Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Girlfriends' Cyber Circuit Presents: Elana Johnson and SURRENDER!

The Girlfriends' Cyber Circuit is a web ring of YA authors which I've recently had the great honor to join. Check these posts for the latest releases!

I'm SO excited today to be featuring one of the most awesome people in the writing community, Elana Johnson.  Elana's second novel, SURRENDER is out today, and you don't want to miss it.  Check it out:


Forbidden love, intoxicating power, and the terror of control…

Raine has always been a good girl. She lives by the rules in Freedom. After all, they are her father’s rules: He’s the Director. It’s because of him that Raine is willing to use her talent—a power so dangerous, no one else is allowed to know about it. Not even her roommate, Vi.

All of that changes when Raine falls for Gunner. Raine’s got every reason in the world to stay away from Gunn, but she just can’t. Especially when she discovers his connection to Vi’s boyfriend, Zenn. Raine has never known anyone as heavily brainwashed as Vi. Raine’s father expects her to spy on Vi and report back to him. But Raine is beginning to wonder what Vi knows that her father is so anxious to keep hidden, and what might happen if she helps Vi remember it. She’s even starting to suspect Vi’s secrets might involve Freedom’s newest prisoner, the rebel Jag Barque...

You can Purchase your copy here.

AND, because she's so awesome, she's also hosting an awesome Spectacular Seconds GIVEAWAY   giveaway this week! You can enter to win one of five signed sophomore books by Beth Revis, Ally Condie, Veronica Roth, Kristi Cook, and Kim Harrington. CLICK HERE for all the details and to enter.

About Elana: Elana's work including POSSESSION, REGRET, and SURRENDER is available from Simon & Schuster wherever books are sold. She is the author of From the Query to the Call, an ebook that every writer needs to read before they query, which can be downloaded for free on her website. She runs a personal blog on publishing and is a founding author of the QueryTracker blog. She blogs regularly at The League of Extraordinary Writers, co-organizes WriteOnCon, and can be found on Twitter and Facebook.

She wishes she could experience her first kiss again, tell the mean girl where to shove it, and have cool superpowers like reading minds and controlling fire. To fulfill her desires, she writes young adult science fiction and fantasy.

And now for my favorite part--a little peek into Elana's writing world...

1. Do you have a pre-game writing warm-up? Something you do before you write to help get you in the right frame of mind?

I like to go back 5-10 pages and read what I wrote during my last session. This helps re-immerse me in the world and the voice. Dude – the voice! I also like to draft really fast, so I don’t forget where I am and what’s happened.

 2. Is there a time of day you like to write best?

Between 9 pm – midnight. I love being awake when everyone else is sleeping. There’s something peaceful about it. Freeing.

 3. Where do you write most often? Do you have a picture you wouldn’t mind sharing of your writing space?

I write in the “cockpit.” It’s this table shoved against a wall in my kitchen, well, here. Just look at it. And that’s clean!

 4. What things do you always have on hand when writing? Special pens, notepads, snacks…

Headphones and iTunes. I need to block things out sometimes. I do like to have sour patch kids or Swedish fish nearby, but that doesn’t always happen.

 5. How do you stay focused when writing?

Self-imposed deadlines. Otherwise, I’d languish on twitter and blogs. On top of the deadlines I make for myself, I email other people and tell them about my plans. They hold me accountable and that helps me to stay focused on what I need to get done.

6. What is your worst writing distraction/procrastination tool?

Words with Friends. Once I found out it was on Facebook, I was a goner.

7. Describe your perfect writing day:

The husband and kids are gone for the day. I sleep late. Pour myself a big bowl of Honey Nut Cheerios. Open the computer and turn on iTunes. Check email. Open document. Write in 1-2 hour spurts, with breaks for lunch and social media (Words with Friends!). Repeat all day. Stay up late. Ah, bliss.

That does sound like bliss...and you deserve nothing less!  Thank you so much for stopping by and congrats on your Spectacular Second!

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