanding, support, and love for these books. It's for you guys, (and for myself too) that I don't want to abandon this project. I will continue to try my best to not let you guys down.

Sincerely,
A stressed-out writer
Kelly

Friday, September 19, 2014

Win the Ultimate V is for Virgin Gift Pack! (Kelly Oram fan art contest)

 Enter the Kelly Oram Fan Art Contest and win
The Ultimate V is for Virgin Gift Pack
Includes: signed copy of V is for Virgin
signed copy of A is for Abstinence
signed V is for Virgin poster
signed A is for Abstinence poster
5x7 Kyle Hamilton photo (Signed by Kyle)
V is for Virgin necklace
A is for Abstinence Bracelet
signed bookmarks
*contest is international* ends Oct. 1st*

Awesome giveaway, right? Well, that's because you have to work for this one.
To Win: Enter the Kelly Oram Fan Art Contest by sending in your best fan art! 

What's a ball without a king presiding? Remember when you guys voted Kyle Hamilton as king of the Book Boyfriends during this year's Battle of the Book Boyfriends? How could you NOT remember this...




Well, as your reigning King, Kyle will be attending Cinder & Ella's Book Release Ball. And King Kyle expects his loyal subjects to lay gifts at his feet! In return for your wonderful gifts, you will be entered to win Kyle's Ultimate V is for Virgin Gift Pack.

HOW IT WORKS: 

The Kelly Oram Fan Art Contest is officially part of the Cinder & Ella Book Release Ball. King Kyle will show up at the Ball and post a thread about the contest. Then you guys post the links or pictures of whatever you've created in the comments of the thread. I'll pick one of my favorite entires as the winner at the end of the ball.

If you can't make it to the ball, maybe you don't have Facebook, or you live on the other side of the world and will have a hard time getting there in the right hours... (I'm sad for you and you will be missed!) have no fear, you can still enter the fan art contest by emailing me your entries ahead of time to kellyoramwrites@gmail.com with the subject: Fan Art Contest. I will accept entries via email from now up until half an hour before the winner is announced. (I'll give a last call in the contest thread and then have myself and a couple friends help me to pick the winner.)

This contest is open internationally and will end at the end of the Cinder & Ella Book Release Ball October 1st. 

You may enter as many times as you like by entering as many different creations as you have the time/energy to create.


This is a KELLY ORAM fan contest. Though Kyle Hamilton is hosting it, you don't have to use V is for Virgin. You can chose any of my books or characters or even me as the subject of your creation. Here are some possible ideas to get you started but if you can think of something not on this list, by all means go for it. The sky's the limit! 

*draw a picture of your favorite KO character/scene/book cover
*create a photo teaser using your favorite KO quote
*write a poem about your favorite character/book/or even about Kelly herself
*write a song a la Kyle Hamilton style
*draw a comic strip of your favorite KO scene (or maybe a Chelsea's Angel comic!)
*write a KO fan fiction story
*create your own Virgin Val jewelry and post a pic of it
*make a KO themed t-shirt and take a selfie of you wearing it
*decorate a cake with a KO theme
*make a KO fan video and post it on youtube
*make a KO book trailer/teaser video
*make a collage of KO quotes
*dress up as Chelsea's Angel and post a pic. (This would also rule for Halloween!)
*post a video or blog post about your ultimate dream cast for your favorite KO book.
*get together with your friends and act out a scene from your favorite KO book, film it and         post it on youtube.  


The possibilities are endless! I LOVE creativity, and I want to see yours! Have fun and good luck!!

Win a Cinder & Ella gift pack!

Woohoo, it's time to give stuff away!  

