Monday, March 30, 2015

the YA Scavenger Hunt is coming....

WOW! I have really deserted this blog, haven't I - 

Well, you'll be happy to know I am BACK with lots of fun things this week - including the Spring 2015 YA Scavenger Hunt. 

This year there are eight outstanding teams. I'm part of #TeamPurple! The Scavenger Hunt runs from April 2nd through April 5th beginning and ending at noon Pacific time on those days. 

If you've never been a part of the hunt before you should give it a try. It runs like a giant blog hop, introducing you to new YA authors and books along the way. There are tons of prizes including a grand prize for each team. 

If you win one of the grand prizes you will get a book from each author on that team! For more information and to make sure you get hunt updates, sign up for news on the #YASH website. 

For my part, I am revealing both a new excerpt from COLLIDE, but also the new cover and Blurb for OUTBREAK, book #2 in the series. On  THIS BLOG I will be giving away 10 ebook copies of Collide. You really won't want to miss out on this fabulous and fun event, but play fast because the hunt is only live for three days.

And now, here are the teams! Just check out all of these amazing books!Blue Team 1 Pink TeamTeam Gold (2)Team Purple 1Team GreenTeam Red 1Team Teal (2)Team Orange 
I hope you are all as excited as I am!

Remember
THE HUNT BEGINS 4/2/15!

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

A Christmas Gift For You....


Merry Christmas! I will be taking the next week off and trying my hardest to stay off-line, not only to spend time with my family but also to finish a couple of projects that need to be done before the new year. Before I leave I wanted to share one of my favorite Christmas stories with all of you. Let this story inspire you and bring light into your world between now and the New Year.

As some of you may know, my mother was a minister. My favorite time of year to watch her at the pulpit was Christmas. Mom loved Christmas — everything about Christmas. Trimming the tree, caroling, and the sermons she would share throughout the season. Her favorite, however, was the candle-lighting service held Christmas Eve at our church. My mother did not create the service – that was done prior to her becoming the faith leader at the church. But she did take the service to a special place, treating it as though it was the sacrament of communion. Indeed this service was a communion in light. Simple, elegant, and inspirational.

About 5 years or so before she died, I asked my mom to share the service with me so that I, in my home or wherever I am, could celebrate the way I remembered celebrating as a child. Now many churches do candle-lighting services of one form or another. What I loved about this one was the colors she used for each candle and for the symbolism she presented through the service. It’s that symbolism that I want to share with you today.

My mom believed deeply in the story of the Nativity, holding each member of that sacred scene in a position of honor. What you see below is a representation of how she viewed each character and what they symbolized in the story of the Nativity.

Candles were set up on an altar with a tall, white taper in the center to represent the Christ.
To the left were three smaller tapers as follows — red to represent Mary and the purity of her divine love; yellow to represent Joseph and the highest of divine wisdom; blue to represent the shepherds and the innocence of a child. To the right of the tall white taper were another group of three smaller tapers — green to represent Melchior, the first of the three wise men. His was the gift of gold to represent the prosperity of spirit; orange to represent Gaspar, the second wise man. His gift was frankincense to represent the purest and deepest devotion; the last candle was purple to represent Balthezar the last of the wise men. He gave myrrh and the candle represents the gift of healing.

In this candle-lighting service, parishioners were asked to pick a candle and light it from any (or many) of the seven candles focusing on those attributes that you wanted to work on and pray on in the upcoming year.

I always remember this service as setting the tone for my new year. Music was played, usually by one of the harpist from the LA Philharmonic who just happened to be parishioners. It was a breathtaking service and when mom gave me permission to replicate that service in our home a guaranteed that one of my favorite traditions would continue.

Now that my children are growing up and beginning to leave the home, I know the time will come when I can pass this tradition on to them.

It is my hope that if the symbolic meaning of the Nativity and what this candle-lighting service can truly represent has meaning to you that you share it. Replicate it for yourselves and hold the meaning of Christmas and the season of light in your heart.

Blessings to you and your family. May you all have a happy and healthy New Year.

I have exciting things to bring to you in 2015 including six new books before we hit summer! Until then, enjoy all that this season has to bring.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Not one...not two...but THREE COVER REVEALS!

Hi everyone! Happy Wednesday. I, for one, can't wait the week to be over. My oldest is home from college in three short days and I couldn't be more excited. But that isn't what this blog post is about.

It's about my shiny new cover. Elana Johnson is helping me out with a cover reveal for my next book, Indie and Proud. But as I was prepping for that post, I realized that isn't the only cover I have ready to share. I have COVER-S. That's right, covers plural. Three to be exact.

CHECK THEM OUT!


INDIE AND PROUD

You did it! You achieved your dream of writing and publishing your book. You should be happy. Instead you feel trapped in an ever-changing publishing race, stressed over the never-ending to-do list, and frustrated with yourself for continuing to doubt your talents, despite achieving your goals.

Face it, being a creative is difficult, and achieving some measure of success in the business doesn’t make you immune to your own fears and doubts. If anything, your achievements have added even more pressures. Indie and Proud shines a light on those fears and pressures, providing tools to deal with your frustrations and embrace your passions again.