Enter to win this Cinder & Ella Gift Pack
(now through October 1st)
Includes: 
Signed copy of Cinder & Ella 
two signed signed posters
and bookmarks
*Giveaway is international*

Enter in two easy steps: 
1. Click this link --> Cinder & Ella Book Release Ball
2. Click "join" on the event page

Attend a ball and leave with a prince! This giveaway is exclusive to the Cinder & Ella Book Release Ball attendees. I've put a LOT of time and effort into the release party for my new book Cinder & Ella. I've got all kinds of games/contests and over a dozen giveaways happening that day, and I have eight of my TOTALLY AMAZING author friends stopping by to join in the fun. I really would love a great turnout, so as an incentive/thank-you for you to attend the Ball and partaking of all the awesomeness, I'm giving away a Cinder& Ella gift pack.

To Enter: All you have to do is join the event on Facebook. On the morning of the ball I will choose one winner from the list of people marked as "going." 

Monday, September 15, 2014

Cover Reveal--Broken Promise--Jen Wylie

Hey everyone! We all know I don't blog often enough, and I don't pimp out my favorite authors enough on my blog either. So today I'm killing two birds with one blog post. I wanted to help with the cover reveal for Jen Wylie's new book in her Broken Ones series because I just adore this series more than I can tell you.

I'm sure you've heard me gush about Broken Aro and Broken Prince before, well book number 3 in The Broken Ones series, Broken Promise, is almost here! I'm so excited I can hardly stand it. The only bad thing about this book releasing is that I'll read it in a matter of hours and then the clock on my wait for the next book will reset. I hate waiting for books. I know that makes me completely hypocritical as I make all of you wait for my books, but I hope that it brings you some comfort to know that, as a reader, I am every bit as tortured as you are in waiting for my favorite books.

All that said, here's all the info for Broken Promise! If you haven't read Jen's other books yet, seriously go read them before Broken Promise comes out so you can get excited with me and chat about the series with me after you've read the book!


A Young Adult Fantasy
BROKEN PROMISE
(The Broken Ones, #3)
by
Jen Wylie

Release date: October 7, 2014


A year of turmoil takes its toll on Arowyn Mason and her companions. After delivering the Elven prince to his homeland, they decide to ride out the winter in the city of Westport before starting their quest to heal the Fey. Like most things in Aro’s life, nothing goes according to plan. As Kei struggles with the prophecy bound within him, his sanity begins to unravel. A prophecy and a promise are broken, and forgotten threats resurface with dire consequences. The Dragos is watching and the Were king is displeased with the disregard of Were law. Aro scrambles as yet another threat emerges. The Elves, displeased with their prince, exploit his only weakness…her. Aro is forced to find a new ally, a cold-hearted, ruthless pirate named Roan. He is more than he seems and Aro must learn who she can trust, or it will cost more than just her life. She has grown stronger, but is it enough to save herself, her family, and the Elf she loves?


Jen Wylie resides in rural Ontario, Canada with her two boys, Australian shepherd and a disagreeable amount of wildlife. In a cosmic twist of fate she dislikes the snow and cold. Before settling down to raise a family, she attained a BA from Queens University and worked in retail and sales. Thanks to her mother she acquired a love of books at an early age and began writing in public school. She constantly has stories floating around in her head, and finds it amazing most people don’t. Jennifer writes various forms of fantasy, both novels and short stories.


Monday, September 8, 2014

You are cordially invited! (C&E release party: play games, win giveaways, and mingle with some of your favorite authors!)


Hey everyone! In case you haven't heard, my next book, Cinder & Ella, is releasing and I'm having a HUGE launch party! Since Cinder & Ella is a "Cinderella" retelling, I've decided to throw my own ball! Come, show off your awesome dresses, bring your imaginary fantasy date, dance with Prince Cinder, feast until you're sick to your stomach, play games, enter  endless giveaways, and mingle with some of your favorite Cinderella authors!

Let me tell you a little about this event. It's a Facebook Party. That means that you join the EVENT on Facebook, log in the day of, and follow all the different posts on the event page. 
THIS WILL NOT TAKE PLACE ON MY FACEBOOK PAGE. 
YOU MUST JOIN THE EVENT PAGE TO PARTICIPATE!