Presented in an easy-to-read, conversational style, the book uses everyday examples and stories from writers and other artists to help artists find and maintain their balance in the exciting world of independent publishing. With specific strategies to address self-doubt, underlying fears, and the truly intense nature of being creative, Indie and Proud is a must read for anyone ready to embrace everything it means to be Indie.
Coming February 2, 2015



RAISING THE SHY CHILD: A Parent's Guide To Social Anxiety

The fear of being judged by others in social activities is a common human experience, especially during childhood. But when the fear becomes all-consuming, it can disrupt daily functioning and the development of social competency. Raising the Shy Child: A Parent's Guide to Social Anxiety takes a fresh look at social anxiety disorder, coupling the latest in research trends with evidence-based strategies and real-world stories to untangle the complexities of this disorder. Presented in an easy-to-read, conversational style, the book uses a combination of real-world examples and stories from adults and children with social anxiety disorder to show parents and educators how to help children find a path through their fear and into social competence. With specific strategies to address school refusal, bullying, and identity issues, Raising the Shy Child is a must-read resource for anyone dedicated to enhancing the lives of children.
Coming March 1, 2015 from Prufrock Press



I'M NOT JUST GIFTED:
Social-Emotional Curriculum for Guiding Gifted Students

What does it mean to be a successful person? What traits and characteristics define successful people? Why do gifted children, in particular, need a strong affective curricula in order to maximize their potential? These questions and more are explored in this guide to helping gifted children in grades 4-7 as they navigate the complicated social and emotional aspects of their lives. This curriculum is designed to help gifted children explore their giftedness, develop resiliency, manage their intensities, face adversities and tough situations, and cultivate their talents and passions. Including lesson plans, worksheets, and connections to Common Core State Standards, I'm Not Just Gifted is the practical guide necessary for anyone serving and working with gifted children.
Coming May 15, 2015 from Prufrock Press

I don't know about you, but I am so freakin excited! I am also planning a few fiction releases - so I will be sharing that information soon...ish....

Until next time, what books are you excited for???

Monday, December 8, 2014

The excitement is building...


Happy Holidays everyone! I can't believe 2014 is nearly over. And with the new year starting, comes all sorts of excitement. New books, new dreams, new goals. All very exciting.

One of my New Year's goals is to be around the blog a bit more. But, that can't happen until I finish up this month and enjoy time with my family.

As I head back into my writing cave and prepare for a CRAZY SIX MONTHS filled with releases and more, I wanted to share some exciting news...

My next nonfiction book, and the first one being released in 2015, INDIE AND PROUD is available for preorder NOW. You'll be seeing the cover blitz around the web this week, along with a few other cool things.

So what's the book about? Check it out:

You did it! You achieved your dream of writing and publishing your book. You should be happy. Instead you feel trapped in an ever-changing publishing race, stressed over the never-ending to-do list, and frustrated with yourself for continuing to doubt your talents, despite achieving your goals.

Face it, being a creative is difficult, and achieving some measure of success in the business doesn’t make you immune to your own fears and doubts. If anything, your achievements have added even more pressures. Indie and Proud shines a light on those fears and pressures, providing tools to deal with your frustrations and embrace your passions again.

Presented in an easy-to-read, conversational style, the book uses everyday examples and stories from writers and other artists to help artists find and maintain their balance in the exciting world of independent publishing. With specific strategies to address self-doubt, underlying fears, and the truly intense nature of being creative, Indie and Proud is a must read for anyone ready to embrace everything it means to be Indie.

Check out the early praise:


“The information Christine has to share is both brilliant and essential for every indie author. She covers the practical subjects we want to know as well all the things no one wants to talk about; the stress, the doubts and the emotional rollercoasters that we as artists struggle with. Christine will help you deal with it all so you can hold onto your job and love it.”
 – Devri Walls, author of The Solus Series



“I am an indie author, and proud of it. But give me five minutes, and I might not feel quite as confident about it. That's why I'm very grateful for the class, Indie and Proud, that I took from Christine Fonseca. In her class I learned that fear is a part of every day, every new and challenging thing--I can either let the fear disable me, or let it be the driving force to enable me. I'm excited for the book Indie and Proud because it'll be like having that amazing and inspiring class in my pocket every day. I want to be indie and proud all the time--Ms. Fonseca's book is my new favorite reminder that yes, I really can do this!
– Ali Cross, award-winning author of the Become series


To celebrate and say THANK YOU for all of the support over the years, I decided to give everyone who preorders some very special bonus material - a workbook companion to the novel that highlights and expands on all of the special lessons in the book. This is ONLY available to preorders and will be taken down just after the book releases in February.

So, get your book today.

Monday, December 1, 2014

2015 is going to be EXCITING!


I have so much to share with all of you! The first 6 months of 2015 brings 5 NEW TITLES in both nonfiction and fiction. Yep, that's right...


FIVE


Check it out:


  • Indie and Proud (Late Jan/Early Feb) - Coaching for writer's to help you stay creative in the midst of the ever-changing publishing landscape
  • Outbreak, Solomon Experiments #2 (Late Feb) - The anticipated sequel to my Xmen-meets-Bourne Idenity thriller 
  • Raising the Shy Child (March) - Coaching for parents and educators on the ins and outs of Social Anxiety Disorder in children and teens
  • Voca Me, a Requiem Novel (April)- You thought Nesy and Aydan's fate was revealed in Dominus? Think again. This story brings more...MUCH MUCH MORE!
  • I'm More Than Gifted (May) - Affective curriculum for small group and classroom use designed to foster EQ in gifted children
In addition to these, I have a couple of NEW storylines in the works. What an awesome year, yes?

What releases are you looking forward to?