Join the event by clicking on the picture below:


C&E Book Release Ball Schedule!
ALL TIMES PST (Pacific Standard Time) (UTC – 8 hours)

First of all, we will have an Early Bird Sale. On the release day only, the ebook of Cinder & Ella will be on sale for $2.99. After release day the price will go back to it's regular price of $4.99 so get it wile it's on sale! Then join me and a slew of other FABULOUS people for hours of games and contests. There will be lots of prizes and lots of ways to win. Here's a list of the schedule of events:
3pm – Meet Kelly Oram! I'll be there saying hi and answering as many questions as I can. I'll introduce Cinder & Ella and put in my shameless plug to buy the book. :D) 

RED CARPET CONTEST (Meet Actress/model/fashionista Summer Bellessa of the Girls With Glasses Show!) Yes, I'm rolling out the red carpet for this star-studded event of the century, so make sure you arrive in style! This is where you'll post pics of your outfits. Start searching for that perfect gown now. The winner of the fashion contest will win a $5 Amazon gift card. And since I personally lack a sense of style, I've asked my good friend, the lovely Summer Belessa, to come chat it up with you guys, talk fashion, and judge our red carpet contest!

FANTASY DATE CONTEST Once you've walked the red carpet you'll be announced at the door. Say Hi and post pics of your dates! Dream Big here guys. Who are you bringing to the ball? your boyfriend/girlfriend/favorite actor/book boyfriend/musician/Albert Einstein? It could be anyone! If I like your dream date the best you'll win a signed C&E swag pack.

3:30 – Meet Cindy C Bennett! Cindy will be stopping by to say hello and giveaway an ebook of her Enchanted Fairytales. (which includes The Unmasking of Cinderella.)

C&E Teaser Giveaway A big part of the release party (other than to persuade you to by the book) is to help me spread the word about the release. Share this photo teaser of C&E and enter to win a signed C&E swag pack.) 

4:00 – Meet Cindi Madsen! Cindi will be stopping by to say hello and giveaway an ebook Cinderella Screwed Me Over.

Dance with Prince Cinder! You can't have a ball without dancing! I'll post a music video from my C&E playlist, and give you a question to answer in the comments. Prince Cinder will be there, and if he asks you to dance, you will win your choice of $5 iTunes gift card or signed C&E swag.

4:30 – Meet Janette Rallison! Janette will be stopping by to say hello and giveaway a copy of My Fair Godmother.

Sign the guest book! Yes, this is another shameless attempt for me to keep in touch with you about my upcoming releases. Sign up on my email list and enter to win a signed Kelly Oram Book of Choice. Obviously emails are kept confidential, and I won't spam. You'll receive only a couple emails a year about my new releases, and any events I may be attending.

5:00 – Meet Marissa Meyer! Marissa will be stopping by to say hello and giveaway a Lunar Chronicles swag pack)!

C&E Teaser Giveaway A big part of the release party (other than to persuade you to by the book) is to help me spread the word about the release. Share this photo teaser of C&E and enter to win a signed C&E swag pack.) 

5:30 – Meet Sariah Wilson! Sariah will be stopping by to say hello and giveaway a copy of The Ugly Stepsister Strikes Back (Print (US only) or ebook (Intl.))

More Dancing with Prince Cinder! Same as before, I'll post a music video from my C&E playlist, and give you a question to answer in the comments. If Prince Cinder asks you to dance, you win your choice of $5 iTunes gift card or signed C&E swag.

6:00 – Meet Cassie Mae! Cassie will be stopping by to say hello and giveaway a signed paperback of Reasons I Fell for the Funny Fat Friend. (US Only.) And an ebook of Reasons as well (intl)

King Kyle Fan Art Contest. What's a ball with out a King presiding? King of the Book Boyfriends Kyle Hamilton will make an appearance. King Kyle loves to receive gifts from his adoring subjects. This is a Kelly Oram Fan Art contest. Get creative and start making your gifts for King Kyle now. Pictures, drawings, photo teasers, song lyrics, poems, youtube videos of a dream cast... whatever your amazing minds can come up with. Post the pics or links to your creations in King Kyle's thread and he'll chose one lucky winner to be his Queen for the evening. If you're crowned Queen, you will win a signed set of paperbacks of his books V is for Virgin & A is for Abstinence. He'll also personally autograph a poster for you!

6:30 – Meet Carly Syms! Carly is going to stop by to say hello and giveaway a Carly ebook of your choice.

C&E Teaser Giveaway A big part of the release party (other than to persuade you to by the book) is to help me spread the word about the release. Share this photo teaser of C&E and enter to win a signed C&E swag pack.) 

7:00 – Meet Anne Eliot! Anne will be stopping by to say hello and giveaway an ebook Unmaking Hunter Kennedy.

LAST DANCE/LAST GIVEAWAY  This is your last chance to dance with Prince Cinder. It's also a chance for me to say thank you for being here today and for buying Cinder & Ella. Which you, of Course, will already have done ;) (Post pic of C&E on your e-reader or a screen cap of your purchase confrimation screen to enter to win signed C&E paperback!)

7:30 – C&E Read Along with Kelly Oram! I am by no means a professional reader, but I thought it would be fun to say hi in person. I'll post a video of me in my office where I basically make a fool of myself and show you how I haven't lost any of the weight of baby #4. LOL, okay, not really, well you can see that, but I basically just say hi and then I'll read the prologue and first chapter of Cinder & Ella. You'll be able to get a feel of how it sounds to me. (And how I butcher the Spanish language!) Hopefully it's fun. Make sure you’ve downloaded your ebook already so you can read along with me!

8:00 – Thank you/goodbye & winners announced.


As you can see, this is going to be an EPIC adventure. It's the biggest event I've ever tried to put together, and I'm really excited for it. I really hope you all come and please, anything you can do to spread the word about this event before October 1st would be so appreciated! Tell/invite your friends, share the link on your social media... Lets make this Ball the event of the century and help Cinder & Ella have a successful release! You guys are the best, and without your support I wouldn't be able to do what I love! 

See you at the Ball!!
Again, you can join the event here:









Wednesday, August 6, 2014

The music of V is for Virgin & the bands that inspired it.




The "V is for Virgin" section in my extras page is pretty empty, and I haven't blogged much lately, so I figured today I'd share Kyle's songs with you and tell you a little about the inspiration behind his band Tralse.

First of all, if you haven't yet heard where the idea for the book V is for Virgin came from, and how Tralse actually came to be, you can get the whole story (and trust me, it's a good one) in my post about The History of V is For Virgin. There's even an interview with the REAL Kyle Hamilton. (Yes, there's a real Kyle Hamilton--go read the post...)

But today I want to talk a little about the music. When I first started writing V is for Virgin, I knew I was going to have to have a song in it. The plot relies heavily on the song that Kyle writes for Val, that makes her famous and him even more famous, and I always knew I would have to have actual lyrics for it. The problem was, I am sooooooo not a songwriter. I completely freaked out at the idea of having to write a song for this book. So what did I do? I went to my amazingly talented, songwriting little sister and made her write it for me, of course.

My baby sister Cara used to be the singer in a local band here in Phoenix called Science of Sydney, and her husband was the lead guitarist. (Yup, the Cara in the book is totally named after my little sis, and Shane is named after her rocker husband.) Just for fun, here's a picture of the real Cara and Shane, who totally inspired the fictional Cara and Shane. (Though the real Cara is such a sweetheart and totally not self-centered at all like the fictional Cara in the book. LOVE YOU SIS!)


Cara and Shane started their band, wrote all their own music, and even had a producer pick them up and help them record a demo at one point. But, as life will do to people sometimes, they were forced to move away to Seattle and the band had to break up. You can still listen to a few of their songs HERE.

So, Cara wrote the song that started it all, Kyle's song for Val, Cryin' Shame. When I spoke to her about writing the song for me, I had to tell her a lot about Kyle, and the kind of guy he is, and the type of sound I was going for. I even made her read the book (what I'd had written so far) so that she'd know what I was trying to accomplish.I fell in love with it instantly, and thought she did a perfect job getting the angry, obnoxious, yet sexy and sweet tone of Kyle Hamilton down. Really, she nailed it!  (I understand I could be biased I this, but still...)

Cryin' Shame

She's smokin’ hearts with a burnin’ flame 
She's got a wild side without a name 
And when she's riled it's a cryin’ shame 
Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! I've got it bad 
Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! I'm goin’ mad 

Cause in your head you've got it right 
Won't go to bed without a fight 
You think you're wise, you think it shows 
So show me wise without those clothes 

She's playin’ hardball and it's nothin’ new 
Short skirts so enjoy the view 
She's a coldblooded tease baby through and through 
Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! I've got it bad 
Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! I'm goin’ ma 

Cause in your head you've got it right 
Won't go to bed without a fight 
You think you're wise, you think it shows 
So show me wise without those clothes

Come on Legs don't go to waste 
I could be your only savin’ grace 
Put those morals on the back burner 
Something tells me you're a fast fast learner

Cause in your head you've got it right 
Won't go to bed without a fight 
You think you're wise, you think it shows 
So show me wise without those clothes

Fun, right? I can totally picture him up on stage singing this song. I love it! Well, when Cara gave me these lyrics, she also introduced me to an indie rock band that she said inspired her. It is a testament to how well my baby sister knows me, because as soon as I heard them I knew they were exactly the type of band I'd always imagined Kyle's band Tralse sounding like. It was as if she read my mind and conjured up Tralse in real life for me.

So, the sound behind Tralse, the inspiration for Kyle, and what I always imagine him/them to sound like is based on the indie rock band Head Automatica. Check them out on their official Facebook page. More than just having the right sound, they also had a song that was just so perfectly Kyle and Val in my mind, that it became their theme song. So... everyone... please enjoy Beating Heart Baby, and imagine Kyle singing it to Val... 


Again, I love it. Head Automatica, I'm a fan. And to me that song is just so Kyle and Val. Dream cone true? I would LOVE one day to have these guys put a Melody to Kyle's songs and perform them for me. Wouldn't that be the most amazing awesome thing ever? I'll keep dreaming, but hey, as Kyle always says, Dream Big!

Now, moving on to A is for Abstinence... When I eventually wrote a sequel to the book and knew that Kyle and Val would get their second chance, there was never any doubt that there would be another song. However, my little sis was super busy with life and whatnot, and I didn't want to bug her to write me another song, so I pulled up my big girl panties and wrote one myself. That's right, Worth Waiting For was all me. (Hopefully that's not a bad thing.)

I figured I knew Kyle well enough, and knew exactly what he sounded like, and what kind of song I wanted, so I tried really hard to come up with something that sort of matched the first song, and yet shifted tone just a tiny bit. I wanted the second song to still have a hint of the old sassy obnoxious Kyle, and I still wanted it to be sexy, but I also wanted it to be much sweeter and more romantic at the same time, since Kyle had done a lot of growing up, and had learned a little. So, who knows if I accomplished it, but by the end I was pretty happy with the results, (if not still a little self-conscious, 'cause, again, NOT a songwriter...)

Anyway, here's the lyrics for Worth Waiting For. Hope you enjoy them, and I hope this post helped you get a better feel for Kyle and Tralse. 


Worth Waiting For

Thoughts of you runnin’ through my head.
Heart’s pumpin’ full speed ahead
Body’s screaming to get you in bed.
Need you, want you, Baby gotta be mine.
Come to me girl, I’m done wastin’ time.

You ask me to wait, don’t know if I can
Too scared to lose, I’m only a man
But I can’t let you go, can’t shut the door
Heart’s telling me you’re worth waiting for

The feel of your lips, hot breath on my skin
Touching you, touching me, I’d relish the sin
Lets find a way for us both to win.
Need you, want you, Baby gotta be mine.
Come to me girl, I’m done wastin’ time.

You ask me to wait, don’t know if I can
Too scared to lose, I’m only a man
But I can’t let you go, can’t shut the door
Heart’s telling me you’re worth waiting for

Forever I’ll wait, it’s drivin’ me mad
Driven by memories I’ve not yet had
Hanging on a promise of you and me
Hope springs eternal for things that could be

You ask me to wait, don’t know if I can
Too scared to lose, I’m only a man
Bring on the torture, forever and more
’Cause girl it’s true, you’re worth waiting for


Thursday, July 31, 2014

Cinder & Ella -- cover reveal, teaser, & giveaway!

In case you haven't heard, let me just shout it from the rooftops...

I've got another book coming out soon! 
Woohoo!

I really super love this one and I am so excited to share it with you guys. Today I have the Cover to share with you along with the blurb and a short teaser to get you excited for the book. I've added a small giveaway with it, because hey, why not? Enjoy! And get excited for this super amazing (if I do say so myself) contemporary adaptation of my all-time favorite fairy tale Cinderella!



It’s been almost a year since eighteen-year-old Ella Rodriguez was in a car accident that left her crippled, scarred, and without a mother. After a very difficult recovery, she’s been uprooted across the country and forced into the custody of a father that abandoned her when she was a young child. If Ella wants to escape her father’s home and her awful new stepfamily, she must convince her doctors that she’s capable, both physically and emotionally, of living on her own. The problem is, she’s not ready yet. The only way she can think of to start healing is by reconnecting with the one person left in the world who’s ever meant anything to her—her anonymous Internet best friend, Cinder. 
… 
Hollywood sensation Brian Oliver has a reputation for being trouble. There’s major buzz around his performance in his upcoming film The Druid Prince, but his management team says he won’t make the transition from teen heartthrob to serious A-list actor unless he can prove he’s left his wild days behind and become a mature adult. In order to douse the flames on Brian’s bad-boy reputation, his management stages a fake engagement for him to his co-star Kaylee. Brian isn’t thrilled with the arrangement—or his fake fiancĂ©e—but decides he’ll suffer through it if it means he’ll get an Oscar nomination. Then a surprise email from an old Internet friend changes everything.

Teaser excerpt:
You do have someone who cares, he said softly. No matter how bad things are at home or at school or whatever, you have me. Youre my best friend, too. You have my number now. Save it in your phone and call it anytimeday, night, the witching hourit doesnt matter. Okay?
It took me a momentand a series of deep breathsbefore I could respond. Okay.
Promise?
I promise. As long as I always have you, Ill be fine. I kicked myself internally and laughed. Wow, that sounded really cheesy. You see? Thats why I didnt want to call you. I can filter my stupid mouth so much better when I have to type out my thoughts.
Cinder laughed again. Ah, but then you would miss out on all the sweet nothings I plan to whisper in your ear now that I know how much you like my ultra-sexy voice.
I blushed but refused to let him know that his flirting rattled me. I never said ultra, you egomaniac. But you should definitely consider recording audiobooks for a living.
Hmm. Thats not a bad idea. Cinders voice dropped to that slow, seductive purr again as he asked, Would you like me to read to you, Ellamara?
I thrilled at the thought and couldnt quite mask my excitement. Seriously?
Why not? Before you called, I was getting ready to have a Top Gear marathon all by my lonesome.
You are such a liar. Tonight is Friday night, and its Halloween. There is no way you dont have plans.
I dont have important ones. Its just a stupid party that my sort-of girlfriend wants me to go to.
Your sort-of girlfriend?
Yeah. Cinder stretched the word out in a long breath. Its a long story, but Im not that into her. Id much rather stay home and read with you. Besides, I cant hang up on you when youve had the worst day ever. What kind of best friend would that make me?
I almost cried again. The offer was so sweet. And thoughtful. Reading was a passion Cinder and I shared. We read and discussed books all the time. Wed even decided to read the same book at the same time before, but wed never read one together. Cinder had to know how much that would mean to me.
It has to be The Druid Prince, I said.
Cinder laughed. Its already in my hands.


Look for Cinder & Ella October 1, 2014!



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